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Steelers battling defense and drama

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have been here before. Often in fact. A jarring early-season misstep filled with mental breakdowns and missed opportunity is kind of their thing. So too, it seems, is finding new ways to explain the erratic behavior of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio ...

Browns trade Gordon to Patriots for pick

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s strange, stuttering career will start anew in New England. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a new offensive toy. The Browns severed ties for good with the problematic wide receiver by trading him to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick on Monday, ending a ...

Browns release kicker Gonzalez

CLEVELAND (AP) — Zane Gonzalez got kicked straight to the curb. The Browns released the wayward kicker on Monday after his four misses on Sunday in New Orleans cost Cleveland a possible first win since 2016 with a 21-18 loss to the Saints. Gonzalez has been replaced by rookie free agent ...

Meyer moves toward repairing scandal damage

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he has sent letters and had conversations with families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension, a saga he describes as “a window in time I made an error.” He ...

Pirates walk-off on Royals

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Jacob Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. After Jordan Luplow grounded into a double play, Kevin Kramer walked and moved to second on Kevin ...

Mahomes burns Steelers D, Chiefs hold on to win

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tyreek Hill turned to face the cameras when the hottest quarterback in the NFL looked up, saw a potential traffic jam and urged his Kansas City Chiefs teammate to conduct his business elsewhere. “Don’t do that here,” Patrick Mahomes said with a laugh. Hill ...

Maragos family’s ties to Cartwright Field deep

RICHMOND — The Maragos family has some lengthy ties to Edison’s Cartwright Memorial Field. According to Cristopher Maragos, those ties began in the 1940s when his uncle Ted played on the field. Many family members followed suit, playing through all the Jefferson Union years and a few for ...

Bucs fend off the Brewers, 3-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth inning for Milwaukee, but the NL ...

Kicking woes costly for Browns

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed less than 10 minutes to obliterate what looked like a milestone victory for the seemingly cursed Cleveland Browns. Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of ...

Keselowski gives Penske 500th win

LAS VEGAS — Brad Keselowski nailed the final restart and roared away from the field in the scorching Vegas heat. With another huge performance in his late-season surge, Keselowski finished up front again — and he’s got NASCAR’s Big Three drivers looking over their ...

Indians rest several regulars in loss

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is already thinking about the postseason. The Indians rested several of their regulars a day after clinching the AL Central and lost to the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Sunday as Jim Adduci homered and drove in a career-high four ...

Sessi’s big night lifts Madonna

WEIRTON — Madonna dominated Beallsville in every phase of the football game Saturday night behind a career performance from sophomore running back Thomas Sessi’s 449 total yards and walked out of Jimmy Carey Stadium with a 40-20 victory. Sessi, in his first season as a starter after ...

The Hawk flies high

STEUBENVILLE — Heading into Saturday’s contest with The Hun School from Princeton, N.J., Reno Saccoccia knew he needed a monumental effort from his Big Red. The veteran coach got that and more as Steubenville earned a hard-fought 27-14 victory inside Harding Stadium. “We needed a ...

Golden Tornado strikes Riders

WEIRTON — In athletics, sometimes the games can be all about momentum. That seemed to be the case in Weir High’s disheartening 41-40 loss to Keyser Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium. The Red Riders, now 3-1, had the momentum throughout the first half, perhaps a carryover from the ...

Oak Glen happy to have Pattersons back

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen offense has progressively gotten better week-by-week in the 2018 season. It got a boost on Friday night with sophomores Hunter and Gage Patterson returning to action after missing one and two weeks, respectively, with injuries. Both scored touchdowns for ...

Catholic Central stepped up, rose to the occassion

RICHMOND — Catholic Central rose to the occasion in Friday’s 33-14 victory over Edison at Cartwright Memorial Field, and Steve Daley couldn’t have been more proud of his football team. “We battled through some adversity with a few things this week, and the kids rose to the ...

Four Creek girls score in victory over Weir

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek girls soccer team defeated Weir High, 4-2, on Saturday. Sloane Lewis, Riliegh Gualtiere, Abby Copeland and Payton Gaydosh scored for the Redskins (7-3). Ally Tweedy collected an assist. For the Red Riders, Isabella Aperfine and Alexis Adams ...

Pitt defense shuts down Georgia Tech

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Qadree Ollison and the rest of his Pittsburgh teammates found a unique way to combat the lingering effects of a loss to Penn State that could have defined their season: willful amnesia. “Forgot about it. Forgot about last week,” Ollison said after rushing for 91 yards ...

Toronto struggles with Southern Local

SALINEVILLE — Two early turnovers and big pass plays from Southern Local proved too much for Toronto, as the visiting Red Knights fell to the state-ranked Indians, 43-14, Friday at Wigwam Stadium. The Indians, who entered the game on top of the Division IV, Region 21 standings, remained ...

Weir High spoils 26-point lead, falls to Keyser

WEIRTON — Keyser outscored Weir High by 20 points in the second half to come from behind and knock the Red Riders from the ranks of the unbeaten, 41-40, Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium. The Golden Tornado was plagued with turnovers in the first half, and the Red Riders capitalized on ...