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Mitchell, West shined for Harrison Central

CADIZ — Anthony Hayes had some talented players to work with during his first season leading Harrison Central. That was evidenced by the Huskies rattling off three-straight wins to close the season, and by the number of Harrison Central players selected on the All-District list in Division ...

Buckeye Local happy with two honors on list

YORKVILLE — Buckeye Local had two players receive postseason honors when the All-East District lists were announced, and they represent different aspects of the program. Shayne Christian, a senior wide receiver and linebacker, represents the progress the past two seasons under coach Roger ...

No. 8 Ohio State pins Michigan State back

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Drue Chrisman’s first punt of the day was an embarrassment, a 4-yarder at the end of Ohio State’s first possession. “I don’t know where it ranks in Ohio State’s worst punts in history, but it was definitely my worst punt,” Chrisman said. “I was just ...

Grier throws for 3 TDs, No. 7 WVU downs TCU

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Once No. 7 West Virginia’s offense found a rhythm, the Mountaineers imposed their will on TCU. West Virginia scored three touchdowns in a 3:25 span late in the second quarter to break open a tie game and propel the Mountaineers to a 47-10 victory over the Horned Frogs on ...

No. 7 WVU welcomes injury-riddled TCU

MORGANTOWN — TCU coach Gary Patterson figures all those injuries that have piled up for the Horned Frogs could present a problem for No. 7 West Virginia. Patterson joked it might be difficult for West Virginia to put together a scouting plan against TCU’s revolving-door ...

No. 8 Buckeyes face another test from No. 24 Spartans

If all goes according to form, Ohio State would face Michigan on the last Saturday of the month, with a division title in the balance. Before that, though, the Buckeyes have other challenges. This week, it’s Michigan State that stands in the way, and although Ohio State routed the ...

Steelers get a break after huge victory

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro ...

Panthers warily eyes Coastal title

PITTSBURGH — George Aston has seen a lot in five years at Pittsburgh. Two coaching staffs. A handful of big-time upsets that hinted at a turnaround. Just as many baffling losses that have ultimately prevented it from happening. Still, the burly fullback hasn’t seen this: it’s November ...

Falcons flying high to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Quietly, steadily and with little fanfare, the Atlanta Falcons have gotten off the ground. They’re flying again — under the radar. Despite numerous injuries at vital positions, the Falcons have shaken off a 1-4 start and carry a three-game winning streak into Sunday’s ...

Cavs’ painful season worsening as Osman joins injury list

CLEVELAND (AP) — This painful season isn’t subsiding for the Cavaliers. If anything, it’s getting worse. Cleveland, which already has the worst record in the NBA at 1-10, will be without yet another starter on Saturday night in Chicago after forward Cedi Osman was ruled out with back ...

Madonna grad Comis reflects on his big day

AMHERST, Mass. — It took Ross Comis the better part of a few days to wrap his head around what happened Saturday. He didn’t believe what he was hearing after the Massachusetts’ triple overtime victory against Liberty, and even after seeing the stat sheet still struggled to believe it ...

Local players named to OVAC All-Conference, All-Star volleyball teams

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards for volleyball, and several local athletes were included. Being named OVAC All-Conference were Madonna’a Andy Alimario and Rachel Boniti, Toronto’s Jamie Anderson, Catholic Central’s Sydney Bennington and Emma Borden, ...

No. 9 WVU may have found a new rival

MORGANTOWN — For more than 100 years — 104 to be exact — West Virginia University football fans needed to point to only one team, the University of Pittsburgh, to find their most bitter and hated rival. Since the end of what was known as the “Backyard Brawl” when the Panthers ...

Steelers blow out the Panthers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their ...

Mayfield hopes officials find consistency on helmet hits

BEREA (AP) — Baker Mayfield has become the NFL’s unwanted poster boy for helmet-to-helmet hits. Twice this season, Cleveland’s rookie quarterback has been struck in the head by tacklers during games and both times the officials failed to call a penalty for the obvious ...

BRIEFS

Fan bus going to Poca WEIRTON — There is a fan bus sponsored by the Weir High football boosters to Weir High’s Class AA first-round playoff game at Poca Saturday. The cost is $35 per seat, but does not include a ticket to the game. Tickets can be purchased at the game or online at ...

Connecting the Dots

By RALPH COX Sports correspondent WEIRTON — If Weir High coach Tony Filberto’s observations become reality, Saturday’s first-round Class AA playoff game at 1:30 p.m. at Poca will be a thriller. That’s because Filberto likens the Dots to the East Liverpool team his Red Riders beat, ...

Local products at WLU start season

WEST LIBERTY — Pat Pecora always loves coming back to West Liberty, his alma mater. Wednesday night was doubly special as the 42-year University of Pitt-Johnstown head wrestling coach watched his Mountain Cats claw the host Hilltoppers, 38-0, inside the ASRC. The match was the season-opener ...

Panthers, Steelers both surging

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cam Newton spent a portion of the summer studying Ben Roethlisberger and working out alongside Antonio Brown, something the Carolina Panthers quarterback did out of a mix of curiosity and respect. Newton found himself enamored of Roethlisberger’s footwork — “The play ...

Oshie scores winner to lift Caps over Pens 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie watched the clock in the training room hoping he’d get back on the ice. Oshie was back there for a second time Wednesday night after he took a shoulder to the head from Evgeni Malkin that made an earlier stick to the face seem like an afterthought. With Malkin ...