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‘Fragile’ Steelers still optimistic

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin’s expression and the circumstances surrounding it summed up the plight of his injury-ravaged team perfectly. “Seriously, guys?” the Pittsburgh Steelers coach said when asked if Mason Rudolph would be the quarterback after being cleared of the NFL’s ...

No. 1 pick to No. 1 in picks, Mayfield struggling

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield has gone from No. 1 pick to No. 1 in picks. A record-setting rookie quarterback who pulled the Browns back from their darkest despair while re-energizing a fan base last season, Mayfield has been error-prone, inaccurate and inconsistent for a team that has ...

No. 5 Oklahoma looks to continue dominance against West Virginia

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Quarterback Austin Kendall always wanted to lead his football team onto Oklahoma’s Owen Field, seeking a win over a Big 12 Conference rival before another sellout crowd. He will, though he will be wearing a West Virginia jersey while doing so. Kendall, who spent the ...

Enochs reaches 100 career goals during Oak Glen’s victory

NEW MANCHESTER — Though the lights may have gone out at the end of night, the Oak Glen girls soccer team and record-setting junior Reece Enochs had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard. The Golden Bears wrapped up a 14-2-2 regular season with a 6-0 victory over Brooke Thursday night in ...

Brooke boys gain confidence ahead of tournament, shut down Golden Bears

NEW MANCHESTER — With the tournament fast approaching, teams are looking for things to build on. The Brooke boys soccer team got a huge boost of confidence, winning 8-0 in the first game of a boys/girls doubleheader in support of the Shop with a Cop initiative with the Hancock County ...

Red Devils eliminate Big Red girls, 1-0

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The old adage that defense wins championships came into play Thursday night in a Division II Eastern District sectional final girls high school soccer match. St. Clairsville and Steubenville went toe-to-toe like a pair of heavyweight boxers on the artificial pitch inside ...

Crusaders fall at home in Division III sectional final

STEUBENVILLE — The Catholic Central boys soccer team was on the ropes early against Coshocton, but the Crusaders were able to withstand the early attack by the Redskins. Catholic Central fought back to tie the score, but Coshocton netted the final two goals of the game. The No. 4 seed ...

Bruins get huge boost, sweep John Marshall

MOUNDSVILLE — With the regular season winding down and sectional rival John Marshall on the other side of the net, Brooke High’s volleyball team could not have picked a better night than Thursday to possibly play its best overall game of the campaign. Seniors Courtney Engle, Maria ...

No. 4 Ohio State looks to stay on roll

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No. 4 Ohio State has bulldozed everyone in its path, putting up big numbers on offense and strangling opponents with its defense. Northwestern is struggling. The game Friday night between two teams that played in the Big Ten championship game last season sure looks ...

Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh in key game for Orange

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — It’s not necessarily a make-or-break moment for Syracuse, but when longtime rival Pittsburgh visits on Friday night there will be plenty at stake for the Orange. Winless after two games in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Syracuse (3-3) needs a victory to start the ...

Red Riders must win, Wildcats still seeking first victory

RICHMOND — On the surface, it appears that Weir High at Edison Friday night would not be what one would call an important game. After all, Edison is winless and the Red Rider loss last week dropped them to 3-4, which temporarily moved them out of playoff contention at 24th place in West ...

Blue Dons, Red Knights have something to prove

TORONTO — The schedule makers couldn’t have scripted Friday night’s small-school marque game between visiting Madonna and Toronto at Clarke Hinkle Field. Both teams need to win this one to keep their playoff home-field advantage goals alive. The game starts at 7 p.m. The Blue Dons are ...

Edison girls fall in two OTs in sectional final

CAMBRIDGE — The Edison girls soccer team’s season ended in heart-breaking fashion on Wednesday with a 3-2 loss to Cambridge in double overtime in a Division III sectional title game. Laine Murphey scored to tie the game at 1-1 in the first half with an assist from Bailey McAfoose. The ...

Harrison County hall to induct new class

CADIZ — The Harrison County High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee has released the names of the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Three former Harrison County sports greats, a dedicated volunteer, and four of Harrison County’s most successful teams will be honored prior to and at halftime of ...

Rudolph will return as starter

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Looks like “Duck Season” will last just a week for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that Mason Rudolph will return to the starting lineup after being cleared by an independent neurological consultant following a concussion he sustained against ...

Penguins survive Avalanche in OT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan believes his undermanned Penguins can beat any team right now, despite missing five of their top nine forwards. The Penguins proved it on Wednesday night by knocking off the Colorado Avalanche, the league’s last unbeaten team. Brandon ...

Red-hot Huskies look to snap Bears’ streak

CADIZ — Oak Glen is undefeated heading into its match-up with Harrison Central Friday night, coming off passing one of its biggest tests of the season with flying colors in Week 7, a 44-7 blowout of a Toronto team that had been on a five-game win streak. The Huskies, on the other hand, ...

Big Red takes unexpected break

STEUBENVILLE — When the 2019 schedule was announced, Reno Saccoccia figured to be busy this week preparing his Big Red for a home game against Canada Football North St. Joseph. Unfortunately, St. Joseph officials announced in mid-August their program had been shut down. Thus, Big Red finds ...

Third time not the charm for Big Red against Potters

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Big Red volleyball team’s season came to an end on Wednesday with a sectional loss to East Liverpool on the road. The Potters were sharp in a 25-19, 25-21, 25-17 win over Big Red. “Losing is never easy or fun — however, I am proud of this team despite the ...

Crusaders hope to snap small losing streak

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central will look to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday when it welcomes Morgantown Trinity Christian to Harding Stadium. After taking down Caldwell, 35-2, the Crusaders went on the road and fell to powerful Lucas. Last week, Harrison Central turned two ...