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Harrison Central girls win at tough ‘House of Horrors’

MORRISTOWN — ‘The Hangar’ inside Union Local High School is regarded as a pretty tough gymnasium for visiting basketball teams, boys or girls, to play in. Harrison Central girls head coach Nick Yourkovich knows that all too well. “This place has been a personal ‘House of Horrors’ ...

Kessel, Letang score twice, lead Pens past Islanders

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A renewed commitment to defense has the Pittsburgh Penguins back on track after a bumpy November. The Penguins’ dynamic offense appears to have found its stride, too. Kris Letang and Phil Kessel each scored twice, and the Penguins beat the New York Islanders 6-2 on ...

Indians give Carrasco four-year contract

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco’s career has taken some dramatic turns, re-routed by elbow surgery, a therapeutic trip to the bullpen and several freakish injuries. He persevered, blossoming into a special pitcher — and person — for the Cleveland Indians. They’re going to keep him ...

Buckeye Local grad headed to China

WHEELING — A Buckeye Local graduate will be embarking on the trip of a lifetime today, and it’s all because of her love for wrestling. Jess Battilochi, a 2009 graduate of the Connorville-based high school, is an assistant athletic trainer at Wheeling Jesuit University. She was selected ...

Catholic Central honors football seniors at banquet

Ten Catholic Central seniors from this season’s football team were recently recognized at the school’s sports banquet. Pictured are, front, from left, Jordan Maul, Alec Constantini, Anthony Fallon, Noah Fayak; back row, from left, Jake Stoll, Dom Argentine, Justin Hartzell, Matt Bell and ...

Mayfield believes Riley ready for jump to NFL

BEREA — Baker Mayfield isn’t campaigning for Lincoln Riley. The rookie quarterback isn’t dismissing the possibility his former coach joins him in Cleveland either. Mayfield said Wednesday that he believes Riley is prepared to move from Oklahoma into the NFL, but he would also understand ...

Warriors win NBA Finals rematch in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title, and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 on Wednesday night. Curry ...

No. 19 Ohio State avoids major upset to Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Keyshawn Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Kaleb Wesson added 13 and No. 19 Ohio State rallied in the second half for a 77-67 victory over Illinois on Wednesday night. Musa Jallow had 11 points and nine rebounds as Ohio State (8-1) improved to 2-0 in the ...

Penguins trade Elliott, Lindberg to Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenseman Stefan Elliott and forward Tobias Lindberg in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Macoy Erkamps and forward Ben Sexton. The swap of minor leaguers was announced on Wednesday. Elliott and Lindberg will ...

Jaguars-Titans should be a defensive standoff

Jacksonville won the AFC South and Tennessee earned a wild-card playoff berth out of the division last season. Now, they get the prime-time spotlight on Thursday even though both are also-rans. Oh, the Titans (6-6) still are in the playoff chase. But it’s difficult to take serious a team ...

Oak Glen takes advantage of Weir High’s short preseason

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen boys basketball team opened the season like a bunch of angry, caged bears running and gunning its way to an 81-57 win over Hancock County-rival Weir High inside the Oak Glen Fieldhouse Tuesday night. The Golden Bears unleashed a first-half offensive attack that ...

Big Red boys begin strong

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red started fast and rolled to an 87-49 season-opening victory over Brooke Tuesday inside the Crimson Center. The Bruins hung around early and knotted the score at 7-7 thanks to a Gage Yost hoop off an offensive rebound. From there, it was all Big Red. Josh Zimmerman got ...

Redskins prey on young Panthers

CONNORVILLE — Early in the high school basketball season, experience makes a difference. Both coaches felt that was the case Tuesday night after Indian Creek thoroughly controlled a young Buckeye Local squad for a 55-30 victory. “I think it was a case of experience against some young ...

Toronto boys hang on to EOAC victory

TORONTO — The Toronto boys basketball team withstood the Wellsville attack. The Red Knights answered the Tigers’ fourth-quarter charge with one of their own, holding on for a 76-68 victory Tuesday night in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference matchup inside the George J. Gunzler Memorial ...

Edison boys defeated by Potters

EAST LIVERPOOL — The East Liverpool boys basketball team went through some growing pains playing extremely youthful squads the past two seasons. But that’s paying big dividends this year as the veteran Potters rolled to their second win in as many games, posting an 80-51 Buckeye 8 triumph ...

Brooke swimmers have solid outing

WHEELING — Two Linsly girls swam their way to victory in multiple individual events while the boys team also impressed as Bill Brubaker’s squads secured victories Tuesday night against Brooke, Bridgeport and St. John. The Cadet girls came away with a first place finish in eight out of 11 ...

Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

COLUMBUS (AP) — As Urban Meyer walked off the field after Ohio State routed Michigan, he was pondering his future and when to make a decision about when to call it quits. The 54-year-old Meyer, in fact, had been thinking about retiring since the middle of last season. The pain from ...

Panthers’ Holzopfel takes over

CONNORVILLE — When the game is on the line, special players seem to shine the brightest. Monday night at Buckeye Local High School, that proved to be the case as senior standout Emily Holzopfel took command of the floor in the fourth quarter to lead the Panthers to a 53-45 win over ...

Eft’s return to Edison is victorious

RICHMOND — The Indian Creek girls basketball team’s defense led to its offense against rival Edison. The Redskins scored the first 19 points of the game and never looked back en route to a 68-11 victory Monday night at Edison. “We are just trying to be consistent,” first-year Indian ...

Central girls pull away from Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — Eight players cracked the scoring column Monday as Steubenville Catholic Central grabbed its third straight girls basketball victory inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium. The Crusaders jumped out to an 18-5 first quarter lead and never looked back in handing Bridgeport a 67-20 ...