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Ohio State No. 1 in first CFP rankings

NEW YORK — Two from the Big Ten. Two from the Southeastern Conference. And the undefeated defending national champions on the outside looking in — for now. Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State were the top four teams Tuesday night in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s ...

BRIEFS

Big Red playoff tickets on sale STEUBENVILLE — Tickets for the Steubenville football team’s Division III, Region 9 playoff game Friday at Aurora are on sale this week. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and Thursday at the high school, as well as 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ...

Oak Glen looking to get job done

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen girls soccer team returns to Beckley for the West Virginia state soccer tournament this week with a different feel. Last year, the Golden Bears made the first trip in school history and turned out to be a quick one, a 3-2 opening-round loss to Charleston ...

Catholic Central’s Herder, 11 more introduced as new wrestling coaches

WHEELING — There’s an old adage that if something isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, that might be true most of the time, but sometimes change can be for the better. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ron Mauck wrestling tournament has been a staple of mid-January for the past ...

Penguins’ comeback falls short in Boston

BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored his second goal of the game with 1:57 left in the third period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 Monday night after blowing a 3-0 lead. David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk and Torey Krug also scored for Boston (11-1-2), which has won six ...

Surging Steelers clear the air from ‘September stench’

PITTSBURGH — The franchise quarterback hasn’t taken a snap since the middle of Week 2 and has essentially become the highest-paid assistant coach in the NFL. The guy tasked with taking over left his third career start after getting knocked unconscious. The running game is a bit of a mess. ...

Penske buys Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar Series

Roger Penske was a car-loving, 14-year-old who regularly listened to the Indianapolis 500 on the radio when his father landed tickets to the 1951 race. They made the trek from Cleveland, and Penske fell in love when he saw the cars zipping around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now he owns the ...

BRIEFS

Big Red playoff tickets on sale STEUBENVILLE — Tickets for the Steubenville football team’s Division III, Region 9 playoff game Friday at Aurora will be on sale this week. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the high school. Also today, ...

It is playoff football time in Ohio

STEUBENVILLE — When talking about the Ohio football playoffs, Big Red coach Reno Saccoccia said “everyone is 0-0 right now.” Well, maybe not everyone, but the 224 schools (three from the Herald Star/Daily Times coverage area) who qualified for Week 11 definitely are. Indian Creek and ...

Steelers edge Colts 26-24, move to 4-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin sighed and let out a sentence that, after 13 years on the job, surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers coach for the sincerity with which he meant it. Considering what his team has endured during the first half of a wildly uneven season, it was hard to blame ...

Brandon Allen leads Broncos past Browns 24-19 in first NFL start

DENVER (AP) — Fourth-year quarterback Brandon Allen sparked Denver’s stagnant offense, throwing for two touchdowns in his first career NFL start and leading the Broncos past the stumbling Cleveland Browns 24-19 Sunday. “We’re not ready to put him in Canton yet, but overall very ...

Harvick has Cup title shot after 3rd straight Texas fall win

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Harvick and the Stewart-Haas Racing team had already been preparing for NASCAR’s finale. With another win at Texas, they now know they will be racing for a Cup title in two weeks. Harvick won the fall race at Texas for the third year in a row Sunday, again ...

Mavericks defeat Cavaliers 131-111

CLEVELAND (AP) — Luca Doncic posted his second straight triple-double — and third of the season — with 29 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high tying 15 assists, powering the Dallas Mavericks to a 131-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Kristaps Porzingis added 18 ...

Hamilton closing in on Schumacher

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One by one, Lewis Hamilton has passed the great drivers of Formula One. Except one. And now Hamilton is quickly approaching the legacy of the great Michael Schumacher. His chances of catching him, once thought to be impossible, now look very, very good. Hamilton won ...

Madonna ties Conotton Valley after three overtimes, playoffs on thin ice

WEIRTON — Madonna and Conotton Valley battled to a tie through regulation time, then each scored an additional seven points through three overtimes and, according to high school rules, the game ended in a 14-14 tie Saturday night inside Jimmy Carey Stadium. The game went very similar to ...

Oak Glen volleyball cruises to sectional victories

FAIRMONT — The Oak Glen volleyball team won all three sets on Saturday to capture the Class AA sectional title at East Fairmont. In the opening set, the Golden Bears (33-0) made quick work of Weir High, 25-8, 25-10, 25-12. McKayla Goodlin had 12 kills, while Skye Stokes and Hannah Rogers ...

Toronto stops Crusaders, wins thriller

STEUBENVILLE — Saturday’s Toronto vs. Catholic Central clash inside Harding Stadium featured all the drama a football fan could ask for from a Week 10 rivalry game. When all was said and done, the Red Knights, thanks to a Zach Stackhouse interception as the final gun sounded, hung on for ...

Spencer, Red Riders hope season is not over yet

WEIRTON — Weir High had a big sendoff for 11 senior members of the football team Friday night during a huge 54-0 victory over arch-rival Brooke. It was the final time those guys suited up for a game at Jimmy Carey Stadium. All of them contributed in the team’s sixth win against four ...

Big Red secures 19th-straight appearance in the playoffs

STEUBENVILLE — Following Friday’s 48-28 victory over Linsly inside Harding Stadium, veteran Big Red coach Reno Saccoccia briefly discussed his 23 seniors who were recognized prior to the opening kick. “That was probably their last home game — their last walk-up the ramp from the ...