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Browns WR Gordon in contact with teammate

BEREA (AP) — Josh Gordon hasn’t reported to Cleveland Browns training camp, but his presence is being felt on the field. Fellow wide receiver Rashard Higgins is wearing Gordon’s gear under his uniform at each practice. “That’s my locker buddy, and I’m wearing his shirts every ...

Urban Meyer says he followed protocol

(AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer insisted Friday that he followed proper reporting protocols regarding domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach in 2015, defending himself and his storied career in his first extensive comments since he was put on paid leave earlier this week ...

Today’s W.Va. Derby one for up-and-comers

NEW CUMBERLAND — With no standout in this year’s $500,000 West Virginia Derby, the race provides an opportunity for not only a very good payday but a chance for 3-year-olds to pass an important test that can set the table for the late summer and fall racing season. One of the Derby ...

Donation made to upcoming golf event

First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union contributed a monetary donation to the Weirton Rotary’s “Nine and amp; Wine." The event will be held on at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Williams Golf and Country Club. The fundraiser includes nine holes of golf, wine and appetizers at each hole, as ...

Local karate academy members win in Vegas

Members of Hall’s Martial Arts Academy in Bloomingdale, a member of region 11 of the Chuck Norris System, competed in the United Fighting Arts Federation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shawn Battlochi, left, won first place in keta, weapon keta and fighting. Romes Hall, right, took second place in ...

Browns among NFL teams using instant replay in training camp

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matthew Stafford dropped back and connected over the middle with Golden Tate. Before the Detroit Lions lined up to take another snap in the two-minute drill, Stafford’s short pass to Tate was shown on a pair of huge TV monitors. The Detroit Lions under ...

Joining HOF hits home

CANTON (AP) — Joining the most exclusive club in football truly hit home Friday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018. Well, maybe not for the one guy missing, but certainly for Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer and Bobby ...

Trump rips LeBron James’ smarts hours before rally in Ohio

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state’s favorite son, savaging LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation’s most prominent African-American men. Trump ...

Ohio State closes ranks as probe adds new scandal

COLUMBUS — Ohio State closed ranks around the rollout of its football season as the university investigates whether coach Urban Meyer failed to report domestic abuse allegations, a scandal hitting a school already accused of not facing up to sexual misconduct allegations against a sports ...

California Invaders get the call on West Virginia Derby morning line

CHESTER — The top two finishers in the grade III, $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby were assigned the lowest odds in the morning line for the $500,000 West Virginia Derby for 3-year-olds at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort Saturday, but it will be interesting to see how that plays out in a ...

Haden, Burns bringing along defensive backs

LATROBE, Pa. — Artie Burns and Joe Haden don’t believe the Pittsburgh Steelers have a clear-cut No. 1 cornerback. The two feel they share that role. Haden has been a top cornerback in the league throughout his career and Burns, a 2016 first-round pick, feels like he’s starting to come ...

Ravens, Bears kick off preseason

CANTON — The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL’s preseason Thursday night. Oh, there was a little spark of offense, some provided by Baltimore’s first-round ...

Browns guard Zeitler out with a calf injury

BEREA (AP) — Cleveland Browns starting right guard Kevin Zeitler will miss several weeks of training camp because of a calf injury. The 28-year-old Zeitler did not practice Thursday, one day after being hurt and walking off the field with a trainer. “Kevin is going to be OK, but he will ...

Jackson focusing on memories after deaths

BEREA (AP) — Coach Hue Jackson is leaning on his Browns family while mourning the deaths of his mother and brother. Jackson’s mother Betty Lee Jackson and brother John Jr., recently died within a two-week span. Jackson’s 83-year-old mother passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles following ...

Poulter leads at 62, with Woods behind at Firestone

AKRON (AP) — Ian Poulter was annoyed upon realizing he had never finished better than 13th at Firestone, so he took a step toward doing something about it Thursday with an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods found himself fighting his swing. He ...

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Weir hosting community steak fry WEIRTON — Weir High School is hosting a community steak fry at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Serbian Picnic Grounds in Kings Creek. This event will celebrate the upcoming football seasons for the high school, middle school and Steeler football teams. A booster ...

Pirates struggle, split set with Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cole Hamels’ stuff was just as filthy as Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon remembered. The changeup. The breaking ball. All of it. If the newly acquired veteran pitcher can figure out his fastball too, the NL Central leaders will be that much tougher to hang with heading ...

Paolucci’s big Saturday centered around Governor’s Stakes

NEW CUMBERLAND — Ron Paolucci once again is pulling double duty in West Virginia and upstate New York on the first Saturday in August, but the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort isn’t the focal point. Paolucci, who operates Loooch Racing Stable, has entered ...

Carrasco, Indians top Twins 2-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have turned this division race into a late-summer cruise, with the Minnesota Twins already in future-planning mode. Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 while taking a shutout into the eighth inning, winning his fourth straight start since returning from ...

Archer ready to make a splash for surprising Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer kept hearing from friends and former teammates that the Pittsburgh Pirates were different. The proof came in the waves of people who approached the veteran pitcher as he walked the concourse at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday morning just hours ...