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Steelers get a break after huge victory

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

No. 9 WVU may have found a new rival

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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

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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

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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 ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Injuries continue to pile up on Browns defense

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BEREA (AP) — The losses are piling up for the Browns — in the standings, and on the sideline. On Wednesday, two defensive starters were added to the stack. Cleveland placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and cornerback E.J. Gaines on injured reserve, ending their seasons with seven games ...

Ohio State stops Cincinnati, 64-56

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio State knew what awaited when the Buckeyes agreed to help Cincinnati reopen its on-campus arena. It was even louder than expected until the closing seconds, when the Bearcats fans were silently filing out. With a solid effort, the visitors from up north spoiled the ...

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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. Cost is $35 per seat but does not include a ticket to the game. Tickets can be purchased at the game or online at ...

Big Ben skips practice, but expects to face Panthers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Tuesday to give his broken left index finger a rest but he is expected to play on Thursday night when Carolina visits Heinz Field. Roethlisberger said the finger was “fine” after he threw the ball 47 ...

Big Red, Hubbard’s ground games set to collide

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BOARDMAN — A couple of teams that like to run the football will square off Saturday in the Division IV, Region 13 semifinals. Second-seeded Steubenville, the defending Division IV champion, ran for 335 yards in its 38-13 quarterfinal victory over Akron Buchtel. Meanwhile, Hubbard, the third ...

Capel wins Pitt debut against YSU

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trey McGowens scored 17 points, fellow freshman Xavier Johnson added 16 points, six assists and five rebounds and Pittsburgh opened the Jeff Capel era with a 69-53 victory over Youngstown State on Tuesday night. Malik Ellison, a transfer from St. John’s, scored 13 for ...