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Sinicropi’s hard work pays off

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RICHMOND — Anthony Sinicropi knew from the first visit he wanted to go to Kent State. Inside the Edison High School gymnasium on Thursday, the senior and multi-sport standout made it official by signing his letter of intent to play baseball for the Golden Flashes. “It just felt ...

Makayla Abram named third-team All-Ohio in Div. II

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COLUMBUS — The Division I and II girls basketball All-Ohio teams have been selected by a statewide media panel. The teams were chosen by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. Steubenville’s Makayla Abram is a third-team selection in Division II. Indian Creek’s Taylor ...

DeSmith, Pens blank Sabres

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — With Sidney Crosby at the very top of his game, the Pittsburgh Penguins are peaking at the right time. Crosby contributed two assists and Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Pittsburgh had three ...

WVU beats No. 7 Texas Tech, 79-74, in Big 12 tourney

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two down, two to go. That’s the mindset of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins after his Mountaineers upset No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 on Thursday night. The Mountaineers are 80 minutes away from making the NCAA Tournament as the 10th seed in the Big 12 ...

Steelers sign WR Donte Moncrief, bring back WR Eli Rogers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Donte Moncrief can do the math in his head. Yet the newest Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has no plans to fill the void left by Antonio Brown. “AB is one of the best if not the best ever,” Moncrief said on Thursday hours after signing a two-year deal with ...

Big Red’s season concludes in Athens

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ATHENS — Steubenville’s group of nine seniors gave Big Red fans a memorable ride for four years. That ride, however, came to an end Wednesday evening inside Ohio University’s Convocation Center. A slow start cost Big Red, ending its season with a 69-43 loss to Sheridan in the Division ...

Raiders officially introduce Brown

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Rookie general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden had meticulously put together a plan to rebuild the Oakland Raiders with three first-round draft picks and a couple of smart free agent signings when they suddenly got sent in a different direction last week. The ...

Browns turn into overnight contenders

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999. They became a real one Tuesday night. It only took 20 mostly tortuous years — and one tremendous trade. With a shocking, blockbuster deal for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the NFL on ...

Bell leaves Pittsburgh, agrees to sign with Jets

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NEW YORK — Le’Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he’d make his next playmaking moves. Well-rested, motivated and armed with a new contract, the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, a person ...

Dickerson proud about his defensive improvement

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor defender. The starting designated hitter for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game while with Tampa Bay, Dickerson was used in the outfield in only 93 games last ...

A toe on the line lifts WVU over Oklahoma in tourney

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — West Virginia held on to beat Oklahoma 72-71 in the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night when the Sooners’ Christian James, who appeared to knock down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime, was determined to have had his foot on the line. The officials ...

Syracuse rallies past Pitt

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jim Boeheim said his son Buddy’s mother tells him all of the time that their boy should be playing more. Maybe she’s on to something. Buddy Boeheim scored a career-high 20 points, and Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh 73-59 on Wednesday night in the second round of ...

Longtime Pitt analyst Dick Groat won’t be back

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh basketball announcer Dick Groat won’t return for a 41st season as a color analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts. Groat, a Pittsburgh native who was an All-America basketball player at Duke, is one of a select group of athletes to play in both the NBA and ...

Holzopfel is an All-Ohio first-team member

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COLUMBUS — Buckeye Local senior Emily Holzopfel’s postseason accolades keep piling up, as she was named a Division III first-team All-Ohio member on Tuesday. Along with the recent honor, Holzopfel, who finished her high school career with more than 2,000 points, was a first-team District ...

Giants trade Beckham to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND — Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey — straight to Cleveland. The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback Baker Mayfield as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, two people familiar with the deal told The ...

Malkin gets 1,000th point in victory over Caps

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PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin isn’t one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points. A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the NHL’s most formidable power plays, ...

Panthers get by in tourney contest

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel gave his freshmen backcourt simple instructions Tuesday night: Attack the hole. The strategy worked as Trey McGowens scored 26 points, Xavier Johnson added 23 and Pittsburgh defeated Boston College 80-70 in the first round of the ACC ...

Sixers survive scare from short-handed Cavaliers, 106-99

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asked to assess his overall performance, Joel Embiid said he was “trash.” When the Philadelphia 76ers needed him the most, however, their All-Star center came to play. Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big plays down the stretch, ...

Big Red gearing up for return to Athens

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STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville boys basketball team accomplished one goal by winning its district on Saturday. If it has anything to say about it, though, it’s far from done. Big Red returns to the Athens Regional tournament for the first time since its seniors were freshmen for a date ...