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Weir High buckles down, defeats CCHS

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WEIRTON — For the second time this season, the young Catholic Central boys basketball team made life difficult for the high-flying Weir High squad on Tuesday. However, for the second time this season, the Red Riders rose to the challenge and stepped up big time defensively, en route to ...

Big Red on wrong end of thriller

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WHEELING — Coaches say all the time to be ready when one’s number is called. For Wheeling Park’s Dustin VanSickle, this couldn’t have been more true. Despite only playing the final four minutes Tuesday night against Steubenville, it was VanSickle who may have made the biggest ...

Indian Creek falls hard to St. Clairsville, 79-51

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Just before the second half began, Ryan Clifford came to the scoring table to take a quick look at the scorebook. He was checking on personal fouls because, to hear him tell it, he “doesn’t care who scores the ball.” That was never really a concern against Indian ...

Brooke boys’ comeback falls short to John Marshall

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WELLSBURG — In a game in which visiting John Marshall and winless Brooke were missing key components for at least part of Tuesday night’s contest, the difference between winning and losing turned out to be a nearly 11-minute stretch of time between the second and third quarters. While ...

Sinicropi, Schmitz lead Edison to big win over Buckeye Local

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CONNORVILLE — Isaac Schmitz and Anthony Sinicropi combined for 39 points, and Edison’s pressure defense played a part in 26 Buckeye Local turnovers, as the Wildcats snapped a three-game skid with a 75-42 win over the Panthers Tuesday night. Coach Nate Moses’ Wildcats dropped consecutive ...

Murray shines again in Penguins’ win

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray tries to keep it simple. Show up for work. Try to improve a little bit each day. Don’t get too high or too low. Yes, it’s boring. It’s also highly effective for a player who has regained his confidence and swagger just in time ...

Kitchens seen as favorite for Browns’ coaching search

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CLEVELAND (AP) — One week into their expansive coaching search, the Browns are huddling. After conducting interviews with seven candidates in seven days, general manager John Dorsey and members of the team’s search committee, which includes owner Jimmy Haslam, were not expected to meet ...

Creek girls use big run to stay unbeaten, top Beaver

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WINTERSVILLE — It looked as though Beaver Local might put the Indian Creek girls basketball team’s undefeated record in jeopardy — for a half. The Redskins came out of the locker room after the break locked in a tie, and wasted little time taking the game over, dominating the final 16 ...

Wheeling Park pulls away from Weir High

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WEIRTON — The Wheeling Park girls went on a big run midway through the first quarter and the first minute of the second and never looked back, downing Weir High, 67-39, Monday night inside the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse. Coach Ryan Young’s club applied their superior quickness on defense, ...

Shadyside shuts down Crusaders

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STEUBENVILLE — Serge Gentile, Shadyside’s girls basketball coach, was spot on when he said defense made the difference in his Tigers’ 51-37 victory over Catholic Central Monday night. The Tigers held their hosts to a season-low point total in the battle between two of the OVAC’s top ...

Huskies fall at Linsly

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WHEELING — The Harrison Central girls basketball team dropped a 52-37 decision to Linsly on Monday. The Huskies, now 4-8, trailed 32-19 at halftime. Sydney Starr led Harrison Central with 11 points. Kobey Johnson finished with eight points and Audrey Corder had six points. Charlie ...

Round four, title go to Clemson

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Clemson needed a big performance to unseat defending champion Alabama. The Tigers got plenty of them from start to finish. Cornerback A.J. Terrell got it rolling with a 44-yard pick six on Tua Tagovailoa’s third pass of the game, Justyn Ross had a stunning ...

Haskins headed for draft

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Dwayne Haskins is NFL bound after one spectacular season as Ohio State’s starting quarterback. The third-year sophomore who rewrote the school record book had been expected to enter the draft and is a projected first-round pick. Haskins said on Twitter on Monday he would ...

Polamalu makes College Football HOF

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(AP) - Texas quarterback Vince Young and Notre Dame speedster Raghib Ismail have been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, along with 11 other players and two coaches. Young was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship with ...

Browns interview offensive coordinator Kitchens

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens got his formal, sit-down interview with the Browns. He aced the on-field one. Kitchens, who in eight weeks rose from unknown assistant to hot coaching commodity, became the seventh candidate to interview for Cleveland’s juicy job on Monday. Kitchens met ...

Cavs’ Love still weeks from return to court after surgery

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INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Kevin Love’s comeback has been slow and steady. The Cleveland Cavaliers need it to speed up. Love said Monday that he’s still weeks away from doing any significant on-court work as the five-time All-Star forward recovers from left foot surgery that has sidelined him ...

BRIEFS

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Steelers fire RB coach James Saxon PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with running backs coach James Saxon. Coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that the team opted not to renew Saxon’s contract for the 2019 season. Saxon spent five years with the Steelers after coming ...

Presidents, commissioners put brakes on CFP expansion talk

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The College Football Playoff is not close to expanding. After a month of chatter about possible changes to the four-team playoff, the conference commissioners and university presidents who constitute the playoff brain trust met Monday at the Fairmont Hotel in ...

Hawks storm back, end Pens streak

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks gave Pittsburgh a head start — and still grounded the surging Penguins. Again. Dylan Strome broke a tie 1:48 into the third period and the Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh 5-3 on Sunday night to end the Penguins’ winning streak at eight ...

COLUMN: Local swimmers deserve spotlight

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When one thinks of local high school sports, it is quite likely that swimming is not the first athletic competition to come to mind. Maybe it should garner more attention. Last Wednesday night at the Big Red Natatorium, local teams competed during senior night. The balcony bleachers were ...