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Steelers slip up in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coach Jon Gruden ran off the field high-fiving Oakland fans on the way to the locker room. In a season with very little to celebrate, the Raiders had plenty to feel good about Sunday. Derek Carr threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds left ...

Browns keep playing spoiler

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield took the snap in victory formation and dropped to one knee. The cocky rookie quarterback urged the crowd to make more noise, and when the clock hit zeroes, the stadium’s sound system blasted “Danger Zone.” The Browns have become hazardous to your playoff ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Red Devils hang on against ’Noles

St. Clairsville was tested but ultimately came away with a narrow win over Monroe Central, 39-38, in girls high school basketball action Saturday afternoon. Rileigh Simpson led the way for the Red Devils (4-0) with 17 points. She hit a big three-point shot in the waning seconds, and Katie ...

Dorris to leave Indiana for final season

Austin Dorris had made up his mind. If the Shadyside High School graduate was going to utilize his final year of college football eligibility, it was going to be somewhere other than Indiana University where he spent the last four years. Even though Dorris had that thought process since ...

Day is prepared and ready for the challenge

COLUMBUS — Ryan Day is probably still waking up each morning and pinching himself. That is if he has time between recruiting visits, which he probably doesn’t, to even give it much thought. Regardless, the time will come when Day will take a step back and have that moment where it all ...

Nardo selected as Top 35 college coach

WHEELING — Bryan Nardo is a rising star in the college football coaching profession. That was once again reaffirmed recently when the Emporia State defensive coordinator received a most prestigious honor. The Shadyside native has been chosen as one of the premier 35-and-under football ...

Tolliver leads Bellaire athletics spirtually

BELLAIRE — No mater what happens in the realms of athletic competition at Bellaire High School, the athletes there know they can count on Bishop Michael Tolliver to be there for them. As the school’s athletic chaplain, Tolliver is committed to ensuring that athletics and spirituality go ...

Linsly grad Blount inks a deal in new football league

Akil Blount never lost hope. Through short stints with two NFL teams, the former Linsly School standout always believed his faith and perseverance to his craft would be rewarded. Now, Blount has landed on the roster of the first franchise born to the Alliance of American Football — the ...

Ferry opens with a win at Union Local

MORRISTOWN — Through all of the ups and downs and ebbs and flows of Friday night’s Buckeye 8 battle between Martins Ferry and Union Local, Derek Edwards’ message to his team was constant — “Just keep playing.” In the end, the Purple Riders’ nose-to-the-grindstone attitude paid ...

Beallsville staves off Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — Over the past several seasons, the Beallsville boys’ basketball team has gone through some growing pains. The Blue Devils took their lumps as freshmen and sophomore, but now as juniors they’re ready for some paybacks. Head coach Rick Jarrett’s junior-dominated squad moved ...

St. C. scores 101 in Clifford’s debut

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It’s difficult to imagine that even Ryan Clifford ever envisioned his first game as the head coach of the St. Clairsville Red Devils going quite this well. It doesn’t matter the aspect of the game in which Clifford examined. His team was far superior than Brooke and ...

Harrison races by Bellaire, 97-33

CADIZ — To see the first three minutes of Friday night’s clash at Harrison Central, it was sure to be a defensive struggle. Then Kobe Mitchell dropped in a two-pointer and the whole complexion of the game changed. Mitchell’s bucket turned into a 12-0 lead and from that point it was ...

Heisman Trophy: Stock soared for starting QBs

NEW YORK (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa rolled across the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a black scooter with a little Alabama sticker on the front, his sprained left ankle in a gray plastic boot, safely propped up as he pushed off with his right foot. The Crimson Tide quarterback and ...

Linsly rolls past Shadyside, 60-38

WHEELING - Coming off a five-point season-opening loss Thursday night against Tyler Consolidated in Kidwell, Linsly jumped on Shadyside early Friday and with junior guard Marshall Taylor leading the way grabbed a wire-to-wire victory. Taylor scored a game-high 21 points, including four ...

Murphy’s free throws help River stave off Monroe Central

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe Central Seminoles and River Pilots entered Friday evening’s contest with matching 2-0 marks, meaning only one of the Monroe County schools was going to escape unscathed. While River played at a quick pace, the Seminoles methodical approach kept the visitors in ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Brookover leads Frontier past Irish

BELLAIRE — Logan Brookover exploded for 40 points Friday night, including 19 field goals, as Frontier downed St. John, 93-47, in boys’ basketball action inside “The Greenhouse.” Tanner Bills added 18 points for the Cougars, while Breckin Hoff and Jacob Gutberlet scored 13 and 10 ...

Defense keys St. Clairsville triumph

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The girls’ basketball season is a marathon, not a sprint. And while Thursday night’s 40-29 victory against Martins Ferry might not have earned St. Clairsville any style points from its head coach, Stacey Agnew was pleased with the effort and knows it will take his team ...

Huskies earn rare win in ‘The Hangar’

MORRISTOWN — ‘The Hangar’ inside Union Local High School is regarded as a pretty tough gymnasium for visiting basketball teams — boys or girls — to play in. Harrison Central girls’ head coach Nick Yourkovich knows that at too well. “This place has been a personal ‘House of ...

Many bowl games feature local names

There are still bowl games with importance that aren’t the College Football Playoff. Many don’t buy that, but ask the people involved their thoughts and see what the response is and really that’s what matters. As for involvement in bowl games, 11 bowl games feature some sort of ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Flannery helps lead River past Linsly

HANNIBAL — Lauren Flannery scored 25 points, dished out seven assists, grabbed four rebounds and made seven steals Thursday night as River best Linsly, 72-34, in girls’ high school basketball action inside the R.L. Potts Gymnasium. Alli Long and Livi Rose each added 11 points for the ...