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Shadyside returns experienced cast

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor SHADYSIDE — Mark Holenka has a lot of hobbies, but other than helping his grandchildren, putting jigsaw puzzles together usually isn’t high on the list. The Shadyside head football coach may grow to enjoy them even more as he embarks on his 12th ...

Scrutinized bit of Meyer’s contract may be new norm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his obligation to report violations of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy — a type of specificity becoming increasingly common in ...

Frazier walks it off for Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s pitchers delivered once again, and Adam Frazier rewarded them with one big swing. Frazier hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series. Josh Harrison grounded out and ...

Gordon returns to Browns, watches practice

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was back at practice on Sunday — as a spectator. Gordon visited with teammates and Hall of Famer Jim Brown a day after ending his three-week absence from training camp and missing the first two exhibition games to work on his mental health ...

Cabrera hits grand slam as Indians cruise

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians showed off their power and pitching Sunday. Melky Cabrera hit a grand slam to cap a six-run fourth inning, four pitchers combined on the team’s AL-leading 13th shutout and the Indians continued to roll through August with an 8-0 victory over the ...

A sitdown with OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass

COLUMBUS — The scope of the Ohio High School Athletic Association is lost on some people. When you consider the state’s governing body oversees more than 800 high schools, a similar number of junior highs and thousands of coaches and officials, there’s not a lot of time to relax. The ...

Running through the pain: St. C.’s Vrotsos awarded OHSAA’S Courage Award

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When you look at Eliza Vrotsos you see a beautiful young lady ready to embark on a very exciting new chapter in her life. The recent St. Clairsville High grad heads to Kent State today to start her collegiate career. What you don’t see is the courage, bravery and mental ...

Prep Volleyball Preview: Area squads set to hit the court this week

MARTINS FERRY — The area high school volleyball season begins in earnest this week and local teams have high hopes for the season. Monroe Central reached the Sweet 16 for the first time last fall, capping a solid campaign for area squads. Troy Baker, who returns to guide the Seminoles in ...

OV Unsung Heroes: Crozier does her part to help a classmate

BELLAIRE — As a cheerleader for the Bellaire High School football team, Maci Crozier is entrusted with helping lift the spirits of the Big Reds gridders and their fans on Fridays and Saturdays in the fall. This past Tuesday night, the bubbly senior was helping lift the spirits of a fellow ...

Prep CC Preview: Area runners have eyes set on state meet

The courses are mowed and lines. Cross country season, 2018, is officially upon us. After months of training and logging miles, area runners can step up to the line this week and actually race. While the season is a grind, the goals lie ahead in October and getting there is a process. On ...

Off the Tee: Pappas fends off Jeffries for BHCC club title

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Bill Pappas has been a member at Belmont Hills Country Club for just two years. That was plenty of time to become the ‘club champion.’ By virtue of posting three steady rounds in the 70s, Pappas fought off Adam Jeffries and Anthony Reasbeck to win the club ...

Blue Devil pride still going strong in Brilliant

BRILLIANT — They say tradition never graduates. Any doubters to that belief should have been in Brilliant last Saturday. Brilliant High School closed its doors for the final time in 1972. The Blue Devils were subsequently joined at the southern Jefferson County school by the Smithfield High ...

Red Devils power past Redskins

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A year ago Indian Creek and St. Clairsville battled to a scoreless deadlock in their season-opening girls soccer match. It appeared as though the Redskins and Red Devils were headed for a similar result Friday night. However, a picture-perfect cross changed all of that in ...

Indian Creek boys top St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — For 75 minutes Friday night, St. Clairsville and Indian Creek kept the scoreboard operator at Red Devil Stadium looking for something to do. But for about five minutes early in the second half of their boys’ prep soccer season opener, the man high above the field was ...

OVAC Hall of Fame induction set for Saturday

WHEELING, W.Va. - The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will honor its own once again Saturday when the 15th annual OVAC Hall of Fame Ceremony takes place with the induction of the Class of 2018. WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling is once again the site of this year’s OVAC Hall of Fame ...

Tribe posts Queen City sweep

CINCINNATI (AP) — The sight of Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton speeding home with the potential tying run didn’t shake up Yonder Alonso. Cleveland’s first baseman calmly fielded Joey Votto’s bouncer and made a strong throw to catcher Roberto Perez, cutting down Hamilton for the first ...

Newly-acquired Forsythe propels Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Logan Forsythe may be best known by Minnesota fans as the player who replaced fan favorite Brian Dozier. The lone major leaguer of the three players the Dodgers sent to the Upper Midwest on July 31 for the second baseman, Forsythe has filled in capably. Forsythe had ...

Haley brings new look to Browns

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley awoke Wednesday and discovered his phone was overloaded with text messages. He became an overnight TV star. Haley was impossible to miss in the second episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” He was everywhere, whether berating Corey ...

Super Bowl rematch slated for tonight

(AP) — It’s not exactly a Super Bowl rematch, especially in the preseason. But the Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots on Thursday night for the first time since the Eagles won their first Super Bowl with a 41-33 victory in February in Minneapolis. And just like at ...

Austin moves ahead with stadium plan

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt got a major boost to his effort to move the Major League Soccer club to Texas when the Austin City Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a plan for a new, privately funded stadium on city land. Precourt has been courting Austin ...