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Dangerfield respected in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Dangerfield has carved out a niche on the NFL’s fringe, one that’s not for the impatient or the faint of heart. The 27-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers safety has spent much of the last five years bouncing from the 53-man roster to the practice squad and back again. ...

Phil edges Tiger with birdie on 22nd hole

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Phil Mickelson beat Tiger Woods in overtime Friday in their $9 million pay-per-view match in Las Vegas that ended up free for many viewers because of technical problems. Mickelson won on the 22nd hole, making a 4-foot birdie putt on a specially set up 93-yard, par 3. The match at Shadow Creek ...

Big Ten full of big rivalry encounters

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MADISON, Wis. — Barry Alvarez was pacing the sideline as coach the last time that Wisconsin lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe to Minnesota. It was 2003, but the empty feeling that comes with losing the rivalry game remains fresh. Losing stings. It’s all the education that younger fans and ...

No. 22 Mississippi State prevails in ejection-filled Egg Bowl

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald’s previous Egg Bowl included a career-altering injury and a crushing loss on his home field. One year later, Mississippi State’s senior quarterback earned redemption. Fitzgerald ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead No. 22 ...

Saints ‘Brees’ past Falcons

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees made Atlanta pay for losing track of his inexperienced receivers, and New Orleans’ defense halted several promising Falcons drives with forced fumbles they could not afford. Tommylee Lewis and Austin Carr each caught his second career touchdown pass, rookie ...

Cowboys claim third straight

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott made the $21 donation after his touchdown. Amari Cooper took the freebie following the first of his two scores. The bonus for the Dallas Cowboys: They’re all the way back in the NFC East race. Cooper celebrated his first touchdown with a mock free ...

Defensive score propels Bears

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DETROIT (AP) — Chase Daniel outplayed Matthew Stafford, proving an NFL journeyman can beat one of the highest-paid players in the league. Daniel threw a career-high two touchdowns to keep the Chicago Bears rolling with a 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday, filling in very well for ...

A coach’s love: Ammirante thankful for family and hoops

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WHEELING — Thanksgiving is just that — giving thanks for what we have. It’s also an opportunity to express gratitude for what we’ve had; to praise the blessings, and people, that have come through our lives. Gene Ammirante will do that today, not once, but twice. He’ll dine with ...

Vargo recognized for offensive line play at Ohio Dominican

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When Robert Vargo takes a step back, he can hardly believe it. The former Martins Ferry High School standout played tight end during his prep career for Dave Bruney. He actually played it well enough that Ohio Dominican recruited him to play that position. After arriving on the Columbus ...

Monroe Central formally withdraws from the PVC

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WOODSFIELD — Monroe Central was one of the charter members of the Pioneer Valley Conference. The Seminoles become the latest school to inform the league and commissioner Don Ulman that they’re departing the league and will continue as OVAC members. Athletics Director Ryan Rosnick told ...

CRC preparations well under way for 12th annual event

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WHEELING — Prep basketball season is officially right around the corner. One of the highlights of the area season is the annual Cancer Research Classic, which will celebrate its 12th birthday in 2019. While the nation’s premier boys basketball teams won’t converge on downtown ...

Prep wrestling season inching closer

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The 2018-19 wrestling season — both collegiately and scholastically — promises to be an exciting one as a pair of huge post-season tournaments — one on each level — will be staged in the Ohio Valley. On the local level, for the first time in quite a while, Division III high school ...

Defense will be huge key in ‘The Game’

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 4 Michigan has the nation’s top-ranked defense with NFL-caliber players at each position group and one of the game’s best coordinators calling the shots. The Wolverines, though, have not been tested as much as they will be by No. 10 Ohio State and quarterback ...

No. 23 Ohio State gets past scrappy Samford

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Don’t flinch. That was the message Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann had for his young Buckeyes, trailing for the first time at the half against undefeated Samford after shooting just 37.5 percent from the field. Those words provided the necessary motivation, as ...

Grier seeks victory in home finale

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West Virginia quarterback Will Grier finally is getting his shot at playing Oklahoma. Grier missed last year’s meeting with a broken finger and the Mountaineers were blown out in Norman, Oklahoma. The senior will play his final home game Friday and can send No. 12 West Virginia (8-2, 6-2 ...

Pens trying to stay the course as losses mount

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan’s regular film sessions with the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t lack for clues on why one of the NHL’s marquee franchises is in the midst of its bumpiest stretch in more than a decade. The defense can morph into a disjointed mess under sustained pressure, ...

LeBron makes return to ‘The Land’ this evening

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The air was heavy, heaving with hatred. And when LeBron James skipped onto the Quicken Loans Arena floor on Dec. 2, 2010, with his Miami teammates, scorned Cleveland fans aimed their fury at one of their own, the kid from Akron who was shaken by the experience. James was ...

No change atop College Football Playoff rankings

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Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks. Unlike last week, there was a ...

West Liberty men gets past West Virginia Wesleyan by 9

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BUCKHANNON—Eric Meininger had West Liberty’s first triple-double in nearly a decade and the No. 2-ranked Hilltoppers used a late 17-3 surge to get past upset-minded West Virginia Wesleyan, 80-71, Monday night at Rockefeller Arena. It was the fourth straight win for Coach Ben Howlett’s ...