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No Surprises in Initial College Football Rankings

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If you don’t like the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, don’t worry. Saturday’s slate of huge games guarantees major changes are coming next week. Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame were the top four teams in the initial CFP rankings Tuesday night. After ...

Rams Splash At Trade Deadline

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NFL’s lone undefeated team has just made an already dominant defensive front even deeper. The Los Angeles Rams swapped a pair of draft picks for Jaguars pass rusher Dante Fowler on Tuesday, adding the third overall pick in 2015 to a defense already stocked with ...

Big Ben Has A Broken Finger

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a broken index finger on his left hand. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger sustained the injury on his non-throwing hand at some point in Pittsburgh’s 33-18 victory over Cleveland on ...

Truex Out to Prove Lame-Duck Team Can Win

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Maybe Martin Truex Jr. is the driver to root for through the rest of the NASCAR playoffs after his last-lap loss to Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway. His generation of jet-setting, lakefront-living, well-compensated stars has not been all that relatable to the average ...

European Tour Schedule Provides Big Finish

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By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The PGA Championship moving to May might have provided a strong finishing kick to the European Tour season. The European Tour released a schedule for next year that still involves 31 countries on five continents with 48 tournaments, even if they are a ...

Cavs Beat Hawks For First Victory

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Rodney Hood scored a season-high 26 points, Cedi Osman added 20 and Cleveland ended its six-game losing streak to start the season, beating the Atlanta Hawks 136-114 on Tuesday night in the Cavaliers’ first game since coach Tyronn Lue was fired. The Cavs came in as the ...

Islanders Cool Off Red-Hot Penguins in Blowout

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored twice in the second period to help the New York Islanders pull away from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 6-3 victory Tuesday night. The Penguins held a ceremony before the game to honor the victims of Saturday’s synagogue shooting in the Pittsburgh ...

Shawn Rine’s NFL Picks

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WHEELING — So badly I wish I could have been in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Not to watch the Steelers beat down the Browns, which happens annually and most times twice a year. As everyone knows it was a distressing day in Pittsburgh, with the senseless killings that took place a day earlier at ...

Conner Shining In The Spotlight

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PITTSBURGH— The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t surprised by the success of second-year running back James Conner. Conner continues to shine in the spotlight while two-time All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell remains away from the team. Conner enjoyed a history-making day, accounting for more ...

Taking a Look at Individual Statistical Champions

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WHEELING —A major part of being a sports fan is statistics. Who’s the leading rusher? How many yards do so and so have to this point? To many these questions are known as being a ‘‘stats geek’’, which is much more of a compliment than it is something to feel bad about. Growing ...

Browns Fire HC Jackson

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BEREA, Ohio— Hue Jackson’s failed, flawed tenure with the Cleveland Browns is finally over. The team fired its embattled coach on Monday, ending a run of futility nearly unmatched in NFL history. Jackson, who went 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, was dismissed Monday by general manager John ...

Patriots Top Buffalo, 25-6

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.— Devin McCourty returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown, and the New England Patriots’ defense smothered the Buffalo Bills’ anemic offense in a 25-6 win on Monday night. James White scored on a 1-yard run, and the Patriots relied more on Stephen ...

Cora Era Starts with Title

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LOS ANGELES— Hard to believe now, all these wins later, but the Alex Cora Era in Boston began with a loss. A brutal one, in fact. Opening day at Tropicana Field in late March, none of his late moves worked out as the bullpen blew a big lead in a 6-4 setback. No fan in New England would ...

SAR Receives Donation

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The 1st Mountaineer Whitetails Unlimited Chapter recently presented a check to George Washington Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Wreaths Across America chairman, Gary Timmons, center. The donation will help provide wreaths to be placed this December, on veteran’s graves at the ...

Park’s Shepherd named Coach of the Year

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Wheeling Park High School cheerleading coach Shawna Shepherd was recently named as the National Federation High School (NFHS) Coaches Association 2018 Coach of the Year for cheering. Each year, coaches are recognized by the organization for their outstanding commitment to the athletes of West ...

Tyler, Magnolia Both Get Wins

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SISTERSVILLE — Josey Jones had 21 digs, 13 kills, 12 points and three blocks to lead No. 2-seeded Tyler Consolidated to a 25-22, 25-27, 25-10, 25-18 victory against No. 3 Ritchie County in a West Virginia Class A Region One, Section Two volleyball match Monday night. JoLee Walton ...

Thompson Hits Record 14 3s

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CHICAGO (AP) — Klay Thompson broke teammate Stephen Curry’s NBA record with 14 3-pointers and finished with 52 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 149-124 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Thompson set the mark when he nailed a 3 with just under five minutes ...

Flames Defeat Maple Leafs

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TORONTO (AP) — Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm scored in a 55-second span of the third period to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. Lindholm and Monahan each added an assist as Calgary snapped a three-game losing streak. Michael Frolik ...

Race for the Title Heats Up

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Take a deep breath and rewatch “Days of Thunder” a couple hundred times to put some perspective on Joey Logano’s latest dustup with another driver. Logano sparked a storm of controversy at Martinsville Speedway when he bumped reigning series champion Martin ...

Dodgers Face Decisions

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Having lost in the World Series for the second straight year, the Dodgers enter an offseason filled with decisions about some of the franchise’s biggest names, including Clayton Kershaw, Manny Machado and manager Dave Roberts. First up is Kershaw, who has until ...