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West Liberty Opens with Two Huge Games

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WEST LIBERTY—Ben Howlett insists he doesn’t listen to any of the outside noise. But if he had, no doubt the whispers about the West Liberty men’s basketball team’s nonconference schedule recently would have met Howlett’s ears. The second-year coach says the arrival this weekend to ...

Pittsburgh Rips Panthers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their ...

Comis Thriving at UMass

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It took Ross Comis the better part of a few days to wrap his head around what happened last Saturday. He didn’t believe what he was hearing after the Massachusetts’ triple overtime victory against Liberty and even after seeing the stat sheet still struggled to believe it was real. But, ...

Kang Stays With Pirates

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh and the third baseman agreed Thursday to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $625,000 each for 200, 300, 400 and 500. The deal was ...

Michigan State, Auburn Try to Play Spoiler

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By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Spoiler season is here in college football, the time of year when being a party pooper is a worthy and honorable goal. After most of last week’s monster matchups turned out to be lopsided affairs, the next couple of weeks should be about ...

Canucks Win Fifth Straight

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BOSTON (AP) — Bo Horvat had two goals and two assists and the Vancouver Canucks extended their winning streak to five games with an 8-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Loui Eriksson added two goals and an assist and spurred a five-goal outbust in the second period. Ben ...

Thunder Beat Rockets, 98-80

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 20 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets on Thursday night without point guard Russell Westbrook for their seventh straight victory. Westbrook missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. George also had 11 ...

NASCAR’s Cheating Culture Unmasked

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By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The credo in NASCAR has always been “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’,” and that has never changed despite series effort to keep things on the up-and-up. Now that culture has resurfaced again and at a most ...

Kuchar Tied for Lead On Vacation in Mexico

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar decided at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and made it look like a smart move Thursday. Kuchar missed only two fairways at El Camaleon Golf Club, key to good scoring, and kept bogeys off his card for a 7-under 64 that gave him a ...

Newman, Wake Forest Upset No. 22 NC State

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By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jamie Newman threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jack Freudenthal with 30 seconds left to give Wake Forest a 27-23 upset victory over No. 22 North Carolina State on Thursday night. Making his first career start, Newman was 22 of ...

No MLB Rule Changes Until Spring Training

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By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as ...

Shepherd University Brings Back Dropkick

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By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Ruan Venter learned how to dropkick playing rugby in his native South Africa and sometimes would do it for fun during football practices at NCAA Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia. Until a couple weeks ago, he wouldn’t have ...

No. 13 Jesuit Takes Care of Fairmont State

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WHEELING, W.Va. (Nov. 8) - The No. 13 Wheeling Jesuit University volleyball team advanced in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament with a 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 27-25) win over Fairmont State in a quarterfinal match Thursday night at the McDonough Center. The Cardinals, who are the ...

Mayfield Looking For Consistency on Hits

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield has become the NFL’s unwanted poster boy for helmet-to-helmet hits. Twice this season, Cleveland’s rookie quarterback has been struck in the head by tacklers during games and both times the officials failed to call a penalty for the obvious ...

Hilltoppers Rally For MEC Tourney Victory

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WHEELING—The regionally-ranked West Liberty University volleyball team roared back from a 2-0 deficit Thursday night to beat West Virginia State, 3-2, in a Mountain East Conference Tournament quarterfinal at the McDonough Center. Coach Kayla Mull’s Hilltoppers (24-9) advance to take on ...

Four Teams In Contention For Big 12 Championship

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By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer There are four legitimate contenders, three weekends of games and two big head-to-head matchups that should go a long way in determining the Big 12 championship game rematch. Big 12 co-leaders No. 6 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 6 CFP) and No. 7 ...

Wimbush to Start At Quarterback for Irish

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By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer No. 3 Notre Dame is turning back to Brandon Wimbush to keep the Fighting Irish unbeaten. Wimbush will start at quarterback against Florida State on Saturday, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press, because Ian Book is ...

Northwestern Is A Surprise Atop Big 10

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By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern came into the season with its star quarterback limited, lost its top running back early on, dropped three straight games and went winless in nonconference play. Sounds like a recipe for one long season, except take a ...

Georgia Keeps Producing Talented Running Backs

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When Elijah Holyfield was pondering where he wanted to go to college, he certainly took an interest in history. Specifically, Georgia’s long lineage of great running backs. “It was a very big deal to me. I’ve watched Georgia football for a long time and I’ve ...

Tyler Consolidated, Wheeling Central Clash at Brooke

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WELLSBURG — Wheeling Central coach Mike Young has a message for all the Chicken Littles of West Virginia high school football: ‘‘the sky is not falling,’’ he said. The top-ranked Maroon Knights (9-1) open defense of their Class A title at 7:30 on Friday night on the turf of Paul ...