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Tomlin Trying to Keep Reeling Steelers Focused

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn’t see the ...

Nassar Abuse Is Top Story

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The depths of Larry Nassar’s depravity began to emerge some 15 months before the calendar flipped to 2018 — when reports of his sexual abuse first appeared in newspaper stories that would eventually lead to a trial and, ultimately, to the doctor’s imprisonment. But it was January 2018, ...

Lakers Rout Warriors

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 ...

UMBC Win Is Biggest Surprise

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The University of Maryland-Baltimore County had no chance. Not against mighty Virginia, certainly not against history. No 16th seed had ever beaten a No. 1 in NCAA Tournament history, the lopsided ledger climbing to 135-0 through the opening weekend of 2018. The Retrievers also had the ...

Swinney Keeps the Mood Light

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Dabo Swinney likes to keep the mood around Clemson’s football program light, with lots of revelry. It’s the Dabo Way. And it seems to be working. Top recruits keep arriving each year, assistants don’t want to leave and the Tigers keep winning. Swinney, in his ...

‘Generation Z’ QBs Taking Over Football

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Trent Dilfer has been head coach for the national high school quarterback competition known as Elite 11 since 2011, and even in that short period of time the quality of players coming through the program has drastically improved. “We’ve always had our handful of clearly the best,” said ...

Win and In: Ravens in All Too Familiar With Scenario

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After missing the postseason for three straight years, the Baltimore Ravens probably wouldn’t complain at all about squeezing into this year’s playoffs as a wild card. Entering as AFC North champions is so much better — a scenario that stands as a distinct ...

Browns Go From Winless to Almost Winners

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Just a year ago, the Browns were winless. They were aimless. They looked hopeless. Disgusted with their laughable team, some Cleveland fans spent the holidays planning a tongue-in-cheek parade around FirstEnergy Stadium to celebrate a probable 0-16 season. Coach Hue Jackson ...

St. C.’s McLean Named Coach of the Year

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — He was hired at the tender age of 23. He subsequently changed a culture and eventually became the winningest football coach in school history. Brett McLean is that man. And despite being 41 years of age, the affable mentor has authored a coaching resume at St. ...

Shay Straughn Joins Family in 1,000-Point Club

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MOUNDSVILLE — What started out as a simple game in the driveway has blossomed into a special bond that will live on in the Straughn family forever. A father, a son and a daughter, all connected by the game of basketball, have each left their mark on a sport they love so much. On Dec. 17, ...

Happy Holidays To All

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WHEELING — It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And really, who can argue? While I wish there was going to be some snow in the forecast, I love Christmas time. I love shopping for family, especially my nieces and nephew and seeing their joy of that toy they can’t wait to play ...

Steelers Frustrated By Latest Close Loss

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NEW ORLEANS — Desperately needing a win, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin went for the jugular with a fake punt call late in the fourth quarter against the Saints. Upback Roosevelt Nix came up just short, and so did the Steelers in an excruciating, infuriating 31-28 loss Sunday that may ...

Ferns Likely To Play in Bowl Game

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MORGANTOWN — Asked if fans will get one last chance to see a healthy linebacking corps when No. 16 West Virginia takes on No. 20 Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla., veteran defensive coordinator Tony Gibson had a very, very simple answer. “No.” Pressed to explain, the ...

McGhee Lauded by Elks Lodge No. 28

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Wheeling Central football standout Curtis McGhee, III center, is the Wheeling Elks Lodge No. 28 Ohio County Athlete of the Month for December. From his quarterback position, McGhee recently led the Maroon Knights to another W.Va. Class A state championship, and was also recently named first ...

Straughn Is Athlete of the Month

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John Marshall girls’ basketball standout Shay Straughn, second from left, is the Wheeling Elks Lodge No. 28 Marshall County Athlete of the Month for December. The senior sharpshooter is the Monarchs’ leading scorer this season and has helped lead them to a winning record. Straughn is shown ...

Irish Defense Ready For Prolific Tigers Offense

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame All-American cornerback Julian Love already knows all about Clemson. Blame his roommate. Love’s roomie is Troy Pride Jr., another cornerback for the Fighting Irish, who will play Clemson on Dec. 29 in a playoff semifinal in Arlington, Texas. Pride is ...

NFL’s Winners, Losers

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Winners and Losers. The big winners in Week 16 were the Saints , Patriots, Cowboys , Seahawks and Ravens. The big losers were the Steelers, Dolphins, Chiefs and Texans. But wait. Then the Texans became winners hours later, earning a playoff berth as they headed back to Houston on Sunday ...

HC’s Mitchell Named Sophomore of the Year

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WHEELING—There are many traits that make up a well-rounded quarterback. Harrison Central first-year coach Anthony Hayes saw many of those traits come out this season in sophomore quarterback Kobe Mitchell. As Mitchell grew into a leader and a dual-threat quarterback for the Huskies, his ...

Saints Put Steelers’ Season on the Brink

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NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees found a receiver who hadn’t played most of the season to sustain a late touchdown drive. The Saints’ defense found a way to force two fumbles in the fourth quarter. And New Orleans’ punt-return unit stopped a fake punt less than a yard short of a conversion that ...

WJU’s Battilochi Speaks on China Trip

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WHEELING — Jess Battilochi recently returned from 10 days in China with Team USA’s women’s wrestling team. She served as one of the team’s trainers as they trained with the Chinese national team. “It was a really awesome experience. Being with athletes of that high level of talent ...