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Brown Not Worried About Hard Feelings When Bell Returns

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown isn’t worried about hard feelings lingering whenever running back Le’Veon Bell decides to show up. Brown defended Bell on Friday after several teammates expressed frustration that the All-Pro has yet to sign his franchise ...

Djokovic, del Potro to Meet in Open Final

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NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his U.S. Open semifinal, on what he called “a bad movement.” It was a familiar pain, one that he’s dealt with off-and-on for years. The defending champion looked up at his guest box and indicated something was ...

Weir Survives James Monroe

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WEIRTON — Weir scored a touchdown late Friday night and then had to hold on for dear life with a stop at its 1-yard line as time ran out to seal a 26-20 victory over James Monroe. The large Jimmy Carey Stadium crowd was on its feet with 2.7 seconds left as Mavericks junior quarterback ...

Martins Ferry Crushes Union Local

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MARTINS FERRY — It was Hall of Fame Night at the Dave Bruney Football Complex on Friday. Chas Yoder’s Purple Riders didn’t disappoint the latest group of HOF enshrinees. Ferry moved to 3-0 with an impressive 39-7 downing of previously unbeaten Union Local. In the process, it snapped a ...

Wheeling Park Boys Down Spring Mills, 2-0

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WHEELING — Jason Pennybacker made his opportunities count Friday evening against Spring Mills. The Wheeling Park junior striker headed in Park’s opening goal and assisted on the other as the Patriots (6-2) defeated Spring Mills by a 2-0 score at Wheeling Island Stadium. Pennybacker got ...

Grove Preaches To Kids: ‘Dream Big’

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WHEELING — Dream big. Michael Grove heard that advice when he was a young baseball player in Wheeling and it paid dividends. The Wheeling Park and West Virginia University product was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Dodgers during the MLB Draft in June and signed his ...

Brooke Outduels John Marshall

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WELLSBURG—Brooke volleyball coach Lori Lynn Jackson wanted to see her team be aggressive at the net on Thursday. Despite dropping the third set, the Bruins did exactly what their coach expected as they upended visiting John Marshall in four sets by counts of 25-20, 25-18, 22-25 and ...

Fichtner Ready To Guide Steelers ‘O’

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ask the men he coaches what makes Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner tick, and you get a variation of the same response. He’s a dude. A good dude. But just a dude. “There’s nothing special or outrageous or eccentric,” guard David DeCastro ...

Eagles Squeak By Falcons

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PHILADELPHIA — Matt Ryan to Julio Jones failed again. Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offense and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the season with an 18-12 victory over the ...

Woods, McIlroy Off to Torrid Start

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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Tiger Woods had his lowest round since his last victory more than five years ago, an 8-under 62 with birdie chances on all but two greens and only one bad swing all day. All it got him at the BMW Championship was a tie for the lead Thursday with Rory ...

Older Quarterbacks Litter Big 12

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Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy considers Taylor Cornelius something of a dinosaur, and not because his starting quarterback’s 23rd birthday is coming up the day after the Cowboys play their third game of the season. Cornelius arrived on campus as a walk-on in 2014, had a redshirt season ...

Bragging Rights Are on the Line

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The first few weeks of the season often set the tone for which conference will be deemed best for the rest of the season. It’s a debate that can be both fun and tedious. Does it really matter whether Kentucky is better than California when it comes time to figure out if the Pac-12 champion ...

Williams Into 9th U.S. Open Final; Osaka Next

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NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams was a bit shaky at the start of her U.S. Open semifinal. For all of six minutes. That’s how long it took her to drop the opening two games Thursday night. Williams spent the next hour playing flawlessly, particularly up at the net, grabbing 12 of 13 games ...

Hilltoppers Hold Off Bobcats

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WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty football coach Roger Waialae spoke at length this week about how one very good football team was going to leave Russek Field at West Family Stadium on Thursday night with an 0-2 record. Waialae and the Hilltoppers are breathing a sigh of relief that it wasn’t ...

Wheeling Central Rallies Past Cameron

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CAMERON — With the fall season still young, Wheeling Central coach Donnie Murray knew that he and his volleyball squad was going to have to go through a process of getting used to a new system. However, the Maroon Knights do have senior leadership in the mix. After letting a nine-point ...

Field Is Unveiled for Cancer Research Classic

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WHEELING — Dr. Gregory Merrick is never satisfied. Especially as it pertains to the Cancer Research Classic, Merrick is always seeking to do more. And for the 11th consecutive year, Merrick, who serves as the director of the Schiffler Cancer Center and men’s health at Wheeling ...

Magnolia Invades Shadyside

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SHADYSIDE — When you mention Magnolia and Shadyside during football season, you think of two small schools nestled along the Ohio River as being rivals. However, that may be the truth in a sense, but in reality the Blue Eagles and Tigers have only met three times on the gridiron since the ...

Steelers Losing Patience With Bell

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PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s teammates spent the offseason and all of training camp brushing off his absence, confident in their belief that the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back would eventually let the business side of things play out, sign his franchise tender and be at work when ...

Pirates Complete Sweep of Reds

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PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon pitched five effective innings and helped send Homer Bailey to yet another loss as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Wednesday night to sweep their three-game series. Taillon (12-9) allowed only one run as he scattered eight hits and walked ...

First-Year Players Make Impact for WVU

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MORGANTOWN — When No. 14 West Virginia (1-0) took to the field at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., eight players saw their dream of starting for the Mountaineers come to fruition. Among those who helped open the 2018 season with a 40-14 victory over Tennessee were a pair of ...