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Delaware State Still Looking for First Win

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DOVER, Del. – Let’s face it. Hornets can be pesky at times. That won’t be the case, however, at noon Saturday when the Hornets from Delaware State University pay their first visit to Milan Puskar Stadium. Head coach Kenny Carter’s third DSU squad is coming off of a winless (0-11) mark ...

West Virginia Corners Troubling for Gibson

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MORGANTOWN — It may only be Week 3 of the 2017 season, but it’s not too soon for veteran WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson to be concerned over the performance of his unit in the Mountaineers’ first two games. “We are not happy right now,” Gibson lamented during Tuesday’s press ...

Offensive Line Must Improve

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MORGANTOWN — Heading into West Virginia’s (1-1) final non-conference game of the 2017 campaign against FCS member Delaware State (0-2), veteran offensive line coach Joe Wickline isn’t ready to give his unit a grade. “I don’t know if I will give them a grade,” Wickline said. “They ...

Big 12 Looks to Back Up Oklahoma’s Win

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Time for the rest of the Big 12 to step up. No. 2 Oklahoma gave the conference a signature victory last week at Ohio State that should serve the Sooners well when the College Football Playoff selection starts sorting through contenders. Two other ranked Big 12 teams hit the road this weekend ...

John Marshall Looks to Rebound, Halt Bellaire’s Momentum

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MOUNDSVILLE — Friday night’s battle between Bellaire and John Marshall at Monarch Field will pit one team trying to continue to gain momentum going forward in the season and the other trying to grab it and turn things around. Coach Mark Spigarelli’s Big Reds (2-1) have won two games in a ...

Martins Ferry, St. C. Headed in Different Directions

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MARTINS FERRY — Two teams headed in different directions will collide Friday night in Buckeye 8 action at the Dave Bruney Football Complex when Martins Ferry plays host to rival St. Clairsville in a 7 p.m. kickoff. Martins Ferry opened the season with a 47-0 victory over Buckeye Local, but ...

River, Magnolia Meet in Thursday Clash

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NEW MARTINSVILLE — Every year when they play each other, both Magnolia and River mark this game on their calendars. The Blue Eagles and Pilots open up Week 4 in the Ohio Valley as the cross-river rivals meet at Bill Stewart Memorial stadium tonight with a kickoff time of 7 p.m. In arguably ...

Sacks Galore Are Likely In Houston at Cincinnati

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Judging by the performances of their blockers in the opening week of the season, it’s fair to wonder if there will be more sacks than points in Thursday night’s game between the Texans and Bengals. Cincinnati allowed Andy Dalton to be trapped five times, half as much as Houston yielded in ...

Madonna Wins Ninth Straight OVAC Title

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WHEELING—The Madonna golf team is on a run for the ages. The Blue Dons captured their ninth consecutive OVAC championship on Tuesday at Crispin Golf Course, led by senior Howie Peterson, who collected his third OVAC individual title in a row. Madonna scored 315 points to pick up the ...

Cambridge Is 4A Champions

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WHEELING — Guernsey County made its presence felt Tuesday at the OVAC Class 4A Golf Championship. Cambridge took home the team crown, while Meadowbrook’s Trey Singleton repeated as medalist under mostly overcast skies at Oglebay Park’s challenging Robert Trent Jones layout. The ...

Pittsburgh Falls to Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE — Eric Thames hit his 29th home run, Domingo Santana went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Tuesday night. The Brewers pulled within two games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs who were playing the New York Mets. Gerrit Cole ...

Wheeling Park Girls Score Early, Often in Win

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WHEELING — When you are a team that has state title aspirations like the Wheeling Park girls’ soccer team does, having quality depth can go a long way. Tuesday at Wheeling Island Stadium, the Patriots got a long look at what their reserves — and their future — can do when given the ...

Huskies Take Down Big Red

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STEUBENVILLE — Harrison Central was not happy with its performance Monday night at St. Clairsville, a loss in four sets to the Red Devils. The Huskies erased the disappointment of that by coming into Steubenville on Tuesday and sweeping Big Red in impressive fashion. “We played (Monday) ...

Rine’s Week 2 Predictions

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I often catch grief for what I write in this space. Sometimes it concerns the ripping of someone’s team, but mostly it’s my record at actually picking the games. I’m here to tell you, folks, that for the most part, trying to select the winner of NFL games is no easy task because of the ...

Weekend Wrap: Taking Stock After Week 3 in OVAC Football

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WHEELING — It’s been said more than once that prep football season around the Ohio Valley is the fastest 10 weeks of the year. Well here we are already, getting set for Week four of the 2017 season. Late Wheeling Park coach Mark Nardone always believed that you judge teams in increments ...

Wheeling Central Boys Soccer Defeats Union Local, 4-0

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WHEELING — Having played four games in six days Wheeling Central’s boys’ soccer team was looking to take command early Monday against Union Local, dictate the tempo and get as many minutes from as many kids as possible. And while things don’t always work as planned, coach Brian ...

Weir Girls Shut Out Steubenville Catholic Central

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WEIRTON — The Weir girls soccer team was in control from start to finish Monday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium, using a dominant six-goal first half to pull away and cruise to a 9-0 victory over Steubenville Catholic Central. Julia Gianni led the way for the Red Riders with two goals and three ...

Tuitt May Be Back On Field

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PITTSBURGH — Stephon Tuitt made his way into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room late Monday afternoon, sat down in his chair and started fiddling with his laundry bag. No sign of immediate pain from the biceps injury that threatened — but apparently did not end — the defensive ...

Pirates Take Down Brewers

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MILWAUKEE — After dominating the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over three days, the Milwaukee Brewers were rendered almost lifeless by Pittsburgh rookie Steven Brault and the reeling Pirates. Brault and four relievers combined on a three-hitter to lift the Pirates to a 7-0 victory over ...

Cleveland Extends Win Streak to 19 Straight

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CLEVELAND — Unrelenting and unbeatable at the moment, the Cleveland Indians refuse to lose. With their latest overpowering win, they extended baseball’s longest winning streak since 2002 to 19 games with an 11-0 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Monday night to move closer to a record that ...