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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, left, lines up in drills during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The rookie linebacker had two sacks in his preseason debut last week, leaving both the Steelers coaching staff and older brother J.J. impressed.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Watt’s Emergence Signals Changing of Guard

LATROBE, Pa. — Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt will take all the preseason snaps he can get at right outside linebacker. And perhaps most of them in the regular season too, a fact the man his is in the process of replacing isn’t fighting. James Harrison is the Steelers’ ...

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws during practice at the NFL football team's training camp facility, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Thomas Thinks Osweiler Will Win Starting Job

BEREA, Ohio — After weeks of speculation, analysis and evaluation, the Browns’ quarterback competition is headed into its home stretch. Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas believes it’s over — Brock Osweiler will start the season opener on Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh. “I could be ...

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Brewers Hit Five Homers in Win Over Pirates

MILWAUKEE — Home runs have been key to the Milwaukee Brewers’ production this season. The suddenly resurgent Brewers hit five more Wednesday, including Manny Pina’s deciding two-run shot in the eighth inning that lifted the Brewers to a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “That’s ...

Joe Torre, chief baseball officer of Major League Baseball, talks with reporters following a meeting of Major League Baseball owners, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Steinbrenner, Torre Like Jeter With the Marlins

CHICAGO — Derek Jeter won five World Series during a 20-year run with the New York Yankees. He piled up 3,465 hits and made the All-Star team 14 times while becoming one of baseball’s biggest stars. Will that success continue in the front office of the Miami Marlins? Stay tuned. Jeter ...

Wheeling Signs Brown to Contract

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers, have announced their 13th player signing of the 2017 offseason. Wheeling has signed forward Cam Brown to an ECHL contract. Brown, 24, got his first taste of professional hockey at the end of the 2016-17 season, when he joined the Adirondack Thunder for their ...

Barty Knocks Out Williams in Cincy

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Ninth-seeded Venus Williams was knocked out of the Western & Southern Open by qualifier Ashleigh Barty in a three-set, second-round match on Wednesday. Barty, who is ranked No. 48 on the WTA Tour, bounced back after dropping the second set to pull out a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 ...

This Oct. 15, 2016, photo shows Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Dante Booker watching the game against Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, Wisconsin. After he injured his knee in the season opener last year, linebacker Dante Booker was a man in limbo. Booker is healthy now, and again has earned a starting outside linebacker spot. (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Linebacker Booker Gets Another Chance for OSU

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio — After he injured his knee in Ohio State’s season opener last year, linebacker Dante Booker was a man in limbo. Week after week, coach Urban Meyer would tell reporters that Booker may be close to returning to the field. Week after week, ...

Review: Minnesota Properly Handled Suspensions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota followed law and policy properly when it suspended 10 football players last fall following an accusation of sexual assault, an outside review found. The review released Wednesday blamed “weak leadership” by the coaching staff for a threat ...

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina tags out Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell at home during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Secures Victory Over Pittsburgh

MILWAUKEE — Zach Davies anticipated exactly how the Pittsburgh Pirates played. Keon Broxton hit a pinch-hit home run, Manny Pina drove in two runs, Davies pitched into the seventh and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates 3-1 on Tuesday night. “Just a good battle,” Davies said. ...

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana hits a solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Bartolo Colon in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Indians Hit Five Home Runs, Defeat Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Santana hit two of Cleveland’s five home runs and Danny Salazar continued his strong second-half stretch in the Indians’ 8-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Santana, Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion all hit solo homers off Bartolo Colon ...

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Robinson Becomes First WJU Football Assistant

WHEELING — The first piece of the inaugural Cardinals gridiron coaching staff is now in place. Brandon Robinson became the first Wheeling Jesuit assistant football coach announced today. Robinson joins WJU coach Zac Bruney to help bring football student-athletes to the Wheeling campus as ...

Receiving Corps Taking Shape for No. 20 WVU

MORGANTOWN – The announcement by veteran coach Dana Holgorsen that sophomore wide receiver Marcus Simms will not be available for No. 20 West Virginia’s season-opening clash with arch rival and No. 22 Virginia Tech understandably caused concerned among the Mountaineers’ rabid fans. But, ...

Rickie Fowler finishes the 16th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Fowler Keeps Celebrating Everyone Else’s Majors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rickie Fowler, golf’s version of an action hero, keeps showing up too late to save himself at the majors. His final six holes at the PGA Championship were nothing short of remarkable, the very reason why Fowler should remain in the category of “when” and not “if” ...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open's main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Sharapova Granted Wild-Card Entry Into U.S. Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw on Tuesday and will take part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in more than 1¢ years. Sharapova is among eight women given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis ...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns safety Jabrill Peppers plays against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, in Cleveland. Peppers has instincts on the football field that can’t be taught or coached. He’s a natural. “When he was born, there was probably a football right next to him,” Browns special team’s coordinator Chris Tabor said of Peppers.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

Browns Rookie Peppers Flashing A Variety of Skills

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio — Jabrill Peppers has instincts on the football field that can’t be taught or coached. He’s a natural. “When he was born, there was probably a football right next to him,” Browns special team’s coordinator Chris Tabor said. “It ...

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016, file photo, Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) runs with the ball during the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Ohio State, in Glendale, Ariz. Renfrow, whose TD catch led to a national title, is already a folk-hero for Tiger fans. Now, he'd like to be a regular contributor and main cog of the offense. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Clemson Title Game Hero Seeking Bigger Role

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer CLEMSON, S.C. — It seems impossible for any Clemson fan to overlook 5-foot-11 Hunter Renfrow after his game-winning catch clinched the Tigers first national title in 35 years. But there was Renfrow at a Brazilian steakhouse on Hilton Head this summer ...

Former QB and Receiver Bonnafon Now a Rusher

By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Reggie Bonnafon didn’t complain when an eventual Heisman Trophy winner supplanted him at quarterback, and he hasn’t looked back on what might have been. He has focused on succeeding wherever Louisville coaches placed him and has ...

Transfers Outside Of QB Who Could Have Big Impact

By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. — Chris James has waited long enough to take a handoff at Wisconsin. The running back sat out a year after leaving Pittsburgh to move to Madison, looking for a better backfield opportunity. That moment has finally arrived. James is ...

The Diamond Chix 16U softball team won the 124-team All Sanctioned World Series in Columbus. The team in comprised of John Marshall’s Lauren Garcia, Maddy Mayle, Lydia Knutsen, Mack Hall and Abby and Anna Blake, as well as Steubenville’s Kameron DiMarzio and Jaliyah Hubbard, Linsly’s Maddie Menendez, Bridgeport’s Brooklyn Ruble and Magnolia’s Ashley Tharp. Not pictured is River’s Livi Rose.

Diamond Chix 16U Softball Claims World Series Crown

MOUNDSVILLE — Winning championships is not something that is unfamiliar to the Diamond Chix travel softball organization. Always in the running for hardware wherever they play, the 16U Chix took their game to the next level July 14-16. Playing in the prestigious All Sanctioned World Series ...

Wheeling Park’s Jacob Nickell Finishes Second in Parkersburg

VIENNA — Wheeling Park’s Jacob Nickell is playing confident golf the last few tournaments. He followed up two sub-70 performances with an impressive effort Monday at the Callaway Junior Tour’s Parkersburg Country Club Invitational. The Patriots senior finished in a three-way tie for ...