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Swavely, Royals Put End to Nailers Win Streak

EDITOR’S NOTE: This game was played Wednesday night but did not end in time to meet our deadline. WHEELING — On paper Wednesday night’s matchup with the Reading Royals appeared to be just what the Wheeling Nailers needed to continue their recent hot streak. But hockey is played on a ...

No. 22 Miss. State Rips Ole Miss in Egg Bowl

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead No. 22 Mississippi State over Mississippi 35-3 on Thursday night in an Egg Bowl marred by a fight in the second half that led to four ejections. Mississippi State looked as though it would cruise ...

Saints Claim 10th Straight to Eliminate Falcons

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes to inexperienced receivers and the New Orleans Saints won their 10th straight game Thursday night with a 31-17 victory over Atlanta that eliminated the Falcons from contention in the NFC South. Tommylee Lewis and Austin Carr each ...

Pens’ Murray Onto IR

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Matt Murray on injured reserve Thursday because of a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray had been dealing with the injury “for a couple weeks.” Team doctors decided rest was the best course of action for the ...

Majority of Big 12 Coaches Are Safe

David Beaty has already been replaced at Kansas as he gets ready to coach his final game with the Jayhawks. Former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury is again on the hot seat as coach of his alma mater. There is even uneasiness around 79-year-old Bill Snyder, who first got to Kansas State ...

Everything In Place for Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING—Prep basketball season is officially right around the corner. One of the highlights of the area season is the annual Cancer Research Classic, which will celebrate its 12th birthday in 2019. While the nation’s premier boys basketball teams won’t converge on downtown Wheeling’s ...

Reading Royals End Wheeling Nailers’ Three-Game Winning Streak

WHEELING — On paper Wednesday night’s matchup with the Reading Royals appeared to be just what the Wheeling Nailers needed to continue their recent hot streak. But hockey is played on a sheet of ice, not a sheet of paper. Steven Swavely had a goal and two assists while goaltender Angus ...

Toppers Overpower The Rams

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—The West Liberty University women’s basketball team shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and drained 17 3-pointers on Wednesday to outgun Winston-Salem State, 107-101, in a non-conference game at the C.E. Gaines Center. Coach Kyle Cooper’s Lady Hilltoppers (4-2) ...

Does Meyer Still Enjoy Coaching?

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Urban Meyer doesn’t seem to be having much fun these days. The Ohio State coach is not demonstrably mirthful, of course, at least not when it comes to his job. “It’s not like me to be the Joe Positive guy,” he acknowledged the other day. “I’m usually the ...

Saints Look to Feast on Falcons

Now that we’ve seen Big 12 football break out in the NFL—Rams 54, Chiefs 51—can we get a college hoops score out of the Saints? The Who-Dats will be rocking the Superdome on Thanksgiving night, with New Orleans facing its archrival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints are running away with ...

State Title Spot on the Line for Central, Doddridge

WHEELING—Since the 2000 high school football season Wheeling Central has captured a whopping nine West Virginia Class A state championships. Meanwhile, Coach Bobby Burnside and his Doddridge County team has never been to the winner’s circle, in fact the Bulldogs had never even advanced to ...

Weir Must Go Through Fairmont Senior, Again

WEIRTON—Last year the road to the Class AA state football championship went through Fairmont Senior and it is the same this year for Weir. And like a year ago, the Polar Bears are dominant. The two teams clash for the second time this year on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Fairmont for the right ...

Big 12 Title Berth On The Line for WVU, OU

MORGANTOWN—For the first time since No. 13 West Virginia (8-2, 6-2 Big 12) entered the Big 12 in 2012 the road to the league’s championship game will go through Morgantown. “I’m sure they (WVU) will be waiting for us,” second-year OU coach Lincoln Riley said. “And, we are ...

Sills and Seniors Look To Leave A Legacy

MORGANTOWN — Senior wide receiver David Sills V has a message he wants every Mountaineers fan to hear. “It’s been quite a journey for me,” he said. “I just want to say thank you to the people of West Virginia. Coming here as a freshman, then leaving for junior college and then ...

Back in Japan, Ohtani Says MLB New Ballgame

TOKYO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani says it didn’t take him long to realize he was competing at a much higher level during his first season in Major League Baseball. Ohtani returned to Japan and held a news conference at the National Press Club, where he spoke at length on his first season with the ...

Third Quarter Woes Have Haunted Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN — In many ways West Virginia’s offense, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier, has been one of the most prolific in school history. Then, again, it hasn’t. Especially after halftime. “I bet you there are a lot of things if you look at it and study it that you could ...

Roach Scores Career-High 32 as Horns Top UNC

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kerwin Roach II had a career-high 32 points with seven assists and six steals to lead Texas over No. 7 North Carolina 92-89 on Thursday night in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. Roach also had six rebounds and was 12 of 15 from ...

Auburn Is Bracing for Tua

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Deshaun Davis can’t believe some of what he’s seeing out of this Tua Tagovailoa-led Alabama offense. The Auburn linebacker and defensive leader’s film sessions, which started shortly after last Saturday night’s game, illustrate both the challenge of facing ...

Rivalry Weekend Supplies Crucial Matchups

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Cups, trophies, bowls and championships. Big games and The Game. Rivalry week always comes with high stakes and huge prizes, from bragging rights to College Football Playoff spots. We have a brief guide to a three-day football feast, starting ...

Gonzaga Gives Duke First Loss

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Gonzaga found itself in the same position as Duke’s first five opponents: appearing helpless as the Blue Devils and their rim-rattling freshmen ran past and flew over them. The Zags never panicked, never looked up in awe at the bouncy Blue Devils. They have too much ...