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Magnolia, Williamstown Turning Into Major Rivalry

WILLIAMSTOWN—Magnolia and Williamstown is becoming one of the premier rivalries in West Virginia high school football. Dating back to 2009, the series is split with each team securing four wins, including last year’s 34-12 victory by Williamstown. However, the Blue Eagles’ 2-8 squad ...

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Dereck Hess cuts through a hole in the University High defense during their game in Morgantown.

JM Looks to Rebound in Maryland

GLEN DALE — Ultimately the scoreboard tells the final version of the story. But often it doesn’t explain each chapter. John Marshall football coach Rick Goodrich believes that to be true of his team’s 34-8, season-opening loss last week at University. The stats say the Monarchs (0-1) ...

FILE - In this April 22, 2017, file photo, Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson (17) has his pass rushed by defensive lineman Tim Settle (4) during an NCAA college football spring game in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente announced Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 that Jackson will start the Hokies’ Sept. 3 season opener against West Virginia.(Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)

Gibson Familiar With Tech QB

MORGANTOWN — Opening your season against a longtime rival that is being led by a first-year quarterback can be scary for most defensive coordinators. That will not be the case, however, when No. 22 West Virginia’s veteran defensive leader Tony Gibson lines his 3-3-5 prevent unit up ...

FILE - At left, in a Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher gestures during an NCAA college football game against Charleston Southern. At right, in a Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban watches play against Florida during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, in Atlanta. The result of the Alabama-Florida State could be a topic of conversation all season, especially among the College Football Playoff selection committee. (AP Photo/File)

Bama-FSU May Have Long-Term Impact

The result of the Alabama-Florida State could be a topic of conversation all season, especially among the College Football Playoff selection committee. The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 3 Seminoles face off in an unprecedented opener Saturday in Atlanta’s shiny new stadium. The No. 1 team ...

Wheeling Signs Hunter Fejes

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers have announced their 17th player signing of the 2017 offseason. Wheeling has signed forward Hunter Fejes to an ECHL contract. Fejes, 23, is entering his second full season of professional hockey, after spending his first campaign in the Arizona Coyotes ...

Cavs Get 2020 Pick From Celtics

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — The blockbuster trade, delayed and in jeopardy of dying, is done: Kyrie Irving is headed to the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas is coming to the Cavaliers and the NBA can take a well-earned break. For a minute. Concerned with medical findings after ...

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Pittsburgh Falls Against Chicago

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO — Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, Ian Happ and Anthony Rizzo also went deep to back Jose Quintana, and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-3 on Wednesday night. Chicago tied a season high for runs set against Philadelphia ...

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, waves to fans after beating Timea Babos, of Hungary, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Sharapova Wins Another At U.S. Open, No. 4 Zverev Out

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK — No one, not even Maria Sharapova herself, knew quite what to expect from her return to Grand Slam tennis at the U.S. Open. It had been 19 months since she had entered a major tournament. She played only nine times anywhere since a 15-month ...

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West Liberty’s Nick Nestor (8) tries to get around the defense of Franciscan’s JP Bobak during Tuesday’s game.

The Start of a New Family at West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY — Born in early February with the hiring of Thomas Olivier as coach, West Liberty unveiled its men’s soccer program for the first time Tuesday on the hilltop. Despite a three-goal deficit after the first half Tuesday against Franciscan, West Liberty gathered on its side of ...

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Wheeling Park’s Phil White (14) goes high for a header above teammates Coleman Meredith (9) and Vincent Bauer on Tuesday against Parkersburg South.

Wheeling Park Boys Shut Out Parkersburg South, 4-0 in Soccer

WHEELING — After a slow start, the Wheeling Park boys’ soccer team was able to take control of the first half as it scored four goals against Parkersburg South and did not allow a shot on goal. The first 40 minutes were enough and the Patriots came away with their first victory of the ...

Elijah Bell

Bell Primed for Sophomore Season at A&T

WHEELING — Elijah Bell prides himself more on winning than personal numbers. The Wheeling Park grad, however, has produced a lot of both during his still-evolving football career. The 6-foot-1, 221-pound wide receiver helped lead Park to the Class AAA West Virginia state football crown in ...

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) dives for a tipped ball in a short yardage drill during an NFL training camp football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Latrobe, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Secondary Focused On Versatility

PITTSBURGH — The nameplate over Cam Sutton’s locker isn’t actually a plate at all. It’s a yellow sheet of paper with his number, his last name and his position written in black marker. The position part says only “defensive back.” Not cornerback. Not safety. Not slot corner or ...

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald (89) runs against the Denver Broncos during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

Steelers Trade For TE McDonald

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin scouted Vance McDonald before the 2013 NFL draft and liked what he saw from the big tight end. Though San Francisco grabbed McDonald in the second round that spring, Tomlin kept tabs on McDonald, monitoring his progress from ...

Barnesville Sweeps Bellaire in Volleyball

BELLAIRE — As Nikki McEndree watched her team’s Game 3 lead dwindle Tuesday evening, she called timeout to try and stem the tide. The Barnesville head coach’s words were heeded, as the Shamrocks scored five straight points. ‘‘That’s better!’’ McEndree bellowed to her team as ...

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl leaves the baseball game after giving up two runs to the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Pirates Can’t Solve Arrieta in 4-1 Loss

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta continued his dominant second half with six innings of two-hit ball, Ben Zobrist homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night. Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Alex Avila had an RBI single and Jason Heyward added a ...

RETRANSMISSION TO PLAYER TO NAOMI OSAKA - Angelique Kerber, of Germany, reacts after losing a point to Naomi Osaka of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Defending Champ Kerber Out in First Round

NEW YORK (AP) — The question was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the first round. The surprisingly lopsided 6-3, 6-1 loss to 45th-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan under the closed roof in Arthur Ashe ...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7), left, stands beside running back James Conner (30) as they warm up before an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Pittsburgh. AFC North revolves around QB longevity, except in Cleveland. With Big Ben’s return, the pecking order in the AFC North is set. The Steelers are favored again to win a division that is a model of quarterback continuity, except in Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Fred Vuich, File)

Longevity Is Key In AFC North

A tweet answered the biggest question in the AFC North — in fewer than 100 characters, no less. “Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season,” Ben Roethlisberger told the Twitterverse in April. “Steeler Nation will get my absolute best.” With that, the division’s ...

Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) calls out a play during NFL practice, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, on the practice fields next to Paul Brown Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 in Cincinnati. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Bengals’ Lewis Defends Burfict

CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis defended the hit by Vontaze Burfict that caused the NFL to suspend him for five games and insisted that the Bengals linebacker has changed his ways on the field to conform to the league’s emphasis on player safety. Lewis said there’s nothing wrong ...

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Steubenville Catholic Central linebacker Levi Thompson tackles Wheeling Central’s Bray Price on Friday. The Crusaders defeated the Maroon Knights 35-14.

Steubenville Catholic Central’s Levi Thompson Opening Eyes

WHEELING — At first glance, Steubenville Catholic Central’s 6-4 record last season wasn’t much to write home about. But just by digging a little deeper fans would unveil that the Crusaders won four of their final five last season to enter 2017 with momentum. Still, not many believed ... ...

Wheeling Park Girls Take Down Brooke in Soccer

WELLSBURG — The young Brooke girls’ soccer team faced a stiff test against a veteran squad in Wheeling Park on Monday. The Bruins scored their first goal of the season in the game, but it was not nearly enough as the rival Patriots came away with a 9-1 victory. “We knew it was going ...