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Shadyside Routs Magnolia, 50-20

SHADYSIDE — Any head coach wants to see his team improve from week to week. Shadyside’s Mark Holenka is no different. Friday night the veteran coach watched his squad excel on both sides of the ball in rolling to a stunning, 50-20 victory over visiting Magnolia on Fleming Field. The win ...

St. Clairsville Upends Meadowbrook

BYESVILLE — Successful football — regardless of the level — has been built on the same recipe since the sport was founded. The majority of the ingredients include: run the football, take care of the football, control the line of scrimmage and play good defense. St. Clairsville placed ...

Steubenville Gets Victory Over St. Joseph

STEUBENVILLE — Caleb Mitchell and David Tuttle ran for two touchdowns each Friday in Steubenville’s 40-19 victory over Canada Football North St. Joseph inside Harding Stadium. Clayton Criss, making his second start at quarterback, overcame a shaky start to throw for 306 yards and another ...

WVU Looks to Continue Winning Ways vs. YSU

MORGANTOWN — No. 14 West Virginia will look to start the season 2-0 when the Mountaineers entertain FCS member Youngstown State University at 6 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium. “First home games are always great,î” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said during Tuesday’s press conference. “I ...

Pittsburgh Beats Miami

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Luplow hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, Josh Bell also had a two-run shot and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Friday night. Kevin Kramer drove in his first career run with a two-out single in the seventh that made it ...

Wheeling Signs Veteran Isackson

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers, announced their 17th player signing of the 2018 offseason. Wheeling has signed forward Christian Isackson to an ECHL contract. Isackson, 26, returns to North America after spending the last two seasons in Europe, suiting up for Gap HC in France and the ...

Brown Not Worried About Hard Feelings When Bell Returns

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...