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Holgorsen Breathes Sigh Of Relief

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen breathed a sigh of relief following Saturday night’s 59-17 victory over FCS member Youngstown State. Not only had his No. 14 Mountaineers (2-0) overcome a game-long deluge from Mother Nature, but a Penguins squad (0-2) ...

Djokovic Wins U.S. Open

NEW YORK — The U.S. Open final suddenly appeared to be slipping away from Novak Djokovic. He dropped three consecutive games. He was angered by a crowd roaring for his popular opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. He was, in short, out of sorts. And then came Sunday’s pivotal game, a ...

Ruffed Grouse News

For nearly 25 years, unpredictable fluctuations of ruffed grouse populations in the Appalachian region have frustrated wildlife biologists in many states. Known for five- or six-year population cycles in northern states characterized by evergreen and aspen forests, ruffed grouse populations in ...

Penn State Takes Step Forward

Penn State head coach James Franklin expected a response from his players after dodging an upset in its opener against Appalachian State. He got one. Just a half later than he would have liked. The Nittany Lions pummeled Pittsburgh 51-6 in the slop at Heinz Field on Saturday night, scoring ...

WLU’s White Wins Bethany Invite

BETHANY — West Liberty’s Philip White couldn’t have had a better collegiate debut as the Hilltoppers’ talented freshman outraced everyone to the finish line in Saturday morning’s Bethany College Cross Country Invitational. White’s impressive performance spurred Coach Justin ...

Dalton, Bengals Spoil Luck’s Return to Lineup

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andy Dalton rallied the Bengals with three scores in the final 19 minutes and Clayton Fejedelem scored on an 83-yard fumble return with 24 seconds to go in a 34-23 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Cincinnati snapped an eight-game losing streak in Indy. The loss ...

Another Squirrel Delay Leads to Cardinals Rally

DETROIT (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals needed something to get them going on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. Out of nowhere — again — a squirrel appeared. In an episode sure to revive St. Louis fans’ memories of the 2011 Rally Squirrel, this game at Comerica Park was scoreless ...

West Virginia Routs Youngstown State

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s Gary Jennings slammed the door on all those jokes at his expense about his lack of scoring a year ago. The senior is more than making up for it so far in 2018. Jennings caught three touchdown passes from Will Grier to lead No. 14 West Virginia to a 52-17 ...

Wheeling Park Uses Late Bauer Goal to Win

WHEELING — With less than a minute to go on a running clock and the scored tied at 1-1, it looked as if a back-and-forth matchup between Class AAA boys’ soccer powerhouses Wheeling Park and Jefferson would end in a draw. Wheeling Park’s Andrew Glass and Vincent Bauer had other ...

Linsly Has Its Way With Mogadore

WHEELING — Linsly coach B.J. Depew knew coming into the season that Week 3 against Mogadore was going to be one of the games his team had circled on the calendar. It was one with great meaning because, after all, the Cadets have never beated the Wildcats. However, it’s a whole new season ...

Wheeling Jesuit Wins Inaugural Game

WHEELING — A new era kicked off Saturday at Wheeling Jesuit University. For the first time in school history, the Cardinals football team suited up and raced on to Bishop Schmitt Field. Not only did the Cardinals compete on the gridiron for the first time, but they did so in triumphant ...

WVU Is Not Slowed By Weather

MORGANTOWN — Dean Martin would have been right at home Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium as the ‘weather outside was frightful, but the fire – make that game — was so delightful’ as No. 14 West Virginia moved to 2-0 with a 52-17 victory over Youngstown State. On a day made for ...

Sancomb Excited to Have Opportunity as a Vulcan

WHEELING — Life can often times deliver some unexpected curveballs. Danny Sancomb was served up a huge one this past spring. The successful and affable Wheeling Jesuit University men’s basketball coach was unceremoniously relieved of those duties in May. His dismissal spawned a tidal ...

Bellaire Shaves Harrison, 14-7

BELLAIRE — Despite four turnovers and a couple of costly penalties, Bellaire is still undefeated after three weeks of high school football action. The Big Reds used a strong running game and a staunch defense in posting a 14-7 victory over Harrison Central on Saturday at soggy Nelson ...

Buckeyes Roll Scarlet Knights

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four touchdown passes and No. 4 Ohio State rolled to the 900th victory in program history, routing outmanned Rutgers 52-3 on Saturday. Johnnie Dixon grabbed two of Haskins’ scoring strikes, and backup quarterback Tate Martell added another ...

Notre Dame Gets Best Of Ball St.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fell on his sword after his eighth-ranked Fighting Irish struggled offensively against Ball State in what many assumed would be a tuneup game. “I obviously didn’t do a good enough job getting them up to play at the level they need to ...

Cleveland Seeks Closure With Victory Vs. Steelers

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the Cleveland Browns, winning the season opener against Pittsburgh could bring closure. The end of a 17-game losing streak. The first opening-week victory since 2004. More relief from the haunting memories of an 0-16 season. A new beginning for a franchise and fan base ...

Pirates Secure Fifth Straight

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell has homered in consecutive games following three days off. He doesn’t think it’s a coincidence. “I was able to kind of reflect a little bit,” Bell said. “Take a step back, watch some baseball, get some work done in the cages and get back to the ...

Osaka Wins U.S. Open Crown

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the U.S. Open women’s final descended into chaos, with fans booing and play delayed before Naomi Osaka wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title. The ...

Wheeling Central Cruises Past East Hardy

WHEELING — After watching his team suffer a 47-7 mercy-rule defeat at the hands of West Virginia Class A No. 1 Wheeling Central on Friday night at Bishop Schmitt Field, East Hardy coach Devon Orndorff made no bones about it. The Maroon Knights (3-0), who are the defending state champions, are ...