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Kaepernick Has New Nike Deal

By The Associated Press Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with Nike, even without having a job in the NFL. Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, made the announcement on Twitter, calling the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback an “All American Icon” and crediting attorney Ben Meiselas ...

Some Sat The Stars NFL Preseason Out

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott never lobbied publicly for a few snaps once the Dallas Cowboys decided to sit their healthy star running back for the entire preseason. Frank Gore actually got two plays with the Miami Dolphins, and the 35-year-old going into his 14th season wanted ...

NFL 2018: Questions are Everywhere

NEW YORK (AP) — Rules changes and national anthem demonstrations seem to have folks inside and outside the NFL obsessed as the opening kickoff of the season approaches. Yes, the Super Bowl champion Eagles and Atlanta Falcons will open things on Thursday night in Philadelphia. What many ...

Votto Gets Shirt, But Reds Beaten By Bucs, 5-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — This trade was too good for Joey Votto to turn down. The Cincinnati Reds star first baseman spotted a fan sitting along the first base line Monday at PNC Park wearing a T-shirt that read “Votto for President.” It was from a Nike promotional campaign in 2012 and Votto ...

Junis, O’Hearn Doom Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jakob Junis allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, Ryan O’Hearn homered twice and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Junis (8-12) gave up a two-out single to ...

Park’s Saunders Runs With a Purpose

By KYLE LUTZ Staff Writer WHEELING — On the night of May 18, Wheeling Park’s Ronnie Saunders lined up at the starting line for the 3,200 at the West Virginia state track meet. The gun sounded and the runners took off in the final event of Day 1. As the lights shined down on the runners, ...

Weir Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Title Team

WEIRTON — The summer months, especially July and August, traditionally have become the time when high school class reunions are held. There was a huge reunion Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium when the players, coaches and administration that were in place in 1998 got together to reminisce ...

Food, Will Grier And Adjustments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ever wonder what a college football coach does when his team is forced to wait out a prolonged halftime? Well, if you are West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen, the plan is a simple one. “Watched football games, ate two bananas, had a couple cold beverages and then ...

Williams Hits 18 Aces in Win

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams’ yells of “Come on!” crescendoed right along with the tension in a fourth-round U.S. Open match that began as a rout and suddenly became riveting. When she ripped a backhand winner to claim the third set’s opening game Sunday, Williams let out her ...

Acuna Leads Braves Past Bucs

ATLANTA — Ronald Acuna Jr. loves being a spark at the top of the Braves’ batting order. “It’s part of my personality and the kind of baseball player that I am,” he said through a translator. “That’s the energy I try to bring. The energy is contagious, and I just try to make sure ...

Browns Release Nassib, Meder

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carl Nassib has been offering financial advice to his teammates. On Sunday, he got caught in the Browns’ numbers crunch. Nassib and fellow veteran defensive lineman Jamie Meder were the two most notable players waived by Cleveland, which has overhauled its roster under ...

Kemp’s Double Lifts Dodgers Past Diamondbacks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over Arizona 3-2 Sunday for sole possession of first place in the NL West. A day after Kemp launched a go-ahead, three-run homer ...

It’s Migration Time

Shorter days and chilly mornings signal curious naturalists that certain predictable natural phenomena are about to unfold. Brilliant goldenrod turns old fields into seas of sunshine. Tree leaves have begun to morph into their fall colors glory. Look for red maples, sassafras, and poison ivy ...

Kelly Likes What He Sees in Defense

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — If 36-year-old Clark Lea had butterflies calling signals during his first game ever as a defensive coordinator, it wasn’t apparent to his boss, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. “You don’t know if a bomb has gone off in the coach’s box because he has such a calm ...

West Virginia Makes Statement in Season Opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It isn’t in Will Grier’s nature to panic. So two dropped touchdown passes, a 10-minute drive by the opposing offense and an hour-long weather delay at halftime weren’t about to distract the West Virginia senior quarterback on Saturday. Grier got his Heisman Trophy ...

Grier Throws Five Touchdowns in Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First impressions usually are the most lasting ones. Just ask first-year University of Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt. “Yeah, to answer your question, he (WVU’s Will Grier is pretty good. The thing I was most impressed with was he let the game come to him. “In the ...

Hirt-Giovengo Connection Boosts Linsly

WHEELING — Linsly coach B.J. Depew knows the tests are going to get harder, beginning next week. Westinghouse gave the Cadets a good tune up for half, and now it’s on to powerful Mogadore. Wyatt Hirt completed 11 of 17 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns — four to Jules Giovengo ...

St. Clairsville Takes Down Meigs, 34-14

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — About the only thing that could’ve stopped Justin Heatherington from having one of those memorable games was the weather. Fortunately for the St. Clairsville senior, he did all of his damage early on. Heatherington scored a trio of touchdowns three different ways ...

Maroon Knights Secures Victory Over Red Riders, 2-1

WHEELING—Wheeling Central took a major step forward on Saturday. For the first time in the three year tenure of head coach Brian Komoroski, the Maroon Knights defeated Weir by a 2-1 count at the 16th Street Field. The Red Riders (2-4) ended the Knights’ season a year ago with a 1-0 win ...

Ohio Valley Opens Its Heart to Volleyball Tragedy

LISBON — I have said repeatedly the Ohio Valley is a special place to live for when tragedy strikes the local response is swift and powerful. Tragedy befell an OVAC volleyball team this summer. Lauren Thomas, a junior for Beaver Local, suffered a stroke July 14 while attending a volleyball ...