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Central Too Much For Madonna

WHEELING — Total domination. Wheeling Central could do no wrong in Thursday’s 55-0 thumping of Madonna at Bishop Schmitt Field. As if the score wasn’t enough, how about this: ∫ Total yards: Wheeling Central 481, Madonna 63 (all coming in the second half. Blue Dons held to 0 yards ...

West Liberty Rally Falls Short at Urbana, 21-19

URBANA, Ohio — The West Liberty University football team dropped a 21-19 decision at Urbana on Thursday night in a mutual season opener at Urbana University Stadium. Coach Roger Waialae’s Hilltoppers dominated the second half but were unable to come all the way back from a 21-0 first-half ...

Dobbs, Steelers Roll, 39-24

PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs put together a compelling case to be on someone’s NFL roster next week, throwing for a touchdown and running for another to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 39-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the preseason finale Thursday night. Dobbs, fighting for one ...

Magnolia Tops Park, St.C. in Tri

WHEELING — The Magnolia volleyball team got off to a great start to the season, securing victories against St. Clairsville and Wheeling Park in a tri-match Thursday at Wheeling Park High School. Magnolia secured its first victory of the season defeating host Wheeling Park in straight sets, ...

Grier, Sills Ready For Big 12 Run

MORGANTOWN — Quarterback Will Grier and wide receiver David Sills worked well together at West Virginia last year, right down to announcements a few days apart that they’d return for their senior seasons. Rather than wondering what might have been if the duo chose to enter the NFL draft, ...

Umpire Visit Scrutinized; No. 2 Wozniacki Loses

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn’t move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring. The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to ...

Cardinals Silence Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader and John Gant hit back-to-back home runs, Gant pitched into the sixth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Thursday night. The Cardinals have won 17 of 21 and took their tenth consecutive series, their longest series winning ...

Different Tone of Talk About TTU’s Defense

Kliff Kingsbury knows all about players wanting to go to Texas Tech to be part of a big-play, high-scoring offense. He was one, a quarterback who passed for a lot of yards and touchdowns as a three-year starter long before becoming the Red Raiders coach. Kingsbury certainly doesn’t expect ...

Shadyside Takes Down Toronto

SHADYSIDE — Trailing by six midway through the second set Wednesday evening, Cindy Archer felt her team needed a bit of a refresher. The first-year coach of the Shadyside volleyball team called her squad over to the bench and delivered a simple message, one that didn’t take long to ...

Davidson Earns Full-Time Job

WHEELING — Wheeling Central athletics director Donnie Murray spent all summer looking for the right person to lead the Maroon Knights softball team into the future. Turns out, he didn’t have to look very far. Buck Davidson took over the team early last season on an interim basis after ...

Blue Dons, Knights Set For Clash

WHEELING — Wheeling Central and Madonna have a long history together and their rivalry writes the next chapter during a Thursday night clash at Bishop Schmitt Field on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Both teams started the season with impressive victories, albeit in ...

John Marshall Looks to Keep Roll Going

MOUNDSVILLE — John Marshall opened newly renovated Monarch Stadium with a bang last Friday night, picking up a quality win against a heralded University squad in Coach Jason Willis’ first game at the helm. This week John Marshall remains at the friendly confines as Willis and his crew ...

Dobbs Focusing on Football, Not Spot

PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs is good with numbers. Look no further than his aerospace engineering degree as proof. Still, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback isn’t in the mood to do the math heading into his team’s final preseason game on Thursday night against Carolina. The Steelers ...

Park Welcomes Allderdice in Home Opener

WHEELING — Every high school football team wants to get their program to a point where the word “rebuilding” doesn’t need to be used, but “reloading” is much more acceptable. Coming into the 2018 high school football season, Coach Chris Daugherty’s Wheeling Park squad knew there ...

Eagles Prep for Angry Bunch of Yellowjackets

NEW MARTINSVILLE — In a week’s time, the Magnolia football team shot up the Class A charts, going from preseason No. 9 all the way to No. 2. That’s just fine with Blue Eagles (1-0) coach Dave Chapman, who believes his club has the necessary ingredients to compete with the state’s ...

Pruitt Opens Coaching Tenure Against WVU

MORGANTOWN — It’s been eight years, but West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen remembers his first game as head coach and can relate to what University of Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt will be going through when his Volunteers look to knock off the No. 17 ranked Mountaineers when the two teams ...

Will Grier Looking For Some ‘Home Cooking’

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia senior quarterback Will Grier will be looking will lead the Mountaineers onto the field at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, looking to put on a show in his home state. “Yeah, no doubt,” Grier explained when asked about returning to North ...

Knowns, Unknowns Cloud West Virginia Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When it comes to No. 17 West Virginia’s season opener against the University of Tennessee on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., it will be a case of the ‘known vs. the unknown’. Entering his eighth season at the helm of the Mountaineers, Coach ...

College Football Picks: Michigan, Auburn, Miami Start Fast

After a quiet offseason in college football, the final month leading up to kickoff was dominated by scandals. As lousy as off-the-field issues can be in the sport, and the topics were unsettling in August, the games rarely disappoint and are the reason fans tolerate the bad news. The season ...

Pittsburgh Shuts Out St. Louis, 2-0

ST. LOUIS — Trevor Williams pitched six strong innings, Starling Marte had an RBI single in the sixth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Wednesday night. Williams (11-9) gave up three hits and struck out a career-high eight. He has allowed just four earned ...