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Steelers Hold Off Ravens to Stay Perfect

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t one for excuses. Even as COVID-19 wreaked havoc with his team’s schedule, pushing their matchup with Baltimore from Thanksgiving night to middle of the afternoon in the middle of the week in the middle of a pandemic, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers ...

No. 1 Gonzaga Rallies by WVU

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INDIANANAPOLIS (AP) — Losing Jalen Suggs in the first half shook up No. 1 Gonzaga. Getting him back in the second half Wednesday provided a needed jolt of energy. Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert each scored 19 points, and Suggs’ ...

WU’s Richardson Excited to Be Part of MEC

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WHEELING — When Chris Richardson was announced as the head men’s basketball coach at Wheeling University in late July, he and his staff went straight to work on his first recruiting class. Already being behind the 8-ball a bit, Richardson also faced another obstacle in terms of recruiting. ...

West Liberty Volleyball Adds Four New Faces

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WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University volleyball coach Riley Schenk hit the ground running on the recruiting trail, adding an impressive quartet of high school seniors to the Hilltopper mix during the NCAA early-signing period. The latest additions are Riley Cudnik, a 6-foot-1 middle ...

LeBron Signs New Extension

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has agreed to a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. James’ agency, Klutch Sports, confirmed the deal Wednesday during the first week of training camp for the NBA champions. The Lakers are still finalizing their new contract with Anthony Davis, ...

Pirates Ink Taillon

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with pitchers Jameson Taillon and Michael Feliz as well as shortstop Erik Gonzalez on Wednesday, signing each for the 2021 season. The Pirates also declined to offer a contract to reliever Clay Holmes and sent catcher Will Craig ...

Buckeye Fends Off Creek

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RAYLAND — Jake Mayle bucketed 23 points to lead Buckeye Local past Indian Creek by a 47-44 final on Wednesday. Best Cameron added to Mayle’s performance with 10 points of his own in the victory. Isaiah Vandine led Indian Creek with 14 points, alongside teammate Landon Pownell, who ...

Rafer Johnson Dies at 86

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died Wednesday. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death ...

Houston Sends Westbrook To Washington for Wall

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a first-round draft pick, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal, which ...

No. 11 WVU Gets Shot At No. 1 Gonzaga

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During the downtime of last week’s Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins pounced on an opportunity to challenge his team early. Tennessee had dropped out of the Jimmy V Classic, leaving No. 1 Gonzaga without an opponent. Never one to shy away from a ...

Steelers, Ravens Set To Finally Meet … Maybe

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t into hypotheticals. The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach prefers to deal with what is happening, not what might happen. This season, however, has challenged that approach. The unbeaten Steelers (10-0) are scheduled to host some semblance of the Baltimore ...

Ohio State Still 4th in CFP Rankings After Cancellation

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Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson for a second straight week. The selection committee’s top seven teams were unchanged from ...

Roughriders Move Closer to Being Sold

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WHEELING — The West Virginia Roughriders have been sold, somewhat. According to franchise owner Gregg Fornario, he and a group — HMG Sports — have “signed an agreement deal.” HMG also owns the Baltimore Lightning. “We’ve been talking for a bit now,” Fornario said of the ...

Harrison Central, Bridgeport Pause Girls Basketball

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The Bridgeport and Harrison Central girls basketball programs have officially pushed the pause buttons on their current seasons. Both the Bulldogs and Huskies are shutting down just their girls teams for two weeks as each team has one player with a case of coronavirus, which has led to the ...

Brown Squashes South Carolina Rumors

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Staff Reports If there were any questions about current West Virginia coach Neal Brown being a candidate for the South Carolina head coach position, they have been answered. Brown, during a press conference Tuesday, squashed any rumors that he was a candidate for the Gamecocks’ position. ...

The Wait Continues For Steelers-Ravens

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By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer The Baltimore Ravens’ struggle to contain an extended outbreak of the coronavirus forced their rescheduled game Tuesday night against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers to be moved back to Wednesday afternoon. It’s the third fix to a matchup originally ...

Willis Resigns As JM Football Coach

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MOUNDSVILLE — Coaching football can take hours away from precious family time. John Marshall football coach Jason Willis has spent nearly 20 years of his life coaching, including the last three as the head coach of his alma mater. Now, after a 5-4 regular season this year and a 15-15 ...

Hendershot Tabbed Second Team All-State

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville girls soccer team achieved new heights this season despite a lot of adversity. One of the main reasons was the play of senior Mikayla Hendershot. It didn’t go unnoticed as the 4-year veteran was named Division II second team all-state. The all-state ...

MLB Launches Wood-Bat League for Draft Prospects

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is creating a minor league for top eligible prospects leading to the summer draft. The wood-bat MLB Draft League is launching with five teams and could add a sixth, MLB said Monday. Teams will play a 68-game regular season that includes an All-Star ...

Seahawks Soar Past The Eagles

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By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA — DK Metcalf again made the Philadelphia Eagles regret passing him up in the draft. Metcalf caught 10 passes for 177 yards, Russell Wilson threw for 230 yards and a touchdown and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Eagles 23-17 on Monday ...