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No. 1 Alabama Wins National Title 52-24 Over No. 3 Ohio St

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52-24 against No. 3 Ohio State on Monday night. The ...

Sarkisian, Bama Stars Deliver Big Numbers

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(AP) — Steve Sarkisian took full advantage of three of the most dangerous weapons in college football in their final act together. The top-ranked Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator put on another dominating play calling clinic during Monday night’s 52-24 win over No. 3 Ohio State in ...

End of an Era?

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey sat on the bench, their 11th season together over. Their future uncertain. Their pain obvious. The end of the 2020 season wasn’t supposed to come so quickly. Yet it barreled down on the Pittsburgh Steelers from the first snap of a 48-37 ...

W.Va. Winter Sports Practices To Start Feb. 14

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By CODY TOMER Sports Writer WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday that high school winter sports (basketball, wrestling and swimming) may return to practice on Feb. 14 and games can begin as soon as March 3. Teams must get 14 practices in before participating in ...

Cleveland Eliminates Pittsburgh, 48-37

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PITTSBURGH — So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or your emotional leader on the field. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it. The burden of carrying the mantle of a franchise that’s long been a punchline. A schedule ravaged by ...

’Bama Looking for 6th Title Under Saban vs. OSU

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MIAMI — Trying to figure out which of Nick Saban’s Alabama teams is best is akin to picking Michelangelo’s greatest work of art or Ernest Hemingway’s best novel. They are all excellent in their own way. The first to win a national championship came in 2009 and is still the only ...

Ravens Beat Titans, 20-13

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lamar Jackson finally has his first postseason victory — and on the road, no less. Combine that with Baltimore smothering 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry, and the Ravens look playoff tough. Jackson ran for 136 yards and a 48-yard touchdown while throwing for 179 more ...

Hilltoppers Cruise by Battlers, 123-73

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PHILIPPI — The No. 8-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team hit the accelerator early and kept the hammer down the rest of the way in hammering Alderson Broaddus, 123-73, Sunday afternoon at Rex Pyles Arena. Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (2-0, 2-0) forced 23 turnovers ...

WU Men’s Basketball Pauses Activities

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WHEELING — Wheeling University Men’s Basketball game at Notre Dame College Sunday was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols and in accordance with the MEC and NCAA guidelines, Director of Athletics Patrick Snively announced Saturday. The men’s basketball program will pause all team ...

Oscar Tshiebwe Will Transfer To Kentucky

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Former West Virginia standout Oscar Tshiebwe will transfer to Kentucky. Tshiebwe announced on Twitter that he will continue his career as a Wildcat. Tshiebwe announced he was leaving the Mountaineers for personal reasons on Jan. 1. The sophomore played 10 games for West Virginia this ...

Saints Take Down Bears

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NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees will get to celebrate his 42nd birthday by preparing for a playoff game that will also feature the one active NFL quarterback older than him. Brees completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 yards, connecting with Michael Thomas and Latavius Murray for touchdowns, and the ...

WVU-Baylor Men’s Basketball Game Postponed

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MORGANTOWN – The Big 12 Conference announced Monday that the West Virginia University men's basketball game at Baylor scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed in accordance with the Big 12 game interruption guideli4nes. West Virginia is unable to meet the required COVID-19 thresholds Monday, ...

Bucs Hold Off Washington

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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers past Washington 31-23 in their NFC wild-card game Saturday night for their first playoff victory since the 2002 season. Brady was 22 of 40 passing and at 43 years, 159 days passed George ...

West Liberty Wrestling Sweeps Opening Tri-Meet

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PHILIPPI — The No. 6-ranked West Liberty University wrestling team opened the season with a bang here Saturday afternoon, sweeping a triangular from host Alderson Broaddus and Glenville State at Rex Pyles Arena. Although it was their first competition in nearly a year, Coach Danny Irwin’s ...

Nailers Fall to Stingrays

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina Stingrays had struggled on the power play in their first eight games, but on Saturday night, it was one of their biggest weapons. Cole Ully’s power play goal snapped a tie game in the second period and was the first of three South Carolina power ...

Leonard Gets 10,000th Point as Clippers Win

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 35 points, going over 10,000 in his career, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 130-127 on Sunday. Leonard reached the milestone on one of his five 3-pointers in the third quarter, when he scored 21 points. His ...

English Secures First Victory in Seven Years

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By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer KAPALUA, Hawaii — Harris English was that player who always wanted the ball for the last shot. His trouble the last couple of years was getting off the bench and into the game. English completed his turnaround from a seven-year drought with a victory ...

Tough Day in Morgantown as WVU Falls to Texas, 72-70

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Three years to the day since Texas coach Shaka Smart told his players that Andrew Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia, the junior guard put his latest stamp on what is turning into a special season for the Longhorns. Jones hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to ...

Browns Get Three Back for Sunday Night Game With Steelers

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns flew to Pittsburgh for the playoffs with some reinforcements. Top cornerback Denzel Ward stayed in Cleveland as he recovers from COVID-19, leaving a massive hole in the Browns’ secondary as they get ready to face Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in an AFC ...

NBA: Ball Youngest With Triple-Double

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 on Saturday night for their third straight win. The 19-year-old Ball replaced Markelle ...