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Gibbs Has Four Chances at Title

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs has had the hottest hand in NASCAR this season. Now, after Erik Jones’ gritty, overnight victory at Darlington Raceway, the championship owner has four aces ready to contend for another title. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have each won ...

Brooke’s Josh Ferguson Is Giving Back

WELLSBURG — Brooke senior Josh Ferguson will be the first to tell you that soccer is his passion. He has been around the sport his whole life, playing the game since he was 4 years old. What Ferguson also acknowledges is that he has been fortunate to not have to worry about having apparel ...

Turf In Works For Fleming Field in Shadyside

SHADYSIDE — The Shadyside football program is one of the area’s richest in terms of history and tradition. But, it’s home stadium — Fleming Field — hasn’t had a facelift in quite sometime. That’s about to change, however. If all goes as planned and the Fleming Field ...

Oklahoma Bests Houston

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — New Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more, and the fourth-ranked Sooners rolled past Houston 49-31 on Sunday night. It was Hurts’ first game for Oklahoma since he transferred from Alabama. He put on a show as his ...

Serena Hurts Ankle In Win

NEW YORK — Serena Williams was in pain — “acceptable” pain, her coach called it — after rolling her right ankle during the second set of a U.S. Open victory. That was the bad news. The good news for Williams as she pursues a seventh championship at Flushing Meadows and 24th Grand ...

Brault Homers, Pitches Into 7th as Pirates Sweep Rockies

DENVER — Steven Brault came into the dugout after his first big league home run ready to celebrate with his teammates. Instead, they greeted him in jest with silence. It was only fitting after he quieted the Colorado Rockies’ bats for most of the afternoon. Brault hit a towering shot ...

Houston’s Verlander Tosses Third No-Hitter

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter, punctuating a dominant season with an overpowering performance to lead the Houston Astros past the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Sunday. Verlander struck out 14 and allowed just one runner, walking Cavan Biggio with one out in ...

Notre Dame Looks To Move on From CFP Loss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A discouraging end to an otherwise great 2018 season made for a long offseason for Notre Dame. The No. 9 Fighting Irish will try to start another national championship run Monday night against rebuilding Louisville. Last year’s quest ended with a 30-3 blowout loss ...

Mountaineers Survive James Madison Scare

MORGANTOWN— Austin Kendall loved the outcome but wasn’t happy that West Virginia’s offense struggled for much of the game against a Championship Subdivision opponent. The Oklahoma graduate transfer threw two second-half touchdown passes in his debut for the Mountaineers, who needed a ...

McKivitz Serves As West Virginia Team Captain

MORGANTOWN — No one said it would be easy. And it certainly was not for WVU Saturday afternoon at sun-drenched Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers launched their 2019 grid campaign notching a hard-earned 20-13 win over James Madison. The outcome was in doubt until the final minute as the ...

Day Era Begins With Ohio State 45-21 Triumph

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justin Fields threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score in his first game for Ohio State and the fifth-ranked Buckeyes rolled over FAU 45-21 on Saturday in the season opener. Fields, the five-star transfer from Georgia, made it look easy early, engineering touchdowns ...

Wheeling Park Patriots, Cabell Midland Knights End in Tie

WHEELING — Wheeling Park and Cabell Midland entered Saturday’s game at Wheeling Island Stadium sporting perfect records. Through the first week of the season, neither had really been challenged. Needless to say, this was going to be a good gauge for both teams. But when the final ...

John Marshall Boys Earn First Victory

GLEN DALE — It has been a rough start to the season for the John Marshall boys’ soccer team following a pair of lopsided losses to Three Rivers Conference rivals Brooke and Morgantown. But Monarchs coach Jesus Marin likes the makeup of his team and sees a light at the end of the ...

Myers Hits His Way Into Charleston Hall of Fame

WHEELING — John Marshall is one of the blue blood baseball programs in the OVAC. Bob Montgomery guided a Monarch powerhouse for 42 years amassing 869 career wins, including the 1985 state championship to go with seven OVAC crowns. He was inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame in ...

Madonna Overcomes Adversity, Rallies Past Bridgeport

MARTINS FERRY — Bridgeport sprinted to an early 12-0 lead thanks to its special teams and defense, but Madonna scored 21 unanswered points and held on for a 21-18 season-opening victory Saturday night on the artificial surface at the Dave Bruney Football Complex. Sophomore quarterback ...

John Marshall’s Mack Allen Claims Martins Ferry Cross Country Invitational

MARTINS FERRY — A pair of first time victors stepped to the top of the awards stand Saturday morning as the Martins Ferry Cross Country Invitational welcomed another talented pool of runners. River senior Livi Beard claimed the girls’ championship, while John Marshall sophomore Mack Allen ...

Zara Zervos Scores Five Goals To Spark an 8-1 John Marshall Victory

GLEN DALE — Zara Zervos continued her early season offensive onslaught as she scored five goals and added three assists as John Marshall steamrolled Steubenville Catholic, 8-1. Claire McElwee added a hat trick for the other Monarchs goals. Sammi Richmond chipped in with an assist and ...

Tagovailoa Helps No. 2 Alabama Rout Duke 42-3

ATLANTA (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Alabama overcame a sluggish start to blow out Duke 42-3 Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Returning to the stadium where they won the Southeastern Conference title last December and the national ...

Linsly’s Goodwin Makes Cowboys’ 53-Man Roster

The cruelest day of the NFL’s long calendar arrived Saturday with teams setting their 53-player rosters. The Cowboys opted to keep Linsly grad C.J. Goodwin on the 53-man roster, while cutting Ohio State alum Mike Weber. Goodwin is arguably the team’s best special teams player. Among ...

Bell Hits 35th Homer as Pirates Dominate Rockies

DENVER (AP) — Josh Bell hit his 35th homer, Kevin Newman homered on the first pitch of the game and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 Saturday night. Newman has nine hits, including three homers, in 14 at-bats in the series, and this was his second leadoff shot. Jose ...