Briefs

Dover tops Big Red girls

DOVER — Dover used a late goal from Grace Smith to top the Steubenville Big Red girls soccer team Thursday.

After Dover had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by Natalie Baker early in the second half, Big Red pulled even with a goal from Mary Marshall assisted by Michaela Brancazio.

Goalkeeper Zoe Nocera made 16 saves for Steubenville.

Big Red is now 6-5-1, and is back in action Saturday during the Breast Cancer Awareness event at Harding Stadium facing Catholic Central at 1 p.m.

Big Red boys tie New Philly

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Big Red boys played to a scoreless tie on Thursday on the road against New Philadelphia.

Goalkeeper Jacob Clevinger made seven saves for Big Red.

Steubenville is now 10-1-2, and plays Saturday in the Breast Cancer Awareness event at Harding Stadium against Catholic Central at 5 p.m.

Brooke boys top St. C

WELLSBURG — The Brooke boys soccer team defeated St. Clairsville at home on Thursday, 2-0.

Josh Ferguson led the way with a goal and an assist, and Nick Cruny added another goal for the Bruins.

Goalkeeper Matthew Reed made seven saves.

The Bruins improved to 7-9-1 on the season, and are back in action Tuesday at Weir.

Oak Glen boys win

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen boys soccer team picked up a 3-1 win over Jefferson Christian on Thursday.

Seth Mozingo, Blake Perez and Lucas Harris each had a goal for the Golden Bears. Gage Bailey had an assist, and Parker Provenzano added two assists.

Jacob Clark made six saves in goal for Oak Glen.

Allen Moran provided the lone goal for Jefferson Christian on a penalty kick. Prestinn Shilling made 10 saves, and Ben Elliott had eight.

Oak Glen plays again on Saturday at 1 p.m. against North Marion.

Edison sweeps Ferry

RICHMOND — The Edison Wildcats swept Martins Ferry in Thursday’s volleyball match, 25-11, 25-15 and 25-18.

McKenzie Morrison had nine kills, seven digs and three aces. Logan Perry had six digs, five kills and three blocks. Allison Crawford had 12 kills, nine digs and an ace. Frankie Russell had 11 digs. Kayla Huff had 29 assists, seven aces and three kills.

Termite League sign-ups upcoming

WEIRTON — The Weirton Termite Basketball League is holding sign-ups from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Millsop Community Center.

Children from kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible. Registration is $70.

For information, contact Ron Greer at (304) 670-1116.

Patriots hold off Bucs, 19-14

TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England’s porous defense showed signs of improvement Thursday night in a 19-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Astros beat Red Sox, 8-2

HOUSTON — Jose Altuve hit three home runs in an unprecedented show of power for the diminutive major league batting champion as the Houston Astros roughed up Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Thursday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Buoyed by chants of “MVP” in each trip to the plate, the 5-foot-6 Altuve hit solo homers in the first and fifth innings off Sale. He connected again in the seventh off reliever Austin Maddox to give Houston a quick boost in the best-of-five series.

It was just the 10th time a player hit three homers in a postseason game.

Despite his size, Altuve couldn’t be a bigger leader for the Astros. He’s one of the few players remaining who languished through a rebuilding process that led to three straight 100-loss seasons from 2011-13, and is perhaps the biggest reason this team ran away with the AL West title this year.

Justin Verlander pitched six effective innings to remain unbeaten since Houston got him in late trade with Detroit.

N.C. State stops Louisville

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nyheim Hines ran for two touchdowns and Ryan Finley threw for another to help No. 24 North Carolina State beat No. 17 Louisville 39-25 on Thursday night.

Hines ran for 102 yards and had a 48-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter that helped set up a touchdown drive for the Wolfpack (5-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Finley threw for 367 yards and a 48-yard score to Kelvin Harmon, part of N.C. State’s 520 total yards on a night it never trailed against the Cardinals (4-2, 1-2).

D-backs coach apologizes

LOS ANGELES — Arizona Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto says it was a mistake for him to wear an Apple Watch in the dugout during the NL wild-card game against Colorado.

Prieto told reporters on Thursday that he didn’t use the watch for any illicit purpose and that it was on “airplane mode” during the game, a setting that shuts off any of the watch’s communication abilities. The former big league pitcher is an extra coach who also serves as interpreter for the Diamondbacks.

From staff and wire reports

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