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Indianapolis continues to search for ways to stop Steelers’ offense

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chuck Pagano has never been one to play by the numbers. And he’s not starting now. So rather than remind his players of what happened the last three times Pittsburgh and Indianapolis met, Pagano skipped right through the intros and got down to business. “I could ...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) defends during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger and Brown have masterfully dissected the Colts’ secondary, turning potentially competitive games into blowouts.  (AP Photo/Fred Vuich, File)

Steelers stay focused as schedule opens up

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Colts in Indianapolis. Then the Titans at home on Thursday night. That’s it. That’s as much of his team’s schedule that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has allowed himself to memorize. No looking down the road. Shazier stopped playing the “if we ...

FILE- In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon looks on after a touchdown reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. Gordon declared himself “clean and sober” as he embarked on yet another new start with the Cleveland Browns. Gordon spoke about a fresh beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, one week after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated the oft-suspended former Pro Bowl wide receiver who recently said he never played in a game without drinking or taking drugs before it.  (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)

‘Clean and sober’ Gordon wants to be NFL’s best

BEREA — Through the haze of his troubled past, Josh Gordon still sees a bright future. Only he can save it. Declaring himself “clean and sober” and committed to reviving his NFL career, Gordon embarked on yet another new start with the Cleveland Browns, a team he has teased with his ...

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Hilltop bound

Madonna’s Howie Peterson signed to continue his golf and academic careers at West Liberty University Wednesday during National Signing Day. Among those on hand were, from left, front, his father, Trey Peterson; his mother, Anne Peterson; back, the Rev. Dennis Shuelkens Jr; Madonna Athletic ...

Harden leads Rockets over Cavs

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had a triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 on Thursday night. Harden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games. LeBron James had 33 ...

Dallas Cowboys NFL football star Ezekiel Elliott walks out of federal court, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in New York. Elliott's lawyers argued before a Manhattan federal appeals court on whether the Cowboys running back should be allowed to play while three judges decide the fate of his six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Cowboys’ Elliott loses appeal; ineligible to play Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s half-season run from his six-game suspension ended Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to let him play while it considers his appeal. A bespectacled Elliott in a suit and tie sat directly in front of a three-judge ...

NFL expects Goodell extension

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL expects a five-year contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell to be finalized soon, despite a threatened lawsuit by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday that “our expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we ...

North Carolina trips up Pitt 34-31

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anthony Ratliff-Williams returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, threw for another on a trick play and hauled in the eventual go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter to lift North Carolina to a 34-31 over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Ratliff-Williams ...

Bears great Joe Fortunato dies at 87

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Joe Fortunato, the speedy linebacker who helped the Chicago Bears win the 1963 NFL title, has died. He was 87. A Mingo Junction native, Fortunato died Monday in Mississippi, where he starred at linebacker and fullback at Mississippi State. “Joe Fortunato was not ...

Briefs

Soccer tournament upcoming NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen is hosting a Bubble Soccer Tournament at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the middle school. Participating squads will be representing the staffs of OGMS, New Manchester Elementary and A.T. Allison Elementary Schools, along with a team ...