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Blue Dons end campaign on top

WEIRTON — Madonna scored on the opening drive of the game and got two more touchdowns in the second quarter to give it the impetus for 36-6 senior night victory over Clay-Battelle Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium. It was the final game of the season for both teams, with the Blue Dons ...

Oak Glen’s season ends in state semifinal contest

BECKLEY — Oak Glen coach Ryan Wells knew what his team was getting into. An experienced Charleston Catholic squad stood in the way of the Golden Bears reaching the state title game. The Irish controlled play from the beginning, keeping the Oak Glen offense in check and earning a 3-2 victory ...

Fired Jackson disputes Haslam’s claim of discord

CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson didn’t lose his nerve. Fired this week by the Browns after winning just three of 40 games in two plus-seasons, Jackson on Friday disputed owner Jimmy Haslam’s assertion there was “internal discord” on the coaching staff that made his dismissal — along with ...

West Virginia must avoid mistakes against Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After years of being a late-season afterthought, Texas coach Tom Herman wanted the Longhorns to be competing for a Big 12 title in November. Texas is right where he wanted, with a key matchup against West Virginia up next. The No. 12 Mountaineers (6-1, 4-1 Big 12, No. ...

Nebraska’s confidence high for No. 8 Ohio State

COLUMBUS (AP) — The bye week has been quite unpleasant for Ohio State. After a collapse against unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 that further exposed weaknesses in the defense and running game, the Buckeyes spent the off week stewing in the loss and trying to fix the problems enough to still try ...

Pitt, No. 23 Virginia set for ACC division matchup

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The number jumped off the stat sheet: 484 rushing yards. That’s what Pittsburgh (4-4, 3-1 ACC) amassed in a wild 54-45 victory against Duke a week ago, and what No. 23 Virginia (6-2, 4-1, No. 25 CFP) will be trying to prevent when the Cavaliers host the ...

Steelers-Ravens II: Different month, same pressure to win

BALTIMORE (AP) — In each of the last two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention with late-season losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time since 2014, these AFC North rivals will wrap up the season series before December. That doesn’t mean ...

Browns GM to meet Chiefs team he helped build

CLEVELAND (AP) — John Dorsey’s roughest week running the Browns will close with a reunion. The Kansas City Chiefs were once his football family — before the feud. On Sunday, Cleveland’s first-year general manager will get an up-close look at the team he helped build into a Super ...

Love has foot surgery, out at least 6 weeks

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are missing another star. Forward Kevin Love will be out at least six weeks — and maybe longer — after surgery on his left foot, another blow to a team in disarray in its first season following LeBron James’ departure. Love, who injured his left big ...

Holmes excited to get back into coaching

STEUBENVILLE — Mike Holmes saw an opportunity to get back into coaching. After a long career and a few years off, he decided it was time to get back into the game. News traveled fast Wednesday that Holmes, the athletic director at Franciscan University of Steubenville, had been named the ...