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Browns’ Jackson denies job in jeopardy

CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Hue Jackson stopped laughing, he got serious. A day after dropping to 0-13 for the second straight season and 1-28 in his two years coaching the Browns, Jackson said he doesn’t believe a report that new Cleveland general manager John Dorsey wants to hire his own ...

BIG RED HONOREES — Big Red held its 77th-annual football banquet Sunday in the Crimson Commons. Among those receiving awards were from left, seated, Jamal Petteway, Alec Taylor, Johnny Agresta, Javon Davis and Gino Pierro; and standing, Jacob Bernard, Tyler Ely, Marlon Lawrence, Alijah Demitras, Quentin Moore, Reuben Saxon and Jonathon Blackmon.
-- Ed Looman

State champs honored at banquet

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red celebrated its championship season during the 77th-annual football banquet held Sunday in the Crimson Commons. “A year ago, I asked the entire Big Red family to keep working, keep fighting and keep clawing in order to bring a state championship back to 420 N. Fourth ...

FOR SHAZIER— The helmet of inside linebacker Ryan Shazier  sits on the field early this morning after Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Baltimore. The Steelers won one for injured star Shazier and wrapped up the AFC North with a 39-38 win.
-- Associated Press

Steelers capture division crown

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s record-setting day finished with a carry just as valuable as any of the franchise-record 66 passes he threw. As the Pittsburgh Steelers poured onto the Heinz Field turf to celebrate a frantic 39-38 victory over Baltimore that wrapped up their third AFC ...

Packers come back to stop Browns

CLEVELAND — Aaron Rodgers stood on the sideline, fighting off the December chill inside a large green Packers jacket and stocking cap. His game-day look could soon be more familiar. Relegated to being a cheerleader since breaking his collarbone in October, Rodgers may be back on the field ...

Bengals stunned by loss

CINCINNATI — Coach John Fox answered the final question in a raspy voice and headed back toward his happy Chicago locker room. “Sorry about the voice,” he said while leaving the podium. Nobody could fault him. It had been a long time since the Bears had anything worth celebrating, and ...

Morris, Trammell elected to hall

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Fittingly, Jack Morris reached the Hall of Fame in extra innings. Morris was elected to the Hall by its Modern Era committee on Sunday along with former Detroit Tigers teammate Alan Trammell, completing a joint journey from Motown to Cooperstown. The big-game ...

TAKEDOWN — Madonna’s Donavan Kirby attempts a takedown against Wheeling Park’s Austin Loew in the 195 pound final during Saturday’s Doan Ford Invite in Barnesville. Loew won by pin. (Photo by Kim North)

Madonna, Brooke, Central and Buckeye wrestlers compete in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — For only the second time on the mats this season, Wheeling Park head coach Clay Tucker was pleased with his squad’s second-place finish at the 48th annual Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday night. The Patriots, with three individual champions, ...

West Virginia's Daxter Miles Jr., left, catches a pass as Pittsburgh's Kene Chukwuka defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

No. 18 WVU holds off Pitt, 69-60

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jevon Carter scored 19 points, Daxter Miles Jr. added 15 and No. 18 West Virginia fended off a furious second-half run by Pittsburgh in a 69-60 victory on Saturday night. Lamont West finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers (9-1), who have won nine ...

Southern comes back to edge out Madonna girls, 46-42

WEIRTON — The tide turned in the third quarter. The Madonna girls’ basketball team led Southern Local by 14 points in the second quarter, but the Indians outscored the Blue Dons by 10 points in the third and briefly took the lead in the quarter before Madonna led by one going into the ...

Bruins hold off Huskies for first 5-0 start in 13 years

WELLSBURG — Up by 15 points at halftime, the Brooke Lady Bruins allowed Harrison Central to get within four in the third quarter before putting on a fourth quarter rally that gave them a 52-36 victory Saturday afternoon inside the Brooke Wellness Center. The win is Brooke’s fifth straight ...