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Big Red’s season concludes in Athens

ATHENS — Steubenville’s group of nine seniors gave Big Red fans a memorable ride for four years. That ride, however, came to an end Wednesday evening inside Ohio University’s Convocation Center. A slow start cost Big Red, ending its season with a 69-43 loss to Sheridan in the Division ...

Raiders officially introduce Brown

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Rookie general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden had meticulously put together a plan to rebuild the Oakland Raiders with three first-round draft picks and a couple of smart free agent signings when they suddenly got sent in a different direction last week. The ...

Browns turn into overnight contenders

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999. They became a real one Tuesday night. It only took 20 mostly tortuous years — and one tremendous trade. With a shocking, blockbuster deal for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the NFL on ...

Bell leaves Pittsburgh, agrees to sign with Jets

NEW YORK — Le’Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he’d make his next playmaking moves. Well-rested, motivated and armed with a new contract, the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, a person ...

Dickerson proud about his defensive improvement

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor defender. The starting designated hitter for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game while with Tampa Bay, Dickerson was used in the outfield in only 93 games last ...

A toe on the line lifts WVU over Oklahoma in tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — West Virginia held on to beat Oklahoma 72-71 in the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night when the Sooners’ Christian James, who appeared to knock down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime, was determined to have had his foot on the line. The officials ...

Syracuse rallies past Pitt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jim Boeheim said his son Buddy’s mother tells him all of the time that their boy should be playing more. Maybe she’s on to something. Buddy Boeheim scored a career-high 20 points, and Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh 73-59 on Wednesday night in the second round of ...

Longtime Pitt analyst Dick Groat won’t be back

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh basketball announcer Dick Groat won’t return for a 41st season as a color analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts. Groat, a Pittsburgh native who was an All-America basketball player at Duke, is one of a select group of athletes to play in both the NBA and ...

Holzopfel is an All-Ohio first-team member

COLUMBUS — Buckeye Local senior Emily Holzopfel’s postseason accolades keep piling up, as she was named a Division III first-team All-Ohio member on Tuesday. Along with the recent honor, Holzopfel, who finished her high school career with more than 2,000 points, was a first-team District ...

Big Red’s Rice, Cook twins lead OVAC to ‘Clash of Champions’ win

IMPERIAL, Pa. — No athlete likes to lose, especially when it’s the last game or match of his or her senior season. Wheeling Park’s Dylan Wood and Bridgeport’s Tino Kusic found themselves in that predicament following their respective state tournaments. Kusic, an Ohio Division III ...