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Steelers get a break after huge victory

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro ...

Panthers warily eyes Coastal title

PITTSBURGH — George Aston has seen a lot in five years at Pittsburgh. Two coaching staffs. A handful of big-time upsets that hinted at a turnaround. Just as many baffling losses that have ultimately prevented it from happening. Still, the burly fullback hasn’t seen this: it’s November ...

Falcons flying high to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Quietly, steadily and with little fanfare, the Atlanta Falcons have gotten off the ground. They’re flying again — under the radar. Despite numerous injuries at vital positions, the Falcons have shaken off a 1-4 start and carry a three-game winning streak into Sunday’s ...

Cavs’ painful season worsening as Osman joins injury list

CLEVELAND (AP) — This painful season isn’t subsiding for the Cavaliers. If anything, it’s getting worse. Cleveland, which already has the worst record in the NBA at 1-10, will be without yet another starter on Saturday night in Chicago after forward Cedi Osman was ruled out with back ...

Madonna grad Comis reflects on his big day

AMHERST, Mass. — It took Ross Comis the better part of a few days to wrap his head around what happened Saturday. He didn’t believe what he was hearing after the Massachusetts’ triple overtime victory against Liberty, and even after seeing the stat sheet still struggled to believe it ...

Local players named to OVAC All-Conference, All-Star volleyball teams

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards for volleyball, and several local athletes were included. Being named OVAC All-Conference were Madonna’a Andy Alimario and Rachel Boniti, Toronto’s Jamie Anderson, Catholic Central’s Sydney Bennington and Emma Borden, ...

No. 9 WVU may have found a new rival

MORGANTOWN — For more than 100 years — 104 to be exact — West Virginia University football fans needed to point to only one team, the University of Pittsburgh, to find their most bitter and hated rival. Since the end of what was known as the “Backyard Brawl” when the Panthers ...

Steelers blow out the Panthers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their ...

Mayfield hopes officials find consistency on helmet hits

BEREA (AP) — Baker Mayfield has become the NFL’s unwanted poster boy for helmet-to-helmet hits. Twice this season, Cleveland’s rookie quarterback has been struck in the head by tacklers during games and both times the officials failed to call a penalty for the obvious ...

BRIEFS

Fan bus going to Poca WEIRTON — There is a fan bus sponsored by the Weir High football boosters to Weir High’s Class AA first-round playoff game at Poca Saturday. The cost is $35 per seat, but does not include a ticket to the game. Tickets can be purchased at the game or online at ...