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Beaver moves forward

CALCUTTA — The fifth-seeded Beaver Local volleyball team took the first step with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-14 win over 10th-seeded St. Clairsville in a Division II sectional title match Thursday. “We came out knowing that it would be the seniors last time playing on our court, so we played as ...

Poland downs Salem

SALEM — The ninth-seeded Poland Bulldogs slowly and methodically took control of their Division III sectional match with the fifth-seeded Salem Quakers and eventually pulled away to claim a hard-fought 3-1 victory. The Bulldogs, who improve to 14-2-1 on the year, will play eighth-seeded ...

Shaffer leads Rebels

WARREN — The Crestview Lady Rebels prevailed against Champion 5-3 to claim the sectional final Thursday night. Senior Maci Shaffer’s four goals made the difference on a rainy, weather-delayed night, and she was assisted by a corner from Sophia Carr and three assists from open play by ...

Backup plan works for Browns

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ backups delivered. Case Keenum stepped in for Baker Mayfield and made the most of his first start in two years, third-string back D’Ernest Johnson rushed for 146 yards and the busted-up Cleveland Browns beat the Denver Broncos 17-14 on Thursday night. Keenum ...

SPORTS BRIEFING

Running clock in basketball COLUMBUS — The running clock is coming to Ohio high school basketball games this season. The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors approved a proposal Thursday to implement the second-half running clock rule in regular-season games beginning ...

Southern, United play for EOAC

HANOVERTON — The Southern and United football teams have more important things to think about before the playoffs start. Southern travels to United on Friday night in the regular-season finale that will decide the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference title. “It’s a pre-playoff game,” ...

Indians, Clippers advance

COLUMBIANA — Columbiana’s volleyball team didn’t have to take the court in a series of Div. IV sectional openers it hosted on Wednesday. Due to a COVID issue, Lordstown did not face the Clippers in the opening match of the night. Columbiana, the fifth seed, was given a pass into the ...

East Liverpool gets the job done

WINTERSVILLE — The East Liverpool volleyball team won’t be seeing any more of Indian Creek this season. In the fourth meeting of the two schools this season, the Potters came away with a 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21 victory on Wednesday in a Division II sectional final. The Potters ...

Short week, big problems for Browns

For those who oppose Thursday night NFL games, be it players, coaches, fans or bettors, this week is a perfect example of why. It’s difficult enough to prepare for a Sunday game when you have key injuries, particularly at quarterback. And when both teams are uncertain about their ...

Browns, Broncos meet with seasons headed off-course

By TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND — One starting quarterback is limping, the other has his arm in a sling. There are injuries up and down both rosters, and the two coaches are feeling some external pressure — one for the first time. The Denver Broncos are banged up, reeling and desperate for a ...