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Tom Harcarik, right, receives the first-place trophy from Ted Snyder, tournament manager of the Warren Challenge bowling tournament which concluded Sunday at Cortland Lanes.

Harcarik goes from 8th to title

He had to strike out Saturday in the 18th and final game of qualifying just to make it into the eighth — and last — finals position. Tom Harcarik followed that effort up on Sunday by averaging 252 for the day as he won the 39th Warren Challenge bowling tournament at Cortland Lanes. It was ...

Buckeyes continue playing well

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Ohio State opened up the season without much expectation. So, making the Top 25 and leading the Big Ten surely wasn’t anticipated. Now, when the new weekly rankings come out, the Buckeyes will likely have both. “We had talked about it a little bit,” first-year ...

‘It wasn’t our day’

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s drama-filled season ended shockingly. A final, forgettable act. No shot at the Patriots. No seventh Super Bowl trophy. No tomorrow. And when it ended following a game no one expected, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and the rest of the ...

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The field for the finals of the 39th Warren Challenge bowling tournament scheduled today at Cortland Lanes includes, from left, Rich Speicher, Tom Harcarik, Mike Benton, Bob Haynie, James Nolen, Adam Barta, Joe Nuzzo and Mark Lias. The finalists were the top eight qualifiers after 18 games of qualifying.

Field set for Warren Challenge finals today

Four-time champion Adam Barta set the pace Saturday in the third and final round of qualifying for the 39th Warren Challenge bowling tournament and he leads the field into today’s finals at noon at Cortland Lanes. Barta rolled a 1513 block of six games at Freeway Lanes on Saturday and ...

Jaguars’ 30-9 win looms over playoff game today

PITTSBURGH — At the time the score looked like a misprint. Jacksonville 30. Pittsburgh 9 . On the road. A result so stunningly one-sided Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stood in the locker room on that gray October afternoon only half-jokingly wondered if he still had ...

Pirates complete trade of P Cole to Houston

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros already had two Cy Young winners on their staff. They’re hoping Gerrit Cole can make it three. The World Series champions boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got ...

Squandered

INDIANAPOLIS — When Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan went small Friday night, Lance Stephenson came up big. He baited LeBron James into a late technical foul. He made play after play down the stretch and when the game was over the Pacers’ showman was celebrating. Stephenson had 16 ...

Indians avoid arbitration with 2, Bauer next

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians settled all their arbitration cases but one. Once again, Trevor Bauer is an exception. The club avoided arbitration with starter Danny Salazar and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts for the 2018 season. Salazar, who ...

Brown up in the air for Sunday

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown was sent home from Steelers practice Friday, but it wasn’t because of the calf injury he’s been nursing for the past four weeks. Brown was a full practice participant all week, but coach Mike Tomlin said Brown fell ill Friday. So Tomlin kept him away from the ...

Jackson overhauls staff after 0-16 season

CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson somehow survived a 0-16 season. Not everyone who worked for him with the Browns was as lucky. Cleveland’s coach overhauled his staff on Friday, adding two assistants he knows from previous NFL stops. Jackson hired former New York Giants wide receivers coach Adam ...

Big Ben eyes redemption

PITTSBURGH — The words that threatened to define Ben Roethlisberger’s season were uttered almost as an afterthought and with more than a hint of frustrated sarcasm. It just didn’t read that way as it made the rounds on social media, or sound that way during a three-second sound bite ...

Cavs crushed again

TORONTO — LeBron James isn’t enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench. James and his struggling Cavaliers absorbed their most-lopsided rout of the season, overwhelmed by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday night. The Cavaliers ...

Buckeyes, Bates-Diop stay hot, rout Maryland

COLUMBUS — For the first 10 minutes or so of Thursday’s game, Ohio State looked as if it might have an emotional hangover from last weekend’s monumental upset of then-No. 1 Michigan State. But then the 3-pointers started going in. Ohio State (14-4, 5-0 Big Ten) battled back from a ...

Browns’ new GM brings in some assistance

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns’ roster still needs major work. Their front office is starting to shape up. New general manager John Dorsey tapped into his NFL connections to improve the winless Browns, adding former Green Bay executives Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith on Wednesday in ...

Steelers’ Bell ready for postseason run

PITTSBURGH — This was always part of Le’Veon Bell’s business plan, the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he decided to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender. Bell’s eyes weren’t focused on August but January. ...

Steelers’ defense wary of Jacksonville running game

PITTSBURGH — Technically it went into the scorebook as a 2-yard touchdown run. The highly GIF-able reality told a more compelling story, one that served as the symbolic launch point for both the Jacksonville Jaguars’ breakout season and the rookie running back at the center of it ...

Timberwolves too much for Cavs

MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Wiggins had 25 points in three quarters, Jimmy Butler pitched in 21 points and tight defense on LeBron James, and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 127-99 victory over Cleveland on Monday night that stopped a 12-game home losing streak to the ...

Brown nears return as Steelers get set for rematch

PITTSBURGH — Even as he sat in the back of a police car sprinting to the hospital to get a precise prognosis on his injured left calf while the Pittsburgh Steelers played on without him during a loss to New England three weeks ago, Antonio Brown always believed he’d be back. He just ...

Nuzzo repeats effort, holds lead

CHAMPION — First-round leader Joe Nuzzo duplicated his first-round effort on Sunday when he rolled a second straight 1463 score over six qualifying games at Champion Lanes in the 39th Warren Challenge Bowling Tournament. Nuzzo shot his first 1463 on Saturday at Echo Lanes in the first ...

Buckeyes bust out

COLUMBUS — After missing the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, roster shake-ups and a coaching change, Ohio State surged back toward national relevance with a signature win over the country’s top-ranked team. Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points, and the surprising Buckeyes ...