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Browns, Steelers favored against weaker opponents

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It’s difficult to determine which 6-6 team has flopped more this season, the Cowboys or Bears. Maybe Thursday night’s matchup at Soldier Field will give us a clue. Dallas, at least, is in position to make the playoffs, albeit as the winner of ...

Buckeyes should end up as top seed in College Football Playoff

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Championship weekend rarely produces the type of upsets that throw the national championship race into turmoil. Heading into this year’s slate of conference title games, a case could be made that No. 1 LSU (No. 2 CFP), No. 2 Ohio State (No. 1 ...

SPORTSBRIEFING STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Turkey shoots set CHESTER, W.Va. — The Chester-Newell Sportsmen’s Club will be holding its last turkey shoots of the year on Sunday Dec. 8 and 15. Shoots start at 10 a.m. Cost is $3 per shot. Winter shoots will start Super Bowl Sunday. Call (330) 383-1886 for details. Windler sent to ...

East Liverpool High School honor roll

All A’s 9th Grade: Meghan Brereton, Ethan Clutter, Javahla Cowdery, Riley Cox, Rylie Davis, Preston Dawson, Olivia Flores, Isabella Gamble, Nathan Kelly, Synica Lewis, Connor Loosemore, Laurie Michewicz, Alexia Mills, Madison Reed, Erica Ward, Eric Williams, Landon Winters, Emily ...

Abuse of pardon power degrades security

The presidential tradition of pardoning a pair of turkeys during the Thanksgiving holiday is a form of nationally accepted dark humor. Legend has it that despite the grand show of mercy for two randomly selected beauties, the president’s table is nonetheless always furnished with a cooked ...

If Trump is ‘racist’ what is Waters?

Among the reasons Democrats and their media sympathizers offer to show President Donald Trump’s alleged “racism” is that he called Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a “low IQ individual.” At a July 2018 rally in Montana, Trump said: “She is a low I.Q. individual, Maxine Waters. I said ...

Chick-fil-A chickens out

It is a truism that a blackmailer is rarely satisfied. Once the payoffs start, there often is no end to them. The Chick-fil-A fast-food chain is about to learn this hard lesson, far too late, as many victims of blackmail and extortion generally do. For conservatives and evangelical ...

Dear Annie: Leave drama at door

Dear Annie: My husband and I are planning a big party to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Sadly, two sisters are all but ruining the event. They are both close friends of mine, but they are feuding with each other. I did not send out online invites but rather traditional paper ...

Cleveland-Cliffs buying AK Steel in $1.1B stock deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland-Cliffs will buy AK Steel in a stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion. The companies say the tie-up will create a vertically integrated company that pairs Cleveland-Cliff’s iron ore pellet production with AK Steel’s rolled and stainless steel ...

House report: Trump misused power, obstructed Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump seriously misused the power of his office for personal political gain by seeking foreign intervention in the American election process and obstructed Congress by stonewalling efforts to investigate, a House report released Tuesday concluded in ...