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Linsly’s Clare Miller and Charleston Catholic’s Mills Mullen attack a lose ball during the season opener at Holloway Field on Friday night.

Charleston Catholic Defeats Linsly Girls

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WHEELING — The Charleston Catholic girls’ soccer team has been a perennial power for the past couple years. The Irish won the state championship in 2014 and 2015 and were the runners-up in 2016. With just one senior on the field, they looked in prime form in the first game of the season in ...

Red Devils Tie Skins In Opener

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — While Wes Stoner and Joe Lewis certainly would’ve liked to have seen their teams win their prep girls’ soccer season opener Friday night, both coaches still came away encouraged. St. Clairsville and Indian Creek crafted numerous scoring opportunities, but neither team ...

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Meeting to select the top 50 players of the last 50 years are, from left, former The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register sports editors Don Clegg and 
Doug Huff, Times Leader sports editor Seth Staskey, current The Intelligencer sports editor Josh Strope and Ogden Newspapers Executive Sports Editor Bubba Kapral.

Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane

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WHEELING — I’ve been a part of a lot of cool moments in my 12 years working for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. Quite possibly my favorite was a little more than a month ago. With our annual football tab marking its 50th year, the decision was made to honor the best players ...

Special Teams Key At WVU

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MORGANTOWN — If there was an area where the 2016 West Virginia football team failed miserably, it was in punt returns. The team averaged a Big 12 worst 1.9 yards per attempt – 39 total yards on 21 returns – while kickoff returns weren’t much better as the Mountaineers’ returners ...

Cardinals Outlast Bucs in Slugfest

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PITTSBURGH — Matt Carpenter homered in the second inning to send the St. Louis Cardinals on to an 11-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. With the Cardinals leading 2-1 and two outs in the second inning, Carpenter homered over the center field wall to extend the lead to ...

Cleveland Indians' Jay Bruce celebrates with teammates following his two-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Indians Pound Royals on Road

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Corey Kluber put together another Cy Young-worthy performance before leaving with a sprained right ankle Friday night, and Jay Bruce homered twice to help the Cleveland Indians rout the Kansas City Royals 10-1 in the opener of their three-game series. Kluber (12-3) ...

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) and running back James Conner (30) battle during practice at NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Sunday, July 30, 2017 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Linebacker Shazier Makes A Return to Steelers Practice

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LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — On a day when the Pittsburgh Steelers were set to break camp and return home, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier was just glad to be back on the field. Shazier fully practiced during the Steelers last day in Latrobe after missing the previous two weeks with a slight ...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison (5) celebrates as he crosses home plate in front of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, center, after driving in Starling Marte (6) with a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pirates Fall to Cardinals

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PITTSBURGH — Dexter Fowler’s two -run triple sparked the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-7 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night at PNC Park. With the Cardinals trailing 5-4 with one out in the seventh inning, Fowler tripled down the right field line off reliever Joaquin ...

Cleveland Indians' Jay Bruce, right, is greeted in the dugout after his solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Aaron Slegers during the fourth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Indians, Twins Split Doubleheader

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MINNEAPOLIS — Max Kepler made up for a fielding mistake in the top of the inning with the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over Cleveland in the second game on Thursday night to salvage a doubleheader split with the Indians. Twins ...

Lyons: Not Interested in Renewing Coal Bowl

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons’ phone has been ringing a lot lately as non-Big 12 opponents look to lock down future clashes with the Mountaineers. But, fans hoping that this event will lead to a renewal of the Friends of Coal Bowl with instate ...

JM Golf Making Strides

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MOUNDSVILLE — For seventh-year John Marshall coach Dave Gaudino, he seen his program come to fruition. From having one player seven years ago to being able to sport four teams including the first all-girls varsity golf team in West Virginia, co-ed varsity and two junior varsity teams this ...

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Wheeling Park cross country will be holding a one-day alumni race Oct. 14.

Park XC Announces Alumni Race

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WHEELING — Former Wheeling Park High School cross country runners are being called back to the trail for a special one-day race on Saturday, Oct. 14. At 10 a.m. that day, runners and walkers will don their spikes and tackle Park’s rigorous trail in an effort to raise funds for the team. ...

What’s in a Smaller Glove? More Hype

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — It’s only 2 ounces of foam, 4 if you count both hands. Still, it was enough to make Conor McGregor quite happy. Floyd Mayweather Jr., too, because it likely means more sales for what could be the richest fight ever. Nevada boxing regulators went out of their way to give a ...

Chicago Cubs catcher Alex Avila (13) misses the tag on Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett (4) at home plate as Gennett misses stepping on home plate during the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Chicago. Avila tagged out Gennett moments later. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Reds Blow Nine-Run Lead, Still Beat Cubs

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CHICAGO (AP) — Phillip Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Cincinnati Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Thursday. Ervin, in right field in his fifth game, also had ...

West Liberty Women Picked 4th in MEC

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BRIDGEPORT — The West Liberty University women’s soccer program must have caught the attention of the Mountain East Conference coaches with last year’s MEC Tournament run. Coach Barry Christmas’ Hilltoppers, who took eventual MEC Tournament champion and NCAA Tourney qualifier Notre ...

Ravens Roll Past Fins In Cutler’s Debut, 31-7

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jay Cutler ran onto the field with the Miami Dolphins for the first time, and the fans greeted their new quarterback with a loud ovation. They didn’t have much else to cheer about over the next three hours. Ryan Mallett threw for 113 yards and a touchdown, Josh ...

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred responds to a question following the two-day meeting of Major League Baseball owners, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Manfred Working on Pace

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CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball is having conversations with the players’ association over possible rule changes designed to speed the pace of play, and Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday he hopes to reach an agreement instead of implementing any measures unilaterally. Manfred ...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, returns a shot to Yanina Wickmayer, of Belgium, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka says her participation in the U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her baby son with her to New York as a result of her separation from the child's father. Azarenka says via a posting on Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, that she is "faced with a difficult situation which may not allow me to return to work right away." (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Azarenka Might Skip U.S. Open

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By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka says her participation in the U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York as a result of her separation from the baby’s father. Azarenka wrote via a posting ...

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, left, lines up in drills during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The rookie linebacker had two sacks in his preseason debut last week, leaving both the Steelers coaching staff and older brother J.J. impressed.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Watt’s Emergence Signals Changing of Guard

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LATROBE, Pa. — Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt will take all the preseason snaps he can get at right outside linebacker. And perhaps most of them in the regular season too, a fact the man his is in the process of replacing isn’t fighting. James Harrison is the Steelers’ ...

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws during practice at the NFL football team's training camp facility, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Thomas Thinks Osweiler Will Win Starting Job

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BEREA, Ohio — After weeks of speculation, analysis and evaluation, the Browns’ quarterback competition is headed into its home stretch. Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas believes it’s over — Brock Osweiler will start the season opener on Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh. “I could be ...