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Wheeling Central’s Chris Furka (14) slides into first base as Tyler Consolidated’s Dylan Roberts takes the throw in Tuesday’s Game 1 of the West Virginia Class A Region One Final.

Wheeling Central Back on the Verge

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WHEELING — All season long, Wheeling Central coach Bo McConnaughy has been wanting first baseman Zach McAbee to hit more line drives and less fly balls. However, on Tuesday the skipper needed his clean-up hitter to club a few sacrifice flies and he delivered. McAbee drove in three of the ...

Wheeling Park’s Jub Delbrugge works to the plate during Tuesday’s West Virginia Class A Region One Final opener in Morgantown,

Morgantown Edges By Wheeling Park, 5-4

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MORGANTOWN — After giving up three runs in the first inning, Wheeling Park gave its all to pull a comeback victory against Morgantown during the first game of the West Virginia Class AAA Region One Final. The Patriots even took the lead in the fourth inning after Jarrett Delbrugge hit a ...

Weir Now In Need Of 1 More

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WEIRTON —The Weir baseball team took a huge step toward its goal of playing for the West Virginia state Class AA championship Tuesday when it set the tone early and pummeled four Berkeley Springs pitchers in a 13-0, mercy-rule win at Ed Bowman Field. The two teams are scheduled to play ...

The Ottawa Senators celebrate their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in game six of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)

Sens Force Decisive Game 7

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hoffman fired a slap shot through traffic off a pass ...

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West Virginia’s Grove Named 2nd Team All-Big 12

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MORGANTOWN — Wheeling native Michael Grove is one of 12 West Virginia players named to the All-Big 12 Baseball team. Despite missing the latter part of the regular season, Grove, a sophomore, was selected to the second team as a starting pitcher. Grove made nine starts during his second ...

Warriors Ready for Third Straight NBA Finals

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals. Durant is fully aware a tough challenge waits for them. It’s why Durant signed with the Warriors and why Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and ...

Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) defends against Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 112-99. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cavs Move Within Victory Of Chance at Defending Crown

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 on Tuesday night in ...

Encarnacion Lifts Indians

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion talked his manager out of giving him a day off, and then delivered his best game yet for the Indians. Encarnacion hit two of Cleveland’s four homers off rookie Amir Garrett and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch Tuesday night, leading the Indians ...

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) during an NFL football practice, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Bryant Vows He Is Different

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Game days were the hardest, when the pain Martavis Bryant inflicted on himself, his family and his Pittsburgh Steeler teammates felt the most acute. So Bryant retreated and refocused. The television in the Las Vegas place he shared with his trainer Alex Fine stayed off ...

NFL Changes OT, Opens Up Celebration

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CHICAGO (AP) — NFL owners cut the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during the regular season, but also gave players plenty of leeway to celebrate after a touchdown. The two moves are expected to result in more tie games and much more elaborate end zone dance parties. “I ...

Wheeling Central looks to defend it W.Va. Class A state title as it travels to Vienna on Wednesday for the first day of the state tournament.

Wheeling Central Looks to Defend Title

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WHEELING — History has a tendency of repeating itself for the Wheeling Central softball program and the Maroon Knights are looking to add to that history. The Maroon Knights are the defending West Virginia Class A state champions and are in perfect position to make a run at back-to-back ...

John Marshall’s Lydia Knutsen fields a grounder during the regional finals against Morgantown.

John Marshall is Looking For More

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GLEN DALE — A season ago, John Marshall fell short of a state tournament appearance by one game. This time around, ninth-year coach Ed West and his squad got over that hump by sweeping Morgantown in the regional finals by scores of 8-0 and 13-4. It is John Marshall’s first trip to the ...

Oak Glen’s Hanna Patterson in a game earlier this season. The Golden Bears will make a trip back to Vienna after making the state tournament last year.

Oak Glen Hopes to Make Best of Second Chance

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NEW CUMBERLAND — This time last year, the Oak Glen softball team was in the same position it is now, prepping for the state tournament. However, this time the Golden Bears are hoping for a better outcome. Oak Glen coach Morgan Bricker and her squad came close to accomplishing the ultimate ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Carter Rowney (37) celebrates assisting on a goal by Penguins' Scott Wilson during the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Rowney had three assists in the Penguins' 7-0 win. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ottawa Tries to Avoid Elimination by Pens

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team “refresh” and “reload” after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of ...

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison (5) reaches first base with an RBI-base hit in as Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Adams (18) handles the throw the third inning inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Takes Down Pittsburgh

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ATLANTA — Matt Adams hit a two-run homer in his second start since being traded to Atlanta, Ender Inciarte had a career-high five hits and the Braves beat Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night. Brandon Phillips also homered for the Braves, who have won eight of ...

Nashville Predators players including defenseman P.K. Subban, second from right, celebrate with goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, left, after winning Game 6 of the Western Conference final against the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Monday, May 22, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Predators Reach 1st Cup Final

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By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Colton Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, ensuring the Nashville Predators’ magical postseason now includes the franchise’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 ...

Cincinnati Reds' Scott Schebler (43) celebrates with Jose Peraza (9) after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Feldman, Schebler Lead Reds Over Tribe

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By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI — Scott Feldman struck out a season-high nine while ending Cincinnati’s long stretch of ineffective starts, and Scott Schebler homered for the third straight game Monday night in leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland ...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a shot after getting past San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills, center bottom, during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Golden State Advances to NBA Finals

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By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the ...

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue directs his team against the Boston Celtics during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cavs Coach Defends LeBron After Loss

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By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile. Just as he did in Game 3. James did not address the media Monday, hours after one of the worst postseason games of his career, an 11-point, ...

James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, smiles during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indianapolis 500 Seeks Centennial Bump 101st Editon

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer There was a palpable sense of excitement everywhere Doug Boles went a year ago, whether it was the gas station or grocery store or his office on 16th and Georgetown just outside Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Everyone was talking about the 100th running of the ...