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Kurt Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Busch Steals Monster Victory at Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kurt Busch had a monster start to the season with a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500. Busch is sponsored by Monster Energy, which kicked off its first season as the title sponsor for NASCAR’s top series Sunday with the season-opener. It wasn’t ...

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) shoots while being guarded by Texas guard Kerwin Roach Jr. (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated Texas 77-62. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

WVU Travels To Baylor

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WACO, Texas — Veteran West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins understands that winning on the road in the Big 12 is never a ‘walk in the park’. So when his No. 12 Mountaineers (23-6, 11-5 Big 12) held on for a one-point, 61-60, victory over TCU (17-12, 6-10 Big 12) ...

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Members of the Linsly swim team that competed at Eastersns this week are, front, from left, Brynleigh Buff, Eve Ridenhour, Sian Longle, Alexandria Behm, Alejandro Rodriguez and Carol Gao. Back row is Sydney West, Michael Schwarz, Carliegh West, Kevin Pietz and Kaleb Nuckles-Polen

Linsly Swimming Closes Season With Successful Easterns

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The Linsly swimming team ended its season this weekend at the 2017 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships hosted at the Kunkel Aquatic Center on the campus of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. The girls’ placed 18th, scoring 86 points, while the boys came in ...

Nailers Fall To Komets

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Wheeling Nailers had two different leads Sunday afternoon, but the final lead went in the other direction, and resulted in a regulation loss. The Fort Wayne Komets erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits, scoring three times in the second period, including twice on the power play, ...

Columbus Blue Jackets' William Karlsson, left, moves the puck past New York Rangers' Nick Holden during the first period of the NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Blue Jackets Edge Rangers

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NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg each scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots to tie his career high with his 32nd win. Josh Anderson also scored and Oliver Bjorkstrand had two ...

Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson (35) celebrates after tipping in the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

Louisville Pulls Away From Cuse

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell made six 3-pointers for 25 points, Ray Spalding added 18 points with 11 rebounds and No. 7 Louisville shot 57 percent to pull away for an 88-68 victory over Syracuse on Sunday. The Cardinals rode a 14-4 run entering the break for a 15-point lead that ...

Leonard Nets 25 in Rout of Lakers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Lakers 119-98 on Sunday in Los Angeles’ first home game since Magic Johnson took over the franchise’s basketball operations. LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won four straight ...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Austin Meadows is hit by a pitch in the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Baltimore won 8-3. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Indians, Cubs Tie in World Series Rematch

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Cleveland Indians. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series. Just another day at work. Salazar pitched two crisp innings, and Cleveland and Chicago played to a 1-1 ...

Rickie Fowler tees off on the second tee during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Fowler Makes It Look Easy in Honda Classic

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rickie Fowler made it interesting Sunday for as long as it took him to make two big putts to pull away in the Honda Classic. Staked to a four-shot lead, Fowler hit one putt into a sprinkler hole, hit a tee shot into the water and watched a big lead shrink to ...

Hilltoppers Drop a Pair

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — The West Liberty University baseball team dropped both ends of a non-conference doubleheader to Ohio Dominican Sunday afternoon at VA Memorial Stadium. Coach Eric Burkle’s Hilltoppers (4-4) came up short by a 9-5 tally in the opener before seeing the host Panthers (3-0) ...

Pelegreen Wins Debut at WJU

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CLERMONT, Fla. — A first-year and first-time coach could not ask for more in her first official games at the helm. Wheeling Jesuit’s Mallory Chapman and Erin Unterbrink fired seven-hit shutouts — 1-0 over Lake Erie and 4-0 versus Point Park — for Cardinals head coach Sara Pelegreen’s ...

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Top: Magnolia’s Caleb Nice battles Nitro’s Paul Frampton in the 195-pound championship match Saturday in Huntington. Nice claimed the state title with a 7-2 victory.

Four Locals Claim Wrestling Titles

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HUNTINGTON — Four northern panhandle wrestlers took home gold medals late Saturday night as the 70th annual W.Va. State High School Tournament wrapped up three days of action inside the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Cabell County. All of those titles came in the Class A/AA portion of the ...

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Wheeling Jesuit’s Pat Moseh (2) goes up for a shot as West Liberty’s James Griffin (13) goes for the block Saturday at the McDonough Center.

Jesuit Stuns West Liberty In Three Overtimes

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WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit coach Danny Sancomb could do little but immediately offer a sheepish grin, only partly because his team came out on the winning side of the scoreboard. Being a basketball purist, Sancomb appreciated the epic battle the Cardinals waged with Ohio County rival West ...

WJU ‘Burns’ Hilltoppers Late

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WHEELING — Prior to Saturday’s game, Wheeling Jesuit seniors Jaana Motton, Kylie Frizell, Chelsea Richardson and Lydia Hyburg were given, among other things, flowers and framed jerseys. Monica Burns gave the group the most important gift, however. Burn had struggled with her shot, going 1 ...

Wheeling Central’s Taylor Duplaga (25) goes in for a layup as Cameron’s Jordyn Hughes defends.

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Wheeling Central Girls Claim Sectional Title

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MOUNDSVILLE — At Wheeling Central, sectional titles are often expected. Needless to say, it has been a long year after the girls were unable to capture that trophy last winter. That makes Saturday’s victory all the more sweeter. Wheeling Central used its speed and defense to get the ...

Tourney to Resume March 13

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HUNTINGTON — New dates for the completion of the 70th annual W.Va. State High School Wrestling Tournament were announced. The Class AAA 145, 152 and 170 pound weight classes will be contested on Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14 at the Fairmont Armory. “After looking at all the ...

Wheeling Park Swimmers Grab Gold for First Time

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WHEELING — Winning the state team championship in prep sports is the ultimate. That was something never achieved by the Wheeling Park girls’ swim team. That is until last Friday. The Patriots, packed with relentless resolve, grabbed the brass ring for the initial time in school annals by ...