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Wheeling Park Boys Avenge State Title Loss

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WHEELING — It was only fitting that a rematch of last year’s state championship opened up the 2018 season in thrilling fashion. As the anticipation grew and time ticked away in a deadlock between defending state champion Hurricane and state runner-up Wheeling Park on Saturday, junior ...

Brooke Defeats Harrison Central

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WELLSBURG — The Brooke boys soccer team and junior midfielder Josh Ferguson had one thing on its mind on Saturday — avenging last season’s loss to Harrison Central that was shrouded in controversy and saw ejections. Ferguson led the way for the Bruins with three goals and an assist in ...

2018 OVAC Hall of Fame Class Inducted

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WesBanco Arena hosted the 15th Annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday. Inductees in the 2018 Hall of Fame Class are: front row, from left, Ron White, Greg Haberfield (accepting for Earl Haberfield), John Simonson, Tim Berger (accepting for Jack ...

Pirates Secure Win Over Cubs

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates held the Chicago Cubs to one run for a third straight game. This time, the Pirates scored enough to win it. Joe Musgrove cruised through seven innings and the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. Musgrove ...

Countdown To WVU Opener Is Underway

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MORGANTOWN ­­— West Virginia doesn’t take on SEC member Tennessee for another 13 days. But, that doesn’t mean that coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff haven’t been busy getting the Mountaineers ready for the 3:30 p.m. showdown with the Volunteers inside Bank of America Stadium in ...

Seldom Seen Summer Insects

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Insect population size is directly related to environmental temperatures. As springtime temperatures warm to reach summer highs, insects become increasingly abundant. Recall the drone of cicadas on hot summer days. Most insects thrive in summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar. ...

Play Suspended At Wyndham With Snedeker Leading

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brandt Snedeker is bracing for a long last day at the Wyndham Championship. Snedeker held a three-stroke lead Saturday when the third round was suspended because of severe weather. He was 16 under for the tournament with 11 holes left in the round at the final event of ...

Gordon ‘Humbly’ Returns to Browns

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CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon kept his word and “humbly” returned to the Cleveland Browns. All they can do is hope he stays clean. The former Pro Bowl wide receiver, who has battled drug and alcohol dependence for much of his life, Saturday ended an extended absence from training camp to ...

Blue Devil Pride Is Still Going Strong

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BRILLIANT — They say tradition never graduates. Any doubters to that belief should have been in Brilliant last Saturday. Brilliant High School closed its doors for the final time in 1972. The Blue Devils were subsequently joined at the southern Jefferson County school by the Smithfield High ...

Djokovic, Federer Both in Cincinnati Final

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By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer MASON, Ohio — Novak Djokovic is once again so close to the one title that eludes him. And the same nemesis is standing in his way, all over again. It’s a moment in time: Djokovic vs. Federer for a title. Djokovic closed in on a Western & Southern Open ...

Kurt Busch Tallies Victory at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short track victory. Busch won for the first time this season — first since the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500 — but it ...

Bengals Top Cowboys, 21-13

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had another efficient preseason showing. Andy Dalton bogged down a bit with his Cincinnati Bengals. Prescott led a pair of scoring drives in three possessions, capped with a scrambling 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams before ...

Wheeling Central Downs Madonna in Girls Soccer

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WELLSBURG — When the rain slowed down, Wheeling Central’s girls soccer team sped up in a big way. The Maroon Knights scored five second-half goals to defeat Madonna 6-2, Friday evening at Brooke Memorial Stadium. “It’s a rough way to start,” Madonna coach Bob Kolanko said. ...

St. Clairsville Girls Edge Indian Creek in Soccer

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A year ago Indian Creek and St. Clairsville battled to a scoreless deadlock in their season-opening girls soccer match. It appeared as though the Redskins and Red Devils were headed for a similar result Friday night. However, a picture-perfect cross changed all of that in ...

Redskins Get Past Red Devils in Boys ‘ Soccer

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — For 75 minutes Friday night, St. Clairsville and Indian Creek kept the scoreboard operator at Red Devil Stadium looking for something to do. But for about five minutes early in the second half of their boys’ prep soccer season opener, the man high above the field was ...

Cubs Get Victory Over Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays Friday night, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs got six double plays on ...

Will Other States Follow Pa. on Clergy Abuse?

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania’s that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York’s top prosecutor is an exception, ...

Heupel Takes Over Talented UCF Team

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Josh Heupel has either the most difficult job of any head coach in the country taking over a new team or the easiest. Maybe it’s both. Hired to replace Scott Frost at Central Florida, Heupel takes over a team that went unbeaten last season and declared itself the national champion. Most of ...

Tennessee O-Line Trying to Rebuild

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee offensive lineman Ryan Johnson grew up in a family of home builders and sees plenty of parallels in what he’s doing now. “When you’re building an offensive line, you’ve got to do it just like you’re building a house,” said Johnson, a civil ...

FAU Favored To Repeat As C-USA Champs

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Lane Kiffin knew very little about Conference USA before he became Florida Atlantic’s head coach. Same for Butch Davis at Florida International. The high-profile coaches made immediate impacts in their new league, and at their new schools not all that far apart. FAU is the preseason ...