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U.S. Hockey GM Dies at 53

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Longtime USA Hockey executive and U.S. Olympic men’s hockey general manager Jim Johannson died unexpectedly Sunday at age 53, shocking the sport less than three weeks before the start of the Pyeongchang Games. Johannson died in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs, according to USA ...

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot deflected by Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Vegas Has NHL’s Best Record

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault scored to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 on Sunday night, giving the expansion franchise the best record in the NHL. The Golden Knights are 31-11-4, good for 66 points. That’s one ahead of Tampa Bay, ...

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles talks with his teammates in the huddle during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 38-7. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Patriots Early Favorite to Beat Eagles in Super Bowl

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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title. They’ll face a Philadelphia Eagles team looking for their first Lombardi Trophy. Brady led the Patriots (15-3) back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

FILE - In this  Jan. 14, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley greets players as they come from the field during the second half of an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Pittsburgh. A person with direct knowledge of the decision, confirmed to The Associated Press that the Steelers will not renew Haley's contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, because there was no formal announcement from Haley nor the team. Haley just finished his sixth season with the team. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Browns Meet With Haley About OC Job

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CLEVELAND — Todd Haley has experience calling plays, beating AFC North teams and working with star quarterbacks. Just the kind of coach who could help the Browns win. Haley, who was fired last week by Pittsburgh, has discussed Cleveland’s offensive coordinator position with Browns coach ...

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Wheeling Park’s Jenna Bopp competes in the girls 100 breaststroke during Saturday’s OVAC swim meet at Brooke.

Park, St. C. Sweep Swimming Titles

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WELLSBURG—All season, teams from the Ohio Valley have been preparing for the OVAC swim meet, along with regionals and hopefully states. That first goal can be crossed off the list for both Wheeling Park and St. Clairsville. The Patriots’ boys and girls earned a sweep in the OVAC big ...

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John Marshall’s Anthony Carman, left, is congratulated by Monarchs coach Ted Zervos after winning the 160-pound championship, beating Parkersburg South’s Zane Hinzman, 2-1, in overtime.

Carman, Simpkins Fulfill Dream

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WHEELING — Don’t try explaining to Anthony Carman or Kaleb Simpkins that dreams don’t come true. They won’t listen to you. The John Marshall and Wheeling Park seniors both saw their childhood visions become realities Saturday night when each captured titles as the 65th annual Ohio ...

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West Liberty’s Dalton Bolon (5) drives past Wheeling Jesuit’s Drake Goddard during Saturday’s game.

WLU Holds On To Beat WJU

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WHEELING — One thing is almost certain when the West Liberty and Wheeling Jesuit’s men’s basketball teams face off — it’s going to be a battle. Saturday was no exception as the No. 1 ranked Hilltoppers remained undefeated as they held off the No. 16 Cardinals, 81-78, at the Alma ...

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Wheeling Jesuit’s Monica Burns (13) goes in for a layup while West Liberty’s McKenna Shives defends.

Jesuit Starts Overtime Hot To Down Toppers

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WHEELING — One of the things Wheeling Jesuit women’s basketball coach Debbie Buff stressed before Saturday’s game against West Liberty was an easy one: enjoy the moment. The Cardinals did just that in another classic battle between the Division II rivals. The Cardinals went on an 11-0 ...

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Park Overcomes Obstacles to Play D-1 Hoops

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BALTIMORE — David Park enjoyed a superb prep basketball career. After thousands of miles, several stops and many hurdles, the Wheeling native is finally realizing his dream — that of playing Division I basketball. Park helped lead Wheeling Central to a West Virginia Class A state ...

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McGhee, Shields Set to Enter OVAC Hall

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BELLAIRE — A pair of former prep All-Americans — Wheeling Central’s Eric McGhee and Edison’s Kelly Shields — have received the call to the hall. McGhee and Shields will represent the decade of the 1990s in the Class of 2018 OVAC Hall of Fame induction. The OVAC Hall of Fame, which ...

OSU’s Barrett Struggles In Shrine Game

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Texas Tech’s Nic Shimonek threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Houston’s Steven Dunbar with 1:23 remaining Saturday to give the West a 14-10 victory in the 93rd East-West Shrine game at Tropicana Field. Wisconsin safety Natrell Jamerson returned J.T. Barrett’s ...

West Virginia guard James Bolden (3) shoots the ball after stealing it from Texas guard Kerwin Roach II (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated Texas 86-51. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

WVU Rolls Past Texas, 86-51

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Sixth-ranked West Virginia held onto a big lead for a change. Jevon Carter scored 22 points and led a second-half burst that propelled the Mountaineers to an 86-51 victory over Texas on Saturday. After surrendering double-digit leads in losses to No. 8 Texas Tech and No. ...

West Virginia's Jevon Carter (2) dribbles the ball down the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Carter Claims Hardman Award

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By JUSTIN JACKSON The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN — Jevon Carter was once asked if there was ever a player he guarded that he couldn’t steal the ball from. After thinking about it, a quick smile came across his face. “If there was, I probably wouldn’t tell you.” he said. The list ...

Mountaineers Finally Find Shooting Touch

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MORGANTOWN — Basketball really is a simple game. Just ask veteran West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “We made shots,” he said. “When you make some shots, you play better defense.” And, that was the case Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum as the host Mountaineers shot a torrid 65.5 ...

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), from Russia, skates against San Jose Sharks right wing Barclay Goodrow (23) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Sharks Edge Penguins, 2-1

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal early in the third period and Aaron Dell made 31 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Timo Meier also scored and Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns added two ...

Oklahoma City Thunder's Terrance Ferguson (23) dunks the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Thunder Thump Cavs

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James couldn’t get to 30,000 career points and he and his Cleveland teammates couldn’t stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Cavaliers 148-124 on Saturday for their fourth straight win. Oklahoma City tied ...

Germany's Angelique Kerber hits a backhand return to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Kerber Last Champ Left

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By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia — Angelique Kerber is on her own in an elite club at the Australian Open. The 2016 champion routed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in a third-round win that showcased her credentials as a title contender and ensured she’ll be the only Grand ...

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Rabbits and Hares

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If asked to name the group of mammals to which biologists assign rabbits, many would answer “rodents.” But that would be incorrect. Rabbits, like the familiar cottontails we see in our backyards, and hares are lagomorphs, members of the mammalian order Lagomorpha (from the Greek, hare + ...

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Wheeling Park’s Kylie McKennen (5) drives to the basket as Parkersburg South’s Kenzie Johnson defends Saturday night at The Palace on the Hill.

South Earns Season Split With Wheeling Park

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WHEELING — Some wins are just bigger than others. Parkersburg South pocketed a key 51-40 triumph over Wheeling Park Saturday night at The Palace On The Hill. The win by the Wood County-based Patriots avenges an earlier 75-67 loss to Park. Of more importance it provides South a major boost ...

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Former Oak Glen coach Larry Shaw, second from left, is shown receiving the Mr. Mat award. Shown, from left, are Ron Mauck, Shaw, former Oak Glen coach Vince Monseau and tournament director Dan Doyle.

Former Oak Glen Coach Shaw Named Mr. Mat

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WHEELING — Larry Shaw was a successful wrestling coach at Oak Glen High School for 31 years, retiring in 2010. He led his Golden Bears squad on an incredible run of 13 consecutive West Virginia AA state championships from 1997 to 2009. Because of not only his success, but also his ...