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NFL Opens Football Academy in London

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LONDON (AP) — For the past three years, the only way Sergei Starodoubtsev experienced the NFL was by watching highlights of JuJu Smith-Schuster and other players on Instagram. That the 17-year-old found himself sharing a field with the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver — he was the one in ...

After a Tour on TV, Pinot Now Looms Large in the Picture

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BRIOUDE, France (AP) — Like a lost love, the Tour de France gains in value for riders who can’t race in it. That was the lesson Thibaut Pinot learned last year when the French rider, who’d fallen sick at the Giro d’Italia in May, then missed the Tour and watched on TV as others wrote ...

Lester Homers, Cubs Slide by Pirates

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CHICAGO — Jon Lester showed he still has got it all going on in his 14th major league season. Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 on Saturday. All-Star catcher Willson ...

McKivitz Named Preseason First-Team, All-Big 12

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MORGANTOWN — Colton McKivitz is a team-first guy. Always has been and always will be. But, he’s also a very honest person, too. He admitted during a recent conversation that individual accolades do matter to him. They just don’t matter more than team success, however. The Union ...

Ohio Strong On O-Line

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WINTERSVILLE — Andrew Connor likes to pride his teams on versatility, but he admits it usually “comes down to being able to run the ball.” And to do that effectively, a solid offensive line is needed. Connor and his coaching staff believe they’ve assembled a group of players to ...

Warwood’s Humphrey Wins Pair of National Titles

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WHEELING — When the school year starts later this year and Brock Humphrey’s teacher asks him what he did over the summer, the fourth-grader at Warwood Middle School will have some interesting stories to tell. Already an accomplished youth wrestler — the 10-year-old has won six W.Va. ...

Halep Takes Down Williams to Secure Wimbledon Crown

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WIMBLEDON, England — Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon’s champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday’s final, there already was inscribed: ...

Wheeling Central to Celebrate It’s First WVSSAC Grid Crown

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WHEELING — The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was in the White House. The Pittsburgh Steelers were Super Bowl champions and the Pittsburgh Pirates were World Series kingpins. The price of gasoline was 88 cents a gallon. It also was the year that Wheeling Central won its first WVSSAC state ...

Angels Honor Skaggs with Game of a Lifetime

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles Angels think about Tyler Skaggs in the months and years ahead, Andrew Heaney is grateful they’ll have the memory of one incredible night to assuage their sadness. With Skaggs’ name and No. 45 on all of their jerseys Friday night, the Angels ...

Dodgers Hammer Red Sox to Snap Losing Streak

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BOSTON (AP) — Justin Turner had three extra-base hits, two of them off Chris Sale to continue the Red Sox left-hander’s struggles at Fenway Park, and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a four-game losing streak with an 11-2 victory over Boston in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Cody ...

Federer Seeks Ninth Title, Faces Djokovic for Crown

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — If Roger Federer’s going to win a record ninth championship at Wimbledon, he’ll need to follow up a victory over Rafael Nadal with one over defending champion Novak Djokovic. Federer has played both at the same Grand Slam tournament only once, at the 2011 ...

Williams Loses Third Straight Grand Slam Final

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Centre Court crowd kept roaring whenever Serena Williams would win a point in the Wimbledon final, seemingly trying to will her to make things interesting against Simona Halep. Never happened. Instead of earning an eighth title at Wimbledon and ...

Kurt Busch Outduels Little Brother at Kentucky

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SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Kurt Busch won a door-to-door overtime battle with his little brother at Kentucky Speedway to earn his first victory with Chip Ganassi Racing. The Saturday night showdown between the Busch Brothers came a week after Kurt Busch lost at Daytona because he pitted from the ...

Pinot, Alaphilippe Boost Hopes at Tour de France

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SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — As their country prepares to celebrate Bastille Day, Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot were in the mood for fireworks a day in advance at the Tour de France. Carrying the hopes of a country that has not seen a homegrown Tour winner in 34 years, the French ...

Pagenaud Wins Indy Pole

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TORONTO (AP) — Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud will start from the pole for the IndyCar race through the streets of Toronto. Pagenaud has been on a tear around Exhibition Place all weekend as his Team Penske Chevrolet has been consistently fast and he paced Saturday morning’s final ...

Wheeling Post 1 Splits With Romney

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ROMNEY — The Linsly duo of Eli Petho and Dom Gorence led Wheeling Post 1 to a split of Saturday’s doubleheader against Romney. Petho fired a complete game 5-1 victory in Game 1 by firing seven strikeouts, while Gorence came through with two hits and three RBI. Trevor Thomas provided two ...

Skaggs Gets Final Birthday Present

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The shrine that has become Tyler Skaggs’ locker in the Los Angeles clubhouse had a new addition Saturday — the ball from the final out of the no-hitter the Angels pitched while wearing their late teammate’s jersey. As they prepared to face Seattle on what would ...

Davis Joins Lakers with Title Plans

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Davis’ year of uncertainty finally felt finished when he stood in the Los Angeles Lakers’ training complex and proudly held up his new gold jersey while LeBron James looked on approvingly. After months of upheaval around his departure from New Orleans, ...

No. 8 Grizzlies Top No. 1 Celtics In Summer League

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyler Harvey scored 20 points to lead No. 8 seed Memphis past top-seeded Boston 94-88 on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the NBA Summer League tournament. Brandon Clarke tipped in a rebound with 18 seconds left to extend the Grizzlies’ lead to three, before Paris ...

Honeywell Junior Golf Invitational a Big Hit

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WHEELING — Fore! Golf season is fast approaching and players and coaches around the valley are preparing to hit the links. In order to help players get some practice in before the campaign tees off, the Moundsville Country Club will be hosting the 13th Annual Honeywell Junior Invitational ...