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Kevin Harvick Looks to Sweep NASCAR’s Return at Darlington

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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The win by Kevin Harvick in NASCAR’s return to racing over the weekend was a bit predictable considering the enormous task teams are facing in a flurry of rescheduled events. The initial rollout of four Cup Series races over 11 days requires a grueling effort by ...

Power Five Spend Big on Lobbying Congress

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(AP) — The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The ...

Belmont Set for June 20 Without Fans, Leads Off Triple Crown

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(AP) — Horse racing’s Triple Crown will look different this year from start to finish. The Belmont Stakes will be run before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness for the first time and take place at a shorter distance. It will lead off the Triple Crown on June 20 in New York with no fans in ...

NFL Teams Can Reopen Training Facilities with Government OK

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(AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local ...

Florida Standout Signs with Hilltoppers

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West Liberty University head softball coach Herb Minch continues to cast a wide net in his recruiting efforts, as evidenced by his latest addition to the defending Mountain East Conference champions’ arsenal. Bree Hockett, an All-Conference standout from Palm Beach Central High School in ...

NFL Owners Make Changes to Enhance Diversity

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(AP) — Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed Tuesday by NFL owners. They include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity in the league. Due to the ...

Virus Has NFL Prospects Pondering Threat of a Lost Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joe Burrow was a competent if unspectacular quarterback as a backup at Ohio State and during his first post-transfer season at LSU. In 2019, he transformed into Super Joe. Imagine if a pandemic had shortened or wiped out that last, golden season for Burrow, who won the ...

U.S. Open No Longer ‘Open,’ Eliminates Qualifying for Major

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(AP) — The U.S. Open might feel more like a closed shop this year. The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open at Winged Foot from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924. Open qualifying is the hallmark of ...

Hilltoppers Crack Top 4 in MEC Commissioner’s Cup

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BRIDGEPORT — Another men's basketball championship and strong showings in several other sports propelled the West Liberty University athletic department to another high finish on Monday when the 2019-20 Mountain East Conference Commissioner's Cup results were released. Due to the ...

Small Miracle In NASCAR’s Problem-Free Return

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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening plan, which was a potential standard-setting moment for other professional leagues to follow in this new normal of sports. No plan is ever perfect and all the assistance from outside health officials ...

Harvick Wins NASCAR’s Return Race at Darlington

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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — This was a 400-mile drive unlike any other in modern day NASCAR. The grandstands were completely empty. There wasn’t a single tailgate inside the track. Everyone wore face coverings — some with the team logos, others opting for plain disposable medical masks. It ...

LL Baseball to Begin Soon in Ohio

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MARTINS FERRY — Tom Regis had feared the worst. As president of the Martins Ferry Civics Little League Association, he was hoping Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would have a different opinion Friday on the summer staple than neighboring W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice outlined for the Mountain State a day ...

McIlroy Hits Winner as Live Golf Returns to TV

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(AP) — Rory McIlroy delivered the money shot Sunday as live golf returned to television for a Skins game that revealed plenty of rust and raised more than $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, who had not won a skin since the sixth hole, had a chance to win the ...

Bayern Wins on Bundesliga Return in Silent Stadium

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Defending champion Bayern Munich returned to action Sunday with a 2-0 win at Union Berlin as the restart of German soccer continued in empty stadiums. Players’ shouts echoed off the rows of concrete terracing around Union’s stadium as Bayern moved closer to an eighth straight league ...

Harler, Bibey Create Hoops Training Service

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WHEELING — To Boyd Bibey and Chase Harler, basketball isn’t just a sport. Quite frankly, it’s the two former Wheeling Central standouts’ passion. They’re now planning to take their passion and help improve the game in the Ohio Valley through their newly founded basketball training ...

Ohio Valley Home to Great Baseball Teams

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WHEELING — Baseball at all levels, save Korea, has been paralyzed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although games are not being contested, I am pleased with the response from our readers when soliciting their input on the best prep baseball teams and players in Ohio Valley history. Today, ...

NFL Teams Can Reopen Facilities Tuesday

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NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Friday by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained by The Associated Press, he stressed that the clubs must be “in compliance with any additional public ...

Linsly’s William Yuan to Swim At University of Rochester

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WHEELING — Hard work pays dividends. Linsly’s William Yuan is proof positive. The Cadet swimmer’s four-year commitment has yielded an opportunity to swim on the collegiate level. Yuan will continue his academic and swimming careers at the University of Rochester this coming ...

NASCAR Puts Safety Plan to Test as Racing Restarts

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Crew chief Chad Knaus won’t get a look at the car Hendrick Motorsports built for Darlington Raceway until he gets to the track Sunday morning, a few hours before the race. Kurt Busch? He’s already sat in his Chip Ganassi Racing car and met with his crew ...

Many Struggling in Horse Racing Hope Return Brings Lifeline

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(AP) — Instead of the Preakness running Saturday in Baltimore with perhaps another heralded Kentucky Derby winner looking to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown, horse racing is in the midst of transition. And lower and middle class owners are in the cross hairs. Owner Maggi Moss ...