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Gardiner Nets Hat Trick in Nailers 5-2 Win Against Worcester

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WORCESTER — Reid Gardiner turned in a fantastic night for the Wheeling Nailers, who made their first visit to DCU Center a memorable one as they took down the Worcester Railers, 5-2. Gardiner netted a hat trick collecting his 20th goal of the season, including his sixth game winner. He was ...

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John Marshall’s Anthony Carman gets the upper hand on Cambridge’s Colton Dobbs during their 160-pound bout Friday night at the Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament. Carman won, 9-0.

South, Beaver Appears To Be Two-Team Race

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WHEELING — Parkersburg South is doing its best to continue its domination of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament, but Beaver Local is doing its best to make the 65th annual event a two-team race. The Wood County Patriots have nine semifinalists and 175 points, ...

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Linsly’s Jimmy Zecca (0) goes to the basket against the defense of River’s Tanner Brown.

River Turns Back Linsly

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WHEELING — When you are the No. 2-ranked team in Ohio you will always get your opponent’s best shot. Such is the case for the River Pilots. Coach Mark Romick’s charges, the second-rated team in the latest Division III poll, turned back a valiant upset bid from Linsly on Friday night at ...

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Wheeling Park’s Alex Dunlevy goes up for a shot as John Marshall’s Bryce Yoho (2) defends. The Monarchs’ Adam Miller (4) and the Patriots’ DeVaughn McWhorter (3) look on during Friday night’s game.

Park Boys Edge Past Rival JM

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MOUNDSVILLE — It has not been very often that a Wheeling Park-John Marshall game has been close in the fourth quarter. This one had a different feel from the opening tip. In the end, though, the result remained the same: a Wheeling Park victory. Keondre King came up with big shots in the ...

UL Completes Sweep of St.C.

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Union Local has prided itself on balanced scoring for most of the season. Friday night was slightly different, though. Only two Jets found their way to double figures. The Kildow brothers — Ty and Cal — seemed to sense when their team needed a bucket, especially ...

WVU Looks to End a Two-Game Skid

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MORGANTOWN — Coming off back-to-back losses to Top-10 ranked Texas Tech (72-71) and Kansas (71-66), No. 6 West Virginia (15-3 overall, 4-2 Big 12) gets a break when unranked Texas comes to the Coliseum for a 2 p.m. tipoff today. Or some would think. One of those who doesn’t believe the ...

Manchester Maneuvers Past Wheeling, 3-2

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MANCHESTER, NH — The Wheeling Nailers had the Manchester Monarchs on their heels during Friday night’s game at SNHU Arena, but came up just short on the scoreboard. Wheeling got goals from Cam Brown and Reid Gardiner as part of a 40-shot performance, but Michael Doherty snapped a 2-2 tie ...

Jefferis Honored With Larry Deaton Award as Top Official

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WHEELING — Ray Jefferis had an outstanding wrestling career during his days at Barnesville High School. He won 113 matches, an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tournament championship as a senior and was a four-time Ohio state tournament qualifier, placing sixth his senior season. He ...

Wizards Take Down Pistons

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DETROIT (AP) — Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 26 points each, and the Washington Wizards scored 45 points in the third quarter before holding on for a 122-112 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The Pistons cut a 20-point second-half deficit to four in the fourth ...

Smith Watches Kyrgios Complete Dream Match

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open. Time to put on a show. One of his favorite actors — Smith was making his Grand Slam debut as a ...

Pieters Leads With McIlroy, Johnson Lurking

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Thomas Pieters holed a bunker shot for a closing birdie and shot a second-round 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday as top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy moved into contention. Johnson shook off the jet lag ...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears gloves as he arrives to speak to the media, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship on Sunday in Foxborough.(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Brady Is Mum On His Status

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right-hand injury earlier in the week. Brady said a bit contentiously only “We’ll see” on Friday when asked whether he would play in Sunday’s conference title game against ...

Gymnast Wants Ex-Dr. To Suffer

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the “powerful army” of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison. Roughly 80 of the women ...

Vegas Golden Knights' Brad Hunt (77) skates with the puck as Florida Panthers' Vincent Trocheck (21) pursues during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Panthers Top Vegas

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night, spoiling former coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida. Ekblad grabbed a rebound in the high slot and fired it past Malcolm Subban to ...

Defense Matters In Playoffs

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By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer Four of the five teams that gave up the fewest points during the regular season are the last four left with a shot at the Super Bowl, something that had never happened since the NFL-AFL merger nearly a half-century ago. And three of the four ...

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Wheeling Park’s Keondre’ King looks to score while Brooke’s Justin Shelton defends.

Wheeling Park Downs Brooke in Boys Basketball

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WHEELING — Wheeling Park coach Michael Jebbia has had his fair share of games against rival Brooke. He knew going into Thursday’s matchup that Brooke has improved greatly during the past year and it showed. The Patriots had to dig their way out of a hole after the Bruins scored the first ...

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Skip Prosser Classic Basketball Game Growing

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WHEELING — Last season’s Skip Prosser Classic paid tribute to one of the great basketball minds that ever graced the hardwood in the Ohio Valley. Then Wheeling Central and Linsly went out and put on a game for the ages in tribute to the former Maroon Knights and Cadets coach. Last ...

Steubenville Catholic Girls Basketball Defeats Indian Creek

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WINTERSVILLE — Steubenville Catholic pitched a first -quarter shutout on its way to a 49-34 victory over Indian Creek in Thursdayís showdown between OVAC girls’ basketball leaders. Fueled by six Julia Zatta points, the Crusaders raced out to a 12-0 lead after the opening eight minutes. ...

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Bridgeport’s Marissa Beal, left, goes to the basket against Buckeye Local’s Alaire Destifanes.

Buckeye Local Shuts Down Bridgeport in Girls Basketball

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CONNORVILLE — Buckeye Local has made a commitment to the defensive end of the floor this season. It was on full display again Thursday night. The Panthers limited invading Bridgeport to nine field goals and found enough offense to pull out a 45-33 victory to enhance their stranglehold on an ...