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Board Work, 3-Point Shot Could Upset Top Seeds

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This year’s NCAA Tournament features a top tier of teams that are heavy Final Four favorites, starting with No. 1 overall seed Duke and star freshman Zion Williamson. Figuring out how to stop them won’t be easy. Gonzaga joined the Atlantic Coast Conference trio of ...

Nuggets Clinch Playoff Spot

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BOSTON (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 on Monday night. Will Barton added 20 points for the Nuggets, who clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2012-13. They have won four ...

Flyers Nip Penguins in OT

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PITTSBURGH — Sean Couturier beat Matt Murray with 3 seconds remaining in overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers put together an improbable rally to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Sunday night. James van Riemsdyk tied the score with 18 seconds left in regulation when Murray’s glove ...

Duke, UNC, Virginia, Gonzaga Are Top Seeds

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The clock is ticking. The rest of college basketball has three weeks to figure out how to stop Duke’s freshman force of nature, Zion Williamson. Williamson and the Blue Devils got the overall top seed in the tournament, while Gonzaga and two more Atlantic Coast Conference teams — North ...

Busch Gets Win No. 200, Ties Petty

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FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Busch was dominating yet another race when a speeding penalty on pit road dropped him to the middle of the pack at Auto Club Speedway. Busch had to pass 17 cars in 73 laps on sizzling old asphalt to get his landmark 200th victory across NASCAR’s three major ...

West Liberty Men Move On In Atlantic Region Tournament

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INDIANA, Pa. — Even facing an 11-point deficit — its largest of the season — at halftime, the atmosphere in West Liberty’s locker room was positive. And that positivity transitioned into the second half. Scoring the first seven points of the second half, the Hilltoppers were back in ...

Iowa St. Romps Past Jayhawks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Something about the Big 12 Tournament brings out the best in Iowa State. The fifth-seeded Cyclones raced to a big early lead against No. 17 Kansas, then leaned on some balanced scoring and enough stops down the stretch to beat the Jayhawks 78-66 on Saturday night and ...

Walleye Edge Nailers, 3-2

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TOLEDO — Saturday night was an emotional game at the Huntington Center, and in the end, the Wheeling Nailers left with a sour taste in their mouths. Bryan Moore scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal as part of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, as the Toledo Walleye escaped with a 3-2 home ...

Blues Skate By Penguins

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PITTSBURGH — Four goals in two periods gave the St. Louis Blues a shot of sorely needed confidence. Now the Blues hope a solid showing against a surging opponent can put them back on track in the battle for a Western Conference playoff spot. Vince Dunn scored twice and Pat Maroon had a ...

Weir Softball Cruises to Victory Over Fairmont Senior

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WEIRTON — The master and the apprentice teamed up to inflict a lot of damage. Senior Liv Rosnick and freshman Chesney Tice combined for three extra-base hits and seven RBIs while striking out seven, leading the Weir softball team to a 12-2 victory against Fairmont Senior Saturday ...

Alexander Nets Second Florida Hoop Championship

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WHEELING — Coaching state championship teams is often, at most, a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Not so for Nathan Alexander. The Martins Ferry grad recently pocketed his second state title ring as coach of the Osceola High boys’ basketball team. The Kowboys defeated Wellington last ...

1940’s-50’s Trio To Be Inducted Into OVAC Hall of Fame

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Three honored multi-sport prep athletes who excelled beyond high school will be inducted at the 16th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, August 17 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. Honorees from the 1950’s Decade are George Deiderich of Toronto High School ...

Parkersburg South’s Amos Wins Robert Dutton Award

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PARKERSBURG — Olympic aspirations naturally elevate athletes onto higher planes of performance. Limits are pushed and boundaries broken on one’s rise to an elite existence. If you multiply this factor by Parkersburg South 220-pound wrestler Braxton Amos’ talent and insatiable will to ...

Wheeling Park Baseball Sweeps Double Header Over Parkersburg South

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PARKERSBURG — Wheeling Park made up for the long offseason with an extra-inning win in its season opener, part of a double-header sweep of Parkersburg South. Starting pitcher Ben Taylor tossed four frames with five strikeouts and no walks and Trevor Thomas earned the win in extras with two ...

Tigers Double Up Pittsburgh Pirates

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Christin Stewart hit a two-run homer and an RBI single for Detroit as the Tigers defeated the Pirates 6-3 on Saturday. Grayson Greiner doubled and singled. Matt Moore made his fifth start, pitching 4 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. Chris Archer went just three ...