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Patriots Looking for Third Straight Trip to Super Bowl

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By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer NOT THEM AGAIN! Sorry America — at least outside of New England — but the team you love to hate is headed back to the Super Bowl. Sure, there are negatives to point out with these Patriots. They haven’t looked much more than mediocre on the ...

Federer Secures 3-Set Victory

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By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer has played on Rod Laver Arena a hundred times and has six Australian Open crowns in his collection of 20 Grand Slam titles. The 37-year-old tennis statesman has developed a loyal following over 20 consecutive visits to ...

Shorthanded Knights Rally to Victory

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WHEELING — Despite missing two all-state guards, the heart of the Wheeling Central girls’ basketball team remained. After falling behind by nine points late in the third quarter without Hannah White and Eden Gainer, the Maroon Knights rallied to stun Linsly, 68-59, on Wednesday night at ...

Hawks Rout JM in Top-10 Showdown

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MOUNDSVILLE — It was billed as a Top-10 West Virginia Class AAA girls’ basketball matchup between No. 8 University and No. 7 John Marshall. But it turned into a rout in a hurry Wednesday night at the John Marshall Field House. Abbie Coen led three double-figure scorers with 14 points as ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Stephens Secures 300th Win at Central

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WEIRTON—Wheeling Central coach Mel Stephens celebrated his 300th win of his career with his family. The Maroon Knights made it possible with a 69-29 victory over Madonna on Wednesday night. “This was very nice,” Stephens said. “I’ve been doing this a long time. I had my wife, my ...

Steelers Waiting To Hear From Brown

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t ruling out the possible return of wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown. Time, however, appears to be running out. Steelers president Art Rooney II said Wednesday the team still hasn’t heard from Brown since he left Heinz Field following a ...

Pliskova and Svitolina Advance in Aussie Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Karolina Pliskova extended her winning start to the season by reaching the third round of the Australian Open after a rain-interrupted 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory Thursday over Madison Brengle. The 2016 U.S. Open finalist started this year with a run to the title at the ...

Madonna Escapes Oak Glen

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NEW MANCHESTER — The Madonna girls’ basketball team, ranked No. 7 in West Virginia Class A, was given a big test by young, feisty Oak Glen on Wednesday night. In the second half, though, the Blue Dons’ size advantage was too much, and Coach Rodney Boniti’s group improved to 10-2 with ...

Adirondack Beats Wheeling

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GLENS FALLS, New York — The home team has had the upper hand in six straight games between the Wheeling Nailers and Adirondack Thunder, dating back to the 2016-17 season. The sixth of those victories went Adirondack’s way Wednesday night at Cool Insuring Arena. The Thunder rolled out of ...

Hurts Transferring To Oklahoma

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Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance. He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride. Hurts could have transferred right after Alabama went another direction, as so many ...

Couturier Has Hat Trick As Flyers Defeat Bruins

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sean Couturier had a hat trick, Carter Hart stopped 39 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Wednesday night. Couturier scored twice within 90 seconds in the second period and sealed the win with his 19th goal late in the third for his first ...

Irving Leads Celtics Past Raptors, 117-108

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BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit a foul-line fadeaway to give Boston the lead, then hit a 31-foot 3-pointer to finish with 27 points and lead the Celtics past the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors 117-108 on Wednesday night. Returning after missing the last game with a bruised right ...

Ripley’s Starcher Is Female McCoy Winner

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By RICK RYAN Charleston Gazette-Mail RIPLEY — Even though she’s 16 and yet to compete in her junior season at Ripley, Tori Starcher has already carved out quite the resume in high school track. Starcher has run in eight events at the state meet at University of Charleston Stadium — ...

Wheeling Park Brings Down University

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WHEELING—The Palace on the Hill became Keondre’ King’s castle Tuesday night. The senior finished with 27 points, including 11 straight third quarter points, to help Wheeling Park avenge an earlier season loss to University in the form of a 78-68 victory. “This was a nice quality win ...

Central Boys Hold Off Linsly

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By JOSH STROPE Sports Editor WHEELING — After a tough loss to top-ranked Notre Dame last week, Wheeling Central had little time to pout and lick its wounds. With four rivalry games this week — the last three on the road — Tuesday’s contest against city foe Linsly was close to a ...

St. C. Seniors Ignite Victory Vs. Harrison Central

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Big games, big atmospheres and when their teams need them most is when seniors usually step up. That was true of Tuesday evening’s ‘Clifford Bowl’ Part 2 on John Jenkins Court. St. Clairsville’s Matt Busby, Craig Bober and Justin Heatherington were the key senior ...

Nailers Never Really Shorthanded

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WHEELING — The team that is on a penalty kill is generally supposed to have a decided disadvantage. That hasn’t necessarily been the case this season in the ECHL, and for the Wheeling Nailers, in particular. In Sunday’s 4-3 victory at WesBanco Arena against the Indy Fuel that tied the ...

Bane Scores 26 as TCU Routs WVU

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Desmond Bane and TCU quickly got over the sting of consecutive tough road losses to Top 25 teams that knocked them out of the poll. The Horned Frogs returned home with their biggest margin of victory in a Big 12 game. And for West Virginia, which like TCU is in its ...