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Cavaliers, LeBron Ready

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By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON — Put Kevin Love’s name atop the list of the Cavaliers that walked out of Cleveland’s 25-point Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 loss to Boston a little staggered, but with an unbowed head. The reason: He’s got a teammate by the name of ...

Vegas Ties Series With Jets

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, lifting the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final. Kyle Connor scored midway through the third ...

Warriors Take 1-0 West Lead

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HOUSTON — Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the ...

Belly Putter Is A Boost to Simpson

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson credited everyone around him for winning The Players Championship, his fifth career victory and in some respects his most important. And he didn’t stop with those he considers to be part of his team. Thank-you notes also are in order for the USGA and ...

Dave Bruney Left Mark on Players, Coaches

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MARTINS FERRY — I am a Dave Bruney fan. In this business of sports writing you get to know a countless number of coaches, some closer than others. Bruney began his head coaching career at Bridgeport High in 1978, the same year I began writing sports. After a 9-1 season with the Bulldogs, ...

Home Runs Lift Giants Past Bucs

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PITTSBURGH — San Francisco turned some of those fly-ball outs into home runs. Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick Hundley added a three-run drive and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday to stop a season-high six game-losing ...

Simpson Has Easy Victory At The Players

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson navigated his way through a few mistakes but not too much stress to win The Players Championship on Sunday. Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots of Simpson, even after a double bogey on the 18th hole when his only concern ...

Celtics Rout Cavs In Game1

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BOSTON — The assignment for Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris in his first start this postseason was easy to explain but nearly impossible to execute. His job: Guard LeBron James, and keep the four-time NBA MVP from running the Celtics out of their own gym in the Eastern Conference ...

WVU Coaches Deal With Transfer Rule

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PARKERSBURG — Coaches talk a lot. It’s part of the job. College coaches are especially put in front of the microphone more than they would like and often forced to talk about subjects that they would much rather stay silent over. That wasn’t the case last week at J.P. Henry’s ...

Wheeling Central’s Doug Clark Inks With Wheeling Jesuit

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Wheeling Central senior Doug Clark recently signed a letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Wheeling Jesuit University. Clark, who played his first three years at Bishop Donahue, has been a pitching ace this year for Coach Bo McConnaughy’s squad. Clark is surrounded by his ...

Kluber, Indians Rout Kansas City, 11-2

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber (6-2) gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits as the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals, 11-2 on Sunday. Yan Gomes had four hits, including a three-run homer. Jose Ramirez also hit a three-run shot and Michael Brantley had ...

Maroon Knights Hold Off Blue Dons Rally

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WHEELING — Wheeling Central coach Bo McConnaughy has been around the game of baseball long enough to know what opposing teams are capable of during the postseason. The veteran coach knew Madonna could get within striking distance, and it turned out he was right. Up 4-0 in the sixth, the ...

Blue Eagles Pair Into Finals

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CHARLESTON —Two days before the regional tennis tournament, Magnolia’s No. 2 doubles team of Logan Riggs and Raegan Hale made an adjustment in its game. What they found has led them to a regional title and as of Friday night, an appearance in the Class A-AA No. 2 doubles state ...

Bucs Roll in Cutch’s Return

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PITTSBURGH — The men Andrew McCutchen used to call his teammates wanted to make sure McCutchen would have his moment. So when the San Francisco Giants outfielder stepped out of the batter’s box on Friday night to acknowledge the standing ovation at PNC Park in the five-time All-Star’s ...

Capitals Take Game 1

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist in his Eastern Conference finals debut, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots and Michal Kempny, Jay Beagle and Lars Eller also scored ...

Rudolph Here to Learn

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mason Rudolph started wearing the No. 2 while playing high school football in South Carolina. He kept it during his record-breaking career at Oklahoma State, where he left as the program’s all-time winningest quarterback. When the Pittsburgh Steelers let him know No. 2 ...

LeBron Undaunted By Boston, Celtics Mystique

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — There haven’t been any championship banners hoisted into Boston’s hallowed rafters since 2008. LeBron James won’t let go of the rope. Cleveland’s star has bounced the Celtics from the playoffs four times in the past seven years, and James carries a ...