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Harvick Looks to Silence Critics

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AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The mood in the desert is tense headed into the final elimination race before NASCAR’s championship, a title Kevin Harvick is determined to win. The 2014 champion is on a mission to lead his Stewart-Haas Racing team into the title race, prove they honestly are the ...

Buckeyes Defeat Spartans

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Drue Chrisman kept Michigan State pinned back with a sensational second half of punting, and eighth-ranked Ohio State eventually pulled away for a 26-6 victory over the 24th-ranked Spartans on Saturday. In a tight defensive struggle, the Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1 Big ...

Notre Dame Routs Florida State

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brandon Wimbush threw three-first half touchdown passes, Dexter Williams ran for a career-high 202 yards and Notre Dame routed Florida State, 42-13. With the temperature at 27 degrees — the third-coldest game at Notre Dame Stadium since the 1980 season — the ...

Penguins Blank Coyotes

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Casey DeSmith stopped 39 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak. The losing streak was Pittsburgh’s longest since it lost five in a row from Dec. 11-19, ...

Butler Traded To Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) —Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Minnesota. And just like that, Philadelphia has a new Big Three — one that could make serious noise in the Eastern Conference. Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to ...

St. Clairsville Is In Final Eight

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ZANESVILLE — From sweet to elite. Such is the case for the St. Clairsville Red Devils. Utilizing a punishing running game and an impressive defensive performance, the Red Devils smothered Bloom-Carroll, 41-14, on Saturday night in an Ohio Division IV, Region 15 semifinal game at ...

Jesuit Claims MEC Title; To Host Atlantic Regional

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WHEELING — The No. 13 Wheeling Jesuit University volleyball team secured its sixth straight Mountain East Conference Tournament championship with a convincing 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-14) win over Charleston on Saturday evening inside the McDonough Center. The Cardinals (34-3) earn the ...

Hilltoppers Even Record

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CALIFORNIA, Pa. — Junior guard Taylor Johnson poured in a career-high 33 points and the West Liberty University women’s basketball team pulled away to an 86-74 victory against Mercyhurst (Pa.) Sunday in the MEC/PSAC Conference Challenge hosted by California (Pa.) University. It was a ...

Return of McGhee Sparks Central

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WELLSBURG — The key, Mike Young said, was that Wheeling Central walked off the turf at Paul ‘Bud’ Billiard Field inside Brooke Memorial Stadium healthy. That was about the only thing the Maroon Knights (10-1) had to worry about Friday night. Curtis McGhee III returned from missing three ...

Park’s Season Comes to End

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WHEELING — Wheeling Park and Parkersburg came down to another nail-biter, but the Patriots were unable to return the favor and stun the Big Reds. Instead, it was Parkersburg that advances to the quarterfinals of the W.Va. Class AAA playoffs with a 28-21 victory at Wheeling Island ...

Magnolia Beats Pendleton Co.

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FRANKLIN — Every play is magnified in a game where there is less than ideal field conditions. That was certainly the case Friday night on a muddy field at Pendleton County but Magnolia made no excuses. Instead, the Blue Eagles made several game-changing plays and walked away with a 28-6 ...

Tigers Get Past Bearcats

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ZANESVILLE — Shadyside’s second trip to the Ohio High School Athletic Association regional final in the last four seasons was nearly a repeat performance of 2014. Friday night at rainy and cold Sulsberger Memorial Stadium, the fourth-seeded Tigers put together a dominating all-around ...

West Liberty Falls in Opener

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By BUBBA KAPRAL Executive Sports Editor WEST LIBERTY — Ben Howlett said he expected his youthful West Liberty basketball squad would tested this weekend. The Hilltoppers’ second-year coach was deadly accurate with his prediction. The Hilltoppes fell to talented and explosive Kutztown ...

Nailers Defeat Swamp Rabbits

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WHEELING — Hunting for their second victory of the season, the Wheeling Nailers bagged a bunch of Swamp Rabbits on Friday night at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling scored two goals each in the first and second periods, three of those coming from players finding the net for the first time, and never ...

Monarchs Ousted by Applemen

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BUNKER HILL — Musselman got its first playoff win since 2012 and reached double-digit wins for the first time since 1999 with a 60-14 win over John Marshall on Friday in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. Things looked like it might be a rough game for Musselman (10-1) at first when ...

76ers Edge Hornets in OT

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 16 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Hornets 133-132 in overtime Friday night. The Hornets fought back from a 21-point deficit and led by five with 1:18 remaining in regulation before the Sixers ...

WJU Defeats WLU to Advance to MEC Title Game

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WHEELING — The No. 13 Wheeling Jesuit University volleyball team moved on to the Mountain East Conference Tournament Championship Match with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-17 win over West Liberty in a semifinal match Friday night inside the McDonough Center. The Cardinals (33-3) will face No. 4 seed ...

Blue Jackets Down Capitals

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are finally starting to feel confident on the power play, and that could be dangerous for the rest of the NHL. Columbus’ league-worst power play scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup ...

Pittsburgh Gets Break After Drilling Carolina

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro ...

WLU Falls In Season Finale

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WEST LIBERTY — Even before Thursday night’s matchup against Fairmont State, West Liberty coach Roger Waialae knew how good and how dangerous of a football team the Falcons could be. The Falcons certainly proved his point quite clear as they scored a touchdown in every facet of the game in ...