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Keselowski Pumps Life Into NASCAR Playoffs

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn’t a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories — at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard 400 — pushed him ...

PRO PICKS

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WHEELING — Much like the Pittsburgh Steelers, but performance last week was well below the line. But in the NFL it’s next man up, and for Pro Picks it’s next week up. About the only good thing that came out of Cleveland last week — or ever, for that matter — was the performance of ...

McGhee Grows Into Field General

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WHEELING — Mike Young admits last season was a case of learning on the fly for Wheeling Central quarterback Curtis McGhee III. The fact he guided the Maroon Knights to a West Virginia Class A state championship while doing so was a remarkable feat, the coach believes. But much more is ...

Young Delivers In Life-or-Death Situation

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WHEELING—I have always had the utmost respect for Mike Young. Not just because he is a state championship football coach many times over at Wheeling Central. Moreover, he is a dedicated family man, passionate teacher and a pillar of the community. My respect for him grew even more Sunday ...

Shadyside Tops Central

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WHEELING—Wheeling Central volleyball Coach Donnie Murray knew heading into Monday night’s battle with powerful Shadyside that the key to his team’s success was trying to take the Tigers’ top two players out of the hitting zone. And while Macy Coffland (13 kills) and Jillian Joseph (10 ...

Cards Edge Pirates, 8-7

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ST. LOUIS — Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. St. Louis, which overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-4, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second ...

Jets Rout Lions, 48-17

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DETROIT — Sam Darnold made a stellar debut despite throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL pass and the New York Jets intercepted five passes while routing the Detroit Lions 48-17 in their season opener Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to start a season ...

Taylor Must Play Better Following Sunday’s Tie

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Don’t blame Ty for the tie. Browns coach Hue Jackson defended starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor on Monday as Cleveland’s players, coaches and fans digested how a season opener that could have ended with the team’s first win since 2016 turned into a painful 21-21 ...

Keselowski Wins at Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — First, Brad Keselowski figured out the secret to restarting at the Brickyard 400. Then he safely and strategically bumped his way into the lead and sped to the finish line. One year after settling for second in a chaotic, crash-marred race last year, Keselowski ...

Astros Outduel Tigers, 3-2

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DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander drew several big cheers and pitched seven sharp innings in his return to Comerica Park while leading the Houston Astros over the Detroit Tigers. Verlander struck out 10 in his first game in Detroit since being traded to Houston in August 2017. The World ...

Wayt Adds Name To Record Book

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WHEELING — Needless to say, Wheeling Central’s Kenadee Wayt has had one of the best sports careers in school history. She has helped the Maroon Knights win a West Virginia Class A state championship in track in 2017. She also was a main reason that Wheeling Central won its first on-field ...

Grove Is Not Taking Anything For Granted

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WHEELING — Michael Grove has never been one to take anything for granted. Actually, the Wheeling Park and West Virginia University product might lean toward being more of pessimist toward certain things. Though he had received some interst from Major League Baseball organizations, he ...

Browns Don’t Lose, Tie Steelers in Sloppy Game

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CLEVELAND — One week in and the Browns are still undefeated. Now that’s progress. Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked ...

Holgorsen Breathes Sigh Of Relief

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen breathed a sigh of relief following Saturday night’s 59-17 victory over FCS member Youngstown State. Not only had his No. 14 Mountaineers (2-0) overcome a game-long deluge from Mother Nature, but a Penguins squad (0-2) ...

Djokovic Wins U.S. Open

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NEW YORK — The U.S. Open final suddenly appeared to be slipping away from Novak Djokovic. He dropped three consecutive games. He was angered by a crowd roaring for his popular opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. He was, in short, out of sorts. And then came Sunday’s pivotal game, a ...

Ruffed Grouse News

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For nearly 25 years, unpredictable fluctuations of ruffed grouse populations in the Appalachian region have frustrated wildlife biologists in many states. Known for five- or six-year population cycles in northern states characterized by evergreen and aspen forests, ruffed grouse populations in ...

Penn State Takes Step Forward

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Penn State head coach James Franklin expected a response from his players after dodging an upset in its opener against Appalachian State. He got one. Just a half later than he would have liked. The Nittany Lions pummeled Pittsburgh 51-6 in the slop at Heinz Field on Saturday night, scoring ...

WLU’s White Wins Bethany Invite

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BETHANY — West Liberty’s Philip White couldn’t have had a better collegiate debut as the Hilltoppers’ talented freshman outraced everyone to the finish line in Saturday morning’s Bethany College Cross Country Invitational. White’s impressive performance spurred Coach Justin ...

Dalton, Bengals Spoil Luck’s Return to Lineup

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andy Dalton rallied the Bengals with three scores in the final 19 minutes and Clayton Fejedelem scored on an 83-yard fumble return with 24 seconds to go in a 34-23 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Cincinnati snapped an eight-game losing streak in Indy. The loss ...

Another Squirrel Delay Leads to Cardinals Rally

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DETROIT (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals needed something to get them going on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. Out of nowhere — again — a squirrel appeared. In an episode sure to revive St. Louis fans’ memories of the 2011 Rally Squirrel, this game at Comerica Park was scoreless ...