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Nailers Re-Sign Skudalski

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers announced their fifth player signing of the 2019 offseason, brining back defenseman Craig Skudalski to an ECHL contract. Skudalski, 24, is coming off his first ECHL season, in which he recorded two goals, six assists, and eight points in 37 games with the ...

Ohio State Opens With New Coach, New QB

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sporting several weeks of beard growth, Ryan Day looked calm for a new guy leading a storied college football program where the unrelenting pressure helped push his legendary predecessor into early retirement. The 40-year-old Day opened his first training camp as Ohio ...

Meyer Texts: Bama Offered Smith Job

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Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer encouraged Zach Smith to stay with the Buckeyes in January 2018 after the then-assistant coach was pursued by Alabama, according to texts messages from Meyer to Smith. On Friday, Ohio State released thousands of pages of heavily redacted texts and email ...

Notre Dame Ready To Wash Out Taste Of Playoff Loss

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame’s latest run at a national title under coach Brian Kelly ended with another rude awakening. “We got a taste of what it’s like to be in the playoffs,” said Kelly, whose 10th Irish squad begins preseason drills Sunday morning at Culver Academy, 45 miles ...

Stellar Class Enters Hall

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — What a defensive backfield in gold jackets: Ed Reed , Ty Law and Champ Bailey. And what a challenge they had throughout their careers, trying to cover fellow inductee Tony Gonzalez. All four entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. “Fitting to be in ...

Flexibility Key for Steelers

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LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The message couldn’t have been clearer when the Pittsburgh Steelers called Sutton Smith on the final day of the NFL draft. Yes, the Steelers liked Smith’s production at defensive end at Northern Illinois. His 15 sacks as a senior were kind of hard to miss, ...

Colerain’s Casey Morrison Captures First Green Mile

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WHEELING — Years of running the Green Mile and even more training has paid off for Casey Morrison. Morrison, 26, from Colerain, broke the tape in 5:09 to win his first Green Mile race in downtown Wheeling on Friday evening. “I’ve ran in this race for about six or seven years,” ...

Wheeling Post 1 Stays Alive At State Tournament

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KEYSER — After a crushing defeat early Friday, Wheeling Post 1 was three outs away from elimination. Down three in the bottom of the seventh, Post 1 defied the odds, scoring four runs to secure an improbable 7-6 comeback victory over South Charleston. Hunter Kelly supplied the walk-off ...

Bucs Snap Mets’ Win Streak

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By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Steven Matz’s mastery of the Pittsburgh Pirates unraveled quickly. So did the New York Mets’ seven-game winning streak. Five days removed from a five-hit masterpiece in which he shut out the Pirates on 99 pitches, Matz didn’t make it ...

Improving Types A Factor In W.Va. Derby

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For The Intelligencer CHESTER — A couple of in-form 3-year-olds who have shown indications that longer distances may be to their liking could have a say in the outcome of the $500,000, Grade III West Virginia Derby today at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The connections of ...

Record-Setter Return For Two Derby Day Stakes

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CHESTER — Robert Cole Jr. is no stranger to the winner’s circle. From 2000 through Aug. 1, the Maryland-based owner had won 1,449 races, which is good for a 33.8 percent strike rate from 4,280 starts. His horses have earned $24.6 million over almost 20 years. So far in 2019, Cole has 28 ...

HOF Ceremony Kicks Off Tonight

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — At one end of the room sat Tony Gonzalez. All the way across it was Ed Reed. Sometimes in the past, that’s as close to each other as the two new Hall of Famers cared to be. Same thing for Champ Bailey and Ty Law when it came to covering Gonzalez, the game-changing ...

Loaded Field For Debbie Green 5K Run/Walk for Leukemia

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WHEELING — Ron Green takes a lot of pride in putting on a race everyone involved with can be proud of. After all, the Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Leukemia is named after his late sister and helps children around the Ohio Valley that are in need. So when the top runners in the ...

Well-Traveled Plus Que Parfait Set for West Virginia Derby

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CHESTER — Imperial Racing’s Plus Que Parfait is best known for his victory in the Group II UAE Derby, which landed him a berth in a Grade I Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. But the 3-year-old Point of Entry ridgling also gets attention for his name — or at least the pronunciation of ...

Edmunds Is Embracing The Grind

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By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer LATROBE, Pa. — Cam Heyward was exaggerating when the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle referred to safety Terrell Edmunds as “no body fat Rell .” But only by a little. Technically, Edmunds’ body fat is at 2.1% as he enters his second training ...

Eight Bans In Bucs-Reds Brawl

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NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Keone Kela was suspended for 10 games, wild-swinging Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett for eight and Yasiel Puig for three after a furious brawl between the Pirates and Reds. Major League Baseball issued eight suspensions Thursday, two days after the fight ...

Wheeling Post 1 Defeats Romney, 7-3 in State Tournament Opener

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KEYSER — Wheeling started the West Virginia legion state baseball tournament in impressive fashion. Post 1 scored six runs in the second inning en route to a 7-3 victory over Romney Thursday at Potomac State College. Wheeling will face Morgantown at 9 a.m. today. Eli Petho led the ...

Reed ‘Made the Impossible Possible’

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Combining instinct and tireless film study with an unyielding urge to be a difference maker, Ed Reed established himself as one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. What he did with a football after plucking it from the air set him apart from anyone who ever played the ...