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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 ...

Pirates’ Blass To Retire After Season

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steve Blass’ 60th season with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be his last in the broadcast booth. The former pitcher announced Tuesday that 2019 will be his 34th and final year as a color analyst. He will step away as the longest-tenured broadcaster in team history. Blass ...

Stephens Wins Battle of ‘Frenemies’ at Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sloane Stephens advanced at the Australian Open at the expense of her former doubles partner Timea Babos in a second-round match the women’s tour billed as a battle of the so-called “frenemies.” Fifth-seeded Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, dominated ...

PREP ROUNDUP: St. John Central’s Nixon Hits 1,000-Point Plateau

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MORGANTOWN — Kaylin Nixon went for 22 points, reaching the 1,000-point mark, but St. John Central was defeated by Trinity, 60-31, in girls’ prep basketball action. Cameron 51, Clay-Battelle 36 CAMERON — Madge Lucey paced Cameron with 15 points in a victory over Clay-Battelle. Kori ...

Wheeling Park Bounces Brooke

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WHEELING — Brooke knew what it was getting into Monday night when the Bruins traveled to take on West Virginia Class AAA No. 3 Wheeling Park in a girls’ basketball contest. But there was very little Coach Ryan Scherich’s squad could do about it as the Patriots turned up the pressure ...

River Fends Off Shadyside

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SHADYSIDE — River and Shadyside have become relatively common foes during the course of the last couple of seasons. Along with their regular season meetings, they also squared off in last season’s OVAC Class 2A championship game. The rivals renewed acquantainces Monday evening in front of ...

Big Reds Pull Away from Huskies

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BELLAIRE — When Lexee McAfee drained a 3-pointer from the left wing to pull Harrison Central to within six points of Bellaire with 5:21 remaining in the second quarter Monday night, Huskies coach Nick Yourkovich called a quick timeout. Unfortunately for Yourkovich and his squad, the ...

Brown Adds Three to WVU Coaching Staff

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that Sean Reagan will join the Mountaineer coaching staff as an assistant coach on the offensive side. Brown will announce staff assignments at a later time. Reagan joins Chad Scott and Jordan Lesley as new ...

Williams Returns With Triumph

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams jumped straight back in where she left off at the Australian Open, returning for the first time since winning the title in 2017 when she was pregnant with her first child. Williams conceded only five points in the first set and was completely clinical ...

Top Four Scoring Machines Into Title Games

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The big boys showed up this weekend and showed those usurpers from the wild-card round how it’s done. The top two seeds from the AFC and NFC returned to action in their comfortable home settings — ice and snow and chills be darned in the AFC — and swatted aside the ...