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Arrieta Inks Three-Year Deal With Phillies

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Jake Arrieta finally found a deal he liked. The free agent ace and the Philadelphia Phillies have reached agreement on a three-year contract, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal, ...

Lakers Roll Past Cavaliers, 127-113

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers auditioned for LeBron James’ favor in free agency with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, nine assists and five ...

Maroon Knights Claim Their Crown

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CHARLESTON — Taylor Duplaga remembers it like it was yesterday, the feeling her freshman year as she watched St. Joseph Central celebrate a state championship at the expense of Wheeling Central. It ate at her for three years. But it also fueled her. That feeling has been replaced and this ...

Central Proves Doubters Wrong

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CHARLESTON — St. Joseph Central had the resume. Wins over five Class AAA schools. Sweeping the season series against Class AA runner-up Wyoming East. A schedule that is without a doubt the toughest any team, any class plays. The Class A tournament was just a formality. A spot for the ...

Local Trio Finish 2nd at State Championship

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COLUMBUS — Close but not quite there. Three Ohio Valley Athletic Conference wrestlers came up a win shy of becoming Division II state champions as the 81st annual Ohio state wrestling tournament concluded its three-day stay at Value City Arena inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the ...

Ferry’s Bodkin Gets Runner-Up

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COLUMBUS — It just wasn’t meant to be for Martins Ferry’s Hunter Bodkin. The Purple Riders’ senior dropped a 3-2 sudden-victory decision to Williamsburg senior Brian Stears (36-0) the 285-pound championship roundl. Bodkin (47-4) trailed 1-0 after two periods before escaping early in ...

Kansas Claims Big 12 Title Over WVU

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Devonte Graham piled up 18 points and 13 assists, Silvio De Sousa came up big in place of Udoka Azubuike and ninth-ranked Kansas proved its toughness down the stretch for an 81-70 victory over No. 18 West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament title game Saturday night. De ...

Crutchfield Enjoying His Time in Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Jim Crutchfield embraces a challenge, make that major challenges. Fourteen years ago, he took over a 4-23 West Liberty men’s basketball team. He turned the Hilltoppers into 20-game winners in his initial season at the helm. The Clarksburg native followed that ...

Ohio Valley Football Clinic Gaining Interest

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WEIRTON — The third annual Ohio Valley Coaching Clinic is drawing a solid early response from tri-state grid coaches. This year’s event will be held at Weir High School. It is scheduled for Thursday, March 22 from 6-9:30 p.m. The previous two clinics were staged in Wheeling. The ...

Royals Down Nailers, 6-3

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WHEELING—A night that featured a sellout crowd, a special visit from the Stanley Cup and a battle for third place in the North Division did not end the way the Nailers had pictured it. Wheeling got on the board first but was outplayed the rest of the way as Reading maintained its third ...

Marshall Wins C-USA Title

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jon Elmore scored 20 of his 27 points after halftime, including 11 in a row in a span of just over two minutes, and Marshall is going to its first NCAA Tournament since 1987 after a 67-66 win over Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship game on Saturday ...

WJU Falls To West Chester

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PETERSBURG, Va. — After leading for most of the contest, Wheeling Jesuit failed to convert late and were edged by West Chester, 82-77, in the NCAA Atlantic Regional tournament. Leading by as many as 10 points early in the second half, the Cardinals (26-6) had the tide turned in a Golden ...

Hot-Shooting Shippensburg Downs West Lib

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PETERSTOWN, Va. — West Liberty’s Mountain East Conference championship season came to a disappointing end Saturday night as a hot-shooting Shippensburg squad pulled away to a 98-66 win in an NCAA Division II Atlantic Region quarterfinal at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center. After racing out to ...

Virginia Tops North Carolina

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Guy, Devon Hall and No. 1 Virginia completed one of the most successful seasons in the storied history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball, beating No. 12 North Carolina 71-63 in the tournament championship game Saturday night to finish 20-1 against league ...

Maple Leafs Defeat Pens, 5-2

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TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Kasperi Kapanen, Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau also scored to help the Maple Leafs get their franchise-record 10th straight home win. ...

Grizzlies Lose 17th Straight Game

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DALLAS (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Memphis 114-80 on Saturday night, extending the Grizzlies’ losing streak to 17 games. The Grizzlies (18-48), who have the longest losing streak in the NBA this season and the league’s worst record, trailed by ...

Baltimore Gets Win Over Pirates

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Manny Machado and Trey Mancini both homered for the third time and Jonathan Schoop added his second for Baltimore. Colby Rasmus had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice in a win over Pittsburgh, 13-5. Chad Kuhl was knocked around in a start for Pittsburgh’s split squad, pitching 2 1/3 ...

Browns Trade DT Shelton To New England

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By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — Danny Shelton always ended his interviews with a smile and saying, “Go Browns!” It was the Browns turn to say, “Go Danny!” New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey continued to wheel and deal on Saturday by agreeing to send Shelton, ...

Early Migrants Are Back

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Longer days trigger a northbound wanderlust in migratory birds. Back in January the first hints of migration appeared when a few turkey vultures sailed over the house. Ruby-throated hummingbirds have already reached the Gulf Coast. Follow their return at www.hummingbirds.net. On Feb. 28 ...

Phoenix Favorite Harvick Chasing 3rd Straight Victory

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By JOHN NICHOLSON AP Sports Writer AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick left everyone else behind the last two weeks in Atlanta and Las Vegas. He figures to be even harder to beat Sunday at ISM Raceway, the mile oval in the foothills outside Phoenix where he has a record eight ...