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Williams Sisters Win at Indian Wells

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams and sister Venus won at the BNP Paribas Open to set up a third-round clash in the desert tournament. Serena got by No. 29 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the second round on Saturday in her return from a 14-month absence after ...

Woods Closes To Within One Shot

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By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods chipped in from behind the ninth green and the roar was unmistakable, the tree-rattling variety that belongs to only one player in golf. Moments later, Woods raised the putter in his left hand as another birdie putt ...

Central Advances to State Title Game

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CHARLESTON — Riley Bennington is more known for what she can do with a softball, but the Wheeling Central senior is far from a one-trick pony. On the basketball court, she doesn’t get the headlines that teammates Taylor Duplaga, Eden Gainer and Kaylee Reinbeau do, but make no mistake ...

Wheeling Central Girls Capture State Championship

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CHARLESTON -- Wheeling Central is heading back to the Friendly City as state champions. The Maroon Knights girls basketball team captured its first title since 2008 and third overall with a 67-62 victory against top-seeded St. Joseph Central. Hannah White scored a game-high 18 points, while ...

Park Falls to B-U In State Semis

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CHARLESTON— If anyone knows the importance of defense, it is Wheeling Park coach Ryan Young. He stresses it, preaches it and teaches it as well as any coach in the state. It has served his team well. Unfortunately for Wheeling Park, another coach that does that is Buckhannon-Upshur’s ...

Bodkin Reaches Finals

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COLUMBUS — Then there was one. Martins Ferry senior Hunter Bodkin punched his ticket to the Division III 285-pound state championship finals Friday night as the 81st annual Ohio state wrestling tournament completed Day 2 of its three-day stay at Value City Arena inside the Jerome ...

Big Red Duo In Title Round

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COLUMBUS — For the first time in Mike Blackburn’s tenure as wrestling coach of Steubenville, Big Red has two state finalists in the same season. Seniors Jashon Hubbard (152) and Tyler Ely (285) both advanced to the championship bout in their respective weight classes with wins Friday ...

WVU Tops Texas Tech, 66-63

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.— West Virginia has made a habit of reaching the Big 12 Tournament title game lately. Now, the Mountaineers will try to end the habit of losing it. Daxter Miles Jr. scored 22 points and Jevon Carter added 17, and the tournament’s No. 3 seed advanced to its third straight ...

Nailers Down Royals

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WHEELING – Wheeling Nailers coach Jeff Christian says his team has entered what it refers to as “the red zone”. That’s why the red light going on at 2:34 of overtime on Friday night was so important. Reid Gardiner fended off a defender below the goal line and fed the puck to Troy ...

River’s Magical Run Comes to an End

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CAMBRIDGE—The cliche that all good things must come to an end reared its ugly head once again Friday evening. Much to the chagrin of the River basketball team and its droves of fans that made the trip to Cambridge High School and the Gene Ford Gymnasium, the most successful season in ...

Surging Blue Jackets Defeat Red Wings, 3-2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Seth Jones scored twice in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky returned from an illness to make 22 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night. Matt Calvert also scored for the surging Blue Jackets, who have won four in a row ...

Raptors End Rockets’ 17-Game Win Streak

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TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 108-105 on Friday night, snapping the Rockets’ 17-game winning streak. James Harden scored 40 points but the Rockets lost for the first time since Jan. 27 at New Orleans. Jonas ...

Frazier, Pittsburgh Edge Philadelphia, 5-4

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Jerad Eickhoff struggled in his third start for Philadelphia, giving up four runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings. Rhys Hoskins had two hits and two RBIs for the Phillies, and Odubel Herrera had two hits following a 1-for-17 start. Adam Frazier had two hits for Pittsburgh, including a double, ...

Woods Takes Another Step, Trails by 2

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Corey Conners knew Tiger Woods had finished his second round at Innisbrook because he couldn’t see him. He was only about 50 yards from the ninth green, but there were too many fans covering every inch of grass, packed in a dozen deep because of Woods. Woods ...

Browns Get Taylor, Landry

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By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — Maybe the losing and laughing will finally stop. The Browns aren’t fooling around. With three stunning trades on the eve of free agency, Cleveland landed a proven starting quarterback, a game-breaking, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and a ...

ACC Loves New York City

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is declaring its two-year run in Brooklyn a success and expects to make New York City a regular destination for the league’s men’s basketball tournament. “I think it’s important for us as a league to continue to be here, embrace our ...

Corruption Case Won’t Stop Calls on Selection Sunday

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — College basketball has spent an entire season operating amid the specter of an FBI corruption investigation that led to criminal charges against assistant coaches, agents, apparel company employees and others. The scandal rocked the sport, which seemed set to ...

Seattle Releases CB, Sherman

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By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer The Seattle Seahawks are cutting ties with star cornerback Richard Sherman, who became one of the NFL’s premier cornerbacks during his seven seasons with the team. The team informed Sherman on Friday he will be released, and Sherman confirmed the decision ...

Wheeling Park Girls Earn Date in AAA Semifinals

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WHEELING — With 5:33 left in the third quarter, Wheeling Park was staring at a 15-point deficit to George Washington and a return trip to the semifinals looked to be disappearing. Kylie McKennen wasn’t about to let her basketball career end like that. The Wheeling Park senior, who ...

Wheeling Central Girls Advance to State Title Game

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CHARLESTON -- Wheeling Central is back in the state championship game following a 63-46 victory against Tucker County. Riley Benninngton went 4-for-4 from 3-point land, leading the Maroon Knights with 21 points. Hannah White and Kaylee Reinbeau eached added 14 points, while White pulled down ...