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St. C. Sweeps Own Invitational

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Not even dropping temperatures, gusty winds and a steady drizzle could slow down host St. Clairsville Friday evening in the annual Dave Porterfield Invitational. The annual meet attracted an all-time best 20 schools, but after 17 events, it was the host Red Devils who ...

Pittsburgh Takes Down Cincinnati

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have been one of the biggest early surprises in the major leagues, winning six of their first seven games following the offseason trades of five-time All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen and ace pitcher Gerrit Cole. “We left Bradenton at the end of ...

Nailers Eliminated From Playoffs

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BRAMPTON — The Wheeling Nailers and Brampton Beast had their game go down to the final buzzer on Friday night, and unfortunately, when it sounded, the Nailers were eliminated from the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Brampton scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the first period, then added two more ...

Reed Takes The Lead at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Masters is living up to its hype with some of the biggest names and hottest games in contention going into the weekend. Except for two guys who generated so much of the buzz. Tiger Woods hit another shot into Rae’s Creek, didn’t make a birdie until the 13th hole and ...

Martins Ferry Scores Six Unanswered to Beat UL

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MARTINS FERRY — Trailing visiting Union Local 4-1 entering the bottom half of the second inning Friday, Martins Ferry coach Anthony Reasbeck challenged his players. He wanted to know what type of team he has in the early portion of the season. “I still don’t know,” he said after ...

Pens Top Senators to Earn Home-Ice in 1st Round

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By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins can admit it now. The regular season is kind of a drag. Being the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions creates a target on your back that’s impossible to shake. An NHL-high 19 back-to-backs left them spent. A ...

Philadelphia Edges Cleveland for 13th Straight Win

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By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James pulled Ben Simmons in for a hug, and smiled and laughed in a brief chat with Joel Embiid. Allen Iverson watched the scene with a big grin and high-fived a few fans. The 76ers of the past and present sure loved LeBron — but ...

Jalen Brunson, A’ja Wilson Win Wooden Awards

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By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES — Jalen Brunson of national champion Villanova and A’ja Wilson of South Carolina won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year Friday night. They received their trophies during the fourth annual College Basketball Awards in a ...

Indians Win Home-Opener

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By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND—Michael Brantley has perfected the comeback season. Now he has to master completing one. Brantley singled home two runs on the first pitch of his first at-bat this season, and Carlos Carrasco worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning, ...

Truex, Harvick Know How To Get To Front

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By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick certainly know their way to the front at 1 1/2-mile tracks like the one at Texas Motor Speedway. Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Truex has won five of the last eight races on 1 1/2-mile ...

McGregor’s UFC Future in Doubt

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By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer NEW YORK — Cocksure and uncouth, Conor McGregor was never afraid to defy authority. He dressed in fur coats and swung chairs at news conferences, reaped the riches of his dalliance with boxing, and demanded his boss cut him an ownership stake in the MMA ...

Wheeling Park Softball Team Sweeps Oak Glen

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WHEELING — It certainly hasn’t been the ideal spring season for sports weather-wise. Hence, the Wheeling Park softball team has not stepped foot on the diamond since March 26 against Brooke. With no rain in the forecast, Wheeling Park overcame a slow start and capitalized on six Oak Glen ...

Central Aces Are Perfect

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WHEELING — New coach, perfect results. Buck Davidson made his debut Thursday at the Wheeling Central softball helm. It could not have played out more impressively. His Maroon Knights pocketed a truncated twinbill sweep of Steubenville Catholic Central by scores of 10-0 (four innings), and ...

Knights Hold Off JM’s Rally

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WHEELING — John Marshall is earning the reputation of a resilient, second-half team but on Thursday, it was faced with a Wheeling Central squad that got after it from the start. The Maroon Knights recorded the first five goals and held off a late rally by the Monarchs to secure a ...

WVU Cancels Spring Game Because of Weather

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MORGANTOWN — Ask any coach and they will tell you that there are two things that are out of their control — injuries and the weather. Veteran West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen discovered the latter Thursday when officials informed him that Mother Nature was not going ...

Spieth Is Back in His Comfort Zone at the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods attracted most of the attention. Jordan Spieth caused the most concern. Opening day at the Masters had a wide-open feel until Spieth hit his stride Thursday afternoon. He saved three straight pars with that superb short game. He ran off three straight birdies to ...

Weir Softball Tops Madonna

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FOLLANSBEE — The middle of Weir’s order did all of the damage. The Red Ridersí dynamic duo of Alivia Rosnick and Allison Phillips tallied all four of the teamís hits against rival Madonna during their 3-2 victory on Thursday at the Follansbee City Park. Rosnick, Weirís cleanup ...

LeBron Nets 33, Cavs Rally

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and brought Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 17-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 119-115 on Thursday night and maintain the No. 3 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs trailed 104-87 with ...

Kessel Propels Pens

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Phil Kessel scored 1:06 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a 5-4 victory on Thursday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets, who still clinched a playoff spot for the second consecutive season. Columbus entered the game needing one point in the standings ...

Polanco’s Two-Run Shot Boosts Pirates

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a two-run home run during a four-run fifth inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Thursday night. Polanco broke a 1-1 tie when he drove a ball into the shrubbery in center field off Homer Bailey (0-2). Polanco also had a ...