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US Open Wants to be Ultimate Test

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — The U.S. Open wants to be the ultimate test in golf, and sometimes that leads to a series of trick questions. One of them was 14 years ago at Shinnecock Hills. A year after Jim Furyk tied the U.S. Open scoring record at Olympia Fields, the weekend of the 2004 U.S. Open ...

North America Will Host 2026 World Cup

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By ROB HARRIS and GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writers MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The ...

NCAA Eases Rules On Athlete Transfers

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By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. The NCAA Division I Council approved the change effective Oct. 15 on Wednesday. The council also decided that ...

Brown Needed Time To ‘Get My Mind Right’

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PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown didn’t skip out on the vast majority of the Pittsburgh Steelers organized team activities to make a statement. Or to disrespect the backup quarterbacks. Or to take a stand alongside running back Le’Veon Bell. The All-Pro insists he simply felt more comfortable ...

Cleveland’s Gordon Clean And Driven In Comeback

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BEREA, Ohio — Josh Gordon’s new route through life, a straight and sober one, is rewarding him every day. Given another chance to revive an NFL career he nearly threw away due to addiction, Gordon is embracing moments he once ignored. “Right now for me it’s a bunch of the small ...

White Sox Take Down Indians

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CHICAGO — James Shields won for the first time since opening day, Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez homered to lead off a three-run first, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Tuesday night. Shields (2-7) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings after going 12 ...

Woods Looking For Win

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods returned to the U.S. Open for the first time in three years and hardly anyone noticed. Then again, it was late Sunday afternoon. Shinnecock Hills was practically empty. “A bizarre experience,” said Jordan Spieth, who played nine holes with him. Such a ...

Germany Looks to Repeat As World Cup Champion

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MOSCOW — After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century. The soccer world gathers at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across the ...

Disappointments In Playoffs Make Cup Parade Sweeter for Caps

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By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON — Nine early playoff exits paved the way for the Capitals’ unexpected Stanley Cup run and made the trip down Constitution Avenue all the more satisfying to the NHL champions and their fans. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom rode the final ...

Mickelson Trying Not to Look Ahead

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson is running out of time. Mickelson doesn’t need to be reminded that this is his 27th appearance in the U.S. Open, more than any of the 156 players at Shinnecock Hills. He wouldn’t want to be reminded that 65 players — including the last four major ...

Central to Host Hoops Tournament

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Fresh off a West Virginia Class A state championship, the Wheeling Central boys’ basketball team will play host to the second Friendly City Shootout on Saturday and Sunday at Wheeling Jesuit University. The Friendly City Shootout brings high school basketball teams from all over the ...

Nadal, Federer Keep Winning Despite Age

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PARIS — Rafael Nadal was trying to make the point that time stops for no man. “You can’t fight against the age,” he said, “and you can’t fight against the watch. The watch keeps going, always.” No arguing against that sentiment. Still, it is rather remarkable how Nadal, a ...

Indians Blank ChiSox

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CHICAGO — Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 while pitching two-hit ball over seven innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Monday night. Michael Brantley hit his 11th homer and the AL Central leaders took advantage of another wild outing by Lucas Giolito to win ...

Ferry Graduate Brinker Gets Promotion With Packers

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MARTINS FERRY — Chad Brinker admits he has to sometimes keep himself in check. There are certain days when the 1998 Martins Ferry High School graduate has to dial himself in from getting caught up in the moment, which can be tough to do, especially when you consider for the past eight ...

Parade Gives D.C. Fans Rare Chance to Cheer

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom dreamed about the road less traveled. Driving down Constitution Avenue on his way to each home game since his NHL debut in 2007, he imagined the street lined with overjoyed Washington Capitals fans. “It always popped up in my head that one time ...

Park Duo to Cheer at WLU

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Wheeling Park’s Meghan Murphy and McKinley Kimmins have signed to continue their cheering and academic careers at West Liberty University. Murphy was a four-year varsity member of the cheer team and a two-year member of the track team. While at Wheeling Park, Murphy was a three-time ...

Summer Tennis Camps Are Offered by WOTC

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The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club will be offering tennis camps for both youth and adults this summer at the Oglebay Tennis Facility. The camps will begin with a week of tennis for the Oglebay Park Children’s Association participants. During the week of June 18-22, each day different ...

Obecny II Wins Bordas And Bordas Event

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WHEELING — It was a good weekend for Thadd Obecny II. After securing a one-stroke lead during the first day, the Wheeling Park alum and Coastal Carolina graduate picked up where he left off. Obecny turned in a 65, to secure the Championship Flight at the Bordas and Bordas Amateur Golf Classic ...

Harrison, Polanco Lead Pirates Over Cubs

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CHICAGO— Although reluctant to go on the disabled list two weeks ago, Ivan Nova had to concede Sunday that the break was a great benefit. Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run and Gregory Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple, leading Nova and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago ...

Keane To Help Coach Minutemen

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SHADYSIDE - Tom Keane harbors hopes of being a head football coach. Those aspirations were greatly bolstered recently for the former Shadyside High grid standout when he landed an assistant’s position with the University of Massachusetts. He will serve as special teams and quality control ...