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West Virginia forward Lamont West (15) shoots over Texas guard Eric Davis Jr. (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated Texas 77-62. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

West Virginia Hooks Horns in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — After West Virginia coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees and clutched his chest in a scary moment shortly before halftime, Jevon Carter finished with 24 points to lead the 12th-ranked Mountaineers to a 77-62 win over Texas on Monday night. Lamont West had a career-high 23 ...

West Sets Another Career-High Scoring 23

MORGANTOWN — Its second-leading scorer out with a sore back, its senior leader on the bench dealing with foul problems and its legendary coach needing help off of the court following a timeout, No. 12 West Virginia (22-6 overall, 10-5 Big 12) found itself in need of a big lift as it played ...

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Wheeling Nailers Drop Crucial Division Game to Beast

BRAMPTON, Ontario — The Wheeling Nailers will look forward to their next time onto the ice, as Monday’s result at Powerade Centre left a sour taste in their mouths. Wheeling carried a 2-1 lead into the third period on goals by Nick Sorkin and Cody Wydo, but surrendered two tallies in a span ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands on pit road after his qualifying run for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. will start the race in the No. 2 position. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

What We Learned At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR’s top teams. Teamwork at Joe Gibbs Racing appears as solid as ever despite adding rookie Daniel Suarez to the mix, evidenced by Denny Hamlin, Suarez, Matt Kenseth and ...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Adam Frazier walks off the field after a workout at baseball spring training in Bradenton, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Nutting: Pittsburgh Pirates Had ‘Step Back’ in 2016, But Talent There

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates missed the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, but that won’t cause chairman Bob Nutting to abandon the team’s steady, build-from-within approach. “We have not embraced, as many teams have, that you have to go in cycles and ...

Jordan Spieth follows his shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

West Coast Whets Appetite for Augusta

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The refrain is becoming a tradition unlike any other, especially after a West Coast Swing like this one. “The Masters can’t get here soon enough.” No doubt, the Masters is the most anticipated tournament of the year. But that would be overlooking the obvious. Golf ...

West Liberty-Wheeling Jesuit Tickets on Sale Friday

WHEELING — The Wheeling Jesuit men’s and women’s basketball teams complete their 2016-17 regular seasons with two home contests this week. On Thursday, Notre Dame College ventures into the McDonough Center to battle the Cardinals. Saturday marks the biggest home game of the season for ...

Ohio State Women Upset Maryland

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 points and No. 12 Ohio State used a sizzling start to upset second-ranked Maryland 98-87 on Monday night. Ohio State (24-5, 14-1 Big Ten) scored 35 points in the first 10 minutes on 14 for 18 shooting, led by nine at the half and held on as ...

Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion heads to another field after batting at the team's baseball spring training facility Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Encarnacion Brings A Booming Bat to Cleveland

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland’s main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team’s newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on his head, Encarnacion signed ...

At 61, Snitker Is A Late Bloomer

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Let’s face it, Brian Snitker had pretty much given up on his dream. He always wanted to be a big league manager. But with his career in baseball approaching four decades, he figured there wasn’t much chance of actually getting the call. Yet here he is, at 61, ...

Astros Want Bregman to Take Next Step

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alex Bregman doesn’t regret the difficult start to his major league career, when he went hitless in his first five games with the Houston Astros last July. “I’m happy it happened,” he said. Huh? The second overall pick in the 2015 draft explains that he ...

White House Snub Common

The routine is familiar. The president makes a few bad jokes. The championship-winning team presents the leader of the free world with a personalized jersey. Everyone smiles for the cameras. Nothing political about that, right? Not exactly. In a divided nation, everything is ...

Cousins Sent To Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans acquired Cousins in a five-player, two-draft pick deal with the Kings late Sunday night, the same night the center was playing in ...

FILE - This 2015 file photo provided by the Bloomington Normal Airport Authority shows a damaged wing of a Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill. Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Iowa State University President Steven Leath, a pilot, acknowledged last year that he used a school plane for trips that mixed personal and university business, a practice that came to light after he damaged the aircraft in a hard landing. (Bloomington Normal Airport Authority via AP, File)

Private Planes Common

BOSTON (AP) — Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Some schools spend millions of dollars a year flying their ...

Bethany Women Ousted in PAC

BETHANY — The Bethany women’s basketball team saw its season conclude with a 74-61 loss to Chatham in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) quarterfinals Monday night at the Hummel Fieldhouse. First-year coach Brian Sansom and the Bison wrap up the 2016-17 campaign at 12-14 overall. ...

Trocheck’s Late Goal Lifts Florida

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip — their ...

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Wheeling Jesuit’s Matt Lee (14) looks to make a play in Sunday’s lacrosse action.

Wheeling Jesuit Lacrosse Falls to Rockhurst

WHEELING — It has been a frustrating start to the season for the Wheeling Jesuit men’s lacrosse team. For the second game in a row, Wheeling Jesuit (0-2) allowed an opponent to score the final six of the last seven goals of the game and surrendered another fourth quarter lead. Wheeling ...

Wheeling Nailers’ Kwas Puts Suspension Behind

WHEELING — Hockey is an emotional game. Sometimes, even if unintended, players step over that imaginary line. Wheeling forward Jordan Kwas did just that following Reading’s overtime goal Feb. 4 at WesBanco Arena. “We got scored on in overtime and honestly I am frustrated,” Kwas said. ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel (81) can't get a shot past Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Red Wings Take Down Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Admittedly not where they want to be in the standings, the Detroit Red Wings still have plenty of fight left. That much was evident this weekend with back-to-back wins against two of the NHL’s best teams. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek scored early third-period goals to lead ...

Western Conference forward Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (23 ) slam dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, Pool)

West Wins NBA All-Star Game

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books. And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he’s clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis ...