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Dr. Bill Welker stands with his most recent book “The Sparrow’s Spirit” and the first-place awards he received for it in the 6th annual Beverly Hills International Book Contest. His book won in the sports category.

Welker Receives National Acclaim for Latest Book

WHEELING — Dr. Bill Welker was, and still is, a great ambassador of high school wrestling. He recently retired after a 40-year career as a referee and later as a rules interpreter and clinician for the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission. However, Welker, a former ...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams rushes for a 25-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Packers Stun Browns in OT

CLEVELAND — Your turn, Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers saved their season just in time for their star’s return. Brett Hundley threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams in overtime as the Packers rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter for a 27-21 win on ...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (23) carries during the first half against Indiana in an NCAA college football in Bloomington, Ind. Taylor finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting this and depending on what the juniors do ahead of him, he could be the highest placing returnee. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Handful in Race For Heisman ’18

The 2018 Heisman Trophy race could be wide open. There will be no returning winner, with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield becoming the first senior to win the award since 2006. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 winner and a finalist this year, is a junior likely to jump to the ...

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount runs past Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Alec Ogletree during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

Philadelphia Clinches NFC East in Victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carson Wentz threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns before leaving with a knee injury, and Jake Elliott kicked the go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 3:45 left as the Eagles clinched the NFC East title as they defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 43-35. Two sources familiar with ...

Blackhawks Defeat Coyotes

CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford made 31 saves, Artem Anisimov scored with 4:47 left in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Sunday night. Tommy Wingels and Nick Schmaltz also scored in the third to help Chicago win its second straight after dropping five ...

Oladipo Scores 47 in Pacers Win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo had a career-high 47 points and added seven rebounds and six assists in the Indiana Pacers’ 126-116 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Pacers used an 8-0 scoring run, capped by Thad Young’s putback with 5 seconds left in ...

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Brooke’s Nick Leonard Picks Alderson Broaddus

Brooke baseball standout Nick Leonard signs his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Alderson Broaddus University. Leonard is flanked by his mother Allison and sister Kourtney. Back row are Leonard’s father, Kenny and coach Ron Ujcich.

No. 16 Arizona State Upsets No. 2 Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Tra Holder scored 29 points on 8-for-16 shooting and No. 16 Arizona State upset No. 2 Kansas 95-85 on Sunday, handing the Jayhawks their second straight loss. Shannon Evans II had 22 points and Remy Martin added 21 for the Sun Devils (9-0). Arizona State shot 50 ...

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West Liberty’s Dan Monteroso goes in for a layup during Saturday’s game against Fairmont State. The Hilltoppers defeated the Falcons, 106-100, to remain undefeated.

Hilltoppers Take Down Rival Falcons

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty men’s basketball coach Ben Howlett had seen this act many times before. Jason Jolly makes one from behind the arc and suddenly he couldn’t miss. It happened again Saturday night at the ASRC as Jolly canned 3-pointers on five consecutive trips to cut what was ...

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West Liberty’s McKenna Shives drives to the basket during Saturday’s game against Fairmont State.

WLU Women Hold Off Fairmont

WEST LIBERTY — Just a few days ago the West Liberty women surrendered a large second-half lead in a loss at Shepherd. With Fairmont threatening to do the same thing Saturday at the ASRC, the Hilltoppers refused to fold. McKenna Shives scored 27 points to surpass 1,000 for her career and ...

West Virginia's Chase Harler, right, hugs Daxter Miles Jr. after West Virginia defeated Pittsburgh 69-60 in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

WVU Defeats Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Facing on the hardwood for the first time since the 2012 campaign, No. 18 West Virginia (9-1) went to the Peterson Event Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh and came away with a 69-60 victory. The Mountaineers received a game-high 19 points from senior Jevon ...

Pair of Patriots, Monarchs Earn All-State Honors

To say the least, Wheeling Park’s Cross Wilkinson had one stellar prep career. The senior signal caller for the Patriots put up eye-popping numbers yet again as he helped Wheeling Park clinch another playoff berth before falling to Capital in the opening round. Wilkinson threw for 2,406 yards ...

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Martins Ferry’s Logan Powell (1) takes the ball up the floor as Linsly’s Jon Milton (10) defends during Saturday’s game in Wheeling.

Martins Ferry Beats Linsly to Earn First Victory

WHEELING — With inexperienced rosters and a season of unknowns in front of them, both Martins Ferry and Linsly entered Saturday’s game at Stifel Field House looking to get that ever-important first victory. This night it belonged to Martins Ferry. The Purple Riders jumped out to a big ...

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Wheeling Jesuit’s Brent Pegram takes the ball up court during Saturday’s game.

Wheeling Jesuit Men Beat Shepherd

WHEELING — It’s not how you start but rather how you finish. That sports axiom is one Danny Sancomb can appreciate today. The fiery Wheeling Jesuit men’s hoop coach saw his charges struggle for most of Saturday afternoon’s Mountain East Conference game with Shepherd. But most is not ...

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Wheeling Park’s Austin Loew grabs hold of Madonna’s Donavan Kirby at the Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational.

Wheeling Park Places Second at Doan Ford Invite

BARNESVILLE — For only the second time on the mats this season, Wheeling Park coach Clay Tucker was pleased with his squad’s second-place finish at the 48th annual Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday night. The Patriots, with three individual champions, scored ...

Wheeling Jesuit Women Continue to Improve

WHEELING — Things are starting to look up for the Wheeling Jesuit University women’s basketball team. The Cardinals, coming off a Mountain East Conference tournament title and a regional berth a year ago, got out of the gates rather slowly this season, losing five of their first six ...

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John Marshall’s Anthony Carmen controls the 160-pound match with East Fairmont’s Dylan Kincell on Saturday at the John Marshall Fieldhouse.

JM Places Third at Own Invite

MOUNDSVILLE—There is nothing like being thrown into the heat of competition. Normally, the Monarchs’ wrestling team will have its first match of the season a week before the John Marshall Invitational to get some work in. However, with the football team making a deep playoff run, plans ...

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, winner of the Heisman Trophy, kisses the trophy Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Mayfield Wins Heisman

NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield took a unique road to the Heisman Trophy, a long and winding climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players to ever play college football. The brash, flag-planting Oklahoma quarterback became the sixth Sooner to the win Heisman on Saturday night in ...

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Committed Players Keep Saccoccia Motivated

STEUBENVILLE — When you think prep football in the Ohio Valley, Steubenville Big Red immediately pops into your mind. When you think Steubenville Big Red football, you immediately think of Reno Saccoccia. Big Red football and their ageless taskmaster are still basking in the glory of another ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel (81) battles Toronto Maple Leafs' Roman Polak (46) for the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Maple Leafs Bury Pens

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A strong start helped the Toronto Maple Leafs knock off the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Tyler Bozak scored two goals, and the Maple Leafs scored three times in the first period in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. “Whenever you ...