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West Liberty has hired Ben Howlett as its new men’s basketball coach Tuesday. Howlett becomes the 16th coach to lead the Hilltoppers.

Howlett Selected To Lead West Liberty Men

WEST LIBERTY — When Jim Crutchfield resigned last week, it sent the West Liberty men’s basketball team into a tailspin. Despite not knowing what his own future would be, Ben Howlett dove right into the storm like he always does. The fact Howlett was more worried about the program than any ...

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John Marshall’s Ravyn Schultz is congratulated by Monarchs coach Ed West after her first-inning, two-run home run against Oak Glen.

John Marshall Defeats Oak Glen

GLEN DALE — It is nine games into the season, but the John Marshall softball team looks to be in midseason form. That is bad news for everyone else. Lauren Garcia struck out six on one hit and went 3-for-3 with five RBI as John Marshall needed three innings to defeat Oak Glen, 10-0, on ...

Wheeling Central Downs Bellaire

WHEELING — Bo McConnaughy has seen a lot of baseball. But what he’s seeing this spring out of his alma mater is, to him, something special. George Cupp fired a complete-game two-hitter and Adam Murray belted two hits and knocked in a run as Wheeling Central moved to 7-0 on Tuesday ...

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Toppers Pay Tribute To Legend Grall

WHEELING — Tom Grall impacted the lives of countless West Liberty student-athletes. That point was hammered home when more than 40 of his former Hilltopper players came back to the Route 88 institution to pay homage in a memorial tribute for the coaching legend Saturday morning. Grall, ...

San Francisco 49ers owners John York, left, and Jed York, right, arrive for sessions at the NFL football annual meetings, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

NFL Owners Revamp Video Replay for Officiating

PHOENIX — One day after approving the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, NFL owners got busy passing several rules changes and adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety. Most notable Tuesday was the change in handling officiating of video replays. ...

Warriors Take Down Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth ...

Indians Sign Ramirez to Deal

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians and versatile infielder Jose Ramirez completed a five-year, $26 million contract Tuesday, giving the AL champions another core player for a long while. The deal includes club options for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The sides agreed to the pact ...

Betts, Bradley Jr. Help Red Sox Get Win Over Bucs

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered, and minor leaguer Heiker Meneses had a two-run triple in the first inning as Boston pounded Drew Hutchison for seven quick hits as Boston defeated Pittsburgh, 9-2. Betts had a two-run double and Bradley an RBI single in the fourth. Hutchinson went ...

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Wheeling Central’s Adam Murray pitches during the Maroon Knights game against Linsly Monday.

Wheeling Central Blanks Linsly

WHEELING — Being a first-year coach, Bo McConnaughy entered this season at his alma mater cautiously optimistic. It might be time for some full-blown large expectations at Wheeling Central. Freshman Adam Murray relieved injured starter Tyler Riedel with two on and nobody out in the bottom of ...

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Wheeling Park’s Abby Jones returns a hit during Monday’s match against Linsly.

Experience Leads Wheeling Park Girls Tennis

WHEELING — The recent success of the Wheeling Park girls tennis program could build a strong campaign for 2017 and it has already started to take shape. The Patriots have a trio of returning state qualifiers on the squad in sophomore Abby Jones, junior Ritika Reddy and senior Julianna Pond ...

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St. Clairsville’s Taylor Gallentine, left, congratulates teammate Hannah Stachyra on her three-run homer

St. Clairsville Softball Takes Down Union Local

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — First-year St. Clairsville softball coach Ron Hummel got his first real in-game glimpse of Amaya Smith on Monday as the Red Devils opened the season vs. Union Local at the Market Street Fields. What Hummel saw was the Smith that Red Devil fans have come to know the past few ...

Anthony Coggins Hurls Shadyside Past Bridgeport

BROOKSIDE — Shadyside coach B.A. Holloway said he has trust in Anthony Coggins. The Tigers’ righthander showed why Monday afternoon at Niekro Diamond. Coggins twirled a nifty three-hitter in propelling the Tigers to a 5-0 win over debuting Bridgeport before a nice-sized turnout. He struck ...

Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen makes a catch on a fly ball by Detroit Tigers' JaCoby Jones during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Bucs Hope to Put Offseason Drama Behind

PITTSBURGH — Considering the way the last six months have gone for the Pittsburgh Pirates, simply playing meaningful games should provide a measure of relief. Let longtime franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen field balls in right field instead of talking — and talking, and talking — ...

Owners Approve Raiders Move to Las Vegas

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer PHOENIX — Invoking his father Al’s name, and copying what the Hall of Fame owner did with the Raiders, Mark Davis is moving the franchise out of Oakland. NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami ...

South Carolina players celebrate after beating Florida 77-70 in the East Regional championship game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Coaches: Carolina Final Four Advantage to Fade

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week. They also don’t think it will matter once the games ...

Johnson Makes the Toughest Test Look Easy

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUSTIN, Texas — Even for a player of Dustin Johnson’s immense ability, the Dell Technologies Match Play was always going to be the toughest for him to capture all four of the World Golf Championships. Somehow, he made it look easy. It’s not just that ...

UConn Women Heads to 10th Straight Final Four

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Napheesa Collier scored 28 points, Gabby Williams had 25 and UConn advanced to its 10th consecutive Final Four with a 90-52 victory against Oregon on Monday night. Top-seeded UConn (36-0) will face Mississippi State on Friday night ...

Cavaliers No Match For Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions. LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, ...

Pittsburgh Defeats Minnesota, 4-1

Andrew McCutchen launched a two-run homer, his first of the spring, and Adam Frazier added a solo shot as part of a three-run first for Pittsburgh. Frazier finished with two hits and two RBIs. RED SOX 11 ORIOLES 9 The Red Sox scratched Tyler Thornburg and indicated the righty reliever will ...

Photo by Kim North / The Wheeling Small Fry Wrestling Club had quite a season this year, culminating with nine state champions, nine state runnersup and a team championship at the W.Va. Youth Wrestling Association state tournament in Huntington recently. Pictured are, front row from left, Jake Jenkins, Tanner Burkhart, Cash Wilbert, Beau Braunlich, Evan Cottrill, Bradyen Frye, Gavin Young, Trey Brawner and Nic. Lowe. Second row, from left, are Jed Hanley, Noah White, Terrance Brawner, George Mamokas, Issac Sands, Brock Humphrey, Tylick Marshall, Cody Taggart and Carter Lucas. Third row, from left, are Braxton Bitter, Quinton Velas, Jamison Maynard, Brady Cottrill, Kolan Wiley, Seth Franke, Wyatt Brady, Preston Fitzpatrick and Braden Lucas. Fourth row, from left, are Rylie Watkins, Nate Shelek, Charlie Tombaren, Hunter Nixon, Billy Gooch, Erick Brothers, Jason Ross, Ethan Nally and Issac (Mike) Martin. Back row, from left are coaches Todd Shelek, Jeremy Lowe, Josh Braunlich, Eric Cottrill, Erick Brothers, Kevin Junkins, Jeremy Velas and Brian Humphrey.

Nine Wheeling Small Fry Wrestlers Win State Titles

WHEELING — The future of the Wheeling Park High School wrestling program looks bright as its feeder system — the Wheeling Small Fry Wrestling Club — put up some eye-popping numbers this season. The future Patriots won the West Virginia Youth Wrestling Association’s state tournament, ...