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Wheeling Central looks to defend it W.Va. Class A state title as it travels to Vienna on Wednesday for the first day of the state tournament.

Wheeling Central Looks to Defend Title

WHEELING — History has a tendency of repeating itself for the Wheeling Central softball program and the Maroon Knights are looking to add to that history. The Maroon Knights are the defending West Virginia Class A state champions and are in perfect position to make a run at back-to-back ...

John Marshall’s Lydia Knutsen fields a grounder during the regional finals against Morgantown.

John Marshall is Looking For More

GLEN DALE — A season ago, John Marshall fell short of a state tournament appearance by one game. This time around, ninth-year coach Ed West and his squad got over that hump by sweeping Morgantown in the regional finals by scores of 8-0 and 13-4. It is John Marshall’s first trip to the ...

Oak Glen’s Hanna Patterson in a game earlier this season. The Golden Bears will make a trip back to Vienna after making the state tournament last year.

Oak Glen Hopes to Make Best of Second Chance

NEW CUMBERLAND — This time last year, the Oak Glen softball team was in the same position it is now, prepping for the state tournament. However, this time the Golden Bears are hoping for a better outcome. Oak Glen coach Morgan Bricker and her squad came close to accomplishing the ultimate ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Carter Rowney (37) celebrates assisting on a goal by Penguins' Scott Wilson during the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Rowney had three assists in the Penguins' 7-0 win. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ottawa Tries to Avoid Elimination by Pens

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team “refresh” and “reload” after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of ...

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison (5) reaches first base with an RBI-base hit in as Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Adams (18) handles the throw the third inning inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Takes Down Pittsburgh

ATLANTA — Matt Adams hit a two-run homer in his second start since being traded to Atlanta, Ender Inciarte had a career-high five hits and the Braves beat Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night. Brandon Phillips also homered for the Braves, who have won eight of ...

Nashville Predators players including defenseman P.K. Subban, second from right, celebrate with goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, left, after winning Game 6 of the Western Conference final against the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Monday, May 22, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Predators Reach 1st Cup Final

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Colton Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, ensuring the Nashville Predators’ magical postseason now includes the franchise’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 ...

Cincinnati Reds' Scott Schebler (43) celebrates with Jose Peraza (9) after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Feldman, Schebler Lead Reds Over Tribe

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI — Scott Feldman struck out a season-high nine while ending Cincinnati’s long stretch of ineffective starts, and Scott Schebler homered for the third straight game Monday night in leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland ...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a shot after getting past San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills, center bottom, during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Golden State Advances to NBA Finals

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the ...

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue directs his team against the Boston Celtics during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cavs Coach Defends LeBron After Loss

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile. Just as he did in Game 3. James did not address the media Monday, hours after one of the worst postseason games of his career, an 11-point, ...

James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, smiles during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indianapolis 500 Seeks Centennial Bump 101st Editon

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer There was a palpable sense of excitement everywhere Doug Boles went a year ago, whether it was the gas station or grocery store or his office on 16th and Georgetown just outside Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Everyone was talking about the 100th running of the ...

NBA Short on Drama, but Long on Conspiracy Theories

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Did you know NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so worried about the league’s TV ratings that he rang up LeBron James and told him to take it easy on the Celtics? Me neither. But then, I didn’t know Michael Jordan’s first retirement was actually a ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino, center, celebrates his goal during the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Penguins Cruise To Game 5 Victory

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it “getting to our game.” It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending Stanley Cup champions put together ...

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UL Grad Kolton McKivitz: The Student Has Become the Teacher at WVU

MORGANTOWN – Today’s West Virginia University football team trivia question is: “What does the Mountaineers’ Colton McKivitz and Star War’s Luke Skywalker have in common?” If your answer was that they both use a light saber and battle against the dark side of the force, you’d be ...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Adam Frazier, center, is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

Pirates Edge Phillies, 1-0

PITTSBURGH — Coming off two subpar outings, Chad Kuhl went into the video room to find some past success he could recreate. Kuhl and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates scratched out the only run of a rainy game Sunday when David Freese was hit by a pitch ...

NASCAR’s  Longest Race Could be Snoozer

CONCORD, N.C. — The All-Star race showed Kyle Larson is the likely favorite for the Coca-Cola 600. It also showed that the best car doesn’t always win, and the winner will likely be aided by a heavy dose of clean air. Translation? NASCAR’s longest race could be an epic snoozer. ...

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) battles Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) and Marcus Smart (36) for a rebound during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Celtics Stun Cavs

CLEVELAND — Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real. Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the ...

Dixon Takes Indy 500 Pole

INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Dixon had the fastest lap and the fastest four-lap qualifying average in 21 years Sunday to win his third Indianapolis 500 pole. The New Zealander finished with a qualifying speed of 232.164 mph, the best since Arie Luyendyk’s track record of 236.986 in 1996. ...

The Wheeling Central girls’ track team, led by Coach Eric Belancic, top left, poses with its hardware after winning the West Virginia Class A state championship Saturday in Charleston.

Wheeling Central Girls are State Champs

CHARLESTON — Going into the final race of the day, the Wheeling Central girls’ track team was down eight points to Doddridge County. The last event of the state track meet was the 1,600 relay and the Maroon Knights were the top projected time. In the end, all the chips fell in their ...

St. Clairsville Boys Claim D-II District Title

BYESVILLE — Numerous Ohio Division II track and field athletes from the immediate area have passed the first test. For those who qualified, the next step in the journey toward the OHSAA’s State Track and Field Championship is a regional date, beginning next Thursday and finishing ...

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John Marshall Grad Lewicki Aiming at Pro Career

MOUNDSVILLE — Her brilliant collegiate career is now on ice. Kristin Lewicki, however, is not ready to hang up her skates. The John Marshall product scripted an All-American hockey career at Adrian College in Michigan. It ended in March when she led her Bulldogs to the national ...