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Trenton Titans cease operations

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the Trenton Titans Membership has ceased operations and the team will not compete in the 2013-14 season.

The league appreciates the support the team has received over the past 14 seasons from both the fans and the community.

As outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, all Trenton players on ECHL contracts, with the exception of those owed as future considerations, are deemed unrestricted free agents, effective immediately.

The 2013-14 regular season schedule will be released in the near future.

Brat Pack takes tournament

NEW MARTINSVILLE – Brat Pack (Dud Snider, Chet Richmond, Mike Durant, Ron O’neil Jr.) won the handicap (3,303) and actual (3,207) divisions of the team event at the 52nd annual New Martinsville Men’s Bowling City Tournament at Bruce Lanes.

Don Larsen and Nathan Anderson won the handicap (1,388) division of the doubles category, while Arnold isner and O’Neil Jr. captured the actual division (1,301).

In singles, Durant won the handicap (780) division, with Richmond taking the actual (770). Durant also won the senior singles handicap (780) and actual (737) crowns

Richmond won the all-events actual (2,099) and handicap (2,111) titles.

River Rentals win women’s tourney

NEW MARTINSVILLE – River Rentals (Pat Craycraft, Carol Ritz, Dee Brimmer, Chris Hull) won the handicap (2,322) and actual (1,880) divisions of the team event at the 45th annual New Martinsville Women’s Bowling City Tournament at Bruce Lanes.

Lisa Mullet and Darla Craycraft won the handicap (1,253) and actual (1,134) divisions of the doubles category.

In singles, Helen Myers won the handicap (650) division, with Craycraft taking the actual (582). Myers also won the senior singles handicap (650) and actual (502) crowns, along with the all-events handicap (1,887) group.

Craycraft won the all-events actual (1,587).

Millers win pair in Match Play

NEW MARTINSVILLE – John Miller followed his wife’s Ohio Valley Match Play victory with a triumph of his own, a 228-193 triumph against Brent Conaway at Bruce Lanes.

Miller, whose wife, Lil, won last week, earned $55 compliments of weekly sponsor Fahey Insurance.

Sean Johnson was the two-game high qualifier with a 483 total.

John Miller defeated Mike Hall Sr., 201-166, in one semifinal, while Conaway bested Jay Yeager, 218-207, in the other.

Rutgers names Jordan coach

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers has officially announced Eddie Jordan will replace fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice.

The school announced the hiring of Jordan on Tuesday, introducing him at a news conference.

Rutgers will pay Jordan a guaranteed $6.25 million over five years. The 58-year-old played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77 and was a member of Rutgers’ Final Four team in 1976. Most recently he’s been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Bethany, Geneva split twinbill

BETHANY, W.Va. – In a doubleheader started over a week ago and pushed back twice due to weather, the Bethany College softball team went to 10 innings to pull out a 3-2 victory in the first game before Geneva came back with a 5-1 win in the second game Thursday at Bethany.

The twinbill originally began April 10 at Geneva and the first game was halted with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the score tied at 2-2. The games switched sites and play resumed with BC sophomore pitcher Kiersten Conwell striking out two batter to send the game to the eighth inning. The Golden Tornadoes nearly won the game in the eighth, but the game-winning run was thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice.

After a scoreless ninth, BC freshman Kadie Kelly reached on an error to start the 10th inning and was sacrificed to second. Following a strike out and intentional walk, senior Emily Jump flared a single into right field to bring home Kelly and put the Bison in front. Geneva managed a leadoff single in the 10th off Conwell, but she struck out the next two batters and induced a grounder back to the circle to close out the win, which raised her record to 7-8 this year.

Cavaliers fire Byron Scott

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach Byron Scott after three losing seasons.

Scott went 64-166 with the Cavs, who were weakened by injuries this season but also showed little progress. Scott was informed he would not be coming back on Thursday, one day after Cleveland closed a frustrating season with its sixth straight loss and finished 24-58 – the NBA’s third-worst record.

Scott has one season left on his contract. The Cavs picked up his option for 2014 in October.

Steelers sign McLendon

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed restricted free agent Steve McLendon to a three-year contract.

McLendon originally made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009. He has appeared in 37 games over the past three seasons and has three career sacks.

The 27-year-old McLendon is expected to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July.

Steelers, Ravens on Thanksgiving

PITTSBURGH – A Thanksgiving night visit to Baltimore and a trip to London highlight the Pittsburgh Steelers’ schedule.

The Steelers open the season at home on Sept. 8 against Tennessee then play the first of four prime-time games the following week in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh plays the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL’s annual trip to London on Sept. 29 and will get the next week off. The Steelers will host the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens on Oct. 20 then play in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night.

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Haslam gives up stake in Steelers

PITTSBURGH – New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam no longer has a stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers announced Thursday that Haslam’s minority share in the team has been bought by existing stockholders and new investors Scott and Russ Swank.

Haslam spent $1.05 billion last October to buy a 70 percent stake in the Browns from Randy Lerner. Haslam – who made his fortune as president and CEO of Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas – will receive the remaining 30 percent owned by Lerner in 2016.

NHL, You Can Play partner up

TORONTO – The NHL and its players’ union are partnering with an advocacy organization fighting homophobia in sports.

The You Can Play Project will conduct seminars at the NHL’s rookie symposium and make its resources and personnel available to teams. Players will be able to seek counseling or ask questions regarding sexual orientation.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the venture underlines that “the official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.” Union head Donald Fehr says the project “will foster an inclusive hockey environment from the grassroots level to the professional ranks.”

Nuggets on cusp of team record

DENVER – Ty Lawson goes down with a torn right heel, the Denver Nuggets keep right on winning. Danilo Gallinari tears an ACL, they don’t miss a beat.

The starless but selfless Nuggets have four chances left to set a franchise record with their 55th win, starting at Dallas on Friday night, before they try to parlay their deep roster into a deep playoff run.

Although Gallinari is out for the season after injuring his left knee last week, Lawson hopes to return this weekend to test out his pain threshold and knock off some rust before the playoffs begin.

Goat head found at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs found a severed goat’s head at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and they’re treating the cruel reference to a longtime curse as a crime.

Chicago police are investigating the delivery of the head addressed to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts after they responded to a call around 2:30 p.m. indicating an “intimidating package” had been received.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Thursday staff at Wrigley Field discovered the package and immediately called police.

The goat is a prominent part of Cubs lore. In 1945, tavern owner Billy Sianis was refused entrance to a World Series game – he even appealed to the Cubs’ owner – because he was told the goat smelled bad.

Since then, the Cubs haven’t been back to a World Series.

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Guan, 14, makes Maters field

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Guan Tianlang played a practice round at Augusta National with Ben Crenshaw on Monday. He has a round set up for today with Tom Watson, and he wants to play the Par 3 Tournament with Nick Faldo.

Can’t he play with someone his own age? Not at this Masters.

Guan is a 14-year-old from China, the youngest to ever play in the Masters and the youngest player at any major in 148 years. He qualified by winning the Asia Pacific Amateur last fall, and now gets a crack at the best in the game.

The teenager has been in Augusta the last few weeks and has played the course about six times. Guan wants to enjoy himself this week and hit good shots, even though plenty of people will be watching.

Boy scores big at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Standing barely chest-high to his Nebraska teammates, 7-year-old Jack Hoffman was the star of the Cornhuskers’ spring game this weekend after taking home the title of leading rusher.

And now his 69-yard touchdown, along with his story about fighting brain cancer, is attracting millions of fans.

Video of Jack dressed in a full Nebraska uniform, charging down the field Saturday before more than 60,000 fans, had been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube by Monday. It also aired on ESPN and national news networks.

His father says he hopes Jack’s memorable touchdown will highlight the need for more research into pediatric brain cancer.

Jack, who lives in Atkinson, Neb., was diagnosed in 2011. He’s had two surgeries and is on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.

Love to have knee surgery

MINNEAPOLIS – A season that never really started for Kevin Love is now officially over.

Love will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a buildup of scar tissue in his left knee, the Timberwolves announced on Monday night. The Wolves called it a minor procedure and said Love was expected to be out four to six weeks while recovering.

The Timberwolves and Love were hoping the star forward could return from surgery on his broken right hand in time to play five or six games.

Browns sign receiver Nelson

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns signed free agent wide receiver David Nelson to a one-year contract.

Nelson, who played three seasons for Buffalo, is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last season’s opener. The 6-foot-5, 214-pounder started 17 games for the Bills, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

Nelson had 94 catches for 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns with the Bills. In 2011, he was second on the club in catches (61) and receiving yards (658). He also had five TDs.

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WLU baseball beats Fairmont

MORGANTOWN – Anthony Pierro doubled home two runs in the top of the 13th Sunday afternoon to give West Liberty (15-13, 13-6) a 6-4 victory against North Division rival Fairmont State in West Virginia Conference baseball action at West Virginia University’s Hawley Field.

Pierro had a huge day with two doubles, three singles and a pair of RBIs but the WLU standout had plenty of help as West Liberty raked a trio of Fairmont State hurlers for 17 hits on the afternoon.

WLU softball splits with SH

WEST LIBERTY – Sara Emerich didn’t allow an earned run and West Liberty broke out with a 15-hit barrage in pounding out an 8-2 victory against Seton Hill in the first game of a conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon at the WLU Softball Complex.

The Griffins (5-9, 4-4) salvaged a split by rallying to a 7-5 victory in the finale.

Freshman Taylor Zeiger led the Hilltopper attack with a triple, two singles and three RBI while Janea Cockrell slapped out three singles and chased home a run in the opener.

The shoe was on the other foot for the hosts in the second game as the Hilltoppers scored four times in the bottom of the first but couldn’t make the runs hold up. Sumner doubled, singled and drove in a run while Jenn Young had a two-run double in a losing cause.

WJU baseball beats UPJ

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Wheeling Jesuit baseball team resumed series play on the road at Pointe Stadium against the University of Pitt-Johnstown on Sunday. The Cardinals pounded out 15 hits the 9-inning series finale for a 13-3 rout of the Mountain Cats. With the victory, Jesuit improved to 7-12 in league play and 10-20 overall, while UPJ fell 17-13, 8-10.

Jordan Krause had four hits and drove in five runs.

Cory Wickham and Patrick Ammar each drove in two runs.

WJU softball swept by SU

WHEELING – The Wheeling Jesuit softball team was back in action on Sunday at the JB Chambers I-470 Complex in a doubleheader against Shepherd University. The Cardinals (4-4, 11-17) fell by scores of 2-1 and 10-3 as the Rams improved to 4-2, 13-17.

Skylar Berger drove in the Cards’ lone run in the first game, and Erika Jusko hit a three-run homer for WJU in the nightcap.

Cards’ men’s lacrosse wins

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Wheeling Jesuit men’s lacrosse finished a 2-0 weekend in North Carolina by defeating Less-McRae College by a score of 15-3. With the victory, WJU improved to 8-5 overall while handing the Bobcats their 13th loss of the season.

Cards’ women’s lacrosse falls

WHEELING – The Wheeling Jesuit women’s lacrosse team fell to the Dragons of Tiffin University on Sunday afternoon by a score of 19-4. As a result, the Cardinals moved to 2-1 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play and 4-6 overall while the Dragons improved to 3-0 in the GLIAC and 5-6 overall.

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Bruins obtain Jagr from Stars

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins have acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars in an attempt to improve their shaky offense.

The 10th leading goal scorer in NHL history, who leads the Stars in points this season, Jagr was traded Tuesday for two prospects, forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne, and a conditional second-round pick in this year’s draft, the Stars announced.

In his first season with the Stars, the 41-year-old Jagr has 14 goals and 26 points. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 14 goals and Patrice Bergeron is first with 31 points. Jagr has 679 career goals.

Williams makes transition to clay

CHARLESTON, S.C.- Serena Williams made the transition from hard courts to clay with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi in her opening match Tuesday at the Family Circle Cup.

Williams looked sluggish at times and was broken in her second service game. But she soon figured out the clay and lost just two points on her serve the entire second set to win her 11th straight match in Charleston. Williams won the tournament the last two times she entered in 2008 and 2012 and is the top seed this year.

No. 9 seed Jelena Jankovic also won Tuesday, beating Melanie Oudin 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

WLU women’s golf gets third

ROANOKE – The West Liberty University women’s golf team passed Glenville State with a solid final round on Tuesday to finish third in the third annual John D. Barbour Invitational at Stonewall Resort.

Charleston posted its first-ever tournament win in the event with a two-day score of 736. Host West Virginia Wesleyan was second at 750 with the Hilltoppers third at 817. Glenville State settled for fourth place at 834 while West Virginia State skied to a two-day score of 1,263

Samantha Knowlton shot a 201 to lead West Liberty.

Browns release Gocong, Young

BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young.

They also signed placekicker Brandon Bogotay on Tuesday.

Gocong was expected to bolster the linebacking corps when he was acquired in 2010 from Philadelphia, and he did start 32 games. But he missed last season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

Young was signed as a free agent in 2011. In two seasons with the team he had 19 starts, 118 tackles and four interceptions.

Annika Award established

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The Annika Award will be presented to the top NCAA Division I women’s player, starting next year.

The Annika Foundation and the Haskins Commission announced the award Tuesday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The Haskins Commission also presents the Haskins Award, named in honor of the late Fred Haskins, to the top men’s college player.

Sorenstam, the Swede who starred at the University of Arizona before her Hall of Fame LPGA Tour, and Golfweek magazine also are completing plans for a women’s college tournament that will begin play next year in the Orlando, Fla., area.

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May 5 VAD

tickets on sale

WHEELING – Advance tickets are available for the 67th annual Victory Awards Dinner set for Sunday, May 5 at the Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg.

Sponsored by the W. Va. Sports Writers Association, the fete recognizes annual statewide award winners by the WVSWA, all-state selections in football, boys and girls basketball, and state Hall of Fame inductees. The newest Hall of Famers are two honored National Football League linemen with the Los Angeles Rams – Dennis Harrah and the late Charles Cowan.

Tickets are available from the sports departments of the following newspapers – Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram; Charleston Gazette; Charleston Daily Mail; Beckley Register-Herald; Huntington Herald-Dispatch; Bluefield Daily Telegraph; Parkersburg News, Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register; Martinsburg Journal; Morgantown Dominion Post; and the Fairmont Times. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Ex-W.Va. prep coach dies

GREAT CACAPON – Former Berkeley Springs High School baseball coach Ronald Clatterbuck has died in a boating accident.

Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh says Clatterbuck was fishing with his son Ross and grandson Chasen on the Cacapon River when their boat was swept over a dam and capsized.

Shambaugh tells The Journal that Ronald Clatterbuck and his son were swept downstream. Chasen Clatterbuck got to the opposite shoreline.

Ross Clatterbuck pulled his father out of the river about 150 yards downstream and went to a nearby cabin to call 911. Ronald Clatterbuck was pronounced dead a short time later.

Ronald Clatterbuck led the Berkeley Springs baseball team to its only state championship in 1983.

Marlins add top prospect to team

WASHINGTON – Top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez was among seven players added to the Miami Marlins’ roster ahead of Monday’s opener at Washington and is scheduled to make his major league debut April 7 against the Mets.

The unexpected addition of Fernandez was made Sunday following injuries to right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez.

Fernandez was selected by the Marlins with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft and hasn’t pitched above Class A. The 20-year-old was part of the Marlins’ spring training camp this year, then was assigned to Double-A Jacksonville.

A 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander, Fernandez came to the United States by boat as a Cuban refugee in 2008. He was 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 games in the minor leagues last year.

Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez was among those designated for assignment. The Marlins have 10 days to trade them, release them or assign them outright to the minors.