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Post 3 finishes

trip on high note

RUTLAND, Vt. – Moundsville Post 3 concluded its trip to Vermont with a 6-1 record after topping Rutland, 6-3, in American Legion action Sunday.

Ryan Walton doubled, single and had an RBI for Post 3, while Mitchell French doubled and plated a run.

Jeremiah Fromhart got the mound victory, striking out eight.

Obecny II claims

Finnegan event

WHEELING – Wheeling Park High School standout Thadd Obecny II edged Mike Wilson by a shot Sunday to win the Ohio Valley Golf Association’s Bob Finnegan Memorial Amateur Classic at Wheeling Park Golf Club.

Obecny II finished with a two-day total of 120 to top Wilson, who led following Saturday’s first round.

John Bailey was third, eight strokes back. He did win the Super Senior category.

Kyle Wensel was the top Junior, carding a two-day total of 134.

Complete results can be found on page 8.

University wins

Shootout crown

WHEELING – University emerged the winner Sunday of this weekend’s Wheeling Recreation Department Girls’ Shootout.

Wheeling Park won the Gold Bracket, while St. Clairsville and Bellaire captured the Silver and Bronze brackets, respectively.

The Hawks’ McKenley Meadows was named Most Valuable Player.

Linsly’s Morgan Brunner was the event’s leading scorer. University’s Emma Sizer took home the Heart & Hustle Award.

Meadows headed the Shootout’s All-Tournament team and was joined by teammates Sarah Miller and Sarah Wills.

Bridgeport’s Maclaine Murad, Caitlyn Kroll and Nicole Smolenak were also named All-Tournament, along with Wheeling Park’s Chloe Robb, Bellaire’s Keirstyn Kidder, Brunner, and St. Clairsville’s Alexis St. Clair.

Celtics send Doc

to L.A. Clippers

BOSTON – A Boston Celtics official tells The Associated Press that a deal to allow Doc Rivers to coach the Los Angeles Clippers has been agreed to.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was contingent on NBA approval and negotiations between Rivers and the Clippers over a new contract.

Rivers had three years and $21 million remaining on his deal with the Celtics, but he has expressed reluctance to coach through a rebuilding process. The 2008 NBA champions appear to be headed for one after losing in the first round of the playoffs this season.

The teams were also discussing a deal that would send Kevin Garnett to the Clippers, but NBA commissioner David Stern said he wouldn’t approve a deal in which coaches were traded for active players.

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Wilson leads Bob

Finnegan Classic

WHEELING – Mike Wilson holds a three-stroke lead heading into today’s final round of the Ohio Valley Golf Association’s Bob Finnegan Memorial Amateur Golf Classic at Wheeling Park Golf Course.

Wilson blistered the course, finishing 11-under-par, three shots better than Thadd Obecny II.

Numerous golfers are six shots back.

Wilson leads the Senior Medal division, with Obecny II and Bob Potts leading the Junior and Championship divisions, respectively.

Tom Stillmak tops the Super Senior category.

Moundsville Post 3

sweeps twinbill

CASTLETON LAKES, Vt. – Moundsville Post 3’s American Legion baseball continued its trip east with a pair of victories Saturday.

Coach Bill Burkett’s club swept a twinbill against Castleton Lakes, 3-0 and 11-4.

In Game 1, Jake Lucas and Shane Wellman both had two singles for Post 3. Winland added an RBI.

Mitchell French recorded two singles and three RBI for Moundsville in Game 2. Zach Winland added two singles and an RBI, while Alex Riedel and Lucas both singled and knocked in a run.

Castroneves earns

IndyCar pole

NEWTON, Iowa – IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves claimed the pole for Sunday’s race at Iowa Speedway, but he’ll start 11th after switching out his engine.

Castroneves earned nine championship points by winning the top heat while extending his lead over defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay to 25 points.

But teammate Will Power, who was second in the final heat race, will now start first alongside James Hinchcliffe.

This was the second straight year that the IndyCar series seeded the field at Iowa with heat races. The runs were extended from 30 to 50 laps this year, and the heats were set by a single-lap qualifying run rather than practice times.

Jacksonville signs

first-round pick

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – First-round draft pick Luke Joeckel has signed a five-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Joeckel inked the deal Saturday, leaving the team with three unsigned picks.

Under the rookie salary cap, the No. 2 pick in April’s draft gets a signing bonus near $13.8 million and has a cap number around $3.85 million in his first season.

The Jaguars selected Texas A&M’s standout offensive tackle with the second overall pick in April’s draft, expecting him to help bolster an offensive line that allowed 50 sacks last season.

Harper, Johnson

differ on rehab

WASHINGTON – Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not convinced he can begin a rehab assignment as quickly as his manager believes.

Davey Johnson had said Friday that he expects Harper to start a rehab stint Tuesday at Class A Potomac.

Harper, who has been sidelined since May 26 with left knee bursitis, said he thought he needed an extra day or two.

Informed later of Harper’s comments, Johnson said, “I’m always trying to do what’s best for the player. But at the same time, it’s my job to know when they’re ready and when they’re not.”

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Peterson, Shane

claim golf titles

CADIZ – Martins Ferry’s Taylor Shane and Steubenville’s Kasey Peterson were division winners Monday at the East Ohio Junior Golf Classic at Cadiz Country Club.

Shane captured the Age 16-18 Division with an 80. Meadowbrook’s Ian West was third (85), while Union Local’s Tristan Bruce was fourth (87).

Peterson’s 82 was good enough to win the 13-15 Division.

Meadowbrook’s Devin Webster (95), Trey Singleton (96) and Tanner Hewison (98) were second through fourth, respectively.

Complete results can be found on page 14.

Finnegan event

set for Saturday

WHEELING – Final preparations are being made for the Bob Finnegan Memorial Amateur Classic.

The 15th annual Ohio Valley Golf Association event will take place Saturday and Sunday at Wheeling Park Golf Course.

Presented by the Wheeling Park Men’s Golf Club, proceeds from the event benefit The Oglebay Foundation.

Prizes will be awarded for Medal, Senior Medal (ages 50-59), Super Senior Medal (age 60 and over), Best Ball, Senior Best Ball and age 17 and under.

Registrations are still being accepted. Cost is $75 per player, $35 for pass holders and $55 for discount card holders.

For more information, contact Bob Green, tournament director, at (304) 905-9422.

Carter withdraws

from W.Va. Open

VIENNA – Pat Carter has officially withdrawn from the West Virginia Open.

The reigning West Virginia Amateur champ, Carter is withdrawing due to an assault he suffered in his eye earlier this year, according to the West Virginia Golf Association.

Carter said he’s having surgery to repair the damage this week and hopes to be ready for this year’s amateur event.

Tribe’s Swisher

to miss games

CLEVELAND – Slumping Indians first baseman Nick Swisher will miss the next few games because of a sore left shoulder.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Swisher received a cortisone shot after an MRI revealed no structural damage.

Swisher is expected to miss the three-game series against Kansas City. Francona said Swisher possibly could return Friday when the Indians open a three-game set against Minnesota. The Indians hope rest will prevent Swisher from going on the disabled list.

Bon Jovi concert

is scrapped

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns have cancelled a concert at their stadium by rockers Bon Jovi.

The show had been scheduled for July 14 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The NFL team did not provide any reason Monday for the concert, which was to kick off the Browns’ 2013 season, being scrapped.

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Post 3 drops finale

at Elkins event

ELKINS – Ryan Walton doubled, singled and plated a run Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as Moundsville Post 3 wrapped up action in the Pizza Hut Hillbilly Hardball Classic with a 7-5 loss to Beach Creek.

Shane Wellman doubled and singled for Post 3, while Mitchell French singled and had an RBI and Mark Walker doubled.

Park’s Pugh scores

TD in all-star loss

CHARLESTON – Wheeling Park’s Quashad Pugh returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as the North fell to the South, 43-14, in the West Virginia North-South All-Star Football game on Saturday night at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field.

Woodrow Wilson’s Andrew Johnson and Wahama’s Trenton Gibbs combined to throw for 290 yards for the South, which outscored the North 29-0 during the second half.

Local pair claims

title at Senior Open

WHEELING – The Wheeling duo of Mark Panepinto and Greg McDermott captured the Men’s Doubles championship Saturday during third day action of the Jack Dorsey Memorial Senior Open.

Action concludes today at the Oglebay Tennis Center.