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Madonna Continues Surge

WHEELING — Once a team gets a taste for winning, the hunger for it grows even larger. Following Madonna’s OVAC 1A title victory a little more than a week ago, it continued its surge with an 11-7 triumph over Cameron on Monday in the West Virginia Class A Region One, Section One tournament ...

Brooke Edges By JM, 11-7

WELLSBURG — The Brooke baseball team took advantage of several John Marshall miscues and got some timely hits to score an 11-7 victory in the opening game of the West Virginia Class AAA Region One, Section One tournament Monday. The Bruins (12-10) held a 9-0 lead going into the bottom of ...

Martins Ferry Beats Steubenville in a Tuneup

MARTINS FERRY — Coaches always want their teams to be peaking at tournament time. Paige Williams is no different. Martins Ferry took advantage of three walks, a trio of wild pitches, two passed balls and a hit batter in scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to a 6-2 ...

Sancomb Terminated as WJU Men’s Coach

WHEELING — As the news began to spread Tuesday, it was met with shock and awe. Danny Sancomb was not immune to those feelings. After leading the Wheeling Jesuit men’s basketball program to its first Mountain East Conference Tournament championship and another NCAA Tournament berth, ...

Capitals Finally Get Past Penguins, End 3-Peat Bid

PITTSBURGH — A cathartic celebration 20 years in the making began with a poke of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick. It built as the puck that Kuznetsov tapped away from Sidney Crosby made its way to Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Ovechkin. It neared its crescendo as Ovechkin flipped it ...

Group: NCAA Reform Needed

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics supports recent reform proposals to the NCAA amid a federal corruption investigation into college basketball — but wants the NCAA to do more. The commission suggests changing the NCAA’s governance ...

U.S. Shuts Out Germany, 3-0

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — The United States beat Germany 3-0 to stay unbeaten and Russia shut out a third straight opponent at the world ice hockey championship on Monday. Russia routed Belarus 6-0. Canada allowed Denmark to score on the way to another big win, 7-1, and defending champion ...

LeBroom: Cavs Sweep Toronto From Playoffs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Order has been restored for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Four games with Toronto straightened them out. LeBron James sent the Raptors into summer vacation for the third straight season as the Cavs completed another series sweep over the East’s top team with a 128-93 win in ...

Romero, Minnesota Knock Off St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fernando Romero struck out nine in six innings in his second straight scoreless start to begin his major league career, leading the Minnesota Twins over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 on Monday night. The victory was a season-high fourth straight for the Twins, who have won 13 ...

City of Buffalo Buzzing Again

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills were so dull during their lean years, comedian Nick Bakay feared his body would fuse to the couch while watching them play. “It’s an incredibly disturbing image,” Bakay said of wasting away Sundays witnessing his hometown team sleepwalk through ...

Facing Blake Twins Is Double Trouble for Opposing Teams

MOUNDSVILLE — It is no secret that John Marshall is one of the perennial powers in West Virginia Class AAA and OVAC 5A softball. In recent years, the likes of seniors Lauren Garcia, Carli Lightner and Maddy Mayle have been stellar for the Monarch program since they stepped foot on the ...

Swartz Named St. John Boys Basketball Coach

BELLAIRE — Boys basketball is bouncing back at St. John Central. After not having enough players to field a hoop squad this past season, the school now has the manpower to reinstate the program for the coming school year. Doug Swartz has been tabbed as the Fighting Irish’s new head ...

Pirates Shut Out Brewers, 9-0

By JIM HOEHN Associated Press MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers bring out the best in Chad Kuhl. Kuhl and Richard Rodrguez combined on a two-hitter, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Brewers 9-0 on Sunday. Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, and the ...

Capitals, Jets Push Penguins, Preds To The Brink

PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals don’t need a history lesson. Neither do the Winnipeg Jets for that matter. The Capitals are well aware of their penchant for letting opportunity after opportunity slip away, frequently at the hands of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. And just ...

MAC Coaches Caravan Hits Road

MORGANTOWN — Fans of West Virginia University will get a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to meet and speak with their favorite Mountaineers’ coach when the annual Mountaineer Athletic Club’s Coaches Caravan visit Wheeling, Parkersburg and Martinsburg this week. “As a head coach you ...

Kevin Harvick Tallies Victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. — Kevin Harvick was flanked by his Stewart-Haas Racing team on the victory lane stage when a photographer yelled at the group, “What are you holding up?” “Four!” they shouted in unison. Harvick, team owner Tony Stewart and the rest flashed their fingers Four ...

Wheeling Jesuit Falls In MEC Title Game

SALEM, Va. — The title game lived up to the billing for a championship contest. After missing the key hit for the seventh time of the day, Wheeling Jesuit missed working out of two-on and no-out situation until West Virginia State’s Brittany Allison lofted a single just between the short ...

Day Captures Wells Fargo Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jason Day fought through some wayward tee shots and his own self-doubt to shoot a 2-under 69 on Sunday and win the Wells Fargo Championship by two strokes over Aaron Wise and Nick Watney, his second victory of the season. After squandering a three-shot lead on the back ...

West Liberty Clinches Conference Tourney Berth

WHEELING — The West Liberty University baseball team locked up a second-place finish in the Mountain East Conference North Division and clinched an MEC Tournament berth Sunday by splitting a season-ending doubleheader with Wheeling Jesuit. Coach Eric Burkle’s Hilltoppers (20-26, ...

Yankees Stun Indians

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres became the youngest Yankees player to hit a walkoff homer, a three-run shot in the ninth inning that gave New York a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday for its 15th victory in 16 games. At 21 years and 144 days, Torres bettered Mickey Mantle, who was ...