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Journey Toward The Olympics

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Freestyle skier Torin Yater-Wallace has a simple picture in his mind: His family all together in South Korea for the Winter Olympics and watching him compete in the halfpipe. His journey there has been much more complicated. The family has been through so ...

Nagasu Recalls Snub at Sochi

By BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer Figure skaters are defined by their ups and downs. If they hit their jumps, they soar in the standings, often onto the podium. If they flop, it hurts, it stings, and they head home empty. Mirai Nagasu has known all of those ups and downs — plus a whole ...

Fort Frye Girls Use 19-4 Run In 3rd to Take Down Linsly

WHEELING — Whether it be boys’ basketball or girls, Fort Frye coach Dan Liedtke has always prided himself on having patient teams that can handle the basketball. Thursday night his latest edition of the Lady Cadets proved they may be young with three freshmen in the starting lineup, but ...

Defense Powers Buckeye Local Panthers Past Beaver Local

CONNORVILLE — Defense has been a focal point since the preseason for the Buckeye Local Panthers. Since switching to a 2-1-2 zone, Coach Tom Figurski has liked what he’s seen. That includes Thursday night’s performance against Beaver Local in which Buckeye held the Beavers to a ...

Bowman’s Big Night Lifts Brooke Bruins Against Oak Glen

By ANDREW GRIMM For The Intelligencer NEW MANCHESTER — The Brooke girls’ basketball team had what Coach Ryan Scherich thought was a sloppy game Thursday at Oak Glen and needed someone to step up. That someone, as it usually is for the Bruins (9-2), was Hope Bowman, who dominated with ...

Toppers Drop 120 On Road At Wise

WISE, Va. — The unbeaten and No. 3-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team raced out to a 22-point halftime lead Thursday night and rolled to a 120-85 victory against UVa-Wise at the Prior Convocation Center. Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (14-0 overall, 9-0 Mountain East) ...

Is Sunday Last Stand For Roethlisberger?

PITTSBURGH — The words that threatened to define Ben Roethlisberger’s season were uttered almost as an afterthought and with more than a hint of frustrated sarcasm. It just didn’t read that way as it made the rounds on social media, or sound that way during a three-second sound bite ...

West Virginia Lawmakers Dispute One-Percent Pay Raise for State Employees

WHEELING — West Virginia lawmakers are wondering whether a proposed across-the-board pay raise of 1 percent is enough to retain state employees — especially teachers and corrections employees. In his State of the State address this week, Gov. Jim Justice proposed an across-the-board 1 ...

Brady’s Focus On Tennessee

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Maybe the Tennessee Titans are coming up for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the perfect time. After a drama-filled week, the quarterback says his focus remains solely on football as his team prepares to host the Titans in Saturday’s divisional ...

Philadelphia Is on Upset Alert

What America saw last weekend from the Atlanta Falcons was similar to what the team showed for 2¢ quarters of last year’s Super Bowl. Can they keep it up as they head on the road again Saturday to Philadelphia? The Falcons have that balanced offense — if Matt Ryan is efficient — to ...

Jaguars Defensive Back Ramsey Looks Forward to Brown Matchup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles remembers the first time Jalen Ramsey got under his skin. Bortles was trying to get through a two-minute drill during the 2016 season. It was a weekly walkthrough routine in which players were supposed to go half-speed while practicing plays. ...

James Struggles As Cavs Routed Again

TORONTO (AP) — LeBron James and the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers absorbed their most-lopsided loss of the season when they were routed by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday night. The Cavaliers have dropped six of eight dating to a Christmas Day defeat at defending champion Golden ...

Vegas, Army Are at Odds

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army has filed a challenge opposing the application of the NHL’s newest franchise to register the trademark “Vegas Golden Knights.” In a claim filed Wednesday with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in suburban Washington, the Army claims it will ...

Federer, Djokovic Drawn In Same Half for Aussie

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw. Just being there. A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be after landing in the same half as ...

Bellaire Finds Way Past Porter, Union Local

MORRISTOWN — Good teams are always looking for that next big challenge. Bellaire’s girls’ basketball team is no different. And Thursday night, the Big Reds faced one in Union Local senior Haley Porter. The Jets senior point guard entered the Buckeye 8 contest averaging nearly 23 ...

Creek Rolls Past Big Red

WINTERSVILLE — Kylie Kiger and Haylie Scott combined for 27 points Thursday as Indian Creek, the OVAC Class 5A leader, rolled to a 41-29 victory over Steubenville. Kiger, a smooth shooting freshman, paced the Redskins (10-1) with a game-high 15 points. Scott, a junior, knocked down a career ...

Wheeling Park Rocks Rival John Marshall

MOUNDSVILLE — Wednesday night against John Marshall, Wheeling Park’s pressure defense was working and the shots were falling on the offensive side. And even when they weren’t, it seemed like there was always someone in a blue jersey to grab the rebound for second and third ...

Big Red Scores A Pin of Patriots

WHEELING — With two of the premier powers in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, the Wheeling Park and Steubenville teams lived up to the hype during a dual match at The Palace on the Hill on Wednesday night. With the score tied 33-33, it came down to the final match of the night as ...

Gardiner Leads Nailers To 6-3 Win vs. Thunder

WHEELING — In the wake of three games in three days last weekend, Wheeling took advantage of back-to-back days off. The Nailers took the ice recharged and scored just over a minute into the action, which was their fastest score to start a game this season, and never looked back in a 6-3 win ...

Pittsburgh Star Bell: I’m Rested

PITTSBURGH — This was always part of Le’Veon Bell’s business plan, the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he decided to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender. Bell’s eyes weren’t focused on August but January. ...