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Oklahoma State Wins Opening Round

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton wasted no time this week pondering whether his team had done enough to merit an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. That’s because the Big 12 Tournament winner gets in automatically. “I just control the things I can ...

Ichiro Rejoins Mariners at 44

Now that Ichiro Suzuki is back with the Seattle Mariners, he hopes to stick around a while. “I think everybody hears that I want to play until I’m 50,” he said through a translator. “But I want to make sure everybody understands that I always say at least 50.” The 44-year-old ...

Harden Leads Rockets to Win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — James Harden scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-99 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight victory. The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New ...

Magnolia Girls Embrace Underdog Role

NEW MARTINSVILLE — When looking at the Class A field for the West Virginia Girls’ State Basketball Tournament, Magnolia sticks out like a sore thumb. The Blue Eagles aren’t a regular visitor to Charleston. They didn’t make the OVAC Tournament. They weren’t ranked in the top 10 of the ...

Patriots Eye State Title Run

WHEELING — Wheeling Park makes its second straight trip to the W.Va. Girls State Basketball Tournament and does so with a nice mixture of youth and experience. After winning a game in last season’s tournament, the Patriots are back and looking to reach the next step when they take the ...

Wheeling Central Back in Charleston

WHEELING—One word came to mind when Wheeling Central girls coach Penn Kurtz summarized the current season—interesting. The Maroon Knights have seen plenty of success on the court, gathering a 22-2 record. In the two losses to Morgantown and Sissonville, they never lost by more than four ...

Wheeling Park Boys Fall To Morgantown

WHEELING — Morgantown prides itself on its suffocating defense. The Mohigans are now state tournament bound thanks to another virtuoso defensive effort, stifling Wheeling Park, 58-33, Tuesday night at The Palace On The Hill in a Region One co-final. Morgantown, coached by Magnolia grad ...

University Eliminates JM

MORGANTOWN — Ethan Ridgeway is a man of few words. The University senior is often soft spoken and quiet, but that doesn’t translate to his play on the hardwood. Despite his calm demeanor, Ridgeway steps up in a big way night-in and night-out as a leader for the Hawks. Tuesday night, ...

River Gets Win Over Strasburg

BYESVILLE — For the River Pilots, it’s gotten to the point where they honestly hope that people continue to pick against them. Evidently, their 23 wins entering Tuesday’s Division IV Eastern District semifinal at Meadowbrook High School still wasn’t enough to garner much respect from ...

36 OVAC Wrestlers Will Make Trip to Columbus

COLUMBUS — Three dozen Ohio Valley Athletic Conference wrestlers have successfully navigated the “Road to Columbus” by placing in the top 4 of their respective sectional and district tournaments. They will now compete in the 81st annual state tournament which begins Thursday inside Value ...

West Liberty Ranked 12th, Jesuit Rises to 14th in Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The West Liberty University men’s basketball team will be the highest-ranked team in this week’s NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament after slotting in at No. 12 when the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) released the season’s final Top 25 ...

Diamondbacks Set To Bring Back Bullpen Buggy

The bullpen cart is back in the big leagues. Nearly a quarter-century since relievers stopped catching rides to the mound, the Arizona Diamondbacks said Tuesday they will use a buggy — topped by the requisite oversized team cap — to transport pitchers from both bullpens at Chase ...

Blue Jackets Beat Knights

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots, Artemi Panarin and Pierre Luc-Dubois each had a goal and two assists, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 on Tuesday night. Zach Werenski and Ian Cole also scored for the Blue Jackets, winners of two straight and ...

Rockets Defeat Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112 on Tuesday night for their 16th straight win. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Trevor Ariza added 15 points for the Rockets, who are on the second-longest win streak ...

Wheeling Central Secures 3-Peat

WHEELING—The heart of a champion is revealed the most when it is faced with struggle. Wheeling Central put that heart on full display during Monday’s 14th Annual Bob Otten Tournament Championship at WesBanco Arena. For the second consecutive year, the Maroon Knights found themselves ...

WJU’s Chapman Earns 500th K

WHEELING—It has been a long journey to 500 strikeouts for Wheeling Jesuit pitcher Mallory Chapman, but she has enjoyed that ride surrounded by people who care about her the most. Throughout every step of her remarkable softball career, Chapman has been supported by her family, coaches and ...

Polanco Ready To Fulfill His Potential

BRADENTON, Fla. — Gregory Polanco thought the best way to boost his power numbers was by bulking up his body. The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder quickly found out last year that was not the case. He said he “didn’t feel right” at the beginning of spring training and throughout the ...

Penguins Get Victory Over Flames in OT

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan would love to point to a coaching tactic or some semblance of strategy that explains why the Pittsburgh Penguins are so good in overtime. Only Sullivan can’t. He’s been coaching long enough to know that when there are six just men on the ice and his team ...

Mickelson A Winner Again, Wants More

MEXICO CITY — Phil Mickelson knew this was coming, even when he had so little to show for it. Mickelson had gone 101 tournaments around the world since he last won at Muirfield in the 2013 British Open, which moved him to No. 2 in the world and gave him the third leg of the career Grand ...

Cavaliers Cruise Past Pistons

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 31 points before taking a seat on the bench, Larry Nance Jr. reached career highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in his first start for Cleveland, and the Cavaliers closed a disappointing five-game homestand on a positive ...