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George, Thunder Topple Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George made a winning return to Indiana, hitting the clinching free throws with 10.7 seconds left in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 100-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night. Steven Adams had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook finished with 10 ...

Stars Earn Victory Against Islanders

NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists, leading the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. SENATORS 3 RANGERS 2 OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson made 27 saves to stop his seven-game losing streak ...

Brunson Lifts No. 1 Wildcats

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Brunson had 22 of his career-high 31 points in No. 1 Villanova’s dominating first half and Omari Spellman scored 27 to help lead the Wildcats to an 87-67 rout of Temple on Wednesday night. Donte DiVincenzo added 12 points for Villanova (11-0), which won its ...

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Wheeling Central’s Brent Price passes the ball during Tuesday night’s game against Magnolia. The Maroon Knights won their home opener, 82-38.

Wheeling Central Impressive in Debut

WHEELING — Wait no longer. Wheeling Central’s much-anticipated basketball debut was put on hold while the Maroon Knights marched to another state football championship. Veteran coach Mel Stephens unveiled his talented Maroon squad Tuesday night at the expense of Magnolia. The Blue Eagles ...

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Wheeling Park’s Bella Abernathy goes in for a layup while Parkersburg’s Aleea Crites looks on during Tuesday night’s game.

Parkersburg Stuns Park

WHEELING — Statistically, Tuesday night’s West Virginia Class AAA Top 5 showdown between Parkersburg and Wheeling Park looked like a game that the Big Reds probably should have led most, if not all of the way. After all, the Lady Patriots did turn the ball over 35 times, helping to limit ...

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Wheeling’s Hunter Fejes controls the puck while Indy’s Jack Burton looks on.

Wheeling Scores 6,000th Goal; Defeats Indy

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers celebrated another milestone on Tuesday night, and in doing so, also got to celebrate a victory on home ice. Freddie Tiffels scored the 6,000th goal in team history and Troy Josephs snapped a 2-2 tie at 6:29 of the third period, as the Nailers defeated the Indy ...

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John Marshall’s Gunner Thompson calls out a play during Tuesday’s game against Weir.

John Marshall Opens With Victory Over Weir

MOUNDSVILLE — The improvements from the 2017 John Marshall boys basketball team to the current squad could already be seen on Tuesday night in the season opener at the John Marshall Fieldhouse. Last year, the Monarchs struggled to finish in close games but as the clock winded down in the ...

WJU Comeback Falls Short Against Virginia St.

ETTRICK, Va. — In one of the top Atlantic Region matchup of the first semester, a short-handed Cardinals squad’s furious comeback fell just short Tuesday night. No. 17 Virginia State held on over Wheeling Jesuit, 66-62. After a 10-0 run cut the deficit to eight points, it took a second ...

St. John Central Is Looking To Bring Back Varsity Football

BELLAIRE — After a two-year hiatus, St. John Central is attempting to bring back varsity football. That announcement was made by school officials Tuesday night on a Facebook Live presentation. Former Bishop Donahue head coach John Durdines was named the new Fighting Irish coach. Gary Krol ...

East Hardy’s Tharp Wins Carl Lee Award

By CARL HOLCOMB Moorefield Examiner Having an instinct for the ball, passion, perseverance and heart to play the game are some of the characteristics this yearís recipient of the 2017 Carl Lee Award honoree East Hardy senior Brett Tharp shares with the plaqueís namesake in recognition as ...

Knicks Defeat Lakers, 113-109

NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis had 37 points and 11 rebounds, Michael Beasley made the biggest plays in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-109 on Tuesday night. Beasley had 13 points, including the tiebreaking follow shot, and an assist in the extra period ...

Lightning Take Down Bruins

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point scored, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the NHL’s top two teams. DEVILS 5, KINGS 1 NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall scored twice and New Jersey ...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The Steelers can finally talk about the Patriots. More than 10 months after a blowout loss to New England in the AFC championship game, the Steelers believe they're better equipped to handle the Super Bowl champions this time around. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Tomlin, Steelers Look to Avenge Past Patriot Losses

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin is ready to talk about the New England Patriots. The fact the Pittsburgh Steelers coach can include cornerback Joe Haden in the discussion is a bonus. Haden will attempt to practice for the AFC North champions this week, barely a month removed from a fractured ...

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As disappointing as it has been for my team (New York Giants) this year, I can honestly say I can’t believe its already Week 15. It seems like every year, the NFL season just goes by faster and faster. As for the 2017 season, it has had some surprises. From the nice (Los Angeles Rams and ...

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Wheeling Park’s Jacob Miller controls the puck down the ice during Monday’s game at WesBanco Arena with South Fayette.

Wheeling Park Edges South Fayette, 3-2

WHEELING—South Fayette has a very strong and respectable hockey program but Wheeling Park was not worried about the reputation of its opponent. The Patriots were focused on playing their game and they did so to a tune of a 3-2 victory over the Lions on Monday inside of WesBanco ...

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Wheeling Central captain Chase Kelly (88) beats Freeport defender Jack Mason (21) during Monday’s high school hockey action.

Central Beats Freeport

WHEELING—”Chelsea Dagger” was on repeat on Monday night as Wheeling Central scored at will. The song echoed throughout WesBanco Arena after every goal the Maroon Knights recorded as they ran away with a 12-4 victory over visiting Freeport. Late in the second period, the Knights netted ...

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Steubenville Catholic’s Christine Dombrowski looks for an open teammate while Madonna’s Jazzy Melayk looks on.

Crusaders Get Victory Over Blue Dons

WEIRTON — Steubenville Catholic used another strong second half performance to earn a 62-45 girls basketball victory over Madonna Monday on the Joanna Bernabei-McNamee Court inside the Bill Barrett Gymnasium. The Crusaders, now 5-1, were down 17-12 after the first period but rallied behind ...

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) takes the field holding the jersey of teammate Ryan Shazier (50) during introductions before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Steelers Keep Finding a Way

PITTSBURGH — By the middle of the second quarter, the adrenaline had faded. By the start of the fourth, the emotionally drained Pittsburgh Steelers defense appeared to be teetering on the edge of complete collapse. The group that spent the week trying to come to grips with linebacker Ryan ...

Plenty of Tickets Left For WVU Bowl Game

MORGANTOWN — According to according to West Virginia University Senior Associate Athletic Director/External Affairs’ Matt Wells, nearly 5,000 tickets for the Xaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl remain unsold. “Including the tickets we have held for thru internal usage (official travel ...

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Union Local’s Casey Kildow attempts a shot during Monday’s game.

Porter Lifts Jets Over Riders

MORRISTOWN — Sailing in from the top of the key. Flying in from the wing. Gliding in through the lane. Haley Porter’s shots came at Martins Ferry in all different directions. And it seemed like they all went in. Porter, Union Local’s senior point guard, was on fire from the start of ...