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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer takes off his headset during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Clemson, in Glendale, Ariz. The backup quarterback derby at Ohio State continues furiously without a decision on whether Joe Burrow or Dwayne Haskins would be the next man up. Coach Urban Meyer on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017,  wouldn’t say who has the edge. He said he’s looking for consistent performance.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Pair Fighting For Backup QB at OSU

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The backup quarterback derby at Ohio State continues furiously in preseason camp without definitive word on whether Joe Burrow or Dwayne Haskins will be No. 2. The starting job is firmly held by J.T. Barrett, of course, but Burrow, Haskins and true freshman Tate Martell ...

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion rounds the bases on his two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Encarnacion HRs Boost Cleveland

BOSTON — Edwin Encarnacion homered twice to help the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians earn their fourth straight victory, 7-3 over the East-leading Boston Red Sox on Monday night. In a rematch of last year’s ALDS, which Cleveland won in a three-game sweep, Trevor Bauer (11-8) struck ...

Nailers Sign Veteran Forward Mele

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers announced Monday they have signed forward Tommy Mele to an ECHL contract. He marks the 12th player signing of the 2017 offseason. Mele, 31, becomes the second veteran player to sign with the Nailers this summer, as he has appeared in 329 career games, playing ...

Browns Kicker Fights for Job

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kicker Cody Parkey thought he had shown the Cleveland Browns he could handle anything during a topsy-turvy 2016 season. Through the highs, lows, makes and misses, he was steady. And then draft day arrived. After missing three field goals in his debut last season, ...

Justin Thomas poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Thomas Earns First Major Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Justin Thomas remembers hearing the roar before he ever saw the shot. He had access to the clubhouse at Valhalla in 2000 as the 7-year-old son of a PGA professional, and the thunder from the gallery reached his ears before the TV showed Tiger Woods making the most important ...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A Happ throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

Happ, Jays Best Bucs

TORONTO — After a forgettable July, J.A. Happ has been unbeatable so far in August. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday. Justin Smoak and Darwin Barney added solo homers ...

WVU Runs 100-Play Contest

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University conducted its first 100-play scrimmage of the preseason Friday. And, while the only individuals to witness the event were coaches and players, there were reports leaked about how the offensive and defensive units performed. “It was pretty good,” ...

Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder, right, visits with former player Victor Mann during the Big 12 NCAA college football media day in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Snyder Eyes One More Run

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bill Snyder likes to spin a well-worn story about an old man from western Kansas, who had driven through the night many years ago to visit Kansas State’s coach after a victory in the Copper Bowl. Snyder was in the early stages of turning around one of the worst programs ...

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, center, is helped in the dugout after he was injured during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals Hopeful Harper Can Return

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bryce Harper writhed in pain on the field and clutched at his left knee and then didn’t put weight on his left leg as he was helped off, the possibility of a career-altering injury seemed realistic. Harper was definitely worried. “Of course you’re going to think ...

Cleveland Indians on-deck batter Jose Ramirez, center, watches as Austin Jackson runs by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre, left, after Jackson hit a solo home run off Tampa Bay reliever Tommy Hunter during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Jackson HR Lifts Indians

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Austin Jackson hit a tiebreaking home run off Tommy Hunter (2-3) leading off the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians edged the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, on Sunday. Corey Kluber (11-3) struck out nine in seven innings for the AL Central leaders, his 14th straight ...

Lions Best Luckless Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Rudock showed the Detroit Lions he could fill in for Matthew Stafford — if needed. The Indianapolis Colts, meanwhile, are still looking for an answer behind Andrew Luck. Rudock took advantage of the injury-depleted Colts by throwing two touchdown passes to Kenny ...

Bolt Gets the Cheers, Americans Get the Medals

LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt took a last leisurely stroll around the track, placed his hands over his heart and then pointed toward the stands, where barely a soul had left. The running had been over for nearly 30 minutes. As always, though, Bolt had a way of making everybody stay. The world ...

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Brooke’s Nick Cruny (31) controls the ball, while teammate Konner Govey (7) looks on during the Soccer-Rama at Brooke on Saturday.

Soccer-Rama Is A Success for Brooke

WELLSBURG— “If you build it, they will come,” Brooke soccer coach Joe Pepe said of the Soccer-Rama event held at Brooke High School. Pepe, along with plenty of help, began Soccer-Rama four years ago and the event has grown every year. On Sunday, 26 teams participated in scrimmage ...

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Monseau Relishes New WVU Medical Position

MORGANTOWN — Dr. A.J. Monseau is passionate about medicine and just as passionate about athletics. It is no wonder the Wheeling Park grad is excited about his new job. Monseau, 37, has been named the new head team physician and medical director for West Virginia University athletics. The ...

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St. Clairsville’s Kyle Timko finishes first during the Sam Mumley 5K on Saturday morning.

St. Clairsville’s Kyle Timko Wins Mumley 5K

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Most observers thought Saturday morning’s 19th annual Samuel A. Mumley 5K run would be a two-man race — and they were right. St. Clairsville’s Kyle Timko defended his title when he passed good friend Cedric Robinson, of Martins Ferry, with about a mile to go and ...

14th OVAC Hall Of Fame Banquet Is Set

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will honor its own again Saturday when the 14th Annual OVAC Hall of Fame Ceremony takes place with the induction of the Class of 2017. WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling is again the site of this year’s OVAC Hall of Fame Banquet — which is ...

Kevin Kisner hits from the rough on the third hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Kisner Takes PGA Lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Kisner survived a calamitous finish at the PGA Championship thanks to a good bounce off a bridge that allowed him to escape with a bogey and take a one-shot lead into the final round at Quail Hollow. Kisner already gave up a two-shot lead with a 6-iron into the water ...

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Robin Haase, of the Netherlands, during Rogers Cup tennis action in Montreal on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Federer Reaches Finals of Rogers Cup

MONTREAL (AP) — Roger Federer continued his longest winning streak in five years by reaching the Rogers Cup final. The second-seeded Federer used a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands on Saturday to reach his sixth final of the year and win his 16th consecutive ...

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (53) looks on as Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak (14) runs in to score on a wild throw during seventh inning baseball action in Toronto on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

West Point Grad Rowley Leads Jays Past Pirates

TORONTO (AP) — With a stadium full of people on their feet as he walked off the mound, Chris Rowley started to become aware of the magnitude of his achievement. Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the ...

This Jan. 24, 2017 photo shows senior hockey advisor to the Ottawa Senators, Bryan Murray, holding a signed Washington Capitals jersey as he is inducted as the first member of the Ottawa Senators new "ring of honour," in Ottawa. The Ottawa Senators say former NHL coach and general manager Bryan Murray has died at age 74. He was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2014. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Longtime NHL Coach Murray Dies

Bryan Murray, the longtime coach and general manager who worked in the NHL for 35 consecutive seasons, has died at 74. He was diagnosed in 2014 with colon cancer that he was told was incurable. Murray worked that season and another as general manager of the Ottawa Senators, who confirmed his ...