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Girls’ Golf Is Growing In Ohio Valley

WHEELING—Girls’ golf looks to be on the rise in the Ohio Valley. The proof could be found on Tuesday as 28 girls gathered on the links at Wheeling Park for a competitive round of nine holes. Warren Local emerged victorious on the day after shooting a 206, just six shots ahead of host ...

Holgorsen Gets Defensive With Team’s LBs

MORGANTOWN – When it comes to the crop of linebackers at West Virginia University this upcoming, it’s best described as a ‘glass half-empty’ situation. “Are you saying we are going to be bad at linebacker,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen replied when asked about his team’s lack of ...

Pirates Fall To Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Jorge Polanco got two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs and Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Jake Odorizzi (5-7) won for the first time in six starts, striking out nine in 5 2/3 ...

Meyer Probe Costs $500K but Still About What OSU Wants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Urban Meyer investigation is costing Ohio State $500,000, but whether the superstar football coach keeps his job still comes down to whether the university wants to stick with him based on how he’s already been tainted by the scandal. Meyer is on paid leave while ...

Steelers Get Closer Look at Young Quarterbacks

LATROBE, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to get a closer look at their two most recent draft picks at quarterback. Rookie third-round pick Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs, Pittsburgh’s fourth-round selection in 2017, will see all of the playing time when the Steelers visit the Green Bay ...

Taylor Driven By Bills Trading QB To Browns

BEREA, Ohio — Tyrod Taylor remembers winning the starting job, throwing touchdown passes and seeing die-hard fans standing in snow at Buffalo’s airport on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the end of a 17-year playoff drought. His three years with the Bills were special, filled with ...

Best Measure Of Woods Is When He Has the Lead

ST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major. Five years ago, he never would have said it could be a good year without winning any tournament. This year is an exception. Woods closed with a 64 on Sunday at Bellerive, his lowest ...

WLU Breaks Ground On New Practice Facility

WEST LIBERTY — Belmont Savings Bank President, CEO and West Liberty Alum Todd Cover knows the inconvenience of fielding ground balls on a gymnasium floor. In his days of playing baseball on the Hilltop, that was an everyday occurrence at practice but that will no longer be a problem for West ...

Bonifant Re-Signs With German Pro Team

TORONTO, Ont. — Slan Sports Management announced Monday that former West Liberty University All-American Seger Bonifant will be returning to Ehingen Urspring of the German Pro A League for the second consecutive season. The two-time NCAA Division II National Player of the Year was an ...

Adeniyi Draws Comparison To Harrison

LATROBE, Pa. — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Olasunkanmi Adeniyi is all too familiar with the comparisons to James Harrison. Both undrafted free agents from the Mid-American Conference feature a similar, small, stocky-type build considered by some as undersized for the position. But like ...

Furyk Gets Core of Ryder Cup Team

ST. LOUIS — The upside to Jim Furyk finishing so early at the PGA Championship was being able to watch the final round on television, partly as a player but mostly as the Ryder Cup captain. And that meant seeing plenty of Tiger Woods. “I really wanted to see kind of how Tiger was ...

Indians Pull Away From Reds, 10-3

CINCINNATI — Jose Ramirez connected for his 35th homer and Yandy Diaz hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Cleveland’s seven-run sixth inning, helping the Indians pull away from the Cincinnati Reds for a 10-3 victory on Monday night. Ramirez, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes had three hits ...

’Bama, Georgia Could Again Be on SEC Collision Course

Georgia coach Kirby Smart gave mentor Nick Saban and Alabama a run for their money in the national championship game — and did it again in the offseason. Smart brought in the nation’s top recruiting class and stayed on point with Saban-like messages about guarding against complacency and ...

Landry Would Love To Have Bryant Join Him

BEREA, Ohio — Jarvis Landry is friends with Dez Bryant. He’d like to be teammates. With the Browns in the market for another playmaker because of Josh Gordon’s absence and uncertainty, Landry said Monday that he hopes Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler wide receiver in Dallas, joins him in ...

Many Players Are in the Mix As Heisman Darkhorses

Washington’s Jake Browning is hoping to repeat what Baker Mayfield did last year. Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy longshot in the preseason, but ended up winning the award while leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years. Browning was sixth in the ...

Future Bright For Woods After PGA

ST. LOUIS — Over an ear-splitting afternoon in which most of the cheers weren’t for him, Brooks Koepka got a taste of what golf feels like when Tiger Woods is in the hunt. And in his exhilarating but ultimately futile attempt to catch Koepka at the PGA Championship, Woods got a taste of ...

NASCAR Dark Cloud Lifted After Leadership Change

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Keelan Harvick had the father-son weekend of a lifetime: He crashed a golf cart, drove a tiny race car, ran on a NASCAR track to collect his dad’s checkered flag and got to ride shotgun alongside his old man to victory lane. The 6-year-old son of Kevin Harvick was the ...

Koepka Holds Off Woods to Win PGA

ST. LOUIS — Brooks Koepka is impossible to overlook now, winning the PGA Championship on Sunday with machine-like precision to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. And it still felt — and sounded — like he was playing second billing to Tiger Woods. With roars for Woods unheard ...

Giants Edge Bucs, 4-3

SAN FRANCISCO — A year ago, Dereck Rodriguez was down in Double-A ball, a converted outfielder hoping to take a new path as a pitcher. A non-roster invite to spring training, Rodriguez finally got the call to the majors in late May. Since then, he’s sparkled. Rodriguez threw seven ...

Browns Are Sticking With Taylor

BEREA, Ohio — He’s still Baker the backup. Despite rookie Baker Mayfield’s stellar performance in his NFL preseason debut, the Cleveland Browns are not moving the No. 1 overall pick into the starting lineup ahead of Tyrod Taylor. “National hype,” quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese ...