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Rippon Takes Final Skate

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on. Ever the showman, and with his trademark grace and flair, Rippon took his ...

Michigan State Erases 27-Point Deficit in Win

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and No. 2 Michigan State erased a 27-point deficit on Saturday to beat Northwestern 65-60 and extend its winning streak to 10 games. Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Miles Bridges hit four free throws in the final minute, and ...

Reddick Needs 5 Overtimes to Win at Daytona

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tyler Reddick needed five overtimes, a brief red flag and the closest finish in NASCAR history to take Dale Earnhardt Jr. to victory lane. Reddick won the Xfinity Series’ season-opening race by beating JR Motorsports teammate ...

It’s Nest Box Season

In about six weeks, cavity-nesting birds such as chickadees and bluebirds will begin collecting nesting material to build their nests. So it’s time to build or buy some nest boxes so the birds have time to accept the boxes as part of their habitat. To make a difference for cavity-nesters ...

Bubba Watson Takes Lead at Genesis Open

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer LOS ANGELES — Back to his day job, Bubba Watson began with a tap-in eagle at Riviera and finished with a 6-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay in the Genesis Open. Watson, a two-time winner at Riviera, has gone two years ...

Weir’s Visnic, WP’s Schellhase Snag State Titles

MORGANTOWN – Championship Friday at the West Virginia University Natatorium brought medals of gold to Weir High’s Wil Visnic and Wheeling Park’s Charles Schellhase. Visnic, a senior, swam a 1:48.12 to be crowned state champion in the 200-yard freestyle, topping second-place Schellhase in ...

Wheeling Park Girls Finish Third

MORGANTOWN – Parkersburg High School freshman Jaden Welsh saved her best for last Friday, winning two individual events – and setting a state meet record in the 100-yard breaststroke – as she led her team to a West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission state swim ...

John Marshall Secures Victory Against Edison

MOUNDSVILLE—Since basketball season tipped off, John Marshall coach Chad Clutter has believed that his team would be right where it needs to be come the end of the campaign. The Monarchs showed signs of reaching that point on Friday night as they defended their home court at the John ...

Patriots Down Redskins

WHEELING — It’s been a rough week for Wheeling Park basketball. The Patriots had the unenviable task of facing University twice in a three-day span. Coach Michael Jebbia’s squad dropped both outings to the state’s No. 2-ranked Class AAA squad by lopsided margins. That was after ...

WVU, Kansas Fighting

MORGANTOWN — When the 2017-18 season opened the consensus among Big 12 coaches that No. 13 Kansas (20-6 overall, 9-4) was the overwhelming favorite to win its 14th consecutive conference crown. It was also the belief that No. 20 West Virginia (19-7 8-5) would be the best bet if someone ...

Komets Defeat Nailers, 4-3

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers came less than one minute away from taking a point out of Friday’s game against the Fort Wayne Komets at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling battled back from a 3-1 deficit with two goals, including the first ECHL tally by Bryan Arneson. However, with 32.6 seconds left ...

Shadyside Ends Regular Season With Victory

SHADYSIDE — Ed Andes didn’t have much to say after his team’s regular-season finale Friday night against Clay-Battelle. Their wasn’t much Shadyside’s veteran hoops boss could add to what his team already said on the floor. After all, its 90-62 triumph inside the Tiger Den spoke ...

St. Clairsville Downs Barnesville

BARNESVILLE —Sometimes it simply comes down to effort. St. Clairsville learned that Friday night. After acting head coach Ryan Clifford, who was filling in for his father, Kim, who was tending to a family matter, delivered a stern speech between the first and second quarters, the Red ...

NASCAR’s Young Look Is on Display

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Never before has one race displayed NASCAR’s rapidly changing look more than this year’s Daytona 500. Three drivers under age 25 will start in the first two rows, new rules will make the cars difficult to drive and NASCAR’s longtime most popular driver will ...

Tiger Is Done For Weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days. Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn’t play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time ...

World Takes Down US

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World’s latest victory over the NBA’s young Americans. Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP ...

Hanyu Defends Gold Medal

By BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Move over Dick Button, make room atop men’s Olympic figure skating history for Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu. Hanyu became the first man to successfully defend his Olympic title since Button in 1952. He held off countryman Shoma Uno ...

CBJ Falls To Flyers

By NICOLE KRAFT Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Philadelphia Flyers were glad to finally end their long losing streak in Columbus. Sean Couturier scored 1:52 into overtime to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 victory Friday night, snapping a stretch of 11 consecutive losses on the Blue ...

Bucs’ Freese Reports Unhappy

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — David Freese thinks the Pittsburgh Pirates are not trying hard enough to win. “The last two years, we didn’t do as well as we could have because of our environment. That’s what I think,” the third baseman said Friday after reporting to spring training. “I ...

Patriots Girls Start Strong

MORGANTOWN — No one ever said defending a title would be easy. Wheeling Park’s girls’ swim team, which captured the 2017 West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission state swim title, learned that lesson Thursday, as swimmers from Parkersburg High School and Fairmont Senior ...