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DeFruscio Takes New Challenge In Philly

WHEELING — Jay DeFruscio is heading home. The former Wheeling Jesuit University men’s basketball coach and athletics director is Philadelphia born and bred. To that end, DeFruscio is returning to his roots for his latest career challenge. The personable, twice-minted hall of famer has ...

Browns Catch A Non-Break

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns finally caught a break. Top pick Myles Garrett only has a sprained foot. After fearing the rookie defensive end might be out for a significant period, the Browns announced Saturday that Garrett has a lateral sprain in his left foot, but that he’s expected ...

Jonathan Randolph congratulates Justin Thomas after Thomas' eagle on the 18th hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Thomas Shoots 63, Trails by a Shot

ERIN, Wis. — Justin Thomas managed to stand out in a U.S. Open where par is going out of style. All it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf. Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole at Erin Hills with the ...

Lions Scramble Exceeds $100K

The 2017 Wheeling Lions Club Golf Scramble was contested May 12 at Oglebay’s Crispin Course and brought in over $7,500 to exceed more than $100,000 in 19 years. Tournament Director Dan Tennant set a personal goal in Year 1 to exceed the $100,000 mark in 20 years and the Lions accomplished ...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) steps on the field before an NFL football team practice, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

On Football: Where Some NFL Teams, Players Stand

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It’s mid-June, which means for the next month or so, NFL teams basically hibernate. Yes, even those 24/7, sleep-in-the-office, watch-film-around-the-clock coaches take some sort of a break. It’s also a good time to look at key developments of ...

Russia Delivers Victory To Open Confederations Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — What Vladimir Putin wants, Vladimir Putin tends to get. The Russian president made it a national priority to win hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup in a fierce FIFA bidding contest seven years ago. On Saturday, Russia marched on toward hosting football’s ...

Tommy Fleetwood, of England, reacts on the 18th hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Super Save — for Bogey — Keeps Tommy Fleetwood All Smiles

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood had no problem picking out his best shot of the day. Odd as it seems, it was his fifth on No. 18. The Englishman had a chance for a piece of the third-round lead at the U.S. Open on Saturday as he lined up his third shot on the par-5 final hole — a ...

All Talk, Few Trades Prior to NHL Expansion Freeze

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Mike Smith went from Arizona to Calgary and a couple of defensemen traded places as NHL teams made last-minute moves before the Vegas expansion draft roster freeze. None of those defensemen came from the Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators or Anaheim Ducks, ...

Polanco Breaks Slump As Pittsburgh Tops Chicago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a two-run homer, Andrew McCutchen hit his 12th home run of the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday night. Ivan Nova (7-4) pitched seven strong innings and Pittsburgh’s bullpen made it stand up ...

In this Friday, May 19, 2017 photo, Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila, left, shares a laugh with his father, general manager Al Avila during an interview in the dugout in Detroit. Al strives to strike a balance between business and personal with his son, Alex, who plays catcher for the team. The Avilas are one of many father-son duos in sports around the world spending time together on a daily basis. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit GM, Catcher Fortunate on This Day

DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila was the best player available on the Detroit Tigers’ board when it was their turn to select a player in the fifth round of the 2008 amateur draft. His dad suggested the Tigers pick someone else. “I didn’t want people to think it was a favor,” Tigers ...

Ryan Blaney in action during the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Blaney’s Success Has Ford Riding High Again

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Ryan Blaney’s victory meant a lot to Brad Keselowski. It was Keselowski who gave Blaney a big opportunity back in 2012, when Blaney had a chance to drive with Keselowski’s team in the Truck Series. Five years later, the 23-year-old Blaney won for the first time in ...

Hamlin Claims Xfinity

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The Xfinity race at Michigan began with instant drama — contact between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch that sent Busch spinning. The ending was just as compelling. Denny Hamlin inched ahead of William Byron on the final turn and nosed out the rookie at the finish ...

Are Cowbirds Bad Parents?

Every spring I get reports from astonished readers describing a small bird feeding a much larger, obviously begging chick. Can you explain this, readers ask. The answer is “brood parasitism.” Brown-headed cowbirds are members of the blackbird family, and they are brood parasites; they lay ...

Oregon State Stages Rally at CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Adley Rutschman hit the tie-breaking single in the eighth inning, Jake Mulholland pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit relief and Oregon State rallied to beat Cal State Fullerton 6-5 in the College World Series opener on Saturday. The Beavers (55-4) extended their winning ...

Kiwis Beat Oracle Twice in Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — In light, shifty winds on the turquoise waters of the Great Sound, Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand made fewer mistakes than Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA and won the first two races of the 35th America’s Cup. It wasn’t the cleanest start to ...

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Wheeling’s Butter Murray fields a bouncer while Jarrett Delbrugge looks on during Friday’s game against Richmond.

Richmond Post 740 Takes Down Wheeling Post 1, 2-1 at I-470 Fields

WHEELING — The premise that good pitching stops good hitting played out once again Friday night at the J.B. Chambers Complex at I-470. Richmond American Legion Post 740 managed only five hits but it proved just enough in downing Wheeling Legion Post 1, 2-1. The two-time reigning state ...

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Wheeling Park’s Cross Wilkinson has recently given a verbal commitment to play at Toledo.

Wheeling Park’s Cross Wilkinson Has ‘Solid’ Verbal to Toledo

WHEELING — By now everyone knows about T.W.B.A.I at Wheeling Park. It’s a family based atmosphere that puts the team above the individual. When Patriots rising senior quarterback Cross Wilkinson went searching for his college destination — or perhaps more astutely when colleges began ...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell rounds second base after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Eddie Butler in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cubs Rally Late To Beat Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo just missed a chance at making history at the start of the game. He was more than happy to contribute at the end. Rizzo almost led off his third straight game with a homer, losing his bid after a replay review, before helping key a six-run rally in the ninth ...

The Short and ‘Long’ About WVU’s Linebackers

MORGANTOWN — No matter what national publication you read during these long summer days, the prediction remains the same – West Virginia’s offense will be improved, but the hopes of a repeat 10-win season, or better, revolves around a Mountaineer defense which lost all three of its ...

On Football: Where Some Teams and Players Stand

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It’s mid-June, which means for the next month or so, NFL teams basically hibernate. Yes, even those 24/7, sleep-in-the-office, watch-film-around-the-clock coaches take some sort of a break. It’s also a good time to look at key developments of ...