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Syracuse Upsets No. 1 Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points, and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle No. 1 Duke in overtime as the Orange pulled off the upset, 95-91 on Monday night. With swingman Cameron Reddish out with an illness and point guard Tre Jones suffering a shoulder ...

Lynch Wins It in OT, Nailers Sweep Fuel

WHEELING — Disappointed by a loss to Utah to begin a three-game weekend, the Wheeling Nailers bounced back in a big way by sweeping a pair from the Indy Fuel. Zac Lynch buried his 11th of the season at 1:02 of overtime as the Nailers (19-16-2 — 40) opened the second half of their schedule ...

Seeds Are Set for OVAC Wrestling Tournament

WHEELING — It is officially Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Week as seeds for the 66th edition of the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament were released Sunday night during a press conference inside Generations Restaurant. As has been pretty much the case since it joined the bi-state league, ...

Sharapova Rolls At Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart at the Australian Open. The 2008 Australian Open champion got ...

Patriots Are Back in AFC Title Game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the divisional playoffs on Sunday to earn their eighth straight trip to the AFC championship game. New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in ...

Saints Rally Past Eagles, 20-14

NEW ORLEANS — When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl. Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in ...

Nailers Score Big Victory Over Fuel

By SHAWN RINE Staff Writer WHEELING — The streak has been snapped. For the first time in 19 Wheeling Nailers games, the team that scored first did not win. The home team is happy to be the one to put an end to that mark. Alec Butcher scored his first pro goal in his first pro game and ...

Strong Second Half Propels Bellaire Over Central

WHEELING — When you have a lineup that boasts four double-digit scorers, that makes it pretty hard to stop. Add in a tenacious defense that turns turnovers into points, and you have a team that is going to take a perfect game to stop. In this case, it is Bellaire. And Wheeling Central ...

Cowboys Round Up Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN — With an upcoming home stretch, it looks like Oklahoma State is getting hot at the right time. Isaac Likekele had some fun, scoring a career-high 23 points with nine rebounds to lead the Cowboys to its first true road win, beating West Virginia 85-77 on Saturday. “I was ...

Oklahoma State Owns Coliseum

MORGANTOWN — The Coliseum at West Virginia University has become recognized as one of the toughest venues in the country for opposing teams to win a game. Coming into the season veteran coach Bob Huggins and his Mountaineers had enjoyed a victory in 83 of their last 117 conference games ...

DiBetta Sets Pool Record at WJU

WHEELING — It was a red-letter day for the Red Devils on Saturday at the Red Devil Invitational. Buoyed by a record-setting performance by freshman Casadie DiBetta, St. Clairsville’s boys and girls swept the event inside Wheeling Jesuit University’s McDonough Center, which doubled as the ...

Crutchfield Builds Another Basketball Power

WHEELING — Anyone who doesn’t think coaching matters never met Jim Crutchfield. The West Liberty University legend is in the midst of building his second basketball juggernaut. Crutchfield molded the Hilltoppers into one of the best Division II basketball programs in the nation. He took ...

A Farewell To Owls

About a week before Christmas my wife and I were back on the ridge in West Virginia getting the house ready for new owners. We planned to leave before dark. When we finally got into the car at about 6 p.m., I cracked a window. At 6:03 a tremulous whistle rose from the woods below. As if on ...

No. 1 Halep Confident Ahead Of Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round ...

Nadal Says Murray Will Be a Big Loss

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three. That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men’s tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective. The ...

No. 12 West Liberty Snaps Charleston’s Home Win Streak

CHARLESTON — Dalton Bolon scored 25 points and the No. 12-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team handed Charleston its first home loss of the season, 98-89, Saturday afternoon at the Wehrle Center. Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (11-2, 7-1 Mountain East Conference) shot ...

Marshall to Play Seven Home Games

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Marshall University will have seven home football games next fall and play six games against opponents who went to bowls in 2018. Marshall released its 2019 schedule on Thursday. The Thundering Herd open the season at home Aug. 31 against VMI, then travel to play Boise ...

Shadyside Prevails Against Pesky Martins Ferry

SHADYSIDE — It’s not how much a team wins by that determines how good it is. It’s simply about winning. And good teams find ways to win games even when they maybe don’t have their best day. Shadyside’s girls’ basketball team proves that. And it did so again Saturday in a ...

Abram Erupts in Fourth Quarter, Big Red Rolls

STEUBENVILLE — Because of early foul trouble on Saturday, Steubenville sophomore Makayla Abram mainly sat during the first three quarters against Buckeye Local. With junior Madison Fields notching a double-double and Big Red putting an emphasis on defense, it overcame senior Emily Holzopfel ...