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MAC Wins Clash Of Champions Over OVAC

WELLSBURG — For the first time since 2014, the Midwestern Athletic Conference from Pennsylvania won the “Clash of Champions” Tri-State All-Star wrestling dual meet with the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. Tuesday night’s 23rd event at Brooke High School was more of a battle of the ...

Monteroso Is Academic All-American of the Year

TOWSON, Md. — West Liberty University senior guard Dan Monteroso has been named the 2017-18 Academic All-American of the Year for NCAA Division II men’s basketball and Hilltopper junior guard Evan French also earned Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors ...

Nailers Move To Central Division

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers will be switching divisions for the 2018-19 season. The ECHL’s Board of Governors announced a new divisional alignment on Tuesday, as well as the addition of one new team, and one team withdrawing its membership. Starting in 2018-19, the Nailers will be ...

Pirates’ Nova Will Start in Opener

BRADENTON, Fla. — Ivan Nova will be the Pirates’ opening-day starting pitcher at Detroit in March 29. It is unclear whether he will remain with Pittsburgh through the entire season. Following the offseason trades 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and former 19-game winner Gerrit Cole, Nova is ...

Peterson, Nelson Cut While Brees Stays With Saints

Adrian Peterson’s short stint in Arizona is over. Jordy Nelson long and productive stay in Green Bay has ended, too. Meanwhile, Drew Brees is staying put in the Big Easy, Case Keenum is headed to the Rocky Mountains, and Kirk Cousins will make his first visit as a free agent to Minnesota. ...

One-Bid Leagues Have Many Notable Players

South Dakota State forward Mike Daum already has experienced the NCAA Tournament twice before. Now he wants to discover what it feels like to win on college basketball’s biggest stage. Daum, one of the nation’s most prolific scorers, heads a list of several notable players from one-bid ...

The Long and Lopsided History Of Woods and Els

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods spoke with sentiment and respect until a twist at the end. Woods hit safely onto the green during the opening round of the 2010 HSBC Champions in Shanghai, stepped to the side and looked over at Ernie Els shifting his hips ...

ASU, Syracuse Want to Prove They Belong

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio — Bobby Hurley isn’t intimidated by the NCAA Tournament, of course, but the former Duke star usually doesn’t have to prove he belongs here. Hurley, the explosive point guard who led the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships ...

Aldridge Leads Spurs Over Magic

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and San Antonio never trailed after the opening minutes, holding the Orlando Magic to their lowest point total in a 108-72 victory on Tuesday night. The Spurs were still without Kawhi Leonard, who missed his 59th game of the season while ...

Radford Secures 1st Tourney Win

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio — Travis Fields Jr. and Ed Polite Jr. each scored 13 points to lift Radford to its first NCAA Tournament win, 71-61 over LIU Brooklyn in the First Four on Tuesday night. Carlik Jones added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Highlanders, who ...

Pens Keeper Murray Nearing Return

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is nearing a return from a concussion that’s sidelined him for two weeks. Murray faced shots Tuesday before the rest of the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions took the ice. Murray hasn’t played since sustaining the ...

Venus, Halep Win At Indian Wells

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Venus Williams defeated Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-6 (8), 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday as the oldest woman in the draw. The 37-year-old American was coming off a straight-set victory over ...

Top-Seeded Knights Look To Avoid Upset

WHEELING — Wheeling Central enters familiar territory this week as the boys’ basketball team heads to Charleston as the No. 1 seed in the West Virginia Class A State Tournament. The Maroon Knights are always one of the favorites to make what seems to be a yearly trip. And they are almost ...

Tyler Set For State

MIDDLEBOURNE — It could very well be the Cinderella story of the 2017-18 season. Rick Leach and the Tyler Consolidated boys’ basketball team will make the trip to Charleston for the W.Va. Class A state basketball tournament as a team that was really not on anybody’s radar at the beginning ...

Highsmith Named Region Player of the Year

BRIDGEPORT—The Cardinals’ double-double machine received another prestigious honor on Monday afternoon. Wheeling Jesuit’s Haywood Highsmith was voted as the Atlantic Region Player of the Year and top honoree on the 2017-18 Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) ...

Connecticut No. 1 Team Once Again

NEW YORK— UConn is back in a familiar place — the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s basketball NCAA Tournament. Joining the Huskies as top seeds are Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State. The Huskies enter as the lone unbeaten team and will be vying for their 12th national ...

March Madness in Full Swing

Kansas, Villanova, Virginia and Xavier — the No. 1 seeds in this year’s NCAA Tournament — should remember the Alamo. Especially the Jayhawks. The last time all four No. 1 seeds made it to the Final Four was 10 years ago. That was the last time the NCAA Tournament wrapped up in San ...

Walker Signs With NY

Neil Walker became the latest free agent to take a big pay cut as opening day approaches, joining the New York Yankees on Monday with a one-year deal for $4 million. The veteran infielder made $17.2 million last season while playing for the New York Mets and Milwaukee. He can make $1 million ...

Ovechkin Nets 600th

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach 600 goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the overtime winner as the Washington Capitals returned to first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday. Ovechkin scored in each of the first two periods to get to 42 this season. The Russian ...

Rockets Top Spurs, 109-93

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter to allow the Houston Rockets to build a huge lead and sail to an easy 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. The NBA’s leading scorer took a little while to get going a night after sitting out ...