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Truex, Harvick Know How To Get To Front

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick certainly know their way to the front at 1 1/2-mile tracks like the one at Texas Motor Speedway. Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Truex has won five of the last eight races on 1 1/2-mile ...

McGregor’s UFC Future in Doubt

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer NEW YORK — Cocksure and uncouth, Conor McGregor was never afraid to defy authority. He dressed in fur coats and swung chairs at news conferences, reaped the riches of his dalliance with boxing, and demanded his boss cut him an ownership stake in the MMA ...

Wheeling Park Softball Team Sweeps Oak Glen

WHEELING — It certainly hasn’t been the ideal spring season for sports weather-wise. Hence, the Wheeling Park softball team has not stepped foot on the diamond since March 26 against Brooke. With no rain in the forecast, Wheeling Park overcame a slow start and capitalized on six Oak Glen ...

Central Aces Are Perfect

WHEELING — New coach, perfect results. Buck Davidson made his debut Thursday at the Wheeling Central softball helm. It could not have played out more impressively. His Maroon Knights pocketed a truncated twinbill sweep of Steubenville Catholic Central by scores of 10-0 (four innings), and ...

Knights Hold Off JM’s Rally

WHEELING — John Marshall is earning the reputation of a resilient, second-half team but on Thursday, it was faced with a Wheeling Central squad that got after it from the start. The Maroon Knights recorded the first five goals and held off a late rally by the Monarchs to secure a ...

WVU Cancels Spring Game Because of Weather

MORGANTOWN — Ask any coach and they will tell you that there are two things that are out of their control — injuries and the weather. Veteran West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen discovered the latter Thursday when officials informed him that Mother Nature was not going ...

Spieth Is Back in His Comfort Zone at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods attracted most of the attention. Jordan Spieth caused the most concern. Opening day at the Masters had a wide-open feel until Spieth hit his stride Thursday afternoon. He saved three straight pars with that superb short game. He ran off three straight birdies to ...

Weir Softball Tops Madonna

FOLLANSBEE — The middle of Weir’s order did all of the damage. The Red Ridersí dynamic duo of Alivia Rosnick and Allison Phillips tallied all four of the teamís hits against rival Madonna during their 3-2 victory on Thursday at the Follansbee City Park. Rosnick, Weirís cleanup ...

LeBron Nets 33, Cavs Rally

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and brought Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 17-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 119-115 on Thursday night and maintain the No. 3 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs trailed 104-87 with ...

Kessel Propels Pens

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Phil Kessel scored 1:06 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a 5-4 victory on Thursday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets, who still clinched a playoff spot for the second consecutive season. Columbus entered the game needing one point in the standings ...

Polanco’s Two-Run Shot Boosts Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a two-run home run during a four-run fifth inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Thursday night. Polanco broke a 1-1 tie when he drove a ball into the shrubbery in center field off Homer Bailey (0-2). Polanco also had a ...

Nailers, Railers Fighting to the End

WHEELING — You can count on one hand the number of times fans of the Wheeling Nailers have rooted for the rival Reading Royals. That was the case Wednesday night as Reading took on the Worcester Railers, who are battling Wheeling for the fourth and final North Division playoff spot. The ...

Pirates Dealt 1st Loss

PITTSBURGH — Brian Dozier’s bat tends to warm up in step with the weather. Not this year. The Minnesota second baseman hit his fourth home run in four days and his hustle on the bases sparked a rally as the Twins handed the Pittsburgh Pirates their first loss of the season with a 7-3 ...

Bethany’s Jan Forsty to Step Down

BETHANY — Ashley Marinacci remembers the first time she met Bethany softball coach Jan Forsty. It was her senior year of high school and the St. John Central standout was helping lead the Irish into a sectional contest against Toronto at the Mead Township diamonds in Shadyside. “She was ...

Woods Fueling Masters Hype

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Blame it on a generation that thinks nothing was ever as great as what just happened. Maybe it was a tough winter, and nothing melts frigid memories like the sight of azaleas, dogwoods and Rae’s Creek. It sure didn’t hurt that all the best players, as young as 23-year-old ...

Can the New Tiger Win at Augusta?

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The new, more social, Tiger Woods was only occasionally seen Wednesday as he made his way around the front nine of Augusta National in the final tune up for a Masters green jacket that suddenly seems very much in reach. There weren’t many trips down memory lane with ...

Knuutila Signs With WLU

Weir soccer standout Ashton Knuutila recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at West Liberty University. Knuutila is a four-year letterwinner for the Red Riders. This season he earned second team all-state, second team All-Valley and OVAC honorable ...

Canei to Potomac State

Madonna’s Casey Canei recently signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at Potomac State College, a division of West Virginia University. Canei will play basketball for the Catamounts while pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Canei is a four-year letter ...

Darnold Visits With Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sam Darnold was quarterback No. 2 on the Browns’ visitation list this week. That doesn’t mean he might not be their No. 1 choice. Southern Cal’s gun-slinging QB visited with Cleveland’s coaching staff and executives on Wednesday as the team continues to evaluate ...

Blackhawks Edge Blues, 4-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Duncan Keith scored a power-play goal with 8.5 seconds left and the Chicago Blackhawks beat St. Louis 4-3 on Wednesday night to hurt the Blues’ playoff hopes. Andreas Martinsen, Blake Hillman and Alex DeBrincat also scored, and Jean-Francois Berube made 30 saves. The ...