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Cubs Clobber Pirates, 8-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer, Ian Happ had three hits and the Chicago Cubs rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. The Cubs had 13 hits, including eight for extra bases, as the offense broke out after totaling four runs in the first ...

Stephens, Keys To Meet in Final

NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens was two points from defeat against Venus Williams in one U.S. Open semifinal before pulling out the victory. Madison Keys faced no such test, overwhelming CoCo Vandeweghe in the other semifinal. Now Stephens and Keys, a pair of pals in their early 20s, will ...

Crosby Hangs With Rookies

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Sidney Crosby likes his summers short. Really short. Short summers for Crosby means long playoff runs for the Pittsburgh Penguins, ones that usually end with parades through the city in mid-June, the Penguins captain holding the Stanley Cup aloft. There is no ...

Tyler Consolidated Defeats John Marshall, 4-2

GLEN DALE—Tyler Consolidated head coach Scott Wall has been wanting to see his team get more shots on goal this season. Wednesday evening at John Marshall, Wall’s Silver Knights did exactly that by peppering the net with 21 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Monarchs (1-3). “We have been ...

Bellaire Girls, Ferry Boys Secure Buckeye 8 XC Titles

CONNORVILLE — No matter how you look at it, it was more of the same Wednesday afternoon at Buckeye Local High School. Whether you’re talking about the individual races or the team competitions, familiar names and faces found their way to the top of the results at the annual Buckeye 8 ...

Shadyside, Magnolia Set for Big-Time Battle

NEW MARTINSVILLE — For the first time in a few seasons, Magnolia and Shadyside appear to be on even footing. They have traded blowout victories the last two years, with the winner holding an advantage in valuable experience each time. Not this time. The Blue Eagles (2-0) and Tigers (2-0), ...

CRC Prepares For 11th Year

WHEELING — It’s hard to fathom that the Cancer Research Classic can get better each year. But, that’s exactly the case as tournament director Dr. Gregory Merrick — executive director of the Schiffler Cancer Center, Urologic Research Institute and Men’s Health Center at Wheeling ...

Flurry of Moves Have Steelers in ‘Win-Now’ Mode

PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believes his team’s hectic final week of the preseason had everything to do with the NFL’s decision to move from two roster cut downs to just one and nothing to do with some sort of change in mindset heading into 2017. Six days, a slew of moves ...

St. Clairsville Girls Shut Out Steubenville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When a team wins a game despite not playing all that well, the head coach will take it any time. Wes Stoner is no different. The St. Clairsville girls’ soccer coach wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance in the first half Wednesday night against visiting ...

Linsly to Host Beaver Local Under the Lights

WHEELING — After combining for seven wins a season ago, Beaver Local and Linsly already have three between them two weeks into the 2017 campaign, with one of them heading for another victory Friday night when the two teams collide at West Family Stadium on the campus of West Liberty State ...

Park Looks to Get Back to ‘W’ Column

PITTSBURGH — While it was not the outcome any coach wants, Wheeling Park’s Chris Daugherty felt the Patriots’ 35-28 loss to Bridgeport was a good learning experience for his team and costly penalties was one of the main reason for the loss. “It was a Wheeling Park-Bridgeport football ...

WVU Looks to Improve Against East Carolina

MORGANTOWN — Numbers rarely lie. A quick perusal of Sunday night’s 31-24 loss to Virginia Tech are a perfect example of how numbers can tell coaches things they may not want to here. For example, West Virginia (0-1) held a sizable 371-235 edge in the passing game as University of Florida ...

ECU Coming Off Loss To James Madison

GREENVILLE, N.C. – When North Carolina native Scottie Montgomery took over the head coaching job at East Carolina University, the 21st head coach of the Pirates knew there would be some tough days at the office. One of those occurred last Saturday when ECU dropped a 34-14 decision to James ...

Ferns, Sills Answer the Call for West Virginia

MORGANTOWN — Coaches are constantly preaching on the importance of developing depth at every position and for players needing to be prepared to be the ‘next man up’. Two players who found themselves in that exact position during Sunday’ 31-24 loss to Virginia Tech were redshirt ...

Big Games Highlight Week 2 of the Season

The college football season opened with marquee matchups in NFL stadiums, giving a bowl-game feel to regular-season games. In week two, it’s back to campus, where traditional venues make the games feel even bigger and crowds are anything but neutral. Four games involving eight ranked ...

Wheeling Central Makes Long Bus Ride to East Hardy

BAKER — Many people circled this week’s Wheeling Central-East Hardy game on the schedule as one of the top matchups of the season. What many didn’t expect was the Maroon Knights coming into the game looking for their first victory. Wheeling Central opened the season with a 35-14 loss ...

Cameron Travels to Valley for Key Class A Matchup

PINE GROVE — A pair of teams that will likely find out a lot about themselves meet Friday night in the hills of Wetzel County as Cameron (1-0) travels to take on 1-1 Valley (1-1). The Dragons opened in impressive fashion last week, however, their 62-22 victory came against a Hundred team ...

Weir Looks to Fend Off John Marshall

WEIRTON — The Weir Red Riders have waltzed to two lopsided wins, but Tony Filberto’s club faces a much more difficult task as they go into Week 3 against John Marshall, a West Virginia AAA team. The opening boot will be at 7 p.m. at Jimmy Carey Stadium. The Red Riders went down to ...

del Potro Defeats Federer in QF of U.S. Open

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK — So much for the first U.S. Open matchup between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer failed to live up to his end of the bargain. Hours after Nadal did his part with an easy-as-can-be victory to get to the semifinals at Flushing ...

Pittsburgh Falls to Chicago

By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Alex Avila knocked an RBI triple in the ninth inning, capping a duel between Jose Quintana and Gerrit Cole and lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday night. After Cole limited Chicago to two hits over eight ...