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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 ...

Cozart Walk-Off HR Lifts Angels in 13

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his second homer in two games at Angel Stadium in the fifth inning, and Zack Cozart had walk-off homer in the 13th inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. One day after Ohtani hit an electrifying ...

Raptors Increase Lead on Celtics

TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points, Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors moved closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Boston Celtics 96-78 on Wednesday night. Toronto increased its lead over second-place Boston to ...

Big Ten Has Big Presence, Three Teams in Frozen Four

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Considering the force of the impact it made on the sport, the Big Ten hockey conference sure started with a soft launch. Five years in, its presence has finally been felt. Three teams have reached the Frozen Four after four members comprised the top 12 seeds for the ...

Weir Boys, Creek Girls Win Martins Ferry Relays

MARTINS FERRY — There was a sea of red carrying top awards Tuesday on the oval below Ayers Limestone Road. Weir at Indian Creek, buoyed by seven and five victories, respectively, cruised to the boys’ and girls’ championships at a soggy Martins Ferry Relays. The event was called with ...

Wheeling Jesuit’s Highsmith Signs With Agent

WHEELING — Haywood Highsmith has no way of knowing at this point where he will be playing basketball next year. But it will be somewhere on the professional level after he signed with agent Jerry Dianis at a ceremony Tuesday inside Wheeling Jesuit University’s Alma Grace McDonough ...

Robinson Joins WCC as Golf Pro

WHEELING — Having played a fair amount of golf in the Ohio Valley, Jason Robinson is familiar with Wheeling, and more importantly, Wheeling Country Club. With a 15-month-old daughter, if Robinson was going to pack up and move, it had to be the right fit. He wanted to be at a place that had ...

No ’Cutch, No Cole, No Problem For Young Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon downplayed the idea that the location of his locker inside the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse symbolizes anything. “I guess I can trip people on the way to the kitchen,” the linchpin of Pittsburgh’s young starting rotation said with a laugh. Clubhouse ...

Could This be a Masters for the Aged?

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — They’re older now, no longer the 20-somethings who together helped usher golf into a new era. The evidence of that isn’t in their golf swings, but in their appearance. When Tiger Woods takes off his hat after a round, there’s a pronounced bald spot in the back and ...

Pens Emerge From Funk as Legit Three-Peat Threat

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin made the proclamation more than two months ago, minutes after the Pittsburgh Penguins put together three borderline spectacular periods against San Jose on Jan. 30 to pick up their ninth win in 12 games. “It’s like we’re ...

Villanova Goes From Dominant To Dynasty

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA — Villanova players flash their fingers in a “V’’ symbol to celebrate big wins. For coach Jay Wright, that’s a finger for every national championship ring. Already cemented as a dominant program in college basketball, the Wildcats ...

Cavaliers Down Raptors Again

CLEVELAND (AP) — Once his layup dropped, LeBron James sent another message. As Cleveland’s crowd cheered following his artistic shot, James walked within a few feet of Toronto’s bench, pounded his chest several times and screamed, “I’m still a problem!” The Raptors didn’t need ...

Pirates Victorious In Home Opener

PITTSBURGH— Colin Moran’s name will forever be entwined with Gerrit Cole’s whether the new Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman likes it or not. It simply comes with the territory when you’re part of the trade that sends a franchise cornerstone out of town. Moran did little during spring ...