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Road to State Wrestling Meet Begins Saturday

The road to the West Virginia state wrestling tournament begins this weekend with regional tournament action and concludes Feb. 22-24 inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Wrestlers in Class AAA Region One converge on Brooke High School in Wellsburg on Saturday where action begins ...

WLU Baseball Seen as Contender

BRIDGEPORT — The rising West Liberty University baseball team received a first-place vote and was installed as one of the top contenders in the highly-competitive Mountain East Conference North Division in the MEC coaches’ annual preseason poll. Coach Eric Burkle’s Hilltoppers, who were ...

Rooney Hopeful On Deal for Bell

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Steelers have no plans on moving on from All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell. Team president Art Rooney II is optimistic the team can sign Bell to a long-term extension going into the 2018 season, but didn’t rule out using the franchise tag for a second straight year ...

LeBron Wins it for Cavs With Jumper in OT

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James hit a jumper over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer in overtime, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 140-138 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Moments after James blocked Butler’s potential winning shot with 1.3 seconds left, he caught a long ...

Park. Catholic Edges Tyler

SISTERSVILLE—Cade Ullman led Parkersburg Catholic with 24 points as the Crusaders went on to defeat host Tyler Consolidated, 63-56. Ty West bucketed a team-high 17 points to lead the Silver Knights, while Dylan Roberts and Griffin Phillips each tallied 10. Ty Sturm turned in 16 points, ...

Wheeling Park Escapes Rival John Marshall

WHEELING — A renewed rivalry seems to be on the horizon for the Wheeling Park and John Marshall boys’ basketball programs. With the first matchup this season coming down to the wire, the second one looked to be follow suit. After the Patriots let a 10-point lead slip to one, they hit ...

Big Reds Will Play for Title

ST. JOE — For the first time in the 11 years of the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championships, the 10-team field will include Bellaire. After a disappointing home loss to Linsly in last season’s Class 3A semifinals, the top-seeded Big Reds (19-2) atoned for that Tuesday night ...

Central Scores Repeat Victory Against Tigers

SHADYSIDE — Wheeling Central struggled with its inside game for the majority of the first half Tuesday night at Shadyside, but with All-West Virginia senior Brent Price on the floor most of the fans probably didn’t even notice. Price scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the opening ...

Toledo Is Too Much For Nailers

WHEELING — Any team that steps on the ice with Toledo understands that goals will not come easy. Walleye goaltender Matej Machovsky leads the ECHL in goals-against average with a solid 2.01 and that trend continued on Tuesday as the Nailers fell to Toledo by a 6-2 count inside WesBanco ...

Penguins Down Fleury, Knights

PITTSBURGH — Third-period goals by Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel ruined former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury’s homecoming as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday night. Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins — including the last two seasons ...

Red Devils Handle Crusaders

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was St. Clairsville’s offense that shot it out of the chute successfully Tuesday night. But it was the Red Devils’ defense that endured for 32 minutes. St. Clairsville held Steubenville Catholic to single-digit points in the first and third quarters and that, along ...

McDaniels Backs Out on Indy Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis’ Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring. The Colts confirmed McDaniels’ decision in a statement Tuesday night after reports emerged that the ...

Pebble More Than Land, Sea

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Pebble Beach is renowned as the most felicitous meeting of land and sea. The tournament is a meeting of a different variety. For some, it’s an acquired taste. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a confluence of some of the most important elements on the PGA ...

Orlando Rallies, Routs Cavaliers

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jonathon Simmons scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter and the Orlando Magic overcame a 21-point deficit Tuesday night to beat the reeling Cleveland Cavaliers, 116-98. The Cavaliers scored 43 points in the first quarter, but then went almost 6 1/2 ...

Tennessee Gets Past Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Lamonte Turner scored 16 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining, Admiral Schofield followed with a dunk off a turnover and No. 15 Tennessee edged No. 24 Kentucky 61-59 on Tuesday night for its sixth consecutive victory. The Volunteers ran down ...

Dragons Advance to Class 1A Championship Contest

Meintel powers Cameron with 19 points, 11 boardsCAMERON — Cameron hasn’t been challenged much this season so when Madonna jumped out to a 13-4 first-quarter lead, Dragons coach Roger Cain didn’t panic. He didn’t even call timeout. He wanted to see what his team was made of. Cain ...

Wheeling Central Takes Down Fort Frye in Semis

A 14-0 run to start the third is key to victoryWHEELING — Every minute counts when it comes to basketball, and the first three of the third quarter was the difference in an OVAC 3A semifnal battle between Wheeling Central and Fort Frye. The Maroon Knights came out after halftime and used a ...

Wheeling Park Rattles Indian Creek in Girls Basketball

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek girls’ basketball team has relied on its defense all season, but it was Wheeling Park’s defense that made the difference Monday night. The Redskins battled, but the veteran and talented Patriots were too much to overcome as No. 4 seed and state-ranked ...

Buckeye Local Prevails Panthers Prevail At BuzzerAt Buzzer

CONNORVILLE — Two days removed from stunning Steubenville in overtime inside the Crimson Center, the Buckeye Local girls’ basketball team did it again on its home court to advance to the Class 4A title game of the 11th Annual Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Tournament at Ohio ...

Mountaineers Sweep Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. — Lamont West scored 17 points, and No. 19 West Virginia survived a 32-point night from Oklahoma’s Trae Young to escape with a 75-73 win over the 17th-ranked Sooners on Monday night. Esa Ahmad and Sagaba Konate each scored 14 and Jevon Carter added 10 points, eight assists ...