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West Liberty Advances To MEC Tourney Semifinals

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WHEELING — Coming into Friday’s Mountain East Conference Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Concord, the Hilltoppers had a little sour taste in their mouths. After all, the Mountain Lions handed the Hilltoppers their first loss of the season that resulted in three straight setbacks ...

MEC Takes Long, But Successful Journey Back to Competition

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The Mountain East Conference successfully completed its second men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena last March. Little did conference officials know what was coming in mere days after that. Less than a week later, the COVID-19 pandemic put the entire ...

John Marshall’s Zara Zervos Wins Doug Huff Award

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MOUNDSVILLE —When Zara Zervos was a young girl, her parents told her to be herself and not try to be anyone else. Those words have guided the John Marshall High School senior competitor throughout her entire life and especially during her senior year, which has been impacted by the ...

Huggins Looking For 900th Victory

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Fresh off a blowout win over TCU, the No. 6 West Virginia men’s basketball team is rolling into their regular-season finale with some momentum. As head coach Bob Huggins is searching for his 900th career win, a mark reached only by five other Division I coaches in history, the Mountaineers ...

Weir Downs JM In Final Seconds

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WEIRTON — Junior Liam Smith officially became a Weir High Red Rider Friday night. During the season opener, Weir High trailed John Marshall by one point with 10.8 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Anthony Cross received the pass just beyond half court, drove and kicked it to Jacob ...

Linsly Girls Bury Clay-Battelle, 75-40

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WHEELING – Like most high school basketball teams in West Virginia, Coach Rebecca Upton’s Linsly girls have been chomping at the bit for the opportunity to return to the court and get the 2021 campaign started. Friday night the Lady Cadets did just that against visiting Clay-Battelle, ...

Central Pulls Off Overtime Thriller

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By Rick Ryan Charleston Gazette-Mail Ryan Reasbeck didn’t start out so strongly, but he sure finished with a flourish. Wheeling Central’s junior guard scored eight of his 26 points in the second overtime Friday night as the Maroon Knights emerged with a 76-69 victory against ...

Wheeling Ousted From MEC Tourney

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WHEELING – It certainly hasn’t been the easiest journey for Wheeling men’s basketball coach Chris Richardson and his Cardinals squad. After sitting with a record of 2-8 mid-February, the Cardinals did find a small late season surge and qualified to the Mountain East Conference Tournament ...

Toppers Stun No. 15 Cards

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WEST LIBERTY — The West Liberty University women’s volleyball team celebrated Senior Night in truly memorable fashion Friday with a 3-1 upset of No. 15 Wheeling in a mutual regular season finale. The final home match for Senior Night honorees Renee Lemke and Emily Reedy will long be ...

Nailers Fall to Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE, IN- The Wheeling Nailers got off to a great start in Friday’s game against the Fort Wayne Komets at Allen County Memorial Coliseum, but unfortunately, the game as a whole didn’t go the way they had hoped. Fort Wayne converted on two of five power plays to pick up a 4-2 win on ...

Kansas Places Miles on Leave

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By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer Kansas placed coach Les Miles on administrative leave Friday night, hours after a report released by LSU revealed school officials there considered firing him in 2013 because of his behavior with female student workers. “Even though the allegations ...

Harper, Phillies Top Pirates

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Bryce Harper homered on his first swing of spring training, launching a opposite-field drive to left. He singled in his next at-bat and was done for the day as the Phillies shut out the Pirates, 3-0 on Friday. Chad Kuhl made his second start for Pittsburgh, allowing two runs on three ...

Webb Knows Dunk Contest Can Change A Person’s Life

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By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Spud Webb remembers getting on the bus after winning the NBA slam dunk contest 35 years ago and getting a quick piece of advice from his Atlanta teammate at the time, Doc Rivers. The message: Your life just changed forever. “He wasn’t joking,” ...

Bruins Pound Capitals

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BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist and the Boston Bruins responded to a head shot from Capitals forward Tom Wilson with a three-goal second period to beat Washington 5-1 on Friday night. Two days after Alex Ovechkin slashed Trent Frederic in the groin, the game again ...

Indians’ Slugger Reyes Eyes Consistent 2021 Season

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By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — Early in training camp, Indians slugger Franmil Reyes overheard one of the team’s clubhouse attendants who was cleaning baseballs comment that they didn’t seem as lively this year. “He was like, ‘Oh my God, these balls are not flying ...

Man Found Tiger Woods Unconscious After Car Accident

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Tiger Woods was unconscious in a mangled SUV after he crashed the vehicle in Southern California last week, according to a court document that also revealed a nearby resident and not a sheriff’s deputy was first on the scene. The witness, who lives near the accident scene in Rolling Hills ...

QB Alex Smith Released By Washington

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Washington released AP Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith on Friday, a move that was expected but still provides a cold ending to the veteran quarterback’s storybook tenure with the organization. Smith’s release clears just under $15 million in salary cap space for Washington, which ...

Conners Builds 1-Shot Lead at Bay Hill

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By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer ORLANDO, Fla. — Corey Conners spent more time grinding out pars than chasing birdies, and that proved to be the right recipe Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as Bay Hill began to bake under a warm sun. Conners surged into the lead with a 25-foot ...

Huggins Secures Win Number 899 as West Virginia Tops TCU

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Following Tuesday’s heartbreaking overtime loss, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins told his No. 6 Mountaineers not to let the dread of defeat linger. His team appeared to have taken those words to heart. On the back of forward Jalen Bridges, who earned his first career double-double, ...