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Day Getting Used To Work at Home Routine

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In normal times, the Ohio State Buckeyes would be preparing for Wednesday’s spring football practice, their ninth, as they continue to build up to the culmination of the spring with the annual Scarlet and Gray game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, April 11. But, because of the world-wide ...

Bailey McGrath Reflects on Baseball Career

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BRIDGEPORT — Bailey McGrath has played baseball since he was 3 years old. He is now 23 and has seen some pretty good curveballs in his days, but none were as nasty as the one thrown by the NCAA earlier this month. After having a breakout season for West Liberty University last spring in ...

Nailers Begin Search For Next Coach

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers have elected not to renew coach Mike Bavis’ contract, and he will not be returning for the 2020-21 season. The search for the 19th head coach in team history will begin immediately. “We would like to thank Mike for the work he did for our organization, ...

74th Annual Victory Awards Dinner Canceled

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WHEELING — The West Virginia Sports Writers Association has announced that the 74th annual Victory Awards Dinner has been called off. The nation’s oldest statewide sports fete was scheduled for May 3 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. “Because of the coronavirus situation and the ...

Tokyo Olympics Rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

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TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start. “The schedule for the games is key to ...

Virus Upends College Recruiting

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After Michigan lost to Ohio State in the semifinals of the women’s Big Ten Tournament, coach Kim Barnes Arico and her staff immediately hit the road. They intended to take advantage of a full week off before the NCAA Tournament by making visiting as many potential recruits as ...

Reid Promotes Probe, Re-Vote Over Post-Ballot Changes to CBA

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Free agent safety Eric Reid wants the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement invalidated over language added following ratification of the pact earlier this month. He is calling for an investigation and a re-vote. In a letter to the NFLPA on Monday, Reid’s lawyers said language posted ...

Ravens To Sign Beaver Local Grad Wolfe

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have reached agreement on a one-year contract with defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, ending his eight-year run with the Denver Broncos. Wolfe was named first team allstate with Beaver Local and was a standout with the Cincinnati Bearcats in college. ...

Kalsey’s Olympic Hopes Altered by COVID-19

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Four years ago Marissa Kalsey was recovering from a serious ankle injury that derailed not only her bid to become an NCAA Division II outdoor pole vault champion, but any hope of making a run for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Fast forward to 2020 and the Waynesburg Central and Westminster ...

Crosby Willing To Forego Season, Go Straight to Playoffs

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby prefers the NHL forego the rest of the regular season and head directly to the playoffs if games resume during this pandemic-interrupted spring. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is on the same page, saying he’d even be willing to finish two goals ...

GW’s Lacy Wins Mary Ostrowski POY Award

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George Washington’s Kalissa Lacy revels in the process and finds enjoyment in the effort she puts into improving her game at the gym year-round. Preseason, her name wasn’t necessarily at the top of many player-of-the year lists, but her rapid ascension from a nice shooter as a freshman to ...

Timmy Hill is Virtual Winner of NASCAR’s Live iRacing Event

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sang the national anthem from a remote location. Troy Aikman, borrowing Matthew McConaughey’s trademark phrase “Alright, alright, alright,” commanded drivers to start their, uh, simulators. NASCAR’s new normal resumed Sunday with ...

Umpires Missing Out On 2020 Season

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WHEELING — Umpires don’t get the limelight. They are at the field everyday, despite blazing hot temperatures or early season snowfalls, for the same reason as the players — they love the game. During the current coronavirus pandemic that has caused the postponement of prep baseball ...

Jerry Narcisi, Scott Nolte, Rich Wilinski Selected For OVAC HOF

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This list of honorees in the Class of 2020 for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame continues to grow with the addition of three more deserving individuals. Selected in the OVAC “Family” category is Jerry Narcisi of Shadyside; named as an OVAC “Contributor” is ...

Crutchfield Felt Good About Tourney Chances

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Nova Southeastern advanced all the way to the NCAA D-II Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind., last March in Jim Crutchfield’s second year with the program. The Sharks had similar intentions this season until halted by the coronavirus. Crutchfield’s amazing renovation ...

Junior College All-American Signs With West Lib

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WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University volleyball coach Kayla Mull announced that she has completed her 2020 recruiting class with the addition of junior college All-American Jenna Caskey from Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College. The athletic 6-foot-0 outside hitter from Sinclairville, N.Y. ...

Ravens Lose Defensive Tackle Brockers

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens won’t have Michael Brockers on their retooled defensive line after all. Baltimore reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams free agent last week. But the deal was never sealed in part because Brockers could not take a ...

Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall Captains All-Valley Wrestling Squad

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WHEELING — Peyton Hall had a remarkable wrestling career at Oak Glen. The West Virginia University recruit became the first Golden Bear to win four West Virginia state championships in the school’s storied mat history. For his accomplishments, which are many, he’s been named captain of ...

Wisniewski Thrilled To Join Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH — Six months ago, Stefen Wisniewski’s Sundays consisted of spending the afternoon watching the NFL on TV wondering if his phone was ever going to ring. The veteran offensive lineman tried not to fixate on the circumstances that led to him sitting on the couch. “You try not to ...

Harrison Central Graduate Cody Gamble Getting Time in Octagon

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SCIO — College isn’t for everybody. Cody Gamble can attest to that. A two-sport standout in football and wrestling at Harrison Central, the 2019 graduate had no desire to continue his academic career following high school. “I didn’t have a major lined up and I really didn’t want ...