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Coach Crutchfield Headed Back to Elite Eight

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It was no secret that Jim Crutchfield was one of the nation’s premier basketball coaches during his tenure at West Liberty University. What he did with the Hilltoppers was nothing short of amazing. Now his encore performance in the Sunshine State may be even more ...

Ohio Valley Football Clinic Continues to Grow

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WEIRTON — The fourth annual Ohio Valley Coaching Clinic has played out with escalating success. The free football seminar was staged March 15 at Weir High School, attracting prep head coaches ranging geographically from Paden City to Conotton Valley. A coaching crowd in excess of 50 ...

Penguins Hold Off Stars, 3-2

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DALLAS (AP) — Jared McCann scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a spinning short-handed play in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night. McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the ...

Mavericks Beat Warriors, 126-91

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luka Doncic had a triple-double, Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-best 21 points in a rare start and the Dallas Mavericks capitalized on Stephen Curry’s absence to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-91 on Saturday night. Golden State dropped out of the top seed in the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wheeling Central Softball Secures Two Victories

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STEUBENVILLE — Jairika Baylor compiled a home run, single and double as Wheeling Central defeated Trinity, 18-6, at Franciscan University. Maddie LeMasters also hit a homer for the Maroon Knights along with two singles. Kaitlyn Ferns (three singles) and Allison Davidson (single, triple, ...

Wings Hold On To Edge Nailers

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Wings Event Center was a less than friendly location for the Wheeling Nailers, who dropped a tight one-goal decision to the Kalamazoo Wings. Winston Day Chief and Mark Petaccio lit the lamp for the Nailers, but Tanner Sorenson’s strike with 17:43 left in the third period ...

John Marshall’s Shay Straughn Is First-Team All-State

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CHARLESTON — A special senior season for Shay Straughn may be over but the honors continue to roll in for the Monarchs’ top scorer. Straughn was named to the all-state first team as chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. The JM guard wrapped up her final campaign ...

Phillips, Nailers Burn Fuel, 5-2

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers got a huge victory on Friday night, as they pulled within four points of the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Michael Phillips snapped a 2-2 tie with a power play goal in the third period, then Cedric Lacroix and Robbie Hall added insurance, as the ...

Buckeyes Stun Iowa State

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ohio State went from barely making the NCAA Tournament to a spot in the second round with a 62-59 upset of sixth-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest Region on Friday night. Kaleb Wesson had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 11th-seeded Buckeyes (20-14). Keyshawn Woods ...

Duke Dominates N. Dakota State

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson had an explosive NCAA Tournament debut with 25 points to lead top-seeded Duke to an 85-62 win over North Dakota State on Friday night. RJ Barrett led Duke (31-5) with 26 points and 14 rebounds and combined with Williamson for a prolific showing for the ...

Garcia, Rays Sting Pirates

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Avisail Garcia had three hits and two RBIs, Brandon Lowe had two hits and Casey Sadler struck out three in three scoreless relief innings for Tampa Bay. Sadler was re-assigned to minor league camp after the Rays’ final game in Port Charlotte this spring. Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang ...

Mueller Concludes Russia Investigation

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation, ending a probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency with no new charges but launching a fresh wave of political battles over ...

Casey Shares Halfway Lead at Innisbrook

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey drove into Innisbrook and saw his picture on posters and programs, just what he needed to forget the cut he missed last week. He played Friday as though he wants those photos to stay there. Casey holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the 599-yard fifth hole and ...

Harden Scores 61, Rockets Roll

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HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden matched his career high with 61 points, including 27 in the first quarter, to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. THUNDER 116 RAPTORS 109 TORONTO (AP) — Paul George scored 28 points and Oklahoma City ...

Biological Spring

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It seems the older I get, the longer winter lasts. So, I was thrilled when the vernal equinox arrived last week. The sun has already begun rising a few minutes earlier and setting a few minutes later each day. My bones are beginning to warm up. However, the calendar does not guarantee ...

Nova Survives Saint Mary’s

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Villanova got off to a slow start in defense of its national title as the Wildcats slogged through the deliberate pace set by determined St. Mary’s. Villanova had three players in double figures, led for almost 33 minutes but never by more than eight points, and finally ...

Kang’s Grand Slam Lifts Bucs

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Jung Ho Kang hit a game-ending grand slam to lift Pittsburgh to a 7-5 victory over Baltimore on Thursday. Kang also secured a double for the Pirates. Jonah Davis, a 15th-round pick in last year’s draft, hit two home runs in his first career spring training game, and Francisco Cervelli ...

Penguins Beat Predators in SO

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby’s goal in the shootout gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Thursday night, ending the Penguins’ three-game losing streak. Bryan Rust scored in regulation for the Penguins, who moved into a second-place tie with the New York Islanders in the ...