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Healthy Kessel Expected to Give Coyotes a Boost in Return

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The start of Phil Kessel’s desert tenure did not go according to plan, for him or the Arizona Coyotes. Expected to give the Coyotes a scoring jolt, Kessel instead labored, in large part due to a string of injuries. The NHL’s pandemic-caused pause has give the ...

Grove Makes Dodgers’ 60-Man Roster

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WHEELING — For obvious reasons, Michael Grove had been following the baseball negotiations of the last several weeks quite closely. The Wheeling Park and West Virginia University product predicted June 18 that a deal — one way or another — would get done in five days. It turned out to ...

Ohio County Athlete Tests Positive

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WHEELING — Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones formally announced that a Wheeling Park High School student-athlete has tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon via the school’s social media. Ohio County Schools was made aware of the possible case late last ...

Crestview Exits The OVAC

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COLUMBIANA — And then there were 49. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference membership — effective today — has been reduced to 49 schools as Columbiana Crestview has withdrawn. The Rebels, who joined the OVAC in November 2016, are focusing on a newly formed two divisional conference in ...

WVU Basketball Player Tests Positive for Virus

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A men’s basketball player at West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus, the athletic department said Monday. The player, whose name was not released, has entered a 14-day isolation period, West Virginia said in a news release. Men’s basketball ...

St. Clairsville Takes Rematch Against Wheeling Stogies, 7-2

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE _ Tuesday night’s baseball game between Wheeling and St. Clairsville was a total reversal of last Thursday’s 10-2 win by the Stogies. St. Clairsville (1-1) played errorless defense, received another solid effort on the mound and scored early in posting a 7-2 decision on ...

3 More National Stat Titles for West Liberty Men

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WEST LIBERTY — The sound of power tools echoed down the nearly-deserted hall outside the office of West Liberty University’s men’s basketball coach Ben Howlett earlier this week. It’s that time of year. In what has become a summer ritual for the three-time defending Mountain East ...

Penguins Goalie Murray Eyeing Present, Not Future

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray’s legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It’s the goaltender’s future, however, that is murky. Not that Murray is thinking about the ...

‘Tip of the Cap’ To Baseball’s Black Pioneers

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Barack Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues. The campaign launched Monday with photos and ...

Plans Change in MLB Because of Health Issues

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PHOENIX — The Minnesota Twins have shuffled their on-field staff to protect the health of some of their older coaches. A trio of players, including Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake and Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman, have announced they won’t be playing in the upcoming 60-game ...

Newton Signs With Patriots

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One is a man of a million fedoras. The other is all about the hoodie. But whether Cam Newton and Bill Belichick can take the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl is going to be more about football than fashion. The Patriots have turned to the former Panthers quarterback to replace ...

Wheeling University Signs 5 Recruits

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Wheeling University head women’s basketball coach Mike Llanas, far left, has signed five recruits for the 2020-21 hoop season while also adding a new assistant coach, Alli Delaney, far right. Three of the incoming recruits were on campus recently. They are, from left, Grace Allen from ...

Johnson Wins Travelers to Extend Career-Long Season Streak

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CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career-long season victory streak to 13. Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in ...

Brooke Releases Formal Response Plan

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WELLSBURG — Paying close attention to what has been transpiring with area schools shutting down their athletic conditioning and workouts this week, Brooke County Schools announced its formal plan should one of its athletes test positive. The school district released the “Brooke County ...

Shadyside Resumes Workouts Today

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SHADYSIDE — A little less than a week after it issued a shutdown of sports conditioning and workouts, Shadyside has announced its return to action plan. Tiger athletes will resume workouts today after the administration has deemed it safe because not one current Shadyside High School ...

Hines Named Barnesville Boys’ Basketball Coach

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BARNESVILLE — The Barnesville High School administration didn’t have to look far to fill its boys basketball coaching vacancy. During last week’s board of education meeting, Johnny Hines, who had served as the chief assistant under Matt Johnson, was formally approved as the new head ...

Hamlin Caps Marathon Day of Racing at Pocono With 4th Win

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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Round 2 at Pocono went to Denny Hamlin. Hamlin seized the spotlight, specifically in victory lane when Pocono had to set up lights after the race ended in the dark. Hamlin topped Kevin Harvick on Sunday night to win the second Cup race of the weekend at Pocono Raceway ...

New Knotholes: Good MLB Views, If Fans Know Where to Look

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BOSTON (AP) — Tucked under the center field seats at Fenway Park, down some stairs from Lansdowne Street in an area previously used as the visiting team’s batting cage, is a sports bar that is preparing to reopen from the coronavirus shutdown. Largely windowless and decorated with sepia ...

Weir High bowling squad to compete for a national title

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WEIRTON — In its inaugural season, the Weir High School bowling team was looking to make a statement. With a trip to Dayton next month, the Red Riders hope to cap off an undefeated year by bringing home a national championship. After delays in youth and high school athletics as a result of ...

Late scratch: Harvick knocks off Pocono from winless list

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By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick hit pause on that victory swirl of scorched rubber and billows of smoke at Pocono Raceway. Sure, Harvick needed to save the engine for a repeat run in the same Ford and a shot at a weekend sweep in a Cup Series twin ...