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Popovich Faces Tough Cuts Before World Cup

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Gregg Popovich was cut from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball roster, those making the decision took the easiest way out. They posted a note. “Clueless people,” Popovich said, 47 years later, grinning to at least try to suggest it doesn’t still bother him ...

Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

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Since my wife brought home that spectacular eastern Hercules beetle I described a few weeks ago, I’ve embraced beetlemania. Given the sheer number of beetles that inhabit the planet, it’s understandable. Beetles, members of the insect Order Coleoptera, occupy virtually every habitat on ...

Hamlin Wins at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin spoiled Matt DiBenedetto’s shot at his first career victory — just days after DiBenedetto learned he’d been fired — with a late pass Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin was the first Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing driver to start from the ...

IndyCar Field Returns To Pocono Shadowed by Crashes

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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — His social media post shows a digital image of legs walking in perfect stride superimposed over his own. The emoji, however, hides the delicate steps Robert Wickens takes while clutching the bars of a treadmill. Wickens returned this week to a full training program ...

St. Clairsville Boys Impressive In Mehdi Ayari’s Coaching Debut

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville needed just 40 minutes Friday night to make a winner of Mehdi Ayari in his Red Devils coaching debut. The 31-year-old Tunisia native was all smiles as he watched his boys’ soccer squad explode for six first-half goals en route to blanking Carrollton, 7-0, ...

Harrison Central Boys Defeat Edison in Soccer, 7-0

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CADIZ — Junior Brady Positano recorded a hat trick and an assist and sophomore Mack Marshall stopped three shots as Harrison Central debuted with a 7-0 whitewashing of visiting Edison on Friday night in boys’ high school soccer at muggy Wagner Field. When asked what impressed him most, ...

Union Local Downgrades Soccer to ‘Club’ Status

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MORRISTOWN — After fielding a soccer program for the past four years, officials in the Union Local School District announced late Thursday afternoon that the program would be downgraded. During an athletic board meeting, it was unanimously voted on that the program, which was co-ed but ...

Newman’s RBI Single Wins It for Bucs

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PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman felt the entire crowd on his side when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning of a tie game. Pinch-hitter Cole Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk and Newman hit an RBI single, all with two out, as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the Cubs 3-2 on Friday ...

Wheeling University Names Tiffany Buckmaster As Softball Coach

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WHEELING — Wheeling University has tabbed Tiffany Buckmaster as the next softball coach announced Rudy Yovich Friday morning. “We are excited to have Coach Buckmaster join our department and lead our softball program,” Yovich said. “Our student-athletes really connected with Tiffany ...

Giants Secure Win Over Bears

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning and heir apparent Daniel Jones threw first-half touchdown passes against Chicago backups and the New York Giants had an easy Friday night in posting a 32-13 preseason victory over the Bears. Free agent rookie Jon Hilliman scored on a 10-yard run, ...

Big Red Opens Soccer Season With Shutout Victory Over Crusaders

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STEUBENVILLE — Soccer season started with a Steubenville showcase. The Big Red girls’ soccer team controlled the ball against rival Steubenville Catholic, and Big Red capitalized on multiple opportunities en route to a 6-0 victory against the Crusaders Friday inside Harding ...

Tommy John to Sideline Taillon for 2020 Season

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fresh off his first full season in the majors, Jameson Taillon seemed to be on the brink of big things for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Instead, a forearm injury sidetracked him in May and then again in July. And now, his future is even more uncertain. Taillon will miss the ...

Indians Pummel Yankees 19-5

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NEW YORK — Jose Ramirez hit two early homers, including his first career grand slam in a seven-run opening inning, and the Cleveland Indians pummeled the New York Yankees 19-5 on Thursday night in the start of a four-game series between American League pennant contenders. Carlos Santana ...

Havlicek’s Memorial Will Be Held Today

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BRIDGEPORT — On April 25 of this year the Ohio Valley lost one of its icons when John Havlicek died at the age of 79. Friday evening at Bridgeport High School, the Ohio Valley will have the ability to formally pay its respects. A memorial service — expected to last upwards of an hour ...

Earnhardt Jr. and Family OK After Plane Crash

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for ...

Steubenville’s Week 8 Opponent Cuts Program

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STEUBENVILLE — Veteran coach Reno Saccoccia is pretty busy these days preparing his Steubenville football team for the 2019 season. With the opener two weeks away, Saccoccia has to divert some of his attention to figuring out how to fill an unexpected Week 8 vacancy. It was announced this ...

Thomas Shares the Lead at Medinah

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MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — On the range, Justin Thomas had no idea where the ball was going. Some five hours later, he had a share of the course record at Medinah. Ultimately, all that mattered Thursday in the BMW Championship was taking a good step toward an important goal. Thomas already is set ...

Brooke Soccer Classic is Saturday

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WELLSBURG —The 2019 Brooke Soccer Classic will be held Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. on the campus of Brooke High School. This is the premiere event to begin the fall high school soccer season in the Ohio Valley. Fourteen girls teams and 14 boys teams from all over the Ohio Valley and ...

Wheeling Park Grad Michael Grove Strong Again on the Hill

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Wheeling Park and West Virginia University product Michael Grove might have delivered his best performance of his young career on Sunday in a 10-1 victory over the Stockton Ports. Grove tossed three innings, allowing one hit, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced. He also struck out four ...

Jackson Looks Sharp as Ravens Top Packers

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson directed two scoring drives during a limited appearance, had an impressive touchdown run erased by a penalty and sparked the Baltimore Ravens to a 26-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers, who played Thursday night without quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers ...