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NFL Going With Virtual Format For Upcoming Draft

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The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines include no group ...

WLU Mat Trio Named to D-II Scholar All-American Team

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MANHEIM, Pa. — Three members of the West Liberty University wrestling team were named to the Division II Scholar All-America Team on Monday when the National Wrestling Coaches Association released its annual academic awards. Senior Isaiah Myers was joined by the sophomore duo of Cole Laya ...

What Playoffs Could Look Like If NHL Resumes

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If the NHL goes directly to playoff hockey in the warmer months, it could leave some contenders out in the cold. The league may skip most if not all of the final 189 regular-season games that were put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The format of such an unprecedented tournament ...

British Canceled, Masters To Nov. in Major Rescheduling

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The Masters goes from that annual rite of spring to two weeks before Thanksgiving. The U.S. Open now is scheduled in September for the first time since amateur Francis Ouimet took down Britain’s best at Brookline to put golf on the map in America. And the oldest championship of them all ...

Musical Chairs for Area Softball Coaches

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There are seven public high schools located in Belmont County — Barnesville, Bellaire, Bridgeport, Martins Ferry, Shadyside, St. Clairsville and Union Local. All of them, with the exception of Shadyside, were slated to have new head softball coaches this season, but due to the global ...

Johnson Steps Down as Barnesville Hoops Coach

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BARNESVILLE — Matt Johnson knew was working with a small window of time when he accepted the boys basketball job at his alma mater in the spring of 2017. The window closed earlier this week when Johnson — after three seasons at the helm — formally stepped down from the post. “I ...

No Pro Days Forcing Changes To Draft Process

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Polian simplified the NFL’s draft process years ago. He studied film, relied on medical experts, checked the numbers and interviewed players. With the flurry of canceled pro days, the Hall of Famer who constructed multiple Super teams during his 32-year- career ...

Trump Talks With U.S. Pro Sports Leaders

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President Donald Trump talked to many U.S. pro sports leaders about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said later in a briefing at the White House. “I ...

Michael Grove Eyes Breakout Season Amid Pandemic

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WHEELING — Los Angeles Dodgers prospect and Wheeling Park graduate Michael Grove was supposed to be spending his spring on the pitcher’s mound at Minor League Spring Training in Phoenix firing his fastball and perfecting his breaking balls. Instead, like the rest of us, he is awaiting the ...

Boroski, Rest of MLB Patiently Playing the Waiting Game

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Stan Boroski had never looked at the clock as much in his life as he did on March 27. It was on that day that Boroski was supposed to be beginning his 11th season as the bullpen coach for the Tampa Bay Rays. Whether it was 10 a.m. when he would have been departing for the ballpark, 12:30 ...

Kobe, Duncan, Garnett Headline Hoops HOF Class

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Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer. And he’s got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan ...

AP Top Tourney One-And-Done Players Led By Davis, Carmelo

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Anthony Davis didn’t need to score big to control a game for Kentucky. He made that clear during the final performance of his freshman season. Coach John Calipari recalls the conversation Davis had with his teammates after struggling to shoot during the first half of the 2012 NCAA ...

Tiber Enjoying D-I Coaching Success

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FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama has transitioned quite nicely into the world of Division I women’s basketball. The Lions recently completed their second season at the NCAA’s highest level, posting a sparkling 21-9 record. It also marked the first time in school history ...

Beaver Grad Finally Gets To Play for Ravens

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Derek Wolfe figured he missed yet another chance to join the Baltimore Ravens when the team reached agreement last month on a three-year contract with free agent defensive lineman Michael Brockers. After Baltimore’s deal with Brockers fell through, Wolfe ...

Annual Shadyside Relays Canceled

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SHADYSIDE — Coronavirus wins again, unfortunately. The list of sporting events that will not occur in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased by one. During a meeting of the Shadyside Relays committee, which was held via conference call this week, the decision to cancel ...

NFL Medical Officer Speaks of Uncertain Times

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Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer warns that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon who has been with the NFL since 2017, says he and other league and team ...

Mild Winter, No Games Aid Ballpark Grass

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Nicole Sherry poked some holes in the turf at Camden Yards, cut the grass and then left the ballpark about the same time the Baltimore Orioles should have been wrapping up their season opener. “What a beautiful day it would have been for a ballgame,” said Sherry, the head groundskeeper ...

Metheny Wins Bill Evans Award

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MORGANTOWN — Not only did Kaden Metheny have the obvious ball skills and ability to shoot when he was lighting up the middle school ranks at Mountaineer Middle, but University coach Joe Schmidle saw something right away that impressed him more than anything. “I knew how skilled he was for ...

Virus Will Make The Timeline For Sports, Too

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The unthinkable, at least for sports fans, already has happened. The games, as we know them, are shut down. We’ll never know if San Diego State was a Final Four contender or if Tiger Woods would have defended his green jacket at the Masters. There was no opening day in baseball. The odds ...

Woods, Davis Captain 43rd All-Valley Girls’ Basketball Team

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BIG SCHOOL Shanley Woods Wheeling Park Captain One of the most exciting players in the state to watch, Shanley Woods is a threat to pull up from anywhere on the court. She proved that this year with 82 3-pointers as she averaged 18.9 points and 2.3 assists a game and shot 89 percent ...