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Park Coaches Helping Two-Sport Athletes

WHEELING — Due to the winter high school sports season getting pushed back, student athletes may be faced with a different challenge this year. Those who play a winter sport and spring sport will have to juggle both for a short time when spring sports practice begins on March 15 and ...

Unselfishness Is Key to West Liberty Women’s Success

WEST LIBERTY – Halfway through the 2021 season, the West Liberty women’s basketball team was sitting with a 2-6 record at the end of January following a four game losing streak. Fast forward about a month later. That skid is a distant memory as the Hilltoppers currently hold an 8-7 record ...

Wilson Scores on Power Play, Caps Top Pens 5-2

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON — Tom Wilson scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 7:20 left and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Thursday night for their second victory in six games this season between the rivals. Nicklas Backstrom scored ...

RF Polanco Hoping For Smooth 2021

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer Gregory Polanco doesn’t linger over his long-term future. There’s too much to focus on in the present, namely kick-starting a career that’s been stuck in neutral for more than two years. The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder is only too aware that he ...

Michigan State Stuns Ohio State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Aaron Henry had 18 points to help Michigan State earn a win over Ohio State, 71-67 on Thursday night. No. 3 MICHIGAN 79 No. 9 IOWA 57 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hunter Dickinson gave Luka Garza fits around the basket, and Franz Wagner scored 21 points to lead ...

Shadyside Off To District Final

SHADYSIDE — Not every win can be pretty and the old adage, while said millions of times, still holds true that tournament time is all about surviving and advancing, no matter how you get it done. Thursday night powerful Shadyside brought the Eastern district No. 1 seed into its district ...

Kyrie Sparks Nets Triumph

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 27 points and nine assists, James Harden scored 20 points and the Nets delivered a 129-92 rout of the Orlando Magic on Thursday night. GRIZZLIES 122 CLIPPERS 94 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tyus Jones scored a career-high 20 points and the Grizzlies beat Los ...

Olympics Coach Commits Suicide After Being Charged

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them, authorities ...

Bieber Eager To Talk New Contract with Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber hopes to be talking about a new contract with the Cleveland Indians as soon as possible — maybe even this spring. They don’t seem to be in quite the same rush. Earlier this week, Bieber — who at just 25 led the majors in wins, ERA ...

Ohio State Fans Will Pay More For Access to Buy Best Tickets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State fans who want to buy season tickets for some of the best seats at home football games will pay extra for that access beginning in 2022 to help fund athletic scholarships. University trustees approved a new tiered ticket plan Thursday to require a per-seat ...

West Liberty Clinches MEC North Title

WEST LIBERTY —West Liberty coach Ben Howlett knew going into Wednesday’s big matchup against No. 24 Fairmont State, the Falcons were going to playing their third game in five days. The main focus was simple: pressure them. Mission accomplished. The No. 20 Hilltoppers shot a blistering 64% ...

St. Clairsville’s ‘Fab 5’ Places Eighth At State Swim Meet

CANTON — The St. Clairsville ‘Fab 5’ of swimming put forth a performance that will be forever remembered Wednesday evening inside the Branin Natatorium in the shadows of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at McKinley High School. Competing in a school-record eight events, the Red Devils ...

Indy Hands Nailers Fifth Straight Setback

WHEELING — The Nailers dropped their fifth straight contest on Wednesday night inside WesBanco Arena. This time it came against familiar foe and division front-runner, the Indy Fuel (19-4-1), by a 4-1 count. The Fuel entered the game having earned two straight shutouts and Dan Bakala ...

Steelers Plan On Big Ben’s Return in 2021

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers plan on having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back for an 18th season. Team president Art Rooney II released a statement Wednesday saying he and Roethlisberger have met to figure out a way to ease the financial pressure caused by Roethlisberger’s ...

Hayes Looks To Build Off Rookie Year

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer The numbers were eye-popping. At least, they were eye-popping to everyone except Ke’Bryan Hayes. His ability to handle his business at third base was never in doubt. Winning three Gold Gloves in the minors offered all the proof required. Yet there were ...

Williamson Leads Pelicans to Win

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson scored 32 points in his first game since being named a first-time All-Star, and New Orleans beat Detroit 128-118 on Wednesday night. HORNETS 124 SUNS 121 PHOENIX (AP) — Malik Monk scored 29 points, LaMelo Ball added 20 points and Charlotte cooled off ...

Lightning Too Fierce for Canes

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ross Colton scored in his NHL debut and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves in Tampa Bay’s 3-0 victory over Carolina on Wednesday. MAPLE LEAFS 2 FLAMES 1, OT TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander tied it with 1:28 left in regulation and scored 1:06 into overtime to lift ...

Arkansas Tops Alabama, 81-66

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Freshman Jaylin Williams scored 10 of his season-high 13 points during a decisive run and No. 20 Arkansas beat sixth-ranked Alabama 81-66 on Wednesday night. No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 88, MIAMI 71 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Sardaar Calhoun scored a career-high 16 ...

Sherman, Culver Lead West Virginia Past TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — West Virginia finished the road portion of its schedule strong. Taz Sherman scored 23 points, Derek Culver had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the No. 10 Mountaineers beat TCU 74-66 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight road win. West Virginia’s three-game ...

Tiger Woods Seriously Injured In Car Crash

By STEFANIE DAZIO and DOUG FERGUSON Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods was in the driver’s seat of a mangled SUV that rolled and ended up on its side down a steep roadway in the Los Angeles suburbs Tuesday morning, seatbelt still fastened, both legs seriously injured. He ...