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Excitement High As West Virginia Roughriders Set to Open Camp in Wheeling

By JOSH STROPE Sports Editor WHEELING — Indoor football will be back in Wheeling in a little more than three weeks. Excitement is high, especially for owner/general manager Gregg Fornario, as the season — and Wheeling — opener takes place March 23 against the Burgh Defenders. “We ...

Corey Dickerson Goes 1-for-3 in Spring Training Debut for Pittsburgh Pirates

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson was 1-for-3 with a single in three at-bats in his first spring training game for the Pittsburgh Pirates, an 8-6 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday. Dickerson and Adam Frazier are among players being eased into game action. “We’re trying some ...

Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies Agree to Record $330M Deal

NEW YORK (AP) — It took a long time and a lot of money, but the Philadelphia Phillies finally landed Bryce Harper with a record contract. The young star outfielder and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. Harper’s agent, ...

James Harden Scores 58 As Houston Rockets Defeat Miami Heat

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 58 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds and the Houston Rockets overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat 121-118 on Thursday night. Harden made 8 of 18 3-pointers and was 16 of 32 overall from the field and 18 of 18 on free throws. He ...

New York Islanders Down Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 Thursday night in former captain John Tavares’ first time back as a visiting player. Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Islanders, who had ...

Busch Brothers Are Heading NASCAR’s West Coast Swing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Busch Brothers lead NASCAR into its three-race West Coast swing coming off another set of accomplishments that have established them among the all-time greats of the sport. The Las Vegas natives return home as two of the headliners of NASCAR’s young season. Kyle ...

Jhonattan Vegas Shoots 64 To Take Lead at Honda Classic After First Round

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A year ago at The Honda Classic, Jhonattan Vegas made seven birdies all week. He’s off to a much better start this time. Vegas made six birdies and no bogeys Thursday, shooting a 6-under 64 to open a two-stroke lead after the first round. Lucas Glover ...

Jason Witten Rejoining Dallas Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Witten said the hardest thing about deciding to retire nine months ago was leaving football without winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys. The 36-year-old tight end is giving it another shot. Witten announced Thursday he is coming out of retirement and ...

Hilltoppers Win 2nd Straight MEC Title

WEST LIBERTY — Although they already had a share of the Mountain East Conference regular season title, one thing was certain — Coach Ben Howlett and his West Liberty men’s basketball team wanted it all to themselves. And what a way to win it outright. Down 98-96 to Notre Dame after ...

West Liberty Women Top Notre Dame College, 107-92

WEST LIBERTY — On occasions when one team is playing its game up to a T, adversity can come and take a nice bite. However, when adversity strikes, teams that know how to win, know how to respond. The West Liberty women’s basketball team experienced that Wednesday against Notre Dame ...

Urbana Snaps Wheeling Jesuit University’s Three-Game Win Streak

WHEELING — All winning streaks eventually come to an end. For the upstart Wheeling Jesuit University men’s basketball team, Wednesday proved their night of reckoning. Coach John Peckinpaugh’s vastly improved charges saw their three-game streak end in painful fashion, dropping a 95-93 ...

15-0 Run Keys John Marshall Past Brooke

MOUNDSVILLE — The final score read: John Marshall 75, Brooke 45. A blowout anyway you slice it. But for the first 16 minutes, it was anything but. Struggling Brooke led after one quarter and was down three at halftime. But the second half was all Monarchs, including a 15-0 run in the third ...

Shadyside Tigers Top Beallsville Blue Devils, 50-43

MARTINS FERRY — For the first time since 2012, Shadyside finds itself on the brink of the ‘Sweet 16.’ Getting to this point wasn’t easy and Tigers coach Serge Gentile realizes what lies ahead won’t be easy either. Shadyside fought off a strong challenge from a solid Beallsville ...

Garaway No Match for Bellaire Big Red Girls in Ohio District Action

NEW CONCORD — Bellaire’s recipe for success all season has consisted of a suffocating defense sprinkled with a dash of balanced offense. That winning formula worked again Tuesday night, as the Big Reds slayed one of the district’s storied programs on a big stage. Led by 18 points each ...