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Nutting: Pirates had ‘step back’ in ’16, but talent is there

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BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates missed the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, but that won’t cause chairman Bob Nutting to abandon the team’s steady, build-from-within approach. “We have not embraced, as many teams have, that you have to go in cycles and ...

Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion, right, and Carlos Santana, left, laugh at the team's baseball spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Cleveland a booming bat

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland’s main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team’s newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on his head, Encarnacion signed ...

West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) looks to make a pass while being guarded by Texas guard Kendal Yancy (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated Texas 77-62. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

Mountaineers take care of Longhorns

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MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins fell to his knees and clutched his chest during a scary moment just before halftime. West Virginia players picked up their coach, got him to the bench and made his job easier by maintaining a comfortable lead the rest of the way Monday night. Jevon Carter had 24 ...

Optimism in high gear at Daytona for NASCAR’s top teams

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR’s top teams. Teamwork at Joe Gibbs Racing appears as solid as ever despite adding rookie Daniel Suarez to the mix, evidenced by Denny Hamlin, Suarez, Matt Kenseth and ...

How often have athletes snubbed the White House?

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The routine is familiar. The president makes a few bad jokes. The championship-winning team presents the leader of the free world with a personalized jersey. Everyone smiles for the cameras. Nothing political about that, right? Not exactly. In a divided nation, everything is ...

High school lineup

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Today Boys basketball Buckeye Local at Edison, 6 p.m. New Philadelphia at Steubenville, 6 p.m. West Virginia Sectionals Class AA Oak Glen at Fairmont Senior, 7 p.m. Wednesday Girls basketball Ohio Division II John Glenn at Buckeye Local, 7 p.m. Indian Creek at Cambridge, 7 ...

Ohio State band member’s field-goal bet leads to tryout

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COLUMBUS — At first, all Austin Brizee wanted was a free Chipotle meal. Now there’s a chance the Ohio State junior could realize a dream not even he thought possible. On Dec. 27, just after Ohio State’s marching band had finished practice inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, ...

Getting his kicks?

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COLUMBUS — At first, all Austin Brizee wanted was a free Chipotle meal. Now there’s a chance the Ohio State junior could realize a dream not even he thought possible. On Dec. 27, just after Ohio State’s marching band had finished practice inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, ...

Indians eye title after ’16 run

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland’s training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. “American League Champions 2016,” it says. The Indians have some ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby prepares for a face off in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. The Red Wings won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tatar, Vanek lead Red Wings past Penguins

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PITTSBURGH — Admittedly not where they want to be in the standings, the Detroit Red Wings still have plenty of fight left. That much was evident this weekend with back-to-back wins against two of the NHL’s best teams. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek scored early third-period goals to lead the ...