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Alimario comes back, helps lift Madonna in Class A semifinal

WEIRTON — Andrea Alimario’s night got off to a rough start, but its ending could not have been any sweeter. The Madonna senior went down with an injury with 1:19 to go in the first quarter while driving to the basket. She walked off the pain, however, and ended up with a double-double to ...

Pilots soar past Catholic Central in Class 2A semifinal, 69-50

HANNIBAL — River’s goal of a Class 2A repeat remains achievable following Monday’s 69-50 victory over Catholic Central in the semifinals of the 12th-annual Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Tournament. The Pilots (16-4), the second seed in the event, will square off Saturday on the ...

Buckeye Trail overcomes long trip to stop Weir High

WEIRTON — Buckeye Trail coach Chris Starr was concerned that his girls might get off the bus after a longer trip than they are used to from Old Washington and come out flat against the Weir High girls Monday night. But, his worries disappeared after his girls took control just three ...

Big Red stops Monroe Central with improbable fourth

STEUBENVILLE — A bad all-around game appeared to doom the Steubenville girls basketball team against Monroe Central, but Big Red woke up in the nick of time. Makayla Abram, who collected a game-high 19 points, sank two free throws with 11.5 seconds left to lift Big Red to an improbable ...

Bowman hits 1,000-point mark during Brooke’s win

WELLSBURG — Brooke senior notched her 1,000th career point during the Bruins’ 61-35 victory over Toronto on Monday in an OVAC consolation game. Bowman finished with a game-high 30 points. Chloe Fox followed her with 12 points, while Emilee Knorr added nine. For the Red Knights, Kendall ...

Crazy intro over, Pens newcomers McCann, Bjugstad settle in

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It wasn’t the hastily arranged private plane ride from Miami to Pittsburgh. Or the police escort from the airport to PPG Paints Arena. It wasn’t the sight of a black-and-gold jersey with his name on the back hanging in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ locker room. It wasn’t ...

No. 18 Texas Tech routs WVU

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Brandone Francis scored a season-high 16 points and No. 18 Texas Tech overwhelmed cold-shooting West Virginia 81-50 on Monday night. The Red Raiders (18-5, 6-4 Big 12), who lost four of their previous five Big 12 games, took control with a 13-0 run midway through the ...

Patriots tie Steelers with sixth Super Bowl victory, beat Rams

ATLANTA — Defenses dominated what was supposed to be a super shootout until Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the New England Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl. Brady threw two perfect passes to Rob Gronkowski to set up rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard score — the only ...

Ohio Eastern District girls tournament

CAMBRIDGE — Seedings and pairings for the 2019 Ohio Eastern District girls basketball tournament were announced Sunday. Indian Creek earned the second seed in Division II. Steve Eft and his state-ranked Redskins will open tournament play on Feb. 20 with a home game against 13th-seeded Philo. ...

COLUMN: Penguins’ missing piece is youth

Last Feb. 23, Penguins’ general manager Jim Rutherford made the move many people, myself included, thought was going to lead to a three-peat. Not even a full calender year later, the big get is gone, and perhaps the chances of a third Stanley Cup in four years are better for it. Who ...

Fans bet on Super Bowl in multiple states for first time

LAS VEGAS — Football fans bet legally on the Super Bowl from states other than Nevada for the first time Sunday, with the excitement spreading from Las Vegas to as far as Rhode Island. Sunday’s big game was the first major sporting event for sportsbooks in a handful of states that opened ...

Fowler overcomes strange triple bogey to capture Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Standing above a greenside bunker at TPC Scottsdale’s difficult par-4 11th hole, Rickie Fowler turned just in time to see his ball, one he had just placed after penalty, trickle into the water. Fowler had already seen his share of bad luck at the Phoenix Open. Now ...

Big 12 race heats up heading into final month

Kansas made a late-season push to clinch its record 14th straight Big 12 title a year ago. The Jayhawks may need a similar run to make it 15 in a row. The Big 12 race has tightened up heading into the final month of the regular season, with five teams within a game of the lead. The ...

Pats’ defense stifles Goff, Rams’ offense

ATLANTA (AP) — For most of the season the New England Patriots have been creatures of habit on defense, sticking to their principles and making just enough plays to win. They were much more than that Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams. The Patriots battered and bewildered ...

Patriots’ Edelman wins Super Bowl MVP

ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Edelman was forced to watch only as a spectator as his disappointed Patriots teammates trudged off the field a year ago as Super Bowl losers. Catch after catch in this one, Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver helped make them winners again. Edelman had 10 receptions ...

Briefs

Big Red Boosters meeting today STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. today inside the Harding Stadium Fieldhouse. Head football coach Reno Saccoccia will be in attendance to answer questions regarding the upcoming season. All are welcome and memberships are ...

Weir High completes season sweep of Brooke

WEIRTON — Twelve players cracked the scoring column Saturday night, as Weir High rode a hot start to a big 97-36 victory over arch-rival Brooke inside the Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse. Four of those players reached double figures, and two more just missed as Mike Granato’s club improved to ...

Lady Blue Dons continue dominate play at home, defeat No. 3 Magnolia

WEIRTON — Junior Kennedy Martin put the Madonna girls basketball team on her back in the first half, scoring 19 of her game-high 22 points to lead the fifth-ranked Blue Dons to a convincing 69-38 win over No. 3 Magnolia Saturday afternoon inside the Bill Barrett Gymnasium. The Blue Dons ...

Multiple Brooke swimmers headed to state

WELLSBURG — The Wheeling Park boys’ 400 relay team put a stamp on back-to-back Region 1 championships for the Patriots on Saturday with a win in the final event. The team of Charles Schellhase, Alexander Dague, Manaved Kuttan and Caleb Lucas finished at a time of 3:29.38 to punch its ...