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Tri-State softball signups WINTERSVILLE — Tri-State Girls Softball League signups will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Crossroads Church. Cost for the first child is $50, while it costs $45 for the second. The league is for children ages ...

Penguins put out Flames in overtime

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan would love to point to a coaching tactic or some semblance of strategy that explains why the Pittsburgh Penguins are so good in overtime. Only Sullivan can’t. He’s been coaching long enough to know that when there are six just men on the ice and his team ...

Polanco ready to fulfill his potential

BRADENTON, Fla. — Gregory Polanco thought the best way to boost his power numbers was by bulking up his body. The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder quickly found out last year that was not the case. He said he “didn’t feel right” at the beginning of spring training and throughout the ...

Nance shines as Cavs rout Pistons

CLEVELAND — As Larry Nance Sr. waited in the hallway following the best game of his son’s career, the former All-Star was approached by a young Cavaliers fan. “I’m not Larry Nance Sr.,” he said, reaching down to shake hands with the youngster. “I’m Larry Nance Jr.’s ...

O’Dell is tough enough, wins light heavyweight title

Mingo Junction’s Andrew O’Dell competes against Alexander Quinn of Jacobsburg for the light heavyweight title during the 38th-annual Ohio Valley Toughman Contest on Saturday at WesBanco Arena. O’Dell won by unanimous decision.

Brantley progressing in recovery from ankle surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley knows all about the grind of recovering from a major injury. Way too much about the slow process back to the field. At least this time around, he gets to put that experience to good use. The 30-year-old Brantley has ...

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Tri-State softball signups WINTERSVILLE — Tri-State Girls Softball League signups will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Crossroads Church. Cost for the first child is $50, while it costs $45 for the second. The league is for ...

Harvick dominates in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — From his dynamic opening laps to his comfortable cruise to the checkered flag, Kevin Harvick was the safest bet in Sin City this weekend. Harvick’s air of inevitability increased with each lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, and the rest of the NASCAR Cup field ...

Texas stops WVU women in Big 12 tourney

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jatarie White scored 11 points to help No. 7 Texas beat West Virginia 68-55 in a Big 12 semifinal on Sunday. Ariel Atkins, Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton each scored 10 points for the Longhorns (26-5), who have won 11 of 12. Naomi Davenport scored 17 points and ...

Harrison breaks spring slump for Pirates

Josh Harrison had two hits after an 0-for-9 start for Pittsburgh. Jameson Taillon made his second start for the Pirates and pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as the Pirates stopped the Twins 9-3 Sunday in spring training action. Minnesota ace Jose Berrios ...

Mickelson finally gets a win

MEXICO CITY — Phil Mickelson knew this was coming, even when he had so little to show for it. Mickelson had gone 101 tournaments around the world since he last won at Muirfield in the 2013 British Open, which moved him to No. 2 in the world and gave him the third leg of the career Grand ...

Michigan gets Big Ten title by stopping Purdue

NEW YORK — The tenacious 6-foot point guard his coach calls a “pit bull” drove right to the basket, but instead of putting up the hook shot he usually goes to Zavier Simpson instead whipped a pass to the backup big man who became a Michigan folk hero at Madison Square Garden on ...

Ohio State women win Big Ten title

INDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State Buckeyes knew that if they were going to take home the Big Ten championship trophy, they were going to have to beat a team that had never lost in the conference tournament. Challenge accepted. Championship won. For the first time in four years, the confetti ...

Night of champions

UHRICHSVILLE — The Steubenville wrestling team wanted to get back on top of the podium at Saturday’s Division II district tournament at Claymont High School after coming in second to Beaver Local at the sectional hosted by Big Red a week ago. It did just that by taking the top spot, while ...

Steubenville’s comeback attempt falls short in double overtime

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Steubenville boys basketball team’s season came to a heartbreaking end inside New Philadelphia’s Quaker Dome on Saturday with a 79-75 double overtime loss in the Division II East 1 District sectional championship. “It’s a heartbreaker,” Steubenville coach ...

Playoff formats must change

Everybody growing up loving and watching pro sports knows about divisions, conferences, leagues, etc. We know it like the back of our hand. It’s all we know as far as playoff seedings are concerned and how good or terrible teams are. Yeah, well, it’s time for a change. Recent talks ...

Edison’s Pappas punches ticket to state tournament

HEATH — Martins Ferry’s Drake Dobson and Hunter Bodkin (285) each won Division III Eastern District wrestling championships Saturday night, and the Purple Riders placed third out of 55 teams with 106 points behind Nelsonville-York (175) and Galion Nortmor (117). “The kids wrestled well ...

EAST DISTRICT GIRLS/BOYS ALL-STAR BASKETBALL TEAMS

GIRLS Division I First Team: Alivia Bash, Dresden Tri-Valley, 5-8, sr., 9.5; Kyndal Howe, Dresden Tri-Valley, 5-10, so., 9.8. Special Mention: Audrey Spiker, Dresden Tri-Valley; Laiken Little, Dresden, Tri-Valley. Division II First Team: Lilly Ritz, Cambridge, 6-2, sr., 20.0; Aaliyah ...