Local Sports

Cavs hoping to avoid trip back to Toronto

The unthinkable has happened before. Conference semifinals, 2010, Boston vs. Philadelphia: Boston wins the first two games at home, then goes into Philadelphia to capture Game 3 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Undeterred, Philadelphia won in seven games to reach the Eastern ...

Yankees sweep Indians

NEW YORK — Move over, Mickey Mantle. Gleyber Torres is the latest Yankees phenom earning his pinstripes right off the bat. On a day when hits were hard to come by in the Bronx, the rookie second baseman became the youngest Yankees player to hit a walk-off homer , a three-run shot in the ...

Harvick takes the checkered flag at Dover for fourth win

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was flanked by his Stewart-Haas Racing team on the victory lane stage when a photographer yelled at the group, “What are you holding up?” “Four!” they shouted in unison. Harvick, team owner Tony Stewart and the rest flashed their fingers Four ...

Wildcats ground Jets to win tournament opener

RICHMOND — When it comes to tournament time, how one wins is not as important as simply finding a way to get the win and staying alive. Finding a way is exactly what the Edison baseball team did, despite its struggles at the plate. The second-seeded Wildcats stranded runners in four ...

Crusaders put it all together in tourney opener Saturday

MINGO JUNCTION — Back in March, Don Young said he wanted his Steubenville Catholic Central baseball team to “be at its best when the tournament starts.” Based on the results of Saturday’s Division IV sectional opener, Young may have achieved his goal. The Crusaders used strong ...

Anderson’s performance in the circle and at the plate leads Red Knights

TORONTO — The No. 2 seed Toronto softball team opened the postseason in grand fashion against No. 15 seed Shenandoah as the Red Knights received several strong performances. Toronto tallied multiple runs in each inning it bad as the Red Knights defeated the Zeps, 21-2, in ...

Claymont’s Lesiecki shuts down Creek

MINGO JUNCTION — Coach Mike Cottis was spot on when he said Saturday’s Division II East 2 sectional game between his Indian Creek Redskins and Claymont “came down to pitching.” Michael Lesiecki tossed a three-hitter as 17th-seeded Claymont left the John Muth Recreational Complex with ...

Central boys win OVAC crown

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The dust has finally settled. After three rigorous days of competition, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference crowned its final champions of the 2017-18 school year Saturday afternoon. The Cal Giffin OVAC Track and Field Championships wrapped up their week-long stay at St. ...

Three Wheeling teams have a big day at girls OVAC track championships

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The quest to become an OVAC Track and Field champion turned into a reality Saturday afternoon. The week-long Cal Giffin OVAC Track and Field Championship concluded under ideal conditions, in front of a large turnout at Red Devil Stadium. The bulk of the team hardware if ...

Oak Glen doubles pairs win at AA/A Regionals

WHEELING — Magnolia coach Jesse Robinson was in tears. Her tennis team celebrated with a big group hug on the same tennis court where not many people were giving it a chance. A tennis team that was dormant four years ago was revived and the Blue Eagles pulled off the stunner of the weekend, ...

Braun’s double lifts Brewers over Pirates

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, helping the Milwaukee Brewers top the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night. Braun, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, drove a pitch from George Kontos (2-3) to the center-field wall to score ...

Yanks win for 14th time in 15 games by beating Indians 5-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Gray has learned to just say yes when he sees Austin Romine behind the plate. Gray made his second straight strong start and won for the first time in a month, boosting the New York Yankees over the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Saturday for their 14th win in 15 games. “I ...

Caps win, Pens coming home on brink

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 4:38 remaining, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 in Game 5 Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the second-round series and put the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions ...

He The North: LeBron James’ bank right at the buzzer downs Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James banked in a running one-hander at the buzzer, giving Cleveland a 105-103 win over Toronto on Saturday night in Game 3 and shoving the Raptors to the edge of their most devastating playoff exit. After the Raptors tied it on rookie OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer with ...

Big Red, Wildcats stranded at Jefferson Lake State Park

RICHMOND — With two outs and a runner on third base in the top of the fifth inning, the rain finally prevailed Friday evening at Jefferson Lake State Park. Steubenville and Edison were trying to get a last tune-up in before tournament action begins today. The teams made it to through the ...

Creek’s Cooper hits for the cycle in big win at Toronto

TORONTO — Indian Creek leadoff hitter Rachel Cooper did more than just set the table for the Redskins as the senior had a day she will never forget. Cooper was a perfect 5-for-5 on the day — inluding hitting for the cycle — she produced five RBIs, scored four runs and stole a base to ...

Trotz’s move in chess match

Now that Mike Sullivan and Barry Trotz have matched wits in a playoff series for three consecutive years, they harbor very few secrets. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals know each other inside-out from 17 postseason games since 2016. The coaches are very familiar with the ...

LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

CLEVELAND — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what’s happening again to the Toronto Raptors. The fadeaway. With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits before sinking one fadeaway after the ...

Mayfield confident quarterback competition won’t divide Browns

BEREA (AP) — Baker Mayfield intends to conquer, not divide. Although drafted by the win-starved Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick to be their quarterback of the future, Mayfield said Friday he plans to be a leader from the outset even if he doesn’t start as a rookie. Tyrod ...

Weir baseball wins third straight city championship

WEIRTON — Weir High was on a roller coaster ride Thursday, losing a substantial early lead to Madonna in the annual city championship game, then coming back in the sixth inning to win a third city title in a row by a score of 12-9 before the largest crowd of the year at Ed Bowman Field. The ...