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Former Big Red wrestler says congressman lied

COLUMBUS — An Ohio congressman isn’t being truthful when asserting he was unaware of allegations that a now-dead team doctor was abusing athletes, according to two former university wrestlers. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a former standout college wrestler at the University of Wisconsin and ...

Holt’s offense stringing together

WHEELING — When Scott Holt and his Cameron coaching staff sat down to pick their quarterbacks and running backs for the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game, they sought versatility. As he spent time looking up and down his roster, the West Virginia head coach believes they found exactly ...

LeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour show

LOS ANGELES — From George Mikan to Kobe Bryant, superstars have been the Lakers’ lifeblood for decades. LeBron James is already the biggest star of his generation, and he followed a familiar path to Los Angeles’ bright lights when he decided to sign with the Lakers as a free ...

Sharapova, Kvitova beaten at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — These are not the sorts of matches Maria Sharapova is supposed to lose, letting lead after lead slip away Tuesday against a qualifier ranked 132nd — and in the first round of Wimbledon, no less. Then again, at this edition of The Championships, as they prefer to call the ...

Nothing goes right for Pirates in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Already in line to start his third career All-Star Game and first since 2012, Matt Kemp is keeping up a torrid pace. Kemp tied a career high with five hits, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back homers to highlight a six-run fourth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers ...

Loyalty means little to athletes

The perfect game. An unassisted triple play. Three-peats. One for the thumb. A perfect season. The Pittsburgh Steelers changing head coaches. What is the rarest feat in sports? Loyalty. Ever since free agency became a thing, loyalty began going down the drain. It’s reached a point ...

Lindor knocks in career-high 7 RBIs, backs up Kluber in Indians’ victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Francisco Lindor had an exceptional Monday after a very good Sunday. Lindor homered twice, including a grand slam, and finished with a career-high seven RBIs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Monday night. On Sunday, he had two doubles and ...

Cleveland hurting after LeBron chooses Lakers

CLEVELAND — LeBron James jerseys in assorted colors hung inside the Cavaliers team shop, their retail price slashed by 40 percent. Eight years ago, some of them were still smoldering in the streets. The day after James announced he is leaving Cleveland as a free agent for the second time ...

Cavs owner praises LeBron, promises to retire his jersey

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert didn’t trash LeBron James on his way out of town this time. Instead, he promised to retire his jersey. Eight years after he famously criticized James for leaving as a free agent in a letter, Gilbert thanked the superstar for coming back to ...

Indian Creek Pinto all-stars win challenge

The Indian Creek Pinto all-stars won the Oak Glen Pinto Challenge held in Chester. The team includes, from left, front, Santino Auteri, Garrin Clark, Luke Bryan, Aiden Daugherty, David Pawelczyk, Caleb Lyons; middle, Alex Bomerscheim, Franko Frabbro, Luke Day, Phoenyx Vines, Adam Brothers; ...

Briefs

MF to hold Pinto All-Star tourney MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Civics will hold a Pinto Classic All-Star Baseball Tournament from July 25-29. Entry fee is $200 with three games guaranteed, pool play into single elimination. Skill competitions also will be held in three categories: ...

Moran’s blast helps lift Pirates

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Colin Moran isn’t big on showing emotion, so he took it in stride after hitting his second grand slam of the season. Manager Clint Hurdle, though, put the feat in perspective. “Two grand slams in a year is pretty cool. Some guys don’t hit one their whole ...

Tourney honors Cynthia Phillipson

STEUBENVILLE — The fourth-annual Cynthia Rose Phillipson Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for July 14 at the Cadiz Country Club. The event, a four-person scramble, will begin with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The cost is $75 per golfer. Phillipson, then a freshman at Catholic Central High ...

Steubenville, St. Clairsville battle to split

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Former Chicago Cubs hall of fame shortstop Ernie Banks would have loved Sunday. As Mr. Cub would’ve said, “It’s a great day to play two.” Jefferson County Teramana Post 33 and St. Clairsville Post 159 did just that on the sun-splashed Memorial Park diamond, with ...

Toronto, Barnesville each win one

TORONTO — The Toronto Post 86 Legion baseball team shook off a shaky start against Barnesville Post 168 to come away with a hard-fought victory. Post 168 plated three runs in the top of the first, but Post 86 rallied, and Toronto scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning to ...

LA-Bron: James says yes to deal with Lakers

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joining one of the league’s most ...

Busch wins in Chicago in wild end

JOLIET, Ill. — Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson raced all over the track during an electric final lap. As Busch began to celebrate his dramatic victory, Larson gave him a thumb’s up. It was quite a finish, and they knew it. Busch outdueled Larson down the stretch Sunday in the NASCAR Cup ...

Lindor leads Indians to romp

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians reached double digits, and then some. Lindor homered and hit two of the Indians’ 11 doubles Sunday as they ended the Oakland Athletics’ six-game winning streak with a 15-3 romp. “It was really good,” Lindor said. ...

Toronto Post 86 blazes past Coshocton

TORONTO — A fast start made the difference for the Toronto Post 86 Legion baseball team. Post 86 plated 11 runs in the first three innings, and Toronto held on to defeat Coshocton Post 65, 11-7, on a scorching Saturday at the Knights Baseball Complex. “It is a nice day if you ask me,” ...

Holt in charge of WV team

WHEELING — The Cameron Dragons put forth a season to remember last fall. The coaching staff — and several of the players — is now reaping the rewards. After guiding the Dragons to a 9-1 regular season, an OVAC title and berth in the Class A playoffs, the Dragons’ mentors will now ...