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Penguins come back, but fall in OT

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taylor Hall beat Matt Murray on a breakaway 27 seconds into overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. Hall was all alone when Nico Hischier found him with a long lead pass. Hall then slipped the puck between ...

Mountaineers run ends with tough loss to Villanova

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BOSTON (AP) — Villanova’s 3-point party rolled past the pressure of West Virginia to bring the Wildcats to the doorstep of another Final Four two seasons after winning a national championship. The top-seeded Wildcats continued their outside feast, downing the fifth-seeded Mountaineers ...

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Big Red boosters to meet The Big Red Boosters Club will meet on Moday at 6 p.m. at the Harding Stadium Field House. All are welcome. Memberships available Hendrick signs Axalta to extension CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hendrick Motorsports got a little bit of breathing room Friday in its ...

Early Bird gets the worm

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Spring is here and so is the track and field season, starting Saturday with the Steubenville Early Bird Invitiational at Harding Stadium. STEUBENVILLE Steubenville comes in with some returners and a lot of youth. Big Red sent a handful to the state meet in Columbus a season ago, and hopes ...

Pirates retooled for 2018

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PITTSBURGH — Depending on the person asked in the clubhouse, the Pittsburgh Pirates are rebuilding. Or they’re not. They’re retooling. Or they’re not. They’re pointing toward 2019 and beyond. Or they’re focused on the here and now. The next six months will offer a chance at ...

Indians aiming to end Series drought

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CLEVELAND — For any other team, a historic 22-game winning streak, 102 victories, second straight division title and playoff appearance would be worth celebrating. Not the Cleveland Indians, who remain unsatisfied, yet undeterred after consecutive postseason collapses. “We’re going ...

LeBron, Cavs send message with victory over Raptors

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CLEVELAND — The drama has included turmoil and trades, head-scratching losses, infighting, injuries and illness. Cleveland’s stormy season seems extracted from the script of a scandalous TV soap opera — “All My Cavaliers.” But just when it looked as if LeBron James and this group ...

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WVU-Villanova bet is on CHARLESTON — U.S. senators from West Virginia and Pennsylvania have made a friendly wager on the upcoming NCAA Sweet 16 matchup between West Virginia University and Villanova. Democrat Joe Manchin is offering pepperoni rolls from Chico’s Bakery in Morgantown if ...

Crosby’s big night leads Pens

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby doesn’t really have an explanation for how he does what he does. He just does it. So if you’re looking for clarity on how the Pittsburgh Penguins star managed to knock a pass from Jake Guentzel out of the air , deflect it forward to the front of his stick ...

Pirates happy to again have versatile Rodriguez

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has a fondness for Sean Rodriguez, who has played every position except pitcher and catcher during his 10-year big league career. “He’s played all those positions well,” Hurdle said. “You don’t find too many guys that ...

Hall will not use Wahoo for Thome, future Indians

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members. In a statement, the Hall said Wednesday that it “concurs with the commissioner’s sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of ...

Royal decree: LeBron scores 35, carries Cavs past Raptors

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The standings show the Eastern Conference’s top team plays in Canada. The best player remains in Cleveland, Ohio. LeBron James reminded Toronto he’s king. Playing without five teammates and his coach, James scored 35 points and added 17 assists, his last setting up ...

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Goodwin is Ohio Mr. Basketball COLUMBUS — Upper Arlington High School senior Dane Goodwin was named Ohio Mr. Basketball Wednesday by a statewide media panel. A 6-foot-5 senior, Goodwin averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds for the District finalist Golden Bears. A four-year starter, he set ...

Penguins stranded by Islanders, now four points behind

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NEW YORK — Mathew Barzal and Adam Pelech scored in the first period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday night. Anders Lee had a goal in the third period and Jordan Eberle added an empty-netter to help the Islanders snap a three-game skid with ...

Cervelli working healthier

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Francisco Cervelli has one primary personal goal this season — stay healthy. The Pittsburgh Pirates catcher was limited to 81 games last year. A concussion landed him on the disabled list twice in June and he was also sidelined by left wrist inflammation before his ...

With new coach, Ohio State creates season to remember

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COLUMBUS — All indications were that this would be another forgettable year for Ohio State basketball. Coming off two disappointing seasons, the Buckeyes had the same core of players but a new coach in Chris Holtmann , who did his best in the preseason to tamp down expectations. But ...

Madonna’s first win comes easy

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WEIRTON — The Madonna baseball team bounced back from a loss to Oak Glen Saturday in a big way Monday night, thumping Hundred 34-0 in a mercy-rule-shortened game of just four and a half innings that took more than two and a half hours to complete. While the bats exploded, the pitching was ...

Darkness halts Weir High’s softball opener

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WEIRTON — There were some good, bad and ugly moments in the Weir High softball team’s opener against East Fairmont Monday, but ultimately darkness prevailed for the time being. Weir led three times, but the Red Riders (0-0) ended up surrendering the lead all three times to the Bees. ...