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Perkins named OVAC Coach of the Year

TORONTO — Brian Perkins etched his name into illustrious company last June when he led the Toronto baseball team to the Division IV state baseball championship. Thursday evening, he joined another illustrious club. The personable Red Knights skipper was announced as the 2020 winner of the ...

Elimination of onside kick tabled

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The ...

Chase Elliott ends week of misery with victory at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR’s grueling return to racing finally ended with a Cup victory for Chase Elliott. Elliott raced to his first win of the season Thursday night in the rain-delayed event at Charlotte Motor Speedway to close a frantic 12 days for NASCAR. The event, postponed ...

Boston Marathon canceled

BOSTON — Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and even another pandemic. The ...

Fitzpatrick: Modified schedule could be to Steelers’ advantage

PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is missing the somewhat leisurely pace of the NFL’s organized team activities, when free time in the evenings allows teammates to develop the chemistry the Steelers safety considers critical to success. “You’re learning about each other and how each ...

Rain delays Cup Series race at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — Rain washed out the Cup Series race Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway — a slight break for NASCAR teams taxed by a grueling return to racing. The race was rescheduled for 7 p.m. today, which in turn forced NASCAR to move the Xfinity Series race scheduled for ...

NHL looks for ‘hub cities’ to host playoffs

Concerns about Canadian coronavirus restrictions could push hockey south of the 49th parallel into the U.S. this summer. Seven of the 10 locations the NHL has zeroed in on to hold playoff games if it resumes are American cities not restricted by Canada’s 14-day mandatory quarantine upon ...

Quieter Mayfield knows 2020 crucial to his NFL future

Baker Mayfield went back to his roots during this strange offseason, a time he’s used to reflect and forget a season that didn’t go well for the Browns’ brash quarterback. He’s also worked on his golf game. “I’ve always been a high-effort guy,” he said. “I am swinging hard ...

Bodnar to continue career at Notre Dame College

STEUBENVILLE — Keith Bodnar had an outstanding wrestling career at Steubenville Big Red. He hopes to do the same at the next level. Bodnar, a four-year regular on the mat for head coach Mike Blackburn, recently announced he will attend NCAA Division II powerhouse Notre Dame College, which ...

Tuttle heading for Bloomsburg University of Pa.

STEUBENVILLE — Keeping the tradition alive. Steubenville High School had four recent graduates wrestling at the NCAA Division I level last season. This year there will be five competing. David Tuttle, a four-year standout on the mat and the football field, has announced he will attend ...

Tennis club calls off camps, West Virginia Open

WHEELING — With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club has made changes to its typical summer schedule of events. “Unfortunately, we have had to make some difficult decisions. After much consideration, the Board of Directors has canceled the 2020 WOTC ...

NHL moving forward with 24-team postseason

The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ ...

Grishkevich sinks hole-in-one

WELLSBURG — Mitch Grishkevich of Follansbee scored a hole-in-one while golfing Sunday at the Highland Springs Golf Course. Grishkevich used a 7-iron to record his ace on the par-3, No. 17 hole. Witnesses were Dave Diremigio and Tony Weishner.

NHL plans move to small-group training as Phase 2 of return

TORONTO — The NHL hopes to have players back in team facilities soon -- with plenty of precautions. The league, which paused its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a memo Monday saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its ...

PGA, NFL stars attract nearly 6 million viewers

ATLANTA — Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV. Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity” attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf ...

Charitable runs, walks learn to adapt to crowd limits

PITTSBURGH — The coronavirus pandemic has forced charities or nonprofit groups to cancel or postpone an untold number of walks and runs that raise money for everything from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s. There is, however, room to evolve. When the Arthritis Foundation’s Pittsburgh ...

Americans finding ways to stay active while keeping distance

Vicki L. Friedman always wanted to play golf with her adult sons but until this spring couldn’t find time to learn the game and practice. Shaun Warkentin was looking for a diversion when his young sons tired of jumping on the backyard trampoline and being indoors. He discovered the joy of ...

Keselowski wins Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C.— Brad Keselowski, in a contract year and trying to up his value in free agency, gave Roger Penske a victory on what should have been the most celebrated day in motorsports but was instead just a 6-plus hour NASCAR show. Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak to ...

Youth sports coalition seeks federal aid COVID-19

CHICAGO — It started when a handful of organizations got together to discuss the effect of the COVID-19 shutdown on youth sports. The small conversation quickly turned into 600-some groups. Then it cruised past 1,000 on its way to 3,000 organizations and individuals signing on for the PLAY ...

No tennis at the French Open

PARIS — Tennis, anyone? Not Sunday at the French Open. Nobody was there. Maybe they will be in September. It should have been the first day of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament held annually at Roland Garros — with thousands flocking to catch a glimpse of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ...