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Divisive whistleblower DiSabato is Ohio State doctor’s loudest accuser

COLUMBUS (AP) — Of the 150-plus men alleging two decades of sexual misconduct by a former Ohio State team doctor, ex-wrestler Mike DiSabato has been the loudest, often literally raising his voice with claims of being abused, betrayed by his alma mater and stifled by detractors in a web of ...

Indians, Ramirez agree to contract

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent first baseman Hanley Ramirez has agreed to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Ramirez, a former National League Rookie of the Year, will sign with the three-time defending AL Central champions and join them in camp once he passes a ...

Built Ford Tough: Keselowski shakes flu to win Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Brad Keselowski had his hands full with a new car and a new rules package — enough to make for a trying race — before a stomach virus nearly flattened him. Keselowski missed a portion of final practice, received intravenous fluids at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s ...

Spring Training: DeGrom goes 1 frame in spring debut

(AP) - Even under the Florida sun in February, Jacob deGrom expects a lot from himself. So after giving up a leadoff double to Tony Kemp — the first batter deGrom faced in spring training — the NL Cy Young Award winner wasn’t happy. “I was a little bit frustrated today,” the New ...

Weir High advances in Class AA sectionals with thrilling victory

WEIRTON — The give-and-go play is as old as the game of basketball itself, probably because it works. It worked to perfection Saturday night for Weir High, as Luka Haught made a jump shot from outside the 3-point line with 1.1 seconds left in the game for a thrilling 49-47 Class AA Region ...

Cooks, Hall capture state wrestling titles

HUNTINGTON — It was a historic night Saturday for wrestlers in the 72nd-annual West Virginia Class A/AA state tournament. Madonna’s Cook twins -— Alec (145) and Garrett (220) — became the first set of siblings in Blue Don history to win state wrestling championships in the same ...

Seven Big Red wrestlers claim victories at Div. II sectional tournament

STEUBENVILLE — Not coming as a surprise to anyone involved, but the middle of the championship finals of Saturday’s East District sectional tournament turned into a battle between Steubenville and Beaver Local. The teams met in five of six matches between 126 and 160 pounds, and Big Red ...

River View girls eliminate Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Going more than five minutes without a point is not a good way to start any basketball game, let alone a sectional co-final. Unfortunately, the No. 10 seed Big Red girls basketball team did just that against No. 6 River View. The Black Bears jumped out to an early lead and ...

Top-seeded Shadyside too much for CCHS girls

SHADYSIDE — Sometimes, one shot can spark a team. Such was the case Saturday night for Shadyside in its Division IV sectional championship game against Catholic Central. The LTs haven’t exactly blown the roof off offensively during the first half, but Syd Destifanes’ trey to end the ...

Harrison Central bowls its way to a district title

ZANESVILLE — Justin Clifford was part of a large Harrison Central contingent that ventured to Sunrise Strikes on Friday to watch Harrison Central compete in the Division II East District bowling tournament. The Huskies’ boys basketball coach was hoping to see coach Bobbie Jo Parkinson’s ...

Flyers bounce back from two-goal deficit to defeat Penguins in OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux scored 1:59 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers scored three straight goals in the rain to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on a soggy Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Flyers and Penguins took one of the NHL’s more heated rivalries ...

Indians reloading bullpen after down season, departures

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Dan Otero is a man of words. Not just because the steady reliever fills out crossword puzzles, but because he chooses words carefully, as in politely noting the operative word for the Indians’ bullpen status is “reconfiguration” as opposed to ...

Buzzer-beating heartbreaker

WELLSBURG — Madonna girls basketball coach Rodney Boniti called Friday’s Region 1, Section 1 championship a heavyweight battle. His No. 1 seed Blue Dons had the defending Class A state champions on the ropes, but the No. 2 seed Maroon Knights landed the final blow. With the game tied ...

Cook brothers, Bears’ Hall advance to finals today

HUNTINGTON — A pair of Ohio Valley Class A-AA matmen will look to defend their state titles tonight when the 72nd-annual West Virginia state wrestling wraps up its three-day stay inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall and Madonna’s Alec Cook each won a pair of matches ...

Big Red gets taste of upcoming tourney, falls hard to New Philadelphia, 71-53

STEUBENVILLE — One bad stretch doomed Big Red. The New Philadelphia boys basketball team ripped off a big run in the third quarter and did not look back, en route to a 71-53 victory against Steubenville Friday night inside the Crimson Center. The score was tied at 37 in the third when New ...

Toronto boys set school record, defeat Southern

TORONTO — The Toronto boys basketball team won its 20th game with a 61-51 victory over Southern Local on Friday. The 20 wins set an all-time school record previously held by the 1992 squad. Friday also marked the Red Knights’ 25th-consecutive win in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference ...

Frazier excited about opportunity to play regularly

BRADENTON, Fla. — Adam Frazier is getting to be a regular starter this year as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ second baseman. Frazier spent the first three seasons of his career as a utility player, making 95 starts at second, 61 in left, 20 in right, five in center, three at third base and one ...

Robert Kraft accused of soliciting prostitute

JUPITER, Fla. — Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday. The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. The charge ...

Oak Glen, Weir High, Madonna have winners as A/AA begins

HUNTINGTON — Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall (138 pounds) took the first step towards his third West Virginia state wrestling championship Thursday night inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena as the 72nd- annual event wrapped up the first night of action. Hall, a junior who has committed to West ...