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Ohio State stays in tournament contention

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State badly needed a win over Northwestern to stay teetering on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Buckeyes overcame a sluggish start and found their footing in the second half to pull away from Northwestern 63-49 on Wednesday night behind Kaleb Wesson’s 22 points and ...

Georgia Tech snaps streak with win over Pitt

ATLANTA (AP) — Jose Alvarado scored a career-high 29 points, James Banks had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots and Georgia Tech snapped a seven-game skid with a 73-65 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. In matchup of ACC bottom dwellers, the Yellow Jackets (12-15, 4-10 Atlantic ...

Championship time for Madonna girls

WEIRTON — The ability to adapt to what an opponent is throwing at one is important. Doing so in the tournament is vital. Tuesday night inside the Dube Dome, the No. 1 seed Madonna girls basketball team did just that, utilizing Kennedy Martin inside to build a big lead and open the Class A ...

Zimmerman, Big Red shine on senior night

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville’s pressure defense produced plenty of offense in Tuesday’s 54-36 senior night victory over Edison inside the Crimson Center. Down 10-2 after the opening quarter despite committing eight turnovers, the Wildcats were hanging tough in the second and trailed 16-8 ...

Huskies race past Crusaders

STEUBENVILLE — Harrison Central turned up the heat, and Catholic Central wilted from the pressure. After a shaky start, the Harrison Central boys basketball team changed its defense against Catholic Central in the first quarter. The Huskies applied pressure, and the Crusaders had a ...

Brooke hopes to strike fear during sectionals

WELLSBURG — Both the Brooke boys and girls basketball teams are hoping to peak when it matters most — the tournament. For the girls team, that begins at John Marshall in the Class AAA sectional tournanent. That game is scheduled for tonight and, as of late Tuesday was still on despite ...

Edison girls, boys improving before tournament time

RICHMOND — Edison’s second season is officially underway. The Edison girls basketball team wrapped up its regular season Thursday, while the boys team concluded its regular season Tuesday night at Big Red. The girls are set to open play at 7 p.m. today at Bellaire in a Division III ...

Penguins avoid being swept by Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be getting their act together for a playoff push and one clear sign of that is finally finding a way to beat the New Jersey Devils. Bryan Rust scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and the Penguins avoided the ...

Briefs

Creek boys fall on senior night WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek boys basketball team fell on senior night, 58-48, to Buckeye 8 opponent St. Clairsville. Austin Judson led the Redskins with a game-high 20 points, while Michael Allan finished with 17 points. Derrick Eakle had eight points. ...

Madonna girls are top seed, boys playing well headed into tourney

WEIRTON — The Madonna girls basketball team has been voted the top seed in Region 1, Section 1, but the boys are still awaiting seeding, where they could wind up either third or fourth depending upon how the 10 coaches in the region voted. The voting was this past weekend and will be ...

Union Local comes back, edges CCHS 49-48

STEUBENVILLE — Things were looking good for Catholic Central’s girls basketball team in Monday’s regular-season finale against Union Local after it grabbed a 14-point halftime advantage. The Jets, however, caught fire in the third quarter, held off a late Crusader charge and left the ...

Central boys, girls hoping to show their best at the right time

STEUBENVILLE — Extremely strong — that may be the best way to describe the fields for the Eastern District Division IV boys and girls basketball tournaments. The boys event features three teams currently ranked in the Ohio AP Top 10 (Berlin Hiland, Toronto and Zanesville Bishop ...

West Virginia’s Brown ‘officially’ announces his new staff

MORGANTOWN —The first crack of pads and grunts of hard hits are still a month away, but that did not stop first-year West Virginia University football Neal Brown from stepping in front of the podium on Monday to introduce the staff that the Mountaineers’ 35th head coach will help him ...

Gonzalez, Newman battle for Bucs SS spot

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman are competing to start at shortstop for Pittsburgh, the one open position in the Pirates’ everyday lineup. The job opened when Jordy Mercer left after seven seasons and signed with the Detroit Tigers. Gonzalez was acquired from ...

Indians hold first workout without star shortstop

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — After their best player discussed his injury and an uncertain future, the Indians got to work on the present. Cleveland held its first full-squad workout of spring training on Monday, the first step for a talented team that looks very different than the one which ...

No. 23 Kansas State tops WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Barry Brown scored 21 points and No. 23 Kansas State beat West Virginia 65-51 on Monday night to remain atop the Big 12 standings. A 14-0 run midway through the second half, led by a couple of 3-pointers by Xavier Sneed, gave the Wildcats (20-6, 10-3) their fifth ...

BRIEFS

Sectional games moved WEIRTON ­ — The West Virginia Region 1, Section 1 tournament games today, originally scheduled to be played at the Brooke Wellness Center as a double-header, will be home games for the higher seeded teams due to the teachers strike. Madonna, the No.1 seed, will ...

Malkin, Letang each score twice in Penguins’ win over Rangers

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a four-minute penalty kill and went on the hunt against the New York Rangers. Kris Letang scored his second of the game and Evgeni Malkin scored twice in a span of six minutes, helping the Penguins beat the Rangers 6-5 on Sunday. Defensemen ...

COLUMN: Ups and downs of the bball tourneys

Well, the beginning of the end to the high school basketball season began on Saturday with the Weir High girls winning by 24 points at Oak Glen. It just might be a possible sign of things to come. There will be plenty of dominant performances throughout Ohio and West Virginia. Some may ...

Big Red boys waiting for March to arrive, girls begin run Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE — If timing is indeed everything, then Big Red’s basketball teams could be looking at extended stays in the postseason. Jeff Lombardo and his 10th-seeded Big Red girls open Division II sectional play Wednesday with a trip to St. Clairsville, the seventh seed. Wednesday’s tip ...