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Buckeyes fall to No. 11 Michigan State, 62-44

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State shut down Ohio State in the second half despite an injury to Nick Ward. Now the Spartans may be without their standout big man for a while. Ward left in the second half with a broken left hand, but No. 11 Michigan State still rolled to a 62-44 victory ...

Hamlin cruises to second Daytona 500 win in four years

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR’s biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of ...

Junior Crusader girls finish second

The Junior Crusader seventh-grade girls team finished runner-up to Buckeye Local Middle School in the 2019 BMC small school tournament. Team members included, from left, front, Alexandra Schmitz, Nyah Dunburg-Ingram, Talia Marcino, Lydia Hermann; back, Ella Maragos, Anna Arai, Haley Crawford, ...

Edison holds successful baseball camp

The Edison baseball program held its annual baseball camp for its youth players. This camp has been offered for the past 18 years as an instructional tool for youth baseball players from grades one to eight. This year’s camp attracted 60 players to the three-day event. The coaching staff ...

Perez set to make most of starting opportunity

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Roberto Perez waited for his turn and vows to make the most of his big chance. Perez figures to get plenty of time behind the plate for the Cleveland Indians after the AL Central champions traded All-Star Yan Gomes to Washington. The 30-year-old Perez is eager to ...

Team LeBron rallies to all-star win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this ...

Weir High girls stop Kovalcik-less Bears

NEW MANCHESTER — The Weir High girls basketball team knows its role, where to position itself and is consistent with its game plan. During the West Virginia Class AA Region 1, Section 1 play-in contest against Oak Glen on Saturday, the Red Riders utilized their strategy to a 54-30 victory. ...

Red Knights fight back, fall to Wheeling Central in OVAC final

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Winning OVAC titles has been a staple at Wheeling Central. Saturday’s 63-53 victory against Toronto at Ohio University Eastern in the Class 2A championship was the school’s seventh-straight. The real story was how the Maroon Knights did it and just how far this team ...

Creek girls regain momentum, boys hoping to build off last year’s run

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek basketball teams are ready for tournament time. The girls, led by first-year coach Steve Eft, have had an up and down season that started with a 15-game winning streak and recently slumped with five-straight losses. The Redskins were able to get back in the ...

Toronto boys poised to make a run, girls hope to show best

TORONTO — While the Toronto boys and girls basketball teams are headed into the tournament in different places seeding wise, both teams will be ready when sectionals tip off. The boys have been ranked in the AP Poll in Division IV for much of the season, sitting at 19-2 and the No. 2 seed ...

Three Panthers win at Buckeye 8 tournament

MORRISTOWN — Beaver Local’s senior class completed a four-peat Saturday inside “The Hangar” at Union Local High School. The Beavers, despite not having several standouts in their lineup, had eight champions and racked up 338.5 points to continue their stranglehold on the Buckeye 8 ...

Harrison Central boys win Division II bowling sectional

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A year ago, Harrison Central head coach Bobbie Jo Parkinson sweated out the final results at the Ohio Division II East District boys sectional bowling tournament, not knowing if her Huskies would make the district field. There was no drama Saturday inside St. Clair ...

Flames snap 4-game skid, beating Penguins 5-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A big second period ended up being just enough for the Calgary Flames. Michael Frolik had the first of four second-period goals for Calgary, and the Flames held on to snap a season-long four-game skid with a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Frolik, ...

Blackshear’s 29 power No. 22 Virginia Tech by Pitt, 70-64

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored a season-high 29 points, Ahmed Hill added 14 and No. 22 Virginia Tech held off slumping Pittsburgh 70-64 on Saturday. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Blackshear overwhelmed the undersized Panthers, making his first six field goal attempts on his way to ...

Bench sparks Red Riders to an OVAC consolation victory

WEIRTON — The bench can be just as important as the starting five. Weir High demonstrated that Friday night Inside the Carl R. Hammil Field House, defeating Martins Ferry 78-54 in an OVAC consolation match. The Red Riders (14-7) got 39 points from the bench to keep the Purple Riders ...

Madonna wins short contest, Sessi injured

WEIRTON — Madonna grabbed an early lead and cruised to an injury-shortened 67-40 victory over Valley Friday in a OVAC consolation matchup inside the Dube Dome. With 5:01 on the fourth period clock, Madonna sophomore Thomas Sessi injured a leg while bringing down a rebound. He was tended to ...

Brooke’s Ossman, Donley cap high school careers with strong finishes

MORGANTOWN — Brooke seniors Mary Ossman and Emily Donley capped off their successful high school swimming careers Friday with top-12 finishes at the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission’s High School Swim Championships. Meanwhile, Brooke freshman Veronica Mann capped her ...

Reitter chooses West Liberty

Weir High’s Reed Reitter signed his letter of intent Friday to continue his academic and football careers at West Liberty University. Reitter, an All-West Virginia Class AA football selection each of the past two seasons and a multi-sport athlete for Weir High, will pursue a degree in ...

Roundtree lifts Big Red to buzzer-beating win

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red landed the big shot when it counted the most. The No. 3 seed Big Red and No. 4 seed Morgantown boys basketball teams traded blows for 36 minutes of their OVAC Class 5A consolation final. With the waning seconds ticking off of the clock, Big Red senior James Roundtree ...