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Pandemic idles Steubenville’s Rich Donnelly

STEUBENVILLE — Rich Donnelly has seen about all there is to see in his 73 years on this earth. The baseball lifer has traveled coast-to-coast via his many diamond playing and coaching assignments. But the Steubenville Catholic Central product has never witnessed such a past four months as ...

Barton Braves clicking on all cylinders in 15-0 rout of Maynard Indians

MAYNARD — Lacing up the cleats for a fourth straight day, Barton showed no signs of fatigue Friday night in a 15-0 pounding of Maynard in Ohio Valley Baseball League action on the sun-splashed Community Park diamond. The Braves (11-5) collected 16 base hits and broke open a 2-0 game with ...

Big Red wrestling coach Mike Blackburn named to Baldwin Wallace hall of fame

BEREA, Ohio — Mike Blackburn will officially become a Yellow Jacket for Life when he joins nine other former Baldwin Wallace standouts for induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2020. Out of the 10 honorees, Blackburn, a 1999 graduate, is the only one being ...

Under new pressure, Cleveland Indians, Washington Redskins reconsider names

CLEVELAND — Amid new pressure sparked by a national movement to correct racial wrongdoings, the Cleveland Indians said they will review their long-debated nickname. “We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and ...

Jefferson County Elite A wins pair of tournament games

CONNEAUT, Ohio — Jefferson County Elite A won a pair of games Friday in the Conneaut Tournament. In the opener, Clayton Criss and Alec McBane each singled twice and evenly divided four RBI as the locals defeated T3 Elite Red, 7-5. Klay Cottis singled and tripled, while Aaron Ferguson ...

Chris Kirk, Webb Simpson share Rocket Mortgage Classic lead

DETROIT (AP) — Webb Simpson and Bryson DeChambeau were expected to be contenders at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, taking advantage of a relatively weak field and course by PGA Tour standards. Chris Kirk was not. A year after taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour to address alcohol ...

Weir’s Spencer tabbed W.Va. Gatorade Track Athlete of Year

WEIRTON — Sebastian Spencer didn’t expect to receive any more high school accolades. After all, his final track and field season, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was canceled. As it turns out, however, the recent Weir High graduate put together a career body of work and junior season ...

Coleman made an impact as teacher, coach

WELLSBURG — Whether it was as a basketball coach or player, Mel Coleman made an impact It’s an impact that will be felt for years to come, too. Coleman died Wednesday afternoon from complications of a heart attack he suffered earlier in the week. The 1961 Wheeling Central graduate, ...

Nailers announce players getting qualifying offers

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers have announced the six players who received qualifying offers. Players designated by the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins are defensemen Jeremy Beaudry, Chad Duchesne, Steve Johnson and Kyle McKenzie; and forwards Cam Brown and Josh ...

Fewer games is a challenge for NFL’s preseason

NEW YORK (AP) - Fewer preseason games following an offseason without on-field workouts creates more challenges for new coaches, players who changed teams and rookies. The NFL is cutting the exhibition schedule in half and pushing back the start of the preseason to allow teams more time to ...

NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will share a venue with IndyCar

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The once-frosty schism between the two biggest racing series in the United States has finally thawed and the result is a blockbuster event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — even without fans. NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will share a venue with IndyCar on the same ...

Redman in three-way tie for lead at Rocket Mortgage Classic

DETROIT (AP) — Doc Redman is playing his best golf, priming him to perhaps earn his first PGA Tour victory. Redman shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Bryson DeChambeau, the only player with ...

Big Red season tickets on sale soon

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Big Red will start selling their season tickets to current season ticket holders beginning Tuesday in the high school ticket office. The ticket office will be open from 8 a.m. until noon every Tuesday and Wednesday in July. On July 27, the ticket office will ...

Weirton Bobcats look to move up the OVBL standings

MINGO JUNCTION — All of a sudden the competitiveness of the four-team Ohio Valley Baseball League is starting to show through. Weirton didn’t play a perfect game Wednesday night, but it was a nice bounce-back from a disheartening loss 24 hours earlier. Combining solid pitching, timely ...

MLB players begin reporting for tests

Yoan Moncada has spent the past couple of months working out in what he called a “controlled and limited environment” in Florida, where the White Sox slugger could continue to get at-bats while protecting himself from the coronavirus. That’s a good description of the environment that ...

NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back start

The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following a virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Wednesday on ...

Some NFL players raise concerns about safety while others ignore advice

Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote an open letter to ...

Name on plaque draws concern for some MLB players

NEW YORK (AP) — Something still bothers Barry Larkin about his Most Valuable Player award. The other name engraved on the trophy: Kenesaw Mountain Landis. “Why is it on there?” said Larkin, the Black shortstop voted National League MVP in 1995 with the Cincinnati Reds. “I was ...

OVAC now at 49 teams

COLUMBIANA — And then there were 49. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference membership — effective today — has been reduced to 49 schools as Columbiana Crestview has withdrawn. The Rebels, who joined the OVAC in November 2016, are focusing on a newly formed two divisional conference in ...

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections. The National ...