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AKRON — When Nate Karaffa unleashed his fastball one final time, nothing went through his mind except finishing the job. It wasn’t his career, his individual accomplishments, how he and his teammates always dreamed of this moment or even how he’ll look in an Ohio State uniform next ...

Post 33 splits with Wheeling Post 1

WHEELING — It was a day of come-from-behind victories for Wheeling Post 1 and Jefferson County Post 33 during a doubleheader Sunday at the I-470 fields. Facing a 2-0 deficit, Post 33 was able to plate four runs in the final two innings to secure a 4-3 victory in the opener. Jefferson ...

Moustakas, Yelich homer, Brewers sweep Pirates

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers topped their crowd-pleasing Christian Yelich bobblehead giveaway with another surprise gift, thanks to Mike Moustakas. Moustakas launched a homer that won a new SUV for a fan, Yelich hit his major league-leading 24th home run and the Brewers beat the ...

Yankees overcome costly late errors, edge Indians 10 innings

CLEVELAND — The bullpen broke down, Didi Gregorius misplayed an easy grounder and another player went on the injured list. The New York Yankees keep taking hits — and keep hitting back. aron Hicks delivered an RBI double with two outs in the 10th inning as the Yankees overcame stunning ...

Bruins force Game 7

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Facing elimination in a hostile environment, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask stepped up for the Boston Bruins once again. The Stanley Cup Final is heading to Game 7 because two of Boston’s biggest stars love the biggest moments. Rask made 28 saves, Marchand had a goal and ...

Bottom of the order leading Toronto

AKRON — While the Toronto baseball team exited Canal Park shortly after advancing to the Division IV state championship game on Friday, the fans that remained sang “Happy Birthday” to head coach Brian Perkins in unison. The 48-year-old veteran skipper waved his arms in appreciation and ...

St. Clairsville’s run ends in Division II semifinal

AKRON — Sometimes you simply have to tip your cap to the opposing team, and specifically the pitcher. Such was the case for St. Clairsville Saturday morning at Canal Park in the OHSAA Division II state semifinals. The Red Devils came to the Rubber City scoring better than six runs per ...

Jefferson County gets another doubleheader sweep over Post 205

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Post 33 earned another doubleheader sweep on Saturday afternoon. Post 33 defeated Tuscarawas County Post 205, 12-1 and 11-3, at Vaccaro Field. The wins give Post 33 a record of 8-1. In the first game, Post 205 scored in the top of the first, but ...

Roughriders open playoffs with home win over Jersey

WHEELING — Mook Zimmerman was smiling ear to ear as he jogged off the artificial surface inside WesBanco Arena Saturday night. After what he has just witnessed, he had good reason to. West Virginia scored on all of four of its first-half possessions and the defense held New Jersey to 89 ...

Brewers beat Pirates 5-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It wasn’t pretty, but Zach Davies did something Saturday that no other starting pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history had done before. Despite a shaky outing, Davies became the first Milwaukee starter to open a season with seven straight wins, hanging on for five innings ...

Mercado homers off Sabathia, Indians beat Yankees 8-4

CLEVELAND (AP) — CC Sabathia made what was likely the final outing at Progressive Field of his storied career Saturday. It didn’t go the way the 38-year-old left-hander hoped. Rookie Oscar Mercado hit a two-run homer off Sabathia to break a fifth-inning tie and the Cleveland Indians ...

Toronto to play for state championship

AKRON — The Toronto baseball team will play for a state championship on Sunday. The Red Knights earned a spot in Division IV championship game with a 8-0 win over Antwerp on Friday night at Canal Park in Akron. The start of the game was delayed for more than 90 minutes by a Divison I ...

Late runs lift Post 573 over Post 10

WEIRTON — After battling on even terms through six innings, Brilliant Post 573 plated five runs in the top of the seventh inning to pocket an 8-3 American Legion baseball win over Weirton Post 10 Friday at Edwin J. Bowman Field. It was the home opener for Jason Swartzmiller’s Post 10 team ...

Post 33 walks-off Post 1 in extras

STEUBENVILLE — As the old saying goes, “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” The Jefferson County Post 33 Legion baseball team lost in walk-off fashion Thursday against Wheeling Post 1. The two teams met Friday, and Post 33 turned the tables on Post 1. Trailing by ...

Wheeling Recreation Shootout tips off today

WHEELING — Basketball championships are won in March. But, the path those to winter wins begins in June. For many teams — 28 to be exact — the path includes a stop in Wheeling as the 30th annual Wheeling Recreation Shootout tips off this weekend at a myriad of gymnasiums throughout the ...

Roughriders begin AAL title quest tonight

WHEELING — The West Virginia Roughriders have only been in existence for one season. But what a season it has been for Ohio Valley football fans as the talented indoor team has roared to a 10-0 record in American Arena League action. “I’m very excited about being 10-0. We’ve got a ...

Road Runners race to Capital City Showdown championship

The Road Runner Elite 18U travel softball team started this season with a bang, claiming the championship at the Capital City Showdown at Berliner Park in Columbus. The team scored 89 runs, while giving up only 13 in the eight games. Seven different players hit a total of 11 home runs. In the ...

Polanco, Bell power Pirates past Braves

PITTSBURGH — If the Atlanta Braves needed more reason to pursue free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel, they may have gotten it on Thursday. Mike Foltynewicz allowed consecutive home runs to Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco in the second inning of a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, another ...

Kepler hits three home runs, first-place Twins avoid sweep to Indians

CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer felt great about most of the pitches he threw to Minnesota’s Max Kepler. The Twins outfielder liked them more. Kepler homered three times off Bauer, and Jose Berrios locked up Cleveland’s lineup into the seventh inning as the Twins avoided a sweep — and ...

McConnell takes four first-place honors

Thomas McConnell, 10-year-old son of Cortney and Justin McConnell of Burgettstown, competed in the 25th Ohio Valley Martial Arts Championship in Brilliant, placing first in kata, weapons, one-point sparring and five-point sparring. He trains in the Chuck Norris System of martial arts at Rine ...