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McNamee ready to take on Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL — Joanna Bernabei McNamee continues to ascend the collegiate coaching ladder. McNamee was named head women’s basketball coach at Boston College on April 10. The Beantown appointment comes on the heels of her impressive two-year stint at the University of Albany. “It was ...

Wong’s walk-off homer lifts Cardinals over Pirates

ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong has a flair for the dramatic. Wong led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off Richard Rodriguez, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. “You see guys that in those big situations tend to have the ability to get it ...

Warriors not expecting LeBron and Co. to lose edge

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — All the chatter is that underdog Cleveland could be completely deflated from the way it flopped in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Determined and as motivated as ever might be more appropriate and fitting whenever LeBron James is in the mix. “It’s one of the toughest ...

Smith seeking a bounce-back effort

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two days later, there is still no clarity on what J.R. Smith knew when he grabbed that offensive rebound in the final seconds of regulation of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Not even in Smith’s own mind. “I can’t say I was sure of anything at that point,” Smith ...

Rosario’s homer helps Lynn, Twins beat Indians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lance Lynn made this start harder on himself with five walks and one hit Cleveland batter. The recently revived Minnesota lineup made it a lot easier. Eddie Rosario hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier drove in two runs to support Lynn’s third straight victory, ...

Weirton Post 10 ready to take that next step

WEIRTON — When Jason Swartzmiller inherited the Weirton Post 10 American Legion baseball team two years ago, he had a bunch of young players that scrapped and played hard, but basically found it difficult to compete with the more experienced teams. In 2017, Swartzmiller’s club went to the ...

Locals make headlines on first day of state tourney

COLUMBUS — The track and field season began in early March with thinclads dreaming of making the trip to Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the annual OHSAA State Track and Field Championship. Once that goal is achieved, like it was for 29 area competitors, the ...

Toronto Post 86 starts off on the wrong foot

TORONTO — The game was closer than the final score indicated. The Toronto Post 86 Legion baseball team took the lead, but Tuscarawas County Post 205 plated multiple runs in three innings en route to pulling away for an 8-3 victory in the season-opening game for both teams Friday evening at ...

No suspension for Love as Cavs attempt to recover for Game 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — J.R. Smith’s blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Cavs spent the off ...

Smith’s mistake joins others in sports history

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James’ face said it all. J.R. Smith messed up. And the Cleveland Cavaliers paid for his mistake as they lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals 124-114 to the Golden State Warriors in overtime. The score was tied at 107 with 4.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Cleveland ...

Browns coach takes a Lake Erie bath

BAY VILLAGE (AP) — Hue Jackson surfaced from the chilly water soaked and smiling before he raised both arms in triumph. Cleveland’s coach hasn’t had many moments to celebrate during two miserable seasons with the Browns, so this felt like a victory over the dreaded Steelers. A very ...

Ohio comes back to defeat West Virginia in OVAC All-Star softball game, 3-2

WHEELING — Right before it came to bat in the sixth inning, Edison’s Spencer Bendle, coaching Ohio in the OVAC Tom Bechtel All-Star Softball Game, told St. Clairsville’s Amaya Smith and Maddy Vickers they were going to be the first two players to score for their team. Sure enough, ...

Harrison Central brings Hayes ‘home’

CADIZ — One local team has its new head football coach, and another has to begin a new search. Anthony Hayes, a former Harrison Central assistant who was hired to take over Toronto’s football team in February, is coming home to Cadiz to guide the Huskies instead. The Harrison Central ...

Toronto Post 86 ready to begin season

TORONTO — Toronto Post 86 begins another season of American Legion baseball tonight, and according to coach Steve Sninchak, the expectations for this version of his club are higher than in recent years. The focus for Post 86 is being at its best when the tournament rolls around. “The ...

James’ 51 points not enough to keep Warriors from taking Finals opener

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors capitalized on a Cavaliers blunder that sent the game into overtime, withstanding a brilliant 51-point performance by LeBron James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The ...

Vipers win another tournament

The Ohio Valley Vipers youth basketball team won the East Ohio Spring Championship, defeating Ohio Lakers Gold in the semifinals 42-12, and Ohio Lakers Purple in the championship game, 46-26. The Vipers are the first non-AAU team to win the title and are 25-10 headed to the Wildcat Invite in ...

Cardinals use 5-run ninth to beat Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yairo Munoz was just looking for a fly ball to the outfield. Instead, he connected for the biggest homer of his career. Munoz capped St. Louis’ five-run ninth with a three-run drive, lifting the Cardinals to a 10-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday ...

Lindor’s pair of homers leads Indians past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Francisco Lindor’s second home run of the game for Cleveland snapped an eighth-inning tie after Minnesota erased an eight-run deficit, and the Indians held on to top the Twins 9-8 on Thursday night. Lindor also hit two doubles and drove in four runs for the Indians, who ...

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Big Red Boosters meeting Monday STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Harding Stadium Fieldhouse. All are welcome and memberships are available. Boys basketball camps upcoming STEUBENVILLE — Big Red will hold basketball camps next ...

OVAC West Virginia baseball all-star roster

George Kovalick Baseball All-Stars from West Virginia include, from left, front Joe Dawson (Brooke), Trey Scott (Cameron), Dustin Beazel (John Marshall), John Santimarino (John Marshall), Jake Auten (Linsly), Vic Giovengo (Linsly), Nate Rush (Linsly), Chayce Lemley (Madonna) and Tyler Wright ...