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Bucs blanked by Rockies

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — German M’rquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down, putting a halt to his team’s four-game losing streak in the process. The 24-year-old struck out seven over eight dominant innings in a 5-0 ...

Bauer continues to struggle in loss

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Pinch-hitter Mark Canha’s two-run homer off struggling Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer in the third inning sent the Oakland Athletics to their fifth straight win, 5-3 over the Indians on Tuesday night. Canha replaced injured slugger Khris Davis and connected off Bauer ...

Browns coach Kitchens surprises Kareem Hunt

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ROCKY RIVER (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has been watching Kareem Hunt work toward redemption. On Sunday, he showed the running back that he’s got his full support. Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey surprised Hunt by attending his baptism at True Vine Missionary Baptist ...

Beilein ready to breathe new life into Cavs

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INDEPENDENCE (AP) — High on a wall and across the courts from where John Beilein was sitting, the Cavaliers’ basketball history stared the new coach in the face. He wants to make it richer. “Look at all those banners up there,” Beilein said, pointing toward reminders of the 2016 NBA ...

Karaffa pitches Toronto past top-seeded Hiland

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MINERVA — When it came time to decide where the Toronto baseball team wanted to place itself in the Division IV East District bracket, head coach Brian Perkins wanted to face top-seeded Berlin Hiland in the semifinal rather than the championship. “We knew coming in that Hiland has a great ...

Big Red scores early, often to advance

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CADIZ — Veteran Big Red coach Fred Heatherington had a pretty simple game plan heading into Monday’s Division II district semifinals against Maysville — score early and have solid pitching. Despite a few hiccups, things still worked according to plan for third-seeded Big Red. The ...

Wildcats continue tournament success against Purple Riders

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MINGO JUNCTION — The recipe remains the same, and so does the result. The Edison baseball team played a solid all-around game against Martins Ferry, and the No. 2 seed Wildcats broke open a tie game to a 7-4 victory against the No. 10 seed Purple Riders in a Division III Eastern District ...

Niedenthal, Strasburg shut down, eliminate Catholic Central

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UHRICHSVILLE — Strasburg’s pitching staff has been shutting everyone down to this point in the tournament. It did the same to Catholic Central on Monday. Tigers’ senior starter Mitch Neidenthal picked up his second complete game shutout of the postseason, as No. 4 seed Strasburg ...

A’s beat Indians, 6-4

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Brett Anderson had a quick reaction when the baseball and both pieces of a broken bat came sailing at him in the fifth inning. Get out of the way. Oakland’s left-hander managed to do that, but left the game in the following inning with a cervical strain, and the ...

Moran, Musgrove lead Bucs to 6-4 win

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Musgrove of the Pittsburgh Pirates is undefeated against his hometown San Diego Padres. Musgrove pitched well enough to survive a rough seventh inning and Colin Moran had a three-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates, who won 6-4 Sunday to take three of ...

Bieber fans 15 in 1st complete game, Indians rout O’s, 10-0

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber was determined to finish what he started, even if it meant playing hide-and-seek with his pitching coach. Bieber struck out a career-high 15 in his first major league complete game and the Cleveland Indians routed the Baltimore Orioles 10-0. “It was one of ...

Koepka survives to win PGA Championship

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — His place in PGA Championship history finally secure, Brooks Koepka draped both arms around the top of the Wanamaker Trophy and let out a deep sigh. The stress was more than he wanted. The satisfaction was more than he imagined. Koepka lost all but one shot of his ...

Pagenaud takes Indianapolis 500 pole

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simon Pagenaud keeps finding new ways to impress his team owner. Last weekend, he rallied in the rain to end a 21-race drought. On Sunday, he put Roger Penske back on the pole for the Indianapolis 500. And he may not be finished. Pagenaud traded high-fives and pumped ...

Spencer dominates Class AA

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CHARLESTON — Four races. Four victories. Weir’s Sebastian Spencer set the tone in the sprinting events in Class AA Saturday during the West Virginia state track meet at Laidley Field . The junior speedster followed up his record preliminary performance in the 100 on Friday with another ...

Madonna athletes place in Class A

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CHARLESTON — Magnolia boys coach Travis Emch knew going into the weekend, the target was on their backs. After all, his Blue Eagles’ squad was the defending state champion in Class A. Magnolia, put in another impressive performance on the biggest stage as a trio of athletes won individual ...

Island jumps to second

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CHARLESTON — The Wheeling Park boys and girls track teams have been forces all year long. The memorable season came to a fitting end Saturday during the West Virginia High School state track meet at Laidley Field. Throughout the entire meet, Wheeling Park was in contention for a state ...

Big Red’s Kelley wins three events at district meet

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BYESVILLE — St. Clairsville’s boys rolled to the team championship and the Red Devils girls pocketed runner-up honors under glorious conditions Saturday afternoon as the Ohio Division II East District Track and Field Championships wrapped up at Meadowbrook High School. St. C.’s boys won ...

War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless horse

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BALTIMORE (AP) — War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, holding off a field that included a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and kept running. Trainer Mark Casse got his first Triple Crown victory, with ...

Cavaliers new coach, area product Beilein remembered locally

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WHEELING — From a marginal player at Wheeling College to NBA head coach. John Beilein is that man. Beilein didn’t script much of a collegiate playing career with the Cardinals. However, he has authored a brilliant one as a collegiate head coach, including a stint at WVU. So the ...

Oak Glen’s Kovalcik leaps to a state championship

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CHARLESTON — After the first day of the West Virginia state track meet, many local athletes have turned in podium performances, as well as qualify to the finals in their respective events on Friday at Laidley Field. During the last heat of the boys Class AAA shuttle hurdles, it was ...