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Penguins put on the brink

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New York Islanders don’t play a particularly sexy brandy of hockey. They forecheck. They backcheck. They block shots and take few risks, more focused on fundamentals than flash. It’s a style designed to frustrate opponents regardless of pedigree, one that has them ...

Martin hits RBI double in 9th, Pirates stop the Nationals 4-3

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with the based loaded, two outs and one of baseball’s hottest hitters at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, there was nowhere Felipe V’zquez wanted to be more than on the mound at Nationals Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates relief ace then coaxed a flyball ...

Gore pinch-runs, speeds home as Royals sweep Indians

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Terrance Gore has carved out a most unusual big league career, one that’s had him on base more often than in the batter’s box. In an era marked by big swingers and advanced analytics, Gore showed Sunday that a speed specialist can have plenty of value in the late ...

Amaismeier tosses perfect game during Madonna’s DH sweep

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WEIRTON — Madonna freshman Matt Amaismeier has shined for the baseball team throughout the first half of this season. While working his way to batting leadoff in recent weeks, it was his arm that shined the brightest on Saturday. During the Blue Dons’ doubleheader sweep of Valley, ...

Big Red splits tri with Cambridge, John Marshall

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STEUBENVILLE — In the midst of another tough stretch, veteran Big Red baseball head coach Fred Heatherington wanted to see more energy from his team in its second game to cap a tri at Vaccaro Field on Saturday. He got his wish, as Steubenville battled back after squandering a pair of leads ...

Weir’s Spencer breaks 26-year record at Dick Dei Track Classic

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WHEELING — It has been quite the week for Weir High’s Sebastian Spencer. Three days ago, he belted his first home run of his high school career on the baseball diamond. On Saturday, he continued his dominace on the track. Against a competitive field, the junior claimed a pair of victories ...

Rosnicks pace Weir to DH sweep over Martins Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — The Weir High softball team is back over the .500 mark after a doubleheader sweep on Saturday at Martins Ferry. The Red Riders (10-9) won the first game, 12-0, in six innings. Liv Rosnick went the distance and picked up the victory, striking out eight and walking one in the ...

Buckeye Local softball has rough day at St. C.

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Buckeye Local has battled a veritable who’s who in OVAC Big School softball the last few games, facing off against the likes of Harrison Central, Indian Creek and Martins Ferry. The Panthers capped the strenuous stretch with a doubleheader against St. Clairsville. But, ...

Madonna grad turning Boston College women’s hoops around

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BOSTON — A 14-16 record may appear only mediocre. Such is not the case when one is talking Boston College women’s basketball. Joanna (Bernabie) McNamee’s initial year at the Eagles’ helm was marked by drastic improvement for a program steeped in losing. The Madonna High athletic ...

Nationals rally past Pirates

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Howie Kendrick is quickly making up for lost time. Limited to only five games last season because of a torn Achilles and slowed this spring by a hamstring injury, the 35-year-old Kendrick is off to a fast start for the Washington Nationals. He’s 6 for 10, including a ...

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Edison competes at Sandy Valley MAGNOLIA — The Edison track and field team competed at the Sandy Valley Invitational Saturday at Sandy Valley High School. The girls finished in seventh place and the boys finished in 10th. Faith Hoobler won the shot put and discus. Ava Koniski placed ...

No QB competition present at Ohio State

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COLUMBUS (AP) — New coach Ryan Day is doing his best to convince everyone there’s a quarterback competition at Ohio State. He contends redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin, who spent last season rehabbing a knee injury, has a chance to beat out the much-ballyhooed Justin Fields, a Georgia ...

Pitt believes the big play is back

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett took the snap, looked to his right and heaved the ball toward the corner of the end zone. When wide receiver Tre Tipton outwrestled a teammate for a 22-yard touchdown, Pickett and Tipton reunited at the goal line and celebrated with an ...

New Philadelphia, Dover join OVAC

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WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference is expanding once again. By a unanimous vote during an athletic director’s meeting held at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, both Dover and New Philadelphia were approved for membership, effective immediately. The Tornadoes and Quakers become the ...

Harrison Central softball nearly on wrong end of perfect game

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MARTINS FERRY — Abby Bumbico wasn’t perfect high atop the Purple City Friday, but she was darn close. The Martins Ferry senior retired the first 19 Harrison Central batters she faced before settling for a two-hitter, as the Purple Riders (9-3) blanked the visiting Huskies, 9-0, in ...

Toronto baseball/softball box scores from Friday

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BASEBALL Toronto 11, Youngstown East 0 Youngstown East 0-0-0 0-0 — 0-1-0 Toronto 4-7-0 0-x — 11-6-0 YOUNGSTOWN EAST: Rodriguez (lp, 2 2/3IP, 11R, 6H, 5BB, 0K), Marino (1 1/3IP, 0R, 0H, 2BB, 2K) and Rosa. TORONTO (8-3): Sninchak (wp, 2IP, 0R, 0H, 2BB, 3K), Leasure (3IP, 0R, 1H, 2BB, 8K) ...

Cavaliers pursuing coach for future

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INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers aren’t chasing a championship this spring. They’re pursuing a coach. This time, methodically. No longer NBA title contenders, Cleveland is in the initial stages of an expansive, open-minded search general manager Koby Altman hopes leads to finding a coach to ...

NFL, union encouraged by helmet regulations

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NEW YORK — Improvements that an NFL and NFLPA study found in helmets didn’t help Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will have to discard his longtime brand as one of 11 helmets banned by the league and players’ union for 2019. Brady was one of 32 players wearing ...

Hamlin hoping for some hometown advantage

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin would love to think he has an advantage when it comes to racing at Richmond Raceway. The Joe Gibbs Racing star has won three times on the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval and has been coming to the track for much of his life, even long before the Virginia native ...