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Trotz’s move in chess match

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Now that Mike Sullivan and Barry Trotz have matched wits in a playoff series for three consecutive years, they harbor very few secrets. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals know each other inside-out from 17 postseason games since 2016. The coaches are very familiar with the ...

LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what’s happening again to the Toronto Raptors. The fadeaway. With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits before sinking one fadeaway after the ...

Mayfield confident quarterback competition won’t divide Browns

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BEREA (AP) — Baker Mayfield intends to conquer, not divide. Although drafted by the win-starved Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick to be their quarterback of the future, Mayfield said Friday he plans to be a leader from the outset even if he doesn’t start as a rookie. Tyrod ...

Weir baseball wins third straight city championship

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WEIRTON — Weir High was on a roller coaster ride Thursday, losing a substantial early lead to Madonna in the annual city championship game, then coming back in the sixth inning to win a third city title in a row by a score of 12-9 before the largest crowd of the year at Ed Bowman Field. The ...

Wheeling Central no-hits Madonna in sectional play

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WHEELING—There was a noticeable look of focus in the eye of Wheeling Central ace Riley Bennington as she stepped into the circle before Thursday’s Class A Region 1, Section 1 game at Ben’s Field. Twenty strikeouts later, the right-hander celebrated with her teammates as she completed ...

Steubenville gets back to winning ways

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STEUBENVILLE — As Steubenville and Martins Ferry met Thursday evening at Vaccaro Field, the upcoming Ohio baseball tournament was in the back of both clubs’ minds. Big Red wanted to clean up some things that’s been hindering them of late, and the Purple Riders just wanted to get some ...

Seniors power Big Red

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STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red softball team honored its four seniors — Jaliyah Hubbard, Seana Ragusa, Kameron DiMarzio and Melinda Grant — before its game against New Philadelphia, and the foursome went out and delivered a strong showing as they combined for six hits and seven RBIs to lead ...

Field is set for OVAC track and field championship

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The field is set. After four rigorous days of qualifying, the 16 competitors in each of the 18 boys and girls events now know what stands between them and an OVAC championship. The final spots were awarded Thursday evening as Classes 1A/2A and 4A dodged a few raindrops ...

Guentzel scores twice, Penguins even series

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan knows his team is “wired” for offense, as tends to happen when you have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and — increasingly — Jake Guentzel on your roster. Yet the Pittsburgh Penguins have proven during their two-year run atop the NHL they know what ...

LeBron, Cavs dominate Raptors to take 2-0 lead

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TORONTO (AP) — Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store. Maybe not the fadeaway jumpers James kept making, each seemingly with a higher degree of difficulty than the last, but he was sure there would be something. “This morning you could just ...

Weir sweeps East Fairmont with a pair of late efforts

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WEIRTON — It couldn't get any closer as two evenly matched softball teams battled it out Wednesday evening on the Weir High softball field with the host Red Riders taking a 5-4 walk-off win over East Fairmont in the first game and coming from four runs down in the second for a 6-4 win. The ...

Weir’s Spencer sets another record at OVAC

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When adding up a big meet, solid competition and warm weather — as it pertains to track and field — the sum is impressive marks. Such was the case Wednesday afternoon as Class 3A and 5A put the finishing touches on their qualifying rounds at sun-drenched Red Devil ...

Oak Glen’s season ends; Weir to face North Marion on Friday

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RACHEL — It would have been fair to worry that, as North Marion circled the bases inning after inning in the first game of its sectional semifinal doubleheader against Oak Glen, it just might tire itself out for Game 2. To the chagrin of their visiting opponents, though, the Huskies only ...

Wheeling Park eliminates Brooke from tourney

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GLEN DALE — Wheeling Park earned the right to face John Marshall by beating Brooke 1-0 in an elimination game Wednesday afternoon. Maddie Osborne went the distance for the Patriots, earning a shutout victory. Wheeling Park scored its lone run in the third as Kins singled home Kesley ...

Wildcats capture Buckeye 8 title over Red Devils

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RICHMOND — The Edison softball team has had a memorable week. For the second time in less than a week, Edison won a championship, while St. Clairsville lost out on another. The Wildcats fell behind early, rallied to take a four-run lead then held on to defeat the Red Devils, 5-4, to win ...

Edison boys fall to St. C

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RICHMOND — St. Clairsville captured its third consecutive Buckeye 8 championship Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Edison at the Jefferson State Lake Park diamond. Dustin Carrothers battled his way through seven innings to earn the win for the Red Devils, who now stand at 12-6 on the ...

Wheeling Park erases deficit to down Big Red

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WHEELING — Baltimore Orioles legend Earl Weaver once said that the key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers. Wheeling Park provided all three on Wednesday as it rallied for a 7-5 victory over Steubenville at Patriot Field. Big Red held a 3-0 advantage ...

Madonna kicks off postseason strong

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ELM GROVE — When the Madonna softball team has been able to get on the field this season, it has been successful. Now that the weather is starting to cooperate with the Blue Dons, they are rolling just in time for the sectional tournament. Coach Chris Conti’s club opened the tournament in ...

Oak Glen advances in dramatic fashion

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NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen came from behind in the bottom of the seventh with Amber Moore getting a walk-off single up the middle to score Eileen Flowers with the winning run in a decisive 7-6 victory over Fairmont Senior on Tuesday. The win was the second in a best-of-three play-in series ...