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Barnesville’s Thompson to play baseball at Walsh

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BARNESVILLE — Zach Thompson is a baseball junkie. He’s learned the last two seasons just how much he loves the sport because he’s been away from it. He missed the majority of the 2019 season due to an injury and obviously this season was shelved before it even began because of the ...

Play ball for little leaguers

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MARTINS FERRY — Tom Regis had feared the worst. As president of the Martins Ferry Civics Little League Association, he was hoping Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would have a different opinion Friday on the summer staple than neighboring W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice outlined for the Mountain State a day ...

Eastern Gateway cancels fall sports

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STEUBENVILLE - Another sports program has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Eastern Gateway Community College officials announced Friday that the continuing COVID-19 restrictions have forced the school to cancel its fall sports season. The school’s board of trustees also ...

WLU athletes honored for academics

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - The West Liberty University athletic department once again led the way for all Mountain East Conference public universities on Thursday when the league released the MEC All-Academic Team and MEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for winter and spring sports. The Hilltoppers had ...

Ohio Co. Schools considering path back to sports

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WHEELING — Ohio County Schools took the first step toward the resumption of athletics during Monday’s board of education meeting, but many more decisions will need to be made before the Patriot teams begin their three-week, coaching period on July 6. Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones ...

No MLB economic plan in first meeting

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball did not include an economic proposal during its opening presentation to the players’ union on terms to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized big leaguers for not being willing to cut pay further at a news ...

Bryant’s sports academy retires ‘Mamba’ nickname

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon’s death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other ...

Pandemic could change landscape of minor league sports

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As North America’s pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey leagues try to play again in a pandemic, minor league sports face a more treacherous climb to return. While the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball can run on television revenue, it’s virtually impossible for many minor ...

Poll of NBA players shows desire to play

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MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the results of poll of NBA players taken by their union says there would be “overwhelming” support for any plan that has this season resuming in a safe way amid the coronavirus pandemic. The poll conducted by the National Basketball Players ...

Legion ball canceled in W. Virginia

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WHEELING — It became official Monday. American Legion baseball in West Virginia has been canceled for this summer due to ongoing unknown issues surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic. The American Legion National Organization circulated a memo on Sunday to all state organizations stating ...

AP source: MLB owners OK plan that could lead to July start

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to ...

Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber up

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Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this: In a most remarkable October full of huge ...

Pac-12 has discussed all-conference regular season for football

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Pac-12 has discussed an 11-game regular season played solely against conference opponents as one possibility for keeping college football going this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Southern California coach Clay Helton confirmed the all-conference idea Monday as ...

Agent seeks Williamson’s answers on benefits

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The marketing agent who has sued NBA rookie Zion Williamson wants the former Duke star to answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing his lone season with the Blue Devils. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in a ...

Mothers are the real MVPs in sports

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WHEELING — Mothers and sports go hand-in-hand. Whether they are coaching, driving their children to practice or racking up the miles to support their kids for road games, mothers in sports are the unsung heroes. Wendy McKivitz knows the life all too well. The mother of Union Local and ...

Under 1% of MLB employees test positive for virus antibodies

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NEW YORK (AP) — Just 0.7% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The small number of positive tests, announced Sunday, was positive news for a sport pushing ahead with plans to start its delayed ...

UFC’s return could provide blueprint for other pro leagues

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — UFC President Dana White wanted a major fight card weeks ago. He was confident his team could pull it off whether it took place on a tribal land, on a private island or in any of the 10 states offering to host it. Coronavirus testing. Fan-free arena. Social ...

Steelers rookies adapting

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — This isn’t quite the way Anthony McFarland expected his NFL career to begin. Then again, the rookie running back knows he’s not the only one whose first taste of the pros is coming via conference calls with members of the coaching staff followed by self-administered ...

Big question at NFL rookie webinar deals with the locker room

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D.K. Metcalf says the best advice he received as a rookie was to sit down last at team meetings. Metcalf shared his experience as a first-year wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks with 547 players in the NFL’s first rookie webinar after the draft last month. Jacksonville Jaguars ...

Sliva inducted to East District baseball coaches Hall of Fame

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Quite simply, Tom Sliva could hardly believe it when he received the letter. The current St. Clairsville High School baseball coach — fresh off a 2019 season in which he guided the Red Devils to the Division II state semifinals — was chosen for induction to the Eastern ...