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Umpires not sure if they’ll call balls or strikes

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WHEELING — Umpires don’t get the limelight. They are at the field everyday, despite blazing hot temperatures or early season snowfalls, for the same reason as the players — they love the game. During the current coronavirus pandemic that has caused the postponement of prep baseball and ...

Beaver grad Wolfe inks deal with Baltimore

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have reached agreement on a one-year contract with defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, ending his eight-year run with the Denver Broncos. Wolfe had seven sacks in 12 games last season before going on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow. The ...

McFarland, Stephen are captains of Times Leader wrestling team

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COLUMBUS — The final 13 left standing. Literally! The 2019-2020 All-Times Leader wrestling team is comprised of a baker’s dozen of athletes that qualified for the 83rd annual Ohio state tournament at Value City Arena inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State ...

West Virginia SSAC plans May 6 for spring sports

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While Ohio closed the book on its 2019-20 winter sports season Thursday morning, West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan is still holding out hope to complete the girls and boys state basketball tournaments as well as play an abbreviated spring ...

Four receive high promotions at Taylor Martial Arts Academy

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A rare occurrence took place recently in the city when four students and instructors at Taylor Martial Arts Academy recently tested and were successfully promoted to their next black belt ranks in Taekwon-Do. Those earning new ranks were Paul Taylor, Misty Smith, Jason ...

Narcisi, Wilinski, Nolte selected for OVAC Hall of Fame

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This list of honorees in the Class of 2020 for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame continues to grow with the addition of three more deserving individuals. Selected in the OVAC “Family” category is Jerry Narcisi of Shadyside; named as an OVAC “Contributor” is long-time ...

OHSAA cancels its winter sports

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Nearly 700 student-athletes saw their bids for all-state honors pinned Thursday when the Ohio High School Athletic Association canceled what would have been the 83rd annual state wrestling tournament due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Thirteen of those wrestlers were from The Times ...

Wheeling Park’s Vargo pledges to play at Youngstown St.

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WHEELING — When it comes to hard work, Wheeling Park’s Alex Vargo personifies it. When he’s not practicing during a scheduled team practice or playing a game, he in the gym continuing trying to improve his skills. And his play has shown brilliantly during his tenure as a Patriot. So ...

MLB Ballparks remain eerily empty today for opening day

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — There will be no hot dogs on the grill, no beer on tap, no vendors in the stands selling peanuts and Cracker Jack. The shiny new stadium deep in the heart of Texas will still be waiting for its first Rangers game. Instead of warming up for his debut with the New ...

Olympic delay leaves athletes uncertain about sponsorships

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Aside from figuring out how to maintain their health and fitness for an additional year, athletes like Ryan Crouser suddenly faced another concern when the Olympics were postponed until 2021. They also have to make the money stretch that far. Crouser still hopes to defend his shot put gold ...

Cardinals’ Ritz earns NCAA Division II honor

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WHEELING — Lilly Ritz honestly didn’t know what to expect in her return to the basketball court this winter. After all, the Wheeling University sophomore didn’t play during the 2018-19 season after transferring from California, Pa. and she played minimal minutes as a true freshman at ...

Gamble finds his passion with MMA

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SCIO — College isn’t for everybody. Cody Gamble can attest to that. A two-sport standout in football and wrestling at Harrison Central, the 2019 graduate had no desire to continue his academic career following high school. “I didn’t have a major lined up and I really didn’t ...

WLU’s Bolon named to coaches’ A-A team

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – West Liberty University men’s basketball standout Dalton Bolon achieved a rare postseason honors “double” on Tuesday when he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-America Team. Selected and voted on by NCAA Division II ...

Ferry native Weiskircher inducted into third HOF

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MARTINS FERRY — Rich Weiskircher has been retired from coaching for several years. The honors, however, continue to roll in for the former Martins Ferry High School grid star. Weiskircher enjoyed a successful two-decade run as head grid coach at Marysville High, located just outside of ...

Signs point to Olympics being postponed

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IOC members, national Olympic committees and athletes were all racing toward the same conclusion Monday: The Tokyo Olympics are not going to take place this summer. Craig Reedie, a longtime member of the International Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press that everyone can see where ...

Olympic torch relay: No torch, no torchbearers and no public

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TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture — but with no torch, no torchbearers, no public, and little ceremony. There will be an Olympic flame — that arrived on March 12 from Greece — carried in a lantern and ...

Oregon star Ionescu is AP women’s POY for 2020

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Sabrina Ionescu capped off a unprecedented college career by entering an exclusive club. Oregon’s star guard was a unanimous choice Monday as The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year, receiving all 30 votes from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 each week ...