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Youth, prep sports teams back to work

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YORKVILLE — Tuesday was the first day that members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association were permitted to practice football under specific guidelines outlined by the organization due to ther global COVID-19 pandemic. Buckeye Local was the first area squad to hit the field as head ...

Running on empty? Charity events wary in time of COVID-19

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It wasn’t exactly the finish line Ali Riecke had in mind. The 27-year-old had envisioned something more tropical when she signed up to participate in her second “Run Across Haiti,” an ambitious eight-day, 200-mile tour of the impoverished Caribbean nation sponsored by the nonprofit ...

Keselowski picks up win in Charlotte

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won the Southern 500, the Bristol night race, the Brickyard 400 and has now crossed the Coca-Cola 600 off his checklist of crown jewel victories. Chase Elliott lost two races in four days, both in heartbreaking fashion. Jimmie Johnson had a shot ...

Woods, Manning win a TV charity match as good as the real thing

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AP Golf Writer Tom Brady delivered the shot of the match that made it easy to forget the rest of his swings. Tiger Woods didn’t miss a fairway and earned a small measure of revenge against Phil Mickelson. The PGA Tour is set to return in just over two weeks, and it has a tough act to ...

Now 47, Colon still hoping to pitch again in major leagues

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colon refuses to entertain the idea of retirement. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t pitch in 2019 and that on Sunday he turned 47. He craves one more shot in the majors. “I’m not retired. That’s not in my mind,” Colon told The Associated Press in a ...

OVAC Coach of the year finalists named

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And then there were five. That is all that remains in the quest to be named the 2020 OVAC Coach of the Year, which will be presented Thursday as part of the virtual OVAC Banquet of Champions. The Coach of the Year Award, which has been given annually since 1969, recognizes the fall and ...

Post 159 baseball pays respect

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Memorial Day is all about remembering those that gave their lives so that we can have our freedom. Even though St. Clairsville Post 159 won’t be playing American Legion baseball this summer due to the lasting concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, members of ...

Area coaches react to OHSAA’s 2021 football tourney expansion

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There isn’t much — if anything — in high school sports that captivates a school or community like a deep run in the postseason. The Ohio High School Athletic Association — with the urging of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association — is giving four more schools in each ...

Steubenville Legion to play independently this summer

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STEUBENVILLE — Although American Legion baseball has been sidelined for the summer, on both the national and state levels due to the global COVID-19 epidemic, there will be ‘independent’ baseball played in Jefferson County in 2020. According to Anthony Pierro, who managed Jefferson ...

Baseball talent sparkled on prep diamonds

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WHEELING - A week ago we showcased many of the best prep baseball teams in the Ohio Valley. Now the spotlight shines on the premier diamond players as submitted by our readers. Just as with the teams, unfortunately some prep standouts may fall through the cracks while others have been ...

Ferry’s Bolinger to swim at Wheeling

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MARTINS FERRY — To say Jarrett Bolinger put forth one of the most decorated swimming careers in Ohio Valley history might still be selling him short. The Martins Ferry senior has a resume that includes three state meet appearances, eight individual OVAC titles, five sectional crowns and ...

Hall of Famers reach out to youth with messages of strength

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It doesn’t matter how the message is conveyed as long as it is communicated. So the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have three members livestream a session Friday with Ohio youngsters as part of its Strong Youth Strong Community program. Anthony Munoz, Aeneas Williams and Darrell Green, ...

NFL QBs holding passing sessions

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Some NFL quarterbacks are still finding ways to hold throwing sessions with receivers during the coronavirus pandemic, though things look much different. Players are keeping it simple and sticking to football instead of the annual weeklong bonding trips that have included sleepovers, cookouts, ...

Jerry Sloan, coaching great of Jazz glory dies

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Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring. He never wanted the spotlight. “This is pretty tough for me,” Sloan said that night. Talking about ...

Column: Sloan, other coaching greats who were denied a title

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Jerry Sloan was undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Yet there’s one glaring omission on an otherwise stellar resume. A championship. Sloan, who died Friday at age 78, isn’t the only coaching guru lacking a trip to a title. Let’s take a look at the 10 best coaches ...

Prep sports are back in Buckeye State, but not entirely

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COLUMBUS — High school sports are back. Well, sort of! But, not entirely. A major hurdle, however, was cleared toward their full return Thursday afternoon when, during the governor’s daily press briefing, Lt. Gov. John Hustead announced that “skills training for contact sports ...

Cronin’s Ironman streak to continue

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WHEELING - The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic was scheduled to stage the 44th annual running of the demanding event this Saturday until it was stopped in its tracks by the coronavirus pandemic. The classic’s cancellation, however, will not prove a roadblock for Pat Cronin from ...

Smith not sure about Ohio St. football season

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COLUMBUS — Gene Smith isn’t ready to say he’s 100 percent comfortable yet that there will be a full, 12-game college football regular season. The Ohio State University Director of Athletics is much closer to that mark, however, than he was just a few months ago when the ongoing ...