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OVAC Banquet of Champions postponed

Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Executive Director Dirk DeCoy formally announced Wednesday that the annual Banquet of Champions has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made during the OVAC Executive Board meeting, held via Zoom just a few hours before DeCoy ...

Legion National Tourney, World Series canceled

WHEELING — Changes to the upcoming American Legion Baseball season have begun. Due to restrictions brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americanism Commission, through National Commander James William Oxford, announced the cancellation of all American Legion national tournaments for ...

WLU women finish strong in recruiting

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University head women’s basketball coach Kyle Cooper is already looking forward to next year after seeing the two recruits he landed during November’s early-signing period close out their high school career with impressive senior seasons. Jenna Riccardo, a ...

The Masters in Nov. is better than no Masters at all

C.T. Pan could become a footnote in history at Augusta National. Imagine qualifying for his first Masters and then having to wait 571 days before he can hear the most understated announcement in golf. “Fore, please. C.T. Pan now driving.” One week after Tiger Woods slipped on a fifth ...

British canceled; Masters pushed to November

The Masters goes from that annual rite of spring to two weeks before Thanksgiving. The U.S. Open now is scheduled in September for the first time since amateur Francis Ouimet took down Britain’s best at Brookline in 1913 to put golf on the map in America. And the oldest championship of them ...

NFL going with virtual format for upcoming draft

The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines include no group ...

Anglers welcome fishing opportunity

BELMONT — In the state of Ohio, there are 75 state parks. And even during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most of the parks offer several opportunities for visitors to gain fresh air, exercise or simply provide the chance to get out of the house for a few hours as the weather begins to ...

Pro Football HOF’er Bobby Mitchell dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bobby Mitchell, the speedy NFL offensive star of the late 1950s and 1960s who became the Washington Redskins’ first black player on the way to a Hall of Fame career, has died. He was 84. Mitchell split his career with the Cleveland Browns and Redskins and was inducted ...

Pro day cancellations forcing changes to NFL draft process

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Polian simplified the NFL’s draft process years ago. He studied film, relied on medical experts, checked the numbers and interviewed players. With the flurry of canceled pro days, the Hall of Famer who constructed multiple Super teams during his 32-year- career ...

Ex-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73. The ...

Trump discusses virus with pro sports leaders

President Donald Trump talked to many U.S. pro sports leaders about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said later in a briefing at the White House. “I ...

Byron wins virtual race at Bristol

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — William Byron led the most laps in NASCAR’s first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills. The third time out, he got the win. Byron easily won the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really ...

Boroski, MLB continue to play the waiting game

Stan Boroski had never looked at the clock as much in his life as he did on March 27. It was on that day that Boroski was supposed to be beginning his 11th season as the bullpen coach for the Tampa Bay Rays. Whether it was 10 a.m. when he would have been departing for the ballpark, 12:30 ...

Steubenville CC grad doesn’t need stats to enjoy success in sports

When Mark Rest graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central in 2016, he was not unlike any future college athlete. Rest envisioned himself going to Muskingum University and making an impact for the baseball program for four years, helping the Muskies to achieve as much collective success as ...

Bellaire’s Tiber enjoying D-I coaching success

FLORENCE, AL. — The University of North Alabama has transitioned quite nicely into the world of Division I women’s basketball. The Lions recently completed their second season at the NCAA’s highest level, posting a sparkling 21-9 record. It also marked the first time in school history ...

Grove looking forward to showing his progress

WHEELING — Los Angeles Dodgers prospect and Wheeling Park graduate Michael Grove was supposed to be spending his spring on the pitcher’s mound at Minor League Spring Training in Phoenix firing his fastball and perfecting his breaking balls. Instead, like the rest of us, he is awaiting the ...

Johnson steps down as Barnesville head boys hoops coach

BARNESVILLE — Matt Johnson knew he was working with a small window of time when he accepted the boys basketball job at his alma mater in the spring of 2017. The window closed earlier this week when Johnson — after three seasons at the helm — formally stepped down from the post. “I ...

Shadyside Relays will not be staged due to COVID-19

SHADYSIDE — Coronavirus wins again, unfortunately. The list of sporting events that will not occur in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased by one. During a meeting of the Shadyside Relays committee, which was held via conference call this week, the decision to cancel ...

Weir’s Spencer to commits to run track at N. Carolina

WEIRTON — During the 2019 West Virginia state track meet, Weir’s Sebastian Spencer took the baton in the Class AA 4x100 in seventh place. From there came the most improbable comeback the crowd would see. Spencer made up ground and the closer he got to the lead of the pack, it become clear ...

Lavender’s Olympic dream will have to wait

STEUBENVILLE — The dream is worth the wait. At least that’s how Steubenville High School graduate Ja’Quan Lavender feels. Lavender has been training with hopes of earning an Olympic Trials and eventual berth in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 400 meter dash. Now, Lavender ...