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Sheikh’s missing daughter casts shadow over Derby favorite

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has spent millions trying to win the Kentucky Derby, and in the process plowing money into horse racing worldwide. Now with the overwhelming favorite, Dubai’s ruler faces increased scrutiny for allegations that he has violated ...

Nebraska counting on sharper Martinez in ‘prove it’ season

Adrian Martinez will be a rare four-year starting quarterback at Nebraska this fall and yet, for all his experience, he is one of the team’s biggest mysteries. He was among the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country as a freshman in 2018 and appeared on Heisman Trophy candidate lists ...

Mariners blank Astros behind Kikuchi

HOUSTON (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi took a no-hit bid into the the seventh inning, Taylor Trammell homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 1-0 on Thursday to stop a four-game losing streak. Kikuchi (1-1) did not allow a hit until Carlos Correa doubled to deep right-center field ...

Bengals take LSU receiver Chase with fifth overall pick

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ja’Marr Chase didn’t know if former LSU teammate Joe Burrow was being serious when the quarterback started telling him the Cincinnati Bengals planned to reunite the pair in the NFL. Chase, the star LSU wide receiver chosen by the Bengals with the fifth overall pick in ...

Steelers extend Rudolph

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed backup quarterback Mason Rudolph to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season. The team made the move just moments before the start of the 2021 draft, indicating they will not be shopping for veteran Ben Roethlisberger’s ...

No suspense as QBs dominate top 3 selections in NFL Draft

No suspense at the top of this NFL draft: Quarterback, quarterback and, yep, quarterback. With fans in attendance, prospects on hand and Commissioner Roger Goodell dispensing greetings to players being selected Thursday night, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence went to the Jacksonville Jaguars to ...

Packers want Rodgers, but QB wants out

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst reiterated Thursday that the team remains committed to quarterback Aaron Rodgers amid a report the reigning MVP doesn’t want to return to Green Bay. “As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in ...

Steelers take Alabama RB Harris with 24th selection

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are turning to Alabama star Najee Harris to give their running game a jolt. The Steelers selected Harris with the 24th overall pick Thursday night, confident he can help a rushing attack that finished dead last in the NFL in yards rushing in ...

Browns pick Northwestern CB

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns added another to piece to their revamped defense, selecting Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II with the No. 26 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. With thousands of their fans on hand to hear Commissioner Roger Goodell make the announcement ...

Bears trade up to get Ohio State QB Fields

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears traded up nine spots with the New York Giants to draft Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the No. 11 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in each of his two seasons after transferring from Georgia, ...

Guentzel scores OT winner for Penguins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored his 22nd goal 2:11 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in a result that clinched both teams’ place in the playoffs. Guentzel’s winner on a one-time redirection of John ...

Shadyside shuts out Madonna

SHADYSIDE — Pitching and defense haven’t been an issue this season for the Shadyside baseball team. At times, however, the Tigers just haven’t swung the bats well enough. Wednesday afternoon, at home, against Madonna, Shadyside delivered in all three phases and it resulted in a ...

Steubenville fends off Harrison in baseball, 5-2

STEUBENVILLE—After taking one on the chin a day earlier, Steubenville’s baseball team bounced back Wednesday, earning a 5-2 victory over Harrison Central at Vaccaro Field. “We had a rough one yesterday (Big Red fell to Indian Valley),” Steubenville coach Fred Heatherington said. ...

Ferry baseball stays hot; UL’s Gregor no hits BL in softball

RICHMOND — The Purple Riders avenged a loss from Saturday by fending off the homesteading Wildcats at Jefferson Lake State Park Wednesday, 4-1 Freshman Barron Lucey was impressive on the mound, fanning nine and allowing just one walk in a gem. Offensively, the Riders received a RBI triple ...

JM softball falls in OVAC

ELM GROVE - OVAC softball championships and John Marshall are intertwined. The Monarchs have collected 14 conference crowns in the diamond sport, the last coming in 2018. However, OVAC title number 15 will have to wait a year as John Marshall dropped a 3-1 decision to University Wednesday ...

Ferry trounces Linsly in 3A semifinal, 12-2

ELM GROVE — All spring Martins Ferry has blistered the cover off the softball. That trend continued Tuesday night in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 3A semifinal on Lisa’s Field at the J.B. Chambers I-470 Sports Complex. However, it wasn’t the Purple Power rendition as ...

Union Local mowed down by Oak Glen in 4A

WHEELING -- Union Local hadn’t been in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s Tom Bechtel Softball Championship tournament in 12 years prior to Tuesday afternoon’s semi-final appearance against top-seeded Oak Glen. The Jets won’t soon want to remember their latest appearance. Union ...

Monroe outlasts Bellaire in 3A

WHEELING — Bellaire had beaten Monroe Central twice during the regular season. The third-seeded Seminoles avenged both of those setbacks with a 3-1 triumph over the No. 2 Big Reds Tuesday night in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 3A semifinal on Lisa’s Field at the J.B. Chambers ...

Edison rolls past Harrison

WHEELING -- Harrison Central head coach Darrin Young arrived at the Chambers I-470 Complex Tuesday evening expecting his Huskies to be in a nip-and-tuck game against Edison in the semifinals of the OVAC Tom Bechtel Softball Championships. Some things don’t always go as scripted. Edison ...

Wheeling Park unloads on St. C.

WHEELING – Having not played a game in a week, Coach Steve Myers could only hope that his Wheeling Park baseball team continued its heavy-hitting, run-scoring ways that allowed them to win five of their first six games this season with a quality St. Clairsville squad visiting the hilltop. ...