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Narcisi, Wilinski, Nolte selected for OVAC Hall of Fame

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

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 ...

Tolzda won’t get to see how far Meadowbrook boys could have gone

BYESVILLE — Meadowbrook head basketball coach Lou “Scooter” Tolzda felt his team was playing as well as anyone two weeks ago when it was preparing for the Division II regional tournament. And who could argue? The Colts were riding a 15-game winning streak and had won 22 of their ...

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

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 ...

Betts, Bauer, Stroman go free, even if no MLB games are played this season

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no baseball this year, part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner’s officer and the players’ association. If there’s no season because of ...

MLB Ballparks remain eerily empty today for opening day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Virtual race a real success for bored NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seated inside a simulator in his living room, Denny Hamlin grew thirsty as he virtually raced some of his top rivals. He asked his one allowed crew member — his 7-year-old daughter — to get him a soda and she handed him a bottle of slightly shaken ...

Self-isolated NFL players engage in group chats, workouts

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Dennis Kelly has been hunkered down with his family in the Indianapolis area since the birth of his third daughter a month ago. He has been self-isolating before the spread of COVID-19, the ...

Olympics seem sure to happen, but in 2021

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are going to happen — but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. This became clear after the IOC on Sunday announced it was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks. Major Olympic nations like Canada ...

Barefoot Hamlin wins virtual Homestead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The stands were packed, Jimmie Johnson caused several wrecks, Denny Hamlin raced barefoot and damaged cars were repaired with the push of a button — a few virtual signs that NASCAR backed quite an unreal race. NASCAR eased off the brake in the real sports world ...

Final Four stardom not always followed by long NBA career

Jeff Sheppard works as a financial planner now, more than two decades removed from the time he helped Kentucky win the NCAA Tournament. Yet he still gets asked regularly about his role in the Wildcats’ 1998 national championship. Sheppard went undrafted after that glorious run and played ...

Canada won’t compete if Olympics are held in July

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada saying it won’t send a team to the games this year and the leader of track and field, the ...