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Ohio State’s Wesson entering the NBA Draft

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson plans to enter the NBA draft. Wesson announced in a tweet Wednesday night that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the draft. Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Wesson can sign with an agent for ...

Wolfe finally gets shot with Ravens

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Derek Wolfe figured he missed yet another chance to join the Baltimore Ravens when the team reached agreement last month on a three-year contract with free agent defensive lineman Michael Brockers. After Baltimore’s deal with Brockers fell through, Wolfe ...

Stefanski has adjusted during the ‘strange times’ in sports

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski’s title has changed. His address remains the same. Stuck in Minnesota with his family, the Cleveland Browns’ first-year coach has been holed up and riding out the coronavirus pandemic, which has created challenges as he prepares for the NFL draft and a ...

Basketball HoF to name 2020 induction class

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A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced today in a unique way. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which typically reveals its annual selections ...

Ebron eager to start over with Steelers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Ebron isn’t worried about Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right elbow. The same goes for Ebron’s balky ankle, which the newly signed Pittsburgh Steelers tight end said had “a whole lot of mess” in it before getting cleaned up in December. While ...

NBA coaches playing the waiting game

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MIAMI (AP) — Orlando’s Steve Clifford figures he’s like every other NBA coach right now: Wake up, go to whatever now serves as the office, study his own team, maybe think about possible opponents, and resume planning. Of course, nobody knows what they’re planning for — or when these ...

Oglebay Park golf courses are open; safety steps taken

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WHEELING — The three golf courses at Oglebay Park — Crispin, Jones and Palmer — are all open for play. But, Danny Ackerman, Oglebay’s general manager of golf, stresses that plenty of steps have been taken to make the course, staff and players as safe as possible as everyone deals ...

Brown working from his home to improve WVU

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MORGANTOWN - Neal Brown’s initial year at the WVU grid helm was somewhat disappointing, although finishing in upbeat fashion. Brown took over a Mountaineer program that predecessor Dana Holgorsen left void of much Big 12-caliber talent. As a result, WVU finished with a 5-7 mark. The ...

Home sweet home for West Liberty men’s basketball

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WEST LIBERTY — Another decade of NCAA men’s basketball has been entered into the record books and the numbers confirm what West Liberty University fans have known all along. There is no sweeter home at any level of NCAA basketball than the Hilltoppers’ own ASRC, which celebrated its ...

OSU still landing recruits

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There’s a cliche in college athletics, specifically football, that recruiting never stops. That remains true even during a world-wide coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the shutdown of sports and college campuses across the country. Despite the shutdown, and no access to the ...

McGrath owns plenty of fond memories from baseball career at WLU

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BRIDGEPORT — Bailey McGrath has played baseball since he was 3 years old. He is now 23 and has seen some pretty good curveballs in his days, but none were as nasty as the one thrown by the NCAA earlier this month. After having a breakout season for West Liberty University last spring in ...

Ohio State adjusting to new normal

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In normal times, the Ohio State Buckeyes would be preparing for Wednesday’s spring football practice, their ninth, as they continue to build up to the culmination of the spring with the annual Scarlet and Gray game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, April 11. But, because of the world-wide ...

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra season to play

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The NCAA will permit Division I spring-sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes ...

Nailers part ways with head coach Mike Bavis

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers have elected not to renew coach Mike Bavis’ contract, and he will not be returning for the 2020-21 season. The search for the 19th head coach in team history will begin immediately. “We would like to thank Mike for the work he did for our organization, ...

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 ...