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Defense is all business in annual game

MORGANTOWN — It has become a rarity when something, or someone, performs as advertised. That was not the case Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium as University of Florida transfer Will Grier delighted a crowd of 6,415 fans in West Virginia’s annual Gold/Blue Scrimmage. “He ...

USC transfer Browne hoping to build off productive spring

PITTSBURGH — Max Browne didn’t uproot himself and travel halfway across the country to spend his one season in Pittsburgh as the backup quarterback. It’s why the USC graduate transfer headed from sunny Los Angeles to wintry Pittsburgh in January, eager to get a jump start on his last ...

Ramirez has 6 RBIs as Indians rout Verlander

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez had the best day of his career. Justin Verlander had one of his worst. Ramirez was 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers for Cleveland, and Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs Saturday in the Indians’ 13-6 win over the Detroit ...

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Donnelly to give lessons STEUBENVILLE — Veteran major league baseball coach Rich Donnelly will resume offering hitting and pitching lessons for area youth starting April 23. For information, contact Donnelly at (740) 317-6327. Donnelly recently served as the bullpen coach for the USA team ...

LeBron, Cavs escape Pacers in Game 1

CLEVELAND — Their regular-season issues followed the Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn’t win their postseason opener as much as survive it. The champions remain puzzling. LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland, looking to flip a switch after a shaky-and-streaky regular season, ...

Dufner eagles twice to lead RBC Heritage after 54 holes

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jason Dufner took more than a solid showing away from the Masters last week. He took inspiration from winner Sergio Garcia. Dufner finished 33rd in the year’s first major, things getting away from him late in the final round a week ago. But he took something ...

West Liberty takes a doubleheader from Urbana

WEST LIBERTY — With members of the conference champion teams from 1973-77 on hand at Kovalick Field including legendary coach Jim Watson, the pressure was on the West Liberty baseball team Saturday. The Hilltoppers weren’t phased in the least. Coby Eckstein ripped a pair of homers — one ...

Reds lose a starter, but Winker’s double beats Brewers 7-5

CINCINNATI — Jesse Winker doubled home the go-ahead runs with his first major league hit, and the Cincinnati Reds overcame two more homers by Eric Thames for a 7-5 victory on Saturday, ending the Milwaukee Brewers’ four-game winning streak. The Reds also lost another starter. Left-hander ...

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James stands during a time out in the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Miami. James and Kyrie Irving were both held out of Cleveland's game at the Miami Heat. James was listed as having a right calf strain, and Irving has soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

LeBron unfazed by struggles, believes Cavaliers can repeat

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James quickly moved past Cleveland’s disjointed regular season, an uphill, 82-game slog of injuries, roster upheaval and drama. Reflection can wait. James understands the Cavaliers appear vulnerable, perhaps beatable as they enter the NBA playoffs following a ...

Edison baseball beats Creek

RICHMOND — The Edison baseball team earned a 5-1 victory over rival Indian Creek on Friday. The winning pitcher for the Wildcats was Anthony Sinicropi, who went the distance allowing just three hits. At the plate, Bryce Piatt had a double; Joe Nave had two singles; Larry Bielawski had a ...