Local Sports

Madonna girls cruise to victory

WEIRTON — The Madonna girls basketball team rode a strong first quarter to an 80-50 victory over Valley on Thursday. The Blue Dons led 17-2 after the first quarter and 36-21 at halftime. Andrea Alimario led Madonna with 22 points. Gia Riccadonna recorded 17 points. Jazzlyn Melnyk delivered ...

Harrison Central girls win at tough ‘House of Horrors’

MORRISTOWN — ‘The Hangar’ inside Union Local High School is regarded as a pretty tough gymnasium for visiting basketball teams, boys or girls, to play in. Harrison Central girls head coach Nick Yourkovich knows that all too well. “This place has been a personal ‘House of Horrors’ ...

Kessel, Letang score twice, lead Pens past Islanders

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A renewed commitment to defense has the Pittsburgh Penguins back on track after a bumpy November. The Penguins’ dynamic offense appears to have found its stride, too. Kris Letang and Phil Kessel each scored twice, and the Penguins beat the New York Islanders 6-2 on ...

Indians give Carrasco four-year contract

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco’s career has taken some dramatic turns, re-routed by elbow surgery, a therapeutic trip to the bullpen and several freakish injuries. He persevered, blossoming into a special pitcher — and person — for the Cleveland Indians. They’re going to keep him ...

Buckeye Local grad headed to China

WHEELING — A Buckeye Local graduate will be embarking on the trip of a lifetime today, and it’s all because of her love for wrestling. Jess Battilochi, a 2009 graduate of the Connorville-based high school, is an assistant athletic trainer at Wheeling Jesuit University. She was selected ...

Catholic Central honors football seniors at banquet

Ten Catholic Central seniors from this season’s football team were recently recognized at the school’s sports banquet. Pictured are, front, from left, Jordan Maul, Alec Constantini, Anthony Fallon, Noah Fayak; back row, from left, Jake Stoll, Dom Argentine, Justin Hartzell, Matt Bell and ...

Mayfield believes Riley ready for jump to NFL

BEREA — Baker Mayfield isn’t campaigning for Lincoln Riley. The rookie quarterback isn’t dismissing the possibility his former coach joins him in Cleveland either. Mayfield said Wednesday that he believes Riley is prepared to move from Oklahoma into the NFL, but he would also understand ...

Warriors win NBA Finals rematch in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title, and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 on Wednesday night. Curry ...

No. 19 Ohio State avoids major upset to Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Keyshawn Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Kaleb Wesson added 13 and No. 19 Ohio State rallied in the second half for a 77-67 victory over Illinois on Wednesday night. Musa Jallow had 11 points and nine rebounds as Ohio State (8-1) improved to 2-0 in the ...

Penguins trade Elliott, Lindberg to Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenseman Stefan Elliott and forward Tobias Lindberg in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Macoy Erkamps and forward Ben Sexton. The swap of minor leaguers was announced on Wednesday. Elliott and Lindberg will ...