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Blue Jackets score 2 on penalty shots, clinch playoff spot

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NEWARK, N.J. — Making the playoffs for the third time in franchise history is just the first step for the Columbus Blue Jackets. There’s much more serious work ahead for coach John Tortorella and his team in the next few weeks: making a run at the Stanley Cup. Lukas Sedlak and Brandon ...

Maryland cruises past WVU

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland was already enjoying a heck of a second quarter when Destiny Slocum scrambled in position to take a buzzer-beating shot. Squaring up from just outside the opposite arc, Slocum stretched both arms behind her head and let the ball fly. Swish! Slocum’s ...

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Bears tennis wins two MORGANTOWN — The Oak Glen girls’ tennis team won two matches Saturday, beating North Marion (7-0) and East Fairmont (6-1). Katie Szymanski, Brooke Provenzano and Ally Brothers won both their singles matches, while Molly Swartzmiller went ...

Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — A big gamble in the desert heat ended a long victory drought for Ryan Newman. When just about everybody else decided to take a tire-changing pit stop in the final few laps on Sunday, Newman figured he’d be going in with them. His crew chief Luke Lambert thought ...

New kids around the block

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — The NASCAR kids keep coming on strong. Five of the highest-starting eight drivers in NASCAR’s lineup for its Monster Energy Series race on Sunday are 26 or younger. Ryan Blaney, starting next to pole-sitter and teammate Joey Logano on the front row, is 23. Kyle Larson ...

Villanova guard Josh Hart, center, drives to the basket against Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, left,  and forward Vitto Brown, right, with three seconds remaining in the second half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

ON WISCONSIN

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court. There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions — and No. 1 overall seed — ...

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Educated guesses or crystal ball?

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INDIANAPOLIS — The spread offenses that dominate the NCAA produce a parade of points but also prospects that aren’t quite ready for the NFL. Quarterbacks have to learn to line up under center and scan the field while backpedaling. Running backs have to learn to scurry straight ahead. Wide ...

Maryland women host Big 12 champs West Virginia in NCAAs

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Brionna Jones remembers walking off the court, inconsolable after Maryland’s premature exit from the NCAA Tournament. Jones was a junior last year when the Terrapins were striving to make a third straight appearance in the Final Four. After breezing to victory in the ...

Ohio crowns girls basketball champs

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COLUMBUS — Angela Troyer scored 20 points and Morgan McMillen had 17 for Hiland as it won its fifth state title with a 61-41 victory against defending champion Waterford in the Division IV final on Saturday at Value City Arena. Troyer was the 2017 Associated Press Player of the Year in ...

Expect fast-paced game with Tar Heels meeting Razorbacks

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — North Carolina is at its best when the Tar Heels are pushing the ball upcourt in a go-go-go pace, one that frequently has opponents desperately trying to slow things down. That shouldn’t be a problem for today’s second-round game in the South Regional. Arkansas is ...