OVAC boys playoffs

The five games are set for the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Boys Basketball Championships Saturday at Ohio University Eastern.

The day will start with the Class 1A title game as the Weirton Madonna Blue Dons will be in the championship game for the third straight year. The Dons will face a new opponent in No. 1-seeded Wellsville.

Madonna got to the title contest with its third win of the season over rival Bishop Donahue (and there is a chance the teams will meet for a 4th time in sectional play).

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Golf is just fine

Jordan Spieth won for the 9th time on Tour, becoming the second-youngest since the WWII era to do so, just behind Tigger and in front of Jack.

The win also meant the last 7 Tour winners are in their 20s — Spieth, Matsuyama, Rahm, Hudson Swafford, Justin Thomas x 2.

That means that golf is just fine without Eldrick and his back spasms.

One thing we have learned over the many years of the Tour is that golf will survive.

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On the left coast

The PGA Tour hits a great place this week inside the 17-mile Drive as the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is on the docket.

The pros and their amateurs will tee it up at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. MPCC is the easiest course, then Pebble, then Spyglass.

The first 5 holes at Spyglass are stunning — a long par 5, two short par 4s and two fun par 3s.

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Tigger back on the course

Tiger Woods shot 4-over 76 on his return to the PGA Tour during Thursday’s opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.

He was rusty, to say the least, since he last played a round on Tour in some 530-something days.

Everything he is doing now and for the next 2 months is slated to get him ready for Augusta, where he looks to compete and try to win his 15th major.

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Cooperstown voting

The “steroid users” — Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens — are again the poster children for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and their collective Hall of Fame ballots.

The pair continues to climb the ladder to 75% and eventually will get into Cooperstown.

Former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is in the Hall thanks to the Veterans Committee. And, considering Selig was the leader when the whole PED thing was going on,

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Thomas goes low — again

Justin Thomas shot 27-under par at the Sony Open and won by 7 shots.

That is lapping the field.

He stood on the 8th tee Sunday at 1-over par and was looking to get comfortable, not with his swing, but with his mental approach.

Thomas found it and played the last 11 holes in 6-under to shoot 65 and a PGA Tour record 253. It takes something for players to break Tour records because of all the great players who have teed it up since forever ago.

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Back in the swing of things

The PGA Tour is back and it’s about time.

The new year starts in Hawaii and there are some good story lines heading into the season — Rory, Spieth, DJ, Day and, yes, as much as it pains me to say, Tiger.

Will Woods actually jump inside the top 200 in the world rankings? Will he get hurt again? Did he rid himself of the yips? Can he actually hit the driver straight more than 5 times a round?

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Coryell to Canton, please

Former college football and NFL head coach Don Coryell is in the final 15 to possibly be in the Hall of Fame in Canton.

Coryell is the first coach to win more than 100 games as a college head coach and an NFL head coach. He spent his formative years at San Diego State, where he went 104-19-2 from 1961-72 and then went 114-89-1 from 1973-77 with the St. Louis Cardinals and from 1978-1986 with the San Diego Chargers.

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The next step

You really have to like the jump the WVU football team made this season — 10 wins, a running game that mattered and a defense that was pretty solid.

The next step is winning a game that matters. I know they all matter. I get that part. But, at some point in time, a program has a have a signature win. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, those 2 signature wins game against BYU and Kansas State in Weeks 3 and 4.

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Pirates going forward

It is still funny to me how people forget that the Pirates have a budget. People don’t like it, but it’s there. Fans want the ownership to “open up the purse strings” and add this and that to a mixture they believe can contend for a title.

But, the Pirates are not the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers. They are the Pirates and must function accordingly.

We don’t go out looking for a new car in the $250/month region and come away with one that costs us $375/month.

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