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HS Hoops in Home Stretch
Washington County schools have already qualified 15 teams for the upcoming WPIAL basketball playoffs--ten girls teams and five boys. Trinity (AAA), Wash High (AA), Charleroi (AA) and California (A) have both boys and girls heading to the postseason. Girls teams from Canon-McMillan, Peters Township, Ringgold, Chartiers-Houston, Beth-Center and Fort Cherry have already clinched as have the Avella boys. With just days remaining in the regular season, Peters Township, Chartiers-Houston and Beth-Center boys are still in the hunt along with Avella girls.
Peters Township boys qualify with a win vs. Canon-McMillan or a Mt. Lebanon loss vs. Upper St. Clair.
Chartiers-Houston boys make the playoffs with a win vs. Ft. Cherry or a Carlynton loss at Brentwood.
Beth-Center boys need to beat Bentworth AND see Frazier lose to Brownsville.
Avella girls qualify with a win at West Greene.
The WPIAL Basketball Committee meets Monday. Pairings will be released Tuesday night on WJPA-AM and online via MSASports.net. Preliminary round games could be played as early as next Thursday.
Wrestling Team Tournaments Championship Rounds
Canon-McMillan faces Kiski Area in the WPIAL AAA Team Tournament semifinals Saturday (2 pm) at Penn Hills. If the Big Macs win, they'll take on the Belle Vernon/North Allegheny winner in the finals. If Kiski wins, Canon-McMillan wrestles the BVA/NA loser in the PIAA qualifier match. In Double-A, South Fayette is matched up with nine-time defending champion Burrell in the semifinals at Chartiers-Houston (12 noon). The winner faces the Freedom/Derry winner in the finals. The loser wrestles the Freedom/Derry loser in the PIAA qualifier. We'll have live coverage of both rounds of both tournaments Saturday. The top three in each class move on to the PIAA Team Tournaments. Click for WJPA High School Wrestling
Pens Visit Tampa Bay Without Malkin, Fehr
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be busy over the next several days--they visit Tampa Bay tonight and Florida Saturday night before returning home to face Anaheim Monday. Scratched from the lineup tonight and tomorrow night will be Evgeni Malkin who is suffering from a lower-body injury. The really bad news is the loss of Eric Fehr for about a month, also suffering from a lower-body injury.
The Washington Capitals still lead the NHL's Eastern Conference by nine points over Florida after both teams won Thursday. Alex Ovechkin's 29th goal of the season snapped a 2-2 tie with 2:40 remaining in the Capitals' 3-2 triumph over the New York Islanders. The Panthers picked up their fifth straight win as Vincent Trocheck finished with two goals and three points in a 6-3 win against Detroit.
No Charges Against Manziel
CLEVELAND (AP) - Two Texas police departments have closed their cases on a possible assault involving Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Charges have not been filed despite disturbing allegations that Manziel struck his ex-girlfriend last weekend. Colleen Crowley told police in Fort Worth that Manziel struck her "several times" and that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner acted "as if he were on some kind of drugs," but she maintained he was not intoxicated.
Manziel will be released by Cleveland next month, ending two turbulent NFL seasons.
Stewart Injures Back
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle. Stewart-Haas Racing says Stewart sustained a "burst fracture of the L1 vertebra" when he crashed on an ATV Sunday.
The team said he is expected to make a full recovery and race this year, but he will definitely miss what was expected to be his final Daytona 500.
Phoenix Open Underway
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama shared the lead when the first round of the PGA's Waste Management Phoenix Open was suspended.
Fowler played his first six holes at 5 under before completing a 6-under 65. Lowry birdied seven of his first 13 holes, then bogeyed the next two. Matsuyama was in one of the last groups to finish before play was stopped because of darkness.
Anirban Lahiri was a stroke back at 66, and Bryce Molder also was 5 under with two holes left when play was suspended.
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