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Kelly sets school record with a 299

WEIRTON, W.Va. — East Liverpool’s Nathan Kelly set a school record with a high game of 299 in the Potters’ 2,402-2,329 win over Weir on Tuesday at Holiday Lanes.

Kelly added a 492 series for the winners (3-0). Also for East Liverpool, Gavin Maze had a 245 high game and a 468 series.

The Potter girls were a 1,725-1,573 winner. Addison Rudibaugh had a 204 high game and a 383 series. Delaney Riggle had a 153 high game and a 306 series.

The Potter girls are 3-0.

East Liverpool is at United on Thursday.

Wellsville bowlers win on the road

WARREN — Wellsville’s bowling team rolled Maplewood 1,913-1,719 on Tuesday at Echo Lanes.

For the Tigers (2-0), Maddox Bosco had a 213 high game and a 381 series. Kaylee Crow had a 183 high game and a 308 series.

Wellsville plays Beaver Local at Tri-State Lanes today.

Kentucky, Stoops agree to contract extension

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the No. 25 Wildcats through June 2028.

Stoops’ deal is being finalized, but will continue to include guaranteed extensions of one year for a seven-win season and two years for a 10-win finish. A release Tuesday stated Stoops earned a one-year extension through 2027 with Kentucky’s current 9-3 record.

Stoops said in the release that he and athletic director Mitch Barnhart came to an agreement “a week or two ago” and shook hands on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m excited to continue to build this program to national prominence,” Stoops said in the release. “We’re on our way and I’m more confident in Kentucky football than I’ve ever been.”

Stoops is 58-53 in nine seasons with the Wildcats and has earned a sixth consecutive postseason appearance. His name had surfaced in recent days amid speculation about openings at LSU — which on Monday hired Brian Kelly from Notre Dame — and Oklahoma, where his brother, Bob, coached. Florida had also been mentioned as a possibility before it hired Billy Napier on Sunday.

Instead, Stoops is staying in Lexington and Barnhart said he is “excited” about the commitment.

“Coach Stoops has done an outstanding job in building the UK football program and we look forward to continued success under his leadership,” the AD added.

LeBron James ruled out due to protocol

LeBron James has been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, and was ruled out for the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Such a move almost certainly means one of two things: that James, who said earlier this season that he is vaccinated, either tested positive for COVID-19 or had an inconclusive result.

If James tested positive, he would likely be looking at a minimum of 10 days away from the Lakers unless he returns two negative PCR tests in a 24-hour span.

The news that he is missing time came on the same day that the NBA underscored its previous recommendation, echoed by the National Basketball Players Association, that coaches and players who are vaccinated receive a booster shot as soon as possible.

The NBA, in a memo obtained by The Associated Press, also told its teams Tuesday that it has documented 34 cases in which a fully vaccinated player, coach or staffer had a breakthrough case of COVID-19. The league has said about 97% of players are fully vaccinated, with Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving — who has not played this season because of his status — among the exceptions.

Other NBA stars have already missed multiple games this season after testing positive, including Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid — who just missed three weeks while dealing with the virus.

Tuesday’s game marks James’ 12th absence in the Lakers’ first 23 games this season. He missed 10 games because of injuries and another because of the first NBA suspension of his 19-year career.

He’s averaging 25.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists this season. If he is out for 10 days, he would miss at least four games.

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