West Virginia Sports

Pick 6: WVU one of 10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs, it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next. Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 ...

Nova beats former team, pitches Pirates over Yankees 2-1

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ivan Nova spent more than six years with the New York Yankees, fluctuating between good and not-so good as they waited for him to develop consistency to go with his occasionally top-end-of-the-rotation stuff. It never happened and the ...

Caps win tight series over Leafs to set up rematch with Pens

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer On paper, it looked as if the Washington Capitals could cruise past the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets beat each other up on the other side of the bracket. On the ice, the series could not have been more ...

Flower Power: Fleury thriving in familiar spot for Penguins

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he'll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to Matt ...

Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets with 5-2 win in Game 5

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The puck fluttered into the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets thrust their arms into the air, certain they had tied the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the third period of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. One problem. They weren't ...

Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus coach John Tortorella hates the kind of music his players often blare in the dressing room. Still, he really wanted them to be able to hear it again. After the first three games of the playoff series with Pittsburgh, the Blue ...

Big 12 football coaches ready to add 10th assistant coach

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen wishes he could add a 10th assistant coach to his staff right away. So does David Beaty at Kansas. They will have to wait until after the 2017 season for another full-time assistant, but Big 12 ...

West Virginia to host NCAA rifle championships in 2019

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will host the NCAA rifle national championships in two years. The NCAA announced Tuesday that the university will host the event in Morgantown on March 8 and 9 in 2019. It marks the first time that WVU will be the host site for an NCAA ...

Blue Jackets, Wild in danger of being swept out of playoffs

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of Sunday's game than in their first two playoff games combined. That still wasn't enough to slow down the Pittsburgh Penguins, who dealt the Blue Jackets a third ...

W. Virginia wants to leave nothing to chance after NCAA snub

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer West Virginia refuses to be ignored this year. The Mountaineers won 17 of their last 21 games last season to finish 36-22 but were left out of the NCAA baseball tournament after a crushing extra-inning loss to TCU in the Big 12 championship game. "We went into ...

Frazier homers, Pirates beat Cubs 6-1 for 3-game sweep

By SARAH TROTTO, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time in a while, the Pittsbrugh Pirates enjoyed their visit to Wrigley Field. Adam Frazier hit a clinching home run as the Pirates scored six times in the final two innings to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 Sunday for a three-game ...

Boyd, Avila lead Tigers past Indians 4-1 for series win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez thought the Detroit Tigers proved a point to their biggest rival. Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings, Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Detroit defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday to take two of three ...

LEADING OFF: Bucs can sweep Cubs, Chapman deals vs Cards

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday: ___ NEW YEAR After going 4-14 against the Cubs last season, the Pirates can take a three-game sweep from Chicago with a win at Wrigley Field. Andrew McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during a five-run ...

McCutchen’s 3-run homer 7th helps Pirates beat Cubs 8-7

CHICAGO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen got to Wrigley Field on Saturday and was happy to see a 24 mph wind. "You definitely have quite the advantage when you're playing in this ballpark when the wind is howling out like that," he said. McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in a five-run ...

Veteran goalies take center stage for Rangers, Penguins

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for Henrik Lundqvist not being able to beat the Montreal Canadiens. Ditto with Marc-Andre Fleury's most important games with the Pittsburgh Penguins being in his rearview mirror. Welcome to the 2017 playoffs, same as it ever was for ...

Gennett’s 3 hits, 3-run HR power Reds over Pirates

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Scooter Gennett is living out his childhood dream during the early days of the season. Gennett homered for the second straight night and finished with three hits, helping the Cincinnati Reds overcome the early departure of injured starter ...

Reds pounce on wild Glasnow in 7-1 win over Pirates

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The showdown between a pair of promising 23-year-olds with electric, if erratic, stuff never materialized. Pittsburgh's Tyler Glasnow couldn't find the strike zone on Monday night. Neither, really, could Cincinnati's Brandon ...

Marte’s walk-off homer in 10th leads Pirates by Braves 6-5

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte's talent is without question. So is his often erratic attention to detail. In a few hours Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder put the full spectrum on display. Marte was picked off twice in the span of three innings ...

Freese, Cervelli power Pirates by Braves 5-4 in home opener

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The images were jarring. Snow flurries swirling at PNC Park and Andrew McCutchen jogging out to right field instead of center in Pittsburgh for the first time following an offseason position switch. Yeah, things got a little weird for the ...

Leon homers to end Boston’s 3-0, 12-inning win over Pirates

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Sandy Leon prolonged the game with a baserunning mistake in the third inning. When Boston's catcher came up in the 12th, he ended it. Leon hit a three-run homer — the first walkoff of his career — and Chris Sale pitched seven innings of ...