West Virginia Sports

Pirates rally past Brewers 4-3 in Marte’s return

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte could feel the jitters as he darted out of the dugout and onto the field in a major league game for the first time in three months. The Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder dreaded what may await following an 80-game ...

3 condemned Ohio inmates ask high court to delay executions

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three condemned killers with upcoming execution dates asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday for a delay while they continue challenging Ohio's new lethal injection method. Lawyers for the death row inmates argue the ...

Playoff-needy Big 12 has 3 new coaches, new media days venue

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — When the Big 12 kicks off its football media days on Monday, commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be able to tout a winning record in bowl games last season and the still-growing revenue for the league's 10 schools. Three new head coaches ...

Bowlsby feels good about Big 12 despite negative perceptions

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Big 12's decision to restore a football championship game was based only on the league wanting to boost its chances of getting a team into the College Football Playoff, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday. At the start of ...

Big 12 preseason top newcomer: WVU’s Grier

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield and Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. have been named the preseason Big 12 players of the year. The Big 12 preseason honors released Wednesday were selected by media who cover the 10-team league. Mayfield was a ...

Pirates jump on Lester, Cubs for 10 runs in 1st

CHICAGO (AP) — It started with Josh Harrison's crisp single. It ended with Jose Osuna's fly ball to center field. In between, it was quite a display by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh scored 10 runs in the first inning of its 14-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, chasing Jon ...

Schauffele birdies final hole to win Greenbrier Classic

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A strong finish in the U.S. Open late month helped prepare Xander Schauffele for the nerve-racking grind of chasing a title on the PGA Tour. The rookie made a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win The Greenbrier ...

Parkersburg High crew team dedicates boat to late teammate

By JEFF SAULTON, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Current and former members of the Parkersburg High School Big Red Crew came together this past Wednesday to celebrate the memory of a teammate and friend who died in an automobile accident last year. Morgan Grimm, ...

State: Florida racing greyhounds test positive for cocaine

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press At least 12 greyhound racing dogs in Florida have tested positive for cocaine, and their trainer has had his license suspended. It's at least the second instance this year of racing greyhounds testing positive for cocaine. The dogs raced at Bestbet Orange Park ...

West Virginia to open men’s basketball season in Germany

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will open the 2017-18 men's basketball season against Texas A&M in Germany. WVU announced the non-conference portion of its schedule Monday. The Mountaineers and Aggies will meet Nov. 10 in the Armed Forces Classic in Ramstein-Miesenbach, ...

West Virginia adds football transfers from Alabama, Miami

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia says it had added two transfers on offense for the 2018 season. Football coach Dana Holgorsen announced Monday the additions of tight end Jovani Haskins and wide receiver T.J. Simmons. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Haskins redshirted at Miami as a freshman ...

Mercer, Harrison homer in Pittsburgh’s win over St. Louis

By WARREN MAYES, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — When it comes to taking one for the team, the Pirates can count on Josh Harrison. Harrison was hit by a pitch to drive in a run. He also homered and scored a run after hitting a double in a 7-3 Pittsburgh victory over the St. Louis ...

QB Will Grier cleared to play at WVU at start of season

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The NCAA has cleared transfer quarterback Will Grier to play at West Virginia at the start of the season. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed Grier's eligibility Tuesday. While at Florida, Grier was suspended by the NCAA in October 2015 for one year for ...

Pirates’ Taillon solid in return following cancer surgery

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon walked off the mound for the final time Monday night, sat in the dugout and felt fortunate to have pitched once again in the major leagues. Taillon worked five scoreless innings in his return from treatments for testicular ...

Crosby, Pens cap amazing year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this. Crosby was awarded his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and goalie Matt Murray made 27 ...

Nova stars as Pirates beat Locke, Marlins 3-1

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Elias Diaz is filling in quite nicely for injured catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. Diaz drove in two runs, Ivan Nova pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Jeff Locke and the Miami Marlins 3-1 on ...

Penguins crush Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The night started with a catfish throw. It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from Sidney Crosby and the rest of the resilient Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending champions provided an emphatic reminder ...

Sooner surprise: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retires at 56

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Like a well-executed blitz, Bob Stoops shocked the college football world. Oklahoma's football coach abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday after leading the Sooners to 10 conference championships and a national title in 18 ...

Lincoln Riley, 33, takes over as Oklahoma’s football coach

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Just three years ago, Lincoln Riley was the offensive coordinator at East Carolina. Now, he'll take the reins at Oklahoma, one of the most powerful programs in college football. The 33-year-old Riley has stepped in for the retiring Bob ...