West Virginia Sports

Kentucky-WVU, Texas A&M-Kansas headline Big 12/SEC Challenge

By The Associated Press Kentucky will travel to West Virginia and Kansas will host Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The field for the annual event was announced Thursday, with all 10 games played on Jan. 27. Baylor will travel to Florida in what could be a Top 25 matchup. Oklahoma ...

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team "refresh" and "reload" after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of the ...

West Virginia’s Carter withdraws from NBA draft

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Big 12 defensive player of the year Jevon Carter of West Virginia has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft. West Virginia said Monday in a news release that Carter will return for his senior season. Carter had until Wednesday to decide whether to remain in the ...

Penguins strike early, rout Senators 7-0 to take 3-2 lead

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game." It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending ...

Pirates edge Phillies 1-0 in rain after Freese HBP

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Coming off two subpar outings, Chad Kuhl went into the video room to find some past success he could recreate. Kuhl and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates scratched out the only run of a rainy game ...

Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby ...

Cole shuts down Nationals as Pirates roll to 6-1 win

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole spent the last six weeks stringing together dominant performance after dominant performance with little to show for it, thanks to a Pittsburgh Pirates offense that always seemed to sputter whenever their ace's turn in the ...

Marshall’s Jon Elmore withdraws name from NBA draft

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall guard Jon Elmore has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft. Marshall announced Elmore's decision Wednesday to return for the 2017-18 season. Elmore had announced in March that he would enter the draft and not hire an agent. The 6-foot-3 Elmore led ...

Crest back at West Virginia, now listed at wide receiver

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — William Crest Jr. has had a change of heart and is returning to West Virginia's football team for the 2017 season. West Virginia football spokesman Mike Montoro tells The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/2qoSlQl ) that Crest is back with the team as a wide receiver. ...

West Virginia spring hunters take more than 11,000 turkeys

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 11,539 turkeys this spring, up 11 percent from last year. The Division of Natural Resources says that's the largest harvest since 2006. The counties where the most birds were taken were Preston with 475, ...

Confident Senators return home eager for more goals vs Pens

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — They have split two games scoring a combined three goals. They have limited the Pittsburgh Penguins to two goals. They have gone 1-1 on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champions in the Eastern Conference final. Now all the Ottawa Senators want going into ...

Senators look to build off Game 1 win against Penguins

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn't an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. "A lot of people were doubting us and ...

Osuna’s 10th-inning HR helps Pirates beat Diamondbacks 6-4

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Jose Osuna was the last player cut from spring training for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made it back to the big club, though, and now he's proving his worth. Osuna hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning and Tony Watson escaped ...

Penguins just now finding their groove going into East final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury and his teammates played their best game of the playoffs so far, and it feels like just the beginning for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 with their ...

Capitals overwhelm Penguins 5-2 to force Game 7

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses. And they don't care. It's not 1992. It's not 1996, 2009 or 2016 for that matter. The Capitals have ...

Pressure still on Caps, but spotlight is on Fleury in Game 6

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Three goals in five minutes sparked sing-song chants of "FLEU-RY! FLEU-RY!" and might've planted enough of a seed of belief for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All series the Capitals had struggled to beat goaltender Marc-Andre ...

Former NHL player gets probation in drug-selling scheme

BOSTON (AP) — A former NHL player who was on two Stanley Cup championship teams has been sentenced to probation for his role in the illegal sale of prescription painkillers. Kevin Stevens was sentenced Thursday in U.S District Court in Boston to three years' probation and fined $10,000. He ...

Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Forget about revenge for the brutal cross-check that knocked Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby out of the playoffs indefinitely. Marc-Andre Fleury didn't want any part of it. The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender came up with a more ...

Penguins star Sidney Crosby out with another concussion

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly ...

Big 12 players poised to break out in the fall

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer A look at football players in the Big 12 Conference this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall: ___ BAYLOR WR Blake Lynch, sophomore. The speedy Lynch will get a chance to be a top receiving target sooner rather than later ...