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West Virginia WR Marcus Simms enters NCAA transfer portal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms is looking to transfer. The school confirmed Monday that Simms has put his name into the NCAA's transfer portal. Rather than play for new head coach Neal Brown after Dana Holgorsen left for Houston, Simms wrote Sunday on ...

Panthers draft local QB Will Grier to backup Newton

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers didn't have to look far to find Cam Newton's backup. Turns out he was just down the street. Carolina selected West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, who grew in the Charlotte area and cheered on the Panthers as a ...

Potential exists for West Virginia’s most productive draft

By BOB HERTZEL CNHI Sports MORGANTOWN -- Write the names down, because over the next three days you figure to hear a lot of them. Will Grier. David Sills V. Gary Jennings Jr. Yodny Cajuste. David Long Jr. Trevon Wesco. They are expected to be the six West Virginia players selected in ...

Roethlisberger, 37, to remain with Steelers through 2021

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have reiterated repeatedly during an eventful offseason that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains the team's unquestioned leader. They have handed him a new deal to prove it. The Steelers and the two-time Super Bowl ...

WVU’s Simmons has potential for big season

By The Associated Press Some of the Big 12 Conference players who could have breakout seasons and be impact players in 2019: WEST VIRGINIA WR T.J. Simmons, junior. An Alabama transfer, Simmons was fourth on the team last season as a sophomore with 28 catches for 341 yards and takes over the ...

Bigtime Big 12 turnover with 4 new head coaches this spring

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Never before has the Big 12 had such a big turnover in head football coaches. Not even when the conference had more teams. Four of the 10 Big 12 teams went through spring drills with new coaches. They still have more time to get acclimated before the ...

Tucker homers in debut, Pirates top Giants 3-1 in 5 innings

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cole Tucker's day began with him frantically packing up what he could in his Indianapolis apartment in the middle of the night, grabbing a 5 a.m. flight to Pittsburgh with fellow Pirates call-up Bryan Reynolds and trying not to be overwhelmed ...

Champion Patriots open vs. Steelers; 5 international games

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game. As previously announced, NFL 100 will kick off with Green Bay at Chicago for ...

West Virginia’s Huggins signs 2 junior college guards

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added a pair of junior college guards to its men's basketball roster for next season. Coach Bob Huggins announced Wednesday the signings of 6-foot-4 players Sean McNeil and Tajzmel "Taz" Sherman. McNeil, a native of Union, Kentucky, averaged 29.7 ...

Pirates top Tigers in 10 innings again, 3-2

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — At this point, Clint Hurdle is probably used to managing for more than nine innings. Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night. It was the second straight ...

Martin hits RBI double in 9th, Pirates top Nationals 4-3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with the based loaded, two outs and one of baseball's hottest hitters at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, there was nowhere Felipe Vázquez wanted to be more than on the mound at Nationals Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates relief ace then coaxed a flyball from ...

New ESPN deal with Big 12 lands 3 football title games

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The Big 12 has agreed to a deal that gives ESPN the rights to all football championship game through 2024 and makes the league the first Power Five conference to provide exclusive content to ESPN+, the cable giant's online subscription streaming ...

High expectations for Dana Holgorsen in return to Houston

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Dana Holgorsen is thrilled to be back in Texas with the Houston Cougars after eight years in West Virginia. As the Cougars went through spring football practices, it didn't take long for him to be reminded of one of the reasons why he ...

Wild Puig in middle of bench-clearing fray, Pirates top Reds

By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — A charged-up Yasiel Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas Sunday, and was among five ejections in Pittsburgh's 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The trouble started in the fourth inning when Chris Archer ...

Strome scores in OT to lift Rangers past Penguins 4-3

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel's 40th goal of the season had a significant impact on the Stanley Cup playoffs. Guentzel scored with 2:35 to play, sending Saturday's regular-season finale against the New York Rangers to overtime. Ryan Strome scored 2:09 into ...

Newman doubles in 10th, Pirates beat Reds 6-5

By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman put the ball in the left-center gap — the most spacious place in PNC Park — and Francisco Cervelli turned on the jets. Newman lined a double in the 10th inning and Cervelli scored from first base, diving home with the ...

Musgrove outduels Gray, Pirates hand Reds 3rd shutout in row

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Whatever chance the Pittsburgh Pirates have of elbowing their way into the conversation in the NL Central hinges largely on their starting rotation living up to the hype. A week in, all that talk looks legit. Playing the struggling ...

Penguins inch closer to playoff spot, top Hurricanes 3-1

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen is well-versed in the electricity that creeps into a locker room when the games dwindle down to a precious few and the playoffs loom. It's one of the main reasons the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center — at 42 the NHL's oldest ...

Williams leads Pirates past Reds 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. "He was just efficient," Pirates ...

Rinne makes 42 saves, Predators top Penguins 3-1

By The Associated Press undefined PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. Rinne was 63 seconds from his fifth shutout of the season when Nick Bjugstad scored for Pittsburgh. Viktor ...