West Virginia Sports

No. 23 WVU hopes run defense can improve at No. 8 TCU

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has a simple solution for improving No. 23 West Virginia's lackluster run defense. "Tackle," Gibson said. Simple, but not easy. The Mountaineers have had trouble doing that effectively this season, enabling Josh Jackson of ...

No. 8 TCU, No. 23 West Virginia early Big 12 statement game

The Associated Press No. 23 West Virginia (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 8 TCU (4-0, 1-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1) Line: TCU by 13 ½. Series record: Tied 3-3. WHAT'S AT STAKE The only game nationally Saturday that matches Top 25 teams is a chance for an early statement in the Big 12 race ...

Big 12’s newest in only Saturday game matching Top 25 teams

By The Associated Press Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference during Week 6: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 23 West Virginia (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 8 TCU (4-0, 1-0). They came into the Big 12 together in 2012, had identical records the first two years and their first three games against each ...

Steelers want Antonio Brown to quiet sideline histrionics

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin understands Antonio Brown's competitiveness is what helps make Brown one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach just wishes his star would do a better job of channeling it properly when things don't go Brown's way. Tomlin mildly ...

Purple shade: No. 8 TCU still lot of goals left on pyramid

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson has what he considers a perfect illustration to show his eighth-ranked Horned Frogs all they still have left to try to accomplish. They see it every time they go into the team meeting room. The Frogs are ...

Steelers savor rare win in Baltimore, even in Week 4

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Whether it's early in the season, late in the year or in the postseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers will always derive satisfaction from beating the Baltimore Ravens — especially on the road. Pittsburgh hadn't won in Baltimore since 2012 ...

Nats’ Gio Gonzalez gives up 5 in 1st of 11-8 loss to Pirates

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez did not sound like someone who wanted to pitch in a meaningless regular-season finale. Didn't exactly pitch like it, either. Gonzalez gave up five runs in the first inning of yet another concerning outing for a Washington ...

Litton, Yurachek help Marshall beat Cincinnati 38-21

By GARY SCHATZ, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Chase Litton and Ryan Yurachek have been together for three seasons and through rough times. Marshall won just three games last year and hadn't won on the road since Oct. 31, 2015, at Charlotte but these two road roommates led their younger ...

Duquesne defeats D-III West Virginia Wesleyan 38-13

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tommy Stuart threw four touchdowns and passed for 226 yards as Duquesne defeated West Virginia Wesleyan 38-13 Saturday night thanks to an explosive second quarter. Stuart passed for three of his touchdowns in a 24-point second quarter as the Dukes (3-1) led Division II ...

BIG 12 SPOTLIGHT: No more bye-bye with return of title game

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer With the return of the Big 12 championship game, each conference team has only one open date this season. There will be no bye-bye. Instead of two bye weeks, or even three like in 2013 or 2014 when those seasons started in August, there is now only one ...

Early Saturday kick for Big 12 football championship game

IRVING, Texas (AP) — There will be an early Saturday kickoff for the Big 12 Conference football championship game in December. Big 12 officials announced Wednesday that the Dec. 2 game will be played at 11:30 a.m. Central time at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the Big 12's ...

West Virginia’s Ahmad ineligible for first half of season

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad must sit out the first half of the 2017-18 season after failing to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. West Virginia announced the move in a statement Tuesday. As a sophomore, Ahmad was second in scoring for the Mountaineers last ...

NHL ’17: Penguins, Capitals losses make East wide open

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer A handful of Pittsburgh Penguins players whose names are on the Stanley Cup, some of them twice or even three times, are gone. The same goes for core players from the back-to-back Presidents' Trophy winning Washington Capitals. The goliaths of the East ...

Chief under fire after labeling Steelers’ Tomlin with slur

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area volunteer fire chief is apologizing after using a racial slur to describe Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for instructing his team to stay in a stadium tunnel instead of standing on the field for the national anthem ahead of Sunday's game against the Chicago ...

STAT WATCH: Kansas, Stanford backs post top 2 rushing totals

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer The nation's top two rushing games had big a big weekend, with Kansas' Khalil Herbert going for 291 yards on 36 carries against West Virginia and Stanford's Bryce Love running for 263 yards on 30 carries against UCLA. Herbert had the best rushing day ...

Grier, Crawford help West Virginia put away Kansas, 56-34

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — West Virginia did what most people expected it would against Kansas in the first half Saturday, building the kind of lopsided advantage that should have made it an easy afternoon in Memorial Stadium. Instead, the banged-up Mountaineers ...

Mountaineers try to keep rolling, Jayhawks seek fresh start

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen wouldn't change much about the way things have been going lately for his Mountaineers, who bounced back from a close loss in their opener to Virginia Tech with a pair of lopsided routs. Kansas ...

Rams hold off 49ers 41-39 in rare Thursday night thriller

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — What many expected to be a typical Thursday night snoozer between a couple of teams lacking star power turned into quite a thriller. With Jared Goff and Todd Gurley leading a resurgent Rams offense, Brian Hoyer sparking what ...

BIG 12 SPOTLIGHT: Top QBs guiding teams to top of league

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Baker Mayfield was relaxing in his hotel room in Norman last week, waiting for the bus to head to the stadium for Oklahoma's game against Tulane, when he flipped on the television. Naturally, he wanted to see how Big 12 rival Oklahoma ...

Simms gives WVU special teams fix entering Big 12 play

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Just in time for the start of the Big 12 season, Marcus Simms has helped fix West Virginia's production problems on special teams while providing needed speed as a pass catcher. Simms has given the Mountaineers a reliable kick and punt ...