West Virginia Sports

Staley says Cuevas-Moore planning to stay at South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says Bianca Cuevas-Moore will be back with the Gamecocks next season, just over a month after West Virginia announced the 5-foot-6 guard was joining the Mountaineers. Staley said Friday in a university release that Cuevas-Moore is ...

Richard pitches into the eighth, Padres top Pirates 6-2

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clayton Richard's plan was simple. After the San Diego Padres gave him a three-run lead in the first inning, Richard decided to attack the zone early and often. It worked. Richard (3-5) allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings, Christian ...

Polanco, Pirates beat Padres 5-4 for 8th win in 9 games

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren't expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five teams ...

Bell’s single lifts Pirates over reeling White Sox 3-2

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell was in the unaccustomed role of pinch hitter when he stepped to the plate, getting a rare break from the starting lineup in a day game after a night game. He adjusted quite nicely. Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, ...

West Virginia signs recruit Emmitt Matthews Jr.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has signed recruit Emmitt Matthews Jr. Coach Bob Huggins announced Matthews' signing Monday. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged more than 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots per game last season at Woodrow Wilson High in Tacoma, ...

Pirates top Giants 6-5 for 5th straight win

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are learning to win without Andrew McCutchen. A sudden power surge and a more mature approach on the bases is certainly helping. Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage ...

Pirates rip Giants 11-2 in McCutchen’s return to Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The men Andrew McCutchen used to call his teammates wanted to make sure McCutchen would have his moment. So when the San Francisco Giants outfielder stepped out of the batter's box on Friday night to acknowledge the standing ovation at PNC ...

West Virginia adds Clemson DT Robinson as grad transfer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added Clemson graduate transfer Jabril Robinson to its roster. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Robinson's addition Thursday. He will be eligible to play immediately. Robinson graduated in December with a degree in parks, recreation and ...

Pirates win 6-5 with 4-run 9th

BY MIKE HELFGOT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are making a habit out of winning from behind. The Chicago White Sox are losing every which way. Colin Moran hit a two-run homer that capped a four-run rally against Nate Jones in the ninth inning, leading the Pirates ...

Moran gets key hit as Pirates rally past White Sox 10-6

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to interleague play, the Pittsburgh Pirates sail along like no other team in the National League. Colin Moran hit a key two-run double, Jordy Mercer also drove in two runs and the Pirates beat the lowly Chicago White Sox 10-6 on ...

Kuhl, Rodriguez pitch 2-hitter as Pirates pummel Brewers 9-0

By JIM HOEHN, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers bring out the best in Chad Kuhl. Kuhl and Richard Rodriguez combined on a two-hitter, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Brewers 9-0 on Sunday. Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, and the ...

Marte’s inside-the-park HR helps Pirates beat Brewers 6-4

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rounding first, Starling Marte saw his hard-hit fly ball bounce off an odd part of the wall and skip past center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Marte broke into a full-fledged sprint with a chance for an inside-the-park home run finally within ...

West Virginia F Esa Ahmad withdraws name from NBA draft

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season. West Virginia announced Ahmad's intentions Tuesday. Ahmad did not hire an agent when he announced his plans to enter the draft in early April. Coach Bob ...

West Virginia signs junior college guard Jermaine Haley

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has signed junior college guard Jermaine Haley for next season. Coach Bob Huggins announced Haley's signing Monday. The 6-foot-7 Haley will have two years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game last ...

Home is where the ‘L’ is? Home teams struggling in playoffs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Having home ice is supposed to be an advantage in the NHL. So far in the 2018 playoffs, the only guarantee to playing at home is a monochrome backdrop provided by fans in team-specific T-shirts. Consider the following: — The Pittsburgh ...

Kingham moves into Pirates rotation after near-perfect debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pirates rookie Nick Kingham's nearly perfect debut has earned him at least one more start in the majors. Kingham took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his first big league start, retiring the first 20 batters in Pittsburgh's 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on ...

Pirates’ Kingham takes perfect game into 7th in MLB debut

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning in his major league debut to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their fifth straight win, 5-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Kingham, a 26-year-old rookie right-hander, retired 20 ...

Cervelli helps Pirates rally for 6-2 win over Cardinals

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Cervelli hit his fourth home run of the season as part of a two-RBI effort in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. He hit just five homers in all of 2017. It's been quite a strong start ...

Riley’s 1st spring as Sooners coach after Big 12 title, CFP

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer Lincoln Riley has already led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff and a Big 12 title with a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. Now Riley has completed his first spring as head coach of the Sooners. "Yeah, we did this one backward kind of ... having ...

Big 12 football players poised to break out in the fall

By The Associated Press Some of the Big 12 Conference players who could have breakout seasons and be impact players in 2018: BAYLOR DE BJ Thompson, sophomore. The 6-foot-6 Thompson got some experience as a true freshman last season, and even started a game. Thompson should be a big part of ...