West Virginia Sports

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 ...

Steelers defense talking, playing a good game

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The difference in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier insists, isn't in what is happening after the snap, but before it. The kids like nose tackle Javon Hargrave, cornerback Artie Burns and safety Sean Davis ...

Grier, Crawford lead West Virginia over Delaware State 59-16

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen wasn't left discouraged by several early glitches in a blowout win over an FCS school. Holgorsen came away pleased overall despite several first-half turnovers on offense and his defense's inability ...

Marshall cruises to 21-0 win over Kent State

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chase Litton threw for one touchdown and ran in another to lead Marshall to a 21-0 win over Kent State on Saturday night. Tyler King added a 29-yard touchdown and had 14 carries for 101 yards as Marshall (2-1) got its first shutout since last year's 62-0 win over ...

West Virginia wants defense to improve vs Delaware State

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's restructured defense has been porous in the first two weeks of the season and the coaching staff wants improvements quickly with the Big 12 opener just a week away. Blown pass coverages and long runs allowed have been ...

Big 12 SPOTLIGHT: Results show what 3 new coaches inherited

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer The situations inherited by the Big 12's three new head coaches are reflected in the results. Matt Rhule never expected his job at Baylor to be easy. It's not. Tom Herman took over a Texas program with plenty of ups and downs since winning the league's ...

University appeals order allowing Ohio man to play football

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio university on Friday appealed a judge's decision that would allow a man convicted of rape as a teen in a highly publicized case to be temporarily reinstated on the university football team. Ma'lik Richmond sued Youngstown State University earlier this week ...

WVU QB Will Grier the 3rd most popular brother in his family

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Two years after a promising career at Florida came crashing down, Will Grier is now the toast of West Virginia. He's still not the most famous person in his family. The junior who left Florida after being suspended for using a banned ...

Lewis, Moss, Urlacher among first-year nominees for HOF

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five ...

Ex-QB Sills thriving at wide receiver for West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — After a couple of school transfers and position changes, West Virginia's David Sills has found his purpose in college football. Sills went from sought-after quarterback to wide receiver, back to quarterback, and now is one of the ...

Chicago Bears and former WVU WR Kevin White out with broken collarbone

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Wide receiver Kevin White suffered a broken collarbone against the Atlanta Falcons and will go on injured reserve for the third straight season. The Bears are not calling it a season-ending injury because they have the option of activating players on injured reserve ...

Finley throws 3 TDs, NC State beats Marshall 37-20

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's slow start had nothing to do with losing last week. The Wolfpack's strong finish had everything to do with finding a rhythm. Ryan Finley threw three touchdown passes and N.C. State beat Marshall 37-20 on ...

Grier throws 5 TDs, West Virginia thumps East Carolina 56-20

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Grier gave West Virginia fans the offensive show they had been waiting more than a year for. Grier threw five touchdown passes, including three to David Sills, to lead the Mountaineers to a 56-20 victory over East Carolina on ...