West Virginia Sports

WVU coach Holgorsen adjusts to not calling offensive plays

JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — If West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen needs some alone time, all he has to do is put on a headset. Holgorsen relinquished offensive play-calling duties this season for the first time since becoming a head coach in 2011. That left him in ...

Watt’s Up: Steelers rookie T.J. Watt jumps into starting gig

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — T.J. Watt is a quick study. Growing up in a household with two older brothers, he didn't really have a choice. Adapt or get left behind. Quickly. Those childhood habits die hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker. His mother ...

Avila delivers in 9th, Cubs top Pirates despite Cole’s gem

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — On a tough night for hitters in both lineups, Alex Avila didn't need to hit the ball hard to get the Cubs on the board. As it turned out, his broken-bat liner into the right-field corner was the only right-place, right-time shot of the ...

Jackson insists Browns focused on winning, not developing

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Hue Jackson has four quarterbacks, including a rookie starter, and not one has an NFL win on his resume. He's got only four cornerbacks, a new wide receiver with blazing speed but brittle hands, and a locker room still ...

Jake Arrieta exits with injury, Pirates rout Cubs 12-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Arrieta let the ball go and his right leg seized up in pain. And all of a sudden, Arrieta's sizzling second half came to an abrupt halt. Just, the Chicago Cubs ace hopes, a temporary one. Arrieta gave up home runs to Pittsburgh ...

No. 21 Virginia Tech beats No. 22 West Virginia 31-24

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Virginia Tech made FedEx Field feel like Lane Stadium Northeast and got to bring that Black Diamond Trophy back to Blacksburg for the first time in more than a decade. Oh, and the Hokies' new quarterback looks like a ...

After 11 years, West Virginia-Virginia Tech renew rivalry

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer West Virginia and Virginia Tech played for bragging rights of the Appalachian region for decades, first meeting in 1912, becoming regular rivals in the 1950s and then turning it into an annual affair in the 1970s and '80s. The Mountaineers and ...

Top Big 12 rusher Crawford ready to lead No. 22 WVU

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Justin Crawford arrived just before fall camp at West Virginia a year ago without the benefit of the program's offseason conditioning. The junior college transfer compiled 1,184 rushing yards despite sitting out most of four games with ankle and knee ...

No. 21 VTech, No. 22 West Virginia renew dormant rivalry

The Associated Press No. 22 West Virginia (10-3 in 2016) vs. No. 21 Virginia Tech (10-4) in Landover, Maryland, Sunday 7:30 p.m. (ABC) Line: Virginia Tech by 4. Series record: West Virginia 28-22-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE A nice early season victory for two teams that aspire to be conference ...

Ex-coaches Nehlen, Beamer glad Va. Tech-WVU meeting again

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Don Nehlen originally was going to plop down on his couch with a hot fudge sundae to watch West Virginia and former Big East rival Virginia Tech open the college football season on television. The Hall of Fame coach instead will have to find his favorite treat ...

West Virginia rafting company to hold free trip on Elk River

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia rafting company is offering a free trip on the Elk River on Labor Day. The nonprofit West Virginia Rivers Coalition says in a news release that outfitter ACE Adventure Resort will conduct the 3.5-mile trip on Sept. 4 that will finish up at ...

Wake Forest brings in Marshall grad transfer Thompson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has added graduate transfer Terrence Thompson from Marshall. Coach Danny Manning announced the addition of Thompson on Monday, calling him "someone who comes in with a level of maturity and experience" that can help the program. Thompson started 21 ...

LEADING OFF: New jerseys across majors, Jones back in Boston

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BRIGHT IDEA Uniforms, bats and spikes will have a different look across the big leagues this weekend. Major League Baseball has relaxed the rules for a few days, so players can put nicknames on their ...

Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile senior Hall of Fame finalists

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer have been picked as the senior finalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. The seniors committee selected Brazile and Kramer on Thursday. A senior nominee must have completed his career at least 25 years ago and will need at ...

England record-scorer Wayne Rooney ends international career

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer England record-scorer Wayne Rooney called time on his often tempestuous international career on Wednesday, retiring from duty after spurning an offer to return to the squad. "I believe now is the time to bow out," the former England captain said in a ...

Pujols passes Sosa on HR list, Angels beat Rangers 10-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — For Albert Pujols, the home runs keep coming and the records keep falling. The Angels slugger hit a three-run homer Tuesday night, the 610th of his career, snapping his tie for eighth on the career list with Sammy Sosa to become baseball's all-time leader for home runs ...

Billy Payne retiring as Masters, Augusta National chairman

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Billy Payne is retiring as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, ending 11 years of substantial change that included the club having its first female members and playing a leading role in growing the game around the ...

Strong armed: Browns rookie quarterback Kizer named starter

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — DeShone Kizer has strong-armed his way into a starting job. The rookie quarterback will start Cleveland's exhibition at Tampa Bay on Saturday, and unless he flops or gets hurt, Kizer will start the Browns' Sept. 10 season opener ...

Boston bound: Cavs trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas, more

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving was tired of being teammates with LeBron James. Now he has to figure out how to beat him. Cleveland's All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics ...

Bullpens looming large again for this year’s postseason

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Around this time last year, the Cleveland Indians were providing a preview of the American League postseason. Manager Terry Francona was using newly acquired reliever Andrew Miller in all sorts of situations, and for more than one inning if necessary. It ...