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West Virginia Sports

AP source: Texas, Oklahoma talk to SEC about joining league

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The last time Texas got a wandering eye for another conference it fueled a series of realignments in college sports that nearly killed the Big 12. Texas is once again exploring free agency, stealing the headlines at the Southeastern Conference ...

Cunningham, Suggs headline list of point guards in NBA draft

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer Cade Cunningham arrived at Oklahoma State as the expected No. 1 overall NBA draft pick and did nothing to change that in one season as the Cowboys' floor leader. He's the headliner in this draft among the point guards and overall among all prospects, while ...

Big 12’s Bowlsby: ‘Very short-sighted’ to go unvaccinated

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday the league is doing everything it can to encourage vaccinations for all of its athletes, though the conference won't mandate shots for the coronavirus. Those not getting vaccinated, ...

Never left out again: Big 12 coaches like 12-team playoff

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference would certainly benefit from an expanded College Football Playoff and likely never be left out again. Under the proposed 12-team format that would still be at least a couple of seasons away, six-time ...

Big 12: Gundy more patient after difficulties of last summer

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy described himself Thursday as a more patient person, changed in part by a difficult summer last year. There was the death of his mother, a soft-spoken and easygoing soul who had always told her son ...

Former Marshall football star ministering in Virginia

By TIM STEPHENS, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 338 pounds, Nate Griffin commands parishioners' attention simply by walking to the pulpit. The former Marshall University offensive tackle and current minister, though, doesn't brag about his ...

West Virginia to retire Darryl Talley’s jersey No. 90

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will retire linebacker Darry Talley's No. 90 jersey during the Texas Tech home football game on Oct. 2. Talley was a consensus all-American and a four-year starter at West Virginia, amassing 484 career tackles and leading the Mountaineers to appearances ...

West Virginia signs forward Jamel King

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has signed forward Jamel King for the 2021-22 season. Coach Bob Huggins announced King's signing Monday. King originally signed with New Mexico, which underwent a coaching change. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 23 points and six rebounds per game at ...

Supreme Court win for college athletes in compensation case

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday the NCAA can't limit education-related benefits — like computers and paid internships — that colleges can offer their sports stars, a victory for athletes that could help open the door to ...

McCusker drives in 4 to lead Oklahoma St. past W. Virginia

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Carson McCusker went 3-for-4 with a home run and drove in four runs and Justin Campbell went 3-for-4 with three RBI and No. 4-seed Oklahoma State jumped eighth-seed West Virginia early in a 12-2 win on Friday. Campbell drove in three runs in the first with a double down ...

West Virginia’s Jackson Wolf strikes out 7 in complete game

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jackson Wolf struck out seven in his first career complete game and No. 8 seed West Virginia beat top-seeded Texas 5-1 on Wednesday in the Big 12 Tournament. West Virginia (25-25) had just eight conference wins this season — with two coming against Texas to close the ...

Scott’s walk-off walk helps WVU rally, beat Kansas 8-7

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) — Victor Scott drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning and No. 8 seed West Virginia rallied to beat ninth-seeded Kansas 8-7 on Tuesday night in the loser-out opening game of the Big 12 Tournament. West Virginia (24-25) plays No. 1 seed Texas on ...

Marshall wins first-ever College Cup 1-0 over Indiana in OT

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Jamil Roberts scored in the 98th minute and Marshall beat Indiana to win its first-ever College Cup championship 1-0 in overtime Monday night. Marshall's fans rushed the field following Roberts' game-winner. The Thundering Herd became the first unseeded team to win a ...

WVU’s Derek Culver signs with agent, will enter NBA draft

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — All-Big 12 forward Derek Culver has decided to skip his senior season at West Virginia to enter the NBA draft. Culver announced Monday night on Instagram that he has signed with an agent. Culver was named to the all-Big 12 first team as a junior. The 6-foot-10 ...

Big 12 spring sees unexpected changes at Texas and Kansas

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer When Texas finished with consecutive lopsided victories last December, it seemed that coach Tom Herman would be back for a fifth season despite again falling short of a Big 12 title. There was no reason to think Les Miles would be gone from Kansas, even ...

WVU defensive lineman Jeffery Pooler plans to transfer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia defensive lineman Jeffery Pooler plans to transfer. Pooler announced his intentions Wednesday on Twitter to enter the NCAA transfer portal. Pooler had 23 tackles with three sacks last season and made 17 starts in 38 career games. He earned a bachelor's ...

Some Big 12 players expected to impact their teams in 2021

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some Big 12 Conference players expected to have impact seasons for their teams in 2021: BAYLOR Nose tackle Siaki Ika, sophomore. The LSU transfer played in 13 games as part of a rotation at nose tackle and had 17 tackles as a true freshman on the Tigers' ...

West Virginia coach Neal Brown gets 2-year extension

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Neal Brown has received a two-year contract extension through the 2026 season, athletic director Shane Lyons announced Thursday. Brown has coached the Mountaineers to an 11-11 record in his first two seasons, including a 6-4 mark in 2020. He had ...

West Virginia signs DePaul grad transfer Pauly Paulicap

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added DePaul forward Pauly Paulicap as a graduate transfer. Coach Bob Huggins announced Paulicap's signing Thursday. The 6-foot-8 Paulicap will bring defensive help to the Mountaineers, who ranked eighth in the Big 12 in scoring defense at 72 ...

Arrieta makes triumphant return as Cubs beat Pirates 5-1

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched six solid innings in a triumphant return to the Cubs, Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward homered, and Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Saturday afternoon. Arrieta (1-0) got a warm reception prior to the game, then ...