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West Virginia Sports

No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round ...

Column: Alabama hoops star goes to court to get on the court

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist Maori Davenport had to go to court just to get back on the court. How ridiculous it's come to that for the Alabama prep basketball star. Thankfully, a cruel and unjust ruling by the state's governing body was put on hold Friday by a local judge, mere ...

Jake Guentzel’s hat trick sends Penguins past Ducks 7-4

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ever since the Ducks won 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 17, the Penguins have been almost unbeatable and Anaheim hasn't been able to win again anywhere. When the Penguins got a rematch in Orange County on Friday night, Jake Guentzel and ...

Brown brings lighthearted coaching style to West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — New West Virginia coach Neal Brown's lighthearted approach to football is forever captured in a 2016 dance video at Troy. Brown dabbed while his players and assistants showed off their moves in the video that was part of a spring ...

Marshall University to have 7 home football games in 2019

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University will have seven home football games next fall and play six games against opponents who went to bowls in 2018. Marshall released its 2019 schedule on Thursday. The Thundering Herd open the season at home Aug. 31 against VMI, then travel to play ...

No. 1 Duke visits No. 13 FSU to headline ACC weekend slate

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State. The Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 ACC) took their high-flying act on the road for the first time Tuesday and had little trouble at Wake ...

Snow cancels World Cup skeleton races in Germany

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Heavy snow forced the cancellation of Friday's scheduled men's and women's World Cup skeleton races in Germany. There was no immediate decision on when or how to reschedule the races. Snow has been falling in Koenigssee for several days, and also had an adverse ...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: New rule nixes never-ending final sets

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer Andy Roddick knows a thing or two about playing a tennis match that just won't seem to end. The Hall of Famer once won an Australian Open quarterfinal that ended 21-19 in the fifth set. He also lost a Wimbledon final against Roger Federer that went to ...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: So many Slam champs over past 2 years

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer When Serena Williams was at her best, there was never much doubt that she'd be the favorite at pretty much any tournament she entered. While she was off the tour becoming a mom, women's tennis was as wide open as ever. Could the Australian Open, where play ...

Aldridge scores 56, Spurs outlast Thunder 154-147 in 2OT

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs started hotter than ever from 3-point range Thursday night. When that wasn't enough to put away the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio got the extra push it needed from its big man in the middle. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a ...

Coleman, Osetkowski lead Texas past West Virginia

By MARK ROSNER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Shaka Smart wants Matt Coleman to take control late in games. He is, after all, the Longhorns' point guard. Coleman assumed that role on Saturday with an assist and a 3-point basket in the final 2:01 to help Texas defeat West ...

Blackhawks end Penguins’ winning streak at 8 games

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks gave Pittsburgh a head start — and still grounded the surging Penguins. Again. Dylan Strome broke a tie 1:48 into the third period and the Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh 5-3 on Sunday night to end the Penguins' winning ...

Dana Holgorsen back home to coach University of Houston

By JOSHUA KOCH, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Dana Holgorsen is back at the University of Houston. "It's great to be home," Holgorsen said Thursday at his introductory press conference. Holgorsen left West Virginia to return to Houston, where he was offensive coordinator from ...

No. 11 Texas Tech holds off West Virginia 62-59

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 11 Texas Tech started the Big 12 season on a positive note. Jarrett Culver led the way. Culver scored each of his 18 points in the second half, and Texas Tech overcame some early shooting troubles to beat West Virginia 62-59 in ...

Houston hires coach Dana Holgorsen away from West Virginia

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Houston hired West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen as its coach Wednesday, ending his eight-year run with the Mountaineers. Holgorsen was 61-41 and 33-30 in the Big 12 as he helped guide West Virginia through the transition from the Big East. Houston ...

No. 5 Kansas beats No. 23 Oklahoma 70-63 to improve to 12-1

By The Associated Press LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Kansas' young backcourt made enough crucial plays when it mattered, and the No. 5 Jayhawks held off No. 23 Oklahoma 70-63 on Wednesday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Devon Dotson added 16 ...

Matt Murray makes 28 saves, Penguins rout Rangers 7-2

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since returning from an injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake ...

Guy’s 30 points lead No. 4 Virginia past Marshall, 100-64

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kyle Guy said there's no "feeling" he gets when he's shooting the ball well. It's more like a responsibility to reward distributors Ty Jerome and Kihei Clark when they make it a point to find him. "When they go out of their way ...

Culver’s double-double leads WVU over Lehigh 78-68

By JOHN LOWE, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Derek Culver came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 11 rebounds for his first career double-double and West Virginia beat Lehigh 69-59 on Sunday. In only his second game in a Mountaineers uniform, Culver's pair of layups late ...