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West Virginia Sports

Big 12’s preseason best: Ehlinger, Murray, Hurts top awards

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Texas junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger has been tabbed the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year, with Oklahoma junior linebacker Kenneth Murray taking the defensive honor. Jalen Hurts, the former Alabama quarterback who is at Oklahoma as a graduate transfer, was ...

Party of 5? Competitive NL Central in for taut second half

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Maddon didn't let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home-plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs' manager appeared ready to take on any and all ...

Penguins center Matt Cullen retires after 21 seasons

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins center Matt Cullen has retired after a 21-season career that included three Stanley Cup titles. The 42 year-old won a Cup with Carolina in 2006 and then consecutive titles with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017. Cullen had 266 goals, 465 assists and 502 penalty minutes ...

Newman, Marte have 3 RBIs each, Pirates top Brewers 12-2

By WES CROSBY Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman had a big night at the plate for the Pirates. So did Colin Moran. Starling Marte, too. They all helped power Pittsburgh to a 12-2 thumping of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. Newman and Moran each had four hits and three ...

Newman’s walk caps off Pittsburgh rally

By CHRIS MUELLER Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman isn't afraid of the big moment. Newman drew a game-winning walk in the 11th inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates rally from a three-run deficit in the 11th inning to beat the San Diego Padres 11-10 on Sunday. The rookie ...

NCAA clears Division II player after agent-rule mistake

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer The NCAA cleared Glenville State's Phil Bledsoe for his senior season after the Division II college basketball player mistakenly used a new rule permitting only Division I players to declare for the NBA draft and sign with an agent while maintaining college ...

Panel: 90% of US sport bets could be online in 5 to 10 years

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some gambling and technology executives say 90% of sports betting in the United States will be done over mobile phones or the internet in the next five to 10 years. Speaking this week at the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic ...

West Virginia’s All-Big 12 Robinson in NCAA transfer portal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — All-Big 12 safety Kenny Robinson is looking to transfer from West Virginia less than three months before the start of the season. West Virginia football spokesman Mike Montoro confirmed Tuesday that Robinson has put his name into the NCAA's transfer ...

Rutschman, Witt, Vaughn lead list of MLB draft prospects

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Adley Rutschman has been a powerful presence at the plate and a formidable force behind it for Oregon State. That tantalizing combination could make the switch-hitting catcher the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft ...

Things to know about NCAA baseball regionals

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The NCAA baseball tournament opens Friday with play in 16 double-elimination regionals. Regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals next week, and the final eight go to the College World Series in Omaha beginning June 15. Some ...

New agent rule leaves college basketball player in limbo

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The new NCAA rule designed to help players explore their NBA draft potential by allowing them to sign with an agent and still return to school surprisingly doesn't apply to all college players. It was a stunning revelation for Phil ...

Oklahoma St. tops W. Virginia 5-2 in Big 12 title game

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State had to work twice as hard to win the Big 12 title. The Cowboys' tournament semifinal against TCU that was originally set for Saturday night was moved to Sunday because of bad weather. That meant Oklahoma State would have to ...

Frazier, Williams lead Pirates to 2-1 win over Cardinals

By JOE HARRIS Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Trevor Williams allowed one run in seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night. Marte's RBI single off of ...

Analysis: Which new college football coaches might succeed?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Success for a college football coach is best determined over an extended period of time. Impatient Florida State fans might not want to hear that these days. Willie Taggart will enter Season 2 as Seminoles coach trying to rebound from maybe the ...

Panthers draft pick Grier says his role is to support Newton

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Will Grier launched his tee shot down the first fairway at Quail Hollow Club on Wednesday, one overzealous fan shouted "Move over Cam!" Grier appreciates the support, but he knows that's not happening anytime soon. Cam Newton is in ...

Reynolds keeps rookie run going as Pirates top Rangers 7-5

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rookie Bryan Reynolds is closing in on teammate Gregory Polanco for a little piece of Pittsburgh Pirates history. Polanco is enjoying the view. Reynolds kept up his impressive start, hitting a three-run double as the Pirates ...

West Virginia 2019-20 nonleague schedule has 7 home dates

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will play seven men's nonconference basketball games at home next season. WVU announced the nonconference portion of its schedule Monday. The Mountaineers open the 2019-20 season at home against Akron on Nov. 8. After playing at Pittsburgh Nov. 15, WVU ...

West Virginia WR Marcus Simms enters NCAA transfer portal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms is looking to transfer. The school confirmed Monday that Simms has put his name into the NCAA's transfer portal. Rather than play for new head coach Neal Brown after Dana Holgorsen left for Houston, Simms wrote Sunday on ...

Panthers draft local QB Will Grier to backup Newton

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers didn't have to look far to find Cam Newton's backup. Turns out he was just down the street. Carolina selected West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, who grew in the Charlotte area and cheered on the Panthers as a ...

Potential exists for West Virginia’s most productive draft

By BOB HERTZEL CNHI Sports MORGANTOWN -- Write the names down, because over the next three days you figure to hear a lot of them. Will Grier. David Sills V. Gary Jennings Jr. Yodny Cajuste. David Long Jr. Trevon Wesco. They are expected to be the six West Virginia players selected in ...