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West Virginia Sports

Big 12 Notebook: Transition for national champion Baylor

By DAVID SMALE Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — No. 8 Baylor is in a period of transition with some key departures from last year's national championship team. The losses include the Bears' top three scorers — All-America junior guard Jared Butler and fellow guards MaCio Teague ...

TCU’s struggling D tries to correct course vs. West Virginia

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU's often-stingy defense is in an unfamiliar place among the triple-digit crowd in the NCAA rankings, with two losses when scoring in the 30s after years of coach Gary Patterson preaching the Horned Frogs only needed one more ...

Big 12 Preview: No. 8 Oklahoma St vs Iowa State tops slate

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch in Week 8 of the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 8 Oklahoma State at Iowa State. While the Cowboys (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) have surprised many with their undefeated start, Iowa State (4-2, 2-1) was a Top 10 team at the beginning of ...

Steelers believe momentum is building after a rocky start

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Canada keeps insisting he's got the best job in America. The first-year Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator has quickly learned it might also be among the most scrutinized, at least in his chosen profession. All Canada's been ...

Expansion talk looms over Big 12 hoops as season draws near

By DAVID SMALE Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Beard got right to it. His Texas Longhorns will have a target on their backs. "We've already begun talking to our players about how difficult it's going to be," he said. "But it's really no different than anywhere else I've ever ...

WVU has high hopes in B12 women’s basketball

By AVERY OSEN Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Baylor's sideline will look different this season, but the Lady Bears expect similar results after they were picked as the preseason No. 1 team in the Big 12. Coach Kim Mulkey stepped down after last season to take the job at LSU. She ...

Pitt rebooting again as Jeff Capel enters fourth season

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Capel is entering his fourth season at Pittsburgh. It still sort of feels like the first. The Panthers have yet to post a winning record under Capel let alone reach the NCAA Tournament. They have shown a penchant for second-half fades, including a 2-10 slide last ...

Wake’s Clawson, Pitt’s Pickett top AP’s midyear ACC honors

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer Wake Forest has turned years of steady winning into a potential breakthrough moment in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Pittsburgh has made a leap behind the rise of quarterback Kenny Pickett. They headline Wednesday's list of midseason honorees in the ...

Oklahoma QB Williams among AP’s Big 12 midseason honorees

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams has started only one game, and just like that, he's The Associated Press' pick for the Big 12's top freshman of the first half of this season. The 18-year-old's strong arm and swift legs have injected energy into a ...

Steelers eye momentum as Seahawks face life without Wilson

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger is encouraged. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, however, is not convinced his team's early offensive struggles are firmly in the rearview mirror. Yes, there were signs of progress last week against Denver. Najee ...

Marshall scores on first 6 drives in 49-21 rout of N. Texas

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Grant Wells passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns, ran for three more and Marshall routed North Texas 49-21 on Friday night. Marshall (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA) scored touchdowns on six consecutive possessions in the first half with Wells, who completed 24 of 32 passes, ...

Game day future: 3D replays, gambling, no parking lots

By CRAIG MEYER, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the world stood still for extended stretches during the first 18 months of the coronavirus pandemic, so did the stadiums, arenas and ballparks where screams and cheers (and boos) from thousands of sports spectators once echoed in ...

No. 12 Oklahoma St at No. 25 Texas; BYU gets Big 12 preview

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch in Week 7 of the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas. The Cowboys are 5-0 for the first time since 2015, and have a chance to win three consecutive games over Top 25 teams for the first time in ...

Kansas tabbed by Big 12 coaches as preseason favorite

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Kansas has been picked by Big 12 head coaches as the favorite to win the conference title after Baylor won the league title last season and went on to win its first national championship. The Jayhawks got eight of 10 first-place votes and 80 of 81 potential points from ...

Jarry has 26 saves, Penguins beat Lightning 6-2 in opener

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday ...

Like a paisley tie, solid Big 12 defenses are trendy again

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer Gary Patterson compare efforts by defenses to keep pace with changing offenses to the on-and-off fashion cycle of the paisley tie. In the nearly four decades that Patterson has been in college football, including two decades as TCU's head coach, he's seen great ...

Shoulder injury ends season for Steelers WR Smith-Schuster

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster's combination of tenacity and almost theatrical joy endeared the wide receiver to the Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching staff since the moment he arrived in 2017 as the youngest player in the NFL. Now, the Steelers must find ...

Ready to run? Steelers show long-awaited balance in win

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn't getting ahead of himself. Yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared to make progress — and plenty of it — during a 27-19 win over Denver on Sunday. The league's worst running game gained traction behind an offensive line ...

Roethlisberger throws 2 TDs, Steelers top Broncos 27-19

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers silenced the noise. At least for a week. Funny how having something resembling a running game for the first time in a long time will do that. Riding an offensive balance nonexistent for most of ...

Bohanon’s career day leads Baylor past West Virginia 45-20

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer WACO, Texas (AP) — Gerry Bohanon saw something in his Baylor teammates during the week with the offense coming off a poor showing that helped knocked the Bears out of the Top 25. Whatever the quarterback saw showed up on game day. Bohanon had career ...