West Virginia Sports

West Virginia’s Huggins signs 2 junior college guards

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added a pair of junior college guards to its men's basketball roster for next season. Coach Bob Huggins announced Wednesday the signings of 6-foot-4 players Sean McNeil and Tajzmel "Taz" Sherman. McNeil, a native of Union, Kentucky, averaged 29.7 ...

Pirates top Tigers in 10 innings again, 3-2

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — At this point, Clint Hurdle is probably used to managing for more than nine innings. Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night. It was the second straight ...

Martin hits RBI double in 9th, Pirates top Nationals 4-3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with the based loaded, two outs and one of baseball's hottest hitters at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, there was nowhere Felipe Vázquez wanted to be more than on the mound at Nationals Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates relief ace then coaxed a flyball from ...

New ESPN deal with Big 12 lands 3 football title games

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The Big 12 has agreed to a deal that gives ESPN the rights to all football championship game through 2024 and makes the league the first Power Five conference to provide exclusive content to ESPN+, the cable giant's online subscription streaming ...

High expectations for Dana Holgorsen in return to Houston

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Dana Holgorsen is thrilled to be back in Texas with the Houston Cougars after eight years in West Virginia. As the Cougars went through spring football practices, it didn't take long for him to be reminded of one of the reasons why he ...

Wild Puig in middle of bench-clearing fray, Pirates top Reds

By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — A charged-up Yasiel Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas Sunday, and was among five ejections in Pittsburgh's 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The trouble started in the fourth inning when Chris Archer ...

Strome scores in OT to lift Rangers past Penguins 4-3

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel's 40th goal of the season had a significant impact on the Stanley Cup playoffs. Guentzel scored with 2:35 to play, sending Saturday's regular-season finale against the New York Rangers to overtime. Ryan Strome scored 2:09 into ...

Newman doubles in 10th, Pirates beat Reds 6-5

By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman put the ball in the left-center gap — the most spacious place in PNC Park — and Francisco Cervelli turned on the jets. Newman lined a double in the 10th inning and Cervelli scored from first base, diving home with the ...

Musgrove outduels Gray, Pirates hand Reds 3rd shutout in row

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Whatever chance the Pittsburgh Pirates have of elbowing their way into the conversation in the NL Central hinges largely on their starting rotation living up to the hype. A week in, all that talk looks legit. Playing the struggling ...

Penguins inch closer to playoff spot, top Hurricanes 3-1

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen is well-versed in the electricity that creeps into a locker room when the games dwindle down to a precious few and the playoffs loom. It's one of the main reasons the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center — at 42 the NHL's oldest ...

Williams leads Pirates past Reds 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. "He was just efficient," Pirates ...

Rinne makes 42 saves, Predators top Penguins 3-1

By The Associated Press undefined PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. Rinne was 63 seconds from his fifth shutout of the season when Nick Bjugstad scored for Pittsburgh. Viktor ...

Reds open 150-year celebration hoping to leapfrog Pirates

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The baseball commissioner is grand marshal of the pregame parade. All major league teams are wearing patches commemorating Cincinnati's first all-professional team. A new manager and an overhauled lineup provide intrigue. The Reds haven't been ...

Former NFL player Pacman Jones reaches plea in casino case

RISING SUN, Ind. (AP) — Former NFL cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has accepted a plea agreement following his arrest at a southeastern Indiana casino. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jones initially faced charges including battery, cheating at gambling and resisting arrest. Court ...

Haley leads West Virginia over Grand Canyon 77-63 in CBI

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jermaine Haley had 24 points as West Virginia defeated Grand Canyon 77-63 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night. Lamont West had 11 points for West Virginia (15-20). Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 11 points. Chase Harler had 10 ...

Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs in Pirates’ infield

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin Newman. "It ...

Some lawmakers worry about allowing sports bets on phones

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to ...

Kansas beats West Virginia 88-74 to reach Big 12 finals

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dedric Lawson transferred to Kansas in part to win championships. He'll have that chance Saturday night. The former Memphis standout scored 24 points and the No. 17 Jayhawks, who failed to win a share of the Big 12 regular-season ...

West Virginia beats No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 in Big 12 Tourney

By AVERY OSEN Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two down, two to go. That's the mindset of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins after his Mountaineers upset No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 on Thursday night. The Mountaineers are 80 minutes away from making the NCAA Tournament as the 10th seed in ...

West Virginia beats Oklahoma 72-71 in Big 12 tourney

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jermaine Haley thought West Virginia was only up two when Oklahoma's Christian James knocked down what appeared to be a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. Turns out the Mountaineers were up by ...