West Virginia Sports

Taillon sharp, Pirates beat Diamondbacks 5-4

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates had what looked like an out turn into a home run. They made a couple of questionable decisions, endured some nerve-wracking moments in the ninth inning. But they're leaving Arizona with a win, which is all that really ...

PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia changes name

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The PGA Tour has approved a name change for The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia. The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs says in a statement the tournament will now be known as A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. The eight-year-old tournament ...

Former quarterback Oliver Luck to become XFL commissioner

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck is leaving his high-ranking position at the NCAA to become commissioner of the XFL, the second edition of professional wrestling mogul Vince McMahon's football league. McMahon announced the hire ...

Big 12 reports $365M revenue, increases for 12th year in row

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference had another record revenue year, and the money is expected to keep increasing in the near future. In wrapping up its spring meetings Friday, the league announced revenue of nearly $365 million for the 2017-18 ...

Slaton, White among 11-member WVU Sports Hall of Fame class

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Quarterback Pat White and running back Steve Slaton highlight the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 class. WVU athletic director Shane Lyons announced the 11-member class Sunday. This year's class will be inducted Sept. 22 in Morgantown. Slaton and White were ...

TCU tops West Virginia, will play Baylor for Big 12 title

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Coby Boulware had three hits, and TCU beat West Virginia 7-3 on Saturday to advance to the Big 12 Tournament championship. Michael Landestoy and A.J. Balta had two hits apiece for the Horned Frogs (33-22), who have won 14 of 19. Sixth-seeded TCU will play No. 5 seed ...

West Virginia’s Konate withdraws from NBA draft

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school for the 2018-19 season. West Virginia announced Konate's intentions Thursday. Konate entered the draft process last month but didn't hire an agent. He had until May 30 to ...

Balta drives in 4 runs to lead TCU past West Virginia, 8-1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A.J. Balta had a two-run double and drove in four runs to help TCU move on in the Big 12 baseball tournament with an 8-1 win over West Virginia on Thursday night. The sixth-seeded Horned Frogs (32-22) move on to face the winner between Texas Tech and the seventh-seeded ...

Balta’s 4 RBIs help TCU past Texas Tech, 12-2, will face WVU next

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A.J. Balta had four RBIs, including a three-run double in the second inning, to help sixth-seeded TCU make easy work of third-seeded Texas Tech with a 12-2 win in the opening round of the Big 12 baseball tournament. Balta finished 2 for 3 for the Horned Frogs (31-22), ...

Hill’s 3 hits help West Virginia past Oklahoma State, 8-5

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Darius Hill had three of West Virginia's 13 hits to lead the seventh-seeded Mountaineers to an 8-5 win over No. 2 seed Oklahoma State in the opening round of the Big 12 baseball tournament on Wednesday night. West Virginia (28-25) advances to face either Texas Tech or ...

Harrison’s triple in 12th sends Pirates over Reds 5-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Harrison came off the disabled list just in time to give his hometown a show. Harrison tripled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning — his fourth hit of the game — and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied after wasting a late lead for a ...

Clemens, Texas look to win Big 12 baseball tourney

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Texas star Kody Clemens is taking steps toward breaking out of his father's huge shadow. Adding major awards and championships certainly doesn't hurt. The son of Roger Clemens was named Big 12 Player of the Year on Tuesday. He led the ...

8-year-old Marshall basketball fan ‘signs’ with the Herd

By RICK MCCANN, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Calvin Fields, a second-grade student at Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School, signed this past week with the Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball program. Seated between his mother, Brentney Fields, and Marshall head coach Dan ...

Staley says Cuevas-Moore planning to stay at South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says Bianca Cuevas-Moore will be back with the Gamecocks next season, just over a month after West Virginia announced the 5-foot-6 guard was joining the Mountaineers. Staley said Friday in a university release that Cuevas-Moore is ...

Richard pitches into the eighth, Padres top Pirates 6-2

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clayton Richard's plan was simple. After the San Diego Padres gave him a three-run lead in the first inning, Richard decided to attack the zone early and often. It worked. Richard (3-5) allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings, Christian ...

Polanco, Pirates beat Padres 5-4 for 8th win in 9 games

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren't expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five teams ...

Bell’s single lifts Pirates over reeling White Sox 3-2

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell was in the unaccustomed role of pinch hitter when he stepped to the plate, getting a rare break from the starting lineup in a day game after a night game. He adjusted quite nicely. Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, ...

West Virginia signs recruit Emmitt Matthews Jr.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has signed recruit Emmitt Matthews Jr. Coach Bob Huggins announced Matthews' signing Monday. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged more than 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots per game last season at Woodrow Wilson High in Tacoma, ...

Pirates top Giants 6-5 for 5th straight win

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are learning to win without Andrew McCutchen. A sudden power surge and a more mature approach on the bases is certainly helping. Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage ...

Pirates rip Giants 11-2 in McCutchen’s return to Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The men Andrew McCutchen used to call his teammates wanted to make sure McCutchen would have his moment. So when the San Francisco Giants outfielder stepped out of the batter's box on Friday night to acknowledge the standing ovation at PNC ...