West Virginia Sports

Stanford’s Love, WVU’s Grier heads list of preseason awards contenders

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Stanford running back Bryce Love's decision to return for his senior year instantly made him a preseason front-runner for some of college football's top individual awards. Love won the Doak Walker Award as college football's top running back and was ...

Steelers rookie QB Rudolph ready for preseason debut

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph exudes confidence heading into his first NFL preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Rudolph admitted that jitters may be there as the Steelers prepare to face the ...

Archer gets victory as Pirates beat Rockies 4-3

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Adam Frazier has been doing damage with his bat lately. But it was his glove that helped Pittsburgh take a series in Colorado. Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field, and the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on ...

Taillon, Bettis face off after bonding over cancer battles

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — The starters for Tuesday's game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis. A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. "Both healthy. Both in the big leagues," the ...

Randy Moss brings Hall of Fame jacket to West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia native Randy Moss arrived at a mall not far from his hometown to show off his Pro Football Hall of Fame jacket and meet fans. Hundreds of people arrived at the Charleston Town Center mall on Sunday ...

Former WVU quarterback Luck takes on a new challenge By SEAN MCNAMARA, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — For many years, West Virginia was home for Cleveland, Ohio, native Oliver Luck. It started back when he was a quarterback for the West Virginia University Mountaineers from ...

Pirates cap eventful deadline day with 5-4 win over Cubs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of ...

Trade tornado: Dozier, Archer among 15 swaps on deadline day

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer For Brian Dozier, getting traded meant a dash to the airport and a long trip to Dodger Stadium. For Jake Diekman, it was a lot easier — he simply rode the bullpen cart from one clubhouse to the other at Chase Field. Chris Archer, Jonathan Schoop and a bunch ...

Harrah’s to become 4th Atlantic City casino with sports bets

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City casino will become the fourth in New Jersey to offer sports betting. Harrah's casino plans to start taking sports bets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, two days after its sister property, Bally's, did. So far, the Borgata, ...

Pirates get closer Keone Kela from Rangers for 2 prospects

PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for minor league starter Taylor Hearn and a player to be named. The deal was announced late Monday night after the Rangers' 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It was a challenging ...

Caesars launching sports betting in 2 states

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. Caesars Entertainment tells The Associated Press its Bally's casino in ...

Williams outduels deGrom, Pirates blank Mets 5-0

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams embraced being penciled in against Jacob deGrom on Saturday after pitching opposite Corey Kluber in his last start. Then, as he did on Monday, Williams outdueled one of the better pitchers in the major leagues. Williams ...

Rodriguez, Marte power Pirates past Reds 12-1 after delay

CINCINNATI (AP) — Time on the disabled list did as much for Sean Rodriguez's bat as it did for his leg. Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 12-1 rout of the ...

Bell’s double in 10th gives Pirates 5-game sweep of Brewers

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — One late-inning rally wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors in ...

Marte, Polanco go back-to-back as Pirates sweep doubleheader

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Once wasn't enough for Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. They hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Pirates ...

Marte lead Pirates to 2-0 victory over Nationals

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Wednesday. Marte homered to center field with two outs in the third off ...

Polanco has 4 RBIs as Pirates top Nationals 6-3

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Looking for a spark to get his offense going, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a change to the top of his batting order by stacking outfielders Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the first three spots for the first ...

Lonnie Walker IV settling in nicely with Spurs this summer

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — These are highly uncertain times for the San Antonio Spurs. That's why Lonnie Walker IV might be so valuable. This is a summer when Spurs mainstay Tony Parker has already left for Charlotte, when four-time NBA champion Manu Ginobili is ...

Kevin Na wins by 5 shots in West Virginia for 2nd tour win

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Kevin Na rode a hot putter to halt a winless streak of nearly seven years on the PGA Tour. Na shot a 6-under-64 for a five-stroke victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Sunday. The 34-year-old Na's only previous ...

Kingham pitches, hits Pirates to 4-1 win over Phillies

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — With the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs, rookie pitcher Nick Kingham came through to give himself some run support. Kingham pitched six solid innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pirates avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 ...