West Virginia Sports

No. 14 West Virginia’s Grier-Sills show set for home opener

By The Associated Press Youngstown State (0-1) at No. 14 West Virginia (1-0), 6 p.m. ET (AT&T SportsNet) Line: No line. Series record: West Virginia leads 2-0 WHAT'S AT STAKE? West Virginia is looking for its 15th straight win in a home opener and ways to shore up its depth, especially ...

Luplow hits tiebreaking HR, Pirates beat Marlins 5-3

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — When veteran pitcher Chris Archer faltered and regular right fielder Gregory Polanco left a game Friday night against Miami with an injury, Pittsburgh turned to the kids to get the job done. Kevin Kramer recorded his first major league ...

Steelers RB Bell a no-show as opener vs. Browns looms

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers stressed all summer the need to avoid the kind of off-the-field distractions they couldn't seem to shake in 2017. So much for that. While the two-time defending AFC North champions hit the practice field on Monday ...

West Virginia’s Charlie Benton hurts knee, season over

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia linebacker Charlie Benton will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Dana Holgorsen said during a Big 12 coaches conference call Monday that Benton will have season-ending surgery. The junior college transfer injured his left knee in the ...

Votto gets fan’s shirt, vote; Reds get 5-1 loss vs Pirates

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — This trade was too good for Joey Votto to turn down. The Cincinnati Reds star first baseman spotted a fan sitting along the first base line Monday at PNC Park wearing a T-shirt that read "Votto for President." It was from a Nike ...

West Virginia coordinator: People don’t respect our defense

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson is determined that his unit will not be the weak link in what has the potential to be a special season for the 17th-ranked Mountaineers. His guys are off to a promising start. The ...

Grier leads No. 17 West Virginia past Tennessee 40-14

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It isn't in Will Grier's nature to panic. So two dropped touchdown passes, a 10-minute drive by the opposing offense and an hour-long weather delay at halftime weren't about to distract the West Virginia senior quarterback on ...

Green leads Marshall to 35-28 win over Miami (Ohio)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Isaiah Green threw for two touchdowns as Marshall beat Miami (Ohio) 35-28 on Saturday in a season opener for both teams. Green had 272 yards passing for the Thundering Herd. Anthony Anderson ran for two touchdowns and Keion Davis led the ground game with 76 yards and a ...

West Virginia QB Grier, WR Sills ready for run at Big 12

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Quarterback Will Grier and wide receiver David Sills worked well together at West Virginia last year, right down to announcements a few days apart that they'd return for their senior seasons. Rather than wondering what might have been ...

Different tone of talk about Texas Tech’s defense in Big 12

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer Kliff Kingsbury knows all about players wanting to go to Texas Tech to be part of a big-play, high-scoring offense. He was one, a quarterback who passed for a lot of yards and touchdowns as a three-year starter long before becoming the Red Raiders ...

No. 17 West Virginia faces Tennessee; Vols start Pruitt era

By The Associated Press No. 17 West Virginia (7-6 last season) vs. Tennessee (4-8) at Charlotte, North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS). Line: West Virginia by 10 Series record: First meeting WHAT'S AT STAKE? West Virginia wants to live up to its preseason ranking, launch QB Will Grier's ...

Cornelius throws 5 TDs in 1st start; Oklahoma St. rolls

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius' stat line in his first career start was something to be proud of. Cowboys coach Mike Gundy thought it could have been even better. Cornelius passed for 295 yards and five touchdowns to ...

Steelers defense takes step forward in preseason tuneup

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The matchup was a mismatch. And it ended predictably: with Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Heyward shedding Tennessee Titans rookie guard Aaron Stinnie and driving quarterback Blaine Gabbert into the ground. Heyward ...

Love, Oliver, Grier lead AP Preseason All-America team

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Chosen by AP poll voters, the team announced Tuesday also features West Virginia quarterback ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting ...

20-year-old Wilson pitches Braves past Pirates 1-0 in debut

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryse Wilson was pitching for his high school team in Hillsborough, North Carolina, barely two years ago. Now, he's 1-0 in the major leagues. Wilson worked five solid innings, becoming the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big ...

West Virginia postpones Fan Day due to virus

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has postponed its Fan Day following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease among several members of the school's football program. The school said Saturday that five cases of the highly contagious viral infection were identified within the ...

Frazier homers as Pirates top Cubs 2-1 in 11 innings

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's pitchers delivered once again, and Adam Frazier rewarded them with one big swing. Frazier hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game ...

Cubs to face Pirates in 2019 Little League Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in next year's Little League Classic. The game will be held at Bowman Field on Aug. 18, 2019. The Cubs and Pirates will attend Little League World Series games earlier in the day. The matchup was announced Sunday ...

Grier, Sills back as West Virginia seeks 1st Big 12 title

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Grier has cut the long locks that helped earned him the nickname "Touchdown Jesus," yet the beard remains. More importantly, the West Virginia quarterback's broken middle finger on his throwing hand is mended and he's ready to lead ...