West Virginia Sports

Polanco homers twice to power Pirates past Cubs 6-1

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and ...

Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had his third career postseason hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday ...

Nova pitches hot Pirates past Cubs 8-5 in Wrigley opener

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed opening day very much this year. All three of them. Ivan Nova pitched seven solid innings, Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer and Pittsburgh ruined the Chicago Cubs' home opener with an 8-5 victory on ...

West Virginia backup forward Maciej Bender plans to transfer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia reserve forward Maciej Bender plans to transfer. WVU coach Bob Huggins announced Bender's intentions Monday. A native of Warsaw, Poland, Bender averaged 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 35 games as a sophomore this past season.

Crunching the numbers for the Stanley Cup playoffs

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Josh Jooris wears No. 16. That happens to be the total wins necessary for the team to retain the Stanley Cup for a third straight season. There are lots of relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the ...

Taillon tosses 1-hitter, Pirates top Reds 5-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle approached Jameson Taillon in Pittsburgh's dugout after the top of the eighth inning and asked his team's emerging ace for a bit of healthy self-assessment. "He asked me if I had pitches left," Taillon said. "I don't know if I ...

Snow forecast prompts WVU to cancel spring football game

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Much of West Virginia is due for another blast of winter. The National Weather Service says southern and western sections of the state could get 4 inches or more of snow starting Friday night. A winter storm watch has been posted for Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam ...

Twins hand Pirates first loss with 7-3 victory

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Dozier's bat tends to warm up in step with the weather. Not this year. The Minnesota second baseman hit his fourth home run in four days and his hustle on the bases sparked a rally as the Twins handed the Pittsburgh Pirates their ...

Moran’s slam leads Pirates over Twins 5-4, improve to 4-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Colin Moran's name will forever be entwined with Gerrit Cole's whether the new Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman likes it or not. It simply comes with the territory when you're part of the trade that sends a franchise cornerstone out of ...

USC DL Kenny Bigelow transferring to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added Southern Cal graduate transfer Kenny Bigelow Jr. to its roster. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Bigelow's addition Saturday. He will be eligible to play immediately. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Bigelow graduated with a degree in ...

Polanco’s homer lifts Pirates past Tigers in kooky opener

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 13-10 victory over Detroit on Friday — about an hour after the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate what they thought was a game-winning hit of their ...

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier trims long mane

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has a mended hand — and a fresh haircut. According to WDTV-TV , Grier showed up to media interviews during spring practice Tuesday with a new look after getting several inches of his long mane chopped. Grier says he simply ...

Marshall’s Elmore declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall guard Jon Elmore has declared for the NBA draft for the second straight year. Media outlets report Elmore announced Monday he is entering the June 21 draft but will not hire an agent. That means he has until June 11 to withdraw his name and return to ...

Press Virginia faces future challenge without Carter, Miles

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Press Virginia may never look the same. Jevon Carter turned defense into a personal mission at West Virginia, and he helped transform the Mountaineers into a team that suffocated opponents and used its stifling defense for scoring opportunities. Carter took ...

Villanova back in Elite 8 as 3s spoil W. Virginia pressure

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Villanova's 3-point party rolled past the intense pressure of West Virginia to bring the Wildcats to the doorstep of another Final Four two seasons after winning a national championship. The top-seeded Wildcats continued their outside feast ...

WVU has short tournament turnaround to get ahead of storm

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer For the second straight year, a major winter storm has scrambled West Virginia's travel plans for the NCAA Tournament. About 20 hours after arriving back on campus from the West Coast, the Mountaineers left Tuesday to begin preparations for Friday's Sweet 16 ...

Nova’s Wright, 76ers’ Brown formed friendship in West Bank

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bond that connects Jay Wright and Brett Brown was forged in the Holy Land, where the Philadelphia-area coaches taught basketball on floors lined with rubble, bent rims and no nets. The setting was far removed from anything that ...

Winter storm forces altered travel plans for NCAA Tournament

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A winter storm expected to hit the Northeast is forcing at least one college basketball team to alter its travel plans for the third round of the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia's athletic department announced Monday night the Mountaineers will leave a day early for ...

West Virginia F D’Angelo Hunter transferring

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia says reserve forward D'Angelo Hunter is transferring. Coach Bob Huggins announced in a news release Monday that the junior has been granted his release from the program. Hunter averaged 1.5 points and less than one rebound in 17 games this season. He ...

NCAA Sweet 16 has unexpected field after favorites ousted

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After little went according to plan in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the bracket has a wildly different look for the Sweet 16 than many expected. Out: Two 1-seeds (Virginia and Xavier) and a pair of 2-seeds (North ...