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West Virginia Sports

Federal horserace authority rules again blocked in 2 states

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A national horse racing authority has again been blocked by a federal court from enforcing some of its rules in the states of Louisiana and West Virginia. A north Louisiana federal judge last month had blocked the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority from enforcing ...

Smith expected to start at QB when Seahawks open preseason

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Geno Smith is expected to get the start at quarterback when the Seattle Seahawks open the preseason this weekend against Pittsburgh, coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday. Smith has been the leader in the competition with Drew Lock to be Seattle's starting QB throughout the ...

Oklahoma’s Gundy resigns after using offensive language

Oklahoma assistant head football coach Cale Gundy announced his resignation Sunday after using offensive language during a film session last week. Gundy, who had been with the program as an assistant since 1999, made the announcement in a social media post on Sunday, and the school confirmed ...

New SuperMotocross to offer $10 million purse in 2023

MORGANTOWN, W Va. (AP) — Motocross and Supercross are combining for a world championship with a $10 million purse. Feld Motor Sports and MX Sports Pro Racing announced on Tuesday the creation of the SuperMotocross World Championship for the 2023 professional racing season. Motocross and ...

Big 12’s new boss Yormark learning NCAA issues in real time

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — New Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark is learning the NCAA's issues in real time and during a period of sweeping change and uncertainty. While Monday is Yormark's first day working full-time out of the Big 12 office, leaving behind Jay-Z's Roc Nation, the ex-CEO of ...

Judge halts horse racing authority enforcement in La., W.Va.

A federal judge said Tuesday a national horse racing authority cannot enforce its rules in Louisiana and West Virginia while a lawsuit challenging the organization is in court. In granting a preliminary injunction, Western District of Louisiana Judge Terry Doughty said the Horseracing ...

Big 12 changes coming after one last season with 10 schools

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — On the surface at Big 12 football media days, nothing really appeared much different. The 10 mannequins lining the main stage donned the uniforms of the same schools that have made up the conference for a decade. As the annual two-day kickoff event wound up Thursday, ...

Big 12 notebook: Gundy says `Bedlam’s history’ when OU moves

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma will still get to play its Red River rivalry game against Texas when the two teams go to the Southeastern Conference together, but there may be no more Bedlam for the Sooners against Oklahoma State. "Bedlam's history. Bedlam's not going to be Bedlam after ...

Defending Big 12 champ Baylor tabbed preseason favorite

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Defending Big 12 champion Baylor has been tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference title again, based on a poll of media who cover the league. It is the first time Baylor has been favored in the preseason vote. Coach Dave Aranda's Bears got 17 of the 41 ...

Williams, Calhoun among coaches headed to college hoops Hall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Roy Williams and Jim Calhoun will join John Beilein and Lon Kruger in a star-studded cast of coaches who will be inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame in November. Another longtime coach, Jerry Krause of Eastern Washington, will join the quartet ...

Former standout football player Robert Alexander dies at 64

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — Former NFL player and West Virginia University standout Robert Alexander has died. He was 64. Alexander died Tuesday after being found unresponsive at his St. Albans home, Lt. B.J. Perry of the St. Albans police department said. "Robert was an icon," St. Albans ...

‘Some weirdness’ at Big 12 with future and soon former teams

IRVING, Texas (AP) — There are representatives from the Big 12's four future members attending the conference's spring meetings, along with the lingering presence of Texas and Oklahoma, the league's only football national champions who still are three years away from their scheduled ...

Colossal cat: Record blue catfish caught in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has caught a record blue catfish in West Virginia. Steve Price of Lancaster, Ohio, used cut shad bait to catch the fish from a boat Wednesday on the Kanawha River between Buffalo and Point Pleasant, the Division of Natural Resources said in a news ...

Kansas St. ends 5-game losing streak, 8-5 over West Virginia

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dominic Johnson hit Kansas State's first homer of the Big 12 Tournament and the seventh-seeded Wildcats beat sixth-seeded West Virginia 8-5 on Thursday to snap a five-game losing streak. Kansas State (28-28) advances to play in another elimination game on Friday. West ...

Jacksonville State offensive coordinator Calvin Magee dies

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jacksonville State offensive coordinator Calvin Magee has died. He was 59. The school said the longtime college football coach died on Friday but didn't release the cause of death. New Jacksonville State coach Rich Rodriguez hired Magee in December, the fourth ...

Occidental’s Shwayder, SFSU’s Jackson receive CalHOPE award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Shwayder and Breyon Jackson's battles to overcome adversity throughout their college careers and the examples they set for others are being recognized. Shwayder, a lacrosse player at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Jackson, a basketball player at San Francisco ...

Ex-NFL head coach Kitchens joins South Carolina as analyst

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has joined South Carolina as a senior analyst. The school announced the addition of Kitchens on Wednesday. Kitchens has worked in the NFL since 2006, most recently with the New York Giants. Kitchens became the Browns' ...

Ex-Texas forward Tre Mitchell transfers to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former Texas forward Tre Mitchell has transferred to Big 12 foe West Virginia. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins announced Mitchell's signing Friday. The 6-foot-9 Mitchell averaged 8.7 points and four rebounds per game last season and started 17 games for the ...

Coordinator changes add intrigue to Big Ten spring practices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — During an offseason in which more than one out of every five Football Bowl Subdivision programs changed head coaches, the Big Ten was the lone conference that didn't see a single move. But that doesn't mean the league stood pat. While all 14 Big Ten members returned ...

West Virginia signs junior college transfer Jimmy Bell Jr.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has signed junior college transfer Jimmy Bell Jr. for the 2022-23 season. Coach Bob Huggins announced Bell's signing Monday. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-10 Bell averaged more than nine points, nine rebounds and one ...