West Virginia Sports

Bell powers Pirates past Cards 6-3 in Little League Classic

By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Despite spending the afternoon with 12-year-old Little Leaguers who idolize pros like himself, Josh Bell didn't find himself dispensing much advice. "No one came to me and asked, 'What do you think about my swing?'" Bell said. "It ...

Rookie Conner stars in Steelers’ 17-13 win over Falcons

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma and a serious right knee injury to reach the NFL. He showed in his Pittsburgh Steelers debut Sunday that he plans to stick around for a while. The rookie running back from the University of Pittsburgh ...

Frazier HR, 3 hits, Pirates top Cards 6-4 to end 6-game skid

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier and the Pittsburgh Pirates finished off a win at PNC Park, then packed their bags for a trip — to another home game about 200 miles away. Frazier homered, doubled and singled to help the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals ...

Vrabel a hit in 1st year in charge of Texans defense

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Mike Vrabel isn't making any drastic changes in his first season as the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator. After what the unit did last year he knows that isn't necessary. The defense was the strength of the team in ...

Spartan Race comes to West Virginia for first time

By TYLER JACKSON, The Register-Herald GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — For the first time since its inception in 2007, the Spartan Race is coming to West Virginia. The Spartan Race will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean Aug. 26-27, with a dinner on Aug. 25 for the athletes who will ...

Texans, Pats tune up for preseason game with joint practice

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — After missing 13 games last season after back surgery, J.J. Watt relishes any chance to compete. So Houston's star defensive end was positively giddy on Tuesday after he and the Texans had the first of two joint ...

West Virginia WR Marcus Simms suspended following DUI arrest

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Wide receiver Marcus Simms has been suspended for West Virginia's season opener following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced the suspension Monday night. Holgorsen says in a statement that Simms also must fulfill ...

K-State’s Bill Snyder back on the sidelines for another year

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Bill Snyder likes to spin a well-worn story about an old man from western Kansas, who had driven through the night many years ago to visit Kansas State's coach after a victory in the Copper Bowl. Snyder was in the early stages of ...

J.J. Watt learns of brother’s big game from unlikely source

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — J.J. Watt learned of his brother T.J. Watt's big game on Friday night from an unlikely source. The Houston Texans star checked his phone after a team meeting to see a text from Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar ...

Houston’s Clowney sheds bust label, ready to do more

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Jadeveon Clowney made his first Pro Bowl last season but still remembers those who criticized him after his first two injury-filled seasons with the Houston Texans. He's intent on doing even more this season to prove ...

Conference USA even again while adding high-profile coaches

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — Butch Davis is back on the sideline, and Lane Kiffin is again leading his own program. While those high-profile coaches get ready for their Conference USA debuts — Davis at FIU and Kiffin at Florida Atlantic — coach Bill Clark ...

West Virginia prep coach accused of soliciting girl resigns

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school football coach who led his team to three state championships has resigned after being charged in a solicitation case. Media outlets report 34-year-old Bridgeport High coach Josh Nicewarner submitted a resignation letter to the Harrison ...

Ex-Marshall athlete pleads in attack on 2 men he saw kissing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Marshall University football player pleaded guilty Monday to two battery charges in an attack on two men he saw kissing. Steward Butler entered the plea to the misdemeanors in Cabell County Circuit Court. His trial was scheduled to start Tuesday. Sentencing ...

Bell has 4 hits, McCutchen 3 as Pirates beat Rockies 13-5

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A rough first inning could have meant an early exit for Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams. The rookie settled down, though, and rode his offense to his first win in more than a month. Williams pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, and the surging ...

Pirates rally past Brewers 4-3 in Marte’s return

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte could feel the jitters as he darted out of the dugout and onto the field in a major league game for the first time in three months. The Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder dreaded what may await following an 80-game ...

3 condemned Ohio inmates ask high court to delay executions

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three condemned killers with upcoming execution dates asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday for a delay while they continue challenging Ohio's new lethal injection method. Lawyers for the death row inmates argue the ...

Playoff-needy Big 12 has 3 new coaches, new media days venue

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — When the Big 12 kicks off its football media days on Monday, commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be able to tout a winning record in bowl games last season and the still-growing revenue for the league's 10 schools. Three new head coaches ...

Bowlsby feels good about Big 12 despite negative perceptions

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Big 12's decision to restore a football championship game was based only on the league wanting to boost its chances of getting a team into the College Football Playoff, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday. At the start of ...

Big 12 preseason top newcomer: WVU’s Grier

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield and Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. have been named the preseason Big 12 players of the year. The Big 12 preseason honors released Wednesday were selected by media who cover the 10-team league. Mayfield was a ...

Pirates jump on Lester, Cubs for 10 runs in 1st

CHICAGO (AP) — It started with Josh Harrison's crisp single. It ended with Jose Osuna's fly ball to center field. In between, it was quite a display by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh scored 10 runs in the first inning of its 14-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, chasing Jon ...