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Big 12 to allow one nonconference game

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(AP) — Two people involved with the decision say the Big 12 will permit its teams to play one nonconference football game this year to go along with their nine league contests as plans for the pandemic-altered season continued to fall into place. The people spoke Monday night to The ...

ACC schedule includes Notre Dame

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(AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference reworked its football schedule Wednesday to allow each team to play 11 games and to incorporate Notre Dame, which is giving up its cherished independence in a year turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC’s university presidents approved ...

Steelers sign former WVU standout Wendell Smallwood

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Wendell Smallwood to a one-year deal, giving the backfield a bit of experienced depth heading into training camp. Smallwood joins a group that includes James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels and rookie Anthony ...

WVU defensive coaching changes announced

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MORGANTOWN —West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that the Mountaineer defensive coaching staff will share responsibilities by committee for the 2020 season. Jordan Lesley will oversee the front of the defense and Jahmile Addae will handle the back. Jeff ...

Pirates get Shelton initial win

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pittsburgh’s Derek Shelton staged baseball’s first major, socially distanced umpire argument, then got his first victory as a big league manager as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Sunday. Colin Moran and Jose Osuna homered, and Mitch Keller pitched five ...

Mountaineers named to Wuerffel Award list

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University football senior safety Sean Mahone, junior quarterback Jarret Doege and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Sam James were named to the Wuerffel Trophy Award Watch List as announced by the organization. The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s ...

Enhanced Experience

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University and ANC, an experience design and execution company, announced Thursday a new partnership to significantly enhance the fan atmosphere and drive incremental revenue opportunities across Mountaineer football’s Milan Puskar Stadium and basketball’s ...

MEC updates ‘Return to Play’

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BRIDGEPORT — The Mountain East Conference announced on Tuesday its updated plans for athletic competition this fall, which were approved by the MEC Board of Directors. The strategy to stage competitions this fall is based on the public health conditions in the geographic footprint of the ...

WVU’s Stills brothers on award watch lists

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University football defensive linemen Darius and Dante Stills of Fairmont, West Virginia, were named to the Bronko Nagurski and Outland Trophy Watch Lists as announced Tuesday by the Football Writers Association of America. The Outland Trophy, selected by the ...

NEW LEADERSHIP

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — New Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington and manager Derek Shelton have used a lot of words to describe the situation they inherited then they arrived last fall. The word “rebuild” has not escaped their mouths even once. A “rebuild” hints a returning ...

Darius Stills appears on Bednarik list

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University senior defensive lineman Darius Stills has been named to the watch list for the 26th annual Chuck Bednarik Award announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. ...

Start of high school sports practices pushed back

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CHARLESTON — A delay for the start of practices for high school fall sports due to the coronavirus pandemic became official on Friday. WVSSAC executive director Bernie Dolan took part in Gov. Jim Justice’s COVID-19 afternoon press briefing. Dolan said practices for fall sports — ...

Pirates’ Keller looks to mesh info

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller’s first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren’t great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA north of 7.00. An inability ...

Kentucky adds UAB, Marshall to schedule

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has added UAB and Marshall to its nonconference men’s basketball schedule next season. Kentucky announced on its athletics website Tuesday that the Wildcats will host UAB on Dec. 6 and Marshall on Dec. 29. UAB will play at Kentucky for the second straight ...

WVU delays basketball workouts

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MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in consultation with its medical officials, has today postponed the start of men’s basketball team workouts for 14 days following the most recent COVID-19 test results. The men’s basketball team was ...

Eyeing social change, Bell finds his voice

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell wanted to make a statement with his actions, a way to channel the disgust the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman felt in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. Yet as the crowds surged in downtown Pittsburgh last month ...

Applications for controlled hunts available

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SOUTH CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is now accepting applications to participate in controlled deer hunts at six state parks. Controlled hunts are scheduled for the fall at Canaan Valley Resort, Beech Fork, Cacapon Resort, North Bend, Pipestem Resort and ...

D&E swimming teams honored for academic success

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected the Davis & Elkins College men’s and women’s swimming teams for Scholar All-American honors. Davis & Elkins was one of 461 schools to receive the award for the spring ...

D&E senior receives honors

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AUSTIN, Texas — Davis & Elkins College senior standout Felix Buck-Gramcko added to his long list of accomplishments for the 2019-20 season, earning a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America third team for cross country and track, the ...

2020 season canceled for Black Bears

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GRANVILLE — Minor League Baseball announced on Tuesday that the 2020 season for all of its clubs, including the West Virginia Black Bears, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 season, which was scheduled to begin for the Black Bears on June 18 versus the Mahoning ...