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West Virginia Sports

Bengals sign running back Giovani Bernard to 2-year deal

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard to a two-year contract extension Tuesday through the 2021 season. He could have become a free agent after this season. Bernard, a second-round draft pick in 2013, has been used to complement Joe ...

In 2016, LSU and Texas were both chasing Tom Herman

By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The chase was on for Tom Herman. In late 2016, Texas and LSU were both eyeing the young hotshot coach from Houston until a wild Thanksgiving weekend that included a Tigers win, a Longhorns loss and leaked details of contract negotiations ...

Kendall tosses 2 TDs, West Virginia tops James Madison 20-13

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Austin Kendall loved the outcome but wasn't happy that West Virginia's offense struggled for much of the game against a Championship Subdivision opponent. The Oklahoma graduate transfer threw two second-half touchdown passes in his ...

P5 newbies in Big 12, trio have 1st games as P5 head coach

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer New Kansas State coach Chris Klieman has seven national championship rings, all with FCS team North Dakota State. Texas Tech's Matt Wells is coming off a successful stretch with his alma mater that included two Mountain West Conference titles. Klieman and ...

Big 12 opening week has Oklahoma hosting Holgorsen return

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference during the opening weekend of the league's 24th season: GAME OF THE WEEK Houston at No. 4 Oklahoma, on Sunday night. After Dana Holgorsen left West Virginia for a school outside the Power Five, his first game ...

T.J. Simmons hoping to join list of impact WVU receivers

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wide receiver T.J. Simmons is embracing the chance to lead a unit that lost most of its production. An afterthought last season, Simmons is now the focal point of an inexperienced group still trying to fill out a depth ...

Oklahoma grad transfer QB Kendall named starter at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Oklahoma graduate transfer Austin Kendall has been named West Virginia's starting quarterback for the Aug. 31 season opener against FCS James Madison. West Virginia coach Neal Brown on Tuesday announced the choice of Kendall, who beat out three others. At Oklahoma, ...

Steelers return to practice while grieving loss of coach

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Gray, rainy skies and a subdued, sparse fan turnout made for a fitting setting Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice for the first time since the sudden death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. Drake, a longtime NFL and college assistant, was found ...

Bell’s HR, 3 RBIs help Pirates take down Angels 10-7

By DAN GREENSPAN Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Josh Bell has pulled himself out of a recent slump with some extra film study and a return to better habits as a hitter. Not only has he found his form, Bell helped the floundering Pirates find their ...

Marte, Pirates stop Mets’ 7-game win string with 8-4 victory

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steven Matz's mastery of the Pittsburgh Pirates unraveled quickly. So did the New York Mets' seven-game winning streak. Five days removed from a five-hit masterpiece in which he shut out the Pirates on 99 pitches, Matz didn't make it out of ...