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AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting ...

20-year-old Wilson pitches Braves past Pirates 1-0 in debut

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryse Wilson was pitching for his high school team in Hillsborough, North Carolina, barely two years ago. Now, he's 1-0 in the major leagues. Wilson worked five solid innings, becoming the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big ...

West Virginia postpones Fan Day due to virus

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has postponed its Fan Day following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease among several members of the school's football program. The school said Saturday that five cases of the highly contagious viral infection were identified within the ...

Frazier homers as Pirates top Cubs 2-1 in 11 innings

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's pitchers delivered once again, and Adam Frazier rewarded them with one big swing. Frazier hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game ...

Cubs to face Pirates in 2019 Little League Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in next year's Little League Classic. The game will be held at Bowman Field on Aug. 18, 2019. The Cubs and Pirates will attend Little League World Series games earlier in the day. The matchup was announced Sunday ...

Grier, Sills back as West Virginia seeks 1st Big 12 title

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Grier has cut the long locks that helped earned him the nickname "Touchdown Jesus," yet the beard remains. More importantly, the West Virginia quarterback's broken middle finger on his throwing hand is mended and he's ready to lead ...

Aaron Rodgers throws TD pass, Packers top Steelers 51-34

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The ovation moved Aaron Rodgers to tears. The Green Bay Packers fans showed their appreciation with the two-time NFL MVP about to take his first snaps at Lambeau Field in almost a year. Once he got behind center, Rodgers needed ...

Steelers’ undrafted Adeniyi draws comparison to Harrison

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Olasunkanmi Adeniyi is all too familiar with the comparisons to James Harrison. Both undrafted free agents from the Mid-American Conference feature a similar, small, stocky-type build considered by some as ...

First casino licensed for sports betting in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hollywood Casino in Charles Town is the first casino licensed to offer sports betting in West Virginia. The West Virginia Lottery Commission made the announcement Monday. Commission legal counsel Danielle Boyd told The Charleston Gazette-Mail the casino expects to ...

Posey, McCutchen lead Giants past Pirates 13-10

By GIDEON RUBIN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants finally got their offense going, and they needed it to survive another shaky performance from their bullpen. Buster Posey got four hits, Andrew McCutchen homered against his former team and the San Francisco ...