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Twins hand Pirates first loss with 7-3 victory

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Dozier's bat tends to warm up in step with the weather. Not this year. The Minnesota second baseman hit his fourth home run in four days and his hustle on the bases sparked a rally as the Twins handed the Pittsburgh Pirates their ...

Moran’s slam leads Pirates over Twins 5-4, improve to 4-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Colin Moran's name will forever be entwined with Gerrit Cole's whether the new Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman likes it or not. It simply comes with the territory when you're part of the trade that sends a franchise cornerstone out of ...

USC DL Kenny Bigelow transferring to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added Southern Cal graduate transfer Kenny Bigelow Jr. to its roster. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Bigelow's addition Saturday. He will be eligible to play immediately. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Bigelow graduated with a degree in ...

Polanco’s homer lifts Pirates past Tigers in kooky opener

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 13-10 victory over Detroit on Friday — about an hour after the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate what they thought was a game-winning hit of their ...

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier trims long mane

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has a mended hand — and a fresh haircut. According to WDTV-TV , Grier showed up to media interviews during spring practice Tuesday with a new look after getting several inches of his long mane chopped. Grier says he simply ...

Marshall’s Elmore declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall guard Jon Elmore has declared for the NBA draft for the second straight year. Media outlets report Elmore announced Monday he is entering the June 21 draft but will not hire an agent. That means he has until June 11 to withdraw his name and return to ...

Press Virginia faces future challenge without Carter, Miles

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Press Virginia may never look the same. Jevon Carter turned defense into a personal mission at West Virginia, and he helped transform the Mountaineers into a team that suffocated opponents and used its stifling defense for scoring opportunities. Carter took ...

Villanova back in Elite 8 as 3s spoil W. Virginia pressure

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Villanova's 3-point party rolled past the intense pressure of West Virginia to bring the Wildcats to the doorstep of another Final Four two seasons after winning a national championship. The top-seeded Wildcats continued their outside feast ...

WVU has short tournament turnaround to get ahead of storm

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer For the second straight year, a major winter storm has scrambled West Virginia's travel plans for the NCAA Tournament. About 20 hours after arriving back on campus from the West Coast, the Mountaineers left Tuesday to begin preparations for Friday's Sweet 16 ...

Nova’s Wright, 76ers’ Brown formed friendship in West Bank

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bond that connects Jay Wright and Brett Brown was forged in the Holy Land, where the Philadelphia-area coaches taught basketball on floors lined with rubble, bent rims and no nets. The setting was far removed from anything that ...