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They stood there at home plate, the Pirates past and the Pirates present, two of the brightest stars in the baseball galaxy on hand for opening day.
Pirates reflect on their past on Opening Day
OK, it wasn’t the national holiday Ozzie Smith and the Budweiser people wanted to make Opening Day, but at PNC Park they were celebrating as if it was the Fourth of July, complete with an American flag being parachuted into the park, Christmas and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.
WVU’s Staten decides to return for senior season
The West Virginia University basketball program, which has not had much good news over the past couple of years, got the best news it could have gotten as All-Big 12 point guard Juwan Staten announced Sunday that he will return for his senior season.
Turnbull: Luck called me ‘too old’ to coach
Craig Turnbull, fired this week after 36 years as West Virginia University’s wrestling coach, said Sunday that Athletic Director Oliver Luck said he was “too old” and had “been around too long” during a meeting late in the 2013 season and refused to consider an offer from the coach to have an orderly transition that would end with him retiring following next season.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Speed read: After slow start, Alford finds niche
The legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige used to say that his one-time Negro League teammate and Hall of Fame outfielder Cool Papa Bell was so fast so that “he could turn out the light and jump in bed before it got dark.”
NCAA, administrators enjoy handsome financial benefits while athletes go unpaid
It came, perhaps, at the very moment the NCAA didn’t need it to come, a moment when the organization’s fate was beginning to teeter under pressures that were long brewing and, to be honest, long overdue.
It came out of Ohio State after the fruits of Logan Stieber’s long, hard drive to the 141-pound NCAA wrestling championship were reaped … those fruits being a medal, a handshake and adulation among his peers and wrestling fans.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Bradley asks D-linemen to be ‘muckers and grinders’
Throw away all those conceptions that have festered in your mind from defenses past, the power play John Thornton used to bring to defensive tackle at West Virginia University, the amazing pass rush that Gary Stills or Canute Curtis brought from the end.
WVU plans to keep it simple on defense
In today’s game of football there is an information overload.
Every tendency is charted, every player dissected to the point that a defense knows a quarterback is going to throw the ball 61 percent of the time when he had oatmeal for breakfast and just 53 percent when he eats ham and eggs.
Turnbull fired as WVU wrestling coach
Craig Turnbull, who guided West Virginia University’s wrestling program through days of glory, was fired by athletic director Oliver Luck just days after completing his 36th year as head coach.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Hard-hitting Karl Joseph eager to lead
His first tackle came in his first game as a West Virginia University Mountaineer, a rivalry game against Marshall.
Now, being a freshman out of Orlando, Fla., back there in 2012, WVU-Marshall may not have seemed like Florida-Florida State to Karl Joseph, but you could not tell it from the way he debuted.
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