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Banowsky steps down as C-USA commissioner


From the moment Britton Banowsky was appointed as commissioner in 2002, Conference USA was under siege.

The league was raided by the Big East in a big way at that time, losing several charter members. The non-footb...

Kent outlasts Centofanti to reach men’s final at Public Courts


One way or another, James Kent is one match away from putting his racket away for a while.

Not to retire from the sport, but simply to get some rest. After grinding out a 7-5, 6-2 victory Wednesday night over Domin...

Herd picked 2nd in C-USA East Division


Marshall and Western Kentucky fans, let the sniping begin.

The two Conference USA programs, who literally became fighting rivals before the coin toss last November, were crowned first and second in a media panel&#x...

Saints’ Greenbrier work starts July 29


The New Orleans Saints had a legitimate shot to win the NFC South Division last year, but that’s because the Charlotte Panthers won it at 7-8-1. A 7-9 mark doesn’t leave a good taste in any team’s mo...

Marshall lands league-best 6 on All-CUSA preseason team


Marshall has elite Conference USA talent all around it, but the Thundering Herd has retained the respect of the league’s 13 coaches.

The defending champion Herd has six players on the coaches’ preseas...

Lee last man standing at Greenbrier Classic


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — In six years, the Greenbrier Classic leaderboard has touched all corners of the planet, and this time the championship runs through New Zealand.


Greenbrier Classic: Lee credits coach with resurgence


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Danny Lee is the sixth player of Korean descent under the age of 30 to win on the PGA Tour in the last four years.

It’s not surprising to see him w...

Logjam atop Greenbrier Classic leaderboard


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The messy leaderboard at the Greenbrier Classic got even messier Saturday.

At the top are four players at 11-under-par 199 — Jason Bohn, Sean O...

Greenbrier Classic: Woods loses ground after up-and-down third round


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Tiger Woods liked the 12th fairway at Old White TPC so much, he nearly played it twice Saturday.

OK, that may be stretching it, but Woods is 2 under on th...

Greenbrier Classic: Tournament a boost to Wagner’s spirits


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Few have suffered a rougher blow in the six-year history of the Greenbrier Classic than Johnson Wagner, whose 3-over 73 on the final day of the 2013 tournament ...

Greenbrier Classic: Watson painting over General Lee


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Part-time Greenbrier Sporting Club resident Bubba Watson staunchly defends the “Dukes of Hazzard,” but says the Confederate flag on the General Le...

Greenbrier Classic: Tiger, Bubba advance to weekend


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Tiger Woods made it interesting, as he always does, but he made it to the weekend with room to spare.

Woods shot an up-and-down, 1-under-par 69 to go with...

Classic notebook: ‘Comfortable’ O’Dell shoots 68


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Sam O’Dell shot two 70s at the Old White TPC to easily win the West Virginia Amateur, and he one-upped that Thursday.

No, make that two-upped. That...

Friends at the top: Langley leads with 62, Byrd stroke back


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Scott Langley and Jonathan Byrd agreed that being in the same threesome helped each other to tournament-leading scores.

Langley fired an 8-under-par 62 in...

Tiger shoots 66, says ‘not that far off’


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — It was the round Tiger Woods swore he was close to shooting, and he says it could have been better.

Whatever the case, he fired a 4-under-par 66 Thursday ...

Conditions ripe for low scoring at Greenbrier Classic


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — With all the recent rains, the fairways at the Old White TPC are a touch soft, and more rain is in the forecast this week.

The greens are as true as usual...

Greenbrier Classic: Watson worn out, happy to be home


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — He could use another day of quality rest before resuming competition today, but Bubba Watson was happy to come home to West Virginia.

And yes, the W...

With better long game, O’Dell goes after the cut


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Every year, the most recent West Virginia Amateur champion has received an exemption into the Greenbrier Classic.

(One year, by quirk of a switch on the c...

Bradshaw finally breaks through, gets into Classic


DANIELS — It took 23 holes and one white-knuckle par save, but David Bradshaw is finally in the Greenbrier Classic.

The seven-time West Virginia Open champ survived a five-hole, ...

Trevino wants to start national senior amateur


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Whether he’s joking or not, Lee Trevino said he has never been to a golf tournament he didn’t play in. And this week at the Greenbrier Classic, he...

Bubba not around yet as players trickle in


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Monday at the Greenbrier Classic was as sleepy as usual, as players took advantage of perfect weather to get in all the practice they could.

Bubba Watson ...

Young guns taking aim at Old White in Greenbrier Classic


The 20-somethings have taken over the golf world, and it isn’t just about Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

Consider 24-year-old Patrick Reed, fifth in the FedExCup point standings and 15th in the world rankin...

Woods in, Snedeker out as Greenbrier Classic field announced


Yes, Tiger Woods is in the Greenbrier Classic field, so set any speculation on that front aside.

Woods, who has fallen from his high perch in the sport in grimace-inducing style, will continue his comeback bid next...

Jude looking forward to challenging pros in Greenbrier Classic open qualifier


DANIELS — When the cut line moved to 73 Thursday at the Greenbrier Classic prequalifier, Davey Jude found himself in an unusual position — he was the only amateur to make the cu...

Herd schedules 2 games with Mountaineers — Appy State, that is


One one hand, Appalachian State was one of Marshall’s top rivals in the 1980s and ’90s. On the other hand, the Mountaineers only recently fled the FCS ranks and the Southern Conference last year.

So w...

Greenbrier Classic prequalifier set today at Glade Springs


A week before some of the world’s best tee off at the Greenbrier Classic, some of the longest of long shots weigh in.

The Classic’s prequalifier takes place today at the Cobb Course at Glade Springs, ...

Brand earns bye into Greenbrier qualifier


In the mixed-up sport that is golf, sometimes the goal is to not play.

Or, more correctly, not have to play. That is the case with Christian Brand, who his back home in Charleston gearing up for his next profession...

Justice lures golf legends to build mountaintop course near Greenbrier


If you want to dream, you might as well dream big.

Try this one: Recruit golf legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino to jointly design a mountaintop course, one noteworthy enough to get o...

Hickory errors open door to 6-5 Power win


As well as the Hickory Crawdads have played in clinching the first-half North Division championship of the South Atlantic League, they didn’t show it in the eighth inning Friday night.

The Crawdads sprung a ...

North-South football: 5 UC signees on all-star rosters


The true winner of Saturday’s North-South Football Classic?

Perhaps it’s the University of Charleston.

And not because the 7 p.m. game Saturday is played in the Golden Eagles’ UC Stadium ...

3 past Greenbrier Classic champs on commitment list


Three of the five Greenbrier Classic champions have committed to return to Old White TPC, tournament officials announced Monday.

But for the first time, defending champions will miss the Classic.

Scott Stall...

North-South: Football standouts catch on quickly


One aspect Bob Mullett has noticed in his eight years of directing the North-South All-Star Football Classic is the teams’ ability to bond quickly.

The teams have gotten in four practices, two each on Sunday...

Greene welcomes prep practice period


New Capital coach Matt Greene jokes that his father has been advising him in coaching for a long, long time.

“He’s been giving me advice for 35 years,” Greene said with a laugh.

But there...

Clark still bewildered by ouster at Capital


Don’t get Carl Clark wrong: He is grateful for his decades of coaching great young athletes.

But he is still stung by how his 21-year head coaching career at Capital High ended.

Clark was replaced rece...

Sweet-swinging Haas returning to Greenbrier Classic


Bill Haas, the 2011 FedExCup champion and a frequent visitor to the Greenbrier Classic, has committed to play in the tournament for the fifth consecutive year.

Tournament officials announced Haas’ plans Satu...

Daly, Love, Stricker added to Greenbrier Classic field


Veteran golf stars Davis Love III, John Daly and Steve Stricker are all returning to the Greenbrier Classic, officials announced Friday.

The three have 12 combined appearances at the Old White TPC, with Love and D...

Many moving targets to upcoming prep sports reclassification


About four months from now, the state’s high school sports will have a new set of classifications for the next four seasons, from 2016 to 2020.

How much will that alter the landscape? It’s hard to tel...

Bradley heads latest batch of Greenbrier Classic commitments


Greenbrier Classic officials scored another top-50 commitment to the field Thursday, announcing the return of Keegan Bradley to the Old White course.

Bradley, ranked 39th in the Official World Golf Ranking, returns...

Bridgeport wins third straight AA GEISA


Matt DeMotto concedes that Bridgeport High’s success in athletics is partly a product of being one of the most populated schools in West Virginia’s Class AA.

OK, the school’s athletic director ...

Holmes, Reed highlight five Greenbrier Classic commitments


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The sixth edition of the Greenbrier Classic is starting to load up with the big names, whether familiar to the event or newcomers.

On Monday, Classic offi...

Greenbrier names Trevino pro emeritus


If only Sam Snead were still around. One can only imagine the boisterous conversations he would have had upon welcoming Lee Trevino to The Greenbrier.

The 74-year-old “Merry Mex” has been named golf p...

Golf notebook: Golfers like Little Creek updates


Little Creek Country Club officials and customers are settling into a new clubhouse, and apparently doing so quite nicely.

So says Chuck Hudson, manager of the South Charleston course. The transition hasn’t ...

Golf notes: Greenbrier Classic field taking shape


The field for the sixth Greenbrier Classic continues to take shape, as the newest Haskins Award winner has been named.

The Haskins Award is one of several given to the top college golfer in the U.S., as voted by pe...

Cato expected in Canada this week


Record-setting Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato is expected to join the Montreal Alouettes’ preseason camp this week, a representative with the Canadian Football League team said Monday.

Charles Rooke, the t...