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Holliday embraces high expectations


HUNTINGTON — In his three-plus decades of coaching, Marshall’s Doc Holliday has lived through elevated preseason expectations, whether for his team, individual stars or both.

New Sinclair TV venture involves C-USA


As Sinclair Broadcast Group launches its foray into televising Conference USA sports, the impact in the Charleston-Huntington market won’t be great, just yet.

Let’s put it this way: Marshall’s...

Marshall all over C-USA picks


For the few Marshall fans who don’t have orbit-high expectations over their football team, maybe Conference USA coaches could help them out.

As preseason awards were unveiled Tuesday, the Thundering Herd wa...

Holliday’s contract extended to 2018


Sometimes those coaching contracts really aren’t about the money, as Marshall’s Doc Holliday didn’t receive a raise in his latest extension of his contract.

But in the latest announcement of th...

Cabrera closes strong, wins Greenbrier Classic by two strokes


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Angel Cabrera will see your hole-in-one, George McNeill, and raise you a hole-out eagle on the toughest hole on the course.

That was the final round Sunda...

Greenbrier Classic — Hurley’s consolation prize: British Open invite


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — For Billy Hurley, the disappointment over playing himself out of the Greenbrier Classic championship picture had subsided Sunday afternoon.

It had to. A t...

Greenbrier Classic notebook: Fans cash in on Cauley’s ace


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Bud Cauley’s fanbase expanded greatly on Sunday.

The Daytona Beach, Fla., resident and University of Alabama grad converted a hole-in-one — ...

Hurley takes 2-stroke lead into Greenbrier Classic final round


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Billy Hurley III knows he may or may not keep his 54-hole lead at the Greenbrier Classic, but he knew it wasn’t going to keep him awake Saturday night.

Love needs strong finish to make it to British


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Davis Love III has played 95 major tournaments since 1986, winning three. And at age 50, he is looking for No. 96.

That’s where the Open Championsh...

Greenbrier notebook: Cabrera charges to within 2 strokes


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Angel Cabrera has never won a tournament other than a major on U.S. soil. The Argentine is in great position to change that after tying for Saturday’s lo...

Hurley shoots 63, takes 1-stroke Classic lead


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — For Billy Hurley III, nothing he’ll do in golf could ever top his driving a Navy ship through the Suez Canal, but he won’t forget shooting a 7-und...

First-round leader Blixt stumbles to 73


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — When Jonas Blixt won the 2013 Greenbrier Classic, he didn’t lead after 18, 36 or 54 holes.

In the first round of the current Classic, Blixt shot a ...

Greenbrier notebook: Bubba brings star power to the leaderboard


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Greenbrier Classic can always use a name player near the top of the leaderboard, and Bubba Watson is doing just that for the fifth annual event, standing fo...

Greenbrier Classic: Blixt grabs first-round lead


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — When defending Greenbrier Classic champion Jonas Blixt posted his 6-under-par 64 in the morning hours of the first round Thursday, he thought somebody would bea...

Bubba up, Walker down in 1-2 FedExCup battle


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — In the 1-vs.-2 bout in the FedExCup points standings, Bubba Watson overcame dryer, windy conditions Thursday to score a two-shot “victory” over Ji...

Greenbrier notebook: Strong start has Stricker thinking British


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Steve Stricker said he would need to do some big things at the Greenbrier Classic and next week’s John Deere Classic before he would commit...

Stakes high as 5th Greenbrier Classic tees off


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- For many in the day-to-day golf media, Jimmy Walker is the obvious pick to win the fifth edition of the Greenbrier Classic.

A very small sample: “...

Tom Watson not acting his age, but he might shoot it


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Here is something that could get the Greenbrier Classic galleries rocking this weekend: Tom Watson possibly shooting his age.

Oh, it could happen, as Wats...

Greenbrier notebook: Faldo eager to take his cuts


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — It’s not often that Sir Nick Faldo, a nine-time PGA Tour winner and six-time major champion, climbs out of the CBS television booth to play an event.


Dream foursome for Anania


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Brian Anania did what he has done so often at the Old White course, teeing off at the scenic first hole. Taking advantage of practice time two days before the G...

Watson gets Open arms from R&A


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — When the Open Championship was last contested in 2010 at St. Andrews, Tom Watson was saddened when he took his final walk over the small but historic Swilcan Br...

Friendly duel for FedExCup lead


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — After years of chasing leaders on the PGA Tour, Jimmy Walker is being the chased.

And the Tour’s points leader is the top target of good-natured by...

Day forced to withdraw from Classic


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Greenbrier Classic has suffered its share of bad breaks, and got socked with another one Monday when Jason Day was thumbed out of the tournament.

No, ...

2013 Greenbrier Classic a turning point in Walker’s career


Almost as much as Jimmy Walker remembers his first three PGA Tour victories, he’ll remember one that slipped away in the mountain twilight.

That was the 2013 Greenbrier Classic, the one delayed three-plus ho...

PGA Tour superstars will battle relative unknowns for Classic crown


Some would say the Greenbrier Classic is due for a true dose of star power — you know, something like Bubba Watson with a one-shot lead entering the stadium-type 18th hole on Sunday.

The state’...

Top 10 players in Greenbrier Classic’s brief history


Golf is such a strange, unpredictable sport. People who drive themselves crazy hitting a dimpled ball with a glorified stick, finding it and hitting it again, know this.

So do fans who have followed the four editio...

Bradley, Reed added to Greenbrier Classic field


After landing the last two stars in the final hours before deadline, the field for the fifth Greenbrier Classic has been set.

Keegan Bradley and Patrick Reed became the last piece of what Classic director Monte Ort...

Stricker leads list of new Greenbrier Classic commitments


In the “actions speak louder than words” vein, the Greenbrier Classic received one of its better endorsements this week when Steve Stricker announced his commitment.

Stricker announced his intention T...

Curtis back for 5th visit to Greenbrier Classic


Has it really been 11 years since Ben Curtis shocked the golfing world with his victory in the British Open?

Oh yes, it has. But in some ways it seems like yesterday.

2003 was perhaps the craziest year in Gra...

Greenbrier Classic prequalifying set today


Technically, the Greenbrier Classic begins today at the Resort at Glade Springs.

That’s when roughly 117 golfers will chase their dream of playing in a PGA Tour event, as they compete in the Classic’s...

Bowles, Hand fire 71s to lead Junior Am


HURRICANE — Fourteen-year-old Colin Bowles had no problem Tuesday backing up to the gold tees at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. His 1-under-par 71 told the tale.

The Oceana native tied...

Greenbrier: In full health, Holmes back at full throttle


Fate, in the form of good health, owes J.B. Holmes in a big way. Holmes is finally getting paid back, and is running with it.

It’s been more than 15 months since he broke his left ankle rollerblading with hi...

Hurley swimming with big fish again


Once again, the PGA Tour has its lone graduate of a military academy. Once again, he will spend the Fourth of July in the scenic mountains of West Virginia.

Make no mistake: It has been a long two years for Billy H...

Na joins burgeoning Greenbrier Classic field


Kevin Na, who recently rocketed well inside the world’s top 50 players, has joined the growing list of commitments to the fifth Greenbrier Classic.

Na currently is 10th in the FedExCup points race. He owns a...

Anania wins first W.Va. Amateur


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Brian Anania survived the 13th hole Friday at The Greenbrier’s venerable Old White course, a hole that seems to have an anti-Wake Forest bias.


The Greenbrier honors golf legend Campbell


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — As his widow can testify, The Greenbrier was Bill Campbell’s second home.

On a beautiful Friday afternoon, Joan Campbell made sure that will be the...

Amateur notebook: Youth movement in full swing


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — There has been a considerable youth movement in West Virginia golf for several years. In the final round at the West Virginia Amateur, that trend really hit hom...

Anania carries lead into final round of State Amateur


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The soft, silent plop of the dimpled ball on the 18th green was the loudest statement Brian Anania could make Thursday at the 95th West Virginia Amateur.


Boys soccer team reaches new heights


West Virginia youth soccer is pushing its boundaries a little further, as a Kanawha Valley-dominated Olympic Development Program team has advanced to a regional semifinal.

The state’s Boys 1997 team went thr...

One giant leap for Man: Hillbillies outlast Notre Dame for first boys state championship


Finally, finally, finally, Man owns a boys state championship of any sort, in any sport.

After multiple near-misses in football, basketball and baseball, the Hillbillies needed everything to get their first on Satu...

Bridgeport rallies past Independence for AA title


Bridgeport hit the ball well enough, collecting six singles, three doubles and a triple in its Class AA championship victory.

But clutch hitting didn’t matter as much in this Class AA championship game. The ...

Day’s in: Aussie commits to Greenbrier Classic


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — With the injury-idled Tiger Woods starting to slide, an Australian has taken over the top spot in the world golf rankings.

He’s Adam Scott, No. 1 f...

Justice hopes to make Classic more affordable


BRIEFLY: Hole-in-one giveaways are back on the 18th hole. Starting with the pro-am tournament on Wednesday, July 2, fans in the bleachers and the lawn area will win $100 should a player sink a hole-in-on...

Will busy schedule keep Spieth out of Greenbrier?


DUBLIN, Ohio — The No. 1 issue at the Greenbrier Classic is who will play, be it Jimmy Buffett, Tiger Woods or whoever.

There is no such worry here at the Memorial Tournament, where 15 of the world’s ...