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The Inaugural West Virginia Men's Basketball Alumni Game saw John Flowers' White team claim a 133-126 victory over Da'Sean Butler's Blue team. After last year's sold out event, the boys are back in town and lacing them up to take the hardwood one more time as Mountaineers. Flowers, who organized the event, and others who once donned the flying WV will be bringing their talent back to the university city on Saturday, July 30. The game will be held at Morgantown High School at 7 p.m.
West Virginia Athletics:
West Virginia University's Alan Cooke won the 97th West Virginia Amateur presented by Mercedes-Benz at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs on Thursday. His win qualifies him for The Greenbrier Classic next month. Atop the leaderboard at two over entering the final round of play, Cooke birdied five holes to shoot 67 in the final round on The Old White TPC and claim the title by eight strokes. He finished with a score of 72-68-76-67=283 and was the only player to finish the tournament under par at three under.
Around The Big XII:
No, EXPANSIONPALOOZA isn't a daily thing anymore, largely because with the Big 12 backing away for the time being the excitement seems to have dimmed. Bring On The Cats is not through yet, though. Today they throw around the idea of Missouri rejoining the Big 12 Conference.
In a new series of articles, Viva The Matadors will be putting the spotlight on infamous figures who brought anger, heartbreak, or embarrassment to Texas Tech. Today's target? LSU running back Leonard Fournette.
Around The NCAA:
Boston College nearly won seven or eight games with one of the worst offenses in the country. The Eagles also nearly lost 10 with one of the best defenses. You can see whatever you want from Steve Addazio's program heading into his fourth year.
Veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz stops by The Solid Verbal for the latest installment for the neverending SCHEME THEME MONTH and addresses some interesting questions.
Although he won't be playing football in 2016, wide receiver Stedman Bailey is staying with the Los Angeles Rams. Bailey cleared waivers Wednesday afternoon, allowing him to revert to the Rams' reserve/non-football injury list so he can stay around the team while not counting against its 90-man roster. Bailey will serve in a coaching role for the Rams, working with special teams mostly.
Before Geno Smith started throwing this offseason to Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, he was launching passes to Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown and Jarvis Landry. The New York Jets' quarterback, who may or may not be the starter, spent time this offseason working out with some of the top wide receivers in the NFL.
The Bears see Nick Kwiatkoski as a future starter. General manager Ryan Pace considers him as a hard-nosed, throwback player with good instincts. But Kwiatkoski's development at inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense won't be rushed.
Today's Miss Throwdown is the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Year. CLICK HERE for Barbara Palvin's Instagram.