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The Shotgun/Throwdown (4/11/19): Jevon Carter Scores Career-High 32 Points

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In the final game of his rookie season, Jevon Carter hit eight three-pointers on his way to a career-high 32 points.

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Football

During challenging times, Brown helping WVU marketing efforts | Sports | wvnews.com
On Tuesday, new West Virginia football coach Neal Brown threw his team’s spring football practice open. It was not to the media, as one might suspect, but instead to a far more important group of people if he is going to succeed in his challenge here. Brown opened it up to students and the Mountaineer Maniacs, who turned out more than 1,000 strong to get their first look at their team on what was termed Student Appreciation Day.

WVU football: Defensive lineman Reese Donahue focused on 'being where your feet are' | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
One the best, and perhaps most underappreciated, football players in recent memory from the Mountain State is about to embark on his final season playing in his home state.

2019 Gold-Blue Spring Game Information - West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia is hosting its annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. The game will conclude WVU's spring football drills. There will be an unveiling of the new Nike uniform design during the game.

2019 Gold-Blue Spring Game Radio/TV Information - West Virginia University Athletics
Check out which television affiliates will carry the game, where to stream the game online, and the list of radio affiliates for the annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game this Saturday.

2019 quarterback competition: A battle of four | Sports | thedaonline.com
New head coach Neal Brown will face one of his toughest first-year challenges as he tries to find the right quarterback to lead the West Virginia football team.

Reagan: Quarterbacks must move forward in final week of spring
The final week of spring practices has begun, and it is a vital week for one group in particular. Quarterbacks coach Sean Reagan wants to see his signal callers continue to make progress.

WV MetroNews Man on a mission: Mike Brown's remarkable journey to potential starter - WV MetroNews
WVU offensive lineman Mike Brown is a larger-than-life presence with a story to match his size. Brown spent years in the Philippines as a missionary before pursuing his football career.

Stewart Back To Picking On Guys His Own Size For Mountaineer Defense - West Virginia University Athletics
JoVanni Stewart may have been the smallest starting outside linebacker to play for a Power 5 football team last year. Normally a safety, Stewart was forced to switch to Sam after the season opener against Tennessee when starter Charlie Benton was injured against the Volunteers. Now he is moving back off the ball this spring in Vic Koenning's new defense.

WV MetroNews Move to Bandit linebacker appearing to suit VanDarius Cowan - WV MetroNews
VanDarius Cowan has found a new spot on the field. The transfer linebacker from Alabama had been working at middle linebacker for the majority of this spring until injuries to other players at Bandit helped prompt a move prior to Saturday’s scrimmage.

WVU football: Offensive lineman Josh Sills finds different ways to stand out | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
West Virginia junior guard Josh Sills stands out in more ways than one. Sills was an All-Big 12 second-team selection last season for the Mountaineers.

Kinney Named to Hampshire Honor Society - West Virginia University Athletics
WVU redshirt senior punter Billy Kinney has been named to the Hampshire Honor Society by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.

Baseball

West Virginia bats come alive in 8-1 victory over Maryland | Sports | thedaonline.com
The West Virginia baseball team scorched four first inning runs and ran over Maryland on Wednesday afternoon, 8-1.

Manoah Named to Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List - West Virginia University Athletics
Mountaineer baseball junior right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah has been named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. Manoah is one of two Big 12 Conference players on the midseason watch list.

Manoah named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week
On top of his recognition from the Big 12 Conference, Alek Manoah is getting commended on the national stage. Manoah’s scoreless eight innings this past weekend has earned him National Pitcher of the Week Honors from the National College Baseball Writers Association.

West Virginia Athletics

WV MetroNews Big 12 heading online for new Tier 3 media deal with ESPN+ - WV MetroNews
The Big 12 entered a new media-rights arrangement with ESPN. Here's what it means for West Virginia.

WVU Well-Represented at Long-Course Meets - West Virginia University Athletics
Nine members of the West Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams travel to national long-course meets this weekend.

Nineteen Earn Academic All-Big 12 Award - West Virginia University Athletics
The Big 12 Conference has named 19 WVU student-athletes to the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team.

Postgame Report: Grizzlies Wrap Up Season with Win over Warriors, 132-117 | Memphis Grizzlies
Rookie Jevon Carter came off the bench to lead the Grizzlies in a historic night for the franchise. JC scored a career-high 32 points on 8-12 three-point shooting, tying C.J. Miles for the most threes made in a game this year by a Memphis player. Carter’s previous scoring high was 15 points against Dallas on March 2. Carter also became the 12th rookie in NBA history to make eight threes in a game. Check out the highlights below!

Around the Big 12

The Big 12’s ESPN+ deal means paywalls aren’t just for mid-majors now - SBNation.com
On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced a new digital rights agreement with ESPN. Beyond giving ESPN the rights to the Big 12 championship game every year until 2024, this new agreement also moves some Big 12 inventory to ESPN+, a paid subscription service.

Northern Iowa wrestler Drew Foster named Big 12 Conference's wrestler of year
Drew Foster was the only Big 12 Conference wrestler to capture an NCAA championship this season. The Northern Iowa senior was named the league's wrestler of the year on Tuesday.

KU Jayhawks freshman Quentin Grimes will enter the NBA Draft | The Kansas City Star
Kansas Jayhawks freshman men’s basketball guard Quentin Grimes has decided to enter his name in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Around the NCAA

Luke Fickell’s Cincinnati rebuild is well ahead of schedule - SBNation.com
Luke Fickell’s Bearcats just exploded from 4-8 to 11-2. What happens if the offense figures things out?

Dirk Nowitzki shed tears before the final game of his NBA career - SBNation.com
A fitting end to an unbelievable journey. In the final game of his Hall of Fame NBA career, Dirk Nowitzki shed a tear. The emotional Nowitzki played his last game on the road in San Antonio, and the Spurs’ video tribute sent the Mavericks legend into disbelief.

The 8 best things from Dwyane Wade’s extremely fun farewell game - SBNation.com
Dwayne Wade went out in style. Wade put up a triple double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the final game of his career against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

NHL playoffs 2019: Schedule, TV info & bracket for the Stanley Cup - SBNation.com
All the details about the 2019 NHL playoffs, including the teams, schedule, and results heading toward the Stanley Cup.

NBA playoff picture: Detroit Pistons sneak in, West seeding still up for grabs - SBNation.com
The Pistons claimed the final playoff spot in the East, while the 2-4 seeds in the West will come down to the very end.

Ranking the entire 2019 Masters field, from the hopeless to the favorite - SBNation.com
The Masters builds the most unique major championship field in golf. Here is an attempt to rank the group competing for the green jacket in 2019.

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