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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Manoah captivates audience with performance in MLB All-Star Game

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Alek Manoah dazzles in All-Star Game debut | WV MetroNews
The Dodger Stadium crowd and an expanded national television audience were treated to the pitching prowess and personality that Alek Manoah put on display at Monongalia County Ballpark just a few years ago.


WVU’s Brown Likes What He’s Got Returning on Defense | West Virginia University Athletics
Neal Brown said last week at Big 12 Media Days in Arlington, Texas, that he believes this year's defense could be the best he's fielded since taking over the West Virginia head coaching reins in 2019.


Eilert Named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach | West Virginia University Athletics
Josh Eilert, who has spent the last 15 seasons on Mountaineer basketball staff, including serving as an interim assistant coach during the 2016-17 season, has been named assistant men's basketball coach at West Virginia University, coach Bob Huggins announced today.


Braithwaite Picked on Final Day of MLB Draft | West Virginia University Athletics
Fifth-year senior right-handed pitcher Trey Braithwaite of the West Virginia University baseball team was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Around the Big 12

Media Crying Wolf on Pac-12 Stability Amid Big 12 Expansion Talks | Heartland College Sports
It’s been a wild last few weeks in the college football world. I thought that last year’s news of Oklahoma and Texas leaving was going to be crazy, but it hasn’t had the same domino effect that the news of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten has had.

Brent Venables' purpose was created by pain, and now he's using it to shape Oklahoma | ESPN
Brent Venables waited a long time to accept his first head coaching job. Now he's looking back at what continues to fuel him at Oklahoma.

Around the NCAA

College football futures -- Betting tips for 2022 conference title odds | ESPN
ESPN analysts offer their betting advice on some of the top conference title races in college football.

The Winners and Losers of the 2022 MLB All-Star Game | The Ringer
The National League falters again, Giancarlo Stanton shows out for L.A. fans, and Alek Manoah shines on the mound

Henrik Stenson out as Ryder Cup captain, with sources confirming he will join LIV Golf | ESPN
Henrik Stenson will no longer serve as Europe's Ryder Cup captain, with sources confirming to ESPN that he is preparing to join LIV Golf.

The World Is on Fire. Here’s a Realistic Plan to Save Humanity. | The Ringer
David Wallace-Wells joins to discuss climate change and Europe’s wildfires

An Ode to Desus and Mero, Forever Kings of New York | The Ringer
They broke up. We don’t want to talk about it. We’re gonna try anyway.

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