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Pens, Sens get one more game

The Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hoffman fired a slap shot through ...

Alarm goes off during Bucs’ game

On deck Tuesday night: The Pirates led Atlanta, 3-2, in the sixth inning when the game was delayed by rain. It had not resumed at press time. Tonight: Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (2-3) vs. Braves RHP Julio Teheran (3-4) TV: ...

Bryant vows he’s a changed man now

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Game days were the hardest, when the pain Martavis Bryant inflicted on himself, his family and his Pittsburgh Steeler teammates felt the most acute. So Bryant retreated and refocused. The television in the Las Vegas place he shared with ...

Predators about more than just being there

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won’t just be happy to be there either. “Our guys know the big picture,” ...

Adams’ homer sinks Bucs

By Charles Odum The Associated Press ATLANTA — Matt Adams hit a two-run homer in his second start since being traded to Atlanta, Ender Inciarte had a career-high five hits and the Braves beat Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night. Brandon Phillips also homered for ...

Ottawa starting over after blowout

OTTAWA, Ontario — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 tonight to help his team “refresh” and “reload” after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of the worst ...

Pens pound Sens

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it “getting to our game.” It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending Stanley Cup champions put together ...

One run enough for Bucs vs. Phils

PITTSBURGH — Coming off two subpar outings, Chad Kuhl went into the video room to find some past success he could recreate. Kuhl and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates scratched out the only run of a rainy game Sunday when David Freese was hit by a pitch ...

Offense still an issue for Pirates’ Ngoepe

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates haven’t lost hope that infielder Gift Ngoepe can be more than a defensive specialist at the major league level. Ngoepe started at shortstop in Sunday’s 1-0 homestand finale victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. General manager Neal Huntington called Ngoepe ...

Resilient Penguins have ‘mo’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The situation looked dire. On the road. Down a game. Starting a goalie that hadn’t been on the ice for an opening faceoff in nearly six weeks. Yet the Pittsburgh Penguins responded the way they’ve always responded since Mike ...

Kyle Busch scores $1M All-Star win

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch used a bold three-wide pass for the lead Saturday night to win NASCAR’s annual All-Star race for the first time. Although the race does not count in the standings, it was Busch’s first Cup victory of the season and first at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch also ...

Nova makes Bucs happy

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates seem to have a little more bounce in their step when Ivan Nova takes the mound. “We love when he pitches,” third baseman David Freese said. “He pumps strikes. He’s a quiet guy, for the most part, but ...

Aberg’s first goal propels Predators

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pontus Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Nashville Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night. Aberg scored on a ...

Lineup card a challenge for Hurdle

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Of the many problems the Pirates have had through the first quarter of the season, the most consistent has been their inconsistent offense. It rebounded with a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours ...

Crosby, Murray help Pens even series

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby ...

Phils’ slump ends vs. Bucs

PITTSBURGH — His club mired in a miserable funk that’s drained all the momentum from a promising April, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called a team meeting before a weekend series in Pittsburgh. While Mackanin declined to go into the “recipe” of what was said, for one ...

Taillon back with team after cancer procedure

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon is back among his Pirates teammates, anxious for the day when he can return to the field with them. Taillon, who had surgery for testicular cancer on May 8, was made available for questions Friday for the first time since his diagnosis was announced. He said ...

Bucs giving Bell a shot

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell batted in the cleanup spot for the first time on Thursday and made an immediate impact. Bell homered in his first at bat during the Pirates’ 10-4 win over the Washington Nationals. What’s different about batting fourth? ...

Fleury or Murray? Pens’ coach not in any hurry

The Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Sullivan isn’t in any hurry to announce who will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in tonight’s critical Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa. The defending Stanley Cup champions have relied heavily on Marc-Andre ...

Green, Warren fail physicals, get released

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers released tight end Ladarius Green and long snapper Greg Warren on Thursday after both failed physicals. While Warren’s departure became imminent after the Steelers made the unusual move of selecting long snapper Colin Holba from ...