Professional Sports

Kang attends his drunk driving trial

By Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the ...

Marte excited about taking over in center field

By Rob Biertempel The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Starling Marte, the guy displacing Andrew McCutchen in center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, hasn’t played the position regularly since the minor leagues. Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has made ...

Penalties don’t hurt Pens

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin spent more time in the penalty box than usual for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They made up for it by scoring a couple of important goals. Crosby got the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, Malkin added an ...

Porter gets $300 fine for bar incident

By Joe Mandak The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter has been fined $300 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month. Porter entered the plea Tuesday in City Court in ...

Pittsburgh runs into some red-hot Red Wings

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Admittedly not where they want to be in the standings, the Detroit Red Wings still have plenty of fight left. That much was evident this weekend with back-to-back wins against two of the NHL’s best teams. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek ...

Orr a staple around Curve

BRADENTON, Fla. — Friday was one of the nicest days I’ve spent at Pirate City in a long time. It was a beautiful morning, the Pirates’ entire squad was on hand for the first time, and I had an enjoyable conversation with good friend David Orr. If you’re an Altoona Curve fan, you ...

Pens only one ahead of Columbus after OT loss

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like. The high-energy Friday night game between the Metropolitan Division rivals ...

No Kang for Bucs to start spring

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin spring training without third baseman Jung Ho Kang. President Frank Coonelly announced Tuesday the team doesn’t expect Kang reporting with the rest of the team’s position players by Friday. Kang is scheduled to ...

Malkin makes it tough on visiting Canucks

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The quality Mike Sullivan appreciates the most in Evgeni Malkin is the one that separates the Pittsburgh Penguins star from just about everyone else who happens to do what Malkin does for a living. “He’s such a threat when he’s on the ice,” ...

Cole thinking healthy in ’17

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Two years ago, Gerrit Cole won 19 games and finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting. After slogging through an injury filled 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace has set more modest goals for the upcoming season. “Staying healthy, ...

Pitchers and catchers reporting this week; Prince optimistic

BRADENTON, FL. — Baseball is on the horizon. Pirate pitchers and catchers report Monday and Tuesday and the full squad won’t be far behind, signing in Friday. Grapefruit League action begins the end of the month, and a few Pirates already are getting in some early workouts at Pirate City ...

Pittsburgh trades for infielder

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their infield depth on Friday, acquiring Phil Gosselin from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league pitcher Frank Duncan. The 28-year-old Gosselin hit .277 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI in 122 games for Arizona in 2016. ...

2017 offers intrigue for Pittsburgh fans

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen’s spot in center field was the fulcrum around which the Pittsburgh Pirates swung from laughingstock to contenders. Now it belongs to Starling Marte after McCutchen gracefully opted to pass the torch at his favorite ...

Vegas stadium lacks funds

LAS VEGAS — The Oakland Raiders and the board overseeing the proposed NFL stadium in Las Vegas have high hopes for the project despite losing an instrumental supporter, but their plan is still missing hundreds of millions of dollars in financing. Team leaders and the stadium authority board ...

Hornqvist, Murray lead Pens to victory

DENVER — Patric Hornqvist scored twice Thursday night while Sidney Crosby was held in check, and Matthew Murray made 27 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. Crosby remained stuck on 998 career points. The Penguins captain needs two more to become the 86th player ...

Goalie, posts tough on Pens

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby’s pursuit for 1,000 career points hit a speed bump — not to mention a couple of posts — against Calgary’s Chad Johnson. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain picked up point No. 998 with a third-period assist, but Johnson and the Flames ...

McCutchen moving to right; Marte to center

PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen is on the move, just not out of Pittsburgh. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Sunday that McCutchen is moving from center field to right field this season. Gregory Polanco will flip from right field to left, with Starling Marte sliding over from left to ...

Pens love it when Crosby scores

By David Solomon The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Saturday night. Kris Letang and Justin Schultz also scored for the Penguins who are 20-2-2 when Crosby ...

Kessel takes the right shot in OT

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Phil Kessel wasn’t even aware he was playing in the 800th game of his career until the Pittsburgh Penguins forward glanced up at the scoreboard at some point on Friday night against Columbus. “I guess it’s a lot of games,” Kessel ...

Bucks, Hornets trade post players

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired forward/center Spencer Hawes and center Roy Hibbert from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for center Miles Plumlee. Bucks general manager John Hammond says Hawes and Hibbert provide “depth and versatility” and says the trade also gives the ...