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Penguins’ goalie Fleury stops everything in Game 2

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their Eastern Conference final against Ottawa with a 1-0 victory in Game 2 on Monday night. Phil Kessel beat Craig Anderson with ...

Kim joins elite group at young age

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Si Woo Kim earned access to a room reserved for winners of The Players Championship. He now shares locker No. 4 with Lanny Wadkins, the former PGA champion and Ryder Cup stalwart. Locker No. 5 belongs to Lee Trevino, the six-time major champion. Both are in a far ...

Softer tires to be used at All-Star race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This is a strange time in NASCAR and one that often feels very close to the Wild West. In this time of rebuilding, the mindset should be that anything goes and nothing is off the table. NASCAR can tinker with the rules and the regulations and the formats until something ...

Paris athletes’ village stands as key issue in battle with LA

PARIS — Paris leaders of their latest Olympic bid insisted on Monday that their planned $1.86-billion athletes’ village had guaranteed funding only for the 2024 Games and not 2028. The International Olympic Council is assessing the possibility of giving Paris and Los Angeles the next two ...

Federer shifts focus to future

After spending a few days practicing on clay courts in Switzerland, a healthy and well-rested Roger Federer settled on his upcoming schedule: He will bypass the French Open and turn his focus to Wimbledon, then the U.S. Open. “It was a tough decision to take, because he likes to play the ...

Osuna’s blast lifts Bucs in extras

By Jose M. Romero The Associated Press PHOENIX — Jose Osuna was the last player cut from spring training for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made it back to the big club, though, and now he’s proving his worth. Osuna hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning and Tony Watson ...

Sens proving they belong among finalists

PITTSBURGH — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn’t an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. “A lot of people were doubting us and almost made us start doubting ...

Sens proving they belong among finalists

PITTSBURGH — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn’t an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. “A lot of people were doubting us and almost made us start doubting ...

Sens proving they belong among finalists

PITTSBURGH — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn’t an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. “A lot of people were doubting us and almost made us start doubting ...

Home-ice advantage gone with OT defeat

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bobby Ryan beat Marc-Andre Fleury on a breakaway 4:59 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Ryan took control near center ice and ...

Cavs still waiting for next opponent

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Kyrie Irving misses the sounds, the sights, the stress of the NBA playoffs. The All-Star point guard isn’t the only one. “We’re itching to play,” Irving said. The Cavaliers are still waiting. With Washington and Boston headed to a Game 7 on Monday, ...

Series filled with familiarity

OAKLAND, Calif. — Leave it to Gregg Popovich to play mind games ahead of the Western Conference finals. So, what will he do to prepare his defense to stop the high-flying Warriors? “Pray,” Popovich quipped Saturday before the Spurs departed Texas for the Bay Area. Stephen Curry ...

Bucs receive solid work from Williams

The Associated Press PHOENIX — Trevor Williams pitched five strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Nick Ahmed homered twice for the Diamondbacks, the second to make it a one-run game ...

Arizona catcher recovering after late-night win over Bucs

PHOENIX — Chris Iannetta homered early for Arizona, and later was bloodied by a fastball to the face as the Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 Friday night in what became the latest episode of ill will between these teams. Iannetta turned into a pitch from reliever Johnny Barbato ...

Penguins leary of pesky Senators

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first two rounds of the playoffs engaging in high-stakes games of rope-a-dope with Columbus and Washington, absorbing some hits, avoiding others and counterpunching brilliantly to get halfway to a second straight Stanley Cup. A very different ...

Polanco’s HR thwarts Grienke’s no-hit bid

PHOENIX — So many great outings for Zack Greinke yet he never has thrown a no-hitter. The 33-year-old right-hander came tantalizingly close in Arizona’s 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh Thursday night. Gregory Polanco ruined the bid with a leadoff home run in the eighth inning. “Pretty ...

Sullivan making right moves

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins looked like they needed a day off. Maybe more than one. And yet there the defending Stanley Cup champions were on Tuesday morning, dressed and skating barely 12 hours removed from a listless Game 6 loss to Washington that put Pittsburgh’s bid for a ...

Philadelphia extends Mackanin

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have extending manager Pete Mackanin’s contract through next season with a club option for 2019. Mackanin is 121-160 since replacing Ryne Sandberg on June 26, 2015. He was in the final year of a contract before signing a new, two-year deal on Thursday. The ...

Steelers agree to terms with Conner

PITTSBURGH — James Conner is officially a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former Pitt running back who has overcome cancer signed a four-year deal with the Steelers on Thursday. Pittsburgh selected Conner in the third round of the draft last month. Conner, who set Atlantic Coast ...

Penguins own Caps when it matters the most

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Marc-Andre Fleury thanked his stick and flashed a smile so wide it could be seen through his mask. This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup. Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a ...