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Up against the wall

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Jakub Vrana came to the rink expecting to play on the Capitals’ third line again. He left as a top-liner on top of the world. Vrana made the most of his promotion to the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, setting ...

Capitals’ Wilson earned his suspension

PITTSBURGH — Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals still has one game remaining on his well-deserved suspension from the NHL. He earned it with a vicious hit that broke Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw. The video doesn’t lie. When Wilson aimed his shoulder at Aston-Reese’s head and collided ...

Kontos can’t keep Brewers in check

By Joe DiGiovanni The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, helping the Milwaukee Brewers top the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night. Braun, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, drove a pitch from George Kontos ...

Secrets are few for Pens, Capitals

The Associated Press Now that Mike Sullivan and Barry Trotz have matched wits in a playoff series for three consecutive years, they harbor very few secrets. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals know each other inside-out from 17 postseason games since 2016. The coaches are very ...

Bullpen holds off Brewers

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Starling Marte hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer, and rookie Nick Kingham won his second straight big league start in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Kingham (2-0) struck out seven but allowed six hits ...

Penguins leave the ’Burg with series tied up

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh at Washington, Saturday, 7 p.m. Best-of-7 series: Series tied at 2-2 TV: NBC By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan knows his team is “wired” for offense, as tends to happen when you have Sidney Crosby, ...

Bucs leave DC on losing skid

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Throughout the bumpy opening weeks of the Washington Nationals’ season, first-year manager Dave Martinez counseled patience and reiterated that victories would eventually materialize. They’ve come this week at the expense of the Pittsburgh ...

Ovechkin scores late goal to beat Penguins

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have spent their entire careers chasing the Pittsburgh Penguins and shouldering their own franchise’s onerous history of playoff failures. One brilliant end-to-end rush gave the two Washington ...

Moving Harper sparks Nationals’ win

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Moved to the leadoff spot for the first time since 2013, Bryce Harper showed signs of breaking out of his slump. Harper hit a three-run homer that helped Max Scherzer win his fifth straight start as the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Patrick back at Indy’s famous oval

INDIANAPOLIS — Danica Patrick’s IndyCar comeback got off to a troubled start. That steering wheel — so heavy! And all those buttons! But after some quick reminders from team owner Ed Car­penter, Patrick passed the Indian­apolis Motor Spee­dway’s two-phase refresher course Tuesday ...

Pirates put Kingham into rotation

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Nick Kingham’s nearly perfect debut has earned him at least one more start in the majors. Kingham took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his first big league start, retiring the first 20 batters in Pittsburgh’s 5-0 ...

No hearing on Wilson hit

WASHINGTON — A person with direct knowledge of the decision says there will not be a disciplinary hearing for Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson for his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of ...

Steelers parting ways with Wilcox

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran safety J.J. Wilcox on Monday just days after selecting a pair of safeties in the NFL draft. Wilcox played in 12 games for the Steelers in 2017 after Pittsburgh got him from Tampa Bay last September for late-round ...

Crowning achievement

PITTSBURGH — Nick Kingham accomplished something Sunday that only one major league pitcher had achieved in the past century. In his big league debut, Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. He joined ...

Replay works against Pens in Game 2 loss

WASHINGTON — Braden Holtby spun around and saw the puck on the goal line. Maybe it was in. Maybe it wasn’t. But after mounting another two-goal lead and this time building on it instead of blowing it, the Washington Capitals made sure it wasn’t close enough for one questionable call ...

Kang headed to Florida

PITTSBURGH — This could be the first day of Jung Ho Kang’s second act with the Pirates. Kang will report to the Pirates’ Florida training base in Bradenton today to prepare for a return to the major leagues for the first time since 2016. “A healthy and productive Jung Ho Kang can ...

Penguins, Predators face different tests

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press The road back to the Stanley Cup Final took two very different turns for the Penguins and Predators at the start of the second round. Back-to-back defending champion Pittsburgh roared back from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the Washington ...

PSU DB getting his dream job

By Stephen Flinn For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Penn State safety Marcus Allen sat anxiously with family on Saturday afternoon watching the NFL draft. When his name was called in the fifth round (No. 148 overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he could not have been happier. Allen is a ...

Cervelli’s power surge helps Pirates

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Francisco Cervelli hit his fourth home run of the season as part of a two-RBI effort in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. He hit just five homers in all of 2017. It’s been quite a strong ...

Steelers don’t pick up an ILB

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t take an inside linebacker in the NFL draft. That doesn’t mean they didn’t want one. It simply means when it came time to pick, they looked at their internal draft board, they looked at the players available in a position where there — at ...