Professional Sports

Predators tie up Penguins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Frederick Gaudreau sure is doing his best to earn his own locker with the Nashville Predators with a Stanley Cup Final debut for the ages. An undrafted free agent playing just his sixth postseason game, Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal 3:45 into the second period and ...

MLB emphasizing fashion

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (5-4) vs. Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (3-4) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press NEW YORK — When it comes to their socks, Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have scrapped their ...

Crosby has no time for Subban’s games

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — P.K. Subban says ask the Pittsburgh Penguins if he’s getting under their skin. The All-Star defenseman only knows he apparently needs to work on his breath on the ice and loves the challenge of helping shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. And he loves ...

Odd ‘stretches’ don’t stop Bucs

NEW YORK — David Freese and the Pittsburgh Pirates picked a fine time to pad their lead — in-between a bizarre pair of seventh-inning stretches. Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single after things went a little haywire, and the Pirates drubbed the New York Mets 11-1 ...

The one that got away

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators are very hard to beat on their own ice this postseason, and now they have added their biggest piece of franchise history yet. A victory in the Stanley Cup Final. The embattled Rinne not only started, he made 27 saves. Roman Josi ...

Offense comes up short in New York

NEW YORK — Neil Walker hit a two-run homer against his former team and the New York Mets also got long balls from Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night to stop a three-game slide. Robert Gsellman (4-3) won his second consecutive start — likely ...

Catfish highlight party

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The town known as Music City sure knows how to throw a party and thousands of people turned out to mark a bit of history Saturday night as Nashville hosted the first Stanley Cup Final game ever played in Tennessee. Fans started pouring into downtown hours before face-off ...

Bucs send Ngoepe back down to AAA

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned infielder Gift Ngoepe to the minor leagues about a month after he debuted as the first African-born player in the majors. The slick-fielding South African singled in his first plate appearance last month, but batted .222 ...

Pens don’t mind spacing of games

The Associated Press Time is on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ side, with or without momentum. Up 2-0 on the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final, the defending champions have no problem with the schedule that would require 17 days to complete the series if it goes seven games. That’s ...

Rookie sensation

PITTSBURGH — The fresh-faced, 22-year-old rookie who leads the NHL in playoff goals — a hot streak that has him in the middle of the Conn Smythe Trophy conversation given to the postseason MVP — was once too embarrassed to shoot the puck. So Jake Guentzel didn’t. Not in any sort of ...

Subban says Nashville will win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A good night’s sleep has P.K. Subban more confident than ever about what the Nashville Predators will do on their own ice trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final. He delivered an All-Star guarantee for Saturday night. “There’s no question,” ...

Pens explode in third period for 2-0 lead

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators, Saturday, 8 p.m. Best-of-7 series: Pen-guins lead 2-0 TV: NBC Sports Network By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins kept Pekka Rinne plenty busy this time. Too ...

Cavs, Warriors ready for third installment

OAKLAND, Calif. — After a summer highlighted by Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City for the star-laden Golden State Warriors, a six-month regular season and three rounds of playoffs, the NBA Finals are right back where they ended last June. Not that anyone expected any ...

Bucs take long time to lose

On deck Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Mets, Friday, 7:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole vs. Mets RHP Matt Harvey TV: ROOT Sports By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — More than six hours after the first pitch, the Arizona Diamondbacks ...

Marte halfway there to returning

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed one third of the season, and Starling Marte is halfway through his 80-game suspension. Those mileposts were reached on Wednesday, as the Pirates fell to 24-30 with a 6-5 loss to Arizona in 14 ...

Pens survive weird opener for lead

On the ice Tonight: Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins Time: 8 p.m. Best-of-7: Penguins lead 1-0 TV: NBC Sports Network By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The winning team went nearly two full periods without a shot. The hottest goaltender in the playoffs ...

Ray makes quick work of Pirates

On deck Today: Arizona at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: D-backs RHP Zack Godley (1-1) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuehl (1-5) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Robbie Ray apologized for keeping reporters waiting at his locker after the game. He’s used to ...

Pittsburgh stays quiet over Polanco’s injury

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates backup catcher Chris Stewart ran himself onto the disabled list. Stewart went on the 10-day DL Tuesday after injuring his left hamstring while running out a triple in Monday’s 4-3 victory over Arizona. Elias Diaz was ...

Pens blow 3-0 lead, catch fire late for win

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins rarely tested the hottest goaltender in the playoffs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Nashville. They beat Pekka Rinne anyway. Rookie Jake Guentzel fired the puck past Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation ...

Ngoepe enjoys his field, his dream

By Gerald Imray The Associated Press The clubhouse was Gift Ngoepe’s home, an equipment storeroom his bedroom. The field, where the beginnings of his road to baseball history started, was his backyard. Never mind that Ngoepe’s field of dreams was a bit patchy. Never mind that there ...