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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 ...

Pens get pummeled early in Game 3

The Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway through the first period to chase goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference ...

Cole too much for Nationals’ offense

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole spent the last six weeks stringing together dominant performance after dominant performance with little to show for it, thanks to a Pittsburgh Pirates offense that always seemed to sputter whenever their ace’s turn in the ...

Outfield down to Cutch

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Two-thirds of the Pirates’ starting outfield is off the active roster. Gregory Polanco went on the disabled list before Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals because of discomfort in his left hamstring. The 10-day assignment ...

James, Love key Cavs’ win

BOSTON — LeBron James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. James had 38 points, nine ...

Nats have too much offense

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bryce Harper has known for about a year that PNC Park was the only stadium in the National League where the Washington Nationals star hadn’t gone deep. One vicious swing on Tuesday night checked it off the list. Harper sent a laser to the last row of ...

Tough to find a home

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Adam Frazier leads the Pirates in batting average (.317), and Josh Bell has the team lead in home runs (seven). Yet neither player is likely to play a full game because their defensive skills have yet to fully develop. Frazier, who started as ...