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Malkin puts Pens on cusp

NEW YORK - The Pittsburgh Penguins might have been the NHL's hottest team at the end of the regular season, playing the last month with Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup with an arm injury.Well he's back for the playoffs, and flashing his old brilliance.Malkin scored two goals and set up two ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the first of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday, April 28:QUARTERBACKSCurrently on the roster: Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Dustin VaughanLast five drafts: Jones (2013, fourth round) is the ...

Pens not bothered by road

The Associated PressHome ice hasn't been an advantage this year in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.Road teams have posted a 14-12 record through the first week of the postseason.Think about it. The Kings and Ducks both lost their first two games at home. The defending champion ...

Controversy surrounds Bucs

The Associated PressSAN DIEGO - Andy Green's first ejection as a big league skipper gave Mark McGwire his first chance to manage.Wil Myers and Derek Norris hit two-run homers and Adam Rosales added a solo shot for the San Diego Padres, who rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Tuesday ...

Playing defense matters to Pens

By Tom CanavanThe Associated PressNEW YORK - The Pittsburgh Penguins got back to playing the style that made them one of the NHL's best teams after Christmas.They played defense. They got goals from their stars, a game-winner from 39-year-old Matt Cullen and a solid effort from rookie ...

Pirates’ Kang happy with first rehab start

From Mirror reportsJung Ho Kang took the next step toward rejoining the Pirates, beginning a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.Kang, who is recovering from left knee surgery, batted third and played third base for the Indians in their matchup with the ...

Goalie still a question mark

PITTSBURGH - By winning on Saturday, the New York Rangers turned this into a best-of-five series and claimed home ice advantage.They'll have that tonight as the Penguins are at Madison Square Garden with some key questions after losing Saturday's home game.None is bigger than who will start in ...

Nicasio’s five offsets one bad for Pirates

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - One bad inning wasn't enough to undo an otherwise impressive outing by Juan Nicasio.Nicasio overcame a three-run fourth in pitching six effective innings, and Matt Joyce and Gregory Polanco each had three of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 17 hits in their 9-3 win over ...

Kang begins his rehab

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Jung Ho Kang will soon take a big step toward returning to the Pirates lineup.Kang is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Class AAA Indianapolis this week. He has been at the Pirates' training base in Florida, participating in extended spring ...

Sloppy play by Pens aids Rangers

By Will GravesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Henrik Lundqvist's right eye is just fine, thanks.So too are the New York Rangers with their franchise goaltender back to looking like the foundation for New York's near annual deep postseason run.Three days removed from a freakish run-in between ...

Niese stymies Brewers’ bats

PITTSBURGH - Jon Niese made it sound simple as he talked about how he pitched.Niese combined with two relievers on a three-hitter and Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run of the season as the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 on Saturday night to end their four-game losing ...

Liriano healthy enough for rotation

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-Francisco Liriano threw in the bullpen Saturday and pronounced himself ready to return to the Pirates' starting rotation.Liriano had to skip a start because of tightness in a hamstring."Everything feels normal," Liriano said. He hopes to start on ...

Edwards claims pole position at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Carl Edwards won his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup pole Friday, helping Joe Gibbs Racing take four of the top five spots in qualifying Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.Edwards, the winner at Bristol in March 2014, earned his third pole at the track and second consecutive ...

Day tied for RBC Heritage lead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Jason Day is back at the top in a bid for his third PGA Tour title in a month.Coming off a disappointing Masters, the top-ranked Day shot a 2-under 69 on Friday at the RBC Heritage to share the second-round lead with Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman.Chappell and ...

Pirates’ offense has improved

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Some of the numbers through 10 games validate the Pirates' new offensive approach.They're second in the National League in hits and on-base percentage, and third in batting average.They're getting hits, and they're getting on base.The problem is they're ...

Braun batters Pirates’ pitching

PITTSBURGH - The breeze blowing in from center field did not bother Ryan Braun.Bruan hit two long two-run home runs and Jimmy Nelson took a shutout into the seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-4, on Friday night.Braun had a 460-foot shot off the batter's eye ...

Rangers expecting goalie back

WASHINGTON - The New York Rangers are optimistic they will have their franchise player back for a rally against the Pittsburgh Penguins.Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said he hopes to be back on the ice for Game 2 today (3 p.m., NBC) after taking a teammate's stick to the eye Wednesday but ...

Steelers no longer need Allen’s services

From Mirror, wire reportsPITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with cornerback Cortez Allen after five seasons, the team announced Friday.Allen, who was a fourth-round pick in 2011, finished his career in Pittsburgh with 150 tackles, 34 passes defended and six interceptions. He ...

Zatkoff unlikely hero for Pens

PITTSBURGH - It would have been easy for Jeff Zatkoff to go through the motions. Nobody would have blamed him.Bumped out of the Pittsburgh Penguins backup goaltender spot by rookie Matt Murray over the winter, Zatkoff spent the last six weeks of the regular season a healthy scratch, arguably ...

Steelers’ opener on MNF

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers will appear in four nationally televised prime-time games, including the first Monday Night Football game of the NFL's 2016 regular season, and on Thanksgiving, it was announced Thursday when the NFL unveiled its 2016 regular-season schedule.Pittsburgh will ...