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Bucs fall in extra innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Harold Ramirez scored Vidal Brujan with a game-ending pinch-single, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Friday night. Vidal Brujan took second as Tampa Bay’s automatic runner and stole third against Yerry De Los Santos (0-1) before ...

Defending champs stave off elimination

DENVER — The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5. Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to ...

Top-pick Pickett signs rookie deal

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms with quarterback Kenny Pickett on his rookie deal, the team announced on Thursday. The four-year deal comes with a fifth-year team option. Pickett was the only quarterback taken in the first round of the 2022 draft when he was selected at ...

Williams practices on Centre Court

WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams walked out on Centre Court under a closed retractable roof on Friday afternoon, taking advantage of Wimbledon’s new policy of allowing players to practice there and at No. 1 Court before the tournament begins next week. Accompanied by coach Eric ...

Xander Schauffele takes 5-shot lead at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. — Xander Schauffele shot his second straight 7-under 63 on Friday to take a five-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship. The Olympic champion shot a 31 on the front nine at TPC River Highlands with four birdies, then had a 32 on the back, making birdies on 11, 14 and 17. ...

Cubs take out frustrations on Eickhoff, Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom hit two-run homers early and Alfonso Rivas added a grand slam off a position player late as the Chicago Cubs routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-5 Wednesday night. Held to a total of two runs in the first two games of the series, ...