Professional Sports

Braves’ race off and running

ATLANTA — When Atlanta Braves grounds crewmember Nigel Talton was asked during the offseason if he wanted to race fans as a part of an in-game promotion, he had no idea it was the start of something special. The Braves in-game promotion — “Beat The Freeze” — has made Talton somewhat ...

Triple-doubles earn Westbrook MVP

NEW YORK — Russell Westbrook was voted NBA MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season. Westbrook’s victory ended the first NBA Awards show, which included two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks. Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as ...

Lefty thinks Mackay will caddie again soon

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie. Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around ...

Expect many moves

As New York Rangers players cleaned out their lockers after a second-round playoff exit, all the talk was about impending change. That’s just getting started — for the Rangers and the rest of the NHL. Big moves leading up to and at the draft by the Rangers, rival New York Islanders, ...

Pirates cannot complete sweep of Cards

ST. LOUIS — Randal Grichuk homered in his return to the majors, Yadier Molina had three hits and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 on Sunday night. Grichuk, who was sent to the minors on May 29 after struggling with consistency, had two hits — including his solo ...

Cole stays on winning ways

ST. LOUIS — When it comes to taking one for the team, the Pirates can count on Josh Harrison. Harrison was hit by a pitch to drive in a run. He also homered and scored a run after hitting a double in a 7-3 Pittsburgh victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Jordy Mercer ...

Jaso home run helps Bucs win

ST. LOUIS — Josh Bell and John Jaso homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates broke their Busch Stadium hex with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Jaso, who entered as part of a double switch in the eighth inning, drove a 3-2 pitch from Seung Hwan Oh (1-4) over the wall in ...

Shaw gets to Nova as Pirates fall to Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw and Corey Knebel were too much for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Shaw drove in three runs with a home run and two doubles and Knebel set a modern-era record for most consecutive games by a reliever with a strikeout at a season’s start and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the ...

Vegas loads up on defense

George McPhee secured a king’s ransom to avoid selecting certain players in the Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft , and he’s not done dealing. Not by a long shot. McPhee got his starting goalie and first face of the franchise in Marc-Andre Fleury, a top-line winger in James Neal ...

Devils on clock with No. 1 pick

CHICAGO — The NHL stage belongs to Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils. Then it goes right back to George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights. In the wake of Vegas’ expansion draft, New Jersey is on the clock with the No. 1 pick of the amateur draft beginning tonight at the United Center. ...

No surprise as Fultz taken No. 1 by 76ers

NEW YORK — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the NBA arrived Thursday night. Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. Fultz and Ball led a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the NBA draft, which received a jolt early in the first round when the Chicago ...

Fleury taken by Vegas in expansion draft

LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury took the stage at T-Mobile Arena in a brand-new Vegas Golden Knights jersey, and his new fans welcomed him to town with raucous cheers. After an up-and-down career in Pittsburgh, the three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie is among 30 NHL veterans who could get ...

Santana’s late home run sinks Pittsburgh

By Andrew Gruman The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Domingo Santana hit a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Daniel Hudson in the seventh inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory Wednesday night. Pinch-hitter Eric Thames cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-2 with a ...

Kuhl gets back on winning track

MILWAUKEE — Chad Kuhl got a lift when Andrew McCutchen put on another hitting clinic at Miller Park, and it was enough to get over a growing hump. Kuhl got his first victory since April, McCutchen homered for the fifth time in seven games and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee ...

Pirates defeat Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer, Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1 on Monday night. Travis Shaw’s leadoff homer in the second put the Brewers ahead 1-0 and set a franchise mark with the Brewers scoring their ...

McCutchen’s hot hand could leave Bucs in quandry

News, notes and observations from the Major League Baseball season as the month of June winds into its home stretch: The Pirates are facing an interesting dilemma concerning the face of their franchise, outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Since being moved from the third spot in the batting order ...

Pens will play exhibition at Pegula

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State and the Pegula Ice Arena will host their second National Hockey League preseason game, with the Buffalo Sabres and the reigning two-time Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins slated to clash on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. “The opportunity to once again host ...

Free agency heating up to replace Earnhardt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brad Keselowski left himself very little wiggle room when asked if he is a candidate to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. next season. Keselowski is in a contract year with Team Penske, and crew chief Paul Wolfe has already signed a multi-year extension to stay on. Keselowski? ...

Pirates lose as Rizzo homers

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter. The Chicago Cubs’ 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman isn’t much of a stolen base threat and he doesn’t exactly motor down the line. But there’s more than one way to challenge opposing pitchers, and Rizzo has done ...

Hurdle tinkering with Pirate ’pen

PITTSBURGH — Turns out the Pirates didn’t need Felipe Rivero on Sunday. There was nothing to save in a dreary 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, a game in which the bats were too quiet and Jameson Taillon was too inaccurate with his pitches. But after using Rivero to get the final five outs ...