Regional Sports

Big time Bonino

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Nick Bonino's main job for the Pittsburgh Penguins is to get to the front of the net and create chaos. The well-bearded forward executed perfectly in his debut in the Stanley Cup Final.Bonino took a pretty feed from the corner by Kris Letang and beat Martin Jones from in close ...

LeBron, Cavs bonding on path toward title

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - As they jumped around the locker room dousing each other with ice water and howling after earning their second straight trip to the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were one.No out-of-control egos. No division. No squabbling. These were basketball brothers bonded by a common ...

Locke tosses 3-hit shutout against Marlins

MIAMI (AP) - Jeff Locke tossed a three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 10-0 on Monday night.Gregory Polanco's grand slam, Sean Rodriguez's two-run homer, and David Freese's four hits helped power the offense for the Pirates, who won the first of a four-game series in ...

Pens advance to Cup finals: Rookie Rust scores twice in clinching Game 7 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the ...

Cavs rout Raptors to take 3-2 series lead

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James scored 23 points then grabbed a seat, Kevin Love scored 25, and the Cleveland Cavaliers unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.Back on their home court ...

Game 7, spot in Cup finals awaits Penguins and Lightning

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby is in no mood to get caught up in his own personal narrative, the one eager to attach whatever happens to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday against Tampa Bay to the superstar's legacy.Forget that Crosby has the ...

Freese’s 2-run homer lifts Pirates to 5-4 win over D-backs

PITTSBURGH (AP) - David Freese hit a long two-run home run to cap a four-run fifth inning, Sean Rodriguez also homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.Freese hit a 451-foot blast into the Pirates' bullpen in center field off ...

On the brink: Lightning take 3-2 series lead on Pens with OT win in Game 5

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.Tyler Johnson deflected Jason Garrison's wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury's glove 53 seconds into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the ...

Penguins find higher gear against Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Few NHL teams have the quickness, speed, skill and depth to overwhelm the Tampa Bay Lightning, which the Pittsburgh Penguins have done through three games of the Eastern Conference finals.Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and a talented supporting cast that includes the sizzling ...

Cavs take 2-0 lead on Raptors in Eastern Conference finals

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James had a triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed postseason perfect through 10 games with a 108-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.James had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavs became ...

Pens win 4-2 to take 2-1 series lead in Eastern Conference finals

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz scored third-period goals, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.Carl Hagelin snapped a scoreless tie late in the second period and Matt Murray ...

Cavs rout Raptors in Game 1 of East finals

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James hardly missed and scored 24 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving scored 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off before a long layoff by thumping the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.James made ...

Pirates jump out to huge lead, hold off Braves 12-9

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Gregory Polanco doubled three times and the Pittsburgh Pirates ruined Brian Snitker's debut as interim manager of the Atlanta Braves with a 12-9 victory Tuesday night.John Jaso, Andrew McCutchen and Francisco Cervelli had three hits each for the Pirates, who led by nine runs ...

Bonino nets OT winner, lifts Pens into East finals

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Nick Bonino put a rebound past Braden Holtby 6:32 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night to wrap up the hotly contested Eastern Conference semifinal in six games.The Capitals rallied from a three-goal deficit over ...

Cavs set record in rout of Hawks

CLEVELAND (AP) - J.R. Smith made seven 3-pointers and the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA-record 25 3s in a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their second-round series.The Cavs made 18 3-pointers in the first half and added seven more after halftime to ...

Pens win in OT, take 3-1 series lead on Capitals

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Patric Hornqvist beat Braden Holtby between the legs 2:31 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the second-round series.Washington's Mike Weber tried to clear a shot, but the puck went right to ...

Murray stands tall as Pens take 2-1 series lead

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period, Matt Murray stopped 47 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins took control of their Eastern Conference semifinal with a 3-2 win in Game 3 on Monday.Carl Hagelin added his third goal of the playoffs for ...

Cavs hold off Hawks in Game 1

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a strong comeback by Atlanta to maintain their chokehold on the Hawks with a 104-93 victory on Monday night in the opening game of their second-round Eastern Conference series.James ...

Title game hero Jenkins returning to Villanova for senior season

VILLANOVA (AP) Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins, whose game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Wildcats past North Carolina 77-74 in the NCAA championship game, will be returning to school for his senior season.After deciding to test the NBA Draft waters following the win, Jenkins ...

Pens vs. Caps is more than just Crosby vs. Ovechkin

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin will be the headline of most stories about the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals playoff series.The transcendent superstars of the NHL meeting in the playoffs for the first time in seven years and the second time in their careers will ...