Regional Sports

Cavs making most of long break between rounds

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Kyrie Irving's freakish knee injury in the NBA Finals last year taught him a valuable lesson about what it takes to get through a postseason."A lot of luck," he said.One year after medical misfortune sabotaged their title hopes, the Cavaliers, unlike the Golden State ...

Pirates win wild 13-inning game over D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona pitcher Shelby Miller played left field and chased after Sean Rodriguez's go-ahead double in the 13th inning before striking out to end the game, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Diamondbacks 12-10 on Sunday.Miller had to play the outfield after shortstop Nick Ahmed ...

How sweep it is: Cavs topple Pistons in four games

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Cleveland Cavaliers finished off a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons, holding on for a 100-98 victory on Sunday night.The Cavs advance to the second round to play either Atlanta or Boston.LeBron ...

Fresh faces: Additions making impact during Penguins surge

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby danced through the neutral zone, slipped across the New York Rangers' blue line and waited for help. It arrived in the form of a blurring No. 43 black-and-gold jersey, the one worn by a player whose speed and relentlessness propelled him from prospect to unlikely ...

Malkin stars as Penguins go up 3-1 on Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) - Flashing his old brilliance, Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up two others and the Pittsburgh Penguins pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with a 5-0 victory Thursday night.Malkin, whose four points tied his single-game high in the postseason, ...

Pirates top Brewers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - 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 the Milwaukee ...

Cavs take Game 1 from Pistons, 106-101

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James isn't all alone.One year after he carried the Cavaliers as far as he could in the postseason, James once again has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love by his side.Cleveland's Big 3 is playoff healthy again.Irving scored 31 points in his first playoff game since being ...

Hornqvist’s hat trick, Zatkoff in net lead Pens to Game 1 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Patric Hornqvist had his first playoff hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the New York Rangers 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Wednesday night.Hornqvist added an assist, Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists and backup goaltender ...

Penguins looking to exorcise playoff demons vs. Rangers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Marc Staal noticed the gaudy record, the highlight reel goals, the unrelenting speed and can't help but be impressed with the way the Pittsburgh Penguins have ripped through the NHL over the last three months.Yet the veteran New York Rangers defenseman has seen it before. Many ...

Upton, Tigers top Pirates

DETROIT (AP) - When new Tigers general manager Al Avila signed Justin Upton during the offseason to play left field and hit second, he had performances like Tuesday afternoon's in mind.Upton had four hits, including a first-inning home run into a camera platform above the center-field fence, ...

Villanova basking in celebratory perks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jay Wright had one more coach of the year trophy with his name on it waiting for him.Wright's name wasn't inscribed on the hardware.Rather, Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli had stuck a Post-it note with "Jay Wright" scrawled on it to cover his own name for Big 5 coach of ...

Cavs clinch top spot in East

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James scored 34 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving added 35 and the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 109-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.James scored 19 in the third quarter and only sat for four of the ...

More trouble for WR Gordon

NEW YORK (AP) Suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon might be in trouble with the NFL again.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Gordon has "raised a red flag" because of a recent league-administered drug test. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity ...

Polanco leads charge as Pirates rough up Verlander, Tigers 7-4

DETROIT (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates' offensive game plan worked out well on Monday.The Pirates doubled five times off Justin Verlander and drove up his pitch count before forcing him out in the fifth inning of a 7-4 victory."That's something we've talked about our guys all winter, and we ...

Pens complete turnaround in time for playoffs

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Matt Cullen can't quite find the right words to describe it. Maybe because the seemingly ageless Pittsburgh Penguins center has never experienced a season quite like this in a career that spans eight cities and nearly two decades.Lifeless and listless in December, the Penguins ...

Young Sabres showing signs of progress

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Sabres general manager Tim Murray acknowledged it was unrealistic to expect Buffalo to transform into an overnight contender based on the wholesale changes that took place last offseason.It's not an excuse Murray plans to be repeating a year from now after the youth-laden ...

Flyers founder Snider dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ed Snider was weakened by cancer, the disease that kept him from his beloved Philadelphia Flyers.General manager Ron Hextall went to Snider's home in California in December before a scouting trip, watching what would be their last Flyers game together on TV.The St. Louis ...

Eichel not playing in world championships

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres rookie center Jack Eichel is passing up the opportunity to represent the United States at the World Ice Hockey Championships next month because he feels he needs a break.Eichel made the announcement Sunday, a day after the Sabres closed their season.The ...

Reds walk-off against Pirates to win series

CINCINNATI (AP) - Jay Bruce hit an RBI triple in the ninth inning and Cincinnati capped a strong season-opening homestand, beating Pittsburgh.The Reds took two of three from the Pirates and are off to a 5-1 start.Brandon Phillips led off the ninth with a single. After a popout, Bruce tripled ...

Pens-Rangers highlight NHL playoff matchups

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders will open the playoffs at the Florida Panthers, and that means Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers will face Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third consecutive year.The Eastern Conference playoffs were settled Sunday night with the ...