Regional Sports

Marte’s slam lifts Pirates to fourth straight victory

CINCINNATI (AP) - Starling Marte hit his first career grand slam, connecting off new Reds closer J.J. Hoover and lifting the unbeaten Pittsburgh Pirates over Cincinnati 6-5 on a blustery Friday night.The Pirates improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 by taking advantage of Cincinnati's ...

Philadelphia cheers NCAA champs Villanova with parade

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Villanova fans descended on downtown Philadelphia on Friday to cheer their NCAA championship basketball team, flooding the city in a raucous sea of blue.Thousands of people filled Market Street and Dilworth Park to celebrate Villanova's victory over North Carolina in Monday ...

Penguins rolling without Malkin as Cullen steps it up

WASHINGTON (AP) - Do the Pittsburgh Penguins need Evgeni Malkin if they have Matt Cullen?Probably. But while the star Russian center has missed 14 consecutive games with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss the first round of the playoffs, the Penguins are 13-1-0 and rolling toward the ...

Foligno, Prout score in Blue Jackets 4-1 victory over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Nick Foligno and Dalton Prout scored 2:09 apart in the second period in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.Brandon Saad, with his 30th of the season, and Matt Calvert also scored for Columbus in a matchup of two teams already ...

Pens keep rolling with win over Caps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sidney Crosby scored in overtime and the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Thursday night to clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.The Penguins have won eight games in a row and ...

Bills LB Tarpley cites pair of concussions as reason to retire

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Tarpley is retiring from football after just one season rather than risk suffering another concussion.Not even one last visit to his locker stall at the Bills' facility could change his mind.Tarpley's agent, Ryan Downey, confirmed his client's ...

Nicasio, Pirates sweep Cardinals

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Juan Nicasio pitched six dominant innings in his Pittsburgh debut and Francisco Cevelli hit a two-run double as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday night to sweep an opening three-game series between the teams with the best regular-season records in the ...

Liriano pitches Pirates past Cards in opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Clint Hurdle spent spring training tinkering with the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup and preaching the importance of selflessness. Of moving runners over. Of being patient at the plate and aggressive on the bases.The message found an unlikely landing spot in pitcher Francisco ...

Pitt star Conner nearing end of cancer treatment

PITTSBURGH (AP) - James Conner's lungs are clear. His focus, too.Less than five months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, the Pittsburgh running back can see the finish line. The cancer is retreating. His strength is returning. The relentless optimism that has fueled his fight never ...

LeBron, Cavs race past Hornets

CLEVELAND (AP) - The playoffs are close, just around the corner. LeBron James can't wait for them to begin.James scored 31 points, J.R. Smith matched a season high with 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers knocked down 16 3-pointers while playing without an injured Kyrie Irving in a 112-103 win over ...

Penguins build early lead, rout Flyers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - As the Stanley Cup playoffs approach, the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing with the confidence that they can beat any team in the NHL.The rival Philadelphia Flyers are just trying to get into the postseason.Sidney Crosby, Beau Bennett and Patric Hornqvist scored to help ...

Villanova, North Carolina to meet for NCAA title

HOUSTON (AP) - North Carolina will look for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night.The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985.Both teams advanced to the championship game with ...

McCutchen homers, Nicasio will be in rotation

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer and Gregory Polanco doubled twice as the Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 4-4, nine-inning tie Wednesday with a Boston Red Sox split squad.McCutchen has hit six homers, including five in his past nine games. He has reached base safely in ...

Pitt gets its man in Stallings

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kevin Stallings stressed that "the decision is not made by me" when asked whether he would return for an 18th season at Vanderbilt following a first-round NCAA Tournament flameout against Wichita State.Turns out, it was.Stallings abruptly left the Commodores for Pittsburgh on ...

Dixon leaving Pitt to take job at alma mater TCU

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamie Dixon is leaving Pittsburgh to become head coach at TCU, where he played on the last Horned Frogs team that won an NCAA Tournament game nearly three decades ago.TCU hired Dixon on Monday, a week after Trent Johnson was fired with only eight Big 12 Conference wins in his ...

Nicasio continues to dominate as he battles for spot in starting rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Juan Nicasio kept up his shutout streak, striking out eight in five innings as the split-squad Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 Monday.Nicasio has not allowed a run in 15 innings over his five Grapefruit League starts this spring. He gave up five hits and ...

LeBron’s triple-double leads Cavs to division title

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James scored 33 points and recorded his 41st career triple-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched their second straight Central Division title with a 124-91 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.James added 11 rebounds and 11 assists before checking out ...

Posley explodes for 47, Bonnies boost NCAA tourney hopes

ROCHESTER, N.Y. St. Bonaventure's Marcus Posley exploded for a career-high 47 points as St. Bonaventure topped St. Joseph's 98-90 in a game that significantly boosts the Bonnies push for an 'at-large' selection in the NCAA Tournament.Posley shot 15-of-19 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the ...

Browns’ center Mack voids contract

CLEVELAND (AP) - Alex Mack snapped the ball into the Browns' court.The three-time Pro Bowl center voided the final three years of his contract and will become a free agent, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. He will be eligible to sign with other teams ...

Vogelsong hoping to catch on with Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - There was no excited buzz around Pittsburgh in December when the Pirates signed pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.There were plenty of anxious murmurs, though, and manager Clint Hurdle heard them."I've heard a lot of, 'Man, you should've gone out and gotten somebody better,'" Hurdle ...