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Jeff Petry lifts Canadiens past Penguins in OT in Game 1

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TORONTO (AP) — Jeff Petry scored at 13:57 of overtime, Carey Price made 39 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their best-of-five qualifying round series. Petry picked up a loose puck in the right faceoff circle and ripped a ...

Manfred confident MLB can get through playoffs despite virus

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By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every team might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used ...

Brewers OF Cain opts out of 2020 season; series called off

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By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has decided not to play the remainder of the 2020 season. Cain, a married father of three young sons, said he made the decision "after careful consideration and discussion with my family." "With all of the ...

Blackhawks stun Oilers 6-4 in series opener

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Rookie winger Dominik Kubalik scored two goals and added three assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-4 win over the host Edmonton Oilers in the opener of their best-of-five qualifying round series on Saturday. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had two ...

Bosox LHP Rodríguez out for year, inflamed heart from COVID

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By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season. "In the course of monitoring ...

George, Clippers rain 3s on Pelicans in 126-103 blowout

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (AP) — Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and had eight overall for 28 points for the Los Angeles Clippers, who rode a team-record barrage of long-range shots to beat the faltering New Orleans Pelicans 126-103 Saturday. The Clippers ...

42 Years Have Flown By Very Quickly

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WHEELING - Time flies when you are having fun. Living your dream. Both sayings have served me well. My dream job growing up was to be a sports writer. That came to fruition in July of 1978 when legendary sports editor Cal Pokas hired me full-time at The Times Leader. Cal was tough, ...

Healthy Penguins Wary of Upstart Canadiens

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Zach Aston-Reese pondered the question for a minute. “I’m not exactly sure who is on their first line,” the Penguins forward said when asked how Pittsburgh plans to slow down Montreal’s top line in their best-of-five play-in series that begins Saturday in Toronto. The answer ...

Pirates Can’t Figure Out Darvish in Loss

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By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish pitched six shutout innings, Jason Heyward hit a key two-run single and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Friday night. Darvish (1-1) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one, bouncing back nicely after ...

Manfred, Clark Talk as Baseball Struggles With Coronavirus

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MIAMI (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with union leader Tony Clark on Friday about the importance of players following the league’s coronavirus protocols, according to a person familiar with the conversation. Manfred and Clark also talked about what needs to be done to ...

AP Source: MLB Will Play 7-Inning Games in Doubleheaders

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NEW YORK (AP) — Shortened season, shorter games. Big league doubleheaders will now become a pair of seven-inning games, baseball’s latest radical rule change during a season reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached agreement Thursday ...

NFL Medical Boss Not Surprised by Positive Cases, Opt Outs

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AP — The NFL’s chief medical officer says it’s not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to training camp. Dr. Allen Sills notes that the disease is cutting across football just as it has through societies around the world. Speaking on a ...

Players, Coaches Kneel Before NBA’s Re-opening Night

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Black players were next to white players. Coaches from one team were next to their compatriots from the opposing side. Many locked arms with the man next to them, some shut their eyes tightly, a few raised their fists into the air. The NBA had a strong, ...

Bieber Strikes Out 13, Ties Record as Indians Top Twins 2-0

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland’s Shane Bieber tied the major league record for strikeouts in a pitcher’s first two starts of the season, punching out 13 Minnesota Twins over eight innings in the Indians’ 2-0 victory on Thursday night. Bieber (2-0) fanned 14 over six scoreless innings on ...

Roethlisberger’s Return Raises Expectations

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger is back and, to listen to the precious few who have seen the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback throw a football sometime in the past 10 months tell it, apparently as good as new. Even at 38. Even with a surgically repaired right elbow. The two-time ...

Woodruff Dominates Pirates, Strikes Out 10 in 3-0 Win

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff allowed one hit and struck out 10 while working into the seventh inning as the Brewers beat the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Wednesday night. Woodruff (1-1) retired 19 of 21 batters, allowing a swinging bunt single to Phil Evans in ...

ACC Schedule Includes Notre Dame, 10 Conference Games

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The Atlantic Coast Conference reworked its football schedule Wednesday to allow each team to play 11 games and to incorporate Notre Dame, which is giving up its cherished independence in a year turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC’s university presidents approved plans ...

NHL Players Set To ‘Embrace the Grind’

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Fans counted down the seconds to the final buzzer, “Brass Bonanza” played over the speakers at Hartford Civic Center and Whalers players Dave Tippett, Joel Quenneville and Dean Evason celebrated a three-game sweep of the Quebec Nordiques. Wait, Hartford Whalers? Quebec Nordiques? ...

Pirates Edge Brewers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. A day after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth in what became an 11-inning loss, Pittsburgh delivered a ...

Ricci Retires, Obecny Takes WLU Golf Reins

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. - West Liberty University athletic director Lynn Ullom announced Monday that Wheeling native and former NCAA Division I standout Thadd Obecny has been hired as the Hilltoppers' new men's golf coach. Obecny follows in the footsteps of the legendary Mike Ricci, a 3-time ...