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Marte is hero for Bucs with homer

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte can’t pinpoint why. The Pirates center fielder just knows there’s something about batting with the game on the line that brings out an extra sense of confidence. Not even a monthlong slump to start this season is going to shake that. Marte hit a game-ending, ...

Blue Jackets’ backs to wall

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins. But Columbus coach John Tortorella said it’s not going to occur on home ice in Game 6. “Things happen for a reason, and I truly believe that — we’ll be back here ...

Traveling partners

Two Trumbull County soccer players will be taking their talents to Europe, representing the United States as a part of the FC Bayern Youth Cup. Gabriel Altawil, a sophomore at Howland, and Anthony Gagliardi, a sophomore at Hubbard, were two of 10 players chosen out of around 40 from across the ...

Santana’s blast is game-winner for Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana’s return to Cleveland continued to be a big hit Saturday. Santana connected for a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Cleveland rallied past Seattle 5-4 Saturday, the Mariners’ sixth straight loss. Santana tagged Connor Sadzeck (0-1) for his fifth ...

Scottish punter already the stuff of legend

BEREA — Jamie Gillan already has the catchy nickname and ready-for-Hollywood back story. He is no ordinary rookie. With his long hair pulled back into a ponytail and a thick Scottish accent unaffected by his college days in Arkansas, the Cleveland Browns punter looks as if he just walked ...

Newman, Bucs rally past A’s

PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman expected to be part of a platoon at shortstop with Erik Gonzalez when he made the Pittsburgh Pirates out of spring training. A cut to the middle finger of his right hand a month ago sent Newman to the injured list instead. Gonzalez soon joined Newman on the injured ...

Blue Jackets trail 3-2 after late Bruin goal

BOSTON — David Pastrnak scored his second goal of the game with 1:28 left to cap a wild third period, and Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots to help the Boston Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night and take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Rask got ...

Rookie tackles draft issues

BEREA — With a bright smile, easygoing nature and similar facial expressions, rookie cornerback Greedy Williams looks like a young Chris Rock. He’s a dead ringer for the comedian. “I tell people, that’s my father,” Williams joked. The only rock the Browns need him to be is in ...

Naquin, Bieber star in Indians’ victory

CLEVELAND — The Indians needed something good to happen after watching their ace go down. Tyler Naquin came through for Cleveland. Naquin’s pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth inning gave the Indians a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Naquin, batting for Jordan ...

Kluber in cast 3 weeks

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber doesn’t need surgery on his broken right arm — for now. And, for the time being, the Indians season is cracked, not crushed. Cleveland placed the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner on the 10-day injured list Friday, and the club didn’t provide a definitive ...

Cavaliers talk to Spurs’ assistant

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have scheduled another interview in their slow, steady search for a coach. Cleveland will meet with former NBA player and current San Antonio assistant coach Ime Udoka about its opening, a person familiar with Cleveland’s schedule told The Associated Press on ...

Oakland catcher hammers Pirates’ pitchers

PITTSBURGH — The Oakland Athletics have been playing baseball for nearly 120 years. No catcher in team history has ever put together a game quite like the one Josh Phegley did in a 14-1 romp over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Five at-bats. Four hits. Two doubles. A single. All capped ...

Boston, Blue Jackets tied 2-2

COLUMBUS — Boston’s stars were going to be kept off the scoresheet in this playoff series for only so long. David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand had combined for 260 points in the regular season, but had been neutralized by the Columbus Blue Jackets through the first three ...

Everything changes with Kluber’s injury

CLEVELAND — The Indians decided during the winter their starting pitching would carry them to another October. Cleveland’s ride might end before then. Corey Kluber’s broken right arm may alter the plans for a season the Indians hoped would include a fourth straight AL Central ...

CAVALIERS’ SEARCH:

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with Cleveland’s coaching search tells The Associated Press the team has received permission to interview Denver assistant Wes Unseld Jr. A time to meet has not yet been set. The person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly ...

Kluber breaks arm in loss to Marlins

MIAMI — Corey Kluber got hit hard again, and the last line drive really hurt. The struggling Cleveland Indians right-hander broke his right forearm when he was hit by a comebacker during a 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Kluber (2-3) was struck by Brian Anderson’s ...

Reynolds keeps rookie run going as Pirates top Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rookie Bryan Reynolds is closing in on teammate Gregory Polanco for a little piece of Pittsburgh Pirates history. Polanco is enjoying the view. Reynolds kept up his impressive start, hitting a three-run double as the Pirates completed a two-game sweep in Texas by ...

Baffert takes aim at record-tying 6th Kentucky Derby win

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept trainer Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. He figured he would never again have a horse good enough to win on the first Saturday in May. A year later, though, he won the ...

Indians’ offense comes through behind Bauer

MIAMI — Because of the unusual way the game started, Carlos Gonzalez figured the Cleveland Indians might need a lot of runs. “I’ve never seen Trevor Bauer struggle before,” Gonzalez said with a chuckle. Bauer fell behind early, but Gonzalez put the Indians ahead to stay with a ...

Cavs talk to younger Bickerstaff

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers are interviewing a coaching candidate with a very familiar name. Former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff is meeting Tuesday with the Cavaliers about their job, a person familiar with the team’s coaching search told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of ...