• Hurricanes hire Samuelsson to coach AHL team in Charlotte

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have hired veteran NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson to coach their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino, center, celebrates his game-winning goal against the San Jose Sharks with Phil Kessel (81) and Kris Letang (58) during the third period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final series Monday, May 30, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Penguins edge Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Bonino looks the part. Thatchy beard that juts out well below his chinstrap. Nose a bit askew. The rugged forward has etched out a career making a living in tight spaces, putting his body in places on the ice that aren’t for the meek.

  • Penguins’ Letang says he is playing in Game 1 of Cup Final

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins defenseman Kris Letang says he is good to go for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against San Jose despite not skating the past two days.

  • Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister, left, and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, right, greet each other during batting practice before a baseball game Friday, May 27, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Pirates spoil night for Rangers’ Banister, Hamels in 9-1 win

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jeff Banister shared hugs, handshakes and laughs with Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle and his players and coaches before the Texas manager’s first game against the organization he was part of for his first 29 years in pro baseball.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates' Jonathon Niese works against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Hamels’ 12-game win streak ends as Pirates top Rangers 9-1

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clint Hurdle and his Pittsburgh players and coaches tipped their caps as a show of respect toward Jeff Banister before the Texas manager’s first game against the organization he called home for 29 years.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust, center is congratulated by teammates Evgeni Malkin, left, and Ben Lovejoy (12) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Penguins top Lightning 2-1 to advance to Stanley Cup Final

    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 first time since 2009.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole rounds third base after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a baseball game Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/John Heller)

    Harrison’s 2-run double helps Pirates top Diamondbacks 8-3

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday.

  • Ex=Pennsylvania prep star Herb Pope facing bank robbery case

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former western Pennsylvania high school basketball star whose legal troubles likely kept him from the NBA will appear before a federal judge in Pittsburgh today on charges he robbed two banks earlier this year.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates' David Freese (23) returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Freese’s 2-run HR lifts Pirates to 5-4 win over Diamondbacks

    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.

  • Plate umpire Guccione leaves Diamondbacks-Pirates game

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Home plate umpire Chris Guccione left after the first inning of Wednesday night’s game between Arizona and Pittsburgh after taking a foul tip to the mask.