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Marte’s 5 hits help Pirates, Nova beat Marlins 7-3

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — When things became testy between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, Starling Marte kept swinging. And connecting. If the Pirates sought retribution for an inside fastball that sidelined Josh Harrison, Marte provided it by going 5 for 5 , ...

Crosby scores goal, leads Penguins to 5-1 Game 3 over Flyers

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The kitschy light-up bracelets flickered in the darkened arena and another packed house roared "Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks!" Here's the thing Philly fans haven't yet accepted about Sidney Crosby over the last 13 years, he really doesn't ...

West Virginia releases nonconference home hoops schedule

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will play former Big East basketball rival Pittsburgh and Mid-American Conference champion Buffalo next season. The Mountaineers released their nonconference home schedule Thursday. West Virginia will play Pittsburgh on Dec. 8 in Morgantown. It will ...

Polanco homers twice to power Pirates past Cubs 6-1

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and ...

Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had his third career postseason hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday ...

Nova pitches hot Pirates past Cubs 8-5 in Wrigley opener

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed opening day very much this year. All three of them. Ivan Nova pitched seven solid innings, Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer and Pittsburgh ruined the Chicago Cubs' home opener with an 8-5 victory on ...

West Virginia backup forward Maciej Bender plans to transfer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia reserve forward Maciej Bender plans to transfer. WVU coach Bob Huggins announced Bender's intentions Monday. A native of Warsaw, Poland, Bender averaged 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 35 games as a sophomore this past season.

Crunching the numbers for the Stanley Cup playoffs

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Josh Jooris wears No. 16. That happens to be the total wins necessary for the team to retain the Stanley Cup for a third straight season. There are lots of relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the ...

Taillon tosses 1-hitter, Pirates top Reds 5-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle approached Jameson Taillon in Pittsburgh's dugout after the top of the eighth inning and asked his team's emerging ace for a bit of healthy self-assessment. "He asked me if I had pitches left," Taillon said. "I don't know if I ...

Snow forecast prompts WVU to cancel spring football game

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Much of West Virginia is due for another blast of winter. The National Weather Service says southern and western sections of the state could get 4 inches or more of snow starting Friday night. A winter storm watch has been posted for Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam ...