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Penguins are at a crossroads

PITTSBURGH — For the better part of two decades, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang have served as the foundation upon which the Pittsburgh Penguins built three Stanley Cup champions. For the better part of a year, all three understood the 2021-22 season could be their last ride ...

Youngstown Phantoms name Ryan Ward as new head coach

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms announced Tuesday that Ryan Ward would be taking over as head coach this upcoming season. Ward has been floating around the hockey world since 2008 and got his start as a video coach for the New York Islanders. Since then, he's made multiple stops and ...

Cubs clobber Pirates, 9-0

CHICAGO — Willson Contreras led off with a double and became a rare leadoff hitter with a first-inning grand slam as the Chicago Cubs burst to an eight-run lead and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 on Monday night. Contreras became the 10th leadoff hitter since 1901 with a first-inning slam, ...

Watson to meet with NFL reps

CLEVELAND — NFL officials will meet this week with Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson as the league continues to investigate whether he violated its personal conduct policy, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on Monday. Watson, who is facing 22 civil ...

No hits, no problem

PITTSBURGH — In what’s quickly become a lost season for the Cincinnati Reds, this really was the ultimate misery. Prized rookie Hunter Greene and reliever Art Warren combined to allow zero hits in a complete game, but it didn’t count as a no-hitter — or even a win. Instead, the ...

Rangers knock Pens out of postseason

NEW YORK — Artemi Panarin scored a power-play goal 4:46 into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Sunday night to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and two assists, and Chris Kreider and K’Andre Miller also ...