Pens Will Try And Close Out Rangers Without Crosby

May 13, 2022 3:51 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to try and close out the New York Rangers without captain Sidney Crosby. Crosby left in the second period of a Game 5 loss with an upper-body injury following a hit from New York’s Vincent Trouba.  Pittsburgh is holding a 3-2 edge in the series and the team announced Friday afternoon that Crosby will sit out the game.  Florida and Calgary also have 3-2 leads in their respective series against Washington and Dallas. Both the Panthers and Flames used late comebacks in Game 5 to move within one win of advancing to the second round.

W&J Wins PAC Opener

May 12, 2022 2:47 am

Tyler Horvat singled in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, then plated the final run in the 11th in a walk-off win for top-seeded Washington & Jefferson, opening the Presidents Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Tournament. Westminster scored five times in the top of the second inning before W&J pulled even in the fourth. After that, neither team led by more than a single run the rest of the way. The Titans were down to one strike when Carter Chinn homered to right, forcing the Presidents to score to keep the game going. Tyler Gregovits stroked his second triple and scored moments later on Horvat’s second hit of the day. In the decisive 11th inning, Tyler Dean lead off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Gregovits, setting the stage for Horvat’s walk-off base hit to right. W&J moves on to the winners’ bracket game against #3 Grove City, Friday at 12 noon. Westminster will face elimination Friday afternoon, taking on #2 St. Vincent.

The three-day, double-elimination NCAA qualifier will take place at the College’s Ross Memorial Park adjacent to Wild Things Park.  We’ll have every W&J game live on WJPA-AM (1450) and online LISTEN HERE!

Thursday
#1 W&J 10, #4 Westminster, 9, 11 innings
#3 Grove City 9, #2 St. Vincent 7

Friday
12 n #1 W&J (33-8) vs. #3 Grove City (28-12)
3 pm #4 Westminster vs. #2 St. Vincent (elimination game)
6 pm W&J/Grove City loser vs. Westminster/St. Vincent winner (elimination game)

Saturday
1 pm Championship game
4 pm If Necessary game

Softball Brackets Thursday, Baseball Friday

May 12, 2022 2:09 am

The WPIAL Softball Championship brackets are set. Washington/Greene County schools hold 13 spots in the tournaments. West Greene (1A #1), Trinity (5A #3) and Chartiers-Houston (2A #4) have the highest placements. The daily schedule is listed below along with the WPIAL bracket link. Baseball brackets come out on Friday.

Baseball WPIAL Brackets — Click Here qualifiers from two-county area: 5A Peters Township, 3A McGuffey, Waynesburg, 2A California, Bentworth, Beth-Center, Burgettstown, Fort Cherry, Chartiers-Houston, Carmichaels, 1A Avella, West Greene, Jeff-Morgan.

Softball WPIAL Brackets — Click Here
Monday
2A #16 Fort Cherry vs. #17 Carlynton, 4 pm at Trinity
6A #10 Peters Township vs. #7 North Allegheny, 5 pm at West Mifflin

Tuesday
1A #9 Mapletown vs. #8 Bishop Canevin, 3 pm at Waynesburg University
3A #6 Waynesburg vs. #11 South Park, 4 pm at Trinity
5A #3 Trinity vs. #14 Connellsville, 5 pm at Waynesburg University
1A #7 Jeff-Morgan vs. #10 St. Joseph, 6 pm at Trinity

Wednesday
6A #6 Canon-McMillan vs. #3 Pine-Richland, 3 pm at Montour
2A #4 Chartiers-Houston vs. #13 Riverside, 3 pm at Sewickley Academy
2A #14 Bentworth vs. #3 Ligonier Valley, 5 pm at Norwin
2A #12 Burgettstown vs. #5 Laurel, 5 pm at North Allegheny
2A #10 Carmichaels vs. #7 Seton-La Salle, 4 pm at Trinity
2A #8 Charleroi vs. #9 Serra Catholic, 6 pm at Trinity

Pirates Get Shutout By Cincinnati

May 13, 2022 3:50 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Connor Overton got his first major league win and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds’ first shutout of the season, a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Overton allowed three hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings with one strikeout. The 28-year-old right-hander got nine outs on ground balls. Luis Cessa got five straight outs, and Art Warren finished. Cincinnati has the worst record in the major leagues at 8-24; the Reds are 3-1 against Pirates and 5-23 against other teams.

PAC Baseball Tourney Opens Today

May 11, 2022 10:04 pm

Top-seeded Washington & Jefferson hosts this weekend’s Presidents Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Tournament. The Red & Black are joined by #2 St. Vincent, #3 Grove City and #4 Westminster. The three-day, double-elimination NCAA qualifier will take place at the College’s Ross Memorial Park adjacent to Wild Things Park.  We’ll have every W&J game live on WJPA-AM (1450) and online LISTEN HERE!

Thursday
1 pm  #1 W&J (32-8, 25-2) vs. #4 Westminster (22-17, 17-10)
4 pm  #2 St. Vincent (24-12, 20-6) vs. #3 Grove City (27-12, 18-8)

Friday
12 n  Thursday winners
3 pm Thursday losers (elimination game)
6 pm 12n loser vs. 3 pm winner (elimination game)

Saturday
1 pm Championship game
4 pm If Necessary game

Crosby Leaves In 2nd Period; Penguins Lose To Rangers

May 12, 2022 3:47 am

NEW YORK (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins were leading 2-0 in Game 5 of their first-round series against the New York Rangers when star center Sidney Crosby headed to the dressing room with about seven minutes left in the second period. He was knocked to the ice minutes earlier after a hard high hit from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba while the Penguins had the puck in the offensive zone. Following his departure, New York scored three times on three consecutive shots over a 2:42 span to take the lead. They scored two more in the third period to win 5-3 and send the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 6 with the Penguins lead 3-2.

Pirates Wrap-Up Series With Dodgers With A 5-3 Win

May 12, 2022 2:50 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Daniel Vogelbach hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh and the Pittsburgh Pirates took a series from the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time in nearly five years with a 5-3 victory. Vogelbach lined a shot to the seats in right field off Daniel Hudson, putting the Pirates back in front after they squandered a three-run lead in the top of the seventh. Edwin Rios hit a three-run double for Los Angeles.

Softball/Baseball Playoff Spots Set

May 11, 2022 10:44 pm

Playoff spots have either been clinched or lost for teams in the Washington/Greene area. A handful of spots are still available in other sections but those opportunities end in the next day or two. Softball section games have to be completed by the end of Wednesday, baseball one day later.  The WPIAL will release playoff brackets later this week.

Softball qualifiers: 6A Canon-McMillan, Peters Township, 5A Trinity, 3A Waynesburg, 2A Chartiers-Houston, Burgettstown, Fort Cherry, Charleroi, Bentworth, Carmichaels, 1A West Greene, Mapletown, Jeff-Morgan

Baseball qualifiers: 5A Peters Township, 3A McGuffey, Waynesburg, 2A California, Bentworth, Beth-Center, Burgettstown, Fort Cherry, Chartiers-Houston, Carmichaels, 1A Avella, West Greene, Jeff-Morgan.

Tom Brady To Join Fox Sports When Playing Career Ends

May 11, 2022 3:55 am

UNDATED (AP) – Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as a football announcer when his playing career ends. That announcement was made Tuesday by Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch on an investor call.
Brady had announced his retirement at the end of last season, but later renounced it and said he was going to play at least another season as the Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback. Signing the seven-time Super Bowl champion was a coup for Fox after its top football announcing team, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, recently left for ESPN.

Patrick Marleau Retires After 23 Year NHL Career

May 11, 2022 3:53 am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Patrick Marleau has announced his retirement from hockey after a 23-year career and the most games played in NHL history.  Marleau made the announcement at the Shark Tank in San Jose, where he played 21 of his 23 seasons. Marleau retires having broken Gordie Howe’s games played record and with 566 goals and two Olympic gold medals.
In other NHL news: The Montreal Canadiens are hosting the NHL draft in July and will have the right to the No. 1 pick. Montreal won the draft lottery on Tuesday night. Montreal will host this year’s event on July 7 and 8.