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Penguins continue to get healthier

Penguins continue to get healthier

post-gazette.com Updated Mar 31, 2014
Defenseman Paul Martin turned playful when asked when he might return to the Penguins lineup.
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  • Penguins notebook: Bennett battles through illness

    Penguins notebook: Bennett battles through illness

    post-gazette.com Mar 31, 2014
    Winger Beau Bennett made a splash Friday after a 50-game absence, scoring the winning goal as the Penguins beat Columbus, 2-1.
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  • NFL notebook: Ex-Steelers safety Clark returns to Redskins

    NFL notebook: Ex-Steelers safety Clark returns to Redskins

    pittsburghlive.com Mar 31, 2014
    Former Steelers safety Ryan and Clark and the Redskins agreed to term on a one-year deal, NFL.com reported. Clark, a 34-year-old veteran, played for the ...
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  • Ron Cook: Credit the pitchers for victory in season opener

    Ron Cook: Credit the pitchers for victory in season opener

    post-gazette.com Mar 31, 2014
    You want to know why the Pirates were able to beat the Chicago Cubs Monday on a glorious opening day at PNC Park?
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  • One for the books: Pirates win opener, 1-0

    One for the books: Pirates win opener, 1-0

    Neil Walker knew the ball wasn't carrying well Monday at PNC Park. He watched two well-struck balls off the bat of Starling Marte fall harmlessly into an outfielder's glove. With two outs in the ninth and a man on, Walker saw Russell Martin rope a ball …
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  • First of two Cubs-Bucs challenges is MLB's first

    First of two Cubs-Bucs challenges is MLB's first

    MLB.com Mar 31, 2014
    In the first use of expanded instant replay in the history of Major League Baseball, Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged a play at first base in the fifth inning at PNC Park on Monday. The call was confirmed. In the top of the 10th, the Pirates became…
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  • Barry Bonds greeted by mix of cheers and boos in return to Pitt…

    Barry Bonds greeted by mix of cheers and boos in return to Pittsburgh

    Barry Bonds made a special appearance at PNC Park to present Andrew McCutchen with his 2013 MVP Award prior to the Pirates opener on Monday afternoon. He was joined by Pirates legend Dick Groat and longtime manager Jim Leyland, who presented Clint Hurdl…
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  • Cubs' Renteria first to challenge via replay

    Cubs' Renteria first to challenge via replay

    ESPN.com Mar 31, 2014
    Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria was the first to utilize expanded replay this season as he challenged a call at first base in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
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  • Pirates-Cubs game brings first regular-season challenge in Majo…

    Pirates-Cubs game brings first regular-season challenge in Major League Baseball

    post-gazette.com Mar 31, 2014
    The first regular-season challenge in Major League Baseball came in the fifth inning of Monday’s game. The Cubs had runners on first and second, no outs and pitcher Jeff Samardzija at the plate. Samardzija bunted back to Francisco Liriano, who threw to …
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  • After missing final spring games, Alvarez at cleanup

    After missing final spring games, Alvarez at cleanup

    MLB.com Mar 31, 2014
    After missing the final Spring Training games, Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was in the Opening Day lineup's No. 4 slot against the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija on Monday.
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  • Gates open, fans begin to stream into PNC Park for Pirates' ope…

    Gates open, fans begin to stream into PNC Park for Pirates' opener

    post-gazette.com Mar 31, 2014
    The much-anticipated baseball season at last is here.
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  • No clinching scenarios in Monday games

    No clinching scenarios in Monday games

    NHL.com Mar 31, 2014
    The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are the only teams in the Eastern Conference to have clinched a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title on Saturday. The St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, S...
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  • Steelers could go quiet on free-agency front

    Steelers could go quiet on free-agency front

    ESPN.com Mar 31, 2014
    PITTSBURGH -- The NFL draft is still more than five weeks away but the Steelers may turn their full attention to it since it looks like they are finished with free agency for now. The signing of running back LeGarrette Blount to a two-year, $3.85 millio…
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  • Crosby helps Penguins beat Blackhawks 4-1

    Crosby helps Penguins beat Blackhawks 4-1

    CNNSI.com Mar 31, 2014
    Sidney Crosby led the Pens to a 4-1 win that saw Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews injured after a controversial hit.
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  • Video - Walker Blasts Walk-Off Homer In Opener 01:14

    Walker Blasts Walk-Off Homer In Opener

    Mar 31
    Neil Walker homered in the 10th inning to propel the Pirates to a 1-0 win over the Cubs.
  • Video - Redskins Sign S Ryan Clark 02:28

    Redskins Sign S Ryan Clark

    Mar 31
    ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim discusses the leadership that veteran safety Ryan Clark will bring to the Redskins' defense.
  • Video - First MLB Replay Unsuccessful 00:53

    First MLB Replay Unsuccessful

    Mar 31
    Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged an out call on Jeff Samardzija at first base in the fifth inning of the Chicago-Pittsburgh game, but the call was upheld.

Sports Columnists

  • Patrick Beverley of Houston Rockets won't need knee surgery

    Mar 31
    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley was informed Monday by knee specialist Dr. James Andrews that he will not require surgery on his damaged right knee, sources close to the situation confirmed.
  • Jim Kelly Tough

    Mar 31
    NEW YORK — On a high floor of Lenox Hill Hospital Saturday afternoon, Jim Kelly, 54, lay propped up in a hospital bed, his head back, hair matted and tousled, a round of pain meds and antibiotics coursing through his veins. He looked tired. His daughter…