Friday, May 27
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 Thursday night.
The victory sends the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009. Pittsburgh will host Western Conference champion San Jose in Game 1 of the final Monday night.
Jonathan Drouin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but it wasn't enough to send Tampa Bay back to the Cup Final for a second straight year. Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with a blood clot.
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 Thursday.
That gave the Pirates a 5-3 lead.
The runs gave reliever A.J. Schugel (1-1) his first major league win after he had surrendered the lead inherited from starter Gerrit Cole in the top half of the inning. Schugel gave up a two-run single to Paul Goldschmidt in his only inning of work.
Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (2-4) took the loss. He was responsible for both runners that scored on Harrison's double, which was hit off reliever Jake Barrett.
Cole hit a three-run homer in the third inning.
The Pirates added three runs in the eighth inning. Andrew Chafin loaded the bases and gave way to Evan Marshall, who gave up a two-run double to Jung Ho Kang and an RBI double to Starling Marte.
AP Source: Wizards' Morris detained at Philadelphia Airport
WASHINGTON (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport and then released.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because Morris was not charged. The person did not specify why Morris was detained.
The Wizards said in a statement they "spoke with Markieff earlier today and will continue to gather more details."
Tinicum Township Police and Morris' lawyer did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Morris and twin brother Marcus, a forward for the Detroit Pistons, were indicted by an Arizona grand jury last year on felony aggravated assault charges for allegedly beating a man outside a Phoenix recreation center. The case is still pending.
The 26-year-old Morris is from Philadelphia.
BASKETBALL HOPEFUL-BANK ROBBERY
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.
Twenty-six-year-old Herbert Pope is charged in the armed robberies of a WesBanco branch and Sewickley Savings Bank four days apart in February.
Pope is charged with robbing the banks along with another man.
Pope starred at Aliquippa Junior-Senior High School then played for Seton Hall before graduating in 2013.
The 6-foot-9 prep star was shot in 2007 on the day he was to play in a high school all-star game, and later faced weapons charges in unrelated incidents.
Pope faces up to 25 years in prison on the most serious charge he faces, armed bank robbery.
Bruce Springsteen wears Penn State hat in Spain
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen is not showing his New Jersey colors.
Springsteen was photographed in Spain on Wednesday wearing a Penn State cap. The Boss recently performed in State College, Pennsylvania.
But the New Jersey native's blue cap fashion statement may not sit well with fans of New Jersey's largest university because the Nittany Lions are Big Ten rivals of Rutgers University's Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers plays Penn State in football on November 19th in Piscataway.
Clemson adds athletic administrators
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has hired former Georgia Tech tickets sales director Owen Godfrey and an ex-official for the Pittsburgh Penguins arena, Jason Lazar, to run renovated Littlejohn Coliseum.
Tigers athletic director Dan Radakovich announced the additions Thursday.
Godfrey will be assistant athletic director for ticket operations and sales, a similar role he held at Georgia Tech.
Lazar will be director of Littlejohn Coliseum, which will re-open this fall after a $63.5 million renovation. He served the past six years at the CONSOL Energy Center, the last four where he was the main building contact for promoters and event managers looking to hold events there.
Lazar has also worked at the Petersen Events Center and Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.