Steelers turn to Alabama star Harris to jump-start run game

Steelers turn to Alabama star Harris to jump-start run game
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are turning to Alabama star Najee Harris to give their running game a jolt. The Steelers selected Harris with the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft. They hope he can help a rushing attack that finished dead last in the NFL in yards rushing in 2020. Pittsburgh is looking to maximize whatever time left it has with veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The 39-year-old restructured his contract to ensure he would be back for an 18th season. Harris provided the opportunity to grab a player who could make an immediate impact.

Guentzel wins it in OT as Pens, Caps clinch playoffs

Guentzel wins it in OT as Pens, Caps clinch playoffs
By IAN NICHOLAS QUILLEN Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored his 22nd goal 2:11 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals in a result that clinched both teams’ place in the playoffs. Guentzel’s winner on a one-time redirection of John Marino’s pass came after Washington’s Tom Wilson forced overtime with 14.3 seconds to play. The result, combined with the New York Islanders’ regulation win over the New York Rangers, ensures both teams will be among the Eastern Division’s four playoff teams.

Penguins star Malkin practices, nears return from injury

Penguins star Malkin practices, nears return from injury
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin is nearing his return from a lower-body injury that’s kept him out since mid-March. Malkin skated alongside his teammates on Wednesday for the first time since being injured and will join Pittsburgh for a four-game road trip through Washington and Philadelphia. The Penguins have thrived in his absence, going 14-5-2 to move into second place in the East Division behind the Capitals.

Soler’s three hits, three RBIs lead Royals over Pirates 9-6

Soler’s three hits, three RBIs lead Royals over Pirates 9-6
By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jorge Soler had two doubles among his three hits and drove in three runs to lead Kansas City over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 and improve the Royals’ record to a major league-best 15-8. Soler’s doubles sparked three-run rallies in the first and sixth innings, the latter stretching the lead to 9-5. Kansas City won for the sixth time in seven games. Salvador Pérez also had three of Kansas City’s 12 hits. Hunter Dozier hit a two-run triple and Andrew Benintendi added a two-run double.

Difo Leads Pirates Over Royals 2-1, Bucs Back Over .500 at 12-11

Difo leads Pirates over Royals 2-1, back over .500 at 12-11
By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo delivered the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Kansas City 2-1 to end the Royals’ five-game winning streak. Pittsburgh has won three straight games and 11 of of 16 since a 1-6 start, at 12-11 moving back above .500 for the first time since it was 1-0 in the opening week. Kansas City has lost seven straight games in Pittsburgh since 2009. Difo looped a single that dropped in front of a sliding Michael A. Taylor in center.

Bruins keep Penguins in check, tighten East race in 3-1 win

Bruins keep Penguins in check, tighten East race in 3-1 win
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tuukka Rask turned aside 25 shots and the Boston Bruins edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1. David Krejci gave Boston the lead with a goal late in the second period. Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall scored in the third as Boston earned its fifth win over Pittsburgh in eight meetings this season. Jeff Carter scored late for the Penguins, whose four-game winning streak was halted.

Breaking News!! Mike Lange Returns To The Booth For Tonight’s Game As Getzoff Welcomes New Baby Boy

   Pittsburgh Penguins radio play-by-play broadcaster Josh Getzoff is pleased to announce that his wife, Maddie, gave birth to the couple’s first child.

 

Their son, Gunnar Hayes Getzoff, arrived early Monday morning, checking in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 21 inches. 

 

Penguins Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Mike Lange will return to the radio booth for the first time this season when the Pens host the Bruins at 7 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena.

 

The 73-year-old Lange has missed most of the season while waiting his turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He is now fully vaccinated but recently underwent an unrelated medical procedure that further delayed his return.  While filling in for tonight’s game, Lange said, “I am not yet 100% but am happy to get back into the radio booth to help the team.”

 

Tuesday’s game will mark Lange’s 46th season with the Penguins. He and analyst Phil Bourque will call all the action on 1230 WBVP, 1460 WMBA, 99.3 FM and beavercountyradio.com and the Penguins Radio Network.

 

Getzoff is expected to be back on the radio call on Thursday, when the Penguins face the Capitals in Washington. 

Van Zanic Talks About Geneva’s New Softball Records & Managing Sports Through A Period Of Chaos

It’s one thing to even consider playing sports during the middle of a global phenomenon, but to succeed during one is going above and beyond to showcase the strength of an individual or team’s performance.

The Geneva College softball team, under the leadership of athletic director Van Zanic and his coaching staff, have done just that. The team is currently 29-5 on the 2021 campaign, including a school-record 17 game winning streak that has placed the Golden Tornadoes in a first-place section tie (so far) with Westminster (who are 28-2 overall) at 12-2 in the PAC.

Zanic spoke about this historic season with Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County on April 26, just 8 days shy of the start of the PAC tournament–which coincidentally rubs up right against Finals Week at Geneva College. That is one of many difficult hurdles that Zanic has had to persevere through with his squad, and he talked about the drive and focus that has propelled not just the softball team, but Geneva athletics as a whole to the heights that they have achieved on AND off the field.

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Steelers CB Layne arrested on gun charge after traffic stop

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne has been arrested in Ohio after police say they found a loaded gun in his car during an early morning traffic stop. Willoughby Hills police say Layne was arrested on a fourth-degree felony charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Police say they stopped Layne for speeding and conducted a search after smelling marijuana and seeing loose particles scattered throughout the vehicle. That search revealed there was a loaded Glock pistol in the center console. According to the police report, Layne acknowledged the gun was his and said he forgot it was there. A Steelers spokesman says the team is aware of the incident and is still gathering information.