Friday, April 24
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 yesterday. Gregory Polanco got three hits, including a go-ahead single in the seventh inning off Cubs reliever Phil Coke to lift the Pirates to a victory. Josh Harrison doubled twice for Pittsburgh and Sean Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season. The Pirates rallied from a three-run deficit to manage a split of the four-game series.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-1 yesterday. David Phelps tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, Martin Prado drove in four runs and Adeiny Hechavarria had four hits for the Marlins. The announced crowd of 17,097 that came to see the two worst teams in the NL East on a chilly day was the smallest in the 11-year history of Citizens Bank Park.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles personnel chief Ed Marynowitz says Tim Tebow's passing skills have improved and he was signed to compete for a spot at quarterback. Philadelphia's new vice president of player personnel is the first member of the organization to publicly discuss Tebow since the Eagles signed the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner to a one-year contract on Monday.
TORONTO (AP) — Defenseman Hal Gill has retired from the NHL at the age of 40 after 16 seasons and a Stanley Cup title. At 6-foot-7 and 243 pounds, Gill was an imposing presence on the ice and a key part of Pittsburgh's 2009 championship. He also played with Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Nashville and Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of the late NFL safety Dave Duerson plans to appeal terms of this week's class-action concussion settlement "sooner rather than later." Family lawyer Thomas Demetrio objects to the exclusion of future awards for CTE, the brain trauma that some call "the signature disease of football."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephanie Schappert led Villanova to its fourth straight Penn Relays women's distance medley relay championship yesterday, running the anchor leg at Franklin Field. The Wildcats finished in 11 minutes, 9.06 seconds for their 14th overall title in the event. They held off favorite Stanford by 2 seconds in the marquee race of the meet's first full day.