Friday, May 29
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates topped the San Diego Padres 11-5 last night. Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer, and Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco also went deep off Ian Kennedy. A.J. Burnett won his fifth straight start. Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Francisco Cervelli each had three of the Pirates' 15 hits.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have hired Dan Bylsma to become their next coach. Bylsma led the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup title in 2009 in his rookie season as coach. He spent five-plus seasons in Pittsburgh, where he won a franchise-best 252 games and was the NHL's 2011 coach of the year. He was fired during a front-office shake-up last year.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen is eager to prove himself once again, after a forgettable 2014. Allen struggled last season after the Steelers awarded him a five-year, $25 million contract. He finished with two interceptions, but also gave up several big plays. The Steelers eventually benched Allen, and he ended the year on injured reserve with a thumb injury.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy was wrong to suggest he favors white players over black players, adding he never considers race when building his roster. Kelly traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy wasn't happy about the trade, and questioned Kelly's motives in an interview with ESPN The Magazine this month.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Jerome Verrier broke a tie late in the second period with his second goal and the Quebec Remparts beat the Rimouski Oceanic 5-2 last night to advance to the Memorial Cup semifinal. Anthony Duclair, Adam Erne and Marc-Olivier Roy also scored, and Zach Fucale made 30 saves for the host Remparts. They will face the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets tonight, with the winner advancing to the final Sunday night against the Ontario Hockey League champion Oshawa Generals.