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ORLANDO (AP) - The 2020 NBA champion, if one is crowned, will have emerged as the ultimate winner from a season that lasted more than a full year from start to finish. A season that saw political unrest between the NBA and China, the deaths of David Stern and Kobe Bryant, racial issues acros…


CHICAGO (UPI) - The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their four-game series with Chicago today by clubbing out a 5-1 victory behind fine pitching by Bob Moose, who struck out four and gave up only seven hits in going the distance.

NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.

CLARION -Clarion's newest high school football team, the Clarion Central Wildcats, will reveal its new logo along with a historical presentation at 5 p.m. Friday, according to Clarion Sports Zone.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Matt Murray's legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins - such as it is at age 26 - is secure. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice.

NEW YORK (UPI) - A rain-delayed 3-0 victory over New York this afternoon allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to retain a three-game lead on the Mets in the National League's Eastern Division.

The third round of Sunday Thunder at the all new Tri-City Raceway Park produced a third different winner in the Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Car division of racing on Sunday as Carl Bowser turned in his first victory of 2020 with a dominating drive.

Optical World found itself trailing midway through its Tri-City Little League baseball game with Snyder Electric on Monday evening, but a big late-inning surge pushed it to a 10-4 victory at Cranberry Little League field.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Edgar Santana will miss all of the abbreviated 2020 season after being suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

ST. LOUIS - Just one day after the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded St. Louis starter Jerry Reuss for 10 runs, the St. Louis Cardinals returned the favor to Pirate starter Luke Walker, who surrendered eight runs to the Red Birds in just 2 2/3 innings of work as the Cardinals trounced the Buccos, 8-3.

PHILADELPHIA (UPI) -Deron Johnson, Willie Montanez and John Vukovich each tallied a pair of RBIs as the Phillies took the first game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-4, before falling in the nightcap, 10-9, at Veterans Stadium.

CRANBERRY - Peyton Sloan played the hero for Optical World on Friday evening in Tri-City Little League baseball action, crossing the plate in the bottom of the sixth for an 11-10 walk-off victory over VFW.

Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson were among five players who withdrew from the Travelers Championship, four of them out of a chain-reaction abundance of caution over the coronavirus that put the PGA Tour on notice.

TORONTO (AP) - Jarome Iginla headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility.

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Marathon, the world's largest marathon, was canceled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, with organizers and city officials deciding that holding the race on Nov. 1 would be too risky.


With the season already delayed by several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mother Nature threatened to make that wait even longer Monday evening on the opening night of the Tri-City Little League season.

Deuces were wild for homestanding Cranberry's Austin Shoup as he drove in a pair of runs and scored twice on two hits in an 8-0 victory over Oil City in Senior League baseball action on Monday evening.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Thunderstorms on Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the Cup Series Geico 500 race at Talladega Superspeedway that was to mark the return of more fans to the track.

NEW YORK (AP) - Eerily empty grandstands. Masked jockeys. Shuttered betting windows.

PITTSBURGH (UPI) - A rare clubhouse meeting and something almost as unusual, a near shutout of the Pirates by a rookie pitcher, has pumped fresh blood into the New York Mets in the National League pennant race.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he actually was descending, federal investigators said in documents released Wednesday.

ORLANDO (AP) - The rate of positive coronavirus tests in the Orlando, Florida, area has been soaring in recent days. The NBA hopes that doesn't matter.

NEW YORK (AP) - After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players' association, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television.

Brandon Spithaler won the second round of Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Car racing on Sunday during the most recent outing of the weekly "Sunday Thunder" at Tri-City Raceway Park.

CLARION - Paul Craig picked up a complete-game victory on the mound and added a pair of hits as the Lions topped Burns & Burns, 5-3, on the opening night of Clarion Little League Baseball action at Weaver Park on Friday.


- Coaches and league officials must review and consider the CDC guidance on consideration for youth sports to modify practices and games to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. This includes focusing on individual skill building versus competition and limiting contact in close contact sports.

HARRISBURG (AP) - Sports teams in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) can move forward with plans to conduct workouts in preparation for fall, but under strict guidelines in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday marked the resurrection of weekly racing at Tri-City Raceway Park as stands packed full of fans were treated to three races for the track's "Sunday Thunder" event, which will be held every Sunday through the end of August under new owner Merle Black.