PITTSBURGH (AP) - Josh Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates eked out a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Pirates have now won six of their last eight games. Pirates starter Edinson Volquez was working on a no-hitter before a leadoff single in the seventh. He's now unbeaten in his last seven starts.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jacob deGrom pitched seven crisp innings as the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 last night to stay out of the NL East cellar. The Mets broke open a tie game when Phillies left fielder Grady Sizemore dropped an easy pop fly. The Mets have now won 12 of 17 games against the Phillies. Cody Asche had a run-scoring single for the Phillies, who had won four straight and six of seven.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Punter Riley Dixon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kendall Moore on a fake field goal in the second overtime in Syracuse's 27-26 victory over Villanova last night. Villanova's John Robertson connected with tailback Gary Underwood for a 9-yard touchdown pass on the next possession but the Wildcats' 2-point conversion try failed. Villanova's Chris Gough kicked a 25-yard field goal to tie it at 17 with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter, then missed a 25-yarder with 12 seconds left in regulation.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Steelers coaching staff has plenty to weigh as it tries to decide on the 53 players who will survive final cuts. The Steelers finished up a lackluster preseason with a 10-0 loss to Carolina on Thursday night. It was the first time the franchise has been shut out in an exhibition in 22 years.
DUBLIN (AP) - Penn State and Central Florida kick off their seasons this morning on the other side of the Atlantic in Dublin's Croke Park Classic. It's a unique setting for the debut of new Nittany Lions coach James Franklin, who took over in Happy Valley in January after former coach Bill O'Brien left for the NFL's Texans. The matchup marks the eighth time an NCAA game has been played in Ireland.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst isn't worried about his team overlooking Delaware in the season opener today. The Panthers lost to Youngstown State, like Delaware a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, in Chryst's first game as head coach two years ago. Chryst says there's little chance Pitt will make the same mistake of taking the Blue Hens lightly.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Villanova officials say former head basketball coach John "Jack" Kraft, who helmed the Wildcats to 238 victories over a dozen seasons and a 1971 title game appearance, died Thursday in New Jersey. He was 93. Kraft joined Villanova in 1961 and led the team to a 21-7 record and the first of six appearances in the NCAA tournament.
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