Stories by Will Graves

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016

Biles completes astounding Games

Simone Biles won four gold medals, the last one draped over her neck following one final show-stopping floor exercise on Tuesday.
By Will Graves

Monday, Aug 15, 2016

Biles settles for bronze in balance beam final

RIO DE JANEIRO - Simone Biles' only regret in earning bronze during the beam final on Monday centered on those five seconds when she found herself scrambling trying to recover from a wobbly ...
By Will Graves

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016

Biles dominates vault to capture another gold medal

RIO DE JANEIRO - Simone Biles spent Sunday morning in the warm-up gym thinking not of history but perfection.
By Will Graves

Friday, Aug 12, 2016

Biles captures all-around crown

RIO DE JANEIRO - Forget the pressure. Forget the hype. Simone Biles is immune to all of it. Dynamic on vault. Effortless on beam. Jaw-dropping on floor. Brilliant all over. And now, finally, an ...
By Will Graves

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016

U.S. women take gymnastics gold

RIO DE JANEIRO - Martha Karolyi leaned forward, her hands clutching the railing in front of her seat. Knuckles white. Head tilted. Body tense. It didn't matter that the U.S. women's Olympic ...
By Will Graves

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Gymnasts put focus on nations' victory

Kohei Uchimura has nothing left to prove. The only question surrounding the effortlessly elegant 27-year-old is if he is the greatest male gymnast of all time.
By Will Graves

Saturday, July 23, 2016

US gymnasts out to win gold for Karolyi

After 40 years helping some of the greatest gymnasts of all time soar to Olympic gold - from Nadia Comaneci to Mary Lou Retton to Nastia Liukin - Martha Karolyi is ready to say goodbye. 
By Will Graves

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Young women gymnastics stars face tough decision

The dilemma women gymnasts face when they consider turning pro or going to college is different than the one other young athletes wrestle with when deciding whether to sign away their amateur status.
By Will Graves

Monday, June 13, 2016

Penguins set up for long-term success

PITTSBURGH - When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, a dynasty appeared to be in the offing. It didn't quite work out that way. Injuries and inconsistent postseason play sent the ...
By Will Graves

Thursday, June 9, 2016

San Jose forces Game 6 with Penguins

PITTSBURGH - San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 44 saves, including all 31 over the final two periods in a 4-2 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night.
By Will Graves

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New surroundings have Kessel near Stanley Cup title

PITTSBURGH - Phil Kessel insists nothing has changed. Not his game. Not his attitude. Not the shape of his body or his commitment to winning as he nears his first Stanley Cup title.
By Will Graves

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Penguins coach is drawing best out of his players

PITTSBURGH - There is no magic button, even if the correlation between Mike Sullivan's deft attempts to a get player's attention and that player almost immediately elevating his game is unmistakable.
By Will Graves

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rookies have played key roles in Penguins' success

Rookies Conor Sheary, Matt Murray, Bryan Rust and Tom Kuhnhack have been quick studies, helping Pittsubrgh take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
By Will Graves

Penguins win in OT, take 2-0 lead in Final

PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary's shot from just inside the left circle zipped by Martin Jones' glove and into the net 2:35 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the San Jose ...
By Will Graves

Monday, May 30, 2016

Penguins take Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

PITTSBURGH - Nick Bonino took a pretty feed from the corner by Kris Letang and beat Martin Jones from in close with 2:33 remaining to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the San ...
By Will Graves

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Long road to Cup Final ends for rebuilt Sharks and Penguins

PITTSBURGH - It wasn't supposed to take the San Jose Sharks this long to reach their first Stanley Cup Final. It wasn't supposed to take this long for Sidney Crosby to guide the Pittsburgh ...
By Will Graves

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crosby downplays his role in Game 7

Depth has carried the Pittsburgh Penguins this far, and star Sidney Crosby insists Game 7 will be about the team, not him.
By Will Graves

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pirates cruise past Braves

PITTSBURGH - Gregory Polanco homered and tripled, John Jaso collected three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled by the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Thursday night.
By Will Graves

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Braves manager gets his first win

PITTSBURGH - Given that it took four decades for Brian Snitker to become a big-league manager, he wasn't going to be picky about his first victory in the majors.
By Will Graves

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Much has changed since Penguins, Lightning last met

PITTSBURGH - On the calendar, the gap between the last time the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning met and tonight's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals is less than three months.
By Will Graves
 
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