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FILE - In this January 1980, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, left, and quarterback Terry Bradshaw smile on picture day for the NFL football Super Bowl, in Fullerton, Calif. Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Steelers, died Friday night, June 13, 2014, at his home. He was 82. The Allegheny County (Pa.) Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes. (AP Photo/File)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday May 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates his win against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at the end of their Queen's Club grass court championships semifinal tennis match in London, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Hall of Fame coach Noll dead at 82
PITTSBURGH – Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes.
The Steelers won the four Super Bowls over six seasons from 1974-79, an unprecedented run that made Pittsburgh one of the NFL’s marquee franchises.
Noll’s 16-8 record in postseason play remains one of the best in league history. He retired in 1991 with a 209-156-1 record in 23 seasons, after inheriting a team that had never won a postseason game in club history.
Noll was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.
Cardinals skipping Wainwright’s next start
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will skip a turn in the rotation to allow tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow to subside.
The team expects the right-hander, 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA, to return next Saturday against the Phillies. If this were October, General Manager John Mozeliak said, Wainwright would definitely take the ball.
“I think this is more precautionary than anything else,” Mozeliak said before last night’s game against the Nationals. “It was something that we just didn’t want to push if we didn’t have to, and he agreed.”
A day earlier, Wainwright emphasized his surgically repaired ligament was structurally sound and that the inflamed area was very small. Wainwright, who missed the 2011 season, won 19 games for the second time in his career last year and won 21 games in 2010.
Mozeliak said it hasn’t been determined who will take Wainwright’s spot tomorrow night against the Mets. It won’t be rehabbing lefty Tyler Lyons, who was due to pitch last night.
Scioscia misses game to attend Welch’s funeral
ATLANTA – Manager Mike Scioscia is attending the funeral for former pitcher Bob Welch and is missing the Angels’ game against the Braves.
Bench coach Dino Ebel is filling in as the manager for Saturday night’s game.
Welch, the 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Oakland Athletics, died at 57 on Monday night at his Southern California home in Seal Beach. The funeral is being held in Arizona.
Welch pitched for the Dodgers from 1978-87, where he was Scioscia’s teammate.
Scioscia said baseball was “the one thing Bobby definitely loved.”
Padres put LHP Patton on DL, promote Hahn to start
NEW YORK – The San Diego Padres have put left-handed reliever Troy Patton on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder soreness and have promoted righty Jesse Hahn from Double-A to start against the New York Mets.
The Padres made the moves before last night’s game at Citi Field.
Patton is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 17 games for San Diego and Baltimore. The Padres got him in late May in a trade that sent catcher Nick Hundley to the Orioles.
The 24-year-old Hahn made his big league debut on June 3, and was the losing pitcher after giving up four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings against Pittsburgh. Hahn is 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA with Double-A San Antonio.
Menard wins Nationwide race after Logano’s mishap
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Paul Menard won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway yesterday when leader Joey Logano was victimized by a flat tire with about five laps remaining.
Menard ended up holding off Sam Hornish Jr. by a half-second for his first series victory since 2006. It was his first Nationwide start of the season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, followed by pole-winner Kyle Busch and Brian Scott. Regan Smith finished seventh and remained atop the points list.
Menard, one of several Sprint Cup drivers in contention in the event, won the 250-mile, 125-lap race in his No. 33 Chevrolet. Busch won his third Nationwide pole of the year but was unable to repeat his victory two weeks ago at Dover.
Toyota leads in eighth hour at Le Mans
LE MANS, France – Chasing its first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota led in the eighth hour on Saturday but was under pressure from Audi.
Pole-sitter Kazuki Nakajima’s Toyota No. 7 had a lead of 1 minute, 46 seconds over Marcel Fassler’s Audi No. 2 after 105 laps. Marc Gene’s Audi No. 1 and Mark Webber’s Porsche No. 20 were one lap off the pace.
Porsche and Toyota swapped the lead from the third to the fifth hour. But an unscheduled pit stop by Brendon Hartley’s Porsche No. 20 in the sixth hour allowed Stephane Sarrazin’s Toyota No. 7 to pull away.
Romain Dumas’s Porsche No. 14 slipped to 51st place in the opening hour because of a fuel pressure problem. But it made up ground to move into sixth place, five laps behind Nakajima.
A sudden downpour in the second hour caused the crash of two contenders. Nicolas Lapierre’s Toyota No. 8 and Marco Bonanomi’s Audi No. 3 were fighting for third place when a slippery track led the Toyota to lose traction and bounce off a barrier before clipping the Audi.
Game 5 of Stanley Cup finals earns 3.7 rating
STAMFORD, Conn. – The Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup-winning victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night averaged 6 million viewers and had a 3.7 rating on NBC, Nielson said yesterday.
The double-overtime game peaked at more than 8.5 million viewers from midnight-12:30 a.m. EDT.
The Los Angeles market had a 12.4 rating, and New York a 10.4.
Ducks acquire Leblanc from Canadiens
MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens traded forward Louis Leblanc to the Anaheim Ducks yesterday for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 draft.
Leblanc had 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 50 games with Montreal. The 23-year-old made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 2011-12, leading team rookies in goals and ranking second in scoring.
He appeared in eight games for Montreal in 2013-14, going scoreless with a plus-1 rating and four penalty minutes.
Leblanc had 68 points and had 146 penalty minutes in 163 American Hockey League regular-season games with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Leblanc was selected by Montreal in the first round (18th overall) of the 2009 draft.
Dimitrov upsets top-seeded Wawrinka at Queen’s
LONDON – Fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov upset top-seeded Stan Wawrinka, 6-2, 6-4, to reach the final at Queen’s Club yesterday.
He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in today’s final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (7), 6-4.
“It’s a good feeling,” Dimitrov said. “I always wanted to be in a final out here; stepping on that (court) on Sunday means a lot to me. It has always been like one of the biggest events for me, for some reason”
It was the first victory in their three meetings for Dimitrov, who at 23 is the youngest player ranked in the world’s top 20.
Westra wins seventh stage of Dauphine
FINHAUT-EMOSSON, France – Dutch rider Lieuwe Westra came from behind to win the seventh stage of the Criterium du Dauphine while defending champion Chris Froome lost the overall lead to Alberto Contador yesterday.
Westra, the runner-up in Friday’s stage, finished seven seconds ahead of Yury Trofimov and 16 seconds clear of Egor Silin in the 160-kilometer (99.4-mile) stage from Ville-la-Grand to Finhaut-Emosson, which featured five climbs, including two beyond classification.
Two-time Tour de France winner Contador was fourth but crossed the line 20 seconds ahead of Froome, in seventh place.
In the overall standings, Contador leads Froome by eight seconds while American rider Andrew Talansky climbed to third, 39 seconds off the pace.