Andy Kostka

Sports intern at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

University of Maryland Class of 2020. Former sports editor of The Diamondback, the independent student newspaper.

Four Region 2 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards. Seventh-place finish in Hearst Sports Writing Competition.

Webb Simpson calls for rules change after playing through cracked driver at Northern Trust

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Webb Simpson doesn’t pretend to know all the rules in golf. There’s simply too many, and they change with too much regularity to truly master them all. So when he hit a “funny” drive on the third hole, looked down at his club’s head and saw it was cracked, Simpson figured he could ask the rules official about grabbing his backup driver. As it turns out, that rule has since changed, too.

Citi Open: Nick Kyrgios conquers his demons, back spasms to win title

WASHINGTON — Nick Kyrgios dropped his racket and fell to the court, arms spread wide, eyes staring toward the sky. Then, he leapt to his feet, fists clenched, and let out a roar. About one hour earlier, the 24-year-old Australian had lain on the court for a much different reason. Throughout the first set of Sunday’s Citi Open men’s singles final, Kyrgios battled through back spasms, and a trainer met with him between sets.

Stanley Cup: Charles Barkley says he'd punch Brad Marchand in face

Charles Barkley doubles down on Marchand-Draymond Green comparison: You want to punch them in face Brad Marchand has been called many things in response to his nagging, often-aggressive style of play on the ice — pest, annoyance, agitator. Now, the Boston Bruins left winger, who’s scored eight goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs along with delivering a fair amount of hits — some fair, some not — can add one more descriptor to a growing list: Draymond Green. Charles Barkley, NBA Hall of Fame