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Bucs, Curve to extend their protective netting

It takes baseball a long time to make changes, as we all know, but there finally will be a big and very welcome change coming to some local ballparks. The Pirates announced earlier this week that they will be extending the protective netting to the end of each dugout at PNC Park. The Curve ...

New playoff format could be trouble

The Associated Press In a cruel twist of the NHL’s divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. “I don’t think it was designed for this,” Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “I don’t think it was ...

Pens clinch playoff berth

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn’t available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby’s teammates had plenty to say about ...

Alualu seeking a clean slate

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Tyson Alualu spent seven years in Jacksonville trying to help revive a struggling franchise while simultaneously trying to live up to his draft pedigree. Neither really happened. Alualu, the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, never registered more than ...

Audition for Kuhl continues with Bucs

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates were clutch in the late innings Tuesday afternoon and it got the team another victory. Jacob Stallings hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Gift Ngoepe delivered a walk-off single in the ninth, helping the ...

Osuna still hitting home runs

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Thanks to a little home-run power, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, on Monday at Charlotte Sports Park. Tampa starter Blake Snell hit David Freese with a pitch to lead off the fourth, then fell behind 3-1 to Jose Osuna, who then hit Snell's ...

Sid and the kids are doing alright

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel still finds himself staring. And really, it’s kind of hard to blame him. A year ago he was fresh out of Nebraska-Omaha trying to find his legs with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, all speed and youth and talent ...

Steelers add depth to their backfield

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers signed two free agents on Monday, including running back Knile Davis to a one-year contract. Davis, an unrestricted free agent, is entering his fifth NFL season in 2017. The Arkansas product originally entered the NFL as a ...

Crosby’s hat trick propels Pens past Panthers

PITTSBURGH — A moment of reconciliation more than 15 years in the making allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins to pay tribute to an important part of their past. Then Sidney Crosby and the precocious kids who play alongside him provided a thrilling reminder of just how good the defending Stanley ...

United States will play Japan in semis

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — The United States is going to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time thanks to another impressive home run by Giancarlo Stanton at Petco Park and a spectacular catch at the fence by hometown favorite Adam ...

WBC offering young Bucs chance to shine

Commentary By Jim Lane For the Mirror BRADENTON, Fla. — The World Baseball Classic is giving a lot of young players plenty of opportunities in major-league camps this spring training. Former Curve second baseman Erich Weiss is one of them. With Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen, ...

Glasnow much better in latest outing

From Mirror reports CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates exploded in the third inning against the Phillies’ likely opening-day starter, Jeremy Hellickson, on the way to a 13-8 win Saturday in Major League Baseball spring training action. Leading the way was Pirates right fielder ...

Pens fail to generate offense in setback

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers feel their record isn’t indicative of the team they have. They certainly showed why on Wednesday night. Wayne Simmonds scored the 200th goal of his career and Steve Mason made 23 saves to lead Philadelphia to a 4-0 victory over the ...

Taillon has stellar outing

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon pitched four strong innings and Phil Gosselin hit an opposite-field grand slam in the fifth inning, leading the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at LECOM Park. Batting with the bases loaded against reliever Zach ...

Steelers sign ex-Titans receiver

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have added depth at wide receiver, signing free agent Justin Hunter on Wednesday to a one-year deal. Financial details were not disclosed. The 25-year-old Hunter split time between Buffalo and Miami in 2016, catching 10 passes for ...

New England linebacker pays visit to Steelers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Coveted free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower’s tour hit Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but Hightower left the team’s facility without signing a deal. The team announced it hosted him after he spent Monday getting wooed by the New York Jets. Hightower ...

Mercer easing into veteran’s role

BRADENTON, Fla. — When Jordy Mercer looks around the Pirates’ clubhouse, the term he instinctively goes to in referring to his teammates isn’t the one he’d always used. “These kids,” Mercer said while scanning the room early one morning last week at LECOM Park, “there’s some ...

Kang having visa trouble in SKorea

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Pittsburgh infielder Jung Ho Kang was placed on the restricted list by the Pirates while he’s delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest. Pirates’ president Frank Coonelly made the announcement on Saturday. “It just ...

Bucs fall to O’s in ninth

SARASOTA, Fla. — David Washington hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday in spring training action. Pittsburgh, which had won four straight Grapefruit League games, was led by Adam Frazier, ...

Pirates hope for more in Taillon’s 2nd year

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — For more than two years, Jameson Taillon waited. Selected by Pittsburgh with the second overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, Taillon was slowed by Tommy John surgery in spring 2014 and a sports hernia ...