Professional Sports

Hurdle: ‘youthful enthusiasm everywhere’

WILLIAMSPORT — Mike Matheny took a moment to look around the Lamade Stadium bleachers and was transported back in time. The sights reminded him of his childhood when the Cardinals manager idolized big leaguers just like the hundreds of Little Leaguers stretched out before him Sunday in ...

Pirates pack for short trip

PITTSBURGH — Right in the middle of the current homestand, the Pirates have a road game. Their series with the St. Louis Cardinals will conclude this evening in Williamsport, in the first Little League Classic game. The Pirates will board buses at PNC Park at 8:45 this morning for a 9:45 ...

Brault back in the big leagues

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made a move to bolster their battered middle relief corps before Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Steven Brault was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis to replace another left-hander, Wade LeBlanc, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a ...

Brault back in the big leagues

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made a move to bolster their battered middle relief corps before Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Steven Brault was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis to replace another left-hander, Wade LeBlanc, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a ...

Cervelli returns to disabled list

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates had hoped catcher Francisco Cervelli might be ready to play Thursday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Instead, Cervelli returned to the 10-day disabled list because of left wrist inflammation. The DL assignment is backdated to Aug. 14, so he is ...

Bucs run into trouble in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — Zach Davies anticipated exactly how the Pittsburgh Pirates played. Keon Broxton hit a pinch-hit home run, Manny Pina drove in two runs, Davies pitched into the seventh and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates, 3-1, on Tuesday night. “Just a good battle,” Davies said. ...

Seahawks DE Bennett plans to sit for anthem

CARSON, Calif. — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett plans to sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice — and expects a backlash over an issue that is “bigger than a sport.” He sat on the visiting bench during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ...

Happ stifles Pirates

TORONTO — After a forgettable July, J.A. Happ has been unbeatable so far in August. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday. Justin Smoak and Darwin Barney added solo homers ...

Bryant returns humble, but happy

PITTSBURGH — Martavis Bryant slowly made his way down the hill that connects the locker room at Saint Vincent College with Chuck Noll Field, his familiar No. 10 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey pulled over the talented if occasionally troubled wide receiver’s shoulders in public for the first ...

Rookie hurler stops Pirates

By Ian Harrison The Associated Press TORONTO — With a stadium full of people on their feet as he walked off the mound, Chris Rowley started to become aware of the magnitude of his achievement. Rowley pitched 51/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and ...

Watt Bros. share the love on defense

By Kristie Rieken The Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — J.J. Watt learned of his brother T.J. Watt’s big game on Friday night from an unlikely source. The Houston Texans star checked his phone after a team meeting to see a text from Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick ...

Let the games begin

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Watching T.J. Watt and Josh Dobbs in their first NFL game, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin got what he expected from the draft picks. They had their ups and downs, and they showed they belonged in the league, as did eighth-year linebacker Arthur Moats. Dobbs ...

Taillon sharp, but McCutchen leaves game

TORONTO — Andrew McCutchen’s early exit because of a sore left knee took some of the shine off a solid pitching performance by Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon. Taillon worked six innings to snap a three-start winless streak, Josh Harrison had two hits and the Pirates beat the Toronto Blue ...

Bills trade top receiver, cornerback in overhaul

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills’ offseason overhaul isn’t over yet now that receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby became the latest players to be sent packing. The Bills dealt both starters in separate blockbuster trades on Friday in an effort to reshape the roster ...

Bell, Cole duo tough to beat

The Associated Press DETROIT — A few words of advice from a Hall of Famer gave Josh Bell the inner belief that someday he would harness his power. That time has arrived for the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie first baseman. Bell hit his 20th homer and drove in three runs Thursday, leading ...

Steelers’ Bryant cleared to practice

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is a step closer to returning to the league full time. General manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday night that Bryant has been cleared to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and ...

Pirates bats go quietly

By David Hogg The Associated Press DETROIT — Justin Verlander hasn’t had a vintage season. Still, he has never stopped believing that he can perform like an ace. In his last three starts, he’s proving his point. On Wednesday night, Verlander allowed one hit over eight innings as ...

Rookie QB Dobbs eager to step in for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Don’t get Josh Dobbs wrong. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie quarterback is amped to take the first snaps of his NFL career on Friday night when the AFC North champions open the preseason against the New York Giants. The fourth-round pick from Tennessee — who may or may not ...

Pirates trying to close the gap

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The first RBIs of Chad Kuhl’s major league career came at the end of a sequence that mirrored the Pittsburgh Pirates’ yo-yo season: one ugly moment quickly followed by something considerably more effective. Stepping into the box with ...

McIlroy feeling right at home at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jordan Spieth is going for a career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship and doesn’t appear to have a care in the world. Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a major in three years and expectations are higher than ever. Blame that on Quail Hollow. This is where McIlroy won his ...