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Bucs above .500 after 8th win in a row

CINCINNATI — Corey Dickerson hit two first-pitch home runs, rookie Nick Kingham overcame another Cincinnati rain delay to pitch six shutout innings and drive in two runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 6-2 Saturday for their season-high eighth straight win. Dickerson homered on ...

Mehno: Harrison merely stated the obvious

PITTSBURGH — Wait a minute ... James Harrison said Bill Belichick is a better coach than Mike Tomlin? That’s not exactly breaking news, not even by the TV standards, which apply that tag to a flat tire at rush hour. Belichick’s teams have won five Super Bowls. Tomlin’s Steelers have ...

Bucs’ Rodriguez has solid return

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Sean Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored a 12-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds after a long rain delay Friday night. Corey Dickerson had a solo homer for the Pirates, who finished with 16 ...

Elite ready to pursue playoffs

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati,7:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHPJameson Taillon (6-7) vs. Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (7-7) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for ...

Steelers’ star selected for ’19 issue of popular video game

The Associated Press We already know that Antonio Brown has made it to the top of the NFL. Now, he’s made it onto the cover of the video game he played as a youngster while dreaming of getting to the NFL. EA SPORTS unveiled Brown on Wednesday as the cover guy for Madden NFL 19 and Madden ...

No reason to be angry at Bell

PITTSBURGH — Don’t be mad at Le’Veon Bell. Yes, he’s turned down more money than most of us will ever see. He’s doing that in the hope of breaking the bank as a free agent next summer, which is a risky strategy. But he’s willing to assume that risk, and how can you fault him for ...

Former Steeler Rivera dies at 57

Gabe Rivera, the overpowering “Senor Sack” lineman for Texas Tech who was paralyzed in a car accident while a Pittsburgh Steelers rookie, has died. He was 57. The university on Tuesday confirmed Rivera’s death. He had been living in San Antonio with his wife, Nancy, who told KENS-TV her ...

American core of golf stars have grown up together

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Justin Thomas lost a skin by making bogey. He won a bet by making par. All on the same hole. The difference — a big difference — was in the clubs Thomas used to cover the 472 yards on the 15th hole at Carnoustie. And that one hole during a British Open practice ...

Koepka’s success traces to Scotland

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — It was just five years ago that Brooks Koepka won the Scottish Hydro Challenge to earn a spot on the European Tour. He’s got fond memories of that, and even bigger things in mind in Scotland this week. “Right now I’m focused on just winning,” the two-time ...

NBA preps for expanded betting

LAS VEGAS — Here’s a scenario: LeBron James is four assists and three rebounds shy of a triple-double after three quarters. A bettor, who is watching at home and utilizing a mobile app, decides to gamble that James will get those assists and rebounds in the final 12 minutes. The wager then ...

Kerr receives extension

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends and colleagues, said when the season ended ...

Bell apparently gone after 2018

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s next season with the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be his last. The Pro Bowl running back and the defending AFC North champions failed to reach an agreement on a new contract by Monday’s deadline, meaning he will play ...

Tiger vs. Phil in prime-time: A good idea back in 1999

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — As golf exhibitions go, this probably once seemed like a good idea. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in a prime-time television special playing 18 holes for — and let’s pause for a moment here — a cool $10 million. Put it under the lights in Las Vegas with some ...

Spieth must battle to regain claret

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jordan Spieth figured someone from the R&A would be waiting for him when he pulled into the parking lot at Carnoustie to take back the silver claret jug. Instead, he was part of a ceremony with enough pomp to drive home the point. His reign as British Open ...

Bucs head to break after taking 5 from Brewers

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — One late-inning rally wasn’t enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors ...

Play forces Meadows demotion

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows had planned on spending the All-Star break relaxing at home with his family. His plans changed radically Sunday morning when the Pirates told him he was headed back to Class AAA Indianapolis. Meadows, who had started just once ...

Bucs feeling pretty good

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Once wasn’t enough for Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. They hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Pirates leading 3-0 in the ...

Cervelli on the DL again

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Francisco Cervelli is back on the concussion disabled list, possibly raising questions about his future as a catcher. The Pirates announced before Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader against Milwaukee that Cervelli was again on the DL. Jacob ...

Moran finds home at 3B with Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Prior to the start of 2018, Colin Moran was a member of the Houston Astros’ world championship team. But Moran wasn’t playing much, and the Pittsburgh Pirates changed all of that last Jan. 13, when they picked him up from the Astros in a five-player trade that sent ...

Bell helps lead Bucs past Brewers again

PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell has had a tough third season at the plate, with an overall drop in production and especially in extra-base hits. Bell might have turned the corner in that department on Friday, with two doubles and a triple as part of his four-hit night that helped Pittsburgh to a 7-3 ...