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Bucs slug their way to victory

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — After scoring just three runs in the first two games of their series with the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense broke out in a big way on Thursday, setting new season highs for runs scored and margin of victory in a 14-6 win. The ...

Pens resign Ruhwedel for 2 years

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are holding on to defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. The Penguins re-signed Ruhwedel to a two-year deal on Thursday that carries an average value of $700,000 a season. The 29-year-old Ruhwedel played in 18 games for the Penguins in ...

JuJu ready to takes center stage

PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster chose his words carefully. Smith-Schuster was trying to find some middle ground between being appreciative for Antonio Brown’s influence while also acknowledging things should be considerably calmer for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. The prolific but ...

Pirates keep up struggles at home

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell reached the Allegheny River on the fly for the second time in two weeks, the only notable blemish for the Colorado Rockies in a 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. After Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to put Colorado ...

Big Ben eager to move past AB saga

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger heard the noise. How could he not? At times, it was deafening. Antonio Brown. Le’Veon Bell. A handful of other former teammates long since gone from the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room. The talking heads on TV. They ...

Learning German is hard

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — German Marquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down, putting a halt to his team’s four-game losing streak in the process. The 24-year-old struck out seven over ...

Larson looking for turnaround after success at All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson was among NASCAR’s rising young stars in 2017 with four victories and his second straight playoff appearance. Then came a 20-month winless drought that left him and his Chip Ganassi Racing team searching for answers. Larson believes he found several during a ...

Bell named NL player of week

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 13-19 on Monday. Bell claimed his first career POW honor, and is the first Pirates position player to take home the weekly honors since Andrew McCutchen for the ...

Koepka handles stress, reaps rewards

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka should know as well as anyone that nothing in golf comes easily. His well-documented journey to the PGA Tour took him to remote outposts like Kenya and Kazakhstan. Even after Koepka won a second straight U.S. Open last summer, which no one had done in 29 ...

No ordinary Joe

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Joe Musgrove of the Pittsburgh Pirates is undefeated against his hometown San Diego Padres. Musgrove pitched well enough to survive a rough seventh inning and Colin Moran had a three-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates, who won ...

Homers carry Bucs to victory

From Mirror reports SAN DIEGO — Josh Bell hit two home runs, and Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco each hit one as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-2, Saturday night. Bell now has 14 home runs and has raised his batting average to .333. He had three hits, four ...

Alonso misses opportunity on first day of qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS — McLaren’s return to the Indianapolis 500 neared a total collapse after Fernando Alonso failed to lock himself into the field on the first day of qualifying. The two-day qualifying process guaranteed a spot in the May 26 race for the fastest 30 cars in Saturday qualifying. ...

Lyles strikes out 12 Padres

SAN DIEGO — It’s been nearly three years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have had a pitcher strike out 12 batters in a game. That’s how good Jordan Lyles was Friday night, when he dominated his former team for seven innings and helped the Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego ...

Bucs put Williams on IL

From Mirror, wire reports SAN DIEGO — Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams, who has been one of the bright spots in the team’s rotation this season, was put on the 10-day injured list on Friday, a day after he left Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. The Pirates ...

Archer has bad return

The Associated Press PHOENIX — Zack Greinke was cruising along when he felt something wrong. Taking no chances, the Arizona Diamondbacks ace called it a day. Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with abdominal tightness and the Diamondbacks routed Chris ...

D-Back adjustments in practice key win

PHOENIX — After a three-game losing streak in which the Arizona Diamondbacks came up empty too often with opportunities to drive in more runs, hitting coach Darnell Coles changed things up in batting practice on Monday. The emphasis on situational hitting worked hours later. Eduardo ...

Roster takes two big hits

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates made two big roster moves on Monday involving players who were supposed to be a big part of the team’s potential success story for 2019. First, the team moved starting pitcher Jameson Taillon from the 10-day injury list to the 60-day injury list, which ...

IndyCar, NASCAR roar into May

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The most prolific month in motorsports arrived with two strong races with IndyCar and NASCAR both opening May with momentum-grabbing entertaining events that should carry the series through their Memorial Day showcases. Simon Pagenaud, his future with Team Penske shaky ...

Lottery may decide Zion’s first stop

CHICAGO — Zion Williamson’s immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 pingpong balls. The NBA draft lottery is tonight in Chicago, where some team will be awarded the No. 1 pick in the June 20 draft — and, presumably, the chance to grab Williamson with that ...

Judge: Kraft prosecutors can’t use video

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Prosecutors cannot use secretly recorded video allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaging in massage parlor sex, a judge ruled Monday, striking a serious blow to their case against him and others charged with soliciting prostitutes at the ...