Professional Sports

Steelers making plans without Bryant

PITTSBURGH - When Darrius Heyward-Bey heard about Martavis Bryant's one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the elder statesmen among the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers sent his talented but erratic teammate a note."I told him we have his back," Heyward-Bey said. ...

Big hit helps Harrison feel better

PITTSBURGH - Josh Harrison let an illness hold him out of the starting lineup, but didn't let it stop him from being a big part of a Pirates win.Harrison came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday that put the Pirates ahead to stay in an 8-3 ...

LaRussa confronts Brown during game

PITTSBURGH - While the Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks were exchanging hostilities over knockdown pitches on Tuesday night, another confrontation was taking place high above the field.It became known on Thursday that former major league manager Tony LaRussa, now the Diamondbacks' chief of ...

Banister prepared for reunion with Bucs

ARLINGTON, Texas - Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister will be facing his past when he looks across the field this weekend at something he has never seen in more than three decades in professional baseball."It'll be odd to see the black and gold in another dugout," Banister said.When the ...

Penguins secure spot in Cup finals

PITTSBURGH - The hours before the biggest game of Bryan Rust's life were restless. The nap he tried to sneak in never materialized. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward's mind was simply too busy."I was just sitting up there looking at the ceiling," Rust said.Yet even those daydreams didn't compare ...

Freese’s HR lifts Bucs

PITTSBURGH - David Freese is adjusting to a part-time role nicely in his first season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Freese hit a long two-run home run to cap a four-run fifth inning, Sean Rodriguez also homered and the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday ...

Caminero shipped to DL to work out control issues

PITTSBURGH - Struggling reliever Arquimedes Caminero will get some time to work out his control issues.The Pirates put Caminero on the 15-day disabled list with a quad strain Wednesday, one day after he hit two Arizona Diamondbacks batters above the shoulders.It was an especially ugly ...

Crosby ready to do anything for a victory

PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby is in no mood to get caught up in his own personal narrative, the one eager to attach whatever happens to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday against Tampa Bay to the superstar's legacy.Forget that Crosby has the game-winning ...

Crosby helps Pens to Game 78

By Fred GoodallThe Associated PressTAMPA, Fla. - The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed home for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the ...

Polanco powers Pirates

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Thrust into the third spot in the lineup behind superstar teammate Andrew McCutchen earlier this month, Gregory Polanco knew it might take a while to get settled.Or maybe not.The rapidly maturing Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder is so hot at the moment, even his ...

Doctors hopeful about Vogelsong

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - One day after Ryan Vogelsong was smashed in the face by a 92-mile per hour pitch, the news on his condition was hopeful.Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said doctors didn't think there was any significant damage to Vogelsong's left eye, but he does have ...

Loney, Tags part of hockey history

By Mark PuleoFor the MirrorTwenty-five years ago, the Mario Lemieux-led Pittsburgh Penguins changed hockey in western Pennsylvania forever with their first NHL championship, beating the Minnesota North Stars 4-2.Peter Taglianetti and Troy Loney, two members of the Penguins' 1991 championship ...

Win over Rockies marred by beaning of Vogelsong

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - With reliever Ryan Vogelsong making a spot start Monday in a game rescheduled from the day before, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle knew that he was going need a few innings from his bullpen.Things took an unexpected turn, however, when Colorado Rockies ...

Injury will force Bucs to make moves

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - The Pirates will be calling the minor leagues for some pitching help following a potentially severe injury to Ryan Vogelsong.Vogelsong was struck in the left eye by a 92-mile-per hour pitch from Jordan Lyles as he batted in the second inning of Monday's ...

Darvish to return against Pirates

The Associated PressARLINGTON, Texas - Yu Darvish is in line to make his first start Saturday for the Texas Rangers in nearly 22 months, and since having Tommy John surgery.Darvish is expected to start for the Rangers in Saturday night's home game against Pittsburgh after five rehab outings ...

Loss puts Pens in must-win mode

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.Tyler Johnson deflected Jason Garrison's wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury's glove 53 seconds into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game ...

Starting pitching still cause for concern

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - On the diamond, Juan Nicasio demonstrated part of the problem with Pittsburgh's rotation, allowing a pair of quick extra-base hits Sunday.Off the field, general manager Neal Huntington talked about a potential solution to the Pirates' pitching problem: the ...

Plenty to do despite rain

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - There was much more rain than baseball at PNC Park Sunday afternoon, which means today won't be a day off for the Pirates and Colorado Rockies.The teams will conclude their three-game series this afternoon at 12:30.Playing on what had been a scheduled off ...

Bullpen loses it in ninth

PITTSBURGH - Mark Melancon was philosophical after his first loss of the season.Rookie infielder Christian Adames' first career home run capped a four-run ninth inning as the Rockies rallied to beat Melancon and the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1, on Saturday, ending their eight-game losing streak ...

Pens weighing options in net

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has been stressing for weeks his team has multiple goaltenders capable of taking the franchise to the Stanley Cup.Might be time to find out if he's right.Rookie Matt Murray's precocious postseason play came to a sudden and abrupt halt in Game ...