Professional Sports

Players rest, not Hurdle

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-The All-Star break is a time of rest, relaxation and homework for Clint Hurdle.The Pirates' manager will spend part of his time coming up with a starting rotation order in an effort to shore up the team's biggest weakness to this point.Sunday's 6-5 loss to ...

Marte honored for his play

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - It took three tries, but Starling Marte is on the 2016 National League All-Star team.Marte was named to the squad Saturday and will join Mark Melancon in representing the Pirates for Tuesday's game in San Diego.It's the first All-Star berth for Marte. He ...

The future is now

ST. LOUIS - Another young arm put a smile on Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's face.Tyler Glasnow didn't let a rough finish spoil his debut, working into the sixth inning of a 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday that ended the Pirates' seven-game winning streak."I was more ...

Coonelly to appear locally

The second annual "Pirate/Curve/Thrivent" event to benefit the Blair County Miracle League will take place Monday, July 25.The day will begin with a luncheon at the Altoona Grand Hotel featuring Pittsburgh Pirates team president Frank Coonelly, who will speak and be available for photos during ...

Mets’ star pitcher could be done for year

The Associated PressNEW YORK - Matt Harvey has symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome, and the New York Mets star could be facing season-ending surgery to treat a serious condition that has jeopardized the career of other major league pitchers.General manager Sandy Alderson announced ...

Coming back

ST. LOUIS - Jung Ho Kang drove in two key runs with a seventh-inning double a day after Chicago police said they were investigating an allegation of sexual assault against the Pirates infielder, and Pittsburgh beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-5, on Wednesday night for its sixth straight comeback ...

Pirates’ Glasnow set for MLB debut

ST. LOUIS - Hard-throwing pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow will make his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the St. Louis Cardinals today.The 6-foot-8 right-hander has a 1.78 ERA in 96 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis and runs his fastball up to 99 mph. He was a fifth-round ...

Spurs ink Gasol to 2-year deal

The San Antonio Spurs didn't waste any time after losing out in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.The Spurs agreed to a two-year deal with veteran forward Pau Gasol on Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The deal is worth more than $30 million and final terms ...

Simmons turns heads in NBA debut

SALT LAKE CITY - No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons made his NBA debut at the Utah Jazz Summer League on Monday and showed glimpses of why there are superstar expectations for the LSU product.He also put a scare into 76ers fans when he left the game in the fourth quarter due to cramps in both ...

Chestnut reclaims hot dog eating title

NEW YORK - Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own record in regaining the Mustard Yellow International Belt on Monday, downing a stomach-churning 70 hot dogs and buns to top Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie at the annual July Fourth eating contest.Chestnut, 32, easily secured victory by polishing off 17 ...

Even hurt, Polanco shines

By Steve OverbeyThe Associated PressST. LOUIS - Gregory Polanco found the best way to take the pressure off his ailing left hamstring.The Pittsburgh outfielder simply drove the ball over the wall twice on Monday to lead the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.Left-hander Jonathon ...

Bucs in St. Louis after taking 3 from Athletics

By Michael WagamanThe Associated PressOAKLAND, Calif. - Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was in the clubhouse relaxing when his bullpen put the finishing touches on the team's third come-from-behind win in three days.With their relievers pitching so well lately, the Pirates are ready for ...

Keselowski earns first Daytona win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Brad Keselowski has finally won at Daytona International Speedway, a track that had eluded him despite strong success in restrictor plate races.Keselowski has four career victories at Talladega Superspeedway, including a win there in May. But he could never pull it off at ...

Hitters help Locke stay hot

OAKLAND, Calif. - A rare full day off turned out to be just what the Pittsburgh Pirates needed to keep Jeff Locke's winning streak going.Getting six hits and six RBIs from the bottom four batters in the lineup certainly helped, too.Jody Mercer homered and had an RBI single and the Pittsburgh ...

Cavendish claims first yellow jersey

SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT, France - Minutes after pulling on the yellow jersey for the first time in his award-filled career, Mark Cavendish walked over to the Utah Beach Peace Monument and placed a white rose to commemorate the Allied landings in Normandy that took place there more than 70 years ...

Harrison wants answers

WASHINGTON - Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison wants the NFL to provide "credible evidence" before he agrees to an interview with league officials regarding a media report that linked him and other players to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.The NFL Players Association sent a ...

Niese’s woes continue

SEATTLE - Pirates left-hander Jonathon Niese has been struggling of late.Heading into late Tuesday night's game at Seattle, Niese had failed to get through the sixth inning in his last three starts, allowing 17 earned runs and six homers.Probably not the ideal time to face the Mariners' Nelson ...

Mehno: Harrison right to question call

PITTSBURGH — The NFL says it would like to talk to Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Harrison says OK to that, but he has some conditions: The interview will have to take place at his house. Harrison will pick the date. And, by the way, he wants NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to attend the ...

Stewart recaptures glory days with win

SONOMA, Calif. - Tony Stewart sat slumped on the stairs inside his team transporter a year ago reflecting on the worst slump of his NASCAR career.He had a migraine that day at Sonoma Raceway and spoke softly about his plight. Stewart didn't know what to do to return to his glory days. He had no ...

US reveals final basketball roster

NEW YORK - Kyrie Irving took one last shot on the flight home from the NBA Finals, hoping LeBron James would play in the Olympics.James isn't going to Rio, and neither are many more of basketball's best players.The Americans think they'll be just fine with who they have."We should be heavily ...