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Cutch confident, not worried

The Associated PressST. LOUIS - Andrew McCutchen is not worried.Although rumors persist that the five-time All-Star outfielder might be moved by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason, he remains philosophical about his future."My mindset is just to do my job and get myself in the best shape I ...

Eagles try to stay grounded during bye

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz and the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles were the surprise story in the NFL's first month.The hard part now is ignoring the hype.Before players scattered for rest and relaxation during their bye week, coach Doug Pederson cautioned his team about complacency."You think ...

Close call costly for Bucs

ST. LOUIS - Felipe Rivero thought he had strike three. Not quite.Rivero was walking toward the Pittsburgh dugout when the pitch to Jedd Gyorko was called a ball. Three pitches later, Gyorko launched a solo home run in the eighth inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pirates 4-3 on ...

Jaso part of elite company

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Roberto Clemente never hit for the cycle. Neither did Barry Bonds.But Gary Redus did. And so did Daryle Ward.Now John Jaso's name is on the list of Pirates who have collected a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.Jaso did that in ...

Nova’s finale officially a tie

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - If this was the end of Ivan Nova's brief time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he went out on a good note.The right-hander allowed one run in 5 innings Thursday night as the Pirates and Chicago Cubs played to the first tie game in the major leagues since 2005 when ...

Steelers’ defense to have new faces

PITTSBURGH - Lawrence Timmons spent a portion of last Sunday in a Philadelphia hospital trying not to freak out about a puncture wound to the shin the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker suffered early in an ugly loss to the Eagles.He might be one of the healthier starters on a defense forced to ...

Haley working Bell back

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believes Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams can be on the field at the same time.Tomlin didn't say "backfield," however. And there's a difference. A big one.Bell's return from a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse ...

Charles may play against Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles could make his season debut Sunday night at Pittsburgh, though coach Andy Reid acknowledged that it would depend on how he practices this week.Charles has not played since tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 5 last season.The Chiefs ...

Burfict should help Bengals

Burfict's back, just in time for the Bengals.Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has completed his three-game NFL suspension for repeated illegal hits. Cincinnati certainly hopes he returns with an edge to his game, but a controllable one.We'll find out Thursday night when the Bengals (tied for No. 14, ...

Jaso hits for cycle as Pirates better Cubs

PITTSBURGH - Coming around second base in the seventh inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 8-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, John Jaso stumbled.Then, he went for it.Ninety feet later, Jaso was safe at third base with a triple to become the first player to hit a cycle in the ...

Banged-up Bucs rest up in meaningless games

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-The Pirates were eliminated from the wild card race in the early hours of Wednesday.The San Francisco Giants' victory put an end to the Pirates' streak of three consecutive postseason appearances.That changes some things for the final four games - tonight's ...

Cubs keep winning

PITTSBURGH - Chris Coghlan hit a three-run triple and John Lackey worked in and out of trouble over five innings, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4, on Tuesday night.Coghlan's second-inning drive off the wall in right-center against Ryan Vogelsong (3-7) gave the ...

Steelers put Eagles debacle in the past, focus on Chiefs

PITTSBURGH - Every week a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers support staff lines the hallway leading to the team's locker room with photos taken from the previous week's game.This week was no different, even though the pickings were slim and included shots of punter Jordan Berry and backup ...

Friends texted worries about trio going boating

MIAMI - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was a patron at a Miami River bar and restaurant the same night he and two friends were killed in a boat crash, a spokeswoman for the establishment confirmed Tuesday.A friend of one of the victims said he warned him against the post-midnight trip, ...

Bucs shift focus to 2017

PITTSBURGH - As the Pirates play out the string in a disappointing season, the focus switches to what they have to do to improve in 2017.The answer is not complicated."The engine part of it is the starting rotation," manager Clint Hurdle said. "The game will always start with pitching. Always ...

Bell eager to get back to helping team

PITTSBURGH - Le'Veon Bell stood at his locker, his face covered in sweat and his eagerness to kickstart his stalled NFL career palpable.His three-game suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy over, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is ready to get back to ...

Pens’ goalie frustrated over hand injury

The Associated PressCRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Matt Murray's broken right hand doesn't hurt in general. Just when the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender tries to get a firm grasp on his stick.And that's kind of the problem. While the ligament Murray busted diving across the crease while with Team ...

Bucs help Cubs pick up win No. 100

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs while major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings as the Chicago Cubs won their 100th game of the season, routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 on Monday night.Baez helped ...

Offseason gets closer to fruition

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - The Pirates are six games away from a potentially busy offseason.Their No. 1 priority is rebuilding the starting rotation, and that also figures to be a significant challenge.The Pirates would benefit from adding at least one experienced starter, but will ...

In Philly, Steelers suffer worst loss ever under Tomlin

By Rob MaaddiThe Associated PressPHILADELPHIA - All aboard the Wentz Wagon. Carson Wentz aced his first tough test, and the Philadelphia Eagles dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 on Sunday to remain unbeaten.Wins over the Browns and Bears were no fluke. The Eagles (3-0) proved they can ...