Professional Sports

Aldo feels McGregor has no chance

LOS ANGELES — Conor McGregor became known as a fighter with a mystical ability to defy the odds because of his stunning upset victory over Jose Aldo, the former UFC featherweight champion. Aldo says there’s zero chance McGregor can beat the daunting odds he faces when he steps into a ...

AP: PGA Championship moving to May in 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Players are allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds at the PGA Championship. That won’t be necessary in two years when it moves to May. The PGA of America is moving its major championship to May for the first time in 70 years when it goes to Bethpage Black on New ...

Video replay gets tested in MLS play

With fans and other leagues watching, Major League Soccer has introduced video replay in dramatic style. The Video Assistant Referee, or VAR for short, ruled out a goal in FC Dallas’ first-ever loss to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. The VAR disallowed Maximiliano Urruti’s late goal ...

Kontos brings versatility

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates’ newest relief pitcher reported for work on Monday afternoon. He should count on being busy. As George Kontos claimed his locker in the clubhouse at PNC Park, manager Clint Hurdle was in his office, counting the ways he might use ...

Heyward back to anchor D-line

LATROBE — Cam Heyward vividly remembers a December road game last season at Cincinnati, where the Pittsburgh Steelers were quickly running out of healthy bodies along the defensive line. Heyward was already sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle for a game the Steelers won by four points. He ...

Rodriguez’s HR lifts Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sean Rodriguez’s improbable weekend had a Hollywood ending. Rodriquez homered in the 12th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. One day earlier, Pittsburgh acquired Rodriguez from the Atlanta ...

Taillon making way back

PITTSBURGH — It was all handshakes and hugs for Sean Rodriguez before the game, and more of the same after he beat the San Diego Padres with a 12th inning walk-off home run. In between, the biggest development for the Pirates was a quality start for Jameson Taillon, who had previously ...

Bucs still working on roster

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made two veteran additions Saturday, less than a week after the non-waiver trade deadline. n They reacquired utility player Sean Rodriguez from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Curve infielder Connor Joe. n The Pirates also ...

Rookie pitcher tough on Pirates

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Rookie Dinelson Lamet allowed just one hit in 52/3 innings, Wil Myers broke out of a slump with a home run and three RBIs and the San Diego Padres quieted the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Saturday night. Lamet (6-4) struck out five and walked three, giving ...

Polanco blast lifts Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco hit a go-ahead, three-run homer into the Allegheny River during a six-run seventh inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 10-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. With Pittsburgh trailing 6-4 and two men on, Polanco gave the Pirates their ...

Continuity, chemistry key OL

LATROBE — Alejandro Villanueva was in mid-answer trying to put his new contract — the one that puts the former Army Ranger-turned-NFL left tackle in charge of protecting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side for the rest of the decade — in perspective when ...

Brewers gain game on Cubs

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Daniel Murphy hit two home runs to back Tanner Roark, and the Washington Nationals won the opener of a series between division leaders by beating the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Friday. Murphy hit a two-run homer in the first and connected off Kyle Hendricks leading ...

Tomlin gets extension

PITTSBURGH — Coach Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to an extension that will keep the 45-year-old in Pittsburgh through the 2020 season. Tomlin is 103-57 in 10 years with the Steelers. Steelers President Art Rooney said Tomlin “continues to prove he is one of the top head ...

Marte getting back into form

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates added only set-up reliever Joaquin Benoit at the non-waiver trading deadline, but they gained a significant player with Starling Marte’s return. Marte came back from his 80-game steroids suspension on July 18, but hadn’t done ...

Kuhl helps Bucs salvage series with Reds

PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl went more than two months between victories earlier this season as his ERA soared and his confidence threatened to plummet. Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage never panicked. He kept reminding Kuhl that if the 24-year-old learned how to better navigate the ...

Hurdle likes human element in umpiring

PITTSBURGH — There could be a day when the umpires are introduced before a game and the plate umpire will have a model number rather than a name. There are discussions every season about the possibility of robotic umpires, who would conceivably call balls and strikes consistently and ...

Dolphins’ Tannehill reinjures knee

DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill reinjured his left knee in practice Thursday when it buckled as he scrambled and fell without being hit. Tannehill walked slowly off the field accompanied by trainers. He underwent an MRI, but results weren’t definitive regarding the ...

Cincinnati continues to own Bucs

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jesse Winker watched Cincinnati Reds teammate Scooter Gennett take batting practice Wednesday. When Gennett sent a ball flying over the Clemente Wall and into the Allegheny River beyond right field at PNC Park, Winker caught himself ...

Trainers working hard on Polanco

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco returned to the Pirates’ active roster and lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. Polanco came off the disabled list after a 10-day stay because of a left hamstring strain sustained in a game on July ...

Depth, diversity at receiver spot

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — Their All-Pro wide receiver spent the day welcoming newborn son Apollo into the world. Their talented but enigmatic project watched practice in a long-sleeved T-shirt and shorts waiting for the NFL to fully reinstate him after a year away ...