Professional Sports

Keller finally enjoys success

By Greg Beacham The Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mitch Keller was barely a teenager when a hotshot outfielder from downstate New Jersey joined his hometown Cedar Rapids Kernels. Keller immediately became an enormous fan of Mike Trout, and he cheered on the Angels from Iowa while his ...

Gauff gets wild-card entry

Coco Gauff will get a chance to try for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida received a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open’s main draw. It will be Gauff’s second Grand Slam tournament. She made a magical run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month after getting a wild card ...

Brown returns after injury absence

NAPA, Calif. — Antonio Brown walked onto the Oakland Raiders practice field in his familiar No. 84 jersey surrounded by cameras and received warm greetings from teammates. His weeklong absence to deal with his frostbitten feet and a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet has ended ...

5 players receive suspensions

NEW YORK — Mercury center Brittney Griner will miss the next three games after the WNBA suspended her Tuesday for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game over the weekend that resulted in six players getting ejected. The league punished Griner for throwing punches, escalating the ...

Video sheds new light on slow play

MEDINAH, Ill. — This could go down as one of the most memorable years in golf. Tiger Woods won the Masters following four surgeries on his back, and just two years after he feared he might never compete again. The British Open was not held in Britain for the first time in 68 years. Two ...

Brown loses his helmet battle

By Josh Dubow The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play. The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing ...

Bucs’ ’20 opener in AL city

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their 2020 regular season schedule on Monday, which will feature the Bucs opening the season in Tampa Bay for three games beginning on Thursday, March 26. It will mark the third time in four seasons — also 2017 at Boston and 2018 at Detroit — that the ...

Bucs’ Cervelli grateful to continue his passion

Francisco Cervelli had such a blast finally getting to play baseball again Sunday night after missing 78 days with his latest concussion. “Like I got called up for first time in the big leagues, that’s how I felt,” Cervelli said with a big smile following his lone rehab game with the ...

Steelers WR coach Drake dies at 62

PITTSBURGH — Darryl Drake, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers who spent more than 30 years molding players at the position at the college and professional level, has died. He was 62. The team said Drake, who joined the coaching staff in 2018, died early Sunday morning. “Darryl had ...

Bush makes impact in debut

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers expect first-round pick Devin Bush to provide a serious jolt of athleticism and swagger to a young defense. The speedy inside linebacker already made a significant impact in the preseason opener, a 30-28 home victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on ...

Pirates blow four-run lead

ST. LOUIS — In the big leagues primarily as a defensive replacement, Cardinals rookie outfielder Lane Thomas pounced with a chance to flex his hitting muscles. Thomas ripped a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt and Dexter Fowler also homered, and St. Louis beat the ...

Dobbs, Rudolph feeling more ‘comfortable’

PITTSBURGH — The battle is on for the backup quarterback spot in Pittsburgh. Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph led the offense on four scoring drives as the Steelers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-28 on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Two-time Super Bowl winner Ben ...

Cervelli rehabbing in Altoona today

For the second straight season, Francisco Cervelli will be making a rehab appearance in Altoona — and the plan is for him to catch. After suffering his sixth concussion since 2011 back in May, there were some reports that suggested Cervelli would give up catching for good, but he quickly ...

Wainwright overcomes early homer to beat Bucs

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright gave up a home run on the first pitch of the game but not much else, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 Saturday night. The contending Cardinals won their second in a row after ending a five-game losing streak. Wainwright (8-8) allowed ...

Backup QBs solid in opening game

PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph led the offense on four scoring drives as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-28, on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger gave way to recent draft picks Dobbs ...

Ozuna homer sinks Bucs

ST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and Marcell Ozuna followed with a two-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on Friday night. Goldschmidt’s single went under the glove of Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman, scoring ...

QB McSorley makes debut in Ravens win

BALTIMORE — Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley made his NFL debut Thursday night as the backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in their 29-0 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. McSorley looked good at times as he completed 9-of-22 passes for 85 yards and also ran three times ...

Linebacker Watt hoping to build on breakout season

LATROBE — Personal stats don’t mean much to Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt. The 24-year-old was happy to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl during a breakout second season, but he also wanted to make the playoffs with the Steelers. This year, Watt looks to lead the Steelers ...

Bucs fall to 4-21 in last 25 games

PITTSBURGH — Keston Hiura found that less thinking resulted in more hitting and an end to his struggles at the plate. Hiura hit two home runs for the first time in the big league career and drove in three runs Wednesday night, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-3 win and three-game ...

McDonald sees positive changes in Steelers, Ben

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald noticed a positive change in the organization following last year’s turbulent season. McDonald also noticed a difference in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the chemistry surrounding the team as a whole after the Steelers missed the ...