Professional Sports

Newgarden hoping for consecutive wins

NEWTON, Iowa — Defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden’s up-and-down season is back on an upswing after a dominant win at Road America two weeks ago. Newgarden is back at Iowa Speedway in hopes of closing the gap further on series leader Scott Dixon. Newgarden is fourth, 50 points ...

Eliminated No. 1 Halep unhappy with her play

LONDON — Simona Halep was ready for a vacation. It’s going to start a week earlier than she wanted after she gave away a big lead, wasted a match point and lost at Wimbledon, joining the procession of top women on the way out. Ranked and seeded No. 1, fresh off her winning first Grand Slam ...

Froome’s crash into ditch headlines opening stage

FONTENAY-LE-COMTE, France — Down in a ditch, Chris Froome had to hoist himself and his bike back up to the road. It was a startling scene when the Team Sky rider tumbled into a grassy field in the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, immediately putting his pursuit of a ...

Pirates’ pitchers have another bad outing

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Odubel Herrera and Andrew Knapp hit three-run homers, rookie Scott Kingery had a career-high four hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-6 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory. Herrera’s shot ...

Jones survives for first victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Erik Jones has won a crash-filled NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, passing defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. on the final lap and then crossing the finish line for the first victory of his Cup Series career. Jones was involved ...

Bell gets new view of game

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell isn’t exactly a prototypical leadoff hitter, but he batted first for the Pirates Friday night. Bell was at the top of the lineup for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was just Bell’s second start in the No. 1 spot as ...

Cervelli working way back

Francisco Cervelli was just happy to be back playing baseball Thursday night after missing a couple of weeks because of a concussion. “I feel good because I’m playing and I’m able to be on a baseball field,” the Pirates catcher said after his first rehab game with the Curve. ...

Bell reflects on career

Jay Bell has so many great memories of his time with the Pirates during their early 1990s playoff runs, and one thing sticks out the most to him about those clubs. “It was simply a team put together that the city of Pittsburgh, in particular, and the surrounding area and fans that pulled ...

Dodgers sweep Pirates

By Beth Harris The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Rich Hill earned his first win in three months, Yasmani Grandal and Chris Taylor drove in three runs apiece, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 6-4 on Wednesday night to sweep the Pirates for the second straight year. The ...

Bucs have a night to forget

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Already in line to start his third career All-Star Game and first since 2012, Matt Kemp is keeping up a torrid pace. Kemp tied a career high with five hits, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back homers to highlight a six-run fourth inning, and the ...

Tiger roars don’t mean what they once did

POTOMAC, Md. — The roars are as deafening as ever. They used to mean a lot more. Tiger Woods made his move at various points over the final three rounds on the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, each time making enough birdies to bring the Quicken Loans National to life with cheers and ...

A Moran slam does the job

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Rookie Colin Moran isn’t big on showing emotion, so he took it in stride after hitting his second grand slam of the season. Manager Clint Hurdle, though, put the feat in perspective. “Two grand slams in a year is pretty cool. Some ...

Reunion time for Penguins

From Mirror, wire reports On Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford made two free agent signings in hopes of improving the team’s fortunes for the 2018-2019 season. The Penguins signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year contract that will pay him $16.25 million. ...

Musgrove hapy to be home

On deck Saturday night: The Pirates trailed the Padres, 4-1, in the bottom of the sixth inning at press time. Today: Pittsburgh at San Diego, 4:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (5-6) vs. Padres RHP Tyson Ross (5-5) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated ...

Sabres GM uses Pens’ ties to rebuild

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is drawing from his championship past in Pittsburgh to provide a boost in Buffalo. The Sabres improved their top-six forward ranks by acquiring Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with ...

Bucs take advantage of Mets’ bullpen in 9th

The Associated Press NEW YORK — David Freese hit a go-ahead, two-run single and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Wednesday night. Gregory Polanco had an RBI single and Josh Bell added a sacrifice fly in the ninth as the ...

Mets end losing skid

By Mike Fitzpatrick The Associated Press NEW YORK — Wilmer Flores singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the New York Mets stopped their seven-game losing streak Tuesday night, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, hours after general manager Sandy Alderson stepped down ...

Penguins decide to extend contract for Rust

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Bryan Rust to a four-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign. The deal, announced on Tuesday, carries an average annual value of $3.5 million. The 26-year-old Rust set career highs in both assists ...

Pirates find solace in Big Apple

By Mike Fitzpatrick The Associated Press NEW YORK — Josh Bell hit a two-run homer, Gregory Polanco also went deep and the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of some dreadful defense by the New York Mets to snap a five-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory Monday night. In a series opener ...

D-backs frustrate Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Everything was going Clay Buchholz’s way. Then, a swing-and-miss led to an injury that turned what could have been a gem into a routine solid outing. Buchholz lasted five innings before experiencing tightness in his left side, but the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a ...