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Kuhl, Cutch are solid for Bucs

From Mirror reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen’s third-inning sacrifice fly was the key hit in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 3-2 win over Boston on Saturday in spring training action at LECOM Park. McCutchen, making his last appearance before joining Team USA for the World Baseball ...

Kang apologizes for his situation

By Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang received a suspended two-year prison sentence for fleeing the scene after crashing a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. The sentence handed down Friday ...

New guy comes through for Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Mark Streit was dealt from Philadelphia to Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh in the span of a few hours at the trade deadline on Wednesday. If his head was swimming, it hardly showed. The veteran defenseman wasted little time making an impression with the Penguins, scoring the go-ahead ...

Bucs’ Kang gets suspended sentence for DUI

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court has handed Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang a suspended two-year prison sentence for fleeing the scene after crashing a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. The sentence handed down Friday by the Seoul Central ...

Penguins have no answers for Chicago’s Kane

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Patrick Kane had his second hat trick in three games, Scott Darling made 36 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory and 10th in 11 games. Richard Panik also ...

Steelers to keep Harrison around

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — James Harrison is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker has signed a two-year contract with the team that will keep Harrison in black and gold past his 40th birthday. Harrison led the Steelers with five sacks in 2016. ...

Lindblom tries to impress Bucs brass

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pittsburgh starter Josh Lindblom, who spent the last two seasons in Korea, started and pitched two scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated Minnesota, 3-1, in spring training action Wednesday. John Jaso had two hits for the Pirates, including a home run. The Twins ...

Colbert decisions are vital

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert stressed earlier this month one of the team’s biggest goals during the offseason was to make wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell vital parts of the organization ...

Pens go outdoors to sink Flyers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored his NHL-leading 34th goal, Matt Murray made 35 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at blustery Heinz Field on Saturday night. Matt Cullen, Nick Bonino and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for Pittsburgh, which ...

Many questions exist as Pirates begin spring play

BRADENTON, Fla. — The 2017 Grapefruit League season opened this weekend, and there are many questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates as they try to improve on last year’s third-place finish in the National League’s Central Division. Will Andrew McCutchen be with the club when it ...

Harrison thinking more productivity

By Rob Biertempfel The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Josh Harrison knew his surgically repaired thumb was finally ready to handle the rigors of a full baseball season when it passed the Mia test. The Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman tore a ligament in his left thumb in July 2015. ...

Polanco, Stallings solid in first outings

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Gregory Polanco went 3 for 3, drove in two runs and swiped two bases, leading Pittsburgh to a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in a split-squad game for both clubs on Saturday. Pirates star Andrew McCutchen, who was reportedly shopped all winter ...

NASCAR seeks to boost decline with strong race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The good news for NASCAR is that all signs indicate Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a legitimate shot to win the Daytona 500. A victory for NASCAR’s most popular driver, in his return to racing after a concussion sidelined him the second half of last season, would be a ...

Grala captures opener after Crafton crashes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Rookie Kaz Grala won the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night, getting through a massive wreck on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway. The 18-year-old Grala became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series at Daytona. He was lucky to even ...

Kang attends his drunk driving trial

By Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the ...

Marte excited about taking over in center field

By Rob Biertempel The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Starling Marte, the guy displacing Andrew McCutchen in center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, hasn’t played the position regularly since the minor leagues. Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has made ...

Penalties don’t hurt Pens

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin spent more time in the penalty box than usual for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They made up for it by scoring a couple of important goals. Crosby got the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, Malkin added an ...

Porter gets $300 fine for bar incident

By Joe Mandak The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter has been fined $300 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month. Porter entered the plea Tuesday in City Court in ...

Pittsburgh runs into some red-hot Red Wings

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Admittedly not where they want to be in the standings, the Detroit Red Wings still have plenty of fight left. That much was evident this weekend with back-to-back wins against two of the NHL’s best teams. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek ...

Orr a staple around Curve

BRADENTON, Fla. — Friday was one of the nicest days I’ve spent at Pirate City in a long time. It was a beautiful morning, the Pirates’ entire squad was on hand for the first time, and I had an enjoyable conversation with good friend David Orr. If you’re an Altoona Curve fan, you ...