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Kang, Marte put Bucs behind 8-ball in 2017

Commentary The Pittsburgh Pirates were doomed by a numbers game in 2017. The absences of two key players, third baseman Jung Ho Kang and left fielder Starling Marte, laid the foundation for what became an uphill struggle for the Pirates all season long. Kang, who clubbed 21 home runs in ...

Pens are setting sights on history

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: St. Louis at Pitts-burgh, Wednes-day, 8 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The parade celebrating the Pittsburgh Penguins’ second straight Stanley Cup was still raging on that hot afternoon in mid-June when Mike ...

Shazier emerging as leader

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier wants to redefine the linebacker position. At least “a little bit.” Or, judging by the display the budding Pittsburgh Steelers star put on in a 26-9 victory over Baltimore on Sunday, maybe a lot. In the span of four quarters Shazier put ...

2017 Pirates highs, lows

Final regular-season record: 75-87 Final National League Central Division finish: Fourth place, 17 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs. Notable: The Pirates were just 21⁄2 games out of first place in a mediocre NL Central on Aug. 12 but free-falled over the next six weeks, dropping ...

Bell looks like himself again in big win over rival Ravens

By David Ginsburg The Associated Press BALTIMORE — The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got their offense running. The wait continues for the Baltimore Ravens. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and the Steelers beat the Ravens 26-9 on Sunday in a duel for first place in ...

Beating Ravens satisfies Pittsburgh

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Whether it’s early in the season, late in the year or in the postseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers will always derive satisfaction from beating the Baltimore Ravens — especially on the road. Pittsburgh hadn’t won in Baltimore since 2012 before ringing ...

Pirates close season with victory

On deck The Pirates will open the 2018 season on Thursday, March 29, at the Detroit Tigers. The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Gio Gonzalez did not sound like someone who wanted to pitch in a meaningless regular-season finale. Didn’t exactly pitch like it, either. Gonzalez gave up ...

Ravens use holidays to motivate

By David Ginsburg NFL week No. 4 Today: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. Records: Both teams are 2-1 TV: CBS The line: Steelers by 3 The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Antonio Brown’s game-winning touchdown last Christmas night still hasn’t faded from Eric ...

Pirates, Moroff beat Nats

WASHINGTON — Nationals ace Max Scherzer was pulled with a hamstring cramp while tuning up for the playoffs, and NL East champion Washington lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Saturday night. The Nationals said Scherzer was sent for a precautionary MRI on his right hamstring. Manager Dusty ...

Steelers defense looking to bounce back

NFL week No. 4 Who: Pittsburgh at Baltimore When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV: CBS Line: Steelers by 3 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Like any defensive coordinator worth his gameplan, Keith Butler knew what was coming. So when the man in charge of getting the ...

Pens eyeing history

PITTSBURGH — The chance to make history doesn’t come up in the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room. It doesn’t have to. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and company understand the stakes: that no team since the New York Islanders of the early 1980s has won three straight Stanley Cups, ...

Bell homer gives Bucs home sweep

By Alan Saunders PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Wednesday to sweep a two-game interleague series. Bell’s home run, his 25th of the season, came in the third inning off Baltimore starter Gabriel Ynoa and put the ...

Pens defend planned White House visit

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan insists the franchise’s decision to visit the White House does not mean the team is wading into the increasingly charged intersection of sports and politics. Sullivan defended the decision Wednesday, stressing it did not serve as a ...

Big Ben blames himself

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger has a pretty good idea what’s wrong with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense. Him. “The quarterback needs to play better,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday as the Steelers tried to turn their focus on preparing for Baltimore following the chaotic fallout ...

Ravens searching for offensive spark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens’ standard formula for success is having their standout defense dominate the game while receiving only a marginal assist from the offense. To this point, the imbalance has been exceedingly disproportionate. Baltimore ranks last in the NFL in ...

Tomlin: Steelers, politics don’t mix

PITTSBURGH — His players unable to reach agreement on how to respond to President Donald Trump’s suggestion that NFL players who protest during the national anthem should be fired, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin signed off on their decision to remain in the tunnel before kickoff last ...

McCutchen drives in eight runs

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen knew it as soon as the ball left his bat. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder had sent a ball 412 feet into the center field seats, clearing the wall for his first career grand slam as part of an eight-RBI game in his ...

Protest messages have changed

What began more than a year ago with an NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms — their reasons for ...

Tackle explains choice

PITTSBURGH — Alejandro Villanueva just wanted to get a glimpse of the American flag, the symbol he wore on his military uniform during three tours in Afghanistan before beginning an unlikely journey from Army Ranger to the NFL. The massive left tackle and West Point graduate has no interest ...

New-look Pens ready to face East

A handful of Pittsburgh Penguins players whose names are on the Stanley Cup, some of them twice or even three times, are gone. The same goes for core players from the back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy winning Washington Capitals. The goliaths of the East haven’t fallen apart, but maybe ...