Professional Sports

Bettman: League in meditation on lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman downplayed the significance of entering mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion lawsuit, saying Tuesday the league is simply following a judge’s order. “The judge asked us to go into mediation and so we’re complying ...

Steelers still trying to figure out what happened

Next opponent Who: Kansas City at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 1 p.m. TV: CBS Records: Chiefs (1-0), Steelers (0-0-1) By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t a win. It wasn’t a loss. It was ... weird. Seventy minutes of flags, fumbles and ...

Djokovic ready to chase Federer, Nadal

NEW YORK — Now that Novak Djokovic has the same number of Grand Slam titles as his childhood idol, Pete Sampras, it’s realistic for him to start thinking about chasing the only two men ahead of him, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. If Djokovic is reluctant to speak publicly about the idea ...

Bradley holds off Rose in playoff

NEWTOWN SQUARE — Keegan Bradley had bottomed out, crashing from the high of winning the PGA Championship to tumbling out of the 100 in the world. His chances to represent U.S. teams in international play had dried up, his preferred putting method was banned, and the confidence that once put ...

Keselowski makes it team sweep

INDIANAPOLIS — First, Brad Keselowski figured out the secret to restarting at the Brickyard 400. Then he safely and strategically bumped his way into the lead and sped to the finish line. One year after settling for second in a chaotic, crash-marred race last year, Keselowski redeemed ...

Matt Adams home run sinks Bucs

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. St. Louis, which overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-4, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ...

Turnovers, penalties plague Steelers in tie in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — One week in and the Browns are still undefeated. Now that’s progress. Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked ...

Despite costly fumble, Conner shines as starter

CLEVELAND — The Steelers survived one week without Le’Veon Bell. Maybe they can do it again. Making his first NFL start, James Conner helped Pittsburgh forget that Bell — the team’s disgruntled star running back — isn’t around and may not be back anytime soon. Conner scored ...

Dreary day rains out Bucs-Marlins

PITTSBURGH — Sunday’s game between the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates was cancelled more than four hours before its scheduled 1:35 p.m. start time because of heavy rain that was expected to continue into the evening. The game was rescheduled for Oct. 1, the day after the regular ...

Much on the line for Browns-Steelers

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — For the Browns, winning the season opener over Pittsburgh could bring closure. The end of a 17-game losing streak. The first opening-week victory since 2004. More relief from the haunting memories of an 0-16 season. A new beginning for a ...

Bucs top Marlins for fifth straight win

By John Perrotta The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell has homered in consecutive games following three days off. He doesn’t think it’s a coincidence. “I was able to kind of reflect a little bit,” Bell said. “Take a step back, watch some baseball, get some work done in ...

Polanco to miss rest of year with injured knee, shoulder

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco’s season is over. The Pirates announced Saturday that Polanco will need six to eight weeks to recover from a pair of injuries sustained after he took an awkward, tumbling slide into second base during Friday’s game against ...

Browns’ undrafted rookie to start at left tackle

BEREA, Ohio — Months ago, Desmond Harrison was confident he’d replace Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas. The Browns only realized it in the past few days. An undrafted rookie with a checkered past, Harrison will open the season as Cleveland’s starting left tackle — a position held down by ...

Fichtner much more reserved than Haley

PITTSBURGH — Ask the men he coaches what makes Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner tick, and you get a variation of the same response. He’s a dude. A good dude. But just a dude. “There’s nothing special or outrageous or eccentric,” guard David DeCastro ...

Steelers’ lineman lashing out against star running back

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s teammates spent the offseason and all of training camp brushing off his absence, confident in their belief that the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back would eventually let the business side of things play out, sign his franchise ...

Falcons tough test for Eagles

The last time the Eagles opened a season as NFL champions, it was 1960 and, well, who remembers what folks did then in Philadelphia? What they’ll certainly do Thursday night at the Linc when the Falcons come to town is roar with approval at the site of the Lombardi Trophy and the ...

Pirates’ bullpen hangs on for win

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon pitched five effective innings and helped send Homer Bailey to yet another loss as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Wednesday night to sweep their three-game series. Taillon (12-9) allowed only one ...

Hurdle has enjoyed Clemente festivities

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Some of the Pirates got an early start on Thursday so they could go to school. It was Roberto Clemente Day throughout MLB, and the Pirates participated in a number of community projects to commemorate the occasion. Clint Hurdle was among those ...

Conner ready to go if necessary

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t know when Le’Veon Bell is going to show up for work. Maybe it’ll be in time for the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back to be ready for Sunday’s season opener at Cleveland. Or maybe Bell will skip a week to send one last ...

Musgrove roughs it for Bucs

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Before he took the mound Tuesday night, Pirates starter Joe Musgrove just didn’t feel right while warming up in the bullpen. In his quest to get things straightened out, he made a quick change to his approach. That tactic seemed to ...