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Karlsson, Panarin, Bobrovsky can cash in

Many NHL teams have plenty to play for down the final stretch of the regular season, trying to get in the playoffs or to improve their positioning, before 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Some players have a lot at stake, too. Erik Karlsson, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are a ...

Pirates hoping to build on 2018 ending

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates bet on themselves a year ago when they traded away stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, believing the return they received plus the pieces already in place would help them make inroads in the hypercompetitive ...

Barron hopes to fill void

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Now it’s Mark Barron’s turn to try and replace Ryan Shazier. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Barron to a two-year deal on Tuesday and tasked him with filling the void left by Shazier. The Pro Bowl linebacker’s career is on hiatus while he recovers ...

Pens drop playoff-like game

By Joedy McCreary The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins traded hits — and, occasionally, goals — during an intense game with a decided playoff feel. Because the Hurricanes found a way to rally for a victory, they moved closer to finally ...

Strong showing for Brault

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Steven Brault pitched shutout baseball into the fourth inning, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 Grapefruit League win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. The southpaw gave up two hits, struck out four and walked three. He got out of a ...

Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin Newman. “It ...

Flyers rally to stun Pens

PITTSBURGH — Clock ticking down on both the game and in some ways their season, the Philadelphia Flyers summoned some more late magic to stun the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. James van Riemsdyk scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Sean Couturier finished off a ...

Taillon shines for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon struck out six over five innings and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-1, in a spring training game on Sunday. Taillon gave up four hits one unearned run, while Francisco Liriano, Nick Burdi and Brandon Maurer finished the game ...

Reyes hopes Bucs are noticing him

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Pablo Reyes is making the most of his chance to earn a berth on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day roster. The 25-year-old is 8 for 28 with two doubles and two home runs going into Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay. He’s had 31 plate ...

Chiefs’ star under team investigation

The Associated Press OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Kansas City Chiefs are investigating an incident in which star receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode in suburban Kansas City earlier this week. The team said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was aware ...

Newman powers Bucs to win over Phillies

BRADENTON, Fla —- Adam Frazier led off the bottom of the first with a home run blast off of Jake Arietta, his second of this spring season, in what was an 11-2 stomping of Philadephia in Grapefruit League action on Thursday afternoon. Trevor Williams allowed one run and three hits in five ...

Bell feels ‘amazing’ about signing new deal with Jets

NEW YORK — Le’Veon Bell is leaving all the number crunching to the critics. The star running back slept soundly after finally making his long-awaited decision on where to restart his NFL career, agreeing to a four-year, $52.5 million deal from the New York Jets early Wednesday morning and ...

Peaking Penguins pummel Sabres

By Mark Ludwiczak The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — With Sidney Crosby at the very top of his game, the Pittsburgh Penguins are peaking at the right time. Crosby contributed two assists and Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres ...

Brown has Raiders giddy

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Rookie general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden had meticulously put together a plan to rebuild the Oakland Raiders with three first-round draft picks and a couple of smart free agent signings when they suddenly got sent in a different direction last week. The ...

Jets, Bell reach deal

NEW YORK — Le’Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he’d make his next playmaking moves. Well-rested, motivated and armed with a new contract, the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, a person ...

Malkin is a star hiding in plain sight

PITTSBURGH — The cameras crowd around Sidney Crosby’s stall, parting only to let the Pittsburgh Penguins captain slip through and tug on a baseball cap before the lights flip on, the microphones close in and the questions come. Fifteen feet away, Evgeni Malkin goes about his business ...

Pens’ Malkin has historic night

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin isn’t one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points. A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the NHL’s most ...

Dickerson working hard on his defense

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor defender. The starting designated hitter for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game while with Tampa Bay, Dickerson was used in the outfield in only 93 games ...

Braves rough up Kingham

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Nick Kingham, who is trying to win a spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rotation, was roughed up on Monday in the team’s 6-2 loss to Atlanta in Grapefruit League action. Kingham went three-plus innings, giving up six hits and five runs, all earned, with four walks and ...

Going, going gone

By Josh DuBow The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal late Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted. A person with direct knowledge of ...