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Freese delivers winner

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates needed someone to lean on with three of their better hitters out of the lineup Friday. On cue, David Freese came through in a big way. Freese drove in five runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that lifted the Pirates over the New York Mets ...

Outfield getting thin

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have two of their starting outfielders on the bench, and top prospect Austin Meadows in the minor leagues. What’s up with that? Starling Marte (hand) and Corey Dickerson (hamstring) were again absent from the starting lineup Friday against the New York ...

Mets hammer Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Asdrubal Cabrera is well versed in what can happen at the trade deadline. He found himself on the move four years ago when the Cleveland Indians sent him to Washington to help the Nationals make a playoff push. The second baseman admits he’s wary of what the days leading up ...

Big Ben drops weight

LATROBE — A new offseason workout plan has rejuvenated Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The 36-year-old indicated that he’s in the best shape of his career Thursday following the team’s first training camp practice at St. Vincent College. A leaner, trimmer ...

Cervelli returns from disabled list

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — See if this sounds familiar: Francisco Cervelli returned to the Pirates’ lineup Thursday after missing time because of concussion-related issues. Cervelli batted third and caught as the Pirates opened a homestand against the New York ...

Goalie signed for two years

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Tristan Jarry to a two-year contract. The deal Thursday is a two-way contract for this season and a one-way contract for 2019-2020. The average annual value at the NHL level is $675,000. The 23-year-old ...

Bauer puts an end to Bucs’ win streak

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer, Adam Cimber and Brad Hand combined for an emphatic end to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 11-game winning streak. Bauer struck out 10 over seven innings and the newly acquired relievers completed a three-hitter as the Cleveland Indians beat the ...

It’s showtime as Steelers arrive in Saint Vincent

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — The theatrics came from all the usual suspects. So did the silence. Antonio Brown, just weeks after wondering aloud why he receives so much attention, arrived in a helicopter with his family in tow not ...

Bucs make it 11 on historic run

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has a simple philosophy when it comes to hot streaks. “I have a saying that I use all the time,” he said. “I’m not superstitious but just in case, there’s some things I’ll continue to do.” Whether it’s ...

Not even Mother Nature can stop hot Pirates

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run triple off Corey Kluber in his return, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 in a six-inning, rain-shortened game Monday night for their 10th straight win. The game ...

Dickerson helps Bucs big win streak continue

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Corey Dickerson and the Pittsburgh Pirates are so hot even Ivan Nova is contributing at the plate. Dickerson homered for the fourth time in three days, and the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on Sunday afternoon for their ninth straight ...

Bucs above .500 after 8th win in a row

CINCINNATI — Corey Dickerson hit two first-pitch home runs, rookie Nick Kingham overcame another Cincinnati rain delay to pitch six shutout innings and drive in two runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 6-2 Saturday for their season-high eighth straight win. Dickerson homered on ...

Mehno: Harrison merely stated the obvious

PITTSBURGH — Wait a minute ... James Harrison said Bill Belichick is a better coach than Mike Tomlin? That’s not exactly breaking news, not even by the TV standards, which apply that tag to a flat tire at rush hour. Belichick’s teams have won five Super Bowls. Tomlin’s Steelers have ...

Bucs’ Rodriguez has solid return

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Sean Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored a 12-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds after a long rain delay Friday night. Corey Dickerson had a solo homer for the Pirates, who finished with 16 ...

Elite ready to pursue playoffs

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati,7:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHPJameson Taillon (6-7) vs. Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (7-7) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for ...

Steelers’ star selected for ’19 issue of popular video game

The Associated Press We already know that Antonio Brown has made it to the top of the NFL. Now, he’s made it onto the cover of the video game he played as a youngster while dreaming of getting to the NFL. EA SPORTS unveiled Brown on Wednesday as the cover guy for Madden NFL 19 and Madden ...

No reason to be angry at Bell

PITTSBURGH — Don’t be mad at Le’Veon Bell. Yes, he’s turned down more money than most of us will ever see. He’s doing that in the hope of breaking the bank as a free agent next summer, which is a risky strategy. But he’s willing to assume that risk, and how can you fault him for ...

Former Steeler Rivera dies at 57

Gabe Rivera, the overpowering “Senor Sack” lineman for Texas Tech who was paralyzed in a car accident while a Pittsburgh Steelers rookie, has died. He was 57. The university on Tuesday confirmed Rivera’s death. He had been living in San Antonio with his wife, Nancy, who told KENS-TV her ...

American core of golf stars have grown up together

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Justin Thomas lost a skin by making bogey. He won a bet by making par. All on the same hole. The difference — a big difference — was in the clubs Thomas used to cover the 472 yards on the 15th hole at Carnoustie. And that one hole during a British Open practice ...

Koepka’s success traces to Scotland

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — It was just five years ago that Brooks Koepka won the Scottish Hydro Challenge to earn a spot on the European Tour. He’s got fond memories of that, and even bigger things in mind in Scotland this week. “Right now I’m focused on just winning,” the two-time ...