Professional Sports

NFL’s policy could bring about new protests

PHILADELPHIA — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook. The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way. “The owners ...

Late birdie gives Na one-stroke edge

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Na stood over his ball after taking a drop in the rough beside the ninth green following two wayward shots, on his final hole of the day and with a share of the lead in the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial. As Na looked toward the hole more than 90 feet away, he ...

Gordon headlines nominees for Hall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Jeff Gordon’s name is presented to panel of voters for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the debate should be short and simple. Yes, Gordon gets a slot. Gordon is on today’s ballot for the first time and there should be zero discussion regarding his worthiness. The ...

Bucs can’t figure out Harvey

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Matt Harvey pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first victory with Cincinnati, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam over the last two seasons, leading the Reds to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Harvey (1-2) ...

Bucs lose 3 of 4 to Padres

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The San Diego Padres squeezed out a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Freddy Galvis drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning with San Diego’s second successful squeeze bunt of the game, and the Padres rallied to beat the Pirates 8-5 Sunday for ...

Pirates love versatile players

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — As major league pitching staffs expand, opportunities for position players shrink. That’s why the Pirates are putting so much emphasis on having versatile players on their limited bench. Max Moroff, an infielder who was just sent back to ...

Harrison will start series finale today

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Josh Harrison is scheduled to return to the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, marking the third consecutive day with a roster move. Harrison was in the clubhouse Saturday after spending much of the week doing injury rehab work with the ...

Lightning take command of series

TAMPA, Fla. — Cedric Paquette scored in the opening minute and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning hold off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan also scored as the home team ...

Duo helps Cavaliers roll to win at home

CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Outplayed ...

Harvick claims NASCAR’s All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. — Nothing can stop Kevin Harvick these days, not an experimental rules package or a field of racers with nothing but pride on the line, and the hottest driver in NASCAR scored a $1 million payday by winning the All-Star race. Harvick’s win Saturday night came exactly 11 ...

Hurdle eases Meadows’ adjustment

PITTSBURGH — Friday was the biggest day of Austin Meadows’ professional career. That’s why Clint Hurdle did everything he could to minimize it. Hurdle realized that Meadows’ head would be spinning with a million thoughts. So he told him that the only item on his agenda was ...

Bucs 8-1 in last nine games

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five ...

Meadows finally gets the call

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows is finally in the major leagues. The Pirates announced during Thursday night’s 5-4 victory over San Diego that Meadows would be recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis and will be in uniform for tonight’s game with the ...

Half of field gets first shot at Justify

BALTIMORE — Half the participants in the eight-horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. Perhaps one of the new shooters in Saturday’s race can find a way to leave the Kentucky Derby winner in his wake. Quip, Sporting Chance, ...

Lightning even up series with Caps

WASHINGTON — Alex Killorn scored the tiebreaker with about 8 minutes left, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning weathered the equivalent of more than a period without a shot on goal to edge the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Thursday night, evening the Eastern Conference ...

Pirates DL might be revolving door

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have a couple of players ready to come off the disabled list. They hope they don’t have two more headed for the sidelines. Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli were absent from the starting lineup in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Both left ...

Williams tough on White Sox

On deck Today: Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates, 12:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: White Sox LHP Hector Santiago (0-1) vs. Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (2-3) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams had a better outing against the struggling Chicago ...

Hurdle moves bullpen pieces around

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle used a day off to do some thinking about the Pirates bullpen, and he decided to make some changes. Veteran George Kontos is out of the eighth-inning slot after a string of ineffective appearances. Hurdle said his handling of the ...

Turning tables keys Bucs’ success

Notes, thoughts and observations from the Major League Baseball world with a quarter of the season now in the rearview mirror: n The Pittsburgh Pirates are using a reversal of trends to experience some success in the early part of this season. While it’s true that the Pirates’ schedule ...

Pirates unable to complete 3-game sweep of Giants

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — San Francisco turned some of those fly-ball outs into home runs. Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick Hundley added a three-run drive and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday to stop ...