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How about a little roundball talk in Grapefruit League?

BRADENTON, Fla. — This is supposed to be a weekly update on the Pirates and spring training baseball, but first ... how about a little basketball? Basketball legend Rick Barry attended the Pirates-Orioles game Thursday at LECOM Park and I had a few minutes to chat with him. And, thanks to ...

Chisenhall ready to help Bucs anywhere

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right fielder is likely temporary. Gregory Polanco is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and the Pirates say he will be out until sometime ...

Archer feeling good in Pirates’ camp

By Mark Didtler The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Chris Archer had success against the high-powered New York Yankees and more importantly felt great afterwards. Archer allowed just two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 loss on ...

Atkinson scores twice in win over Penguins

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus’ Boone Jenner was sent to the penalty box for slashing just 20 seconds into Saturday night’s game, giving Pittsburgh an early power-play chance and sucking some of the energy out of a sold-out Nationwide Arena. But the Blue Jackets killed the penalty, and ...

Pens having their own ‘Groundhog Day’ with Columbus

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan isn’t looking for an explanation. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach isn’t sure there is one that can adequately describe why his team dominates the Columbus Blue Jackets. “All I can tell you is, every game we play them is a hard-fought ...

Steelers keeping their O-line intact

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers made a significant investment in protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, signing Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and left guard Ramon Foster to new deals Thursday. Foster was set to become a free agent when the new NFL year ...

Kingham goes four scoreless in win

FORT MYERS, Fla. —Nick Kingham struck out the first nine batters he faced in a scoreless four-inning day on the mound, and Colin Moran went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in spring training action ...

The Pens can win, but will they win?

PITTSBURGH — It looks like the Penguins are going down to the wire, which is not what management had in mind. They’re in a fight for a playoff spot, but they can take an important stride this week with back-to-back games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Penguins seem to have the ...

Special night ends with special victory

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The night began with a tribute to Matt Cullen’s longevity. It ended with another sparkling play that highlighted Pittsburgh ...

Archer has strong outing for Pirates

From Mirror, wire reports SARASOTA, Fla. — Chris Archer started and struck out four of the seven batters he faced over two shutout innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles, 10-4, Tuesday in grapefruit league action. The Pirates (5-5-1) trailed 2-1 before scoring five ...

Highly regarded Bucs prospect struggles

BRADENTON, Fla. — Newly acquired catcher Mike Zunino doubled home two runs for Tampa Bay. Avisail Garcia had two hits and four RBIs, and Ryne Stanek tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the Rays’ 10-4 win Sunday. Pablo Reyes homered for Pittsburgh. He has two home runs in his last three ...

Spring training games mean different things to different folks

BRADENTON, Fla. — Spring training means different things to different teams. Take the Pirates, for example. The Bucs’ first week of Grapefruit League action featured both highs and lows. The Pirates started with three straight wins over the Phillies, Marlins and Red Sox then lost four in ...

Dickerson has solid outing for Pirates

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Corey Dickerson had a triple and a double, driving in two runs for Pittsburgh in an 8-7 Grapefruit League win over the New York Yankees on Saturday. Top prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled and walked, scoring two runs in a game the Pirates scored five ...

Harper, Phillies thinking big

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Bryce Harper has the Philadelphia Phillies thinking October baseball before even arriving in camp. The six-time All-Star outfielder and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. Now a team that hasn’t had a ...

Trading Brown out of AFC is ideal situation

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert insists he would gladly welcome back Antonio Brown next season. If things don’t work out, Colbert has a plan for that, too. Colbert addressed the rampant rumors about Brown’s future Wednesday by ...

Penguins’ injuries piling up

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The injuries keep piling up for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hope the arrival of defenseman Erik Gudbranson will help them deal with the loss of forward Bryan Rust and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, both of whom are out indefinitely after getting hurt in a ...

Penguins blow lead at Lincoln Financial

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux scored 1:59 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers scored three straight goals in the rain to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, on a soggy Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Flyers and Penguins took one of the NHL’s more heated rivalries ...

Bell will not be tagged

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell is free to go. Antonio Brown, maybe not so much. The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to place a transition tag on Bell, allowing the star running back to reach the open market when free agency begins next month. And ...

Nutting: Pricey free agent would imbalance Pirates payroll

BRADENTON, Fla. — Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn’t think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent. A huge salary could cause the portion paid to one ...

Two are going for one spot

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman are competing to start at shortstop for Pittsburgh, the one open position in the Pirates’ everyday lineup. The job opened when Jordy Mercer left after seven seasons and signed with the Detroit Tigers. Gonzalez was ...