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Bucs’ Stallings delivers game-winner

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jacob Stallings has 19 hits in parts of three major league seasons, and the rookie third-string catcher has made a some of them count. Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-6 victory over ...

Mahomes has his way with Pittsburgh’s ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Tyreek Hill turned to face the cameras when the hottest quarterback in the NFL looked up, saw a potential traffic jam and urged his Kansas City Chiefs teammate to conduct his business elsewhere. “Don’t do that here,” Patrick Mahomes ...

Tomlin’s assessment: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’

PITTSBURGH — Is this the way it’s going to be? Are we in a Steelers world where 37 points aren’t enough to win a home game? First-year starter Patrick Mahomes sliced and diced a confused Steelers defense and led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 42-37 victory at Heinz Field Sunday ...

Bucs’ Williams tough again

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth inning ...

Struggles of Boswell also part of poor start in first 2 games

By John Mehno johnmehnocolumn@gmail.com PITTSBURGH — Chris Boswell was the Steelers’ insurance policy, their failsafe, the team’s fallback option. If the offense sputtered last year, Boswell could be counted on to put points on the board with his reliable kicking. He came through in ...

Chiefs see ‘Steel City’ as road challenge

NFL week 2 Who: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers When: Today, 1 p.m. TV: CBS The latest line: Steelers are favorited by four points. By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A talented and mobile young quarterback tasked with taking over a playoff team from ...

Crosby, Penguins return from long summer break

CRANBERRY — Sidney Crosby has been back in Pittsburgh for a few weeks, participating in several informal practices while his Penguins teammates returned from an unusually long offseason. Still, the first day of training camp felt different Friday. “It’s always an exciting time. You’re ...

OF Polanco could miss start of 2019

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco could be out until next June after having surgery on his left shoulder. The Pirates made the announcement on Friday, which was Polanco’s 27th birthday. Polanco leads the Pirates with a career-high 23 home runs, 81 RBIs and 61 ...

Brewers beat Archer, Bucs

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Friday night. Orlando Arcia drove in two runs with a bunt double for the Brewers, who stayed a game and a half behind first-place Chicago in the NL ...

Taillon lifts Bucs to win over slowing Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — A small bump in the road. That’s what St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong says Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates was. “At this point we’re flushing this one,” DeJong said. “And getting ready for L.A.” The Cardinals begin a key four-game ...

Big Ben hopes he’s ready to go

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes his balky right elbow will be good to go Sunday against Kansas City. The 36-year-old says he banged his elbow on Pittsburgh’s next-to-last offensive snap during last week’s ugly tie in ...

Dinged-up players miss practice

Next up Who: Kansas City at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 1 p.m. TV: CBS Records: Chiefs (1-0), Steelers (0-0-1) Latest line: Steelers are 5-point favorites The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be a little short-handed as they prepare for their home opener ...

The rise of Rose to No. 1 in the world

NEWTOWN SQUARE — Justin Rose would like to have changed how he reached No. 1 in the world. But not when. Rose felt emotionally conflicted when the BMW Championship ended in a light rain at Aronimink Golf Club. He was going for his third title in the Philadelphia area, including the U.S. ...

Serena’s treatment resonates

NEW YORK — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Willingham isn’t a tennis star, but she is a ...

Pirates falter in eighth

By Warren Mayes The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Cardinals rookie Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer during a six-run eighth inning, Marcell Ozuna drove in three and Miles Mikolas pitched seven solid innings to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-5 on Tuesday ...

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 ...