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Steelers should spice up ‘D’

The Steelers won their last seven games of the regular season in 2016 to finish 11-5 and win the AFC North Division. They then went on to post two playoff victories. Most people would consider that a successful season. Yet, the lingering images that remain from the 2016 season are Tom Brady ...

Ngoepe debuts; Bucs top Cubs

PITTSBURGH — Gift Ngoepe might not have had the weight of the world on his shoulders but he felt like a continent was counting on him. Ngoepe, the first African to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison led off the bottom of the first with a home ...

Ngoepe makes it to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made a move to shore up their leaky defense and made some history in the process. Infielder Gift Ngoepe was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis on Wednesday, becoming the first African-born player on an active major league roster. “I cannot describe the feeling ...

Path to glory goes through Pens

ARLINGTON, Va. — Sidney Crosby is standing in Alex Ovechkin’s way again. Of course. Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins extinguished two of the Washington Capitals’ best Stanley Cup hopes in 2009 and 2016, going on to win the championship each time. Now as Ovechkin and the Capitals face a ...

Cubs rough up Bucs’ starter early in loss

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jason Heyward is getting tired of talking about his rebuilt swing. Considering what the Chicago Cubs center fielder is doing at the plate these days, the conversation will soon flip from his new-look swing to the results. Heyward hit his ...

Frazier winds up on DL

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — It was at least a mild surprise when Adam Frazier was absent from the Pirates’ starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs Monday night. It became a bigger surprise when Frazier became the first Pirates player to go on the 10-day disabled list ...

Pens, Capitals ready to resume rivalry

It is the playoff format everyone loves to hate, but say this for the NHL’s divisional setup: It is serving up a tasty feast of rivalries in the second round. For the second consecutive year, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals after ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the sixth of seven Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL draft position-by-position analyses: INSIDE LINEBACKERS Currently on roster: Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Tyler Matakevich, L.J. Fort, Steven Johnson Last five drafts: Shazier (2014, first round) has become a force on the ...

Kunitz skates at practice, gives Pens hope

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz returned to practice on Sunday, giving the defending Stanley Cup champions hope the veteran forward can contribute at some point during the team’s postseason run. Kunitz wore a non-contact jersey during the ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the fifth of seven Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL draft position-by-position analyses: DEFENSIVE TACKLES Currently on roster: Javon Hargrave, Daniel McCullers, Lavon Hooks, Roy Philon Last five drafts: Hargrave turned out to be a nice third-round pick for the Steelers last ...

Marte to work in Florida

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte will play for the Pirates during his 80-game suspension for failing a steroid test. Well, sort of. General manager Neal Huntington said on Sunday that Marte will be part of the Pirates’ extended spring training program at the ...

Steelers draft capsule: WRs/TEs

The following is the fourth of seven Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL draft position-by-position analyses: WIDE RECEIVERS Currently on roster: Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, Justin Hunter, Cobi Hamilton, Demarcus Ayers, Canaan Severin, Marcus ...

Outfield has a day to forget

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Saturday’s pre-game session in the manager’s office centered on the detailed way the Pirates position their outfielders. What seemed merely pedantic at the time turned ironic hours later when several horrid misplays figured prominently in ...

Pens put Jackets away

PITTSBURGH — The puck fluttered into the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets thrust their arms into the air, certain they had tied the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the third period of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. One problem. They weren’t the only ones with their arms ...

Early power surge spearheads Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — CC Sabathia’s left arm felt fine. The radar gun suggested otherwise. So did the results. Josh Bell hit his second home run in as many games, and the Pittsburgh Pirates got to Sabathia early for a 6-3 win over the New York Yankees on ...

Defense lets Bucs down

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Carter spent most of the winter waiting for the phone to ring and a good portion of the spring waiting for the power that produced 41 home runs with Milwaukee last season to show up for the New York Yankees. With one swing of the bat on Saturday, ...

Pens’ Fleury enjoys center stage for now

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he’ll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to ...

Hurdle keeping RF position open

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — To replace the suspended Starling Marte in right field, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle plans to call an audible on a daily basis. “We haven’t given the job to anybody,” Hurdle said before Friday night’s game against the New York ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the third of seven Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL draft position-by-position analyses: QUARTERBACKS Currently on roster: Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Zach Mettenberger Last five drafts: The Steelers took Jones with the second of their two fourth-round picks in 2013. ...

Mindless move could torpedo Bucs’ season

Notes and observations from the first month of the Major League Baseball season: Division championships are finalized in September, but the foundation for the success or failure of any given season is sometimes firmly established in April. And it’s not always done with play on the ...