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That familiar feeling: Archer rocked as skid reaches eight games

NEW YORK — Jason Vargas was reading in front of his locker in a corner of the Mets clubhouse Sunday morning while Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler were relaxing on opposite sides of the new pingpong table in the center of the room. Whether the three pitchers will be back when the team ...

Dupree relaxed in contract year

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree is relaxed entering his contract season. The 2015 first-round pick knows he has a contract with the Steelers for this season. His future with the Steelers after that is in question, but Dupree said on Sunday that he doesn’t mind ...

Pirates’ struggles continue

By Mike Fitzpatrick The Associated Press NEW YORK — For the first time in his five-year career, Steven Matz needed no help from the bullpen. Matz pitched an efficient five-hitter for his first complete game in 90 major league starts, and the New York Mets got home runs from Michael ...

Cowher, Ward highlight 2019 Steelers Hall of Fame class

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their 2019 Hall of Honor class this afternoon at an event at the Fred Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Four members were announced in this year’s class. Bill Cowher, who coached the Steelers from 1992 to 2006, leads the ...

Roethlisberger ready to bring ‘A’ game

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger acknowledged on Friday that he had a unique on-field connection with wide receiver Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger also admitted before the Steelers’ first practice of training camp that it would be different without Brown on the ...

Slumping Bucs lose to New York

NEW YORK — After missing 2.5 weeks with a shoulder issue, Zack Wheeler felt some relief when leadoff hitter Corey Dickerson swung through his 98 mph fastball Friday night. No doubt, the Mets right-hander did his part heating up the hot stove ahead of next week’s trade deadline. Wheeler, ...

Steelers extend Tomlin through 2021

From Mirror, wire reports LATROBE — The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed on a one-year contract extension that will run through the 2021 season. The club announced the deal as players arrived at Saint Vincent College on Thursday for the start of Tomlin’s 13th ...

Cardinals take four from Bucs

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Paul Goldschmidt’s power streak helped lift the St. Louis Cardinals into a share of the NL Central lead for the first time since early May. Goldschmidt homered in his career-high fourth straight game, lifting the Cardinals over the ...

No fanfare for camp opener

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — No helicopter swooping in for a wind-swept landing. No Rolls Royce wrapped in black-and-gold complete with a chauffeur in full uniform. No firetrucks or random all-terrain vehicles either. The 2019 version of the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

DeJong’s three homers keep Bucs on slide

PITTSBURGH — Paul DeJong hit a career-high three home runs, including one during a nine-run second inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals walloped the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-8 on Wednesday night. DeJong, Andrew Knizner and Paul Goldschmidt each hit two-run homers in the second while the ...

Pirates can’t hold on to three-run lead

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — With the bases loaded with no outs in a one-run game and Pittsburgh All-Star first baseman Josh Bell walking into the batter’s box, St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux paid a visit to rookie Dakota Hudson and offered a ...

Training camp capsule

Pittsburgh Steelers OPEN CAMP: July 25, Latrobe LAST YEAR: Pittsburgh let 2 1⁄2-game lead in AFC North vanish over final month of season to miss playoffs for first time since 2013. There were bright spots. Ben Roethlisberger led NFL in passing. JuJu Smith-Schuster developed into bona ...

Late-inning fireworks not enough

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Paul Goldschmidt hit his fifth career grand slam in the top of the 10th and right fielder Jose Martinez threw out the tying run at the plate to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night. Goldschmidt took an ...

Newgarden takes control

There are no slouches in the IndyCar Series, proven each week by the incredibly close competition across the grid. The intensity has given the series yet another tight championship race in the homestretch of its season. Josef Newgarden dominated at Iowa to pad a fragile lead that Alexander ...

Pens, Aston-Reese sign deal

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Zach Aston-Reese avoided arbitration on Monday, agreeing to a two-year deal that runs through the 2020-21 season. The deal is worth $1 million annually. The two sides came together minutes before heading to ...

Kela gets 2-game suspension

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified violation of his contract. The team made the announcement on Monday shortly before opening a four-game series with St. Louis. The suspension came after the team activated Kela from the ...

Hoskins’ 11th-inning homer sinks Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler spotted a man strolling over to the third base umpire and figured it was a member of the PNC Park grounds crew. After all, there had been a rain delay a little earlier. Kapler soon realized he was wrong. Especially when the man, wearing a Hawaiian ...

Munoz produces for Cards in win

CINCINNATI — Utility player Yairo Munoz wants his St. Louis manager to trust that he’ll produce in any situation. He banked a lot of trust on Sunday. Munoz celebrated a rare start with a home run and a triple to help the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1. Munoz, making his 16th ...

Close ties bind 1979 Pirates

PITTSBURGH — John Candelaria can’t quite pinpoint when the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates adopted “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge as the club’s de facto theme song on the way to a World Series title. Ultimately, the timing doesn’t really matter. What matters is that every word rang ...

Musgrove pitches, hits Pirates past Phillies

PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove scattered two hits over six innings, collected his first double of the season and scored on a textbook head-first slide to beat a throw by Philadelphia right fielder Bryce Harper and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-1 win on Saturday night. Musgrove (7-8) tied a ...