Professional Sports

‘D’ seeks to overcome last year’s poor playoff

LATROBE — The Pittsburgh Steeler defense wants to redeem itself from its last performance. The Jacksonville Jaguars drubbed the Steeler defense during an AFC divisional-round home playoff game as Pittsburgh equaled a team record for points allowed. Now, the Steelers want revenge. Not so ...

Astros send P Giles to Blue Jays for Osuna

OAKLAND, Calif. — Swapping a closer with on-field problems for one with off-field troubles, the World Series champion Houston Astros traded Ken Giles to the Toronto Blue Jays along with a pair of pitching prospects for Roberto Osuna on Monday. Houston also sent right-handers David Paulino ...

Caps invest time, money in F Wilson

Tom Wilson does not want to boast he is now a big part of the Washington Capitals’ core. His new contract does that for him. When the Capitals signed the physical, top-line right winger to a $31 million, six-year contract, it was their biggest statement yet about how they see Wilson. The ...

Wheeler’s big game helps Mets top Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Zack Wheeler didn’t receive much help from the New York Mets on offense. Luckily for the Mets, Wheeler was prepared to help himself. The right-hander pitched six strong innings and drove in the lone run, leading New York to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on ...

Foster’s knee injury not serious, will not require surgery

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers starting left guard Ramon Foster’s right knee injury isn’t as bad as initially feared. Foster was injured Saturday and left the team’s first padded practice of training camp on a golf cart. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday that Foster had his knee ...

Huntington: ‘We’d like to add’

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates don’t play today, so that should give general manager Neal Huntington the full day to work the phones. He’s up against Tuesday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trading deadline as he tries to improve his team. Huntington would like to beef up his bullpen, but only if ...

Williams outperforms deGrom

PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams embraced being penciled in against Jacob deGrom on Saturday after pitching opposite Corey Kluber in his last start. Then, as he did on Monday, Williams outdueled one of the better pitchers in the major leagues. Williams frustrated the New York Mets through six ...

New-look DBs taking shape

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is excited to see his new-look secondary. The Steelers overhauled the position following a bumpy season which included a disappointing upset playoff loss against Jacksonville in the divisional round. The team followed by parting ways with ...

Pirates facing decision

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates pay Felipe Vazquez $3 million a year to close out games. It’s a great way to make a living. It just doesn’t happen to be the All-Star reliever’s favorite thing about his gig. Vazquez’s biggest perk comes in a giddy postgame clubhouse, when “DJ ...

Dickerson lands on DL

PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows returned to the Pirates on Saturday. So did Jose Osuna, as the team placed outfielder Corey Dickerson and first baseman Josh Bell on the 10-day disabled list. Dickerson’s assignment is backdated to Wednesday, the first game he sat out after straining his left ...

Freese delivers winner

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates needed someone to lean on with three of their better hitters out of the lineup Friday. On cue, David Freese came through in a big way. Freese drove in five runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that lifted the Pirates over the New York Mets ...

Outfield getting thin

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have two of their starting outfielders on the bench, and top prospect Austin Meadows in the minor leagues. What’s up with that? Starling Marte (hand) and Corey Dickerson (hamstring) were again absent from the starting lineup Friday against the New York ...

Mets hammer Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Asdrubal Cabrera is well versed in what can happen at the trade deadline. He found himself on the move four years ago when the Cleveland Indians sent him to Washington to help the Nationals make a playoff push. The second baseman admits he’s wary of what the days leading up ...

Big Ben drops weight

LATROBE — A new offseason workout plan has rejuvenated Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The 36-year-old indicated that he’s in the best shape of his career Thursday following the team’s first training camp practice at St. Vincent College. A leaner, trimmer ...

Cervelli returns from disabled list

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — See if this sounds familiar: Francisco Cervelli returned to the Pirates’ lineup Thursday after missing time because of concussion-related issues. Cervelli batted third and caught as the Pirates opened a homestand against the New York ...

Goalie signed for two years

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Tristan Jarry to a two-year contract. The deal Thursday is a two-way contract for this season and a one-way contract for 2019-2020. The average annual value at the NHL level is $675,000. The 23-year-old ...

Bauer puts an end to Bucs’ win streak

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer, Adam Cimber and Brad Hand combined for an emphatic end to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 11-game winning streak. Bauer struck out 10 over seven innings and the newly acquired relievers completed a three-hitter as the Cleveland Indians beat the ...

It’s showtime as Steelers arrive in Saint Vincent

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — The theatrics came from all the usual suspects. So did the silence. Antonio Brown, just weeks after wondering aloud why he receives so much attention, arrived in a helicopter with his family in tow not ...

Bucs make it 11 on historic run

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has a simple philosophy when it comes to hot streaks. “I have a saying that I use all the time,” he said. “I’m not superstitious but just in case, there’s some things I’ll continue to do.” Whether it’s ...

Not even Mother Nature can stop hot Pirates

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run triple off Corey Kluber in his return, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 in a six-inning, rain-shortened game Monday night for their 10th straight win. The game ...