Professional Sports

Rookie already hearing Brown comparisons

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson understands parallels will be drawn between himself and former Steelers star Antonio Brown. The third-round pick, however, is focused on forging his own path. The comparisons and serendipitous ...

Williams’ gem helps Pirates win

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Trevor Williams allowed one run in seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night. Marte’s RBI single ...

Texas-sized problem: Pirates’ bullpen blows lead again

PITTSBURGH — In a game full of monster shots, Hunter Pence hit the biggest home run of all. Pence connected for a pinch-hit grand slam and the Texas Rangers rallied late, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 Wednesday. The Rangers trailed 6-2 before three walks by reliever Michael Feliz ...

Round Two goes to Vazquez

PITTSBURGH — Felipe Vazquez doesn’t let his failures linger. That wouldn’t help the Pittsburgh Pirates closer be any good at his job. Still, he wanted another shot at Texas slugger Joey Gallo. Getting touched for a 467-foot home run will do that. So when setup man Kyle Crick hit a ...

Bruins close out Jackets to advance to East final

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tuukka Rask was impenetrable when it counted in Game 6, and the Boston Bruins are on their way to the Eastern Conference final. Rask made 39 saves and recorded his sixth career playoff shutout as Boston beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 Monday night to clinch their ...

Woods called ‘true legend’ as Trump awards honor

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump awarded golfer Tiger Woods the nation’s highest civilian honor on Monday, describing the 43-year-old as a “true legend” who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport’s summit. Trump awarded Woods with the ...

Swarm of bees forces delay to Giants-Reds

CINCINNATI — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s last game in Cincinnati created more buzz than anyone imagined. A swarm of bees circled above the backstop screen shortly before the start of the Giants’ game against the Reds on Monday, prompting an 18-minute delay to the first ...

Marte sends fans home happy

By Chris Mueller The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte can’t pinpoint why. The Pirates center fielder just knows there’s something about batting with the game on the line that brings out an extra sense of confidence. Not even a monthlong slump to start this season is ...

Bucs bounce back with win

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman expected to be part of a platoon at shortstop with Erik Gonzalez when he made the Pittsburgh Pirates out of spring training. A cut to the middle finger of his right hand a month ago sent Newman to the injured list ...

Taillon sidelined for 4 weeks

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon’s surgically repaired right elbow is intact. That’s about the only good news for the Pittsburgh Pirates ace, who will be shut down for at least a month after the pain he’d been dealing with off and on since spring training was diagnosed as a flexor tendon ...

Bucs’ offense absent

PITTSBURGH — Josh Phegley drove in a career-high eight runs to set a franchise record for most RBIs in a game by a catcher and the Oakland Athletics snapped a six-game losing streak with 14-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Phegley sandwiched a run-scoring single in the ...

Rookie delivering big hits for Pirates

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Rookie Bryan Reynolds is closing in on teammate Gregory Polanco for a little piece of Pittsburgh Pirates history. Polanco is enjoying the view. Reynolds kept up his impressive start, hitting a three-run double as the Pirates completed a two-game ...

Pirates rally to halt skid

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bryan Reynolds led off the 11th inning with his first career homer and Starling Marte then added a two-run shot as the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. The Pirates were scoreless until getting ...

Pirates’ Banister back in Rangers’ ballpark

ARLINGTON, Texas — When Jeff Banister was manager of the Texas Rangers, he would come out early in the day and walk around the ballpark, looking up at the seats, the lights and the flags whipping in the wind high above the field. “I cherished it, I took it home with me and I think more ...

Cano’s MRI shows no break

NEW YORK — Robinson Cano felt comforted. So did Mets manager Mickey Callaway. New York’s second baseman likely will miss a couple of games with a swollen left hand, yet he was happy an MRI taken Monday was negative. Cano was hit on the outside of his hand by a pitch from Milwaukee ...

Steelers officially put Shazier on IL

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will miss a second straight season while recovering from spinal surgery. The team placed Shazier on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, allowing him more time to continue his rehabilitation ...

The beat-ing goes on

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger helps the Los Angeles Dodgers with power and a refined plate approach, too. Bellinger hit his 14th home run of the season in the fourth inning, then rolled an RBI single through the defensive shift in the seventh inning as the Dodgers beat ...

Rare move up highlights draft

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin increasingly talks about “position-less” football and the ever growing need to find players who can’t just do one thing, but many. Ryan Shazier might have been the embodiment of that movement until a spinal injury suffered in December ...

Steelers add punter, kicker as free agents

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms with 10 rookie free agents once the draft concluded on Saturday. For safety Dravon Askew-Henry joining the Steelers is an opportunity to play for his hometown team. Askew-Henry, who played at West Virginia, went to Aliquippa High School. ...

Bellinger too much for Bucs

LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger’s one mighty swing of the bat was loaded with historical significance. Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Dodgers set a major league record with homers in 33 consecutive home games in a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday ...