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Cincy, Steelers still hating each other

By Joe KayThe Associated PressCINCINNATI - All of this Steelers-and-Bengals animosity isn't going away. New season, same raw feelings. And it's going to keep going, right up to the second week of the season.Pittsburgh's 18-16 win over Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium in the first round of the ...

New faces have left mark on Penguins

By?Will?GravesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby danced through the neutral zone, slipped across the New York Rangers' blue line and waited for help. It arrived in the form of a blurring No. 43 black-and-gold jersey, the one worn by a player whose speed and relentlessness propelled ...

Bucs get weird, wild win

The Associated PressPHOENIX - Sean Rodriguez lined a double over the head of Arizona left fielder Shelby Miller to drive in the go-ahead run.Wait. Shelby Miller, the Diamondbacks' No. 2 starter, out in left late in a game?Sure was. And that was only a small part of the wackiness at Chase Field ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the fifth of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday:OUTSIDE LINEBACKERSCurrently on the roster: Jarvis Jones, Bud Dupree, Arthur Moats, James Harrison, Anthony Chickillo, Jordan ZumwaltLast five ...

Steelers target secondary help

PITTSBURGH - It's not that the Pittsburgh Steelers have anything against drafting a cornerback in the first round of the draft.It's just that for nearly two decades, there have been other needs. Four offensive linemen. Four linebackers. Three wide receivers. Three defensive linemen. A safety. A ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the fourth of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday:WIDE RECEIVERSCurrently on the roster: Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, Levi Norwood, Issac Blakeney, Eli Rogers, ...

Drivers excited to race during the day

RICHMOND, Va. - Denny Hamlin has gotten accustomed to having Sundays off when NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series comes to Richmond International Raceway, where the premier series has traditionally raced under the lights on Saturday night.The track moved its spring race for this year to Sunday ...

Barnes takes 1-stroke lead at Valero Open

SAN ANTONIO - Ricky Barnes shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Valero Texas Open in a bid for his first PGA Tour victory.Winless in 221 starts with a career-best runner-up finish in the 2009 U.S. Open, the 35-year-old Barnes had an 11-under 205 total at TPC San ...

Penguins dispatch Rangers in five games

PITTSBURGH - The end of two springs' worth of playoff angst for the Pittsburgh Penguins came suddenly, crammed into 14 minutes of pure exhilaration, one highlight-reel sequence piled atop another.And perhaps it's fitting that Pittsburgh's relentless five-game demolition of the New York Rangers ...

Pirates bullpen implodes

PHOENIX - Chris Herrmann drove in four runs with a home run and double, Rubby De La Rosa gave up three hits over six-plus innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Saturday night.Herrmann, the backup catcher who was 1 for 20 at the plate entering the game, doubled ...

Young Pens on verge of advancing

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Matt Murray watched the Pittsburgh Penguins' second-round collapse against the New York Rangers from afar two years ago, the wispy goaltender still a teenage prospect in the spring of 2014 as a 3-1 series lead morphed into a franchise-altering meltdown.The view ...

Bucs hold on to beat D-Backs

PHOENIX (AP) - Sean Rodriguez, Gregory Polanco and Jordy Mercer homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on to beat Arizona 8-7 on Friday night, snapping the Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak.All three home runs came off Patrick Corbin (1-2), who allowed five runs in six innings.Arizona's ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the second of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday, April 28:RUNNING BACKSCurrently on the roster: Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Rajion Neal, Daryl Richardson, Abou ToureLast ...

Bucs thump Padres

SAN?DIEGO?- After dropping the first two games of a series with the San Diego Padres, the Pittsburgh Pirates scored eight runs in the seventh inning late Thursday night and beat the Padres, 11-1.David Freese and Francisco Cervelli each knocked in two runs in the seventh, and Josh Harrison drove ...

Pirates players concerned about Zika

MIAMI - Players from the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates have expressed concerns about playing their two-game series next month in Puerto Rico because of the Zika virus.Officials with Major League Baseball, the Marlins and Pirates expect the games to be played as scheduled May 30-31, they ...

Malkin puts Pens on cusp

NEW YORK - The Pittsburgh Penguins might have been the NHL's hottest team at the end of the regular season, playing the last month with Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup with an arm injury.Well he's back for the playoffs, and flashing his old brilliance.Malkin scored two goals and set up two ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the first of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday, April 28:QUARTERBACKSCurrently on the roster: Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Dustin VaughanLast five drafts: Jones (2013, fourth round) is the ...

Pens not bothered by road

The Associated PressHome ice hasn't been an advantage this year in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.Road teams have posted a 14-12 record through the first week of the postseason.Think about it. The Kings and Ducks both lost their first two games at home. The defending champion ...

Controversy surrounds Bucs

The Associated PressSAN DIEGO - Andy Green's first ejection as a big league skipper gave Mark McGwire his first chance to manage.Wil Myers and Derek Norris hit two-run homers and Adam Rosales added a solo shot for the San Diego Padres, who rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Tuesday ...

Playing defense matters to Pens

By Tom CanavanThe Associated PressNEW YORK - The Pittsburgh Penguins got back to playing the style that made them one of the NHL's best teams after Christmas.They played defense. They got goals from their stars, a game-winner from 39-year-old Matt Cullen and a solid effort from rookie ...