Professional Sports

Hurdle in search of answers

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Clint Hurdle got a fresh view of his team, thanks to umpire Sam Holbrook.Holbrook ejected Hurdle from Wednesday's game against Milwaukee after just nine pitches. Hurdle had been yelling from the dugout, claiming that Ryan Braun should be called out for ...

Locke, Pirates struggle

PITTSBURGH - Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs, including a two-run single in the sixth inning that broke things open for good as the Milwaukee Brewers rolled by the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Wednesday night.Jonathan Villar, Hernan Perez and Ryan Braun had two hits each for Milwaukee and ...

Bucs getting healthier

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Francisco Cervelli came off the disabled list Tuesday to catch Jameson Taillon, who also came off the DL.Gregory Polanco returned to the lineup, avoiding a trip to the DL because of a balky left hamstring.All in all, the news coming from the Pirates' ...

Sagan wins any way he chooses

BERN, Switzerland - Peter Sagan can win practically any way he chooses: Breakaways, sprints, fearless downhill attacks, and now a bike throw at the line.The world champion from Slovakia showed off his all-around qualities by perfectly timing a sprint to win the 16th stage of the Tour de France ...

League to take on different look

Peyton Manning is retired. Tom Coughlin is gone. Heck, the Rams no longer are in St. Louis.Upheaval is the buzzword for the NFL as training camps open. At least until big-name players get big-time injuries, or major holdouts end, or tackling and blocking for real begin, the departures of a ...

Troon course trumps Turnberry with better golf

TROON, Scotland - Turnberry had the bigger stars. Troon had the better golf.That, along with 20 miles of Ayrshire coastline, might be all that separates two of the most compelling duels in 156 years of the British Open.To compare anything with the 1977 British Open used to be sacrosanct. For ...

Earnhardt sets the example by putting health first

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There was a time when drivers raced injured, when nothing could get them to climb out of their seat.The rules didn't allow racers to be hurt, sitting out a week would be catastrophic in the point standings, and, ultimately, the payout. Not being able to drive with broken ...

Marte saves his best for his last at bat

The Associated PressWASHINGTON - After more than five hours of baseball between his Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals, Starling Marte had all he could take."Too many innings," Marte said. "We were tired. It was time for a home run."Marte's solo home run off Oliver Perez in the ...

Crosby hoists Stanley Cup at his hometown’s parade

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Sidney Crosby showed off the Stanley Cup to his hometown fans.The Pittsburgh Penguins captain paraded through Cole Harbour on Saturday, riding in the back of a pickup truck and displaying the Cup on top of the cab, lifting it over his head several times. Crosby was decked ...

Cole gets knocked around

By Ben StandigThe Associated PressWASHINGTON - Tanner Roark pitched eight-plus innings of five-hit ball and had an RBI single during a three-run fourth as the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 on Saturday night.Roark (9-5) allowed five singles with one walk and five ...

Crosby takes Cup to Tim Hortons

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Sidney Crosby picked up the Stanley Cup at the Halifax airport and made a surprise visit to his hometown Tim Hortons."We heard this big explosion of applause and heard someone say, 'Sidney,'" said Paul MacFarlane, operations manager for the coffee shop in Cole Harbour. ...

Defense falters in Bucs’ loss

The Associated PressWASHINGTON - For all the progress starter Francisco Liriano showed Friday night, a seventh-inning defensive meltdown cost the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Washington Nationals.The Pirates made two errors during that decisive inning that contributed to their 5-1 loss in the ...

Cole returns; Niese heads to ’pen

The Associated PressWASHINGTON - Struggling Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jonathon Niese will try to get on track in the bullpen after being removed from the starting rotation.Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced the decision to demote Niese to the bullpen on Friday before the team opened a ...

Storming fans spark chaos on Bastille Day

MONT VENTOUX, France - On Bastille Day, fans created havoc at the Tour de France like never before.Storming the road on France's national day, the crowd prompted a crash involving race leader Chris Froome and it wasn't until hours after the wacky 12th stage concluded that organizers decided the ...

Green’s hearing before Olympics

EAST LANSING, Mich. - A judge has agreed to move a hearing for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in his misdemeanor assault and battery case before he leaves next month for the Olympics.The Lansing State Journal reports that a pre-trial conference originally set for Aug. 4 will be held ...

Players rest, not Hurdle

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-The All-Star break is a time of rest, relaxation and homework for Clint Hurdle.The Pirates' manager will spend part of his time coming up with a starting rotation order in an effort to shore up the team's biggest weakness to this point.Sunday's 6-5 loss to ...

Marte honored for his play

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - It took three tries, but Starling Marte is on the 2016 National League All-Star team.Marte was named to the squad Saturday and will join Mark Melancon in representing the Pirates for Tuesday's game in San Diego.It's the first All-Star berth for Marte. He ...

The future is now

ST. LOUIS - Another young arm put a smile on Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's face.Tyler Glasnow didn't let a rough finish spoil his debut, working into the sixth inning of a 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday that ended the Pirates' seven-game winning streak."I was more ...

Coonelly to appear locally

The second annual "Pirate/Curve/Thrivent" event to benefit the Blair County Miracle League will take place Monday, July 25.The day will begin with a luncheon at the Altoona Grand Hotel featuring Pittsburgh Pirates team president Frank Coonelly, who will speak and be available for photos during ...

Mets’ star pitcher could be done for year

The Associated PressNEW YORK - Matt Harvey has symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome, and the New York Mets star could be facing season-ending surgery to treat a serious condition that has jeopardized the career of other major league pitchers.General manager Sandy Alderson announced ...