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Cole roughed up by Phillies

The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA - Gerrit Cole was in no mood for small talk after his first start in six weeks.Did he feel normal?"Yeah."About the same since before he was sidelined with right elbow inflammation?"Yeah."Concerned about further injury by pitching longer than he did?"No ... umm ...

Plenty of passes on tap for MNF

ASHBURN, Va. - After the customary season-opening flyover, keep your eyes in the air when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Washington Redskins.Ben Roethlisberger and Kirk Cousins will go pass for pass in the Monday night matchup at FedEx Field. With questions in the running game on each side, ...

Offense still striving for 30 points a game

PITTSBURGH - Todd Haley came up with a goal of averaging 30 points a game a year ago.And if the always tinkering, ever aggressive Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator is being honest, he's kind of surprised his group came as close as it did in 2015.No Ben Roethlisberger for four games. No ...

Wawrinka tops Djokovic in final

NEW YORK - Stan Wawrinka is the first to acknowledge he hasn't always been the most consistent player - or the strongest mentally. That's why, when he shows his mettle during a match, he likes to point his right index finger to his temple.That signature gesture got a lot of use in the U.S. Open ...

Pirates running out of time

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates are running out of time. It may already be too late.Ryan Vogelsong pitched four shaky innings in Pittsburgh's 8-0 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, closing a disappointing four-game set against the last-place Reds. The Pirates have dropped 11 of 13 overall to ...

Homestand turns into disappointment

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates finished a 2-8 homestand Sunday afternoon quietly, falling 8-0 to the Cincinnati Reds.So much for making up ground at home.It's been that kind of a season, a year in which very little has gone right. So it's not that big a shock that the team managed a .200 winning ...

Pirates fall six games back

PITTSBURGH - Joey Votto celebrated his 33rd birthday with four hits, including a home run, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the collapsing Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 on Saturday night.Votto led off the ninth inning with his 23rd homer, a drive to right off Juan Nicasio that gave the Reds a two-run ...

Jones likely to play vs. Steelers

ASHBURN, Va. - Running back Matt Jones is listed as questionable but expects to play for the Washington Redskins in their season opener Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.Jones is almost fully healed after separating his left shoulder Aug. 19 and is confident he'll be 100 percent by ...

Bucs using many players

PITTSBURGH-The Pirates are nominally in the wild card race, so that's familiar territory.But they're in a different role after reaching the wild card round for three straight years."We were being chased more often than not in those three seasons, especially last year," manager Clint Hurdle ...

Sacrifice fly helps Cincinnati end losing skid

PITTSBURGH - The Cincinnati Reds haven't had a whole lot to celebrate recently, which is why they took a little extra satisfaction in how they ended their five-game losing streak.Rookie Jose Peraza's sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie and lifted Cincinnati to a 4-3 victory over the ...

Contract humbles DeCastro

PITTSBURGH - David DeCastro was fully prepared to enter the final year of his contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers with his future uncertain. The ever pragmatic All-Pro guard even had a phone number handy just in case he needed to take out an insurance policy if he and the team couldn't agree ...

Nova making pitch to stay

PITTSBURGH - Ivan Nova is building a strong resume to take to the free agent market this winter.Yet he said his first preference is to come back with the Pirates."Hopefully I stay here," he said.Beyond that, Nova said he has no knowledge of whether the Pirates have contacted his representatives ...

Young pitchers receiving rests

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates are revising their starting rotation to protect a couple of rookie pitchers' innings counts.Jameson Taillon and Chad Kuhl will each miss a start as the team tries to limit their innings.Drew Hutchison will make his Pirates debut on Saturday against Cincinnati in place ...

Nova goes distance for Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Ivan Nova is doing his part to improve baseball's pace of play.The right-hander threw a six-hitter to stay unbeaten with Pittsburgh and Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run double to key a three-run first inning as the Pirates defeated Cincinnati, 4-1, on Thursday night, extending the Reds' ...

CB Norman, Brown show some respect

PITTSBURGH - The fast-talking cornerback that never met a wide receiver he didn't like to mess with is taking a decidedly different approach when it comes to Antonio Brown.No shade. No sarcasm. No passive-aggressive taunting from Josh Norman heading into Washington's opener against the ...

Hargrave may get start

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave may be quietly putting together a noteworthy start to his rookie season.Hargrave was listed as the starting nose tackle when the Steelers released their first depth chart of the regular season. Hargrave is dealing with a quad injury, ...

Brees signs new deal

METAIRIE, La. - Saints quarterback Drew Brees decided against holding out for the lengthy contract extension he coveted and took one for the team.Brees agreed to new contract that keeps him in New Orleans through the 2017 season, and a person familiar with the deal says it guarantees the ...

Tiger may return at Safeway Open

CARMEL, Ind. - Out of golf for more than a year, Tiger Woods said Wednesday he hopes to play the first event of the PGA Tour season next month and could play as much as twice more before the end of the year.Woods said if his rehabilitation from back surgeries keeps going well, he would play the ...

Kang’s home run ends losing skid

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Jung Ho Kang led off the eighth inning with a home run, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.Kang hit a drive deep into the bullpens in left-center off rookie Alex Reyes ...

Not a lot of options for Hurdle

By John Mehnojohnmehno@johnmehnocolumn.comPITTSBURGH - Closing games isn't easy. Neither is managing a closer who is struggling.That's the position Clint Hurdle found himself in Wednesday, contemplating all his ninth inning options after closer Tony Watson had a brutal meltdown the night ...