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Pirates lose to Cubs in LLWS showcase game

WILLIAMSPORT — Jose Quintana pitched seven crisp innings, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic. Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward also connected as Chicago earned its second straight win ...

Steelers living up to ‘shut out the noise’ mantra

PITTSBURGH — The shirts read “shut out the noise.” Shutting out the pain of suddenly losing the man behind the mantra will take far longer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, there was something about the game-day routine that brought a sense of relief and normalcy just six days removed ...

Rudolph may have lead in backup battle

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph guided a long first-half touchdown drive to perhaps nudge ahead of Josh Dobbs in the race to be the backup behind Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-7 on Saturday night. Rudolph finished 10 of 15 ...

Solid outing by Brault wasted by Pirates offense

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kris Bryant heard a voice from the crowd just before he homered to put the Chicago Cubs ahead in the seventh inning Saturday. After committing an error at third base each of the previous two innings, Bryant watched Steven Brault lift his leg. That’s ...

Chiefs at Steelers

Chiefs at Steelers When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. TV: WTAJ, KDKA, NFL Network Preseason records: Steelers (1-0); Chiefs (1-0) Moving on: The Steelers will begin the painful process of moving on following the death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. Drake’s passing left the Steelers in ...

Newman delivers walk-off hit

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman felt the entire crowd on his side when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning of a tie game. Pinch-hitter Cole Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk and Newman hit an RBI single, all with two out, as the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Bell finally getting big hits again

The Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Josh Bell has pulled himself out of a recent slump with some extra film study and a return to better habits as a hitter. Not only has he found his form, Bell helped the floundering Pirates find their footing. Bell homered ...

Dealing with grief: Players, coaches return following death of assistant

The Associateed Press LATROBE — Gray, rainy skies and a subdued, sparse fan turnout made for a fitting setting Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice for the first time since the sudden death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. Drake, a longtime NFL and college ...

Keller finally enjoys success

By Greg Beacham The Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mitch Keller was barely a teenager when a hotshot outfielder from downstate New Jersey joined his hometown Cedar Rapids Kernels. Keller immediately became an enormous fan of Mike Trout, and he cheered on the Angels from Iowa while his ...

Gauff gets wild-card entry

Coco Gauff will get a chance to try for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida received a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open’s main draw. It will be Gauff’s second Grand Slam tournament. She made a magical run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month after getting a wild card ...

Brown returns after injury absence

NAPA, Calif. — Antonio Brown walked onto the Oakland Raiders practice field in his familiar No. 84 jersey surrounded by cameras and received warm greetings from teammates. His weeklong absence to deal with his frostbitten feet and a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet has ended ...

5 players receive suspensions

NEW YORK — Mercury center Brittney Griner will miss the next three games after the WNBA suspended her Tuesday for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game over the weekend that resulted in six players getting ejected. The league punished Griner for throwing punches, escalating the ...

Video sheds new light on slow play

MEDINAH, Ill. — This could go down as one of the most memorable years in golf. Tiger Woods won the Masters following four surgeries on his back, and just two years after he feared he might never compete again. The British Open was not held in Britain for the first time in 68 years. Two ...

Brown loses his helmet battle

By Josh Dubow The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play. The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing ...

Bucs’ ’20 opener in AL city

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their 2020 regular season schedule on Monday, which will feature the Bucs opening the season in Tampa Bay for three games beginning on Thursday, March 26. It will mark the third time in four seasons — also 2017 at Boston and 2018 at Detroit — that the ...

Bucs’ Cervelli grateful to continue his passion

Francisco Cervelli had such a blast finally getting to play baseball again Sunday night after missing 78 days with his latest concussion. “Like I got called up for first time in the big leagues, that’s how I felt,” Cervelli said with a big smile following his lone rehab game with the ...

Steelers WR coach Drake dies at 62

PITTSBURGH — Darryl Drake, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers who spent more than 30 years molding players at the position at the college and professional level, has died. He was 62. The team said Drake, who joined the coaching staff in 2018, died early Sunday morning. “Darryl had ...

Bush makes impact in debut

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers expect first-round pick Devin Bush to provide a serious jolt of athleticism and swagger to a young defense. The speedy inside linebacker already made a significant impact in the preseason opener, a 30-28 home victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on ...

Pirates blow four-run lead

ST. LOUIS — In the big leagues primarily as a defensive replacement, Cardinals rookie outfielder Lane Thomas pounced with a chance to flex his hitting muscles. Thomas ripped a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt and Dexter Fowler also homered, and St. Louis beat the ...

Dobbs, Rudolph feeling more ‘comfortable’

PITTSBURGH — The battle is on for the backup quarterback spot in Pittsburgh. Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph led the offense on four scoring drives as the Steelers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-28 on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Two-time Super Bowl winner Ben ...