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Pens ousted from playoffs

TORONTO — The Pittsburgh Penguins entered their qualifying round matchup against Montreal healthy but wary. Optimistic but guarded. While they’d shown plenty of grit during a regular season that featured extended absences by high-profile names on their star-laden roster, in a short series ...

Tigers pound Pirates’ pitching

PITTSBURGH — Niko Goodrum drove in five runs, two on a double in a big 11th inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 17-13, in a startling slugfest on Friday night. Both teams finished with 16 hits, surprising since each club had four players in the starting lineup ...

Newman’s hit ends Bucs 7-game skid

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton has said all the right things during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bumpy start, one marred by injuries that have ravaged the pitching staff and an offense that entered Thursday as the worst in the National League. The first-year ...

Tomlin warily eyes 2020 season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are united heading into the 2020 season. Yet even with every member of his team opting to play this fall, that doesn’t mean Mike Tomlin is certain his club — or the NFL at large — will be able to navigate without any ...

Loss leaves Pens down 2-1 in series

From Mirror, wire reports TORONTO — Jeff Petry scored 5:33 into the third period as the Montreal Canadiens rallied from two goals down and beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in Game 3 on Wednesday night, pushing the Penguins to the brink of elimination in the best-of-five series. Shea Weber had a goal ...

South Park grad leads Twins past Pirates

On deck Today: Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1:30 p.m. Pitchers: Twins RHP Kenta Maeda (2-0) vs. Pirates RHP J.T. Brubaker (0-0) TV: MLB Network, AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Randy Dobnak grew up in the Pittsburgh suburbs making regular pilgrimages to PNC ...

Big Ben worry-free over arm

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is pretty sure there isn’t a technical term for what doctors did to his shredded right elbow last fall. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is pretty sure about one thing though: no one who has ever played his position has ever ...

Losing skid continues for Pirates

MINNEAPOLIS — Jose Berrios pitched six strong innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Tuesday in a game briefly delayed when an unauthorized drone flew over Target Field. The Twins won their fifth in a row, completed a 7-1 homestand and ...

Penguins have shot at taking 2-1 lead

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, 8 p.m. Best-of-5 series: Tied at 1-1 TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press TORONTO — The C’s have it: Crosby and Connor, that is. It didn’t take long for the two captains — Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Edmonton’s Connor ...

Penguins draw even in series

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, 8 p.m. Best-of-5 series: Series tied 1-1 TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press TORONTO — Sidney Crosby, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel scored for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-1 victory over the Montreal ...

Pirates’ bullpen wastes Holland’s work

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Nelson Cruz’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates for their fourth straight win. Cruz, who knocked in two runs to raise his season total to 14 RBIs, drove a pitch ...

Bucs head north after Cubs sweep

By John Jackson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Javier Baez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning, scoring David Bote from third base and giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Bote, who made the last out in the 10th, started the ...

Pens know what’s at stake

On the ice Tonight: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Best-of-5 series: Canadiens lead series, 1-0 TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press Trouble keeps following Winnipeg Jets, from one of their best players not reporting to training camp to a bevy of injuries throughout the regular ...

Darvish, Cubs defeat Pirates

CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up their three-game Chicago road trip Friday night with a 6-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish worked six shutout innings for Chicago, giving up just two hits. He struck out seven and walked one. The Pirates’ Trevor ...

Pens ready to begin playoff run

On the ice Saturday: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Best-of-five-game series: 0-0 TV: NBC The Associated Press TORONTO — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took a short break from watching the final few exhibition games Thursday to ponder the significance of awarding the Stanley Cup some ...

Big Ben gives Steelers fans good feelings

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is back and, to listen to the precious few who have seen the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback throw a football sometime in the past 10 months tell it, apparently as good as new. Even at 38. Even with a surgically ...

Yelich hopes to end slump

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:15 p.m. Pitchers: Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (0-1) vs. Cubs RHP Yu Darvish (0-1) TV: AT&T SportsNetwork The Associated Press A look at what’s happening around Major League Baseball as the second week of action of the ...

Injured stars imprace 2nd chance

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh in first round of NHL playoffs, Saturday, 8 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press Seth Jones stood on his surgically repaired right ankle as his Blue Jackets teammates practiced and played without him. That took its ...

Woodruff too tough for Pirates’ bats

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff allowed one hit and struck out 10 while working into the seventh inning as the Brewers beat the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Wednesday night. Woodruff (1-1) retired 19 of 21 batters, allowing a swinging bunt single ...

NHL playoffs will be a grind

On the ice Who: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal What: Best-of-5-game series When: Game 1, Saturday at 8 p.m. The Associated Press Fans counted down the seconds to the final buzzer, “Brass Bonanza” played over the speakers at Hartford Civic Center and Whalers players Dave Tippett, Joel ...