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Lafferty eager for Penguins’ exhibition

When Pittsburgh hosts Detroit this afternoon in an NHL exhibition game at Consol Arena, Hollidaysburg native Sam Lafferty will be continuing his bid to earn a roster spot with the Penguins. And he can hardly contain his enthusiasm. “I’m so excited,” Lafferty texted to the Mirror. ...

Bucs’ potent offense goes against Steelers’ defense

TAMPA, Fla. — So much for struggling without Jameis Winston. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not only thriving in the suspended quarterback’s absence, they’re evolving into an offensive juggernaut that’s set to perform on a national stage when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Monday ...

Brewers blanked by Williams, Pirates

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff push was slowed by a nemesis. Milwaukee’s offense was stymied when Trevor Williams combined with three relievers on a five-hitter that led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory Saturday ...

DeCastro ruled out of game

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without All-Pro guard David DeCastro for a second straight week when they visit Tampa Bay on Monday night. DeCastro is still recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh’s Week 1 tie against Cleveland. B.J. Finney will ...

Brubaker, Hayes honored

For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Curve’s J.T. Brubaker and Ke’Bryan Hayes were honored as the Pirates minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively. The announcements were made before Friday’s home game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Brubaker made six starts for the ...

Steelers’ defense eager after dismal start

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense are eager to play again. They’re going to have to wait an extra day. They want to put a forgettable performance against Kansas City in the past and prove themselves this week against an upstart Tampa Bay ...

Brewers end Bucs’ streak

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz homered during a six-run sixth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night and gained ground in the NL Central race. The Brewers drew within 1¢ games of ...

Brown says he’s upset Steelers are losing

PITTSBURGH — The chorus of “The Storm Is Over” by gospel singer Kirk Franklin played as Antonio Brown approached his locker on Thursday, an intentionally apt choice by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker/DJ Vince Williams to address the latest bit of drama surrounding his superstar ...

P Kuhl has elbow surgery, out for entire 2019 season

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl underwent reconstructive surgery on his right elbow and will miss the entire 2019 season. The team says Kuhl had the surgery Wednesday in New York. Kuhl went 5-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 16 starts for Pittsburgh this season. The ...

Steelers getting used to drama

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree just smiled earlier this month when asked what would happen if the “Hard Knocks” cameras decided to spend a month embedded with the team during training camp. “We’re too real for TV,” ...

Archer looks the part as Bucs sweep Royals

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer came to Pittsburgh with much fanfare when he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 31. Then he went 1-3 in his first eight starts with the Pirates. It’s almost certainly too late for the Pirates to make a playoff push ...

Kuhl beginning rehab for elbow

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates had been hoping to get Chad Kuhl back on the mound this month. Instead, he’ll be starting a rehab program after having elbow surgery on Wednesday. The surgery was done in New York on Wednesday afternoon. Because Kuhl and his ...

Tomlin will address social media with AB

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football. Antonio Brown, however, isn’t giving his boss much choice. Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro ...

Reyes making the case for utility job in 2019

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have opportunities for 2019, and theyáre having auditions in the last month of the 2018 season. The middle infield is likely to be different, and there are other openings as well. Pablo Reyes is making his case to compete for a utility job next season. Entering ...

Lavarnway bats in Marte for walk-off over Royals

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Lavarnway was an unlikely candidate to get a big hit in a pressure situation for the Pirates. The 30-year-old fourth-string catcher was playing his 142nd career game, spread out over seven seasons with five teams, and spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Indianapolis. In his ...

More drama on day after loss

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have been here before. Often in fact. A jarring early-season misstep filled with mental breakdowns and missed opportunity is kind of their thing. So too, it seems, is finding new ways to explain the erratic ...

Meccage subbing for healing Searage

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — A familiar face was missing from the Pirates’ dugout Monday night. Pitching coach Ray Searage is out on medical leave to have neck surgery. There is no firm timetable for his return. Assistant pitching coach Justin Meccage is handling the ...

Bucs’ Stallings delivers game-winner

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jacob Stallings has 19 hits in parts of three major league seasons, and the rookie third-string catcher has made a some of them count. Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-6 victory over ...

Mahomes has his way with Pittsburgh’s ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Tyreek Hill turned to face the cameras when the hottest quarterback in the NFL looked up, saw a potential traffic jam and urged his Kansas City Chiefs teammate to conduct his business elsewhere. “Don’t do that here,” Patrick Mahomes ...

Tomlin’s assessment: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’

PITTSBURGH — Is this the way it’s going to be? Are we in a Steelers world where 37 points aren’t enough to win a home game? First-year starter Patrick Mahomes sliced and diced a confused Steelers defense and led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 42-37 victory at Heinz Field Sunday ...