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Professional Sports

$640,000 will be lost with extra ballgames

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball owners and players have reverted to form — the type displayed over the past half-century during eight work stoppages filled with salary squabbles. Players proposed to resume the sport in the coronavirus pandemic with a 114-game regular season and ...

Plans set to test on daily basis

Nick Foligno watches Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefings and appreciates the value of the information. It is part of the reason the Columbus captain supports NHL players undergoing daily testing if the season resumes. “Testing is a must because it’s the only way you’re ...

Pens part of 24-team playoff

By Stephen Whyno The Assoociated Press The NHL’s regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format earlier this week that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the ...

Owners table onsides kick debate

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press For a league that took so many years to find a catch rule that makes sense — we think the current one does that — it can’t be a surprise that the somewhat radical proposal of an alternative to the onside kick has been tabled. No, fourth-and-15 is ...

Open facilities on the horizon

The Associated Press NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL owners tabled a proposal ...

Pens must move on without Bjugstad

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL postseason without forward Nick Bjugstad. The team announced Wednesday that Bjugstad underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disk. General manager Jim Rutherford said the surgery was necessary after ...

NHL will monitor potential hub cities

The Associated Press Concerns about Canadian coronavirus restrictions could push hockey south of the 49th parallel into the U.S. this summer. Seven of the 10 locations the NHL has zeroed in on to hold playoff games if it resumes are American cities not restricted by Canada’s 14-day ...

MLB players in no hurry to look at proposal

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing for a pandemic-delayed season in ballparks without fans. Stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would ...

Steelers’ DB thinks new format could be beneficial

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is missing the somewhat leisurely pace of the NFL’s organized team activities, when free time in the evenings allows teammates to develop the chemistry the Steelers safety considers critical to success. “You’re ...

NHL moves ahead with 24-team format

The Associated Press The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuedsay by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the ...

MLB players not thrilled with proposal

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a six-tier, sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely ...

Big names are still available on market

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Offseason shopping is still in full swing in the NFL. Even with the status of the upcoming season uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams continue to tinker with their rosters by adding players they hope will help them win — whenever or if ...

Steelers hold some tickets

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall. Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten said the club withheld 50% of ...

Pirates are forced to make more cuts

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season. The Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus crisis, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced ...

Sports at a glance

Curve burgers Friday night The Altoona Curve will hold another “Curve Burger Night” on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at PNG Field. As of this morning, according to general manager Derek Martin, the Curve have 250 Curve burgers still available. You can purchase them by calling 283-3130 to place ...

Pittsburgh modifies its logo

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates organization has modified the Jolly Roger logo for the 2020 season to promote healthy practices, as well as raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts, according to a press release sent out on Monday. In this modified logo, the patented ...

Tomlin didn’t offer bounty, ex-Steeler LB Harrison posts

PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is finding ways to make headlines in his retirement as easily he did during his productive but volatile career. Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler and the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, raised eyebrows Thursday when he ...

Penguins’ Simon not returning this season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Dominik Simon is out six to seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Simon initially hurt the shoulder in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 29 and underwent surgery on April 29. ...

Teams may use WVa for training

By Anthony Izaguirre The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Several NFL teams are eyeing a resort owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice as a potential training facility during the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesman for the retreat said Wednesday. The Greenbrier, a lavish resort in ...

MLB draft picks will be few this year

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Ethan Hearn has some good friends who are eligible for baseball’s amateur draft this year. Hearn is just an interested spectator this time around, and he feels pretty fortunate about his situation. The 19-year-old catcher was selected by the Chicago Cubs ...