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Steelers pick up tight end from 49ers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin scouted Vance McDonald before the 2013 NFL draft and liked what he saw from the big tight end. Though San Francisco grabbed McDonald in the second round that spring, Tomlin kept tabs on McDonald, monitoring his ...

Burfict suspended five games for hit

CINCINNATI — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict missed the first three games last season because of his hit to Antonio Brown’s head in the playoffs. He’ll miss the first five this season thanks to another rattling hit, this time during a preseason game. The NFL has suspended the Cincinnati ...

Montgomery pitches Cubs past Bucs

CHICAGO — Mike Montgomery pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and helped himself at the plate, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Montgomery (5-6) struck out four and walked none in his second start since he was inserted into the ...

Fired-up ‘Cutch’ sparks Bucs

CINCINNATI — Andrew McCutchen was angry that plate umpire Jeff Kellogg wouldn’t let him call time to get ready to hit in the fourth inning. McCutchen didn’t need Kellogg’s help in the fifth. The Pittsburgh center fielder snapped a 0-for-15 slump with a run-scoring single, helping ...

Healthy, rookies catching up

PITTSBURGH — Juju Smith-Schuster felt a twinge in his left leg and limped off the Heinz Field turf, making a halting beeline for Pittsburgh Steelers trainer John Norwig. It’s become all-too familiar routine for the rookie wide receiver, one who has split his initial training camp struggling ...

Backup QB helps beat Steelers

By Will Graves The Associated press PITTSBURGH — Scott Tolzien led a pair of long scoring drives to inch closer to the Colts’ starting job for the season opener if Andrew Luck’s shoulder isn’t ready, and the Indianapolis defense kept Pittsburgh’s high-powered offense in check in a ...

Cole pitches — and hits — Pirates to victory

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — On his 10th try, Gerrit Cole finally beat the Cincinnati Reds. And he pretty much had to do it by himself. Cole ended his career-long futility against the Reds by hitting a homer , pitching seven innings and leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to ...

Bell’s bat booming in rookie year

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell admitted that winning the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award was on his personal radar screen when spring training began last March. It isn’t any longer. Part of the reason is that the monster year put up by Cody ...

Dodgers are guilty of having too much pitching

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts likes to joke any issues surrounding his team are “high class” problems. The kind every other club in the majors would love to have. The latest? Maybe too many effective starting pitchers. A night after Rich ...

Williams’ start lost in shuffle

PITTSBURGH — There was still a buzz around PNC Park Thursday afternoon about Rich Hill’s brush with history the night before. The Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander pitched eight perfect innings against the Pirates and took a no-hitter into the 10th inning. The 0-0 game finally ended when ...

McCown still Jets QB frontrunner

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets wrapped up training camp and their quarterback situation appears to be the same as it did a month ago. Well, sort of. Josh McCown remains the front-runner to start, Christian Hackenberg made some progress and Bryce Petty is third on the depth chart. ...

J Hay ends no-hitter with home run

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Rich Hill’s first 98 pitches left the Pittsburgh Pirates confounded, occasionally fuming and absolutely hitless. His 99th turned a potentially historic night by the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty into something else entirely: A loss. After ...

Pirates try to keep bullpen fresh

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates’ quest to keep the bullpen supplied with fresh arms led to another roster move on Wednesday. Angel Sanchez, a 27-year-old right-hander, got his first promotion to the major leagues and was in uniform for the Pirates’ 1-0 win over ...

Watson talks trade

PITTSBURGH — Left-handed reliever Tony Watson had played an integral role in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ three National League playoff runs from 2013 through 2015, but with free agency looming after the 2017 season, Watson knew that his days as a Pirate were numbered. On Monday, July 31, just ...

Conner’s debut good enough

PITTSBURGH — James Conner’s preseason debut with the Steelers last Sunday served its purpose. It gave him a chance to get on the field after missing a lot of training camp with a shoulder injury. It gave him a chance to work out any jitters or anxiousness he had at playing pro football ...

Dodgers beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH — The Los Angeles Dodgers added two more players to the disabled list Tuesday: 14-game winner Alex Wood and rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger. It didn’t seem to slow them down at all. Neither could a short outing from starting pitcher Brock Stewart, as the ...

Bullpen gets new faces

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — One night after the bullpen was caught short due to injury and fatigue, the Pirates brought in reinforcements on Tuesday. They called up three pitchers from Class AAA Indianapolis, all of whom have been with team previously this ...

Giants’ receivers avoid major injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants apparently can breathe a little easier. Leading receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall seemingly avoided major injuries in a meaningless preseason game. Coach Ben McAdoo said Tuesday that the team’s wideouts are being listed as day ...

Dodgers represent challenge

PITTSBURGH — One night after the Pirates played in the first Little League Classic, they came home to take on the big boys. They opened a series Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose 87-35 record is baseball’s best. The Dodgers led the National League West by 20 games at ...

NASCAR needs to take stand

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don’t want politics mixed in with sports, they just want to enjoy the show. NASCAR, unfortunately, cannot sit on the sidelines and simply watch the cars go round. The top ...