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Sloppy play has Cardinals off to worst start in decades

NEW YORK — Yadier Molina reached for a ball in the dirt the other day at Yankee Stadium, the sort of pitch he usually smothers with ease using his chest protector and a square set of shoulders. This time, though, he tried to make a backhand stab with his mitt as the ball skipped by. Poor ...

Jackets trying to avoid sweep

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of Sunday’s game than in their first two playoff games combined. That still wasn’t enough to slow down the Pittsburgh Penguins, who dealt the Blue Jackets a third straight playoff loss and put them on ...

Pirates’ Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The league said Tuesday that Marte tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone. He will be eligible to return in ...

Penguins rally, put Columbus on brink

By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — With help from Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of sweeping their opening playoff series against Columbus. Crosby played keep-away with three Blue Jackets players behind the ...

Pens send Columbus off course

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan’s decision to throw together Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel was two parts pragmatism and one part experimentation. The Pittsburgh Penguins were banged up in mid-March and needed a spark. So Sullivan put the best player in the game alongside a ...

Pirates cap off big rally

CHICAGO — Andrew McCutchen got to Wrigley Field on Saturday and was happy to see a 24 mph wind. “You definitely have quite the advantage when you’re playing in this ballpark when the wind is howling out like that,” he said. McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in a five-run ...

Dan Rooney was a humble, genuine football man

PITTSBURGH — Of all the things to remember about Dan Rooney, the one that comes to mind immediately is the hot dog line. The Steelers put out a couple of pans of hot dogs in the press room at halftime of games at Heinz Field. Because the hot dogs are free, the line is long, and Dan Rooney ...

Pens’ opponent still feeling good

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins have looked impressive in jumping out to a 2-0 lead against the Blue Jackets. Crosby had a goal and two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves in Game 2. Fleury is expected to make his ...

Cavs escape Pacers in opener

CLEVELAND — Their regular-season issues followed the Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn’t win their postseason opener as much as survive it. The champions remain puzzling. LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland, looking to flip a switch after a shaky-and-streaky regular season, ...

Dufner eagles twice to grab RBC lead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jason Dufner took more than a solid showing away from the Masters last week. He took inspiration from winner Sergio Garcia. Dufner finished 33rd in the year’s first major, things getting away from him late in the final round a week ago. But he took something ...

Pirates off to good start in Chicago

CHICAGO — Last season’s division rivalry with the Chicago Cubs provided few, if any, good memories for Pittsburgh Pirates, especially at Wrigley Field. Things are off to a much better start this time around. David Freese and Francisco Cervelli each drove in two runs to back Gerrit Cole, ...

Rooney Rule leaves legacy, impact far beyond the NFL

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press Of all the contributions Dan Rooney made to the NFL, the Rooney Rule was the most important and far reaching. The policy on minority hiring that carries his name has been adopted not only by other sports but by businesses and organizations ...

Public viewing planned for Rooney’s funeral

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The funeral arrangements are set for Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, and they include a public viewing at Heinz Field. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says that will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the PNC Champions Club at the stadium. Rooney’s funeral ...

Coonelly pleased with AA affiliate

Home opening day for the Altoona Curve dawned with sunny skies, mild temperatures and an expressed love for baseball from Pittsburgh Pirate President Frank Coonelly, who in an address to the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, praised local ownership and the way the community supports the ...

Pittsburgh preseason dates announced

From Mirror, wire reports The Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off their preseason at the New York Giants on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., it was announced on Thursday. The Steelers’ next two exhibition cames will be at Heinz Field. They will host Atlanta on Aug. 20 at 4 p.m., then come back to ...

Ramirez’s double keys Sox’s 8th-inning rally

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez looked plenty healthy in a big spot for the Boston Red Sox. After a recent absence because of the flu, Ramirez doubled during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday that sent the Red Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. “I think he’s carried what he ...

Fleury steps up for Pens

PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things — and just as importantly, doing all the right things — while watching Matt Murray take his job. It wasn’t easy. Yet the goalie with more wins than any other in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins ...

Reds complete sweep of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Amir Garrett was far from a phenom in spring training. In fact, the Reds rookie got hit rather hard. Now that the season has started for real, the Cincinnati left-hander has been nearly untouchable. Garrett threw another gem, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and ...

Frazier getting plenty of chances

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have played eight games this season, and Adam Frazier has started six of them. Frazier started in left field for Wednesday’s homestand finale against the Cincinnati Reds. Gregory Polanco sat for the first time. It was Frazier’s ...

Pens set to defend Cup

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won’t matter when the puck drops on tonight in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have ...