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Andreescu defeats Serena for first title

NEW YORK — Bianca Andreescu displayed the same brand of big-serving, big-hitting, in-your-face tennis that Serena Williams usually does. And now the 19-year-old from Canada is a Grand Slam champion, earning her first such title while preventing Williams from collecting a record-tying ...

Steelers will get to see Super Bowl banner

NFL underway Who: Pittsburgh at New England When: 8 p.m. tonight TV: NBC The line: Patriots by 6 The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots unveil their sixth championship banner tonight, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have a close-up view. The last team ...

AB hooks up with Brady and Belichick

The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Antonio Brown agreed to terms with the New England Patriots hours after the Oakland Raiders cut him, going from the NFL’s cellar to the defending Super Bowl champions on Saturday despite wearing out his welcome with two teams in one ...

Nadal seeks 19th major; Medvedev eyes No. 1

NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal shrugged his shoulders once, twice, three times. If his words weren’t going to make his position clear, his body language would. The question: Would he like to end up with the record for most Grand Slam titles won by a man? The answer, essentially: Yes, of ...

Ozuna leads Cardinals, Wainwright past Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer to break out of his slump and Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals maintain their lead atop the NL Central with a 10-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. The Cardinals entered the day ...

Johnson looking for Indy win to earn spot in 16-car playoff

INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson wants to keep things simple this weekend. Win and he’s back in the playoffs. Anything else complicates his strategy. The seven-time NASCAR champion heads into Sunday’s regular-season finale two spots and 18 points out of the 16-car playoff, putting him in ...

Offense will search for balance this season

NFL week 1 Who: Pittsburgh at New England When: Sunday, 8 p.m. TV: NBC The line: Steelers are 6-point underdogs. By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — No team threw it more times than the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. Only the Green Bay Packers ran it less often. This ...

Brother gets one over on sibling

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Brian Moran became the first player in major league history to make his debut while facing his brother on the mound, striking out younger sibling Colin in the Marlins’ 10-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. Brian ...

Late-inning homers sink Pirates

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Miguel Rojas hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning and Garrett Cooper connected in the 10th as the Miami Marlins rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, ending their franchise-record ...

Steelers fans have Pats’ interest

NFL week No. 1 Who: Pittsburgh at New England, Sunday, 8 p.m. TV: NBC The line: Patriots by 6 The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There will be torn loyalties Sunday among members of the Winovich family of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania. Tried-and-true fans of the ...

Haden, Steelers committed to each other

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden called it two years ago when the veteran cornerback practically sprinted to Pittsburgh shortly after the Cleveland Browns released him on the eve of the 2017 regular season. “When I came here I didn’t think I was going to leave,” Haden said. And he’s not. At ...

Steelers give Haden three years

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden is sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran cornerback and the team have agreed to a new three-year, $32 million contract that will keep Haden in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season. Haden was in the final year of a three-year deal he ...

Bell homers in win

DENVER — Josh Bell hit his 35th homer, Kevin Newman homered on the first pitch of the game and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 Saturday night. Newman has nine hits, including three homers, in 14 at-bats in the series, and this was his second leadoff shot. Jose Osuna ...

Brault helps Pirates sweep Colorado

The Associated Press DENVER — Steven Brault came into the dugout after his first big league home run ready to celebrate with his teammates. Instead, they greeted him in jest with silence. It was only fitting after he quieted the Colorado Rockies’ bats for most of the afternoon. Brault ...

Rudolph fares well in Steelers loss

Almost here The Pittsburgh Steelers will open the 2019 season on Sunday night, Sept. 8, at New England on NBC. The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mason Rudolph and Kyle Allen turned in solid efforts and appeared to solidify their No. 2 quarterback roles for their respective teams in ...

Pirates win opener in Colorado

The Associated Press DENVER — Kevin Newman had two homers among his four hits and drove in three runs, Jose Osuna also homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 11-8 on Thursday night. Newman homered to lead off the game, igniting a seven-run first that he capped with ...

Several Steelers still keeping the faith

Final tuneup The Pittsburgh Steelers are at the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night at 7 p.m. It will air on WTAJ and KDKA. It is the final preseason game. By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pressure is relative. So forgive Kameron Kelly if the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

Phillies fans not afraid to show how they feel

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Rhys Hoskins kept Phillies fans booing when he inexplicably dropped a routine throw at first base in the ninth, turning what appeared to be an inning-ending double play into the go-ahead run for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5-4 win over ...

Philly bats crush Pirates

PHILADELPHIA — Rhys Hoskins did more with less. The slumping slugger doubled, tripled and drove in a run as the Philadelphia Phillies got 17 hits in a 12-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Hoskins has been struggling mightily at the plate this month and made a ...

Phillies walk off vs. Bucs

PHILADELPHIA — Sean Rodriguez lined a home run leading off the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Josh Bell hit a solo homer off Philadelphia closer Hector Neris to tie it at 5 in the ninth after Corey ...