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Top pick signs with Pirates

From Mirror reports The Pittsburgh Pirates signed shortstop Nick Gonzales on Thursday, the club’s first-round selection and seventh overall from the 2020 Major League Baseeball draft held earlier this month. The 21-year-old Gonzales was named the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s ...

Adjusted rules on tap for return

By Ben Walker The Associated Press NEW YORK — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball ...

Iginla headlines hockey hall of fame inductions

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Jarome Iginla headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s six-person class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James ...

MLB season to open on July 23/24

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was ...

Curve ballpark may host future Pirates

From Mirror reports A report surfaced Tuesday morning from The Athletic's Rob Biertempfel that the Pittsburgh Pirates were considering using Altoona's PNG Field as a workout site for a squad of their top minor league players who could be called up to join the Pirates throughout the 60-game ...

Pens’ Murray ready to get things started

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray’s legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It’s the goaltender’s future, however, that is murky. Not ...

Tomlin to support Steelers no matter what

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants his players to feel comfortable speaking out about social justice in any way they see fit, provided it’s done “thoughtfully and with class.” Kneeling included. Tomlin said Tuesday the ...

Commish ordering 60-game schedule

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to ...

Noose found in Wallace’s stall at race

TALLADEGA, Ala. — A noose was found in the garage stall of Black driver Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR race in Alabama on Sunday, less than two weeks after he successfully pushed the auto racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities. NASCAR announced the discovery ...

Talks still showing no progress

NEW YORK — An email from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won’t begin by July 19. The executive committee of the players’ association was set to vote and reject Major League ...

Ex-Dolphins RB Kiick dies from Alzheimer’s

MIAMI — Jim Kiick, the versatile running back who helped the Miami Dolphins achieve the NFL’s only perfect season in 1972, died Saturday at age 73 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, daughter Allie said. The former University of Wyoming star was part of a formidable backfield ...

Simpson surges to victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Nothing can top the first time Webb Simpson won on Father’s Day, a U.S. Open title eight years ago at Olympic Club and hearing his father’s laughter on the phone to share the joy. Harbour Town was special in its own right. Dressed in his Sunday yellow shirt ...

Both MLB players, owners not budging on demands

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The players’ association was told by Major League Baseball on Friday that teams will not agree to more than 60 games in the pandemic-delayed season, leaving open the possibility of an even shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games or fewer. While the NBA and ...

COVID forces teams to shut down

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies shut their spring complex after five players tested positive for COVID-19 and at least two others teams closed camps Friday, raising the possibility the coronavirus pandemic could scuttle all attempts at a Major League Baseball season. The Toronto ...

Pros could have college vibe

By David Brandt The Associated Press PHOENIX — John Stuper remembers some of the first advice he got from veterans when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals as a rookie pitcher in 1982: Don’t get too high or too low during Major League Baseball’s grueling 162-game schedule or you’ll go ...

Enough MVP candidates out there

By John Wawrow The Associated Press The Edmonton Oilers’ resurgence placed Connor McDavid back in the NHL MVP conversation, along with teammate Leon Draisaitl. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Boston’s David Pastrnak made their case, too, during a pandemic-shortened season. And ...

NHL hub city search continues

The Associated Press Canada has approved the NHL’s return-to-play proposal that could lead to one or more cities north of the border serving as host sites for the league’s 24-team playoff format. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday that the nation’s top public ...

MLB still has no deal with players

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball players proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule Thursday, a plan immediately rejected by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred with the sides 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. As part of the ...

Steelers to remain united if they opt for protests

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward is well-versed in the sometimes messy optics associated with taking a stand against social injustice. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end and his teammates met it head on in 2017, when a miscommunication with left tackle and ...

MLB could be returning soon

The Associated Press NEW YORK — After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television. He then called union head ...