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Bucs lose 3-game series to St. Louis

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Carlos Martinez pitched eight marvelous innings, Harrison Bader hit an early three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. St. Louis has won seven straight against the ...

Penguins in Philadelphia on top of the world

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bryan Rust scored two unassisted goals, Tristan Jarry made 23 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Washington Capitals 3-O Saturday night to reclaim first place in the East Division. Trade deadline pickup Jeff Carter also scored ...

Steelers add PSU TE to offensive arsenal

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers headed into the offseason intent on finding ways to become a little less reliant on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Enter Najee Harris, Matt Freiermuth and Kendrick Green. The AFC North champions used their top picks in the 2021 draft on players they ...

Harris expected to give running game a jolt

PITTSBURGH — The conversation was short. Maybe because there really wasn’t a reason to have one. The Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock. Alabama star Najee Harris was available. During an opening round of the NFL draft that lagged at times, the Steelers practically made NFL ...

Cruz to start in Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ No. 2 prospect, infielder Oneil Cruz, highlights the 28-man Altoona Curve opening-day roster, which was announced Friday. Other top 30 prospects on the roster include pitcher Cody Bolton (No. 6), infielder Ji-Hwan Bae (No. 9), infielder Mason Martin (No. 16), ...

Derby returns with normal traditions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The bourbon is flowing again, flowery hats and humans are on the scene and 19 horses are ready to run the most chaotic race of their lives. After being disrupted by a pandemic, the Kentucky Derby is back with many of its traditions intact. America’s longest continuously ...

Pens not satisfied with just making playoffs

By Will Graves The Associated Press Mike Sullivan insisted the Pittsburgh Penguins would take a minute to enjoy clinching their 15th straight playoff berth, the longest active streak in major North American professional sports. Not really. The postgame routine following Thursday ...

Carpenter helps Cardinals pull away

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Carpenter hit his second pinch. three-run home run in as many days, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Friday night. Carpenter connected off Duane Underwood Jr. in the sixth inning to put the ...

Bradley gains share of lead

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Sam Burns kept piling up birdies Friday, turning a solid start into a great round of 8-under 63 for a share of the lead in the Valspar Championship. Keegan Bradley got there with one shot. Bradley ended his round by holing out for eagle from 100 yards in the ninth ...

Steelers take RB Harris

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are turning to Alabama star Najee Harris to give their running game a jolt. The Steelers selected Harris with the 24th overall pick Thursday night, confident he can help a rushing attack that finished dead last in the NFL in yards rushing in ...

Guentzel, Pens clinch playoff spot

WASHINGTON — Jake Guentzel scored his 22nd goal 2:11 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in a result that clinched both teams’ place in the playoffs. Guentzel’s winner on a one-time redirection of John Marino’s ...

PSU’s Parsons heads to ‘Big D’

FRISCO, Texas — As they say goodbye to one Penn State linebacker, the Dallas Cowboys are welcoming another. The Cowboys selected linebacker Micah Parsons of the Nittany Lions with the 12th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night after trading down two spots in a deal with NFC East ...

QBs go 1-2-3

No suspense at the top of this NFL draft: Quarterback, quarterback and, yep, quarterback. With fans in attendance, prospects on hand and Commissioner Roger Goodell dispensing greetings to players being selected Thursday night, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence went to the Jacksonville Jaguars to ...

P-O’s Adams back in major leagues

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies selected the contract of veteran first baseman Matt Adams, a Philipsburg-Osceola High School graduate, from the team’s alternate training site. The 32-year-old Adams was signed by Colorado in late March. He’s a career .259 hitter with 118 homers and 397 ...

Ravens take PSU’s Oweh

CLEVELAND — The Baltimore Ravens added another to piece to their defense, selecting Penn State edge rusher Jayson Oweh with the No. 31 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Oweh, a 6-foot-5-inch, 257-pounder, is an explosive player that can create matchup problems, However, he ...

Jagr leads his club

KLADNO, Czech Republic — Jaromir Jagr was celebrating on the ice again Thursday. The 49-year-old right winger had an assist to help his hometown club Kladno Knights return to the top Czech league by beating Jihlava 5-2 to clinch their playoff series 4-3. Jagr made his debut for Kladno ...

Keller struggles again as Pirates fall to Royals

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jorge Soler had two doubles among his three hits and drove in three runs to lead Kansas City over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 on Wednesday night and improve the Royals’ record to a major league-best 15-8. Soler’s doubles sparked ...

Malkin with Penguins in DC as series opens

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Washington, 7 p.m. Records: Penguins (32-15-3); Capitals (32-13-4) TV: AT&T Sports Nework Radio: WFBG-AM 1290 & 104.5-FM PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin practiced on Wednesday, indicating he is near a return from a ...

Pirates continue winning ways with Kansas City in town

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo delivered the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Kansas City 2-1 on Tuesday night to end the Royals’ five-game winning streak. Pittsburgh (12-11) has won three straight ...

Race gets tight with Pens’ loss

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It looked like a playoff game. It felt like a playoff game. Next month, it very well could be. Tuukka Rask turned aside 25 shots and the Boston Bruins edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 on Tuesday night to tighten the playoff race in the ...