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Tomlin is comfortable with his QB

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t talking like a coach in the market for a quarterback. Even with Ben Roethlisberger’s status beyond his upcoming 18th season unknown. Even with backup Mason Rudolph in the final year of his contract. Even with Josh ...

Bucs back home after taking 2 of 3 in Minnesota

On deck Tonight: Idle Up next: Kansas City Royals at Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, 6:35 p.m. TV: AT&T Sports Network Radio: TOONA 1430-AM & 99.7-FM; WTRN-FM 96.9 and 100.7 The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Gregory Polanco homered and had three hits, Clay Holmes and the ...

Jarry, Guentzel key in shutout victory

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan wants his highly skilled team to find a comfort level in playing low-scoring, one-goal games as the Stanley Cup playoffs approach. That message was received. Tristan Jarry made 29 saves for his first shutout of ...

Steelers have plenty of needs to address

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s running mates are vanishing. At least on the football field. Tight end Vance McDonald retired in January. Longtime Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey followed suit a few weeks later. Roethlisberger, at least for now, isn’t going anywhere. The 39-year-old ...

Pirates stymied by Happ

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota left-hander J.A. Happ lost his bid for a no-hitter when Jacob Stallings doubled with one out in the eighth inning, and the Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Friday night. Happ, in his first season with the Twins, was immediately removed by manager Rocco ...

Steelers’ Layne arrested on gun charge

The Associated Press WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne was arrested Friday in Ohio after police said they found a loaded gun in his car during an early morning traffic stop. Layne, 23, was arrested on a fourth-degree felony charge of improper handling of ...

Evans defensive play saves day in Pirates’ victory

By Noah Trister The Associated Press DETROIT — Phillip Evans reached his glove above the fence in left field, and the ball bounced off it and back into the field of play. Not a catch — but not a home run either. “Maybe the play of the game,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton ...

Pens much sharper in this victory

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t happy with the way they finished Tuesday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Team captain Sidney Crosby set the tone on the first shift two nights later. Crosby and Bryan Rust each scored their ...

Steelers draft capsule

PICK: No. 24 on April 29 2020 RECORD: 12-5 LAST SEASON: The Steelers ran off to the best start in franchise history (11-0) behind a resurgent performance from QB Ben Roethlisberger and one of the NFL’s top defenses before it all fell apart down the stretch. Pittsburgh limped to the ...

Ex-Steeler settles lawsuit

NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has settled a civil lawsuit by former trainer Britney Taylor, who accused Brown of sexually assaulting her. Taylor filed the lawsuit in 2019, and lawyers for her and Brown, 32, released statements Wednesday revealing the agreement. His statement was released ...

Veteran lefty gets Pirates victory in opener

By Dave Hogg The Associated Press DETROIT — The Pittsburgh Pirates were hoping to get to .500 for the season on Wednesday. Instead, they’ll have to wait. Tyler Anderson pitched five strong innings to help Pittsburgh beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday in a doubleheader ...

Former Pirate Walker retiring after 12 seasons in MLB

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Neil Walker spent his childhood watching the Pittsburgh Pirates struggle. He spent his 20s helping the franchise escape two decades worth of futility and a portion of his 30s working in the exacting crucible of New York City. Asking any ...

Kapanen closer to returning to lineup

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kasperi Kapanen’s left foot is on the mend. The Pittsburgh forward practiced with his teammates without restrictions Wednesday for the first time since being placed on injured reserve last month. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said there is still no ...

Replay rule part of NFL owners’ day

The Associated Press NFL owners on Wednesday approved eliminating overtime in preseason games and expanded selection of jersey numbers for receivers, running backs and defensive backs. The league also will allow on-field officials to get certain “objective information” from the replay ...

Up 6-0, Pens hold on for dear life

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins can play dazzling hockey at times. They can also occasionally flirt with disaster. They managed to do both in a 7-6 victory over New Jersey on Tuesday that started as a blowout before stunningly turning into ...

Tomlin’s contract extended

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin wants to be part of the post-Ben Roethlisberger era in Pittsburgh. The Steelers on Tuesday signed their longtime coach to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2024 season. Tomlin is 145-78-1 in 14 years with ...

Ex-Pirate announces he’s done

On deck Today: Game 1: Pittsburgh at Detroit, 2:10 p.m.; Game 2: Pittsburgh at Detroit, 6:40 p.m. Pitchers: Game 1: Pirates LHP Tyler Anderson (1-2) vs. Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer (1-0); Game 2: Pirates starter (TBA) vs. Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull (0-0) TV: AT&T Sports ...

Moran spearheads Bucs’ win

MILWAUKEE — Colin Moran hit an early three-run homer, then had an RBI double in the 10th inning that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-5, on Sunday. The Pirates withstood a two-homer performance from the Brewers’ Daniel Vogelbach to earn their first series win in ...

Sabres playing spoiler

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres interim coach Don Granato hoped a re-emphasis on speed and forechecking would lead to a better result in a rematch against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The difference was evident from the beginning. Arttu Ruotsalainen scored by converting Dylan Cozens’ pass an 2-on-1 ...

Cink collects third RBC Heritage title

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The golf was exceptional for Stewart Cink. What made his third RBC Heritage title truly special was that his family was there to experience his age-defying success. Cink hugged son Reagan, his caddie, after he closed out his four-shot victory at Harbour Town with ...