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Serena dominates Sharapova in two

NEW YORK — Playing her first match at the U.S. Open since last year’s loss in a chaotic, controversial final, Serena Williams played nearly perfect tennis and beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in a contest devoid of drama Monday night. Williams stretched her winning streak to 19 matches ...

Getting in the work: Roethlisberger plays in first preseason game

The last one The Pittsburgh Steelers play their final preseason game this Thursday at Carolina. Game time is 7 p.m. and will be televised on WTAJ and KDKA. By Teresa M. Walker The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ben Roethlisberger needed three short series to show he’s ready ...

Bucs bats beat up on Bauer

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Trevor Bauer’s beginning with the Cincinnati Reds has been about as rocky as his ending with the Cleveland Indians. Bauer allowed eight runs in three innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 9-8 Sunday to sweep a three-game ...

Bell gets 100 mark in victory

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell isn't done. That was the defining message from the All-Star first baseman after he topped 100 RBIs for the first time in the majors, hitting a three-run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates routed the Cincinnati Reds 14-0 on Saturday ...

Braves sign catcher Cervelli

NEW YORK — The first-place Atlanta Braves have signed catcher Francisco Cervelli and immediately plugged him into the starting lineup against the New York Mets. Cervelli, who has a history of concussions, was recently granted his release by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He gives the NL East ...

Wise beyond his years: Smith-Schuster to assume youthful leadership role

Check it out The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their third exhibition game of the preseason Sunday night at Tennessee. The game will air on NBC at 8 p.m. The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Still a wide-smiling 22-year-old, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows not to change the youthful, fun-loving ...

Even in small doses, Nats’ Scherzer tough on Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — To Max Scherzer, a short outing was OK. “I can’t get hurt again,” the Washington Nationals ace said. “That’s just the reality of this.” Scherzer pitched four innings in his return from the injured list Thursday night and the Nationals beat the ...

Cervelli granted release from Bucs

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates are parting ways with veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli, who’s worked his way back from another concussion and is hoping to catch on with a contender. The Pirates announced Thursday they had requested unconditional release waivers on the 33-year-old ...

Musgrove roughed up early

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Patrick Corbin gave the Nationals another stellar outing in his first season in Washington. Corbin, signed to a six-year, $140 million deal last winter, pitched eight scoreless innings to remain unbeaten in more than two months, and Asdrúbal Cabrera had ...

Dupree ready for breakout

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bud Dupree seemingly has the total package. A chiseled 6-foot-4 and 269-pounds, long and athletic with raw speed and explosiveness rarely amassed for an NFL edge rusher. Dupree’s skillset has tantalized the Pittsburgh Steelers for years, even if his ...

Steelers-Titans game will use Skycam a lot

The Associated Press NEW YORK — NBC will use a Skycam as its primary camera during the preseason game Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. The network received plenty of critical reviews the last time it tried this for a Thursday night game between the Steelers and ...

Marte’s three-run homer, great catch lift Pirates

PITTSBURGH — After having little success in his first three times up, Starling Marte came up in the eighth inning with two men on base and the score tied. This time, Stephen Strasburg wasn’t on the mound and Marte took advantage. Marte hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off reliever ...

Rookie dedicates season to Drake

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is dedicating his rookie season to Darryl Drake. Drake died a week ago and Johnson honored the Steelers’ former wide receivers coach with his first NFL touchdown reception in ...

Bucs’ record now at 7-28 since All-Star break

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Asdrubal Cabrera hit the last of Washington’s four home runs and drove in five runs, and three relievers combined for 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball as the Nationals thumped the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-0 on Monday night. Adam Eaton, Matt ...

Taillon’s elbow injury should force Pittsburgh’s hand

Notes and observations about Major League Baseball with football season on the horizon: n In what has turned into a lost season on the field since the all-star break, the Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a potential death knell for the near future with the recent news that right-handed ace ...

Sides must make tough decision

The same message is repeated at least once a year — after a frightening crash, an injury, the death of a driver — that racing at high speed anywhere is inherently dangerous. Scott Speed, a former NASCAR and Formula One driver, broke three vertebrae on a hard landing during qualifying last ...

Early end doesn’t diminish Tiger’s year

MEDINAH, Ill. — For the fifth time in the last six years, August on the PGA Tour means no more Tiger Woods for the rest of the season. Only now he’s healthy. He also is the Masters champion. And that makes it a season he wouldn’t trade. “Very special to win my 15th major and get my ...

Pirates lose to Cubs in LLWS showcase game

WILLIAMSPORT — Jose Quintana pitched seven crisp innings, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic. Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward also connected as Chicago earned its second straight win ...

Steelers living up to ‘shut out the noise’ mantra

PITTSBURGH — The shirts read “shut out the noise.” Shutting out the pain of suddenly losing the man behind the mantra will take far longer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, there was something about the game-day routine that brought a sense of relief and normalcy just six days removed ...

Rudolph may have lead in backup battle

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph guided a long first-half touchdown drive to perhaps nudge ahead of Josh Dobbs in the race to be the backup behind Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-7 on Saturday night. Rudolph finished 10 of 15 ...