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NHL game will feature all-female crew today

By Joe Reedy The Associated Press Kaitlin Urka’s goal of having an all-female crew work an NHL game will become a reality today. The St. Louis Blues-Chicago Blackhawks telecast on NBCSN will be the first time a pro hockey game is led solely by women in the United States. It also ...

MLB limits spring autographs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A baseball fan’s treasure trove sat on a table outside the San Francisco Giants clubhouse Saturday morning — hundreds of baseball cards signed by the franchise’s biggest stars. Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Evan Longoria and more, all ready for eager autograph ...

Andrews’ triple lifts Yanks over Bucs

BRADENTON, Fla. — The New York Yankees exploded for six runs in the eighth inning in a 7-4 spring training win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Pirates. John Andrews hit the bases-clearing, 3-run RBI triple in the top of the eighth to kick things off for the Yankees. John Ryan hit his ...

Hornqvist helps get Penguins another ‘W’

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, 1 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet By John Wawrow The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Patric Hornqvist scored twice in leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Thursday ...

Pirates getting hits but not many runs

From Mirror, wire reports Former Pittsburgh Pirate Austin Meadows homered, and the Pirates fell to 2-11-1 as Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh, 2-1, Thursday afternoon in a spring training exhibition game. The Rays (8-4-2) were out-hit by the Pirates, 7-2. Pittsburgh got a solid start from lefty ...

Pirates are proactive with virus in Florida

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a man in Manatee County tested positive for coronavirus. Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said workers sanitized the clubhouse, press box, concession stands and other ...

Bucs get hitting, but no pitching, twice

From Mirror, wire reports In a split-squad exhibition on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped two games, losing 9-7 to the Philadelphia Phillies at Clearwater and 9-7 to the Atlanta Braves at Bradenton. In the loss to the Phillies, starting pitcher Hector Noesi gave up four earned runs ...

Crosby gets 800th; Penguins snap skid

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby’s march to 800 career assists slowed to a crawl in recent weeks. So did his team’s momentum after a stirring — if brief — sprint to the top of the Metropolitan Division. So forgive the Penguins captain if he was more relieved than elated after reaching the ...

Reynolds hopes to back up breakout year

Greg Reynolds can’t lift his right arm much these days, the byproduct of years of throwing batting practice to his son Bryan. Still, family is family. Habits are habits. So when Bryan decided to get back to work over the winter following his breakout rookie season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, ...

One bad inning hurts Bucs

From Mirror, wire reports DUNEDIN, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller gave up three earned runs in 21/3 innings on Monday in a 4-0 loss to Toronto in an exhibition matchup. Keller gave up three hits, struck out two and walked one. The Pirates, who fell to 2-8-1, ...

Pirates pick up first exhibition league win

From Mirror, wire reports FORT MEYERS, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their first exhibition win on Saturday, beating the Minnesota Twins, 2-0. Jose Osuna doubled home Ke’Bryan Hayes with a run in the sixth inning, and Will Craig doubled and scored for the Pirates on a Kevin ...

Steel City native hurts Penguins

On the ice Saturday night: The Pittsburgh Penguins trailed the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, in the 2nd period at press time. Tonight: Idle Next up: Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T Sports Net By Joe Reedy The Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — John ...

Pens mired in losing streak

On the ice Pittsburgh Penguins (37-19-6, second in the Metropolitan Division) at Anaheim Ducks (25-30-8, sixth in the Pacific Division) When: Tonight, 10 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh aims to break its four-game losing streak when the Penguins take on Anaheim. ... ...

Bucs routed by Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. — A six-run third inning propelled the Baltimore Orioles to a 13-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in an exhibition baseball game Friday. The loss dropped the Pirates to 0-6-1 in spring training. Starter Hecto Noesi pitched two scoreless innings, throwing 28 pitches, 16 for ...

Pirates’ pitching struggles early on

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox scored three times in the seventh inning in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in exhibition play Wednesday. Jose Osuna and Cole Tucker each had a hit and an RBI for the Pirates (0-5-1). Starter Mitch Keller struck out ...

Kela will put the past in the past

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Keone Kela spent most of 2019 angry. At losing. At his role in the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen. At the team’s coaching and support staffs for what he felt was preferential treatment they gave to some players but not others. While ...

Penguins pick up veteran in deal

The Associated Press Patrick Marleau has been chasing the Stanley Cup for 22 seasons. The veteran winger hopes a move to Pittsburgh will finally let him catch it. San Jose dealt the 40-year-old Marleau to the Penguins during Monday’s trade deadline. The struggling Sharks will get a 2021 ...

Public memorial service remembers crash victims

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant’s wife remembered him as a devoted father and husband who arrived early for school pickups and wrote heartfelt cards and letters. Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s longtime agent and closest friend, recalled getting a text from the NBA superstar moments before he was ...

New drills may help scouts, attract fans

INDIANAPOLIS — National Invitation Camp President Jeff Foster spent the past couple months debating how to improve the annual NFL scouting combine. His team settled on adding more than a dozen new drills, intended to help coaches and scouts evaluate draft prospects in an ever evolving game, ...

Bucs’ Archer hurting

TAMPA, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer was scratched from his scheduled Monday night against the New York Yankees due to neck tightness. Pittsburgh said the move was precautionary and that Archer is day to day. Archer went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 23 starts last ...