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Larson looking for turnaround after success at All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson was among NASCAR’s rising young stars in 2017 with four victories and his second straight playoff appearance. Then came a 20-month winless drought that left him and his Chip Ganassi Racing team searching for answers. Larson believes he found several during a ...

Bell named NL player of week

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 13-19 on Monday. Bell claimed his first career POW honor, and is the first Pirates position player to take home the weekly honors since Andrew McCutchen for the ...

Koepka handles stress, reaps rewards

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka should know as well as anyone that nothing in golf comes easily. His well-documented journey to the PGA Tour took him to remote outposts like Kenya and Kazakhstan. Even after Koepka won a second straight U.S. Open last summer, which no one had done in 29 ...

No ordinary Joe

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Joe Musgrove of the Pittsburgh Pirates is undefeated against his hometown San Diego Padres. Musgrove pitched well enough to survive a rough seventh inning and Colin Moran had a three-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates, who won ...

Homers carry Bucs to victory

From Mirror reports SAN DIEGO — Josh Bell hit two home runs, and Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco each hit one as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-2, Saturday night. Bell now has 14 home runs and has raised his batting average to .333. He had three hits, four ...

Alonso misses opportunity on first day of qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS — McLaren’s return to the Indianapolis 500 neared a total collapse after Fernando Alonso failed to lock himself into the field on the first day of qualifying. The two-day qualifying process guaranteed a spot in the May 26 race for the fastest 30 cars in Saturday qualifying. ...

Lyles strikes out 12 Padres

SAN DIEGO — It’s been nearly three years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have had a pitcher strike out 12 batters in a game. That’s how good Jordan Lyles was Friday night, when he dominated his former team for seven innings and helped the Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego ...

Bucs put Williams on IL

From Mirror, wire reports SAN DIEGO — Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams, who has been one of the bright spots in the team’s rotation this season, was put on the 10-day injured list on Friday, a day after he left Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. The Pirates ...

Archer has bad return

The Associated Press PHOENIX — Zack Greinke was cruising along when he felt something wrong. Taking no chances, the Arizona Diamondbacks ace called it a day. Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with abdominal tightness and the Diamondbacks routed Chris ...

D-Back adjustments in practice key win

PHOENIX — After a three-game losing streak in which the Arizona Diamondbacks came up empty too often with opportunities to drive in more runs, hitting coach Darnell Coles changed things up in batting practice on Monday. The emphasis on situational hitting worked hours later. Eduardo ...

Roster takes two big hits

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates made two big roster moves on Monday involving players who were supposed to be a big part of the team’s potential success story for 2019. First, the team moved starting pitcher Jameson Taillon from the 10-day injury list to the 60-day injury list, which ...

IndyCar, NASCAR roar into May

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The most prolific month in motorsports arrived with two strong races with IndyCar and NASCAR both opening May with momentum-grabbing entertaining events that should carry the series through their Memorial Day showcases. Simon Pagenaud, his future with Team Penske shaky ...

Lottery may decide Zion’s first stop

CHICAGO — Zion Williamson’s immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 pingpong balls. The NBA draft lottery is tonight in Chicago, where some team will be awarded the No. 1 pick in the June 20 draft — and, presumably, the chance to grab Williamson with that ...

Judge: Kraft prosecutors can’t use video

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Prosecutors cannot use secretly recorded video allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaging in massage parlor sex, a judge ruled Monday, striking a serious blow to their case against him and others charged with soliciting prostitutes at the ...

Cold rain in forecast at Bethpage

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Matt Kuchar is playing his 54th major championship and realized something new as he walked off the 18th green at Bethpage Black. “I think this is the first time I’ve worn a beanie at the PGA Championship,” he said Monday. He wasn’t alone. Tiger Woods was ...

Victory Bell: Pirates’ first baseman puts on show for mom

ST. LOUIS — Josh Bell put on a show for his mom on Mother’s Day. With his mother Myrtle in the stands at Busch Stadium, Bell homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Adam Frazier added a two-run, ...

Lyles gets quick fix for Bucs

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Jordan Lyles had to change his plan on the fly. Lyles overcame a 30-pitch first inning to combine with four relievers on a two-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Saturday for their seventh win in 10 games ...

Rookie already hearing Brown comparisons

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson understands parallels will be drawn between himself and former Steelers star Antonio Brown. The third-round pick, however, is focused on forging his own path. The comparisons and serendipitous ...

Williams’ gem helps Pirates win

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Trevor Williams allowed one run in seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night. Marte’s RBI single ...

Texas-sized problem: Pirates’ bullpen blows lead again

PITTSBURGH — In a game full of monster shots, Hunter Pence hit the biggest home run of all. Pence connected for a pinch-hit grand slam and the Texas Rangers rallied late, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 Wednesday. The Rangers trailed 6-2 before three walks by reliever Michael Feliz ...