Professional Sports

Steelers release Burnett

PITTSBURGH — Morgan Burnett’s injury-marred stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over. Pittsburgh released the veteran safety Monday, just one season into a three-year, $14.5 million contract Burnett signed last March. The Steelers had hoped to pair Burnett with Sean Davis in the back ...

Yanks place Stanton on IL

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton joined the New York Yankees’ lengthy injured list after straining his left biceps, an injury that could cause him to miss much of April. Stanton got hurt fouling off a 3-1 fastball from Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy in the third inning of Sunday’s 7-5 loss. ...

Williams impressive in Pirates’ first victory

CINCINNATI — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. “He was just efficient,” Pirates ...

Penguins pick up victory, inch closer to playoff berth

PITTSBURGH — Matt Cullen is well-versed in the electricity that creeps into a locker room when the games dwindle down to a precious few and the playoffs loom. It’s one of the main reasons the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center — at 42 the NHL’s oldest player — keeps coming back for ...

Raptors, Celtics prepare for new chance

NEW YORK — For the last two years, they were the final two steps in what had become LeBron James’ annual climb to the NBA Finals. Now that he’s gone, maybe the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics are done being stepping stones. They are among the teams capable of winning the Eastern ...

Game 2 postponed by weather

CINCINNATI — The Reds got a game deeper into this season before having to call one off. The second game of their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates was called off Saturday because of rain. The start was delayed 40 minutes before it was postponed with storms forecast all evening. It’ll ...

Rinne gets one over on the Pens

PITTSBURGH — Pekka Rinne’s difficulties against the Penguins, particularly in Pittsburgh, have been well documented. So, it felt good for the Nashville Predators’ star goaltender to put those questions to rest — at least for one night. Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Predators to ...

Pirates’ 2019 season opens on a downer

CINCINNATI — Unexpected stars, unconventional moves, one pleasing win. The David Bell era in Cincinnati got off to an encouraging start for a Reds team trying to finally escape last place. Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich connected for a three-run homer in the seventh inning Thursday, and Bell ...

Cincinnati hoping to jump past Bucs

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The baseball commissioner is grand marshal of the pregame parade. All major league teams are wearing patches commemorating Cincinnati’s first all-professional team. A new manager and an overhauled lineup provide intrigue. The Reds haven’t ...

Bucs make roster decisions

HOUSTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates made some decisions on their opening day roster though two spots are dependant on the health of two players. Second baseman Pablo Reyes, pitcher Nick Kingham, pitcher Nick Burdi and shortstop Kevin Newman were all told they’re on the 25-man roster. The ...

Mets, deGrom reach deal

NEW YORK — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a $137.5 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal guarantees an additional $120.5 million over four seasons. The person spoke on condition of ...

Pats’ GM Kraft wants jury trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft now says he wants his misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution charge tried by a jury, not a judge. Kraft’s attorneys filed a court notice Tuesday also waiving his arraignment, which had been scheduled for Thursday. His ...

Bucs’ pitchers roughed up

HOUSTON — Touted prospect Forrest Whitley will start the season in the minors but has certainly showed why he could factor into the Houston Astros’ plans at some point. Whitley allowed three runs over three innings in his final exhibition start as Houston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-9 ...

Surging Pens close in on top spot

NEW YORK — The surging Pittsburgh Penguins are closing in on the top spot in their division. Teddy Blueger scored twice, Matt Murray made 33 saves and the Penguins rallied from an early two-goal deficit for a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night. “I thought we didn’t ...

Bucs hope Kang can continue hot spring

From Mirror, wire reports SARASOTA, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping Jung Ho Kang can keep doing what he’s been doing in spring training for the team this season, because he did it again on Sunday. Kang hit his seventh home run of the spring in a 1-1 tie with the Baltimore ...

Winding down and getting ready to return home

BRADENTON, Fla. — It hardly seems possible but our annual winter fling in Florida is almost over. Spring training baseball is wrapping up and we should be back in Altoona on April 1. Hopefully, we can bring some of this great weather back north. The Pirates have been hot lately. Just a ...

McCann scores twice for Pens victory

DALLAS — Jared McCann scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a spinning short-handed play in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night. McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the Penguins ...

Bucs add 2 vets to roster

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates made two important roster decisions on Saturday, announcing that outfielder Melky Cabrera and southpaw Francisco Liriano made the team for the upcoming season. Since both players were in camp on minor league contracts, ...

Kang gets work at shortstop

From Mirror, wire reports PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang played seven innings at shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Grapefruit League action. Kang, who has hit six home runs this spring for the Pirates (13-13-2), has played third base ...

Penguins pick up victory in shootout

By Chip Cirillo The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby’s goal in the shootout gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Thursday night, ending the Penguins’ three-game losing streak. Bryan Rust scored in regulation for the Penguins, who moved into a second-place ...