×

Professional Sports

Commissioner says baseball in trouble

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league season after a breakdown in talks between teams and the union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The league also revealed several players on big league ...

Owners offer 80 percent, 72 games

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and its players are moving closer — to a deal or to Commissioner Rob Manfred ordering a shortened season without an agreement. MLB offered players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule beginning July ...

More than 1,000 players wait for phones to ring

The Associated Press NEW YORK — They sat anxiously by their phones, computers and TVs, hoping to hear their names called by big league teams. Instead, the waiting continues for hundreds of young baseball players. Major League Baseball’s amateur draft wrapped up Thursday night, shaved ...

NHL players not rushing back to rinks for work

The Associated Press John Tavares took his sticks home from the rink in Toronto to tape them up so he wouldn’t waste his limited time there. Across the border, Andrew Copp is waiting things out in the U.S. before returning to Winnipeg for the start of mandatory training camps because of ...

Ex-Steelers star getting probation

The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — NFL free agent Antonio Brown pleaded no contest Friday to charges related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his South Florida home earlier this year. As part of a deal with Broward County prosecutors, Brown pleaded no contest to ...

Guentzel can play for Pens

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel’s roller-coaster season is about to take another unlikely turn: postseason participant. The Penguins All-Star forward has joined a handful of teammates on the ice as part of Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return to Play program ...

Pirates pick up plenty of pitchers

From Mirror reports With their first pick on day 2 of the 2020 Major League Baseball draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected pitcher Jared Jones out of La Miranda High School in California. A 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-hander, Jones has committed to the University of Texas but that could ...

Sports at a glance

Steelers sign two starters PITTSBURGH — ESPN reported Thursday that the Pittsburgh Steelers signed two of their 2019 starters as Matt Feiler and Mike Hilton agreed to their second-year tenders. Feiler had until this Monday to sign the tender offered to him in March. He’s now set to ...

Strong resume for Bucs’ top pick

From Mirror, wire reports With the No. 7 overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates took highly-touted New Mexico State second baseman Nick Gonzales. Gonzales was the 2019 Cape Cod League Most Valuable Player winner. He beat up on pitching ...

Tigers select slugging infielder from ASU with top pick

NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Torkelson slugged his way through college, bashing baseballs all around the country with eye-popping power. All those impressive long balls made the decision easy for the Detroit Tigers, who made the Arizona State star the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball ...

Tigers have top selection

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A few things to know about this year’s Major League Baseball draft which begins tonight. WHEN: Starts at 7 p.m. with 37 selections, encompassing first round and eight competitive balance round picks with teams participating via video conference calls. MLB ...

MLB offers players another proposal

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball made another try to start the coronavirus-delayed season in early July, proposing a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs from 10 teams to as many as 16 and allowing players to earn about 75% of their prorated ...

Conner thinking only the future

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — James Conner didn’t treat the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as an obstacle, but an opportunity. While the shutdown forced the Pittsburgh Steelers running back to cancel a couple of planned vacations, it also gave him time ...

Tomlin able to get into team’s facility

The Associated Press More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have coaching staffs at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them. Clubs with coaches in place at their training complexes were Super Bowl champion Kansas City, ...

Penguins player recovers from virus

The Associated Press The NHL unveiled the final details of its playoff format Thursday even as word came out that a ninth player tested positive for the coronavirus. Every playoff series will be a best-of-seven format after the initial qualifying round and teams will be reseeded throughout ...

Archer possibly done with Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer won’t pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020, and his time with the club may be over. The 31-year-old right-hander had surgery Tuesday in St. Louis with Dr. Robert Thompson to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Archer will not ...

Owners turn down proposal

The Associated Press NEW YORK — If Major League Baseball and its players take the field for a coronanvirus-delayed 2020 season, it will be after acrimonious negotiations that resemble their labor war of a generation ago. MLB rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game regular season ...

Steelers camp at home this year

The Associated Press All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Buffalo, ...

$640,000 will be lost with extra ballgames

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball owners and players have reverted to form — the type displayed over the past half-century during eight work stoppages filled with salary squabbles. Players proposed to resume the sport in the coronavirus pandemic with a 114-game regular season and ...

Plans set to test on daily basis

Nick Foligno watches Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefings and appreciates the value of the information. It is part of the reason the Columbus captain supports NHL players undergoing daily testing if the season resumes. “Testing is a must because it’s the only way you’re ...