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Santana banned 80 games

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Edgar Santana will miss all of the abbreviated 2020 season after being suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. MLB announced Sunday that Santana tested positive for Boldenone, a ...

10 things to know for season

The deals are done. The NBA is coming back. The season will resume on July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida. Here are 10 things to know about the restarted season: The race for 8 There are six teams in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference — ...

Shelton navigating ups, downs

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton ended nearly each press availability during spring training by jokingly telling reporters they picked the wrong day to ask the Pittsburgh Pirates first-year manager about his opening day starter. His answer was always some ...

Steelers’ Hall of Fame game canceled

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and ...

Young, future Pirates to train at PNG Field

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve have reached an agreement to have Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field serve as the Pirates’ alternate training facility during the 2020 Major League Baseball season. “It says a lot about the relationship the Altoona Curve has with the Pittsburgh ...

Antsy big leaguers embrace impending end of down time

The Associated Press Randy Dobnak had finished making his morning omelette one day last week when his wife, Aerial, asked the Minnesota Twins pitcher to keep the eggs out so she could make a sandwich. For the base she used a hot dog bun, an ingredient so bewildering to her husband that he ...

NHL lottery set to go

The Associated Press The once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in ...

Owners still plan to open up camps

The Associated Press The NFL still plans to hold training camps on time beginning in late July, though contingency plans are in place. Hours after the league canceled the Hall of Fame game that kicks off the preseason, the 32 team owners on Thursday were updated on a variety of issues, many ...

Top pick signs with Pirates

From Mirror reports The Pittsburgh Pirates signed shortstop Nick Gonzales on Thursday, the club’s first-round selection and seventh overall from the 2020 Major League Baseeball draft held earlier this month. The 21-year-old Gonzales was named the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s ...

Adjusted rules on tap for return

By Ben Walker The Associated Press NEW YORK — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball ...

Iginla headlines hockey hall of fame inductions

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Jarome Iginla headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s six-person class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James ...

MLB season to open on July 23/24

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was ...

Curve ballpark may host future Pirates

From Mirror reports A report surfaced Tuesday morning from The Athletic's Rob Biertempfel that the Pittsburgh Pirates were considering using Altoona's PNG Field as a workout site for a squad of their top minor league players who could be called up to join the Pirates throughout the 60-game ...

Pens’ Murray ready to get things started

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray’s legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It’s the goaltender’s future, however, that is murky. Not ...

Tomlin to support Steelers no matter what

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants his players to feel comfortable speaking out about social justice in any way they see fit, provided it’s done “thoughtfully and with class.” Kneeling included. Tomlin said Tuesday the ...

Commish ordering 60-game schedule

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to ...

Noose found in Wallace’s stall at race

TALLADEGA, Ala. — A noose was found in the garage stall of Black driver Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR race in Alabama on Sunday, less than two weeks after he successfully pushed the auto racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities. NASCAR announced the discovery ...

Talks still showing no progress

NEW YORK — An email from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won’t begin by July 19. The executive committee of the players’ association was set to vote and reject Major League ...

Ex-Dolphins RB Kiick dies from Alzheimer’s

MIAMI — Jim Kiick, the versatile running back who helped the Miami Dolphins achieve the NFL’s only perfect season in 1972, died Saturday at age 73 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, daughter Allie said. The former University of Wyoming star was part of a formidable backfield ...

Simpson surges to victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Nothing can top the first time Webb Simpson won on Father’s Day, a U.S. Open title eight years ago at Olympic Club and hearing his father’s laughter on the phone to share the joy. Harbour Town was special in its own right. Dressed in his Sunday yellow shirt ...