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Vazquez details released

By Will Graves The Associated Press GREENSBURG — Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was being held Wednesday in a Pennsylvania jail on multiple felony charges after allegedly telling investigators he attempted to have sex with an underage girl during a meeting at her house in ...

Hall of Famer Herzog recovering

ST. LOUIS — Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog is recovering from a minor stroke. The 87-year-old Herzog became ill Monday at his charity golf tournament at Forest Hills Country Club in suburban St. Louis. The Cardinals say Herzog is “currently resting and doing well.” The team ...

Kyle Busch criticism highlights disparity

The massive divide between NASCAR’s heavyweights and the underdog teams just scraping by received renewed attention following Kyle Busch’s damning assessment of how backmarkers raced in the playoff opener over the weekend. Busch rallied from an early incident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ...

Mystics, Sun open semifinals with wins

WASHINGTON — Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and hit a crucial turnaround jumper late, Emma Meesseman added a career postseason high 27 points, and the Washington Mystics held on for a 97-95 victory over the Las Vegas Aces in Game 1 of their WNBA semifinal series Tuesday night. Meesseman ...

Pirates pitcher Vazquez arrested

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of pornography and soliciting a child. Vazquez was taken into custody Tuesday morning by State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene ...

Roethlisberger done for season with right elbow injury

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's season is over. His career possibly, too. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's injured right elbow will require surgery, ending the 37-year-oldás 16th season just two weeks in. Roethlisberger shook his arm after a ...

Seattle coach still worried about Steelers

NFL Week 2 Who: Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) When: Today, 1 p.m. TV: FOX The latest line: Steelers by 31⁄2 points. The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pete Carroll watched the tape. The Seattle Seahawks coach isn’t buying what he saw from the ...

Cubs set team HR record by beating up on Pirates

CHICAGO — All of a sudden, the Chicago Cubs are locked in at the plate and looking like a confident, playoff-bound team again. Kris Bryant and rookie Nico Hoerner each homered among three hits, and the Cubs went deep four times to set a club record with 237 home runs as they pounded the ...

Rizzo’s slam among five Cubs homers

CHICAGO — After a rough start, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs rebounded with an overwhelming response at the plate. Rizzo hit a grand slam, Contreras launched two long solo homers and the Cubs kept pace in the NL wild-card race with a 17-8 win over the Pittsburgh ...

Musgrove enjoying some positive times

By Gideon Rubin The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Musgrove made some adjustments to his delivery, and he’s enjoying the results. Musgrove pitched five shutout innings and hit a triple, Jacob Stallings homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on ...

Bouncing back on mind of Moncrief

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger delivered the message to Donte Moncrief almost immediately, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s way of letting Moncrief know his faith wasn’t shaken in the wide receiver even after Moncrief’s forgettable debut during a 33-3 loss ...

Several stars limited in practice this week

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without fullback and special teams captain Rosie Nix for Sunday’s visit by Seattle. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Nix is dealing with a knee injury sustained in a 33-3 loss to New England in the opener. Nix did not play an ...

Reynolds delivers against former team

SAN FRANCISCO — Bryan Reynolds finally made it to San Francisco, and he delivered. Reynolds hit a go-ahead single against his former team during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-4 win over the Giants on Monday night. Down 4-2, the Pirates used ...

Cueto gets the better of the Bucs

SAN FRANCISCO — Cap on backward, Johnny Cueto punctuated his pitches with confident head shakes and fist pumps. “Dia De Cueto,” read the sign held by one of his sons. The Day of Cueto, indeed. Cueto dazzled over five shutout innings in his long-awaited season debut for San ...

Saints win on 58-yard field goal

NEW ORLEANS — Wil Lutz made a 58-yard field goal as time expired, and the New Orleans Saints beat the Houston Texans 30-28 on Monday night in a game that had three scoring plays in the final minute. “That one’s got to be a top-one moment for me,” Lutz said, adding that as much as he ...

Bad and ugly: Pats smother Steelers on both sides of the ball

By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots trolled the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday and then blew them out Sunday night. A day after the acquiring former Steelers malcontent Antonio Brown, the defending Super Bowl champions showed they might not ...

Flaherty tough on Pirates

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jack Flaherty always had the tools. Figuring out how to put them together has been the challenge for the 23-year-old pitcher since the former first-round pick arrived in St. Louis two years ago. While Flaherty is sketchy on specifics about what what ...

Steelers-Patriots highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.: Play of the game: After the Steelers cut the deficit to 20-3 in the third quarter, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fired a 58-yard ...

Andreescu defeats Serena for first title

NEW YORK — Bianca Andreescu displayed the same brand of big-serving, big-hitting, in-your-face tennis that Serena Williams usually does. And now the 19-year-old from Canada is a Grand Slam champion, earning her first such title while preventing Williams from collecting a record-tying ...

Steelers will get to see Super Bowl banner

NFL underway Who: Pittsburgh at New England When: 8 p.m. tonight TV: NBC The line: Patriots by 6 The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots unveil their sixth championship banner tonight, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have a close-up view. The last team ...