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Professional Sports

Pros could have college vibe

By David Brandt The Associated Press PHOENIX — John Stuper remembers some of the first advice he got from veterans when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals as a rookie pitcher in 1982: Don’t get too high or too low during Major League Baseball’s grueling 162-game schedule or you’ll go ...

Enough MVP candidates out there

By John Wawrow The Associated Press The Edmonton Oilers’ resurgence placed Connor McDavid back in the NHL MVP conversation, along with teammate Leon Draisaitl. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Boston’s David Pastrnak made their case, too, during a pandemic-shortened season. And ...

NHL hub city search continues

The Associated Press Canada has approved the NHL’s return-to-play proposal that could lead to one or more cities north of the border serving as host sites for the league’s 24-team playoff format. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday that the nation’s top public ...

MLB still has no deal with players

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball players proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule Thursday, a plan immediately rejected by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred with the sides 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. As part of the ...

Steelers to remain united if they opt for protests

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward is well-versed in the sometimes messy optics associated with taking a stand against social injustice. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end and his teammates met it head on in 2017, when a miscommunication with left tackle and ...

MLB could be returning soon

The Associated Press NEW YORK — After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television. He then called union head ...

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, ...