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Penguins pick up veteran in deal

The Associated Press Patrick Marleau has been chasing the Stanley Cup for 22 seasons. The veteran winger hopes a move to Pittsburgh will finally let him catch it. San Jose dealt the 40-year-old Marleau to the Penguins during Monday’s trade deadline. The struggling Sharks will get a 2021 ...

Public memorial service remembers crash victims

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant’s wife remembered him as a devoted father and husband who arrived early for school pickups and wrote heartfelt cards and letters. Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s longtime agent and closest friend, recalled getting a text from the NBA superstar moments before he was ...

New drills may help scouts, attract fans

INDIANAPOLIS — National Invitation Camp President Jeff Foster spent the past couple months debating how to improve the annual NFL scouting combine. His team settled on adding more than a dozen new drills, intended to help coaches and scouts evaluate draft prospects in an ever evolving game, ...

Bucs’ Archer hurting

TAMPA, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer was scratched from his scheduled Monday night against the New York Yankees due to neck tightness. Pittsburgh said the move was precautionary and that Archer is day to day. Archer went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 23 starts last ...

Pirates lose both split-squad games in Florida

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped two games Sunday in Grapefruit League action and fell to 0-3 in the early going during spring training. The Pirates played split-squad games, hosting the Detroit Tigers in one and traveling to Clearwater to play the Philadelphia Phillies ...

Second-period miscues spell doom for Penguins

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins,Saturday, 1 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press TORONTO — Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists, Frederik Andersen made 24 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 on ...

Burdi ready for his second chance

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The rib is stashed away somewhere in his parents’ house in suburban Chicago, a reminder of what Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Nick Burdi needed to lose in order to find himself. The images are ingrained in the 27-year-old’s mind ...

Owners all agree on new labor deal

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The NFL has put the labor ball in the players’ hands. In a somewhat surprisingly strong decision, the 32 team owners voted Thursday to “accept the negotiated terms on the principles of a new collective bargaining agreement.” Details of that ...

Victory has Pens ahead of Capitals

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night. “I think this is his favorite time of year,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He tends to play his best ...

Bell set to prove last year no fluke

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Josh Bell insists he has not arrived. Not yet, though the metric the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star uses to judge his own progress is highly specific. Several times a year Bell will order the jersey of a high-profile opposing player and ...

For Pat’s sake: Hornqvist’s goals key to victory

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Patric Hornqvist and the fourth line set the tone in another big win for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hornqvist had two goals and an assist and the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Sunday. “Sometimes you get lucky out there and ...

Pirates noticing Stallings

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The son’s stay in town has outlasted the father’s. The irony isn’t lost on Jacob Stallings. It wasn’t necessarily supposed to be this way. Stallings was still a catching prospect — and not necessarily a young one — in the ...

Garrett potentially liable after interview

The agent for Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett opened himself up for potential legal action after reiterating his claim that Rudolph used a racial slur shortly before their infamous brawl in November. During an interview with ESPN, his first since ...

Zucker’s 2 goals lift Pens

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Penguins forward Jason Zucker is settling in nicely after two games with his new team. Zucker scored his first two goals with the Penguins during a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. “To me, it was about the win,” ...

Archer begins with clear mind — and less hair

BRADENTON, Fla. — Chris Archer is 2.5 pounds lighter than at the end of last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander didn’t go on a winter diet, though. Instead, Archer cut off his trademark dreadlocks. “It was time for a change,” Archer said Friday after a spring training ...

Colbert optimistic about Big Ben

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are confident quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right elbow will be ready to go in time for the 2020 regular season, so confident there are no plans to look around for a proven veteran backup ...

Shelton enjoys first practice in charge

By John Perrotto The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The smile never seemed to leave Derek Shelton’s face as he walked from one practice field to another while watching the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers and catchers go through their first spring training workout. Shelton was ...

Gourde keeping Tampa on hot streak

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The puck ended up on Yanni Gourde’s stick and for a split second, the only thing the Tampa Bay Lightning forward felt was a sense of panic. It passed. It always does these days for the NHL’s hottest team. Gourde collected Brayden Point’s cross-ice ...

AP: MLB considering expanding playoffs

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents. The playoffs would grow from 10 clubs to 14 under the plan, first reported Monday by the New York Post. There would be four wild ...

Speedweeks features wild 48 hours

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR is off to an intriguing start and the season has barely begun. In the first 48 hours, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Erik Jones, a pair of drivers with something to prove, grabbed the first two wins of the year. Brad Keselowski already seems at odds with teammate Joey ...