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Twinbill tinkering could help out Major League Baseball

TORONTO — If Major League Baseball needs to squeeze more games into a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs, then perhaps this idea could get tossed into play: how about seven-inning doubleheaders? Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the ...

Pirates or the Tigers?: World championship baseball games start today

Both teams are confident Immense seating capacity of Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, entirely too small to accommodate the thousands who wish to view contest — Great crush when general admission ticket offices are opened this morning — Pittsburgh filled with visitors. PITTSBURGH — The ...

Help for Big Ben coming

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is getting a little help. The defensive line is getting a little depth. The offensive line a little veteran experience, all in the name of helping the Pittsburgh Steelers make some headway in the new-look AFC ...

Pirates do a little more than baseball business

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the roster move of seven players down to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday for whenever the 2020 season starts. Starting the season on the Indians roster will be Jason Martin (OF), Cole Tucker (INF), Ke’Bryan Hayes (INF), ...

A few AFC teams do well in free agency

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press NFL teams have been busy for four days agreeing to terms with free agents and arranging trades. Here are the key moves made for each AFC team: BALTIMORE WHERE TEAM IMPROVED IN FREE AGENCY: Made big moves on defensive line (Calais Campbell, Michael ...

Steelers reunite Watts

Fullback Derek joins brother T.J. PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the opening day of free agency into a family reunion for the Watt family. The team agreed to terms fullback Derek Watt on a three-year contract worth $9.75 million, luring him from the Los Angeles Chargers to ...

Pirates’ Tucker expects long hiatus for MLB amid ‘scary’ situation

Cole Tucker is a regular guy, as much of a regular guy as a Major League Baseball player can be, really. As Curve fans saw during his time with the team in 2017 and ‘18, and as Pirates fans saw from the MLB rookie last year, Tucker is a good talker who enjoys chatting about anything and ...

Steelers put Shazier on reserved/retirement list

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier’s NFL career is over. For now at least. The Pittsburgh Steelers placed the inside linebacker on the reserved/retired list on Tuesday. Shazier spent the last two seasons on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a spinal ...

ESPN: Brady going to Tampa

The Associated Press BOSTON — Over the past two decades, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick built the most successful player-coach partnership in NFL history, establishing the core of the Patriots’ championship culture. Following Brady’s announcement Tuesday morning that he will leave New ...

Steelers putting franchise tag on Dupree

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Ramon Foster is walking away. The team placed the franchise tag on Dupree on Monday, hours before the NFL-mandated deadline for teams to use the designation. Hours later, Foster ...

Players approve 10-year deal

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press By a close vote, with some 500 union members not participating, NFL players have approved a new labor agreement with the league. It features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former ...

Owners win again, not players, with CBA

More money, more jobs, and more for retirement. Those are the kind of things negotiated in most union contracts, and the union that represents NFL players got them in the new deal that ties the NFL and its players together for the next decade. But more work, too? Who would negotiate ...

Yanks farmhand diagnosed with case of coronavirus

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — A minor leaguer for the New York Yankees tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, becoming the first known player affiliated with Major League Baseball to contract COVID-19. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that a “younger ...

Pirates offering refund plan for tickets

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — In the wake of Thursday’s decision by Major League Baseball to suspend all spring training games and delay the start of the 2020 regular season due to safety concerns around the Coronavirus, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to work to minimize the impact ...

Season for Bucs, Curve will be delayed

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve will see the start of their seasons delayed because of coronavirus concerns. Major League Baseball suspended operations Thursday, postponing spring training two weeks ahead of the start of the regular season. The league expects the start of the season ...

MLB will delay the start of its season two weeks

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was driving down Florida’s west coast on Interstate 75 from Sarasota to Fort Myers for an exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins when he got the call. No game tonight. No games for a while. “Pretty shocked,” Davis ...

NHL operations put on hold

The Associated Press The NHL has placed its season on ice — for now. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday the league will “pause” its season, effective immediately, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move came one day after the NBA suspended its season after a player ...

NFL teams limiting, stopping some trips

The Associated Press NFL teams are curtailing or completely stopping scouting operations as a safeguard against the spread of the new coronavirus. The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets are ...

Cup shot means more to vets

PITTSBURGH — The evidence of Patrick Marleau’s near miss is everywhere. In the rafters at PPG Paints Arena. In the lobby on the way to the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room, where a replica of the Stanley Cup the franchise won in 2016 at the expense of Marleau and the San Jose Sharks sits. ...

Malkin lifts slumping Pens

NEWARK, N.J. — Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up another to lead the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Evan Rodrigues and defensemen Justin Schultz and Kris Letang also scored as the Penguins won for only the third time in 11 ...