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Bucs hand Cubs another loss

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove finished his season on a good note and then made a young boy happy. Musgrove pitched three-hit ball through six innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 9-5 on Thursday night and extended the Cubs’ losing streak to ...

TE picked up from Seahawks

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired tight end Nick Vannett from the Seattle Seahawks for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft. Pittsburgh is in need of help at tight end. The team placed Xavier Grimble on injured reserve Wednesday with a calf ...

Sports at a glance

Pens win it in third period PITTSBURGH — For two periods in Pittsburgh, the Detroit Red Wings hung with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They couldn’t keep it up in the third, however, as the Penguins won, 4-2, on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh’s Brandon Tanev opend the scoring just over three ...

Hurdle will return in 2020

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who is under contract through 2021, told The Athletic on Wednesday that he has received assurances from team management that he will return next year for his 10th season. This came out on the night the Pirates beat ...

Young QBs need mobility to thrive

By Teresa M. Walker The Associated Press It’s an NFL rite each season that young quarterbacks find themselves playing early whether because of high draft status, injuries or simply a struggling team looking for a spark. Injuries already have forced Gardner Minshew of the Jaguars, Mason ...

Bucs victorious as Cubs stumble

PITTSBURGH — The freefalling Chicago Cubs committed five errors, including two in a seven-run seventh inning, and moved to the brink of elimination with a 9-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night that extended their losing streak to seven. Chicago dropped to 82-75 and would be ...

Top 4 teams stay the same in latest AP Pro32 poll

NEW YORK — Through three weeks, the NFL’s big four are as dominant as ever. The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, all division winners last year, are undefeated so far and occupy the top four spots in the AP Pro32 poll for the second ...

Rudolph takes blame for defeat

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph’s career as an NFL starting quarterback is six quarters old. Yet he knows how it goes. When things don’t go well, the first order of business is placing the blame squarely on your shoulders. So Rudolph did after a 24-20 loss to San Francisco on Sunday ...

Malkin aims for rebound

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin was talking about himself. The longtime Pittsburgh Penguins center might as well have been talking about his team. “I want to show to everyone I’m not done,” Malkin said. “(I want to show) everything — power skating, stickhandling, scoring, play in the D ...

Lafferty sent down

Lafferty sent down Hollidaysburg graduate Sam Lafferty was one of eight players the Pittsburgh Penguins sent down to Wilkes Barre/Scranton on Monday. The team cut its roster to 27 players following Sunday’s preseason game against Detroit, in which Lafferty played and took four shots on goal.

What happens now?: No excuses coming from Tomlin for his 0-3 Steelers

By Josh Dubow The Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers gave away everything but the game. Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dante Pettis with 1:15 remaining and the 49ers overcame five turnovers to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20 on Sunday for ...

Brown: Finished with NFL

By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Antonio Brown says he is finished with the NFL. In a Twitter rant on the morning his most recent team was getting ready to play without him, the former New England Patriots receiver says, “Will not be playing in the NFL ...

Steelers-49ers highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 24-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.: Play of the game: With 5:36 left in the game and the Steelers holding a 20-17 lead, running back James Conner fumbled on a ...

Rudolph unable to produce enough big plays

By Josh Dubow The Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Mason Rudolph delivered two big plays in his first career start in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. Rudolph and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense couldn’t do much of anything outside of those two long ...

Pirates lose 9th straight

By Rich Rovito The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia had been hushed at the plate during the Milwaukee Brewers’ crucial homestand. They made some noise Sunday. Thames hit two home runs, Arcia also connected and the Brewers took a combined perfect game into the ...

Odds stacked against Steelers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Two straight losses to open the year, a season-ending injury to the franchise quarterback, and a West Coast trip to face an undefeated team all add up to many people writing off the Pittsburgh Steelers before the end of September. That’s just the way coach Mike ...

Pens struggle in exhibition defeat

COLUMBUS — The Pittsburgh Penguins fell to 1-1-1 in the NHL preseason Saturday afternoon, thanks to a 3-1 loss at Columbus. Pittsburgh scored in the first period and was shut out the rest of the way. On a pass from Andrew Agozzino, with an extra assist from defenseman John Marino, the ...

Rookies rock Bucs’ hurlers

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Rookies Keston Hiura and Trent Grisham each hit two-run homers and the Milwaukee Brewers increased their edge for the second NL wild-card spot, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 Saturday night. The Brewers lead Chicago by three games in the wild-card ...

Brewers stretch wild-card lead

MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, Trent Grisham hit a bases-loaded triple and the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-1, Friday night to strengthen their grip on an NL wild card. Milwaukee is 8-2 since NL MVP Christian Yelich broke his right kneecap ...

Rudolph’s time arrives this Sunday

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph could have gone the hat and clipboard route, the typical gear of choice for most NFL backup quarterbacks. The inner pragmatist in him would have none of it. So Rudolph spent the first six quarters of the 2019 season standing on the ...