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Loss linked to outfield play

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - It's not often that outfield defense figures prominently in the outcome of a game, but that was the case in the Pirates' 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon.Both of the Pirates corner outfielders had a couple of misplays that ...

Fehr goal lifts Pens to victory

WASHINGTON - Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with about 4 minutes remaining Saturday night, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals that tied the Eastern Conference second-round playoff series at a game apiece.Fehr redirected a ...

Liriano pitches Bucs to sixth straight win

PITTSBURGH - Francisco Liriano won for the first time since opening day and John Jaso homered to open the bottom of the first as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 5-1 Saturday night for the Pirates' sixth straight win and Reds their sixth consecutive loss.Liriano (2-1) allowed one run in 6 innings for ...

Draft takes some time to grade

PITTSBURGH - Here's the only accurate grade you'll get on the Steelers draft:Incomplete.Anything else is pure guesswork, and that includes the team. They're making a more educated guess than anyone else because they've done more homework. But heavens to Huey Richardson, there are first-round ...

Zurich leader Stuard hoping to pick up first PGA victory

AVONDALE, La. - Brian Stuard completed his second straight bogey-free round to take a one-shot lead in the waterlogged Zurich Classic Saturday.Stuard played just six holes Saturday, completing his second round with a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana. Jamie Landmark and Jhonattan ...

Kang closer to returning

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-The Pirates haven't put an official timetable on Jung Ho Kang's return, but manager Clint Hurdle suggested on Saturday that Kang might be halfway through his rehab process.Before the game against Cincinnati, Hurdle made a reference to Kang's being on the ...

Steelers focus on retooling defense in draft

PITTSBURGH - The high-powered offense is in place. The Pittsburgh Steelers know this. The defense coming off its worst statistical season in nearly a quarter century, not so much.So the Steelers spent the NFL draft throwing young athletic bodies at the problem, hoping something sticks. It might ...

Nicasio tosses gem for Pirates

PITTSBURGH - It had been nearly a year since Josh Harrison hit a home run.He ended his drought Friday night while Juan Nicasio struck out eight in seven scoreless innings and Matt Joyce connected as a pinch-hitter to lead the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, extending ...

Steelers grab 2nd DB

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers defense didn't need to just get better. It needed to get more versatile to keep up with a rapidly changing league.The team spent the first two days of the NFL draft selecting players they believe can check off both boxes.Pittsburgh grabbed defensive back ...

Steelers select cornerback from Miami

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers spent nearly 20 years ignoring cornerbacks in the draft.They couldn't ignore Artie Burns. Not with a secondary in serious need of speed, youth and size. The Steelers believe Burns gives them all three.Pittsburgh took the Miami cornerback with the 25th ...

Oshie beats Penguins in overtime

WASHINGTON - T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in a classic start to the highly anticipated second-round playoff series between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.Oshie's wraparound goal 9:33 ...

Atlanta finishes off Boston

BOSTON - Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each added 15 points for the Hawks, who earned their first playoff ...

Hot Pirates offense stopped by snow day

DENVER - Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has found a winning formula - regular rest for his players combined with a few other ingredients.All of his players received a little bonus rest Thursday after their game with the Colorado Rockies was postponed due to rain and snow mix.Hurdle was going to ...

Crosby, Ovechkin rivalry back in spotlight

The two faces most responsible for bringing the NHL full-throttle into the 21st century are inextricably linked. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin get it, even if they'd rather not talk about it.Their simultaneous arrival following the 2004-05 lockout served as the league's version of a ...

Steelers have several options with first-round pick

"With their first pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select ...''The excitement will be building, as it always does each year, when the Steelers are on the clock with their top pick in the draft tonight. Names like Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller, David DeCastro ...

Phils’ Morton done for year

WASHINGTON - Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Charlie Morton is out for the season because of a torn left hamstring.Morton is scheduled for surgery on the hamstring next Monday, and recovery time is expected to be six-to-eight months."I feel bad for Charlie. Great guy. I feel bad for him ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the seventh of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday:CORNERBACKSCurrently on the roster: William Gay, Ross Cockrell, Senquez Golson, Doran Grant, Isaiah Frey, Montell Garner, Al-Hajj ShabazzLast five ...

Mc-Crush-en hits three homers in victory

DENVER - Slumping outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit three homers and drove in five runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Tuesday night.This was the second time McCutchen has gone deep three times in a game. He also accomplished the feat on Aug. 1, 2009, against ...

Ex-Pen could be the difference

The Associated PressARLINGTON, Va. - Jay Beagle's sharpest memory of the Washington Capitals' 2009 playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins was when he tried to run over Brooks Orpik and instead got flattened at center ice.Orpik is still capable of making that kind of mark seven years ...

Pens’ Fleury still hurting

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury skated alongside some of his teammates on Monday, but said he's still dealing with concussion symptoms and is uncertain on when he will return.Fleury hasn't played since sustaining his second concussion of the season on March 31. He ...