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Pirates capture fifth straight at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE - Andrew McCutchen, Jody Mercer and Josh Bell each drove in two runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates preserved their faint playoff hopes alive with a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.The Pirates won their fifth straight at Miller Park, and fifth of six overall to improve ...

ESPN to use Scully’s call

BRISTOL, Conn. - Vin Scully's call from the local Dodgers broadcast will be used for one inning during the national telecast on ESPN on Wednesday.ESPN says it will air Scully's live commentary for SportsNet LA for the entire fourth inning of the matchup between the Dodgers and the rival ...

Canada eliminates Team USA

TORONTO - Patrick Kane was on the verge of tears as the final horn sounded on another American loss to Canada.A 4-2 wipeout eliminated the United States from the World Cup of Hockey on Tuesday night, ending what was perhaps the best chance for this generation of players to win an international ...

James, Grimble helping in a tight spot

PITTSBURGH - The greatest tight end in Pittsburgh Steelers history is retired, off being a dad back in his native Virginia. Heath Miller's replacement, Ladarius Green, is out indefinitely while nursing health issues that won't seem to go away.In their stead are a pair of works in progress in ...

Panthers must get defense up to par

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi hasn't lost faith in his secondary, though there's plenty to work on after surrendering 872 yards through the air in the last two games, including 540 to Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph in a 45-38 loss on Saturday."They've got to ...

Steelers win bland Bengals rematch

PITTSBURGH - No chaos this time. No meltdowns either.The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals stuck to football this time.And Ben Roethlisberger's sharp second half gave the Steelers an early leg up in the race for the AFC North title by shaking off a pair of first-half interceptions to ...

Tomlin pleased as depth shines

PITTSBURGH - If there were any punches thrown at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon, they were confined to the stands and the parking lots.The Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals gave peace a chance, playing an incident-free game that was in marked contrast to the almost out of control playoff game ...

TE position doesn’t miss a beat without Heath

PITTSBURGH - Heath Miller was probably at home Sunday afternoon, watching the Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals from the comfort of his living room.But the Steelers' retired tight end was not forgotten, as his name came up often following Pittsburgh's 24-16 victory at Heinz Field.Miller's name ...

Dalton’s statistics prove meaningless

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers still don't have a sack, at least a sack of consequence, through two games.They also don't have a loss, a trade-off they can live with while their defensive front four searches for consistency. While Cincinnati's Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards and a ...

Ravens, Browns rounding into form

CLEVELAND - Joe Flacco's return has the Baltimore Ravens looking more like themselves.The Browns, well, they haven't changed at all.Flacco, whose 2015 season was cut short by a knee injury and surgery, overcame a pair of interceptions by throwing two touchdown passes to Mike Wallace, and the ...

Wentz trying to carry over momentum

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - He came from an SEC program and spent most of his rookie season watching from the sideline, so Jay Cutler's transition to the NFL wasn't exactly like Carson Wentz's.Cutler had time. Wentz had no wait.The No. 2 overall draft pick, Wentz will try to build on an impressive ...

Williams doesn’t show age, reaches milestone

PITTSBURGH - DeAngelo Williams isn't obsessed with his numbers. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back isn't really keeping track of them anyway, though if he's being honest he's getting a little tired of his age coming up in nearly every conversation.Yes, Williams is aware he's 33, a time when ...

Truex Jr. uses caution to take Chase lead

JOLIET, Ill. - Martin Truex Jr. went from a completely unraveled tire that left him a lap down to the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lead for the first time in his career.He can thank a late caution in what has been an emotional year for the small-team driver.Truex shot to the ...

Irish’s Kelly trying to fix struggling defensive unit

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is getting frustrated at explaining why his defense is struggling so mightily.The Irish defense has missed far too many tackles in losses at Texas and at home against Michigan State, giving up more than 239 yards rushing and 500 yards total ...

Playoff chances grow dim

CINCINNATI - Ivan Nova was unbeaten for seven weeks, then beaten up Sunday.Joey Votto smacked his 25th homer, Tucker Barnhart tied his career high with four RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds snapped the Pittsburgh Pirates' four-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory.Votto finished with four hits, ...

Chase usually produces temper tantrums

JOLIET, Ill. - Based on history, the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will produce pushing and shoving, ruined cars and a whole lot of yelling and finger-pointing.The third year of NASCAR's elimination-style, 10-race dash for the series title begins Sunday with the 400-mile race at ...

Bucs take DH from Reds

CINCINNATI - So many things went right that the Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't pick just one pleasing moment.Sean Rodriguez homered in both games, and Andrew McCutchen had a bases-loaded single as the Pirates beat the Reds 7-3 on Saturday night for their first doubleheader sweep in Cincinnati ...

deGrom likely done for year

NEW YORK - Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom has been scratched from his scheduled start today and is unlikely to pitch again this season because of an injury to the ulnar nerve in his right elbow.DeGrom has been out since Sept. 1 after experiencing elbow pain in a start against Miami. He felt ...

Steelers, Cincy downplay tension

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - The Cincinnati Bengals insist they're past the meltdown that cost them so dearly in a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last January.Yet nine months later, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick still can't quite believe it.Yes, that really was Cincinnati linebacker ...

Pass rush hopes to boost pressure

PITTSBURGH - It's not the kind of shutout the Pittsburgh Steelers defense had in mind to start the season.Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins dropped back to pass 43 times in Pittsburgh's 38-16 victory in the opener last Monday. And 43 times Cousins was able to get the ball off without ...