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Bucs head to Chicago off 3-game sweep

By Colin FlyThe Associated PressMILWAUKEE - The Pittsburgh Pirates are red hot heading to Chicago. But their postseason aspirations could hinge on medical examinations off the field over the coming days.Ivan Nova threw six sharp innings before leaving early because of a hurting left hamstring ...

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert is dealing with an elbow injury he deemed as significant, while defensive end Cam Heyward has a high right ankle sprain. Both starters vowed Sunday to be ready

By Dan ScifoThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert is dealing with an elbow injury he deemed as significant, while defensive end Cam Heyward has a high right ankle sprain.Both starters vowed Sunday to be ready for the team's regular-season opener in two ...

Cole’s elbow checkup not good this time of year

PITTSBURGH - Gerrit Cole is in California, having his right elbow examined, which means the Pirates are likely to hit September with exactly zero of their original starting pitchers in the rotation.Francisco Liriano and Jon Niese have been traded, and Jeff Locke and Juan Nicasio have been ...

Bucs rally from large deficit to beat Brewers

MILWAUKEE - Pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco had a tiebreaking three-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied from four runs down to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-6, on Saturday night.Polanco doubled off reliever Blaine Boyer (1-3) with one-out in the sixth, giving the Pirates a 9-6 lead that ...

Police charge Lochte with false report in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in ...

Browns trade ’13 top pick Mingo to New England

CLEVELAND - Barkevious Mingo never really fit in with the Browns.The Patriots will try to find an ideal spot for him.A major disappointment in Cleveland, Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 draft was traded to New England on Thursday.The Browns received a fifth-round pick in the 2017 ...

Crosby chosen Canada captain

The process of selecting Sidney Crosby as Canada's captain for the World Cup of Hockey was a simple one."It was: 'This is what we're going to do. Any questions? Next," general manager Doug Armstrong recalled.Crosby wearing the "C'' for Canada was a no-doubter given his track record of scoring ...

No one talks after Harrison meeting

From Mirror, wire reportsPittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers met this week with NFL investigators looking into allegations linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, the players' union said Thursday.Matthews ...

McCutchen wins it in 10th

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaker in the 10th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates stopped a nine-game skid at Miller Park, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday night.The Pirates picked up one game in the wild card standings, ...

Heyward says he’s ready to go

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh defensive end Cameron Heyward isn't opposed to a rotation along the line. He's also OK with playing as many snaps as necessary.The Steelers made it a goal in the offseason to give Heyward and Stephon Tuitt support at end."Whatever cards we're dealt, we're going to be ...

Ace not able to deliver

PITTSBURGH - After seeing rookie Jameson Taillon and newcomer Ivan Nova put together gems the previous two nights against the Houston Astros, the Pittsburgh Pirates hoped to get the same from Gerrit Cole.Pittsburgh's struggling ace couldn't deliver.Cole went just five innings and the Pirates ...

Hayes big part of ‘Backyard Brawl’

John Hayes isn't a native of Blair County, but no one has had more of a direct hand in the "Backyard Brawl" between Bellwood-Antis and Tyrone than he.Friday night at Gray-Veterans Memorial Field will mark the 82nd time high school football teams from Bellwood and Tyrone have locked horns. Hayes ...

Baker likes Tigers back on schedule

As a Roaring Spring native, Dave Baker is very familiar what the game with Hollidaysburg has meant to the Central High School community."The people here are really excited, maybe more than the players," Baker said. "It was the big game for us. (Hollidaysburg) dominated. But it was a big game ...

Kuhl customer on the mound

Notes, quotes and observations after a recent trip to Pittsburgh's PNC Park:PITTSBURGH?- Sinker-balling young right-hander Chad Kuhl started the season at Class AAA Indianapolis, but he has quietly become one of the Pirates' most consistent and reliable starting pitchers.Entering tonight's ...

Cole becoming No. 1 problem

By John Mehnojohnmehnocolumn@gmail.comPITTSBURGH - Gerrit Cole entered this season as the Pirates' No. 1 starting pitcher.Now he's their No. 1 pitching problem.Cole allowed five runs in five innings Wednesday afternoon as the Pirates lost 5-4 to the Houston Astros and missed a chance to win the ...

Rookies thriving on challenge

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates are getting contributions from rookies who didn't have to wait for a September call-up.Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl and Adam Frazier head the list of players who have helped while they've been thrust into the major leagues for the first time.Manager Clint Hurdle said he ...

Frazier shows off his versatility

PITTSBURGH - The parallels between Adam Frazier, who is making an impact in his first season with the Pittsburgh Pirates after being called up from Class AAA Indianapolis in late June, and Josh Harrison, who has been making a big impact with the Pirates for the past several seasons, are ...

Nova goes the distance in victory

PITTSBURGH - Ivan Nova has developed a pre-game ritual since coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees in a trade on Aug. 1.The right-hander walks up to right fielder Gregory Polanco in the dugout just before the first pitch and asks him to hit a home run."He hit two for me ...

Anderson making up for lost time

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Robby Anderson remembers leaning over his birthday cake, closing his eyes and making a wish.More than anything, the wide receiver just wanted to play football again. So, he blew out the candles on May 9, 2015, celebrated his 22nd birthday and hoped for good news."I knew ...

Pirates sign Freese to extension

PITTSBURGH - David Freese was looking for a place to play in March.Now he feels like he's found a home.Freese, who signed with the Pirates during spring training, agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract extension with an option for a third season. The announcement was made before Monday's ...