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Steelers choose Pitt’s Conner

PITTSBURGH — A year ago, James Conner was in the middle of chemotherapy treatment as it waged a battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that left the Pittsburgh star running back drained but resolute. Conner never doubted he’d make the NFL. Even as the drugs sapped his strength and wreaked ...

Big second inning carries Pirates over Marlins

MIAMI — Francisco Cervelli drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored eight times in the second inning in a 12-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Jordy Mercer homered and had two RBIs, Josh Harrison had three hits and knocked in two, and Andrew McCutchen also drove ...

Penguins eye return of speedster Hagelin

WASHINGTON — Carl Hagelin could be bringing his trademark speed back to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup. Coach Mike Sullivan said Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals tonight after being out since March 10 with a lower-body injury. The ...

Smart and safe

BEREA — The Browns didn’t mess around with the No. 1 pick. They didn’t find their franchise quarterback either. Convinced that Myles Garrett was too good to pass up, Cleveland wasted no time in taking the consensus best player in the NFL draft with the first overall pick on Thursday ...

Steelers choose linebacker with family pedigree

PITTSBURGH — T.J. Watt spent his childhood playing in the considerable shadow of older brothers J.J. and Derek. The neophyte linebacker still very much in the embryonic stage of his career will get his chance to step into his own with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The reigning AFC North ...

Lindor’s long blast lifts Indians over Houston

CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor has added game-changing power to his long list of skills. Lindor’s two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 4-3 Thursday night. The 456-foot blast off Chris Devenski (1-1) landed in the visitors bullpen about 50 ...

Crosby, Penguins strike first in playoff series vs. Capitals

WASHINGTON — Sidney Crosby outdueled Alex Ovechkin in a vintage goal-for-goal showdown between the NHL’s top teams, and Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury put the finishing touches on a playoff classic. Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Bonino had the winner in the third period and ...

Sharon’s Steel Valley Thunder is Saturday

HARTFORD — Sharon Speedway opened the 2017 season last weekend with the first-ever appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. This weekend, the Steel Valley Thunder weekly program kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. as the track’s 88th anniversary season rolls on. The Hovis Auto & ...

Williams adjusts to life on defending champ’s bench

CLEVELAND — For nearly two months, Deron Williams appeared lost with his new teammates — an outsider among the Cavaliers. Well, he found the perfect time to fit in. The former All-Star guard came up big for Cleveland during its first-round sweep of Indiana, providing scoring and another ...

Brantley’s back

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley missed Cleveland’s run to the World Series. So it’s understandable why he’s enjoying his comeback from shoulder problems that forced him to miss most of last season. Brantley drove in three runs and the Indians defeated the Houston Astros 7-6 on ...

Howland grad Smith hopeful for draft

When De’Veon Smith removes his helmet, one thing is quite noticeable — the dreadlocks. The Howland High School graduate said he changed his hair style, something he did every year at the University of Michigan. “I’m letting it grow now-a-days,” said the 5-foot-11, 223-pound ...

A long history of futility

CLEVELAND — Finding Bigfoot has been more productive than the Cleveland Browns’ search for a franchise quarterback. This flawed football quest drags on. For nearly two decades, the Browns, once a standard of NFL excellence and now a league punching bag, have been running in circles as ...

Cavaliers take a break, await Raptors or Bucks

INDIANAPOLIS — The Cleveland Cavaliers finally caught a break. After struggling through the final weeks of the regular season and losing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the defending champs assured themselves of getting a little more rest. They can use it. “We have some good ...

Cubs, Heyward batter Pittsburgh in 14-3 romp

PITTSBURGH — Jason Heyward is getting tired of talking about his rebuilt swing. Considering what the Chicago Cubs center fielder is doing at the plate these days, the conversation will soon flip from his new-look swing to the results. Heyward hit his third home run in four days, a sizzling ...

Bring out the brooms

INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James stuck to the old script Sunday. Again, he bailed out the Cleveland Cavaliers. And again, he sent the Indiana Pacers home for vacation. On yet another milestone day for basketball’s king, James’ crowning achievement was making the go-ahead 3-pointer with ...

White Sox prove too much for Indians

CHICAGO — Although the Chicago White Sox have gotten off to a rough start offensively, Tim Anderson is confident the lineup will produce. Sunday was a step in that direction. Melky Cabrera drove in a pair of runs, Derek Holland tossed six strong innings and Chicago busted out of an ...

Carrasco stars in 2nd straight shutout

CHICAGO — Carlos Carrasco can’t help but wonder what could have been last year. Healthy and back in the Cleveland Indians rotation, at least he’s picking up where he left off. Carrasco, who missed Cleveland’s run to the World Series last season with an injury, threw eight innings of ...

James, Cavs try to close out Pacers

They seem like postseason traditions: LeBron James is going for a sweep, and the Los Angeles Clippers have big problems. James is one win from the second round and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers might be on the cusp of getting several rest days. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin will ...

Yankees power past Pirates in late innings

PITTSBURGH — Chris Carter spent most of the winter waiting for the phone to ring and a good portion of the spring waiting for the power that produced 41 home runs with Milwaukee last season to show up for the New York Yankees. With one swing of the bat on Saturday, that power was finally on ...

Phantoms even series with 3-2 victory

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms did what they needed to do Saturday night at the Covelli Centre. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead through two periods of play, the Phantoms held on for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Steel, forcing a decisive Game 5 of their United States Hockey League ...