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Pittsburgh signs closer Rivero to 4-year contract

PITTSBURGH — Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild. “They were saying they wanted to ...

New offensive coordinator named quickly

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers didn’t look very far for offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s replacement, promoting longtime quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to the position on Thursday, four days after Pittsburgh’s season ended with a divisional round playoff loss to Jacksonville. The ...

Cavaliers ponder latest January slump

INDEPENDENCE — With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice. The cold stare. The pursed lips. The focus. This is no time for frivolity. With Cleveland in the midst of its annual January deep freeze, a troubling ...

Buckeyes roll on; hold off Northwestern rally

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games as No. 22 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 71-65 on Wednesday night. C.J. Jackson had 12 points, eight assists and three steals, Micah Potter scored 13 points off the bench, Jae’Sean ...

Thomas still unsure of football future

CLEVELAND — Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future. He’s still holding. Cleveland’s star left tackle, who played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left triceps injury on Oct. 22, said Wednesday night that he’s undecided about continuing ...

Steelers don’t retain Haley

PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL. All the yards and all the touchdowns weren’t enough, however, for the fiery offensive coordinator to keep his job. The Steelers chose not to renew Haley’s ...

Tomlin ‘not ready’ to endorse OC Haley

PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley’s contract as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers is up. And coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t sound as if he’s in a rush to decide whether Haley will be back next season. Tomlin sidestepped several attempts to endorse Haley’s return on Tuesday as ...

Source: Browns talk to McAdoo

CLEVELAND — Bounced from New York, Ben McAdoo might get a new opportunity with the Browns. McAdoo, who was fired as Giants coach in December after going 2-10 and benching star quarterback Eli Manning, is interviewing Tuesday to be the offensive coordinator for Cleveland coach Hue ...

Pirates were torn on trade

PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen didn’t run from the challenge in Pittsburgh, he embraced it. A rising star on a franchise mired in two decades of losing, McCutchen bet on the Pirates in the spring of 2012 by signing a six-year contract, gambling that he could become one of the game’s best ...

Fail in the fourth

CLEVELAND — Once the lead swelled to 14, Kevin Durant waved both arms like a boxing referee stopping a fight. Another knockout on the road for these Warriors. Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and Golden State extended its road winning streak to 13 with a 118-108 Martin ...

Still coping

PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t the pregame talk about New England. Or the seemingly weekly distractions that piled up one on top of the other, some of them self-created and others the byproduct of circumstances far beyond their control. The Pittsburgh Steelers spent Monday cleaning out their ...

Shooting stars: Pirates trade McCutchen

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants found the outfielder they were looking for this winter, acquiring Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh on Monday to fill a key void. San Francisco parted with right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus ...

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Tom Harcarik, right, receives the first-place trophy from Ted Snyder, tournament manager of the Warren Challenge bowling tournament which concluded Sunday at Cortland Lanes.

Harcarik goes from 8th to title

He had to strike out Saturday in the 18th and final game of qualifying just to make it into the eighth — and last — finals position. Tom Harcarik followed that effort up on Sunday by averaging 252 for the day as he won the 39th Warren Challenge bowling tournament at Cortland Lanes. It was ...

Buckeyes continue playing well

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Ohio State opened up the season without much expectation. So, making the Top 25 and leading the Big Ten surely wasn’t anticipated. Now, when the new weekly rankings come out, the Buckeyes will likely have both. “We had talked about it a little bit,” first-year ...

‘It wasn’t our day’

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s drama-filled season ended shockingly. A final, forgettable act. No shot at the Patriots. No seventh Super Bowl trophy. No tomorrow. And when it ended following a game no one expected, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and the rest of the ...

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The field for the finals of the 39th Warren Challenge bowling tournament scheduled today at Cortland Lanes includes, from left, Rich Speicher, Tom Harcarik, Mike Benton, Bob Haynie, James Nolen, Adam Barta, Joe Nuzzo and Mark Lias. The finalists were the top eight qualifiers after 18 games of qualifying.

Field set for Warren Challenge finals today

Four-time champion Adam Barta set the pace Saturday in the third and final round of qualifying for the 39th Warren Challenge bowling tournament and he leads the field into today’s finals at noon at Cortland Lanes. Barta rolled a 1513 block of six games at Freeway Lanes on Saturday and ...

Jaguars’ 30-9 win looms over playoff game today

PITTSBURGH — At the time the score looked like a misprint. Jacksonville 30. Pittsburgh 9 . On the road. A result so stunningly one-sided Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stood in the locker room on that gray October afternoon only half-jokingly wondered if he still had ...

Pirates complete trade of P Cole to Houston

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros already had two Cy Young winners on their staff. They’re hoping Gerrit Cole can make it three. The World Series champions boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got ...

Squandered

INDIANAPOLIS — When Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan went small Friday night, Lance Stephenson came up big. He baited LeBron James into a late technical foul. He made play after play down the stretch and when the game was over the Pacers’ showman was celebrating. Stephenson had 16 ...

Indians avoid arbitration with 2, Bauer next

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians settled all their arbitration cases but one. Once again, Trevor Bauer is an exception. The club avoided arbitration with starter Danny Salazar and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts for the 2018 season. Salazar, who ...