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Pirates blank Chicago behind Kuhl pitching

PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each homered in three-hit games in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 7-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Kuhl (2-3) retired the first nine batters and had a no-hitter until Anthony Rizzo ...

Tribe walks off again on Luplow’s HR

CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday night. The loss ...

Finding some balance

CLEVELAND — Like a mother lion with her hungry cubs, Baker Mayfield has many mouths to feed. And just one football to share. When Mayfield looks around Cleveland’s offensive huddle, the Browns quarterback is surrounded by almost an embarrassment of offensive riches. There’s star ...

Blitzburgh: Sack-happy defense leads Steelers

PITTSBURGH — The pressure came from everywhere. Up the middle. Off the edge. On stunts. On good old-fashioned one-on-one domination. Still, Denver quarterback Jeff Driskel thought he’d figured things out late on Sunday afternoon, leading the Broncos down to the Pittsburgh 15 with less ...

Back in style

CLEVELAND — With one sweet swing, Jose Ramirez pushed the Cleveland Indians into the playoffs and strengthened his case for the AL MVP award. Ramirez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Cleveland a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox that clinched a postseason ...

YSU’s Phillips remains upbeat about team’s future

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — When Doug Phillips was hired as the eighth head coach in Youngstown State University football history, all he wanted to do was get down to business and prepare his team for a new era in Penguins football and their opening game of the season. That was Feb. 7, right before ...

Browns’ Mack, Williams return

CLEVELAND (AP) — As several big names — Nick Bosa, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and others — were added to a long list of injured players on Sunday during a cringe-worthy afternoon across the NFL, Browns linebacker Mack Wilson felt several emotions. “Heartbroken,” he ...

Tribe 1 win from postseason

CLEVELAND — The Indians left Progressive Field on the brink of a playoff berth and went home. The party’s on hold. In 2020, little goes as planned. “Everything is awkward this year,” acting manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said. “So you can add that to it.” Carlos Santana’s two-run ...

Carrasco, Ramirez help Tribe top Tigers

DETROIT — With Carlos Carrasco looking sharp down the stretch, the Cleveland Indians could be a dangerous team in the postseason. Carrasco allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, and Jose Ramirez homered twice to lift the Indians to a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. ...

Steelers hold off Broncos as Denver drives late

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A game seemingly in hand suddenly on the cusp of slipping away, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t overthink things. His team’s defense is built on one principle: attack. Needing a stop to turn back the surprisingly resilient Denver Broncos, the ...

Cardinals edge Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and Jack Flaherty struck out 11 as the St. Louis Cardinals kept their hold on a postseason spot with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Molina’s home run to the bleachers in left field came in the seventh inning off ...

Conner expected to play vs. Broncos

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh running back James Conner believes he’ll be able to play on his balky left ankle today (1 p.m., CBS) when the Steelers host Denver in their home opener. Conner left a season-opening win over the New York Giants on Monday in the first half after something ...

High-scoring victory changes perceptions for Browns

CLEVELAND — The chant seemed to come out of nowhere and quickly grew louder during a replay review to see if the Browns had indeed scored on a gorgeous, play-action touchdown pass. “O-B-J, O-B-J,” yelled many of the 6,000 fans, acknowledging Odell Beckham Jr.’s 43-yard scoring ...

Tigers beat Tribe; Gardenhire retires

DETROIT — Jose Ramirez hit a two-run double in the third inning, and for a while it looked as if that would be enough for the Cleveland Indians. Not this time. Cleveland’s lack of offense proved costly Saturday night when the Indians allowed four runs in the eighth inning and lost 5-2 ...

O’Neill ends no-hit bid; Cards rally past Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run double to end a no-hit bid started by Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to beat the Pirates 5-4 Saturday night. Keller threw 84 pitches over six no-hit innings and was pulled from the game leading 4-0, but the ...

Lake Erie walleye count rated excellent

Judging by the mid-day parades of trucks towing boats southbound on Ohio 11 this summer, it is apparent that limiting on Lake Erie walleyes was not difficult. Based on news released earlier this week by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, the outlook for easy limits ...

JFK grad Kokrak in the hunt through two rounds

The wind was up at Winged Foot, the greens harder, the rough still gnarly. Jason Kokrak negotiated it all after a shaky start and now finds himself in contention at a major championship. Shaking off three early bogeys, the big-hitting PGA Tour veteran who graduated from John F. Kennedy High ...

Indians blank Detroit, 1-0

DETROIT — Zach Plesac pitched impressively into the eighth inning, and Brad Hand worked out of a jam in the ninth to send the Cleveland Indians to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Francisco Lindor drove in the game’s only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, and ...

Steelers try to move on from justice advocacy flap

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers thought they had a plan for how to properly and respectfully make a public statement regarding social justice during their season opener against the New York Giants. Someone called an audible. Multiple someones, actually, leaving the organization ...

Ramirez helps Indians snap skid in 10-3 win

DETROIT — Shane Bieber and the birthday boy helped the Cleveland Indians end their skid. Bieber took a shutout into the eighth inning, Jose Ramirez homered twice on his 28th birthday and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 10-3 on Thursday night. Cleveland snapped an eight-game losing ...