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Pickett enters season firmly in charge at Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett never doubted he’d be here. Not as a scrawny 130-pound freshman quarterback growing up in New Jersey. Not when he enrolled early at Pittsburgh in the spring of 2017 as a distant third on the depth chart behind Max Browne and Ben DiNucci. Not last fall, when ...

No ‘Deflategate’ sequel coming

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No investigation or federal case needed this time. The NFL says a bad football used in a preseason game Thursday night was simply defective. The league said in a statement Friday that a ball was removed from play during the third quarter of the Steelers-Eagles game in ...

Jim France chooses to stay quiet while interim NASCAR CEO

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jim France seems to be choosing to stay in the shadows, declining to let the public hear from him as the interim chairman and CEO of NASCAR. France is not expected to be available for interviews as NASCR prepares to run its first race, at Michigan International ...

Woodland sets record but only leads by a stroke

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gary Woodland followed up a great start with a round good enough to get him in the record book Friday at the PGA Championship. Woodland had no choice but to play well to stay ahead of Kevin Kisner and everyone else. On a day of record scoring, Woodland had a 4-under 66 ...

Denny Hamlin grabs pole at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch swept the front row in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Kevin Harvick, neck-and-neck with Busch all season, was right behind in third. Hamlin went 202.794 mph in Friday’s session to win a pole for the second consecutive ...

Stone another South African making a run at a major

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The land of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel could be delivering another major-title winner. With his second straight solid round at the PGA Championship on Friday, South Africa’s Brandon Stone is one good weekend away from breaking through ...

Dobbs helps Steelers in preseason opener

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Malcolm Jenkins went back to raising his fist during the national anthem and Chris Long again put his arm around him as the teammates continue trying to raise awareness about racial inequality, social injustices and systematic oppression. Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs each ...

Catholic Central defeats Buckeye, Edison

EAST SPRINGFIELD — The Catholic Central golf team won a tri-match with Edison and Buckeye Local Thursday at Spring Hills golf course. Central’s score of 175 bested the Panthers’ 182 and Wildcats’ 203. Johnny O’Karma shot a 42 to lead the way for the Crusaders. Luca Connor shot ...

Home runs help Bucs, Nova in road victory

SAN FRANCISCO — Ivan Nova had little problem extending Pittsburgh’s streak of strong road starts. Three home runs, including a milestone shot by David Freese, gave the right-hander all the cushion he needed. Nova allowed two runs in six innings, Freese hit his 100th career home run, and ...

Mayfield impresses for Browns

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — If first indications are accurate, the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants hit it right in taking Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley with the top two picks in the NFL draft. Mayfield threw two touchdowns in two-plus quarters and Barkley ripped off a dazzling ...

Bavis introduced as Nailers head coach

WHEELING — It’s been quite an unusual offseason for the Wheeling Nailers but things look to be getting back on track. After the turmoil surrounding coach Jeff Christian at the end of last season and the sudden departure of recently hired coach Mark Dennehy, the Nailers seem to have found ...

Indians walk-off Twins again with Brantley single

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley knew what was coming after giving the Cleveland Indians their second straight walk-off victory over the Minnesota Twins. Brantley was mobbed by his teammates as he rounded first base following his ninth-inning single that gave Cleveland a 5-4 win ...

BRIEF

Upcoming events at Chester-Newell NEW CUMBERLAND — The Chester-Newell Sportsmen Club has four events coming up. This weekend the club will hold its final catfish tournament of the season. It begins at 7 p.m. Saturday and ends at 7 a.m. Sunday. All fish must be measured by 7 a.m. Sunday ...

Woodland leads PGA with 64

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gary Woodland fell in love with Bellerive when he first played it a month ago. It’s a big golf course that would play into the hands of a power player. It would be soft from the stifling heat and humidity of summer, allowing him to be aggressive. Woodland delivered his ...

Archer wins first with Bucs

DENVER (AP) — Adam Frazier has been doing damage with his bat lately. But it was his glove that helped Pittsburgh take a series in Colorado. Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field, and the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday. Chris Archer (4-5) was ...

Toronto golf team tops Steubenville

TORONTO — The Toronto golf team defeated Steubenville on Wednesday at Dyer Country Club. The Red Knights finished with a team score of 179, besting Big Red’s 211. Cole Degarmo and Hunter Keenan finished as co-medalists, both shooting scores of 42. Also for Toronto, Andre Roach and ...

Lindor’s homer lifts Tribe

CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor skipped down the third-base line, crossed home plate and suddenly couldn’t breathe. He wasn’t alone. Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL ...

Mayfield not nervous before debut

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield played on a big stage at Oklahoma, so he’s not scared of stepping onto football’s biggest one. The Browns rookie quarterback — and perhaps their QB of the future — will make his NFL exhibition debut Thursday night as Cleveland visits the New York ...

NCAA adopts basketball reforms for agents, the NBA draft

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA is taking steps to try to clean up college basketball, carving out a limited role for agents to work with players and changing pivotal parts of its rules-enforcement system as part of numerous reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal. The Indianapolis-based ...

Rose ready for PGA after injury at Firestone

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Justin Rose skipped playing practice rounds for the PGA Championship, preferring instead to rest a sore back that forced him to withdraw from last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He walked each nine at Bellerive Country Club, though, and he thinks that’s good ...