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Stanford’s Love, WVU’s Grier heads list of preseason awards contenders

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Stanford running back Bryce Love's decision to return for his senior year instantly made him a preseason front-runner for some of college football's top individual awards. Love won the Doak Walker Award as college football's top running back and was ...

Steelers rookie QB Rudolph ready for preseason debut

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph exudes confidence heading into his first NFL preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Rudolph admitted that jitters may be there as the Steelers prepare to face the ...

Archer gets victory as Pirates beat Rockies 4-3

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press 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 ...

Taillon, Bettis face off after bonding over cancer battles

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — The starters for Tuesday's game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis. A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. "Both healthy. Both in the big leagues," the ...

Randy Moss brings Hall of Fame jacket to West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia native Randy Moss arrived at a mall not far from his hometown to show off his Pro Football Hall of Fame jacket and meet fans. Hundreds of people arrived at the Charleston Town Center mall on Sunday ...

Former WVU quarterback Luck takes on a new challenge By SEAN MCNAMARA, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — For many years, West Virginia was home for Cleveland, Ohio, native Oliver Luck. It started back when he was a quarterback for the West Virginia University Mountaineers from ...

Pirates cap eventful deadline day with 5-4 win over Cubs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of ...

Trade tornado: Dozier, Archer among 15 swaps on deadline day

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer For Brian Dozier, getting traded meant a dash to the airport and a long trip to Dodger Stadium. For Jake Diekman, it was a lot easier — he simply rode the bullpen cart from one clubhouse to the other at Chase Field. Chris Archer, Jonathan Schoop and a bunch ...

Harrah’s to become 4th Atlantic City casino with sports bets

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City casino will become the fourth in New Jersey to offer sports betting. Harrah's casino plans to start taking sports bets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, two days after its sister property, Bally's, did. So far, the Borgata, ...

Pirates get closer Keone Kela from Rangers for 2 prospects

PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for minor league starter Taylor Hearn and a player to be named. The deal was announced late Monday night after the Rangers' 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It was a challenging ...