Bucs add top prospect Meadows, trade Gift

November 20, 2017

The Pirates left a handful of interesting prospects unprotected, though it’s difficult to forecast how likely they are to be selected. Players who were signed at age 18 must be added to the 40-man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Players signed at age 19 or older have to be protected within four seasons or else they become eligible. “We’ve talked…

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Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert to serve 4-game suspension

Pittsburgh Steelers
November 20, 2017

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play without a key offensive lineman for the next four games. The team announced on Monday that right tackle Marcus Gilbert has been suspended without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. “We are disappointed that Marcus Gilbert has been suspended four games for using performance-enhancing substances. He will not appeal the NFL’s decision,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in statement. “The suspension…

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Pirates unveil 2018 promotional schedule

November 20, 2017

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates on Monday released their promotional schedule for next year and announced that single-game tickets for the 2018 season will go on sale Dec. 8. Tickets for all home games, including the home opener on April 2, will be available at 10 a.m. ET on Dec. 8. There will be pre-sale opportunities for full-season ticket holders, half-season ticket holders and 20-game season ticket holders (10 a.m. on…

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Bonds makes sixth Hall of Fame ballot

November 20, 2017

The Hall of Fame election announcement will be Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network. To gain election, nominees have to appear on at least 75 percent of ballots submitted by Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters. Three players made up the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. How many legends will join them next summer? Trevor Hoffman fell just short…

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How the Penguins Exploit the Boards

When a player positions himself along the boards, it can mask the immediate threat this player poses. The Penguins thrive on this misapprehension. For them, the boards provide a refuge, an accelerant, and a laboratory. Danger is modulated until the puck is whipped cross-ice, or floated from behind the net to the low slot and stashed in the back of the net. The Penguins’ breakouts make a very daunting assignment…

November 19, 2017
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Iginla Could Help the Penguins Three-Peat

Jarome Iginla has played in 1554 NHL games, scoring 625 goals and tallying 676 assists for a grand total of 1300 points. And in spite of not having a Stanley Cup to his name, most NHL players would be content with a career like that. He’s scored highlight reel goals and touched the hearts of many as the captain of the Calgary Flames. But for the one they call Iggy,…

November 18, 2017
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LIVE: MLB Awards unveiled on Network

November 17, 2017

As is the case every year, they will span a wide-ranging field of accomplishments — both traditional and modern — that also account for the recent postseason. Below is a complete list of MLB Award winners: Share This Email Print + Hide Comments 0 COMMENTS

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Bucs deciding who to protect from Rule 5 Draft

November 17, 2017

Players who were signed at age 18 must be added to the 40-man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Players signed at age 19 or older have to be protected within four seasons or else they become eligible. The Pirates have 36 players on their 40-man roster, so they have some room with which to work. That doesn’t mean they must…

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The Sneaky Value of Patric Hornqvist

As hockey fans, we are enchanted when players and goaltenders are left flailing and rendered powerless. When Evgeni Malkin floats past defenders and deposits the puck in the back of the net, it is cinematic. When Sidney Crosby bounces off coverage and lays the puck on his teammate’s stick, it is grace epitomized. Phil Kessel’s slackened posture at the faceoff dot and self-assured stride with the puck belie the blistering…

November 17, 2017
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Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown live up to talents

Pittsburgh Steelers
November 17, 2017

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been something of a tease the last few seasons. At different points since the start of the 2015 season, the trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have combined to form one of the most dangerous offenses on the NFL stage. Ancillary actors like Martavis Bryant, Ladarius Green and now JuJu Smith-Schuster have shuffled in and out to play roles in the passing…

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