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No. 17 Pitt trying to prove 2021 wasn’t a one-time thing – Winnipeg Free Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett is next door, flinging footballs for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jordan Addison is in Southern California, lured away by the chance to play in a bigger market with all the bells and whistles (and endorsement opportunities, apparently) that come with it. The Pittsburgh teammates they left behind insist they are cheering for both, and eager to prove last year’s breakout season — when Pickett mounted an
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Watkins Family Hour captures spirit of variety shows – Winnipeg Free Press

“Vol. II,” Watkins Family Hour (Family Hour Records) Tom Petty’s pianist plays “Tennessee Waltz,” an Ernest Tubb classic rides a Bo Diddley beat, and a deep cut by the ’60s band the Zombies becomes a Disney-style lullaby. The latest album from Watkins Family Hour lasts just 39 minutes, but that’s not to say it falls short. Like its 2015 predecessor, “Vol. II” captures the adventurous spirit of the musical variety
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Opposition parties take aim at Nova Scotia premier over health-care ‘crisis’ – Winnipeg Free Press

HALIFAX – The two main opposition parties in Nova Scotia are slamming Premier Tim Houston’s record on health care after his first year in power. The Liberals and New Democrats both issued statements today saying the governing Progressive Conservatives have not done enough to address doctor shortages, surgery delays and recurring emergency room closures. Liberal Leader Zach Churchill says the state of the health-care system has reached a crisis with
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Musk tweet joking about buying Manchester United causes stir – Winnipeg Free Press

LONDON (AP) — Elon Musk caused a stir by tweeting that he was buying the English soccer team Manchester United — whose current owners are opposed by many fans — then saying several hours later that it was a joke. It comes as the billionaire Tesla CEO faces a legal battle in the U.S. after backing out of a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion. He is a prolific
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EU to host Serbia-Kosovo talks in Brussels amid tensions – Winnipeg Free Press

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Wartime rivals Serbia and Kosovo are holding high-level crisis talks on Thursday which the European Union mediators hope will de-escalate growing tensions in the Balkans where Russia has been trying to further increase its influence amid the war in Ukraine. Hopes that the rare face-to-face meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, to be held in Brussels, could produce a major
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Atlanta Braves, Michael Harris II agree to 8-year, $72 million extension

The Atlanta Braves made another move Tuesday night to lock up their young core long term, agreeing to an eight-year, $72 million extension with outfielder Michael Harris II.The deal for 21-year-old Harris runs through the 2030 season and includes team options for 2031 ($15 million) and 2032 ($20M).Harris was the team's top prospect entering the season, leading to a major league call-up in late May. The youngest player in the
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Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, Chicago White Sox’s Dylan Cease each surrender 3 runs in Cy Young showdown

CHICAGO -- The American League Cy Young race probably didn't alter much on Tuesday, as Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander and his top competitor for the honor -- Chicago White Sox righty Dylan Cease -- each gave up three runs in the White Sox's eventual 4-3 victory."I was disappointed," Cease said despite the team win. "It wasn't my sharpest outing but [the game] was close enough to keep us in
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Needing ‘a little bit of a reset,’ Los Angeles Dodgers bench struggling outfielder Cody Bellinger

MILWAUKEE -- Cody Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP whose production has fallen off dramatically since, was benched by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger might sit out the final three games of the team's series at Milwaukee."I just wanted to give him a little bit of a reset," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He's been grinding a lot."Bellinger is batting .206 with 16 homers and
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New York Yankees closer Clay Holmes appears set ‘to give it a break’ after suffering back injury

NEW YORK -- The issues keep piling up for the New York Yankees, as closer Clay Holmes appears headed to the injured list because of tightness in his back."I have stuff going on with my back and trying to figure out the best way to go about it is," Holmes said.Holmes said he a first felt "locked up" in his back "a few days ago," and that it tightened back
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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro suspended one game for having cellphone in pocket

3:16 PM ETJeff PassanESPN CloseESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball on Tuesday after a cell phone flew out of his pocket mid-slide during an Aug. 9 game, prompting an investigation that cleared him of further wrongdoing, sources told ESPN.Castro, a 23-year-old rookie, received the