Here’s the latest Pennsylvania sports news from The Associated Press


CHICAGO (AP) – Rookie Gavin Sheets scored two home runs and led the Chicago White Sox to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday evening. Sheets, promoted by Triple-A Charlotte before the game, hit a triple homer from Max Kranick (1-3) with two outs in the fourth inning to score a goalless tie. White Sox starter Carlos Rodon (10-5.)) Threw five innings from a five-hit ball.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Zach Ertz still wants to end his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. The three-time Pro Bowl tight-end said Wednesday that after more than a year of frenzy with the front office, it was “here to just put it in the past”. Ertz’s return to Philadelphia seemed unlikely at the end of the 2020 season. He hadn’t spoken to reporters since an emotional press conference in January. The Eagles tried to trade Ertz, but the teams couldn’t meet their price. Ertz has had a poor, injury-ridden season just two years after setting the NFL single-season record for receptions with a close ending at 116.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Members of Major League Baseball’s first minority lineup say they weren’t looking to make history. The Pittsburgh Pirates started on September 1, 1971 with nine black or Latin American players in a 10-7 win over Philadelphia. The surviving members of the team say they did not know then that they were making history. However, fifty years later, they understand the significance of their groundbreaking night. First baseman Al Oliver says the line-up that evening showed the team’s “unity” in the clubhouse. The 1971 Pirates defeated Baltimore in the World Series.

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (AP) – Jahan Dotson is expecting a big year his senior season for Penn State. The wide receiver says he was motivated by last season’s 4-5 final. Dotson believes he has improved in all areas. The 19th Nittany Lions open the season on Saturday at 12th in Wisconsin. Dotson led the team with 52 catches for 884 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020. He’s been working on going faster and cutting a few tenths of a second off of his 40 yard dash time.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have put Stephon Tuitt on the list of injured reserves / returnees with the defensive end. Defense coordinator Keith Butler says Tuitt has an unspecified problem with one of his knees. Butler added that he expected Tuitt to come back sometime but wasn’t sure when. The 28-year-old manages the best 11 bags of his career in the 2020 season. The team also placed attacking lineman Zach Banner and running back Anthony McFarland Jr. on the IR / return list.

UNDATED (AP) – Fourth-placed Ohio State begins their quest for a fifth consecutive Big Ten title with a street game in Minnesota Thursday night. The Buckeyes move to the Twin Cities with a quarterback who has never thrown a pass in a college game. CJ Stroud has a lot of pedigree. The Redshirt freshman was a five-star candidate when he signed with the Buckeyes. # 17 Indiana plays 18th in Iowa on Saturday, with the main matchup being Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. against an Iowa high school that gives it all back. No. 12 Wisconsin will host No. 19 Penn State on Saturday.