Pennsylvania Sports

Packers-Falcons, Steelers-Patriots for Super Bowl berths

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan. Quite a quartet of QBs is heading to the NFL's conference championship games next weekend: Brady's New England Patriots host Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC, and Rodgers' ...

Bell carries Steelers into AFC title game in New England

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Le'Veon Bell deftly danced his way through the teeth of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Next, he'll carry Pittsburgh Steelers off to New England. With his amusingly patient, maddeningly effective running style, Bell followed ...

Cousins leads Redskins over Eagles 27-22

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Thompson kept running into the end zone on one of those rare times scoring a touchdown wasn’t the optimal play. Ryan Kerrigan made sure it didn’t matter. Thompson had a 25-yard TD run with 1:53 remaining, Kerrigan forced a turnover in the red zone and the ...

Bell scores three TDs in Steelers win

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — When Big Ben doesn’t have his “A” Game, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed they have a more than capable Plan B in continuing their late-season playoff push. That’s “B” as in Bell. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggling once again with his accuracy on ...

Giants alerted NFL that Steelers used deflated balls

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says no formal complaint was filed last week by the New York Giants, who reportedly alerted the league that the Pittsburgh Steelers were using deflated footballs during their game. Fox reported Sunday that after the Giants forced two turnovers during their 24-14 loss ...

Eagles having issues on defense after strong first half

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No pass rush, poor coverage and sloppy penalties have turned a strong defense into one of the NFL’s worst in a short span. The Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) have lost three straight games by an average margin of 14.3 points per game. While the offense has reasons for ...

Steelers red-zone D looks to keep opposition out of end zone

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Once opponents get into the red zone, the Steelers take it as a challenge to keep them out of the end zone. That’s part of the reason why Pittsburgh’s defense leads the league in stops inside the 20-yard line, including four goal-line stands in the past two weeks, ...

Judge adds $5M to McQueary’s $7M verdict against Penn State

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday awarded more than $5 million to a former Penn State assistant football coach over his treatment by the university following Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child molestation charges five years ago. Judge Thomas Gavin ruled in favor of Mike ...

Harrison sacks way to Steelers’ record

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Surrounded by his teammates in the locker room, James Harrison accepted the game ball as his eyes flooded with tears. On a special day for Pittsburgh’s pulverizing linebacker, there was something was missing and Harrison struggled to harness his ...

Win over Browns gives Steelers new life

CLEVELAND (AP) — A short bus ride into Ohio put Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers back in the fast lane. The playoffs remain a possible destination. Le’Veon Bell scored on a 1-yard touchdown run — long after time expired in the first half — and Pittsburgh’s defense recorded ...

Wilson throws, catches, leads Seahawks past Eagles 26-15

SEATTLE (AP) — Everyone knew Russell Wilson could run and pass. But catch? The Seattle Seahawks quarterback showed he can do that, too. Wilson threw for 272 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin as the Seahawks rolled past the Philadelphia Eagles ...

Former Eagles coach Andy Reid wanted Russell Wilson in 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Wilson would be playing for the Philadelphia Eagles if Andy Reid got his man in 2012. Reid planned to select Wilson in the third round of the NFL draft that year, but Seahawks general manager John Schneider beat him to it. The Eagles settled for Nick Foles 13 ...

Steelers look to cure defensive woes against Browns

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison feels the team’s current defensive woes can be cured. Adding a former first-round pick into the mix can only help. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said second-year linebacker Bud Dupree is in the plans for Sunday’s game at ...

No. 9 Penn State dealing with more injuries up front

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Earlier this season Penn State endured a rash of injuries to his its linebacker corps. Now, coach James Franklin hopes it can do the same down a handful of offensive linemen. The No. 9 Nittany Lions (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will have to continue their chase for the Big ...

Slumping Steelers lose Cam Heyward for season due to injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin understands the negativity associated with a four-game slide and stressed his underachieving team would do its best to absorb it and move forward. It’s a path they’ll have to travel without Cam Heyward. The defensive end and ...

Steelers closing ranks as losing streak hits 4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ramon Foster knows the drill, even if it’s one the Pittsburgh Steelers have been largely able to avoid most of the last four-plus decades. When a team that began September with realistic Super Bowl expectations finds itself listing as Thanksgiving nears like the ...

Panthers not getting ahead of themselves after Clemson upset

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As a general rule, Pittsburgh kicker Chris Blewitt tries to steer clear of social media. He logs onto Facebook only occasionally, joking he likes something every couple of months so people know he’s still alive. Twitter is pretty much out. Consider it an act of ...

Death of man after Pittsburgh Steelers game investigated

BALDWIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania are investigating the death of a Pittsburgh-area man after some kind of incident following the Pittsburgh Steelers game. Pittsburgh police said detectives started investigating after Allegheny County police informed them of the ...

Penn State pays out $93 million to 33 Sandusky victims

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's latest audited financial statements show it has settled with one more sexual-abuse accuser of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, bringing the total payout to $93 million to 33 people. The statements cover the fiscal year that ended June ...

Steelers-Ravens rivalry renewed with duel for 1st place

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (4-3) at BALTIMORE (3-4) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE — Ravens by 2 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Pittsburgh 4-3, Baltimore 2-4-1 SERIES RECORD — Pittsburgh leads 24-20 LAST MEETING — Ravens beat Steelers, 20-17, Dec. 27, 2015 LAST ...