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Unknown Penguins are stepping up

PITTSBURGH — Dominik Kahun and the Pittsburgh Penguins are stepping up in the absence of injured captain Sidney Crosby and several other key stars. Kahun scored two goals and the Penguins routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 on Saturday night. “It’s always tough when guys like (Crosby) ...

Graham’s late trey lifts Hornets

NEW YORK — Devonte’ Graham made his ninth 3-pointer of the game with 2.8 seconds remaining, finishing with 29 points to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 103-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night. P.J. Washington scored 19 points, Terry Rozier had 16 and Marvin Williams ...

Dead heat: No clear favorite in NASCAR championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch, weary from the hype surrounding NASCAR’s championship race, just wanted to end his media obligations and return his focus to the finale. But there was one final question from the back of the room: UFC fighter Colby Covington had crashed the event and wanted a ...

Clemente’s widow dies at age 81

Vera Clemente, the widow of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, has died, the team announced Saturday. She was 81. Vera Clemente was considered by many in the industry to be a strong ambassador for the sport. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vera ...

Garrett hits Rudolph in head with helmet

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns kept fighting long after the outcome had been decided, and it likely will cost them their best defensive player. Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit him with it in the head in the final ...

Steelers highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 21-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland: Worst play of the game: With 8 seconds left in the game, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, after a late hit after the whistle, ...

Sid to sit 6-8 weeks for surgery

PITTSBURGH — Penguins star Sidney Crosby will be out at least six weeks after what the team said was a successful core muscle injury repair Thursday. General manager Jim Rutherford says the procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. The 32-year-old Crosby leads the ...

High stakes game: Plenty on the line for Steelers, Browns

The Associaterd Press CLEVELAND — Separated by roughly 130 miles and six Super Bowl titles, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have a hostile, historic rivalry resuscitated from being heavily one-sided to much more competitive the past few years. The hatred has never ...

Rookie takes care of Penguins

By Vin A. Cherwoo The Associated Press NEW YORK — Kaapo Kakko likes the way his game is improving. The 18-year-old Finnish rookie scored his second goal of the night 2:36 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. “It’s ...

Steeler playmakers searching for consistency after Rams win

PITTSBURGH — Vance McDonald should have been pumped. Thrilled. Yet he wasn’t. He couldn’t be. As his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates celebrated around him following a 17-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the veteran tight end stewed. Yes, the Steelers had pushed their ...

Deal of the century: Fitzpatrick trade looking better every week

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The ball left Jared Goff’s hands and fluttered to the ground. And for a split second, everyone around Minkah Fitzpatrick eased up. Not Fitzpatrick. Easing up isn’t really his thing. Instinctively, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety at the ...

Gibbs walks fine line by managing 3 contenders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Gibbs is a retired Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl titles who changed course in his early 50s to wade into NASCAR and see if he couldn’t build a second career and a family business. Gibbs not only developed a championship-winning organization that gave ...

Browns take step forward in strange season

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — When the Browns finally reached the end zone after so many embarrassing, empty trips inside the red zone, they also re-discovered Rashard Higgins, their mysteriously lost wide receiver. Perversely perfect. This strange, unpredictable season had another ...

Steelers are Ram tough: Minkah’s play key to victory

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The ball fluttered into the air and hung there for a split second. When it came back down to earth, it landed where it always seems to these days for the Pittsburgh Steelers: the seemingly omnipresent arms of safety Minkah ...

Steelers highlights-lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 17-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh: Play of the game: Facing a fourth-and-10 at the Steelers’ 30-yard line with 1:30 left in the game and trailing 17-12, Rams quarterback Jared ...

Rams’ offense wastes performance by its ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Aaron Donald slipped by Pittsburgh guard David DeCastro and crashed into Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, slamming him into the Heinz Field turf for a safety early in the fourth quarter on Sunday, a play the Los Angeles defensive end ...

Ex-Pitt star leads Rams into Steelers battle

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Aaron Donald is losing his edge. Kind of. The Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle spent his team’s bye week back home in Pittsburgh working out in the facility at the University of Pittsburgh that bears his name . It was cold. Well, cold ...

Pens rally to win shootout

PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel and Jared McCann scored in a shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a 10-game losing streak against the Chicago Blackhawks by rallying for a 3-2 victory Saturday night. Pittsburgh beat the Blackhawks for the first time since March 30, 2014 by scrambling back ...

Pirates’ general manager switch will impact Curve in big ways

Firing GM Neal Huntingdon was the appropriate move for the Pirates, without question, but it may not have been the best thing for the Curve. That might not mean much to a lot of fans who only care about the success of the big league club. But if you’ve become spoiled by watching a great ...

Pens put an end to Isles’ winning

By Scott Charles The Associated Press NEW YORK — After two terrific periods, the New York Islanders abandoned their strong fundamental play in the third. And in a flash, their 10-game winning streak was over. Bryan Rust scored his second goal of the game in overtime and the Pittsburgh ...