Professional Sports

Steelers fall in rankings despite win

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints just keep on rolling. The Saints extended their winning streak to nine games with a 48-7 rout of the Eagles, handing them the most lopsided defeat for a Super Bowl champion. And the Saints will also get an early start ...

Pens trying to survive bumpy start

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan’s regular film sessions with the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t lack for clues on why one of the NHL’s marquee franchises is in the midst of its bumpiest stretch in more than a decade. The defense can morph into a disjointed mess under ...

Rams-Chiefs not a pro classic

The Big 12 conference has come to the NFL. Without a doubt, the Monday-night scoring extravaganza between the Rams and Chiefs was entertaining. It had more spectacular plays and head-spinning twists than a game of Madden or a matchup of teams from college football’s defense-challenged ...

Tirico, Dungy, Harrison to call TNF

NEW YORK — When fans tune into NBC’s Thanksgiving night broadcast of the Falcons-Saints game, they might do a double take. Rather than seeing Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison in the studio for the pregame and halftime programs, those three will be calling the game. It’s ...

Gonzalez, Reed, Bailey among HOF semifinalists

First-year eligible Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey are among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In all, 13 defensive players, nine on offense and three coaches — Jimmy Johnson, Tom Flores and Don Coryell — made the cut. Making it to the semifinals for the first ...

Last-place Penguins falter in overtime

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Buffalo Sabres might be for real. The Pittsburgh Penguins might be in real trouble. The proof came over the final 30 minutes of Buffalo’s rousing 5-4 overtime victory on Monday night. The Sabres reeled off the final four goals, the last on a shot ...

Steelers score twice late to win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning. So when Big Ben muscled his way over ...

Steelers replacements in the trenches capable

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without key starters on their offensive and defensive lines when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt has been ruled out ...

Penguins stuck in losing skid

OTTAWA, Ontario — Mark Stone and Matt Duchene each scored twice and the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 on Saturday night. Duchene also had an assist for a three-point night, Brady Tkachuk and Cody Ceci added goals, and Craig Anderson made 31 saves. The Senators have won ...

Soaring Pittsburgh trying not to overlook sinking Jaguars

The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Even if the memory is still fresh, the temptation is there for Pittsburgh to overlook the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers might have been guilty of that in January in the AFC divisional playoffs. Mike Mitchell and Le’Veon Bell talked more ...

Busch leads contenders in qualifying

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch thought he got the jump on the competition with a pole-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then he was bumped by teammate Denny Hamlin and the politics began. Hamlin gets the first pick of pit stalls for winning the pole, but Busch wants that spot. Busch is ...

Manfred gets new deal

ATLANTA — Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too. Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait. After wrapping up two days of meetings at a hotel next to the Atlanta Braves’ ...

Big three, Logano square off for title

The Associated Press MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. sat on a bench, scrolling through their phones , oblivious to their surroundings and the stakes. Joey Logano was a room away, mingling in the back of a ballroom, grinning ear-to-ear and totally at ...

Steelers moving on from Bell saga

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent the better part of 10 months waiting on Le’Veon Bell to show up for work. They said all the right things, stressed they understood the star running back was making a business decision by opting to stay home in hopes of protecting himself ahead of a ...

Closure finally in Bell saga

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s patience on the football field sets him apart. In a game built on chaos, the star running back rarely hurries or makes hasty decisions. His ability to put his hand on the back of an offensive lineman while waiting for the hole to open ...

Pens still having a Devil of a time

The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. — Taylor Hall gave the New Jersey Devils just what they needed after a dismal seven-game trip — an MVP-type performance. Hall scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 8:07 of the third period added an empty-net tally to cap a four-point night and ...

Jags’ defense continues confusing run

The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are busting defensive assignments at an alarming rate. They are allowing receivers to get wide open across the field. They are letting tight ends go completely uncovered. They are missing calls, failing to communicate ...

Bengals fire defensive co-ordinator

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Marvin Lewis got the Bengals’ head coaching job because of his reputation for defensive excellence. He’s now in charge of trying to resuscitate a historically bad unit and pulling Cincinnati’s season back from the brink. The Bengals fired defensive ...

NHL, retired players reach settlement

The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court ...

Ohtani, Acuna Jr. win honors

NEW YORK — Shohei Ohtani was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate — and on the mound. Baseball’s best two-way player since the Babe at the dawn of the live-ball era a century ago, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Monday despite an elbow ...