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Boswell alive and kicking while delivering for Steelers

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Danny Smith wasn’t just looking for somebody who can kick. A lot of guys can kick. The Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coordinator was searching for something more on that raw fall day at Heinz Field two years ago. Over the course ...

Fleury tough on Penguins

On the ice Tonight: Pittsburgh Penguins at Arizona Coyotes, 8 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury has been thinking about one game for quite a while. And Thursday night he rose to the challenge. Fleury stopped 24 shots against his former ...

Steelers might need to ‘man up’ vs. Patriots

PITTSBURGH — The answer to getting to Tom Brady is right there in vivid high definition. The Pittsburgh Steelers have watched it on video repeatedly over the past 11 months since Brady and the New England Patriots turned the AFC championship game into a glorified 7-on-7 drill. Four ...

Steelers’ offense in tact for Patriots game

PITTSBURGH — Two snaps in, Le’Veon Bell knew he was done, that the groin injury that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back tried to ignore during his team’s run to the AFC championship game last January could be ignored no longer. Bell tried to grind it out. Emphasis on tried. By the ...

Haden hopeful for Patriots game

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin is ready to talk about the New England Patriots. The fact the Pittsburgh Steelers coach can include cornerback Joe Haden in the discussion is a bonus. Haden will attempt to practice for the AFC North champions this week, ...

Barberio’s goal sinks Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Colorado defenseman Mark Barberio was a healthy scratch last week against Buffalo. He made a huge play Monday night against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Barberio scored in the third period and Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots, helping the Avalanche to a 2-1 ...

Steelers find ways to win

PITTSBURGH — By the middle of the second quarter, the adrenaline had faded. By the start of the fourth, the emotionally drained Pittsburgh Steelers defense appeared to be teetering on the edge of complete collapse. The group that spent the week trying to come to grips with linebacker Ryan ...

Boswell’s kick part of inspirational kick

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers won one for injured star Ryan Shazier — and wrapped up the AFC North in the process. Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Pittsburgh’s defense overcame a sloppy night to stop one ...

It’s official: You guys can talk about the Patriots

PITTSBURGH — It’s finally OK to talk about the New England game. So let’s ask the question: What will Tom Brady do to this depleted Steelers’ defense? Put that aside for a moment and celebrate the wild 39-38 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field Sunday night. It ...

Steelers to face surging Ravens

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger insists these late-season get-togethers between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are “fun.” Really. “When you play Baltimore you are going to get your head knocked off, they’re going to knock your head off, ...

Penguins dig too deep of a hole against Maple Leafs

PITTSBURGH — Tyler Bozak scored two goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a fast start in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Conner Brown and James van Riemsdyk scored in the first 1:42 of the game, and Bozak also scored in the first period. Mitch Marner ...

Williams showing respect for teammates

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t so much a conscious decision Vince Williams made to wear teammate Ryan Shazier’s jersey during Steelers practice this week. And there wasn’t anyone who compelled him to do it, either. For Williams, donning the No. 50 of his close friend ...

Steelers will turn to Moats as starting LB

Shazier undergoes spinal stabilization surgery PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent surgery on Wednesday night to stabilize his spine. The team announced Thursday Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon performed the surgery after Shazier was transferred ...

Defensive gamble pays off for Penguins

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Hunwick made a decision to gamble in overtime. Hunwick jumped up to join the play and created an odd-man situation for Pittsburgh that led to the winning goal. Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting ...

Pirates star Taillon in town, reflects on 2017 season

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Jameson Taillon was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the second overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, and his awesome curve ball was one big reason why. The 6-foot-6 right-hander’s curve ball drops at a razor-sharp, ...

League ruling leaves players confused, upset

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The NFL insists it isn’t sending mixed messages as it tries to cut down on what it considers violent plays that cross the line. The Pittsburgh Steelers heard one anyway. The AFC North leaders are confused and frustrated about the ...

Questions surface after suspensions, fines

CINCINNATI — Two players carted off, two others suspended, many fines to follow. One of the NFL’s nastiest rivalries set new lows in prime time, forcing fans to avert their eyes. What’s to be done about this long-running animosity between the Steelers (10-2) and Bengals (5-7)? Do the ...

Hits tough to watch

PITTSBURGH — It’s never a good idea to watch something scary on TV right before bedtime. But this was Steelers-Bengals from Cincinnati, an AFC North game of some significance in the Monday night spotlight. It was scary, and not just because the Steelers needed another last-second field ...

Shazier still in hospital

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will remain in a Cincinnati hospital until at least today to undergo further testing on a spinal injury suffered in the first quarter of Monday night’s win over the Bengals. Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than ...

Pens can’t convert opportunities

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ondrej Pavelec didn’t know he was getting just his third start in the last six weeks until late Tuesday afternoon, when New York Rangers star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist came down with the flu. The short prep time against the two-time ...