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Pittsburgh’s second-half defense sends Bengals to defeat

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster hid his eyes, counted to 10 and went looking for Le’Veon Bell. The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver found his team’s star running back crouching behind the goalpost, then proceeded to chase Bell all the way ...

Teammates wax poetic of Nix

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Roos-evelt Nix can move easily in public without getting recognized. He’s one of the Steelers more anonymous players, a combination fullback and tight end. Fans may not notice him at the mall, but his teammates are fully on board with what ...

Battered-and-bruised Bengals limping home

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — His twisted ankle aching, his wide receivers blanketed and his protection breaking down, Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton decided discretion was the better part of valor. Or at least the safest way to get out of Pittsburgh. So facing ...

Steelers, Bengals set to renew belligerent rivalry

PITTSBURGH — The bad blood between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is palpable, built on years of animosity and antagonism, hits that straddled the line between clean and dirty and others that leapfrogged across it all together. The AFC North’s nastiest rivalry renews today ...

Tampa duo dominate Pens

By Mark Didtler The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are making it look easy and the Tampa Bay Lightning are reaping the benefits. The Tampa Bay stars both extended their season-opening points streaks to nine games and the Lightning routed the two-time ...

Astros, Verlander need a win

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander agreed to that last-second trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight games he has pitched. Eight is not enough. The Astros have to win Verlander’s ninth game — or their season will end short of that ...

Hernandez’ 3 HRs finish off Cubs

CHICAGO — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making. Fueled by Hernandez’s home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series. Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw ...

Haden’s arrival has helped maturing DBs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The defensive game plan for Joe Haden was always pretty simple for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback during his time Cleveland, particularly whenever the Browns faced Cincinnati. All Haden had to do before every snap was locate Bengals wide receiver A.J. ...

Tomlin not worried about Bryant as a distraction

NFL week 7 Who: Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) When: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. TV: CBS The line: Steelers by 5 1⁄2 The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t worried about Martavis Bryant’s state of mind. Last the Pittsburgh Steelers coach checked, ...

Crosby, Malkin do their job

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation, Evgeni Malkin put in the winner 58 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the struggling New York Rangers 5-4 on Tuesday night. Patric Hornqvist, Phil ...

Bryant jokes around about wanting to be traded

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Yes, Martavis Bryant wants a trade. To the Golden State Warriors. Otherwise, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver insists he’s just fine even after multiple reports that he asked the team to ship him elsewhere. Asked Monday if he’d like a change of ...

Bengals resume minus Eifert

CINCINNATI — The Bengals had an eventful bye weekend. They gained ground on the Ravens, lost ground to the Steelers, and lost tight end Tyler Eifert for the rest of the season. Their next step in trying to recover from an 0-3 start comes in Pittsburgh next Sunday. Cincinnati (2-3) needs a ...

Titans end 11-game skid to Colts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL’s longest active losing streak against one team. Mariota didn’t move ...

‘Killer B’s’ back on track for Pittsburgh

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was so disheartened after his five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week that he half-jokingly talked about having lost it. Running back Le’Veon Bell subtly criticized the Steelers’ play-calling this week, and ...

KC looks for redemption today

It’s time Who: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs Time: 4:25 p.m. TV: CBS Line: Chiefs favored by 4 The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith lived through last year’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh, then relived it countless times on video, trying in vain to learn ...

Chiefs make series of roster moves in prep for Steelers game

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs placed Chris Conley on injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon Saturday and elevated fellow wide receiver Marcus Kemp from the practice squad to the active roster. Kansas City also changed wide receiver Albert Wilson’s status ...

Crosby’s two sparks Pens wins

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, Tuesday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored two goals, including a bad-angle deflection in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Florida ...

Hurdle opens up about new deal, Bucs during SFU visit

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com LORETTO — The Pittsburgh Pirates faced more than their share of obstacles in 2017, and they’re going into this offseason facing more than their share of question marks. Among those question marks, however, will not be the status of either ...