Professional Sports

Eagles fire Kelly with one game left in season

PHILADELPHIA - GM Chip Kelly cost coach Chip Kelly his job.The Philadelphia Eagles fired Kelly Tuesday night with one game left in his third season, dumping the coach/personnel boss after missing the playoffs in consecutive years.Kelly was released before the finale of a disappointing season ...

Deadline day for NFL teams

A task force empaneled by Missouri's governor made its formal financing pitch Tuesday to the National Football League for a billion-dollar stadium along the Mississippi River, hoping to keep the St. Louis Rams from bolting for suburban Los Angeles or attract a new team if they do.The nearly ...

Fleury returns to practice

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined by a concussion earlier this month.Fleury has missed Pittsburgh's past six games since reporting concussion-like symptoms following a loss to Washington on Dec. ...

Steelers try to regroup

PITTSBURGH - The short flight home from Baltimore was quiet, typical for whenever the Pittsburgh Steelers lose.Yet there was an undercurrent of dismay running through the cabin on Sunday evening after a baffling misstep against the depleted Ravens that linebacker Ryan Shazier couldn't help but ...

Horrible losses

BALTIMORE - Getting beat by the Ravens was bad enough. Losing control of their playoff destiny made things even worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Steelers are going to need some help to get into the postseason after falling to Baltimore 20-17 Sunday."We didn't handle the business in the ...

Pens edged on penalty shot

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves and got his first career NHL shutout to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Sunday night.The rookie goalie blanked Pittsburgh in his ninth NHL game, giving the Jets their first shutout this season and ending a two-game ...

Steelers look to stay on roll

BALTIMORE - An injured Ben Roethlisberger watched from the sideline in October when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost at home to their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens.Big Ben is back for the rematch today, looking to secure a playoff berth for the Steelers. This time, it's the Ravens who are ...

Mehno: Caroling for Pittsburgh sports

PITTSBURGH-The beauty of having Christmas fall on a Friday is there's a whole glorious weekend to celebrate. Gifts, gluttony and football - who could ask for more?Take a break from the incessant beeping of the electronic devices and gather the family around the ottoman to put these new lyrics ...

Steeler defense marvels at team’s offense

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers' offense has put on a show over the last six weeks like at no other time in franchise history.Nobody is enjoying watching the offense pile up the points more than the Pittsburgh defense. It has the best seat in the house for the high-scoring attack that frees the ...

Ravens hope to spoil the holidays for Pittsburgh

The Associated PressBALTIMORE - Though the injury-depleted Baltimore Ravens are short of talent, they won't be lacking incentive Sunday when the Steelers come to town."Obviously it's going to be a game that's very important to us," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "It's a rivalry game. It's the ...

Kessel, Pens snap five-game skid

PITTSBURGH - The first goal provided a spark. The second, optimism. By the time Evgeni Malkin tapped the puck into an empty net for the final score of Pittsburgh's 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night, the Penguins felt - and just as importantly looked - like a team starting ...

Resilient ‘D’ adjusting

PITTSBURGH - Arthur Moats winced ever so slightly at the phrase "too cute," but he didn't disagree with it either.The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker figures splitting hairs when searching for words to describe the defense's baffling first half against the Denver Broncos on Sunday is ...

Beckham Jr. suspended for one game

NEW YORK - The NFL has suspended New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for one game for his conduct in Sunday's loss to Carolina in which he drew three personal foul penalties.Beckham would miss Sunday night's game at Minnesota. He has the right to appeal the suspension that was ...

Pens lose again

PITTSBURGH - An effective power play has the Carolina Hurricanes heading in the right direction.The Pittsburgh Penguins' power play had a rare good night, too, and new coach Mike Sullivan saw some positives. Not enough, though.Jordan Staal and John-Michael Liles scored first-period power-play ...

Bruins take advantage of struggling Pens

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Frank Vatrano shook off his slump and singlehandedly outscored the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins.Boston's rookie center, playing in his 17th NHL game, had three goals for his first career hat trick to lead the Bruins to a 6-2 win over the Penguins on Friday ...

Pittsburgh excelling in short-yardage situations

PITTSBURGH - Every Pittsburgh Steelers practice on Thursdays and Fridays start with the same drill. They call it "Seven Shots."The ball is placed at the 2 and offensive coordinator Todd Haley and defensive coordinator Keith Butler get seven snaps to outsmart each other.There is nothing on the ...

Brown, Sanders meet again

PITTSBURGH - The "Young Money Crew" spent three years growing up together in a corner of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room, a trio of wide receivers with talent and attitude to burn.Too much, it turns out, to stick together.Mike Wallace split for millions in Miami. Emmanuel Sanders traded Ben ...

Rask, Bruins blank Penguins

BOSTON - Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots for his fourth shutout, Jimmy Hayes ended a 15-game goal-scoring drought and the Boston Bruins beat Pittsburgh 3-0 Wednesday night, keeping new Penguins coach Mike Sullivan winless after his first two games.Max Talbot and Ryan Spooner also scored to help ...

Penguins at a crossroads with coaching switch

PITTSBURGH - Mike Sullivan's voice is unmistakable. Loud. Authoritative. Animated.And, the Pittsburgh Penguins hope, an alarm clock.One of the NHL's marquee draws is in the midst of an identity crisis more than a third of the way into a season that began with typically high expectations, goals ...

Veterans still coming through for Steelers

PITTSBURGH - The 38-year-old linebacker, the one who retired for 18 days last fall, provided the pressure. The 30-year-old cornerback that never gets hurt and never gets credit provided the pick-six that swung momentum decisively in favor of the Pittsburgh Steelers.Oh, and don't forget the ...