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Pittsburgh activates Dupree; Heyward, Wheaton officially done

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated linebacker Bud Dupree and placed him on the active roster a day before Sunday’s game in Cleveland. Dupree, the team’s top choice in the 2015 draft, missed Pittsburgh’s first nine games because of a groin ...

Steelers’ offense fizzling on the road

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers can’t explain it exactly. They’re not much into excuses either. Yet there’s no denying the offense that runs so smoothly at Heinz Field looks decidedly less potent when forced to hop a plane, sleep in a hotel and dress in the visitor’s locker ...

OF’s Trout, Bryant earn MVP awards

CHICAGO — While the Los Angeles Angels stumbled, Mike Trout soared again. Just too good to ignore. Trout won the AL MVP award for the second time in three years, and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was voted NL MVP in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “To ...

Drivers cozy up in championship preview

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — As expected, NASCAR’s four championship rivals were cordial, candid and comical. No one tried to swing a chair, or even take a verbal jab. UFC, this isn’t. “Sorry we’re letting you down,” six-time champion Jimmie Johnson quipped Thursday. The winner-take-all ...

Murray hurt in Penguins setback

WASHINGTON — Determined to get out of their recent funk and motivated to measure up to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals took out their frustrations in a 7-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The score was indicative of just how lopsided the ...

Steelers will depend on Tuitt minus Heyward

PITTSBURGH — Replacing Cam Heyward the football player may be the easy part for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Finding someone to do all the things their injured defensive end — out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle — does on the field that don’t show up on tape will be considerably ...

Moving on without its defensive star

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin understands the negativity associated with a four-game slide and stressed his underachieving team would do its best to absorb it and move forward. It’s a path they’ll have to travel without Cam Heyward. The ...

Steelers close ranks as streak hits 4

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ramon Foster knows the drill, even if it’s one the Pittsburgh Steelers have been largely able to avoid most of the last four-plus decades. When a team that began September with realistic Super Bowl expectations finds itself listing as ...

Chase not bad despite questions of fairness

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When William Byron’s engine exploded less than 10 laps away from his seventh win of the season, his chance to race for the Truck Series championship blew up in a puff of white smoke. It was one of those bad breaks that happen every week at every level in auto racing. But ...

Collapsed Curtain

PITTSBURGH — Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have little interest in the big picture. Yes, the rookies understand the Dallas Cowboys are on a historic roll. Just don’t expect them to start thinking about what it all means. “I really don’t think about what’s normal and what’s ...

Once-vaunted ‘D’ missing in action

PITTSBURGH — People used to go to Steelers’ games and yell, “Dee-fense!” They can still do that, but they need to change the punctuation: “Dee-fense?” That’s the relevant question after Sunday’s endlessly entertaining game against the Dallas Cowboys turned into a hugely ...

Trick play even fools Haley

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers have been doing the Mannequin Challenge in their locker room after practices, posting the results on social media. For those who don’t know, the process is a group freeze, where people remain motionless for as long as possible. Maybe that helped them pull off a ...

Steelers’ discipline lacking

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger did everything perfectly. The fake spike that momentarily fooled the Dallas Cowboys. The perfect lob to Antonio Brown that gave the Pittsburgh Steelers the lead and appeared to be the perfect jolt they needed to jumpstart a sagging season. Only one problem: ...

Crosby, Rust help Pens prevail

PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray stood tall for the Pittsburgh Penguins during a key second-period sequence in which the short-handed Toronto Maple Leafs tried to make a push. Murray turned aside the threat and the Penguins took over from there, putting away a tired Maple Leafs team in the final 20 ...

Prescott mirroring Big Ben

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger has seen this show before. Rookie quarterback. Physical running back. Solid defense. A historic hot streak that seems like a portent. Back in 2004 it was Roethlisberger who was the hot rookie, pairing with Jerome Bettis and the NFL’s top-ranked defense to ...

Steelers ready for Zeke

PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward knows better than to get ahead of himself. Sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ run defense was better last week against Baltimore, when the Ravens needed 29 carries to manage 50 yards. Then again, considering how ineffective it was in losses to Miami and New England ...

Pens fall at home to Wild

PITTSBURGH — The Minnesota Wild, after a long layoff, were admittedly a little rusty early on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. But Eric Staal provided the spark offensively to allow the defensive-minded Wild to settle down. Staal had a three-point ...

Many stars available on market

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Big league general managers walked under seven palm trees and across the sun-splashed red stone courtyard of the Sonoran Desert resort where they had spent four days. Pulling their wheelie bags as guitar music played on speakers, they passed a sign that explained ...

Angry Steelers ready to go

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — There are penalties Mike Tomlin won’t excuse but is willing to tolerate, like the facemask flag running back Le’Veon Bell drew in Baltimore when an attempted stiff-arm went awry. It’s the other kinds of penalties — the ones borne ...

Sheary sparks comeback

PITTSBURGH — Connor McDavid skated into the faceoff circle and looked up and there he was: his childhood idol Sidney Crosby. The NHL’s future vs. the NHL’s present. And as mature as the Edmonton Oilers’ rising 19-year-old star can be on the ice, even he was a momentarily starstruck by ...