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Penguins staying on a roll

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel are doing their part, continuing to pile up points for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the team’s goaltenders might have been the headlining act in a big December. Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists, and Sidney Crosby added a goal and ...

Steelers dealing with many issues

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger didn’t want to get into hypotheticals. Maybe because doing so would only make the Pittsburgh Steelers’ painful late swoon all the more painful. “Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve,” Roethlisberger said after Pittsburgh’s season ended a half-game ...

Helpless feeling: Steelers pull out win, but don’t get playoff spot

PITTSBURGH — The win they needed but at times didn’t act like they particularly wanted finally secured, the Pittsburgh Steelers lingered on the Heinz Field turf after a sluggish 16-13 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday and turned their eyes to the massive videoboard in the south end ...

Mehno: Their record speaks for itself

PITTSBURGH — Let’s get to the bottom line at the top: When your playoff fate is in the hands of another team, you don’t have any business getting upset when that team blows your chance. The Steelers never should have gotten to a point where they needed the Cleveland Browns to win in ...

Ravens top Browns to win division

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens flipped the script and put one heck of an ending on a regular season that featured countless surprises and plot twists. Getting two rushing touchdowns from rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and a late defensive stand, Baltimore squeezed past the Cleveland ...

Eagles clinch playoff spot

LANDOVER, Md. — Nick Foles’ magic stretched all the way back to Minnesota. Foles did it again, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-0 victory over the Redskins and the defending Super Bowl champions earned the NFC’s final wild-card berth when Chicago beat the Vikings on Sunday. The ...

Steelers hope for win, luck

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is modifying his jersey, using a marker to add an “s” to the end of his last name. Safety Sean Davis is mulling a present or two to Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, promising to send the rookie “a little something ...

Brown, Boswell hurt; new kicker inked

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is uncertain to play in the team’s biggest game of the season. Brown was listed as questionable to play in the Steelers’ must-win, regular-season finale at home against Cincinnati on Sunday. He missed all three ...

Barkley getting ready to cap outstanding rookie season

RUTHERFORD, N.J. — While the NFL rushing title might be a little out of reach heading into the final week of the regular season, halfback Saquon Barkley is probably going to end his rookie season with the New York Giants with his share of records. The No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft has ...

Smith-Schuster named Steelers’ MVP

PITTSBURGH — With stars such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster admitted he was a little surprised to be voted as the team’s most valuable player. But a breakout second season earned Smith-Schuster the respect of his teammates ...

Kessel’s 2 power-play goals propel Penguins

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t happy with their lackluster play in the first period after a three-day holiday break. Then, Phil Kessel and the power play changed everything. Kessel scored two power-play goals, Derick Brassard added two goals and the Penguins defeated the ...

More than bad JuJu to blame

PITTSBURGH—JuJu Smith-Schuster said he was the reason the Steelers lost last Sunday’s game in New Orleans. His sentiments were noble, but incorrect. Make no mistake, Smith-Schuster’s late-game fumble played a key role. But it wasn’t the only reason the Steelers are in a scramble to ...

Tomlin, Steelers move on

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn’t see the point in ...

Steelers among big losers

Winners and Losers. The big winners in Week 16 were the Saints, Patriots, Cowboys, Seahawks and Ravens. The big losers were the Steelers, Dolphins, Chiefs and Texans. But wait. Then the Texans became winners hours later, earning a playoff berth as they headed back to Houston on Sunday ...

Loss in New Orleans has Steelers rooting for Browns

NEW ORLEANS — Desperately needing a win, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin went for the jugular with a fake punt call late in the fourth quarter against the Saints. Upback Roosevelt Nix came up just short, and so did the Steelers in an excruciating, infuriating 31-28 loss Sunday that may ...

Saints get top seed in NFC

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees found a receiver who hadn’t played most of the season to sustain a late touchdown drive. The Saints’ defense found a way to force two fumbles in the fourth quarter. And New Orleans’ punt-return unit stopped a fake punt less than a yard short of a conversion that ...

Eagles stay alive with win over Texans

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles ran back onto the field after a hard shot knocked him out for a play and the crowd roared, seemingly knowing he was about to do it again. Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired after Foles led the offense into position and the Philadelphia Eagles ...

Raiders prepare to bid farewell to Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr knows what outsiders think about the run-down Oakland Coliseum with the infield dirt for early season games, substandard locker rooms, and a lack of all the amenities prevalent in newer and more expensive NFL stadiums. For Carr and the Raiders, there’s a ...

Specific goals are in mind for both Steelers, Saints

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — While Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan stressed that New Orleans doesn’t fear going on the road in the playoffs, he readily acknowledged the advantages of staying in the Superdome. New Orleans can lock up the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a ...

New Orleans activates Ginn for today’s game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on their active roster, making him eligible to play when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh this afternoon. Ginn returned to practice this week for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 because ...