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Score one for Penguins’ youth movement

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Not much more than a month ago, Dominik Simon, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Casey DeSmith were playing minor league hockey in Wilkes-Barre for the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fast forward to Tuesday night, when that unlikely trio carried Sidney ...

DeSmith earns first victory for Penguins

LOS ANGELES — Until Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith got the start at Staples Center on Thursday night, his entire NHL experience consisted of two relief appearances in Penguins losses. DeSmith seized the chance to grab his first career victory — with plenty of help from the Penguins’ ...

QB coach promoted to Steelers’ OC

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t look very far for offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s replacement, promoting longtime quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to the position on Thursday, four days after Pittsburgh’s season ended with a divisional round ...

Pittsburgh signs its closer for four years

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual ...

Tomlin decides to send Haley packing

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL. All the yards and all the touchdowns weren’t enough, however, for the fiery offensive coordinator to keep his ...

Cole joins staff filled with aces

By Joshua Koch The Associated Press HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces. “I was just tremendously excited,” Cole said Wednesday, four days after the Houston Astros acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates. “I was out with some friends having a good time ...

Penguins goalie takes leave of absence

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is taking a leave of absence from the team following the death of his father. The Penguins announced Wednesday that James Murray, Matt’s father, died on Tuesday in Ontario, Canada. Matt Murray, who backstopped ...

Tomlin not set to endorse Haley

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley’s contract as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers is up. And coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t sound as if he’s in a rush to decide whether Haley will be back next season. Tomlin sidestepped several attempts to endorse ...

Cincy fans say thanks for win over Steelers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Cincinnati Bengals fans are thanking Blake Bortles for helping the Jacksonville Jaguars eliminate Pittsburgh from the playoffs. The Blake Bortles Foundation says more than 100 Bengals fans have combined to contribute nearly $5,000 since Jacksonville beat Cincinnati’s ...

Owner calls trade ‘emotionally agonizing’

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen didn’t run from the challenge in Pittsburgh, he embraced it. A rising star on a franchise mired in two decades of losing, McCutchen bet on the Pirates in the spring of 2012 by signing a six-year contract, gambling that he could become one ...

Humbled Steelers are facing questions

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t the pregame talk about New England. Or the seemingly weekly distractions that piled up one on top of the other, some of them self-created and others the byproduct of circumstances far beyond their control. The Pittsburgh ...

Rematch: Steelers wary of surging Jaguars

PITTSBURGH — At the time the score looked like a misprint. Jacksonville 30. Pittsburgh 9. On the road. A result so stunningly one-sided Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stood in the locker room on that gray October afternoon only half-jokingly wondered if he still had ...

Cole dealt to Astros

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros already had two Cy Young winners on their staff. They’re hoping Gerrit Cole can make it three. The World Series champions boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got ...

Penguins dispatch Red Wings, 4-1

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins returned from their bye week and picked up right where they left off. Malkin had two goals and two assists, and the Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, on Saturday for their third consecutive victory. “It’s always fun when ...

Shazier takes in practice for first time

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier has attended practice for the first time since injuring his spine against Cincinnati last month. Shazier posted a photo on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon from the team’s indoor training ...

New, former Penguins selected for all-star contest

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, 1 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning’s top performers will be on full display when the city hosts NHL All-Star Weekend later this month. Top ...

RB Bell feeling fresh

PITTSBURGH — This was always part of Le’Veon Bell’s business plan, the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he decided to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender. Bell’s eyes weren’t focused on August but January. ...

Brown feeling pretty optimistic

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Even as he sat in the back of a police car sprinting to the hospital to get a precise prognosis on his injured left calf while the Pittsburgh Steelers played on without him during a loss to New England three weeks ago, Antonio Brown ...

Steelers rise above the distractions

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — If Cam Heyward’s being honest, he’s lost count of distractions the Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt with this season, be they self-created, overblown or otherwise. The weeks would pass and something that had nothing to do with ...

It’s Brady, Big Ben and lots of questions

NFL playoffs Wild-card Playoffs Saturday Tennessee at Kansas City, 4:35 p.m. Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. Sunday Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 4:40 p.m. Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 13 New Orleans, Carolina or Atlanta at ...