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Penguins edge Caps

WASHINGTON — Patric Hornqvist went right back to the net where he feels most comfortable and was in his element once again. Hornqvist scored a power-play goal and assisted on another in his season debut to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Wednesday night in ...

Roethlisberger’s confidence in bounce-back mode

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — On second thought, Ben Roethlisberger believes he still has “it.” In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is pretty sure he’s never lost “it,” even if he found himself somewhat facetiously wondering it out loud after his career-high five ...

Bell says offense, not Big Ben, the problem

Next up Who: Pittsburgh at Kansas City When: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. TV: CBS Line: Chiefs by 4 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell isn’t worried about Ben Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh Steelers game plan is another matter. The Pro Bowl running back ...

Pens: Trip to White House not political

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins view their trip to the White House today as the final moment of ...

Roethlisberger’s five picks lead to Jags’ upset win

PITTSBURGH — Don’t blame the national anthem dust up. Or Antonio Brown’s latest tantrum. Or Le’Veon Bell’s non-holdout holdout. Or Martavis Bryant’s re-immersion into the offense after a year away. The man designed with making the Pittsburgh Steelers go doesn’t want to hear any ...

Steelers lacking production from their star quarterback

PITTSBURGH — Quarterbacks always get too much blame when a team loses. Not this time. This one is on Ben Roethlisberger. He threw five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, in Sunday’s 30-9 Steelers’ loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that shocked the crowd at Heinz Field Sunday ...

Steelers don’t make excuses for thrashing

PITTSBURGH — It doesn’t take a lot of time or words to explain what happened to the Steelers on Sunday. “We got beat in every phase of the game,” defensive end Cam Heyward said after the Jacksonville Jaguars won 30-9 at Heinz Field. The coaches will pick apart the game tape and make ...

Wentz leads Eagles’ rout

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz looked like the vintage Carson Palmer. Wentz threw a career-best four touchdown passes to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Arizona Cardinals, 34-7, on Sunday. The quarterbacks and teams seem headed in opposite directions. Wentz has the Eagles off to an ...

Jags proving themselves

PITTSBURGH — The Jacksonville Jaguars spent the first month of the season looking equal parts awesome and awful, taking one step toward respectability immediately followed by a baffling step back. On the road facing a team expected to play deep into January and perhaps beyond, the Jaguars ...

Around the NFL

Packers 35, Cowboys 31 ARLINGTON, Texas — Aaron Rodgers threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 11 seconds remaining, lifting Green Bay over the Dallas Cowboys in another thriller nine months after the Packers’ divisional playoff win on the same field. Rodgers capped a ...

Steelers ready to key on Fournette

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin likens each Pittsburgh Steelers opponent to “nameless gray faces,” the coach’s way of telling his players to treat every game the same regardless of who happens to be across the line of scrimmage. Not all gray faces, however, are created equal. And they’re ...

Penguins win Stanley Cup rematch

PITTSBURGH — After a rocky start to their Stanley Cup title defense, the Pittsburgh Penguins are just happy to be back on track. They rebounded against the team they beat for the championship in June as Evgeni Malkin scored, Matt Murray stopped 26 shots and the Penguins beat the Nashville ...

Brown gets AP’s top WR spot

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press is ranking the top 10 players at a different position every week of the NFL season, based on votes by Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton and AP football writers Simmi Buttar, Dave Campbell, Schuyler Dixon, Josh Dubow, Howard Fendrich, Rob Maaddi, ...

Opening night Blues

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins insist they’re well aware of the bumpy road ahead as the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions chase history. Just in case, they needed a reminder, Alex Pietrangelo and the St. Louis Blues provided one. Pietrangelo’s wrist shot from just inside ...

Pens taken to the woodshed

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Brandon Saad scored three times in his return to Chicago and Ryan Hartman had a goal and four assists, helping the Blackhawks pound the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1 on Thursday night. Nick Schmaltz added two goals and an assist as Chicago kicked off its season ...

Brown sorry about outburst

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown is nearly getting as much practice at saying “I’m sorry” as he is at catching touchdowns. The Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver apologized via Twitter on Wednesday for his sideline outburst early in his team’s victory in Baltimore last Sunday. Brown ...

Confident, quiet Murray ready to take mantle from departed Fleury

On the ice Tonight: St. Louis Blues at Pittsburgh Penguins, 8 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray jokes he can’t help but do a double take whenever he sees a No. 30 Pittsburgh Penguins jersey in public. “I still think ...

Steelers want Brown to simmer down

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin understands Antonio Brown’s competitiveness is what helps make Brown one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach just wishes his star would do a better job of channeling it properly when things don’t go ...

Pittsburgh moves up to No. 3

The Associated Press NEW YORK — With the regular season 25 percent complete, there’s only one unbeaten team left: the Kansas City Chiefs. So it’s not a huge surprise that Kansas City is the unanimous No. 1 team in the latest AP Pro32 poll , receiving all 12 first-place votes for 384 ...

No more Olympic dreams for players

The Associated Press The NHL became entwined with the Olympics before young stars like Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel or Auston Matthews even pulled on a pair of skates. Nagano in 1998 started a string of five consecutive Olympics featuring NHL players, a tradition that became so routine that ...