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Pens finding out it’s hard to keep winning

TORONTO — It has been more than 30 years since an NHL team has completed a Stanley Cup three-peat. Could the Pittsburgh Penguins end that drought this season? Captain Sidney Crosby says winning the NHL’s top prize gets harder every year. “The league is just so tight,” Crosby said ...

Pens put Murray on injured reserve

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP — The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to try to shake out of their early season funk without goaltender Matt Murray. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions placed Murray on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan called Murray “week ...

Tomlin candid during national TV interview

Left on the menu The remaining five games on the Steelers schedule include: Dec. 4......................................at Bengals Dec.10..........................................Ravens Dec. ...

Penguins rally despite loss of star goalie

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres, Friday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Their young franchise goaltender was in the trainer’s room dealing with a lower-body injury and their struggling ...

Boswell’s kick wins it

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Boswell kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal as time expired to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 31-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The Steelers (9-2) won their sixth straight thanks in large part to wide ...

For the moment, style points don’t matter

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin wasted no time in admitting the obvious: His evaluation of the Steelers’ 31-28 victory over the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers Sunday night will be determined by the calendar. In the moment, there was the warm glow of a victory that pushed the Steelers to 9-2 ...

Steelers, Packers going opposite ways

PITTSBURGH — Mike McCarthy grew up in Pittsburgh and the roots still run deep for the longtime Green Bay Packers coach. Tonight’s visit to Heinz Field against the AFC North-leading Steelers will be a homecoming of sorts for McCarthy and several staff members, including defensive ...

Penguins end losing streak, beat Tampa

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel came through for the reeling Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby and Kessel each scored twice and the Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night to end a season-high three-game losing streak. “We needed that win tonight,” Kessel ...

Suspension doesn’t raise eyebrows

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ Marcus Gilbert was suspended for a quarter of the season last week, and it seemed like nobody noticed. There was more buzz about JuJu Smith-Schuster’s bicycle being stolen a few weeks earlier. Is failing a steroid test just an occupational hazard that the ...

Not enough comeback in Penguins this time

By Doug Alden On the ice Tonight: Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press BOSTON — After letting a pair of two-goal leads slip away in the second period, the Boston Bruins got the break they needed early in the third and put an ...

Heyward in the middle of breakout season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward is not aware of the history he is chasing. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end doesn’t particularly care either. Heyward’s two sacks last week against Tennessee pushed his season total to seven. If he comes up with three more over the ...

Heat snaps Celtics 16-game win streak

MIAMI — Dion Waiters watched his 3-point try bounce off the rim, ricochet off the top of the backboard, then hit the rim again and somehow drop through the net. It was a huge shot in the final moments, and a lucky one. That’s what it took to end Boston’s 16-game winning ...

Steelers’ backup set for full-time job

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Respect comes in many forms. For Chris Hubbard, it came a couple years ago when the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman learned he was no longer on the hook to pick up the massive spread required for the line’s weekly Thursday night get ...

Steelers getting healthier

PITTSBURGH — Reinforcements are on the way for the injury-plagued Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. How much? Well, coach Mike Tomlin isn’t quite ready to say. The AFC North leaders activated rookie defensive back Cam Sutton from injured reserve on Tuesday, though Tomlin stressed that ...

Steelers hope outburst is sign of things to come

PITTSBURGH — After 9 1/2 games of an offense that was supposed to light up scoreboards instead operate in frustrating fits and starts, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough. So in the locker room last Thursday against Tennessee, with the Steelers nursing a nine-point lead that ...

Ngoepe dealt to Blue Jays

PITTSBURGH — History-making Pirates second baseman Gift Ngoepe is on the move. Pittsburgh traded Ngoepe to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. The 27-year-old Ngoepe became the first African-born player in baseball history to ...

9-1 Eagles showing unselfishness

PHILADELPHIA — Alshon Jeffery used to be the top receiver in Chicago. Jay Ajayi was the main running back in Miami. LeGarrette Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns last season in New England. Now the trio are just part of the offense instead of the focal point. The Philadelphia Eagles ...

Panthers run into streaking Blackhawks

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It was an adventurous night for Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. Crawford briefly left the game in the second period after a collision. He returned and was interfered with during an apparent tying goal that was waved off and ...

Steelers explode in second half for victory over Titans

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, three to Antonio Brown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the Tennessee Titans in a 40-17 victory on Thursday night. Running the no-huddle offense extensively for the ...

High-powered offense shows up in all its glory

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers scored a season-high 40 points Thursday night, and here’s the crazy thing: They could have/should have had more. The offensive explosion that everyone expected to see in the season opener at Cleveland finally popped on a frosty night at Heinz Field in ...