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Crosby, Murray spark Pens

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — The Pittsburgh Penguins are going one way in the Eastern Conference and the Carolina Hurricanes are going the other. Sidney Crosby set up three goals and Matt Murray made 38 saves as the Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 3-0 Saturday night. Jake ...

Washington preps for fill-in role

PITTSBURGH — It’s been an uneven rookie season for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington, but he may be needed for a bigger role nonetheless. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh’s leading receiver, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at New Orleans, and if he can’t ...

Dodgers send Puig, Woods to Reds for Homer Bailey

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers shook up their National League-championship roster Friday, trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and left-hander Alex Wood and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for right-hander Homer Bailey, who threw a pair of no-hitters before three major arm ...

No-show Bell, 3-11 Gruden top list of 2018 NFL letdowns

The hype trains touting NFL offseason activity typically start leaving their stations each January, when new head coaches are hired and fan bases are fired up about the fresh start that sends hope soaring high like the football in the air on the opening kickoff of a game. There’s another ...

Patriots’ Gordon suspended indefinitely

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely Thursday by the NFL for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions, casting doubt on whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever play in the league again. League ...

Samuels enjoys moment

PITTSBURGH — Jaylen Samuels spent the months leading up to the 2018 NFL draft answering one question over and over again. “People were like, ‘What position (are you) going to play?’” the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie said. “And I just kept saying ‘I’m going to play running ...

Pens end Caps’ streak at five wins

WASHINGTON — The calendar said December. The intensity felt like late spring. The third meeting this season between longtime rivals Pittsburgh and Washington featured tight checking, strong goaltending and more than a few punches. The Penguins won 2-1 on Wednesday night, yet the Capitals ...

Pens are unable to hold lead

PITTSBURGH — The Anaheim Ducks would love to stop playing from behind. It’s just not happening. And somehow it’s not a problem, either. Particularly on the road. The Ducks spotted the Pittsburgh Penguins two first-period goals and then roared back for a 4-2 victory on Monday for their ...

Pirates finalize deal with pitcher

PITTSBURGH — Pitcher Jordan Lyles and the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized a $2.05 million, one-year contract. The 28-year-old right-hander can earn additional award bonuses as part of the deal, agreed to last week and announced Monday. Lyles is 31-52 with a 5.28 ERA in 217 appearances ...

Steelers top Patriots to snap skid

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger didn’t want to use the word “crossroads.” He did anyway. His team mired in a three-game losing streak and with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the other sideline Sunday — a sight that typically signals doom for Roethlisberger and the ...

Win more important than style points

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers took a lot of mystery out of the bumpy playoff chase on Sunday. They beat the New England Patriots 17-10 in front of a rocking crowd at Heinz Field and demonstrated how simple all the math can actually be. Win and they’re in. If they take care of their own ...

Samuels provides Pittsburgh with big lift

PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie Jaylen Samuels finished Sunday both tired and satisfied. Samuels ran for 142 yards on 19 carries, and caught two passes for another 30 yards in the Steelers’ 17-10 victory over the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. The stage was big, and so was Samuels’ ...

Kessel OT goal lifts Pens

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray was just happy to be back on the ice after a rocky start to the season. Murray made his first start in a month and his strong play, particularly in overtime, helped the Penguins to another win. Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal at ...

Steelers activate WR Rogers; Conner listed as doubtful

PITTSBURGH — Looks like Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner’s balky left ankle won’t be ready to go against the Patriots. The AFC North leaders downgraded Conner from questionable to doubtful for today’s game against New England. Conner, sixth in the NFL with 909 yards ...

Patriots preparing for Bell-less team

Next opponent What: New England at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. TV: CBS Records: Patriots (9-4); Steelers (7-5-1) The line: Patriots by 2 1⁄2 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — If there’s been a blueprint to having success against the Patriots defense this season, it’s started with ...

Blackhawks snap steak on Penguins

CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped an eight-game losing streak by topping the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Wednesday night. Marcus Kruger, Brent Seabrook, Andreas Martinsen, Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which ...

Morton reaches new deal with Rays

LAS VEGAS — All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton has reached a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. A person familiar with the agreement tells The Associated Press the contract is for two years and $30 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been officially ...

No incentive left for hitters to play the entire field

LAS VEGAS — Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer. It’s not a problem if the hitters don’t make it one. “There’s an easy way to combat that,” Oakland’s Bob Melvin said. “Just hit the ball the other ...

Backup provides relief for Pens

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Casey DeSmith is providing a lift for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Matt Murray is sidelined by a lower-body injury. DeSmith made 25 saves to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 shootout win against the New York Islanders on Monday night. “He was really good all night. He was ...

Free agents aplenty this winter

Paul Goldschmidt and Robinson Cano have already switched teams this offseason, going to the Cardinals and Mets in major trades. As for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — the jewels of the free agent market — they’re still waiting. Patrick Corbin and Josh Donaldson are already signed, ...