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Penguins’ offense revs up late

The Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel each scored in the second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Riley Sheahan scored into an empty net at 19:29 of the third for the Penguins. Matt ...

Titans in town with notable win streak

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have a commanding lead in the AFC North and are in a two-way race with New England for homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs as Thanksgiving looms, exactly where they expected to be all along. It just ...

Key scout sent packing by Bucs

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates said Major League Baseball intends to discipline their director of Latin American scouting for rules violations, and the team announced it will not renew Rene Gayo’s contract when it expires next month. The Pirates said in a statement Wednesday they ...

Sensabaugh to replace Haden

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden’s career revival in Pittsburgh is on hold, though maybe for not as long as the first-place Steelers feared. While the veteran cornerback’s broken left leg will keep him out for Thursday night’s visit by Tennessee, the team remains hopeful Haden can return at ...

Bowles sticking with McCown

NEW YORK — Josh McCown is still the man under center for Todd Bowles and the New York Jets. A day after his team dropped to 4-6 heading into its bye-week break, Bowles insisted he’s not considering making a quarterback change from the 38-year-old veteran to either Christian Hackenberg or ...

Raiders set to break ground in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — After years of planning, dealing and getting millions in public financing approved, the Oakland Raiders will break ground Monday on a 65,000-seat domed stadium in Las Vegas, across the freeway from the city’s world-famous casinos. Contractors will be working under an ambitious ...

Panthers take care of Miami

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, rookie Christian McCaffrey scored touchdowns rushing and receiving, and the Carolina Panthers crushed the Miami Dolphins 45-21 on Monday night for their third straight victory. Jonathan Stewart ran for a season-high 110 ...

Judge, Bellinger nab honors

The only major question was whether it would be unanimous — and it was. Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are baseball’s Rookies of the Year, after their record-setting home run binges left no need for any dissenting opinions. Judge led the American League with 52 homers, the most ever by a ...

Earnhardt Jr. got out from dad’s shadow long ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He was so shy, so skinny, not yet somebody. It was around 1997 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was testing at Talladega Superspeed­way, wearing an all-white firesuit. Bobby Labonte was the star at the Alabama test that day, and all the media crammed into Talladega’s wood-paneled ...

Steelers hoping to continue winning ways against Colts

NFL week 9 Who: Pittsburgh at Indianapolis When: 1 p.m. Records: Steelers (6-2), Colts (3-6) Line: Steelers by 10 The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano has never been one to play by the numbers. And he’s not starting now. So rather than remind his players of what ...

Preds edge Penguins in shootout

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T Sportsnet The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Filip Forsberg scored the shootout winner to give the Nashville Predators a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on ...

Steelers trying not to look ahead

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Colts in Indianapolis. Then the Titans at home on Thursday night. That’s it. That’s as much of his team’s schedule that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has allowed himself to memorize. No looking down the road. ...

Defenders in new territory at faceoff

On the ice Tonight: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press Jake Gardiner and the other Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen like to think they can hold their own in the faceoff circle. “Sometimes in practice we’ll just joke around ...

Mattingly to return for Marlins

MIAMI — While Giancarlo Stanton’s destination remains unclear, Don Mattingly will be back with the Miami Marlins next season. President of baseball operations Michael Hill confirmed Thursday that Mattingly will return for the third season of his four-year contract as manager. The decision ...

Bell’s backups have experience of being the man

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Terrell Watson has been there. James Conner, too. The Pittsburgh Steelers running backs know what it’s like to have the ball in their hands on nearly every play, each carry serving as another body blow to a defense worn down from a long afternoon trying ...

Malkin, Kessel pay big dividends for Penguins

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan understands the risk/reward when he pairs Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. When fully engaged and focused on the finer points of the game, they are as dynamic as any second-line duo in the NHL. When they’re not, ...

Steelers, Eagles are top 2 powers

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Halfway through the NFL season, some familiar teams have been playing especially well. The dominating Philadelphia Eagles. AFC powerhouses the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. And Carson Wentz and his high-flying Eagles remained on top in ...

6-2 Steelers hoping positive vibe continues starting this Sunday

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Darrius Heyward-Bey spent a rare fall weekend off traveling. That included a handful of hours in the air on Sunday afternoon, when the veteran Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver monitored a scoreboard that seemed to provide nothing but good ...

Tocchet returns to the ’Burg

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press When Rick Tocchet returns to Pittsburgh, he will see another Stanley Cup banner in the rafters and be celebrated for his part in earning it. Tocchet doesn’t plan on reminiscing too much about the Penguins’ back-to-back titles, except perhaps for ...