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Red-hot Hurricanes too much for Pens

RALEIGH, N.C. — A coaches’ challenge wiped away the Carolina Hurricanes’ first go-ahead goal. There was no doubting the second one. Sebastian Aho’s goal with 1:55 left in the second period helped the Hurricanes earn their season-best fourth straight win, a 2-1 victory over the ...

Steeler reserves ready to fill in

PITTSBURGH — Stevan Ridley figured he’d have to wait until 2018 to get a shot at reviving his career. The running back spent most of the fall working out, trying to watch his weight and hoping a job offer would pop up. As the weeks passed, Ridley started to wonder if one ever ...

Defense eyeing record

PITTSBURGH — Improved coverage in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary has allowed the defense an opportunity to make team history. The Steelers have 50 sacks, which is five from the franchise record entering Sunday’s regular-season finale against Cleveland. “If you can get them to ...

Tomlin may opt to keep Bell off the field

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell could potentially make some Pittsburgh Steelers history Sunday. But will he even get the chance? For all the Steelers have accomplished, a regular-season league rushing champion has been elusive. Despite two Hall of Fame running backs and four first-team ...

Penguins wear out Jackets

PITTSBURGH — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan called it the biggest character win of the season for his struggling team. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout, and Pittsburgh rallied past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 on Wednesday night. “With all the challenges we faced, ...

Steelers miffed at Harrison

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots safety Devin McCourty got a closer look at James Harrison when the linebacker strolled through the locker room on Wednesday. It left an impression. “He’s a well put together human being. Scary-looking some would probably say,” McCourty said. The ...

Tomlin not revealing lineup

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t sure how long of a break he wants to give his star players before the postseason begins. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach is going to wait to determine how much Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and company play during Sunday’s regular-season finale against ...

Eagles must decide who rests

PHILADELPHIA — Before they tackle rest vs. rust, the Philadelphia Eagles have to approach rest vs. reps. With the NFC’s No. 1 seed secured, the Eagles (13-2) have nothing to gain against the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) on Sunday other than playing for a franchise-record 14th win. But coach ...

Ex-Pirate pitchers sign deals

CINCINNATI — Reliever Jared Hughes and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $4.5 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2020. Hughes gets $2,125,000 in each of the next two seasons under the deal announced Tuesday, and the Reds have a $3 million option with a $250,000 ...

2017 brings about plenty of tour tales

Brooks Koepka is tweaking his schedule next year to play Pebble Beach, which only makes sense. The U.S. Open champion has become an expert on beaches. That conversation he shared with caddie Ricky Elliott on the 15th fairway of the final round at Erin Hills had nothing to do with club ...

Steelers trounce the Texans

HOUSTON — Ben Roethlisberger told his teammates they didn’t need to make up for Antonio Brown’s absence. He just wanted everyone to do what they could to help out, figuring that would be enough. It certainly was. “I know everyone was thinking about A.B. not being out there and trying ...

Steelers prepare for Texans without Brown

HOUSTON — Already in the playoffs after winning the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plenty to play for in their last two games, starting with today’s matchup with the Houston Texans. A win over the struggling Texans combined with a loss or tie by the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

Steelers cut loose Harrison

PITTSBURGH — James Harrison’s long tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over. The AFC North champions released the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and 2008 NFL defensive player of the year on Saturday to make room for right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert is returning from a suspension for ...

Pens closer to last place

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — John Gibson grew up in Pittsburgh. He downplayed his annual homecoming Saturday night, but his teammates with the Anaheim Ducks understood this wasn’t just any game and it wasn’t just any arena for the 24-year-old who has helped keep them afloat during ...

Steelers’ Haden on track to play on Christmas

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden isn’t taking anything for granted. The eight-year veteran, who has never played in the playoffs, experienced a scare when he broke his leg a month ago against Indianapolis. Five weeks later, Haden ...

Other Steelers ready to step up for AB

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Replacing Antonio Brown won’t be a one-man job for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team’s top wide receiver is out indefinitely with a left calf injury sustained against the New England Patriots. That means it’s up to Martavis Bryant, ...

Murray’s save on final shot lifts Penguins to victory

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan doesn’t want to see Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang drop the gloves every game. But a frustrating first two periods led to a breakout third and a shootout victory. Letang scored the ...

Defense could help Baltimore

There are some folks in the AFC who shudder at the thought of facing the Ravens’ defense in the playoffs. That’s understandable, given Baltimore’s propensity for takeaways (league-high 33) and its turnover margin (+17). That the offense is substandard tends to get ignored a bit, ...

Steelers coach thinking only about next opponent

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to pick up the pieces from an emotional loss to the New England Patriots without Antonio Brown. Head coach Mike Tomlin says Brown will miss Pittsburgh’s Christmas Day visit to Houston with a contusion ...

Committee needs to examine some rules

Well, no one STILL seems to agree on what, exactly, should constitute a catch in the NFL — and that contributed to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots in a key game for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. It’s also hard to find folks who like the provision ...