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Steelers among big losers

Winners and Losers. The big winners in Week 16 were the Saints, Patriots, Cowboys, Seahawks and Ravens. The big losers were the Steelers, Dolphins, Chiefs and Texans. But wait. Then the Texans became winners hours later, earning a playoff berth as they headed back to Houston on Sunday ...

Loss in New Orleans has Steelers rooting for Browns

NEW ORLEANS — Desperately needing a win, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin went for the jugular with a fake punt call late in the fourth quarter against the Saints. Upback Roosevelt Nix came up just short, and so did the Steelers in an excruciating, infuriating 31-28 loss Sunday that may ...

Saints get top seed in NFC

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees found a receiver who hadn’t played most of the season to sustain a late touchdown drive. The Saints’ defense found a way to force two fumbles in the fourth quarter. And New Orleans’ punt-return unit stopped a fake punt less than a yard short of a conversion that ...

Eagles stay alive with win over Texans

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles ran back onto the field after a hard shot knocked him out for a play and the crowd roared, seemingly knowing he was about to do it again. Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired after Foles led the offense into position and the Philadelphia Eagles ...

Raiders prepare to bid farewell to Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr knows what outsiders think about the run-down Oakland Coliseum with the infield dirt for early season games, substandard locker rooms, and a lack of all the amenities prevalent in newer and more expensive NFL stadiums. For Carr and the Raiders, there’s a ...

Specific goals are in mind for both Steelers, Saints

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — While Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan stressed that New Orleans doesn’t fear going on the road in the playoffs, he readily acknowledged the advantages of staying in the Superdome. New Orleans can lock up the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a ...

New Orleans activates Ginn for today’s game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on their active roster, making him eligible to play when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh this afternoon. Ginn returned to practice this week for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 because ...

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 ...