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Steelers moving on from Bell saga

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent the better part of 10 months waiting on Le’Veon Bell to show up for work. They said all the right things, stressed they understood the star running back was making a business decision by opting to stay home in hopes of protecting himself ahead of a ...

Closure finally in Bell saga

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s patience on the football field sets him apart. In a game built on chaos, the star running back rarely hurries or makes hasty decisions. His ability to put his hand on the back of an offensive lineman while waiting for the hole to open ...

Pens still having a Devil of a time

The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. — Taylor Hall gave the New Jersey Devils just what they needed after a dismal seven-game trip — an MVP-type performance. Hall scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 8:07 of the third period added an empty-net tally to cap a four-point night and ...

Jags’ defense continues confusing run

The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are busting defensive assignments at an alarming rate. They are allowing receivers to get wide open across the field. They are letting tight ends go completely uncovered. They are missing calls, failing to communicate ...

Bengals fire defensive co-ordinator

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Marvin Lewis got the Bengals’ head coaching job because of his reputation for defensive excellence. He’s now in charge of trying to resuscitate a historically bad unit and pulling Cincinnati’s season back from the brink. The Bengals fired defensive ...

NHL, retired players reach settlement

The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court ...

Ohtani, Acuna Jr. win honors

NEW YORK — Shohei Ohtani was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate — and on the mound. Baseball’s best two-way player since the Babe at the dawn of the live-ball era a century ago, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Monday despite an elbow ...

Wondering what Brown was thinking

PITTSBURGH — If Antonio Brown actually was driving over 100 miles per hour on a suburban highway last week, it begs this question: Why? Was he late for an appointment? Was his Porsche fresh from a tune-up and he was anxious to test it? Did a soccer mom in a mini-van challenge him to a ...

Cowboys win key game

PHILADELPHIA — Ezekiel Elliott had 151 yards rushing and his go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday night. The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles fell to 4-5 with their third straight loss at home while ...

Pens get much-needed win

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Casey DeSmith stopped 39 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak. The losing streak was Pittsburgh’s longest since it lost ...

Steelers taking five after win

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro ...

Bears’ Mack, Robinson practice without limits

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson look as if they’re just about ready to return after missing the Chicago Bears’ past two games because of injuries. Both players practiced without limitations Thursday for the second consecutive ...

Newton a fan of Big Ben

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Newton spent a portion of the summer studying Ben Roethlisberger and working out alongside Antonio Brown, something the Carolina Panthers quarterback did out of a mix of curiosity and respect. Newton found himself enamored of ...

Physical Penguins defeated again

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — T.J. Oshie watched the clock in the training room hoping he’d get back on the ice. Oshie was back there for a second time Wednesday night after he took a shoulder to the head from Evgeni Malkin that made an earlier stick to the face ...

Prime-time mettle test for Steelers

Two teams headed for January football, the Panthers and Steelers, get to test their mettle tonight. It should be a good one in prime time. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, who’s 1-1 in Super Bowls, isn’t admitting any postseason thoughts are in the minds of his players or himself. But he has ...

Big Ben misses practice

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Tuesday to give his broken left index finger a rest but he is expected to play on Thursday night when Carolina visits Heinz Field. Roethlisberger said the finger was “fine” after he threw the ball 47 ...

Devils dominate Penguins

PITTSBURGH — New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle wants to serve as a role model in the fight against cancer. He certainly was inspiring on Monday night. The cancer survivor scored three times for his first career hat trick, leading the Devils to a 5-1 victory over the slumping ...

Steelers’ surge continues

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell might be ready to head back to work. The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t exactly look like they need him. The star running back tweeted “Farewell Miami” on Monday, possibly indicating the end of his months-long standoff with the club. Bell hasn’t been inside ...

Steelers offense controls ball in victory over Ravens

BALTIMORE — Going up against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, Ben Roethlisberger showed his versatility, grit and ability to bounce back from injury. He also proved his own theory: The only unit capable of stopping the Pittsburgh offense is, well, the Pittsburgh offense. Roethlisberger ...

Secondary facing big challenge

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden knows about losing to the Baltimore Ravens. The Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback has been on the losing end of 11 of his 14 games against Baltimore. Ten of those 11 came when he was with the Cleveland Browns. He’s only lost to the Ravens once with the Steelers, 26-14 ...