Professional Sports

Tomlin: Bryant “out of bounds”

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin has a message for wide receiver Martavis Bryant: get comfortable. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach stressed Tuesday that Bryant is “not available via trade” following a social media outburst late Sunday in which Bryant expressed frustration about his role in the ...

Smith-Schuster looking for stolen bike

PITTSBURGH — Somebody is playing hide and seek with JuJu Smith-Schuster’s bike. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver says someone stole the bike he uses to commute from the team’s facility to his nearby apartment. The 20-year-old Smith-Schuster is working on getting his driver’s ...

Eagles lose LT Peters, LB Hicks for season

PHILADELPHIA — Staying on top became a little tougher for the Philadelphia Eagles. Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and starting linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the rest of the season after being injured in Monday’s 34-24 win over Washington. Peters tore his right ACL and ...

Truex’s team moves forward

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — There have been soaring highs at the track for Martin Truex Jr. and his Furniture Row Racing team this season, a series-leading seven victories and a spot in the round of eight of NASCAR’s playoffs. The crushing lows have come away from it. There was the news this ...

Veteran shines for Pens on youthful night

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, 7 p.m. TV: A&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Connor McDavid keeps getting the better of Sidney Crosby. Statistically, anyway. Considering the end result, it’s a trade-off Crosby ...

Bryant drama goes on

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers laughed along with Martavis Bryant a week ago as the talented but erratic wide receiver downplayed reports he requested a trade. It’s not quite so funny anymore. Bryant stayed home on Monday with an illness. The timing looked ...

Larson had good chance to challenge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Larson felt a cylinder drop, and then his engine failed. With a puff of smoke, his season was essentially ended and the playoffs took on a completely different look. Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite to win NASCAR’s championship, but if one driver had shown this ...

Rested Lions await Steelers

By Noah Trister The Associated Press ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Khyri Thornton missed the first six games of the season while suspended, and although the Detroit Lions played fine for a while without the defensive tackle, toward the end of his ban, a key teammate went down with a serious ...

Pittsburgh’s second-half defense sends Bengals to defeat

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster hid his eyes, counted to 10 and went looking for Le’Veon Bell. The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver found his team’s star running back crouching behind the goalpost, then proceeded to chase Bell all the way ...

Teammates wax poetic of Nix

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Roos-evelt Nix can move easily in public without getting recognized. He’s one of the Steelers more anonymous players, a combination fullback and tight end. Fans may not notice him at the mall, but his teammates are fully on board with what ...

Battered-and-bruised Bengals limping home

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — His twisted ankle aching, his wide receivers blanketed and his protection breaking down, Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton decided discretion was the better part of valor. Or at least the safest way to get out of Pittsburgh. So facing ...

Steelers, Bengals set to renew belligerent rivalry

PITTSBURGH — The bad blood between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is palpable, built on years of animosity and antagonism, hits that straddled the line between clean and dirty and others that leapfrogged across it all together. The AFC North’s nastiest rivalry renews today ...

Tampa duo dominate Pens

By Mark Didtler The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are making it look easy and the Tampa Bay Lightning are reaping the benefits. The Tampa Bay stars both extended their season-opening points streaks to nine games and the Lightning routed the two-time ...

Astros, Verlander need a win

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander agreed to that last-second trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight games he has pitched. Eight is not enough. The Astros have to win Verlander’s ninth game — or their season will end short of that ...

Hernandez’ 3 HRs finish off Cubs

CHICAGO — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making. Fueled by Hernandez’s home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series. Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw ...

Haden’s arrival has helped maturing DBs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The defensive game plan for Joe Haden was always pretty simple for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback during his time Cleveland, particularly whenever the Browns faced Cincinnati. All Haden had to do before every snap was locate Bengals wide receiver A.J. ...

Tomlin not worried about Bryant as a distraction

NFL week 7 Who: Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) When: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. TV: CBS The line: Steelers by 5 1⁄2 The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t worried about Martavis Bryant’s state of mind. Last the Pittsburgh Steelers coach checked, ...

Crosby, Malkin do their job

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation, Evgeni Malkin put in the winner 58 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the struggling New York Rangers 5-4 on Tuesday night. Patric Hornqvist, Phil ...

Bryant jokes around about wanting to be traded

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Yes, Martavis Bryant wants a trade. To the Golden State Warriors. Otherwise, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver insists he’s just fine even after multiple reports that he asked the team to ship him elsewhere. Asked Monday if he’d like a change of ...