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Mistakes still hurting Raiders

The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coach Jon Gruden knows the Oakland Raiders aren’t nearly good enough to overcome a litany of mistakes if they want to be able to beat one of the top teams in the league like the Kansas City Chiefs. So when the running backs lose three fumbles, a ...

Big month awaits Steelers, Chargers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Philip Rivers didn’t exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history. The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there’s no time. Not with the Chargers (8-3) scrambling to stay ahead in the ...

Defeat for Pens is 7th in last 10

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Dale Weise scored in the first minute of the third period and the Philadelphia Flyers held on for a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers, who ...

JuJu officially in the spotlight

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to get something straight. That 4.52-second 40-yard dash the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver ran at the combine in the spring of 2017? It was a blessing, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time. A fraction faster and ...

Brotherly love on schedule for Heinz Field

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — On the surface they’re identical. Below the surface too. Large. Loud. Remarkably athletic and remarkably close. Well compensated and well tattooed. Still, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey believes there is one surefire way to tell him and Los ...

Big Ben, Rivers will renew rivalry

The Associated Press COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Chargers’ Philip Rivers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger are playing some of the best football of their 15-year careers. On Sunday, the two meet at Heinz Field in a prime-time game that could serve as a playoff preview. If the ...

Crosby’s natural hat trick wasted

DENVER — Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon put on a show that made Cole Harbour proud, and it was MacKinnon who walked away with bragging rights for the Nova Scotia town. MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, including one on Gabe Landeskog’s tiebreaking score midway through the third ...

Conner owns his mistakes

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger cut off the question mid-sentence. The quicker to dismiss it, the better. No, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback stressed, there are no issues about running back James Conner’s ability to hold onto the ball even after Conner’s ...

Steelers’ tight ends are hurting

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have their depth at tight end tested with Vance McDonald and Xavier Grimble both dealing with injuries. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that McDonald has a hip issue while Grimble is in the concussion protocol. McDonald could ...

Two goals in third lift Pens

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Zach Aston-Reese scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:12 remaining off a perfect pass from Phil Kessel, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Tuesday night. Derek Grant’s first of the season pulled the Penguins even 5:08 into the third period. ...

It’s time to correct mistakes

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger called the interception that ended Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak fluky. On the surface, the Steelers quarterback is right. The only reason Denver defensive lineman Shelby Harris found himself in position to make a leaping grab of Roethlisberger’s ...

Watson, Texans get eighth win

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Houston Texans set a franchise record with their eighth straight win, 34-17 over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. Demaryius Thomas scored his first two touchdowns as a ...

Patriots not quite at Super Bowl level

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That’s scary for the rest of the NFL. Or maybe not. Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, ...

Braves make free agent splash by adding Donaldson, McCann

ATLANTA — Brian McCann slipped on the No. 16 jersey he wore for so many years. “It feels right,” he said, over and over again. Looking to improve on their first division title in five years, the Atlanta Braves agreed Monday to one-year contracts with McCann and former AL MVP Josh ...

Red zone woes haunt Steelers in loss to Broncos

DENVER — Nose tackle Shelby Harris picked off Ben Roethlisberger’s 2-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone with 1:03 remaining to seal Denver’s 24-17 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Steelers’ six-game winning streak Sunday. “I never thought in a million years a defensive ...

Eagles pull out key win

PHILADELPHIA — The injury-depleted defense held on long enough for Carson Wentz and Philadelphia’s new-found rushing attack to rally. Jake Elliott kicked a 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining, and the Eagles beat the New York Giants 25-22 on Sunday after trailing 12-0 early and ...

Takeaways key for Broncos

DENVER — Von Miller channeled Bill Belichick after the Denver Broncos’ stirring 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished all six of his answers in his poker-faced postgame news conference by saying, it’s “on to Cincinnati.” The surging Broncos (5-6) visit the sliding ...

Broncos’ defense not afraid of Steelers

The Associated Press DENVER — The Pittsburgh Steelers can unnerve plenty of defenses with the NFL’s best pair of pass catchers and the league’s top tight end tandem. Not Denver’s. “We’ve had a tough game every week,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “We haven’t ...

Guentzel clutch for Penguins

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel couldn’t find the back of the net for several games during the Penguins’ recent slump. Now that the Penguins are starting to hit stride, Guentzel is starting to fill the net. Guentzel scored his ...

Hamilton clinches pole at Abu Dhabi

The Assocated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Five-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton clinched pole position for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday. The Mercedes driver’s 11th pole of the season and record-extending 83rd of his career looked in some ...