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Connection re-established: Big Ben, Brown back on same page

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger let the ball go before Antonio Brown broke out of his route and turned toward the pylon. It was throw that required anticipation and trust, the kind the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and All-Pro wide receiver have connected on countless times during their ...

Pittsburgh plays its way in victory

PITTSBURGH — If someone hadn’t seen the Steelers play before Sunday, they may have wondered what all the stress was about. The Steelers rolled to a 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on a summer-like Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. They ran the ball well. They got after the ...

Tomlin upset at refs

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin rarely shows emotion when he speaks to the media, and he rarely criticizes NFL officials. The Steelers coach made an exception to both policies to make a point after Sunday’s 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field. Tomlin was apparently angered at ...

Time running out for Atlanta

PITTSBURGH — The Atlanta Falcons kept stressing there was no need to panic during their sluggish start. That the small mistakes that kept costing them games would get cleaned up. That their banged-up roster would get healthy. That the team that began the season with Super Bowl expectations ...

Vikings avenge NFC loss

PHILADELPHIA — Linval Joseph whipped out the sunglasses, sat on the bench and pulled on the oxygen mask. Rest up, big man. Job well done. Kirk Cousins threw for 301 yards and one touchdown, the 330-pound Joseph returned a fumble 64 yards for a score and the Minnesota Vikings beat the ...

October becomes important to Steelers, Falcons

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — When the 2018 NFL schedule was released in the spring, Atlanta’s trip to Pittsburgh on the first Sunday in October looked like a potential Super Bowl preview. Then September happened and the lofty preseason expectations evaporated, replaced by an unruly ...

Packers’ Cobb ruled out with hamstring; Adams questionable

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers will be without at least one of their starting receivers today at Detroit. Randall Cobb has been ruled out, a hamstring injury sidelining him for the second consecutive week. Davante Adams, who injured a calf at Wednesday’s ...

Blaney says he’s in the hunt

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press DOVER, Del. — Ryan Blaney kept the party rolling from his first win this season long enough to stimulate business at his favorite bar. He soaked in the celebration from his checkered flag on the roval at Charlotte. Now he hopes to stamp himself a ...

Bell sets new mark to put title in sight

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press DOVER, Del. — Christopher Bell has a second straight NASCAR championship in sight. Bell won his sixth Xfinity Series race this season in the playoff race Saturday at Dover International Speedway, setting the rookie record for victories in a ...

Penguins topped by Montreal

PITTSBURGH — The Montreal Canadiens used a systematic approach to frustrate and shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins’ star-studded attack. Paul Byron scored two goals and added an assist, leading the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night. “Our plan was just to ...

Brown, Big Ben eyeing rhythm

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown insists he’s still in sync with Ben Roethlisberger even though their numbers together are down. Roethlisberger and Brown are one of the most prolific quarterback-wide receiver tandems in NFL history, but the duo has struggled to find a rhythm through four games ...

Burfict returns to Bengals after suspension

CINCINNATI (AP) — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is back on the Cincinnati Bengals’ active roster after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancer policy. He’s glad to be back, even doing some work with special teams. He watched his teammates pull out a ...

Astros start repeat run with four homers in win

The Associated Press HOUSTON — George Springer and the Houston Astros picked up right where they left off last postseason, hitting four home runs to power past the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Friday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Martin Maldonado also ...

Letang’s second goal matters the most

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins gained a measure of revenge against a rival that ended their season last spring. Kris Letang scored his second goal 1:20 into overtime and the Penguins opened theseason with a 7-6 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Washington ...

Brewers squash rally for 1-0 lead

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Mike Moustakas scored MVP front-runner Christian Yelich with a two-out single in the 10th inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers bounced back to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Thursday in their NL Division Series opener. After giving up two runs in the ninth ...

Offense wants at high level

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is well versed in the drill. When things go well, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is quick to deflect praise elsewhere. And when they don’t, he’s just as quick to shoulder the responsibility regardless of how many yards he passes for or touchdowns he ...

Penguins newcomer happy to fit in

PITTSBURGH — Jack Johnson has spent nearly half his life tangling with Evgeni Malkin in front of the net in rinks all over the world. Bruising affairs that often left one or the other — and occasionally both — skating away in aggravation. The truce finally came this summer when Johnson ...

Steelers downplaying Bell talk

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — If Le’Veon Bell is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers later this month, he hasn’t let his teammates and coaches know. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he hasn’t heard from the All-Pro running back, who told ESPN on Monday that he will end his ...

Pirates’ pitching may provide reason for 2019 optimism

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2018 season was a roller-coaster ride that ended on a positive upswing. Left for dead by just about everybody outside the organization in the preseason following the trades of team cornerstones Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, the Pirates rode a 16-10 month of ...

2018 Pittsburgh Pirates highlights, lowlights

A look at the 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates season: Final regular-season record: 82-79. Final National League Central Division finish: The Pirates finished in fourth place, 13 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, who won a tiebreaker game for the division title, 3-1 over the Chicago ...