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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 ...

Issues continuing to grow for Tomlin

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — One of Mike Tomlin’s favorite metaphors when things aren’t going well for the Pittsburgh Steelers is likening his team’s issues to popcorn. Translation: The problems are scattered and unpredictable. And they’re spreading. The two-time defending ...

Pirates are optimistic after ‘leap’ forward

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington raised eyebrows last winter when the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager said the club’s decision to trade franchise cornerstones Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole wouldn’t affect the team’s ability to win the World ...

Fly over in Pittsburgh: Ravens improve to 3-1

PITTSBURGH — Eric Weddle walked into the interview room in full uniform. Then the Baltimore Ravens well-bearded safety did a little dance and made a proclamation. “I told you,” Weddle said. “These ain’t the same Ravens.” After two years and two painful near misses, he might be ...

Steelers have major problems

PITTSBURGH — We’re one quarter into the 2018 NFL season, and this is abundantly clear: The Steelers have problems. Do they ever. After Sunday night’s 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field, the Steelers are 1-2-1, sharing last place with the Cleveland Browns and looking up ...

Bucs win, finish 82-79

CINCINNATI — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison put arms around each other as they walked off the field after Pittsburgh’s season-ending victory, enjoying perhaps their final moment together on a Pirates team they helped resurrect. Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson Stephens’ wild pitch in the ...

Divisions still to be decided

Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Nolan Arenado and the big-hitting Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. October baseball is about to begin with Game No. 163 on Monday. Two tiebreakers on the same day for the first time in major league ...

Steelers, Ravens set to renew rivalry

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger and Terrell Suggs have spent well over a decade staring across the line of scrimmage, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and the relentless Baltimore Ravens linebacker both knowing they will meet multiple times, often in violent ...

Reds shut out Pirates to end seven-game skid

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Michael Lorenzen’s longest outing in three years reminded him why he enjoys starting so much. The right-hander singled home a run and got his first victory as a starter since 2015, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory Saturday that ...

Burns searching for his confidence

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — There is a certain swagger required to play cornerback in the NFL, a quality Artie Burns picked up long before the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2016 draft. And for the first time Burns can remember, that ...

Panthers sign Reid back into NFL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eric Reid’s return to the NFL created a buzz around the league on Thursday, six months after he filed a grievance alleging collusion by the NFL to prevent teams from signing him because of his participation in racial injustice protests during the national anthem alongside ...

Cubs gain one game on Brewers

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jon Lester combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, David Bote hit an early two-run triple and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Thursday night to open a one-game NL Central lead over Milwaukee heading into the final ...

Rams outlast Vikings

LOS ANGELES — Jared Goff turned a phenomenal first half into the biggest game of his career, and it was still just barely enough to beat Kirk Cousins. Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with his Minnesota counterpart and leading the ...

Stopping Big Ben is No. 1 priority

By David Ginsburg The Associated Press OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The last time Ben Roethlisberger faced the Baltimore Ravens, he threw for 506 yards and led four fourth-quarter scoring drives in a 39-38 Pittsburgh victory. The teams meet again Sunday night in an AFC North showdown. Perhaps by ...

Cubs nip Bucs in 10

By John Jackson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Shortly after their playoff spot was assured, the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 Wednesday night when Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 10th inning. The NL Central-leading Cubs clinched their ...

Steelers hope victory a good sign

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Vance McDonald insists he wasn’t sending some sort of message when the Pittsburgh Steelers tight end extended his right arm toward Tampa Bay’s Chris Conte and jammed the Buccaneers defensive back into the turf on Monday night. It ...

Rested Pens like their chances

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby can admit it now: The Pittsburgh Penguins were tired last season, a natural byproduct of becoming the first franchise in two decades to win consecutive Stanley Cups. And though the Penguins came as close as any team in the ...