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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 ...

Bell’s presence couldn’t hurt team

PITTSBURGH — Aw, who needs Le’Veon Bell, right? That’s been the prevailing sentiment lately as Bell’s contract holdout continues with no end or logic in sight. His absence has coincided with some record-setting work by replacement James Conner. In last Sunday’s game against ...

Andersen shuts down Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Frederik Andersen made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall and the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the high-scoring Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 on Saturday night. Morgan Rielly scored twice and John Tavares had a goal and an assist to help Toronto improve to ...

Steelers’ offense seeks better production in Baltimore

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have an opportunity to create some mid-season separation in the AFC North. To do that, they will have to beat the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, a venue where the Steelers have found it difficult to win and generate ...

Rivers to join ‘200 club’

The Associated Press COSTA MESA, Calif. — Philip Rivers has many accomplishments, but there is one trait that he has taken pride in over his 15-year career — durability. The Chargers’ veteran signal caller will become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to make at least 200 ...

Bucs hire hitting instructor

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Rick Eckstein has been hired as the club’s new hitting coach on Friday. “Rick Eckstein brings experience, knowledge and a relentless drive to combine old-school thought and new-school concepts to help our Major League team,” general ...

Pens battle back, fall in shootout

NEW YORK — After setting a career high for points last season, Josh Bailey has picked up right where he left off. Bailey scored a short-handed goal in the second period and then the only goal in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Thursday ...

Steelers, Ravens face similar pressures

BALTIMORE — In each of the last two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention with late-season losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time since 2014, these AFC North rivals will wrap up the season series before December. That doesn’t mean ...

Boston celebrates latest title

BOSTON — Confetti cannons boomed and huge crowds of fans cheered wildly on Wednesday as the Boston Red Sox rumbled through downtown aboard duck boats to mark the team’s fourth World Series championship in the past 15 years. One of the team’s championship trophies and team manager Alex ...

Mayfield ready to lead through adversity

BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield’s baptism with the Browns is complete. Some coaching chaos made it official. Cleveland’s rookie quarterback admitted Wednesday he was stunned by the firings of coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who were dismissed within an hour of ...

Offense wants to re-establish agressiveness at Baltimore

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers were bullied the last time they faced the Baltimore Ravens. In a rivalry mostly defined by physicality, that might be the worst that could be said about either side following a game. When the Steelers travel to Baltimore for their second matchup on ...