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Steelers’ offensive line suddenly hobbled

PITTSBURGH - Next man up. Anytime one of his players goes down with an injury, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is quick to lean on one of his favorite cliches, a reminder to his team that while the personnel may change, the expectations do not.Considering the rate starters made their way ...

Bucs have plenty of work in offseason

PITTSBURGH - Clint Hurdle has gained an appreciation for advanced metrics during his six seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The manager, though, doesn't need to dive too deeply into the numbers to figure out where his team went wrong in 2016."The game will always start with pitching," Hurdle ...

Pens are looking for edge this year

By Will?GravesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Matt Cullen is well aware of the Stanley Cup hangover.The longtime NHL forward helped the Carolina Hurricanes raise the trophy in joy in the spring of 2006 and watched from afar after signing with the New York Rangers while his former teammates ...

Steelers’ ‘D’ backs it up

By Will GravesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward spent three weeks fruitlessly chasing opposing quarterbacks but never wavered from the answer, and it had nothing to do defensive coordinator Keith Butler coming up with intricate blitz packages to ...

Steelers bounce back in big way in win over Chiefs

By Will GravesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdowns passes for the fifth time in his career and the Pittsburgh Steelers throttled the Kansas City Chiefs 43-14 on Sunday night.A week after suffering the franchise's worst loss in 27 years, the Steelers (3-1) ...

Pitching woes maroon Pirates in 2016

After living life in the fast lane and qualifying for the National League playoffs as the league's top wild-card entry for three straight seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a speed bump in 2016.The Pirates endured the type of disjointed, convoluted and chaotic season that everybody associated ...

Steelers answer the bell with decisive victory

PITTSBURGH - Mike Tomlin billed it "Redemption Sunday," and he wasn't kidding.As proclamations go, it worked out a lot better than his promise to "unleash hell" a few years ago, which the Steelers followed with a stretch run flop that left them outside the playoffs.One week after they did ...

2016 Pirates highlights, lowlights

By John Hartsockjhartsock@altoonamirror.com.Final regular-season record: 78-83 with one tie.Final National League Central Division finish: Third place, 25 games behind the division champion Chicago Cubs.Notable: The Pirates finished out of the National League playoff picture in 2016 after ...

Cutch confident, not worried

The Associated PressST. LOUIS - Andrew McCutchen is not worried.Although rumors persist that the five-time All-Star outfielder might be moved by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason, he remains philosophical about his future."My mindset is just to do my job and get myself in the best shape I ...

Eagles try to stay grounded during bye

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz and the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles were the surprise story in the NFL's first month.The hard part now is ignoring the hype.Before players scattered for rest and relaxation during their bye week, coach Doug Pederson cautioned his team about complacency."You think ...

Close call costly for Bucs

ST. LOUIS - Felipe Rivero thought he had strike three. Not quite.Rivero was walking toward the Pittsburgh dugout when the pitch to Jedd Gyorko was called a ball. Three pitches later, Gyorko launched a solo home run in the eighth inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pirates 4-3 on ...

Jaso part of elite company

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Roberto Clemente never hit for the cycle. Neither did Barry Bonds.But Gary Redus did. And so did Daryle Ward.Now John Jaso's name is on the list of Pirates who have collected a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.Jaso did that in ...

Nova’s finale officially a tie

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - If this was the end of Ivan Nova's brief time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he went out on a good note.The right-hander allowed one run in 5 innings Thursday night as the Pirates and Chicago Cubs played to the first tie game in the major leagues since 2005 when ...

Steelers’ defense to have new faces

PITTSBURGH - Lawrence Timmons spent a portion of last Sunday in a Philadelphia hospital trying not to freak out about a puncture wound to the shin the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker suffered early in an ugly loss to the Eagles.He might be one of the healthier starters on a defense forced to ...

Haley working Bell back

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believes Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams can be on the field at the same time.Tomlin didn't say "backfield," however. And there's a difference. A big one.Bell's return from a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse ...

Charles may play against Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles could make his season debut Sunday night at Pittsburgh, though coach Andy Reid acknowledged that it would depend on how he practices this week.Charles has not played since tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 5 last season.The Chiefs ...

Burfict should help Bengals

Burfict's back, just in time for the Bengals.Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has completed his three-game NFL suspension for repeated illegal hits. Cincinnati certainly hopes he returns with an edge to his game, but a controllable one.We'll find out Thursday night when the Bengals (tied for No. 14, ...

Jaso hits for cycle as Pirates better Cubs

PITTSBURGH - Coming around second base in the seventh inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 8-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, John Jaso stumbled.Then, he went for it.Ninety feet later, Jaso was safe at third base with a triple to become the first player to hit a cycle in the ...

Banged-up Bucs rest up in meaningless games

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-The Pirates were eliminated from the wild card race in the early hours of Wednesday.The San Francisco Giants' victory put an end to the Pirates' streak of three consecutive postseason appearances.That changes some things for the final four games - tonight's ...

Cubs keep winning

PITTSBURGH - Chris Coghlan hit a three-run triple and John Lackey worked in and out of trouble over five innings, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4, on Tuesday night.Coghlan's second-inning drive off the wall in right-center against Ryan Vogelsong (3-7) gave the ...