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Rookie takes care of Penguins

By Vin A. Cherwoo The Associated Press NEW YORK — Kaapo Kakko likes the way his game is improving. The 18-year-old Finnish rookie scored his second goal of the night 2:36 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. “It’s ...

Steeler playmakers searching for consistency after Rams win

PITTSBURGH — Vance McDonald should have been pumped. Thrilled. Yet he wasn’t. He couldn’t be. As his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates celebrated around him following a 17-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the veteran tight end stewed. Yes, the Steelers had pushed their ...

Deal of the century: Fitzpatrick trade looking better every week

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The ball left Jared Goff’s hands and fluttered to the ground. And for a split second, everyone around Minkah Fitzpatrick eased up. Not Fitzpatrick. Easing up isn’t really his thing. Instinctively, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety at the ...

Gibbs walks fine line by managing 3 contenders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Gibbs is a retired Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl titles who changed course in his early 50s to wade into NASCAR and see if he couldn’t build a second career and a family business. Gibbs not only developed a championship-winning organization that gave ...

Browns take step forward in strange season

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — When the Browns finally reached the end zone after so many embarrassing, empty trips inside the red zone, they also re-discovered Rashard Higgins, their mysteriously lost wide receiver. Perversely perfect. This strange, unpredictable season had another ...

Steelers are Ram tough: Minkah’s play key to victory

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The ball fluttered into the air and hung there for a split second. When it came back down to earth, it landed where it always seems to these days for the Pittsburgh Steelers: the seemingly omnipresent arms of safety Minkah ...

Steelers highlights-lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 17-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh: Play of the game: Facing a fourth-and-10 at the Steelers’ 30-yard line with 1:30 left in the game and trailing 17-12, Rams quarterback Jared ...

Rams’ offense wastes performance by its ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Aaron Donald slipped by Pittsburgh guard David DeCastro and crashed into Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, slamming him into the Heinz Field turf for a safety early in the fourth quarter on Sunday, a play the Los Angeles defensive end ...

Ex-Pitt star leads Rams into Steelers battle

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Aaron Donald is losing his edge. Kind of. The Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle spent his team’s bye week back home in Pittsburgh working out in the facility at the University of Pittsburgh that bears his name . It was cold. Well, cold ...

Pens rally to win shootout

PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel and Jared McCann scored in a shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a 10-game losing streak against the Chicago Blackhawks by rallying for a 3-2 victory Saturday night. Pittsburgh beat the Blackhawks for the first time since March 30, 2014 by scrambling back ...

Pirates’ general manager switch will impact Curve in big ways

Firing GM Neal Huntingdon was the appropriate move for the Pirates, without question, but it may not have been the best thing for the Curve. That might not mean much to a lot of fans who only care about the success of the big league club. But if you’ve become spoiled by watching a great ...

Pens put an end to Isles’ winning

By Scott Charles The Associated Press NEW YORK — After two terrific periods, the New York Islanders abandoned their strong fundamental play in the third. And in a flash, their 10-game winning streak was over. Bryan Rust scored his second goal of the game in overtime and the Pittsburgh ...

Hunt set to play Sunday

BEREA, Ohio — Kareem Hunt learned humility during his time away from football for two violent, off-field altercations, the lengthy layoff forcing him to grow up. It was a tough lesson. A needed one. While serving his eight-game NFL suspension for losing control of his emotions and ...

Woods names himself to team as wild card pick

Tiger Woods will have an ear piece, a radio and his golf clubs at the Presidents Cup. Woods created his own slice of history Thursday night by becoming the first Presidents Cup captain to use one of his wild-card selections on himself. He is the second playing captain in the Presidents Cup. ...

Steelers’ Dupree thriving

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — For years, Bud Dupree and Cam Heyward would talk about getting together to train during the offseason. The discussion was always vague. No specifics or firm commitments. Then the months would pass, January would become April would become June and the chance ...

Penguins bring up Lafferty again

PITTSBURGH — According to a report published on nhl.com on Tuesday, Sam Lafferty has been called back up to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lafferty, a Hollidaysburg native, was sent down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Oct. 31 after making his National Hockey League debut back on Oct. 8 against the ...

In a better place: Surging Steelers forget September stench

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The franchise quarterback hasn’t taken a snap since the middle of Week 2 and has essentially become the highest-paid assistant coach in the NFL. The guy tasked with taking over left his third career start after getting knocked ...

Penguins’ comeback falls short

By Ken Powtak The Associated Press BOSTON — Brad Marchand batted one out of the air and into the net, and his game-winner deflected off the goaltender’s back. Certainly not your average two goals, but things are far from normal about the Boston Bruins’ start this season. Marchand ...

Marte, Archer returning

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised their 2020 options on pitcher Chris Archer and center fielder Starling Marte. Archer is scheduled to make $9 million next season and Marte $11.5 million following Pittsburgh’s decisions Monday. A 31-year-old ...

Nets not looking any different

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets’ transformation from the shadows to the spotlight happened in just one night. Building a team that can live up to their new expectations is going to take much longer. Even with Kyrie Irving’s terrific start, the Nets remain just what they were early last ...