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Rudolph expected to return

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Looks like “Duck Season” will last just a week for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that Mason Rudolph will return to the starting lineup when he is cleared to return from a concussion sustained against Baltimore on Oct. 6. ...

Pens’ short-handed goal gives Avalanche first loss

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins, Friday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan believes his undermanned Penguins can beat any team right now, despite missing five of their top nine ...

Steelers will go on minus DL Tuitt

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to dig their way out of an early season hole without defensive end Stephon Tuitt. The team placed Tuitt on injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after Tuitt tore a pectoral muscle in the first quarter of a 24-17 victory ...

Steelers ride depth, momentum into bye

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to discuss whom he gave the game ball to after watching his undermanned club potentially resurrect its season with a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. “I keep that business between us,” Tomlin said. Considering ...

Strasburg, Nats take 3-0 series lead

WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals’ struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington moved one win from the city’s first World Series appearance in 86 years by beating St. Louis 8-1 ...

Cole transformed by Astros analytics

NEW YORK — Gerrit Cole walked into a conference room after one of his first spring training workouts with the Houston Astros in February 2018 and was met by about 10 people. “There was charts, video, matching charts,” Cole recalled. “It was all new then, but it’s pretty ...

Bears put Long on IR

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears returned to work Monday after their bye week elated to have several missing pieces back but without key players from their front line on both sides of the ball. Right guard Kyle Long went on season-ending injured reserve because of a hip injury, and ...

Blaney advances in playoffs in photo finish over Newman

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Ryan Blaney emerged safely from the wreckage at Talladega Superspeedway that claimed other playoff contenders, winning by a tiny margin that was huge for his championship hopes. Blaney beat Ryan Newman in a door-to-door race to the finish line to win Monday and advance to ...

Hold on: Steelers survive late comeback in win over Chargers

By Joe Reedy The Associated Press CARSON, Calif. — James Conner scored two touchdowns, Devin Bush recovered a pair of turnovers and Devlin Hodges won his first NFL start as the Pittsburgh Steelers held off the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 on Sunday night. Conner had his first game with ...

Lafferty scores twice in win

From Mirror, wire reports WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Zach Aston-Reese, Hollidaysburg’s Sam Lafferty and Jake Guentzel each had two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Dominik Simon also scored and Aston-Reese also had an assist for the ...

Steelers highlights-lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles: Play of the game: Four minutes into the game, Steelers linebacker Devin Bush scooped up a fumble on a backward pass from ...

Matchup features veteran vs. rookie QB

NFL week 6 Who: Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers When: 8:20 p.m. TV: NBC Records: Steelers (1-4), Chargers (2-3) The line: Chargers by 6 1⁄2 By Joe Reedy The Associated Press CARSON, Calif. — Philip Rivers will be making his 214th straight start when the Los ...

Lafferty scores first goal in Pens’ win

On the ice Tonight: Pittsburgh at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sidney Crosby had a goal and assist, Adam Johnson and Sam Lafferty each scored his first career goal, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins held on to beat the winless ...

Scherzer in control as Nats beat Cards

ST. LOUIS — Max Scherzer was strength and fire. Anibal Sanchez was artistry and deception. Two different styles, two absolute gems for the Washington Nationals. Scherzer followed Sanchez’s near no-hitter with a try of his own, and the stingy Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on ...

Torres, Tanaka help Yanks shut out Astros

HOUSTON — Gleyber Torres kept up his October surge with a homer and five RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka polished his playoff resume and the New York Yankees blanked the Houston Astros 7-0 Saturday night in the AL Championship Series opener. With so much attention focused on the Astros aces, Tanaka ...

ESPN: Angels employee gave late pitcher opioids

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels say they don’t know whether a longtime public relations official had been providing drugs to late pitcher Tyler Skaggs, as detailed in a report Saturday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” Eric Kay, a 24-year employee of the Angels’ PR ...

Defense ready to pick up slack

Steelers week 6 Who: Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers When: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. Records: Steelers (1-4), Chargers (2-3) The latest line: Chargers by 61⁄2 points The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The bold-faced names on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense kept repeating ...

Hodges could be the guy in charge

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Out of work on the first Saturday in September after getting cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Devlin Hodges sat in his parent’s house in Kimberly, Alabama, texted his high school coach Dusty Goode and asked Goode if he wanted to come over ...

The real thing: Lafferty debuts on same line as Crosby

PITTSBURGH — Hollidaysburg product Sam Lafferty spent the majority of his youth skating around local Blair County rinks, typically donning a Sidney Crosby jersey. Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Winnipeg Jets, he found himself skating on the same line as his childhood ...

Tomlin defends Steelers letting Rudolph walk off the field

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph “appears to be doing fine” according to coach Mike Tomlin, but Rudolph remains in the concussion protocol following an illegal hit by Baltimore safety Earl Thomas. Rudolph left last weekend’s overtime ...