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Crosby helps Penguins turn it around

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Penguins spent the better part of 30 minutes skating in slush. They surrendered a three-on-none break. Twice, they fell behind by two goals. They played the third period with just four defensemen after injuries to a pair of regulars. And still, they ...

Pirates rebuild mode picks up steam

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Cherington is tearing it all down. All of it. It’s the only way the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager sees a way forward. The process Cherington began when he took over 15 months ago is picking up speed after the Pirates sent ...

Musgrove traded to San Diego

From Mirror, wire reports SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres are adding yet another pitcher to their rotation, agreeing to bring right-hander Joe Musgrove to his hometown in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated ...

Backup goalie comes up big for Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Casey DeSmith felt the puck at his feet, looked down to confirm it was indeed the case then exhaled as his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates poured over the bench in the middle of an empty arena to congratulate their backup goaltender, the one hardly playing like a backup. Starting ...

Not much brotherly love for Pens in Philly

On the ice Saturday: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins (0-2) at Washington Capitals (2-0), Sunday, noon TV: NBC Radio: WFBG-AM 1290 & 104.5-FM The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Gritty’s hat trick was that the mascot had one at all, a comically oversized Flyers cap he flung, ...

Pirates avoid arbitration with nine on roster

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove and eight others on Friday as the club tries to bounce back after finishing with the worst record in the majors in 2020. Musgrove, the team’s opening day starter in 2020, ...

Steelers part ways with 3 coaches

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff flameout cost offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and two assistants their jobs. The team announced Thursday it would not renew the contracts of Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett, and secondary coach Tom ...

Bell trade could be just the beginning

Notes and observations from a hot stove season that never lacks for suspense and intrigue: n When the Pittsburgh Pirates traded power-hitting first baseman Josh Bell to the Washington Nationals on Christmas Eve for two pitching prospects, Pirates general manager Ben Cherington admitted that ...

Pirates trade pitcher to Oakland

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)— Left-hander Nik Turley was traded to the Athletics on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash, giving Oakland a reliable reliever for late in games after losing closer Liam Hendriks in free agency. Turley went 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA and one ...

Penguins fall to Flyers in 2021 season opener

PHILADELPHIA — Nolan Patrick missed last season with debilitating migraines and Oskar Lindblom had his shortened in his fight with a rare bone cancer. The only cheers they heard in their comeback games came in the locker room before faceoff in the form of rousing approval from the ...

Tomlin: Much work to be done

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin understands change is inevitable, though the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers head coach also knows his organization has avoided it more than most. Probably not this time. A blowout playoff loss at home to Cleveland still fresh, Tomlin allowed on Wednesday that the ...

Harden heading to Nets

James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio of the some of the NBA’s highest scorers. The Nets agreed to acquire the three-time scoring champion from the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in a move he has sought for ...

AFC, NFC quarterbacks create a giant age gap

Andy Reid has been here before, with a young franchise quarterback on a team contending for the Super Bowl year after year. The Kansas City coach is at it again with Patrick Mahomes, and thrilled to see similarly youthful leaders among the AFC playoff teams in what is the biggest QB age ...

Decisions awaiting Steelers in offseason

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers left no doubt last spring. As quarterback Ben Roeth-lisberger healed from right elbow surgery, the organization he’s helped lead for the better part of two decades dismissed the idea of finding his eventual heir following an 8-8 ...

NHL having a season big gamble for league

On deck Today: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, 5:15 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network Radio: WFBG-AM 1290 & 104.5-FM By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press When the NHL charter flight back from the Edmonton bubble landed in New Jersey, Gary Bettman’s phone started ...

Steelers faced with lots of questions

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey sat on the bench late Sunday night, their 11th season together over. Their future uncertain. Their pain obvious. The end of the 2020 season wasn’t supposed to come so quickly. Yet it barreled down ...

Taxi squads needed in a pandemic

On deck Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh (0-0) at Philadelphia (0-0)-, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press The NHL is bracing for bumps as it aims to pull off a season during the pandemic and the hope is that taxi squads will help teams stay on the ...

New outdoor venue found for NHL games

The NHL played outdoors in the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, on consecutive days at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium, and at Chicago’s Soldier Field. This year’s outdoor games will be in a unique, picturesque setting: along the shores of Lake Tahoe. The NHL announced ...

Steelers’ year ends in shocking loss at home to Browns

From Mirror,wire reports PITTSBURGH — So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or your emotional leader on the field. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it, dismantling the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 in the wild-card round Sunday ...

Crimson Tide looking for sixth championship under Saban

CFP final Tonight: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State. Records: Crimson Tide (12-0); Buckeyes (7-0) TV: ESPN Latest line: Tide are favored by 8 By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press MIAMI — Trying to figure out which of Nick Saban’s Alabama teams is best is akin to picking ...