Professional Sports

Them again! Brady, Patriots earn another Super Bowl berth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s the dead of winter, meaning the weather in New England can be brutal. And that the Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl. It took them overtime and more of Tom Brady’s brilliance to get there — for the third straight year. While the folks back home dealt with a ...

Blown call, Zuerlein’s 57-yard FG lift Rams

NEW ORLEANS — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl. After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC ...

Pens’ trip ends unsuccessfully

LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson have struggled to find the back of the net since Dec. 22, scoring a combined three goals over 12 games. Vegas’ dynamic top-line forwards topped that Saturday night. Marchessault scored three goals for his second career hat trick and ...

Youngster eliminates Federer

MELBOURNE, Australia — Even as his uninterrupted dominance of yore dissipated, even as he took the occasional break, Roger Federer always mattered more often than not in the closing days of Grand Slam tournaments. Until lately, that is. Until, at age 37, he was outplayed in the Australian ...

Steelers’ issues much deeper than they say

PITTSBURGH — Art Rooney II spent a good part of last week evading questions about the suddenly tumultuous Steelers. He’s his father’s son, so he comes by that skill naturally. It was further sharpened when he studied law and learned that expansive candor is rarely a conduit to anything ...

Steelers still haven’t heard from Brown

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pitts-burgh Steelers aren’t ruling out the possible return of wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown. Time, however, appears to be running out. Steelers president Art Rooney II said Wednesday the team still hasn’t heard from Brown since he left ...

Sullivan less than thrilled with Pens’ effort

The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tomas Hertl needed just three games to get his first NHL hat trick. It was more than a five-year wait for the second one, which came while he’s playing perhaps the best hockey of his career. Hertl knocked down Evgeni Malkin with his backside to ...

Blass says 2019 his final season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Steve Blass’ 60th season with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be his last in the broadcast booth. The former pitcher announced Tuesday that 2019 will be his 34th and final year as a color analyst. He will step away as the longest-tenured broadcaster in team ...

Penguins are hoping to start new win streak

By Dan Greenspan The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick got another memento to add to the plastic tub in his attic filled with pucks commemorating important achievements. Quick stopped 38 shots to get his 301st win, leading the Kings to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday ...

Guentzel starts trip right way

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ever since the Ducks won 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 17, the Penguins have been almost unbeatable and Anaheim hasn’t been able to win again anywhere. When the Penguins got a rematch in Orange County on Friday night, Jake Guentzel and Phil Kessel made sure both teams ...

Griffin shines in LA return

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin kept his emotions to himself in his return to Staples Center for the first time against his old team. After scoring 44 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 109-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, he allowed himself a trip down memory lane. “The ...

Rooney doubting AB’s return

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — Time could be running out on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown when it comes to his future with the team. According to published reports Thursday, team owner Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he doesn’t feel good about ...

Penguins’ win streak snapped

PITTSBURGH — Dylan Strome broke a tie 1:48 into the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh 5-3 on Sunday night to end the Penguins’ winning streak at eight games. Strome scored seconds after a power-play expired, beating fallen goalie Casey DeSmith off a pass from Patrick ...

Banister returns to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Jeff Banister as a special assistant, baseball operations, on Sunday. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. Banister returns to the Pirates organization after spending the last four seasons as the ...

Pirates hire Eckstein, announce invitees

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates hired David Eckstein as a special assistant in baseball operations. The announcement was made by Pirates general manager Neal Huntington on Saturday. “David Eckstein brings intelligence, intensity and a unique drive and energy to the Pirates ...

Pens’ win streak up to eight

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The puck fluttered into the air and Matt Cullen turned away so he wouldn’t get smacked in the face. Too bad. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward missed his fourth — and unlikeliest — goal of the season, one that helped propel Cullen’s ...

Faneca among HOF finalists

First-time eligibles Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2019. They will be joined in balloting on Feb. 2 by Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Steve Hutchinson, ...

Jeffery’s return all business

PHILADELPHIA — Alshon Jeffery is all business this week. The talented wide receiver is playing in Chicago for the first time since he left the Bears after five seasons and joined the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s not feeling sentimental. The Eagles (9-7) have a tough road trying to defend ...

Brown, Tomlin not communicating

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t want to say Antonio Brown bailed on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The longtime head coach is not ruling it out either. The star wide receiver went radio silent in the days before the team’s regular-season finale against Cincinnati last Sunday, in essence ...

Brown issue is Steelers’ top priority

PITTSBURGH — Is this any way to run a football team? That’s the question Steelers owner Art Rooney II must confront as he holds meetings to determine why the Steelers aren’t in the playoffs and what they must do to correct that situation. Since the season ended on Sunday, it has come ...