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Rust, Johnson help Pens rally for win

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jack Johnson’s goal into his own net was one of the low points of a forgettable first period for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Johnson’s short-handed slap shot later in the game helped the Penguins complete another memorable comeback. Johnson and Bryan ...

Crosby’s return makes resilient Penguins diligent, dangerous

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan’s messages can be relentless. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach peppers his team with a handful of mantras that seemingly run on a loop during every practice, every period, sometimes every shift. They run from “play the right way” to “get to our game” to ...

Pittsburgh’s Shell named to centennial Hall class

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his fifth attempt. Tagliabue and former New York Giants general manager George Young made it to the hall in Canton, Ohio, as contributors. Ex-Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris and former Cleveland receiver Mac ...

Griffin: Pelicans predict Zion to debut on Jan. 22

METAIRIE, La. — Zion Williamson, the top choice in last summer’s NBA draft, is scheduled to make his regular season debut for the Pelicans on Jan. 22 when New Orleans hosts the the San Antonio Spurs, basketball operations chief David Griffin said. “Everything’s moving in the right ...

Crosby’s return ignites Pens

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby stressed he wouldn’t try to get “too fancy” in his return from a two-month layoff following abdominal surgery. It happened anyway. The fact most of the flash cam e from Crosby’s teammates during Pittsburgh’s 7-3 domination of Minnesota on Tuesday night ...

NHL will hype women’s game

On the ice Tonight: Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet; NBCSN Records: Penguins (28-12-5); Wild (20-19-6) The Associated Press The NHL is increasing its promotion of women’s hockey by adding a three-on-three game between U.S. and Canadian national team ...

Pens stay hot in shootout win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The last time Teddy Blueger took part in a shootout was last season in the American Hockey League. His debut in an NHL tiebreaker was a smashing success. Blueger flipped the puck under the crossbar in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 ...

Cowher set to enter Pro Football HOF

NEW YORK — The Chin is in. Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a surprise announcement Saturday night before the Tennessee Titans-Baltimore Ravens AFC divisional round playoff game. Hall President and CEO David Baker delivered the ...

Penguins escape Colorado with victory in overtime

DENVER — Jared McCann scored at 3:19 of overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Friday night for their fourth straight road win. Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust each had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which recovered from blowing a late lead to pick up the ...

Bell gets $4.8 million raise on busy day for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell’s breakout season earned him a hefty pay bump going into 2020. Bell will make $4.8 million this season after agreeing to a deal ahead of Friday’s arbitration deadline. The 27-year-old hit .277 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs while ...

Pirates tab Rabelo as assistant hitting coach

PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Mike Rabelo will be joining Manager Derek Shelton’s staff as the assistant hitting coach for the 2020 season. The announcement was made by General Manager, Ben Cherington. The 39-year-old Rabelo spent the 2019 season ...

Reed digs himself a hole that will be hard to escape

HONOLULU — Patrick Reed needed a 12-foot birdie putt to win at Kapalua and return at least some attention to his bullish brand of golf. It was an untimely miss in so many ways. Not only did it give Justin Thomas a third chance in the playoff, which he won with a sublime sand wedge to 3 ...

Panthers pick up rare win in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Joel Quenneville insisted when he agreed to coach the Florida Panthers last spring the perpetually struggling club was close to figuring it out. Following a sluggish start, it looks as if Quenneville might be right. Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist, rookie Chris ...

14 seconds not enough

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The San Jose Sharks entered 2020 searching for an identity and consistency following a sluggish start that cost longtime coach Peter DeBoer his job last month. The perennial Western Conference power hopes it found a little of both in a 3-2 ...

Polamalu a finalist

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu and Alan Faneca were named finalists Thursday night for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Polamalu is a first-time finalist. He is joined by other first-time finalists LeRoy Butler, Torry Holt, Sam Mills, Zach Thomas and Bryant ...

Tomlin ‘comfortable’ with Rudolph

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 season was defined by chaos at quarterback. Coach Mike Tomlin is eyeing a return to normalcy in 2020. Tomlin said Tuesday the team expects veteran Ben Roethlisberger to return next season after missing all but six quarters of Pittsburgh’s ...

Stars rally to defeat Predators in Classic

DALLAS — Alexander Radulov scored the tiebreaking goal on a one-timer with just under 15 minutes left, Andrej Sekera quickly added another goal and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 in the NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday. The Stars scored four goals in less than eight ...

Penguins star out 4-6 months

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins leading scorer Jake Guentzel is out at least four months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Guentzel injured the shoulder in the third period of a 5-2 victory over Ottawa on Monday night when he slammed into the ...

Steelers’ 2019 has ups, downs

PITTSBURGH — The bottom didn’t fall out, so there’s that. It typically does when teams lose their franchise quarterbacks early in the season. Yet the Pittsburgh Steelers did more than just survive after Ben Roethlisberger grabbed his right elbow in pain late in the second quarter of ...

Eagles persevere to reach postseason

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles overcame one injury after another to reach the playoffs for the third straight season. Sound familiar? It should. Only difference this time around is Carson Wentz is healthy and seemingly everyone around him went down. Wentz missed the playoffs ...