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Numbers say Brown in MVP discussion

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Darrius Heyward-Bey wants to get something out of the way about the latest addition to Antonio Brown’s rapidly expanding highlight reel. It wasn’t a toe tap. It was a toe drag. The difference isn’t semantic. It’s vital. And one ...

Rookie shines in net for Penguins

By Jonah Bronstein The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — After keeping the puck out of the net for three periods, Tristan Jarry tucked it in his bag for a keepsake. The rookie made 34 saves for his first NHL shutout, Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to five games and the ...

AP: Yanks to name broadcaster as new manager

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A person familiar with the decision says the New York Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the decision had not been announced by the team. The ...

Steelers want to stop the big-play blues

NFL Week 13 Who: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati When: Monday night Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. The line: Steelers by 5 1⁄2 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Heading into December, the numbers are gaudy. Second in sacks. Third against the pass. Fourth in total yards ...

Bengals’ ‘D’ needs to tighten up

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The Bengals’ defense allowed the winless Browns only 16 points and came away thinking: This can’t happen again. The points weren’t the problem. Cleveland piled up 405 yards as Isaiah Crowell ran for a season-high 95 yards and rookie DeShone Kizer ...

Steelers enjoy night games

PITTSBURGH — Maybe it’s Ramon Foster’s pep talk in the tunnel before the Pittsburgh Steelers head out onto the field. Sure, let’s go with that. Before every prime-time game, the longtime left guard will gather his teammates around him and remind them that the rest of the NFL has ...

Pens finding out it’s hard to keep winning

TORONTO — It has been more than 30 years since an NHL team has completed a Stanley Cup three-peat. Could the Pittsburgh Penguins end that drought this season? Captain Sidney Crosby says winning the NHL’s top prize gets harder every year. “The league is just so tight,” Crosby said ...

Pens put Murray on injured reserve

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP — The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to try to shake out of their early season funk without goaltender Matt Murray. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions placed Murray on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan called Murray “week ...

Tomlin candid during national TV interview

Left on the menu The remaining five games on the Steelers schedule include: Dec. 4......................................at Bengals Dec.10..........................................Ravens Dec. ...

Penguins rally despite loss of star goalie

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres, Friday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Their young franchise goaltender was in the trainer’s room dealing with a lower-body injury and their struggling ...

Boswell’s kick wins it

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Boswell kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal as time expired to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 31-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The Steelers (9-2) won their sixth straight thanks in large part to wide ...

For the moment, style points don’t matter

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin wasted no time in admitting the obvious: His evaluation of the Steelers’ 31-28 victory over the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers Sunday night will be determined by the calendar. In the moment, there was the warm glow of a victory that pushed the Steelers to 9-2 ...

Steelers, Packers going opposite ways

PITTSBURGH — Mike McCarthy grew up in Pittsburgh and the roots still run deep for the longtime Green Bay Packers coach. Tonight’s visit to Heinz Field against the AFC North-leading Steelers will be a homecoming of sorts for McCarthy and several staff members, including defensive ...

Penguins end losing streak, beat Tampa

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel came through for the reeling Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby and Kessel each scored twice and the Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night to end a season-high three-game losing streak. “We needed that win tonight,” Kessel ...

Suspension doesn’t raise eyebrows

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ Marcus Gilbert was suspended for a quarter of the season last week, and it seemed like nobody noticed. There was more buzz about JuJu Smith-Schuster’s bicycle being stolen a few weeks earlier. Is failing a steroid test just an occupational hazard that the ...

Not enough comeback in Penguins this time

By Doug Alden On the ice Tonight: Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press BOSTON — After letting a pair of two-goal leads slip away in the second period, the Boston Bruins got the break they needed early in the third and put an ...

Heyward in the middle of breakout season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward is not aware of the history he is chasing. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end doesn’t particularly care either. Heyward’s two sacks last week against Tennessee pushed his season total to seven. If he comes up with three more over the ...

Heat snaps Celtics 16-game win streak

MIAMI — Dion Waiters watched his 3-point try bounce off the rim, ricochet off the top of the backboard, then hit the rim again and somehow drop through the net. It was a huge shot in the final moments, and a lucky one. That’s what it took to end Boston’s 16-game winning ...

Steelers’ backup set for full-time job

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Respect comes in many forms. For Chris Hubbard, it came a couple years ago when the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman learned he was no longer on the hook to pick up the massive spread required for the line’s weekly Thursday night get ...

Steelers getting healthier

PITTSBURGH — Reinforcements are on the way for the injury-plagued Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. How much? Well, coach Mike Tomlin isn’t quite ready to say. The AFC North leaders activated rookie defensive back Cam Sutton from injured reserve on Tuesday, though Tomlin stressed that ...