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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 ...

Eight teams left to play after wild-card weekend

The Associated Press After the completion of wild-card weekend, which included Sunday night’s stunning Cleveland Browns win at Pittsburgh, the NFL divisional round is now set to begin this Saturday, with four games over two days. First up n Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay, 4:35 p.m., Fox. ...

Pens, in the east, part of unfriendly group

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers WHEN: at Philadelphia; Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network BOTTOM LINE: The Philadelphia Flyers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home in the season opener. ... Philadelphia went 16-4-4 in division action and 25-6-4 at home in ...

Steelers standing in way of Browns’ rebuilding

Wild card weekend Sunday: Cleveland at Pittsburgh Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. TV: NBC Records: Browns (11-5); Steelers (12-4) Line: Steelers favored by 6 points By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns waited nearly two decades to return to the playoffs. To ...

Steelers’ Sutton set for playoff test

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Sutton isn’t picky. He can’t afford to be. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back has spent too much time during his four seasons in the league bouncing around from spot to spot. Nickelback. Dime back. Safety. Cornerback. Special ...

Browns have first practice of week … on Friday

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — They won’t have their coach. They’ve barely practiced, and when they make their first playoff appearance in nearly 20 years — at Pittsburgh, where they’ve lost 17 straight games — on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns will have backups ...

Virus keeps wreaking havoc on Cleveland’s Browns

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield hasn’t thrown a football in four days. The Browns haven’t practiced this week. Cleveland’s return to the NFL playoffs feels cursed. For the second straight day, the team’s headquarters and training facility stayed ...