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Giants fire Pat Shurmur, but retain GM Gettleman

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Co-owner Steve Tisch is looking to take a greater role in the daily operations of the New York Giants as the organization begins a third coaching search in four years and faces criticism for retaining the general manager who hired the last coach. The Giants once ...

Ravens dominate, without their stars

BALTIMORE — Soaked to the core after standing the rain for well over three hours, coach John Harbaugh smiled broadly once the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up the finest regular season in franchise history by playing hard and effectively in a game that had absolutely no bearing on the team’s ...

Steelers ‘didn’t finish the way we wanted to finish’

BALTIMORE — How appropriate that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended on a soggy, ugly Sunday when they couldn’t move the ball or stop the Baltimore Ravens on offense. Even if they beat the Ravens, the Steelers weren’t going to the postseason. Tennessee’s win over Houston finalized ...

Steelers-Ravens highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 28-10 season-ending loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday in Baltimore: Play of the game: With the Steelers trailing 9-7 with 54 seconds left in the first half, quarterback Devlin Hodges fumbled the ...

Eagles capture NFC East title

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Wearing green “The East Is Not Enough” T-shirts and division champion baseball caps, the Philadelphia Eagles showed off their dance moves in the visiting locker room. A group of backups, reserves and former practice squad players helped the team secure a playoff ...

Wild-card schedule set; Cleveland fires Kitchens

New England’s fall into a wild-card game for the NFL playoffs has landed the defending champions in prime time. The Patriots will host the Tennessee Titans next Saturday night on CBS in the second of the four weekend games. New England lost at home to Miami on Sunday and, combined with ...

Dolphins deny Patriots bye

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick never have made the Super Bowl while playing in the wild-card playoff round. They’ll have to make some more franchise history to win another NFL title. It wasn’t quite like last season’s “Miami Miracle” ...

NFL week 17 roundup

Packers 23, Lions 20 DETROIT — Mason Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Green Bay Packers to a win over the Detroit Lions to earn a first-round bye. The Packers (13-3) fell behind by two touchdowns in the second quarter. They didn’t lead until Crosby made ...

For Ravens, game not meaningless

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens have already clinched the top seed in the AFC playoffs and will rest several key starters, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, in today’s regular-season finale. That doesn’t mean the Ravens don’t have plenty of incentive to beat the division rival ...

Guentzel’s power-play goal propels Pens past Preds

PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel’s power-play goal with 1:03 remaining helped the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 6-4 on Saturday night. Bryan Rust’s initial point shot missed the net. Evgeni Malkin gathered the puck behind the net and gave it to Guentzel, who tucked it ...

Bush named Steelers top rookie

PITTSBURGH — Though he was still 20 years old at the time of the draft, Devin Bush was cognizant enough of the extraordinary for them lengths the Pittsburgh Steelers went to acquire him. “I just want to thank Steelers organization for believing in me and trusting in me,” Bush said while ...

Penguins jump out early in victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alex Galchenyuk scored his third goal of the season, Tristan Jarry made 30 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the banged up Nashville Predators 5-2 Friday night. Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger, Bryan Rust and Juuso Riikola also scored for the Penguins, who have won five ...

Steelers’ Watt having breakout year

Being on the short list of candidates for the NFL’s defensive player of the year award won’t earn T.J. Watt too many accolades at family gatherings. “My brother,” Watt said, “will humble me really quickly.” Watt’s older sibling, J.J., four years ago joined Lawrence Taylor as ...

From backups to the spotlight: Hodges must protect ball

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph’s star-crossed season is over. The Pittsburgh Steelers placed the second-year quarterback on injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after Rudolph hurt his left shoulder in the third quarter of a loss to the New York Jets. The move clears up Pittsburgh’s ...

Injury-riddled unit sputtering to the finish

PITTSBURGH — Paxton Lynch hasn’t thrown a meaningful pass in two years. Yet there the Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback was on Monday, getting bombarded with questions about whether he’s capable of stepping in and helping lead Pittsburgh to a playoff berth. “Whatever they need me ...

Coaches look for balance with handling youngsters

Billy Donovan challenges Oklahoma City’s young players to slow down and consider their strengths, focus first on defense and always think about whether the best decision is to shoot or pass. Then, just be patient and teach the rest of the game’s nuances over time. It can be a painful ...

Pay tribute to Eagles as playoffs approach

Of all the teams already in the playoffs and the ones that might make it, there’s one that exemplifies all that can be right about sports. Perseverance, resilience, grit. Coming through under dire circumstances. So as we look ahead to the final week of the NFL season, it’s proper to ...

Steelers’ postseason chances damaged by loss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ path to the postseason just got a lot more difficult. They entered their game Sunday against former teammate Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets with their playoff destiny in their hands. They fumbled that away with an ugly 16-10 ...

Win extra special for ex-Steeler Bell

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Le’Veon Bell strolled into MetLife Stadium decked out in a bright yellow hoodie, and social media was immediately abuzz. The New York Jets running back surely was trolling his old team, right? The gold and black of the Pittsburgh Steelers? “I wasn’t doing it ...

Virtanen, Canucks upend Pens

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period, and that set the stage for a dominating win. Jake Virtanen and J.T. Miller scored power-play goals in the first and the Canucks held Pittsburgh without a shot in the period on the way ...