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Rudolph takes the high road before Browns game

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Soon after walking into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room after an abbreviated and earlier-than-usual practice Thursday, Mason Rudolph joked with teammates about their plans for Thanksgiving dinner. In the midst of a trying two-week stretch on and off ...

Pirates hire Shelton as manager

PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton is the new manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team announced the hiring on Wednesday. Shelton replaces Clint Hurdle, who was fired on the final day of the season following a second-half collapse that dropped the Pirates to a last-place finish in the NL ...

Hodges officially in as QB starter

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Devlin Hodges in. Mason Rudolph out. At least for now. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tabbed Hodges as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s pivotal meeting with Cleveland at Heinz Field, though Tomlin cautioned against reading ...

Polamalu named semifinalist

The Associated Press Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are previous finalists ...

Penguins triumph in overtime

PITTSBURGH — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan thought Alex Galchenyuk was working hard, even during a 14-game goal drought to start his tenure in Pittsburgh. It finally paid off Monday night. Galchenyuk scored his first goal with the Penguins and Jake Guentzel beat David Rittich on a rush ...

Pirates trade Agrazal to Tigers

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have acquired right-hander Dario Agrazal from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. The Tigers announced the deal Monday. The 24-year-old Agrazal made 14 starts and one relief appearance for the Pirates last season. He went 4-5 with a 4.91 ERA. The Tigers also ...

Looks like Duck’s season: Hodges, off bench, sparks Steelers

CINCINNATI — Standing on the sideline in his stocking cap, Devlin “Duck” Hodges had no idea the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to put their playoff hopes into his rookie hands. Now, there could be more chances ahead. Hodges took over for struggling Mason Rudolph and threw for a 79-yard ...

Rudolph denies any racial slur

CINCINNATI — Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says he “couldn’t believe” a claim that he used a racial slur against Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett before their altercation in Cleveland. Garrett was suspended indefinitely for yanking off Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him ...

Steelers-Bengals highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 16-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati: Play of the game: With 9 minutes left in the game and the Bengals driving toward a go-ahead touchdown, Steelers linebacker Devin Bush ...

Cincinnati reaches new mark of futility

CINCINNATI — Even in the lost decades, no Bengals team has been as bad as this one. A 16-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday dropped Cincinnati to 0-11, a mark unmatched in franchise history. No Bengals team had started worse than 0-10 or lost more than 10 games in a row. Coach ...

Bengals rookie quarterback gets his shot against Steelers

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton could barely protect himself as the Pittsburgh Steelers poured through the line, sacking him eight times at Heinz Field in September — one of the quarterback’s worst moments in a nine-year career. Now it’s rookie Ryan Finley’s turn to ...

NFL hits Rudolph with cash penalty over brawl with Garrett

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph didn’t escape the brawl with the Browns unpunished. Rudolph was fined $50,000 on Saturday by the NFL for his involvement in the melee that began when Browns defensive end Myles Garrett pulled ...

Patchwork Steeler’s O scrambling

PITTSBURGH — Benny Snell Jr., Tevin Jones and Johnny Holton have been on the field in games together before. But that was in August, when their main goal was proving they deserved spots on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster. The stakes will be higher on Sunday in Cincinnati, when ...

Pens get bounce-back win

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel tried to corral the puck, but it wasn’t quite cooperating. So as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward raced in on New Jersey goalie Mackenzie Blackwood in the middle of the second period on Friday night, Guentzel kept his ...

Rudolph denies making racial slur

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The on-field fight between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has turned into a war of words off it, with Rudolph denying an anonymous report alleging he used a racial slur shortly before their now ...

Garrett’s appeal gets turned down

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett’s goal was to be NFL’s top defensive player this season. He won’t finish it. Garrett’s indefinite suspension for smashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet was upheld Thursday by an appeals ...

Pens the latest foe to falter

By Allan Kreda The Associated Press NEW YORK — Brock Nelson scored his second goal of the game at 4:16 of overtime, lifting the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night to extend their point streak to a franchise-record 16 games. Nelson, who also ...

Prescott earning more with every start

Dak Prescott’s breakout season may cost the Dallas Cowboys a ton of money. In the final year of his rookie contract, Prescott is putting up eye-popping numbers. Prescott leads the league with 3,221 yards passing and a career-high 8.8 yards per attempt. He’s two touchdowns shy of his ...

Johnson ready to end NASCAR grind

CONCORD, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson handed out mini bottles of Patron at his retirement announcement — so perfectly on brand for the cool Californian who stormed to a record-tying seven NASCAR championships yet somehow bored fans who found him too vanilla for their liking. Nothing about ...