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Early 1-0 lead no good for Penguins

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The youngest member of an inexperienced Winnipeg Jets defensive unit led the way to a big win. Ville Heinola scored his first NHL goal ...

Call-up from Pens excites Lafferty

Sam Lafferty got the call Monday morning that he’s long dreamed about. The Hollidaysburg native was promoted to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the team’s top farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After being informed by WB/Scranton coach Mike Vellucci, Lafferty quickly packed some ...

Steelers QB Rudolph upbeat after scary hit

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph ambled through the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room on Monday, a welcome sight less than 24 hours removed from a harrowing collision with Baltimore safety Earl Thomas that left the second-year quarterback lying unconscious on the Heinz Field turf. Rudolph’s ...

Hard to watch: Rudolph knocked out; Steelers lose in OT

PITTSBURGH — Earl Thomas saw Mason Rudolph step up in the pocket and took aim at what the Baltimore Ravens safety considered Pittsburgh quarterback’s “strike zone.” One ugly and illegal collision later, Rudolph lay motionless on the Heinz Field turf and one of the NFL’s most bitter ...

Tucker continues to haunt Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — John Harbaugh told his young team you’re not really a Baltimore Raven until you’ve beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers. Justin Tucker has. Many times. His team on the cusp of letting a winnable game on the road get away, the NFL’s best kicker added another notch to his ...

Steelers-Ravens highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh: Play of the game: With 7:37 left in overtime, Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges completed a 10-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, but ...

Still rivals?: Steelers, Ravens have new leaders

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s right arm is in a cast while he recovers from right elbow surgery. Joe Flacco is trying to keep the Denver Broncos afloat. Terrell Suggs is in Arizona. Time to see if the professional hatred that’s long been a hallmark of one of the AFC’s most ...

Penguins break out vs. Jackets

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded from a season-opening dud. Jared McCann scored twice as the Penguins had five goals in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 on Saturday night. The offensive outburst helped Pittsburgh rediscover its confidence after making ...

Penguins ready for a reboot

On the ice Tonight: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet Records: First game of season for both teams. The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins began the franchise’s longest offseason in more than a decade with general manager Jim Rutherford ...

Steelers prep for QB Jackson

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — When he got the call from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday evening, Taryn Chistion was getting his hair cut. Shaved clean near his ears and neck and faded into a less-cropped look on the top, Christion’s new ’do bears little resemblance to the ...

Versatile Samuels shining

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jaylen Samuels felt as if he’d jumped into a time machine. Standing in the shotgun while working out of the wildcat formation on Monday night against Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back was transported back to his freshman year at North ...

Low-budget Rays, A’s to meet

OAKLAND, Calif. — Bob Melvin has been counting on his young Oakland Athletics to build on last season’s playoff return that ended in a lopsided wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium. Gain some experience under pressure. Get a little feel for October baseball. Understand how much has to go ...

Culture plays major role in developing prospects

Whether it involves New Jersey rookie center Jack Hughes or any other prospect, Devils general manager Ray Shero says the most important aspects of a prospect’s development must be in place before first stepping into the locker room. Simply put, the key is culture, and how it rubs off on an ...

Steelers break out of funk in big way

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers insisted they might have been winless through three weeks, but they were far from hopeless. They stressed the process of finding an identity with franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out for the season with an elbow injury would take time and a ...

Firing, arrest cap woeful year

The 2019 season was an unmitigated disaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and ultimately, manager Clint Hurdle’s firing Sunday was a change that needed to be made. On and off the field, the Pirates endured more calamity in a six-month stretch than many teams do in a decade. This season ...

Bengals-Steelers highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 27-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh: Play of the game: With the Steelers leading 17-3 in the third quarter, quarterback Mason Rudolph looked downfield for a rare time and ...

2019 Pirates highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates season: Final record: 69-93 Final National League Central Division finish: Fifth place, 22 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals Most noteworthy facts: Clint Hurdle’s tenure as manager of the ...

In post-AB world, Steelers need identity

NFL Week 4 Tonight: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. TV: ESPN Records: Both teams are 0-3 Latest line: Steelers are 3-point favorites By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers no longer have an Antonio Brown problem. At least off the ...

Search begins for Bucs’ new manager: Hurdle fired after 2nd-half collapse

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle’s booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by ...

Giger: Pirates have more issues within organization

Clint Hurdle had to go. That should have been obvious to anyone who follows the Pirates and saw how this debacle of a season unfolded with infighting in the clubhouse and a horrendous collapse on the field in the second half. Still, I was surprised to see Hurdle get fired Sunday. If only ...