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Steelers veterans know time could be running out

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The opportunities are dwindling. Ben Roethlisberger knows it. Cam Heyward and David DeCastro too. It’s been a decade since the Pittsburgh Steelers have reached the Super Bowl and a dozen years since they’ve won it. In most places, ...

Browns coach not letting virus stop prep work

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Confined to his home before the season’s biggest game, coach Kevin Stefanski vowed not to let COVID-19 stop him from getting the Browns ready for the playoffs. Stefanski doesn’t know how he contracted the virus. That’s unimportant at this ...

Bills fans to get testing, no tailgating

Steelers 2021 opponents named Some fans of the NFC North Division will get a chance to see their team this fall when the Pittsburgh Steelers open up play. Pittsburgh will play host to the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears, while getting road games at Green Bay and Minnesota. The 2021 ...

Cleveland rocked: Virus knocks coach out

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Two days after celebrating their return to the NFL playoffs, the Cleveland Browns were knocked flat. COVID-19 will keep coach Kevin Stefanski and at least two players, one a Pro Bowler, out of the team’s first playoff game since the 2002 season. The ...

Not many key Penguins left from title regime

On the ice Season opener: The Pittsburgh Penguins will open the season one week from today, Jan. 13, at Philadelphia in a game that will begin at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. AT&T SportsNet in Pittsburgh will broadcast 49 of the Pens’ 56 games ...

Tomlin downplaying Steelers comfort factor

NFL playoffs Sunday: Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. Latest line: Steelers are favored by 4.5 points TV: NBC Radio: WRKY-FM 104.9 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin offered a very on-brand answer when asked whether he’s ...

Browns lose defensive starter for playoffs

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Olivier Vernon stepped up when the Browns needed him. They’ll have to do the same. Cleveland will make its first playoff appearance since 2002 without Vernon after the defensive end ruptured an Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-22 ...

Browns end long drought, get Steelers in playoffs

CLEVELAND — Squeezing the game ball in his left hand, Baker Mayfield looked at the giant scoreboard showing highlights of Cleveland’s glory days. In the stands, masked fans hugged, high-fived and took one last look at the final score — Cleveland 24, Pittsburgh 22 — just to make ...

QB Rudolph displays poise in return

Mason Rudolph found closure, it seems, with Myles Garrett in his return to Cleveland. The Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback may have found a longer-term future in the NFL, too. There was no brawl this time. No avalanche of mistakes. Nothing but four quarters of competent and occasionally ...

Pens sign defenseman Marino to 6-year extension

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are betting big on defenseman John Marino. The team signed the 23-year-old Marino on Sunday to a six-year contract extension that carries an average annual value of $4.4 million. The deal caps a meteoric rise for Marino, who was acquired from Edmonton ...

Matchups set for wild-card weekend

Welcome to the postseason, Cleveland. Cleveland? The Browns ended their string of non-playoff seasons on Sunday with a tighter-than-expected 24-22 victory over archrival Pittsburgh, which sat many of its starters. Cleveland returned to the NFL in 1999, made the playoffs in 2002, and then, ...

Late FG lifts Titans, Henry

HOUSTON — Derrick Henry ran into the NFL record books with the best game of his career on Sunday. But it was a lucky bounce that gave the Tennessee Titans a win over Houston Texans and their first AFC South title since 2008. Henry ran for a career-high 250 yards to surpass 2,000 yards ...

Floyd Little, Syracuse and Broncos great, dies

Floyd Little, the versatile running back who starred at Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos, has died after a long bout with cancer. He was 78. The Pro Football Hall of Fame said he died Friday night at his home in Nevada. “Floyd Little was not only a Hall of Fame running back, he was a ...

NFL roundup

Colts 28, Jaguars 14 INDIANAPOLIS — Jonathan Taylor rushed for a franchise-record 253 yards and two scores, capping Indianapolis’ playoff-clinching victory over Jacksonville with a 45-yard touchdown run with 3:35 to go. Philip Rivers threw for another score and the Colts’ defense ...

Team MVP in running for NFL top defensive player

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin has a theory on what makes Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt go. “T.J. is visiting from another planet, to be quite honest with you,” the longtime Pittsburgh head coach said this week when asked about Watt’s spectacular 2020. Technically, the youngest ...

Garrett, Rudolph not rehashing brawl

PITTSBURGH — The scene is forever ingrained in whatever becomes of Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph’s respective NFL careers. Thirteen months removed from the ugly brawl in Cleveland that both players have painstakingly tried to move past, their paths will cross again on Sunday. Rudolph ...

Browns can cap revival

CLEVELAND — One win separates the Browns from completing their turnaround. All it’s going to take for them to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and end the NFL’s longest postseason drought, return to relevance, and post their most wins in the regular season since 1994, is ...

Steelers at Browns

Records: Pittsburgh (12-3); Cleveland (10-5) TV: Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS Opening line: Browns by 10 Record vs. spread: Steelers 9-6; Browns 6-9 Series record: Steelers lead 77-59-1 Last meeting: Steelers beat Browns 38-7 on Oct. 18 in Pittsburgh Last week: Steelers beat Colts 28-24; ...

2020 sports stories of the year

The year 2020 was unlike any other, and the relative significance — or insignificance — of sporting events all over this country was put into perspective this year unlike in any other year in history. The coronavirus pandemic first erupted in the United States in mid-March, and would ...

Browns still trying to deal with COVID-19 cases

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Browns are trying to shake free from COVID-19 to face the Steelers. Cleveland’s issues with the virus continued Thursday as rookie tight end Harrison Bryant and linebacker Malcolm Smith tested positive, forcing the team to close its facility and ...