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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 ...

Smith-Schuster, McDonald practice

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ patchwork offense could be close to full strength on Sunday when they visit the New York Jets. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Vance McDonald both practiced Friday, meaning they should be available to face the Jets (5-9) barring a late ...

Tomlin: Duck will get the call again

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are sticking with rookie quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Hodges will make his fourth straight start on Sunday when the Steelers (8-6) visit the New York Jets (5-9). Hodges threw four ...

Play of Hodges in need of fixing

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The ride was fun while it lasted. The run on duck paraphernalia. The hunting trips with teammates. The minor craze created by Devlin “Duck” Hodges’ unlikely — and unlikely successful — rise from fourth stringer to Pittsburgh ...

Sunday’s Bills-Steelers game family reunion for brothers

By John Wawrow The Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Felicia Edmunds would rouse her three preteen boys from bed hours before school — and even on vacation — to put them through a rigorous daily workout of long runs and suicide sprints. If Trey, Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds ...

Jarry has first bad showing

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — So much for Tristan Jarry’s brilliant play. Maybe the talk about Jarry pushing Matt Murray as Pittsburgh’s top goaltender, too. At least for now. Jarry’s three-week surge that peaked with a franchise-record scoreless streak came to ...

Reed still talk of Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia — As if being the first playing captain in 25 years at the Presidents Cup weren’t enough, Tiger Woods filled yet another role Tuesday at Royal Melbourne. This wasn’t necessarily by design. Woods had Patrick Reed in his group for the first full practice round for a ...

Cole, Boras ready to play ‘the game’

SAN DIEGO — Gerrit Cole and agent Scott Boras are ready for baseball’s version of “Can you top this?” A day after completing a $245 million, seven-year contract for Stephen Strasburg with Washington that set a record for pitchers, Boras said Cole will command even more. Strasburg ...

Bills gain respect despite losing to Ravens

Steelers’ next opponent Who: Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers When: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. Records: Bills (9-4); Steelers (8-5) The latest line: Steelers are 2-point favorites The Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Earning the Baltimore Ravens’ respect is one thing. ...

Staying in the hunt: Steelers take care of business on road

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Pittsburgh’s defense was great and the Duck was just fine. After weeks of wondering how this bunch keeps piecing together victories, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge. Maybe the Steelers are just pretty good. Diontae Johnson returned a punt for an 85-yard ...

Steelers, Cards highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 23-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday: Play of the game: Leading 3-0 late in the first quarter, Pittsburgh rookie Diontae Johnson fielded a punt at his own 15-yard line ...

Steelers hoping to maintain momentum

By David Brandt The Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have a No. 1 overall draft pick under center while the Pittsburgh Steelers have a guy named “Duck” throwing the ball around the field. Yet it’s the Steelers who are making a playoff push. Pittsburgh (7-5) ...

Malkin helps Pens to 3rd straight

The Associated Press DETROIT — Evgeni Malkin is picking up the slack with Sidney Crosby out, making dazzling plays on offense and getting back on defense. Malkin and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and two assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins build a two-goal lead midway through the ...

Kelly added to staff

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — Don Kelly, who got his start with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2007, was hired on Saturday as bench coach for the 2020 season under new manager Derek Shelton. Kelly, 39, spent last season as the first-base coach for the Houston Astros, who lost to ...

Eagles have real chance to win weak division

PHILADELPHIA — There’s several reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles have been inconsistent on offense this season. Now isn’t the time for excuses. Despite an up-and-down offense that showed up last week only to see the defense collapse, the Eagles (5-7) still control their playoff ...

Jarry is scary good for Penguins

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Phil Kessel drank in the moment in the most Phil Kessel way. He tried to avoid it. Yet as the standing ovation the Arizona Coyotes forward received in his return to Pittsburgh wore on Friday night, the mercurial forward who helped the ...

Steelers RB Conner to miss third straight game

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh running back James Conner’s aching right shoulder will keep him out of the lineup for a third straight game when the surging Steelers visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Conner took some reps with the scout team on Thursday but declared himself out as the ...

Shelton optimistic about his Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton’s garage is clean, the byproduct of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ drawn out managerial hiring process, one that took extended after the club fired general manager Neal Huntington in late October. A 49-year-old baseball lifer ...