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Washington keeping Steelers in ‘hunt’

PITTSBURGH — James Washington knew what was coming. It’s why the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver didn’t hesitate when he saw the Cleveland Browns jump offside early in the second quarter on Sunday. At the snap, Washington ditched his intended route and raced upfield. Call it the ...

Three of the leagues meek teams win

And the meek shall inherit the NFL fields. At least in Week 13, that is. It’s unlikely that anyone in Las Vegas or wherever sports betting is allowed these days put money on a parlay of the Bengals, Redskins and Dolphins winning Sunday. They were a combined 4-29 heading into the weekend ...

Riding 8-game streak, Ravens now in control

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens now own the top seed in the AFC, a distinction that provides home-field advantage in all games leading up to the Super Bowl. Well, that’s how it works when the season is done. There are still four weeks to go, as Ravens coach John Harbaugh was ...

Good vibes gone after Cards’ loss

TEMPE, Ariz. — Even with the outcome long decided, first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury left Kyler Murray in the game, letting his rookie quarterback take all the snaps until the frustrating, miserable end. There isn’t much positive the Arizona Cardinals can take from their 34-7 loss to the ...

Top goalies playing less with load management

Marc-Andre Fleury plays when he’s told. How much he plays has changed. A decade ago, Fleury started 61 out of 82 games before backstopping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. He started 58 and 34 times on the Penguins’ 2016 and 2017 Cup runs splitting time with Matt Murray, then made 46 ...

Penguins sign F Noesen for one year

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed former New Jersey and Anaheim forward Stefan Noesen to a two-way contract. Noesen previously agreed to a minor league deal with the Penguins but earned a promotion to the NHL after collecting 14 goals and eight assists in 22 games with ...

AP: Reds, Moustakas ink deal

CINCINNATI — All-Star infielder Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $64 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the team’s first move to upgrade a lineup that struggled to score. The person spoke on condition of ...

Pirates, C Diaz part ways

PITTSBURGH — Catcher Elias Diaz will not return to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the club declined to offer him a contract for the 2020 season Monday. The 29-year-old Diaz inherited the starting job last season while Francisco Cervelli dealt with a concussion before being released in August. ...

No fights, just might: Young Steelers contribute in win

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — No fighting. No helmet swinging. Barely any trash talking. Just football. And one very loud statement from the banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers written not on a T-shirt but all over the Heinz Field turf: The faces may change when Cleveland ...

Browns running out of miracles

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Baker Mayfield has no problem with Freddie Kitchens’ fashion sense. The fact the Cleveland Browns head coach decided to wear a T-shirt that read “Pittsburgh started it” in the run-up to a rematch with the Steelers was no big deal ...

Steelers highlights-lowlights

Steelers game moved The National Football League has moved the Steelers Dec. 15 home game with Buffalo from 1 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. that night, as part of the league’s flex scheduling process. The Vikings were to play the Chargers in Los Angeles that night. That game will be moved to the ...

Game pivotal for both Steelers, Browns

NFL week 13 Who: Cleveland (5-6) at Pittsburgh (6-5) When: Today, 1 p.m. TV: CBS The latest line: Browns by 1 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Myles Garrett won’t be in the stadium. Barring injury, Mason Rudolph won’t be on the field. While the absence of ...

Penguins stumble in third period

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Justin Faulk and Nathan Walker each scored for the first time with the Blues, and St. Louis beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Saturday night. Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist and Ivan Barbashev and Mackenzie MacEachern also scored ...

Penguins win offensive shootout with Canucks

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang didn’t even see the puck go in. He just heard the roar of the crowd. That was all he needed on a night when his team was in dreadful shape earlier in the third period. Letang capped a wild comeback, scoring the deciding goal with ...

Hodges relishes the underdog role

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Devlin Hodges has nothing to lose. He knows he’s always been considered too something — too short, too small, too unknown, too average — to carry the burden that comes with high expectations. Yet rather than make him angry, it’s ...

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 ...