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QB shuffle not bothering O-line

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Hall of Famer who served as the group’s Svengali is gone. The quarterback who long ago ditched his reputation for extending plays in favor of a more pragmatic and career-extending approach is out for the season. And yet the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

Pirates trade Markel to Angels

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates traded right-handed pitcher Parker Markel to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for cash considerations Thursday. Markel went 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 relief appearances in 2019 with the Pirates. Royals hire Matheny KANSAS CITY, Mo. ...

Nix loves to mix it up

Week 9 Matchup: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, 1 p.m. The line: Pick ‘em TV: CBS By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — There’s a brutal quality to the brand of football Rosie Nix plays. It comes with the territory when you’re 5-foot-11, 248 ...

New president believes Pirates can be a winner

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The new president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is confident owner Bob Nutting is committed to winning. Travis Williams, who succeeds Frank Coonelly on Nov. 1, says his job is to put the right people in place to help the Pirates climb back into contention. ...

Chickillo charges dropped

The Associated Press UNIONTOWN — Misdemeanor charges have been dropped against a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker who had been accused of injuring his girlfriend during a fight in their western Pennsylvania hotel room this month. Backup linebacker Anthony Chickillo had been charged with ...

Healthier Penguins crush Flyers; Lafferty scratched

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins endured a brutal stretch in the opening days of the season in which high-profile players headed to injured reserve with alarming regularity. Yet rather than panic, head coach Mike Sullivan used it as an opportunity to make sure the good habits he ...

Offense finally finding its groove

PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster was covered. Blanketed actually. Mason Rudolph didn’t care. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback flicked a pass down the left sideline and trusted Smith-Schuster to do the rest. As the ball dropped out of the sky, Smith-Schuster’s downfield wrestling ...

Steelers rally for win

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers stopped beating themselves long enough to keep the Miami Dolphins winless. James Conner ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Mason Rudolph overcame a shaky start to throw for 251 yards and two scores as the Steelers pulled away for a 27-14 victory on ...

House cleaning complete

PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington, Frank Coonelly and Clint Hurdle sparked a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh. The general manager, team president and charismatic manager helped a moribund franchise emerge from two decades of losing to briefly become a contender. Beginning in 2016, however, ...

Dolphins-Steelers highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 27-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh: Play of the game: Near the end of the third quarter with the Steelers leading 17-14, Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ran a keeper on ...

Fitzpatrick enjoying Pittsburgh, ready for Miami

PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick could sense the vibe as he walked through the Pittsburgh International Airport last month, equal parts bleary eyed and adrenaline fueled following a trade that helped the second-year safety flee the rebuilding Miami Dolphins for the decidedly more stable ...

Steelers wary of winless Fins coming to town

NFL Week 8 Who: Miami (0-6) at Pittsburgh (2-4) When: Monday, 8:15 p.m. TV: ESPN The latest line: Steelers by 14 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin chose his words carefully. Partly out of habit. Partly out of respect. Asked why the winless Miami ...

Defense regrouping minus its star on defensive line

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Tyson Alualu was well aware of the nickname long before the veteran defensive tackle arrived in Pittsburgh in 2017. “It was always, this is ‘Blitzburgh,’” Alualu said on Wednesday. “You’re going to see a lot of ...

Pirates part ways with president Coonelly

PITTSBURGH — Frank Coonelly’s 12-year run as president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is over after another losing season. The club announced Wednesday that it is parting ways with Coonelly effective immediately. The team said Coonelly’s replacement will be introduced on Monday. He helped ...

Lightning score late to top Pens

TAMPA, Fla. — Victor Hedman scored a power-play goal with 56.8 seconds remaining to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The defenseman scored from just inside the blue line off Steven Stamkos’ pass from the left circle. Alex ...

Rudolph not changing his style

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph faintly remembers walking off the field in a daze. His brain deleted everything else leading up to the hit the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback took from Baltimore’s Earl Thomas on Oct. 6 that left Rudolph unconscious. Not that it matters. Rudolph watched the ...

Kendrick, Zimmerman among vet first-timers

HOUSTON — Howie Kendrick is in the postseason for the eighth time in his 14 major league seasons, having played in October for three different teams. This time, he is finally on a World Series team. “This is a dream come true,” the 36-year-old utilityman, who has been in 43 playoff ...

Why can’t I just accept it’s all about power?

I get it. Today the game is asking for home runs. The temptation is too great, analytics support it, and coaches coach it. Small parks, maple bats, a new ball and shifting defenses have given hitters the green light to let it fly. Hitting into the shift is flat-out dumb. I didn’t hit ...

Fragile Steelers still optimistic about season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin’s expression and the circumstances surrounding it summed up the plight of his injury-ravaged team perfectly. “Seriously, guys?” the Pittsburgh Steelers coach said when asked if Mason Rudolph would be the quarterback after being cleared ...

Seen that guy before: Vegas goalie Fleury shuts down Penguins

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t happy with his performance in his return to Pittsburgh two seasons ago. He had a much better time Saturday night. Fleury stopped 29 shots against his former team, leading the Golden Knights to a ...