Regional Sports

Penguins sign goalie Murray to 3-year extension

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Matt Murray's breakout performance in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs earned the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender a hefty raise.The 22-year-old and the team agreed to a three-year extension beginning next season that will pay Murray $3.75 million per season.Murray helped the ...

Tight end Gesicki becoming key cog for Penn State’s offense

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki gets a quick pep talk from a teammate or two before every game."Be Mike," they say.It's taken him some time to figure out exactly what that meant, but he's on the right track. Gesicki's found his way in Penn State's emerging offense ...

Steelers defense hoping to disrupt Gronk, Patriots

PITTSBURGH (AP) - When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Sean Davis in the second round last spring, defensive coordinator Keith Butler reveled in the possibilities.Here was a 6-foot-1, 202-pound guy who could play both safety and cornerback depending on the situation, someone with the size and ...

AP source: Bills’ McCoy will be game-time decision on Sunday

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - LeSean McCoy was healthy enough to at least watch part of practice from the sideline Thursday, though it's unclear whether the Buffalo Bills top offensive threat can play at Miami on Sunday.A person with direct knowledge of McCoy's hamstring injury told The Associated ...

Tribe time! Indians going to World Series

TORONTO (AP) - A most unlikely pitching performance helped put a most unexpected team into the World Series.Cleveland rookie Ryan Merritt came out of nowhere and coolly delivered a lead to the Andrew Miller-led bullpen, and the Indians won their first pennant since 1997 by blanking Toronto 3-0 ...

Jones’ message to Steelers teammates: ‘Don’t panic’

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Landry Jones is a realist. Call it the byproduct of spending the last three-plus years fighting for a job and fending off repeated attempts by the Pittsburgh Steelers to find somebody better to back up Ben Roethlisberger.So in a team meeting Wednesday, with the franchise ...

Blue Jays beat Indians, stave off elimination in ALCS

TORONTO (AP) - Josh Donaldson homered to give Toronto a long-awaited lead, and the Blue Jays finally broke through with the bats, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Tuesday to avert a sweep in the AL Championship Series.The Indians still lead the matchup 3-1, but Donaldson and a poised Aaron ...

Penn State awaits word on LBs as No. 2 Buckeyes loom on Saturday

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Coming off their biggest win under head coach James Franklin with some extra rest, Penn State players have had plenty of time to contemplate their looming game against No. 2 Ohio State.During the open weekend, they watched as Wisconsin nearly toppled the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 ...

Canadiens blank Penguins, 4-0

MONTREAL (AP) - David Desharnais scored twice and Al Montoya made 36 saves as the Montreal Canadiens won their home opener, 4-0 over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.Off-season signing Alexander Radulov got his first goal as a Canadien - with Montoya picking up an assist - while Max ...

Indians close in on Central title; Pirates fall

CLEVELAND (AP) - Carlos Santana's three-run homer pushed the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night and nearer to their first AL Central championship since 2007.Santana's shot in the sixth inning off Dillon Gee (7-9) snapped a 2-2 tie as the Indians ...

Steelers looking to extend success vs. rookie QBs

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The list of rookie quarterbacks the Pittsburgh Steelers have provided lesson after lesson to over the past 12 years is long if not always distinguished.For every Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton that Pittsburgh's defense has taken to task since the start of the 2004 ...

Penn State LB Wartman-White lost for season with injury

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Brandon Smith spent early weekdays last year studying opposing defenses so he could copy players' characteristics and mimic tactics as the leader of Penn State's scout team defense.Now, he'll lead the real thing.The former walk-on linebacker is expected to make his first ...

Steelers secondary giving up yards, but not big plays

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A year ago, Ross Cockrell wasn't ready to stand across the line of scrimmage from one of the NFL's best receivers and more than hold his own.It wasn't so much about confidence or ability, but knowledge. The cornerback needed time to adjust after getting cut by the Buffalo ...

Young tight ends making impact for 2-0 Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The greatest tight end in Pittsburgh Steelers history is retired, off being a dad back in his native Virginia. Heath Miller's replacement, Ladarius Green, is out indefinitely while nursing health issues that won't seem to go away.In their stead are a pair of works in progress ...

Panthers looking to shore up pass defense as ACC play looms

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi hasn't lost faith in his secondary, though there's plenty to work on after surrendering 872 yards through the air in the last two games, including 540 to Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph in a 45-38 loss on Saturday."They've got to understand it ...

Steelers grind out win over Bengals

PITTSBURGH (AP) - No chaos this time. No meltdowns either.The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals stuck to football this time.And Ben Roethlisberger's sharp second half gave the Steelers an early leg up in the race for the AFC North title by shaking off a pair of first-half interceptions ...

Flacco rallies Ravens past Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ravens were in a huge hole and about to be buried.Joe Flacco dug them out.Flacco threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Mike Wallace and Baltimore, sparked by returning a blocked extra point, rallied from 20 down and beat the Cleveland Browns 25-20 on Sunday.Justin ...

Penn State gets revenge on Temple, 34-27

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - James Franklin hoped all week his team would start fast and play with the passion it hadn't yet found early in games this season.The usually subdued coach pushed the right buttons.Before Penn State's 34-27 win over Temple on Saturday, Franklin hopped around inside Beaver ...

After delay, Cowboys edge Panthers

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - When a small storm rolling through delayed Saturday's Oklahoma State-Pittsburgh game with 12:55 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied 38-38, OSU coach Mike Gundy used the extra time to make some much-needed adjustments.Following the almost 2-hour delay, the ...

Bills owner backs decision to fire Roman

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula dismissed any doubts Monday regarding Rex Ryan's authority over the team and the coach's decision to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman."We do things together like any well run org would," Pegula wrote in a text message to The ...