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Steelers rely on backups

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without key starters on their offensive and defensive lines when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt has been ruled out ...

Pitt can clinch ACC championship game berth with win at Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Pittsburgh spoiled a conference rival’s special season a year ago. The Panthers don’t want Wake Forest to do the same thing to them. Pitt will clinch its first appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a win over the Demon Deacons on ...

Bad air quality wrecks California sports schedules

BERKELEY, Calif. — The annual Big Game between Stanford and California that had been scheduled for Saturday was postponed two weeks because of the unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area resulting from a wildfire some 150 miles to the north. Cal announced Friday that the game would be played ...

Meyer defends uneven performances

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hates having to defend the performance of his ninth-ranked Buckeyes, who still have a shot at winning the Big Ten and the national championship heading into Saturday’s game at Maryland. Meyer bristles at those who claim this team has ...

Empower voters, not lawyers

If Americans are losing confidence in elections, don’t blame Russian hackers. The damage is self-inflicted. A week after polls closed, Americans still don’t know who won major races: gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia, a Florida Senate race and many House contests. Candidates who ...

6 reasons the Acosta suit is lame

CNN’s war on the Trump White House is now entering the legal system. CNN filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia insisting that denying its chief White House shouter Jim Acosta a permanent press pass has caused “irreparable harm,” and that Acosta has a ...

Midterms set the table for a crazy 2020 race

Strap in, it’s all going to get crazier. More than a week after the final votes were cast (but not necessarily counted), it’s now looking like the Democrats had a blue wave after all. It didn’t seem like it at first. Election night was more of an emotional roller coaster than you’d ...

Daughter is last to learn of new love in dad’s life

DEAR ABBY: My father began dating four years after my mother passed away from a terrible bout with cancer. He and I have always been close; in fact, I have always considered him to be one of my best friends. But since he started dating he has changed. I just traveled across the country for a ...

Harvard’s 29-29 ‘victory’ turns 50

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sixty-five members of the 1968 Harvard football team are expected back in Boston this weekend for the 50th anniversary of the most memorable entry in the 143-year-old history of The Game. A luncheon for returning Yale players was canceled ...

Notre Dame should feel right at home in Yankee Stadium

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer NEW YORK — Joe Delaney grew up in New Jersey listening to Notre Dame games on the radio with his father, who — like many blue-collar Catholics at the time — never stepped foot on the school’s campus but was passionate about its football ...