PITTSBURGH—The deluge started with a desperation third-down heave—a trickle that turned into a downpour and led to another abrupt turn in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ confounding season.
Good one week and lousy the next, Pittsburgh managed to be both in a 30-23 victory last night over the mistake-prone Houston Texans.
EDMONTON—The Edmonton Oilers no longer are the only team in the Western Conference without a win.
Taylor Hall had a penalty-shot goal and added an assist, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted the game-winner in the final minutes, as the Oilers edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 last night to finally find their way into the win column.
LOS ANGELES—The NHL suspended L.A. Kings’ defenceman Slava Voynov indefinitely yesterday following the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s arrest on domestic violence accusations.
Police in the L.A. suburb of Redondo Beach provided few details of what led to Voynov’s arrest at a hospital in neighbouring Torrance.
VANCOUVER — Triple axel, death spiral, lutz, salchow, quadruple: figure skating even sounds painful.
It is estimated that the magnitude of force on a skaters’ body when they land on the ice can be up to six times their body weight.
Injuries are common and can be career-ending.
REGINA—The Edmonton Eskimos landed three staggering blows yesterday—all of which helped to bring down the Saskatchewan Roughriders on their home field.
Kendial Lawrence, Mike Reilly, and the Eskimos’ defensive unit all played pivotal roles in Edmonton’s second-straight victory—a 24-19 triumph over the ’Riders at Mosaic Stadium.
TALLADEGA, Ala.—Brad Keselowski refused to be knocked down—not by Matt Kenseth, who jumped him from behind after a disastrous race at Charlotte, and not by garage-wide condemnation over his post-race meltdown.
WINNIPEG—It wasn’t surprising to hear laughter coming out of the Calgary Flames’ dressing room after their 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets yesterday.
The victory finished off Calgary’s six-game road trip with a fourth win away from home (4-3-0) while the Jets now have lost four in a row.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—Quarterback Kyle Orton keeps delivering in the clutch since taking over the starting job in Buffalo.
And receiver Sammy Watkins certainly is showing signs of playing up to his dynamic first-round draft-pick promise for the Bills.
DENVER—Leave it to Peyton Manning to plan his own prank.
After breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record with his 509th touchdown toss, Manning’s teammates played keep-away with his milestone memento—and Manning played right along.
SAN FRANCISCO—It was the “Shot That Shook the Bay.”
Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series—a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 last night.
These every-other-year Giants now will face the Royals in an all wild-card World Series that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City.