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Steelers rally past winless Dolphins…Flacco sidelined…Nats await word from Scherzer, Suzuki

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Dolphins raced out to a 14-0, first-quarter lead last night before James Connor finished with 145 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-14 victory over Miami. Rudolph completed 20 of 36 passes for 251 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown to rookie Diontae Johnson late in the second quarter and a 26-yard strike to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the third. Minkah Fitzpatrick picked off Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick twice after being traded by Miami last month.

UNDATED (AP) – Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco will miss Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns because of a herniated disk in his neck. Flacco has been sacked 26 times already this season for a league-leading 194 yards after being sacked 16 times in nine games with Baltimore last season. The injury was announced one day after Flacco ripped Denver’s coaches for their play-calling in their last-minute loss at Indianapolis.

HOUSTON (AP) – The Washington Nationals remained unsure yesterday about the health of pitcher Max Scherzer and catcher Kurt Suzuki heading into Game 6 of the World Series tonight against Houston. Scherzer was scratched from his Game 5 start Sunday night because of nerve irritation near his neck, but he hopes to be able to pitch in a Game 7 if the Nationals tie up the series tonight. Suzuki missed the last two games after injuring his right hip flexor on Friday.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko is slated for left shoulder surgery and is expected to be out at least five months. Tarasenko left last Thursday’s 5-2 win over Los Angeles after getting tangled up with Kings defenseman Sean Walker late in the first period. The right wing was off to a good start this season, collecting three goals and 10 points in 10 games.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR has suspended a member of Joey Logano’s crew for this weekend’s race at Texas after he dragged Denny Hamlin to the ground in a chaotic scuffle between the rival drivers following Sunday’s race. Tire specialist Dave Nichols Jr. horse-collared Hamlin and pulled him to the pavement after a discussion between the two drivers escalated into a confrontation. Many Team Penske crew members shielded Logano from a charging Hamlin, and Nichols approached Hamlin from behind and knocked him down.

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