Top National Sports Stories: Steelers outlast Bengals...Giants make changes...Gronk suspended...Heisman finalists announced

Published on December 05, 2017 at 06:56AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to share the AFC’s best record with New England following a 23-20 comeback victory over the Bengals at Cincinnati. Chris Boswell drilled a 38-yard field goal as time expired, less than four minutes after Antonio Brown tied the game with a six-yard TD grab. A.J. Green’s second scoring reception of the night put the Bengals ahead 17-0 with 31 seconds left in the first half.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Steve Spagnuolo (spag-NOH’-loh) is the New York Giants’ interim coach following the dismissal of Ben McAdoo. Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator under McAdoo, who benched quarterback Eli Manning last Tuesday before watching the Giants fall to 2-10 with Sunday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Giants also fired general manager Jerry Reese with the team about to miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

UNDATED (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been given a one-game suspension by the NFL for his late hit to the head of Buffalo defensive back Tre’Davious White on Sunday. White had just intercepted a pass and was lying face down on the sideline when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White’s back and head. Bills coach Sean McDermott says White has entered the concussion protocol, while Gronkowski plans to appeal a suspension that would keep him from playing next Monday at Miami.

NEW YORK (AP) — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is among the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy as he tries to become the second player to win it twice. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is considered the favorite to capture the award when it is presented in New York on Saturday. Stanford running back Bryce Love is the third finalist for college football’s most prestigious individual honor.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of suspended UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school out of concerns related to the player’s indefinite suspension for a shoplifting incident in China last month. LaVar Ball told the Los Angeles Times and ESPN that he’s going to explore other options for LiAngelo because “I’m not going to let him sit back and not practice.” UCLA coach Steve Alford says he respects the Ball family’s decision and wishes LiAngelo all the best in the future.