Ben Roethlisberger holds no grudges toward James Harrison, but not all Pittsburgh players feel the same.

While speaking to reporters Wednesday, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey slammed the veteran linebacker for signing with the Patriots following his release.

If there was any doubt Curry wasn’t his old self, a play late in the second quarter reminded fans of just how special he is. Curry passed the ball to Zaza Pachulia along the baseline and then ran behind the big man. Pachulia, without looking back, bounced the ball between his legs to Curry, and with the flick of his wrist, the sharpshooter quickly got the shot off and drained a corner 3-pointer. Many of the fans in attendance at Oracle Arena jumped out of their seats.

That was the zest the Warriors’ offense had been missing for most of December. After the first two quarters, Curry recorded 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from downtown in 14 minutes.

Currently, the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans are going to the playoffs as a AFC wild card teams. The Ravens have 80% probability to keep that position, as they host Cincinnati and a win will ensure a postseason berth. For Tennessee, their postseason probability has dropped with their three consecutive losses and is now down to 52%. They still control their own destiny because the home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars is enough for a postseason berth in Tennessee.

Bourque had cups of coffee with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins — 51 total games, during which he had two goals and six assists. He saw some time in the KHL and the Swiss league. When he plays his first game for Team USA in Pyeongchang, he’ll have played more Olympic games than Stanley Cup playoff games during his 13-year hockey career.

So you have the talented kid who can’t match the accomplishments of his father; you have a journeyman who couldn’t break through and stay in the big leagues (and because of that, ironically, he’s eligible to play in the Olympics); and you also have a pro player who is trying to become more than a punchline for a on waivers … again joke.

You have the kind of backstory that melts away the minute Chris Bourque scores a game-winning goal in a medal-round game for the United States — quite the Hollywood ending.

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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov set for season-ending surgery

The Colorado Avalanche are pulling the plug on Semyon Varlamov after an injury-marred start to the season.

The goaltender will have season-ending hip surgery Thursday in an effort to overcome hip and groin injuries that have nagged him in recent years, the team announced.

It’s nice to have our first transaction and have our first player ready for Vegas, GM George McPhee said.

Duke, originally drafted by the Wild in 2014, has played the past three seasons for the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, who were coached and managed by Golden Knights assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon before he left for Vegas last offseason.

It’s really cool, Duke said of being Vegas’ first player. This is the first signing, but first to come. I’m just excited to share this with everyone in the organization.

Duke has 35 goals and 32 assists for 67 points and 69 penalty minutes for the Wheat Kings this season.

Because once McDavid is being paid commensurately for his services (though even at the highest AAV in hockey, he’ll still be underpaid) some of Edmonton’s other contracts will truly show their warts. Lucic was brought in to play with McDavid, and though he wasn’t in his prime when he signed a seven-year deal with Edmonton at age 27, he was still a productive player that appeared to have a lot of good years ahead of him. But Lucic and McDavid never clicked, Patrick Maroon (a power forward the likes of Lucic) was swapped onto McDavid’s line, and Lucic, though still somewhat productive in his first year as an Oilers (23 goals, 23 assists) isn’t playing the role he was cast for.

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