Steelers clinch 1st-round bye with win


Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a first-round National Football League playoff bye Monday by routing the Houston Texans 34-6.

Antonio Brown did not play in the Christmas Day matchup as he is recovering from a calf injury suffered last week against the New England Patriots.

Cuban leader Raul Castro will stay in power past February
Castro came to power in 2008, taking over for his brother Fidel who battled health issues in his later years. A Castro will be Cuba's president for at least a little longer.

They held a comfortable 34-6 lead late against the Texans, and chose to take out several of their key players.

T.J. Yates completed 7-of-16 passes for 83 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Monday's Week 16 loss to the Steelers. Yates left the game briefly on Monday to be evaluated for a concussion, and his replacement, Taylor Heinicke, sustained a concussion on his only full possession. That meant quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le'Veon Bell were of course coming out, but some offensive linemen also finished the game on the sidelines. One of the few highlights came on an acrobatic 3-yard touchdown reception by DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter.