SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have improved their playoff position, while it looks likely that the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to go on the road to make a return trip to the Super Bowl. The Niners beat the Steelers 20-3 at Candlestick park last night. San Francisco’s top-ranked defense frustrated a hobbled Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur), who threw three interceptions. Vernon Davis and Frank Gore scored touchdowns, while David Akers kicked two field goals for the NFC West champions. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a pair of power outages at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park last night, officials are concerned about keeping the lights on for the playoffs. NFL security chief Jeff Miller says he saw a transformer blow up. Utility officials are trying to find out what caused the problem. The 49ers’ 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night was their last home game of the regular season. But, as NFC West champs, the Niners will host a playoff game next month. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State will find out its NCAA fate later today. Athletic director Gene Smith tells The Associated Press that the NCAA’s committee on infractions will hand down its final sanctions of the Ohio State athletic program at 3 p.m. Eastern. Five football players were suspended for accepting cash and tattoos from the owner of a local tattoo parlor, and the scandal forced head football coach Jim Tressel to resign. UNDATED (AP) — Southern Miss may have found the next head coach for its football program. A person with knowledge of the search says the school has reached a deal with Ellis Johnson and an announcement could come today. Johnson spent the past four years as defensive coordinator at South Carolina, and he previously spent time on the staff at Southern Miss. UNDATED (AP) — The NHL has a seven game schedule tonight. The marquee matchup features a pair of recent Stanley Cup winners, with the Chicago Blackhawks in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. The Hawks lead the Western Conference and the league with 46 points, while the Pens are trying to keep the Philadelphia Flyers within reach in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.