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first_imgThe Ducks also signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year extension worth $700,000.SOCCER-MORGAN-BABYUS soccer star has babyUNDATED (AP) — U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan has become a mom just in time for Mother’s Day.Morgan announced Saturday on social media that she gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Morgan was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup last summer in France. She hopes to return to the team following her maternity leave in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The 85-year-old Bess fought health problems the last few seasons and said he didn’t have the energy level to do what he needs to do to excel as a coach.Bess was 1,300-416 in 50 seasons at Three Rivers – 143 more victories than NCAA Division I leader Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) of Duke. Bess led the junior college team to national titles in 1979 and 1992.NHL-DUCKS-CONTRACT EXTENSIONSDucks extend Guhle, CarrickANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Brendan Guhle (GOO’-lee) to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension. Guhle has four goals and eight points in 30 games this season for the Ducks this season. He was acquired by Anaheim from the Sabres in February 2019. May 11, 2020 Just 0.7% of MLB employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15.The start of the baseball season has been delayed because of the virus outbreak. There’s no timetable for when the season might begin.Sixty people tested positive in the raw data, and adjustments were made for false positives and false negatives.One of the study’s leaders says the survey had a 0.5% false positive rate and demonstrates MLB employees have been less affected than their surrounding communities have been.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — Chinese Basketball Association president and former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says his league has three options for resuming a season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule, play a shortened season with some games dropped, or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.— The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-THREE RIVERS-BESSCollege hoops’ all-time coaching leader retires.POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — College basketball victory leader Gene Bess of Three Rivers College has retired and has been replaced by his son, Brian.center_img Associated Press — The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.— The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.— The Spanish soccer league isn’t changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate since players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and will try to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB has low percentage of employees test positive for coronavirus antibodiesUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears to have successfully handled the first wave of the new coronavirus. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

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Steelers remain winless but all may not be lost

first_imgSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7), bottom right, is assisted by his teammates after he was sacked during the NFL football game against Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan)by Ulish CarterCourier Staff WriterThe winless Steelers went into the game with the winless Minnesota Vikings in London, England, knowing it was a must win game if they were to have any chance at a successful season. Yet the end result was the same, another loss, 34-27.But all may not be lost.Even though the defense joined the offense in illustrating how NFL teams should not play, the offense had its most productive games of the season.Although it was against one of the weakest defenses in the league, once again Ben Roethlisberger and company had impressive numbers.Ben was  36 for 51 for 383 yards, with a touchdown pass and one interception. Antonio Brown had 12 catches for 88 yards, and Jericho Cotchery had his best day with  5 receptions for 103 yards, and rookie running back  La’ Veon Bell made his debut with 57 yards on 16 carries and 2 touchdowns. But they lost the game.Once again the offensive line looked like a group of college students playing against pros, allowing 5 sacks. And once again Ben refused to get rid of the ball in a timely manner to avoid some of the sacks. But with all that said. All is not lost.Playing in what was supposed to be one of the strongest divisions in the NFL, the AFC North, the Steelers are still in the race. Of course they have to win sometime?The Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens were supposed to be among the elite teams in the league not only battling for playoffs spots, but possible Super Bowl berths.Well, they have not looked much better than the Steelers. Both have 2-2 records after Cincinnati looked terrible in their 17-6 loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns, who are also 2-2, and Baltimore lost to the lowly Buffalo Bills, 23-20 behind 5 interceptions thrown by Joe Flacco.Remember, there’s 12 games left. And if the Ravens, and Bengals don’t get their act together the winner of the AFC North may be 9-7, which the Steelers could still possibly achieve considering they have another meeting with Cincinnati, two with Cleveland and two with Baltimore.Otherwise they could be in line for the cream of the crop coming out of college in the draft if they finish 4-12, but they will have a lot of competition as there are still four other winless teams in the NFL and three at 1-3. There may be more poor teams in the NFL this season than there’s been in years. Unless things change drastically, there’s a clear divide between the good teams and the poor teams, which was not the case in the past.The Steelers next opponent after the bye will be the up and down New York Jets. With starting quarterback Mark Sanchez out with an injury they may have found themselves a quarterback for the future in rookie Geno Smith who has looked very impressive at times season but he’s still an inconsistent rookie.The Jets, 2-2, may or may not be contenders this year with the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins in their division.  Coming off a lopsided 38-13 beating by the Tennessee Titans, the Jets look very beatable, which means that first Steelers victory could come after the bye week.After looking impressive in a victory the previous week, Smith’s four turnovers led to 28 points which pretty much buried the Jets. The supporting cast is not that impressive either with Bilas Powell at running back, 66 yards on 14 carrie; Kellen Winslow was their top receiver with 6 catches for 73 yards; and Jeremy Kerley had 4 catches for 65 yards. Former Steeler Santonio Holmes only had one catch for 25 yards. He may be hurt again.Even though no one wanted to say it, or admit to it, this is a rebuilding year for the Steelers. Especially after Maurkice Pouncey and Larry Foote went down to injuries in the first game. These two were the leaders on both sides of the ball.Now there are youngsters battling to make their mark on the offensive line and linebacking corps. Yes LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons are great young players, but the other two positions are manned by new untested players who by the end of the year should be very solid performers but for now they are struggling.The team has given up 40, and 34 points in the last two games which has to be corrected. But this is not just a defensive problem, in many cases some of those points came about because of an ineffective offense.The problems on defense will be corrected because Dick LeBeau is the best defensive mind in football. But it will take time to blend in the young new players, with the young veterans. Remember, the only four players with any kind of age on them are Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor and Brett Keisel who are all playing solid football.Why the Steelers didn’t go after offensive linemen in the  2013 draft is still a big mystery. So they are going to have to live with what they have, and may have to find one or two more players if they sustain anymore injuries. But if something doesn’t change offensively a good hard look and a lot of changes will have to be made among the coaches at the end of the season, or before.last_img read more

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Iron Mike joins Meza-Clay as part of the Pride of Pittsburgh

first_imgIN TROUBLE—Alan Herrera of Sinaloa, Mexico falls back into the corner ropes as Rankin’s Monty Meza-Clay hits him with a strong left Friday Night Aug. 8 at the Consol Energy Center. (Photo by J.L. Martello)A new generation of talent was on display at the Iron Mike Promotions’ The Pride of Pittsburgh boxing event at Consol Energy Center, Aug. 8t. But it was a familiar face that stole the show.Lightweight Monty Meza-Clay (36-3-0), of Rankin, knocked out Alan Herrera of Sinaloa, Mexico, in the 10th and final round.“I’m not the main event but I’m the main event,” said Meza-Clay. “I live a fighters lifestyle. I’m all business. I might be the smallest but I fight like I’m the biggest.”In the main event Monessen native Sammy Vasquez Jr., (16-0-0) defeated previously unbeaten James Stevenson (21-1-0) of Baltimore. Vasquez stopped him in the ninth round.“I never been past round six and I was hoping that he took me into deep water and he did,” said Vasquez.  “I come a long way from a tiny gym at Courttime to the Consol Energy Center and it’s because of all my great fans.  They want to see me fight so we keep moving into bigger and bigger arenas.”Monty Meza-Clay relinquished his title out of health concerns and after a controversial loss. Tommy Yankello, the man who trains Meza-Clay, once called his fighter “Pittsburgh’s fourth franchise,” after the Steelers, Pirates and Penquins.last_img read more

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AP Source: Antonio Brown asks Steelers for trade

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t decided whether there’s a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019. Rooney, however, stressed last month he did not plan to “disparage” Brown and did not close the door on Brown’s possible return. That still might be the case, whether Brown wants to come back or not.There is no major rush with another month before the new league year begins, though Pittsburgh could work out the parameters of a deal by March 13. Brown’s contract counts $21.12 million in 2019, a number that inches north to $23.62 if Brown receives a $2.5 million roster bonus he’s scheduled to receive on March 17.The number seems daunting, but for once the Steelers are not right up against the salary cap thanks in large part to running back Le’Veon Bell’s decision to sit out 2018 rather than sign his one-year franchise tender. The $14.4 million Bell forfeited will roll over into 2019, giving Pittsburgh some flexibility to absorb a loss if Brown plays elsewhere.Cutting Brown is almost certainly off the table, but what Brown could command on the trade market is uncertain. Pittsburgh received a third-round pick from Oakland last season for Martavis Bryant, who carried the weight of unmet expectations and a record that included multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.Brown doesn’t have that kind of baggage, though his behavior in recent months could give potential suitors pause. The list of his transgressions in recent months includes a pending civil lawsuit in Florida claiming he hurled objects from the 14th floor of an apartment building that landed near a toddler; threatening an ESPN reporter through social media ; and his 100 mph sprint through the northern Pittsburgh suburbs on Nov. 8.Several of Brown’s teammates, including second-year wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, talked openly at the Pro Bowl about Brown remaining with the team that took a flyer on him in the sixth-round of the 2010 draft and helped him evolve into one of the best receivers of his generation. Brown apparently wants no part of a reconciliation.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) pulls in a pass reception in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, foreground right, and strong safety Kurt Coleman in the second half of an NFL football game, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)center_img Not that it matters to Brown. He’s already made up his mind.A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowler has formally asked the Steelers for a trade, the latest move in a game of brinksmanship by the 30-year-old designed to force Pittsburgh to move him by the start of training camp this summer.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to publicly discuss personnel matters.Brown appeared to make his decision official in a social media post released on Instagram on Tuesday. The video includes highlights from Brown’s career with the Steelers while lyrics from “Do What I Want” by rapper Lil Uzi Vert plays in the background.“SteelerNation thank you for nine big years!!!” Brown wrote. “Time to move on and move forward.”The post came shortly after Brown was found guilty in absence on a charge of reckless driving in a suburban Pittsburgh court on Tuesday morning. Brown was charged in November for driving his black sports car over 100 mph in a 45 mph zone. He paid a $426.77 fine. Brown did not attend Tuesday’s hearing.Brown still has three years remaining on the $72 million contract he signed in the spring of 2017, and remains one of the most dynamic performers in the league. He is the only player in NFL history with six consecutive 100-catch seasons and he hauled in 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a franchise-record 15 touchdowns in 2018.Still, Brown’s behavior became increasingly erratic last fall. The nadir came before Pittsburgh’s game against Cincinnati in Week 17. The team sent him home with an apparent leg injury on the Friday before the game and he failed to provide coach Mike Tomlin with an update until Sunday morning, when his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, let Tomlin know that Brown was available to play.Tomlin opted to make Brown inactive and Brown did not show up to clean out his locker or conduct an exit interview with the coaching staff. He pulled out of the Pro Bowl with an injury and team president Art Rooney II indicated the team had been unable to make contact with Brown in the weeks after Pittsburgh finished 9-6-1 and failed to reach the playoffs.last_img read more

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