The Masters Trophy Presentation – YouTube

Watch as 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama is presented the Masters trophy. Today marks the completion of a journey for Matsuyama, who has gone from 2010 and 2011 Asia-Pacific Amateur champion, to 2011 Tournament Low Amateur and now to the 2021 Masters champion.

JuJu Smith-Schuster returning to Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed that wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will be staying with the team next season.

The Steelers are giving Smith-Schuster a one-year deal.

Smith-Schuster tweeted Friday afternoon, “This is my home, they’re gonna need a wrecking ball to take me outta here! PITTSBURGH I LOVE YOU, LET’S GO!!!!!”ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday afternoon that the Baltimore Ravens “made a hard push to sign him” but he took less money to return to the Steelers.

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Latrobe woman’s tiny vacation house gets online magazine spread | TribLIVE.com

Shirley McMarlin

For Jessica Hooper, part of the appeal of tiny house living is that “when you strip away the clutter and distractions in life, you are able to focus your energy on what is truly important.”

That’s what the Latrobe resident told readers of Tiny House Magazine, an online publication that features her tiny vacation getaway on the cover of the current issue.

The 160-square-foot structure fulfills Hooper’s dream of being able to afford a vacation home in the Laurel Highlands, where she vacationed with her family as a child and now takes advantage of the hiking trails, ski runs, paddleboarding and whitewater opportunities.

She calls the house “Eventyr,” a word with Old Norse roots that means “an adventure, fairy tale (a folktale), something exceptionally great.”

She bought the house as a shell and spent 18 months working on it, completing the project last April. She purchased a lot at Roaring Run Resort in Donegal Township, where it now sits amid the woods.

Source: Latrobe woman’s tiny vacation house gets online magazine spread | TribLIVE.com

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby to be placed on NHL’s covid-19 protocol list | TribLIVE.com

It’s been 360 days since Penguins fans were last able to watch a game in person at PPG Paints Arena due to the covid-19 pandemic.

They’ll have to wait for a few more, at least, to see the team’s captain for similar reasons.

Sidney Crosby will not play in Tuesday’s contest against the rival Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena as he will be placed on the NHL’s list of absences related to the league’s protocol for covid-19.

Source: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby to be placed on NHL’s covid-19 protocol list | TribLIVE.com

Super Bowl, Chiefs vs. Buccaneers: Market data points to one winner

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs face off in Super Bowl LV this weekend, one strategist will be watching for an interesting development off the field.

According to Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at LPL Financial, history points to better outcomes for the market should one team win over the other. He explained the coincidental correlation to CNBC’s “Trading Nation.”

This year, the National Football Conference team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by quarterback Tom Brady; the American Football Conference team is represented by Kansas City Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes as quarterback.

Since 1967, the S&P 500 has risen an average 10.2% for the full year when the NFC wins and 7.1% when the AFC wins.

But, while Tom Brady has switched to an NFC team this year from AFC team New England Patriots, past performance suggests he’s not a winner for the market.

“When Tom Brady’s been in the game, 9 times  —this is his record 10th Super Bowl — the S&P’s actually flat for the year,” said Detrick. “He might be the GOAT [greatest of all time], but he’s not the GOAT for the stock market.”

The S&P 500 is up 3% for the year so far and hit record highs on Friday.

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Source: Super Bowl, Chiefs vs. Buccaneers: Market data points to one winner

Leon Spinks, former heavyweight champ who beat Muhammad Ali, dead at 67 – CNN

Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978, has died at the age 67, according to a statement from his publicist.

Source: Leon Spinks, former heavyweight champ who beat Muhammad Ali, dead at 67 – CNN

Hank Aaron, longtime baseball home-run king and Hall of Famer with Braves, dies at age 86 – CBSSports.com

hank-aaron.jpgHank Aaron, legendary slugger and Hall of Famer, died at the age of 86, the Atlanta Braves announced Friday morning. CBS46 in Atlanta first reported the news.

Aaron established himself as an inner-circle all-time great during the course of his 23-year career with the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers from 1954-76.

In said career, Aaron hit .305/.374/.555 (155 OPS+) with 624 doubles, 755 home runs, 2,297 RBI, 2,174 runs, 3,771 hits and 240 stolen bases. He retired as the all-time home run leader and held the record for decades. He’s still the all-time leader in RBI and total bases. He also holds the record for the most All-Star games at 25 and the most seasons as an All-Star at 21 (for a stretch, MLB held two All-Star games per year).

The 1957 NL MVP, Aaron also won three Gold Gloves and two batting titles while leading the league in home runs four times, RBI four times, runs three times, hits twice, doubles four times, slugging four times and OPS three times. He won the World Series with the 1957 Braves and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first try in 1982.

The biggest moment most remember of Aaron’s career was surpassing Babe Ruth’s 714 career home runs on April 8, 1974. Here’s the great Vin Scully on the call:

Source: Hank Aaron, longtime baseball home-run king and Hall of Famer with Braves, dies at age 86 – CBSSports.com

Mark Madden on Mason Rudolph: ‘I bet he starts at quarterback for a year or two’ | TribLIVE.com

Our first “Madden Monday” podcast of 2021 looks at the Steelers of 2022. Could they really open up that season with Mason Rudolph at quarterback?

In the wake of Sunday’s performance against the Cleveland Browns, Mark Madden seems to think so.

Madden isn’t saying that’s what he’d do. But he’s getting the sense that’s what the Steelers will do.

“I thought he did OK,” Madden said of Rudolph’s 315-yard performance Sunday. “I won’t go any better than OK. But when I consider the way the Steelers do things, I bet he starts at quarterback for a year or two.”

Madden is making that prediction based on tendencies of what he seems to think will be typical Steelers behavior.

“They aren’t going to go after a quarterback which is what I would do. Like a Sam Darnold (New York Jets) or somebody (else) that didn’t cut it after being a high draft pick. So since they won’t do that, they are going to draft a guy. They haven’t drafted him yet. So whoever they do draft, whether it’s next year or the year after — whenever Ben Roethlisberger retires — I bet Rudolph has to start for a year or two.”

Not that Madden is optimistic about that scenario.

“I don’t think (Rudolph) will do very well when he does start. But I think that is how it will work out.”

Source: Mark Madden on Mason Rudolph: ‘I bet he starts at quarterback for a year or two’ | TribLIVE.com

Steelers announce resting starters not traveling to Cleveland

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that the starters who are sitting out this week to rest ahead of the playoffs did not travel with the team. This means quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, defensive lineman Cam Heyward, center Maurkice Pouncey and linebacker T.J. Watt will stay back in Pittsburgh while the rest of the team heads to Cleveland to try to knock the Browns out of playoff contention.

In addition, Pittsburgh also announced that kicker Chris Boswell and safety Terrell Edmunds are staying in Pittsburgh while they deal with injuries. Matthew Wright will handle the kicking duties this week and in Edmunds’ place, look for some combination of Jordan Dangerfield and Marcus Allen.

There was no mention of cornerback Joe Haden not traveling with the team but Haden, along with tight end Eric Ebron and linebacker Cassius Marsh were all placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Source: Steelers announce resting starters not traveling to Cleveland

Steelers vs. Colts score: Pittsburgh rallies from 17 points down to win the AFC North crown  28 – 24 – CBSSports.com

The Steelers win the AFC North while also ending their three-game losing streak

Down 24-7, three Ben Roethlisberger touchdown passes in less than 11 minutes propelled the Pittsburgh Steelers to a come-from-behind, 28-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. With the win, the Steelers ended a three-game losing streak while clinching their first AFC North division title since 2017. The Colts, who came to Pittsburgh with a three-game winning streak, are 10-5 entering the final week of the regular season.

Two Jonathan Taylor touchdown runs, along with Phillip Rivers’ 42-yard touchdown pass to Zach Pascal, had given the Colts a 21-7 halftime lead. But after falling behind 24-7, Big Ben and the Steelers’ offense woke up, as Roethlisberger hit Diontae Johnson (39 yards), Eric Ebron (five yards) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (25 yards) to take a four-point lead with 7:38 to play. Rivers, who threw an interception on the Colts’ ensuing possession, managed to get Indianapolis to the Steelers’ 33-yard-line on their final possession before firing three straight incomplete pass.

Source: Steelers vs. Colts score: Pittsburgh rallies from 17 points down to win the AFC North crown – CBSSports.com

Pittsburgh Steelers Drop 3rd Consecutive Game After 27 – 17 Loss To Cincinnati Bengals On Monday Night

CINCINNATI (AP) — Giovani Bernard scored two first-half touchdowns after turnovers and the Cincinnati Bengals held on to stun the badly slumping Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 on Monday night.

The Bengals (3-10-1) led 17-0 at halftime and survived a rally by the Steelers, who lost their third straight after 11 consecutive wins to start the season. Pittsburgh didn’t get a first down until more than halfway through the second quarter.

Cincinnati snapped a streak of 11 straight losses to Pittsburgh in the most unlikely fashion, with Ryan Finley at quarterback. The second-year player, starting in place of injured No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow, completed seven passes for 89 yards, but his 23-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter all but sealed it for the Bengals.

It was the second huge upset of this NFL weekend. Pittsburgh was a 14-point favorite, and the Los Angeles Rams were favored by 17 before losing to the previously winless New York Jets on Sunday. It was the first time since the 1970s that two teams favored by 14 points or more lost on the same weekend.

Three weeks ago, the Steelers were on track for the top overall seed in the AFC, but now they could end up a wild card. Pittsburgh has tough matchups remaining against Indianapolis (10-4) and Cleveland (10-4), which trails the Steelers by one game in the AFC North.

Source: Pittsburgh Steelers Drop 3rd Consecutive Game After Loss To Cincinnati Bengals

Steelers list Ben Roethlisberger as questionable for Monday – ProFootballTalk

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was out of practice for the third straight day on Saturday and his status for Monday’s game against the Washington Football Team is uncertain. The Steelers listed Roethlisberger as questionable to play. Roethlisberger was listed as out of Thursday’s estimated practice for non-injury reasons, but a knee issue has been added [more]

Source: Steelers list Ben Roethlisberger as questionable for Monday – ProFootballTalk

PHOTOS: Steelers Defeat Baltimore Ravens; Remain Undefeated – Pittsburgh Current

By Jake Mysliwczyk
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After two coronavirus-related postponements that started on Thanksgiving night, the Pittsburgh Steelers remained undefeated at 11-0 after beating the Baltimore Ravens 19-14 at Heinz Field on Wednesday, December 2.

This rare Wednesday afternoon game was previously scheduled for Thanksgiving night and was rescheduled three times due to multiple members of the Ravens testing positive for COVID-19 over the course of a week.

The game wasn’t a showcase for either team. The Ravens, however, had an excuse for sloppy, uneven play without several key members, including Quarterback Lamar Jackson. And while the Steelers were without running back James Connor, the running game wasn’t Pittsburgh’s only issue. The receiving corps dropped passes that should have added to the Steelers lead. The defense held its own, however,  intercepting Baltimore’s quarterback Robert Griffin III early in the first quarter for a touchdown and recovered a fumble.

The Steelers now only have five days to prepare for its next game against the Washington Football Team, a 5:00 p.m Monday Night Football matchup at Heinz Field on December 7, 2020.

Source: PHOTOS: Steelers Defeat Baltimore Ravens; Remain Undefeated – Pittsburgh Current

WWE’s Pat Patterson dies at 79 | TribLIVE.com

WWE legend and Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has died, according to the wrestling company.

Patterson was 79.

Born Pierre Clermont, he was the first WWE Intercontinental Champion and thought to be the first openly gay wrestling star, which he detailed in his 2016 book, “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE.”

Patterson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. After retiring as an active wrestler in 1984, he worked behind the scenes in WWE and was credited with originating the Royal Rumble, one of the company’s signature events.

Source: WWE’s Pat Patterson dies at 79 | TribLIVE.com

Steelers-Ravens Tuesday Night Game Postponed Again | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

The Steelers-Ravens game originally scheduled for Thanksgiving has been moved yet again.

The game originally was rescheduled to Sunday at Heinz Field, and then it was pushed back to Tuesday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora both tweeted that the game now is scheduled for Wednesday.

If the game is played Wednesday, it’s likely the Steelers’ game Sunday against the Washington Football Team would have to be moved. The Steelers would be playing the game on just three days’ rest; Washington, which defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, would be playing after a 10-day hiatus.

Source: Steelers-Ravens Tuesday Night Game Postponed Again | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Steelers practice canceled as team awaits NFL decision on game Sunday vs. Ravens | TribLIVE.com

Coach Mike Tomlin canceled practice for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday as the team awaits a decision from the NFL on whether the game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens will be played.

The game is in danger of being postponed for a second time because of the coronavirus outbreak in the Ravens locker room.

Source: Steelers practice canceled as team awaits NFL decision on game Sunday vs. Ravens | TribLIVE.com

Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving game postponed to Sunday at 1:15 p.m. on Channel 11 after COVID-19 cases

The Steelers-Ravens game that was set to air on Channel 11 on Thanksgiving has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Baltimore players and staff.

Source: Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving game postponed to Sunday at 1:15 p.m. on Channel 11 after COVID-19 cases

Steelers roll to 10-0, but they aren’t thinking about perfection | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After dispatching of another rookie quarterback and taking care of business the way they should against the NFL’s lower echelon, the Steelers insist they are not ready to even begin thinking about a perfect season. Nor should they.

Maybe it will become more of a reality if they manage to beat the suddenly slumping Baltimore Ravens a second time on Thanksgiving night at Heinz Field. And it might start dancing in their head if they get past the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills two weeks later.

For now, they are managing to get away with less-than-perfect performances, which was the case Sunday when the Steelers scratched out three touchdowns and a pair of Chris Boswell field goals against the AFC’s worst scoring defense in a 27-3 victory against the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars.

“We don’t anticipate rolling out of tunnels and people laying down for us,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We step out of tunnels expecting a 60-minute fight every week.”

Source: Steelers roll to 10-0, but they aren’t thinking about perfection | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers vs. Bengals score: Ben Roethlisberger’s four touchdowns propel Pittsburgh to 9-0 start – CBSSports.com

The Steelers are still undefeated after routing their division rivals in Week 10

The Steelers became the 21st team in the Super Bowl era to start 9-0 after posting a 36-10 win over the visiting Bengals on Sunday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 333 yards with four touchdown passes, propelling Pittsburgh to its 11th straight win over Cincinnati (2-6-1).

Roethlisberger’s touchdown total on Sunday was his highest in a game since he had five touchdown passes in Pittsburgh’s win over Carolina in Week 10 of the 2018 season. For his career, Roethlisberger is 26-7 against the Bengals and 22-2 against rookie quarterbacks. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked four times while recording his third lowest passing output of the season. Two of those sacks were by T.J. Watt, who led a Steelers’ defense that held the Bengals to an 0-of-13 mark on third down.

Down 12-0 in the first quarter, the Bengals found pay dirt after Burrow hit fellow rookie Tee Higgins on a two-yard pass on fourth-and-goal. Pittsburgh responded with consecutive scoring drives that included Roethlisberger’s eight-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger threw for 243 yards in the first half, while Diontae Johnson caught six passes for 116 yards in the first half, including his 12-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

Source: Steelers vs. Bengals score: Ben Roethlisberger’s four touchdowns propel Pittsburgh to 9-0 start – CBSSports.com