Ben Roethlisberger listed with pec injury heading into Week 3 vs. Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers have several injuries on defense as well, including T.J. Watt, Joe Haden, Devin Bush and Alex Highsmith.

Source: Ben Roethlisberger listed with pec injury heading into Week 3 vs. Bengals

Steelers Lose to Raiders 26 -17 and LB T.J. Watt questionable to return with groin injury

Injury issues continue for the Steelers.The injuries are really starting to pile up for the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Going into the game the team was already without defensive linemen Carlos Davis and Stephon Tuitt along with linebacker Devin Bush and cornerback Joe Haden. In game the Steelers lost nose tackle Tyson Alualu and now star outside linebacker T.J. Watt is questionable to return with a groin injury.

Source: Steelers LB T.J. Watt questionable to return with groin injury

Ready or not, Steelers will unveil new-look offense in season opener against Bills

Ben Roethlisberger answered each time in the affirmative when asked this week whether he was nervous or excited about what awaits the Pittsburgh Steelers offense Sunday in Buffalo. Matt Canada, on the other hand, called it just another day at the office.

No matter the perspective of a veteran quarterback heading into his 18th season or an offensive coordinator calling plays for the first time at the NFL level, the Steelers won’t have to wait much longer to see whether the fruits of their offseason work will be fulfilled in a new-look offense that will be unveiled in the season opener.

“Anxious, excited, nervous,” Roethlisberger said. “We hold ourselves to high expectations and high standards. So, I think, as players, you have to (be that way). I’m sure the coaches are a little nervous and anxious, too.”

If Canada has any trepidation about the offense he will put on display before a full house at Highmark Stadium, he didn’t show it outwardly this week.

“Excited to watch our guys play,” was all Canada would allow regarding his emotions. “Like any first game of the season, it’s exciting to let your guys go play, kind of see where you’re really at going against somebody full speed.”

Source: Ready or not, Steelers will unveil new-look offense in season opener against Bills

Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest male grand slam quarter-finalist in 31 years | US Open Tennis 2021 | The Guardian

  • Spaniard is youngest man to reach US Open quarters since 1963
  • Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp also into last eight

Carlos Alcaraz has become the youngest male quarter-finalist at the US Open since 1963.

The 18-year-old from Spain reached the final eight at Flushing Meadows by beating qualifier Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 on Sunday. Alcaraz also becomes the youngest men’s quarter-finalist at any grand slam tournament since Michael Chang, who was also 18 when he reached the last eight at the 1990 French Open.

Source: Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest male grand slam quarter-finalist in 31 years | US Open Tennis 2021 | The Guardian

Los Angeles Dodgers selected as ‘most hated’ baseball team in America

The Los Angeles Dodgers are now the “most hated” team in Major League Baseball, according to a sports betting website.

BetOnline examined some 100,000 tweets over the course of a month and the “Boys in Blue,” struck out amongst baseball fans in nine states including Arizona and Colorado. This comes as no surprise to those who have taken a trip to Phoenix to root for the Dodgers as the Arizona crowds frequently roar with “Beat LA,” chants.

Going into the 2021 season, the Yankees and Dodgers were predicted to meet in the World Series, but despite all the star power, both teams have dealt with injuries. Los Angeles has had to revamp its pitching rotation, including the additions of Max Scherzer and Cole Hamels, amid sexual assault allegations against Trevor Bauer. He remains on administrative leave and hasn’t taken the mound since late June.

Source: Los Angeles Dodgers selected as ‘most hated’ baseball team in America

Final Score: Panthers route the Steelers 34-9 in preseason finale – Behind the Steel Curtain

The Pittsburgh Steelers lose in the 2021 preseason for the first time, this a 34-9 defeat to the Carolina Panthers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers locked horns in the final preseason game of the NFL Preseason in Charlotte, NC, and the Steelers were trying to remain perfect in this 2021 preseason.

With a lot of starters not seeing action, it was Dwayne Haskins and the Pittsburgh offense taking the field for the opening kickoff. However, a three-and-out sent Jordan Berry on the field for the first punt of the game.

Sam Darnold took over for the Carolina Panthers, and put together an impressive, and time consuming drive. Starting at their own 20-yard line, the Panthers worked their way deep into Pittsburgh territory, but failed on 4th down and turned the ball over on downs with nothing to show for their 13 play, 7:01 drive.

The Steelers’ offense remained inept with Haskins at the helm, and resulted in another three-and-out on their second possession. Pressley Harvin delivered a 48-yard punt, putting the Carolina back in their own territory for their second drive of the first quarter.

Source: Final Score: Panthers route the Steelers 34-9 in preseason finale – Behind the Steel Curtain

NBC Tokyo Olympics ratings ‘faceplanted,’ finishes with smallest Summer Games audience in network history | Fox News

NBC’s primetime coverage of the Tokyo Olympics averaged 12.9 million primetime viewers. The total is the smallest audience for the Summer Games since the network began airing them in 1988, according to the Wall Street Journal.

NBC’s costly Tokyo Olympics dropped 49% of viewership compared to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and a staggering 58% compared to the 2012 London edition.

NBC HAS 33-YEAR LOW VIEWERSHIP FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY: ‘NOT A HAPPY’ BENCHMARK

Source: NBC Tokyo Olympics ratings ‘faceplanted,’ finishes with smallest Summer Games audience in network history | Fox News

Analysis: Which Steelers are rising and falling after first preseason game? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers beat the Cowboys 16-3 on Thursday night in the Hall of Fame Game. 


The Steelers have an off day Friday and then return to Heinz Field for open practices Saturday through Tuesday. Some veterans who are being brought along slowly due to injuries are expected to ramp up their practice participation before next Thursday’s game in Philadelphia. Right tackle Zach Banner, left guard Kevin Dotson and inside linebacker Devin Bush are some of the players who could be getting a bigger workload.

Source: Analysis: Which Steelers are rising and falling after first preseason game? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Saturday’s practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers held practice at Heinz Field for 2021 Training Camp on Saturday as the concluding even to Steelers Fest. Since the Steelers were back on the field, we were also given the typical media session from head coach Mike Tomlin. Therefore, it’s time to look at the players mentioned by Coach Tomlin during his media time. Remember these are current players where a specific question was asked during the Q&A period.

Pat Freiermuth & Alex Highsmith

“56 (Alex Highsmith) is a guy that has big-time urgency in his play; his motor runs hot. We’re just trying to develop that, and Pat… You partner those guys together to create that. That’s the iron-on-iron principle. There’s a rhyme and reason to a lot of the matchups and usually it’s about one man’s strength versus another element of the next man’s game that needs improvement. In the case of those two, we just like the finish of Alex, and so we’re going to pit Pat in those circumstances”


Ben Roethlisberger

During Saturday’s practice, it was reported Ben Roethlisberger made quick work of the two-minute drill as the Steelers weren’t forced to go the entire length of the field. Coach Tomlin was asked if he will make it more difficult on Roethlisberger the next time.

“No, we work on the short field sometimes because usually that puts you in a position where you gotta choose from a large number of plays down in here in the high red.

Najee Harris

As the Steelers are going through training camp, it appears there have been highs and lows when it comes to the running game as they have broken off some nice runs while having several negative ones as well. Coach Tomlin was asked if he was upset about the negative plays or if he was more impressed with what Najee Harris did.

“I don’t know that I was upset at all to be honest with you. It’s just ebbs, and flow associated with play this time of year.”


Zach Gentry

One player reportedly having quite a nice training camp coming off of injury is third-year tight end Zach Gentry. Coach Tomlin was asked if Gentry has an appetite for one-on-one drills. In his response, Coach Tomlin brought up Pat Freiermuth once again.

“He did. But, boy, we’re gonna put him in more circumstances. The tight end position is a unique one because of the challenges that they face week in and week out in the NFL. Some weeks they’re blocking outside linebackers, some weeks they’re blocking big men four-three ends. And so that’s why some tight ends look like Pat (Freiermuth) and some tight ends look like Zach. Zach is a guy that has a skillset and a body to match up with four-three people, and so he better distinguish himself in those circumstances.”

Melvin Ingram III

By the time to 2021 regular season rolls around, I hope that I don’t continue to call Melvin Ingram the improper “M” first name. Coach Tomlin was asked a similar question to what he’s been asked before in what stands out about Ingram. Of course, the answer was not all that different from when Coach Tomlin has discussed Ingram in the past.

“He knows how to play. He’s a veteran. You feel his veteran presence. You see the thoughtfulness in his skills relative to his position. He looks like a guy who’s done this for a while at this level.”

Source: 6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Saturday’s practice

Collin Morikawa makes history with Open win after dramatic final round – CNN

(CNN)Collin Morikawa won the Open golf tournament on Sunday, finishing two shots ahead of Jordan Spieth.

The 24-year-old came into the final day of the major a shot behind Louis Oosthuizen, but a run of three straight birdies on the back nine helped propel the American past the South African, who had topped the leaderboard over the tournament’s previous three days.
Morikawa produced some steady and brilliant golf at Royal St George’s in Kent, UK, to hold off the persistent challenges of Spieth, Oosthuizen and Jon Rahm and finish 15-under par on what was an enthralling day of golf at the famous major.
In his first appearance at the British major, Morikawa became the first man to win both the PGA Championship and the Open on his debut at the tournaments.
Just over two years ago, Morikawa was ranked 1,039th in the world having finished tied for 14th at the RBC Canadian Open in June 2019. Now he is a two-time major winner.
Afterwards, Morikawa said he’s not done winning majors yet.

Source: Collin Morikawa makes history with Open win after dramatic final round – CNN

Spectator who caused massive crash at Tour de France missing after fleeing the country – CBS News

A spectator at the Tour de France who caused a massive crash involving dozens of cyclists is missing as race authorities plan to sue her. Tour de France deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault told the AFP news agency they plan to sue the woman “so that the tiny minority of people who do this don’t spoil the show for everyone. ”

Video shows the woman, who held a long banner on the sidelines of the race, stick the banner out a little too far, causing German cyclist Tony Martin to bike right into it. Martin fell, setting off a domino effect for competitors as cyclists behind him also fell.

The sign was a hello message for the woman’s grandparents, CBS Sports reports. She appeared to hold the sign out so it was in the view of cameras – but it blocked part of the road.

Source: Spectator who caused massive crash at Tour de France missing after fleeing the country – CBS News

2021 U.S. Open leaderboard: Live coverage, golf scores today, Rory McIlroy score in Round 4 at Torrey Pines – CBSSports.com

Live scores, updates and highlights from the final round of the 121st U.S. Open


Source: 2021 U.S. Open leaderboard: Live coverage, golf scores today, Rory McIlroy score in Round 4 at Torrey Pines – CBSSports.com

Belmont Stakes 2021: Essential Quality win ends Triple Crown Season – Sports Illustrated

Essential Quality won the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of the Triple Crown for thoroughbred racing.

Brad Cox’s gray colt remained a 2-1 favorite leading into the race with Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Hot Rod Charlie being the second choice in the wagering at 7-2 over an hour before the race began.

This Triple Crown season has been dramatic and tumultuous thanks to another Bob Baffert drug scandal. His horse, Medina Spirit, won the Kentucky Derby, but then tested positive for the steroid betamethasone afterward, throwing the world of horse racing into turmoil. In a statement released by Baffert, he alleged that Medina Spirit’s positive drug test could be explained by an ointment used to treat dermatitis on the racehorse.

Source: Belmont Stakes 2021: Essential Quality win ends Triple Crown Season – Sports Illustrated

Dixon holds command on a rain-delayed Carb Day | RACER

Scott Dixon led an intense Carb Day practice for the 105th Indianapolis 500, which finally got underway after roughly a two-hour rain delay.

The pole-sitter for Sunday’s 200-lap race, Dixon put up the fastest speed on the timesheets at 228.323mph. There was such a comfort with the six-time IndyCar champion’s No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda that the team opted to pack it in with 45 minutes remaining.

Source: Dixon holds command on a rain-delayed Carb Day | RACER

Nancy Pelosi calls for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics in 2022 | One America News Network

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics in protest of China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority. During a House hearing on Tuesday, the Democrat said, “we cannot proceed as if nothing is wrong about the Olympics going to China.”

She went on to cite a number of countries that have called for action to move or boycott the Games because of human rights abuses. However, Pelosi’s strategy for combating China’s violations of human rights is preventing lawmakers from attending, but allowing athletes to continue to participate.

Source: Nancy Pelosi calls for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics in 2022 | One America News Network

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.

Source: JuJu Smith-Schuster returning to Pittsburgh Steelers

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.

Disclaimer

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

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