Steelers president expects Big Ben back in 2017

PITTSBURGH — Steelers president Art Rooney II said Tuesday that he expects Ben Roethlisberger to return for a 14th NFL season because of the quarterback’s desire to win a third Super Bowl. Rooney said he recently spoke to Roethlisberger, who told 93.7 The Fan last week that he’s evaluating his playing career. Roethlisberger’s hesitation is […]

Tiger's travail: young crop of stars complicates his task

AP 3:38 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 Jon Rahm, of Spain, holds the trophy after winning the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)(Photo: The Associated Press) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Small details from Torrey Pines paint a much larger picture of […]

Lacina Traore swaps Moscow for Gijon

Ivorian forward Lacina Traore is swapping the frigid cold of Moscow for the sunny sights of the Bay of Biscay, joining La Liga side Sporting Gijon on loan until the end of the season. Traore, 26, who is on Monaco’s books since a move from new-money Russians Anzhi Makhachkala in 2014, enlists with the relegation-threatening […]

Once again, the fourth quarter belongs to Isaiah Thomas

BOSTON — In the middle of Isaiah Thomas’ latest fourth-quarter outburst, the TNT broadcast cut to a shot of the Boston Celtics bench celebrating one of his baskets. Rookie Jaylen Brown turned toward the sideline camera and pointed at his wrist — a now-familiar sequence that reminds everyone that the fourth quarter belongs to Thomas. […]

Leverkusen signs Jamaican forward Leon Bailey from Genk

AP Published 4:18 a.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 | Updated 46 minutes ago Leverkusen players congratulate Jonathan Tah after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach at the BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday Jan. 28, 2017. (Marius Becker/dpa via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press) BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen used […]

Defending champion Vinci reaches 2nd round in St. Petersburg

AP Published 6:14 a.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago From left: tennis players Alize Cornet of France, Roberta Vinci of Italy, Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, Ana Konjuh of Croatia and Kristina Mladenovic of France, participants of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2017 tennis tournament, make a selfie photo together in Saint Peter […]

Falcons' Jones, Mack limited, to ramp up reps

HOUSTON — Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and center Alex Mack were limited at practice Monday, but they will see increased action as the week progresses toward Sunday’s Super Bowl LI matchup with the New England Patriots, coach Dan Quinn said. Jones continues to recover from a toe sprain, which he suffered in a […]

Sergio Garcia gives fan his wish after 206-day Twitter campaign

The Associated Press Published 8:39 a.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 | Updated 22 minutes ago Sergio Garcia celebrates a made putt at the 2016 Ryder Cup.(Photo: Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For more than 200 days, Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia was the subject of a relentless Twitter campaign from […]

LeBron throws down gauntlet: Barkley 'a hater'

DALLAS — After years of being fodder for Charles Barkley to comment on in his role as an analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” LeBron James has heard enough. “He’s a hater,” James told ESPN of Barkley following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 104-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. “What makes what he says credible? […]