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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says Broncos questioning his injuries ‘makes no sense’ 01.20.16 at 8:11 am ET
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NBA: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hawks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Miami at Boston College, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UCF at South Florida, 6:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Baylor, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Florida State at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blues at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Wild at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Tottenham at Leicester, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


Ben Roethlisberger is at a loss to explain why some Broncos players don’t believe he was playing through a shoulder injury in Sunday’s playoff game.

During his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger said he was given a painkilling shot to allow him to play Sunday, the first time in his career he’s done that.

“Unbelievable, right? Makes no sense, but it is what it is,” Roethlisberger said of the doubters.

Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards in Pittsburgh’s 23-16 loss, after which some Broncos called the injury into question. Said linebacker Von Miller: “I read through the bluff.”

Roethlisberger said last week that he had a sprained AC joint and torn ligaments in his right shoulder, suffered during the postseason win over the Bengals. Now he’ll have the chance to heal up.

“From what I’ve been told, it won’t need surgery,” Roethlisberger said. “The ligaments will scar up and heal on their own. The only thing he could foresee … down the road some time going in and kind of cleaning out the arthritis and where the scarring is. I don’t foresee any surgeries on the shoulder anytime soon.”

— Pete Rose is headed to the Hall of Fame, but it’s not the one he really wants. The Reds announced Tuesday that they will retire Rose’s No. 14 and induct him into the team’s Hall of Fame.

“This is an honor, that you can’t just believe how you feel,” Rose said at a press conference, adding: “I haven’t given up on Cooperstown. I’m not the type who’s going to give up on anything. But this is fine, I’m happy. … I’m not going to sit here and say it’s the second-best thing, ’cause it’s not. … I’m from Cincinnati. This is the first big thing.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Steelers not pleased after Broncos CB Aqib Talib says Ben Roethlisberger was faking injury 01.19.16 at 8:07 am ET
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NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Predators, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Butler at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tulane at UConn, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Illinois at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tulsa at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Northwestern at Maryland, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Georgetown at Xavier, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: LSU at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Houston at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Loyola (Ill.) at Evansville, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Fresno State at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


Ben Roethlisberger was quick to share a description of his ailments last week, in the lead-up to Sunday’s playoff game against the Broncos. Denver cornerback Aqib Talib isn’t buying it.

After Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards in Pittsburgh’s loss, Talib questioned the QB’s assertion that he had a shoulder injury.

“Ben was healthy as hell,” Talib said (via “He didn’t fool anybody.”

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that comment did not sit well with Steelers players.

Roethlisberger, who injured the shoulder on a sack during the previous week’s game against the Bengals, took a pain-killing injection before warmups Sunday and showed noticeable discomfort after the game. Team sources told the Post-Gazette that Roethlisberger couldn’t even lift his arm Monday at the team’s practice facility.

It’s the second straight week an opposing player accused a Steeler of lying about an injury. Bengals cornerback Adam Jones claimed that wide receiver Antonio Brown winked at him after getting knocked out of their game following a hit to the head from Vontaze Burfict and was not really hurt.

Even after Brown was placed in the league’s concussion protocol, Jones doubted Brown’s injury. Only when Brown was ruled out of the Broncos game did Jones acknowledge he was mistaken.

— Oregon State basketball player Jarmal Reid apologized Monday after he was suspended four games by the school for tripping an official during Sunday’s 59-53 loss to Utah. The Pac-12 accepted Oregon State’s punishment and said it would not penalize Reid further.

“I’m well aware that my actions not only embarrassed my family, but also the university and the Oregon State basketball program,” Reid said in a statement. “I was not raised to act in that manner that was displayed on that play. I’m well aware that I made a mistake that has damaged my image. My actions are inexcusable and I am willing to accept any and all consequences that are to follow.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Appeals court convicts Oscar Pistorius of murder 12.03.15 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Kentucky at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL: Packers at Lions, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)


Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius has insisted he did not mean to kill his girlfriend, but an appeals court did not buy his excuses. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

— South African double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder Thursday in Johannesburg, as an appeals court overturned a lower court’s conviction on a lesser charge of culpable homicide in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder on the basis that he had fired the fatal shots with criminal intent,” Justice Lorimer Eric Eric Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal announced to the courtroom, saying the original ruling was “fundamentally flawed.”

The maximum punishment for murder in South Africa is 15 years, although a shorter sentence could be imposed.

Pistorius has been under house arrest since October after serving one year in prison. He had been sentenced to five years in prison.

Leach described the situation as “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”

“A young man overcomes huge physical disabilities to reach Olympian heights as an athlete,” Leach said. “In doing so he becomes an international celebrity. He meets a young woman of great natural beauty and a successful model. Romance blossoms and then ironically, on Valentine’s Day, all is destroyed when he takes her life.

While Pistorius has said he thought he was confronting an intruder when he fired shots through a bathroom door, Leach said Pistorius should have known someone could have been killed if he fired his gun.

“The identity of his victim is irrelevant to his guilt,” Leach said, terming Pistorius’ testimony about his actions “unacceptable” and “contradictory.”

A Pistorius spokesman said the defense is considering its options, which include the possibility of appealing to the country’s Constitutional Court.

— Three premier AFC quarterbacks are in different stages as they look to return to action. While Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger was cleared to play Sunday against the Colts, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck started throwing some passes for but could not say how close he is to game action, and Broncos star Peyton Manning said he’s nowhere close to being healthy.

Roethlisberger was in the NFL concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s game against the Seahawks a few plays after being hit in the head. He implied Tuesday that he did not have a concussion — something that coach Mike Tomlin questioned — and said Wednesday he’s been OK’d to play.

“I said I didn’t know the results [Tuesday], but I felt good because when I left the training room the trainers told me this looks good,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “Don’t see why this would be an issue. That’s why I said I didn’t have a concussion and would be ready to go.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ben Roethlisberger downplays head issue, but Steelers keep him in concussion protocol 12.02.15 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Oilers, 9:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Rangers at Islanders, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Pelicans at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pacers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Penn State at Boston College, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Butler at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Louisville at Michigan State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Syracuse, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona State at Creighton, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Florida State at Iowa, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Indiana at Duke, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Illinois, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Washington State, 11 p.m. (FS1)


— Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is trying to downplay his head issue, but coach Mike Tomlin apparently isn’t buying it, saying the QB will remain under the NFL-mandated concussion protocol this week.

“We will do what we always do with those guys,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “We will be very diligent about their care. We will lean on the expert advice of our medical team, who always does a great job. We will do what is appropriate at the end of the week, or whenever that decision-making time is.”

Roethlisberger said earlier in the day that he had a “traumatic ocular migraine” that forced him out of Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks in the fourth quarter, and that it cleared up after about 30 minutes.

Responded Tomlin: “I’m no doctor, and I’m not going to try to get into that. I give him credit for taking a bite out of that and trying to maybe explain the circumstance. I’m going to leave that up to the experts. What I will say is he has sustained what is described as a concussion, and he is in the protocol.”

Roethlisberger said he expects to practice Wednesday in preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Colts, but Tomlin wasn’t so sure.

“Even if they feel better they are going to remain in the protocol,” Tomlin said, referring to Roethlisberger and linebacker Ryan Shazier. “We are going to do our due diligence under the guidelines that have been prescribed in recent years.”

Meanwhile, the league and the NFLPA reportedly are looking into why Roethlisberger was not removed from the field when he was injured on a roughing-the-passer penalty. Roethlisberger stayed on the ground for a few seconds before being helped to his feet by his teammates, then remained in the game to complete the scoring drive — nine more plays — before self-reporting his head issue. The independent trainer serving as a spotter apparently never requested Roethlisberger be checked.

“It’s great that he self-reported,” an anonymous union official told ESPN, “but that’s the not the process we all signed up for.”

— Warriors interim coach Luke Walton was named Western Conference Coach of the Month, even though technically he has not won a single game.

Because Steve Kerr still is considered the team’s coach, Kerr gets credits for all of Walton’s wins despite being sidelined following back surgery.

Walton doesn’t seem to mind, as he continued to give credit to Kerr for the system he’s put in place.

“Steve’s done a lot for me,” Walton said. “It’s the least I can do to add a couple wins on his total for him with all he’s done for me.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez turns up at New York radio station, says Bud Selig ‘hates my guts’ 11.21.13 at 8:33 am ET
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NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Boston College vs. UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Northeastern vs. Georgetown, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. Kansas State, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama-Birmingham vs. New Mexico, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Long Beach State vs. Michigan, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia vs. Davidson, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida State at VCU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Hampshire at Marquette, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
NFL: Saints at Falcons, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Rutgers at Central Florida, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rice at Alabama-Birmingham, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College football: UNLV at Air Force, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘€¢ Alex Rodriguez made a scene and stormed out of Wednesday’s suspension hearing in New York, claiming to be irate that commissioner Bud Selig would not be forced to testify. And the show didn’t stop there.

Rodriguez then turned up in the studio of New York sports radio station WFAN with his attorney and did an on-air interview with Mike Francesa in which he described his reaction to the arbitrator’s ruling the Selig did not have to appear.

“I lost my mind. I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room,” Rodriguez said. “I probably overreacted, but it came from the heart.”

Even though Selig has never testified in a similar PED-related hearing, and MLB was represented by COO Rob Manfred, A-Rod and his legal team chose to make this the centerpiece of their claim that the hearing is tainted. And Rodriguez, who professed his innocence and claimed he is fighting for his family and the people who support him, said it’s personal.

“My only message to the commissioner is, I know you don’t like New York, but come to New York and face the music,” Rodriguez said of the soon-to-be-retired Selig. “He hates my guts, there’s no question about it. One hundred percent it’s personal, and I think this is about his legacy, and it’s about my legacy, and he’s trying to destroy me.”

Rodriguez also said he would not change anything about the way has handled his appeal of his 211-game suspension.

“I have no regrets,” he said. “I would do it again. It’s the system that’s wrong.”

‘€¢ With the Steelers having a surprisingly disappointing season, rumors are swirling that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants out after the season. Roethlisberger has denied the reports, and on Wednesday he took it a step further, implying that he’ll make financial concessions in an effort to return.

“You know what? Obviously, I will do whatever I need to do,” said Roethlisberger, who is scheduled to cost the Steelers $17.89 million toward their salary cap next season. “That’s something that can be discussed when the time comes. It’s not really my thing. I play football. I have people to deal with all that stuff. I will do whatever it takes to stay here and be a part of this team and help this team win.”

The Steelers, who went a combined 24-8 during the 2010 and ’11 seasons and have won two Super Bowls with Roethlisberger under center, are 4-6 this year after going 8-8 in 2012. Roethlisberger has two more years on his contract.

“I love being in Pittsburgh,” he said. “I am extremely happy.”

‘€¢ After being involved with the NFL for 43 years, Dan Dierdorf is ready to step away. The 64-year-old Hall of Fame offensive lineman announced Wednesday that he will retire from his analyst job with CBS after this season, as the physical demands of all the traveling is too much for his football-damaged body.

A six-time All-Pro with the Cardinals who played from 1971-83, Dierdorf moved to the broadcast booth right after his playing career ended and has been there for 30 years.

“I’ve just never done anything else in the fall other than be in an NFL stadium,” he said.

Dierdorf has two artificial knees, two artificial hips and back issues, which makes travel difficult. He said he might still work some games on a part-time basis, if there is no travel involved.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 21, 1992, with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers, which Bruin became the 20th goalie in NHL history to record 250 career victories?

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Report: Ben Roethlisberger restructures Steelers contract 02.28.13 at 1:31 pm ET
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Days after Tom Brady worked out a new contract with the Patriots that frees up cap room for the team, Ben Roethlisberger tweaked his deal with the Steelers, according to’s Albert Breer.

The Steelers are expected to save about $6 million with the new pact, which converts salary into bonus money. Unlike Brady, Roethlisberger did not add years or money to his deal.

Roethlisberger was slated to carry a salary-cap figure of $19.595 million in 2013.

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Former Patriots QB Brian Hoyer, ex-Jets WR Plaxico Burress work out for Steelers 11.20.12 at 1:35 pm ET
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The Steelers, desperate for help at quarterback and wide receiver following a series of injuries, worked out ex-Giants and Jets receiver Plaxico Burress and former Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday. Wide receiver Derrick Williams and quarterback Mike Kafka also attended the workout.

“We’re looking at these guys with the potential to sign at least one at each position,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “The men we will acquire will fortify our depth to win this football game” against the Browns on Sunday.

Byron Leftwich, who was filling in at quarterback for injured start Ben Roethlisberger, suffered two cracked ribs in Sunday night’s loss to the Ravens. Receiver Jerricho Cotchery sustained multiple rib fractures in the same game. And receiver Antonio Brown has missed the last two games with a high-ankle sprain and is not expected to play Sunday.

Roethlisberger, out with injuries to his shoulder and ribs, is not expected back soon, but Tomlin said he had additional tests Tuesday and, “We are encouraged with his status.”

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s rib injury could be life-threatening 11.14.12 at 2:54 pm ET
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Ben Roethlisberger‘€™s shoulder sprain might be the least of his worries.

The Steelers quarterback said Wednesday he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night’s win against the Chiefs. Roethlisberger sprained a joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern.

Roethlisberger said doctors are concerned his rib could cut into his aorta. Roethlisberger told an NFL Network reporter that he was experiencing pain at a 9 on a 1-10 scale.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette tweeted the injury could have killed Roethlisberger.

He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place.

Roethlisberger was having a great year, with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

There is no timetable for his return.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wants to play Sunday 12.30.11 at 9:20 am ET
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, still on the mend from a sprained ankle, said that he’ll do his best to be on the field Sunday in the team’s regular-season finale against the Browns.

“As long as I can deal with pain, I’ll be out there,” Roethlisberger said Thursday. “I don’t want to let the guys down, so I’ll do what I can to be out there.”

Pittsburgh has clinched a playoff berth and remains in the hunt for a division title and the No. 1  seed in the AFC (that would take losses by the Ravens and Patriots).

Roethlisberger missed last week’s game, a win over the Rams. Backup Charlie Batch started for the Steelers after Roethlisberger looked shaky a week earlier against the 49ers, a 20-3 loss in which Roethlisberger threw three interceptions.

Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he was “much more” confident in Roethlisberger after seeing him practice Thursday, but he doesn’t want to rush the QB back.

“I want him out there but not at the risk of injuring himself,” Arians said. “If he can’t move around and get out of the way, there’s no sense in getting him out there.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick most disliked NFL player in poll 11.08.11 at 7:32 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

No games scheduled


‘™¦ Michael Vick might be rebuilding his image after his prison stint, but in the eyes of many people he has a long way to go. Forbes magazine has results of a poll of the most disliked players in the NFL, and the Eagles quarterback ranked first, with 60 percent of respondents saying they disliked him. Women were especially disapproving of Vick, with 70 percent viewing him negatively.

Vick is followed by Jets receiver Plaxico Burress and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Two first-year Patriots are on the list. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth checks in at No. 4, with a 46 percent disapproval rating, and receiver Chad Ochocinco is sixth at 35 percent.

‘™¦ Michael Jordan‘s image has been taking quite a hit the past few days, as reports emerged that the Bobcats owner has been taking a hard line toward negotiations with NBA players. This despite that fact that when he played, he showed no sympathy toward owners who could not turn a profit. Onetime Celtic Stephon Marbury, asked on Twitter about Jordan, tweeted: Mike has never been with the real. Mike lives up there in the air up there. He can’t come down.

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 football/academic powerhouses, giving equal weight to the NCAA’s graduation success rate and Jeff Sagarin‘s computer rankings. Stanford is No. 1, followed by Notre Dame and TCU. Boston College, despite ranking near the top in GSR, is nowhere to be found on the list due to its on-field struggles.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named the 16th captain in Bruins history?

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