Roethlisberger to wear armor in return to Steelers lineup
The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't taking any chances with their franchise quarterback's sprained right shoulder and dislocated rib.
Though the Steelers confirmed Ben Roethlisberger will return to the starting lineup on Sunday against San Diego after missing three weeks due to injury, Roethlisberger will take the field with a little extra protection.
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Roethlisberger will play with a custom-fit rib chest compression shirt and a layer of Kevlar-lined composite in his shoulder pads to help absorb hits to his clavicle and shoulder joints.
The padding, made by Unequal Technologies, has grown popular across the NFL. About a half-inch thick in Roethlisberger's shoulder pads, it's is similar to the gear the company puts in its chest protectors for baseball catchers. Roethlisberger said last week his shoulder pads had been "juiced up" by the team trainers.
The Bengals have signed kicker Josh Brown to fill in for the injured Mike Nugent, who hurt his right calf and didn't practice Wednesday. Brown played five seasons with Seattle and four with St. Louis. He kicked for the Jets in pre-season and was released on Aug. 27.
Adam "Pacman" Jones loves Cowboys owner Jerry Jones but not his team, which let him go after one season that was disappointing all-around and became a turning point for his troubled career. The 29-year-old cornerback has revived his career with Cincinnati, earning a regular role on defense and special teams. The Bengals (7-5) have won four in a row heading into their game against the Cowboys (6-6) on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
It will be Jones' first time playing against the Cowboys since they released him following a 2008 season that included a six-game suspension for getting into an alcohol-related scuffle with a bodyguard provided by the team.
Trail Blazers lay off three executives
The Portland Trail Blazers have laid off three longtime executives. The Blazers announced the layoffs on Thursday, about a month after Chris McGowan became the new team president.
Chief financial officer Gregg Olson had been with the Blazers for 10 years. Michele Daterman, who was the senior vice president of tickets and marketing, and Traci Reandeau, formerly the senior vice president of human resources, both had been with the team for some 18 years. Daterman helped develop Portland's "New Team, New Dream" slogan.
Lacrosse third in Dubai Ladies Masters
Shanshan Feng birdied five of her first nine holes Thursday to shoot a 7-under 65 and take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters. Feng, the highest-ranked player in the field, had three more birdies on the back nine at the Emirates Golf Club for a total of 13-under 131. Florentyna Parker, who shared the lead heading into the second round, shot a 74 to drop down the leaderboard.
Instead, Felicity Johnson (67) moved into second place, one stroke ahead of Caroline Masson (68), Kentuckian Cindy Lacrosse (69), Joanna Klatten (65) and Gwladys Nocera (68).
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship. The South African made four birdies in the first seven holes and added three more in a bogey-free round at Amata Spring Country Club to hold a one-shot advantage over Thitiphun Chuayprakong.
Golf officials are investigating a fight between two caddies near the practice chipping area at The Lakes before the first round of the Australian Open. PGA Tour of Australasia officials said Friday that Grant Buchanan and Matt Kelly had to be separated after coming to blows as their players prepared for the opening round. Buchanan is James Nitties' caddie, and Kelly works for Marc Leishman.
Larsen jersey brings big bucks
The uniform Don Larsen was wearing when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history has sold for $756,000. The former New York Yankees' right-hander achieved perfection in Game 5 of the 1956 Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The pinstriped uniform with No. 18 on the back received 22 bids in an online auction on Steinersports.com. The winning bidder was Pete Siegel, CEO of GottaHaveIt.com. His company has been building a collection of Yankees memorabilia that it plans to put on display.
Federer to cut back playing time
Roger Federer says he won't play as often in the next few years and hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 31-year-old Federer says this year was especially difficult because he had to play in the Davis Cup and the London Games. He says it took "a lot of sacrifice."
Federer says he needs to "take care of my schedule, of my body, of my mind" to be able to keep playing at a high level for a few more years and be in position to "hopefully play the Olympics" in Rio.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Hazard 72, Powell Co. 54: Hazard senior guard Brooke Sharpey racked up a triple double Thursday night against Powell County. She finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals.
Paris 57, Deming 44: Alexis Tye scored 33 of Paris' points while also grabbing eight steals and eight rebounds. Junior forward Taylor Enlow also had a big game for Paris with 24 rebounds.
Pendleton Co. 102, Augusta 89: Pendleton County and Augusta faced off in a high-scoring duel, with players for both teams scoring career highs. Augusta junior guard Brent Bach poured in 45, while Pendleton senior guard Mason Monroe scored 39.
Boston coach equals all-time win record
Boston College has a new athletics director and an even newer football coach, who was hired this week to replace the one that led the Eagles to a last-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The basketball team isn't doing much better.
And Jerry York just keeps winning.
With 924 career victories, the BC hockey coach is tied with Ron Mason atop college's all-time win list. York tied the longtime Michigan State coach by beating archrival Boston University last weekend, and he could break the record if the Eagles win in Providence on Friday night.
The last word
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper 50 Cent fell out publicly over boxing investments. 50 Cent was candid when discussing what a loss to someone like Manny Pacquiao would do to Mayweather. One loss, 50 Cent said, and Mayweather would probably never fight again.
"It's all confidence when it comes to Floyd, and his confidence wouldn't be there. He kind of hand picks who he fights instead of taking the tough fights."