ESPN: Ben Roethlisberger expects this season to be his final with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger privately shared with former teammates and some within the organization that he expects this to be his final season as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, league sources told ESPN. Roethlisberger hasn’t and probably won’t have made such public announcements as he doesn’t want the latter part of the season to be about him as Pittsburgh is trying to make a playoff push, according to Adam Schefter. However, sources said he and the organization’s staff are now acting as if he were entering the final five games of his Hall of Fame career. Roethlisberger is in the final year of his contract. He is 39 years old and will be 40 in March. Roethlisberger has been the Steelers’ quarterback for 18 seasons. Schefter has not specified whether Roethlisberger is retiring or looking for a new place.
Watt removed from the COVID-19 list
The Pittsburgh Steelers have removed star linebacker TJ Watt from the COVID-19 list and given their battered defense a boost ahead of AFC North-leading Baltimore’s visit on Sunday. Pittsburgh placed Watt on the list on Monday, a day after a 41:10 loss to Cincinnati left the Steelers at 5-5-1. He did not train during the week and stayed away from the team’s facility as part of the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Watts 12½ sacks are second in the league, and his presence should help Pittsburgh as they try to keep Raven quarterback Lamar Jackson at bay … The Seattle Seahawks brought on training team running back Adrian Peterson for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers , the team announced … Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey, one of the NFL’s most formidable pass-rushers during the 1970s at the Atlanta Falcons but long overlooked by most losing teams, died unexpectedly on Friday at the age of 77 in Memphis. Tenn. Humphrey also reached the Super Bowl in 1981 with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2014 he was accepted into the hall.
Four hornets in COVID logs
Four Charlotte Hornets players, including last year’s Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball and former Celtic Guardian Terry Rozier, were inducted into the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Saturday, an indicator they tested positive for the coronavirus. Along with Ball and Rozier, center Mason Plumlee and striker Jalen McDaniels will be out for at least 10 days, or until they register two negative tests within 24 hours according to league rules. Aside from further positive tests, the Hornets would meet the NBA’s minimum requirements of eight players to play their next scheduled game on Sunday night in Atlanta. The news from the Hornets comes as the league and National Basketball Players Association urge players, coaches and staff to get booster shots … Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic missed Saturday night’s game against Memphis, the second straight night, with what the team says is left ankle pain. Coach Jason Kidd said the pain was a result of the left ankle sprain Doncic missed for three games last month.
UMass men beat Harvard
Noah Fernandes had 24 points as the host’s UMass men (6-3) won their fifth home game in a row, leading the Harvard 87-77. TJ Weeks Jr. added 21 points to the Minutemen. Fernandes hit 6 of 9 3-pointers. He added 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Weeks Jr. also had 8 rebounds. Chris Ledlum had 20 points for the Crimson (5-4). Noah Kirkwood added 16 points and 6 assists. Luka Sakota had 15 points … Javante McCoy had a season high of 27 points when the hosts’ Boston University narrowly defeated Binghamton 68-63. Sukhmail Mathon had 16 points and 8 rebounds for the Terriers (7-3). Jonas Harper added 6 rebounds. Fletcher Tynen had 8 rebounds. Hakon Hjalmarsson had 18 points for the Bearcats (2-5). Tyler Bertram added 14 points. Dan Petcash had 11 points.
NU women gather at Cornell
Senior striker Chloe Aurard scored one goal and two assists, and the Northeastern women scored the last three goals of the game to take a 4-2 win over Cornell at Matthews Arena on Saturday afternoon … scored at 2:18 overtime to give the Boston College women a 2-1 win over hosts Maine… Senior striker Mackenna Parker had a goal and an assist to help Boston University with a 4-1 win over Merrimack’s women over the weekend winning a Walter Brown Arena … Kyra Willoughby scored 19 seconds in extra time to lead the Harvard women to a 4-3 win over the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Cambridge.
Shiffrin is 38th in the downhill
Two-time Olympic and three-time overall ski champion Mikaela Shiffrin finished 38th, one day after finishing 26th on her first descents in almost two full years. She was the 31st rider to compete in both downhill runs in Lake Louise, Alberta, where she celebrated her first World Cup victory in 2017. Sofia Goggia won by a large margin for the second day in a row, extending her streak of success in the discipline to six in a row, while establishing herself as the big favorite to defend her Olympic gold medal in Beijing in two months… The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won a men’s ski world cup race in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with an aggressive run for his second win in as many days. It is further proof that the 2019-20 overall World Cup winner is returning to top form after a cruciate ligament rupture less than a year ago – and with the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing only two months away … The five-time Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud from Norway is returning after one Torn cruciate ligament in his knee being examined after his fall at a men’s Super G World Cup. It was too early to say if surgery was needed. Jansrud will return with the team on Monday … Kaillie Humphries won a women’s monobob race in Altenberg, Germany, less than 48 hours after completing a 12,000 mile round trip from Germany to the United States and the process of obtaining it who had completed citizenship. It was the 44th international victory of her career on different racetracks and at different levels, as well as her 12th as a member of the US bobsleigh team – and her first as an American citizen … Kristers Aparjods was the first Latvian to win a men’s World Cup luge Race, rally in the second round for victory on the track built for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia … The American Erin Jackson lost a 500-meter women’s World Cup speed skating race for the second time this season and was reluctant to after thinking it was wrong in the beginning. Poland’s Andzelika Wojcik won the Utah Olympic Oval at Kearns in 36.775 seconds. Jackson finished sixth in 37,029. In the men’s category, American Joey Mantia won the 1,500 with a personal best of 1 minute 41.154 seconds. He missed his goal of skating under 1:41. Miho Takagi from Japan won the women in 1: 11.834. Jutta Leedram from the Netherlands came in second with 1: 12.254. Third place went to the American Brittany Bowe.
Trainers swap places
Luchi Gonzalez was hired as assistant coach by Gregg Berhalter in the US men’s national team and switched to Nico Estévez. Gonzalez, 41, was fired from Dallas’ Major League Soccer team on September 19, having recorded six league wins, eleven losses and nine draws that season. Estévez, Berhalter’s assistant since 2019, was signed on Thursday as head coach of Dallas … Defending champions Manchester City were at the top of the English Premier League for the first time this season after a sovereign 3-1 win at Watford. Bernardo Silva scored two goals as City took full advantage of Chelsea’s defeat earlier in the day to take first place in a tight three-way title race. City are one point ahead of Liverpool and two ahead of Chelsea after winning the last five league games… Callum Wilson scored late in the first half and hosts Newcastle beat Burnley 1-0 for their first win in the English Premier League. Newcastle ended a 14-game run without a win… Malmö defended their Swedish championship with a 0-0 draw against Halmstad in the finals in Stockholm. The point was enough to ensure that Malmö won their 22nd league title because of the goal difference in front of Stockholm club AIK. At the final whistle, the fans stormed the square to celebrate.
Grand Slam champion Darlene Hard dead at 85
Darlene Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles and 18 major doubles in a tennis career in the Hall of Fame, has died. She was 85.