Tag: Athlete injuries

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Steelers LB Spence finally back on the field

In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence (51) is tended to by trainers after he was injured in the fourth quarter of their NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File) by Will GracesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sean Spence had to look. He didn’t really have a choice if he wanted to move forward with the kind of healing that can’t be addressed with a brace or a wad of tape. Handed a photograph of the moment that changed his career and his life, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker tried not to get nauseous. He nearly failed.

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Why I’m saying goodbye to football

by Roxanne Jones (CNN) — I fell in love on a Monday night. Now, many may say a teenage girl can’t know about such things. But that night as I watched Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett roll downfield 99 yards for a touchdown, I fell head-over-heals in love with the NFL. It was January 3, 1983 — Monday Night Football, Dallas vs. Minnesota. I’d never seen anything so inspiring. Dorsett was so free, so graceful and so powerful to me. He was focused and determined. Watching him break free of his competitors, those who wanted to bring him down and stop him from reaching his goal, I was in awe. And I knew then that his run capsulized all that I wanted to accomplish in my life.

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Crosby, Fleury lead Penguins past Sabres 4-1

Andrew McCutchen, left front row, Garrett Jones, second from right front row, and Tony Sanchez, second from left, back row, watch an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The Pirates face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL division series on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Dan Scifo Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins have topped the NHL in scoring. They’ve come up short in the playoffs both times, eliminated with a pair of disappointing early exits. The Penguins are playing better defense so far this season, and embattled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is leading the way.

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NY school team calls it quits after football death

In this Sept. 20, 2013 photo, West Seneca East High School football players kneel during a moment of silence for Westfield-Brocton’s Damon Janes before a football game at Iroquois High School in Elma, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Charles Lewis) by Carolyn ThompsonAssociated Press Writer BROCTON, N.Y. (AP) — It was a question with no right answer that tugged heavy at the hearts of Damon Janes’ teammates when the 16-year-old died after a hit in a high school football game: Should the season go on?

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Foot healed, Steelers RB Bell ready to get going

In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) leans for more yardage as he is hit by Washington Redskins linebacker Darryl Tapp (54) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Landover, Md. Bell’s bumpy start to his NFL career is starting to smooth itself out. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Le’Veon Bell believes he’s a quick healer. Of course, he’d like to stop having to prove it. The rookie running back will make his long awaited debut Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to London to face the Minnesota Vikings. Bell hasn’t played since spraining his right foot two carries into a preseason game against Washington last month. Originally told he would be out eight weeks, Bell plans to be ready in six. He practiced on Wednesday and barring a late setback will be available as the Steelers try to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1986. While Pittsburgh’s problems go far deeper than the running game – which happens to be 31st in the league – his teammates are anxious to get a look at the second-round pick on the field instead of on the sideline in street clothes.

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Former heavyweight champion Norton dies

In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File) by Tim DahlbergAP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — One point on one card, a couple of points on some others. Ken Norton fought the greats, but the decisions he needed to be great never seemed to go his way. He busted Muhammad Ali’s jaw to hand him only his second defeat. But he lost two narrow decisions to Ali the next two times they’d meet, including their final 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium. And after he lost by just one point to Larry Holmes in their 1978 heavyweight title fight, Norton’s career was all but over. “Kenny was a good, good fighter. He beat a lot of guys,” said Ed Schuyler Jr., who covered many of Norton’s fights for The Associated Press. “He gave Ali fits because Ali let him fight coming forward instead of making him back up.”

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Bengals drop Steelers to 0-2 with 20-10 victory

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) scores a touchdown on a 27-yard pass reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) by Joe KayAP Sports WriterCINCINNATI (AP) — Running back Giovani Bernard slipped through the line, caught Andy Dalton’s short pass, then turned and saw something shocking. One of the NFL’s top defenses had given him a big opening.

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Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya admits himself to rehab

In this Dec. 9, 2011, file photo, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya watches during the the weigh-in for a fight between Amir Kahn and Lamont Peterson in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Oscar De La Hoya has admitted himself to a treatment facility as he continues to fight his substance abuse.

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Williams sisters start US Open with lopsided wins

Serena Williams, of the United States, pumps her fist after winning a point against Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) by Howard FendrichAP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A decade or so ago, Serena and Venus Williams ruled tennis together, swapping the No. 1 ranking and meeting in Grand Slam final after Grand Slam final. Serena, the younger of the two, still holds a spot at the top of the game. Venus has not been there for quite some time.