Le’Veon Bell not expected to report to Pittsburgh Steelers this week

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expecting running back Le’Veon Bell to return to the team this week, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Steelers are on their bye this week and the players are off Thursday through Sunday. Bell could next report Monday, Oct. 22. Although Le’Veon Bell has been planning to report to the Steelers in time to be ready for their Oct. 28 game against the Browns, team officials and players have not heard anything from the star running back, sources told ESPN. Steelers running back Le’Veon…

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Mike Matheson of Florida Panthers suspended 2 games for injuring Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson

7:35 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson has been suspended for two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for “intentionally and dangerously” slamming Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Elias Pettersson to the ice in Saturday’s game. The suspension comes after Vancouver announced that Pettersson, a 19-year-old considered one of the favorites for the Calder Trophy this season, will miss seven to 10 days with a concussion. The NHL takes injuries into account when deciding on supplemental discipline. Matheson, who wasn’t penalized for the incident during the…

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Golden State Warriors say celebrating Ring Night in October is weird

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors are ready to celebrate yet another Ring Night on Tuesday as they open up the regular season against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but All-Star guard Stephen Curry acknowledges that the ring celebration is unlike anything the team does all season. “The ring ceremony is honestly the weirdest night of the year,” Curry said recently. “You’re celebrating something that happened four months ago and then you got to appreciate the moment, see the banner fall, feel the energy from the crowd, then you got…

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De Jongh update: DS found unconscious but not seriously injured

Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Steven De Jongh has not suffered serious injury, despite being found unconscious late on Monday afternoon after crashing on his bike, an update from his team said. Related Articles De Jongh was reported missing by his wife, Renée, after not returning from a training ride from their home in Girona, Spain, but was later found by Catalan police after an extensive search, which included members of the public trying to locate him via his Strava training app after his wife had put out an appeal for help…

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks, Trail Blazers owner, dies at 65

10:09 PM ET Brady HendersonESPN Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, has died from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his family announced. He was 65. Allen had announced earlier this month that the disease, which he had been treated for in 2009, had returned. Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, wrote in a statement: “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother…

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Will Golden State Warriors get alternate ending to Kevin Durant sequel?

Kevin Durant will stand on the floor at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night and watch another banner lifted into the rafters and wait for another ring to be presented to him, this time with the slight discomfort of his former team in the building on the same night. The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder share a strange, awkward bond, with it less a rivalry and more sympathetic schadenfreude. Durant left the Thunder to join the Warriors, a seismic moment in NBA history, altering the trajectory of one franchise,…

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Red Sox ace Chris Sale leaves hospital after stomach illness

Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale was released from a Boston-area hospital Monday morning and will rejoin the team Tuesday after dealing with a stomach illness, the team announced. Sale was admitted Sunday afternoon to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he stayed for overnight observation. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said following Sunday night’s 7-5 American League Championship Series win over the Houston Astros that he expected the pitcher to still meet the team in Houston this week. After the Red Sox and Astros split the first two games of the…

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New York Knicks decline to sign Kristaps Porzingis to rookie extension before deadline

The New York Knicks decided against signing Kristaps Porzingis to a rookie extension prior to Monday’s deadline — a move that will give New York an extra $10 million in cap space in the summer of 2019 and will make Porzingis a restricted free agent in the offseason. The Knicks plan to pursue top free agents next summer, when a class that includes Golden State forward Kevin Durant, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving and Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler is expected to test free…

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Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers agree on multiyear extension

11:23 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Center-forward Larry Nance Jr. has signed a multiyear extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced. The Cavs did not disclose terms of the deal, but sources told ESPN that Nance’s deal is for four years and worth $44.8 million. Nance’s extension gives Cleveland some flexibility in later years, descending annually from $12.7 million to $11.7 million to $10.6 million to $9.6 million in 2022-23, sources say, in a deal structured similarly to Kevin Love‘s contract. The Cavaliers could have significant space when the cap…

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Johnny Miller retiring after 3 decades at NBC Sports

Johnny Miller is retiring after three decades of calling the shots the way he sees them. Miller said Monday he will make his last call from the Phoenix Open the first weekend in February, ending a career as the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports that made him as famous as the 63 he shot at Oakmont to win the 1973 U.S. Open or his flag-seeking style that carried him to 25 PGA Tour victories and a place in the Hall of Fame. Miller said his 24th grandchild was born…

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