Steelers “High” on their Backfield??



Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

Ross Township detective Brian Kohlhepp said traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Stafiej found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana according to police.

Bell, 22, was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.

Bell, Blount and the female passenger were arrested and released. All three are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail said Kohlhepp. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.

The Steelers play a preseason game in Philadelphia on Thursday. Bell and Blount, signed as a free agent in the offseason, were expected to see significant playing time in the main tuneup for starters before Pittsburgh’s Sept. 7 opener against Cleveland.

“We are aware of the reports and still gathering information,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. “We will have no further comment at this time.”

Bell set a franchise record for total yards by a rookie running back last season, smashing the mark set by Hall of Famer Franco Harris.

The second-round pick out of Michigan State ran for 860 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 399 yards despite missing the first three games of the season with a foot injury.

Pittsburgh plans to use Bell and Blount as a one-two punch, with the burly 27-year-old Blount expected to be featured heavily in short-yardage situations. The Steelers finished tied for 27th in the league with 1,383 yards rushing in 2013 on their way to an 8-8 record.

Durant on the Verge of Getting Paid…….$$$$$$$$$



When Kevin Durant withdrew from Team USA earlier this month, many speculated the reason was the gruesome leg injury suffered by Paul George during a national team intrasquad exhibition in Las Vegas. Others thought perhaps the Oklahoma City Thunder convinced their star to take a break. And Durant, for his part, said he just needed a rest.

But some reports stated that the real reason was a potential deal in the works between Durant and athletic outfitter Under Armour. While the true reason behind Durant’s decision may never be known, it looks like UA may have indeed offered KD a good reason to leave the team — or more accurately, nearly 300 million reasons.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported on Wednesday that Durant has an endorsement offer on the table from Under Armour worth between $265 and $285 million over 10 years. According to the report, the true value of the deal, should Durant sign, would not be known for some time as it includes incentives such as stock options and a community center built in Durant’s mother’s name.

Rovell reported that Durant and his representation, Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, have informed Nike of the deal. According to the report, Durant is currently under contract with Nike and the Swoosh has the right to match the offer.

According to Rovell, Nike’s latest offer to Durant would give the reigning NBA MVP “a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.” Additionally, Rovell reported, if Nike does not match the offer, Durant is free to sign with either party; however, if Nike does match it, Durant cannot legally choose Under Armour.

Durant has been with Nike since signing his first seven-year, $60 million deal with the company before ever playing a game in the NBA. Nike is a major sponsor of the US men’s basketball team, hence the belief that the Under Armour negotiations played a role in Durant leaving the team.

Durant, 25, has two more seasons remaining on his contract with the Thunder, and a deal with Baltimore-based UA will likely intensify speculation the native of the D.C./Maryland area may desire to play for the Washington Wizards when he’s a free agent.

Mariners Pitching is Awesome!!



The Mariners gave Hisashi Iwakuma an early lead and the pitcher took it from there.

Iwakuma struck out a season-high 11 batters in eight scoreless innings and Kyle Seager homered to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Mike Zunino was 0 for 17 before getting two hits and driving in two runs. The Mariners, who scored two runs in the first, have won 11 of their last 14.

“We had the lead early, which is big for me, for my pitching, because I’m all about pitching to contact,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter.

Iwakuma (12-6) was masterful while allowing four hits and no walks. Since July 1, the right-hander is 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA, 65 strikeouts and four walks in 72 innings over 10 starts.

“He was outstanding,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He commanded all of his pitches. He was in and out, up and down. Did a tremendous job for us.”

The Phillies, who have scored three runs or less 65 times this season, got just one batter to second base against Iwakuma. They have lost six of their last eight.

The Mariners needed three pitchers in the ninth to preserve the victory. The last of the trio, Fernando Rodney, came on with two outs and the tying run at the plate and struck out Cody Asche to record his 36th save in 39 opportunities.

“We have a strong belief in our bullpen, so I was able to watch the TV very calmly,” Iwakuma said.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (3-0, 2.20) makes his sixth start of the season when the teams wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. The 25-year-old is unbeaten in nine career starts, with his latest victory last Friday at Detroit when he allowed one run on five hits in six innings. Paxton will be facing the Phillies for the first time.

Serena #1 Seed in US Open

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NEW YORK (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight U.S. Open title.

The U.S. Tennis Association followed this week’s WTA rankings in announcing the seedings Wednesday.

French Open runner-up Simona Halep is seeded second after reaching a career-best ranking this month. She has never advanced past the fourth round at the U.S. Open.

Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova is seeded No. 3 with third-ranked Li Na out because of a knee injury. Agnieszka Radwanska moves up to No. 4.

Five-time major champ Maria Sharapova is seeded fifth, meaning there’s a chance she could face Williams in the quarterfinals. The runner-up the last two years, Victoria Azarenka, is seeded 16th after an injury-plagued season.

Venus Williams is seeded 19th.

The draw is Thursday, and the tournament starts Monday.

Cowboys Worth $3 Billion?

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NEW YORK — The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.

For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re valued at $3.2 billion; only Real Madrid at $3.4 billion is worth more among global franchises.

Dallas posted the NFL’s highest revenue, $560 million, and operating income, $246 million. That was far ahead of second-place New England, worth $2.6 billion and with $428 million in revenues, $147 million in operating income.

But the Patriots had the biggest increase since last year, up 44 percent in value. Dallas was up 39 percent.

The average NFL franchise value for 2014 is $1.43 billion, the highest in the 17 years the business magazine has tracked professional football. That shows a 23 percent increase, the largest in one year since 1999.

Forbes determines team values using equity plus net debt figures, and accounts for each team’s current stadium situation, with adjustments for pending new stadiums and renovations to existing ones.

Washington ($2.4 billion) is third in value, increasing 41 percent since the last rankings, and the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) are fourth.

For the 2013 season, the average NFL team generated record revenue of $299 million and operating income of $53 million. Each franchise received a record $170 million of national revenue, mainly from league broadcasting and licensing fees.

At the bottom are Buffalo, worth $935 million and currently for sale after owner Ralph Wilson’s death, and St. Louis at $930 million. But every team increased in worth, the lowest rise being Arizona at 4 percent.

Braxton Miller Out for the Season



On Monday, reports out of Columbus, Ohio, stated that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had reinjured his right shoulder and could miss the entire 2014 season.

According to a report by Brett McMurphy, the worst news came true for the Buckeyes on Tuesday, as Miller will indeed miss the season.

Ohio State has not confirmed Miller will miss 2014. If the news holds, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is in line to start at QB for OSU.

Mariners (67-56) Take 2 of 3 from Tigers


Chris Young pitched six shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Detroit 8-1 Sunday, winning the weekend series and moving back ahead of the Tigers in the race for the second AL wild-card spot.

Seattle’s Lloyd McClendon, managing his first series in Detroit after serving as Jim Leyland’s hitting coach, was ejected for the second straight game. McClendon was tossed for arguing after Detroit’s Alex Avila drew a seventh-inning walk.

Young (12-6) allowed four hits and a walk. He improved to 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against Detroit.

Tigers rookie Robbie Ray (1-3) struggled while replacing injured Anibal Sanchez. He allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Ray got into trouble in the first inning, walking Dustin Ackley with one out and then appearing to lose his concentration in mid-delivery. He ended up stumbling off the mound without throwing the pitch – an obvious balk.

Kendrys Morales singled home Ackley, and Kyle Seager made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.

Seattle made it 3-0 in the third, scoring on Ray’s wild pitch after Victor Martinez’s error at first base had kept the inning going.

Chris Denorfia’s two-out triple gave the Mariners another run in the fifth, and Seattle made it 7-0 with three runs in Jim Johnson’s first inning as a Tiger.

Johnson, the former Baltimore relief ace who struggled this year in Oakland, recently signed a minor league contract with the Tigers. He was called up by Detroit over the weekend.

Martinez drove in Detroit’s only run with an eighth-inning double.

Seahawks Look Loaded at all Positions- Smash Chargers 41-14

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The Seahawks showed why they are defending champions. Russell Wilson went a tidy 11-of-13 for 121 yards, and running back Robert Turbin enjoyed a big game with 81 yards on 12 carries. Seattle dominated the first half, outgaining the Chargers, 260-122 for a 24-7 advantage on the scoreboard.

San Diego played most of its starters through the first half, except for Philip Rivers. Rivers stayed in for the initial drive before giving way to backup Kellen Clemens. Rivers went 2-of-4 for 20 yards. Keenan Allen had the lone Chargers touchdown, catching a 13-yard strike.

Seattle continued its domination in the second half. Terrelle Pryor got in the game, and contributed to scoreboard with a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. There was a moment of controversy when a Tharold Simon pick-six was called back due to an iffy illegal contact call.