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Archive for Monday, April 19, 2010

Big Ben returns today, but for how long?

April 19, 2010

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Ben Roethlisberger will line up under center, take the snap and throw his first pass to a teammate since the Steelers ended the season on Jan. 3.

There won’t be any applause.

There likely won’t be much reaction from his teammates, who have seen the highest-paid player in franchise history go through this routine countless times in games and practices since 2004.

There will be countless questions.

For the Steelers, the most pressing is this: Who will be taking snaps in September?

The Steelers return to the practice field today for the first time since their 9-7 record wasn’t good enough to get them into the playoffs. Roethlisberger is expected to be among them, one week to the day since prosecutors decided not to charge him after a college student accused him of sexual assault.

It is likely Roethlisberger won’t line up under center when the Steelers open the season. The question is whether he will be suspended by the NFL for four games, two games or one. The punishment is likely to be determined by commissioner Roger Goodell next week.

NBA

Garnett suspended 1 game

New York — Kevin Garnett was suspended by the NBA for the Boston Celtics second playoff game on Tuesday against the Miami Heat. The one-game suspension was imposed Sunday for hitting Quentin Richardson in the head with an elbow.

Auto racing

NASCAR event postponed

Fort Worth, Texas — Persistent wet weather Sunday forced the postponement of a Sprint Cup and Nationwide doubleheader until today. The race was rescheduled for 11 a.m. today.

Force triumphs in Vegas

Las Vegas — John Force raced to his third victory of the season and record 129th overall NHRA win, beating Tony Pendragon on Sunday in the Summitracing.com Spring Nationals in Las Vegas.

Golf

Furyk edges Davis

Hilton Head Island, S.C. — Brian Davis called a two-stroke penalty on himself on the first playoff hole Sunday to give Jim Furyk a victory at the Verizon Heritage. Davis’ approach rolled off the green of the lighthouse hole and into some rocks.

Chappell takes Nationwide

Hayward, Calif. — Former UCLA star Kevin Chappell won the Fresh Express Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title.

Langer’s lead holds up

Lutz, Fla. — Bernhard Langer shot a 9-under 133 through the first two rounds of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, and that total was all that mattered when the final round of the Champions Tour event was called off due to rain Sunday.

Yang claims China Open

Suzhou, China — South Korea’s Y.E. Yang won the China Open, shooting a 1-under 71 to seal a two-stroke victory Sunday.

Tennis

Nadal coasts to victory

Monaco — Rafael Nadal thrashed Fernando Verdasco, 6-0, 6-1, in Sunday’s all-Spanish final to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the sixth straight year and end his title drought.

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