Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sports

NFL news and notes

Around the league

'Steel Curtain' star Greenwood dies at 67

PITTSBURGH — Former Steelers star L.C. Greenwood, who won four Super Bowls as a member of the "Steel Curtain" defense, died Sunday. He was 67.

He died from natural causes at Presbyterian Hospital, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said.

Mr. Greenwood, a defensive end, was a six-time Pro Bowl pick and a two-time All-Pro in his career (1969-81) and was on the NFL's All-Decade team for the 1970s. Famous for his gold cleats, Greenwood joined Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White to form the line that led the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories in six years (1975-80).

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney calls Mr. Greenwood, at right above, "one of the all-time great" Steelers.

Despite support from teammates, including Greene, Mr. Greenwood is not in the Hall of Fame. He was a finalist six times, the last time in 2006. He remained in Pittsburgh after his retirement.

Pipe problems: A collapsed pipe led to several restrooms and concession stands being closed at Ralph Wilson Stadium during the Bills' home game vs. the Ravens. The restrooms and stands spanning 22 sections reopened in the third quarter.

CHARGERS: Rookie LB Manti Te'o debuted after being out with a sprained right foot since Aug. 8. Last year's Heisman Trophy runnerup at Notre Dame had three tackles. … QB Philip Rivers' 83.3 completion percentage was the highest in NFL history for a 400-yard passing game (35-of-42, 401 yards). The previous mark was 81.8 percent (36-of-44) by the 49ers's Jeff Garcia vs. Chicago on Dec. 17, 2000.

CHIEFS: After longtime Eagles coach and current Chiefs coach Andy Reid successfully challenged a spot in the third quarter, referee Terry McAulay announced, "Philadelphia will not be charged a timeout." … Gary Barbaro, a Pro Bowl safety in the early '80s, was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.

REDSKINS: LB London Fletcher played his 244th regular-season game in a row, passing Bill Romanowski for most by a defensive player since the 1970 merger.

SEAHAWKS: DE Michael Bennett was down for several minutes in the second quarter against the Texans after his head snapped back on a play. The ex-Buc strained a muscle in his back, coach Pete Carroll said.

Number of the day I

24 Career games with at least four passing TDs for Peyton Manning, breaking the record he shared with Brett Favre

Number of the day II

7 Greg Jennings' career TD catches of 70 yards or more, two behind Jerry Rice's league record

Times wires

Thursday

Buffalo at Cleveland, 8:25

Sunday, Oct. 6

Detroit at Green Bay, 1

New Orleans at Chicago, 1

Kansas City at Tennessee, 1

Jacksonville at St. Louis, 1

New England at Cincinnati, 1

Seattle at Indianapolis, 1

Baltimore at Miami, 1

Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 1

Carolina at Arizona, 4:05

San Diego at Oakland, 4:25

Denver at Dallas, 4:25

Houston at San Francisco, 8:30

Open: Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington

Monday, Oct. 7

N.Y. Jets at Atlanta, 8:40

Schedule

Comments
Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

Woman's best friendAt about the one hour, 45-minute mark of Saturday's 15K, an Australian shepherd wearing a service vest and four tiny running shoes sprinted across the finish line on Bayshore Boulevard.The dog's owner, Desiree Rincon, 37, was about...
Updated: 2 minutes ago
Sara Hall sets course record in womenís Gasparilla half-marathon

Sara Hall sets course record in womenís Gasparilla half-marathon

TAMPA — Stephanie Bruce returned Sunday to defend her title at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon. She ran a blistering pace, shaving 50 seconds off her time from last year to finish well under the course record.Still, it was ...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Elkanah Kibet wins the menís Gasparilla half-marathon

Elkanah Kibet wins the menís Gasparilla half-marathon

TAMPA — Only a few feet separated Elkanah Kibet and Parker Stinson as they headed down the homestretch in Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon.Kibet made his move at the right time, surging ahead and holding off the hard-ch...
Updated: 1 hour ago
On what Odorizzi has to feel good and bad about after trade from Rays to Twins

On what Odorizzi has to feel good and bad about after trade from Rays to Twins

Two things were pretty clear in talking to RHP Jake Odorizzi this morning in Fort Myers about being traded from the Rays to Twins.He couldn't be much happier than to be a new that that has legitimate playoff aspirations, and that he feels for those h...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Any deadline move wonít be cure-all for Lightning

Any deadline move wonít be cure-all for Lightning

The Lightning could very well add another defenseman by Monday's trade deadline, whether it's the bigger fish like Erik Karlsson or Ryan McDonagh, or depth piece like Mike Green.But, either way, one addition won't automatically cure some of the team-...
Updated: 3 hours ago
For starters, Rays at Twins, with Venters making first spring outing since 2013

For starters, Rays at Twins, with Venters making first spring outing since 2013

As the Rays head back to Fort Myers today for a game on the other side of I-75 to take on the Twins at 1:05, there are several spring debuts worth noting:First, that LHP Jonny Venters, trying to make it back to the majors for the first time since 201...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Ex-Rays prospect Andrew Toles working his way back from knee surgery for Dodgers

Ex-Rays prospect Andrew Toles working his way back from knee surgery for Dodgers

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Andrew Toles made a two-base error and went 0-for-3, and his team lost. All told, it was still a pretty good day for the Dodgers left fielder.In his first game since a serious knee injury last May, the former Rays prospect ret...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida boosts NCAA resume by beating No. 12 Auburn 72-66

Florida boosts NCAA resume by beating No. 12 Auburn 72-66

GAINESVILLE — KeVaughn Allen finally got the message. It took a scoreless game and long chats with coach Mike White and two teammates to sink in.Allen bounced back from his worst game in more than three years with 24 points, including a 60-foot...
Published: 02/24/18
Updated: 02/25/18
Winter Olympics: Sundayís viewing schedule

Winter Olympics: Sundayís viewing schedule

TV Sunday5 a.m.–7 p.m. NBCSNHockey (M) — Gold-medal game, athletes from Russia vs. Germany (replay)1968 — A 90-minute documentary, narrated by four-time gold medalist and 23-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion Serena Willia...
Published: 02/24/18
Chad Reed sets Supercross mark; Eli Tomac wins 450SX main event

Chad Reed sets Supercross mark; Eli Tomac wins 450SX main event

By JIM TOMLINTimes CorrespondentTAMPA — Chad Reed is having a down season by his standards. At Saturday's Monster Energy Supercross event at Raymond James Stadium, his home track, he needed a second chance just to make the main event.But the Da...
Published: 02/24/18