Report: Polamalu will call it quits
Troy Polamalu's iconic football career is over. The Uniontown Herald-Standard reported last night that the eight-time Pro Bowl safety told Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney he will retire rather than return for a 13th season.
"Maybe it was a sign for me to retire when I chase my kids around and couldn't catch them," Polamalu told the newspaper. "It was either a sign for me to retire or a sign for them to begin training."
The four-time All-Pro, who will turn 34 later this month, had two years remaining on his contract but had seen his play dip significantly from his prime. The 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year missed nine games in 2012 with a calf injury and four games in 2014 with a knee injury.
"I did not seriously consider playing elsewhere," Polamalu said. "It was just whether or not I wanted to play."
Source: Bell faces three-game ban
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a three-game suspension after his arrest on DUI and marijuana charges last August, a person with direct knowledge of the suspension told The Associated Press. Bell is expected to appeal the suspension. Bell was arrested last August after a traffic stop in a northern Pittsburgh suburb along with then-teammate LeGarrette Blount. The 23-year-old Pro Bowler ended up pleading no contest and was sentenced to 15 months of probation and entered into a diversion program.
Giants-Jets square off in preseason
The Giants-Jets preseason rivalry, which began in 1969, turns 47 years old this year. Their traditional Week 3 matchup will be played between Aug. 27-30 with specific date and time to be determined, the league announced yesterday as it released the preseason schedule. The Giants trail the series 24-21-1 but won last year's matchup, 35-24.NHLBruins lose; Isles, Wings earn berthsRoberto Luongo earned his 401st career win and Jaromir Jagr got his 1,800th career point as the host Panthers beat the Bruins, 4-2. The Bruins trail the Senators by two points and the Penguins by one for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference, and Pittsburgh has a game in hand on the other two teams. The Bruins have the tiebreaker over the Senators. The Islanders and Red Wings clinched berths when Boston lost . . . Carey Price notched his team-record 43rd victory of the season as the host Canadiens beat the Red Wings, 4-3, on an overtime goal by Lars Eller. Despite the loss, Detroit reached the postseason for the 24th consecutive season.
The Blues trailed the first-place Predators by nine points in the Central Division on Feb. 24 -- and celebrated their first division title since 2011-12 last night. Paul Stastny scored what proved to be the winning goal as the host Blues beat the Blackhawks, 2-1, and the combination of the St. Louis victory and Nashville's defeat gave the Blues the division title . . . Jason Pominville scored with 2:03 remaining in regulation and Jason Zucker (two goals) added an empty-netter to give the Wild a 4-2 victory over the Predators. Minnesota extended its franchise-record road winning streak to 12 games. . . . Jiri Hudler scored twice as the host Flames clinched a playoff berth for the first time in six years with a 3-1 win over the Kings, eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions from playoff contention . . . The Jets clinched a berth despite losing to the host Avalanche, 1-0, in a shootout.
NBACurry scores 45, sets mark for treys
Stephen Curry shot 8-for-13 from three-point range, breaking his own NBA record for most threes in a season, and had 45 points and nine assists as the host Warriors beat the Trail Blazers, 116-105.
Curry, who shot 17-for-23 overall, entered the game four shy of his mark of 272 three-pointers, which he set two years ago in the season finale at Portland, and hit six before halftime.
Klay Thompson scored 26 points for the Warriors. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and Damian Lillard added 20 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers.
Pau Gasol had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulls, who erased a 19-point halftime deficit and beat the host Heat, 89-78. The Bulls were outscored 33-12 in the second quarter but went on a 39-8 run to open the second half. -- AP