Steelers safety Troy Polamalu retires (Yahoo Sports)

His trademark locks bouncing off the top of his No. 43 jersey, Troy Polamalu spent more than a decade flying across football fields as the heady but humble backbone of a defense that led the Pittsburgh Steelers. The eight-time Pro Bowler and 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is retiring after 12 seasons, telling the only team he’s ever played for that it’s time for the next phase of

Wisconsin star Sam Dekker entering NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Wisconsin Badgers junior forward Sam Dekker says he will skip his final season of eligibility and enter the NBA draft. In a letter released Friday by the school, Dekker said he is excited for the next chapter of his life. Dekker averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the 2014-2015 season and helped the Badgers to a school-record 36 wins, Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, and

Iowa St coach Fred Hoiberg to have heart valve replaced (Yahoo Sports)

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is scheduled to have open heart surgery next week to replace his aortic valve. The school said Hoiberg, who retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season because of heart issues, will have the procedure next Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Hoiberg replaced his aortic valve 10 years ago. He says the time has come to get the valve replaced, adding that

Ohio college basketball player who had rare brain tumor dies

Lauren Hill, the Indiana native who scored the first basket of the Mount St. Joseph University women’s basketball season in November while suffering from a rare inoperable brain cancer, died on Friday at age 19, officials said. “We are forever grateful to have had Lauren grace our campus with her smile and determined spirit,” university President Tony Aretz said in a statement. Demand was so strong for tickets that the

Golf-Latest Masters leaderboard

April 10 (Infostrada Sports) – Latest leaderboard in the second round from the Masters at the par-72 course on Friday in Augusta, Georgia holesplayed rounds -11 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 9 64 -7 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 5 67 -6 Jason Day (Australia) 5 67 -5 Justin Rose (Britain) 67 -4 Russell Henley (U.S.) 2 68 Ernie Els (South Africa) 14 67 -3 Noh Seung-Yul (Korea) 15 70 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)

Spieth stretches Masters lead with quick start

By Larry Fine AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Young American Jordan Spieth stretched his overnight lead to four strokes with a pair of birdies that took him to an impressive 10 under par early in the second round of the Masters on Friday. The 21-year-old Spieth, whose opening round of eight-under 64 has been bettered only twice in the 79-year history of the Masters, birdied the par-five second and the par-four

US youngster Spieth five clear at Masters

Jordan Spieth birdied the second and fifth holes to move five clear of the field at 10-under par as the Masters second round unfolded on Friday. The 21-year-old Texan carded an eight-under 64 on Thursday to lead by four overnight and once again he set off in perfect playing conditions at Augusta National. In a four-way tie for second after 18 holes, South African veteran Ernie Els started well with

Steelers laud Polamalu for 'legendary' career

(Reuters) – Troy Polamalu’s decision to retire from the NFL was confirmed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday and the team called the future Hall of Fame safety one of the best players ever to wear the black and gold. “We’ve been fortunate to have great players throughout the years, but he of course would be one of the top players,” Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement. “He