Steelers sign Harrison to two-year deal
So much for retirement. Again.
Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison, 36, signed a two-year deal with the team Sunday after a productive 2014 in which he had 51/ sacks after being lured out of
2 a brief 18-day retirement.
The 2008 NFL defensive player of the year’s signing gives the Steelers needed depth at outside linebacker after Jason Worilds abruptly retired at 27 two weeks ago. . . .
The strain and sweat on their faces showed just how much one more chance in the NFL means to Michael Sam and 104 others.
Except for pro days for college players entering the NFL draft, March isn’t usually a time for running sprints and drills before scouts. Then again, these “veterans” will take any opportunity to prove their worth.
“Whoever wants me,” Sam said when asked about returning to the field for the first NFL veterans combine in Tempe, Ariz. The first openly gay player drafted didn’t make it with St. Louis last year, cut at the end of training camp. He landed on Dallas’s practice squad for a few weeks, then was released.
Unlike many of the others on hand, including former firstround draft picks such as Brady Quinn and Felix Jones, Sam really has a blank NFL résumé. But he’s certain he’ll get a shot at a roster spot.
“Absolutely, I think my chances are high,” said the defensive end, 25. . . .
Chris Borland, who sent shockwaves through the NFL with his retirement last week after one season with San Francisco because of fears of future brain injuries, told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that he was giving back part of his signing bonus.
“I’m paying back three-fourths of my signing bonus,” said Borland, 24. “I’m only taking the money I’ve earned.”
Borland, as a third-round draft pick last year, had a four-year contract that included a signing bonus of $617,436. Threequarters of that bonus would be $463,077. TENNIS
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., tying him with Federer for the most titles in the desert after winning for the second straight year.
Federer leads the series 20-18, but he made too many mistakes, piling up 43 unforced errors.
Simona Halep beat Jelena Jankovic, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, to win the women’s title, giving the Romanian the biggest championship of her career. . . .
Francis Tiafoe, 17, of Prince George’s County earned his first pro championship, winning 6-1, 6-2 over Maxime Tabatruong of France in the $15,000 Futures title match in Bakersfield, Calif. Tiafoe is 18-4 in professional events this year. MISC.
Five nonagenarians helped Washington-based Potomac Valley Track Club win the USATF National Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships and set world records as the first 90-and- over teams to complete 4x200meter, 4x400-meter and 4x800meter relays at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dixon Hemphill, 90, of Fairfax; Charles Boyle, 91, of Annapolis; Roy Englert, 92, of Springfield; Charles Ross, 92, of Little Rock; and Orville Rogers, 97, of Dallas, formed teams of four in the three races.
Potomac came from behind to win the national championship over 86 other teams, finishing with 682 team points Sunday. Sixty-five members of PVTC competed in Winston-Salem in individual events and relays.
On Saturday, Bruce McBarnette, 57, of Loudoun County won the high jump for men 55 and over by clearing 5 feet 11 inches to win his 30th title in national Masters competition, which includes athletes from 30 to 100 years old in five age groups. . . .
Minnesota State received the top seed for the 16-team NCAA men’s hockey tournament, followed by North Dakota, Boston University and Miami of Ohio as the other No. 1 seeds. . . .
Amanda Leveille made 19 saves, leading Minnesota to a 4-1 victory over Harvard in Minneapolis for the third women’s hockey title in four seasons for the Gophers.