NFL: Sylvester returns to Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back linebacker Stevenson Sylvester.
Sylvester, 24, signed a one-year deal with the Steelers on Wednesday. The Steelers selected Sylvester in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft, but he has struggled to make an impact. He has appeared in 41 games during his three seasons, playing primarily on special teams. He missed six games in 2012 due to a knee problem.
The Steelers need bodies at linebacker after cutting 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison last month. Pittsburgh is not counting on 2012 third-round pick Sean Spence, who severely injured his left knee in the final preseason game in August.
Banks gets shot with Falcons
ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Banks said signing with an NFL team is his second-biggest accomplishment. The biggest was being exonerated of rape charges one year ago.
Banks, 27, signed with the Atlanta Falcons, giving him an opportunity he said he did not believe would be possible when he spent five years in prison and five years on probation.
Banks was a 16-year-old and had made a verbal commitment to sign with Southern Cal when a Long Beach Poly high school classmate accused him of the rape. The woman eventually recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name after he was out of prison. That helped lead to the conviction being overturned and Banks’ record being cleared in 2012.
Ware cleared to join Cardinals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville guard Kevin Ware was cleared by doctors to accompany the Cardinals on their hourlong flight to Atlanta for the Final Four. The sophomore plans to participate in preparations for Saturday’s national semifinal against Wichita State.
Ware, 20, who suffered a severely broken leg in Louisville’s win over Duke in the regional semifinals Sunday, said the overwhelming support he has received has helped him maintain his spirits and strengthened his confidence of a full recovery.
Armstrong will try swimming
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is signed up to swim three events this weekend at the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas.
Armstrong will compete in the 40-44 age group in the 500-, 1,000- and the 1,650-yard freestyle.
Rob Butcher, executive director of U.S. Masters Swimming, said the organization is not covered under the same anti-doping rules as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which banned Armstrong for life from its sanctioned events for his performance-enhancing drug use during his cycling career.
The U.S. Masters Swimming website suggests it falls under the umbrella of FINA, the international swimming federation, which is covered by the World Anti-Doping Code.
Two elected to soccer hall
CHICAGO (AP) — Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes has been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame along with Joe-Max Moore.
Vermes, 46, had 11 goals in 67 international appearances from 1988-97 and played for the U.S. at the 1990 World Cup and the 1988 Olympics. He also played for the MetroStars, Colorado and Kansas City in MLS and has been Kansas City’s coach since 2009.
Moore, 42, had 24 goals in 100 international appearances, including a pair against Jamaica in 2001 that clinched a World Cup berth. He was on the U.S. team at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups. Moore played for New England of MLS, as well as Everton, Saarbruecken and Nuremberg.