PITTSBURGH (AP) — The huddle at Ben Roethlisberger’s house is getting bigger.
The Steelers quarterback and wife Ashley are expecting the couple’s second child in early 2014. Roethlisberger released the news on his official website Monday evening.
Roethlisberger and his wife posted: “We are both excited and blessed to announce that we’re expecting baby #2 in the spring!”
The baby will join big brother Ben Jr., born last November.
The Roethlisbergers posted that Ben Jr. is “already preparing to be a protective big brother (but will also keep a close eye on his favorite toys)!”
The Roethlisbergers were married just over two years ago in a small enclave north of Pittsburgh in a quiet ceremony attended by a sizable contingent from the organization.
MLB umpire Bell dies at 48
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell died of an apparent heart attack, a week after working the NL playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He was 48.
The commissioner’s office said Bell died in his home state of Ohio.
Bell had not been feeling well over the weekend and had been scheduled to see doctors Monday at the Cleveland Clinic.
Bell had quintuple bypass surgery on Feb. 18, 1999, that left him with an 8-inch scar down the middle of his chest.
QB Flynn signs with Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Flynn is getting his latest chance at a fresh start, this time in Buffalo on a team that has spent the past week scrambling to shore up its injury-depleted quarterback position.
A week after being cut by Oakland, Flynn signed with the Bills after spending the morning working out for general manager Doug Whaley, coach Doug Marrone and his offensive staff. The sixth-year NFL player is now on his third team since December; the Raiders acquired him in a trade with Seattle last offseason.
Flynn’s signing marks the latest in a series of quarterback moves the Bills have made since rookie starter EJ Manuel sprained his right knee in a 37-24 loss to Cleveland on Oct. 3.
• ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — No apologies. No promises. No explanations.
Instead, Broncos linebacker Von Miller simply asked his fans, teammates and coaches to judge him on what he does in the future, now that his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug-abuse policy is over.
He fell short of the promise he made in July, when news of his pending suspension first surfaced, that “when this is all done and resolved, I will sit down with all you guys and be candid about everything.”
Instead, during a nine-minute interview heavy on scripted talking points, the third-year linebacker talked about how grateful he was for the support his teammates have shown him during his ordeal, and how happy he’ll be to get back onto the practice field with the Broncos on Wednesday.
• TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was back at the team’s practice facility, less than 24 hours after he was carted off the field in San Francisco.
The 6-foot-8, 300-pounder hopes to be cleared to play for Arizona’s home against Seattle on Thursday night. He participated in the team’s walk-through practice and expressed no qualms about returning.
Campbell underwent tests at Stanford University’ for possible neck and spine injuries, and all results were favorable. He was released late Sunday and flew to Arizona in the plane of Cardinals President Michael Bidwill.
Texas begins search for new AD
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A seven-person advisory panel to help the search for a new Texas men’s athletic director includes two school regents, a billionaire donor and a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland who was quail hunting with Dick Cheney when the former vice president accidentally shot a man in the face.
The panel was announced by President Bill Powers. The school must find a replacement for longtime athletic director DeLoss Dodds, who built Texas into the nation’s richest athletic department — its annual budget is nearly $170 million — and is retiring in 2014 after 32 years.
The panel also includes four members who belong to the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, a key ally for Powers in his recent power struggles with some members of the school’s board of regents.
Report: Jamaica didn’t test athletes
UNDATED (AP) — A year after Usain Bolt made history at the London Olympics and declared himself “a living legend,” a bombshell dropped largely unnoticed in The Gleaner, the Caribbean’s oldest newspaper: A former director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission alleged the island didn’t drug-test its athletes for entire months before they dazzled at the Summer Games.
Statistics compiled by former JADCO Executive Director Renee Anne Shirley indicated a near-complete breakdown in the agency’s out-of-competition testing from January 2012 to the July opening of the Olympics.
In an interview with The Associated Press, JADCO chairman Herbert Elliott dismissed Shirley’s figures as lies and described her as “a bit demented” and “a Judas.”
But the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed to AP that there was, as Shirley asserted, “a significant gap of no testing” by JADCO as athletes trained for London — and that it would launch an “extraordinary” audit of the Jamaican agency.