Roethlisberger takes pay cut to return

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger is returning for an 18th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is taking a pay cut to do it.

The team and the two-time Super Bowl winner announced on Thursday they have agreed on a new contract that assures the 39-year-old will be back in 2021.

Financial details were not immediately available, though the Steelers made no secret of the need for Roethlisberger to take a pay cut to ease some of the burden of his NFL-high $41.25-million salary-cap hit scheduled for 2021.

Creighton bans coach for racial remark

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton University suspended basketball coach Greg McDermott indefinitely Thursday night for using racially insensitive language while addressing the team after a game last weekend.

McDermott publicly apologized Tuesday and again Wednesday for urging his players to "stay on the plantation" after the 14th-ranked Bluejays' 77-69 loss at Xavier. (MORE)

Flames name Darryl Sutter head coach

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames fired coach Geoff Ward on Thursday night and replaced him with Darryl Sutter, who will lead the team for the second time.

The Flames announced the moves shortly after Ward coached the Flames to a 7-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Calgary went 11-11-2 under Ward this season. (MORE)

James teams up with Giannis for ASG

LeBron James has faced Giannis Antetokounmpo as an opponent in the last three All-Star Games.

The Los Angeles Lakers' star got him as a teammate this year. (MORE)

No. 2 Michigan locks up Big Ten vs. MSU

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) At some point during Michigan's giddy postgame celebration, Juwan Howard saved himself a little keepsake from this marvelous season.

"I put some of that confetti in my pocket," Howard said. "I'm just going to keep it in a nice safe place, because it's hard winning championships, man. I'm going to always remember this moment." (MORE)

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