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Steelers whip Bengals…A Burfict punishment…Angels axe Ausmus…Cal. Gov. defies NCAA threat

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers earned their first win of the season as Mason Rudolph passed for 229 yards and a pair of scores in a 27-3 rout of Cincinnati. Rudolph completed 26 of his 30 passes, including a 21-yard screen pass to James Connor for the go-ahead TD in the second quarter. The Steelers sacked Andy Dalton eight times, picked him off once and forced a second-quarter fumble of the Cincinnati quarterback.

NEW YORK (AP) – Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict will sit out the remainder of the NFL season and the playoffs for his hit on Indianapolis tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday’s win over the Colts. The league said the 12-game ban and postseason punishment is for repeated violations of unnecessary roughness rules. Burfict had served two three-game suspensions already while with the Cincinnati Bengals and had been warned about severe punishment for future infractions.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Six major league teams are in the market for new managers after the Los Angeles Angels dismissed Brad Ausmus. The Angels went just 72-90 in their lone season under Ausmus, who took over for longtime skipper Mike Scioscia . The other managerial vacancies are with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Defying the NCAA, California has opened the way for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals, just like the pros. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s signed the law that is set to take effect in 2023 and could upend amateur sports in the U.S. The NCAA implored Newsom to veto the bill and has threatened to bar California schools from competition.

UNDATED (AP) – A group of former Louisville men’s basketball players has reached a confidential settlement of a lawsuit with the NCAA. The settlement did not restore the Cardinals’ vacated 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four, but it retains the players’ statistics and honors “without an asterisk.” The five players sued the governing body in July 2018 seeking restoration of the school’s NCAA title, wins, honors and awards vacated among sanctions for violations discovered during an escort scandal investigation.

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