Pittsburgh's flaws have been exposed as the season has worn on, while the Browns and Ravens have started to round into form ahead of the playoffs.
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LONDON — Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea ended in a 0-0 draw at home to Wolverhampton in the Premier League on Wednesday. The German coach was hired on Tuesday as the replacement for the fired Frank Lampard, giving him just one training session to get his methods over to the players. Tuchel shook up the team he inherited from Lampard by changing formation — to a 3-4-2-1 — and his desire for a more possession-based approach was evident from the start, but Wolves played defensively and proved a stubborn first opponent at Stamford Bridge. The point moved Chelsea up to eighth but the result highlighted the task facing Tuchel as he seeks to get the team back into the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League, a minimum requirement for the club owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Tuchel’s new tactics included deploying winger Callum Hudson-Odoi as a wing back and playing two No. 10s, in Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, behind lone striker Olivier Giroud. Timo Werner stayed on the bench, where he was in the final days of Lampard’s tenure, and was joined there by midfielder Mason Mount — virtually an ever-present this season — and American winger Christian Pulisic. While Mount and Pulisic came on, Werner was an unused substitute. Chelsea’s players monopolized possession — it was 86% in their favour in the opening 15 minutes and 79% by the final whistle — but struggled to break through or get behind a packed Wolves defence. Indeed, the visitors came closest to scoring a winner when Pedro Neto bundled his way into the area, only for his scooped shot to soar over Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and hit the top of the crossbar. Chelsea peppered Wolves’ goal in the final 10 minutes, with Mateo Kovacic curling a long-range shot against the outside of the post and Hudson-Odoi bringing a flying save out of goalkeeper Rui Patricio. In the last action of the game, Havertz’s goalbound header was deflected wide of the post and the German had his head in his hands as the final whistle blew. Chelsea has won just two of its last nine games. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed defender/midfielder Andy Rose to a one-year extension. Rose returns for his third season with the Whitecaps and seventh in MLS. The 30-year-old product of Bristol, England has made 39 appearances across all competitions with the Whitecaps, including 32 starts. Rose started his MLS career with a four-year run with Seattle in 2012. The UCLA graduate then played with Coventry City in England and Motherwell FC of Scotland before joining the Whitecaps. Rose, who has also earned his UEFA A Licence and UEFA A Elite Youth Licence, will also work with Nick Dasovic as the new Whitecaps FC MLS Academy U-19 boys team assistant coach, subject to the extension of his work permit. "I couldn’t be more excited to continue my career here in Vancouver," Rose said in a statement. "I'm really enthusiastic about the path we're on as a team and am motivated to give our fans a season they can get behind." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, a Hockey Hall of Famer who helped lead the team to a pair of Stanley Cup titles, resigned abruptly on Wednesday. The 71-year-old Rutherford cited “personal reasons” in making the decision. He was under contract through the 2021-22 season. The club promoted assistant general manager Patrick Allvin to serve as general manager on an interim basis while the club searches for a permanent replacement. Rutherford arrived in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2014 following the team's second-round flameout against the New York Rangers. Following an uneven first season in which the Penguins made little headway under head coach Mike Johnston, Rutherford's rebuild picked up steam in December 2015 when he replaced Johnston with Mike Sullivan and created a roster around stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin built on speed. The Penguins won consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, the first team in a generation to successfully defend its championship. Rutherford's resignation comes with Pittsburgh off to a solid 4-2-1 start. “It has been a great honour to serve as general manager of the Penguins, and to hang two more Stanley Cup banners at PPG Paints Arena,” Rutherford said in a statement. “I have so many people to thank, beginning with the owners, Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, and team president David Morehouse. There always has been so much support from everyone involved with the Penguins, both on the hockey and business staffs, and, of course, from a special group of players led by Sidney Crosby.” Morehouse, the Penguins president and CEO, called Rutherford, a journeyman goaltender during his 13-year NHL career before becoming one of the most successful executives of the 21st century “an amazing representative of the Pittsburgh Penguins and he’ll always have a special place in our team’s history, his own legacy.” The ebullient and relentlessly upbeat Rutherford joined the Hartford Whalers in 1994 and was general manager in 2006 when the franchise — which relocated from Hartford to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1997 and became the Carolina Hurricanes — won its only Stanley Cup in 2006. Rutherford moved to Pittsburgh in June 2014, tasked with trying to reverse the Penguins' fortunes. Crosby and Malkin guided the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 and 2009, losing to Detroit in '08 before edging the Red Wings in a rematch the following year. The success, however, faded and the team parted ways with general manager Ray Shero and replaced him with Rutherford. Early in his tenure Rutherford raised eyebrows by putting a timetable on his involvement. He quickly walked it back, however, and Pittsburgh sprinted to a pair of championships with a group built on speed and grit, much of it developed in the farm system or via trade under Rutherford's watch. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019. Allvin has been a fixture in the Penguins organization since 2006, beginning as a scout before eventually serving as the director of scouting from 2017-20 before being promoted to assistant general manager last November. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Will Graves, The Associated Press
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HAMILTON — There was never a doubt in Jeremiah Masoli's mind whether he'd be returning to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this season. The veteran quarterback was slated to become a free agent next month but re-signed with Hamilton on Tuesday. "No doubt about it, that (return to Hamilton) was always how I felt," Masoli said during a telephone interview. "I never felt like there was any pressure or a rush on anything." Masoli, 32, started Hamilton's first six games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Backup Dane Evans then guided the Ticats to the Grey Cup game, which the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won 33-12. The CFL didn't play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league is eyeing a return this year with the '21 Grey Cup slated to be held in Hamilton. "I know myself and my colleagues are definitely feeling that itch to get going and the pain of not being able to be together in the locker room and all the things that go with it," Masoli said. "Our fans have stuck with us this whole time . . . and to host (Grey Cup) is obviously something special." Masoli will return for his eighth season in Hamilton. The San Francisco native was the East Division's outstanding player in 2018 when he threw for 5,209 yards, 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions but will report to camp eager for the chance to battle for the No. 1 job. "I think I can speak for most of us. we just want to play," he said. "I just want to get on the field and have an opportunity to play, an opportunity to compete." The University of Mississippi product has suited up in 102 career CFL games with 42 starts over seven seasons, all with the Tiger-Cats (2013-19), and sits fourth in franchise history in career completions (1,015), fifth in passing yards (13,110), sixth in pass attempts (1,538), and is tied for sixth in passing touchdowns (70). “It’s exciting to have Jeremiah back for the 2021 season. He is an established natural leader that has a strong work ethic, as demonstrated by the recovery from his knee injury,” Ticats head coach Orlondo Steinauer said in a statement. STAMPS OL BERGMAN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT CALGARY — Offensive lineman Shane Bergman announced his retirement Wednesday after a seven-season CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders. Bergman appeared in 93 career regular-season games and 10 playoff games and helped the Stampeders win two Grey Cups. Calgary selected the six-foot-seven native of Teeterville, Ont., in the sixth round of the 2013 CFL draft. After appearing in a single game during his rookie season in 2013, he made 102 starts at left guard over the final six seasons of his career. Bergman earned West Division and CFL all-star honours in 2019, his final season. "The time has come to close this exciting chapter of my life," Bergman said in a release. “I have been lucky enough make a career playing a sport I love for the last seven years, but all good things must come to an end. "While I did plan to return for the 2020 season, COVID had other plans. However, I have been able to spend the last year at home with my family, watch my son take his first steps, say his first words and so many other milestones." The Stampeders also announced the signing of defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes. Barnes has 12 games of NFL experience with the New Orleans Saints, and in 2020 he was a teammate of Stampeders linebacker Jameer Thurman with the XFL’s D.C. Defenders. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press
Juventus President Andrea Agnelli is backing a proposal to shake up the Champions League that would create more games while maintaining an open qualifying system, rather than having a breakaway Super League largely closed off to the biggest clubs. As chairman of the European Club Association, Agnelli had previously advocated a reformatting of the Champions League that would give guaranteed places for 24 teams. But that divisive vision was widely rejected and now he is embracing a variation of the so-called “Swiss system." It’s one of several options for a revamped Champions League being discussed. Last week, documents were leaked to the media showing that some top European clubs are pushing for a Super League that would be largely closed to the same teams each year. Agnelli's backing is for a format that would place all 32 teams into a single league table rather than the current eight groups. Each team would then play eight to 14 games, with opponents determined based on ranking positions. The format would also allow for the competition to be expanded to 36 teams. “The so-called Swiss system is a very interesting system and the credit for this idea has to be given to one of our members of the ECA, Ajax, for pointing this out a couple of years ago as a potential system,” Agnelli said during a News Tank Football virtual event on Wednesday. “What I can tell you with certainty is from the ECA’s perspective given what has happened in 2019 I will want any and all reforms to go through the general assembly of the ECA with all clubs voting for whatever our collective future will be.” The desire for a collective agreement is in contrast to some of Europe's biggest clubs leading the way in pushing for a Super League. That plan would be for a 20-team annual competition that would include 15 top clubs as permanent members. The five other teams would vary each season, although the qualification method has not been determined. That competition would begin with two groups of 10 teams, with the top four from each group advancing to the quarterfinals. That would guarantee every team between 18 and 23 annual Super League matches, compared to a minimum of six games in the Champions League group stage. The current Champions League requires all 32 teams to qualify based on their domestic league positions, although the defending champion and Europa League winner are guaranteed access. Agnelli didn't specify how qualification for a Swiss-system league may differ, but made it clear he wants it to be based on recent results rather than history. “Competitions at European level should be open to all so that we as managers of the industry we must keep the dream alive,” Agenlli said. “Everything must be based on sporting matters, on sporting merit, but we should remember where the fans of the future are going so it is our view that more European matches are welcome." ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
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