Good news and bad news for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. The good news is, his suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy has been reduced from six games to four. The bad news, "Big Ben" cannot have any contact with his team for the entire suspension. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Roethlisberger he can return October 17th against Cleveland.
Jeremiah Masoli is eligible to play this season for Ole Miss. The school appealed, and the NCAA reversed its decision that said Masoli needed to sit out after transferring from Oregon. Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said Masoli won't start tomorrow against Jacksonville State, but he will play.
Eight is enough for Nyjer Morgan, according to Major League Baseball. Morgan was suspended eight games and fined an undisclosed amount for three separate incidents over the past week, including Wednesday's brawl against the Florida Marlins.
The North Carolina football team will be without 13 of its players during tomorrow's season-opener against No. 21 LSU. Six starters have been declared ineligible for "violating school and/or NCAA rules," the university announced Friday. Six other players will also be withheld from the game while the NCAA's investigation continues. Safety Deunta Williams was declared ineligible as well, late Friday, while starting linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter were cleared to play.
Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed will miss at least the first six games of the season. This according to NFL.com, which reports the team will place Reed on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). The 31-year-old underwent reconstructive surgery on his hip in early May.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that the Seattle Seahawks will cut ties with T.J. Houshmandzadeh either by trading or releasing him, according to two league sources. Seattle will promote former Detroit first-round draft pick Mike Williams into its starting lineup for the Sept. 12th game against San Francisco.
Tiger Woods is still struggling on the course. Woods shot a one-over 72 Friday, leaving him tied for 87th (+1) at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Meanwhile, co-leaders Zach Johnson and Jason Day finished their rounds at -8.
The Chargers made a deal involving a wide receiver Friday, but it's not Vincent Jackson. San Diego traded for Cowboys wideout Patrick Crayton, giving up a seventh-round pick in next year's draft. The deal could be upgraded to a sixth-round pick if Crayton catches 40 or more passes in 2010.
Ilya Kovalchuk has a deal with the Devils, and it has been approved by the NHL. The league signed off on a new 15-year, $100 million contract after reaching an agreement with the NHL Players Association on an amendment covering long-term deals. The NHL rejected New Jersey's initial offer because it violated the league's salary cap.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. unleashed a profanity-laced, racist and homophobic rant against Manny Pacquiao. The tirade, made in a live Internet video overnight, comes as Pacquiao is promoting a Nov. 13 fight at Cowboys Stadium -- against Antonio Margarito. Mayweather has refused to agree to a fight with Pacquiao after several rounds of failed negotiations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.