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• NFL: Per a tweet from Al Riveron, Gene Steratore, a Pittsburgh-area native who just officiated the Super Bowl, has informed the league he is retiring as an official. There are reports he will be hired by CBS as an analyst.
Gene Steratore, 15-year veteran official, informed me today that he is retiring from the @NFL. Steratore entered the league in 2003, was promoted to referee in 2006, & worked 12 playoff games, ending his career at Super Bowl LII. We wish Gene all the best! pic.twitter.com/MO7Ul8fik9
— Al Riveron (@alriveron) June 22, 2018
— 4:48 p.m. Friday
• FIFA: Ahmed Musa scored two of the prettier goals of the World Cup to send Nigeria to a 2-0 win over Iceland, a result that gives hope to Lionel Messi and Argentina in Group D after being crushed yesterday by Croatia, 3-0. Brazil left it late to beat Costa Rica, 2-0, in the other early game.
• COLLEGE: Michigan State’s interim president, John Engler, has survived a vote to oust him following the $500 million payout for the settlement with hundreds of women who have claimed to have been sexually assaulted by former school trainer Larry Nasser. — 11:08 a.m. Friday
• NHL: The Oilers will are willing to trade the No. 10 pick in the draft for an NHL defenseman, according to their GM. — 7:30 p.m. Thursday
• NFL: Jim Kelly headed back to surgery once again to combat oral cancer. — 9:50 a.m. Thursday
• NFL: Is the Bucs’ Jameis Winston preparing to be suspended by the NFL? Sure seems like it. — 1:31 a.m. Thursday
• NHL: Beautiful to see 10 of the 13 surviving Humboldt Broncos on stage at the NHL Awards. — 10:12 p.m. Wednesday
— Yahoo Canada Sports (@YahooCASports) June 21, 2018
• MLB: The Phillie Phanatic could be in a pickle after injuring a fan with a flying hot dog. — 9:41 p.m. Wednesday
• Pro wrestling: Leon White, better known as the wrestling star Vadar, has died. — 4:30 p.m. Wednesday
• MLB: A major-league game will be played in Omaha, Neb., in 2019 as part of the College World Series, similar to the one between the Pirates and Cardinals last summer in Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. — 1:54 p.m. Wednesday
• FIFA: Portugal, on Ronaldo’s fourth goal in two World Cup matches, sets down a spirited Morocco, 1-0. — 11:58 a.m. Wednesday
What, like scoring goals is hard or something?
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 20, 2018
• MLB: The Astros’ winning streak is ended at a dozen by the Rays. — 2:38 a.m. Wednesday
• MLB: Hunter Strickland, the Giants’ closer who once was property of the Pirates, broke his hand punching a door after a blown save. He’ll miss two months. — 11:42 p.m. Tuesday
• NFL: Joe Bugel, the Munhall native who was an NFL assistant coach for 27 of his 32 seasons in the league, is being recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America. — 5:12 p.m. Tuesday
All times Eastern
Pirates vs. D-Backs, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
Athletics vs. White Sox (2), 4:10 p.m., Chicago
Phillies vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m., Washington
Tigers vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m., Cleveland
Yankees vs. Rays, 7:10 p.m., St. Petersburg
Mariners vs. Red Sox, 7:10 p.m., Seattle
Dodgers vs. Mets, 7:10 p.m., New York
Cubs vs. Reds, 7:10 p.m., Cincinnati
Orioles vs. Braves, 7:35 p.m., Atlanta
Royals vs. Astros, 8:10 p.m., Houston
Cardinals vs. Brewers, 8:10 p.m., Milwaukee
Rangers vs. Twins, 8:10 p.m., Minneapolis
Marlins vs. Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Denver
Blue Jays vs. Angels, 10:07 p.m., Anaheim
Padres vs. Giants, 10:15 p.m., San Francisco
FIFA World Cup