Alarming number: only half of ex-NFL players register for settlement

Mike Webster

The late Mike Webster is among the former Steelers whose death is linked to CTE

About 10,000 former NFL players have registered to be part of the $1 billion settlement with the league from a class-action concussion lawsuit, reports Ben Schmitt.

Lawrence Timmons

Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons led the Steelers in tackles this past season

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons is among the nine Steelers free agents to hit the open market, writes Joe Rutter.

ON THE HARDWOOD

Jamel Artis v Georgia Tech

Jamel Artis scored 11 points for the Panthers against Georgia Tech

Pitt edges Georgia Tech, stays alive another day in ACC Tournament, writes Denis P. Gorman.

Mike Lewis II 2

Duquesne freshman guard Mike Lewis II was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Rookie team, along with freshman forward Isiah Mike

Freshman guard Mike Lewis II provides hope for Duquesne basketball, writes Jerry DiPaola.

ON THE ICE

Trevor Daley jumps over Dustin Byfuglien

Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley jumps over Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien

With Winnipeg matchup looming, Penguins stick to ‘just play’ philosophy, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Tom Sestito

The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Tom Sestito has 121 penalty minutes in 33 AHL games this season

The Penguins added some muscle, writes JB, as Tom Sestito was called up for the Jets game.

Matt Cullen 2

Matt Cullen: ‘I think there might be some merit to the three-point game (for a regulation win). Personally, I always preferred the two points for a win and none for a loss. But I understand the value of the shootout, and I like the idea of coming away with a win, so I don’t know that a three-point game would be a terrible idea’

In the Penguins notebook, Bill West writes that veteran Matt Cullen is open to radical rules changes.

IN BRADENTON

Steven Brault

One scout compared lefty Steven Brault to Jeff Locke, but with better control and a chance to be better

Improved Pirates pitcher Steven Brault ‘right on course,’ writes Rob Biertempfel.

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that backup catcher Chris Stewart tested well in his spring debut.

Biertempfel’s breakdown: Pirates 6, Braves 3.

ON PREPS

Spencer Lee 1

spencer lee 2

Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee is 141-0 and four wins away from becoming the state’s fifth undefeated and untied four-time state champion

Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee is on the cusp of joining an elite group of wrestlers, writes Paul Schofield.

My column on lessons learned by Lee and why he’s arguably the best WPIAL wrestler ever.

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