First Call: Ex-Steeler shines at QB in Cleveland; Roquan Smith set to stay in Chicago; Ravens extend preseason streak – TribLIVE


Ex-Steelers quarterback is on fire with his new team this preseason. The Roquan Smith dream appears to be dead for Pittsburgh fans. The Ravens just can’t lose in August. And Pittsburgh has two champions in a pair of very unique sports.

All that in Monday’s “First Call”.

And the beat continues

The Baltimore Ravens amazing preseason winning streak continues. They won their 22nd preseason game in a row Sunday night, crushing the Arizona Cardinals, 24-17.

Isaiah Likely had eight catches and 100 yards for the Ravens.

Meanwhile, during Sunday night’s Ravens-Cardinals pregame show, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports de reported that Baltimore offered quarterback Lamar Jackson more money than the Cardinals agreed to pay quarterback Kyler Murray.

Murray’s new money average on his five-year extension is $46.1 million. Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson’s deal pays $46 million a year for five years, all of which are fully guaranteed.

Jackson said he wants a new contract before the regular season starts.

Showing consistency

For the second time in as many preseason tryouts, former Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs shined for the Cleveland Browns.

In Game 1 last week, Dobbs was 10 of 13 for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Browns beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-13.

On Sunday, he was 14 of 20 for 141 yards through the air. Dobbs picked up 47 yards rushing and scored a touchdown with his feet as well.

He got 36 yards when his shirt was torn.

The Eagles won the game 21-20, however. Another former Steeler, wide receiver Deon Cain, was a big reason why.

Cain totaled five catches for 66 yards for Philadelphia.

Oh, well

So much for the Steelers’ dream acquiring Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith in a trade.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, it appears that Smith will shelve his contract concerns and play this season for the Bears.

Also from Chicago, rookie safety Jaquan Brisker underwent surgery for a dislocated thumb. The club does not remove the Gateway graduate for Week 1.

Brisker was first-team All-Big Ten last year at Penn State.

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Crazy Manoah

The New York Yankees won for just the third time in their last 12 games on Sunday. They beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2.

Things heated up during the fifth inning. That’s when Yankees star slugger Aaron Judge was hit by a pitch from Toronto starter Alek Manoah.

The pitch did not appear intentional, especially based on Manoah’s reaction. But the two exchanged a look, and Judge barked a few words as he walked to first base. That’s when former pirate Gerrit Cole came onto the field acting like he wanted to fight Manoah.

The pews began to empty. But that’s when Cole was restrained by Yankee trainers, and the situation calmed down.

After the game, Manoah insisted he wasn’t trying to hit Judge. Then he called Cole out for acting like a fake tough guy.

“I told him, ‘I’m not trying to do that.'” Manoah said of Judge. “I think he understood that. And I think that if Gerrit wants to do something, he can go past the Audi sign next time.”

Manoah referenced the luxury car brand logo sprayed on the grass by the dugout at Yankee Stadium.

As for Cole, he simply said he was having a short fuse kind of day and didn’t like the fact that Yankees hitters have been pretty “dusted off” lately.

“It’s the heat of the moment. No one likes to be beaten,” said Judge. “Everybody watches the game, everybody likes it. No matter who is beaten, everyone will except it. Dugout had a few things to say and then you move on.”

The loss dropped Toronto to eight games back of the American League East-leading Yankees. The Jays are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for second place.

Pucca perfection

The Pittsburgh Pucas hurling team is a national champion.

They won the American Gaelic Athletic Association (junior C) title in Chicago this weekend. They beat Portland, Maine, (39-16) on Friday, Naperville, Ill., on Saturday (25-7) and a team from Charlotte in the finals, 34-4, on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Banshees (women’s Gaelic football) also won their tournament crown (junior B) in Chicago on Sunday.

They beat the Fog City Harps (San Francisco), 8:8-1:7, to claim the title.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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