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Obama, former players, friends say goodbye to Rooney

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dan Rooney's priorities were always clear. Family. Football. Faith. Ireland.

It's the order they came in for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers president and chairman, however, that occasionally became blurry. Often in the best way possible.

The evidence could be found in the pews at St. Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday, a cross section of a singular life that stretched far beyond his native city, yet never seemed to stray from its roots.

The 90-minute funeral celebrating Rooney, who died at 84 last Thursday , offered a glimpse into a man who turned a moribund franchise into a dynasty; helped refine the vision of the modern NFL; and attempted to ease regional tensions as U.S. ambassador to Ireland. All the while remaining the guy from Pittsburgh's North Side neighborhood simply known as "Dan."

"He was a Pittsburgher," Cardinal Donald Wuerl said. "He was the best of us."

Grayson Allen to return to Duke for senior season

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Grayson Allen is returning to Duke for his senior season.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Allen announced the decision Tuesday, with the guard saying in a statement issued by the school that "the last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer."

Allen averaged a team-best 3.5 assists during his junior season, but his scoring average was down more than seven points per game from his sophomore year. Still, he finished as Duke's third-leading scorer at 14.5 points per game during a season spent under constant scrutiny.

The dominant storyline of Duke's season centered around his antics: He received an indefinite suspension in December for tripping an Elon player — the third time in a calendar year that he was caught tripping an opponent.

Boch undergoes heart surgery, will miss two games

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Giants manager Bruce Bochy underwent heart surgery Tuesday morning after experiencing an atrial flutter, or abnormal heart rhythm, and will recover at his home in San Diego, according to the team.

The minor ablation procedure, in which surgeons scar small areas of heart tissue to prevent abnormal electrical signals from moving through the organ, was deemed a success, the team said.

Giants bench coach Ron Wotus will manage the club in the two-game series at Kansas City that begins Tuesday night. Bochy is scheduled to rejoin the Giants on Friday in Denver when the club begins a three-game series at Coors Field.


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