Sports briefs: NFL fines Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100K
Football • Here's another adjective Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can call his ill-timed two-step onto the field last Thursday night against Baltimore.
The NFL fined Tomlin $100,000 on Wednesday for interfering with Baltimore's Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return in the third quarter of a 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.
The fine is the second-highest ever levied by the league on a head coach, behind only the $500,000 the NFL docked New England's Bill Belichick in 2007 for spying on an opponent's defensive signals.
There is also the chance the Steelers have a draft pick taken away "because the conduct affected a play on the field." Though he was not penalized, the league said the Steelers should have been flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
All that from what Tomlin called an "embarrassing, inexcusable" case of being "mesmerized" while standing in a restricted area that separates the sideline from the playing field and staring at the video board during Jones' 73-yard return.
Custody battle grips Bode Miller
Skiing • These days, Bode Miller's progress from a surgically repaired left knee isn't the only thing weighing on his mind.
The U.S. skier is involved in a very public custody case over his young son. The birth mother, Sara McKenna, with whom Miller had a brief relationship, currently has custody of the child in New York City.
Another court hearing is set for Monday, after Miller's races at Beaver Creek this weekend.
Miller said: "I'd love him to be here. ... It's tough to think about him sitting in an apartment in New York."
He worries that he's been perceived by some as the bad guy in a back-and-forth that has received plenty of media attention.
From wire reports
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