First call: Le’Veon Bell boxing match pending; new head coaching position for Hines Ward; Daniel Vogelbach’s Mets debut


Monday’s “First Call” relays unfortunate news regarding Le’Veon Bell’s boxing match. Two former Pittsburgh Steelers get coaching jobs. The Pirates host the Chicago Cubs while they’re hot.

And Daniel Vogelbach makes his New York Met debut against another former pirate.


Later for Le’Veon

Le’Veon Bell’s debut as a boxer is on hold.

The ex-Steeler was scheduled to fight another former All-Pro running back, Adrian Peterson, on July 30. But event organizer Social Gloves Entertainment is postponing the match because one of the main fighters on the card has not been medically cleared.

According to a Wednesday’s TMZ reportAnEsonGib, who is scheduled to fight Austin McBroom in the featured bout, is suffering from a head injury.

As a result, the fight risks being postponed until September.

Another professional athlete was going to be on the undercard. NBA swingman Nick Young was scheduled to fight rapper Blueface.


stick with sports

Former Steelers defensive back Jordan Dangerfield is retiring from the NFL. But he does not quit the game.

Going through HighSchoolFootballAmerica.com, Dangerfield joins the football coaching staff at American Heritage High School in Delray Beach. He will be an assistant coach in charge of defensive backs.

After initially signing as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills, Dangerfield spent seven seasons with the Steelers, spending most of his career as a special teams player and backup safety. He played high school football in Florida at Royal Palm Beach High.


Hello Hines

Another former Steeler who tried his hand at coaching is now becoming a professional head coach.

Former Steeler Hines Ward has been an offensive assistant for the New York Jets and Florida Atlantic University since retiring from the NFL after the 2011 season. Now he’s going to be the head coach of an XFL team.

This is the third iteration of the XFL. And this time, Ward will be the head coach of the newly created franchise in San Antonio.

Other XFL teams will be in Arlington, Orlando, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Seattle, Houston and Washington, DC

“When we get to Arlington, when we go to Houston, I want to hear all the boos because I guarantee you and the Alamodome that we’re going to boo you,” Ward said via the San Antonio Express. “San Antonio, we’re going all the way.”

The team does not yet have a nickname. The new league is expected to start in February 2023.


‘Bach’ in business

Daniel Vogelbach played his first game with the New York Mets after a trade with the Pirates. He went 1 for 3 with a walk, two strikeouts and a run scored in an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres.

The Mets picked up the win over former pirate Joe Musgrove. The All-Star pitcher allowed four earned runs in 5⅓ innings to absorb the loss. Three runs were courtesy of Pete Alonso’s 25th homer of the season.

After going 8-0 with a 1.59 ERA through June 16, Musgrove has now lost three of his last five starts and his ERA is 2.63.


Cubs are cooking

The Pirates have a short two-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Monday and Tuesday. They come into Monday’s game at Wrigley Field 40-56. That’s 1½ games ahead of Chicago (38-57) for third place in National League Central.

The Cubs, Cincinnati Reds (36-58) and Washington Nationals (32-65) are the only National League teams with worse records than the Pirates.

The Bucs are catching the Cubs on a slight uptick, though. The Cubs are coming off a three-game sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies, and they’ve won four in a row overall. Mt. Lebanon’s Ian Happ was 4 for 6 in Game 1 of this series against Philadelphia.

However, Chicago has been really mediocre at Wrigley Field this year. They are between 18 and 32 years old at home. Only the Nationals (15-36) are worse at home so far this year.

The Pirates will start JT Brubaker in Game 1 of the series, followed by Bryse Wilson in Game 2. According to MLB.comChicago will face Adrian Sampson on Monday and Keegan Thompson on Tuesday.

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

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