Ready, Aim, Tweet: Antonio Brown fires at Roethlisberger, Tomlin

Antonio Brown’s laundry list of issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers appears to include a problem with how head coach Mike Tomlin treated the Pro Bowl wide receiver during the regular-season finale against Cincinnati and with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership style.

Brown, who has requested a trade, took to Twitter on Saturday to vent in what amounted to his first expanded public comments since a falling out with the organization.

Asked by a Twitter user about the root of his conflict with Roethlisberger, Brown responded “No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth.”

Brown also called out Tomlin for the way he handled Brown during the final week of the regular season. The team sent Brown home two days before the season finale and ordered him to get some rest and have his knee examined. Brown arrived at the stadium in time for the game but did not dress after the team made him inactive.

“After the coach tell the team I quit while nursing some bumps then invite me to watch the show with same guys thinking I quit,” Brown tweeted. “I can not stand with that!”

Obituary: Gene Littler, whose fluid swing carried him to 29 victories on the PGA Tour and a 1961 U.S. Open title at Oakland Hills, died Friday at 88.

Littler held his own among the golfing greats to emerge from San Diego with a tempo to his swing that made the game look easy. Gene Sarazen once said Littler had a perfect swing, like Sam Snead, “only better.”

Littler was known as “Gene the Machine,” and he won the first of his 29 tour titles in 1955 at the Los Angeles Open. His most productive year was in 1959 when he won five times, was runner-up three times and finished No. 2 on the PGA Tour money list behind Art Wall.

“His rhythmic swing that earned him his distinctive nickname remains in our minds a thing of beauty,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said. “It was a pleasure to watch Gene Littler hit a golf ball. San Diego has produced great champions like Billy Casper, Phil Mickelson and Mickey Wright. Gene Littler stood there right there beside those giants of the game.”

Track and field: Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke a 22-year-old indoor world record in the 1,500 meters, clocking 3 minutes, 31.04 seconds at the Birmingham (England) Indoor Grand Prix.

Tefera, 19, shaved 0.14 of a second off the mark of 3:31.18 set by Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj in February 1997. El Guerrouj holds the outdoor world record of 3:26.00, set in 1998.

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