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Published: Saturday, 7/8/2006

Roethlisberger to tee off, appear in country music video


PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last month, will play in a celebrity golf tournament next week and appear in a music video.

Officials with American Century Championship, a tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev., said yesterday that Roethlisberger has committed to play there next weekend, July 14-16.

Also, a spokesman for The PovertyNeck Hillbillies, a country music group in Pittsburgh, announced yesterday that Roethlisberger will be shooting a music video with the group on Tuesday at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger underwent seven hours of facial reconstruction surgery June 12 after ramming his motorcycle into a car that turned left in front of him on a Pittsburgh street.

Roethlisberger suffered a broken jaw and nose when his head smashed into the car's windshield, and he was thrown over the car onto the pavement. He was cited for riding without a lic-

ense and not wearing a helmet.

BROWNS/THOMPSON: Cornerback Chris Thompson, waived last week by Chicago, has signed with Cleveland. Terms were not disclosed. The 6-foot, 187-pound Thompson was taken in the fifth round by Jacksonville in 2004. He played in 12 games for the Bears last year, recording 10 tackles.

BRONCOS/SAUERBRUN: Todd Sauerbrun will be suspended for the first month of the season after testing positive for the banned supplement ephedra, a person close to the player said.

Sauerbrun will miss the first four regular-season games if his expected appeal is denied. Sauerbrun, a 12-year veteran, came over from Carolina last season. He averaged 43.8 yards a punt.

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