Bell: DeBartolo’s bond with players evident at HOF

Eddie DeBartolo gives his acceptance speech during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.(Photo: Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports) CANTON, Ohio – At one point during Eddie DeBartolo’s induction speech on Saturday night, Jerry Rice stood up, stretched his arms and playfully played the part of embarrassment. The former San Francisco 49ers owner told the…

Ex-49ers owner's bond with players felt at HOF

Eddie DeBartolo gives his acceptance speech during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.(Photo: Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports) CANTON, Ohio – At one point during Eddie DeBartolo’s induction speech on Saturday night, Jerry Rice stood up, stretched his arms and playfully played the part of embarrassment. The former San Francisco 49ers owner told the…

Bell: Next Deflategate? PED probe could get ugly

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) rushes the line of scrimmage against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.(Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports) As hard as he tried, Tom Brady couldn’t beat the NFL in Deflategate. What a warning for James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers – three…

Evaluating the Men's Olympic basketball teams

Despite some notable talent missing from the Olympic roster, Team USA is shaping up to dominate once again. USA TODAY Sports USA basketball players Kevin Durant , Paul George , Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and DeMarcus Cousins during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana.(Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports) The…