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PITTSBURGH -- Running back LeVeon Bell promises to walk away from the latest clash with Vontaze Burfict and the Cincinnati Bengals with two healthy knees.Bell has suffered injuries in each of the past two matchups with Cincinnati, tearing two knee ligaments in Week 8 of last season after Burfict tackled him by the sideline. The hit ended his season.Now leading the Steelers late-season playoff push and earning MVP consideration, Bell isnt backing down from a reunion with Burfict.Im pretty sure they are going to do whatever they got to try to get me off the field. It is what it is. I understand that, Bell said. The last two times Ive played them, its been that way. Im obviously not going to let it happen a third time. Im going to be prepared for everything. Got to, because with my mindset I have to be smart about it.Bell said during the offseason that he believed Burfict -- who served a three-game suspension for several egregious hits -- intentionally tried to hurt him. Since that Bengals game, Bell has been averaging 161.6 total yards per game and broke a franchise record with 236 rushing yards in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.Bell also hurt his knee from a Reggie Nelson hit in Week 16 of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the playoffs that year. The injury did not require surgery.Bell, who missed the first three games of 2016 for a substance abuse violation, said of course he expects the Bengals to draw the Steelers into after-the-whistle play. Ignoring the chatter wont be a challenge at all, said Bell, who added Burfict looks like the same player to him.Im pretty sure [Burficts] going to do whatever he has to do -- Im going to go out there and play football, Bell said. Thats what Im going to do. Im going to go out there and try to beat those guys with my football play. Im not necessarily worried about trying to be dirty or doing anything to try to hurt those guys.Bell said his knee recovery has been a long journey, but hes held up well after the heaviest of workloads. Bell has touched the ball 166 times in the past five weeks, including 118 rushes in his past four games -- all wins.His dynamic play has prompted teammates, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger,?to push his MVP case publicly.Its an honor. Ive been hearing it, Bell said. I want to do whatever it takes to win these three games. Im not really worried about an award. Ive got to do whatever it takes to help us win a Super Bowl.Stitched Mets Jerseys . -- Jakob Silfverberg is making himself right at home with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring four goals in his first four games. Fake Mets Jerseys https://www.cheapmetsjerseys.us/ .com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena. New York Mets Gear .Y. - General manager Billy King says the Brooklyn Nets are looking to add a big man and confirmed the team worked out centre Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active NBA player if signed. Cheap Mets Jerseys . Belfort (24-10) needed just 77 seconds to down Henderson in the headlining bout of Saturdays "UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson" event at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. The fight served as a rematch of the pairs 2006 meeting, which Henderson won by decision.CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats agreed on Thursday to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent centre Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz, said people familiar with the situation. Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each year of the deal, with the third season being a player option. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal hasnt become official. The contract cannot be signed until July 10 when the NBAs moratorium on signing new deals is lifted. Jefferson, 28, gives the Bobcats a much-needed scoring threat in the low post, where they struggled last season. He should also help on the boards, where the Bobcats were repeatedly outrebounded the last two seasons. The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson has averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last seven seasons. Last season, his third with the Jazz, he averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The Boston Celtics selected Jefferson out of high school in Mississippi with the No. 15 pick in the 2004 draft. During a nine-year NBA career, Jefferson also played two seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has career averages of 16.4 points, 9 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Jefferson was among four high-profile free agents who played last season with the Jazz, along with Paul Millsap, Mo Williams and Randy Foye. Utah went 43-39 and missed the playoffs for the second time in three years. Acquired by the Jazz in a July 2010 trade, Jefferson earned $15 million last season and led the team in both scoring and rebounding. After the 2012-13 season ended, Jefferson told reporters he believed he improved his overall game while in UUtah.dddddddddddd "I have showed Im not just the black hole reputation I had years ago," Jefferson said in April of never passing the ball back out of the post. "I showed people that I can do other things." In April, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin praised Jefferson for his contributions in Utah. "I think hes done a great job, coming in, being known as an offensive player, getting numbers," Corbin said. "And hes gotten numbers here, but theyve helped us win a lot of games. Hes been healthy. Hes always ready and willing to play and likes to be on the floor and I think hes been a great guy with this team of guys." Jefferson, who was given credit for helping develop young players Derrick Favours and Enes Kanter, said then that it was emotional to say goodbye to his Jazz teammates at the abrupt end of the season. The Jazz finished just out of the playoffs in ninth place in the Western Conference. "Theres no way in the world every one of these guys will be here next year, all together," Jefferson said. Jefferson becomes the best low post scoring threat the Bobcats have had in nine years in the NBA. Last year, the Bobcats started a combination of Brendan Haywood, Byron Mullens, Bismack Biyombo and Josh McRoberts at centre. Gana Diop, their other big man, rarely played. Jefferson was ranked as the third-best centre on the free agent market by CBSSports.com behind Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. He joins a Bobcats team in dire need of star players. The Bobcats are just 28-120 over the past two seasons, and their biggest high-profile player is second-year point guard Kemba Walker. ' ' '

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