It’s fair to say that the passing of Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders has greatly affected all those associated with the NBA, and the legendary Kobe Bryant has continued to lead the tributes. During last night’s season opener between the T Wolves and the Los Angeles Lakers the latter team donned specially designed shirts during the warm up. Bryant led the side out wearing a jersey with the caption Flip on the front. In fitting style the Timberwolves won the clash 112-111. Across to the NFL, confidence is growing that Ben Roethlisberger will start for the Pittsburgh Steelers when they play host to the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. A return for Big Ben looks very much on the cards, with trusted Steelers writer Ed Bouchette tweeting ‘Ben is playing’. The veteran quarterback’s comeback will certainly help his franchise, who are so far 4 to 3 for the season.