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Steel Sensations…Three key players to Steelers making playoffs

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first_imgSTEPHON TUITT takes down LeGarrette Blount. (Photo by Thomas Sabol)–The Steelers won their 3rd straight game on Sunday against a very solid New York Giants team in convincing fashion. They appeared to be clicking on all cylinders and if they keep that up, they’ll have a good chance of running the table over the last four weeks and getting a home playoff game as AFC North champions.Outside of the Killer B’s; Ben Roethlisberger, LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown, the Steelers need a few other guys to shoulder some of the load and there are three guys in particular who will need to do so in order to key the success of the black and gold down the stretch.Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green scores a touchdown that put the Steelers out of reach of the New York Giants Sunday night in their 24-14 win at Heinz Field, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham) (Jared Wickerham)The first guy is a man I’ve given some grief to over the first ¾ of the season but he showed up in a big way against the Giants. Ladarius Green. He needs to be the 2nd receiver on this team with the depletion of receiving depth over the season.  Green just entered the lineup a few weeks ago after overcoming his own injury woes and he needs to show why the team went out and paid top dollar for him. He did so on Sunday and if he can be that big target that Big Ben is looking for in the red zone and provide another deep threat as well, that would be a huge addition for the offense. Green has shown some good hands, has run solid routes and has a burst of speed for his size that makes him hard to cover.  He’ll become a bigger part of the game plan moving forward and his involvement could pay big dividends for an offense that desires scoring 30 points on a weekly basis.CLEVELAND, OH -James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The next two players are on the defensive side of the ball. First is old reliable, the veteran and playmaker, James Harrison. Harrison became a starter a few weeks back and ever since his return, the team has begun to apply a heck of a lot more pressure on the quarterback.  Harrison has had five sacks in his last five games, which leads the team. He’s been in this situation before and the energy on the defensive side of the ball is palpable when he’s on the field. He brings a leadership to a unit that desperately needs it.Lastly, Stephon Tuitt. He’s a player who’s still developing and he’s going to need to speed that development up a bit now that Cam Heyward is done for the season. So far, Tuitt has answered the bell.  He needs to be the key run stopper, provide a rush from the end and generally lead the defensive line. He’s got the ability, he’s shown that, he just needs to keep it up and build upon it. If he does, the defense will continue the recent success they’ve had.Obviously, these three players are compliments to the big three on offense but if they can do their part and provide the black and gold with some leadership and a few big plays; this team has a strong opportunity to win the division.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association http://www.steelnationassociation.com– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.last_img read more

Lionel Messi’s restaurant in Argentina welcomes homeless with free food and drinks people amidst…

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first_imgAdvertisement 58tlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs40kxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9o4hgn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9e2efWould you ever consider trying this?😱3w3ocCan your students do this? 🌚yipaRoller skating! Powered by Firework Lionel Messi has been the pioneer for Argentinean football for much over a decade now and not only on the pitch but the 31 year old is inspiring countrymen off the pitch as well.Advertisement Lionel Messi’s restaurant VIP in Rosario is doing something incredible.Advertisement “We’ve been giving coffee, soft drinks and even some wine to some,” said restaurant manager Ariel Almada, as reported by Marca .“Many people came and were very respectful.Advertisement “We’re going to keep this up for 15 days, every night between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.”As the economy is Argentina is down , low income people have been rendered homeless and Lionel Messi is being very noble in helping the community in his native town.Messi is heavily involved in charity work through the Leo Messi foundation.In February, the foundation donated €200,000 to help fund a water project in conjunction with UNICEF in Kenya.The money was used to go towards building a water pump and supplying food, meaning that more than 2,000 people had access to running water in their homes and in primary schools. Advertisementlast_img read more

Lions and Demons show their class

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first_imgBy Russell Bennett WGCA PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 13 Two of the four finals-bound sides in the Premier division have some work…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Bungling burlars’ 30-second smash and grab

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first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A COMMERCIAL smash and grab proved almost fruitless for a number of balaclava-clad men captured frantically rummaging…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz powers TRU into Canada West Playoffs

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first_imgNelson’s Mitch Popadynetz made his final home game at Thompson Rivers University a memorable one.The Nelson Youth Soccer grad assisted on the only goal as TRU Wolfpack edged UBC Thunderbirds 1-0 in Canada West Men’s Soccer action Sunday in Kamloops.“We always get up for UBC,” said Popadynetz, who played for UBC before transferring to TRU.“They are the number one ranked team in the country,” he added. “We look forward to it. We did it. We are pretty fired up. It feels good to beat them.  It’s a story book ending to our season as we won four of their last five.” Joshua Banton scored the matches only marker when he converted a free kick from former Thunderbird and Canada West MVP Popadynetz  in extra time.Popadynetz’s assist was his ninth of the year, which is good enough for second most in the Canada West during the regular season. Jackson Gardner got the clean sheet in goal for TRU, his second of the season.The WolfPack now travel to Edmonton, Alberta to meet up with the Alberta Golden Bears in the Canada West Play in match.  The Bears beat the WolfPack when they met in the regular season 1-0 on September 21st at Hillside Stadium. The Pack beat Alberta in the Canada West playoffs last year to claim the bronze medal.The WolfPack honored their graduating players; Mitchell Popadynetz (Nelson, BC), Finlay McPhie (Vernon, BC), Thomas Lantmeeters (Genk, Belgium) and Jason Staiger (Agassiz, BC) at the match. All four were the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” players of the match.  Popadynetz, who will conclude his studies at TRU in the spring with a business major, has been a winner wherever he has played.As a member of the NYS U13 Selects, Popadynetz powered the squad to a silver medal at the 2008 B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup in Richmond, coming within a penalty shot of capturing the gold medal.In 2013, he guided Team BC to a silver medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que.Later in 2013, he was part of UBC’s run to the Canada University Men’s Soccer Championship as the T-Birds defeated Laval Rouge et Or 3-1 to capture the gold medal.last_img read more

Grealish apologises for breaking lockdown to visit friend

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first_imgAston Villa captain Jack Grealish is “deeply embarrassed” after he “stupidly agreed” to go to a friend’s house this weekend during the coronavirus lockdown, he said in a video message on Twitter.West Midlands Police said they were called just before 10am on Sunday to the Dickens Heath area of Solihull to reports that a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars in the street, causing them minor damage.The force said the driver had left his details with a member of the public before leaving on foot and would be spoken to by police in due course.Images surfaced online on Sunday of a damaged white Range Rover, as well as a picture that appeared to show the Villa midfielder in slippers and a bright blue hoodie.Less than 24 hours before the incident, the 24-year-old Grealish had launched a video appeal for people to stay at home during the Government-enforced lockdown.Grealish, whom Villa confirmed would be fined, said on Twitter on Monday: “I just want to do a quick video message just to say how deeply embarrassed I am by about what’s happened this weekend.“I know it’s a tough time for everyone at the moment, being locked indoors for so long and I obviously just got a call off a friend asking to go round to his – and I stupidly agreed to do so.“I don’t want anyone to make the same mistake that I did, so I obviously urge everyone to stay at home and follow the rules and the guidelines of what we’ve been asked to do.“I know for a fact that I’ll be doing that in the near future now and obviously, like I said, I urge everyone to do the same.“I hope everyone can accept my apology and we can move on from this and hopefully obviously in the near future we can all be out and enjoying ourselves again once this has all boiled over.”Following Grealish’s video message, Villa released a statement confirming the player would be disciplined and fined, with the proceeds going to a local charity.“Aston Villa is deeply disappointed that one of our players ignored the Government’s guidance on staying at home during the coronavirus crisis,” a club statement read.“Club captain Jack Grealish has accepted that his decision to leave his house was wrong and entirely unnecessary. It breached the Government guidelines which are clear and should be adhered to by everybody.“The player will be disciplined and fined with the proceeds donated to The University Hospitals Charity in Birmingham.”last_img read more

Port Kaituma man jailed for narco possession

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first_imgA Port Kaituma resident was on Tuesday made to answer to the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan for possession of narcotics.Henry Conway pleaded not guilty to the charges when it was read to him at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charges stated that on December 31, 2016 at Water Front, Port Kaituma, he had in his possession 20 grams of cannabis and on the same day, he was also found in possession of 3.820kg of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution objected to bail and Conway, who is reportedly a vendor, was sent back to prison until February 7, 2017, when he would appear at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.last_img

42 golfers to fight for final Kenya Open slots

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first_img0Shares0000Muthaiga Golf Club’s Nelson Mudanyi: One of the Kenyan players who will be in action at the Vet Lab Sports Club on Monday for the Pre-Qualification event.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Local and international professional golfers will on Monday compete for three 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship slots at a Pre-Qualification event that will be held at the Vet Lab Sports Club.This will be the last opportunity for any golf professional, local or foreign to grab a last-minute ticket into what is the most lucrative Tournament on the 2018 European Challenge Tour. Nakuru’s Richard Ainley, Muthaiga’s Nelson Mudanyi, Windsor’s David Opati and Eldoret’s Boniface Simwa will be relying on their local knowledge of the challenging 18-hole layout at the Vet Lab Sports Club to qualify for the Kenya Open; they will face stiff competition from strong and experienced European journeymen including:Englishman and European Tour Champion, Oliver Wilson; Argentinian and three-time Challenge Tour Champion, Alvaro Velasco; and Frenchman, Victor Riu (a Challenge-Tour Champion)Speaking to the media over the weekend, Kenya Open Golf Championship Tournament Director, Patrick Obath, said the Pre-Qualifier was necessitated by the enhanced interest at this year’s Kenya Open, adding that it offers fans an opportunity to watch a prelude of the Kenya Open before it tees-off on Thursday.“This year we will be having a Pre-Qualification event at the Vet Lab Sports Club on Monday the 19th of March whose purpose is to select professional players who will fill in the final three slots for this year’s Championship. Locally trials like this are only seen in Athletics, but globally, all top golf events stage Pre-Q events,” he said.He added; “The Pre-Qualifier will also give golf fans also a chance to watch the professionals in action ahead of the main event on Thursday and this event will give Vet Lab a brilliant opportunity to see how their new 18-hole golf course will hold up against some of the best golf professionals in the European Challenge Tour.”12 Kenyans, 2 Tanzanians, 2 Ugandans 2 South Africans, 2 Zimbabweans and 1 Malawian are among African Professional players due to battle it out against the foreign contingent of players which includes, among others, 5 Englishmen.The high number of foreign players at the Pre-Qualification event shows the new stature of the Kenya Open as an annual global golf event.The tournament tees-off at 7:30am and will culminate in a bush drive and dinner for the players at the Nairobi National Park later in the day courtesy of the Kenya Tourism Board.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stars discipline pays dividends- Round-Up

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first_img0Shares0000DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania, December 1- In the last few days, Harambee Stars players have made a fuss about lack of comforts in their team hotel in the baking hot Dar-es-Salaam where they are contesting the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.Fellow occupants and Group C rivals Sudan went about their business with minimum of fuss and the two teams will lock horns on Saturday starting 2pm in their final pool match where the loser could just as well pack and go home A CECAFA official who declined to be named expressed reservations about the Kenyans attitude saying, “They should get on with the business that brought them here; playing football. Whining about small things like, no eggs, no fruits, is very cheap.”On Wednesday afternoon when the skies open to let a deluge, Francis Kimanzi’s charges seemed to have ignored the unflattering playing conditions to resurrect their campaign which was dealt a cruel blow by Malawi who beat them 2-0 in their opener.Their 2-0 win over Ethiopia was an all round display of a focused football team at the wet National Stadium in Dar. Ethiopia humiliated the Kenyans under Jacob “Ghost” Mulee last year but Stars offered the perfect response to criticism after their opening day defeat against Malawi by outclassing their opponents who looked disjointed as well as incompatible with the conditions.A repeat of a similar performance against a side that beat them to the LG Cup at home in June will result in the win that will seal their passage to the quarter finals on December 5 and 6.Kimanzi wrought in a number of bold changes to the team beaten by Malawi, key of which was bringing in the rookie striker, Victor Ochieng’ of Chemelil. Ochieng’ was on for 80 minutes during which he scored a goal on his Stars debut — converting a 40th minute corner from Kevin Kimani — and made fellow striker Bob Mugalia who was isolated on Monday comfortable.Mugalia shot Kenya into the lead in the 11th minute before the lively Ochieng’ was fouled inside the box in the 38th and Kenya suffered the folly of giving their ‘star’ player the ball to take the spot kick.Jamal Mohammed fluffed his effort high above the bar while captain Pascal Ochieng, the defender who rarely misses from the spot would have been a safer bet.The Kenyans had a good tactical approach to the second half, consolidating their lead by a sensible defence while Mugalia’s intermittent raids pressed the Ethiopians back, stifling an all-out attack.Even though he blundered once, putting his defence at risk, custodian keeper Duncan Ochieng’ had a great game repaying his coach’s faith in him after heavy criticism from the first match where he gifted Malawi a penalty.Malawi 0 Sudan 0Sudan became the only winless team in the Group C after being held 0-0 by Malawi in the second match of the day at the National Stadium.It was good news for Stars who would qualify for the quarter finals by forcing Sudan to a draw in their last group match on Saturday.Sudan, the only Cecafa country that have qualified for the 2012 African Cup of Nations ended up badly frustrated after failing to take command in yet another encounter. They had drawn 1-1 with Ethiopia on Monday when head coach Mohamed “Mazda” Abdallah was away in Cairo attending a CAF administration diploma course.He arrived in Dar-es-Salaam early Wednesday morning to be in charge in the afternoon match.But in the second half, he vented his frustration on referee Hudu Munyemana’s decisions and was sent away from the touchline.He claimed there was a conspiracy to obstruct his team from victory. “I have the best team in this region; the only one going to AFCON, but we cannot show our ability if refereeing is bad,” he told SuperSport in post-match interview.Djibouti 0 Tanzania Mainland 3On Tuesday, Tanzania Mainland’s Kilimanjaro Stars bounced back from last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Rwanda to beat Djibouti 3-0 and earn opportunity to qualify for the knockout stage from ‘A’.The home team’s victory came as a relief to local fans who were left enraged by the opening performance of coach Charles Boniface Mkwasa’s team.Half of Tanzania was apprehensive even at kick off, booing the team as it entered the pitch. Interestingly, none of the 11 starters were from the champion club, Young Africans, whose supporters traditionally occupy half the stadium.The Kilimanjaro Stars starters were mainly from Yanga’s bitter rivals, Simba and other minor clubs. But the irony was coach Boniface’s boldness in going in with whom he thought fitted his strategy.Fans would not have missed the fact that the coach is a national icon who played, captained and coached his beloved Yanga, but this time, national good came first.It was only during substitution that two Yanga players, Geoffrey Taita and Nurdin Bakari, were introduced.Simba front man, Thomas Ulimwengu was put through by Mussa “Mgosi” Hassan who plies his trade at DC Motema Pembe in the Democratic Republic Congo to give Kilimanjaro Stars a quick third minute goal.Hassan and Ramadhan “Redondo” Chombo (Azam FC) then wasted chances in the seventh and eighth minutes as the hosts took complete charge. It was just a matter of time before they doubled their lead.They made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba) shot from a long distance. Substitute Hussein Javu (Simba) made it 3-0 six minutes to time.Rwanda 2 Zimbabwe 0In Group A match on Tuesday, Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars joined Uganda Cranes (Group B) in quarter finals after inflicting a 2-0 defeat on Warriors of Zimbabwe at the National Stadium.Zimbabwe enjoyed the lion’s share of the first half, went close several times in the first 15 minutes, but to no avail.Donald Ngoma missed what could have been the opener for Zimbabwe in the seventh minute when his close range effort went straight into the waiting hands of goalie Jean Claude Ndori.After the shaky start, Rwanda took the game to their opponents and broke the stalemate when Meddie Kagere made a double hit, first in the 25th minute, before wrapping it up in the 81st.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

City spy chance to add to Chelsea woes

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first_imgWidely criticised over the incident, Mourinho confirmed on Friday that the pair have been demoted — temporarily, according to him — and will not be on the bench at the Etihad Stadium.The Swansea game already represented an underwhelming start to Chelsea’s title defence after five games without victory in pre-season, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’s dismissal ruling him out of Sunday’s contest.City, in contrast, opened with an impressive 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion that sent Manuel Pellegrini’s side to the top of the standings after the first round of fixtures.Raheem Sterling is settling in after his £49 million ($76.7 million, 68.9 million euros) switch from Liverpool, Sergio Aguero is nearing full fitness following his post-Copa America break and Yaya Toure suggested he was ready to put last season’s troubles behind him with a goal and an assist at The Hawthorns.Sunday’s game, meanwhile, will be the first at the Etihad since the opening of a new 6,000-seat tier on the South Stand and the addition of 1,500 extra pitch-side seats, taking the capacity to 55,097 — another sign of the club’s growing ambition.Victory would put City five points above Chelsea and although it is early days, Pellegrini knows that Sunday’s encounter represents an opportunity to disrupt the stride of a title rival.“We are not thinking about the title in the second game, but we are thinking about trying to win our points at home, especially as we are playing against the champions and one of the teams that has a lot of chances to win the title,” he said.“It is the same as Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham — all the big teams.”– Aguero in contention –Aguero came off the bench against West Brom, but it may be too soon for last season’s top scorer to start, which would mean Wilfried Bony continuing to lead the line.For Chelsea, Asmir Begovic will make his competitive full debut, having come on against Swansea following Courtois’s second-half dismissal for felling Bafetimbi Gomis.Oscar is a doubt with a knock sustained in training, but Diego Costa is in line to play, having allayed fears about the condition of his hamstrings by completing 90 minutes against Swansea.Even by Mourinho’s stormy standards, it has been a challenging week, as medical professionals from within the game have queued up to criticise him over his perplexing treatment of Carneiro and Fearn.He threatened to walk out of a briefing with newspaper journalists on Friday when pressed on the matter, but he has dismissed suggestions the furore will have any effect on the outcome of the showdown with City.“If somebody thinks that a disagreement between two members of the medical staff and the manager can affect the week, it is somebody that doesn’t have a clue about what football is and about preparation for matches,” Mourinho said. “It is obviously not (a problem).“The season is very, very long. We are speaking about 38 matches — 38 matches is an eternity, a marathon that started last weekend and ends in around 10 months.“I cannot say it (the match) is crucial, I cannot say it is decisive, I cannot say it is very, very, very important.“But, two title contenders, three points, so if you can get three and your opponent zero, it is important.“I am not going to say the game is not important, but for sure I don’t say the game decides anything for the winner or the loser.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates against AS Roma in a international pre-season. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, August 15- Manchester City will attempt to exploit the internal turmoil at Chelsea and land an early blow in this season’s Premier League title race when the sides face off on Sunday.Chelsea’s week has been dominated by the fall-out from manager Jose Mourinho’s criticism of first-team doctor Eva Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard when the team were down to 10 men in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City.last_img read more