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Tomlin trying to keep reeling Steelers focused despite odds

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) fumbles the ball as New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins tackles him, causing a turnover in the final minute of the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill) New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis (56) sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during an NFL football game in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. New Orleans won, 31-28. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn’t see the point in it. Spending too much time looking back and not enough time looking forward can be just as dangerous as any of the missteps or handful of questionable calls that have hit the Steelers (8-6-1) during a slide that’s seen them drop four of five to fall behind Baltimore for the top spot in the AFC North.“The bottom line is when they’re done, they’re done, you move on,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “What truly defines you (are) the plays that lie ahead.”Maybe, but the sting of a 31-28 loss on the road in New Orleans on Sunday could linger well into the offseason if Pittsburgh can’t slip past the Ravens to reach the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Steelers need to beat Cincinnati and hope Cleveland beats Baltimore on the road after letting another fourth-quarter lead slip away against the Saints.Pittsburgh had its chances. But its final three possessions in New Orleans ended with two fumbles sandwiched around a fake punt in which up back Roosevelt Nix was stopped a foot short of a first down that would have allowed the Steelers to bleed the clock. The Saints responded by driving for the go-ahead score, one abetted by a fourth-down pass interference call against cornerback Joe Haden that gave New Orleans a first down.Several Steelers contended Drew Brees’ pass intended for Michael Thomas was tipped at the line, which would have negated the penalty. The league reviewed it and agreed with the call on the field. So did Tomlin, at least to a point: Tomlin doesn’t believe defensive end Stephon Tuitt got a hand on the ball either, but did offer an addendum.“I also don’t believe it was (pass interference),” he said.It was the second pass interference call against Haden on the day. He drew a 33-yard penalty in the first quarter when officials ruled he illegally prevented New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara from trying to haul in a Brees pass that sailed well over the head of both players. New Orleans running back Mark Ingram bulled over from 1 yard on the next play.center_img Tomlin, a member of the NFL’s competition committee known to critique the officiating at times, refused to blame his team’s current position on one iffy call. Asked to describe how a team responds to a tough break, the father of three shrugged.“How do you deal with it when your kids don’t listen?” Tomlin said. “You move on. You focus on the things within your control.”That’s an approach — for this week anyway — that might not have any impact on whether the Steelers play into January. The beat-up Bengals (6-9) have won a single game since Halloween and oddsmakers have already made Pittsburgh a heavy favorite. Yet, even a convincing win won’t matter if the Ravens turn back the Browns and the season-ending matchup between Indianapolis and Tennessee on Sunday night ends in a tie.Tomlin pointed out Sunday won’t be any different than any other weekend, when the results from other games have a ripple effect on the course of Pittsburgh’s season. It’s just that it will be monitored more closely. He’s got enough to worry about without spending the day glancing up at the scoreboard.The loss in New Orleans wasn’t much different than most of the five defeats that came before it. The Steelers turned over the ball more than they took it away and couldn’t get a defensive stop when they absolutely needed one.Five of Pittsburgh’s six losses have come by a touchdown or less. The margin for error is small. Too often the Steelers have been on the wrong side it.“We’re not going to make it to be something mystical, or pretend it’s something out of our control,” Tomlin said. “It is preparation, detail, schematics, coaching. All of those things are very tangible. We’ve fallen short for a variety or myriad of reasons.”NOTES: S Sean Davis (quadriceps) and LB Vince Williams (toe) could be limited early in the week after getting hurt in New Orleans. … Tomlin is optimistic RB James Conner could be available. Conner has missed each of the last three games. … Tomlin defended his decision to call for a fake punt on fourth-and-5 at the Pittsburgh 42 with just over four minutes to play. “We’re not going to play not to lose,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to play to win. The guys understand it. That’s just how we live.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Digicel Cup to proceed with Grand Final at SJG

first_imgChairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said this when apologising to the league families, sponsorship partners, franchised and stakeholders for the incident that had happened during the semi-final match last Saturday.“We want to give confidence to the people of this country and the sponsors that we will not let this sabotage the major sporting events that are coming up starting with the Digicel cup finals, the Hunters finals and the lead up to the U20 women’s world cup and the Rugby League World Cup,” Tsaka said.Tsaka added that, the Digicel cup finals may still continue if scheduled for this weekend as we also have the Hunters for the first time will host QRL finals here at the NFS as well.Moreover, four Hunters players, Henry Noki,Timothy Lomai, Eassau Siune and Enoch Maki also condemned the incident and apologised to the families and sponsorship partners of the competition.Noki as a former Eagles player was upset as he also pledged his apology to the Gurias franchise and urge his former franchise the Eagles to keep the good record of producing good players like they used to.last_img read more

UP Leaves Taylor, Kupee in the Cold

first_imgThe ruling Unity Party (UP) conducted rallies across the country over the weekend, creating earth-shattering results for incumbents and political sympathizers.In Lofa County, incumbent Sumo Kupee’s hopes for party’s endorsement became history when the party instead selected his rival, former National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) boss, Francis Carbah, to stand on its ticket.Kupee could not convince district heads and even top executives of the party that he was the right man for the job, as majority of the delegates expressed their strong anger against Kupee at the polls.Kupee had enjoyed a long relationship with UP executives, which earned him a position of Chairman of the Senate’s Ways, Means and Finance Committee, a job responsible to oversee all financial matters including the National Budget, financial agreements between Liberia and other partners, as well as running the affairs of the senate’s operational budget in consultation with other leadership members. He has served in this capacity since taking office in 2006 and as such had high hopes of the party’s endorsement.But his hope of riding again under the UP political umbrella in order to clinch party’s full support now remains history.Defeated 12-8 votes, Kupee knows that he fought a good battle but was never the favorite. A four-vote margin means a lot in any political struggle.  However, this does not put an end to Kupee’s career.  He seems determined to fight. When asked for response to his defeat, Kupee declined to comment on his next move, saying; “I will officially announce what is next shortly.”Carbah, whom the party welcomed under its umbrella, has had a long standing relationship with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who remain influential figures in both party and county politics, despite their lame duck status.In Bong County, UP downplayed previous political agreements with incumbent Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and announced that the party’s political weight rests on the shoulders of Dr. Henrique Tokpah, president of Cuttington University.Madam Taylor of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) had hoped that she could collaborate with the UP in order for the party to support her bid by fielding no candidate in the region, but the former first lady was disappointed.In Nimba and Montserrado counties, Dr. Peter Wheato and Aliue Sylla grabbed their share of the cake as the party’s endorsement fell steadfastly in their favor. Sylla defeated Madam Cecelia Cuffey Brown, a strong critic of CDC’s George Weah. Sylla joined the race along with Liberty Party’s Benjamin Sanvee and CDC’s George Weah, both of whom have received their parties’ endorsements, respectively.The National Elections Commission (NEC) announced that the Special Senatorial Election will be conducted early October, and political parties are keen on electing their candidates through primaries or party executives’ endorsement to stand in the polls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nobel Prize winner VS Naipaul dies

first_imgTrinidad-born author Sir VS Naipaul has died at his home in London, his family said in a statement on Saturday.Mrs Nadira Naipaul said her 85-year-old husband, Sir Vidiadhar “Vidia” Surajprasad Naipaul, “…was a giant in all that he achieved, and he died surrounded by those he loved, having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour.” The British laureate has had a decorated career, winning both the Nobel and Booker Prizes for his work, which ranged from comics earlier on to post-colonial life. He had published over 30 books, both of fiction and nonfiction, over the past 50-plus years.His most celebrated novel, “A House for Mr Biswas”, was based on the life of his late father, Seepersad, who wrote for the Trinidad Guardian newspaper. The late VS Naipaul was also well known for his work on Islamic fundamentalism and travel writings.Sir Naipaul was born in Trinidad, which was the setting for most of his earlier work, and went to study in the United Kingdom after winning a Government scholarship to study at a university in any country of the British Commonwealth. He chose Oxford’s University College, where he suffered a nervous breakdown while studying. However, he had met his first wife, Patricia Hale, prior to this, and she helped him recover, also encouraging him to start writing.The two then got married in 1955, one year after he moved to London and two years after they graduated. However, Hale died in 1996, and Naipaul, who was knighted in 1989, went on to marry Lady Nadira.Among his earliest books are: The Mystic Masseur (1957); The Suffrage of Elvira (1958); Miguel Street (1959); In a Free State (1971), which won Britain’s Booker Prize; Guerrillas (1975); A Bend in the River (1979); A Way in the World (1994); The Mimic Men (1967); and The Enigma of Arrival (1987).Sir Naipaul’s nonfiction works include: An Area of Darkness (1965); India: A Wounded Civilization (1977); India: A Million Mutinies Now (1990); The Five Societies—British, French, and Dutch—in the West Indies (1963); and Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey (1981).Some of his most recent work were: Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples (1998); Half a Life (2001); The Writer and the World (2002) and Literary Occasions (2003); Magic Seeds (2004); and In The Masque of Africa (2010).Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories”.last_img read more

‘It was just crazy’ – Klopp joy after Liverpool survive Roma thriller

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool into their first Champions League final since 2007 © AFP / Isabella BONOTTOROME, Italy, May 3 – Jurgen Klopp saluted his Liverpool heroes as they survived a semi-final thriller against Roma to book a Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid.Klopp’s side emerged victorious from a goal-packed Champions League semi-final, winning 7-6 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 4-2 in Rome on Wednesday. Liverpool were in control at 2-1 up, but Roma scored three times after the interval, although their last goal came with virtually the final kick of a record-breaking tie.It was the highest scoring semi-final in the Champions League era and Reds boss Klopp admitted there was a little bit too much drama for his liking.“It was just crazy. I forgot the score! It was 7-6 right? Unbelievable!” Klopp said.“The game was wild. They took all the risks and we punished it with the counter-attack but then we gave away a goal.“We were a little too patient. We are usually much better, you know this.“It was the first semi-final for most of the boys so it’s normal to have to keep nerves in.“It was a little bit exciting, more exciting than I actually wanted.”Although Klopp would have preferred a less heart-stopping evening, he was adamant Liverpool’s place in the final was just reward for their superb 5-2 first-leg win.“We are deserved finalists 100 percent. You don’t come without luck. We needed it only one time tonight. Real Madrid needed luck yesterday too. That’s how it is,” he said.“The boys deserve it, the character they showed, the football they showed.”Klopp has lost five finals in his managerial career, including a 2013 Champions League loss against Bayern Munich when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund.After moving to Liverpool, he was beaten in the 2016 Europa League final by Sevilla, just weeks after losing the League Cup final to Manchester City.His only cup final success as a manager was in the 2012 German Cup with Dortmund.But the 50-year-old said beating holders Real in Kiev would be the perfect way to end his personal drought.“We should start winning but I know that. Everyone will remind me now from now on that I have lost the last five finals but we will try and go there again,” he added.“We have two very important Premier League games, then let’s go there and try our best.”Liverpool players held up a banner reading “Sean Cox — You’ll never walk alone” in tribute to the Reds fan who was left in a coma after being attacked by Roma fans at Anfield last week.And Klopp dedicated the win to Cox, saying: “It’s 100 percent a final for Sean Cox.“We said before the game we thought about it, now we’re here, all our prayers and wishes are with him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man City fighting ‘like animals’ for Premier League, says Fernandinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 26 – Fernandinho says Manchester City’s desire to fight “like animals” is fuelling their Premier League title charge as they strive to hold off Liverpool.Pep Guardiola’s City returned to the top of the table with victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The 2-0 win, from their game in hand, took City a point above Liverpool with three matches remaining for both sides.It was their 11th successive league win and followed a similarly important victory over Tottenham, which came after the disappointment of Champions League elimination at the hands of the same opponents.“We showed the desire in competing for every ball like animals,” said City midfielder Fernandinho after the United match. “I think this is the spirit of a team that wants to be champions.“It was not just Wednesday — in general every game, especially last Saturday, after the ‘defeat’ against Tottenham, in the way we played from the first minute (City won the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final 4-3 but went out on away goals)“If you look back to January, they (Liverpool) could have been 10 points clear after our game. We didn’t want that.“We reduced the gap to four points and now we are one point up. That is the way the Premier League is going to be decided and I hope we can do our job and win those three games, and be champions again.”The derby, settled with second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, was regarded as the toughest hurdle left facing the defending champions in their run-in.Yet with the lead just a slender one, Fernandinho is aware there is still little room for error.Liverpool, who face already relegated Huddersfield on Friday, will likely be back at the summit before City play their next game at Burnley on Sunday.The Brazilian said: “Burnley are always difficult. They have a specific way to play and it is not easy to go there. They drew with Chelsea last Monday.“We have to recover as soon as possible and try to be fit and be ready. It is going to be a very important, very difficult game for us.”Fernandinho is a fitness doubt himself after being withdrawn early in the second half on Wednesday with a knee problem. He was due to have a scan and be assessed ahead of the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Tuesday, May 16

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Tuesday’s Sports Bar show.The boys take calls following wins for Arsenal, Manchester City and Reading, there’s another top Trev-anorey feature, while they look back at Jason’s Football Manager 97 stats!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img

TIME TO SPEAK OUT AS VINCENT BROWNE COMES TO TOWN

first_imgControversial Vincent Browne is bringing his show to Donegal.Donegal people can get everything off their chest next week when TV3’s Vincent Browne hosts his show from Letterkenny.The controversial presenter is inviting people to apply for tickets for the People’s debate which will be filmed live on January 30th.The programme will be broadcast from the Clanree Hotel in what promises to be a very lively affair. A number of local public representatives have been penciled in for the show which will discuss a wide range of topics.Although the show is being recorded on the Friday night, it will not be broadcast until the following Wednesday on TV3.A spokesman for TV3 said they had already received a very positive response from the public in Donegal.“As we know people in Donegal are genuinely interested in how their country is run and current affairs. “We have already received a very strong response and we are looking forward to a great show on the night.“The pane has not yet ben finalised but there’s no question it’s going to be a great show with plenty of debate,” said the spokesperson.People can apply for audience tickets by going online to www.tv3.ie/thepeoplesdebate TIME TO SPEAK OUT AS VINCENT BROWNE COMES TO TOWN was last modified: January 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalThe People’s DebateTV3Vincent Brownelast_img read more

$50,000 holding up Muhammad Shaban’s move to Raja Casablanca

first_imgShaban Muhammad has been at KCCA for only one season (file photo)Lugogo – Barely a week after failing trials at South African side Orlando Pirates, KCCA FC striker Shaban Muhammad is believed to be on the verge of joining Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca.Shaban who last featured for KCCA in the 3-2 loss away to Esperance in the Caf Champions league last month, failed to impress at Pirates last week. That however did not deter Raja Casablanca who are willing to sign him minus a trial.With Personal terms already agreed, the only hick up is the difference between KCCA and Raja’s valuation of the ‘hot head’.It is understood by PML Daily that KCCA wants $180,000 but the reigning Moroccan Throne Cup winners are willing to part with only $130,000.The former Onduparaka captain scored 13 league goals for KCCA last season despite falling out with head coach Mike Mutebi towards the end of the season and missing upto 10 games in the entire campagin.He is remembered for scoring the all important goal that sent KCCA into the group stages of the CAF Champions League for the first time ever.Shaban has been at KCC A for one season after completing a controversial move from child-hood club Onduparaka FC in 2017.Comments Tags: KCCA FCmuhammad shabanraja casablancalast_img read more

Tragic Donegal students to be remembered during Omagh bomb anniversary

first_imgPeople across Donegal are expected to take part in plans to mark the 20th anniversary of the Omagh bomb which has now been finalised.Thirty-one lives were lost in the atrocity on August 15th, 1998 when a bomb ripped through the heart of the Co Tyrone town.The fall-out from the bomb was felt in Donegal with three young Inishowen students also losing their lives after going on a trip to the town when the blast was detonated. The three boys were, Oran Doherty (8), Sean McLaughlin (12) and James Barker (12). They were among 10 local children who went on a trip to Omagh with more than 30 Spanish students.The annual Remembrance Service will be held in the Memorial Garden at Drumragh Avenue starting at 3pm on Sunday, August 12 while a public reflective event will take place three days later, on the actual bomb site on Market Street on date of the anniversary itself, Wednesday, August 15This inter-denominational service will be accompanied by the Omagh Community Youth Choir and will include a song especially composed for this service by choir mnusical director, Daryl Simpson. Local singer Leslie Matthews and St. Eugene’s Band will also provide musical interludes.In the statement announcing the details Omagh Support and Self-Help group chairman, Michael Gallagher, whose son Aiden (21) was killed in the bomb felt this event would be a significant milestone for the community and those deeply affected. “Communal prayer and solidarity is important not just for the victims and survivors of Omagh, but as an expression of cohesion in a world that unfortunately is infused with violent extremism,” he said.The statement also revealed that a public reflective event will then take place three days later, on Wednesday, August 15, at 2.55pm, at the bottom of Market Street in Omagh to mark the precise moment 20 years on from the atrocity itself.For many people, August 15, 1998 at 3.10pm changed their lives forever. This event will mark the atrocity through a vigil of public remembrance and hope.This short service which will be led by Omagh Churches Forum will be opened with a short prayer, followed by the ringing of a bell 32 times to reflect the 31 lives lost in Omagh and an additional ring in remembrance of all those who have and continue to lose their lives through such atrocities the world over. The bell will stop ringing at precisely 3.10pm to mark the exact moment of the explosion.A local artist will sing a short piece, after which the public will be invited to receive flower petals which they can scatter into the river or place in the pond in the Memorial Garden. The event will finish at 3.20pm at which point the public will be invited to disperse. Omagh Churches Forum and the 20th anniversary working group invite the public to come along. Local businesses and employees are encouraged to come along, or to have a two-minute silence at 3.10pm. These events are being organized and co-ordinated by a group of organisations, including Omagh Support and Self Help Group, Families Moving On and the Omagh Churches’ Forum. They have been brought together with the assistance of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.Throughout the anniversary week in August, quiet spaces for reflection will be open in a range of locations across the town. These will include several of the groups and churches represented in the Omagh Churches Forum, the WAVE Trauma Centre and in the Library headquarters which are all open to the public. People are welcome to visit these venues, if they chose to.Further information on events will be made available on a Facebook events page, called ‘Omagh 20th Remembrance’.The statement acknowledged and thanked the Victims and Survivors Service, the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, local businesses and the generous public for their contributions towards these events. Tragic Donegal students to be remembered during Omagh bomb anniversary was last modified: June 2nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:anniversarybuncranaOmagh bombstudentslast_img read more

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