Steelers loaded with young guns, final two games will help sort who stays, who goes

first_imgFormer Pittsburgh Steelers Hall-of-Fame running back Franco Harris, (32) stands with former cornerback Mel Blount, left, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and head coach Mike Tomlin as the national anthem is played before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Steelers looking toward next season as they settle for spoiler role this yearThe Steelers probably played their best overall game of the season as they clearly outclassed and out played the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals 30-20.They now look forward to finishing up the season against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, 7-6-1, before closing against the struggling Cleveland Browns, 4-10.If nothing else happened against the Bengals, this game more than any other demonstrated the pure young talent of the Steelers as they outplayed a team with a far better record.It also pointed out the fact that the Steelers front office is going to have to make some very hard decisions about who they keep and who they let go for next season. Sometimes it takes a losing or poor season to develop a team. Much like the 15-1 Steelers after they had gone 6-10 the previous season.If the Steelers win out, and continue to look as impressive as they looked against the Bengals, Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley’s jobs are safe. It’s doubtful that the Rooneys’ would fire Tomlin after just two poor seasons. Remember, Bill Cowher had two 6-10 seasons.The young defensive line and linebackers looked extremely impressive, especially nose tackle Al Woods. Brett Keissel is gone, so look for youngsters to battle for playing time on the front line. And for the first time in years that line will be able to put pressure on the quarterback, opening the door for the linebackers.Those youngsters are: Ziggy Hood, Cameron Heyward, Steve McLendon, and Woods on the line.As good as LaMarr Woodley has been, he may not be signed because of the great play of rookies Jarvis Jones, and Vince Matthews, along with young Jason Worilds and of course Lawrence Timmons who is still under contract.These young players have put in their time learning now it’s time to let them loose and show what they can do. And injuries have forced the Steelers to do just that. Woods looks like he’s going to be a monster.The question mark on defense is the old secondary. So far none of the youngsters have stepped forward to push the old veterans, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, or Ike Taylor. Look for defensive backs to be high on the draft list. Troy may be gone. His contract is up, as is Roethlisberger’s. Can the Steelers afford both?On offense Antonio Brown once again showed why he’s one of the best in the game with 5 catches for 66 yards giving him 95 catches for the year, and 1206 yards. He also had a touchdown on a 65 yard kickoff return. He’s under contract, but they will have to decide between Emmanuel Sanders, who the New England Patriots want in the worst way, or Jericho Cotchery, who Roethlisberger likes a lot. It’s not likely both will stay because Cotchery has upped his market value this year with 9 touchdowns and Sanders is a rare young talent. If one goes it opens the door for Markus Wheaton to step up his game as the third receiver.Le’Veon Bell has been very impressive this season both with his running and his receiving, which makes him a perfect weapon for Roethlisberger.When was the last time Ben was sacked? This young offensive line, even without its best player, Maurkice Pouncey has done a great job protecting Ben this year. There has been times when he has had almost all day. Why? Because of the no huddle offense and Ben has finally got it. He’s getting rid of the ball.This line is made up of youngsters who are only going to get better. They are Kelvin Beachum, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams.Against the Bengals Ben was 20 of 25 for 191 yards and Le’Veon Bell had 57 yards on 24 carries and 50 yards through the air on 5 receptions.If the Steelers front office doesn’t panic and start making a lot of changes look for the Steelers to be back on top next season.They will receive much higher draft choices if they finish 8-8, to battle the abundance of young talent they already have on this team. Don’t write the Steelers off.In the AFC North race this season the Baltimore Ravens did it again as they pulled off another victory beating the Detroit Lions 18-16 to pull to just one game behind the Bengals at 8-6. They play the Patriots this weekend while the Bengals face the Minnesota Vikings, who upset the Philadelphia Eagles last week. If both teams win, or lose, the division will be decided in the final game of the season when the two clash.last_img read more

César Caneda: “Overcoming Zubizarreta are major words”

first_imgBeing competitive, a compact block. Attacking from the first defense and defending from the first striker. We try to play a combinatorial football although we adapt to the circumstances. In Second B you have to adapt by noses.Are you still excited about these games?Yes, all the matches. And this is very special. We have the most beautiful profession in the world. And I enjoy every game. We are authentic privileged. The question of when I’m going to retire is being asked continuously for four or five years. The day I see that I play little or that the physicist no longer responds to me, I will leave it.More than 20 years ago, you were an international under-20 …Yes. Now that we play against Valencia, I remember that I shared Selection with players like Farinós or Albelda.Counting the National Team, you have 850 matches. Zubizarreta holds the record, with 902, in all international categories and competitions. Will Caneda overcome it?That is already big words. The important thing is to enjoy what you are doing at all times. Valencia plays tomorrow against a 41-year-old center: César Caneda.Yes, I’m lucky that the coach trusts me a lot. How do you get to be playing even with my age? Well, training well, respecting breaks, taking care of meals … A little of all that and with some luck.The Cup puts him back in focus. With Mirandés, you scored the goal against Espanyol that gave the pass to the semifinals of a Second B team …That was one of the most beautiful things that football life gave me. A huge joy. But football is day to day. You don’t live from the past. And now we have another nice challenge.The champion arrives … but in low hours.Yes, I saw that Sunday lost 4-1. They will come wanting to make a blur and a new account, to take revenge. You never know. If they arrived after winning, they would be in good dynamics. And now they may want to recover from defeat.How can you beat Valencia?last_img read more

Rivoli test for Admiral Bailey

first_imgTivoli Gardens FC will start life under popular returning coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey when they face fellow relegation strugglers, Rivoli United, in a rescheduled Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at the Edward Seaga Sport Complex today at 3 p.m. But Bailey, who insists he is not back to stay and is only trying to help the club out of their present predicament, has warned fans not to expect too much from today’s game, as he has only had a couple days with the squad. “To be realistic I cannot tell you what to look forward to tomorrow’s (today’s) game. This is my first game, I just started Monday and there is a lot of work still to be done, so we have to give it time,” he told The Gleaner yesterday. He added: “There is a lot of work to be done and you cannot do that amount of work in one day. So right now realistically I cannot say what to expect. “I am sorry I didn’t really have a week but if we get in the work the more we will progress and the more they will realise what I expect and want from them,” he added.. Tivoli are bottom of the 12 team standings with 20 points, while Rivoli (22) are two points and two places ahead in tenth.last_img read more

Doug Gore rips competition with Audi ‘built for speed’

first_imgMOTORSPORTS:(SUB DECK) Gore rips competition with super fast Audi at Emancipation meetPaul ClarkeGleaner WriterWESTERN BUREAU:Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore was back to his supreme best at Sunday’s Emancipation of Speed racemeet at Jamwest Speedway in Negril.He blew away all challenges in the three Thundersport Two Championship races – with his Audi DTM in tip-top shape – making the respective trips look like a stroll on a windy Sunday afternoon.Gore was pleased with the performance of his purpose built race car. He also had glowing words for the track, while looking forward to breaking the record.”The track and this car complements well. When we rebuilt the car after the last crash we knew we would have to come to Jamwest and this car would be very fast, especially with all the aerodynamics built into it,” Gore said.”Cornering with this car is great at high speed. It is built for the speed. The improvements done to the car makes it really better than before,” he added.Gore was in a no-nonsense mood from the onset, posting 1:07.28 in qualifying, a full three seconds faster than nemesis David Summerbell Jr. in his Evolution Eight.Summerbell logged 1:10.03 seconds, with Chris Campbell third in 1:11.45 seconds.Summerbell was not at his best as he had to contend with low power output from his car, which only made him good enough for three fourth place finishes behind Gore in the Thundersport Two events.Summerbell told The Gleaner that while he was happy to have gotten some points towards his TS2 championship title chase, he was frustrated, because he could not really challenge his competitors owing to the problems with his car.No Summerbell, no problem for Gore and he let loose in his first race of the meet, taking the chequered flag in 1:08.73 seconds. Campbell, racing his power-packed BMW M3, grabbed second place in 1:10.25. Heath Ca swell was third in his Subaru Impreza, timed at 1:12.73 seconds and Summerbell a disappointing fourth in 1:12.46.Gore was equally devastating in the second Thundersport Two race, thrilling the fans to once again take the flag ahead of Campbell in a smart 1:08.64 seconds. Campbell returned a time of 1:10.41, with Peter Rae copping third place in his Mazda RX7.As expected, Gore ripped to threads the other aspirants in the third Thundersport race, posting 1:08.73 to take the chequered flag. Again, Campbell had to settle for second in 1:10.25, with Causwell in third and Summerbell fourth.”Jamwest is a great location and if we had the full complement that raced at Dover here it would make it more interesting. This track is world class. I have a fast car and it’s just eating up the track. I am happy with the results,” Gore said.Alan Chen and Jordan Powell shared honours in TS1. Akeel Shorter and Dean Shaw bagged the Modified Production Two top places in the two races. Jordan Powell took all three Modified Production One races, Gary Barrett won all three IP races, Dean Corrodus took the two completed B14 races, while Andrew Delapenha, Samantha Summerbell and Fraser McConnell battled for top honours in the B18 races. Delapenha took all three, while Summerbell bagged two second place finishes and McConnell had one second place finish. Brian Shorter ran away with all three B23 races.Nine bikers graced the track in MCA and MCB race categories. MCA had three winners in Kyle Reynolds, Halquin Rodney and David Bell, with Richards getting two wins. Linton Martin copped all four MCB races after battling Andre Richards and Xavier Osbourne in some close encounters.last_img read more

Education Ministry expands ‘Shoulder Tappers’ program to Northern students

first_imgIt is believed there will be tens of thousands of job openings in Northern BC over the next decade and most of them will require either post-secondary education or job specific training. A program focusing on skilled trades’ careers, with its roots in local area school districts is being expanded from just three to 15 school jurisdictions across Northern B.C.Education Minister Mike Bernier made the announcement yesterday in Quesnel along with Evan Saugstad, the Northern Development Initiative Trust board chair.Together, they’re providing $4.9 million to expand the Northern Opportunities Partnership started about a decade ago, here in the Northeast, and featuring between 2009 and 2012 trades related programs graduation rates of 80 per cent.- Advertisement -The new Shoulder Tappers Program will feature co-ordinators or recruitment specialists, who work one-on-one with elementary and secondary school students, and will include access to technical, academic and vocational courses.He adds parents want their children to be set up for success and the plan is to move forward with this program immediately — meaning early in the New Year.In addition, in partnership with the BC Innovation Council, the province is hosting its first Tech Summit on Jan. 16 through to 19 in Vancouver, to showcase the tech industry and provide students and recent graduates with even more opportunities to get involved in the rapidly growing tech sector.Advertisementlast_img read more

Writers guild OKs strike

first_imgHOLLYWOOD: Film and TV union vote to stop working at any time after contract expires. By The Associated Press Members of Hollywood’s film and television writers union have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike anytime after their contract expires at the end of the month. More than 5,000 members of the Writers Guild of America cast ballots, with 90 percent voting in favor of authorizing the strike, the union said Friday evening. Members voted Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Writers do not want to strike, but they are resolute and prepared to take strong, united action to defend our interests,” guild President Patric Verrone said in a news release. “What we must have is a contract that gives us the ability to keep up with the financial success of this ever-expanding global industry.” Since July, the guild has been in talks with film studios and production companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Both sides acknowledge they have not made progress. Nick Counter, the alliance’s president, said he was not surprised by the vote. “Our focus is on negotiating a reasonable agreement with the WGA,” he said in a news release. A key issue dividing producers and writers, as well as actors, whose contract expires in June, is compensation for DVD sales and productions distributed on the Internet or in other new media formats. The writers’ current three-year contract expires Oct. 31, and their vote gives the union’s leaders authorization to call a strike anytime after that day. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks. Losses to the industry were put at $500 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLarge crowds lined Lough Swilly last night for a major training exercise was held by the coastguard.The exercise will involve a mock fire on the Lough Swilly Ferry and a likely mass rescue that would result.The teams involved included the coast guard helicopter, the Lough Swilly Lifeboat and the Greencastle Coastguard. The exerice, which was described as a complete success, took place betwenn 7 and 9pm.All pictures by kind permission of Joe Langan.SPECTACULAR LOUGH SWILLY SEA RESCUE EXERCISE – IN PICTURES was last modified: June 20th, 2012 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:coastguard exerciseLough Swillylast_img read more

At School

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! World-class educational and research opportunities are at your fingertips in the Greater San Fernando Valley. From private to public institutions, great strides are being made at local schools. And don’t forget the variety of junior colleges and four-year universities where students can earn degrees, jump-start their careers or pursue hobbies. Students walk around the campus at California State University, Northridge, which set a record campus enrollment in fall 2005 with 33,243 students. Photo by Michael Owen Baker / Staff Photographer last_img read more

Wooden it be great?

first_img Howland and Wooden chatted by phone the other day. Wooden offered his congratulations. They discussed the wins over Gonzaga and Memphis. Many times, they don’t even talk basketball. “He has such great perspective about basketball and life,” Howland said. “I’m sure he’s excited. This is his program. I think he feels good about the fact that UCLA is back in the Final Four. He has very good balance in his life. This is important. He’s excited about it but it’s not the all and the everything. But it sure is neat, especially for Wooden. Even though he uses a cane, he attends all of UCLA’s home games. He sits in the same seat, usually with family, and watches as players run up and down the “Nell and John Wooden Court,” which was renamed in 2003 after Wooden and his late wife. As part of a pre-game routine, Wooden signs autographs. He signs during halftime as well. Once the second half resumes, he checks out a box score from the first half. But he didn’t need any statistics to figure out why UCLA was playing so well at the end of the season. “I saw them improve as the season progressed,” Wooden said. “They’re very good defensively. They’ve gotten better at sharing the ball. They’ve become a stronger team the last couple of months.” UCLA is 31-6 and has won 11 consecutive games. The Bruins play LSU on Saturday in the semifinals and, if they win, will play either George Mason or Florida in the final. Wooden will watch on television with a good friend who lives in Encino. The Final Four is in Indianapolis, where Wooden is from. Coincidence? Maybe. He played at Martinsville High and Purdue. He even coached at South Bend Central High. But Wooden, who travels to Indiana once a year, won’t attend the games. After several days in San Diego, the travel would be too much. “When you get to be 95, (travel) doesn’t come as easily,” he said. UCLA sophomore Lorenzo Mata won’t be able to look in the stands and see Wooden but he’ll know he’s watching on television. “This means a lot to him,” Mata said. “He’s the one that pretty much made the basketball program here. Coach Wooden is a great coach and a great person. It would mean a lot if we could win a national championship in his hometown. That would be a really nice gift to give him.” Howland, who has become good friends with Wooden, would’ve loved for Wooden to be in Indiana. He understood Wooden’s decision, and not just because of the toll that traveling takes. “When he goes, he has a hard time saying no,” Howland said. “He’s mobbed like he’s who he is. It would be like the Beatles going to a rock concert of somebody else’s.” Former UCLA guard Mike Warren, who visits Wooden regularly at VIPs, will attend the Final Four, as will Abdul-Jabbar, who’s an assistant coach with the Lakers. Warren wishes that if UCLA makes the finals Monday, Wooden could find his way home. “I know it’s really tough on him, going through these events,” Warren said. “Some of us are hoping he’ll still come. Someone’s going to have to send him a nice jet.” Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At Coach’s favorite breakfast hangout, VIP’s in Encino, the buzz these days is UCLA’s magical run to the Final Four. John Wooden, UCLA’s legendary coach, eats breakfast there at the same time nearly every morning but he’s down in San Diego this week so he can’t bask in all of the congratulations and excited chatter of a possible NCAA championship. Customers are dissecting the Bruins’ dramatic run through the NCAA Tournament over eggs and oatmeal. Most of the regulars were wondering where the man of the hour was. Coach is in San Diego for the McDonald’s All-American high school basketball game this week but he’s on the minds of so many. As one patron left, he remarked: “Coach must be on top of the world.” Indeed. Wooden couldn’t be more proud. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “Most schools have never won one championship,” Wooden said by phone from San Diego. “It’s nice. The more you get, the more you want.” Wooden, 95, knows that all too well. He was the mastermind behind a record 10 national championships at UCLA. There are 11 championship banners hanging in the rafters at Pauley Pavilion. Jim Harrick won the school’s most recent one in 1995. Throughout the past decade, however, UCLA had lost its luster as one of the nation’s elite teams. “(Wooden) likes to see the program do well,” said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played on Wooden’s championship teams in 1967, 1968 and 1969. “He’s so much a part of it. He can’t escape it. It’s tattooed across his forehead.” UCLA is back. And in just his third season as coach, Ben Howland has the Bruins two victories shy of a 12th national championship. last_img read more

Driver charged in threat on road

first_imgVALENCIA – An incident of road rage during Thursday morning’s rush hour resulted in a Valencia man being arrested on suspicion of brandishing a gun. Anthony Pascarella, 22, was booked on felony charges after he allegedly waved a gun about 8:30 a.m. at another motorist while the two headed south on McBean Parkway near Decoro Drive. “Brandishing a gun in some circumstances is a misdemeanor, but when you’re driving it’s a felony,” Sgt. Cortland Myers said. “If you see a gun pointed out of someone’s car, other drivers panic and swerve, causing accidents that hurt a lot of other people.” The traffic signals at McBean and Decoro were not working Thursday morning when Pascarella, driving a red pickup truck, cut off the victim, Myers said. (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe victim followed Pascarella down McBean and observed him opening the sliding rear window of the truck cab. Pascarella then stuck a handgun out the window, waving it at the victim, who stopped, allowing Pascarella to drive out of his sight, Myers said. A short time later, the victim pulled into the Shell gas station at the corner of McBean and Valencia Boulevard, where Pascarella was fueling his truck. The victim called the sheriff’s station and reported the incident, providing the license plate number on Pascarella’s truck. The information was broadcast to local law enforcement and Pascarella was stopped by the California Highway Patrol on the southbound Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass. Pascarella returned with officers to the gas station, where the victim put him under citizen’s arrest. He was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station, where he was being held on $20,000 bail. last_img read more