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first_imgThe quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The San Diego Padres planned to play “God Bless America” at empty Petco Park at 1:10 p.m. PT Thursday, which would have been the scheduled time for first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies. The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front. That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.___Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.” Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___ “Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.” The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures. ___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic.Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount. Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis. March 26, 2020 Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said.—AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado.___ Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals. The Latest: Padres to play “God Bless America” at Petco Park Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43. With the season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres planned to play the song “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis,” the team said in a social media posting.The Padres also said they would partner with Phil’s BBQ, a local chain with a concession stand at Petco Park, to provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees and volunteers.Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for workouts since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow social distancing guidelines.___The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June’. Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income. A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors. The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended. The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

first_imgPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Tuesday inaugurated the Federation’s newly –composed Audit Committee and the Technical Study Group at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja, declaring them “critical panels that have much to contribute to Nigerian Football’s development.”The NFF supremo poured encomiums on Executive Committee member, Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi, who heads the Audit Committee and will celebrate his 60thbirthday next week, saying “Otunba is a fit and proper person for the role given his huge experience in the financial sector and his calm, collected and matured disposition.“The Audit Committee will complement the efforts of our external auditors, PriceWaterHouse Coopers and much is expected of them.” Pinnick also declared that the Technical Study Group would function as a committee, collating, analysing and putting at the disposal of the Federation, data and new thinking that can enhance the rapid development of the Nigeria game.“The Chairman, Alhaji Abba Yola needs no introduction. He is someone who has seen it all in sports administration and we thank him immensely for accepting to serve Nigerian Football in this capacity. In due course, members of the Technical Study Group will be attached to the various National Teams to impact on those teams.”Otunba Dele-Ajayi promised that his committee would work in tandem with the external auditors to enhance even further the reliability of NFF’s financial records, for the good of the game. He thanked the NFF for the opportunity given to the members to serve.On his part, Yola said: “I commend the NFF for coming up with a panel like the Technical Study Group. We will work as a group and with the Technical Committee, and in the interest of all the National Teams, including the U13.”NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi urged the committees to route their reports through the proper channels without making public their recommendations, while also thanking them for accepting to serve the nation.Also at the occasion were NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme; Mr. Taribo West (Vice Chairman, TSG); Mr. James Peters (Member, TSG); Coach Bitrus Bewarang (Technical Director); Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications); Suleiman Tegina (Deputy Director, Audit) and; Tunde Aderibigbe (Head of Protocol).Audit Committee: Sunday Dele-Ajayi (Chairman); Mohammed Alkali (Vice Chairman); Shariff Abdullahi (Member); Abubakar Ladan (Member); Yahuza Adamu (Member); Ayodeji Alabi (Member); Ezra Godit (Member); Ogheneochuko Ambakederemo (Member); Imama Tukur (Member); Isa Matori (Member); Suleiman Tegina (Secretary)Technical Study Group: Abba Yola (Chairman); Taribo West (Vice Chairman); Bernard Ogbe (Member); Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha (Member); Tijjani Babangida (Member); Victor Agali (Member); Tunde Adelakun (Member); Adegoke Adelabu (Member); James Peters (Member); Clement Nwankpa (Member); Ibikunle Solaja (Member); Yusuf Dauda (Member); Ubale Yusuf (Member); Sule Gwagwarja (Member); Godwin Enakhena (Member); Mike Idoko (Member); Chukwumah Ubah (Member); Bitrus Bewarang (Secretary)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgValue Jet airlines, one of Nigeria’s safest airlines with a 100% safety record has thrown its weight behind the Remo Secondary Schools Athletics Championship which began thursday at the Gateway International stadium in Sagamu.The competition,organised by the Falilat Ogunkoya Sports Foundation is for secondary schools in the Remo division of Ogun state and it will serve as a veritable platform to discover talents that can be groomed in time to represent Ogun state at the National Sports Festival holding in Benin,Edo state in March/April next year and those that can be groomed to reprsent in the future.The brain behind the event, Falilat Ogunkoya is grateful to Value Jet and its owner,Kunle Soname for backing the competition and believes the talents discovered at this competition will forever be grateful to Soname,also an Remo indigene for giving them the opportunity to be noticed. “This is a dream come true for me and I am grateful to Mr Soname for identifying with our objective which is to give boys and girls in the Remo division of Ogun state the opportunity to showcase their talents.“Through his company,Value Jet, the first Remo Sceondary Schools Athletics Championships is a reality,’said Ogunkoya,the reigning African 400m record (49.10) holder and two-time Olympic medallist.Ogunkoya is also delighted that the South West Athletics Association has identified with her.“Schools from the six south western states of Nigeria have been invited for the South West Athletics Relays to add colour to the competition,’said Ogunkoya who remains the only Nigerian athlete ever to be ranked number one in any event following her number one ranking in 1998 after winning the 400m event at the Grand Prix Final in Moscow,Russia.Some of the Southwest schools that have indicated interest are:Brightville College Ibadan,Ayodele Comprehensive College Oyo,Progressive College Modakeke,Trailblaizer College Ilesa,Aquinas College Akure,Oyemekun Grammar School Akure among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgLeicester manager Brendan Rodgers has “no doubt” his team can secure a return to the Champions League.The Foxes, who won the Premier League in 2016, have made a slow start to the resumption of the campaign, drawing twice and losing at Everton.But a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Saturday leaves them in third place. “We have to stay in this period and focus on the next game,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully by the end of the season we achieve the objective and the dream.”Leicester are a point ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea, with in-form Manchester United two points further back, having won three successive league games.The Foxes, who finished ninth last term, last played in the Champions League in 2017 when they reached the quarter-finals, after their Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri.Rodgers, who took charge in February 2019,says his team has the capability to return to Europe’s elite competition. “There’s no doubt, we have shown over 33 games our talent,” he said. “OK, we’re maybe missing some players but as a squad we’re very focused on achieving it and we’ll fight to the final whistle.“What the players have done has been remarkable. I’m pretty clear on that and getting the perspective of it all.”Leicester host Manchester United on the final day of the season but next travel to Arsenal on Tuesday, with Mikel Arteta’s seventh-placed side looking to extend a run of three successive league wins.“They are very well organised, look to play how Arsenal supporters want them to play and he has made some really good steps,” Rodgers said. “They’re on the back of three good results and we’ll look forward to the challenge.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.educenter_img Isaiah Stewart, a 6-foot-9 center and five-star recruit, announced his verbal commitment to Washington Sunday night. He chose the Huskies over Syracuse, Duke, Michigan State, and Kentucky. A Rochester native and current player at La Lumiere (Indiana) High School, Stewart is ranked No. 5 on ESPN’s top-100 for 2019, and No. 6 by Rivals and 247Sports. He is a member of Albany City Rocks AAU, and played alongside current SU forward Buddy Boeheim and 2019 commit Joe Girard III. However, Stewart also has a close relationship with Washington head coach and former SU assistant Mike Hopkins. Hopkins first recruited Stewart when Stewart played in Rochester, at McQuaid High School. He developed a close personal relationship with Stewart’s family, even though NCAA recruiting regulations restricted Hopkins from speaking directly with Stewart until his junior year.Some even joked that Hopkins had his own parking spot outside of the McQuaid gymnasium, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara became the main recruiter after Hopkins’ departure. “Stewart is special because he owns a post-up game, along with a sweet, short, face-up game,” Paul Biancardi, ESPN’s National Recruiting Director, said. “A strong center who embraces playing big inside the paint and thrives at out-running his opponents.”SU may have missed on Stewart, but the Orange are actively recruiting another center. Qudus Wahab, a 6-10 big from Oakton, Virginia, plans to announce his college decision on Jan. 30. The Orange’s 2019 class has four signed players thus far, including Brycen Goodine, Girard III, Quincy Guerrier and John Bol Ajak. last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke on Thursday announced that  businessman Richard Byles has been selected as the new governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ).“In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I’m very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced and credible leader in Mr. Richard Byles to succeed Mr Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica,” said Clarke.Byles, who will succeed Governor Brian Wynter as Governor on August 19, has had a 40-year career in business and finance and is an accomplished corporate leader.He was appointed Managing Director of Pan Caribbean Merchant Bank in 1988 before his appointment as CEO of the Pan Jam group, a leading, diversified conglomerate in 1991.He led Pan Jam for 13 years before taking over as CEO of Sagicor Jamaica in 2004.Byles retired as CEO of Sagicor Jamaica in 2017 and was appointed non-executive Chairman in that same year.In addition, Byles has been Chairman of Red Stripe and a non-executive Director of several other companies.He was Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee formed to monitor Jamaica’s performance under its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“I have every confidence that Byles will bring to the job of Governor the focused, principled and disciplined leadership that has characterized his career,” Clarke said.The finance minister says a BOJ subcommittee, led by BOJ General Counsel Karen Chin Quee Akin, has been appointed to assist Byles in the transition including complying with BOJ governance requirements.last_img read more

first_img Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Related Articles Attendees at one of Britain’s premier racecourses can now benefit from a wide variety of expert advice, courtesy of a fresh link-up between Racing Post B2B and Ascot Racecourse.Coinciding with the launch of Bet With Ascot, the racecourses pool betting operation in partnership with Totepool, Racing Post’s tipping expertise, in the form of bet prompts and predictors, can be found on screens throughout, with various aspects of data also incorporated into Ascot racecards.Alastair Warwick, Bet With Ascot’s Managing Director, commented: “Incorporating the Racing Post predictor and information into our racecards and on to our betting TV screens was warmly welcomed by the public at launch. “It’s great to be working with such a respected authority within the industry and it was clear from walking around the site that people were very much taking notice of the visual predictions.” Tipping content provided courtesy of the Racing Post is displayed throughout Ascot’s main concourse, as well as at various strategic points around the track “to give customers the advantage of expert advice before placing a bet”.Breaking down the service in further detail, each screen displays three prompts and the Racing Post predictor for every race, alongside the appropriate Bet With Ascot branding. In addition to the screens, Racing Post spotlight comments for every runner, whilst betting forecasts and the Racing Post predictor are included in the official racecards.Eugene Delaney, Racing Post B2B Director, added: “The Racing Post bet prompts and predictors have been developed to give customers snapshots of stats, helping them to make an informed decision when placing a bet.“Having this content on display at Ascot is a first for Racing Post B2B and an opportunity for more racecourses to use our products.“It’s great to be working with a prestigious venue such as Ascot and we are delighted our content is being used across the venue.” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submitlast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA tradition that’s been a part of Alpena’s heritage for more than 40 years is making its way back to the sunrise side.Art on the Bay will kick off this Saturday and last through the weekend. The event is the Thunder Bay Arts Council’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The festival will be home to over 100 vendors, multiple food options, and live music over the two days. Co–chair for Art on the Bay, Clint Kendziorski, says this is an event everyone in area gets in on.“Probably the most unique experience is that it is on the bay. We’re right by the band shell and by the yacht club in downtown Alpena and we have vendors that come from Florida, California, you name it. We have somebody from almost every state.”Kendziorski says nearly 3,000 shoppers visit the event and there will be something for everyone. Admission to the event is free, but be sure to bring some extra cash if you want to splurge at food trucks or other vendors.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Art, Art on the BayContinue ReadingPrevious Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf comes back to Alpena after nearly 50 yearsNext Besser free family fun day this weekend will encourage S.T.E.A.M learninglast_img read more

first_imgCoach Herve Renard admitted on Sunday that hosts Zambia were lucky to defeat Zimbabwe in the Cosafa Cup final.Early and late goals from Alex N’gonga and Kabiso Chongo off free-kicks earned the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) a 2-0 victory in mining city Ndola.But had Zimbabwe matched superb build-up play with more clinical finishing, the Warriors could have claimed a record-extending fifth title.Instead, Zambia achieved a record-equalling fourth title in the southern Africa national team championship, and a first in seven years.“We did not play well, but the most important thing in a final is to win and that is what we did,” France-born Renard told reporters.“There were not enough ‘fresh legs’ in the Zambian team and we were lucky to survive and collect the trophy. “I would like to congratulate Zimbabwe – they looked the better team in the decider even though we won it.”Renard said the midweek penalty shootout semifinal victory over South Africa after 120 gruelling, goalless minutes took a heavy toll.“We fought very hard against South Africa to win on penalties and you could see the impact it had on us in the final.“Zambia can play much better than they did against Zimbabwe, but the most important thing in football is the result.”The Cosafa Cup was the second trophy won by Renard after Zambia defied the odds to lift the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Libreville. An emotional roller-coaster ride for the Chipolopolo ended with a penalty shootout final triumph over Didier Drogba-skippered favourites the Ivory Coast.Happy as he was with this result, Renard, a hugely popular figure in Zambia, said it in no way matched their previous achievement.“There is no comparison between the Cosafa Cup and Africa Cup of Nations titles – it is a huge gap,” he stressed.Renard now turns his attention to a must-win World Cup qualifier in Ghana during September as Zambia seek a place in the final-round play-offs.The Cosafa Cup decider was the final match in charge of the Warriors for German coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels, who is returning home to train schoolboys. “We played some beautiful football, but the long-standing problem of not taking our scoring chances continues to haunt us.“I was unhappy with some of the refereeing decisions – we were denied a clear-cut penalty when pressing during the closing stages,” he said.Zambia midfielder Mukuka Mulenga was voted the best player at the 15-day tournament and compatriot Danny Munyau the best goalkeeper.Botswana striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane won the Golden Boot award for leading scorer with four goals, including a hat-trick against Lesotho.South Africa finished third behind Zambia and Zimbabwe after fighting back to defeat giantkillers Lesotho 2-1 with Hlompho Kekana hitting the match-winner.last_img read more

first_imgThe offensive strategy of the NFL has evolved drastically. It is pass happy, happier and happiest. There is nothing that makes quarterbacks smile more than an offensive coordinator that views running backs and tight ends as extra receivers or extra blockers protecting the quarterback so that he can have enough time to complete passes to his normal complement of wide-outs.The Steelers must develop a formidable pass rushing machine in order to remain at a high competitive level. If you are not getting adequate pressure on the QB in this day and age, I do not care if you have Hall-of-Fame corners, Rod Woodson on one side, Mel Blount on the other and have headhunters like ex-Steelers safeties Donnie Shell and Carnell Lake patrolling the demilitarized zone (across the middle), if you are not getting pressure and sacks on the quarterback the above mentioned defensive backs will get regularly beat like the favorite drum of Pocahontas.Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning have all proven that when a defense has prepared to stop the run, well let’s just say that you can slow down the pace of the game but you cannot ultimately win the battle with the scoreboard.The Steelers need a monster pass rush, post haste. They also need a strong safety that is going to spend more time roaming the middle than roaming the sidelines. Although he is one of my favorites, linebacker James Farrior should be used in emergency situations only. Folks keep saying; “Farrior is good on first and second down, (general running downs) but has become ineffective on third down. Do you think opposing teams are going to sleep that little bit of info and not try to isolate him with one of those warp speed running backs, tight ends or wide receivers on first and second down? Quit whining about the defensive secondary. If the Steelers do not develop a formidable pass rush, let’s just say that success will be on the back burner. Teams are getting geeked, juiced and hyped just waiting for the Steelers to line up to stop the run because that is when the bloodletting begins.There is another thing about Pittsburgh sports that concerns me. The fans love winning but a certain image has to accompany it. The Pittsburgh faithful seem to think that they have to relate to and be connected with the athletes that perform on the field. They use words like “blue collar,” “salt of the earth” and “humble” to describe how they perceive an athlete. I have never looked upon a man who makes 20 million dollars per year as “blue collar.” Do you wanna know why? What worker in any local steel mill, metal fabricating plant or other industrial gig, punches out at the end of a particularly grimy, dusty, lung killing day that rakes in one or two million a day just to pour the steel or manufacture any related products to it? The athletes that these poor, misguided souls are desperately attempting to identify with are performers that oftentimes buy meals that cost more than the average mortgage.There are times when athletes are not in the mood to engage the public. They may not feel up to signing an autograph for Johnny or Jenny. That does not make them stuck up, arrogant or “siditty.”As far as humble goes; how many of our neighbors instantly trip as soon as they get that new house, new car or that new pair of shoes? Us ordinary folk trip on far less but demand that athletes who entertain us be far more accessible and attuned with our demands simply because we indirectly help sustain the sports industry that pays their salaries.When beams of steel are manufactured and used to build structures all across the planet, the architects and builders pay the salaries of the men and women that manufacture the goods but they don’t expect them to come and take out the trash or shovel their snow. They have completed their task. Once an athlete leaves the basketball court, gridiron, or baseball diamond, their obligation to the public has been fulfilled. As long as they perform to the best of their ability, they should receive no “static” from me, you or anyone else. If an athlete or entertainer receives a DUI citation, well that is their problem. Little Joey should be observing your behavior and emulating you, not some sports and entertainment figure. If he is copying the behavior of anyone but you, could that be an indicator that maybe your parenting skills are lacking? As MJ might say, don’t look at anyone else; spend a little extra time gazing in the mirror.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) There is talk around town about a pick ‘em issue when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Do you try to improve the defensive secondary or the defensive line? Well, well, well, it doesn’t make that much difference if you don’t have an improved performance from the secondary and the D-line. The negative perimeter issues are going to surface anyway.last_img read more