Steelers likely not going to splurge in free agency

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson (27) goes through drills during an NFL football organized team activity, OTA, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers have money to spend heading into free agency and there are roster needs aplenty with nearly two dozen players set to hit the open market.Just don’t expect general manager Kevin Colbert to start tossing around mega contracts to virtual strangers.That’s just not how the Steelers go about their business.“We want to stay the course as best we can,” Colbert said on Tuesday. “If there’s a guy from the outside that makes sense, we’ll plug him in.”Fresh off an 11-7 season in which Pittsburgh came close to beating the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, Colbert remains bullish on his club’s talented core even with significant holes to fill, particularly in the secondary and along the offensive line.The Steelers finished with the AFC’s best offense despite playing the majority of the season without All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey, star running back Le’Veon Bell and left tackle Kelvin Beachum. The defense produced sacks and turnovers at its highest rate in six years, but also ended up 30th in the league against the pass.Colbert sees the 2016 draft as deep, particularly in the secondary. Pittsburgh has the 25th overall pick and six selections total, with the possibility of adding a compensatory selection in one of the later rounds.In a way, Colbert figures the Steelers already have one of their 2016 picks on the roster. Last year’s second-round pick, cornerback Senquez Golson, arrived at training camp and didn’t play a snap all season.Golson will be healthy heading into organized team activities and Pittsburgh needs him to be ready to play as it figures out which defensive backs it wants to re-sign.Cornerbacks Antwon Blake and Brandon Boykin and safety Will Allen will all become free agents next month. Colbert didn’t rule out making a run at keeping any or all of them and isn’t closing the door on Cortez Allen either.Allen has three years left on the $25 million deal he started on the eve of the 2014 season opener, but has struggled with inconsistency and injuries from the moment the ink was dry on the contract.The Steelers could find some additional cap relief if they designated Allen for a June release, but Colbert didn’t rule out keeping Allen around.“We haven’t written off any of those guys,” Colbert said. “But we want to add to it as well.”Something Pittsburgh did in 2014 when it landed hard-hitting safety Mike Mitchell. Colbert opted against blaming most of Pittsburgh’s defensive issues on the back end, calling it a collective effort.Still, he liked what he saw from young linebackers Ryan Shazier, Bud Dupree and Jarvis Jones. All three will be asked to take another step forward next fall.“The young guys have to continue to improve,” Colbert said. “The progression has to out-pace the regression of the older guys.”Some other things Pittsburgh’s front office is focused on before it meets with prospects at the combine next week.HARRISON’S RETURN: Colbert anticipates linebacker James Harrison returning for a 14th season. Harrison, who turns 38 in May, had five of Pittsburgh’s 48 sacks in 2015. Colbert credited Harrison for providing “quiet inspiration” for many of his teammates.TWO KICKERS: Chris Boswell filled in capably for the injured Shaun Suisham, making 29 of 32 field goals and showing off some serious range at notoriously tricky Heinz Field. Though Suisham is recovering from a left knee injury and is considerably more expensive than Boswell, Colbert believes the Steelers will take both kickers to training camp before sorting out the situation.HOLD THE LINE?: Kevin Beachum and longtime right guard Ramon Foster are both headed to free agency. Beachum was blossoming into one of the league’s better blind-side protectors when he injured his left knee against Arizona in October. It’s unclear how the injury will affect Beachum’s value. He would prefer to remain at left tackle, but has played center and guard during his brief career.BETTER FINISHERS: Regardless of who is on the roster next fall, Colbert stressed the Steelers need to develop a more effective killer instinct. There were several games throughout the season _ notably an overtime loss to Baltimore in October and the divisional playoff setback on the road against the Broncos _ where Pittsburgh appeared in control until things went awry late. “When you look back on our losses, we didn’t close the game out when we had an opportunity to do so,” Colbert said. “We won more than we lost but the ones that we lost, we just didn’t finish it. That’s the key to our improvement next year.”___AP NFL website: and read more

Mourinho sends a message to his lovers after Champions League progress

first_imgManchester United booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford over Young Boys on Tuesday.  Upd. on 29/11/2018 at 17:11 CET Mourinho manda un mensaje a sus ‘lovers’ It means they can go into their final game against Valencia without the pressure of needing a result to stay in the competition.  IN SPORT.ES 28/11/2018 And with qualification assured, Mourinho sent a message to his ‘lovers’: “For some of my lovers, I just want to say: for the ones that like stats, 14 times in the Champions League, 14 times qualified through the group phases. Mourinho’s reaction to Fellaini’s winner. You and us all Jose, mate.— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) 27 de noviembre de 2018center_img “Reaching the next round is a feat for us. There are better teams, teams with more quality and ambition, but when a team reaches the knockout rounds, anything can happen.” “It was a gesture of relief and frustration,” the coach explained. “Our performance wasn’t a 0-0. It wasn’t a game to have problems until the last minute. I wasn’t angry with the players, I was frustrated not to score before.   “My players were really tired at the end and that’s what we wanted: it means they gave everything. There were moments of good football, but there were also moments with a lack of confidence and pressure, but we got the goal.” “Never one of my teams stayed in the group phase. The seasons I didn’t play in the Champions League, I won the Europa League. That didn’t look like the case at one point, though, with a late Fellaini winner earning United a vital three points and provoking a typically evokative Jose Mourinho celebration.  last_img read more

Tallawahs look to seal top-two spot

first_imgJamaica Tallawahs captain Kumar Sangakkara says defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors and finishing in the top two will be their primary focus when the teams meet tonight in the Hero Motorcorp Caribbean Premier League at Sabina Park, beginning at 8 p.m. The Tallawahs, who trounced the Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 41 runs on Wednesday, are currently second in the six-team standings on 12 points, heading into their final game of the preliminary round. This is one point ahead of the Patriots, and four adrift of runaway leaders Trinbago Knight Riders, who also have a game in hand. ”We are now in second position on the leader board, but we have one more game, which is really important for us,” said Sangakkara, who was once again lethal with the bat in the Tallawahs victory over the Patriots. ”It is against a very, very good Guyana Amazon Warriors side, who have come back into the tournament really strongly, and we know that if we win, it we will get us into the top two.” ”This would be a big advantage for us as it will give us two opportunities of making the final.” Jamaica, who lost the toss and were asked to first strike, scored a highly competitive 157 for seven off their 20 overs against the Patriots with Sangakkara leading the charge with a shot-filled 69. Sangakkara, who hit three sixes and four fours, was supported by all-rounder Rovman Powell, who slammed 43 off 26 balls, and New Zealand opener Glenn Phillips, who made a run-a-ball 31. In reply, St Kitts were blown away for 116 with 2.1 overs remaining largely due to young Jamaican fast bowler Oshane Thomas, who claimed three for 31 off his allotted overs. Playing in his first game of the season, and third Twenty20 match overall, the 20 year-old, in bowling at high speeds, dismissed Gayle for a three-ball duck, West Indies T20 World Cup-winning hero Carlos Brathwaite for seven, and power-hitter Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan for four. Fellow pacer Krishmar Santokie, who did primary damage to the Patriots middle and lower order batters, finished with three for 10. ”The victory was really set up by Oshane coming in today and bowling really quick,” expressed Sangakkara. ”We knew we had to get Gayle and Evin Lewis out early if we were to have a chance of defending 157 and we managed to do that. ”When you have someone like Oshane bowling high 140 kph and 150 kph it gives you a great edge, as extra pace with the control that Oshane had meant that we could hunt wickets at important stages.” Meanwhile, in assessing his team’s loss, which like the Tallawahs was their third of the season, Gayle also mentioned the spell of Thomas as the key. ”Last year when I played with him he bowled with a lot of ‘wheels’. This year, in his first game, he came out and got the start for his team, and put us on the back foot,” said Gayle. BLOWN AWAYlast_img read more

Private Sector Commission New Year’s message

first_imgAs the year 2016 draws to a close, the Private Sector Commission reflects on achievements during the year and looks forward with confidence to the year 2017. The Commission has achieved much in 2016, in its collaboration with Government, Government agencies, labour and civil society. It values the bonds which have been created and strengthened with these.We have worked closely with all Government Ministries in 2016 and particularly the Ministries of Natural Resources, Public Security, Foreign Affairs, Business, Finance, and Public Infrastructure. Together we were able to establish the pivotal role that the private sector plays in nation building.We would like to express our gratitude to our members for their support throughout the year. In 2017, we will continue to engage all businesses going forward and we would work steadfastly to ensure their voices are heard. We encourage more investment in Guyana, and we will provide assistance to potential investors, as we feel that business plays an important role in the growth and development of any country.As 2017 is here, the Private Sector Commission looks forward to an even closer and more productive collaboration with Government in all areas, and particularly in oil and gas, judicial reform, appointment of judges, examination of the feasibility of the Amaila Falls Project and an overall improvement in the investment climate.The Private Sector Commission takes this opportunity to wish all a peaceful and prosperous 2017.last_img read more

Was Millie a bilingual macaw or a bilingual parrot?

first_imgDear Editor,A historic magazine was published of Guyana’s participation at the EXPO 1967 in Canada and the ‘Forward’ was penned by one Frank Pilgrim, Public Relations Officer to the Prime Minister.It was also the event where “Mille” became world famous for swearing in both the French and English languages respectively. I will also add that in commemoration, stamps were produced in four different colours in the denominations of five and 25 cents with “Millie’s” photo attached.However, as a philatelist, avid reader and collector of historic artefacts, I stumbled on something on page 17 of the magazine mentioned above and I would like to agree with F Pilgrim’s description ‘Millie the macaw.’The stamp which was produced described “Millie” as a bilingual ‘parrot.’At first glance, I believe almost every human on earth will say or agree that “Millie” is a Macaw. However, if anyone was tasked to prepare a research paper, they will produce one saying that macaws are specie of the parrot family which is totally accurate.Did Guyana get it wrong with the description of “Millie” as a bilingual parrot instead of a bilingual macaw?Could it be considered an error on the stamps and perhaps should be included with other stamps globally in that category?I am opened to be schooled by an English major, historian, specialist on the subject of parrots and macaws, general public…Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

Sudan end goal drought to hold Angola

first_imgThe result opens the door for title co-favourites Ivory Coast to reach the quarter-finals if they defeat neighbours Burkina Faso in the second half of a double-header.Angola came into the game anxious to silence critics like Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte, who accused his conquerors of being a route-one team fond of time wasting.Coach Mohamed Abdalla sprang a surprise by ditching long-time Sudan first choice goalkeeper Almoiz Mahgoub and promoting Akram while fit-again Mohamed Tahir returned in the other change from a team narrowly beaten by Ivory Coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MALABO, Equatorial Guinea January 26 – Sudan ended a 36-year Africa Cup of Nations goal drought as they came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Angola Thursday in a Group B match.Former Manchester United striker Manucho scored five minutes into each half for the Black Antelopes and Mohamed Bashir twice levelled for the Jediane Falcons at a sparsely populated Estadio Nuevo de Malabo.last_img read more

Tar Heels feeling Lowe

first_img“It’s one win, but it’s a big win. I’ve never shied away from the rivalry of the three schools down here, and it’s a big win,” Lowe said. “It’s not something that I made up – this was here long before me, and when I got here they told me this was a big game, and I believed them.” Courtney Fells scored 21points for N.C. State (13-8, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) – which led by 12, held off the Tar Heels’ frantic comeback bid and beat two of the ACC’s best teams in a four-day span. The Wolfpack upset No. 16 Virginia Tech 70-59 on Wednesday. Sidney Lowe always knew how to beat North Carolina as a player. The first-year coach proved he can also top the Tar Heels from the sideline. The former North Carolina State point guard earned his firstbig victory as its coach when the host Wolfpack upset No. 3 North Carolina 83-79 on Saturday in just the kind of rivalry game he was hired to win. No. 11 Memphis 88, SMU52: Doneal Mack scored 17 points, hitting all five of his 3-point attempts, and the host Tigers (19-3, 9-0) remained undefeated in Conference USA. Colorado 89, No. 12 Oklahoma State 77: Dominique Coleman and Kal Bay tied career highs with 21 points for the Buffaloes (6-13, 2-7 Big 12) in the win over the Cowboys (18-4, 4-3). No. 13 Butler 66, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 47: A.J. Graves scored 20 points, Mike Green added 14 points and ninerebounds for the host Bulldogs (22-2, 10-1 Horizon). No. 14 Marquette 69, Providence 62: Jerel McNeal had 18points and 12 rebounds to help the host Golden Eagles (20-4, 7-2 Big East) win their seventh consecutive game. No. 15 Nevada 69, Hawaii 68: Marcelus Kemp scored 23points as the 15th-ranked Wolf Pack (21-2, 9-1 Western Athletic Conference) survived a wild finish in the final seconds to hold on in Reno, Nev. Boston College 80, No.16Virginia Tech 59: Jared Dudley had 30 points and 11rebounds for the host Eagles (16-6, 7-2 ACC). No. 17 Air Force 88, Wyoming 43: Dan Nwaelele and Jacob Burtschi each scored 18points in limited minutes and the host Falcons (20-3, 7-2 Mountain West) led by as many as 50 in the second half. No. 19 Alabama 64, SouthCarolina 61: Mykal Riley scored 14 of his 15 points over the final 12 minutes and the host Crimson Tide (16-5, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) rallied from an eight-point deficit. Kansas State 73, No. 22 Texas 72: Cartier Martin’s 3-pointer with 41 seconds left helped the Wildcats (17-6, 6-2 Big 12) upset the Longhorns (16-6, 6-2), whose 22-game home winning streak was snapped. South Florida 69, No. 21 Notre Dame 63: McHugh Mattis scored 13 of his season-high 23points in the second half as the host Bulls (12-11, 3-6) squandered a double-digit lead before pulling away to win for only the fourth time in 25 conference games since entering the Big East last season. No. 24 Vanderbilt 66, Georgia 61: Derrick Byars scored 20points and Dan Cage had all 19 of his points in the second half as the host Commodores (16-7, 6-3) broke a tie with the Bulldogs (13-8, 5-4) to take took sole possession of third in the SEC. Georgia Tech 80, No.25Clemson 62: Javaris Crittenton scored a career-high 26points to help the host Yellow Jackets (14-8, 3-6 ACC) end a four-game losing streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Tyler Hansbrough led the TarHeels (20-3, 6-2) with 24points and scored his 1,000thcareer point in the firsthalf. No. 1 Florida 94, Tennessee 78: Al Horford had a career-high 22 points, 13rebounds, five assists and twokey second-half blocks to help the host Gators (21-2, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games. No. 2 Wisconsin 69, Northwestern 52: Alando Tucker scored 20 points and the host Badgers (22-2, 8-1 Big Ten) rebounded from their first conference loss of the season. No. 4 Ohio State 63, Michigan State 54: Greg Oden had 16points, 11 rebounds and fourblocks and the visiting Buckeyes (20-3, 8-1 Big Ten) won their seventh straight game. No. 10 Texas A&M 69, No. 6 Kansas 66: Acie Law scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds left, and the Aggies (19-3, 7-1) took over first place in the Big 12 with their win over the host Jayhawks (19-4, 6-2). last_img read more

2016 illicit drug death numbers still continue to climb

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Illicit drug deaths continue to rise at an alarming rate in 2016.From January 1st to October 31st in B.C., there have been 622 deaths from overdoses. In 2015, during the same time period, there were 397.The total number of deaths in October was 63. That is up from the 57 deaths in September.- Advertisement -Fentanyl is still found in a high number of illicit drug deaths. From January 1st through September 30th, 2016, fentanyl was detected in a total of 332 cases, or around 60% of all illicit drug deaths. That is almost triple the number of fentanyl-detected deaths for the same period last year.The majority of illicit drug deaths are males. 80.7% of deaths have been males which is up from 71.2% in 2012.There have been 36 illicit drug deaths in Northern B.C. so far in 2016. That is 10 more from the previous year when it was 26.Advertisement In Northeast B.C., there have been 13 illicit drug deaths so far in 2016. There were 5 in 2015.Fentanyl was found in 10 deaths in Northeast B.C., up from 4 in 2015. The drug has been found in 23 deaths from 2012-2016 in the Northeast.last_img read more

Tottenham for the title? ‘It’s too early to talk about that’, insists Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has played down Tottenham’s chances of launching a Premier League title challenge.Spurs stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches with a 4-1 thrashing of London rivals West Ham on Sunday.The victory puts Tottenham four points behind surprise table-toppers Leicester, and with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all unconvincing in recent weeks, Pochettino’s side seem capable of keeping pace at the top.But the Argentine said: “It is early to start talking about that, there is too far until the end of the season.“We have a young squad, we need to develop our way to be consistent. It is true we have shown from the beginning of the season we are consistent but to win the title we need more.“It is step by step. It is difficult to say today what will happen in four or five months.“We need to keep working hard and stay with our feet on the ground.”Pochettino, however, does admit a top four finish is in his sights this season.Tottenham have not finished in a Champions League qualification spot since 2012 but Chelsea’s dismal start and Liverpool’s inconsistency appears to have opened up a prime opportunity for them.“After the game we played tonight I think we have enough quality (to finish in the top four),” Pochettino said.“But football is not about enough quality – it is about mentality and a lot of components. We are in a period that we feel very proud of.“We share the same philosophy and are convinced the way we play is the best in the world. Because of this we feel very proud of them.” Tottenham celebrate 1last_img read more

Can 16/1 shots Hull City claim shock win at Old Trafford? Latest EFL Cup odds

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.This morning we looked ahead to tonight and tomorrow’s EFL Cup semi-final clashes, with Manchester United v Hull City LIVE on talkSPORT!United are 2/11 favourites as they aim to make it nine straight wins in all competition, while the Tigers are 16/1 shots to claim a shock victory at Old Trafford.Tune in from 8pm GMT for LIVE commentary of the semi-final clashA cup final would bring a big boost to the Tigers, who are labouring the Premier League and are 1/8 to be relegated this season.Liverpool will then travel south to face Southampton on Wednesday night, with the Saints 21/10 to win the home first leg, while the Reds are 13/10 favourites to take an advantage back to Anfield.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more