Just two under par in the week

first_imgIPGC golf from The HavenMonday, Sept. 2, Eastern Star – StablefordCSS 731st Mike Dabanovich (13) 37pts2nd Terry Hodgkiss (23) 33pts 3rd Mike Hill (20) 28pts4th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 27pts5th Alwyne Burley (16) 26pts Due to the progressive outlook of the management at Eastern Star they are currently one of if not the best value golf destinations on the Eastern Seaboard and although the scores do not show it, the course is in very good condition considering all the rain that has fallen in the area over the last three to four weeks.  But even with carts being allowed on the course, the general conditions were still quite wet which had a negative effect on the day’s results.Bruce Hilde.Mike Dabanovich showed what could be achieved, especially over the inward half where he accumulated 22 points, even with managing to include a zero pointer.  A slow start saw him take just five points from the first four holes that restricted his end total to one under handicap but it was still good enough by four shots for him to chalk up a win and his best score for over a year.Terry Hodgkiss slipped into an easy second place with a solid round that was also enhanced by the last nine where he collected twenty points, but it was still better by five than the next nearest player, Mike Hill, who took third spot.Shuichi Kodaka took fourth and Alwyne Burley fifth as many other hopefuls fell by the wayside on a very difficult day for golf.Once again there were no 2’s in either division.Prior to the presentation of the day’s prizes there was farewell for Don Everett returning to Perth carrying pictures of the urn to show around Gosnell’s Golf Club and the local cricket club for those who were unable to travel to Pattaya or England this time.Wednesday, Sept. 4, Greenwood A & C – StablefordCSS 711st Jon Batty (8) 38pts2nd Kevin Townsend (12) 35pts3rd Phil Groves (8) 34pts4th Phil Cass (20) 33pts5th Mike Hill (20) 33ptsJon Batty.After the trials of Monday, all were hoping for a slightly gentler day at the always popular Greenwood 27 hole course where the challenge for the day was the A and C nines and where for once, on balance, the back nine played a little easier than the front.The day started fair but the rain swept in halfway round which put some of the players out of contention as they struggled to keep a grip on their clubs and their rounds.  In the end the elements were the easy winners, although Jon Batty showed some flashes of brilliance on his way to yet another win out of Soi 13, which amazed one pundit who having watched his swing from a distance was then told he was watching a single figure handicapper swing replied, “Damn, he must have a hell of a short game”.John put together a two under handicap round that got better and better as it progressed, finally winning with a three shot margin over returnee Kevin Townsend who has been playing regularly back in the UK and showed that practice definitely helps.Phil Groves, another of the usual suspects when the going gets tough, took third putting in a strong finish after what for him was a very average outward nine.  This left Phil Cass to win a count back over Mike Hill for fourth, with a better 18 to 15.Once again there were no 2’s in either division.Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Kevin Townsend.Friday, Sept. 6, Pattana B & C – StablefordCSS 73 1st Bruce Hilde (17) 34pts2nd Phil Groves (8) 32pts3rd Hal Hart (19) 30pts4th Jon Batty (8) 30pts5th Kevin Townsend (12) 30pts6th Mike Hill (20) 29ptsMike Dabanovich.If the players thought that the previous outing was a bit wet then they were a lot sadder and wiser after finishing as many holes as the course management would allow them after the sirens for lightning had blared their mournful drones out across the course following the onset of a huge thunder storm.  This rolled in across the course and was accompanied with driving rain and later spectacular flashes across the leaden skies.Mike Hill was particularly upset as he thought he was well in contention when he was called in from the 18th fairway just as he was about to put his second shot to the green, eighteen inches from the pin.  As it transpired this magnificent feat would only have placed him second, after adding the resultant four points to his accumulated total.  In any event the day’s winner had already been decided, he having holed out before the real weather took a hold of the day’s proceedings.That winner was the now famous Walking Street Soft Shoe Shuffler (WS4) and performer to the pole stars, Bruce Hilde, whose two over handicap round owed much to the groupings and timing of the tee off as his three-ball led the field by at least a couple of clear holes when the weather started to seriously set in for the day.There was no surprise to find that Phil Groves was once again on the podium in second spot another two shots back as the third place went to a multiple count back.  This was won by Hal Hart with a best 16 on the C course as he managed to squeeze in a couple of points on the last hole whilst Kevin Townsend with 13 and John Batty with 11 had to settle for nil points on the last.Mike Hill.For the fourth time in succession there were no 2’s in either of the divisions underlining just how difficult golf is at all the golf courses currently being played at the present time.A note to all Pattaya golfers, please spare a thought for Richard Livingston who has been operating in Pattaya as one of the local teaching golf professionals for many years, and who is currently lying in the ICU department of the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital in a coma after suffering what has been diagnosed as a stroke around the 22nd of August.Note:  If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to The Haven Hotel, at 185 Soi 13, between Beach Road and 2nd Road.  All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.15 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play. 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Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League

first_imgAussie Ally’s123963117-549 Results: Celtic Tiger 3 v 12 Candy Loca,Winner Bar 11 v 4 Rack Em Up, Lanna Bar 5 v 10 San Snack Bar, Buddy’sBar 10 v 5 OK Bar, Aussie Ally’s 6 v 9 Bootleggers, Woaw’s Pub 5 v 10Country Road, New Country Road 6 v 9 Tequila Bar Country Road1293114664827 Bootleggers126679101-2218 Candy Loca1293118625627 OK Bar125779101-2215 New Country Road1221078102-246 Celtic Tiger123969111-429 Tequila Bar12849486824 Winner Bar12102121596230 Rack Em Up12102112684430 Results & Standings Sept. 22 (week 12) TeamPWLFA+/-Pts. Woaw’s Pub1293115655027 San Snack Bar126695851018 Lanna Bar1201247133-860 Buddy’s Bar124876104-2812last_img read more

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Thiery Petrement wins at Phoenix Gold, Pattaya

first_imgPromoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?brainberries6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesbrainberriesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!brainberries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksbrainberriesLong Live Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of The Queen Mother – Pattaya MailThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitbrainberriesStunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldbrainberriesTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowbrainberriesThailand focuses on Vietnamese second spread of COVID-19 cases – Pattaya M…7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterbrainberries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DobrainberriesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithbrainberriesFake brand-name goods worth over 100 million baht seized in Bangkok – Patt…A Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak!brainberriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Thembrainberries Please Support Pattaya Mail PSC Golf from BillabongMonday 6th July Phoenix Gold StablefordAfter two days of no alcohol, the golf seemed to get better I think. We played the Mountain and Ocean loops at Phoenix Gold golf course. The Lakes has been closed for some time now, as there must be some serious maintenance going on.center_img We breezed around the Mountain loop in perfect conditions for playing, but hit the wall after that nine for a wait on every shot. We don’t know where the four ball came from that had four groups backed up behind them but suffice to say the second nine was way over two hours to complete.The course was in great condition apart from the brutal rough in some places that made finding the ball very problematic. However, the weather was superb.The scoring was reasonable with the placings all scoring in the 30s. Captain Cripple took 3rd spot with 33 points, Glyn Davies took 2nd with 35 points and Thiery Petrement took 1st with 36 points.There were no twos recorded.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Gold standard

first_imgLE’VEON BELThe freedictionary.com defines gold standard as: 1. A monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is equal in value to and exchangeable for a specified amount of gold. 2. A model of excellence; a paragon.There are many good running backs in the NFL but the three that are setting the gold standard are LeVeon Bell, DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch.  These athletes are the perfect example of the phrase, “carrying a team on their backs.  But you know what? Except for Bell, certain people have the nerve to be contemplating the futures of Lynch and Murray in regards to whether each may be worth the salary that they are due.Aubrey BruceIn the 2014 NFL postseason, Murray took his team to the division round of the NFC playoffs.  Lynch took his team to within 1 yard of a Super Bowl victory.  Bell took his team to the wildcard round but he was unable to perform and as great as his quarterback, Steelers Ben Roethlisberger is, he sorely missed the second year running back when the Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens.According to most statistics the average career of a running back is a little bit more than 2.57 years yet most running backs are paid peanuts during his prime years.All we hear about is you have to have a great quarterback and that the quarterback handles the ball on almost every single down.  This is true but there is a catch.  If a running back runs the ball an average of 25 carries per game, generally he is going to be hit 75 percent of the time.  If a quarterback throws 50 passes a game and is sacked 5 times and knocked down 5 times, that equates to only 20% that a quarterback is jeopardized in the pocket while attempting to throw a pass.Most of us realize that running backs’ have arguably the shortest performance span of all professional football performers, yet face the most opposition when it comes to renegotiating their contracts for a job well done.Over the past two decades many rule changes have taken place in regards to competition in pro football.  Most of these changes have benefited the offense, in the particular the quarterbacks.Quarterbacks continue to overthrow receivers expecting them to elevate themselves never knowing that the next place they will land will be in la-la land or on the gurney of Dr. Vinnie “Boom-Boom.”Running backs do all of the dirty work and heavy lifting in the NFL.  While rules are being created and maintained to keep quarterbacks clean and sterile, running backs do the “stockyard” slaughterhouse work and in contrast are not being paid for top dollar for their services.If the running back helps keep the quarterback or should we say “pocket back” out of harm’s way, then running backs should be kept financially kept out of harm’s way, nuff said.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741 He is also a contributing columnist for urbanmediatoday.com Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribe.last_img read more

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Oklahoma football team condemns racist video

first_imgThe University of Oklahoma football team and coaches line up wearing all black in the Everest Training Center in protest of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma on Monday, March. 9, 2015. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has been banned from campus after several members tof the fraternity took part in a racist chant caught on video. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Nick Oxford)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – A racist video threatened to divide the Oklahoma football team. The leaders on the squad weren’t having it.Players released a statement on their social media accounts Thursday, saying they were committed to eradicating racism and calling for the expulsion of fraternity leaders connected to the video.“Allowing this culture to thrive goes against everything it means to be a Sooner,” said the players, who vowed to raise awareness of racism and show “we are defined by more than the numbers on our jerseys and that we are human beings that desire to get to know our classmates.”A nine-second video caught members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s University of Oklahoma chapter singing a song that used a derogatory term for Black people and referenced lynching.After the initial outrage among the players, seven of the team’s leaders – Trevor Knight, Eric Striker, Ty Darlington, Charles Tapper, Nila Kasitati, Sterling Shepard and Zack Sanchez – listened to their teammates and leaders from other athletic teams on campus, then met among themselves over a three-day period to figure out how to proceed.The racially diverse group created a unified statement about using their platforms to “promote meaningful change at a national level,” starting with their campus.The team has not practiced all week, instead silently demonstrating by walking together arm-in-arm and wearing black at Owen Field during its normal practice time. They players did so again on Thursday afternoon with coach Bob Stoops front and center at the school of 27,000 students, about 5 percent of whom are Black.“It was initially, for everyone, an igniting issue, something that provoked a lot of feelings, as we’ve seen from all the reactions of it,” said Darlington, who is white. “It was no different on our team. We’re human beings. Every one of us had a lot of conflicting emotions. I think very quickly, we realized that whatever we do, we have to do it as a team, or else it was going to divide everyone.”Two students have been expelled and university President David Boren ordered the chapter house to be shut down. Boren plans to meet with team captains after spring break, but the players haven’t waited to express their displeasure.The players said they want SAE leadership “expelled, suspended or otherwise disciplined severely.”Striker, whose angry Snapchat message in response to the video drew national publicity, said he generally feels good about his school.“This is not a reflection of the people here in Oklahoma, at this university,” he said. “So many great people here – we can’t let a little speck ruin it for the whole state. That’s not been definitely our experience here at all. That was just … for the majority of the people here, that is not a reflection on the people here, in this state and the university.”Stoops didn’t take issue with Striker’s Snapchat message.“Who am I, or who is anyone, to address someone’s level of reaction to something that can be so hurtful?” he said.The situation already has hurt the football program, usually a national power. North Mesquite (Texas) High School football star Jean Delance, a top offensive lineman prospect who had verbally committed to Oklahoma, said he would not attend the school because of the video.Two other verbal commitments from the Class of 2016, both Black, will stay. Jon-Michael Terry, a tight end from Victory Christian High in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Adrian Hardy, a quarterback from Dekaney High in Houston, have not changed their plans.Victory Christian football coach Brent Marley said he discussed the situation with Terry, and nothing changed.Boren’s strong response played a role in keeping Hardy’s mother, Umeki Davis, from becoming concerned.“As long as they (those leading the chant) were escorted off, and they have nothing to do with OU, and OU stood up for their kids – I’m OK with that,” Davis, said. “It would have been different if OU wouldn’t have stood up for what was right. What was right to me was when they stood up and those students were removed from the school. I’m fine with that.”The situation forced Knight, who is White, to look at race from a different perspective.“For me, it’s an issue that, me personally, I won’t necessarily ever understand what it’s like to be called that name and the ramifications of it and how you feel in your heart,” he said. “But as a leadership group, and as a member of a team with all different walks of life, you have to take that into account, and you have to hear everybody with an open mind and realize that everybody’s going to be affected in a different way.“So that was our main goal through all of this, is that we want what’s best for our group. Not for individual people, not for Whites, not for Blacks, but for the entire group as a whole.”Striker said he accepts SAE’s apology, but he still feels there needs to be accountability.“Peace here on this campus and awareness is our drive,” he said. “That (the apology) means something. We’re forgiving people. But we just feel like those are the steps we needed to take.”___Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAPlast_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Till death do we part?

first_imgIn a Nov. 19, 2006, file photo, Larry Brown, right, presents former North Carolina head basketball coach, Dean Smith, with a medal during Smith’s induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo. Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships, died “peacefully” at his home Saturday night, Feb. 7, 2015, the school said in a statement Sunday from Smith’s family. He was 83. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)Most of the basketball aficionados’ have probably chewed, digested and regurgitated the information  that I am preparing to offer by now but I think “chewing the cud” a bit more might not be such a bad idea; at least it is better than “chewing the fat,”  because as far as I can see the only one getting fat is the NCAA.Dean Smith, the legendary North Carolina Tar Heels coach, passed away on February 7, 2015.  On March 16,  a letter was sent by Tim Breedlove, Trustee of the Dean E. Smith Revocable Trust Fund, informing the former players of Dean Smith that they were awarded a $200.00 “gift” from the estate of the iconic coach assumedly as a gesture of thanks from him for their “services” as athletes.Aubrey BruceThe greedy, seedy and needy NCAA even had to add their “two cents” regarding that noble gesture.   College basketball writer Chip Patterson recently posted this on cbssports.com; “we found out that former North Carolina coach Dean Smith gave his former players $200 for a “dinner out” via his will. It was a unique gift from the legendary coach, and one that the NCAA issued a ruling on Saturday night.“Contrary to inaccurate media reports, Dean Smith’s generous gift to former student-athletes is NOT an NCAA violation,” the NCAA announced via the @InsideTheNCAA.  “Not an NCAA violation.”Are these clowns serious?I am now at a critical point regarding the way that I view the NCAA and maybe the way a majority of folks will see them after they remove their “crimson” colored sunglasses.   Why does the NCAA even have to poke their noses into a coach giving his former players $200 lousy dollars after the players have left or have graduated from the university?Is Vladimir Putin the undercover President, CEO, Chairman of The Board and Founder of the NCAA?Is there a secret marriage covenant between the NCAA and the athletes’ that we don’t know about and if so, isn’t the “divorce” final after the players leave the university?Scripture tells that; “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”The NCAA allows coaches to invade the homes of thousands of young American men.  The NCAA “minions” are disguised as recruiters, armed with grandiose promises, along with sex, lies and videotapes.  They remove the young men from parents and homes, preaching that they should abandon any individual goals and concentrate on becoming one with each other to achieve victory as a “team.”God might join these athletes together, but the NCAA will surely divide and conquer everyone that gets in their way when it comes to equitably “distributing the dough.”The NCAA should have been applauding the gesture by Dean Smith as opposed to having to sanction it.Dean Smith coached the North Carolina Tarheels basketball squad for 36 years.  The average roster size was 16 players that initially equals 576 players.  Now, say the average player played for 4 years that is 576 players divided by 4 equals 144 players.Hey listen, 144 x $200.00 =$28,800.00.  For the sake of another argument let’s go toward the high end.  If Coach Smith gave 544 players a stipend of $200 to “eat out,” that still only equals $108,000.00, just a drop in the bucket compared to the salary that Dean Smith and his brand commanded over a 36 year coaching career.in this May 5, 1984 file photo, North Carolina guard Michael Jordan, left, and Tar Heels coach Dean Smith are shown at a news conference in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Jordan announced he would forfeit his final year of college eligibility to turn pro. . (AP Photo, File)Thumbs up to Dean Smith for even thinking of his players.  Thumbs down to the NCAA for always thinking only of themselves.The head of the “tea party” terrorists’ are advocating and spewing out of their politically and socially foul mouths that the IRS should be abolished. Why are very few “activists’ promoting the elimination of the NCAA?   Even the bible says a marriage is technically over when one of the spouses passes away.  Most of the time a man or a woman can leave their, spouse or their children an inheritance without many “tax based” repercussions, which is why rich folks are always getting around “inheritance tax” issues.Many of Dean Smith’s players were almost like family.Enough is enough, the NCAA has outlived its usefulness.  It is time to say goodbye to yesterday and the NCAA!  (The source for this article was cbssports.com)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741He is also a contributing columnist for urbanmediatoday.comFollow him on Twitter@ultrascribelast_img read more

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Burke: Michael Sam signing with CFL historic moment

first_imgSt. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam listens to a question while meeting with the media following an organized team activity at the NFL football team’s practice facility Friday, June 6, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Brian Burke believes the Montreal Alouettes signing of Michael Sam is a tipping point in professional sports.The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, who co-founded You Can Play in memory of his late son, says the arrival of the openly gay player in the CFL will be a watershed moment.“I think it’s huge,” Burke told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. “To me, this is one of those 20, 30, 40 years from now, people will look back and say `remember when Michael Sam signed with the Alouettes?’“We know we have gay athletes in all sports. I think other gay athletes are going to see the reception that Michael Sam gets and how wonderful it’s going to be for him.”The Alouettes signed the 25-year-old Sam to a contract and introduced him on Tuesday.“You get some idiots on the Internet. You always do,” Burke said. “But instead of a hostile environment, he’ll see that intelligent and enlightened people welcome him in this role in Canada and wish him luck.”Burke co-founded You Can Play, an organization to eliminate homophobia in sport, following the death of his gay son Brendan in a car accident in 2010.Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish, who has two moms and is a spokesperson for You Can Play, says some football players can be close-minded. Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Arland Bruce, Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner Jr., and former Stampeder receiver Maurice Price were all fined by the CFL in early 2014 for homophobic tweets.Cornish said Sam’s participation in the league can change those attitudes.“Attitudes only change when you see something up close,” Cornish said. “It’s easy to have an attitude about something when it’s far away. `Gay people over there? I won’t be down with that,’ but when it’s a family member or a teammate, suddenly it’s `this guy is a cool dude.”’NBA player Jason Collins was the first pro athlete of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL to come out while an active player, which he did 18 months before retiring last November. Rugby player Gareth Thomas and Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe came out after retirement.Sam came out at the end of his college career at Missouri. He was the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL last year. The St. Louis Rams cut him at the end of training camp and he spent some time on the practice roster of the Dallas Cowboys.“The perception would be of all the sports, (football is) probably the most macho, probably the last place you’d expect a player to come out,” Burke said. “I think what Michael Sam has done is courageous. I think what the Montreal Alouettes have done to sign him and give him an opportunity is courageous.”Sam’s arrival in the CFL may be another step on the road toward an athlete’s sexual orientation no longer making news, but Canadian luger John Fennell expects that won’t happen for a while.Fennell came out after competing in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where the country’s anti-gay legislation was a controversial issue.“There are still so many closeted athletes who are first of all pushed out of sport or who feel like they can’t be themselves in their sport, that it still needs to be addressed,” Fennell said. “The fact that up until today, there hadn’t been any pro sports gay player in Canada to my knowledge, it’s still a testament to how much progress still needs to happen.”last_img
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Role players growing up on job for playoff-bound Steelers

first_imgIn this Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) leaps over Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris (31) before being tackled by cornerback Tavon Young (36) during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The image of Antonio Brown’s seemingly elastic left arm fighting off a pair of tacklers to stretch the ball across the goal line and send the Pittsburgh Steelers into the playoffs will live on. One more highly GIF-able moment in the star wide receiver’s weekly dance with the improbable.Zoom out, though, and the picture gets crowded by the guys who played vital parts in the drive that saved Pittsburgh’s season, a group of “who’s that?” players forced to grow up on the job for arguably the NFL’s hottest team.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw eight passes of consequence during the 10-play masterpiece that moved the Steelers 75 yards in 69 seconds. Sure, two went to Brown, but three went to back up tight end Jesse James , thrust back into the starting lineup with Ladarius Green out with a concussion. One went to rookie Demarcus Ayers, who deftly stepped out of bounds to stop the clock after the first catch of his career, a 9-yard gain that pushed Pittsburgh (10-5) to the end of field-goal range. One went to undrafted first-year player Eli Rogers, whose leaping grab pushed the Steelers inside the red zone. Still another went to practice squad graduate Cobi Hamilton.Oh, and all that came after third-string tight end Xavier Grimble hauled in a leaping 20-yard touchdown from Roethlisberger in the first quarter.This is not the group Roethlisberger thought he would have his disposal when the season opened. Yet there they were, delivering with a division title hanging in the balance in a raucous 31-27 victory .“Sometimes it just doesn’t matter where you’re drafted, it doesn’t matter where you are on the depth chart,” Roethlisberger said. “Sometimes if you have the want to and the desire to get out there and make something happen, if you make the most or your opportunity, you get to do it and some of those guys did it.”Even if the road to get here tested their patience and resolve. The Steelers took a flier on Ayers in the seventh round of the draft envisioning him as a return specialist but he couldn’t stay healthy during training camp and was cut before landing on the practice squad. He finally earned a spot on the 53-man roster against Cincinnati but was inactive on game day.Ayers was told on Christmas Eve he’d be on the active roster for the first time in his career. In an effort to quell Ayers’ nerves, Roethlisberger tried to give the rookie a pep talk.“Ben told me (Saturday) night, he said `Go to sleep, get some good rest, relax. It’s just football at the end of the day. You’ve been playing this your whole life,”’ Ayers said. “Before I went to bed, that’s the only thing I could think about.”Suddenly Ayers found himself walking onto the field with the Steelers trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter. Lined up on the outside, Ayers darted downfield on a go route while Roethlisberger heaved it his way. The ball sailed just out of reach but Ayers drew contact from Baltimore defensive back Tavon Young. The 35-yard pass interference penalty put the Steelers in position to kick-start their comeback. It also showed just how far Ayers has come.Roethlisberger tested Ayers with a similar play in practice on Friday to see if Ayers could win a one-on-one battle with a cornerback. Ayers then watched the pass on a loop Saturday looking to see how he could do a better job of getting behind the defender. He easily slipped by Young at the line when it mattered to get a momentum-turning flag then later added his first ever grab as a professional.“I grew up today,” Ayers said.It’s a path that mirrors the one Rogers took a year ago when he broke his foot and spent the entire season on injured reserve. He’s played erratically this fall as the de facto second option at receiver following Martavis Bryant’s suspension and injuries to Coates, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey.In a de facto elimination game against an arch rival, Rogers finished with 84 yards receiving on four receptions, including a 39-yarder that set up a field goal and his leaping 20-yard gain five snaps before Brown went full Mr. Fantastic on the Ravens.“We do it every day at practice,” Rogers said. “You just try to take those same elements you have in practice and take it to the game. That way guys don’t get tight. They don’t get tense. We knew we had to make plays. We stayed calm and poised.”___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img
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Jamie Carragher and Guti watch the MIC tournament

first_imgThe Mediterranean International Cup sees youth teams from all over the world come together and fight it out. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET But as well as future stars in the making, we saw a couple of old faces too.  Sport EN Read the full story HERE. The Ugandan side could only fly 11 players over so they have no substitutes.  02/04/2015 Carragher’s son was playing for Liverpool U12s in the tournament.  Jamie Carragher, formerly of Liverpool, and Guti, ex-Real Madrid, were both there to watch the action. Elsewhere, there was a heart-warming tale from the tournament as a Villarreal player and a Real Madrid DC player gave their boots to a Ugandan team with little money and unsuitable footwear. It features over 200 sides and is in its 15th year. In that time, the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Coutinho, Gerard Pique and more have cut their teeth in it. last_img read more

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