Cricket News England vs India 5th Test: Alastair Cook hits fifty as England reach 123-1 at tea on day 1

first_imgNew Delhi: Opener Alastair Cook hit a patient half-century in the final match of his career as England reached 123 for one at tea on the opening day of the fifth and final Test against India at the Oval on Friday.The 33-year-old Cook, who is playing his final Test for England after which he will retire from international cricket, had eight hits to fence in his 177-ball unbeaten innings as he shared 60 runs with opening partner Keaton Jennings (23) and then forged an unconquered 63-run stand with Moeen Ali (23) for the second wicket.At the break, Cook was unbeaten on 66 runs, while Ali was batting on 23 not out having faced 102 balls.Also Read | England vs India, 5th Test Preview: Battle of pride for Kohli and coPost lunch, India toiled hard and tightened their lines as the pacers got some seam movement. Jasprit Bumrah (0-31) and Ishant Sharma (0-17) bowled threatening spells, and could have easily accounted for both batsmen.In the 31st over, Ajinkya Rahane dropped Cook (on 37*) at gully off Sharma. Three balls later, Virat Kohli dropped Ali (on 2*) at third slip off Bumrah.Ali also survived an lbw shout in 33rd over off Bumrah, with India’s DRS appeal being turned down. In fact he was lucky to survive this session at all, as Mohammed Shami (0-27) beat him on umpteen occasions but simply didn’t find the edge.Cook was more solid at the other end, and duly reached his 57th half-century off 139 balls to a rousing reception from the packed crowd. In doing so he put on 50 with Ali off 158 balls for the second wicket stand.Despite India’s toils the breakthrough didn’t come, even as England scored at a slow pace with only 55 runs coming in the two-hour session with 100 coming up in only the 59th over.Also Read | England vs India, 5th Test Preview: Battle of pride for Kohli and coEarlier, England made their best start of the series, reaching 68-1 at lunch after skipper Joe Root won his fifth consecutive toss of the series and opted to bat.Cook as given a ‘guard of honour’ by the Indian team as he walked out to bat in his final Test.Opening bowlers Bumrah and Sharma found some movement in the initial overs, but the wicket turned out to be best for batting in this series so far.The early movement disappeared very quickly as Cook and Jennings made a sedate start. Hanuma Vihari (0-1), who earned his maiden Test cap replacing Hardik Pandya, was also in action as he came on to bowl first-change in the 14th over.It was his solitary over though, as Jadeja (1-36) and Shami took over bowling duties after the drinks’ break.Cook and Jennings brought up only their second 50-partnership this series off 107 balls, and went on to put up their best opening stand in five Tests — 60 runs. Their previous highest was 54 at Trent Bridge.Jennings though couldn’t go on for longer, as he edged Jadeja to leg slip in the 24th over with KL Rahul adding another catch to his tally.Ali and Cook then batted out the remaining session until lunch, with India hardly creating any threatening chances. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Rain hurts Windies bid for World Cup qualification

first_imgTHE series between West Indies and Afghanistan ended in a 1-1 tie as the deciding match was washed out by rain, which had been heavy overnight and persistent through the day.There was just enough time with clear skies for the two captains to come out for the toss – two hours after schedule – but as soon as Asghar Stanikzai found the favour of the coin, he lost those of the elements.A drizzle prompted the groundstaff to cover the square again and pushed the match into an interminable delay. For your information, Afghanistan opted to bat.In other news, West Indies coach Stuart Law, during a pre-match interview with the host broadcaster, was very frank in his assessment of the team. He said his players were actually less experienced than the opposition’s – an Associate Member – in ODI cricket and also admitted that West Indies were in a great struggle to climb up the rankings and gain automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.The top eight sides on September 30 will be locked in to play the showpiece event in England – and with Bangladesh making the semi-final of the Champions Trophy and Pakistan going one better to secure a spot in the final, they will likely widen the gap between themselves and the No. 9 ranked West Indies. The international teams that don’t make the cut must then participate in a gruelling qualifying tournament in April 2018, when 10 contenders, including the best of the Associate nations, fight for two spots.“But we can’t be focussed on that,” Law said. “We have to be up for this contest, and then the next series against India. If we can win a couple of games, and then a couple against England, I’m sure we can climb the ladder. Whether or not we get direct entry into the World Cup, I’m not sure.”West Indies had begun the series on 79 points. Even if they had won it today, they still would have lost a point.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

FIFA publishes Garcia World Cups report after leak

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodZURICH, Switzerland (Reuters) – The global soccer body FIFA said yesterday it had decided to publish the Garcia report into the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively, more than two-and-a-half years after the investigation was completed.The 430-page report lists in great detail the wheeling and dealing which went on behind the scenes in the bidding race.It said that “flaws” in the process were caused by a “culture of expectation and entitlement” among FIFA executive committee members who held the right to vote for the hosts.FIFA said its decision to publish was made after the report, compiled by its former chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia in 2014, was “illegally leaked” to a German newspaper.“For the sake of transparency, FIFA welcomes the news that this report has now been finally published,” it said, adding that the decision was made “to avoid the dissemination of any misleading information.”Garcia, who is now an associate judge at the Court of Appeals for the state of New York, spent 18 months and interviewed 75 witnesses as he investigated the convoluted bidding process for the two tournaments.His report was not published but instead handed to the-then FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, who issued a 42-page summary which said there was not enough evidence to re-open the bidding process.Garcia publicly criticised Eckert’s summary and resigned one month later, in December 2014. FIFA then agreed the report could be published once all investigations against individuals had been completed.FIFA’s situation took a dramatic turn in 2015 when several dozen soccer officials were indicted on corruption-related charges in the United States, while the Swiss attorney general’s office opened a criminal investigation into the award.FIFA president Sepp Blatter was later banned for six years following an internal ethics investigation.The report said Blatter, who has denied any wrongdoing, bore “some responsibility for a flawed process that engendered deep public scepticism”, though it also praised him for implementing reforms including those which made the report itself possible.England, Spain/Portugal and the Netherlands/Belgium were the other countries bidding for the 2018 World Cup, while Australia, Japan, the United States and South Korea were Qatar’s rivals for the 2022 tournament.last_img read more

Skaneateles girls hockey stopped in sectional final

first_imgThough it took a far longer and far more difficult path to this point, and would not be on home ice, the Skaneateles girls hockey team still found itself playing for another Section III championship.It came down to the no. 3 seed Lakers defending its title against top seed Clinton Thursday night at Cicero Twin Rinks.And while Sknaeateles finally broke a long shutout streak by the Warriors, it could not keep Clinton from breaking through for its first-ever sectional title, prevailing 4-1 to avenge losses to the Lakers in the 2018 and 2019 finals. Tags: girls hockeyskaneateles Rebecca Cain and Rachelle Cain both picked up assists, too, and though Shea Baker scored for Ithaca, Evie Sheridan, accustomed to post-season pressure, turned everything else back, finishing with 19 saves.In the other semifinal, Clinton blanked Oswego 2-0, setting up the title clash as the Warriors entered the night unbeaten in 11 straight games.Skaneateles knew that pulling off this win would require a big turnaround from their two earlier encounters in January, where Clinton had twice shut out the Lakers by margins of 4-0 and 3-0.Applying pressure from the outset, the Warriors got an early power play that Skanetaeles killed off thanks to a pair of Sheridan stops.But at the eight-minute mark of the first period Mia Lopata won a face-off and passed it to Drew Kopek, who alone in front of the net beat Sheridan to put Clinton in front.Far more important was Ella Greico tipping in Hailey Kwiatkowski’s shot from the right circle with 1:33 left in the period.That, along with the Warriors killing off a five-on-three Lakers advantage early in the second period, proved a turning point, Clinton extending its margin to 3-0 when Lopata scored at the 10:01 mark.It wasn’t until the Lakers’ fifth power play with 3:59 left in regulation that it finally got a goal against the Warriors, scored by Rebecca Cain off a feed from Torrey, but Greico sealed it with an empty-netter in the final minute.Overall, Sheridan had 27 saves and was named a first-team All-League selection in goal, with Torrey earning second-team honors as Lopata was chosen as the league’s Player of the Year.Skaneateles finished at 6-8-1, but with just one senior on its roster it should be poised for another championship run in 2020-21.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Just getting here, though, required Skaneateles to go on the road in last Tuesday night’s semifinal round and take out no. 2 seed Ithaca – which the Lakers did, defeating the Little Red 3-1.During their regular-season meetings, Skaneateles had tied Ithaca 1-1 on Dec. 20 and then beat them 2-1 on Jan. 16, less than two weeks before the playoff encounter.Here, the Lakers were more productive, with Adriana Barbuto getting one goal and one assist as Lizzy Sachar and Campbell Torrey also found the net.last_img read more

Syracuse’s 11-2 second-set run keys straight-set victory over Georgia Tech

first_img Comments The ball struck SU’s Mariia Levanova and sailed out of bounds. It looked like Friday’s match would soon be even at one set apiece.Late in the second set, that deflection gave Georgia Tech (11-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) a 23-16 lead as GT looked to even the match after Syracuse (5-4, 1-0) had taken the first set, 25-14. But the Orange would not be undone. SU ended on an 11-2 run to take the set 27-25 and went on to win the match 3-0 in straight sets.The play following the ball out of bounds was a Georgia Tech service error. Then came an ace by SU’s Santita Ebangwese. Then a save by freshman Polina Shemanova to keep the play alive, ending with a crushing cross-court kill by Yuliia Yastrub. Soon the game was tied 24-24 and the Orange from there took a 26-25 lead. Some of the crowd in the Women’s Building got to their feet.Amber Witherspoon went up for a block, hitting two Georgia Tech players, and an attempted dig made the ball sail behind them. The crowd went wild as the Orange celebrated.“The crowd was beautiful,” Ebangwese said. “The crowd never hurts, especially at home. I know personally I’m a person with a lot of energy and being able to feed off the crowd just made it a lot easier to be energetic.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorgia Tech was not able to recover. Although the Yellow Jackets tied it at 10 in the third set, they never got a hold of the lead from there. Shemanova, who led the game with 15 kills, fired the ball into the hands of a Georgia Tech player and the dig flew backward into the wall, ending the third set 25-21 and putting the match to rest.Despite the chaotic second set sequence, SU head coach Leonid Yelin said his timeout speeches never took a different tone.“We’re always talking about what we have to do,” Yelin said. “Regardless, if we are ahead or we’re behind, we’re just talking about what we have to do.”A key to the Orange’s success throughout the match, including the second set, was being the better blocking team, something that has become a trend for Yelin’s teams. Syracuse out-blocked Georgia Tech, 15-4. Witherspoon was the biggest contributor in this area registering 10 herself.Syracuse also minimized attack errors, committing 10 to Georgia Tech’s 25. The Orange also registered a .248 hitting percentage on the game, and hit at .400 after the first set. All the while Georgia Tech struggled, finishing at .120.“I think it is important but we don’t stand on the court thinking, ‘don’t mess up,’” senior Jalissa Trotter said. “We’re on the court thinking, ‘make this a point, get this point’ or ‘be ready for this ball.’”Following a weekend of three five-set games, SU was happy to have a game end in under an hour and forty-five minutes. Back in the conference room, as Ebangwese waited for her teammates and media interviews to start, she smiled when the final game runtime was mentioned, crediting it all to the second set win.“When we notched it up at 24-25, I was like ‘Bro, come on, come on,” she said. “We made it this way. We made it all this way from 16-22, we might as well take it.” Published on September 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani will start Sunday, but Angels’ eventual six-man starting rotation still short on details

first_imgAfter Richards starts Thursday and Tyler Skaggs on Friday, Matt Shoemaker will start Saturday’s game in Oakland. Shohei Ohtani, who was officially added to the Angels’ 40-man roster after Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, will start Sunday. He and Skaggs threw bullpens side-by-side at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.Heaney threw a bullpen Tuesday as well. The left-hander could conceivably begin the season on the 10-day disabled list with elbow inflammation before jumping in as the team’s sixth starter. His schedule is to be determined.As for when Richards and the others learn of their subsequent assignments, he said “we’ll know apparently the day after we pitch when we’re throwing next, or they’ll give us as early a heads up as possible.”In theory a six-man rotation might allow Manager Mike Scioscia to stretch out each pitcher longer than he would within a five-man rotation. Scioscia didn’t dismiss that possibility Tuesday, but he isn’t counting on it either. For now, don’t expect the prospect of extra rest lengthening Scioscia’s leash on Richards – or the Angels’ other starters.“They might be fresher and they’ll be able to pitch longer into the game,” Scioscia said, “but you just can’t go on the assumption that ‘it’s a six-man rotation, these guys can throw an extra four outs.’” LOS ANGELES — Garrett Richards will leave the task of dressing up his opening day start to the game-day crew at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.One day after learning he would pitch the Angels’ first game of the season, Richards spoke matter-of-factly about the assignment.“Eh, I mean honestly I’m just taking the first turn in the rotation,” he said. “After we get through it one time, everything gets jumbled around anyway.”What happens next could be more interesting than what happens first. At some point the Angels will flip from a traditional five-man rotation to a flexible six-man rotation. When, exactly, remains to be announced. Even their fifth starter hasn’t been announced yet. Richards was healthy all spring after being limited to six starts last season due to a biceps injury. Injuries limited the availability of Ohtani, Heaney, Skaggs and Shoemaker at times last year, too. That might be why Richards, for one, is willing to trade the uncertainty of his schedule for the promise of extra rest down the road.“We’re all healthy. We’re all adjusted,” he said. “We’re all ready to go.”FINAL ROSTER MOVESTo make room for Ohtani on the Angels’ 40-man roster, catcher Carlos Perez was designated for assignment.Right-handed pitcher Felix Peña was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake, leaving right-handers Noe Ramirez and Rule 5 pick Luke Bard with the final bullpen jobs. Additionally, Chris Carter was told he would not be on the Opening Day roster. The veteran first baseman was in camp on a minor-league contract.Perez, who was out of minor league options, might have needed an injury to starter Martin Maldonado or backup Rene Rivera to open the season in the majors. He batted .265 (9 for 34) with four doubles in spring training, after hitting .224 with 10 home runs in 184 games for the Angels over parts of the last three seasons.Juan Graterol, who was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, is the third catcher on the Angels’ 40-man roster.Peña allowed five runs in 11 spring innings. Ramirez allowed six runs in 12-1/3 innings and Bard allowed 11 runs in 12-1/3 innings. As a Rule 5 pick, Bard must remain on the Angels’ major league roster or be returned to the Minnesota Twins.Carter went 11 for 41 (.268) with three home runs in 24 spring games.KINSLER AILINGIan Kinsler was held out of the Angels’ starting lineup for the second straight day, and Scioscia revealed the second baseman is battling tightness in his groin.“We’re going to evaluate him (Wednesday),” Scioscia said. “He’s going to work out at 11 o’clock and we’ll get an idea of where he is. He’s made a lot of progress.”Scioscia wouldn’t venture to estimate the likelihood of Kinsler beginning the season on the disabled list. Zack Cozart started at second base each of the last two days. Luis Valbuena started at third base on Tuesday and Jefry Marte played third on Monday.Kinsler finished spring training with 11 hits, including one home run, in 43 at-bats, a .256 average.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Cubs return to Chicago with NLCS lead over Los Angeles Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Aggressive bullpen management has become the mortgage bundles of the postseason. It can make you rich – or leave you destitute.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled his starter, Kenta Maeda, with two outs in the fourth inning Thursday night despite the fact that Maeda had allowed just one run and the opposing pitcher was coming up. The march of matchup relievers began – and blew up in the Dodgers’ faces when setup man Joe Blanton gave up a two-run home run to Addison Russell in the sixth inning.Russell’s second home run in as many days was only the start as the Chicago Cubs handed the Dodgers an 8-4 defeat in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.After going 21 innings without a run, the Cubs have scored 18 times in the past 15 innings. “He was around 75 pitches and I felt that he was starting to lose that fastball command and I thought the breaking ball wasn’t as sharp,” Roberts said even though Maeda had struck out Russell and got David Ross on a soft fly out to bring Lester to the plate.Lester had “put a good swing” on a fly ball in the second inning and Roberts had no intention of letting him face the top of the order, Dexter Fowler again. So he pulled Maeda and brought in Josh Fields to face Lester and starting the tag-team relay of six relievers.“I was a little surprised,” Maeda said through his interpreter, the diplomacy in his answer not lost in translation.The baton was successfully passed to Blanton in the sixth inning with the score tied, 1-1. He gave up a leadoff single to Baez who stole second while Heyward was striking out.That brought up Russell who was 1 for 25 in the postseason and hadn’t hit a home run since Sept. 19 before he went deep against Julio Urias in the fourth inning on Wednesday night. Russell had two more hits in Game 4 but struck out in both at-bats against Maeda on Thursday.He took a slider from Blanton for a called strike then clubbed the next one as it hung over the plate. During the regular season, Blanton allowed just two home runs after June and none after the end of August. But he has given up two of the most costly blows of the NLCS – Miguel Montero’s pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning of Game 1 and Russell’s lead-grabbing homer in Game 5.“Going back to the last series, my slider hasn’t been ‘normal’ even though I was getting the results,” Blanton said, adding that he has been trying to find “fixes” during the limited down time between postseason games.“You go through cold spells over the course of the season. I’m just having one at a really, really bad time.”The Dodgers tried to give Lester – whose defensive yips are his biggest weakness – a bad time with bunts and aggressive leads when they did manage to get on base. That wasn’t often though. They had just five hits in seven innings against the left-hander – that again! – and scratched out just one run.Howie Kendrick doubled with one out in the fourth. With Adrian Gonzalez batting, Kendrick broke for third and stole the base – only after replay corrected the original call.Nursing a 1-0 lead at that point, Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to play the infield in. The strategy could have worked when Gonzalez bounced weakly to Rizzo. But the Cubs first baseman bobbled the ball, allowing Kendrick to score without a throw.“The last few times we’ve faced him we’ve gone out with a gameplan of trying to make him uncomfortable with bunts and being aggressive with our leads and he pitched two incredible games,” Gonzalez said. “So maybe we should go out there trying to slug.”By the time the Dodgers scored again in the eighth inning, the Cubs had regained the lead on Russell’s home run and padded it with a blunder-aided five-run slog of an eighth against reliever Pedro Baez.Baez was guilty of making his own mess. He dropped Gonzalez’s feed on a play at first base and failed to cover first when Gonzalez made a nice stop on a Fowler grounder with runners at second and third.An overturned call at second base extended the inning long enough for Javier Baez to drive in three runs with a double, sending the Cubs back to Chicago with a 3-2 lead in the series.“Obviously our backs are against the wall. But we kind of feel like we’ve been ther all year,” Blanton said. “When Kersh went down, everyone wrote us off. When we went to Washington for Game 5, when we lost Game 1 (to the Cubs), everyone wrote us off again and they’re probably writing us off now. That’s fine.”center_img “We can grab that momentum back with one name – Kershaw,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “Obviously we don’t want to put it all on him. Obviously we have to score some runs for him.”They will have to do it at Wrigley Field where the Cubs had the best home record in baseball during the regular season (57-24) and now need to win just once more in order to advance to their first World Series since 1945. The Cubs will have to beat either a rested Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 on Saturday or Rich Hill in a potential Game 7 on Sunday to do it.“I thought (the past) two nights we got beat. We got beat,” Roberts said. “So we’ll get a day away from this to re-set and we’ve got Clayton going in Game 6. So that’s a game we expect to win.”Maeda’s early postseason results did not make him a candidate for a long leash in Game 5. Three of the Cubs’ first four batters reached base against him on Thursday but only one scored on Anthony Rizzo’s RBI double.He ducked and dodged away from any more damage but Roberts had clearly seen enough when Maeda gave up a double to Javier Baez leading off the fourth and followed that up by hitting Jason Heyward with a pitch.last_img read more

A timeline of AFC North violence: Browns, Steelers add another incident to division’s ugly decade

first_imgRyan Shazier drills Giovani Bernard (2016)During a 2016 wild-card game, Bernard caught a pass from AJ McCarron and turned just quickly enough to be face-to-face with Shazier, who walloped Bernard and forced a fumble. Though it wasn’t penalized at the time, Shazier’s headshot on Bernard ultimately made the league decide to outlaw these types of hits.Vontaze Burfict knocks out Antonio Brown (2016)At the end of that same postseason matchup, Burfict, who has his own personal history of dirty plays, got called for a personal foul for throwing his shoulder into Brown’s head. Referees then flagged Adam “Pacman” Jones during the kerfuffle following Brown’s concussion, giving the Steelers an easy field goal attempt for the win. Needless to say, it was a chaotic ending.Burfict later told ESPN he believed Brown “faked” the injury. Brown missed the divisional playoff game the next week, and Burfict received a three-game suspension.Ryan Shazier’s spine injury (2017)While Shazier’s tackle on Josh Malone is the most normal football play on this list, it is also the most frightening to revisit. The Steelers linebacker couldn’t move his legs after his head connected with Malone’s ribs.He hasn’t suited up since that play, but Shazier is still hopeful he will be able to return to the field.JuJu Smith-Schuster gets revenge on Vontaze Burfict (2017)This time it’s Burfict on the other end of an illegal hit in the same game. Smith-Schuster crackback blocked Burfict on a Le’Veon Bell run and taunted Burfict while he was on the ground, leading to a couple obvious flags.During Smith-Schuster’s postgame media availability, Brown repeatedly yelled “karma,” clearly referencing the 2016 wild-card game. Smith-Schuster, who said he didn’t mean to hurt Burfict, was suspended one game.As JuJu Smith-Schuster describes his block on Vontaze Burfict, Antonio Brown keeps yelling ‘Karma.’ pic.twitter.com/rX6COmuxoE— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 5, 2017Mason Rudolph unconscious after shot from Earl Thomas (2019)On a third-and-long near his own end zone, Rudolph scrambled out of the pocket and found James Washington for a big gain. Rudolph was instantly knocked out by Thomas after throwing the pass, and he had to be helped off the field. Thomas said the hit wasn’t intentional, but the NFL ended up giving him a $21,000 fine.JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson leave game after helmet-to-helmet hits (2019)Prior to the Garrett vs. Rudolph melee, multiple Steelers receivers suffered concussions on dangerous plays. Smith-Schuster absorbed multiple hits to the head on a catch over the middle of the field, and Johnson got tagged by Browns cornerback Damarious Randall, who was ejected from the game. Browns DB Damarious Randall was ejected for this helmet-to-helmet hit #PITvsCLE pic.twitter.com/iNibAYHQPm— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) November 15, 2019Myles Garrett swings helmet at Mason Rudolph (2019)And then arguably the ugliest incident of all. With only seconds remaining and a Browns win secured, Garrett and Rudolph became tangled up on the ground. Rudolph appeared to reach for Garrett’s helmet, and Garrett responded by snatching Rudolph’s helmet and wildly swinging it at his head.Garrett has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL, and the Browns and Steelers have been fined $250,000 each.pic.twitter.com/mqOM8LdVUp— Viral Sports (@NotScTop10plays) November 15, 2019 (Steelers Depot) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8/73/mitchelleiferthitgif_udwkmftas3bu104pvotkys25j.gif?t=1891560886&w=500&quality=80 The Browns and Steelers hit a new low for the AFC North on Thursday night — and that is saying something considering the division’s checkered history.When Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and whipped it at Rudolph’s head, he only added to an already long list of brutal incidents. When the Bengals, Browns, Ravens and Steelers take the field for a divisional game, bad things tend to happen. MORE: “AFC North football” needs culture shift after Garrett suspensionOld school football fans will surely remember a time when hits from AFC North battles in the 2000s were being celebrated on ESPN’s “Jacked Up,” but gradual changes to improve player safety have done little to decrease the violence. Helmet-to-helmet hits and major injuries are not uncommon when these teams meet.The NFL handed down significant suspensions and fines to everyone involved in the Browns-Steelers debacle. Perhaps those punishments will make players think twice about questionable hits or extracurricular activities. Take a look at the past decade, though, and you’ll see this story has played out a similar way before.James Harrison goes helmet-to-helmet on Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi (2010)On a first-down play near midfield, Cribbs took the ball out of the Wildcat formation (remember those days?) and ran to the opposite side of Harrison, who continued to pursue the ball. As Cribbs attempted to cut back toward the Steelers’ logo, Harrison lowered his helmet and smacked Cribbs in the side of the head.Later in that same game, Harrison blew up a defenseless Massaquoi on a crossing route. Harrison was later fined $75,000 by the NFL.James Harrison at it again with Colt McCoy (2011)It didn’t take long for Harrison to find himself at the center of controversy once again. The Steelers linebacker was flagged for dropping the crown of his helmet into McCoy’s facemask and earned a one-game suspension.Josh Cribbs loses his helmet against Ravens (2012)Cribbs was wrapped up down low by Morgan Cox and hit up high by Dannell Ellerbe, sending the Browns return man’s helmet flying into the air. Ellerbe was not penalized.”I don’t remember much about the hit, but after I came up I was ready to play again,” Cribbs said (via USA Today). “They had to take my helmet and everything for me not play and had to keep tabs on me in the locker room so I wouldn’t run back out there. I was ready to play.”Terence Garvin breaks Kevin Huber’s jaw (2013)Garvin blindsided Huber as the Bengals punter attempted to slow down Antonio Brown on a return. Huber missed the rest of the 2013 season with a broken jaw, and Garvin was fined $25,000.Antonio Brown kicks Spencer Lanning (2014)Instead of simply outrunning Lanning to the sideline, Brown tried to hurdle the Cleveland punter. Brown’s leap ended with a cleat to the face for Lanning and a penalty for Brown, who was also fined $8,200.A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert suffer concussions after hit from Mike Mitchell (2014 and 2015)For Bengals fans, the name Mitchell might as well be a curse word. The Steelers safety gave Green a concussion in the 2014 regular season finale, an injury that also kept him out of a wild-card game. The Bengals ended their season with a 26-10 loss to the Colts.Mitchell continued his head-hunting ways the next season with a shot on Eifert, who left the game with a concussion. Mitchell was fined more than $23,000 for hitting a defenseless receiver.last_img read more

Marsh rink makes most of second chance to capture Kootenay Dominion Curling Club Championship

first_imgBarry Marsh is not known for taking the easy route to glory.No this Nelson skip always likes to have the plot thicken before tasting victory as he did Sunday at the Heritage City Curling Club.Marsh, third John Rampone, second Cameron Shaw and lead Al May needed an extra game before capturing the Kootenay Dominion Curling Club Championship with an 11-3 victory over Ivor Larsen of Kimberley.The Nelson rink now advances to represent the Kootenay Zone at the Dominion Curling Club Championship next month in Richmond. After dominating the A event, winning the title in easy fashion, Marsh hit a bump in the road when Larsen put together a big end en route to a 10-4 win in the B Final.Having another chance at the Bavarian City rink, Marsh made the most of it as he blasted Larsen in six ends.The Dominion Curling Club Championship is designed to provide club curlers with the opportunity of a lifetime. Teams from both the East and West Kootenays flocked to Nelson to compete in the two-day event.The road to a Canadian Championship started at the beginning of the curling season at the club level.The Kootenay Championship is the next step before the respective winners advance to the provincial tournament April 17-21 in Richmond.On the women’s side of the draw, Desiree Schmidt of Fruitvale won the right to represent the Kootenays in Richmond.last_img read more

Lainez’s wink to Rubi: “In FIFA with Betis I am a starter”

first_imgDiego Lainez He hopes that the league championship will resume as soon as possible to try to deliver a jump in his performance at Betis. After a campaign in which he again reflected numerous doubts and was unable to be important in the plans of the Verdiblanco team, the Mexican looks to the future with hope and the certainty of continuing in Heliópolis. During an interview with Fox Sports, he left a wink about his low role under Rubi: “I play FIFA a lot with my friends from Mexico. I choose Betis and I start and score goals.” The winger, who has the support of his mother with him in these days of quarantine, expects a more encouraging outlook on the return leg of the competition. Asked about the Olympics and the option to play, it was clear: “They told me it is a unique experience and I would like to be there. League Final? We want to play it, it is what we want the most because we are an upline team and we hope it will be played. But the first thing is health. “In this sense, the lack of minutes of the player can influence when it comes to being taken into account by the Mexican team in the near future and therefore his future at Betis is in the air. It is one of the pieces that counts the least in the current project and the route of an assignment in the last markets has already been considered. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 9, 2020center_img About Guardado: “He always tries to help me as much as possible. In the absence of my brother here, who is the one who gives me the most advice, Well Andrés is the one who solves doubts for me. He’s always after me. “ Lainez took the opportunity to answer a questionnaire in which he stressed that Messi is his idol and the best “player in the world today and in history. I grew up seeing him.”last_img read more