Pouncey makes quick rise to line leader

first_imgANCHORING THE LINE—In this photo from Aug. 2, 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) stands on the sidelines during the team’s training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Forget the sophomore slump, his teammates say. Still the second-youngest of the 90 players in Pittsburgh’s camp, Pouncey has gone from 20-year-old draftee to respected, reliable team leader in a matter of 16 months.“He’s the spark on our offensive line,” guard/center Doug Legursky said. “He’s going to lead us.”He’s being depended on to do just that for a unit that will have different starters at three of the four other positions from last season’s Super Bowl team.“There’s a lot of pressure on me this year,” Pouncey said, “so I’m ready for it. We’ve got some older guys, but I definitely want to be part of the anchor of the offensive line and contribute my part.”A three-year starter before leaving school after his junior year at Florida—his twin brother, Mike, was a first-round pick of the Dolphins this year—Pouncey appears to be the next in the line of great Pittsburgh centers.The Steelers had just four starting centers between 1964-2006. Three were selected to multiple Pro Bowls, Mike Webster is already in the Hall of Fame and Dermonti Dawson has been a finalist for induction.Yes, it’s only been one full season. But Pouncey is giving the Steelers reason to believe he can join that lineage after being the best lineman, at age 21, on a team that won the AFC championship. The only down note from last season, is that Pouncey did not play in the Super Bowl due to a high ankle sprain.“He’s incredible,” said Rashard Mendenhall, who was fifth in the AFC in rushing yards and tied for second in rushing touchdowns running behind Pouncey last season. “Maurkice is just a very smart player, very athletic, and he’s just a dog. He’s not going to back down from anything. You see that everyday when you watch film, you see it everyday in practice.”Pouncey’s tenacity has helped endear him to his teammates, more than one of whom affectionately uses the word “nasty” to describe his demeanor on the field. Already this preseason, the young center rushed to the defense of a teammate who was on the wrong end of some jawing by a Washington Redskin on Friday.Two days later, during an afternoon practice at St. Vincent College, Pouncey stepped in between a scuffle involving Jonathan Scott and Cameron Heyward.Such an attitude is in stark contrast to the easy-going, quiet persona Pouncey has off the field. He might be developing into a fiery leader for a traditional powerhouse. But, in reality, he’s still a smiling, happy-go-lucky college-aged kid.“You catch yourself sometimes looking at him going, ‘Wow, he’s 21,’” Pittsburgh offensive line coach Sean Kugler said. “When you’re talking football with Maurkice sometimes, it’s like he’s a 30-year-old. And then when you start talking things off the football field, it’s then you realize, ‘Yeah, he’s 21.’“A great kid, mature football-wise beyond what he is right now.”Considering Pittsburgh cut the two most senior members of its offensive line from last season, they’re going to need some of that Pouncey maturity.Max Starks started the first seven games of 2010 at left tackle before sustaining a neck injury that ended his season. Flozell Adams started all season at right tackle. Both were released last month.Scott assumed Starks’ spot and is the presumptive left tackle this season. Willie Colon, who started from 2007-09 but missed all of last season due to an Achilles injury, returns to his starting right tackle job.Due to injury and competition, the guard spots have been even more in flux. Chris Kemoeatu, a four-year starter at left guard, was just activated from the physically unable to perform list on Sunday and still has not performed through a full practice.No fewer than four players have seen time with the first team at right guard. Ramon Foster ended last season as the starter at the position, but he was limited early in camp due to a concussion. Legursky started four games there last season, and also was a capable fill-in at center when Pouncey was out. Chris Scott started at right guard Friday in Washington, but his performance was such that fourth-year pro Tony Hills has been working with the first team at the position these past two days.“We know there’s an open job out there and we’re just competing for it,” Foster said. “When you have competition, guys seem to get better. So, maybe it won’t be a musical chair thing next year.” LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—With all the injuries, position battles and chaos of shuffling players around the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line, the team considers itself fortunate to have a stable Pro Bowl anchor in the middle.Even if this pillar of stability is only three weeks removed from his 22nd birthday.Taken with the 18th pick of last year’s draft, Maurkice Pouncey so impressed the Steelers early during training camp of his rookie year that he won the starting job at center. Almost immediately, Pouncey developed into one of the best of the league at his position.last_img read more

Why Mitchell Starc feels saliva ban won’t affect bowling in India

first_imgAdvertisement a1cd0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9snWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3vygn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lex8bWould you ever consider trying this?😱jub6Can your students do this? 🌚2ovr5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Using saliva to shine one side of a cricket ball to swing it in the air has been a regular practice among pacers. However, following the halt on cricket amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the age-old method was proving to be a risky affair, as the virus can easily be transmitted through saliva, and ICC recently put up a ban on the practice. However, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc feels that it may put the batsmen in an advantage, but not in India, because of the humid weather and sweat!Advertisement While using saliva to polish the balls have been banned in future cricket, ICC allowed the use of sweat instead, as it has almost no risk of carrying the COVID-19 virus. This can help bowlers in the Indian subcontinent, because of the hot weather causing players to sweat a lot more.Advertisement Even though he took ICC’s decision with a grain of salt, Mitchell Starc feels bowlers won’t be as much as in a disadvantage in India compared to other countries with a colder climate.Speaking at an online press conference on Tuesday, Starc said: “In Indian conditions, the ban might not have so much of an affect. You sweat a lot in the hot and humid conditions and you can use it to polish the SG ball well.”Advertisement “Another aspect is the pitches and conditions don’t offer much in terms of swing movement unlike those in England and Australia,” the 30 year old added.The seamer also said that he personally has always preferred using sweat instead of saliva.“You use both saliva and sweat to shine the ball. I’ve probably been a bit more on the sweat side, and I try not to get my hands in my mouth too much but I agree that there needs to be something in place to keep that ball swinging,” he added.Following the saliva ban, Australian manufacturers Kookaburra have recently started manufacturing a wax applicator as an alternative to using sweat or saliva. With the use of a pocket friendly sponge, the wax would be used to shine the ball for swinging.Starc made his last appearance in the first match of the ODI series against New Zealand on 13th March. The series was subsequently cancelled on the onset of Coronavirus outbreak.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Here is why gold medallist boxer Anant Chopade is working in a farm!Harbhajan Singh says ‘ready to play’ international after four-year hiatus Advertisementlast_img read more

Ambling little bear lured from big pipe

first_imgWESTLAKE VILLAGE – A black bear cub that has been spotted frequently the past few days scampering in the hills above the Agoura-Westlake Village area was captured Friday evening after hiding for hours in a storm drain. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said the 100-pound cub appeared in good health when he was caught shortly before 7 p.m. Plans were to release him into the Los Padres National Forest. The cub was seen Friday morning just north of the Ventura Freeway near Lake Lindero, at Lake Crest Drive and Canwood Street in Agoura Hills. It ran through a field by the freeway into Westlake Village and into a 3-foot-diameter drainage pipe that runs underground past two large office buildings under construction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I’ve lived here 30 years and never seen anything like this,” said Tara Young, who lives nearby. “He was up in the hills by our house,” said her daughter, Shaeli, 5, who was worried the cub had lost its mother. The concrete storm drain near the Ventura Freeway was covered at both ends with chain-link fencing to trap the bear inside. State Fish and Game wardens cooked bacon over a camp stove in hopes that the promise of a treat would draw the cub out of hiding. One game warden surmised that the cub and its mother had recently emerged from hibernation and it was time for junior to be on its own. A larger bear was seen in Westlake Village on April 27 and tranquilized two days later in nearby Newbury Park before it was released into the forest. Officials said the cub caught Friday might have been the same one that had been seen last weekend in the area. [email protected] (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ginebra ends SMB Grand Slam dream

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Gin Kings debunked that in a big way Wednesday night.Playing strong out of the gates, Ginebra thrashed San Miguel Beer, 104-84, crushing the Beermen’s dreams of scoring another Grand Slam while securing a slot in the Governors Cup semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We kinda hammered it down tonight,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We are great rivals, San Miguel and us.”And as rivals, the Beermen weren’t going to get help from Cone, who has authored two of the five Grand Slam feats in the league—with Alaska in 1996 and San Mig Coffee in 2014. Giving its shooters a long leash, the Elasto Painters bested the Texters, 106-102, earlier in the day. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Before a big crowd at Mall of Asia Arena expecting action and drama, Ginebra proved that it would not hold its punches to help San Miguel achieve their own double triple-crown dream.In case anyone forgot, the Kings are the defending champions of the tournament and want to keep their crown.“I’ve said before that you can’t win a championship without facing San Miguel,” said Cone. “And the best way to beat them is when you have a twice to beat advantage.”“You can’t imagine how relieved I am right now,” added the classy, eloquent mentor. “It would be very hard to face San Miguel in a do-or-die playoff.”Ginebra will now await the winner of the Rain or Shine-TNT quarterfinal showdown, which went into sudden death.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team PH caps Aimag stint with 2 silvers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES There is an age-old, hardly-discussed urban myth going around the PBA that whenever sister teams San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra clash, one would give way to serve the need of the other.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

The Torg I have paid the price and I want to be

Scott “The Torg” Torgerson apologized and tried to show remorse, but it was too little, too late. Torgerson, former co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” radio show on Columbus’ WBNS 97.1 The Fan, was fired Wednesday as a result of an Oct. 13 tweet in which he wished death on ESPN college football analyst and former Michigan football star Desmond Howard. Torgerson and his laywer, Columbus attorney Joe Edwards, said they believe the firing was unlawful and will consider legal action as well as an investigation into ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s potential role in the firing. From 97.1 The Fan’s Twitter account, @971thefan, the station announced the firing, tweeting: “Scott Torgerson is no longer employed by our company as of today. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.” In an email interview with The Lantern, Torgerson said he did not initially expect to be terminated but eventually started to “hear a few things” and began to suspect it. On Friday, The Fan offered Torgerson the opportunity to resign “with a small severance,” but he declined, opting instead to request to be allowed back on the air at a Monday meeting. “I would have had to sign an agreement not to ever talk about this and could not take legal action,” Torgerson said. “The other option was termination with no severance or insurance. They gave me that option Friday and gave me the weekend to think it over. I showed up Monday for our meeting and told them I want to go back on the air. They told me that wasn’t an option. I received a termination letter (Wednesday).” From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted on Oct. 13: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch ‘GameDay’ again.” Torgerson later issued an apology via Twitter, tweeting: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke.” He said he maintains the position that the tweet was a joke, and added that he reached out to Herbstreit and ESPN college football analysts and former OSU football player Chris Spielman to apologize. “(Herbstreit and Spielman) work for ESPN and I am sure it wasn’t a good situation for them. I think everyone who listens or knows me knows it was a joke,” Torgerson said. “Now I have to deal with the (punishment) for my actions. I just don’t feel firing me is a way to handle it. I was employee of the quarter the Friday before. I would think being the sports director, strong ratings, and the income I have made for the station, that deserves a second chance.” The Fan did not respond to The Lantern‘s multiple requests for comment on Wednesday. Josh Krulewitz, vice president of communications for ESPN, declined to immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Edwards, who knew Torgerson prior to the Oct. 13 tweet and was hired as counsel for the firing, agreed, saying he feels it was an unjust firing. Edwards told The Lantern he didn’t think 97.1, which is owned by the Dispatch Media Group, “had just cause in discharging” Torgerson. “He’s now fired. He had a job where he was doing very well, had very high ratings, was very well-liked in the Central Ohio market and now all of the sudden he doesn’t have a job. So we’re going to explore filing a lawsuit against the station and anybody else that was involved in his discharge.” Torgerson had between a year and a year-and-a-half remaining on his agreement with The Fan, Edwards said, and part of a potential investigation of his client’s firing could involve Herbstreit. Edwards, who emphasized that he can’t be sure if Herbstreit played any role in his client’s firing, said he could choose to investigate Herbstreit for “tortious interference,” or interfering with Torgerson’s contract. “At some point in time, we would like to know how Scott ended up getting fired and, at some point in time, what Mr. Herbstreit said, who did he say it to and why did he say it,” Edwards said. “That’s our interest – why did 97.1 The Fan fire Scott? And I know that Kirk Herbstreit did a radio show – his radio show on 97.1 – on Oct. 15 where he went off on Scott Torgerson. And we’d like to know, you know, did he talk to anybody else at the station? Did he call any people in management? What did he say? Why did he say that?” Torgerson said his wife, Lauren Torgerson, has been crying for days, but the couple has maintained some semblance of a sense of humor – in a nod to one of Scott Torgerson’s familiar jokes about firings, she suggested he work at a Citgo gas station for a couple of weeks. “I may do it,” Scott Torgerson said. In the mean time, Scott Torgerson said he appreciates the support he’s received from fans. “Just to the listeners … Their support has been unreal. Someone created a ‘Save The Torg’ Facebook page and in 10 days it has more “likes” than the 97.1 site,” he said. “The ‘Save the Torg’ has over (8,000), (97.1 has) under 5,400. I would have to say the listeners have spoken. They want me back and I want to be back. “I am sorry for what I did. I feel I have paid a huge price and I want to be back on air.” read more

Football Ohio State stays at No 10 in College Football Playoff rankings

The Ohio State Buckeyes walk onto the field before the game against Nebraska on Nov. 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorComing off of a 36-31 win over Nebraska on Saturday, Ohio State remained at No. 10 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday. The Buckeyes are the lowest one-loss Power 5 team in the Top 25.The Buckeyes were ranked as the No. 10 team in the country last week when the playoff rankings were first released.Ohio State is one of five Big Ten teams represented in the playoff rankings along with No. 4 Michigan, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 20 Penn State and No. 21 Iowa.On Sunday, Ohio State was ranked as the No. 8 team in the country in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, staying in the same spot as the previous week. The Buckeyes were also ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll, moving up one spot after their five-point win over the Cornhuskers.Ohio State will face No. 18 Michigan State in East Lansing at noon on Saturday.1.) Alabama 2.) Clemson 3.) Notre Dame 4.) Michigan 5.) Georgia 6.) Oklahoma 7.) LSU8.) Washington State 9.) West Virginia 10.) Ohio State 11.) Kentucky12.) UCF13.) Syracuse 14.) NC State 15.) Florida 16.) Mississippi State 17.) Boston College 18.) Michigan State 19.) Texas 20.) Penn State 21.) Iowa 22.) Iowa State 23.) Fresno State 24.) Auburn25.) Washington read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State plays in survival mode during win streak

Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) questions the referees after he was called for a foul in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana had already made its comeback against Ohio State. After trailing by nine points with 6:29 left in the game, the Hoosiers managed to tie the game, hitting three 3s in the next three possessions. Trading baskets with Ohio State with the game tied at 49, Indiana junior guard Devonte Green hit a deep 3, a supposed dagger, causing an eruption from the 17,000-plus in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. With the arena buzzing with an excitement, creating a momentum that seemed impossible for the Buckeyes to overcome, redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods passed the ball to senior guard C.J. Jackson, who, after holding it for three seconds, threw up and made what head coach Chris Holtmann called “a prayer.” “How many times has he done that in his career?” Holtmann said. But this shot, this prayer that secured an eventual three-point victory for Ohio State, tied the game the Buckeyes had in its grasp for the majority of the contest, first losing the lead with Green’s 3 with 1:46 left in the game. Throughout the contest, it was prototypical Ohio State basketball: inconsistency ruled in Bloomington. In the first half, the Buckeyes struggled offensively, making 10-of-26 attempts from the field, and struggled to keep possession, recording nine turnovers and allowing 11 points off those mistakes. Jackson said these are the kind of games that unite teams: to be able to beat a team on the road, but do so with things to work and improve on, knowing there is still a lot of work to be done. But the senior guard said there is momentum on Ohio State’s side after a win like this. “It feels like we are kind of getting our stride back that we had earlier in the season,” he said. But this stride, according to Holtmann, is a different kind of stride than the one the Buckeyes were on in nonconference play. This is a stride in which, he said, players and coaches can take time to appreciate the process of team building and going through trials as a group. “When you live in the valley a little bit, you tend to appreciate the climb to the mountaintop,” Holtmann said. “Maybe it’s just going through what we went through in that stretch that kind of forces you to appreciate this journey we are on and appreciate winning a game and enjoying the moment because that can get lost a little bit when you are 12-1.” The head coach said it takes a group of players that have been through rough stretches and tough times to set the tone on what the process should look like. He looked to junior forward Andre Wesson, who, scoring a team-leading 15 points, put down a dunk with 20 seconds left to secure the victory, setting up the play solely for the veteran. But this process is something Holtmann has tried to ingrain within his coaching from Day 1. “I don’t know if that’s just something you can turn on in the middle of February, this idea of just playing to the next play and staying with it,” Holtmann said. “You know you get so frustrated, coaches get frustrated, players get frustrated, but it’s a fast game, and if you let it get the best of you, then you got no chance.” That’s an improvement Ohio State saw in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field, making 5-of-9 from 3 and recording six turnovers. Ohio State is focused on what’s next. But it’s what is immediately next: the next play, the next game, not the Big Ten tournament or whether the team will earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Because Holtmann knows how this game could have gone, mentioning what could have been the game-winner for Indiana — a 3-point attempt by freshman guard Romeo Langford that rimmed out late in the second half. “It was a fight to the finish,” Holtmann said. And it’s the immediate fight that he and Ohio State are focused on. read more

Torres admitted that playing the final will help him psychically

first_imgFernando Torres is about to play probably his last Europa League final in his career and he admitted that this match helps him forget about the fact that his career is coming to its end.The Spaniard already announced that he will leave his beloved club after the end of the season and he admitted that it has been hard to deal with this fact – but now, he focuses on the final game and it helps him to forget.The former Liverpool striker spoke about his feelings as he said, according to Sports Mole:Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Football has given me the opportunity to return to Atletico and fight for titles as a player, and achieving the Europa League trophy would be something special without a doubt.”“The fact of having reached the final minimises the feeling of knowing that my career is over. We have a very important game ahead and I don’t have much time to think about much else.”last_img read more

West Ham to play attractive football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini

first_imgPablo Zabaleta thinks Hammers fans will see “attractive” and winning football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.The full-back,  who had played under Pellegrini in Argentina and then at Manchester City, also said that the Chilean is “a quiet person” but “strong in his belief about how football should be played”.“Manuel did well when we were at San Lorenzo,” said the Argentine defender via Standard Uk.“He had success there, he built a good team, won the Primera Division title and set some records.“After he left San Lorenzo he went to River Plate and won another Primera Division title. He was always keen on youth development, bringing through good young players who went on to do very well.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“He went to Spain with Villarreal and did a great job, taking them to the Champions League semi-finals. I played against his teams many times when I was with Espanyol and they were always very tough opponents.“He also did well at Real Madrid and Malaga, then he came to City, where we worked together for three seasons and won the Premier League title.“He’s a quiet person but he is also very determined and very strong in his belief about how football should be played.“He likes to play good, attractive football and he plays to win, which the fans of all the clubs he has managed have always enjoyed. He has always been a good manager and I am sure he will show that again with West Ham.”last_img read more