Steelers defeat Chiefs, 17-7

Steelers win their second preseason game

Devlin Hodges put the icing on the cake when he hit Diontae Johnson for a 24-yard touchdown with 4:22 to play in the game, giving the Steelers the 10-point lead.

Source: Steelers defeat Chiefs, 17-7

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Mike Tomlin offers vague injury updates for Saturday’s second Steelers preseason game | TribLIVE.com

Though Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he expected more players to play Saturday than did in last week’s preseason opener, he was vague in disclosing any information on most of the injury news regarding players.

Safety Sean Davis again practiced Thursday and is expected to make his preseason debut at Heinz Field against the Chiefs. Center Maurkice Pouncey was in uniform (on a non-padded practice day) but appeared to be in a limited capacity. With his 10-year NFL veteran status, it would be shocking if Pouncey played Saturday.

Source: Mike Tomlin offers vague injury updates for Saturday’s second Steelers preseason game | TribLIVE.com

Bell’s HR, 3 RBIs help Pirates take down Angels 10-7

Pirates 10, Angels 7

Bell homered and had three RBIs to help the Pirates rally for a 10-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

“It’s awesome to get our bats alive,” said Bell, who homered for the fourth straight interleague game to set a new Pirates record. “Hopefully it starts a new trend the next couple of weeks and hopefully we can finish this thing strong.”

José Osuna drove in two runs, and Bryan Reynolds added a solo homer for the Pirates, who have won consecutive games for the first time since July 6-7 against Milwaukee.

Source: Bell’s HR, 3 RBIs help Pirates take down Angels 10-7

2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon results

Gold medal winners announced

The gold medal winner of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon men’s division was Boniface Kongin of Kenya, with a time of 2:10:34.

“I feel so happy and to make it more happier I did it in Pittsburgh,” Kongin said. “I felt the crowd kept me moving on such a difficult course. I am just super happy and this gave me the moral boost I needed.”

The gold medal winner of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon women’s division was Bizuwork Getahun Kasaye of Ethiopia, with a time of 2:36:29.

Source: 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon results

Steelers’ first-round draft pick enjoys first official meal at Primanti Bros.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 first round draft pick, Devin Bush, takes a bite out of an “Almost Famous” Primanti Bros. sandwich at the restaurant brand’s Strip District location in Pittsburgh – his inaugural meal upon arriving in the Steel City. SOURCE: Primanti Bros

Devin Bush visited the original Strip District location on Saturday.

Source: Steelers’ first-round draft pick enjoys first official meal at Primanti Bros.

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(BBC News) – Rugby World Cup 2015: New Zealand 58-14 Namibia

New Zealand (34) 58
Tries: Vito, Milner-Skudder 2, Fekitoa, Barrett, Savea 2, Smith, TaylorCons: Barrett 5 Pen: Barrett
Namibia (6) 14
Try: Deysel Pens: Kotze 3

Defending champions New Zealand made it two World Cup wins out of two with an efficient Pool C victory over Namibia at London’s Olympic Stadium.

Namibia are the lowest-ranked side in the World Cup, meaning damage limitation was always going to be the aim against the All Blacks.

New Zealand scored five tries before the break, before adding another four in the second half.

The highlight for the African team was a fine second-half try by Johan Deysel.

All Blacks maintain fine pool record

The All Blacks have not lost in 26 matches in the group stages of the World Cup – a record stretching back to the inaugural tournament in 1987 – and they remain on target for a likely quarter-final clash with either Ireland or France.

Steve Hansen’s side were often matched at the breakdown and did not produce the avalanche of tries many had predicted.

New Zealand, who beat Argentina in their tournament opener, face Georgia in Cardiff next Friday, while Namibia, who are yet to win a World Cup game in 16 attempts, play Tonga next Tuesday in Exeter.

New Zealand v Namibia

New Zealand start imperiously

Once number eight Victor Vito had opened the scoring for the All Blacks after six minutes, strolling over in the left-hand corner after a break by Julian Savea, the writing was on the wall for Phil Davies’s side.

And not even Namibia’s captain and Saracens legend Jacques Burger, who threw himself into the fray with typical abandon and spent most of the game receiving treatment, could stem the All Blacks tide.

Man of the match Nehe Milner-Skudder crossed twice before the break and there were also first-half tries for centre Malakai Fekitoa and fly-half Beauden Barrett.

Savea scored his first try of 2015 just after the restart, before Namibia, whose side is a mix of amateurs and professionals, dug in and made life difficult for the All Blacks, especially at the breakdown.

Joy for Namibia suggests gap is narrowing

Johan Deysel

Namibia were rewarded for their efforts when Deysel finished a well-executed move, bursting through the All Blacks’ defence after they were caught off guard.

Not even after prop Jaco Engels was shown a yellow card and New Zealand emptied their bench were the tournament favourites able to cut loose.

Ben Smith, Savea and Codie Taylor added tries but the final scoreline was more evidence that the gap between the sport’s traditional giants and its so-called minnows is narrowing.

Although Namibia’s defeat was comprehensive, it suggested they are heading in the right direction: at the 2003 World Cup they were on the receiving end of a 142-0 defeat by Australia, while they shipped 80 points against South Africa and Wales in 2011.

Who shone brightest?

Hansen will be wary of drawing too many conclusions from such a one-sided victory, but the performance of centre Sonny Bill Williams once again provided food for thought.

After shining off the bench against Argentina at the weekend, Williams’ direct running and offloading again stood out against Namibia, and his sublime offload that led to Fekitoa’s try was one of the highlights of the match.

Milner-Skudder, patchy against Argentina, showed he has a side-step to light up the tournament and also provided a fine offload for Taylor’s try in a performance which will also encourage Hansen.

New Zealand v Namibia

New Zealand: Slade, Milner-Skudder, Fekitoa, Williams, Savea, Barrett, Perenara, B. Franks, Taylor, Faumuina, Romano, Whitelock, Kaino, Cane, Vito.

Replacements: B. Smith for Slade (52), Nonu for Williams (63), Kerr-Barlow for Perenara (49), Crockett for Faumuina (64), Read for Whitelock (57), McCaw for Kaino (65).

Not Used: Mealamu, Woodcock.

Tries: Vito, Milner-Skudder 2, Fekitoa, Barrett, Savea 2, B. Smith, Taylor. Cons: Barrett 5. Pens: Barrett.

Namibia: Tromp, Philander, Greyling, Deysel, Marais, Kotze, Jantjies, Engels, Van Jaarsveld, Coetzee, Van Lill, Uanivi, Burger, du Plessis, Damens.

Replacements: Botha for Philander (45), Buitendag for Jantjies (74), Van der Westhuizen for Van Jaarsveld (75), Larson for Coetzee (57), Kitshoff for Van Lill (64), Venter for Burger (66), Bothma for Damens (45).

Not Used: Viviers.

Sin Bin: Engels (57).

Tries: Deysel. Pens: Kotze 3.

The view from Namibia

Namibia fan

(huffington post) – Tom Brady Declares His Support For Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

“That would be great.”

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption">On Wednesday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady publicly endorsed GOP candidate Donald Trump.</span>DONNA CONNOR VIA GETTY IMAGES
On Wednesday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady publicly endorsed GOP candidate Donald Trump.

Well, at least Tom Brady had made it a few consecutive days without being at the crux of a controversy. But that’s over now.

On Wednesday, Brady entered the political ring again when he threw his support behind his “good friend” Donald Trump.

The New England Patriots quarterback — who spent much of the summer both in the headlines and in the courtrooms — raised the blood pressure of his PR team last week when a hat featuring  Trump’s campaign slogan was seen in his locker.

At the time, Brady dodged giving a direct answer as to whether he would vote for the controversial candidate. But today, the equivocation was axed — Brady wants Trump in 2016.

In a way, it makes sense. Both figures are charismatic but oft-caricatured, and popular within their respective bases while being polarizing to the rest of the nation.

Brady, however, should be a better friend to his 69-year-old golf buddy, and should perhaps reconsider his public vote of confidence in Trump. Why?

Friends don’t let friends make an ass of themselves by running for president.

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(huffington post) – Flavia Pennetta Beats Roberta Vinci To Win US Open Final

The victory comes just one day after Vinci stunned Serena Williams in the semifinals.

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NEW YORK — To win the U.S. Open for her first Grand Slam title at age 33, Flavia Pennetta did not have to beat Serena Williams.

Instead, Pennetta needed to get past the woman who ended Williams’ Grand Slam bid, Roberta Vinci. And Pennetta was able to do just that, pulling away in a matchup between a pair of Italians who were opponents and doubles partners as kids.

In one of the unlikeliest major finals in women’s tennis, the 26th-seeded Pennetta beat Vinci 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Saturday at Flushing Meadows.

Pennetta said after winning the U.S. Open title that she plans to retire.

Pennetta is the oldest woman in the Open era, which began in 1968, to become a Grand Slam champion for the first time. Vinci, who is 32, would have earned that distinction had she been able to follow her stunning upset of Williams in Friday’s semifinals with another victory.

This was the first major final for either participant, and the first time since WTA computer rankings were instituted in 1975 that both U.S. Open women’s finalists were ranked outside the top 20 (Vinci is 43rd).

They grew up 40 miles (65 kilometers) apart in coastal towns in Puglia, a region on the heel of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula, and have been facing each other on court for two decades — with the stakes much lower, of course. They shared some laughter and tears in the locker room together Friday while watching a video of a TV interview they did back in 1999, when they won a junior doubles title at the French Open.

And when Saturday’s match ended, after Pennetta flung her racket overhead, she went up to the net to find Vinci, not for a handshake but for a lengthy hug. Vinci patted her pal on the back repeatedly, while Pennetta cried. Then they sat on adjacent sideline chairs and chatted, just a couple of foes and friends, sharing a special moment.

Vinci pantomimed throwing a punch as a joke, and Pennetta wrapped an arm around her.