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A Rockets Game 6 win would set up greatest NBA Sunday ever – YouTube

SportsPulse: If the Rockets beat the Kevin Durant-less Warriors at home on Friday we could see the greatest Sunday ever in NBA history: Three game 7s. Time to reschedule Mother’s day?

 

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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

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Kentucky Derby 2019 winner: Country House wins after Maximum Security is disqualified – Los Angeles Times

Country House won the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday after Maximum Security, which crossed the finish line first, was disqualified for a contact foul while making its way onto the final stretch.

Source: Kentucky Derby 2019 winner: Country House wins after Maximum Security is disqualified – Los Angeles Times

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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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Steelers sign former Broncos offensive tackle Harris | TribLIVE

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NFL exec admits to CTE-football head trauma link (Mar 15, 2016) | FOX Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) An NFL official has acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease CTE for the first time.

Source: NFL exec admits to CTE-football head trauma link (Mar 15, 2016) | FOX Sports

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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

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(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.

 

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(steelers.com) – Steelers at Patriots (NBC) Final NE 28 PIT 21

Game Preview: Steelers at Patriots (Week One)

A closer look at the Steelers’ 2015 season opening game at New England.

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) at New England Patriots (0-0)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Site: Gillette Stadium (66,829), Foxborough, Mass.
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
TV Coverage: NBC-TV (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11)
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst), Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio: Westwood One Sports
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Boomer Esiason (color analyst), Ross Tucker (sideline)

A LOOK AT THE COACHES
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 82-46 (.641)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 82-46 (.641)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/fi ve years

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
Overall regular-season record: 211-109 (.659)/21st season
Regular-season record with New England: 175-65 (.729)/16th season
Playoff Record/Years: 22-9/13 years

STEELERS NATION HD RADIO
Steelers Nation Radio is a 24-hour/day HD radio station dedicated specifically to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It can be heard on www.steelers.com, the offi cial Steelers app or the iheart app on your smartphone and at 102.5 WDVE HD2.

A daily schedule of what is on Steelers Nation HD Radio is available at www.facebook.com/steelersnationradio.

STEELERS KICK IT OFF IN PRIMETIME
The Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off the NFL’s 2015 regular season schedule in the League’s annual primetime kickoff game on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the New England Patriots. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11).

Pittsburgh will be making its third appearence in the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game since the League began the debut of the season in this format in 2002.

The Steelers have won each of their previous two primetime kickoff games, both at Heinz Field, defeating the Miami Dolphins, 28-17 on Sept. 7, 2006, and the Tennessee Titans, 13-10 (OT), on Sept. 10, 2009.

STEELERS KICKOFF WEEKEND BY THE #S
2-0: Pittsburgh is 2-0 in the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game since the debut of the season format in 2002.

2: The number of times Pittsburgh and New England have squared off in Week One since the regular-season series began in 1972, with both teams splitting the Kickoff Weekend series.

12-1: Since 1960, Pittsburgh is 12-1 on Kickoff Weekend when a Steelers running back rushes for 100 yards or more.

16-1-1: The Steelers are 16-1-1 in Week One games since 1940 when the team scores 30 or more points.

33-43-365: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger owns Steelers Kickoff Weekend records since 1960 for the most completions (33), passing attempts (43) and passing yards (365) – the fi rst two during the team’s 2009 opening day 13-10 win over Tennessee and his yardage total in last season’s Week One 30-27 win vs. Cleveland.

41: The number of wins the Steelers have on Kickoff Weekend – the most among AFC teams in Week One action.

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STEELERS-PATRIOTS SERIES HISTORY
Series History: Series began in 1972
Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 14-9
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 10-6
At New England: Steelers lead, 4-3
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Patriots won previous meeting
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 3, 2013 at New England
New England 55, Pittsburgh 31
Postseason Series: Patriots lead, 3-1
Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 23, 2005 in Pittsburgh
New England 41, Pittsburgh 27
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

Pittsburgh and New England will kickoff the NFL’s 2015 regular season this week on Thursday Night…the two teams have met 23 times in regular season seris history, with the Steelers owning a 14-9 advantage over the Patriots…Pittsburgh holds a one game edge in road games against New England (4-3)…the Steelers and Patriots will meet in a Kickoff Weekend game for the third time in series history and have split each of the previous two Week One match-ups (Sept. 3, 1979, W, 16-13 at New England OT and Sept. 9, 2002, L, 30-14 at New England).

THE LAST TIME VS. NEW ENGLAND
New England 55, Pittsburgh 31
Nov. 3, 2013
Gillette Stadium (68,756)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Steelers fell to the New England Patriots, 55-31, at Gillette Stadium.

New England scored the first 14 points of the contest, both touchdowns coming on passes. Late in the first quarter, QB Tom Brady found WR Danny Amendola for a 34-yard score, and early in the second quarter, he found TE Rob Gronkowski for a 19-yard touchdown.

K Shaun Suisham’s 30-yard field goal midway through the second quarter gave the Steelers their fi rst three points of the game.  Late in the second quarter, K Stephen Gostkowski’s 20-yard field goal extended the Patriots’ lead, 17-3.

Right after the two-minute warning, QB Ben Roethlisberger found WR Antonio Brown for a 27-yard touchdown pass to pull within a touchdown, 17-10. But New England marched 77 yards on nine plays on their ensuing drive to extend their lead to 24-10 at halftime.

Pittsburgh scored 14 straight points after halftime. The first score was set up when S Troy Polamalu forced a fumble that was recovered by LB LaMarr Woodley. Five plays later, Roethlisberger found WR Jerricho Cotchery for a 20-yard score. And early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger and Cotchery hooked up again for an eightyard touchdown to tie the game, 24-24.

New England would outscore the Steelers 31-7 the rest of the game. Gostkowski made a 32-yard fi eld goal, Brady and WR Aaron Dobson connected on a 17-yard touchdown and RB Stevan Ridley scored on a fi ve-yard run to extend the lead, 41-24. Roethlisberger and Cotchery connected again for a six-yard score to cut the lead, 41-31, but it would be the closest the Steelers would get.

Brady and Dobson connected for an 81-yard touchdown pass, and RB LaGarrette Blount scored on a fi ve-yard run to give New England the 55-31 victory.

STEELERS-PATRIOTS CONNECTIONS
Former Steelers/Patriots
• Steelers S Ross Ventrone spent time on the Patriots’ practice squad and active roster in 2011.

Family Connection
• Pittsburgh S Ross Ventrone is the younger brother of New England Asst. ST coach Ray Ventrone.

Area Connections
• Pittsburgh WR Tyler Murphy (2011-14) attended Boston College.
• New England Asst. ST coach Ray Ventrone was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and is a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School.
• Patriots RB Dion Lewis (2009-10) and DL Jabaal Sheard (2007-10) both played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Connections
• Steelers HC Mike Tomlin and Patriots DL coach Brendan Daly and WR coach Chad O’Shea worked together on the Vikings’ staff (2006).
• Pittsburgh RB coach James Saxon also worked alongside Daly in Minnesota for two seasons (2012-13).
• Saxon was on staff in Miami with Patriots OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo for two years (2009-10).
• Steelers Asst. HC/DL coach John Mitchell and WR coach Richard Mann were both coaches on Patriots HC Bill Belichick’s staff (1991-93), when he was the HC in Cleveland.
• Pittsburgh OC Todd Haley worked with Belichick in New York, when they were both on the Jets’ staff (1997-99).
• Haley was on staff at Arizona, while New England DL Alan Branch was a Cardinal (2007-08).
• Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams was a Carolina Panthers teammate of Patriots WR Brandon LaFell from 2010-13 and RB Tyler Gaffney in 2014.
• Steelers LB Arthur Moats was a teammate of Branch in Buffalo (2013), along with Patriots TE Scott Chandler (2010-13) and LB Chris White (2011-12).
• Steelers QB Mike Vick was teammates with Patriots S Patrick Chung and CB Bradley Fletchner for one season in Philadelphia (2013).
• Vick also played with New England RB Dion Lewis for two years with the Eagles (2011-12).
• Pittsburgh CB Antwon Blake played with New England CB Derek Cox for one year in Jacksonville (2012).
• Steelers DT Cam Thomas was also a teammate of Cox’s for one season in San Diego (2013).

College Connections
• Pittsburgh RB DeAngelo Williams played at Memphis with New England K Stephen Gostkowski for three seasons (2002-04).
• Pittsburgh DE Cameron Heyward (2007-10),LB Ryan Shazier (2011-13) and CB Doran Grant(2011-14) all played at least one season with New England CB Nate Ebner (2009-11) at Ohio State.
• Steelers G David DeCastro manned the offensive line at Stanford for two years with Patriots OL Cameron Fleming (2010-11). DeCastro also played with Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney (2009-11) and CB Jordan Richards (2011) while at Stanford.
• Steelers S Robert Golden and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski were teammates at Arizona (2008-09).
• Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert was teammates with Patriots DL Dominique Easley at Florida for one year (2010).
• Steelers S Shamarko Thomas was teammates with Patriots DE Chandler Jones at Syracuse for three years (2009-11).
• Pittsburgh G Ramon Foster played at Tennessee with Patriots LB Jerod Mayo for three seasons (2005-07).
• Pittsburgh QB Landry Jones was teammates with New England DL Geneo Grissom at Oklahoma for two seasons (2011-12).

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1ST QUARTER
None
2ND QUARTER
TD

(11:16) (Shotgun) 12-T.Brady pass short right to 87-R.Gronkowski for 16 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

PAT

3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.

TD

(4:06) 12-T.Brady pass short middle to 87-R.Gronkowski for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN. NE 87-Gronkowski 15th career multi-TD game.

PAT

3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.

FG

(:07) 8-J.Scobee 44 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.

3RD QUARTER
TD

(10:43) 12-T.Brady pass short left to 88-S.Chandler for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

PAT

3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.

TD

(6:48) 78-A.Villanueva reported in as eligible. 46-W.Johnson left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

PAT2

TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. 7-B.Roethlisberger pass to 11-M.Wheaton is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS. PIT-7-B.Roethlisberger was injured during the play.

4TH QUARTER
FG

(11:42) 8-J.Scobee 24 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.

TD

(9:24) 12-T.Brady pass short left to 87-R.Gronkowski for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. NE 12-Brady 23rd career game with 4+ TD passes, tying Brett Favre for 3rd most all-time. NE 12-Brady 396 career TD passes, tying Drew Brees for 4th most all-time. NE 87-Gronkowski 3rd career 3-TD game.

PAT

3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen. PENALTY on PIT-90-S.McLendon, Defensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced between downs.

TD

(:07) (Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass short left to 84-A.Brown for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

PAT

8-J.Scobee extra point is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.

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(KRQE News 13) – Albuquerque school restricts cheer uniform from campus dress code


 

 

Parents of cheerleaders at La Cueva High School aren’t happy with administrators. They say their girls were told they can’t wear their cheerleading outfits on campus for game days.

The school says three girls were taken to detention, or what the school calls the “bear cave” last Friday, for wearing their uniforms. They were asked to change before they could return to class.

The district’s dress code states students can’t wear “short shorts or skirts” and that “low cut shirts” are off limits. It also says principals like La Cueva’s have the right to implement stricter dress codes.

The school’s athletic director, Leeann Moses, said shorts and skirts have to extend lower than a girl’s fingertips as she’s holding her arms to her side, and that all shirts must have sleeves. So according to the school’s dress code, the girls uniforms are too revealing.

“We wear spandex under them which is like pretty much wearing shorts under our skirts,” Junior Varsity Cheerleader Ashlyn Villanueva said. “We could wear our shells with long sleeve shirts, but not our skirts.”

The girls are allowed to wear their uniforms at games, just not in the classroom. Some parents told KRQE News 13 that it makes no sense if the district considers extracurricular activities an extension of APS, yet their children can’t wear APS approved uniforms on campus.

The school said the girls can wear their uniforms to school as long as they wear sweats under their skirts and long sleeves under their tops.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Football season means long Friday nights and game days celebrated at high schools around the state, but some students at La Cueva say game days at their schools just aren’t as fun.
Source: Albuquerque school restricts cheer uniform from campus dress code | KRQE News 13

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(panthers.com) – Recap: Panthers 23, Steelers 6


PITTSBURGH – Head coach Ron Rivera said he hoped the performance of his reserves in the preseason finale would make the team’s final roster decisions that much more difficult.

Rivera may have gotten his wish.

The Panthers cruised past the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6, on Thursday night to finish the preseason with a 3-1 record.

“It was a good showing. A lot of young guys did good things with their opportunities,” said Rivera, who will now turn his attention to the task of trimming the roster from 75 players to 53 by Saturday. “We’re going to have to make some decisions that will be hard.”

The only disappointing news of the night came on the injury front. Starting cornerbackJosh Norman left with a head injury on the game’s second snap, and reserve cornerbackTeddy Williams left with a groin injury shortly after. Rivera didn’t have any updates on the players’ condition.

The Panthers were efficient and balanced on offense – passing for 228 yards and rushing for 226 – and their defense kept the Steelers off-balance. That was especially true in the first half, when the Panthers were pretty close to perfect.

The running game was dominant at times and the defense was dominant at all times, allowing a first down to start the half and one to end it but nothing in between. It added up to a 17-0 halftime lead.

“I’m happy with it,” said quarterback Derek Anderson, who signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday and started the game with Cam Newton sitting this one out. “To run the ball the way we did was really good.

“Sometimes these games can get a little sloppy, but we did a good job of setting the tempo by running the ball, and we made plays in the passing game when we had to. Plus the defense played good.”

Rookie running back Cameron Artis-Payne did the bulk of the work early, rushing 10 times for 65 yards in the first quarter to set up a 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 3-0 lead.

On the next drive, Anderson’s last of the night, the running game gained more ground. Undrafted rookie Brandon Wegher got it going with a 15-yard gallop, then on third-and-10, Carolina caught the Steelers off guard. Out of the shotgun, Anderson handed off toJordan Todman, who took advantage of spacious running lanes on his way to a 49-yard touchdown.

“I’ve been waiting for a while to bust a big one, to have a big play,” said Todman, who got more action with Jonathan Stewart a healthy scratch. “It took until the fourth preseason game to showcase, but better late than never.”

Webb took over at quarterback from there and kicked the passing game into high gear just before halftime. The Panthers took over at their own 20 after the defense’s fourth consecutive three-and-out with 1:42 left and started moving behind Webb and wide receiverBrenton Bersin.

They finished the drive off with a flourish. Webb hit tight end Brandon Williams for a 22-yard gain on third-and-6, advancing to the Steelers 29 with 15 seconds left. After Bersin’s third catch of the drive, Webb pumped and drilled one to tight end Marcus Lucas down the sideline for a 23-yard score just five seconds before the half.

The teams traded field goals in the third quarter.

Several of  Carolina’s top players – Luke Kuechly and Greg Olsen among them – did not play, but two that Carolina hopes will be top players returned to action after missing two games. Defensive tackle Kawann Short recorded a sack earlier, and rookie wide receiverDevin Funchess had two catches for 22 yards.

Receiver Kevin Norwood, acquired in a trade Monday with the Seattle Seahawks, caught a 13-yard pass late in the third quarter and then broke into the clear for a 27-yarder early in the fourth quarter. That set up a 27-yard field goal that made it 23-3 with 11:40 left, a kick that improved Graham Gano to 10-for-10 in the preseason.

“It felt pretty good,” Norwood said. “I just wanted to go out and do my best, I can feel like I did my best.

“I could have done better, of course, but it was a great start for me.”

And a great finish to the preseason for the Panthers as a whole.

“It’s great to go into the season on a high note,” said Artis-Payne, who finished with 67 yards on 12 carries. “We executed. That’s the biggest thing.”
Source: Recap: Panthers 23, Steelers 6

 

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(SBNation.com) – Judge nullifies Tom Brady’s DeflateGate suspension 

Tom Brady’s four-game suspension from the NFL for his role in DeflateGate has been nullified, according to the Associated Press. In May, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment, which Brady officially appealed last month. Although Goodell was the arbitrator for the appeal, he changed his original ruling and has now decided that the quarterback presented sufficient evidence to reduce his punishment for allegedly having knowledge that Patriots staff deflated footballs ahead of the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts.

Goodell previously claimed that the only way Brady would be able to get his suspension reduced or eliminated was if he provided new information — specifically, information that Brady initially did not provide to the Wells investigation, such as text and phone records. It’s unclear yet if Brady did present new information, or if there were other factors at play.

Players like Richard Sherman and Ndamukong Suh beat suspensions in the past in front of an NFL appeals officer, but neither had Goodell as the arbitrator. The commissioner eliminating the suspension that he himself placed on Brady is somewhat unprecedented.

Brady’s suspension wasn’t completely erased upon his initial appeal, which was heard by Roger Goodell. That prompted the quarterback and the NFLPA to take the league to federal court. They did, and as many predicted, the won.

With Brady’s suspension now eliminated, the DeflateGate saga, which dragged on for more than six months after the AFC Championship, is now in the rearview mirror.

Brady and the Patriots will begin the 2015 season with a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Source: Judge nullifies Tom Brady’s DeflateGate suspension – SBNation.com

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2015 Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Guide « CBS Pittsburgh

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

The road to a Super Bowl championship is a long one. For the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, they hope the road begins at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of trainingcamp being held at Saint Vincent College.

To mark the occasion, the Steelers announced an anniversary celebration event, which will be held on Sunday, July 26.

The day’s events begin at noon and with the Steelers Experience, which will include interactive areas,live music and more.

Fans will also have a chance to win several prizes, including pro shop gift cards and VIP experiences.

At 11:30 a.m., fans are invited to attend the Black and Gold service in Saint Vincent Basilica.

Practice begins at 2:55 p.m., where Chris Jamison will sing the National Anthem.

If you can’t make it to the celebratory event, there are plenty of other opportunities to see the black and gold for the first time this year.

Arrivals

(Photo Credit: Abbey Way)

Over the years, some players have arrived at camp in interesting ways.

Two years ago, Brett Keisel set the bar for training camp arrivals. While some players arrived in luxury vehicles, Keisel pulled up in a dump truck.

No one has topped Keisel since, but some have tried.

 

Ben Roethlisberger Laughing With Mike Tomlin

Full Training Camp Schedule

 

DATE PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Saturday, July 25 All players report by 4 p.m. No Steelers’ Practice
Sunday, July 26 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Monday, July 27 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday, July 28 Players Day Off – no Steelers’ practice
Wednesday, July 29 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Thursday, July 30 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Friday, July 31 7 p.m. Night Practice at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium
Saturday, August 1 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Sunday, August 2 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Monday, August 3 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday, August 4 Players Day Off – no Steelers’ practice
Wednesday, August 5 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Thursday, August 6 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Friday, August 7 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Saturday, August 8 No Steelers’ practice – team travels
Sunday, August 9 First Preseason Game vs. Minnesota Vikings
Hall of Fame Game (8 p.m., NBC-TV)
Monday, August 10 Players Day Off – no Steleers practice
Tuesday, August 11 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Wednesday, August 12 5:30 p.m. evening practice at Saint Vincent College – open to the public
Thursday, August 13 No Steelers practice – team travels
Friday, August 14 Second Preseason Game at Jacksonville Jaguars
(7:30 p.m., KDKA-TV)
Saturday, August 15 Players Day Off – no Steelers practice
Sunday, August 16 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Monday, August 17 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday, August 18 Players Day Off – no Steelers practice
Wednesday, August 19 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Thursday, August 20 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Friday, August 21 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Saturday, August 22 No Steelers Practice – camp breaks
Sunday, August 23 Third Preseason Game vs. Green Bay Packers
(8 p.m., KDKA-TV)
Saturday, August 29 Fourth Preseason Game at Buffalo Bills
4 p.m., KDKA-TV)
Thursday, September 3 Fifth Preseason Game vs. Carolina Panthers
(7:30 p.m., KDKA-TV)

 

Ben Roethlisberger & Fans At Training Camp

Daily Activities

In addition to the open practices, there will be plenty of things to do at Saint Vincent College.

Daily activities include the Steelers Nation Unite Tent, ELF Photo Booth, UPMC Steelers Experience and the Play 60 Fun Zone.

The FedEx Traveling Great Hall will also make the trip to Latrobe.

A display recognizing Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown’s record-setting achievements last year will also be on display.

For more information about these activities, click here.

Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp

Parking & Directions

Parking is free and available in the fields adjacent to the camp entrance. For handicap parking access, see a parking lot attendant upon arrival.

If you’re using a GPS to guide you to camp, here’s the address to use:

Saint Vincent College
3000 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650

Directions From The Steelers’ Website:

From the Pittsburgh International Airport and Pittsburgh area:

Follow signs to Pittsburgh and travel on I-376 East towards Pittsburgh for 17 miles through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. (if traveling from the airport.) Stay in the right lane and follow I-376 East (Parkway East) for approximately 18 miles to the PA Turnpike exit in Monroeville Milepost #56. Travel east on the PA Turnpike (I-76) to Milepost #67 Irwin. Upon exiting, bear right and follow Route 30 East to Latrobe for approximately 15 miles. Once you pass Westmoreland Mall, Saint Vincent College is approximately 3-4 miles east of that landmark. Make a left hand turn at the traffic light at Saint Vincent Drive to the entrance of Saint Vincent College from Route 30 East. Proceed 1/2 mile, and turn left onto campus. Approximate travel time is one hour 30 minutes from Airport.

From Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New Jersey and points east:

Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76 West, to exit 91 (old exit 9) Donegal, take Pennsylvania Route 711 North to junction with U.S. Route 30 in Ligonier, take Route 30 West 10.4 miles to the stop light at Saint Vincent Drive, turn right onto Fraser Purchase Road (unmarked), go 1/2 mile, and turn left onto campus.

If you are coming from an area not listed, visit the Steelers’ website here.

Hotels & Dining Around Latrobe

Check out LaurelHighlands.org for a variety of hotel and dining options around Saint Vincent College.

The road to a Super Bowl championship is a long one. For the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, they hope the road begins at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

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(LA Times) – British Open updates: Dustin Johnson leads heading into third round

Dustin Johnson lines up his putt on the 16th green during the second round of the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland, on Saturday. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson took sole possession of the lead after wrapping up the second round with a three-under-par 69 with a birdie on the 18th hole.

Johnson looked fresh despite having to wait out a 10 1/2-hour delay because of high winds to play his final four holes of the round. His strong drives played a key role in helping him rattle off three consecutive pars despite dealing with 20 mph winds. He topped it off with a solid putt on 18 to move to 10-under for the tournament.

Danny Willett, who finished his round Friday, sits a nine under for the tournament in second. He is one shot ahead of Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion. Jason Day, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Warren and Robert Streb are tied for fourth at seven under.

Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth struggled on the greens and is five shots off the lead after finishing the round with an even-par 72.

“I still believe I can win this tournament,” Spieth said in the clubhouse. “I need a really solid round tomorrow, though, because Dustin is not letting up.”
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Still, Johnson might be forced to slow down if the weather doesn’t cooperate. The forecast calls for light to moderate rain on Sunday and Monday.

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11:54 a.m.: Tiger Woods will miss the cut at the British Open after finishing his second round with a three-over 75. Following a lengthy delay because of wind, Woods bogeyed his first three holes before sinking a birdie on 16.

He finished at seven over for the tournament, tied in 147th place.

Woods’ old rival — 2001 British Open champion David Duval — is positioning himself to make the cut. He sits at even par through 32 holes.

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