Steelers a mixed bag in preseason opener

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers running back Dri Archer (13) runs the ball against New York Giants free safety Quintin Demps (35) and linebacker Terrell Manning (63) in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Dri Archer’s first touch in the NFL showed why the Pittsburgh Steelers took the quick running back in the third round of this year’s draft.It also proved symbolic of how far Archer – and his team – have to go with a month until the regular season.Archer’s 46-yard catch-and-run provided the lone offensive highlight during the first string’s brief night of work in a 20-16 exhibition loss to the New York Giants on Saturday. The 5-foot-8 Archer lined up as one of five wide receivers on Pittsburgh’s first possession, took a screen pass from Ben Roethlisberger and darted deep inside Giants territory.“It was an open space,” Archer said. “My teammates knew and blocked well and it was a great play.”The only thing Archer didn’t do was make it to the end zone. The player who posted the fastest time at the scouting combine was tracked down at the New York 14. Consider it Archer’s “Welcome to the NFL” moment.“Yeah I know I should (score), but everything happens for a reason,” Archer said. “The (Giants) played their defense well and they had a great angle and made a great stop.”The Steelers failed to turn the big play into a touchdown, instead settling for the first of Shaun Suisham’s three field goals. While Roethlisberger quickly headed to the sideline to trade his helmet for a baseball cap, some of the other starters saw extended play.Second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton – trying to hold off a crowded field for the right to start alongside Pro Bowler Antonio Brown – hauled in a 28-yard pass from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. The drive ended with a missed field goal, though Gradkowski was encouraged by the way the youngsters threw themselves into the fray.“We need them to continue to step up and make plays and understand that we don’t wait on you; you’ve got to come up and play with the big boys now,” Gradkowski said.There were some issues on both sides of the ball. The offense converted just 2 of 14 third downs while the first-string defense allowed New York running back Rashad Jennings to bolt 73 yards for a touchdown. Not a dazzling start for a unit that gave up 11 plays of 50 yards or more last season.“I didn’t get it done, just put it that way,” defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself and I messed up first team. I have to learn from this and it won’t happen again.”Coach Mike Tomlin kept the defensive starters on the field for another two series, with promising results. Second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones sacked Eli Manning on New York’s next possession, matching the former first-round pick’s entire sack total from his rookie season.Jones wasn’t the only linebacker to make an impact. Undrafted rookie free agent Howard Jones scored Pittsburgh’s lone touchdown when he scooped up a New York fumble and zipped 28 yards to give the Steelers the lead in the fourth quarter.While Jones isn’t in the mix to crack a starting group that includes Jarvis Jones and Lawrence Timmons, his heady play is the one that will certainly do him favors as he tries to land a spot on the 53-man roster.Still, Tomlin wasn’t exactly thrilled after his team lost its fifth straight preseason game. Pittsburgh went 0-4 in exhibition play last summer, and then promptly dropped its first four regular-season games. Tomlin is convinced that wasn’t a coincidence.“We can learn and we can grow, but I’m not worried about style points,” he said. “It’s more about winning and we have to do a better job there. We’ll take this as part of the process.”The Steelers host Buffalo next week in its preseason home opener. The teams will practice together on Wednesday and Thursday, a move expected to provide a jolt to the final days of training camp.“I think we were all eager to see what this offense can do,” running back Le’Veon Bell said. “We went through a tough stage tonight. Now we have to get ready for the next one.”___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Healthy Yards, Healthy People

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social ServicesSummer is just around the corner! To some, summer means spending long evenings in the backyard with family and friends. For others, summer brings backyard barbecues, gardening, tossing a ball for the dog, playing tag with the kids, or even sleeping out under the stars. Whatever you like to do in your garden, how you care for it can affect your family’s health and public health.In Thurston County our drinking water is ground water; about half the rain that falls on our yards soaks into the ground, and is pulled back up by wells and delivered to our faucets. Much of the rest of the rainfall runs off into streams, lakes, and Puget Sound. Along the way, chemicals, including lawn and garden products, can be picked up and carried with the water. Anything that gets put onto the ground, such as fertilizers, and weed and bug killers, can end up in our community’s surface and drinking water.Spending time in the yard is part of summer.  Ensure you enjoy, and maintain, your yard safely.Of course, we don’t have to wait for weed and bug killers to get into our water to become a problem. These products are designed to kill things, which can make them potentially harmful to us, especially children and pets. The Washington Poison Control Center reports, “many pesticides can be absorbed through the skin. Many can also enter the body by breathing in the fumes. Some can affect the nervous system or make it hard to breathe.”There are many choices for people who want to maintain their yards without chemicals. Thurston County departments follow an integrated pest management (IPM) process that emphasizes mechanical and biological controls, and practices that create healthy landscapes, while minimizing or eliminating the use of chemicals. We have developed a number of IPM “prescriptions” for the home gardener, which address common problems in our area like blackberries, and Scotch broom. You can find the prescriptions online and in some local nurseries.Good gardening and lawn care practices include building healthy soil with compost, mulching to suppress weeds, planting right for your site, smart watering, and other strategies that help avoid problems before they get started. A resource to help you choose safer yard care products is Grow Smart, Grow Safe™. There you will find over 1,000 yard care products rated according to their health and environmental hazards, as well as effective tips to help your garden grow. The Grow Smart, Grow Safe™ consumer guide was created in collaboration with King County and Portland METRO.A beautiful yard can also be a safe yard – for people, pets and the Puget Sound.We partner with many Thurston County nurseries and garden centers to train their staff on least-toxic gardening approaches. These locations also carry our free Common Sense Gardening guides (available online). The guides focus on topics such as lawn care, aphids, weeds, roses, and more; with specific strategies to be successful in our area. There is also a plant guide to help you choose plants that thrive in our region without the need for extra fertilizers or bug killers!If you have questions or would like to sign up for our monthly yard and garden tips newsletter, subscribe by clicking here. Scroll down and click the last button on the left. For more information on how to create healthier outdoor spaces, visit this page online or call 360-867-2674.If you prefer to hire someone to take care of your yard, look for an ecoPRO certified sustainable landscape professional. This advanced certification was developed in partnership with professional landscapers, health professionals, environmental and water specialists, and universities and community colleges. Ask your landscape professional to manage your yard in a manner that protects health and the environment.Use of native plants can help create a natural and sustainable landscape without chemicals.Photo courtesy: Native Plant SalvageProtecting water quality and the environment is a matter of protecting public health, and professionals work throughout the county to safeguard these precious resources. The vision that our community’s environment contributes to everyone’s health is what drives the strategies behind Thurston Thrives’ Environment Action Team. All of us, individually and working together, whether it’s simply by focusing on what we do around your homes and yards, or by getting involved with Thurston Thrives, make a difference in protecting our environment.Whatever summer means to you, we hope you enjoy all that it offers. And remember, there are many ways you can maintain a beautiful yard; why not choose to do so in a manner that protects water quality and public health at the same time?last_img read more

Prairie Appreciation Day at the County’s Glacial Heritage Preserve

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersCome see Thurston County Government’s Glacial Heritage Preserve on Saturday, May 12 during Prairie Appreciation Day. The park is a pristine expanse of prairie awash in a sea of colorful, native wildflowers in full bloom. Visitors can see blue camas, golden buttercup and gnarled Garry oaks huddle against the prairie wind. They may also catch a glimpse of rare Taylor checkerspot butterflies, and hear songbirds serenading their walk along the 2.5 mile prairie trail.Family Fun plus Spring Flower Photo Opportunity The activities include hayrides, guided and self-guided walks, picnic areas and information stations. Prairie experts will be on-hand to discuss prairie flowers, prairie restoration, prairie burning, management of invasive plants, and birds, bats, bears, coyotes, deer and other wildlife living in this unique ecosystem. Children will have an opportunity for hands-on learning and fun. The Black Hills Audubon Society will host a bird walk, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Find details on their website, blackhills-audubon.org.Photo courtesy: Thurston County |Board of County CommissionersGlacial Heritage Preserve is open to the public only one day each year during Prairie Appreciation Day, which is coordinated by Friends of Puget Prairies. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Thurston County’s premier park preserve.More information and detailed directionswww.prairieappreciationday.org360-458-5450206-498-3273Free family fun. (Sorry, no pets in the park. Vehicles with pets are not permitted.)Bring a picnic & water. No food vendors.Bathroom facilities available.Donations for Thurston County Food Bank accepted (no glass please).Mima Mounds is the wheelchair accessible site for this event. It’s located about a mile from Glacial Heritage and offers wheelchair accessible activities and shorter, easier walks. Group tours available, but please schedule in advance.Photo courtesy: Thurston County |Board of County Commissionerslast_img read more

The secret behind Harry Kane’s brilliant penalty statistics!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/Getty ImagesAdvertisement jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsw73egWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) et7nWould you ever consider trying this?😱1qyCan your students do this? 🌚ftpiRoller skating! Powered by Firework England captain Harry Kane scored a hat trick on Saturday’s UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier as Southgate’s men thrashed Bulgaria 4-0, and two of his goals came in form of penalty kicks. What’s the secret behind the Spurs front man’s success from the spot? Practice, the player speaks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/Getty ImagesSince 2017, the Tottenham Hotspur striker has shown pinpoint accuracy on taking penalties, scoring 9 out of 10 for both the club and the national team, putting Kane ahead of Footballing icons Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who both have had lower success rates from the 12 yards spot- 86.6% and 66.7% respectively.“I work quite a bit on it” the 26 year old said on the BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast, on his success behind being the 12 gauge set piece expert.Advertisement “I always go with my feeling – it could be 10, it could be 50, it depends how I feel on the day. We have such explosive, skillful players so we’re always going to get penalties.” the man of the match from the game added.Former England striker Gary Lineker has been throwing bouquets at his fellow countryman.Advertisement “Hat-trick Harry. 2 penalties absolutely buried again. I was England penalty taker for 8 years and only got 4 ( I think) in 80 games….yes, I know, I may have missed one as well.” the BBC Match of the Day presenter wrote on Twitter.Along with Kane, who now has 25 international goals to his name, Manchester City star man Raheem Sterling also added in a solo contribution to the score sheet, putting the Three Lions on top of group A with 9 points.England will face Kosovo on 11th September at St Mary’s Stadium. Advertisementlast_img read more

Kid who is an Everton fan forced to sign You’ll Never Walk Alone by…

first_imgAdvertisement q186NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsor6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7zf8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3j6dk63Would you ever consider trying this?😱jwilCan your students do this? 🌚7eioRoller skating! Powered by Firework In Merseyside, the rivalry between Liverpool and Everton has always been different. While Everton might be the first club to be established in the city, Liverpool claims all the glory through their Champions League trophies. But if the standard European rivalry defines something to that of street-gang warfare, the Liverpool-Everton relationship is more like two brothers who constantly pick on each other over who has the better car. A similar, sheepish incident happened last week; as a school in the Sefton Council of Liverpool have been slammed by a father after his Everton supporting son was forced to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone in class.Advertisement The father, who preferred to remain anonymous, has submitted a furious letter to the Sefton chief executive Dwayne Johnson complaining, that his son Toby was forced to sign the Liverpool anthem at an event in the school last week.Advertisement “I’m disgusted that Toby and his friends, who are mostly all passionate Blues, were asked to sing that horrible song when teachers know they don’t support Liverpool. It’s disgusting you wouldn’t force someone of a different religion to sing a hymn so why is it fine to make our children sing football songs from a club they passionately hate? I’m disgusted” he wrote.Even though the Merseyside neighbours are pretty tolerant towards each other, it is not fair to say that the Merseyside derby cannot turn ugly. Back in September 1999, Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld and Everton striker Francis Jeffers had a heated physical confrontation in the field during their match, and they were sent off from the game after that. That direct conflict became iconic in its own, and the Merseyside derby is still hailed as the rivalry with the most red cards in Premier League history; Everton has 14, while Liverpool has 7.Advertisement And now that Jurgen Klopp and his boys have clinched the European title, the Kops can boast their glory unnecessarily on events such like this. That, Liverpool is now on top of the Premier League table with 8 victories in 8 matches, a league title might soon be on the cards. Therefore, if they somehow manage to lift the Premier League trophy next summer, their rivals must learn to adapt to all these unessential banters.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Legendary Aussie team of the 90s reuniting for one game to raise funds to…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Cricket Australia/AFPAdvertisement fv9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9bzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ey0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uclWould you ever consider trying this?😱8u1mCan your students do this? 🌚4qj5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Nature lovers around the world have tirelessly raising concerns and working towards countering the devastating bushfire that has caused massive damage to the wildlife in Australia. Sportspersons have raised their voices in favour of raising concern for the calamity. Ealier, we saw the Australian legend Shane Warne pledging to sell his ‘Baggy Green’ test cap to donate as relief fund. Now, the iconic spinner has decided to come out of retirement to play for a fundraising charity game, and his former Aussie teammates have decided to join him for the noble cause.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Cricket Australia/AFPAlong with Shane Warne, the other eminent present and former players of Australian cricket who will break their decamp are- Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke and Alex Blackwell.Around 800 million to one billion of animals have been killed in the wildfire that started back in July 2019, and around 27 people have died, including the firefighters.Advertisement Before the final match of the KFC Big Bash League, which is scheduled on 8th February, the star studded match named the ‘Bushfire Cricket Bash’ will be played on the same day, with Warne and Ponting captaining the two teams.Kevin Roberts, the CEO of Cricket Australia, spoke to cricket.com.au on the fundraising match “The Bushfire Cricket Bash will be Cricket Australia’s major fundraising initiative to support Australians impacted by the recent unprecedented bushfire emergency.”Advertisement 8th February will prove to be a busy day for CA, as along with the ‘Bushfire Cricket Bash’ match and Big Bash League final, the 5th T20 match of the 2020 Australia women’s Tri-Nation Series will also be held on the same day. However, the funds from all three matches will be used as relief funds for the bushfire.Roberts continued: “People the world over have seen the overwhelming images of hundreds of thousands of hectares burnt, precious lives lost, hundreds of properties destroyed and the devastating loss of wildlife as a result of the fires.”“These images have reinforced the need to get behind organisations like the Australian Red Cross which is responding to the immediate requirements of people who have lost loved ones, their homes, and their livelihoods” he added.Also read-Classy Shane Warne raises $1 Million for Australian bushfire crisis by auctioning his test capYuvraj Singh issues plea for Australian bushfire crisis; over 480 million animals affected Advertisementlast_img read more

See which position in the ICC rankings KL Rahul has moved to after stellar…

first_imgAdvertisement 87wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsac2lo0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9hj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 16j9Would you ever consider trying this?😱bCan your students do this? 🌚gyk2Roller skating! Powered by Firework Following his superb display against New Zealand in the recently concluded 5-match T20I series, India opener KL Rahul has been rewarded with the No.2 spot in the latest ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. The Karnataka batsman scored 224 runs in 5 games and was named as the man-of-the-series after Virat Kohli’s India became the first team in history to whitewash the Kiwis at their home in a 5-match series.Advertisement Picture Credit: AFPWith Shikhar Dhawan out with injury, Rahul was given the task to open for India and the makeshift keeper used this opportunity to establish himself as one of the best T20I players around. Rahul, scored 56, 57 (not out), 27, 39 and 45 in the series and stands at 823 rating points, 56 behind Pakistan’s Babar Azam who retained the top spot (879 points).After Rishabh Pant’s injury in the second ODI against Australia at home, Rahul took the wicketkeeping duties and since then, has cemented his place in the Indian team, be it the middle-order or as an opener with Rohit Sharma.Advertisement Sharma, who scored two half-centuries in the T20I series against the Kiwis, moved into the top-10 of the T20I rankings and as a result India now have 3 batsmen in the top-10 list in the form of Virat Kohli (673 points) at 9th place, followed by Rohit Sharma (662 points) just behind him at 10th.Pacer Jasprit Bumrah on the other hand, climbed 26 places up to reach the 11th spot after his marvellous performance in the recently concluded T20I series.However, India climbed just one place higher and are now 4th in the ICC’s team rankings for T20I Internationals while Pakistan, Australia and England occupy the top-3 spots.Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson’s 160 runs in 3 games during the series, took him from 23rd to 16th position; while Tim Seifert jumped from 73rd to 34th and Ross Taylor from 50th to 39th in the recently published batsmen’s list. Leggie Ish Sodhi also made improvement in the bowler’s rankings, climbing six places higher to the 13th spot. You may also like:See what KL Rahul really thinks about being India’s WK in limited overs cricket!Virat Kohli reveals what’s the biggest lesson he’s learned in 2 super over wins against New Zealand Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli reacts to PM Modi’s Coronavirus address to the nation

first_imgAdvertisement s1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmnqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6ru2r( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1dks1Would you ever consider trying this?😱9kusCan your students do this? 🌚8ysmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian cricket’s icon and skipper Virat Kohli, has urged the country’s citizens to be “alert, attentive and aware” to fight against the threat posed by coronavirus. He also heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the safety measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the country, requesting his fans to rigorously follow them.Advertisement “Be alert, attentive and aware to combat the threat posed by Covid 19. We, as responsible citizens, need to adhere to the norms put in place for our safety as announced by our Honourable Prime Minister Shri @NarendraModi ji. #IndiaFightsCorona,” Kohli tweeted.Advertisement The skipper then reminded about the efforts being put by the medical professionals in the country and the world for all their fight against the deadly disease.“Also, special mention to all the medical professionals in the country and around the globe for all the efforts being put in to fight the #CoronaVirus. Let’s support them by taking care of ourselves and everybody around us by maintaining good personal hygiene. #IndiaFightsCorona,” Kohli said.On Thursday, PM Modi requested the citizens to maintain a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday March 22nd from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. while urging to inform at least 10 people about the Curfew. “The whole world is going through a very serious phase. Generally, whenever a natural crisis occurs, it is limited to a few countries or states. But the coronavirus outbreak has put the entire human race in crisis,” the Prime Minister said.“I promise you that there will not be a shortage of milk, food, medicines and other essential supplies. This supply will never be stopped, so there is no need to hoard stuff,” he added.As per various sources, India has seen over 170 cases of coronavirus till now with 4 deaths.And like most countries, India too have cancelled or postponed several sporting events throughout its territory as new cases continue to rise.The ODI series against South Africa had to be postponed after the first game, while the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been rescheduled “as a precautionary measure” over the pandemic, BCCI announced last week. You may also like:Will India take part in Tokyo 2020 Olympics if it happens?Should India’s athletes voice their political opinion on social media? Advertisementlast_img read more

Red Bank Sidewalk Sales This Weekend

first_imgVisitors to Red Bank also will enjoy free StreetLife performances from noon to 3 p. m. and then 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Family entertainers will include musicians, magicians and face painters. Red Bicycle Shop owner Jonathan Erdelyi, left, shows Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli some sneakers during the annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale.RED BANK – The 59th Annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale has begun.The borough’s annual sidewalk sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.Clearance items and bargains will be available at Red Bank stores with many offering great times from tables set up in front the shops, businesses and antiques stores on Broad, White, Monmouth, Front and Wharf streets and Bridge and Maple avenues.last_img read more

Dam Inn, Our Glass secure place at top of WKMFFL with weekend wins

first_imgDam Inn Mates survived a late scare from the Thundercats to get past Trail 25-17 in West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League action Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The victory keeps the Mates atop the WKMFFL standings with an undefeated mark of 4-0.Nelson Our Glass Ogs kept up the pressure on the Mates by blasting defending league champion Castlegar Vikings.Our Glass is second in league standings with the same amount of points — eight — but has played one more game with a record of 4-1.The league resumes Sunday with a pair of games at Mount Sentinel.At 11 a.m. Rossland Flying Steamshovel Brewers tackle Trail Thundercats while the Mates face Castlegar Vikings at 1 p.m. The game between Castlegar and the Mates is a rematch of last year’s league final won by the Vikings.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more