Tuesday Sundowners Pool League

first_imgBeaver Brothers13922916520 Lek Bar131021956122 Kull Bar1311201045224 Honeypot13805847216 Ice Star Bar1333763939 Outback Bar13508748210 AJ Bar13436748211 The Cricketers13715827415 Ting Tong Bar1304957994 Pats Bar B12435727211 Beaver Boozers13121058984 Lucky Jo1223763817 TeamPWDLFAPts. Results: A Bar 8 – 4 AJ Bar, Beaver Boozers 5 – 7 Honeypot, Lek Bar 11 – 1 Ice Star Bar, Lucky Jo 4 – 8 Beaver Brothers, Outback Bar 4 – 8 Pats Bar B, Pats Bar A 9 – 3 The Cricketers, Ting Tong Bar 2 – 10 Kull Bar Pats Bar A13634857115 A Bar13445787812 Results & Standings June 20 (week 13)last_img read more

Top of the Gulf Regatta gets underway at Ocean Marina

first_imgThe organising committee of the 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta pose for a group photo at a press conference held Friday, April 29 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club,.He went on to thank all the sponsors of this year’s event without whom the regatta would not have been possible before the microphone was passed over to two of Thailand’s young junior sailors who repesented the Kingdom with such distinction at the World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia earlier this year.At the end of the press conference, those in attendance were invited to sign a book of congratulations to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday this year.  The book is open to all those taking part in the event to sign and will be presented to His Majesty at the end of the regatta.The first races of the 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta begin on Saturday morning, April 30, and will conclude on Tuesday, May 3. A press conference was held on Friday afternoon, April 29, at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya to announce the official start of the 2011 Top of the Gulf (TOG) Regatta. Talking to the assembled media, William Gasson, Founder and Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee said, “We are proud to see the growth of the TOG from a local regatta organized by yachting lovers to the event it has become today – with over 600 sailors representing 30 countries this regatta is now Asia’s largest and contributes significantly to the local economy and local businesses.“We welcome all the big keel boats and other classes of craft to the regatta, many of which have come from far and wide, but for us (organising committee) we like to think that the most important category is the Optimist fleet which provides junior sailors with their first taste of sailing competition and the chance to hone their skills.  They are the future of sailing in the Kingdom,” added Bill.last_img read more

Sports Round-up – 31 Dec 2010 – 6 Jan 2011

first_imgFriday9.30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Aqua Aerobics at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: 300 baht per session. Tel. 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 1pm at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome and we will always find you a partner.  Details are on the website – www. pattayabridge.com or call Terry on 038 422 924.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Backgammon League (PBL) meets every Friday at Somboons Restaurant in Jomtien Beach for a tournament. For further details go to www.pattayabackgam mon league.com 2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at Pattaya Plus Bowl (north of Big C), Second Road. Contact La at P.S. after 1:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Mickey Mouse Darts League takes place at the following venues: OK Corral, Devonshire, Cheers, Drum and Monkey, Helicopter, Londoner, Palmer’s, Rising Sun, Stars in your Eyes. For further information please call Denis on 047794050 or E-mail denis@okbarpattaya.com. Everyone Welcome!SaturdayPattaya Archery Club meets every, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Pirates of Pattaya Shooting Club in Hua Yai. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattaya-archery-club.comOcean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th8:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: ridingschool@ thehorseshoepoint.com8:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 212111 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Yoga at Dusit Resort Sports Club for beginners and intermediate: 300 baht per session. Tel. 038 425611-fitness.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at pattaya cricketclub@gmail.comSunday8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th12:30 p.m.  Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays at the fields of Pattaya Sport Flying Club.  The fields are situated as follows: follow Sukhumvit Road in the direction of Sattahip and turn left just past Greenway Driving Range.  Follow the road for about 5km till you see a sign saying Pattaya Sport Flying Club on your left hand side.  Turn in the sandy road for another 3/4km till you see the fields on your left side.  For more details contact Dirk at: oxbow70 @yahoo.com or phone at 015754528 or Alan at 061574795.3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.5:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Lawn Bowling Section.  Fun roll-ups on Sunday nights at 5 p.m. that will be instructional, build camaraderie, and fun.  Teams will be drawn for matches, with beginners and experienced bowlers mixed together.  Very generous discounts are offered for PSC members, just show up with your PSC card and flat-soled shoes if you have them.  Equipment is for hire at a modest cost if you don’t have your own.  Contact Bowling Green – Pattaya on 038 720 741 or email info@lawnbow lasia.com or just call at the Bowling Green located on Soi Fuengfa between Soi Buakow and 3rd Road.Monday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome (a suitable partner if necessary) and the venue is non-smoking. For all the latest information, times, location map etc. visit: – www.pattaya bridge.com3:00 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3.15 pm at the Lek Hotel, (between Soi 12 & 13 on 2nd Road). The bus leaves at 3.30 pm, and the run starts at 5pm. Call Patrick 081 687 2410 for details.6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Yoga at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya for beginners and intermediate: 300 baht per session. Tel.  038-425611 ext. DFiT.8:30 p.m. The next Monday Quiz Night is on January 3.  The fixtures are as follows: Legends v Londoner, Nom’s Bar v Bowling Green, Palmers v Offshore, Rising Sun v Nervous Wreck, W. Tankie v Cheers.  Everyone is invited to test your knowledge and join the fun. Email: quizpattaya@hotmail.com.Tuesday11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Yoga at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Tel. 038 425611 ext. DFiT.Chess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Wednesday9.30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Aqua Aerobics at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: 300 baht per session. Tel. 038-425611 ext. DFiT.11:00 to 12:00 pm. Salsa Aerobics at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Baht 100 per session. Tel. 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome (a suitable partner if necessary) and the venue is non-smoking. For all the latest information, times, location map etc. visit: – www.pattaya bridge.com3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at pattaya cricketclub@gmail.com5:30 p.m. Yoga at DFiT fitness centre, Dusit Thani Pattaya for advanced levels: Tel. 038 425611 ext. DFiT.Thursday11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pilates at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya:  Great workout for the abdominals, bottom and thighs along with some stress-relieving stretches: Tel. 038 425611 ext. DFiT6:30 p.m. Yoga at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Tel. 038 425611 ext. DFiT.7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers and Panties (mixed) Touch Rugby every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Paul Crouch on 089 902 6286 or pjcrouch@hotmail.com8:30 p.m.  PSC Thursday Darts League.  Participating teams include Pleasure Dome, Fishermen, Roxy, Queen Vic, PSI, Helicopter, Rising Sun, Londoner and Crazy Eddie’s.  For details, contact Len Banfield, PSC Darts chairman, phone 038 420 432.last_img read more

Rising tennis star Thitirat Kanaphuet wins in Bangkok

first_imgThitirat’s tennis idol is still Roger Federer and other favorite players include Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.  She also likes a lot of the women tennis players, mostly Li Na and Serena Williams.The young tennis champ will continue to travel all over Thailand to various competitions and will also now start competing internationally as she has reached the age of 13 and is therefore eligible as an ITF junior member.  She has also been chosen to be in the Chonburi team for the Seagate games which are taking place this month.Thitirat has also now got the benefit of a sponsor who is helping her fulfill her dream and she would like to thank him for all his help and support. Thirteen year-old Pattaya schoolgirl Thitirat Kanaphuet has been playing tennis for three years now and is continuing to make a name for herself in the Thai national rankings LTAT.  Now ranked at 20 in the under 14’s and 43 in the under 16’s, her status will soon be elevated further following her recent win in Bangkok in an under 14’s tournament and a runner-up award in the under 16’s category. Thitirat receives help from her support team of Tee and Gran who are both leading Chonburi tennis coaches.  She also keeps fit and stays in shape with her personal fitness trainer Ruby.  Thitirat still trains hard three times every day, tennis before school and fitness after school at the Universe Gym with Ruby and then more tennis in the evening.Thitirat Kanaphuet (right) receives the under-14 champion’s trophy at the Krasae Tennis Camp Junior Challenge tournament in Bangkok.She has just changed school to the Regents School who have indicated they will also give their full support to Thitirat with their tennis court and modern sports facilities.  All this support helps the young schoolgirl in the pursuit of her dream to become a professional tennis player, and to maybe one day win the Pattaya Open and Wimbledon.last_img read more

Kaneta continues good form at Pleasant Valley

first_imgWinners and runners-up from Pleasant Valley.The course probably needed the water, and the covers actually were needed on the golf bags, but it was forge ahead.  In fact apart from the course being packed, we quite enjoyed getting wet.  Weird people these golfers.As is usual with this course, the ball ended up in some funny positions, it has to be the most ‘bad lie’ course in the country.  Anyway, despite the square holes we finally got around.In the A Flight, 0 to 15, the winner was Rob Brown with 36 points ahead of Mashi Kaneta in second on 34 points while John Binns took third with 33 points on count back over Mike Gaussa.In the B Flight the winner your scribe with 33 points ahead of Tom Cotton on count back.  In third was Graham Buckingham with 32 points, also edging Sid Crawley on count back.Near Pins:  Sid Crawley, Carole Kubicki, Keichi Kasame, Mike GaussaLong Putt:  Mike Gaussa, David NicholsonFriday, January 20, Pleasant Valley – StablefordOn this day we played Pleasant Valley and for a Friday we had a very good turnout.  This is a course that elicits a lot of debate from those who do not like it and those who do.  The against crowd say it is too tight and was placed on to too little real estate, that too many fairways are dangerously too closely parallel and that false ‘OB’ are needed.The pro crowd realise this is probably true, but since the course came into use the condition has improved to such an extent that fairways and greens are on a par with just about all the courses.  At present, while other courses are dried out with bare fairways it has a lush green look.  You pay your money and vote with your feet.On this day the course was packed out, and we had a later start so we got into the queue and started only a little late.  As said the layout was in good condition but is one that needs respect.  Of course it rained but only a little ‘spitty’.  So we battled on and in fact got around in reasonable time despite the many players here today.Back at Bert’s it was soon time for the presentation and Dick was soon in full flow.  In the A Flight, 0 to 19, Mashi Kaneta had one of his good days with 41 points and won ahead of a count back on 37 points that saw Rob Brown in second and yours truly in third.In the B Flight the winner with 38 points was Don Carmody with 38 points ahead of a three-way count back on 37 points that saw Karen Brown in second, Daryl Evans in third and Brian Gabe just losing out.  Then it was time for a cold one or two.  T.T.F.N.Near Pins:  Joel Flor, Mashi (2) and Barry Elphick PSC golf from Tropical Bert’sTuesday, January 17, The Emerald – StablefordMuch better getting here now as we do not have to fight the traffic down Sukhumwit; just up past Green Valley, turn left, a bit of peaceful countryside and into the course. Soon booked in it was down to the start and it started to spit with rain, where the big decision was whether to play ‘pick and place’ as it had rained all night also.  Being brave we just went and it was probably the correct decision as we got around without too much mud on the ball.last_img read more

Slumping Penguins scrambling for playoff spot

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, left and Columbus Blue Jackets’ Brandon Dubinsky are seen through the dasher board glass as they exchange blows in a fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Mike Johnston tried to sound upbeat. The first-year Pittsburgh Penguins coach pointed out all the positives he saw from another lost weekend, one in which his stumbling team imploded in one game and looked snakebit in another.Eventually, however, he gave up. Scoring chances and carrying the play for long stretches are nice. Wins – regardless of how they come – are better. And they’re not coming nearly fast enough to stanch Pittsburgh’s perilous slide through the Eastern Conference standings. Entering the final week of the regular season, the Penguins are clutching to a playoff spot that hardly looks like a sure thing anymore.“We need more,” Johnson said. “We have to find more. We have to dig down and search for more. It’s a results-oriented business. You’ve got to win games this time of year.”Pittsburgh let an early two-goal lead slip away in a 5-3 loss to Columbus on Saturday and were beaten 4-1 by Philadelphia on Sunday despite peppering Flyers goaltender Steve Mason with 47 shots. Rather than resting for the postseason’s opening round or jockeying for seeding – staples this time of year for most of the last decade – the Penguins travel to surging Ottawa on Tuesday night needing a victory to breathe some life into a maddeningly uneven year.No pressure or anything.“This is the time of year where you have to be desperate and every point is so important,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “We’ve got to find a way to generate more offense and find a way to win games.”It’s not happening. Pittsburgh had the Eastern Conference’s best record at Christmas, surviving a weird bout with the mumps by relying on rejuvenated goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and enough grit to get by. The Penguins are just 20-20-6 over their last 46 games. Injuries to stars Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang haven’t helped. Neither has an offense that is less than the sum of its considerably talented parts.Though Crosby’s 81 points lead the league, Pittsburgh is 19th in goals per game (2.67) and has scored more than three goals in regulation just once over the last month. Johnston is quick to praise his team’s “compete level” – one of his favorite phrases – but rarely has that competition turned into good fortune. Several times against the Flyers the Penguins had the puck on their stick and an empty net to shoot at only to misfire.Even when the Penguins have been able to deliver, they haven’t been able to sustain their momentum. Three times over the last two weeks they’ve let early 2-0 leads slip away, the latest on Saturday against Columbus when the Blue Jackets overwhelmed Pittsburgh in the last 25 minutes.“When you’re up 2-0, you need to shut the door and win the game every time,” defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. “Right now there is doubt in our mind, there is certainly no doubt in the other team’s mind that they can come back against this team and we need to rectify that.”Better hurry. A loss to the Senators means the Penguins would likely need to sweep a home game against the New York Islanders on Friday and a trip to Buffalo on Saturday to assure themselves a ninth straight postseason appearance. It’s not exactly what owner Mario Lemieux had in mind when he cleaned house last summer, firing coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero following a fifth consecutive summer that ended shy of a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals.Bylsma was among the most successful regular season coaches in the league during his five-plus years on the bench. New general manager Jim Rutherford stressed a slight shift in direction was needed, not a total overhaul. Johnston spent the early portions of the year trying to implement his puck-possession heavy system only to see it derailed as he tried to find enough healthy bodies to fill out a roster on a given night.Lately, the Penguins have even given up that pursuit. They played one or two men short the last couple weeks while Malkin, Letang and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff dealt with various injuries. Malkin returned on Sunday and played 18 minutes in just his third game since March 14.Even with the loss to Philadelphia the Penguins are 9-2-1 the last dozen times Crosby and Malkin have played in the same game. Their second-half swoon can be erased with a lengthy playoff run. Of course, that assumes Pittsburgh gets there. At the moment, that hardly seems wise. And the Penguins know it.“You have to be resilient,” Johnston said. “The toughest time to be resilient is when things are going against you. You have to dig down.”last_img read more

Steelers face challenge in beating Brady on the road

first_imgThe four-time Super Bowl winner has led the Patriots to three lopsided home victories against Pittsburgh and he’s looking for another. He was cleared to play after a judge overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension of Brady last week for his role in using underinflated footballs during last season’s AFC championship game.The Steelers’ defense, even after a rough preseason, isn’t putting much emphasis on past meetings with Brady.Instead, the group welcomes the opportunity to open the NFL season Thursday on the road against Brady and the Super Bowl champions.“It’s a hostile environment that truly loves their team,” Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. “We want to be able to go on the road and win games like that, so this is a great test for our team.”Brady spoke for the first time on Sunday since the “Deflategate” court ruling, noting that he’s ready to move on and focus on Thursday’s opener against Pittsburgh.“It’s time for me to do my job,” Brady said. “Anything that’s happened over the last seven months wasn’t really my job.”He’s had his way with the Steelers in the past, going 5-2 in the regular season, including a 3-0 mark at Gillette Stadium. Brady has thrown 18 touchdowns to just three interceptions with a QB rating of 109.7, third-best among any team he’s faced.“We’ve had some pretty good days in the past, but if we want to have a good outcome on Thursday night we’re going to have to be at our best,” Brady said.The Patriots have been at their best against the Steelers at Foxborough when Brady’s under center. The Steelers have never beaten Brady at Foxborough during his career, losing three times by an average of 20 points, including a 55-31 rout two years ago.Heyward still remembers that one, a game that was tied in the third quarter until Brady and the Patriots reeled off 28 points in the final 15 minutes to pull away.“It was a close game, but it comes down to one or two plays and that can really swing a game,” Heyward said. “Our wheels really fell off after that.”The Patriots put up at least 30 points in each of Brady’s wins against the Steelers at Foxborough. New England has averaged 458 yards and Brady passed for an average of 364 yards in those games.This time, Brady will face a defense primed to rebound from a shaky preseason of giving up big plays and a lot of yards. All 11 starters weren’t on the field at the same time, as the Steelers allowed 353 yards per game and average of 5.6-yards per play during a 1-4 preseason.“We’re not going to say this is more important than any other game,” Heyward said. “It’s the first game. We’re just looking to put it all together on Thursday.”And also try to beat Brady for the first time in Foxborough.“It’s not the first time we played against somebody like that,” Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. “We’re the only game on that night, it’s the defending Super Bowl champions in a hostile environment and we’re just trying to start the season off right. We’re looking forward to it.”NOTES: The Steelers placed C Maurkice Pouncey on reserved/injured, designated for return list and signed OL Doug Legursky. Pouncey is eligible to play Week 9 against Oakland. … The team signed RB Dominique Brown, DB Jordan Dangerfield, OL Reese Dismukes and Antonio Johnson, LB L.J. Fort and Shayon Green, DE Ethan Hemer, WR Shakim Phillipps and Jarrod West and TE Harold Spears to their practice squad. … The Steelers also signed RB Jordan Todman, claimed DE Caushaud Lyons and released fourth-round pick CB Doran Grant and sixth-rounder LB Anthony Chickillo. … The Steelers also selected QB Ben Roethlisberger (offensive), Heyward and CB William Gay (defensive) and S Robert Golden as team captains.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL,The four-time Super Bowl winner has led the Patriots to three lopsided home victories against Pittsburgh and he’s looking for another. He was cleared to play after a judge overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension of Brady last week for his role in using underinflated footballs during last season’s AFC championship game.The Steelers’ defense, even after a rough preseason, isn’t putting much emphasis on past meetings with Brady.Instead, the group welcomes the opportunity to open the NFL season Thursday on the road against Brady and the Super Bowl champions.“It’s a hostile environment that truly loves their team,” Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. “We want to be able to go on the road and win games like that, so this is a great test for our team.”Brady spoke for the first time on Sunday since the “Deflategate” court ruling, noting that he’s ready to move on and focus on Thursday’s opener against Pittsburgh.“It’s time for me to do my job,” Brady said. “Anything that’s happened over the last seven months wasn’t really my job.”He’s had his way with the Steelers in the past, going 5-2 in the regular season, including a 3-0 mark at Gillette Stadium. Brady has thrown 18 touchdowns to just three interceptions with a QB rating of 109.7, third-best among any team he’s faced.“We’ve had some pretty good days in the past, but if we want to have a good outcome on Thursday night we’re going to have to be at our best,” Brady said.The Patriots have been at their best against the Steelers at Foxborough when Brady’s under center. The Steelers have never beaten Brady at Foxborough during his career, losing three times by an average of 20 points, including a 55-31 rout two years ago.Heyward still remembers that one, a game that was tied in the third quarter until Brady and the Patriots reeled off 28 points in the final 15 minutes to pull away.“It was a close game, but it comes down to one or two plays and that can really swing a game,” Heyward said. “Our wheels really fell off after that.”The Patriots put up at least 30 points in each of Brady’s wins against the Steelers at Foxborough. New England has averaged 458 yards and Brady passed for an average of 364 yards in those games.This time, Brady will face a defense primed to rebound from a shaky preseason of giving up big plays and a lot of yards. All 11 starters weren’t on the field at the same time, as the Steelers allowed 353 yards per game and average of 5.6-yards per play during a 1-4 preseason.“We’re not going to say this is more important than any other game,” Heyward said. “It’s the first game. We’re just looking to put it all together on Thursday.”And also try to beat Brady for the first time in Foxborough.“It’s not the first time we played against somebody like that,” Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. “We’re the only game on that night, it’s the defending Super Bowl champions in a hostile environment and we’re just trying to start the season off right. We’re looking forward to it.”NOTES: The Steelers placed C Maurkice Pouncey on reserved/injured, designated for return list and signed OL Doug Legursky. Pouncey is eligible to play Week 9 against Oakland. … The team signed RB Dominique Brown, DB Jordan Dangerfield, OL Reese Dismukes and Antonio Johnson, LB L.J. Fort and Shayon Green, DE Ethan Hemer, WR Shakim Phillipps and Jarrod West and TE Harold Spears to their practice squad. … The Steelers also signed RB Jordan Todman, claimed DE Caushaud Lyons and released fourth-round pick CB Doran Grant and sixth-rounder LB Anthony Chickillo. … The Steelers also selected QB Ben Roethlisberger (offensive), Heyward and CB William Gay (defensive) and S Robert Golden as team captains.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, gives a thumbs-up as he warms up next to wide receiver Julian Edelman at the beginning an NFL football practice, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their struggles against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Foxborough.last_img read more

Penguins, Lightning off to chippy start in conference finals

first_imgNeither side wanted to do much politicking in the aftermath. Pittsburgh defensemen Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin needed to be helped off the ice after getting smashed into the boards headfirst following illegal hits from behind by a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson skated off in obvious pain following a knee-on-knee collision with Penguins forward Chris Kunitz that may have been avoidable.Following two emotionally charged series wins over the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, the prospect of facing the less familiar Lightning seemed to offer an opportunity for a respite from the NHL’s annual tap dance with what is — and what isn’t — against the rules. Tampa Bay’s chippy 3-1 victory in Game 1 instead proved to be more of the same. “This isn’t as much as a rivalry as maybe the Rangers and the Capitals, it certainly should be (now), after some of the hits,” Pittsburgh forward Patric Hornqvist said. Neither side wanted to do much politicking in the aftermath. Pittsburgh Penguins’ Brian Dumoulin lies on the ice after being hit into the boards by Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ondrej Palat during the third period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Palat was penalized for boarding on the play. The Lightning won 3-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) When asked about the way Kunitz slammed into Johnson in the final moments of the opening period, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper called it a “trap question.” Pressed on if Callahan deserved supplemental discipline outside of the five-minute major he received for nudging a vulnerable Letang into harm’s way, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan offered only “the NHL’s going to do their job, we’re going to do ours. We’re just going to play hockey.”The league chose not to pursue any further action against Callahan. The veteran cast part of the blame for the severity of the hit on the way Letang was hunched over in pursuit of the puck as Callahan closed in.“He turns at the last second. I’m committed, I think, when he turns his head, and his body is pretty low,” Callahan said. “I’m trying to pin him, and in that split second, I can’t really make a decision,” Callahan said. “Unfortunately, I think the position he was in made it worse than it was.”Callahan stressed “that’s not the way I play” while pointing out he’s never been fined or suspended. Yet Cooper allowed while his team’s reputation for being among the league’s elite skaters is well deserved, the Lightning have found themselves in the penalty box more than any other club during the postseason.Tampa Bay is averaging over 16 minutes in penalties through 11 games. The Penguins are averaging less than 10 minutes in the box.“It’s not something we’re proud of,” Cooper said. “We’ve had to grind some things outs.”At least the Lightning might not have to grind it out — at least in the long term — without top goaltender Ben Bishop. The Vezina Trophy finalist injured his left leg just over 12 minutes into Game 1 while scrambling to get back in position in front of the net. Bishop left the ice on a stretcher but tests revealed no structural damage. Cooper is upbeat about Bishop’s prognosis even though he cautioned Bishop’s status for Monday night’s Game 2 — and anything after that really — remains uncertain.“Everything has been really good so far on Ben,” Cooper said Saturday. “Much better than the scene we saw, what happened when he was carted off.”Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 stops in Bishop’s absence in his first significant playing time since the end of the regular season. The 21-year-old received plenty of help in front of him. The Lightning blocked 15 shots and kept Pittsburgh’s star-laden attack under wraps while building a three-goal lead.The Penguins pressed the issue in the third, but by then Tampa Bay was in command. Yet the Lightning held firm, though their fifth straight playoff win didn’t end quietly. Dumoulin left late in the third after Ondrej Palat pushed twice as Dumoulin went back to retrieve the puck. The second bump sent Dumoulin awkwardly into the end boards.“It happened,” said Palat, who was called for a boarding minor. “Bad play.”One both teams insist they’ll try to avoid, along with the temptation to retaliate.“There’s not much you can do as far as fighting them or something like that,” Penguins defenseman Ian Cole said. “You can, (but) you have got to be careful not to get an instigator (penalty). I think you’ve really just got to double down, mentally up your battle level a little bit.”,Pittsburgh defensemen Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin needed to be helped off the ice after getting smashed into the boards headfirst following illegal hits from behind by a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson skated off in obvious pain following a knee-on-knee collision with Penguins forward Chris Kunitz that may have been avoidable.Following two emotionally charged series wins over the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, the prospect of facing the less familiar Lightning seemed to offer an opportunity for a respite from the NHL’s annual tap dance with what is — and what isn’t — against the rules. Tampa Bay’s chippy 3-1 victory in Game 1 instead proved to be more of the same. “This isn’t as much as a rivalry as maybe the Rangers and the Capitals, it certainly should be (now), after some of the hits,” Pittsburgh forward Patric Hornqvist said. PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for niceties and the promise of fluid, free-flowing hockey. In the span of three testy periods Friday night, the Eastern Conference finals flipped from benign to occasionally belligerent. When asked about the way Kunitz slammed into Johnson in the final moments of the opening period, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper called it a “trap question.” Pressed on if Callahan deserved supplemental discipline outside of the five-minute major he received for nudging a vulnerable Letang into harm’s way, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan offered only “the NHL’s going to do their job, we’re going to do ours. We’re just going to play hockey.”The league chose not to pursue any further action against Callahan. The veteran cast part of the blame for the severity of the hit on the way Letang was hunched over in pursuit of the puck as Callahan closed in.“He turns at the last second. I’m committed, I think, when he turns his head, and his body is pretty low,” Callahan said. “I’m trying to pin him, and in that split second, I can’t really make a decision,” Callahan said. “Unfortunately, I think the position he was in made it worse than it was.”Callahan stressed “that’s not the way I play” while pointing out he’s never been fined or suspended. Yet Cooper allowed while his team’s reputation for being among the league’s elite skaters is well deserved, the Lightning have found themselves in the penalty box more than any other club during the postseason.Tampa Bay is averaging over 16 minutes in penalties through 11 games. The Penguins are averaging less than 10 minutes in the box.“It’s not something we’re proud of,” Cooper said. “We’ve had to grind some things outs.”At least the Lightning might not have to grind it out — at least in the long term — without top goaltender Ben Bishop. The Vezina Trophy finalist injured his left leg just over 12 minutes into Game 1 while scrambling to get back in position in front of the net. Bishop left the ice on a stretcher but tests revealed no structural damage. Cooper is upbeat about Bishop’s prognosis even though he cautioned Bishop’s status for Monday night’s Game 2 — and anything after that really — remains uncertain.“Everything has been really good so far on Ben,” Cooper said Saturday. “Much better than the scene we saw, what happened when he was carted off.”Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 stops in Bishop’s absence in his first significant playing time since the end of the regular season. The 21-year-old received plenty of help in front of him. The Lightning blocked 15 shots and kept Pittsburgh’s star-laden attack under wraps while building a three-goal lead.The Penguins pressed the issue in the third, but by then Tampa Bay was in command. Yet the Lightning held firm, though their fifth straight playoff win didn’t end quietly. Dumoulin left late in the third after Ondrej Palat pushed twice as Dumoulin went back to retrieve the puck. The second bump sent Dumoulin awkwardly into the end boards.“It happened,” said Palat, who was called for a boarding minor. “Bad play.”One both teams insist they’ll try to avoid, along with the temptation to retaliate.“There’s not much you can do as far as fighting them or something like that,” Penguins defenseman Ian Cole said. “You can, (but) you have got to be careful not to get an instigator (penalty). I think you’ve really just got to double down, mentally up your battle level a little bit.”last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Basketball Jones

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE In the 1970s a myriad of “joneses” or addictions to everything from shopping to eating were suddenly “discovered.” If you did anything more than twice a week, you were instantly in need of “therapeutic” help. However for those from the inner city who could not afford lobster tail or designer clothing or psycho analysis, the next addiction available at almost no cost was the sport of basketball: well at least according to the lyrics of the Cheech and Chong classic cult hit “Basketball Jones.”“I got a Basketball Jones, got a Basketball Jones, oh baby, oo-oo-ooo. Yes, I am the victim of a Basketball Jones. Ever since I was a little baby, I always be dribblin’. In fact I was de baddest dribbler in the whole neighborhood. Then one day, my mama bought me a basketball, and I loved that basketball. I took that basketball with me everywhere I went. That basketball was like a basketball to me.”Now in the midst of the NBA Eastern and Western Finals I am trapped on a bus, trapped in traffic on a so called “major artery.” If this is a major artery then a major heart attack is about to happen on this roadway. There is a very spirited debate concerning professional basketball and the collegiate version of the sport. One of my captive “gurus’ offers up his analysis of the NBA postseason.“I really get into the playoffs in the NBA because the teams that make it through are the best teams,” he says. However, his colleague has a slightly different take. “The NBA players are spoiled and get far too much money,” he argues. “The college players play for the love of the game. That’s why I love March madness, you can feel the excitement in the air.”He’s got a basketball Jones, got a basketball Jones, he’s got a basketball Jones, ooo, ooo, oo, maybe.The NBA “advocate” says: “But the college guys don’t get paid. Who is going to play harder, the ones playing for free or the ones getting a paycheck?”Good question. Cheech and Chong went on to say that: “I even put that basketball underneath my pillow. Maybe that’s why I can’t sleep at night. I need help, ladies and gentlemens, I need someone to stand beside me. I need, I need someone to set a pick for me. At the free-throw line of life, someone I can pass to. Someone to hit the open man on the give-and-go, and not end up in the popcorn machine”Many unpaid college “basketball athletes” end up at the popcorn machines and the McDonalds in life with no one to stand beside them when they are stranded at the free throw lines of life, with nowhere to go. No one to pass off to regarding the many trials and tribulations that they encounter in life. The “open man” to these colleges are the ones that can be recruited to play for free and help these institutions’ capitalize and make billions of dollars.These athletes epitomize the “give-and-go” strategy of the NCAA and their cohorts. The athletes give and are forced to go, destination, wherever? As my grandmother used to say; “you ain’t gotta go home, but you gotta get the h–l outta here.” I sorta, kinda like the NBA theme song a tad better. “I got a paycheck Jones, I got a paycheck Jones, got a paycheck Jones, ooo-ooo-ooo.”Aubrey Bruce is the Senior Sports Columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier. He can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741 Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribelast_img read more

Franck Ribery stays firm on France retirement despite Michel Platini threat

first_img Sport EN “Franck cannot decide himself whether he plays for France.  If Didier Deschamps picks him, he must come. That’s the FIFA rule. If he doesn’t come, he will be suspended for three Bayern Munich games.” Earlier, Michel Platini said that Ribery must play if called up.  Upd. at 19:17 Ribery told German newspaper Die Welt: “I took this decision in consultation with Didier Deschamps. I want to concentrate on my club and I will not change my opinion.” The 31-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder retired after the World Cup, which he missed with a back injury.  11/09/2014 CEST Franck Ribery said he has not changed his mind about retiring from French national duty. last_img read more