Kettle call: Cowboys ride Elliott’s stunt to bounce-back win

first_imgDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott peeks out of a large Salvation Army kettle after jumping into it celebrating a touchdown he scored on a running play in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Ezekiel Elliott probably has a fine coming from the NFL for jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle to celebrate a short touchdown run in a bounce-back win for the Dallas Cowboys.Owner and general manager Jerry Jones sure hopes so.“My dream is that the NFL would fine the daylights out of him, and I’m going to take them to the Supreme Court,” Jones joked after the Cowboys (12-2) moved closer to home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.“And we’re going to get the Salvation Army a lot of notice there.”All-time NFL rushing leader and former Dallas star Emmitt Smith sure noticed, laughing and clapping from a suite along with plenty of Elliott’s teammates after Elliott made a beeline for one of the kettles following a 2-yard scoring run, jumped in and crouched down far enough to disappear.The four large kettles _ two beyond each end zone _ are staples at Dallas games from the Thanksgiving game to the end of the season with one of the team’s most visible charities. And a donation is coming.“Actually I’m going to match whatever they fine me with a donation to the Salvation Army,” said Elliott, who rushed for a career-high 159 yards to push his NFL-leading total to 1,551.So Elliott must have answered his own question about getting fined while helping Dallas bounce back a week after a franchise-record 11-game winning streak ended.“He was actually talking about that pregame, should he do it, will they fine him,” said fellow rookie Dak Prescott, Elliott’s quarterback. “I didn’t know he was actually going to go down and come back up slow. Got a good laugh out of it, him coming up real slowly. It was funny.”Coach Jason Garrett wasn’t amused, mostly because of the 15-yard penalty assessed on the kickoff.But Garrett was pleased by Dallas’ response to last week’s loss at the New York Giants. And the rally after a 17-3 lead turned into a 20-17 deficit following a pair of touchdown passes by Jameis Winston.“One of the words we talked about right from the outset this week was `response,”’ Garrett said. “We did a good job early in the ballgame to get a lead and they started throwing the ball a lot early in the second half and they went ahead. And again, that word `response’ came back to the forefront.”Things to consider after Dallas stayed two games ahead of the New York Giants in the NFC East, now needing just a win or a New York loss or tie to clinch home field for the postseason:BUCS PLAYOFF PICTURE: Tampa Bay (8-6) had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell a game behind Atlanta in the NFC South. The Bucs are not currently in the top six in the NFC. “We’ve just got to keep winning, see how it plays out,” Winston said. “I know I’m going to keep fighting. We just got to keep winning games.”PRESCOTT’S RECOVERY: After his worst game as a pro in a 10-7 loss to the Giants, which generated more talk about former starter and current backup Tony Romo, Prescott went 32 of 36 for 279 yards. “There was less time spent on social media, but that was about the only thing different,” said Prescott, who broke Don Meredith’s 50-year-old club record with his sixth rushing touchdown.WINSTON IN PRIME TIME: Still looking for his first playoff trip _ and the club’s first in nine years _ Winston had mixed results in his debut in the Sunday night spotlight. He threw for 247 yards with touchdowns to Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate but had four turnovers, including an interception that led to Dallas’ go-ahead field goal in a 20-all game.BACK TO DEFENSE: Now that a five-game streak of holding teams to less than 21 points is over after Tampa Bay allowed 449 yards total offense, the Bucs get New Orleans’ Drew Brees again two weeks after intercepting him three times. “We have to learn from this and know we have face another offense with a great quarterback at their home field,” cornerback Brent Grimes said.___For more NFL coverage: and Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at

Simply the best: Never challenged, ’Nova wins another title

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Somewhere between all those heart-stoppers and tearjerkers, all the upset-riddled brackets and things we’d never seen before, the best team in college basketball was hiding in plain sight.How could anyone have missed Villanova?Sparked by a 31-point night off the bench from Donte DiVincenzo, the Wildcats defeated Michigan 79-62 on Monday night to cap one of the most dominating NCAA Tournament runs ever seen.They won all six games by double digits, joining the rare air of great teams such as Michigan State in 2000, Duke in 2001 and North Carolina in 2009. Fans cheer on the campus of Villanova University after the NCAA college basketball national championship game between Villanova and Michigan, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. Villanova won 79-62. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) They won both their Final Four contests by 16 or more, joining the 1968 UCLA team that was in the midst of its 10-title dynasty.They became only the fourth program since UCLA to win two titles in the span of three years — joining Duke (1991-92), Kentucky (1996, 98) and Florida (2006-07).“I knew we were good, but you don’t think we can win this,” said Villanova’s Jay Wright, who became the 14th coach in history to win multiple titles. “It’s a struggle in your mind, up until three minutes to go in the game tonight.”It was over earlier than that.DiVincenzo made it so by scoring nine straight points for his team, capping it with an NBA-range 3 that he punctuated by turning back downcourt and winking toward the TV guys on the sideline.“I did not think I was going to have this kind of night,” he said, “because every night I come into a game, I just try to bring energy.”This story lines that dominated this tournament were all about unpredictability and craziness — all made better by a 98-year-old nun who provided the perfect counterbalance to the win-at-all-costs culturein college basketball. Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt cheered 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago all the way to a spot in the Final Four.March Madness featured the first-ever 16 vs. 1 upset, a pair of No. 9 seeds in the Elite Eight and one region that didn’t advance any of its top four seeds to the Sweet 16. No. 3 seed Michigan became the first team to make the title game without having to play a single team seeded in the top 5.It was madness all right — except when Villanova walked on the court.The top-seeded Wildcats (36-4) won by margins of 26, 23, 12, 12, 16 and 17.They won with great shooting on some nights — the Final Four-record 18 3s in the semifinal against Kansas — great defense on others — holding Texas Tech to 33 percent shooting in the Elite Eight — and, in the finale, a virtuoso performance from a sixth man who, for one magical night, turned Villanova’s brand of team ball into a one-man show.They won by making an NCAA-record 464 3-pointers over the season — putting an official end to the notion that this game must be played from inside out, while perhaps sparking debate as to whether the 3-point line needs to be scooted back.Most importantly, at least in their coach’s estimation, they won not by trying to become one of the best teams in history, but simply by trying to get better every game.“I don’t think these kids will even think that we dominated the tournament,” Wright said. “They’ll just think we played Villanova basketball.”Part of that involves a ferocious competition in the practice gym — the fruits of which have now delivered two more titles to go with the one Rollie Massimino’s team won back in 1985. That one was considered a miracle. These ones were not.That DiVincenzo badly wanted to crack this starting lineup illustrates how deep this team really is.There are no “One-and-Dones” on this roster, but there are a handful of players we’ll be watching in the NBA: Brunson, Mikal Bridges (19 points), Omari Spellman and, quite possibly, DiVincenzo one day.His name won’t show up in any box score from Villanova’s run through the tournament two years ago, but he played as big a role as anyone in bringing that championship back to Philly. He ran the scout team in practice, and legend has it that DiVincenzo did a better job playing the role of Oklahoma star Buddy Hield than Hield did himself.“Sometimes I think about whether I’m a good defender, because in practice, he makes me look bad,” Bridges said.Imagine how Michigan must have felt trying to stop DiVincenzo.Imagine how the rest of college basketball must have felt trying to stop Villanova.___More AP college basketball: ; and read more

Former NFL player Derrick Ramsey appointed new secretary

first_imgDerrick Ramsey (Courtesy Photo)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Kentucky’s Republican governor has appointed former NFL player Derrick Ramsey as secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.Gov. Matt Bevin announced the appointment in a news release on Tuesday. Ramsey will replace former Secretary Hal Heiner, who resigned last month to be appointed to the state Board of Education.Ramsey has been secretary of the Labor Cabinet under Bevin. He was a deputy commerce secretary under former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher and a former athletic director for Kentucky State University and Coppin State University.Ramsey was the first Black starting quarterback for the University of Kentucky football team. He played in the NFL for nine seasons as a tight end. He won the Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders in the 1980 season.last_img read more

Buy or sell? Pirates’ surge puts team in precarious spot

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates pay Felipe Vazquez millions of dollars to close out games. It’s a great way to make a living. It just doesn’t happen to be the All-Star reliever’s favorite thing about his gig. Vazquez’s biggest perk comes in a giddy postgame clubhouse, when “DJ Nightmare” flips on his portable turntable, his teammates throw on masks and one of the National League’s hottest — if most enigmatic — teams lets loose.Over the course of the season, the playlist has changed to better reflect the varying tastes of the group. Some days it’s country. Some days it’s techno. Some days it’s hip-hop. On nights he’s not working — and there’s been little for Vazquez to do during a 13-2 surge that has thrust the Pirates back into the National League playoff picture — he’ll spend the ninth inning mulling his options.“I can’t wait to get in and get going,” Vazquez said on Thursday before the Pirates opened a four-game series against the New York Mets.Or, more importantly, keep it going.Pittsburgh’s longest winning streak in 22 years — an 11-game sprint sandwiching the All-Star break that ended with a loss in Cleveland on Wednesday — placed the Pirates in the middle of a crowded playoff race. Ten NL teams entered Thursday at .500 or better. Five reach the postseason. That’s a densely populated neighborhood, though one that manager Clint Hurdle says “is a better neighborhood than the one we were in.”It also makes the math a little tricky for general manager Neal Huntington, who took responsibility for a six-week swoon that had Pittsburgh sitting at 40-48 heading into its final nine games before the All-Star break. Huntington suggested if there was ever time for an 8-1 run, that was it. And here’s the thing: He got it.Now, a club that looked like a seller at next week’s non-waiver trade deadline could be a buyer. Maybe. Money could be tight. Attendance is down 15 percent from 2017 and 30 percent from 2015, when the Pirates won 98 games to reach the playoffs for the third straight season. Pittsburgh has never been eager to splurge. And yet its recent run didn’t have the hallmarks of a fluke.The Pirates swept Milwaukee and Cincinnati and took two of three from Cleveland and Washington, outscoring them by a combined 80-36. Their 43 runs after the All-Star break are tops in the NL. The starting rotation has a 2.48 ERA since July 8. They trailed for all of two innings during their 11-game streak. The outfield leads the NL in slugging percentage and batting average. First baseman Josh Bell is hitting .444 over his last 10 games. ___More AP baseball: The turnaround has been abrupt and decisive. Now the front office needs to figure out what to do about it. Hold onto veterans like second baseman Josh Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer — both of whom are over 30 and make a combined $17 million with contracts that are close to expiring — or flip them to contenders while looking for prospects under team control into the next decade?“There’s never an easy decision whichever way you go,” said Harrison, the team’s longest-tenured player and one who appeared to be on the trade block a month ago. “It’s not our job to worry about that. It’s an easy job for us if we go out there and win games. It’s easy for everybody. Then again, it’s still not easy.”Hurdle didn’t get too low during a 14-31 slide from May 18-July 7 that turned a solid start into a distant memory. He’s not getting ahead of himself now, either. Results may vary. His belief in the names on the lineup card does not.“The biggest affirmation for me is we have a good club,” Hurdle said. “You can’t just sit back and say, ‘Well, we need to win eight in a row to have a good club. Or we need to win nine series in a row to have a good club.’ No, you’re a good club, go play like it. That’s kind of what they’ve been able to embrace and what they are picking up on as we continue into the season.”Whatever the front office decides to do — or not do — by next Tuesday could have an impact on this season and beyond. There is young talent in third baseman Colin Moran and pitchers Joe Musgrove and Kyle Crick, all of whom arrived in trades that sent franchise cornerstones Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen elsewhere in January. There are reinforcements in the middle infield at Triple-A Indianapolis in Kevin Kramer and Kevin Newman should Mercer or Harrison move on.A year ago, the Pirates put together a 12-2 stretch to get within two games of the wild card on July 21, only to lose six of eight by the deadline and fade away. This group believes it is not that group. Yet the Pirates also know they can’t get caught up looking around the clubhouse wondering who is going to be around in a week.Vazquez would rather work on his postgame playlist instead.“This is what we’re supposed to do,” Vazquez said. “Now, we’re just playing ball.” Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Bell, right, is congratulated by Gregory Polanco after Bell hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)last_img read more

Security upgrade for health service

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Kooweerup Regional Health Service will upgrade its security measures to increase staff and client safety. The recipient…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Corofin Are Connacht Senior Club Champions – Commentary and Reaction

first_imgCorofin have won the Connacht Senior Club Football Title for the third year in a row following their 2-10 to 1-9 win over Ballintubber in Castlebar. After the game, Kevin Dwyer spoke to Corofin manager Kevin O’BrienAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Corofin will play the Ulster Club Champions in the All-Ireland Semi-Finalprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Presented by John MulliganAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Here is another opportunity to hear the Commentary of the game with Ollie Turner, Frank Morris and Kevin Dwyer. Kevin also spoke to Corofin’s Kieran MolloyAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Chelsea lose again as Aguero hits five for City (updated)

first_imgBy Mike CollettChelsea’s early season slump turned into a full-blown crisis on Saturday night when they were beaten 3-1 by Southampton while Manchester City went top of the Premier League with Sergio Aguero scoring five in a 6-1 win over Newcastle United.Southampton’s win at Stamford Bridge meant Chelsea have made their worst start to a season for 37 years and ended the day in 16th place on eight points, 10 behind City who will be top at least until Manchester United play Arsenal on Sunday.City ended their own mini-slump in style, after two successive league defeats, but Chelsea’s dire run continued even though they took an early lead with Willian scoring with a 10th minute free-kick.Southampton hit back with goals from Steven Davis just before halftime, Sadio Mane after 60 minutes and a third from Graziano Pelle 12 minutes later.The defeat prompted an extraordinary response from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who spoke for seven minutes without pause in response to one question from a Sky Sports reporter after the game.Mourinho insisted Chelsea should have had a penalty before Southampton scored their second goal, and said he was not running away from his responsibilities.“I can imagine what people are thinking about what is going to happen or not going to happen,” he said.“Let me be clear: One, I do not run away. Two, if the club want to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away from my responsibility or my team and from my conviction.“Third, even more important than the first and the second, I think this is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if the club sacks me they sack the best manager that this club has had and the message is…that if there are bad results the manager is guilty.”Mourinho strongly criticised referee Robert Madley for not awarding Chelsea a penalty when Radamel Falcao appeared to be brought down by Saints goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg after 53 minutes.“The referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea,” he said, a theme he continued for several more minutes.Saints manager Ronald Koeman said the second half made all the difference after a difficult start: “We were more aggressive than Chelsea and in my opinion we totally deserved the three points today,” he told Sky.AGUERO FIVEWhile Chelsea lost an early lead, the side tipped at the start of the season to be their main title challengers came back from an early Newcastle goal to win convincingly.Aguero scored five times in 20 minutes, including an eight-minute hat-trick, after City appeared to be in danger of a third straight league defeat when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Newcastle ahead in the 18th minute at the Etihad Stadium.The visitors, without a win so far, looked the better team for much of the first half but imploded as Aguero burst into life with goals after 42, 49, 50, 60 and 62 minutes.With Kevin De Bruyne also on target, five of City’s six goals came in a dazzling 13-minute spell.Aguero became only the fifth player in the Premier League era to score five in a game following Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov.But he was denied the chance to become the first to score six when coach Manuel Pellegrini substituted him two minutes after his fifth goal.In the other games, Crystal Palace beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to go third, Stoke City beat Aston Villa 1-0, Leicester City won 2-1 at Norwich City and Sunderland drew 2-2 with West Ham United.last_img read more

National Champs 110m hurdles too close to call

first_img 1. Omar McLeod 2. Ronald Levy 3. Hansle Parchment He proved, two weeks ago, at the JN Racers Grand Prix that he is in fine form when he easily defeated a strong field to win the event in 13.17 seconds. Now high on confidence, he should not be taken lightly. Parchment, the 2012 national champion, has seen his rise to the top being delayed due to injury over the years. This affected him massively last year, but he is slowly getting back to his best, and with a season best of 13.19 seconds done in early June, when winning at a meet in France, he will be eager to show that he is getting back to his best. Despite being defeated twice this season by Levy, Parchment will be hoping to turn the tables on him and McLeod, who dominated against him for the past two years, this time around. The likes of former champion Andrew Riley, Deuce Carter and Tyler Mason will have to improve tremendously if they are to break into the three best, as McLeod, Levy and Parchment are considered the top three in the country at this moment and should fight out the finish. With his blinding early speed, McLeod is given the edge to win, but do not write off a dangerous Levy. Fine form WHEN the semi-final round of the men’s 110m hurdles gets under way at the National Senior Championships inside the National Stadium on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., all eyes will be on Olympic champion Omar McLeod, who will be hoping to win his third National Senior title in a row McLeod, in the past year, has been the top man in the world in the event, and will start favourite to win, but it should not be a cakewalk for him. In new kid on the block, Ronald Levy, and Hansle Parchment, McLeod has two worthy competitors who could spoil his show. With the three fastest times in the world so far, with his 13.01 seconds winning time at the IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, being at the top, McLeod will be eyeing sub-13 seconds. Before the season started, no one had Levy in the mix but after a breakout season so far, the University of Technology student, who is conditioned by Stephen Francis and Brigitte Foster-Hylton has shown that he has the class to do something special and capture his first National Senior title. Only McLeod has gone faster than him this season, when he clocked a personal best of 13.10 seconds to finish second behind McLeod. Levy had problems at hurdles two and four, but was closing fast on McLeod and definitely has a great chance of going all the way if he can keep out of trouble with the barriers. Top-three Prediction:last_img read more

It’s Miller time – Bahamian speedster thrilled with dominant season

first_img Happy with growth Shaunae Miller-Uibo might have earned a nomination for the 2018 IAAF Athlete of the Year Award on the strength of her 200 metre running alone. The 24-year-old Bahamian won the 200 metres at both the Commonwealth Games and the season-ending Continental Cup and dominated the world’s best in four other half -lap races. However, her national record run in the 400 metres is the 2018 performance that she rates the most highly. That came in Monaco on July 20 when she polished off a three race 400 metre campaign with a clocking of 48.97 seconds to edge Bahrani youngster Said El Nasser, who lowered her best to 49.08 seconds. The winning time made the Bahamian the 10th fastest of all time and the 10th woman ever to break the 49 second barrier. She values that accomplishment even more than going undefeated in 2018. “Both were really important to me, but I definitely was happier with breaking the 49-second barrier this year”, she told The Gleaner. “That was a major goal I’ve had set for some years now and to see everything pay off, that’s a major plus for me.” The Monaco duel added to her easy wins in Eugene – 49.52 and Budapest – 49.53, while sweeping away her old personal best of 49.44 seconds, set while falling around the line at the Olympics. It also removed the long-standing Bahamian record, 49.07 seconds, set in 2004 by Tonique Williams-Darling, the first Bahamian to win the one-lap event at the Games. “When the season first started my coach, Lance Brauman, and I discussed going 48 this year, so to accomplish that was a great feeling” shared the 2016 Olympic champion. “I’m getting a better understanding of the event and falling in love with it more and more each time, so I think that marked the true beginning of what I set out to accomplish in the event.” Needless to say, the barrier breaker made her the fastest woman in the world at 400 metres. She also held that position in 2016 and 2017 when her best time was 49.46 seconds. Shericka Jackson, Dina Asher-Smith, and 2015/2017 World Champion Dafne Schippers chased her in vain all season. She essayed a best time of 22.06 seconds to leave Schippers behind in Shanghai. Her slowest final was timed in 22.29 seconds in Rabat when Asher-Smith, the soon-to-be crowned double European champion, was the runner-up. She was one of the stars in Kingston at the Racers Grand Prix, where she beat Jackson in 22.11 seconds. Miller-Uibo also found time to blaze the quickest-ever straight 150 metre time -16.23 seconds – in Boston and to high jump and put the shot at the Bahamian Championship. In addition, as she prepared for the Commonwealth Games in April, she equalled the 300-metres indoor world record of 35.45 seconds on February 5 in New York. Asked what was the most important factor that led to such a good season, she said in a statement, “My coach and I worked on getting a little stronger, but we also worked on a new race model, which is still a work in progress.” The IAAF awards will be presented in Monaco early next month.last_img read more

Presentations on possible effect of oil and gas activity on ground and surface water

first_imgDr. Wendling plans to discuss how groundwater moves between aquifers, and how drilling and fracking could impact aquifers and watersheds in northeast B.C.He will first present in Fort St. John tonight, January 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn Northern Grand, and then in Hudson’s Hope on Wednesday, January 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the curling rink. After his Hudson’s Hope stop, there will be a discussion of an offer by a chemistry professor from the University of Alberta to analyze gas in domestic well water. Dr. K. Muehlenbachs proposes an “isotopic” analysis, which could document changes if a well has gassy water.- Advertisement –last_img