Stable Steelers arrive in style for training camp

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown gets out of his custom Steelers-themed Rolls Royce as he arrives for NFL football training camp at the team’s training facility in Latrobe, Pa., Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Antonio Brown couldn’t say no. How often does Rolls-Royce ask if you would like to ride to work in a $500,000 car?So the All-Pro receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers relaxed in the back seat on Saturday while his brother Desmond carefully maneuvered the Phantom — wrapped in a design replete with Brown’s signature scrawled across the doors, the Steelers logo on the sideview mirrors and a pair of gold stripes running right down the middle from end to end — to the dorm at Saint Vincent College as the team reported for training camp.It was a far cry from Brown’s first summer as a pro in 2010, when he arrived in something more befitting a then-largely unknown sixth-round pick.“I’ve come a long way from a Jeep Wrangler,” he said with a laugh.Brown’s choice of transportation also brings to mind the team that issues his paycheck. Rolls-Royce’s way of doing business hasn’t changed much since the company was founded in 1904. Same for the Steelers, who value continuity perhaps more than any other team in the NFL.This summer is the franchise’s 50th at the small school about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh. The group that checked in on Saturday looks largely like the one that walked off the field following a wild-card loss to Baltimore in January.For every significant departure — including Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and safety Troy Polamalu — there was a corresponding move that reinforced the core the Steelers believe can lead them to a seventh Super Bowl title in the near future.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signed a lengthy contract extension in March. Defensive end Cameron Heyward inked a new deal last week. Pittsburgh locked down coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert through 2018 in the final 48 hours before the doors at Saint Vincent opened.“That’s stability,” guard Ramon Foster said.And also validation from the Rooney family that the team is on the upswing following a pair of 8-8 seasons in 2012 and 2013 that evolved into a promising 2014 in which the Steelers went 11-5 and won the AFC North title behind an offense ranked second in the NFL.“That’s last year,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “I wish we could live in the past but we’ve got to go out and prove it again this year or (people) are going to talk bad about us.”There are issues Tomlin wants addressed before the season opener in New England on Sept. 10, including restoring some of the bite to a pass rush that has been fickle at best in recent years. One thing he won’t have to worry about is Brown’s commitment.The 27-year-old showed up on time and happy despite concerns he would stay home and ask for a hefty raise after leading the NFL in receptions and yards receiving last season.Rather than engage management in a staring contest, Brown — who has three years remaining on the $42.5 million deal he agreed to in 2012 — made an entrance that could hardly be called understated. While his contract looks like one of the league’s best bargains as he reaches his prime, Brown isn’t in the mood to mar what he hopes will be a special year.“Holdouts never go well,” he said. “If you study history of guys who hold out, they always end bad. I’m in a blessed position. I make a lot of money. I pull up to camp in Rolls Royces.”Brown will get to enjoy his swagged-out wheels a little longer than usual. The Steelers will be at Saint Vincent for an extra week this year after being chosen to play in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 9 against Minnesota. Pittsburgh will use the extra time to bring younger players such as rookie defensive backs Senquez Golson, Doran Grant and Jarrod Holliman up to speed.For the better part of five decades, the Steelers rode their defense to prominence and championships. The balance of power has swung decisively to the other side of the ball. Look no further than the swarm around Brown as he checked in, while veteran linebacker James Harrison walked by almost unnoticed.Brown welcomes the added attention and the burden that comes along with it.“We have to take it further,” he said. “The pressure is on for us to be better.”NOTES: Pouncey (sprained foot), Golson (shoulder), OT Mike Adams (back), QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder) and LB Shawn Lemon (Achilles) will start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. … RB Le’Veon Bell says he has “no idea” when or if the appeal on his three-game suspension following his arrest on DUI and drug charges last August will be heard. … Heyward said he and his wife, Allie, are expecting their first child in November.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL,LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Antonio Brown couldn’t say no. How often does Rolls-Royce ask if you would like to ride to work in a $500,000 car?So the All-Pro receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers relaxed in the back seat on Saturday while his brother Desmond carefully maneuvered the Phantom — wrapped in a design replete with Brown’s signature scrawled across the doors, the Steelers logo on the sideview mirrors and a pair of gold stripes running right down the middle from end to end — to the dorm at Saint Vincent College as the team reported for training camp.It was a far cry from Brown’s first summer as a pro in 2010, when he arrived in something more befitting a then-largely unknown sixth-round pick.“I’ve come a long way from a Jeep Wrangler,” he said with a laugh.Brown’s choice of transportation also brings to mind the team that issues his paycheck. Rolls-Royce’s way of doing business hasn’t changed much since the company was founded in 1904. Same for the Steelers, who value continuity perhaps more than any other team in the NFL.This summer is the franchise’s 50th at the small school about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh. The group that checked in on Saturday looks largely like the one that walked off the field following a wild-card loss to Baltimore in January.For every significant departure — including Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and safety Troy Polamalu — there was a corresponding move that reinforced the core the Steelers believe can lead them to a seventh Super Bowl title in the near future.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signed a lengthy contract extension in March. Defensive end Cameron Heyward inked a new deal last week. Pittsburgh locked down coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert through 2018 in the final 48 hours before the doors at Saint Vincent opened.“That’s stability,” guard Ramon Foster said.And also validation from the Rooney family that the team is on the upswing following a pair of 8-8 seasons in 2012 and 2013 that evolved into a promising 2014 in which the Steelers went 11-5 and won the AFC North title behind an offense ranked second in the NFL.“That’s last year,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “I wish we could live in the past but we’ve got to go out and prove it again this year or (people) are going to talk bad about us.”There are issues Tomlin wants addressed before the season opener in New England on Sept. 10, including restoring some of the bite to a pass rush that has been fickle at best in recent years. One thing he won’t have to worry about is Brown’s commitment.The 27-year-old showed up on time and happy despite concerns he would stay home and ask for a hefty raise after leading the NFL in receptions and yards receiving last season.Rather than engage management in a staring contest, Brown — who has three years remaining on the $42.5 million deal he agreed to in 2012 — made an entrance that could hardly be called understated. While his contract looks like one of the league’s best bargains as he reaches his prime, Brown isn’t in the mood to mar what he hopes will be a special year.“Holdouts never go well,” he said. “If you study history of guys who hold out, they always end bad. I’m in a blessed position. I make a lot of money. I pull up to camp in Rolls Royces.”Brown will get to enjoy his swagged-out wheels a little longer than usual. The Steelers will be at Saint Vincent for an extra week this year after being chosen to play in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 9 against Minnesota. Pittsburgh will use the extra time to bring younger players such as rookie defensive backs Senquez Golson, Doran Grant and Jarrod Holliman up to speed.For the better part of five decades, the Steelers rode their defense to prominence and championships. The balance of power has swung decisively to the other side of the ball. Look no further than the swarm around Brown as he checked in, while veteran linebacker James Harrison walked by almost unnoticed.Brown welcomes the added attention and the burden that comes along with it.“We have to take it further,” he said. “The pressure is on for us to be better.”NOTES: Pouncey (sprained foot), Golson (shoulder), OT Mike Adams (back), QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder) and LB Shawn Lemon (Achilles) will start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. … RB Le’Veon Bell says he has “no idea” when or if the appeal on his three-game suspension following his arrest on DUI and drug charges last August will be heard. … Heyward said he and his wife, Allie, are expecting their first child in November.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Zone change for Paky hard rubbish

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2016 Flat Owner Championship Goes Down to the Wire

first_imgDonnacha O’Brien to be Crowned Champion Apprentice Rider Pat Smullen was first crowned Champion Jockey in 2000 and he heads the list for the ninth time this year. He is on-course to better his 2014 tally of 108 winners and will certainly count his Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby success on Harzand as the highlight of his domestic season. He also enjoyed notable success with Fascinating Rock, Shamreen and Zhukova. For the second successive year, Smullen looks set to beat Colin Keane into second place in the title race.Donnacha O’Brien (18) is another to enjoy a tremendous season and in just his third season riding has captured the Champion Apprentice title. Closing in on 50 winners, Donnacha is clear of Gary Halpin, Killian Leonard and his sister Ana in the table. The standout moment of his season was undoubtedly his first Group 1 success which came at the Curragh on Longines Irish Champions Weekend where he won the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Intricately, trained by his brother, Joseph. For good measure, the filly was bred by their mother, Annemarie. Donnacha also won a listed race and a Group 3 race on Order Of St George during the season. The 2016 Flat season draws to a close at Leopardstown on Saturday, October 29th, and the day will be marked by presentations to the champion owner, trainer, jockey and apprentice. Aidan O’Brien to Retain Champion Trainer Title The title of Champion Owner looks set to go right down to the wire with Mrs Sue Magnier holding the slenderest of leads over HH The Aga Khan. Part-owner of the brilliant Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes winner Alice Springs and the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes winner Caravaggio, Mrs Magnier is bidding for her 14th owners’ title since 2000. HH The Aga Khan lies in a close second place in the current standings and he counts the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Harzand and Longines Irish Champions Weekend winner, Shamreen among his big winners.Aidan O’Brien is once again the Champion Flat Trainer. The fillies Minding and Found were his big prize-money winners during another tremendous season for Ballydoyle. O’Brien saddled Seventh Heaven to win the Darley Irish Oaks while he also enjoyed Group 1 success with the two-year-olds Churchill and Caravaggio. His other domestic Group 1 winner in 2016 was Alice Springs who won the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Pat Smullen Set to Win Ninth Champion Jockey title print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Central Arkansas Named Favorite to Win 2014 Southland Volleyball Title

first_img Abilene Christian The Sugar Bears claimed their second consecutive regular-season title last year and fourth in the past five years, going 29-4 overall and 18-0 within conference play. UCA captured its second conference tournament championship, returning to the NCAA tournament for only the second time in school history. The Sugar Bears own a 59-9 cumulative record over the past two seasons, which is the second most wins of any NCAA Division I volleyball program over the last two years. This season UCA returns four starters, including first-team all-conference selections Heather Schnars and Alicia Dittrich. Last season, the Sugar Bears led the conference in hitting percentage (.253), assists per set (13.15), kills per set (13.92) and service aces per set (1.62). The Sugar Bears were 17th nationally in aces per set, 30th in assists per set, 34th in hitting percentage and 42nd in kills per set. UCA received eight first-place votes from the coaches and 10 first-place nods from the SIDs to earn a total of 140 points in both the coaches’ poll and the SID poll. ACU and UIW are in their second year of transition from Division II and will be ineligible for postseason play. COACHES POLL 8. 6. 61 118 Lamar 11. PTS School (first-place votes) Central Arkansas (8) 10. 140 94 4. Northwestern State (5) 8. Nicholls Rk. 11. New Orleans Texas A&M-Corpus Christi In both the coaches’ poll and the SID poll, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was selected to finish third after receiving 118 total points from the coaches and 117 from the SIDs. The Islanders recorded a program best 13-5 conference record in 2013. A&M-Corpus Christi returns seven players from a season ago, including first-team all-conference selection Ivy Baresh. 12 106 1. UIW received 69 points from the coaches for the seventh spot followed by McNeese with 67 points, Lamar with 61 points and Southeastern Louisiana with 49 points to complete the top 10. Abilene Christian was selected 11th with 36 points, Nicholls 12th with 28 points and New Orleans picked up 12 points to finish 13th. 6t. 48 7. Northwestern State (3) 2. Sam Houston State Southeastern Louisiana 66 12. 1. 12 Rk. 135 Houston Baptist 12. 6t. 105 Central Arkansas (10) 5. 117 Nicholls 13. Stephen F. Austin 99 140 Lamar was selected eighth in the SID poll with 66 points followed by UIW in ninth with 62 points. Southeastern Louisiana received 48 points to round out the top 10. Abilene Christian was selected 11th with 40 points, Nicholls 12th with 27 points and New Orleans received 12 points to complete the SID poll. 13. 3. The 2014 Southland volleyball season begins Aug. 29 with conference play beginning Sept. 23. The conference tournament will be held Nov. 21-23 at Prather Coliseum on the campus of Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La.  The championship match will be carried exclusively on ESPN3. In addition, quarterfinals and semifinal games of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org and on the league’s Apple and Android mobile and tablet apps.2014 Southland Conference Volleyball Preseason Polls PTS 3. McNeese State 10. 2. 49 Southeastern Louisiana Northwestern State, which finished second in the regular-season standings last season, has been picked second by both the coaches and SIDs. The Lady Demons are coming off a season in which they had the most overall wins (21), conference wins (15), highest conference finish (second), and highest RPI (98) in Northwestern State history. Finishing last season 21-12 overall and 15-3 in conference play, it was Northwestern State’s first back-to-back 20-win season in program history. The Lady Demons return all seven starters, including Libero of the Year Keelie Arneson, Freshman of the Year Ashley Elrod and first-team all-conference selection Stacey DiFrancesco. The Lady Demons received five first-place votes from the coaches and the final three first-place votes from the SIDs to give them a total of 135 points in the coaches’ poll and a total of 132 points in the SID poll. McNeese State 69 Houston Baptist Stephen F. Austin FRISCO, Texas – Two-time defending regular-season and conference tournament champion Central Arkansas has been picked to win the 2014 Southland Conference regular-season championship in polls conducted by the league’s coaches and sports information directors, the conference announced Thursday. UIW 132 School (first-place votes) 103 UIW 81 36 Lamar 67 9. 5. 62 In the coaches’ poll, Sam Houston State (106 points) was picked to finish fourth followed by Stephen F. Austin (99) fifth and Houston Baptist (94) sixth. The SIDs chose the Bearkats (105) to finish fourth and the Ladyjacks (103) fifth followed by a tie for sixth with the Huskies (81) and McNeese State (81). Sam Houston State 81 4. 28 40 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 27 9. SID POLL New Orleans Abilene Christianlast_img read more