Steelers’ steady offensive line thriving despite injuries

first_imgMaurkice Pouncey (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ There are few things the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive linemen dread more than a video session with position coach Mike Munchak _ who also happens to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his work with the Houston Oilers from 1982-93 _ when things don’t go well.It’s not that Munchak is a bad person. He just has a way of getting his point across that well, his players would rather avoid.“You don’t want to be the guy on film getting beat,” guard David DeCastro said. “You don’t want to be the guy that misses his assignment.”And for the most part, the Steelers haven’t even though All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey hasn’t played a snap since August after injuring his left ankle and left tackle Kelvin Beachum’s season ended in October after injuring his left knee against Arizona.Yet Pittsburgh (6-4) is fifth in the league in rushing and even though the Steelers have allowed 23 sacks _ tied with Denver for 14th most _ that number is skewed.Nearly a third of that total came during backup quarterback Michael Vick’s two starts as the backup quarterback held onto the ball rather than force a throw downfield he wasn’t sure he should make.While it’s hardly perfect, it’s “above the line” to borrow one of coach Mike Tomlin’s pet phrases. Cody Wallace has been solid filling in for Pouncey while rapidly developing Alejandro Villanueva _ a former Army Ranger _ is getting better by the week.In a way, the long-term injuries have actually given Wallace and Villanueva time to get comfortable. They understand they’re not just holding a spot, but starters for the balance of the season. Villanueva is taking extra time to meet with Munchak, often stopping by the team’s facility on Tuesdays _ typically a day off for players _ to go over the finer points of the job.“Al’s a real prideful guy and he’s not going to let us down,” guard Ramon Foster said.Spending all of 2014 on the practice squad as he finished the transition from defensive to offensive line helped. So did absorbing what he could during position meetings. Villanueva’s attention to detail at a position that demands precision is paying off.“Obviously we didn’t expect him to start this year, but it shows you the guy prepared and has confidence in himself,” Munchak said. “Every Sunday is a new experience for him. He sees something that he hasn’t seen.”And yet Villanueva has maintained his poise. So has Wallace, who made all of six starts in his first six seasons in the league before stepping in for Pouncey.While Wallace says he’s not quite the physical marvel Pouncey is, Munchak has refused to use that as an excuse to make too many modifications in blocking schemes. The Steelers still pull Wallace on some run calls and he’s worked diligently to develop a rapport with starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.When Roethlisberger was forced to play basically on one foot against Cleveland two weeks ago after fill-in Landry Jones went down with an ankle injury, Wallace and Villanueva were integral parts of a performance that helped keep Roethlisberger upright in a 30-9 romp.“It’s all about communication,” Foster said. “We’re not sliding over to help anybody out. Everybody has their job and we trust them to do that no matter who is out there.”That sense of duty faces a significant test on Sunday when the Steelers travel to Seattle (5-5). Pittsburgh has struggled playing out West in recent years and execution will be at a premium as it tries to maintain its spot atop the wild-card standings in the AFC.“We have to be on point,” Foster said. “There can’t be any false starts or anything like that … it’s on us to make sure we give Ben and our skill guys a chance to make plays.”___AP NFL website: and read more

Swans skittled, but proud

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Cardinia crime spree

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice Residents are growing increasingly frustrated by the rising rate of break-ins, car thefts and vandalism. Brazen thieves have stolen or…[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

Still far from peak, Gabayni excited to learn more from Codiñera

first_imgWith region catching up, full force PH squad needed says Uichico Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Luckily, Gabayni has Codiñera, one of the best defensive stoppers in the PBA during his heyday, on his side to guide him along the way and teach him to further improve his craft.“Having coach Jerry with me, I think I can learn a lot from him. He’s the ‘Defense Minister,’ and he’s not just a big man coach. I’m looking forward to learning more from him in Arellano,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government But this stellar showing from Gabayni was no miracle, as the 23-year-old big man made the most of the chances given to him.“I told myself to just be ready even though I wasn’t used that much in the eliminations and the semifinals. I know the time will come when I can show what I can do for the team,” he said. “And when my time came, I just gave it my all to help our team win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIt may just be the silver lining Racal needs to move forward, but Gabayni believes that he’s still far from his top form.“I know what I did still wasn’t enough because I know that I still can improve. And I won’t stop until I get to where I want to be,” he said. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelycenter_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRacal wound up on the losing end in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals, but coach Jerry Codiñera should be proud seeing Joseph Gabayni regain his old form in the championship series.Posting a measly 1.9 points and 2.2 rebounds prior to Game 2 of the championship series, the Arellano transferee racked up 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, and 1.0 assist in the final two games of the conference and provided ample help for the Tile Masters in the title clash against Cignal-San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

KRU suspends Jalang’o, Omondi resigns

first_img“The KRU Board received the forensic audit by PKF Consulting and pursuant to the Board Minutes of 20th October, 2014, the Board has suspended vice-chairman Phillip Jalang’o with immediate effect.“The suspension, pending a resolution of the Special General Meeting (of) the KRU, is based on results of the PKF forensic audit which has been ongoing since January this year. The report was tabled at the board meeting of 29th April.“The KRU also announces the resignation of Eddie Omondi as Hon Secretary to the KRU with immediate effect,” a statement from the Union signed by chairman, Richard Omwela read.Speaking to Capital Sport, Jalang’o termed his suspension unprocedural terming it a manifestation of power play at the helm of the sport.“The suspension letter does not explain due course for the action and it is just the politics going on at KRU.“They did not cite which part of the constitution the suspension is based on and it does not even allow fellow board members to take such action against another,” Jalang’o explained.He produced a copy of the court judgment delivered by High Court Judge, Justice Isaac Lenaola that overturned his suspension by immediate former chairman, Mwangi Muthee in 2013 that read in part, “The decision to suspend him (Jalang’o) was in contravention of Articles 10.8 and 10.2.2 of the Union’s Constitution.“Was in breach of Article 27 of the Constitution (of Kenya 2010) which guarantee the equality and freedom from discrimination; was in breach of Article 35 (2) of the Constitution which provides for the right of correction or deletion of misleading or untrue of misleading information that affects the person.”Lenaola further ruled KRU board members had no right to suspend one of their own, they could only recommend sanctions that could only be ratified by a Special General Meeting in the case of the Union.“The suspension of the Petitioner in his capacity of board member of the Kenya Rugby Union was illegal and void ab initional and in breach of Article 47 of the Constitution; and“A declaration that the action of the respondents (Muthee and former secretary Jack Okoth) in this cause violated the Petitioner’s constitutional rights under Articles 35 (1) (b) and (2), 47 and 50 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya,” the Judge wrote in his ruling dated July 4, 2014.Jalang’o was subsequently re-elected as vice-chair in the election of April 2014 but in light of the latest development, he disclosed to Capital Sport he would wait for his hearing during the SGM set for June 4 as opposed to challenging his latest suspension in court.“After the last judgement, the same thing has happened again and when matters are taken politically, the best thing is dealing with them politically since again, no cause has been shown,” he added.He accused his detractors as officials bent on propagating the image of the sport as an elitist affair opposed to his efforts of taking it in the grassroots.-Embezzling funds-Last year’s Safaricom 7s were shrouded in controversy when some directors at the Union were accused of embezzling funds and awarding supply contracts to their cronies.Safaricom were the first to take decisive action on the first day of this month when they severed all contracts with KRU to sponsor the annual premier sevens international invitational event as well as the domestic sevens series with Bamburi widely said to be following suit for the 15s franchise event.“Over the years, we have closely monitored the events of the Union and heightened our growing concerns with the lack of transparency and accountability of certain members of the Board whose actions have brought the game to disrepute; a situation which jeopardises the Safaricom brand and which makes our continued sponsorship impossible,” a statement by Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore serving a 30-day notice that lapses Thursday to ditch all KRU events read in part.Jalang’o and Omondi were not up for election in March when Omwela reclaimed the chair after losing it to Muthee four years ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, April 30- The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) board has cracked the whip on two perceived errant directors with the the suspension of vice-chairman, Phillip Jalang’o and resignation of Secretary Eddie Omondi with immediate effect on Thursday.The two officials were adversely cited in an audit into last year’s Safaricom Sevens and Bamburi Rugby Super Series scandals where they were implicated in financial impropriety in awarding service contracts and procurement.last_img read more

Yaya Toure is not irreplaceable for Manchester City, claims McGuinness

first_imgtalkSPORT’s man in Manchester, Dom McGuinness, says Yaya Toure is no longer irreplaceable for Man City, something that could explain his recent pledge to stay at the club after a summer of rocking the boat.Toure’s agent sparked speculation over his future just days after City lifted the Premier League title in May, telling talkSPORT the powerhouse midfeidler was ‘very upset’ with the club after they failed to celebrate his birthday.The 41-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and – more recently – to Manchester rivals United, but the Ivorian instead revealed he would honour his contract at the Etihad Stadium.And, asked about Toure’s future, McGuinness told the Sunday Scoreboard: “He’s probably going to be stuck where he is whether he likes it or not.“Yaya’s in a situation now at 31 where maybe those big moves that were mooted a while ago aren’t going to happen, so then what can he do? That’s probably why there has been the big turnaround”.The power is now firmly in the Manchester club’s hands, according to McGuinness, with Toure not irreplaceable given City’s plans to further strengthen this summer as well as their financial muscle.“He is a key player and a unique player, with the way he can pop up and score so many goals. He’s a very very special player, but of course, there isn’t anyone that can’t be replaced in some shape or form.“He’s not so unique as to keep peddling stories with his agent suggesting moves, suggesting he’s not happy and expect that the club will always stand by him.“With Manchester City’s power financially and the fact that they have a fantastic squad already that will be added too, there comes a point, so he’s replaceable.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho Jr signs for Championship side Fulham

first_img Jose Mourinho Jr: The 16-year-old goalkeeper has penned a two-year contract 1 Jose Mourinho’s teenage son, Jose junior, has revealed he has signed a scholarship deal with Sky Bet Championship club Fulham.The 16-year-old, a goalkeeper who has previously featured for both Chelsea and Real Madrid’s youth teams – clubs managed by his father, said he has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with Fulham.“Proud to say that I signed my two-year scholarship deal with Fulham FC… Thank you to everyone who supported me, I’ll make you proud,” Mourinho junior said on Instagram next to a picture of him signing the paperwork.Manchester United boss Mourinho is busy preparing for his first season in charge at Old Trafford after signing a three-year deal to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of May.center_img Proud to say I just signed my two-year deal with Fulham FC… ❤️— José Mourinho Jr. (@FFC_JM) June 30, 2016last_img read more

Chelsea v Everton live stream and confirmed line-ups

first_img1 Antonio Conte’s Chelsea host struggling Everton in the Carabao Cup CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE CHELSEA v EVERTON COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT 2, KICK-OFF 19:45It’s a battle of the Blues at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup as Chelsea host managerless Everton in the fourth round.The Toffees head to London in their first game since the departure of Ronald Koeman on Monday and caretaker boss David Unsworth will be looking for a positive response as he bids to become the next permanent manager.Antonio Conte’s team bounced back from a poor run of results on the weekend, with a thrilling 4-2 win over Watford, and the reigning Premier League champions will hope to keep up the momentum.  N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses are missing for the home side for Wednesday night’s fixture and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye will also spectate from afar thanks to his suspension following Sunday’s red card.So who gets to start in this important cup tie? The confirmed teams can be seen, in full, below…Chelsea XI: Caballero; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Ampadu, Kenedy, Willian, Batshuayi, Musonda.Substitutes: Eduardo, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Scott, Fabregas, Pedro, MorataEverton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Williams, Jagielka,Baines, Davies, Baningime, McCarthy, Lennon, Rooney, MirallasSubstitutes: Robles, Keane, Sigurdsson, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Lookmanlast_img read more

Govt, business to partner on delivery

first_img22 May 2013 The South African government and business are set to work together to improve service delivery, with a major announcement of capacity-building partnerships between business and municipalities expected to be made in August. This was announced by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi during his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. Baloyi said that business formations were polishing their offers for massive engagements to enhance the capacity of municipalities to deliver better services. A major launch of partnerships between municipalities and business organisations is due to take place in August. Some of these partnerships will address basic service delivery through turn-key initiatives to deliver water, sanitation and electricity. Business Unity South Africa has also offered to partner with municipalities. The organisation will assist in local economic development, with private companies being mobilised to support local government; energy and climate change; capacity-building to improve service delivery; public and private partnerships; and the promotion of good governance. Already, Absa Bank has committed itself to focus on developing effective financial skills for local government managers, on promoting effective and transparent procurements, and on leadership building in affordable housing. Baloyi said his department, in partnership with the Department of Higher Education, would soon launch a programme to improve the skills of councilors and traditional leaders. Details of this project will also be made known in August. On the fight against corruption, Baloyi said his department was finalising an agreement between the Local Government Inspectorate and the Special Investigations Unit. The department had also recommitted itself to its Local Government Turnaround Strategy Budget as a roadmap for effective support to the local sphere. Reflecting on the results of this strategy, Baloyi said a number of provinces were pushing hard towards achieving a clean audit by 2014. Source: read more

Java: A Retrospective

first_imgIt was 1995 and C++ was the language of choice for building large-scalesoftware systems. C++ was a powerful object-oriented programming language, thesuccessor of widely used procedural language called C. But not only was C++powerful, it was also quite complicated. Seasoned programmers enjoyed the intricacies andthe possibilities, but newbies would get burned after the firstmishandled copy constructor. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Then there were the libraries. Java’s libraries made a huge impactbecause they shifted developer focus from worrying about the infrastructureto worrying about the application. Some of the earlier Java librariestruly set the bar for innovation, flexibility and utility. For example,the JavaBeans framework showed that component development can be easy(unlike COM and ActiveX). And the collections framework delivered reusable and extensiblestandard data structures and algorithms.But probably the most important thing that Java taught many of us was to thinkabout interfaces. The power of any object-oriented language is abstraction, and by emphasizingthe interface, Java brought that power forward. Debunking the inheritance myth, Javanamed the interface to be a king of object-oriented programming.Java’s Enterprise AmbitionsAs Java’s popularity grew, so did the ambitions of its creators. Sun wantedJava everywhere: on the web, on the desktop, on mobiles and in theenterprise. The enterprise market looked particularly attractive because Sunwould have the opportunity to sell its servers as well.Thus was born J2EE – a powerful infrastructure for building large-scale enterpriseapplications. Unfortunately, unlike the earlier Java libraries J2EE wasquite complicated and even rather cumbersome. Nevertheless J2EE gave rise to numerousstandards, including probably the most important one –the modern application server. In a rather unexpected turn of eventscompetitors like BEA, IBM, Oracle and Sun converged to create a set of standardsthat benefited first and foremost, the customers. All this was accomplishedthough the Java Community Process (JCP) – an industry round tablefor generating standard Java specifications.The Java Community ProcessSince its early days, the software community has lacked standards.In the 1980s and early 1990s consulting companies made a fortune buildingadapters that transformed output from one application into the input for another.Among the remarkable things that Sun managed to do with Java was introduce a process for generating industry-wide standards.In a brilliant move, Sun shared its baby with everyone by inviting peopleto participate in the Java Community Process. The process consisted ofphases, starting with the introduction of a new specification. If the need was established and approved,the draft and review phase focused on generating the first version of the spec and doing a public review.Anyone could provide feedback during the process, and then a group of authors would incorporate it into the draft.IBM Hijacks Java With EclipseSun has done many wonderful things with Java, but it also fell short at a few critical moments in history.First, it was a shame when Java was running faster on Windows than on Solaris. Their case for selling Sparcs asmachines optimized for Java fell through. Sun recovered, but too late for people to buy into the benefits. Next,Sun did not develop a serious Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE) until late in the game. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The problem with politics, though, is that it’s the people that get hurt, not the politicians. The fact is thatAJAX, which has received a ton of positive press over the past couple of years, is a hacky, inelegant technology that pales in comparison to what exists in Java.If Java was part of the browser, it could manipulate HTML/DOM in exactly the same way that JavaScript does. But with Javawe would get a first class programming language, a set of standards, robust libraries and a wide range of development tools.Alas, that’s not to be.ConclusionThe first decade of Java is a history of rapid rise and wide adoption.It is also a history of political battles and wrong choices made for the sake ofmarketing.It is difficult to justify using inferior languages and tools to develop modern software.Java has come a long way and to throw it away would be a big mistake. Before inventing new languagesand re-inventing new ways of doing things, the industry should pause and re-think the fate of Java in the browser.This is sure to be a contentious post with people falling on both sides of the fence. Please, do not hold back, bare it all! Let’s have some great discussion on this issue – leave your thoughts in the comments below. Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#web Enter Java – a language of great elegance, power and, most importantly,simplicity. Designed by James Gosling and his team at Sun Microsystems,Java became a phenomenon that won hearts and minds, changed the rulesof enterprise programming and seriously wounded Microsoft. Yet despiteits glory, Java lost one of the most important battles – the battlefor the web browser. In this post we look at what happened to Java inthe last decade, from its glorious rise, to market politics, to the battlefor the browser.The Beauty Of JavaThe first great thing about the core Java language was that it wassimple. The creators of the language made assumptions and compromises and decidedto take away some power from programmers, but the benefits by far outweighedthe limitations. The second great thing was the virtual machine. To make a C++program run on another platform required a lot of effort. Java programs, on the other hand, wereportable automatically. alex iskold 1 IBM took advantage of this mistake and released a product ironically called Eclipse. This open source IDEallowed IBM to not only take over the basic development shell, but also release and distribute its own version of Java.IBM then made another clever move: it added standard development applications includingtesting tools, profiling tools, version control, etc. to Eclipse. And all of this it gave away free. With this move, IBM effectivelycornered the developer tools market and cleared the path for selling more Web Spheres (IBM Application Servers) and Blades(IBM Servers).Java Loses The Desktop And The BrowserJust like IBM out-maneuvered Sun, so did Microsoft. Microsoft has long maintained that Java is slow.Perhaps it was in the early days, but certainly that is no longer true. In fact, in most cases it runs as fast asnative applications because of just in time compilation and various other optimizations. But Microsoft stuck to itsguns, saying continuously that Java was slow, and added that Java user interfaces were also poor.The image above is from Swing, written by Information Laboratory in 2003, and shows that Swing can draw its UI with thousands of objects.Unfortunately for Java its first UI toolkit, AWT, was indeed not up to par. Eventually Sun came out with Swing,which was a superb UI framework; much faster than its predecessor and capable of creating the same kind of applications as Microsoft’s tools.However, the myth had already been spread and middle management throughout the country trumpeted Microsoft’s tune:Java was not good for the desktop.And then there was the applet fiasco. Java applicationswhere little applets that everyone grew to hate, thanks to their initial slowness and later inertia. Because of people’s hatred for applets,Java lost the battle for being the programming language inside the browser.That loss is huge, given that the web isbecoming more and more ubiquitous. What’s sad is that Java lost to JavaScript (which has nothing to do with Java) and Flash –both inferior programming languages. The irony, of course, is that Java started with the web in mind.The Cost Of Language PoliticsThere are great lessons to be learned from Java’s story. The first is the lesson of simplicity and elegance.Java taught us that software can be simple to write. But another side of the Java story is about politics. Java won over people’s hearts and mindsand that alone made it a desirable target. IBM and Microsoft, both companies that have controlled dominant programminglanguages at different times in their histories, understood the value of Java and went after it.IBM executed perfectly. Microsoft pushed as hard as it could to block Java from the desktop and from the browserand succeeded. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more