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Sage advice from Pacman Jones

first_imgn this June 12, 2013 photo, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones rests during the NFL football team’s minicamp in Cincinnati. Photo / AP – Al Behrman, FileBengals cornerback Adam Jones, the player formerly known as Pacman, isn’t talking about the issues facing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell except to say that he disagrees with some things.Goodell suspended him for the 2007 season and again for six more games. Jones also sat out the 2009 season when nobody gave him a call before going to work for Cincinnati.But Jones has talked with incoming players at the league’s rookie symposium. He says his advice is simple is for rookies: be careful with their choices and decisions because each is his own corporation.And when the NFL is taken away, it’s gone.“No one is going to be calling your phone and all that, so enjoy the time now and make good decisions and get all the money you can while you can get it,” Jones said. “When the checks stop coming in, they stop coming in.”http://www.sportsinteraction.com___SANU CAN FLING IT: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu has one of the best arms in the NFL. And he doesn’t even warm up before he shows it off.Sanu took a pitch from Andy Dalton and completed a 50-yard pass down the sideline to Brandon Tate during Cincinnati’s 24-10 win over the Falcons on Sunday. That left Sanu 3 for 3 in his career for 148 yards and a touchdown with a perfect passer rating of 158.8.Coach Marvin Lewis expects completions out of his receiver.“Every time he lines up to throw one,” Lewis said. “He’s got great ability.”Sanu was a quarterback in high school and threw out of wildcat formations at Rutgers. The Bengals took him in the third round in 2012 in part because of his versatility. He threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green as a rookie and completed a 25-yard pass last season.“You’ve just got to have that confidence in yourself to be able to make that throw,” Sanu said. “It’s just excitement when you know you get to make a big play for the offense.”His pass on Sunday was his most impressive. Sanu delivered the ball between two defenders, hitting Tate right along the sideline.“It was a perfect throw,” Tate said.And it was unrehearsed. Sanu doesn’t throw before the game because he doesn’t want to tip off the opposition.“He doesn’t even warm up!” Dalton said. “You just kind of get it to him and let him throw.”___CHALLENGING: Maybe the coaches’ challenge system is overrated. It certainly hasn’t been overused this season.Through two weeks of the schedule, there have been just two challenges – and both failed.Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy made his 70th career challenge against the New York Jets in last week’s Packers victory. The play was upheld by replay.Bill O’Brien made his first challenge as an NFL coach in Houston’s opener against Washington and also got it wrong.According to SportsInteraction.com, which tracks coaches’ challenges, Denver’s John Fox has made the most challenges since he became a head coach in Carolina in 2002, 110. Next is the Giants’ Tom Coughlin with 102, followed by New England’s Bill Belichick with 95 and Kansas City’s Andy Reid with 89.Fox has won only 40 of those challenges. Indeed, of those four frequent red-flag throwers, Reid comes closest to breaking even at 43-46. Coughlin is 49-53 and Belichick is 39-56.Baltimore’s John Harbaugh has the best success percentage at 47.619, while Carolina’s Ron Rivera has the worst at 25 percent, going 3 for 12.The small number of challenges thus far in 2014 can be attributed in part to the extension in recent years of what automatically gets reviewed, including all turnovers and all scoring plays.___TOP HIGH SCHOOL: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has 10 players in the league, tops among prep schools as of the opening of the season.In all, NFL players attended 1,376 high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia, six countries and two U.S. territories (American Samoa and U.S. Virgin Islands).The 10 from Saint Thomas Aquinas are Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins and Giovani Bernard; Chicago’s Jeremy Cain; Pittsburgh’s Marcus Gilbert; Jacksonville’s Brandon Linder; St. Louis’ Marcus Roberson; Atlanta’s Dezmen Southward; New England’s James White; Tampa Bay’s Major Wright; and Jacksonville’s Sam Young.“It was an honor to play for a school with such rich history and tradition,” says Jaguars tackle Young. “We had an incredible coaching staff that took a lot of pride in preparing their players for the next level and above, and I think that shows in the program’s longstanding success. It was great to be a part of building the winning culture and I’m sure it will continue on for many years.”California tops the list of states with 213 NFL players, followed by Florida (200) and Texas (172).___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Silver the medal of choice for Nelson Atom Leafs

first_imgIf the planet ever runs low on its supply of silver, world leaders can always contact the Nelson Atom Leafs to see if they can spare a few their precious medals.The Leafs won its third silver medal of the season Sunday in Beaver Valley at the Greater Trail Atom Minor Hockey Tournament.Nelson, finishing second in Kimberley and Castlegar, lost 5-1 to the Trail Toads as the Silver City netminder stole the show.last_img

Sarwan backs Caricom solution

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has blamed the regional board for the decline of West Indies cricket and believes Caricom’s intervention represents the best chance 0f ensuring the sport’s revival.The 35-year-old Guyanese, who led West Indies in four Tests and five One-Day Internationals, said the region possessed plenty talent but administrators had failed to manage the game properly, and this had led to the team’s slump internationally.”WICB needs to take responsibility for the fall of WI cricket,” he told the Chronicle newspaper in Guyana.”I don’t think it’s a situation that we are lacking talent. It’s just that we don’t have the right people managing our cricket.”We cannot have so many talented players in the Caribbean and not be in the top four teams in the world [in Tests and ODIs].”Sarwan is the latest player to wade into the debate over the WICB’s management of the game, following Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy’s criticism of the regional governing body after his side’s capture of the T20 World Cup in India last Sunday.SHOCKWAVESIn a post-match interview, Sammy said the players felt “disrespected” by the board, a remark that sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. The WICB quickly apologised to the international cricket community for what it labelled an “inappropriate” comment.Since then, former one-day captain Dwayne Bravo, leading opener Chris Gayle, and legendary former captain Sir Viv Richards have come out in support of Sammy.Sarwan, who played 87 Tests and 181 ODIs, said the board had not been accountable enough in the past.”I think (Darren) Sammy was spot on in his interview. Over the years, the West Indies board, especially the directors and administrators – whatever you want to call them – tended to do a lot of stuff and get away with it,” he said.And with a CARICOM-commissioned governance panel recommending the “immediate dissolution” of the board and the formation of a new structure, Sarwan said the regional nation grouping held the key.”I like the initiative that Caricom is taking to try and resolve the problem. I think once Caricom gets involved and they put their foot down, they will find some sort of solution,” he said.last_img read more

Southampton v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgSouthampton’s Ryan Bertrand won the Champions League with ChelseaKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 27 February 2016Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds)Match in a nutshell: Unbeaten in nine league games under Guus Hiddink, Chelsea aim to end Southampton’s long run without conceding.Five key battles: Including Willian v Ryan Bertrand Injuries and suspensionsSOUTHAMPTONRuled out: Victor Wanyama (suspended), Jay Rodriguez (ankle), Florin Gardos (knee).CHELSEARuled out: John Terry (hamstring), Kurt Zouma (knee), Radamel Falcao (thigh). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Pato, Remy.Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis; Mane, Ward-Prowse, Tadic; Long.Subs from: Stekelenburg, Gazzaniga, Targett, Yoshida, Martina, Clasie, Juanmi, Pelle, Austin. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesSouthampton total: W W D W W (13 points)Home: W W W W L (12 points)Chelsea total: W D D W D (9 points)Away: D W W D L (8 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 13; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 5; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3, Traore 3; Azpilicueta 2, Fabregas 2, Hazard 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.Southampton: Long 9, Pelle 9; Mane 7; Tadic 6; Rodriguez 3; Davis 2, Fonte 2, Romeu 2, Van Dijk 2, Ward-Prowse 2, Yoshida 2.Last five meetings3 October 2015: Chelsea 1 Southampton 315 March 2015: Chelsea 1 Southampton 128 December 2014: Southampton 1 Chelsea 11 January 2014: Southampton 0 Chelsea 31 December 2013: Chelsea 3 Southampton 1Southampton 1 win, Chelsea 2 wins, 2 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Community displays support for raceway

first_imgThe local community showcased its support for the Redwood Acres Raceway on Thursday night by raising $12,000 in a matter of minutes to take care of an ongoing issue.With concerns among some locals about the noise level at the raceway, a large group of racing fans showed up at a meeting of the fairgrounds board to voice their support for the raceway.And when it was put to the fans that the installation of a mesh noise barrier could solve the problem, the community members immediately dipped …last_img

Pacquiao arrives in Australia, set for title fight vs Horn

first_imgView comments The fight is expected to attract a sellout crowd of about 50,000 at the outdoor Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. It is scheduled for early afternoon next Sunday, which will be Saturday evening in the United States.RELATED VIDEOSManny Pacquiao attends church ahead of fight against Jeff Horn6.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games READ: Taking it slow, Pacquiao leaves for Australia underweightRoach, who has trained such world champions as Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko, said Pacquiao intends to keep his world title.“He has the best work ethic in the world. He trains hard every day and we do 48 boxing rounds every day non-stop just work, work, work,” Roach said. “We are here to win the fight, we don’t take anyone lightly.”Pacquiao, who now is a Philippines senator, has a career record of 59-6-2 with 38 knockouts. The fight against Horn will be Pacquiao’s first defense of the title he won last November with a unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas.The 29-year-old Horn, 16-0-1, 11 by knockout, is a 2012 Olympian.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao was expected to attend church and have a light training session in Brisbane on Sunday after arriving late Saturday for his July 2 world title fight defense against Australian Jeff Horn.The reigning WBO welterweight titleholder left his hometown of General Santos City in the Philippines and landed at Brisbane International Airport on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img He was escorted to his chartered A330 plane — emblazoned with “PacMan” on the back of the fuselage — by military personnel in the Philippines.The 38-year-old Pacquiao was accompanied by trainer Freddie Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune, sparring partner George Kambosos Jr., and other members of his entourage which his spokesman said totaled about 160.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Training is good, we did a lot of hard work, I am very excited for the fans to give a good show to show my best and in boxing ring,” he told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.“Some reports coming out of the Philippines that I haven’t been training hard are not true. It just happens that when some of our friends came around to our training camp, we weren’t doing much and people assumed I wasn’t training hard.” MOST READ Pacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Taking it slow, Pacquiao leaves for Australia underweight Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more