Irvine: Berahino can go all the way

first_img “Others too – Everton had a record of getting 16-year-olds into first teams so it is very important we spend time talking to these boys and making sure everything is right.” Victor Anichebe started the Baggies’ comeback after they had fallen 2-0 behind following Brede Hangeland’s goal and Mile Jedinak’s penalty. Berahino had a quiet afternoon but, after his eighth goal in all competitions, Irvine believes his England Under-21 international can become one of the elite. “I think so. As long as he goes about his job in a way he is doing now – on the field and off it,” said Irvine, who takes his team to Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. “As long as he keeps having this desire to improve, which he has at this moment. “Then, of course, as long as he can handle the pressure of success. “Some can’t handle that pressure – they get distracted, so it is important he takes everything that is going on at the moment in his stride. “Saido’s getting an awful lot of attention, so it is vitally important that we are there to support him and make sure that doesn’t take him off track.” Press Association Berahino has netted more in the league than any other Albion player scored in the whole of last term and is the top-scoring Englishman. Irvine was at Everton when Rooney broke into the side and also worked with Ross Barkley, and reckons Berahino has the same mentality as the England pair. “If you are going to be a top player, you have to have a lot of the full package,” he said. “Everyone talks about technical, tactical, physical, psychological. You cannot be a top player unless you score highly in all of them. “You might score more highly in a couple of areas but you can’t possibly be a top player if you don’t score highly in all. “Saido has a lot of that package but he is still at that age where it can go one way or another. “The last thing you can do is have anything that affects any of those areas. Of course, the biggest of all is the psychological. “I have been fortunate enough to have worked with a number of very talented young players over the years. Wayne Rooney springs to mind. The striker rescued a point with a stoppage-time penalty in Saturday’s 2-2 comeback draw against Crystal Palace. His seventh goal of the Barclays Premier League season completed the Baggies’ revival after they were 2-0 down at half time. West Brom head coach Alan Irvine believes Saido Berahino has the world at his feet – and has compared him with England captain Wayne Rooney.last_img read more

Lehmann hopes no Ashes boycott, urges solution to pay row

first_img(REUTERS) – Australia coach Darren Lehmann hopes the ongoing pay dispute will not prompt the players to boycott this year’s Ashes series and urged both sides to resolve the matter.The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) rejected a pay offer from their governing body, Cricket Australia (CA) earlier this month saying “a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket”.CA has threatened to not renew contracts for 2017-18 and several players, including vice-captain David Warner and bowler Mitchell Starc, have hinted at a boycott of the Ashes series against England.“I’m sure that (the boycott) won’t happen,” Warner told reporters in Brisbane.“I have my views but I’m not going to share it. I’m talking to both players and CA.”Lehmann said that he would talk to the players when the squad assembles prior to the Champions Trophy in June.“You have to do that. You have to keep it open and communication so we know what direction everyone’s going,” Lehmann said.“Just getting together and working it out is the way to go. It always stays quite late in the negotiations – it happened last time and the time before that. You have those issues …. There’s no panic, it’s just about the two parties getting together.”Captain Steve Smith will join the squad after leading the Rising Pune Supergiant to Monday’s Indian Premier League final and Lehmann said that he maintained constant contact with the 27-year-old.“He’s really looking forward to getting the lads back together. There have been a lot of emails and text messages around the place. He is (in good spirits). He’s been there for four months and hasn’t been home. But he’s ready to go.”last_img read more

Success Masters beat Ogle Masters to win Regal Stationery and Computer Centre trophy

first_imgA second-wicket partnership of 106 between Hakim Majeed and Seekumar Budhram propelled Success Masters to a 31-run win against Ogle Masters in a 15-over battle for the Regal Stationary and Computer Centre trophy yesterday at the Ogle Community Centre ground.Led by 54 (1×4, 5x6s) from Majeed and supported with 46 (5x6s) from Budhram, the visitors posted a challenging 137-4 from their 15 overs after they had lost the toss and were asked to take first strike.In reply, Khemchand Dindyal, who had taken a wicket for Ogle, then put on 80 runs with Azeemul Haniff for the opening stand. Although Dindyal remained unbeaten on a top score of 60 (4x6s), the home team could not get on top of the visitors’ bowlers, and when the overs expired, they were left on 106-3.Haniff supported with 29 and David Harper 12.Majeed was later voted as the Man-of-the-Match.last_img read more

Tipperary ready for action!

first_imgTipperary Senior Hurling Manager Eamon O’Shea says his charges are ‘raring to go’ ahead of the All Ireland replay tomorrow.The panel held their final training session ahead of the clash with the cats at Semple Stadium last night in front of thousands of fans.Manager O’Shea has kept the faith with the same starting 15 from the drawn final to line out tomorrow evening at GAA Headquarters. Padraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Shane McGrath, Noel McGrath and team captain Brendan Maher will start their 5th All-Ireland Senior Final.Kilkenny have made three changes in personnel for tomorrow’s game – Padraig Walsh replaces Joey Holden at wing back while Kieran Joyce is in for Brian Hogan at centre back.Former Kilkenny defender Noel Hickey says that the changes in the back line will mean tighter marking on the Tipp forwards.You can hear the All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay between Tipperary and Kilkenny this Saturday LIVE on Tipp FM.Throw-in at Croke Park is at 5 o’ clock – our big-match build-up gets underway from 4:30, in association with Lyoness Loyalty Card, Clonmel.last_img read more

Hotshot Ighalo Strikes Again

first_imgOsimhen Gets His ChanceVictor Osimhen was the last of Nigeria’s 23-man party to taste action at Egypt 2019 last night. The former junior International had been itching to help his team attain glory at this competition but was overlooked as the preferred replacement to Ighalo in favour of Paul Onuachu, despite scoring 20 goals last season for his Belgian club, Charleroi.His 45th minute cameo against Tunisia, in place of the injured Ighalo, might just spell the beginning of better things to come in a Nigerian jersey for the 20-year-old striker.Goalkeeper DillemaNigeria’s keeper at the 2018 World Cup, Francis Uzoho, was back between the sticks for the Super Eagles against Tunisia. He became the third keeper to be used by Nigeria at the 2019 AFCON after Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.Uzoho lost his position as first choice after gaffes in matches preceding the competition, with Akpeyi – who had been a backup for years – finally getting his chance.It is fair to say that neither of the three keepers has made the shirt his own, even though Uzoho might see himself as favourite considering his age.Meanwhile, Nigerians are still yearning for a worthy replacement for Vincent Enyeama, who made the position his for more than a decade, after announcing himself to the world at the 2002 World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram DEMOLA OJO’S NILE NOTESAfter ending the qualifiers as top scorer, Odion Ighalo is set to finish as top scorer at the 2019 Nations Cup with five goals, barring a hat-trick by either Riyad Mahrez of Algeria, his team mate, Adam Ounas, or Sadio Mane of Senegal. The trio are on three goals each.Despite misgivings by some fans regarding his performance for the Eagles, Ighalo exhibited a poacher’s instinct during the competition by scoring all five goals with just one touch.last_img read more

Indians score seven runs in final two innings to beat Dodgers

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers second baseman Jake Peter throws to first during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner reaches for but is unable to play a single hit by Cleveland Indians’ Drew Maggi during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig gives autographs before a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor (3) and center fielder Alex Verdugo (61) run onto the field for a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Manny Banuelos throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig bats during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy avoids an inside pitch during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner reaches but is unable to play the single hit by Cleveland Indians’ Drew Maggi during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig runs to first during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers Assistant to the General Manager Pat Corrales is seen in the dugout before the spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner flies out to left during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp runs to the dugout during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal bats during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig walks to the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Alex Verdugo catches the out hit by Cleveland Indians’ Yonder Alonso during the third inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig bats during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig beats the throw to Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso during the second inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks for second during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal picks up the loose ball during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Daniel Corcino throws during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner grounds into a double play during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Daniel Corcino throws during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo singles during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dennis Santana throws during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Jake Peter throws to first during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner reaches for but is unable to play a single hit by Cleveland Indians’ Drew Maggi during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)NextShow Caption1 of 28Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner reaches for but is unable to play a single hit by Cleveland Indians’ Drew Maggi during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)ExpandTHE GAME: The Cleveland Indians scored six runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth to come from behind and beat the Dodgers 8-7 on Thursday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: For the second consecutive day, the Dodgers had to scratch their scheduled starting pitcher due to the illness that has hit their clubhouse. Ross Stripling joined Hyun-Jin Ryu on the sidelines. Left-hander Manny Banuelos started in Stripling’s place and retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the first inning. Banuelos’ second inning didn’t go as well. He hit a batter, walked another and gave up an RBI single to Rob Refsnyder. … Pat Venditte had a 1-2-3 inning pitching military style – left, right, left. … Scott Alexander also pitched a hitless inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.HITTING REPORT: Jake Peter hit a three-run home run, one of 13 Dodgers’ hits. The infielder was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the same three-way trade that brought Alexander to the Dodgers this winter. … Chris Taylor drove in a run with an RBI single and also walked. … Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig were each 1 for 3. … D.J. Peters had a single, scored a run and is 4 for his first 9 in Cactus League play. … Keibert Ruiz was 2 for 2 with an RBI single.UP NEXT: LHP Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his second spring start against the Chicago White Sox (RHP Miguel Gonzalez) on Friday at noon at Camelback Ranch. (SportsNet LA and 570 AM). Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer hopes flexibility leads to more action behind the plate Related Articles Surprise star in 2017, Chris Taylor’s challenge is doing it again for Dodgers J.T. Chargois: Being with Dodgers ‘like Disney World’ Dodgers moving close to hosting All-Star Game for first time since 1980 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Jerry Jones uses a weirdly gruesome analogy to describe Cowboys contract issues

first_img Dak Prescott turns down $30M per year offer from Cowboys, report says Jones’ response didn’t exactly clear things up.”Picture you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off, but you didn’t understand your anatomy,” Jones said, via The Dallas Morning News. “You look down, you’re spurting blood, you open the door, and run to the woods, and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That’s because he’s been there a lot and done that. So I’m squeezing and waiting for help.” Related News Wait, what does that mean? Jones didn’t clear that up, either.”Pull it out of my …,” Jones said. “We’re having an anatomy lesson. The best one of all. I wish I were that quick.”It’s unclear who is going to “help” or how that will aid in the Cowboys’ contract issues. Elliott has two years left on his rookie deal, but has been absent from training camp and reportedly has threatened to hold out for the season if he doesn’t get his desired deal.Prescott reportedly turned down a contract that would pay him $30 million a year and instead is seeking a deal that would average $40 million a year.Both Prescott and Cooper said at the start of training camp that they aren’t worried about their contracts.Still, with the Cowboys’ camp in Southern California ending Thursday, the team isn’t close to a deal with any of the offensive stars.But Jones reiterated his stance, this time with a little clearer analogy as he pointed to the recent past as an example of when things go wrong relative to the salary cap, pointing when the Cowboys were forced to release franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware after the 2013 season. He signed with the Broncos and won a Super Bowl ring. “It’s not like me going out here and buying something that I have to decide whether I want to just spend to have that,” Jones told reporters (via ESPN.com). “That’s not it at all. It’s that I’ve got to realize that I can let a DeMarcus Ware out of here because I don’t have enough money because I paid it to too many others.”That’s happened to me, and I don’t want it to happen again. And we’ve got some top talent here.”Translation: The bottom line is still the bottom line. Michael Irvin thinks Cowboys need Ezekiel Elliott to win another Super Bowl O.J. Simpson weighs in on Ezekiel Elliott’s contract, Antonio Brown’s return to camp Jerry Jones has used odd analogies a time or three to describe football, but this one might take the cake.While at training camp in Oxnard, California, Jones on Tuesday was asked about the contract situations with quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper.last_img read more

Errol Spence Jr. passes stiffest test to questionable matchmaking: The good, the bad and the dirty in the week of boxing

first_imgNow Spence needed to figure out a way to regain control. Enter the vaunted left hand. Spence continued to find a home for it, and Porter had no answer for the weapon. With the fight hanging in the balance, Spence did what great fighters are supposed to do by closing the show when in the 11th round he sent Porter to the canvas with a vicious left hand. Instead of packing it in the final round, Spence went toe-to-toe and exchanged artillery until the final bell sounded. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIf there were any questions about Spence, those could be put to rest now. He faced the high-caliber fighter many pundits felt was lacking from his resume. Spence bit down on his mouthpiece and showed what he’s made of and deserves a place among the sport’s pound-for-pound best in earning a split-decision victory to add the WBC title to his IBF belt.- David Benavidez back on top at 168 pounds. Benavidez capitalized in the most significant moment of his young career in the co-main event of Spence-Porter by stopping Anthony Dirrell to regain the WBC super-middleweight title. After a methodical showing the first half when he was stalking Dirrell, Benavidez let loose in the sixth round when a hard left hook opened a nasty gash over Dirrell’s eye, which was reminiscent of Tyson Fury’s cut a little over two weeks ago against Otto Wallin. Unlike Wallin, Benavidez smelled blood in the water and continued to pounce. Continuing to do that opened Dirrell up and Benavidez made him pay with one huge shot after another. Seeing the fight was getting out of hand and that the referee was letting Dirrell take an unnecessary beating, Dirrell’s corner thankfully stopped the fight and Benavidez became a two-time WBC super middleweight champion.The question now is can Benavidez keep it together and have a memorable run with the belt? He won the title at 20-years-old, but then went and had to vacate it when he failed a drug test for cocaine. The excuse was he was young. Maybe so, but still no reason to be using drugs. Benavidez is in the spotlight, and people want his attention at every turn. Now 22, Benavidez has learned from that experience and hopefully understands how special he can be in the ring if he can keep his life together. He’s an exceptional talent with the potential to be a superstar. But if Benavidez slips up outside of the ring again, he will just become another casualty.- Shawn Porter comes out a winner even in defeat. Plain and simple, no fighter likes to lose. Suffering losses means less money and lack of essential fights to continue to build your legacy. But there are exceptions to this theory. Porter is one of them.Many boxing pundits didn’t give him much of a chance to win Saturday night. People in the betting circles felt the same as SportsBook Review had Porter as +600 underdog. The prevailing thought was Porter would compete for a few rounds until Spence kicked into high gear and put him away.Porter had different plans in mind. He fought 12 hard rounds, added new pieces to his chessboard, didn’t give up an inch and became the first person to give Spence serious trouble as Porter stunned him several times. With his performance, Porter put himself in the rightful conversation for a Spence rematch and more big fights in the future.The Bad- Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz part two. The Saturday, a Nov. 23 rematch for the WBC heavyweight title was finally made official on Saturday during a press conference before the Spence-Porter card began. While the fight was one of the best of 2018, when Ortiz had Wilder in significant trouble including nearly finishing the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist off on the feet in the seventh round, Wilder still finished off the Cuban in the tenth round.It’s hard to wrap your head around why we are seeing this again. Was it exciting? It was. Thrilling as Wilder and Tyson Fury? Close, but no. When push comes to shove, Wilder still put Ortiz away, while Wilder-Fury went to a split draw, so a sequel is absolutely necessary.There’s no need for Wilder-Ortiz II other than another payday and way for Wilder to pad his record. Ortiz is now 40 and his peak fighting days are likely behind him.Wilder should have sat back and waited for the Fury rematch on Feb. 22, 2020. Look at what happened to Fury against Wallin. No need to take an unnecessary risk when the obvious is right in front of you. The Dirty – Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia? The boxing world was celebrating a Fight of the Year candidate in Spence-Porter when an unlikely person entered the ring during the post-fight interview: former unified junior welterweight champion and former WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia.Many were left wondering why Garcia was challenging Spence, with the latter accepting. Well, The Athletic is reporting they will be meeting on Jan. 25.  It was another interesting week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the last seven days.The Good- Errol Spence Jr. silences the critics with career win. One of the burning questions entering his welterweight title bout with Shawn Porter was how Spence could deal with adversity if Porter used his aggression and high work rate to get inside? Spence started the fight by trying to work the jab, but to Porter’s credit, he feinted his way in and blasted the 2012 Olympian with hard punches after hard punches to the body and head. Sources: Deal in place for Errol Spence Jr. to defend unified welterweight championship vs. Danny Garcia, pegged for Jan. 25, in a PBC on FOX PPV. Garcia confronted Spence during champ’s in-ring interview with @HeidiAndrol after victory over Shawn Porter last night #SpencePorter— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 29, 2019 Let that sink in for a moment. Yes, you read it correctly.This isn’t a knock on Garcia, but if we are being completely honest and true to our core, this is bad matchmaking at its finest. What has Garcia done to earn the opportunity right now?last_img read more

Iowa City hospital makes ‘urgent request’ for face shields

first_imgDES MOINES — The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has put out an urgent plea for donations of new or used protective face shields for its employees.The hospital is in Johnson County, where 32 of the 90 Iowans confirmed to have COVID-19 live.Governor Kim Reynolds Sunday said the state has ordered protective gear for Iowa health care workers from private companies and through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A shipment is expected early this week.“We’re dealing with a shortage all across the country and Iowa’s no exception,” Reynolds said in a news conference Sunday afternoon (listen to it here).Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management director Joyce Flinn isn’t sure how many masks will be delivered to the state this week.“Things are changing so quickly, I know we put in an order, but I honestly don’t remember the quantities in that order,” Flinn told reporters.Medical supplies are being routed to health care providers in the 24 counties where COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, according to Flinn, and she said the Iowa National Guard, the Iowa DOT and the Department of Public Safety all have a role in distribution.“As quickly as the product comes in, they determine where it’s going to go and it’s out the door as quickly as possible,” Flinn said.Iowa hospitals have begun to delay elective surgeries to conserve masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies. UnityPoint Hospital in Cedar Rapids, in preparation for shortages, is asking volunteers to sew fabric face masks.last_img read more

Prima donna

first_imgDuring the last several days the Steelers have been holding OTAs over at the south side. One of the purposes, if not the prime purpose of the get-together is to work out the body, the mind and to rekindle the “fireplace” of competition. The “field general” of the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, will not be in attendance, at least at this current session of organized team activities. Okay, so these activities are voluntary and he doesn’t have to be there. But make no mistake, his being there in the war room, making the rounds, shaking the hands of his soldiers and giving them a pre-minicamp, pre-training camp, preseason pat on the back, could be nothing but a positive for the team.Organized team activities are great for the team, if not that good for the individual. Last year, the All-Pro safety for the Steelers, Troy Polamalu, skipped the OTAs to allegedly work out on his own. However, Polamalu missed a slew of games and was more of a cheerleader than a competitor for the 2009 season. From 2006-2009, the star safety has missed 19 games, while competing in 45. That means in four seasons he has missed three games more than the equivalent of a 16-game season. During the 19 games that he missed I am reasonably sure that his injuries were legitimate. There was also a void left in the Steelers defensive backfield that was difficult, if not impossible, to fill as a result of his absence.But in the same token, during his absence from the field of play, did his trademark mane fly around just as vigorously off the gridiron when he made numerous trips to the local ATM? He continued to collect a paycheck even though the Steelers defensive backfield was infected and affected by his absence. Oh, everyone says that Polamalu is injured more frequently because of his tenacity and reckless style of play. I agree with that assessment of his performances but someone has to pull him aside and whisper in his ear that if making one play causes him to forego the remainder of the season that it is okay to allow a few of his DB mates to pull their weight and make a few plays, too. It is impossible to be a prima donna from the sidelines. The 2009 season should be a lesson for Pittsburgh. Depth, depth, and more depth at every position is the only way that the Pittsburgh franchise will restore and maintain the winning tradition to which they are accustomed. There had better be a few players on the sideline that are able to put their fingers in “the dikes of injuries” if the Steelers are going to exit the funk of the 2009 season.Injuries combined with personal improprieties will oftentimes be the death knell for the cohesive sprit and the competitive fire of any team, in any sport. If one or a selected group of players on any team is perceived to be of considerably more value than the remainder of their peers on that team, that is where the chasm of division often begins. When players who are well paid and sometimes overpaid perform and are allowed to perform under different standards than their colleagues, the dividing line can become a demilitarized zone in the clubhouse or locker room. How can overpriced and overpaid athletes be allowed to attend to every minor scrape and wound as if it is life threatening by being allotted all of the recuperation time that they need while all others are expected to suit up and perform, regardless of the circumstances?Also, when negative behavior of certain athletes is tolerated more by some than others because of their value, then that too can be a morale killer.Take the case of another Pittsburgh star player, wide receiver Santonio Holmes. According to espy.com news services, “Holmes, who is facing a civil lawsuit in Florida in which a woman accuses him of throwing a drink at her, says he didn’t do anything and expects the matter to be dealt with quickly.” “[Holmes] proceeded to inform the plaintiff that he was an NFL football player and that he could not face criminal charges. Subsequently, [Holmes] offered to give the plaintiff money because he was an NFL star and could not get into trouble,” the complaint alleges, according to the report. I don’t care who you are, whether you are charged with an offense or not. No one has the right to throw a drink in anyone’s face, period.That is one of the things that concerns me. Some of these fellows think that money can cure all ills. Well ya big dummies, if that was so all the people with loot would be disease free and only us “po” folks would be destined to end up on the slab of the local undertaker. However in many cases, instead of wealth being a facilitatory of healing, newfound wealth can cause normal personalities to become distorted and perverted. Egos may become super-inflated, causing irreparable damage to an individual and all those around him in his public or private life. When athletes glance around the locker room as they work hard during the beginning phases of the upcoming campaign, there should not be question marks as to who may be attending and who isn’t. During a war, the soldier who volunteers puts the welfare of his fellow soldier on him. With any voluntary team workouts, coming together on your own to be with your teammates may speak volumes about who you are as an athlete and a person.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abduce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-378-9834.) OTAs otherwise known as organized team activities. NFL teams have these let’s get acquainted events to start the competitive engines in low gear.last_img read more