ROS roster shakeup ‘hard to accept at first,’ admits Belga

first_img“Sinabi niya nga sa amin na it’s our job,” he shared. “Di namin alam kung saan kami mapupunta, kung bukas makalawa, di mo alam kung nasa anong team ka na. You have to be prepared sa pinakamalupit na mangyayari.”(He told us that it’s our job. We don’t know where we’ll end up, if tomorrow or the other day, we’ll be in another team. You have to be prepared for the worst that can happen.)Belga is bracing for what’s next for his team, sharing that he’s open on whatever path the Rain or Shine management decides to put him on.“It’s their decision if they think they want to trade me. I can’t do anything there and I have no control over that. The only thing I can control is my game. For that matter, it’s going to be the management’s decision,” he said.Belga added he will do his best to keep the Elasto Painters in contention, especially in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate “Yung feeling, masakit kasi binuo ito ni coach Yeng as a family. Yung isa isang nawawala, parang sa una, mahirap tanggapin,” he said.(It’s a painful feeling seeing players one-by-one go because the team coach Yeng built was a family and it’s really hard to accept at first.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Since the team won the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup last season, Rain or Shine has never made it past the quarterfinals, with roster changes abound since Guiao’s departure.But true to the lessons ingrained by their old mentor, Belga said he has no other recourse but to keep doing his job as the Painters hope to finally turn the page for the Elasto Painters and get themselves back to their championship-contending ways. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:09‘I am prepared:’ Duterte reiterates openness to accept Rohingya refugees01:40Filipinos 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments MOST READ “Each of us need to adapt to the system. We’re okay. With the new additions, I think we can have a better run this conference,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe recent changes in Rain or Shine really hits home for Beau Belga.From coach Yeng Guiao’s departure last season, to trades involving Paul Lee, JR Quiñahan, and now Jeff Chan, the burly big man has been a silent witness as remnants of the old Elasto Painters crew fade away.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ PH’s SEA Games campaign gets going Tuesday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Guyana elected member of PAHO’s Directing Council General Committee

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton was among the panel of Health Ministers and other officials who met during the last week of September at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) office in Washington, DC to discuss ways in which public health challenges can be tackled across the Region.Dr Norton was accompanied by Dr Karen Boyle, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Public Health Ministry, to the 55th Directing Council, where Guyana was elected a member of the Directing Council General Committee along with Jamaica, Grenada and Honduras.Meanwhile, regional health representatives attended the 13th Meeting of the Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD), which focused on matters such as chemical risk and thermo-nuclear risk management and infectious diseases.Discussions were also held on the Caribbean Cooperation in Health Priorities and Regional Public Goods, Management, Governance and Resourcing and the Regional Health Strategy. Countries were encouraged to take local ownership of moving the COHSOD agenda forward by ensuring support at the highest policy level.Caribbean Member States have committed to developing National Polio Preparedness and Response Plans in order to achieve the required 80 per cent target coverage for all the surveillance indicators for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP). Countries were advised to integrate the surveillance for polio with the neurological manifestation of Zika.Following the recently commemorated Caribbean Wellness Week, at which Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) were topical over the past few years, discussions continued along this path. New initiatives for preventing NCDs and treatment methods were explored. Countries were also encouraged to implement health finance reform inclusive of increased taxation on harmful products such as foods high in sugars, salt, fat, alcohol and cigarettes.In addition, the Region’s achievements in relation to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV were addressed. It was recommended that countries strengthen the data collection for HIV and syphilis, and integrate available data sources to provide timely monitoring of maternal child health programme performance within the context of existing national information systems.Meanwhile, at the conclusion of the Directing Council, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Margaret Chan declared Latin America and the Caribbean measles free.last_img read more

Gbehley-geh Women Farmers Reap More Produce, High Income

first_imgLiberian women who play crucial roles as farmers, laborers and entrepreneurs face greater challenges than men in accessing needed resources. To combat this, the USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID FED) for Liberia has partnered with agricultural women’s groups to provide access to these needed resources. FED’s work with the Gbehley-geh Rural Women Farmers’ Cooperative Society (GRWFCS), located in Karnplay, Nimba County, is one example of this partnership. In April 2015, with support from USAID FED, members of the GRWFCS sold 39 metric tons of milled rice to the World Food Program (WFP), to earn USD $28,860 which equates to USD $37 per 50 kg bag. The women also sold 800 50 kg bags of paddy rice to Liberia Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in April, and generated an additional USD $16,000 (USD $20 per 50 kg bag). “We have been able to obtain a contract from WFP to supply milled rice through the support of USAID FED, which has helped us generate substantial additional income,” said Annie Kruah, chairlady of GRWFCS. Annie established the GRWFCS organization in 2005 to create economic opportunities for women who became widows during the Liberian civil war.In 2013, Annie and 86 other women entered into a partnership with USAID FED under GRWFCS to develop 15 hectares of lowland rice with improved seeds and technical assistance.In 2015, the women extended their rice field to 20 hectares to commence planting with support from USAID FED.Additionally, USAID FED supplied the women with tools, fertilizers and cassava processing equipment in early 2015 to improve their processing capacity, which was previously done manually. Now, these women can process up to 1 MT a week compared to the 0.5 MT per week they were able to process previously. The women also cultivated 1 hectare of farmland and planted this with improved cassava variety provided by USAID FED. The Gbehley-geh women farmers have benefitted from tools, seeds and other inputs from USAID FED in 2015. This assistance will further increase their production capacity and subsequently generate more income.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trial to commence into businesswoman’s TIP matter

first_imgThe trial for the proprietor of a popular Georgetown liquor bar, Savita Persaud, who was charged with four counts of Trafficking In Persons is set to commence on March 29, 2019, before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Savita PersaudPersaud, of Station Street, Kitty, had pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to her at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts earlier in MarchParticulars of the first two charges stated that between January 31 and March 8, 2019, she unlawfully recruited, transported and withheld the identification papers of two Venezuelan nationals for sexual exploitation.The defendant was also slapped with two counts of Trafficking In Persons charges during the same time. She was also charged with employing a child on a property that sells liquor.Defence Attorney George Thomas in a bail submission had told the court that his client rented the property to the Venezuelans and is innocent of the trafficking accusations.However, the police prosecutor opposed to bail being granted based on the serious nature, prevalence and the penalty that the offences attract.As such, the prosecution’s submission was upheld by the Chief Magistrate who remanded the woman to prison.last_img read more

Ramjattan ousts Nagamootoo as AFC’s PM nominee

first_img…sign of coalition govt’s failure and NCM’s validity – TrotmanThe Alliance For Change (AFC) on Saturday voted overwhelmingly for Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan to be the Prime Ministerial candidate for the coalition at the next General and Regional Elections, bypassing the incumbent, Moses Nagamootoo.According to sources, over 200 delegates supported Ramjattan. In his brief comments after the vote, Ramjattan noted that the party saw him as “fit and proper” for the role; hence, he was elected. He also sought to dispel reports of a rivalry between himself and the incumbent Prime Minister.“I suspect in the minds of the large sections of the National Conference membership, I was fit and proper for it … (I told them) I would do a good job of it, if I am made Prime Minister. And that was largely it. I had spoken to a number of the delegates and they asked some searing questions. I think I provided very good answers,” Ramjattan said, noting that the questions pertained to what he would do to create jobs and reform the Constitution.“He (Nagamootoo) was most gracious. He has been a mentor since PYO [Progressive Youth Organisation] days. And, of course, I regard him highly. And he came across and he gave me a big hug,” Ramjattan explained to the media.Speaking to the media afterwards, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson – who was also elected for the second time as the party’s General Secretary (GS) – intimated that the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) was duty-bound to accept Ramjattan as President David Granger’s running mate as long as the Cummingsburg Accord was in effect.“The Alliance For Change is a political party in its own right. The AFC has made a recommendation it will stick by. So just like we did in 2015, we will do in 2019 or 2020, if we stay in a coalition,” Patterson said.“If we’re in a coalition and we’re governed by an agreement and that agreement is currently in effect, it says the AFC shall nominate a Prime Ministerial candidate. There’s nowhere in that agreement that says we’ll nominate a Prime Ministerial candidate who the coalition accepts or not.”It is a decision that leaves Nagamootoo with only the role of ‘elder statesman’ in the party, should the AFC’s partner, APNU even honour the Cummingsburg Accord.In addition, replacing Nagamootoo is something that former leader Raphael Trotman had warned would undermine the coalition Government in the eyes of the people, by seeming to validate the Government’s failings and the passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“The No-Confidence Motion was a direct challenge on the Granger-Nagamootoo leadership. In my view, if we were to jump to replace either gentleman in an emotive way, we would be openly conceding that the motion and vote were justified and valid,” Trotman had stated in sections of the media back in February.With the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) expected to rule on the NCM cases on Tuesday, elections could be called as early as this year. There are some who have opined that APNU could sidestep AFC and go the route of choosing a Prime Ministerial candidate from within its own grouping.Party positionsMeanwhile, Ramjattan was also elected unopposed as leader of his party earlier on Saturday, riding on the endorsement of former leader Trotman. Both Patterson and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes had previously declined nominations for the leadership of the party, paving the way for Ramjattan’s election.Trotman, who is also Natural Resources Minister, was in turn endorsed unopposed as Chairman of the party by Ramjattan. Hughes was also re-elected to her post as Vice Chair.With outgoing General Secretary Marlon Williams not contesting his position, it was understood that there were five nominees: former GS Patterson, Michael Leonard, Beverly Alert, Leonard Craig, and Michael Carrington, with Patterson emerging the eventual winner.Meanwhile, the National Executive Committee will comprise recently-minted Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar, Junior Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe, new parliamentarian Reynard Ward, former Chronicle General Manager Sherod Duncan, City Hall Councillor Juretha Fernandes, Trevor Williams, Vince Adams, Suraj Singh, Allison Mohamed, Subaschand Orilall, Rickey Ramsaroop, and Derek Basdeo.Not making the cut was Director of Public Information Imran Khan, who in the run-up to the National Executive Council (NEC) had complained of threats being made towards him and his wife to run them out of the party and back to Antigua.According to Patterson in his interaction with the media, there were a total of 14 motions on the floor. He noted that some of them had to do with making changes to the party constitution. One such motion was for members of the National Executive Committee to not be Cabinet Ministers.A recent letter writer had drawn attention to the issue, arguing that while the Committee was supposed to hold Cabinet Ministers hailing from the party accountable, it could not do so if those very Cabinet Ministers are the executives. This motion, Patterson revealed, was defeated.“Of the 14 motions, six were passed, four were withdrawn, and the other four were defeated,” Patterson informed the media.last_img read more

Atom ‘B’ Flyers win gold at Whitecourt tournament

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort. St. John Pimms Atom B Flyers and were in Whitecourt last weekend for a tournament.The Atom Flyers played their first game against Grande Prairie, which they went on to win 6-1. The Flyers also blew out Stony Plain in Game 2 with Evan Baker recording a shutout in the 8-0 victory, before beating Whitecourt’s A2 team 6 to 1.In the finals they came up against the also-undefeated Josephburg Flyers. With Ryder Hunt in net a strong defensive performance, the team held Josephburg to a mere 11 shots. Carter Ellerington, Carsen Chipesia, Mattie Stevens, and Conrad Hall each contributed a pair of goals in the game. Cache Saccary added an additional tally as the Flyers beat Josephberg 9-1 to bring home the gold.- Advertisement -Both the Fort St. John Atom ‘B’ and Atom ‘A’ teams will be hosting a tournament Dec 10th-11th at the Pomeroy Sports Centre.last_img read more

Valley home sales slow to another record low

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSales have now fallen from their year-ago level for a record 25 consecutive months dating back to September 2005. The prior mark was a 23-month decline from April 1989 to March of 1991. The association’s records begin in 1984. “We’ve been through downturns before and this one, too, eventually will turn around,” Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president, said in a statement. Condominium sales in the Valley fell 48.6 percent in October to 128 transactions and the median price declined an annual 7.3 percent to $380,000. In the Santa Clarita Valley, home sales fell an annual 42.3 percent to 116 properties and the median price slipped 3.5 percent to $555,000. Condominium sales here fell 52.3 percent and the median price fell 16.2 percent from a year ago to $310,000. Home sales in the San Fernando Valley hit a record low for the second consecutive month in October, plunging 54 percent from a year ago as mortgage industry turmoil continued to roil the market, a trade association said Wednesday. Last month 354 previously owned houses changed owners, 417 fewer than sold last October and down eight sales from the previous record low of 362 in September, said the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. The third lowest total is 391 sales in February 1991, the association said. October’s median price slipped an annual 3.3 percent, or $20,000, to $590,000 and was off $33,700, or 5.4 percent, from September, the association said. From Toluca Lake to Calabasas, Valley home sales took a bigger hit last month than both Los Angeles County and the state. Sales in the county fell 42 percent last month and the median price, the point at which half the units cost more and half less, declined 8.6 percent to $533,070, according to the California Association of Realtors. In Ventura County, the median price slipped an annual 3.1 percent to $650,570 and sales plunged 52.6 percent. Statewide sales fell 40.2 percent and the median price fell 9.9 percent to $497,110. In the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, sales plunged 60 percent and the median price fell 19 percent to $265,880. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that the sales numbers are looking like they did in the early 1990s, the last time the market made such a big turndown. “I think people quickly forget how bleak it was in the early ’90s, but this is going to be a rough period,” he said of the months ahead. Kyser noted that some analysts are not looking for recovery until 2010 in many areas, though some markets will recover sooner. At the end of last month there were 7,730 properties listed for sale in the San Fernando Valley, a 16-month supply, slightly more than three times the stockpile of a year ago. This represents how long it would take to deplete the inventory at the current sales pace. The record high is 23 months in February and the record low was one month in March 2004. Association president Winnie Davis said that the market malaise is not surprising given all the bad news in recent months. She said that the economy is still sound and interest rates remain attractive, but buyers still seem to be betting on big sales price reductions. “Waiting may not mean they will get a better deal down the road,” she said. 818-713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bombs kill 29 at cop event

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Two suicide bombers disguised as police infiltrated the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in Baghdad and blew themselves up Monday during celebrations of National Police Day, killing 29 Iraqis. The attackers died before getting near the U.S. ambassador and senior Iraqi officials at the festivities, but the blasts capped a particularly deadly week for American and Iraqi forces. Iraqi police also were searching for an American journalist who was kidnapped Saturday by gunmen who ambushed her car and killed her translator in Baghdad. Jill Carroll, a 28-year-old freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor, was seized in Baghdad’s predominantly Sunni Arab al-Adel neighborhood. Police said she went there to see a Sunni Arab politician. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The escalating violence after the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections – at least 498 Iraqis and 54 U.S. forces have been killed – came as Iraq’s electoral commission again delayed releasing the results of the vote. An Internet site known for publishing extremist material from al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi carried a claim of responsibility for Monday’s suicide attack, saying it was in revenge for the torture of Sunni Arab prisoners at two detention facilities run by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry. “The lions of al-Qaida in Iraq were able to conduct a new raid on the Interior Ministry, taking revenge for Allah’s religion and the Sunnis, who are being tortured in the ministry’s cellars,” the statement said. The claim, which could not be independently verified, referred to reports that more than 100 abused prisoners were recently found in the jails – bolstering complaints by Sunni Arabs about the treatment of detainees by Interior Ministry forces. Another purported al-Zarqawi statement rebuked Sunni Arabs for participating in the parliamentary elections, saying they had “thrown a rope” to save U.S. policy. Meanwhile, the U.S. military said eight U.S. troops and four American civilians died aboard a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Saturday in northern Iraq. The military initially said only that eight passengers and four crew were aboard. Sunni Arabs also expressed anger over a raid Sunday by U.S. troops on the Umm al-Qura mosque, Baghdad headquarters of the Association of Muslim Scholars, a Sunni clerical group that is believed to have ties to some insurgent groups. The mosque is in the al-Adel neighborhood, one of Baghdad’s roughest and the same area where the American journalist was kidnapped. A U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the raid was a necessary immediate response to the kidnapping based on a tip provided by an Iraqi citizen. The military said Sunday that six people were detained. No other details were released. “The violations of the occupation forces are continuing and they are endless. The raid on the Umm al-Qura mosque is the most recent example,” said Muthana Harith al-Dhari, a spokesman for the clerical group. The suicide attack on the sprawling Interior Ministry compound came after a particularly deadly four-day period for Americans, with 28 killed since Thursday, including 24 troops. At least 498 Iraqis have been killed, including 355 civilians and 143 security forces, and 54 U.S. troops have died since the Dec. 15 elections. With the latest military deaths, at least 2,207 U.S. service members have died since the war started in 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The bombs exploded in quick succession about 1,500 feet from the parade being watched by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, Defense Minister Sadoun al-Dulaimi and hundreds of others. None of the officials was hurt and the ceremony was not interrupted, said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. military spokesman. He said the explosions “had no impact on the ceremony and did not require anybody to take cover.” The first bomber was shot by the police, but his explosives detonated. A second bomber detonated his explosives. One bomber was wearing the uniform of an Iraqi police major and the other was dressed as a lieutenant colonel. Both had passes that enabled them to get through checkpoints and into the compound. At least 29 people were killed and 18 wounded, mostly policemen, said Ala’a Abid Ali, an official at al-Kindi hospital. In political developments, officials canceled a news conference during which they had hoped to give out more preliminary election results, saying they were still auditing returns from about 50 ballot boxes and wanted to announce everything at once. Election results will be released after Eid al-Adha, said Hussein Hindawi, of Iraq’s electoral commission. It was the second time they had postponed releasing information on the election – which Sunni Arab groups said was tainted by fraud. The results are expected to show the religious Shiite United Iraqi Alliance with a strong lead. The Shiites will, however, need to form a coalition government with support from Kurdish and Sunni Arab political groups. In other developments: Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum, who resigned as oil minister last week over increases in consumer fuel prices, resumed his old post after the prime minister and president asked him to do so, Iraq’s Council of Ministers said. Gunmen assassinated an investigative judge in Kirkuk. Five bodies, bound and blindfolded, were found shot to death in Baghdad late Sunday. A car bomb exploded west of Baqouba on Monday, killing two civilians. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Malin U16’s defeated by Termon in Northern Board Division Two semi-final

first_imgMalin Gaa NotesMalin Seniors                                                                                                                                                                     –Malin senior team’s season is now over after Sean MacCuimhaills didn’t fulfil the fixture last weekend, the team finished the league in third place on 20 points. The club also got to the semi-finals of the senior championship and it has to be said the team had a very good year and Terence Coulhoun and his management team as well as all the players on our senior and reserve panels must be congratulated for their efforts this season. Mr & MrsOn Saturday 29th October we hosted our third Mr & Mrs for the Club and it was another fantastic night of good “clean” entertainment and hearty laughs. Well done and a massive thank you to all of our six couples: Kieran & Caroline White, Neil Gerard & Katie Duffy, Pat & Elaine McLaughlin (F), Danny & Evelyn Doherty (R), Terence & Fiona McLaughlin (H) and Sean & Susan McLaughlin (H). A special congratulations to our new Malin GAA Mr & Mrs 2016 Terence & Fiona McLaughlin (H) who came out winners in the end, they will now get a weekend break in the Clayton Hotel, Galway. Danny & Evelyn Doherty were our runner ups, who won a €50 Voucher for the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa. Special thank you to the Committee who organised the Mr & Mrs, a lot of weeks of work goes into organising any Fundraiser but the success on the night made it all worthwhile. A massive thank you to our volunteer bar staff on the night who dealt the best they could with the big crowd. Thank you to the Malin Hotel & Ballyliffin Lodge for sponsoring prizes. Thank you to our MC Kevin Gallagher and our sound man Gary Redmond. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the night, we have no doubt you got a good laugh for your money!UnderageThe boys under 16’s were beaten by Termon in Buncrana on Tuesday night in the Northern Board Division 2 semi-final. The Sean Farren and Packie McGonagle parish leagues continued on Sunday and will run again next week at the same time. The boys under 6 training continues every Sunday at 10:00-11:00am, new members welcome. The under 12 girls continue training every Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00pm, All girls are reminded to bring runners, football boots, €2 and a gum shield, new members welcome. Club Pool RoomThe pool room is now open every Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the clubhouse for anyone looking to play a game of pool.Irish DancingThere will be Irish dancing lessons upstairs in the clubhouse every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:15pm and every Friday 4:00 to 5:30 for boys and girls from age 3 and upwards. All beginners welcome, competitive and non-competitive dancers. Contact Donna for more details 0862615755.Club Shop The last orders for Christmas can be taken up to next Sunday the 6th of November. The Club Shop is open every Saturday from 12.00pm to 2pm and Sunday from 11.20am to 2pm or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242. The shop stocks a great range of in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats, gear bags and much more club merchandise. The club facebook page has a picture of some of the many items available along with a pricelist.Malin U16’s defeated by Termon in Northern Board Division Two semi-final was last modified: October 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMalinSportlast_img read more

Steelers climb aboard the Bus

first_img Shortly after Roethlisberger limped off the field with an apparent knee injury, Reed kicked a 40-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to give the Steelers a 24-22 win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. “I feel great, I feel fresh,” Jerome Bettis said after scoring a touchdown in his season debut. “And officially, I am back.” SAN DIEGO – The Bus was back, and Ben Roethlisberger thrust both fists in the air as Jeff Reed’s kick won it for the Steelers. One problem: Roethlisberger was celebrating on the bench with his left leg wrapped in ice and bandages. Tomlinson extended his NFL record by scoring a rushing touchdown in 17 straight games. Stung by a loss to New England 15 days earlier and coming off their bye, the Steelers bounced back with a crisp game by Roethlisberger and the defense, which made Tomlinson and the rest of the San Diego offense look average. Tomlinson was held to 62 yards on 18 carries. Chargers quarterback Drew Brees threw his first interception in three games, which set up Bettis’ TD run. Roethlisberger gave the Steelers a 21-16 lead on a 16-yard pass to Heath Miller with 10:30 to go. He was impressive on the go-ahead drive, completing it in only three passes. Starting on the Pittsburgh 38, the second-year pro had completions of 33 and 13 yards to Hines Ward before hitting Miller for the touchdown. Roethlisberger was 17-of-26 passing for 225 yards, with no interceptions. Bettis gained 54 yards on 17 carries. Bettis and Roethlisberger both scored in the second quarter. On third-and-5 from the Chargers’ 7, Roethlisberger lined up in the shotgun, took the snap and scrambled into the end zone. His TD came four plays after his apparent 47-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward was overturned after a challenge by Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. Ward made a sliding catch at the San Diego 31, and thinking he wasn’t touched by cornerback Quentin Jammer, jumped up and picked his way to the end zone. After watching replays, referee Jeff Triplette ruled that Jammer’s hand hit Ward’s foot while he was down. Bettis, missed the first three games while recovering from a calf injury sustained late in the exhibition season, scored on a 1-yard run. Bettis’ run capped a drive set up when James Harrison intercepted Brees, hurdled Tomlinson and gained 25 yards before being tripped up by Brees. An unnecessary roughness call against Chargers guard Kris Dielman added 15 yards. San Diego pulled to 14-7 on an 11-yard scoring pass from Brees to tight end Antonio Gates with 34 seconds left before halftime. That drive started after a 48-yard kickoff return by rookie Darren Sproles. The Chargers had gone ahead 16-14 on Nate Kaeding’s third field goal of the second half, from 41 yards with 11:41 to play. Kaeding also had field goals of 34 and 32 yards in the third quarter. Kaeding’s 32-yarder, with 3:54 left in the third, came one play after Willie Williams broke up a pass from Brees to Gates in the end zone. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Trailing 22-21 in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger moved the Steelers into San Diego territory and had completed a 9-yard pass to Antwaan Randle El when he was hit on the knee by the helmet of Chargers rookie lineman Luis Castillo. Roethlisberger was replaced by Charlie Batch, who has played only a handful of downs the last three years. Batch handed off three straight times to Bettis before Reed’s kick. Roethlisberger ran for one touchdown and threw for another, and Bettis rushed for a TD in his season debut for the Steelers (3-1). San Diego (2-3) had its two-game winning streak snapped. Roethlisberger, whose knee was bent back awkwardly on the hit, was driven off the field on a cart after the final gun. San Diego had gone ahead on LaDainian Tomlinson’s 2-yard run with 4:42 left. Tomlinson was stuffed on a two-point conversion attempt that would have given the Chargers a 24-21 lead. last_img read more