Brathwaite, Brooks Fifties Fire Windies

first_imgMANCHESTER, England -Half-centuries from opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks formed the foundation of a solid West Indies reply, on the penultimate day of the second Test against England on Sunday. At tea, West Indies were 227 for four in their first innings – still 242 runs behind – with Brooks unbeaten on a polished 60 and accompanied by Roston Chase on eight. Brathwaite had earlier top-scored with 75 in a critical 76-run, fourth wicket stand with Brooks which saw West Indies get the better of the second session, after they resumed from lunch on 118 for two. Shai Hope, unbeaten on 25 at the interval, perished in the third over following the resumption when he nicked one from left-arm seamer Sam Curran and was caught at the wicket. West Indies resumed from their overnight 32 for one after rain forced the abandonment of the entire third day and flourished in the first session as Brathwaite and nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph extended their second wicket stand to 54 before being separated. The right-hander put on 53 for the third wicket with Brathwaite, who was the second victim of the session, chipping a return catch to seamer Ben Stokes after facing 165 balls and hitting eight fours. Brooks has so far struck 10 fours off 115 deliveries. On 14 at the start, Joseph made 32 with three fours before being taken at short leg by Ollie Pope off Curran who has taken two for 35. CMClast_img read more

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Steelers prep for post-lockout transition period

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—New Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake walked through the team’s practice facility on Pittsburgh’s South Side late Monday afternoon with a purpose.“Now,” Lake said as he headed up the stairs to the coaches’ offices, “the real work begins.”Hours after the NFL’s four-and-a-half-month lockout was officially lifted, things weren’t quite back to normal yet at Steelers headquarters. But they were at least on the way to getting there.By Tuesday morning, players were permitted to report to the team facility for voluntary workouts. And like the other 31 teams, the Steelers were to open negotiations with unsigned players.Still, expect some confusion and chaos during what will be a frenzied week. Even Steelers President Art Rooney II—a member of the owners’ labor committee—was hazy on the terms of the transition period for the new collective bargaining agreement and its compacted schedule.The Steelers will report to St. Vincent College in Latrobe by 3 p.m. Thursday and will perform a conditioning drill. Their first official practice is Friday.“We only received this memo a short time ago, so I want to put a little caveat out there: I could be wrong,” Rooney said midway through a late-afternoon Monday press conference. “I am going to give the best information I can give you.”It became clear Rooney, like everyone else, still was learning the details of the free-agency period, signing deadlines, reporting dates and training camp practices that traditionally take place over the course of months, but is compressed into mere days in this most unusual of offseasons.“It’s fair to say we’re in uncharted territory,” Rooney said. “We’ve never had to start up a league year like this. It will be different, but every team is in the same boat. Once we get to September, I know that coach (Mike) Tomlin feels like we’ll be prepared to play, and that’s got to be our mindset: Be ready to play when the season kicks off.”Tomlin said back in March that the lockout could, in fact, be an advantage to the Steelers. The team has a veteran roster already set in its ways that, the theory goes, has less to gain from offseason workouts than a younger, less-experienced team.Also, Tomlin reasoned, the Steelers annually undergo little turnover relative to many other teams. Plus, there was less wear-and-tear this summer on the team’s older bodies.“Having a veteran team can be an advantage in a lot of different circumstances,” Rooney said. “But it is hard to predict. It is up to our players and coaches to make sure that is an advantage and prepare in a way to take advantage of that if that occurs.”Pittsburgh has 14 unrestricted free agents and two restricted free agents, but only one of those players (cornerback Ike Taylor) started on offense or defense last season. Taylor is the only Steelers free agent expected to garner heavy attention on the open market, though other contributors of last season’s AFC-champion team are free agents.Also, the Steelers are currently over the salary cap of $120 million, and Rooney said the team will be talking with some its players about restructuring their contracts to provide cap relief this season.“Being prepared to get under the cap is something we’ve been through before. The challenge this time around is to handle that business in such a short period of time,” Rooney said. “But our guys are back there right now, trying to work on how we will get there and trying to piece together the rosters.”The players association successfully negotiated the elimination of two-a-day practices and reduced practice workloads both in terms of frequency and in their intensity.Rooney said he had “mixed feelings” about such things, but that it was an issue the owners gave on.“It’s probably fair to say that if it were up to us, we probably would have had a little different approach to some of the practice rules,” Rooney said.Although Rooney said he had not yet spoken to commissioner Roger Goodell about any of the Steelers recent potential violations of the league’s personal-conduct policy, he did say that he expected to hear from Goodell soon.Earlier this month, receiver Hines Ward was arrested on a drunken driving charge, and linebacker James Harrison was quoted in Men’s Journal magazine ripping Goodell in scathing fashion.“These things will be under review by the commissioner’s office in due time,” he said, “and we will be communicating about these things.”last_img read more

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Steelers training camp will be here before you know it! (June 12)

first_imgby Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier•I would be lying…you would be lying…the whole courtroom would be lying (sorry, a little Al Pacino there “And Justice For All”—you don’t know). Anyway, anybody that tells you they had the Toronto Raptors beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Championship would be lying. !• Speaking of being a reader…and not you because you’re reading…but for those who don’t…you need to put them on point. Every African American within reach should be reading and subscribing to the New Pittsburgh Courier. C’mon Man!•Just in case you thought it was over, it ain’t over. Your Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Saint Vincent College on Friday, July 26 for their 54th consecutive training camp. And, this year’s cry is “Redemption!” The cancer has been removed, egos are back in check and the ultimate objective has been reestablished. The team is going to the Super Bowl; not individuals, the team! Camp runs until Aug. 15. Practice is free to all visitors each day from noon to 6 p.m. Special note—you can get your photo with a Steeler legend daily from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.•Hey, just a word to the wise. Summertime is here. That means you have to be ever more aware, eyes wide open, no texting and driving—kids all around you!•You know you want this movie review, so shut up and take it like a grown-up. And, this one’s not for everybody, but if you loved “Bennie and the Jets” then you’ll love “Rocketman,” the movie. I give it three basketballs.•As always, it is your duty and in your best interest to vote Donald Trump out of office!!!•GAME OVER! Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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Improvements Coming to the Artesian Well

first_imgImprovements About to BeginOver the coming months, the City of Olympia will be making improvements to the Downtown Artesian Well. A rendering of these improvements is shown at right.Highlights include:Surface improvementsSolar lightingA community message boardA raised area to fill bottlesFirst Phase Starts August 27 and 28City of Olympia crews will begin construction of a new drain at the well on August 27 and 28, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.The new drain will improve water discharge. Crews will also construct a temporary filling station for well users during the construction. Rich Hoey, Interim Public Works Director, says that the goal is to keep water accessible during construction.  However, there may be times when this is not possible, plan ahead and fill extra bottles.Future ImprovementsLate September/early October:Concrete workNew signage and community information boardMid-October/early NovemberSolar lights and flower polesBrick work and remaining surface improvementsSpring 2012A public art project provided by a grant from the Downtown Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA).What to Expect – Impacts:Fencing is for Everyone’s Safety: During times of active construction, the work site and equipment will be fenced, including around the well. Access Impacts: There may be times when access to the well is not possible. Please plan ahead.What You Can do to HelpPlan ahead – fill extra bottles.Keep area clear of debris.Stay out of fenced area.Check the City’s website for updates.For More InformationFor more information about this project, contact Danelle MacEwen, Engineering Technician II, at 360.753.8211 or email [email protected] our website for construction updates. ####olympiawa.gov/artesianwell Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Date: August 25, 2011Released by: Danelle MacEwen, Engineering Technician [email protected]last_img read more

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