Jason Garrett still safe, Jerry Jones says, after Cowboys fall to .500

first_imgJason Garrett will remain coach of the Cowboys for at least another week despite a home loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving.Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones told reporters following the 26-15 defeat that he will not make a coaching change even though his team is now 6-6 and in danger of being overtaken by the Eagles in the NFC East. Some Cowboys player is screaming in the locker room right now. It lasted for at least a minute pic.twitter.com/mNX60YEC7y— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 29, 2019The Cowboys will take on another 6-6 squad, the Bears, next Thursday at Soldier Field in Chicago. Jones expressed optimism that the players and coaches can eliminate the team’s mistakes over the final four weeks of the regular season.”Do you believe in redemption?” Jones asked a reporter, who replied in the affimative (video per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). “I am a redemption man, too, so I think that you can change, to some degree, who you are.”Material from Omnisport was used in this report. MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureJones believes Garrett is still the right coach to get the Cowboys to the playoffs.”This is not the time for me [to make a coaching change],” Jones told reporters postgame. “I’m looking ahead at another ballgame. I’m looking ahead at winning four or five straight and helping write a story they will talk about, how it looks like you’re down and out.”And I mean that. That’s the way that I’m operating. Every decision that I make over the next month will be with an eye in mind to get us in the Super Bowl now.””I wouldn’t make a change and give us a chance to do what I want to dream about doing. I wouldn’t do that for love nor money,” Jones said. “It would give us zero chance if we didn’t have [Garrett].”MORE: Who will replace Garrett if Cowboys fire their coach?Jones reportedly was on the verge of tears postgame. The emotion matched that of some of his players. One could be heard screaming inside the team’s locker room.last_img read more

McKeesport tramples Gateway to earn conference title

first_imgAPPLYING THE PRESSURE—McKeesport’s Delvon Simmons (52) pressures Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson. Simmons is a highly regarded defensive tackle for the Tigers. (Photos by William McBride) The McKeesport Tigers lived up to their billing as the hottest team in the Foothills Conference by shutting down the Gateway Gators, 28-14, Oct. 29 at Walter “Pete” Antimarino Stadium. The entire McKeesport defense went Alligator skin hunting as they they were able to snap the mouth shut on the Gateway offense. The Tigers “Soul-Patrol” defensive secondary consisting of Hodari Christian, William Burton, Wayne Graves, Kevin Johnson and Charles Davis held Gateway’s quarterback Thomas Woodson to only 3 completion in 15 attempts in the first half. In the first quarter, defensive stars Branden Jackson and Delvon Simmons took matters into their own hands. The dynamic duo snapped Gateway’s 26-game conference winning streak, along with coach Terry Smith’s run of three straight conference championships.Without question, the offensive most valuable player is tailback Sam Gooden, a compact back who used his outstanding burst to dismantle the Gators defense. Gooden rushed for 167-yards and four touchdowns. He went over 1,000 yards for the season.After three short touchdown runs by Gooden the Tigers went into halftime roaring with a commanding 21-0 lead. Gooden picked up where he left off in the third quarter by sprinting 49-yards for a touchdown to extend the Tigers led to 28-0.In the fourth quarter the Tigers must have developed a case of ‘sleep apnea’. Gateway was able to rattle McKeesport’s defensive cage a little in the second half.Gateway, upset by the McKeesport players doing a “gator chomp” after every play, rallied behind super sophomores Darin Franklin and Woodson. Franklin cut the lead to 28-7 after blasting in from the one yard line. The lead was sliced to 28-14 after Franklin caught a 9-yard touchdown from Woodson, whose arm must have been tired after putting up an incredible 44-passing attempts during the game.Gateway scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and had their fans hoping that this rally would give them a shot in the arm, but the Tigers proved to be a Dr. Jack Kevorkian shot in the arm! The Gateway offense came alive but their defense was too physically worn down to contend with the three-pronged rushing attack of Goodman, Jamar Patterson and Kevin Johnson.“Our quarterback is a heck of an athlete and these are the games you learn the most,” coach Terry Smith said. “We got better tonight. But we’re going through growing pains with starting six sophomores. We’re trying to get better and minimize our mistakes.”When the Gators take the field before games, they are greeted by the theme song from “Rocky”. And, like an over-matched boxer, Gateway withstood punch after punch from a physical McKeesport Tigers offense, but in the end, Gateway couldn’t avoid the knockout.“We have a young improving team, so don’t count us out yet,” said assistant Don Smith and former Westinghouse High School head coach. “I wouldn’t trade our defensive backs for anybody. We have Armstead Williams, Nolan Toran and we may be getting Dondi Kirby Jr. back for the playoffs. I think Kirby is the best in the country. He is 6’3 and has the wingspan of a guy 6-foot-6.”Gateway played all season without All-American Dondi Kirby Jr. (Torn ACL), who could potentially return within the next week or two. “He’s going to see the doctor next week. I don’t think he is going to play,” said Smith. “I won’t play him as long as he’s limping. We need him, but his future is more important.”The Gators dipped deep into their bag of football tactics Friday night, but just could not get anything going. In four of the last five years, the winner of McKeesport-Gateway has gone onto at least the WPIAL championship; in 2005, McKeesport went on to win the PIAA Quad-A championship. With recent history on their side don’t count out the Tigers or the Gators from reaching the championship swamp of Heinz Field.last_img read more

Peerless SC captures Calcutta Football League title as East Bengal grants walk over

first_imgAdvertisement 5fzdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsq82Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E933h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4mWould you ever consider trying this?😱s4jCan your students do this? 🌚9oRoller skating! Powered by Firework Peerless SC are the Champions of Calcutta Football League Premier Division A in 2019. They have collected 23 points in 11 matches in the whole tournament. In the meantime, they defeated two Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in the league. However, Md Sporting were able to beat Peerless SC in this season.Advertisement Today, East Bengal club management did not send their team to play the match against Customs at Kalyani. The match was supposed to be played on 29th September. However, it was not possible to play the match on that day because of poor ground condition. The match was scheduled at the home ground of East Bengal.Advertisement 29th September was the day where all the title decider matches were scheduled. Peerless SC won their respective match against George Telegraph by a margin of 2-0. Both the goals were scored by Kromah. East Bengal needed to win their last match against Customs by a margin of 7 goals. It was merely impossible and that’s why the club management of East Bengal decided to grant a walk over in the last match. They stated that their head coach Alejandro Garcia would be on leave. With this official announcement, Peerless SC won the Calcutta Football League this season.Barcelona officially announce Antonie Griezmann as their playerAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Brathwaite’s 20 not enough for Daredevils

first_imgMOHALI, India, (CMC): West Indies’ Twenty20 World Cup star Carlos Brathwaite sparkled but for a brief moment as his Delhi Daredevils continued their erratic form in the Indian Premier League to plunge to a nine-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab here yesterday. Chasing 182 at the PCA Stadium, Delhi started well but then faltered to finish on 172 for five, missing the chance to join front-runners Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions on 12 points. They now lie third on ten points after losing their fourth game of the season. Brathwaite hit three sixes in his 20. South African opener Quinton de Kock lashed a top score of 52 from 30 deliveries in a 70-run first-wicket stand with Sanju Samson, who made 49. Karun Nair stroked 23, while Brathwaite, batting at number five, smashed a four and a six in scoring 12 from six balls before top-edging a pull at seamer Sandeep Sharma to be caught at midwicket in the 18th over. At that stage, Delhi required 28 runs from the last two overs, but a brilliant penultimate over from medium pacer Mohit Sharma, which cost just three runs, turned the game firmly in Kings XI favour. Wriddhiman Saha and Marcus Stoinis had earlier struck the joint top score of 52 as Kings XI mustered 181 for five after being sent in. Opener Murali Vijay chipped in with 25 from 16 balls. Brathwaite proved expensive as his two overs of medium pace leaked 20 runs.last_img read more

Oral Tracey Column

first_imgThe dissenting voices against Usain Bolt being voted the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year across all sports by members of the international media ahead of tennis’ Novak Djokovic, football’s Lionel Messi, and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton are relatively few but quite fervent.I too would have voted for Bolt to win this award, not because he is a Jamaican, but because of the impact of his performances at the World Championships.Indeed, I am shocked that the American decathlete, Ashton Eaton, was given the nod ahead of Bolt for the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, but that is a separate issue.The core argument being put forward is that Bolt was not by any stretch of the imagination the most consistent athlete across all sports in 2015. Certainly, he was not more consistent than Djokovic, who won three of the four available grand slam titles and lost in the final of the other, therefore, Bolt should not have received this award.Just listening to this debate unfold, it confirms a fundamental deficiency in the analysis of sports performances in terms of impact and the magnitude of one performance relative to another.CONSISTENCY ARGUMENTThe notion seems to be that performances at the top in one sport automatically make that performance equal to the top performances in other sports. Nothing could be further from the truth. Winning three grand slam titles in tennis is hardly equivalent to winning three gold medals at the World championships.Not surprisingly, these are by and large the same voices that have been attempting to use the same flawed premise to make the case that Messi is the greatest footballer of all time based on his consistent performances season after season for his club.Again, there is a conspicuous inability or unwillingness to properly reconcile Messi’s excellent club achievements with his abysmal international failures. The simplistic thinking is that he is consistent week in, week out, so he is the best, with no regard for the magnitude of big-day performances.What the journalists across the world saw in Bolt’s performances in Beijing was enough impact in those big performances to outweigh all other performances.Who remembers that Novak won three grand slams?BIGGESTRACEOFTHEDECADEWe all remember vividly, though, that Bolt won the biggest race of the decade, repelling the threat of the drug-tainted Justin Gatlin and all that a victory for the American might have meant to the very credibility of the sport, thus the school of thought that Bolt not only retained his 100 metres title, but effectively saved the sport of track and field.These are the intangibles, the context and perspective about a particular performance which cannot be ‘Googled’ and will not show up on the stats sheet.Bolt does not have to compete every week on the Diamond League circuit to be crowned the Male Athlete of the Year. This award, after all, is not a consistency award.If there is a global event such as the World Championships and Bolt performed the way he did in Beijing in 2015, the sheer magnitude of those performances would have decimated all other performances on the relatively smaller stages provided by the other sports.That is why most of the astute international sports journalists across the globe quite rightly voted for the ‘Big Man’ as 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.Neither my fellow journalists nor I can be held responsible for anyone’s inability to grasp that simple principle.last_img read more

Missing Cyclist’s Body Found in Ganta

first_imgInvestigators from the Liberia National Police, headed by Senior Inspector Patrick T. Sudue recently uncovered the skeletal remains of the motorcyclist who was reported missing in July 2015.Inspector Sudue told the Daily Observer that during the interrogation of murder suspect Bill Lawrence, who was recently linked to the killing of another motorcyclist on September 30, he confessed his involvement in the cyclist’s death, saying he sold the victims’ motorbikes.According to Inspector Sudue, the culprit confessed that whenever he and unnamed friends were in need of money, they would get on a bike and ask the cyclist to take them home. It is then that they would eventually kill the cyclist and later sell the bike. “The suspect said they are three in number carrying out the deadly operation, but one of them (Decent Boy) was killed by angry mobs during the recent riot in Ganta,” he said.He said during his interrogation Lawrence confessed to hiring a motorcyclist on the night of July 26 and directed the cyclist to the Methodist Field (the same area where they did the recent killing) and then clubbed him to death.He said the body was disposed of in a pool of water and covered with leaves. They then sold the murdered cyclist’s motorbike for US$450. “After the confession,” said Inspector Sudue, “the culprit showed us the area where the body was deposited; and when we went there, we discovered a skeleton that was later identified as Prince Washington’s by his T-Shirt.”According to the officer, the late Prince Washington’s parents have been in search of him since July and reported him missing, but documents bearing the record of him being missing were destroyed during the ransacking of the police station in September.The police quoted the family as saying: “After we searched for Prince and could not find him, we thought that he had sold the motorbike and fled to Grand Gedeh gold field.” The wave of motorcyclists’ killings intensified in September when two bodies were discovered in one week in Ganta and nearby Blohn.Bill Lawrence was picked up by rioters on September 30 and during the rioting which left properties belonging to businessman Prince Howard destroyed, and his house set ablaze. A police station and the local office of the Drug Enforcement Agency were also vandalized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BYC Celebrates 2015 Coca Cola Cup

first_imgThe champions of the 2015 Coca Cola Big 8 Tournament, BYC I, has finally and officially celebrated their “title victory” in an awesome style yesterday at the Mamba Point Hotel in Central Monrovia.Attended by more than 50 people, including representatives from the Liberia Football Association (LFA), the 2015 BYC Coca Cola Award Ceremony was organized by BYC Football in collaboration with the Robert A. Sirleaf Foundation (RASF).The head coach of BYC I, Robert Larteh, dubbed Coach Pella and the team’s 3rd Captain Francis Jallabah presented the medals and souvenir disc which contained photos of the team during the tournament, to the players, technical and support staff as well as the management of the BYC Blue Field.A logical pictorial which showcased the players during the 10-day Coca Cola Tournament at the Blue Field Award Ceremony was shown.The tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) wonderful striker Van Dave-Harmon was awarded a “Sculpture with angels holding a football,” by BYC, but the Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah, in his remarks appealed to the BYC management for the “Sculpture” to be presented at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) during BYC games.Mr. Armah urged the players to be disciplined and work harder.The BYC captain during the Coca Cola Tournament, Francis Jallabah, alias Stopper and midfield defensive maestro, Gideon William, dubbed D-Jon or Bad Boy were selected as the co-MVPs. Both players are 22 years.Defender Jallabah has been with BYC Football since 2003, while Gideon joined the ‘Blue Family’ on loan from Watanga FC in 2014 and has finally signed with the team.BYC President Sekou Konneh and Mr. Sirleaf, on behalf of BYC Football and RASF, presented the duo ‘plastic plagues and bag of football materials,’ including iPhones.The BYC CEO, Mr. Sirleaf said BYC despite their “though moments” is the best playing team in the country and confident the team would reclaim future titles.For his part, Mr. Konneh said the ‘spirit of togetherness’ has caused the team to clinch the maiden edition of the Coca Cola Tournament.He said the upholding of the team’s morale and spirit lies in the hands of everybody and therefore urged the players and technical staff to remain focus.The Coca Cola Cup is the eighth trophy of BYC I. The team has won three Super Cups, two Championships and two Liberian Cups (Knockout).It may be recalled that on Sunday, May 10, during the grand final of the Coca Cola tournament between BYC I and Nimba United, Van Dave Harmon’s hat trick was enough for his side BYC in their 3-1 triumph over Nimba United to lift the trophy.Elijah Golo scored Nimba United’s consolation goal from the penalty spot after a defender of BYC was booked for committing a foul against opponent Titus Cooper of Nimba United in the penalty box. BYC, dubbed ‘the Go Blue Boys’ moved to the finals after a 1-0 win over IE, converted from the spot-kick by attacking midfielder Gideon Williams.In the preliminary rounds, the Go Blue boys topped Group A with nine points, winning all her games without conceding a goal. Coach Robert Larteh’s boys whipped Nimba United 1-0; Mighty Barrolle 2-0 and LISCR FC 1-0.Sunday’s defeat over Nimba United has shown that Coach Sam Chebli needs an overhaul in the middle and front to withstand the shots.Nimba United narrowly crossed over to meet BYC through a lottery shoot against NPA Anchors, 4-0, after the 90 minutes ended in one-all.Earlier, though the Mountainous suffered her first defeat to BYC 1-0, but drew with LISCR 2-2 and pinned Mighty Barrolle 2-1.The eight participating teams were awarded certificates of participation while Nimba United received a cheque for US$1,000 as runner and BYC got US$2,000 and trophy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

250 nursing students resit examination

first_imgThe 250 nursing students who wrote the 2016 nursing exams, which was allegedly compromised, took the test for a second time on Tuesday.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence along with her Junior Minster, Dr Karen Cummings, paid a visit to the students just before they wrote the examination at the Critchlow Labour College.At last: Some 250 Nurses re-sit Examinations after being in limbo since last year; the students from four nursing establishments representing the Counties of Demerara and Berbice were forced to retake the exams following the discovery of a breach after the two-day Clinical and Functional tests in October 2016In a statement released by the Health Ministry, the Minister said to a group of students “We are here to give you moral and spiritual support; we have full confidence in you”.Minister Cummings also spoke to the students and said “We know you will have good success. Believe in yourselves”.Those who re-wrote the nursing exams were students from the Georgetown School of Nursing, the Charles Roza School of Nursing located in Linden, the New Amsterdam School of Nursing and the privately-operated St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown.The students from the four nursing institutions were all forced to retake the exams after it was discovered that there was a breach following the two-day Clinical and Functional tests in October 2016.The nurses were outraged at having to retake the examination, staging multiple protest actions and calling for an alternative decision.However, after lengthy debates and discussions within the Public Health Ministry, it was determined that having the nurses rewrite the examination would be the best option.Investigations into the leaking of the professional examinations papers which were reportedly sold to students to the tune of some $180,000 are currently ongoing.The authorities are confident that the breach originated from the Nursing Council. However, they are awaiting an unknown person who is currently abroad to assist with the investigations.On Tuesday, Ministers Lawrence and Cummings said their presence at the College was to reaffirm their confidence in the integrity of the tests and the intelligence of the students.The Education Ministry was tasked with preparing and executing the exams and will also be responsible for marking the papers.The results of the examination are to be known on February 28.last_img read more

The Jury is still out in the Ballantyne case

first_imgThere’s still no word of a verdict in the Prince George second degree murder trial of 30 year old Leonard Freedom Ballantyne. He’s charged with death of 27 year old Neil McNamara, who died from shotgun stomach wounds received in a Fort St. John apartment complex in September of 2006.The jury got the case last Friday afternoon and the period of jury deliberations is being cited by some obvservers as the longest for a Prince George jury trial in recent memory. – Advertisement –last_img

Arsenal transfer talk: Ozil out, one of these three exciting talents in?

first_imgArsenal were rocked when it was announced that club-record signing Mesut Ozil would be ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.It would seem to be a hammer blow to the Gunners, on the face of it, but not everyone sees it that way.Indeed in a recent talkSPORT poll, 62 per cent of Arsenal fans believe that Ozil’s absence could be a positive for the club, in as much as it will give others a chance to flourish in place of the lackadaisical playmaker.Some have even gone further with their criticism of the £42.5m man, urging boss Arsene Wenger to move him on and recoup as much of their expenditure as possible.Reports emerged earlier this week that Bayern Munich had enquired over the availability of Ozil during the summer, but Wenger dismissed them outright, insisting that he wanted to persevere with his temperamental star, but should the Frenchman have a change of heart, there is evidence enough that Arsenal wouldn’t be short of suitors.As the comment below shows, based on his performance away to Chelsea, Ozil’s apparent inconsistency and languid style is testing the patience of sections of the club’s support. 2 But if Wenger decided to buckle to their demands and move him on, who could he replace him with?Julian Draxler – SchalkeOne such replacement could be Schalke hot-shot Julian Draxler. A younger, more dynamic player to Ozil, the young German has been firmly on Arsenal’s radar for the best part of two years, but little has yet to come of their interest. As the 21-year-old proved in Schalke’s recent 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League, he certainly has the ability to mix it at the highest level as he inspired the Bundesliga outfit to come from behind against their monied opponents.Not only a talented technician, Draxler’s versatility has resulted in him playing both wide and central positions with relative ease, something Ozil has struggled with.Schalke’s comparatively poor start to the season could play a hand in his future, with the youngster likely to move on should the Konigsblauen fail to finish in the top four.Marco Reus – Borussia DortmundShould Wenger seek a replacement for Ozil, then he could always head further down the road to Dortmund and try to convince Marco Reus that North London is the perfect destination for him.His talents as a footballer are well documented, and his importance to Dortmund cannot be understated and his absence with an ankle injury has hit them hard – Dortmund currently sit 13th in the Bundesliga, with just seven points.Another player equally comfortable in wide and central positions, Reus is a far more direct player than Ozil, and his approach is perhaps more comparable to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez than his compatriot. Reports over a release clause in his contract being activated next summer could see Reus leave for as little as £20m – well within the Gunners’ budget.Yohan Cabaye – Paris Saint-GermainThe answer to Arsenal’s apparent problems may not be in a straight like-for-like replacement for Ozil, but in returning to a former target.The Gunners’ interest in Yohan Cabaye prior to his €25m switch to Paris Saint-Germain was reportedly serious, but given the Frenchman’s diminishing standing within the Ligue 1 giants squad a move could be on the cards.A known talent, Cabaye comes with Premier League experience and a style that suggests he would fit in well at the Emirates.His lack of football this season – Cabaye has played the full 90 minutes just once this campaign – has led to him being quoted as saying he is ‘not happy’ in the French capital. A move to Arsenal might just be the perfect remedy.Arsenal fans, is it time to consider moving on Mesut Ozil? Who would you replace him with? Comment below… Mesut Ozil has been criticised 2last_img read more