Column: Road to Super Bowl still through Seattle

first_imgSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, talks with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.Allowing the Seattle Seahawks to embarrass them once this season was bad enough. Allowing them to celebrate winning the NFC West title in one of the final games at creaky old Candlestick Park just might have pushed Jim Harbaugh and his charges over the edge.The 49ers have struggled against playoff-bound teams all season, yet somehow found a way to pull out this one. Scoring three points in the second half isn’t usually a recipe for winning teams, but on Sunday the 19-17 victory was just enough to keep San Francisco solidly in the playoff hunt.It made for smiles all around, even from the perennially cranky Harbaugh. But even the best win of the year for the 49ers didn’t change one inescapable fact:The road to a second straight Super Bowl will almost surely go through Seattle. And that should be enough to wipe the smiles off the faces of any San Francisco fans.“If we keep doing our thing and they keep doing their thing, no question,” Gore said about the prospects of a January visit to Seattle.San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, left, carries the ball on a 51-yard run as Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) and cornerback Richard Sherman (25) look on in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot)So far this season, the Seahawks aren’t just unbeaten at home. They look unbeatable at home, including a 29-3 win in September where Colin Kaepernick was so bewildered by the noise and Seattle’s defense that he threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.It wasn’t much prettier last December at CenturyLink Field when the Seahawks won 42-13 against a team that was headed to the Super Bowl. By contrast, Seattle or any other team in the West hasn’t won in San Francisco since 2008, a streak that continued Sunday when Gore rumbled for 51 yards to set up a field goal with 26 seconds left to win the game.None of that seemed to matter much to the 49ers after pulling off a game that they desperately needed to win if they were going to have any hopes of regaining at least some bragging rights in a division they won the last two seasons. Seattle will almost surely break that run this season, but at 9-4 and playing about as well as they have all year the 49ers are in good position to join them in the playoffs.“We’re playing for our lives,” receiver Anquan Boldin said. “We’re playing playoff football right now. It’s win or go home.”Not quite, but it’s getting close. And losing at home to Seattle might have been a killer blow psychologically, if not mathematically to the 49ers.“I don’t know if it was their Super Bowl, but they played a great game,” Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant said.They also talked a great game. There’s no love lost between the teams and it showed, with players jabbering at each other after plays and referees quick to step between. Both quarterbacks played respectably, but neither got to 200 yards passing, and in the second half defense dominated on both teams.Gore said before the game that the 49ers had to run the ball better to win, and took things into his own hands with 110 yards on the ground, including the big run that rescued San Francisco just when it looked as if Seattle would hold on to win.“We didn’t project it to be this way,” Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. “We expected to blow them out but they got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game, and that helps you especially on third down. We will see them again and it will be a different result.”Sherman likes to talk, of course, and has done his part to add to the animosity between the two teams. He doesn’t get along with Harbaugh, his former coach at Stanford, and he isn’t afraid to stir things up either on or off the field.But he plays for a team that can back up his words. The Seahawks took apart a good New Orleans team at home Monday night, then traveled to their division rivals and almost pulled off a win at a place where opposing teams in the West just don’t win.They’re 11-2 with games against the Giants, Cardinals and Rams left, and they seem perfectly set up for a deep run in the playoffs. They’ll almost certainly have a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the loudest stadium in the NFL — and perhaps the world — where they have yet to lose all season.Despite the loss, the road to the Super Bowl still goes through Seattle. And the Seahawks remain in the driver’s seat.___Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or read more


first_imgSTATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUPGovernor Newsom’s office is correct in acknowledging that we have made progress in reducing equine fatalities and we too recognize that there is still more work to be done. At Santa Anita, we continue to search for additional ways to improve safety and transparency and are fully committed to achieving the highest standards of care in Thoroughbred racing. Since March 2019, we have advocated for and implemented safety reforms unseen in our sport for generations. We are one of the country’s largest racetracks and training centers with 3000 dedicated horse people who work diligently to ensure that the 420,000 racing and training sessions that occur every year are conducted under the safest possible conditions.Each and every day, our priority is returning the horses who race and train at our facility to the safety of their barn. We will continue to build on the reforms in place while doing everything within our power to push for further meaningful reforms that put horse and rider safety at the forefront.last_img read more

Mendy vs. Mendy

first_imgHis personal path is also curious. The Madrid Mendy lived almost a miracle to return to walk because of a very serious problem in the hip and the Mendy citizen did not give a franc in France. In 2016, Marseille’s former left-wing and radio commentator, Eric Di Meco, said “a rat” would be eaten if Benjamin Mendy ever played with the French national team. When France called him shortly afterwards, the sideman himself called on Twitter to Di Meco to fulfill his promise … Today there is a duel more than peculiar, Mendy against Mendy. The spectators who follow the game on TV or radio will have to be attentive. In this Real Madrid-City and on the way back in Manchester there will be two Mendy facing each other. Ferland, in Madrid, Benjamin, the citizen. The two left sides and are not family, although both left the powerful quarry of Le Havre (Pogba …), which helps create even more confusion among fans. When the white club took Ferland, a fan went to Benjamin’s Instagram by mistake. “Prepare for Madrid,” he said. “You mean the other Mendy,” he replied, among smiling emojis, the City defender.Today, in addition to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Eurocopa are played. The fight to be the three of France is very expensive, this will be the Mendys, the brothers Hernández and Digne. Five faces for two holes in the final 23 list that Deschamps will have to deliver at the latest on June 2. They do not look like football, more stylist Madrid, hitting the Mancunian, but Ferland and Benjamin may be the duo of the same most expensive last name in history. Between them they cost 115 million euros. The City paid € 57M for his and Madrid paid € 48M for the man who sent Marcelo to the substitution.last_img read more

Melbourne in control at Sabina

first_img 108 LEAD Melbourne Cricket Club are in a commanding position entering the second day of the 2016 Jamaica Cricket Association’s Senior Cup final after claiming first innings points from St Thomas yesterday. Led by a topscore of 63 from national batsman Andre McCarthy, and 55 from Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith, many-time champions Melbourne posted a modest 181 in their first innings on a pitch that was flat and good for batting. National fast bowler Keno Wallace, who bowled impressively in his second spell from the downhill northern end, claimed four for 39 for St Thomas with support coming from leg-spinner Kenroy Williams, with three for 36. Playing in their first final, St Thomas were bundled out for 111 in reply with left arm spinner Chris Lamont bagged five for 38 and Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller, four for 21. Promising teenage pacer Oshane Thomas, who was recently picked up by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, ended with one for 19. Williams, 28, was the top scorer for St Thomas. Jamaica Scorpions representatives, captain Carlton Baugh Jr and Devon Thomas, made nine and five, respectively. Batting a second time, Melbourne closed on 38 for two for an overall lead of 108. “Our batting was a bit disappointing,” said Melbourne’s assistant coach, Ray Stewart. “However, at the end of the day, our bowlers came back and did a fantastic job for us. “The aim now is to try and bat as long as possible, and, hopefully, bat them out of the game.” Baugh said his team will be hunting early wickets today. “We are down but not out,” he said. “We have come from behind after losing first innings before and the aim is to try and do that on the final day, weather permitting.” Griffith, 15 not out, and McCarthy, 11 not out, will resume batting for Melbourne at 10 a.m. today. The left-handed Brown has so far taken two for 22 for St Thomas.last_img read more

San Miguel picks up momentum, sends Ginebra to 5th loss

first_imgRenaldo Balkman then picked Joe Devance’s pass to preserve the tie sending the game into overtime where 2013 MVP Arwind Santos worked his magic.The steal. #PBA2018— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) June 3, 2018Santos first knocked down a three-pointer to open the scoring and give the defending champions a 96-93 lead then hit another long ball for the 102-95 buffer with 2:00 left.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel continued to build momentum after its disastrous start as it scraped past Barangay Ginebra, 104-97, in overtime in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Beermen started the conference on a 0-3 spiral but has since won two straight to get to a 2-3 card while the Gin Kings lost back-to-back games and slipped to 1-5 to stay at the 11th seed.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo found the lucky bounce in his turnaround jumper over Greg Slaughter to tie the game at 93-93 with 1.1 seconds left in regulation.MVP PLAY! June Mar ties it! 93-93 0.6 seconds left! #PBA2018 STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) June 3, 2018 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Without Ravena, Alas, Road Warriors fail to match KaTropa’s fire power Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We knew from the start that this would be an exciting game because both of us are struggling in this conference and this game is very important for both teams,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria.“Fortunately we’re able to get this win and I think it could be a good morale-booster for us going into our next games. This was the game that I’ve waited for from my players and I’m happy for them.”Balkman finished with a game-high 27 points with 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Beermen while Fajardo had 24 points and 19 rebounds.Justin Brownlee led the Gin Kings with 18 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and five blocks with Japeth Aguilar pitching in 17 points and seven boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Poultry farm employee’s murder trial underway

first_imgSix years after an Edun Poultry Farms & Hatchery employee met his demise during an alleged robbery, the accused, Mahindra Bishundial, called “Tyrone”, of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), is standing trial for the capital offence.A 12-member mixed jury has been empaneled to hear the case after the accused denied the indictment, which stated that he murdered Aga Khan, 57, on November 6, 2012 at Busby Dam, Craig, EBD during the course of a robbery.This current trial at the October Demerara Assizes is being heard by Justice Sandil Kissoon while Attorney Nigel Hughes is appearing for the man accused of murder. State Attorneys Orinthia Schmidt and Lisa Cave are prosecuting the case. A voir dire trial (trial within a trial) was heard at the High Court on Wednesday.Reports had stated that Khan had been confronted by several robbers and he handed over a bag. It was also reported that he was subsequently shot, and was rushed to the Diamond hospital, where he had been pronounced dead on arrival.It had also been reported that a porter was shot during the ordeal over five years ago. Police had said that Khan was driving motor lorry GJJ 2806, which was owned by his employer. It was observed that the men walked into the vehicle’s path and approached the now deceased man, ordering that he hand over cash.last_img read more

Police investigating charges after gravel truck collides with another truck

first_imgPolice state that the collision occurred when one of the gravel trucks, heading north on Nelson Road, went through a stop sign and t-boned a second gravel truck travelling on the highway. The second truck left the roadway, overturning on to its side and spilling its load.Both drivers were uninjured in the incident. The highway had to be temporarily closed to recover the overturned truck and for clean up. – Advertisement –last_img

Three things we learned from City 7 Schalke 0

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Aguero scored twice in Manchester City’s 7-0 thrashing of Schalke © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 13 – Manchester City smashed Schalke 7-0 to comprehensively book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League 10-2 on aggregate on Tuesday.Sergio Aguero struck twice before Leroy Sane came back to haunt his former side before the break. Sane then turned provider for Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden before Gabriel Jesus rounded off a stunning night for the English champions.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned:Sane stings Schalke againLeroy Sane shone against his former side Schalke © AFP / Oli SCARFFSane’s stunning free-kick five minutes from time in the first leg that brought 10-man City level at 2-2 in Gelsenkirchen was the turning point in the tie.A product of Schalke’s academy, Sane did not celebrate his strike that night or City’s third in front of the travelling fans at the Etihad but will have been delighted to again make his case for a more regular start to Pep Guardiola.A star of City’s romp to the Premier League title last season, Sane has perennially been left on the bench this campaign with Guardiola preferring Sterling, Silva and even Riyad Mahrez of late.But the German international’s calm finish and assists for Sterling, Silva and Foden took his tally to an impressive 14 goals and 17 assists despite limited minutes.Quadruple dream faces tougher testsLeague Cup winners, Premier League leaders and now both Champions League and FA Cup quarter-finalists.City may face a gruelling schedule in the final two months of the season, but they remain on course to make history with a quadruple of trophies.Undoubtedly tougher tests than a Schalke side languishing just above the Bundesliga relegation zone lie in wait.However, the impact made by Foden and Jesus off the bench suggests City have the strength in depth to cope with going for glory on four fronts, whilst the likes of Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will soon be back from injury to lend their hand to the quadruple quest.No Champions League BrexitOn a day when political turmoil over the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union reigned, the Premier League’s revival in the Champions League continued unabated.For the first time in eight years at least three English sides will be in Friday’s quarter-final draw as City joined Manchester United and Tottenham in the last eight.And more could be to come when Liverpool look to complete a clean sweep for the Premier League from three Anglo-Bundesliga battles when they travel to Bayern Munich on Wednesday with their last 16 tie poised at 0-0 after the first leg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Hours until Gooners phones stop working’ – Tottenham fans looking forward to NLD

first_img Tottenham v Arsenal: Spurs fans backing Harry Kane to score in the Capital One Cup Will Harry Kane open his account in the League Cup?If he does, then he couldn’t wish to do it against anyone else, with Tottenham’s bitter rivals Arsenal heading over to White Hart Lane.The north London sides have been drawn against each other in the third round, with Spurs striker Kane yet to score so far this season. The Tottenham faithful would love him to do it here and they have been tweeting ahead of the match. 1last_img

Jose Mourinho’s betrayal rant ‘a slap in the face for Chelsea players’, talkSPORT told

first_imgVeteran goalkeeper Shay Given has criticised Jose Mourinho’s latest media outburst, saying the manager’s accusations of betrayal are a ‘slap in the face’ to an already suffering Chelsea team.Mourinho pointed the finger of blame at his players following Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Leicester City, saying they did not follow the plan he worked for days to formulate ahead of the crucial clash.The boss, whose future at the club has been the topic of discussion with the club’s board over the past 24 hours, said after the game: “My work was betrayed.“I worked four days on this match. I prepared everything related to the opponent. I identified four movements where they scored almost all their goals. My players got all that information, you can ask them, they are honest guys who will tell you it is true.”But Given, special guest co-host on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, believes publicly shaming his squad was the wrong call from the experienced coach.“I think betrayal is a very strong word,” said the Stoke City glovesman.“You’re supposed to be in the same camp, together and pulling in the same direction, so to use the word betrayal is a real slap in the face to the players.“By saying that, he’s effectively washing his hands of the team’s performance, but as the manager he should be doing the opposite and backing his players and sticking up for them.“If he does feel betrayed, he should have kept it within the four walls of the dressing room, and not brought it out into the media.”It’s been a remarkable change of fortunes for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, who are now just one point above the relegation zone after Monday’s loss.The team look a shadow of the side which cantered to the title with relative ease last season, and Given believes the Blues’ fall from grace is one of the biggest in football history.He added: “Chelsea are not at it. It doesn’t look like they’re playing for the manager.“They’ve gone from Premier League champions to a relegation fight. It’s the biggest fall we’ve ever seen in any league in the world.”last_img read more