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first_imgWayne Rooney and Anthony Martial both trained today, after both missed Saturday’s win away to Watford in the Premier League.However, two players who came off in that game – Ander Herrera and Phil Jones – didn’t train today, nor did midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.last_img

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (21) tackles Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (11) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. Wheaton spent his rookie season knowing he could make plays but wondering if his body would ever cooperate. Consider the questions answered after the second-year wide receiver set up the winning kick in Pittsburgh’s opening victory Cleveland. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)The Steelers are 1-0 for the first time since 2010 and find themselves with a short week heading to Baltimore to play their hated rival on Thursday Night Football.The 1-0 record is looked at with both optimism and skepticism as the team looked like a Super Bowl contender in the first half last week against the Browns and a team who couldn’t beat Beaver Falls High School in the second half.Who are they really? The Ravens lost a tough game at home last week and certainly can’t afford to start the year 0-2. This game will tell us a lot about both teams and where their seasons may go.Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:1.   The defense needs to keep their heads in the game. Last week they fell flat on their face in the second half and against a team like Baltimore, at home on Thursday Night, that type of play won’t result in a win again.2. The defense must key in on Dennis Pitta. Pitta led the Ravens with 10 catches last week and is a dangerous tight end. In games like this, the tight end is an important outlet and taking him away will be huge.3. The offense must control the clock. Games between these two teams typically go down to the wire; so having a steady, stable running attack to chew up time is extremely important. LeVeon Bell will get the bulk of the carries and I’d be shocked if he ended up with less than 25 carries.4. The offensive line must keep Terrell Suggs off of Big Ben. He’s still one of their most dangerous defensive weapons and he can be extremely dangerous if he gets into the backfield.Here are a Few Things to Watch:1.   Special Teams-In these games, special teams make the difference. I’m anticipating a low scoring, tight affair. The kickers, punters and return men could very well decide the outcome.2.  Big Ben-He’s always a must watch but more interestingly will be if the team allows him to run the no huddle. If so, what plays will he call? I believe it’s important he does get this opportunity and that he mixes in both running and passing effectively.3. Ryan Shazier-The rookie looked really good in his first start and now it’s time for him to get introduced to a very heated rivalry. It’s expected he’ll play in many of these big games for years to come, let’s see what kind of an impact he has in his first one.4. Markus Wheaton-Wheaton had a solid game last week, hauling in six catches. I expect Antonio Brown to garner a lot of attention from the Ravens D, so Wheaton may be the number one receiving threat for the black and gold. Let’s see what he does with this opportunity.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chelsea Maguire |SHREWSBURY – Since the nation’s earliest days, the red, white and blue banner of stars and stripes has endured as a visible symbol of the United States, its citizens and the fight for freedom.But there comes a time when Old Glory shows signs of wear and tear and is no longer in a suitable condition to fly. According to Title 36, Section 176, Paragraph K, of The United States Code, that’s when the flag “should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”Shrewsbury-based Boy Scout Troop 50 will provide that service to the community with a dignified public Flag Retirement Ceremony Oct. 11 at Gopher Field at Borough Hall.Assistant Scoutmaster John E. Hogan will lead the ceremony, during which the scouts methodically take each flag apart with scissors, cutting stripe by stripe, because a flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. While this is taking place, the boys take turns reading words that tell the story of the importance of each stripe in regard to the history of our founding fathers, the country and the people, from gaining our independence from Great Britain to putting a man on the moon.Hogan describes the event as a very “somber and respectful event and a reminder of the importance of our citizenship and our community.”Sometimes the worn, torn or stained banners Troop 50 receives have stories attached to them as well, such as where they were flown and for how long. The stories are incorporated into the ceremony.Also participating in the Shrewsbury Scouting Program ceremony will be Cub Scout Pack 50, which includes boys ranging from first to fifth grades.Being outside after dark, in a field near a roaring fire, is an exciting experience for the kids, said Hogan. They listen to the scoutmasters tell them about the symbolism of the flag, the importance of the ceremony and how they must be responsible for treating the flag with reverence.The scoutmasters ask the boys to remember the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the name of freedom and liberty.Since the tradition began, many of the same Scouts have returned for the solemn remembrance, reading from a script they have especially for this ceremony, singing the national anthem and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, acting respectfully as each flag surrenders to retirement.A tradition such as this is not a simple flag burning, but in the words of Hogan “a funeral for an honored symbol of our nation which served its purpose.”The flag retirement ceremony will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 on Gopher Field at Borough Hall. Community members who wish to retire a flag can place it in a collection box left by Troop 50 in the vestibule of Borough Hall.This article was first published in the Sept. 20 – 26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFrank Maida has been desperately trying to replace sniper Patrick Martens since the sophomore center left the Leafs for the greener pastures of the B.C. Hockey League in November.Maida needs to search no longer for a player to replace Martens.Because just when it appeared a deal could not found Martens became available and has agreed to return to the Green and White starting Saturday against the Fernie Ghostriders.“It’s a great boost to our team,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Wednesday after his star sniper was released by the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL at the roster deadline.“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out for Patrick in the BCHL but we’re happy to have him back.”“We’ve added an real depth player and a great team leader and we’re all looking forward to having him back in the lineup,” added Maida, receiving the news Tuesday.Martens, recording three goals for 10 points in 21 games for the Langley Rivermen, appeared to be a mainstay with the BCHL club during the first 12 games. But during the past nine contests the native of Moncton registered one assist.“I think having Patrick back is going to be a huge confidence booster in the dressing room,” Maida confessed. “Patrick is a hard working player now with Junior A experience and will really help our young team.”The 6-foot, 180-pound speedster left Nelson as the scoring leader with 22 goals and 17 assists in 21 games. Martens also had a 14-game scoring streak during his 21-game stint in Nelson.Maida also added defenceman Andy Miller to the roster. Miller, who started the season off with the Leafs, was released but remained as an affiliate player with the Trail Midget Reps.Miller is expected to return to Nelson after he completes high school mid-term exams.The Leafs, 21-14-0-3, are currently locked into third place in the Murdoch Division, trailing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks by 16 points and second-place Castlegar by 12.The margin increased during the past month of the season due to the Leafs inability to keep pace with the front runners — Nelson is 4-5-0-1 in its last 10 games while both Beaver Valley and Castlegar are 8-1-0-1.“We need to focus on the little things in our game,” Maida explained. “I know we have the players who can score but we’ve got to work on our zone and prevent more goals which will turn into scoring opportunities at the other end.”Saturday’s game time is 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: After Fernie, Nelson has 13 games remaining in the season before the start of post season. . . . Martens is expected to be on the ice for Wednesday night practice with the [email protected]last_img read more