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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:45 PM #1

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RADIO: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; en español, WGSO-AM, 990, FM, 97.9

RECORDS: New Orleans 3-2; Green Bay 4-2

COACHES: Saints, Sean Payton, 11th http://www.cmslamp.c...rsey-c-2_6.html season, 97-68; Packers, Mike McCarthy, 12th season, 118-63

PACKERS BREAKDOWN

LAST WEEK: A season with Super Bowl hopes suffered a crushing blow when two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers was knocked out with a broken collarbone, an injury that could potentially cost Rodgers the rest of the season. Unable to solve Minnesota's defense without Rodgers, the Packers lost 23-10 to the Vikings in Minneapolis.

OFFENSE: With Rodgers headed for surgery, the Packers will turn to backup Brett Hundley, a third-year quarterback who Green Bay has been grooming for three years. Hundley completed 18-of-33 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against Minnesota's punishing defense, but the Packers are high on the UCLA product. Hundley, like Rodgers, has exceptional mobility and a strong arm. The problem for Hundley is that Rodgers is far from the only injury affecting Green Bay. Three of the Packers' starting five offensive linemen — LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring), RT Bryan Bulaga (concussion) and LG Lane Taylor (knee/ankle) left the game against the Vikings with injury, leaving only C Corey Linsley and Saints legend Jahri Evans as sure bets to play in front of Hundley on Sunday. Battered by injury all season, the Packers have started a different offensive line combination in every single game so far and allowed 23 sacks, tied with Detroit for worst in the league. If the Packers' line or Hundley's legs can give him time, though, Green Bay has exceptional skill players. Wide receivers Davante Adams (28 catches, 339 yards), Randall Cobb (26 catches, 246 yards) and Jordy Nelson (25 catches, 290 yards) form a devastating trio, although Nelson has been banged up. Tight end Martellus Bennett is a load, and the running back combination of Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery has had its moments, but the injuries have been crippling.

DEFENSE: The Packers secondary has been hit hard by injury. Green Bay opened Sunday's game without starting cornerbacks Kevin King (concussion), Davon House (quadriceps) and safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), then lost cornerback Quinten Rollins to injured reserve with an Achilles injury. Cornerback Damarious Randall, who has two interceptions this season, and Pro Bowl safety HaHa Clinton-Dix are healthy, and the Packers might get some of those starters back this week, but the secondary was peppered with rookies and backups against Minnesota. Green Bay's defense ranks 14th overall and 18th in http://www.steelersp...eys-c-1_14.html yards per play allowed, led mostly by the front seven. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry still form a formidable pair of pass rushers off the edges, and Matthews is devastating when he shifts to blitz from inside. Nose tackle Kenny Clark and interior rusher Mike Daniels are both talented, and second-year linebacker Blake Martinez has blossomed, leading Green Bay with 48 tackles and six tackles-for-loss. For all of that talent, though, the Packers have merely been middle-of-the-road on defense this season, ranking 19th in rushing yards allowed per play and 18th in passing yards per play.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Mason Crosby has a consistent and powerful leg. Rookie punter Justin Vogel and the coverage unit is limiting opposing return men to just 3.5 yards per return. Green Bay's return game is nowhere near as dangerous as Detroit's; Trevor Davis has speed but lacks Jamal Agnew's track record.

 



Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:59 PM #2

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — In the visiting http://www.cowboyspr...sey-c-1_56.html locker room after Green Bay lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Packers spoke of how theyd rally behind backup Brett Hundley in the absence of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Not linebacker Clay Matthews. He called Rodgers’ broken collarbone a potentially season-ending injury — “disheartening.With injuries atop of injuries, Matthews said the next-man upmentality was being thrown to the wolves.

On Thursday, Matthews struck a more optimistic tone as the Packers get ready for Sunday’s home game against the New Orleans Saints.

At first, you cant help but have this kind of doomsday mentality,Matthews said. When your quarterback goes down, I dont care if its Aaron or anyone else, thats the thing that makes the team go.

Like Rodgers, Matthews is one of the veteran leaders on the Packers. He and Rodgers are friends as well as TV commercial co-stars.

After a tough start to the week, Matthews likes the way the team has practiced.

If anything, I think its put a little bit more focus on every other position, every other guy in this locker room,Matthews said. Were all behind Brett now, and weve all got to pick our game up. Its going to be tough sledding, but were up for the challenge.

It will be a big challenge against the Saints, who have won three straight after dropping their first two games.

Quarterback Drew Brees has given the Packers fits, with six 300-yard passing games in six starts. In their previous matchup, a 44-23 rout by the Saints in New Orleans in 2014, Brees threw for 311 yards and had almost as many touchdown passes (three) as incompletions (five).

Theyve really been picking up steam, and you dont have to look any further than last weeks game against Detroit,Matthews said of the Saints52-38 victory. Theyre going to air it out. Drews kind of the thing that makes that whole offense tick.

Without Rodgers leading one of the NFL’s top offenses, the teams key defenders know their unit must pick up some of the slack. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers was happy about the teams two takeaways against Minnesota, http://www.0750xsaf....sey-c-1_76.html and an injury-riddled secondary could get back starting cornerbacks Davon House and Kevin King.

I think it will actually push guys to play a lot harder knowing that they have a different quarterback back there,safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said. Im excited about it, man. The defensive guys are excited about it. Were ready to roll.

NOTES: Besides Rodgers, G Lane Taylor (ankle) and S Morgan Burnett (hamstring) did not practice. LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and RT Bryan Bulaga were limited, with Bulaga still in the concussion protocol. … Matthews took exception to Minnesota LB Anthony Barrs hit on Rodgers, which resulted in the broken collarbone: Im not going to go as far as to say hits are dirty, because Im sure plenty of fans from all sorts of teams have said the same thing about me,Matthews said. Its unfortunate it happened but surprised that there wasnt a flag. Obviously, Im going to say I wouldve pulled off on that but if that was their quarterback, I think its at the statute of limitations where you need to pull off.

 



Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:11 PM #3

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A subdued start to this week’s http://www.divasta.c...sey-c-1_14.html podcast (Given the devastating loss of Aaron Rodgers) quickly gives way to spirited talk of Brett Hundley, Mike McCarthy, and Kyler Fackrell. As you sulk through the workweek wondering what’s next, let the APC Pod crew offer a pep talk and a shoulder to lean on. And remember Everybody hurts. Sometimes.

To stay up to date on the latest from us, follow the show on Twitter @theAPCpod. As always, remember to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, via RSS, or on our BlogTalkRadio page to get the show delivered straight to your ears.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:52 AM #4

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SEATTLE — The Seahawks rose to prominence http://www.steelersp...eys-c-1_35.html under coach Pete Carroll with NFL draft classes that quickly announced their presence, almost absurdly.

In 2010 first-round picks Russell Okung (left tackle) and Earl Thomas (free safety) stepped into starting roles from day one. Receiver Golden Tate and strong safety Kam Chancellor gave early glimpses of what was to come.

In 2011, mid-round picks K.J. Wright (linebacker) and Richard Sherman (cornerback) became starters in the first half of their rookie season, beginning to transform the defense into a juggernaut.

In 2012, quarterback Russell Wilson and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner became immediate stars, lifting the Seahawks to Super Bowl contending status, seemingly overnight.

It would be nice to get that kind of immediate help every year. But there is a reason those three drafts are considered among the top five or so in the franchise’s 42 years that just doesnt happen very often.

Which brings us to the 2017 draft class, which got off to a rocky start in July when the Seahawks’ first pick, defensive lineman Malik McDowell, suffered a severe concussion in an ATV accident. He has yet to practice, and its uncertain if he will play this season. He was cleared two weeks ago to begin conditioning.

And the draft class took another hit Oct. 1 when running back Chris Carson — who was emerging as the most pleasant surprise of the entire draft suffered an ankle injury that required surgery. He is out at least two months.

But as the season takes another turn — from the bye week to finishing with 11 games in 11 weeks Seattle will hope for increasing impact from much of the rest of its draft class, beginning with Sunday when second-round pick Ethan Pocic is expected to make his debut filling in, along with veteran Mark Glowinski, at left guard for the injured Luke Joeckel.

Here’s an update on the entire 11-man class:

Round 2, Pick 35 — Malik McDowell, DE: As noted above, McDowell has begun conditioning with trainers, a significant step. Seattle has a http://www.officials...eys-c-1_91.html six-week window from now through Week 11 when it can activate McDowell from the Non-Football Injury list and have him return to practice. He could then practice for up to three weeks before he needs to be placed on either the 53-man roster or Injured Reserve. The key will be to watch each week if McDowell returns to practice. If so, there’s a good chance hell play this season. But if he has not returned to practice by Week 11, his season would be over.

Round 2, Pick 58 — Ethan Pocic, OL: Pocic has been active every game this season as the backup center and guard. He hasnt been needed, though he has played 41 snaps on special teams. But that is expected to change Sunday with Seattle coaches saying Pocic likely will split time with Glowinski at left guard. Whoever plays better is likely to take over until Joeckel can return. Its hard to know what to expect out of Pocic, and Seattle will give him time to develop.

Round 3, Pick 90 — Shaquill Griffin, CB: Griffin, who many thought could make an immediate impact given the needs in the secondary, hasnt disappointed his 256 snaps are by far the most of anyone in the rookie class. He has been a regular in the nickel package and against the Rams moved into the starting lineup in the base defense with Jeremy Lane sidelined. He could fill that role again this week, or even keep the job even when Lane returns.

Round 3, Pick 95 — Delano Hill, S: Hill has played just four snaps on defense as a backup strong safety but has played 45 snaps on special http://www.authentic...sey-c-1_20.html teams. The hope is that Seattle’s starting safeties stay healthy, making this a developmental year for Hill.

Round 3, Pick 102 — Nazair Jones, DT: Jones has fulfilled the Seahawkshopes this season, serving as a regular in the rotation at tackle he has 101 snaps, third-most of any rookie and sixth-most of any defensive lineman.

 

 



Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:07 AM #5

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants http://www.cowboyspr...sey-c-1_37.html hope to extend one development while ending another when they host the Seattle Seahawks Sunday in MetLife Stadium. After earning their first victory of the season Sunday night in Denver, the Giants will try to take two consecutive victories into their bye week. To do so, they must end their three-game losing streak to the Seahawks, who defeated them in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The first two of those games were played here. The Giants lead the series that dates to 1976, 9-8. They last faced the Seahawks on Nov. 9, 2014, a 38-17 loss in Seattle. The teams last met in New Jersey on Dec. 15, 2013, when the Seahawks won, 23-0. Seattle won two games before its bye and arrives with a 3-2 record. The Giants are 1-5.

What is the Seahawks’ biggest strength?

A talented and cohesive defense. Eight of the 11 starters have played in the same system together for five years. The four-man secondary – cornerbacks Jeremy Lane (six years) and Richard Sherman (seven) and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor (eight apiece) -- is as cohesive a unit as there is in the NFL. The Seahawks have 2016 Pro Bowlers on every level of their defense: ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril (who is headed for injured reserve with a neck injury), middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, and Sherman. Lane was inactive vs. the Rams with a groin injury. Thomas and Chancellor form the best safety duo in football. Kris Richard is in his third season as the defensive coordinator, but his 11th on Seattles staff. This is a talented, aggressive, intelligent, experienced and determined group of defenders.

Which player is key to the Seahawks’ offense?

Russell Wilson makes the offense go. Few quarterbacks frustrate opponents as much, or are as good at making plays outside the pocket. Wilson forces defensive backs to cover a large area for an extended period of time, and he has great touch and is an accurate thrower on the move. Although he prefers to pass, Wilson is Seattle’s second-leading rusher with 154 yards, including 62 yards on nine third-down runs. Wilsons 90.6 passer rating is 14th in the NFL, but his fourth-quarter rating of 128.5 is the leagues http://www.0750xsaf....sey-c-1_37.html best by a wide margin. Wilson has thrown five touchdown passes and no interceptions in the fourth quarter. Seattle’s formula for success is to protect the football (five giveaways in five games), convert third downs (42.9%, ninth in the league), and let Wilson create big plays.

What is the strength of the Seahawks’ offense?

Their talent at the skill positions. Although it sometimes seems as if Wilson could win as a solo act, he has plenty of support. Leading rusher Chris Carson was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, but Eddie Lacy is a veteran who has run for more than 3,500 career yards. Thomas Rawls is also in the mix. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and tight end Jimmy Graham are Wilson’s go-to targets. Both of them move around the formation in an attempt to create mismatches, and they have combined for 48 catches and two touchdowns. Baldwin usually lines up in the slot and has been Wilsons most-targeted receiver for four consecutive seasons. Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett have very good deep speed.

Which player is key to the Seahawks’ defense?

It’s possible to select any one of seven players, but well go with Thomas, a ballhawking centerfielder with excellent instincts. He was selected the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in Seattles most http://www.cmslamp.c...sey-c-2_52.html recent game, a victory against the Rams in Los Angeles on Oct. 8, when he had seven tackles (six solo), an interception and a forced fumble.

 



Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:26 AM #6

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IRMA — A teacher at Lincoln Hills beaten by a http://www.dantecube...rsey-c-2_8.html teenage inmate says a court order to cut back on punishment has the teens "emboldened" and "basically running the show now."

Pandora Lobacz is a longtime teacher at the state's juvenile school for male offenders at Irma — and she tells reporters in Milwaukee and Wausau she had a heart monitor installed after a larger inmate beat her in the face last week. Lobacz blames the July court order from federal Judge James Peterson which ordered reductions in the use of pepper spray, handcuffs, and solitary confinement.

Lobacz also said it's "horrible" that Gov. Scott Walker has never visited Lincoln Hills to see the conditions for himself. The state corrections agency says officials have visited Lincoln Hills often, and major changes have been made as a federal probe treatment of inmates is about to end its third year.

Dems make new pitch for medical marijuana

MADISON — Two Madison area lawmakers are traveling across Wisconsin to try and get more people to support their bill to allow medical marijuana.

For years, Democrats have brought people struggling with pain to the state Capitol for a news conference — and it has never helped, as majority Republicans have turned aside several efforts to allow pot for medicinal purposes. This time, Assembly Democrat Chris Taylor of Madison and Jon Erpenbach of Middleton are taking their case to the people.

They were in La Crosse Tuesday, and they plan to be in Wausau and Green Bay Wednesday and Milwaukee Thursday. They introduced their latest bill in February, and the GOP has not held hearings on it.

Forbes 400: Menard still state’s wealthiest

NEW YORK — John Menard Jr. of Eau Claire is still the wealthiest person in Wisconsin.

The annual Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans has Menard 47th, one spot lower than last year as the head of the Menards' home improvement chain has a net worth of $9.9 billion. Herb Kohler, who chairs the Kohler Co. of Sheboygan County, is 52nd, same as last year with a net worth of $8.5 billion.

Diane Hendricks of ABC Supply in Beloit rose 28 places from last year to No. 122. James Cargill II of Birchwood, an heir to the Cargill food company, is 161st. Four members of the SC Johnson family of Racine are 186th — and Judy Faulkner http://www.officialc...rsey-c-1_2.html of the Epic Systems medical record software firm in Verona, jumped more than 100 places to 219th.

UW medical school dean opposes GOP abortion training limits

MADISON — The dean of the UW-Madison medical school says a bill to limit abortion training would kill the university's program to train all pregnancy health professionals.

Robert Golden made the remark Tuesday at a Senate hearing on a GOP bill to ban UW employees from using private clinics to train medical residents, and performing abortions at non-hospitals. The bill seeks to nullify an agreement between the UW medical school and Planned Parenthood that allows university faculty to train students at the group's clinics.

Golden says it seeks to comply with the law that bans tax resources for abortions — while keeping the school's accreditation for its OB/GYN program. He said the bill would not prevent abortions, but it would weaken a program that addresses a shortage of OB/GYN across the state.

 

 



Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:28 AM #7

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In an era when live summertime http://www.packerspr...sey-c-1_48.html entertainment in small Southern towns proved scarce, one of the hot tickets in Lebanon was admission to fast-pitch softball games at Shell Oiler Park where the Oilers and some of the finest teams in the mid-South battled it out beneath the lights on a dirt infield.

Assembled by local businessman Danny Evins, who opened the first Cracker Barrel Restaurant in 1969, the Shell Oilers flourished from 1965 until 1972. The squad, which finished third in the state its first two seasons, was the first team in the Nashville area to qualify for the nationals after winning the South Atlantic Regionals in August 1971. In mid-September, they competed in the Fast Pitch Softball Championship in Springfield, Mo., where they wound up in 10th place.

Evins, who was 29 when he started the ball club, was the heart and soul of the Shell Oilers as well as its benefactor, covering all the expenses of equipment, uniforms and traveling across the country. He even built one of the finest softball fields of the day, Oiler Park, which was dedicated May 27, 1966, on Coles Ferry Pike. More than 50 years later, the site, now blacktopped, has been transformed into the parking lot for the Jimmy Floyd Center.

Season tickets for Shell Oiler home games cost $15 as the hometown boys played some 15 to 20 games in Lebanon. The facility included dressing rooms for the Oilers and their guests as well as a player lounge where athletes could slip 50 cents in a Coke machine and pull out a Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer in a long-neck bottle. For a time, the gung-ho Evins even had games broadcast live on WCOR Radio with Clyde Harville and Tilford Elkins behind the microphone.

Wilson County natives, brothers Gordon and Bruce Skeen, along with Evins, were likely the only three players who stuck with the team through its eight-year span.

Bruce Skeen, 72, one of Lebanon High School's all-time great athletes, shares a funny anecdote on the team leader, who was one of his best friends.

"Danny Evins was batting once and struck out. If the catcher missed the pitch, and there was nobody on first base, you could run to first just like in baseball. The ball got past the catcher, and everybody hollered at Danny to go to first. Well, he had gotten mixed up after his swing, and he took off for third. This confused the http://www.49erspros...sey-c-1_11.html catcher, who threw the ball to third, and Bobby Hill, our manager, told Danny to slide, which he did, and the ump down there called him safe," said Bruce, laughing as he talked.

"Then they threw the ball to first base, and the home plate umpire called him out. Danny came into the dugout and said, 'If anybody laughs at me or says one word about that, you won't be on the team tomorrow.'"

Evins' son, Meacham, 58, was bat boy for the Shell Oilers as a lad and later had a stellar pitching career at Friendship Christian School and Tennessee Technological University.

Reflecting on childhood memories forged at Shell Oiler Park, he said, "That's where I learned to play ball, throwing softball underhanded with the players.

"Dad always had to have a project and when he did it, he was in it to win it, period," he says of his father, a right-handed pitcher, who in his prime stood 5-foot-10 and weighed 165 pounds. There were better hurlers on the team, but the senior Evins had pretty good stuff. He won 14 games and lost eight during the 1967 season as the team won 36 games and lost 13. In 1968, he threw a no-hitter against a Tullahoma team, striking out 12 in seven innings.

"He was a good pitcher. He wasn't overpowering. He was smart," said Meacham. "He had a wicked change-up. He was a deceptive pitcher and had a pretty strong arm. He was competitive, but he always was pretty humble. He knew the good pitchers and made sure they got to play. More than anything, I think he facilitated the Oilers."

While his memories as a six-year-old bat http://www.nemiza.co...sey-c-1_38.html boy have faded with the years, he remembers several big nights at the ballpark when his father brought in a four-man softball team, the King and His Court, led by super pitcher Eddie Feigner. Tickets for that May 18, 1968, game went for $1.50.

 



Posted 19 October 2017 - 04:54 PM #8

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The Arizona Cardinals were desperate for http://www.cmslamp.c...sey-c-2_57.html a spark at the running back position following the loss of David Johnson. The acquisition of Adrian Peterson gave them exactly what they needed. Peterson ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-33 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in his Cardinals debut.

Peterson, who had just 81 rushing yards on 27 carries in four games for the New Orleans Saints, had 84 rushing yards in the first half alone. He broke four tackles and ran for 57 yards after contact. He also produced two runs of 15 yards or more.

While it’s only one game, there is no denying the immediate impact that Peterson had on the Arizona offence. The Cardinals had averaged a league-low 51.8 rush yards per game before Week 6. To put that number in perspective, Arizona was on pace to become the first team since 1946 to average fewer than 60 rushing yards per game in a season. The Cardinals had been held to 18 points or fewer in four straight games, which was the longest streak in the NFL before they put up 38 points against the Buccaneers.

Head coach Bruce Arians talked about the energy that Peterson brought to the offence. “I havent seen this team run to the locker room at halftime with that much spring in their step in a long time,Arians said after the game. That energy was evident when Larry Fitzgerald and company celebrated Petersons first score with the Cardinals. Arians talked about how the offensive line delivered its best run-blocking performance of the season against the Buccaneers.

While Peterson didn’t have any pass targets, he was on the field for 15 passing plays including Fitzgeralds 11-yard touchdown on a play-action http://www.steelersp...eys-c-1_40.html pass early in the second quarter. Establishing the run early helped sell the play-action and added another dynamic to the Arizona offence, which our NFL analyst Jabari Greer explained.

 

 



Posted 19 October 2017 - 04:10 PM #9

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On Monday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers http://www.cowboyspr...sey-c-1_54.html made a reported roster move official by adding quarterback Joe Callahan to the active roster from the practice squad. Of course, in order to do so the team needed to free up a spot on the 53.

They have done so by placing cornerback Quinten Rollins on injured reserve.

The extent of Rollins’ injury is not yet known, but he appeared to suffer a non-contact injury near the goal line in the second quarter of Sundays loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He hobbled off the field and was later taken to the locker room on a cart. Based on the circumstances of the injury and the quickness with which the team placed him on IR, it is possible that this may be a serious knee injury involving one or more torn ligaments, although that is speculation and has not yet been confirmed.

The Packers’ second-round draft pick in 2015, Rollins has been in the midst of a second straight disappointing season. As a rookie Rollins showed flashes that he could become a capable slot corner, as he played in 14 games with four starts and intercepted a pair of passes. When healthy in his second season, he was called upon frequently both in the slot and on the boundary, but struggled through a groin injury that limited him much of the year.

Healthy to start 2017, Rollins opened training camp as one of the team’s starting corners, coming off a strong set of offseason practices. However, he was quickly supplanted by other players and after playing as the teams primary slot corner through a few games, saw those job duties go to safety Morgan Burnett instead. However, Rollins was pressed into duty in the slot once again in week five against the Cowboys due to Burnetts injury.

The Packers now have just three cornerbacks who appear to be healthy: Damarious Randall, Josh Hawkins, and Lenzy Pipkins. Both Davon House and http://www.0750xsaf....sey-c-1_50.html rookie Kevin King missed the week six game in Minnesota with injuries and remain uncertain for the team’s next game against the New Orleans Saints.

 

 



Posted 19 October 2017 - 02:42 PM #10

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To the Average Joe moviegoer who http://www.authentic...sey-c-1_49.html doesn’t hail from our fair city, theyd probably say all Philadelphia has offered to cinema is an notable filmography from M. Night Shyamalan and Sylvester Stallone bounding the stairs of the Art Museum.

However, anyone who’s ever gone to the Philadelphia Film Festival knows differently.

This year’s installation, slated to run beginning Oct. 19 and through Oct. 29, will screen films at Ritz East A, Ritz East B, Ritz Five and Prince Theater. What can the scores of excited attendees expect over the 10-day period?

This year is built around oddities,said Mike Lerman, PFFs artistic director, adding that where previous iterations of the Fest tend to include more crowd-pleasers, this year will have something for everyone. The festival will kick off with a screening of the Craig Gillespie-directed biopic I, Tonya, featuring Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, a two-time Olympian who hired an assailant to attack a competitor.

Shyamalan, director of this year’s hit psychological thriller Split, will present actor Bruce Willis with the second annual Lumiere Award on Oct. 23 at AKA Washington Square. The director-actor team collaborated on Philadelphia-set The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, and after Willis was spotted in South Philly late last week, its believed the pair have teamed up to film Glass, the sequel to Unbreakable, scheduled for release in 2019.

If Lerman and PFF executive director J. Andrew Greenblatt were to sum up their feelings about the festival in a word, it’d be excited.The two recently gave a few remarks about the upcoming festival.

Here’s what they had to say:

What movies are you most excited to be shown at the festival?

Greenblatt: That’s a very hard question. Its a tremendous program, and Im really excited for people to see it. I tend to default to the opening and closing films. I love I, Tonya and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Theres so much throughout this festival that I do love, so many great films, and its hard to settle on one.

Lerman: I feel that way, too. It’s funny; I said I http://www.divasta.c...sey-c-1_32.html was going to make a hit list of the best films, but it ended up being the whole program. It’s a tough question to answer.

This is the festival’s 26th go-around. Whats unique about this year?

Lerman: This year is built around oddities. Many festivals in the past have been built around audience crowd-pleasers, but this year it’s more about hidden gems. The whole lineup is hidden gems; its a little odd, a little offbeat, it mixes up the tones, a little bit of adventure. Thats the idea behind it.

How do you decide which films to showcase?

Lerman: It starts with traveling the world and looking at the submissions and finding stuff we love. Past that, we work on negotiations, and what makes sense for the films, and we keep fine tuning and fine tuning it until we find the right fit.

What can someone who’s never been to the PFF expect?

Greenblatt: They can expect to see a collection of films that represent anywhere from around the world. Many of these films could be award winners at the end of the year at the Academy Awards. There are great foreign language films, a stellar crop of documentaries, some adventurous oddities; everything is in this lineup. You can’t go wrong with what you see if you see something on the lineup that interests you, go see it.

What are your favorite movies that take place in Philadelphia?

Greenblatt: If we avoid the most common ones, the common answer is to say Unbreakable (directed by M. Night Shyamalan, 2000). That’s my favorite movie of Shyamalans, and it was way ahead of his time. I also love Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam, 1995), and Im a diehard Philly sports fan, so its hard for me not to talk about Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, 2012).

Lerman: I really like High School by Frederick Wiseman (1968). I really like Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981).

If you could describe your feelings about the http://www.aescranna...sey-c-1_23.html festival in a sentence, what would it be?

Lerman: I’m incredibly excited and theres such a diverse lineup. Thrilled.

Greenblatt: My sentence was just going to be “excited.I feel the festival is adventurous, exemplary of the times and something that needs to be seen.

 



Posted 19 October 2017 - 01:49 PM #11

Ben Roethlisberger: Martav
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Welcome to another week of the Ben Roethlisberger Radio Transcript Show. Last we left our co-host, he was explaining his five-interception http://www.steelersp...eys-c-1_21.html day against the Jacksonville and postgame ... frustration, let’s say.

This week on 93.7 The Fan, Roethlisberger was back to talking about his teammates. Naturally, Martavis Bryant’s trade request confirmed by the Post-Gazettes Ed Bouchette to have happened two weeks ago was Topic No. 1.

Roethlisberger, in short, is on Bryant’s side. He told Ron Cook and Andrew Fillipponi on Tuesday hes happy to have him back in the fold, expects him to continue to work himself back into shape and isnt worried about what he or his agent did or did not do.

Martavis, I talked to him, he doesnt want to go anywhere,Roethlisberger said. Sometimes things come from agents because they want what they think is best for the player and dont realize that it ends up hurting the player. I dont know exactly what happened here, but I do know that Martavis, there hasnt been any inklings of unhappiness. Its unnecessary drama.

I also look at as, the person that broke this story first [NFL Networks Ian Rapoport] was the same person that broke the story that I wanted to be traded [in 2013], and I know theres zero percent truth to that, so I take some of the stuff that he says with a grain of salt too.

Cook asked Roethlisberger if he’d seen any lack of effort by Bryant.

None whatsoever,Roethlisberger said. As a matter of fact, this last week, I thought he gave more effort in the run game, in blocking for other guys. Theres a play, [Antonio Brown] catches a ball over the middle, runs toward Martavis, Martavis turns around, picks up a block and AB almost springs out of it. AB jumps up, starts celebrating with Martavis because he saw Martavis blocking. I think the effort was even better this week on his part in things other than just the passing game.

Fillipponi asked Roethlisberger about Bryant’s girlfriend, Deja Hiott, and her decision to go on Twitter and talk about his frustrations.

Yeah, I cant speak on that,Roethlisberger said. We landed and we all saw that. I dont know if its one of those things where at home youve got a bunch of people that are saying, Why arent you getting the ball, why dont http://www.officials...eys-c-1_73.html you do this, why don’t you do that?Almost just kind of gassing him up, if you will.

Like I said, Martavis is an asset to this football team. Hes done everything weve asked him to do. Obviously his numbers probably arent what he was hoping [or] expected, and probably all of us to a certain extent, but you also have to understand, hes been gone for a whole year. Its not like he missed six games, four games, eight games. This was a whole year. Thats tough. Im happy to have him back as his teammates and a football player and Im excited for whats gonna come down the road for him on this football team because because I can see how close he is and we are together.

Fillipponi asked how Bryant can see his snap counts go up.

 



Posted 19 October 2017 - 11:11 AM #12

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Five takeaways from the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the http://www.cowboyspr...sey-c-1_12.html Jets, which moves New England back into sole possession of first place in the AFC East…

AN INEXCUSABLE START

All’s well that ends well, Patriots fans could argue, but two Rob Gronkowski touchdowns and a pleasing final result doesnt excuse the first-quarter failures that put New England in a hole before Bradys Bunch even had a chance to take the field.

Given the circumstances, it just shouldn’t have happened. While not an official bye week, having last played two Thursdays ago gave the Pats a full 10 days to prepare for a division foe. The Jets and their 38-year-old journeyman quarterback came in as one of the NFLs weakest attacks. And even worse than that in the early going of games, having scored just seven first-quarter points over the seasons first five games.

So when the Patriots pinned their hosts at the 12-yard line on the opening kickoff, they put themselves in prime position to take the upper hand. Their position looked even better when New York, football’s ninth-worst team on third down, was still at their 12 after a couple of misfires. But the Jets got the yards they needed. The next set of downs, they converted third and eight. Then third and six. Then third and one, the last being a touchdown that capped an 88-yard march.

After Mike Gillislee fumbled, the Jets put together a 78-yard possession – to go up 14-0 and the Patriots were in an uphill fight they could never have expected to be waging. As much blame as the players have taken for the breakdowns that have resulted in New Englands underwhelming start to the campaign, when those busted coverages and viewed in conjunction with a start like Sundays its impossible not to shift a bigger portion of the blame upon the coaching staff.

With extra time to prepare, against a familiar opponent, in a road test against a team that had won three straight to tie New England atop the AFC East, the Patriots came out underprepared, seemingly strategically as well as emotionally, http://www.0750xsaf....sey-c-1_53.html and never more so than on the most critical downs. Even if the adjustments came eventually, that’s not a good sign moving forward.

Early in the second quarter Malcolm Butler was beaten for a touchdown by Jeremy Kerley, the modern-day Jerricho Cotchery in terms of otherwise-average Jets receivers who always seem to show up against the Patriots – though Butler made up for it in a way that made him as responsible for this victory as anyone.

With New York pushing for points late in the first half, and on the cusp of field goal range, Butler exploded in front of the targeted receiver and snagged his second interception of the season. That gave the Pats possession with 35 seconds before the half, at their own 37, and keyed by a long completion to Brandin Cooks Brady worked his magic and New England made it to intermission in a tied game.

Eventually the Pats opened up a 10-point lead, and with the Jets threatening to cut into it midway through the fourth quarter, Butler showed up again.  This time he was trailing the play from the back side, and just before tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was about to fall into the end zone, Butler joined Duron Harmon in making the tackle and knocked the ball free. Seferian-Jenkins didn’t regain possession until his body was out of bounds, so instead of a touchdown for the Jets, replay officials http://www.cmslamp.c...sey-c-2_19.html ruled it a touchback, and the Patriots got the ball at the 20 yard line going the other way. Given the time and circumstances, that was the type of play that could later be looked at as a season-turning strip.

 



Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:17 AM #13

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Three political forums will highlight two political http://www.dantecube...sey-c-2_67.html races in the days ahead. Here’s a look at how you can hear what candidates have to say.

School board seats

Residents can hear from candidates vying for seats on the Cleveland County of Board of Education at a forum tonight (Thursday).

The most locally contested race in the November election has nine candidates competing for four seats.

Candidates include Democrats Phillip Glover, Dena Green, Tommy C. Greene and Coleman Hunt; Republicans Danny Lee Blanton, Rodney Fitch, Robert P. Queen and Kevin Whisnant; and Kathy Falls who is unaffiliated.

This marks the first time the local race has been partisan.

Each of the candidates has been asked to participate in the forum which is sponsored by Cleveland Community College, Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce and The Star.

Moderators will ask questions to which candidates can give timed responses.

Residents can come watch the in person at Keeter Auditorium http://www.officialc...sey-c-1_40.html on the campus of Cleveland Community College, 103 S. Post Road, Shelby, or stay home and tune in on C19TV, Spectrum Cable Cleveland County and online at www.C19.TV.

 

 



Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:30 AM #14

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These sales data, recorded by the Fairfax <a href="http://www.divasta.c...sey-c-1_38.html">http://www.divasta.com/nazair-jones-jersey-c-1_38.html</a> County Department of Tax Administration, were provided by Black Knight Financial Services. For home sales elsewhere in the Washington area, go to washingtonpost.com/homesales.

ALEXANDRIA-BELLE VIEW AREA

Belle View Blvd., 1601, No. B1-Patricia A. Hines and Bobette Gladstein to Julian Mattia Vignoe, $246,000.

Duffield Lane, 1828-Timothy and Julia Fermoile to Parvaneh Payravi, $545,000.

Potomac Ave., 6613, No. B1-Lauren G. Short to Doyoung Lee Mitchell, $235,000.

Wakefield Dr., 6621, No. 714-Deborah A. Yarborough to Carolyn S. Burnett, $155,000.

ALEXANDRIA-FRANCONIA AREA

Bayliss Pl., 6128-Michael F. and Lori E. Roach to Nicholas D. and Sarah F. Carcone, $745,000.

China Grove Ct., 6593-Michael and Rebecca Mezny to Ayana A. Smith Brickhouse and Khalid Dawkins-Brickhouse, $375,000.

Dorset Dr., 6507-Stephen Robert and Kristen Crandall to James F. and Kathleen M. Anderson, $440,000.

Fieldhurst Ct., 7028-Derrick Everett and <a href="http://www.aescranna...sey-c-1_29.html">http://www.aescranna.com/kevin-pierrelouis-jersey-c-1_29.html</a> Michelle Cadwell Blackston to Dalia Najib, $514,900.

Governors Pond Cir., 5756-Dana M. Smith and Carolyn L. Cooper Smith to Julio Garriga and Zaida Gonzalez, $660,000.

 



Posted 18 October 2017 - 03:20 PM #15

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They may not be the typical Lansing family, but http://www.officialc...sey-c-1_60.html playwright Kim Carney is taking a bet you might recognize these die-hard Spartan fans.

Her play, “The Home Team,is coming to Riverwalk Theatre under the direction of Emily Clark. It features a family of Spartan football fans on the day of the Big Game. You know, that one with the OTHER Michigan school.

And into the mix comes one of the son’s new girlfriend who is (gasp) from Ann Arbor and rooting for her Wolverines.

Its a blue-collar family,said Doak Bloss, the assistant director. The fact that it is close to the university matters to the plot, but this family is not a typical Lansing familybecause theyre pretty messed up.

There is a mother in her 50s who has four grown children all still living at home. While the first act seems to be all about the game, things soon change with a big reveal at the end of act one.

Something happens that just turns everything upside down and turns the family into turmoil and the game doesnt seem to matter anymorethough they still do care who wins the game,said Bloss.

Shannon Bowen plays the outsider—the girlfriend, Erin. Shes the only one in the cast who is not from Michigan. She grew up in New Mexico where she happened to meet her Williamston-raised husband, Blake Bowen. She said this show has made her acutely aware of a lot of Michiganisms, especially with pronunciations.

She said as a child, she dreamed of going to the University of Michigan because Gilda Radner went there. It wasn’t until she met her husband that she learned there was a difference between U of M and MSU.

I got read the riot act over that,she said. I didnt know there was a difference.

While the play features some pretty die-hard Spartan fans, it’s not really a play about football. Its a play about a family and the people in it breaking free from the ways theyve defined themselves their whole life and http://www.cowboyspr...sey-c-1_41.html about breaking free from each other.

It uses football as the launching point,Bloss said. Were talking about Spartan lovers getting ready to enjoy the big game. Its probably the biggest event in their lives, but there is a revelation at the end of act one which you see slowly emerging that just changes everyone. Football is still going on, but the family has to confront their prejudices and feelings about things they dont want to think about.

 

 



Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:36 PM #16

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Justin Turner delivered a major home run on http://www.packerspr...sey-c-1_35.html Sunday night that Dodgers fans will remember for a long time.

Turner crushed a 3-run walk-off home run to beat the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS 4-1. Turner’s big blow was actually the first walk-off home run for the Dodgers in the postseason since Kirk Gibsons famous homer off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series.

After the game, Turner, who grew up a Dodgers fan, said he considered pulling a Gibson fist/arm pump around the bases.

Growing up here, coming back signing with the Dodgers, I told everyone one of my earliest baseball memories I was four years old at my grandmas house watching that game in 88, seeing [Gibson] hit that homer. So it feels pretty cool,Turner told TBSSam Ryan after the game.

I thought about doing the fist pump around the bases. Well wait til we get to the World Series for that hopefully.

The Dodgers now lead the series 2-0 against the http://www.49erspros...sey-c-1_54.html Cubs as they head to Chicago for Games 3-5 beginning on Tuesday.

And of course because it came up, here’s Gibsons memorable homer:

 

 



Posted 18 October 2017 - 01:44 PM #17

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Seahawks by 7.5: The Giants stunned the NFL with http://www.dantecube...rsey-c-2_6.html a rousing upset of the Broncos and now they come home to face Pete Carroll's Seahawks. This is the second week in a row that Big Blue is facing a team coming off its bye. Can the Giants find any momentum with the way they performed in Denver and take a two-game winning streak into their bye?

Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner. With all the big names on the Seattle defense, Wagner is often the most overlooked. The two-time All-Pro has a team-high 41 tackles through five games and also ranks second on the team with three passes defensed, is tied for second with four quarterback hits, has one interception and one fumble return, which he returned for a touchdown in Seattle’s Week 4 win over Indianapolis. Wagner's also a cousin of Giants Ring of Honor member Justin Tuck. Don't be surprised to see Wagner all over the field.

Game plan

The Giants did an outstanding job up front offensively in preventing Broncos LB Von Miller from wrecking the game, even though he did record a sack of Eli Manning late. This challenge will be different, however, as the Seahawks can attack from a variety of spots, which will put pressure on all facets of the offensive line. Michael Bennett, Frank Clark and former Jet Sheldon Richardson lead the way. Obviously, the Seattle secondary - still the Legion of Boom - is ready, willing and able to take over. Safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are the league's best tandem. Odell Beckham Jr.'s season-ending ankle injury robbed us of another classic showdown between Beckham and cornerback Richard Sherman. Can the Giants' defense follow its blueprint of dominating Denver's Trevor Siemian and do the same to Russell Wilson? Unlikely, but if Olivier Vernon (ankle) returns, he and Jason Pierre-Paul (three sacks against the Broncos) could give Seattle's beleaguered offensive line problems on the edge with DTs Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson continuing to play well inside. The Giants have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends in five games and now they have to try to slow http://www.cowboyspr...sey-c-1_18.html down the Seahawks' Jimmy Graham. LB Keenan Robinson and S Landon Collins excelled in coverage with their best games of the season against the Broncos. It will be interesting to see if Giants can come anywhere close to their rushing output of last week when Orleans Darkwa topped the 100-yard mark for the first time.

 

 



Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:32 AM #18

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First-year tennis player Heidi Marshall, who http://www.packerspr...sey-c-1_25.html with classmate Alayna Barrera will compete in the Division II state doubles championships this weekend, was named the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division Most Outstanding Performer.

Marshall, who won the SBC Lake division first singles tournament for the team champion Fliers, chose tennis over volleyball this season.

Also earning first team honors in Lake division singles was Barrera, Clyde’s Jil Eisenblaetter and Norwalks Megan Berry.

Second team selections included Serena Bruno (Perkins), Alana Armstrong (Sandusky), Gabby Horowitz (Norwalk) and Lizzie Ratliff (Norwalk).

First team in doubles included Perkins’ Maria http://www.49erspros...sey-c-1_36.html and Diana Schoder, Norwalk’s Macy Miller and Jordan Gran, and Clydes Siera Hisey and Saylor Meyer.

 



Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:43 AM #19

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Chiefs running back Charcandrick West and http://www.aescranna...sey-c-1_23.html wide receiver Albert Wilson didn’t practice on Tuesday, two days before thegame at Oakland.

West is in the concussion protocol after taking a hit in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Wilson didnt play in that game.

Listed as limited practice participants http://www.js-lanhui...sey-c-1_20.html were center Mitch Morse (foot) and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee).

 

 



Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:01 AM #20

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Acredite se quiser: estamos na Semana 6 da temporada 2017 e não há mais times invictos! O último a cair foi o Kansas City Chiefs: o http://www.authentic...sey-c-1_60.html time pagou o preço por um primeiro tempo horrível e acabou perdendo em pleno Arrowhead Stadium para o Pittsburgh Steelers. Surpreendente! O time da Pensilvânia se recuperou em grande estilo do revés da semana passada para os Jaguars e mostrou ao mundo que está mais vivo do que nunca na briga por playoffs. A defesa de Pittsburgh teve uma atuação primorosa e garantiu o placar de 19 a 13 na tarde deste domingo em Kansas City.

Para se ter uma ideia do tamanho do domínio, o ataque dos Chiefs, melhor em pontos da NFL, foi para os vestiários na primeira etapa com oito, isso mesmo, oito jardas totais! Quando Alex Smith finalmente acordou, já era tarde demais. Ofensivamente, Le’Veon Bell foi o destaque com uma partida monstruosa: 179 jardas terrestres e um touchdown! Com o triunfo, os Steelers se isolam na liderança da AFC North! Já Kansas City estaciona em 5-1.

A promessa era de jogão no Arrowhead Stadium, mas, pelo menos na primeira etapa, foi um monólogo. Será que alguém viu os Chiefs por aí? Alguém viu o invicto? Não? O time simplesmente não entrou em campo. O melhor ataque em pontos da liga teve exatas seis jardas totais em todo primeiro tempo: 8 aéreas e -2 terrestre. Foi um domínio total e absoluto da defesa dos Steelers.  Parece que o grupo sentiu uma jogada lastimável do center reserva Zack Fulton logo no começo de partida: um snap horroroso que acabou saindo para o fundo da end zone. Safety para Pittsburgh!

Os Chiefs até colocaram os primeiros pontos no placar, mas não graças ao ataque: o time de especialistas recuperaram a bola e posicionaram http://www.divasta.c...rsey-c-1_9.html Harrison Butker para um chute de 46 jardas dentro do “Y. De resto, foi um domínio do ataque dos Steelers principalmente pelo chão. Ao contrário da semana passada, LeVeon Bell foi mais utilizado e teve 99 jardas ainda no primeiro tempo! O camisa 26 foi o responsável pelo primeiro touchdown do duelo em um avanço de três jardas. Chris Boswell ainda converteu um field goal curto, de 24 jardas, e Pittsburgh, de forma surpreendente, foi para os vestiários vencendo por 12 a 3.

 

 





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