Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich) Blame it on a combination of rust and the adrenaline rush that comes when facing an opposing pass rush for the first time in eight months.Still, there was plenty to like from Roethlisberger and the starting offense even without star wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell, including a 32-yard rainbow from Roethlisberger to Justin Hunter in the first quarter for Pittsburgh’s lone touchdown.“I wanted to leave one in play for him and I’m glad he made the play,” Roethlisberger said.New offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner allowed Roethlisberger to do a little bit of everything. They dabbled in no-huddle, earned at least two first downs on all three drives and Roethlisberger managed to spread the ball around even as he tried to get a handle on his accuracy.“A lot of guys caught passes and guys made plays,” Roethlisberger said. “So when you don’t have those big names out there, I like it because it showed to everybody that we can do it.”MARIOTA OFF THE MARKTennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota’s hot start to the preseason — he’d led the Titans to touchdowns on two of the three drives he worked coming in — came to an abrupt halt against a defense that led the NFL in sacks last season.Mariota completed just 5 of 8 passes for 43 yards while playing most of the first half. He missed a wide-open Corey Davis for what would have been a long touchdown on Tennessee’s opening drive and his afternoon ended late in the second quarter when Steelers rookie safety Terrell Edmunds picked off a floater intended for Taywan Taylor.“Should’ve made that throw on third down, give Corey a chance to score,” Mariota said. “They busted the coverage. We should’ve made the most of that one.”Davis took the blame for the incompletion, calling it a “miscommunication.” Either way it was as close as Tennessee’s first-string offense came to a big play. Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis combined for 23 yards rushing on eight carries. Tennessee’s lone touchdown came on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert to tight end Anthony Firkser in the fourth quarter.“We’ve shown flashes of stuff we can do, we show flashes of potential, but potential means nothing,” Mariota said. “You’ve got to go out there and continue to get better and looking at this game, this past game, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.”Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) runs past Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (99) in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)BACKING UP BELLWhile Bell remains away from the team while waiting to sign his franchise tender, James Conner and rookie Jaylen Samuels impressed against the Titans. Conner ran 10 times for just 18 yards but also caught six passes for 52 yards, a portion of his game that has not been a strong suit.Samuels, a fifth-round pick trying to earn a roster spot, was a workhorse in the second half. He ran 11 times for 41 yards and caught four passes for another 36.“I’m not even happy,” Samuels said. “I’m not satisfied yet. I had a good game but there’s still work to do, still improvement to do.”MADE MENThe Steelers signed inside linebacker Vince Williams to a new four-year deal on Thursday just hours after inking Pro Bowl kicker Chris Boswell to a new five-year contract. Both showed why they’re worth the money. Williams took down Mariota in the second quarter for the first of Pittsburgh’s six sacks while Boswell converted all three of his field-goal attempts.NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no outward signs of protest during the national anthem.POSITION BATTLESThe Steelers remain in search of a punt returner. Pittsburgh gave second-year safety Cam Sutton a shot in the first half. He ended up fumbling on his first return (though it was recovered by teammate Rosie Nix) and making a fair catch on another. Rookie wide receiver Quadree Henderson, an All-American as a return specialist at Pitt, returned two punts for 14 yards.Landry Jones appears set as the primary backup behind Roethlisberger. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 44 yards and a pick. Rookie Mason Rudolph hit on 7 of 11 passes for 65 yards. Second-year quarterback Josh Dobbs did not play.INJURY WATCHTitans rookie linebacker Harold Landry, in the midst of an impressive first camp after being taken in the second round of the draft, left with an ankle injury in the first half and did not return. Tennessee remains without Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker, who is out after getting hurt during a joint practice with Tampa Bay. Linebacker Brian Orakpo (shoulder) missed his third straight game.Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver James Washington left in the second half with an abdominal injury. Wide receiver Marcus Tucker went down with an ankle issue and tight end Jesse James has a contusion on his back.UP NEXTTitans: Finish up the preseason when they host Minnesota on Thursday.Steelers: Play their annual exhibition finale against Carolina on Thursday when the Panthers visit Heinz Field.___For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) makes a catch for a touchdown as Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (25) defends in the first quarter of an NFL football game, , Dec. 31, 2099, in Pittsburgh. The play was originally ruled as incomplete, but was overturned, and ruled a touchdown on review. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger believes his right arm feels as good as it has at any point in his 15-year career. Maybe too good.While the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback threw for 114 yards and a touchdown in his brief preseason cameo during a 16-6 victory over Tennessee on Saturday, the 36-year-old admits it’s the throws he didn’t make that will stick with him as the defending AFC North champions get ready for the Sept. 9 season opener at Cleveland.“I wasn’t real happy with the way I threw the ball tonight,” said Roethlisberger, who completed 11 of 18 passes in three series. “I was kind of sailing some passes.”
In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, footballs sit on the turf ready for kick-off before the start of an NCAA football game between South Carolina and North Carolina State in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)A diversity study finds that White men still “overwhelmingly” fill leadership positions at top-level college sports programs and conferences, leaving a “consistent underrepresentation of women and people of color” in those roles.The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida finds only a slight improvement in racial and gender hiring for positions at Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The study examined positions that include university presidents or chancellors, athletic directors, faculty athletics representatives, conference commissioners and football coaching staffs.The overall grade was a D after the study examined data from the start of the 2018-19 season, combining a C grade for racial hiring and an F in gender hiring.“In our graduate program or any graduate program in the country — or even in an undergraduate program — a student with those grades wouldn’t be in school any longer,” said Richard Lapchick, the institute’s director and the lead report author. “They would be tossed out of the school on probation or even suspended. It just underlines the unacceptability of these numbers.”NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn didn’t immediately return an email for comment Wednesday afternoon.The study found that 337 of 395 leadership positions in the study (about 85 percent) were held by Whites, a slight decrease from 86.6 percent reported in the 2017 study. And White men predominantly held those positions, making up 73 percent of college presidents or chancellors and nearly 77 percent of athletic directors at 130 FBS schools.The study also noted that White men hold nine of 10 FBS conference commissioner positions.By comparison, there are 22 women working as presidents or chancellors (about 17 percent), with only five of those being women of color, according to the study. There are 12 women working as FBS athletics directors, and all but two — UNLV’s Desiree Reed-Francois and Virginia’s Carla Williams — from that small group are White.Carla Williams, center, speaks with university officials before a news conference announcing her appointment as the Athletic Director for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Williams is the first African-American female Athletic Director at a Power 5 school. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)Still, Lapchick said, the hiring of three women as athletic directors and another as an interim AD in the past year offered “the only encouraging news in this particular report” — which he called “a lot of bad news.”“Progress has been glacial,” he said.The number of head football coaches of color remained similar to last year, going from 17 to 19. White men made up 62.4 percent of assistant football coach positions for a sport in which 54.3 percent of the players are Black.Lapchick supports the creation of what he calls the Eddie Robinson Rule — named after the late longtime Grambling coach — that would follow the lead of the NFL’s Rooney Rule requiring teams to interview a diverse group of candidates for open positions.“For me the factor that really could start to bring about change is athletes becoming outspoken,” Lapchick said.“I think we’re going to start to see student-athletes at the college level, as well as professional athletes, saying: why aren’t there more head coaches or athletic directors who are African-American or Latino or Asian-American or whatever the case may be — why don’t they look more like those of us that are on the playing field? I think their voice is going to become a potentially powerful voice.”___More AP college football: http://apnews.com/tag/collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap
BILL NEAL:10—Simply put, that’s how we roll in the “Foot Hills” AKA Penn Hills. I thought 100 percent sure Aaron Donald, the superior two-time defensive player out of Indian Country by way of Pitt, would lead the LA Rams to Lombardi Gold by doing the one and only thing that can stop the Patriots and that’s…take out Brady! And, it almost was done…I guess almost isn’t good enough. I guess the Rams just weren’t good enough…:09—A shoutout to the latest Locker Room inductee for doing the right thing…reading my column every week. To my new main man “Carmen”…of Duquesne University Connection…You are now in the Locker Room.:08—Speaking of inductions, the great Connie Hawkins was inducted into the Pennsylvania Basketball Club Hall of Fame this past weekend. Joining the elite best of the best in the PA basketball family.:07—Put this on the things that make you wonder list. When I watch Stephen Adams play for OKC and dominate in the paint…I wonder what may have gone differently if Coach Jamie Dixon could have kept him for four years. I wonder???:06—Speaking of wondering and Duquesne University…and I was if you were paying attention. I wonder what “The Heck” the NBA has been thinking all these years not inducting Mr. Chuck Cooper in the NBA Hall of Fame! Are you kidding me? The Jackie Robinson of basketball is not in the NBA Hall of Fame. And I bet you didn’t know that. Well, that may change this year. Stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted the next couple weeks.:05—A.B. who? If they can trade Babe Ruth they can trade A.B.…who?:04—A shoutout to my friend Fred Crawford…he of local tennis fame. He’s reading “Overtime” on a weekly basis. And you should be reading, too. And not just my column but the New Pittsburgh Courier front to back. Shame on you, if you’re not a subscriber to the oldest Black publication in America. But, it’s not too late, sign up now…no not tomorrow, right now. Don’t make me come back there! Call 412-481-8302, ext. 134!:03—For the record, if Magic Johnson and LeBron can get Anthony Davis to L.A. the Golden State Warriors can get ready to get ready. And if Kyrie Irving decides to eat some humble pie and make nice with King James…The West Coast party is over!:02—If you’re reading this, it’s not too late for you to join us at the fabulous new social spot of the year, “Sugar and Smoke” in Bloomfield for the 4th Annual Dr. Cyril Wecht Western PA Humanitarian Awards honoring Ms. Joy Starzl, Henry Sowell and Company, Andrew Stockey of WTAE-TV, Bruce Schifino, Robin Cole – former Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Champion, Ms. Dayna Delgado (yes that Dayna) of the New Pittsburgh Courier and others on Saturday Feb. 9, at noon. Keynote Speaker is Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin “Freight Train” Parker. For information call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856.:01—It’s the long-awaited return of the original Magnificent 7. “Champions Live” Sports Talk Show live at the Savoy, Thursday, Feb. 14. Doors open at 5 p.m., free parking, free admission, cash bar, cash kitchen, family friendly, prizes, surprises, live audience interaction and of course the fabulous sensational models. Call Achieving Greatness Inc for information 412-628-4856.:00—GAME OVER. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier
LANGFORD, B.C. – British Columbia’s government has announced it’s boosting incentives to help homeowners and businesses save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.The Better Buildings program offers thousands of dollars in rebates and incentives to entice the switch to high-efficiency heating equipment and improve building envelopes, which include walls, windows, roofs and foundations.Premier John Horgan says helping people keep their homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter makes sense, and the efficiency they’re investing in will help B.C. reduce climate pollution.- Advertisement -Incentives include a $3,000 rebate for those who switch to high-efficiency electric heat pumps, up to $2,000 in rebates for upgrades on doors and windows and up to $20,000 for energy studies to help identify improvements in commercial buildings.The plan allows for $14,100 for a home and $220,000 for a commercial business to make the energy-saving changes.The CleanBC program announced last year was part of the agreement Horgan’s NDP signed with the B.C. Green party in order to form a minority government in 2017.Advertisement Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says in a news release that energy-efficient buildings are a key part of a cleaner future.“This program will help us get to our CleanBC goal of reducing climate pollution, making B.C. cleaner and creating good jobs that support families and sustain our communities.”The incentives aim to help replace fossil fuel heating systems with electric air-source heat pumps, improve insulation, encourage upgrades to high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and install more windows and doors that minimize heat loss.
MONTREAL – A Quebec mall says it is dropping a controversial decision to ban people under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent.Le Carrefour du Cap shopping centre, about halfway between Quebec City and Montreal in Trois-Rivieres, said in a statement Thursday that it was ending the practice despite what it calls “escalating problems regarding vandalism, theft and misbehaviour.”It said the “temporary measure” was driven by theft, increased vandalism, bullying against employees and clients, the use of bikes and skateboards inside the centre and other factors.The mall also said in a statement issued through a public relations firm that it wanted to apologize “for employing a measure without realizing the impact it could have on teenagers and their parents.”“The intention was to swiftly ensure security for all clients and all retailers, in face of an increasingly important level of problematic situations,” the statement said.The shopping centre says it will meet with local police and school board officials on May 7 to discuss solutions to vandalism, theft and misbehaviour at the centre.Trois-Rivieres police spokesman Luc Mongrain said Wednesday he was surprised by the mall’s decision because he doesn’t consider the location to be particularly problematic.He said officers were called to respond to loitering complaints about 10 times in the last year but did not make any arrests.