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PITTSBURGH —The Pittsburgh Steelers have spent all season juggling running
backs based on whos healthy and whos hot. Tim Jennings Jersey . Now its the wide
receivers turn. The Steelers will likely be without receiver Antonio Brown when
they host reeling Kansas City next Monday night. Brown sprained his right ankle
early in a 24-20 victory over the New York Giants last Sunday and coach Mike
Tomlin doesnt anticipate Brown being available. “Well see where the week takes
us, well leave the door ajar but usually (sprained ankles) arent positive
things, particularly for someone who earns a living the way he earns a living,”
Tomlin said. Brown leads the Steelers (5-3) with 42 receptions and is second on
the team with 499 yards receiving. If he cant go, third-year wideout
Emmanuel Sanders will likely take Browns place in the starting lineup. Sanders
caught two passes against the Giants, including a 4-yard touchdown, and added a
63-yard punt return in place of normal return specialists Brown and
Chris Rainey, who left the game with a rib injury. Veteran Jerricho Cotchery
will move into Sanders spot as the third receiver. Cotchery has taken on a
smaller role in his second year in Pittsburgh as the trio of Sanders, Brown and
Mike Wallace matured, but Cotchery tied for a team-high four receptions against
New York, doubling his season total. “Hes not a luxury (but) a necessity,”
Tomlin said of Cotchery. “We need quality guys that are capable of upholding the
standard … hes been consistently professional and prepared. When one of three
guys at the wide out position go down, we dont bat an eye.” Safety Troy Polamalu
and right tackle Marcus Gilbert have already been ruled out against Kansas City,
though Tomlin believes both can practice this week in a limited capacity.
Polamalu played in just two games this season due to a right calf injury while
Gilbert has missed a month. The typically tight-lipped Tomlin is pleased with
his teams progress during its current three-game winning streak. The Steelers
have gotten consistent performance out of the running game regardless of who is
in the backfield. Isaac Redman rushed for a career-high 147 yards against the
Giants in place of Jonathan Dwyer, who sat out with a strained right quad. Dwyer
had topped 100 yards in the previous two games while filling in for both Redman
and Rashard Mendenhall. Theres a possibility all three backs could be ready
against Kansas City, leaving Tomlin with a difficult choice, one hes not willing
to make just yet. “Whoevers being productive when healthy is going to get the
totes,” Tomlin said. “I really think its that simple. Im not going to make it
any more complex than it has to be. At times this season weve had a
running-back-by-committee approach because none of them had been overly
effective at that time. “When someones effective, theyll get the ball.” Mike Ditka Jersey . Louis Cardinals. The move
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. Fox 8 reports that Mathieus adoptive father, Tryone Mathieu, says that the
20-year-old star cornerback and punt returner known as the “Honey Badger” has
been at the Right Step recovery centre and is being counselled by former NBA
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scored seven in the first three innings on Monday night, the Astros were pretty
confident they were headed for a win. Jason Castro and Chris Johnson each hit
three-run homers and Norris threw seven scoreless innings to give the Astros an
8-4 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs. BEIJING - Chinese soccer chief Wei
Di used to be unfamiliar with soccer, calling himself a layman of the sport. Wei
Di was appointed Chinese soccer chief five months ago. Wei, 55, a former track
and field athlete specializing in throwing events, was never involved in soccer
in his athletic and sports management careers. But he was suddenly appointed to
his current post five months ago, tasked with saving the struggling sport in the
country that was hit by poor international performances, match-fixing scandals
and illegal gambling. Still, Wei, back from South Africa where he watched the
World Cup games for a way to lift Chinese soccer, believes he has got a clue
after witnessing the strong performances of the Asian teams. I congratulate
Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on their advances in the event. Im very
happy to see them make it again, Wei told China Daily. It convinced us that the
Asian teams are able to make a difference, as long as we keep moving in the
right direction, he said. Likewise, as long as we continue to work hard, our
team can play good soccer. Related readings: Where should Chinese football go
Calls to revive Chinese soccer hit a high after the ROK and Japan advanced to
the knockout stage in South Africa in succession. Defeating Denmark and
Cameroon, Japan finished as runner-up in Group G and became the second Asian
team to advance from the group after the ROK. The ROK team, which edged out
former European champions Greece and Nigeria in Group B, took its leave of the
World Cup with its players heads held high after pushing Uruguay hard in
Saturdays last 16 defeat. The games marked the second time for both teams to get
past the group stage after the ROK finished fourth and Japan made it to last 16
at the 2002 event, which was jointly held by the two countries. Wei said there
is lot for the Chinese team to learn from its Asian neighbors. He also praised
the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) players, who lost all of their
three group matches but maintained a strong fighting spirit throughout their
games. Israel Idonije Jersey. There is a lot for us
to learn from the DPRK; they dont have a professional league, they dont have
many overseas players and they dont have a large soccer population. But they
still managed to appear at the World Cup finals. It teaches us the never-say-die
attitude, Wei said. However, Wei made it clear that it is impossible for Chinas
soccer players to go back to the training system that the DPRK adopts. There is
no way we can develop the sport like the DPRK. We cant go backward. We have to
build up our league and send more players to gain overseas experiences to learn
the best soccer in the world, he said. The ROK and Japan seem to be perfect
models for China. But Wei, the former boss of national aquatic sports who led
the Chinese canoeing, rowing and sailing teams to win the countrys first Olympic
gold medals for the sports at the past two Games, insisted that Chinese soccer
should adopt its own way. Copying everything from others is a dead end. We need
to consider Chinas conditions. Wei will fly to South Africa again this week to
continue his fieldwork. But there is not much time left for him – China will
start its qualifying campaign for the 2014 Brazil World Cup Finals in October.
Undoubtedly, the growing strength of other Asian teams means it would be more
difficult for us to make it to the World Cup finals. They are improving and we
have to improve more quickly than they do to win the finals berth again, Wei
said. Still, Chinese soccer fans are not so optimistic about Chinese soccer.
According to a recent survey conducted by China Youth Daily, only half of
Chinese people are confident about the future of the sport at home. Sixty-eight
percent of young Chinese people born in the 1990s have doubts about the
prospects of Chinese soccer, the survey showed. ’ ’ ’ 

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