Pulis: Middlesbrough star can go to the top

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMiddlesbrough boss Tony Pulis insisted Adama Traore has the potential to play at the top level after the winger scored his first goal for the club in their 3-0 win at QPR.Daniel Ayala’s header and George Friend’s brilliant strike put Boro in control by half-time and Traore sealed their win with five minutes remaining.AdChoices广告“He can be frustrating at times, but I’m telling you if he works it out then he could be anything,” Pulis said. “You look at the top clubs in the Premier League and they’ve all got that electric pace and no-one’s as quick as this boy is.Embed from Getty Images“He’s starting to work it out a bit now and hopefully the penny drops. All we’re asking him to do is what he’s good at, which is to run forward with the ball and run forward without the ball.“When he does that, as you saw today, he’s unplayable.”Middlesbrough’s resounding win was their third consecutive away victory and they were comfortable once Ayala’s nodded them in front in the 24th minute. “In the first 15 minutes we looked a little bit out of sorts and QPR started really brightly,” said Pulis. “As soon as we got a goal we then went on and deservedly won the game. “For the players to put in that kind of performance and show that bit of character, I’m really pleased. “We played some good stuff at times, created opportunities, and when we had to roll our sleeves up and battle we restricted them to not many opportunities.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Wolff: Name change will include “A’s of Fremont”

first_img 0 0 Link to post bterreson TruColor 0 Share on other sites Followers 0 Link to post By marlinfan, November 15, 2006 in Sports Logo News Byron19 Posted November 15, 2006 Why not use ‘California Athletics’ instead?Because they don’t represent all of California in baseball. They don’t even represent all of California in the AL. They don’t even represent their entire metropolitan area. Share this post Next Guest Recommended Posts 4,065 posts Members Posted November 15, 2006 Share this post 0 UPDATED: Most popular NFL Team Sites (October 1-7, 2006)# Site US Visitors1. dallascowboys.com 394,8222. philadelphiaeagles.com 220,5813. chicagobears.com 214,0254. packers.com 208,4245. steelers.com 168,9786. patriots.com 126,9727. redskins.com 124,9828. raiders.com 103,4759. clevelandbrowns.com 99,12610. colts.com 87,826Admittedly it’s 2003, but:National poll ranks the Rams among most popular NFL teamsSt. Louis Business Journal – November 21, 2003The St. Louis Rams tied for the sixth most popular team in the National Football League in an annual Harris Poll released Friday.The team, currently tied for first place in the National Football Conference Western Division, received 7 percent of the vote in the poll, conducted Oct. 21-27. In 2002, the Rams received 11 percent of the vote, the same year they lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots.The Rams tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants.The Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers tied for first in the poll, with both teams receiving 12 percent of the vote.In previous years, the top teams garnered as much as 25 percent of the vote. Last season, for example, the Packers led the way with 17 percent. Admittedly, the Packers may have dropped in the past couple of years – people like a winner. I’d bet the Colts and Bears are near the top this year. Link to post Why not use ‘California Athletics’ instead? Posted November 15, 2006 Next up: the Texas Rangers of Arlington…. 0 Guest Location:Seattle Share on other sites Share this post Forums Home Posted November 15, 2006 0 GOD DAMN IT 0 0 Followers 0 Location:Belleville, NJ sacker12 Share on other sites punkmoo Share this post Members motor city squire 5,531 posts It’s important to have an inclusive location name. This is why the Green Bay Packers are the least popular team in the NFL.Are they really the least popular or are you being sarcastic? Even before I moved to Minnesota I knew a lot more Packer fans than fans of at least half of the teams in the NFL.Come on. 125 bterreson rams80 Share this post Guests Posted November 15, 2006 Guest 1,129 Share on other sites Members 0 Share this post Link to post Fred T. Jane marlinfan Wolff: Name change will include “A’s of Fremont” Mingjai Forums Home 125 It’s important to have an inclusive location name. This is why the Green Bay Packers are the least popular team in the NFL.Are they really the least popular or are you being sarcastic? Even before I moved to Minnesota I knew a lot more Packer fans than fans of at least half of the teams in the NFL. 125 Posted November 15, 2006 Posted November 15, 2006 Share on other sites Location:Burnsville, MN Fred T. Jane Members 35,628 posts Wolff: Name change will include “A’s of Fremont” Members Guests 0 0 NJTank Share this post Link to post This topic is now closed to further replies. 0 1,129 2 Formerly ColorWerx and PANTONE 2 0 Link to post DEAD! Location:Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana Link to post 0 567 rams80 4,065 posts Maybe I am reading to much into this statement but…From an article about the new stadium for the A’s in Fremont:”[The A’s] have an interest in having a good, clear identity — probably a regional one,” Mayor Bob Wasserman told the newspaper. “We have an interest in the name ‘Fremont.’ There’s a feeling we’ll try to accommodate both of those.”http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/NASApp/ml…sp&c_id=oakSilicon Valley A’s of Fremont?I may be reading to much into the statement, but that’s the first thing I thought when I read that statement. DEAD! motor city squire 0 Byron19 2,568 posts Members Page 1 of 3   Fred T. Jane Share on other sites 0 2 Location:St. Paul | Chicago Favourite Logos:New York MetsDetroit Red WingsBoston Celtics Bow before my superior smartitude! 0 Posted November 15, 2006 125 Share on other sites 0 Oh no! I hope they realize how incredibly dumb this is before they go through with it. Share this post 3 2018 NFC West Champs! 0 0 Posted November 15, 2006 punkmoo 0 Bemused member 0 sacker12 0 DrBear Members Sports Logos 2 Share this post Share this post Guest 0 Hopefully the diehard A’s fans do something about this. Maybe they’ll listen. Between the new name and the new park, I don’t like where this organization is headed. 1 Link to post Fred T. Jane Mingjai Share this post DrBear Location:Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisianacenter_img Guest It’s important to have an inclusive location name. This is why the Green Bay Packers are the least popular team in the NFL. Members Memories… Location:About a mile from Lambeau Field TruColor 0 0 Link to post Share this post Go To Topic Listing Share on other sites 0 Share on other sites Link to post Sports Logo News Members Share this post Posted November 15, 2006 Next Wolff: Name change will include “A’s of Fremont” 950 1,575 posts 5 posts Share this post Sports Logos 2 125 Sign in to follow this   Share this post Members Link to post Posted November 15, 2006 0 0 2 Members Members marlinfan Guests Posted November 15, 2006 Ugh 4,078 Share this post 1 Are they really the least popular or are you being sarcastic? Even before I moved to Minnesota I knew a lot more Packer fans than fans of at least half of the teams in the NFL.Why wouldn’t he be serious? 65 posts Prev 0 SportsLogos.Net Can we officially declare the AL West the “joke shop” division of MLB when it comes to names?Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim(Enter city/regional title here) Athletics of FremontTexas Rangers of Arlington Seattle Mariners of (oh hell, why not) Washington Prev 1 Are they freaking crazy??? Guest Sports Logo News 950 Posted November 15, 2006 I have heard more than one columnist mention that they could use:Golden State Athletics.And, since the 49ers are possibly moving to Santa Clara:Golden State 49ers.Both teams already use various types of “Gold”, so not much would need to change…other than the 49ers’ “SF” logo.Note: I MIGHT be back. I don’t know; I’m thinking about it. Posted November 15, 2006 Posted November 15, 2006 Posted November 15, 2006 118 posts 567 1,555 567 125 Link to post Share on other sites Link to post Link to post 1,555 SportsLogos.Net Location:Detroit, MI Share on other sites Share on other sites 2 Guest 0 Guests I was watching the news conference on the A’s website and Lew Wolff said…The team hasn’t made a decision on the issue of the exact name BUT In the name will be OF FREMONT. For those who want to see it for yourselves: http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/NASApp/ml…ex.jsp?c_id=oakIt’s about 28 minutes into the video. Guest 0 Posted November 15, 2006 Banned All Activity Share on other sites Guest Location:Back to Back division titles! First time since 78-79 (!!) 1,129 Link to post I don’t post much, but this has to be one of the worst ideas in all of sports history.Hope the A’s are happy with the bastardization of one of the original American League franchises.On the other hand, they’re the first baseball team to call four different cities their home. Members 53,174 posts Posted November 15, 2006 Share on other sites 1 Members mrchippert3: 2.0 Share on other sites Link to post Link to post Link to post Page 1 of 3   14,762 posts All Activity 3 0 Share on other sites Share this post Hopefully the diehard A’s fans do something about this. Maybe they’ll listen. Between the new name and the new park, I don’t like where this organization is headed.Wherever it’s headed, for A’s fans this is better than Las Vegas or Portland. Link to post 1 Share this post Share this post …in an annual Harris Poll released Friday.Yeah right, like we’re not going to think those guys aren’t biased… Share on other sites Guest 1,575 posts 1,110 posts 1,193 posts 4,078 Share this post marlinfan 2 Link to post Y la bola, SEEEEE LLEVO LA CERCA! 950 Being a Mets fan is like being water boarded on a nightly basis Posted November 15, 2006 1,555 Share on other sites 28,703 posts 4,078 Y la bola, SEEEEE LLEVO LA CERCA! Share on other sites marlinfan Sign in to follow this   Share on other sites NJTank Favourite Logos:1974 Super Bowl 0 Bow before my superior smartitude! Guests 0 Posted November 15, 2006last_img read more

“Lightning” Eastern Conference final opens with eight goal match – Hockey…

first_imgLightning defeated the New York Islanders 8: 2 (3: 1, 2: 0, 3: 1), leading the way to four wins in a series of up to four victories.Tampa took the lead after 74 minutes, as Breidens Points broke through on the left and put the 1 – 0 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper. Less than three minutes later, Victor Hedam regained the leadership of the Lightning team, only increasing its lead.Points stood out with two goals and three assists, but once the puck was delivered to the goal and Nikita Kucherov assisted with four assists. Hedaman had 1 + 2, Janni Gurdė scored two goals, but Ondržeja Palatas and Raien Makdonaf had another goal. Three assists on Kevin Shetenkirk.In addition to Eberle, Nick Ledy also scored for the New Yorkers, but Enders Lee assisted in both goals.Both teams continue the Stanley Cup in Edmonton, although they previously played in Toronto. “Lightning” rested for a week after the semifinals of the conference, but “Islanders” – only a couple of days.“In this mode, we also live in the regular championship with a transfer. It only takes a few minutes to get used to the legs and be able to play. I don’t think it affected the whole game in any way,” Lee said after the match.The next game in the series will take place on Wednesday.In the Western Conference finals, the Dallas Stars are in the lead 1-0 against the Vegas Golden Knights.Toronto and Edmonton first hosted a 24-team elimination tournament, with the Stanley Cup continuing with 16 units. First, the teams qualified for the series up to three victories in the “play-off” round, but then switched to the traditional series format for up to four victories.Follow Apollo as well Instagram – everything exciting, beautiful and important in one place!last_img read more

Sri Lanka seamers keep second test v S Africa in the balance

first_imgPORT ELIZABETH, South Africa,  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s seamers set up a thrilling finish to the second and final test against South Africa after closing day two on 60 for two in pursuit of a victory target of 197 yesterday, leaving the series finely balanced at St George’s Park. Eighteen wickets fell on the second day, the most at this ground since 1914, as first Sri Lanka capitulated to 154 in their first innings and then skittled their hosts for 128 in South Africa’s second visit to the crease.Oshada Fernando (17 not out) and Kusal Mendis (10 not out) will push for victory on the third morning, but with 31 wickets having fallen in six sessions, South Africa will still feel in the game.The struggles of the batsmen on both sides would suggest a difficult wicket, but while there is some seam movement and bounce, it is not the minefield those numbers suggest. Sri Lanka started their second innings an hour before the close and took the score to 32 before Lahiru Thirimanne (10) nicked fast bowler Kagiso Rabada to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Two runs later Duanne Olivier found the edge of Dimuth Karunaratne’s bat when he had 19.The home side were not able to prise out any more wickets before the close as they seek to win the test and avoid a first ever home series loss to a side from Asia. The tourists won an epic first test by one wicket in Durban, a result that ensured South Africa’s streak of seven home series wins will come to an end.Sri Lanka had resumed in the morning session on 60 for three in their first innings but were bowled out within 90 minutes as Rabada (4-38) proved chief destroyer.The visitors clearly had a plan to attack the home bowlers and scored 94 runs in 17.4 overs, but could not stem the fall of wickets. That gave the home side a first innings lead of 68, but they were unable to capitalise after being skittled for 128 in their second innings.South Africa’s top order has battled all season and struggled again as they slipped to 91 for five on the stroke of tea.Hashim Amla (32) provided some resistance before he edged part-time spinner Dhananjaya de Silva (3-36) to slip, while skipper Faf du Plessis (50 not out) ended the innings as top-scorer but ran out of partners.  Suranga Lakmal (4-39) and Kasun Rajitha (2-20) were excellent as the rampant tourists bowled out the home side in 44.3 overs, their second lowest completed innings score at home since being skittled for 96 by Australia at Newlands in 2011 – a test they won. last_img read more

Harnedy red-card appeal to be held later

first_imgPhoto: Tipp FM Cork should find out tonight if captain Seamus Harnedy will be available for their Munster Hurling Championship opener with Tipperary.Harnedy was red-carded during their League playoff with Kilkenny, and was set to be banned for the May 12th game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.But Cork are set to argue to the Central Appeals Committee, that as the playoff with Kilkenny had nothing at stake then the punishment should not stand.last_img

Ireland secure superb Nations Cup victory after dramatic night in Drammen

first_img The Irish Show Jumping team have scored a magnificent Nations Cup victory, after a titanic battle at Drammen in Norway tonight (Friday), where a gripping contest was decided by a single fault.Capt Geoff Curran riding Ringwood Glen (ISH) to the round that secured victory for Ireland in the Drammen Nations Cup Photo FEI/Hannah StarkebyeWaterford-born Army rider Capt. Geoff Curran sealed victory for the Irish, with a dramatic last-gasp round aboard The Minister For Defence-owned Irish Sport Horse Ringwood Glen, to deny runners-up Belgium who had to settle for second.Ireland held the lead at the halfway stage on 10 faults. Meath’s Alexander Butler recovered from a tricky round first time out with Hallowberry Cruz (ISH)(TIH) to finish with 9 faults second time out. Louth’s Mark McAuley then put Ireland in the driving seat with a superb second round with Utchan De Belheme, where they finished with just a time fault. Mayo’s Cameron Hanley and the eight-year-old Quirex had finished with just a time fault in the first round and came home with five faults in the decider.However Belgium were in inspired form in the second round – chasing points in their bid to regain Division 1 status. Clear rounds from Olivier Philippaerts (H&M Legend Of Love) and Pieter Devos (Dream Of India Greenfield) kept the pressure firmly on Ireland.Waterford’s Capt. Geoff Curran and Ringwood Glen (ISH) were last to go for Ireland, knowing four faults would give Ireland victory but even a time fault extra would open the door to the Belgians. The Army Equitation rider and Ringwood Glen picked up four faults with a toe in the water but Curran kept his cool to match his four fault score from the first round and seal victory for the Irish.Capt. Geoff Curran said:“I am absolutely delighted. Ringwood Glen is a real favourite in the Army Equitation School and he deserves this win. I am really happy to be part of this great team.”When asked if he knew he was in the water and that he couldn’t afford even a time fault, Capt Curran said,“I had a feeling that I might have been in the water and I knew I was tight enough on the time allowed but I kept the same plan of doing eight strides down to the last fence. It worked in the first round and thankfully again in the second but I didn’t plan on being quite that tight to the time allowed [0.21 of a second].”Ireland finished on a 20 fault total, with Belgium second on 21 while France finished third on 24.The result sealed a hat-trick of Nations Cup wins for Ireland’s development team manager Michael Blake. The Clare native had guided Ireland to a double of wins at the start of this year in Ocala and Wellington in Florida and this latest win makes it three wins in-a-row for Blake.“I knew coming here to Drammen that this was going to be tough but I also knew we had a good team. I said to Geoff going in, you can have a time fault or a fence but you can’t have both. He was under a lot of pressure going in last. I don’t think he knew for sure he was in the water and he got home just inside the time allowed – he did a brilliant job.“Belgium had their strongest team and it shows the depth in talent we have in Ireland to finish on the podium in La Baule and win here in Drammen on the same day. I’m over the moon and the lads all did a fantastic job. The credit has to go to them and to their horses owners for this win,” he said.As Ireland are a Division 1 nation they were not competing for points in Drammen which was a Division 2 fixture. The Irish Division 1 team, led by Rodrigo Pessoa, had earlier scored a podium finish in the five-star La Baule Nations Cup, finishing third behind winners France and runners-up Sweden.Drammen Nations Cup – Irish scoresAlexander Butler/Hallowberry Cruz (ISH)(TIH) (Ret) / (9)Mark McAuley/Utchan De Belheme 5/1Cameron Hanley/Quirex 1/5Capt. Geoff Curran/Ringwood Glen (ISH) 4/4Team total 20 faultsFull results available HERE ISH Breeding:Ringwood Glen (ISH) – 2004 gelding by VDL Arkansas (KWPN) out of Penny Royale (ISH), by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Ray O’Reilly, Co. Cavan. Owner: Minister For Defence. Rider: Capt. Geoff CurranHallowberry Cruz (ISH)(TIH) – 2006 stallion by Cruising (ISH) out of Calcutta Clover (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder/Owner: Caroline Byrne, Co. Wicklow. Rider: Alexander Butler (IRL) 12 May 2017, 22:01 Tags: Ireland secure superb Nations Cup victory after dramatic night in Drammen Home  »  General  »  Ireland secure superb Nations Cup victory after dramatic night in Drammen last_img read more

Fantasy Football: Kicker rankings

first_imgJustin TuckerWill LutzGreg ZuerleinHarrison ButkerKa’imi FairbairnStephen GostkowskiAdam VinatieriJake ElliottRobbie GouldMatt PraterMike BadgleyBrett MaherMason CrosbyGiorgio TavecchioKaare VedvikPlease follow and like us: Welcome back to the NFL, and of course that means welcome back to the always exciting Fantasy Football. As always you can check out live updates, stat posts and news/notes from around the NFL and Fantasy Football on @perchedgridiron on twitter. Starting week one members of MSB and Perched will be standing by on twitter to take your Start/Sit questions. Check out the rankings below and good luck on your DRAFT DAY! Matt Bachota’s top 15 Kicker Rankings for the upcoming 2019 Fantasy Football seasonlast_img

No games? No worry. It’s butt-covering season in NFL

first_imgNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up his Pete Rozelle Trophy during a news conference after the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz. The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. Brady was named the game’s most valuable player. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The NFL moves heaven and earth a dozen times every Sunday of the season to get calls on the field exactly right.But investigations and disciplinary matters?Not so much. In those cases, close is apparently close enough.At the end of a nearly four-month investigation into what’s been dubbed “Deflategate” or “Ballghazi,” NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells arrived at _ more or less _ the same conclusions most of us did at the beginning.A.) A Patriots’ ball boy did itB.) He had inside helpC.) Despite repeated denials, golden boy quarterback Tom Brady master-minded the whole thingBeing a lawyer, Wells needed 243 pages to say as much. And he couched those conclusions in less-accusatory terms, such as “more probable than not” and “was at least generally aware.”That way, Brady and everybody else in the Patriots’ organization but the two low-level employees _ officials’ locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski _ wouldn’t be bothered to enter a plea. Only in NFL investigations and no-fault divorces does that kind of cynicism count as sound legal advice.But Wells’ turn of phrase wasn’t entirely about convenience. It turns out “more probable than not” is the exact phrase the NFL put to paper a half-dozen years ago in case commissioner Roger Goodell decides to step in and punish teams for what were deemed competitive violations.Those have ranged from “Spygate” in New England to “Bountygate” in New Orleans to piping in fake crowd noise (“Cheergate?”) in Atlanta, and the penalties have been all over the place.If this is beginning to sound like your typical NCAA mess _ without the phony “student-athlete” mantra, of course _ there’s a good reason. The Patriots are a lot like coach Barry Switzer’s great Oklahoma teams of four decades ago: They’re always in the hunt for a championship, and occasionally willing to bend the rules to get there.Throw in the “us-against-the-world” philosophy and what you wind up with is an organization bothered more by losing than cheating. Or in NCAA parlance, “a lack of institutional control.”Given his track record, expecting Goodell to get the discipline right in what’s become a delicate situation might be too much of an ask. He was too secretive in “Spygate,” getting rid of the evidence too soon, then overzealous in “Bountygate,” before being rescued from further embarrassment by his predecessor-acting-as-arbitrator, Paul Tagliabue. And there isn’t time to recap how badly Goodell bungled a string of domestic-abuse cases involving players that began with Ray Rice.For their part, the Patriots haven’t exactly behaved like slick jewel thieves or shining lights, either.Owner Robert Kraft whined there was no “incontrovertible” proof, but agreed to accept the NFL’s findings and any league-imposed discipline. At least he’s not demanding an apology anymore. Wells also cleared coach Bill Belichick and his staff, though it was almost unnecessary. After “Spygate,” Belichick learned not to leave his fingerprints on anything dicey again.But not Brady.He denied knowing McNally and refused to share to his own emails, text messages and phone records. But the report noted, “… McNally told NFL Security that he had been personally told by Brady of Brady’s inflation-level preference.” So while Kraft once boasted that Brady never lied to him, Wells concluded _ to borrow his phrase one more time, it was “more probable than not” _ that Brady lied to them.This whole episode would be comical, except that it raises questions about the integrity of the Patriots and Brady, one of the greatest teams and quarterback of any era. And don’t forget: Whatever advantage they gained from a slightly under-inflated football was negligible. In both the second half against the Colts in a playoff game, and then against a much-vaunted Seattle defense in the Super Bowl _ when the game balls were watched over, cuddled and obsessed over like a royal baby _ Brady completed 12-of -14 passes with three touchdowns, and 37-of-50 with four TDs, respectively.But if he’s in the starting lineup for New England’s opener Sept. 10, when the Patriots plan to show off that Super Bowl trophy to a packed Gillette Stadium crowd, it will be a joke. Anything less than four games _ a quarter of the season _ will be.Taking away draft picks and-or fining the franchise aren’t necessary to make the point. Sometimes the easiest way to teach people the importance of a level playing field is simply to tilt it and let them see what it looks like from the wrong end.___Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.last_img read more

Rex Ryan in reflective mood as Bills prepare to host Jets

first_img(AP Photo/File)ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Regrets. Rex Ryan acknowledged that in retrospect, he has a few entering the final week of the season.The bold talk and big pronouncements Ryan made at the beginning of his tenure as the Bills coach have turned into unfulfilled promises 11 months later now that Buffalo has extended the NFL’s longest active playoff drought to a 16th consecutive season.And that gave Ryan pause for reflection on Wednesday with the Bills (7-8) preparing to close the season hosting his former team, the New York Jets (10-5).“I think the biggest thing, obviously, I wish I wouldn’t say some stupid things I said,” Ryan said. “My heart was in the right place. I thought I’m telling the truth. But at the same time, it’s like I never looked at it as, `What if this doesn’t go exactly the way I expect it to go?”’Ryan then answered his own question by saying: “Well, I’m seeing it right now.”Perhaps, he wondered, whether he needs to say less in light of the criticism he and the team have attracted.“Yeah, probably so, because you look at the impact that your words have in a negative light,” Ryan said. “As bad as I truly believed it, maybe I’ve learned that maybe it’s not the smartest thing to do.”The usually colorful and engaging Ryan was all business and little bluster. And even the prospect of spoiling his former team’s playoff chances _ the Jets can clinch a berth with a win or a tie _ barely raised a stir.He credited his successor in New York, Todd Bowles, as having done a great job.When informed Jets linebacker Calvin Pace suggested the game is going to be “a bloodbath,” Ryan responded with: “I don’t know why he’d say that.”There was no sign of the Clemson helmet, such as the one Ryan wore at the podium days before the Bills traveled to play the Jets in November. And there was no hint of the overly-emotional Ryan who punched the air and had his headset fly off on the sideline while celebrating Buffalo’s 22-17 win at the Meadowlands.The Bills have lost four of six since, while the Jets are 5-1, riding a five-game winning streak.“Yeah, I truly thought that game was going to set up that, `Hey, this one’s win and in,”’ Ryan said. “It is. It’s just only one team playing for it unfortunately.”There was at least some good news for Ryan.Following practice, co-owner Terry Pegula issued a statement announcing that Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley’s futures were secure for next season.While acknowledging expectations weren’t met, Pegula said the team’s management and coaching staff “are very capable and work well together.” He added, “This stable foundation is necessary to achieve long-term success.”The announcement did not come as a surprise, but it did end any lingering speculation that a change might be coming.Pegula and his wife, Kim, completed their first full season as owners. The franchise endured plenty of instability last offseason, when coach Doug Marrone abruptly opted out of his contract.Whaley has one year left on his contract.Stability has been in short supply in Buffalo during the playoff drought that began in 2000. In that span, the Bills are on their seventh coach and sixth GM.Ryan’s biggest cause of frustration is the criticism directed at his players, particularly an under-performing defense that ranks 20th in the NFL in yards allowed after finishing fourth last year.“I’m the guy that should be criticized,” Ryan said. “Our fans, look, they’re frustrated. They believe like I did. And I love the fact they believed in me. I feel bad that I didn’t deliver.”Ryan’s defense of his players has earned him their loyalty.Guard Richie Incognito doesn’t believe Ryan needs to change his approach.“Rex is Rex and that’s what I love about him. He wears his heart on his sleeve,” Incognito said. “He had the guts to put himself out there.”___AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img

See these exclusive Steelers practice photos from Heinz Field Family Fest, Aug. 6…(Photos by Brian Cook)

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