Sarri on his substitutions, Jorginho, changing system – and negative Wolves tactics

first_img“Jorginho, if the other players do not move without the ball, is in trouble, because he is really very able to play with one touch.“Of course if you want to play with one touch you need movements with the other players.“Then in the last 20 minutes, Jorginho is not suitable for 4-2-3-1, so it (taking him off) was only a consequence of the change of system, not the performance.“I know him very well. He can go in trouble if all the rest of the team is not moving.”On fans jeering Jorginho“He is a very strong character and he is a professional player, so he has to play in every condition.” “We started (the substitutions) Loftus-Cheek because in my opinion we needed more of a physical impact in the opposition box.“Then Odoi because it was impossible to change our match in that moment so it was really very important to have a player very able one-against-one.“Then, for the first time this season, we changed the system and we played the last 20 minutes with 4-2-3-1.“It wasn’t easy because the problem wasn’t the system but our way of playing – we need to move the ball faster.”On why he changed the system“Because for the first time we were playing against a team who didn’t want to play. They didn’t counter-attack in the last 20 minutes, so we had to try.”On more criticism of JorginhoEmbed from Getty Images Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke about a number of issues at a media conference after the draw against Wolves. Here’s some of what the Italian had to say. AdChoices广告On the match“We made a lot of mistakes but we deserved to win. We were unlucky because we conceded a goal in the first situation inside our box – the first and the last in all the 90 minutes.“We were unlucky on that, but on the other hand we need to improve in attack against teams who defend in the last 20 metres with 11 players.“We needed to move faster and needed more movement without the ball.“Today we played with five touches and if there is no space it is very difficult to score if you play with five or six touches.“We need to improve in this kind of situation. We can’t keep taking five or six touches. We need to improve in this kind of situation.“Hazard is a great player, he can solve this situation, but during the match was like the other players. He needs more movement without the ball.”Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img On whether it was a missed opportunity“When you have to play only 10 matches, every match you are unable to win is a missed opportunity of course.“Today was a great opportunity to gain three points. We were not able to, but in the last six matches we won four and drew the other two, so there is a little bit of consistency in this moment.“We have to think only of the next match. We have to recover two points immediately.”On whether he is confident Chelsea will make the top four“Yes of course. We are in a moment of consistency. We have only to continue.“We are confident of course. We have one match (in hand) on the others (vying for the top four). So we have to be confident.”On his substitutionsEmbed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Manchester United official sent transfer window-shopping ahead of future market

first_imgBarely a week goes by in Portugal without Premier League scouts being in attendance at a game and this week was no different. A Bola reports that Friday nights game between Boavista and Benfica, which the latter won 4-1 to go clear at the top of Liga Nos, had the usual crowd of scouts in attendance.There were several Premier League representatives among them, and Manchester United were one of the teams to send people to watch the game.The newspaper doesn’t mention who they may have been there to scout, but it’s easy to assume it was someone from Benfica.Embed from Getty ImagesIn that case, one player stands out; Rúben Dias.Dias has regularly been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past and could be a long-term improvement for them at centre back.He’s recently renewed his contract, and the increased release clause stands at €100m.There is also goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos, who was linked earlier this year, although David de Gea signing a new deal has presumably ended that interest.Nonetheless, Manchester United are keeping an eye on someone at Benfica, and this latest trip is further proof of that.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Need Those Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndolast_img read more

Grigor Dimitrov will play against Nikola Mayu in his last match…

first_imgNikola Mayu, not Alexei Popirin, will be Grigor Dimitrov’s last opponent in the second edition of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.This was announced by the organizers of the competition at the academy of Patrick Muratoglu, specifying that the match will be held on Saturday at 15:30 Bulgarian time. See the program HERE.Mayu joins the tournament with the nickname “The Musketeer”. Neither he nor Grigor have a chance to qualify for the semifinals, so the match will be irrelevant.Modern-day D’Artagnan ⚔️Upon agreement with Alexei Popyrin, we decided to give @nmahut a first taste of #UTShowdown this weekend!Mahut will face Dimitrov on Saturday – neither can qualify, so it won’t impact the race to the Final Four. pic.twitter.com/kx92sfABeD— UTS | Ultimate Tennis Showdown (@UTShowdown) July 30, 2020Feliciano Lopez and Richard Gasquet lead Group A with two wins each. Both prevailed over Dimitrov, as our first rocket was very close to success against the Spaniard, but failed to maintain its lead of 2-1 parts, nor to win the subsequent format of “sudden death”.Nicolas Mayu is third in the doubles rankings, but ranks 213th in singles. The 38-year-old Frenchman and Grigor met twice, and in both matches the Bulgarian left as the winner. In 2012, the top tennis player defeated our rival in Queens in two parts, and with the same result defeated him in the round of 16 in Brisbane five years later.last_img read more

The Flames earn a place in the Stanley Cup Main Event

first_imgThe Jets found no antidote for the Flames and lost 0: 4.Kems Talbots caught all 31 opponents in the Flames goal in Edmonton, the winning goal was already in the fourth minute of the game in Dylon Dube’s account, but Sean Monehens and Sam Bennett scored two points (1 + 1).The Minnesota Wild also lost in the dry, giving up the Vancouver Canucks 0: 3, allowing the Vancouver to take the lead 2-1 in the series.Jacob Markström blocked all 27 Wild shots on goal. The goal was won by Brock Boser in the 34th minute of the match, but Quey Hujj became the most productive player of the match with three assists.The winners scored two goals in the majority, while the Minnesota hockey players did not use any of the seven majorities.In the fight for a better place before the opponents split in the first round of the Stanley Cup, the St. Louis Blues lost to the Vegas Golden Knights 4: 6. For some it was a second loss, for others a second victory in two matches.Alex Tach and Shy Theodore each scored two goals in favor of the winners, while opponents scored two goals at the expense of Colton Pareiko.First, the St. Louis unit took the lead with 2: 0, then the opponents scored three goals, but before the last third, the Blues were in the lead again – 4: 3.In another seeding battle, the Philadelphia Flyers won their second victory, causing a second failure for Washington’s Capitals, 3: 1.Scott Laton, who scored the team’s first and third goals, and Kevin Hayes, who scored three times, scored three points. Treviss Boids scored the only goal in the capital’s team, reducing the opponents’ lead in the third third.Brian Eliot handled 16 opponent shots in the “flyers” goal.It has already been reported that the Blue Jackets, represented by Latvian goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikkin and Matiss Kivleniek, defeated Toronto’s Maple Leafs 4: 3 on Thursday in overtime. In a series of up to three victories, the result is 2-1 in favor of Columbus hockey players.In his first play-off game behind the ocean, Merzlikins went on the field after 28 minutes and 48 seconds of play, and in less than 50 minutes on the field, defeated all 21 opponents, capturing 94.7% of the show.Merzlikin’s rival at the Columbus team goal Jonas Korpisalo, who started the game, blocked 12 of 15 opponents’ shots, catching 80.0% of the show.In overtime, the first star of the match was secured by Pierre Lick in Dibou, in a quick counter-attack after Alexander Texier slipped against Andersen and sent the puck between his legs.last_img read more

Key men to watch at the world championships

first_img(Reuters) – Key men to watch at the Sept 27-Oct 6 world athletics championships in Doha: Noah Lyles, USA, 200m, 4x100m relayOnly three men have run a 200 metres faster than the 22-year-old Lyles, but that run of 19.50 seconds at Lausanne in July is only a portion of the charismatic Lyles’ talents. Watch the world and Olympic favourite before and after races and you may be hit with new dance moves by the biggest sprint star since Usain Bolt who is making his world championship debut. Next year expect him to challenge for gold in both the 100 and 200m in the Tokyo Olympics. Karsten Warholm, Norway, 400m hurdles, 400mKeep your eyes on the clock when this 23-year-old Norwegian attacks the 400 metres hurdles. A world record could be in the offering. With Warholm already the second fastest at the distance (46.92), his race with the two men tied for third best (46.98) – American Rai Benjamin and Qatari Abderrahmane Samba – could be the perfect place to smash American Kevin Young’s 1992 world record of 46.78.  Christian Coleman, USA, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relayThe 23-year-old Coleman always was going to be the centre of attention in the 100 metres as the year’s fastest man (9.81 seconds). But when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) filed – and later withdrew – a whereabouts violations charge against the world silver medallist that heightened interest since Coleman could have received a one or two-year sanction. To strike double gold in Doha, the fast starting Coleman, who holds the indoor 60m world record, must defeat 37-year-old defending champion Justin Gatlin to win the 100m and upset the favoured Noah Lyles in the 200. No man Gatlin’s age has ever run a 100m as fast as the 2005 and 2017 world champion.Timothy Cheruiyot, Kenya, 1,500m Three times the Diamond League champion, the year’s fastest 1,500m runner is hoping to streak to his first world title after a string of seconds. Now aged 23, Cheruiyot was runner-up at the 2017 worlds, 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2016 and 2018 African championships. But he has put together a sparkling run of eight victories in nine races at 1.500m/mile, including a 2019 best 3:28.77 and has bigger ambitions. Cheruiyot would need to break the 3:26 barrier to acquire the world record since Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj ran 3:26.00 in Rome in 1998.Christian Taylor, USA, triple jumpTaylor flew 5,000 miles for a quick jump at the U.S. championships to preserve his wild card spot for Doha. Now he will really have to jump to win what could be the top field event rivalry of the world championships. With world silver medallist and U.S. teammate Will Claye the only triple jumper over 18 metres this year, double Olympic champion Taylor, 29, will need to go all out to win a fourth world title. It’s a feat no triple jumper has ever accomplished. Sam Kendricks, USA, pole vaultOnly the legendary Sergey Bubka has vaulted higher outdoors than Kendricks’ clearance of 6.06 metres to win the U.S. championship in July. Now he, Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie (who holds the world record with an indoor vault of 6.16m), American-born Swede Mondo Duplantis and Poland’s Piotr Lisek vie in a friendly rivalry for Kendricks’ 2017 world title. If the American wins again, he would be the first male pole vaulter to repeat since Bubka won six consecutive world titles between 1983 and 1997.Juan Miguel Echevarria, Cuba, long jumpWhen the Cuban roars down the runway, big marks usually follow. His leap of 8.68 metres last year was the best jump in nearly a decade and the 21-year-old appears to be rounding into shape for another big mark at the world championships after bounding 8.65m at the Zurich Diamond League meeting. Echevarria went even further in Havana earlier this year. But his mark of 8.92m was powered by an over-the-allowable wind of 3.3 metres per second. Still, only four jumps have been further under any conditions, including Mike Powell’s 1991 world record of 8.95m.last_img read more

Esports Charts finds latest partner in StarLadder

first_imgEarlier this month, Esports Charts announced a partnership with TSM that has similar terms as this deal.Ivan Danishevsky, Founder of Esports Charts commented on the partnership in a release: “Together we make the esports market not only better, more beautiful, more transparent, but also more attractive to new brands and big sponsors – who will be pleased with the results of advertising campaigns of any size, not in the least thanks to our analytics.”StarLadder has been hosting esports tournaments since 2001, mostly on Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Its latest event, StarLadder Berlin Major, reached a peak viewership of 837,748 with an average viewership of 349,227, according to its new partner.Gene Hladki, CPO at StarLadder added: “As an international brand with Ukrainian roots, we are very pleased to see more and more Ukrainian startups working in the global esports market. From their very first day, Esports Charts proved their seriousness and staying power to everyone: all the largest players on the market rely on their analytics. And, of course, we are very impressed with their professionalism and pedantry.”Esports Insider says: StarLadder serves different audiences through its numerous event. Receiving precise data about its audience and social media reach will undoubtedly help in its decision making moving forward. At the same time, Esports Charts will likely benefit from this deal by broadening its perception and understanding of the industry.Join our Discord Server! Analytical agency Esports Charts has entered a partnership with Ukraine-based event organiser StarLadder.The deal will see Esports Charts provide reports on StarLadder tournaments and the larger industry to the organiser. In return, StarLadder will supply data for forecasting and analytical purposes.Logo credits Esports Charts, StarLadderlast_img read more

Boldin turns focus from NFL to bridging racial divisions

first_imgBuffalo Bills receiver Anquan Boldin makes a catch during passing drills at NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y. on Aug. 8. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Anquan Boldin didn’t decide overnight he was going to quit football in order to speak out against longstanding concerns over inequality in America.The recent deadly and racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, did, however, become the tipping point that caused Boldin to reassess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver’s decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons.“I think anybody with any sense can see how divided we are as a country, and Charlottesville only magnified what we were already seeing,” Boldin told The Associated Press by phone Monday.He was disturbed by the hateful messages directed at African-Americans, Jewish people and the LGBT community during a rally involving neo-Nazis and other right-wing groups in which a counter-protester was killed and two Virginia state police officers died on Aug. 13.“That’s not the America that I want to live in,” he said. “And I think the only way that this America changes is that we as a people stand up and change it.”Boldin spoke a day after abruptly informing the Bills he was retiring some two weeks after signing a one-year contract with a base salary of $1.75 million.The NFL’s 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Boldin is no stranger to activism and humanitarian causes. He oversees the South Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for underprivileged children.He has lobbied for criminal justice reform at the state and federal levels since his cousin was killed by a plain-clothes police officer along the side of a Florida highway in October 2015.Difficult as it was to walk away from football, Boldin felt he could no longer stand silent on the sideline.“There’s not enough money in this world for me to continue to allow the things that are going on to continue to spread,” the 36-year-old father of two boys said.“I will not feel safe leaving this earth and having my kids have to live in the America that we have today.”Boldin then challenged NFL owners and executives to use their clout to demand change and back many of their players who are already doing so by protesting during the anthem.“You have your players crying out for help. That’s the reason why guys are taking knees during the anthem,” he said.“Just because we’re professional athletes doesn’t mean we’re exempt from the things that go on in society,” Boldin said, noting his position as an athlete couldn’t save his cousin from being shot.“If I’m an owner and I see one of my family members _ players _ hurting, I’d do whatever I can to make sure that my family is OK.”Boldin’s decision to retire coincides with what he witnessed during the anthem before Buffalo’s preseason game at Philadelphia on Thursday. Eagles defensive end Chris Long showed his support by putting his arm around cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, who stood in silent protest with a raised fist. Bills backup lineman Cameron Jefferson was so inspired by what he saw that he also raised his fist on Buffalo’s sideline.Boldin ranks in the top four among active receivers with 1,076 catches, 13,779 yards receiving and 82 touchdowns receiving.He spent last season with Detroit, where he had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games.The former Florida State star spent his first seven NFL seasons with Arizona, then played three years with Baltimore and three with San Francisco. He helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February 2013.Lions safety Glover Quin credited his former teammate for having the courage for ending his career while knowing he can “have a bigger impact to do something else.”“I tip my hat to him,” said Quin, one of several NFL players who joined Boldin in addressing Congress last year. “One day, we’ll be able to look back on it and say, `That was the start of something great.”’A day later, Boldin feels he made the right choice and pays no mind to those who suggest he simply stick to sports.“I think it’s absurd to tell a person to stick to playing football when the issues that he’s talking about are affecting him,” he said.Earlier in the day in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Boldin said his decision to retire had nothing to do with the Bills trading their top receiving threat, Sammy Watkins, in a pair of blockbuster deals on Aug. 11 , or how the team’s offense struggled in a 20-16 preseason loss at Philadelphia.He also discounted the notion he might reconsider retirement and choose to play for a contender later this season.“Do I feel like I can still play? Of course,” Boldin said. “My passion for the advocacy work that I do outweighs football at this point, so I’m not coming back to play for a contender or to do anything else. I’m done with the game of football.”___AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Allen Park, Michigan, contributed to this report.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img

Sold out or not, Vegas will party during Mayweather-McGregor

first_imgCaesars and MGM Resorts International, which owns the fight’s venue, expect their properties to sell out as the weekend approaches. But unlike the bullish market created by Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015 in Las Vegas, hotel rooms are still available.The MGM Grand has cut its prices for the weekend three times, with a two-night stay now at $329 a night. Rooms at several other hotels on the Strip can still be found for $200 or less a night.Many VIPs and high-rolling gamblers need not worry about prices, they will be “comped” with free hotel rooms and tickets, as it is customary. Others not so lucky — but certainly with deep pockets — have booked the most lavish accommodations on the Strip.The villas at Caesars Palace (starting at $25,000 a night) and Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace ($35,000 a night and previously used by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Johnny Depp) have been claimed for the weekend.“We get a ton of requests for tickets. We have plenty of our high-end players and guests who come in specifically for the event,” Thompson said. “We put them up for the weekend and they will be attending the fight. We like to take care of our best guests.”McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said the number of private aircraft that flew in for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight overwhelmed available apron parking and forced a taxiway to be closed and used as a jet parking lot. Crews said there is no plan to do that again this weekend but officials are requiring pilots to make parking reservations and encouraging the use of two nearby general aviation airports, in suburban Henderson and North Las Vegas.UFC fighter McGregor will enter a boxing ring for the first time as a professional when he takes on the undefeated Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement for a fight that will make him tens of millions of dollars.Just four days to fight night, there are plenty of tickets still available in the T-Mobile Arena, which seats 18,000 for boxing, and prices on the secondary market are starting to come down.Ticketmaster has hundreds of non-VIP tickets ranging from roughly $1,400 to $17,000. Still available are VIP tickets that include hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transportation, an official souvenir, food and drinks.Those who can’t afford what’s supposed to be the year’s hottest ticket can watch the fight inside six of the seven theaters that regularly host Cirque du Soleil shows, which are going dark for the night.Restaurants, bars and strip clubs around town will also show the fight. Closed-circuit seats are available at various MGM properties, including hundreds for $150 each at the Park Theater just a few steps from the T-Mobile arena itself. By comparison, Mayweather-Pacquiao closed-circuit tickets sold out the day they went on sale.Pay-per-view sales at $100 each are expected to be in the neighborhood of 5 million buys, topping the Mayweather-Pacquiao record of 4.6 million.The city’s sports books say this will be the most heavily bet fight ever. So far most of the tickets are on McGregor, who is about a 5-1 underdog, with the William Hill chain saying a McGregor win would cost them more than $1 million.R&B star Chris Brown and his crew of dancers will perform at Drai’s Nightclub on Saturday. Other venues will see performances by Puff Daddy, Jamie Foxx, Travis Scott, Chase B and Kaskade. The night before the fight, 50 Cent, Trey Songz and Jeezy will have a combined performance.Win or lose, McGregor will have to party after the fight. The Irish MMA champion is scheduled to be a host at Encore Beach Club that night as part of a two-year agreement to entertain partygoers at the Encore casino-resort.The tallest observation wheel in the world, the High Roller at The Linq casino-resort promenade, will get in on the action by turning its lighting red, white and blue if Mayweather wins or green, orange and white if McGregor pulls off the upset.For fans who want to toast the fighters with something other than a Guinness, mixologists have created special cocktail menus. At the bars and lounges of The Cosmopolitan, The Pretty Boy is a mix of Ciroc pineapple, lemon and tropical Red Bull, while the Bob and Weave gets you Patron Silver, lime, lemongrass, lychee and cucumber soda. LAS VEGAS (AP) — The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor may not have sold out yet, but that won’t stop Las Vegas from putting on its party hat.Sin City’s nightclubs have booked a long list of celebrities — including one of the fighters — and high-rolling gamblers and VIPs have snagged some of the most luxurious accommodations in town. Boxing-themed cocktails have even been concocted for the occasion.The social media-fueled Saturday night fight at the T-Mobile Arena will be a weekend-long, city-wide affair, though in some respects it may not tip the scales as much as a previous Mayweather fight.“It’s going to be a crazy weekend,” said Ryan Thompson, senior vice president and regional chief marketing officer for Caesars Entertainment, whose Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell and Caesars Palace casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip have a few rooms available. “The energy over that weekend is going to be on par with a New Year’s Eve in the city.”File- This Aug. 11, 2017, file photo shows Conor McGregor training during a media workout in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/John Locher, File)last_img read more

Steelers keep tinkering, pick up safety Wilcox from Bucs

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to tinker with their secondary, acquiring safety J.J. Wilcox from Tampa Bay.Wilcox, a fifth-year pro who played the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was sent to the Steelers on Sunday along with a seventh-round pick in 2019 in exchange for Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft.Wilcox had five interceptions across 58 games in four seasons in Dallas.The trade comes a day after Pittsburgh sent cornerback Ross Cockrell to the New York Giants and four days after the team signed former Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden.The Steelers also filled out their practice squad Sunday. The 10-man squad includes running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, tight end Jake McGee, wide receiver Marcus Tucker, former Pitt linebacker Matt Galambos, safety Jacob Hagen, defensive end Lavon Hooks, linebacker Farrington Huguenin and cornerback Dashaun Phillips.___This story has been corrected to include the proper terms of the trade.___For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Dallas Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox (27) intercepts a pass in the end zone during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/James D Smith)last_img read more

Steelers acquire tight end Vance McDonald from 49ers

first_imgVance McDonald (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin scouted Vance McDonald before the 2013 NFL draft and liked what he saw from the big tight end. Though San Francisco grabbed McDonald in the second round that spring, Tomlin kept tabs on McDonald, monitoring his progress from afar.Tomlin’s view will be considerably better going forward. The Steelers acquired McDonald from the rebuilding 49ers on Tuesday, sending a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft to San Francisco for the 27-year-old McDonald and a fifth-round selection next spring.“He’s an NFL-capable tight end, another guy to add to that mix and some competition there,” Tomlin said. “We’ll quickly get him up to speed.”McDonald has struggled with drops during his career but caught 24 passes for San Francisco in 2016, setting career highs with 391 yards receiving and four touchdowns. He’ll join a group that includes Jesse James, who was anointed the starter when the Steelers released Ladarius Green in March after one injury-marred season.James and Xavier Grimble have had uneven training camps. James missed a blocking assignment in last weekend’s loss to Indianapolis, leading to a sequence that ended with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being strip-sacked. Grimble made a leaping touchdown grab in the second half but has yet to make significant inroads on James. There’s a direct correlation to the play of James, Grimble and veteran David Johnson and the decision to bring in McDonald.“The guys haven’t been consistently varsity enough for our comfort,” Tomlin said. “They’ve had some moments positively and some moments negatively and we were in the market for a guy that was NFL capable and McDonald is that. We’re not going to anoint him in any way, going to put him in uniform like the rest of them.”James, a fifth-round pick in 2015, caught 39 passes and three touchdowns last season, but McDonald is more of a downfield threat. He averaged 16.3 yards per reception last season, tops among San Francisco regulars. James learned about the trade early Tuesday and acknowledged it caught him by surprise, later adding he would do what he could to help McDonald adjust while reiterating he considers himself the starter.“I still see myself as the guy, that’s the way the camp has gone,” James said. “I feel really confident in myself that I have the job.”McDonald won’t get an opportunity to practice until after the Steelers wrap up the preseason schedule against Carolina on Thursday night. That gives him barely a week to get ready for the 2017 opener at Cleveland, meaning James and company will have to help give him a crash course in offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s system.“We expect him to be able to come in and contribute to our unit,” James said. “We’ll welcome him aboard and anything that takes to win a Super Bowl here is what we want to do.”___For more AP NFL coverage: http://pro32.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more