49ers midseason forecast: How legendary can Bosa, defense be?

first_imgAre they ready … SANTA CLARA – Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks and MVP candidates are on the horizon for the 49ers defense.Can they compensate for the loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander to a pectoral injury? Yes.Will they continue this bait-and-switch approach to yielding rushing yards early in games? It’s getting old, but not destructive.How truly dominant can Nick Bosa and the pass rush be? This is what’s made the 8-0 start so fascinating to watch, and that’s not stopping now.last_img read more

Ind in Eng: Dhoni blames tight schedule for poor show

first_imgFaced with the prospect of losing the number one tag after conceding a 0- 2 lead to England in the ongoing Test series, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed a cramped schedule for his team’s poor performance so far.He, however, hoped that with considerable rest before the next Test of the four-match series, India will stage a turnaround.”Somebody said time is of essence here. We came straight from the Caribbean and didn’t have time to play more than one (practice) game. So we are playing seven and not four matches back-to-back,” Dhoni said after India suffered a crushing 319-run defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge on Monday.”It (this series) is a continuation of the West Indies tour and we haven’t really had a gap. It’s a mental thing as well because for some of us it’s been a sevenmatch Test series with hardly any gap.”The preparation needs to be slightly different which is why we are saying the next 10 days are important for us – not only physically but mentally as well,” added Dhoni.With Virender Sehwag set to join the squad, and Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan likely to be fit for the third Test at Edgbaston on August 10, Dhoni expressed hope of a comeback.The series so far has been hard on India and Dhoni admitted that his famed batting lineup needs to fire to give the visitors any hope of a turnaround.”It is important to score and put runs on the board. We have been slightly lacking in this respect. Even in the West Indies, we didn’t score runs consistently. We do need improvement in the batting,” he said.advertisement”In all the three innings, we haven’t been able to see the second new ball through. In conditions such as these, it is vital. We don’t want our batters from number eight onwards to be exposed to the second new ball.” Dhoni also seemed concerned about his own form in the series.”My form is a bit of concern but my preparation and process is alright and when it’s so, you don’t really need to worry. It takes only 15 deliveries to strike form,” he said.The Indian skipper said injuries to Zaheer, Gambhir and Sehwag hampered India.”We missed Zaheer in the middle of the (first) Test and that too in the first innings. We missed Harbhajan in this game. The openers were missing. Conditions really have been tough for us,” Dhoni said.Dhoni conceded England’s batting runs deep but insisted that it can be managed if he has the services of his top four bowlers.”Their batting runs quite deep. Only (James) Anderson to some extent doesn’t bat. We had them down to 124 for 8 in the first innings and yet they were able to score 100 more runs. But if all our four bowlers are playing and are fit, there is no reason why we can’t get them out,” he said.Indian batsmen appeared uncomfortable against shortpitched deliveries in the second Test but Dhoni said it was not a big issue.”It’s not that we haven’t done well against short-pitched balls.Sometimes, individuals get caught up for a while but most of the batsmen are used to short- pitched bowling. It’s not a big concern,” he insisted.He also disagreed with views that the young batsmen of the team are not comfortable against short deliveries.”You need to give consistent chance to newcomers in Tests. You need to groom talent. Sometimes they come and score a few centuries but you want them to be consistent,” Dhoni said.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

Newfoundland gets ready for wave of tourists who Come From Away

first_imgAdvertisement ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — As the hit musical “Come From Away” takes Broadway by storm, Newfoundlanders are getting ready for a potential wave of tourists drawn to the place where those true stories happened. ——— “No doubt we’re going to be expecting an influx of people,” said Debby Yannikidis of the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce. “There’s a common thread of human kindness and caring throughout the Newfoundland culture that most do experience when they come to visit,” he said. Exit surveys typically indicate that hiking, birds, icebergs and whales initially drew guests to the island — but encounters with Newfoundlanders were the trip highlights, he added. Advertisement “The majority of people say their best experience was with the people. When people come to Newfoundland, they’re taking a cultural adventure. Advertisement The extraordinary 9/11 hospitality of Gander and nearby communities is celebrated in the big-hearted musical now selling out tickets and racking up accolades — including seven Tony Award nominations. Beulah Cooper, a Gander resident and 9/11 volunteer portrayed in the play, said there’s also talk of her and other locals meeting with visitors who’d like to hear their stories first-hand. The North Atlantic Aviation Museum on the highway through Gander houses a piece of World Trade Center steel donated by firefighters on Long Island, N.Y., as thanks for the province’s generosity. It’s part of a larger 9/11 memorial display. Yannikidis said there are plans for tours that will include locations featured in “Come From Away.” It recounts what happened when the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, closed U.S. air space. Gander nearly doubled in population as 38 planes with almost 6,600 passengers and crew suddenly diverted to the sprawling international airport on the edge of town.Gander and its neighbours in Gambo, Appleton, Lewisporte, Norris Arm and Glenwood donated food, clothing, prescription drugs and anything else their unexpected guests needed. Churches and a school became makeshift shelters and many residents welcomed “the plane people” into their homes. “The town is preparing. Is it preparing to the degree it should be? We hope so. But we really won’t know until we get through this season.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The scenery is the main attraction, but that soon becomes the backdrop.”BY SUE BAILEY “Come From Away” has been praised for acknowledging the pain that resonates from 9/11 as it also provides a cathartic look at how compassion for strangers helped restore some faith in humanity.Yannikidis said Gander wants to welcome visitors who will arrive as a result. But people are keenly aware that the musical and any resulting economic opportunity stem from tragedy, she added. “I think that’s why it’s important that the aviation museum, a not-for-profit organization, is taking the lead on being able to provide tourists some sort of an experience.” Facebook If You Go… Disoriented, frightened passengers from around the globe were simply taken into the communities over the next five days. For tips on travel to Newfoundland and Labrador: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG9905.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more