Snacks nation: Food makers turning everything into snacks

first_imgNEW YORK | There are no meals anymore, only snacks.As around-the-clock grazing upends the way people eat, companies are reimagining foods that aren’t normally seen as snacks to elbow in on the trend. That means everything including grilled chicken, cereal, chocolate, peanut butter and even Spam are now being marketed as snacks.Some are trying to jump into the party by playing up protein. Meat processing giant Tyson launched Hillshire Snacking this year with packs of cut-up chicken that people are supposed to grab and eat with their hands (120 calories per pack). Canned meat maker Hormel is testing “Spam Snacks,” which are dried chunks of the famous meat in re-sealable bags (220 calories per bag).Two packs of Hillshire Snacking Grilled Chicken Bites are arranged for a photo, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in New York. Meat processing giant Tyson launched the 120-calorie packs. As around-the-clock grazing upends the way people eat, companies are reimagining foods that aren’t normally seen as snacks to elbow in on the trend. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)People with a sweet tooth aren’t being forgotten. After years of slumping cereal sales, Kellogg recently introduced Kellogg’s To Go pouches, which hold slightly larger pieces of cereal the company says were “specifically created to be eaten by hand” (190 calories per pouch, which is comparable in size to a bag of potato chips).Even Hershey is trying to become more of a snacks player with “snack mixes” that seem like trail mix, except with Reese’s peanut butter cups and mini chocolate bars (280 calories per package).“People are snacking more and more, sometimes instead of meals, sometimes with meals, and sometimes in between meals,” said Marcel Nahm, who heads North American snacks for Hershey.He said Hershey’s research shows some people snack “10 times a day.”Snacking has been encroaching on meals for years, of course, fueled in part by the belief that several smaller meals a day are better than three big ones. Snacks now account for half of all eating occasions, with breakfast and lunch in particular becoming “snackified,” according to the Hartman Group, a food industry consultancy.But more recently, the blurring lines are making people reach for snacks with benefits they might otherwise get from a meal, like protein or fiber. That has led to ingredients like chickpeas, lentils and quinoa popping up in snacks. And it’s inspiring some companies to try and transform everyday foods into more exciting snacks.Snacks can have good profit margins, too. Prices will vary depending on the retailer, but the suggested retail price for a snack pack of Hillshire’s grilled chicken is $2.49, while Kellogg’s To Go pouch sells for about $2.Kellogg is also marketing regular bowls of cereal as a late-night snack, and says it can do more to push Pop-Tarts as an anytime snack. Hormel recently introduced Skippy P.B. Bites, which are candy-like balls of peanut butter marketed as filling treats for kids.A serving has 160 calories and 8 grams of sugar, with each canister containing six servings. The canister costs around $3.50 and isn’t supposed to be a single snack, but Hormel president Jim Snee says “unfortunately it can end up being that.”Prescribing an ideal eating pattern for everyone is difficult given people’s varying lifestyles, said Claudia Zapata, a registered dietitian in San Antonio, Texas. But she noted that snacks should generally be 250 calories at most and are meant to tide people over between meals.“Well, that was the point of snacks back then. I don’t know what the point is now,” she said.Zapata noted there is a lot of mindless eating going on, and that people should stop and ask themselves whether they’re even hungry before diving into a snack. “It may be that you just need water,” she said.For food makers, the bigger priority seems to be delivering maximum convenience so people can eat wherever and whenever the spirit moves them.“I don’t like things that have to be assembled,” said Bridget Callahan, a part-time student and freelance writer in Wilmington, North Carolina who says she snacks six or seven times a day.Callahan says she picks snacks like protein bars and oranges that she can carry around in her purse.The various efforts to court snackers may not succeed over the long term, but Kellogg promises that the pouches for its cereal snacks are “ergonomically designed to allow fingers to easily access the food” and Hershey describes its snack mixes as perfect for “one-handed eating.”And while it may seem odd to snack on meat with bare hands, Hillshire says its research shows people don’t mind.“The meat is quality meat, so people would take it and dip it with their fingers,” said Jeff Caswell, general manager of Hillshire Snacking.Already, Caswell said the company is looking at turning other meats into portable finger foods.To see people react to eating Tyson’s chicken packets, go to: Candice Choi at read more

Photos of bygone cinema stars conjure memories for residents of Aurora…

first_img Helen Cook dances during a vintage Hollywood photo exhibit on Friday Oct. 14, 2016 at Chelsea Place. Ken Gustafson, executive chef at Chelsea Place, brought photos from his wife’s Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas for the residents. The staff made a party out of the occasion.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Joan Silar dances with her husband, Jim Silar, who is a resident at Chelsea Place, during a vintage Hollywood photo exhibit on Friday Oct. 14, 2016 at Chelsea Place. Ken Gustafson, executive chef at Chelsea Place, brought photos from his wife’s Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas for the residents. The staff made a party out of the occasion.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel AURORA | For 95-year-old Warren Cateron, the recognition is almost instant. “That looks like Bob Hope,” Cateron, a World War II veteran and former U.S. Army mechanic, says when presented with a black-and-white photo of the indelible entertainer. Jenni Seaman, life engagement director at local memory care facility Chelsea Place, confirms Cateron’s tentative recognition. “That does look a lot like Bob Hope,” she says with a proud smile, unfurling from a crouch beside Cateron’s wheelchair. Seaman’s awe is palpable as she explains that Cateron’s faculties, especially those pertaining to recognizing and identifying people, aren’t typically so sharp.“If I asked him his daughter’s name, he couldn’t tell me,” she says. “But he could look at that photo and immediately know what’s up. It’s so cool.” Gwen Sowell sings during a vintage Hollywood photo exhibit on Friday Oct. 14, 2016 at Chelsea Place. Ken Gustafson, executive chef at Chelsea Place, brought photos from his wife’s Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas for the residents. The staff made a party out of the occasion.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinelcenter_img Moments like those have become regular, but fleeting occurrences at Chelsea Place in recent months thanks to a newly uncovered trove of monochromatic images that hearken back to an erstwhile age of cinema. Seaman has been using a collection of more than 40 autographed photos of 1940s film stars to jog the memories of the some 50 residents who live at the facility on East Quincy Avenue.“You’re able to see how they’re able to recall these things from their long-term memory,” she says of the photos. “Even someone who can’t recognize a son or daughter can recognize these stars.”The series of framed photos, which feature enduring celebrities like Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis and John Wayne, came to Chelsea Place by way of the facility’s dietary director and chef, Ken Gustafson. The cook’s wife, Gwen Writer, had procured the photos from her father, who, along with a business partner, owned and operated The Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas, for several decades. Once a beacon of midwest entertainment, actors and actresses visiting The Dream, which was recently renovated by Russell Historical Society, would almost always leave behind an autographed headshot, according to Gustafson. Gustafson said, while he and Writer displayed many of the photos in a now-closed restaurant they ran for nearly 20 years in Georgetown, called Raven Hill Mining Company, the images have not been exhibited as a complete set in several decades.That changed last Friday, when the photos were presented as a collection during a small exhibition and community outreach event at Chelsea Place.Seaman said, for residents like 90-year-old Ruth Updike, the gathering offered more than a chance to fawn over the faces of the silver screen; it brought out memories of a faded lifetime that can often be elusive to retrieve.“With Ruth seeing John Wayne, it was not just, ‘I remember a movie star,’” Seaman said. “It’s ‘I remember watching westerns with my husband on our ranch, and I remember riding my horse, and my horse’s name was Whiskey.’“It’s drawing all of those things out by just standing in front of the room and literally holding a photo.”Updike, a native of Craig, glowed when shown the photo of Wayne.“Oh my heavens,” the nonagenarian said. “He’s one of my favorites.”The photo exhibition has taken on additional, sobering meaning for Seaman, who said the collection has provided her extra opportunities to learn about the public history of Alzheimer’s disease. The first photo Seaman showed some of the Chelsea Place residents was of actress Rita Hayworth, who died in 1987 at the age of 68 of complications tied to Alzheimer’s. Hayworth is widely credited with bringing much-needed public awareness to the disease, which currently affects about 5.4 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. About 11 percent of Americans over the age of 65, and about 32 percent over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the organization.Seaman said she supports public figures like Hayworth disclosing their struggles with the illness in an effort to bring further recognition and, hopefully, additional funding for research.“I just think (public acknowledgement) does so much good; to not hide it away and to not keep it from the world,” she said. “We rely on public figures and private citizens to be open about their journey, what that looks like and that it’s still a life worth living.” Joan Silar and her husband, Jim Silar, who is a resident at Chelsea Place, look at some of the photos during a vintage Hollywood photo exhibit on Friday Oct. 14, 2016 at Chelsea Place. Ken Gustafson, executive chef at Chelsea Place, brought photos from his wife’s Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas for the residents. The staff made a party out of the occasion.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinellast_img read more

Senior’s weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia

first_imgFILE – In this May 19, 2015, file photo, a doctor points to PET scan results that are part of a study on Alzheimer’s disease at a hospital in Washington. Scientists know that long before the memory problems of Alzheimer’s become obvious, people experience more subtle changes in their thinking and judgment. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON | Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a “You’ve won a prize” voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer’s disease.Elder fraud is a huge problem, and Monday’s study doesn’t mean that people who fall prey to a con artist have some sort of dementia brewing.But scientists know that long before the memory problems of Alzheimer’s become obvious, people experience more subtle changes in their thinking and judgment. Neuropsychologist Patricia Boyle of Rush University’s Alzheimer’s disease center wondered if one of the warning signs might be the type of judgment missteps that can leave someone susceptible to scams.“When a con artist approaches an older person, they’re looking for a social vulnerability — someone who is open to having a conversation with a complete stranger,” said Boyle. Then the older person must interpret that stranger’s intentions and emotions, with little else to go on, in deciding whether to believe what they’re peddling, she explained.Boyle turned to data from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which operates a fraud “risk meter,” to determine behaviors that could signal scam vulnerability — things such as answering the phone when you don’t recognize the number, listening to telemarketers, finding it difficult to end unsolicited calls, being open to potentially risky investments and not realizing that seniors often face financial exploitation.Boyle studied 935 seniors, mostly in their 70s and 80s, with no known brain problems who were enrolled in a long-running memory and aging project in Chicago. They took a scam awareness questionnaire and then took yearly brain tests for an average of six years.During the study, 151 seniors were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and another 255 with mild cognitive impairment, sometimes a precursor for Alzheimer’s. The participants who’d had what Boyle calls low scam awareness at the study’s start were more likely to have developed each of those conditions than seniors who were more aware of scam vulnerability.For a closer look, the 264 participants who died during the study underwent brain autopsies. Sure enough, the lower the scam awareness at the study’s start, the more people had a buildup of sticky plaque in their brains that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, Boyle reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.The study can’t prove a link between low scam awareness and impending decline in thinking and memory, cautioned Dr. Jason Karlawish of the University of Pennsylvania in an accompanying editorial.Karlawish described one of his own patients who confessed to a grandson, “I think I’ve been had” by a lottery scam that persuaded him to pay taxes up-front so he could receive his purported winnings. It was just too hard to hang up on the polite caller. Three years later, that patient shows no sign of cognitive impairment, said Karlawish, who said he’s flummoxed by how the clever crooks managed to rob the man.Still, the study results “should be a call to action to health care systems, the financial services industry and their regulators,” Karlawish wrote, urging further research into what he called “notable findings.”The possible scam link isn’t surprising, agreed Alzheimer’s Association vice president Beth Kallmyer, who also said it needs more research. In fact, she said seniors may be reluctant to report fraud for fear family members might suspect they were sucked in because of health problems.Dementia concerns or not, she advises seniors simply to not answer unsolicited calls or emails from people they don’t recognize, making it harder for them to be targeted.Previous research has suggested that seniors can begin to have trouble managing their finances even with aging’s normal cognitive slowing.And the rise in elder fraud has reached such a level that investment firms now are supposed to ask customers for the contact information of a “trusted person” they can alert if they suspect a case of financial exploitation. Just last week, federal agents broke up a Medicare scam that sold unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors. And every tax season the government warns people not to fall for phone calls from IRS impostors — that agency won’t call for payment.“As older people start making mistakes in financial, health care and other types of complex decisions, we do need to raise awareness and start asking, ‘Do they need some help?’” Boyle said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean someone is going to go on to develop dementia. But we should become more aware.”The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

‘Emma’ brings matchmaking play to Aurora

first_imgYou know that one kind yet ultimately misguided person in the group that plays ‘The Game of Life’ with their friends? Well, Harriet Smith knows just about that. No, she’s not on the latest ‘Dr. Phil,’ she’s the focus of Emma Woodhouse’s machinations of love in the aptly titled musical ‘Emma.’ An adaption of Jane Austen’s book, Emma is all witty, beautiful, and spoiled. Naturally, she sets her meddling mind to matchmake for others, vowing to never fall in love herself.Of course, this only leads to her falling in love.Shows are Friday and Saturday, 7:30 P.M. and Sunday at 2:30 P.M., now until Aug. 18. Monday show at 7:30 P.M., July 29. Tickets range from $16-$32. Vintage Theatre,1468 Dayton St. 303-856-7830.last_img read more

International fleet competes at Transworld Regatta

first_imgMatti Sepp and his crew celebrate victory in the Transworld Regatta 2018, held at Ocean Marina from March 2-4.Ocean Marina in Na Jomtien welcomed crews from around the world to the Transworld Regatta 2018, held from March 2-4.  Three of these countries taking part, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, currently represent the most active region in the World for Platu racing and will hold the 2018 Platu World Championship in Riga, Latvia this August.  Chris Way brought his Easy Tiger team from Australia and Rolf Heemskerk travelled from Malaysia.  These crews were supported by two local teams from Thailand, with ex-pats from several different countries on board.As usual the 3 day regatta was preceded by a one day event of three races so that crews could acclimatize themselves to the local conditions and also shake of their jet lag.  The day saw winds up to 18 knots, quite big seas and many big shifts to keep the tacticians busy.  The result was a sign of things to come as the first three boats went on to finish on the podium of the main event.  Congratulations to Harles Liiv from Estonia in first place.The first two days of the regatta itself again saw winds up to 18 and 19 knots, metre high waves, and lots of shifts of 20 degrees and more.  The format of 30 minute races was again used so that there were 6 races on day one and 7 on day two.  With a windward mark at half a mile, races of 1, 2 and 3 laps were set to test suitability and best race format.  The general consensus was that 30-minute, two lap races were best so this became the norm.Strong winds and big shifts, but after two days and 13 races it was all to play for between Matti Sepp and Rolf Heemskerk who were separated by only three points. The third day was much calmer than the previous two with a flat sea and winds of 6 knots as the racing began.  This gradually built however to 14 knots and a few white caps to again make the crews hike hard.The tension was building, not only for these two crews, but for all crews, and the first race of the final day saw chaos on the start line and a general recall necessary.  The second start was a little bit better organized and crews finally got away for the first of 4 races with the final race being worth double points.  It was hard to separate Mati and Rolf as they finished race 1 and 2 only metres apart.  But then Mati decided that match racing was not the way to go and simply sailed fast to a win and a second place in the final two races.  But a great effort from Rolf, the current holder of the Coronation Cup, who gave it everything, but it simply was not enough on this day.Platu craft compete on Day 2 of the regatta.Another close battle between four boats also ensued as they finished within a ten point spread after all 17 races.Four races meant that crews were back in the marina before two o’clock so that they could enjoy some food and a well earned beer or two before the presentations took place.last_img read more

Blacky wins three in a row and inaugural Monthly Mug

first_imgEveryone was running early so we departed the G.S. in 2 minivans 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 8.20 am and after an excellent run through Pattaya Monday morning traffic we arrived at the course just 55 minutes later.  The course was, yes – you guessed it, almost deserted and after a relaxing preparation time and putting practice for some we sent our first group, once more a Gosnells Golf Club four-ball away 18 minutes early at 9.42 am. PSC golf from The Growling SwanMonday, June 25, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA good low season contingent of 14 golfers assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the longish road trip to the challenging Royal Lakeside and we welcomed first timers Ebrahim & Bernie McCart.  We also welcomed back Frank Donnelly from his 3 week stint as a tourist guide showing family from Australia around.  A hearty “Bon Voyage” was afforded to Dick Braimbridge who will shortly be returning to Queensland, Australia for about 3 months and also Dr Brian Vale & Wayne Harman who are off back to Perth, Western Australia in the next couple of days. Monday Compass winner Brian (Doc) Vale, Deefa the Dog & winner Peter Blackburn.The new caddies’ uniforms looked very smart and we teed off into a very stiff breeze which indicated it was going to be a tough day for some and indeed that’s the way in turned out.  The golf course was in fantastic shape with the greens as good as I’ve ever seen them and to top it off our caddies were disciplined, informative whilst being lots of fun at the same time.The breeze did cool things down somewhat although at times it did seem fairly hot and after a sub 2 hour front nine we continued at a cracking pace and finished our round in three hours & fifty minutes.With the smallish field we had just the one flight with five podium spots and there were rewards for long putts on holes nine & eighteen with sponsorship help from Mike “Hunter” Gosden.As mentioned previously the going was quite tough with not one golfer able to play to their handicap or better.  After a last start win your writer managed to continue his good form and finished in first place with 35 points, one ahead of Bo Cardwell in second place with Jerry Dobbs third one point further back.A count back was necessary to determine fourth & fifth places with Ken “let’s hear it for” Bernek (14 point back nine, 10 points on last 6 holes & 6 points on last 3 holes) edging out Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (14 point back nine, 10 points on last 6 holes & 5 points on last 3 holes).  Both of them had 31 points.1st Peter Blackburn (12) 35pts2nd Bo Cardwell (23) 34pts3rd Jerry Dobbs (22) 33pts4th Ken Bernek (16) 31pts5th Alain Taddei (18) 31ptsLong Putts:  9th – Wayne Harman; 18th – Wayne HarmanDr Brian Vale also had back to back wins but alas, it was the Compass Cap (awarded to the golfer with the worst score on the day) so at least he finished his stay with us on a winning note!  Deefa the Dog was of course present and paraded by Hunter resulting in many donations to charity from our generous Growling Swan group.Ken Cornwall, Jerry Dobbs & Peter Blackburn.Back at The Growling Swan afterwards the main topic of conversation was the upcoming inaugural Monthly Mug which was in 3 days time.  Even as we sat there drinking we had two more golfers sign up which left us with just one spot to fill.  Dick rang the bell due to his imminent departure which was appreciated by all.Thursday, June 28, Treasure Hill – Monthly Mug/StrokeThere was a terrific buzz in the air on this morning as we assembled at The Growling Swan, all keen to compete for the very first Growling Swan Monthly Mug.  Peter Grey’s complimentary tea & coffee was flowing and we had many old and new faces in the record field of 25.We welcomed first timers Rhys Allen (son of Andrew) from Melbourne, Noel Moore from Philippines/Australia, and Aussies Peter Starr, Tony Olcorn & Vince Romeo along with Dave Norman from the A Team Bar here in Pattaya.  It was also great to have back for another 6 weeks Talkeshi Hakozaki from Japan, Hugh O’Donnell from Spain, Don Richardson from Ireland and of course Graham Buckingham after his trip to Bangkok to compete in an International Scrabble Tournament.Several people elected to drive to the Treasure Hill course and the rest piled into 2 minivans as we departed the G.S. right on our scheduled departure time of 8.30 am.  After a 48 minute drive we arrived at the course to find that despite being a Sport’s Day with a 500 baht green fee the course was practically deserted.  We were in no hurry as we prepared for this special occasion and our first four-ball consisting of myself, Mashi, Hunter & Buckers teed off 5 minutes ahead of our scheduled 10.00 am tee time.The weather was terrific although a bit overcast at first but we knew that nothing was going to put a damper on this special day.  I must once more mention the improvement in this golf course as it was in terrific condition with the greens absolutely superb and a credit to the green keeper & his staff.  It was of course a Monthly Mug which meant playing a stroke round and sure enough this tough layout caught one or two golfers out.Buckers was going great guns until the 12th hole where he got into all sorts of trouble and ended up with an eleven which effectively put paid to his chances of winning the Mug.  Hunter & I were travelling quite well and neck & neck down the home stretch while Mashi, although fairly consistent was not having one of his better days.  We proceeded at a very good pace considering it was a stroke round and even with 2 drinks breaks we completed our full round in four hours & ten minutes.A terrific day’s golf at a lovely though challenging course with very good company.  It was very pleasing to hear the comments from all after that the day was an outstanding success and everyone was looking forward to the next Monthly Mug at Mountain Shadow in July.With the 25 starters we were able to have 2 flights and there were rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes plus nearest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.  As we had nine players who not yet had handicaps they were put in the second flight which we named the Callaway Grade & their scores were calculated using the Callaway Scoring System.Your humble organizer & correspondent continued his form of the last 2 outings and managed to win the very first Growling Swan Monthly Mug on a count back from Mike (Hunter) Gosden.  We both had a net 73 but my net 33 on the back nine got me home as Hunter had net 35.In third spot came Takeshi Hakozaki with a net 74 and the luckless Graham Buckingham finished fourth with a net 75.  In a count back for fifth & sixth Don Richardson (net 77 with net 36 on the back nine) edged out Bo Cardwell (net 77 with net 39 on the back nine).In the Callaway Grade the winner of the Growling Swan Monthly Glass was Ken Cornwall with a net 73, one better than runner up Bernie McCart.  In a count back for third place with both golfers on net 76, Vincent Romeo (51 back nine) took the honors with Fred Dineley (53 back nine) just missing out.Monthly Mug1st Peter Blackburn (12) net 732nd Mike Gosden (11) net 733rd Takeshi Hakozaki (13) net 744th Grahsm Buckingham (24) net 755th Don Richardson (13) net 776th Bo Cardwell (23) net 77Callaway Comp1st Ken Cornwall net 732nd Bernie McCart net 743rd Vincent Romeo net 76Near Pins:  2nd – Mike Allidi; 6th – Peter Starr; 13th – Ebrahim; 17th – Stu RifkinLong Putts:  9th – Ken Cornwall; 18th – Mashi KanetaThe winner of the Compass Cap (awarded for the worst score of the day) went to Aussie Jerry Dobbs and Hunter paraded Deefa the Dog who of course collected many donations to charity from our very generous Growling Swan crew.Presentations of course were back at The Growling Swan on this occasion and many thanks go to Peter Grey for sponsoring this event and providing a delicious chicken meal for everyone.  Yours truly took advantage of the “I won the mug, you fill it up” rule and along with most of the others stayed for several hours of fun and merriment.Note:  Growling Swan Golf welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to read more

Pitt player charged with drunken crash apologizes for arrest

first_imgCoach Pat Narduzzi issued a statement Monday saying 21-year-old Alex Bookser “expressed to me his extreme regret and disappointment in himself.” The coach says the team and Bookser are “committed … to ensuring his actions and judgment will be better moving forward.”Online court records don’t list an attorney for Bookser, a junior who starred at Mount Lebanon High School in the suburbs before moving onto Pitt.Police say Bookser crashed into the Loeffler Building and was charged with drunken driving, several traffic citations and accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle, a third-degree misdemeanor.He faces a preliminary hearing June 26. Alex Bookser was arrested early Sunday on several charges after driving while intoxicated. (Photo: Jason Pohuski, Cal Sport Media, via AP)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A University of Pittsburgh football player is apologizing after he was charged with drunken driving and other crimes after crashing into a campus building just before 1 a.m. Sunday.last_img read more

Loosen Up: NFL to allow some flair in celebrations

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — The NFL wants to put some flair back into touchdown celebrations, allowing players to use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and roll around on the ground again if they choose.In an email from Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to fans in an effort to deliver “a more exciting game experience,” the commissioner said the new guidelines came after conversations with more than 80 current and former players.The league, however, will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.“Players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves,” Goodell wrote.That freedom had been stripped in many cases, with fans and media criticizing the NFL as being the “No Fun League.” A 15-yard penalty often was the price paid for excessiveness.Goodell’s email also mentioned how the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. To go with that, he said the league knows “that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown.”___For more NFL coverage: and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) leaps on the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 45-10. (AP Photo/Don Wright)last_img read more

Diego Alves makes history with penalty save from Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgDiego Alves made history with his penalty save from Cristiano Ronaldo during Valencia’s creditable 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.  CEST Upd. at 18:21 10/05/2015 The goalkeeper third in the rankings is Paco Buyo, of Real Madrid, who made 15 saves.  Sport EN This was his 16th penalty stop in La Liga, the same as Andoni Zubizarreta managed in his career – more than any other stoppers. The big difference between the two is that the Brazilian Valencia keeper has saved 16 of 37, more than 43 per cent, while Zubi kept out 16 of 102, a little more than 16 per cent.  It’s not just this – Diego Alves is the first goalkeeper to save two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties.last_img read more

Barcelona also closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan

first_img FC Barcelona’s medical team have been following his evolution very closely in recent months. They have been in Germany two times to check on his fitness. On both occasions they were happy that he was moving on from the back problems.  Upd. at 19:14 It is clear that Gundogan will be presented as the ‘replacement’ for Xavi Hernandez. There will never be another Xavi, but there will be room in the squad for another midfielder. Gundogan has good technique, is physical and would link well with either Andres Iniesta or Ivan Rakitic.  CEST The problem is he can’t play until January 2016, because of Barça’s transfer ban. There are two options: Continue with Dortmund until January and then sign for Barcelona (the German side are not in the Champions League so it will not affect his participation in the competition); or join Barça in July, but not play until January.  The German international has already closed an agreement with Barça after proving his fitness through a series of medical tests. It should not be forgotten that he has had a serious back problem which kept him out for a year and a half. “I feel like rubbish,” he said, depressed at the length of time surgery kept him out of action.  However, he has spent this season almost clean of all injuries. Since October 11, 2013, he has shown clear signs of recovery and has begun to play his best football again. His return was a blessing for Jürgen Klopp, whose team moved away from the relegation zone towards the Europa League.  06/06/2015 Javier Miguel Barcelona’s current board are in a rush to sign players before next season, aware that Josep Maria Bartomeu may have to resign on June 9, as is the law when an election has been called. For that reason, decisions will need to be taken in the next few hours. After the signing of Sevilla’s Aleix Vidal, it seems there is another player who could be signed soon: Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.  In any case, it’s become clear that Bartomeu is moving quickly with elections on the horizon, which are expected to take place on July 19.last_img read more