RaceSaver Nationals underway at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. – Thursday night at Eagle Raceway began the four-day extravaganza known as the RaceSaver Nationals.Race teams from across the country towed to the ‘Fastest 1/3 mile in the world’ to participate in America’s larg­est Sprint Car event.A couple hours of practice time gave all IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers the opportunity to acquaint, or reacquaint themselves with the high banks at America’s Home Track.To finish off the evening, the five qualifying heats to set the field for the Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champi­ons were run. The top 20 after finishing positions and passing points are calculated will make up the field with the race being run after the qualifying feature on Saturday night.Winning those heats were Zach Blurton, Andy Shouse, Jason Martin, Jake Bubak and John Carney II.Action kicks off in earnest tonight (Friday) with the first qualifying heats and features for Sunday’s finale. Those who finish in the top nine of the ‘A’ feature this evening will make up the first three rows of the ‘Big Dance’ on Sunday when the field lines up three-wide to chase the top prize. Also running will be the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compacts.Grandstands open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 5 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. Adult front gate admission is $13, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children five and under are free.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with pit passes costing $25. A three-day pit pass can be purchased for $75.After the races there will be a pit party, featuring Bad Apple providing the entertainment. Replays of the night’s action will be shown and the Melon Bar will be open!last_img read more

Thomas Lane, police officer involved in Floyd’s death, released from jail on bail

first_imgkali9/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC NEWS(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Thomas Lane, one of the four Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, has been released from jail on bail.Lane, 37, who had been held on $750,000 conditional bail, was freed from the Hennepin County jail at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.His lawyer, Earl Gray, confirmed Lane was released Wednesday afternoon after posting bail and told ABC News he had no further comment at this time.He is one of three officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Floyd.The fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, who was caught on camera pinning Floyd down with his knee while he cried out, “I can’t breathe,” has been charged with second-degree murder and has not entered a plea.All four officers were fired following Floyd’s murder.Lane, who was a rookie on the force with four days on the job, was being held on $1 million without conditions, but was released on conditions at $750,000. He will be monitored during release, may not carry a gun and must not take part in any law enforcement activities.Lane’s next hearing is scheduled for June 29, and his attorney, Gray, told the Star Tribune that the fired cop is planning to file a motion to dismiss the charges against him.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bhuvneshwar blitz skittles West Indies

first_imgINDIA 1st innings 353 (R. Ashwin 118, W. Saha 104, L. Rahul 50)WEST INDIES 1st innings (Overnight: 107-3)K. Brathwaite c Saha b R. Ashwin 64L. Johnson run-out (Rahul) 23Da. Bravo c Jadeja b I. Sharma 29M. Samuels b B. Kumar 48J. Blackwood c Kohli b B. Kumar 20R. Chase c Rahane b Jadeja 2S. Dowrich c S. Dhawan b B. Kumar 18J. Holderlbw b B. Kumar 2A. Joseph c Rahul b B. Kumar 0M. Cummins c Saha b R. Ashwin 0S. Gabriel not out 0Extras: (b-13, lb-2, nb-2, w-2) 19Total: (all out, 103.4 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-129, 3-135, 4-202, 5-203, 6-205, 7-212, 8-212, 9-221.Bowling: B. Kumar 23.4-10-33-5 (w-2), M. Shami 17-3-58-0, R. Ashwin 26-7-52-2,I. Sharma 13-2-40-1 (nb-2), R. Jadeja 24-9-27-1.INDIA 2nd inningsL. Rahul c K. Brathwaite b Cummins 28S. Dhawan lbw b Chase 26V. Kohli lbw b Cummins 4A. Rahane not out 51Ro. Sharma not out 41Extras: (b-1, lb-1, nb-5) 7Total: (for 3 wickets, 39 overs) 157Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-58, 3-72.To bat: R. Ashwin, W. Saha, R. Jadeja, I. Sharma, M. Shami, B. KumarBowling: S. Gabriel 3-0-19-0 (nb-1), A. Joseph 4-0-23-0 (nb-2), M. Cummins 6-1-22-2 (nb-2), J. Holder 5-1-17-0, R. Chase 11-1-41-1, K. Brathwaite 10-1-33-0. (REUTERS) – A devastating spell of swing bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar put India in command on the fourth day of the third Test against West Indies in St Lucia yesterday.Kumar ripped through the middle order and tail, moving the second new ball both ways through the air and off the seam to pick up five wickets at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet.Playing his first Test in 19 months, he took five for 33 in 23.4 overs as West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 23 runs to be all out for 225 in the first innings.India then reached 157 for three by the close of play, 285 runs ahead, leaving captain Virat Kohli to ponder the best time to declare on the final day today.All of Kumar’s dismissals were achieved with quality deliveries, three caught in the slips, one bowled and one lbw.“That was a spell of consistent, high-quality swing bowling,” said former West Indies player Jeffrey Dujon on television commentary.“He gave all the batsmen trouble, swung it in, swung it out, set up Marlon Samuels beautifully and really didn’t move too much from that tight off-stump line.”Samuels was perhaps Kumar’s most prized scalp, out for 48 when he was beaten by an inswinger that he chopped on to his stumps.One run earlier Jermaine Blackwood was caught at second slip off Kumar for 20. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored for West Indies with 64.India skipper Virat Kohli went cheaply in India’s second innings, trapped lbw by Miguel Cummins for four after making just three in the first knock.Ajinkya Rahane (51) and Rohit Sharma (41) were unbeaten at stumps. India lead the four-Ttest series 1-0.last_img read more

Other Sports MC Mary Kom Achieves Another BIG Honour, Named Best Asian Athlete

first_img New Delhi: MC Mary Kom has plenty of honours to her name. She is the only women athlete in history to have won six world boxing championships and she has won the gold in the Asian and Commonwealth Games event. Recently, Mary Kom achieved yet another big honour as she was named the Best Female Asian Athlete in the Awards for Asia’ ceremony organised by Asian Sportswriters Union (AIPS Asia) in Malaysia. AIPS Asia, an organization representing Asian sportswriters since 1978, was holding this award ceremony for the first time this year to honour Asian athletes who have excelled at the highest level.Mary Kom had defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota 5-0 to clinch the Women’s World Boxing Championship to make her the most successful athlete in women’s boxing in history. The 35-year-old boxer had secured the gold medal the last time it was held in New Delhi in 2006 and she shattered history to become the all-time leading gold medal winner in the World Boxing Championship. With this win, Mary Kom became the only female boxer in history to win six gold medals in the World Boxing Championship. When one looks at both men and women’s boxing, Mary Kom has drawn level with Cuban boxer Felix Savon.The Qatar Football team was voted as the best team in Asia as they won the AFC tournament for the first time. Qatar stunned Japan 3-1 to win their first Asian Cup sparked by a moment of magic from record-breaker Almoez Ali and after nail-biting late drama. Sudan-born striker Ali scored with an acrobatic bicycle kick after just 12 minutes before Abdelaziz Hatim curled in a superb second and Akram Afif converted a VAR-assisted penalty to give the 2022 World Cup hosts a famous victory in Abu Dhabi. Qatar survived a scare at 2-0 when Takumi Minamino pulled one back on 69 minutes, only for Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov to award the Maroons a penalty on review for a handball by Japan captain Maya Yoshida. Ali became the first player to score nine goals at a single Asian Cup after only being cleared to play just hours before kickoff following a UAE protest over his eligibility. Apart from Qatar, the Japan women’s football team have been named as the best team. South Korea footballer Son Heung-Min have been named the Best Asian Female and Male Athletes. Son currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. MC Mary Kom has won six world boxing championship gold medals.Son Heung-Min currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur.Qatar won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time by defeating Japan. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Judge homers, leaves early in Yanks’ 9-6 win over Braves

first_img Aaron Judge dented an advertisement with a scorching home run before making an unusual early exit, Jordan Montgomery pitched efficiently against a lineup missing its brightest young star and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 9-6 Tuesday night.Atlanta scratched Ronald Acuña Jr. about 90 minutes before first pitch with a sore left wrist. The 2018 NL Rookie of the Year homered three times during a doubleheader Sunday against Philadelphia but was pulled early in a blowout loss Monday. It’s unclear when the injury occurred.Judge smashed his 113.1 mph homer off a sign above the home bullpen in right-center field, leaving his mark on a shot leading off the fifth. He entered the day tied with San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. for the major league lead with eight home runs.Then his night came to a bizarre end.Yankees manager Aaron Boone sent Mike Tauchman to pinch-hit for Judge in the sixth inning with New York leading 8-3 — hardly a blowout. Judge didn’t appear to be injured and clapped as he watched Tauchman hit from the top rail of the dugout. But he later appeared to head to the clubhouse and didn’t return.No other Yankees’ starter was removed at that stage of the game, and there shouldn’t be much need to rest Judge with New York getting two days off this week.Luke Voit hit a three-run drive in the first inning off Braves starter Touki Toussaint (0-1), who turned in the second straight abysmal start for a rotation that’s reeling without injured ace Mike Soroka, lost for the season with a torn right Achilles tendon. Atlanta starters have a 5.57 ERA.Toussaint allowed six runs — five earned — in four innings a night after left-hander Sean Newcomb allowed eight runs in 1 1/3 innings against Philadelphia. Newcomb was demoted to the alternate site after Monday’s game.Judge’s home run came off 22-year-old right-hander Bryse Wilson, who was recalled from Atlanta’s alternate site to replace Newcomb. Wilson was under consideration to start Wednesday against the Yankees until Toussaint left the Braves in need of long relief.Montgomery (2-1) cruised through five innings before allowing a three-run homer to Marcell Ozuna in the sixth. He threw 78 pitches over six innings, allowing three runs, four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Zack Britton pitched a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save.Mike Ford added a two-run double for New York in the third.Atlanta clawed back from an 8-0 deficit a night after scoring seven runs in the ninth inning of a 13-8 loss to the Phillies. Johan Camargo and Tyler Flowers each had RBI doubles Tuesday.LEATHER LACKINGNew York’s middle infielders had a rough night defensively. In the second inning, neither second baseman DJ LeMahieu or shortstop Gleyber Torres covered second on a potential double-play grounder to third baseman Gio Urshela.LeMahieu and Torres also appeared to have a miscommunication on a grounder up the middle in the seventh, allowing Atlanta’s fourth run to score, and Torres made an error that led to another run in the eighth.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: Atlanta says Acuña is day to day, and at this stage, he’s not planning to join best friend and second baseman Ozzie Albies on the injured list. Albies has a sore right wrist.Yankees: OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss three to four weeks after being diagnosed with a grade 1 left hamstring strain, although manager Aaron Boone said the team was still evaluating the 2017 NL MVP and the timeline could be adjusted. … RHP Aroldis Chapman (COVID-19) threw about 25 pitches against live hitters at the alternate site. His time frame to rejoin the team remains unclear. … OF Clint Frazier was promoted from the alternate site, two days after INF Thairo Estrada was sent down. … Voit was hit in the left hand by a pitch in the fifth inning but remained in the game.UP NEXTRHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 1.17) is slated to face the Braves after pitching five shutout innings against Tampa Bay in his previous outing. Atlanta’s plans are unclear after using Wilson on Tuesday.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 08:15 IST Judge Homers, Leaves Early In Yanks’ 9-6 Win Over Braves Aaron Judge dented an advertisement with a scorching home run before making an unusual early exit, Jordan Montgomery pitched efficiently against a lineup missing its brightest young star and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 9-6 Tuesday night Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 12th August, 2020 08:15 IST Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Sweden moves forward with national gambling reform

first_img Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 As anticipated the Swedish government has published its long-awaited revamped national gambling policy, in which it will open a new licensing window for online gambling/betting operators.Re-regulating the market, Swedish policymakers have placed a significant emphasis on consumer protections, industry responsibility, monitoring of betting enterprises combined with an all-around improvement in standards.The revamped framework, sees the Swedish government split its gambling industry into three separate compartments;Open/Competitive – For new licensed online gambling/betting operators.Public interest – Charitable firms servicing lottery and bingo products.State Enterprise – Servicing land-based casinos and gaming machine operators.New Swedish online gambling incumbents will be taxed at 18% gross gaming revenue charge, with the government placing no taxes on consumer play or winnings.Updating stakeholders, the Swedish government has introduced a new code of conduct, which all gambling stakeholders must adhere to. New responsibility provisions include;A comprehensive duty to protect customers, with all licensed operators offering player self-exclusion services.Players must have the ability to ‘turn-off’ gaming content they choose.Licensed operators can only promote certified games content approved by the Swedish gambling regulator, Lotteriinspektionen.Player bonuses can only be offered once as a customer sign-up incentive and used at ‘first time of play’.The new policies will see the Swedish government secure its market against unlicensed operators. The government will be able to block suspected payment transactions between consumers and unlicensed operators, as well as instruct local ISP to block access to unlicensed gambling portals.Presenting Sweden’s revamped gambling framework Ardalan Shekarabi, Minister of Civil Affairs stated;“We strengthen the Lottery Inspectorate as the Game Inspectorate and give the Authority more and more powerful tools. Unlicensed actors shall be closed outside and licensees shall conduct their business in accordance with the law. We also today give an assignment to the State Office to follow up the reform in order to quickly adjust the law if the objectives of the reform are not met. It is crucial that sustainable funding for the community is not jeopardized”Swedish policy stakeholders will now move to implement the new legislation by 1 January 2019 Submitlast_img read more

Dodgers place Yasiel Puig on the DL and Rich Hill remains out with infection

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Southwest Airlines has 10 flights every morning leaving Oklahoma City for California. The Dodgers might need all of them.Right-hander Brock Stewart was the newest new arrival in the Dodgers’ clubhouse Sunday morning. He was added to the roster after outfielder Yasiel Puig was placed on the disabled list with a sore left hip and a contusion on his left ankle, both suffered during Saturday’s doubleheader.And Stewart could find himself starting a game as early as Monday. On the DL with a cracked nail on the middle finger of his pitching hand, left-hander Rich Hill was scheduled to come off the DL and start the opener of the four-game series against the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks. He won’t make that start – or possibly more – after developing an infection in the finger.The Dodgers already added outfielder Alex Verdugo to the roster Saturday after Matt Kemp injured his left quad Friday night, Kike’ Hernandez came down sick Saturday morning and Puig ran into an outfield wall in the first inning of the doubleheader. Kemp and Hernandez were both back in the starting lineup Sunday. “It’s manageable,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the roster challenges. “There’s some moving pieces but we’ll manage it.”In the short term, Roberts said Verdugo could get “quite a bit” of playing time while Puig is on the DL. Puig injured his hip when he ran into the right field wall while making a catch in foul territory then fouled a ball off his ankle. But Roberts said he anticipates Puig being ready to return in 10 days.“With Yasiel it’s a combo of the ball off the ankle and the hip pointer he took in right field yesterday going into that wall,” Roberts said. “Right now, I expect him to be back playing with us on that 10th day.”Hill’s situation is more unpredictable. He has started taking antibiotics for the infection and “once you get the antibiotics in play it’s a 72-hour thing,” Roberts said.But Hill’s throwing has been limited since the infection cropped up. He threw a simulated game last week but has not made a start since April 14. It’s possible the Dodgers could decide he needs to make at least one start on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment before activating him from the DL. “It’s not a lasting thing but you have to appreciate that he’s still got to be able to throw the baseball to make a major-league start,” Roberts said. “So I can’t really say when he’s going to make his next start.“I know there’s no one more frustrated than Rich.”If Hill is unavailable, right-hander Walker Buehler could be recalled when Hill’s spot in the rotation comes around again next weekend during the Dodgers’ series in Mexico against the San Diego Padres. Officially added to the roster as the 26th man allowed for doubleheaders, Buehler was optioned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga after his start – not Triple-A Oklahoma City. It is highly unlikely that he would actually pitch for the Quakes so the procedural move seems to put him in a holding pattern this week for a possible start against the Padres.“There’s a potential,” Roberts said. “If Rich isn’t ready then we have Walker still around.”Alexander to Triple-AWhen the Dodgers acquired left-hander Scott Alexander from the Kansas City Royals this winter, they expected him to be a key piece in their 2018 bullpen. But Alexander was not great and was demoted to Triple-A Saturday to clear a spot for Verdugo. In 11 appearances before his demotion, Alexander allowed 21 baserunners in 11 1/3 innings – nine on walks, 12 on hits.“He’s still obviously a part of what we’re trying to do,” Roberts said. “But where he’s at right now and the start he’s gotten off to, I think there’s some pressing and trying to be too perfect. That’s hard. To me, the fastball command is nowhere near where it needs to be. So he goes to OKC to clean some things up and get back up here.”Playoff promiseGoing into their four-game series with the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers will be at least six games behind the first-place team and under .500 for the first month of the season. But Roberts boldly predicted changes ahead.“When it’s all said and done, the Dodgers will be at the top of the division,” Roberts said Sunday. “I believe that. We believe that.”While winning the NL West the past five seasons, the Dodgers have been at or under .500 at the end of April twice (2013 and 2016). Their lowest winning percentage over the past five seasons has come in April – .523. From May 1 until the end of the regular seasons the past five years, the Dodgers have played at a .593 pace.Up nextDodgers RHP Ross Stripling (0-0, 0.63 ERA) at Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (2-2, 4.80 ERA), Monday, 6:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Parliamentary Golf Group holds inaugural annual dinner

first_img England Golf joined a celebration of golf when the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group held its inaugural annual dinner in the Palace of Westminster. The golfing community was widely represented at the event and Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “It’s good to have Parliamentarians talking about the benefits of golf, to be finding out what we do and how they can help us.” Group Co-Chairman, Karl McCartney MP, reflected on the Group’s first year of activity and said: “One thing that has become clear since we formed the Group is the huge support for the sport across the UK, and we are delighted to have the support of so many of the various bodies that represent different elements of the sport. “The Group’s initial focus has been on increasing participation, particularly amongst women and BME groups, and also on improving perceptions of the sport, and I hope that we can continue to be an active voice for the sport in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.” The Group’s inaugural Parliamentary Golfer of the Year award was announced by as Andrew Bingham MP. He organised his own golf challenge in July this year, in which he played nine holes of golf on each of the seven courses in his High Peak constituency, raising over £6500 for four Mountain Rescue teams in the process. Andrew has also been a vocal advocate of the 9-hole version of the game, and particularly England Golf’s Golf Express initiative, which promotes 9-hole golf to inspire busy people to play more often. The evening’s guest speaker was Ken Schofield CBE, former European Tour Executive Director and a past President of the Golf Foundation. He gave his thoughts on the state of the game, and also discussed the work of the Golf Foundation and its work to help more young people enjoy golf and the many benefits it brings. The evening raised over £4500 for the Golf Foundation. The dinner was hosted by Group Vice-Chairman, Baroness Nye of Lambeth, on the House of Lords terrace, and brought together Members of both Houses of Parliament, Associate Members, Group supporters and dinner sponsors, Covéa Insurance. The Group was established in 2015, and has since grown to over 60 Members from both Houses and across all major parties. 23 Nov 2016 Parliamentary Golf Group holds inaugural annual dinner last_img read more

Remarkable finalists shortlisted for England Golf Awards

first_img14 Jan 2019 Remarkable finalists shortlisted for England Golf Awards A shortlist of remarkable finalists has been announced for the England Golf Awards 2019, sponsored by adidas Golf.They’re the heroes of the game in England and they’ll be celebrated at the awards dinner at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday, 21 March, when the winners will be revealed.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “A very big thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate and to the judges, who had an incredibly difficult job to produce this shortlist of amazing volunteers, players, clubs and counties.“They all contribute so much to the sport that we all love and we look forward to telling their stories over the coming weeks, as we build up to our gala dinner.“Their contribution to golf in England is immeasurable and they really do make the game great.”Tickets for the glittering, black tie Awards dinner, hosted by Dan Walker, are just £90 each and include drinks on arrival and a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person.The finalists are:Most Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by HowDidiDoBranston Golf & Country Club, StaffordshireBurghill Valley Golf Club, HerefordshireExeter Golf and Country Club, DevonHorton Park Golf Club, SurreyCoach of the Year, sponsored by The PGAPhilip Akers – PGA National Golf Academy, The Belfry, WarwickshireStuart Disney – The Mendip Golf Club, SomersetMark Johnson – Styal Golf Club, CheshireAaron Lansberry – Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, WarwickshireInnovation Award of the Year, sponsored by Players 1stAL Golf Junior Academies, Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, WarwickshireGolf AccessMytime Active at Bromley and Orpington Golf Centres, KentSlinfold Golf and Country Club, SussexVolunteer of the YearMark Feeney – West Derby Golf Club, LancashireSusanne Lesley and Owen Lewis – Royal Ascot Golf Club, BerkshireJudith Sandford – Cheadle Golf Club, CheshireMarcella Tuttle – The Links Golf Club, NewmarketYoung Ambassador of the Year, in association with the Golf FoundationElla Baker – GL Golf at Warley Woods Golf Club, WorcestershireLouise McLoughlin – Bromborough Golf Club, CheshireJessica Pilgrim – Stoke Park Golf Club, BuckinghamshireGeorgina Wrixon – Ashley Wood Golf Club, DorsetPerformance of the YearEngland men’s teamConor Gough of Stoke Park Golf Club, BB&OMitch Waite of Filton Golf Club, GloucestershireCaitlin Whitehead of Carus Green Golf Club, CumbriaChampionship Venue of the YearFrilford Heath Golf Club, OxfordshireKedleston Park Golf Club, DerbyshireSherwood Forest Golf Club, NottinghamshireStanton on the Wolds Golf Club, NottinghamshireCounty of the YearLancashireWiltshireThe outright winner of the Lifetime Service Award will also be recognised at the Awards dinner.Watch out for our series of articles featuring the finalists. Tags: Clubs, Counties, England Golf Awards 2019, players, Volunteerslast_img read more

Steelers trying to shore up leaky run defense

first_imgBaltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) runs away from Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) and free safety Mike Mitchell (23) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. The Ravens won 26-6. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Two weeks into his NFL career, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is already well versed in what’s troubling a defense that hardly looks like its old self.“Sometimes we take bad angles, sometimes we use the wrong technique for tackles,” the rookie linebacker said. “We’ve got to wrap up and grab cloth instead of trying to use our shoulder and go through people.”Too often through eight bumpy quarters the Steelers (1-1) have let an opposing running back bounce off them for big plays. Pittsburgh has allowed 340 yards on the ground and an alarming 5.0 yards per carry so far – hardly the return to physical dominance the team promised after an uncharacteristically sloppy 2013. Last season, the defense finished outside the top 10 against the run for the first time in a decade.Oh, and Cam Newton and the unbeaten Carolina Panthers (2-0) await Sunday night.“We getting two hands or one-and-a-half and a lot of the guys just aren’t making the tackles we need to make,” Shazier said. “A lot of times we get the guy stood up but don’t get him to the ground. There is a lot of yards after contact. We’ve just got to do the job.”Something the Steelers struggled to do against Cleveland and Baltimore. The Browns used rookie running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West to key a 24-point second-half comeback in the opener. The Ravens pushed the Steelers at key moments in a 26-6 romp last Thursday night.Pittsburgh anticipated some adjustment issues following an offseason overhaul that included drafting Shazier and defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt, adding free agent safety Mike Mitchell and nose tackle Cam Thomas. What the Steelers didn’t expect were the same fundamental mistakes that cost them so dearly during an 8-8 season in 2013.And while it’s far too early to panic, there is cause for concern.“I think it’s new faces, new guys understanding new techniques, new responsibilities and having habits you’ve had all your football life,” defensive end Brett Keisel said. “And trying to change those to the techniques and role that this team puts you in.“It’s a hard transition, but it’s a transition that has to happen.”Better hurry.“We have to work things out on defense or else we’re going to be up and down like we were last year,” safety Troy Polamalu said.The roller coaster is already underway. The Steelers aren’t getting gashed so much as they’re letting little plays turn into big ones. They’ve already given up 13 runs of 10 yards or more. On the other 53 rushing attempts they’ve allowed all of 108 yards.And that’s the frustrating part.“If you watch the games from the beginning to the end, you can see we’re really stopping the run,” Shazier said. “It’s just that teams have splash plays on us.”Most of them look like the 41-yard sprint by Baltimore’s Justin Forsett in the fourth quarter that set up Justin Tucker’s fourth field goal. Forsett dashed right, then cut upfield through a gaping hole. Mitchell had Forsett lined up only to whiff as the running back dashed by him. Forsett wasn’t touched by a Steeler until just short of the end zone.It was the combination of a perfect play call and shoddy defensive pursuit, the kind of mistake the Steelers successfully avoided for years. Now they’re starting to pop up with regularity.“Teams are going to continue to run the same plays you struggle with,” Keisel said. “It’s a copycat league, and so in order to shut those things down you just have to stop them.”There’s little they can do during the season to address the tackling issue because of the practice guidelines set in the collective bargaining agreement. The work needs to be done in training camp, and Mitchell insists the Steelers did not skimp during their three weeks at Saint Vincent College.“We went live more than any other team I’ve been with,” Mitchell said.Mitchell remains confident the corrections will be relatively easy. He likened tackling to having somebody take a dollar from your hand. If you want the dollar bad enough, you’ll go and get it.“Whatever we have to do in games to get that mentality to just get people on the ground,” he said, “that’s what we have to do.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more