Shazier: My dream is to come back and play football again.

first_img“My dream is to come back and play football again,” Shazier said on Wednesday in his first wide-ranging public remarks since undergoing spine stabilization surgery last December. “I’m working my tail off every single day; have (playing again) in the back of my mind every single time I go to rehab.”Shazier walked into the media room with help of a cane and spent 20 minutes outlining his journey since he lowered his head to hit Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone in the first quarter on Dec. 4. He called the moment after impact when he grabbed the small of his back while his legs lay motionless “a little scary,” but was quick to thank emergency responders in Cincinnati for their delicate work on the field in the immediate aftermath.He underwent spine stabilization surgery on Dec. 6 and has spent the intervening months remaining adamant he would play again while being a fixture at the team’s practice facility, where he has become a de facto coach. It’s a role he’s embracing, but one he’s not quite ready to accept on a full-time basis.“Just because I got hurt doesn’t mean I’m going to stop loving the game of football,” said Shazier, who added that despite the injury he’s going to give it “everything I have” in an effort to return to play.Details of the exact nature of Shazier’s injury and his long-term prognosis remain sparse. He declined to get into specifics about whether playing again is even medically feasible, saying his medical team has told him to focus on making incremental improvements.“Honestly right now, I’m not a doctor,” Shazier said. “Every day I take it one day at a time. The further we get along in rehab, the better they can give me answers.” PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Shazier’s routine hasn’t changed much, even after a life-altering spinal injury put his football career in jeopardy. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker still arrives at the team facility around 7 a.m. He still watches copious amounts of film. He still works out regularly, often with his teammates alongside. And he still believes one day he will run out of the Heinz Field tunnel in full uniform despite the many obstacles he understands are in his path. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier takes questions during a news conference at the NFL football teams headquarters, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/ Photo/Keith Srakocic) Shazier has made remarkable progress in the last six months. He spent several weeks in the hospital following surgery, though he took time out to attend several Steelers home games near the end of the 2017 season. He regularly posts updates through his social media accounts and provided an indelible moment during the NFL draft in April when he walked on stage in Dallas to announce Pittsburgh’s first-round selection.Though he’s from Florida, Shazier has chosen to stay in Pittsburgh in part because it helps him feel like “I’m still myself.”He’s received a massive outpouring of support from all over, including an avalanche of “Get Well” letters from over 500 students at an elementary school.T-shirts emblazoned with his familiar No. 50 and the phrase #Shalieve — the hashtag Shazier made famous in the early stages of his recovery — have become fashionable across Pittsburgh with fans and fellow athletes. Several members of the Pittsburgh Pirates have donned the T-shirts after games as tribute.“I’ve met a lot of interesting people, a lot of people I never thought I’d meet,” Shazier said.The Steelers placed him on injured reserve last month, ending any chance of a comeback in 2018. The team also modified his contract so that he would receive the majority of the $8.7 million he is due this year up front.The 25-year-old two-time Pro Bowler believes walking without assistance is the next milestone, one he refuses to put a timetable on. He is trying instead to focus on his health, how to best help the Steelers even if he can’t join them in the huddle, while making sure to appreciate it that he’s made it even this far. He understands some do not.There is no guarantee Shazier will be able to run again without assistance, let alone throw on a pair of shoulder pads. It’s something he’ll live with if he has to. Yet he owes it to himself to try.“I’m fine with whatever outcome comes with it,” he said. “I try to stay as positive as possible.”___For more AP NFL coverage: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

WVU slugs out win over Pitt 69-59 in Backyard Brawl

first_img(AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Beetle Bolden scored 18 points to lead West Virginia to a 69-59 win over archrival Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl on Saturday.The Mountaineers (6-3) won the defensive slugfest by doing what it does best, force turnovers. Pitt’s 24 turnovers led to 22 points for their former Big East rivals. WVU also struggled however, with 26 turnovers throughout the game, the most by a Mountaineer team since 2002.Both West Virginia and Pittsburgh played chippy basketball in the first half. Jared Wilson-Frame and Kene Chukwuka of Pitt as well as Lamont West and Andrew Gordon of WVU picked up technical fouls in the first half.The Panthers (7-3) were hampered primarily by poor shooting early. After a Sidy N’Dir dunk put Pitt up three midway through the first half, the Panthers went on a shooting drought that would last more than eight-and-a-half minutes. Wilson-Frame and Trey McGowens nailed a couple of 3s late, but the Mountaineers went into the locker room with a 39-27 lead.Pitt struggled to chip away at West Virginia’s lead throughout the game, but a late 6-0 run with under three minutes left did cut the lead to single digits. Bolden responded with a couple of free throws with under a minute left and the Panthers were unable to make a shot with the remaining 58 seconds.Sagaba Konate came off the bench to score 16 points and nine rebounds. Konate also added seven blocks, which broke a West Virginia school record. Esa Ahmad added 13 points.Xavier Johnson led Pitt with 21 points and six rebounds. McGowens added 18 points.BIG PICTUREPittsburgh: The Panthers have lost three of their last four games. They’ll host Maryland Eastern Shore, New Orleans and Colgate before starting ACC play at home against Cam Johnson and North Carolina.West Virginia: The Mountaineers looked very much like the “Press Virginia” version of years past, scoring 22 off of 24 Pitt turnovers. That skill will come in handy for West Virginia with Rhode Island and NCAA Tournament mainstay Lehigh left on their non-conference schedule.UP NEXTPittsburgh will have a week off before hosting Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday.West Virginia will also have a week off, taking on Rhode Island in the Hall of Fame Showcase on Dec. 16._____________More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

Sign of things to come?: Lakers beat Warriors to finish pre season on a…

first_imgAdvertisement 89qbsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5xumWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1sr469( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4pxfbWould you ever consider trying this?😱urdzs3Can your students do this? 🌚6jbscqRoller skating! Powered by Firework It is only preseason, and neither team took the games seriously, but the Los Angeles Lakers did beat the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors twice in succession.Advertisement The final score in Portland was 119-105, and the fringe players played a starring role for the Lakers.Advertisement The Lakers were without numerous key players, as the likes of LeBron James and Rajon Rondo were rested. Brandon Ingram was nursing a quad injury, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has knee tendinitis and Josh Hart had a hamstring problem to deal with. Neither one of them will be out for long, and they will play in the season opener against Portland.Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and JaVale McGee played, and all of them notched up useful numbers. Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson played minutes, but both of them were ejected in the second half.Advertisement  Svi Mykhailuk was the top scorer for the Lakers with 22 points. Aside from him, Johnathan Williams, Isaac Bonga, and Travis Wear all reached double figures and got some useful playing time, something which will be hard to come by in the regular season.Kevin Durant did not play for the Warriors, but their other stars did, albeit for limited minutes. Klay Thompson was their scoring leader with 21 points.Although it is preseason, the signs are promising for the Lakers. The Warriors are still huge favourites to clinch their third consecutive title, but something might be cooking up in Los Angeles. Advertisementlast_img read more

Petr Cech joins Chelsea as technical and performance advisor

first_imgAdvertisement 30bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4hpv49ntWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En6d( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ufWould you ever consider trying this?😱ugmCan your students do this? 🌚8v2Roller skating! Powered by Firework The legendary Goalkeeper of the Blues, Petr Cech returns to Stamford Bridge as the technical and performance advisor. Petr Cech has just retired from his professional football career in the last month. His return to Stamford Bridge has been certainly on the cards and the official announcement has been made today.Advertisement The legendary Goalkeeper has made 494 appearances for the Blues. He has a record number of clean sheets (228) under his belts for Chelsea. Cech has won 13 trophies with the Blues including the Champions League in 2012.Advertisement After the departure of Michael Enemalo from the Sporting director role of the Blues, it has been vacant. Marina Granovskaia tried to fill up the void. Now, Petr Cech will coordinate with Marina Granovskaia. However, Marina will still remain the chief negotiator of the Blues.Cech will be there to help Marina Granovskaia with all his vast experience. After the departure of Maurizio Sarri from the managerial post of the Blues, their new  manager is not announced yet. According to the reports, Frank Lampard is currently leading the race to join as the manager of the Blues for the next season. Another Chelsea legend, Makalele might also come back at Stamford Bridge and he will be given the responsibility of the loan army of the Blues.Advertisement Olivier Giroud not happy with less gametime at Chelsea Advertisementlast_img read more