Local cyclists fail to medal at Pan American road race cycling championship

first_img… but turn in creditable performances amid challenging conditionsGUYANA’S six-member team who competed in the just concluded 32nd Pan American road cycling championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic failed to medal but despite challenging conditions, turned in creditable performances.Last Sunday, Guyana’s Paul DeNobrega and Junior Niles competed in the 170km race which was staged around the Mirader Sur Park that has a 10km circuit and at the end of the race, DeNobrega finished the gruelling event in the 44th position while Niles placed 69th.It was probably the highest level of competition for the two Guyanese as they came up against some of the best cyclists in the Pan American group.Colombian Andres Martinez (3:18.47) won ahead of Mexico’s Alfredo Infante, Sebastin Benarides (Colombia), Francisco Chomarro (Argentina) and Ignacio Maldonado (Uruguay) respectively.Barbadian Phillip Clarke ended 13th and Cuba’s Felix Fernandez 14th.Meanwhile, on Saturday, Andrew Hicks, Hamza Eastman and Jamal contested a 140km race for Under-23 cyclists and in the end, Eastman placed 20th of 71 riders while John finished 36th. Hicks, who was with the leading bunch nearing the finish, developed cramps in both his legs and had to settle for 69th.It must be noted that on the local scene, cyclists are not accustomed to such long races and especially on hilly courses and that made the exposure important for the Guyanese.Some 240 cyclists from 27 Pan American nations participated in the championships and these cyclists came from other countries including Cuba, Colombia, United States, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala and Mexico.last_img read more

Big Weekend delivers record breaking Cricket & Tennis markets

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 A weekend which saw four high profile sporting events take center stage has come to an end, with the Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup final’s stealing the limelight. Novak Djokovic fought through Wimbledon’s longest final in history to defeat Roger Federer, with England claiming the ICC World Cup after edging past New Zealand by lew of hitting more boundaries across their innings and the super over.Bookmakers had braced themselves for ‘one of the best weekends of sport’ in the run up to the weekend, and it didn’t disappoint. Katie Baylis – BetfairKatie Baylis of Betfair stated: “It’s rare to have such high profile events like this so close and so volatile, but we cover so many events that there are always one or two like this and traders will have experienced this many times over. Volume was fantastic, obviously we had a huge influx of bets from a typical final, but we ensured we had plenty of traders available to cover the increased business in these cases.”Something which was clear to see with both finals was how often the control would shift between competitors. These shifts transferred almost identically onto the betting scene as Baylis explained: “There was a lot of ebb and flow on the exchange but traders react to these prices. It’s part and parcel of these high profile events.”The constantly shifting landscape of the contests led to a high reliance on in play markets as is touched on by Ed Nicholson from the Kindred Group: “Our in-play offering is one of our key strengths, with customers always having a raft of markets to bet on regardless of how the match is going. With English patriotism high coupled with the match being on a constant knife edge, England’s cricket final was popular in the in-play market. With the tennis, Federer is also always a punters favourite, so all in all, the Live metrics probably evened each other out.”Alan Alger – BetwayBetway’s Alan Alger described it as a “truly momentous weekend of sport” before reiterating Nicholson’s comments: “The fluctuations in prices in both the cricket and tennis ensured we had plenty of in-play money to balance the books.”The massive following both contests received on the day also saw the achievement of a plan laid in motion by both Sky and Channel 4, who prior to the weekend had announced the cricket final would appear on free-to-air TV. This was done to increase fan interest, and Baylis believes it also had a positive impact on the betting markets: Ed Nicholson – Kindred“From a cricket and tennis point of view we exceeded expectations. The see-saw nature of the events whip up greater interest and with both on free to air tv we see more viewers and therefore increase.”All in all, the weekend seems to have made sportsmen, fans and betting companies very happy, as Nicholson alludes to broken records: “The weekend definitely exceeded expectations. The Wimbledon Men’s Final was our biggest ever tennis match and the Cricket was our biggest ever ‘one off event’ cricket match. Considering how much event cannibalisation there was, we were certainly happy overall.” Submit Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Kissin’ cousins

first_imgBIG GAME—Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker passes the ball around West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler during the Panthers 98-95 triple overtime win over the Mountaineers. If the animosity between these two teams is as genuine as it appears then the accusations of selective inbreeding in southwestern Pa. as well as in W.Va. may be exaggerated, especially when referring to these two programs because there is no love lost between these kissin’ cousins.”Why do Realtors always insist on, location, location, location? Well, because location counts. What a difference the Peterson Events Center and the Oakland Zoo makes for the Panthers. The grudge match continued at the “Pete” in a nationally televised game with Pitt coming out on top 98-95 in a triple overtime game that had more highs and lows than even Al Roker could forecast.West Virginia coach Bob Huggins attempted in a very indirect way to kiss and kick Pitt simultaneously. “I’ve done this for 30 years, man, there isn’t much I haven’t seen. They didn’t fold, they [continued] to compete, but they couldn’t have won without a lot of help from us.’’Last month the Panthers also came from five down defeating Louisville 82-77 when they were down by 68-63 with barely more than 30 seconds remaining in the game. On Feb. 3, the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team moseyed down to Morgantown, W.Va. to play a hoop game. The Mountaineers had the Panthers jumping through hoops as WVU took the Pittsburgh squad out back to the woodshed. West Virginia smoked Pitt 70-51. In the rematch last Friday night between the two squads, Pitt escaped the woodshed then fed WVU a meal that reeked of food poisoning and proceeded to give the Mountaineers the key to the outhouse, minus the Charmin. center_img Panther Gilbert Brown said, “I never thought we’d have another game like that in the same season, but the Louisville game wasn’t on our minds. What was on our minds was what coach Dixon said at halftime. He said we were going to win the game. Only a minute to go, and coach still said we were going to win this game. That’s what helped us push through.’’The Big Beast or should I say the Big East Conference is sorta, kinda like “Murder She Wrote.” By the time that the 16 teams in the conference finish beating up on each other; will they have anything left for the post-season?There was another element to this game that was perplexing. Starting with the Ben Howland era and continuing through the Jamie Dixon tenure, defense has always been a Pitt trademark and often has been the antidote to anemic offensive performances. However, during regulation there were several easy put-backs by WVU. There were also many instances that Pitt was thoroughly out-boxed on their offensive boards by the “Mounties” as opposed to boxing out West Virginia. If you need proof of this, well here it is. With 11:32 remaining in the second half, Pitt only had two offensive rebounds and 15 defensive boards. WVU had 11 offensive boards and 18 defensive rebounds. That is a 12-rebound advantage representing a possible 24-point swing. Whatever, you do the math.Junior center Gary McGhee is doing a far better job than anyone could have expected at this point in the season and although the Panthers may not admit it publicly, the departure of DeJuan Blair for the greener pastures of the NFL has definitely left just a few sun-scorched patches of grass for Pitt to graze on, especially “in the paint.”The initial encounter on a basketball court between West Virginia and Pitt was in 1903. I am positive that if both Huggins and Dixon live to see the century mark, neither one of them will ever forget this contest.Most likely West Virginia guard Darryl Bryant won’t forget this game any time soon either. “This is definitely one of the toughest losses I’ve had [and] this game probably put Pitt in the NCAAs.’’ I don’t know about the NCAAs but this game certainly put Pitt, WVU and this game into the “stuff of legends” category.Pitt has a knack of “raining” on West Virginia’s parade. A few years ago, WVU and their football program, under the guidance of their now despised former coach Rich Rodriguez, was poised to play for the national championship but just as the Morgantown faithful had strategically placed all of the “couches” available at pre-determined locations and were set to give the “torching order” at the final gun of victory, former Pitt now NFL running back Lesean McCoy and the Pitt defense became arsonists, burning to cinders the hopes and dreams of an athletic program that was and still is desperate to prove that they belong. With this win the Pitt men’s basketball squad slapped WVU just as hard as their gridiron predecessors. Is there a possibility that WVU will win an NCAA basketball national title? Sure there is. That time will probably come when making moonshine ceases “in them thar hills.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] Bruce can also be heard on The PressPass show on www.blogtalkradio.com on Thursdays from 6-7p.m.. This week’s topic: NCAA; White Collar Criminals. Call in: 347-826-9355.)last_img read more

Zidane looks to gee up squad amid talk of Madrid crisis

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane, pictured at a training session in Madrid, said he has no interest in signing a striker in the January transfer window despite an injury to Karim Benzema © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 9 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended his players and dismissed talk of a crisis at the reigning Spanish and European champions after seeing them fall further behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.Madrid ended an outstanding 2017 with a 3-0 defeat at home to their bitter rivals in the Clasico and their first La Liga outing of 2018 saw them draw 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Sunday. That means they lie fourth in the table, 16 points behind Barca, the unbeaten leaders, as the halfway stage in the season approaches. They have a game in hand, but their hopes of a successful title defence already appear in tatters.“We are all in the same boat, all responsible, me the first as coach,” said the Frenchman as he refused to blame any individual members of his squad for their slump in form.“We had two spectacular years and people should not forget that. I know the next game is the most important. We will not live in the past, but will not throw away what has been done either.”Real are preparing for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey last 16, second leg at home to second-tier Numancia, which should be a formality after they won 3-0 in Soria last week.Zidane, who was named French coach of the year for 2017 by France Football magazine after leading Madrid to a record five trophies in the last 12 months, held a meeting with his squad on Tuesday that delayed the start of his pre-game press conference.“I am not going to tell you what we spoke about, it was just one of these chats that teams have. You can analyse it however you like, call it a crisis or whatever, but we are looking for solutions and to make things better,” he said.“When things are not going as we want them to, we have work to do. The players think the same, we are going to work harder than ever, in every sense. It is not a physical thing or more in the head…it is a little bit of everything.”Zidane said he has no interest in signing a striker in the January transfer window despite an injury to Karim Benzema.Real may be off the pace in La Liga but they are still alive in the Copa del Rey, a competition they have won only twice in the last 25 years. They also have a Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain to prepare for in February.“I don’t mind if people think the league is over. The most important thing is to give our best. We’ll see what happens in the league, but we have the cup and the Champions League too,” Zidane said.Holders Barcelona host Celta on Thursday after drawing 1-1 in the first leg at Balaidos last week.New signing Philippe Coutinho will not make his debut until later in the month after arriving in Catalonia with a thigh injury.The draw for the quarter-finals is set to take place on Friday, with the first legs scheduled for next midweek.Copa del Rey fixtures on Wednesday and Thursday:Last 16, first leg (1830 GMT unless stated; first-leg scores in brackets)WednesdayVillarreal v Leganes (0-1)Alaves v Formentera (3-1)Real Madrid v Numancia (3-0) (2030 GMT)ThursdayLevante v Espanyol (2-1)Sevilla v Cadiz (2-0)Barcelona v Celta Vigo (1-1) (2030 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Blazers’ Damian Lillard still upset with Warriors’ move to San Francisco

first_imgChase Center may be the new gold-standard for NBA arenas, but Blazers guard Damian Lillard is no fan of the Warriors’ new home.His biggest complaint? It’s not Oakland, where Lillard grew up and where his heart remains.Lillard, whose Blazers make their first appearance in the Warriors’ new digs Monday night, takes Golden State’s move to San Francisco personally. Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. “There’s a sense of pride in Oakland about …last_img

Anzisha Prize offers a million to African entrepreneurs

first_imgOver a million rand is up for grabs to winners of the Anzisha Prize. Weeklong training in Johannesburg is planned for the 12 young African entrepreneurs, who range in age from 18 to 22, shortlisted for the prize before the awards ceremony. Training includes entrepreneurial leadership, mentorship and a significant transfer of skills. Mabel Suglo, a 21-year-old Ghanaian, is one of the 12 finalists for the Anzisha Prize, to be handed out on 17 November 2015. Her business makes shoes from discarded tyres. All her employees are disabled people. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) Melissa JavanSome 12 young entrepreneurs from nine African countries will participate in a training workshop between 10 and 18 November at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg – and also stand a chance to win the Anzisha Prize of $75 000 (about R1.033-million).The winners of the Anzisha Prize will be announced on 17 November. This event will coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which is held to celebrate entrepreneurship. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators, reads the GEW website.“These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors – introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.”About the Anzisha PrizeThe prize pilot was run as the African Leadership Innovation Prize in 2010. Its aim was to recognise innovative youth in Africa. Following its success, the Anzisha Prize was established in 2011 to recognise entrepreneurship and community impact by African youth. Grace Kalisha is the senior programme manager of the African Leadership Academy and the manager of the Anzisha Prize. (Image: African Leadership Academy)This would be the fifth year that the Anzisha Prize awards was held by the ALA, said Grace Kalisha, the senior programmes manager of the ALA and the manager of the Anzisha Prize. “The Anzisha Prize awards are beneficial to Africa, because [they raise] the profile of African youth entrepreneurs as role models for other youth.“We are propagating an African dialogue around truly African-relevant models of entrepreneurship in sectors that are relevant for Africa. We see youth entrepreneurship as an essential part of improving livelihoods for youth,” she added.This year’s awards would be different. “We will be inviting fellows from our past cohorts to join in the awards ceremony and [to] speak on a panel to elucidate their journey, lessons and successes so far.”Watch the introduction of the Anzisha Prize:Watch Thato Kgatlhanye, a fellow of 2014, talk about how entrepreneurship changed her life:The finalistsThe 12 finalists – who range in age from 18 to 22 – were selected in September for the Anzisha Prize. According to a press release from the organisers, the selection process was rigorous: there were almost 500 applicants, of whom 77 were shortlisted for phone interviews; 23 were then prioritised for site visits. The final 12 now stand a chance to win a share of $75 000. The grand prize winner will take home $25 000.Watch the 12 finalists explain their projects:The finalists are invited on an all-expenses paid entrepreneurial leadership training and coaching programme, held at the ALA in Johannesburg. During the training week the Anzisha finalists learn more about entrepreneurial leadership, receive mentorship and a significant transfer of skills that will ultimately benefit the growth of their venture. “We provide them with access to business leaders as mentors, expose them to a strong curriculum and enable them to engage with each other to build lasting relationships,” said Kalisha.A panel of five experienced professionals from the business and social sectors, who represent a holistic view of contributors to the dialogue around youth entrepreneurship in Africa, will judge the finalists.Kalisha said the five judges would make their decision on the winners during the week. “There is a presentation and deliberation session to be held on 16 November, during which they make the decision. The actual announcement is made at the awards gala on 17 November.”The finalists and their businesses, in no specific order, are:Daniel Mukisa, 21, Uganda – motorbike delivery service in Kampala;Chantal Butare, 21, Rwanda – dairy co-operative that empowers female survivors of genocide;Blessing Fortune Kwomo, 20, Nigeria – health care solution for low-income families;Karidas Tshintsholo, 20, South Africa – clothing brand making a difference;Fabrice Alomo, 22, Cameroon – empowering local merchants;Hidaya Ibrahim, 22, Ethiopia – improving the local education system;Chris Kwekowe, 22, Nigeria – e-learning and skills development;George Mtemahanji, 22, Tanzania – lighting up rural areas with solar energy;Mabel Suglo, 21, Ghana – making shoes from discarded tyres;Vanessa Zommi, 19, Cameroon – processing tea to treat diabetes;Farai Munjoma, 18, Zimbabwe – accessing courseware content, past exams and career guidance; and,Sirjeff Dennis, 21, Tanzania – community development through poultry farming.last_img read more

10 months agoMoyes eyeing Birmingham job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes eyeing Birmingham jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is eyeing the Birmingham City job.The Mirror says the Potters are on the brink of sacking current manager Gary Rowett following his disappointing six months in the hotseat.Moyes, 55, has been out of work since steering West Ham to safety last season – and walking away from the Londoners having failed to agree a new contract.The Scot has been waiting patiently for the right job to come up.He turned down the chance to take over troubled Turkish outfit Fenerbache in the summer. last_img

Adani Ports SEZ arm buys InLogistics for Rs 3315 crore

first_imgMumbai: Adani Logistics, a wholly-owned arm of Adani Ports & SEZ, Thursday signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent in Innovative B2B Logistics Solutions (InLogistics), a rail-based logistic firm controlled by private equity firm True North for an enterprise value of Rs 331.5 crore.The Adanis will pay an upfront amount of Rs 43.2 crore in an all-cash deal while the rest will be paid over an unspecified period of time, the Adani Logistics said in a late evening filing to the exchanges. The company said the transaction implies an equity value of Rs 43.2 crore for 100 percent of InLogistics shares and 10 times multiple of its expected pre-tax earnings for FY19, which takes the enterprise valuation to Rs 33.5 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The transaction will be an all cash deal and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of FY20,” the company said in a statement adding post-transaction Adani Logistics will become the largest private sector rail and logistics operator in the country.”It enables us to expand its total addressable market, enhance network coverage and create a value chain to handle dry cargo segment,” the statement said. Founded in 2006, InLogistics provides integrated logistics services for domestic cargo movement and serves the Eastern and Northern hinterland markets and lists Tata Steel, Tata Sponge Iron, JSW Cement and retail marble traders as its key clients.InLogistics will add 14 container rakes, one logistics park spread across 38 acres and 3,566 containers to Adani Logistics which currently operates three logistics parks, two Exim yards and one container yard with a capacity to handle 5,00,000 TEU per year.last_img read more

Coalition ahead

first_imgAhead of May 23, predictions are popping up about the potential successor to Raisina Hills. Prior to elections, the Modi-led NDA government had been strongly touted for a successive term. While the critics had their arguments clearly not in favour, BJP’s cry for national security gave them the boost they desperately needed, especially after losing three state assemblies in the Hindi belt and drawing abject criticism for their faulty governance plagued with demonetisation and hate crimes. Cornered over the controversial sub-judice Rafale deal and mishandling of government institutions, BJP’s run up to the Lok Sabha elections was certainly not desirable. Poking nationalism within masses through audacious oratory made the BJP supremo use the army and surgical strikes to extract electoral mileage but opposition parties did not sit out the campaigning extravaganza as Congress led the charge to expose Modi and BJP’s failed governance. Overall, BJP had to draw out exigency plans to accomplish a desirable campaign session which saw numerous MCC flouts in contentious speeches made to garner votes. As if Pragya Singh Thakur’s candidature was not controversial enough, BJP found itself in ugly conflict during campaigning for the final phase in Bengal. Even if MCC flouts are discounted, though they remain utterly serious in nature irrespective of EC’s clean chit to Modi-Shah, the ugly spat only makes the incumbent’s insecurities clearer. Despite the national security rhetoric, Congress and other regional parties have definitely forced BJP to break a sweat. And, then came the six phases of general elections which saw faulty EVMs, alleged rigging, influencers forcing re-election, defamation attempts, vote selling and ugly spats between politicos. All that in progress to decide who will form the next government. BJP brought in a change in governments when it garnered a majority in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and became the single largest party capable of forming the government. Their confidence exceeded expectations and in their attempt to write off opposition ploys to stitch alliances, it termed the grand coalition (mahagatbandhan) a “mahamilawat”. BJP pursued a strange narrative of apprising masses of how a coalition government would turn up to be a weak government against BJP’s majority government. To elucidate BJP’s anti-coalition stance, it is necessary to understand Modi’s tenure. Demonetisation single-handedly remains the biggest instance of a majority government undertaking a drastic step in the nation’s ‘interest’. Not only did demonetisation failed as an anti-graft exercise but impacted jobs and economy in general with small traders being extinguished. The decision of demonetisation was clearly an unobjectionable one since a single-party government need not consider others. Had it been a coalition government, such a decision would have faced avid criticism before being implemented, if at all. Presence of other parties in the fray, therefore, seems considerably impactful during such circumstances. But in their defence, the saffron party can argue that it is their single-party government which has the audacity to undertake such steps (irrespective of consequences). The instability that some previous coalition governments have portrayed strengthens their support. All this hostility against the idea of a coalition has been the general BJP mood but their straight faces do not recall the fact that they were part of the previous coalition governments, particularly V. P. Singh-led National Front in 1989 and the Morarji Desai-led Janata Party government in 1977. So the Modi-Shah criticism of opposition’s coalition steps reeks of hypocrisy. Also Read – A strong standpointMay 23 poses several outcomes for our country. A BJP majority, like in 2014, would mean that the country reflected BJP’s stance of single-party governance. Congress’s 150-160 seats would mean a potential Congress-led alliance government. However, should Parliament be hung due to equal stake between BJP and Congress, it is the regional parties that will be instrumental in forming the government, which would definitely be coalition-styled. The coalition government, in this scenario, is what the country needs since it brings to the table a degree of diversity and plurality. There are arguments that coalitions are associated with periods of greater economic growth, less economic volatility and more foreign investment; Manmohan Singh’s UPA-I is a case in point. Beyond diversity and plurality which is essentially good for democracy comes the concern of regional plurality. Parties such as DMK, TDP, TRS, NCP, SP-BSP, TMC, et al, coming from the corners of such a vast country in a coalition government will only increase the representation of Indian states. The country has not particularly faced a turbulent coalition government, at least not without other factors contributing to the chaos. In such a case, the coalition government might just augur well for the country since we saw what a single-party government can do in the five years.last_img read more

NFL Gunslinger Of The Week Romo Rivers Or Roethlisberger

If you read my Skeptical Football column regularly last season (which I’m sure you did), you may already be familiar with my “gunslinger” obsession. But in case you’re new, here’s the quick recap: For a quarterback to maximize his ability to win, he has to take risks. Just as a coach failing to go for it in certain fourth-down situations costs his teams wins, so does a quarterback who doesn’t alter his game to exploit the situation he faces. Many times this means making decisions that can be costly to a player’s statistical efficiency — and often his popular reputation — in order to slightly improve his team’s chances of victory. In other words, throwing interceptions may not always be bad, and not throwing interceptions may not always be good.To celebrate the QBs willing to make this bargain, last year I picked a Gunslinger of the Week (the QB who set the best example of taking “good, smart risks in their relentless pursuit of victory, whether or not those risks succeeded”) each week. This season, we’re spinning that off into its own post, to be released on Mondays. (MNFers are eligible to steal the next week’s award, but only if they’re really really slingy.) So without further ado:Week 1Philip Rivers and defending Gunslinger of the Year Tony Romo both won despite trailing big and throwing multiple interceptions while they were behind. Those impossible wins are rare feats that I love to reward.But when I looked over the play-by-play, I was less impressed from the gunslinger perspective. Romo’s first interception came with less than a minute left in the first half, on Dallas’s own 20-yard line, and was thrown only 1 yard downfield on a first-and-10. “Good” interceptions are low risk/high reward — or sometimes high risk/high reward — but a bad short pass on first down in Romo’s own territory is high risk/low reward. His second came on a throw that went 2 yards downfield on third and 6, again in Dallas territory. Suffice to say, these were not the kind of plays that signify that a QB is pulling out all the stops to win; they were just good, old-fashioned turnovers.Rivers had two interceptions in the first half, including one returned for a touchdown and one on the Lions goal line. While he eventually pulled out an amazing win, gunslinging had little if anything to do with it. The Lions’ Matthew Stafford — a Gunslinger Award veteran himself — got a little too slingy for his own good and threw two INTs while in the lead to help the Chargers get back into things, and then Rivers sealed the deal with an impressively robotic but decidedly non-slingy stretch of 20 straight completions, only four of which went for more than 5 yards in the air (and eight of which were thrown behind the line of scrimmage).Note: Gambling by throwing downfield isn’t the only way to be a good gunslinger, but it’s certainly one way. Which leads us to this week’s winner:Ben Roethlisberger.This week 11 quarterbacks faced extended multiple-score deficits,1Took at least 10 pass attempts with their team down 9-plus points. and none pushed the ball downfield as hard as Steelers QB Roethlisberger:Playing the Patriots, Roethlisberger threw his passes the farthest downfield by far: on average, more than 12 yards per pass. That included seven attempts of more than 20 yards — more than the rest of these quarterbacks combined.After New England raced out to a 21-3 lead early in the third quarter, things looked pretty bleak for the Steelers. But Roethlisberger brought them to within 7 with a TD (plus 2-point conversion) and a field goal on the next two drives — each featuring passes completed 24 yards downfield. When the Patriots went back up 14, Roethlisberger continued to push, completing an 18-yard pass to get the Steelers to midfield and then going big with a 40-yard pass that was intercepted by Duron Harmon. There’s no shame in being intercepted on a throw that — if completed — would have set up a potentially crucial score with seven minutes remaining.On the final drive of the night, Roethlisberger would push his yard tally to 351 and get a meaningless TD with seven seconds left. But with two minutes left on that same drive — when he probably could have given up and padded his stats a little more easily — he was throwing a 29-yard bomb to Markus Wheaton that a defender got a hand on. Had that been successful, it might have given the Steelers a slim chance of winning instead of none. That’s the kind of choice I like to see.Reminder: If you tweet NFL questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them in Skeptical Football. Check out win and loss projections and playoff odds for all 32 NFL teams. read more