MANCHESTER, England (AP):Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have long been considered a likely match: football’s most admired coach and a club with massive spending power seeking to become the dominant force in Europe.It’s been four years in the making, but finally, they’ll be united.City announced yesterday that Guardiola will take over as manager on a three-year contract starting next season, furthering the English team’s goal to be a global superpower.Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini, who – minutes before City’s announcement – ended a pre-game news conference by saying that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.The news was sudden but not unexpected.Guardiola announced in December that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of this season after three years in charge when he enhanced his status as football’s most sought-after coach. Then, last month, he said that his next job would be in the English Premier League.City was always his most likely destination. Backed by Abu Dhabi cash since 2008, the club has been transformed into the most successful in England of recent times, winning two league titles and two cup competitions since 2011 and assembling an all-star squad including players like Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Yaya Toure, and Kevin De Bruyne.”In recent weeks, (City) has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become head coach for the 2016-17 EPL season onwards,” City said in a short statement. “These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.”That was the year Guardiola quit Barcelona, after winning 14 trophies in four years as coach, and took a 12-month sabbatical. During his time off, he agreed to join Bayern for the start of the 2013-14 season and has gone on to win back-to-back German league titles, the German Cup, and both the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
No-confidence resolution …says meeting with President to deal with Constitution, electionsWhile Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo will raise the issues of constitutional matters and the holding of elections when he meets President David Granger this week, he has made it clear that this meeting comes against the backdrop of Government’s broken promises.On Saturday, the Opposition Leader said Government by its own actions has done everything possible to undermine collaboration in the national interest between the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).President David Granger“After the passage of the No-confidence Motion… I made a statement that we have to see this as an opportunity to discuss how we act in the 90 days period and preparation for elections in compliance with the Constitution of Guyana (and) to start exploring post-election possibilities of working together in the interest of Guyana and all our people,” Jagdeo said in a statement.“I was pleased that both the Prime Minister and President accepted the outcome of the no-confidence vote and that the President issued a press release which indicated that he will meet with me and that he wanted to speak about enhancing political cooperation. Since then they have acted in bad faith and done everything to undermine this collaborative approach.”RenegedJagdeo pointed out that the coalition has since reneged on the public statements their leaders made accepting the passage of the No-confidence Motion. And according to Jagdeo, they have done this using “the most ludicrous arguments”, at this point referencing the 34, 31 as a majority argument.He also recalled statements from Government functionaries that they took a tactical decision not to speak about this until after the motion was passed for fear of activating “five other PPP moles on the Government side.”Jagdeo also pointed to statements made by People’s National Congress (PNC) stalwarts that the PPP bribed now expelled Alliance For Change Parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud. This statement, the Opposition Leader noted, was made without providing a shred of evidence.“Having failed to get the Speaker to reverse the ruling that the no-confidence was carried, they have now resorted to the courts to override the Constitution… It seems as though the protracted period for the meeting is to give them time to wriggle out of the obligations imposed on them by Articles 106(6) and 106(7) of our Constitution. We will fiercely resist this.”“Compliance with our Constitution in relation to the No-confidence Motion and preparation for free and fair elections will therefore be the main issue on the agenda of the meeting with the President on January 9, we will however still keep an open mind on issues of governance despite the bad faith approach and concerted attempts by the coalition to squander the goodwill for progress and mature, sensible behaviour.”No confidenceOn December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition against the Government succeeded when Persaud, who has since left the jurisdiction, broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Since the passage of the motion, however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified. The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is in fact Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of Minister Cathy Hughes.He told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number this would be 33 as there is no half member. This argument formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling. On Thursday, the Speaker refused to do so.Amid calls to resign, Government has insisted it is going nowhere. A court case was filed on Friday, in which an order is being sought to, among other things, delay the elections until the court rules on whether or not Persaud was qualified to be an MP. The PPP has since urged the Judiciary not to facility Governments conspiracy to undermine Guyana’s Constitution. In the meantime, President David Granger and Jagdeo’s meeting is set for January 9.
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7 September 2005South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site has thrown new light on humanity’s ancient history, with one-million-year-old stone age tools recently unearthed during construction of the site’s visitor centre.The finds were announced at a renaming ceremony for the centre on 1 September. Rising from the dust of the Magaliesberg in Gauteng, the half-built centre’s name has been changed from Mohale’s Gate – which honoured a chief who once ruled the area – to Maropeng, a Setswana word meaning “the place where we once lived”.Two of the tools, well-preserved carved hand axes, were shown at the renaming ceremony. Their chipped edges, blunted by water erosion, are clearly discernible. Three boxes of tools were excavated from the site.The artefacts were found along a bank in a layer of pebbles and stones some 50cm below the surface. The construction workers who discovered them have subsequently been trained to recognise such implements. An earlier impact assessment study predicted there was only a 2% chance of finding anything significant.Present at the ceremony were Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, Wits University vice-chancellor Professor Loyiso Nongxa and Mogale mayor Lentswe Mokgatle.A living monument“This is why the Cradle of Humankind is such a wonderful place,” said Nongxa, holding up one of the tools. “Wits is proud to be working at this site. It is a living monument to the past, to the present, and to the future.” The university manages all the excavation sites in the broader 47 000-acre Cradle of Humankind site.Shilowa explained that the area was once a large lake. “It is hard to believe but this is where our ancestors once roamed,” he said. “The discovery . proves beyond reasonable doubt that even beyond the periods of the early formations of humankind, our ancestors were living in this place.“If we want to make sense of where we are going as a nation, and what our future holds, we need to make sense of where we come from. We need to make sense of our heritage – hence the name Maropeng,” Shilowa said.He stressed that the construction of the site was also about economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation – and, of course, tourism. The Cradle developments will create 1 800 temporary and 600 permanent jobs.“The site is about human development – about issues of hunger, poverty, jobs and shelter,” he said. Since the cradle developments in the area, many hospitality sites have sprung up, creating jobs.Shilowa acknowledged the contribution others had made to the development: Wits University, Standard Bank and its 100-hectare donation of land, Mogale City, and the private sector.Exploring humanity’s historyMaropeng will consist of an interpretation centre, where visitors will explore, by means of zones, the history of the earth and humankind. It lies on the side of a koppie, where ancient rocky outcrops will mark the setting of a huge tear-shaped burial mound, referred to as a “tumulus”: a partly disguised grassy mound 20m high and 35m wide, currently under construction.The site is visible from the road with seven tall concrete pillars, representing the seven daughters of Eve. After the visitor has parked, entrance to the site will be via an excavated marketplace containing stalls, a restaurant and a curio store. This is where the tools were found, and where further excavations will be made.A walkway will lead to the entrance into the tumulus, an exploration area with a boat ride on an underground lake exploring the different forms of water. From there the visitor will take a walk down an underground spine, exploring through interactive displays the discovery of fire, bipedalism, extinction and DNA, among other things.It is hoped that there’ll be real fossils, such as Little Foot and Lucy, on display in a high-security room.Once through this area, the visitor will exit at the crest of the koppie and relax with a picnic basket, taking in the view of the Magaliesberg.At this point there’ll be a children’s cave where the kids can set up their own dig. The cave is built with local stone in a jagged wall, representing shards of broken bone.A 24-room boutique hotel and a hostel for schoolchildren are also being built on the site.The complex will be officially opened in early December. Some 3 000 people are expected to visit the centre every day. The site will be managed by Maropeng a’Afrika Leisure. The development is a R347-million Blue IQ project.“This development is not only part of our national pride, but to the world,” said Rob King, CEO of Maropeng a’Afrika. “It denotes the universal relevance of the Cradle of Humankind as the ancestral home to all, no matter what colour, culture or creed.”Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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2012Ohio34.444.1+9.737.51 3-POINT PERCENTAGE YEARSCHOOLREG. SEASONFIRST 2 TOURN. ROUNDSDIFFERENCEREMAINING TOURN. GAMESNO. REMAINING GAMES Source: Sports Reference 2015UCLA36.851.7+14.923.11 2013Oregon33.348.5+15.235.71 2013Ohio State35.648.5+12.931.62 2013La Salle37.746.2+8.539.02 2014Iowa State35.848.8+13.037.51 2012Xavier35.148.0+12.920.01 Sweet 16 teams that ran hot through the opening weekend 2016Iowa State38.648.810.2—— 2016Villanova35.148.9+13.8—— 2015Xavier35.147.2+12.117.61 2012Louisville31.840.0+8.238.03 2011Wisconsin37.450.0+12.624.11 2013Syracuse33.542.9+9.429.33 2011San Diego State34.945.5+10.631.81 Jay Wright teams shoot a lot of threes. Since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, when Villanova went to the Elite Eight largely on the strength of Wright’s four-guard lineups, the team has been associated with perimeter offense. So when No. 2-seed Villanova plays No. 3-seed Miami tonight, it’s going to toss bombs. The question, given the team’s season-long shooting slump and its recent hot streak, is how many of them are going to fall.Some years, Wright’s team is very good from deep — last season’s squad made 38.9 percent of its attempts, the second-most for a Wright-coached Nova team. And others Villanova is just a bunch of chuckers — the 2012 team made 31.5 percent of its threes, and four Wildcats shot under 30 percent. But throughout Wright’s decade and a half on the Main Line, the team has dogmatically stuck with its perceived strength and has consistently ranked among the top half of Division I in 3-point attempt rate, or the percentage of field-goal attempts that are threes.This year’s team ranked 24th nationally in 3-point attempt rate, the most of any Big East team. Individually, several Wildcats have taken more than 100 threes a piece. In a lot of ways, this was a culminating season for the Wright-era Wildcats. Just one problem: The team wasn’t very accurate.During non-conference play, 49 percent of the team’s shots were threes, and the Wildcats connected on just 30.9 percent of those attempts. That didn’t get any better during the first month of conference play: 39 percent of Nova’s shots came from deep, and but just 33.5 percent were makes. What helped boost their offensive efficiency ranking, which topped the Big East for all but two weeks of conference play, and why VU could get away with such mediocre shooting and still win 16 games in the conference (and 27 overall) was the squad’s 2-point field goal percentage, which was 55.3 percent throughout league play.In February, a few more threes began to drop — 36 percent — and when Villanova entered March, the team’s offense consisted almost solely of a perimeter barrage. More than 41 percent of its attempts were from beyond the arc, led by Kris Jenkins, a Draymond Green-in-training who, at 6-foot-6, has the size to match up with opposing 4s but is an offensive nightmare because of how he moves around the perimeter. It was helped also by Ryan Arcidiacono, who’s become more and more consistent throughout his four seasons. From March 1, when Villanova played a home game against DePaul, through its annihilation of Iowa last weekend (1.26 points per possession), the team has converted 44.7 percent of its threes.Of the 16 remaining teams in the tournament, VU led the first two rounds in both 3-point percentage (48.9 percent) and differential between its perimeter shooting during the regular season and March Madness. Considering each Sweet 16 squad since the 2011 tournament, only four made a bigger leap in perimeter shooting than Villanova’s 13.8 percentage point improvement from the regular season to the first two rounds. The table below shows the Sweet 16 teams since 2011 with the most drastic improvement in 3-point percentage from the regular season to the first two rounds; of those, only five moved on to the Elite Eight. On the one hand, this is evidence that teams tend not to sustain out-of-character starts, which is obvious. On the other, two teams — 2013 Syracuse and 2012 Louisville — went on to the Final Four. 2014Virginia36.946.4+9.533.31 On their face, these results are a good reason to disbelieve the Wildcats’ streaky shooting — but the improvement has been steady and recently fueled by crisp ball movement and superb player spatial recognition just as much as it has by sheer coincidence. That’s good, because Villanova will need more than luck against Miami and potentially Kansas (its probable Elite Eight opponent), which are adept at guarding the perimeter and have skilled close-out and ball-screen defenders. 2011Marquette34.943.5+8.612.51 2012South Florida31.640.6+9.013.31 2012Baylor38.347.5+9.231.02 2015North Carolina35.852.9+17.161.51 2013Arizona37.1%56.3%+19.233.3%1 2013Miami (FL)36.244.7+8.530.81 2011Ohio State42.356.0+13.737.51
To play basketball at former Ohio State men’s basketball player Ron Stokes’ home in Gahanna, Ohio, you have to abide by four rules. “You got to play hard, and you got to play smart, and you got to be coachable … and you have to play defense,” said the former OSU guard and current radio color analyst for the Buckeyes men’s basketball team. Those rules not only shaped the way Stokes played the game at OSU, from 1981-1985, they’ve also molded another player with the same last name. His daughter, redshirt junior guard Amber Stokes, is carrying on the family legacy. “It’s a good advantage to have a dad that knows the game and been in my shoes,” said Amber Stokes, the second of Ron and Lavita Stokes’ four children. For 15 years, her father has commentated on the flagship station for OSU men’s basketball games, which has proven to be an invaluable tool for the younger Stokes. “It’s nice because some people don’t have dads who understand the game,” said Amber Stokes. “My dad understands the game, and he’s able to give me advice.” It might benefit Amber, but being a college basketball analyst who’s watching his daughter play can be a trying experience. “I find myself not even enjoying the game because I’m looking at every single thing because that’s what I do for a living,” Ron Stokes said. “It’s tough turning it off from being an analyst.” Along with announcing every OSU men’s game and attending Amber Stokes’ games when possible, Ron also owns one of the top 50 fastest growing privately held businesses in central Ohio, according to Business First Magazine. He serves as president and CEO of Three Leaf Productions, a media management company with customers including WOW, Kroger and SafeAuto Insurance. His schedule also includes a weekly radio show with OSU coach Thad Matta, maintaining a blog at ronstokesfastbreak.com, and trying to attend his two younger children’s basketball games. “It’s nuts,” Ron Stokes said. “I’m committed to basketball every night.” That commitment to hard work and basketball is mirrored in Amber Stokes, who has already completed her undergraduate degree in criminology. The younger Stokes was also elected co-captain her junior season, a feat her father accomplished as well. Even members of the OSU athletic community see the similarities in the way they play. Denny Hoobler, associate athletics director for development and ticketing at OSU, has watched both family members. He said he remembers seeing Ron Stokes while he was a guard at Canton Mckinley High School and at OSU. He said when he watches Amber Stokes play, he has a déjà vu-like experience. “It’s watching Ronnie Stokes all over again,” Hoobler said. “Just her intensity and defense.” Although her father has influenced her style of play, the same can’t be said for her decision to become a Buckeye. Before attending OSU, Amber Stokes had scholarship offers from a majority of Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference programs, but she said her father never told her to pick the Scarlet and Gray. “He told me wherever I choose to go to, he would support me,” said Amber Stokes, who believes her father wanted her to come to OSU but wouldn’t voice it. Based on the proximity and OSU’s program, Ron Stokes said he wanted his daughter to stay in Columbus, but he wouldn’t feel right if she picked a university because he played there. “Even if it was another school, if I told her to go to that school and she went there because mainly I wanted her to go, and she didn’t have a great experience, I wouldn’t feel right as a father,” Ron Stokes said. In the end, Amber Stokes chose OSU because of its tradition and the atmosphere, she said. Her decision has helped her team achieve the No. 8 spot in the nation this year, and a shot at the National Championship. Although she and her father have enjoyed success on the court, she said she doesn’t plan on following him into the broadcast booth. “No, I don’t think that’s me,” Amber Stokes said. “Let my dad do that job.”
Lionel Messi appeared in the last match against Sevilla just as a substitute as he scored a late equalizer to gain a 2-2 draw – and the coach revealed that he is ready to play a full game against AS Roma.Ernesto Valverde and his Barcelona are currently preparing for the Champions League clash against AS Roma and it will be a huge boost for them to know that their key player is ready to start.The former Bilbao coach spoke about Messi’s fitness as he said, according to Calcio Mercato:Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“Messi remained on the sidelines for the last two weeks, I started from the bench because he is not 100% fit and we wanted to avoid any complication for him.”“I am sure he will be eligible to play against Roma, let’s see how he will react but I think he will react well.”“Every team is different if Messi plays, it’s not only at Barcelona. I don’t want to make any reference with what has recently happened.”
Kale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “The northeast is where the growth is. Our goal is to not let it move to the north or the south. The most important thing for Sterling is that we hold that line to the highway. Our highest priority is to keep it to the northeast and away from Sterling.” An updated acreage map is expected later this afternoon An additional hand crew was inserted into the southern control line closest to the Sterling Highway to provide further protection for all of the assets and infrastructure in the highway corridor. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire crews on the Swan Lake Fire have gotten the upper hand with roughly 142 staff members in the air and with boots on the ground. There’s been some slight growth, but crews are maintaining their hold on the west and south ends of the fire. For more details contact the Division of Forestry Public Information office at 907-260-4262, visit kpboem.com orinciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/ Today, hand crews will continue to reinforce and defend the primary line on the west of the fire to prevent spread towards the community of Sterling. As conditions allow, crews will continue firing operations along the west and southern control lines in order to gain depth and prevent fire spread towards the infrastructure along the Sterling Highway corridor.
0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On if it’s bad for the Cardinals that the Cowboys were beaten badly in last week’s game:“Beat so badly? Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t ever judge a team off one game. The other game, they looked pretty good in that New York Giants game. I’ve never judged a team, or a player, off one bad performance. This is a very, very good group that’s coming off a tough loss on the road, and they’re getting to play on Monday Night Football on the road, and we’ll be ready.”On what he can do to help himself when he’s getting pressured and hit on his five-step drop:“Well, get rid of the ball. Always getting the ball out of your hands is always a good thing for those guys.”On if he’s had enough time to do that in those situations:“Yeah, sometimes. Sometimes, you just don’t. Sometimes, a player makes a play on the other team, and that’s part of it. Sometimes, we make the play. Sometimes they do. Typically when you win, like we did, you’re making more plays than they are, and that was the case last week.”On T Jared Veldheer having struggles switching to the right side of the offensive line:“I don’t think so. I love him. He was my blind side for a long time, and now he’s on my front side. Like I said, bad plays happen. You miss some guys when they’re open. You throw interceptions. Guys are going to get beat in one-on-one situations sometimes. That’s the game. There are good players on the other side of the ball too. I couldn’t be happier with him on my right side and Wetz (John Wetzel) came in and played really good on the left side. We’ll continue to get better and I know it.” Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I don’t think so. Since he’s been within this system with us, he hasn’t gotten 25 to 30 carries a game. Even when he was starting, three years ago, he would still get spelled here and there by David (Johnson) and Andre (Ellington). There’s probably not going to be many games this year where he just gets fed the ball 30 times a game. It could happen. There’s no doubt. He could deal with it, and it’d be great for him, but it’s just not the way it’s been broken out and worked out so far.”On Johnson’s blitz pickup ability:“Really good. Really good.”On if you can tell he’s been playing for a while because of his blitz pickup ability:“Yeah. I remember saying and talking to you guys when he got here that he knew all of our protections the second day of walkthroughs. Very, very smart. Very few mental errors. For a guy that’s 205, 210 pounds, he blocks like he’s 220, 230. He doesn’t let guys get a big head of steam coming downhill at him and sit right in your lap. He attacks the line of scrimmage and stays out of my way, which is great.”On if he thought WR J.J. Nelson’s size could be an issue when he first saw him:“Maybe. I don’t remember back then. Any time you’re slight of build, obviously there’s going to be some things that come up. But, he’s been really durable and really tough. He had the shoulder, I think, his rookie year when he got hit late on that punt return, but for the most part, he has been really durable and done what he did last week, which is make big play after big play.” On how much momentum transfers game to game:“No, you see teams that are on win streaks that lose all the time. Confidence is big, but as far as picking up where you left off, that’s what you want to do, but momentum changes from the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, from week to week. We’d love to keep it going, but we’re not counting on that. We’ve just got to go out and execute.”On what’s different about Monday Night Football:“Obviously, like you said, you’re not getting up at 8:30 (a.m.) to get to the stadium by 10:00 or 11:00. You have an extra day to prepare. You have a little more rest. You have a little fresher legs.”On whether the stage is different and whether that matters to the team at all:“Yeah, a lot of people watch the games that aren’t on national television, too. It’s obviously special. Monday Night Football is something we all grew up watching, I’m sure. That is extra special. As far as preparation and all that, you get a little more time to prepare and a little more time to rest up.”On what challenges a team faces after spending four weeks on the road:“Yeah, that was a long time. It seemed like longer than that too, but it’s just good that we finally get a chance to play in front of our crowd, on our grass. I know our fans will be ready. There’ll be a bunch of Cowboys fans there too, I’m sure. But, it’s been a long four weeks, no doubt.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media every Wednesday during the regular season.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters.On what the extra day of practice does for him personally:“Yeah, a little bit of rest just gives you a little more time to get ready for our first practice, which is a Wednesday practice on Thursday.” On what other things besides speed make Nelson successful despite his size:“He’s not a one-trick pony. It seems like he may be, but he catches the ball really strong. You’re talking about his slight build, but he catches the ball with really, really strong hands. He’s really smart. He sees defenses unfold. He’s got a lot of plays where they’re built, post-snap reads where he runs one of three routes. So, he’s really, really intelligent. I said it the other day, he’s one of those guys that when the lights come on, he makes plays. He’s a big playmaker.”On if he or other teammates have gotten on Nelson for being so quiet:“Quiet? I don’t see J.J. as being quiet. He’s very talkative. He may be quiet around you guys, but he’s talkative in the locker room, especially when I’m making fun of him. I don’t see that. I don’t see that side of him.”On Nelson’s confidence growing after last week’s performance:“Yeah, he’s had a lot of after-the-catch big plays. In Seattle, he had one or two big plays that were kind of quick slant-type throws. He is a threat, there’s no doubt about it. But, he can also throw the brakes on you and run comebacks and digs. He’s fluid in and out of the top of his routes, so he’s a complete receiver in my eyes. Confidence-wise, I don’t see it really fluctuate much with him. I kind of feel like he knows he’s a big-play-type player and expects to make the big play. So, I don’t see ebbs and flows to his confidence. He seems pretty consistent to me.” On why it was tough for Fitzgerald to get involved in the offense in last week’s game:“There’s a handful of doubling-type situations. That’s going to be par for the course for him. People are going to focus on him, especially with some of the injuries we’ve had outside. But, we’re always cognizant of trying to get the ball in his hands. You want to. You just don’t want to force itOn what he thinks of the Cowboys defense after what the Broncos did in last week’s game:“It’s going to be different. I’m not sure what’s happening injury-wise. I saw one guy leave with a concussion and another guy with a hamstring (injury), another guy with another injury. So, they’re going to be probably down on bodies. Maybe like we are, but it’s a very solid defense. The front is really good – two of the better linebackers, maybe two of the best, with Jaylon (Smith). He’s young and I remember watching him play in college. He was all over the place, and I remember thinking at the time, ‘This guy is unbelievable.’ He’s showing that now on film in just a couple games and a little bit here and there in preseason. Secondary-wise, they’ve got some youth. They lost a lot of guys from last year from a good unit. But, it’s a very, very good, solid defense. They’ve changed things up. They’ve sat back and kept everything in front of them. They’ve pressured some games. They played man some games. They’ve changed it up quite a bit, so we’ve got to be ready for all of it.” On if there are a lot of players in the NFL with legs his size:“Geez, you guys are all over him today. I’ve got to stick up for my guy. I saw him squatting 225 (pounds) on Monday or Tuesday.”On how a guy his size survives:“I don’t know. There are a lot of guys. You look at body types throughout history, and there aren’t many big, muscular, muscle-had, meathead-kind of guys that have been really successful. There have been. There have been a handful, but there have been a lot of guys that don’t look like David Johnson but play like David Johnson, and are fast, fluid and smooth. J.J.’s just fast and smooth. Leg size, I haven’t really measured his legs recently, but he runs a lot of routes. He’s got great endurance. Like I said, he was just squatting 225 with a buddy on Tuesday, or maybe it was last week. I just look at the film he puts out and the practices he has, and I’m proud of the way he’s playing.”On what WR Larry Fitzgerald does off the field that allows him to keep playing at a high level:“You’d have to ask him. I’m not sure of all the little tricks. I know he’s got some tricks up his sleeve. Some he’s told me that I don’t know if you want to give away all your secrets. I sure don’t. But, he’s a professional. There’s no doubt. You guys all know that. He takes great care of his body. He works extremely hard. He doesn’t come in, work and go home and do nothing. He’s always doing things for maintenance and staying on top of little things.” On if he had different thoughts on his performance after reviewing the Colts game film:“No. No, I felt pretty much the same about the way we played and about the improvements we need to make and I need to make in particular. Thoughts haven’t changed on that.”On the ups and downs of playing football:“That’s the game. That’s the position. Just kind of how it goes when you have great teammates like Frostee Rucker and Jermaine Gresham. There are going to be highs, and there are going to be lows. You’ve got to stay even-keeled throughout the whole process.”On the comfort level of having RB Chris Johnson in the backfield:“It’s been great getting him back. Last week was great. He’s got so much experience. He’s been very successful in this system, on this team, with the same guys, for the most part, around him. Obviously, one of the more dominant players in the game in his heyday, and he showed last week that he’s got that explosiveness if you leave a seam, especially on the back side of the runs, or on the front side of runs, he’s going to hit it.”On if Johnson is the type of player who needs 20 to 25 carries per game to chip away at the opposing defense: