first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouEVEN though there are just two rounds to go until the end of the regular season in the Cyprus football championship, the only thing that has been decided is that winless Ayia Napa are the first of two teams to be automatically relegated. At the top it’s a two-horse race between APOEL and AEK while four teams are all in with a chance of a top-six finish.The second relegation spot will go to one of four teams – Enosis, Paphos FC, Ethnikos and Ermis – as just four points separate them.The most important game at the foot of the table is the ‘six-pointer’ between Paphos FC and Ermis Aradippou. A draw or a win will guarantee the visitors a place in the playoffs while for the Paphos team a win will go a long way in securing their playoff place as well.A lot will depend on their fellow strugglers, especially Enosis, who are currently a point behind Paphos.Enosis have a difficult home game against Omonia and know that they need to win to keep their survival hopes alive.On the other hand Omonia need the points to stay in the hunt for a place that will allow them to compete in Europe next season.Ethnikos are the fourth relegation-threatened team and they come up against a much improved AEL. Ethnikos will be without three key players in Pinceli, Atanda and Everton but they will have Iakob back in defence having served his suspension.AEL, dumped out of the cup last Wednesday, have a slim chance of a top-six finish and will not take this game lightly.Up until a month ago there was never a doubt that Nea Salamina would finish in the top six. However after winning just one game in their last six, their opponents Doxa are just two points behind and can overtake them if they defeat the Famagusta team.There is also an exciting game at the top as second-placed AEK take on third-placed Apollon.AEK have faltered in recent weeks, allowing APOEL to overturn a seven-point deficit. They cannot afford any more slip-ups especially as APOEL are at home to Ayia Napa this week. However they will need to up their game to overcome one of the most in-form teams of the championship.Apollon trail AEK by six points and know that only a win can give their slim championship chances a boost.The final game of the round is between Aris and Anorthosis with the latter more eager for the three points in order to consolidate their European qualifying position.Saturday: Enosis v Omonia, Paphos FC v Ermis (16.00), APOEL v Ayia Napa, Aris v Anorthosis (18.00)Sunday: Nea Salamina v Doxa, AEL v Ethnikos, AEK v Apollon (all at 16.00)League Table after 24 games:1 APOEL LEFKOSIAS 562 A.E.K.LARNAKAS 553 APOLLONAS LEMESOU 494 ANORTHOSI AMMOCHOSTOU 485 OMONOIA LEFKOSIAS 436 NEA SALAMINA AMMOCHOSTOU 317 DOXA KATOKOPIAS 298 AEL LEMESOU 289 ARIS LEMESOU 2710 ERMIS ARADIPPOU 2411 ETHNIKOS ACHNAS 2312 PAFOS F.C. 2113 ENOSIS NEON PARALIMNIOU 2014 AG. NAPA 6last_img read more

first_imgCosta revealed he would be interested in re-joining former club Atletico Madrid having been told by manager Antonio Conte that he does not feature in his plans for next season.Atletico are unable to register any new players this summer having had their appeal against their transfer ban rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier this month, meaning Costa would not be able to feature until January if he did complete a move back to the club before the start of next season.Costa scored 20 goals in 35 Premier League appearances last season as Chelsea cruised to the title, leaving Lampard in no doubt that only a select group of forwards could replace the 28-year-old.”He’s a fantastic striker and we all saw that last season and since he’s been at Chelsea. He would be very difficult to replace, there’s no doubt about it,” Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time record scorer, told Sky Sports News HQ.”I don’t know where Diego Costa’s mind is, whether he wants to leave or not, that’s all speculation. One thing that is for sure, is that you’ve got a great striker in him.”So, if he stays, brilliant, if he doesn’t, then you’ll have to go to the top end of the world’s strikers to replace him. He’s an all-round physical presence that also has the quality to get goals, that’s not easy to find in the modern day.”Chelsea have been linked in the national press with a move for their former forward Romelu Lukaku, who looks set to leave Everton this summer after four seasons at Goodison Park.The Belgium international revealed earlier this month he had reached “an agreement” with another Premier League side, but refused to name the club.Lukaku struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular after joining Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, but has since transformed himself into one of the Premier League’s most prolific scorers away from Stamford Bridge.”I know Romelu from playing alongside him, it was early on in his career and he probably didn’t get the chances in his first spell at the club,” Lampard said.”He’s certainly developed to a huge degree since he left the club, Romelu would certainly be a good option. The only thing Chelsea have to look at is the inflated market that is around now, it makes it very tough.”In terms of an all-round striker, he’s proven to have scored goals at Everton, but there are others. I’m sure they’ll try and get a player in the same mode as Diego Costa that can give them a physical presence and 20 goals a season.”last_img read more

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Captain Brad Barnes slammed an attractive hundred as Jamaica made a spirited response to the Windward Islands on the second day of their second-round contest here yesterday. Replying to a challenging first-innings total of 338 made by the Windwards, Jamaica ended on 304 for eight only 34 runs short of the lead in the Regional Under-19 clash at Verchilds. The innings was driven by Barnes’ fluent 106, while opener Darren Small missed out on triple figures with 87. Shalome Parnell got 24. Needing a strong batting display to overhaul their target, the Jamaicans found impetus through Barnes and Small, both of whom anchored a number of partnerships to keep the innings going. Small put on 55 for the first wicket with Shavar Christie (16) before adding a further 43 for the second with Andre McCarty (16). Barnes then joined Small to post an enterprising 85 for the third wicket as Jamaica cruised to 183 for two at one stage. All told, Barnes struck 10 fours and five sixes in an innings spanning 134 balls and just under 21/2 hours. Small, meanwhile, faced 132 deliveries in 158 minutes and counted 13 fours. When two wickets fell for 19 runs, to leave Jamaica on 202 for four, Barnes combined with Raewin Senior (17) in a 50-run, fifth-wicket stand to further energise the innings. Lee Louisy was the best bowler with three for 90, while Daneal Dupigny (2-16) and Shermill Lewis (2-37) supported with two wickets apiece. The Windwards had earlier lost their last four wickets for 21 runs after resuming on 317 for six, with McCarty picking up four for 27 and Kishawn Graham, three for 55.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The letter from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, who, interestingly enough, signed it, not as a Government Minister, but on behalf of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), warrants a response.This letter is the latest from the PNC and groups (and individuals) linked to the PNC and the PNC-led coalition Government, which seeks to defend President David Granger’s action. What we have seen is a breakaway from 25 years of established procedure. What we have also seen is a breach of the Constitution. There is no doubt, despite the many attempts by these ‘defenders’ that the Constitution was breached.Bulkan attempts to defend President Granger’s action by saying, “independently-thinking legal scholars (agreed that) the President’s action was correct in law, and is consistent with the constitutional mandate and rightful expectation bestowed upon him by virtue of his office. Therefore, any assertion that President Granger acted outside the letter and spirit of the law has no merit.” Who are these “independently-thinking legal scholars” Minister Bulkan refers to? The recently matriculated retired Rear Admiral and Presidential Advisor, Gary Best? The Attorney General, Basil Williams, who has demonstrated his incompetence time and time again?Editor, the fact is that it is only the court that has the authority and mandate to interpret the Constitution.In the case of Marcel Gaskin versus the Attorney General, in relation to the GECOM chairperson issue, the Chief Justice, Roxanne George, ruled that, “While the applicant (Gaskin) has not applied for a determination of this issue, it was raised by the Bar Association in its brief which was filed and served on all parties.… it does appear to me that failure to submit a list as provided for speaks to the provision of an acceptable list, as discussed earlier. If by not choosing any of the persons listed the President thereby find the list unacceptable, the proviso to Article 161 (2) would apply and the President should then go on to appoint a Judge or former Judge or person who would qualify for appointment as a Judge in Guyana or the Commonwealth to the post of Chairman of GECOM. But all of this in in effect academic because more than one list has been sought and provide.”The Chief Justice is the only independently-thinking legal scholar whose opinion matters in this case. The President cannot rely on the proviso to Article 161 (2) of the Constitution, when the Chief Justice said any discussion about the use of the proviso is rendered “academic” in light of the fact that three lists of GECOM nominees have been submitted to the President by the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Sincerely,Nigel DharamlallPeople’s ProgressiveParty/Civic Memberof Parliamentlast_img read more

first_img400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw He got in a rhythm after coach Frank Vogel told him to stop hesitating.“When I hesitate, I tend to come up short or a bad miss,” Davis said. “And it seems to be going in a lot more when I don’t hesitate.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Lakers needed all of it. Though the Thunder have struggled this season, they played the Lakers close this week in Los Angeles and entered the night with a 5-3 home record, including a victory over Philadelphia last week.“We find a way to win no matter what the game is,” said LeBron James, who had 23 points and 14 assists. “This is a very good team at home. They’ve struggled on the road a little bit, but we knew they were going to give it their best punch, especially just playing them on Tuesday in LA.” Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ The Thunder visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Oklahoma City’s Chris Paul made a layup with 11.8 seconds left that cut the Lakers’ lead to 126-125. Davis was fouled with 8.1 seconds left, and he made both free throws. Gilgeous-Alexander’s layup with 4.2 seconds left trimmed the margin to one again, but Davis made two more free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining. James intercepted Oklahoma City’s inbounds pass and ran out the clock.“Credit OKC,” Vogel said. “They played an outstanding game tonight on both ends of the floor. They really competed and made big shots all night.”It was Oklahoma City’s seventh loss by five points or fewer this season.“Yeah, it’s kind of stupid, to tell you the truth,” Paul said. “Don’t know if that’s the right word, but me and Shai was talking about like, you know, we are fighting. This is our job. We are supposed to (win), so we’ve got to figure it out. We got to find a way to win these games.”TIP-INSLakers: F Kyle Kuzma played with goggles for protection after he suffered an eye injury Tuesday against the Thunder. … Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 27-foot 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. He finished with 17 points.Thunder: Coach Billy Donovan got a technical for arguing with officials in the second quarter. … C Nerlens Noel (illness) did not play. … Oklahoma City led 67-66 at halftime. The Thunder shot 56.5% from the field and made 21 of 31 shots inside the 3-point line before the break. … Oklahoma City trimmed what once was a 15-point third-quarter deficit to 106-103 by the end of the period.ROUGH LANDINGThunder guard Hamidou Diallo left the game after taking contact from James on a driving layup early in the fourth quarter. Donovan said Diallo injured his elbow and did not say whether he might miss any games. Diallo was called for a foul on the play. Donovan challenged the play because James extended his elbow on the drive, causing Diallo to fall back. The call and the basket both stood, and James made the free throw.STAT LINESAdams had struggled through much of the season, but his 22 points on Friday night were a season high. He made 9 of 10 shots — a significant jump for a player who entered the night shooting 51% for the season.AUTOMATICDavis improved his team-best 87% free-throw shooting by making 11 of 11 on Friday, including 9 of 9 in the second half.UP NEXTThe Lakers visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) grabs a rebound next to Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-107. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)OKLAHOMA CITY — Being coachable paid off for Anthony Davis.The star forward scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee The Lakers won their sixth straight and own the league’s best record at 13-2.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Steven Adams added 22 for the Thunder, who have lost five of six.Los Angeles guard Rajon Rondo was ejected early in the fourth quarter after a kick to Dennis Schroder’s groin area. Schroder made two free throws, and then Gilgeous-Alexander’s layup tied the game at 109.“I didn’t think it called for an ejection, but the refs have to do what they feel best fits,” James said. “But, you know, I didn’t think it called for an ejection.”Davis hit a corner 3 and was fouled by Adams, then made the free throw to put the Lakers ahead 126-121 with 2:36 to play.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Harassment charge against Lakers’ Cousins dropped Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNext Game: at Nipissing University 10/20/2018 | 4:30 p.m. Preview WHKY: GOAL! Kassie Roache ties it up at 3-3 with the @WindsorLancers, tipping in a Jana Headrick shot with 9:03 to go in the 2nd!— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) October 14, 2018 Live Stats WHKY: TORONTO GOAL! Louie Bieman scores to put Toronto up 5-3 over @WindsorLancers with six minutes to go!— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) October 14, 2018 Five different players scored as the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat the Windsor Lancers 5-3 in their 2018 home opener on Saturday night (Oct. 13) at Varsity Arena.HOW IT HAPPENED: The Lancers wasted no time, getting out to a 2-0 lead as Alex Reiter and Lexi Contratto scored in the first 3:34 of the game. Windsor extended their lead to three with an Amy Maitre powerplay goal with 4:45 to go in the first period.The Blues managed to get on the board before the first intermission as Stephanie Ayres banged in a cross-crease pass from rookie Taylor Trussler. Windsor was up 3-1 after 20 minutes.WHKY: Toronto cuts the deficit to two as Stephanie Ayres scores Toronto’s first goal of the season! @WindsorLancers are up 3-1 after 20 minutes.— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) October 13, 2018 Matchup Historycenter_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Second-year Blues netminder Madeline Albert posted 18 saves in the victory.UP NEXT: The Blues travel to North Bay, Ont., to take on the Nipissing Lakers next Saturday, October 20. Puck drop is set for 4:30 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. The Blues evened the score with two goals four minutes apart in the second period. Lauren Straatman scored on a nice tic-tac-toe play on the powerplay, before fellow fifth-year forward Kassie Roache tipped in a Jana Headrick shot to tie it.WHKY: TORONTO GOAL! @LaurenStraatman scores on the PP to bring the Blues within one. @WindsorLancers are up 3-2 with 12:30 to go in the second.— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) October 14, 2018 Toronto potted the go-ahead goal just 1:16 into the third period. Third-year forward Mathilde De Serres buried an Ayres point shot on the powerplay. Louie Bieman added an insurance marker as she received a pass from Roache all alone in front of the net and made no mistake.WHKY: TORONTO GOAL! The Blues take their first lead of the game as Mathilde De Serres buries a Stephanie Ayres rebound on the PP. Toronto 4, @WindsorLancers 3 with 16 minutes to go— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) October 14, 2018  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force have arrested two suspects who alleged attacked and robbed a young man and woman at Cummings Lodge, East Coat Demerara.According to Police reports, the incident occurred sometime around 00:30h at the University of Guyana Access Public Road, during which the victims were relieved of a cellular phone valued ,000 and ,000 in cash.It was reported that Anthony Dharamraj, 20, and Anisa Issehani, 18, both of Cummings Lodge, were walking on the UG Access Road when they were attacked by two men, one of whom was armed with a pair of shears.The perpetrators dealt the victims several lashes about their bodies before robbing them of their cell phone and the cash.The matter was reported to the Police and swift action led to the arrest of the two men. Searches conducted on the suspects found the stolen items in their possession as well as the shears used during the crime.Meanwhile, the victims were escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were treated and sent away.last_img read more

first_imgMorocco were stripped of the right to host it after insisting on a postponement, citing as their reason the deadly Ebola epidemic.Morocco’s stance irked organisers the Confederation of African Football (CAF).The federation’s president, Issa Hayatou, told France24: “To postpone the Africa Cup of Nations would be like stopping African football dead.”“Once you postpone this event, it will open the door for everybody to ask for a delay of any competition and we will no longer be credible,” added the 68-year-old Cameroonian who has been in office since 1988. Angola had emerged as one of the front runners to come to the aid of the troubled 2015 Nations Cup which is due to start in two months time, on January 17.The oil-rich state’s insistence that they were not interested in hosting a competition they staged in 2010 came from Joao Lusevikueno, vice president of the Angolan football federation.He told AFP by telephone from Luanda: “Angola is not going to host the competition, we haven’t presented our candidature and it is not our intention to do so.”He added that to step in and organise a competition of this scale in two months — it is due to start on January 17 — was “virtually impossible”.Angola’s staging of the 2010 Nations Cup was marred by the attack on the Togo team bus by separatists in the restless enclave of Cabinda which killed two people.With Angola out of the picture the countries thought to be still in contention for taking over from Morocco as 2015 hosts are multiple African champions Egypt, Gabon, which co-hosted the 2012 edition with Equatorial Guinea, and reigning champions Nigeria.Organisers the Confederation of African Football are due to announce the next hosts “in two or three days” Hayatou said.The Cup was thrown into jeopardy in early October when Morocco first called for a delay.CAF however eventually lost patience with the north African country and on Tuesday barred them out as hosts and participants with a heavy fine likely to follow. The fact that Morocco are also set to host the Club World Cup, only 25 days before the scheduled January 17 kickoff, threw further doubts over Morocco’s reasons prompting Hayatou and his members to pull the plug.Rumours that the three-week football feast could be moved outside Africa with 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar an unprecedented option were quickly dismissed by Qatar Football Association vice-president Saud al-Muhannadin. “It is illogical, the news is false.” he told AFP.Moroccan sports minister Mohamed Ouzzine defended their stance and said they had simply asked for a postponement, until the Ebola disease was brought under control. “The CAF statement said we refuse to organise the Nations Cup, and it’s wrong. We want the tournament in our country, but we maintain our demand to postpone it,” Ouzzine told parliament. “The WHO (World Health Organisation) says that every country has the right to take the necessary measures to protect its citizens. The whole world is incapable to find some treatment or some solution for that disease (Ebola), so isn’t it a force majeure?“We can talk about sanctions now, but we should not forget what would happen in case we have not taken our decision.”CAF executive committee member Constant Omari defended the decision to strip the 1976 winners of the right to stage what would have been their second tournament, after 1988, when they reached the semi-finals. “The CAF put no pressure on Morocco but they are a member who belong to the CAN (Nations Cup). We signed an agreement that the CAN would be organised between January 17 and February 8 and there was no talk of postponement during the inspections. “Then two months before the tournament, Morocco decide they want to change the dates.“These dates have not been decided randomly, it is a season when all of Africa has a period of more or less dry weather. We have incorporated these dates into the universal FIFA calendar and it is our showcase event.” The CAF also confirmed that qualification matches for the tournament will go ahead as planned on November 14-15 with the final round of matches set four days later. The Ebola disease has claimed almost 5,000 lives, essentially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, November 13- Angola announced on Wednesday they were not interested in replacing Morocco as eleventh hour hosts of the crisis-hit 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.Angola’s decision leaves three potential candidates  – Egypt, Gabon and Nigeria – to put on the continental showcase.last_img read more

first_img John Guidetti in action for Sweden Under-21s Manchester City striker John Guidetti is a top transfer target for Marseille, according to reports in France.Guidetti is currently on a season-long loan from Manchester City to Scottish champions Celtic, where he has netted nine goals in 10 games.And now, according to French daily newspaper Le Phoceen, the Sweden international’s form has caught the eye of Marseille.The Ligue 1 club have reportedly sent scouts to Celtic Park several times this season to run their eye over the 22-year-old.Marseille are said to be concerned about the prospect of losing current star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who is attracting interest from Liverpool and Newcastle.The French side reportedly see Guidetti as the ideal replacement for Gignac, should the France international leave. 1last_img read more

first_imgDENVER — Denver’s quest for a third straight Super Bowl title was over almost as soon as it began. John Elway had retired, paving the way for Brian Griese. Terrell Davis suffered a knee injury while making a tackle on an interception return. Shannon Sharpe soon joined Davis on the bench with an injury. The Broncos started 0-4. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita It’s an unprecedented feat and, much like hitting .400 in baseball or breaking 60 on the PGA Tour, it has long stood as one of the most elusive of challenges in sports. And while every sports fan knows what an amazing feat it would be, nobody quite relates like the Denver players who were around in 1999, the last time anyone in the league had a chance. “It’s impossible,” defensive lineman Trevor Pryce said. “I have one statement: I went to the Pro Bowl the year the Ravens won it. Ray Lewis was at the table, talking crazy about repeats and three-peats. I said, `OK, remember this. You’ve got an `X’ on your back. We had it twice. It’s hard to win it. You will not win it again.’ And they didn’t.” In one sense, the Patriots have been lucky in that they’ve been able to keep their core together and still have the means to fill in missing pieces. Part of that is because some of their best veterans like Troy Brown and Tedy Bruschi have been willing to play for less in New England than they could have gotten elsewhere. But if it’s not one thing, it’s another. This season, injuries almost did in the Patriots. Bruschi, Richard Seymour, Rodney Harrison. Corey Dillon, Matt Light, Kevin Faulk. All are key cogs who missed significant time. When the Pats came to Denver for a regular-season game on Oct. 16, they barely resembled playoff material, let alone a wannabe dynasty. “We weren’t even close, for a number of reasons,” coach Mike Shanahan said. The New England Patriots visit the Broncos today for a playoff game that could move them two wins away from the third straight championship. center_img A weakened defense and a struggling offensive line that caused Tom Brady to take a beating were a big reason they fell behind 28-3. Their championship mentality is a big reason they rallied and nearly tied it, before falling 28-20. “There are a lot of things that are different” between now and then, Brady said. “I don’t want to sit up here and rattle off all the things that I think we can accomplish. We have to just play better football.” Since then, they certainly have. Over the final six games of the regular season, they allowed only 2.9 yards per run. Brady has thrown for a career-high 4,110 yards. They won six of seven before falling in the regular-season finale, a game in which coach Bill Belichick rested many of his starters. Still, all those stats only speak to the bigger point that the Patriots are champions, they know how to win, and they know how to do it with everyone else targeting them. “It’s why they are what they are,” Shanahan said. “They’ve got a chance to do something pretty special.” So, of course, does Denver. Only six players remain from the last Super Bowl team and much has been made of the fact that the Broncos haven’t won a playoff game in seven years and haven’t played host to one in that span, either. Gone is Mile High Stadium, the site of Denver’s last home playoff win, 23-10 over the Jets in the 1998 AFC Championship game. In its place stands Invesco Field, the newer, cushier and, many think, not-quite-as-loud replacement. The tandem of Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell are now in the position held by Terrell Davis, who at the time of Denver’s championships was on a pace to become one of the best backs in the history of the game. Sharpe, one of the game’s best, has been replaced by the not-so-well-known tandem of Jeb Putzier and Stephen Alexander. And Elway? After Shanahan’s experiment with Griese failed, Jake Plummer became the heir apparent. Plummer versus Brady might seem like a mismatch, but so far this season, Plummer has answered every challenge. He appreciates what the Patriots are trying to do. “They’re going after something that has never been done,” Plummer said. “Everyone wants to be the greatest, and if they go out and win another one, it will be hard to say that they’re not the greatest dynasty ever, as far as the NFL. We want to put a halt to that and they want to continue on, so it is going to be a big challenge for us.” One of the most impressive stats about the current New England dynasty: The Patriots are 10-0 in playoff games since 2001, the year of their first Super Bowl win. Still, they know that before them, seven teams, including those Broncos of the late ’90s, won two straight Super Bowls. Not one of those returned to the big game to go for a third. “Teams come at you harder when you get an `X’ on your back. It’s the nature of the game,” Shanahan said. “Not too many teams have been able to do what New England has done. Now, they’ve got a chance to do something nobody’s done. It’s why they’re very special.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img