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  • 30 Aug
    导出博客文章PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger did everything perfectly. The fake spike that
    momentarily fooled the Dallas Cowboys. The perfect lob to Antonio Brown that
    gave the Pittsburgh Steelers the lead and appeared to be the perfect jolt they
    needed to jumpstart a sagging season.Only one problem: There was too much time.
    Far too much. The sense of joy lasted all of 31 seconds, or the time it took the
    Cowboys to go 75 yards, the final 32 on Ezekiel Elliotts dash to the end zone
    that gave Dallas a 35-30 victory and sent Pittsburgh to its fourth straight
    loss.Soaring in October, the Steelers (4-5) are sinking as Thanksgiving
    approaches. Not even 408 yards and three touchdowns from Roethlisberger, 154
    yards receiving by Brown and 134 total yards and two scores by LeVeon Bell could
    prevent another baffling breakdown.We are undisciplined and not accountable,
    Roethlisberger said. Thats why they are one of the best in the business and we
    are not right now.Certainly not the way theyre playing, particularly on defense.
    Twice in the fourth quarter Pittsburgh was one stop away from ending the Cowboys
    seven-game winning streak. And twice the Steelers offered little resistance as
    Dallas rookies Dak Prescott and Elliott did whatever they wanted, hardly
    bothered by the largest crowd to watch a Steelers home game in club history.Two
    drives. Both 75 yards. Both ending with Elliott racing across the goal line and
    a series of black-and-gold clad defenders futilely giving chase.It sucks losing
    regardless, but especially in critical moments of the game when theyre getting
    big plays and youre trying to do everything you can to stop them, linebacker
    Ryan Shazier said. This one really stings a lot.Expected to be in the thick of
    the AFC race thanks to one of the most talented offenses in the league, the
    Steelers arent even in first in an underwhelming AFC North. They will head to
    winless Cleveland next week hoping to end their longest losing streak since
    dropping the first four games of the 2013 season.Its just unacceptable,
    defensive end Cam Heyward said.Roethlisberger played poorly last week in his
    return from left knee surgery, a dismal loss in Baltimore, but told his
    teammates to follow me with a chance to prove themselves against the NFLs
    hottest team. While there were moments of brilliance, each one appeared to be
    met with an equally boneheaded step backward.After Roethlisberger hit Eli Rogers
    for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give the Steelers an early 12-3
    lead, a pair of Cowboy penalties put Dallas into a first-and-25 hole. No matter.
    Two plays later Elliott took a screen pass, picked up a couple of blocks and ran
    83 yards to put Dallas right back in it.Bell stretched the ball into the end
    zone from 1 yard out with 7:51 left to give the Steelers a 24-23 advantage.
    Dallas went 75 yards in 10 plays, ending with Elliotts 14-yard dash with 1:55
    left.Roethlisberger calmly took the Steelers right back down the field and
    channeled his inner Dan Marino with the clock running and the ball at the Dallas
    15. The quarterback took the snap and pretended to ground the ball. Instead he
    held on to it and hit a streaking Brown for a touchdown that again gave
    Pittsburgh a one-point advantage.You take a lead so it feels pretty good,
    Roethlisberger said.Fleeting too. Prescott moved the Cowboys into field goal
    range helped by a 15-yard facemask penalty on Steelers rookie safety Sean
    Davis.It was a critical time, Davis said. When seconds go by I was just trying
    to get him down, poke the ball, grab something and he just ducked. Once I felt
    my fingers in his facemask I let go.Control of the game followed suit. Instead
    of settling for a long field goal attempt, the Cowboys instead kept plowing
    ahead with Elliott going 32 yards right up the middle for the deciding score.We
    can sit here and say its a great learning example, but learning doesnt get you
    wins, Heyward said. Were no longer allowed to keep doing that.Not if they want
    to salvage what once looked like a promising year.TWO MUCH?The Steelers set an
    NFL record last year by converting eight 2-point conversions, some of them in
    nontraditional situations early in the game. They went 0 for 4 on Sunday,
    chasing points all afternoon after they botched a pair of attempts in the first
    quarter.We want to be aggressive, Roethlisberger said. We practice it every day.
    We need to be better at it.INJURIESBackup linebacker Steven Johnson left in the
    first quarter with a broken ankle. Backup safety Shamarko Thomas exited with a
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    three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web.LOS ANGELES -- Betfair Hollywood Park will
    close by years end and the 75-year-old racetrack property in Inglewood that
    hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders Cup in 1984 will be developed by its
    owner. The track announced on Thursday that it wont apply to the California
    Horse Racing Board for 2014 dates, signalling the end of the line for a property
    whose future had been in question since Churchill Downs sold it to Hollywood
    Park Land Co. in 2005. At the time, the new owner said racing would continue for
    a minimum of three years while an effort was made to revitalize the sports
    business model. But the track had little luck in stemming declines in wagering
    and attendance, problems that plague the racing industry nationwide. "From an
    economic point of view, the land now simply has a higher and better use, so,
    unfortunately, racing will not continue here once the 2013 autumn meet is
    completed," track President Jack Liebau said. The owner spent more than $8
    million to replace the tracks dirt surface with synthetic Cushion Track in 2006
    as part of a then-statewide mandate for such surfaces. The current summer meet
    runs through July 14. The fall meet opens Nov. 7 and ends on Dec. 22. The stable
    area is expected to close by the end of the year. The closure is expected to set
    in motion a scramble by Southern Californias other tracks to acquire Hollywood
    Parks racing dates. Santa Anita, located across town in AArcadia, may be in line
    to pick up the bulk of the dates.dddddddddddd That track currently has live
    racing from late December to early April, and again in early fall. The regions
    other tracks are Del Mar, located north of San Diego; and in the Los Angeles
    area, Los Alamitos and Fairplex. Hollywood Park opened in 1938 under the
    direction of movie moguls Jack and Harry Warner. Celebrities regularly attended
    the races. Among the star horses that ran at Hollywood Park were Seabiscuit, and
    Triple Crown winners Citation, Seattle Slew and Affirmed. Champion mare and 2010
    Horse of the Year Zenyatta was based at Hollywood Park, and so was Ill Have
    Another, last years Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. The Breeders Cup began
    at the track in 1984, and was held there again in 1987 and 1997. Some of the
    sports fixtures began at Hollywood Park and spread throughout the industry,
    including Sunday racing, which debuted in 1973, and fan giveaways. The Pick Six,
    a wager in which bettors must pick the winners of six consecutive races, was
    launched at the track in 1998. Other exotic wagers that originated there include
    the superfecta, which involves picking the first four finishers in the correct
    order. "Our fans and all of the employees who have worked at Hollywood Park,
    both past and present, deserve our thanks and gratitude," Liebau said. "They
    have been the backbone of this historic venue." ' ' '