Woman, 61, ends attempt to swim from Cuba to U.S.


Woman, 61, ends attempt to swim from Cuba to U.S.

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 9, 2011

HAVANA (AP)Wind conditions and less than ideal currents promptedmarathon swimmer Diana Nyad to end her second bid to swim from Cuba to theFlorida Keys about halfway through her journey early Tuesday.Elaine Lafferty, who was on the boat according to Nyads blog, posted onTwitter: Its over. Lafferty said the combination of factors was too muchto safely continue. According to the Twitter feed, Nyad was pulled from the water early in themorning after swimming for 29 hours. The swim was expected to take 60 hours tocover at least 103 miles (166 kilometers).It felt like this was my moment, a quote attributed to Nyad on herTwitter feed said. I dont feel like a failure at all. But we needed a littlemore luck.The Twitter account reported she decided to end the swim herself, afterrealizing the conditions of 5 to 10 knot winds and less than ideal currents.An online chart plotting the swims track showed the Gulf Stream currentspushing Nyad to the east of the intended course. Nyad had hoped to end her swimat Southernmost Point in Key West, Fla.According to the Twitter feed, Nyad was on a support boat after ending theswim and wrapped in blankets. The boat arrived at Key West early Tuesday.In her second attempt, Nyad tried to accomplish at 61 years old what shefailed to do at 28 in 1978. This time, she even attempted the swim without ashark cage, relying instead on an electrical field from equipment towed bykayakers to keep them at bay.In her first attempt in 1978, she quit after being in the water for 41 hoursand 49 minutes due to strong currents and rough weather that banged her aroundin the shark cage.Had the latest attempt been successful, Nyad would have broken her ownrecord of 102.5 miles (165 kilometers) for a cageless, open-sea swim, set in1979 when she stroked from the Bahamas to Florida.Before the swim, Nyad told journalists she hoped her swim would inspireothers her age to live active lives. She said she also hoped it could helpimprove understanding between Cold War rivals Cuba and the United States, evenif just symbolically.

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

If the 49ers are active at the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1, the organization figures to be sellers.

With a 1-6 record, mired in a six-game losing streak and seemingly fielding a less-competitive team every week, the 49ers do not figure to be in the buying market with the trade deadline approaching.

Left tackle Joe Staley, 32, one of the team’s few players who would be attractive to a contender, is available for a first-round draft pick, according to Pro Football Talk. The report cited a “source with knowledge of the dynamics.”

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is also on the trade market for a second-round pick, according to the report. The teams mentioned with potential interest in acquiring Staley or Thomas are the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots, reports PFT.

Staley has a base salary of $5.4 million this season. His pay increases to $8.95 million next season, including $8.25 million in base salary. He is signed through the 2019 season.

Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007, has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls.

If the 49ers trade Staley, it could open the way for right tackle Trent Brown to move to the left side. The only other tackle on the roster is rookie John Theus. Veteran guard Zane Beadles is also capable of playing tackle.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. (PT). The 49ers enter their bye week after Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team’s next game is Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints.

Kickers miss short field goals in OT; Seahawks, Cardinals tie


Kickers miss short field goals in OT; Seahawks, Cardinals tie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

The last tie in the NFL came in 2014, when Carolina and Cincinnati tied 37-37.

The Cardinals (3-3-1) dominated the game statistically and looked to be in shape to win it after Carson Palmer's 40-yard pass to J.J. Nelson set up Catanzaro's short kick.

The Seahawks (4-1-1), stuffed throughout regulation by the Arizona defense, took over and Russell Wilson completed passes of 31 yards to Jermaine Kearse and 27 yards to Doug Baldwin to give Houschka his short attempt.

Both kickers made field goals on their teams' first possession of overtime.

Catanzaro, who kicked field goals of 46 and 45 yards, also had a 39-yard field goal blocked by a stunning play by Bobby Wagner.

Until the overtime, the only time the Seahawks crossed midfield came when Tanner McEnvoy blocked Ryan Quigley's punt with 4:33 to play. That gave Seattle the ball on the Arizona 27 and led to Hauschka's 40-yard field goal that tied it at 3 with four minutes to play.

Catanzaro's 46-yard field goal put Arizona up 3-0 with 3:11 left in the first half and the Cardinals nursed that lead until the blocked punt.

On a bruising night, Arizona's David Johnson had a career-high 41 touches. He carried the ball 33 times for 113 yards and caught eight passes for 58 yards. Russell Wilson, obviously slowed by leg problems, complelted 24 of 37 passes for 225 yards, most of the damage coming in the overtime. He carried the ball once for minus-two yards.

Arizona's defense nearly scored halfway through the fourth quarter when Chandler Jones hit Wilson as he was about to pass and the ball bounced toward the Seattle goal line, but Michael Glowinski jumped on it for Seattle and the 4-yard line, a 20-yard loss.


The Cardinals had the first scoring threat. Catanzaro lined up for a 39-yard field goal but 245-pound linebacker Wagner jumped over Arizona long snapper Aaron Brewer like an Olympic hurdler and blocked it. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians argued loudly for a penalty and was charged with a timeout when he challenged a play that is not reviewable. That proved significant when the Cardinals couldn't stop the clock to get off a short field goal attempt as the first half ended.


The Cardinals were without speedster John Brown after doctors diagnosed sickle cell traits that were causing leg pain. The other wide receiver named Brown, Jaron, left the game early with a knee injury, depleting is usually one of the league's deeper wide receiver corps.