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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - On a defence in the middle of a generational shift, Lawrence Timmons is the constant.The faces that mentored the Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker when he broke into the NFL in 2007 are gone. James Farrior and Larry Foote have been replaced by youngsters Ryan Shazier, Sean Spence and Vince Williams.Now its Timmons who is among the elder statesmen in the meeting room. It is Timmons who is making the defensive calls. It is Timmons who is serving as 6 feet, 1 inch and 234 pounds of duct tape, going wherever is required to fix whatever problem arises.And it is Timmons — at last — who has finally filled the one gaping hole on his resume: Pro Bowler. The 28-year-old earned his first invitation to Hawaii on Wednesday, eight seasons into a steadily spectacular career that is no longer being taken for granted.From Day 1, LT has always worked hard, and you appreciate it, Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. And you want someone like that to be rewarded for it. And we were all happy to see Lawrence make it. There are a lot of good linebackers in this league right now, but LT has been one of the centre guys for a long time right now. So, it was long overdue.So much so that Hall of Fame defensive co-ordinator Dick LeBeau long ago developed a stump speech for Timmons, who leads the Steelers (10-5) with a team-high 121 tackles to go with two sacks and an endless stream of quietly sublime plays where his ability to do his job has freed his teammates up to do theirs.In my opinion, he can get out on the field with anybody in the National Football League and play well, LeBeau said. And I think thats what an All-Pro is, and Ive said that repeatedly.Even if Timmons rarely says anything at all. There is a thankless quality that comes with playing inside linebacker for the Steelers, where the outside LBs are the ones who rack up the game-turning sacks and serve as the de facto intimidators, a lineage that stretches from James Harrison to Joey Porter to Greg Lloyd to Jack Ham.Timmons main responsibility is to chase down running backs or drop into coverage. Only occasionally does LeBeau allow Timmons to unleash his freakish speed on a dead sprint to the backfield. Yet theres little doubt Timmons could be among the best pass rushers in the league if let loose. Hes shown flashes while filling in on the outside at times the last few years because of injury, though its always back to the inside whenever there are enough healthy bodies around him.He just does whatever we ask him to do, even though that inside backer position was probably his best position the year that we were strapped outside with some injuries, and he went and played great outside, LeBeau said.While Pittsburghs defence is no longer the force it was a few years ago, the Steelers have improved steadily against the run since early in the season. They are one of six teams to allow fewer than 100 yards rushing on average and are 6-0 in their last six games when opponents fail to reach 100 yards on the ground.The improvement has as much to do with Timmons role in helping the young guys around him figure out what theyre supposed to be doing as it does his textbook tackling. Consider the next four inside linebackers behind Timmons on the depth chart — Shazier, Williams, Spence and Arthur Moats — began the season with five years of NFL experience combined.Hes somebody you turn to, said Spence, who is playing regularly for the first time after missing 2012 and 2013 with a devastating knee injury. Hes so productive and he knows whats expected here. You ask him a question and he always knows the answer.And he knows how to prioritize. In typical fashion, he downplayed the biggest individual achievement of his career. And given a choice, Timmons hopes hes busy playing for a seventh Steelers title instead of hanging out in paradise.Ill take the Super Bowl, Timmons said with a smile.___Freelance writer Dale Grdnic in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Yeezy Powerphase Danmark . -- Alex Anthopoulos spoke volumes with what he didnt say on right-hander Ervin Santana. Adidas Nmd Dame Tilbud . - A late-game interception by defensive back Malcolm Butler saved the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots. http://www.dknmdskotilbud.com/adidas-nm ... nmark.html . The Giants chances of winning the division were dealt a serious blow by the three-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Padres. The Giants open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. San Francisco is still in good shape to clinch a wild-card berth, although it dropped into a tie with Pittsburgh in the race for the top spot. Adidas Nmd R2 Herre Dk . The win puts Arsenal four points clear of Everton in fourth place with two games to play in the Premier League, a position which would qualify the club for Europes top competition for the 17th straight year. Adidas Nmd Herre Tilbud .J. Fair didnt have many chances to be the main option for Syracuse last season.Michael Bisping has never been one to mince words. The middleweight contender has seemingly made a career of rubbing other fighters the wrong way. Often backlash against the brash Brit is the result of very pointed comments towards other competitors. When hes at his trash talking best, he can burrow himself under an opponents skin with relative ease. As a result, the bulk of his fights in the 185-pound division have been preceded by heated exchanges fueled by bad blood. So it shouldnt be a surprise to anyone that the lead up to his forthcoming bout with last-reigning Strikeforce titleholder Luke Rockhold has been typified by yet another war of words. When the top middleweights hopped on a media call Tuesday, it didnt take long for them to butt heads. Youve got to treat people the way you want to be treated, Rockhold told reporters. It seems like hes a p***k everywhere in life. I dont know what hes not happy about, but Im looking forward to making everyone else happy. Of course, in classic Bisping fashion, The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner didnt let those remarks go unanswered. Luke, I dont know you and I dont care for you, a fired up Bisping responded. We havent shared a single proper conversation. So youre basing your facts, or what you presume as facts, on absolutely nothing, on fresh air. You dont know me as a person. So kiss my f**king a**, you lanky piece of s**t. Ill see you in Australia, you a**hole. Ill put it all to bed then. Bisping and Rockhold will settle their grudge in the main event of UFC Fight Night 55 at the Allphones Arena in Sydney on Sat., Nov. 8. Due to the time difference, the card will stream on UFC Fight Pass in North America on Nov. 7. Though the two have yet to face each other inside the octagon, their beef stems from a sparring session in 2012. Afterwards, Bisping boasted about getting the better of Rockhold, going so far as to proclaim himself the unofficial Strikeforce champion. He later apologized, stating the remark was made in jest, but said Rockhold needs to develop a sense of humour. You cant live your life regretting every comment that youve made, Bisping said. I made a light-hearted remark and it was a joke. If he had a sense of humour he may have got that joke, because I thought that was a pretty good line. Was it a little bit disrespectful? I suppose it was. Thats why I instantly apologized. Do I regret it? No, I dont regret it. I certainly got a good laugh out of it at the time. A calm Rockhold said he hasnt let Bispings words get to him, but admitted hes looking forward to settling the score. Its definitely a bonus to shut his mouth and set the record straight on that note, Rockhold said. I dont like the guy. Im going to voice my opinion and sell the fight. Im competitive as a person, whether were talking or fighting. Im not going to lose at all to this guy. Though bragging rights are on the line between the two, their upcoming tilt will have serious implications in the miiddleweight division.dddddddddddd Currently ranked No. 5, Rockhold aims to make a case for a shot at the winner of next years championship fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort. Following a KO loss to Belfort in his promotional debut in 2013, the American Kickboxing Academy fighter has netted consecutive stoppage wins over Costas Philippou and Tim Boetsch. He also holds a notable decision victory against top contender Jacare Souza, which earned him the Strikeforce belt in 2011. Rockhold knows theres a lot riding on his fight with Bisping. He may have nothing but contempt for the Brit, but said he wont let emotion get the better of him when the cage door shuts. If you want to see me emotional, go back and watch my Belfort fight, Rockhold said. In the lead up, I was pissed. I was emotional and you could see it in my eyes. Now Im very comfortable and relaxed. Its never going to happen again. Im never going to let emotions get the better of me. Michaels good — I cant take that away from him. Hes technical. Hes got good footwork and a lot of movement. He throws off a lot of people because hes always moving. Hes constantly circling away from the power. He knows what hes doing on the feet. Meanwhile, Bisping, who sits at the No. 9 spot, looks to keep the ball rolling after his impressive destruction of Cung Le in August. Though a victory over Rockhold would only mark his second since dropping a unanimous decision to Tim Kennedy this past April, it would put Bisping back in the title mix, a position hes all too familiar with. Bispings been close to reaching No. 1 contender status over the course of his middleweight stint, but has struggled to get over the hump. Despite suffering a slew of setbacks in the past, Bisping said hes still among the divisions elite. The fact that Ive been there so many times is a testament to my fighting ability, character and will to win, Bisping said. Ive been there several times, but most people only get there once. Ive dusted myself off and come back a better fighter. Ive truly learned from all my losses. Im still as hungry as the first day I put a pair of gloves on. I still want to be world champion. I know I can do it. Im physically in my prime and mentally Im better than ever. I still dream of being world champion and that all starts next weekend. Im one of the top guys. Ive been here a long time and Im not going anywhere. It goes without saying that failure is not an option in either fighters mind. From Rockholds perspective, hes about to put on a clinic at Bispings expense. The difference between our fighting skills is the same as the difference between our beards, Rockhold began. Im just more of a man than him. This, of course, set up yet another trademark Bisping comeback. Theres insight for you, Bisping chimed. He can grow slightly better facial hair, so hes the bigger man and going to win the fight. Good on you, Luke. Well done, youve got more pubes on your face. ' ' '