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Mike Tomlin didn't like it when the NFL was criticizing his players. Apparently, he doesn't like it any better now that the league is praising them.

Ray Anderson, the NFL vice president for football operations, applauded Steelers linebacker James Harrison for "heeding our emphasis" by avoiding a dangerous hit Sunday in Miami like the one on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi the week before. Harrison was fined $75,000 for the Massaquoi hit, although he wasn't penalized on the play.Air Jordan Shoes

"There certainly was one play, on a hit on a running back, that James Harrison may have taken a shot at the running back going down, and Harrison let up," Anderson said. "I applaud James for restraining himself."

Tomlin insisted last week that Harrison's hit was permissible under NFL rules, and Steelers President Art Rooney II agreed. Now, Tomlin appears unhappy that anyone in the league is suggesting the Steelers (5-1) softened their physical style of play during the 23-22 victory in Miami.

Tomlin said there was no such "letting up."Men shoes

"I didn't see anything of that nature," Tomlin said Tuesday. "If I appear short, it's because it's somewhat insulting to me to assume that we're doing anything under any normal circumstances other than trying to play within the rules. That how our guys play, that's how we coach. Number one, first and foremost, is it conducive to winning? That's what our intentions are when we step into stadiums to play, whether it's last weekend of three weeks ago or a month ago. Or a month from now."

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Iran acknowledged Tuesday it has been sending funds to neighboring Afghanistan for years, but said the money was intended to aid reconstruction, not to buy influence in the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Karzai said Monday he receives millions of dollars in cash from Iran, adding that Washington gives him "bags of money" too because his office lacks funds.

In Washington, President Barack Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, denied that. "We're not in the big bags of cash business," he said Tuesday.Ugg Boots On Sale

Earlier, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said some of the U.S. aid to Afghanistan is in cash. Women Ugg Boots

U.S. officials asserted the money flowing from Tehran was proof that Iran is playing a double game in Afghanistan — wooing the government while helping Taliban insurgents fighting U.S. and NATO forces. Iran denies that.

"Iran has provided the country with plenty of help," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday in his weekly news briefing in Tehran. "Iran has helped construction of Afghanistan and the preparation of its economic infrastructure and it will pursue it in the future, too."Cheap ugg boots

Mehmanparast said Iran's help began years ago. He said peace and stability in Afghanistan is important for Iran.

The acknowledgment prompted a challenge from seven Iranian lawmakers who demanded that Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki appear before parliament to clarify the payments, according to the news website.

The call indicated that lawmakers — who have the power to impeach ministers — were unaware of the payments. Under Iran's constitution, government funds sent abroad, including aid donations and loans, must get parliamentary approval.ugg boots sale

In a letter, the lawmakers demanded to know the amount of money sent over the past five years, where it came from, the way it was transferred and the legal basis for the payments.Ugg Boots tall On Sale

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