One of Oklahoma State’s best players is a guy you may not have heard much about — punter Zach Sinor. The sophomore punter from Castroville, Texas is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA in yards per punt at 43.0. More importantly he’s pinned the other team inside their own 20 yard line 26 times in 2016, tied for No. 3 in the nation. He’s also somehow only had one touchback.He’s also up as a finalist for the Ray Guy award, given to the nation’s best punter. The ‘Seisman’, if you will. Here’s the list of finalists for the 2016 Ray Guy Award.Austin Barnes (Jr.), Eastern Michigan UniversityNicholas Conte (Sr.), University of VirginiaSteven Coutts (So.), University of Louisiana at LafayetteJoseph Davidson (Jr.), Bowling Green State UniversityMichael Dickson (So.), University of TexasHayden Hunt (Sr.), Colorado State UniversityCameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State UniversityZach Sinor (So.), Oklahoma State UniversityJohnny Townsend (Jr.), University of FloridaMitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of UtahSinor didn’t seem too worried about winning the award when asked about it at the on Monday.“I don’t really look into that stuff,” said Sinor. “Yeah, the awards will come, but my job is to pin them back and help the defense out the best I can.”He actually attended several Ray Guy camps growing up which is pretty funny.“I watched his film,” said Sinor of the Ray Guy camps. He gives you a little disc to watch. A lot of drops, directional punting, he really broke it down which helped me a lot.“As a freshman [in high school] I was a QB and a defensive tackle, a little odd. But my sophomore year I was kicking the ball around one day, and they said you’re the punter. Then I was on JV as the punter, and I hit a 45- 50-yard punt, so then they said you’re on varsity.“So after that I averaged like 39 my sophomore year on varsity. So after that I went to a Ray Guy camp, and they said ‘you have a pretty big leg. You can probably kick in college.’ So I kept working at it and now I’m here.”“During spring ball, whenever that was, I saw him throwing it around one day and he throws it pretty good,” said head coach Mike Gundy of his former QB-turned-punter. “If we were smart, we’d probably have a fake punt with him throwing the ball. But, it’s kind of like with James Castleman – the season’s not over yet.”The punter is pretty much the least glamorous position on the field, but Sinor has been huge for Oklahoma State in several close games this year — in the Iowa State game, the Tech game this last weekend, Sinor flipped the field in some big spots.“I just know where we’re at in the field at all times, so if we’re inside the 45-yard line, I’ll go the net and do some pooch punts and if we’re outside of that I’ll just work on regular punts,” added Sinor.An extra 10-15 yards can be enormous for Glenn Spencer and his defense especially when Sinor never kicks it into the end zone. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. College football analyst Steve Palazzolo recently listed Oklahoma State qaurterback Mason Rudolph as one of the nation’s top returning players, putting him at No. 4 on his list for ProFootballFocus.Top returning players in the Big 12Oklahoma QB Baker MayfieldOKState QB Mason RudolphTexas OT Connor Williams? https://t.co/SVIMAndHcY pic.twitter.com/opJilEOCb4— PFF College (@PFF_College) February 8, 2017 Here’s what Palazzolo had to say about OSU’s rising senior signal-caller:A three-year starter at Oklahoma State, Rudolph returns after ranking eighth overall in 2015 at 86.1 and second in 2016 at 92.3. Rudolph has gotten the ball down the field as well as any quarterback in the nation the last three years, ranking fourth in deep yards in 2015 and second in 2016. He’ll battle Mayfield for the top spot at quarterback in the Big 12 and in the nation, while making Oklahoma State a contender for both a conference and national title.Rudolph is one of four Big 12 players on the list, with Texas lineman Connor Williams and Oklahoma Ogbonnia Okoronkwo pegged as No. 10 and No. 19, respectively. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is listed at No. 1.
Swansea City 0 Tottenham 3: Eriksen leads Kane-less Spurs into FA Cup semis Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:17 17/3/2018 Getty Images Harry Kane was absent through injury, but Christian Eriksen stepped up with two goals as Tottenham beat Swansea City 3-0 in the FA Cup. Christian Eriksen took charge in the absence of Harry Kane as he scored twice in a straightforward 3-0 win at Swansea City, booking Tottenham’s place in the FA Cup semi-finals.Kane suffered ankle ligament damage against Bournemouth that is expected to keep him out until April, but on the evidence of Spurs’ display at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, they should be able to cope without him for the time being.Mauricio Pochettino said in his pre-match news conference that lifting the trophy would not help breed a “winning culture” at Spurs, but their challenge was boosted inside 11 minutes when the excellent Eriksen found the net in stunning fashion from just outside the area. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Although the visitors were frustrated by having a Son Heung-min goal disallowed for offside shortly before Eriksen struck the crossbar, a second goal arrived in first-half stoppage time when Erik Lamela scored in style.Swansea responded positively at the start of the second half, but they could not find a way past their former goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Spurs took advantage just after the hour when Eriksen doubled his tally.63 – @LucasMoura7 tees up @ChrisEriksen8 on the edge of the box and our great Dane hammers home his second of the day!#SCFC 0-3 #THFC pic.twitter.com/l4q44uD8dT— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 17, 2018Any chance of a Swansea comeback was long gone as the match entered its final stages, allowing Spurs to ease to successive FA Cup semi-final appearances for the first time since 1981-82, when they won the competition.After a tight opening 10 minutes, the indications were it was going to take a moment of individual brilliance to break the deadlock.And that was exactly what happened, as Eriksen marched towards the penalty area and bent a left-footed effort past Kristoffer Nordfeldt from 25 yards.The Swansea goalkeeper was beaten again in the 24th minute, but Son was adjudged to be marginally offside – a decision upheld by the video assistant referee – just before firing past Nordfeldt.Eriksen was proving a real nuisance to Swansea and he almost doubled his tally seven minutes prior to the break, though this time his long-range, left-footed strike was tipped onto the bar by Nordfeldt.Lamela was not to be denied on the stroke of half-time, however, as he evaded a challenge in midfield and then coolly swept home from 20 yards, finding the bottom-right corner.Cool. Calm. Composed.Coco #COYS pic.twitter.com/Zo2rGCXNwv— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 17, 2018Swansea started the second half in encouraging fashion and tested Vorm twice in quick succession – the Dutchman pushing away Martin Olsson’s rasping drive and parrying Tammy Abraham’s header on the rebound.That was not the start of a Swansea onslaught, though, as the visitors nearly added a third when Nordfeldt just about kept Eric Dier’s 30-yard drive out of the top-left corner.But Nordfeldt was arguably at fault as Spurs went 3-0 up; he managed to get a touch to Eriksen’s low shot from the edge of the area but could not keep it out.Pochettino introduced Dele Alli and Fernando Llorente from the bench late on and the Spaniard went close to scoring towards the end during a goalmouth scramble, but his failure to do so against his former team had no impact on the outcome as Spurs march on in the FA Cup. read more
STILLWATER — This season of Cowboy football has brought plenty of talking points.From Chuba Hubbard’s rampant pace, a young but promising gunslinger, an experienced offensive line and an inexperienced defensive line, things certainly aren’t boring.Members of the Oklahoma State football team met with the media after practice Tuesday before the Cowboys bout with Kansas State this weekend. Here are a few of the topics that were discussed.Woods Not Concerned with Lack of Targets to this PointJelani Woods has been a fan-favorite since his move from quarterback to tight end, but he hasn’t appeared much on the stat sheet in his redshirt sophomore season.Until Saturday, when Woods made his first two catches of the season. Woods’ two snags were good for 22 yards against Texas. Although Woods is just getting in on the passing game this season, he has been impressive in his progression as a blocker.On Tuesday, Woods said it was fun to get involved in the passing game, but it isn’t all that he’s after.“I was pretty happy about it, but it really didn’t mean too much to me,” Woods said. “I got a lot of opportunities, just different teams play different coverages. So, of course I’m not going to get it always, so I’m not really upset about that or anything.”Woods was also involved in the controversial fake field-goal attempt. It didn’t work, but Woods touched on the topic a bit Thursday.“I was pretty excited on the inside because I was like, ‘It’s time to make a play,’” Woods said. “I was pretty excited. I’ve watched multiple times just to see what I could do better the make that play work.”Tuihalamaka Making StridesSamuela Tuihalamaka is leading OSU’s interior defensive linemen in tackles four games in, and most of those have come in the past two weeks.A redshirt freshman from Riverside, California, Tuihalamaka had only two tackles entering the Tulsa game, but he’s had 10 total tackles in the past two games. His 12 tackles this season rank ninth on the team and is second among all defensive linemen. However, Brock Martin is the only other D-lineman ahead of Tuihalamaka, and Martin sometimes lines up as a linebacker.“I kinda got a grip of it,” Tuihalamaka said. “I had guidance from the older guys like Cam Murray, Brendon Evers, Brock, Michael Scott, all them guys that played and a couple other guys back then like Enoch (Smith), Darrion (Daniels), all them guys. They kinda showed me the ropes a little bit.”Marcus Keyes Talks Offensive Line ShuffleDylan Galloway left the Texas game with an injury, and it forced some reshuffling for the Cowboys up front.Teven Jenkins filled Galloway’s spot at left tackle. Bryce Bray moved from right guard to right tackle. Then Ry Schneider came in and filled Bray’s open guard spot. Galloway’s status heading into Saturday is unknown.“Dylan, he’s doing his treatment; he’s going to try to come back as fast as possible,” Marcus Keyes said. “We’re going to do better as an offensive line to get everybody rolling.”The Texas game wasn’t an outstanding performance for OSU’s O-line. Star running back Chuba Hubbard couldn’t find many of the lanes he has found in recent weeks, as on 37 attempts, Hubbard averaged only 3.3 yards per carry.“We just need to finish our blocks more,” Keyes said. “That’s all we need to do. We just need to come off and finish, don’t let people cross our face. That’s all.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
The Cowboys, as double-digit underdogs, are looking to avoid losing three straight conference games for the first time since 2014. And they’re doing that in a venue, in Jack Trice Stadium, that still send shivers up the spines of OSU fans.Looking at the last three weeks from both teams gives one little confidence that Oklahoma State can pull out the upset. But if the Cowboys want to increase their odds, here are five things we’ll need to see from them.1. Clean Up the TOsWe’ve covered this over and over again, but until something changes, this should be item numero uno on Mike Gundy’s to-do list.After not committing a turnover in Week 1 at Oregon State (a game that appears to define the word aberration), OSU gave it away twice in four straight games, and then eight times between losses at Texas Tech and Baylor.Fourteen of those 16 are credited to Spencer Sanders, further adding to the stress of taking the reins of an offense that has become synonymous with big numbers and success.Gundy has implied that the issue is a priority for his coaching staff and even guaranteed an improvement. Let’s hope we see it on Saturday.2. Play into the AtmosphereWith the sour taste of a homecoming loss still lingering, the Cowboys will play the part of homecoming guest on Saturday. The Cyclones always seem to play the Cowboys tough at home, but this home crowd may be as rowdy as any OSU has ever faced in Ames.The Cyclones are riding a school-record five straight Big 12 wins at home and have won nine of the last 10 in Ames. They enter on a current overall streak of three straight wins. At least as far back as the start of the Big 12, Iowa State has never hosted OSU on such a win streak.I’ve heard that some teams can feed off of a road crowd’s negative energy. I’m not sure how much that actually helps you, but if it offers a little extra motivation, I’m sure Mike Gundy will take it.3. Let ‘Er RipIf OSU drops its third straight, we are no longer in the This is a disappointing season category, we’ve moved up a notch or two on the panic meter.The rest of the schedule goes likes this: TCU, Kansas, at West Virginia, Oklahoma, Bowl Game (?). I expect a win over Kansas (I think) but I don’t know how confident I feel against TCU, especially if OSU is riding a three-game skid. West Virginia on the road doesn’t help me sleep at night and Bedlam calls for a double dose of Ambien.So this is a must-win for the Cowboys. Throw it all out there. Take risks when you need to. Open up the playbook. More fake punts, fewer handoffs up the gut on second-and-6.4. Confidence is KeyConfidence is crucial for anyone. It helps Mike Gundy weather an up-and-down season easier. It helps you do your job better. It even helps me write a better blog post. But it’s especially vital to a freshman QB who came in riding the hopes of a fan base only to draw its ire seven games in.We saw flashes on Saturday especially during the last drive of the second quarter. Sanders was checking down to Jelani Woods. He was hitting open receivers on both sides of the field. But an underthrow on a fade route to Jordan McCray turned what could have been a turning-point TD drive into potentially another ding to his confidence.But Gundy said Sanders handled himself well through that adversity, better than he had even two weeks before at Texas Tech.“Sanders is a very prideful young man,” said Gundy. “The only issue he needs to work on is thinking that he can play a perfect game. He will accept responsibility. He will tell you he is wrong. He will tell you it is his fault. He wants to play a perfect game and that is not going to happen.”As Gundy pointed out, Sanders doesn’t need to play a perfect game, but he does need more confidence and OSU’s coaching staff can help him with that by putting him situations where he can succeed.Whether it’s Mike Gundy or Sean Gleeson in charge of the headset, it’s up to the two of them to help their QB out. Roll him out on more RPOs, draw up some designed QB runs and for Pistol Pete’s sake, no more handoffs up the gut on second- and third-and-long.5. Finish the 4thIf the Cowboys want a chance at the upset this weekend, they’ll need to dig deep and come up with something that’s lacked for most of this year, an ability to finish strong.The Cowboys owned a fourth quarter lead against Baylor last Saturday before giving up 21-straight to the Bears. It won’t get any easier against ISU. The Cyclones have outscored teams in the final frame and overtime 89-33 this season, scoring on 18 of 24 possessions. That’s a +56 margin. OSU, on the other hand, has been outscored 70-45 (-25). Not great.OSU’s defense looked pretty good in the first half against Baylor, but looked pretty awful late. You have to think at least some of that is credited to fatigue as a lack of sustained drives plus some turnovers by its offense.If Oklahoma State does find itself in the thick of it late, it will take something that we’ve yet to see thus far, an ability to close the deal. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
In conjunction with the TFA Media Coordinator plan and coordinate a state affiliate media program to train, educate and up-skill affiliates on media generation and publication. Develop state and affiliate media networks and disseminate this amongst the affiliates Touch Football Australia has secured a grant from the Australian Sports Commission to assist with a Media Training Scholarship program in the latest round of Sports Leadership Grants for Women. The Media Training Scholarship program is an ideal opportunity to recognise the roles that women volunteers play in the sport and reward specific individuals with additional training and professional development in the sport.Touch Football Australia Member Services Coordinator, Nathan Hollman is excited by the scope the program will offer women who wish to persue level entry media training/marketing training.“Touch Footbll Australia is delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to women who aspire to become employed, or broaden their skill set in the media/marketing area. The sport will benefit immensely from this initiative and we look forward to being able to capitilize on this program in the future promotion and marketing of the sport.” Hollman said.As part of the allocated funding, TFA will be coordinating a two day media training induction program in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission and the University of Canberra’s Sports Media training department on the 26 – 27 February 2007.Applications will close on the 8th December with the successful candidates commencing the role in February 2007.Any enquiries, or access to the Position Description needs to be directed to the relevant State Office.Each State will seek applicants for the scholarships and the main areas of position responsibility will be to: Encourage and up skill local affiliates on development of their affiliate media promotion Encourage and promote relationship building with their local media contacts
World Cup Paul Pogba: It felt like we were playing in Australia Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 Last updated 1 year ago 14:06 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Australia France v Australia Denmark v Australia Australia v Peru France Paul Pogba The France star was impressed by Australia on and off the pitch in Kazan Just under 12,000km separate Australia and Kazan, but an estimated 10,000 Socceroos fans turned the Russian city into a fortress against France on Saturday.While they came close to seeing an upset only for the French to sneak away with a controversial 2-1 win, the Aussie fans have left some impression.France’s Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba admitting post-match that he felt like the game was a home one for the Socceroos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “It was intense,” Pogba said.”The Australian fans were shouting, they were even booing our players so we felt like we were playing in Australia.”Pogba struck the winning goal against Australia with his effort passing the goal-line by a matter of centimetres.It added to France’s earlier fortune when they were awarded the first ever World Cup penalty by VAR – a controversial decision to say the least.While sheepish in victory, Pogba made a special note to praise a Socceroos side who were widely dismissed heading into the game. “I guess we were lucky, but we create luck,” he said.”You can see today they (Australia) play very well, defend very well, they play altogether.”That is not a small team.”Australia will play Denmark next in their now up-hill battle to escape Group C, while France will take on Peru.
Transfers ‘Bale is a Man Utd player’ – Giggs backs Mourinho move for Real Madrid star Chris Burton 01:24 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Manchester United Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Red Devils legend would like to a see a man he now manages with the Wales international side make his way to Old Trafford if interest is shown Gareth Bale is “a Manchester United player” and would excite supporters at Old Trafford if Jose Mourinho launches a summer raid for the Real Madrid forward, says Ryan Giggs.Having been linked with a return to England for some time, the former Tottenham star has seen transfer talk resurface of the back of comments made after a Champions League final victory over Liverpool.Having netted twice off the bench in a 3-1 win over Liverpool, Bale revealed that he will be weighing up his options this summer as he seeks to find competitive football “week in, week out”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar United would be prepared to offer him those opportunities and Giggs – who is now the 28-year-old’s boss with Wales – believes a big-money move could be beneficial to all concerned.The Red Devils legend told the South China Morning Post: “I’d be a happy United fan, that’s for sure.“I think he’s a Man United player. I think the fans would love him. The fans would adore him but again, like I say, he’s at a club where he’s won three Champions Leagues so why would you leave?”This is not the first time that Bale has sparked exit talk in Madrid and he has opted to stay put in previous windows.He also has a change of manager to think about at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, with Julen Lopetegui having inherited the Blancos reins from Zinedine Zidane.That could influence his decision, with it possible that he will once again delay a move elsewhere in favour of sticking to a contract in Spain due to run until 2022.“I think there’s been talk for the last three years of Gareth moving. I think he’s at the right club but of course he wants to play,” Giggs added.“Last season he was frustrated and I can understand that but with a new manager I’m sure that he’ll wait to see how he does and see if he’s part of the new manager’s plans.”
World Cup Kroos quitting Germany duty would ‘hurt’ World Cup winner Matthaus Stephen Creek 21:16 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Germany A former skipper of Die Mannschaft considers the Real Madrid midfielder to remain a key player despite the need for change on the back of Russia 2018 Germany great Lothar Matthaus dubbed Toni Kroos one of the country’s “future leaders” and called for the Real Madrid midfielder to stay with the national team after their World Cup disappointment.Kroos gave Die Mannschaft hope of reaching the knock-out stage with his dramatic late free-kick in a 2-1 Group F victory over Sweden, but he was unable to prevent the subsequent 2-0 defeat to South Korea that sent Germany home from the World Cup at the opening stage for the first time in 80 years.The 28-year-old midfielder was one of few Germany players to come out of the tournament with much credit and Matthaus warned that the national team could ill afford to lose his services. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “Toni Kroos leaving the German national team would hurt me very much,” Matthaus told Bild.”He played an extraordinary season for Real Madrid.”He can still play on the top level for four more years and improve those around him. Him stepping down would be a real loss.”For me, he’s one of our future leaders.”Matthaus said that Germany coach Joachim Low should address the question of whether his more experienced players are ready for the challenge of restoring the team’s pride during qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”Coach Low must have a clear idea regarding the WC 2022,” said the 1990 World Cup winner. “He should talk to every older player in the squad about motivation and perspectives.”He doesn’t need to attack those players, it’s just an ordinary process because we’re Germany, not Panama.”There are alternatives for each position.”