WATCH: Justice Hill Spins Away from Defender, Powers Way to Touchdown

first_imgWhile 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. Oklahoma State tailback Justice Hill continues to impress in his freshman campaign. Facing a second-and-short in the redzone, No. 27 had his number called — and he delivered with a spin-move away from a defender as he powered his way into the end zone.Justice Hill. Beast mode. pic.twitter.com/yxtqw5zcHH— Oklahoma State (@TheOkiePokie) November 12, 2016last_img read more

WATCH: Alamo Bowl Hype Video Should Get You Ready

first_imgWhile 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. You ready? I’m ready. The lead-in to bowl games is always so strange because there’s no rhythm to the month of December anyway. Nobody is working. Everybody is traveling. The days are disjointed and the weeks are all off. It feels bizarre to be covering a game tonight, but here we are. This video should at least start getting you ready.ONE. LAST. RIDE. It’s GAME DAY! #GoPokes #okstate @valeroalamobowl pic.twitter.com/6JqFXEhHj5— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) December 29, 2016last_img read more

Social Media Reax: Players Show Excitement After Alamo Bowl Win

first_imgFootball season is officially over. After the final game of the 2016 season, Oklahoma State players took to twitter to express their excitement after the bowl win. Here’s what they had to say:Great year! Couldn’t have ask for better teammates! I love you guys ? https://t.co/fLzZt6cTt7— Justice Hill (@jhill21_) December 30, 2016 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. There he go!! #ValeroAlamoBowl #weneedsomebigrings pic.twitter.com/cb1rt2SxIb— AJ Green (@AjGofor6) December 30, 2016 Easy W ? #GoPokes #Big12— Tyler Patmon (@Lion_hearted_26) December 30, 2016 So glad to be on this team. Alamo Bowl Champs. #SinorForHeisman— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) December 30, 2016 Blessed! ??— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) December 30, 2016 Ramon Richards (@chief_vii), The #OKState King of Hype pic.twitter.com/h8oq3MdVzP— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) December 30, 2016 POKES BY A MILLION!!! Blessed for this and it was a bonus sending the seniors out right! #onemoreyear #AlamoBowlChamps— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) December 30, 2016 All love for the man @DezBryant pic.twitter.com/3xys7Ny0yz— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) December 30, 2016last_img read more

A Look at John Wozniak’s Top Running Back Targets

first_imgWhile 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. Unfortunately for OSU, the connection between Waddle was solely reliant upon Arroyo. This was Arroyo’s dude. Landing a prospect of his caliber was going to be a tall task, and doing so without Arroyo makes it all the more difficult.Tae ProvensStraight out of SEC territory, Tae Provens is a hot commodity with offers from Auburn, Tennessee, USC, and Ole Miss. But the connection and interest between OSU and Provens is for real, having recently named OSU in his group of schools he remains in contact with.Part of the reason is because OSU got in early on him last year. Part of the reason is OSU has a lot of playing time to pitch. And part of the reason is because he’d be entering a lot of competition should he stay local and play for any variation of Auburn, Tennessee, etc.Keaontay IngramAs you can see from his 247sports crystal ball indicator, Ingram is a 100 percent Texas lean according to recruiting gurus. Out of Carthage, Texas, Ingram is a talent that is being pursued by more than 30 schools and ranks as a consensus four-star prospect among recruiting services.While I do think OSU is trying to make in-roads with Ingram, I feel it’s likely a battle best spent elsewhere. With the likes of OU, Arkansas, Texas, and UCLA banging down his door, it may be a lost cause throwing Wozniak into the game late to try and make up ground that many schools have held for years.Lyn-J DixonDixon is the latest name to emerge in the search for Woznia k, having offered earlier this week. The three-star recruit from Georgia holds offers from Alabama, LSU, Georgia, etc…. and he’s a name to watch because he’s uncommitted having a majority of those offers for an extended period.Large schools like Bama, Georgia, LSU waste no time in holding spots for players. So by the time Dixon decides, his options may be more limiting — indicating he may have passed on them. He’s only landed 3 offers since October: Minnesota, LSU, and Oklahoma State. So keep an eye on Dixon, because I think the Pokes have a chance to make a late play on him. Replacing an ace recruiter like Marcus Arroyo to coach the running backs won’t be an easy task for John Wozniak. Coming from Southern Miss, he will be tasked with starting a new slate, building new relationships, and bringing in talent to compete in Stillwater based off previous relationships and his own eye for talent.Most of that early transition starts with previously formed relationships with the OSU coaching staff, fortunately, and Wozniak is likely to pick up where Arroyo left off before he quacked his way to Oregon. Here are several names to watch as OSU hones in on targets and builds its 2018 recruiting class.Jawhar Jordan, Jr.A speedster out of Arizona, Jordan emerged as a target under Arroyo as an intriguing target. He’s a scatback with elite speed and, at one point, appeared destined to explode onto the national scene. However with offers from Hawaii, Iowa State, and Kansas State, schools are cooling on him — including OSU.While OSU has him squarely on its radar, Jordan is a smaller prospect at 160 pounds, and concerns for him being able to withstand punishment at the Big 12 level are legitimate. Regardless, he has a high ceiling. He also seems to be a more long-term development project.Jaylen WaddleFour-star athlete Jaylen Waddle has long been on the radar before Wozniak arrived, but he’ll stay on it as OSU continues to hunt for athletes. Waddle is a swiss-army receiver/running back who OSU wants to use in a number of ways on offense, and at 5-foot-10-, 175 pounds, he has a Tyreek Hill-esque game with burst, speed, and athleticism.last_img read more

Wenger not ready to prioritise Europa League

first_imgArsenal Wenger not ready to prioritise Europa League Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:13 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal Arsène Wenger Milan Milan v Arsenal UEFA Europa League Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Videos Despite Arsenal being 10 points outside of the Premier League’s top four, the Gunners boss isn’t ready to fully focus on Europe Arsene Wenger will not shift Arsenal’s focus to the Europa League despite his side’s problems in the Premier League.Arsenal’s chances of Champions League qualification through the league appear remote, with the Gunners sixth in the table, 10 points outside the top four with 10 matches remaining.Next week’s Europa League round-of-16 tie against Italian giants AC Milan follows a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. 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 But although the Europa League winners earn a place in the Champions League – the route taken by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United last season – Wenger says Arsenal will not necessarily prioritise the competition.”Look, I think we are in a situation where we first have to try and win the next game before making too long calculations,” said Wenger, whose side have suffered successive 3-0 defeats against Manchester City.”The game after always has an input and you always have that in your mind when you play so many games one after the other.”Jack Wilshere missed Thursday’s Premier League loss to City with an ankle injury, but Wenger is unsure whether the midfielder will be fit to return at the AMEX.”I don’t know because he has not practiced,” Wenger said. “I don’t know.”I will have to rest some players who gave a lot against City, for sure, because we have played a lot.”We will see how well he recovers.”With seven defeats in all competitions since the start of 2018, Arsenal have been beaten more times this year than any other Premier League side.But despite confidence dropping in the Gunners squad, Wenger backed himself to turn around a poor situation at Arsenal.”I’m always ready for a fight,” Wenger added. “Of course I am very disappointed but I have experienced these situations before.”I have faced difficult situations in my life and it helps to deal with this.”[I have] experience and desire to change things and to continue to help the team.”last_img read more

Barcelona team news & likely XI vs Atletico

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Atletico Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 15:15 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Atlético Madrid Everything you need to know as first meets second in the Primera Division at Camp Nou this weekend… Barcelona meet Atletico Madrid on Sunday in what will be a huge title test for both teams in La Liga.Ernesto Valverde’s side saw their lead cut to five points at the top of the table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Las Palmas in the Canary Islands on Thursday and, after arriving on the mainland just before 4am on Friday morning, their players were back in training at 12:30 to prepare for Sunday’s big game.Atletico, meanwhile, were in action at home to Leganes on Wednesday and won that match 4-0, with all four goals scored by Antoine Griezmann. Diego Simeone’s side have only lost once all season and drew 1-1 with Barca at the Wanda Metropolitano back in October. 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 Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s clash at Camp Nou…Barcelona injuriesNelson Semedo is expected to be out for five weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in last Saturday’s 6-1 win at home to Girona.Meanwhile, Sergi Samper is out with a long-term problem. The midfielder was on loan at Las Palmas, but damaged ankle ligaments in a game against Eibar in January and has returned to Barcelona for the rest of the season in order to recover and receive treatment.Barcelona suspensionsJordi Alba picked up his fifth league booking of the season against Girona and missed the trip to Las Palmas, but he will be available again this weekend. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez managed to avoid a yellow card on Thursday and will feature, although he is still just one booking away from a ban.Barcelona potential starting line-upBarcelona remain unbeaten in La Liga and coming through this match with that record intact will make the Blaugrana big favourites to claim the title at the end of the season.Valverde will therefore pick his strongest side and the only real doubt is in midfield, with Andres Iniesta, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele competing for two spots alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic.If Iniesta starts, Coutinho could feature as well, but given that his preferred position is also on the left, Dembele may get the nod to provide more balance on the right.With Semedo injured, Sergi Roberto will start at right-back, with Alba back from suspension to replace Lucas Digne on the left. Gerard Pique, rested on Thursday, will return alongside Samuel Umtiti in central defence.Barcelona possible XI AtleticoAtletico Madrid team newsAtletico have lost just once this season in La Liga and are on form after thrashing Sevilla 5-2 away from home and then Leganes 4-0 in their last two league games.Griezmann scored seven goals in those two matches and his partnership with Diego Costa in attack is really starting to blossom for the Rojiblancos.Simeone’s side have a small squad for the remainder of the season after Yannick Carrasco and Nico Gaitan both moved to China and goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya joined Real Sociedad this week.In addition, defenders Lucas Hernandez and Stefan Savic are doubtful for Sunday’s game.Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridTV channel & kick-off timeBarcelona versus Atletico kicks off at 16:15 local time on Sunday and will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on Sky Sports Mix from 15:00 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on beIN SPORTS and kicks off at 10:15 ET.Best Opta match facts Barcelona have not lost any of their last 15 games against Atletico in La Liga (11 wins and four draws), their best unbeaten run against them in the competition. Atletico have just lost just once in their last 24 La Liga games away from home (won 15, drawn eight), a 1-0 defeat against Espanyol in December. Simeone (eight defeats and four draws) has never beaten Barca as a coach in La Liga. Atletico are Lionel Messi’s second favourite opponent in all competitions (27 goals scored) after Sevilla (29). Only against Villarreal (nine) has Fernando Torres scored more goals in La Liga than against Barcelona (eight, same as against Athletic), although his last league goal at Camp Nou in the competition was 12 years ago (a double in February 2006).last_img read more

Sneijder retires from Netherlands duty

first_imgWesley Sneijder Sneijder retires from Netherlands duty after Koeman meeting Joe Wright 19:50 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) wesley sneijder - cropped Getty Images Netherlands Al Gharafa Stars League World Cup With the new man at the helm eager to bring young players into the Dutch set-up, a man with 133 caps to his name has agreed to step aside Wesley Sneijder has retired from Netherlands duty, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has announced.The 33-year-old agreed to walk away from international football following a meeting with head coach Ronald Koeman.”Wesley is one of the best Dutch footballers of recent years,” Koeman said via the KNVB’s official website. 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 “But I want to build a new Oranje and I have to make some decisions.”Sneijder, who joined Al Gharafa in January, admits the move to Qatar was always likely to bring his international career to an end.”When I left for Qatar, I knew of course that this could have an impact on my career as an international,” he said.”I also understand that Koeman wants to make a new start with younger players. We spoke very openly about this and it was a very pleasant conversation.”I respect his choice.”Sneijder made his senior Netherlands debut in a friendly against Portugal in April 2003.The midfielder went on to make a record 133 appearances, breaking the previous highest tally of 130 set by retired goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.He won the Silver Ball and Bronze Boot for his performances in the 2010 World Cup, when he inspired Netherlands to the final, where they lost 1-0 to Spain.last_img read more

Steph Curry sees ‘genius’ similarities with Messi

first_imgLionel Messi NBA star Steph Curry sees ‘creative genius’ similarities with Barcelona’s mercurial Messi Chris Burton 05:08 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Lionel Messi Barcelona Primera División The Golden State Warriors superstar believes he shares qualities regarding ability and drive with an iconic performer from a different sporting field Steph Curry enjoys a standing in NBA circles similar to that of Lionel Messi in the football world, with the pair sharing comparable “creative genius”.That is the view of a superstar performer at the Golden State Warriors who has helped to raise the bar on a basketball court and put himself in a position to secure a standing among the all-time greats.Messi has done likewise on a different sporting field, with the mercurial Argentine a five-time Ballon d’Or winner who has broken countless records and collected an enviable haul of collective and individual prizes. 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 Curry sees parts of himself in the Barcalona icon, with both men having worked tirelessly on their art in an effort to reach the very top.A two-time NBA MVP told reporters: “I think it’s the creative genius to what he does and a flair, but also there is a fundamental aspect to the flair.“The work that he puts in, I’m assuming, based on the talent that he has, and combining that with the talent that he has and how that kind of shows when he’s out there on the pitch.“So I think there’s a lot of comparison, really, around the creativity and the innovation that we bring to our respective sports and trying to, I guess, impact – I would say influence the next generation to try to push themselves as well.”Curry has helped the Warriors to two NBA titles in a three-year period, with only a LeBron James-inspired Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 having denied him a hat-trick.Steph CurryHe is back in the pursuit of major honours this season, with Messi doing the same at Camp Nou.Barcelona have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Liga table, are through to the Copa del Rey final and the last-16 of the Champions League.Messi has contributed 32 goals to their cause, with the 30-goal mark having been passed for a 10th successive season.last_img read more

Mourinho: Man United players need to grow up

first_imgManchester United Mourinho tells struggling Manchester United stars to ‘grow up’ Peter Hanson 07:29 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) MourinhoCropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League José Mourinho Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Manchester United v Sevilla Sevilla After seeing the Red Devils crash out of the Champions League to Sevilla, the manager believes his charges need to mature to reach the top Jose Mourinho has told his embattled players to “grow up” and start living up to the pressure of representing Manchester United.The Portuguese faced heavy criticism over his negative tactics in the Red Devils’ shock Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla on Tuesday, but came out fighting during an epic 12-minute tirade at a news conference previewing United’s FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton and Hove Albion.During the embargoed section of his press briefing, though, Mourinho had some choice words for a squad that flopped in Europe and find themselves 16 points adrift of rivals Manchester City in the Premier League. 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 Mourinho did not go so far as to call out the players he perceives to be under-performing, opting instead to praise Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku, but warned his squad they must be stronger to survive at Old Trafford.”If you want to make a real top team, with a top mentality, you need to grow up and the best way is to have this kind of feeling,” he said.”Players have to learn how to cope with that level of expectation and that level of pressure. They have to survive, and when they survive, they become stronger.”I said we are not one of the top teams, not one of the favourites to win. I told you that with these words because I cannot tell you with different words while I am still in competition.”I cannot be in a competition, go there and say we have no chance. I couldn’t tell you.”You cannot expect me to say ‘this and that player, they have to do better’. I prefer to say that Matic and Lukaku are performing at a high level until the last match.”But I cannot tell you the ones that are not performing. I cannot tell you before a Champions League match.”The boss wraps up a passionate 12-minute message to #MUFC fans during his press conference… pic.twitter.com/JRaaBMpdcd— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 16, 2018Mourinho, though, rejected suggestions that United were favourites to progress against Sevilla, and claimed the team that is fifth in LaLiga are better equipped for success that his squad.”We went out to a side that’s more successful than Manchester United in the last seven years in Europe,” he added.”We went out to a side that has a huge tradition in knockout competitions, a side in the Spanish cup final. We’re out to a team that knocked out Atletico Madrid in two legs.”We were knocked out by a team that’s brilliant in their approach for many years, with their scouting system, the way they invest with every Euro.”Do you think they didn’t have any players who could play in my team? In Sevilla, there are many players who would play in my team.”last_img read more

Larry Joubert Announces Retirement from Football Due to Medical Condition

first_imgWhile 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. Redshirt senior Larry Joubert announced his retirement from football on Monday evening, citing a heart condition “that came up recently” that will ultimately cut short his Oklahoma State career.Joubert signed with OSU out of NEO in 2017 as an offensive lineman. He redshirted hisw first season and later switched to Cowboy back after the 2018 season.“It makes me sad to make this post,” he said on Twitter. “I am no longer able to play the sport I love to play due to a heart condition that came up recently. I’m still in healthy condition but it’s too dangerous to continue to play football at the level I am at. It’s hard to talk about something you’re going to lose forever because this was my last year of eligibility, and also my first love in athletics. I will continue to support my brothers on the field and off the field and will be thankful for the opportunity of a lifetime playing at this level for this school.”Joubert was a late addition to the 2017 recruiting class for OSU. After missing on a number of recruits — and after offensive line pledges Adrian Wolford, Derek Kerstetter and Dan More all flipped to other schools, ultimately leading to Greg Adkins’ dismissal — Joubert was offered a late slot in the recruiting class by Gundy shortly after national signing day. He played sparingly in 2018 on offense and on special teams, and last played in the Liberty Bowl.With Joubert’s retirement comes opportunity for others in the Cowboy Back room. Jelani Woods figures to be a big piece in the positional future, and Jake Ross, Dayton Metcalf and even freshman Grayson Boomer could now be in line for extended reps this season in his absence.last_img read more

OSU Unveils New Throwback Brand Helmet for Homecoming

first_imgAs pointed out by Justin Southwell, OSU is 9-1 when wearing an orange jersey since 2016 and this is the first time we’ve seen it since last year’s homecoming win over No. 6 Texas. Hopefully that trend continues against No. 18 Baylor. This is the first time OSU has gone O-O-W since all the back in 2012 in a win over Texas Tech.The helmet is the cherry on top. I love the “Orange Power” on the front bumper.For those of you keeping score, in this week’s uniform predix both Southwell and Kyle Porter nailed the O-O-W combo with Southwell predicting a throwback brand on an orange lid. (He predicted the 1977-79 helmet so was off by a year but I’ll allow it.) 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. I said it earlier this week but OSU’s equipment staff absolutely killing it with their Homecoming helmet goes hand-in-hand with death and taxes. This year is no different.The Cowboys are donning an orange-orange-white combination with a new version of the throwback brand helmet that is 👌👌👌.This year’s Homecoming throwback helmet honors the #OKState teams of the 70’s• 1974 Fiesta Bowl Champions• 1976 Big Eight Champions• 1976 Tangerine Bowl Champions• 2-Time All-America selection and Heisman runner-up Terry Miller🔶 #GoPokes | #OKStateHC ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/FTNZeCGl5F— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 19, 2019last_img read more

Guest star blogger Carey Paris on how to double response rates

first_imgI was reading an email bulletin from nonprofit marketer Carey Paris saying some changes he’d made to a nonprofit web site increased donations by 62% and doubled the opt-in list. So I thought I’d invite him to tell us how. And he said yes. Lucky for us. Really lucky – this is a goldmine of good practices. I especially like the five-minute rule at the end. Read on!It is so important for non profit websites to focus on lead generation. As The Gilbert E-mail Manifesto states, “A website built around an email strategy is more valuable than a website built around itself.” I couldn’t agree more. It is the only true opportunity we have to build a stronger relationship with our viewers. Here’s what we did for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation:1) Placed live animation from LiveFaceOnWeb.com on our newsletter sign up page located here:Click here to view2) Reduced the number of form fields to sign up for our newsletter to lessen anxiety. Create a mini sales letter for newsletter sign up.3) Bullet pointed the highlights of our newsletter.4) After they submitted their information I added audio and text to make sure they checked their spam folder and looked for our confirmation link, and walked them through how to confirm their email. Click here to view5) My favorite is the page after they click the confirmation page. I continue to build our relationship with them and thank them for signing up. Click here to view6) To top it off I set up several autoresponders that welcome them to our website and ask them what we can do to help improve their experience on our website.Our opt in list more than doubled!! Awesome!!Opt In List UpdatesNever forget that “QUALITY” is always better than “QUANTITY” in your list. If you do not have opt in or double opt in implemented, your open rate is suffering, and you could be violating spam laws.1) I spent the past month mentioning in our newsletter that we were “scrubbing” our newsletter list for new CAN SPAM ACT laws, and asking our members to verify their email address to meet these standards. (What I was really doing was building a double opt in list of our members)Our open rate increased by over 60%!Here is a link to see the difference focusing on “QUALITY” rather than “Quantity”:PROOF: Click here for resultsDonation PageThe most important pages to all of us are the pages leading to the actual donation form. Are you taking advantage of these pages? You should! When they click that donate link you have 3 seconds to sell your foundation. What makes you different? Does your donation form cause anxiety? Do you take that final breath of air, that final approach to really reach out? How well do you say “Thank You” after the donation?1) After a donation is made I recorded our COO giving a personal thank you for their donation.Click here to view (Video of her speaking is coming up soon)2) I created a unique value proposition on our website. We are different from other Alzheimer’s websites, but did our viewers know we were different? I created our UVP as: “The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation Gives More of Your Dollar to Alzheimer’s Research.” and placed it directly above the donate link.Click here to view3) Our top awards are located directly next to a visual pie graph that shows the donor where their money is going and to instill confidence that the donation is making a difference.4) Anyone who donates, randomly, I send them an automatic email that gives them a %50 OFF coupon to several of our affiliate partners. So we have seen some wonderful numbers on the back end from processing the donation and then the follow up affiliate commission sale.5) There is now an exit traffic pop up on our donation page. If a viewer is on that page and decides to leave they will get a simple pop up that asks them to reconsider leaving with out donating. Some pop up blockers to block this… but it doesn’t bother me, yet. I have seen about 20 extra donations come from this exit pop up. Here is an example. Click this link, after the page loads, close the page and you “should” notice the pop up.Click here to viewPROOF: Click here for resultsHere is our biggest “secret” yet. We implemented a 5 minute rule with our donation department. We call every donor and tell them thank you within 5 minutes or less of their donation. We obtained 3 monthly donations this week alone from just a thank you call. That’s all we say. We didn’t ask for it. We said thank you and told them exactly where their money was going.Was testing worth our time? You bet.Above are examples of some of the small changes you might test on your own site. Don’t stop there!Be Your Mission.last_img read more

Brewster aiming for first-team stardom at Liverpool

first_imgRhian Brewster ‘I know what I want to achieve’ – Rhian Brewster opens up on Liverpool ambitions Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 16:34 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Rhian Brewster Liverpool GFX Getty Images Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League Premier League Opinion The 18-year-old talks about his dream of playing for Jurgen Klopp’s first team at Anfield as he hopes to follow Trent Alexander-Arnold to stardom Edgeley Park, Stockport. The archetypal ‘old school’ football ground, hidden away among a cluster of tight-knit terraced houses in the heart of a community.It’s seen better days, of course. It could do with a lick of paint here and there, and the pitch has been ripped up to be re-laid ahead of next season. “Much needed,” says the guard on the gate.At one end of the ground, the 31st Stockport Beer & Cider Festival is in full swing. Pies and pints are keeping the patrons happy, while a local Ska band will take to the stage later in the evening. For £2, it’s a decent day out. “A proper community event,” says one happy customer. 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 Goal, though, is here for something else. Over in the Danny Bergara Stand – named after the man who guided tiny Stockport County to four Wembley finals in the 1990s – one of English football’s brightest young prospects is waiting to speak to us.He’s got plenty to talk about, too. Rhian Brewster may only have turned 18 in April, he may not have made a senior club appearance yet, but as interviewees go he’s as eloquent, thoughtful and interesting as they come. The boy has things to say, and he knows how to say them.He’s here for a fashion shoot, promoting Lyle & Scott’s latest range, but over the course of our chat he speaks with great maturity about issues ranging from racism to transfer rumours to the difficulties English football has in bringing through young talents. Eighteen years old? You sure?The obvious place to start is with Brewster’s own situation, which at the time of the interview remained uncertain. Interest from Germany, in the shape of Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig, had been widely reported. Liverpool were desperate to keep their young star, but had yet to convince him to sign a professional contract at Anfield.The scene has changed since, which is good news for the Reds. Though Brewster’s deal is still, as we speak, unsigned, the understanding is that he will be staying on Merseyside, having been convinced by the club’s plans for him. It’s a big call, but one Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are very happy with.So what does the man himself make of it all, then? “At the moment, I just want to be playing regular professional football for the first team,” Brewster tells Goal. “Whether that was at Liverpool or somewhere else, yeah it was uncertain. “But hopefully in 12 months’ time I’ll be sat here saying I made the right decision in what I chose to do. I want to be able to reflect positively on that.”Rhian Brewster LiverpoolIt is clear that this was not to be a decision motivated by money, but by opportunity. Brewster’s desire to play senior football, even at such a tender age, shines through in just about everything he says. He wants to go to the top, and he’s not shy of saying so.He has already made one big call in his young career, leaving Chelsea at the age of 15 to move to Liverpool because he felt the pathway was clearer. He’s a smart boy who knows what he wants.But with Premier League clubs finding it harder and harder to bring through youth graduates to their first team – Chelsea, in particular, have become emblematic of the struggle – alternative options have been emerging. The Bundesliga has already tempted English players across, with Reece Oxford and Ademola Lookman enjoying loan spells of differing success, and Jadon Sancho swapping Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund.Sancho’s case is particularly instructive. He and Brewster were born a week apart, both in London, and have grown up together through the England youth system. They were both members of the U17 World Cup winning squad last year, and both are tipped for big, big things.So was Brewster tempted to follow his pal to Germany?“Sure, I look at people like Jadon,” he says. “But then I look at people like Trent [Alexander-Arnold].“You can do it both ways. You can go down the road of staying, waiting for a chance and then taking it, like Trent did, or you can look at it like Jadon did, and think maybe I won’t get my chance here, so I can go somewhere else, abroad maybe. I look at it both ways.“I’m going to do what’s best for me. If that meant going Jadon’s way, I’d go Jadon’s way. If it means staying and doing what Trent did, then I’ll do a Trent!”‘A Trent’ it is then. Like Alexander-Arnold, Brewster certainly has the talent to make an impact on Liverpool’s first team, and the club’s reluctance to sign a striker this summer shows exactly what they think of him. He will be fast-tracked towards the first team under Klopp, who is as big a fan as anyone. It is perhaps unusual to hear a player, and especially one so young, speak so clearly about their ambitions, but if strikers are supposed to be single-minded and driven, then Brewster ticks all the boxes.“I just know what I want in life,” he says “I know what I want to achieve.“People say ‘follow your dream’ and that’s what I want to do. But there are others who try and put you down.“Those people, they only inspire me. If they hate on me for doing something good, then it makes me want to do even better and stay at that level.“I love it, to be fair. If you play football and fans are booing or saying negative stuff, it makes me play better. All I want to do is put the ball in the back of the net and say, ‘what are you gonna say now?’ If I have a centre back giving me stick, I want to score and say, ‘shut your mouth!’ It makes me strive, man.”Neil Jones speaks to Rhian BrewsterThat ambition and that work ethic will be needed if he is to complete the journey from talented prodigy into established professional. When we meet, he is still using crutches, recovering from a serious ankle and knee injury suffered playing for Liverpool’s U23 side in January. It is expected that he will be out of action until late-August.In the meantime, he has been using his time wisely. He is a regular at Anfield, an avid football watcher. He was in Kiev for the recent Champions League final, watching Alexander-Arnold, watching Sadio Mane, watching Roberto Firmino. His eyes, naturally, are drawn to those he wants to emulate – or to overtake.“I don’t switch off,” he says. “I like to watch the games, and watch what I am missing. It makes me want to be out there even more.“Being injured gives you the chance to reflect on the players who play in your position, too. You see things you can do, things you can maybe do better. It’s about doing everything you can to get to the top, so any little advantage you can take, you should do it.“I do it off my own back. The staff at the Academy will sometimes invite me to games, but it’s more something I like to do myself. I like to watch Firmino and the rest. It’s about being the best I can be, and if that means learning stuff off other people, then I’ll do it.”He’s warming to the theme now, his eyes lighting up as he discusses the strikers he admires from around the world – past and present.“If I was building an ideal striker?” he smiles. “Ooh, it’d be a bit of Firmino, a bit of Suarez, and a bit of Thierry Henry.“Growing up, Henry was my idol. He’s the reason I wanted to play football. If you could put all those three together, you’d have some player!”Rhian BrewsterAnd what about himself? Where do Rhian Brewster’s strengths and weaknesses lie?“Obviously you want to be the perfect player, so you have to always work towards that aim,” he says. “If that’s working on my left foot, scoring goals with both feet, then that’s what I’ll work on. Or if it’s my first touch or my physical attributes, I’ll work on those. You can’t stop working.“Mentally and tactically as well, you have to develop. You could play for different managers, who want different things, so you need to be able to adapt to everything. If you do that, you will play.“You don’t want to be just a big striker that only plays one way or under one manager, you want to be able to do everything, whatever a manager needs from you.“I speak to a lot of people, to get their advice and their thoughts. But ultimately, you have to do what you want to do. What’s in your head? If you want to be at the top, be at the top. If that means making sacrifices, then that’s what I am going to do.“No, it’s not easy! I still have my friends, and they’re wanting to go out places and stuff. I can’t. I train and I rest and I play. Even when I’m off, I have to be careful, I still have to do the right things. For me, it’s about being careful and sensible. You make big sacrifices, staying in, eating the right things, but that’s what you have to do to get to the top – and I want to get to the top.“Of course it’s been hard. Your friends are chilling while you’re training, but what would you rather do? Go to their house and chill, or go training? My rewards will come.“At the end of the day, I’m doing something I love. In the future, that may lead to money, but the main thing is that you don’t want to be in a job that you don’t like. You want to be in a job that you love, where it doesn’t feel like work.”Rhian Brewster England U17How refreshing to hear, especially from someone who has already seen both sides of ‘The Beautiful Game’. World Cup wins, golden boots and eye-catching performances are one thing, but Brewster – still a teenager remember – has already felt compelled to speak up about one of the game’s big issues; racism. An interview given to The Guardian in December detailed seven separate instances where he has suffered abuse playing for club and country.One of those was during a UEFA Youth League game for Liverpool against Spartak Moscow at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park ground. Brewster reported the incident to UEFA, but saw the case dropped three months later due to ‘insufficient evidence’. He was not surprised.“No, not at all,” he says. “I just wanted to put my voice out there and be heard. No it doesn’t surprise me the way the ruling went, but hopefully it does change at some point in the future, and that it helps bring the rubbishness out of football.“With the World Cup being in Russia, I hope no-one gets abused over there. I think it happened recently with France, but my hope is that something can be done about it and we can change it, to be honest.“You hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else, but if it does then my advice is to follow the rules. Control yourself, as hard as that is, tell people and speak up. It’s not easy, but it’s the best way.”Of course speaking out about such issues is important, but for one so young to do so was striking. Brewster’s courage struck a chord within football; the reaction to his interview was huge, elevating him into the public eye perhaps more so even than his exploits at the U17 World Cup a few months previously.He is thankful for Liverpool’s support during that period. Klopp made a point of mentioning Brewster in a speech given to the Football Writers’ Association at their annual awards dinner last month, praising the youngster’s “power, command and composure” in going public on such an important issue.“It’s a really close-knit club,” Brewster says. “The feedback and the vibe I got off them was that we are a family. Everyone was behind me, nobody said I shouldn’t do it.“Even the fans, I got lots of messages and I really appreciate that. No-one was against what I did. It was a bad time, but people were there for me. I won’t forget that.”Of course having a public profile comes with its own risks; scrutiny of footballers is huge, whether they are 18 or 30. The social media age means fame is instant, but so is judgement. Every move is analysed, debated, criticised.Can Brewster, a Londoner born and raised in Chadwell Heath, handle all that? Is he spotting the looks from strangers in the street?“Yeah man, I see it!” he smiles. “When people look at me, I look at them back like ‘what you looking at?’ but I have to be careful now! They know my face!“It happens when I’m out and about at home or in Liverpool, I get asked to take pictures and stuff. It can be a good and a bad thing, but for me it’s more good than bad. It shows that people are recognising you and that you are progressing.“Where I’m from, you have to grow up quickly. That’s a fact. I just want to be a footballer and a big face in the game. I want to be an idol to young children. It’s starting to happen now, and I hope it continues.”It will do so at Liverpool, for now at least. But wherever that first-team chance comes, you can be sure Rhian Brewster will do everything he can to take it. It’s just who he is.“You have to stamp your mark,” he says. “You have to get the chance and you have to take it.“My hope now is to be playing regular football, so I can play at the highest level for club and country. The next World Cup or even the next Euros, I want to be in with a shot of being picked. That’s what I strive for, to be the best I can be, to hopefully give me the best opportunity to get there.“The only way you can do that is by getting a chance in club football. I can’t wait for mine.”Lyle and Scott are delighted to announce Rhian Brewster as their new ambassador. Rhian launches the new World World Cup campaign focusing on Rhian and his rise to U17 World Cup Champion and Golden Boot winner.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

9 months agoJuventus coach Allegri: Ronaldo needs to win something here

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Allegri: Ronaldo needs to win something hereby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to win the Supercoppa.Allegri was asked if CR7 brought a stronger winning mentality to Juve.“He’d have to win something first to prove that. Cristiano is accustomed to winning, he has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and many more trophies. Ronaldo is the best player in the world and an added bonus for us. The situation has certainly improved with his presence, although Juve already had great strikers.“However, let’s not forget that Juve have played two Champions League Finals in the last four years and they were against what at the time were the best teams in the world. When it comes to that tournament, you need good luck too.“The Scudetto is one of our objectives, as are the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League. We want to reach the end of the season with as many trophies as possible.” last_img read more

13 days agoRangers boss Gerrard a shock target for Besiktas

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard a shock target for Besiktasby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard has emerged as a shock target for Besiktas.The Turkish giants are mulling over whether to sack under-fire boss Abdullah Avci.Gerrard has been impressing with his steady work in the Scottish Premiership at Rangers, who currently hold a two-point lead at the top of the table.The Ibrox side have only lost one game so far this season, and Besiktas are now considering the Liverpool legend as the man for the hotseat, says BeIN Sports.At present the Blacks Eagles sit in 12th place, with just eight points from seven matches played. last_img

a day agoEx-Arsenal midfielder Parlour: Not better since Wenger

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Arsenal midfielder Parlour: Not better since Wengerby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour insists the team has not improved since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger.The Gunners faced fierce criticism after their 1-0 loss at Sheffield United on Monday, which brought an end to their eight-game unbeatean run. Parlour told talkSPORT: “No, it’s not better (than when Wenger was in charge), but it is a real opportunity.”After we started really well during the start of the season, people were going: “Oh we can challenge for the title”, and I said no chance!”If they come fourth, it’s a great season. Champions League football is the most important thing for Arsenal now going forward.”If they come fifth or sixth this year it has been a failure again. Because they went into the transfer market and I think everyone was quite excited about the signings.” last_img read more

Vine: Kansas Freshman Cliff Alexander Posterized Oklahoma State’s Anthony Allen Jr.

first_imgCliff Alexander dunks on Anthony Allen Jr.VineFreshman forward Cliff Alexander entered his season at Kansas with huge expectations, but he hasn’t gotten off to a huge start yet this season. The Chicago native is only playing 18.4 minutes per game, and averaging 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. However, last night against Oklahoma State, Alexander looked every bit like the explosive forward that he was billed as coming out of high school. Early in the game with his Jayhawks down five, Alexander bullied senior wing Le’Bryan Nash on the block, and then absolutely posterized forward Anthony Allen Jr. We’re not even sure if Alexander touches rim here, or if he just powerfully threw the ball into the hoop, but either way it was awesome. Kansas defeated Oklahoma State 67-57.[@cjzero]last_img

Michigan Quarterback John O’Korn Trolls Michigan State Fans

first_imgJohn O'Korn trolling Michigan State fans.This past Saturday, Michigan Stadium played host to an international soccer contest between European clubs Real Madrid and Chelsea – with the Spaniards emerging victorious, 3-2. A number of Wolverines football players were apparently in attendance – including quarterback John O’Korn.O’Korn appears to have captured an interesting moment, too. The Michigan signal-caller took a photo of a group of Michigan State fans attempting to troll the Wolverines by standing with an MSU “Block S” banner with the field in the background. As O’Korn notes, however, the Spartans supporters have the “S” backwards.O’Korn joked that the mistake is the result of an “MSU Education.” Ouch.When you try to clown your rival but you don’t know which way an S goes… #soclose #MSUeducation pic.twitter.com/kqyJaX0Crl— John O’Korn (@JohnOKorn) July 31, 2016The Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry never takes a day off. They’ll meet this year on October 29 at Spartan Stadium.last_img read more

Junior forward JaeSean Tate maturing and progressing through shoulder rehab

The sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a new look this year. Three transfers out the door, four new freshmen and the return of assistant coach Chris Jent to the staff just outline the transition in which the team finds itself.However, there is hope for OSU in 2016-17, which went 21-14 last season with an exit in the second round of the NIT. The team returns its six leading scorers from last season, including its leader on the court and in the locker room, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, who is rehabilitating from shoulder surgery in late February.Just minutes before OSU’s tip against then-No. 6 Michigan State at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23, the team announced that then-sophomore Tate would miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.Tate, the team’s co-captain with senior Marc Loving, had to sit idle and watch his team miss out on the NCAA tournament. Tate said it was a humbling moment.“It made us realize we weren’t as good as we thought we were,” he said. “Being injured, you definitely have to be patient. (You) can’t rush into things.”A month and a half ago, Tate began shooting once again in his rehabilitation process. However, roughly four weeks ago, Tate had another surgery on his right ankle.It was an arthroscopic surgery done to remove a loose body, said team athletic trainer Vince O’Brien, who worked Tate out in front of the media on Thursday. Loose bodies form when free-floating cartilage becomes detached from the ankle joint causing pain. Tate said that he felt the discomfort all season, and it was the reason he sat out the team’s exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 8.“It wasn’t like I needed (the surgery) but it was just annoying,” Tate said. “So I got with the coaches and the trainer, and I’m not allowed to go full contact until August, so I may as well knock both of them out in the summer. I think it was good to do it now.”He is still wearing a boot for another week because of his ankle surgery, but said that his shoulder is much stronger than it was at the start of rehab.After a disappointing season in 2015-16, the development of the Buckeyes in the offseason will be crucial if the team should return to prominence in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament. Tate said he believes he can play at an even higher level now with no nagging injuries.“With the new coaching staff coming in and how much we are keying in on player development, I think I’m just going to come back healthy and able to worry about getting better as a player and a team leader,” he said. “We’re putting the emphasis on my outside game.”Tate’s injury could not have come at a worst time for OSU. Facing three straight games versus top-10 opponents on the brink of elimination from the bubble of the NCAA tournament, Tate said that he has a newfound approach toward being a leader. He began to pay attention to the finer aspects of the game and tell players when they came to the bench what they can improve on. “I might be vocal, but I have to understand that everybody doesn’t think or process information that same way. We have a lot of different characters on the team,” said the 6-foot-4 junior. “Some people may need to be yelled at and some people may need to be talked to on the side privately. I just got to figure out how I can reach more of my teammates and lead by example.”The 2015-16 season was only the second time in Matta’s 12 seasons at OSU that he made the NIT and not the NCAA tournament. That stat hasn’t added pressure to Tate, but rather motivation to get back to that stage this year. On top of all of that, it’s Loving’s final season with the Scarlet and Gray, and Tate understands it’s been awhile since OSU had won anything of significance.“I don’t want to be remembered at Ohio State for one of the worst teams. This is my legacy that I’m trying to build, and being a captain of this team two years in a row, it reflects me,” Tate said. “I’m trying to work hard and make sure I can at least leave here with some type of ring or type of title.”Tate and the Buckeyes open the season on Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland, versus Navy. read more

Weather Eye A jacket might be a good idea if you go

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Happy Fourth of July! While it won’t be a sizzling holiday, we should muster 80 degrees after some brief morning clouds. Expect northwest breezes and temperatures in the 60s for fireworks this evening.Boy, those “morning” clouds Wednesday lingered well into the afternoon as they sometimes do, so afternoon highs were around the 70-degree mark, well below the average high of 77 degrees.We will be stuck in more of a June weather pattern than July with varying amounts of morning clouds, some lasting after lunchtime and highs generally under 80 degrees in the pleasant 70s. At least today will be better than last year on the Fourth when Vancouver had a cloudy day, a trace of rain and a high of 68 degrees.Pretty exciting weather developed just as I was completing my column Monday afternoon for Tuesday’s paper. A good band of thunderstorms developed to our southwest and moved through the metro area during rush-hour traffic.A brief, small tornado touched down in Northeast Portland and did some damage but no injuries to persons or pets that I know of. A reader sent me a picture of a nice funnel cloud over the Minnehaha area, and there were a few others seen here in Clark County as the storms moved off to our east.last_img read more