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. ESPN released their midseason All-American Team earlier this week, and Oklahoma State star wideout James Washington has earned midseason honors. Washington is the only representative from the Big 12 conference on the list.Washington ranks ninth nationally in receiving yards per game, and ranks No. 2 nationally in that same category since week 3 after a slow start to the season.Through 6 games, he already has 36 receptions for 731 yards through the air and 6 touchdowns, averaging a gaudy 20.3 yards per catch nearly matching the 20.5 he finished with last season.Oklahoma State also placed two players on the midseason All-Big 12 list in senior safety Jordan Sterns, and junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor.
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. 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, 2016
While Oklahoma State’s offensive line has steadily progressed on the run-blocking front, there is still a lot of room to grow in one of the most important facets of the game.There’s no doubt that the most important player to the Cowboys’ success is Mason Rudolph. The record-setting junior has almost single-handedly turned this program around. He is 20-5 as a starter, but he’s been sacked at least once in every game this year. Taking care of him should be priority number one.Unfortunately, the Cowboys are currently 105th in the nation in sacks allowed, having given up 27 through ten games. That 2.7 per game is a step back from last season’s average of 2.46 and just marginally better than 2014’s abysmal 3.08.Let’s take a look at the Cowboys’ allowed sacks by year.For six years the Cowboys ranked in the top three in the conference and top 15 in the country at protecting their QB. Since then the numbers are drastically worse.That should be no surprise to any of us. We’ve belabored that point over the last three years.What should surprise us is that the Cowboys aren’t making any marked improvement on this front. In fact, as mentioned above, the Cowboys are on pace to take a step backwards this year. Given how good the run game has been, this is somewhat surprising.I will say, the last few games have been better. OSU only allowed four sacks total against WVU, KSU and Tech in the last three outings. That’s a marked improvement from the first seven. It’s no mistake that two of the best yards-per-play outings of the Gundy era have come in the last two games.#okstate has averaged 9+ yards per play in just nine games in the Gundy era. Two have come in the last two weeks. pic.twitter.com/9x1JpzvJFL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 14, 2016Sack numbers aren’t just about protecting your quarterback. They are about protecting drives. Possessions are like gold to a coaching staff. If you break down a football game by the numbers, there are a finite number of opportunities to score. Each time your quarterback is sacked you lose a down and put your drive “behind the chains” so to speak.You can gain or lose an edge with turnovers and big plays. But while that’s worked out for the Cowboys at times, those can’t be depended on. Doing so is playing with fire. See Texas Tech. That’s why I don’t get too bent out of shape when Mike Gundy plays a bit conservatively. He knows that for every Rudolph-to-Washington 82-yard connection there is the possibility for a pick-six or a some other horrifying event.The Cowboys end the season with two tough road games. They figure to be underdogs in both. Can their O-line take care of business, protect Rudolph better and give Mike Gundy a fighting chance against TCU and OU to win the Big 12? We’ll see. 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.
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. Despite the game, there were still winners all over the field on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the Bedlam winners and losers as we mourn yet another Bedlam L.Kyle BooneWinner: The running game (again) — Justice Hill and Chris Carson got the work done in the first half and they were the reason Oklahoma State even had a chance. They each nearly got 200 yards on the ground but, unfortunately, were the only real bright spot on offense.Loser: Mike Gundy — Riding a 7-game win streak they seemed to have some serious momentum, even as an 11-point dog in Norman. Winning on the road is tough no matter where you go. But you have to take risks to reap rewards (see Kliff Kingsburys game plan in Stillwater).I don’t care if Masons fingers were frozen cold with sleet. OU’s secondary has been borderline Kansas bad all year. They didn’t take risks downfield and, like many, I thought the conservative coaching potentially cost them a chance at their second Big 12 title.Kyle PorterWinner: Jordan Sterns — He’s a dog. Tied the school record with 19 tackles. Took on every dude over the middle. Took on Perine on every run through the heart of OSU’s defense. I’m going to miss watching No. 13 lace ’em up.Coming home to get the jersey dirty one more time! #210 pic.twitter.com/Slq1vXXq10— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) December 5, 2016Winner: Headline writers — I wept over how good this headline was on Sunday. The photo to go with it. The whole thing was one big ball of sadness for me but greatness for them..@TheOklahoman Bedlam sports cover – Baker Mayfield propels Oklahoma to its 10th conference title in the Stoops era. #Sooners #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/oRSSeJjlwi— James Poling (@James_Poling) December 4, 2016Winner: Alamo Bowl executives — They were getting two of OU, OSU, USC and Colorado so there is not really a loss here, but I’m sure they clinked a few glasses over getting two of the top 12-ranked teams in the CFB Playoff final rankings.Winner: Samaje Perine — Dude looks like he could be LeBron James’ father, and plays like he owns Bedlam. Probably because he does …Loser: OSU’s crootin odds — It really felt like Oklahoma State had a real chance to turn the tide on 100 years of recruiting futility (compared to OU) with a win in Bedlam. Alas, bring me more three-star guys. Bring me more Bedlam losses.Kyle CoxWinner: Baker — Who’s the best quarterback in the state of Oklahoma? No question. I don’t want to hear about rain or weather or wet balls.Winner: Mike Stoops — Yeah, the inept, stubborn, non-flexible, nepotism-aided window-assaulter held OSU to its lowest point total since last year’s Sugar Bowl and apparently didn’t have to try that hard.Loser: Mike Gundy — He lived up to the “little brother” moniker so many OSU fans loathe. I sincerely think OSU had a good shot at winning this game but the greatest head coach they may ever know simply laid down. Unacceptable.Loser: All OSU fans — A Big 12 title doesn’t come along all that often in Stillwater (once!) and neither do years when you have the talent OSU has this year. Got to take advantage.Steven MandevilleWinner: 2017 Cowboy Offense — We polled on Bedlam preferences related to Rudolph’s future and while the lesser preferred scenario occurred, it feels like a return for No. 2 is imminent. James Washington had quite a catch on Saturday but wasn’t himself on Saturday, coming back shouldn’t hurt him either (IMO).This is an insane catch by Washington. pic.twitter.com/gdtjH4e4qM— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016Winner: Justice Hill — Gosh he was fun this year. He was solid on the ground in Bedlam, plenty of reason for continued optimism after he continued his climb over the “freshman wall.” Hopefully the studs coming in behind him will push him to keep getting better.Winner: Wal-Mart — Sooner fans are rolling hard towards some everyday low prices on Boomer Sooner Big 12 title tees.Losers: OSU Wide Receivers — Because of inclement conditions and a severe case of “road mason-itis”, one of college football’s strongest receiving cores missed out. Play back this game indoors and I think these guys really shine.Loser: Dede Westbrook — Best wishes on getting better but it’s safe to assume his Heisman numbers took a hit with him missing time.Loser: Zach Crabtree — Felt like Obo just did what he wanted to him today.. Tough day for what some felt was the Cowboys best road grader.
Bowl season is fun. The players get to spend that much more time with their teammates and coaches. They get to travel with their team and some get to play in front of friends and family that may not be able to make it to Stillwater.But among the more underrated perks of a bowl trip for the players are the bowl gifts that each bowl’s officials give out. The SportsBusiness Journal has released a list for each of the 2016-17 bowl season’s games with what each player will receive.Oklahoma State and Colorado players will each received a gift set that includes: Apple Watch Nike+ (retails for around $399), $110 Best Buy gift card, myCharge HubPlus portable charger, team panoramic photo, and a mini-helmet.There is an NCAA limit of $550.00 value per person. *Of course there is.*Check out the full list to see what each bowl game’s officials give out. 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. The Oscar Awards are here! And for people who have zero cares about the real ceremony, but still enjoy a little sports fun surrounding it, CBS Sports named its Oscar Award winners from the 2016 football season.And Mike Gundy came away a winner … in makeup and hairstyling. Here’s what Chip Patterson of CBS said about Gundy’s wicked hairdo:The hairstyle — named perfectly by the coach himself as the “Arkansas Waterfall” — added a fun wrinkle to a wild 2016 campaign. Gundy nearly had to cut it in November because of a bet with his son regarding an upcoming test. Thankfully for us, Gundy’s son scored an 88 and not a 91, allowing the Arkansas Waterfall to continue its dominance of the college football hairstyling scene.Oh, yeah. I’m sure that Oscar will look nice hanging in Gundy’s barn, right next to where he keeps his stash of butch wax.Also included in the Oscars was (look away, quick!) Central Michigan wide receiver Jesse Kroll, who won the award for best player in a supporting role. No, he wasn’t the one who scored the go-ahead heart-breaking touchdown over Oklahoma State. He was the one who caught the first pass then flipped it back for the W.[Warning: Now would be the time to toggle back to the home page.]
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. Oklahoma State is one of three teams in position to land Clemson graduate transfer cornerback Adrian Baker, according to a report from ESPN’s Jake Trotter.Before Baker missed all of the 2016-17 football season with an ACL tear, he was set to take on a larger role in the Clemson defense after a breakout of sorts as a redshirt sophomore. In 2015, he appeared in 13 games and made three starts for the Tigers, including two interceptions and 15 tackles in a reserve role.The 5-foot-11 cornerback will graduate this spring and be eligible for one final season. Baker has a chance to be the next big impact grad transfer for OSU, joining Lenzy Pipkins and Tyler Patmon among cornerbacks who have blazed a similar path. Baker made a visit to Stillwater on March 4 and has already made visits to his two other finalists — Houston and UCF. The Hollywood, Fla. native intends to make a final decision in May.
Manchester United Lindelof accepts Man Utd competition as he lives the ‘dream’ Chris Burton 17:15 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace The Swedish defender has endured a testing debut campaign in England, but believes he is adapting to the demands of life at a global superpower Victor Lindelof admits to living “a dream” at Manchester United and is accepting of competition for places at “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.The Sweden international defender moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017, with life at Benfica traded in for that at the Theatre of Dreams.Adjusting to the demands of a Premier League stage has not been easy, with Jose Mourinho having eased the 23-year-old into his plans following a testing opening to his debut campaign. 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 Lindelof has, however, improved as the season has progressed and is happy with his development at a club he always hoped would give him a chance.He told Sky Sports ahead of a possible outing against Crystal Palace on Monday: “Coming here to play at this great club has been a dream for me since I was a kid, so yeah – I enjoy it every day.”I wake up every day and I’m very happy I get to come here and do what I love. I don’t take anything for granted, I work hard every day.”I’m just trying to do my best every day, work hard and improve. When you’re given the chance to play, it’s always nice to be out there and help the team, and I’m just happy to be out there doing that.”We have world-class players in every position and I think that’s very important to have. This club is one of the biggest clubs in the world, so you’re obviously going to have that.”Lindelof has made 23 appearances this season, although only eight of those have been Premier League starts.He admits that the English top-flight has been something of an eye-opener for him, with the standard considerably higher than that he experienced while impressing in Portugal.”Every game is difficult here,” Lindelof added, with United looking to wrap up a runner-up finish this season.”Every opponent is going to work hard, fight for 90 minutes to try to get three points, and that’s what makes the Premier League such a good league, the level of competition. It was a bit different in Portugal, we had only a few big games during the season.”We want to win as many games as possible and of course, you always want to come first. But if not, second is there, and that’s what we have to work for.”We’re improving as a team every day. It’s important for us to play a lot of games, and just keep going.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal Arsenal team news: Aubameyang returns to lead line v Watford Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:38 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Watford Watford The Gunners also hand starts to Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny following their midweek victory over AC Milan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to the Arsenal line-up against Watford on Sunday.The Gabon international was cup-tied for the Europa League victory over AC Milan on Thursday, but returns to the fold against the Hornets, with the Gunners aiming to halt a run of three straight Premier League defeats.Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny both come in while Rob Holding starts at centre back in place of rested vice-captain Laurent Koscielny. Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers are on the substitutes bench following their midweek exertions while Aaron Ramsey and the aforementioned Koscielny are not in the squad altogether.Meanwhile, Watford captain Troy Deeney starts upfront after his comments about Arsenal lacking cojones following the 2-1 win at Vicarage Road 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 Watford benefitted from a penalty decision against the Gunners, and won the match with a last-minute Tom Cleverley goal, and Deeney revelled in the victory afterwards.”I’ve heard Wenger’s already blaming (the decision) as the reason why they lost,” he said at the time. “I’m not going to be the one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there’s a reason why they lost and it wasn’t because of one penalty.”I’ll have to watch what I say. It’s (having) a bit of cojones, a bit of nuts.”Gunners boss Arsene Wenger responded ahead of the game, saying: “They got a cheap penalty from a good dive.”We’ll respond to him on the pitch [on Sunday].”Arsenal XI: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac; Elneny, Xhaka; Ozil, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang. Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Willock, Nelson, Wilshere, Nketiah, Welbeck.Watford XI: Karnezis; Femenía, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Janmaat, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney. Subs: Bachmann, Britos, Hughes, Carrillo, Sinclair, Gray, Okaka. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Premier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:06 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Watford Watford Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon Arsenal ended their run of four consecutive defeats with a crucial win over AC Milan at the San Siro on Thursday night.The Gunners return to Premier League duty on Saturday when they face a Watford side who beat them earlier on in the season, prompting Hornets striker Troy Deeney to claim the Arsenal players “lack cojones” after his side came back from 1-0 down to win at Vicarage Road.Arsene Wenger’s men are 13 points adrift of fourth place with nine matches remaining and will be desperate to close the points gap on nearest fourth place Tottenham with a win this weekend.However, Wenger himself has admitted that Champions League qualification through a top four spot remains unlikely which means Arsenal’s best route to Europe’s elite next season would be by winning the Europa League.Wenger’s side will look to build on a rare clean sheet they managed on Thursday having gone 11 matches without keeping one in the league.Arsenal injuries Nacho Monreal is back in training and could be available for the return match against AC Milan next Thursday, while Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers face late fitness test after sutsaining knocks in the victory over Gennaro Gattuso’s side. 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 “Sead Kolasinac has an ankle problem, but we don’t rule him out for Sunday yet,” Wenger said following the win at San Siro. “Calum Chambers had cramps, because he played in a position which he is not used to for a centre back. He should be OK though. Hector Bellerin we don’t know yet, we have to see. He is not available for the weekend though.”Alexandre Lacazette is on the comeback trail having had his first run on Thursday and will return to first team training after the upcoming international break.Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.Arsenal suspensions Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.Arsenal potential starting line-upWenger will restore Petr Cech in goal for the match against the Hornets with Calum Chambers expected to continue in place of the injured Hector Bellerin at right-back.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will start up front after he was cup tied for the win over Milan, while Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere could continue as the midfield trio.Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be rested after playing 90 minutes in midweek with Alex Iwobi one of the most likely attacking options to fill in for him.The injury doubts over Chambers and Kolasinac could see Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles come in if the duo fail late fitness tests.Watford team news Watford boss Javi Gracia will have Kiko Femenia and Jose Holebas for the match in north London after both players returned to training.The Hornets will be without Younes Kaboul, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tommie Hoban, Gerard Deulofeu and Christian Kabasele, but Tom Cleverley has returned to light training and could return in the next few weeks.Having won their past two consecutive league games against Everton and West Brom, an improved Watford side sit in tenth place and will be hopeful of recording a positive result at Emirates Stadium.Troy Deeney is Watford’s main attacking outlet while Richarlison and Holebas are also attacking threats in what is usually a 4-2-3-1 formation.Abdoulaye Doucoure is the club’s top scorer with seven goals to his name so far this season.Best Opta match facts After winning their first seven Premier League games against Watford, Arsenal have lost their last two against the Hornets in the competition. In all competitions, Watford have won two of their last three games at the Emirates, and have won four of their last seven away at Arsenal (L3). Watford could become only the third side to win back-to-back away Premier League games at the Emirates, after Chelsea in November 2009 and Swansea in March 2016. The Gunners haven’t failed to score in any of their last 11 games against Watford in all competitions. Arsenal have conceded in each of their last 11 Premier League games. They last had a longer run without a top-flight clean sheet between April and October 1988 (12 games). Troy Deeney has scored the winning goal in both of those wins, with the scoreline being 1-0 both times. The last time a team won three successive Premier League games 1-0, with the same player scoring the winner each time was Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge in September 2013. Alex Iwobi has scored in both of his home league appearances against Watford. Indeed, against no Premier League side has he scored more goals than he has vs the Hornets (2, same as Crystal Palace). TV channel & kick-off time The match kicks off at 13:30 GMT on Sunday with live television coverage available on Sky Sports in the UK. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
José Mourinho ‘I won’t run away or cry’ – Mourinho remains defiant in face of Man Utd criticism Peter Hanson 23:19 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Getty Images José Mourinho Manchester United v Sevilla Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Sevilla UEFA Champions League The Red Devils boss referred to pages of notes as he hit back at his critics following their elimination from the Champions League Jose Mourinho insists he will not “run away or disappear” from his responsibilities after launching an impassioned defence of his Manchester United tenure.The Portuguese has faced severe criticism over his tactics in the wake of United’s dismal Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla on Tuesday.Mourinho was particularly panned for the defensive mindset the Red Devils set up with in the 2-1 defeat, as Wissam Ben Yedder’s double put the tie beyond United, and his comments that it is not a new situation for the club attracted further scrutiny. 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, armed with a collection of notes that he referred to, Mourinho delivered an emotional 12-minute diatribe fighting back against his critics in his latest media conference, pointing to United’s recent history and that of Manchester City to explain his team’s recent struggles.”I say to the fans that the fans are the fans and have the right to their opinions and reactions. But there is something that I used to call football heritage,” he said.”And what a manager inherits is something like the last time that Manchester United were in the Champions League final, which didn’t happen a lot of times, was in 2011. Since 2011, 2012, out in the group phase, the group was almost the same group we had this season, Benfica, Basel and Galati from Romania. Out in the group phase.”In seven years with four different managers, once not qualify for Europe, twice out in the group phase and the best was the quarter-final, this is football heritage. And, if you want to go to the Premier League, the last victory was 12-13 and in the four consecutive seasons United finish seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth. So, in the last four years, the best was fourth.”This is football heritage. It means that when you start the process you are here, you are there or you are there, it is heritage.”Those stats are real. I give you a couple more: In the last seven years the worst position of Manchester City in the Premier League was fourth, in the last seven years Manchester City was champions twice and, if you want to say three times, they were second twice. That’s heritage.”Do you know what is also heritage? It is that Otamendi, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, they are investments from the past, not from the last two years. Do you know how many United players left the club last season? See where they play, how they play, if they play. That’s football heritage and, one day, when I leave, the next Manchester United manager will find here Lukaku, Matic, of course De Gea from many years ago, they will find players with a different mentality, a different quality, a different background, with a different status, with a different know-how.”And, for some reason, you go to the Champions League quarter-final like today and there are four clubs that are always there, always there. Barcelona is always there in the past seven, eight years, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and then, of course, appear now and again, another club like my Inter, like some other clubs like Monaco last season.”Mourinho went on: “Life is good, I have an amazing job to do. “Yesterday I met a new person working in the club – different area to me, nothing direct with me – a person that came from another club. I asked, ‘Why did you decide to come?'”He told me ‘Because I did a fantastic job in another club and I know that I have a huge job to do so I have a challenge’. “I said well done, my decision was based on something similar. I could be in another league where the title is in the pocket, practically won before a ball is kicked.”But I’m not there, I’m going to be here. No way are you going to change my mentality. For me, I don’t know if you know the expression, there is a quote I like; ‘In every wall is a door, every wall is a door’.“I’m not going to run away, disappear, cry, because I heard a few boos. I won’t disappear from the tunnel running immediately, the next match I’ll be first to go out.”I respect the fans, I’m not afraid of anything. When I was 20 years old, I was nobody in football, I was someone’s son.”And now, at 55, I am what I am, I did what I did because of work, because of my talent and my mentality, so they can be together. I understand that for many, many, many years it was really hard for people that don’t like me to say, ‘Here he is again, he wins again’.”So, for those months I win nothing, 10 months nothing. Last title I won was 10 months ago. I beat Liverpool, Chelsea, lose to Sevilla – it’s their moment to be happy.”I also learn that in my religious formation to be happy with the others’ happiness even if the others are your enemies.”
Oklahoma StateKansas State Rushing Defense175.8137.3 Total Defense415256 Defensive Stats Passing Defense239.3118.7 Oklahoma State’s game in Texas last weekend was weird, and history says this weekend has a good shot at getting a little funky, too.Oklahoma State hosts Kansas State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium. There haven’t been many games between these two this millennium decided by more than a touchdown. We’ll look more into that later, but here are some stats entering Saturday.Offensive Stats Points Per Game44.544 Oklahoma StateKansas State Total Offense533.8454.3 Cowboy Killer Skylar ThompsonIn two games against Oklahoma State, Skylar Thompson has 507 total yards, four total touchdowns and, most importantly, two wins.Now a junior at K-State, Thompson is a better passer this season than he was in his first two seasons. In the Wildcats’ three games in 2019, Thompson has completed 68 percent of his passes for 486 yards and four touchdowns.Those aren’t earth-shattering numbers, but considering Thompson had only 689 passing yards and five passing touchdowns two years ago, it shows improvement. Oh, and 204 of those passing yards Thompson had as a freshman came against OSU.“It gives you confidence going in that you can have success at a place if you’ve been there before,” K-State coach Chris Klieman said of Thompson’s success against OSU. “You still have to execute. He still has to have a tremendous week of preparation because, obviously, it’s a different offense and it’s a different style of defense, so to speak. So we’ve got to continue to prepare on a daily basis.”A History of Tight GamesSince the turn of the century, OSU and K-State have played 13 times.Eight of those 13 games have been determined by seven points or fewer. Let’s look at those.2003: The Pokes ended a streak of nine straight losses against K-State in this 38-34 victory.A classic Les Miles fake field goal in the third quarter led to OSU taking a 28-21 lead. The Cowboys were up 38-21 with just over 10 minutes left before the Wildcats roared back. But Tatum Bell was able to run out the clock late.Bell finished the game with 143 yards and two touchdowns. Rashaun Woods had 118 receiving yards on six catches.2006: After two seasons away from each other OSU and K-State met again for a back-and-forth affair that the Wildcats won 31-27 in Manhattan.Josh Freeman scored a 21-yard touchdown run with under two minutes to go to give K-State the lead. But Perrish Cox returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards to give OSU a chance.After a few completions to D’Juan Woods and Adarius Bowman, Bobby Reid threw an interception in the end zone as time expired.2007: As if these games couldn’t get closer, Oklahoma State upset the 25th-ranked Wildcats 41-39 the next year.Just like the year before, K-State scored with just over a minute to go. It looked as if K-State was going to tie the game at 38, but the Wildcats elected to go for two, got it and went up 39-38 with 1:10 to go.Just like the year before, the Wildcats gave up a late, big kick return, as Tommy Devereaux started the Pokes at their own 42-yard line.Despite time being scarce, the Cowboys ran the ball four times and threw it only once on the drive, as Zac Robinson and Dantrell Savage got OSU to K-State’s 9-yard line to set up a Jason Ricks game-winner.2011: The Cowboys won by a “healthy” 10 points in 2010 before this big scare late in the 2011 season.The No. 3 Cowboys topped No. 14 K-State 52-45 to advance the Cowboys to 9-0, but it wasn’t easy.Joesph Randle scored a 23-yard touchdown run with just over two minutes to go, but this time it was the Wildcats with a chance for last-second heroics.Collin Klein led K-State down the field. Klein hit Chris Harper on a 22-yard connection, as Harper went out of bounds at the OSU 5-yard line with 12 seconds left.From there, Klein threw three straight incompletions, and OSU survived.Brandon Weeden finished the game with 502 yards and four touchdowns. Justin Blackmon had 205 yards and two touchdowns.2013: This 33-29 OSU victory again came down to the trailing team’s final drive.After a Ben Grogan field goal gave the Cowboys a four-point lead with 2:24 to go, the Wildcats got into OSU territory before Daniel Sams threw a ball right to OSU defensive back Daytawion Lowe at the Cowboys’ 21. Lowe ran the ball back 72 yards and the Cowboys kneeled out the clock.2015: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but K-State scored with too much time left.In OSU’s 36-34 victory, Joe Hubener scored on a 5-yard run with 3:01 to go. However, the Wildcats failed a two-point conversion attempt, and down the field came OSU.Mason Rudolph moved the Cowboys’ offense down the field and set up a 37-yard Ben Grogan go-ahead field goal.K-State got the ball back with 36 seconds left, but Hubener threw an interception to Michael Hunter on the second play of the drive.Rudolph had 437 passing yards, and Marcell Ateman and James Washington each eclipsed 100 receiving yards.2016: The Pokes were down 37-28 in the fourth quarter before coming back and winning 43-37 on the road.With just under eight minutes to go, Rudolph threw an 84-yard bomb to Washington to put the Pokes a score away. Then Chris Carson drug two Wildcats’ defenders into the end zone with 1:46 left on the clock.K-State again got into OSU territory before Jordan Sterns picked off a Jesse Ertz pass in the end zone as time expired.Rudolph threw four 457 yards and five touchdowns in the game.2017: At one point in this 45-40 K-State victory, OSU was down 42-13.Byron Pringle showed up to Stillwater and dominated. He had three touchdown catches and returned a kick for another score.Despite getting drilled for much of the game, OSU somehow had a chance to win.The Cowboys scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and got the ball near mid-field with a chance to win. OSU started its final drive of the game on its 46 with 2:16 to go, but after four straight incompletions, K-State survived the comeback attempt. Points Allowed Per Game26.812.7 Passing Offense263.3174.3 Rushing Offense270.5280 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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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.
World Cup Germany vs Sweden team news: Ozil and Khedira dropped for crucial game Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 6/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images World Cup Germany v Sweden Sweden Germany The duo were criticised for their performances against Mexico, leading to them missing out alongside the injured Mats Hummels Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira have been left out of the starting XI for Germany’s must-win World Cup game against Sweden.Ozil was the subject of fierce criticism for his part in the reigning champions’ opening loss to Mexico, with the likes of Stefan Effenberg and Lothar Matthaus calling for him to be dropped.And as Germany’s hopes of surviving the group stage depend on beating Saturday’s opponents, Joachim Low has opted for a big change to his team by leaving out two key players. 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 Ozil loses his place to Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, while Khedira, who was replaced 60 minutes into the loss against Mexico, is replaced by Sebastian Rudy.Mats Hummels also misses out after picking up a neck injury, allowing Antonio Rudiger to step in, while Jonas Hector replaces Marvin Plattenhardt at left-back.Sweden coach Janne Andersson, meanwhile, has left his side unchanged from the team that beat South Korea 1-0 in their first match of the tournament.TEAM NEWS 📋 Here’s how #GER line up for our Group F #WorldCup clash with #SWE 👀#DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #GERSWE pic.twitter.com/Csnj60YeGL— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 23, 2018After Mexico’s win over South Korea earlier in the day, Germany need at least a draw to have a chance of progressing into the second round heading into their game against the Asian side.Germany starting XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Rudiger, Hector; Kroos, Rudy; Muller, Reus, Draxler; Werner.Sweden starting XI: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Larsson, Ekdal, Claesson, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.
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.
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.
Pace DPX5000 set-top boxThe global set-top box (STB) market declined 10% year-on-year in 2013, despite an increase in shipments of cable and satellite video gateways, according to Infonetics Research.The firm’s fourth quarter and full-year 2013 set-top boxes and pay TV subscribers report found that the worldwide STB market – including IP, cable, satellite, DTT set-tops and OTT media servers – totalled US$18 billion (€13 billion) in 2013, a 10% dip compared to 2012.Pace ended 2013 as the leader in terms of worldwide STB revenues and unit share. Cisco came in second place for set-top box revenue for the year, though Arris claimed the lead for revenue share in the fourth quarter.“The overall set-top box market declined in 2013, but cable and satellite video gateways had a very strong year, with shipments growing 333% and 98%, respectively,” said Jeff Heynen principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.“Video gateways collapse the STB and broadband CPE into a single device, and it’s for this reason we expect to see a long-term shift to these devices, at least in North America, to reduce capex in multiple TV set homes.”Infonetics said it expects global IP video gateway revenue to grow at 79% compound annual growth rate from 2013 to 2018.
Take up of video-on-demand services in the UK is tracking at 20% of the population, below the global average of 26%, according to new data from Nielsen.Nielsen reported the finding in its Global Video-on-Demand Report. It noted that 69% of people in the UK pay for some form of TV with Sky and Virgin the most popular options.The ratings and research specialist said the figures prove that the cord-cutting threat has been overplayed, in the UK at least.“In Britain, the cord-cutting wolf is being kept from the door by a combination of a relatively smaller appetite for on-demand content and traditional pay TV’s superior content library in terms of live sports and the earlier availability of premium TV series and films,” said Terrie Brennan, Nielsen executive VP of digital for Europe.The report said that 51% of Britons that have internet access watch some form of VOD programming, which lags the worldwide average of 65%. It added that 35%watch VOD at least once a day, compared to 43% globally.What UK consumers are watching on-demand also contrasts with the rest of the world. TV wins out, with 74% more likely to watch TV fare than feature films on-demand.Globally, more people use VOD to watch films (80%) than TV programmes (50%). The contrast is similar across Europe (77% vs. 39%).“The increasing popularity of online-only TV services will continue to put pressure on the likes of Sky and Virgin, but a wholesale replacement of these traditional subscription players is unlikely,” Brennan said.She added: “For most UK viewers, online VOD and traditional subscription services are complementary, so we’re more likely to see “cord shaving” – consumers choosing slimmer subscription packages from the traditional players, rather than cancelling them outright.”
Sleep 2 min read Spain is a country known for its long workday — typically ending at 7 p.m. — with a two-hour break in the afternoon to make up for it. These siestas are a time for Spaniards to eat a good meal and take a nap.Increasingly, however, this tradition has been harder to keep for workers in urban centers whose employers don’t pull down the shades during siesta.Image credit: Siesta&Go | FacebookCue Maria Estrella Jorro de Inza, a Spanish entrepreneur who took a trip to Japan and was inspired to transplant the idea of a nap cafe to her native homeland, surprisingly for the first time in the nap-happy country.Related: Staying Up Late and Sleeping In on the Weekends Is Bad for Your Health”It’s funny that we’re known for the siesta, but we haven’t been professional about it,” De Inza told Bloomberg. “We get a lot of men in suits who just want to relax and women wanting to take their heels off. Lunch break is the busiest time.”The aptly named Siesta and Go opened in Madrid in May and features 19 beds and a coffee area. Staff provide about 30 customers daily with fresh sheets, earplugs and slippers.Image credit: Siesta&Go | FacebookThere’s actually a serious debate going on in Spain right now about the future of the siesta. In 2016, the country’s prime minister proposed a law to end the workday at 6 p.m., which would effectively kill the afternoon nap. The shorter workday would allow working Spaniards more time to take care of their families in the evening. However, many are attached to the siesta as part of the Spanish way of life.On a related controversial note, some argue the country has been in the wrong timezone since 1942, when Spain’s former dictator, Francisco Franco, pushed the clocks forward in a gesture of allegiance to Adolf Hitler. Entrepreneur Staff July 10, 2017 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Nap-Happy Spain Finally Gets Its First Nap Cafe News Director Next Article Add to Queue Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List But the topic of siestas in the European country is more complicated than you’d think. Image credit: Siesta&Go | Facebook –shares Stephen J. Bronner