WATCH: Mike Gundy Dances in Locker Room after Knocking off No. 10 West Virginia

first_imgMike Gundy had a pretty good day today. Not only did his unranked Cowboys knock off No. 10 West Virginia in homecoming, but he also earned his 100th career win as the Oklahoma State head coach.That calls for celebration.When you win your 100th career game on Homecoming, you #GundyDance #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6ssJ3ymcxi— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 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.last_img read more

WATCH: Cinematic Highlights of OSU’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgThe Cowboys won their eighth-straight meeting against the Red Raiders, the longest current streak against another Big 12 opponent.But most of those were not without a little drama. This year was no different. Check out all the big plays per Orange Power Studios.Cinematic Highlights from Oklahoma State’s victory over Texas Tech! #GoPokes #okstate pic.twitter.com/nZIDBwjJGj— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 14, 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.last_img read more

Adarius Bowman Congratulates Chuba Hubbard for Signing With Oklahoma State

first_img 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. Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman — No. 8 all-time in receiving yards at Oklahoma State — has made a name for himself in Canadian football. Over his ten-year career he has been one of the best wide receivers in the CFL, even winning his second receiving title in 2016 at the age of 31.So when he heard that Canadian speedster Chuba Hubbard was headed to his former school, he had to reach out on Twitter.congrats my young brother. A great choice @okstate. I’m excited to see you in that sea of orange— Adarius Bowman (@AdariusBowman) February 1, 2017 Of course, Chuba replied.Thank you Adarius !! Means a lot ?? https://t.co/qcsteX8owd— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) February 1, 2017Hubbard is the 23rd ranked running back of the 2017 class per 247Sports and brings world-class speed and athleticism to a position of need for Oklahoma State. To see what else he brings, check out PFB’s interview with Hubbard from last month.last_img read more

Are Liverpool any worse off for selling Coutinho?

first_imgPremier League Are Liverpool any worse off for selling Coutinho? Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 03:28 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Liverpool celebration Mane Firmino Can Getty Images Premier League Liverpool v Newcastle United Liverpool Newcastle United Opinion Klopp’s great gamble is paying off with the Reds reasonably assured of a top-four slot and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals Jurgen Klopp said pre-match that Liverpool were less predictable since Philippe Coutinho’s departure. That is not to sling mud at the Brazilian who departed for Barcelona in the January transfer window but more to reflect the fact that without one dominant playmaker opponents simply don’t know where the danger is going to come from.Klopp’s gamble in sanctioning Coutinho’s record transfer is paying off. Safely delivered through to the Champions League quarter finals – barring a cataclysmic collapse – and now second to only Manchester City in the Premier League, the manager can currently reflect on a pretty canny piece of business. All that and RB Leipzig dynamo Naby Keita to look forward to in the summer.It would be remiss to say Coutinho was holding Liverpool back or causing them a problem but there is better balance in the team since Klopp has been given the option to play with a more pragmatic midfield three. 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 Without the schemer occupying a place in the team ahead of him, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is beginning to carve out a niche instead of the Reds having one attacker too many. His work in providing Mo Salah with the opening goal against Newcastle was excellent.Salah, now safely assured of his status as signing of the season, needs no second invitation in situations like that. He has now scored in 26 separate club games for Liverpool this season – an English and top-five European league record.While Klopp was commenting on the effect on the side since Coutinho’s exit, he mentioned the form of Roberto Firmino. He may never be a bonafide poacher like Sergio Aguero but that is not what Liverpool are looking for.He fits this set-up like a glove, whether it’s leading the line or dropping in to create the play. He gave Sadio Mane the opportunity to shoot at goal for Liverpool’s second, game-killing strike.Newcastle provided exactly what was expected on one of the coldest nights to see a game this season. Rafael Benitez had his team sit deep and resist. It worked until just before half-time and a side of such limited ambition is always going to struggle to get back into a game after falling behind.These types of games have had the habit of biting Klopp on the backside throughout his Liverpool reign. This time, though, there were no mistakes and Liverpool took care of business efficiently.That Mane goal was the 200th Premier League goal of Klopp’s Liverpool reign. They have come in 97 matches. Scoring has never been a problem, rather it’s been keeping them out at the other end.The signing of Virgil van Dijk should help in that regard and, while they lost a superstar in Coutinho, they appear to have gained a bit more balance. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_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

Arsenal team news & likely XI vs Watford

first_imgPremier 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) Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 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.Arsenal XIWatford 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.HD Jose HolebasBest 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.last_img read more

Made to Stick Week: Finding Your Core aka Sweet Spot

first_imgYears ago, my dad once gave me some really good advice about relationships – stick with people who bring out the best in you. Better yet it should work both ways – that you bring out the best in the other person too. I wish I’d followed this wise counsel my whole life. Don’t worry, you haven’t stumbled upon Dr. Phil’s blog. I’m getting to my point, and the theme of my blog for the next week.When we’re thinking about how to market ourselves as organizations, we need to think about what’s best in us, and how it matches with what our audience wants. I put up the following nifty little diagram a long time ago, but it is worth running again. It shows that you want to focus all your efforts on the marketing front – and the organizational front – on the intersection between:-What your organization focuses upon (which is hopefully what you’re good at)-What you do better than anyone else (what is completely unique about you)-What your audience cares aboutI think we’re pretty good at identifying the first two but we tend to forget that third circle. PLEASE ADD THE THIRD CIRCLE TO ALL OF YOUR STRATEGIC THINKING. Ron of BrandCurve posted a comment this week about email that takes it a step further – not only should you add the circle, he says you should then start a conversation. I agree.I think the real issue behind email effectiveness [all marketing, I’d say — KA] is the consumer’s willingness to participate and receive that mail [message]. Intrusive, one-way, monologue-like messages where the consumer has no say – are sure to stay closed! We want a relationship with our target audiences, so to have that relationship, we need to not only think about ourselves but also how we intersect with them. We need to bring our audience back into the picture. The center of this diagram is our sweet spot, in our relationship with our audience but also for our organization in all we do. It’s what will bring out the best in us!I am focusing on this sweet spot, which is based on the work of some branding folks and which is related to Jim Collins’ hedgehog concept, because it’s also at the core of the best marketing book that I have read in a very, very long time: Made to Stick. I am so enamored with this book, I am going to be blogging about it all week. It’s Sticky Week here at my blog.One of the main points of Made to Stick is that simple, core concepts are what stick in people’s minds and guide whole organizations, and I think this is a useful way of viewing the idea of the sweet spot. The authors of Made to Stick call the process of identifying this essence, “finding your core.” So what is your core, aka your sweet spot? If you stuck to it – and only it – in deciding what to do and what to say, you might find yourself with a renewed sense of focus and heightened impact. The books says Southwest Airlines succeeds in large part as an organization because it knows its sweet spot is low fares. Every decision is weighed against this organizing principle — will this lower fares?Much more to come.last_img read more

What I learned about bourbon in Kentucky

first_imgI’m in lovely Lexington, Kentucky today giving a workshop for nonprofits. It’s hard to miss the horses here, along with the bourbon. In fact, one of the participants here today, George Cherry from Red Bird Mission handed me two business cards. The first was for the mission. The second was from Maker’s Mark. George is a Maker’s Mark Ambassador.What great marketing. George has a real business card from Maker’s Mark which has his name as Ambassador, an ambassador number and a barrel number. George’s barrel number is 691267, which means because he’s been a faithful ambassador for a couple of years, he has a real whiskey barrel with his name on it. When they uncork it in six years, they are going to invite him to see it. George also told me that Maker’s Mark sponsored the Keeneland races here and holds other events around Lexington. But most important, they’ve got George out talking about their product in a very engaging way. He even has a pen that looks like the bottle:So here’s what Maker’s Mark shows us:Business cards can be marketing vehicles, not just name cards. Do you have cool stuff about your nonprofit on your card? Flickr lets you make great cards of unique sizes with photos. It’s worth asking people who like you to evangelize for your cause, but it’s important to give them an easy way to do it, like card bearing their name.Reward the people who evangelize for you over time.I’d love to see a Maker’s Mark of nonprofits with brand ambassadors like George.last_img read more

Our Triple Bottom Line

first_imgIt’s been a busy week – on Monday, I presented at the Association of Fundraising Professionals meeting here in DC. On Wednesday, I presented at the American Marketing Foundation Foundation annual conference, and today I hosted a free teleconference called, “Nonprofit 911” about how to fix ailing online giving programs (675 people registered, so clearly it struck a chord!). My experiences at these events have yielded loads of material for the blog, which I’ll be sharing for the next week or two.Today, I want to highlight some points made by my professional mentor and marketing idol, Bill Novelli, who delivered the AMA conference’s closing speech. His theme was the nonprofit sector’s triple bottom line. Corporations have a single bottom line – shareholder value, which is driven by profits. As people working for the public good, we have a triple bottom line, he said. Namely: social change, stakeholder value and revenue generation. What Bill said that was most interesting was that we’ve got to stop thinking about those three line items as separate and instead think of them collectively. Specifically, he said we have to seek the synergies between them. (Oops, I broke my vow never to use the word “synergy” in print, but at least I’m quoting someone else. I promise to keep my pledge with respect to “leverage.”) You could save the whales, send out plastic wristbands to thank your members, and sell whale-embroidered neckties at the holidays as separate endeavors, and they might work in isolation. But wouldn’t it make more sense to save the whales by making the other two endeavors reinforce your mission of saving the whales – like naming whale pods after your most generous members and reporting on how they’re doing regularly to show value, and selling whale-watching trips so that ecotourism dollars would drive more environmentally-friendly policies in areas home to whales? This is my example – Bill showed how AARP is building social impact into products from health care plans to financial products to achieve a self-reinforcing triple bottom line. “Synergy is the most powerful part of your work, if you can figure it out,” he says.I like to think we do this at Network for Good. Our mission is to get more resources to nonprofits online. We provide tools and training to help nonprofits get more money online (stakeholder value) and also sell special paid (but inexpensive) fundraising services to nonprofits, which reinforces our mission. This hasn’t always been the case in my career — I remember once working with a furniture company on a co-branded campaign that sure did nothing to promote social change. Oops.Is your triple bottom line reinforcing your mission?last_img read more

The Maternal Health Task Announces New Grants, Innovative Maternal Health Projects to Inform National Policies

first_imgPosted on July 22, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)NEW YORK, July 22—The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth announced today that it has awarded eight new grants supporting innovative maternal health projects across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The projects, which will be carried out by local organizations in developing countries, will lead to national policy recommendations for improving maternal health.Each project will evaluate an ongoing effort to advance maternal health in places where too many women still die from preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Examples of such projects include integrating maternal health care with HIV prevention and treatment, organizing support groups for pregnant mothers, and outfitting health workers in rural communities with cellular phones to facilitate emergency care for pregnant women. Following are summaries of the new grants:In Bangladesh, scientists and nonscientists will collaborate at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) in translating new and existing knowledge about maternal health into proposals to improve government policies and practices. They will seek consensus on identifying key questions raised by three recent research programs, ensure access to the findings, reach out to national policymakers, and build ICDDR,B capacity and visibility for future work in knowledge translation.In India, the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) will combat India’s high maternal mortality and morbidity rates by demonstrating the value of integrating maternal health programs into HIV and AIDS programs. Using forums, workshops, and consultations, CEDPA will evaluate existing programs of the government’s National Rural Health Mission, the National AIDS Control Programme, and the National Health Policy Administration in the Rajasthan area, to compile best practices and build consensus on a set of recommendations for policymakers.In Malawi, the MaiMwana project will be a pilot effort to strengthen the current inadequate Maternal Death Review (MDR) system with a village-level program of maternal death audits. Kamuzu Central Hospital and the Mchinji District Hospital will support the formation of three-member MDR teams in each village to conduct a verbal autopsy (a structured interview) among relatives and neighbors within two days of every maternal death. Improved data will allow better analysis and service improvements and will contribute to recommendations to the Ministry of Health for a national audit procedure.In Mexico, the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social (CIESAS) is conducting an assessment of the Ministry of Health’s Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics Program (ALSO), which manages delivery emergencies in Oaxaca. CIESAS will determine whether ALSO courses improve the technical skills and professional morale of health care providers enough to justify expanding the program nationwide.In Peru, Future Generations, in partnership with the Peruvian Ministry of Health, will field test promising methods of reducing maternal and newborn mortality by organizing groups of pregnant women to share their pregnancy histories and experiences. In a controlled trial involving 500 pregnant women, health workers will guide the discussions, document benefits, develop a training manual and materials for possible nationwide use, hold workshops on the materials, and advocate for policy change.In South Africa and Kenya, the mothers2mothers program, which offers education and emotional support to pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV, will field test “active client follow-up” to increase the number of HIV-positive pregnant women who return to a health care facility for care after an initial visit. In much of Africa, the return rate is low, posing a major obstacle to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Mothers2mothers will use peer “mentor mothers” to send text messages or cell phone calls to previously contacted pregnant women to urge them to make return visits. Best practices will be collected for integration into the mothers2mothers standard model used continent-wide.In Sri Lanka, the Department of Community Medicine at Rajarata University will work to improve the collection of data on the impact of maternal death and postpartum illness, a process that is now limited to hospital reports. University researchers will develop a survey questionnaire for field testing among a sample of expectant mothers in the resource-poor Anuradhapura District, where maternal mortality rates are high. Researchers will analyze the frequency and prevalence of health events and their direct and indirect economic impacts on families, to contribute to national service delivery planning.In Tanzania, the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) will seek to improve emergency care for pregnant women and newborns by providing free cellular phones and business-related services for mid-level health care providers, to allow better communication with distant emergency obstetric specialists. Cooperating with district councils and a local telecommunications company IHI will evaluate the cost, feasibility, and implementation issues that arise if health workers at the district level have better access to long-distance counseling, faster referrals and resupply services, and emergency clinical support.EngenderHealth is a leading international reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in the world’s poorest communities. EngenderHealth empowers people to make informed choices about contraception, trains health care providers to make motherhood safer, promotes gender equity, enhances the quality of HIV and AIDS services, and advocates for positive policy change. The nonprofit organization works in partnership with governments, institutions, communities, and health care professionals in more than 20 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.engenderhealth.org. The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth brings together existing maternal health initiatives and engages new organizations to facilitate global coordination of maternal health evidence, programs, and policies. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Maternal Health Task Force convenes stakeholders and creates an inclusive setting to engage in dialogue, build consensus, foster innovation, and share information. For more information, visit www.maternalhealthtaskforce.org.Contact:Tim Thomas, Maternal Health Task Force/EngenderHealth646-436-6555, tthomas@engenderhealth.org Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Beach to Brazil captain: Marcelo living the dream

first_imgWorld Cup From beach football to Brazil captain: Marcelo living World Cup dream Iain Strachan 02:59 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcelo Brazil Getty World Cup Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Switzerland Marcelo The Real Madrid defender will be immensely proud to wear the armband when the Selecao begin their Russia 2018 campaign against Switzerland Real Madrid star Marcelo says captaining Brazil at the World Cup will see him realise the ultimate childhood dream.The 30-year-old full-back is set to skipper the Selecao when they face Switzerland in a Group E clash in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.Brazil are among the favourites to win the finals in Russia, with an expectant nation hoping Tite’s side can seal the country’s sixth World Cup triumph. 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 Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the pressure weighing down on the players, Marcelo is embracing his prestigious role.”It’s something I like about leadership, I feel I can transmit it to the group,” he said.”Everybody contributes to the group. I’m 30 years old and everything you go through in football, you take something from it. “Way back as a child playing football on the beach, you dream of being a player representing your national team on the big stage – and now I get to be the captain. “It’s something money can’t buy.” Ahead of their campaign beginning this weekend, Brazil have been unable to escape reminders of a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of the tournament on home soil four years ago.Marcelo, though, is adamant he does not dwell on the extraordinary thrashing in Belo Horizonte.”These are things that happen in football,” he said.”Of course I wish it were different. There’s no trauma, if there was trauma I wouldn’t play football any more, I would have retired. “I look for a goal and I try to keep my focus on it. The World Cup is another challenge, tomorrow there’s another one. “To not get hurt is one, to train without pain is a challenge, to change from my club to the national team. Life is made up of challenges. “There’s no trauma. Even the good things don’t go to my head and I don’t let the bad things affect me.”last_img read more

Rampant Russia make record-breaking start

first_imgWorld Cup Rampant Russia make record-breaking start at home World Cup Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:36 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Artem Dzyuba Russia Egypt World Cup 190618 Getty World Cup Russia v Egypt Russia Egypt Powerade The hosts were given little chance heading into a global showpiece, but they have burst out of the blocks quicker than any side in history Russia’s remarkable efforts in their opening two games at a home World Cup have seen them set a new tournament record for flying starts.Having been given little chance heading into the tournament, as the lowest-ranked side in the competition, the hosts have made a mockery of that doom-mongering.They were given a helping hand in their opening encounter, with Saudi Arabia folding badly under pressure as Russian president Vladimir Putin watched on from the stands. 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 Five goals without reply got the home side off to the perfect start, with the mood of a nation and the belief within an experienced squad lifted by a dominant display.Already perched at the top of Group A on the back of that performance, the Russians produced more of the same when presented with the challenge of seeing off Egypt and Mohamed Salah.It did take an own goal from Ahmed Fathy to break the deadlock in St Petersburg, but two more efforts had been added by the 62nd minute and the final result was beyond doubt.Salah pulled one back from the spot for Egypt, but Russia held on for a 3-1 win which means that they have collected six points from their opening two games while finding the target eight times.No side in World Cup history can claim to have bettered that record.Italy, back in 1934, also opened their campaign with eight goals in two games, but they conceded twice and were held in their second outing by Spain.8 – Russia’s eight goals in the first two #WorldCup games is a joint-record for a host nation (Italy 1934 also 8). Party. pic.twitter.com/YFzzMcFid6— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 19, 2018France, meanwhile, also boasted a goal difference of plus seven after two games in 1998, but that was the collective tally of their efforts – with two clean sheets secured.Russia will be delighted to be following in the footsteps of former champions, with their recent World Cup history having offered little to suggest that such form was on the cards.8 – Russia have scored two more goals in this #WorldCup (8) than they had in their previous two World Cup tournaments combined (6 across 2002 and 2014). Entertainers. #RUS #EGY #RUSEGY pic.twitter.com/Z9OTHv6fuC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2018Stanislav Cherchesov’s side now have one foot in the last-16 and will feel that anything can happen from there, with their goal tally already equal to that of a Spain side which went all the way in 2010.8 – Russia’s eight goal total in their two games at the 2018 World Cup is equal to the tally that Spain scored overall in their 2010 tournament victory (in seven games). Madness.#RUSEGY #RUS #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/IUDFRhgds2— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2018Russia do still have one more Group A outing to take in before attention turns to knockout football, with Uruguay next up for them on Monday.last_img read more

Sarri requests Higuain, Mertens & Koulibaly for Chelsea

first_imgTransfers Sarri requests Higuain, Mertens & Koulibaly as Chelsea talks speed up Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent 20:05 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Higuain Mertens Napoli Juventus Serie A Transfers Chelsea Napoli Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues are still not clear on who their head coach will be next season as they push ahead to get a deal resolved before pre-season kicks off Chelsea have spoken to prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri about his transfer preferences as he targets a host of Napoli stars from past and present, Goal understands.Talks over a deal to appoint Sarri to replace Antonio Conte continue to progress positively and, in conversations with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, he has stated his admiration of various Napoli stars, including Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj, Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens.However, Chelsea will have the final say on transfers, just as they did with Conte and remain cautious about offering players aged over 30 a contract lasting longer than one year. 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 This policy may scupper Sarri’s interest in signing Belgium international Mertens and also Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, whose future with the Serie A champions is the source of renewed doubts.Higuain retains a strong bond with Sarri from their time together at Napoli, despite controversially swapping the title challengers for their fierce rivals in the north of Italy.Koulibaly and Mertens both interested Chelsea in the past under Conte and the Senegal defender was the subject of an ultimately failed summer-long pursuit inNapoli have always proved difficult to work with for Chelsea as discussions continue to remove Sarri from his contract, despite club president Aurelio De Laurentiis having already signed Carlo Ancelotti to replace him.Sarri had a £7 million ($9.4m) release clause to be paid as compensation but that expired on May 31. Chelsea had sought to pay less than this clause, as they also face a possible £9m bill to remove Conte from his position as head coach.Talks have continued between Sarri and Chelsea, as they work on their strategy to secure his appointment, although Laurent Blanc remains a frontrunner, should the negotiations collapse. Chelsea have shown an interest in Nice’s Jean Michaël Seri and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, but a lack of manager has seen all transfer activity slow down at the club.Kalidou Koulibaly NapoliThe club’s players remain in the dark over who the new coach will be and their own futures could be affected by the next appointment. The non-World Cup players have been told that they are due back for pre-season on July 2 without knowing who the next manager will be.The situation around the head coach has delayed potential contract renewal talks for senior players, as well as the futures of those who are among the 35-man loan group.Blues legend Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, is being lined up for a role under Sarri and he will be offered an assistant manager position.last_img read more

Germany drop Ozil & Khedira for crucial Sweden game

first_imgWorld 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) Mesut Ozil Germany 2018 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.last_img read more

Video: Croatia vs Denmark – Last 16 match preview

first_imgWorld Cup Video: Croatia vs Denmark – Head-to-Head World Cup 2018 last 16 match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy World Cup Videos Croatia v Denmark Croatia Denmark Goal previews the clash between the Group D table-toppers and a side led by the talents of Christian Eriksen, as well as three other last 16 matcheslast_img

10 months agoArsenal forced into early kick-off for Europa League tie

first_imgArsenal forced into early kick-off for Europa League tieby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal will be forced to play their Europa League round of 32 at 5pm, UEFA have confirmed.UEFA regulations do not allow teams from the same city to play on the same day.With Chelsea receiving priority after winning the FA Cup, Arsenal have been given the early time slot.A statement from UEFA read: “Due to the city clash between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC, and in order to respect the sporting criteria of the competition (both teams are seeded and have to play the return leg of their respective round of 32 ties at home), one of the two return-leg matches will be played on a Wednesday.”In accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, Chelsea FC have priority, having won the national domestic cup. Arsenal FC with therefore play their return leg in the round of 32 at home on Wednesday 20 February 2019, at 18.00 CET (17.00 GMT), irrespective of their opponents.”The Gunners have drawn BATE Borisov for the tie, while Chelsea will face Malmo. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_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

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

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Names Mitsuis New LNG Carrier

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has held a christening ceremony for the next-generation LNG carrier currently under construction for Japan-based Mitsui & Co.The new ship, which was named Marvel Crane on February 21, is designed with improvements both to LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and hybrid propulsion system.Completion is scheduled for March 2019, after which the 79,000 dwt vessel will be put into service, transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG Project in the U.S., in which Mitsui & Co. is participating.Featuring a length of 293 meters and a width of 48.9 meters, Marvel Crane is the first of two LNG carriers of the same design being constructed for Mitsui & Co. The ship has a total tank holding capacity of 177,000 m3.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding received the order for the new vessel through MI LNG Company, a joint venture for the design and sale of LNG carriers established by MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding.last_img read more