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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 most surprising part of these poll results is that those of you who voted that the Big 12 will actually thrive crept into the double digits. I told Carson this on our podcast, but I think I’m more optimistic than most about the future of the Big 12. I think I might be with the “will thrive” people.I’ve really struggled with how to think properly about this because there are so many tentacles to try and get your arms wrapped around, but the reality is that the Big 12 is currently making money. A lot of it. $300M last year ($30M to each team) and will make even more with a conference championship game.There is no incentive for anyone to go anywhere except for maybe OU (and even that is pretty debatable). The issue for the Big 12 is going to be this: Figure out how to keep pace with future contracts with TV networks on a per/team basis. You don’t have to make SEC or Big 10 money, but you do have to make per-team SEC money (which you are currently pretty close to).The issue is that now your properties are not as valuable, and those other conference are beginning to sign some outrageous contracts. So where does the Big 12 go? Does it try and contend with those conference in terms of ESPN and FOX or does it try to ink deals with, say, Netflix and Hulu? Is that a wise financial move in the future or does it just sound sexy?These are the decisions the Big 12 will have to make now that it has decided to stay at 10 teams. I think there’s a space for the Big 12 to really thrive over the next decade and beyond. I’m just not sure who I trust to find it. Tuesday poll question: Following the no expansion announcement, the Big 12 will …— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 18, 2016Let’s get to your comments.okstate1990: The B12 will be fine. The Conference, the Universities and the Networks will figure it out — there are some pretty smart people involved despite the arrogance of UT. 2025 is a long way off. There’s no need to panic and add teams (especially the ones available) just because the media and fans think they should.At some point, people may realize that the B12’s round robin schedule is the way to do it and the 14/16 member conference idea wasn’t so great. TV Networks are evolving very rapidly now; how do we know what the networks are going to even look like much less be able to afford in 9 years? It may turn out that the B12 is at an advantage only having 10 teams splitting fewer pie pieces.Levin: there are only a few P5 caliber schools not yet in a P5 conference. (BYU, Houston, Cincy) Those schools will add value to whatever conference they join, no question. The Big 12 will be fine without them for now, but will we be kicking ourselves later for not adding them when we had the chance?Chris: Wonder how other leagues are viewing the petulant behavior of OU during all this? Not a team player at all having constant tantrums since 2011. The league is dead, but I bet Ou doesn’t get an offer until Boren is gone.TJ: I think maybe the big 12 accidentally is ahead of the curve on this. They protected their recruiting base just as much their financial base.
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. What can you do in 15 minutes? Actually the question is probably, what can you not do in 15 minutes if you’re Oklahoma State? For Mike Gundy, this season, the answer is “practice.”Gundy has long been on the cutting edge of tapering practice time and limiting hits on Sunday-Friday to keep his teams fresh for Saturdays. It’s a big deal to him, and it has seemed to be something that works. He said on Saturday he has taken that to the next level this year.“Last year we got beat up and got a little tired,” said Gundy on Saturday. “But we also didn’t play very well. We got out of position last year. We got out of position against good teams which makes it really bad. We’ve adjusted our practice routine this year. We’re considerably less overall. I think it paid off for us today.“Actual on-field time … we’re about 14 hours less of actual on-field practice time cumulative now than we were this time last year. Now you say, ‘it doesn’t seem like a lot.’ Well it does if it’s 15 minutes a day, four days a week. You add it up give or take and we’re about 14 hours less on the field. Knock on wood, it’s helped us from an injury standpoint. And our players seem like they’re fresh. But their attitude is tremendous.”This is very smart, and it does seem like it has added up. Of course OSU is also facing fewer plays per game on defense this year than last year and not playing those insane 100-play games like it did in 2015. Through 11 games in 2016, OSU’s defense has faced 76 plays per game. Through 11 games in 2015, it had faced 79 a game.Combine this with the practice time with the fact that, let’s be honest, OSU has gotten a little lucky with injuries this season (and it is also a deeper unit on defense), and now you’re on the precipice of your second Big 12 title in six seasons.Mike Gundy: time-management guru. Who knew?
Football season is officially over. After the final game of the 2016 season, Oklahoma State players took to twitter to express their excitement after the bowl win. Here’s what they had to say:Great year! Couldn’t have ask for better teammates! I love you guys ? https://t.co/fLzZt6cTt7— Justice Hill (@jhill21_) December 30, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There he go!! #ValeroAlamoBowl #weneedsomebigrings pic.twitter.com/cb1rt2SxIb— AJ Green (@AjGofor6) December 30, 2016 Easy W ? #GoPokes #Big12— Tyler Patmon (@Lion_hearted_26) December 30, 2016 So glad to be on this team. Alamo Bowl Champs. #SinorForHeisman— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) December 30, 2016 Blessed! ??— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) December 30, 2016 Ramon Richards (@chief_vii), The #OKState King of Hype pic.twitter.com/h8oq3MdVzP— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) December 30, 2016 POKES BY A MILLION!!! Blessed for this and it was a bonus sending the seniors out right! #onemoreyear #AlamoBowlChamps— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) December 30, 2016 All love for the man @DezBryant pic.twitter.com/3xys7Ny0yz— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) December 30, 2016
UEFA Champions League Willian & Mane lead the way in the Champions League Team of the Round Goal 06:55 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Getty UEFA Champions League Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Basel v Manchester City Porto v Liverpool Real Madrid v PSG Chelsea v Barcelona Bayern München v Beşiktaş Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Sevilla v Manchester United Porto Sevilla Real Madrid Bayern München Beşiktaş PSG Manchester United Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Basel Liverpool Barcelona Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk Roma It was a positive fortnight for the competition’s Premier League contingent, with Liverpool and Manchester City in particular making a big impression
Lionel Messi NBA star Steph Curry sees ‘creative genius’ similarities with Barcelona’s mercurial Messi Chris Burton 05:08 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Lionel Messi Barcelona Primera División The Golden State Warriors superstar believes he shares qualities regarding ability and drive with an iconic performer from a different sporting field Steph Curry enjoys a standing in NBA circles similar to that of Lionel Messi in the football world, with the pair sharing comparable “creative genius”.That is the view of a superstar performer at the Golden State Warriors who has helped to raise the bar on a basketball court and put himself in a position to secure a standing among the all-time greats.Messi has done likewise on a different sporting field, with the mercurial Argentine a five-time Ballon d’Or winner who has broken countless records and collected an enviable haul of collective and individual prizes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Curry sees parts of himself in the Barcalona icon, with both men having worked tirelessly on their art in an effort to reach the very top.A two-time NBA MVP told reporters: “I think it’s the creative genius to what he does and a flair, but also there is a fundamental aspect to the flair.“The work that he puts in, I’m assuming, based on the talent that he has, and combining that with the talent that he has and how that kind of shows when he’s out there on the pitch.“So I think there’s a lot of comparison, really, around the creativity and the innovation that we bring to our respective sports and trying to, I guess, impact – I would say influence the next generation to try to push themselves as well.”Curry has helped the Warriors to two NBA titles in a three-year period, with only a LeBron James-inspired Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 having denied him a hat-trick.He is back in the pursuit of major honours this season, with Messi doing the same at Camp Nou.Barcelona have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Liga table, are through to the Copa del Rey final and the last-16 of the Champions League.Messi has contributed 32 goals to their cause, with the 30-goal mark having been passed for a 10th successive season.
A few weeks back, we highlighted Cade Bennett’s ridiculous film from early in his senior season, and that led us here.I got on the phone with Bennett Thursday, and we talked about what made him chose Oklahoma State over staying in his home state of Arizona, how he loved pummeling his foes before he loved football and a cool thing Arizona football is doing with its top eight teams regardless of class.I’ll let him get more into that, but I think Oklahoma should do something like it.Marshall Scott: You had offers to stay closer to home, so what sold you on Oklahoma State?Cade Bennett: I never was directly feeling connected to the in-state schools. They have good things going for them, but just overall, I never was fully there.Honestly, the whole recruiting process, I was just looking for what everyone talked about like when you go somewhere, you’ll just know if it’s your place. When I went to Oklahoma State, I visited probably dozens of schools before then, I showed up and I knew. I was like, ‘Welp, recruiting is done for me.’It’s just different people there. There’s a different kind of football played there than anywhere, in the Pac-12, as well. It has everything.Marshall Scott: Had you ever been to Oklahoma before?Cade Bennett: That was my first time ever, actually on that visit.Marshall Scott: What are some of the differences that you noticed just from people, environment between Arizona and Oklahoma?Cade Bennett: Obviously Stillwater is a lot smaller of a place, but everyone there is extremely nice. I actually went to Hawaii this summer, and some people just so happened to recognize me. They were wearing Oklahoma State stuff, and they recognized that I was Cade Bennett the recruit. It’s just different. The fans and the people there are extremely kind.Marshall Scott: OSU offered you after a lot of other schools, so how was Charlie Dickey able to do more in less time?Cade Bennett: Dickey is just a rare kind of coach. I have been in contact with many coaches throughout this whole process, and Dickey’s just got something special about him. You can tell he really cares about you. Before asking about football, he cares about the other stuff. He cares about how your family’s doing and real things. He’s a great man, a great coach. His resume is really impressive as well.Marshall Scott: Recruiting sites list you as a tackle, but you play right guard for Notre Dame Prep. Are you a guy that’s comfortable playing anywhere?Cade Bennett: Yeah, I could play any position on the line. Gimme a day snapping the ball, and I’ll be good. I can adapt to any position on the line. I played most of them. I basically played every position on the line besides left guard, but that’s the same thing basically as right guard.Marshall Scott: You’re one of four offensive linemen committed for OSU’s 2020 class, I talked with Eli Russ a few weeks ago, and he said you guys talk quite a bit. What’s that relationship been like with those guys, especially considering you probably didn’t know much about those guys before?Cade Bennett: It’s great. I’ve gotten to know them over the course of the past couple months, Eli, Trent (Pullen) and then recently Monroe (Mills) committed. They’re guys I’d love to play with. I’m excited to have them as my friends, and I’m excited to build that relationship more once we go up there.They’re the right type of people. They want to work hard. They want to compete. We have the same aspirations, so it’s good people to be around.Marshall Scott: How did OSU first get on your radar? Did Dickey reach out? Or were you reaching out? How’d that all work?Cade Bennett: Actually, Coach (Josh) Henson, when he was the offensive line coach, he came and watched me work out in, I want to say, December of last year. He was talking to me and all this stuff. I believe he had this resume where I needed to be a certain height. I’m like 6-4.5, and he needed me to be 6-5 or something. So he didn’t offer me, which kind of rubbed me the wrong way at first.Coach (Robert) Luce was following me throughout this whole time. I believe he’s the one who found my film and everything. So, even when Coach Henson was the coach, they were still in contact with me, sending mail.Then Dickey took over. About a month or two after he took over, they offered. I believe I was actually the first offensive lineman to be offered once he took the job.Marshall Scott: In a lot of your highlights, you end up on top of somebody. Where did you learn that nastiness or has it always been a part of your game?Cade Bennett: I think I actually loved that before I started loving the game of football, as weird as it sounds. As a kid, I wasn’t really into flag football. I played it, but it wasn’t my thing. I wasn’t really a fan of it and everything. But once I started playing tackle, I realized that my size and my strength could help me succeed in the sport.I just kind of use it as a way to vent. You’re not getting in trouble for hurting anyone on the football field. The name of the game is just mauling people as a lineman. I love it.Marshall Scott: If somebody only watched you play football, they’d probably think you’re a pretty mean dude. Is that who you are off the field?Cade Bennett: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think I’m that mean of a guy. I like to save all that up for Friday nights.Marshall Scott: Notre Dame Prep, you guys are unbeaten right now. What are some of your goals for your last year of high school football?Cade Bennett: We’re gonna try to take the conference championship. There’s a chance we could get put into the top eight, as well, the open division. It’s a new thing in Arizona this year. Either way, if we get in that or we’re in 5A still, I just want to win it all. We’ve gotten so close the past few years, I think it’s finally time. Our senior class is really something special. We’ve got four DI commits, so we’re a pretty good class, maybe one of the best classes to ever come out of Notre Dame.Marshall Scott: You mentioned that open division, can you kind of take me through that? Oklahoma doesn’t do anything like that.Cade Bennett: Basically in all divisions, the top eight teams based on power points, the top eight teams will be placed into this open division. The eighth team plays the first team in the first game, and whoever wins that basically wins it all.Marshall Scott: It’s like a super state tournament?Cade Bennett: Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. We’re a really small school. We’ve only got like 900 kids compared to other schools with 3,000, but we could compete with them. I wouldn’t be scared to do any of that. I’d be happy. It’s just better competition to be honest. 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Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo is still priceless for Real Madrid and Portugal, says Salgado Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:45 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Spain Portugal World Cup Portugal v Spain Lionel Messi The Santiago Bernabeu legend is backing a talismanic forward to continue his starring role for both club and country in the years to come Michel Salgado says Cristiano Ronaldo is unsellable for Real Madrid, while he worries about the threat that the Portuguese superstar will pose to Spain in a crunch World Cup clash on Friday.The 33-year-old won the Champions League for a fifth time as Madrid overcame Liverpool 3-1 in May, but it was Gareth Bale who proved to be the match winner on that occasion as he scored twice off the bench.Immediately after the match, Ronaldo shocked the world by casting his future into doubt as he referred to his time with the Blancos in the past tense. Salgado, though, who played for 10 years at the Santiago Bernabeu, believes that Ronaldo is still the best player on Real’s books and will be kept on this summer. 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 “After what I have seen in the last season, why would they move Ronaldo out of Real Madrid? He is still there in the key moments,” Salgado told Goal during the Betfair Road to Russia preview. “We are talking about scoring always in quarter-finals, semi-finals, and knockout stages. When you need him he is there.”To be honest, he is performing fantastically, he knows to save his energy for the big moments. He knows his body, he knows his head. He is a real professional guy. He is working hard to be the best. “Cristiano is a guy who has to work hard every day to be in there and he is doing it. He is an example in terms of professionalism and, for me, obviously he has to stay in Real Madrid for as long as he wants. He is so much for us.”I wanted to see Real Madrid without him for one big game in the Champions League because we never miss him. Obviously it would be really, really different. When he is in there, the opposition defenders are shaking, they know he is in there. It is stupid to say he is too old or whatever.”Obviously he is getting mature, he is 33 years old. The physicality is dropping of course. The speed, the pace but he has got something that I don’t think right now that any other player has got. This is the smell to score goals. He has got something special when it comes to the goal.”He always puts the ball, at the right time, at the right moment into the goal. That’s something that is priceless right now in football.”Salgado won four league titles and two Champions League trophies during his time with Real Madrid and is considered to be a club legend. He also played 53 times for Spain, including in the 2006 World Cup, but missed out in 2002 due to injury.The 42-year-old says this World Cup represents Ronaldo’s last chance to win the highest honour in international football, though he thinks the Portugal star’s great rival may have a shot at playing in 2022. “It is going to be difficult for Cristiano Ronaldo to get there in the next World Cup,” Salgado said. “Maybe [Lionel] Messi has one more, probably yes. It is one of the last chances they have got to win the World Cup. That’s what the World Cup is all about.”Messi and Ronaldo, they know it. They know they have got their last chance to try to win it and that’s why it is going to be an amazing World Cup.”Spain’s opening game against Portugal will see six Spanish Real Madrid stars possibly facing their club team-mate. Salgado thinks both sides will be desperate not to lose in their opening match and that fear could therefore creep into each side’s play.”To be honest [Ronaldo] is unlucky that we have got our first game against Portugal,” Salgado added. “There is a rivalry because we are neighbours. There has always been a big rivalry in there and Cristiano Ronaldo is in there. He is our main player in Real Madrid. He is our soul so, for us, it is difficult to see us playing against Cristiano Ronaldo.“At the same time because it is a tricky group, whoever loses this game will have a lot of pressure for the second and third game. I see this game with more fear to lose it than action and belief and passion to win it. It is the first game, we know it is difficult and the first game is always important in the World Cup for the way you are going to progress.”Let’s see what happens but I am going to tell you, if you lose the first game in this group, it is not going to be easy because you have got Iran and Morocco in the second and third games. I know both teams and to be honest, they are going to make our lives complicated.”
Tunisia 1 England 2: Captain Kane saves Three Lions Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 04:02 6/19/18 Getty Images A controversial penalty appeared set to earn Tunisia a draw against England, but Harry Kane headed home an injury-time winner in Volgograd. Harry Kane marked his World Cup debut with a stoppage-time winner as England made hard work of overcoming Tunisia 2-1 in their Group G opener.England’s talisman and captain put them ahead in the 11th minute of Monday’s clash in Volgograd, but Tunisia levelled in contentious fashion.Referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot when Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm and Ferjani Sassi levelled with an unconvincing penalty. 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 England wasted numerous opportunities prior to that leveller but will have been unimpressed by Roldan’s performance thereafter, the Colombian ignoring multiple penalty appeals from the Three Lions.Gareth Southgate’s men appeared to run out of ideas in the second half, with Tunisia seemingly set to see out what would have been an unexpected draw.But in the first minute of injury time they made the mistake of leaving Kane unmarked in the box for the second time and he took advantage by heading home at the far post to ensure England start the tournament with a deserved, if unconvincing, win.Never in doubt. #threelions pic.twitter.com/jmYB1BFMJX— England (@England) June 18, 2018Jesse Lingard would have opened the scoring in the third minute had Mouez Hassen not pulled off a fine save with his legs after the Manchester United forward was found by a cutback from Dele Alli.Hassen appeared to suffer an injury when he collided with Lingard as he raced clear down the left and squared for Raheem Sterling, who will have taken comfort from an offside flag after a glaring miss.The knock did not stop the Tunisia keeper producing heroics to keep out John Stones’ header, but he could do nothing about the follow-up as Kane confidently tucked home.Hassen was withdrawn four minutes later for Farouk Ben Mustapha, who was tested by a long-range drive from Jordan Henderson, with Lingard then spurning a gilt-edged chance as he mishit a volley from Ashley Young’s cross to the far post.And 10 minutes before half-time England were punished for wasting chances as Roldan ruled Walker had intentionally made contact with Ben Youssef, Sassi’s penalty powerful enough to beat the fingertips of Jordan Pickford and find the bottom-left corner.England had a legitimate case for a spot-kick at the other end when Kane was bundled over in the box as Alli headed against the crossbar.Southgate’s men will have been frustrated by their profligacy, Lingard latching on to a ball over the top and knocking it past Ben Mustapha, only to see it trickle onto the post and wide.Kane had another appeal for a penalty waved away within five minutes of the restart as he was impeded by a pair of Tunisia players at a corner, but the rate at which England appeared to run out of gas was alarming.Young drifted a free-kick well over the bar and England’s chance at victory appeared to have gone.However, Harry Maguire flicked a Kieran Trippier delivery into the path of Kane, who made no mistake from point-blank range to break Tunisian hearts.Match-winner. #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/AYPUl33vDJ— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 18, 2018 Key Opta stats:- England scored more than once for the first time in 10 World Cup matches, since a 2-2 draw against Sweden in 2006.- Harry Kane has scored in each of his last four games for England, his best ever run for the Three Lions.- England’s Kieran Trippier created six goalscoring opportunities, more than any other player has managed so far in the 2018 World Cup.- Kane became the first England player to score a brace in a World Cup match since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in 1990. read more
World Cup Coutinho steps up for Brazil and out of Neymar’s shadow Sam Lee In Saint Petersburg Last updated 1 year ago 22:32 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty Images World Cup Neymar Brazil v Costa Rica Costa Rica Brazil Philippe Coutinho The Barcelona man has struggled to perform consistently throughout his career but he is proving in Russia that he can be his country’s talisman Two games into the World Cup campaign that they entered as favourites, Brazil are starting to find their rhythm. And, while it took Neymar until the very last kick to get his own all-singing, all-dancing show on the road, Tite’s men had at least been able to rely on Philippe Coutinho.Neymar, after weeks/months/years of scrutiny, after two games of rough treatment from his markers, and after flattering to deceive in Russia so far, finally made a positive mark in the 97th minute, with a goal which, just moments later, provoked floods of tears as he sank to his knees on the Saint Petersburg pitch after the 2-0 win over Costa Rica.It had been a trying afternoon for the Paris Saint-Germain star up until that point, and had it not been for Coutinho the headlines would have been entirely different. 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 Coutinho, for the second time in two games, came up with the goal Brazil needed. He was their best player in the disappointing draw with Switzerland, the first time Brazil have not won their first game at a World Cup since 1978, and he was there again on Friday, with his side staring down the barrel of another frustrating stalemate.It was the Barcelona man who charged into the box in the 91st minute to meet Gabriel Jesus’ knock-down, poking the ball through the legs of Keylor Navas, who had hitherto produced yet another World Cup masterclass.It was a goal that could be described these days as ‘a bench emptier’. The Brazil substitutes and coaching staff leapt from their seats and charged up the touchline to celebrate with their hero, just like Iran did in this stadium one week ago, when they snatched a last-minute win over Morocco.Yet Brazil are not Iran, they are the favourites for this tournament, and their celebrations were born more out of relief than the sheer joy of the Iranians.Indeed, Tite, the highly-regarded coach who has got this team into shape, was so overcome by it all he ended up falling face-first into the ground as he attempted to keep pace with his younger, fitter countrymen.For Tite the goal provided vindication. The coach had made shrewd changes to spark Brazil into life after an underwhelming first half, but for so long it looked as though they would have had to make do with a goalless draw.The nature of the World Cup dictates that such a result would not have been seen favourably, but make no mistake: it was clear for much of the second half that Brazil deserved to win this match.Tite’s decision to replace the poor Willian with Douglas Costa at half-time was wise, and also showed that he knew he could not afford to wait.Costa immediately looked bright and his side came close to breaking the deadlock when Gabriel Jesus headed against the bar and then, somehow, Coutinho’s shot was narrowly deflected wide.The blue shirts sensed that a goal was a matter of time but as they struggled to put the ball in the net they turned to another quality back-up, Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool man, who has been battling with Jesus for a starting berth, was pushed on just behind his Premier League team-mate, with midfielder Paulinho making way. With Costa Rica digging in, this was another clever, and brave, substitution by Tite.Yet somehow, despite the increased energy in the side and a raft of chances created, it seemed it would not be enough.Neymar, first and foremost, would have been the villain of the piece. He was criticised for his nomadic, overly flash performance against Switzerland but here he was far more involved – and usually not for the better.He forced a fine save from Navas, though had he kept his shot down he would have given his side the lead. Later on he found himself with space to burst into but decided to take his shot early, from the edge of the box, and curled a powerful effort just wide. It would have looked spectacular had it gone in, but it didn’t, and that looked set to sum up his performance.In fact, what had looked to sum up his performance was the penalty he thought he had won. After receiving the ball inside the area, close to Navas’ goal, he checked back onto his right foot, losing the momentum of the attack. The referee initially awarded a penalty, judging that the forward had been pulled, but after consulting with his colleagues in the VAR team he reversed his decision. Rightly, too; after making a mess of another good chance Neymar had gone to ground too easily.A few minutes later he was booked for petulantly slamming the ball into the ground after committing a foul. Coutinho got a yellow too, for airing his displeasure at his mate’s booking.But 10 minutes later their fortunes changed. Coutinho, the man brought to Camp Nou with much of the money Barca received for Neymar, proved yet again that he is the ace up Tite’s sleeve.Tite has only used the former Liverpool man in the midfield three in the past couple of weeks, and on this evidence, and that of his first few months in Catalunya, it is a role that suits him.Coutinho regularly struggled to perform consistently at Anfield, his stunning goals often papering over the cracks of patchy performances against England’s bigger clubs – and some of the medium-sized ones, too.But since joining Barca, and particularly in Russia, he is showing that he is the man for the big moment.His goal forced Costa Rica forwards, finally, and liberated Brazil. Neymar certainly seemed unburdened – he produced a textbook rainbow flick over his marker’s head down in the corner, as if all of his troubles had disappeared.They certainly did moments later, when the impressive Douglas Costa got in behind the defence and provide the perfect cross. Neymar, at last, was there to make the difference.Or at least a difference. He will not have to worry about too many negative reviews tonight, as Brazil picked exactly the right moment to kick their World Cup into gear. But it will not be forgotten that it was Coutinho who did it.
World Cup ‘He can say what he wants’ – Aguero takes aim at Sampaoli after Argentina fiasco Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:07 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Gabriel Rossi World Cup Argentina v Croatia Croatia Argentina The striker was clearly unhappy when it was suggested that the coach had blamed his players for Thursday’s defeat to Croatia Argentina forward Sergio Aguero took aim at his manager Jorge Sampaoli following Thursday’s disastrous 3-0 defeat to Croatia at the World Cup.The Albiceleste stand on the brink of early elimination from the tournament after gaining just one point from their first two matches. While a 1-1 opening-game draw with Iceland wasn’t ideal, the crushing defeat to Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod was far more damaging and left Sampaoli to question his own game plan. 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 “Everything that happens to the team and the players’ drop in form is down to the management. The plan against Croatia did not work out,” the Argentina boss said after the game. “I was very hopeful, the defeat pains me a lot, but clearly I did not read the game properly.”Though Sampaoli blamed himself, a TyC Sports presenter told Aguero that his manager had said his players failed to adapt to his tactics, thereby shifting the blame onto them. When told about Sampaoli’s assertion, Aguero told TyC Sports: “He can say what he wants,” before storming out of the interview.While the coach’s words were slightly twisted, Aguero’s dismissiveness does not bode well for team unity ahead of a must-win match against Nigeria on Tuesday. Aguero played 54 minutes of Thursday’s match before being substituted for Gonzalo Higuain.
World Cup Lugano backs Neymar and Brazil for World Cup glory Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:55 6/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Neymar Brazil The Selecao are still World Cup favourites, particularly after the PSG star’s return, according to the former Uruguay international Former Uruguay international Diego Lugano believes Brazil have never been so strong and remain World Cup favourites, particularly after Neymar’s return.Tite’s men are yet to hit top form in Russia, but a 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Friday lifted them into first place in Group E.Neymar, who was sidelined for three months before the tournament due to a foot injury, got on the scoresheet in that victory , and could be seen with tears in his eyes after the fact. 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 Lugano – a 95-time Uruguay international – feels Brazil deserve to be favourites to win the tournament as they, along with Spain, are the top teams in the world. “I still think that Brazil, together with Spain, are the strongest team in the World Cup, and the most solid,” he said.”I’ve never seen a Brazil squad so strong coming into a World Cup, with so many players.”They’re tactically organised like never before, physically strong and very solid mentally. Tite has done a great job with them.”I still think Brazil are the favourites to win this World Cup, even more with Neymar back to full fitness and playing again.”Que linda vitória! Na raça! Digna de Copa do Mundo! #GigantesPorNatureza #WorldCup Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/zW1JINGLi0 — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 22, 2018 Not yet guaranteed a spot in the last 16, Brazil face Serbia in their final group game on Wednesday, with a draw enough to see them through to the last 16.
Transfers Real Madrid deny agreeing €272m Mbappe deal with PSG Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:56 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Transfers Real Madrid Ligue 1 Primera División PSG Kylian Mbappé Videos It has been stated in France that the 19-year-old is set for a summer switch to the Spanish capital, but the club insist they have not made an offer Real Madrid have denied reports that they have agreed a world-record €272 million (£239m/$316m) deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign forward Kylian Mbappe.Mbappe joined PSG last year on an initial loan deal that will become permanent this summer in a deal that will see him become the second most expensive player in history.However, Madrid have been closely linked with the 19-year-old attacker, and it has been claimed in France that he is on his way to the Spanish capital this summer to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who is reportedly set to joinJuventus after his shock revelation that he wants to leave . 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 The Spanish club insist that no such deal is in place, though, saying the reports are simply false.”Given the information published in the last few hours referring to an alleged agreement between Real Madrid and PSG for player Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid says they are flatly false,” a statement read.”Real Madrid has not made any offers to PSG or the player and regrets the dissemination of this type of information that is not contrasted with the parties.”Madrid have been closely monitoring Mbappe since his days at Monaco and the principality club’s vice-president has said they made an offer worth €180m only to be knocked back as he opted to return to boyhood club PSG. Mbappe scored 21 times in 44 games for the French club in his first season and has played a key role for the national team at the World Cup, having netted three times in four games.The statement comes just over a day after the Champions League holders made an announcement to clarify that talk of another world record deal with PSG had been struck, after it was reported that they were set to sign Neymar this summer for €310m (£275m/$360m) .Like Mbappe, the Brazilian has been continually linked to the Santiago Bernabeu outfit since arriving at the Parc des Princes team.
TagsTransfersAbout 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.
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.
CHETWYND, B.C. – The District of Chetwynd is offering sandbags ahead of the heavy rain.The District posted to their Facebook page, that the sandbags have been made available at the public works yard compound at the Chetwynd Airport. The District has also provided sand if residents would like to make their own.Environment Canada says the B.C. Peace could receive anywhere from 50 to 70 mm of rain by Friday night with communities like Chetwynd, near the Rocky Mountains receiving the most. Recreational locations in higher terrain and Highway 97 through the Pine Pass could see total rainfall amounts exceed 70 mm.Additional rainfall amounts are expected Friday night followed by a clearing trend on Saturday as the weather system departs into the Prairies.There is some uncertainty regarding rainfall amounts for urban areas over the Plains such as Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. A slight shift in the storm track could shift heavy precipitation north or south of the populated centres.Thunderstorms will also play a large role in the weather this weekend with locally intense downpours, gusty winds, and lightning.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Canfor Corporation has announced that it will be temporarilycurtailing operations at three British Columbia mills due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions.Canfor’s sawmill in Vavenby will be curtailed for six weeks from February 11 to March 22, 2019.In addition, Canfor’s sawmills in Houston and Mackenzie will be curtailed for one week each in Q1. According to Canfor, these curtailments will reduce production output by approximately 40 million board feet.This is in addition to the approximately 150 million board feet of production capacity thatwas curtailed by Canfor in Q4 2018 and early Q1 2019, as previously announced.Canfor has 13 sawmills in Canada, with a total annual capacity of approximately 3.8 billion board feet.
New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women said that they have rescued 12 Nepali girls from different locations in North-West Delhi late on Saturday night. The women rights body claimed it as trafficking but the city police in initial phase found it as a case of cheating.According to DCW, the girls confessed that an agent named Uday had lured them to Delhi with the promise of getting them well-paying jobs in Dubai and other Gulf countries. Two teams were rushed to Najafgarh area when DCW member Kiran Negi received a complaint from Anandi (name changed) that a few Nepali girls are held in captivity at two places. The DCW team reached the sites and found all the 12 girls. The agent Uday could not be found, though the rescued girls said he was with them some time back. The rescued girls revealed how they had been promised that they will be sent to Iraq, Kuwait and Dubai for work and will get good salaries. Most of them had given around Rs 50000 to the agent for getting these jobs, while two of them had given Rs 2 lakh each. “Anandi said she was raped in Delhi’s Paharganj area before she left for Iraq. The Commission is now assisting her in filing an FIR in this regard,” said DCW in a Press statement. The girls stated that the agent had taken away their passports and warned them of arrest if they left the room. The rescued girls were first taken to Chhawala Police Station and subsequently shifted to a shelter home. An FIR has been registered in the case. “We have registered a case of cheating in this regard,” said Delhi Police. Swati Maliwal, Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) said that “Large scale human trafficking continues unabated and hundreds of Nepali women are being trafficked to Gulf countries via Delhi regularly. While DCW is proactive in rescue operation, the need of the hour is for the Delhi and Nepal Police to bust these international trafficking gangs that are operating in Nepal and India.”
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.