The Newest CFB Playoff Rankings Mean The Big 12 Is Finished

first_imgIt’s over.The Big 12’s slim CFB Playoff hopes have ended as its two best teams were ranked Nos. 9 and 10 in the newest CFB Playoff rankings. OU dropped one slot to No. 9. OSU stayed put at No. 10. They finished with a combined 15-1 record against other Big 12 teams, and neither has a shot at making it into the four-team playoff even with a win on Saturday. Why?Here’s why.Fifth Rankings: The #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Top 25 for games played through November 26. pic.twitter.com/tSlBNBS48K— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 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. Even if Clemson, Alabama and Washington all lose (improbable), there are other teams already ahead of OSU and OU that will fill the playoff spots. Teams that play games against teams in the top eight that would undoubtedly keep them clear of the Bedlam champ.In fact, let’s say that very scenario above plays out on Saturday. Let’s say Florida, Virginia Tech and Colorado all win their conference titles.Alabama would still be in. Ohio State would be in. The Big 10 champion (Wisconsin or Penn State) would be in as both are ranked ahead of OU and OSU currently and play each other. And Michigan or Colorado would be in if Colorado beats Washington (Michigan beat Colorado earlier in the year so good luck with that, committee).The problem for OSU and OU is Colorado. It is ranked ahead of both of them currently and would have beaten No. 4 Washington and won the Pac-12 title. The Cowboys and Sooners cannot surpass that. OU had a chance if it was ranked ahead of CU this week because it could have feasibly stayed ahead with a huge (yuuuuuuge) Bedlam win. But not now.So Bedlam will only be for Bedlam and the Big 12 title and a Sugar Bowl berth. A lot, certainly, but not what it could be if there was a clearer path into the CFB Playoff. That’s fine with me, and it’s fine with Mike Gundy. But in the big picture, it’s a bummer of a way to decide a postseason tournament.Also, I saw this on the playoff and I thought it was great.The committee is incentivizing losing a division game. They’re incentivizing NOT winning the conference. It’s bad for college football.— KilroyFSU (@KilroyFSU) November 30, 2016center_img Assuming now the plausible field’s down to seven. Pecking order:1. Bama2. Clemson3. U-Dub4. Ohio St5. B1G champ6. Michigan7. Colorado— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) November 30, 2016last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben

first_imgInter Milan offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robbenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan have been offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben.Off contract in June, Robben has announced he is leaving Bayern at the end of the season.The Dutch midfielder has opened the door to a return to PSV Eindhoven, however FcInterNews.it says agents have also offered him to Inter.While now 34, Inter management have welcomed the approach and are actively discussing adding Robben to the squad next season.Though Inter are keen to drive down the average age of their squad, they’re willing to make an exception for Robben. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoFriend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Friend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlvaro Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea this month.Speaking on Cadena Cope, a member of the striker’s camp revealed the Spaniard has decided to leave Stamford Bridge in January.PSG, Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid are all being linked with Morata.However, Sevilla are regarded as favourites to land the centre-forward – with a loan arrangement already being discussed.Both Sevilla coach and sports chief Joaquin Caparros have confirmed their interest. last_img

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters https://t.co/H6bcaErCe5— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more

Traditional Indigenous food cart drawing big crowds in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsA little food cart is making a big splash in downtown Edmonton.It’s drawing large crowds during lunch hour with traditional Indigenous foods.APTN’s Keith Laboucan hit the streets and has this story.Klaboucan@aptn.caTwitter: @KLaboucanlast_img

Softball Ohio State downs Michigan avoids sweep

OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 21 Ohio State softball team (23-9, 5-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 16 Michigan (28-8-1, 8-1 Big Ten) behind a complete-game shutout from junior pitcher Shelby McCombs, snapping a 21-game losing streak to the Wolverines.“Oh my gosh, I can’t even speak,” McCombs said. “It feels awesome. The rivalry is there, that’s for sure.” McCombs opened the game with three and two-thirds no-hit innings and had four strikeouts against her first seven batters. She finished the game with 10 strikeouts through her seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits in the game.Her success was due primarily to her ability to get players to swing at balls outside of the strike zone which led to softly hit balls, Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said.“Shelby was a master out there at getting them to hit non-strikes,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I think she picked and chose her time to throw a strike and got them to swing at pitches outside the zone. You want every pitcher to do that; it’s ideal.”Though she was undoubtedly the player of the game, McCombs was quick to deflect all praise to her teammates.“If it wasn’t for my teammates — Ashley (Goodwin) hitting that bomb, Anna (Kirk) starting off with a bomb, Becca (Gavin) hitting that changeup to right field — I don’t know what would have happened,” McCombs said. “Props to them. I wouldn’t have to do it without them.”The Buckeye offense supported McCombs with five runs, all coming against Michigan senior Megan Betsa, one of the nation’s top pitchers. Betsa entered the game leading the nation in strikeouts and the Big Ten in shutouts and hit allowed per game, but OSU lit her up on Sunday, forcing a pitching change in the fifth inning.“I honestly think she’s one hell of a pitcher,” said junior first baseman Ashley Goodwin. “She’s great, she throws good and she’s very consistent. We just kind of stuck to our game plan and took it pitch by pitch.”Betsa held OSU scoreless through two innings before junior third baseman Kirk hit a solo home run to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead after three innings. OSU added to its lead in the fifth with an RBI single from junior catcher Becca Gavin before breaking the game open with a three-run home run from Goodwin.“I was just trying to honestly get a base hit for my team,” Goodwin said. “We’d been waiting for something like this and it finally happened.”Michigan loaded the bases in the game’s final inning, but McCombs got out of the inning and the game unscathed, finishing the complete-game shutout and giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 win.OSU lost the series 2-1 after Michigan won both games on Saturday, but the Buckeyes were happy to celebrate their first win against the Wolverines in nearly seven years, snapping a 21-game losing streak to Michigan dating back to April 28, 2010.“It was awesome,” Goodwin said. “We wanted to do it for our team, our coaches, our fans. It was the best feeling ever.”With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 23-9 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten. OSU travels to Penn State Wednesday for a mid-week doubleheader before returning home Friday for a weekend series with Indiana. read more

Football Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins makes case for playing time

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) waits for a snap in the fourth quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough he remains unlikely to unseat J.T. Barrett as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins took the first snaps of his career Saturday on the Buckeyes’ final drive of their 38-7 win against Army.The redshirt freshman did not disappoint. Haskins completed all four of his passes for 46 yards, zipping the ball to four separate receivers on each throw and driving the Buckeyes to Army’s 10-yard line. “I thought he performed well when he was in there,” coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “He was 4-for-4. I wanted to throw him more, but you just didn’t want to do something silly.”His big-armed, pocket passing style starkly contrasted with Barrett’s dual-threat approach. In Haskins’ only drive, he completed passes of 14 and 15 yards. In the rest of the game, Barrett completed six passes for at least 14 yards.Meyer praised Haskins’ quick release after the game and said Haskins might have had a chance to score on his only drive, but did not want to score another touchdown and run the score up.After Ohio State’s first loss of the season, a decisive 31-16 defeat to Oklahoma, Meyer said he hoped to find Haskins some reps in regular-season games with the goal being to prepare the quarterback to be “game-ready.” Meyer did not believe Haskins earned that designation last week and believes he still has to work to earn the tag.Redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) warms up prior to the season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Meyer’s mind, a large experience gap exists between practice reps and game reps, and another lies in whether the game reps occur under pressure. At the end of the game against Army, Haskins did not have much to lose.“I’ve done that before where you put a guy in in the second quarter of a game,” Meyer said. “We’re not at that point yet. But you’d like to do that.”Whether Haskins earns earlier playing time to test his readiness or not, he is likely to remain backup quarterback. Instead of a battle to become the starter, he might re-enter a competition with redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow, who is about ready to return to action.Burrow broke a bone in his throwing hand near the end of fall camp. Before the past two games, he threw passes in pregame warmups, but he has yet to be listed on a depth chart due to the injury.“We’ve got to make some decisions who is the first one in there,” Meyer said. “Last year was very important to get Joe in the game and he did pretty well when he was in there as well. So, that is so important for backup quarterback spot.”In the spring and fall, Burrow and Haskins entrenched themselves in a battle to back up Barrett. In the spring game, Burrow went 14-for-22 for 262 yards with three touchdowns, while Haskins completed 26-of-37 passes and added three touchdowns.The primary backup last season, Burrow played in five games and completed 22-of-28 passes for 226 yards and threw two touchdown passes. A dual threat, similar to Barrett, Burrow rushed 12 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. read more

Gracia confident ahead of the match at Old Trafford

first_imgWatford managed to beat Newcastle 2-1 in the previous round and Javi Gracia believes that they can continue in this winning note even in the upcoming game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.The Hornets have nothing to play for but their pride – they are clear from the relegation places but they are far from the top spots as well. And their coach wants them to continue with good results to improve the overall feeling of the season.The Spaniard spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to watfordfc.com:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Now after our last game, getting to 41 points, now [the top half] is our new target. We will try to win the last game, try to score a goal away, try to compete in the same level as the last games and try to get a better result in the last away game.”“Now we are one of four teams on 41 points and you never know what will happen, we try to get points and achieve the best position.”last_img read more

United is Boring and behind Liverpool in transfer market declares Paul

first_imgThe former midfielder, Paul Ince represented Manchester United and Liverpool respectively during his playing days and feels from his wealth of experience that Anfield is a more attractive destination for signings than Old Trafford.Manchester United’s “boring” brand of football has seen them become less attractive to prospective signings than arch-rivals Liverpool, claims Paul Ince, according to Goal.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Liverpool club holds the history and purchasing power to compete with the best in the business when it comes to the pursuit of world football’s top stars.Jose Mourinho has been criticised severally including from Man Utd treble winner Yorke, who describes his style as a load of crap plus the current supposed defensive mindset frustrating certain players as well as a demanding fan base.Ince spent his football playing career at the highest level; after leaving West Ham United he joined Manchester United where he played in the Premier League. After two years in Serie A he returned to England to play in the top flight for Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers.last_img read more

Gerrard praises club chairman

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has heaped praises on the club’s chairman Dave King for his total support and financial backing.The former Liverpool youth team coach has thanked the Rangers board for their support as he prepares to meet Dave King for more transfer discussions.Rangers have already signed 11 players this summer but Gerrard believes there could still be two more arrivals before the close of the summer transfer window on August 31.The sale of Josh Windass and Declan John could provide the team with more cash flexibility in the transfer market but Gerrard insists he’s happy with the backing he has received from the board since becoming manager of the club on June.King was in attendance during Rangers 3-1 win over Maribor in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifier, speaking to Gerrard before leaving for South Africa.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“We has a quick chat about the game last night, we have had two brief discussions so far,” Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail.“I’ll be speaking to him in the coming days about where we’re up to. He has been fantastic to me, he and the board and I’m really grateful for all the support they have shown me.”“It’s not going to be an easy ride, at the moment things are going well but we’ve to be ready for the bumpy road ahead.”Gerrard is keen to bring in at least one central defender before the close of the transfer window.last_img read more

Joint Ministerial Council

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 3, 2016 – The Minister for the Overseas Territories, Baroness Anelay, and elected leaders and representatives of the Overseas Territories met as the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at Lancaster House in London on 1 and 2 November. They were joined at the JMC by UK Ministers from the Departments for International Development; Exiting the European Union; International Trade; Health; Work and Pensions; and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Solicitor General, demonstrating the UK Government’s commitment to a whole of government approach to supporting the Territories.OT leaders also met the British Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP.  The Joint Ministerial Council is the highest political forum under the 2012 White Paper, bringing together UK Ministers, elected Leaders and Representatives of the Overseas Territories for the purpose of providing leadership and shared vision for the Territories.  Its mandate is to monitor and drive forward collective priorities for action in the spirit of partnership.At the end of the meeting political leaders and representatives of the UK and Overseas Territories issued the communique in the link below.https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/565228/Overseas_Territories_Joint_Ministerial_Council_2016_Communique.pdflast_img read more

Paul Merson opens up about Liverpool FCs FA Cup exit

first_imgArsenal legend Paul Merson believes that Liverpool FC’s FA Cup exit will give the team time to concentrate on the Premier League title race.Liverpool lost 2-1 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a match where manager Jurgen Klopp featured a youthful team while resting most of the first-team players in a move to concentrate on the Premier League title race.Speaking to The Debate on Sky Sports via The Sports review, Merson said:“I just think it’s another game out the way. They’ve got a two-week break after playing a couple more league games and recharge their batteries.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They’re in an unbelievable position to make history, they haven’t won the league in 29 years – don’t get carried away and start thinking about the double, concentrate on the league.“As long as it doesn’t affect the players’ thinking, two defeats on the trot, but they’ve just been beaten by Man City, one of the best teams in the world, and made nine changes tonight.“For me, it could be the best thing that happened to them.”last_img read more

Micciche Introduces Bill To Close Schneider Loopholes

first_imgClassify unwanted contact with semen as a sexual crime, which means perpetrators can be required to register as sex offenders for this crime;Require that strangulation to the point of unconsciousness is defined as assault in the first degree, which carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years; andEliminate credit toward time served for electronic monitoring for sexual assault convictions. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) filed a bill to eliminate the “Schneider Loopholes” in Alaska’s criminal code in sexual assault cases. Micciche says SB 12 will improve our sexual assault laws in three important ways: Sen. Micciche: “In recent years, one outrageous story after another about criminals getting a slap on the wrist has dominated our headlines. The case of Justin Schneider, however, forced us to confront just how badly our criminal justice system has been failing victims and survivors of sexual assault. SB 12 represents an urgently needed fix to a glaring loophole, but it is only the beginning.”center_img Senate Bill 12 was introduced by Senator Micciche after Justin Schneider, a case that gained national attention, after he served no prison time for strangling a woman to the point of unconsciousness and then ejaculating on her. According to Senator Micciche this exposed some serious, long-standing shortcomings in laws dealing with sexual assault in Alaska: “Serious crimes were ignored and an inappropriate plea deal allowed the perpetrator to serve a portion of the sentence of the single conviction at home with his family. In a state number one in the U.S. for sexual assault, we are making the statement that there will be ‘no more free passes’ for perpetrators of such crimes.”last_img read more

This Ceasefire Weekend House Music Heals

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comSo far in 2019 Baltimore has been averaging almost a murder a day, 26 homicides as of Jan. 26.There have been six days with multiple homicides. There was a homicide every day from Jan. 8 – Jan. 13. We’ve gotten off to a bad start after registering moderately lower crime rates across the board in 2018.It seems Ceasefire Weekend is coming right on time, as usual.“So, the movement itself is based on the idea that Baltimore can collectively put a pause on violence, if we decide as a city, as a community we can do that. We can give one another at least 72 hours,” said Letrice Gant, a co-founder of Baltimore Ceasefire 365, during a recent conversation I had with her at Impact Hub on North Ave.“The other part of that, the other component we try to stress to people is this idea about celebrating life,” Gant added. “So, one of the things we encourage people to do during Ceasefire Weekend is to plan what we call life affirming events. Life affirming events can be something as intimate as you sitting down with family members and having a conversation about the context of violence and how it impacts you directly.”The essence of Baltimore Ceasefire and perhaps the main reason the Ceasefire Weekends have been so successful (every Ceasefire weekend has seen a significant decrease in homicides and shootings), is that it is grass roots and  community-driven. Ceasefire is not some lumbering entity hovering over the community, handing down edicts to end violence, which the residents of the mostly Black, mostly poor communities most affected by violence would promptly ignore. Ceasefire is of, from and for those communities most impacted by murder and mayhem and the residents of those communities are most important in the battle to change the city’s injurious trajectory.From the beginning (Aug. 21), I’ve thrown my personal and professional support behind the Ceasefire movement led by Erricka Bridgeford, Gant, Ogun Gordy, Jakia Jason, Michelle Herring and Darnyle Wharton.But, this Ceasefire Weekend I’m in the game for real–along with many others creating space for peace and healing.Me and my partner Tiffany Ginyard, (the AFRO’s new managing editor), who happens to be one of the smartest, most talented young people I know, are producing “House Music Heals,” a “life affirming event” at the burgeoning Impact Hub on North Ave.I may not be totally objective here but, House Music Heals is unique in the sense we are convening a community conversation about the impact of violence on our young people, as well as a traditional Baltimore House Party. Both elements of our forum lend themselves to healing.Our conversation about the impact of ubiquitous violence (more than 50 percent of 2018 homicides were people aged 13-30) features five dynamic young leaders. Lauren Bell, a 10th grade a multi-talented artist and writer; Deleciea Greene and Keyma Flight, members of the nationally respected Dewmore Baltimore Youth Poetry Team; Khaneef Goode, a West Baltimore community organizer and Ras Tahuti Missouri, another powerhouse spoken word artist.I first wrote about Missouri in July 2016, when he reflected on the death of murdered West Baltimore rap artist “Lor Scoota” (Tyriece Watson). “He was trying to get away from the street life, he was trying to get away from all of that,” Missouri, who was 15 at the time told me back in 2016. “That was his ticket out of the city…rapping about what he lived…and it’s sad that the reality and what he lived turned around to be his downfall.”And it is a divine twist of fate that we are also facilitating a House Music set across the street from the mythic Odell’s nightclub. Although Odell’s has been shuttered for decades, the creative energy is crackling once again on North Avenue. Our House Music party features two phenomenal DJs: Henry Da Man (Henry Featherstone) and Sunny T (Monica Taylor). I’ve known Taylor since we were both in Middle School and although she’s always had a deep love of music, she just started DJ’ing a few years ago. Featherstone, who I refer to as “the Professa,” is one of the most knowledgeable DJ’s in Baltimore, a bastion of world class House Music talent.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)I wrote about “The Healing Power of House Music” in October 2015, when I referenced the legendary “Deep Sugar” House party, during a special set by Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody shortly after the Uprising of April 2015.I wrote that Deep Sugar was a spiritual salve for many of the city’s disenfranchised; people of color, the LGBT community and many others.We need that healing power every day.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more