WATCH: DQ Osborne Makes Crazy Pick Against Kansas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. DeQuinton Osborne — who shall heretofore be referred to as “The Blizzard” — had an outrageous pick against Montrell Cozart in the second half of OSU’s game on Saturday in Lawrence. He almost scored himself a Fat Guy TD but came up just short (even though he obliterated some poor Kansas offensive player). There’s a human being under there. (via @sarahcphipps) #okstate pic.twitter.com/DF230O8tEC— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 22, 2016Two questions here. First, does Osborne have better hands than all of the secondary or just most of it? Two, why was a 310-pound DT 10 yards off the line? Either way, enjoy the show.last_img read more

Chris Lacy Talks About 2-TD Performance and Gundy’s 100th Win

first_imgChris Lacy scored two touchdowns in #okstate’s 37-20 win over No. 10 West Virginia. His post-game thoughts. #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/rRnxNmlb9h— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 2016Although there were a couple miscues between Lacy and Rudolph early, the junior receiver made the most of his three catches.His first catch came in the second quarter and gave the Cowboys their first touchdown. His next two came in the fourth quarter. He had a 19-yard play on third and eight to keep the drive alive and then the seven-yard touchdown to seal the deal and give OSU a 14-point lead with just over five minutes remaining. Chris Lacy had a big-time performance Saturday as the Cowboys welcomed No. 10 West Virginia for an early morning homecoming showdown at Boone Pickens Stadium.Lacy talked with OSU’s Allison Gappa after the game about his two-touchdown effort and the significance of being such a helping to secure Mike Gundy’s 100th win.“Mason just found me when I was open, he trusted me and I made the catch,” said Lacy. 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

Kansas State Is a Three-Point Favorite Over OSU, And Here Is Why

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There was a ripple of surprise on Sunday as Kansas State opened up as a three-point (or 2.5-point) favorite over Oklahoma State depending on where you get your gambling information. KSU was coming off a narrow 31-26 win over Iowa State (!) and OSU had just trounced West Virginia.But Vegas is smart, and Vegas knows that this OSU team wins games by creating turnovers. Vegas also knows that Kansas State is easily the best team in the Big 12 at protecting the football and currently No. 8 in the country at 0.9 turnovers per game. That doesn’t bode well for the Cowboys.There are other reasons Kansas State is favored, too. Most notably that the game is in Manhattan and the home team is 10-2 in this series since 1998 including the last five contests. OSU has only won one time in Manhattan since 1988 (that was in 2014). It is 1-8 in that span. Yikes!There’s more though. Advanced stats show that Kansas State, despite its 5-3 record, is actually better than Oklahoma State on defense.Big 12 defenses (S&P+)19) BU35) WVU47) TCU53) KSU61) OU66) OSU82) UT97) KU107) ISU118) TT— Oklahoma State Stats (@OSUStats) October 30, 2016So don’t just look at the most recent game when evaluating this line. Just because OSU is ranked and KSU is not does not mean it will be an upset if the Wildcats win on Saturday. Just like it should not have been considered an upset for OSU to beat West Virginia last Saturday.This is going to be a massively difficult game for OSU on Saturday in Manhattan. Vegas knows it. We know it. Mike Gundy knows it. Everybody knows it. Win this one, though, and you shorten that path to Norman for a de facto Big 12 title game.Whooo boy, I love November.last_img read more

Roundtable: Underwood Love, KSU Fear and Those Throwback Helmets Need To Stay

first_imgHere at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Boone (Head of Crootin): Because I am curious, one word to describe your attitude toward OSU basketball?Kyle Cox (Contributor): One word? Optimi-realistic.Justin Southwell (Chief Uni Officer): Stoked. ?Sam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): Rowdy.Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): Sanguine.Caleb Deck (Intern): Anticipatory? Is that a word? Anticipation-filled.Kyle Porter (Publisher): Mine is thrilled. KB can attest to this, but the last few years of watching and writing about games has been such a slog. It felt like, I dunno, work. Now I’m genuinely excited to tune in.Boone: A basketball post was one of the top reads on the site today!Caleb: I’d also say relief. Watching the Pitt St. exhibition in GIA was great and seeing the ball movement and spread offense and talent of the freshmen is more like what I remember as a kid and less like my collegiate years.Cox: I said this last night but I really think Waters is going to be good. Even with the level of competition plenty of true freshman would have had hesitation or mistakes and I didn’t see that from him one time. Looked like he knew where he was supposed to be on defense and was confident offensively. His length will help him on D as well.Fleming: I really do think they’re going to surprise people. And it’s a win-win because in this non-con schedule, they’ll be underdogs for a good amount of games (WSU, Maryland, etc.) and we’ll get to see how good this team can really be with no pressure or expectations.Aldrich: They’re going to struggle with lack of height inside, but you can go a long ways with that kind of a back court. Mitch is hugely valuable to this team, as terrifying as that is to say. Can’t be on the bench with two fouls five min. into the game like he was so often last yearCox: Right… N’Guessan is not ready, just in terms of size. Solomon still isn’t much of a bruiser anyway. McGriff can be useful cleaning up the boards but, like you said, undersized.Fleming: I think McGriff is the next Kamari Murphy. He’s going to be really important.Cox: He’s going the U? But, yeah I agree he’s important.Caleb: It looks like McGriff could be an amazing 4 if we can pick up a big boy to play the 5 in the next recruiting class or two.Fleming: Yeah the Netherlands transfer is not the answer. Anthony Allen 2016.Porter: @boonek, you know the basketball landscape pretty well — how will they fit in this year in the Big 12?Boone: After one game it’s hard to get a read especially against Pitt State, but they do look improved in pretty much every area. Better disciplined on defense and really good ball movement on offense. They nearly had 30 assists and hung 117 in the first exhibition, so thats encouraging to see team ball return.Southwell: Can we apply for whatever Perry Ellis did for Markel Brown? I feel like he should get another three years at least.Boone: Ha! Kansas is still going to run the show this year though.. I think OSU being picked 7th in preseason may be about right. This is still somewhat of a rebuild.Porter: You say “this year” like it’s not on repeat for the last decade. Does anyone else think we’re going to lose to KSU this week like I do?Cox: I feel like we have to force turnovers to get stops on D. So I’m torn at this point since its KSU.Boone: Nah, I think OSU comes back from Manhattan with a dub, surprisingly. In Mason we trust.Southwell: We have too much momentum to lose to KSUCaleb: I think Pokes can win this weekend. Originally thought we wouldn’t and I still think it will be tougher than it may appear, but with Mason really tightening up those short-intermediate throws I feel more confident.Steven Mandeville (Contributor): Gosh, if they hadn’t given us a run for our money with a wide receiver at qb at home I’d feel pretty good. They always play us well (they win in manhattan, take us to the wire in Stillwater). Scared they won’t pass it enough for Ramon to get enough shots at an interceptionPorter: Does Oklahoma State play OU for the Big 12 title in Norman? (i.e. win out and Baylor lose at least one other game)Carson Cunningham (podcasting): They are already talking about OU.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-44-14-pmCox: Ehhhh… yesssss???Boone: No. I don’t think Baylor will lose again, and I think OSU trips up before their showdown in Norman. TCU in Fort Worth will be tough, with or without Kenny Trill.Aldrich: I’m gonna say no. Pokes lose once more before then, and I don’t know if Oklahoma will lose again (before they get inevitably stomped in a bowl, of course).Southwell: It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. Maybe I’m too high on the performance against WVU, but if they continue to play like that, OSU can win out.Aldrich: And to answer @porter yeah, I do kind of feel a loss coming this weekend. K State absolutely refuses to turn the ball over, and our defense is pretty reliant on TOss. Mixed with Road Mason, and The Windbreaker at home, not very confident.Caleb: I think it’s definitely possible but I’m not sure of the likelihood. Baylor still has TCU, @OU, KSU, TTU, and @WVU. That’s no cake walk and I think they lose, but I’m not sure about the Pokes. We have the potential but I’m not fully confident in us holding our nerve on the road so much.Thomas: The chances of OSU going big 10 again are high in my opinion. They’re not going to go tempo and let KSU control the clock the entire game. Too strenuous for defense.Cox: That would be good as long as they don’t commit turnovers. Solid strategy… Hope it works.Mandeville: I don’t think so, the league is really open at this point but this feels so much like 2010 it’s not even funny.Porter: Last one — is the Homecoming black helmet your new favorite? If not, where does it rank?Cox: It’s the best one they have in my opinion.Porter: “In our opinion”Carson: “You let us make that decision!”Cox: They could do an orange/white or white orange or even black/orange and make my life complete. Actually, that should be the only helmet design and all others should be considered alternates. Hope I’m not being too vague.Carson: It’s top 5. I’m a matte black homer. Best helmet look they have.Cox: I’m saying make last week’s an orange sticker and it’s all-time. Old School brand > new school brand. Not even close in our opinion.Caleb: Gosh this is a brutal question. I think if it was the classic orange OSU on white shell it would be totally unstoppable for me. I loved the bronco rider helmet too, but i’ve always had a penchant for the Oklahoma A&M era stuff (that was kind of in the transition time of A&M to State). I think the 80s logo is still my favorite though, even in white/chrome on black.Fleming: Top 5. I do love it a lot.Aldrich: Easily top 5. I’m a sucker for anything throwback.Porter: Me too.Southwell: It’s great. I’m ready to rank the helmets again at the end of the season. I’ve really become a fan of the white alt – black brand w/ black stripe. (Iowa St 2013) So that might be my number 1 now. But I’ve always loved the black helmet with the Bedlam win and Fiesta Bowl win. I’d say it’s top 3, and I’d love to see the updated white logo (carbon fiber) on a matte black helmet.Caleb: I would still prefer this over anything ever. Ultimate Oklahoma State logo.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-52-27-pm 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

Bringing the Heat

first_imgTouch Football Australia caught up with Tim Wyld, the State Operations Manager for Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) while he was at the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Port Macquarie.We had a chat with Tim to find out more about Touch Football in South Australia.Touch Football Australia (TFA): How is Touch Football going in South Australia?Tim Wyld (TW): It is getting a lot stronger. We’ve increased our participation over the years, which has been really positive at grassroots level. That’s slowly starting to transition into enhanced elite or high performance at nationals.TFA: How many affiliates and registered players are there?TW: We have 17 affiliates and a lot of them are centrally managed by the office [Touch Football South Australia] and registered players we have just over 9000.TFA: When did Touch Football begin in South Australia?TW: The early 80s. Over the last couple of years it has flowed throughout that 20-year period. But we sort of went backwards for a few years there but we have sort of got on the right track now and it is really good, it is growing again.TFA: What kind of challenges have there been to establish the sport in South Australia?TW: I think the whole unitary model challenge sort of shake things up a bit. It was a time of uncertainty at the affiliate level. We are always up against it with some of the larger codes, AFL in particular, but recent years we have been getting into the schools system a lot more and that’s where we are seeing our growth come from school-based participation.TFA: To have that system in place, it’s really important isn’t?TW: Absolutely. We have recently signed four more agreements with the school bodies to integrate that participation at that level, so we have more of an influence and we can do TID [Talent Identification] and or get them into a team at grassroots level.TFA: What benefits does Touch Football South Australia get out from competing at the X-Blades National Youth Championships?TW: First and foremost the participation aspects of it. But we are seeing with our girls program, we are not here to make up the numbers. The girls have had a fantastic tournament, taking it to all the top Queensland and New South Wales teams and they continue to do that, and that is the aim. For the boys, they’re probably back a couple of pegs but it’s about improving their game, and slowly but surely getting them up to speed.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the X-Blades National Youth Championships action: X-Blades National Youth Championships – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksBringing the Heatlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinal

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is proud to have led the club into another Cup semifinal.Spurs will meet Chelsea in the final four of the Carabao Cup after victory over Arsenal last night.Pochettino said, “It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final. It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. “Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018). We are close. “The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contractby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli are close to securing their star centre-back to a new contract.Tuttomercatoweb reports that Kalidou Koulibaly will be signing a new deal that will give him a wage of €6 million per year.And the most important story is that his deal will not have a release clause.Koulibaly is wanted by both Manchester United and Chelsea.But his club are adamant he will stay, insisting they would even reject bids close to 100 million. last_img

Ronaldo injured as Portugal draw qualifier against Serbia

first_imgLisbon: Captain Cristiano Ronaldo left the field with a thigh injury as Portugal drew 1-1 against Serbia in an Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday. Ronaldo was replaced after 30 minutes in Lisbon as Fernando Santos’ reigning European champions drew for a second time in their opening two games of the campaign after they were held by Ukraine on Friday. There was no word whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be fit for to play for his club Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Ajax on April 10. William Carvalho wasted the best of the early chances at Benfica’s two-thirds empty Estadio da Luz. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSerbia failed to clear the ball in the box before it fell to the unmarked Real Betis midfielder who’s side-footed shot glanced past the post after five minutes. Ajax playmaker Tadic opened the scoring from the penalty spot two minutes later. Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio collided with an advancing Mijat Gacinovic in the box and Tadic tucked the spot kick away with ease to take a shock lead over the Euro 2016 winners. Ronaldo was denied an equaliser two minutes later as his effort was very well saved Marko Dmitrovic. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe 156-time international left the field on the half hour mark after he pulled up chasing a ball on the left wing. He received quick treatment from members of the medical team before returning to action but was replaced by Pizzi minutes later as Pepe took over the skipper’s armband. The visitors were level with three minutes of the first half to play. Porto’s Danilo Pereira hammered his shot from outside the box into the top corner past a helpless Dmitrovic. Carvalho should have put his side into the lead 25 minutes into the second half.last_img read more

Bengal collects record revenue of Rs 10000 cr by selling liquor

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has collected a record revenue of Rs 10,000 crore in the current fiscal year 2018-19 by selling liquor.The Excise Department has received the amount till the middle of January this year. When the Trinamool Congress government came to power, the Bengal had an income of around Rs 2,117 crore from liquor in a financial year. In the past eight years, the government has successfully taken the figure to Rs 10,000 crore which is the highest in the history of Bengal since the time of promulgation of the Bengal Excise Act, 1909. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDue to constant monitoring by the various government agencies on unauthorised and spurious liquor, the overall consumption of such liquor has gone down across the state. This has also helped the state Excise Department to generate revenue as many people have switched over to authorised liquor. Earlier, the selling of illegal liquor was rampant in the state. But the police and Excise Department have carried out a major crackdown on spurious liquor outlets. A record sale of liquor in Bengal has contributed immensely in the exchequer of the cash-strapped Trinamool Congress government. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring the last financial year, the state Excise Department had set a target of raising the excise revenue to Rs 10,000 crore this year. In October 2018, the sale of Indian-made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) stood at 1.20 crore litre, marking a rise of 57 percent over what was recorded in 2017. Similarly, the sale of licensed country liquor in the last year touched 1.24 crore litre, 31 percent more than the corresponding figure of 2017. Interestingly, the Excise Department in 2017-18 received revenue of Rs 9,340 crore which was much higher than the collection in 2016-17 that remained at Rs 5,226 crore. It may also be mentioned here that the state government’s decision to take control over the distribution of liquor was a masterstroke by the government as it secured additional income for the state exchequer. Prohibition in the neighbouring state of Bihar is another big factor. This has also led to a sharp rise in the sale of liquor in the bordering areas of Bengal and Bihar.last_img read more

Ohio State looking to hold off Michigan in Big Ten Championship finale

The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion played host to the men’s swimming and diving Big Ten Championships and OSU swimmers gave the home crowd something to cheer about on Friday.“I’ve never experienced a night like this as a coach,” coach Bill Wadley said. To find a better night in Ohio State swimming history, one would have to go back at least 50 years, Wadley said.Coming into Friday night, the Buckeyes were tied with Michigan, but by the end of the night things changed. The Buckeyes started the night off with a bang, and kept it going, wrapping up Friday’s action in first place.In the 200-yard freestyle relay, OSU was able to bring home the gold and take sole possession of the lead. The relay was made up of Joel Elber, Andrew Olson, Lincoln Fahrbach and Tim Phillips.“It’s a really good momentum builder,” Olson said.The Buckeyes lost their lead for a moment, but the Buckeyes stayed positive.In the next event, sophomore Austin Mudd placed fifth in the 400-yard individual medley while teammate Justin Farra took place sixth in the same event. Both swimmers were able to improve from their morning swim.The next event was a battle of OSU against Michigan. Both teams had three swimmers in the 100-yard butterfly. OSU performed well, but Michigan was able to outscore the Buckeyes.Even though the Buckeyes were outscored, the team was happy about the finishes by all three swimmers. Phillips finished second, Quincy Lee finished fifth and Fahrbach finished in seventh.In the 100-yard breaststroke, the Buckeyes came close to a sweep. OSU was able to finish in first, second and fourth place. Junior Elliott Keefer was able to bring home the gold for OSU while senior Sam Pelkey brought home the silver. Senior Dani Malnik was just one tenth of a second from tying for third. She placed fourth.In that same event, Michigan had only one person in the top eight.OSU finished the night off with a bang. Sophomore Andrew Elliott placed first in the 100-yard backstroke.By the end of the swimming portion of the meet on Friday, the Buckeyes had 592.5 points to take over first place. Michigan checked in second with 512.5 points.The Buckeyes may have the lead but a Big Ten Championship is not in the bag.The Buckeyes will be in the pool Saturday to try to fend off Michigan and bring home a Big Ten Championship. read more

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

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

Troopers Continue Holiday Enforcement Efforts Through New Years

first_imgStory as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-troopers-continue-holiday-increase.mp3VmJennifer-on-troopers-continue-holiday-increase.mp300:00RPd They have investigated 159 damage-only crashes, 18 crashes involving injuries and two fatal collisions. The statewide effort, which launched December 13, is part of a national campaign funded through the National Traffic Safety Administration. According to statistics released in a trooper dispatch; between December 13 and December 28, troopers issued 486 citations statewide, including 128 for speeding and 15 for seatbelt and occupant restraint violations, 26 arrests for driving under the influence, with four of those arrests being for felony DUIs. Troopers will continue the effort into the early morning hours of January 1, 2018.  If you plan on celebrating the New Year with any impairing substance, troopers remind you to have a plan to get home safe. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers Facebook Page Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers have been out on the roadways for the statewide focused holiday enforcement effort.last_img read more

Galveston Declares Itself A Welcoming City Due To Concern Over Some Of

first_imgListen Share Courtesy of the City of GalvestonGalveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough addresses residents at the 2016 State of the City meeting at Galveston College in June of 2016. He is an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.Galveston has declared itself a “Welcoming City” in response to the concerns of part of its population over the actions taken by President Donald Trump.At an event held on Monday afternoon, Mayor Jim Yarbrough declared Galveston Welcome Day and underscored the importance of immigrants in Galveston’s history, with the first European settlers coming to the island in the early 19th century.The mayor said one reason for the rally is people are afraid of the potential loss of their civil liberties and added: “We need comprehensive immigration reform, not just a political splash to make a quick splash to somebody’s political base.”City leaders and community activists say Galveston is a community that wants to remain free of “prejudice and bigotry,” as noted in a Proclamation redacted by the city.Courtesy of Mindy Lakin, Indivisible GalvestonThe event where Mayor Yarbrough read a proclamation declaring Galveston a “Welcoming City” took place at the local Islamic Center.Mindy Lakin, a member of Indivisible Galveston, one of the groups that participated in the event noted that declaring themselves a welcoming city is a first step.“We have a coalition of religious leaders that will be opening their churches, mosques and synagogues to members of the community and give them, you know, both emotional and spiritual support that they need,” Lakin said.Mark Jones, a professor of Political Science at Rice University, explains that “we’ve seen this as a wave across the United States where, after the election of President Trump, many states, as well as localities, are asserting their independence or at least their opposition to the President’s policies.”Jones thinks Galveston could risk losing public funding if the federal and state governments deem the city is interfering with the enforcement of immigration laws. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:08last_img read more

Williams brushes off Navarro challenge to clinch 8th Miami title

first_imgWorld number one Serena Williams has won her eighth Miami WTA title with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 win over Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. The 33-year-old US superstar, who won her 19th Grand Slam title in Australia this year, lifted the trophy in the elite premier level tournament for the third straight year. She also won three straight Miami titles from 2002-04 and back-to-back titles in 2007-08. With her 66th career WTA title, she is one shy of Billie Jean King for sixth on the Open Era all-time list.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaWilliams hasn’t lost a competitive match since October, when she fell to Simona Halep in the round robin phase of the WTA Finals — which Williams went on to win. Williams had already surpassed Steffi Graf for most Miami triumphs with her win last year. On Saturday she joined Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as the only Open Era players to win the same event at least eight times. Graf won nine titles in Berlin, Evert won eight in Hilton Head, and Navratilova achieved the feat in seven tournaments — including her nine Wimbledon titles.  Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriAfter clawing her way past world number three Halep in the semifinals, Williams played for the title against an opponent she had beaten in four prior encounters without dropping a set. World number 12 Suarez Navarro, playing in the biggest final of her career, found herself facing Williams at her most formidable — firing winners from every part of the court.  “When I play with Serena I know that she’s the best,” Suarez Navarro said. “She has the game to make me play bad.  “But this time I believed in me, in how I’m playing the other matches. I tried. I tried until the last point, but it was tough and difficult for me.” Suarez Navarro held her nerve and her serve through the first five games. But Williams converted her third break chance of the sixth game to grab a 4-2 lead in the opening set, consolidating the break with an easy hold. Suarez Navarro saved two set points against her serve in the next game, but Williams gave herself another chance with a forehand winner and Suarez Navarro handed her the set with an error. Suarez Navarro had a chance to break in the first game of the second set, but Williams held on then broke at love in the next game. She polished off the triumph in just 56 minutes. It was an especially satisfying win for Williams, coming after a troublesome knee prompted her to forfeit her scheduled semi-final at the premier level tournament in Indian Wells a fortnight earlier. Suarez Navarro lost her seventh WTA final in eight appearances. But her fine week in Florida, where her victims included Venus Williams, will see her break into the top 10 in the world rankings on Monday.last_img read more

Bengali talent set to take London by storm

first_imgFilm lovers in London are in for a treat this summer as Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival returns for its 6th year from 16 – 23 July. The festival is pleased to announce that the Bagri Foundation, a charity whose aims include the advancement of literacy, education and the arts, with an emphasis on those of India, and the appreciation and understanding of Asian cultures, is on board as the Title Sponsor. With some of the most prestigious and thought-provoking new independent films from the Indian sub-continent, the festival is now in its 6th edition and firmly established as Europe’s largest showcase for South Asian cinema.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Considering the growing popularity of Indian cinema this year, the dynamic festival is also expanding to UK’s second largest city Birmingham. From hard hitting documentaries to gritty Slumdog like dramas, the festival showcases a plethora of talent. This year’s festival will also feature some of West Bengal’s most extraordinary talent. The prestigious British Film Institute who are one of the sponsors of the festival will play host to premiere two of the festival’s finest films – Konkona Sen Sharma starring Gour Hari Dastaan and Churni Ganguly’s directorial debut Nirbashito. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn attendance at the festival will be the versatile actress Konkona Sen Sharma who will present two of her films – Sari Raat, based on renowned playwright Badal Sarkar’s eponymous work directed by acclaimed film maker Aparna Sen. In her debut Hindi film Aparna Sen adeptly uses light, shadow and sound to create a mysterious world in which Konkona plays yet another interesting character, supported by Anjan Dutta and Ritwik Chakraborty. Konkona will also be seen in Anant Mahadevan’s Gour Hari Dastaan, a true life drama about one of the last remaining Gandhian freedom fighters. There are some sparkling performances by an ensemble cast including Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Tannishtha Chatterjee. The festival will also be the UK Premiere of Bengali actor/director Churni Ganguly’s debut film Nirbashito, a powerful story exploring a writer’s forced exile from Bengal. The film also features Saswata Chatterjee and actress Raima Sen in a guest appearance. Churni, whose directorial debut won the Best Bengali film award at the 62nd National Film Awards will be present in London during the festival to talk about the film. The festival is also proud to include Bengali director Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut feature film Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love), recipient of Best Debut Director 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. The film starring Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdatta Chatterjee is a cinematically sublime, must-see debut that evokes the legacies of Bengali masters like Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. Umrika, directed by Prashant Nair and winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, starring Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), will be the opening night gala of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (July 16-23). Cricket lovers in India will be thrilled to know, the festival will close with a hard hitting cricket documentary Death of a Gentleman, featuring Ravi Shastri, Kevin Pieterson, Lalit Modi, N Srinivasan and Giles Clarke. Director Sam Collins said: “Death of a Gentleman has been four years in the making, and we are hugely excited to be chosen as the closing film at the 2015 LIFF. This is a very human story about passion, money and power, and we hope to make a persuasive case to cricket fans and non cricket fans alike that the greatest game in the world needs to change its ways.”Other programme highlights include: a rare Screen Talk by one of India’s most acclaimed mainstream film makers Tamilian giant Mani Ratnam, Berlinale winner Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, Venice winner Court, Toronto doc. Monsoon. UK premieres continue with Slumdog-like The Crows Egg and the much awaited 31st October starring Soha Ali Khan. Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala will also be in attendance to support a charity event for the Nepal Earthquake. The festival also includes the coveted Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition & Award, supported by the Bagri Foundation.last_img read more