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. Do you ever watch an OSU game and think, “This is taking forever?”There’s a reason for that. College football games are at an all-time high in terms of length and Oklahoma State games take the longest. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote a very interesting piece on that phenomenon and its contributing factors.Oklahoma State ranked first (or last, depending on how you look at it) in average game length at 3:57. He did qualify the two back-to-back weather delays against Pitt and Baylor. If you remove those, the Cowboys are still ninth on his list.“An average Oklahoma State game lasts three minutes short of that four-hour mark. The Wall Street Journal in September reported it was possible to fly from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in less time than it took to play a college football game.”He brings a very interesting point that “fast-paced” offenses actually tend to drag the overall length of the game out. It makes senses. With each first down, each incomplete pass, each score, each change of possession you’re stopping the clock.Another reason given is the steady increase in the use of official reviews.“A record 727 games last season included at least one review stoppage. Through nine weeks, that record was on pace to be shattered — 765 games before the bowls even kick off.”Big 12 commissioner and chairman of the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee offered a possible solution.“If we decided we weren’t going to kick off anymore or only kickoff in certain situations, you save a fair amount of time then,” said Bowlsby, also the Big 12 commissioner. “That’s exactly why we put the oversight committee together — to take a holistic look at it. It’s going to continue to be on our agenda.”Whether such drastic changes are made or not, it does not appear that game length has negatively affected TV ratings. Although this weekend’s game against Texas Tech which could legitimately last five hours might challenge that.What about you? How do you feel about committing half of your Saturday to watch a football game? Let us know how you feel in the comment section.
Nothing has been decided, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said Wednesday before the Spring Game, but the backup quarterback spot will be locked down, “sooner rather than later.”The obvious choice is redshirt junior Taylor Cornelius, who has been Mason Rudolph’s backup for two seasons and went 5-9 for 77 yards and a TD on Saturday in the Spring Game. But Yurcich said all of the throwers are coming along. He said it’s critical to name a No. 2 because the reps in practice need to be delegated.“It’s an ongoing battle right now,” Yurcich said. “A lot of competitiveness, and that’s fun to see those guys compete, but there’s a lot of learning to be had.”Rudolph said Cornelius, one of his best friends, is the veteran guy. Cornelius has played in four games, which is three more than the other three realistic candidates John Kolar, Keondre Wudtee and Jelani Woods have combined.“Really strong arm, pocket-passer, but he’s athletic enough to make plays on his feet,” Rudolph said of Cornelius. “Cerebral guy. Really smart. He came in the summer after me, so he’s been here a while. He really has a good feel for the offense.”Coach Mike Gundy has said that Woods will likely redshirt. Rudolph said he, too, is making strides but his head is still spinning at times. So that probably leaves Cornelius, Kolar and Wudtee. Kolar and Wudtee combined to go 2-8 with two interceptions in the Spring Game.Gundy said Rudolph’s reps have been cut significantly and given to Wudtee because they have a good understanding of where Cornelius is at. The good thing about those three and Rudolph is that they aren’t carbon copies of the same quarterback.Wudtee played football, basketball and ran track at Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana. Kolar ran for more than 500 yards as a senior at Norman North. Cornelius racked up more than 9,000 passing yards in three seasons out of Bushland, Texas, with 88 touchdown passes. And Woods is 6-foot-7 with 235 pounds of weight on him.“In the spring you try to throw a lot at ’em and see what they can absorb, see where their boundaries at,” Yurcich said. “I think we’ve found that out with a lot of them, and now it’s kinda time to rein it in and really adjust our teaching to what we’ve learned about each individual.”Gundy said he hoped he could have named a backup by the end of the spring but can’t. Yurcich said there is no timetable for naming the backup. At the latest, a No. 2 will be named midway through fall camp, Gundy said.The other wrinkle here is that the backup QB might not play as much as the QB designated to play the J.W. Walsh role. That sounded on Saturday like it might be Wudtee (although he rushed three times for just -4 yards on Saturday).So you could have a scenario in which you have a QB1 (Rudolph), a QB2 (Cornelius) and a special-package short yardage QB who also serves as QB3 (Wudtee). There is still a lot to sort out, but Gundy sounded on Saturday like Cornelius is the man to beat at QB2.“I thought Taylor (Cornelius) played well,” said Gundy. “The defense was a little loaded on the orange. The two ends on the orange team were a lot more mature, put a lot of pressure on the black team. We had a hard time, black had a hard time controlling those guys, but I thought Taylor did a good job. The other guys that were inexperienced looked inexperienced to me. I thought number 14 did well.” 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.
MLS LA Galaxy look to rebound in 2018 while confronting a new crosstown rival Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 05:28 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Orlando Ramirez MLS LA Galaxy Following the worst season in franchise history, Sigi Schmid’s side will try to turn things around while also entering a brand-new city rivalry Since Major League Soccer’s inception, the LA Galaxy have always been one of the league’s most high-profile franchises.Playing in one of North America’s biggest markets, the Galaxy have consistently employed some of the league’s biggest names, from Cobi Jones, Luis Hernandez and Carlos Ruiz, on to David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.But entering the 2018 season, the Galaxy might be embarking on a strange new reality: flying under the radar. 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 Just across town, Los Angeles FC will begin their inaugural MLS season in a brand-new stadium, coached by a former U.S. national team manager, featuring a current Mexico national team star and owned by the likes of Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell, Mia Hamm, and many others.To be sure, there will still be a fair amount of attention on Sigi Schmid’s team. After all, they do possess the Dos Santos brothers, and there is a certain amount of cache that the Galaxy brand will always carry in MLS.But it’s fair to say that the bright shiny new object across town is sucking up some of the air in the country’s second-largest city heading into the 2018 campaign.“People are always enamored with what’s new and LAFC right now is new,” Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid told Goal.“They’re building a new stadium. I think we understand that and we understand that maybe some of the attention in the city goes towards that but we’re also looking forward to that challenge.”For the Galaxy, new challenges also bring new opportunities. Unlike the contrived rivalry with the late Chivas USA that rarely moved the needle in LA or nationally, the Galaxy appear to now have a genuine rival across town that should challenge them both on and off the pitch.Big-name international stars will now have two teams to choose from should they desire a move to Southern California. Fans in LA will now have options when it comes to their money and allegiance. And the league will make sure there is plenty of focus on the newest rivalry in MLS.That rivalry should theoretically push both sides to become better. As the longtime head coach of the Seattle Sounders, who along with arch-enemy Portland now both possess a MLS Cup trophy, Schmid knows what a true rivalry can do to energize a franchise.“Obviously having another team in LA I think is fantastic for the league,” Schmid said. “It’s going to create a great rivalry, [and] I think the true competitive spirit within the two organizations and teams is there.“Having been in Seattle, certainly the Seattle-Portland rivalry is fantastic and supporters on both sides of the equation are very dedicated to their teams and motivated in supporting their teams. I think we’re going to see the same thing in LA. I think the Galaxy is going to bring out the best in LAFC supporters and the LAFC supporters are going to bring out the best in the Galaxy supporters.”In some ways, having LAFC enter the league in 2018 could be a benefit for the Galaxy. Or it could be a curse.The team is coming off the worst season in franchise history. Instead of their usual spot near the top of the Western Conference standings, the Galaxy tied for the fewest points in MLS in 2017.Having LAFC attract much of the attention might take some of the pressure of the Galaxy as they embark upon a rebuilding effort – or it could magnify the team’s failures if they are unable to right the ship.After all, nothing would be more embarrassing for the league’s all-time most successful franchise than to finish the 2018 season behind an expansion team in its own backyard.”The best way to go about this [rivalry] is by winning,” Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic told Goal. “When you’re winning at home the fans will be coming, so the most important thing is to win.”It doesn’t matter about all the extra stuff off the field, big-name players, the whole Hollywood thing, but when you’re winning, the fans are coming to the games.”Fans in LA now have two MLS teams whose home games they can attend, and the Galaxy will surely turn plenty of potential customers away if they post a mark similar to the 3-9-5 home record they managed in 2017.The presence of LAFC could turn up the heat on the Galaxy, but Schmid insists that all the pressure applied on his side in 2018 will be coming from inside its own locker room.“Our pressure is what we put on ourselves, what our expectations are for ourselves,” Schmid said.“Whether LAFC is in the market or not, our expectation would be the same. We want to be a team that makes the playoffs, we want to be a team that competes for championships and we want to erase the memory of last season, and that has nothing to do with LAFC.”
England Eriksson: Why ‘tired’ England will never win the World Cup Chris Burton 19:39 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) England World Cup Premier League The former Three Lions boss believes global glory will remain elusive for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break England have been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.The Three Lions will go in search of global glory once again this summer, with Gareth Southgate the latest man to be charged with the task of delivering on expectation.There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006. 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 He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives : “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.“I will probably go into football in another way. Maybe on TV,” he explained. “Then I think about buying a football club somewhere, not in England, it’s so expensive.“It won’t be in Sweden either because of the rules about club ownership. But, I am planning something which is going to be on a very low level in another country.“I’m not quite ready to slow down. Football has been my life and I miss it. I miss the Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the adrenaline in the body goes up, it’s just not the same watching it on the TV.”
Barcelona Busquets: Barcelona ready for tough Atletico clash Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:39 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Las Palmas Las Palmas v Barcelona The midfielder lamented two dropped points against lowly Las Palmas as he looked ahead to Sunday’s visit from Diego Simeone’s men Sergio Busquets said Atletico Madrid will be a tougher battle as the Barcelona midfielder quickly turned his attention to the top-of-the-table clash following Thursday’s shock draw at Las Palmas.La Liga leaders Barca dropped points against relegation-threatened Las Palmas, who earned a 1-1 draw after Jonathan Calleri’s penalty cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 21st-minute opener.Las Palmas were gifted the opportunity to equalise following the break when referee Antonio Mateu pointed to the spot, with Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde lamenting the “invisible penalty” post-match. 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 The result saw Barca’s lead over second-placed Atletico left at five points and Busquets said: “We’ve dropped two points [against Las Palmas] in an important moment.”But we knew that it was a difficult ground to come to, even though they’re in the bottom three. “Sunday’s game against Atletico will be the tougher battle.”We are in a privileged position in La Liga and we’re going to try and keep it that way with a win this weekend.”On the penalty incident in the 48th minute, Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta added: “I didn’t see the penalty, but the referee referred to possible hands.”It is a contrary situation, as the [Las Palmas] goalkeeper’s handball outside the area before half-time was very clear, but we can’t change the result now. “We leave with a bittersweet sensation, because we’ve let two points go. We lacked that final pass in the final third and we weren’t able to build a bigger lead when we got ahead.” Undefeated Barca welcome Atletico to Camp Nou on Sunday.
Barcelona 3 Chelsea 0 (4-1 agg): Ton-up Messi blows Blues away Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 15/3/2018 Getty Images Barcelona stormed past Chelsea in the Champions League as Lionel Messi hit a brace either side of Ousmane Dembele’s first goal for the club. Lionel Messi brought up 100 Champions League goals with a strike in each half as Barcelona dumped Chelsea out of the competition with a 3-0 win at Camp Nou.The sides were locked together at 1-1 after Messi’s equaliser in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge and Antonio Conte’s men held their own for long periods once again, only to be undermined by uncharacteristic defensive errors.Messi scored the earliest goal of his professional career in the third minute, with Ousmane Dembele opening his Barcelona account in style to ground an encouraging Chelsea response. 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Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Thibaut Courtois was tamely beaten in the first instance and Barca’s ruthless qualities on the break were in full view as Dembele clattered into the top corner and Messi secured his latest landmark after the hour.Chelsea’s attentions now turn to scrapping for a top-four place in the Premier League and a face-saving tilt at the FA Cup, with Conte’s prospects of seeing out his contract until the end of next season done few favours by Wednesday’s result.By contrast, opposite number Ernesto Valverde has gone from seemingly managing a damage-control operation at the start of the campaign to being on course for a sensational treble.100 – Lionel Messi has now scored 100 Champions League goals in just 123 appearances, 14 games fewer than it took Cristiano Ronaldo (137) to reach this milestone. Extraordinary. pic.twitter.com/CfbtoVKb7y— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 14, 2018The hosts rumbled straight into their familiar passing rhythm, pushing and shifting Chelsea whichever way they desired from kick-off, and the breakthrough came after a mere 128 seconds.Messi began one of his trademark dribbles towards the right edge of the Chelsea area and, even though the angle was against him when Luis Suarez sent the ball back in his direction, Courtois contrived to let a speculative right-footed prod through his legs.Chelsea’s response was encouraging, with Eden Hazard sparkling, but ex-Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas left his team-mates with a mountain to climb.There was much for Messi to do when he pickpocketed Fabregas on halfway, but he glided past a wild challenge from Andreas Christensen and drew some defensive detente from a backpedalling Cesar Azpilicueta.Once in the area, Messi picked out Dembele, who seemed to put every ounce of frustration from his injury nightmare this season into a vicious, rising right-footed finish.Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen repelled Marcos Alonso’s strike from Willian’s cutback in the 37th minute and, after N’Golo Kante bustled into the box with the second ball, Fabregas got in the way and his team-mate slashed wide.Alonso then struck the outside of the post with a superb free-kick in the 45th minute, ensuring the half started and finished with frustration for the reigning Premier League champions.So far, so good! #BarçaChelsea pic.twitter.com/xthAvGLd8z— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 14, 2018Courtois resumed in howling fashion, passing to Suarez, but at least stood firm to keep out the resulting shot.Conte’s touchline fury reached new levels in the 50th minute when Alonso tumbled in the box under clumsy pressure from Gerard Pique, but no penalty was given.Pique halted Alonso by indisputably legal means after the hour passed, launching a sliding block as the marauding wing-back fired goalwards.Alonso was the standout performer of a tireless Chelsea performance, but their efforts were compromised as they surrendered possession again in the 63rd minute.Suarez tore at the away defence and fed Messi to ease around the outside of Azpilicueta and clip the ball home – once more via a nutmeg of Courtois.The Belgium goalkeeper at least kept out a Paulinho header five minutes from time before the crossbar denied Antonio Rudiger a consolation goal that the visitors’ toils merited. Key Opta facts:- Lionel Messi has scored 100 Champions League goals in just 123 appearances, 14 games fewer than it took Cristiano Ronaldo (137) to reach the milestone.- After failing to score in his first 10 Champions League appearances against English teams, Lionel Messi has since netted 20 goals in his last 18 games.- Messi’s opener was the fastest goal that he has scored in his club and international career (02:08).- Barcelona have only lost four of their 40 Champions League knockout games at home (W26 D10), with Liverpool the only English team to secure a victory there (2-1 in February 2007).- Chelsea managed 14 shots in this match, six more than Barcelona, although the Blues only landed three on target. read more
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 evolution of Tylan Wallace has been a blast, hasn’t it? From one of just a handful of freshmen playing less than two years ago to possibly the best receiver in college football. It’s nothing new for wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn, who has coached James Washington, Justin Blackmon and Marcell Ateman in his time in Stillwater.And he said while Tylan’s 1,500-yard, 12-TD season last year was impressive, it probably wasn’t from the void like maybe folks nationally thought.“For us, he wasn’t [an unknown],” said Dunn. “You could see it coming the year before. That’s why you play him. There was no reason for Tylan Wallace to play with James Washington as No. 1 and Tyron Johnson as No. 2. Why do you play him? Well, because he’s really good.“In a year, those guys are gone. You didn’t want him walking into the stadium big-eyed going, ‘Oh my gosh what have I gotten myself into?’ and have that learning curve last year.”He didn’t. Wallace put up 100+ in his first four games against FBS opponents in 2018 and then went on a mega-tear in the middle of the season when he posted 564 yards — also known as almost Dillon Stoner’s entire year — against Texas, Baylor and OU.That’s not what impressed me most, though. What impressed me most was the way he started to evolve as a talker and a leader. He gave good answers, sure, but he did it with a confidence and a weight that a sophomore in college should not possess. Dunn talked about developing that this year.“[He can grow most in his] leadership,” said Dunn. “I know that’s such an on-the-fence answer. You want to hear something about his skillset and how he can play. But he needs to get everyone around him better. If he can do that, then we’re better and consequently everything rolls. He’s a good player, and he’s got to get Dru and Spencer and Jordan McCray and those guys rocking and rolling. That’s what really matters.”Then Dunn surprised me. He got asked about the new targeting guidelines and started down a path about his past players (again, Washington, Blackmon, Ateman etc.)“One of his best assets is he’s going to knock your teeth out,” said Dunn. “He’s going to blast you. He’s probably the most physical receiver I’ve had in nine years here. That includes Blackmon and a bunch of dudes. He will kill you. For him to be dialed back like that, I’m scared. It’s like telling a tiger not to hunt. We have to hope he doesn’t go smack somebody and get ejected.”Yeah, we do too.I’m excited about Tylan’s third (and final?) year in Stillwater. He’s a rock amid some of the chaos surrounding this team right now. The guy you go to when you’re down late and you have to have something, even though everyone from both teams knows you’re going to him. In other words, another in a long line of the most elite wideout talent in the sport. Dunn summed it up well.“He’s a great player and gosh I hope we can hold onto him.”
Posted on August 30, 2010June 21, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Communications Manager, Women DeliverClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)At today’s session on “Policy and advocacy tools,” panelists presented on web-based and new media options for disseminating maternal health research and messages. Though online technology is an often-untapped resource for the maternal health field, the panelists laid out specific ideas and strategies that have the potential to catalyze policy change.Panelists discussed:• Leveraging new and online technology for maternal health advocacy and communication; Mari Tikkanen, M4ID• An Atlas of Birth: mapping the global challenges and solutions to maternal mortality; Sarah Neal, University of Southampton• Lives Saved Tool: influencing maternal and child health policy; Koki Agarwal, MCHIP“Maternal health doesn’t have a global movement,” said Tikkanen. “We need these tools to reach out to a broader audience.”It was interesting to hear the panel talk about the need to present evidence in ways that capture attention and provoke action among a diverse array of stakeholders. It’s true. Research is incredibly important. But we also need to take scientific research, like the data used in the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), and make it accessible. Data visualization and creative maps, like those created in the Atlas of Birth, are fantastic ways to capture policymakers and express complex issues quickly.But maps are a natural next step for researchers and academics. What else can we be doing? We can be blogging, updating our Facebook pages, tweeting, downloading iPhone apps, sending text alerts, and more. I am a strong supporter of all new media initiatives, but I think it’s important to remember the difference between awareness-raising and advocacy. Though raising awareness is a step towards advocacy, we should be mindful that our social networking and online tools have an intended impact on policy change. It is not enough to just exist on social networks; we must strategize and use tools that benefit our organizational mission and the broader maternal health cause. And we must tailor our messages to specific audiences.We also need to work hard to combat those who think online tools are trivial. Betsy McCallon of the White Ribbon Alliance and moderator of the session gave a great example: “In the US, where global development aid support is sliding, policymakers need to hear from their constituents that these issues are important,” she said.I encourage maternal health organizations who look down on new media, or who fear the rapid pace and inherent transparency, I encourage you to join the movement. Social media and online tools put the power in the hands of the people. It’s our job, as maternal health advocates, to make sure that power is maximized and targeted.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTFand @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, clickhere.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
World Cup Petkovic denies deliberate Neymar fouls as Switzerland rough up Brazil Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:48 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Brazil v Switzerland Brazil Switzerland Neymar The Swiss coach claims his side did not set out to target the Paris Saint-Germain star, although he was was awarded 10 free-kicks during a 1-1 draw Neymar was not deliberately targeted with aggressive fouls in Brazil’s opening World Cup match, according to Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic.The Brazil star was awarded 10 free-kicks – more than any player in a World Cup match since 1998 – during Sunday’s 1-1 Group E draw at Rostov Arena and appeared to be limping in the second half.Valon Behrami, Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner were all booked for fouls on Neymar, but Petkovic insists Switzerland did not set out to target the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who started his first game since February after recovering from a foot injury. 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 “No, most of the duels were perfectly clean and very often we had one-on-ones with Neymar,” Petkovic told a news conference.”One of the key ingredients [of the result] was to neutralise him but there are different players in the Brazil squad who have great quality and they have shown that on the pitch.”Of course, it was a strategic, psychological type of discipline and I am very proud of the discipline with which my team played and they did everything we talked about, which was very important in one-on-one situations but also collectively against this opponent.”We were not actually able to implement it in the first half and that invited Brazil to be dangerous. As far as yellow cards are concerned there were a bit too many. I didn’t see any bad fouls. My team played it very cleverly. We did some good things and I’m pleased.”I hope people will start taking notice of us. Sometimes there is a lack of recognition and that’s a pity because we played very well and only conceded once. We demonstrated that this team always believes in itself and we will continue to play with that consistency.”Tomorrow we will recover a bit and then focus on the very difficult match coming up against Serbia.”10 – The last player to be fouled more in a #WorldCup game than Neymar v Switzerland (10) was Alan Shearer in 1998 (11 v Tunesia). Down. pic.twitter.com/5uE51q1Irx— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018Brazil felt Miranda was fouled by Steven Zuber as he headed home the equaliser for Switzerland.Gabriel Jesus also saw a penalty appeal fall on deaf ears after tangling with defender Manuel Akanji in the penalty area, with Petkovic backing both decisions.”The opponent’s defensive players were not well-positioned – it wasn’t a foul,” Petkovic said of Switzerland’s leveller.”I didn’t see the penalty but I don’t complain because we have referees outside and inside the field. I saw it as a very clear situation.”
World Cup C’est magnifique! Lloris earns 100th France cap Omnisport 23:58 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup France France v Peru Peru The goalkeeper was named between the posts for Les Blues’ World Cup clash with Peru, becoming his nation’s seventh centurion Hugo Lloris made his 100th appearance for France in their World Cup clash against Peru on Thursday.The France captain became the seventh player to reach the landmark, joining company that includes national coach Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane.Lillian Thuram is the all-time leader in France caps with 142, with Thierry Henry second with 123. 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 Lloris – who made his debut in 2008 – captained Les Bleus for their 2016 European Championship campaign on home soil, where they were defeated in the final by Portugal, and has played at three World Cups.France defeated Australia 2-1 in their opening match at the 2018 World Cup and will seal their place in the round of 16 if they beat Peru in Ekaterinburg on Thursday.While Lloris’ 100th cap may have seemed a forgone conclusion just a few months ago, the goalkeeper came under some heat in the lead up to the tournament.After a season with Spurs that saw him finish tied for second in the Premier League in errors leading to goals , Lloris was hit for criticism in France’s friendlies against Italy and the United States for goals conceded.Against Italy, Lloris parried Mario Balotelli’s free-kick back toward the center of the area and right into the path of Leonardo Bonucci, who directed the rebound home.Then against the USMNT, Lloris was beaten near post on a first-time shot by Julian Green , despite the chance being taken at a narrow angle. 100 – Hugo Lloris 🇫🇷 is the 7th player to reach 100 caps with France :142 Thuram123 Henry116 Desailly108 Zidane107 Vieira103 Deschamps100 LlorisClub. #FRAPER #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/urQ3jRViGC — OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 21, 2018 However, France head coach Deschamps, despite saying Lloris needed to do better, remained behind his goalkeeper and refused to go away from him in favor of Alphonse Areola or Steve Mandanda. Lloris was handed the start in France’s opener against Australia, only conceding the lone Socceroos goal from the penalty spot.
World Cup Cavani suffers injury against Portugal and is helped off by Ronaldo Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:39 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images World Cup Uruguay v Portugal Uruguay Portugal The star forward had already bagged a brace for Uruguay but was forced out of the action in the second half in Sochi Uruguay’s star forward Edinson Cavani was forced off in his team’s last-16 match against Portugal in the second half with a leg injury. The Paris Saint-Germain striker had already bagged a brace in the contest, putting Uruguay up 2-1, but was unable to continue in the 74th minute as he limped off the field with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.Cavani signalled he was unable to continue and was immediately replaced by Cristhian Stuani. 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 The forward had been instrumental in his side’s performance to that point, having opened the scoring in the seventh minute after making an excellently timed run to get on the end of a cross into the area by fellow forward Luis Suarez.Then, after Pepe had drawn Portugal level from a corner kick, Cavani turned on the magic once more.After getting played into space at the edge of the area by Rodrigo Bentancur, Cavani delivered a curling drive from just inside the area that bent around Rui Patricio and into the net, scoring what ultimately proved the winner for the South American side. It was his third goal of the tournament, having opened his account in Russia with a goal against the hosts in the final group stage game as Uruguay claimed a 3-0 victory. However, 10 minutes later, Cavani was done, limping off in obvious pain. He required assistance to make it off the field, provided by Ronaldo, who aided his opponent all the way to the touchline. “I hope it’s nothing,” Cavani said post-match. “We’ll see what happens, we’ll do exams. I felt pain and could not continue on the pitch.”Despite the injury, the PSG star was overjoyed with the result.”It’s very exciting. I have no words to describe this,” he told A Bola.”I am happy, happy, happy. I wonder how people are in Uruguay. Let’s continue to dream.”Thanks to Cavani’s brace, Uruguay advanced to the quarter-final on July 6 against France, meaning he will have six days to get fit for that clash at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
World Cup ‘The referee favoured Brazil’ – Osorio furious at officiating and ‘actor’ Neymar Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:48 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty World Cup Mexico Brazil v Mexico Brazil The coach was frustrated by the number of fouls given when Brazil’s forwards went to ground, while defending his side’s showing in Samara Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio slammed the refereeing during his side’s World Cup last-16 defeat at the hands of Brazil. Having matched the Selecao for the first 45 minutes, Mexico came unstuck after the break in Samara . Neymar swooped from close range to open the scoring, before forcing a late rebound that was turned home by Roberto Firmino to seal a 2-0 victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar It marks the seventh consecutive World Cup that El Tri have exited at the last-16 stage, despite making a brilliant start in Russia by toppling champions Germany. But Osorio turned his ire on referee Gianluca Rocchi, whom he accused of leaning towards the Brazil side in his decisions. “I think the officiating totally favored the Brazilians,” the Colombian fired to Telemundo after the final whistle. “It looked to me like their forwards were always looking for the contact and the foul and the referee always protected them. I think the officiating got too involved.”Neymar was another man to feel Osorio’s wrath after finding himself in the thick of the action on Sunday. “Unfortunately, it’s a shame we wasted a lot of time because of one single player,” he fired”This is a real shame for football. We lost our style in the second half, due to the referee’s style of too many stoppages and my players got tired of that situation.“There was a situation where there was a four-minute stoppage and that’s a poor example for the world of football and all the children.”It’s a strong sport, a man’s sport and I think there shouldn’t be so much acting.”Despite going out once more in the fourth game of the World Cup, Osorio believes his charges can be proud of their campaign and how it ended.”When you compare the possession against Brazil we had 53 percent against 47 percent, it looked to me the game was very even and it was decided in the penalty area,” he added. “You have to remember that the second goal was at the very end of the game.”Mexico gave a good account, stood toe to toe, but we didn’t have the efficiency in the final third that they sure do in the final third.”Mexico started well, we had a good start, but unfortunately we didn’t finish our chances well, and when you face a team with that quality up front you’re always in danger of them finding the game.”
Transfers Neymar or Mbappe for Real Madrid? Valdano makes his transfer pick Chris Burton 21:57 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages Transfers Real Madrid Kylian Mbappé Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The former Blancos player and director coach believes a summer raid on Paris Saint-Germain should bring a French star to Spain rather than a Brazilian Real Madrid have been told advised to snap up Kylian Mbappe during any summer raid on Paris Saint-Germain, with Jorge Valdano considering the Frenchman to be preferable to Neymar.The Blancos have long been linked with a move for the Brazil international, with speculation having rumbled on since the former Barcelona star completed a record-breaking €222 million switch to France in the summer of 2017.That interest is reported to have been stepped up during World Cup 2018, although Madrid have moved to distance themselves from talk of a €310m (£275m/$360m) bid being tabled. 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 Valdano can understand why Real are interested in Neymar, with his commercial value as important as his sporting ability, but feels that the best option on PSG’s books would be Mbappe – with the teenage striker currently starring in Russia on a global stage.The former Blancos player and coach told Onda Cero: “Neymar would have plenty of value in terms of both marketing and football.“I think Madrid have interest in him, but I do not know about any offers or any potential bids but it would be nearly impossible to sign a player who can sell a lot like him.“I would prefer if they go for Mbappe as he would be a long-term investment because he is six years younger and is already at the top level.“He scores lot of goals, plays direct attacking football, breaks through defences and he will define the next decade of football, he reminds me of Ronaldo Nazario.“I believe Mbappe is also a good person.”Mbappe is due to complete a €180m move to PSG this summer, with Monaco having sanctioned an initial loan deal for 2017-18.Madrid were keen before that agreement was reached, with a fee having been agreed to take him to Spain.Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told Canal+: “I remember we were training when we got the call from Real Madrid and accepted the €180m offer for Mbappe.”Later, I saw him and told him ‘we have received an offer that was impossible to refuse from the club of your dreams so tell me your answer’. We never wanted to make the choice for him, it was up to him to make his decision.”He told me that he wanted to go to Paris and, after that, there were so many details that had to be resolved that, until the final moments, I doubted the deal.”It could be that Real’s interest is rekindled, but PSG are reluctant to part with any of their prized assets and will be doing their utmost to fend off any interest in Neymar and Mbappe.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index hit a record high, while American markets were largely ahead following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s widely-expected decision to raise short-term interest rates for the third time this year.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 22.56 points to 16,136.59, after a record intra-day high set earlier in the morning at 16,187.85.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 80.63 points to 24,585.43. The S&P 500 index was down 1.26 points to 2,662.85 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 13.48 points to 6,875.80.Fed policy-makers ended their two-day meeting today by raising the federal funds rate — what banks charge each other for short-term loans — by 0.25 percentage points to a still-low range of 1.25 to 1.5 per cent.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 77.81 cents US, up 0.12 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the January crude contract was down 54 cents to US$56.60 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up four cents to US$2.72 per mmBTU.The February gold contract added US$6.90 to US$1,248.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up three cents to US$3.05 a pound.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the loonie was down from Tuesday’s close.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John work crews say that almost all city streets have been graded during this week’s spring thaw, and crews are now bringing in steam trucks to clear out culverts to avert potential flooding.The City’s GM of Integrated Services Victor Shopland says that crews have been working to clear snow from curbs on city streets so that storm drains are accessible, and have begun the process of using steam to melt ice that has frozen inside of those during the winter months. Shopland said that the City has four steam units at its disposal, and staff have begun reaching out to private companies with the potential of contracting additional units.Shopland said that city crews have noticed that the thaw does not appear to be as intense as last Spring, though with it being the middle of March, colder temperatures could make a return. He explained that residents that notice large puddles and areas with poor drainage can help point crews in the right direction by notifying the City via its mobile app or on the City’s website, fortstjohn.ca. Earlier today, the provincial government said that a higher-than-normal snowpack in B.C. could cause the potential for flooding this Spring. The River Forecast Centre says it is monitoring stream levels closely in case the province sees a repeat of last Spring, when over 2,500 were evacuated from their homes.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While the fire danger rating in the Peace Region is now between high and extreme there are still no new fires in the area.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that the closest fire to Fort St. John is 124 kilometres away, west of Silver Lake. Reynolds added that the fire is currently being monitored but is only about ten hectares in size.There are currently no areas of the Peace Region under evacuation alert with the closest place that is being Vanderhoof. Reynolds mentioned that the smoke the city saw earlier today was coming from several fires of note in Southwest B.C. as the wind was travelling in a northerly direction.There are a total of five fires of note in the entire Prince George Fire Centre, those five are the Chutanli Lake fire, David Henry Drainage Fire, North of Tezzeron Lake fire, Purvis Lake Fire and the South of Long Lake Fire.The North Tezzeron Lake Fire is the largest in the Prince George Fire Centre being 2,024 hectares in size.For more information on B.C. wildfires click here.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is allotting $206 million to school districts for energy upgrades, maintenance projects and new buses.In our region, School Districts 59 and 60 will be receiving funding to work on projects supported under the Government funded programs to benefit school districts through saving money on electricity, natural gas, fuel and ongoing maintenance.“For too many years, maintenance projects weren’t funded properly, and now we are providing school districts with increased resources to improve schools for students,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “This funding provides better instructional environments for both teachers and learners to focus more of their energies on student success.” The funding for this year is broken down into five programs;School Enhancement ProgramCarbon Neutral Capital ProgramBus Acquisition ProgramBuilding Envelope ProgramAnnual Facility GrantThe ‘School Enhancement Program’ provides $65 million for 127 school projects throughout the province, including mechanical upgrades and safety improvements.The ‘Carbon Neutral Capital Program’, 19 school districts are receiving a combined $5 million for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.The ‘Bus Acquisition Program’ provides $13 million for 81 new school buses provincewide.The ‘Building Envelope Program’ supports districts to remediate schools that have experienced water damage. In 2019-20, $8 million is allocated for this work.SD 59 and SD 60 will receive funding from the above-stated programs to help with the following schools; Peace River South School District (SD 59)School Enhancement Program• HVAC upgrades (Phase 2) at Dawson Creek SecondaryCarbon Neutral Capital Program• install DDC system at Deveraux ElementaryBus Acquisition Program• five new busesTotal – $2,109,640Peace River North School District (SD 60)School Enhancement Program• boiler upgrades at Upper Pine Elementary-Junior SecondaryBus Acquisition Program• three new busesIn addition to these programs, the $115.5-million Annual Facilities Grant will allow all school districts to undertake additional maintenance projects that promote the continued safe and efficient operation of schools.“CUPE’s K-12 Presidents Council is pleased that revenues are being targeted for the maintenance and much-needed upgrades to more than 50 school districts around the province. It is also very encouraging to see that safe transportation of students is a priority for this government,” said Warren Williams, president, K-12 Presidents Council. “Students need safe and inclusive learning environments, and this funding is a step in the right direction.” To view which schools are receiving funding; CLICK HERE
The poll goes on to share 54 percent of Canadians believe, the country’s reputation “is harmed by protests against resource development projects.” In British Columbia, 52 percent express the same sentiment about the effect of protests against resource development projects, and fewer than a quarter (23 percent) think it’s possible to have unanimous support for resource development projects.According to the poll, seven-in-ten British Columbians foresee a positive economic impact from LNG Canada’s liquefied natural gas export project in Kitimat, B.C. anticipate a positive economic impact from the project.60 percent of Canadians believe Canada has a responsibility to “export natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in other countries.” according to the poll.“When asked what would make them more likely to support resource development projects, 57 percent of British Columbians want assurances that the impact on the environment is limited,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Other important considerations are guaranteeing that Canadians will get the first opportunity to work on the project (53 percent) and providing training and apprenticeship opportunities for young Canadians (46 percent).” VANCOUVER, B.C. – A poll conducted by a new Research Company on behalf of LNG Canada found a number of Canadians and British Columbians are in favour of resource development projects.The online survey shares, 79 percent of Canadians and 71 percent of British Columbians express support for resource development projects. In addition, 61 percent of respondents across the country and 51 percent of those located in the westernmost province agree they are “tired of nothing getting built” in Canada and British Columbia, this number rising to 67 percent in northern B.C.70 percent of Canadians, that is seven-in-ten people believe the “national economy will suffer if we can’t build resource projects.” shares the poll. In British Columbia, 63 percent feel this way about the possible effect on the provincial economy, including 74 percent of those in northern B.C.
Gurugram: Presence of strong leaders in Gurugram makes AAP a strong political force in urban Gurugram. It is important to note that AAP which had fielded Yogendra Yadav previously from Gurugram constituency had come second from urban Gurugram. Strong presence in an urban area might even result in AAP fielding its candidate for the Lok Sabha elections that will be held on May 12. Not willing to be left out the new entrant AAP has also begun its preparations to make a mark. With a strong presence in Gurugram, the new party has now begun preparations in the richest district of Haryana. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAfter announcing Naveen Jaihind as the state head, the party has appointed Mahesh Yadav the district head of Gurugram last year. Yadav is a prominent Ahir leader, the ex-village head of Chakkarpur village. Yadav is believed to be close to the Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh but later fell out after being denied ticket for the recetnly held municipal elections. His wife later contested as an independent candidate from ward — 33 but lost the elections. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn order to make their presence felt the poster of Yadav along with Jaihind are being put across various parts of the city. Proximity to the national capital has resulted in the party also has a sizeable presence in Gurugram. Some of the strong leaders from the city that are affiliated to AAP include RS Rathee who is an MCG councillor and Nisha Singh. Some of the issues that are being raised by the party towards the development of the city include ensuring better sanitation and cleanliness, replenishing the ground water table and improving the erratic power supply. Recently, the party workers hit the city streets protesting against the state government after the sanitation workers were on strike. The party has also raised their concerns about the deteriorating law and order in the city. Starting from India against corruption days to Lok Sabha elections the party has been on the constant drive to increase its members in the city. What can go against the party is the weak position that the party has in rural areas.
Mumbai: Sensex and Nifty traded in the red during the morning trade session after they opened slightly higher on Friday. Investor sentiments have taken a beating following the surprise escalation of trade tension between US and China. Foreign Institution Investors have also turned sellers during the past few sessions and the fourth quarter earning outcome have not been encouraging. While the financial sector stocks gained, auto, FMCG and IT declined. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The Sensex of the BSE opened at 37,632.36 from its previous close of 37,558.91 on Thursday. At 9.52 a.m., the Sensex traded 3.83 points or 0.01 per cent lower at 37,555.08. The Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 11,314.15 after closing at 11,301.80 on Thursday. The Nifty traded at 11,291.40 during the morning trade session, down 10.40 points or 0.09 per cent.