Key tech players create non-profit AI alliance

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#AI#Amazon#artificial intelligence#Deep Mind#Elon Musk#Facebook#Google#IBM#Machine Learning#Microsoft Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img Tech giants Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Google’s DeepMind, Facebook have joined forces to create a non-profit alliance called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society that will work to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field.Academics, non-profits, and specialists in policy and ethics will be invited to join the Board of the organization.The objective of the partnership is to address opportunities and challenges with AI technologies to benefit people and society. Together, the organization’s members will conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in fr areas such as ethics, fairness, and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability, and robustness of the technology.The organization’s founding members will each contribute financial and research resources to the partnership and will share leadership with independent third-parties, including academics, user group advocates, and industry domain experts. There will be equal representation of corporate and non-corporate members on the board of this new organization.Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow & Managing Director, Microsoft Research said:“We’re excited about this historic collaboration on AI and its influences on people and society. We see great value ahead with harnessing AI advances in numerous areas, including health, education, transportation, public welfare, and personal empowerment. We’re extremely pleased with how early discussions among colleagues blossomed into a promising long-term collaboration. Beyond folks in industry, we’re thrilled to have other stakeholders at the table, including colleagues in ethics, law, policy, and the public at large. We look forward to working arm-in-arm on best practices and on such important topics as ethics, privacy, transparency, bias, inclusiveness, and safety.”Who’s in…and who’s outInterestingly it does cialisgeneriquefr24.com not intend to lobby government or other policymaking bodies, yet members will presumably include legal professionals. After all, it’s likely that there will be significant challenges to the rule of law, at least in the developed world, as AI advances into all echelons of society and policy in a broad range of areas from health care to military analytics. The law in general has traditionally struggled to maintain pace with the rapid advancements of technological innovation.Notably absent are Apple and Open AI, the non-profit research think tank created by Elon Musk in 2015, though it’s possible they will be late additions. It’s foreseeable that as AI develops as the next industrial revolution, preceded by IoT, that a number of watchdog organizations will develop to respond to the challenges of AI particularly in regard to changes to the workforce in some sectors and the social challenges like robotic ethics. The next few years will be a time of fascinating research and discussions for all. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Cate Lawrencelast_img read more

Players React to Win Over TCU Saturday

first_imgYESSIR!!! Pokes are 9-0! I love this team!!! #StillwaterStrong— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) November 8, 2015AdChoices广告 9-?— Chris Lacy II (@Gifted_CLacy) November 8, 2015 Shoutout to the fans #loyal&true— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) November 8, 2015 Can’t measure heart, determination, and want to that’s why the analyst didn’t pick us to win 9-?#RESPECTUS— Jordan Burton™ (@bighit20) November 8, 2015https://twitter.com/JamalKeyes/status/663164319316602880Its a great day to be a cowboy ladies and gentlemen! #9-0— Colby Hegwood (@TheColbyHegwood) November 8, 2015 What a great birthday present! 9-0 baby!!!!!!— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) November 8, 2015 9-0. Getting a lot of credit but really it was my punt team. They deserve it all #LetsRide#GoPokes— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) November 8, 2015 Let’s shock the World then!! #GoPokes— Kirk Tucker ?? (@YouWannaBe_KPT) November 8, 2015 Love this family! Great win today baby! 9-0 #StillwaterStrong— Kevin Peterson (@Pistol_Peterson) November 8, 2015 Erryyooone’s excited about 9-0 – including the players. Here’s what they had to say after the game.center_img All the glory goes to God. Win or lose, I praise Him.— Tracery (@Trace_Clark) November 8, 2015 https://twitter.com/JMElias47/status/663158724140228612Great Night to be a Cowboy!!!!!!! ?? 9-0— Jimmy Bean (@j_bean92) November 8, 2015 Great TEAM win!!! 9-0 love my brothers man ??? #ThemBoyzUpToSomething— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) November 8, 2015https://twitter.com/JOwens903/status/663190115871621125Thank you all so much for the love. Very blessed to hang the team that I go here at Oklahoma state! Next is Iowa st! Let’s be 1-0 !!— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) November 8, 2015 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. Glad to be a Cowboy! 9-0 feels so good! Hard work is paying off, Oklahoma State ain’t nobody to mess with!! ✊??— Brandon Pertile (@BrandonPertile) November 8, 2015 Thank God, 9-? #GoPokes— The People’s Champ (@GyasiAkem) November 8, 2015 9-?— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) November 8, 2015last_img read more

Victor Salako Invited to Philadelphia Eagles Rookie Minicamp

first_imgOffensive lineman Victor Salako was not selected in the NFL draft and did not sign an undrafted free agent deal like several other departing Cowboys, however he’s still getting a shot at the next level.According to SB Nation, Salako is one of 20 players who is being brought in on a rookie minicamp tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles, which began on Friday. Salako joins Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and Tulsa wide receiver Keevan Lucas among local products getting a shot with the franchise.Salako joined the football program in 2015 after the UAB football program dissolved and was an immediate plug-and-play left tackle for OSU, proving to be one of the more durable and reliable big men on the offensive front that produced 2,550 yards on the ground and helped freshman running back Justice Hill earn All-American status in the 2016 season.The Eagles signed just one undrafted free agent offensive lineman, center Tyler Orlosky, and did not draft an offensive linemen in the NFL draft. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: It’s Never Too Early for an OSU Football Hype Video

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. We’re closing in on two months before college football starts. You know what that means. We all still have time to grow out our mullets before the season opener.And with Mason Rudolph and all of his weapons returning, we’re chock full of grandiose expectations and as excited for fall as ever.But if you want to add a little more hype to your weekend (who wouldn’t?) take a gander at this clip. It’s sure to whet your appetite for college football.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Can Join 100/10 Club With Historic Season

first_imgLouisville49-16-075% Georgia48-18-073% Kansas State43-22-066% Penn State87-42-067% TeamRecordWin Percentage USC44-23-066% Wisconsin49-19-072% Oregon102-30-077% Stanford53-15-078% Notre Dame43-21-067% Texas A&M44-21-068% Alabama64-7-090% Oklahoma104-29-078% LSU98-32-075% Michigan State46-20-070% We all know Oklahoma State has been one of the best teams in the country over the last five and 10 years, but do you know just how good the Pokes have been? Because of a leaky 2014 season OSU has fallen out of the prestigious 50/5 club (50 wins over the last five years), but they’re still one of just 18 Power 5 schools to win two-thirds of their games over the last five seasons.Records in last five years (Since 2012) LSU45-18-071% Oklahoma State93-37-072% Florida State59-9-087% Ohio State61-6-091% Clemson102-34-075% TeamRecordWin Percentagecenter_img Alabama119-19-086% Florida91-40-070% Clemson60-9-087% Michigan State90-42-068% TCU95-34-074% Oregon49-17-074% Ohio State111-21-084% Utah88-40-069% Wisconsin97-37-072% AdChoices广告Better than USC, Notre Dame and Texas A&M? I’ll take it. Also, how insane is the 60/5 club that Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are in? My gosh. Now let’s take a look at the last 10 years. Again this is Power 5 teams only (TCU and Utah cross both lines, but I decided to keep them in).Records in last 10 years (Since 2007) 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. Baylor47-18-072% Georgia93-39-071% Oklahoma51-14-079% Stanford93-38-071% Florida State101-33-075% Oklahoma State45-20-069% Virginia Tech92-43-068% There are six 100/10 clubs, and they’re all elite programs.When I talk about how we maybe underrate what Mike Gundy has done in his time at OSU, this is what I’m talking about. Consider this: Since Gundy took over in 2005 Oklahoma State and Texas (Texas!) have the exact same record. Can you imagine telling the version of yourself watching that Texas-SC Rose Bowl that this would be the case in 2017?“It’s an exciting time for all of us,” Mike Gundy said last week. “I was thinking flying down (to Big 12 Media Days) this morning just how we evolved at Oklahoma State and the culture that we’ve created with the young men and how fun it is for myself and our staff, the guys that were on the plane. They’ve been such great leaders for us. We’ve evolved into something really special at Oklahoma State.”This is true. Gundy went on to explain just how OSU has done this.“At first when I got this job, I guess I wasn’t smart enough to realize how hard it was,” continued Gundy. “So we just never stopped. We moved forward. We tried to make the best decisions with the resources we had. We tried to be on the cutting edge, not only Xs and Os-wise, but from the science behind football, different ways to do things, cutting back on practices, not having full-scale tackle practices or scrimmages in the fall and spring.“But then as we matured as a program, I realized that the most important thing we’ve done is we’ve created a culture at Oklahoma State for success in all different areas. We have some structure. We have certain ways that we expect our players to operate to be a part of our team and that we’re all lucky that we’re here, myself included, and that Oklahoma State football is by far bigger than any one person in our program, and we live by that.“We’re very disciplined. We’re very structured. Accountability is important. We’re unselfish. We respect our opponents, but we don’t fear anybody. I think that we’ve stayed with that, and we’ve created a culture where players understand success.”This is apparent, and don’t look now, but with a 14-win season this year (???) OSU can join that aforementioned 100/10 group next year (they’re 86-31 in the last nine years).A hundred wins in 10 years. That would have seemed laughable just a decade ago. But now OSU is one historic season from making it happen. USC94-37-072%last_img read more

King of The Game: OSU vs. Tulsa

first_imgCarlie GoekelerBet against the Spread: OSU by 21There are bound to be mistakes in this game from OSU simply because it’s the first. However, there is no way Tulsa beats the spread.More Catches: TulsaOkay I’m drinking the orange kool-aid and all but Tulsa will have more catches than Washington. With a receiving core as strong as ours, there is no way Washington has a chance.Over/Under: UnderTulsa did win 10 games last year and their coach doesn’t accept sloppy play. I think this game will be fairly clean overall.King of the Game: Ramon Richards.I’m all in on Ramon and this position change. It sounds like this bet was made for Ramon. Someone who you have always cringed while watching but also the first guy you send off the sidelines when OSU is up 1 with 5 seconds left and OU is on our 20. Ramon seems to be the guy who is in the right place at the right time and we all know he has the competitive spirit to do something crazy.Prop bet: Tyron Johnson takes the first returnable kick to the house.I’m really excited to see what this caged ex-tiger can do. Listening to him talk to the media, you can tell he’s really excited for the opportunity to play for a team that makes plays that result in 7s instead of 3s. 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. We are starting a new weekly post this football season. A weekly competition I like to call “King of the Game.”The rules are simple. Each week five people will make predictions about the upcoming game. The predictions will vary each week. Plus, each contestant get’s the opportunity to earn bonus points by making a wild prop bet.Our contestants will consist of myself, Kyle Cox, Nick Welch, someone from the enemy’s side, and an OSU fan contributor. This week’s picks from the enemy come from Hunter Hart of Reign Cane Sports, an independent Tulsa Sports Blog. Basically, it’s the Tulsa version of PFB.Our fan picks come courtesy of Carlie Goekeler. How could we not pick her after this tweet?AdChoices广告I hate to pull the woman card, the alum card, the homecoming queen card, the Coop fan card but I did. There are my cards. Pick me.— Carlie Goekeler (@carlizzle93) August 28, 2017She offered a little insight into herself.“My name is Carlie Goekeler and I am a 2016 alum of Oklahoma State. I am currently pursuing my D.O from OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Being a medical student takes up 99% of my time so the Pistols Firing Blog is my lifeline in the fall (my favorite part being the podcasts). My parents met at OSU and have been taking me to all the home football games since 2001. I’m a total OSU fanatic and perfect evidence that even a part science nerd/part sports junkie/part girly girl can win homecoming queen.”We begin our competition with this Thursday’s season opener against Tulsa! The Cowboys and Golden Hurricane are facing off for the first time since 2011 (has it been that long?).Here are this week’s bets:Bet Against the Spread: OSU -17More Catches: James Washington or all of TulsaOver/Under: +2.5 turnover margin for OSUKing of the Game: Defense (OSU or Tulsa)Prop BetWithout further adieu…center_img Phillip SlavinBet Against the Spread: OSUI think Tulsa’s offense will try to run the ball in the first half (unsuccessfully) and be forced to throw in the second, which won’t go well either. OSU will be slow out of the gate as they have been the past few years, but get things rolling in the second quarter and win handily.More Catches: TulsaOSU will want to get its various wide receivers opportunities. If the Cowboys are up big in the second half, which I think they will be, they’ll get other guys the chance to show in-game what they can do.Over/Under: OverWhen Tulsa is forced to throw the ball in the second half to keep things from getting ugly, Ramon Richards and A.J. Green are going to have fun against an in-experienced starting quarterback.King of the Game: Chad WhitenerTulsa should try and run the ball a lot, especially in the first half. They have a solid offensive line, which should open up opportunities for the linebackers to get tackles. I’m going with Whitener to lead the team in tackles this game.Prop Bet: Oklahoma State gets three defensive scores.Saying one isn’t interesting, neither is saying two. I’ll go with one on special teams, a blocked punt or field goal run back, and two more by the defense. Maybe a pick-six and a scoop-and-score.Kyle CoxBet Against the Spread: TulsaI’ll go with my prediction from my summer preview which was a 38-24 win. So, the Cowboys get it done but do not cover. This is still the first game of the year and there might be a couple of bugs to work out. Still, I think it’s a handily-won victory. Somewhere around 32-7 in the second half and Gundy gives it to Justice and J.D. King to grind out the clock.More Catches: TulsaThey are retooling and at the time of this yet to name a starting QB. But think of them as Art Briles’ Baylor-lite, or extra-lite or however that works. Regardless, Philip Montgomery coaches a system that works and it get his playmakers in space. Tulsa averaged 20.5 catches per game last year and I don’t expect that to drop off too much. Besides, James Washington has never had double-digit catches in a game his entire career.Over/Under: OverWhoo momma! Let’s swing for it and say two picks from the greenish QB (whoever it is) and a forced fumble. Hopefully, that’s all it takes to win that battle 3-0.King of the Game: Ramon RichardsThis feels like a Ramon interception game. He’ll get at least one of those. On Tulsa, I’ll go with senior free safety Jordan Mitchell who had nine pass breakups last year. They’ll need to get a lot from their secondary to stay in this one.Prop Bet: Oklahoma State will go for it on fourth and 2-plus yards early in the game.Nick WelchBet Against the Spread: OSUI’ll take the over, so higher than 17-point difference.More Catches: TulsaTulsa>WashingtonOver/Under: OverI’ll take the over, probably like three.King of the Game: Darrion DanielsMy own opinion, TU has an average O-Line, with an inexperienced quarterback and I think he gets a coverage sack or two, maybe a fumble recovery.Prop Bet: Eight different Oklahoma State receivers catch a ball.Is that crazy enough? If not, OSU kicks and makes a 45-plus yard field goal.Hunter HartBet Against the Spread: I’ll take OSU here.OSU has had struggles with teams like Central Michigan, Texas Tech, and Iowa State which gives me hope, but Tulsa has too many unknowns offensively to score the points necessary to ultimately keep it close.More Catches: Easy choice here, I’ll take all of Tulsa.I know Tulsa has never faced a receiver like Washington, but they did play Courtland Sutton last year. Sutton is expected to be a 1st- round draft pick, and he had 8 catches in that game. With all the options that Rudolph has, I see Washington getting around that same number. TU will probably throw about 20-25 passes, so I think (hope) that we will complete more than 10 of those.Over/Under: Under.Last year Tulsa was middle of the road in turnover margin, but the lead RB only lost the ball 2 times out of 264 attempts. I trust him, and I don’t think Coach Montgomery will put our new QBs in situations where they can make mistakes.King of the Game: Chad Whitener. Tulsa needs to run the ball effectively on Thursday. I think that TU’s offensive line will give a good push, but if Whitener is able to stuff the run then the Hurricane will be in for a long day. Additionally, Whitener will need to stay disciplined on the read option which is typical of a Montgomery-run offense. Prop Bet: Tulsa will have more yards than OSU after the first quarter.TU traveled to Ohio State last season, and after the first quarter TU had more yards on offense than the Buckeyes. It is a different team this year, but I still think TU will be able to run the ball effectively. Honestly, I don’t know how TU’s defense will stop OSU, but prop bets are supposed to be wild and fun!last_img read more

Ozil: Easy to say yes to Arsenal extension

first_imgMesut Özil ‘It was easy to agree new Arsenal deal’ – Ozil hungry for trophies with Gunners Chris Burton 22:30 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Mesut Özil Arsenal Premier League The Germany international brought uncertainty surrounding his future to an end when penning fresh terms and insists he never considered leaving Mesut Ozil claims it was “easy to say yes” to an Arsenal contract extension, with his sights being set on “some titles with the team”.Intense speculation regarding the Germany international’s future lingered at Emirates Stadium throughout the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, with an expiring deal offering cause for concern.Ozil was, however, to commit his future to the Gunners in February, with a new long-term contract ensuring that he will not be heading the same way as Alexis Sanchez. 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 World Cup winner insists he never considered heading elsewhere, with the 29-year-old having unfinished business at Emirates Stadium following three FA Cup triumphs to date.Ozil told Arsenal Player on his decision to put pen to paper: “It feels really good.“I’m really happy to sign here for such a big club like Arsenal. I’ve always said to the club that i’m happy here and now I’ve signed, I’m really happy. “My team-mates and family have always supported me. I have a lot of goals here with the team, I want to reach those and I’m really happy. I love the city.“Before I signed the contract, I spoke with my family about what the best decision was for me. At the end of the day, it was really easy for me to say ‘yes’ to the club.“I’m here for more years and I hope we will win some titles with the team. I believe in that.”Mesut Ozil easy to say yesOzil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee of £42.5 million in the summer of 2013.He has gone on to make 189 appearances for the club, netting 37 goals and providing a steady stream of assists.Arsene Wenger will be hoping for another key contribution from his star playmaker on Thursday when the Gunners take in the next season-defining fixture of a testing campaign, with AC Milan due in north London for the second leg of a Europa League last-16 tie which Arsenal currently lead 2-0.last_img read more

FUT Birthday: All the info & SBCs

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo FUT Birthday: Dates, features & squad building challenges for the FIFA 18 Ultimate Team event Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:57 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA FUT Ronaldo EA Sports Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates another birthday this week and EA have released details of a number of different features It’s that time of year!FIFA 18’s FUT Birthday bonuses have been revealed by Sony and EA Sports to celebrate its ninth birthday.It’s a huge event every year for FUT players, with new and exciting squad-building challenges and a special Birthday Squad included. Here’s what has been revealed so far. 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 What is the FUT birthday week? The FUT Birthday week celebrates, as the name suggests, the birthday of FIFA Ultimate Team. FUT first came into existence on March 19, 2009 for FIFA 09, and though EA tend to mark the anniversary a little later than that so as not to clash with their St Patrick’s Day promotions, this year they have included the holiday in their celebrations!”Even St. Patrick’s Day is included in this year’s massive celebrations! Get in on the Luck of the Irish with Weekly Objectives that reward special Irish player items with upgraded ratings that can be used to complete certain FUT Birthday SBCs,” EA said.When is the FUT birthday week? EA Sports kicked off the Birthday week on March 16 and it will run until March 23.FUT birthday celebrations are coming to #FIFA18 !Stay tuned for details on PlayStation Blog tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Hrkw9qTIoh — PlayStation Europe (@PlayStationEU) March 15, 2018 What is the FUT Birthday Squad The main attraction of the event is the FUT Birthday squad.Each year, a new roster comprised of players who were popular in previous versions of the game is released.”This year’s FUT Birthday squad is made up of players that dominated at different positions in previous versions of FUT, all of which will be available in packs as special player items for the entire event. These new items open up fresh and inventive ways of FUT squad-building, thanks to position changes and upgraded ratings.FUT Birthday Squad 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo is again pick of the squad with a rating of 95, though Eden Hazard is close behind on 92. Gareth Bale (90), Marco Reus (90), and Javi Martinez (88) have also been included.Other players included are Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria (87), Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta (88), and Sadio Mane (86) of Liverpool. FUT Birthday Squad Rating Cristiano Ronaldo 95 Gareth Bale 90 Javi Martinez 88 Moussa Sissoko 81 Eden Hazard 92 Ángel Di María 87 César Azpilicueta 88 Keisuke Honda 84 Cheikhou Kouyaté 81 Kwadwo Asamoah 83 Marco Reus 90 Yannick Bolasie 85 Jordi Alba 88 André Schürrle 83 David Alaba 87 Danilo Pereira 85 Felipe Anderson 83 Julian Draxler 86 Alessandro Florenzi 86 Riyad Mahrez 86 Sead Kolašinac 84 Sadio Mane 86 Bruno Peres 82 FUT Squad Building Challenges 2018 FIFA 18 Jose Mourinho“You’ll discover all kinds of Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) available during FUT Birthday, including the next End of an Era SBC celebrating a top player that retired from professional football in the past year,” the official EA statement reads.”Speaking of retired stars, get ready to beef up your FUT squad with the next batch of Prime ICONS in FIFA 18, which will be released during the Birthday event. Not only available in packs, these items can also be obtained by completing SBCs.”The new Prime Icon cards can be obtained through card packs and through completing FUT Birthday SBCs. Players will also be able to undertake Daily Birthday Wish SBCs to unlock value rewards.”Themed Objectives that reward in-game kits and other club items that you can show off during FUT matches are also going to be available,” EA continues. “As you dig into the festivities, you’ll find SBCs that are repeatable over the course of the event, as well as Daily Birthday Wish SBCs that offer high value rewards.”last_img read more

Four Storylines: OSU Welcomes Baylor Hoping for Some Homecoming Payback

first_imgLast year at this time, Baylor’s football program looked destined to inhabit the Big 12’s basement for years to come. Now it’s one big season away from being closer to meteoric than mediocre.Oklahoma State will end its bye week with a Homecoming matchup against the Bears in a game that should grab our attention for a handful of reasons. First and foremost is the fact that the last time they met OSU players, coaches and fans were left with a bad taste in their mouths.Let’s start there.1. The Revenge Tour ContinuesBy the time the Bears come to town, Mike Gundy’s squad will be smack dab in the middle of the longest revenge tour in the head coach’s 15-year tenure.In succession, the Cowboys will face five teams that got the best of them the last go-round, from late September to early November, with a slate of Kansas State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State and TCU. That’s a month and a half straight of vengeance-fueled football.In the spring, OSU players donned shirts listing the six Big 12 schools that beat them last year as a source of motivation.While the prospect of marking names off your year-old hit list sounds romantic, one wonders if that can involve too much emotion. After all, it was a lack of discipline — namely a season-high 12 penalties and overall sloppy execution — that sunk the Cowboys’ ship in Waco, as well as in a couple of other head-scratching losses last season.Motivation is good, execution is better. Hopefully this team has figured out how those two can co-exist and commingle.2. The Charlie Brewer ShowUSATSI_11586555_154512258_lowres[USATSI]The Big 12 is brimming with young QB talent, and names like Brock Purdy and Alan Bowman seem ready to build off breakout rookie seasons. But maybe the most intriguing returning passer is Baylor’s Charlie Brewer.Brewer burst onto the scene in 2017 slinging it for 1,562 yards, 11 touchdowns to seven interceptions — while completing 68.1 percent of his passes —  which earned him the Big 12’s Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year honors.Then as sophomore Brewer mustered 3,019 yards, 19 TDs to nine INTs and added seven more scores on the ground despite dealing with injury and having to share snaps with transfer Jalan McLendon. Entering his junior season, it appears that the conference’s No. 2 returning passer (behind only Sam Ehlinger in career Big 12 passing yards) has been given the keys to the offense.At Big 12 Media Days, Matt Rhule talked about Brewer building off his strong 2018 season.“I thought at the end of last year Charlie really settled into playing quarterback and not feeling like he had to do everything himself,” said Rhule. “I put Charlie in hard positions last year, making him rotate early in the year and that wasn’t easy on him.”But Rhule said he liked what he saw from his QB late in the year “once the light bulb went off.”Brewer totaled nearly 700 yards and five TDs to just two interceptions over his final two games, both wins over Texas Tech and Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl. In the bowl game he also rushed it for a career-high 109 yards and a score. That’s some good momentum to take into the offseason.But a lot will depend on this next question.3. Can Baylor’s O-line Protect Him?The Bears have allowed the most sacks in the Big 12 in each of the last two seasons — 39 last year and 38 the year before. That’s 2014 OSU territory when the Cowboys gave up 40 sacks. Only eight teams in the FBS allowed more QB takedowns than Baylor last season.Now Baylor has to replace the entire right side of your O-line from a year ago. Right guard Blake Blackmar and right tackle Patrick Lawrence were fifth-year seniors who started all 13 games in 2018.With its star QB and several playmakers returning, the line is the biggest question mark for the Bears’ offense in 2019, and could be the one thing that holds it back.4. The Exception That Proves the RhulePrograms aren’t supposed to bounce back this quickly.In his first two years at Baylor, Matt Rhule has turned an 1-11 team into a 7-6 team with a Texas Bowl win. That’s a huge leap, or for Rhule, par for the course. In his first two seasons at Temple, his teams went 2-10 and 6-6 before rattling off back-to-back 10-win seasons.The Bears probably won’t reach double-digits in 2019, but Rhule’s proven he can rebuild a program.And Baylor’s schedule sets up nicely for a fast start and some built momentum with its only road games being at Rice and at K-State before its Week 7 trip to Stillwater. There’s a very realistic scenario where the Bears are 5-1 or, at worst, 4-2 when they face the Cowboys  — which probably puts them square in the Big 12 title hunt heading into Halloween.That’s a team that had 70 scholarship players three years ago!This is all hypothetical and I’m the fool gifting wins to a college football team in early August.But if Baylor can finish in the top 3-4 of the league — and that’s a moderately-sized IF — it will not only frustrate a half dozen other fanbases, Rhule will have cemented himself among the top CEOs in a conference famous for its head-coaching prowess. 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. 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Transfer latest: Man City close in on £46.5m Jorginho

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man City close in on £46.5m Jorginho Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:45 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jorginho Italy 2018 Getty Images Transfers Premier League Primera División Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man City close in on £46.5m JorginhoManchester City are nearing a deal to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho for around £46.5 million (€53m/$62m), reports Sky Sports NewsThere are still details to be ironed out, but the Italy international appears set to join up with the Premier League champions. Arsenal to sign Leno and TorreiraArsenal are close to completing the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for €22m (£19.2m/$25m), Goal understands. 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 26-year-old Germany international will come in to alleviate Arsenal’s goalkeeping troubles, with the club open to offers for Petr Cech and David Ospina.The Gunners will also sign defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria once the World Cup comes to an end.Click here to read Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley’s report!Barca make Pjanic contactBarcelona have made contact with Miralem Pjanic over a potential summer move, Mundo Deportivo claims.The Catalan side are looking to enhance their midfield after Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid altered their transfer plans.Barca have already spoken to Pjanic after another good season in Italy and the 28-year-old is open to a switch.Liverpool move closer to Pope signingLiverpool are ready to turn to Burnley’s Nick Pope to exorcise their goalkeeping demons, according to The Mirror.The Reds are targeting a new shot stopper to replace Loris Karius after his performance in the Champions League final and have been linked with several options.However, Jurgen Klopp’s team are currently doing background checks on the Burnley No.1 and could make a move in close-season as they target a cheaper option to Roma star Alisson.Barcelona keeping tabs on LozanoBarcelona are tracking Mexico star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, reports ESPN FC.The PSV star scored the lone goal in Mexico’s shock win over Germany on Sunday, and will likely depart the Eredivisie side this summer amid interest from across Europe. The Blaugrana could struggle to land Lozano, with Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho and Yerry Mina currently occupying the club’s non-E.U. spots and Arthur Melo on his way in the winter. Hoffenheim open to €50m Kramaric approachFormer Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric could be allowed to leave Hoffenheim if a bid of €50 million (£43.9m/$57.9m) is made this summer.The striker is a reported target of both Bayern Munich and Newcastle United, who are watching the Croatian after he has impressed during his three years at Hoffenheim.Hoffenheim’s sporting director Alexander Rosen says the club rejected an offer for Kramaric in January, but did not rule out selling the player if a suitable bid is received in the summer.Read the full story right here!Everton target Martins and De LigtEverton are hoping to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins and Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, reports The Telegraph.De Ligt, 18, is one of Europe’s most sought-after defensive prospects, drawing interest from the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City. Martins, 23, is also likely to be in high demand this summer, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all looking to make a move. De Jong fuels Barcelona transfer talk Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong is not ruling out a move to Barcelona. The 21-year-old is tipped for a big future, and the Blaugrana have identified him as a possible replacement for Andres Iniesta. Read what De Jong had to say about Barcelona right here!CSKA reject €17m Juve offer for GolovinCSKA Moscow have rejected Juventus’ first offer for midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.The Serie A champions offered €17 million (£15m/$20m) plus bonuses, but CSKA are holding out for €25m (£22m/$29m) for the Russia international star. Liverpool to demand £15m for SturridgeLiverpool will demand £15 million (€17m/$20m) for striker Daniel Sturridge, reports The Telegraph.Sevilla and Fenerbahce are both interested in signing the 28-year-old, who will likely depart Liverpool this summer after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp. Sturridge spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, but injuries limited him to just six appearances with the club. Southampton join race for WilshereSouthampton have joined the race for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, reports the Mirror. Wilshere will be out of contract on July 1, and has yet to make a decision on his future with the Gunners. The 26-year-old has offers from a variety of clubs, including West Ham, Wolves, Sampdoria and AC Milan. Griezmann, Hernandez & Lemar agree Atleti dealsAtletico Madrid have announced deals for France internationals Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez and Thomas Lemar.Griezmann and Hernandez have inked extensions with the La Liga runners-up, signing through 2023 and 2024 respectively. Lemar has agreed personal terms with Atletico, and his move from Monaco will be confirmed following the completion of paperwork and a medical. Read the full story on Goal!Maddison set for Leicester moveIn-demand Norwich midfielder James Maddison has decided to join Leicester City, reports Sky Sports News.Several Premier League clubs were chasing the 21-year-old, and Maddison eventually decided to move to the King Power Stadium over Southampton.Both Leicester and Southampton had previously agreed a fee in the range of £22 million (€25m/$29m) for the England U-21 international.  West Ham agree £22m Diop feeWest Ham have agreed a fee of £22 million (€25m/$29m) with Toulouse to sign defender Issa Diop, reports the Daily Mail.The 21-year-old is due in London on Monday to discuss personal terms, which are no sure bet to be finalised. Diop is understood to be demanding significantly more than the Hammers are proposing in their contract offer. €25m Leno set for Arsenal switchBayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno is set to complete a €25 million (£21.9m/$29m) move to Arsenal, reports Kicker.Leno has attracted attention from across Europe this summer, with Atletico Madrid and Napoli further rumoured destinations. But he has ultimately plumped for the Emirates Stadium, where he will sign a five-year contract on Tuesday pending a medical. 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