The ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tripura has urged the Election Commission to hold the Assembly elections in early February. The party made the demand in a memorandum placed before Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who was leading a four-member team to the State to oversee poll preparations.The main Opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, in its submission to the team, did not press for a specific time for elections but requested the Commission to ensure an extensive revision of the electoral rolls to delete bogus voters. The term of the present Assembly will expire in February next.
The West Bengal Cabinet on Wednesday decided to draw up a ‘Vision 10 and Vision 20’ plan for better performance and development in various fields in the next 10 to 20 years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.“We will plan for 10 years and 20 years because if there is no proper planning, then there will be situations like the recent collapse of bridges. The Finance Department with the help of the Statistics and Planning Department will work on this,” she added.
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. I should qualify this post by saying I don’t believe Mason Rudolph will go to the NFL after this season. Head coach Mike Gundy doesn’t believe he should, either. He’s probably right.But ESPN draft messiah Mel Kiper Jr. has Rudolph as his No. 10 QB for the 2017 Draft right now. Every single QB he has listed is either a sophomore or a junior. Here is the full list.*Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina*Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech*Deshaun Watson, Clemson**DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame*Brad Kaaya, Miami (Fla.)*Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma*Luke Falk, Washington State**Wilton Speight, Michigan**Clayton Thorson, Northwestern*Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma StateOne asterisk denotes a junior, and two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore for the 2016 season.At this time last year, Kiper had some guy by the name of Dak Prescott as his No. 10 QB (gulp) so I don’t want to completely dismiss these rankings, but it’s encouraging to me that Kiper has Baker Mayfield ahead of Rudolph. Why? Well, Baker Mayfield ain’t going to the NFL after this year which tells me Mason Rudolph probably isn’t either.“We haven’t had very many players here I felt like were ready to enter that level of football as juniors,” said Gundy. “That’s including Weeden and Blackmon and Russell Okung. Even though they were great players, I didn’t feel like they were ready for what that level can put out there or put in front of those guys. That’s my opinion.”Here is the thing about Rudolph (and Washington) — they are true juniors. They didn’t get that redshirt freshman year to develop, enjoy college etc. That works in your favor if you’re Oklahoma State or a fan of Oklahoma State football. Still, it’s pretty cool that Rudolph is getting love from Kiper, Todd McShay and others.Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph makes some ridiculously accurate throws outside the numbers along the sideline @Zac_Robinson5#BigTimeThrow pic.twitter.com/Nw0ZKoUwTS— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) November 12, 2016His time in the NFL will come. I just hope it’s in 2018 and not 2017.
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. Jordan Sterns has played his last game as a Cowboy. Whether or not we get to watch him play on Sundays this fall, the leading tackler of the Mike Gundy era will always be a fan favorite.“It’s crazy how fast four years goes by,” Sterns told PFB recently. “When you first get on campus, you’re like ‘I’ve got forever to play football.’ But it just flashes by before your eyes. [The Alamo Bowl] was a joyful moment, and it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”Let’s take a look back at some of the hardest hits of his career.
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. Let’s keep this 100 days of summer rolling on with No. 93, junior defensive end Jarrell Owens.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Palestine High School (Palestine, Texas), Owens was originally committed to to play closer to home at TCU. Six months after his commitment to the Horned Frogs, second-year DL coach Joe Bob Clements, convinced Owens to make a trip to Stillwater. Two days later, he had decommitted from TCU and was ready to sign with the Cowboys.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Owens began contributing immediately as a redshirt freshman, earning meaningful reps in a rotation headlined by Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. He was both productive and disruptive. That year he finished with 11 tackles (8 solo), three tackles for loss, three sacks, three QB hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.In 2016, Owens earned a starting spot opposite Cole Walterscheid and started 12 games. He tallied 25 total tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three QB hurries. He also showed his athleticism during one of Oklahoma State’s Piesman-nominated plays.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016During the off season, Owens hones his tackling skills in a way that may seem unusual to some. He hunts feral hogs — and catches them with his bare hands.Role in 2017Owens looks ready to defend his starting spot and should definitely be featured in the Cowboys’ two-deep end rotation which Mike Gundy expects to operate hockey-like line rotations. Between he, Jordan Brailford, Cole Walterscheid and Vili Leveni the Cowboys boast as talented and deep a group of rotation ends as Mike Gundy has had. Any one of them could have a huge game at any time and each one will need to have multiples for the Cowboys to reach their potential.Noteworthy Stats and highlightsHad a career-high two tackles for loss, including a sack against Southeastern Louisiana last season. In the Alamo Bowl, he was disruptive, recording four tackles, a tackle for loss and two QB hurries.
We’re almost to the halfway point of our countdown. With No. 51, let’s turn our attention to the Cowboys’ sole offensive lineman from the 2017 class.How he got to OSUWhen National Signing Day 2017 ended, the Cowboys had only secured one offensive lineman for the class. Former OL coach Greg Adkins had struck out in terms of landing (or holding on to) any high school commits. The one lineman he was able to secure before his dismissal was a 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior college tackle.Belleville High School (Ypsilanti, Mich.) product Arlington Hambright took the JUCO route after playing defensive end as a prep. Hambright played on both sides of the line at Garden City Community College. He was the Broncbusters’ starting left tackle and helped them complete an undefeated season and claim an NJCAA National Championship.AdChoices广告A highly-ranked JUCO prospect, Hambright originally committed to Toledo but re-opened his recruiting last summer. He chose Oklahoma State over offers from the likes of NC State, East Carolina, Memphis and Houston.On signing day, Mike Yurcich talked about what the coaching staff saw in Hambright.“Arlington is very athletic and has a tremendous upside,” said Yurcich. “We feel like he fits in well with what we are trying to do. He is coachable, has good flexibility and good change of direction. He has played both sides of the ball and moves well.”What he’s done in StillwaterA 2017 signee, Hambright took part in spring practice and appear in the spring game.Role in 2017With incoming Cal grad transfer Aaron Cochran’s decision to come to Stillwater, Hambright will likely be relegated to competition for a backup role. He’s in that group with Teven Jenkins, Dylan Galloway and Shane Richards, all fighting for a backup role at either tackle spot. He could even fill in at guard if needed.Noteworthy Stats and HighlightsRanked the No. 34 JUCO prospect in the 2017 class by Rivals. Was part of a dominant offensive line at GCCC that rushed for 194.8 yards per game and averaged 28.7 points. 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 week we took a look at where Oklahoma State’s 2018 recruiting class stands and which positions they should focus their efforts on with their remaining scholarships. From here I thought it best to break down each of those four positions and look at where OSU is likely to or should focus their efforts.As a recap, OSU still has a maximum of seven scholarships remaining for the 2018 class, but I think they’ll only use four or five. Here are the positions I believe they need to fill:Defensive endCowboy backDefensive tackleLinebackerAdChoices广告We are going to skip the linebacker position, because Kyle Boone already did a great job looking at which recruits Coach Gundy and Co. might focus their efforts on. So first up: the defensive tackle position.OSU’s primary focus should remain on landing junior college standout Tayland Humphrey. We’ve talked about Humphrey, a four-star prospect from Hutchinson Community College, a lot. Earlier this year, Tayland’s brother, John Bolding II, said that he and his younger brother would play at the same school. However, Bolding announced his commitment to FIU back in July. If Humphrey was going to stick to the plan of sticking with his brother, you’d think he would have announced his decision as well.Since it looks like the plan to play together isn’t working out (unless a bonafide blue-chip recruit like Humphrey decides to commit to FIU), where Humphrey ends up is a bit of a crap shoot. However, I do believe OSU is putting a lot of effort into bringing the stud DT to Stillwater.The other name we’ve talked about a lot is three-star local talent Israel Antwine. The former Ole Miss commit has been quiet about his recruitment since decommiting from the Rebels.He currently has offers from more than a dozen teams including OSU, Arkansas, Missouri, TCU, Kansas, and Tulsa. As of now, 247Sports is overwhelmingly predicting Antwine to commit to Texas. The Longhorns made an offer to Antwine when things started looking dicey in Oxford and right before he decommited.Texas may be the “favorites”, but Oklahoma State is likely still in the running. The Cowboys seemed like one of the favorites before he picked Ole Miss, and should still be a team to watch now that he has reopened his recruitment.Oklahoma State is also strongly in the running for three-star DT Moro Ojomo who would immediately win the “best name award” for the 2018 class. Ojomo is 6-foot-2, 267-pound DT from Katy, Texas.Ojomo has offers from 10 schools including OSU, TCU, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Indiana, Houston, SMU, Kansas, Tulane, and Texas State. One 247Sports expert, Jeremiah Glenn of the TCU page HornedFrogBlitz, predicts Ojomo will pick the Cowboys. Glenn has over 71% accuracy on 121 predictions.There is a lot of talk that Ojomo could pick up an offer from Texas if they don’t land another guy or two they’re targeting. If that happens, there would likely be mutual interest. Mojomo doesn’t feel like one that’s going to make his decision soon, so if OSU wants to land him, they’re going to have to keep his attention on Stillwater and away from Austin.Even if OSU lands Humphrey, they would benefit from also adding a four year player at defensive tackle. After watching his highlight reel, I think you’ll agree he would be a welcome addition to the class. Another player of interest for OSU is Sione Vea Kava, an unranked DT at East Los Angeles College. As a freshman last season for the Huskies, Vea Kava totaled 22 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks, and had five blocked kicks, on a team that went 9-2. He also played as both a 3-4 defensive end and a 4-3 pass-rushing defensive tackle.The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Hawaiian native currently has offers from at least nine teams, including OSU, OU, Oregon, Oregon State, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Georgia Southern, Hawaii, and Nevada. I have a feeling, as good as he was his first year, Vea Kava is going to continue to get offers. Getting on Vea Kava and becoming a favorite early, would be a smart move for Coach Gundy and Co.Another solid option at the position is an under-the-radar player in two-star DT Devin Winters.Winters doesn’t currently have an offer from Oklahoma State, but there is interest. He does have offers from 12 teams including Ole Miss, Oregon State, Kansas, Cincinnati, Houston, Tulsa, SMU, UTSA, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kent State, Tulane, and UAB.The 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect is one on the rise, and likely a priority for Ole Miss. The Rebels offered Winters just a few days before Antwine decommited. With Antwine out, I expect Ole Miss to look to Winters as a replacement for him.While OSU hasn’t looked his way in awhile, Winters feels like a recruit itching to play for a power-5 program over a group-of-5. If OSU were to make an offer and use their Louisiana pipeline to woo Winters, there’s a good chance they could pick up his commitment. Keep an eye on Winters if OSU misses out on multiple other prospects they’re after. 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.
Transfers Muntari joins Seedorf at Deportivo La Coruna Jamie Smith 22:38 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña v Espanyol Primera División The former Ghana international has joined the La Liga side on a free transfer after a successful trial period at the club Sulley Muntari has signed for Deportivo La Coruna, the La Liga strugglers bringing in the free agent to boost their relegation battle.Clarence Seedorf was appointed by Depor this month but is yet to oversee a victory, or even see his side score a goal.And the Dutchman has signed former AC Milan team-mate Muntari in a bid to give Depor a greater chance of avoiding the drop. 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 Muntari, who played in three World Cups for Ghana, was available on a free transfer after leaving Pescara at the end of last season.The 33-year-old had an unhappy spell at the club, saying he was “treated like a criminal” after claiming to have been racially abused during a Serie A match at Cagliari.Muntari’s most successful period came at Inter Milan, where he played for four seasons between 2008 and 2012. At Inter, the midfielder won two Serie A titles, two Coppas Italia as well as the Champions League in 2010.He began his professional career with Udinese in 2002 before moving to Portsmouth, while also spending time at both Milan clubs, Sunderland, Saudi side Al-Ittihad and Pescara.Depor, second bottom in the table, are three points from safety with 14 league games still to play
Transfers Heynckes shoots down Lewandowski to Madrid rumours: Top players stay at Bayern Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 15:52 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Transfers Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski Primera División Bayern München Bundesliga Videos The Polish striker changed his agent in recent days to prompt suggestions that he was ready to leave the Bundesliga giants in the summer Jupp Heynckes claims he “can’t imagine” Bayern Munich sanctioning the sale of Robert Lewandowski after the striker’s recent change of agent prompted fresh transfer links with Real Madrid.Lewandowski is said to have severed ties with Cezary Kucharski, previously his agent for 10 years, in favour of Pini Zahavi, regarded as one of the football world’s leading representatives.Zahavi played a role in Neymar’s world-record €222 million switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August and there have been suggestions Lewandowski’s decision has been made with a view to securing a big move to Spain. 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 Heynckes is not worried about such a scenario, however, and is adamant Bayern are not a selling club.When it was put to Heynckes that Lewandowski’s decision could be to secure a transfer, the coach said: “Well, that’s your interpretation.”I think there’s nothing wrong with a player changing his agent. I can’t judge the reasons.”It doesn’t mean anything at all for us, given the way I know the officials here at Bayern and what I’ve heard from them.”Bayern is not a club that sells the top players. Top players at Bayern stay at Bayern. I can’t imagine there’s a chance of him leaving Bayern.”
Manchester United Lukaku was confident he could dominate Lovren, says Mourinho Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 01:57 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Liverpool Liverpool José Mourinho Marcus Rashford The Belgium international gave Liverpool’s defence a torrid time at Old Trafford, earning the praise of his manager despite failing to find the net Jose Mourinho admitted he was delighted to see Romelu Lukaku give Dejan Lovren a nightmare 90 minutes in Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool. Lovren and fellow Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold endured an afternoon to forget as they were continually outmuscled by the Belgian in a 2-1 reverse.And while Lukaku did not find the net Mourinho was pleased to see him making an impact, while insisting that he did not go out to target Lovren. 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 “We gave options to the players. I am not the kind of mechanic coach that says A pass to B, B to C, C to D. We have different options,” the manager explained to reporters.”We have also the possibility of the long ball to [Scott] McTominay and to play against [Andrew] Robertson in the air. Lukaku was confident from experience that he could be dominant towards Lovren.”Marcus Rashford was also on form for United, ending a 10-game run without scoring with a double.They were United’s only two shots on target in the entire match and Mourinho believes Rashford’s brace – which came in front of England manager Gareth Southgate – will be a huge boost to his self-belief.”He scored two goals in a big match against a top-class opponent,” Mourinho told a post-match news conference after United moved five points clear of Liverpool.”The good thing was he scored from the first chance he had, because the last few months that was not happening with him and he was feeling that a little bit in terms of his confidence.”But today a big game, probably unexpectedly, we trusted him, we felt the game could be adapted to his quality. He is improving a lot in training and sometimes that’s the point.”You are not in the training ground, you don’t see what’s going on, the self-confidence, the moods, and the feeling with him was that he was improving in the last few weeks.”What a result! Stadium was rocking #MUFC pic.twitter.com/0GhxEzALgh — Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) March 10, 2018 Rashford was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 70th minute as Mourinho added an extra body to the midfield, prompting boos from a large number of supporters.The manager was not worried about that response, but was unhappy with the jeers for Scott McTominay after he passed the ball backwards during a second-half counter-attack.Mourinho said: “The fans can do what they want. I am not upset at all with that reaction, I am upset with a reaction they had to Scott McTominay. A kid of 20 years old was making all the right decisions and they want him to make the wrong decisions.”So, when the kid decides to break the intensity of the game, not to lose, keep possession, play a back pass and give a solution to keep the ball in the opponent’s half. It was a wonderful solution that many, many top players with experience don’t do it.”The kid did it and the fans reacted against the kid, that for me was the bad one.”68′ – Here comes our first change of the afternoon! @MarcusRashford rightly receives a standing ovation as he makes way for @Fellaini , who is on for his 150th appearance for #MUFC . #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/5DxLIYJblj — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 10, 2018 Nevertheless, the United boss was overjoyed with the final result, though he admitted the display could have been better.”Perfect result yes,” Mourinho said. “Three points is very important. I wouldn’t go so far as saying it was a perfect performance.”In the first half the game gave us the opportunity to be direct, fast and score goals, more than we did. A third goal from [Juan] Mata would’ve been fantastic.”
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.”
World Cup ‘Neymar fell down a lot’ – Lichtsteiner pleased with containing job on Brazil superstar Chris Burton 20:49 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Buda Mendes World Cup Neymar Brazil v Switzerland Brazil Switzerland Switzerland were able to prevent the Paris Saint-Germain forward from making much of an impact in their World Cup opener, but deny rough treatment Neymar has been accused of going to ground a lot during Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland at World Cup 2018, with Stephan Lichtsteiner suggesting that “every time he fell down it was a whistle”.The Paris Saint-Germain forward was felled 10 times during Sunday’s Group E clash at the Rostov Arena, with the Swiss defence well aware of the threat he posed.It was suggested that the Samba star had been singled out for rough treatment on his first competitive start since suffering a broken metatarsal with his club. 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 Those in the Switzerland camp have denied that was the case, with Arsenal new boy Lichtsteiner claiming that Neymar was theatrical, not targeted.He told reporters in the wake of a hard-fought point: “It’s very difficult playing him. He’s fast, he’s technical, you need to keep up with him all the time because he’s dangerous. It’s a big challenge.“And I was a little bit worried about the referee. Every time he fell down it was a whistle, a foul so that was a bit of a challenge.“You think to yourself ‘don’t be too aggressive’ because every time he goes down it’s a foul. So, because of that, I had to be a bit careful.”Lichtsteiner added: “We are a mix I think. We are physical and we defend well – but we also attack. We showed that.“We knew Neymar was a danger so it was very good teamwork on the right side with Valon Behrami, Fabian Schaer and me closing him down.“It was almost a perfect game. It’s important to have this teamwork in the next game because we’ll have new situations.“Maybe it’s an advantage to play a big team like Brazil first in the group. Maybe they don’t know us that well, they don’t have the feeling for the tournament.“The first game is never easy for a big team in the first game. But Switzerland have a good team – and we got a good point.”Philippe Coutinho fired Brazil in front in spectacular fashion on Sunday, but Steven Zuber levelled for the Swiss after the match officials decided against using VAR for an apparent shove on Miranda.
Germany 2 Sweden 1: Late Kroos winner brings Low’s men back from the brink Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:16 6/24/18 Getty Images Germany’s hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout phase were hanging in the balance before Toni Kroos scored a stoppage-time free-kick. Germany came back from the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit as Toni Kroos scored a sensational stoppage-time winner to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden.Kroos found the net with a wickedly curling set-piece in the 95th minute of a game that brought out the best and worst of Joachim Low’s world champions, who were reduced to 10 men when Jerome Boateng was sent off with eight minutes remaining.It capped a dramatic turnaround in a match that Germany could not lose after Die Mannschaft were beaten by Mexico in their opening Group F game, but such a scenario was on the cards when Ola Toivonen’s superb lob gave Sweden a lead they held until half-time. 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 But Low’s team-talk at the break obviously struck a chord with the world champions, who levelled early in the second half through Marco Reus’ scrappy effort.Boateng’s dismissal threatened to unravel their efforts to get back into the match and it looked as though they would have to settle for a point that would have left their hopes of progressing from the group hanging in the balance. However, with the clock winding down, Kroos’ stunner sparked jubilant German celebrations and simultaneously broke Swedish hearts.The result leaves Group F wide open with no team yet mathematically through. Mexico lead the way on six points, while Germany and Sweden are on three, and South Korea still on zero.95 – Toni Kroos’ strike (94:42) was Germany’s latest ever World Cup goal scored during regulation time (excluding extra time). Poise. #GERSWE #GER #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/n6yomGJSAx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2018Germany dazzled Sweden with lightning-fast passing in the opening exchanges and Julian Draxler had a shot blocked from close range before he toe-poked a left-footed effort narrowly wide from a tight angle soon after.Emil Forsberg was pulled back by Thomas Muller on Sweden’s first foray into German territory but no free-kick was given and, after Victor Lindelof cleared a Reus cross away from danger, Janne Andersson’s men were denied what looked like a clear penalty.Viktor Claesson’s pass put Marcus Berg through one-on-one with Manuel Neuer when Boateng appeared to bundle the Sweden striker to the ground without playing the ball, but referee Szymon Marciniak ignored Sweden’s ardent protests.Germany lost Sebastian Rudy when he left the field with a bloody nose after a collision with Toivonen moments before the Sweden forward landed another blow as he burst into the box to control a Claesson cross on his chest and lift his shot over Neuer into the far corner of the net in some style.Substitute Ilkay Gundogan and Berg exchanged dangerous long-range shots at the end of the first half and Low sent on Mario Gomez for Draxler at the start of the second half.Less than three minutes later Germany drew level when Timo Werner’s cross evaded Gomez but found Reus, who met it with his knee and turned the ball beyond Robin Olsen and into the bottom corner of the net.Low’s men did not stop there, and Muller headed narrowly wide before Jonas Hector forced Olsen into a good save to keep the scores level.Reus should have made it 2-1 when his attempted back-heel failed to connect with Joshua Kimmich’s low cross.With just under 10 minutes left, Boateng was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Berg, and Neuer then made a dramatic one-handed save to deny substitute John Guidetti a winning goal with a downward header.Olsen pulled off an even better save at the other end, parrying Gomez’s powerful header over the crossbar, and Julian Brandt crashed a thunderous shot onto the post from an offside position as time looked to have run out on Germany.But Kroos hooked a sweetly struck effort from a well-worked free-kick with Reus on the left into the far corner of the net from a tight angle to allow his country to breathe a huge sigh of relief.BEST NEVER REST! Kroos puts the @DFB_Team_EN in the lead – the dream of the round of 16 is back alive! #GERSWE pic.twitter.com/tuzsZHC8NZ— Mercedes-Benz & Die Mannschaft (@mbfussball_en) June 23, 2018Key Opta stats:- Germany came from behind at half-time to win a World Cup match for the first time since 1974 – which was also against Sweden.- Toni Kroos’ winning goal after 94 minutes and 42 seconds was the latest goal scored by Germany in World Cup history (excluding extra-time).- Sweden’s Ola Toivonen failed to score in 23 Ligue 1 games for Toulouse in 2017-18, attempting 19 shots without success – he scored with his second shot at the 2018 World Cup.- This was the first match at a major international tournament (Euros and World Cups) that Mesut Ozil had not started for Germany since he made his debut in 2010, ending a run of 26 consecutive starts.- Sweden have lost a World Cup group stage match for the first time since June 1990, when they lost to Costa Rica – this defeat ends a run of 10 group games unbeaten. read more
World Cup Sampaoli: Argentina suffer if Messi doesn’t feel ‘secure’ Jamie Smith 06:54 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Livesey/Getty Images World Cup Lionel Messi Nigeria v Argentina Nigeria Argentina The Barcelona star helped to drag his side into the World Cup’s last 16 and his manager wants the team to support their star man Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli believes making captain Lionel Messi “feel secure” is key to his side’s chances at the World Cup.Messi scored the opening goal as a late Marcos Rojo volley earned Argentina a decisive 2-1 win over Nigeria in St Petersburg on Tuesday to set up a last-16 clash with Group C winners France.Sampaoli used his third different tactical setup of Russia 2018 in a bid to get the best out of Messi, who drew blanks in a 1-1 draw with Iceland and a 3-0 loss to Croatia, missing a penalty in the former match. 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 And the Argentina coach, who has been strongly criticised by former players including Diego Maradona, makes no excuses for building his team’s attacking threat around Barcelona superstar Messi.”When Leo came and hugged me it made me very proud and happy, because he knows I am passionate every single day,” Sampaoli said.”I have had the opportunity to travel with him and share moments with him. He knows me well, and knows we have this dream to come to Russia and do something important for Argentina.”His position in the team – playing three midfielders and Leo on the right trying to create more passes on the inside to get to the goal on the outside.”I was pleased with Ever [Banega], Enzo [Perez], Javi [Mascherano] and Leo, they have stopped our opponents creating any transitions.”A coach who has to train Leo knows everybody surrounding him needs to make him feel secure, and if we are able to create passes to Leo we can create chances. Otherwise we suffer.”We have the best player in the world and the other players need to benefit from that. That’s why I said the match against Croatia was our problem, not his problem.”The knock-out stage, so far… #FRAARG #URUPOR #ESPRUS #CRODEN #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/agR7mszjwW — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 26, 2018 Argentina survived a scare to progress, a penalty appeal for an apparent handball by Rojo rejected after the referee checked the VAR , the defender going on to score the winner with four minutes to go.But Sampaoli said his side deserved to go through to the next round, where they will be tested by France.”We had planned and I think the first half went well. We were better than Nigeria,” Sampaoli added. “We were also able to move forward and have many touches in the midfield.”After the penalty we got nervous and were worried about not going through, but we were very happy at the end. “As I have said before, my players play with heart, they are true rebels. They had a very difficult thing to do, and this is now a good opportunity for the future.”The first half today was great. Now we need consistency in the future. We’ve managed to do so and have been able to go through. Every match is a final. We need to be cohesive to win against France.”
World Cup Video: Angel Di Maria wondergoal makes jaws drop for Argentina against France Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:42 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) World Cup Videos France v Argentina Argentina France The midfielder blasted past Hugo Lloris from distance to pull his side level and spark them into action against Les Bleus in the second round Angel Di Maria hammered home one of the goals of the 2018 World Cup to pull Argentina level with France in Saturday’s last-16 clash.Argentina had fallen behind through Antoine Griezmann’s penalty, awarded for a Marcos Rojo foul on Kylian Mbappe, and looked in danger of conceding more against a dominant French side.France’s threatening forays forward did not come to anything however, and it proved costly after a moment of magic from Di Maria. 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 came to the Albiceleste’s rescue when he collected a pass from Ever Banega. Given a great deal of space outside of the France area, he took what was given and blasted it into the net from distance, with the shot still curling away from the outstretched hand of Hugo Lloris as it went in.The stunning strike – the furthest from goal anyone has scored at Russia 2018 – was Argentina’s only shot on target in the first half but ensured they went in level at the break.It is Di Maria’s first goal of the 2018 tournament and his second in a World Cup, having previously scored against Switzerland at the same stage of the 2014 edition in Brazil.Incredibly, the last time France conceded a goal from outside the box in a World Cup was in 1986 against the Soviet Union.ANGEL DI MARIA! 😱😱😱The Argentinian unleashes a rocket from outside of the box to pull them level just before the half. pic.twitter.com/pWbSsYR1eN— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018As commentator said that you might see ten thousand replays of this by Di Maria pic.twitter.com/ENANh0Rjvx— Saad (@Saad_Guj) June 30, 2018Pavard to Di Maria: Anything you can do I can do better! 🚀😱 pic.twitter.com/ugnBrIyp0i— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018And that goal would not be the last the round of 16 thriller. Benjamin Pavard would deliver a goal that was every bit the equal of Di Maria’s to once again level the scoreline after Gabriel Mercado deflected home a Lionel Messi shot to give Argentina a temporary lead.Mbappe then got a goal of his own as he danced his way through the Argentina defence in the area and snuck a shot through Franco Armani. He would double his tally not long after to put France on the verge of the quarter-finals. Late substitute Sergio Aguero scored in stoppage time but France held on to win 4-3. Argentina became the first side to score three goals in a World Cup match and lose since the USSR against Belgium in 1986.
Liverpool boss Klopp: Roma style hid Alisson strengthsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is delighted with the impact of Alisson this season.The Reds splashed out £67million on the goalkeeper from Roma.Liverpool have conceded just eight times in 20 matches – a staggering eight fewer than title rivals Manchester City.And Klopp has admitted he’s been surprised by just how good the Brazilian has been.Asked which Liverpool player has surprised him this season, Klopp told ESPN Brasil: “Well, maybe that Ali is such a good football player.”It was always very clear that he was a very influential player with the ball, but that he’s this good I didn’t see it, honestly – maybe because of a different style Roma played.”That was a little bit of a surprise, and a very nice surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement WHAT WOULD SAL DO? is a modern-day parable of an entitled underachiever who, for the first time in his life, is challenged to be a good person when he discovers he’s the second coming of Christ. The series stars: Dylan Taylor (ROGUE) as the titular slacker Sal; Jennifer Dale (STREET LEGAL) as his mom, the virgin Maria; Ryan McDonald (2012) as Sal’s best friend; Scott Thompson (THE KIDS IN THE HALL) as an ambitious priest; and in a supporting role, LETTERKENNY’s K. Trevor Wilson. Set in modern-day Sudbury, WHAT WOULD SAL DO? comes from showrunner Andrew DeAngelis (MR. D, KILLJOYS), with episodes directed by Samir Rehem (SKINS), and is produced by New Metric Media.WHAT WOULD SAL DO? joins the growing lineup of CraveTV Originals – series available only to Canadian audiences on CraveTV. Recent notable CraveTV Originals include the recently launched OUTSIDERS, the sophomore season of Canadian sensation LETTERKENNY, as well as SHUT EYE, CASUAL, MANHATTAN, and DEADBEAT, among others. WHAT WOULD SAL DO? bolsters CraveTV’s popular Comedies Collection, streaming alongside LETTERKENNY, SOUTH PARK, and ANGIE TRIBECA.WHAT WOULD SAL DO? is acquired by CraveTV from New Metric Media. Series is written, created, and executive produced by Andrew De Angelis and directed by Samir Rehem. Additional writers include Kurt Smeaton, Mark Forward, Alex Levine, Mark De Angelis, and Brandy Hewitt. Executive Producers for New Metric Media are Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan. The series is produced by New Metric Media, in association with DHX Media and with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund and Ontario and Federal Tax Credits. CraveTV today announced its third Canadian Original series, the satiric WHAT WOULD SAL DO? From New Metric Media, the producers of CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY, the eight-episode, half-hour comedy, about a slacker who discovers he’s the second coming of Christ, begins streaming exclusively on CraveTV on Friday, March 24, as part of the #iCraveFridays weekly roll-out of new content. WHAT WOULD SAL DO? joins a growing list of Canadian Original series exclusive to CraveTV subscribers, which also includes LETTERKENNY and the upcoming RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE.The series received the following three Canadian Screen Award nominations last week: Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role (Jennifer Dale); Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (Ryan McDonald); and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series (Andrew De Angelis)“Andrew De Angelis has created a provocative satire that explores religious themes and contemporary issues,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. “With fantastic performances from an outstanding cast that includes the inimitable Scott Thompson as a conniving priest, we’re thrilled to add WHAT WOULD SAL DO? to CraveTV’s growing list of original series.” Advertisement
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,357.47, down 11.96 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 78 cents, or 24.45 per cent, to $2.41 on 53.6 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 65 cents, or 6.14 per cent, to $9.94 on 21.2 million shares.Red Eagle Mining Corp. (TSX:R). Metals. Down half a cent, or 25 per cent, to 1.5 cents on 14.2 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Energy. Down 26 cents, or 14.05 per cent, to $1.59 on 8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 89 cents, or 4.15 per cent, to $22.33 on 6.6 million sharesTrevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Metals. Down 7.5 cents, or 14.15 per cent, to 4.55 cents on 6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). The transportation manufacturer announced it will shed 5,000 jobs company-wide and sell off two units as part of a five-year plan to rein in costs, focus on rail and business jets and reduce the net long-term debt of $9 billion. About 2,500 Bombardier workers will be laid off in Quebec and 600 in Ontario, with the 2,000 other cuts occurring overseas. The company said it receive almost $1 billion from selling its Q400 turboprop aircraft program and flight training business.Yellow Pages Ltd. (TSX:Y). Up 18 cents to $8. The digital media and marketing company swung to a profit in the third quarter despite a substantial drop in revenues. The Montreal-based company says it earned $27.1 million, or 89 cents per diluted share for the period ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of $7.2 million or 27 cents per share a year earlier. The company says its quarterly turnaround was due to reductions in its cost structure, including from workforce reductions, reduced office space, lower overall spending, as well as gains from the sale of assets and a $18.3 million reversal in income tax provisions from previous tax years.Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Up 65 cents to $27.23. The media giant says its net income attributable to shareholders increased almost five per cent to $186.7 million in the third quarter on strong wireless numbers and revenue growth. On an adjusted basis, income from operating activities rose 37 per cent to $142 million or 61 cents per share in the third quarter, compared with $103.7 million or 43 cents per share in the third quarter of 2017. Quarterly revenues rose 1.7 per cent year over year to almost $1.06 billion.Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Up 92 cents to $45.93. The telecom company raised its dividend amid a 10 per cent increase in its third quarter profit and a surge in wireless subscribers. The company earned $447 million or 74 cents a share, up from $406 million or 68 cents a share a year ago. Its dividend will increase by two cents to 54.5 cents per share. Telus saw its total customer growth rise to 187,000 and sales from its wireless unit increase by 2.2 per cent, reaching $1.5 billion.
Joe Ayoob attempting a throw. photo by Chris Newton.Collins spent eight hours the night prior designing planes he felt were best fit to break the record, even changing the design part way through to find a better fit.Ayoob threw over 100 planes trying to get in rhythm for his ten official throws. He explained that attempting so many throws puts lots of pressure on the body.“Sometimes you want to take a break but then you cool down too much,” said Ayoob. “For me in particular, throwing as hard as I do with no weight in my hand, your muscles tend to fatigue pretty quickly.”The duo’s best chance at breaking their record was their third attempt which flew 220 feet, seven feet shy of the record. Collins and Ayoob explained that though they were unable to break the record, the event was still an extreme success and they hope to be back for another shot in the near future.“I would like another shot at the Pomeroy,” said Collins. “Every building has its own character and its own challenges, I think I have a better strategy after my experience at the Pomeroy and I think it doable in here.”“I think we’d love to come back and give this another shot,” said Ayoob. “I know people have been floating the idea around that if we come back and break the record here it would kind of put the Pomeroy on the map.”The duo was brought to the Energetic City thanks to local paper airplane enthusiast Parker Andrews. Andrews explained that though the record wasn’t broken it was still an incredible experience for him. “You don’t fail until you stop trying,” said Andrews.Parker Andrews with his signed John Collins plane. Photo by John Luke Kieper FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John will have to wait a little while longer to see a Guinness World Record broken at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The duo of John Collins and Joe Ayoob gave it their all but were unable to beat their previous world record of 226 feet, 10 inches.“We had four great throws down the right,” said Collins. “If we could have kept our hands on that one plane, if it hadn’t been lost in the lighting fixture it would have been fun to see if we could have broken it.”
It will nearly triple the capacity to 890,000 barrels a day.The NEB named Lyne Mercier, Alison Scott and Murray Lytle to the panel that will conduct its reconsideration of the project.By Dan HealingTHE CANADIAN PRESS Indigenous groups who are affected by the marine shipping issues but weren’t allowed to engage in the previous NEB process because of scope limits might have a difficult time preparing submissions in time, said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada.“Indigenous consultations are inextricably intertwined with review of marine impacts – orcas have important cultural significance – so charging ahead on this before sorting out the Indigenous consultation piece seems like a mistake,” he added.Furthermore, the process is tainted by the fact that the government insists the project it now owns will be built no matter what, Stewart said.The expansion will include a new pipeline running roughly parallel to the existing, 1,150-kilometre line that carries refined and unrefined oil products from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C. “Sure, it’s possible,” he said. “If things go according to the timeline that’s been now started with the NEB and they have a recommendation by the middle of February and the government takes a few months for additional consultation, an order-in-council could be as early as next summer.”He added construction is expected to take about 30 months, depending upon seasonal adjustments, which would mean the pipeline could be operational in 2022, about two years later than the most recent predicted in-service date.The federal government approved the Trans Mountain expansion project in November 2016, following a recommendation by the NEB.But the court cited insufficient consultation with Indigenous communities and a failure to assess the environmental impact of additional oil-tanker traffic in overturning that ruling.Last week, the federal government ordered the NEB to go back and conduct a review of tanker traffic, paying special attention to the affect on killer whales, and issue its report no later than Feb. 22.Environmentalists were quick to criticize the NEB’s schedule, which calls for public comments by next Wednesday on draft factors for the environmental assessment, the draft list of issues to be considered in the hearing and on the design of the hearing process itself. CALGARY, A.B. – The president and CEO of Trans Mountain Corp. says its sidelined pipeline project could be back on track by next year under a new National Energy Board hearing schedule, setting it up for a possible 2022 opening date.The timeline unveiled by the federal pipeline regulator on Wednesday is “reasonable and fair,” said Ian Anderson, the former CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada who became head of the resulting Crown corporation when Ottawa closed its $4.5-billion purchase of the pipeline and its expansion project in early September.He told reporters in Calgary it’s possible expansion project construction that was halted when the Federal Court of Appeal overturned its NEB approval earlier this month could be restarted in 2019.