Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH squash team after their 2017 SEA Games gold medal match. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine men’s squash team, which upset Malaysia in the semifinals on Monday, surrendered to Singapore, 2-1, in the final Tuesday night at National Squash Center here in Kuala Lumpur Sports Center.The Filipinos settled for another silver, the other in women’s doubles, in the penultimate day of competition.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw Reymark Bergornia dropped the opening match, 11-1, 11-3, 11-16, to Pang Ka Hoe. But Robert Andrew Garcia equalised after beating Benedict Chan, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, in the second match.That left David William Pelino to carry the fight for the gold but he succumbed to the faster and craftier Samuel Kang, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5, in the deciding match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments
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.
Five-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall has narrowed his options to 11 schools, he announced on social media this week. The Bossier City, Louisiana native with 22 offers cut his list in half, naming Miami, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, OSU, OU, North Carolina and UCLA.https://twitter.com/TerraceMJR/status/825184811669131265A 6-foot-4, 200-pound 2018 recruit, Marshall has been on Oklahoma State’s radar for well over a year. The Cowboys offered him at the same time period that they extended an offer to Keondre Wudtee — now a current OSU quarterback. Wudtee and Marshall were a dynamic QB/WR duo, and it seems OSU is trying to parlay that connection into stealing one of the best receivers in the country. 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. Check out some of the highlights from Wudtee’s senior season. The connection between he and Marshall (No. 80 — the guy who catches almost every pass). Also a reminder: Keondre Wudtee is going to be a very fun quarterback.
Nothing has been decided, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said Wednesday before the Spring Game, but the backup quarterback spot will be locked down, “sooner rather than later.”The obvious choice is redshirt junior Taylor Cornelius, who has been Mason Rudolph’s backup for two seasons and went 5-9 for 77 yards and a TD on Saturday in the Spring Game. But Yurcich said all of the throwers are coming along. He said it’s critical to name a No. 2 because the reps in practice need to be delegated.“It’s an ongoing battle right now,” Yurcich said. “A lot of competitiveness, and that’s fun to see those guys compete, but there’s a lot of learning to be had.”Rudolph said Cornelius, one of his best friends, is the veteran guy. Cornelius has played in four games, which is three more than the other three realistic candidates John Kolar, Keondre Wudtee and Jelani Woods have combined.“Really strong arm, pocket-passer, but he’s athletic enough to make plays on his feet,” Rudolph said of Cornelius. “Cerebral guy. Really smart. He came in the summer after me, so he’s been here a while. He really has a good feel for the offense.”Coach Mike Gundy has said that Woods will likely redshirt. Rudolph said he, too, is making strides but his head is still spinning at times. So that probably leaves Cornelius, Kolar and Wudtee. Kolar and Wudtee combined to go 2-8 with two interceptions in the Spring Game.Gundy said Rudolph’s reps have been cut significantly and given to Wudtee because they have a good understanding of where Cornelius is at. The good thing about those three and Rudolph is that they aren’t carbon copies of the same quarterback.Wudtee played football, basketball and ran track at Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana. Kolar ran for more than 500 yards as a senior at Norman North. Cornelius racked up more than 9,000 passing yards in three seasons out of Bushland, Texas, with 88 touchdown passes. And Woods is 6-foot-7 with 235 pounds of weight on him.“In the spring you try to throw a lot at ’em and see what they can absorb, see where their boundaries at,” Yurcich said. “I think we’ve found that out with a lot of them, and now it’s kinda time to rein it in and really adjust our teaching to what we’ve learned about each individual.”Gundy said he hoped he could have named a backup by the end of the spring but can’t. Yurcich said there is no timetable for naming the backup. At the latest, a No. 2 will be named midway through fall camp, Gundy said.The other wrinkle here is that the backup QB might not play as much as the QB designated to play the J.W. Walsh role. That sounded on Saturday like it might be Wudtee (although he rushed three times for just -4 yards on Saturday).So you could have a scenario in which you have a QB1 (Rudolph), a QB2 (Cornelius) and a special-package short yardage QB who also serves as QB3 (Wudtee). There is still a lot to sort out, but Gundy sounded on Saturday like Cornelius is the man to beat at QB2.“I thought Taylor (Cornelius) played well,” said Gundy. “The defense was a little loaded on the orange. The two ends on the orange team were a lot more mature, put a lot of pressure on the black team. We had a hard time, black had a hard time controlling those guys, but I thought Taylor did a good job. The other guys that were inexperienced looked inexperienced to me. I thought number 14 did well.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
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.
“I look at bump-and-run corners. Not too much of a zone corner. So if you’re a man corner the Big 12 is the place to be. Not only Oklahoma State, but this is where I’m at so I’m rooting for Oklahoma State.”The Big 12 (and Oklahoma State) have traditionally lacked more compared to other conferences when it comes to interior defenders (although Joe Bob Clements is doing his best to rectify that). But I thought that was such a great point by Williams.If you’re a safety or a corner, why wouldn’t you come to Stillwater or Austin or Norman to play college football? Why would you go to Auburn or Athens or Nashville where you might defend only two or three passes a game?The Big 12’s reputation has a long way to go, but I think it can be a place (just like Stillwater can be a place) where elite offensive players attend school and just-as-elite defenders follow them. As Williams pointed out, it’s a smart route to take if you want to get better and eventually end up getting drafted in the first round like Gilbert. It wasn’t a surprise to us to hear offensive players talk about the allure of playing in a high-tempo offense like the one Mike & Mike have constructed in Stillwater. Oklahoma State’s lineage of elite, NFL-like receivers is growing, and more and more recruits want to be a part of it.“The offense,” said redshirt sophomore transfer Tyron Johnson. “They’re throwing it around. It’s something a receiver like me wants to be in. Any receiver actually. You see a team throwing it around like that it will catch your eye. That expectation has been met. Here they throw it a lot. A lot.”“It’s the offense,” said senior Chris Lacy. “Being a receiver we like to catch passes, and Oklahoma State is known for throwing the ball and putting receivers in the league. That’s what I wanted to do is come here and catch passes so I’m loving it.”AdChoices广告This pair will make up two of the cogs in what should be one of the best passing games in the country. It helps the reputation of your offense and school when you’re catching passes from pros, too. What was a bit of a surprise is that this same high-flying offense that averaged 2.89 points per drive last season tempts defensive players to come to Stillwater, too. Or the fact that other teams in the Big 12 have to toss it all over the yard to keep up with the OSUs of the world does, anyway.“I got to run into (Justin Gilbert) at the spring game,” said redshirt freshman corner Rodarius Williams. “I got to talk to him, him being a first round pick. He told me, ‘It’s a bunch of man to man so you’re going to get a lot of exposure with the ball.’ I was like, ‘I’m that type of corner that wants to be thrown at.’ So I was like, ‘I’m committing on the spot.’ He told me I’m making a great decision.” 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.
Barcelona Busquets: Barcelona ready for tough Atletico clash Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:39 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Las Palmas Las Palmas v Barcelona The midfielder lamented two dropped points against lowly Las Palmas as he looked ahead to Sunday’s visit from Diego Simeone’s men Sergio Busquets said Atletico Madrid will be a tougher battle as the Barcelona midfielder quickly turned his attention to the top-of-the-table clash following Thursday’s shock draw at Las Palmas.La Liga leaders Barca dropped points against relegation-threatened Las Palmas, who earned a 1-1 draw after Jonathan Calleri’s penalty cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 21st-minute opener.Las Palmas were gifted the opportunity to equalise following the break when referee Antonio Mateu pointed to the spot, with Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde lamenting the “invisible penalty” post-match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The result saw Barca’s lead over second-placed Atletico left at five points and Busquets said: “We’ve dropped two points [against Las Palmas] in an important moment.”But we knew that it was a difficult ground to come to, even though they’re in the bottom three. “Sunday’s game against Atletico will be the tougher battle.”We are in a privileged position in La Liga and we’re going to try and keep it that way with a win this weekend.”On the penalty incident in the 48th minute, Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta added: “I didn’t see the penalty, but the referee referred to possible hands.”It is a contrary situation, as the [Las Palmas] goalkeeper’s handball outside the area before half-time was very clear, but we can’t change the result now. “We leave with a bittersweet sensation, because we’ve let two points go. We lacked that final pass in the final third and we weren’t able to build a bigger lead when we got ahead.” Undefeated Barca welcome Atletico to Camp Nou on Sunday.
Transfers Man Utd hoping to keep De Gea for many years to come – Fortune Chris Burton 02:20 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CRISTINA QUICLER Transfers Manchester United David de Gea José Mourinho Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Spain international goalkeeper continues to be heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but a former Red Devils star is looking for him to stay Manchester United are hoping to keep David de Gea at the club for “many years to come”, says Quinton Fortune, with the Red Devils not in the business of selling the world’s best.Speculation continues to suggest that Real Madrid are preparing another raid on Old Trafford for a long-standing transfer target.The Blancos are willing to spend big on De Gea, despite the Spain international being under contract in England until at least 2019. 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 United have the option to trigger a 12-month extension in the 27-year-old’s current deal, while fresh terms have been mooted for a man that Jose Mourinho and Co have no intention of parting with.Former Red Devils star Fortune told PA Sport on De Gea: “When he arrived at Old Trafford, he was a bit rocky at the start of his career but the improvement he has made has been unbelievable.”When you look at the last couple of seasons, he has been player of the year – which is a little bit weird for a Manchester United goalkeeper.”I think the position we are in the league and all the competition, I think David’s played a big role in that. Look at some of the games this season – he has kept us in games. The Sevilla game, especially, he was outstanding.”In my opinion, he’s probably the best goalkeeper in the world at this moment in time and we hope that continues. He’s been absolutely brilliant, and we hope we can keep him here for many years to come.”United are looking for De Gea to play a leading role in their future plans, with Fortune confident that Mourinho can piece together a Premier League title challenge if given further funds in which to try and close the gap on Manchester City over the summer.The South African added: “It’s a little bit frustrating to see us in second position [sic], but City has been outstanding this season and it will be a miracle to catch them.”They are going to have to lose every single game and we’re going to have to win every single game, but the signs are there for next season and there’s still a lot to play for this season.”The way we’re playing looks very difficult to beat in any competition, so I hope next season we’ll go that extra step further and win the league.”I am sure there will be changes in the summer. The manager will want to strengthen the team and that’s part of being a Manchester United player.”You want to improve, you want to have competition and I am sure the manager will strengthen his team and try to win the league next year.”
Arsenal Wenger remains optimistic on Ramsey renewal at Arsenal Chris Burton 18:02 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The Wales international midfielder is heading towards the final 12 months of his current deal at Emirates Stadium and is yet to commit to an extension Arsene Wenger remains hopeful that Aaron Ramsey will be among those to commit to an extended stay at Arsenal.Having endured contract struggles throughout the 2017-18 campaign, more issues lie ahead for the Gunners.They were eventually able to get Mesut Ozil to put pen to paper in February but not before seeing Alexis Sanchez leave for Manchester United. 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 Several other players are now heading towards free agency or the final 12 months of their respective deals, with Wales international Ramsey among those facing an uncertain future.Wenger, though, is hoping to see a man currently tied to Arsenal until 2019 prolong his association with the club, telling reporters: “We want the players to stay at this club.“That’s why I always speak about values. This club has been created by people who work in the fabric. One of the few clubs in the world.“We want our players to be proud of the values that have been created by people. They are based on hard work, humility, desire to be together. Those are the values we want the players to take charge of, stay together and show these values.“That’s what we want, that’s what I want. That’s my dream.”While Ramsey still has plenty of time left on his contract in which to continue extension talks, Arsenal are running the risk of losing Jack Wilshere in the summer.The England international is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, with the 26-year-old having recently revealed that he is “no closer” to reaching an agreement.Wenger has also reported “no change” in those talks, although the Frenchman did confirm that an offer has been tabled.
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.”
A non-conference series that just makes too much sense has been extended.Oklahoma State and Arkansas added two more future meetings in the two schools’ future series, announcing dates in 2032 and 2033.The schools took to Twitter to make the announcement.👋 pic.twitter.com/KbQnD8BAiV— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) August 13, 2019He’s not quite as charismatic as the Oregon Duck, but I’m in. So going back to the other home-and-home we booked a few months ago, that’s now four matchups between us from 2024-33, correct?— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 13, 2019 Consider it booked. ▶️ https://t.co/BNtAjbd2sn pic.twitter.com/4yGSgjUCbQ— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 13, 2019Those are the particulars for what amounts to a four-game home-and-home series spanning a decade. The meetings in 2024 and 2027 had already been announced.When the Cowboys and Razorbacks kick off in 2024 it will have been 44 years since the former Southwest Conference rivals looked horns, or tusks.From 1950 to 1980, the two schools played every year except two. Oklahoma State has found itself on the losing side more times than not against Arkansas and will enter 2024 15-30-1 against the Razorbacks. The Cowboys lost the last five meetings from 1976 to 1980. But that’s ancient history in college football terms.Like I said, this series makes so much sense that you wonder why it’s been on hold since 1980. Fayetteville is closer to Stillwater than every other Big 12 road destination except Norman and you’re beefing up your noncon slate by adding a Power 5 opponent from the SEC. And let’s not forget about the extended recruiting footprint into a state in which the Cowboys have already had success finding talent. Deal! How about our place in 2033? pic.twitter.com/F1yA5Vuo63— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) August 13, 2019 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.
On the evening of Sep. 4, 2016, Texas Longhorns gadget quarterback Tyrone Swoopes dove head-first into the burnt orange end zone at Darrell K Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas for a third and final time. With outstretched arms, he manage to extend the football past the white of the paydirt and simultaneously lift Texas to a 50-47 double-overtime victory. As teammates embraced him with a celebratory dogpile a few yards away from his landing spot, ESPN’s Joe Tessitore bellowed into the mic four words that have proven every bit as infamous as they are elusive.“Texas is back, folks!” Tessitore shouted, punctuating a season-opening victory over No. 10 Notre Dame.Few people would have predicted at the time that Swoopes and his end-game heroics would signal not the beginning of a new era, but rather the end of a current one. On that particular night, Texas was, indeed, back. They were the toast of college football. But as fast as its rise to relevance was, its stay was equally fleeting. What appeared to be a corner turned for third-year coach Charlie Strong ended as a second consecutive 5-7 season. Eighty-three days later, he was out of a job. The only back Texas was, it turned out, was back in the market for a head coach.Tom Herman, Strong’s successor, could be on the cusp of a similar breakout Strong briefly enjoyed as he enters his third season coaching in Austin. After a tumultuous 7-6 season in his inaugural season, Herman and his Horns strung together an impressive 10-win season last year that culminated with a Big 12 title game appearance and a Sugar Bowl victory. Expectations at Texas are high. Texas, some might even say, could be back. And here’s why:1. An elite defenseBig 12 football is antonymous with restricting defenses. Most teams in the league run a spread, uptempo offensive system that generates points, creates Saturday shootouts, and pressures defenses so consistently they amount to nothing but a muleta for the end zone of the opposing team’s offense. Points are scored as frequently as Tom Herman smacks his gum on the sidelines. But as nearly every program in the conference adapts to that reality, Texas has managed to stay stingy on defense.Last season, Texas ranked second nationally in fourth-down conversion percentage allowed, 18th in third-down conversions, and third in the league in yards per play while holding teams to 25.9 points per game, a mark that was well ahead of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas, and just behind Iowa State, TCU and Kansas State. They should be even better this year under Todd Orlando, who is quite clearly the best defensive mind in the conference.And perhaps best of all for UT: the anchor of the defense — Caden Sterns — is back. After starring as a freshman safety last season, Sterns, the reigning winner of the Defensive Freshman of the Year, could be be an All-Big 12 caliber enforcer on the back line. Sterns and fellow safety Brandon Jones are the most dynamic and talented 1-2 safety duo in the Big 12 … by a pretty substantial margin. Even with eight starters gone from last year’s defensive unit, Orlando and Herman have recruited so consistently well that the Longhorns will simply reload at every position.2. Sam Ehlinger is going to be a Heisman contenderEarlier this summer, at an event at his alma mater Louisiana Tech, Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw offered up this controversial take on Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger.“He ain’t that good.”Ain’t that good! That’s like giving Torchy’s Tacos a two-star review. (For the record: we all know Torchy’s is a five-star.) Ehlinger had a 19:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio from a clean pocket last year which was among the country’s best, and his 113.5 passer rating from a clean pocket, according to Pro Football Focus, leads all returning Big 12 quarterbacks. Even in a league that features Jalen Hurts, Brock Purdy, Charlie Brewer and Alan Bowman, Ehlinger is the clear-cut best signal-caller in line to make a push for the Heisman Trophy. The damage he can do not just with his arm (he’s the top returning QB in total passing yards) but also with his legs (he’s the top returning QB in total rushing yards) unlocks opportunities for himself and for Texas.3. OU’s retoolingThis is perhaps Texas’ biggest benefit. Since the College Football Playoff’s inception, only one Big 12 program — Oklahoma — has busted down the Final Four door. Not TCU. Not Baylor. Not even Texas. And this year, after losing its second consecutive Heisman Trophy winner, OU appears to actually be retooling.Jalen Hurts is at QB, and the Alabama transfer should be good and serviceable. Heisman-good, though? Probably not. The playing field on which OU has held a gigantic advantage, at quarterback, has been leveled.Another question mark for OU is the defense, which was abysmal last year. Under first year coach Alex Grinch, optimism seems to be flowing out of Norman. But until he proves as good a hire as many have suggested it was for Lincoln Riley, it’s still a spot that can’t be counted as a strength. At least not yet. And until OU figures out its identity, which for years has centered around elite quarterback play, Texas should have the upper hand on its rival not only with a defense-first identity, but with the best quarterback in the league running the show. If OU’s history of college football playoff appearances should teach us one thing, it’s that warts on a team can be hidden by an elite quarterback. In the case of Texas, it’s the biggest reason to buy preseason stock in them finally crashing the playoff, finally announcing to the world that they are, in fact, back. 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.
World Cup Mexico style in shock Germany win surprised former USMNT boss Arena Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 03:35 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany Panama The ex-United States head coach was surprised by how El Tri approached their World Cup opener against the reigning champions Mexico’s shock World Cup win against Germany surprised former United States coach Bruce Arena because it contradicted their usual style of play. Juan Carlos Osorio’s side claimed an impressive 1-0 victory over the reigning champions in their opening Group F match, Hirving Lozano’s first-half strike securing a well-deserved triumph.Arena, who oversaw USA’s failure to qualify for the World Cup from the CONCACAF section in which Mexico triumphed, was impressed by how they restricted Germany, but expects the usual suspects to reach the latter stages. 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 “Naturally, Mexico had a very good performance against Germany, upsetting them with a 1-0 victory,” Arena told Omnisport when promoting his new book.”One would think they’re in good shape to qualify out of group play and be in the round of 16.”They had to defend with a lot of numbers for a lot of the game. That’s not really Mexican football, but they were all committed to do it and did an outstanding job.”At the end of the day I don’t think there’s going to be many changes or surprises in this World Cup. When all the smoke settles I think you’re going to see all the big boys that are usually there in the end.”Panama dramatically denied USA a place at Russia 2018 and lost their World Cup debut 3-0 to Belgium, with Arena predicting similar results in their remaining fixtures.”I saw Panama play against Belgium, they lost 3-0. Not surprising, I thought out of the teams that qualified for the World Cup out of CONCACAF, Panama was the weakest one,” he said.”You know the U.S. beat them 4-0 at home in game nine of the Hex, we drew with them in Panama. They’re probably a team that’s going to have a difficult time at the World Cup and not get out of the group play.”The USA will host the 2026 World Cup alongside Mexico and Canada after their joint bid was selected at last week’s FIFA Congress in Moscow.MLS was born out of the USA hosting the 1994 edition and Arena believes the return of football’s grandest competition will have a positive effect on the domestic league and its players, though he thinks new initiatives are needed to maximize the potential impact.”Having the World Cup in the US in 2026 is going to be terrific for our country, for our soccer environment. It’s going to bring much more attention to American players, to our league and help to continue to grow the sport,” he added. “I think between now and 2026 we can make a bunch of changes in our country to help grow the sport and hopefully over the next couple of years we get a little bit creative, we set some good policy and we succeed with it.”Outspoken, honest, and game changing—Bruce Arena’s memoir What’s Wrong with US? is available now wherever books are sold. For more information, visit https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062803948/whats-wrong-with-us/.
Rangers Gerrard learns first competitive opponents as Rangers draw Shkupi in Europa League Bima Said 00:09 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Rangers UEFA Europa League The manager now knows who his first adversaries will be when he makes his debut as manager of the Scottish Premiership side Steven Gerrard will begin his Rangers managerial career with a match up against FK Shkupi in a Europa League preliminary round contest.The Liverpool legend was appointed head coach to the Scottish Premiership club after a year in charge of the Reds’ Under-18 side for the 2017-18 season, and last week learned the order in which he’ll face his new rivals in Scotland’s top-flight, opening their domestic campaign against Aberdeen on August 5.But with the compeletion of the Europa League preliminary first and second round draw, Gerrard now knows he will face last season’s fourth place side in Macedonia’s top-flight in his first competitive fixture as Rangers boss. 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 first leg of the playoff will take place on July 12 at the Ibrox Stadium with the return leg scheduled to take place a week later in Skopje.Provided Rangers advance, the club will either face Moldovan side CS Petrocub or Croatian club NK Osijeck in the second preliminary round.Meanwhile, one of Gerrard’s former coaches believes the retired midfielder has the qualities necessary to become a strong head coach in the future.Former United States national team boss Bruce Arena managed Gerrard for a season and a half with the LA Galaxy after the midfielder departed Liverpool for the MLS side in 2014.Though Gerrard was unable to match the levels of success for the Galaxy that he had previously enjoyed at Anfield, Arena believes that his former player has the character traits necessary for success and received valuable experience in the U.S. that helped going forward. “Well being a manager or a coach at any level requires some experience. Steven Gerrard’s only a couple years out of playing, he’s had some time at the academy level at Liverpool. I think in time he can become a strong manager,” Arena told Omnisport when promoting his new book.”I think Rangers are a club with a lot of tradition in Scotland, as of late they have not been a strong club – they were relegated some years ago because I think of some financial irregularities, I’m not exactly sure.The hard work continued on day three of pre-season training camp.Full Gallery: https://t.co/Ovfxy5wsN7 pic.twitter.com/VMvrTt8ZhJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 19, 2018″But now they’re back in the first division, they’re way behind Celtic but it’s going to be Steven’s job to get them back up and competitive with Celtic.”I think Steven Gerrard’s always wanted to stay involved in the sport his whole life. His background is a strong one as a player, got some good experience in the United States as well, it helps him grow.”It remains to be seen what he’ll be like as a manager but one would think he’s got a lot of the characteristics you need to be successful.”Outspoken, honest, and game changing—Bruce Arena’s memoir What’s Wrong with US? is available now wherever books are sold. For more information, visit https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062803948/whats-wrong-with-us/.
World Cup Denmark vs France: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty World Cup Denmark v France Denmark France Powerade Denmark and France will clash on Tuesday at the Luzhniki Stadium to decide the winners of Group C Denmark get the point they need to join France in the last-16 of the World Cup. A poor first half showing was followed by an even more dull second as neither team tried to take charge of the game. It took only the 82nd minute before either goalkeeper was tested, with Schmeichel tipping away Fekir’s curling effort. Mbappe added energy to the French attack but still could not create anything worthy of note. With the likes of Croatia or Argentina potential opponents in the last-16, both sides will have to up their game if they hope to progress any further.FULL-TIME: DENMARK 0-0 FRANCE 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 90+2 mins: SUB! Delaney injures himself in that challenge on Mbappe. Lerager comes on to replace him.90 mins: Mbappe again the inspiration as he latches onto the loose ball after Delaney’s challenge and makes his way into the box. He lays it off to Giroud who can only poke his return pass behind the run of Mbappe. Better from France.89 mins: France move the ball around with comfort, but it is all sideways and backwards. It’s worked to Mbappe on the right wing who tries to inject some energy into the attack, but the return pass from N’Zonzi is too heavy and the PSG forward can only flick the ball behind for a goal kick.87 mins: A chorus of boos ring around the stadium once more as Denmark pass it safely along the back line. France are dominating possession at the moment though, Denmark look happy just to hold on for a draw.86 mins: Prior to his substitution in the 68th minute, Griezmann didn’t complete a single pass to strike partner Giroud in this game.84 mins: Mbappe has added a bit of life to the French attack but they are still unable to find any way through the Danish defence so far. 82 mins: CHANCE! 82 minutes played and a goalkeeper is finally tested. Fekir picks the ball up just outside the box and curls a low effort towards the bottom-left corner, but Schmeichel reacts well to punch the ball wide.80 mins: 10 minutes left to play and this game is being played at walking pace at times. Fans all around the stadium voice their displeasure. It has been a poor game.78 mins: SUB! Dembele, who has offered plenty of pace to France but no real end product, is replaced by Paris Saint-Germain teenager Mbappe.77 mins: Denmark’s turn to get bodies forward and test the French back line, but the men in white are holding firm. The Danish fans are cheering every pass.75 mins: A like-for-like change up front for Denmark as Cornelius is replaced by Ajax’s Dolberg.74 mins: They do finally create something though. Mendy fires in a decent cross towards the head of Giroud, but the Chelsea man can only glance his header wide of the right post.73 mins: France continuining to see plenty of the ball but their final product is lacking. 71 mins: This game has arguably been even slower and more lifeless in the second half than the first. Neither side have really put any pressure on their opponents to go for the win.68 mins: Mendy tries to spark some life into the game as he bursts down the left wing, but his deep cross is over the head of everyone. Denmark get a free kick for holding in the box anyway.SUB! Griezmann is replaced by Fekir for France’s second change, with passage to the knockout stages already secured. 67 mins: Slow, ponderous Danish possession comes to an end when a chipped through ball is straight into the hands of Mandanda.66 mins: Denmark with a spell of possession in the final third but they are unable to work anything towards Cornelius in the box. They keep the ball though.63 mins: That has summed up this game so far. Lemar has acres of space in the centre of the pitch and chips a pass wide to the left, to no one at all. Straight out of play for a Danish throw.62 mins: Delaney latches onto a long ball on the right of the French box. He tries to worm his way beyond Kimpembe and forces the defender to concede a corner.60 mins: Sisto, who has not had much impact on today’s game, is replaced by Fischer for Denmark’s first change.59 mins: CHANCE! Varane’s clearance only goes as far as the edge of the box and the ball finds its way back to Eriksen, but his low drilled effort rolls narrowly wide of the left post.58 mins: Sisto finally sees a bit of the ball and races towards the box. His cross isn’t the best though and Varane can clear.56 mins: A slight delay as Cornelius receives treatment for a collision with Kimpembe. Nothing too serious though. This game has still yet to come to life in this second half.54 mins: CHANCE! Eriksen stands over a free kick just over 25 yards from goal. His low shot is straight at Mandana, who spills the ball. Cornelius races forward for the tap in but the France goalkeeper recovers quickly to claim at the second attempt.53 mins: Peru have doubled their lead against Australia through Paolo Guerrero. It is looking increasingly likely that Denmark will progress alongside France regardless of the score here, unless the Australians can make an unlikely comeback.52 mins: France are finally beginning to turn up the heat. Griezmann gets the ball inside the box but he is dispossessed before he can turn towards goal.50 mins: France make an early change as Hernandez is replaces by Manchester City’s Mendy. The incoming left-back is still on his way back to full fitness following a seven-month injury lay-off.48 mins: France enjoying plenty of possession but it is all in front of the Danish side. A cross from the left tries to find Giroud in the box but the Chelsea forward is penalised for holding his marker.46 mins: We are back underway!It will benefit both sides if the score stays level but France at least will be under pressure to put in a performance in this second half. Deschamps will be unlikely to risk his key players unless Denmark take the lead but they will need to turn all their possession into some positive attacking play, if only to give their fans a reason to be optimistic heading into the knockout stages.All square at the break in what has been a timid half of football. France dominated possession but lacked any real penetration to their attacks. Griezmann and Dembele both had efforts from range but overall Schmeichel was never tested. Denmark had few chances at the other end but Braithwaite missed the ball entirely when through on goal, while Eriksen’s chance was smothered by Mandanda.HALF-TIME: DENMARK 0-0 FRANCE45+3 mins: Zanka is booked for a foul on Griezmann as France break forward. There will be no time to take the free kick though.45+1 mins: The fourth official has indicated two minutes of additional time.45 mins: France finally up the pace of their play, giving Dembele space on the edge of the box. The forward if off balance as he strikes the ball though, skewing it high and wide of Schmeichel’s goal.43 mins: France finally get in behind the Danish defence via the run of Griezmann, but the linesman flag is up for offside.41 mins: Better from France. Dembele races away down the right wing and chips a cross towards the back post. Giroud opts to wait on the edge of the box instead of challenging for the ball, allowing Kjaer to head clear with ease.40 mins: France suddenly break forward at the other end as the spaces open up on the counter. Griezmann tries to curl an effort from the edge of the box but it is straight into the welcoming hands of Schmeichel. 39 mins: Eriksen does finally pick the ball up in an attacking position and he gets his head up quickly to try and find Cornelius at the back post. Well defended by Varane though. 37 mins: Denmark have done well with their rare opportunities going forward, but they have yet to get their creative players involved in the game so far. Eriksen and Sisto have barely had a touch.36 mins: Another France attack comes to nothing. Giroud dinks a pass over the Danish defence but Griezmann slips as he turns to run onto it. 34 mins: Denmark and France still looking for the first shot on target of the game.33 mins: CHANCE! Dembele creates a bit of space for himself on the edge of the box but he can only curl his effort beyond the far post. 31 mins: Lemar tries to worm into space on the edge of the Denmark box but he is dispossessed. France have been poor in attack in truth, Denmark have been the better side.29 mins: CHANCE! Delaney does brilliantly to fight off a challenge and find Cornelius down the left wing. The striker fires in a wonderful low cross towards the penalty box and Eriksen races onto it, but Mandana does well to close down the space and smother the danger. Best chance of the game from both sides so far.28 mins: Giroud rises high to meet the corner but it is cleared away by Christensen. There is a stop in play as Kjaer receives treatment for a head injury.27 mins: Lemar whips an excellent free kick along the front of goal but no France player can get on the end of it. Kjaer clears for a corner.25 mins: Danish fans are making plenty of noise as they continue to hold off French attacks with ease. All too easy for Denmark at the moment.23 mins: Denmark try to make some headway with a long ball down the right wing but it is always too high for Eriksen to get to. France throw.21 mins: It is very evenly contested as we approach the halfway point of the first half. France, as expected, are enjoying plenty of possession but Denmark are defending well. 19 mins: Peru have taken the lead against Australia in the other Group C game. As things stand, Denmark will progress to the last-16 regardless of their own result.18 mins: France continue to see plenty of the ball but there is no penetration at all to their attacks. Denmark try to break forward on the counter attack but Cornelius cannot beat Lemar for pace on the right wing.16 mins: France get their first corner of the game. There is plenty of pace on the cross by Lemar but Varane can only glance his header wide of the right post.14 mins: France continue to dominate possession but Denmark are getting plenty of bodies behind the ball and limiting their space in the final third.12 mins: Neither side have really offered much going forward so far in the early stages of this game. Braithwaite is making a nuisance of himself to the French defence but has yet to fashion a chance, while Griezmann is doing the same at the other end.10 mins: France are lacking any rhythm in their play at the moment, as a simple pass is overhit and straight out for a Danish throw. Denmark are looking the better side when they come forward.8 mins: Griezmann is free down the right and fires a low cross towards Giroud, but it is easily dealt with by the Danish defence. 6 mins: Eriksen stands over Denmark’s first corner of the game. The delivery finds Delaney at the front post but N’Zonzi does enough to put the midfielder off and send his effort wide.5 mins: Steve Mandanda is the oldest Frenchman to make his World Cup debut (33y 89d).4 mins: Denmark penetrate the French defence with their first foray forward. Braithwaite flicks the ball over the head of Kimpembe and races in on goal, but he misses the ball completely as he goes to shoot. A let off for France there.2 mins: France move the ball patiently around the midfield, waiting for their opening. Sidibe is found in space on the right wing and gets away from his marker, but his low cross is easily cleared. Denmark are getting everybody but Cornelius behind the ball.1 min: France, playing in white today, get the game underway!HERE WE GO…The national anthems are sung and the players are in position and ready to go. Kick-off is imminent.France make six changes to the side that beat Peru 1-0, as Deschamps opts to rest key players with progress to the knockout stages already secured. Mandana replaces Lloris in goal, while Sidibe and Kimpembe come into defence alongside Varane and Hernandez. N’Zonzi replaces Pogba in midfield, while Matuidi and Mbappe take their place on the bench in favour of Dembele and Lemar.Denmark make three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Australia last time out. Zanka comes into defence alongside Christensen, with Schone dropping to the bench. Braithwaite and Cornelius line up in attack, with Jorgensen dropping to the bench and Poulsen not in the squad at all.France substitutes: Nabil Fekir, Benjamin Pavard, Alphonse Areola, Samuel Umtiti, Florian Thauvin, Blaise Matuidi, Hugo Lloris, Adil Rami, Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Paul Pogba, Corentin TolissoFrance XI (4-2-3-1): Steve Mandanda; Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez; Steven N’Zonzi, N’Golo Kante; Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar; Olivier GiroudDenmark substitutes: Jonas Lossl, Jannik Vestergaard, Frederik Ronnow, Nicolai Jorgensen, Jonas Knudsen, Lasse Schone, Lukas Lerager, Kasper Dolberg, Viktor Fischer, Michael Krohn-DehliDenmark XI (3-4-3): Kasper Schmeichel; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Zanka; Henrik Dalsgaard, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Jens Stryger Larsen; Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Pione Sisto15 mins until KO: Let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…France have only won all three of their group stage games at a World Cup finals once before, back in 1998 when they went on to win the tournament. Their third win in that edition also came against Denmark.Didier Deschamps has arguably one of the World Cup’s strongest squads at his disposal and were one of the favourites coming into the tournament, but France have yet to hit the heights many have expected of them. With the pressure of progress off their shoulders, France could finally play with the freedom needed to start firing on all cylinders.France have already qualified for the next stage of the competition but will need to avoid defeat to qualify as group winners, with Denmark only two points behind them. Les Bleus have lost only once in seven meetings with Denmark, a 2-0 defeat at the 2002 World Cup.STAT: If Denmark are awarded a penalty in this match, it will be the first time since Group C in 1998 that all four teams have had a penalty in a single World Cup group – that group also contained France and Denmark.If they can secure their route into the knockout stages, it will match their best World Cup run since 2002, where they were knocked out at the last-16 stage by England. There are no guarantees for the Danish though, as a defeat coupled with an Australian victory could still see them finish third.Denmark have got themselves into a good position to secure their progress into the last-16, following their draw with Australia. They only need a point against today’s opponents France to secure their passage, but it will be easier said than done.30 mins until KO: Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of today’s World Cup Group C game between Denmark and France at the Luzhniki Stadium.Squads & Team News Didier Deschamps makes six changes to his France side in a bid to rest some key names ahead of the knockout stages. Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Samuel Umtiti, Benjamin Pavard, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi all drop out of the side that beat Peru 1-0 in their last match. For Denmark, there’s only two changes, but Age Hareide has implemented a change of system. Yussuf Poulsen is suspended after accumulating two yellow cards, and striker Jorgensen is rested, while Huddersfield Town defender Zanka and Andreas Cornelius replace them in the side as they shift to a back five. A draw would mean both teams qualify, and perhaps the Danes are looking for a safety-first approach. Confirmed Denmark XI: Schmeichel; Larsen, Zanka, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard; Delaney, Eriksen; Sisto, Cornelius, BraithwaiteDenmark subs: Lossl, Vestergaard, Ronnow, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Schone, Lerager, Dolberg, Fischer, Krohn-Dehli Confirmed France XI: Mandanda; Hernandez, Kimpembe, Varane, Sidibe; Kante, Nzonzi; Lemar, Griezmann, Dembele; GiroudFrance subs: Fekir, Pavard, Areola, Umtiti, Thauvin, Matuidi, Lloris, Rami, Mbappe, Mendy, Pogba, TolissoTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV 1 or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV 1 ITV Player Delaney latches onto a long ball on the right of the French box. He tries to worm his way beyond Kimpembe and forces the defender to concede a corner.
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 Rashford wastes chance as Januzaj takes his to leave England facing tricky Colombia tie Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 04:03 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images World Cup England England v Belgium Belgium Opinion Powerade Gareth Southgate made a raft of changes to his team but was forced to settle for second spot in World Cup Group G behind Belgium England will take their chances in the so-called easier half of the draw as they face Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Belgium.The Red Devils, on the other hand, take on Japan in what should be a very winnable game en route to the quarter-finals.With both teams on six points heading into the final Group G tie in Kaliningrad, England and Belgium were both assured of their places in the knockout stage. This meant that many fringe stars from each side were offered a chance to make an impression for a starting spot in the next round. 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 While Belgium’s Adnan Januzaj took his chance with a brilliant finish, England’s best opportunity fell to Marcus Rashford, who fluffed his lines and probably ruined his chance of starting a game in Russia.A match with so many changes from both teams was never going to be a momentous one. It wrote its name in the history books, but only for the fact that 17 changes broke the record for combined first-team alterations at a World Cup. England named eight new starters from the team that had beaten Panama 6-1 while Roberto Martinez kept just goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Dedryck Boyata from Tunisia’s conquerors.Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold became the fourth teenager to start for England at a World Cup , making only his second ever international appearance. The 19-year-old was confident on the ball, but sometimes found it difficult to deal with Belgium’s tricky winger Thorgan Hazard. Despite all the talk of Harry Kane getting the Golden Boot , the Tottenham striker watched from the bench as Jamie Vardy ran around a lot to little effect.Rashford was also chosen up front, where his pace caused Belgium’s makeshift defence problems, but spurned the Three Lions’ best opportunity of the game when he broke through on goal, firing a curled effort past Courtois’ left-hand post. The Manchester United forward really should have at least got his shot on target, having brilliantly set up a one-on-one which would have levelled the match.A former United teenager was the man who gave Belgium the lead, taking his chance where Rashford couldn’t. Januzaj took a brilliant touch inside the England penalty area, outwitting Danny Rose to create space for a shot, which he brilliantly turned into the net to leave Jordan Pickford with no chance. The quality of the finish will have given Martinez plenty to think about for the knockout stages, offering another option in an already abundantly-potent attack.Ahead of England’s game with Panama, many pundits and fans were calling for Rashford’s inclusion, with the hope that a run-out against the minnows might help give the United forward a chance to build his confidence. Instead, he was offered an opportunity by Southgate against Belgium’s B-side, but failed at the crucial moment, meaning any suggestions of him replacing Raheem Sterling in the line-up will fall upon deaf ears as England look for a first knockout round win since 2006.Danny Welbeck was introduced off the bench with just over 10 minutes remaining, pushing Rashford to right wing-back, further limiting his ability to get on the scoresheet. While it showed the versatility Southgate sees in the teenager, it was also indicative of the England manager’s concerns that Rashford can not be relied upon to provide goals at crucial moments.On the other hand, Januzaj received a warm embrace from Martinez when he was withdrawn, matching the rapturous applause he got from the Belgium fans. His replacement Dries Mertens had started the previous two games for Belgium and also wanted to stay in the manager’s plans, producing a brilliant late shot that forced Pickford into a full-stretch save.Colombia await England in Moscow on July 3, with the winner facing either Switzerland or Sweden in the next round. But, with Colombia full of confidence after back-to-back wins, Southgate’s men have a difficult task of making it further in the tournament. Rashford’s miss could prove costly to both him and his country.
Juventus ‘Seventeen years in black and white end today’ – Buffon bids final farewell to Juventus as contract expires Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 19:58 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Serie A The goalkeeper has still not revealed his future but has looked back fondly over his past as he leaves Turin Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon bid a final farewell to Juventus on the last day of his contract.The 40-year-old did not renew his deal in Turin and will leave Juve after 17 seasons, nine Serie A titles and four successive domestic doubles.Buffon has made 176 appearances for Italy and is reportedly set for a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. 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 However, the iconic World Cup-winning keeper’s attentions were solely on Juve as he brought a lengthy and decorated chapter in his illustrious career to a close.”Seventeen years in black and white end today,” Buffon posted on Twitter on Saturday.17 anni in bianconero che si concludono ufficialmente oggi. 17 anni di amici, compagni, lacrime, vittorie, sconfitte, trofei, parole, rabbia, delusioni, felicità e tante, tantissime emozioni. Non dimenticherò mai nulla. Porterò sempre tutto con me. #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/Qu1vb0UOH2 — Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) June 30, 2018 “Seventeen years of friends, team-mates, tears, victories, trophies, words, anger, disappointments, happiness and many, many emotions.”I will never forget anything. I will always carry everything with me.”Juve have signed Mattia Perin to compete with Wojcech Szczesny to start between the posts for Massimiliano Allegri’s team in 2018-19.Buffon turned down a call-up for Italy’s friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and Netherlands in June, but he and Roberto Mancini remain open to working together on the international stage in the future.
World Cup The 10 disasters that caused Argentina’s World Cup flop Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images World Cup Argentina France v Argentina France Lionel Messi Argentina were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup on Saturday after a catastrophic tournament. So who and what was to blame? Argentina’s dramatic victory over Nigeria in midweek proved only to be a stay of execution as Jorge Sampaoli’s disjointed side were undone by France in the last-16.Sampaoli and his players had managed to rally themselves to get out of the groups but their problems were too deep-rooted to usurp one of Europe’s most talented sides.Sampaoli certainly contributed to Argentina’s poor campaign but many of the issues facing the side had been evident long before he took charge. We look at the 10 reasons for Argentina’s disastrous World Cup… 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
World Cup Cavani suffers injury against Portugal and is helped off by Ronaldo Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:39 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images World Cup Uruguay v Portugal Uruguay Portugal The star forward had already bagged a brace for Uruguay but was forced out of the action in the second half in Sochi Uruguay’s star forward Edinson Cavani was forced off in his team’s last-16 match against Portugal in the second half with a leg injury. The Paris Saint-Germain striker had already bagged a brace in the contest, putting Uruguay up 2-1, but was unable to continue in the 74th minute as he limped off the field with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.Cavani signalled he was unable to continue and was immediately replaced by Cristhian Stuani. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The forward had been instrumental in his side’s performance to that point, having opened the scoring in the seventh minute after making an excellently timed run to get on the end of a cross into the area by fellow forward Luis Suarez.Then, after Pepe had drawn Portugal level from a corner kick, Cavani turned on the magic once more.After getting played into space at the edge of the area by Rodrigo Bentancur, Cavani delivered a curling drive from just inside the area that bent around Rui Patricio and into the net, scoring what ultimately proved the winner for the South American side. It was his third goal of the tournament, having opened his account in Russia with a goal against the hosts in the final group stage game as Uruguay claimed a 3-0 victory. However, 10 minutes later, Cavani was done, limping off in obvious pain. He required assistance to make it off the field, provided by Ronaldo, who aided his opponent all the way to the touchline. “I hope it’s nothing,” Cavani said post-match. “We’ll see what happens, we’ll do exams. I felt pain and could not continue on the pitch.”Despite the injury, the PSG star was overjoyed with the result.”It’s very exciting. I have no words to describe this,” he told A Bola.”I am happy, happy, happy. I wonder how people are in Uruguay. Let’s continue to dream.”Thanks to Cavani’s brace, Uruguay advanced to the quarter-final on July 6 against France, meaning he will have six days to get fit for that clash at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.