Bengal to draw up vision plan

first_imgThe 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.last_img

I have framed photo of Bradman’s all-time playing XI: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAustralia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott gets help from retired Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (left) as he signs autograph on a cricket bat at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai September 4, 2014. ReutersCricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that he has the photograph of the all-time Test playing XI, picked by Australian great Donald Bradman, framed at his home and he would always “treasure” it as the legend had included him in that team.”Coming back to the greatest compliment that I have received in my life was without any doubt was from Sir Don,” Tendulkar said while speaking at a sporting event organised by the Australian consulate in the presence of touring Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbot at the Cricket Club of India.”In 1994-95 he told his wife that my batting style resembles his batting style. It was the greatest compliment that I have received from him and the icing on the cake was when he picked me to be a part of his all-time Test playing eleven.”That was a special moment for me in life. I have the photograph of the playing eleven framed at my place which I would treasure,” he added.Recollecting the moment when he held Bradman’s bat that he used in the 30s-40s in his hand, Tendulkar said, “I remember in 2007, I was playing a match at Sydney where I actually got to hold Sir Don’s real bat.”We obviously had to be careful. I had to wear gloves and all sorts of things. But it was an exciting moment for someone who 30 years ago was checking the autograph of Sir Don to progress to actually hold his real bat that he used in the 30s and 40s,” remembered Tendulkar.advertisementThe 41-year-old sent warning signals to all the cricketing playing nations, saying that India were all prepared to defend their World Cup title next year, when the action unfolds in Australia and New Zealand.”I know that the World Cup will be played next year in Australia and New Zealand, and I have got some fond memories of 1991-92 tour when we played in Australia and New Zealand.Just a gentle reminder to everyone that the defending champions are ready to defend,” said the Master Blaster.The legendary batsman, meanwhile, reminded the youngsters to play the game in the right spirit.”You guys need to remember that you got to compete in the right spirit on the field and respect your opponents. I believe that sport teaches you a lot in life. It champions fitness, improves your health, improves your concentration level. You are able to focus longer and harder. I have also said earlier that something that sport teaches you cannot be learnt in classrooms or boardrooms.”Sport has also taught me whenever I had to face defeat, to get on to my feet again and compete in the right spirit,” said Tendulkar.last_img read more

Boone Pickens Stadium to Increase Seating Room, Decrease Capacity by 3,500

first_imgThis past October, a buddy of mine and I landed some club-level tickets from a mutual friend and season-ticket holder for a fantastic Homecoming win over West Virginia. It was a blast.But the 11 a.m. kickoff time left us baking in the sun of an unseasonably warm October morning from our borrowed north-side seats. And it was a bit cramped. Elbow-to-elbow, we did our best to avoid offending the regulars. Had it been more of a “sit-down game”, things could have been worse.You’ve heard the expression “standing room only.” Well, if you’ve ever been to a Cowboy football game you’ve experienced the meaning of the phrase in the form of the average 12-16 inches of designated seat width. Let’s do an exercise. Put a ruler down on your chair. Sit on it. Yeah. Most of us won’t have much real estate to work with.But there’s good news.Oklahoma State has finally decided to act on their longtime intentions to make some changes to what the university’s website calls “the coziest 60,000-seat stadium in America”.According to Andy Sumrall, OSU’s assistant athletic director of ticket operations, OSU plans to give fans a little more elbow room. Here he is from an article by Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World.“Some of the biggest issues we have come from someone sitting on my seat or half of my seat,” said Sumrall. “Seats are just too close together.”The change will take place over the offseason and is scheduled to be complete before the Cowboys’ home opener against Tulsa on September 2. It entails extending that varying, narrow seat width to a uniform 20 inches in most of the 200 and 300 level seats on the south side of the stadium and some on the north side per the Tulsa World.The biggest difference other than increased personal space and comfort will be a decreased maximum capacity from 60,218, down to 56,790. But there has only been one true sellout — that frigid rout against Baylor in 2013.Next year’s capacity was exceeded once last season — that homecoming game. But prior to 2016, that number was beaten 15 times in the previous four seasons. Below are are the home ticket sales for the last five seasons.There will be a few of us left to tailgate or watch from home but overall, it sounds like these changes are for the better.2016 12/7/2013OklahomaL 24-3358,520 10/27/2012TCUW 36-1457,183 09/03/2016Southeastern LouisianaW 61-750,079 2013 09/13/2014UTSAW 43-1354,577 10/19/2013TCU (HC)W 24-1059,638 10/05/2013Kansas StateW 33-2958,841 2012 10/01/2016TexasW 49-3153,468 11/23/2013BaylorW 49-1760,218 10/24/2015Kansas (HC)W 58-1059,486 09/19/2015UTSAW 69-1454,351 09/14/2013LamarW 59-359,061 09/25/2014Texas TechW 45-3555,958 09/01/2012Savannah StateW 84-055,784 11/21/2015BaylorL 35-4558,669 DateOpponentResultAttendance 11/17/2012Texas TechW 59-2155,341 11/28/2015OklahomaL 23-5858,231 11/07/2015TCUW 49-2959,061 10/04/2014Iowa StateW 37-2052,608 DateOpponentResultAttendancecenter_img DateOpponentResultAttendance 10/25/2014West Virginia (HC)L 10-3459,124 DateOpponentResultAttendance 09/29/2012TexasL 36-4156,709 09/10/2016Central MichiganL 27-30*52,523 10/20/2012Iowa State (HC)W 31-1057,019 11/15/2014TexasL 7-2852,495 2014 10/03/2015Kansas StateW 36-3457,618 10/29/2016West Virginia (HC)W 37-2059,584 09/17/2016PittsburghW 43-3853,514 DateOpponentResultAttendance 2015 11/09/2013KansasW 42-658,476 11/12/0216Texas TechW 45-4454,288 09/15/2012Louisiana-LafayetteW 65-2456,062 09/12/2015Central ArkansasW 32-856,262 10/08/2016Iowa StateW 38-3153,239 11/10/2012West VirginiaW 55-3457,799 09/06/2014Southwest Missouri StateW 40-2351,562 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’re closing in on two months before college football starts. You know what that means. We all still have time to grow out our mullets before the season opener.And with Mason Rudolph and all of his weapons returning, we’re chock full of grandiose expectations and as excited for fall as ever.But if you want to add a little more hype to your weekend (who wouldn’t?) take a gander at this clip. It’s sure to whet your appetite for college football.last_img read more

James Washington Talks Next Level, Accountability: ‘We Can’t Start Thinking About Ourselves’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. AdChoices广告You can’t talk about the upcoming season without the topic of discussion turning, at some point, to Mason Rudolph and James Washington, the two players who decided to forgo a chance at the NFL and return for one last ride in Orange and Black.For Washington, there is a lot expected. He’s a Biletnikoff frontrunner and could end up being Oklahoma State’s fourth consensus All-American wide receiver. Head Coach Mike Gundy himself thinks Washington is up there on on the Mount Rushmore of great OSU receivers.“James Washington is up there with the Dez Bryants and the Blackmons and the Rashaun Woods, the guys that have been terrific football players,” Gundy said. “I think James is just scratching the surface. I think the next ten years for him, really the sky’s the limit for two reasons. One, because he’s just starting to develop. Two, he’s got a terrific attitude, and he’s unselfish, and he loves to play the game of football, and he’s tough. So he ranks really high up there, in our opinion, with the wide-outs that have been at Oklahoma State.”Despite the praise, Washington admits there are still parts of his game he knows he needs to work on. “Working on myself, I would say my blocking has got to be more explosive off the line,” he said at Big 12 Media Days.Washington admits to have already been thinking some about life after OSU, even reaching out to talk with former Cowboy receiver Jordan Sterns.“I actually talked to Jordan Sterns two weeks ago and I asked him what the transition’s like,” Washington said. “Basically its just like college except there’s no school so you got a bunch of time to strictly focus on football and watch film. There’s a ton of people who are willing to help you because you’re in the league. He’s definitely helped me out with that process.”But don’t let that conversation fool you into believing that Washington doesn’t know what lies ahead, how important this upcoming season is, and what his role in it all is.“It all comes back to our accountability for each other and leadership. If our leaders don’t hold guys accountable for their mistakes or hold other leaders for the mistakes it can take this team down. We can’t start thinking about ourselves, we got to stick to what we need for the team.”There are a lot of expectations for this team and Washington himself. If they can make it about the team, and play up to expectations, they (and Washington) might just reach the mountain top.last_img read more

The Games That Could Have Been: Clemson

first_imgIn 2019, Oklahoma State will face a non-conference schedule of Oregon State, Tulsa, and McNeese State. In 2020, The Cowboys will square off against Oregon State and Tulsa again, as well as Western Illinois.Oh what could have been.Oklahoma State was once scheduled to face Clemson in 2019 and 2020. Unfortunately, Clemson canceled the series back in 2012 when the great college football conference migration occurred.“We didn’t want to get out of that series,” said Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips at the time. “It’s a good series. We did save the Georgia series (in 2013-14), and that was extremely important. But given the realities of other universities at our level, we need to play seven home games.”Home games are important, sure. And I’m sure the timing of the decision — following the Cowboys’ 12-1 run to the Fiesta Bowl — was probably just a coincidence.Can you all imagine a series against Clemson? The defending champion Tigers, coached by the Mike Gundy of the East, Dabo Swinney, in a game in Clemson, South Carolina followed just a year later by a rematch in Stillwater?Image result for flustered gifSwinney has turned Clemson into a yearly national title contender. Since 2011, Swinney has led Clemson to a 70-13 record with a National Championship win and another appearance. They’ve become a consistent winner and with last season’s title, they are now one of the power teams in college football.Let’s drop in the fact that Swinney and Gundy have a friendly professional relationship and have visited each other’s preseason camps. I assume it was to compare dance moves.Add to that, OSU and Clemson have never faced off. Not ever. Not in non-conference. Not in a bowl game. Not ever. Something I’d love to see change.Those are the kinds of non-conference games I, and many other OSU fans dream about playing. Not to knock the Pittsburghs and Arizona States (but maybe to knock the Oregon States) of the world, but a series against Clemson gets your heart pumping.That’s the kind of must-have ticket that turns a game into a sell-out with ESPN’s Gameday crew in tow. It’s one I would have had circled on my calendar already.Granted, 2019 and 2020 are still a ways off. If the series still existed, who knows what would happen between now and then. But it’s really too bad the series had to be canceled.Instead we get Oregon State. At least they give me an excuse to finally visit Seattle and Portland. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mike Gundy’s Message to Mason Rudolph Ahead of OSU’s Season-Opener

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ahead of OSU’s season-opening football game set for Thursday evening, head coach Mike Gundy offered a glimpse into his communications with quarterback Mason Rudolph. The message? Stay within yourself.“So many people have talked about him, he’s a potential national award winner. His name has been brought up with the Heisman .. my communication to him was, ‘Just play within yourself. Don’t get out of your box. You know what your strengths are, you don’t have to do anything else. We have enough good players that can make plays. Don’t force the issue.’”Rudolph, a preseason Heisman hopeful, has a habit of making big plays. But as a junior last season, he got himself into trouble at times trying to make too much of plays that were dead or trying to make extra yards on the ground instead of tucking it and surrendering himself.AdChoices广告As Rudolph enters his final year as the Cowboy starter, Gundy hopes he’s learned from his mistakes of 2016 and can build off what has been a strong fall camp for QB1.“Hopefully he understands that,” Gundy said. “He’s done well in the preseason.”Hear Coach Gundy’s message to Mason before tomorrow’s game. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/IAvfe7Caay— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 30, 2017last_img read more

Brazil pray as Neymar in race to be fit for World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Brazil pray for Neymar as PSG star faces three-month race to recover for World Cup Miles Chambers Last updated 1 year ago 21:05 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Neymar PSG Getty World Cup Brazil Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Any setbacks in the forward’s injury recovery could cost him a spot at the tournament in Russia this summer, the national team’s doctor confirmed Neymar faces a race to be fit for the World Cup after Brazil’s national team doctor stated his recovery will take an estimated three months.The Paris Saint-Germain forward suffered a broken metatarsal in Sunday’s victory over Marseille and his club confirmed on Wednesday that he is to undergo surgery on his injured foot.The attacker, who became the most expensive footballer in history with last summer’s transfer from Barcelona, now looks a major doubt to play another game for PSG this season. 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 If Brazil’s doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, is correct in his prognosis then Neymar also faces an anxious wait to regain full fitness before the World Cup kicks off in mid-June.”It was a small fissure [in the fifth metatarsal of the right foot], a major fracture of a bone in the middle of the foot, and the operation will be on Saturday morning in Belo Horizonte,” Lasmar told Globo TV upon landing in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.”We do not have the exact time, but the surgery will certainly be on Saturday. It will be two and a half months to three months of recovery for Neymar.”After surgery we will have more details about this time. He is sad, upset, but understands that he has no alternative but to recover as soon as possible “Although Neymar might be heart-broken behind the scenes, he put on a brave face on Instagram this week for his millions of adoring fans at home and abroad.He wrote: “Obstacles can’t hold you down. If there’s a wall in your way, don’t give up. Find out how to climb it.”Neymar wheelchair GFXPSG had reportedly been keen to avoid surgery but the player’s father, Neymar Sr, who is also the 26-year-old’s agent, had pushed for his son to have it.The French club should comfortably cruise to Ligue 1 – they are 14 points clear of second-place Monaco with 11 games to go – but their dreams of European glory have taken a major blow.Real Madrid lead 3-1 heading into next Tuesday’s last 16 second leg at Parc des Princes, and many will have pinned their hopes on Neymar inspiring the Parisiens to a comeback against the reigning champions.Brazil, similarly, had been hoping that Neymar could be the beating heart of a talented squad that includes Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea’s Willian, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Real Madrid’s Casemiro.The former Santos star had been cruelly denied a chance to lead Brazil to glory on home soil four years ago when injury ruled him out of their semi-final against Germany, which they lost 7-1 to the eventual champions.last_img read more

Wenger: ‘Maybe’ penalty was lucky

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger admits ‘maybe’ Welbeck penalty was lucky call Dom Farrell 07:35 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ArseneWenger - cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Milan Milan UEFA Europa League Though the manager claimed not to see the controversial call, he admits the reaction of the Milan players indicated his side may have been fortunate Arsene Wenger was able to recall his time-honoured response when asked whether Danny Welbeck dived to win a penalty in Arsenal’s 3-1 Europa League last-16 win over AC Milan, though he admitted his side may have been fortunate based on Milan’s reactions.Leading 2-0 from last week’s first leg at San Siro, the Gunners fell behind to a stunning Hakan Calhanoglu strike 10 minutes before half-time.Milan’s hopes of a memorable comeback were short-lived as Welbeck converted from the penalty spot four minutes later having gone down under negligible contact from Ricardo Rodriguez. 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 An error from Gianluigi Donnarumma saw Granit Xhaka extinguish the fading prospects of Gennaro Gattuso’s side and Welbeck added his second four minutes from time.Attention after the match turned back towards the penalty decision and, not for the first time in his illustrious career, Wenger claimed he did not see a key incident.”Honestly, I don’t know. I will watch it again promise I will give you an honest answer,” he told BT Sport.”Maybe, looking at the reaction of the Italian players, maybe we got a little bit lucky.”The positive of the situation is straight away at 1-0 down you could see the response of the team. We released our handbrake a little bit and played positively.”Were we lucky on the penalty? Maybe, I don’t know.”I don’t want to accuse Danny Welbeck of diving before I have seen the situation. He looked genuine, [thinking] it was a penalty. I will watch it again.”2 – Arsenal have won both legs of a European knock-out tie for the first time since 2003-04, when they beat Celta Vigo in both legs of the Champions League last 16. Conviction. pic.twitter.com/uQ6PheC1F7— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 15, 2018Wenger lost senior central defender Laurent Koscielny during the opening stages when the France international cramped up having taken a kick to the back.In the context of that loss and the torrid form in which Arsenal entered the tie, the veteran French coach was particularly pleased with the character his team showed.”It’s much better. We needed that to recover our form from a bad week,” Wenger added.”It shows that the team is healthy and has responded. We had a difficult game but in the end we won it.”It was open and we played a little bit with a handbrake. Instead of turning the ball forwards we played backwards and played too much to protect the result.”Then you put yourself in danger. We were playing against a good side who have not lost in 14 games in the Italian championship.”last_img read more