Boxing fights back in Nigeria after years down and out

Fawaz, 31, is passionate about boxing and, in the space of two months, went from young oil industry entrepreneur to full-time professional boxing promoter.“I started meeting with boxers and I realised at the same time that they don’t have enough money to pay for their licence or even to feed themselves, or access to train,” he told AFP.“There are not enough events. What they really need is a stage to showcase their talent.”As a result he decided to help them, buying equipment and even paying their 10,000-naira ($28, 22.50-euro) licences to fight.– Rise and fall –Boxing promoter Raufu Ladipo displays a lightweight belt to be contested by boxers during a GOtv title fight at the National Stadium in Lagos on April 15, 2018 © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMIBoxing used to be the most popular sport in Nigeria until the 1950s and 1960s but completely disappeared from view until the beginning of the 2000s.Michael Gennaro, a boxing historian at Bossier Parish Community College in the southern US state of Louisiana, said he was “shocked” when he flicked through local newspaper archives.“Boxing was in the newspapers almost every day, kids had scrapbooks of their favourite boxers, and Nigeria had two world champions already in 1957 and 1962,” he added.Hogan Bassey was featherweight champion of the world in 1957 while Dick Tiger was the middleweight title holder in 1962 and also held the light-heavyweight belt in 1966.Boxing was popular across many former British colonies but Nigeria differed in its wealth of generous local sponsors.The arrival of military governments from the late 1960s however brought an abrupt end to boxing’s popularity as a succession of leaders saw no international prestige in it.Tiger brought politics into the sport by preferring to represent secessionist Biafra, whose unilateral declaration of independence in 1969 sparked a 30-month civil war.“At the same time Muhammad Ali refused to enrol in the US Army to go to Vietnam, Dick Tiger became public enemy number one,” said Gennaro.“Boxing had the image of a revolutionary sport.”Since the beginning of the 2000s boxing has made a come-back in Nigeria and been seen as a way for aspiring boxers from impoverished backgrounds to find fame and fortune © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMIWithin a few years, Nigerian boxing had collapsed due to lack of sponsorship.“If there is no money, there is no reason for boxing,” said Gennaro.– TV resurgence –Everything changed because of Adewunmi Ogunsanya, the head of the satellite television platform Multichoice Nigeria.His GOtv channel has organised an annual “boxing night” since 2004, which is watched by millions across Africa.The 2016 winner, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, took home a cheque for one million naira.The super-lightweight told media that before his victory he never wanted to turn professional because there were few opportunities to fight and no promotions.But he added: “I hope to be a billionaire boxer, win the world title and be talked about the way great boxers are talked about. That is my aspiration.”Jenkins Alumona, boxing promoter for Flykite Production, said popularising boxing again will lead to the discovery of Nigeria’s next world champion.Nigeria’s Rilwan Babatunde (L), popularly called ‘Babyface’, is decorated with a belt after beating Benin’s Djossou Agoy Basile during a West African Welterweight GOtv title fight at the National Stadium in Lagos, on April 15, 2018 © AFP/File / Segun OGUNFEYITIMICurrently, there are some 300 professional boxers in Nigeria, added the former sports journalist.Cynthia, a 17-year-old from the poor Lagos suburb of Bariga, decided to give the sport a go after watching the televised bouts.She now trains under the trees of a state-run school at weekends with the help of her coach, Always Kazee, a former barber turned professional trainer.“I want to become a champion. I want to become rich and, by God’s grace, I know I will make it,” said Cynthia, with a look as determined as her right hook.“Boxing already changed a lot of things in my life. I went to places where I thought I would never go, like Elite Box in Victoria Island for example.”– Wealth of talent –The wealthy Lagos suburb of Victoria Island is only a dozen or so kilometres (miles) from the teeming crowds on the mean streets of Bariga.But in a country of more than 180 million, where the gap between rich and poor is among the widest in the world, it might as well be light years.Rehia Osagie, who founded the Elite Box club two years ago for the city’s monied upper classes, has also opened it up to professionals who don’t have equipment to train.Satellite television platform Multichoice Nigeria has organised an annual “boxing night” since 2004, which is watched by millions across Africa © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMI“There is talent in this country and we are kind of working our way back (to where boxing was) but it’s very tough to make a living from it,” he said.“At the moment, the main people who are being successful are actually the ones who leave the country.”Top British boxer Anthony Joshua is said to have wanted to represent Nigeria — where his parents are from — at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.But the Nigerian federation turned him down because he was late for qualification.At the London Games in 2012, he became super-heavyweight champion.In March, Joshua — who in recent fights has arrived in the ring flying the Union Jack and the Nigerian flag — beat New Zealand’s Joseph Parker to unify the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boxing used to be the most popular sport in Nigeria until the 1960s but fell out of favour for decades, in part due to lack of sponsorship. But since the start of the 2000s it has made a come-back © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMILAGOS, Nigeria, Apr 23 – When Selah Fawaz decided to organise his first boxing match in Lagos, he didn’t expect more than 500 spectators. In the end, over 800 tickets were sold and he had to turn away dozens of fans at the door.The stands were full, music pounded at full blast and the green and white Nigerian flag fluttered during the most eagerly awaited bouts. read more

News flash: There was other news while Miers reigned

first_imgI cheered when Harriet Miers dropped out of the Supreme Court running. Not because of any strong feelings regarding her views, whatever they were; not because I would squeamishly squeal at any one of Bush’s picks, because I am a Republican. I realize that Sandra Day O’Connor’s replacement is vital to the future of this nation, but I wasn’t exactly jazzed about a future with Miers because the present had grown so tedious. To put it succinctly, I just got sick of her. Maybe she lacked the chutzpah – in her attitude, speech, dress – to inspire many to rally for her nod. Maybe it’s because the Democrats were sitting back and watching with glee the escalating GOP catfight. But overriding every other reason to tire of Miers was the dragging nature of nearly a month of tedious news coverage. We were drowning in the news saturation. And the news saturation may mean that you missed what else was happening in the world while broadcasters and bloggers were obsessed with the Miers saga. Looking back on nomination day through dropout day, we see that: • Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Baqer Sulagh nearly sparked a new Middle East crisis by slamming Saudi Arabia: “We do not accept a bedouin on a camel teaching us about human rights and democracy.” • A big earthquake killed tens of thousands in Pakistan and has yet to inspire a tsunami-style, prime-time, star-studded telethon (though the Saudis did hold a telethon of their own and threw in a good chunk of change). • Renegade British parliamentarian George Galloway claimed he’d “rip through Washington like a tsunami” if the Senate tried to touch him in its oil-for-food investigation. • And speaking of oil-for-food, the day Miers skedaddled, a scathing 623-page report was issued by Paul Volcker’s investigative committee that implicated nearly half of all participants in the United Nations program in being really, really naughty. • Bush made a good nomination, in the form of Fed designee Ben Bernanke. And undoubtedly Miers news saturation was made worse by the fact that we’d just come off Hurricane Katrina saturation. It began with the storm, the mayhem, the wave of refugees; it progressed to the finger-pointing, the foreign aid offers, and the religious pundits debating whether or not the storm was divine vengeance. I discovered from one news outlet that its Katrina coverage was so heavy and long-running because its Web site stats showed that people were most frequently clicking on Katrina stories. But were visitors reading them weeks later because they were there and hardly anything else was being covered? Which came first, the demand or the news saturation? In the midst of Katrina’s rampage, the most popular story on Yahoo! News for days was a Reuters bit about the woes of an Austrian village named after the F-word. British tourists kept stealing their signs. I remember because I have the story taped up at my desk. When the flow of Katrina-Miers saturation began to weigh heavily on writers trying to submit other topics to outlets, I heard one writer share a suggestion for overcoming the topical hurdle: If the column was about Hugo Chavez, put “Harriet Miers once dated Hugo Chavez” in the e-mail subject line. If about the Iranian nuclear showdown, put “Harriet Miers once bought yellowcake for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” as the subject. Genius. Now Miers and her bright blue suit, though, fade into headline oblivion – only because it’s lights-and-camera time for him who follows in her nomination footsteps, Samuel Alito. Something tells me he’ll get coverage.— Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week • Days after Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan committed “suicide” in his Damascus office, a U.N. investigative report implicated Syria in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. • Taliban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi was arrested in Quetta and got to look forward to Pakistani interrogation. • New York City spent a frenetic weekend watching the subways after a bombing threat, providing yet another fertile stomping ground for a frenetic Geraldo Rivera in Levi’s. • A 27-year-old woman and outspoken critic of regional warlords, Malalai Joya, handily won a seat in Afghanistan’s new parliament. • The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was discovered in Britain, bringing a whole new dastardly dimension to Monty Python’s parrot sketch.last_img read more

FileSocial: A Community for Sharing Files on Twitter

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The web interface shows users a stream of their files, which any user can download or comment on. Comments automatically get posted to Twitter as @ replies to the user who uploaded the file.Aside from using the FileSocial web interface, Windows, Mac or Linux users can download a desktop application, built on Adobe AIR with drag-and-drop functionality, to upload files. Android users can also download the official FileSocial Android app, and while there is no official iPhone app, the third-party app tweet media allows uploading through FileSocial’s API. The one major drawback of FileSocial is the inability to post files privately for confidential sharing. All files uploaded to the service show up in a public timeline of files, regardless of whether you choose to post the file to Twitter or not. The option to mark files as private or send the link as a direct message is a key feature that is lacking from FileSocial.Don’t forget to come make friends with us at ReadWriteWeb on Twitter! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron We have profiled Twitter-based file sharing services in the past, but in some cases the shared files were read-only and the UI design left much to be desired, or the service merely redirected the user to a third-party file sharing service.Spain-based Ideateca has conquered these drawbacks with FileSocial, a sleek multi-platform file sharing service for Twitter. After authenticating their Twitter account, users can upload any filetype up to 50MB, add a message of 110 characters or less, and FileSocial will post the tweet on Twitter with a link to the file. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Five Things You Should Know About TCU

first_imgAfter experiencing the definition of the Frogs being “gigged” in Stillwater last October to the tune of 49-29, the Horned Frogs will vie for revenge this week after thumping Baylor two weeks ago in Waco.1. Stillwater SouthIt may feel like Stillwater South this weekend with former Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh (2012-15) joining co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham (alum who coached on Gundy’s first staff from 2005-12), defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow (played at OSU from 1991-93, coached as a GA after as well) and running backs coach Curtis Luper (played in Stillwater from 84’ to 87’ before transferring, coached Kendall Hunter and Keith Toston as running backs coach from 2005-08.A couple of things here: how in the world is it legal for J.W. Walsh AKA the General allowed to drive down I-35 with his playbooks walking into Frog Camp looking for a job?If Coach Bro can delay Baker from playing in Norman for a year we’ve gotta look into something about this. TCU coach Gary Patterson mentioned that “all of OSU’s signals will be changed because of J-Dub” but competitively this just feels funny.Also, while offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is becoming more culturally acceptable, how much does Coach Gundy kick himself for not hiring Meacham internally?Letting him walk to Houston is one of those “what ifs” for Cowboy fans. The guy almost won the top assistant in the country award in 2014 and he just looks like he doesn’t care at all with those Ray Bans.He looks like the offensive coordinator version of Matthew McConaughey. 2. Justice Hill could become/is our Kyle HicksTCU coach Gary Patterson was quoted this week talking about junior running back Kyle Hicks saying “I think he’s our best player… He lines up in empty, he can be a wide receiver, he motions out, and he understands everything. He’s a great jump cut guy and he’s got natural speed.”Hicks torched Baylor for five touchdowns (only one behind LT’s record!) on 26 carries for 192 yards (7.4 yards per carry). Hill? He’s done nothing but average 100 yards per game in conference play and revitalize a dead heart of a rushing attack.Justice Hill (@jhill21_) became the first #OKState freshman to run for 100+ yards in back to back games vs top 25 teams — 135 yards, TD. pic.twitter.com/wYKLlIq9x2— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 2, 2016Coach Yurcich raves about Hill’s ability to “make you miss” and how effective that makes him. It’s hard not compare them, Hicks came in at 5’10”, 195 and Hill came in at 5’9” and 170 and if you looked at the B12 rushing totals right now? Justice Hill and Kyle Hicks both have 789 yards (Hicks has one less game but still). They both have four 100-yard games on the season.When Hicks is ripping off 6.8 yards per carry at times, just take a deep breath and get excited about what we have in No. 27.3. How the Cowboys FinishTCU is one of the best four-loss teams out there, three out of four of their losses are by 12 points total. With that being said, “you are what your record says you are” and the Pokes are 8-2, doing the things it takes to win close ball games.Good teams do things like turn over Bill Snyder-coached teams in the end zone, truck defenders and kneel on Kingsbury’s Raiders to run out the time and ride a future NFL quarterback to pick apart a previously unsolved Mountaineer defense.”Mama, here comes @chriscarson29, and ain’t nothin I can do about it.” pic.twitter.com/nb42xYGHJF— Recovering OSUaholic (@RobertW_OkSt) November 13, 2016That’s nothing against the Frogs who have dealt with a ton of injuries this season, have a smothering pass rush, a top-15 coach worth every penny of the four million he gets paid, and likely lead the league in playmakers per capita with Hicks, receivers Desmon White and KaVontae Turpin.But close out Tech and Arkansas at home and this is a ranked matchup not being played at 11 a.m. in November.4. Mason and Company vs A Gary Patterson DefenseLet’s pan over to Mason and James Washington when they see who’s next on the schedule and remember what they did last year: Now, TCU has a ferocious pass rush (Josh Carraway with 6.5 sacks and fellow end Mat Boesen are top five in the conference) and some solid ballhawks but every coach to play the Pokes lately reflects on how tall of a task this passing offense is.Washington is averaging 20.21 yards per catch (!), Percy McCleskey has 720 yards and seven scores and then you’re getting into the best third, fourth and fifth receivers around. TCU’s five defensive backs on the field will get plenty of work this Saturday.5. All the FoodsIf you’re going to the game in Fort Worth this weekend (and aren’t a DFW native), please eat at a few places for me: anything “extra trashy” at Torchy’s Tacos, a burger at Kincaid’s or Dutch’s, and kick back at the Rodeo Goat downtown. I hear Joe T. Garcia’s is incredible for a nice Mexican dinner as well. And if you head over to Dallas, hit up Pecan Lodge. Just make sure and bring a wheelbarrow for someone to roll you back to your car.center_img 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

Spring Retrospective: Jarwin, Veatch to be Missed at Cowboy Back

first_imgCW1 (Blocking)Sione FinefeuiakiJr. CW1 (Receiving)Keenen BrownR-Jr. Keenan Brown and Britton Abbott are fine players, but they are not and will not be what Zac Veatch and Blake Jarwin were in 2016. Let’s continue with a look back at spring practice with a dive into what we saw from the cowboy backs.SummaryOnly a few weeks before National Signing Day, coach Mike Gundy said he was still looking for another cowboy back to come in and fill the blocking role Veatch left.Gundy got him in Sione Finefeuiaki, but he won’t be on the field until the fall. The way Gundy talked about him made it seem as if he would change the outlook of the position. That’s good because the group seems like it is one name away from having a chance to have a meaningful impact on the field.“We’ve chewed on them pretty good, they have big shoes to fill,” Gundy said. “We couldn’t have won 11 (LOL) games last year without Veatch and Jarwin. We don’t have a lot of experience at that position. We’ve got guys here that have skill and need to develop.”The effort was there all spring. Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo had his guys out at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center before any other position group. They even beat the reporters. McEndoo stood across from his group with a laminated piece of paper and shouted blocking calls that the cowboy backs walked through.It seemed monotonous, but it must have been working to some degree.“They’re dedicated, and they’re working hard,” Gundy said. “They understand the importance of that position in our offense. I would say that’s why they’re out here (early).”In the spring game, cowboy backs combined for a pair of completions for 30 yards. Still, if Gundy feels like he isn’t getting enough bang for his buck, he shouldn’t have a problem going to four or five receivers, which is something he has said will be used more in 2017.Camp StarOn a fourth and three at one point last season, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich drew up a play for a walk-on.Britton Abbott flooded to the flat and was open but dropped Mason Rudolph’s pass. Turnover on downs.In the spring, it was a turnover of leaf for Abbott.“Britton Abbott’s twice the player he was at this time last year,” Gundy said.Abbott is a blocking-first, Veatch-esque cowboy back who is part of a family of athletes. His brothers play football at Tulsa, and his dad spent time in the NFL with the New York Giants. Abbott hasn’t been a game-changer by any means for the Cowboys through his first two seasons in the program.At a position with less skill than normal, that is likely to change.Projected Two Deep CW2 (Receiving)Tyler FergusonR-Jr. SpotPlayerClass CW2 (Blocking)Britton AbbottR-Jr. 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

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 93 Jarrell Owens

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. Let’s keep this 100 days of summer rolling on with No. 93, junior defensive end Jarrell Owens.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Palestine High School (Palestine, Texas), Owens was originally committed to to play closer to home at TCU. Six months after his commitment to the Horned Frogs, second-year DL coach Joe Bob Clements, convinced Owens to make a trip to Stillwater. Two days later, he had decommitted from TCU and was ready to sign with the Cowboys.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Owens began contributing immediately as a redshirt freshman, earning meaningful reps in a rotation headlined by Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. He was both productive and disruptive. That year he finished with 11 tackles (8 solo), three tackles for loss, three sacks, three QB hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.In 2016, Owens earned a starting spot opposite Cole Walterscheid and started 12 games. He tallied 25 total tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three QB hurries. He also showed his athleticism during one of Oklahoma State’s Piesman-nominated plays.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016During the off season, Owens hones his tackling skills in a way that may seem unusual to some. He hunts feral hogs — and catches them with his bare hands.Role in 2017Owens looks ready to defend his starting spot and should definitely be featured in the Cowboys’ two-deep end rotation which Mike Gundy expects to operate hockey-like line rotations. Between he, Jordan Brailford, Cole Walterscheid and Vili Leveni the Cowboys boast as talented and deep a group of rotation ends as Mike Gundy has had. Any one of them could have a huge game at any time and each one will need to have multiples for the Cowboys to reach their potential.Noteworthy Stats and highlightsHad a career-high two tackles for loss, including a sack against Southeastern Louisiana last season. In the Alamo Bowl, he was disruptive, recording four tackles, a tackle for loss and two QB hurries.last_img read more

Brad Lundblade Named to Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List

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. OSUBrad LundbladeSenior Kansas StateReid NajvarSenior Iowa StateJulian Good-JonesSophomore OUErick WrenRS Senior Oklahoma State center Brad Lundblade has been named to the Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List, the committee announced on Wednesday. Lundblade is one of 70 players on the list given to the most outstanding center in college football.Of the 70 players, only eight from the Big 12 were included on the list. He is one of five seniors from the Big 12 to be dubbed as a potential candidate to win the award. BaylorTanner ThriftSeniorcenter_img TexasZach ShackelfordSophomore SchoolPlayerClassification After starting his career as a walk-on, Lundblade was put on scholarship in 2015 and has rewarded Mike Gundy by starting in every game for the Pokes over the past two seasons. He’s gone from little-known walk-on to one of the the key pieces in OSU’s revived running game, which thrived last season in producing its first 1,000 yard-rusher since 2010.“Brad is a very good communicator,” Gundy told The Oklahoman last fall. “He’s gotten better. He’s healthy. He’s coming off the ball. You can’t ask for anything more than that. He’s a tough son of a gun. Loves the game.”*Marks two spaces off my Mike Gundy bingo card.*The Rimington Trophy Award was given to Ohio State’s Pat Elflein last season. The winner for the 2017-18 season will be recognized Jan. 13, 2018 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska. KansasMesa RibordySophomore TCUAustin SchlottmannSeniorlast_img read more

Throwback Thursday: Mike Gundy’s 50th Victory Almost Didn’t Happen

first_imgIn honor of Mike Gundy’s 50th birthday last weekend, it only seemed right to look back at his 50th win as the head coach of Oklahoma State. Luckily, it just so happened to be one of the craziest games OSU has ever played. Not because of the score, but because it almost never kicked off.For those who don’t remember, on September 17th, 2011, OSU was in Tulsa set to kick-off against the Golden Hurricanes in the third week of the season. The game had been scheduled to start at 9:10 p.m. (because T.V.) but due to a storm system that rolled into town, didn’t officially kick off until 12:16 a.m. Central time on September 18, 2011.Had the game suffered one more lightning delay, it would have been canceled.AdChoices广告Instead, fans who didn’t have a ticket were allowed to enter the rain soaked Tulsa stadium for free and enjoy some late night early morning football.As to be expected after a three-hour delay, the Cowboys came out a little sluggish. On the opening drive, Brandon Weeden threw an interception that the Golden Hurricanes turned into three points. That seemed to jolt the Cowboys awake. Justin Gilbert returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and OSU never looked back.OSU led 31-6 at halftime, and 45-6 midway through the third quarter before Tulsa ripped off three touchdowns on their next three possessions. It didn’t help Tulsa any that they lost their starting quarterback to injury in the first quarter.When the game officially ended, the score was 59-33 and the clock read 3:35 a.m.“When we won the game, everybody’s obviously very excited about the game but everybody’s just walking around like zombies,” Weeden said. “Everybody’s pretty fatigued.” 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. Notes from the game:• Justin Blackmon’s NCAA record run of 14 triple-digit receiving yard games ended this night. He totaled 57 yards and a touchdown.• The NCAA doesn’t keep records for latest start or finish times, but this one had to have been in the top 3.• On a sad note, this was the game then defensive line coach Glenn Spencer lost his wife Angela. He had to rush back to Stillwater and missed the game.• Fun fact! This year’s season opener is the final game of a three game deal that included the 2011 game in Tulsa and the 2010 game in Stillwater. This year’s game was supposed to have been played a few years ago, but was rescheduled for either the Mississippi State game or the Florida State game. I can’t remember which.• Just hours after this game was over Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they were leaving the now defunct Big East football conference for the ACC. Speaking of Pitt, we play them Week 3 this season!• The kickoff attendance of the game was an estimated to be 18,000 to 20,000. Can you imagine waiting three hours at TU’s stadium until after midnight to watch a college football game?• If Oklahoma State beats Tulsa this year, the six-game win streak will be the largest for either team in the series.last_img read more

Atalanta charged over alleged racist Batshuayi chants

first_imgUEFA Europa League Batshuayi racism: Atalanta charged over alleged chanting in Europa League Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 23:40 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Getty Images UEFA Europa League Atalanta Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi European football’s governing body has followed up claims from the Belgium international striker that he was subject to abuse UEFA has charged Atalanta with racist behaviour after the club’s supporters allegedly directed “monkey chants” towards Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi in their Europa League tie.Marcel Schmelzer’s late goal in last Thursday’s 1-1 second-leg draw earned Dortmund a 4-3 aggregate victory, but the result was overshadowed Batshuayi’s accusations of racism against Atalanta fans.On-loan Chelsea striker Batshuayi tweeted after the game: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands…really?! Hope you have fun watching the rest of the Europa League on TV while we are through. #SayNoToRacism #GoWatchBlackPanther”. 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 When asked by Sky Sport Italia about the claims, Atalanta president Antonio Percassi said he had not heard anything.”I’ll be honest, I didn’t hear them,” he said. “If they did happen, then I am very sad and absolutely apologise to Batshuayi. This should never happen.”Atalanta and Dortmund have both also been charged over supporters setting off fireworks and throwing objects during Thursday’s tie, with UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body set to deal with the cases on March 22.The Serie A club were fined €40,000 in 2014 after bananas were thrown at AC Milan players during a league gamelast_img read more

‘Lukaku knew he’d dominate Lovren’ – Mourinho

first_imgManchester United Lukaku was confident he could dominate Lovren, says Mourinho Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 01:57 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Liverpool Liverpool José Mourinho Marcus Rashford The Belgium international gave Liverpool’s defence a torrid time at Old Trafford, earning the praise of his manager despite failing to find the net Jose Mourinho admitted he was delighted to see Romelu Lukaku give Dejan Lovren a nightmare 90 minutes in Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool. Lovren and fellow Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold endured an afternoon to forget as they were continually outmuscled by the Belgian in a 2-1 reverse.And while Lukaku did not find the net Mourinho was pleased to see him making an impact, while insisting that he did not go out to target Lovren. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “We gave options to the players. I am not the kind of mechanic coach that says A pass to B, B to C, C to D. We have different options,” the manager explained to reporters.”We have also the possibility of the long ball to [Scott] McTominay and to play against [Andrew] Robertson in the air. Lukaku was confident from experience that he could be dominant towards Lovren.”Marcus Rashford was also on form for United, ending a 10-game run without scoring with a double.They were United’s only two shots on target in the entire match and Mourinho believes Rashford’s brace – which came in front of England manager Gareth Southgate – will be a huge boost to his self-belief.”He scored two goals in a big match against a top-class opponent,” Mourinho told a post-match news conference after United moved five points clear of Liverpool.”The good thing was he scored from the first chance he had, because the last few months that was not happening with him and he was feeling that a little bit in terms of his confidence.”But today a big game, probably unexpectedly, we trusted him, we felt the game could be adapted to his quality. He is improving a lot in training and sometimes that’s the point.”You are not in the training ground, you don’t see what’s going on, the self-confidence, the moods, and the feeling with him was that he was improving in the last few weeks.”What a result! Stadium was rocking #MUFC pic.twitter.com/0GhxEzALgh — Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) March 10, 2018 Rashford was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 70th minute as Mourinho added an extra body to the midfield, prompting boos from a large number of supporters.The manager was not worried about that response, but was unhappy with the jeers for Scott McTominay after he passed the ball backwards during a second-half counter-attack.Mourinho said: “The fans can do what they want. I am not upset at all with that reaction, I am upset with a reaction they had to Scott McTominay. A kid of 20 years old was making all the right decisions and they want him to make the wrong decisions.”So, when the kid decides to break the intensity of the game, not to lose, keep possession, play a back pass and give a solution to keep the ball in the opponent’s half. It was a wonderful solution that many, many top players with experience don’t do it.”The kid did it and the fans reacted against the kid, that for me was the bad one.”68′ – Here comes our first change of the afternoon! @MarcusRashford rightly receives a standing ovation as he makes way for @Fellaini , who is on for his 150th appearance for #MUFC . #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/5DxLIYJblj — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 10, 2018 Nevertheless, the United boss was overjoyed with the final result, though he admitted the display could have been better.”Perfect result yes,” Mourinho said. “Three points is very important. I wouldn’t go so far as saying it was a perfect performance.”In the first half the game gave us the opportunity to be direct, fast and score goals, more than we did. A third goal from [Juan] Mata would’ve been fantastic.”last_img read more