Punch aimed at Lyon player by fan holding child at Everton

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Everton’s Ashley Williams celebrates after scoring during a Group E Europa League soccer match between Everton F.C. and Olympique Lyon at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Thursday Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England — Everton could face punishment from European soccer’s governing body after a fan holding a child appeared to aim a punch at a Lyon player during a second-half melee at a Europa League game at Goodison Park.Everton captain Ashley Williams’ push on goalkeeper Anthony Lopes ignited a heated confrontation between several Everton and Lyon players which continued off the pitch and in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nets’ Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While players continued to jostle in front of the fans, one Everton supporter, who was holding a child, appeared to push Lopes’ head and seemed to aim a punch in the direction of the goalkeeper and defender Mouctar Diakhaby. The Lyon players noticed that and shouted in his direction before the situation cooled down.Referee Rob van de Ven produced a yellow card for Williams and Lyon striker Bertrand Traore, with the former fortunate to perhaps escape further punishment having raised his hand in Lucas Tousart’s face.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“It’s what happens. It’s football,” Williams told BT Sport television. “It’s high emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens. That was just one of those times.”Williams went on to head in an equalizer for Everton soon after but Traore gave Lyon a 2-1 win. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Nat’l team vet Norwood savoring every moment playing for PH

first_img“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years right? It’s just an honor to be a part of this team.”From being the greenhorn back in 2007, Norwood is now the elder statesman for Gilas Pilipinas as he bore witness to the highest of highs and lowest of lows.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 shutoutStill, the Rain or Shine swingman shared there’s no rush quite like representing the country in the international stage.And in his latest stint for Gilas, the 32-year-old Norwood showed why he’s still a vital piece, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in victories over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Wrapping up Gilas’ first pair of games in the Asian qualifiers, Norwood was beaming with pride as he feels that this current crop of national team campaigners have a great chance in helping the team reach their quest of earning a ticket to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“The young guys are awesome. They bring a lot of energy to this team,” he beamed. “They are not just the future of Gilas but also the future of Philippine basketball.” LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Gabe Norwood. Photo from Fiba.comGabe Norwood admits that it feels like it was only yesterday when he first suited up for the Philippine national team.“It’s humbling, very humbling,” Norwood said, looking back to the day he first represented the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH His efforts did not go unnoticed as one of Gilas’ chief backers acknowledged his tireless efforts.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas awarded Norwood with the Chooks-to-Go Loyalty Award moments after Gilas’ 90-83 win against Chinese Taipei on Monday in a thanksgiving dinner at Barrio Fiesta in Ali Mall.Allein Maliksi was also feted with the Sportsmanship Award for his commitment to the national team through the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.Surprised with the honor bestowed on him, Norwood said that he’s just treasuring every chance he gets to play for flag and country.“Time is undefeated so I’m just here, trying to enjoy every moment,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saguisag appeals for ‘trouble-free’ Game 2last_img read more

French Open: Sania-Elena enter semi finals

first_imgSania Mirza and and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina shocked top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta 6-0, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros on Monday.The seventh seeded Indo-Russian pair wrapped up the quarter-final in an hour and six minutes after blanking the Argentine-Italian duo in the first set. This is the first time that Sania has reached the women’s doubles semi-finals in a Grand Slam tournament.The quarter-final appearances in the 2007 US Open and 2008 Wimbledon were her best performances so far at the big stage. Sania and Vesnina take on the winners of the Liezel Huber & Lisa Raymond – Victoria Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko clash in the semi-finals.Bopanna-Qureshi winIn men’s doubles, India’s Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul-haq Qureshi of Pakistan advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andrey Golubev and Denis Istomin.The fifth-seeded Indo-Pak pair downed the Kazak-Uzbek combination in an hour and nine minutes in the third round. It will be the third quarter-final appearance in the last four Grand Slams for Bopanna and Qureshi.They will take on top seeded American twins Mike and Bob Bryan, who defeated Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili and Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 7-6 (6), 7-5 in their pre-quarterfinal.Bopanna and Qureshi had lost to the Bryan brothers in the US Open final last year. Bopanna is the only Indian surviving in the men’s doubles as the pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have made a shock second-round exit.It was more disappointment for Paes as his French Open campaign came to a halt when he and Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic bowed out of the mixed doubles. The seventh seeds went down 7-6 (3), 6-3 to top seeds Katarina Srebotnik Slovakia and Serb Nenad Zimonjic in an hour and 19 minutes.advertisementThe Srebotnik-Zimonjic combination will take on the winners of the quarter-final between Russian Nadia Petrova and Jamie Murray of Britain, and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares Brazil.Second serve proved to the biggest weakness for Paes and Benesova they managed to win only per cent of points when they missed their first delivery. In contrast, Srebotnik and Zimonjic won 64 per cent points on their first serve, and 71 per cent with their second.The top seeds capitalised four of the six break point opportunities they got, while Paes and Benesova managed break serve three times from six chances.- With agency inputslast_img read more

Poll Results: Majority Of OSU Fans Give OSU a ‘B’ At Halfway Point

first_imgI was surprised that only 2 percent of fans gave OSU an ‘A’ for the season it is having so far. I actually considered it, and I consider myself to be, if not cynical, then definitely in the “realistic” category. In fact, I saw more people wishing there was a button for ‘F’ than those who voted for an ‘A.’This is all about expectations though. OSU is three plays from being 6-0, and people want to give them a ‘F’? The only logic I can see behind this is that your expectations were that OSU would actually be 6-0 over the first half of the season. You came in expecting a Big 12 title. These certainly were not unrealistic expectations, and maybe OSU hasn’t lived up to what we thought it would be so far this year.But I’m also interested in how differently we would grade a 5-1 team than a 4-2 team. Same exact team, but those look like vastly different records. Anyway, I’m with the majority and give the team a B thus far. Have they looked stellar? No. But they are a blown call and two fumbles from 6-0.I think maybe expectations are a little out of whack when it comes to OSU football. Your poor grading should actually come for the way OSU recruits. It almost always gets the most out of its talent, and a lot has to break OSU’s way to win 10 ballgames. A lot has to break anyone’s way to win 10 ballgames. Maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older, but I don’t really think this team has been that bad so far.Am I frustrated that it doesn’t house teams it should house? Yes, I am. But I have also gotten used to the fact that it is just going to play a lot of (and win most) close games. That just sort of is what it is at this point. Anyway, comments and reaction below (the last one killed me!)Poll question Tuesday: What grade do you give #okstate’s football team halfway through the year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2016Justin: B- is my grade. I think we’re a nice team and in the upper half of the Big12, but this team hasn’t shown that its ready to step up and be the big dog in the conference, which was my hope given what we returned this year.Adam M: It has everything to do with how you saw this team coming into the season. Initially I thought 9-3 was attainable. After the CMU debacle and losing to Baylor I’d be realistically happy with 7-5/8-4 and a bowl game. I assumed all the loses would be toward the end because I can’t remember the last time the team got to the end of a season without taking significant injuries and losing noticeable stamina.This usually translates to losses on the back end (not to mention the schedule in recent years gets increasingly difficult as the season wears on, this year doesn’t seem to be much different) . C- seems appropriate here based on my initial expectations of overall performance. I’d be wildly ecstatic if they ended 9-3 this year.Ferguson: Another mediocre-coached Cowboy squad. We all know what to expect, they’ll win most of the games left on the schedule and then get blown out it Bedlam (or lose a close one they shouldn’t). We’ll give Mike Gundy a 50 year contract extension and call Boone Pickens an idiot.Clint: I’d say right now we’re the B kid who sits in the back of class, doesn’t try hard until the end of the semester, then surprises everyone with a 3.75. But, hopefully that kid eventually realizes he could be a really good student if he’d just focus…I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore…JT: C. Defense leaves way too much to be desired. We let trams like Pitt and Iowa St surpass 450 – 600 Yards of offense on us. Not good. I was confident in an 8 – 4 season before it started. 7 – 5 seems more realistic at this point until we get a Defense. Looking at you Glenn.T-Bone: I thought we were going to have a really good team this year. I have not been impressed. Rudolph is throwing a lot of floater balls that don’t have a good spiral on them. He can drop some good ones but overthrows and wobbly throws don’t inspire confidence. We do have good receivers to catch them. Hill shows us why Childs and Carson couldn’t make it. They were just a step slow and could not make that cut inside. Hill gives us that and Sanders gives us some experience. Se we have a semblance of a run game. The play-calling is still suspect.The defensive line does pretty god but the secondary is appalling. I also don’t get why we are so slow in making adjustments on the field. I thought Spencer in the booth would help but I see the same thing. All game long they burn us repeatedly and then we make the adjustment in the 4th quarter and stop them. Why not in the second or third series?At this rate we will beat most bad teams (KU), toss up with mediocre teams like ourselves (KSU, TCU, TT) , and lose to the good teams (WVU, OU) with maybe an occasional lucky win. So that means 3-4 more losses and a 4th or 5th place finish out of 10 teams. Mediocre.Mark: Well, if A+ is Alabama, and F is Kansas, Then I’d have to give the Pokes a B- or C+. The win against Texas is quickly becoming not-so-special, and the rest of the games have been frustrating even in victory.Jason Sutton: I’m so confused by this team I cannot even offer a grade 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

Mason Rudolph Named Top Three Heisman Favorite for 2017

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. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph heads into his senior season as one of the best quarterbacks in the country. To many, the Rock Hill, SC, native is one of the early favorites for the 2017 Heisman Trophy.In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, Rudolph is a top-3 favorite, only behind 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and fellow Big 12 quarterback Baker Mayfield. 10 early candidates for the 2017 Heisman Trophy: https://t.co/yC9greSZyxincluding #OKState QB Mason Rudolph pic.twitter.com/8h5pmiUY3o— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 16, 2017Rudolph finished the 2016 season with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He was also second in the conference both in passing efficiency and passing yards per game. Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo was complimentary about the OSU signal caller.Rudolph can get the ball down the field in Oklahoma State’s offense, as his 1,691 yards on deep passes led all Power-5 quarterbacks, and his 125.4 passer rating on deep throws led the nation.Rudolph’s chances could come down to Oklahoma State’s ability to run the table in the Big 12 and much like this year, it may be a late-season battle with Oklahoma that determines the conference and Rudolph’s Heisman chances.Do you think Mason Rudolph should be a preseason Heisman candidate? Leave your opinions below in the comments!last_img read more

Gundy, OSU Placing Value On Non-Traditional Recruits

first_imgBoth of the Oklahoma State football team’s two glaring holes coming into the 2017 season were filled in exactly 13 hours.ESPN’s Jake Trotter reported at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday that Adrian Baker, former Clemson cornerback and graduate transfer, had committed his final year of eligibility to the Cowboys. Then at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, he reported that Aaron Cochran, fellow grad transfer and former Cal offensive tackle, decided on Stillwater, too.Had neither chose OSU, freshmen Rodarius Williams (corner) and Dylan Galloway (tackle) would have probably been the projected starters in 2017.With recent non-traditional commits such as Baker, Cochran and Tyron Johnson, who is eligible this season, coach Mike Gundy and his staff have clearly placed added emphasis on using diversity in their recruiting to bolster or fill spots on the depth chart.It not easy though, he said; graduate transfers are smart. They know what they want, and they know what they are looking for in a program, he said. Some, probably like Cochran, are looking for more wins and a bowl game. Others, probably like Baker, are after more playing time, especially after tearing his ACL last year.“It’s a completely different world in so-called recruiting them than a high school player – because they know, and they know exactly what they’re looking for,” said Gundy.Gundy has clearly figured out how to live in that world. Here is a list of the non-traditional proven standouts on the OSU roster for the past three seasons as a reference:Larry Williams (Transferred from East Carolina/Hutchinson CC)Chad Whitener (Transferred from Cal)Tralund Webber (Transferred from Blinn College)DeQuinton Osborne (Transferred from Kilgore JC)Barry J. Sanders (Grad transfer from Stanford)Lenzy Pipkins (Grad transfer from Louisiana-Monroe)Jordan Burton (Transferred from Kilgore JC)Chris Carson (Transferred from Butler CC)Derrick Moncrief (Transferred from Auburn)Devante Averette (Transferred from Ellsworth CC)Victor Salako (Transferred from UAB)Motekiai Maile (Transferred from Tyler JC)Michael Hunter (Grad transfer from Indiana)This doesn’t even include Johnson (LSU) and Patrick Macon (Arizona Western), both of whom could factor into OSU’s rotation this season. Of course if the right voice leads the way, preferably a player, that school is going to have a better chance at landing him. But that means an honest voice, not a PR-type one.Gundy said he tells recruits to visit with as many current players as possible on their visits because they are the ones who can give the most accurate representation of the school and what it has to offer athletically. Again, that’s not to say if you talk to enough people, eventually one is going to say the right thing.“We’re not and the players probably aren’t smart enough to program them into saying what we want them to say,” Gundy said. “They’re gonna tell it like it is.”Senior safety Tre Flowers is one of those guys. He said he hosted Baker on his visit before he committed Tuesday. He was as honest as he could be, he said. He tells recruits, especially Baker, that the coaches are bringing them to Stillwater for a reason, and it’s not to ride the bench. He said that’s why he is at OSU.“(My hosts) told me it was a family atmosphere,” Flowers said. “I wouldn’t want to build anything off any lies.”He said he feels like the culture at OSU provides recruits the best opportunity, “in the big picture,” which is why the Cowboys have signed so many fifth-year players.The first relationship is always the most important. Gundy said for visits, he pairs graduate transfers, and all other recruits for that matter, with players from the team based on hometown, position and background. With an emphasis on the third item in that list.If the Cowboys have a two-year player who has made the adjustment, he will likely be called to show another potential two-year player or graduate transfer around.“You’re coming into a new culture, and a lot has to happen in a short amount of time for a fifth-year guy to adjust and play and have success,” Gundy said. “He only has two months to get used to it.” 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

Oklahoma State vs. the Big 12: Where the Cowboys Recruiting Class Stacks up in the Conference

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. With the new signing period enacted and set to go into effect in December, the option for prospects to sign is bumped up by two months. That means signing day can be just seven months away for those that wish to ink with the Pokes early.As it stands in mid-May, OSU’s recruiting class is ranked second in the Big 12 behind the surging Texas Longhorns, who bumped Mike Gundy off the top spot recently despite a strong April. But star rankings don’t exactly tell the whole story of the strengths (or weaknesses) of the entire class, and that’s especially true of Oklahoma State.So with that in mind, we’ll break down each position group and how OSU stacks up among the conference elite.QuarterbackOklahoma State: Mike Yurcich reeled in Denton Ryan dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders as the first commitment of the 2018 class, and it couldn’t have been a better grab for OSU. He’s a strong runner and downfield passer, and he’s ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in Texas by ESPN.Rest of Big 12: The best quarterback recruit in the 2018 class committed in the Big 12 outside of OSU is Cameron Rising, a former Sooners commit who recently flipped to Texas. That gives the Longhorns two four-star quarterbacks in their 2018 class to go alongside Southmoore’s Casey Thompson. I think Sanders is the better prospect between the two, but my basic math skills tell me two four-stars is better than one four-star.Winner: TexasRunning backOklahoma State: After bringing in two big-time talents for 2017 under Marcus Arroyo, OSU is switching gears with a new running backs coach. New relationships and some new targets is a big reason why OSU has yet to land a running back in the 2018 class.Rest of Big 12: Not many schools have a well-rounded recruiting class at this stage in the game, but without question the best prospect committed to a Big 12 school is four-star IMG Academy all purpose back T.J. Pledger — an Oklahoma commit. Pledger is a 5-foot-8 190-pound prospect who packs a punch and is ranked as the 37th overall prospect in the 2018 class.Winner: OklahomaWide receiver/tight endOklahoma State: OSU has reeled in two pass catchers to this point — Union wide receiver C.J. Moore and Frisco area tight end Nic McTear. OSU has the luxury of selecting quality over quantity in that department, as Moore picked OSU over Ohio State, and McTear is committed despite offers from Baylor, LSU and a slew of others.Rest of Big 12: Baylor is the only school that can compete in this department to this point. With four commitments at wide receiver, it certainly has the quantity. However Baylor does not have a tight end in the fold, and the overall talent of those four isn’t anywhere near Moore, who is as close a can’t-miss prospect OSU has landed at receiver since Dez Bryant.Winner: Oklahoma StateOffensive lineOklahoma State: Josh Henson has already earned a year’s salary in three months landing four high school linemen and filling out his class for the 2018 cycle. He’s got a center in Tyrese Williams, he a guard in Bryce Bray, and he has landed two tackles in Hunter Anthony and Hunter Woodard.Rest of Big 12: The best overall prospect committed to a Big 12 school is Southmoore’s Brey Walker, a Sooners commit. But he’s the only offensive lineman in the class for Bob Stoops.Winner: Oklahoma StateDefensive lineOklahoma State: OSU’s 2018 defensive line class likely won’t be deep, as most of its major contributors will remain on the roster after this season. Joe Bob Clements has landed one defensive end in the class — Sachse prospect Tyler Lacy. He has several other big names he’s eyeing.Rest of Big 12: Oklahoma landed Union defensive tackle Jordan Kelley over the Cowboys, but at this point the West Virginia Mountaineers boast the deepest D-line group. WVU has just five commitments in its class, but three are defensive linemen who chose to commit despite multiple offers to other Division I programs.Winner: West VirginiaLinebackerOklahoma State: Depending on where recent commit Kolby Peel plays (he plays safety but might be better suited at outside linebacker), OSU might be the only school with multiple commitments at linebacker. Inside backer Blake Barron is a solid inside run stuffer similar to Chad Whitener with solid lateral agility and an ability to run the field.Rest of Big 12: Texas commit Byron Hobbs was a wanted man before opting to stay in state. But he’s the only linebacker recruit in Texas’ 2018 class.Winner: Oklahoma StateDefensive backOklahoma State: Brownfield athlete Jaelyn Nolan plays quarterback in high school and has the athleticism to play defensive back for Oklahoma State, but at this point it’s unclear where he’ll line up in Stillwater. That leaves OSU defensive back-less for the class.Rest of Big 12: Texas flipped one of the top safeties in the 2018 class from LSU recently — Jordan Sterns younger brother, Caden Sterns. He’s the only defensive back committed to the Longhorns, but he’s going to be an absolute nightmare for Big 12 quarterbacks for years to come.Winner: TexasSpecialistsOklahoma State: Nada.Rest of Big 12: Texas is the only school with a kicker in the fold — three-star prospect Cameron Dicker.Winner: Texaslast_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 72 Johnny Wilson

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. As we continue through the meat of Oklahoma State’s offensive line, we turn to one of the more important reserves on the team.How he got to OSUWilson was originally recruited by former OL coach Bob Connelly during his lone season at OSU. A four-star recruit according to ESPN, Scout ranked him the No. 34 tackle in the 2015 class. Wilson accepted his first scholarship offer (from OSU) and basically shut down his recruitment. That may shed light on his only three reported offers.what he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2015, Wilson spent 2016 behind three-year starter Brad Lundblade at center. He did see reps against Southeastern Louisiana, Kansas and against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. Wilson has put on 40 pounds since arriving as a 6-3, 270-pound prospect. He’s shown the coaching staff that he’s more than capable of filling in at center or even guard if need be.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Projects to continue his role as backup center. Could see time at guard. As long as injury doesn’t thrust him into a starting role, it will be more interesting to see what he does beyond 2017. With the Cowboys set to break in a new QB after Mason Rudolph takes his talents to Sundays, Wilson will be in competition with Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore for the starting spot.Moore will sit out in 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules and both will be juniors to start 2018. His experience will be crucial whether he vies for starting time this year or next.Noteworthy stats and highlightsPrior to his freshmen year at OSU, Wilson was selected to the USA under-19 team that faced off against Canada in the 2015 International Bowl.last_img read more


first_imgIn a day of thrilling matches, of which the Mens and Womens matches were almost a replica and went into a drop-off, the Sharks have taken the Mens and Mixed Championships while Cobras have claimed the womens. Mens OpenThe final match of the day provided another thrilling display, with Sharks completing the hat-trick of titles in the Mens Open, after defeating Mets in a drop-off. In a rematch of last years grand final, Sharks were first to score the persistence of Troy Skinner, after having one dive touchdown disallowed, he was successful on the second. Mets found Matt Prouse outwide, not once, but twice, scoring in almost two identical sets of play to take the lead 2-1. In a see-sawing battle, Jason Stanton scored for the Mets in the final minutes of the first half, giving them the lead 5-4. The second half was dominated by solid defensive displays by both sides. The Mets increased there lead 6-4, and looked to be in control, shutting down all of Sharks options in attack. Two quick touchdowns in the dying minutes leveled the game, sending the match to a drop-off, in a repeat of the Womens final. Both sides made errors, turning the ball over several times. At three-on-three and with the crowd on its feet, Sharks Drummaine Dayberg-Muir found the line after a number of attempts, securing the third consecutive title for the Sharks. Player of the Final: Jason Stanton (Mets)Player of the Series: Drummayne Dayberg-Muir (Sharks)Womens OpenIn a thrilling match which went down to a drop off the Cobras have claimed the 2007 Womens Open title. The Cobras were quick to start, with Kelly Jones scoring the opening two touchdowns on the wing. Mets responded with two of their own, Giselle Martin finding Maribel Ziade in the corner for the first, and individual skill of Stephanie Sorrensen the second. With scores locked at 3-all at half time, neither team was able to gain momentum, with a slow finish to the first half. Mets came out firing, scoring on the opening set. Cobras Rebecca Tavo returned the fire on the next set, as the crowd responded to the increased intensity. As the match became more heated Cobras’ Kelly Woods and Mets’ Sarah Hamilton each spent some time in the bin. With scores locked at 5-all at full-time, the match headed to a drop-off, where both teams had numerous opportunities to score, but couldn’t capitalise. Down to three-on-three the Cobras found an overlap, and Sam Hopkin crossed in the corner to take win the championship 6-5.Player of the Final: Giselle Martin (Mets)Player of the Series: Amanda Judd (Mets)Mixed OpenThe Mixed Open division has a new champion after five years, with the Sharks defeating the Hornets 12-9. In a high scoring encounter the Sharks were first on the board with John Andrews diving through a small gap to cross the line. The Hornets, the dark horse team of the tournament, scored in the following set through Tim Penny. The Sharks looked the in form team however, gaining leads of 3-1, and 5-2 at stages in the game, but the Hornets wouldn’t lie down, trailing at the break 6-4. Hornets began to gain momentum, John Dalton scoring the opening try in the second half. The Sharks stepped up a level, scoring several quick touchdowns extending the lead to 10-7, Hornets continued to score, but only at the rate of the Sharks, and Sharks took the title 12-9.Player of the Final: Ricky Best and Amy Fong (Sharks)Player of the Series: Ricky Best and Amy Fong (Sharks) For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITElast_img read more

Government Tackling The Gender Divide In Sport

first_imgThe Gillard Government is today launching two initiatives to tackle the gender divide in sporting organisations and support a new generation of female sport leaders.Minister for Sport Mark Arbib and Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said the Women in Sport Leadership Register, would allow women to apply online to be considered for board or leadership positions in Australian sporting organisations.“It is important that we get more women into senior roles in the sporting community, including senior administrative roles and representation on boards where women make a valuable contribution,” Senator Arbib said.“The register is a free service and is specifically tailored to the sports industry, so it will meet the needs of both the individuals and the sporting organisations.”The Australian Government also opened applications for the 2011-12 Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women program – an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and the Office for Women that provides education and development opportunities for women with leadership potential.“These initiatives highlight the Government’s commitment to bolstering the involvement of women in sport at all levels outlined in the new direction for sport: Australian Sport: the Pathway to Success,” Senator Arbib said.“The Government strongly supports women who are ambitious about their future in sport, whether their ambitions lie in being elite coaches, administrators or managers of sporting organisations.”Ms Ellis said the grants and scholarships provided a tangible way for women to obtain the skills and attributes required to succeed in sport leadership roles.“The Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women program has supported more than 16,000 women since its inception in 2002 with a total funding allocation of $3.3 million,” Ms Ellis said.“Women in senior sports management positions are eligible for scholarships of up to $10,000 a year for three years, individuals are eligible for one-off grants of up to $5,000 and organisations are eligible for grants of up to $10,000.”Women have a key role to play in the development of sport in Australia – as participants, volunteers, athletes and sports leaders as coaches and administrators. And yet we still see women facing barriers to participating in sport across their lifetime.”Our Government is committed to boosting the profile of women in sport and giving them the skills and qualifications they need to play leadership roles both on and off the field.”For more information on the 2011-12 Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women, or the Women in Sport Leadership Register visit www.ausport.gov.au/women .last_img read more

Play By The Rules Magazine

first_imgPlease find enclosed the 17th issue of the Play By The Rules Magazine. Flip book and embedded media – http://playbytherules.biz/t/augflip/PDF – http://playbytherules.biz/t/pdfaug16/Word text only – http://playbytherules.biz/t/wordaug16/The Apple Newsstand App version you can subscribe free to – http://pbtr.com.au/r/iosmag​Google Play Android App – http://pbtr.com.au/r/androidmagIn this issue there’s an important article from Simone Pearce from ANZSLA addressing an issue that has come across the desk of Play by the Rules in recent times. It reflects the recent focus on domestic violence, and family law disputes surrounding child abduction. These topics raise issues for sporting clubs and associations. What, if any, obligations do they have in light of family law orders or orders regarding domestic and family violence.We also welcome guest contributor Mark Slater whose article ‘Just be there to cheer’ I’m sure will resonate with many of our readers! There are other updates and news items and information on a couple of important conferences coming up soon.You can spread the message of safe, fair and inclusive sport by sharing this magazine with your friends and colleagues in sport and encouraging them to subscribe to Play by the Rules, joining our 25,000+ subscribers. Thanks, as always, for your support.Peter DownsManager — Play by the RulesRelated LinksPlay By The Ruleslast_img read more

a month agoNeville: Solskjaer signing right players for Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: Solskjaer signing right players for Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville supports manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach to the transfer market.Neville feels focusing on the long-term is the right approach.He told TV2: “Ole does everything to make the club stay where it belongs instead of recruiting players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo (sic), who have all come and gone.”They have to recruit players for the next five or ten years as Manchester City did Sergio Agüero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho.” last_img read more

12 days agoGuivarc’h hails France matchwinner Giroud

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guivarc’h hails France matchwinner Giroudby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench World Cup winner Stéphane Guivarc’h praised matchwinner Olivier Giroud yesterday.The Chelsea striker hit the only goal of their Euros qualifying win over Iceland.And ex-Newcastle forward said: “He plays little in England. 17 minutes last month and yet he gives (France coach Didier) Deschamps the confidence that he gives him. “He was great in fighting spirit and had the talent to turn the penalty. “Congratulations to him.” last_img read more

Electronic Single Window A Game Changer for Importers and Exporters – Minister Shaw

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Electronic Single Window (ESW) will be a game changer for importers and exporters. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Electronic Single Window (ESW) will be a game changer for importers and exporters.The system, which forms part of Jamaica’s Trade Facilitation Programme, integrates approximately 20 border regulatory agencies into a single platform for all documentation relating to trade.It is being implemented by the Jamaica Customs Agency in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Minister Shaw, who was speaking at the official launch of the Jamaica Trade Information Portal at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on May 16, said that the window will result in greater efficiency in doing business, by reducing turnaround time and cost for transactions, and ensure better use of resources.It will allow importers and exporters to lodge documents electronically and facilitate the exchange of information between government agencies and traders. It will reduce traders’ points of contact from as many as five entities to one single agency.Minister Shaw said that the integration of the Trade Board Limited (TBL) into the single window has already commenced, with key Ministry agencies to follow suit in short order, namely the Plant Quarantine Division, the Veterinary Services Division, and the National Compliance Regulatory Authority.The Jamaica Trade Information Portal, managed by the TBL, provides details on import-export regulations, processes and requirements for trade.Its rich database provides information on standards, tariffs, fees, levies and applicable penalties; various authorisations; inspections and verifications, trade agreements details and opportunities.It includes downloadable forms for applications, licences and permits as well as links to regulatory and various bodies engaged in trade facilitation.Meanwhile, Minister Shaw informed that the Trade Board has removed the licensing requirement for more than 14 products.He said the move forms a part of the Ministry’s work, through the Trade Facilitation Task Force, to gradually reduce the unnecessary and burdensome red tape associated with regulatory compliance in the trade environment.“[It] is also being undertaken within the context of our commitment under the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), to reduce the overall time and cost to trade, creating a more agile business and trading environment,” Mr. Shaw said.He said that the country’s quest to improve the platform for trade will require that certain elements, such as the legislative agenda, are brought in line with prevailing global trends and current needs.“Jamaica must bring its trade-related laws into the 21st century. Currently, we have laws which are dated 1945 regulating our trade. Thus, the repeal and replacement of the Customs Act is a pivotal step in this direction,” he said.He noted that “through the Technical Committee on Legislative Review, our ability to respond with current legislation to the demands of new sectors, such as nutraceuticals and cannabis, is a signal of a forward-thinking approach to creating a conducive and business-friendly environment, allowing us to truly compete on a global scale”. Story Highlights The system, which forms part of Jamaica’s Trade Facilitation Programme, integrates approximately 20 border regulatory agencies into a single platform for all documentation relating to trade. It is being implemented by the Jamaica Customs Agency in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.last_img read more

GasLog Shrinks Loss Remains Optimistic

first_imgOwner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog Ltd. managed to cut its net loss amid a seasonal weakening in demand for LNG shipping in the second quarter of 2018.For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, loss attributable to the owners of GasLog stood at USD 3.6 million, shrinking from a loss of USD 7.5 million seen in the corresponding quarter in 2017.The company’s revenues for the period reached USD 132.8 million, up from USD 129.9 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier,“As we anticipated, there was seasonal weakening in demand for LNG and for LNG shipping in the second quarter. LNG shipping spot rates troughed in late April but then more than doubled through June, driven by counter seasonal strength in LNG demand and Asian pricing that provided a clear arbitrage opportunity between the Atlantic and Pacific Basins,” Paul Wogan, Chief Executive Officer, explained.“If this recent momentum is maintained through the 2018/19 winter, we expect the future financial performance of our spot vessels to show significant improvement on the second quarter of 2018.”The company continued to execute its long-term strategy in the period with a contract for a seven-year time charter party with a subsidiary of Centrica. Against this, the company ordered a new 180,000 cbm LNG carrier with LP-2S propulsion from Samsung for delivery in the third quarter of 2020.“We now have five newbuilds on order for delivery in 2019 and 2020, three of which have committed multi-year charters, while the two uncommitted newbuilds are expected to deliver into an attractive LNG shipping market,” GasLog said.The longer-term supply and demand fundamentals for LNG remain very positive, with China’s LNG imports, in particular, increasing 50% year-on-year in the first half of 2018. Demand for natural gas and LNG remains robust, underpinned in the second quarter by significant increases in demand from major Asian consumers.last_img read more

Soulpepper puts training program on oneyear hold amid culture change at theatre

first_img Facebook Normally, the Soulpepper Academy would be ramping up for a nation-wide audition process to find the finest thespians, directors and playwrights to join its prestigious paid training residency.But as acting artistic director Alan Dilworth can attest, little has been normal about the past six months for the Soulpepper Theatre Company.As the Toronto-based cultural institution reckons with sexual-misconduct allegations against one of its founders, the Soulpepper Academy is putting its training program on a one-year hold to conduct a review before admitting a new troupe of artists. “We’re in the midst of quite a culture change here, and as you know, real change takes time,” Dilworth said in a recent phone interview.“We’re kind of working our way through, step by step, to get it right.”In January, four actresses filed separate lawsuits against founding artistic director Albert Schultz and the Soulpepper Theatre Company alleging he groped them, exposed himself, pressed against them or otherwise behaved inappropriately.Schultz, who has resigned from Soulpepper, has said he would “vigorously” defend himself against the allegations, which have yet to be tested in court. Both he and Soulpepper have filed notices of intent to defend in the case.In her claim in Ontario Superior Court, one of the actresses said Schultz created a “culture of fear” during her time in the Soulpepper Academy, and to remain in the program, she felt she was expected to put up with his alleged bullying without complaint.A lawyer for Schultz said his client would not comment specifically on any of the allegations detailed in the lawsuits, other than to reiterate that he denies them.Dilworth, who declined to comment on ongoing legal proceedings, said that among past and present academy members, there has been “unanimous articulation” of the program’s value.Twelve academy members are expected to graduate from the two-year program next month.With admissions on hold until the review is completed and new leadership is in place, the academy has decided to not request federal funding in the next fiscal year, said Soulpepper communications director Brad Lepp.The academy is still slated to receive $110,000 in 2018-2019 funding from Canadian Heritage, according to federal officials.Lepp said a portion of those funds will go toward the last six months of training for the current academy members. For the latter half of the funding period, the money will be spent towards maintaining “ongoing relationships” with graduates, he said, in addition to the program’s year-round costs.In April, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly declared that in order to received funding, all arts and culture organizations must commit to workplaces free of harassment and sexual misconduct. It’s part of what she described as the department’s “zero-tolerance” approach to the issue.Not long after the measure was billed, Canadian Heritage released half of the $110,000 in funds allocated to the Soulpepper Academy under a multi-year contribution agreement, according to a spokesperson for Joly.In a phone interview, the minister’s press secretary, Simon Ross, said the payment was held for two months until department officials were satisfied that Soulpepper was following through on its commitments to providing a safe work environment.Canadian Heritage sent officials to the theatre to get a sense of the picture on the ground, Ross said, and based on this and other consultations, decided go forward with the contribution agreement as planned.“Our message is clear: we want to work with the arts sector to ensure safety for all creators, but we have zero tolerance for those who do not respect our strict conditions,” Ross said in a statement.“We received assurances from the Soulpepper Academy that changes were made to ensure a safe work environment and we verified with students that it is indeed the case.”The rest of the funds are expected to be released later in the fiscal year, he said.Nearly $2.4 million has been allocated to Soulpepper under various Canadian Heritage programs since the early 2000s, according to a February briefing note prepared for Joly. The document was obtained by The Canadian Press under Freedom-of-Information laws.This funding is separate to the roughly $185,000 a year that Soulpepper has received from the Canada Council for the Arts in the past, according to the public institution’s CEO.The arms-length Crown corporation, which reports to the heritage minister, announced in February that it was rescinding a planned funding increase for Soulpepper but also maintaining its base funding at previous levels.Soulpepper said that grants accounted for around 16 per cent of its $12.5 million in revenues in 2017, but the theatre company still ran a deficit of $556,000.It is currently projecting further losses as it faces “extraordinary” costs this year, said Dilworth. But he said Soulpepper has been buoyed by benefactors in the private and public sectors, as well as the theatre’s box office, during this “unusual” financial period.Dilworth said he expects Soulpepper will be in the black within two years.The first half of 2018 has been “tricky” for Soulpepper, he acknowledged. But in the wake of the Schultz scandal, he said Soulpepper has been forced to have tough but vital conversations with people across the theatre community.This shift is reflected in the steps Soulpepper has taken to cultivate a safer and more inclusive artistic space, Dilworth said, including providing crisis counsellors, setting up a whistleblower hotline and adopting a new code of conduct.“I do believe we’ve come out better,” said Dilworth. “This has been an opportunity to look deeply at our values, and take stock of the best that Soulpepper has … (and where) we haven’t been as strong.”Adina Bresge | The Canadian Press Advertisement Between a costly legal battle, a six-figure deficit and hiccups in government funding, the not-for-profit would seem to be besieged on several fronts.Dilworth doesn’t see it that way. To him, the theatre is in a “bridging phase” between the old Soulpepper and the new. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We’re in the midst of quite a culture change here, and as you know, real change takes time,” acting Soulpepper artistic director Alan Dilworth said. “We’re kind of working our way through, step by step, to get it right.” (DANIEL MALAVASI / SOULPEPPER) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Newcomers spark Ohio State mens basketball in home opener

OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles past a UMass-Lowell player during a Nov. 14 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 92-55.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorSeason-opening games in college basketball can, at times, be a bore. But Friday night at the Schottenstein Center, there was something to get excited about: five-star recruit D’Angelo Russell was making his Ohio State regular season debut.With many eyes on him, the first question posed to the freshman guard after the game was straightforward. Was he nervous?“No, sir. Not at all.”As if anyone needed confirmation of that. Russell led the No. 20 Buckeyes (1-0) in scoring with 16 points, in steals with three and added four rebounds and six assists in the team’s 92-55 victory over the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (0-2). With the addition of Russell, OSU coach Thad Matta has now brought nine five-star recruits to Columbus in his 11-year tenure. After Friday’s game he said his young playmaker, of whom much is expected, is already someone he trusts.“I’ve always said this about him: I don’t exactly know what position he is. But he’s a guard. You see his vision, he’s got that unique pace about him and sort of how he sees things is unique, especially for a freshman playing his first college game,” Matta said. “Having the ability to use him as much as we possibly can, you feel comfortable when the ball’s in his hands and he’s making decisions.”Those decisions started right from tip-off, as Russell was seemingly everywhere. He grabbed his team’s first rebound, points, assist and foul, all within the game’s first two-and-a-half minutes. Roughly two minutes later, Russell was in the thick of things again, this time with a flurry of activity that would make former OSU guard Aaron Craft proud. Russell first nabbed a steal before assisting a Sam Thompson alley-oop, and he then got a layup for himself after a River Hawk turnover. All of this in a 14-second span. Thompson, a senior forward with the most playing experience of any member of the team, said the entire group of Buckeye debutants — Russell, Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams, Keita Bates-Diop and Anthony Lee — did their part in what was a convincing win.“I think the newcomers did a great job. We wanted to play fast, we wanted to have our defense translate to some offense, we wanted to get some easy buckets. I think we did a good job of doing that,” Thompson said. “Anthony did his thing on the offensive boards, finishing around the rim. D-Russ is always good at pushing the ball in transition, making plays for himself, making plays for everybody else so I think we did what we wanted to do today. It’s the first game of the season, there’s a lot of room to improve but I’m happy with where we are.” While Russell had a hand in every facet of the contest, the other new faces contributed in different ways. Lee, a redshirt-senior transfer from Temple, hit all five of his field goal attempts to help him rack up 13 points. Freshman forwards Tate and Bates-Diop each had four points, with the former adding five rebounds on the defensive glass. Like his highly touted backcourt teammate, redshirt-freshman guard Williams also made an impression. The Baltimore, Md., native played only 13 minutes but had 12 points in that time, one of five OSU players in double-digits. Williams went one for six from the field on Nov. 9 in OSU’s exhibition victory over Walsh. Following Friday’s game, Matta said Williams’ improvement was because of the work he put in during the week. “I was very happy for Kam, because he’s a hard-working kid and he’s very hard on himself at times,” Matta said. “He knew he didn’t shoot the ball particularly well on Sunday, he’s in here getting extra shots, he’s watching film. And when you see that type of preparation, it makes you excited as a coach to see a kid play well.”Thompson also commented on Williams’ scoring ability.“Kam’s always been a guy who can score the basketball. He can shoot, he can get to the rim, he’s a great athlete. He really hunts buckets and that’s just what he does. He knows his job on this team is to put the ball in the basket,” he said. “Like I said earlier, when we’re doing our job, it’s when we’re at our best. He did a good job of coming in and just playing his game.”But for all the other strong efforts, the scene still came back to Russell. Considering the game against UMass-Lowell was the first time in 148 competitive games that OSU took the court without the aforementioned Craft, that focus is understandable.At the moment, though, that reliance doesn’t seem to be a factor. Russell said that he agreed with Thompson’s assertion that the team’s strength is in its scoring depth, with everyone contributing to the collective.“Like Sam said, it’s five that happen to get in there,” he said. “It could be any five guys, we’ve got a good group of guys that can fill it up any night.”The Buckeyes’ next attempt to fill up the scoreboard will come on Tuesday night at home against Marquette. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. read more

Dermot Gallagher declares France penalty was wrong

first_imgFormer Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has declared that the penalty VAR awarded to France was wrongly given during their 2018 World Cup final match against Croatia on Sunday.During the match, Referee Nestor Pitana had first missed Ivan Perisic’s handball inside the France box, but the official opted the award the spot-kick following a VAR review.Perisic’s view seemed to be blocked by Blaise Matuidi just before the ball struck the Inter Milan winger’s arm, and Gallagher has believed that it was “100% not a penalty”.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“100% not a penalty. He’s far, far too close to the ball as it comes over the forward’s head,” Gallagher told Sky Sports as quoted by Sports Mole.“It just strikes him – he doesn’t move his hand to the ball, he’s got no intention of handling the ball. The law says it has to be deliberate. His arms aren’t in an unorthodox position – it just doesn’t tick any boxes.”Antoine Griezmann netted the penalty to give France a 2-1 lead against Croatia in Moscow, and Les Bleus ultimately claimed the trophy with a 4-2 success over Croatia.last_img read more

PSG president fuming over NeymarReal Madrid links

first_imgParis Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is fuming over the persistent speculation linking Neymar with a move to Real MadridThe Brazilian forward has been constantly linked with a switch to Los Blancos ever since completing his world-record €222million in 2017.This summer both Real and Neymar publicly denied that any move was to materialise.But the rumours have remained, much to Al-Khelaifi’s frustration.The Qatari businessman has even held talks with Real president Florentino Perez over the matter.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“We don’t like it at all and we have spoken to Real Madrid,” Al-Khelaifi told Marca.“It’s a bit frustrating, it’s not fair that other clubs talk about our players.“We have a good relationship and they respect PSG, and I hope that’s the truth. We respect Real Madrid, their president, Florentino Perez, but I think that it’s important for everyone not to work behind the scenes.“I don’t know if he understands me. If there is something, we speak, speak with Florentino Perez or whatever it is and we speak about what we like and what we don’t like.“It’s what we want with all clubs, not just Real Madrid. Fighting amongst each other is not the way PSG works and I hope other clubs don’t do that to us.”last_img read more

Dunleavy Budget Draft Includes Full Dividend Not Back Pay

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s initial budget draft includes a full payout from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund for residents next year, but not money Alaskans missed out on during the three years checks were capped. By one budget estimate, a full dividend and back payments could cost $4.3 billion. Dunleavy has said the state can afford to pay those using permanent fund earnings. Tangeman said he thought the $75 a barrel estimate was not realistic. The forecast released Friday estimated oil prices for the coming fiscal year at $64 a barrel. Tangeman said that is in line with a forecast released by the department earlier this year. For years, Alaska relied heavily on oil revenues to help fund state government. But prices went into freefall in 2014, the year Walker took office, exacerbating the deficit. Lawmakers used savings to fill the hole as low prices persisted. Oil prices, for a brief period this fall, topped $80 a barrel. The price, as of Thursday, was roughly $62 a barrel. The Walker administration said the budget they were leaving behind would balance at an average North Slope oil price of $75 a barrel, which matched the Department of Revenue’s preliminary estimate for prices for the coming fiscal year. But Sheldon Fisher, Walker’s revenue commissioner, also cited the volatility in prices and delayed issuing a detailed revenue forecast earlier this month to give the department time to review what was happening with oil markets. Earlier this year, following sessions of gridlock, lawmakers decided to begin using permanent fund earnings to help pay for the budget. That created tension, because dividends are also paid using fund earnings.Legislators also passed a bill calling for limited withdrawals from earnings that, for the coming fiscal year, would yield $2.9 billion. However, critics of the bill have said the rules it lays out could be ignored. His budget director, Donna Arduin, said all areas of state spending will be up for scrutiny. “I have no idea what his plan is to balance it,” Wielechowski said. During the campaign, Dunleavy said he supported paying residents a full Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend and money they missed out on when payouts were reduced starting in 2016 amid a budget deficit.center_img Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman said separate legislation may be needed to handle the issue of back payments. He said Dunleavy has been clear that it is a big issue and one that he will pursue. “The state must learn to live within its means and we get there by making the tough spending choices,” she said in a release. Dunleavy is expected to make further changes to the budget that his office says will prioritize services and programs “that really matter to Alaskans.” The budget draft released Friday — ahead of a statutory deadline — was described as a starting point that works off the budget document Gov. Bill Walker’s administration pulled together before Walker left office Dec. 3.But Dunleavy’s draft relies on a more conservative oil price. And with the full dividend payout, Dunleavy’s budget office said the draft would leave a projected $1.6-billion gap. Walker didn’t include a full dividend. That legislation did not resolve how the money would be divvied between government and dividends. Dunleavy’s draft budget would earmark an estimated $1.9 billion of that withdrawal for dividends. During the campaign, Republican Dunleavy also said he wanted to reduce spending and limit the growth of government. His revenue commissioner, however, indicated that Dunleavy still plans to pursue the back payments. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, called the current proposed budget “significantly unbalanced.”last_img read more