Sinor, Taylor Grab Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

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. Finally Zach Sinor is getting some respect!Sinor joined Vincent Taylor as a Big 12 Player of the Week this week. Sinor for special teams. Taylor on the defensive side. Sinor downed three of his four punts inside WVU’s 20 and Taylor had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to bring his yearly sack total to 4.5.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 Vincent Taylor, beast.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Both players have been absurd all year. Sinor’s numbers are pretty staggering. He’s punted 39 times, has 13 fair catches, 23 punts inside the 20 and just one touchback. One! Sinor for Heisman!“Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday after OSU’s 37-20 win. “We missed one field goal, but our return game was good. If you’re sound in special teams and you don’t turn the ball over, then you get a chance each week.”This is Sinor’s second selection this season and the duo represents OSU’s seventh and eighth selections for a weekly Big 12 honor this year. Here is that list:Sept. 19 – James Washington – Big 12 Offensive Player of the WeekSept. 19 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekSept. 26 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 3 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24  — Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24 – Ben Grogan – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Vincent Taylor – Big 12 Defensive Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weeklast_img read more

Hoops Preview: Oklahoma State vs. TCU Round Two

first_imgDon’t look now, but the (17-8, 6-6) TCU Horned Frogs are looking like a tournament team for the first time since before Bill Clinton was impeached. Currently projecting as a 1o-seed, the Frogs are experiencing all the good feels after sweeping Texas recently for the first time since head coach Jamie Dixon was hitting game winners as a senior.Viewing InformationTime: 8:00 p.m.Location: Fort Worth, TexasTV: ESPNULine: TCU – 1Season TrendA solid resume that lacks signature wins but remains fairly unblemished as they’ve beat everyone they should have.Handed a season-high 18 point loss, the Frogs returned home dejected after trailing the vast majority of the game against the rival Baylor Bears on Saturday. The TCU offense was on life support, only scoring 17 points in the first half on only one assist. The biggest gap was on the boards where Baylor dominated, swiping 25 defensive boards and ruining second chance opportunities for the Frogs.Johnathan Motley dominated the TCU front court to the tune of 25 points on 12 of 15 shooting and Baylor’s spot-duty shooting guard King McClure had one of his best games of the year, hitting 3 of 4 from deep for 13 points. Baylor’s sleepy three point shooters hitting nearly 39 percent from deep bodes well for the Cowboy bombers on Wednesday night.The Last Time They PlayedSometimes you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time and Stillwater on January 23rd was just that for TCU. What turned out to be the second win in a five game streak, the Cowboys were putting everything together and picking up serious momentum that night. Jawun emerged from his slump like an angry bear out of hibernation, lighting up the Frogs for 27 points and assists. While TCU drew it close with ten minutes to go, the Pokes put their foot down per Coach Underwood:“The last 10 minutes of that ballgame is how you close out a game. (Shoot) 12 of 15 from the perimeter, you make your free throws and then no turnovers in the last eight and a half (minutes) or so.”TCU’s talent-rich front line was hit and miss, disappearing for stretches. The skilled 6’11” Slovakian had a phenomenal second half but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the Cowboy offense shooting 64.5 percent from the field after the break.To cap off the night, Dillard put the Frogs to bed with this beauty:Davon Dillard windmills the Horned Frogs. #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) January 24, 2017Three Things to Watch1. As Fisher Goes, They GoThe top-rated recruit in Horned Frog basketball history is freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher and he will be the swing vote if this TCU team is to go dancing. While his career-high 18 points wasn’t enough to keep TCU in the game against Baylor on Saturday, it usually is. When the freshman guard gets into double digits, the Frogs are 12-3 and he’s got a four game streak in double digits. Rationality says that the team’s two leading scorers (star big man Brodziansky and Texas A&M transfer Alex Robinson) need to get their numbers for the team to be successful, but it’s a prolific third banana that helps the TCU offense to get over the hump.2. Get after the BallQuoted after the Texas game in early February, head coach Jamie Dixon laid out a crucial point for the TCU offense:“Our guards are going to have some turnovers because we let them do a lot of things. We rely on them to create shots for a lot of guys. So we’re going to have to play through the mistakes. For the most part, we haven’t had them [the last two games].”So much of TCU’s offensive efficiency depends on the newbie guards not turning the ball over. A week ago, the Red Raiders were able to take the game into the final seconds by turning over the Frogs 21 times in Fort Worth.Highlights from tonight’s game at TCU, Red Raiders face No. 3 Kansas at 1 p.m. on Saturday #WreckEm #4to1— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) February 8, 20173. Double the Big GuyI won’t ask for anything for Christmas ever again if I don’t have to watch another big play keep-a-way from Dillard/McGriff/Hammonds again this year. Fortunately for the Pokes, Texas Tech last week exposed a vulnerability in junior forward Vlad Brodziansky’s offense: double him fast and he coughs it up on the pass.Now, the dude shoots quick so you’ve got to collapse quickly. But go ahead and forget about the TCU deep ball at 34 percent, it’s a much better shot than the 59.6 percent-shooting Brodziansky.Fun side note: of course we looked at but didn’t offer the skilled 6’11” big man at a Kansas junior college… you throw Brodziansky in a class with Evans and Dillard, you’ve got a potential all-timer.Statistical ComparisonOther NotesThe road Cowboys have taken their last three Big 12 road games, including an 82-75 victory at No. 7 West Virginia. In the Big 12, only Kansas (7-1) has more true road wins than the Cowboys (5-4).OSU was 2-3 against new TCU head coach Jamie Dixon in his time at Pitt. Most notable was when new OSU coach Travis Ford’s team was eliminated by the Panthers from the 2009 NCAA Tournament.Since TCU joined the Big 12, OSU is 7-2 against the Horned Frogs, and both losses came in the Cowboys’ last two trips to Fort Worth.The last team to make the NCAA Tournament field after falling in their first six conference games was the 1985-86 Maryland team led by Len Bias.Seven OSU players went to high school within an hour drive of TCU’s campus; Brandon Averette (Richardson), Jawun Evans (Dallas), Tavarius Shine (Irving), Cameron McGriff (Grand Prairie), Phil Forte (Flower Mound), Leyton Hammonds (North Richland Hills) and Jeffrey Carroll (Rowlett).Davon Dillard entered Big 12 play on Dec. 30 with a career total of 63 minutes played (39 this season).  Over the last six games Dillard is averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 56.3 percent shooting, including a 62.5 percent clip from 3-point.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

A Closer Look at Jawun Evans’ Weaknesses

first_imgYesterday we looked at Jawun Evans’ strength in this terrific video Draft Express put together, but because this is a fair and balanced blog, today we need to look at his weaknesses.All of these are legitimate concerns, but I also think they’re fixable. Evans’ size and average athleticism (relative) will be the biggest knocks against him (actually they already are, according to The Ringer’s excellent draft profile).But here’s the thing about Evans. The things he does best (think, make solid decisions) are the same things that can overcome an inability to finish around the rim. I’m convinced that with the NBA operates he can out-think his lack of stature, if that makes any sense at all.He’ll also be aided by better athletes in the NBA than Mitch Solomon and Lucas N’Guessan with which he can run the pick and roll. That, combined with better decision-making on his passes and better athletes around him in general, will erase so many of his flaws.I’m not saying the downsides aren’t there. I’m only saying that I think he has the makeup to overcome them in the proper situation offensively. Evans is excellent at controlling his body and manipulating his way around a basketball court. I think despite his diminutive-ness, he’ll find success as a pro.The bigger concern for me is on the defensive end. Can Jawun Evans guard John Wall? Heck, can he guard Yogi Ferrell? That should (and probably will) be the bigger issue come draft night in June. 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

2018 Tight End Nic McTear Decommits from Oklahoma State

first_imgIt was bound to happen eventually.Oklahoma State has officially lost their first commit of the 2018 class. Earlier today, 3-star tight end Nic McTear announced he was de-committing from the Cowboys and opening up his recruitment.“Nothing negative against Coach Gundy and the Oklahoma State coaching staff, I just need a chance to see what all is out there as I find the best fit for me,” he said on Twitter. “I’m announcing my de-commitment from Oklahoma State and opening my recruiting back up.”McTear was the third pledge of the 2018 class when he picked the Cowboys back on February 6th. Since then, however, his recruitment has picked up significantly, adding seven more offers from TCU, LSU, Auburn, Miami, Colorado, Baylor, and Houston to bring his total to 13.AdChoices广告While he does not say OSU is out of the running, I don’t expect to see McTear sign with the Cowboys on signing day next year.The likelihood of OSU not losing a commit at somepoint was slim. That’s not a slight against OSU or McTear for that matter. It’s the way the game is played. That’s what happens with 17, 18 year old high school kids who are getting bombarded from every angle by teams, coaches, friends, and family with ideas about where they should attend college.With the loss of McTear, OSU now has 16 commits for 2018. Expect to see the coaching staff now focus on finding another tight end recruit to fill McTear’s spot before national signing day. 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

Photos: Oklahoma State Puts on Pads for Fall Camp

first_imgOklahoma State has one full week of practice under its belt for the 2017 season, and this was the last chance for photographers to catch a glimpse. We were in Stillwater on Saturday, and Jackson Lavarnway took some awesome photos for us as we inch closer to the first game on August 31. Hope you enjoy.AdChoices广告 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

Steve Price fires up the Mixed 20’s

first_imgProud Queenslander and Australian front rower, Steve Price has achieved the pinnacle in Rugby League. Price spoke to the Mixed 20’s team before their first clash with New Zealand. A school friend of Mixed 20’s coach Karley Banks, Price took time out to visit the Trusts Stadium in his adopted homeland, Auckland.The hosts are the kings of the Mixed game and the Karley Banks side is determined to knock them off their perch. A difficult task indeed.Price spoke of a similar situation of when the New Zealand Warriors where to face the Melbourne Storm in the 2008 Finals Series. Few people gave the Warriors any chance aginst the defending premiers on their home ground, a venue of which they had only lost a few games in three years. The first placed team had also never lost to the eighth placed team in finals history.The Warriors went on to win that game against all odds. They had self belief and confidence in the players to make a difference.Price challenged the players to do the same in this all-important clash. He urged them to have the time of their life, support each other, and do everything they possibly can to make a difference, to triumph against all adversity.Price said it is an honour to represent your country and those individuals in the room should be proud. They represent all Australians from across the globe as the best of the best.Price wished the players the best of luck and to come off the field with no regrets, with a feeling they have done all that they can.The presence of Price motivated the players immensely and we wish the best of luck to the players.last_img read more

3 days agoChelsea striker Abraham: Ajax clash massive, massive

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham: Ajax clash massive, massiveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham has declared their Champions League clash with Ajax as “massive, massive”.Abraham insists they’re capable of winning in Amsterdam.He said, “We know it’s a massive game for us. “Massive, massive. Ajax are like us, they have a lot of young players who like to keep the ball and play good football. Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly.”We know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in myself and my team that we can hopefully get a result there.”We got ourselves back on track in Lille. It’s not an easy place to go to, we dug deep and got that win. Who says we can’t do the same at Ajax?” 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

Enhance Energy adds pipeline partner to build Alberta carbon capture project

first_imgCALGARY – The proponent of a project to use carbon dioxide captured at two industrial plants in Alberta to boost oil well production has enlisted a pipeline partner to build, own and operate most of the infrastructure.Calgary-based Enhance Energy Inc. and Wolf Midstream say they will work together on the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line project designed to capture CO2 from the Sturgeon Refinery and Nutrien Ltd.’s Redwater fertilizer plant, both located northeast of Edmonton.The construction of the CO2 capture equipment and a 240-kilometre pipeline is to be funded by Wolf, in part through investments made by its financial partner, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, of up to $305 million.Enhance is to own and operate an oilfield near Clive, Alta., into which the CO2 will be injected to keep it out of the atmosphere, where it is linked to global warming, and permit greater recoveries of crude.The partners say the project can also draw on government funding originally promised in 2009, including $63 million from Ottawa and $223 million in construction funding from Alberta.CO2 flow rates are expected to start at 800 tonnes per day in the fourth quarter of 2019 and increase to 4,400 tonnes per day by the end of 2019.“Carbon capture and storage is already established as a viable emission reduction strategy for Alberta industries and we believe it has great potential to become much more widely applied,” said Wolf CEO Gord Salahor in a news release.“The ACTL is a desirable infrastructure asset for Wolf because it represents the core of an expandable network capable of facilitating many carbon mitigation options for emitters over the long term.”Earlier this year, Wolf bought an oil storage terminal and the half of the northern Alberta Access Pipeline it didn’t already own for $1.6 billion from MEG Energy Corp.last_img read more

EC bribery case Delhi HC stays trial against Dhinakaran

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday stayed the trial against former AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran in the ‘two leaves’ party symbol bribery case. Justice Sunil Gaur also sought response of the Delhi Police on Dhinakaran’s plea challenging framing of charges against him by the trial court for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence in the case. The high court in its interim order stayed the trial court proceedings against Dhinakaran and listed the matter for further hearing on March 20. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items In 2017, Delhi Police’s crime branch filed a charge sheet alleging that alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar had conspired with Dhinakaran and others to bribe poll panel officials to get the two leaves symbol for Sasikala-led AIADMK faction. Dhinakaran won the by-elections held in Radha Krishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in December, 2017, under the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol with a margin of over 40,000 votes.last_img read more

Britain to tackle Islamist extremism

first_imgBritain has announced plans to classify “Islamist extremism” as a distinct ideology as part of efforts to tackle radicalized crime influenced by “hate preachers,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.Cameron’s remarks came amid the ongoing trial of two men charged with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby on a busy London street last May. A court heard that one of them said it was an “eye for an eye” and revenge for what they considered to be Britain’s wars against Muslims, according to Reuters news agency.Both men have pleaded not guilty. “This summer we saw events that shocked the nation,” Cameron, who is in China on a trade trip, told reporters.“These tragedies were a wakeup call for government and wider society to take action to confront extremism in all its forms, whether in our communities, schools, prisons, Islamic centers or universities.”“Islamist extremism” would, for the first time, be classified as a distinct ideology to guard against it being confused with traditional religious practice, he said.Britain, home to around 2.7 million Muslims, will aim to tackle violent ideologies that claim Islamic justification but by doing so in a way that does not alienate the Muslim population, Cameron said.The new definition would make it clear that “Islamist extremism” was a distorted interpretation of Islam that betrayed the religion’s principles and tried to sow division.“There are just too many people who have been radicalized at Islamic centers, who have been in contact with extremist preachers, who have come across material on the Internet who haven’t been sufficiently challenged,” Cameron said.“I want to see an end to hate preaching in Britain.”As part of the plans, the prime minister said he would implement recommendations he had received from a task force he set up after Rigby’s murder.Britain will also draw on techniques it has used to fight online pornography to make it easier for people to report material deemed extremist and work with Internet providers to create filters to allow people to block such content.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

Manchester United Is Too Unlucky To Be Great

Tottenham1.782.13+0.35 West Brom1.141.18+0.04 Liverpool1.862.09+0.23 AVERAGE GOALS West Ham1.431.33-0.10 Watford1.101.16+0.06 Stoke City1.301.12-0.18 Hull City1.011.03+0.02 Crystal Palace1.401.38-0.02 Sunderland1.000.81-0.19 Leicester City1.331.28-0.05 That’s only 0.19 goals per game more than Man U has actually scored, which may not sound like much. And it isn’t! It amounts to a grand total of 7.8 goals over a full, 38-game season. But goals are a premium commodity in soccer — one extra goal can easily be the difference between a draw and a win, and thus a difference between one point and three in the standings.Teams as good as Manchester United don’t usually miss as many goals as Manchester United has. Since 2010-11 there have been 57 English Premier League teams that have scored more goals than they’ve allowed. Manchester United, as it currently stands, is the ninth-most unlucky team on the list. While that’s not record breaking, it’s enough to take a team from solid Champions League contender to long shot.Even more frustrating, for both the team and its fans, Manchester United is missing the best kinds of shots. They’re missing opportunities that soccer stats-keeper Opta labels as “big chances,” chances such as Rashford’s against Chelsea. (Which is why it was so impressive Rashford’s went in!) They’re the kinds of chances you remember a player missing, the sitters, the one-on-ones with the keepers, the striker arriving completely unmarked in the box at exactly the right time. Manchester United have had 59 shots labeled as clear-cut chances, fourth-most in the league and worth 25.62 expected goals. From them, they’ve scored a disappointing 21 goals, the 11th most in the Premier League. Wipe out that 4.62 expected goal deficit (the second-biggest “big chance deficit” in the league, behind only mediocre Stoke City) and United are only two off their expected goal pace.But wait there’s more. A full 50 percent of the big chances that Manchester United have put on target have been saved by the opposing keeper. That’s the kind of thing that rarely happens. No other team this season has had more than 42 percent of its on-target big chances saved. In fact, only six teams in the last seven seasons have had more than 50 percent of the big chances they put on net saved. If it seems as though goalkeepers have been standing on their heads to deny United all season, well, they have been.It’s cold comfort, but despite the lack of goals, this United team is better than in years past. Everything other than United’s finishing has improved. They’re taking 16.97 shots per game and getting six per game on target, the most in both categories since the 2011-12 season. The team���s expected goal total of 1.74 per game is up 0.48 goals from last season and is the highest mark since 2012-13. These are all steps in the right direction.All the stuff holding United back — the general lack of ability to put the ball in the back of the net, the seeming Achilles’ heel of big chances, opposing goalkeepers standing on their head on a weekly basis — is largely outside of Manchester United’s control. Finishing is a fickle thing. The expected goals a team creates is a much better guide to how they’ll do in the future than the actual goals they score. Players miss good chances sometimes. Sometimes they miss lots of good chances. Sometimes, they even do it for a whole season.It’s small consolation for United fans coping with the possibility of a fifth-place season, but United’s attack actually marks a decided step forward for the club. The things the team could control were good enough to get it a top-four EPL finish. What got in the way were the things it couldn’t.Check out our club soccer predictions. Burnley1.031.00-0.03 AFC Bournemouth1.351.36+0.01 Manchester City2.091.97-0.12 Middlesbrough0.940.72-0.22 Manchester United’s Ander Herrera intercepted a pass in a game this month against Chelsea (possibly with some extra-legal help from his arm), turned and slid an inch-perfect pass through Chelsea’s league-best defense. Young striker Marcus Rashford collected the pass and slotted the ball past Chelsea’s keeper to give United an early 1-0 lead. United went on to win 2-0, and the goal was emblematic of the style of soccer that United’s manager, Jose Mourinho, prefers to deploy against top opponents: Defend stoutly, transition fast and use an opponent’s momentum against them to create high-quality counterattacking opportunities. It worked like a charm against Chelsea.If only it always did. That goal kept Manchester United’s relatively slim hopes of a top-four finish alive (the chances of which have since climbed to 35 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions). But the reason Man U’s chances aren’t good is because they’re one of the unluckiest teams in the Premier League. For large stretches of the season the team has played well, created the kinds of chances it wants to create and then … not actually scored goals.Manchester United currently sits in fifth place in the Premier League with 63 points after 32 games. On Thursday, they face Manchester City in the much-anticipated Manchester derby, with a chance to pass their rivals in the standings and stake a claim on fourth place. It’s a chance to salvage what has seemed to be a disappointing season with a momentous win and a real shot at the top four.While Manchester’s defense has been excellent, the attack has struggled to keep pace. The team only concedes 0.77 goals per game, the second-best mark in the league.1The data in this article is current through last Friday. Only Tottenham Hotspur has been stingier. The attack is averaging 1.55 goals per game, though, only seventh best in the Premier League this season. It’s a testament to United’s strong defense that they’re even as close to the top as they are. The funny thing is that there’s nothing wrong with United’s attack. If instead of looking at the team’s goals, we look at its expected goals, a metric that estimates how many goals a team should have scored on average given where they were taken, the team looks much better. United’s expected goal total is a more respectable 1.74 goals per game, the fourth highest in the Premier League. Manchester United isn’t scoring like we’d expect Chelsea1.572.03+0.46 Southampton1.421.19-0.23 Manchester United1.741.55-0.19 Swansea City1.161.12-0.04 TEAMEXPECTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE Everton1.511.82+0.31 Data for all English Premier League teams is current through April 21.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Arsenal1.742.03+0.29 read more

Lewandowski I dont want to play in the same League forever

first_imgRobert Lewandowski has added further doubt on his Bayern Munich future after admitting that he does not want to continue playing in the same league “forever”The Poland captain has been strongly linked with a move away from the Bundesliga champions over the past year with his agent, Pini Zahavi, having recently thrown his future into even more uncertainty by claiming that his client wishes to leave Bayern in order to seek a “new challenge”.Real Madrid are believed to be the favourites to sign Lewandowski with Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United having also touted as possible destinations for the in-demand forward.And now the 29-year-old has revealed that he does want a change of scenery.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’ve already said that I don’t want to play in the same League forever, that’s for sure: but don’t know my future right now,” he told The Players’ Tribune, via Football-Italia.But he may not necessarily leave Bayern this summer:“For now, I’m not thinking about it, but I’m 29 and I know I can still play for many more years if I don’t hurt myself.”Lewandowski was unable to help Poland in their 3-0 defeat to Colombia on Sunday with the side now eliminated from the World Cup with a game remaining in Group H.last_img read more

Mourinho applauds England players

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has applauded Englands national team for their progress so far at the World Cup as he believes England have cause to be optimistic after their 2-1 knockout to Croatia at World Cup semi-final.Kieran Trippier scored the goal that gave England the lead in the fifth minutes but Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic shattered their hearts to the celebration for Croatia as they came to lead after extra time.Gareth Southgate’s team is the second youngest squad at the Mundial tournament, with an average age of 26 years old and key players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling all under 25.England’s Under-20 and Under-17 teams was victorious in their respective World Cups in 2017, and Mourinho believes they have a bright future when for the Three Lions.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Speaking as a pundit for RT quoted in FourFourTwo, Mourinho said:“England have reason to cry because they were so close, but they have also have reason to be optimistic.“The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances. It’s a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level.”England had thanked all supporters and fans for the love received so farlast_img read more

FIFA president calls for racism to end Its not acceptable

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino is working hard to stamp out racism from football following a number of incidents in recent weeks.Infantino’s declaration comes after a Ligue 1 match between Dijon and Amiens on Saturday afternoon was postponed for five minutes due to the visitors’ captain Prince Gouano being targeted for racial abuse.The French defender’s request to stop the match was accepted by the referee before action eventually resumed, with Dijon and Amiens settling for a goalless draw.Moise Kean, Kalidou Koulibaly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are some of the other high-profile names to suffer racism this season.“In recent days, it has been very sad to see a number of racist incidents in football,” read a FIFA statement.“This is really not acceptable.“Racism has no place in football, just as it has no place in society.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“FIFA stands together with Prince Gouano, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and any other player, coach, fan or participant in a football match who has suffered from racism, whether at the highest professional level or in a school playground.“Racism needs to end, full stop.”He added: “We introduced the so-called “three-step procedure” at our tournaments: a mechanism that allows referees to abandon a match in case of discriminatory incidents,” he added.“FIFA urges all member associations, leagues, clubs and disciplinary bodies to adopt the same procedure, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of racism in football, and to apply harsh sanctions for any such kind of behaviour.“We will continue to be at the forefront of the fight against racism and we guarantee to all our member associations that they have our full support in taking up this challenge.“We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism and any other form of discrimination, from football, at any level and anywhere in the world.”CAGLIARI, ITALY – APRIL 02: Moise Kean of Juventus celebrates his goal 0-2 during the Serie A match between Cagliari and Juventus at Sardegna Arena on April 2, 2019 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)last_img read more

Eight charges for Dominican poachers due in court Tuesday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Jul 2015 – Held at gunpoint, 28 poachers were busted by TCI officers on Thursday afternoon in a collaboration between law enforcement and civilians which seemed to nab a group of Dominicans who had so far caught nearly 2,000 pounds of lobster, parrot fish and conch – illegally. Eight charges will be leveled against the men from the Dominican Republic tomorrow when they head to court, namely: Taking marine product without a license; taking marine product using breathing apparatus; possession of spear guns; taking marine product by use of a spear gun; use of unlicensed vessels; possession of egg-bearing lobster; possession of parrot fish; and possession of crawfish during the closed season. Magnetic Media is informed that this pilferage of TCI waters has been an on-going problem which eluded law enforcers. A civilian tip led to the red-handed capture; we understand that two boats got away…and still 14 illegal vessels were seized in the raid. Related Items:dominicans, eight, illegal, poachers 108 Haitians intercepted thanks to radar Recommended for you Bahamas PM warns “Price Gouging is a criminal offense” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dominican Officials agree to stop sex trafficking, poacherslast_img read more

Statement from Prime Minister Minnis on the Passing of Cleophas Adderley

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 12, 2017 – Nassau – The Legacy of Cleophas Adderley – “I was in Grenada with other colleagues for the Caricom Heads of Government Conference when we learned of the passing of Cleophas Adderley.  We were all deeply saddened because we have lost a brilliant and beloved native son who contributed so much to our country, the region and the world.Though the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture has already offered condolences on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I wanted to add my personal condolences and those of a grateful nation.  The Government of The Bahamas will offer a fitting tribute to Cleophas at an appropriate time.Though an attorney by profession, music was Cleophas’ great vocation.  He was a dedicated family man.  He was also a Bahamian patriot, who often stated: “I love being a Bahamian.”Cleophas was famously the Director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC).  Over many years he mentored scores of young Bahamians, whose musical talents he meticulously nurtured and developed.In the annual concerts of the Choir, Cleophas educated Bahamians about our musical heritage and the music of the world.  Through his musical compositions and the compositions of others from so many musical genres, he brought us joy and delight.Under his direction, the National Youth Choir toured the capitals and continents of the world, showcasing the beauty and brilliance of our culture and talents, including our musical heritage.From the West Indies to the Americas to Africa, Europe and Asia, Cleophas and the Bahamas National Youth Choir dazzled the world with the exuberance of the Bahamian spirit, including the magic and wonder of Junkanoo.Though we have lost a musical genius, his spirit lives on in all who were fortunate to be touched by his life, his spirit and his music.On behalf of a grateful nation, and on my own behalf and that of my wife, Patricia, I offer condolences to his wife Francoise, his son, relatives, his many friends at home and abroad and the many young people he mentored.May he rest in peace.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Lucas Vazquez Any team would want Neymar

first_imgReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez would welcome Neymar at the club, but reckons it’s too soon to consider itThe Paris Saint-Germain forward has been linked with a move to Real for the past year after sealing a world record €222m exit from Barcelona.But reports in Spain suggest that Neymar has reached an agreement with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, that if offers of €220m are tabled then he will be free to leave the club.Due to this, Neymar has been strongly linked with a surprise comeback at Barcelona for next year.Although Vazquez admits that a world-class performer like Neymar would be welcome at Real following their loss of Cristiano Ronaldo.“He [Neymar] is a great player, a world star and any team would want to have him,” said Vazquez, according to Goal.Although the Spain international believes it’s too soon to concern themselves with any big-name arrivals.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“It’s too soon to speak about signings,” added Vazquez.“We have what we have right now and then we will see.“The club needs a united squad and coaching staff, and that’s what we have.”Los Blancos are on a four-game winless run in all competitions, with no goals scored in the process.“We are used to winning all the time and when it doesn’t happen it’s natural that alarm bells ring,” said Vazquez.“This is the time for coming together.“We are eager to turn the situation around.”last_img read more

Time Inc and Smithsonian Strike Ad Sales Partnership

first_imgSmithsonian, which has a rate base of 2 million, dropped 26 percent in ad pages in 2009 versus 2008, per PIB. Nevertheless, the brand’s reach was an attractive match, said Rosie Walker, associate publisher of marketing and sales development at Smithsonian. “On the flip side, we fill an important demographic for them, we have a readersihp of nearly seven million, which is a nice size to hit that baby boomer demographic,” she said.Both Picard and Walker declined to offer any specifics on the revenue share. Smithsonian magazine will be the main benefactor of any combined deal, but Walker said that the other brands—Air & Space magazine and GoSmithsonian, a travel-oriented site—will also be included where applicable. Smithsonian magazine is about to get a lot more sales representation. Time Inc. said Monday that it has partnered with Smithsonian Media to include the brand in its corporate sales efforts.”The opportunity is strictly an advertising partnership,” Leslie Picard, president of Time Inc. corporate sales and marketing told FOLIO:. “We felt it was a great opportunity to develop multiple programs with Smithsonian as part of what Time Inc. can bring to the table. The brands marry up well for a number of our advertisers.”The partnership is not meant to replace the Smithsonian sales operation, but the publisher will benefit from Time Inc.’s entre into the bigger corporate deals. Picard said the travel, pharmaceutical and technology categories are particularly well-suited for a Smithsonian-enhanced sale.last_img read more

Washington driver had Pokemon Go open on eight phones at once

first_imgIs there a Pokemon named DontDoThis? Maybe there should be. On Tuesday, a driver in Washington state was found parked on the shoulder of State Route 518 in the Seattle suburb of Burien. With him were eight smartphones, all opened to the Pokemon Go app. BUSTED! More Pokemon news Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe 13 Photos Pokemon Go #PokemonDistraction Sergeant Kyle Smith contacted a vehicle on the shoulder yesterday evening. This is what was next to the driver! Playing #PokemonGO with EIGHT (8) phones! Driver agreed to put phones in back seat and continued his commute with 8 less distractions.— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) August 14, 2019 The man put his gaming rig out of reach, and lived to play another day.But distracted driving has caused accidents before.”I can remember only one collision that we were able to confirm was caused by the driver playing Pokemon Go, (who) rear-ended another vehicle,” Johnson told me. “I am assuming there are more, but humans don’t self-report that often when we arrive at scenes to investigate.”(Hat tip to Seattle-based GeekWire for spotting this story.) Gotta soak ’em all! Pokemon Go hunter falls into pond while playing Norway’s prime minister caught playing Pokemon Go in parliament College students move one step closer to majoring in Pokemon Go Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go Pokemon Gocenter_img How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Share your voice 1 Culture Gaming Tags Comment Trooper Rick Johnson of the Washington State Patrol told me the man wasn’t driving while he played the eight different screens — his car was parked. But the overenthusiastic gamer was informed that the shoulder of a busy highway is meant for breakdowns or flat tires or the like. Not pulling over so you can pitch Pokeballs at a Snorlax.”Sgt. (Kyle) Smith asked him to put the phones in his back seat and continue on, as the shoulder is only for emergency parking,” Johnson told me.As you can see, the driver seems well-prepped for octo-play. His phones, of varying sizes, were all nestled into what looks like a homemade foam case that holds them all steady. Each screen was open to the gaming app. last_img read more