Mason Rudolph: ‘We Just Control What We Can Control’

first_imgHe’s right about the rushing. It was just OSU’s fifth 300-yard game on the ground since 2010. An incredible performance by all parties, and Justice Hill and Chris Carson were magnificent. Rudolph was pretty strong with his legs as well as he scampered for one TD and bulled his way to another.He now has these stats on the year:64% completions326 yards per game29 total TDs4 INTHe’s also approaching the rare 4,000-yard club through the air. He needs around 500 yards in Bedlam and the bowl game to join Brandon Weeden as the only two OSU QBs to ever do it. And about that bowl game (and backdoor CFB Playoff appearance).“You know I think we just control what we can control,” said Rudolph. “We played our butts off and you know really, really proud of our team and we’re looking forward to going into an off week, getting healthy and playing for a Big Te….Big 12 championship. That’s all we’re worried about.”The Freudian slip was terrific. The 10-1 record even better. Mason Rudolph was 17/34 for 207 yards and a TD and another 23 yards on seven carries (and 2 TDs) on the ground. It was a good (not great) road performance for QB1 who moved to 21-5 as a starter and 15-0 against teams in the Big 12 not named Baylor.He spoke with FS1’s Bruce Feldman after the game about what made OSU click on offense and what his thoughts are on the CFB Playoff rankings.“I think our defense played great all day got us a lot of key turnovers there in the second half,” said Rudolph. “Really proud of those guys. You know, combine that with running the ball for over 300 yards was big time and really proud of those guys up front.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Jhajuan Seales Career Highlights

first_imgJhajuan Seales had an underrated career at Oklahoma State. He finished with 1,785 receiving yards (No. 11 all-time at OSU) and 12 touchdowns and became a game changer for the Cowboys in 2016.Although his big-play potential may overshadow it, he was also the Cowboys’ best blocker from the wideout position. A fact which earned him plenty of on-field time as a senior while Marcell Ateman missed 2016 with injury.Enjoy some awesome highlights from Seales’ four-year career as a Cowboy. 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

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

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

Know Before You Go: Building Confidence On Both Sides

first_imgNican aims to create active and dynamic national links between people, places and resources that improve access to recreation experiences for people with disabilities and their communities. Know Before You Go is a new, joined up approach which works to address barriers faced by providers and people with disabilities themselves. A series of learning circles has worked to encourage participants to investigate their own barriers to engagement, develop strategies and take action to get out and involved in the community in the activities that they love. These learning circles have assisted the development of a tool kit of information, facts sheets, checklists and resources that can be used by mainstream recreation providers to build their organisation’s confidence in becoming more inclusive and accessible for people with disability. There are two parts to the resource, with part two being for sport and recreation organisations. To view this resource, please click on the link below. http://www.nican.com.au/node/15103 Please also find attached a copy of the research report ‘Getting involved in sport: Participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation’ from the Australian Sports Commission. This research report examines the factors that influence the participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation. Over 1000 people with disability, who were both participants and non-participants in sport and active recreation, provided results for the report. The aim of the research was to provide validated data and information to sport sector partners to help them plan and implement quality programs. Attached is a copy of the full report, as well as a summary outlining the key findings.Participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreationSummary of disability research reportlast_img read more

8 days agoArsenal, Everton chasing Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Everton chasing Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunezby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League interest is growing in Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.Marca says Arsenal and Everton are keen on the 22-year-old Spaniard.The Gunners have already sent scouts to Athletic matches several times to watch Nunez this season.His contract with Bilbao runs to 2022. The deal includes in the amount of €30m. last_img read more

Video: Here Is Your First Look At Jonathan Williams In A Full Buffalo Bills Uniform

first_imgBills' Jonathan Williams poses in team uniform for first time.Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but the former Razorback star did not go undrafted as a result. Williams went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills, and at today’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, we got our first look at Williams in his full Bills uniform. Williams was an immensely popular Razorback. The Bills will definitely have a few more fans down in The Natural State, especially if Williams carves out a significant role with the team.last_img

Koch Hires Diana Shippings Capesize

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore’s Koch Shipping for one of its Capesize bulkers.Under the deal, the company’s 177,243 dwt Baltimore started working for Koch Shipping on May 19 at a gross charter rate of USD 15,000 per day.The 2005-built vessel has a contract for a period of nineteen to twenty-two months.Diana Shipping expects to generate around USD 8.33 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Prior to this charter, Baltimore was earning USD 18,050 per day during the period from June 2018 until May 2019 under an employment contract with the Singapore-based company.last_img read more

Roger Waters To Perform With Military Veterans

first_imgThe Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival are proud to announce that John Mayer and Roger Waters will perform at the 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes event on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Beacon Theatre, in addition to previously announced performers Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams.Roger Waters will be performing with a band comprised of military veterans.Musical performances will be streamed live on YouTube and available worldwide on Remind.org, the website of the Bob Woodruff Foundation as the 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes gala kicks off at the same time as the event, 8 p.m. EST. Viewers of the live stream will be able to make donations to the BWF to help support injured service men and women.“We look forward to this event all year, because we are always honored when we get to meet the inspirational men and women who have served our country so heroically,” said Bob Woodruff, co-founder, the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “In addition, we are amazed at the caliber of talent we are able to pull in for the benefit. These performers simply want to help give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much. We hope that the social media component, new this year, will enable more people to enjoy the show—and will raise even more awareness for the cause that lies behind it.”“We’re always profoundly appreciative of these incredible artists who donate their time and considerable talents to this cause every year,” says Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. “To add John Mayer and Roger Waters to a line-up already bursting with star power and talent is a testament to the amazing work that the Bob Woodruff Foundation is doing on behalf of those injured soldiers who have so bravely served our country.”This is the sixth year of the nationally recognized Stand Up for Heroes benefit; the five previous events have raised more than $10 million in all to support wounded warriors and their families.The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $12 million to help wounded service members, veterans and family members.Source:PR Newswirelast_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

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

2017 Big Ten football preview Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana redshirt junior Simmie Cobbs Jr. (1) lines up prior to a play in the Ohio State- Indiana season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLocation: Bloomington, Indiana2016 record: 6-7 (4-5)Head Coach: Tom Allen2017 record: 1-1 (0-1 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 12-73What has happened thus far in 2017After former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson left Bloomington, Indiana, for Columbus to join the Buckeyes as their offensive coordinator, former Hoosier defensive coordinator Tom Allen took the reins at Indiana for the 2017 season. Through two games, the Hoosiers played an excellent first half against Ohio State in their home opener, but Indiana couldn’t hold on in the second half, falling to the Buckeyes 49-21. Allen and the Hoosiers recovered from the Week 1 loss and took down Virginia, 34-17, on the road.Impact PlayerThe key to success for Indiana in 2017 is its offense, and the largest threat on that side of the ball for Indiana is redshirt junior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs. After putting up over 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, the Oak Park, Illinois, native suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the first game of the 2016 season and was given a medical redshirt. A year later, Cobbs exploded out of the gate, racking up 149 receiving yards on 11 catches with a touchdown against Ohio State and adding another score in Week 2 at Virginia. As one of the more experienced members of this Hoosiers receiving corps, Cobbs will be an offensive factor and defensive headache all season.StrengthsOne of the Hoosiers’ biggest strengths in 2017 is their aerial attack, propelled by their two-quarterback rotation. Through two games, Indiana ranks 24th in the NCAA for passing offense with nearly 309 yards per game and is averaging more than six yards per attempt. Allen’s squad boasts a solid group of receivers, including Cobbs, Donavan Hale and Luke Timian, who will be threats downfield all season. WeaknessesA huge point of concern for Indiana this season is the lack of experience on its offensive line. Only sophomore left tackle Coy Cronk and redshirt junior left guard Wes Martin entered the season with a full season of starting experience, and the youth on the right side is a concern. The Hoosiers have allowed nine sacks through two games in 2017, and if they hope to give the program its first winning season in 10 years, protection for quarterbacks Richard Lagow and Peyton Ramsey must improve. 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

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

Mauro Icardi fuels transfer talk after flying to England

first_imgInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has fuelled transfer talks after he was reported to have flown to England after recent links to Chelsea and Real Madrid.The Argentine has been in an impressive run of form in Italy scoring nine times this term in the Italia Serie A.The 25-year-old was on target for Inter Milan last weekend after scoring the winner from a spot kick to gift the Nerazzurri three points and keep them third in Serie A table.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.A current release clause for the Italian is set at €110 million (£98 million) and that is affordable for most of Europe’s biggest clubs  and with the exit of Inter in the Champions League group stage, Icardi could be on his way to one of the teams hoping to lift the coveted Champions League trophy, according to the Mirror.The January transfer window could spring up surprises across Europe as a number of clubs look to strengthen their team.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

A fourth Denisovan fossil has been identified

first_imgPhotographs of the Denisova 2 lower second molar in (A) occlusal, (B) mesial, (C) buccal, (D) lingual, (E) distal, and (F) apical views. Scientists estimate the molar found in the Denisova Cave in Siberia is older than previously studied Denisovan fossils. Credit: Slon et al. Sci. Adv. 2017; 3: e1700186 Explore further The Denisovans are believed to be extinct relatives of Neanderthal. The newly identified fossil brings to just four the number of Denisovan fossils that have been found and identified—one finger and three teeth. Because of the location of Denisova cave, which is located in Siberia, researchers believe the hominins lived in eastern parts of Eurasia, whereas Neanderthal are believed to have lived in western Eurasia.The Denisovans first came to light back in 2010 when a team of researchers studying a finger bone found in Denisova cave managed to extract a small bit of DNA. Analysis of the sample showed that it was not Neanderthal as had been suspected but was instead from a different early hominn. They called it Denisova after the cave in which it was found. An even closer look at the DNA samples conducted later on showed that the Denisovans split away from Neanderthals during the time frame 470,000 to 190,00 years ago. Subsequent digging in the cave led to the discovery of two teeth that were also identified as Denisovan. The newly identified fourth fossil is believed to have come from a girl approximately 10 to 12 years old. Photographs of the Denisova 2 lower second molar in (A) occlusal, (B) mesial, (C) buccal, (D) lingual, (E) distal, and (F) apical views. The scale for all panels is 2.5 millimeters. The area sampled for ancient DNA analyses is marked by a gray circle in panel C. Credit: Slon et al. Sci. Adv. 2017; 3: e1700186 Phylogenetic tree relating the Denisova 2 mitochondrial DNA with other Denisovan mitochondrial DNA sequences. The mitochondrial DNA from Sima de los Huesos was used as an outgroup. The schematic representations of the specimens are drawn to scale, shown in the lower right corner. Credit: Slon et al. Sci. Adv. 2017; 3: e1700186 DNA analysis of Denisovan molars offers more clues about ancient human relative Citation: A fourth Denisovan fossil has been identified (2017, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-fourth-denisovan-fossil.html More information: Viviane Slon et al. A fourth Denisovan individual, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700186AbstractThe presence of Neandertals in Europe and Western Eurasia before the arrival of anatomically modern humans is well supported by archaeological and paleontological data. In contrast, fossil evidence for Denisovans, a sister group of Neandertals recently identified on the basis of DNA sequences, is limited to three specimens, all of which originate from Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains (Siberia, Russia). We report the retrieval of DNA from a deciduous lower second molar (Denisova 2), discovered in a deep stratigraphic layer in Denisova Cave, and show that this tooth comes from a female Denisovan individual. On the basis of the number of “missing substitutions” in the mitochondrial DNA determined from the specimen, we find that Denisova 2 is substantially older than two of the other Denisovans, reinforcing the view that Denisovans were likely to have been present in the vicinity of Denisova Cave over an extended time period. We show that the level of nuclear DNA sequence diversity found among Denisovans is within the lower range of that of present-day human populations. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Russia, Germany, Canada and Italy studying a tooth found in Denisova cave back in 1984 has found that it belonged to a young Denisovan girl and that it was a baby tooth. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the team also notes that DNA evidence suggests the girl lived approximately 20,000 years before other Denisovans living in the same cave who also left behind fossils that have been found and identified. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers suggest the tooth fossil might be even older than initial study has suggested—it was found in a layer in the cave where other material has been dated as far back as 227,000 years ago. The mutation rate of the DNA, on the other hand, suggests the child likely lived sometime between 20,000 and 40,000 years earlier than the Denisovans that left behind the other fossils that have been found. The researchers also note that the DNA of the newly identified fossil and that of the others are a very close match, suggesting (because of the time difference) they were all likely from a small group with limited opportunities for breeding with others. Journal information: Science Advanceslast_img read more

CID arrests 2 Bangladeshi nationals for intrusion

first_imgKolkata: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested two Bangladeshi nationals from near the Indo-Bangladesh border at Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday night. Acting on specific information, a team of CID’s Barasat unit raided the area and arrested the duo. They are originally residents of Khulna. During interrogation, the investigators came to know that they were trying to go to Mumbai. The CID officials are yet to ascertain their real motive behind illegally intruding into the country. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe duo has been identified as Urmi Seikh and Nayeem Seikh. Both are teenagers. The investigating officials are also probing to know if the duo was a part of any international smuggling racket. They are looking into the possibilities of the duo being involved with any anti-national activities.After being interrogated, the two Bangladeshi nationals were arrested on charges of illegally intruding into the country. During the investigation, CID had been trying to know if the accused had any past record of entering into the country illegally from Bangladesh, or if they have any connection with the extremist groups operating from Bangladesh.last_img read more

Obama Clinton created ISIS says Donald Trump

first_imgUS President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s policies “created ISIS”, leading Republican presidential aspirant Donald Trump has alleged.Trump, while speaking at a campaign stop in Biloxi, Mississippi, offered no evidence for his claim in which he also said that escalating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia were signs that the Islamic Republic wanted to take over the longtime US ally in the Middle East.“They’ve created ISIS. Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama,” Trump said on Saturday. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortHe couched his remark in a brief discussion of the Iranian protests outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran, which erupted after Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, including a dissident Shiite cleric.“In Tehran, they’re burning down the Saudi embassy, you see that?” Trump was quoted as saying by CNN. “Now, what that is…Iran wants to take over Saudi Arabia. They always have. They want the oil, OK? They’ve always wanted that.” Trump has blamed both Democrats and former President George W Bush when talking about unrest in the Middle East, particularly citing Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanIn the recent weeks, he has been particularly aggressive in going after Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, and her record leading the State Department.Two of Trump’s 2016 competitors, Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum, said in November that Clinton and Obama were to blame for the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Trump and Clinton have been involved in a war of words in recent weeks. Clinton had slammed Trump’s recent comments about banning Muslim immigrants, saying the Republican front-runner was “becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists,” she had said. Trump dismissed Clinton’s assertion that the Islamic State was using his videos as a recruitment tool saying she is “a liar” and “made up” the claim.last_img read more

Tracing the journey of Sufism

first_imgSufi music has the power and the magic to calm one’s soul and make one transit into another world. However, there’s more to Sufi than being just the music of God. In order to reveal the facets and trace the journey of Sufism through music, an interactive performance titled ‘Sounds of the Sufis’ will be held on March 19 at Main Auditorium, India International Centre. The performance, which will trace the journey of Sufism from 8th Century AD to its impact in the present times on our everyday lives, includes narrations and mesmerising live music that cover the lives of the pillars of the Sufi thought, from Moinnuddin Chisti to Amir Khusrau to Kabir to Meera Bai and many others.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’By picking up pieces from their own lives, the performers explore the essence of Sufism reflecting research, interaction with scholars and a strong personal interest. The performance touches upon the lives and messages of 11 mystics and involves compositions in six regional languages including Kashmiri, Urdu, Farsi and Punjabi. The narratives are performed in English and Hindi, creating a rare ambience for introspection, indulgence and appreciation.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event will be presented by The Looking Glass.  Anuraag Dhoundeyal, co-founder of The Looking Glass is also a singer, composer and a performer; and he has had years of training in Hindustani Classical singing and has to his credit both, international and national performances. His expertise lies in creating interactive performances that engage the audiences in experiential ways. Through ‘Sounds of the Sufis’, Anuraag lets his singing do the talking as he adds a distinct characteristic to Sufi with his soulful rendition of their poetry. As an educator, Psychologist and a storyteller, Priyanka Patel has been integrating arts and psychology to create environments that help individuals interact deeply with themselves. She has been training students, teachers and parents, helping them build life skills through workshops. In ‘Sounds of the Sufis’, she engages with stories and narrations to trace the experiences that celebrate humanity through love, selflessness and authenticity. Karan Chitra Deshmukh, who is a Tabla player and a multi percussionist, has been enthralling audiences with his drumming skills. He has been a technician and has assisted the esteemed Karsh Kale whilst also performing with him on several occasions along with being part of the MTV Coke Studio and Unplugged. Karan brings the rhythm to the ‘Sounds of the Sufis’ adding crispness to it with his dynamism.last_img read more