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. One-hundred and four wins. An astonishing number. That’s 42 more than Pat Jones who was the previous record holder in Oklahoma State coaching history. Gundy is more than a full Jimmy Johnson (30-25-2) ahead of Jones, and there is no sign of slowing down any time soon.There have been blowouts (Savannah) and nail-biters (all the Kansas State games). There have been ugly, slogging affairs (Montana State). There have been barn-burning shootouts (every Tech game). There have been unranked road wins and highly-ranked home losses. When you’ve coached 154 games in your career there will be a little bit of everything.So let’s look at them. How good is Gundy on the road against the spread? What about at home when getting 3+ turnovers? What about in bowl games? We did this exercise last year before Gundy topped the century mark, and it was a lot of fun so I thought we should bring it back this season before the games get cranking. A look at Gundy’s 104 wins in a variety of ways. Most data came from Team Rankings or CFB Reference. Also, if you have requests, send them and we can try to figure them out for a follow-up post.AdChoices广告OverallHome: 60-19 (80%)Road: 34-25 (58%)Neutral: 10-6 (63%)Conference: 63-39 (62%)Non-Conference: 41-11 (79%)Bowls: 7-4 (64%)Homecoming: 8-4 (66%)As a FavoriteOverall: 80-12 (87%)Home: 48-6 (89%)Road: 25-5 (83%)As an UnderdogOverall: 17-38 (31%)Home: 6-13 (32%)Road: 9-20 (31%)Coming off a …Loss: 27-18 (60%)Win: 65-30 (68%)Bye: 17-13 (57%)Against the SpreadAs home favorite: 34-20 (63%)As road favorite: 17-11-2 (61%)As home dog: 8-10-1 (44%)As road dog: 13-16 (45%)When scoring …19 or less: 1-13 (7%)20 or more: 103-37 (74%)30 or more: 91-18 (83%)40 or more: 57-4 (93%)50 or more: 31-0 (100%)60 or more: 11-0 (100%)When holding teams to …20 or less: 54-0 (100%)30 or less: 78-9 (90%)40 or less: 100-24 (81%)50 or less: 103-43 (71%)60 or less: 104-48 (68%)When getting __ turnovers0: 6-11 (35%)1 or more: 98-39 (72%)2 or more: 71-22 (76%)3 or more: 49-6 (89%)4 or more: 20-1 (95%)5 or more: 9-1 (90%)When rushing for __ yards per carry2.9 or less: 10-11 (48%)3 or more: 94-38 (71%4 or more: 68-25 (73%)5 or more: 43-17 (72%)6 or more: 24-5 (83%)7 or more: 13-0 (100%)When throwing __ passes in a game19 or fewer: 5-0 (100%)20 or more: 99-50 (66%)30 or more: 63-28 (69%)40 or more: 27-17 (61%)50 or more: 4-7 (36%)RankingsAs top 10 team: 16-8 (66%)Against top 10 teams: 6-15 (29%)Against top 25 teams: 20-30 (40%)Against top 25 teams at home: 12-14 (46%)Against top 25 teams on the road/neutral: 8-16 (33%)
Real Madrid Kroos and Modric in Real Madrid squad for PSG trip Joe Wright 17:44 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League PSG v Real Madrid PSG Zinedine Zidane had previously said that he would not take undue risks over injured players, but both doubtful stars will travel to France Real Madrid have included Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in their 24-man squad for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielders have been battling to be fit for the last-16 second leg in the French capital and both missed Saturday’s 3-1 LaLiga win over Getafe.Kroos, who particularly impressed in Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg win, has been struggling due to a knee ligament sprain, while Modric has a hamstring problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, both returned to training on Sunday and will travel to France for the showdown with Unai Emery’s men.Speaking on Saturday, Zidane said he was unsure if they would be fully fit but was not worried about the prospect of their absence.”I will never regret injuries,” he said. “If they can’t be with us, other players will play. The only thing we have is to look at Tuesday and see who we are going to go with.”We have two days to see how Luka and Toni are. I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do and what we have planned.”What I want is for all of us to travel. I hope everyone trains on Monday, but I don’t know.”
Davide Astori O captain, my captain – Fiorentina’s Saponara in emotional Astori tribute Ryan Benson 02:08 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Udinese v Fiorentina Fiorentina Tributes have poured in following the death of Davide Astori, and his Fiorentina team-mate Riccardo Saponara has written a moving message. Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Saponara produced an emotional tribute to Davide Astori after the death of La Viola’s captain.Astori, 31, was found dead in his hotel room prior to Sunday’s match against Udinese.Results of an autopsy are yet to be revealed, though Udine’s public prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said on Sunday it was likely Astori “died of cardiac arrest by natural causes.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Tributes have poured in from across world football following the centre-back’s passing and Saponara, a team-mate of Astori’s since the start of the season, penned a particularly moving message.Using his official Instagram account, Saponara wrote: “O captain, my captain. Why did you not come down to have breakfast with us all? Why did you not pick up your shoes from outside of Marco [Sportiello]’s room and then drink your orange juice, as usual?”Now they’ll tell us that life goes on, that we must look forward and pick ourselves up, but what will your absence feel like? Who will arrive every morning in the cafeteria, warming up everyone with his smile?”Who will ask us about what we did the previous night and have a laugh about it? Who will nurture the youngsters and give a sense of responsibility to the veterans? Who will form the circle to work on our ‘two-touch play’ and who will demolish Marco on the PlayStation?”With whom will we debate about Masterchef, Florence’s restaurants, TV series or games played? Who will I lean on at lunch after a tiring training session? Come on, come back. You still need to finish watching LaLaLand to analyse like you did with all new movies.”Come back to Florence, they’re waiting for you to renew your contract and acknowledge all the good and the positivity that you bring to us on a daily basis. Get out of that damn room, we’ll be waiting for you tomorrow at training”In life there are people you’ve known forever but have never bonded with, and then there are the ‘Davides’, who warm to you immediately with a simple ‘welcome to Florence, Ricky’.”Wherever you are now, keep on defending our goal and enlighten the right path for us from the backline.”Oh captain, my captain. Forever, my captain.”
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. When I chatted with Oklahoma State cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie on Monday, he brought up some interesting points about recruiting. Despite all the movement of signing dates and when you can talk to players (and when you can’t) and everything else that goes into recruiting at the Power 5 level, one thing has remained constant.Players are some of the most important recruiters you have, if not the most important.“It’s no different from any other job,” said Duffie. “If the guys you’re coaching don’t like it, it’s going to be hard to get guys in. Really create a culture — which I think we have here — where the players like it and bring guys in that are built on toughness and discipline — all the things they’re going to need in life.”I mentioned this on Wednesday, but while it’s easy to 🙄 at any mention of Cowboy Culture, it does matter when so many people can coalesce around anything, even more so a set of values that they all at least somewhat buy into.Culture matters in businesses. I don’t know why we act like football teams or sports organizations in general would be all that different. Or maybe it’s unfair to say *we* there … maybe I’m the only one who forgets that the 11-player units we watch on Saturdays are simply the end product of 200 people pulling in the same direction.“The one rule we have is not making a mistake to bring in somebody who doesn’t fit into the room,” said Duffie. “[The other players] do a good job telling me if they believe a guy wouldn’t be our cup of tea.”Duffie has scored some good ones over the last few years with the help of the ones he recruited before them. From A.J. Green and Rodarius Williams to Tanner McCalister and Jayveon Cardwell to two guys I heard being raved about on Monday in Xavier Player and Demarco Jones. Duffie might not get the biggest stars, but his guys develop and play. And help get more guys who develop and play.Here’s what Cardwell said about Duffie and his teammates before heading to OSU back in 2017.“All the coaching staff has a laid-back personality. I really enjoyed talking to Coach Duffie. I felt like I could trust him. He’s very respectful. He valued me as a player and treated me differently than I’ve been treated by other coaches. I just really enjoyed that, it was great.”“I’m in a group message with the Oklahoma State commits. We talk almost daily just about us being a dominant force for our school. I’m excited to get back up there and meet the new people.” [PFB]I asked Duffie on Monday who the best recruiter of his current crop of CBs is, and he sank into a bit of coach speak that I also actually believe based on what I know about the guys in his CB room.“I don’t have a bad one.”
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Over 40 teams will compete at the premier event on the WA Touch Football calendar, with teams coming from all over the state, including from Fremantle, Peel, Tompkins Park, Geraldton, Perth, Brighton and Rosalie. The teams will compete across eight divisions including: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open (two divisions), Women’s 27’s, Men’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s.The tournament commences at 11.50am on Friday, with the last timeslot of the day to be played at 5.40pm. Saturday’s games commence at 9.00am, while finals will be played on Sunday, with grand finals to commence at 10.45am.The Women’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s finals kick off the finals campaign, before the Women’s 27’s grand final at 11.55am. The Men’s 30’s final will follow at 1.05pm before the three Open’s grand finals. The Mixed Open will commence at 2.10pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 3.25pm, with the Men’s Open final to conclude the tournament at 4.35pm. Perth Brothers will be looking for back to back titles in both the Men’s and Women’s Open’s division, while Bunbury will be aiming for consecutive wins in the Mixed Open division. For more information, please visit the following websites:www.statechamps.com.auwww.touchwest.com
Transfers Still some things to sort in Jorginho to Man City deal – Alberto Galassi Tommy Doleman 14:36 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Napoli The Premier League side’s board member says made it clear that talks were advanced, but says that the negotiations have not been simple Manchester City are hopeful Italian international Jorginho will become their first summer signing, but board member Alberto Galassi says there’s still work to be done, before a deal is completed.Goal reported on Wednesday that the 26-year-old is expected to join City from Napoli in the coming days for a €50 million ($66m) fee. Jorginho and his agent are poised to finalise the move after a payment structure between City and Napoli was agreed earlier this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar As revealed in May, City had already seen a bid of around £39m ($52m) rejected for Jorginho.After weeks of further haggling, a fee of around £46m (€52m/$60.4m) plus bonuses worth around £6m (€6.8m/$7.9m) was provisionally agreed on Monday.City had agreed personal terms with Jorginho many weeks ago, having identified him as their priority midfield targetPep Guardiola has identified the midfielder as a replacement for Yaya Toure, but Galassi told Sky Sports Italia that negotiations are still on-going between the Premier League champions and Serie A runner-up.“The club is interested, the player is also interested and Napoli is not opposed to the move,” he said.“Having said that, there are still some things to sort out and it’s not done yet. It’s not an easy negotiation.”Jorginho has made more than 130 appearances for Napoli since joining the club from Verona in 2014 and has earned eight caps for Italy.
World Cup Uruguay vs Russia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:15 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty World Cup Uruguay v Russia Russia Uruguay Powerade The hosts take on the well drilled South American outfit in a game that will help to decide their fate in the last 16, with Spain or Portugal waiting Uruguay and Russia will now have their eyes firmly set in this evening’s final fixtures in Group B, as they will face off against one of those nations. Portugal and Spain look to be the most likely teams they will face but Iran still have the chance of causing an upset.Uruguay were too good for Russia in the end and a 3-0 victory ensures La Celeste advance to the round of 16 with a 100% record from the group stages. The host nation struggled to deal with Uruguay’s two star strikers and know that this may be just the beginning of their challenges, as fierce competitors await in the knockout stages.FULL-TIME: URUGUAY 3-0 RUSSIA Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 90+3 mins: Third and final change for Uruguay, as Cavani is replaced by Gomez.90+3 mins: All five of Uruguay’s World Cup goals in 2018 have come via set-pieces.90+1 mins: We are into four minutes of added time.90 mins: GOAL! 3-0 Uruguay! Cavani finally gets his goal! The corner is whipped into a dangerous area and Godin rises highest to head at goal. Akinfeev makes a strong save but Cavani is there to tuck away the rebound.90 mins: SAVE! Rodriguez strikes a dierce shot from outside the box towards the top right corner but Akinfeev dives to superbly tip the ball over the bar.88 mins: Free-kick to Russia in a decent position but Samedov delivery is wasted yet again, firing too hard and straight behind Muslera’s goal.86 mins: OVER! Cavani just cannot get his goal! He weaves his way through the defenders in the box but sees his effort deflected over the bar.85 mins: A huge waste for Russia! Smolov surges down the left side and does brilliantly to make room but his low ball back across the face of goal is pounced on by Muslera.84 mins: WIDE! De Arrascaeta fires a corner towards the edge of the six-yard box, where Caceres misjudges his jump and flicks a header wide of the target.82 mins: SAVE! Rodriguez tries to beat Akinfeev from distance but his swerving effort is kept out.80 mins: WASTED! A huge chance for Cavani to open his account in Russia! The ball is sloppily given away to the Paris Saint-Germain star, who feeds a pass through to Suarez before it is cut back across the face of goal in his direction. However, he fails to get on the end of it.78 mins: Torreira has been fantastic today but requires some treatment after receiving a hit on his leg. Thankfully, he looks to be able to continue and is back on the field.76 mins: Neither Russia, or the fans in the crowd, have let their head drop despite the scoreline. The carnival atmosphere in Samara continues and there is still time for the hosts to grab a goal.74 mins: WASTED! Muslera sloppily concedes possesion and Russia break. Dzyuba cuts back onto his left foot and slices a shot well off target.73 mins: Uruguay make their second change of the game, bringing on Rodriguez for Nandez.71 mins: Dzyuba is down in the box after a coming together with Godin and VAR is on action to ensure there was no infringement. There was contact between the arm of the Atletico Madrid defender and the Russia striker but it was certainly unintentional.69 mins: Cavani, still without a goal at the tournament, drives inside from the left but drags his shot beyond Akinfeev’s right-hand post.68 mins: Uruguay, knowing their work is almost done, have taken their foot off the gas as Godin strikes an ambitious effort well wide of the target. 66 mins: Russia continue to put the Uruguay defence under significant pressure but they are unable to find room for a shot and Muslera remains unthreatened on his 100th cap.64 mins: Cavani picks up Nandez’s pass inside the area and tumbles to ground, appealing for a penalty, but neither the referee or VAR are interested in his appeals.63 mins: Uruguay make their first change of the game, replacing Bentancur with De Arrascaeta.62 mins: Stanislav Cherchesov is on the edge of his technical area urging the fans in Samara to keep making lots of noise, as Russia enjoy a decent period of possession.60 mins: Russia make their third and final change, bringing on Smolov for Miranchuk.58 mins: Russia are showing they have the capacity to cause Uruguay problems when they push forward but the lack of creativity, with Cheryshev substituted off and Golovin on the bench, is limiting their ability in the final third.56 mins: Fernandes is quick to pounce on a loose ball but Miranchuk fails to get on the end of his pace through and a golden opportunity for Russia is wasted.54 mins: Better from Russia down the right side but Kuzyaev is unable to keep the ball in play.52 mins: Russia have not got going in the final third and the departure of Cheryshev in the first half will have certainly affected that. Uruguay, meanwhile, look to be in the mood.50 mins: Russia are playing with a much more contained style in the opening stages of the second period, looking to limit Uruguay’s threat moving forward, but Suarez and Cavani are still finding room to work with.48 mins: Cavani smashes an early free-kick into the wall as Uruguay begin the second period with the same sort of dominance we saw in the opening 45 minutes.46 mins: KICK-OFF! Back underway for the second half in Samara.46 mins: Russia start the second half by making a change, replacing Gazinskiy with Kuzyaev.Uruguay have not created too much but they have taken their chances in the first half. Suarez opened the scoring with a superb free-kick, before was unfortunate to deflect a Laxalt shot into his own net. Things got worst for the hosts when Smolnikov earned his marching orders for a second yellow card, reducing Russia to 10 men.HALF TIME: URUGUAY 2-0 RUSSIA45+1 mins: We have entered two added minutes at the end of the first half.44 mins: Uruguay are taking a breather with the ball to escape the heat and look set to advance through to the round of 16 as group winners. There is still another half to play but Russia have not done enough in the final third.42 mins: Russia’s heads have understandably dropped and Uruguay are knocking the ball around comfortably, benefitting from the extra space.40 mins: Uruguay have not created many clear-cut opportunities but should now be able to with Russia down to 10 men. It was surprising to see Cheryshev taken off though, as he has been the host’s best player throughout the tournament.38 mins: Russia respond by making a substitution, introducing Fernandes in place of Cheryshev.36 mins: RED CARD! The game gets worse for Russia! Smolnikov lunges in on Laxalt and earns a second yellow card.35 mins: Heading into the final ten minutes of the half and Russia look to be increasingly frustrated. The hosts look like they would benefit from a half-time break.33 mins: Russia need to keep strong defensively before the break, as a third goal for Uruguay would put them in firm control.31 mins: Uruguay have scored two goals in the first half of a World Cup game for the first time since 1966 against France.30 mins: Russia increasingly exposed defensively as Suarez breaks through on goal but fantastic recovery from Iganashevich prevents the Barcelona man from trying for a second goal.28 mins: Smolnikov earns the game’s second booking after clattering into Cavani on the halfway line.28 mins: SAVE! The game is now opening up more for Uruguay, who come close to a third. Bentancur tries to tuck the ball through the legs of Akinfeev but the Russia stopper saves it, before the defence clear their lines.25 mins: Uruguay’s second goal may now knock the stuffing out of Russia and the hosts need to ensure they remain in the game edging towards half time. The support from the stands is still as magnificent as ever though.23 mins: GOOOAL! 2-0 Uruguay! The corner is headed away but only as far as Laxalt, who strikes an effort towards Akinfeev’s goal that takes a major deflection off Cheryshev – leaving the Russia goalkeeper with no chance.22 mins: Another set-piee opportunity for Uruguay, this time on the right. Torreira is the man to take, whipping a ball in towards Cavani, but Dzyuba clears the ball away for a corner.20 mins: The atmosphere in Samara sounds absolutely electric. Both sets of supporters have not been put off by the scorching heat.18 mins: Russia have certainly not been put off by conceding the opening goal, they are still playing on the front foot and remain looking confident.16 mins: Torreira, widely reported to be joining Arsenal after the World Cup, has impressed in the opening exchanges by sitting in front of the Uruguay defence and mopping up any danger that comes his way.14 mins: Suarez’s free-kick was the 6th direct free-kick goal at this years World Cup, surpassing the 2014 total of 5.13 mins: SAVE! Dzyuba heads the ball down to Cheryshev, who smashes at goal and forces Muslera into a save.12 mins: Russia have a free-kick in an attacking position on the right, allowing Cheryshev to deliver. He whips it towards the near post and Torreira scrambles the ball away.10 mins: GOOOOAL! Uruguay take the lead! Suarez steps up and drills a fantastic free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner, beyond the reach of Akinfeev. A fantastic finish and a goal that sends Uruguay top of the group as things stand.9 mins: Gazinskiy clatters into Bentancur on the edge of the box after Uruguay hit on the counter, earning the defender a yellow card.8 mins: The World Cup hosts are also attacking very quickly when they pick up the ball, not allowing Uruguay to set themselves defensively.6 mins: Russia have come out of the blocks flying and are showing plenty of willingness to attack, not allowing Uruguay time on the ball to build from the back.4 mins: Cavani is on the receiving end of a clattering but fair tackle and is furious with the challenge, earning a warning from the referee.2 mins: WIDE! Vecino surges forward from midfield and strikes for goal from distance but it bounces wide of the mark.1 min: KICK-OFF! We’re underway in Samara, where Russia get us started.10 mins until KO: Russia have won six of their eight meetings against Uruguay. La Celeste last beat Russia at the 1970 World Cup.Russia make three changes to the side that defeated Egypt, including dropping Golovin to the bench as he is on a yellow card. Smolnikov, Kudryashov and Miranchuk all come in. Cheryshev has been the star of the show for the hosts so far, netting three goals in two matches.15 mins until KO: Uruguay make four changes to the side that defeated Saudi Arabia, with Coates, Nandez, Laxalt and Torreira all starting. Varela, Sanchez and Rodriguez drop out, while Jose Gimenez misses out through injury. Muslera earns his 100th cap for Uruguay between the sticks.Russia subs: Andrey Lunev, Vladimir Gabulov, Daler Kuzyaev, Vladimir Granat, Aleksandr Golovin, Fedor Smolov, Andrey Semenov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Mario Fernandes, Yuri Zhirkov, Anton Miranchuk.Uruguay subs: Martin Campana, Martin Silva, Cristian Rodriguez, Maxi Gomez, Guillermo Varela, Cristhian Stuani, Giorgan de Arrascaeta, Carlos Sanchez, Gaston Silva, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Maxi Pereira.Russia XI: Igor Akinfeev; Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov; Roman Zobnin, Yuri Gazinskiy; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksey Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Sebastian Coates, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Lucas Torreira; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Diego Laxalt; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.Uruguay have only managed to score twice so far this tournament, despite their devastating attack, and there is certainly more to come from La Celeste. Luis Suarez has not managed to grab the headlines so far, although with his track record that may be a good thing, but Oscar Tabarez will certainly hope to see more from the Barcelona man.30 mins until KO: The group stages come to a close this week and Russia have certainly been one of the surprise packages so far at the World Cup. Heading into today’s match, the host nation hold a much superior goal difference to Uruguay and know a draw will be enough for them to finish top. If they taste defeat, they will drop to second.45 mins until KO: Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group A match between Uruguay and Russia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Confirmed Uruguay XI: Muslera; Coates, Godin, Caceres, Laxalt; Nandez, Torreira, Bentancur, Vecino; Suarez, CavaniUruguay subs: Silva, Campana, Varela, Pereira, Silva, Sanchez, Rodriguez, Urretaviscaya, De Arrascaeta, Gomez, StuaniConfirmed Russia XI: Akinfeev; Smolnikov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Miranchuk, Cheryshev; DzyubaRussia subs: Fernandes, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Smolov, Lunev, Granat, An Miranchuk, Golovin, Zhirkov, Gabulov, ErokhinTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV One ITV Player
Unai Emery has hailed Mesut Ozil for delivering when Arsenal “needed him to” during a Premier League clash with Burnley.The Gunners headed into a home date with the Clarets looking to offer a positive response to back-to-back defeats in league and cup competition.Ozil’s role in their plans had dominated the pre-match build-up, with the German playmaker having seemingly fallen out of favour to see questions asked of his future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Emery had, however, stated prior to the game that the World Cup winner still had an important role to play and backed up that statement by handing the 30-year-old a starting berth and the captain’s armband.Ozil rewarded that show of faith with a talismanic performance which saw him play a pivotal role in Arsenal’s first and third goals in a 3-1 victory.Emery told BBC Sport afterwards of an eye-catching showing from a man with a point to prove: “It was a big performance today and afterwards I said congratulations for your work.“Every player showed his quality and their characteristics. We needed him to work to help us today and he did.”Ozil was not the only player to deliver for Arsenal, with the Gunners’ defence standing up well to a physical battle with Burnley’s frontmen.Emery was delighted with the collective showing from his side, as they returned to winning ways courtesy of two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a late effort from Alex Iwobi.The Spaniard added: “It was a tough match. It was difficult because they pushed a lot with long balls and the second action.“But we played well with our body and our character was good. The victory was deserved and in the table we are closer to Tottenham and Chelsea.“I think we won today not because we played well but because every player had a very big commitment.“We knew Burnley are an organised team and were going to push us but we didn’t lose too many long balls from the goalkeeper.“I think we can controlled the match like we wanted. We had to make an alteration of our game plan but after I think our game plan gave us the victory.“We’re scoring lots of goals but we need more clean sheets and our defeat today was maybe that.”Arsenal remain outside the Premier League’s top four at present, but remain very much within touching distance of the Champions League spots as the games come thick and fast during the festive period. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Man Utd players question coach Kieran McKenna’s methodsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United coach Kieran McKenna’s methods are being questioned, it is being claimed.McKenna joined the senior staff last year under former manager Jose Mourinho.The Daily Mail says some players harbour reservations over McKenna having such a key role in first-team training little more than a year after being promoted from the Under 18s. His sessions are thought by some to be more suited to the academy. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsFirst Nations leaders are in Washington D.C. to meet with the Obama Administration.They’re there to talk about the proposed Keystone X-L pipeline project.The pipeline would cut across First Nations communities and could triple the size of the Alberta oil sands.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more.
CALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says it has launched a formal process to explore strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company.Formerly known as Penn West Petroleum Ltd., Obsidian says the process is intended to maximize shareholder value.Obsidian cautioned that there could be no assurance of any particular outcome as a result of the review. Last month, a sale of Obsidian’s 55 per cent interest in the Peace River Oil Partnership to Highwood Oil Co. Ltd. was called off.The deal required the company’s partner, China Investment Corp., to consent to the transfer of the company’s partnership units and the transfer of operatorship, but it was denied.Shares in Obsidian closed at $1.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.The Canadian Press
Beijing: Scientists in China have discovered a “stunning” trove of well-preserved thousands of fossils estimated to be about 518 million years old on a river bank in the country’s central Hubei province. The fossils are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been “exquisitely” well preserved. Palaeontologists have called the findings “mind-blowing” – especially because more than half the fossils are previously undiscovered species, the BBC reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe fossils, known as the Qingjiang biota, were collected near Danshui river in Hubei province. More than 20,000 specimens were collected, and a total of 4,351 have been analysed so far, including worms, jellyfish, sea anemones and algae. They will become a “very important source in the study of the early origins of creatures”, one of the fieldwork leaders, Prof Xingliang Zhang from China’s Northwest University, told the BBC. The discovery is particularly remarkable because “the majority of creatures are soft-bodied organisms like jellyfish and worms that normally stand no chance of becoming fossilised”, Prof Robert Gaines, a geologist who also took part in the study, said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe majority of fossils tend to be of hard-bodied animals, as harder substances, like bones, are less likely to rot and decompose. The Qingjiang biota must have been “rapidly buried in sediment” due to a storm, in order for soft tissues to be so well preserved, Prof Zhang said. Scientists are especially excited by the jellyfish and sea anemone fossils, which Prof Gaines described as “unlike anything I have ever seen. Their sheer abundance and their diversity of forms is stunning.” Meanwhile, palaeontologist Allison Daley, who was not part of the study but wrote an accompanying analysis in Science, told BBC’s Science in Action programme the find was one of the most significant in the last 100 years. “It blew my mind – as a palaeontologist I never thought I’d get to witness the discovery of such an incredible site. For the first time we’re seeing preservation of jellyfish – [when] you think of jellyfish today, they’re so soft-bodied, so delicate, but they’re preserved unbelievably well at this site.” The research team are now documenting the remaining specimens, and conducting more drilling in the region to find out more about the ancient local ecosystem, and the fossilisation process. Prof Zhang said he looks forward to studying “all these new species – I’m always excited when we get something new”. The fossils are from the Cambrian period, which began 541 million years ago and saw a rapid increase in animal diversity on Earth, the report said. Prof Gaines hopes his work will also strike a chord with modern readers. “Biotic diversity today is something that we take for granted, even though there are indications that extinction rates are sharply increasing. “Yet most of the major animal lineages were established in a singular event in the history of life, the Cambrian explosion, the likes of which have never been seen before or after. It also reminds us of our deep kinship to all living animals,” he said.
New Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to be an integral part of the Indian attack when Virat Kohli and his boys land in England for the 2019 World Cup. But the 29-year-old has not been able to deliver as consistently as he would have liked for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in this edition of the Indian Premier League. The premier SRH bowler has just taken nine wickets in the 13 matches he has played so far. He has also been taken for plenty in many of the matches with his economy rate hovering around 8 in this season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHowever, former India fast bowler Madan Lal believes the pacer is performing reasonably well and exuded confidence that Bhuvneshwar will deliver for India at the showpiece event. “He is performing okay in the ongoing IPL. He is one of our premier fast bowlers. He has a lot of experience and has performed in the past as well for the team. World Cup is a different game all together and I am pretty sure he will perform for the team in England,” Lal said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBhuvneshwar had announced himself at the world stage in 2012 with a fantastic debut against Pakistan in a T20I where he returned with figures of 3/9. The highlight of his performance on that day was a terrific inswinger he had bowled to Nasir Jamshed which saw the stumps flying. The right-arm medium pacer since then had been an integral part of the Indian set-up. Despite not having express pace, Bhuvi kept on taking wickets with his lethal inswinging deliveries, which all batsmen, especially right-handers, found difficult to deal with. Bhuvneshwar was expected to start in all matches for the 2015 World Cup but could not due to poor fitness. He played in only one match against UAE. And 12 months ago, it was all but certain that he would be leading the Indian bowling attack at the World Cup in England. However, at present it doesn’t seem to be going that way.
Ahmedabad: The Election Commission (EC) has annulled all the votes cast at a booth in the Anand Lok Sabha constituency of Gujarat last month and ordered fresh polling on May 12, an official said Thursday. The EC move came in the wake of report of bogus polling at the booth submitted by officials. A release issued by Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer S Murali Krishna here said re-polling will be held on a booth, officially named ‘239-Dharmaj-8’, on May 12 as the EC has cancelled the polling held there on April 23. The booth is located in Dharmaj village of Anand district, around 75km from here. Fresh polling for the voters of the booth will be held between 7 am and 6 pm, the release said. According to Anand district collector Dilip Rana, the EC has taken the decision following his report about bogus polling on the booth on April 23, when all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat went to the polls.
ALGIERS – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud.The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference.“The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral,” Belaiz insisted. Benflis, who had already cited “serious irregularities” across the country on polling day, swiftly refused to recognise Bouteflika’s re-election.“Recognising it would be complicit in fraud,” he told a news conference after the results were announced, condemning what he called “an alliance between fraud, suspicious money and the bought media”.Bouteflika’s victory had been widely expected, with his supporters celebrating in Algiers after polls closed late Thursday, and the press anticipating his re-election on Friday before the results were announced.It comes a year after Bouteflika suffered a stroke that confined him to hospital for three months and prevented him from campaigning for re-election in person.Growing problems, falling revenues:The re-election of the veteran leader, who has ruled the strategically important, energy-rich North African nation since 1999, has provoked the anger of young Algerians desperate for change, amid widespread corruption, high youth unemployment and sectarian unrest.He must now make good on his campaign promise of “a broad democracy” where “every citizen will take part in the country’s development”.Analysts warn of rising instability in Algeria over social problems and the government’s failure to address them.“Bouteflika’s re-election will pave the way for a period of instability characterised by social discontent that will get worse,” said political analyst Rachid Tlemcani.“The powers that be, embodied by Bouteflika, will no longer be able to buy the social peace, as they did during his three previous mandates, because of a probable fall in the country’s oil revenues.”Discontent is most evident in the restive Kabylie region, where some 70 people were hurt in clashes on Thursday between police and youths seeking to disrupt the vote.In Raffour village, anti-regime sentiment was palpable, with masked youths armed with slings and chanting hostile slogans confronting police who fired tear gas.More than 260,000 police officers, some armed with assault rifles, were deployed to maintain security during polling in Africa’s largest country.Despite Bouteflika urging “all citizens to participate” and “not remain on the fringes of the nation”, voter turnout appeared to reflect the political apathy among the electorate.Figures showed 51.7 percent of Algerians voted, making it the weakest participation rate of any presidential election in the past 20 years.The turnout, which was lowest in the restive Kabylie region where only around one in four people voted, was sharply down from the official figure of 74.11 percent given in 2009.A leaked US diplomatic cable estimated the actual 2009 figure at not more than 30 percent.Stability at a price:Bouteflika’s decision to seek re-election, first announced in February, had drawn derision and at times scathing criticism in the independent media.However, he remains popular with many Algerians, especially for helping to end the devastating civil war of the 1990s, in which up to 200,000 people were killed.“The Algerians have voted for security and stability,” announced newspaper Ach-Chouroq on Friday, alluding to the main theme of Bouteflika’s campaign.But leading daily El Watan lamented “blackmail through fear”, saying Thursday’s vote would be remembered as the “election of the absurd”.Ahmed Ouyahia, a former prime minister now heading the president’s office, had said that a contested election result could reopen “the gates of hell”.In a rare public expression of the frustration felt by some Algerians towards the authoritarian political establishment, youth protest group Barakat (Enough) was founded just two months ago specifically to challenge Bouteflika’s re-election bid.But sporadic demonstrations in the weeks before the poll were quickly suppressed.Barakat and a coalition of five opposition parties, both Islamist and secular, had called on Algerians to boycott an election they said was a “sham”.
3Miami Marlins7778797777.6 EXPECTED NUMBER OF WINS RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE 1Washington Nationals8891899289.9 How forecasters view the NL East 4Atlanta Braves7673747674.6 2New York Mets8985858986.9 In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the National League East with MetsBlog.com writer Maggie Wiggin and FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Harry Enten. The transcript below has been edited. neil (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight senior sportswriter): I will have everyone know that I am wearing a non-Mets hat today to maintain my impartiality during this chat. (The Orioles are my wife’s team, so I stole her hat today …)Let’s get started. The top projected team in the East according to Fangraphs is the Washington Nationals. That’s been true for a number of years, including seasons in which the Nats both won the division and fell short spectacularly. Do we think they should be the favorites again this year? Or is it an every-other-year thing where they’ll disappoint again?heynawl-enten: Last year, the Mets were actually favored in the preseason projections. That turned out great for them!maggiewiggin: I think the Nationals have the edge, but it’s a close enough competition with the Mets that it should be a tight race down the stretch.neil: Is it fair to say that Washington has been a tough team to get a read on during this stretch? They always seem to have one of the most talented rosters in the league, but it doesn’t always translate.maggiewiggin: They always seem to have one piece of the team really underwhelm. In 2015, it was the bullpen. Last year, it was Bryce Harper (though Daniel Murphy’s transformation into Mecha Ted Williams offset that). I don’t know if that makes them any different from other teams, but they never have that unbeatable vibe.neil: How many more chances do you think the Nationals will get with this Harper/Stephen Strasburg core? I remember when they shut Strasburg down in 2012 — the rationale was that they were playing the long game for many shots at a championship. Fast forward to now, and I wonder whether they’d feel the same way.maggiewiggin: It’s tough to feel any certainty with Strasburg. He keeps approaching this true ace-level pitching without ever quite getting there. I thought we were finally seeing it last season before (another) injury did him in. Harper is also up and down, but in 2015, we actually did see him get there.heynawl-enten: The crazy thing for me is that Strasburg has never really had that standout season. His highest wins above replacement in a season is 3.5. He’s never finished higher than ninth for Cy Young. Heck, he only garnered a vote in one season.maggiewiggin: Whenever I look at Strasburg’s numbers, the only one that ever really blows me away is that he’s going into his eighth year in the bigs. We’re all getting old.heynawl-enten: At least we’re all getting old together.maggiewiggin: Except for Max Scherzer, it would seem.heynawl-enten: He’s Dick Van Dyke for baseball.neil: I bet he does a better British accent. Meanwhile, with all this talk of getting old, 23-year-old Trea Turner has no idea how we feel at all. With him improving and the additions of catcher Matt Wieters and outfielder Adam Eaton, could this be the most talent that Washington has had in this Harper/Strasburg era? (And will it be enough to pass the Cubs? Thinking big-picture here.)maggiewiggin: They’re definitely stacked, but it’s hard not to imagine the loss of Wilson Ramos stinging.heynawl-enten: Cubs? You’re talking Cubs? I’d like to see the Nats advance past the divisional round first.neil: Come to think of it, Wieters might be a nice metaphor for the Nats. Supposed to be a future Hall of Famer, he ended up being just “pretty good” (though he’s been even less than that recently).maggiewiggin: I do think the impact of picking up Eaton was overshadowed by the hefty price tag. There’s a ton of speed at the top of that lineup now and some killer defense up the middle. Pretty much the anti-Mets on those measures.neil: Great transition! Let’s talk about those Mets.heynawl-enten: Thank goodness they kept Bartolo Colon.neil: We’ll get to Bart later.heynawl-enten: neil: Anyway, the Mets! The big problem for them last year was health. (And the next-biggest problem. And the next-biggest.) That would seem to portend an improvement this year, right? They can’t possibly be that hurt again.maggiewiggin: It’s pretty much their only glaring weakness at this point.neil: But pitchers are weird creatures, too. Does relying too much on pitching set you up for that?maggiewiggin: It’s a lot of eggs in a very rickety basket, but, oh man, those eggs taste good.heynawl-enten: I’m hungry now.maggiewiggin: So’s Bartolo — it’s why we love him.heynawl-enten: Nice.maggiewiggin: But what the Mets are making work for them is the rare combination of quality and quantity on the mound. Every guy who comes up seems to outperform expectations. Their injury-ravaged rotation was top in the game in FanGraphs’ WAR last year; that shouldn’t happen.heynawl-enten: Their fifth starter at this point is Jacob deGrom clone Robert Gsellman. He didn’t do too horribly last year. The biggest question mark I have is Matt Harvey. And that wasn’t all about injuries last year.neil: Yeah, do we think he’ll ever be the same? (And does he really need to be?)maggiewiggin: No, on both counts. But it would be nice if he could claw his way back to something like a mid-3’s ERA and 175-ish innings. His baseline was just so incredibly high if you look at what he did for three seasons, even right after Tommy John surgery.heynawl-enten: Most of the Mets staff is getting into their upper 20s in age. I do wonder about that a little bit. Especially given the heat at which some of these guys (like Harvey) could throw.maggiewiggin: You’ve basically got a whole staff throwing 91 mph sliders — it’s not exactly ergonomic.neil: And if that staff isn’t quite as lights-out, is there reason to think the offense will be able to offset any decline? The Mets were tied for the fourth-fewest runs scored in the National League last year.maggiewiggin: Compared to last year, the offense boils down to two things for me: how much you buy into situational hitting as a repeatable skill and how quickly they can get Jay Bruce out of there.neil: Right, because they were terrible with runners on/in scoring position.maggiewiggin: Almost historically so.heynawl-enten: Look, Jay Bruce is a quality … Oh who am I kidding. Why oh why did they make that trade?neil: It was important for blocking Michael Conforto’s development.heynawl-enten: He is perhaps the other big question mark to me. Conforto had the sophomore curse last year.maggiewiggin: They traded for Bruce because they were chasing the Cespedes dragon.neil: Speaking of, seems like they basically had to bring Cespedes back just to keep the lineup afloat and anywhere near on par with what they figure to get out of the pitching.maggiewiggin: The team is barely a borderline contender without Cespedes, if that. But I agree that Conforto is the wild card here.neil: “Wild card” might be the operative term. Again.heynawl-enten: Nice.neil: Either way, it seems like there’s kind of a gap between the top two teams and the rest of this division. That’s what we thought before last season as well, but Miami kept things competitive until the end. Then they suffered a tragic loss that can’t really be quantified, the death of Jose Fernandez. Is there any way that the Marlins can rally back to their form for most of last season and contend again, or was that chance lost forever with Fernandez’s passing?maggiewiggin: The Marlins are definitely a team without a real identity now. They were built around this incredibly dynamic duo of Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton, but it’s hard to see any real path to contention for them this year. Their starting pitching tops out at mediocre, though I expect the lineup to surprise a bit.neil: Even without Barry Bonds as hitting coach?maggiewiggin: The true Barry Bonds is inside all of us. I think their big spending on relievers had one express purpose — setting up a midseason fire sale to fill a barren farm system. They’re going to be treading water for a couple of years.neil: Yeah, I think many fans might be surprised how poorly their farm system grades out. It’s in last place, according to Baseball America.heynawl-enten: The best thing the Marlins have going for them is that Jeffrey Loria is probably going to sell the team, at long last.neil: That is actually great news for them. Loria is the worst. Going back to Stanton, what do we expect of his 2017 season? His exit velocity was still on point, but big chunks of his 2016 were awful.maggiewiggin: He’s another guy who just can’t stay healthy.heynawl-enten: “Awful” is a bit of an overstatement. He did have 2.5 WAR last year. But, yeah, he’s only played in more than 120 games once in the last four seasons.maggiewiggin: It actually says a lot about him that his .815 OPS was a career-low.neil: So it seems like he might be due for better things this year, then, if he stays in the lineup.maggiewiggin: If he’s on the field, the power is going to be there too. He’s a very, very strong man.neil: Very true, and Christian Yelich is no slouch either. Maybe the thing for Miami is whether they have the depth around their stars to really make any noise.maggiewiggin: And the pitching. Wei-Yin Chen is their number one starter — that’s never a good sign.neil: Eek.maggiewiggin: They do have a solid bullpen, but again, how much of that is still around on Aug. 1? Not a lot if everyone’s doing their jobs right.neil: Well, that was one thing I wanted to ask about all three of the teams projected to finish 3-4-5 in this division: Which direction are they moving in the Success Cycle? If Miami is moving toward a rebuild, the Braves seem like they might be moving toward respectability with some of their offseason pickups.heynawl-enten: They’re timing it well to move into their new stadium.maggiewiggin: The Braves have such a rich talent pool in the minors, they’re getting very close to being a force again.neil: Yeah, it can’t be long it seems, with Dansby Swanson assuming a full-time role and the best farm system in MLB coming up behind him.heynawl-enten: One thing to keep an eye on with the Braves is how strong they finished last year. They were 18-10 in September and October.neil: Positively Mets-like in that regard.maggiewiggin: The Matt Kemp acquisition in left field surprisingly worked out very well for them, so far at least.neil: And now apparently they’re trying the pitcher version of that with Bartolo, R.A. Dickey and Jaime Garcia.heynawl-enten: Granted, Dickey hasn’t been worth very much, but I like the idea. “Cheaper” veterans combined with youngsters.maggiewiggin: The only question is: Who will they package with Kelly Johnson when they trade him to the Mets?heynawl-enten: HAH!neil: It’s an annual tradition.So, any chance the Braves actually challenge the Nats and Mets? Or are they still a year or two away?maggiewiggin: Like with the Marlins, the rotation seems to be the biggest weakness, but a hot first half combined with a big get at the deadline could have them nipping at some heels for sure. But realistically, 2018 seems to be when that window opens.heynawl-enten: I wouldn’t be shocked if they stayed competitive for some of the year. Winning the division is another question entirely.neil: I have to ask the same of the Phillies, who’ve shared the NL East’s basement apartment with the Braves these past few years …heynawl-enten: Last season, the Phillies were quite awful in every month not named April.neil: They were also the luckiest team in baseball not named “Texas Rangers.”maggiewiggin: They have some serious depth issues. Anything other than exceptional health could get ugly fast.neil: Then again, on the upside, they were the youngest team in baseball last year. And, similar to Atlanta, they have one of the best farm systems in baseball.maggiewiggin: Both teams have managed their rebuilds very well in that way.heynawl-enten: But I feel like they’re still a few years away.maggiewiggin: I agree. They lack any clear top-level talent right now, though they have a few promising names.heynawl-enten: I guess the good news is that the Phillies finally got rid of Ryan Howard. That signing didn’t make sense when it happened, and it certainly makes no sense now.maggiewiggin: The fact that they kept him around as long as they did will remain one of life’s great unsolved mysteries.neil: He was worth -1.0 WAR or worse in four of his final five seasons! 😱heynawl-enten: Getting back to the larger point, I think the Phillies have the least to look forward to of any NL East team this season. Well, either them or the Marlins.maggiewiggin: The lowest upside as currently constructed, definitely.neil: But the parallel rebuilds in Philly and Atlanta might also underscore that the clocks are ticking in Washington and New York.maggiewiggin: It’s going to be a very different landscape in two years — that’s for sure. Especially if Washington keeps deferring money like the world is ending.heynawl-enten: Remember, the Braves were good for all those years, and then they weren’t. Dynasties have a way of ending, and the Nationals have not a single thing to show for it. The Mets may hold on a little longer, given the age of their pitching staff (getting older, but not close to old).maggiewiggin: Hey, if Tim Tebow can get a real, live hit, anything’s possible.heynawl-enten: He got a hit? The world might really be coming to an end.maggiewiggin: Hmm, maybe the Nats’ financial strategy is sounder than I thought. Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 15, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5Philadelphia Phillies7372727372.4
Being a Division I college athlete and balancing classes is hard enough. Now add traveling thousands of miles from your home and family to play in a foreign country. Of the 22 girls on Ohio State’s field hockey team, more than 25 percent of them come from countries outside of North America. Among the six players, they have to travel an average of almost 4,000 miles to return home. Contextually, the distance between Columbus and Los Angeles is almost 2,000 miles. Freshman midfielder Emma Royce, from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., said moving so far from her family never bothered her. “I didn’t have a problem with it because I know they supported my decision like 100 percent, and you get a new family when you play with your team,” Royce said. “I’m just enjoying it so much and I am so busy you don’t even think about it.” The freshman has started in nine of the Buckeyes’ ten games and scored two goals. Junior midfielder Arielle Cowie, from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is from the hometown closest to Columbus of the six girls, being just more than 2,400 miles from home. She started at midfield in all 21 games last season, posting two goals and one assist, and has started all ten games this year, but has yet to score a point. Moving away from her home was not as easy for Cowie, she said, but now she feels at home. “My first year was a bit difficult because, I mean, like I just uprooted myself from home and (came) to this strange place. So I was very, very skeptical at first. But as soon as I got here everyone has been so, so welcoming and now this feels like my home,” Cowie said. When it comes to recruiting the international players, the head coach or assistants will take trips to other countries to see talent, like in the case of Royce’s recruitment. “One of the Ohio State’s coaches was at my national final and … when he got back to America he saw my videos circulating as well and that’s when he emailed me,” Royce said. “I had seen a couple of other American universities, but I had never been to Ohio State, but I did my research and it felt like the right place.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the farthest she has traveled to recruit players was Europe. Sometimes a player will come to the U.S. and the coaches will see them there, like in Cowie’s situation. Her club coach in Trinidad also coached a U.S.-based team and Cowie traveled up with her coach to an indoor tournament in Virginia Beach. While at the tournament, an OSU assistant coach went to see her play. “After that we kept in touch, and I sent in a video, and we just kept talking and they offered me a scholarship,” Cowie said. “But initially, they found out about me because there were two girls from Trinidad on (OSU’s) team before. So I guess when they were looking to recruit people my name came up.” Wilkinson, who is in her 17th season with the Buckeyes, said she has had players from Trinidad on her teams since her first job at American University. Coaches do recruit the players but Wilkinson believes that recruiting is a two-way street. “They pursue OSU. Field hockey is a very popular sport internationally,” Wilkinson said. “There is a pretty good pipeline of players who want to come to Ohio State.” When the players arrive in Columbus there are adjustments that have to be made. For Cowie, the biggest transition was adjusting to the weather extremes. The average high temperature of her hometown is between 85 and 88 degrees all year, while in Columbus, the average high varies from 37 degrees to 86 degrees from winter to summer, according to Weather.com. “The Caribbean is so scorching hot and when I came up it was my first winter. So that was kind of a shock, but by now I am accustomed to it in a way,” Cowie said. For Royce, the biggest difference is the traveling. The U.K. is 94,530 square miles compared to the U.S. which is 3,794,000 square miles. It would take 40 U.K.’s to equal the size of the U.S. “Coming from a small country, the farthest you will go is like three hours, and now I am going on a coach for like seven-and-a-half hours, eight hours sometimes, and getting on planes to go to games,” Royce said. “It’s very, very different.” Other international players on the team are sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, from Berlin, junior back Nora Murer, from Luzern, Switzerland, senior forward Berta Queralt and junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque, both from Barcelona, Spain.
During his presentation with the EFL, Marcelo Bielsa revealed the time when Pep Guardiola recognized his capacity to store knowledge after a game.After knowing how obsessive Marcelo Bielsa can really get with studying his rivals, it’s fair to say that this is a special kind of manager and it’s easier to understand why Pep Guardiola keeps the Argentine in such high regard.There have been countless times in which the Manchester City manager has spoken about how amazing Marcelo Bielsa really is as a football scholar, but nobody had a clear idea until what we all found out today in regards to his methods.Making his players study each and every one of their rivals match by match, in a four-hour session per video analysis is something that only Marcelo could come up with.These practices are not new for him, as he did the exact same thing when he faced Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona when he had the opportunity to coach Athletic Club Bilbao.When Bielsa’s boys faced the mighty Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, the Argentine manager made them study the Catalan club thoroughly but they still weren’t able to crack the code.Guardiola’s squad defeated them 3-0, which in Marcelo’s eyes meant that all that information was completely lost.Marcelo Bielsa es tapa en Inglaterra. “Vive y deja espiar”, dice The Daily Telegraph. pic.twitter.com/saiIdrjRLy— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) January 16, 2019During that long press conference in which Bielsa revealed his methods to prepare matches for their players, he dropped that anecdote in which he spoke with Pep Guardiola after losing 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final.The response from Pep after realizing how much time Marcelo had invested in studying the Catalan club, was something that not even the Argentine was expecting.“When I was a coach of Athletic Bilbao we played Barcelona in [the Copa del Rey] final and we lost 3-0,” said Bielsa via Four Four Two.“[After the match] I gave all the information I had on Barcelona to Pep Guardiola. Guardiola had a look at it and he told me ‘you know more about Barcelona than me!’.”“I do this analysis to ease my anxiety, but it was useless information because they scored three goals.” “We watch all the games of 2018-19 of each opponent,” he added.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We watched the 51 games of Derby County. They’ve played a 4-3-3 [formation] 49.9 percent of the season… we use this to understand the system and why and when they change the system during a game.”“The analysis of each game takes four hours of work. Why do we do that? Because we think it is professional behavior.”Marcelo Bielsa no renuncia. Llamó a esta conferencia de prensa para que “el tema del espia no acapare la conferencia de mañana previa a la fecha del fin de semana”. “Tal vez no sepa ingles pero se todo de cada uno de nuestros rivales”. pic.twitter.com/WrE5DDTawg— Christian Martin (@askomartin) January 16, 2019To be fair, when the Leeds United manager called for a press conference, most of the media believed it would be to present his resignation and apologize for the acusations made against him.It’s fair to say that absolutely nobody expected the surreal explanation he offered, and nobody thought he would confess to even more cases of football espionage on his behalf.Marcelo does claim that these practices may been regarded as wrong, but he also claims that he doesn’t consider them to be illegal in any way.Recording full matches of their opponents is in no way prohibited by the EFL, if they act against Bielsa with this basis, the manager should be okay and no sanction should come his way.In a sense, all Bielsa did with this presentation was to brag about his very meticulous methods to prepare his players for matches.They don’t call Marcelo Bielsa “El Loco” for nothing, the man does have a loose screw on his head as he proved it today with these new revelations.¡No tiene desperdicio! Marcelo Bielsa habló con determinación en la conferencia al explicar las razones por las que mirá las prácticas de los rivales. pic.twitter.com/kvnFn6OsKJ— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) January 16, 2019What do you think about Marcelo Bielsa’s methods to study his rivals, to you agree or disagree and why? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Critical infrastructure at Tyndall AFB is starting to come back on line, according to an update Col. Brian Laidlaw, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing, provided Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright over the weekend. The base now has power and workers are testing “various circuits,” Laidlaw said. The wastewater treatment plant is fully operational. Of the 300 buildings that employees have inspected — out of 704 total — at least 37 percent are fixable. Laidlaw said 1,200 people have been brought in from across the Air Force to recover base infrastructure. “Their job is to save what they can and, from there, build the base that is needed,” reported 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. “If you would have asked me two weeks ago how many of our buildings we thought would be operational, I would not have told you 37 percent,” Laidlaw said. … Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, last week said the committee is prepared to provide whatever assistance is required to support areas devastated by Hurricane Michael. “[Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.)] has kept me updated on the situation on the ground, especially at Tyndall Air Force Base,” Granger said in a written statement. “I will be visiting Tyndall soon to see firsthand what is needed for the base and the community to fully recover,” she said. … It could cost $2.5 billion to rebuild Tyndall but the investment is justified, partially because of the installation’s proximity to the Gulf Test Range, which accommodates high-altitude supersonic air combat training, said David Deptula, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who now is dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “It makes sense to rebuild it,” Deptula told Defense News. “Other than its proximity to testing ranges, it makes sense for mission, economic and political purposes.” He dismissed the notion that the 325th Fighter Wing’s F-22 Raptors could be moved elsewhere. In July, the Government Accountability Office recommended DOD consider consolidating its F-22 fleet into larger squadrons or wings as a way to increase aircraft availability. Such a move would provide a larger pool of aircraft and spare parts to draw from in a contingency, GAO said.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes