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. Throughout the game, King looked increasingly like a junior version of current NFL back and last season’s No. 2 Chris Carson, bowling defenders on their backs with a ferocious running style.King, Hill and the other backs hit the 300-yard mark, and with Rudolph eclipsing 300 as well, it was the first time that has happened in five years. The Cowboys averaged 10.2 yards per play and 9.0 yards per carry. Hill closed out his sophomore opener with 15 carries for 132 yards. King had six for 95 and Brown had five for 92. It was an electric performance.This is … unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/ujZKendzvZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 31, 2017Another (technical) first-year guy was Dillon Stoner. It was up in the air as to whether he or freshman and key signing Tylan Wallace would be the No. 2 inside receiver. Stoner was the guy on Thursday. And he was awesome. He played in 29 plays with Rudolph, and when he was in, he was a frequent target. He finished with four catches for 18 yards, but he was key in keeping drives going and momentum pointed in the right direction.The Cowboys’ youngest and most inexperienced players made Tulsa’s No. 1s look silly at times, and the Cowboys’ stars made the Hurricane seem even worse, especially for a team that won 10 games last season.Rudolph, Washington and the defensive starters got OSU out to a 52-17 lead before Taylor Cornelius and the backups took over and held it down for the 59-24 victory.The Cowboys’ next test will be at 7 p.m. on September 8, in Mobile, Alabama. OSU is now 70-41-5 in season-openers, winners in 10 of the past 12 games and 1-0 in the biggest season since, well, you know when. Tyron Johnson’s manhandling of Tulsa cornerback Kerwin Thomas on his way to a 44-yard fade touchdown was only an indication of what was coming.WATCH: Welcome to the SEAson of Orange! Rudolph to Tyron Johnson to start the night for #OKState! #MA2ON pic.twitter.com/lAutT6MuwB— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 31, 2017James Washington did something similar six minutes later, and the Oklahoma State running backs washed, rinsed and repeated the Hurricane defense over and over again in the Cowboys’ 59-24 season-opening victory.AdChoices广告It was the Pokes’ 22nd-consecutive win in a home opener.OSU was impressive but still a little rusty in some areas the first half. Jalen McCleskey let a punt dribble toward the goal line until he didn’t. He picked it up and fumbled in the end zone. It ended in a Tulsa touchdown.Then before the first half ended, Mason Rudolph scrambled to his right and tried to throw deep to his left. He was hit as he threw it, and Petera Wilson came down with it. He plays for the other team, and that ended with a field goal as time expired.But outside of the one blunder, Rudolph was his usual Heisman-worthy self. He wrapped up Game 1 with 303 yards and three touchdowns on 83 (!!!) percent passing. Washington, too. He caught six balls, earning 145 yards and a pair of scores.But the headliner might have been the first-year players. Johnson’s touchdown was on his first play from scrimmage in an OSU uniform. He was as-advertised: 44 yards receiving, 11 rushing, 29 in the return game and all the swagger.Then there was the beauty of J.D. King’s Cowboy debut. On Wednesday, I wrote about the similarities between King and Hill’s progression through their freshmen falls. He made me look brilliant.King swiped the spotlight on just his second collegiate carry when he burst through the middle of the defense and ran high and tight for a 71-yard score. It was the longest OSU run since … 2011. That is, until LD Brown went for 73 later in the fourth.WATCH: Hail to the King! J.D. King goes 71 yards to put #OKState up 28-7! pic.twitter.com/ME0UqldbbH— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 1, 2017
MLS The MLS Wrap: Home fortresses penetrated, Union youth movement rewarded and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 07:02 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dan Hamilton MLS Los Angeles Toronto v Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo v Atlanta United Philadelphia Union v New England Orlando City v DC United Dallas v Real Salt Lake SJ Earthquakes v Minnesota United FC Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact Sporting KC v New York City LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers New England New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United Toronto Portland Timbers Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union Orlando City DC United Dallas Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC Toronto, Kansas City and Seattle are normally some of the toughest places to play in MLS, but not so in the opening weekend of the 2018 season Leave it to the opening weekend of the 2018 MLS season to throw conventional wisdom out the window.Several of the teams considered title contenders stumbled out of the blocks, while some normally impenetrable home venues were breached by ambitious opponents.Among those opponents was Los Angeles FC, which made a memorable MLS debut to hand Bob Bradley a victorious return to the league after a decade away. 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 Toronto FC and Atlanta United came into 2018 as the most hyped teams in the league. TFC as reigning champion, and boasting an even stronger roster, and Atlanta, featuring a high-powered attack that helped distract from valid concerns about its defense. Both teams suffered multi-goal defeats, including Atlanta United’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.Of course, we have to provide a reminder that overreacting to week one results is far too common and certainly not recommended. In fact, here is a stat that should bring some calm to the fans of teams who fell flat in week one: none of the past four MLS Cup winners won their season opener. In fact, none of the four even scored a goal.No, that doesn’t mean that teams such as Minnesota United and New England should be thinking about an MLS Cup title, but it should lend some pause to fans of Atlanta United, Toronto FC, the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers who might have wanted to read too much into their team’s season opening defeats.Here is a closer look at the opening weekend in MLS:NORMALLY IMPENETRABLE HOME FORTRESSES BREACHEDOf the four teams in MLS which only suffered one regular season loss at home in 2017, three of them matched that loss total in the opening weekend of the new season.Toronto FC fell at BMO Field, dropping a 2-0 decision against Columbus, the Seattle Sounders fell to a feisty Los Angeles FC side at CenturyLink Field, and Sporting KC suffered a 2-0 defeat at Children’s Mercy Park against New York City FC.TFC’s loss was probably the most surprising of the three. Not just because of how tough the reigning MLS champion normally is at home, but because Greg Vanney trotted out a close to full-strength squad rather than resting more players ahead of the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Tigres. Toronto FC had the possession edge in the match, and the two sides were 13-12 on total shots, but TFC failed to finish its opportunities — hitting the woodwork twice — while the Crew put together a pair of excellent goals in the first 50 minutes to take control and put the pressure on the home side.It’s probably a stretch to look at the result as some sort of blueprint for teams to follow heading into Toronto. The reality is TFC had just played a CCL match against Colorado the previous Tuesday — a 0-0 draw that sent Toronto to the quarterfinals — and looked a bit sluggish at times.Seattle rested starters against LAFC ahead of its CCL quarterfinal clash with Chivas Guadalajara and it opened the door for a very game LAFC side to escape CenturyLink Field with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. The result flattered the visitors on a night when Seattle had many more chances and dominated play in the second half, but it was former Sounder Tyler Miller who made seven saves to deny Seattle a chance at a comeback.Sporting KC’s loss to NYCFC shouldn’t induce panic, but it does show a gap between a true title contender and a team still working to get into that category. Sporting KC created some good chances, which was encouraging considering the fact Peter Vermes is still shopping for a top forward. The bigger cause for concern was how easily NYCFC was able to create good scoring chances against a defense that was the best in MLS in 2017. NYCFC worked with wide areas with ease, leaving us to wonder if Sporting KC might wind up paying the price for playing wingers as converted fullbacks against teams with the speed on the flanks to punish them.UNION’S YOUTH MOVEMENT PAYS EARLY DIVIDENDSThe Philadelphia Union entered 2018 considered a team likely to struggle. Ownership’s limited resources were going to lead the Union to have to lean on some young prospects to fill roles that others teams are filling with top international talent.The Union’s opening match was a dream start. Teenage playmaker Anthony Fontana scored his first career goal and fellow teenager Auston Trusty played very well in central defense in Saturday’s 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution.”Great for Anthony to get the goal, great for Auston to play as well as he did, but overall a team effort from every player on the field,” Union coach Jim Curtin said after Saturday’s win. “All 11 guys attacking, all 11 guys defending.”The performances by homegrown players Fontana and Trusty were particularly satisfying for Curtin, who began his time with the Union working with them in the Union academy.”There was a 40 x 40 patch of AstroTurf where this young group of nine-year-old kids were on the field that had a dream of maybe someday playing for the Philadelphia Union,” Curtin said. “You think Auston Trusty being there as well, with Ian Munro, Phil Karn with myself, and to see them now take this step in Talen Energy Stadium under the bright lights is something that is special.”The odds are still stacked against the Union in the tough Eastern Conference, but with those youngsters showing well, and with the looming arrival of newly-signed playmaker Borek Dockal, there is some reason for optimism for a team that has struggled to make its mark in MLS since joining the league in 2010.QUICK KICKSThe Houston Dynamo didn’t get much fanfare this offseason as a team to watch out for, in part because of no real high-profile signings and the departure of Eric ‘Cubo’ Torres . The Dynamo responded with a resounding 4-0 win against Atlanta United that has Wilmer Cabrera’s second season in charge off to an excellent start. Yes, the Dynamo need to be taken seriously in the wide-open Western Conference.Mauro Manotas could be the key to Houston’s push for supremacy in the West. He scored 10 goals in 2017 sharing time with Torres, but now that the Mexican striker has left the Dynamo, Manotas could be a darkhorse Golden Boot contender if his strong opening week showing is any indication.—Rookies are finding it tougher and tougher to break through and earn minutes in MLS, but a few managed to earn starts opening week, including the Orlando City tandem of Chris Mueller and Cam Lindley . Benefiting from Uri Rosell still working his way back to fitness and Dom Dwyer recovering from injury, Mueller and Lindley didn’t look out of place in Orlando City’s 1-1 draw with D.C. United.There were several MLS debuts for teenagers this weekend, including one for highly-rated D.C. United prospect Chris Durkin , who played 17 minutes in Saturday’s draw.LAFC played both of its first-round picks, with Joao Moutinho playing well at left back and Tristan Blackmon making an impact as a late-match substitute.—The Ola Kamara-Gyasi Zardes trade is looking good for both teams after week one, with Kamara netting twice in the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers and Zardes scoring in the Crew’s 2-0 triumph at Toronto FC. Zardes looked sharp in preseason and has settled well into the Columbus attack, while Kamara could be a golden boot contender playing in front of the Galaxy’s stacked midfield.—Speaking of Kamaras, Kei Kamara looks right at home with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and their fast-paced attack will be tough to stop if Kamara continues to click with Alphonso Davies . The real question is how will newly-acquired midfielder Felipe fit into Carl Robinson’s plans. Veteran central defender Aaron Maund was solid playing in place of Tim Parker — who was traded to the New York Red Bulls for Felipe – but now Felipe will have to fight hard for playing time against Russell Teibert and Efrain Juarez . It will be very interesting to see who Robinson calls on for next week’s key Western Conference clash against Houston.—Patrick Vieira chose Ben Sweat over Ronald Matarrita to start at left back in NYCFC’s season opener, and the decision paid off, with Sweat helping set up the second goal in NYCFC’s 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Sweat thrived as NYCFC’s left back last season in place of the then-injured Matarrita. The Costa Rican fullback was expected to take his job back from Sweat this season, but early signs point to Sweat holding onto the job and thriving in the role.—The San Jose Earthquakes attack showed well putting up three goals in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Minnesota United, but how much of that was down to an improved attack, and how much is due to Minnesota’s faulty defense? Danny Hoesen looked sharp up top while the midfield wing tandem of Vako and Magnus Erikkson looked good in helping create chances and spreading out the Loons defense. We will have a much better sense of how much better this revamped Earthquakes attack is when they travel to take on Sporting KC on March 17.BEST OF MLS WEEK 1Player of the Week: Alphonso Davies . The young Vancouver Whitecaps standout delivered a goal and set up another to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Montreal 2-1 on Sunday.Team of the Week: Columbus Crew. Going into Toronto and beating the reigning champion is no easy task, and the Crew did just that.Rookie of the Week: Joao Moutinho. The first pick in the MLS draft turned in a steady performance as Los Angeles FC’s starting left back.Take a closer look at @LAFC ‘s first-ever MLS goal. #SEAvLAFC pic.twitter.com/mvMZRSkCsa — Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 4, 2018 Goal of the Week: Diego Rossi. The Uruguayan forward delivered an excellent finish to lead LAFC to a win, and register the first goal in team history:
Besiktas 1 Bayern Munich 3 (1-8 agg): Heynckes’ men cruise into quarter-finals Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 02:47 15/3/2018 Twitter/@FCBayern Bayern Munich remain on track for another treble under Jupp Heynckes after easily coming through a Champions League tie with Besiktas. Thiago Alcantara scored but was substituted due to injury as Bayern Munich won 3-1 at Besiktas to cruise into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.A 5-0 victory in last month’s first leg in Munich had put Bayern in a commanding position and there was never any sign of a miraculous comeback in Istanbul on Wednesday.Thiago finished from a Thomas Muller cross to extend Bayern’s advantage and score their 100th goal of the season, but the Spain international was withdrawn before the break, coach Jupp Heynckes perhaps wishing he had rested more key names after picking a strong side. 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 Gokhan Gonul’s own goal in the first minute of the second half appeared to settle the tie for good, before Vagner Love scrambled home his first Champions League strike since 2011 to spark Besiktas’ best period of the tie.Sandro Wagner, though, restored Bayern’s two-goal cushion with his first strike in the competition in the 84th minute.Heynckes’ men could claim the Bundesliga title at the weekend if results go their way and they remain on track for another treble, the veteran coach having won the Champions League among three trophies before departing Bayern at the end of his third spell in 2013.Bayern, who have reached the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last eight seasons, will find out their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw.Despite their massive first-leg lead Bayern made a bright start, Arturo Vidal heading wide.Thomas Muller scored twice in last month’s game and he should have opened the scoring in the 10th minute, blasting over the rebound after Tolga Zengin parried David Alaba’s free-kick.@Thiago6 celebrates @FCBayern’s 100th goal of the season in all comps. #UCL pic.twitter.com/MxjzHrZYRz— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 14, 2018But Muller created a fine goal for Thiago to get Bayern up and running, the midfielder timing his run into the box perfectly to tuck away a first-time finish from a pinpoint right-wing cross.Thiago limped off before half-time, giving Bayern an injury concern for the rest of the season.Besiktas had played reasonably well in the first period but the Turkish champions gifted Bayern their second moments after the restart.An innocuous right-wing cross from Rafinha should have been easy to clear, but Gonul poked the ball past Zengin under no pressure whatsoever.Referee Michael Oliver then had to briefly pause the game as a cat invaded the pitch.Miau. Miau. #BJKFCB pic.twitter.com/yPqg6Hzu89— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) March 14, 2018Besiktas gave their fans something to cheer in the 59th minute, Alaba losing the ball in his own half, with Gonul setting up Love to squeeze the ball past Jerome Boateng on the line.Mustafa Pektemek forced a save from Sven Ulreich as Besiktas tried to level the game on the night, Bayern understandably lacking energy given their comfortable position.Bayern made sure of their win, though, substitute Wagner chesting home from close range with six minutes to go after Alaba’s cross deflected up perfectly for him. Key Opta Facts:- Bayern Munich have now reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh successive season.- Jupp Heynckes is the first manager in Champions League history to win 11 consecutive games.- Bayern have now won six Champions League matches in a row, their best-ever run in a single campaign in the competition.- The last time Bayern won at least six consecutive games in a single European campaign was back in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup, when they won seven on the bounce on the way to lifting the trophy. – The German side are responsible for four of the seven biggest aggregate victories in Champions League knockout stage history (12-1 vs Sporting Lisbon 2008-09, 10-2 vs Arsenal 2016-17, 7-0 vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2014-15 and 8-1 vs Besiktas 2017-18).- All seven of Bayern Munich’s away goals in this season’s Champions League have been scored by different players (Lewandowski, Martinez, Coman, Tolisso, Thiago, Wagner and a Gokhan Gonul own goal).- Besiktas have now lost all four of their Champions League matches against Bayern, losing by an aggregate score of 1-12. read more
Barcelona Return of the King: Majestic Messi puts Chelsea to the sword! Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 05:43 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(29) Getty Images Barcelona UEFA Champions League Barcelona v Chelsea Chelsea Lionel Messi Opinion The Argentine attacker produced yet another exhibition of his fantasy football to sweep aside the Blues on a night he totally dominated at Camp Nou The banner before the match said it all. “God save the King!” read an enormous tifo unfurled by Barcelona fans ahead of their Champions League last-16 second leg clash against Chelsea. And as the game started, the King duly delivered.Messi had pulled out of Barca’s trip to Malaga in La Liga on Saturday to be present at the birth of his third son, Ciro, but he was back in the starting line-up for this all-important fixture and the supporters were clearly pleased to see him.Ahead of these two teams’ first meeting at Stamford Bridge in February, much of the talk had centred around Messi and how he had never scored against Chelsea. A late leveller to cancel out Willian’s strike put paid to that, however, and the Argentine was clearly in the mood for more here. 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 Barca have been the best team in Spain over the past few years, yet the Blaugrana have seen their fierce rivals Real Madrid dominate in Europe by winning three of the last four Champions League titles.Los Blancos were already through to the quarter-finals of the competition after making light work of Paris Saint-Germain and on Wednesday night, Messi made sure Barca will also be in the hat for Friday’s draw.It took him just over two minutes to influence proceedings as he found space on the right and drilled a low shot through the legs of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.And later in a first half in which Chelsea caused Barca quite a few problems, the Argentine embarked on one of those remarkable runs of his, taking on three players and dragging defenders in his direction before squaring for Ousmane Dembele to blast home his first goal for the Catalan club.Messi’s first two touches in the opposition area had been a goal and an assist. It was as devastating as it was brilliant and although Marcos Alonso hit the post with a free-kick in first half stoppage time, the Blues looked shell-shocked.Chelsea started the second period positively and Barca boss Ernesto Valverde was an animated figure as he barked instructions to his players, with Alonso again a threat for the visitors.But he need not have worried. Because Messi, who was being watched by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli, raced into the area after 63 minutes and again found the gap between Courtois’ legs, this time with a powerful left-footed drive, to score his 100th Champions League goal.It was also his sixth in this season’s competition after something of a slow start in the group stages. Here he was, back at his breathtaking best when it mattered most to destroy a team renowned for their defensive discipline.”It is what we always say: he is a player who makes the difference,” Andres Iniesta said afterwards to beIn Sports with typical understatement. “It is a blessing that he is with us.”Indeed it is. After a short absence at the weekend, the King has returned for Barcelona – and he has his eyes firmly fixed on another Champions League crown this season.
A thing was written this week about us on a website called GoPokes.com that frustrated me. It frustrated me because it ain’t true, and it also frustrated me because I’m really proud of the people who have worked to make PFB into what it is.Instead of responding to that post here (don’t miss, by the way), I’d instead like to tell you a little about the guys whose work you’ve been enjoying over the past weeks, months and years.Let’s go.Jackson Lavarnway: As a high schooler (!) he was going to games and shooting them from the stands before we were credentialed by OSU. He’s gotten better every year since then and has made this site 10x more legit with his photos.Grant Newton: Runs our store, updates our data, manages our PFB+ subscriptions and listens to my rants about the journalism industry in 2019. You never hear his name, but you’ve definitely consumed his work.Dustin Ragusa: Moonlights as our film evaluator (or, I guess, critic this season 😊) while working long hours at his actual job. Gamer.Carson Cunningham: Can’t imagine hollering about OSU all day at anyone else.Steven Mandeville: You won’t meet a kinder individual in the media business. He would not only give you the shirt off his back but write 500 words asking for other people to do the same.Seth Duckworth: He’s carved such a cool niche in this world. I wish I had a subscriber for every person who’s said to me, “I love Seth’s stuff.”Marshall Scott: One of the best things to happen to PFB that I never saw coming. Good teams win. Great teams cover. Elite teams go to soccer availability on a Wednesday when football looks like it’s in the tank and grind out stories anyway.Kyle Cox: As detail-oriented and hard-working as it gets in this industry. When I think about a terrific sports blogger, I think about Kyle Cox.Kyle Boone: A friend. A business partner. A dude (i.e. somebody Gundy would never recruit but Boynton would be hounding from the jump!)These dudes bust their asses to make a great product, and I’m proud of them and what we have all built together. I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again: I could do this site without them, but it wouldn’t be any good or any fun so why would I?[pivots]The best way to support them (and us) is to become a PFB+ member. Subscriptions are not a silver bullet in 2019 like many people think they are, but they do help us immensely when it comes to building a business. And you get a really cool product that we’ve worked hard on in return.Not sure why you would join something that’s already free or what you get when you join? Here are six reasons you should subscribe to PFB+ as your only source for Oklahoma State news and community.1. Ad-Free Browsing: I was on another site that covers OSU the other day, and after I clicked on the page, I literally could not see the words I came to read because of how many ads were covering up the space.Ads — too many ads — stink. If you’re a PFB+ subscriber, you won’t see any ads on our site. I’ve been browsing like this for a while, and if you spend any amount of time on here it’s worth the two dimes a day you’ll pay for it because of how clean and uniform the experience is.2. Gameday Threads: They have been a delight. I’m tossing GIFs at people. Other folks are cursing about how our word blocker blocked their previous attempt to curse. Everybody is screaming about the calls on second-and-long. It’s a sports bar of folks who are actually funny and entertaining to chat with during games. Here’s our OSU-Iowa State thread for Saturday for PFB+ subscribers.3. Chicken Recruiting Nuggets: We’re able to deal in rumors and hearsay (as well as well-sourced information) more in our PFB+ forum — also known as The Chamber — than we are on here. Kyle B. has been dropping Bryce Thompson info and Cade Cunningham info like …..4. Giveaway City: This month we will give away a big gift card to our PFB Store to one of our subscribers. Next month, it will likely be basketball tickets Other months we’ve given football tickets or prints of some of our best photos.Some of our subscribers have probably actually made money off of us in terms of the value of the stuff we’ve given away. On this note, we’re currently at 600 subscribers. If we get to 700 by Halloween then we’ll give away season basketball tickets for two to one of our subscribers. If we get to 1,000 by the bowl game, we have something even more special planned that I don’t want to announce yet. Two pretty cool deals that require some real momentum in the weeks ahead.5. More Voice: Folks who are PFB+ subscribers simply have more voice in shaping what we do. They’re involved in the PFB+ portion of The Chamber (which is mostly where we hang out), and they have helped us think about what PFB should be in the future. Like assistant coaches, but if Gundy actually listened to them.Kidding! Not really kidding!6. Future Stability: I said some of this above, but we were able to hire our first FTE this year. That’s exciting for us and a good thing for you because Marshall Scott is grinding on the weekly beat in Stillwater. He’s entrenched there, which gives us legitimacy and continuity.Also, it’s no secret that the media world is a mess right now. You all saw what happened to Sports Illustrated recently. The way forward is not on the back of that silver-bullet subscription model, but rather a mixture of revenue streams. This is one of them, and it will ensure you get the best OSU news and community for years and years to come.Today we’re giving away PFB+ subscriptions at a discount. If you sign up for the yearly version today using the code LETSGO2019, you’ll get 50 percent off. We have 16 of those spots left, and then they’re gone.You can sign up right here. 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 week, I heard the best presentation on marketing that I’ve ever heard in recent memory. I was listening to Frank Luntz, the famous former Republican message strategist who brought us terms like the “death tax.” He talked about how nonprofits can express themselves in more compellng terms, drawing heavily from his book, Words that Work. He was presenting right after me at Spitfire’s Communications Leadership Institute. Thank goodness I went first — following that session would have been like being a grad student sharing the stage with Stephen Hawking. I’m going to blog about what Luntz said all this week, because he understands better than anyone how to cut through the communications clutter, speak to an audience’s values, and seize people’s attention.One of the questions posed to Luntz was how to get young people interested in environmental causes. He said if they were not paying attention with awareness of global warming at such a high, they probably wouldn’t ever care. What is needed now, he said, is a clear call to action. A few days later, a lot of well-intentioned but poorly positioned Earth Day email was clogging my inbox. Most of it lacked a clear, Luntz-style call to action. He was right.There was one notable exception. My friends at Care2 sent me a link to their petition page. Nice, vivid video (I’ll never forget the five arms). Simple action (sign the petition). Room for user-driven content. 10,000 signatures and thousands of personal notes in a few days. Well done.Remember: Ask for something simple, clear and compelling or don’t ask at all.
Croatia ‘Little sh*t’! Why some Croatia fans have turned on Real Madrid idol Luka Modric Ante Buskulic & Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 15:23 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Goran Stanzl/Pixsell Croatia Croatia v Nigeria Nigeria World Cup The midfielder is popular with his club’s fans, but a recent trial in his homeland has turned him into a villain for the national team Luka Modric should be the star of the show for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup. The midfielder enters the tournament having won the Champions League for the third year in a row with Real Madrid. He’s a hugely popular figure in Spain, but fans of his national team do not hold the 32-year-old in the same high esteem.As a child during the Croatian War of Independence, Modric was forced to leave his home of Modrici, with his grandfather killed by Serbs who occupied the area. He was forced to live in a hotel in Zadar with other refugees, with his only comfort coming from playing football.A trial at Hajduk Split did not go well for the youngster, who was told he was too small and weak, forcing him to move once more, joining Dinamo Zagreb as a 16-year-old. A modest and humble player, he was initially greatly admired by peers, but Croatian supporters took their time to warm to him as they criticised him for not being attacking enough, preferring to pass the ball to the nearest team-mate or else backwards in order to keep possession. 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 This was magnified when he lined out for Croatia, with fans expecting him to replicate his performances from Tottenham and then Real Madrid for the national side. It was not until 2015 or 2016 that he finally began to convince supporters, helping raise his own game and that of his team-mates in the trademark red and white shirt.However, in recent times Modric has again become unpopular with many fans in Croatia. The reason for this is the midfielder’s association with the controversial agent Zdravko Mamic – a man labelled by his critics as the ‘godfather of Croatian football’ due to his widespread power and influence throughout the game in the country.Even as a teenager, Modric was associated with Mamic, who owned the Mamic Soccer Agency (MSA). Mamic helped orchestrate Modric’s move to Dinamo, and sought to help the young players who had signed civil contracts with him by helping them financially in return for a percentage of their salaries if they had successful football careers.It was speculated that Modric, Eduardo da Silva, Dejan Lovren and many others had signed these contracts with MSA, but Mamic insists that he was risking his future because these players may never have become successful.”It was a business risk I took! You always speak about Modric and Eduardo, but what about those players I invested in and never got anything in return because they failed to make a career?” Mamic explained several years ago.Despite Mamic’s claims that he was acting in his clients’ interests, the whole story went public when Eduardo sued Mamic, claiming that the deal was like an owner-slave relationship if he was forced to give Mamic a percentage of his salary until the end of his career.Eduardo argued that he did not understand what he was agreeing to when he signed the contract as he did not understand Croatian fluently. He had arrived in Zagreb as a 15-year-old, with Mamic paying for his surgery and buying a house for the player and his family which later allowed Eduardo to qualify for Croatia through residency.The court favoured Mamic over Eduardo in the case, but the agent was forced to close down MSA after becoming director and executive president at Dinamo. He insisted that his son Mario Mamic would also return his agent’s license to FIFA and not become involved in the transfer of Dinamo players, but it later emerged that no such thing had happened.Mamic’s influence also spread to the Croatian FA, where he had an impact on the selection of national team coaches and the association’s presidential elections. However, it was his relationship with Dinamo and his involvement in their player sales that was ultimately called into question, with Mamic brought to trial to assess whether he made illegal personal profits.Many big-name players were called as witnesses for Mamic’s trial, including Modric, and were asked to explain their relationship with Dinamo and Mamic. The judge ruled that, alongside the contract Dinamo had with players, they would also sign a deal that would regulate how transfer money would be split between the club and player, with the percentage assigned to the player eventually ending up in Mamic’s pocket.At the time of his sale in 2008, Modric was the biggest transfer in Dinamo’s history when he was sold for €21 million to Tottenham. As part of his agreement, Modric agreed to hand his percentage to Mamic, but during the trial, the prosecution proved that the additional deal regarding the split of player/club income was signed after Modric’s transfer to Tottenham, rather than before.During his testimony, Modric changed some of his initial statements, saying “I don’t remember” when asked when the contracts were signed and, when he received money from the deal, as well as confusing the date he made his international debut. Modric claimed the authorities dragged him from the national team camp and questioned him for several hours in the night, leaving him too tired to properly understand the statement he had signed for them. During the trial, the changes from his statement benefited Mamic.This alteration in his statement to try to help Mamic was not well-received by football fans in Croatia. He was the target of some offensive graffiti in Zadar, Zagreb and Split, while fans sang “Luka Modric, little sh*t” during Croatian league matches.At the end of the trial in March of this year, Mamic was found guilty and sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, while Modric and Lovren face charges for perjury. Mamic escaped to Bosnia and Herzegovina the night before the verdict was given, claiming he will appeal.The trial has stained Modric’s reputation among supporters, with Hajduk Split supporters even cheering against Croatia due to Modric’s involvement. Other club fans still want the nation to do well at the World Cup, but now Modric will never be their hero, no matter what he achieves on the field.
Germany ‘Quality is not enough’ – Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss Guy Atkinson 17:58 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Germany World Cup Germany v Sweden Sweden Germany v Mexico Mexico The right-back has lamented the number of mistakes that his side made as they suffered a poor start to the defence of their World Cup title Joshua Kimmich has questioned Germany’s mentality after their shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.The reigning champions were second best to El Tri throughout and were duly punished by Hirving Lozano’s superb goal midway through the first half.Germany had won just one of their six pre-World Cup friendlies after qualifying with a 100 per cent record and Kimmich believes a lack of intensity in those games contributed to their lacklustre performance against the Central Americans. 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 He said: “The mentality when facing a match of this level also counts, quality is not enough. We lacked that too, so many mistakes were made.”Removing Saudi Arabia we have not won the last six games. You cannot compare the friendlies, in which the opponent does not press you as much as a qualifying round or a World Cup.”The coach [Joachim Low] is right when he said that we lost a lot of balls. Mexico did well on the counter-attack, especially – they caught us several times.”Kimmich, however, was indirectly criticised by team-mate Mats Hummels in the game’s aftermath, with the veteran defender complaining that only he and Jerome Boateng were defending.Germany will be hoping to get their campaign back on track when they face Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.
World Cup England have plenty of leaders and can go far, says Lampard Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup England The former Chelsea midfielder has urged the leaders in the England team to step up and deliver at Russia 2018 Frank Lampard believes England have the potential to go far at the World Cup and has urged the more experienced players to step up and showcase their leadership credentials.Lampard was part of an England side which headed out of the 2014 World Cup and didn’t get past the group stage but he remains hopeful that Gareth Southgate’s side will fare better during the tournament in Russia.The former Chelsea midfielder also thinks that the tournament could provide the perfect platform for England’s more experienced faces to show off their credentials and guide the Three Lions into the latter stages of the tournament. 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 “I am hopeful about England’s chances,” Lampard told Goal at BBC media day.“I think expectancy levels are slightly less and that is probably a good thing for the squad. They have a good team in terms of youth, particularly in attacking areas. England have some good players who are playing very well for their clubs in the Premier League.”I just hope it can come together. Gareth Southgate is working very hard with the squad. We can certainly beat teams on our day. It is about getting momentum at the tournament. I expect us to get through our group and then we will see how far we can go.“The World Cup is the time for new leaders to come out. Henderson is showing leadership at Liverpool in their run to the Champions League final, Kane in his performances and stature in the game is a leader.”So I think there are players who are already leaders and will become leaders. And tournaments like the World Cup are moments when you have to stand up a little bit. I’d like to think England are not short on leaders.”England’s youth teams have had considerable success over the past year, including triumphs at the European Under-17 Championships and 2017 Under-20 World Cup, and Lampard says that the relationships formed at youth level will leave the senior team in good stead going into future tournaments.“Everyone is doing the same now with youth setup and I think England were late to the party. The Spanish, French and Germans have had their academies for years and now England have that as well,” he added.”And you are seeing the benefits with underage teams winning tournaments. But competition remains high across the board and we have talented groups of youngsters coming through in groups, which is great because it allows them to form relationships as they grow up.”And hopefully we can have success again at major tournaments in the next five to 10 years.”Indeed, England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game, and face Panama on Sunday. They will take on Belgium next week.The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14.
World Cup England should be dreaming of World Cup win – Rooney Goal 17:02 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup England Colombia v England Colombia The 32-year-old sees the potential and talent in the Three Lions squad before they take on Colombia in their second round tie Former England captain Wayne Rooney believes the country is right to start “dreaming” of winning the World Cup this year.Confidence has grown in the Three Lions camp after they started the competition with wins over Tunisia and Panama, before losing out on first place in their group to Belgium.Gareth Southgate’s team will face Colombia in the last 16 on Tuesday, and players like Dele Alli and Danny Welbeck believe they pose a strong threat to all contenders in 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 And Rooney, who retired from the England team after Euro 2016, believes they are right to fancy their chances of going far.”I think we should be dreaming now,” he told ESPN.”It’s early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup – whether we go out [on Tuesday] or we go on and win it – the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads.”I’ve seen it two years ago. I said it two years ago when I was captain of the team: give these lads a bit of time, because I’ve seen the quality and the ability they all had.”And, again, after this tournament, whatever happens now, get behind them, because in two years’ time, four years’ time, that might be the support that helps them go on and win that trophy.”With the likes of Harry Kane, Alli, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling in the squad, England have a dangerous attack, and Rooney hopes Southgate gives them freedom on the field.”They’re good. They’ve got a lot of potential. They’ve been exciting, young, great energy, playing with a lot of freedom,” the new D.C. United player added.”I just hope Gareth allows them to do that in this game against Colombia and doesn’t maybe think it’s a knockout game you need to hold back a bit. Let them play. I think they’re enjoying having that freedom. They’re expressing themselves.”I think sometimes if you take a bit away from that it might hurt us, but I’d say let them play and let them continue to go on.”
Timothy Weah’s explosion was one of the stories of pre-season as he proved there is far more to his game than simply being the son of 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George.The teenager burst onto the scene with Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain and appeared set to have a significant role to play at Parc des Princes this season after scoring in the 4-0 Trophee des Champions win over Monaco and then again off the bench versus Caen on the opening weekend of Ligue 1 action.It seemed that he had seized his opportunity, with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the club’s frontline duo, fatigued having only just returned following World Cup duties with France and Brazil respectively. 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? Despite scoring a goal for every 72 minutes he’s been on the pitch this season, Weah has subsequently faded from view and since playing one half against Guingamp on August 18 has not even appeared on the teamsheet for Tuchel.The arrival of Eric Choupo-Moting in the closing hours of the summer transfer window has seen him cast to the shade, despite the former Stoke man netting only once in 12 outings for the Parisians.This falls against a backdrop of the German showing his willingness to give academy prospects Stanley N’Soki and Moussa Diaby, whose contribution of three goals and five assists from only 534 minutes has eclipsed that of his fellow youth-team graduate, increased first-team exposure.Indeed, Weah has earned far more game time with the US national team, with whom he has played five games, including four starts, and totalling 359 minutes.Otherwise, he has been restricted to training with PSG’s top team and flirting occasionally with playing in the B team, earning his spurs by scoring two goals in three outings in the French fourth tier, where games are often played on little more than public parks.Nevertheless, he knew there was this possibility when he sat down with his mother – who is the parent who has largely overseen his footballing development, despite his illustrious father – to discuss the best course of action during the summer.“My mom, she thought I am still really young and tender. There’s still some stuff to work on,” he said in September.“She thought if I did go to a lower team in the same league, there would be so many expectations to carry that team or potentially fight for a league winning spot. I don’t feel that I’m ready for that.“I’m always ready for a challenge but right now I feel like training with PSG, training with Neymar, Thiago Silva and getting better each day – I feel like that’s the way to go. That’s the choice we made.”Over the ensuing months, he has not changed his perspective, which is mature for an 18-year-old.“Right now, I’m not playing but I’m always looking for progress, to do more, watching others and learning from them,” he said, speaking in November. “I’m waiting for my chance, but I hope I can go on loan soon.”His chance is liable to arrive in the days ahead, with clubs from around Europe clamouring to play their part in the development of the son of a legend, who is a highly promising talent in his own right.“Tim is in the ‘American mould’, always smiling, with his headphones over his ears, laidback and still needs a good relationship with his coach,” former PSG reserve both Francis Rodrigues told Paris-United. “I think that finding time with a Ligue 1 or even a Ligue 2 side would be good for him. He must now step up a level away from Paris, where the bar is set extremely high.”And of course, there is top-flight interest in France, with Strasbourg leading the way in that regard, though with Amiens hovering, too.RMC, meanwhile, report that there is interest from the Bundesliga, where another former PSG academy product Jean-Kevin Augustin has impressed for RB Leipzig since making the move in 2017. Stuttgart and Leverkusen would offer such options from Germany, while from Serie A, the likes of Sassuolo, Fiorentina and Lazio lurk.But while it seems that in the short term, Weah’s future lies away from the French capital, he has already shown himself sufficiently capable to have earned a longer future at Parc des Princes, where he is under contract until 2020.His exploits last summer were a glimpse of what he is capable of, but after this false start, his real breakout seems destined to follow.
PARIS — The Latest on the protests in France (all times local):11:25 a.m.Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend.The footage, which has been shared widely on social media, has prompted trade unions and far-left parties to lash out at perceived police brutality.The images, which were filmed Thursday at Mantes-la-Jolie, showed a group of students on their knees with their hands behind their head.They are being watched over by armed police officers whose faces are hidden by ski masks. In one of the videos, a police officer can be heard saying: “Here is a class that behaves well.”Interior minister Christophe Castaner said Friday that 151 people were arrested in the small town, adding that some of them carried weapons. He said none of the students were injured.Students across France have joined the protests that have escalated over the past few weeks. They oppose an education reform and have clashed with police at many high schools in several French cities.In an interview with Le Monde newspaper, CGT trade union secretary general Philippe Martinez said “You don’t beat up kids.”___9:35 a.m.Drastic security measures will put a lockdown on downtown Paris on Saturday as French authorities try to prevent another outbreak of violence during anti-government protests.In addition to the 8,000 police forces that will be deployed in the French capital city, the Paris police prefect has identified 14 high-risk sectors that will be cleared out.Fearing protesters could target street furniture or construction sites, Paris police will remove all the glass containers, railings and building machines set up in the identified sectors which include the Champs-Elysees avenue.Across the country some 89,000 police will be mobilized, up from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 were arrested in the worst street violence seen in the country in decades.The Associated Press
OSU then-junior outfielder Alex Bayne (left) high-fives then-junior pitcher Shelby Hursh during the 2015-16 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen Ohio State senior right fielder Alex Bayne started playing softball, it was because her dad, a former baseball player himself, wanted to see his daughter take up the sport that he so dearly cherished. Little did Bayne’s father know at the time that his influence bred one of the Big Ten’s most dominant players.Alex Bayne’s first start came in 2015, but she really made a name for herself the following year. She tied OSU’s single-season home run record with 19, led the team in RBIs (49), runs (53) and OBP (.461), and was even named first-team All-Big Ten, as well as first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region. While Bayne’s breakout season was certainly one for the history books, softball hasn’t always come so naturally to the Manvel, Texas, native.She originally began her college career at Marshall University, eventually transferring to OSU, making the team as a walk-on.“Marshall wasn’t a good fit for me personally, so I took the year off and contemplated whether I wanted to play softball still,” Bayne said. “My boyfriend — now fiance — was going to OSU, and I’d come to visit him. I fell in love with OSU and knew I wanted to play softball again, so I started getting ready for tryouts to show that I was worth it.”Despite proving that she was worth it during tryouts, Bayne was still anything but a refined softball player. It was through the guidance of the coaching staff and some former teammates that helped Bayne realize her full potential.“The coaching staff has developed me exponentially,” Bayne said. “I came in a wide-eyed sophomore who was a walk-on coming from tryouts. My coaches saw potential in me that I didn’t even see yet, and they developed my talents. Also, the leaders of the team back then took me under their wing and allowed me to really grow.” Not only is Bayne one of the top softball players in the country, she’s now a leader for OSU. Senior pitcher Shelby Hursh said it’s Bayne’s reliability that sets her apart from the pack. “It’s the best feeling to have players like Alex behind you,” Hursh said. “Especially as a pitcher, you know that if you give up a couple runs, we have a hitter like her and we’ll be able to get those runs back.”Bayne has picked up right where she left off through OSU’s first eight games this season. She has already hit six home runs, scored 11 runs, and has a .407 batting average. In order to attain such consistency, a player has to be willing to work hard and be coachable, OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said.“What I appreciate so much about Alex is that she learned from the leaders during her first year on the team,” Schoenly said. “Alex purposely attached herself to them so she could learn from the very best. She was never bitter, and Alex learned that if you want to get in the starting lineup, you have to put in the extra work, and she started doing it.”In her final year of eligibility, Bayne has not begun to seriously reflect on her time as a Buckeye. Although she’s been a part of some memorable moments in the last two seasons, the best is yet to come, as far as Bayne is concerned. “I definitely think this season’s up for a lot of special memories,” Bayne said. “Obviously, going to the postseason last year and being one of the qualifying teams in the NCAA Tournament is probably at the top. I still think there’s more in store this year. There’s room for pretty great memories.”
The Boca Juniors footballer understands why Lionel doesn’t want to be in the national team for the rest of the yearAfter it was known that Lionel Messi will not appear for Argentina in their two friendly matches of the year, many footballers are giving their opinion about it.But to those that know Messi, they understand why he doesn’t want to go back to international football for a while.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).“It’s very personal, Leon has to take some time off to think about it,” Carlos Tevez told Diario Olé on Tuesday.“I can understand why he doesn’t want to go back. When one goes to the national team, fairly or unfairly, one is criticized.”The Boca Juniors striker will meet Messi tomorrow and told Olé how “it’s always cool to meet him again after we had a great time on the national team.”
According to Deutsche-Welle, Michael Ballack said he was “surprised” to see that Joachim Low was still in charge of GermanyReal Madrid footballer Toni Kroos has come out in defense of his manager Joachim Low after former Germany national team captain criticized him.According to the Deutsche-Welle, Ballack said he was surprised that Low was still in charge after the 2018 FIFA World Cup fiasco.“I was surprised as well as many other people that he kept his job,” Ballack told the DW.“For a long time, he worked with the team and sometimes you should say that things don’t work anymore when you’re so long with a certain team.”“Perhaps he just wanted to take his job,” said Kroos to the DW.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“I’m convinced that we can get back on track with Jogi Löw.”“He’s proven over many years that he’s willing to refine himself. He absolutely deserves another chance,” he added.💬 @ToniKroos: “The fixtures are very promising. We are motivated and targeting six points.” #NEDGER #FRAGER #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/bBcUV3TxVj— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 11, 2018
“Our growth strategy to further the company’s diversification of risk through events serving different industries, in different geographies, with different formats; and launching to broaden the scope of our operations and provide further diversification in these areas has been our practice for the last decade,” says Diversified Communications CEO Ted Wirth in a statement. Wirth succeeded Nancy Hasselback as president and CEO last June. Diversified Communications is continuing its acquisitive streak through a deal to buy Bangkok-based exhibition organizer Kavin Intertrade Co. Ltd. The move adds another seven shows, trade and consumer, to Diversified’s event business and establishes a new division in Thailand. It’s the first deal for Diversified in 2014—the company closed five acquisitions last year. The addition of Kavin brings another 20 employees on board, giving Diversified a global staff of 740, says the company.Diversified Communications has for years been uniquely aggressive in its international expansion, particularly through events. Likewise, as the company has broadened its global reach, it’s been growing the number of industries it serves, balancing its risk and market exposure across platforms and verticals, true to the company’s own name. More on this topic Diversified Adds Another Strategic Acquisition Hasselback Steps Down as President, CEO of Diversified Communications Diversified Communications Makes Fifth Acquisition This Year Diversified Communications Buys Accounts Payable Network Diversified Business Communications Buys Electronic Health Record Provider 1105 MediaJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by