Three-star Georgia quarterback/athlete James Graham dropped his list of top 10 schools on Friday. Oklahoma State made the cut, along with Michigan, Alabama, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Auburn Georgia Tech and Georgia.Graham, who plays quarterback for Fitzgerald High School in southern Georgia, held 18 offers as of Friday. But he whittled down his list to a manageable 10, eliminating Arkansas, Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland, Tulane, UCF and Georgia Southern. 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. OSU could have a backdoor into Graham’s recruitment that only Virginia Tech can boast, as two teammates from last year’s team signed at Division I schools (running back J.D. King signed with OSU, tight end Lecitus Smith signed with the Hokies.)Graham is a star dual-threat quarterback, but is being pursued by the Pokes as a running back to play alongside his former high school teammate in the same backfield.As a junior last season, Graham threw for 950 yards in seven games and rushed for 330 on just 54 carries.
Oklahoma State has been in the public eye this summer. And it’s not just because of its head coach’s antics or hairstyle. The Cowboys’ offense could be otherworldly with Heisman candidate Mason Rudolph and maybe the best receiving corps in the college football.But the biggest reason for optimism for 2017 and beyond is the rising star of Justice Hill.The Freshman All-American became the Cowboys’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle in 2012, effectively reviving a downtrodden ground game. When he broke Thurman Thomas’ freshman rushing record in Week 11, OSU fans knew they had something special.AdChoices广告Now Hill’s star has been recognized by college football’s awards committees. Hill was named as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award this week, given annually to college football’s best running back. The list includes 61 returning college running backs but only seven underclassmen.Hill led all FBS freshman with 1,142 yards and added six touchdowns while starting only 10 games. That was the fifth-highest rushing season for any Big 12 freshman and earned him Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and second-team All-Big 12 honors. He was voted a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and USA Today.“He’s been huge for us,” said Mason Rudolph recently. “He added some weight this offseason, squatted like 560 pounds this morning. He’s hovering about 200 pounds. He’s a lot bigger than last year.”Other Big 12 running backs included were Kyle Hicks from TCU and Alex Barnes and Justin Silmon from Kansas State. Ten semifinalists will be announced on November 15 and three finalists on November 20. The winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 7 on ESPN. 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.
Modern offenses have become the proverbial melting pot of college football. Teams are constantly changing and stealing from others in an effort to find success, which has in turn made offenses too complicated to label.Still, many fans or broadcasters will often use terms without actually knowing what they mean (Brent Musburger — not everything is an end around; please stop misusing it like Ron Burgundy’s “When in Rome”).In the world of the spread, teams’ philosophies often get categorized in an effort to help one understand what they are. But due to the nature and prevalence of the spread, this isn’t an accurate way of describing an offense. This directly applies to Oklahoma State, who has long been a chameleon, as Porter calls it, in a world where people are constantly trying to put things in boxes.AdChoices广告The nature of identifying an offense by a title is accurate when a team is running it in the purest form, like June Jones’ erstwhile “Run n’ Shoot” at Hawaii or Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” at Washington State. But modern offenses no longer rely on one overarching concept. The spread, which has become the craze of football at all levels, is a perfect example of this. The spread itself isn’t a particular set of plays or even a philosophy. The spread is an amalgamation of concepts and ideas that have accumulated from the beginning of football. Two teams might run the “spread,” but they might run it completely differently, The term might give you an idea of a team’s offense, but it doesn’t give you much of one. Additionally, with the media and fans constantly using the term “spread,” it’s created an effect of semantic saturation, meaning the term has been used so many times that it has lost its meaning.Oklahoma State is a perfect example. They have a number of different influences. They have an air-raid influence from their days of Dana Holgorsen, who was a direct air-raid disciple from his days as walk-on and eventual assistant coach for Mike Leach and Hal Mumme. They still have many of the same formations, concepts and signals from their Fiesta Bowl days, but they’re not the exact same offense. Now, the Pokes incorporate a cowboy back into their scheme, often moving it around the field in a number of different positions. In that sense, the offense frequently operates as pro-style or two-back, as OSU used 11 personnel (one back, one tight end, three receivers) on roughly one third of their plays last season. The offenses during 2014 and 2015 could be seen as a more true pro-style offense because of their use of gap schemes (power, counter, etc.). There’s even a west coast influence, as the Cowboys use a handful of west coast concepts, including “sluggo seam,” which they installed last season.The point is that offenses, and specifically OSU, have become ineffable in a sense. They are too varied and their origins are too expansive to be accurately described by a single title. In the era of the spread, teams are actually often identified by the coach, and more importantly the coaching tree, that the offense operates under. Chip Kelly has his own offense while Urban Meyer has his, and so on. Mike Gundy is a wild card because he’s brought in offensive coordinators from a number of different backgrounds, and OSU is constantly evolving to both adapt to personnel and stay ahead of the curve. Gundy, who (don’t forget) is an intelligent offensive mind, has said in the past that he’s also constantly bringing new plays to the table.Expect the Cowboys to keep changing their version of the spread, just like they’ve been doing in the past. Fans are constantly worried about coaches not properly adjusting to the personnel as if they care less than the fans do. The Pokes will be fine this season. But when it comes to a name, does OSU fall under any particular title? What’s the most accurate name you can give to OSU’s offense? Successful. That’ll be plenty accurate, or at least we hope so.Writer’s note: This article was written in response to the great feedback I’ve received asking what offense OSU runs. This, combined with our devoted readership and constant drive to create original content, motivated me to write on the subject. Thank you to all the devoted fans of the Chalk Talk series — let’s have a fun season this year, shall we? 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.
Is this the year? The season OSU finally gets over the hump?Is this the year they dethrone Oregon for the best uniforms in college football?! With the upgraded jerseys & plethora of helmets OSU is truly close to calling itself the best dressed in the nation. With that, let’s look back at 2016.5. Central Michigan: Black/Black/Gray[USATSI]If the helmet had the brand (chrome!) or the badge, it would be top two. I’ve wanted to see Black-Gray-Black since 2011, and this is a glimpse of its prowess. Black and gray is an awesome look and the orange numbers are a nice compliment.AdChoices广告4. Southeastern Louisiana: White (Brand)/Orange/White[USATSI]Full disclosure: I’m not a White-Orange-White connoisseur. I guess I like the non-traditional looks more because I’ve seen WOW a majority of my life. This is strictly because of the brand – Only worn once the entire season! Is the brand a thing of the past? Is the badge the official logo now? I like the badge and will address it later but I’m worried about the brand, guys. By the way, what if I told you in the mid-2000s about a helmet with a black face mask, black stripe & metallic brand? Would you need CPR? I would. Keep in mind OSU was wearing these monstrosities back then.3. West Virginia (HC): Black (Retro Brand)/Orange/White[USATSI]“BY GAWD!!! THAT’S JIMMY JOHNSON’S MUSIC!!!” The throwback helmet was done so well I think my Dad thought he was watching ESPN Classic. I just wish they could go full-throwback with the jersey & pants, as well. Anyway, the homecoming helmet has become an annual thrill to see what the equipment staff comes up with and this was their best one yet.2. TCU: White (Badge)/White/Black[USATSI]This is a perfect road uniform. There is really no way to understate how crucial the switch to black numbers is. The numeral pops on its own but paired with the black pants is perfection. I was leery at first but it’s really grown on me: I’m all-in on the aforementioned badge. If they aren’t going to wear the brand…Badge > Pete.1. Texas: Black (Badge)/Black/Black[USATSI]All-black is foolproof. When you are one of the few schools with black as an official school color (looking at you, TCU & Baylor. High school move.) you must take advantage. There’s not a more intimidating look than all-black, everything. Throw-in the badge & chrome face mask and this combo is among the best in the nation. 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.
2014-5T987-6 YearTurnover MarginRankingRecord 2013122133T5 2015+13T410-3 Tre Flowers02 There’s a direct correlation between winning the turnover battle and winning games. That’s not news to anyone but it’s definitely on the mind of Mike Gundy and Glenn Spencer heading into this fall.“Scoring defense, turnovers and red-zone defense,” Spencer told PFB. “Those are the three most relevant things that determine winning football games.”Part of last year’s margin can be attributed to Rudolph’s uber-efficient junior season where he led all Power 5 QBs with a TD-to-interception ratio of 28:4. But Spencer’s teams have been among the nation’s leaders in “takin’ it back” since he took over as defensive coordinator in 2013, save for that unadorned 2014 season.Here’s a look at forced turnovers over the last several seasons. 2013+17T410-3 2011+21112-1 2016111425T24 2012111122T58 Cole Walterscheid01 20112024441 As it was in most categories, the 2011 team was the high-water mark. It forced 44 turnovers, which is insane and the most of any team in the last ten yearsSo how does a team get good at forcing turnovers? Is it all luck? Is it team speed? Scheme? Or do some players just have a nose for the ball? Ask three “experts” and you’ll likely get three different answers, but I think it’s got to be a combination of all of it, although Mike Gundy and safety Ramon Richards have mentioned team speed lately.“Man, we got guys that can fly around. A real fast defense,” Richards told Go Pokes. “You know, the ones, twos and even some of the threes can fly around and make up if any of our guys get tired.”“Defensively we’re similar because we don’t have a player everyone is going to say just dominates, but we have a lot of speed,” Gundy told Doug Gottlieb. “I think they’re really fast. Playing in our conference, it’s so important to have speed to cover from sideline to sideline. They need to force turnovers.”As far as 2017 goes, the Cowboys lost the players responsible for eight of their 14 forced fumbles and six of their 12 interceptions. Here are the returning players who dispossessed an opponent in 2016. 201421214T116 YearFumbles GainedINTS GainedTurnovers GainedRanking 2016+11T1010-3 2010+12T1111-2 2010151934T5 20120T598-5 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. We are two weeks from the start of Oklahoma State’s football season — and there’s plenty to be excited about.The fanbase’s brimming optimism has recently started to spill over with a few members of the national media pouring their own glass of orange Kool-Aid. Joel Klatt picked Mason Rudolph to win the Heisman. Even a certain maligned publication slapped Rudolph on their cover and tabbed Oklahoma State as their dark-horse playoff pick.All that’s fine and good. Mike Gundy thinks his team can handle it. Besides, that’s old news to the 13th-year head coach. He’s been having this conversation since his team beat up on Pac-12 darling Colorado in last year’s Alamo Bowl.Gundy even addressed the similarities between the historic 2011 team and his current group at the start of spring camp. He drew all types of parallels between the two squads — an experienced returning quarterback, wideout talent and depth in oodles and a star tailback.But Gundy saw one difference between those two teams worth noting.“The good news is that we may be better on defense than we were then,” Gundy proclaimed “but those teams were really good at forcing turnovers which allowed us to get more opportunities so we could outscore you.”The scoring part should take care of itself but what about the turnovers?The good news is that the Cowboys won’t have to look far for a blueprint. Over the last several years, Oklahoma State has been one of the best teams in the nation in turnover margin. Let’s take a look.Turnover Margin Justin Phillips12 Ramon Richards30 Kevin Henry10 2015111728T9 DeQuinton Osborne10 Gyasi Akem01 TOTAL66 Some changes in scheme and position could make up for some of what was lost. Ramon will get to roam free run around like a crazy man more from the safety position and the three-down sets Spencer and Co. have implemented will allow the Cowboys to field five defensive backs against some of the pass-happy offenses they’ll match up against, potentially allowing more opportunity for playmakers to make plays.And the young cornerbacks that have raised so many questions may be short on experience but not on athleticism and apparently not on talent. Spencer talked about that with PFB.“Ramon’s all about what’s best for us,” Spencer said about the position move. “To get the best 11 on the field, that’s the best move.”Oklahoma State looks poised to win its fair share of football games this fall but to reach its ultimate goal (a Big 12 title and maybe more), the defense is going to have to flip the field. With a tweak here and there — and a couple young ball hawks showing out — it should have a chance to. PlayerINTSForced Fumbles
MLS Sounders, USMNT lose Morris for 2018 with ACL tear Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mike Dinovo MLS Seattle Sounders The forward will require surgery after suffering a torn knee ligament in a CONCACAF Champions League match Thursday Jordan Morris’ 2018 MLS season is over before it even began.The Seattle Sounders forward will miss the entire season with a torn ACL, the MLS side announced Monday.”We are going to rule him out for the season,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “We are going to do what is best for Jordan’s career long term. We think he is a Sounder for the long term, he is in the club’s long-term plans. 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 “Jordan is part of the Sounders, that has not changed, that will not change. We are going to do what’s best for him long term, which may mean a longer recovery.”Morris was injured in CONCACAF Champions League play Thursday in El Salvador, going down in the 83rd minute of a 2-1 loss to Santa Tecla.The 23-year-old forward was a member of the Sounders’ MLS Cup-winning side in his rookie season of 2016, and also a part of the team that lost to Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup final.Morris’ debut season saw him score 12 goals for the Sounders, though his total fell off in a difficult sophomore campaign that saw him find the back of the net just three times in 23 games.The Stanford product also has scored five goals in 25 caps for the U.S. national team, including the game-winner in last summer’s Gold Cup final against Jamaica.The Sounders will try to overturn their deficit against Santa Tecla in the CCL last-16 clash at home Thursday before getting their MLS campaign underway Sunday against expansion side Los Angeles FC.
UEFA Champions League No Neymar, but Mbappe ready for PSG return against Real Madrid Dom Farrell 21:39 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty UEFA Champions League PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid PSG Kylian Mbappé Paris Saint-Germain will be without their Brazilian star for a crunch Champions League last-16 tie, but another big-money addition is back in training Kylian Mbappe has handed Paris Saint-Germain a fitness boost ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.The Ligue 1 leaders’ hopes of turning around a 3-1 first-leg deficit in the last-16 tie were dealt a hammer blow when Neymar suffered a broken metatarsal in the 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille a week ago.To compound matters, Mbappe sustained an ankle injury against the same opponents in the Coupe de France but the teenage France forward is ready to face Zinedine Zidane’s European champions. 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 Speaking at a pre-match news conference, PSG head coach Unai Emery said: ” Kylian Mbappe trained normally with the squad yesterday. The only player, apart from Neymar, who did not, was Javier Pastore.”Normally, all players will be ready for tomorrow’s match against Madrid, except Neymar.”This near-clean bill of health means Thiago Motta and Lassana Diarra offer more experienced options in the holding midfield role, where Argentine youngster Giovani Lo Celso struggled at times during the defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu.Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe will also contest the two centre-back slots once more after Emery controversially left club captain Silva on the bench in Madrid.”Both Lassana Diarra and Thiago Motta possess the experience for this sort of big European match,” he said.”All three central defenders are ready to play against Real Madrid. We will see after the final training session.”The 11 starters and the substitutes will all be important against Real. Everybody will need to chip in.”Although their late collapse in the Spanish capital makes PSG the underdogs, a 4-0 win over Barcelona at this stage on home turf last season gives cause for optimism and Emery called on the Parc des Princes faithful to greet their illustrious opponents with a cacophony of noise.”It is a very important moment of the season, a unique moment for all the PSG supporters and all of France. The Champions League is a major objective for the club,” he added.”This match is different. Above all, it is in Paris. We will be 12 with the support of the fans.”We need to stay united on the inside and also show that from the outside. We want unity with the PSG fans.”It is the first time that we have played an important Champions League return leg at the Parc des Princes. This is something different.”
Manchester United Mourinho reveals foul-mouthed team talk inspired Man Utd comeback Chris Burton 18:32 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Premier League The Red Devils boss was furious with his side after seeing them fall behind at Crystal Palace, but got the response he was after in a 3-2 win Jose Mourinho has revealed that a foul-mouthed half-time team talk helped him to inspire Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.Having seen his side fall behind to an early Andros Townsend effort at Selhurst Park, the Red Devils boss was fuming upon entering the away dressing room at the interval.Some home truths were handed out by the irate Portuguese, whose mood is unlikely to have improved as United then conceded to Patrick van Aanholt within three minutes of the restart. 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 They were, however, to come roaring back, with Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic sealing a dramatic victory to put a smile back on their manager’s face.Quizzed on what he had said to his team during the break, Mourinho said: “I cannot tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television.“There were a few strong words at half-time relating to their attitude and the intensity of the game.“To come back from 2-0 down away from home against a team that is desperate for points, it gives us a great feeling.“It’s a remarkable comeback, but we made mistakes. The first goal is a bad goal. We started bad once more, not pressing the ball or the opponent and giving them much space.“In the second half we were all expecting a direct comeback, and then we concede a goal that is a good goal to show the kids in the academies in the country. It shows top players can concede silly goals.“But then the attitude, the intensity, the quality, the dynamic, the risk were fantastic.”Victory over Palace has allowed United to move back into second spot in the Premier League table.They are still 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, and only two in front of arch-rivals Liverpool, but a runner-up finish and Champions League qualification remains in their hands.The Red Devils do have a testing run of fixtures approaching, though, with the next month set to see them face Liverpool, Sevilla, Brighton, Swansea and City across league, FA Cup and Champions League competition.
Jürgen Klopp ‘They have no idea about football’ – Klopp hits back at Alexander-Arnold critics Nicholas McGee 17:06 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United Premier League The 19-year-old defender was criticised for his display against Manchester United in Saturday’s game, but his coach sprung to his defence Jurgen Klopp has dismissed criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold following his lacklustre defending for the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.Alexander-Arnold was turned too easily by Marcus Rashford, who lashed into the far corner to give United the lead before the England forward took advantage of more haphazard defending from Liverpool to double the Red Devils’ advantage.An Eric Bailly own goal gave Liverpool hope but they could not complete a second-half comeback at Old Trafford, with club legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness taking aim at Alexander-Arnold. 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 Klopp, though, has no interest in their thoughts on the teenage right back.Asked about their comments, he said: “I don’t get it. If you wouldn’t tell me [about it], I would never watch it. That makes absolutely no difference to me, what people say.”What did they say? They said we defended bad? If somebody said it was only Trent’s mistake, then the guy who said that has no idea about football and I wouldn’t listen.”Dejan Lovren, in the first challenge, could be different, but it’s difficult. We were not there for the second ball and then it’s Trent.”I have to see it back again but when I saw the goal, for me Rashford did brilliantly and, exactly in the moment where Trent is ready for the challenge, he made a cut back.”He stepped too late and in the next moment he shoots. It’s the perfect striker movement and we cannot defend everything.”It’s easy afterwards to talk about it but I’m not interested. [Pundits] don’t give us points, they don’t cost us points, they are only the deliverer of good and bad messages, that’s all.”We lost 2-1, but everybody could see we’re strong. We brought them at the edge, with 2-0 down that’s really rare that you can turn a game against United, but we were close and actually we should have done it.”The weekend’s results leave Liverpool sitting fourth in the table, occupying the final Champions League spot, and just four points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester United 1 Sevilla 2 (1-2 agg): Ben Yedder brace dumps Mourinho’s men out Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 14/3/2018 Getty Images Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League after Sevilla won 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder. Wissam Ben Yedder came off the bench to score the decisive goals as Sevilla moved into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a stunning 2-1 away win at Manchester United.At a restless Old Trafford, United never got out of first gear and Sevilla, having dominated the opening leg at home without finding a way to beat David de Gea in a goalless draw, deservedly progressed.When Ben Yedder came off the bench with less than 20 minutes to play, the game was finely balanced with both sides aware the first goal would be decisive. 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 And it proved to be the case as Ben Yedder made an immediate impact, collecting a pass from Ever Banega to smash in a low finish.With United reeling, Ben Yedder soon added his eighth goal of this season’s Champions League, De Gea unable to claw out the striker’s looping header.Jose Mourinho had already played his trump card, bringing on Paul Pogba, who was only fit enough for the bench, and United stumbled to a shock home defeat despite Romelu Lukaku sparking a grandstand finish.FT: @ManUtd 1-2 #SevillaFCDREAMS COME TRUE IN MANCHESTER!!! AFTER 60 YEARS WE ARE IN THE QUARTER-FINALS OF THE @ChampionsLeague #vamosmisevilla #UCL pic.twitter.com/jdQ1TjCra9— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) March 13, 2018Lukaku blazed wide in the second minute after a smart one-two with Jesse Lingard created an early opportunity for United.Joaquin Correa flashed a near-post header narrowly over the crossbar from Banega’s left-wing corner, with Luis Muriel then wasteful after Eric Bailly’s sloppy pass played Sevilla in.Muriel dragged another decent opening wide of the far post after Pablo Sarabia sent the winger through on goal, with Sevilla dominating the opening half-hour.United finally worked a clear opening in the 38th minute, a powerful drive from Marouane Fellaini beaten away by Sergio Rico after Alexis Sanchez turned a one-two into the path of the Belgium international, who was making his first start of 2018.49 – Ever Banega completed 49 of his 52 passes in the first half, at least 21 more than any Manchester United player. Dreamer. pic.twitter.com/CDViEmCTVl— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 13, 2018Bailly’s superbly-timed challenge denied Correa in the box, then Rico had to make a smart save down to his right to turn a snapshot from Jesse Lingard around the post.With United lacking tempo on the ball and invention in midfield, Mourinho turned to Pogba on the hour-mark, the midfielder replacing Fellaini.United continued to be sloppy on the ball, Pogba curling a 72nd-minute effort narrowly wide, but it was a Sevilla substitute who came up with the opener.Ben Yedder had been on the pitch just 87 seconds when he controlled a smart pass from Banega, took a touch to steady himself and drilled a fine finish inside De Gea’s left-hand post.Before United could respond it was 2-0 and game over, chaotic defending allowing Ben Yedder to divert a goalbound header that a desperate De Gea was unable to stop crossing the line.19 – Wissam Ben Yedder has scored 19 goals in all comps this season, only Fekir & Griezmann (21) have scored more among the French players of the Top 5 European Leagues. Timely.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) March 13, 2018Lukaku sparked a late fightback by turning in a Marcus Rashford corner but United could not match Sevilla’s clinical edge in front of goal.De Gea denied Ben Yedder his hat-trick in added time, but it mattered little as Vincenzo Montella celebrated having masterminded a famous victory for his side. Key Opta Facts:- Including the 2011 final, Manchester United have only won one of their last nine Champions League knockout games (D3 L5).- After progressing from the last 16 in five successive seasons – United have now been eliminated at this stage in two of their last three Champions League campaigns (2012-13 and 2017-18).- This was the first defeat of a Premier League club by a La Liga club in the Champions League in 2017-18, at the ninth attempt (two wins for PL clubs, six draws).- Sevilla are just the third side to score 2+ goals at Old Trafford against United under Jose Mourinho (Manchester City, twice and Burnley).- Sevilla attempted 21 shots in this match – the most that Manchester United have allowed an opposition side at Old Trafford in a competitive match since Real Madrid attempted 22 in March 2013 (Champions League).- In fact, Manchester City are the only other side to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in Mourinho’s tenure at the club (1-2 in September 2016 and 1-2 in December 2017).- David de Gea has conceded more goals in this match (2) than in his previous five Champions League games this season (1).- Wissam Ben Yedder’s first goal was the fastest scored by a substitute in the Champions League this season (87 seconds). 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.
Liverpool Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:30 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Watford Watford Everything you need to know ahead of the Reds’ home date with the Hornets on Saturday evening which will see them aiming to cement a top-four standing Liverpool will be looking to offer a positive response to their disappointing defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United when they welcome Watford to Anfield on Saturday.The Reds are still unbeaten on home soil in the Premier League this season (15 games), with title-chasing Manchester City the only other side in the division able to match that record.Victory in their latest outing would allow Jurgen Klopp’s side to cement a standing inside the top four and take advantage of those around them being either on an enforced break or in FA Cup action. 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 Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the game.Liverpool injuriesNathaniel Clyne has worked his way back into contention following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but Klopp is reluctant to ask too much of him and risk suffering another setback.Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson were only fit enough for bench duty last time out at Old Trafford, but both could be rotated back into the starting XI against the Hornets.Adam Lallana faces a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of the game, with the injury-ravaged midfielder having been forced to sit out training again in midweek. Liverpool suspensionsLiverpool do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.Liverpool potential starting line-upJurgen Klopp may decide to keep faith with those who battled bravely against United, only to come away on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat.The Reds did struggle to create chances at Old Trafford, but they have been formidable at home this season and will aware of the benefits a settled side can bring.Watford team newsWatford have 10 players currently unavailable for a variety of reasons, which is posing quite the selection headache to manager Javi Gracia.Gerard Deulofeu, Tom Cleverley, Younes Kaboul, Nathaniel Chalobah and Jerome Sinclair are among those on the sidelines, while goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was dropped from the matchday squad for a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.TV channel & kick-off timeThe fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on BT SPORT 1 or BT SPORT 4K UHD from 17:00 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBCSN and kicks off at 13:30 ET.Best Opta match facts Liverpool have won nine of their 10 top-flight home games against Watford, losing only in August 1999 on what was the Hornets’ first visit in the Premier League (0-1). There has never been a goalless draw between these sides in the top-flight, with the 21 previous meetings producing a total of 72 goals (3.4 per game). Liverpool have never lost consecutive Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp, last doing so in September 2015 with Brendan Rodgers in charge. The Hornets have lost 16 of their 17 Premier League away games against sides starting that day in the top four of the table, winning only against Arsenal in January 2017. Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 47.1% of Liverpool’s 68 Premier League goals this season (24 goals, 8 assists) – the highest such ratio in the division this season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
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It’s ready. #okstate pic.twitter.com/SKSn5yYiEu— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 15, 2019• And would it really be Media Day without a story or two from the farm?Knew Mike Gundy had a farm but didn’t know this … #OKState pic.twitter.com/MG0BV9C2tN— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) July 15, 2019• Note: The time for OSU’s Oct. 5 trip to Lubbock is TBD.Gary Patterson said there’s one major difference between playing Texas Tech in Lubbock in the daytime and at nighttime:“They throw tortillas at us in the daytime, and they throw frozen water bottles at us at night.” #Big12MediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 15, 2019• Either the date on the trophy is wrong, or OSU has resigned itself to/is predicting back-to-back Liberty Bowl championships.OSU’s Liberty Bowl trophy on display. #okstate pic.twitter.com/ImfEYXnTJu— Phillip (@OKTXARPoke) July 15, 2019PFB Takes on ArlingtonKyle Boone and Marshall Scott were on hand covering the event and each came out with some great stories. There’s much more coming as the week goes on, but here’s what we learned on Monday.• Boone on why Mike Gundy has a pep in his step heading into the fall.• Gundy on the ongoing QB race, “We haven’t had anybody go ahead and take the reins at this point.”• Check out the jersey digits for OSU’s newcomers. Langston Anderson’s is 👌.• Marshall’s Notebook will cover anything else you might have missed.Other OSU Bullets• Mike Gundy got some good news on his way back from Texas when Bixby athlete — and OBJ impersonator — Brennan Presley committed for the 2020 class.• 2020 linebacker commit Jeff Roberson came in at No. 8 on The Oklahoman‘s Super 30. This from Scott Wright’s story should get you excited about what the Choctaw product will bring to OSU.Roberson’s speed sets him apart, making him an ideal fit in Knowles’ 4-2-5 defense, where linebackers are asked to be versatile playmakers in the box and in the secondary.“He’s a freakishly athletic kid who plays extremely hard,” Choctaw coach Jake Corbin said. “He’s very fast, physical, and he’ll deliver a punch when he gets there. [NewsOK]Non-OSU Bullets• Guard yourself with a little self control so that Amazon doesn’t take advantage of you.• A fictional (for now) look at what effects censorship and regulation could have on online media. Arkansas Waterfall + 5 o’clock shadow = guaranteed 10 wins. #OKState pic.twitter.com/8SOKM7HDBo— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) July 15, 2019 Mike Gundy showed up to Big 12 Media Days awfully calm for someone without a starting quarterback established and with plenty of other questions about his team. His mullet was full and his buzz words were fitting (discipline and toughness).Bullets Rundown• Gundy didn’t name his starting QB (duh)• Les Miles is still a walking sound bite• Gundy feeling rejuvenated• OSU adds under-the-radar freakBig 12 Media Day Bullets• The biggest question facing OSU is the one nobody expected to be answered on Monday. According to Gundy, Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are 1a and 1b (or rather 1x and 1x) with neither having taken the reins of the offense yet.Bill Haisten recalled another QB competition including a highly-touted Texas passer. (For the record, Bill’s sticking with his prediction that Sanders starts the entire year).“We had to put the guy out there who gave us the best chance to make plays,” Gundy recalled. “Bobby wasn’t very healthy at times, and the other guy was making plays. Bobby had every chance to play, and to make plays. I don’t remember it being that stressful.”My memory of that time is totally different. I sensed a ton of stress, and it was my belief Gundy felt great pressure in having to bench a big-time Texas recruit like Reid. [Tulsa World]On Monday, Gundy looked anything but stressed. Hopefully that’s a good sign for OSU.• Tylan Wallace says Sean Gleeson brings something that has been missing from OSU’s offense, intensity and aggression. [heart eyes emoji]Stud WR @OfficialTylan2 stopped by the desk to talk about the expectations for the @CowboyFB offense.#Big12FB | #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/RSbSrimTbo— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) July 15, 2019• At the podium Les Miles was asked how the talent he inherits at Kansas compares to the what he had when he showed up in Stillwater. If he’s picking sides, he says going with the 2019 Jayhawks. Think I’m with OKC Dave on this one.FieldsBellRashaunBajemaD. WilliamsI’d take ’em against KU https://t.co/hrM8FAe5Ww— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) July 15, 2019• Shots fired. At least the Mad Hatter is confident in the league.Here’s how @CoachLesMiles would rank the Power 5 conferences. “Pac-12 would not be an issue.” “It’s us and the @SEC.” #Big12MediaDays pic.twitter.com/7m3oP0pZeA— Heartland College Sports (@Heartland_CS) July 15, 2019• As is the yearly tradition, Mike Gundy’s elongated locks stole the show.🎷🎷🎷 pic.twitter.com/303LfxsygZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 15, 2019
Oil baron T. Boone Pickens, a 1951 Oklahoma A&M graduate who later became Oklahoma State football’s biggest donor, passed away Wednesday in Dallas, Texas. His legacy and impact on the football program and the university will forever be remembered, as will his kind spirit and one-of-a-kind personality.Over the years, Pickens displayed that magnetic charisma at media outings, public speaking appearances, and even on social media, where his sense of humor flourished, opening a window to his soul. You could write a book on some of his Instagram posts, which range from videos of him running up hills to memes of him working out to him doing pushups while army men held him upright. Come to think of it, he was a bit of a fitness junkie!He had his serious moments, too, where he revealed his brilliance to the public. We’ve compiled some of the best quotes from a little of both sides of him over the years.1. Boone’s challenge to Barack ObamaNo. 1 on the list, No. 1 in my heart, this video perhaps best represents Boone better than any other quote on this list. In 2014, he challenged sitting president Barack Obama to a fitness competition, a video that included him running hills and issuing this statement:“I challenge President Barack Obama to a 1 hour workout. My cardio is better. Will work out energy plan for America. #nosweat“ On fitness, Pickens once said, “When you are young, fitness is a sport. As you grow older, it’s a necessity.”2. On beating OUNo one wanted Oklahoma State football to flourish more than Boone Pickens. And no one wanted that flourishing to include beating OU more than Boone Pickens. He said this on the topic in 2016 (via the Tulsa World):“I would like to beat OU. Mike has struggled with that game. I think he’s 2-9, so we’re not competitive with OU. By golly, we beat Texas. We’re the only team that has beaten Texas four in a row in Austin. If we can beat Texas, we sure ought to beat OU.”3. On the First BillionThe Drake-Boone exchange on Twitter came in the earlier years of social when stuff like this was still shocking and amazing. It stands the (short) test of time.4. On planning“A plan without action is not a plan. It’s a speech.”“A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan.”“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the “ready-aim-aim-aim-aim” syndrome. You must be willing to fire.”5. On Focus“The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.”6. On doing things right‘I’ve given the school a lot of money,” he said in 2013. “But if there is any cheating, I’m through.” 7. The eight-hour rule“Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure that they are not the same eight hours.”8. Not buying green bananasLast year before the start of the football season, Boone, true to form, issued what his people call a “Boone-ism.” In a semi-serious quote about confidence in Gundy and the OSU football program, he ended it with, well ….“I’m in this to win a national championship,” he said. “Turning 90 as I did last May only fuels that fire. Time for me is winding down, but I remain an optimist that Mike Gundy can and will deliver on a national championship. The sooner the better. At 90, I don’t buy green bananas.”9. On Sports IllustratedRemember when Boone tried to end an entire publication with a single tweet? .@SInow The higher the monkey climbs the tree the more people can see its ass. You climbed far up the tree on #okstate.— T. Boone Pickens (@boonepickens) September 18, 201310. Old school communication“Keep things informal. Talking is the natural way to do business. Writing is great for keeping records and putting down details, but talk generates ideas. Great things come from our luncheon meetings, which consist of a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a good idea or two. No martinis.”11. (Bonus) On the FutureHere’s what Pickens said after that remarkable Baker-Justice 2017 Bedlam game in Stillwater. We thought it was a good one for today. 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. Love direction #okstate football is heading. Best is yet to come.— T. Boone Pickens (@boonepickens) November 6, 2017The best is yet to come …
Matt Wells’ tenure in Lubbock is off to a rough start.After beating up on Montana State and UTEP, Texas Tech has lost back-to-back games to Arizona and Oklahoma. The Red Raiders also lost starting quarterback Alan Bowman, who accounted for much of Tech’s offense before going down with injury.The Red Raiders have a chance to right the ship this weekend against Oklahoma State. Here are some things Wells touched on at his Monday news conference.1. Jett Duffey the Guy Going ForwardThe Red Raiders traveled to Norman last week with a two-quarterback system after losing starter Alan Bowman to injury.Rice transfer Jackson Tyner got the start against OU, but he didn’t last long. Tyner went 1-for-5 before Jett Duffey took over, and Wells said Duffey will be the guy moving forward.Duffey was 11-for-20 for 120 yards against OU on Saturday. Duffey also got a lot of run last season in Bowman’s absence. In 2018, Duffey completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,221 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 369 yards and four touchdowns.“When he pulls it down, he can run,” Wells said. “He is a dual-threat. He throws the ball well when he throws it on time. … Jett’s care-factor is high, and I respect that. I appreciate that. I think he does have some talent.”2. Containing OSU’s Three StarsOSU’s opposing coaches always get asked about three guys: Chuba Hubbard, Tylan Wallace and Spencer Sanders.It was no different with Wells at his presser Monday, starting with Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher.“He’s patient,” Wells said. “They do a lot of schemes where he’s able to read, and then he’s strong and physical. I mean, 180-something yards rushing a game or whatever that number is, he’s a talented young man and certainly a big challenge for our defense.”The Red Raiders allowed CeeDee Lamb to catch seven passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns Saturday. Wells was asked about the comparisons between defending Lamb and Wallace.“Elite, two of the best in this league, CeeDee and Wallace,” Wells said. “Every time they touch the ball, they got home-run speed. They got home-run ability. They can make you pay if you don’t tackle well. Making plays on the ball becomes paramount when you play elite talent like that.”Wells said Sanders ability to run opens up a lot of possibilities for OSU offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson.“The guy gives you a chance to win,” Wells said. “He’s dynamic — pocket breaks down, he’s dynamic. You gotta have eyes on him. When plays break down, he makes you a better play caller because he can hurt ya.”3. On OSU’s DefenseThe Cowboys’ defense has given up 9.8 points a half since the second half in Tulsa.Kansas State only mustered eight first downs against OSU this past weekend. That’s not a great sign for a Tech team that got doubled up in yardage Saturday.“Multiple coverages in the secondary,” Wells said. “Talented skill kids. I see a lot of D-linemen that are fresh up front because they play a lot of guys up front. But they’re dynamic and unique in terms of their scheme on defense — create a lot of issues, create a lot of confusion for receivers or quarterbacks.” 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.
To wrap up the week, I offer some last words from Luntz. Here are his 10 commandments of messaging. Bottom line: be able to explain what you do in one visual, compelling, intriguing sentence or phrase.1. Simplicity is key. What one word or phrase captures your work?2. Brevity: Keep it short, always.3. Credibility matters more than ever.4. Consistency is vital – stick to your message, and make your message sticky.5. Novelty: be fresh and use fresh language and stories.6. Sound and texture matter.7. Speak aspirationally.8. Be visual. Have one great picture that tells your story.9. Ask a question. Start conversations, not monologues.10. Provide context. Explain why your mission matters to your audience.
Posted on April 14, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)You may have seen our post on Monday that linked to the new maternal mortality estimates published in the Lancet.It is exciting to see that several leading media outlets (both print and online) are covering the new findings of dramatic reductions in global maternal mortality. With an “above the fold” front page story in the New York Times, coverage in the San Francisco Examiner, the Washington Post, and on Sarah Boseley’s Global Health Blog, it is clear that maternal health is gaining long-awaited attention.Staying true to our mandate to share important information as it happens and provide a neutral space for dialogue, we will continue to post links to coverage of this story–and please share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
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World Cup Switzerland give Neymar the rough treatment to frustrate Brazil Stefan Coerts Rostov on Don Last updated 1 year ago 03:55 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(19) Getty World Cup Brazil Neymar Philippe Coutinho Brazil v Switzerland Switzerland The PSG attacker was unable to make much of an impact as he got little space to create something at the Rostov Arena The name on everybody’s lips heading into Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday was an unsurprising one: Neymar.The Paris Saint-Germain star was a doubt for the tournament in Russia not too long ago after fracturing his metatarsal in the Ligue 1 encounter with Marseille back in February and only recently returned to full training.Neymar’s injury problems did not stop him from scoring both in his return to action against Croatia as well as against Austria, but Brazil boss Tite admitted during his pre-match news conference that the 26-year-old was not in peak condition yet. 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 “Neymar is not 100 per cent,” he stated at the Rostov Arena. “But he is very privileged physically, his sprinting capacity and his speed is really impressive, he hasn’t lost that. He’s not 100 per cent yet, but he’s good enough to play very well.”Both parts of Tite’s message had clearly registered with the Swiss as they did everything within their power to keep the PSG man quiet.Valon Behrami needed a mere four minutes for his first foul on Neymar, only to repeat the trick 10 minutes later, much to the annoyance of the Brazil No.10.Referee Cesar Ramos took action at the half-hour mark when Stephan Lichtsteiner brought down Neymar on the edge of the box, but Switzerland continued to bully the former Barcelona man at every opportunity, with Fabian Schar and Behrami both going into the match official’s book too.Vladimir Petkovic’s men’s focus on Neymar – who was fouled 10 times across 96 minutes – allowed his team-mates a bit of extra space and Philippe Coutinho took the opportunity to show what he is capable of in what was his World Cup debut.The ex-Liverpool man was involved in Brazil’s first moment of danger when he set up Neymar down the left, with Paulinho eventually scuffing a shot wide from a close range.Coutinho then decided to take matters into his own hand midway through the first half. The 26-year-old picked up a loose ball 25 yards out and beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer with a stunning curler into the top corner.10 – The last player to be fouled more in a #WorldCup game than Neymar v Switzerland (10) was Alan Shearer in 1998 (11 v Tunesia). Down. pic.twitter.com/5uE51q1Irx— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018His attacking influence was not Coutinho’s only contribution on the evening, however, as he happily tracked back when needed, often finding himself in a deeper position than Barcelona team-mate Paulinho. But the 26-year-old’s strike eventually was not enough as some unconvincing defending from Miranda allowed Steven Zuber to level the scoring early in the second half after a Ricardo Rodriguez corner.Coutinho came close to restoring Brazil’s lead when he chested down a long ball from the left before blasting a volley toward the far post, but he was unfortunate to see his attempt sail wide.Brazil thus had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their opening game, with Sommer pulling off a superb save late on to save Switzerland, as they got their campaign off to an underwhelming start, much like fellow favourites Spain, Argentina and Germany.Costa Rica now await on matchday two, before they lock horns with Serbia in their final game of the group stages on June 27 as they continue the chase for their sixth-ever world title.
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.