Top Road top INSPORTS Little London Community League Football League

first_img THE CONTINUED EXPANSION “It is really rewarding to see our efforts come to fruition. We targeted the Little London playing field for rehabilitation for use in our football coaching clinics and to host various competitions as part of our agency’s football development programme,” noted Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS. “We were able to rid the field of water and unevenness and make it fit for training and competing,” he continued. “Our football development programme is reaping success, and this is due to the holistic approach we have taken. “The players have certainly benefited from the coaching seminars due to the level of participation and skill we saw in today’s finals, and we look forward to the continued expansion of the programme across the island,” he said. For their efforts, Top Road were awarded $70,000, while Braughton received the second -place prize of $30,000, and third-place Delveland got $15,000. “Today was a great show of the progress of the players. We are seeing where the coaching clinics have really made a difference in how the players approach the game,” said Rudolph Barnes, INSPORTS’ assistant national sports coordinator. “Good team work was evident, and there were marked improvements in the fundamentals of the game such as marking, passing and tackling.” The state agency has undertaken similar playing-field rehabilitation and coaching-clinic initiatives islandwide, with development programmes under way in Westmoreland, St James, Mandeville, St Ann, St Catherine, Kingston, St Andrew, and Portland. WESTMORELAND: Top Road FC emerged champions of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Little London Community Football League when they blanked Braughton FC 2-0 in the final. Renardo Atkinson opened the scoring in the 13th minute, while Davian Smith sealed the issue with a last-minute goal in the final, which was played last Sunday at the Little London playing field. At the outset, both teams seemed equally matched and made a number of attempts at each other’s goal. The significant difference, however, was Atkinson’s goal, which gave Top Road the lead. The second half proceeded with near goals, which elicited cheers and sighs of disappointment from community members watching the action. With time running out, Top Road took on a more conservative approach, while Braughton threw everything at their opponents. Something had to give, and Top Road capitalised to claim top honours. The playing field was one of the recent sites in the parish to benefit from rehabilitation exercises undertaken islandwide by INSPORTS, this as part of an ongoing effort to expand its community football development programme to the benefit of 150 youth in Westmoreland.last_img read more

Living by tradition

first_img“It eliminates the spiritual meaning of the practice,” he said. The practice of placing ash in the shape of a cross on the forehead stems from the biblical the Book of Genesis, where God castigates Adam and Eve. “Thou are dust and to dust thou shall return,” God says before banishing them from the Garden of Eden. For Radecki such a Bible-driven practice cannot be duplicated by mass retailers. “All of it is symbolic of our repentance for our sins and contrition and in preparation for our eventual death.” Starting today Radecki and his traditional congregation will fast until Easter. Parishioners from 21 to 59 will eat one meal a day with meat and two smaller meals that “combined cannot be more than the larger meal.” For retired painter Raul Duenez, it is tradition that keeps him at the small church, not recognized by the Vatican because it sticks to the old rules. He admits that the counted few who attend Mass every day will be crowded by many unfamiliar faces today, but Duenez doesn’t call that hypocrisy. “Everyone works and has responsibilities, it is on these days that we are supposed to pay respect and it is great that they participate.” Nearby Catholic church Our Lady of Perpetual Help, considered a modern church, is preparing for the droves. “Ash Wednesday and Christmas are our busiest time of year,” said church receptionist Aurora Kvrgic. Ashes will be distributed throughout the day at the larger church with two morning Masses and ash distribution every half-hour during the afternoon. But Radecki likes the idea of his congregation having to sit down for Mass and prayer before receiving the ash. “Especially in Los Angeles where everyone has a busy life there’s traffic and other problems; church gives you some spirituality and strength so you can then deal with all of your issues.” Radecki added that those who cannot make it to Mass Wednesday can receive their ashes during Sunday services. “The church is strict about its penance but it’s also fair and flexible,” Radecki said. (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We do everything here the way it has been done in the church for 2,000 years,” Radecki said, who celebrates Mass in Latin. That means burning the palms used in ceremonies from past Palm Sundays – even though the ashes that mark worshipers foreheads on Ash Wednesday are now available online. The old traditions stand firm at this tiny Newhall congregation. On Tuesday, as he prepared for today’s observances, Radecki held up the small silver cup that’s contains the ashes he will use. The contents are the remains of holy palms burned by altar boys after last year’s Palm Sunday service to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem just days before he was crucified. Increased restrictions have prompted some churches to buy their ashes from retailers who sell them by the pound, but for a traditionalist like Radecki that just isn’t right. NEWHALL – Gently draping a century-old royal purple vestment on a hanger, Father Dominic Radecki had to run his fingers over the delicate stitching one last time before he set it in his closet. “We picked this up from a church that was throwing it away,” Radecki said. “I don’t know how anyone could throw away something so beautiful.” A priest at Queen of Angels, a pre-Vatican II traditional Catholic church, Radecki loves history and goes back in time to observe all religious holidays. Today he will wear the purple cloak at a Mass marking the start of Lent – such elaborate garb is rarely seen these days in the new Catholic church, he said. last_img read more

Villa ‘can’t protect’ underperforming players – Black

first_imgAlexandre Pato scored one of Chelsea’s goals at Villa ParkAston Villa’s caretaker boss Eric Black said the players owed the supporters a performance following the 4-0 home defeat by Chelsea.The atmosphere at Villa Park soured as the match went on, with some players booed by the home fans and banners thrown on to the pitch in a co-ordinated 74th-minute protest aimed at reclusive owner Randy Lerner.Villa appear to be heading for the Championship and sacked manager Remi Garde last week, as part of a restructuring at the club which has seen several incomings and outgoings at board level.Black insisted the players would have to cope with the criticism coming their way, and those singled out for abuse would not be taken out of the firing line.He said: “You can’t protect them. We can do as much as we can to prepare them mentally, physically, technically, tactically – but once they go over the line, they’re paid to be professional footballers.“That’s the responsibility that’s put on them and that’s what they have to deal with.“What we have to do is to try and get the supporters back onside. The only way you can do that is by doing it on the pitch.“It’s a massive turnaround required at the club and I think people are on the way to doing that. But it’s going to take time.”Black felt a positive start to the game was undermined by individual errors, with Villa conceding a penalty in first-half injury-time and then a third goal seconds after the restart.He said: “We started the game okay, mainly trying to contain Chelsea more than anything else. Once the [first] goal went in, visibly you can see they take a big dent.“However, to compound that, the penalty a minute before half-time and to concede another one right after half-time, makes it an enormous challenge.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

World’s scariest landing!

first_imgThis is the world’s scariest landing and this video shows you the pilot’s eye view. Perched at 2,800m (9,200ft) on a tiny outcrop of relatively “flat land” nestled amongst the world’s tallest mountains Tenzing-HillaryAirport at Lukla, Nepal tests even the most confident flyers.It’s the starting point for trekkers climbing Mount Everest.But despite the terrifying view ahead, passengers scramble for a front row seat as there is no allocated seating on most airlines flying up to Lukla.The cockpit door is left open, or there is none, and the best seats in the house are 1A and 1B right behind the pilot and co-pilot.The flight takes 30 minutes from Kathmandu and it slowly winds its way up out of the capital of Nepal with the Everest massif dominating the breathtaking scenery.The route then winds its way through valleys and well below ridge lines and then the Lukla airport appears, a tiny stripe of black in a vista of grandeur.However, the first thing that strikes you – and you hope your aircraft will not strike it – is a sheer mountain face at the end of the runway. There is only one chance at this.Undershoot the runway and your aircraft will plummet into a rock strewn ravine thousands of feet deep. Overshoot and it’s straight into the sheer rock wall. has sourced the best video ever shot of the landing into Lukla which can be viewed below.It was taken in high definition from a Dornier Do228 registered 9N-AIE, by Capt Monir Shrestha and shows both the majesty and terror of the airport’s precarious location.Lukla’s Airport, was built by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to assist in the efforts to build a better life for the residents of the region. It was renamed in their honor in January 2008.There are daily flights operated by five airlines between Lukla and Kathmandu during daylight hours and in good weather.The airport’s paved 460m (1,510 ft) long runway with a 12 per cent gradient is only accessible to helicopters and small specialized STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) aircraft, such as Dornier Do 228 and De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters.There are no landings aids.last_img read more

A history of the sandwich

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly Detwiler, RDN, LD, Blue Jean Nutrition“Someone ate the only good thing going on in my life. Someone ate my SANDWICH!”In one of my favorite moments from the television show Friends, nothing is better than a sandwich to Joey, Ross or even my Paul. Friends co-star Ross, named his stolen sandwich named the “Moistmaker.” Moistmaker got its name because of the gravy soaked slice of bread in the middle of this special Thanksgiving sandwich. If you haven’t seen this episode, Monica makes this unbelievable sandwich which someone stole from the fridge where Ross worked. Ross was so outraged, he continued into a meltdown that even threatened his employment. I’m sure you can find a YouTube clip for your laugh of the day. What makes the sandwich? It depends who you ask. Ask Joey from Friends…it’s all about the bread. For Ross, it’s all about the layered goodness of moistness of Thanksgiving layers including the cranberry sauce! If you ask my Paul, it’s all about the meat and cheese, although a good hot dog ranks second.The sandwich was born in 1762. The story goes that John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich was quite the gambler. In 1762 he asked his cook to prepare a meal so that he could play one-handed. Voilá sandwiches were born. Early English sandwiches were filled with beef while Americans filled theirs with ham. One stat I saw said we Americans average about 200 sandwiches a year and that didn’t even include PB & J or any of our own creations. I would guess farmers would be one of the top industries in the consumption of sandwiches! They are the perfect lunch/dinner/snack for a farmer on the go during plant/harvest seasons.I love to travel and try most new “local” food of the region. Sandwiches are no different. Add some pizzazz into your sandwich repertoire. Try some of these favorites from around the world.Chip Butty is one of Great Britain’s favorites that includes white bread filled with French Fries with ketchup or brown gravy. Vada Pav is a popular street food in India that is a meatless sandwich — one battered potato ball topped with chutney and served in a mini-bun.Cemita is a sandwich from Mexico that starts with an egg-based brioche-like bread. It’s filled with deep fried beef, white cheese, onions, herbs, salsa roja, and of course a slice of avocado.Döner Kebab is a typical Turkish street food. This sandwich starts with the döner, being the meat of beef, chicken, lamb, or veal cooked on a vertical spit and sliced. Hugged with a pita and filled with onions, pickled cucumber, lettuce and tomatoes, it sounds like a gyro to me.Arepas can be found in Venezuela. They are a crispy, yet chewy maize-dough flatbread filled with anything from chorizo, beef, plantains, pork, cheese and avocados. Venezuelan hot pockets?Medianoche is a late-night staple in Cuba. It is a soft eggy bread filled with roast pork, Swiss cheese, ham, pickles, mustard, and more cheese, then warmed and pressed. It is like a grilled cheese on steroids!Sandwiches have become more than an average slice of bread and meat. They can be eaten, hot, warm, cold or somewhere in between. They start with a slice of bread, biscuits, English muffins, bagels, flatbreads, pitas or even various specialty breads. They are filled with various toppings of meat, cheese, veggies, fillings and spreads. Let’s not forget all the sauces, dressings, aiolis, pestos and even jams that push this gastronomy item into ionic proportions. Whether you are like John Montagu, a farmer or traveling the world enjoying the sights, nothing beats a portable sandwich, eaten one handed.Eat well and healthy,Shelly Grilled Ham, Muenster, and Spinach Sandwiches from 8 (3/4-ounce) slices crusty Chicago-style Italian bread (about 1/2 inch thick), toasted 8 ounces thinly sliced lower-sodium deli ham (such as Boar’s Head) 4 (1-ounce) slices reduced-sodium Muenster cheese (such as Alpine Lace) 2 cups fresh baby spinach 1/4 cup mild chowchow (such as Braswell’s) Cooking spray Layer each of 4 bread slices with 2 ounces ham, 1 slice Muenster cheese, 1/2 cup baby spinach, 1 tablespoon chowchow, and 1 bread slice.Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat sandwiches with cooking spray; add to pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned and cheese melts. Cut sandwiches in half, if desired. Serve immediately.Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich) CALORIES 315 (31% from fat); FAT 11g (sat 5.8g,mono 2.8g,poly 0.8g); IRON 2.1mg; CHOLESTEROL 53mg; CALCIUM 245mg; CARBOHYDRATE 32.4g; SODIUM 821mg; PROTEIN 20.8g; FIBER 1.7g Rib-Eye Steak Panini at by Giada De Laurentiis 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil2 cloves garlic, minced1 small onion, thinly sliced1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced1 teaspoon herbes de Provence1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepperSteak:1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oilOne 1-pound boneless rib eye steak, cut into 1/4-inch-thickslices3/4 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperPanini:1/2 cup jarred tomato-basil sauce4 kaiser rolls, halved1 1/3 cups arugula4 slices sharp provolone For the vegetables: In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions, peppers, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the vegetables and set aside.For the steak: In the same skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the steak and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until the steak is cooked through to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes.For the panini: Spoon 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce onto the bottom of each roll. Add the arugula and top with the cooked vegetables. Arrange the steak on the vegetables and place a slice of cheese on top. Place the tops on the rolls and cook in a panini maker(George foreman will work also) until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Waldorf Chicken Salad at by Ellie Krieger 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt or 3/4 cups nonfat Greek-style yogurt2 tablespoons mayonnaise1 tablespoon lemon juice2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon minced thyme1 pound cooked, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2-inch cubes1/2 cup seedless grapes1/4 cup toasted, coarsely chopped walnuts1 medium apple (about 3/4 cup)Freshly ground black pepper5 large leaves Romaine lettuce,5 (8in) whole-wheat wraps If using regular yogurt place the yogurt in a strainer lined with a paper towel. Put the strainer over a bowl and place in the refrigerator to drain and thicken for 30 minutes.Cut chicken into ½ inch cubes. Slice grapes in ½, core and dice apples. In a small bowl, combine the thickened or Greek-style yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and thyme until smooth. Fold in chicken, grapes, walnuts and apples. Season with pepper.Place 1 lettuce leaf on a wrap. Spoon about 3/4 cup of the chicken filling onto wrap and roll wrap around filling. Grilled Salmon BLT adapted from Ina Garten 2 pounds fresh salmon filletsGood olive oilsaltFreshly ground pepper6 fresh white or brioche rolls (4-inch round)1/4 pound mesclun mix or fresh basil leaves6-12 slices of crispy cooked bacon6 tomato slices 1 cup good mayonnaise1/4 cup sour cream3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar12 fresh basil leaves3/4 cup chopped fresh dill1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped scallions, (white & green parts)1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper3 teaspoons capers, drained  For the salmon, heat coals in an outdoor grill and brush the top of the grill with oil. Rub the outside of the salmon with olive oil, salt, and pepper, to taste. Grill for 5 minutes on each side, or until the salmon is almost cooked through. Remove to a plate and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.For the sauce, place the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, basil, dill, scallions, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process until combined. Add the capers and pulse 2 or 3 times.To assemble the sandwiches, slice the rolls in 1/2 crosswise. Spread a tablespoon of sauce on each cut side. On the bottom 1/2, place some mesclun salad, tomato slice, a piece of salmon and 1-2 slices of bacon. Place the top of the roll on the salmon and serve immediately.last_img read more

New Tool Highlights Facebook Users’ Disregard for Privacy

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Users: Not Worried or Uninformed?Another Q&A, this one between Facebook’s VP for public policy, Elliot Schrage, and NYT readers, seems to counter the claim about users’ general happiness. Instead, Schrage publicly acknowledges the rift between Facebook’s goals and the current perception of the social network. “Nobody at Facebook wants to make our users’ lives more difficult,” he laments. “It’s clear that despite our efforts, we are not doing a good enough job communicating the changes that we’re making… My biggest concern reading these comments has been the incorrect perception that we don’t care about user privacy or that we’ll sacrifice user privacy in exchange for advertising. That’s just not true.”Even among tech industry insiders, some are now claiming the media has gone too far in decrying Facebook’s supposed privacy violations. Articles, like the one you’re reading now, are adding fuel to a fire that Facebook users seemingly don’t even care about. But do they not care? Or do they just not know? We would argue it’s the latter. Case in point is an article we wrote in January about Facebook privacy, prior to the most recent radical changes, that still sits at number three on the New York Times’ most-emailed list for tech articles. And the number two article there now is also about Facebook privacy. An unconcerned audience? It doesn’t appear so. Does Facebook Care?To us, it’s clear that users do care about their privacy. But does Facebook? It’s hard to look at a site like OpenBook and think that it does, especially considering that it was Facebook’s changes made sites like this possible. We find it hard to believe that the thousands of users whose status updates are now publicly, embarrassingly on display for the world to see have knowingly opted into to this level of sharing. Perhaps there are a few exhibitionists out there (corset-wearing lady?) who are reveling in the chance to be this public, but most of these users are probably just uninformed about what going on. They assume that Facebook is still private, like it once was, and have continued treating it the same. The results are shocking. You Said What?Openbook even helpfully suggests searches for you to try, some of which we can’t even print here. Some safer-for-work examples, though, include: “drunk,” “drugs,” “called in sick,” “my DUI,” “DNA test” and “hate my boss,” to name a few. Search for those terms and you’ll find dozens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of status updates from Facebook users. You could argue that it’s the Openbook developers who should be held accountable for the embarrassments that are sure to stem from this site, but that may be misplacing the blame. Like those behind the now-shuttered, a site that aimed to inform users about the dangers of location-sharing, the builders of Openbook – Will Moffat, Peter Burns and James Home – aren’t trying to embarrass, but educate. “Openbook draws attention to the information Facebook makes public about its users via its search API,” reads the site’s About page. “Our goal is to get Facebook to restore the privacy of this information, so that this website and others like it no longer work.”We hope they accomplish their goals soon. In the meantime, you may want to check out this new tool, which helps you better determine how much you’re sharing. Tags:#Facebook#NYT#privacy#security#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification And it’s only one example. Other Facebook search engines, including Booshaka, ItsTrending, OpenFacebookSearch, OneRiot, Kurrently, and others do the same.Facebook Changes Make Public Statuses Easily Searchable Ever since Facebook rolled out its new “recommended settings” starting late last year, thousands of unwitting Facebook users have been duped into accepting changes that set everything from status updates to photo albums to “public,” meaning viewable by anyone and everyone who cares to look. This change was just the first of a number of updates to the social network that have led to serious PR issues for the company. Other new features – including “instant personalization” of websites based on your Facebook profile information, the publicizing of likes and interests and finally, the indefinite personal data storage now permitted by Facebook applications – round out the privacy worries that have attracted interest from both E.U. regulators and U.S. senators. But according to some Facebook execs, users aren’t worried. A recent interview between Facebook’s developer network director, Ethan Beard, and ComputerWorld, for example, has Beard proclaiming that the recent hubbub over Facebook’s privacy issues doesn’t reflect the true concerns of the site’s 400-plus million users. “To be honest,” he said, referring to the changes, “the user response has been overwhelmingly positive.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Think your Facebook profile is private? You had better double-check. A new website provides a voyeuristic look into the once-private social network by making Facebook status updates searchable. “My boss is a jerk and always tells me what I’m doing wrong!”, posts one user who we’ll be kind enough to not name (although her full name is available on the site). “Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but I’m totally wearing my new corset to work today,” another woman over-shares. “I totally cheated on the test!” brags a third. Do these people know their status updates are now available to the whole Web? Or do they just not care?We discovered these updates and (many more even worse ones) on a new search engine available at The engine parses the data Facebook users have made public and allows it to be searchable outside the social network. last_img read more

Club Leon vs Pumas: Match preview & live stream

first_imgLeón v Pumas Club Leon vs Pumas: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time & match preview Seth Vertelney 03:24 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pumas Ronaldo Schemidt León v Pumas Liga MX León Pumas The Mexico City club looks to get back to its early-season heights when it travels to face Gustavo Diaz’s struggling side Two clubs looking to turn around rough patches of recent form meet when Pumas visit Club Leon on Saturday.Pumas got off to a great start in the league but lately have faltered, getting just one point in their last three league games. The Mexico City club’s hot start means it is still well positioned in the league, sitting in fifth place after winning four of its first six league matches.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Meanwhile, Leon’s struggles continue, as Gustavo Diaz’s men have won just one of their last seven league fixtures.  Game Club Leon vs Pumas Date Saturday, March 3 Time 8:06 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM William Yarbrough, Club LeonWatch Club Leon vs. Pumas live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Leon players Goalkeepers Rodriguez, Yarbrough Defenders Burdisso, Piris, Navarro, Torres, Herrera, Cornejo, Rodriguez, Mosquera, Gonzalez  Midfielders Burbano, Hernandez, Montes, Andrade, Mejia, Cecchini, Lainez, Cerato, Rodriguez Forwards Ramos, Boselli, Gonzalez, Barnes, Donovan Center back Juan Ignacio Gonzalez suffered a knee sprain in last weekend’s loss to Pachuca, and will be out two weeks. Meanwhile, defender Guillermo Burdisso has overcome an injury and will be available for selection.Potential starting XI: Yarbrough; Piris, Mosquera, Herrera, Rodriguez; Cornejo, Navarro; Hernandez, Montes, Rodriguez; Boselli Position Pumas players Goalkeepers Saldivar, Magana, Castillo Defenders Van Rankin, Arribas, Quintana, Mendoza, Fuentes, Garcia, Jaquez, Gonzalez Midfielders Escamilla, Cabrera, Gonzalez, Jurado, Zamudio, Gallardo, Diaz, Calderon, Formica Forwards Barrera, Guerron, Alustiza, Figueroa, Asprilla, Acosta, Castillo, Torres Center back Alejandro Arribas is suspended after being shown a red card in Pumas’ draw with Chivas last weekend.Potential starting XI: Saldivar; Mozo, Jaquez, Quintana, Fuentes; Barrera, Diaz, Gonzalez, Gallardo; Alustiza; CastilloMATCH PREVIEW Nicolas Castillo PumasAfter finishing dead last in the 2017 Apertura, Pumas surprisingly saw themselves atop the Liga MX Clausura in the season’s early going. Gradually, though, David Patino’s men have fallen back to earth with three straight winless matches resulting in them dropping to fifth place. Pumas will need to turn things around to avoid falling out of the playoff spots altogether, with Necaxa, Club Tijuana and Morelia all just outside the Liguilla spots but only two points behind Pumas. The Mexico City side will also be on less rest, after playing a Copa MX match on Wednesday while Club Leon had a full week to recover from last weekend’s league game. Saturday’s match does present an opportunity for Pumas, however, as they will have the chance to face the league’s worst defense. Club Leon have shipped 20 goals in nine matches in the Clausura and will also be without starting center back Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, who is injured. Landon Donovan, who has made just two brief appearances off the bench since coming out of retirement for Club Leon, could be introduced as a starter to provide his side with a spark. The former U.S. international is more likely be among the substitutes, however, as Gustavo Diaz’s side looks to inch closer to the Liguilla spots with a much-needed home win.last_img read more

League Wide: Baylor’s Reform and the Big 12’s Graduate Transfer Trend

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Let’s take a look at some news around the league from this week. Reforming the BearsTram highlighted some positive news coming out of Waco on Monday.They want governmental involvement. They want to tear back the shroud that accompanies private schools. That shows the seriousness with which some Baylor supporters view the scandal.That’s a very good thing.The Baylor group staged town hall meetings in February, urging support for reforms.“The root of all this is lack of leadership, and we believe there needs to be major changes to leadership,” Williams, whose group organized in November, said in February. “I will say I’m encouraging those on the board who feel the way that we do to stand up to the rest of the people on the board and say, ‘It’s time to have full transparency and accountability and not to have this attitude of coverup and dribbling out facts on a narrow basis.’”This Baylor group offers hope that reform will come to Baylor, and that the culture will change. [NewsOK]Private universities are allowed to operate under a shroud of secrecy because they don’t receive (as much) public funding as state schools do. Now the fact that they do receive some funding for scholarships and such leaves them in a gray area, where taxpayer insight is fair to ask for.Here is an example of a Baylor alum and leader (the playing surface in McLane Stadium is named after him) stumping for public oversight to avoid covering up the truth in the future. Not for the demise of the school but for truth to come out so that victims can be vindicated, miscreants to bear the full weight and for the university to rebuild and move on.Stuck DoorsThe Sooners could use the excuse that the Big 12’s perception is holding them back but good luck doing anything about it.President David Boren has taken his shots at the Big 12 at different times. But exiting a power conference isn’t easy. There’s the granting of rights that runs through 2024-25 and coincides with the Big 12’s TV contracts with Fox and ESPN. Challenging a grant of rights could be expensive and time consuming legally. Does Oklahoma want out badly enough to force the issue? And what about Oklahoma State, which has been viewed as partner with OU in any realignment? [SportsDay]Porter had some great thoughts on the topic, namely the long-term unstable environment that is media deals and in turn, how the green on the other side of the fence may not be that color forever. As a fan of a non-helmet school, the idea of landing somewhere sooner than later seems ideal but the question for all involved is when can they get there.Until the grant of rights is broken (or the mid 2020s), this flying-the-coop business is just off-season fodder.Free Agent SigningsGundy provided some good thoughts on graduate transfers in college football.If signing day is college football’s version of the draft, the grad transfer practice has become its free agency.“These young men who come in, they know everything,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “They’re smart. They’re college graduates. They know this is their last year and are looking for somewhere where they can fit in.”The grad transfer rule, adopted in 2006, allows players — already physically developed and usually rather seasoned — who earn their undergraduate degree before completing their eligibility to transfer without having to sit out. Quarterback Russell Wilson became the cover boy for grad transfers when he left North Carolina State in 2011 to play his final season at Wisconsin, and led the Badgers to a Big Ten championship.The movement has since ballooned.“It’s changed in the last couple of years,” Gundy said. “It’s become so popular now.” [ESPN]The Pokes have had a defensive player per grad transfer since 2013 (Tyler Patmon from KU, Josh Furman from Michigan, Michael Hunter from Indiana, Lenzy Pipkins from UL-Monroe and this year’s Adrian Baker from Clemson) to go with Barry J. Sanders and Aaron Cochran, a boon for the Cowboys.Other teams in the league have benefitted as well: OU has had a receivers (Kentucky’s Jeff Badet this year, Penn State’s Geno Lewis) and Texas recently made a play for LSU quarterback Brandon Harris as a grad transfer. We have yet to see a Russell Wilson-to-Wisconsin magnitude of transfer in the Big 12 but it’s a trend to watch.The Right QuestionBerry Tramel gets to the heart of the issue of what’s ailing the Big 12: recruiting.All of the Big 12’s recruiting has suffered since the conference was raided by other leagues. In the six drafts from 2006-11, Texas had 32 draft picks, but just the 13 since. OU had six first-round picks, with just Lane Johnson since.Television money has been the driving force of conference realignment. But when the Big 12’s talent doesn’t trump the American Conference’s talent, when the dregs of the SEC are recruiting better than some of the Big 12’s better programs, when Texas is getting lapped by Texas A&M in recruits’ homes, when OU is getting outrecruited not just by Alabama and LSU, but by Ole Miss and Florida and Florida State, the football people jump on the bean-counters’ bandwagon.Recent NFL drafts tell us the sobering truth that Big 12 recruiting must pick up, or the conference is doomed. [NewsOK]Berry discerned that the right question is how in the world the Big 12 is remaining so competitive with so little NFL production. Reading the absurd but true facts that Western Michigan tied Big 12 draftees in the first two rounds this year and that the American had more players drafted than the Big 12 makes you really wonder.The bitterest pill to swallow is that there’s hardly a positive conclusion to come to – just do what you can with what you can get.last_img read more

Gundy Now Third-Longest Tenured CFB Coach at Same School

first_img3Kyle Whittingham2005Utah Utes 6Pat Fitzgerald2006Northwestern Wildcats 8Troy Calhoun2007Air Force Falcons 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. 8David Bailiff2007Rice Owls 3Mike Gundy2005Oklahoma State Cowboys 8Ken Niumatalolo2007Navy Midshipmen 3Frank Solich2005Ohio Bobcats 6Rick Stockstill2006Middle Tennessee Blue Raiderscenter_img With the news that Bob Stoops is stepping down from OU this week, Mike Gundy has inched closer to being the longest-tenured college football head coach with the same team in the entire sport.He’s now tied for third on this list.Here are all the coaches who were hired in the year 2007 or earlier. Frank Solich was hired to Ohio in December 2004 but his first season was not until 2005. Same for Kyle Whittingham and Utah. Gundy was hired just after New Year’s 2005. 8Mark Dantonio2007Michigan State Spartans 8Nick Saban2007Alabama Crimson Tide RankCoachYearSchool 2Gary Patterson2000TCU Horned Frogs AdChoices广告It’s insane to me that Gundy, once thought to be a bit of a loose cannon in the sport (see: The Rant), has settled into being one of the most reliable, consistent forces in the coaching world. He has even talked about how he had to learn to not micromanage and become more of a CEO over the last decade plus.Even more impressive for both him and Gary Patterson is that despite the success they’ve had at not-Tier 1 schools, they’ve never left.The Stoops news is stunning, but I think it’s probably a preview of how Gundy is going to eventually exit Stillwater. It won’t be next year or the year after that, but after 15 or more seasons at the same place, you’re ready to do something different.For Stoops that is apparently buy up real estate in Chicago. For Gundy it will probably be as an Animal Planet host or sidekick to Guy Fieri in “Snake Eats 2” or something like that. 1Kirk Ferentz1999Iowa Hawkeyeslast_img read more

Justice Hill Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

first_imgOklahoma 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.last_img read more