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. 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.
3Kyle 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 Raiders 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 Hawkeyes
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.
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. In less than two weeks we’ll actually have real football to talk about. I can smell the tailgate smokers already. But to help us prepare, let’s take a look at a redshirt freshman working to crack a deep linebacker rotation.How he got to OSUAmen Ogbongbemiga was the No. 1 ranked middle linebacker from Canada in the 2016 class. He’s also the second cousin of Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbongbemiga turned down an offer from Nevada to keep it in the family.What he’s done in StillwaterHe spent last year redshirting and contributing to the scout team. Since arriving in Stillwater, Ogbongbemiga has packed on over 15 pounds of muscle and at 225 has the size and athleticism to make an impact. Now it all depends on if he can make the strides on the practice field that will help him work into a rotational role.AdChoices广告Role in 2017The Cowboys are deep at linebacker and Ogbongbemiga has several names ahead of him on the depth chart. I’d expect him to get some burn on special teams as he continues to get acclimated to the system and Division I football. He’s a project but has plenty of upside and is someone the coaching staff has high hopes for.Noteworthy stats and highlightsHis senior year of high school was impressive. How about 110 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries?He hasn’t been able to show what he’s got at OSU yet but here’s a look at the tape that excited Glenn Spencer and his staff.
Transfers Arsenal & Man United target Reus signs new Dortmund deal Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 00:39 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga After recovering from a serious knee injury, the Germany international has pledged his long-term future to Signal Iduna Park Marco Reus has signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund that will keep him at the Bundesliga club until June 2023.The Germany international’s future had been in some doubt, with several Premier League clubs linked with a move in the summer. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham were some of the teams reportedly following Reus, who has rejoined the Dortmund first team in 2018 after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury. 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 But the 28-year-old forward has dispelled any speculation by putting pen to paper on a fresh deal. “I have worn this shirt since 2012. I am happy and proud I can announce I will keep wearing it,” Reus said. “This is my home and BVB is my club. Since I was a child I dreamt of wearing black and yellow and to play for this club.”I am deeply convinced by this step and with signing this contract I want to send a sign for the future.”Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc and CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke joined Reus in expressing their delight over his renewal. “Marco improves any team. He is the player for the important moments and the important goals. He is a cornerstone of our attack and futhermore a face of this club,” Zorc explained.Watzke added: “We are very happy that Marco renewed for a long time here, even though the best clubs in the world kept making him offers in the past.✍️ @woodyinho verlängert Vertrag langfristig bis 2023 #REUS2023 https://t.co/ERSZOENupJ pic.twitter.com/Ja61GGNN5q— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) 9 de marzo de 2018″I have a close personal relationship with him and the talks with him and his agent were in a constructive and harmonical atmosphere from the beginning.”This player shows the maximum of dedication and we are proud of that.”
201410950% Other than two outlier years in 2013 (fire Yurcich!!) and 2014, OSU has been between 62-67 percent every year, which is where they’re at right now at 65 percent through four games.Some of this is misleading, because I’m willing to bet that in that same span of time they’re top five nationally in long TDs of over 30 or 40 yards that never enter the red zone. But some of it is just plain frustrating when your QB is a dynamo and you have one, two, three … four (!) receivers (who play real minutes!) at 6’5 or (much) taller and an OC with a flair for magic.One more from Princeton:Stretch read, boot, throwback in the red zone! pic.twitter.com/2PAyzEIlYV— Coach Dan Casey (@CoachDanCasey) December 7, 2017 20152667% 20122667% 20165862% YearRankTD Percentage 20174365% Mike Gundy made another creative hire for Offensive Coordinator:Sean Gleeson, Princeton OCKnown for his 3 QB system, pre-snap shifts, and spread offense innovations.Princeton scored 47 per game (#1 in FCS), and went undefeated in 2018 pic.twitter.com/opTsQa6JCp— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) January 29, 2019Some of this is the unintended consequence of the spread. When your success is predicated on your ability to expand the field, things become much more difficult when it gets contracted for you when you’re inside the 20. You can’t flip from being Oregon to being Stanford just by talking into the headset.“It’s not necessary that we need to do something different,” said Gundy about OSU’s lack of success in short-yardage situations on Saturday. “It just happened in that game that we were in position to score a couple times where. Traditionally, we would score touchdowns. That’s the glaring side of what happened in that game.“Offensively, if we score those touchdowns and don’t kick field goals, it’d be a different game. It’s not necessary one thing or the other. Texas is going to make some plays also, they’ve got good guys and they are well-coached. They made some plays, and they ended up winning the game based on those key plays. Over the last 10 years, we made the majority of those plays, this year we didn’t.”Gundy also emphasized not getting out of their world based on a handful of drives in Austin.“I don’t want people thinking that we didn’t move the ball,” he said. “I don’t know how many yards we had, but I don’t want to hit the panic button and say we didn’t move the ball. We had two opportunities to score touchdowns, and we kicked field goals. That is eight less points. Then we tried a fake field goal when we could have taken more. I think it was just more of us not executing at the goal line.”Being elite inside the red zone will always be an uphill battle for teams as explosive as OSU. But if Sean Gleeson’s past is any indication, he has the playbook (and the stones?) to push OSU into the territory it needs to occupy over that 70-percent mark. With a defense as dodgy as the Pokes’ defense always will be and a QB as complete as Sanders, it might be time for OSU to — inside the 20 anyway — explore that striped bag of tricks he brought over from the Ivy League. 20195465% Oklahoma State got inside Texas’ red zone six times on Saturday evening in Austin and walked away with just three TDs, which made the Cowboys three for their last eight in the red zone. In a TD-scoring league, this is the equivalent of shooting an elk with a nerf gun.It’s also nothing new for the Pokes. They’ve been good but not great at converting red-zone trips into TDs over the last decade. Here’s a year-by-year look at where they’ve ranked nationally and what their conversion rate has been. 20113765% 20102567% 20183467% 2013875% 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.
STILLWATER — Mike Gundy isn’t ready to sound any alarms after his team’s 4-3 start.Oklahoma State is coming off a 45-27 loss to an unbeaten Baylor team. Spencer Sanders, the Cowboys redshirt freshman quarterback, has turned the ball over 10 times in the Cowboys’ three losses, but at his media luncheon Monday, Gundy said he can see the potential his squad has.“The youth on this team right now,” Gundy said, “the development, the classes that we have redshirted, the players we have, the overall attitude, there’s nothing to worry about.“… I have been cornered before, but I don’t feel that way now. I’m good. I’m excited. I like the potential. I like the youth. I like the direction we’re going. I see where we’re at. I see what we’re doing.”Of OSU’s 22 starters from the Baylor game Saturday, only four are seniors: Johnny Wilson, Marcus Keyes, Jordan McCray and A.J. Green. Eleven of those 22 starters are underclassmen. With Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace in their third years of eligibility, they could leave for the NFL Draft after this season. So, it’s likely at least 17 guys return.For this season, though, the Cowboys record might look quite different if it wasn’t for the turnovers. The Cowboys lost the turnover battle 5-0 in Lubbock a few weekends ago and almost miraculously lost by only 10 points.On Saturday, the Cowboys led 27-24 in the fourth quarter before the Bears scored 21 unanswered points to win the game, including a fumble recovery-turned-touchdown.OSU also had a chance to take a 20-10 lead into the half against Baylor before Sanders threw a jump ball short for Jordan McCray in the end zone that was intercepted. Sanders and McCray connected on an identical play for the Cowboys’ first score on the game.Gundy said Sanders’ demeanor between possessions was that of a “seasoned veteran” Saturday. Sanders’ demeanor has been tested at times this seasons, particularly in the first half of the Tulsa game and the Texas Tech loss. But Gundy said this is part of his young quarterback’s growth.“Forget the throw at the end of the first half,” Gundy said. “If he doesn’t drop the ball, and they don’t pick it up and run it in for a touchdown, we’re not really having this discussion.“He had proved that he had gotten better. He will get better each week. I guarantee you. The guy coaching him knows what he’s doing. He will get him better. And Spencer is a very prideful young man. The only issue he has to work on is thinking he can play a perfect game. He’ll accept responsibility. He’ll tell you he’s wrong. He’ll tell you it’s his fault. In a game, he wants to play a perfect game. That’s not gonna happen.”This makes for consecutive 4-3 starts for a program that is used to finishing near the top of the Big 12. Gundy said he can understand people’s frustration, but this isn’t something that can’t be fixed.“The program is on as good a ground as it’s ever been on here,” Gundy said. “We just gotta correct a few mistakes. That’s just life. It’s kinda the way it is. What people have to understand is this, I think most everybody knows me now. It’s not like I don’t get frustrated either. I go home, I take double ambien. Didn’t work. I woke up at 3:17 (a.m.). I came to work at 3:45 Sunday morning. That’s just the way it is. It’s not like I don’t know this, and it’s not like I don’t understand people’s frustration.“But, we also live in a society today where people want to b—- and complain about everything instead of putting their pants on and go fix it. We’re gonna fix it. Nobody around here’s gonna b—- and complain, from me to a coach to a player to anybody that works in that building over there. That’s the way it works. That’s the way that we’ll get better.” 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.
World Cup Germany back in the right mood after Mexico upset, insists Hummels Sacha Pisani 23:21 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Germany Germany v Sweden Sweden The reigning champions need to bounce back from their opening defeat to Mexico, and the defender says they are more than ready to get back on track Germany defender Mats Hummels has insisted the atmosphere within the team is back on track after the critical fallout from their shock loss to Mexico at the World Cup.Hummels was one of the players most vocal following Germany’s 1-0 defeat to Mexico in Group F last week – the Bayern Munich defender criticising the tactics used.There were also claims of squad disharmony as the world champions were left reeling and facing a must-win match against Sweden on Saturday. 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 However, Hummels insists everything is fine after discussions within Joachim Low’s side.”The atmosphere is much better, we are getting back on track,” Hummels told reporters on Thursday. “Everybody wants to get back in form and on the pitch. We had some days now where we were down a bit but now we know everything is still possible when we reach our potential then we can play a good tournament.”The talks we had were very good, we spoke about our weaknesses and these are hopefully behind us now. Of course we are still looking on what we have to do against Sweden but the Mexico game is now behind us.”We know that now the only thing that is important is what we do on the pitch. All stuff around us is also important but on the pitch is the most important thing for us.”Hummels added: “I wasn’t the only one – I think Jerome [Boateng] also was critical after the match. Internally even more players spoke up, which I think was great. From that we are now fishing out the best input.”Sweden – who edged South Korea 1-0 – and Mexico won their opening games, leaving Germany facing the prospect of a premature exit in Russia.”The team has to be hot, because this is already a knockout game for us now,” Germany striker Mario Gomez said. “So we feel like having two knockout games more, instead of those group stage matches. I think we have been good in those type of matches in the past years.”We always knew what matters. Of course the first match was a brutally negative experience for us, we didn’t expect that. Our weaknesses were revealed, but we worked on that and we go on doing so before the game [against Sweden], so I’m positive that we will show another performance.”
World Cup England have plenty of leaders and can go far, says Lampard Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup England The former Chelsea midfielder has urged the leaders in the England team to step up and deliver at Russia 2018 Frank Lampard believes England have the potential to go far at the World Cup and has urged the more experienced players to step up and showcase their leadership credentials.Lampard was part of an England side which headed out of the 2014 World Cup and didn’t get past the group stage but he remains hopeful that Gareth Southgate’s side will fare better during the tournament in Russia.The former Chelsea midfielder also thinks that the tournament could provide the perfect platform for England’s more experienced faces to show off their credentials and guide the Three Lions into the latter stages of the tournament. Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “I am hopeful about England’s chances,” Lampard told Goal at BBC media day.“I think expectancy levels are slightly less and that is probably a good thing for the squad. They have a good team in terms of youth, particularly in attacking areas. England have some good players who are playing very well for their clubs in the Premier League.”I just hope it can come together. Gareth Southgate is working very hard with the squad. We can certainly beat teams on our day. It is about getting momentum at the tournament. I expect us to get through our group and then we will see how far we can go.“The World Cup is the time for new leaders to come out. Henderson is showing leadership at Liverpool in their run to the Champions League final, Kane in his performances and stature in the game is a leader.”So I think there are players who are already leaders and will become leaders. And tournaments like the World Cup are moments when you have to stand up a little bit. I’d like to think England are not short on leaders.”England’s youth teams have had considerable success over the past year, including triumphs at the European Under-17 Championships and 2017 Under-20 World Cup, and Lampard says that the relationships formed at youth level will leave the senior team in good stead going into future tournaments.“Everyone is doing the same now with youth setup and I think England were late to the party. The Spanish, French and Germans have had their academies for years and now England have that as well,” he added.”And you are seeing the benefits with underage teams winning tournaments. But competition remains high across the board and we have talented groups of youngsters coming through in groups, which is great because it allows them to form relationships as they grow up.”And hopefully we can have success again at major tournaments in the next five to 10 years.”Indeed, England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game, and face Panama on Sunday. They will take on Belgium next week.The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14.
World Cup Messi magic brings up World Cup century as Argentina star breaks goal drought Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:41 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty World Cup Lionel Messi Nigeria v Argentina Nigeria Argentina The Barcelona superstar helped the Albiceleste to get off to the perfect start in a meeting with Nigeria, recording the 100th effort of Russia 2018 Lionel Messi ended his World Cup goal drought in style for Argentina, with the mercurial Barcelona forward recording the 100th effort of Russia 2018.Having cut a frustrated figure for the Albiceleste in their opening two Group D fixtures, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner rediscovered his spark in a meeting with Nigeria.Jorge Sampaoli’s side needed inspiration from somewhere, having gone into the game with just one point to their name, and saw their talismanic No. 10 duly deliver. 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 There were just 14 minutes on the clock when Messi collected a floated pass over the top of the Nigerian defence from Ever Banega.A perfectly-timed run was followed by two deft touches which worked the ball onto his less favoured right foot.With a clear sight of the target there was only likely to be one outcome, and Messi crashed home the opening goal of a must-win contest for Argentina.In doing so, the 31-year-old took the total number of goals at the finals to 100.He also got himself off the mark at an event which has seen eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo already notch four times for Portugal.100 – Lionel Messi has scored the 100th goal at the 2018 World Cup. Permanent.#NGAARG #ARG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/TjaQJSWkmO— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 26, 2018Messi needed a goal as much for his own confidence as he did for Argentina’s.He has not always had the rub of the green when representing his country, with international heartache having been all too frequent.The Golden Ball was secured at the 2014 World Cup, but final heartbreak was suffered and Messi failed to find the target in any of his outings at the knockout stage.Ironically, his last goal of that competition came against Nigeria in the final round of group stage fixtures.662 – Lionel Messi has scored his first World Cup goal in 662 minutes of football, his last previous World Cup goal came against Nigeria as well, in 2014. Relief. pic.twitter.com/471WFjg3Uo— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 26, 2018In addition, Messi’s goal also ensured he became the first player to score in a World Cup finals as a teenager, in his 20s and 30s.With a goal-laden World Cup having produced plenty of excitement so far, there is the promise of plenty more to come as attention starts to shift towards the last 16 and the pursuit of the ultimate crown.
Senegal 0 Colombia 1: Mina header dumps unlucky Africans out in fair play first Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:01 6/29/18 Getty Images Japan’s surprise loss to already eliminated Poland proved irrelevant as Colombia knocked Senegal out with a 1-0 victory in Samara. Colombia topped Group H thanks to Yerry Mina’s header in a 1-0 win over Senegal that sent the African side out of the World Cup by virtue of their fair play record – the first nation to exit the tournament by the method.Both teams were on track to move into the knockout stages with 16 minutes remaining in Thursday’s clash at the Samara Arena, due to Japan trailing 1-0 to Poland in Volgograd.But Mina – also on target in Colombia’s win over Poland last time out – proved the matchwinner for his side with a superb late header that was celebrated in style with a choreographed team dance. 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 Japan qualify in second place from Group H despite losing to already eliminated Poland. Senegal exit having received six yellow cards to Japan’s four.Senegal had a first-half penalty ruled out following a VAR review, while Colombia’s key man James Rodriguez was substituted before the break and could be a doubt for the knockout rounds.Group G’s top two England and Belgium await Colombia and Japan in the last 16, with Senegal unfortunate to be knocked out by the slimmest of margins.Celebration game on point #SENCOL 0-1 pic.twitter.com/Ttfr66aym3— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018M’Baye Niang missed an early opportunity but the opening exchanges were cagey before referee Milorad Mazic awarded Senegal a penalty in the 17th minute.After consulting VAR, Mazic judged defender Davinson Sanchez to have won the ball before making any contact with Sadio Mane.Colombia were struggling to gain a foothold and they were dealt a blow after half an hour.Star player James, who won the Golden Boot at the last World Cup, was substituted with what appeared to be a recurrence of the injury that kept him out of Colombia’s 2-1 loss to Japan.News of Jan Bednarek’s goal for Poland gave a lift to fans of both Colombia and Senegal as the tension levels in Samara continued to rise.Mane’s slip as he took a free-kick in the 64th minute, the Liverpool forward sending the ball wildly off-target, summed up the lack of quality in the match.Kalidou Koulibaly got a vital touch on a Luis Muriel drive to deflect the ball narrowly wide as Colombia threatened to turn the group on its head.GOOOOOOOOOAL! Another #WorldCup goal for Yerry Mina! #SENCOL (0-1) #BarçaWorldCup pic.twitter.com/bo0XWtygAl— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 28, 2018And in the 74th minute Colombia scored the decisive goal of the game, Juan Quintero’s cross perfect for Barcelona defender Mina to rise highest and crash home a stunning header that went through goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal knew they were heading out and responded well to Mina’s goal, Ismaila Sarr missing a fine chance after being picked out by Mane.Colombia settled for their one-goal lead and, despite growing increasingly desperate and frantic in the closing minutes, Senegal could not force in an equaliser to keep them in the World Cup, their fair play record giving them an unwanted piece of history. read more
3Miami Marlins7778797777.6 EXPECTED NUMBER OF WINS RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE 1Washington Nationals8891899289.9 How forecasters view the NL East 4Atlanta Braves7673747674.6 2New York Mets8985858986.9 In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the National League East with MetsBlog.com writer Maggie Wiggin and FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Harry Enten. The transcript below has been edited. neil (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight senior sportswriter): I will have everyone know that I am wearing a non-Mets hat today to maintain my impartiality during this chat. (The Orioles are my wife’s team, so I stole her hat today …)Let’s get started. The top projected team in the East according to Fangraphs is the Washington Nationals. That’s been true for a number of years, including seasons in which the Nats both won the division and fell short spectacularly. Do we think they should be the favorites again this year? Or is it an every-other-year thing where they’ll disappoint again?heynawl-enten: Last year, the Mets were actually favored in the preseason projections. That turned out great for them!maggiewiggin: I think the Nationals have the edge, but it’s a close enough competition with the Mets that it should be a tight race down the stretch.neil: Is it fair to say that Washington has been a tough team to get a read on during this stretch? They always seem to have one of the most talented rosters in the league, but it doesn’t always translate.maggiewiggin: They always seem to have one piece of the team really underwhelm. In 2015, it was the bullpen. Last year, it was Bryce Harper (though Daniel Murphy’s transformation into Mecha Ted Williams offset that). I don’t know if that makes them any different from other teams, but they never have that unbeatable vibe.neil: How many more chances do you think the Nationals will get with this Harper/Stephen Strasburg core? I remember when they shut Strasburg down in 2012 — the rationale was that they were playing the long game for many shots at a championship. Fast forward to now, and I wonder whether they’d feel the same way.maggiewiggin: It’s tough to feel any certainty with Strasburg. He keeps approaching this true ace-level pitching without ever quite getting there. I thought we were finally seeing it last season before (another) injury did him in. Harper is also up and down, but in 2015, we actually did see him get there.heynawl-enten: The crazy thing for me is that Strasburg has never really had that standout season. His highest wins above replacement in a season is 3.5. He’s never finished higher than ninth for Cy Young. Heck, he only garnered a vote in one season.maggiewiggin: Whenever I look at Strasburg’s numbers, the only one that ever really blows me away is that he’s going into his eighth year in the bigs. We’re all getting old.heynawl-enten: At least we’re all getting old together.maggiewiggin: Except for Max Scherzer, it would seem.heynawl-enten: He’s Dick Van Dyke for baseball.neil: I bet he does a better British accent. Meanwhile, with all this talk of getting old, 23-year-old Trea Turner has no idea how we feel at all. With him improving and the additions of catcher Matt Wieters and outfielder Adam Eaton, could this be the most talent that Washington has had in this Harper/Strasburg era? (And will it be enough to pass the Cubs? Thinking big-picture here.)maggiewiggin: They’re definitely stacked, but it’s hard not to imagine the loss of Wilson Ramos stinging.heynawl-enten: Cubs? You’re talking Cubs? I’d like to see the Nats advance past the divisional round first.neil: Come to think of it, Wieters might be a nice metaphor for the Nats. Supposed to be a future Hall of Famer, he ended up being just “pretty good” (though he’s been even less than that recently).maggiewiggin: I do think the impact of picking up Eaton was overshadowed by the hefty price tag. There’s a ton of speed at the top of that lineup now and some killer defense up the middle. Pretty much the anti-Mets on those measures.neil: Great transition! Let’s talk about those Mets.heynawl-enten: Thank goodness they kept Bartolo Colon.neil: We’ll get to Bart later.heynawl-enten: neil: Anyway, the Mets! The big problem for them last year was health. (And the next-biggest problem. And the next-biggest.) That would seem to portend an improvement this year, right? They can’t possibly be that hurt again.maggiewiggin: It’s pretty much their only glaring weakness at this point.neil: But pitchers are weird creatures, too. Does relying too much on pitching set you up for that?maggiewiggin: It’s a lot of eggs in a very rickety basket, but, oh man, those eggs taste good.heynawl-enten: I’m hungry now.maggiewiggin: So’s Bartolo — it’s why we love him.heynawl-enten: Nice.maggiewiggin: But what the Mets are making work for them is the rare combination of quality and quantity on the mound. Every guy who comes up seems to outperform expectations. Their injury-ravaged rotation was top in the game in FanGraphs’ WAR last year; that shouldn’t happen.heynawl-enten: Their fifth starter at this point is Jacob deGrom clone Robert Gsellman. He didn’t do too horribly last year. The biggest question mark I have is Matt Harvey. And that wasn’t all about injuries last year.neil: Yeah, do we think he’ll ever be the same? (And does he really need to be?)maggiewiggin: No, on both counts. But it would be nice if he could claw his way back to something like a mid-3’s ERA and 175-ish innings. His baseline was just so incredibly high if you look at what he did for three seasons, even right after Tommy John surgery.heynawl-enten: Most of the Mets staff is getting into their upper 20s in age. I do wonder about that a little bit. Especially given the heat at which some of these guys (like Harvey) could throw.maggiewiggin: You’ve basically got a whole staff throwing 91 mph sliders — it’s not exactly ergonomic.neil: And if that staff isn’t quite as lights-out, is there reason to think the offense will be able to offset any decline? The Mets were tied for the fourth-fewest runs scored in the National League last year.maggiewiggin: Compared to last year, the offense boils down to two things for me: how much you buy into situational hitting as a repeatable skill and how quickly they can get Jay Bruce out of there.neil: Right, because they were terrible with runners on/in scoring position.maggiewiggin: Almost historically so.heynawl-enten: Look, Jay Bruce is a quality … Oh who am I kidding. Why oh why did they make that trade?neil: It was important for blocking Michael Conforto’s development.heynawl-enten: He is perhaps the other big question mark to me. Conforto had the sophomore curse last year.maggiewiggin: They traded for Bruce because they were chasing the Cespedes dragon.neil: Speaking of, seems like they basically had to bring Cespedes back just to keep the lineup afloat and anywhere near on par with what they figure to get out of the pitching.maggiewiggin: The team is barely a borderline contender without Cespedes, if that. But I agree that Conforto is the wild card here.neil: “Wild card” might be the operative term. Again.heynawl-enten: Nice.neil: Either way, it seems like there’s kind of a gap between the top two teams and the rest of this division. That’s what we thought before last season as well, but Miami kept things competitive until the end. Then they suffered a tragic loss that can’t really be quantified, the death of Jose Fernandez. Is there any way that the Marlins can rally back to their form for most of last season and contend again, or was that chance lost forever with Fernandez’s passing?maggiewiggin: The Marlins are definitely a team without a real identity now. They were built around this incredibly dynamic duo of Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton, but it’s hard to see any real path to contention for them this year. Their starting pitching tops out at mediocre, though I expect the lineup to surprise a bit.neil: Even without Barry Bonds as hitting coach?maggiewiggin: The true Barry Bonds is inside all of us. I think their big spending on relievers had one express purpose — setting up a midseason fire sale to fill a barren farm system. They’re going to be treading water for a couple of years.neil: Yeah, I think many fans might be surprised how poorly their farm system grades out. It’s in last place, according to Baseball America.heynawl-enten: The best thing the Marlins have going for them is that Jeffrey Loria is probably going to sell the team, at long last.neil: That is actually great news for them. Loria is the worst. Going back to Stanton, what do we expect of his 2017 season? His exit velocity was still on point, but big chunks of his 2016 were awful.maggiewiggin: He’s another guy who just can’t stay healthy.heynawl-enten: “Awful” is a bit of an overstatement. He did have 2.5 WAR last year. But, yeah, he’s only played in more than 120 games once in the last four seasons.maggiewiggin: It actually says a lot about him that his .815 OPS was a career-low.neil: So it seems like he might be due for better things this year, then, if he stays in the lineup.maggiewiggin: If he’s on the field, the power is going to be there too. He’s a very, very strong man.neil: Very true, and Christian Yelich is no slouch either. Maybe the thing for Miami is whether they have the depth around their stars to really make any noise.maggiewiggin: And the pitching. Wei-Yin Chen is their number one starter — that’s never a good sign.neil: Eek.maggiewiggin: They do have a solid bullpen, but again, how much of that is still around on Aug. 1? Not a lot if everyone’s doing their jobs right.neil: Well, that was one thing I wanted to ask about all three of the teams projected to finish 3-4-5 in this division: Which direction are they moving in the Success Cycle? If Miami is moving toward a rebuild, the Braves seem like they might be moving toward respectability with some of their offseason pickups.heynawl-enten: They’re timing it well to move into their new stadium.maggiewiggin: The Braves have such a rich talent pool in the minors, they’re getting very close to being a force again.neil: Yeah, it can’t be long it seems, with Dansby Swanson assuming a full-time role and the best farm system in MLB coming up behind him.heynawl-enten: One thing to keep an eye on with the Braves is how strong they finished last year. They were 18-10 in September and October.neil: Positively Mets-like in that regard.maggiewiggin: The Matt Kemp acquisition in left field surprisingly worked out very well for them, so far at least.neil: And now apparently they’re trying the pitcher version of that with Bartolo, R.A. Dickey and Jaime Garcia.heynawl-enten: Granted, Dickey hasn’t been worth very much, but I like the idea. “Cheaper” veterans combined with youngsters.maggiewiggin: The only question is: Who will they package with Kelly Johnson when they trade him to the Mets?heynawl-enten: HAH!neil: It’s an annual tradition.So, any chance the Braves actually challenge the Nats and Mets? Or are they still a year or two away?maggiewiggin: Like with the Marlins, the rotation seems to be the biggest weakness, but a hot first half combined with a big get at the deadline could have them nipping at some heels for sure. But realistically, 2018 seems to be when that window opens.heynawl-enten: I wouldn’t be shocked if they stayed competitive for some of the year. Winning the division is another question entirely.neil: I have to ask the same of the Phillies, who’ve shared the NL East’s basement apartment with the Braves these past few years …heynawl-enten: Last season, the Phillies were quite awful in every month not named April.neil: They were also the luckiest team in baseball not named “Texas Rangers.”maggiewiggin: They have some serious depth issues. Anything other than exceptional health could get ugly fast.neil: Then again, on the upside, they were the youngest team in baseball last year. And, similar to Atlanta, they have one of the best farm systems in baseball.maggiewiggin: Both teams have managed their rebuilds very well in that way.heynawl-enten: But I feel like they’re still a few years away.maggiewiggin: I agree. They lack any clear top-level talent right now, though they have a few promising names.heynawl-enten: I guess the good news is that the Phillies finally got rid of Ryan Howard. That signing didn’t make sense when it happened, and it certainly makes no sense now.maggiewiggin: The fact that they kept him around as long as they did will remain one of life’s great unsolved mysteries.neil: He was worth -1.0 WAR or worse in four of his final five seasons! 😱heynawl-enten: Getting back to the larger point, I think the Phillies have the least to look forward to of any NL East team this season. Well, either them or the Marlins.maggiewiggin: The lowest upside as currently constructed, definitely.neil: But the parallel rebuilds in Philly and Atlanta might also underscore that the clocks are ticking in Washington and New York.maggiewiggin: It’s going to be a very different landscape in two years — that’s for sure. Especially if Washington keeps deferring money like the world is ending.heynawl-enten: Remember, the Braves were good for all those years, and then they weren’t. Dynasties have a way of ending, and the Nationals have not a single thing to show for it. The Mets may hold on a little longer, given the age of their pitching staff (getting older, but not close to old).maggiewiggin: Hey, if Tim Tebow can get a real, live hit, anything’s possible.heynawl-enten: He got a hit? The world might really be coming to an end.maggiewiggin: Hmm, maybe the Nats’ financial strategy is sounder than I thought. Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 15, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5Philadelphia Phillies7372727372.4
The Boca Juniors footballer understands why Lionel doesn’t want to be in the national team for the rest of the yearAfter it was known that Lionel Messi will not appear for Argentina in their two friendly matches of the year, many footballers are giving their opinion about it.But to those that know Messi, they understand why he doesn’t want to go back to international football for a while.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It’s very personal, Leon has to take some time off to think about it,” Carlos Tevez told Diario Olé on Tuesday.“I can understand why he doesn’t want to go back. When one goes to the national team, fairly or unfairly, one is criticized.”The Boca Juniors striker will meet Messi tomorrow and told Olé how “it’s always cool to meet him again after we had a great time on the national team.”
Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s an annual event and it’s more important than ever following the 2018 fire season– the worst in California history.Every morning over the course of three days at “this year’s” venue– the Viejas Reservation, fire departments from all over the region, including Imperial County train for the real thing.It’s the Wildland Fire Preparedness Exercise. In it’s 17th year, it’s usually held in April or May– before the heat arrives and with it, big-time fire danger.Each day, each of the area’s fire departments sends a different crew or crews for a day-long simulated incident. Over the course of the three days, some 750 firefighters will participate in the coordinated attacks.There are water drops and unfamiliar and hilly terrain. And, an incident “within the incident.” An unexpected accident involving a firefighter or perhaps a resident trying to escape the flames, a sudden change in conditions.Heartland Fire Captain Sonny Saghera live with us on Good Morning San Diego: “We try to change it up from year to year. Keep the basic concepts the same, but some of the areas are different…. throw curve balls at ’em, make them think, this is going to happen in a real fire.”After-action review of the training– next week. Real thing? Could be just around the corner. Ed Lenderman, Hundreds of firefighters train in Annual Wildland Fire Preparedness exercise Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 18, 2019 Updated: 8:22 AM April 18, 2019
Time Inc. is showcasing a commitment to Millenials as the company launches digital-first products. This past January, The Snug made its debut as a décor and DIY social hub for Millennials. Evenlyn Webster, EVP at Time Inc., said it was the first example of the company’s social digital strategy. On March 16, Time Inc. launched MIMI, another product dedicated to the company’s overall digital stance. MIMI is designed as a social-first site that constantly streams beauty content and videos curated from a variety of sources including MIMI writers, Time Inc. beauty editors, bloggers and consumers. “MIMI represents a substantial opportunity for Time Inc. to attract new consumers, while deepening engagement with our existing audience of 70+ million women,” says Webster in a statement. Consumers also have an active role in the MIMI community contributing their own beauty stories, how-to’s and more. Editors then choose from these to feature as top submissions on the site. The site was built on a digital publishing platform developed by RebelMouse and features display ads for products such as Target’s “latest beauty obsessions.”
Tata steelworks Port Talbot, Wales, April 26, 2016.Reuters fileIndian multinational steel making company Tata Steel paid bonuses worth £25 million to its top European managers. The “retention” bonus was reportedly awarded to about 100 top managers at the UK and Dutch offices.The details of the payments made were leaked by a Dutch whistle blower, after which the company admitted that these bonuses had been paid to senior managers, reported the Financial Times. Additionally, the officials at Tata Steel also said that the retention bonus had been paid as per the terms and conditions of the said managers’ contract.When FT got in touch with the officials regarding the payments, the website was shown a letter that Tata Steel’s chairman Andrew Robb had sent to the employees of the company on Wednesday, July 12. The letter said: the company offers “a range of short and longer-term incentives for employees at all levels so we can attract and retain the appropriate skills for the future.”It also explained that its older plans weren’t working in favour of Tata Steel and numerous senior managers leaving the brand was worrisome. The “retention” payments have hit headlines as it comes at a time when UK workers have been taking pension cuts to keep the British business floating. The employees of the steelmaker had earlier voted for the closure of the £15 billion retirement plan to keep the Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales alive.Speaking of Tata’s decision to pay bonuses to its senior managers, a spokesperson for the Community trade union said that it is a shameful act considering the steel industry is currently facing massive uncertainty.”If these reports [about the loyalty payments] are true, then Tata Steel managers should hang their heads in shame. Steelworkers have taken tough decisions to secure the future of our industry, yet it seems management don’t want to share the burden. Stuffing their pockets with millions of pounds in bonuses is a slap in the face to every one of Tata’s loyal steelworkers,” the spokesperson told FT. A company logo is seen outside the Tata steelworks near Rotherham in Britain, March 30, 2016 [Representational Image].Reuters File”That money would be better spent on new investment and to reward those workers who have already given up so much to help protect their industry.”The Unite trade union added: “It’s remarkable that bonuses of such kind have been paid out to senior bosses at a time of great upheaval and uncertainty for the company. Workers on the shop floor whose livelihoods have been hanging by a thread and pay frozen will understandably be less than impressed.”
NGC 2682. Credit: 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF Explore further Observations uncover details about the open cluster IC 4996 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 Science X Network Based on new data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, astronomers have provided more insights into properties of the nearby open cluster NGC 2682, revealing that its size is at least two times greater than previously believed. The findings are detailed in a paper published May 6 on the arXiv pre-print repository. More information: R. Carrera, et al. The extended halo of NGC 2682 (M 67) from Gaia DR2. arXiv:1905.02020v1 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1905.02020 Located some 2,800 light years away, NGC 2682 (aka Messier 67, or M67 for short) is an open cluster in the constellation of Cancer. With an estimated age of about 3.6 billion years, it is one of the nearest old open clusters. Notably, its age and initial chemical composition is similar to that of the sun, hence astronomers even considered that the sun might actually have originated from NGC 2682.Published about one year ago, the latest catalog of data from Gaia satellite (known as Data Release 2, or DR2) provides high-precision measurements, including positions in the sky, parallaxes and proper motions for more than 1 billion sources in the Milky Way. The release contains observational data collected by Gaia in the timespan of nearly two years – between July 25, 2014 and May 23, 2016.DR2 has the potential of revealing more insights into the nature of NGC 2682 as astrometric information in this release could be a valuable tool to investigate extra-tidal regions of several open clusters in the solar neighborhood. So a team of European astronomers led by Ricardo Carrera of Astronomical Observatory of Padova in Italy recently decided to use DR2 in order to learn more about NGC 2682.In particular, the researchers investigated the spatial distribution of this cluster of stars in order to constrain its dynamical evolution. Given that most open clusters should dissolve at an age of around 1 billion years, the fact that NGC 2682 survived until now suggests that it was likely much more massive in the past and has an interesting dynamical history.”We use Gaia DR2 data to identify NGC 2682 members up to a distance of about 150 pc (10 degrees). Two methods (Clusterix and UPMASK) are applied to this end. We estimate distances to obtain three-dimensional stellar positions using a Bayesian approach to parallax inversion, with an appropriate prior for star clusters,” the paper reads.The main conclusion from the study conducted by Carrera’s team is that NGC 2682 is at least twice as large than previously thought. Based on the DR2 data, the astronomers found that this cluster extends up to approximately 160 light years, while other observations carried out in the recent years suggested not more than 78 light years.Furthermore, the study confirmed that NGC 2682 is mass-segregated with the most massive objects concentrated in the central regions. However, there are also stars outside the tidal radius of this cluster. The researchers assume that these extra-tidal stars in NGC 2682 may originate from external perturbations such as disk shocking or dynamical evaporation from two-body relaxation. They also plan more studies of the cluster to test these scenarios. Citation: Study finds open cluster NGC 2682 at least two times larger than previously thought (2019, May 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-cluster-ngc-larger-previously-thought.html
Sanjay Das, a photographer whose heart lies in Bengal travelled to the nooks and corners of Bengal, spanning four years. And the outcome is the mesmerizing picturesque tale of Bengal engraved in a photo series.Bengal enraptured Das over these years and has finally materialised into the frozen moments in his collection ‘Beautiful Bengal’. Selected moments are out there for you to relish, as the exhibition gets inaugurated on 4 April.As his visions and ideas traverse the boundary of imagination, Das is putting up an exhibit of his photographs on Bengal in Muktadhara Auditorium, West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The photo exhibition will be inaugurated by Krishnendu Narayan Choudhary, the Minister of Tourism,West Bengal.Tying up with the West Bengal government Das is also working towards putting all his work together in one publication devoted solely to the state. As he puts it – he has no problems driving down from Delhi to shoot what he loves best. For all you art lovers and shutterbugs, hail ‘Beautiful Bengal’ for your chance to delve into the enchanting state while keeping up with your busy schedules in Delhi.
Decked like a bride, with garlands of glittering lights wrapped around her ensemble, she stands tall and bright as hundreds horde towards her before breaking the day long fast. Iftar at Jama Masjid is a treat for the uninitiated, for whom Old Delhi stands only as a symbol of what the city was, what it is not, what it will never again be. At sunset, a walk down the lane adjacent to Meena Bazaar and Jama Masjid one is greeted with a line of shops, each selling paraphernalia particular to the holy time of Ramadan. While the festival is one; its antiques, many. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfJust as you cross the newly constructed Jama Masjid Metro station on your left, on your right is an organized line of shops selling everything – from raw chicken to Lucknowi chikan. The holy month of Ramadan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed as a holy month by Muslims across the globe, to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Mohammed. The fast is a rigorous test of one’s potential, to cleanse the mind and the body of impurity, to test perseverance and the power of unflinching devotion. The day begins with a meal before sunrise, which is followed by an entire day of fasting- where the staunch are even prohibited from swallowing their own saliva, it all ends with a meal after sunset. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter 7pm, when the Delhi sun finally decides to dip, hundreds gather at Jama Masjid to partake in the festivities that are held both inside and outside the complex. While inside, lines of people are welcomed to break their fast without having to shed a penny, outside, the shops provide a repertoire of delicacies – from fruits, to sweets, to the lip smacking kebabs and biryanis which have been the pride of the Nawabs. “My favourite Iftar dish is Sevaiyah (Semolina pancakes), the ones we get here at Jama Masjid are lip-smacking,” said Raheem, a beaming 10-year old from Daryaganj who was accompanied by his father, who looked almost exhausted at fulfilling his son’s eager demands. “One day he likes Sevaiyah, and the next day he wants Biryani. But that’s what festivals are for; and this is what children will do,” said the exhausted but nevertheless complying father of young Raheem. “We do not observe the fast because we have to; it is because we want to. It is our token of love to Allah,” says Ruhani, an enthusiastic 17-year old, who has been visiting Jama Masjid with her family since the tender age of 10. Wasim a rickshaw puller in his 40s visits the Masjid after an entire day of toiling in the sun, “It (the fast) does not make me weak, it makes me work harder, this is the time I prove my devotion, I struggle through the day to come here in the evening and finally take a bite. But I will not lie, I do relish that first sip of Shikanji,” he said, breaking out in an almost child-like laughter.While the austerities of devotion are contested across the world, what we miss is how there is a parallel and immediate journey back to an innocent phase of naivety. Whether Chistmas, or Durga Puja, Navratri or Ramadan, festivities glorify a phase of nonchalance which has to be otherwise masked in the adult world, where the real austerity thrives.Walking down the lane at Jama Masjid, you will be welcomed by an exciting aura of differences – aromas of beautifully cooked food- somewhere there are kebabs being roasted, elsewhere tea being freshly brewed; move forward and you will hear faint whisperings of a variety of languages- some speaking in hushed Urdu, others ranting in crisp Persian, still others in confused English; and then of course you will see honest devotees in well ironed white kurtas, eager tourists with dangling DSLR-s, and rushing journalists with a paper and pen.Who said India cannot thrive in diversity?