Georgia Athlete James Graham Names OSU in Top 10

first_imgThree-star Georgia quarterback/athlete James Graham dropped his list of top 10 schools on Friday. Oklahoma State made the cut, along with Michigan, Alabama, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Auburn Georgia Tech and Georgia.Graham, who plays quarterback for Fitzgerald High School in southern Georgia, held 18 offers as of Friday. But he whittled down his list to a manageable 10, eliminating Arkansas, Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland, Tulane, UCF and Georgia Southern. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU could have a backdoor into Graham’s recruitment that only Virginia Tech can boast, as two teammates from last year’s team signed at Division I schools (running back J.D. King signed with OSU, tight end Lecitus Smith signed with the Hokies.)Graham is a star dual-threat quarterback, but is being pursued by the Pokes as a running back to play alongside his former high school teammate in the same backfield.As a junior last season, Graham threw for 950 yards in seven games and rushed for 330 on just 54 carries.last_img read more

Pokes’ Running Game Posted One of the Better Performances of the Gundy Era

first_imgThe 332 yards Oklahoma State gained on the ground were the 11th most since Mike Gundy has been coach, but that doesn’t begin to explain how majestic Thursday night’s rushing attack actually was.Oklahoma State hasn’t finished a game with 300 yards passing and 300 more on the ground in five years. In fact, it has only happened four times since 2000.The first part of that equation — the passing number — has been touched countless times. The Cowboys hit that mark six times just last season. As for the rushing attack, 300 yards has only been reached once in the past few years, and it was last year against TCU. As for the last time they were in unison, that was Sept. 15, 2012, against Louisiana Lafayette, the game Wes Lunt got hurt.AdChoices广告It has happened just 17 times in the Gundy era.Thursday night’s 59-24 masterclass of Tulsa in the Cowboys’ 2017 season-opener was rhythmic and dynamic. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich had the offense moving quicker than it has in recent years, especially toward the beginning of the game. In fact, it was moving at almost record pace.There were stretches Justice Hill would take three straight carries and earn positive yardage each time. Yurcich had an excellent feel for the tempo and heat of the offense Thursday, which made the Cowboys — already oozing with talent — that much more dangerous.Mason Rudolph said the running game, led by Justice Hill, was great and that whether it was an up-tempo play or a more deliberate one, everything was in sync.“Blocked it well up front, and (I’m) really pleased,” Rudolph said. “Justice just looks different running. I don’t know if you guys saw, but he put on about 20 pounds, and he’s stronger.“Gosh, it’s pretty cool to watch him run and do his thing out there.”Hill himself said he doesn’t feel any different on the field running with it, no heavier than he was last year.“Just be able to break a little bit more tackles, and pass protection is a lot easier,” he said.The projected All-Big 12 sophomore said he was excited after his exceptional performance, and, yeah, that probably makes sense.This is … unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/ujZKendzvZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 31, 2017That looks like the trailer for a video game.He raked in 132 yards on just 15 carries. That’s 8.8 yards a pop. He toted in a well-earned touchdown, and made plays all night like the one above.Although when Hill talked with Kyle Boone, he said he was more excited for the guys who came in behind him.“I’m really more excited about J.D. (King) and LD (Brown),” Hill said. “They had some great runs.”Boy, that was a fact, and that is why Thursday evening’s assault on the ground was OSU’s best in recent memory. There was unexpected, completely ridiculous depth at a position that lost four of its top guys after last season.King looked Chris Carson-esque multiple times. He burst through the Tulsa defense at times, including what was for a brief time the longest Cowboy run since 2011 that he high-and-tighted in for a score. King was great. Even better than a lot of us thought he would be.As for King holding the longest run title for a “brief time,” Brown (the No. 3 running back) bested King’s 71 yards with a 73-yarder in the fourth quarter.“I liked what I saw from J.D. (King) from a standpoint of thinking he ran physically and protected the ball really well,” said Gundy. “He showed a little bit more burst in the open field than I thought he had. Then, LD (Brown) made a couple of plays and showed that he has the chance to run the ball a little bit. I thought we got some good play from those guys and blocked them pretty good at times.”Hill broke one for 32, and he said there are five guys who are responsible for the knee-grabbers.“It’s the offensive line,” Hill said. “All credit goes to them.”The offensive line look more like a dealership worth of Ford F-150s than five college kids. Gundy said he liked what he saw for the most part. As for the sack-fumble, Gundy said that wasn’t the hog mollies’ fault.“Mason caused his own sack, and the other time he got hit on the outcut that we scored on probably had a really good chance at being intercepted.”Gundy said a lot of the success in the run game came from the backs themselves though. He said in college football, you have to have skilled running backs who can make people miss. It seems OSU has at least three.“We just all push each other no matter what it is,” Hill said. “If it’s studying and watching extra film, we all gotta try to meet up here and do a little extra. If it’s on the field and one person breaks a long run, then another person wants to break a long run. Then if somebody runs somebody over, somebody else wants to run somebody over.”Hill said that’s just how it is, and it makes for great competition. Make for even better theatre, Justice. The numbers the running backs finished with were absurd.Given that Hill is a sophomore, King is a true freshman and Brown is a redshirt freshman, those numbers are eye-popping. And I understand the whole, “It was Tulsa …” argument, but Tulsa is a far cry from last year’s opening team, Southeastern Louisiana. Oklahoma State averaged 3.8 yards on the ground against that team. It averaged 9.0 on Thursday against a Tulsa team that won 10 games last year.As long as the F-150s hold up like they did Thursday and the bowling balls keep rolling toward the pins, the Cowboys should be in fine shape.“It’s gonna be a good year with all three of us,” Hill said.Yes … yes it is. 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

Mbappe ready to face Real Madrid

first_imgUEFA Champions League No Neymar, but Mbappe ready for PSG return against Real Madrid Dom Farrell 21:39 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe PSG Lille 091217 Getty UEFA Champions League PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid PSG Kylian Mbappé Paris Saint-Germain will be without their Brazilian star for a crunch Champions League last-16 tie, but another big-money addition is back in training Kylian Mbappe has handed Paris Saint-Germain a fitness boost ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.The Ligue 1 leaders’ hopes of turning around a 3-1 first-leg deficit in the last-16 tie were dealt a hammer blow when Neymar suffered a broken metatarsal in the 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille a week ago.To compound matters, Mbappe sustained an ankle injury against the same opponents in the Coupe de France but the teenage France forward is ready to face Zinedine Zidane’s European champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Speaking at a pre-match news conference, PSG head coach Unai Emery said: ” Kylian Mbappe trained normally with the squad yesterday. The only player, apart from Neymar, who did not, was Javier Pastore.”Normally, all players will be ready for tomorrow’s match against Madrid, except Neymar.”This near-clean bill of health means Thiago Motta and Lassana Diarra offer more experienced options in the holding midfield role, where Argentine youngster Giovani Lo Celso struggled at times during the defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu.Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe will also contest the two centre-back slots once more after Emery controversially left club captain Silva on the bench in Madrid.”Both Lassana Diarra and Thiago Motta possess the experience for this sort of big European match,” he said.”All three central defenders are ready to play against Real Madrid. We will see after the final training session.”The 11 starters and the substitutes will all be important against Real. Everybody will need to chip in.”Although their late collapse in the Spanish capital makes PSG the underdogs, a 4-0 win over Barcelona at this stage on home turf last season gives cause for optimism and Emery called on the Parc des Princes faithful to greet their illustrious opponents with a cacophony of noise.”It is a very important moment of the season, a unique moment for all the PSG supporters and all of France. The Champions League is a major objective for the club,” he added.”This match is different. Above all, it is in Paris. We will be 12 with the support of the fans.”We need to stay united on the inside and also show that from the outside. We want unity with the PSG fans.”It is the first time that we have played an important Champions League return leg at the Parc des Princes. This is something different.”last_img read more

Klopp: Alexander-Arnold critics don’t know football

first_imgJürgen Klopp ‘They have no idea about football’ – Klopp hits back at Alexander-Arnold critics Nicholas McGee 17:06 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) KloppTAA-Cropped Getty Images Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United Premier League The 19-year-old defender was criticised for his display against Manchester United in Saturday’s game, but his coach sprung to his defence Jurgen Klopp has dismissed criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold following his lacklustre defending for the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.Alexander-Arnold was turned too easily by Marcus Rashford, who lashed into the far corner to give United the lead before the England forward took advantage of more haphazard defending from Liverpool to double the Red Devils’ advantage.An Eric Bailly own goal gave Liverpool hope but they could not complete a second-half comeback at Old Trafford, with club legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness taking aim at Alexander-Arnold. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Klopp, though, has no interest in their thoughts on the teenage right back.Asked about their comments, he said: “I don’t get it. If you wouldn’t tell me [about it], I would never watch it. That makes absolutely no difference to me, what people say.”What did they say? They said we defended bad? If somebody said it was only Trent’s mistake, then the guy who said that has no idea about football and I wouldn’t listen.”Dejan Lovren, in the first challenge, could be different, but it’s difficult. We were not there for the second ball and then it’s Trent.”I have to see it back again but when I saw the goal, for me Rashford did brilliantly and, exactly in the moment where Trent is ready for the challenge, he made a cut back.”He stepped too late and in the next moment he shoots. It’s the perfect striker movement and we cannot defend everything.”It’s easy afterwards to talk about it but I’m not interested. [Pundits] don’t give us points, they don’t cost us points, they are only the deliverer of good and bad messages, that’s all.”We lost 2-1, but everybody could see we’re strong. We brought them at the edge, with 2-0 down that’s really rare that you can turn a game against United, but we were close and actually we should have done it.”The weekend’s results leave Liverpool sitting fourth in the table, occupying the final Champions League spot, and just four points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Gundy: ‘The Program Is On as Good a Ground as It’s Ever Been on Here’

first_imgSTILLWATER — 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.last_img read more

‘Little sh*t’! Why Croatia fans have turned on Modric

first_imgCroatia ‘Little sh*t’! Why some Croatia fans have turned on Real Madrid idol Luka Modric Ante Buskulic & Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 15:23 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) croatia senegal - luka modric - 08062018 Goran Stanzl/Pixsell Croatia Croatia v Nigeria Nigeria World Cup The midfielder is popular with his club’s fans, but a recent trial in his homeland has turned him into a villain for the national team Luka Modric should be the star of the show for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup. The midfielder enters the tournament having won the Champions League for the third year in a row with Real Madrid. He’s a hugely popular figure in Spain, but fans of his national team do not hold the 32-year-old in the same high esteem.As a child during the Croatian War of Independence, Modric was forced to leave his home of Modrici, with his grandfather killed by Serbs who occupied the area. He was forced to live in a hotel in Zadar with other refugees, with his only comfort coming from playing football.A trial at Hajduk Split did not go well for the youngster, who was told he was too small and weak, forcing him to move once more, joining Dinamo Zagreb as a 16-year-old. A modest and humble player, he was initially greatly admired by peers, but Croatian supporters took their time to warm to him as they criticised him for not being attacking enough, preferring to pass the ball to the nearest team-mate or else backwards in order to keep possession. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar This was magnified when he lined out for Croatia, with fans expecting him to replicate his performances from Tottenham and then Real Madrid for the national side. It was not until 2015 or 2016 that he finally began to convince supporters, helping raise his own game and that of his team-mates in the trademark red and white shirt.However, in recent times Modric has again become unpopular with many fans in Croatia. The reason for this is the midfielder’s association with the controversial agent Zdravko Mamic – a man labelled by his critics as the ‘godfather of Croatian football’ due to his widespread power and influence throughout the game in the country.Even as a teenager, Modric was associated with Mamic, who owned the Mamic Soccer Agency (MSA). Mamic helped orchestrate Modric’s move to Dinamo, and sought to help the young players who had signed civil contracts with him by helping them financially in return for a percentage of their salaries if they had successful football careers.It was speculated that Modric, Eduardo da Silva, Dejan Lovren and many others had signed these contracts with MSA, but Mamic insists that he was risking his future because these players may never have become successful.”It was a business risk I took! You always speak about Modric and Eduardo, but what about those players I invested in and never got anything in return because they failed to make a career?” Mamic explained several years ago.Despite Mamic’s claims that he was acting in his clients’ interests, the whole story went public when Eduardo sued Mamic, claiming that the deal was like an owner-slave relationship if he was forced to give Mamic a percentage of his salary until the end of his career.Eduardo argued that he did not understand what he was agreeing to when he signed the contract as he did not understand Croatian fluently. He had arrived in Zagreb as a 15-year-old, with Mamic paying for his surgery and buying a house for the player and his family which later allowed Eduardo to qualify for Croatia through residency.The court favoured Mamic over Eduardo in the case, but the agent was forced to close down MSA after becoming director and executive president at Dinamo. He insisted that his son Mario Mamic would also return his agent’s license to FIFA and not become involved in the transfer of Dinamo players, but it later emerged that no such thing had happened.Mamic’s influence also spread to the Croatian FA, where he had an impact on the selection of national team coaches and the association’s presidential elections. However, it was his relationship with Dinamo and his involvement in their player sales that was ultimately called into question, with Mamic brought to trial to assess whether he made illegal personal profits.Many big-name players were called as witnesses for Mamic’s trial, including Modric, and were asked to explain their relationship with Dinamo and Mamic. The judge ruled that, alongside the contract Dinamo had with players, they would also sign a deal that would regulate how transfer money would be split between the club and player, with the percentage assigned to the player eventually ending up in Mamic’s pocket.luka modric tottenhamZdravko MamicAt the time of his sale in 2008, Modric was the biggest transfer in Dinamo’s history when he was sold for €21 million to Tottenham. As part of his agreement, Modric agreed to hand his percentage to Mamic, but during the trial, the prosecution proved that the additional deal regarding the split of player/club income was signed after Modric’s transfer to Tottenham, rather than before.During his testimony, Modric changed some of his initial statements, saying “I don’t remember” when asked when the contracts were signed and, when he received money from the deal, as well as confusing the date he made his international debut. Modric claimed the authorities dragged him from the national team camp and questioned him for several hours in the night, leaving him too tired to properly understand the statement he had signed for them. During the trial, the changes from his statement benefited Mamic.This alteration in his statement to try to help Mamic was not well-received by football fans in Croatia. He was the target of some offensive graffiti in Zadar, Zagreb and Split, while fans sang “Luka Modric, little sh*t” during Croatian league matches.At the end of the trial in March of this year, Mamic was found guilty and sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, while Modric and Lovren face charges for perjury. Mamic escaped to Bosnia and Herzegovina the night before the verdict was given, claiming he will appeal.The trial has stained Modric’s reputation among supporters, with Hajduk Split supporters even cheering against Croatia due to Modric’s involvement. Other club fans still want the nation to do well at the World Cup, but now Modric will never be their hero, no matter what he achieves on the field.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWorld Cup Saudi Arabia vs Egypt: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Egypt Russia World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Saudi Arabia v Egypt Saudi Arabia Egypt Powerade Saudi Arabia and Egypt will bow out with a final Group A fixture after the two sides lost both their previous matches What a mad finish to the game! Salah opened the scoring with a lovely lob, but Saudi Arabia scored the second of two first-half penalties – with record-breaking goalkeeper El Hadary saving the first in style – and snatching a winner with the last kick of the game to send Egypt home in floods of tears, bottom of the group with no points. FULL-TIME: SAUDI ARABIA 2-1 EGYPT90+5 mins: GOAL!!!! SAUDI ARABIA HAVE WON IT! It’s 2-1 now as Al Dawsari drills the ball into the far left corner, staying just onside as the ball is worked inside from the right in what is surely the last kick of the game!  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 Otayf plays the ball first time for Al Dawsari, who hits it straight into the bottom corner to seal third place in the group and break Egyptian hearts. 90+1 mins: Egypt haven’t won any of their previous six World Cup matches (D2 L4). Were they to fail to win again here, they would be just two games off Honduras’ unwanted record of nine games in the competition without ever recording a victory.90 mins: There will be FOUR minutes of added time here. Can either side grab a winner? 89 mins: Egypt counter-attack at pace, with Warda racing down the right, before linking up with Salah just inside the box. He lays it off for Elneny, who tries to spread it wide on the left, but Sobhi gets in his way and the attack breaks down! 87 mins: MISS! The initial delivery is poor, but the second ball back into the box finds Al-Mogahwi, who tries an acrobatic effort that lands on the roof of the net! However, he looked to be offside, so it wouldn’t have counted. 86 mins: Fathy picks up a yellow card, giving away a free-kick out on the flank. 85 mins: OFFSIDE! Salah looks to have curved his run to perfection as he drives in on goal from the right, but the flag goes up for offside! 84 mins: CHANCE! Kahraba bears down on goal with a Saudi defender for company, and can only smack his shot straight at the goalkeeper, who palms it out! He, too, ignored the run of an open team-mate, although he was offside anyway, so it wouldn’t have counted.83 mins: Salah tries to wriggle through a wall of green shirts, but has the ball pinched at the last second. He had Sobhi to his left, and perhaps should have played him in. 81 mins: Kahraba replaces Trezeguet in Egypt’s third and final change. 80 mins: Saudi Arabia have another dangerous-looking free-kick, but it’s off the wall and doesn’t cause any problems. 79 mins: Al Muwallad, who missed the first of two Saudi Arabian penalties, is replaced now by Al Shehri.78 mins: Warda’s corner is woeful, and it’s cleared away, but Hegazi lofts it back into the area to earn another. However, the substitute’s second attempt at the delivery is equally poor. 77 mins:  BLOCK! Warda lashes an effort at goal that takes a wicked deflection, but bobbles behind for a corner!76 mins:  Al Shahrani wins a header well at left-back and sparks an attack down the left. He’s shown good energy today. 74 mins:  Al Faraj’s free-kick lacks quality, and he hits it straight over the bar. That was a very poor effort. 73 mins : Egypt give the ball away cheaply in midfield, and Fathi is forced to commit a foul 25 yards or so from goal to quell a dangerous-looking move. 70 mins: MISS! Salah throws a lovely dummy in so Elneny can receive the ball on the edge of the box, but the Arsenal midfielder can only curl wide of the top-left corner! Mo Salah69 mins:  SAVES! A lovely, dinked ball in behind is headed powerfully at goal, but El Hadary is equal to it, tipping it over the bar, before having to make another reflex stop from the resulting corner! He’s clearly still got it! 67 mins:  Egypt finally get hold of the ball and push forward in possession. They’ve hardly created an attack this half from passages of short passing. 65 mins:  Bahebri, whose end product has been woeful today, is replaced by Aseri out wide. 64 mins:  MISS! Al-Mogahwi latches onto a half-clearance from a dinked Al Shahrani cross and volleys off-target. A few too many spectacular finishes attempted in this game. Mohsen is replaced by the skillful Sobhi, giving Egypt a more fluid look up front in the absence of a traditional striker. 62 mins:  Gabr produces a brilliant last-dicth tackel to deny Saudi Arabia in the box, who had produced some lovely one-touch football to get in behind.60 mins:  Bahebri spoons a shot so high over the bar that it almost ends up nestling in the second tier of the stands. That was miles too high. 59 mins:  Otayf lunges in very late with both feet off the ground, but escapes without even a booking! He’s very lucky there.57 mins:  MISS! Trezeguet towers about Motaz Hawsawi to power a header just wide of the far post! Outstanding leap from the winger there. 56 mins:  Salah curls a low ball from a free-kick on the right that is headed away at the near post. Not his best cross. 54 mins:  MISS! A dangerous cross into the box sees Hegazi half-clear the ball with El Hadary waiting to catch, and Bahebri smashes a powerful volley over the bar! He caught it well, but couldn’t keep it down. 53 mins:  Salah pinches the ball from Osama Hawsawi and races down the line. He tries to cut back onto his left and play the ball into the danger area, but the defender recovers superbly to block. 51 mins:  Saudi Arabia have completely dominated the ball so far in the second half, with Egypt penned back into their own penalty area. 50 mins:  NO PENALTY! Following a Saudi corner, Motaz Hawsawi goes over in the box as the ball bobbles around, but the referee dismisses their appeals for a third penalty. 48 mins:  Saudi Arabia surge forward down the right, but Fabri and Al Muwallad get in each other’s way somewhat, and a tame shot rolls into the hands of El Hadary at the near post. 46 mins:  And we’re back underway! What a crazy first half! Salah scored a wonderful lob and missed a sitter, before Saudi Arabia scored and missed two penalties, one given by VAR! Both sides clearly pushing for a win to finish here.EgyptEgypt look the stronger side, however, and if Salah can replicate even a fraction of the form he’s shown this season, Egypt look favourites to win. Saudi Arabia have hardly looked threatening aside from the penalties. HALF-TIME: SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT 45+7 mins:  El Said, who produced that delightful long ball forward for Salah, has to be replaced before the break, with Warda coming on in his place.45+6 mins:  GOAL! Al Faraj sends the keeper the wrong way, slotting into the back of the net as El Hadary can’t come up with a second stunning penalty save.45+5 mins : PENALTY! Gabr has been booked as the referee makes up his mind following the VAR check!45+2 mins:  Saudi Arabia have another penalty!! Gabr and Al Muwallad have a hold of each other inside the box, and the latter goes down, causing the referee to award a second spot-kick! However, the referee goes to the side of the pitch to check with VAR. 45 mins:  There will be three added minutes at the end of this first half. 43 mins:  El Hadary is down, and it looks like he’s hurt himself in saving that penalty. After receiving some treatment, it looks like he will be able to continue. 42 mins:  CHANCE! The ball goes into the box and El Hadary can only flap at it, but somehow Egypt smuggle the ball away amidst the chaos inisde their penalty area. 41 mins: SAVE! El Hadary – the oldest-ever player to play at a World Cup – comes up with a great save, tipping the strike onto the bar and back out with a firm hand! Al Muwallad can’t believe it. He put plenty of power into the strike, but it wasn’t right in the corner, and the veteran goalkeeper has a moment to remember, showing plenty of strength and agility to keep it out! 39 mins: PENALTY! Saudi Arabia have a penalty! Al Shahrani crosses from the left and the ball strikes Fathi’s trailing arm just inside the box! Al Muwallad will take here.   37 mins:  BLOCK! Outstanding block by Hegazi, who deflects a shot wide from Al Faraj, who struck a cut-back fiercely towards goal from just inside the area. That was Saudi Arabia’s best chance of the game so far. 34 mins:  MISS! Trezeguet is at it again, cutting in from the left and trying to hit a curling shot into the far corner, but once again it’s just wide! 33 mins:  MISS! Egypt break quickly and to great effect. Salah receives the ball on the edge of the box and casually flicks it in behind for Trezeguet, whose vicious, curling half-volley is inches wide of the far post! 32 mins:  Saudi Arabia win a corner, and retrieve the ball following the initial clearance, but the ball back into the box is awful, and sails straight out of play. 30 mins:  MISS! Al Shahrani cuts inside from left-back and strikes a shot at goal with his right foot, but it’s always rising and flies over the bar. 29 mins:  It’s a very poor delivery, but Al-Mousailem chooses to punch instead of making what should have been a comfortable catch. Saudi Arabia win a free-kick, however, and the pressure is relieved. 28 mins:  Egypt win a free-kick on the edge of the box in a dangerous position. El Said stands over it. 25 mins:  El Hadary is called into action, but it’s comfortable again as he holds an ambitious low drive from outside the box. 24 mins: MISS! Unbelievable!! Salah is played in behind and is one-on-one with the goalkeeper all on his own! He looks certain to score, but somehow chips it well wide of the target!! Mo Salah,  Motaz Hawsawi Saudi Arabia vs Egypt22 mins:  GOAL!! SALAH SCORES! Egypt are 1-0 up! El Said pings a long ball over the top for Salah’s run, which has split the two centre-backs, and the Egyptian wing-wizard controls perfectly with his first touch, and nonchalantly lofts it over the onrushing goalkeeper with his second! Lovely goal!El Said won the ball well on the halfway line and went direct over the top to Salah, who took his opportunity effortlessly. 21 mins:  El Hadary has his first involvement of the game as he comes out to claim a low cross from the right. That was comfortable for the veteran goalkeeper. 20 mins:  OFFSIDE! Salah looks as though he’s been played in behind perfectly, but the flag goes up as he’d just strayed a fraction offside. That was a tight call. 19 mins:  Salah gets a chance to use his pace as he sprints down the right, but Al Shahrani shows incredible speed to match him all the way and cover!17 mins:  Egypt have their foot on the ball now, and push Saudi Arabia back into their own half. There aren’t enough men forward for the Pharaohs, and they are outnumbered, eventually conceding a throw-in. 15 mins:  MISS! Al Dawsari is at it again, driving a long way up the field with the ball, before skipping inside first Hamed, then Hegazi, before unleashing a strike at goal, but it’s over the bar again! He made the chance really well, but couldn’t keep it down. 13 mins:  Mohsen gets into a promising position on the edge of the box for Egypt, but he kicks the ground as he tries to shoot. Waste of a good opportunity there.12 mins:  MISS! Al Dawsari fires the ball up and over the bar from outside the box. Poor effort there, and El Hadary has been completely untroubled so far in the Egypt goal.10 mins:  Saudi Arabia have a spell of possession, playing the ball around in Egypt’s half of the pitch, but there’s no real penetration in their passing. 8 mins:  Saudi Arabia win a corner, which is headed emphatically away by Hegazi. Egypt look to have the superior height from set-pieces. 6 mins:  Neither side have been able to really dominate possession so far, with both looking relatively comfortable up until the final third, where the final ball is lacking. 4 mins : Salah gets forward with the ball at his feet for the first time, cutting back onto his left foot and crossing from the right, but it’s headed away well. Egypt had men forward there, but Salah just couldn’t pick a team-mate out with his cross.3 mins:  Hussain has a go from the edge of the box as Saudi Arabia get forward, but he drags it well wide and it’s a very tame effort. No danger whatsoever. 1 min : And we’re off! Egypt get us underway as both sides look for a win to finish their World Cup campaigns. Here we go… The teams are out, and the national anthems are underway. 20 mins until KO:  Both managers have made changes ahead of this fixture, and Egypt head coach Hector Cuper has given second-choice goalkeeper El-Hadary his place in the record books by handing him a start today, making him the oldest player ever to play at a World Cup at the age of 45. 25 mins until KO:  Saudi Arabia will have their work cut out for them to replicate that scoreline, however, as they are winless in their last 12 World Cup matches (W0 D2 L10), losing their last four games in the competition without scoring. 30 mins until KO:  Both these sides have already been knocked out of the competition, having lost both their first two games against Russia and Uruguay, but they still have pride to play for here, as both bid to go out on a high. This is the first match between these two sides at a World Cup, and it is Egypt’s first-ever World Cup match against an Asian nation. The last tournament match between these two came in 1999 in the Confederations Cup, where Saudi Arabia ran out 5-1 winners as Egypt has three men sent off. 35 mins until KO:  Egypt XI (4-2-3-1): Essam El Hadary; Mohamed Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Fathy; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny; Trezeguet, Abdallah El Said, Mohamed Salah; Marwan MohsenEgypt substitutes: Amr Warda, Mahmoud Hamdi, Ayman Ashraf, Ramadan Sobhi, Mohamed El-Shenawy, Sam Morsy, Ahmed Elmohamady, Shikabala, Saad Samir, Kahraba, Sherif Ekramy40 mins until KO:  The line-ups have been announced, and we’ll start with Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia XI (4-2-3-1): Yasser Al-Mosailem; Yasir Al Shahrani, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Mohammed Al-Burayk; Abdullah Otafy, Hussain Al-Mogahwi; Salem Al Dawsari, Salman Al Faraj, Hattan Bahebri; Fahad Al MuwalladSaudi Arabia substitutes: Mohammed Al Sahlawi, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Mohammed Al Owais, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Abdullah Al-Mayoof, Mansour Al-Harbi, Mohammed Kanno, Yahya Al Shehri, Mohannad Aseri45 mins until KO:  Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Saudi Arabia starting XI: Al-Mosailem; Al Shahrani, Hawsawi, Hawsawi, Al-Burayk; Otayf, Al-Mogahwi; Al-Dawsari Al Faraj, Bahebri; Al-Muwallad.Egypt starting XI:  El-Hadary; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, El Said, Salah; Mohsen.TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Playerlast_img read more

Pekerman wary of confident England in last 16

first_imgWorld Cup Colombia’s Pekerman wary of confident England in last 16 Harry West 05:00 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JosePekerman - Cropped Getty Images World Cup Colombia Senegal v Colombia Senegal Colombia v England England Colombia and England will meet in the last 16 of the World Cup and Jose Pekerman knows Gareth Southgate’s side are to be taken seriously. Jose Pekerman has warned Colombia they will face an “in harmony” England side in the World Cup second round.Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 in Samara on Thursday to secure their qualification as winners of Group H, before a much-changed England, already through, finished second in Group G following their 1-0 loss to Belgium.Those results set up a last-16 meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, from which the victors will advance to a quarter-final with Sweden or Switzerland, in what is perceived to be the easier half of the draw. 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 But Pekerman says there are no straightforward games once the tournament reaches the knockout phase.”I would always answer in the same way. We know any team that reaches the last 16 is good, the 16 best teams in the world,” he said.”Obviously they can have a good day or an even better day but the whole squad operates at a certain level.”England are a young team that is in harmony, very confident, they have excellent individual players and they’ve managed to pass the group stage quite comfortably.”I’m sure now a different type of match is heading our way. These will be to-the-death matches, so these are extreme situations, [you have] to play a great game from the beginning.”England has what it takes and it’s going to be a match in which Colombia will also be confident to get a good result.”Lots of changes. Fewer chances.#BEL finish top & face #JPN on Monday.#COL await #ENG on Tuesday.#ENGBEL pic.twitter.com/773rbZVpGa— FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018Colombia’s progress spelled the end for Senegal, who finished with an identical record to Japan but were eliminated due to accruing more yellow cards than their rivals.”We all knew when we came to the World Cup that these were the rules,” Pekerman said. “There are clear rules and a clear understanding, you don’t often get teams that are so even and from the beginning you could tell this would be an even group.”It’s incredible to be in this situation, it’s hard for a team to take on.”Had we been in their shoes we would also be quite disappointed because one can sometimes think this is not a part of football but it happens and sometimes you finish a World Cup final on penalties, as in Italy vs Brazil [in 1994].”To lose a World Cup final on penalties is extremely hard and you need to accept the result, somehow you need to find a winner.”But when it comes to cards I guess players will have to start thinking about how important a card can be and as a coach we should also start thinking about this.”last_img read more

Why did Africa’s five fail at 2018 World Cup?

first_imgOpinion Why did Africa’s five fail at 2018 World Cup? Solace Chukwu Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:25 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Nigeria v. Argentina - Ighalo Getty Opinion World Cup African All Stars Not since 1982 has there been a World Cup knockout stage without an African side, but where did it all go wrong for the continent’s quintet? In one of the most superb opening lines in all of literature, Russian writer Leo Tolstoy remarks, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”He may well have been remarking upon Africa’s showing at the World Cup almost 150 years later: Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia and Senegal all have cause for regret after their tragic group stage exits, but while the misery is the same, the particulars are not.For Egypt, drawn in the weakest group and alongside the weakest seed, and making a first World Cup appearance in 28 years, this tournament represented a great opportunity to make a proper splash. 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 For so long Africa’s dominant side, there has lingered about the Pharaohs the sense of a big fish in a (figuratively) small pond. It is a notion that a sorry campaign has done plenty to dispel: Egypt was one of only two teams to finish the Group Stage without registering a single point.Mohamed Salah Egypt Russia World Cup 19062018The injury to Mohamed Salah was no doubt the headline, but the utter incompetence of the rest of the side in his absence – and subsequent half-presence – poses even more damming questions about the management of the team, as well as Egypt’s football development in general.While the now-departed Hector Cuper’s side embraced ignominy, there was rather more to be proud of, even in elimination, for the rest of the contingent.Senegal and Nigeria went into their final group matches with qualification firmly within their grasps, both requiring draws to progress.Neither managed it, however; their game management, both in failing to score while on top and in seeing out a match from a position of advantage, failing at the most crucial moments.However, both could rightly rue their sloppiness in previous encounters—Nigeria seemed unaware that the World Cup had actually kicked off in their opening loss to Croatia, while Senegal should not have twice blown a lead against Japan.Mane Niang Senegal ColombiaMorocco and Tunisia lost twice on the bounce, but salvaged some pride on the final day.For the Atlas Lions, it was a first World Cup appearance in 20 years, and to their credit they were never outplayed in Russia.Instead, it was a lack of clinical edge upfront that did Herve Renard’s men in: Khalid Boutaib scored against Spain on the final day, but was criminally isolated against Portugal, left alone to battle Pepe and Jose Fonte for Nordin Amrabat’s deliveries.Tunisia were somewhat unfortunate with the order of the fixtures. Had they played Panama first, they perhaps might have gone forward with greater confidence. Instead, they seemed in a strait betwixt two early on, and got punished particularly ruthlessly by Belgium and England.Nabil Maaloul | TunisiaIn amidst their individual agonies, there are however some common threads that tie up this casserole of disappointment quite neatly.On the surface, Africa’s five representatives are drawn from its top seven sides, and so constitute the strongest possible contingent. However, a deeper look reveals an unusual statistic: only Nigeria, of the five, have featured in the last two World Cup tournaments.For Egypt, it was their first since 1990. For Morocco, first since 1998. Tunisia, 2006. Senegal, 2002. It made for novelty, and some great stories, but ultimately Africa rocked up at the global fiesta riddled with inexperience and ignorance of football at the highest level.It may not seem like that big of a deal, but the constantly evolving nature of football demands constant involvement and participation. With nothing to occupy them besides African football, in the form of qualifiers and the Africa Cup of Nations, it is no surprise that they displayed such startling naivety at times.Aliou CisseThis manifested in a number of ways: a peculiar vulnerability to set-plays (even Senegal, one of the biggest sides at the tournament, were undone by a corner kick); a total lack of nous and composure in seeing out games – Aziz Bouhaddouz vs. Iran, Nigeria dropping as deep as its own six-yard line against Argentina, Tunisia vs. England; as well as temperament – see Senegal getting knocked out on Fair Play points; one could go on and on.This lack of experience also robbed Africa of the chance to build progressively.Aside from lucking onto a Golden Generation, the way to excel at World Cups is to make gains incrementally. Germany went from two straight semi-finals to winning it all in 2014 by mining the lessons gleaned from failure. Ghana swept to the last eight in 2010 by learning from the pain of 2006. It’s a process, as they say.The abrupt shake-up in the African football hierarchy is not necessarily a bad thing in itself, as some of the old guard (Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast) had fallen into a rut precipitated by complacency and awful administration. That said, when viewed in the isolation of this particular cycle, it cost the continent something.What is particularly disappointing is that, while one could argue that experience was lacking, there was not exactly a sense of abandon about the five. Experience, valuable as it is, can often lend itself to caginess. In its absence, there was not even a sense of adventure to compensate.John Obi MikelHad there been a team that truly captured the imagination by playing the expressive, almost joyously puerile football with which the continent is so often stereotyped, there might have been some consolation.Instead, the stodgy, unimaginative fare served up by, in particular, Egypt, Tunisia and Nigeria, made for some rather dull fare with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.Morocco were perhaps the exception, playing an almost Spanish passing game, in keeping with their geographical proximity to the Iberian Peninsula. Senegal were unabashedly themselves, rigidly organized and breaking at pace through their wingers, but crucially lacked a real flourish at the end of their plays, such as their 2002 vintage possessed.That there seemed such a stylistic mismatch between some of the teams and their managers is odd: Egypt, whose last appearance on the world stage – the 2009 Confederations Cup – saw them record a 4-3 loss to Brazil, such is their attacking bent – were coached by the dour Cuper; Nigeria’s expressive, slightly chaotic brand was helmed with Teutonic pragmatism by Gernot Rohr.It felt, at times, almost un-African to be so risk averse, and perhaps the great message of this World Cup to Africa is to embrace and espouse its own style more readily, and play to its own strengths.last_img read more

Cesc: Russia’s plan was ‘go to penalties and pray’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Go to penalties and pray’ – Fabregas ‘speechless’ following Russia’s upset of Spain Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:15 7/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Spain Russia Getty World Cup Russia Spain v Russia Spain The Chelsea star was shocked to see his country bounced from the World Cup by the host nation, who he claims had prayer as part of their gameplan Cesc Fabregas was among the those stunned by Spain’s World Cup exit at the hands of Russia. The 2010 World Cup champions were held to a 1-1 draw through regular time, scoring only from a Russian own goal before being pegged back from the penalty spot. Thirty minutes of extra time couldn’t do anything to separate the sides, and the host nation managed to find their way to the quarter-finals through penalties.  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 Fabregas, who at half-time had claimed that Spain’s passing – which set World Cup records against Russia – was pointless , was still stunned by the final outcome. “I am speechless because I expected a different game today,” the 31-year-old said on BBC . “I think Spain is a much better side than Russia.”Russia had a plan which was to go to penalties and pray, and it paid off for them.”The former Barcelona man was also gutted to see Spanish legend Andres Iniesta’s career with the national side come to such a disappointing end. “Andres Iniesta doesn’t deserve to go out like this, in what could be his last game for Spain,” he said. Russia’s progression has taken another favourite out of a World Cup that had already seen 2014 champions Germany, Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal sides bounced. Spain’s exit means one of Russia, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, England or Colombia will be playing in the World Cup final. Russia will take on either Croatia or Denmark in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

England should be dreaming of glory – Rooney

first_imgWorld Cup England should be dreaming of World Cup win – Rooney Goal 17:02 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Jesse Lingard England Getty Images World Cup England Colombia v England Colombia The 32-year-old sees the potential and talent in the Three Lions squad before they take on Colombia in their second round tie Former England captain Wayne Rooney believes the country is right to start “dreaming” of winning the World Cup this year.Confidence has grown in the Three Lions camp after they started the competition with wins over Tunisia and Panama, before losing out on first place in their group to Belgium.Gareth Southgate’s team will face Colombia in the last 16 on Tuesday, and players like Dele Alli and Danny Welbeck believe they pose a strong threat to all contenders in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And Rooney, who retired from the England team after Euro 2016, believes they are right to fancy their chances of going far.”I think we should be dreaming now,” he told ESPN.”It’s early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup – whether we go out [on Tuesday] or we go on and win it – the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads.”I’ve seen it two years ago. I said it two years ago when I was captain of the team: give these lads a bit of time, because I’ve seen the quality and the ability they all had.”And, again, after this tournament, whatever happens now, get behind them, because in two years’ time, four years’ time, that might be the support that helps them go on and win that trophy.”With the likes of Harry Kane, Alli, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling in the squad, England have a dangerous attack, and Rooney hopes Southgate gives them freedom on the field.”They’re good. They’ve got a lot of potential. They’ve been exciting, young, great energy, playing with a lot of freedom,” the new D.C. United player added.”I just hope Gareth allows them to do that in this game against Colombia and doesn’t maybe think it’s a knockout game you need to hold back a bit. Let them play. I think they’re enjoying having that freedom. They’re expressing themselves.”I think sometimes if you take a bit away from that it might hurt us, but I’d say let them play and let them continue to go on.”last_img read more

Police investigate Alli incident

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police and Arsenal are investigating an incident in which Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was hit by a bottle during the two sides’ Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.Alli scored the second goal for his side in a 2-0 win that set up a semi-final meeting with Chelsea next month, but Spurs’ victory was marred by the incident.No arrests have been made but Arsenal and the Metropolitan Police are working together on the issue, the force said in a statement provided to Omnisport. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “The Met is working with Arsenal Football Club to identify the person responsible for an incident where a bottle was thrown onto the pitch during the Arsenal v Tottenham match on Wednesday December 19,” the statement said.”There has been no arrest in relation to this specific incident. Seven people were arrested as part of the policing operation for this match for a variety of offences including possession of drugs; public order and assault on police.”England international Alli was clearly unhappy about the incident but was pushed away from the situation by Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.He made light of the moment on social media following the game, posting a photograph where he is gesturing to Arsenal fans with the game’s scoreline.But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was unimpressed with the incident and condemned the bottle being thrown, which opposite number Unai Emery said he did not see.”Lucky that it wasn’t a big issue. Come on, when we play a derby we hate each other in a good way, but that looks in a bad way, looking to damage an opponent,” said Pochettino. “I cannot talk in general [terms] because only one stupid person made a mistake.” The incident comes after projectiles, including a banana skin, were thrown when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a penalty in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Spurs in the Premier League on December 2.last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff manager Warnock: Solskjaer can’t lose in Man Utd role

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Cardiff manager Warnock: Solskjaer can’t lose in Man Utd roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City manager Neil Warnock says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “can’t lose” in his new role as caretaker manager of Manchester United.The former Red Devils striker has taken over from Jose Mourinho for the rest of the season.Speaking ahead of Cardiff’s clash with United on Saturday, Warnock said: “I think it needed somebody who’s been there. He’s a legend really.”Four or five names came to my mind, maybe Steve Bruce or Ryan Giggs. It’s a different type of management, with (Mike) Phelan coming back in, Sir Alex’s man. With the players they’ve got, young lads, I bet he can’t believe his luck.”I think it’s the best job Ole will have in his life, because you can’t lose! Hold the fort until the end of the season, if he does well he’ll get a couple of years. If he doesn’t, he’ll go back to where he was enjoying [managing] anyhow.” last_img read more

Photos: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller Spent Some Time With NFL Great Keyshawn Johnson Last Night

first_imgBraxton Miller wears his helmet during warm-ups at Rutgers.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Now that Braxton Miller is a wide receiver, it’d probably be good for the Ohio State star to learn from some veterans of the position. It appears that he did that last night. At OSU’s Friday Night Lights recruiting event in Ohio Stadium, Miller spent some time with NFL great Keyshawn Johnson, whose son, Keyshawn Jr., attended the event.  Braxton says something to Keyshawn Johnson. pic.twitter.com/uZ0pYNY6SH— Tony Gerdeman (@GerdOZone) July 24, 2015Braxton and Keyshawn talking the finer points of receiving, it appears pic.twitter.com/huQ2pdT5eX— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015Perhaps Keyshawn Johnson is passing some receiver knowledge on to Braxton Miller pic.twitter.com/FiFjx69GV4— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) July 25, 2015If Miller starts yelling, “just give me the damn ball!” at any point this fall, we’ll know where that came from.last_img read more

FN leaders in Washington to stop Keystone pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nations leaders are in Washington D.C. to meet with the Obama Administration.They’re there to talk about the proposed Keystone X-L pipeline project.The pipeline would cut across First Nations communities and could triple the size of the Alberta oil sands.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more.last_img

Ohio State field hockey features foreign flavor

Being a Division I college athlete and balancing classes is hard enough. Now add traveling thousands of miles from your home and family to play in a foreign country. Of the 22 girls on Ohio State’s field hockey team, more than 25 percent of them come from countries outside of North America. Among the six players, they have to travel an average of almost 4,000 miles to return home. Contextually, the distance between Columbus and Los Angeles is almost 2,000 miles. Freshman midfielder Emma Royce, from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., said moving so far from her family never bothered her. “I didn’t have a problem with it because I know they supported my decision like 100 percent, and you get a new family when you play with your team,” Royce said. “I’m just enjoying it so much and I am so busy you don’t even think about it.” The freshman has started in nine of the Buckeyes’ ten games and scored two goals. Junior midfielder Arielle Cowie, from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is from the hometown closest to Columbus of the six girls, being just more than 2,400 miles from home. She started at midfield in all 21 games last season, posting two goals and one assist, and has started all ten games this year, but has yet to score a point. Moving away from her home was not as easy for Cowie, she said, but now she feels at home. “My first year was a bit difficult because, I mean, like I just uprooted myself from home and (came) to this strange place. So I was very, very skeptical at first. But as soon as I got here everyone has been so, so welcoming and now this feels like my home,” Cowie said. When it comes to recruiting the international players, the head coach or assistants will take trips to other countries to see talent, like in the case of Royce’s recruitment. “One of the Ohio State’s coaches was at my national final and … when he got back to America he saw my videos circulating as well and that’s when he emailed me,” Royce said. “I had seen a couple of other American universities, but I had never been to Ohio State, but I did my research and it felt like the right place.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the farthest she has traveled to recruit players was Europe. Sometimes a player will come to the U.S. and the coaches will see them there, like in Cowie’s situation. Her club coach in Trinidad also coached a U.S.-based team and Cowie traveled up with her coach to an indoor tournament in Virginia Beach. While at the tournament, an OSU assistant coach went to see her play. “After that we kept in touch, and I sent in a video, and we just kept talking and they offered me a scholarship,” Cowie said. “But initially, they found out about me because there were two girls from Trinidad on (OSU’s) team before. So I guess when they were looking to recruit people my name came up.” Wilkinson, who is in her 17th season with the Buckeyes, said she has had players from Trinidad on her teams since her first job at American University. Coaches do recruit the players but Wilkinson believes that recruiting is a two-way street. “They pursue OSU. Field hockey is a very popular sport internationally,” Wilkinson said. “There is a pretty good pipeline of players who want to come to Ohio State.” When the players arrive in Columbus there are adjustments that have to be made. For Cowie, the biggest transition was adjusting to the weather extremes. The average high temperature of her hometown is between 85 and 88 degrees all year, while in Columbus, the average high varies from 37 degrees to 86 degrees from winter to summer, according to Weather.com. “The Caribbean is so scorching hot and when I came up it was my first winter. So that was kind of a shock, but by now I am accustomed to it in a way,” Cowie said. For Royce, the biggest difference is the traveling. The U.K. is 94,530 square miles compared to the U.S. which is 3,794,000 square miles. It would take 40 U.K.’s to equal the size of the U.S. “Coming from a small country, the farthest you will go is like three hours, and now I am going on a coach for like seven-and-a-half hours, eight hours sometimes, and getting on planes to go to games,” Royce said. “It’s very, very different.” Other international players on the team are sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, from Berlin, junior back Nora Murer, from Luzern, Switzerland, senior forward Berta Queralt and junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque, both from Barcelona, Spain. read more

Pharma Bro Shkreli Ordered to Jail Over Internet Harassment

first_imgOnline Harrassment Martin Shkreli is learning the hard way that his eagerness to harass others has consequences beyond social networking bans. Judge Kiyo Matsumoto has ordered the price-gouging (and most recently, securities fraud convict) “pharma bro” CEO to jail over the Facebook post he wrote offering $5,000 to whoever could get him a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair. Shkreli and his lawyer maintained that the post was satire protected by free speech, but Judge Matsumoto didn’t buy it. This was “solicitation of assault,” she said in her decision, adding that it wasn’t funny to effectively issue a threat.Judge Matsumoto has also slated Shkreli’s sentencing for January 16th, so he’s going to spend a while behind bars even if he gets a relatively short prison term for his fraud.Shkreli certainly didn’t help his case leading up to the jailing. Prosecutors cited his earlier, creepy harassment of a woman journalist as evidence, and he wasn’t exactly quick to take down the Clinton “bounty” post. He did take it down, but only after the Secret Service got involved… and even then, a day later than promised. The former executive almost couldn’t help but test the limits of online abuse, and it’s clear that he found them. Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares This story originally appeared on Engadget Jon Fingas September 14, 2017 ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli Ordered to Jail Over Internet Harassment Image credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri The judge isn’t a fan of trolling that includes threats. 2 min readlast_img read more

Elon Musk Is Personally Interviewing Job Candidates

first_img As the father of five sons, chief executive of two companies (Tesla, SpaceX) and occasional sitcom guest star, Elon Musk’s to-do list is undoubtedly very long.Near the top? Building up Tesla’s autonomous vehicle division. He made that clear last night, when he tweeted out a call for software engineers to apply.Ramping up the Autopilot software team at Tesla to achieve generalized full autonomy. If interested, contact autopilot@teslamotors.com.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2015We are looking for hardcore software engineers. No prior experience with cars required. Please include code sample or link to your work.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2015Not intrigued yet? Musk sweetened the proposition with his next tweet:Should mention that I will be interviewing people personally and Autopilot reports directly to me. This is a super high priority.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2015So for all the qualified “hardcore” software engineers out there, now is your chance. To meet Musk — i.e. billionaire entrepreneur and the inspiration for the Tony Stark character in the Iron Man movies – just email autopilot@teslamotors.com with a code sample link to your work. Related: Elon Musk Is Not Impressed With AppleThose who make the cut will work on Tesla’s Autopilot system, which transforms the company’s Model S into a semi-autonomous car that can detect and respond to highway traffic and conditional hazards. (Unlike Google’s self-driving cars autopilot does require the assistance of a human driver, although Musk has said that he is aiming for full automation within three years.)Recently, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg indirectly credited his Tesla Model S (presumably its autopilot system) for saving his life after a car accident last month. “Thank you, Elon Musk — you saved my life,” Katzenberg told The Hollywood Reporter after the collision.To which Musk modestly responded:Compliment from Jeffrey is much appreciated, but the people of Tesla deserve all the credit— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 27, 2015And that’s why Musk continues to be a leader to watch.Related: Elon Musk’s Advice for Jack Dorsey: Don’t Run Two Companies Elon Musk Is Personally Interviewing Job Candidates Add to Queue November 20, 2015 Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Guest Writer The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.center_img –shares Laura Entis Hiring Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

Trayio Raises 37 Million Series B Funding to Usher in the Era

first_img fundingGeneral Automation PlatformMarketing TechnologyMeritech CapitalNewsSpark CapitalTray.io Previous ArticleDirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing PlatformNext ArticleDell Technologies Cloud Accelerates Customers’ Multi-Cloud Journey Tray.io Raises $37 Million Series B Funding to Usher in the Era of The Automated Enterprise PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 6:32 pmApril 30, 2019 Tray.Io’s Series B Round, Led by Spark Capital, Brings Total Funding to $59 Million for Rapidly-Growing Leader in the Automation and Integration SpaceTray.io, the General Automation Platform that puts complex software integrations and enterprise-class automation into the hands of citizen automators, has closed a $37M Series B funding round led by Spark Capital with participation from Meritech Capital, and existing investors GGV Capital, True Ventures, and Mosaic Ventures. Spark Capital’s Alex Clayton will join the company’s board of directors.“This latest round of fundraising is a powerful validation of our mission to empower enterprises to build their own automated central nervous system,” said Rich Waldron, CEO and co-founder of Tray.io. “More than ever, teams are looking to use automation to create entirely new ways to work with an emphasis on strategy, growth, and efficiency. We remain eternally grateful to our amazing customers for their support and the world-class customer ratings they’ve awarded us, and are beyond excited for the future.”“There are powerful drivers of automation in the marketplace, including the explosive growth of software stacks – with enterprises using 100+ applications per department. There’s also the growing need for digital transformation for seamless customer experience and operational flexibility. And there continues to be relentless demand for automation-related roles, particularly in marketing and operations, to put business users in total control of increasingly complex processes,” said Alex Clayton of Spark Capital. “Tray.io is the absolute best-in-breed for empowering line-of-business users in any role to become citizen automators that integrate and automate thousands of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications – and unlike legacy solutions – does not require developers to use.”Marketing Technology News: GroundTruth Names Chris Yamaoka Chief Privacy OfficerWithin the past 12 months, Tray.io has seen:Hyper revenue growth: Growing annual recurring revenue (ARR) by over 450%+ year on year.Adoption by the world’s fastest-growing companies and largest enterprises: Grew customers by 400%+ with adoption by “unicorns” Lyft, Segment, Intercom, joining enterprise customers such as IBM, FICO, SAP, and Arrow Electronics.Rapid talent expansion: Expanded talent in North America and Europe by 500%+ in every area, across sales, marketing, customer services, and development.Numerous innovation milestones: Collaborative development; real-time analytics; and lifecycle management capabilities enabled organizations to accelerate their automation roadmaps.New product launches: Introduction of Tray Embedded, enabling any software company to add automation and integration to their commercial applications at lightning speed.Marketing Technology News: Regions Bank Taps IBM’s AI to Power Next Generation Customer ServiceThe funding will support strategic hiring for a broad range of roles and continued product development that will expand Tray.io’s products’ enterprise-class capabilities. Tray.io’s automation platform empowers line-of-business professionals across marketing, sales, customer success, product, and operations to capture powerful efficiency and revenue gains with sophisticated automated workflows that give users full control of their data. Developers and IT professionals also use the company’s products as a centralized platform to rapidly build and maintain enterprise-wide integrations without having to devote extensive engineering resources to these projects. The Tray Platform’s easy-to-use, clicks-or-code interface and modern serverless architecture empowers users to scale without limits, running billions of automated tasks every month that rapidly process, manage, and transfer mission-critical enterprise datasets across multiple micro-services.Marketing Technology News: STOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to Cyberbullyinglast_img read more