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
The 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.
Real Madrid ‘In the big moments he is there’ – Villas-Boas tips ‘amazing’ Ronaldo to keep shining Jamie Smith 02:04 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo PSG Ligue 1 PSG v Real Madrid The former Chelsea and Tottenham manager believes Real Madrid’s pace and their star forward will be too much for PSG in the Champions League Andre Villas-Boas has warned Paris Saint-Germain that Cristiano Ronaldo could make the difference for Real Madrid when the two sides meet in the Champions League.PSG led in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu through Adrien Rabiot’s goal, but Ronaldo struck a brace before Marcelo wrapped up a 3-1 first leg victory for Madrid to give Zinedine Zidane’s men a two-goal lead to take to the French capital.Ronaldo has returned to form in spectacular fashion in 2018, scoring 12 goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions, and Villas-Boas believes the Portugal superstar is returning to his best form. 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 “For his age , what he has achieved and what he continues to achieve, it’s amazing,” Villas-Boas added.”I think not only this moment but also Real Madrid have changed recently, particularly after that first leg against Paris Saint-Germain, they’re really picking up results and they look solid and strong now.”As a consequence, Ronaldo is a bit more confident and looking forward to the second leg. I think he can become influential again. In the big moments he is there, he is there for the team and I expect him to be back at this level, for sure.”Neymar is an injury doubt for the March 6 return match after the Brazilian sustained an injury to his right ankle during a Ligue 1 win over PSG’s rivals Marseille on Sunday, although coach Unai Emery is optimistic the world’s most expensive player will be passed fit.Cristiano Ronaldo had the chance to score his 50th career hat-trick and 300th Liga goal… but he let Karim Benzema take the penalty to complete Real Madrid’s 4-0 win against Alavés.Classy #UCL pic.twitter.com/GyhtXpsfq7— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 24, 2018Regardless of whether Neymar is able to play, former Chelsea, Tottenham and Zenit coach Villas-Boas thinks the pace of Madrid on the break will make it hard for PSG to overturn a two-goal deficit.”The difficult thing is to live with the strength of Real Madrid in the counter-attack, which is where they can create a lot of damage,” Villas-Boas told Omnisport.”Paris Saint-Germain will try to look for goals, on the counter is the strongest part of Real Madrid so it’s really a tricky one. If it was only a one-goal advantage it would be a bit easier but with two goals it can be quite tricky.”The pressure that Real Madrid would have to withstand if Paris Saint-Germain score can be quite high. Let’s see what happens but Real Madrid look very, very strong on the counter-attack so they can create damage as well.”The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016@CRISTIANO RONALDO CONGRATULATIONS!!! #TheBest #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/bycEsmWFDg— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 9, 2017Villas-Boas was speaking as part of the Laureus Sport for Good project that aims to combat social challenges facing children and young people.”They have more than 100 projects running around the world. For sportsmen it’s important to give them a hand so I’ve been an ambassador since 2011, with great honour,” Villas-Boas said. “I can’t praise enough the work they do in social projects, particularly because they are through sports. With sports you learn courage, responsibility, you become healthy and for kids involved in crime, gang violence and social exclusion, it’s important to bring them in and teach them values.”I value a lot the work that they do, hopefully with my contribution we can take their name higher and with the media exposure, we need a lot of you guys so their name can go higher and higher.”Yeah, just having fun with the kids. The kids were shivering, you don’t expect snow here. It was great fun, spent a little bit of time with them, get to know them and promote a little bit Play International as the new collaboration with Laureus.”
MLS The MLS Wrap: Home fortresses penetrated, Union youth movement rewarded and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 07:02 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dan Hamilton MLS Los Angeles Toronto v Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo v Atlanta United Philadelphia Union v New England Orlando City v DC United Dallas v Real Salt Lake SJ Earthquakes v Minnesota United FC Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact Sporting KC v New York City LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers New England New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United Toronto Portland Timbers Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union Orlando City DC United Dallas Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC Toronto, Kansas City and Seattle are normally some of the toughest places to play in MLS, but not so in the opening weekend of the 2018 season Leave it to the opening weekend of the 2018 MLS season to throw conventional wisdom out the window.Several of the teams considered title contenders stumbled out of the blocks, while some normally impenetrable home venues were breached by ambitious opponents.Among those opponents was Los Angeles FC, which made a memorable MLS debut to hand Bob Bradley a victorious return to the league after a decade away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Toronto FC and Atlanta United came into 2018 as the most hyped teams in the league. TFC as reigning champion, and boasting an even stronger roster, and Atlanta, featuring a high-powered attack that helped distract from valid concerns about its defense. Both teams suffered multi-goal defeats, including Atlanta United’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.Of course, we have to provide a reminder that overreacting to week one results is far too common and certainly not recommended. In fact, here is a stat that should bring some calm to the fans of teams who fell flat in week one: none of the past four MLS Cup winners won their season opener. In fact, none of the four even scored a goal.No, that doesn’t mean that teams such as Minnesota United and New England should be thinking about an MLS Cup title, but it should lend some pause to fans of Atlanta United, Toronto FC, the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers who might have wanted to read too much into their team’s season opening defeats.Here is a closer look at the opening weekend in MLS:NORMALLY IMPENETRABLE HOME FORTRESSES BREACHEDOf the four teams in MLS which only suffered one regular season loss at home in 2017, three of them matched that loss total in the opening weekend of the new season.Toronto FC fell at BMO Field, dropping a 2-0 decision against Columbus, the Seattle Sounders fell to a feisty Los Angeles FC side at CenturyLink Field, and Sporting KC suffered a 2-0 defeat at Children’s Mercy Park against New York City FC.TFC’s loss was probably the most surprising of the three. Not just because of how tough the reigning MLS champion normally is at home, but because Greg Vanney trotted out a close to full-strength squad rather than resting more players ahead of the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Tigres. Toronto FC had the possession edge in the match, and the two sides were 13-12 on total shots, but TFC failed to finish its opportunities — hitting the woodwork twice — while the Crew put together a pair of excellent goals in the first 50 minutes to take control and put the pressure on the home side.It’s probably a stretch to look at the result as some sort of blueprint for teams to follow heading into Toronto. The reality is TFC had just played a CCL match against Colorado the previous Tuesday — a 0-0 draw that sent Toronto to the quarterfinals — and looked a bit sluggish at times.Seattle rested starters against LAFC ahead of its CCL quarterfinal clash with Chivas Guadalajara and it opened the door for a very game LAFC side to escape CenturyLink Field with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. The result flattered the visitors on a night when Seattle had many more chances and dominated play in the second half, but it was former Sounder Tyler Miller who made seven saves to deny Seattle a chance at a comeback.Sporting KC’s loss to NYCFC shouldn’t induce panic, but it does show a gap between a true title contender and a team still working to get into that category. Sporting KC created some good chances, which was encouraging considering the fact Peter Vermes is still shopping for a top forward. The bigger cause for concern was how easily NYCFC was able to create good scoring chances against a defense that was the best in MLS in 2017. NYCFC worked with wide areas with ease, leaving us to wonder if Sporting KC might wind up paying the price for playing wingers as converted fullbacks against teams with the speed on the flanks to punish them.UNION’S YOUTH MOVEMENT PAYS EARLY DIVIDENDSThe Philadelphia Union entered 2018 considered a team likely to struggle. Ownership’s limited resources were going to lead the Union to have to lean on some young prospects to fill roles that others teams are filling with top international talent.The Union’s opening match was a dream start. Teenage playmaker Anthony Fontana scored his first career goal and fellow teenager Auston Trusty played very well in central defense in Saturday’s 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution.”Great for Anthony to get the goal, great for Auston to play as well as he did, but overall a team effort from every player on the field,” Union coach Jim Curtin said after Saturday’s win. “All 11 guys attacking, all 11 guys defending.”The performances by homegrown players Fontana and Trusty were particularly satisfying for Curtin, who began his time with the Union working with them in the Union academy.”There was a 40 x 40 patch of AstroTurf where this young group of nine-year-old kids were on the field that had a dream of maybe someday playing for the Philadelphia Union,” Curtin said. “You think Auston Trusty being there as well, with Ian Munro, Phil Karn with myself, and to see them now take this step in Talen Energy Stadium under the bright lights is something that is special.”The odds are still stacked against the Union in the tough Eastern Conference, but with those youngsters showing well, and with the looming arrival of newly-signed playmaker Borek Dockal, there is some reason for optimism for a team that has struggled to make its mark in MLS since joining the league in 2010.QUICK KICKSThe Houston Dynamo didn’t get much fanfare this offseason as a team to watch out for, in part because of no real high-profile signings and the departure of Eric ‘Cubo’ Torres . The Dynamo responded with a resounding 4-0 win against Atlanta United that has Wilmer Cabrera’s second season in charge off to an excellent start. Yes, the Dynamo need to be taken seriously in the wide-open Western Conference.Mauro Manotas could be the key to Houston’s push for supremacy in the West. He scored 10 goals in 2017 sharing time with Torres, but now that the Mexican striker has left the Dynamo, Manotas could be a darkhorse Golden Boot contender if his strong opening week showing is any indication.—Rookies are finding it tougher and tougher to break through and earn minutes in MLS, but a few managed to earn starts opening week, including the Orlando City tandem of Chris Mueller and Cam Lindley . Benefiting from Uri Rosell still working his way back to fitness and Dom Dwyer recovering from injury, Mueller and Lindley didn’t look out of place in Orlando City’s 1-1 draw with D.C. United.There were several MLS debuts for teenagers this weekend, including one for highly-rated D.C. United prospect Chris Durkin , who played 17 minutes in Saturday’s draw.LAFC played both of its first-round picks, with Joao Moutinho playing well at left back and Tristan Blackmon making an impact as a late-match substitute.—The Ola Kamara-Gyasi Zardes trade is looking good for both teams after week one, with Kamara netting twice in the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers and Zardes scoring in the Crew’s 2-0 triumph at Toronto FC. Zardes looked sharp in preseason and has settled well into the Columbus attack, while Kamara could be a golden boot contender playing in front of the Galaxy’s stacked midfield.—Speaking of Kamaras, Kei Kamara looks right at home with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and their fast-paced attack will be tough to stop if Kamara continues to click with Alphonso Davies . The real question is how will newly-acquired midfielder Felipe fit into Carl Robinson’s plans. Veteran central defender Aaron Maund was solid playing in place of Tim Parker — who was traded to the New York Red Bulls for Felipe – but now Felipe will have to fight hard for playing time against Russell Teibert and Efrain Juarez . It will be very interesting to see who Robinson calls on for next week’s key Western Conference clash against Houston.—Patrick Vieira chose Ben Sweat over Ronald Matarrita to start at left back in NYCFC’s season opener, and the decision paid off, with Sweat helping set up the second goal in NYCFC’s 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Sweat thrived as NYCFC’s left back last season in place of the then-injured Matarrita. The Costa Rican fullback was expected to take his job back from Sweat this season, but early signs point to Sweat holding onto the job and thriving in the role.—The San Jose Earthquakes attack showed well putting up three goals in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Minnesota United, but how much of that was down to an improved attack, and how much is due to Minnesota’s faulty defense? Danny Hoesen looked sharp up top while the midfield wing tandem of Vako and Magnus Erikkson looked good in helping create chances and spreading out the Loons defense. We will have a much better sense of how much better this revamped Earthquakes attack is when they travel to take on Sporting KC on March 17.BEST OF MLS WEEK 1Player of the Week: Alphonso Davies . The young Vancouver Whitecaps standout delivered a goal and set up another to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Montreal 2-1 on Sunday.Team of the Week: Columbus Crew. Going into Toronto and beating the reigning champion is no easy task, and the Crew did just that.Rookie of the Week: Joao Moutinho. The first pick in the MLS draft turned in a steady performance as Los Angeles FC’s starting left back.Take a closer look at @LAFC ‘s first-ever MLS goal. #SEAvLAFC pic.twitter.com/mvMZRSkCsa — Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 4, 2018 Goal of the Week: Diego Rossi. The Uruguayan forward delivered an excellent finish to lead LAFC to a win, and register the first goal in team history:
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.”
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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
Transfers Seattle Sounders land Peruvian striker Ruidiaz as designated player Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:26 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jeff Zelevansky Transfers Seattle Sounders MLS The Cascadia side will be boosted by the Peru international, who has a prolific scoring record at club level The Seattle Sounders have announced the signing of Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz as a designated player from Liga MX side Morelia.As Goal reported earlier this month, Seattle has landed the 27-year-old who boasts a prolific scoring record in Mexico’s top flight.Ruidiaz will join the MLS side directly from Russia, where he made two substitute appearances for Peru in a World Cup campaign that saw the South Americans eliminated at the group stage. 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 “We are thrilled to complete the signing of our top designated player target in Raul Ruidíaz,” Sounders FC general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a club release.“Collectively, we were relentless in our pursuit of Raul because he is a proven difference-maker at the highest levels of the game. Wherever he has played, he has made his teams better, scoring well over 100 professional goals in the process.”To make room for Ruidiaz on its roster, Seattle used targeted allocation money to lower the salary budget charge of midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who will no longer occupy a designated player spot. Ruidiaz, Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey are now the Sounders’ three designated players. Ruidiaz has been one of the top scorers in Mexico since joining Morelia in 2016. He was top scorer in both the 2016 Apertura and 2017 Clausura, and his 40 goals in the past two years trail only Tigres striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who has netted 41. The Peru international will be a welcome addition for a Seattle side that is dead-last in goals scored in MLS with just 11 in 14 matches. Ruidiaz has been capped 31 times by Peru, scoring four goals. At club level, he has also represented Universitario in Peru, Brazilian club Coritiba and Chilean side Universidad de Chile.
Opinion 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) 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.The 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.Morocco 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.In 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.This 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.Had 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.
The 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.
Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin: What I missed most while injured…by Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHector Bellerin says what he missed most during his injury lay-off was the camaraderie in the Arsenal dressing room.The Spaniard recently returned to action after recovering from an injury that kept him out of action since January.Speaking on his Vlog, Bellering said: “The one thing you miss the most is the hotel life, being with the boys, the chats and just being involved in that routine.”Like in half an hour I have to go to that meeting to learn about the other team and then you eat with the whole team and have time to rest or time for yourself which is really useful for me because I like to read a lot in those times.”It’s been nice to be involved with it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus.Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and new International Goodwill Ambassador, British fashion designer Victoria Beckham.“I dream of a generation free from HIV and I know that Victoria’s support will help us to achieve this shared goal,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Her creativity, innovation and outreach will amplify our efforts and bring us one important step closer towards ending the AIDS epidemic.”In her new role as an Ambassador for UNAIDS, which was announced in New York on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, Beckham will work towards ensuring that all children are born free from HIV and that children and women who are living with and affected by HIV have access to medicines and care.“This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women,” said Victoria. “I am proud and honoured to be working with UNAIDS in this new role to help to raise resources and awareness to support and empower women and children affected by HIV.”In February this year, the mother of four visited HIV clinics in Cape Town, South Africa, where she learned about the importance of antiretroviral therapy and about how children are being left behind in accessing treatment.Antiretroviral therapy can reduce the risk of a mother living with HIV passing the virus to her child to below 5 per cent, according to a news release issued by UNAIDS.However, in 2013, one third of pregnant women living with HIV did not have access to the life-saving medicines and 240,000 children became infected with HIV.Last year, less than half of all children who were exposed to HIV were tested for the virus within the optimum three-month period and only 24 per cent had access to life-saving treatment. Without treatment, half of all children born with HIV will die by the age of two and the majority will die by the age of five.Over the past five years providing access to antiretroviral medicines for pregnant women living with HIV has helped 900,000 children to be born free from HIV.
(NBC News photo of Las Vegas shooting.)Kathleen Martens APTN National News An APTN National News reporter is crediting “an angel” for keeping her and her friends safe in Las Vegas Sunday.Larissa Burnouf said she changed her mind and gave her concert wristband to someone else, keeping her away from the country music concert where gunfire broke out.A Nevada man is being blamed for killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 500.“I’m safe. My friends are safe. We’re all pretty freaked out,” Burnouf said in an email to her co-workers at APTN, based in Winnipeg, Man.“I went to Day 1 and 2 of the concert, and an angel is watching over us because for some reason we changed our mind one hour before the last two acts not to go, and gave our wristbands to our friends. They went and shots rang out less than an hour after we saw them.”APTN reporter Larissa Burnouf, second from left, with her spouse Steven Jim, far left, and friends Trent Campbell, Sheylee Campbell and Chelsea Belanger. The photo was taken on Day 2 of the festival. Sam Hunt was on stage behind them with the Mandalay Bay in the background.Burnouf is a video-journalist based in Saskatoon, Sask. and mother of two young children.“We were playing poker in MGM when people came screaming ‘Shooter! Shooter!’ and we all hit the deck. I scraped up my leg from the sheer panic and hysteria and we all hid under tables and ran and fled for our lives,” she wrote.Burnouf and four friends from Saskatoon made it to their hotel rooms in the MGM Grand Hotel and were kept under lockdown. She said they had no internet access and didn’t know where the shots were coming from.She said they had no information about what was going on other than what they saw on social media and the tv. At one point they feared it was at the front of their hotel, on the famed Las Vegas strip.She said the lockdown was lifted a little while ago and she was able to get to the airport to catch her flight home to Canada.The death toll continue to mount in what authorities are describing as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Two police officers, including one who was an off-duty member of the Las Vegas police department, are among the dead.Contact Kathleen here: firstname.lastname@example.org
EDMONTON – New numbers show Alberta’s economy continues to dig itself out of the deep hole caused by crashing oil prices as Premier Rachel Notley’s government both spends and saves more.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province is on track for a $9.1-billion deficit when the budget year ends March 31. That’s $1.4 billion lower than the deficit expected when Ceci tabled this year’s budget last spring.Ceci notes forecasts also point to an economic rebound as production goes up and unemployment falls.“Nearly 90,000 full-time jobs were created over the last year and Alberta’s GDP growth led the country at 4.5 per cent in 2017,” Ceci said in a statement Wednesday after releasing the third-quarter update to the 2017-18 budget.“We will continue to work hard to ensure this recovery reaches all Albertans.”The province is expected to take in an extra $1.9 billion this year for a total of $46.9 billion in revenue — mainly due to higher than expected oil revenue and returns on investments.Spending is also rising to $55.9 billion — about $1 billion more than projected at budget — to cover increases in services for children, people with disabilities, and for employment and income supports.The debt is going to hit almost $42 billion this year. Debt payments will be $1.4 billion.Alberta anticipates $883 million from crude oil royalties, almost double what had been expected, although revenue from bitumen royalties will be $2.4 billion — about $188 million less than projected.Oil revenues were hampered this year by the price discount Alberta’s blended bitumen sells at compared with the benchmark North American West Texas Intermediate price.The discount is tied mainly to pipeline bottlenecks that drive up the price of getting Alberta’s heavy oil to U.S. refineries and ports.The NDP has been running high deficits throughout its term in government. It says slashing budgets and jobs would only worsen the situation and kill an economic recovery.The province has been saving money by negotiating contracts with zero pay increases for teachers and nurses and other health professionals. It has also axed redundant agencies and committees and consolidated other programs and services.Alberta has been hit with multiple credit downgrades, however, which have increased the cost of borrowing. Ceci has promised to present a more detailed plan to get the budget back in balance by 2023.The update says investment in the province, apart from the conventional energy sector, is still lagging, especially in construction.Total real business investment is forecast to fall 1.9 per cent this year after a one per cent increase in 2017.Drew Barnes, finance critic for the Opposition United Conservatives, said the NDP’s fiscal policies and red tape in areas such as revised labour standards are to blame.“Capital is mobile,” said Barnes. “If you have your option to put your investment dollars in a jurisdiction with a more favourable regulatory burden (and) a likelihood of getting a higher return, a lot of businesses are going to do it.”New Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel said the extra $1 billion in spending has laudable aims, but he suggested it’s poor fiscal management to spend and fund on the fly.“I find it quite amazing that each time we have an update it’s like a new budget,” said Mandel.“(And) in a government that focuses on low carbon attitude, low carbon vision — every time we get more revenue from the energy industry, they find a way to spend it.”The house resumes sitting March 8. Ceci is to bring in the 2018-19 budget on March 22.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada on Tuesday due to large amounts of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.According to Firesmoke.ca, the excessive smoke is coming from a number of large fires burning in Northwest B.C.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia. For more information on air quality click here. Fires burning in North B.C. Map by the B.C. Wildfire service.A map of all active wildfires on the BC Wildfire Service website shows that no new major fires have erupted in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions, where the fire danger rating is currently between moderate and high.Of the fires that are burning in Northeast B.C. only two are over one thousand hectares in size. The two mentioned are the Nelson Forks Fire and the Helmut Air Strip fire which are 1,212 and 3,593 hectares respectively.Residents with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma and lung disease are especially at risk of suffering health effects. Also at risk are Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular diseases.Environment Canada is urging residents to stay indoors if they have breathing difficulties. Residents should find indoor ventilated areas, opening windows could let more polluted air inside. If residents homes aren’t ventilated they should consider going somewhere that is.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
NEW DELHI: The upcoming Lok Sabha polls are “waveless” and the people of Delhi would vote on the basis of local factors affecting their lives, AAP Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha said. Chadha is one of the seven Lok Sabha candidates fielded by the AAP for the polls. He is being fielded by the party from South Delhi. “I feel caste would not play a role in the upcoming elections. The more any political party tries to divide them (people of Delhi) the more they will lose. Dominating factor would be the promises made by BJP and Congress,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”It is a waveless election where people would vote on the basis of local factors affecting their lives,” he said. On the ongoing uncertainty over alliance with Congress in Delhi, Chadha said it looks the Congress is not “serious” about defeating the BJP. “AAP lost Punjab because BJP transferred votes to the Congress . They ensured BJP votes got transferred to Congress with clinical precision…now Congress is returning the favour by not coming (onboard) with us,” the AAP Spokesperson said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The BJP wants to punish the people of Delhi because they voted for us in 2015 and that is why they are creating hurdles in our development activities,” he said. “A full statehood for Delhi would solve the problem,” the 30-year-old said. On AAP being seen as a new party or “inexperienced” by people, Chadha said the AAP feels this so-called inexperience is “not a pain but a boon”. “We are elated that we do not have experience that these traditional politicians and these mainstream political parties have that is the experience of indulging in corrupt practices, in criminal activities, in disturbing communal harmony and that is why this inexperience that we have is not a pain but a boon,” he said. On the issue of full statehood for Delhi, Chadha said the biggest advantage would be that law enforcement agencies would be in the ambit of the elected government and with that the AAP can ensure safety and security to women.
Wellington: New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paid for a mother-of-twos grocery bill at a supermarket after the woman forgot her purse at home. Ardern, whose compassionate response to the Christchurch mosque shootings last month was praised around the world, confirmed making the payment and said during a press conference on Thursday that she paid for the woman’s shopping “because she was a mother”. “Just when you think Jacinda Ardern couldn’t get any more lovely, low key and authentic…. she goes and pays for your groceries at the supermarket, because you’ve got your shopping, have two kids with you and are about to put it all back as you forgot your wallet,” the unnamed mother wrote in a now deleted Facebook post, stuff.co.nz reported. In the post, the woman also said she tried to explain to her children how the Prime Minister had just bought their groceries. “All they cared about was how silly mummy was forgetting her wallet. Totally lost on them,” she was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. The woman’s friend, Helen Burness, took to Twitter to reveal the Prime Minister’s good deed. “Like we didn’t love her enough, Jacinda Ardern paid for my friends’ shopping in the supermarket the other day when she had forgotten her purse and had two screaming kids in tow.”
Air NZ expecting strong performance for FY 2013. Image: NZ Herald Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Air New Zealand’s profile of earnings for financial year 2013 is expected to follow a traditional seasonal pattern, resulting in a stronger first half performance.Based on the current market conditions and trading environment, Air New Zealand predicts first half nominated earnings before tax for the first half of FY 2013 to be between NZ$120 million and NZ$140 million.Air New Zealand also confirmed its previous declaration that full year normalised earnings before taxation for FY 2013 would more than double that of FY12 in its public outlook statement.The Kiwi carrier recently unveiled its new Hobbit-inspired Boeing 777-300ER.
Swiss media company AZ Medien has chosen online video platform provider Kaltura to provide the platform for its portfolio of online TV channels, news portals, and specialist online magazines.Kaltura’s platform is supporting news portals including Aargauer Zeitung, Basel, Solothurner Zeitung, and Oltner Tagblatt online TV channels TeleZüri and Tele M1, and the cooking magazine wildeisen.ch. AZ Medien’s other digital channels and portals will follow suit over the next few weeks.“We chose Kaltura because of its incredibly fast HTML5 player, as well as the platform’s flexibility and scalability. It took no time at all to integrate Kaltura’s platform into our various websites and we are already delivering a superior experience to consumers,” stated André Zeiger, Head of Product Management Special Interest-Sites at AZ Medien.“The reaction from our editors has been positive because they now have access to a range of intuitive tools for creating and uploading videos, as well as the ability to centrally manage content in a structured way. This significantly streamlines the whole process and boosts productivity.”
Pawn to A3 On the surface, it may seem innocuous for Germany to move some pallets of gold closer to home. Some observers note that since Russia isn’t likely to be invading Germany anytime soon – one of the original reasons Germany had for storing its gold outside the country – the move is only natural and no big deal. But Germany’s gold stash represents roughly 10% of the world’s gold reserves, and the cost of moving it is not trivial, so we see greater import in the move. The Bundesbank said the purpose of the move was to “build trust and confidence domestically, and the ability to exchange gold for foreign currencies at gold-trading centers abroad within a short space of time.” It’s just satisfying the worries of the commoners, in the mainstream view, as well as giving themselves the ability to complete transactions faster. As evidence that it’s nothing more than this, Bundesbank points out that half of Germany’s gold will remain in New York and London (the US portion of reserves will only be reduced from 45% to 37%). Sounds reasonable. But these economists remind me of the analysts who every year claim the price of gold will fall – they can’t see the bigger implications and frequently miss the forest for the trees. Checkmate If other countries follow Germany’s path or the mistrust between central bankers grows, the next logical step would be to clamp down on gold exports. It would be the beginning of the kind of stringent capital controls Doug Casey and a few others have warned about for years. Think about it: is it really so far-fetched to think politicians wouldn’t somehow restrict the movement of gold if their currencies and/or economies were failing? Remember, India keeps tinkering with ideas like this already. What this means for you and me is that moving gold outside your country – especially if you’re a US citizen – could be banned. Fuel would be added to the fire by blaming gold for the dollar’s ongoing weakness. Don’t think you need to store gold outside your country? The metal you attempt to buy, sell, or trade within your borders could be severely regulated, taxed, tracked, or even frozen in such a crisis environment. You’d have easier access to foreign-held bullion, depending on the country and the specific events. None of this would take place in a vacuum. Transferring dollars internationally would certainly be tightly restricted as well. Moving almost any asset across borders could be declared illegal. Even your movement outside your country could come under increased scrutiny and restriction. The hint that all this is about to take place would be when politicians publicly declare they would do no such a thing. You could quite literally have 24 hours to make a move. If your resources were not already in place, even the most nimble of us would have a very hard time making arrangements. Once the door is closed, attempting to move restricted assets across international borders would come with serious penalties, almost certainly including jail time. In such a tense atmosphere, you could easily be labeled an enemy of the state just for trying to remove yourself from harm’s way. The message is clear: storing some gold outside your country of residence is critical at this point, and the window of time for doing so is getting smaller. Don’t just hope for the best; do something about it while you still can. The minor effort made now could pay major dividends in the future. Besides, you won’t be any worse off for having some precious metals stored elsewhere. If you’re moved to take action, know that you’re not alone. It’s critical that you take these first steps now, while you still can. The best chess players in the world aren’t that way because they can see the next move. They’re champions because they can see the next 14 moves. You only have to see the next two moves to “win” this game. I suggest making those moves now before your government declares checkmate. There’s another “great game” when it comes to the precious metals market: the junior mining sector. The truth is, these stocks aren’t for every investor – junior miners are more volatile than any other stock on Earth. However, for those who can stomach sudden price swings and are willing to bet against the crowd, right now junior explorers are offering the profit opportunity of a lifetime. If you’ve ever wanted a realistic shot at making a fortune, you owe it to yourself to sign up for the upcoming Downturn Millionaires free online video event. It will feature famous speculators, including Doug Casey, Rick Rule, and Bill Bonner, who will detail how everyday investors can leverage junior miners to fantastic profits… just as they have done time and again over the years. Get the details and sign up now. Check What your friendly government economist doesn’t reveal and the mainstream journalist doesn’t report (or doesn’t understand) is that in the event of a US bankruptcy, euro implosion, or similar financial catastrophe, access to gold would almost certainly be limited. If Germany were to actually need its gold, regardless of the reason, any request for transfer or sale would be… difficult. There would be, at the very least, delays. At worst such requests could be denied, depending on the circumstances at the time. That’s not just bad – it defeats the purpose of owning gold. But this still doesn’t capture the greater significance of this action. First, it reinforces the growing recognition that gold is money. Physical bullion isn’t just a commodity, a day-trading vehicle, or even an investment. It’s a store of value, a physical hedge against monetary dislocations. In the ultimate extreme, it’s something you can use to pay for goods or services when all other means fail. It is precisely those who don’t recognize this historical fact who stand to lose the most in an adverse monetary event. (Hello, government economist.) Second, here’s the quote that reveals the ultimate, backstop reason for the move: Bundesbank stated it is a “pre-emptive” measure “in case of a currency crisis.” Germany’s central bank thinks a currency crisis is really possible. That’s a very sobering fact. We agree, of course: history is very clear on this. No fiat currency has lasted forever. Eventually they all fail. Whether the dollar goes to zero or merely becomes a second-class currency in the global arena, the root cause for failure is universal and inevitable: continual and perpetual dilution of the currency. Some level of currency crisis is inescapable at this point because absolutely nothing has changed with worldwide debt levels, deficit spending, and currency printing, except that they all continue to increase. While many economists and politicians claim these actions are necessary and are leading us to recovery, it’s clear we have yet to experience the fallout from spending more than we have and printing the difference. There will be serious and painful consequences, sooner or later of an inflationary nature, and the average person’s standard of living will be greatly reduced. And now there are rumblings that the Netherlands and Azerbaijan may move their gold back home. If this trend gathers steam, we could easily see a “gold run” in the same manner history has seen bank runs. Add in high inflation or a major currency event and a very ugly vicious cycle could ignite. The best indicator of a chess player’s form is his ability to sense the climax of the game. –Boris Spassky, World Chess Champion, 1969-1972 You’ve likely heard that the German central bank announced it will begin withdrawing part of its massive gold holdings from the United States as well as all its holdings from France. By 2020, Bundesbank says it wants half its gold reserves stored in its own vault in Germany. Why would it want to physically move the metal from New York? It’s not as if US vaults are not secure, and since Germany already owns the gold, does it really matter where it sits? You may recall that Hugo Chávez did the same thing in late 2011, repatriating much of his country’s gold reserves from London. However, this isn’t a third-world dictatorship; Germany is a major ally of the US. So what’s going on?