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

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

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

Gundy Now Third-Longest Tenured CFB Coach at Same School

first_img3Kyle Whittingham2005Utah Utes 6Pat Fitzgerald2006Northwestern Wildcats 8Troy Calhoun2007Air Force Falcons While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 8David Bailiff2007Rice Owls 3Mike Gundy2005Oklahoma State Cowboys 8Ken Niumatalolo2007Navy Midshipmen 3Frank Solich2005Ohio Bobcats 6Rick Stockstill2006Middle Tennessee Blue Raiderscenter_img With the news that Bob Stoops is stepping down from OU this week, Mike Gundy has inched closer to being the longest-tenured college football head coach with the same team in the entire sport.He’s now tied for third on this list.Here are all the coaches who were hired in the year 2007 or earlier. Frank Solich was hired to Ohio in December 2004 but his first season was not until 2005. Same for Kyle Whittingham and Utah. Gundy was hired just after New Year’s 2005. 8Mark Dantonio2007Michigan State Spartans 8Nick Saban2007Alabama Crimson Tide RankCoachYearSchool 2Gary Patterson2000TCU Horned Frogs AdChoices广告It’s insane to me that Gundy, once thought to be a bit of a loose cannon in the sport (see: The Rant), has settled into being one of the most reliable, consistent forces in the coaching world. He has even talked about how he had to learn to not micromanage and become more of a CEO over the last decade plus.Even more impressive for both him and Gary Patterson is that despite the success they’ve had at not-Tier 1 schools, they’ve never left.The Stoops news is stunning, but I think it’s probably a preview of how Gundy is going to eventually exit Stillwater. It won’t be next year or the year after that, but after 15 or more seasons at the same place, you’re ready to do something different.For Stoops that is apparently buy up real estate in Chicago. For Gundy it will probably be as an Animal Planet host or sidekick to Guy Fieri in “Snake Eats 2” or something like that. 1Kirk Ferentz1999Iowa Hawkeyeslast_img read more

Five Questions for Mike Gundy and Co. on Tuesday

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With Day 1 of Big 12 Media Days in the books, we turn our attention to Oklahoma State’s appearance on the second day. Mike Gundy will close out the festivities with his press conference (hopefully a metaphor for the season, yes?) and we will hear from Chad Whitener, Zach Sinor, James Washington and Mason Rudolph as well.Here are a few questions we have for them entering the second day of fun in Frisco.1. How do you run a high-level organization on a start-up budget?Wins in the last eight years: Oklahoma State (77-27) | Oklahoma (81-24)Revenue last year: Oklahoma State ($93.7M) | Oklahoma ($150.4M)How is this possible, and how is Mike Gundy (of all people!) so good at it?AdChoices广告2. Where can Mason Rudolph most improve?The soon-to-be first rounder is the complete package, but I’m curious about where he (and his coach) thinks he has the most room to improve. I have a hunch about what the answer will be, but I’m still intrigued by the question.3. Has Gundy accidentally stumbled onto the cutting edge?Think about all the trends Gundy has been out in front of. From not hitting in practice to satellite camps to uniforms to leveraging social media to creating an app to contorting an offense to fit his personnel to hiring Dana Holgorsen. Gundy, for as conservative as he’s been in play-calling, has been stunningly liberal elsewhere. I’m curious if he had a vision for all of this or if he just sort of fell backwards into it.4. How does Bob Stoops’ leaving affect the way Gundy sees the Big 12?We probably won’t get a straight answer for this one, but I’d still like to ask it. An offshoot of this one would be what he would tell the 33-year-old Lincoln Riley embarking on the toughest journey of his professional life.5. Why does nobody seem concerned about the defense?OSU is operating with corners who have never started at OSU, a safety who has never played the position and a host of new players up front on the defensive line. And yet everyone seems pretty … unaffected by it all. What do they know that the rest of us don’t?last_img read more

Sounders, USMNT lose Morris to ACL tear

first_imgMLS Sounders, USMNT lose Morris for 2018 with ACL tear Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders Mike Dinovo MLS Seattle Sounders The forward will require surgery after suffering a torn knee ligament in a CONCACAF Champions League match Thursday Jordan Morris’ 2018 MLS season is over before it even began.The Seattle Sounders forward will miss the entire season with a torn ACL, the MLS side announced Monday.”We are going to rule him out for the season,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “We are going to do what is best for Jordan’s career long term. We think he is a Sounder for the long term, he is in the club’s long-term plans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Jordan is part of the Sounders, that has not changed, that will not change. We are going to do what’s best for him long term, which may mean a longer recovery.”Morris was injured in CONCACAF Champions League play Thursday in El Salvador, going down in the 83rd minute of a 2-1 loss to Santa Tecla.The 23-year-old forward was a member of the Sounders’ MLS Cup-winning side in his rookie season of 2016, and also a part of the team that lost to Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup final.Morris’ debut season saw him score 12 goals for the Sounders, though his total fell off in a difficult sophomore campaign that saw him find the back of the net just three times in 23 games.The Stanford product also has scored five goals in 25 caps for the U.S. national team, including the game-winner in last summer’s Gold Cup final against Jamaica.The Sounders will try to overturn their deficit against Santa Tecla in the CCL last-16 clash at home Thursday before getting their MLS campaign underway Sunday against expansion side Los Angeles FC.last_img read more

Saponara in moving Astori tribute

first_imgDavide Astori O captain, my captain – Fiorentina’s Saponara in emotional Astori tribute Ryan Benson 02:08 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) astori-cropped Getty Images Serie A Udinese v Fiorentina Fiorentina Tributes have poured in following the death of Davide Astori, and his Fiorentina team-mate Riccardo Saponara has written a moving message. Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Saponara produced an emotional tribute to Davide Astori after the death of La Viola’s captain.Astori, 31, was found dead in his hotel room prior to Sunday’s match against Udinese.Results of an autopsy are yet to be revealed, though Udine’s public prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said on Sunday it was likely Astori “died of cardiac arrest by natural causes.” 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 Tributes have poured in from across world football following the centre-back’s passing and Saponara, a team-mate of Astori’s since the start of the season, penned a particularly moving message.Using his official Instagram account, Saponara wrote: “O captain, my captain. Why did you not come down to have breakfast with us all? Why did you not pick up your shoes from outside of Marco [Sportiello]’s room and then drink your orange juice, as usual?”Now they’ll tell us that life goes on, that we must look forward and pick ourselves up, but what will your absence feel like? Who will arrive every morning in the cafeteria, warming up everyone with his smile?”Who will ask us about what we did the previous night and have a laugh about it? Who will nurture the youngsters and give a sense of responsibility to the veterans? Who will form the circle to work on our ‘two-touch play’ and who will demolish Marco on the PlayStation?”With whom will we debate about Masterchef, Florence’s restaurants, TV series or games played? Who will I lean on at lunch after a tiring training session? Come on, come back. You still need to finish watching LaLaLand to analyse like you did with all new movies.”Come back to Florence, they’re waiting for you to renew your contract and acknowledge all the good and the positivity that you bring to us on a daily basis. Get out of that damn room, we’ll be waiting for you tomorrow at training”In life there are people you’ve known forever but have never bonded with, and then there are the ‘Davides’, who warm to you immediately with a simple ‘welcome to Florence, Ricky’.”Wherever you are now, keep on defending our goal and enlighten the right path for us from the backline.”Oh captain, my captain. Forever, my captain.”last_img read more

Guardiola dismisses contract extension claims

first_imgManchester City Guardiola dismisses Man City contract extension claims Matt Dorman 22:57 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guardiola Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Stoke City v Manchester City Stoke City Guardiola Rumours had spread that the Catalan coach was on the verge of signing a new deal, rumours he has flatly denied Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has rubbished speculation suggesting he could sign a contract extension in the coming weeks.Recent reports in Spain claimed Guardiola’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, had flown to Manchester to complete the negotiations.But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, whose initial three-year contract started in 2016, flatly denied the rumour that a deal new is imminent. 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 City would understandably be eager to tie down the 47-year-old as he looks to guide the Premier League leaders to a hat-trick of trophies this season.”Sometimes journalists receive bad information,” Guardiola said on Friday.”My agent is not in town. Was not, is not, will not be in town for the next six weeks.”Guardiola’s side visit struggling Stoke City on Monday as they seek to mount an immediate response to Wednesday’s surprise, albeit inconsequential, Champions League loss to Basel.Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho could both return from hamstring injuries, while Fabian Delph is also in contention to feature at bet365 Stadium.”Some of the players are better. Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling are much better,” Guardiola said.”We have one or two training sessions until the game. We are going to decide on Sunday. Fabian Delph is [uncertain].”The players are off today so I do not know the exact situation.”David Silva is expected to be in the squad after missing the Basel match for personal reasons. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Gundy Gives Updates on Calvin Bundage, Israel Antwine Heading into McNeese

first_imgSTILLWATER — The Cowboys were without two expected defensive contributors in Corvallis.Calvin Bundage and Israel Antwine were absent in Oklahoma State’s 52-36 season-opening victory against Oregon State. The pair’s availability for the Pokes’ home opener against McNeese isn’t set in stone either, it seems.Bundage, a senior linebacker, has dealt with a nagging back injury throughout fall camp, and at his media luncheon Monday, OSU coach Mike Gundy said Bundage had a setback about 10 days ago, forcing him to miss the game.AdChoices广告Gundy said the injury wouldn’t require surgery but is more of a pain-tolerance ordeal. Gundy said Bundage might be held out this weekend, as well.“He’s got a back issue, and they’re hard to determine,” Gundy said. “Sometimes guys come back quick, sometimes they don’t.”Bundage has played in 35 games to this point in his career at OSU. He has 129 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.Colorado transfer Israel Antwine also missed the Oregon State game for what has been described as “personal reasons.” Gundy didn’t go into any detail as to what that meant, but he said Antwine “should be” available against McNeese.Gundy said Antwine is practicing with the ones and twos, and he should know more about Antwine’s status in a couple of days. Out of Millwood High School, Antwine was an exciting transfer after spending 2018 with Colorado, where he started 11 games as a freshman.“We have him sitting on G, waiting on O,” Gundy said. 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

Class of 2022 Lineman Kelvin Banks Commits to OSU

first_imgOklahoma State picked up a huge win on the football field Saturday night, then a big win on the recruiting trail less than 24 hours later. Class of 2022 offensive line prospect Kelvin Banks Jr. committed to the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, pledging his allegiance to the Pokes over offers from Texas, Arizona State, Florida State and Houston.Banks is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound recruit from Humble, Texas and Summer Creek High School — a mammoth prospect for just a sophomore. 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. COMMITTED ‼️ pic.twitter.com/0da5FsEDL0— Kelvin (@Kelvinbanksjr12) September 29, 2019Banks is huge for OSU as it lays the foundation for the future of the program. The Cowboys don’t even have a commitment in the 2021 class yet, but already have Banks to build on for 2022. Getting him to commit early could certainly help in OSU’s early pursuit of skill talent in the class with five-star running back Raleek Brown and other blue-chippers at quarterback likely to emerge in the near future.last_img read more

Layun & Vela start for Mexico vs Germany

first_imgMexico Vela & Layun start for Mexico as Low picks Draxler over Reus in Germany attack Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Mexico Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:17 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Vela Mexico Mexico World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany The attacker is in the XI after being left on the bench last time El Tri faced Joachim Low’s side, while the Sevilla man is starting in the midfield Juan Carlos Osorio is hoping to learn from his mistakes. After leaving attacker Carlos Vela on the bench against Germany in last year’s 4-1 Confederations Cup defeat, he’s handing a start to the LAFC forward in Sunday’s World Cup match against the reigning champion.Vela is joined in attack by Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, and Hirving Lozano, who enjoyed a breakout season with PSV this year.Miguel Layun is set to start in the middle. The Veracruz native traditionally lines up as a fullback, but both his club and Osorio have tried him out in midfield in the past few months and enjoyed the results. Sevilla has played Layun in a more attacking role than Osorio did with Layun playing as one of the two ‘interior midfielders’ in the 4-3-3.  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 With Layun in the midfield, Jesus Gallardo is set to make his World Cup debut at left back. Gallardo, who moved from Pumas to Monterrey after the season, is himself a converted winger.Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera start with Layun in the midfield, as two of the most frequent players in Osorio’s lineups. The job of central midfielder likely will fall to Herrera, who has played the spot several times even with Osorio expressing a wish to have him freed up to attack more often.Gallardo is joined in defense Hector Moreno at left center back, Hugo Ayala to his right and Carlos Salcedo starting at right back.GFX Mexico XI vs Germany 06162018Germany begins with Manuel Neuer in goal after concerns about whether the goalkeeper would be fit for the tournament. Mesut Ozil is fit to start as well and starts over Marco Reus in midfield. Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira make up the rest of the unit. Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng anchor the defense with Joshua Kimmich on the right and Marvin Plattenhardt on the left. Plattenhardt has just six caps but comes in for Jonas Hector, who’s reportedly ill with flu.Up top, Timo Werner gets the nod with Thomas Muller starting on the right and looking to add to his impressive World Cup goal tally.After Sunday’s opener, Mexico takes on South Korea and Sweden to close out group play. Those two countries meet Monday in the other Group F match.Mexico XI: Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Layun, Herrera, Guardado; Vela, Chicharito, LozanoGermany XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Plattenhardt; Khedira, Kroos; Muller, Draxler, Ozil; Wernerlast_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

10 days agoArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin: What I missed most while injured…

first_imgArsenal 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 saylast_img

Justice Square Project to be Expedited

first_img Eleven additional court rooms to be created Story Highlights As part of its backlog reduction strategy, the Ministry of Justice will be seeking to expedite the Justice Square project in downtown Kingston, to provide more courtrooms and Chambers for judges.In  an interview with JIS News, Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, said that so far, the basement and the first two floors located in the former National Commercial Bank (NCB) building have been renovated and remodelled as courtrooms and chambers for judges, with a registry and holding area.“That is substantially completed. For the upper two floors, we are in the process of getting the National Contracts Commission’s approval to continue with the contractor to complete them,” Senator Golding noted.“We have an agreed price with the contractor and we are hoping to be able to start that process. I am told that the estimated time for completion is five months,” he added.The Minister said this will enable some 11 additional court rooms to be created, seven of which will be in the former NCB building and four will be in the Supreme Court building.He further informed that on completion, there will be an additional 15 chambers for judges, three of which will be for Masters in Chambers.Phase 1 of the Justice Square project began after the Ministry signed a contract valued at $399 million on February 23, 2011.It involves extensive renovation of the old NCB building and the refurbishing of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.There will also be offices for the newly created Court Management Service (CMS), which will give the Chief Justice autonomy in the management of the courts.The Government has allocated some $410 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure for construction works under the Ministry of Justice.Of the sum, $370 million will go towards the construction and improvement of courthouses; continuation of the Justice Square project; and the renovation of a building on Hagley Park Road to house the Ministry. On completion, there will be an additional 15 chambers for judges Justice Square project to be expedited to provide more courtrooms and Chambers for judgeslast_img read more

Deaths of dad and daughter still being probed parents had custody dispute

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – Court documents suggest a father who was found dead on the weekend alongside his six-year-old daughter was embroiled in a contentious custody dispute with the girl’s mother.CTV News has identified the six-year-old girl as Callie Campbell and her father as Robert Lesslie Malcolm Campbell, 39.Both were found dead in a home in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday.RCMP said Tuesday that the autopsies on the pair have been completed but the cause and manner of death had yet to be determined and officials were waiting for more tests results.The court documents include a sworn affidavit in which the mother, Debbie Hildebrandt, called Robert Campbell “a bully.”Records showed the relationship between the two parents during their separation appeared to be strained.Callie moved to Camrose, Alta., with her mother in June 2014 but her father had custody of her every other weekend.The Elk Island Catholic School district released a statement Tuesday saying a counsellor had been provided for students and staff at St. Patrick Catholic School, where the little girl was a student.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,202.69, up 9.91 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 34 cents, or 3.53 per cent, to $9.30 on 19.3 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $3.13 on 12.7 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up four cents, or 0.10 per cent, to $39.32 on 7.2 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Up three cents, or 0.25 per cent, to $12.09 on 6.02 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down four cents, or 0.81 per cent, to $4.88 on 5.3 million shares. The Montreal-based company will contribute up to $225 million to the C Series partnership with Airbus even though the agreement giving the European aircraft manufacturer majority control is closing earlier than originally planned. When the agreement was announced last October, Bombardier was required to fund the C Series until closing — forecast sometime in the second half of 2018 — and up to US$700 million in cash shortfalls over the next two years as it ramps up production.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, or 2.85 per cent, to $5.45 on 4.5 million shares.last_img read more

Forest fires in Northwest BC causing heavy smoke in the Peace Region

first_imgFORT 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.last_img read more

New Zealand PM pays grocery bill of woman

first_imgWellington: 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.”last_img read more

Algerias Bouteflika wins 4th term rival rejects result

first_imgALGIERS –  Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud.The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference.“The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral,” Belaiz insisted. Benflis, who had already cited “serious irregularities” across the country on polling day, swiftly refused to recognise Bouteflika’s re-election.“Recognising it would be complicit in fraud,” he told a news conference after the results were announced, condemning what he called “an alliance between fraud, suspicious money and the bought media”.Bouteflika’s victory had been widely expected, with his supporters celebrating in Algiers after polls closed late Thursday, and the press anticipating his re-election on Friday before the results were announced.It comes a year after Bouteflika suffered a stroke that confined him to hospital for three months and prevented him from campaigning for re-election in person.Growing problems, falling revenues:The re-election of the veteran leader, who has ruled the strategically important, energy-rich North African nation since 1999, has provoked the anger of young Algerians desperate for change, amid widespread corruption, high youth unemployment and sectarian unrest.He must now make good on his campaign promise of “a broad democracy” where “every citizen will take part in the country’s development”.Analysts warn of rising instability in Algeria over social problems and the government’s failure to address them.“Bouteflika’s re-election will pave the way for a period of instability characterised by social discontent that will get worse,” said political analyst Rachid Tlemcani.“The powers that be, embodied by Bouteflika, will no longer be able to buy the social peace, as they did during his three previous mandates, because of a probable fall in the country’s oil revenues.”Discontent is most evident in the restive Kabylie region, where some 70 people were hurt in clashes on Thursday between police and youths seeking to disrupt the vote.In Raffour village, anti-regime sentiment was palpable, with masked youths armed with slings and chanting hostile slogans confronting police who fired tear gas.More than 260,000 police officers, some armed with assault rifles, were deployed to maintain security during polling in Africa’s largest country.Despite Bouteflika urging “all citizens to participate” and “not remain on the fringes of the nation”, voter turnout appeared to reflect the political apathy among the electorate.Figures showed 51.7 percent of Algerians voted, making it the weakest participation rate of any presidential election in the past 20 years.The turnout, which was lowest in the restive Kabylie region where only around one in four people voted, was sharply down from the official figure of 74.11 percent given in 2009.A leaked US diplomatic cable estimated the actual 2009 figure at not more than 30 percent.Stability at a price:Bouteflika’s decision to seek re-election, first announced in February, had drawn derision and at times scathing criticism in the independent media.However, he remains popular with many Algerians, especially for helping to end the devastating civil war of the 1990s, in which up to 200,000 people were killed.“The Algerians have voted for security and stability,” announced newspaper Ach-Chouroq on Friday, alluding to the main theme of Bouteflika’s campaign.But leading daily El Watan lamented “blackmail through fear”, saying Thursday’s vote would be remembered as the “election of the absurd”.Ahmed Ouyahia, a former prime minister now heading the president’s office, had said that a contested election result could reopen “the gates of hell”.In a rare public expression of the frustration felt by some Algerians towards the authoritarian political establishment, youth protest group Barakat (Enough) was founded just two months ago specifically to challenge Bouteflika’s re-election bid.But sporadic demonstrations in the weeks before the poll were quickly suppressed.Barakat and a coalition of five opposition parties, both Islamist and secular, had called on Algerians to boycott an election they said was a “sham”.last_img read more