first_imgThe referee officiating the round of 16 match between Colombia and England is receiving flak from all corners, especially from supporters of the latter team, for his poor performance at the Spartak stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night.American referee Mark Geiger gave away as many as 8 yellow cards during the 120 minutes of the match with Colombian players getting booked 6 times.England eventually emerged as the winners as they beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to advance to the quarterfinals where they will face Sweden on July 7.World Cup 2018: England overcome Colombia via penalty shootout, in last 8The match had finished 1-1 in regulation plus extra-time after captain Harry Kane converted a penalty to put England ahead in the 57th penalty but Colombia drew level in stoppage time after Yerry Mina headed in the equaliser in the 93rd minute.Harry Kane’s England break World Cup penalty jinx: Stats and factsGeiger and Video Assistant Referees (VAR) however, were in the news for the inconsistency in their decisions throughout the match with even the Colombia coach Jose Pekerman criticising his performance for the numerous interruptions in the match thanks to all the fouls the referee awarded.”There were many situations, as expected, and everybody knew the match would be like this and I think we have to try to defend football,” the Argentine coach said.”We have to do something to protect football when certain situations arise. It is uncomfortable to play this match with such refereeing decisions. “When there are so many fouls that just cannot happen. We have to find ways to avoid that,” Pekerman added.advertisementWorld Cup 2018 Round of 16 Highlights: England beat Colombia on penaltiesThe biggest talking point of the match came in the 41st minute when Colombia’s Wilmar Barrios headbutted England midfielder Jordan Henderson.WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENEDEngland captain Harry Kane had won a free-kick at the edge of the Colombian box, just to the left of the D. As the Colombians made their wall, Henderson barged into Barrios, who responded by gently headbutting him in the chest.The Liverpool captain immediately dropped to the ground holding his face while writhing in pain. The referee failed to spot Barrios’ challenge so he consulted the VAR following which he showed a yellow card to the Colombian full-back.England fans and pundits fumed at the referee and VAR’s decision as they felt Barrios deserved a straight red-card for his offence.A red card could have been decisive at that stage as both teams were looking to break the deadlock and gain an advantage. With Colombia down to 10-men, the result of the match could have been completely different had VAR and Geiger penalised Barrios with a red card.Fans later took to social media to question the technology and the referee’s decision.headbutt Tetar (@bernardtetar) July 3, 2018What is the point in VAR, if it wont agree a headbutt is a red card #ENGCOLGuy Hunt (@GuyHunt) July 3, 2018Can someone explain to me why an obvious headbutt, irrespective of it being a yellow, or red card is not a penalty for the foul being committed inside the penalty area? #ENGCOLWayne Dews (@dewsy_21) July 3, 2018CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THIS IS OK?? I CANNOT HEADBUTT PEOPLE WHERE I WORK! #engcol #ENG #COL #ENGVSCOL Meehan (@Suekidda) July 3, 2018Yellow card for a headbutt. You have to be kidding.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 3, 2018Headbutt, but doesnt get sent off. That didnt last very long. England have been well and truly CONCACAFed. Cohen (@JakeFCohen) July 3, 2018Since when is a headbutt only a yellowLuke Ayling (@lukeayling_8) July 3, 2018This tweet sums up the delusions of a nation.1. 100% a penalty when you tackle someone to the ground2. When you headbutt a player and don’t get a red card you should be thanking the ref3. The goal was Columbia’s 2nd shot on target.4. You got 6 bookings for a reason5. Karma (@OGlazebrook) July 4, 2018If Colombia had played football, they would have won. But they decided to foul, headbutt, shove, harass the referee and scuff the penalty spot before Kane shot. Neymar biggest diver in HISTORY.William (@William90748296) July 4, 2018Apology of the year. Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 4, 2018last_img read more

first_imgNanjing, Aug 6 (AFP) Pom-pom girls strut their stuff, pop music reverberates around the arena and a “kiss cam” trains its sights on the next unsuspecting couple.Sounds like a basketball or baseball match? Think again: this is badminton, and probably not as many imagined it. It is all part of an attempt by the sport’s governing body to attract and keep new fans, the younger the better. “Increasingly we see ourselves as part of the entertainment business and not only the sports-entertainment business,” Thomas Lund, secretary general of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), told AFP. “That’s a conscious choice… We are competing for people’s time and attention — on television, on social media, online,” the Dane said on the sidelines of the World Championships in Nanjing, China. “We want to engage them in badminton and make them think badminton.” For spectators, that means more than just loud music and the fancy spotlights that rake over the audience between matches. It is also the thudding “heartbeat” sound that plays to the crowd during a video decision review, ratcheting up the tension, and players walking onto court like rock stars. “The big thing for us at the moment is to ensure that it is not really about the court or the surroundings, it is really about the players,” said Lund, a former Olympian in the sport. “It is about… how you present the players, these players that people think of as stars, present them as stars. “It’s a theatre thing.” The notorious “kiss cam”, when couples in the crowd are flashed up on the big screen and encouraged to smooch, was in full effect in Nanjing, where Japan’s Kento Momota was crowned men’s champion and Spain’s Carolina Marin won the women’s title.advertisement- More money -============== Badminton — popular in Asia and bits of Europe but a niche sport in many countries — is “growing as a sport on many different levels”, according to Lund.The BWF has attracted new sponsors, notably global banking heavyweight HSBC, and there is more prize money for players, he said. For the first time, there is a handful of semi-professional referees and later umpires too. Getting children interested, whether as spectators or players, is a key plank of the Kuala Lumpur-based BWF’s drive to make badminton more popular and find the stars of the future. “It’s about getting a racquet into their hand and keeping it in there,” said Lund. To that end, the BWF has a schools programme in 132 countries.Nobody is pretending that badminton will rival football for global popularity, but the BWF believes there is plenty of room to grow.- More competition -==================== At the London 2012 Olympics, China cleaned up, winning all five titles.But those days of Chinese domination have gone, even if the hosts did win the mixed and men’s doubles titles when the World Championships wrapped up on Sunday.Japan took gold in the women’s doubles to go with Momota’s singles title. China’s somewhat waning powers can only be good for badminton’s popularity — who wants to see the same country win everything? “But the good thing is that it is not because China have become worse, it’s that the others have got better, we have seen a rise in standard,” said Lund. “Japan are fantastic, India are fantastic, Thailand, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), the Spain story with Carolina (Marin), Denmark still hanging on, which is good for the sport. “It has become more diverse.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgUsain Bolt is the fastest man on earth and on Wednesday, he proved that he could be the fastest in space as well.Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion boarded a special Airbus Zero G plane, which simulates what it’s like to be in zero gravity. Bolt challenged two of his fellow passengers to a foot race and won it comfortably in the end.French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy and CEO of Novespace and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle, who were onboard with him, tried their best to match up to Bolt but they failed.And after the win, he celebrated it in style by doing his trademark celebration and by opening a bottle of champagne — Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar — which was made to allow astronauts to drink bubbles in space.”I was nervous but as soon as the first one (parabola) goes you kind of go ‘oh my God, what’s happening’. But after the third one I was like ‘yeah, it’s crazy’,” Bolt told Reuters TV.Running in Zero Gravity @GHMUMM. #DareWinCelebrate #NextVictory St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) September 12, 2018The bottle was designed by champagne-maker Mumm in order to capitalise on the advent of space tourism.”The tourists will be enjoying the view of the earth, the view of space, weightlessness, and they will celebrate. So maybe there is not a market for a lot of bottles in space, but there is a market for some bottles,” said Jean-Francois Clervoy.Changing the game @GHMUMM. Celebrating life by drinking @GHMUMM in Zero Gravity #DareWinCelebrate #NextVictory St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) September 12, 2018Billionaires Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon Inc, Richard Branson and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk are locked in a race to send wealthy tourists into suborbital space, high enough to see the curvature of the planet.Taking a break from his efforts to become a professional soccer player, Bolt said he felt like a “kid in a candy store” after spending about four minutes floating and joking around in near-weightless conditions. Usain Bolt defeated an astronaut in a foot-race in space-like conditions (AP Photo)Bolt is currently taking a break from his efforts of becoming a professional football player. He is currently practicing with Australian side Central Coast Mariners and made his debut on the left wing in a trial match.However, he made little impression in a 19-minute cameo in his team’s 6-1 win over a Central Coast select side.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2007 World T20 final between India and Pakistan had the most frenetic end possible. The first T20 World Cup trophy was on stake and everything boiled down to the last and final over of the match where Pakistan needed 13 from 6 balls and Misbah-ul-Haq was batting on 37 off 35 balls.Indian captain MS Dhoni trusted rookie Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over, who started off with a wide as nerves got better of him. The first legal delivery was a dot ball but the second went for a six straight down the ground. With just six needed from four deliveries, Pakistan were on course for a historic win but the match had a final twist in the tale.Joginder bowled full and a confident Misbah bent down to scoop it behind the wicket over short fine-leg but couldn’t get the desired connection and S Sreesanth took the catch as India won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 by five runs.Harbhajan Singh who was part of the winning side reflected on the win and thrilling end at Salaam Cricket 2018.”Obviously one of the best moments. That feeling of winning the World Cup, I didn’t feel the same even when we won the ODI world Cup in 2011 because when we returned to India after the win, they say Mumbai doesn’t stop for anyone but that day it stood still. Everyone was on the streets. It took us 5-6 hours to reach the Wankhede Stadium from the airport,” Harbhajan said.From World Cup triumphs to debut Tests: Legends recall their most cherished momentsadvertisementWhen asked what if Sreesanth would have dropped the catch, Harbhajan replied: “It’s about luck, Misbah couldn’t execute the shot properly and on that day Sreesanth executed his work properly. Normally he’s not good with the execution. So what happened with Sreesanth after the World Cup in the IPL could have happened on that day only.”Harbhajan was apparently pointing towards the slapgate incident which took place between the duo during the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008.Salaam Cricket 2018: HIGHLIGHTSThe duo were involved in a controversy during a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab after Harbhajan allegedly slapped Sreesanth. According to reports, Harbhajan slapped Sreesanth after the latter said something to the Punjab cricketer which he found offensive.Salaam Cricket 2018: Gavaskar, Akram, Harbhajan leave audience in splitsMisbah also spoke about his dismissal in detail during Salaam Cricket 2018. The former Pakistan captain said the dismissal was a result of a poor execution of what was one of his favourite shots.”That’s why they say a match is not over till the last ball is bowled. That’s how cricket is, that you fail to execute your favourite shot. People say there was no pace but I was so confident that time that even I would have scooped a spinner for a six,” Misbah said.”It was one of my favourite shots and I had a lot of command on the shot. So I decided to hit a four and level things but in pressure situations sometimes you are not able to execute things properly. And it’s part of the game.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 30 (PTI) Work-related stress and other worries are affecting health of adults living in Delhi, leading them to adopt smoking, drinking and other unhealthy lifestyles such as binge eating at night, in which women outnumber men, according to a new study.The study, conducted online across Delhi-NCR also suggested that sedentary lifestyle is pushing Delhi towards “high-risk” of cardiac issues.Department of Cardiac Sciences at Max Healthcare, Saket, undertook the survey to understand lifestyle habits of city-dwellers in Delhi-NCR across age group of 20-60.This recent survey of about 1,000 respondents aimed at knowing prevalent habits and changing lifestyle trends which impact and may explain deteriorating heart health of the city’s people, Max Healthcare said in a statement Sunday.The study also claimed that women (44 per cent) smoke more than men (32 per cent).”When it comes to analysing quantity, it is alarming to note that 35 per cent of those in the 21-30 years age group and 25 per cent of those in 31-40 years age group finish a packet of cigarettes in a day,” the statement said.With a demanding professional and social life, intrusion of social media and technology and irregular daily routines, more than half of Delhi’s population (44 per cent women and 57 per cent men) experience frequently-interrupted sleep patterns and over 26 per cent experience insomnia or erratic sleep, it said.”Women (33 per cent) binge eat at night more than men (29 per cent). Also, more women have erratic eating habits at 29 per cent, as compared to men (20 cent),” the study said.advertisementAccording to Dr Rajeev Rathi, Director and Head Transradial Programme – Interventional Cardiology of the hospital, stress has become a way of life in metropolitan cities like Delhi and women are equally affected by it.”But, what poses a greater threat is that these women take to unhealthy habits in want of getting respite. Be it smoking, alcohol consumption, indulgence in binge eating at odd hours or leading a sedentary life – women are found to be leading the pack in comparison to men,” he said.”Also, when it comes to playing a sport or adopting an activity to stay fit, 57 per cent women state they would rather prefer playing a mentally relaxing game on their phone or tablet instead of stepping outdoors. All these aspects feed into each other and keep the vicious circle moving, thereby increasing the risk of heart ailments amongst women,” the doctor said.Dr K K Talwar, Chairman, Cardiology, Max Healthcare, said the survey throws some alarming numbers if people do not get enough sleep (over 50 per cent), and are stressed all the time (76 per cent financially stressed), and hence indulging in binge eating and frequently smoking, there is a need to relook at overall health management.”Lack of proper sleep coupled with increased alcohol and smoke consumption also affects the digestive system and blood pressure thereby increasing the risk factors for heart disease. Increased consumption of junk food along with lack of exercise can raise cholesterol levels that poses a great threat to the heart health,” he said.The study also claimed that persons in age group of 31-40 years have the “worst snacking habits” with more than 50 per cent of them admitting to binge eating or midnight snacking.Dr Rajiv Aggarwal, Senior Director and Unit Head, Cardiology, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, said poor lifestyle and unhealthy habits are being picked up at a very early age and this is greatly responsible for degrading the heart health. “Women for the longest were thought to be protected from heart risk while in their reproductive years, but numbers indicate that they aren’t eating right, not working out and even indulging in higher levels of smoking and alcohol consumption. All these habits erode their natural cover from heart risk and make them equally vulnerable to coronary ailments,” he said. PTI KND DIPDIPlast_img read more

first_imgDefending champion Caroline Wozniacki found herself out of the WTA Finals on Thursday but she was not sulking. Instead, she was proud of herself for being positive. Wozniacki revealed she had been battling with rheumatoid arthritis.Wozniacki, on Thursday, lost 7-5, 5-7, 3-6 to Elina Svitolina and crashed out of the tournament with two losses from three matches in the round robin stage. Even though Wozniacki started strong, she was outlasted by Svitolina.Wozniacki went on to reveal her health issues that she has been dealing with since Wimbledon.”I’m very proud of how I have been so positive through it all and just kind of tried to not let that hinder me,” Wozniacki said about the painful autoimmune condition.”I didn’t want to talk about it during the year because I don’t want to give anyone the edge, thinking I’m not feeling well. You learn how to just cope after matches.”Some days you wake up and you can’t get out of bed and you just have to know that’s how it is, but other days you live and you’re fine. You don’t even feel like you have it,” Wozniacki further said.”After Wimbledon I wasn’t feeling well, I thought it was just the flu. I was on vacation and I wasn’t feeling good. I go to Washington, knees are hurting. I play in Montreal and something still doesn’t feel right…”@CaroWozniacki talks about her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis (@WTA) October 25, 2018Wozniacki went on to describe her ordeal in finding out about the issue and how inititally, she could not even understand the condition of her body and why she was feeling down.advertisement”After Wimbledon I wasn’t feeling well. I thought it was just the flu. I was on vacation and I wasn’t feeling good. I was like, you know, ‘It’s fine. I’m going to get over it’,” she said of the early indications of the autoimmune condition.”I go to Washington. Knees are hurting, my leg is hurting. I’m like, ‘Okay, well, just move on’.”I play in Montreal, and something still doesn’t feel right. I wake up and I can’t lift my arms over my head. I don’t really know what it is. I go to the doctor and they tell me everything is fine but I know that I’m not fine.”It turns out that I have an autoimmune disease, which is rheumatoid arthritis, which goes in and attacks your joints.”Wozniacki, who won the WTA Finals title last year, said she kept the issue private as she learned how to deal with it but was relieved her season was now over so she could focus all of her attention on treating the problem.”It’s something that now I’m happy that I’m done with the season and you can just kind of control it a little bit more and figure out a plan how to control it better,” she said.”In the beginning, it was a shock. You feel like you’re the fittest athlete out there, that’s what I’m known for, and all of a sudden you have this to work with.”last_img read more

first_imgItanagar, Nov 3 (PTI) Three-time Asia Pacific champion Gaurav Gill recovered from a tyre puncture to surge into the lead on the opening day of the Rally of Arunachal, round three of the MRF FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship.Mahindra Adventure’s Gill, with Musa Sherif by his side, won the other three stages in his usual aggressive style to set himself up for another victory in this elite championship. He raced at speeds over 180 kilometres per hour, recording a scorching average speed of 115.55 km/h in the opening stage.He was at his slowest in the second stage, managing an average of 99.92 km/h, which was still good enough to give him the second position in that stretch.Gill’s teammate Amittrajit Ghosh (with Ashwin Naik) notched up the honour of beating Gill, winning Stage 2 in style. He had, however, suffered a setback in Stage 1 himself, struggling with a power issue to finish 9th.He made up in the remaining rounds to climb to the third position by the end of an exciting day although his car is still not firing on all cylinders.Snap Racing’s Phalguna Urs (Srikanth) grabbed the second position with one second and two third place stage finishes. They, however, slipped to fifth place in the fourth and final stage of the day, to be trailing Gill and Sherif by 1 min 31.8 seconds.Their fine show was good enough to give them the lead in the INRC 2 category, ahead of top contenders Rahul Kanthraj (Vivek Y Bhatt) and Karna Kadur (PVS Murthy).advertisementFive-time INRC champion Gill was pleased with his driving, despite the puncture.”The first stage went off very well. We, however, hit a stone in Stage 2 and picked up a puncture. We still managed to finish in decent time, which helped us stay in the lead,” he said.Gill explained that the final day might be tricky as the track was likely to be muddy following rains while they only had tyres suited for tarmac. RESULTSINRC Overall: 1. Gaurav Gill / Musa Sherif (Team Mahindra Adventure; 00:31:22.9); 2. Amittrajit Ghosh / Ashwin Naik (Team Mahindra Adventure; 00:33:05.1); 3. Lokesh Gowda / Venu Ramesh Kumar (Team Champions; 00:37:30.4)INRC 2: 1. Phalguna Urs / Srikanth (Snap Racing; 00:32:54.7); 2. Rahul Kanthraj / Vivek Y Bhatt (Arka Motorsports; 00:33:20.9); 3. Karna Kadur / Pvs Murthy (Arka Motorsports; 00:33:52.7)INRC 3: 1. Suhem Kabeer / Jeevarathinam (Team Champions; 00:33:17.8); 2. Dean Mascarnehas / Shruptha Padival (Team Champions; 00:33:23.2); 3. Aroor Vikram Rao / Somayya (Falkon Motor Sports; 00:25:20.5). PTI BSBSlast_img read more

first_imgKylian Mbappe has opened the door for a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.Just after receiving the award for the French league’s player of the season, the 20-year-old World Cup winner said he wants more responsibility, either at PSG or “elsewhere with a new project.”Mbappe, who joined from Monaco in 2017 for 180 million euros, had never speculated before on a possible transfer away from the French champions.”I feel it may be the right time to take more responsibilities,” Mbappe said after succeeding Neymar as the league’s best player. “Hopefully it will be at Paris Saint-Germain, it would be with a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere, with a new project.”After winning the World Cup in Russia, Mbappe followed up with 32 league goals this season, becoming the first French player to reach at least that tally since 1966.Mbappe has been linked with a possible move to Real Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane returned as coach earlier this season.PSG sealed a sixth French league title in seven years but failed to defend its French Cup and French League Cup crowns this season. PSG was eliminated in the Champions League last 16 for the third straight year.Mbappe was also named the young player of the season for the third straight year.After leading Lille to a second-place finish, Christophe Galtier won the coach of the year award.Also Read | La Liga: Lionel Messi increases goal haul as Barcelona draw with EibarAlso Read | La Liga: Real Madrid end campaign with 12th league defeatAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRishabh Pant has been included in the India squad after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of World Cup 2019 on Wednesday with a thumb injury. Dhawan suffered a hairline fracture during his match-winning 117 against Australia at The Oval on June 9.The Indian team management has sought the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) approval for a replacement for Dhawan, who was expected to recover in 4 weeks but it didn’t go according to plan.”Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team’s first match versus Australia at the Oval on 5th June 2019,” the BCCI said in a statement.”Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of World Cup 2019.”The BCCI now has to write to the Technical Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and officially request for Dhawan’s replacement.Official Announcement – @SDhawan25 ruled out of the World Cup. We wish him a speedy recovery #TeamIndia #CWC19 (@BCCI) June 19, 2019The team management had put Shikhar Dhawan under observation but called in Rishabh Pant from India as cover just before India’s match against New Zealand, which was eventually was washed out without a ball being bowled.In the next game on June 16, KL Rahul walked in to open with Rohit Sharma against Pakistan, scored 57 and added a record 136 for the 1st wicket.advertisementIndia have had a great start to their World Cup campaign. They have won against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan while the game against New Zealand was washed out. India next face Afghanistan before they take on West Indies, hosts England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.Shikhar Dhawan is one of India’s most prized assets. He has 6 hundreds in ICC tournaments: 3 in Champions Trophy and 3 in World Cup. Along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohlli, Dhawan forms a formidable top-3 that is the envy of the rest of the cricketing world.Shikhar Dhawan battled pain against Australia to score a hundred that helped India outclass the defending champions. He was seen training at the gym and was also spotted on the ground during India’s nets session before the high-voltage clash against Pakistan at Old Trafford.Rishabh Pant is a destructive batsman in the middle-order but was left out of India’s original World Cup squad as the selectors decided to go with Dinesh Karthik as the second wicketkeeper. Pant had told AajTak he was disappointed with the omission but promised to turn his focus to the Indian Premier League.Rishabh Pant arrived in England shortly before India’s match against Pakistan and even trained with the team.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Injured Shikhar Dhawan helps teammates out with drinksAlso Read | Dilip Vengsarkar worried Shikhar Dhawan may not win his place backAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan is going to be in a plaster for couple of weeks: Virat Kohlilast_img read more



first_imgNational Action Network Convention 2015 – Bernie Sanders Plenary Session – photo by: Aaron J. / NAN / Democratic U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont will returns to Sioux City this weekend.Sanders will hold a rally at the Orpheum Theater at 6th and Pierce Streets this Sunday evening, May 5th at 6:30 p.m.Organizers say the event is free and open to the public and no tickets are required.Those attending are encouraged to RSVP through Sanders’ campaign website and entry is provided on a first come, first served basis.last_img read more

first_img10-thoughts-shellBOX SCOREIt was much of what we expected (a rout) and a bit of what we didn’t (Daxx early…really early) but OSU is on the board with its first win of 2014 (the first win my son has ever seen!) and I have thoughts.Not a “my gosh I might stay up all night writing about what I just saw” level of thoughts as was the case after the FSU game but thoughts nonetheless.Here we go.1. How you know OSU is a great program: The formula for beating a FBS school if you’re a FCS school is to somehow neutralize the depth and strength of the FBS school’s defensive line. You can throw enough skill-position athletes at a FBS school to make it competitive and if you have a good quarterback you can actually win.The problem for Missouri State is that it controlled Oklahoma State’s defensive line about as well as the donut I ate this morning controlled me — that is, not at all.And that’s why OSU is great these days — it’s been said a hundred different ways and will be again but not only can OSU hang with anybody in the country but it will beat the teams it should beat because of its front four.2. We have a(nother) QB situation (kind of): I’m not sure fans will agree with this but Mike Gundy said after the game that JW Walsh is the starter against UTSA if he’s healthy.Gundy said JW Walsh is the starter if healthy #okstate— Kieran Steckley (@Kieran_Steckley) September 6, 2014The problem now is that you know Daxx is capable of at least opening things up. What happens if a healthy Walsh flips the Alex Cate switch out of the gate next weekend against a feisty UTSA squad?[1. The Cate switch was basically shoved to its natural apex today against Missouri State. Thankfully it was Missouri State.]I think I actually agree with Gundy’s decision, though. Walsh looks horrific at times but he also played to within six of the champs last week and is 10-3 in his career in games in which he plays the majority of the snaps.It’s pretty tough to bench that.Lastly, I’m far from a JW homer but let’s be reasonable here. You don’t have to be a great thrower to be a great QB — Tim Tebow is the first name that comes to mind but it’s not like Zac Robinson was Warren Moon, either.JW Walsh is not a good thrower. JW Walsh is a pretty good quarterback.3. Let’s talk a little more about Daxx:I know Daxx was going against Missouri State but I don’t care if you’re going against 11 random people from the state of Missouri (women and children included), a 40-yard strike running the wrong way is a 40-yard strike running the wrong way (see video below).Daxx looked at least as good if not better than Chelf did last season — and Chelf was pretty freaking good for the second half of last season. I just don’t think Gundy fully trusts him — and why should he at this point? Here’s what he said after the game:“I wish [Daxx] would have made some better throws at times but overall I thought he played pretty well for his first time.”Here’s the thing…if you have a defense as immense as OSU’s seems to be you don’t need to roll the dice at QB (Gundy sees Daxx > Walsh as rolling the dice, I think) — you can afford to be conservative with Walsh and take your 8-4 or 9-3 season.By the way, the next week of Gundy not talking about Walsh’s injury and us speculating harder than a man digging for gold flecks in California in the mid-1850s will be tremendous for the Internet as a whole. That’s the real winner in all of this, the Internet.”The public will know it at the conclusion of eternity.” RT @CodyStavenhagen: Gundy: “We’ll know more about JW’s situation tomorrow.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 6, 20144. Tyreek got neutralized-ish: You know who’s going to kick to Tyreek the rest of the season? Nobody is going to kick to Tyreek the rest of the season. Zero kickers. Zero teams.Bill Snyder is going to kick to Mike Gundy at the 50-yard-line before he’s going to kick to Tyreek. That’s a lot of sad.But it was also an early wakeup call that Yurcich and Co. are going to have to be incredibly creative in the ways they get him the ball. And he needs to get the ball a minimum of 15 times a game (he touched it 11 times against Missouri State).5. Jimmy Bean might be as good as Emmanuel Ogbah: Bean had 1.5 sacks and just manhandled his counterpart in maroon and white.If he and Ogbah trade off monstrous games like they have the first two weeks the Joe Bob Clements (the defensive line coach at OSU) is going to have to take out a restraining order on Glenn Spencer.6. It was fun to watch the receivers be receivers: Here was the likely response among OSU receivers in their sideline huddle after they found out Daxx was coming in.But really, it was terrific to see so many of the skill guys that make this offense crank get involved. I mean, look at this receptions chart (good afternoon, Brandon Sheperd!):Screen Shot 2014-09-06 at 5.56.53 PMWhen the passing game is more viable OSU can do what Gundy actually wants it to do: run the ball.7. The secondary was below average and that’s two weeks in a row: I really thought coming into the season that the OSU secondary would be pretty good. Yes, they’re young and inexperienced but with Kevin Peterson anchoring things it felt like they would at least be solid.Through two weeks they’ve been pretty uninspiring. Ashton Lampkin was basically just a walking penalty flag in the FSU game and I’m not sure Jermaine Gresham can count the number of times Missouri State receivers (Missouri State receivers) got settled in behind the safeties.If it wasn’t for that big-boy DL this thing could have been Nebraska-McNeese levels of scary late in the game.8. I love Rennis Childs: Maybe I’m alone in this but I told Carson last week that I felt like he gave you 80 percent or maybe 85 percent of what Tyreek did in the backfield.With the added bonus that you don’t have to worry about overworking The Freek and Childs becomes an even more attractive option. This offense is just so complete in so many ways, it’s too bad the QB situation is the way it is.9. QB debuts: Here’s how the first games in which each of the last six QBs at OSU have “debuted.” Yes, these are up for debate but I picked the non-Savannah State games in which they played for the majority.Zac: 14/20 for 250 and 3 (W against FAU)Chelf: 22/31 for 292 and 4 (W against WVU)Lunt: 37/60 for 436 and 4 (L against Arizona)Walsh: 21/30 for 347 and 4 (W against Louisiana)Weeden: 22/30 for 218 and 3 (W against Washington State)Daxx: 16/26 for 244 and 2 (W against Missouri State)I think Daxx is probably Chelf 2.0 actually with a little less speed and a little more arm.10. These games always kind of suck: Not to put a damper on this whole deal because there really were a lot of interesting things that happened today but what did we actually learn?I know avenging the Library Fountain Incident of 2014 will go down in the annals of the 2014 Redskin yearbook in a manner that the 2099 version of me will think he struck oil when he finds it, but I slogged through the second half of this one.Next week, despite playing a team with only letters in the most common form of its name, will be far more fascinating. UTSA gave Arizona all it wanted on Thursday night and will have 10 days to prepare for either a semi-wounded Walsh or a “getting his first big start” Daxx.That’s certainly a bigger game than it felt like three months ago.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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first_imgGermany v Norway Ozil ends year-long barren run in front of goal for Germany Last updated 2 years ago 03:33 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mesut Ozil Germany Getty Germany v Norway Mesut Özil Norway Germany Arsenal WC Qualification Europe World Cup The Arsenal playmaker found the target against Norway in a World Cup qualifier to bring his 13-month wait for an international strike to a close Mesut Ozil has brought his barren run for Germany to a close after more than a year without a goal.Having last found the target for his country back in August 2016, the Arsenal playmaker finally netted again in a World Cup qualifier against Norway on Monday.The 28-year-old has been a regular source of goals for the reigning World Cup champions down the years, but had been shackled in the final third of late. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 1 – @MesutOzil1088 scored his first goal for #Germany for one year (31 August 2016 against Finland). Answer. #GERNOR— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 4, 2017Ozil now has 22 international efforts to his name, in 86 appearances.Having found the back of the net against Norway, 2015 remains the only calendar year since making his bow in 2009 in which the Gunners star has failed to record an effort for Germany.With his drought ended at international level, Ozil will hope to do likewise at club level when he returns to north London.Ozil 7/5 Anytime goalscorer v BournemouthHe last netted for Arsenal against Stoke back in May, with that his only strike in his last 12 appearances.last_img read more

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Tottenham determined to fight Real Madrid for Champions League top spot, says Pochettino Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 00:41 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pochettino - Cropped Twitter @SpursOfficial Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Spurs will take on the reigning European champions in their group, but their manager does not believe they are guaranteed the summit Tottenham are not assuming Real Madrid will finish first in Champions League Group H, according to Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs 9/2 to win Group HMadrid, crowned European champions in three of the last four seasons, are top seeds in a fiercely competitive group that also includes Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Tottenham host Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday and while Pochettino acknowledges the importance of his side’s opening clash, he does not see it as a scrap for second spot.The Argentine urged Spurs to make a confident opening to the campaign after failing to progress to the knockout stages in last season’s tournament.”I think Wednesday is so important, to start well in the competition and get the three points will be key to the future,” Pochettino said at his pre-match media conference.”In theory it should be Real Madrid first and the others trying for second, but football is not about theory. Our ambition is to win every game. “Real Madrid are on a different level: they won the last two Champions Leagues so it’s a different reality. I think it’ll be a very competitive group.”Last season after the first game against Monaco it was difficult to change the dynamic.  It’s so important to try to win the game. It will be tough, Dortmund are a great team, but in our mind our mentality is to win and be aggressive from the start.”Last season was our first experience in the Champions League… It was a very painful experience because we couldn’t be at the level we needed to be, but now that’s not an excuse.”TEAM NEWS: @dele_official (suspended). @ErikLamela (hip), Danny Rose (knee), @VictorWanyama (knee) & @gknkoudou (foot) also miss out. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 12, 2017Pochettino feels Spurs must take up the challenge of rising to the level of Europe’s top clubs after finishing second in the Premier League last season and third in 2015-16.”Now we need experience,” he said of their attempt to match the likes of Madrid. “We need to challenge them. Remember – we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we’re fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League. “This season will be a very good season for us to challenge them and show our reality.”Asked whether recently arrived defenders Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez, signed from Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax respectively, would play against Dortmund, Pochettino answered “maybe” in both cases.last_img read more

first_imgMLS LA Galaxy decline option on USMNT midfielder Jones in roster purge Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 10:37 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jermaine Jones LA Galaxy USA Today MLS LA Galaxy The MLS side enters the offseason with just 12 players under contract for 2018 after a slew of roster moves Monday The LA Galaxy have declined the contract option on U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones, the MLS club announced Monday.Jones, 36, is set to leave the Galaxy after just one season at StubHub Center, during which he recorded one goal and four assists in 20 MLS matches.In addition to Jones, the Galaxy declined options on 12 further players: goalkeepers Jon Kempin, Brian Rowe and Clement Diop; defenders Pele Van Anholt, Nathan Smith and Bradley Diallo; midfielders Rafael Garcia, Raul Mendiola and Jaime Villarreal; and forwards Jose Villarreal, Jack McBean and Jack McInerney. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Defender Ashley Cole and midfielder Baggio Husidic, meanwhile, are out of contract at year’s end.Monday’s announcement leaves the Galaxy with just 12 players under contract for 2018, representing a substantial overhaul for a club that went a league-worst 8-18-8 this past season.last_img read more

first_imgShare via Email AZ’s Mousa Dembélé battles with Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs during a Champions League game in November 2009. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA Listen Belgium Reuse this content Pinterest Never mind that his name is a mystery. A player who, at the age of 30, is improving to the point where one of his former managers describes him as the best midfielder in the world and Mauricio Pochettino has ranked him alongside Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho deserves to be remembered.But how? As Moussa Dembélé, which was how he was known from birth until a couple of years ago? Or as Mousa Dembélé, as everybody writes his name now? Mousa (let’s go with the latest version) had been coy about it. “It’s a long story,” he told a Belgian journalist before Euro 2016. Then he revealed in a Belgian magazine it was in fact a short, simple one. When he extended his passport his name was put down with one ‘s’ by accident. Dembélé said he decided to keep it that way.There is another Moussa Dembélé in international football, a Frenchman, nine years younger, who plays for Celtic and who quality-wise does not come close. People who know the Belgian Dembélé say it is typical of him to keep a bit of mystery, to not always want to come across as the nice, balanced guy he is. They also say it was probably out of kindness to his namesake that he did not take any action. Facebook Share on LinkedIn Andy Carroll surrounded by toddlers – Football Weekly Extra Tottenham Hotspur Share on Messengercenter_img Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics features Share on WhatsApp At AZ Dembélé became aware of the importance of scoring more. “But I will never become a real killer,” he has said. He may be too nice. With Belgium he has not been a regular for a long time and did not start their last friendly, despite his strong form. He accepts it practically without mention and seems more upset when Radja Nainggolan, with whom he is competing for a place, is criticised. Fitness problems do not help his case.“He does not beat players with speed but almost walks by them,” Maaskant says. “Then you can get a kick. He’s so tough, he didn’t really mind, just played on. Only afterwards we saw how thick his ankles were.”Strength is key to his game. “You can always count on him but he has been giving so much for 13 years,” says Martin Jol, who managed him at Fulham and regards him as the world’s finest midfielder. “Sometimes I thought of resting him but even the idea of starting without him made me sweat.”Jol gave Dembélé a permanent role in central midfield at Fulham, after Van Gaal tried him as a right midfielder. “In England, a striker has to score,” Jol says. “I wanted to take away that pressure. The stupid thing is, at training he banged balls in the top corner without a care. In midfield he was sensational, the one with the ideas, the passing ability but also the best ball winner.“There is hardly a midfielder who can and dares to beat opponents in midfield like he does. Maybe Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal but Mous can do it better, smoother.”The comparisons Pochettino reached for were even more striking. “I think it was a joke,” Dembélé has said. “I’m not a Maradona and it’s not my intention to become one.” Twitter Share on Facebook FA Cup One certainty as Dembélé prepares to play for Tottenham against Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final is that he is the complete midfielder. One team-mate describes him as a ballerina, another as a tank, but they all think he is the best player in this Spurs side.When Dembélé came to England in 2010, signed by Fulham, he was a striker; now he is a midfielder, albeit one hard to categorise. He is not a typical playmaker, nor a holding midfielder or box-to-box-player. He is not merely a Zola-esque technician or a pure Keane-esque tackler; he is all this combined and more.Dembélé the person is just as multifaceted. “Sometimes I think: ‘Am I crazy?’” he told the Belgian writer Raf Willems for his book Sympathy for the Devils about Belgian players in the Premier League. “I like African music but also R&B, rap, alternative rock and classic. Put down Chinese instrumental, ballet, lounge and Malian kora as well.”As the child of a mother from the small Belgian town of Mol and a father from Mali and the streets of multicultural Antwerp, he understands different cultures. “I can empathise with different cultural expressions and am open to things that seem strange at first sight. I notice I have both African and Belgian characteristics.”And English. Rather than watching football on television he goes to West End musicals, or at least he did until he became a father.He was never one for trouble. His mother could let him play on the street and go to the gym to play football because he would be home for dinner without being asked. She motivated him to develop his skills by taping the light switch so he could turn it off and on by kicking a ball at it. The damage did not bother her. “I’m not the materialistic kind,” she has said.His parents watched all his games from Berchem Sport to Spurs, alongside Dembélé’s grandmother, who played football in Belgium but developed multiple sclerosis aged 40. Young Mousa and she were close.Dembélé made unorthodox choices. Rather than joining Anderlecht, Belgium’s biggest club with an excellent youth system, who were desperate to sign him, he went to a smaller Dutch club, Willem II, because he loved the country’s adventurous, technical football. His coach there, Robert Maaskant, was impressed by the 17-year-old’s physique: “Some of my experienced, strong defenders thought they had bumped into a tree instead of a teenager.”At his next club, AZ, Dembélé did not score freely, despite having top tutors in Louis van Gaal (coach), Shota Arveladze (fellow striker then mentor) and Patrick Kluivert (trainee coach). But he made a big impact and helped AZ to an unexpected title in 2009. The goals he did score were mostly high quality. A dashing solo effort against Willem II has a prominent place in the virtual museum for the Dutch top flight’s most beautiful goals.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool VARce! Pathetic Liverpool’s wait for a trophy will be painfully long if they don’t find their feet fast Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:35 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(38) Liverpool Liverpool FA Cup Premier League Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion Opinion The Reds were abysmal in a 3-2 defeat, which saw them crash out of the FA Cup and leaves them in danger of further jeopardising their season Jurgen Klopp was a rare approver of Saturday’s 19:45 kick off time, suggesting that Liverpool supporters could head out of Anfield and into town for a night out if they fancied it.But there was no need for anyone to contemplate extra entertainment given that within half-an-hour against West Bromwich Albion, two cracking goals had been scored, with VAR disallowing another for the visitors before awarding a penalty for a foul on Mohamed Salah.Roberto Firmino took the spot-kick after a waiting period of around three minutes, but could only connect with the underside of the bar. If that wasn’t wild enough, the new technology was consulted for a third time before the break, when Joel Matip’s own goal stood making Alan Pardew’s men the first team to score thrice at Anfield in the first half since Real Madrid in October 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player VAR in theory is a good idea, but the implementation was heavily flawed: there was no communication around each process, too much time taken with every decision and it was not used sparingly.It was such a baffling evening on Merseyside that even the scoreboard erred for a while, suggesting the FA Cup fourth-round tie was even at 2-2, when West Brom had just extended their advantage to 3-1. With so much in doubt during the encounter, there was a certainty: Liverpool were utterly appalling.Firmino’s wonderful chip on five minutes provided a rare piece of quality to applaud, but it couldn’t be savoured as the hosts ceded possession and were too passive in the centre of the park, with Jay Rodriguez free to smash in past Simon Mignolet.Four minutes later, he doubled his personal tally after Grzegorz Krychowiak dusted off Emre Can to feed Kieran Gibbs, who delivered a low cross in that the striker converted as Liverpool crumpled.The Reds midfield resembled an empty car park for large swathes of the game; there were so many spaces for the Baggies to to pick from without any pressure. Can will be hoping that Juventus or any of his other potential suitors opted not to tune in or, if they did, that were too caught up in the VAR commotion to notice his muddled showing.West Brom Liverpool VARAlex Oxlade Chamberlain registered 17 passes in total, less than Mignolet, and Gini Wijnaldum wasn’t much less anonymous. The trio had plenty of company in the putrid performance category, and in fact, perhaps only Sadio Mane, Firmino and Salah of the starters can feel they weren’t as shambolic as the rest of the XI.”In the decisive parts of the game around the goals it was poor,” Klopp said. “Bad defending. Bad defending most of the time means taking the wrong decision.” Simon Mignolet, switching in for Loris Karius, faced three shots on target and picked the ball out of his net the same amount of times. Liverpool have designs on recruiting a pedigreed goalkeeper in the summer, with Roma’s Allison of interest, and it is a position that has desperately needed to be upgraded for years.Klopp selected his strongest line-up possible as he was intent on progressing in the competition, with Jordan Henderson using his matchday programme notes to impress how deep the desire is in the dressing room to win trophies. That did not translate on the pitch and Liverpool have now turned in two abysmal displays in succession after making “the right statement” in the 4-3 victory over Manchester City.The Reds boss has continuously insisted he is happy with his options and there is no pressing need for the club to enhance their roster before the January deadline, but the manner of the defeats against Swansea and West Brom strongly suggest otherwise.Liverpool are in danger of desecrating the platform they’ve built for the season and need to rediscover their direction fast or face further dejection domestically and on the continent. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgNPFL Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote assures on better showing after Rivers United win Samuel Ahmadu Correspondent 09:57 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gbenga Ogunbote Shengolpix NPFL Enugu Rangers v Rivers United Enugu Rangers Rivers United The Flying Antelopes earned a slim win over the Pride of Rivers and the gaffer is assuring fans they will be better with time Enugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote has promised the fans that his side will make an appreciable improvement with time after Rivers United 1-0 win.Kelvin Itoya’s 59th minute strike ensured the Flying Antelopes edged past Stanley Eguma’s side to bounce back to winning ways at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.Upon the win, the tactician, who was pleased with the result and is confident they will be a delight to watch in subsequent matches this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It was a good win for us and playing against a team that finished second in recent seasons, you can’t write them off,” Ogunbote told Goal.”I will have wished we scored four to five goals at the early start of the season but most strikers we signed are yet to hit form.”I know it is a question of time.  As soon as the team gels, we will begin to score more goals.”Rivers United have always been a good side because they have won the league, Federation Cup and represented the country at continental competitions,” he noted.”For Rangers fans, I still want to ask for their understanding, knowing fully well that if a team has not really gelled, you can’t see the best of them yet.”Gradually, it is better we get three points in our home games and strive to get careless points on the road and before they know we are somewhere.”The league season is just about six-week-old and we still have about 32 games to go which is a quite number.”They shouldn’t lose their sleep except for their darling team been yet to make them happy the way they want this season.”Rangers are eighth on the league log with nine points from six matches, and they will travel to Umuahia to next face Abia Warriors on Sunday.last_img read more