A suspected shoplifter who police say hit an officer with his car while fleeing from a Coconut Creek, Florida, Walmart last month has been arrested. Avonta Lamar Bailey, 30, was arrested Saturday in Dania Beach on charges including aggravated battery on an officer, grand theft, eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and resisting arrest with violence in the June 29 incident, Coconut Creek Police officials said Monday.Officials said the officer was working an extra duty detail at the Walmart in the 5500 block of West Hillsboro Road when loss prevention associates alerted the officer that a suspected shoplifter left the store with two stolen computers. The officer tried to speak with the suspect, who was putting the items in his car, when the man put his car in reverse and hit the officer with his open driver’s side door, officials said.The impact knocked the officer to the ground and the officer had to roll out of the way to avoid being hit by the car as the suspect fled. The officer was taken to a nearby hospital and later released, and was not seriously injured. Bailey remained behind bars on $47,000 bond Monday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn’t available. [Source: NBC6 Miami]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Chaney also has offers from Baylor, TCU, Wichita State and OSU. If you’re thinking the schools, geographically, are a little weird, it’s because Chaney recently played for Frisco Liberty in Texas before transferring to Findlay Prep in Nevada last July.Findlay Prep has been an NBA talent producing factory over the years, with Avery Bradley, Anthony Bennett, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson claiming Findlay as their alma mater since its origination in 2006.Three teammates offered over the weekendTrinity Christian School prospect Joey Baker of Fayetteville, North Carolina, reported a scholarship offer from OSU this week. Baker is a top-25 national prospect in the 2019 recruiting class with close to 20 offers who is considered a North Carolina Tar Heels lean — although his in-state school has yet to pull the trigger on him yet. Baker is an uber-athletic combo forward who can score it and play around the rim.He’s averaging 16 points per game on the Under Armour Circuit and has emerged as his teams go-to scorer for Team Felton. Two of his other Team Felton teammates were also offered over the weekend.Mike Boynton has offered 2020 wing Silas Mason, 2019 guard Joey Baker and 2018 big man Immanuel Bates. All three @TeamFeltonBBall products.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) May 8, 2017Immanuel Bates is a 6-foot-9 power forward with 15 offers from the likes of UConn, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Cincy and others. Silas Mason, meanwhile, is an up-and-coming 2020 prospect whose first Power 5 offer is from the Cowboys. Watson is a 6-foot-6 small forward who has the frame and the talent to be a legit Division I player, and it seems OSU is looking to get ahead of that train.Here’s a little scouting of Watson from Phenom Hoop Report, who hosted him for an event last April.“Marcus Watson for CP3 was the true heart and soul of this team. He always came through when his number was called on offense, and was a top tier defender at multiple positions. Blessed with great length and size, Watson could play as a big guard, ideal wing, or even as a stretch big in the right circumstances. Range was excellent extending out past the three-point line; showed great intelligence at all times, really a do-it-all type of player.” [Phenom Hoop Report]2018 big man Reggie Chaney offered scholarshipFindlay Prep big man Reggie Chaney is another hoops target to emerge this week on the radar of Mike Boynton and his staff. Chaney is a 6-foot-7 prospect—typically the size you see in a small forward, especially in the Big 12—but he’s classified as both a power forward and center at recruiting service websites. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors regarding Oklahoma State recruiting.Grant Gunnell calls OSU ‘best visit’The premier quarterback in the 2019 class, Grant Gunnell, has already garnered 25 offers from the likes of OSU, Texas A&M, Florida State, LSU and others. And to this point in his recruitment, his unofficial visit to Stillwater is the one that stands out to him thanks to the efforts of offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.“They’re the first guys to jump on with me to be the first offer,” Gunnell told Scout of Oklahoma State. “That’s really special to be their first offer. Coach (Mike) Yurich is really awesome. That’s probably the most special visit I took. He put together a video of me in their offense with the same exact plays of me throughout the years. It was probably the best visit.”Gunnell is ranked nationally as the 54th best overall prospect in the 2019 class and the No. 2 ranked quarterback in the country, closing in on 5-star status. He says he’ll likely release a list of his top schools later this spring. Oklahoma State will be on the list but, as he broke down in the Scout story, he’s weighing options between landing with an air raid system or a pro-style system.“They both have their pros and cons,” he said of both systems. “I think it’s just that. You have to look at how the coach fits well with me and how I want to be coached, the head coach stability and stuff like that.”2019 SF Marcus Watson offered scholarshipA quick description for Watson in one word: under-recruited. (or is that two words?) Watson is a small forward from Clemmons, North Carolina. He holds offers from OSU, Iowa, LSU, Georgia and Mercer, despite being ranked as a top 100 prospect in the 2019 class. 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Let’s take a look at some news from around the league over the last week or two.Take A Chill PillCommissioner Bob Bowlsby says to not worry about the Big 12 not being a playoff fixture over its first three years.“That’s a really short window,” Bowlsby said. “It get a little tiresome, because I know we play at a very high level, and I know that, top to bottom, we’re the best in the country in terms of balance. And I know that the method by which we conduct our championships and conduct our regular season is the most difficult.” [ESPN]AdChoices广告To Bowlsby’s point, the Big 12 is really close to three for three (getting in):And the Big 12 hasn’t played well in big non-conference games. Last season, OU probably would have made the playoff had it beaten either Houston or Ohio State; instead, the Sooners lost both. In 2014, Baylor probably would have made the playoff had it played a representative non-conference schedule; instead, the Bears played SMU, Northwestern State of Louisiana and Buffalo, and the playoff committee elevated Ohio State past Baylor. [NewsOK]Which leads us to the last piece, just win.We’ve debated for years the Big 12’s value. That debate needs to end. Ask not what your conference can do for you, ask what you can do for your conference. And the answer is, OU can beat Ohio State. West Virginia can beat Virginia Tech. OSU can beat Pittsburgh. TCU can beat Arkansas. Texas can beat Southern Cal (well, you know what I mean). And if a team makes the playoff, win once it gets there. [NewsOK]Buy Low on BillPick the K-State Wildcats to finish in the middle of the pack at your own peril.His Wildcats have returned a full-time starting quarterback six times in the past 20 years. In those six seasons, his teams have won 11 games five times and nine on one occasion. He won 11 games with Michael Bishop in 1998, 11 in 2000 with Jonathan Beasley, 11 in 2002 and ’03 with Ell Roberson and 11 in 2012 with Collin Klein. The latter two included Big 12 titles and BCS bowl bids, too. In 2014, Snyder won nine games with Jake Waters. Add it up and you’ll find that Snyder’s teams have gone 64-17 since 1998 when returning a full-time starting quarterback. [SportsOnEarth]Given health concerns and age, you could see the Wildcats striving to send a legend out on top.”You could make a great case for Bill Snyder being 1 of the 10 best college coaches of all-time” – @JBradEdwards— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 24, 2017 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. Keeping Up with the JonesBerry Tramel made the trip to West Virginia and was surprised by what he found.What is the most fascinating or interesting information you learned about West Virginia’s athletics department during your recent visit?How West Virginia is really not in the arms race. The Mountaineers have solid facilities and are constantly upgrading, but they’re not trying to build the palaces you see in Lubbock and Stillwater and Waco and Norman and Fort Worth and Austin. WVU is not recruiting against Texas A&M and Alabama. WVU is largely recruiting against Pitt and Maryland and the like. [NewsOK]West Virginia’s isolation must really put them in a different place from a recruiting perspective. Looking at their classes, Ohio River Valley and Florida are honey holes they dip into and the expectations must be different for the football-rich Texas players the rest live off of.In defense of the Mountaineers, they are trying.The new video board is coming along nicely at Milan Puskar Stadium. (P.S. Only 6️⃣6️⃣ days until @WVUfootball is back!) pic.twitter.com/BBq2bbFFjt— Anjelica Trinone (@AnjelicaTrinone) June 29, 2017 Quick HittersFox analyst Joel Klatt says Texas killed the Big 12OSU at Tech and Bedlam made this list for the Ultimate Big 12 Road TripBig 12 players want to expand and add Houston (per a survey at media days)An unnamed Texas Tech football player allegedly beat up handful of people at a barBarry, Kevin Williams and Leslie O’Neal made this Big 12’s best in the NFL teamKU will be younger in the frontcourt with a grad transfer leavingFrank Mason shared Big 12 male athlete of the year with a Texas swimmer.Tech joins the arms race with this pretty fly indoor facility.New Carpet – (Indoor) Sports Performance Center, Texas Tech Football ? pic.twitter.com/vXUIJxuxJb— Dal Watson (@DalDubya) July 24, 2017 Kool KliffFacing one of college football’s hottest seats, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was cool at Media Days.Never mind the questions about Kingsbury’s job status at Texas Tech, or the 16-21 record the past three seasons, or a defense that has been dreadful even graded on the Big 12 curve.Kingsbury still looked the part of the next-generation coach, one just as comfortable on TMZ as ESPN.Three days’ worth of stubble? Yep.A funky gray suit and brownish tie combo that few coaches could pull off? You bet.A relaxed attitude? Definitely. [SportsDay]Kingsbury is probably under more pressure (to save his job) than any Big 12 coach. He cites a third-year defensive coordinator and convincing his team to be confident as his motives in being cool. But have we ever really seen a hot seat coach behaving neurotically?He is comfortable talking about some things.Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury’s still got it ? @TTUKingsbury @TexasTechFB pic.twitter.com/B1ELOTD1Qf— The Will Cain Show (@WillCainShow) July 20, 2017
UEFA Europa League ‘We were lucky’ – Stoger unhappy with Dortmund despite advancing in Europa League Sacha Pisani 13:27 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Emilio Andreoli UEFA Europa League Borussia Dortmund Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund Atalanta The Bundesliga side’s head coach counted his blessings following Thursday’s dramatic draw in Italy Peter Stoger conceded Borussia Dortmund were fortunate to overcome Atalanta en route to the Europa League last 16.Dortmund advanced to the next round 4-3 on aggregate thanks to Thursday’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Atalanta in Bergamo.The German side looked set to bow out on away goals following Rafael Toloi’s 11th-minute opener until substitute and captain Marcel Schmelzer equalised with seven minutes remaining. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Speaking afterwards, Stoger told reporters: “Well, effectively, we were a bit lucky. It was only to be expected that it would be difficult, but we certainly made it easier for them in the first half.”We were not aggressive or physical enough, and we did not apply what we had spoken about doing beforehand. That was not the kind of professional game that you have to play on such occasions.”We were better in the second half, and the substitutions worked well above anything else. I am really pleased for Schmelzer that he got the goal at the end, as he is our captain and had been out injured.”Marco Reus showed what good he does for our game when coming off the bench. We had talked to him in recent weeks and wanted to be careful to avoid a relapse.”We have the right attitude, and the boys have demonstrated that a number of times. Of course, I’m pleased that we are through to the next round, but we have also got a lot to talk about after this match.” Europapokaaaaaaaaal! Gute Nacht, Borussen! #atabvb #UEL pic.twitter.com/9Owf6T9yjw — Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 22, 2018 Dortmund – second in the table and 19 points behind leaders Bayern Munich – return to Bundesliga action against Augsburg Monday.BVB will find out who their opponent will be in the Europa League round of 16 on Friday .
Nemanja Matić Matic insists Manchester United can still do ‘big things’ Nicholas McGee 22:37 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League The midfielder still sees big things ahead for the Red Devils, despite Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League Midfielder Nemanja Matic is confident Manchester United can do “big things” despite the Premier League title looking beyond them this season.United go into Sunday’s home top-flight meeting with Matic’s former club Chelsea trailing neighbours and runaway leaders Manchester City by 16 points.That gap can be trimmed to 13 with victory at Old Trafford on the same day City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final. 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 United are still in contention in the Champions League, though Jose Mourinho’s men were fortunate to escape their away last-16 first-leg clash against Sevilla with a 0-0 draw, and are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.And Matic has plenty of hope of a successful conclusion to the campaign, the Serbia international telling United Review: “I think that we have improved.”Of course, in the Premier League, it is difficult to win every game, but I think step by step we have improved and in the future I believe, as a team, we can do big things together. “I’m happy to be with the team and how we are working together. I’m sure we can do something this season and in the future for sure.”We have to be honest and say we have had some very good games, but we have also had some bad games. We have to improve together. We have the Champions League and the FA Cup still to play for.”To win the league is going to be very hard as we know because the gap is very big, but we have to fight until the end and we will see what we can do.”A victory for the Red Devils would see them go six points over fourth place Chelsea. However, a defeat would see the Blues draw level on points with them.
Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 0: Salah scores again to send Reds second Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:23 4/3/2018 Getty Images Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool scored the 200th PL goal of his reign in a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United, Mohamed Salah on target again. Mohamed Salah scored his 24th Premier League goal of the season as Liverpool moved up to second place with a 2-0 home win against former manager Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United.Salah struck the opener, finding the net for his seventh appearance in a row for the Reds, maintaining a stunning run of goalscoring since arriving at Anfield from Roma.Newcastle deployed a packed defence but Salah found a way through before half-time, finishing off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass to put Liverpool on track for a solid win ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League visit of Porto. 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 And when Liverpool cut Newcastle open again, Sadio Mane finishing off a fine team move to score the 200th league goal of Jurgen Klopp’s reign, the game was effectively over as a contest.Benitez’s men rarely looked like scoring, with Newcastle left 16th in the table and just two points above the relegation zone, with captain Jamaal Lascelles seemingly fortunate not to see red in stoppage time for a push on the clean-through Salah.Liverpool climb above Manchester United into second and Klopp’s men have built a seven-point cushion from fifth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League qualification, with Antonio Conte’s side in action at the Premier League’s runaway leaders Manchester City on Sunday.200 – Sadio Mané’s goal was the 200th that Liverpool have scored in the Premier League under Jürgen Klopp. Since he was appointed, only Man City (214) have scored more often in the competition. Exciting. pic.twitter.com/uBFXMpplaO — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Mane’s heavy touch denied the winger a sight of goal in the early minutes, while Salah sent a volley into the side-netting, but both attackers would find the target later.Florian Lejeune’s ambitious long-range free-kick posed no problems for Loris Karius, Martin Dubravka showing sharp reflexes to keep out a Dejan Lovren header at the other end.Newcastle’s determined defending was denying Liverpool space, but Salah dallied when he could have fired at goal, Lejeune recovering to make a block.Salah did not waste his next opportunity, though, breaking the deadlock in the 40th minute to score his 32nd goal of the season in all competitions.No player within the big five European leagues has scored in more competitive club games than Mo Salah (26 games) this season. pic.twitter.com/XFRgMsGnqR — Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 3, 2018 A ricochet in midfield fell to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fed Salah for the Egypt international to take a sharp touch out of his feet and hit a crisp finish through the legs of Dubravka.Karius made a brilliant save high to his right to palm over a looping Mohamed Diame strike after Mikel Merino’s backheel teed up a first-time drive.Salah wanted a penalty for handball early in the second half when Lascelles blocked his shot in the box, but referee Graham Scott waved his appeals away.Liverpool doubled their lead in the 55th minute, though, with Mane on target for the third game in a row in all competitions.Beautiful passing combinations and superb movement led to Roberto Firmino setting up Mane, with the Senegal forward – involved earlier in the sweeping attack – beating Dubravka with a super curling strike.The intensity dropped from Klopp’s men thereafter, their energy levels protected ahead of Tuesday, but there was never any sign of a Magpies fightback and Lascelles somehow avoided punishment when he brought down Salah on the edge of the box with the last action of the game.Newcastle have not won at Anfield since 1994 and they were largely toothless here, Benitez’s side slipping closer to the relegation zone after a tame defeat, but Liverpool continue to thrive following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Key Opta Stats:- Liverpool are now unbeaten in 22 successive home league games against Newcastle United (W18 D4 L0).- The Reds have scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than they have versus any other side in the competition.- Salah has scored in each of his last seven games for Liverpool in all competitions – the last player to do so in more successive matches was Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (8). read more
Week 5 of the uni predictions, and things are heating up a bit. Southwell and Carson haven’t missed over the last two weeks with K-State coming to town, and my early-season lead has evaporated like OSU’s passing game inside the 30.StandingsSouthwell came up with this unbelievable spreadsheet that is much better at keeping track of the standings than I am at doing it manually. I apparently forgot what the scoring system was to begin with so throw my idiocy out the window, and pay attention to his chart from now on. Here’s a look after four games.Here are our predictions for this week.Kyle Porter (BBO — Ed Hardy helmet): OSU hasn’t worn this in quite a while — since 2013 against Kansas State at home according to Southwell’s chart — but it’s a great one. I don’t love the Ed Hardy helmet, but I can stomach it if they go BBO on us this weekend. OSU is 2-0 (wins against KU and K-State) in this combo.Carson Cunningham (WBW — chrome brand helmet): I wanted to go BBG, but Kansas State is going to have silver pants. They haven’t worn the brand so far this season (ed. note: they’ve actually worn it twice) so I’m going to go white helmet with the chromed-out brand with one stripe. Then black jersey and white pants. Simple but they haven’t worn it since V-Tech in the 2017 Camping World Bowl. They also wore it in 2015 against … Kansas State at home.Justin Southwell (WOO — brand helmet): It’s crazy that we’ve seen Phantom Pete on black, white, and now orange. The Are You Not Entertained Phantom Pete on carbon fiber has eluded us. This is unfortunate considering it would be amazing to see carbon fiber Phantom Pete/black/gray against Kansas State this weekend.I digress. OSU has worn a version of Pete against KSU every year since 2013. They haven’t worn orange jerseys against the Wildcats. Does this mean we won’t see an orange jersey until Homecoming this year? Does this mean we will see another Pete helmet for the third week in a row? I don’t believe so.I think we’ll see an updated version of what Oklahoma State wore against Kansas State the last time they wore orange against the Wildcats back in 2007: white (brand)/orange/orange. 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.
Here’s a great comment to my post yesterday. Listen to this story from Chas Grundy:For our summer camp, we struggle each year to find staff. Last year, we ran with a skeleton crew, barely enough to handle the number of campers. This year, we have a full staff. The difference? Online job applications. In the past, they had to request an application, then fill it out and mail it back. This year, they can just apply online. We’ve already had three times as many applicants as we have positions. Convenience goes a LONG way. Promote your organization all you want, but success relies on a call to action and an easy way to act. I could not agree more. Are you making it easy for people to work for you or volunteer for you? If you don’t already, do this one thing: Register your volunteer opportunities on an aggregator’s site, so people can find you easily and sign up quickly. Check out VolunteerMatch or Idealist, for example. When you post an opportunity on these sites, you’ll also appear on the White House volunteerism site, USA Freedom Corps, because it draws from aggregators like these.
World Cup ‘They were too tall!’ – South Korea loss blamed on Sweden’s height Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:45 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Sweden v South Korea South Korea Sweden Shin Tae-yong repeatedly pointed to an apparent disadvantage in terms of height as he assessed his side’s defeat in their World Cup opener Shin Tae-yong felt Sweden’s height advantage was key in South Korea’s 1-0 World Cup defeat in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.A second-half penalty from Andreas Granqvist gave Janne Andersson’s side all three points and sent them joint-top of Group F with Mexico, who beat defending champions Germany a day earlier.Clear-cut chances were few and far between but Sweden were good value for their victory, with South Korea failing to muster a shot on target. 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 Shin blamed much of the loss on the fact his players could not match their opponents’ physically, even though each side managed two headed shots in the match.”The Swedish players are very tall. We prepared to play against tall players and, rather than contact, we focused on height,” he explained.”After the first half we felt we would adjust and that in the second half we would be able to find chances. They did adjust very well; it’s a pity they gave away a penalty.”Among the 32 teams, I think they [Sweden] are tallest or one of the top two. They will be a real threat because of their height.”Granqvist scored from the spot after a lengthy VAR review, with referee Joel Aguilar initially deciding Kim Min-woo had not fouled Viktor Claesson.Shin was frustrated to concede the penalty but accepted the right decision was eventually made.”I think we have to follow what the referee decides,” he said. “Of course we could say it’s regrettable, but he [Claesson] was caught.”We agree that it was a good call.”A defeat against Mexico in their second match on Saturday could see South Korea’s exit from the tournament confirmed, and Shin expects a difficult test.”They were very fast, very skilled, they’re a tough team so they are going to be a formidable opponent but we’re going to look over the match with Germany, analyse it and find our way to deal with the Mexico team,” he added.
Brazil ‘Neymar pain normal’ – Coutinho unconcerned by ankle issue for Brazil talisman Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Brazil Neymar Philippe Coutinho World Cup Brazil v Costa Rica Costa Rica The Paris Saint-Germain superstar limped out of training on Tuesday but is not considered a doubt for Friday’s World Cup showdown with Costa Rica Philippe Coutinho is not worried about Neymar after the Brazil star limped out of training with an ankle problem in Sochi on Tuesday.Neymar, who sat out Monday’s session, suddenly hobbled off the pitch in a worrying sight for Brazil ahead of their crucial World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica on Friday.Brazil announced Neymar was feeling the effects of a sore ankle after he was fouled 10 times in the surprise 1-1 draw with Switzerland on matchday one. 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 Coutinho, however, played down any concerns over team-mate Neymar heading into the St Petersburg showdown.”I saw the same thing you saw. I haven’t talked to him,” Coutinho told reporters when asked about the 26-year-old leaving the open training session. “It happened almost at the end of practice. I think he felt something but that’s normal.”Coutinho, who netted a stunning goal to open the scoring against Switzerland, added: “Everybody goes after Neymar. When he’s playing, he gets a lot of fouls. They come strong.”Of course, our focus is on the collective. One or another player will have a highlight here or there but collective is important. It’s how we think. We will do what we have to do, each and every one of us.”Pressed to discuss the impact of Neymar possibly missing Brazil’s next match, Coutinho spoke like a player confident the Paris Saint-Germain superstar will be fit to face Costa Rica.”Neymar is one of the best in the world,” the Barcelona midfielder said. “Playing with him is very important resource. When he plays for us, it’s a huge help. He is a brave man who always faces opponents. Always trying to create. Important for us.”While Brazil were held in their opener, Serbia edged Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to Alexander Kolarov’s sensational free-kick, setting up a vital game for Tite’s side.Coutinho anticipates another difficult challenge, though the former Liverpool star is remaining calm.”It will be very important. We wanted to win the first game. But we ended with a draw. We have another opportunity,” Coutinho added. “I think it will be a great game. We have to be focused. Mentally strong so we can play a good game.”We have to play a happy game with responsibility because we’re in Brazil jersey. We have to be happy and daring.”