Prominent Oklahoma State athletics figures gathered at Stillwater Country Club for a golf outing in Stillwater and raised over $94,125 for the American Cancer Society on Monday afternoon.Your generosity has led to a donation of $94,125 to the American Cancer Society – a new record. Thank you, #OKState! #BeatCancer pic.twitter.com/Bd3iFbnHu0— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017The tournament featured OSU coaches Mike Gundy, Mike Boynton and John Smith, as well as alumni like Billy Bajema and Jimmy Graham and Morgan Hoffman.Some short-game work with @CoachGundy & former @CowboyFB TE Billy Bajema. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/FjaIDLnJND— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 That’s how the @PGATOUR guys do it. ??? @OSUCowboyGolf @KarstenCreek @Morgan_Hoffmann pic.twitter.com/AcGJu4DMg8— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Some #OKState celebs in the house as @okstate President @burnshargis & @OSUAthletics AD Mike Holder show their support. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/xfsNHb8AsI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Cowboy basketball is well represented at @OSUCvCGolf with @thacoachmike, Joey Graham & @KeitonPage tearing up Stillwater CC. #okstate pic.twitter.com/E2QRcMyt0R— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) May 22, 2017 Wouldn’t be a golf tournament without @OSUCowboyGolf & @OSUcowgirlgolf! Thank you to @OSUBratton & @CjonzeyOSU! #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/ys19rP43ZI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 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. How awesome is this? @CoachGundy with Luke, who designed the #CowboyClassic golf balls. pic.twitter.com/tPprbOVR15— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017Watch the event’s highlights here:A star-studded #okstate cast turned out to raise money for cancer research while having a good time today. pic.twitter.com/jgRtIOE9yG— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) May 22, 2017
Transfers PSG hold transfer talks with Courtois’ father amid doubt over Chelsea future Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 22:31 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers PSG Chelsea Real Madrid Premier League UEFA Champions League Ligue 1 The Stamford Bridge shot-stopper is in demand with Real Madrid also interested in him, while the Blues are desperate for him to stay Paris Saint-Germain have met with Thibaut Courtois’s father, Thierry, to discuss a potential move away from Chelsea at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.Belgian TV station RTBF already suggested earlier this week that the Ligue 1 leaders had joined Real Madrid in the race for the goalkeeper’s signature and Goal can confirm PSG officials had a meeting with Courtois’s dad in London on Monday.The Paris side are in the market for a new goalkeeper as they target an upgrade on current No.1 Alphonse Areola and the 25-year-old Courtois has been earmarked as one of the top candidates. 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 The Belgium international’s existing deal with Chelsea is due to expire come June 2019 and the Blues have been in talks with the shot-stopper for over a year in an attempt to renew his contract, with a renewal potentially costing them over £200,000-a-week in wages.Courtois has yet to make a decision on his long-term future, though, as he has admitted on more than one occasion that he would like to return to Madrid at some stage in his career.The goalkeeper’s two children live in Spain’s capital following a previous loan spell with Atletico Madrid and Courtois is keen to be closer to his family.Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Courtois’ situation at Chelsea and his aforementioned ties to Spain mean PSG face an uphill battle to get their man if he does decide to leave Stamford Bridge.Chelsea remain hopeful they can convince Courtois to sign a new and improved deal with the Premier League giants, but their underwhelming performances this campaign could throw a spanner in the works as they are in danger of missing out on Champions League football.Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, but spent three seasons on loan at Atletico before displacing Petr Cech as the man between the sticks at the reigning Premier League champions.He has since made well over 100 league appearances for Antonio Conte’s men, winning two Premier League titles and one League Cup in the process.
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. When Oklahoma State released its new (“new”) logo at the beginning of July, I got steep on a rabbit hole of old logos, and boy are there some good ones. According to this incredible, time-suck of a page, OSU has had 19 “marks” in its history, and the majority of them have been amazing.Because this is an OSU blog and because it’s July, we obviously have to rank these from “OMG BRING THIS BACK” to “ok, maybe could have passed on that era.” Some of these are academic-only, and some are athletic-only. Regardless, I’m going to rank the ones that OSU includes on that page linked above and throw in the badge (which was not included?) along with them. Everything else is off the table.Let’s jump in with probably (?) the consensus No. 1.1. It is fitting that the best logo in OSU history coincided with the best athlete in OSU history.2. It’s perfect. Simple but unique. Distinguished but fun. Versatile and easy to recognize. I would actually be ok if they brought this back!3. This was actually a baseball-only logo that started in 1978. Since then Oregon State has committed many acts of theft it went away until Josh Holliday brought it back when he became the head coach. It’s tremendous.4. This is maybe the best logo for football helmets. I realize that’s a very specific niche, but it’s true! This logo debuted when OSU flipped from being the Aggies to being the Cowboys in the late 50s.5. The first logo. I’m a sucker for anything simple like this. If they ever use this on the Homecoming throwback helmets, I’m going to need CPR in the press box.6. The best mark, non-letter division.7. I like this one a lot from a uniform perspective, but there’s a lot going on. And it’s maybe a bit too easy for opposing teams to insinuate that spelling is not OSU’s strongest suit.8. This is the rougher, not-quite-as-cool version of the bucking bronco above (interestingly, it actually came after the one above). Still strong, but just not all the way there yet for me.9. I don’t know that I’ve ever truly loved Regular Pete the same way I love Wrestling Pete or Swinging Pete or Baseball Pete, but I do love this version more than the modern one.10. The new logo checks in at No. 10. I think it’s pretty good. I have an affinity for a lot of the older stuff, but they’ve done a good job here melding a modern look with an older, simpler version.11. Tough for me to put it ahead of the brand because, you know, it includes the brand. But I love its versatility and how OSU uses it. Subscribed!12. I like it, but there is a LOT to look at.13. This was the logo on my third-favorite basketball court GIA has ever housed.14. It’s good, solid and more importantly has led to the Other Petes I noted above.15. Taking away the beveled (I think that’s what they’re called) edges on the letters was a [chef’s kiss] move here.16. There is no logo in recorded college history that screams “1970s!” more than this logo screams 1970s.17. Sure, it’s fine. But I prefer the 1940s Pete (see above). This one really is all right, it just seems a little bit too contrived for me [goes outside and shakes fist at clouds]. Also, these last three are pretty rough.18. This one was academics only (thankfully).19. Tough scene here. It was a good effort, and here’s what OSU said about its introduction to the 2000s.Coinciding with the renovation of historic Gallagher-Iba Arena, Oklahoma State Athletics underwent a major rebranding effort in 2001 with the introduction of a more modernized system of marks. This updated O-State logo represented the school’s various academic organizations. [okstate]Gonna be a hard pass for me.20. The thing that maybe offends me most is that Rickie Fowler had this logo on his golf bag until like 2018! Also, I laughed out loud at the description from our friends at OSU.The burning brand was a shorter-lived variant of the modern OSU logo. Although the mark was popular with children and younger audiences, it failed to gain traction among alumni and older fans and was gradually phased out of use. [okstate]The burning brand had to be burned.
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. Entering the 2018 season, many expected that with a new quarterback and questions about who would step up as WR1, OSU would ride seasoned veteran running back Justice Hill like a workhorse. After all, Hill ended his 2017 campaign looking like a potential Heisman candidate, rushing for over 120 yards in three of his last five games and amassing 130 (!!) total touches during that stint.That was the expectation. Reality was much different. In the season-opener, he logged 10 carries for 122 yards rushing, one reception for 22 yards receiving, and one total TD. Efficient. In the next two nonconference games, he averaged 12 carries for 77.5 yards rushing per game, 0.5 receptions, 5.5 yards receiving and 1.5 touchdowns per contest. It’s nonconference play, I remember saying to myself. Just wait until they unleash him on the big dogs in the Big 12.As usual, I was wrong. Over the next seven league games — before his season ended after an injury suffered against OU — Hill was essentially put on a load management plan a la Kawhi Leonard. As opposed to Hill’s sophomore season where he’d averaged a whopping 25.4 touches per game in conference play, Hill in 2018 was downgraded to only 19.3 touches per game in league play — a number that is misleading about his usage when you consider it was buoyed by big-usage games against Texas (26 touches), Kansas (32 touches!) and Iowa State (25 touches).The motivation for such a reel-back was clear: Hill was an NFL prospect, and at a position like running back where tread on the tires pre-professional career matters, OSU opted to use him sparingly while Chuba Hubbard got major reps and other backups could split time.That’s why despite reason for optimism about Chuba Hubbard — optimism like totally-not-insane suggestions that he may, in fact, be better than his predecessor — we may want to pump the brakes on Chuba Hubbard.Look, I think Hubbard is a bonafide star. I think he’s the best running back in the Big 12. I think he could run for 1,500 yards this season.I also think there’s a chance he may not get the opportunity to do so.Hubbard was so good down the stretch of 2018 providing relief for Hill and subsequently supplanting him during injury that he firmly planted himself on the NFL radar. Another breakout season, and poof, he could vanish into the fourth round with ease. Or third. Or second ….He really was that good. Now here’s the kicker, though, and it’s an important one: Hill had to sign off on his decreased workload. In fact, I’ve been told that the idea of such a thing may have been floated by Hill himself to OSU’s staff. Because let’s think about this. Would OSU’s coaches willingly ride a first-year starting QB even through some, shall we say, bumpy times last season if they could have just stuck the ball in Hill’s gut and told him to go average 5.9 yards per carry? Would they intentionally decrease his stellar and efficient workload to try and make sure Taylor Cornelius could get all his reps? Cornelius was a fifth-year senior, so that strategy seems like it’d only be useful if he was 18 and not 28.Maybe the answer is yes, but I’m not totally buying it. The whole idea of making a QB more comfortable centers on decreasing his workload, which you do by giving it to your best running back (Justice) or by relying on your defense to win games (lol).So maybe Hubbard could emerge a star in 2019. I’m betting (not monetarily, but mentally) on it. But if Hubbard comes to the same realization that Hill did a year ago — that perhaps his best path to becoming an NFL player and maximizing the longevity of that career centers on a load management-like program — then perhaps we should hold off before penciling him in as the next All-American tailback to come through Stillwater. Or perhaps more optimistically, Hubbard, like Kawhi, will be so good that time spent on the field even on a load management plan is good enough to bring a championship.
You can look at Oklahoma State’s 36-30 defeat to No. 12 Texas on Saturday through two lenses.The first, that of a pessimist. The woe is me crowd. The yeah, throw this season in the dumpster crowd.This crowd was not a fan of the play-calling against the Longhorns. This crowd took umbrage with that now-infamous fake field goal. This crowd … is calling for Dru Brown to see more reps.Full disclosure: this crowd might just be the worst.Then there’s the lens of an optimistic. This view may have a shade of orange in its prescription. In this crowd, some may be prepared to dub Spencer Sanders an all-timer. This crowd didn’t hate the fake field goal, despite the unusual circumstances. This crowd actually thinks Oklahoma State, a team that may have been an onside kick recovery away from a massive upset, might be a good football team.(OK, I give. This crowd is definitely me.)It’s incredible just how much a narrative can shift, isn’t it? Last year, against Iowa State, Oklahoma State was arguably a dropped Tylan Wallace deep ball — which he rarely ever does in any circumstance — from a Cyclones comeback. Instead, the sky began falling. And it kept falling.Last season was a cautionary tale that sometimes an early narrative can actually be right. It turned out, OSU last season was just an OK football team. Nothing special. Six regular season wins, six regular season losses. The definition of average.Is a loss to Texas the same warning sign? Despite that feeling in your gut you got when the clock read all zeroes on Saturday night, I don’t believe so. This much-maligned defense gave up only 36 points — two weeks removed from mighty LSU (heavily sarcastic air quotes) gave up 38. (LSU won, alas.) That questionable play-calling? It’s Mike Gundy and Sean Gleeson — two brilliant offense minds who uncharacteristically left points on the field. And oh, the talent level? On both sides of the ball, OSU has the horses to not only rebound and reclaim momentum in Big 12 play, but to reinforce that feeling you might have stashed away just below that Texas knot, that one that tells you that, perhaps, this team isn’t last year’s team. This team has moxie, spunk.And by golly, this team, despite a deflating Texas loss, is pretty stinkin’ good. 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.
Non-OSU Bullets• Loved this pod on Milk Bar. Show up and mean it is the best phrase. 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. I’m wearing all black this morning.Bullets Rundown• OSU’s crossroads• Sanders’ crossroads• How we view GundyScores• FB: OSU 45 | Baylor 27OSU Bullets• Jenni Carlson writes about OSU’s crossroads here.So, what will become of this season?Road games at Iowa State and West Virginia remain along with home games against TCU, Kansas and Oklahoma. Wins against at least two or three of those teams seem possible, but it’s hard to say that any of them are sure wins.“We’ve still got a whole bunch of football to play still,” Wallace said. “It’s really now about testing the kind of football player, the kind of person you are. Are we going to go in here and just kind of lay down? Or are we going to go out there and fight? [NewsOK]I normally chuckle at the “OSU will be lucky to make a bowl game” crowd. I don’t think I’m chuckling this year.• Guerin Emig writes about how Spencer is at a bit of a crossroads himself.He knows that. Youth isn’t an excuse, as Sanders himself realizes, saying: “A lot of people are like, ‘He’s a freshman.’ Nah. You can’t say that anymore. It’s my fault. I’ve gotta fix it.”He’s the only one who can do that. Gundy and Gleeson can talk about drilling ball security in practice, can even try to game-plan to promote it, but this is ultimately on the player.… So we’re back to Sanders playing through it, a kid who means well and wants so badly to do well, playing through the most trying stretch of his young career. [Tulsa World]Listen, I’m going down with the ship if it goes down. But the last eight quarters have been rough.• Not sure this is it …Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy complimented and criticized the fans all in one postgame interview and I get what he is saying. The comments from some of the fans as they were rushing out of the stadium after Baylor converted the last touchdown in 45-27 come from behind win at the start of the fourth quarter was pretty brutal, most of it aimed at Gundy. He’s the leader of the program and over the years, despite his success, he has won some fans over, but alienated others. [Go Pokes]This frames the entire thing to make it seem like people just don’t like Gundy because he’s Gundy. No, people are frustrated with Gundy for legit reasons because OSU is 10-13 in their last Big 12 games and 7-6 as a home favorite since 2017. That’s not reactionary, it’s a reality.• Only six teams have a worse turnover margin than OSU right now. The names are not encouraging: UNLV, New Mexico, Rutgers.• Here are my 10 thoughts on the game. And a notebook.• This thread on Gundy — if you’re a PFB+ subscriber — is amazing to roll through. If you’re not a subscriber, you can become one here.• Kyle Cox wrote about how OSU isn’t considering a change at QB.• This is what won the dunk contest, which I hope is not foreshadowing of the season.That was close 😅#DunkContestChamp | #okstatehc pic.twitter.com/DDin0tUdry— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) October 19, 2019• A summation of the Kansas-Texas game! OSU, by the way, is a Texas FG from being tied for last in the Big 12 heading to the end of October.Kansas coach Les Miles: “You think that people that leave the stadium will know Kansas? I think they will know that phrase. Kansas. It seems a little bit more now to me. Kansas.”— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 20, 2019• Here are those B12 records by the way.• This is pretty good.Sunday’s #OKState postgame cover in @TheOklahoman:@JenniCarlson_OK: https://t.co/[email protected]: https://t.co/[email protected]: https://t.co/i4rCMXi0wEGrades: https://t.co/5ic6G95enb🔢: https://t.co/i4rCMXi0wESubscribe: https://t.co/AqBi7ijXUU pic.twitter.com/2Kw0sFKyNT— Jeff Patterson (@jeffpattOKC) October 20, 2019• LOL at this.Are you ready? @Rudolph2Mason’s ready! @EmanOgbah’s ready! We’re ready! Let’s goooooooo! 🔶 #GoPokes | #OKStateHC ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/maYhDO9ijR— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 19, 2019• I think this is where I’m at, too.#okstate pic.twitter.com/X5xwR6A4Je— Walch (@Walch21) October 20, 2019• I stayed up for this and I’m glad I did.GO CRAZY, HOUSTON!!! pic.twitter.com/QCOSDExsSV— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 20, 2019
Posted on April 14, 2010June 21, 2017By: Dr. Jeremy Shiffman, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Member, MHTF Editorial CommitteeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force is looking to those working in maternal health to comment on the recent findings published in the Lancet that suggest a dramatic reduction in global maternal mortality.Dr. Jeremy Shiffman has a particular interest in the political dynamics of health and population policy-making in developing countries.I asked Jeremy to comment on the potential implications, in terms of political priorities, of the recent Lancet publication.His response:I think an equally interesting question is what caused the drop – if the drop is as great as is reported – and especially the relative role of factors connected to human agency such as advocacy, government maternal health interventions and donor support for projects vis-a-vis factors connected to socioeconomic structure such as shifts in women’s educational levels, urbanization, diffusion of knowledge, etc – and the interactions between structure and agency. The maternal health field tends to emphasize agency over changes in socioeconomic structure but I think we really need to consider the latter as well if want to make sense of this. All of this presents a major research agenda and I predict people will be coming out of the woodwork to promote their favorite explanatory factor.From what I’m hearing this report is going to get much attention and may have political implications (scientific and epidemiological discoveries frequently elicit political reactions, however much scientists/epidemiologists wish they would not). It will be interesting to observe how this unfolds. It may function like a Rorschach test: what people say about the findings may reveal some of the deeper beliefs, values and interests they embrace.For more from Dr. Shiffman, click here to listen to a podcast of his recent presentation on Issue Ascendance in Global Health: The Case of Newborn Survival.Let us know what you think! Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
World Cup Moses, Iheanacho & Mikel key to Nigeria’s World Cup chances – West Jean-Charles Danrée Last updated 1 year ago 17:32 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Nigeria African All Stars The former defender is concerned about the level of experience in Gernot Rohr’s squad for the tournament in Russia Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho and John Obi Mikel are Nigeria’s most important players at the World Cup, former international defender Taribo West says.The trio played an integral role for Nigeria as they qualified for this summer’s tournament by finishing top of their qualifying group ahead of Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria.Nigeria will be appearing at their sixth World Cup, but have not made it beyond the last 16 in previous tournaments and have been drawn in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. 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 Gernot Rohr, whose squad is the youngest at the tournament, will see his team get their campaign underway on Saturday against Croatia, and West has pinpointed the players he feels will be key to the team’s chances in Russia.“Players like Victor, Iheanacho, Obi Mikel have demonstrated their qualities,” West told Goal. “And the advantage of this selection is to have a very experienced coach in Gernot Rohr. He knows the highest level. We rely a lot on him, on his experience.“It’s a team that does not have a lot of experienced players. We do not have big, big players. But I think Rohr has worked hard. Collectively, I find them very strong. It’s a young, fresh team.“We have talent and are mentally strong. But I repeat, these players, apart from a few of them, need to acclimatise to the highest level. ‘European experience’ is missing in this squad.”West was part of the Nigeria team which reached the second round of the 1998 World Cup before they were knocked out by Denmark in France.Reflecting on Nigeria’s chances this time around, he added: “It’s a very difficult group.“Croatia is a very high-level team at the moment. They have very strong players. Then Iceland, it is not a team that should be neglected. We saw what they did during the European Championship in France. And then there is Argentina which is a team used to playing in the biggest international competitions.“I don’t think Nigeria will do miracles. After Victor Moses and Obi Mikel, which player does the team have? Collectively, physically, too, Nigeria is strong, but there are not many great players. There are just good players. I think they will try to play on those strengths.”
World Cup ‘You’ll see the best of Hazard later’ – Eden predicts strong World Cup Sacha Pisani 03:52 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Belgium v Panama Panama Belgium Eden Hazard Thibaut Courtois praised Eden Hazard during the pre-match build-up and the Belgium superstar replied following the team’s Group G victory. Eden Hazard joked his best will come later in the World Cup after his important role in Belgium’s 3-0 win over Panama on Monday.Hazard combined with Kevin De Bruyne to set up Romelu Lukaku’s first goal and teed up the Manchester United striker for his second, as title contenders Belgium opened their Group G campaign in tough but victorious fashion at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.A lot of the pre-match build-up centred on Hazard and his form, with Belgium and Chelsea team-mate Thibaut Courtois saying the reported Real Madrid target was in the best shape of his career. 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 Asked about Courtois’ comments afterwards, a smiling Hazard said: “He wants to give me confidence!”No, I do feel in a good moment. The pre-World Cup was good and I had some good games in the friendlies. I was good today but I can do better. I think you will see the best of Eden Hazard later.He added: “I can do better. [I got a] nice assist, but usually when I pass to Romelu, he scores, so it’s not that difficult to get an assist sometimes. It was a good performance by the team, but we can all do better.”Hazard walked through the mixed zone with his left leg strapped after receiving some physical treatment from debutants Panama.The 27-year-old attacker was targeted by Panama throughout the first half, the Belgian superstar noticeably hobbling after a robust challenge.Hazard, unperturbed, emerged from the interval and helped inspire Belgium following a frustrating and scoreless opening period, Panama’s stubborn resistance broken by Dries Mertens’ stunning volley at the start of the second half.”We knew it would be physical. People were saying that Belgium would win every game easily but it’s not like this. They have good players, strong players, they play to their strengths, and that’s why we had some little problems in the first half. But at the end of the game, we won 3-0, so we have to be happy,” Hazard continued.”I think they gave everything. When the ball was between a Panama and Belgium player, the Panama player won the duel. In this type of game, you need to be stronger than the team in front of you and we were in the second half.”We spoke at half-time and said that we need to keep playing. The pitch was a little bit slow, so it wasn’t easy to find other players or play the ball quickly. But we kept trying and we scored some goals in the end.”
Transfers Wolves sign Portugal goalkeeper Patricio following Sporting resignation Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:25 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Wolverhampton Wanderers Sporting CP Premier League The 30-year-old, who is currently away on World Cup duty, has penned a four-year contract with a side preparing for life back in the Premier League Promoted Premier League side Wolves have signed Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio on a four-year contract.Patricio, 30, leaves Primeira Liga side Sporting CP to make the move to Molineux, becoming Wolves’ second new signing of the transfer window in a deal subject to international clearance.His arrival follows that of Raul Jimenez, who joined on loan from Benfica last week. 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 Patricio made 460 appearances for Sporting and kept 179 clean sheets, winning the Taca de Portugal twice and the Taca da Liga this past season.However, his time at Sporting ended in acrimony as he terminated his own contract in the aftermath of attack by a section of the club’s supporters at the end of last season after they missed out on qualification for the Champions League.Sporting have opened legal proceedings against Patricio and six other players.He is Portugal’s first-choice goalkeeper and helped them to their first major trophy at Euro 2016.On duty with Portugal at the World Cup, Patricio will look to ensure Wolves avoid an immediate return to the Championship having won promotion in comfortable fashion in 2017-18.Wolves finished top of England’s second tier with 99 points, finishing nine clear of Cardiff City in second and 11 ahead of third-placed Fulham, who won the play-off final to join the top two in the Premier League.