Oklahoma State looks primed for an exciting — possibly historic — season with all kinds of talent returning on both sides of the ball. To start off, they’ll face one of the more competitive non-conference schedules they have in recent history, starting with in-state foe Tulsa.ParticularsWhen: September 2 (or August 31) at TBAWhere: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OklahomaLast Meeting: In 2011, Oklahoma State took care of the Golden Hurricane 59-33 in a game that went well into the next morning thanks to some extended weather delays.Oklahoma State is 39-27-5 against the Golden Hurricane all time but has won five straight dating back to 1999 and 15 of the last 20 meetings between their other in-state rival.This year’s season opener is the first of four on the slate against Tulsa. They are not scheduled for 2018 but will have games in 2019, 2020 and 2021.The Golden Hurricane is coming off of its own 10-win season, which culminated with in their 55-10 shellacking of you know who. That certain team who was a awarded a certain victory in Stillwater last year that a certain coach would like to ignore.But the 10-win mark is about as far as the similarities go between these two teams. Oklahoma State returns their ace QB and possibly the most talented receiving corps in college football. Tulsa will be without their three-year starting signal caller and two 1,000-yard wide receivers from last year.OffenseWe know Philip Montgomery can coach offense. The question is whether or not he has a quarterback that can run his high-powered style. Dane Evans departed as the school’s all-time passing leader. In his wake there appears to be a two-man QB competition that has not been decided.Junior Chad President got most of the first-team reps in the spring but it was Luke Skipper that had the statement spring game. The redshirt freshman went 16 of 24 for 173 yards and two scores. Montgomery said he’ll hold off on naming his starter until this fall.DefenseOn defense, Tulsa lost three of its top five tacklers and some serious strength in run defense. They’ll have to replace Trent Martin who led the way with 100 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and a sack. The middle linebacker was a force in passing game too with five pass breakups and two interceptions last season.The cupboard isn’t quite bare on the back end, though. Strong safety Jeremy Brady has exhausted his eligibility but the Hurricane returns some depth in secondary headlined by Kerwin Thomas who contributed for nine pass breakups and an INT, as well as free safety Jordan Mitchell who had nine of his own breakups.ConclusionTulsa, though reloading, will be a good test for Oklahoma State to start the year. Will Mike Gundy and Co. try to play down to the competition and go run-heavy based on the projected strength of Tulsa, or will they try to run over the Golden Hurricane? The Cowboys have had issues with starting slow especially early in the season and against lesser competition.They have too much to lose heading into Rudolph’s last season than to repeat those type of mistakes. We’ll learn more about Oklahoma State than Tulsa in this one. Are the Cowboys ready to take the next step? Blowing the doors off of a rebuilding (reloading?) Tulsa team would be a huge step in the right direction.Key MatchupOklahoma State’s strength is undoubtedly their passing attack. Can the Cowboys get down the field early and often against the strength of Tulsa’s defense — its secondary. They don’t force a ton of turnovers but they’re experienced. And they’re Tulsa’s only shot at slowing down the Cowboys.Summer PredictionOklahoma State should win handily. I’d say in the 38-24 range. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
OSU has survived the cut from 9 schools to 4 for Louisiana safety Israel Mukuamu. The three-star prospect announced his final four schools on Monday which included Florida State, OSU, South Carolina and Indiana.Mukuamu, a Parkway High School recruit, holds nearly 20 offers from the likes of Florida, Ole Miss, Purdue and others. The big-bodied, 6-4 safety is set to make his final decision on July 24 in a commitment ceremony at his old school in South Carolina.AdChoices广告“When I went up there,” Mukuamu said of his recent visit to OSU, “Coach Gundy sat me in his office and told me he that he thinks I’m the guy for the program and that no matter what they’re going to keep a spot for me. They’re just waiting on me. Coach Hammerschmidt actually compares me to the safety there now, Tre Flowers. He said I could potentially come in early, play early and be the next him because he’s looking for another tall DB like him to play that strong safety position.”Mukuamu says he’s looking for a place that features a sports medicine program that fits him, but more importantly, he’s looking for the right fit as a program.“A coaching staff and football team that’s really family-based,” said Mukuamu. “It’s all about family to them. Education and a place I can play early and win championships.”After a late offer and surge in his recruitment, Florida State is the presumed favorite in his recruitment, especially after making consecutive visits to Tallahassee in mid-June. We’ll see if safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt has some tricks up his sleeve to even the game before he makes his final decision. 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.
A big shout out to our photographer Jackson Lavarnway who pulled double duty on Saturday shooting the morning practice as well as the fan appreciation day in the afternoon with player availability after that. It was a fun (but long) day, and he did an awesome job. He’ll be shooting games for us all season.Here is a look at some of his work (you can follow him on Twitter at @TheLavarnway).AdChoices广告 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.
Tottenham Hotspur ‘It’s getting boring!’ – Dier lauds record-setting Kane after late Tottenham winner at Crystal Palace Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 23:26 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Premier League The midfielder was full of praise for his Spurs colleague after the game with the striker having netted his 150th goal in club football Eric Dier joked that Harry Kane’s record-setting goals are “getting boring” after the Tottenham striker snatched an 88th-minute winner against Crystal Palace.Kane made amends for squandering a golden opportunity early in the second half with a superb header late on at Selhurst Park, with the 1-0 victory taking Tottenham into the top four in the Premier League.It also marked the England forward’s 150th goal in club football, and Dier was full of praise for his record-breaking team-mate. 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 “It’s getting boring isn’t it, he just keeps getting the records. But he’s a class act, he just keeps getting the goals at vital moments,” Kane told BBC Sport.”We like to leave it late here every year, we’re just really happy to get the goal. I think we thoroughly deserved it, we had so many chances.”Tottenham dominated throughout on Sunday, and only the fine form of Wayne Hennessey and unusual profligacy in front of goal from Kane prevented Mauricio Pochettino’s side going ahead much earlier.Kane, as ever, came up with the goods in the end, though, but the 24-year-old claimed he was unaware of the milestone his goal marked.”I didn’t even realise to be honest. I just want to keep scoring and help the team win games,” he said.”We left that very late. I thought it wasn’t going to be our day, because we had a few chances, especially me, and Serge Aurier had one at the end too, but we kept going until the end and eventually got our rewards.“We had a tough patch, with a few tough games recently, now we have to keep that momentum going.”While Tottenham’s performance certainly warranted a goal, it was harsh on Palace, who put in a determine backs-to-the-wall display.Already with a lengthy injury list to contend with, Roy Hodgson’s woes were compounded late on when defender James Tomkins hobbled off – Kane delivering the final blow moments later, and Patrick van Aanholt could not hide his disappointment.”We were right in the game until the end, so we’re very disappointed, there’s not a lot we can say,” the former Sunderland defender said.”Defensively we played very well as a team, but now we just have to look ahead to the next game.”
PSG PSG have €222m in the physio’s room! – Marseille’s Garcia gloats after Neymar injury Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:21 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG Coupe de France PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Neymar Videos The Brazilian suffered a cracked metatarsal during a 3-0 win over PSG’s Classique rivals, leading Garcia to suggest their spending was useless Marseille boss Rudi Garcia mocked Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer policy and reliance on Neymar ahead of Wednesday’s Coupe de France showdown at the Parc des Princes.PSG beat their rivals 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday but the victory was soured by Brazil star Neymar suffering a broken metatarsal.Garcia told a news conference ahead of the rematch that his opposite number Unai Emery still had plenty of options when it came to hurting Marseille but suggested the world-record spend on Neymar might have left PSG short in other areas. 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 “If there is no Neymar, there will be [Angel] Di Maria,” he said. “We will see if [Kylian] Mbappe and [Edinson] Cavani play when there is the Real Madrid game the week after.”It is a team built to win the Champions League. If they do not, it will be failure.”They have invested €400million, including €222m that is in the physio’s room.”PSG captain Thiago Silva accused Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet of saying he wanted to hurt Neymar before the latter’s injury in a challenge with Bouna Sarr.Marseille defender Adil Rami insisted he had sought to stay away from such controversy after Sunday’s match.”I don’t know if the media are talking too much about Neymar. When I get home, I start my Playstation,” he said.”Without him, PSG will be another team but they remain a great team with a big bench. We cannot celebrate the misfortunes of a player.”
Basel ‘We will only celebrate when we are champions’ – Ederson not getting carried away by treble talk Alex Fisher 00:01 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Basel Manchester City v Basel Manchester City UEFA Champions League The Brazilian goalkeeper admits that the players are eager to remain focused on the challenges ahead rather than bask in their previous victories Manchester City may be champions elect and favourites to win a treble, but Ederson insists their focus will not slip.Having already lifted the EFL Cup, City are 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League – meaning they are rapidly closing in on a first league title of Pep Guardiola’s reign.In the Champions League, City thrashed Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie and are expected to coast into the quarter-finals on Wednesday. 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 All the talk of a treble has been played down by goalkeeper Ederson, though, who insists complacency will not creep into the City camp in the closing weeks of the campaign.”The players are very calm and all we’re thinking of is to keep doing our best, keep our concentration and the momentum going,” he told the Man City website.”We will only celebrate when we are champions and not before.”We are focused on our next challenge now, the Champions League, but we can’t feel comfortable at all, we must always be careful and doubtful.”For us the key is to keep on working hard to be focused, like we have been doing this season, that’s how we get to win games.”Ederson has been a revelation for City since arriving from Benfica, usurping Claudio Bravo and establishing himself as number one – keeping 13 clean sheets in the league along the way.”I am feeling very well and the whole team too,” he added. “We are playing amazing football.”
The Cowboys earned the victory over TCU in a wild one on Saturday. PFB photographer Jackson Lavarnway was on hand and captured the most memorable moments from the Cowboys’ sixth win. Here are some of his best shots. 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.
The two 12’s divisions finished their round games early on Thursday morning before going into playoff games. In the 12’s Boys division, New South Wales finished the round games on top of the ladder, undefeated after its five games. Queensland, Northern Territory and the ACT finished in second, third and fourth place respectively. In Thursday’s playoff games, New South Wales defeated the Northern Territory, 11-6, while the ACT defeated South Australia 11-3. In tomorrow’s playoff games, Queensland will play the Northern Territory in playoff game three, Tasmania will play South Australia in playoff game four, New South Wales will meet Queensland in playoff game five, while the ACT will play Tasmania in playoff game six. In the 12’s Girls division, Queensland finished on top of the ladder following the round games, with five wins from their five games. New South Wales placed second with four wins, with the ACT finishing in third place on the ladder and the Northern Territory finished fourth. In Thursday’s playoff games, Queensland were 13-1 touchdown winners over the ACT, while the Northern Territory defeated Tasmania 11-2. Friday’s playoff games will see New South Wales play the ACT in playoff game three, South Australia will meet Tasmania in playoff game four, Queensland will battle it out against New South Wales in playoff game five and the Northern Territory and South Australia will play in playoff game six. In the 15’s divisions, Queensland has finished on top of the ladder in both the Boy’s and Girl’s division, with both sides finishing the round games undefeated. In the 15’s Boys division, New South Wales finished in second place, the ACT finished in third place, while Western Australia also made the finals, finishing in fourth place on the ladder. In Friday’s semi finals, Queensland will play Western Australia, while New South Wales meet the ACT, with both games to be played at 8.55am. In the Plate Grand Final, South Australia will play Victoria, while Tasmania will battle it out against the Northern Territory in the playoff for seventh and eighth places. The playoff for third and fourth will be played at 11.40, with the Grand Final of the 15’s Boys division to be played at 1.30pm. In the 15’s Girls division, New South Wales finished second on the ladder behind Queensland, followed by South Australia in third and the ACT in fourth place on the ladder. In Friday’s semi finals at 8.00am, Queensland will play the ACT, while New South Wales will play South Australia. The Plate Grand Final will be played at 9.50am and will see Tasmania and the Northern Territory battle it out, while Victoria and Western Australia will playoff for seventh and eighth places also at 9.50am. The playoff for third and fourth will be played at 11.40, with the 15’s Girls Grand Final to be played at 1.30pm. For more news, scores and information, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-118837-0&sID=188469
World Cup ‘Everyone in Egypt is together’ – Salah denies reports of World Cup conflict after Russia defeat Patrick Gleeson Last updated 1 year ago 02:55 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Egypt Mohamed Salah Russia v Egypt Russia African All Stars The 26-year-old struck a late penalty against Russia but it proved too little, too late as the Egyptians fell to a second defeat in as many games Mohamed Salah has denied reports of conflict between Egypt’s World Cup squad after losing to Russia 3-1 on Tuesday and effectively being knocked out of the competition after just two games.Salah proved the hero for Egypt during World Cup qualifying as he struck an injury-time penalty against Congo to secure his country a spot in the finals for the first time since 1990. The Liverpool forward missed the opening game of the tournament, however, after dislocating his shoulder during the Reds’ Champions League final encounter with Real Madrid on May 26. 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 Egypt fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in their opener without Salah, though he would return to action for their following fixture against tournament hosts Russia.Salah became only the third player to score for Egypt at a World Cup finals, after Abdelrahman Fawzi (1934) and Magdy Abed El Ghani (1990), when he converted a second-half penalty in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.The goal was merely a consolation, though, as Russia secured a 3-1 victory to see them take another step towards the round of 16.Following the result, reports surfaced that the country’s showing in their first two games had caused conflict between the players, staff and the fans watching at home.But Salah was quick to shut down the speculation.”Everyone in Egypt is together and there is absolutely no conflicts between us,” Salah shared on his Twitter account. “We respect each other and the relationship is best.”Struggling for fitness after that setback in the Champions League final, Salah has rarely been out of the headlines before and during the World Cup – and not just because of his injury.Ahead of the tournament the Egypt talisman had been photographed with controversial Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, with human-rights campaigners claiming that the former rebel was using the Liverpool forward for publicity purposes.Kadyrov also denied that he was in any way involved in the defeat to Russia, with the Egypt squad based in the Chechen capital Grozny between World Cup matches.He was delighted with Russia’s win and insisted that he had no influence on the result, claiming he did not sabotage Egypt’s World Cup campaign.”I had nothing to do with it, it’s all down to the Russian players, their professionalism, and of course our belief in their victory,” Kadyrov wrote on the Telegram messenger service, as quoted by ftbl.ru.Shortly after the match Kadyrov issued a statement congratulating the ‘main fan of Russia’s national team’ President Vladimir Putin, praising his countrymen and particularly those in Chechnya who had supported the team.”First of all, the Chechens cheered for the Russian national team, then our players,” Kadryov said. “And, of course, Egypt has become our home team. “I want to congratulate the most important fan – the president of the country, who created the conditions for us, raised Russia, put us on a new level and did everything for Russia to show itself in sport, industry, everywhere, everywhere. We rise.”Liverpool star Salah was named Premier League Player of the Season, PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the African Footballer of the Year during the 2017-18 campaign, while also claiming the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals.
World Cup England boosted by Southgate’s ‘new revolution’, says Lingard Dom Farrell 23:38 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup England Colombia v England Colombia The Three Lions boss’ commitment to youth and a defined style of play his lifted England to new heights, according to the midfielder Jesse Lingard has credited England manager Gareth Southgate with overseeing a “revolution” that has brought a feel-good factor back to the national side.England face Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup in Moscow on Tuesday, aiming to win their first knockout game at a major competition since 2006.Set up in Southgate’s bold 3-1-4-2 formation, the Three Lions scored eight goals over the course of group wins against Tunisia and Panama before a heavily rotated line-up were beaten 1-0 by Belgium. 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 Lingard’s superb long-range strike in the 6-1 thumping of Panama is the pick of England’s goals in Russia so far and the 25-year-old Manchester United midfield’s all-action approach makes him a vital cog in clearly defined playing style.”It feels like a new revolution. The manager has come in with great ideas and a great idea of how he wants us to play,” he told a news conference at England’s Repino base.”The formation suits us perfectly and as a group of lads, it’s a youthful squad but we’ve still got them experienced players in there and the team spirit is amazing at the moment – everyone has come together and really bonding. “We’re excited, we’re enjoying the World Cup and we have just got to keep going now.”Jesse Lingard scattering the pins #ENG #WorldCup @OmnisportNews @OmnisportWC pic.twitter.com/Si28tvaHFJ— Dom Farrell (@DomFarrell1986) July 1, 2018Lingard’s status as a seemingly locked-in starter in England’s best XI might have seemed far fetched as recently as a year ago.However, his development under Jose Mourinho stands as one of the success stories of the Portuguese’s reign at Old Trafford and Lingard is grateful to his club manager.”He’s been great with me,” he said. “He’s put that trust and faith in me to play me in big matches and week in, week out. “It was only up to me then to repay that faith by playing well and putting in performances. “He’s played a massive part in my development and I can only thank him for that.”England are undertaking penalty practice in training, with the possibility of having to improve upon a dismal record of six defeats in seven tournament shoot-outs now on the horizon.Asked whether a preferred list of five penalty takers had been put together, Lingard replied: “Not at this current moment. Of course, we are practicing after training.”There’s not really a set five yet. Everyone is confident enough to be get and take one.”