Motor racing-Tyre choice is not so hard, says Pirelli chief

first_imgFormula One fans will see Pirelli’s new super-hard tyre on track this season only if the sport’s sole supplier has got its sums wrong.Mario Isola, the Italian company’s motorsports head, told Reuters that lap times were likely to keep on tumbling in 2018 thanks to softer compounds.Pirelli has added hyper-softs and super-hards to its ‘rainbow’ range of seven compounds, with the sidewalls colour-coded for easy recognition.Isola said the hardest was only included as an insurance policy, however.”The current hard tyre, the light blue, is the medium level of last year,” he explained at the Autosport International show in Birmingham.”We are not going to use the super-hard, but we wanted to homologate this just as a backup.”We want to keep it in the range because if we under-estimate for any reason the development of the cars then maybe we need to move one step on the other side.”Isola said accurate simulations provided by teams in the past meant that was unlikely to happen, but Barcelona — the fifth race of the year — would be the first real test of the tyres.”If in Barcelona we understand that the hard tyre is degrading too much, we can evaluate to introduce the super-hard in Silverstone or Suzuka,” he said. “But honestly it is quite a remote possibility.”Isola said Pirelli had actually homologated 10 compounds at the end of 2016 when the rules changed and there was more uncertainty about the new-specification fatter tyres.Those compounds were a new ‘family’ from previous ones that had been criticised by drivers for high wear.advertisementTWO-STOP STRATEGYIsola said the target for 2018 was a general two-stop strategy.”To have a three-stop race you should have compounds with very high degradation. Very high degradation is not something that the drivers like… when they push on the tyre, the tyre loses performance,” he said.”We believe two stops is the right compromise. But again it will depend a lot on the tyre degradation.”Pirelli’s 2018 range of tyres go from super-hard through hard, medium, soft, super-soft, ultra-soft and hyper-soft with the pink-walled latter’s designation decided by a fan vote.Harder tyres are slower on a lap but longer lasting while softer ones are quicker but lose performance sooner. Three tyre types are selected for each race, with different requirements from circuit to circuit.Isola dismissed a suggestion that the rash of names and colours was confusing at a time when the sport is trying to become more accessible.He said Pirelli had debated just using three names — hard, medium and soft — regardless of which of the seven compounds are actually used but decided that would be dumbing down the sport.”The point is, are we giving the right message to the spectators?,” he said. “We are saying we are going to Monte Carlo, Silverstone, Monza and Suzuka with the same three compounds.”We can explain they are different but the message for spectators watching on television is that we have three compounds we can use anywhere. It’s not Formula One.”Formula One has different setups for each different circuit, different aero parts and wings and floors. It is the top of technology so also the tyres must be the top of technology.”Isola said it might take a few races to adapt but “spectators are not stupid.””Formula One fans know everything about the cars, about the tyres, the drivers. It is really not too difficult to understand when you have three different compounds,” he added.The season starts in Australia on March 25.last_img read more

OSU Raises $94,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer

first_imgProminent 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, 2017last_img read more

The Reload: Tight End Pledge Praises Gundy, Top CB Target on Commitment Watch

first_imgAs it stands, however, TCU is considered the favorite here. And that could especially be the case after OSU added 2018 cornerback Gabe Lemons to the fold this week.Three-star tight end pledge rock solid despite interest elsewhereLong-time OSU tight end pledge Nic McTear has seen his recruitment skyrocket after committing to the Cowboys, but he’s rock solid with his commitment.In an interview with Scout.com this week, McTear says it’s the Gundy factor that has kept him committed and solid.“It’s coach (Mike) Gundy,” McTear said. “He keeps it real. He is consistent too. He has been there for like the last 10 years. Every single year they go to a bowl game and they just keep it simple. He is just everything you want in a coach.I feel like I am firm where I am at. I feel like I will go there for sure unless something major happens. Other than that I don’t think I am going to be going anywhere else.”McTear has garnered offers from TCU, LSU, Auburn, Miami and others, but with all that interest he has remained firm in his commitment. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.Junior college defensive tackle standout visitingFour-star junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey will be making an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State this weekend, he announced this week. Humphrey’s ranked as one of the best junior college prospects in the Class of 2018 — regardless of position.AdChoices广告The Hutchison C.C. standout is a 6-6, 350-pound mauler with 25 scholarship offers in hand from Texas A&M, Arkansas, OU, Florida State, Alabama and others. He is originally from Klein Oak, Texas.OSU’s top cornerback target on commitment watchSlidell, Louisiana cornerback Eddie Smith announced Thursday evening that he will be making his college commitment on Friday night. Smith recently visited OSU where he came away singing praises of the school he undoubtedly included in his top 3.“I loved it honestly,” Smith said. “I had no idea the school was that beautiful. I fell in love with the campus.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Boone: Ranking My Top Five Uniform Combinations from 2016

first_imgBefore we begin the 2017 football season with new uniform combinations, what better time than the present to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on the best uniform combinations from 2016?Like Cox and Barber have done before me, I’ve got my list ready to roll. And thanks to some assists from our Chief Uniform Officer and social media savant Justin Southwell (who told me any list was good so long as the orange-white-gray Kansas game combo was left off), I’m feeling confident in my top five list from the 2016 season.Let’s do it!5. Texas: Black (Marshal Badge)/Black/BlackAdChoices广告The reverse stormtrooper look slayed me when the Pokes rolled this one out for Texas. The black-black-black is killer (and I imagine it’s killer to wear in 80-plus degree weather), and it’s good on so many levels. The badge, the facemask, all of it.The chrome facemask (and the fact that it didn’t include the giant Pete) gave this one a slight edge over the true all-white stormtrooper look from the Baylor game.USATSI4. West Virginia: Black (Old School Brand)/Orange/WhiteThis wasn’t the most flashy combo — the matte black doesn’t exactly jump off the screen — but this was a solid top-to-bottom pairing with the bright orange top and classic white pants.Like Cox noted, the fact that they wore matching throwback socks to go with this get-up makes it 10x better. The socks perfectly complement the orange uni and make it pop. A solid homecoming combination if there were one!USATSI3. Central Michigan: Black (Pete)/Black/GrayI tried to work this one out for … obvious reasons. But I just couldn’t.I apologize to the traditionals who remind me gray is not a school color, but the gray pants were a perfectly subtle complement to the black helmet and black top. Throw in the chrome facemask with it all and it’s why it lands at No. 3 on my list.USATSI 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. 2. Pittsburgh: White (Marshal Badge)/Orange/WhiteGive me the badge!The white-orange-white is an OSU classic I can’t resist, and with the white lid and marshall badge it puts it near the top of the list for me for last season. Matching socks would have probably put this one at the top for me like my dude Hayden Barber ranked it.  This is just such a clean look.USATSI1. Oklahoma: Black (Paisley Marshal Badge)/White/BlackThe paisley helmet with orange facemask for the Alamo Bowl didn’t do much for me, but the same helmet with black facemask crushed when OSU rocked it for Bedlam.The paisley badge-white-black combo didn’t produce the best on-field results, obviously, but this was hands-down the best top-to-bottom combo for 2016 in my opinion. It’s traditional with just enough flash to really jump off the field.Look at it!USATSIlast_img read more

The top 15 transfer targets in Serie A

first_imgTransfers Alisson, Milinkovic-Savic & 15 summer transfer targets from Serie A this summer Mark Doyle Last updated 1 year ago 16:10 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alisson Milinkovic-Savic Getty Images/Goal Transfers Serie A Chelsea Liverpool Ligue 1 Bundesliga Premier League Primera División Milan Juventus Internazionale Lazio Roma Barcelona Real Madrid PSG Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal Opinion With the summer window set to open in just three months, Goal looks at the players presently attracting the most attention in Italy’s top flightlast_img read more

McTominay earns first Scotland call-up

first_imgManchester United Man Utd youngster McTominay earns first Scotland call-up Nicholas McGee 20:30 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) McTominay-Cropped Getty Images Manchester United Scotland Premier League Having opted against representing England, the midfielder has been named in Alex McLeish’s first squad having replaced Gordon Strachan in February Manchester United midfieder Scott McTominay has earned his first Scotland call-up for their upcoming friendlies with Costa Rica and Hungary.The 21-year-old is eligible for both Scotland and England, with his emergence under Jose Mourinho leading to much conjecture over which nation he should choose to play for. Lancaster-born McTominay has previously stated he sees his international future with the country of his father and reportedly pledged to represent Scotland this month following a meeting Alex McLeish. 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 he is in line to make his debut for Scotland after McLeish included him as one of six new faces in his first squad since being re-appointed as manager in February.Jon McLaughlin, Barry Douglas, Dylan McGeouch, Scott McKenna and Oliver McBurnie also receive their first call-ups.Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie, Fulham captain Tom Cairney and Rangers’ Russell Martin have been recalled to the squad.Scotland face Costa Rica on March 23 at Hampden Park before travelling to Budapest to take on Hungary four days later.McLeish was appointed for a second time after Gordon Strachan was unable to lead them to the World Cup finals. Scotland have not featured at a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage.Scotland squad: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Allan McGregor (Hull City), Jon McLaughlin (Hearts); Barry Douglas (Wolves), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Russell Martin (Rangers), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Celtic); Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian), John McGinn (Hibernian), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Jamie Murphy (Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle); Ryan Christie (Aberdeen), Jason Cummings (Rangers), Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley), Matt Phillips (West Brom).last_img read more

Reader Response: Wins Separate Weeden from Rudolph in the Pantheon

first_imgI became immediately concerned for our server space shortly after Marshall Scott wrote the following words on his look back at the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.Weeden finished with 399 yards, three passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown to Andrew Luck’s 347 yards and two touchdowns. I think I’m ready to say Weeden is the No. 2 quarterback in program history behind Mason Rudolph. By fractions. [PFB]Thankfully the servers held, and the reaction was actually [squints hard and stares into the distance] what is that … cordial? There were comments because there are always comments, but the discussion was good. One of the best responses I saw was this email from Kurt, who, like me, says Weeden > Rudolph.At QB, wins matter. You’re the captain of the ship. Stats matter at lots of positions, but wins are the measuring stick for greatness. For this reason alone MJ is the GOAT too. Dont @ me youngsters. Six championships, no finals losses, no game sevens either. Wins matter more than stats and longevity.I have seen a lot of QBs at OSU. Gundy was my first. I was 9. Now at 40, having seen 31 years of OSU football, I have concluded that wins matter. And memorable wins matter the most. Because of that Weeden is the GOAT at QB.Weeden in two years and one game went 24-3 with two of the program’s biggest wins ever, a Big 12 conference title and a BCS win against No. 4 Stanford. He had two seasons of 4200+ yards and had 34 TDs to 13 INT each year. His worst loss was at ISU(* forever). Also memorable wins at No. 8 ATM, UT, and the Route 66 at Tech. Probably had the best 2nd half debut at QB on national television until Tua. Rudulph had three losses in each of his three full seasons. His best win was vs. No. 5 TCU at home. His TD-INT ratio was better than BW’s but he only had one season with more than 4200 yards. Rudolph had a handful of not great losses. CMU (more **) being the worst. Stats are comparable, his wins aren’t.Mason was great. Heck, my parents named their new golden retriever puppy Mason. But he isn’t the GOAT.And if you ask me who Is No. 2, I’d say Zac. He did more with less talent overall and he had huge wins that changed the trajectory of the program. At Nebraska (their worst home loss EVER at the time), UGA to open BPS officially, and the best road win that put OSU clearly on the map, No. 3 Mizzou in Columbia.I love this. It’s a good reminder for those of us that go straight for the stats. Wins do matter, and Weeden won some monsters. The Rudolph truthers will point out that Weeden had Blackmon and a killer offensive line — both of which are true — but as Kurt pointed out, he very nearly won every single game he played at quarterback. There was almost no room for any improvement. I spent three years of Mason’s career hollering about how good he was, but even I can admit this … Weeden was (at least a little and maybe a lot) better as a quarterback for OSU. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Finals Places Decided at School Sport Australia Championships

first_imgThe 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=188469last_img read more

‘Ozil could quit Germany after World Cup’

first_imgMesut Özil Uncomfortable Ozil could quit Germany after World Cup, Matthaus suggests Goal 19:56 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Germany 2018 Getty Images Mesut Özil Germany Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden Sweden Mexico World Cup The Arsenal star has been criticised after his part in the world champions’ loss to Mexico and feels he could bring an end to his international career Mesut Ozil does not “identify” with the Germany national team and could retire from international football after the World Cup, former star Lothar Matthaus says.Along with the rest of the world champions, Ozil was the subject of criticism after starting their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico.Ex-Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg called on Joachim Low to drop Ozil for Reus when they line up for the second clash against Sweden, but Matthaus went further with his criticism. 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 “I often have the feeling that Ozil does not feel comfortable in the Germany jersey, that he is not free, almost as if he does not want to play at all,” the 1990 World Cup winner wrote in Bild. “There is no heart, no joy, no passion.”It does not seem impossible that he might withdraw from the national team after the World Cup.”For a year or two, Ozil has been much weaker and at a level that does not justify the free ticket Low gives him.”Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan created a controversy before the tournament when they appeared in a picture alongside Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Matthaus believes the Arsenal star does not realise how provocative it was.”Ozil did not understand why there are such great discussions in Germany about him. He is unaware of what the people in Germany expect from a national player, and that it would have been right, after the mistake of the Erdogan photo, to show commitment to Germany and to open up to the fans.”Matthaus continued his criticism of Germany in an article for Sky Sport, saying: “I don’t care about Mesut Ozil’s attitude towards the team and the fans or that he does not sing along with our national anthem. But I cannot understand why he does not consider it necessary to acknowledge the fans and clap briefly.”If you have already made a mistake, then such a gesture would have been a beautiful symbol towards the national team, but I feel he does not identify with this one. He gives the impression that he is in his own world and not part of this team.”Mesut Ozil Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618Matthaus did more than just hit out at Ozil after their disappointing start to the World Cup, saying they lacked all the strengths of a typical German team.”[There was] no pressing, no stability. The distances were so big that you were almost scared,” he added. “Especially the gaps between central defenders and midfielders. There should never be between 30 and 40 metres in between them. Our virtues were not there. Everything a German team has always been was non-existent.”The so-called Low regulars have abandoned our national coach. By that I mean above all Ozil, Sami Khedira and Thomas Muller.”last_img read more

Salah denies Egypt conflict after World Cup defeat

first_imgWorld 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) Mohamed Salah Egypt Russia World Cup 19062018 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.Salah - EgyptBut 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.last_img read more