Chalk Talk: Three Things to Take Away From the Spring Game

first_imgThe Oklahoma State spring game gave a glimpse of OSU fans what they could see in the upcoming 2017 season. Although the game plans of most spring scrimmages are fairly conservative, only using a handful of base plays, there were still some notable things that one might have noticed during the game. Here are three most noteworthy play observations in the Spring Game.Three Down/Four DownThe OSU defense has committed to using a more varied personnel in 2017. The Cowboys used some three-down fronts last season, and the recent hiring of Brian VanGorder has solidified their commitment to three-down sets. The Cowboys have clearly worked on three-down formations in the offseason. They used a nickel set on multiple occasions with the rush backer on the left side taking place of the end (most defenses will put their best pass rusher on the quarterback’s blind side).They also used a nickel set with two rush backers on each side and three lineman spaced between.This is a good sign for Cowboy fans. Last season, they used three-down sets conservatively, bringing it out in likely pass situations. There was little variety, but it makes sense considering they started using it mid-season. Now, they’ve added variety, and it’s not just for prevent situations anymore. Expect three-down sets to play a bigger role in the Cowboy defense next season.Y AlignmentA number of Cowboy fans thought that the OSU offense would minimize the cowboy back position in 2017 considering how many talented receivers they have. If the Spring Game was any indication, it’s not necessarily that the Cowboys aren’t using the cowboy back anymore.Rather, they’re adding more variation to the back’s alignment. The Orange team, for example, lined cowboy back Keenan Brown all over the field, often playing in the backfield, as a tight end and as a flexed receiver all in the same drive. The Black team did the same with Dawson Bassett on the first couple of drives.The Cowboys showed formations with the tight end flexed in the slot in both two-by-two and trips formations; in the latter, the cowboy back aligned on the line of scrimmage in both the inside slot, known as “trey” alignment, and in the outside slot, known as a “trio” alignment (terminology varies).When used correctly, flexed tight ends can be a headache to cover. If the strong-side linebacker plays the flexed end head up, then he leaves the box susceptible to the run. But if he stays in the box, then he has to leave the end uncovered before the snap which gives the offense an advantage in the passing game.If done correctly, this formational versatility should give opposing defenses headaches throughout the upcoming season, especially considering how quickly the Cowboys operate. Four-receiver sets are effective, but the use of a tight end in this fashion has its advantages as well.QB Run GameThe Cowboys’ run game looked slightly different than last season’s in the spring game. It almost appeared as if they reverted back to their 2015 ways. They put a big focus on the outside zone out of the shotgun, with no use of the pistol (which, as we’ve talked about before, allows backs to utilize their vision better in comparison to the shotgun).They used inside runs with a wing tight end, but there weren’t any available running lanes because of the extra linebacker in the box due to the tight end’s presence. Their only successful play was an inside zone read. Mason Rudolph converted a 4th-and-1 with it in the game’s first drive, and the play was used in the latter half of the game to open up holes up the middle for the running backs.This play is an example of something the Cowboys never do enough of, and that’s to run against a six-man box. Yes, cowboy backs can help in the run game, but they can also help spread a defense out as well. This play also signifies the possibility of using Mason Rudolph in the run game more in 2017. Could we see more plays like this? That’s currently unclear, but the Cowboys consistently used this play throughout all four quarters.The Spring Game in its entirety was fairly lackluster, as OSU fans should come to expect. Gundy isn’t one to show too much before the season starts, and rightfully so. Although the scrimmage itself wasn’t all that special, the game was telling of what we could see in the future. 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

League Wide: Cool It With the Playoff Woes

first_imgLet’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, 2017last_img read more

OSU’s Offense Needs to Improve in Red Zone Scoring

first_img20134.8610-3 Texas552193.98 YearRZ PassingRZ Pass TDsRZ INTsRZ Rushing TDsRZ TripsTotal RZ TDs 20094.439-4 Kansas321324.12 Iowa State411864.54 20164.5210-3 The 2010-2013 squads were very good which shouldn’t be a surprise because those teams had better offensive lines and, consequently, better running games. The outlier was that forgettable 2014 offense whose inconsistency along the offensive line was only outweighed by its inconsistency at quarterback. Zac Veatch started at guard.Aside from 2014, last year was the worst since 2009 in PPR. That decline can be partially attributed to the lack of a J.W. Walsh who was an ultra-efficient 10-of-22 (77.3 percent) with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone. He also added 13 rushing touchdowns inside the 20.Walsh called his own number 55 times (passing or running it himself) in the red zone in 2015 and came out with 21 touchdowns to show for it. Last year, Rudolph’s numbers were 68 snaps (excluding hand-offs) for 18 touchdowns and an interception. Nothing against QB1. That’s just not his game. The fact that he got close to Walsh’s numbers is actually kind of remarkable.Now that’s not to say this current version of the offense can’t be effective. It’s just a matter of playing to your potential and your personnel. Here’s the balance of red-zone scores the last two seasons. Oklahoma State may have the best offense in the Big 12. There’s a case to be made for best in the country.Let’s take inventory. You’ve go a senior Heisman candidate under center, a Biletnikoff favorite to one side and a bevy of skilled receivers to the other. An improved offensive line with returning starters and a big-time grad transfer to clear the way for a record-setting Freshman All-American running back who led all rookies in rushing yards last year.But in order to replicate (or exceed) the results of that landmark 2011 season, the offense will have to be elite. When asked about what he and the offense can do to get there, Mason Rudolph didn’t mince words.AdChoices广告“You can always be better in the red zone and the score zone,” said Rudolph. “There’s a lot of times last year, fade balls and incompletions there and different schemes. Decision-making is so key down there.“The ability to extend the play and get a couple of those scramble drill points down there in the score zone is key, and that’s something we’ve worked on.”Rudolph hit the nail right on the head. It’s an understated issue with an otherwise efficient offense. And it’s one that the Cowboys would like to improve on during fall camp.Last year, we talked about a stat I call points per red-zone attempt or “PPR.” It dives deeper into red-zone effectiveness than simple red-zone efficiency — the percentage of red-zone attempts that end in scores. “PPR” takes into account red-zone touchdowns over red-zone field goals. Simply put, six points are better than three. We take total points scored in the red zone and divide them by number of red-zone attempts.Here’s a look at each Big 12 team last season. 20154.7510-3 Baylor602434.05 20104.8711-2 Oklahoma592794.73 20084.749-4 Rudolph is never going to be J.W. Walsh — and that’s quite alright. There are other ways to be efficient in enemy territory. And fortunately for Rudolph his biggest boost in this department is 6-foot-4 and has been on a one-year hiatus.In 2015, Marcell Ateman caught five passes in the red zone and four of them ended with six points. Chris Lacy also fits that role going a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone last season. Jalen McCleskey, James Washington, Tyron Johnson. We know all the playmaking receivers at Rudolph’s disposal.Add in cowboy backs Britton Abbott and Sione Finefeuiaki who could play the punch-it-in fullback role and Keenen Brown who is another option in the passing game and Rudolph has no shortage of weapons once he sniffs the goal line.There’s not one simple answer and not one simple change. Maybe it comes from a natural progression in the offense. Either way, Oklahoma State needs to be better when it gets within striking distance and that could make all the difference in 2017. 201628/50 – 56%141296943 West Virginia572374.12 YearPPRRecord 20124.798-5 Oklahoma State693124.52 TeamRed-Zone TripsRed-Zone PointsPPR Kansas State623004.84 201540/70 – 57.1%200206040 TCU602434.05 20144.217-6 Texas Tech633094.90 As we see here, Oklahoma State was right in the middle of the pack in 2016. Tech, unsurprisingly, was very good thanks to its offensive system and Pat Mahomes. Kansas was right behind Oklahoma State but only made 32 trips into the red zone all season (yikes) to OSU’s league-leading 69.To put it into perspective, here’s a look at some prior years’ numbers for Oklahoma State. 20114.6112-1 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

Photos: Fan Appreciation Day in Stillwater

first_imgA 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.last_img read more

Matic: United can do big things

first_imgNemanja Matić Matic insists Manchester United can still do ‘big things’ Nicholas McGee 22:37 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matic-Cropped. 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.last_img read more

Goal Pressure Index Team of the Week

first_imgLeicester City v AFC Bournemouth Riyad Mahrez, Mo Salah and the Goal Pressure Index Team of the Week Goal 00:18 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Liverpool celebration Salah Mane Alexander Arnold Getty Images Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Liverpool v Newcastle United Manchester City v Chelsea Leicester City AFC Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur Huddersfield Town Liverpool Newcastle United Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The Liverpool star found the net once again to inspire his side to another win, while the Leicester man struck a fabulous last-minute equaliser Mo Salah did it once again. This was the sort of match in which this counter-attacking Liverpool side were supposed to struggle – but Newcastle United’s deep block simply couldn’t contain the magnificent Egypt international.Pouncing to open the scoring in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Rafa Benitez’ side, Salah set another record as he sailed to the top of Europe’s top five leagues by scoring in his 26th separate competitive club match this season. 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 His performance earned him a score of 90/100 on the Goal Pressure Index, presented by Sure and powered by Opta data, to make the Pressure Index Team of the Week.He is joined up front by Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, who struck a sensational 97th-minute free-kick to earn his side a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth, and Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son, who netted his eighth and ninth PL goals at Wembley this season to secure Spurs’ 2-0 win over Huddersfield.Son’s South Korean compatriot Ki Sung-yueng leads the midfield after he scored and assisted in a Premier League game for the first time since January 2014 (against Fulham for Sunderland) to inspire Swansea to a 4-1 over West Ham. Ki leads the Pressure Index overall this week, with a score of 97/100 as he came up trumps for the relegation-threatened Swans.Watch the video above to discover the full team.The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Best Shots from Oklahoma State’s 34-27 Win Over TCU

first_imgThe 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.3R1A20793R1A21053R1A21563R1A22333R1A22783R1A23893R1A25033R1A22033R1A21433R1A27183R1A32473R1A31483R1A3107-2_MG_18713R1A28313R1A2662-2_MG_18223R1A26343R1A3230 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

Good story – about lawyers!

first_imgI’ve gotten some inspiring email from the posts on writing this week. I wanted to share some strong writing shared by Samantha, a top ten fundraiser who participated in Six Degrees and personally got 405 people to donate to Bet Tzedek.Justice for Guillermo It reads like a scene from a Dickens novel: A 17-year-old sews labels on clothes for 70 hours a week, without lunch or rest breaks, earning three cents for each piece he completes. The year? 2006. The place? Downtown Los Angeles. Guillermo Martinez (name changed to protect client privacy) thought his job meant a chance to improve the lives of his mother and sisters in Guatemala. He didn’t realize that he would be physically abused and financially exploited. Fortunately for Guillermo, Bet Tzedek’s Employment Rights Project (ERP) exists. Becky Monroe, ERP Attorney, and Matthew DeCarolis, a Social Justice Fellow in our Valley office, took Guillermo’s case and recently won a $44,000 judgment for him. Guillermo is a slight young man of 5’5″. When he was hired, he was promised between two and six cents per clothing piece he completed. After a year on the job, Guillermo mustered the courage to question whether he was being credited with all of the pieces on which he labored. The floor manager’s response? To physically assault Guillermo and push him to the floor. Guillermo had to go to the hospital, and one year later, still receives treatments for his injury. Guillermo then came to Bet Tzedek for help in getting his owed wages. Each week, he earned an average of $230, averaging out to less than $3.50 per hour. Based upon the California minimum wage and overtime rules, Guillermo’s work week should have earned him nearly $600 per week. The Hearing Officer at the Labor Commissioner’s office conducted a hearing and reviewed all the evidence we presented. On cross-examination, the factory owner presented her defense: “If I paid minimum wage, then I could not make a profit.” In mid-March, Guillermo received the Hearing Officer’s decision: Guillermo is entitled to receive $44,000, covering all wages and breaks claimed plus applicable penalties. The owner has been put on notice that she must comply with minimum wage laws or face exposure to other wage claims like Guillermo’s.last_img read more

Photojournalist and Writer, Lee Karen Stow, Shares her Experiences in Documenting Women’s Health in Sierra Leone

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 9, 2010June 21, 2017By: Lee Karen Stow, Photojournalist, Writer and MHTF PartnerClick 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)Why do I return again and again to Sierra Leone?Well, my birthplace of Kingston upon Hull in the United Kingdom has for 30 years been officially twinned with Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, the aim being to promote cultural understanding and friendships. Despite this long-established link I, and others in Hull, knew nothing about the women trying to survive in our twin city. My first visit to Sierra Leone came in February 2007 to facilitate a photography exchange project that I had founded for women of our twin cities. A visual conversation if you like, sharing our lives through imagery and learning about each other.I hoped at least 10 women in Freetown would sign up for a series of classes in digital photography skills in order to make the project work. Around 55 women signed up. I was shocked. Women were (and still are) crying out for new skills, new learning, new ANYTHING, that would lift them out of poverty and give them hope for the future. I have travelled to many so-called ‘developing’ countries but never have I seen such poverty, such a hunger for a better life, as I did that February in Sierra Leone. Appalled at the low status of these women, the struggles they face daily, and the conditions in which many of them live, I was also struck by their spirit, resilience and determination and desire to be part of a world of equality and opportunity. There IS hope here, and lots of it and I try to photograph this and show it in the evolving body of work that is ‘42′.Is it as important to photograph hope as well as despair? I think yes, because hope draws a crowd and in turn, support. I see the way Amnesty and its partners have used some of the images from 42 to show that they ”believe the world’s women – and its children – deserve better”. I’ve also been encouraged by viewers of ’42’ who are keen to help these women, or who feel compelled to learn more.Maternal mortality is a big killer in Sierra Leone, and so my project encompasses the stories of women like Isatu, who I had begun to photograph, and who bled to death during pregnancy, aged just 35. Women like Julie, who I followed as she searched the cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, for the grave of her daughter Sylvia who died aged 23 a year ago, following complications in pregnancy. Women like Gladys, who carried a baby the full term, only to give birth to Lewis, a son who lived for just an hour. Young women, like Francess, Cecilia and Admire, who have yet to have children. Young women who fear becoming pregnant.Maternal mortality is high, but I also want to use this blog to report that the women in Sierra Leone tell me deaths from cervical cancer and breast cancer are also high. On my recent visit, Admire explained how she had found a lump in her breast and went to the doctor who gave her cream (at a cost) to rub on the lump. She is just 20. Will she be there when I return this summer? That is my hope.Lee Karen Stow is a freelance photojournalist and writer. Her recent project ‘42’ is a photographic documentary and written study paying tribute to the women of Sierra Leone, West Africa.Share this:last_img read more

Real Madrid deny €310m Neymar offer

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid deny making €310m Neymar offer to PSG Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Neymar PSG Real Madrid 2017-18 Getty/Goal Transfers Real Madrid Neymar Brazil PSG Barcelona World Cup Ligue 1 Primera División After reports on Spanish television suggested the club had made a world-record offer for Neymar, the Merengue denied the claims Real Madrid have issued a strong denial after reports in Spain claimed a world-record offer has been made to Paris Saint-Germain to buy Neymar.The Brazil superstar has been linked with Madrid ever since leaving LaLiga rivals Barcelona for PSG last August.PSG paid a world-record €222million to trigger Neymar’s release clause but, although the forward fired the club to a domestic treble, reports have indicated he has failed to settle in Paris. 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 Spanish public broadcaster TVE reported on Monday that Madrid have offered PSG €310m (£275m/$360m) to bring the Brazilian back to LaLiga.But Madrid quickly hit back at the claims with a statement that denied making any contact with PSG or Neymar over a possible blockbuster transfer.”Given the information issued tonight by TVE on a supposed offer of Real Madrid to PSG and player Neymar, Real Madrid said that this information is outright false,” the statement read.Comunicado Oficial.https://t.co/NaEgNMgMpF #RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/D1ZX2u1pZe — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 2, 2018 “Real Madrid has not made any kind of offer to PSG or the player. “Real Madrid is surprised that Spanish public television has been able to broadcast absolutely false information without anyone from this medium contacting any of the parties to check the alleged information that could easily have been denied.”last_img read more