Midseason Position Grades: Secondary

first_imgIf the poor play continues for these three upperclassmen, it may be time to give a younger corner such as Harper or Williams a shot at some playing time. We’ll learn a lot in a few weeks against Tech in Stillwater.SafetiesThis group, for my money, has played a bit better than the corners. Tre Flowers has been solid, especially lately, racking up eight tackles against Iowa State, to go with two breakups. He continues to be a physical presence at 6’3 and 200 lbs., and will be much needed in the upcoming Big 12 tilts.Senior Jordan Sterns has been a monster in the secondary and helping the running game, with an astounding 39 tackles (12 against Texas!), even missing the Iowa State game. The 2015 All-Big 12 second-teamer is well on his way to an all league honor this year, and the Cowboys will need him to be healthy and at his best if they are to have any shot at the Big 12 title, playing the slew of impressive QB’s they’ll see to end the year.The Pistols Firing Blog staff gave the secondary an aggregate grade of C+, which is the lowest for any positional group on the team. This looks to be the weakest link on the team, and if they play anything like they did the first six games of the season, this Cowboys team will lose several more games, no matter how many they score.2016gradesI’m concerned about this group but if they can find a way to pull it together and tighten things up, this defense will look completely different and could keep the Cowboys in the Big 12 title race well into November.Secondary Grade: C Alright, take a deep breath and grab an ice cold Coop… because we need to talk about the secondary. Six games in, and I don’t think there’s any doubt which of the positional groups has struggled the most in 2016. The Cowboys, for the most part, roll with two redshirt senior cornerbacks, a junior corner, a RS junior safety, and a senior safety, so lack of experience is not an excuse. Let’s start with the corners, the guiltiest party.CornerbacksComing into this season, I think the combination of a healthy Ashton Lampkin, Ramon Richards in his third season, and grad transfer Lenzy Pipkins (fun to say) seemed like a potentially solid group. They’ve had a boatload of starts between the three of them, and we even had two promising newcomers getting praise from Gundy himself behind them, in Rodarius Williams and Madre Harper.But through six games, this group ranks 103rd nationally in passing yards allowed, at 270 per game, and 14.34 per attempt. Yuck. This is a stat that Glen Spencer may be losing sleep over, because West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, and Oklahoma remain on the back end of this schedule. It’s also a group that has just four picks in six games.Lampkin, Richards, and Pipkins have all had their share of the blame, but perhaps the most jarring game of the season was Baylor. Ish Zamora continued his 2016 lifestyle theme of beating anything alive within 50 yards of him to a pulp for the world to see.Additionally, Lampkin and Richards both got beat multiple times on fairly basic double moves, which was kind of shocking for two guys that had multiple years of starting experience in the Big 12. Here’s one of them, with Chris Platt leaving Lampkin in his dust. 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

Midseason Position Grades: Wide Receivers

first_imgDown the depth chart, Jhajuan Seales appears to have taken another step forward for his 12th season in Stillwater. Even being third in production as far as yards, Seales has proven at times he can manage the role as a No. 1 wideout and has the physical tools to stretch the field. Being a No. 3 option, he isn’t given the same amount of opportunities, but he has already eclipsed his total yards from the 2015 season.On the other side of the spectrum, Chris Lacy has proven to be a formidable option but has really shown his worth in down field blocking.“Chris Lacy, in the last game (against Texas), was as impressive as any wide receiver that I’ve seen here at OSU in a very long time,” Gundy said following the Texas game about Lacy. “He reminded me of DeMarcus Conner, who used to just wear guys out (blocking downfield). And that’s what Lacy did.”The group as a whole is very well rounded, with each specific receiver bringing a unique skillset to the table that OSU has capitalized on throughout the year so far.  I gave the group a grade of A- for their performance thus far, and the team gave an aggregate of an A. Overall, though, you can’t ask for much more production than what they’ve been able to give you through the first half of the year.screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-12-47-08-pmWR Grade: A Halfway through the 2016 football season, we’re handing out grades for each position group and one of the most vaunted groups, wide receivers, is up next.Even without preseason Biletnikoff Watch Lister Marcell Ateman, the receivers group has performed admirably this season, and rank No. 10 as a passing offense with more than 350 yards through the air per game on average. And while that number is also a testament to the dude slinging the rock, the receivers have done their part to vault them into the top 10 nationally and No. 3 in the conference.The strength of the group, much like the Big 12 conference, is at the top of the depth chart. Losing freshman phenom Dillon Stoner was a blow to the overall depth of the team, but the top half of the group is loaded with talent, lead by James Washington.Washington started the season surprisingly slow. Against lesser competition against SE Louisiana and Central Michigan, he combined for 103 total yards. In the games since then, even with a step up in competition and more attention thrown his way in coverage, he has proven his all-american status by averaging 157 per game since.And the attention he gets on the outside has opened things up for OSU in other areas, too, as Mike Gundy noted this week. “(The defense) plays differently,” Gundy said Saturday. “You go back and watch it and study how they play when he’s in the game compared to when he’s not, they’re going to get an extra guy in the box in the running game.”Washington isn’t the most physically imposing receiver at 6-foot (which might be a stretch), but he has the leaping ability and athleticism to flat out make you look silly on the edge with catches like this. 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.center_img The second leading receiver is by far the biggest leap from last year as far as production. Jalen McCleskey, who was a speedster last season who had high points, has been able to step into the No. 2 receiver spot and has been incredibly productive. Oklahoma State has gotten creative in their ways to get McCleskey the ball, and he has taken advantage of his opportunities on jet sweeps and out of the slot. Bottom line: McCleskey + Space = Good things.WATCH: Rudolph to McCleskey gives #OKState its first touchdown of the dayCatch OSU vs. CMU on FS1! pic.twitter.com/zJjwNTM8Xc— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 10, 2016last_img read more

Kansas State DB: ‘They’re Ranked, We Definitely Want To Beat a Ranked Team’

first_img“I think the experience has allowed him to do things extremely poised and make quality decisions,” added head coach Bill Snyder of Mason Rudolph. “The game has slowed down for him, and when that happens, the innate capability that he has comes to the forefront. He has the ability to make good decisions and the poise to go through his reads and progressions and be an accurate thrower.”He did last week anyway. Snyder continued about what makes OSU difficult to play.“Their whole front seven is big and they play hard,” added Snyder. “So it is going to be a tough match up between the offensive line and tight end, fullback, all of us blocking and controlling the line of scrimmage.”This Saturday will likely be a change in pace for OSU fans. Kansas State has only run 529 plays which comes out to 66 a game whereas OSU generally runs 10 more than that. That’s scary for me because OSU will have to be super efficient.“It’s a little bit of a different game,” said Mike Gundy. “For us, we don’t want to change our game. We want to play our game. We want to be sound in all three phases, but the numbers are different just based on the number of snaps that Kansas State and the teams that Kansas State play get during the game.”Kansas State could very well knock off a ranked team like it wants to in Manhattan. It won’t be an upset though. Not with OSU’s history there. Not with the methodical, weary nature with which the SnyderCats play. In fact, a win here by the Pokes would be just as big as last week’s at home against West Virginia. Five quick stats on OSU.OSU will go into Saturday’s ranked for the 79th time in the last 110 gamesOSU is 50-6 in their last 56 games against unranked opponents (KSU is unranked)OSU is 42-17 in conference games since 2010OSU is 7-1 in its last eight true road gamesOSU is 1-8 in Manhattan since 1988Something has to give on Saturday where unranked Kansas State will be facing ranked Oklahoma State in a venue where Oklahoma State has one win since I was three years old.“This is a good challenge for us,” said KSU defensive back D.J Reed. “They’re ranked, we definitely want to be a ranked team. On offense they’re pretty good. One of their receivers — I don’t know his name — he’s a good football player. I think the Texas Tech QB was really good. But this guy is pretty good. He makes a lot of plays” 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

Vincent Taylor Might Leave For NFL Draft If Grade Is Right

first_imgWhile 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. There was a little nugget buried in a post by Robert Allen recently about Piesman finalist Vincent Taylor, and it caught my attention. Taylor, who was voted All-Big 12 first team recently, is a junior but said he would enter the NFL Draft depending on the circumstances.Taylor has four blocked kicks to lead the nation, and he has 44 tackles, 27 unassisted, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, a pass broken up, two quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery, and two fumbles forced. He is a very strong and disruptive force inside. I think the NFL will also advise Taylor to stay in school. It is unusual for a defensive tackle to get a first- or second-round grade as an underclassman, but Taylor is thinking it. “He told me that if he gets the grade that he’s going to go,” said a teammate commenting off the record. [Scout]“The grade” is a reference to how the NFL absorbs college talent. Up to five underclassmen from each school can ask for a grade from the NFL between now and when they have to declare for the NFL Draft to help them make decisions.“We want the kid to make an informed decision,” said NFL Executive VP Troy Vincent. “Use our resources, make an informed decision. Each institution has those resources for every prospect and every head coach. The numbers and the facts speak for themselves.”The other change is in how players will be graded. In the past, there were five categories: As high as the first round; as high as the second round; as high as the third round; no potential to go in the first three rounds; and no potential to be drafted. The league has cut that down to three categories — first round, second round, and neither, which will equal the board advising the player to stay in school. [NFL]I presume Taylor would want a first round or second round grade. If not, he stays at OSU.CBS Sports projects Taylor as a top 80 prospect but bordering on pick in the first two rounds. Mel Kiper Jr. does not have him as a top 10 defensive tackle (he’s No. 9 on CBS Sport. Underclassmen like Taylor (and Mason Rudolph and James Washington, for that matter) have until January 16 to officially declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.This would be bad but not devastating for Glenn Spencer’s defense. It’s a unit that is already losing Jordan Sterns, Jordan Burton, Lenzy Pipkins, Ashton Lampkin and Devante Averette. It’s true that defensive tackle is probably the deepest spot on the defense, but losing an All-Big 12 DT from a defense that finished No. 67 in the country in points per drive given up would not be great.This will probably be the most interesting of the three NFL decisions. I would be shocked if Rudolph and Washington left because I think they have a lot to gain by coming back. Taylor might not be currently rated as high as those two on NFL Draft boards, but I think he also has less to gain by returning.Stay tuned.last_img read more

All-Sports Roundup: Tennis Rolls, Cowgirl Basketball Rocks Senior Night

first_imgThanks again for all the fun this weekend @NutterClassic we enjoyed our time in California! #okstate pic.twitter.com/Nz2tvAUQc3— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) February 26, 2017Next up, the Cowgirls head back to the friendly confines for their home opener against Arkansas on March 1st. Welcome back to this week’s all-sports roundup featuring the non-revenue sports like tennis, women’s hoops, and softball. Thanks for reading.Cowboy TennisDebuting in the top-10 for the first time this season, the No. 8 Cowboys headed north to take on a pair of Big Ten teams. The Cowboys began the weekend series defeating No. 25 Minnesota 5-2 in an extremely tight matchup in which 3 out of the 6 singles matches went a full 3 sets. Strong comeback performances by No. 18 Julian Cash and Tristan Meraut lifted OSU past the Gophers who had just made their top-25 debut.#okstate knocked off No. 13 Northwestern for the second time in nine days to improve to 10-3 on Sunday.READ: https://t.co/lGLfcXiu5W pic.twitter.com/xbZwAVQQZu— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) February 26, 2017To finish off the weekend, the Cowboys continued their Big Ten carnage by defeating No. 13 Northwestern 4-1. Strangely, this was their second time facing the Wildcats as they had already met in the 1st round of the ITA Indoor Championships where they bested the Cats 4-2.The Pokes narrowly won the doubles point and rode the momentum into singles play where they dominated. The Cowboys (10-3) have now won five top-25 matches in the young season and currently are undefeated on the road.Up next for the Pokes is a top-10 heavyweight battle against another Big Ten foe, this time No. 9 Michigan next weekend.Cowgirl BasketballThe Cowgirl hoopsters continued a terrific OSU sports weekend with a close 67-63 senior night win against the Lady Mountaineers in Gallagher Iba. Terrific performances from the underclassmen propelled the ladies to their 3rd win in four games and gave the seniors one last winning moment in Stillwater.Postgame autographs are much sweeter following victories! #okstate pic.twitter.com/nR85SfOu3f— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) February 26, 2017The Cowgirls lost in Ames on Monday night but will start Big 12 Tournament play this weekend in OKC. Thank you Cowgirl Seniors!It’s official. March 3, #okstate will be the No. 7 seed and take on No. 10 Kansas at 8:30 p.m. in OKC.— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) February 28, 2017 Cowgirl SoftballThe Cowgirl softball team ventured out west participate in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Spring, California. The ladies played five games scoring wins over Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, and New Mexico State, and falling to No. 21 California and San Diego State.All-around, it was a pretty solid weekend for the Cowgirls which included a timely 7th inning rally to down New Mexico State on Saturday.Also if you haven’t noticed this yet, the OSU softball team has some sweet threads.Watch out California, there’s a ❄️❄️❄️ coming through! We’re busting out our #Ice uniforms for Sunday! pic.twitter.com/o0WADFn380— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) February 25, 2017center_img 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

Nick Saban Will Make $4M More Than Oklahoma State’s 10 Football Coaches This Year

first_imgWhile 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. With his new contract, Nick Saban will make over $11 million this season as the head coach of Alabama. He is still wildly underpaid.Alabama makes clown money, and he is the primary driver of that money. Alabama would still be getting a deal if you doubled his salary.Anyway, Saban will make $11 million in 2017, but that includes a $4 million bonus. His base salary is *only* $7.125 million for this season (and next). The stunner? That is more or less what Oklahoma State’s entire staff will make.Mike Gundy is trying to figure out how to operate a printer so he can slide this data under Mike Holder’s unsigned door. Alabama is great, no doubt, but Oklahoma State has been pretty dang good in the last 10 years as well. OSU is 93-37 since Saban took over in 2007. Alabama is 119-19 in that time.In 2016, Mike Gundy made $3.775 million and his nine assistants made a combined $3.28 million for a combined $7.059 million. Or slightly less than Saban will make (without his bonus) this season.We don’t know the pay increases for all the assistants (and won’t for a while), but Gundy is set to make $3.9 million this year so OSU’s 10 coaches will (barely) surpass Saban’s base with their 2017 salaries. Throw in the signing bonus, and Saban blows ’em out of the water.What’s more startling is what Saban’s assistants are making. Alabama’s nine assistants will make a combined $6 million this year.So that’s $13.1 million in staff salaries without the signing bonus and $17.1 million with it in 2017 for the Alabama coaching staff. In other words, take Saban out of it, and Alabama’s other coaches are still making nearly what all of OSU’s coaches will make combined (including Gundy).Amateur athletics, baby!last_img read more

Newcomers Numbers, Positions Released in Media Guide

first_imgWe have known for a while now that freshman receiver Tylan Wallace will wear No. 80, but the official Oklahoma State media guide was released at Big 12 Media Days, and the rest of the newcomers are included as well.One of the most noteworthy listings was going to be whether Wallace’s twin brother, Tracin, was going to be placed at quarterback or defensive back. He and the other newcomers are listed below with their official position listed on the media guide as shown below. 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. 15Brendan VaughnLBFr. 20Malcolm RodriguezSFr. 86Baron OdomCWFr. 6Adrian BakerCBR-Sr. 24LD BrownRBR-Fr. NumberPlayerPositionClassification 44Patrick MaconLBJr. 13Tyron JohnsonWRR-So. 51Arlington HambrightOLJr. 78Aaron CochranOLR-Sr. 4Tracin WallaceQBFr. 81LC GreenwoodWRFr. 30Chuba HubbardRBFr.center_img 40Brock MartinDEFr. 42Sione FinefeuiakiCWJr. 23Trey SterlingDBFr. 8Braydon JohnsonWRFr. 56Enoch Smith Jr.DTR-Jr. 13Lamarcus MortonCBFr. 28Thabo MwanikiSFr. 77Tyler MooreOLJr. 27J.D. KingRBFr. 98Brendon EversDTFr. 18Jelani WoodsQBFr. AdChoices广告Outside of freshmen and junior college transfers, there are several worth noting listed on the roster: Tyron Johnson will wear 13, Clemson cornerback transfer Adrian Baker, who we project will start this season, will wear 6, Cal grad transfer tackle Aaron Cochran will rep 78, and Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore will wear 77 (although he isn’t eligible until 2018).While there aren’t any glaring oddities of the roster, it’s worth noting that Tracin Wallace is in fact listed at quarterback where he starred in high school, despite two ACL tears in consecutive seasons.Beat writer Hayden Barber contributed to this report 80Tylan WallaceWRFr.last_img read more

Chiellini: It’s in Tottenham’s history to miss out

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Chiellini: It’s in Tottenham’s history to miss out Goal 07:05 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(22) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus Juventus UEFA Champions League The Juventus defender claimed he believed his club would rally against Spurs because of their respective experience in big competitions Giorgio Chiellini believed history was on Juventus’ side against Tottenham, as the Serie A champions battled back to advance past Spurs in the last-16 of the Champions League.Tottenham had snatched a 2-2 draw in Turin, and managed to further take a grip on the tie during the first half at Wembley Stadium with Heung-Min Son’s goal giving Spurs a 1-0 advantage on the evening.Juventus, however, would find the two goals they needed over a three minute span in the second half, with the Argentine duo of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala finding the net in the 64th and 67th minute respectively. 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 Spurs came close late to equalising, with Harry Kane seeing a header that bounce off the inside of the post late on, but the Bianconeri did enough to hold on for the 4-3 win on aggregate and secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.Despite the difficulties Juventus faced, and the quality of the Spurs side they were up against, Chiellini said Spurs’ lack of history in the competition and gave them hope.”Tottenham have a lot of great players – Kane, [Christian] Erisken, [Dele] Alli – but we knew they always give up a lot of chances,” Chiellini told BT Sport. “It’s the history of Tottenham. They always create a lot of chances but they always miss out. We always believe in the history.Chiellini even referenced Real Madrid’s victory over PSG on Tuesday as further proof the history and mentality of a club can make the difference.Chiellini added: “You see in the game between Madrid and Paris, the history is important. We used our skill and arrived at the win.”Gonzalo Higuain JuventusHiguain also praised Tottenham after the game, but said Juventus knew the Premier League outfit would give up chances to get back on top in the tie — it was on Juventus to take them.“It was a very difficult match against a great side like Tottenham, who always give their best and are aggressive, but we know English teams always leave gaps at the back and would give us opportunities,” Higuain told Mediaset Premium.“We had to make the most of them and we did. I’m very happy with this win, as a comeback at Wembley is not easy.”last_img read more

Ronaldo battles ‘nothing personal’ to Dani Alves

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo battles ‘nothing personal’ to PSG star Dani Alves Chris Burton 18:29 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Dani Alves Real Madrid PSG Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar PSG Real Madrid Ligue 1 Primera División The former Barcelona defender has locked horns with the Real Madrid talisman on a regular basis down the years, but insists he has nothing against him Dani Alves insists a long-running duel with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is “nothing personal” following their last coming together.Having previously found themselves on opposite sides of a Clasico divide in Spain, the pair have locked swords at regular intervals.Dani Alves was never afraid to put his boot in while on the books of Barcelona, while he also came up against the Portuguese in the 2017 Champions League final as Real downed Juventus. 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 Their rivalry was recently rekindled in a European showdown between Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, with Dani Alves accused of wiping snot on an old adversary.The Brazilian has strenuously denied those allegations and reiterated that his personal battle with Ronaldo has been overplayed, telling Esporte Espectacular: “It is part of the game, heat of the moment, part of football and nothing personal.”He added on the accusations levelled at him following his latest meeting with Ronaldo: “Thank God that my son does not like football, because football is losing the essence which made me want to be a player.”Look at the game with Real Madrid, for example. They have said that I put snot on Cristiano’s shirt. Is it me or are the people saying these things three years old? It’s stupidity without limit.”PSG came unstuck against Ronaldo and Real over the course of two legs, with a 5-2 aggregate defeat seeing the French side fall at the last-16 stage of this season’s Champions League.Their cause was rocked by an untimely injury to €222 million superstar Neymar ahead of the second leg of that continental contest, with the Brazil international having been forced to undergo surgery on a broken metatarsal.Dani Alves is among those to have been credited with luring a fellow countryman to Paris in a record-breaking deal, but he has once again played down such claims.Neymar Dani Alves PSGHe said: “People think that Neymar is a puppet, but children grow up and make their own decisions. “He is growing, maturing and learning to deal with difficult moments.”Like Neymar, Dani Alves claims his decision to join PSG was driven purely by sporting ambition, although the 34-year-old concedes that the money in football, from which he and his team-mates are benefiting, has spiralled out of control.The legendary full-back added: “I came to PSG for the sports project, for how they have valued me as a footballer.“But if I am very honest, I do not think my salary is in line with my value – it is too much.”last_img read more

Who will El Tri call for March’s friendlies?

first_imgMexico Who will Mexico call for March friendly matches vs. Iceland and Croatia? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 23:22 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Carlos Osorio Mexico Chris Covatta Mexico World Cup Mexico v Iceland Mexico v Croatia Croatia Iceland Friendlies With the March friendly window providing one of the last chances for Juan Carlos Osorio to see his players in person, it will be a crucial call-up This week, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will announce his squad to face Iceland and Croatia, his final call-up before bringing players into camp once the European season ends and naming his World Cup roster.It will be the best indication we’ve had since the 2017 Confederations Cup of where Osorio sees the group. Who does he want to have in Russia? Is he prizing versatility over players who are really good at one thing but not as good at others? Will have give chances to some of the younger players on the fringe? Or with most of his decisions already made, is it time to get down to business and start working together toward the goals of getting out of the group, getting to the fifth game and ultimately lifting the World Cup? We’ll receive big clues this week.In all likelihood, Osorio will call more than 23 players, but we’re going to keep our projection to 23 and allow that a couple more could travel, allowing more opportunities for the coaching staff to see different players and, yes, for rotation. 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 GoalkeepersAlfredo Talavera TolucaGuillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo TalaveraThis trio seems the most likely to go to Russia, and it would stand to reason they all would be invited into this camp. It will be fascinating to see how Osorio will approach the goalkeeping situation. Alfredo Talavera is back from the knee injury that sidelined him for several months but hasn’t looked all that great for Toluca.Does Osorio toss him out against Iceland to see how he responds against a team likely to play a more direct style of soccer, the kind of game in which he’s used Talavera before? Does he give Ochoa a full game and give the other two guys a half each in the other? Is it all Memo all the time? Rotating the goalkeeper was one of Osorio’s ideas which he has discarded with experience, but it’s reasonable to expect to see all three faces during this window. DefendersHector Moreno MexicoHector Moreno, Nestor Araujo, Diego Reyes, Carlos Salcedo, Miguel Layun, Jesus Gallardo​Here they are. Your Mexico defenders at the 2018 World Cup.Sure, plenty could change, but this looks like it will be the group Osorio takes. Moreno’s fitness was in question after a training-ground injury with new club Real Sociedad forced him to miss a few contests but his goal against Alaves last week and 90 minutes against Espanyol last weekend have assuaged fears he’d miss out. Diego Reyes has become a regular for Porto, more or less. Miguel Layun’s club situation is better, with the defender now at Sevilla.Luis Rodriguez was impressive against Bosnia and Herzegovina last month but currently is out with an injury. Edson Alvarez has seen a bit more time with America lately, but it’s fair to wonder if falling out of Miguel Herrera’s first team will end the World Cup dream for the 20-year-old (he’ll have more chances to go to a World Cup). We didn’t include him, but don’t be surprised to see Hugo Ayala in the mix as well. The Tigres center back has been solid if not spectacular when he’s suited up for El Tri. Club form is sort of secondary, though. These are Mexico’s best defenders. Period. MidfieldersOmar Govea Selección MexicanaAndres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Javier Aquino, Marco Fabian, Omar Govea, Jonathan GonzalezAndres Guardado is back in Real Betis training but didn’t appear in Monday’s win over Alaves. It’s not like he won’t be in the World Cup squad, so it’s possible he continues recuperating in Spain. His status is up in the air, but if he’s healthy, he’ll be with the group.Hector Herrera and Jonathan dos Santos seem assured. Aquino is a player who rarely gets much attention, but the way he combines with the fullbacks and his crossing put him in a category along with Mexico’s best players. He’s only 28, and absolutely could be playing abroad again should he desire.Marco Fabian is fit, and while he hasn’t been getting as much playing time as he’d like to with Eintracht Frankfurt it’s more than reasonable for the coaching staff to call Fabian up. Before being sidelined by a back issue for the majority of the season, Fabian had a solid Confederations Cup (remember this?). It will be worth having him back around the group and allowing the Mexico trainers to see where he’s at and make sure he’s good to go ahead of the summer.That brings us to the two surprise inclusions. Mexico assistant coach Luis Pompilio Paez told reporters last weekend that the coaching staff has spoken with Govea about being part of the friendly matches. He impressed in his brief appearance over the summer and would’ve been part of the January camp had his team released him. Clearly, there’s enough there to consider taking him to Russia. This is a good chance to see just what he can offer against opponents who will be taking part in the World Cup. Jonathan Gonzalez’s injury hasn’t come at a great time. He missed Monterrey’s loss to Santos Laguna on Sunday. Everything the Mexico staff has said indicates they want to see him in action again, so I’ve included him as my 23rd pick. If he can’t play, it’s not necessarily the end of his bid to make the 2018 tournament, but a good showing this month certainly would boost his chances.ForwardsJavier Hernandez Chicharito MexicoJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Hirving Lozano, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, Raul Jimenez, Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta, Carlos VelaHow excited does Chicharito have to be to join up with the Mexico national team? Seriously, think about it. Things already weren’t going all that great for him at West Ham personally. Then, he starts to score a bit and see more minutes but gets sent back to the bench. The Hammers can’t put it together and the fans are running on the field, protesting the club. Then you go to the United States where thousands of fans are screaming your name and go into a locker room that generally seems to like hanging out with each other. It just seems like a huge shift.Anyway, he’ll be in this group. So will Hirving Lozano and Raul Jimenez. Oribe Peralta also should be included in this call-up, even though he stayed home in January. It’s a full window and Peralta’s spot in Russia isn’t exactly set in stone. Giovani dos Santos’ place didn’t seem set in stone, but Osorio loved how he approached the offseason. A hamstring injury forced him off at halftime of the LA Galaxy’s loss Sunday to NYCFC, but it looked to have happened pretty early in the half and he was okay to continue. If he’s fit, he’s in. Carlos Vela, on the other hand, was excellent in his MLS match Saturday, netting his first goal for LAFC, and should be included.(Editor’s note: Reports March 13 said Gio will be kept out of the squad because of the injury with a Liga MX-based player set to receive the call in his place.)Jesus Corona didn’t make the Panini sticker album, according to leaks, but maybe that was just because of his absence from the Confederations Cup because of personal issues. After starting with Porto in the UEFA Champions League, he should be good to go even if his form hasn’t been as impressive as it was at this time last season.last_img read more

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first_imgLogistics SurveyGizmo is trusted by tens of thousands of brands around the world. Please take my survey now Hello Tomorrow Once a month Online advertising Barcelona Your chance to win a Barcelona jersey Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Luis Suarez Lionel Messi Paulinho Barcelona Getty Barcelona Primera División You could win a 2018-19 home Barcelona jersey by answering our simple survey Please fill out the short survey below and you will be entered into a draw to win a Barcelona jersey. Never visited Rakuten Arena None of the above Sports in general 5. Have you heard of Rakuten Arena? Baseball Facebook 1. Which of these brands do you associate with football? Video Streaming Believe in the future 2. Have you heard of Rakuten? Adidas Heineken Ford eCommerce 6. What types of content are you most likely to view on Rakuten Arena? All of the above Audi Be Connected. Be Discovered. Twitter 0% All of the above Pepsi Real Madrid FC Barcelona Google None of the above Basketball Juventus No Press IT Services Football Yes McDonalds Skip survey header Once a week Other (please specify): 6. Which Rakuten Arena channel do you follow? Instant Messaging Rakuten No Rakuten phase 2 Viber Be Moved 3. You said Rakuten is an official partner of FC Barcelona. Where did you find out about this partnership? The world on time Radio None of the above Social media 4. Which of these statements best describes your opinion of Rakuten? I like this brand Neutral – I have no opinion on this brand Chelsea All of the above 6. On average, how often do you view Rakuten Arena content? Television None of the above Every day I love this brand Bayern Munich 3. Which of these brand messages do you associate with Rakuten (please tick all that apply)? I dislike this brand Amazon Sports/News Website 3. What services does Rakuten provide (please tick all that apply)? Manchester United Yes Tennis Home Electronics Never stand still Instagram None of the above Music & entertainment Sustainability content All of the above 3. Which of these clubs is Rakuten an official partner of? All of the above last_img read more

Vrsaljko: Argentina just cried

first_imgWorld Cup Argentina were crying like girls – Vrsaljko Dejan Kalinic 15:06 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() SimeVrsaljko - Cropped Getty Images World Cup Croatia Argentina v Croatia Argentina The defender hit out at the South Americans after Croatia ran out 3-0 winners in their Group D World Cup clash Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko accused Argentina of “crying like girls” during his side’s comprehensive 3-0 World Cup win on Thursday.Goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic saw Zlatko Dalic’s men to a resounding win in the Group D clash.Argentina struggled to contain Croatia, particularly after Willy Caballero’s awful error gifted Rebic a 53rd-minute opener. 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 Put to him that Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had suggested his team dominated, Vrsaljko dismissed the claims and hit out at the South Americans.”I don’t know what game he watched,” the full-back said, via Croatian media.”I saw Argentinians falling on the floor and crying like girls.”We were firmer, better, had better chances. They will have to do well in the next game [against Nigeria] to progress to the second round, if they even progress.”FT #CRO progress to the @FIFAWorldCup Round of 16!#BeProud #FlamingPride #ARGCRO #Family #WorldCup #Vatreni pic.twitter.com/jK9jrOc8UW— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) June 21, 2018Argentina were left with one point in the group and needing other results to go their way to reach the last 16.Iceland also have one point and face Nigeria in a crucial clash on Friday.last_img read more

Have Argentina finally broken Messi?

first_imgWorld Cup Have woeful Argentina finally broken Messi? Sam Lee In Saint Petersburg Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Lionel Messi Argentina Croatia World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina Sergio Agüero For years he has single-handedly carried a nation despite upheaval in the technical area, problems on the pitch and disputes with the federation Lionel Messi is a man of few words, and mixed zones, those interview areas where the world’s best players very rarely say anything, let alone anything of note, are usually quiet places.So you can imagine the furore when the very best player in the world walked down into the vast grey corridors of the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and picked that time and place to retire from international football with Argentina .“It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he told shocked reporters, not long after missing a shoot-out penalty in the final of the Copa America. “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me. That’s the way I feel right now, it’s a huge sadness once again and I missed the penalty that was so important. 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 tried so hard to be a champion with Argentina. But it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it. I think it’s best for everyone, for me and for many people who want it. The choice for me is over, it is a decision. I tried many times to be a champion but was not able to be.”The Copa America Centenario was effectively a bonus; staged to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the oldest international football tournament on the planet, it provided an extra opportunity for Argentina, and for Messi in particular, to get the monkey off their backs and finally win a trophy.But having lost the World Cup final to Germany in 2014, and then lost the 2015 Copa final on penalties to Chile, they lost again. To Chile. On penalties. Messi stepped up first and missed.It was all too much for him.Lionel Messi ArgentinaLionel Messi ArgentinaLionel Messi ArgentinaAfter all, during the early years of his Argentina career he was barely even liked by many of his own fans; at the 2011 Copa America, held on home soil, he was announced as ‘the best player in the world’, but Carlos Tevez was ‘the player of the people’, and it was the then Manchester City striker whose name was cheered loudest up and down the country.He finally managed to shake off the unpatriotic tag, but only because he was being called a bottler instead. Or worse, a failure.Not all Argentina fans felt this way, of course, but Messi was probably talking about those who do when he referenced the “many people who want” his retirement.On top of that there was the Argentine Football Association, who Messi hit out at a few days before his mixed zone mic drop. “What a disaster they are, my God,” he posted on Instagram after another flight had been delayed. He vowed to say even more after the final, but decided to retire instead. Yet he could not stay away; within two months he had reversed his decision, despite even more instability in his absence. Gerardo Martino, who had replaced Alejandro Sabella after the World Cup and led Argentina to the two Copa finals, had resigned. Edgardo Bauza replaced him and Messi rode again.World Cup qualification had not got off to the best start and after a brief rally Argentina were struggling again; in April 2017 Bauza was gone, replaced by Jorge Sampaoli.The former Chile boss was seen as the man who would finally build a cohesive unit around Messi, yet he drew his first three qualifiers in charge. With only one left, against Ecuador, there was a genuine danger that Argentina would not even make the World Cup. Messi scored a hat-trick and they did.But here we are. The hope was that Sampaoli, having secured qualification, would have a bit more space to forge a functioning team in the build-up to Russia, but that has not happened. Argentina are a shambles and it looks like Messi is struggling more than ever.On Sunday, Goal outlined the situation surrounding Argentine football in recent years, why so many fans are so demanding of their national team, and of Messi . It does appear that the strain is starting to show.Lionel Messi Argentina Islandia Iceland World Cup 16062018Lionel Messi Argentina Islandia Iceland World Cup 16062018Lionel Messi Argentina Croatia 210618The missed penalty against Iceland hit Messi hard – it has been reported that he sat out of a family barbecue the day after, electing instead to stay in his room by himself.The footage of him rubbing his head, Pep Guardiola-esque, during the national anthems ahead of the Croatia game were concerning. His performance even more so.So many times he has bailed out Argentina with individual brilliance but he made no impact whatsoever in Nizhny Novgorod. He looked completely lost.If Sampaoli has done one thing during his reign he has protected Messi. Before the World Cup the coach said the team was as much Messi’s as it was his own, and after the brutal Croatia defeat he blamed himself and the other players for failing to give Messi anything to work with. In those hours after the match it looked as if Sampaoli’s position would be untenable, his players having abandoned him and Argentina all but out of the World Cup after just two games.Yet somehow they are still standing. If they beat Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, and if Iceland don’t beat Croatia, they will be through to the knock-outs.We have no idea what state they will be in for that game. After all, the only thing that has changed since Thursday night is that Nigeria beat Iceland – Sampaoli still does not have a system, he does not know his best XI, or even a functioning XI, and some of his best players are plainly tired of him already.Inevitably, it will be down to Messi to solve all of this on his own.But is there anything left?last_img read more

Brazil and Neymar have got to improve

first_imgWorld Cup Job done but Brazil & Neymar need to get better to live up to World Cup favourites billing Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 03:58 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Neymar Brazil Serbia World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Brazil Serbia v Brazil Serbia Opinion The five-time champions can look forward to a last-16 date with Mexico and are also celebrating the elimination of Germany but work needs to be done There were more than a few cheers from the Brazilian contingent inside the Spartak Stadium compound as word got through of Germany’s defeat to Korea in Kazan.On one hand, they felt a dose of humiliation for the team that inflicted upon them the Mineirazo of their own World Cup semi-final defeat four years ago was in order.And it was also as if those supporting the team in yellow had thrown themselves forward to the World Cup’s later stages and imagined it being a whole lot easier now that the defending champions were out at the group stages. 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 That was not to overlook Serbia because even by that stage Brazil were not technically qualified for the last 16 and their opponents were still alive too.Brazil now have a date against Mexico on July 2 in Samara to look forward to – but it’s far too early to be celebrating a potential obstacle like Germany being removed.The worry is that Tite still has plenty of work of his own ahead of him if he is to avoid a fate like Joachim Low suffered. And the injury to Marcelo is a thorn in the side he could have done without.Serbia are a good team – not a great one – and probably the third best team in the group as play opened. The challenges will become stronger for Brazil and it will take more than they showed in the group stages to surmount them.As far back as the winter friendlies the warning signs were there that Brazil would have a puzzle to solve against high-quality European opposition. England worked them out at Wembley in November, defending superbly without the ball, and Switzerland’s opening-game draw here in Russia owed plenty to that discipline too. It needed real magic on the day just to get a draw.And against Costa Rica too they failed to meet expectations. Sure, a 2-0 win was secure but it was late and untidy. And here for spells they had questions to answer.It’s true that they played a little more freely after Thiago Silva scored their second goal. There appeared to be a collective exhale from the five-time world champions as the brief second-half onslaught from the Serbians came to an abrupt end.Thiago Silva Brazil World CupThere were good chances for Aleksandar Mitrovic to level things but the second goal was all about belief. Brazil gained it, Serbia lost it once Neymar’s corner was converted.But the inspiration for the win did not come from the PSG man under the spotlight; it again flowed from his creative sidekick Philippe Coutinho.The Barcelona midfielder is rapidly becoming the team’s go-to man when it comes to constructing attacks. He has goals under his belt from the opening two games and it was his exceptional through ball for Paulinho which got Brazil off and running against Serbia.In truth, Neymar still looks a little undercooked – whether through issues of form or fitness – and was more isolated here than he might otherwise have preferred.Casemiro meanwhile, at the base of midfield, is key to the way Tite is asking his team to play.The manager has spent two painstaking years reassembling Brazil and giving them back their style. Their 2014 World Cup meltdown under Luiz Felipe Scolari seems a long way away now following an awesome qualification phase. There is an assuredness and a confidence both in and out of possession but there is no doubt that they are bogged down a little when faced with European opponents.They have seven points and are top of the group but they are still without a defining performance at these championships. The likes of France, Portugal – or even England and Belgium – won’t be quaking in their boots just yet.last_img read more

‘Fellaini isn’t final title jigsaw piece for Man Utd’

first_imgTransfers ‘Fellaini isn’t final title jigsaw piece for Man Utd’ – Neville supports new contract but only in squad role Chris Burton 08:36 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Maroune Fellaini, Man Utd Getty Transfers Manchester United Premier League The former Red Devils defender is pleased to see the Belgian staying at Old Trafford but believes he will remain little more than a squad player Marouane Fellaini will “contribute” for Manchester United after signing a new two-year contract but can hardly be considered “the final piece” of a title-winning jigsaw, says Gary Neville.After several months of uncertainty regarding his future plans, the Belgium international has committed his immediate future to the Red Devils by penning fresh terms.He had been poised to drop into the free agent pool, with Premier League rivals Arsenal among those reported to be keen on acquiring the versatile performer. 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 Neville believes retaining the 30-year-old is good business for United, as he has proved to be a useful asset under Jose Mourinho, but more is required if a challenge for the Premier League crown is to be sustained in 2018-19.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “Well he [Mourinho] wanted to keep him as a part of the club.“There was talk about if he was leaving, from my point of view it wouldn’t have made too much difference.“I don’t think he’s the final piece of the jigsaw which gets Manchester United back to winning the title.“He is someone, who within a squad of 22 players, can contribute during a season.“There’s always a lot of exposure of Marouane Fellaini in his position at Manchester United.“The reality is he does contribute during the season – if they needed to go long in a game, he can do it.“If he is part of a midfield pool of four or five players, then I’m satisfied with that.”United have already bolstered their midfield ranks this summer with the £52.5 million ($70m) signing of Brazil international Fred.They have, however, lost Michael Carrick to retirement, so further additions are expected.Mourinho is currently away on punditry duty at World Cup 2018, though, with recruitment drives across the globe set to be stepped up once the action in Russia comes to a close.last_img read more

Kane proud of team-mates as England march into quarter-finals

first_imgWorld Cup Kane proud of England team-mates as Three Lions march into World Cup quarter-finals Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:58 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup England Harry Kane Colombia v England Colombia Powerade After helping the Three Lions qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup, The England captain hailed his side’s character Harry Kane feels England’s first World Cup penalty shootout win will boost belief the Three Lions can triumph at Russia 2018.Kane’s spot-kick against Colombia had England on track for a first knockout win at a major tournament in 12 years, but Yerry Mina’s 93rd-minute header sent Tuesday’s last-16 tie to extra-time in Moscow.The England captain subsequently scored from 12 yards again as the match went to penalties, Eric Dier converting the decisive spot-kick after Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca. 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 Kane’s six goals puts the striker two clear of Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot, but the Tottenham man is more focused on England’s World Cup chances.”I’m so proud. We were so unlucky to concede in the last minute. It shows our togetherness and character,” Kane told a news conference.29 – Harry Kane has scored more World Cup goals than 29 different countries in the tournament (3 games, 6 goals). Glorious. #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HAeDySiJm8— OptaCan (@OptaCan) July 3, 2018″These are the moments when you really see it. It’s a big night for everyone. Obviously we knew that England’s history with penalties hasn’t been great. It was nice to get that one off our back.”We have grown up a lot on that pitch tonight. Highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-out.”Get in there!! Proud. Bottle. Character. #ThreeLions #WorldCup #ENG pic.twitter.com/FIRTBXPzCY— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 3, 2018Giving England the lead from the penalty spot means Kane has scored in six consecutive games for England, matching a 79-year-old national record held by Tommy Lawton.”Extremely proud,” Kane said of levelling the record. “Hopefully this continues.”I want to do better and do more. I want to help the team and we’re just looking forward to the next game.”last_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid happy for Martin Odegaard to remain with Real Sociedad

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid happy for Martin Odegaard to remain with Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are happy to keep Martin Odegaard on-loan with Real Sociedad.Odegaard has impressed at Real Sociedad, yet his superb start has not changed Los Blancos’ long-term strategy for the Norwegian.He has netted twice in the league and his latest assist in La Real’s 3-0 win over Alaves which dissected the defence will be dominating highlight reels for years to come.Amid an injury crisis at Real Madrid, many are calling for the 20-year-old to return to the capital in January, says Marca. But such a scenario isn’t being contemplated by the club. last_img read more

Some Canadian companies start new year with gains from US tax cuts

first_imgMONTREAL – Some Canadian companies that earn a high share of their revenues in the United States stand to save big from a large reduction in the corporate tax rate, say industry experts.New Flyer (TSX:NFI) and Boyd Group Income Fund (TSX:BYD.UN), which earn more than 80 per cent of their sales south of the border, will be among those that are most impacted, an AltaCorp Capital report said Tuesday.Analyst Chris Murray said that among engineering and construction firms, Stantec (TSX:STN) and WSP Global (TSX:WSP) will be “favourably impacted” from the tax changes and planned American infrastructure spending.“We would expect that the introduction of new tax rules could serve as a catalyst for accelerated acquisition activity as a number of sellers see a window in which to divest their business to take advantage of the changes, benefiting the growth via acquisition strategies,” he wrote in a report.Tax changes approved by the Republican-led Congress and signed by President Donald Trump before Christmas cut the corporate income tax rate to 21 per cent effective Monday, from 35 per cent.Molson Coors, headquartered in Denver and Montreal, declined to provide details about how the tax changes will affect the brewery ahead of its quarterly results Feb. 14. However, 70 per cent of the beverage company’s revenues come from south of the border, said spokesman Colin Wheeler.Brittany Weissman of Edward Jones expects Molson Coors will gain despite losing some of the cash tax benefit it has had from its multibillion-dollar acquisition of Miller Coors.“Directionally it should be a net net benefit … but how much it is too soon to say,” she said in an interview.Weissman also believes dairy processor Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) stands to gain because almost half of its business is located in the United States.However, she said Montreal-based clothing manufacturer Gildan (TSX:GIL) is already subject to a very low tax rate because it is domiciled in Barbados.Several Canadian firms, including Quebec-headquartered Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) and Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR), said they are studying the tax changes.“We are assessing the impact of the bill and its potential impact to the company in both the near-term and long-term,” Valeant spokeswoman Lainie Keller wrote in an email.In a report before the tax changes were approved, RBC Capital Markets said large tax reductions could lead to a significant shift in winners and losers.“We think it could have a profound and positive impact on TSX performance, given its cyclical tilt,” Matthew Barasch wrote Sept. 26.However, he warned that clouding the outlook is the fact that most Canadian and U.S. companies operating south of the border actually pay a lower effective tax rate than statutory corporate tax rate.“While a comparison of statutory tax rates (inclusive of all state and local taxes) suggests that U.S. rates are far higher than most other countries, a comparison of effective tax rates suggests something different.”PricewaterhouseCoopers says the implications of the tax law on Canadian-owned businesses can be significant.“The various provisions may be beneficial or detrimental. Thus, it is important to give careful consideration to the specific implications for your operations so that value is preserved when possible,” it wrote to clients after the bill was passed.Barasch said some Canadian sectors such as oil and gas producers, telecommunications, grocers and Canadian retailers like Dollarama won’t be impacted, while some Canadian banks and insurance companies will get some earnings growth.Most real estate companies would not be directly impacted because of their REIT structures, but non REITs such as FirstService Corp. and Colliers International Group Inc. (TSX:CIGI), with large U.S. footprints stand to benefit materially.He said it’s difficult to quantify the impact for convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B), even though it gets nearly 70 per cent of its revenues from the U.S.last_img read more

German factory orders up for 3rd straight month in October

first_imgBERLIN — German factory orders edged up 0.3 per cent in October as a large increase in demand from other countries in the eurozone outweighed a fall in domestic orders.The month-on-month rise reported Thursday by the Economy Ministry was the third consecutive increase in orders, an important indicator for Europe’s biggest economy. They were up 0.1 per cent in September and 2.3 per cent in August.In October, orders from fellow members of the 19-nation eurozone rose 7.3 per cent and those from other countries increased 0.3 per cent. However, orders from inside Germany dropped 3.2 per cent.Germany’s gross domestic product declined 0.2 per cent in the third quarter compared with the previous three-month period, due in part to bottlenecks in getting new cars certified under tougher emissions standards.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Youth Advisory Council is seeking new members from 1218 years old

first_imgYAC meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall from 4:30-5:30 pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 5, 2019.For more information email communitydevelopment@fortstjohn.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is seeking youth between 12-18 years that want to do something in the community geared towards youth.When you join YAC you will; Organize Activities Gain Volunteer ExperienceEnhance Public SpeakingGain Leadership OpportunitiesRyan Harvey, Communications Coordinator shared, “The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Fort St. John was developed in 2010 as a potential solution toward anti-social behaviour in our community, to get a better sense of what Fort St. John’s youth would like to see in Fort St. John, and to act as a liaison between the youth of the community and City Council.”last_img read more