Two days after announcing that he would be voluntarily visiting the Enforcement Directorate’s office in Mumbai to clear the air about a purported cooperative bank scam in which he has been named, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday cancelled his visit. “I was informed by the ED that I am not required to come… and in order to maintain law and order in the city, I have decided not to go to the ED office,” Mr. Pawar said outside his residence in Mumbai. Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve visited Mr. Pawar earlier in the day requested him not to visit the ED office as it may create a law and order situation. “I had been Home Minister in the past and do not want to disturb peace in the city and affect daily lives of people,” Mr. Pawar added.Mr. Pawar thanked his party workers, ally Congress and its leaders Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi for their support. Mr. Pawar also thanked Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who had spoken in favour of him. “I will be going to Pune, Baramati and Purandar areas, which was affected by floods and will monitor rescue work,” Mr. Pawar said. Mr. Pawar’s decision would have given relief to the Mumbai Police, which had increased the security near Mulund since morning.The workers of NCP and Congress were starting to gather outside ED office and Mr. Pawar’s residence since morning.
Paul Lee re-injures thumb in first game of season. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Paul Lee’s start to the 2019-2020 PBA season hit a bit of a snag in Magnolia’s first game of the year.Magnolia not only lost 80-75 in overtime against TNT, but it also saw Lee get sidelined with an injury.ADVERTISEMENT Lee was already nursing a sore right thumb prior to the match against the KaTropa when he aggravated it early in the third quarter of the PBA Philippine Cup game Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.“It’s just sad that I wasn’t able to help the team, but it does happen in games,” said Lee in Filipino. “That’s part of the job, so I’ll just wait for this to heal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLee left the game at the 10:24 mark of the fourth quarter after his hand got slapped on a rebound play and he said that it will take at least a week for him to fully recover.The shooting guard, however, said he’ll be ready to practice with Gilas Pilipinas on Monday but he would refrain from joining the scrimmages to allow his thumb to heal. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’ll take around a week and the only bad part here is it was hit again after it got snagged in my teammate’s jersey in practice,” said Lee who played for 13 minutes in the Hotshots’ season opener.“I’ll be back, no problem, it just so happened that my thumb got hit earlier. The team assistants earlier asked me what I felt on my thumb and I told them that it was painful whenever I caught the ball so we decided that I’d sit the game out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Gilas Pilipinas practices with Andray Blatche for 2nd straight day US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants
New Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) There will be a straight two-way fight between International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra and top tennis official Anil Khanna for the post of Indian Olympic Association president in the December 14 polls.Indian Weightlifting Federation President Birendra Baishya pulled out of the race, leaving Batra and Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association chief, in the fray for the top job.Baishya will now contest for one of the posts of eight vice-presidents, for which he had also filed his nomination papers.After the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations ended today, the Returning Officer S K Mendiratta notified the final list of candidates for the elections to be held during the IOAs elective Annual General Body Meeting here.Except for the post of the secretary general, all the others will have elections with the IOA Electoral College set to vote through secret ballot.Incumbent secretary general Rajeev Mehta will be re- elected for his second four-year term as he was the lone candidate to have filed the nomination papers.Jharkhand Olympic Association chief R K Anand will have a straight fight against former Kabaddi Federation of India president Janardhan Singh Ghelot for the lone post of senior vice-president after incumbent Virendra Nanavati withdrew his candidature.Virendra Nanavati will now contest for one of the posts of eight vice-presidents, for which he had also filed his nomination papers.There will be a three-cornered contest for the post of treasurer as none among Anandeshwar Pandey, Mukesh Kumar and Rakesh Gupta withdrew their candidature.advertisementFor the eight posts of vice-presidents, 12 remained in the fray, including the likes of Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla, Luge Federation of India chief Karan Chautala and former BJP National Council member Sudhanshu Mittal.BJPs senior minister in Assam government, Himanta Biswa Sarma and veteran sports administrator Tarlochan Singh withdrew their candidature for the vice-presidents post.Meanwhile nine candidates are left in the fray for the six posts of joint secretaries while 15 will contest for the 10 other members of the Executive Council to be elected at the IOA Headquarters here on December 14.Earlier in the day, Mendiratta, also a legal advisor to the Election Commission of India, reviewed his decision to reject the nominations of Devendranath Sarangi (for vice- president) and K Rajendiran (for Executive Council member) and re-instated them as candidates.”The nomination papers of Devendranath Sarangi (for vice-president) and K Rajendiran (for Executive Council member) were rejected at the time of scrutiny of nominations on 30/11/2017 as the same were not accompanied with the requisite undertaking/declaration.”However, on inquiry from the office of the IOA it was revealed that the intending candidates were not intimated about this requirement,” Mendiratta said.The polls on December 14 will see observers from the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council from Asia and the Sports Ministry in attendance. The total member of the electoral college members is 184, including two IOA Athletes Commission members — P T Usha and Rajeev Tomar. Out of these, 116 are from the National Sports Federations and remaining from the state Olympic associations. Each NSF has maximum of three voters while each state Olympic unit has two voters. PTI PDS AH AH
Imam-ul-Haq smashed his third century of the series while Fakhar Zaman hit a 83-ball 85 as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 131 runs in the fifth and final ODI to sweep series 5-0 at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.Imam hit 110 off 105 balls while Fakhar became the fastest (18th ODI) to reach 1000 runs in ODIs as the opening pair continued to torment the Zimbabwe bowlers. Zaman broke the record of 21 matches which was shared by five cricketers, including his teammate Babar Azam.The opening pair put together a stand of 168 before Fakhar was out for 85. But, the incoming Babar Azam made sure that Zimbabwe’s joy was cut short and forged a 77-run stand for the second wicket before Imam fell for a well-made 110. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik failed to make the most of the rare opportunity to bat in this series as both fell for 18.But, Babar hung on and completed his century and guided Pakistan to 364/4 from their 50 overs. Azam (106) and Sarfraz Ahmed (6) were the two unbeaten batsmen.Also read – 455 runs between dismissals: Fakhar Zaman sets new ODI world recordChasing 365, Zimbabwe’s top-order batsmen finally found some sort of form but they failed to kick-on and match the asking rate at any point of time in the match.The African team finished on 233/4, with Ryan Murray, who was dropped twice, top scoring with 47 off 70 and Peter Moor remaining unbeaten on a 54-ball 44.Pakistan win the final #ZIMvPAK ODI by 131 runs, with this win they complete their 5-0 series sweep.More details https://t.co/PLmjEcpytd pic.twitter.com/9UgBgsVQxLadvertisementPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) July 22, 2018Hasan Ali and Mohammad Nawaz picked up two wickets each for Pakistan.In a lopsided series, Pakistan won two matches by nine wickets and two by more than 200 runs before wrapping up the series on Sunday.Speaking about the series, win, captain Sarfraz said: “Great team effort. Wanted to finish on high note. Fakhar Zaman, Imam, Babar did the job for us. We are happy to try some combinations, players responded well. Need one month rest. Will go home, then will proceed to training, tough tours lined up.”With 515 in the #ZIMvPAK ODI series, @FakharZamanLive is the Man of the Series. pic.twitter.com/B5oAlQUDaNPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) July 22, 2018Fakhar, who was awarded the man-of-the-series for scoring 515 runs from five matches, said that he has enjoyed his time here and will look to carry this form forward.Really enjoyed it here. In 2016, I was with Pakistan A over here and enjoyed it a lot. I was taking my time at the start, was punishing bad deliveries, that was the main thing for me. I will work hard and hopefully you’ll see me scoring more runs for my country.Fakhar hit two centuries and two fifties each in the series.
Premier League Guardiola unsure when Mendy will be ready for Manchester City return Alex Fisher 07:06 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Manchester City The defender is back in training after being out since September, but his manager still doesn’t know when he’ll be back on the field Benjamin Mendy has resumed first-team training with Manchester City but Pep Guardiola remains unsure when he will be fit to return.Mendy has been sidelined since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during September’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.The Frenchman’s absence has seen Guardiola deploy Fabian Delph, Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back, but filling the gap left by Mendy has not been easy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Off the pitch Mendy has remained a prominent member of City’s squad, his social media presence ensuring he was not forgotten by Guardiola.He could be back on the pitch before the end of the season – which will also be a boost for France ahead of the World Cup – but Guardiola is not putting a specific date on his comeback.”I don’t know [when he will be back], but he is much better,” Guardiola told a media conference.”Especially over the past week or 10 days as he has been training with us. It’s a long injury but he is making progress.”When asked if the Manchester derby on April 7 – when City could seal the title – could be a realistic date, the coach added: “I don’t know. I can’t anticipate it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
James Washington exploded for 103 yards receiving on Saturday, including an impressive one-handed touchdown reception.In a postgame interview with Orange Power Studios’ Allison Gappa, Washington talks about how the homecoming tragedy was handled by the team and says it was a “motivation killer.”Gappa also mentions the fact the team is now 7-0 and asked about his amount of pride he has in his team that is still undefeated.“I’m proud, everyone on this team puts in a great amount of work every week. Off the field, we’re working. When we’re 7-0 like this, the sky’s the limit,” he said. Check out the full interview with Allison Gappa below: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.
The Cowboys hosted a boatload of talent over the weekend in their final mini-camp of the summer, and topped off the weekend by hosting a five-star visitor on Monday in 2017 linebacker Anthony Hines. Hines is the No. 1 linebacker in the nation in 2017, according to Scout, and has scholarship offers from 90 schools (like, literally, 90).OSU was ??!!! Had a great time!! #GoPokes ⚫? pic.twitter.com/YfEYhSW1Un— Anthony Hinesᴵᴵᴵ♠️ (@TheAntHines_Era) August 1, 2016The Plano East superstar has a top 10 that includes OSU, OU, Texas, Texas A&M, and others. And while OSU remains in the mix, the 247sports Crystal Ball favors OU over the field at the moment: Having a recruit the caliber of Hines naming the Pokes in the top 10 is huge, and getting him on campus for a summer visit is even bigger. At the moment, smart money is riding on the Sooners to land his services.Perhaps Glenn Spencer has something up his sleeve.Also, thanks to the new NCAA social media rules, it’s important to note Mike Gundy also “retweeted” Hines tweet above — after the visit was over, of course. 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.
Oklahoma State busted out some pretty nice recruiting graphics this week, which several OSU commits — Shamond Greenwood and Tylan Wallace — posted on their twitter timelines as shown below.https://twitter.com/Lc_Greenwood/status/773277042057949185#GoPokes ??? pic.twitter.com/vvyXikdiTG— SUPERMAN (@OfficialTylan2) September 6, 2016I raved about the detail in the designs all the way down to personalized nameplates on the desk with the “CEO” title, which is a unique touch. But the overall graphic appears to be some version of what Michigan used in previous recruiting graphics, and several people on twitter were quick to point it out. Among those to chime in was Michigan’s Director of Football Creative Aaron Bills who posted the original edit of Eddie McBroom, who signed with the Wolverines as part of the 2016 recruiting class (obviously suggesting that it was used sometime before national signing day earlier in February): pic.twitter.com/Ahcn56UOio— Aaron Bills (@AaronBDesigns) September 7, 2016Here’s the side-by-side comparison of the eerily similar graphics:There are unique touches to both graphics, obviously, but it is pretty similar to what Michigan used in a previous graphic without dispute. And Michigan fans were all up in Wallace’s mentions about it, too:lol chill chill they send them too me I post them ???? not that serious— SUPERMAN (@OfficialTylan2) September 7, 2016My only thought is that Harbaugh basically tried to take full credit for the creation and idea of satellite camp, of which Mike Gundy pioneered before it became the hip thing to do. So maybe this is Gundy’s way of stealing back some of that thunder.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 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.
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. In 2009 when Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury in Oklahoma’s season debut against BYU, many fans in Stillwater, Austin, Waco and elsewhere collectively exhaled a breath of “finally.”In came freshman Landry Jones, a goofy-looking freshman from a city of about 11,000. He didn’t play bad as Bradford’s replacement, but the No. 3 Sooners did lose 14-13 that day. Jones went 6-for-12 for 51 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions.Again collectively, a lot of the nation must have thought “finally.” Until the next week and the week thereafter when Jones beat (yes, I know) Idaho State and Tulsa a combined 109-0 while throwing for 622 yards, nine touchdowns and three picks.Saturday, Bob Stoops retired as coach of the Sooners, and former offensive coordinator and (by most accounts) wizard of football Lincoln Riley was named his replacement. The transition won’t be flawless. There will be times when he looks more like the coach of his hometown 3-A Muleshoe High School up in the Texas Panhandle.But don’t be fooled. Riley is not inept at coaching football. Nov. 4 is quickly approaching, and Riley’s (not Stoops’) Sooners will be prepared for Bedlam.The move from Stoops to Riley seems simple enough. Riley was one of the hottest coaching commodities in the nation late in the 2015 season when OU was headed to the Orange Bowl. He won the Broyles Award that year for the country’s top assistant and conducted the third-best offense in the NCAA by yardage.But it’s not going to be easy. Stoops was a defensive guy. He was the defensive coordinator at Florida from 1996-98 and the co-DC at Kansas State from 91-95. But even still, OU had the 75th-ranked defense in the nation last year in terms of points per drive given up. For perspective, OSU was 54th.It’s unclear whether Mike Stoops, Bob’s brother, will remain as defensive coordinator under Riley, but with Bob gone, it is hard to think the defense will get better, at least in the short term. And offensively, the Sooners lose Biletnikoff winner Dede Westbrook and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine.OU probably won’t go 11-2 and finish fifth in the nation like it did in Stoops’ last season, but they won’t lose to UTEP week 1. They won’t lose to Tulane week 3 or probably not Kansas (State), Iowa State or Texas Tech. That’s about where you have to draw the line though.Under Stoops, you could pencil in West Virginia, Baylor and (yes) the Cowboys of OSU. That’s the gray area for Riley in year 1.Stoops was, still is, a legend in coaching. He won 10 Big 12 titles in 18 seasons. I don’t know, for the most part, what Stoops’ culture was like within the walls. And no one knows about Riley’s yet, but regardless, it won’t be as seamless as it will (probably) appear on Saturdays.Imagine your favorite U.S. president of all time. Now imagine if he had just walked away midterm and left you with the vice president. For you, the U.S. citizen, or OU football fan, not much will change in your daily life. But for those within the administration or program, the reporters or his peers, more than a name plate outside an office will change.Some of those changes won’t be felt in the first week or the sixth week or the eighth month. But things will change in Norman, and unless you think Lincoln Riley is equivalent to the best coach in Big 12 history, then they won’t necessarily change for the better.Don’t get me wrong, Riley might be great, but Stoops was a legend. That’s tough to replicate as it looks like OU is trying to do. I think Mike Stoops of all people might have put it best.“I think it’ll be strange for everybody,” he said. “But I think it’s easy to see what Lincoln brings to the table.”
After months of misery, it’s finally game day again.Oklahoma State starts it’s 2019 season with a late-night meeting with Oregon State at 9:30 p.m. Friday night in Corvallis. The teams both had disappointing 2018s, but the expectations leading to that disappointment varied.The Beavers were 2-10 last season, beating Southern Utah and Colorado in overtime. Meanwhile, the Cowboys streak of 10-win seasons ended, as the Pokes narrowly secured bowl eligibility en route to a 7-6 year. Both teams are 0-0 now with endless possibilities ahead.Here are some things of note heading into the West Coast matchup.2018 Offensive Stats Points Per Game38.426.1 Passing Defense267.1254.9 Rushing Defense185.4281.8 Rushing Offense190.3155.6 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. 2018 Defensive Stats Oklahoma StateOregon State Total Offense500.2404.8 Oklahoma StateOregon State Points Allowed Per Game32.545.7 Total Defense452.5536.8 Intriguing Battle in the Trenches Looks to Favor CowboysOregon State quarterbacks got sacked 48 times last season. That was the most of any FBS team in the country. Oklahoma State’s defense had 39 team sacks, tied for 12th in the country.Just looking at those two stats, one would think Beaver quarterback Jake Luton will be picking himself off the turf quite a bit Friday night, but OSU’s defensive line is quite a bit different than it was a season ago.The Pokes return only 14 sacks from last season to their 2019 roster. Devin Harper had 2.5 of those, but he was absent the first depth chart the team put out after spending time in fall camp with a lower body injury. The Cowboys will also be without Calvin Bundage’s 1.5 sacks from 2018, as reports surfaced Thursday that he didn’t travel with the team after being dinged up for much of fall camp.The left side of the Beavers’ offensive line (LT-Blake Brandel and LG-Gus Lavaka) returns after starting every game last season. However Oregon State has less experience on the other three spots of the line.On the first depth chart the Beavers released this year, there was an or between centers Nathan Eldridge (who was injured all last season) and Nous Keobounnam (who primarily played on special teams in 2018). Eldrige is a transfer from Arizona, where he played in 25 games across 2016 and 2017.Oregon State’s starting right guard, Clay Cordasco played in nine games lasts season, and right tackle Brandon Kipper played in three.Expect Beavers to Pound the RockWhatever deficiencies the Oregon State offensive line had in pass protection last season, the unit tried to make up for with solid run blocking.Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson was a freshman All-American last season after running for 1,380 yards and 12 touchdowns. Jefferson was the Beavers’ offense last season, averaging 115 yards a game and finishing his first season of college football 239 carries. Justice Hill and Chuba Hubbard combined for 282 carries last year.If the Cowboys can stuff Jefferson early and score points on the other end, it could get dicey for Oregon State if the Beavers have to depend on their passing game. Passing Offense309.8249.2
Not sure if you knew this, but Oklahoma State hasn’t lost at Texas since 2008. If you’ve been on this site, listened to our podcast or even opened Twitter, you’re likely very aware of these facts. But I thought it would be fun to take a dive into the shallow end of each of those five OSU victories ahead of (hopefully) a sixth on Saturday.2010: OSU 33 | Texas 16 — That UT team was lousy, and this was never really a game. OSU was up 33-3 going into the fourth quarter on the back of 409 yards from Brandon Weeden and a 9-145-1 line from Justin Blackmon. The string of losses dating back to before the Eisenhower Administration was snapped, with ease.2011: OSU 38 | Texas 26 — This Texas team was a bit better, but it was in Week 2 of a two-week stretch of losing to top-10 teams from Oklahoma a combined 93-43. Not ideal. Jeremy Smith had seven for 140 including a 74-yard semi-dagger late in the third. This was also the Justin Gilbert-Fozzy Whittaker game where they combined for 200 yards of kick returns and two TDs in the first 24 seconds of the second half.2013: OSU 38 | Texas 13 — SPEAKING OF JUSTIN GILBERT!2015: OSU 30 | Texas 27 — This was part of the second-longest win streak in OSU history when the Cowboys touched off the 2014 season with Ws over OU (😎) and that Washington team that had 13 first round picks before reeling in 10 straight to start 2015. They trailed 27-24 going into the fourth of this game (shout out to small-hands Mason) but got a pair of 40+ yarders from Ben Grogan late in the fourth to win.Texas fans do not remember this one fondly.Who could ever forget this sequence? pic.twitter.com/GoTcP3mcxl— Brad Kellner (@BradKellner) September 19, 2019Nor this memory of Texas punter Michael Dickson.2017: OSU 13 | Texas 10 — Maybe the worst game I’ve watched in person, but the ending was incredible. Texas rushed it 33 times for 42 yards, and there was exactly one score every quarter but no TDs for the final 45:59 of the game.This was the game where UT brought a safety over the top to shadow James Washington, and OSU was somehow unable to run the ball with their All-American tailback against a three-man front. Also the one where Rudolph threw the dime of his life to Jalen McCleskey, who would still be running if he’d caught it. Also the one where I hit Carson in the sternum as the ending unfolded.In honor of #OKstate-Texas week, here’s the GIF of @KylePorterCBS (top left) slapping me in disbelief during Ramon Richards game-winning INT 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/A64SHBxvC6— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 18, 2019 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.
Pool AQSST recorded two impressive blowout victories on Day One, dashing any thoughts of a premiership hangover to pile on 28 touchdowns.A 13-1 opening round win over NSWCIS was backed up with a 15-0 victory over Touch Football New Zealand to leave both beaten sides struggling in the early stages of the competition.The Central Queensland Bulls are the other unbeaten team in Pool A, putting together two complete performances to sit comfortably in second.If this trend continues then all eyes will be on a Bulls vs. QSST showdown on Friday, with the two teams meeting in the last fixture before finals. Eden RichardsThe QSST 18’s Girls side have sent a message to the rest of the National Youth Competition after Day One – catch us if you can.After taking home the title in both the 18’s Boys and the 18’s Girls divisions in 2016, the Queenslanders are on track to do the double again.QSST dominated the day, with the 18’s Boys making a great start before the 18’s Girls did their part, showing no mercy to the rest of the competition to sit in top position in Pool A.However, the challengers are coming, with six other teams unbeaten after a day where the cream of the crop rose to the top. Pool CPool C is a story of two halves, with three teams unbeaten at the top and the other three yet to register a win after Day One.The South Queensland Sharks, South West Queensland Swans and Brisbane City Cobras are all on two wins after their two matches, and unbelievably the Sharks are yet to concede a touchdown.The South Australian Heat, ACT Raiders and Northern Territory will all need massive Day Two performances to get back in the competition after going through the first day winless, but stranger things have happened in the world of Touch Football.Swans superstar Emily Ward leads the tournament in touchdowns and she will be hoping to add to her seven when Day Two gets underway at 9:00am on Thursday. Pool BBeaten 2016 grand finalists NSWTA are off to the perfect start in their quest to go one better this year, recording wins against the Sunshine Coast Pineapples and Tasmania to start unbeaten.NSWTA sit second on the Pool B table behind NSWCHS, with the latter’s for and against a huge +25 after two big victories.A 13-0 win against the Victorian Storm was accompanied by a 15-3 victory against Tasmania as NSWCHS stamped their authority on the rest of the competition.NSWTA will take on NSWCHS on Thursday at 2:00pm, with the winner likely to claim top spot in Pool B.
World Cup Brazil face tough World Cup opener against Switzerland, says Chapuisat Naim Beneddra Last updated 1 year ago 17:21 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Switzerland The Selecao are favourites to win the game against Vladimir Petkovic’s team, but the former national team star believes it will be surprisingly tight Brazil may be one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup, but Neymar and Co. are in for a surprisingly difficult start to the competition when they take on Switzerland, Stephane Chapuisat says.The Selecao approach the campaign in Russia aiming for a sixth world title and to eradicate the memories of their semi-final exit of 2014, when they lost 7-1 to Germany.Brazil kick off their campaign against Switzerland and are expected to top Group E ahead of Sunday’s opponents, Costa Rica and Serbia. 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 However, ex-Switzerland and Borussia Dortmund star Chapuisat believes Vladimir Petkovic’s team will put up a good fight against Tite’s charges.”Brazil is one of the favourites of the tournament, but Switzerland are always difficult to handle, we are well organized and we can bother big teams,” he told Goal. “But Brazil are still thinking about a World Cup at home that ended badly. They may have a big reaction.”But it will be an interesting match and it will be a bonus for us if we achieve a positive result. The most important game for us will be the second against Serbia.”Switzerland narrowly lost out on first place in their qualifying group after winning all but one of their 10 games, and the progress they have made in recent years has given Chapuisat reason to be optimistic.”Petkovic has integrated a lot of young players,” he continued. “He found the right mix, with young players and some old ones. We had a very good qualifying phase with him. It was special because there were two teams that won nine games out of 10; us and Portugal. We finished second and we had to go through the playoffs. Now, it’s going to be an interesting World Cup in a group where there is a big favourite like Brazil. But it will be tight between the other teams.“We have a good team if everyone is there. We have quality players. Our problem is that we have a lot of players who play abroad but who aren’t necessarily in the starting XI at their clubs. For the national team, it is always problematic when important players lack playing time. But that’s the lot of the countries like us where the standard of the national championship is not very high and where the good players go elsewhere. There is a risk that they will not play or that they will be in the wrong position.”Switzerland’s best ever finish at a World Cup was in 1954, when they hosted it and reached the quarter-finals. The Nati settled for a last-16 finish in Brazil four years ago, but Chapuisat hopes they can go one further.Chapuisat added: “It would be beautiful to reach the quarter-finals, but we have to be solid in these knockout matches. We know that everything is possible, but as I said, we must have a great match as our team hasn’t yet reached the knockout stage.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will face Roma on Saturday before being rested for one of Juventus’ final two games of 2018, Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.The Juve boss had promised to give the Portugal star at least one game off during December, with Ronaldo having played 90 minutes in all but one of their Serie A matches this season.Allegri wants the 33-year-old involved against Roma, as Juve look to prolong their unbeaten start to their league title defence, but he is happy for Ronaldo to miss either the trip to Atalanta on Boxing Day or the clash with Sampdoria on December 29. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Ronaldo plays tomorrow, and he’ll then miss one of the next two games,” Allegri told a news conference on Friday.Saturday’s game at the Allianz Stadium sees Juve face a Roma side who had gone five consecutive games without a win in all competitions before last Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Genoa.Pressure has been mounting on head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, but Allegri insists his opposite number will win back his detractors.”They’re a very good team. Among other things, they’re the only Italian team along with Juventus still left in the Champions League,” he said.”Di Francesco has shown he has all the qualities to do well, and I’m sure he’ll prove it this year. Last year, he took the team to the Champions League semi-final while fighting Napoli for second place.”Allegri plans to rotate his side over the next two weeks, but it is likely he will be without winger Juan Cuadrado, who could need surgery.”Cuadrado is in Germany to assess whether or not he needs an operation,” he added. “In midfield, we have five options who will rotate over the next few games.”
Man City plot move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are ready to move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.The Sun says City boss Pep Guardiola is a massive fan of the 20-year-old after facing him in two Champions League games this season.He even waited in the tunnel at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium last month to congratulate Aouar on his performance after their 2-2 draw.Etihad scouts have made enquiries about the youngster as they look for a long-term successor to Fernandinho.Ajax star Frenkie De Jong is also on City’s wishlist.But the competition for the Dutch midfielder means there is no guarantee of landing him.And Aouar is one of the midfielders they are keeping a close eye on after his progress in France. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MONTEGO BAY – Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke has said that with Jamaica’s vulnerability to natural disasters and dependence on food imports, the agricultural sector must increase its capacity to produce more wholesome foods, while expanding local production.“When there is insufficient local produce available, our dependence on imports increases, fueling the almost vicious cycle of utilizing scarce foreign exchange to purchase food from overseas. It is an unsustainable position,” the Minister said.He was addressing the closing day of the forum on ‘Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Caribbean and Pacific (SEED CAP) at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, on Friday, July 12.The Minister informed that in order to mitigate the challenges of food security, the Government recently approved the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which seeks to insure that a sufficient quantity of nutritious foods of appropriate quality is available to everyone, through increased domestic production and a sustainable level of imports.“Like other countries in the developing world, Jamaica needs to increase capacity to produce adequate and wholesome food to ensure the health and well-being of our people,” Minister Clarke stated.Meanwhile, he asserted that women have a crucial role to play in this effort. Noting that over 43,000 female farmers are registered with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Mr. Clarke said that despite challenges, they have proven to be very capable, as evidenced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) pilot project in western Jamaica.“It is up to the policy and decision makers present at this conference to ensure that our institutions and businesses are prepared to address the unique needs of women and enable agricultural entrepreneurs to thrive,” Minister Clarke pointed out.CONTACT: GLENIS A. ROSEJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAY
zoom The welcoming ceremony for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage vessel Independence, built for the Klaipeda LNG terminal, has started in Klaipėda, Lithuania.According to the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania has proved being able to adopt strategic decisions and implement energy projects of importance to the whole region.“The LNG terminal is important for the energy security of Lithuania as well as of the entire Baltic region. The capacity of the terminal will be sufficient to satisfy the needs of all Baltic states. If necessary, the Klaipėda LNG terminal can serve and fulfill about 90 percent of the gas supply needs of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia,” said Grybauskaitė.Based on the European Commission’s report on the resilience of the European gas system, the Klaipėda LNG would protect consumers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in case of a possible disruption of gas supplies.Grybauskaitė added that the importance of this terminal was recognized at the EU level. In the Commission’s European Energy Security Strategy presented last May, the Klaipėda LNG terminal is included as number one in the list of infrastructure projects that contribute to ensuring the security of EU supplies. “Until now, Lithuania has been purchasing gas from the single gas supplier – Russian Gazprom. The terminal will enable to purchase gas from different suppliers. Agreement for the purchase of gas has already been concluded with Norwegian company Statoil, and, if necessary, Lithuania has an opportunity to buy gas from other suppliers in the global market,” a release from the Lithuanian President said.The main three components of the terminal include the floating storage vessel with regasification unit onboard, special jetty, and high pressure gas pipeline connecting the terminal to the main pipeline.The LNG storage vessel was built for Lithuania in South Korea by Norwegian company Höegh LNG in association with South Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries. Lithuania has leased the LNG storage vessel “Independence” from Norwegian company Höegh LNG.Press Release; Image: Robertas Dačkus
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,454.23, down 0.69 of a point):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 14 cents, or 5.91 per cent, to $2.23 on 9.6 million shares.Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX:PPL). Oil and gas. Down 71 cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $42.12 on 5.2 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 24 cents, or 1.93 per cent, to $12.69 on 4.6 million shares.Polaris Materials Corp. (TSX:PLS). Building Materials. Up 84 cents, or 30.43 per cent, to $3.60 on 4.5 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Airline. Up $1.11, or 4.20 per cent, to $27.51 on 3.8 million shares.ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN). Financial Services. Up 19 cents, or 5.04 per cent, to $3.96 on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down 22 cents, or 0.27 per cent, to $79.97 on 227,813 shares. A group representing frustrated Tim Hortons franchisees says its board members have been accused by the company of helping leak confidential information. The Great White North Franchisee Association said its board members have been served with notices of default.
A passenger rights company says a loophole in proposed regulations could allow airlines to get off the hook for compensation and put air travellers at risk.AirHelp notes in an open letter to the government that the rules impose no obligation on airlines to pay customers for delays or cancellations if they were caused by technical problems discovered on the tarmac.AirHelp’s chief legal officer Christian Nielsen says the regulation fails to incentivize airlines to preempt pre-flight problems, jeopardizing passenger safety.Transport Minister Marc Garneau has insisted that airlines won’t mess around with safety and dismissed the idea they will look for ways to worm out of compensation. He has pointed to the European Union as having similar regulations.Nielsen and passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs dispute that view, insisting airlines in the EU remain accountable for mechanical malfunctions, including those found right before take-off.Barring the loophole, the government’s long-promised passenger bill of rights would see passengers who are bumped from overbooked flights or forced to sit through long delays receive up to $2,400 in compensation.The Canadian Press
Highlights at the close Wednesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,063.16, up 78.20 pointsDow — 21,812.09, down 87.80 pointsS&P 500– 2,444.04, down 8.47 pointsNasdaq — 6,278.41, down 19.07 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 79.59 cents US, down 0.08 of a centPound — C$1.6078, down 0.24 of a centEuro — C$1.4835, up 0.75 of a centEuro — US$1.1808, up 0.49 of a centOil futures:US$48.41, up 58 cents(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,294.70 per oz., up $3.70(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.340 per oz., up 10.1 cents$718.23 per kg., up $3.25