A Manipur Police constable, suspended in connection with the escape of an extremist leader, has allegedly died in custody during questioning.Constable S.M. Manjur Ahmed was one of 10 police and medical personnel suspended after Thokchom Nando Singh of the outlawed Kangleipak Communist Party escaped while undergoing treatment at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal on March 25.Singh was arrested more than a decade ago for the kidnapping and murder of Lungnila Elizabeth, the eight-year-old daughter of former Minister Francis Ngajokpa in November 2003. “The constable was found dead in custody,” a police officer said, adding that they were trying to ascertain the reason for his death.
PBA IMAGESFor the first time since 2014, Ginebra is the top seed.The Gin Kings cruised to a 94-80 victory over Mahindra to finish the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 9-2 card and secure the number one seed Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, replicating their feat back in the Philippine Cup three years ago.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Despite the confidence-boosting win, Cone still was unsatisfied with how his team fared against the Floodbuster.“We didn’t play that well. You have to give Mahindra some credit, they defended well. We didn’t have the flow that we wanted offensively. Even though we’re up 14, we didn’t feel like we’re playing at a high level,” he said. “But bottomline is we got the win and we’re moving on and we secured the number one seed and we’ll see who we play.”The Gin Kings, who will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, now await the victor of the eighth-place playoff between GlobalPort and Alaska.Keith Wright finished his campaign with Mahindra with 21 points and 22 rebounds, while Glenn Khobuntin got 16 markers and nine boards in the conference-ending loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds GINEBRA 94 – Brownlee 22, Aguilar 14, Caguioa 13, Mercado 9, Tenorio 8, Thompson 8, Devance 5, Ellis 4, Cruz 2, Jamito 2, Marcelo 2, Mariano 2, Taha 2, Ferrer 1.MAHINDRA 80 – Wright 21, Khobuntin 16, Duetchman 13, Pacquiao 6, Revilla 6, Teng 5, Camson 3, Caperal 3, Celda 3, Salva 2, Yee 2, Paniamogan 0, Corpuz 0, Nimes 0, Ballesteros 0.Quarters: 26-16, 47-33, 68-59, 94-80.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Justin Brownlee imposed his presence for Ginebra with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, as the franchise topped an import-laden conference for the first time in 20 years, dating back to its Gordon’s Gin days in the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup.The Gin Kings now await the victor of the eighth-place playoff between GlobalPort and Alaska on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We deserve to be number one. We beat all the top teams and we should take advantage of it, but we can’t play on everybody’s expectations but we have to play to our own,” said coach Tim Cone.Japeth Aguilar added 14 markers, nine boards, and two assists, while Mark Caguioa had an efficient 6-of-10 shooting from inside the arc to nab 13 points and four rebounds. Fajardo getting ample help cleaning the glass for Beermen Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View comments
S Sreesanth.S. Sreesanth will replace injured medium pacer Praveen Kumar in the squad for ICC World Cup, beginning on February 19. The all-India senior selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday picked Sreesanth as Kumar’s replacement. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had allowed Kumar’s replacement in the team. Kumar was ruled out of the World Cup due to an elbow injury that he had sustained before the ODI series in South Africa last month. Though it was expected that he would be fit in time, Kumar was yet to recover fully. The fiery pacer from Kerala was present at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on Monday when Kumar failed his fitness test. Sreesanth was instrumental in ensuring India shared the honours in the Test series against South Africa. His omission from the World Cup squad last month had surprised many considering his recent performances.”I got an opportunity, I will do my best. I am very excited to play for India,” said Sreesanth.
3rd T20I Brief Scores: New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. Shankar (43), Mitchell (2/27), Santner (2/32). Full ScorecardRohit Sharma was left disappointed after India suffered a narrow defeat in the third and final Twenty20 International against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. Chasing 213 for a victory, India suffered a 4-run defeat in the third and final T20I against New Zealand.New Zealand won the three-match series 2-1. India had won the five-match ODI series 4-1.”Pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line. 210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand held their nerve well and they deserved to win. We started off well in the ODIs, and the boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s,” Rohit Sharma said at the post match presentation ceremony.Vijay Shankar top scored for India with 43 while skipper Rohit Sharma scored 38 as India managed 208 for 6 from their 20 overs. Rishabh Pant (28) and Hardik Pandya (21) also made important contributions before Dinesh Karthik (33 not out) and Krunal Pandya (26 not out) stitched an unbroken 63-run stand for the 7th wicket.However, that was not enough to take India home.”Lots of positives, and a few mistakes, so there’s a lot of material to move ahead. It would have been nice to win the series and go home and play Australia, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that,” Rohit said.India will next face Australia in a limited-overs series at home later this month. India and Australia will play 2 T20Is and five one day internationals starting March 24.advertisementAlso Read | Lightning quick MS Dhoni stumps Tim Seifert in less than a secondAlso Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20I
Manchester United Manchester United January transfer news: All the latest rumours ahead of winter window Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Manchester United Transfers Premier League Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving the Red Devils as Jose Mourinho looks to further add to his squad MAN UTD IN TALKS FOR PSG STARManchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain regarding a potential deal for Lucas Moura, according to Le 10 Sport .The Brazilian winger has barely featured for PSG this season and agreed personal terms with Chinese side Beijing Guoan in early December . 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 However, that deal has yet to be completed amid reports Lucas is holding out for a move to a major European club.Chelsea had previously shown an interest in the 25-year-old, but now United have made an approach, although any offer for Lucas is expected to be below PSG’s valuation of the player.MAN UTD AGREE £4M KEEPER SALEManchester United have agreed a £4 million fee to sell goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to West Brom, claims TEAMtalk .Johnstone is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but United intend to recall the 24-year-old after reaching an agreement with West Brom.With Johnstone out of contract at the end of the season , United have decided to cash in during the January transfer window.MOURINHO WANTS GRIEZMANN IN JANUARYJose Mourinho is ready to pull out all the stops to land Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann in January, according to the Daily Star .While the plan was to go after the France international in the summer, with Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both sidelined, Mourinho needs reinforcements up top immediately.Mourinho is willing to offer Griezmann £300,000 a week to get him to leave Atletico and snub Barcelona, who are also after the attacker.ICARDI WOULD JOIN MAN UTD IF HE LEAVES INTERMauro Icardi has eyes for Manchester United if he decides to leave Inter according to Don Balon .While Icardi currently feels committed to the club as it chases a Serie A title, he is considering his options for the future.According to the report, playing for Jose Mourinho, the former manager of Inter, is a dream for the attacker.POGBA KEY TO MAN UTD’S DYBALA MOVEManchester United have lined up a move to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala and are hoping “secret agent” Paul Pogba can play a part in the move, according to the Mirror. Pogba, who joined the Old Trafford side from Juve for £89 million in the summer of 2016, played with Dybala in Turin and is said to be close friends with the 24-year-old.Jose Mourinho has now placed Dybala at the top of his summer transfer shortlist and will call upon Pogba to convince Dybala on a move to Manchester.RONALDO SET FOR MAN UTD RETURN Manchester United are watching with keen interest reports of a clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and senior Real Madrid figures, claims the Mirror .The newspaper states that the relationship between Ronaldo and Florentino Perez has broken down, leading to doubts over his future at the Bernabeu. And United would be well-placed to bring back the man who came to prominence should he refuse to continue in Spain.Ronaldo, it is claimed, has even made secret trips to England to review prospective private schools for his son in recent weeks.JOAO MARIO SLATED AS MKHITARYAN’S REPLACEMENTInter star Joao Mario has been earmarked by Manchester United as the ideal replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to the Sun .United’s Armenian playmaker is unsettled at Old Trafford, and has been linked with Inter among other clubs. Should he move to Serie A, however, United will try and swoop for the Nerazzurri’s Portugal international in a £40 million switch.MADRID PLOT SHOCK UMTITI APPROACHReal Madrid are considering a shock approach to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, claims Diario Gol .Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a new centre-back, but is wary of paying too much after seeing Liverpool spend £75 million on Virgil van Dijk.However, the €60m release clause in Umtiti’s contract makes him an attractive proposition for Perez, and he could rival Manchester City and Manchester United for the France international.MAN UTD ENTER COUTINHO RACEBarcelona’s signing of Coutinho may have become more difficult to achieve as Manchester United have entered the race to sign the Brazilian, according to Don Balon .The Spanish outlet claims Jose Mourinho is keen to add the attacker to his squad as the Red Devils look to close the gap between themselves and Manchester City.Paris Saint-Germain are also said to retain an interest in signing the 25-year-old, though Coutinho himself continues to have his heart set on a switch to Camp Nou.PL RIVALS SCOUT ROCHDALE TEENAGERChelsea and Manchester United have made enquiries about Rochdale’s 14-year-old defender Luke Matheson, according to ESPN .Matheson has been watched by scouts from Chelsea and United recently as the Premier League giants look to make a move for the right-back.JORGINHO IS MAN UTD’S CARRICK REPLACEMENTManchester United are tracking Napoli midfielder Jorginho as they search for a replacement for Michael Carrick, according to the Manchester Evening News .Jose Mourinho commented on Friday that the Red Devils would be looking for a midfielder to step into the Englishman’s shoes in the summer, with the 36-year-old nearing the end of his career.And the United boss is apparently an admirer of Jorginho, with the club having also scouted Dortmund pair Julian Weigl and Christian Pulisic.INTER MONITORING MKHITARYANInter are keeping a close eye on developments around Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s situation at Manchester United with a view to potentially signing the Armenian, according to Sky in Italy .The former Dortmund star has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in recent months, with Inter seemingly weighing up whether to make a bid for the winger.The Serie A title hopefuls are also interested in Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu and PSG midfielder Javier Pastore as they look to improve their squad in the January window.BARCA & REAL IN BLIND RACEManchester United outcast Daley Blind is a January transfer target for La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to the Daily Express .The Dutch utility defender has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho and Barca reportedly see him as an option to fill the void left by Javier Mascherano’s imminent exit to Hebei China Fortune.Meanwhile, the Blancos also purportedly see Blind as a potential bargain who could play alongside Sergio Ramos in the centre of defence.BARCA PLOT COUTINHO & GRIEZMANN DOUBLE DEALBarcelona are planning to stun the transfer market in 2018 with Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann signings, according to Spanish outlet AS .Liverpool held firm in the summer to deny Barca from swooping for Coutinho, but it’s widely expected they’ll return with more money next year.Ernesto Valverde’s men now lead the race for Griezmann, too, with Manchester United believed to have refocused their attention on Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.MAN CITY TO BATTLE UTD FOR UMTITIBarcelona are bracing themselves for interest from Manchester rivals United and City in defender Samuel Umtiti, reports Don Balon .The La Liga giants fear that Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million move to Liverpool will see leading clubs turn their attention towards Camp Nou.France international Umtiti has a €60m release clause which would represent no stumbling block for leading Premier League sides.MAN UTD FACE ‘LITTLE NEYMAR’ FIGHTAC Milan have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in the hunt for Ajax youngster David Neres, reports Calciomercato .The highly-rated 20-year-old has already been dubbed the ‘little Neymar’ and is expected to leave Holland at some point in the near future.MAN UTD’S £70M+ DYBALA BID REJECTEDManchester United’s offer of £70 million plus out-of-favour attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Juventus star Paulo Dybala has been rejected, according to The Sun .The Argentine is one of the most highly-rated forwards in world football and Jose Mourinho is believed to haver pinpointed him as a top target in 2018, rather than Antoine Griezmann.The reigning Serie A champions are reported to be holding out for £86m, which happens to be Griezmann’s buyout clause at Atletico Madrid.MAN UTD WITHDRAW GRIEZMANN INTERESTBarcelona will have a free path to sign £89 million-priced Antoine Griezmann, with Manchester United not keen to participate in a bidding war for the Atletico Madrid striker, according to Marca .It’s believed Jose Mourinho is a fan of Griezmann but is not convinced the France international is worth such a hefty transfer fee.Barca, meanwhile, are monitoring Griezmann and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, though the club can only afford to sign one of them.PSG WANT FELLAINI ON A FREEParis Saint-Germain are making enquiries to sign Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer in the summer, according to the Mirror .After the stunning double swoop for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG are keen for cheaper alternatives because of Financial Fair Play, with the Belgian high on their list.Fellaini’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the veteran is free to sign for a foreign club from January 1. It’s believed Besiktas and Galatasaray are also interested in the 30-year-old.PL CLUBS EYEING CARRASCOPremier League sides have been alerted after Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone gave the go-ahead for the club to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, according to AS .Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Belgium international in recent months, with Carrasco’s contract boasting an £86 million release clause.Nicolas Gaitan and Luciano Vietto are also understood to be on the transfer list.
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. We have to do it, guys. We have to look at some egregious numbers from Bedlam. I’ll make it short and sweet and then we’ll move on to next week and the bowl game. Here we go.1. OU averaged 4.25 points per driveHoly balls! That’s 51 points on 12 drives. Up to this point in the season, I believe OSU had held every team it had faced to under its season average in points per drive on offense. OU came in averaging 3.08.2. Home advantage?Three home games in November sounds great until you lose two of them.AdChoices广告This will be the first time since 2009-10 that #okstate has lost multiple games at home back-to-back years.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) November 29, 20153. J.W. Walsh slings itJ.W. Walsh threw as many passes in the first half on Saturday (29) as he had thrown all season. That’s not ideal.Also, now only Brandon Weeden (16) has more 300-yard passing games in Oklahoma State school history than J.W. Walsh (6). Mason Rudolph also has six. That’s pretty wild though.4. James Washington joins the 1,000-yard receiver club.I wrote about this a little here, but here are the other 1,000-yard receivers in school history:Adarius Bowman (2x)Justin Blackmon (2x)Hart Lee Dykes (2x)Rashaun Woods (3x)Dez BryantJosh StewartJames WashingtonThat’s the entire list.Also, Washington leads the country in TD receptions over 70 yards. You could make a decent case that he’s the best deep threat in the country.5. Emmanuel Ogbah gets his 13th sackBest sack seasons ever in OSU history:Leslie O’Neal — 16Gary Lewis — 14Emmanuel Ogbah — 136. That first half …OU’s 44 first-half points were the most they had scored in a Bedlam half since 1970, when they put up 45 before halftime on the way to a 66-6 win. (via ESPN)7. Ground attack is not prettyOSU rush yards the last two weeks: 140OSU opponent rush yards the last two weeks: 648[side eyes emoji]
I’m not sure how many people (if any) have ever seen this raw footage, but here is Dez Bryant legitimately racing a horse (Bullet) on the turf at Boone Pickens Stadium. It is mesmerizing.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.
Walk-on freshman defensive end Cade Smith from Pleasanton, Texas, has endured three heart surgeries this offseason. And following his most recent surgery, he announced via twitter that he has been cleared to play, despite a doctor telling him otherwise just weeks ago. Here’s what he posted to his twitter account on Wednesday:After three heart surgeries and the wildest ride of my life…I’m finally cleared! It’s been a bumpy road to start my college football career, but God helped me on every bit of it! From a doctor saying I’ll never play again a couple weeks ago, to returning next week. Can’t wait to put the pads back on, and thank you so much for the prayers! Love the OSU family!Walking with God!?? #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/kuA2whNG7Q— Cade Smith (@5cade) August 10, 2016 Following a visit to Stillwater last year with his twin brother Zach (also an OSU football player), Cade told PFB that, “I took an unofficial visit to Stillwater and just fell in love.” Adding later that “There was just something about Stillwater that no other place in the nation could compare to. I felt it was the best fit for myself and my brother. I’m very happy with my decision and don’t have any second thoughts.”Cade is listed as a 6-4, 230-lb. freshman on the okstate.com online roster and as he noted above, is returning next week. Pretty cool and unlikely story about a Cowboy getting another chance to saddle back 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.
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. Carson Cunningham joined Kyle Porter after the Alamo Bowl to discuss James Washington, Mason Rudolph, that stingy Oklahoma State defense and what we can expect in 2017.Let’s talk about #okstate’s huge Alamo Bow win. https://t.co/NNT5MD7hNm— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016
We 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. 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.
Here’s a look at some of #OKState’s first football practice of the season. pic.twitter.com/oy9nCAedD3— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) July 31, 2017Gundy eager to get the backup QB competition out of the wayMany times OSU has had their guy at backup (or at least a semblance of an idea) going into fall camp. But that’s not the case this time around, with Jelani Woods, Keondre Wudtee, Taylor Cornelius and John Kolar all vying for the spot. Gundy says he wants to get the competition over and done with to prepare for the 2017 season.“You would like to do it within two weeks, but I don’t have think a timetable really fits in this criteria because it has to be the right guy,” Gundy said. “They’re all going to get a lot of reps like you saw today. Each of them will get a lot of work and somebody is going to have to go out and make some plays because once we get into the final 10 practices before the game there is not enough reps to share at that position.”OSU will take part in 22 practices before the start of the season, so naming a backup could be done by mid-August — if not earlier.Tyron Johnson speaksAfter a full season of sitting on the sidelines and watching from a distance, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson spoke to the media Sunday after months of receiving buzz for his talents.“It’s very exciting,” Johnson said. “All last year I had to sit out and watch these guys play, and now I get to be a part of it.”Johnson admits that sitting out stunk, but he was able to take advantage of his time out by learning the offense.“I learned the offense is fast-paced. I learned I would have to get better positioning to be a part of this offense, so in the spring and summer I had to attack it and take it seriously so I can keep up with these guys in the regular season.”The boys are back. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/OjDqmbjEvd— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 31, 2017 Oklahoma State kicked off its first practice of fall training camp on Sunday evening in a no-pad practice at the Sherman E. Smith training center approximately seven hours after players reported for camp. According to OSU, there were no players who weren’t accounted for — (sans for the late scratch of Fua Leilua) — and the workout lasted a full two hours.Here’s a few notables from practice number one.Justice Hill is back at full strengthWe know Hill, a freshman All-American in 2016, was slated to be RB1 this season. But his health and offseason shoulder surgery put that into some question. Hill addressed his health on Sunday, saying he’s ready to roll for the season.“I got set back a little bit with the surgery, but I came back late in April and went hard all summer. So now, I’m back, definitely 100 percent, but I’ve been surpassing my numbers from last year.”Hill didn’t name names when discussing the backup running back race, but praised the group’s effort in working together.“We’re all clicking together,” he said. “Everybody is helping each other out, just like last year when I was a freshman and LD was a freshman. We’re all clicking and working out every day.” 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. College football will return in just a few weeks, and with it comes everyone’s favorite way to start their Saturday: ESPN’s College Gameday.It’s always fun to start your football Saturday with Rece Davis, Herbie, Desmond, and of course Corso. What makes the show most fun is that they broadcast live from college campuses. It’s always a big deal to have Lee Corso pick your team and throw on the mascot’s head (or pick against you.)Who doesn’t love seeing this?AdChoices广告So far, Oklahoma State has hosted Gameday five times, with the last coming in 2015 for Bedlam. Gameday also aired from Stillwater in 2004, 2008, and 2010 for Bedlam, and in 2013 for the match-up with Baylor. They were also at Oklahoma State’s 2014 opener against Florida State at AT&T Stadium.So that got me to thinking, with expectations what they are in Stillwater this year, and with Gameday completely skipping the Big 12 last season, there’s a good chance the ESPN crew makes a stop in Stillwater this season. With that in mind, which game would be OSU’s best chance?Let’s look at six of OSU’s home games to decide which one is most likely to lure Gameday:#6: Tulsa — August 31, 2017You’d think I’d pick Kansas in this spot, but nope. OSU opens the season at home on a Thursday night in what is now being called the Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic. This isn’t out because it’s on Thursday or because OSU is playing Tulsa, it’s because we already know that Gameday is going to be at Ohio State at Indiana the same night.Other options: Ohio State at Indiana#5: Kansas — November 25, 2017There’s the Jayhawks. This is OSU’s final regular season game. Unless both teams are somehow undefeated, this isn’t happening. Kansas has only ever appeared in one other Gameday; When the 2nd-ranked Jayhawks faced No. 3 Missouri in Kansas City.other options: let’s be honest, we all know it’s going to be Alabama at Auburn#4: Baylor — October 14, 2017I just can’t see Gameday rewarding Baylor with an appearance whether it’s at their stadium or another. Plus, this team isn’t winning the Big 12 this year (and might not beat Duke for that matter).Other options: Utah at USC, Arkansas at Alabama, OU vs Texas, Ohio State at Nebraska#3: Kansas State — November 18, 2017While I do think KSU is going to have a good season, it’s going to take a match-up of top-10 teams for this one to happen. It’s also more likely Gameday shows up for Bedlam two weeks prior to this one. All that being said, there’s not a great selection of options this week, so it might only take one of the two teams being top-10, and the other in the top 15 to make this happen. Of course, ESPN could chose this to be the week they head off to an FCS game like they’ve done the past few years.Now, if Snyder announces this is his final season the week before this game happens, move this game to the top of the list!Other options: UCLA at USC, Michigan at Wisconsin#2: Oklahoma — November 4, 2017You’d think this would be number one on the list. Nope. While there is a good chance that both teams are in the top 15, I have a sneaky suspicion that both will have lost a game by now. Yes, that includes OSU. (That October stretch just looks more and more brutal every time I glance at it.)Now, there is a good chance that both teams are top-10. If that’s the case, this happens, if for no other reason than this game isn’t the last of the season like it has been the past few years.Other options: Penn State at Michigan State, LSU at Alabama, Auburn at Texas A&M, Texas at TCU#1 TCU: September 23, 2017Yep. Texas Christian. Hear me out. There is a very good chance that when the Cowboys and Horned Frogs meet, both teams will be 3-0. Granted, both will have to escape difficult road games in the first three weeks of the season for that to happen; OSU at Pittsburgh in week 3 and TCU at Arkansas in week 2. If that happens, both teams should be ranked with Oklahoma State likely in the top 10.I realize this is a bit of a gamble, as Oklahoma State has only hosted one, non-Bedlam Gameday, but the Big 12 is due, and if the league can get some Power-5 wins to start the season, they’ll be rewarded.Other options: Notre Dame at Michigan, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, Washington at Colorado, Penn State at Iowa
First things first, there will be no Justice Hill this season. With so much talent on the Oklahoma State roster, there just shouldn’t be any opportunity for anyone to “break out” like Hill did last year. With that said, I’m not considering Tyron Johnson. We know he is good. We have known he is good. There will be no surprises.However, there will undoubtedly be a few youngsters who will have opportunities to earn a few stripes. Here are my top five going into the season.1. Tylan Wallace – Receiver – FreshmanIt should come as little surprise OSU’s top recruit in the 2017 class is at the top of my list.AdChoices广告Wallace has the athleticism to compete right now. He is a mix between Josh Stewart and Jalen McCleskey, with (as he would probably tell you) a lot more swagger.He probably won’t catch 30 balls but he could definitely finish in the top six among the receivers, which doesn’t sound impressive but actually is phenomenal given who is on this team.“You got to have a wildcard guy like that,” Gundy told the Tulsa World recently about Wallace. “Because we have to keep three-deep and then somebody’s going to get sick or get dinged, you’ve got to throw somebody in there.”2. Chuba Hubbard – Running Back – FreshmanWhen you have an Olympic track star on your football team, big plays are always possible.Chuba finished fourth in the Youth World Championships with a 100-meter time of 10.55. Usain Bolt’s fastest time was quicker by less than a second.Hubbard will have to compete with a deep group of unproven running backs behind Hill, but he should get touches and should make plays.A true home run hitter.3. A.J. Green – Cornerback – SophomoreAt this point, Green is one of the favorites to start at corner in 2017. Little is known about him which makes him a perfect candidate.I’ve worn the cornerback position dry to this point with talk about how inexperienced the group of young talent is. But from what we have heard from the coaches, Green has all the potential to make me look like an idiot.Green intercepted seven passes over his last two years at DeSoto High School and defended 25 more, according to Max Preps. He was a guy who held offers from Oklahoma, Wisconsin and 15 others, so clearly he can play.You just have to hope he can play at this level.4. Keenen Brown – Cowboy Back – Redshirt JuniorAfter waiting behind Blake Jarwin as the top receiving option at cowboy back, Brown could be the quietest, most important piece to the OSU offense in 2017. The X-factor.Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo said there will be a role for the cowboy backs to play this season, despite the overload in receiver talent. He said he didn’t know how big of a role they would play, but whatever role that is, Brown could and probably will fill it. For a player of his size, he has the skill and athleticism of a four-star receiver (because he was coming out of high school). That’s dangerous.Brown, to me, is much like Martellus Bennett (in his prime). OSU will use him differently by moving him to the backfield for protection, lead blocking and flat routes, but the skillset is similar.And that makes sense because Brown and Bennett both graduated from Alief Taylor High School in Houston.5. JD King – Running Back – FreshmanPart of this feels like obligation because I put Chuba No. 1, but King might supply more of an immediate impact.Coming from Fitzgerald High School in Georgia, King has the makeup of a starting running back. He is about 20 pounds heavier than Justice but ran track as a prep athlete and looks excellent on tape. It’s unclear what his role will be this season, but if he can lock down the No. 2 job, he easily could run for more than 300 yards this season.Honorable Mention:Calvin Bundage – Linebacker – SophomoreRodarius Williams – Cornerback – Redshirt FreshmanKris McCune – Safety – FreshmanSione Finefeuiaki – Cowboy Back – JuniorThabo Mwaniki – Safety – Freshman 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.
World Cup Kane: Colombia match the ‘moment of truth’ for England Robin Bairner 22:50 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup England Harry Kane Colombia v England Colombia The captain of the Three Lions is hungry for more goals and admits that confidence is high Harry Kane says that Tuesday’s World Cup clash against Colombia represents “the moment of truth” for England.The Three Lions crashed out of Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland but have rebuilt under Gareth Southgate and have made a positive start at Russia 2018.Victories over Tunisia and Panama have been achieved, and while they were tempered by a 1-0 defeat to Belgium, they have been consoled by the fact that they have ended in the half of the draw largely considered the easier. 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, the captain, believes that the forthcoming last-16 tie against the South Americans represents a significant test.“This is the moment of truth,” he said.“Now it is the business end. This is what you put in all those hours for, this is why you work, technically and tactically, for big games.“Colombia are a tough team and have got some great players and we have to be ready for that.“There’s going to be a bit more pressure on us now but I think it’s important for us to have that mentality just to be calm in those situations, enjoy it still. This is what we train for and work hard for, these big moments, and hopefully we can do well on Tuesday.”The Tottenham striker has also made a strong personal contribution to the England cause, netting five times thus far, including a hat-trick against Panama.He has admitted that he feels capable of scoring every time he goes out onto the field at present.“That’s especially the case when balls are just dropping in for you and things are going for you,” he said.“You feel you are going to get chances and that feeling helps you find chances.“I’m ready for everything, whether it is a penalty, a set-piece or anything. I try to practise different situations and make sure I am ready for anything that comes.“You just want to be on the pitch because you know a chance will come.”England last faced Colombia in a competitive fixture in the 1998 World Cup, when goals from Darren Anderton and David Beckham gave them a 2-0 victory in the group stage.
World Cup Mexico boss Osorio not ready to decide future after Brazil defeat Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:42 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Mexico Brazil v Mexico Brazil The 56-year-old has been in charge for nearly three years, and has been widely expected to depart following the World Cup Juan Carlos Osorio has said he will take some time to decide his future as Mexico manager following a 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the World Cup last 16. Osorio got Mexico off to a flying start at the tournament in Russia, with the team winning their first two matches against Germany and South Korea.However, El Tri’s time in Russia turned sour afterwards. 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 Mexico lost their final group match 3-0 to Sweden, consigning them to second place in Group F and their ultimately unsuccessful last-16 matchup with the Brazilians in Samara. Osorio has been subject of criticism from segments of the Mexican press and fan base throughout his time in charge of El Tri, with many expecting his departure following the World Cup.Following the match on Monday though, Osorio said he isn’t ready to take any decision just yet. “The most important right now is to do things calmly,” the Colombian manager said on Telemundo following the game. “Do a meticulous analysis, an analysis of the details of our process here, and surely they will make a decision, and we will as well.”He later told a news conference: “This (his future) is the most irrelevant thing right now. We just lost a very important match. It’s very painful so we will wait and see what happens over the next few days, you’ll see what i decide soon.”Osorio was appointed Mexico manager in October 2015, and has overseen a period of highs and lows with El Tri. Mexico easily qualified for the 2018 World Cup and put together strong performances at the 2016 Copa America and 2017 Confederations Cup, but those tournaments ended with embarrassing blowout defeats, 7-0 to Chile and 4-1 to Germany, respectively.Tasked with getting El Tri to the quarterfinal of a World Cup for the first time since 1986, Osorio’s Mexico side instead failed at the last-16 stage for the seventh consecutive World Cup. Osorio has been linked with the vacant U.S. national team position, as well as a move to Europe.
Rabat – American singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Nick Jonas will perform at the 16th edition of Mawazine Music Festival, to be held in Rabat (May 12-20), the event’s organizer Maroc Cultures Association announced on Wednesday.Nick Jonas was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1992. He began his career in theater as a young boy and was offered a recording contract as a teenager. Jonas formed the boy band the Jonas Brothers with two of his siblings and found great success while working with the Disney Company. Beyond the band, Jonas has gained notoriety as a solo artist and expanded his acting career to TV and movies.The Jonas Brothers’ self-titled album was released in 2007, reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and went double platinum. The album’s single, “S.O.S.,” soared to No. 1 on iTunes. Nick Jonas’s career extends beyond his identity with his brothers and he demonstrated that in 2010 when he embarked on his first solo tour with his side project, The Administration.While balancing a recording career and performing in numerous musicals, Jonas has also worked as a television actor. He began by starring in Disney Channel’s TV movies Camp Rock (2008) and Camp Rock 2 (2010) with Demi Lovato.Mawazine “World Rhythms” is a music festival that takes place annually in Rabat, featuring many international and local music artists.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has warned of attempts to create an ‘Arab Spring’ in Sri Lanka to topple the government.The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, and wars which occurring in the Arab world that began on 18 December 2010 which led to the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen being removed from power. On new evidence of wrongdoing in the final stages of the war in 2009, collated by international organisations and media outlets, he said that putting out such reports and videos was their job. “We must not merely look at one side. They must not merely listen to one group and the Opposition [in Sri Lanka]. So they [the Opposition] are trying to get the support of other countries to create an ‘Arab Spring’ here. That won’t happen in Sri Lanka.”Asked whether he would hold the Northern provincial elections in September, as he had told this newspaper, Rajapaksa said: “Yes, we will hold [the poll] in September. That’s why we have postponed the other [provincial] elections too. I did not want to face the criticism that I was doing it only because I had no intention of holding the Northern provincial elections.” The North would have powers which are “not more, not less” than those enjoyed by the eight other provinces. “Had it happened, I would have known [it]. It is obvious that if somebody [from the armed forces] had done that, I must take responsibility. We completely deny it. It can’t be,” he told The Hindu in an exclusive interview. On the coming U.S.-sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Rajapaksa said Jaffna was provided with all infrastructure just three years after the war ended. “Who did this within three years? Anybody who has come and seen it has talked about it positively and has commended us.”Even India was “harassed” by the UNHRC over Kashmir, he said. “Sri Lanka is like a volley ball. Everyone is taking turns punching it to cover up their sins.”On the issue of a political solution for the Tamil people, he said that unless the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), an umbrella group of Tamil parties, joined the Parliamentary Select Committee, there could be no way forward. “Without TNA [on the committee], I will not be able to do anything… Earlier, all the leaders gave their solutions from the top. It has failed. The 13th Amendment has failed. Everything has failed,” he said. In an interview with India’s The Hindu newspaper, the President said denied that the Army killed LTTE chief Vellupillai Prabakaran’s 12-year-old son Balachandran. The President said he had not discussed with India its support to Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. “India must know its duty, as a neighbour…, as a friend of Sri Lanka. I can’t dictate to India.”Referring to External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid’s comments in Parliament on accountability for alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, he insisted that Sri Lanka had held people accountable for excesses. “We have filed cases… We have handed down punishments. But this can be done only as per the laws of this country…I have released 14,000 [LTTE] prisoners, who had serious charges against them like murder, after a process of rehabilitation. Had I filed cases against the 14,000 people, what would have happened? I am a Buddhist. We have tolerance and compassion. There are still some more people [of the LTTE] in prison. We are examining ways…to release them.”Sri Lanka’s relations with India were fine after the 2012 vote in Geneva. “There are many incidents to show that the relationship is good. We don’t hold… Indian fishermen who routinely fish in our waters…Thousands of fishermen are crossing and fishing…We sent so many Indian prisoners back home. Despite incidents in Tamil Nadu [where Sri Lankan pilgrims were sent back], there has not been any incident [involving] Indians in Sri Lanka. I understand that there are people who want India to have some confrontation with Sri Lanka… It is all politically motivated,” he said. Rajapaksa allayed fears that MPs of the majority community would hijack the agenda, pointing out that some individuals and parties in the government would not allow it to happen.
The CID is investigating the weapons on the ship at the Galle harbor after the navy had filed a police complaint.Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd recently slammed what it termed as a “downright betrayal” following allegations raised over its ship which docked at the Galle harbor recently. Approval was granted to the Commission by the police and accordingly officers of the Commission boarded the ship today. Officials of the Presidential Commission investigating large scale fraud today boarded the Avant Garde ship at the Galle harbor to conduct investigations.The Commission had sought approval to board the ship to investigate the weapons found on the ship said to belong to Rakna Lanka. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had recently sealed containers with weapons on the Avant Garde ship. The company said that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) had given the approval for the ship to dock in Galle but the Sri Lanka Navy boarded the ship and assumed command.It also said that there is no discrepancy whatsoever in the consignment of weapons, ammunition and associated equipment maintained by Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd (RALL) representatives on board. (Colombo Gazette)
“No political or religious cause can justify abductions, bombings and other criminal activities such as are being witnessed on a daily basis in Iraq,” she said in a statement issued yesterday in Geneva. “This senseless violence cannot be condemned strongly enough and it must stop. Meanwhile, every effort should be made to identify the perpetrators and to bring them to justice.”Ms. Hassan was head of the CARE International office in Iraq and had devoted more than 25 years of her life to helping the Iraqi people before being abducted last month. A videotape sent to Arabic TV news channel Al-Jazeera showed her apparently being shot in the head.In calling for the release of all hostages, Iraqis and foreigners, Ms. Arbour specifically mentioned French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, abducted in August, as well as Teresa Borcz Khalifa, a Polish-born long-time resident of Iraq who was seized last month.
The Ohio State men’s soccer team gathers up prior to the start of the game against BGSU. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignFollowing the season-opening weekend split against Furman and Hofstra, the Ohio State men’s soccer team returns to the pitch this weekend in Dayton where they will face off against Marshall and Milwaukee in the 2018 Dayton Classic.The Buckeyes enter the weekend 1-1-0 on the season, dropping the opener to Furman, 2-0, before knocking off Hofstra, 1-0 on Sunday afternoon as first-year head coach Brian Maisonneuve earned his first career victory as head coach.Now, Ohio State looks ahead to two weekend matches against Marshall and Milwaukee, two teams that also picked up wins on their opening weekends.MarshallOhio State kicks off the Dayton Classic with a matchup against Marshall (1-1-0). The Herd picked up a 1-0 win over Duquesne to open the season before falling to Oakland University 3-2. Through two games, Marshall’s leading scorer is Jonas Westmeyer, a junior midfielder from Germany, who got off to a hot start to the season with a goal and two assists.Following right behind Westmeyer are the two other players to tally a goal last weekend, sophomore forward J.P. Rylah and freshman forward Gianni Bouzoukis.In goal for the Thundering Herd is redshirt junior Paulo Pita, a transfer from the University of Charleston, who won the 2017 Division II National Championship as the Eagles starting goaltender. Pita, a native of Brazil, carries a 1.50 goals against average into Friday’s contest.Marshall employs a roster flooded with international talent. 15 of the 26 players on their roster are from a country other than the United States. The Herd field players from Brazil, England, France, Spain, New Zealand, Ghana and Germany.The Buckeyes will have to contend with 2017 All-Conference USA performer, junior defender Carlos Diaz-Salcedo.Chris Grassie is in his second season as the head coach at Marshall after successful run as the head coach at the University of Charleston for six seasons.Milwaukee After their matchup with Marshall, the Buckeyes will have a day off before facing off against Milwaukee on Sunday in the conclusion of the Dayton Classic.Milwaukee won its season opener, shutting out Western Illinois 4-0, with four players scoring goals.Redshirt sophomore forward Alex Sykes, senior midfielder Sean Holmes, sophomore midfielder Vuk Latinovich and redshirt junior defender Josh Kaye tallied the four goals to combine with a stout defensive performance, as sophomore goalkeeper Freddie Lorenzen recorded his first shutout of the season, to lock down the victory in their first game. Last season, senior defender Sean Reynolds received All-Horizon League First Team honors. Meanwhile, Latinovich, who was also named to the All-Horizon League second-team, Lorenzen and redshirt sophomore defender Jake Kelderman were named to the All-Conference Freshman team. Ohio State’s offense looked much improved in its second game of the season against Hofstra, and the Buckeyes will hope they can start a trend that will last throughout the regular season.Perhaps even more important for the Buckeyes will be the play of their defense. After shutting out Hofstra last Sunday, Ohio State will need its back line to up to the task once again against a capable Panther attack.