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.
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.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Herndon wasted no time acclimating himself with the Purefoods franchise, blending well with mainstays Peter June Simon, Mark Barroca, and Marc Pingris.READ: Herndon motivated to play alongside league’s top guardsAdding to his comfort is these veterans’ jovial vibe, saying, “They’re veterans but they like to have fun and bring that cool aspect.”Still, Herndon knows that work is just getting started, and with coach Chito Victolero known as a defensive tactician, he expects the grind to go up a level in the coming days.“It’s been a lot of offense so far in the first week, but I know that the focus here is defense. We’re just getting a hang of some of the plays, but when we start on defense, that’s where we pick the intensity up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two weeks after last fight, Iniong faces Yamaguchi in ONE Singapore card Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robbie Herndon. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netRobbie Herndon couldn’t be happier being a part of Star.The Fil-Am swingman admitted that he liked the Hotshots even before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, and after one week of training with the team, his expectations were matched.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’m good. I feel comfortable,” he said. “I love the players and I love the coaches because they’re very welcoming. They’re all nice and the veterans give me good advice. I feel I belong here and I’m happy to be here.”READ: GlobalPort ships Robbie Herndon to Star in 3-on-1 swapFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTaken sixth overall by GlobalPort in the recent annual rookie selection, Herndon quickly found his way to Star as he was traded, together with third rounder Gian Abrigo, for Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni, and Julian Sargent on draft night.He agreed to a two-year deal on Friday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
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. With his new contract, Nick Saban will make over $11 million this season as the head coach of Alabama. He is still wildly underpaid.Alabama makes clown money, and he is the primary driver of that money. Alabama would still be getting a deal if you doubled his salary.Anyway, Saban will make $11 million in 2017, but that includes a $4 million bonus. His base salary is *only* $7.125 million for this season (and next). The stunner? That is more or less what Oklahoma State’s entire staff will make.Mike Gundy is trying to figure out how to operate a printer so he can slide this data under Mike Holder’s unsigned door. Alabama is great, no doubt, but Oklahoma State has been pretty dang good in the last 10 years as well. OSU is 93-37 since Saban took over in 2007. Alabama is 119-19 in that time.In 2016, Mike Gundy made $3.775 million and his nine assistants made a combined $3.28 million for a combined $7.059 million. Or slightly less than Saban will make (without his bonus) this season.We don’t know the pay increases for all the assistants (and won’t for a while), but Gundy is set to make $3.9 million this year so OSU’s 10 coaches will (barely) surpass Saban’s base with their 2017 salaries. Throw in the signing bonus, and Saban blows ’em out of the water.What’s more startling is what Saban’s assistants are making. Alabama’s nine assistants will make a combined $6 million this year.So that’s $13.1 million in staff salaries without the signing bonus and $17.1 million with it in 2017 for the Alabama coaching staff. In other words, take Saban out of it, and Alabama’s other coaches are still making nearly what all of OSU’s coaches will make combined (including Gundy).Amateur athletics, baby!
Our big board series featuring some of OSU’s top targets on a position-by-position basis continues today with a look at who is floating on the radar for the Cowboys along the defensive front — both at defensive tackle and defensive end.Tyler Lacy sealed one spot of need as an edge rusher when he became one of the many who committed over the last month, and the Sachse defensive end likely won’t be the last one Joe Bob Clements hauls in before signing day.Let’s have a look at the remaining targets for now, but based on this list and how Clements has recruited in the past, I’d also keep an open mind for names to emerge on this list later in the summer and into fall. He has a knack for unearthing hidden gems under big boulders.Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Linebacker |Israel Antwine — Defensive tackleLocal defensive tackle Israel Antwine of Millwood High School is a solid option at defensive tackle for 2018, and perhaps one of the biggest high school names still available that might be a viable option. He’s a late riser on the recruiting trail but at 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds he’s a legit target and a local area kid.The downside with Antwine is that he’s getting the full court press elsewhere. He told Pistols Firing that Texas, Ole Miss, Missouri and Memphis are currently recruiting him the hardest.Tate Wildeman — Defensive endWildeman was a bit of a wild card when OSU offered him a scholarship. The Colorado native is a 6-foot-5 edge rusher who, at the time of his OSU offer, was a relative unknown. Iowa, Arizona State, Nevada, and Nebraska have all offered since — and he’s a current Nebraska pledge.At this point with Lacy in the fold, I think OSU and Wildeman will likely cool. The 2018 class won’t be big on defensive ends, perhaps two at the most, so OSU might file this offer away for now until signing day gets closer and the staff reassesses their scholarship count. Wildeman doesn’t seem to me to be a must-get prospect — and OSU might have the luxury to be picky here.Tayland Humphrey — Defensive tackleThe self-proclaimed best defensive tackle in the country is Tayland Humphrey, a 6-foot-5, 350-pound run-stuffer who is a beast of a prospect. Humphrey, who is with Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, is originally from Klein Oak, Texas, and has been on the OSU radar for quite some time. He has offers from nearly 25 schools that includes OSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Louisville, Alabama, Florida State and others. Because Humphrey is a junior college prospect, he’d be an immediate plug-and-play guy in the middle where OSU has had success with a long line of junior college guys like Mote Maile, Calvin Barnett and Ofa Hautau.As a freshman last season for Hutch, Humphrey had 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss. He’ll be done with his two-year degree in December, so he could be an early enrollee at his next destination. He will have three years to play two following the 2017 football season.Alton Robinson — Defensive endRobinson is a former Texas A&M signee who failed to qualify and is eligible to jump back up to Division for 2018. He’s a hard-hitting pass-rusher from NEO in Miami (Miam-uh) and to this point, has garnered surprisingly little interest. His offers include OSU, Colorado State and Kentucky.Robinson collected 67 tackles at NEO and 14 sacks to lead the Southwest Junior College Football Conference last season. Should he qualify, OSU might have the inside track. He’s already made an unofficial visit to Stillwater during last football season. But the cat might be out of the bag if he puts up similar production as he did as a freshman for NEO last season again as a sophomore. 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.”
Sooners junior safety Will Sunderland was charged with felony burglary on Wednesday for a robbery of two baseball players’ dorm room in March, according to a report from The Oklahoman.A warrant for his arrest was issued Wednesday.Sunderland was already serving an indefinite suspension from the team after being charged with concealing stolen property—a misdemeanor —after CDR Electronics in Oklahoma City discovered he sold them a stolen XBOX One and PlayStation 4 gaming systems the same day he allegedly stole the gaming systems back in March. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge and posted a $2,000 bond on Wednesday.AdChoices广告Sunderland was recruited by both OU and OSU as a standout out of Midwest City but chose the Sooners early in his senior year.Entering his junior season in Norman, Sunderland was projected as the starting free safety for the Sooners. But with the latest developments off the field, it could seriously put his future with the program in doubt and force Oklahoma to rely on a very inexperienced secondary. 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. We’ve ranked all six of Oklahoma State’s road games by difficulty. This time we look at the games OSU will play under the lights of Boone Pickens Stadium.OSU gets six home games this season, five of which will be Big 12 games. It’s a sneaky good schedule, so if you have season tickets, enjoy!No. 6 – Kansas[USATSI]Not that crazy things can’t happen, but this is the last game of the regular season and OSU should be firing on all cylinders at this point. Kansas will be better this year than last, I think they win three to four games. I just can’t see OSU being one of them.AdChoices广告Kansas hasn’t beaten OSU in Stillwater since 2007, and the closest margin since then was 70-28 in 2011 (and it wasn’t really even that close of it game). They’re not going to change that this year.No. 5 – BaylorThis is not the same Baylor program we’ve known the last few years. Now entering their second season without Art Briles and first under Matt Rhule who turned around the Temple program, the Bears are continuing to rebuild their identity both on and off the field.[USATSI]Baylor’s offense is likely going to take a step back again this year, but that’s not why OSU is going to win this game.The Bears are breaking in a new defensive coordinator this season and with him, a switch to a more complicated 3-4 scheme. It’s going to take the defense time to adjust, and I don’t just mean one offseason. Even if Baylor’s players get the hang of the new defense by the end of the year, it’s unlikely they do by Week 7 when they come to Stillwater.This should be the year OSU ends Baylor’s winning streak.No. 4 – TulsaYep. Tulsa is ahead of Baylor.[USATSI]For one, Phil Montgomery is in his third year at the helm of the Golden Hurricane. He didn’t take long turning Tulsa around going from six wins in his first year to 10 in his second.For two, Tulsa can score. Montgomery’s system is built to put up yards and points — even if they are replacing a lot on that side of the ball. Do they have the players on defense to really slow down Oklahoma State? No. But they might have enough on offense to at least make it interesting for awhile.Add to this, the Cowboys haven’t been great early in the season the last couple of years. If the Cowboys come out of the gate sluggish or looking to play extra vanilla, they could get more of a challenge than we would like from our in-state adversaries.No. 3 – TCUI’ll be honest. I don’t know if TCU is going to be better this year than they were the last. But I feel like they should be.Patterson has always been able to turn the Frogs around. They play good defense and can score. I realize it was in Fort Worth, but last year feels like a bit of an outlier. The score was 10-6 at half and the Frogs just couldn’t get into the end zone in the second half, even though they came close a couple of times.[USATSI] It all comes down to Kenny Hill. If the former Texas A&M quarterback can rebound from a disappointing season, then the Horned Frogs will be back to being formidable. At worst, TCU should bring a talented defense with them to Stillwater.I expect a real fight from the Frogs in Stillwater this season.No. 2 – Kansas State[USATSI]When are Kansas State games not difficult? It doesn’t matter where they, who is ranked higher, or if a walk-on wide receiver is playing quarterback (seriously, that happened), OSU and Kansas State play close games.We’ve talked about this a couple of times but it’s worth pointing out again. OSU is 5-2 over the Wildcats in their last seven meetings, but KSU has outscored the Cowboys by 19 points during that time. That’s how close these games are. Just look back at last year when the game came down to the final play. Heck, go back to 2011 in one of the wildest back-and-forth games I’ve ever seen.The Wildcats are always a tough test. I don’t expect anything different this year.No. 1 – OklahomaI’d love to not pick the obvious here, but that would be dishonest.When your head coach is 2-10 against a team during his tenure, they’re obviously going to be the toughest opponent on the schedule. Granted, there is a major difference between this game and the other 12 — Bob Stoops is gone and Lincoln Riley is now in charge.[USATSI]Yes, Riley will still be getting used to being the head coach of the Sooners, but he will have Baker Mayfield at quarterback to help ease the transition. It’s also not like Riley is unfamiliar with the Big 12, having served as OU’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.This will be OSU’s toughest game. They have the best quarterback in the league outside of Stillwater, and enough returning assistant coaches that I’m not sure the transition will be all that rough in Norman.
Premier League Arsenal vs Man City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 17:50 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal Arsene Wenger’s side were left humiliated by the Citizens at Wembley so they will be aiming to restore pride on Thursday Just four days after playing in the Carabao Cup final, Arsenal and Manchester City meet again in London as they return to Premier League action.Pep Guardiola’s men emerged triumphant at Wembley on Sunday, beating the Gunners 3-0 to secure the Catalan coach’s first trophy since arriving in England.That defeat was Arsenal’s fifth in their last 10 matches in all competitions and they will need to improve if they want to secure a positive result at home on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp A chasm of 27 points separates City in first from Arsenal in sixth and the Gunners, who are also 10 points adrift of fourth-place Tottenham, will be hoping to reclaim some pride at the Etihad. Game Arsenal vs Manchester City Date Thursday March 1 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Dragomir, Gilmour, Willock Forwards Aubameyang, Welbeck, Dasilva, Nelson, Nketiah Alexandre Lacazette recently underwent surgery on a knee injury so he is definitely out and Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee who has been troubled by an ankle complaint.Nacho Monreal has been ruled out for the next few games too after suffering an inflamed disc in his back, but the remainder of the squad are fit to play.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Kolasinac, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Wilshere, Xhaka, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey; Aubameyang. Position Man City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw Defenders Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, Duhaney Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Foden, Diaz, Dele-Bashiru Forwards Aguero, Nmecha, Jesus Fernandinho is definitely out of the game after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday, but Raheem Sterling could be available again after Guardiola revealed he is “much, much better”.Brazil international Gabriel Jesus is back in contention after making a substitute appearance in the final.Potential Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo; Gundogan, D. Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, Jesus.Betting & Match Odds Man City are, perhaps unsurprisingly, favourites to win with dabblebet giving odds of 3/4 on Guardiola’s men. Arsenal are deemed a 7/2 bet to win and a draw is available at 3/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Icy conditions are enveloping the United Kingdom this week as the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ arrives and the Emirates Stadium is becoming an increasingly cold house for Wenger too.The Arsenal boss was denied a maiden League Cup trophy on Sunday after his side meekly succumbed to the might of Guardiola’s City and the question of his future has now arisen once more.Even if the veteran coach guides the Gunners to a win over City on Thursday, those questions won’t go away, but he will be able to use a victory as a springboard for a strong finish to the season.The Europa League now seems to be their only realistic hope of achieving Champions League football for next season, but the pressure is still on to finish as high as possible in the league.City, on the other hand, are incredibly secure at the top of the table and have now comfortably beaten the Gunners twice this season.Despite the elation of winning the Carabao Cup, Guardiola’s men have a tough run of games to come, with Chelsea and Basel to play after Arsenal, so the Catalan will be demanding complete focus. 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Arsenal Mertesacker will regain love for football, says sympathetic Wenger Matt Dorman 23:52 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Milan UEFA Europa League The Frenchman has hailed the Germany international defender for his honesty after a candid interview with Der Spiegel Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects the retiring Per Mertesacker to rediscover his passion for playing soon after he hangs up the boots.World Cup winner Mertesacker recently revealed a desire to avoid being called upon during the final months of a career plagued by injuries.In a candid interview with Der Spiegel, the 33-year-old detailed his battles with anxiety and said he was eager to be “free” from the mental and physical demands of professional football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Wenger sympathised with Mertesacker’s honest admission, although he believes the former Germany international will move past his frustration.”I think that will go very quickly. Once you stop for a few months you are ready to play again,” Wenger told reporters on Wednesday.”He has had a very long career. He never plays one minute without being totally focussed. That demands a huge amount of effort and that is why he has had the career he has.”To be a professional football player is to face a huge level of expectation. First of all from yourself, because these players are very demanding of themselves and that creates stress.”To play at the level they play today you need to have a huge resistance to stress.”To express what you want to do you need your body to be at your service. You never know how your body will respond, how you will feel, how much your reflexes in a game will be there. It is always an uncertainty and that creates stress.”Mertesacker, who will take over as the Gunners’ academy manager at the end of the campaign, has not featured since Arsenal’s FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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.
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. Got a big one on tap tonight between the Pokes and Cats. We’ll see you at Boone’s place 🤠🔶 #GoPokes | #KSUvsOSU ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/nB9LNhTXtk— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 28, 2019That last time OSU went BBO was all the way back in 2013, also against Kansas and also in the conference home opener. The Cowboys beat the Wildcats 33-29. That result, and the fact that it might be my new favorite home look, begs the question. Why the six-year hiatus? The important thing is that it’s back and it’s beautiful.If you’re keeping score at home, Kyle Porter successfully predicted the BBO color scheme in this week’s Uniform Prediction, but had OSU wearing the Barbed Wire lids. Oklahoma State’s equipment staff dusted off an oldie, but a goodie, for Saturday night’s Big 12 home opener. The Cowboys will wear a black helmet with orange brand, black jersey and orange pants against Kansas State.😍😍😍
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World Cup Have woeful Argentina finally broken Messi? Sam Lee In Saint Petersburg Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina Sergio Agüero For years he has single-handedly carried a nation despite upheaval in the technical area, problems on the pitch and disputes with the federation Lionel Messi is a man of few words, and mixed zones, those interview areas where the world’s best players very rarely say anything, let alone anything of note, are usually quiet places.So you can imagine the furore when the very best player in the world walked down into the vast grey corridors of the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and picked that time and place to retire from international football with Argentina .“It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he told shocked reporters, not long after missing a shoot-out penalty in the final of the Copa America. “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me. That’s the way I feel right now, it’s a huge sadness once again and I missed the penalty that was so important. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “I tried so hard to be a champion with Argentina. But it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it. I think it’s best for everyone, for me and for many people who want it. The choice for me is over, it is a decision. I tried many times to be a champion but was not able to be.”The Copa America Centenario was effectively a bonus; staged to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the oldest international football tournament on the planet, it provided an extra opportunity for Argentina, and for Messi in particular, to get the monkey off their backs and finally win a trophy.But having lost the World Cup final to Germany in 2014, and then lost the 2015 Copa final on penalties to Chile, they lost again. To Chile. On penalties. Messi stepped up first and missed.It was all too much for him.After all, during the early years of his Argentina career he was barely even liked by many of his own fans; at the 2011 Copa America, held on home soil, he was announced as ‘the best player in the world’, but Carlos Tevez was ‘the player of the people’, and it was the then Manchester City striker whose name was cheered loudest up and down the country.He finally managed to shake off the unpatriotic tag, but only because he was being called a bottler instead. Or worse, a failure.Not all Argentina fans felt this way, of course, but Messi was probably talking about those who do when he referenced the “many people who want” his retirement.On top of that there was the Argentine Football Association, who Messi hit out at a few days before his mixed zone mic drop. “What a disaster they are, my God,” he posted on Instagram after another flight had been delayed. He vowed to say even more after the final, but decided to retire instead. Yet he could not stay away; within two months he had reversed his decision, despite even more instability in his absence. Gerardo Martino, who had replaced Alejandro Sabella after the World Cup and led Argentina to the two Copa finals, had resigned. Edgardo Bauza replaced him and Messi rode again.World Cup qualification had not got off to the best start and after a brief rally Argentina were struggling again; in April 2017 Bauza was gone, replaced by Jorge Sampaoli.The former Chile boss was seen as the man who would finally build a cohesive unit around Messi, yet he drew his first three qualifiers in charge. With only one left, against Ecuador, there was a genuine danger that Argentina would not even make the World Cup. Messi scored a hat-trick and they did.But here we are. The hope was that Sampaoli, having secured qualification, would have a bit more space to forge a functioning team in the build-up to Russia, but that has not happened. Argentina are a shambles and it looks like Messi is struggling more than ever.On Sunday, Goal outlined the situation surrounding Argentine football in recent years, why so many fans are so demanding of their national team, and of Messi . It does appear that the strain is starting to show.The missed penalty against Iceland hit Messi hard – it has been reported that he sat out of a family barbecue the day after, electing instead to stay in his room by himself.The footage of him rubbing his head, Pep Guardiola-esque, during the national anthems ahead of the Croatia game were concerning. His performance even more so.So many times he has bailed out Argentina with individual brilliance but he made no impact whatsoever in Nizhny Novgorod. He looked completely lost.If Sampaoli has done one thing during his reign he has protected Messi. Before the World Cup the coach said the team was as much Messi’s as it was his own, and after the brutal Croatia defeat he blamed himself and the other players for failing to give Messi anything to work with. In those hours after the match it looked as if Sampaoli’s position would be untenable, his players having abandoned him and Argentina all but out of the World Cup after just two games.Yet somehow they are still standing. If they beat Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, and if Iceland don’t beat Croatia, they will be through to the knock-outs.We have no idea what state they will be in for that game. After all, the only thing that has changed since Thursday night is that Nigeria beat Iceland – Sampaoli still does not have a system, he does not know his best XI, or even a functioning XI, and some of his best players are plainly tired of him already.Inevitably, it will be down to Messi to solve all of this on his own.But is there anything left?
World Cup Kane proud of England team-mates as Three Lions march into World Cup quarter-finals Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:58 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup England Harry Kane Colombia v England Colombia Powerade After helping the Three Lions qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup, The England captain hailed his side’s character Harry Kane feels England’s first World Cup penalty shootout win will boost belief the Three Lions can triumph at Russia 2018.Kane’s spot-kick against Colombia had England on track for a first knockout win at a major tournament in 12 years, but Yerry Mina’s 93rd-minute header sent Tuesday’s last-16 tie to extra-time in Moscow.The England captain subsequently scored from 12 yards again as the match went to penalties, Eric Dier converting the decisive spot-kick after Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Kane’s six goals puts the striker two clear of Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot, but the Tottenham man is more focused on England’s World Cup chances.”I’m so proud. We were so unlucky to concede in the last minute. It shows our togetherness and character,” Kane told a news conference.29 – Harry Kane has scored more World Cup goals than 29 different countries in the tournament (3 games, 6 goals). Glorious. #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HAeDySiJm8— OptaCan (@OptaCan) July 3, 2018″These are the moments when you really see it. It’s a big night for everyone. Obviously we knew that England’s history with penalties hasn’t been great. It was nice to get that one off our back.”We have grown up a lot on that pitch tonight. Highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-out.”Get in there!! Proud. Bottle. Character. #ThreeLions #WorldCup #ENG pic.twitter.com/FIRTBXPzCY— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 3, 2018Giving England the lead from the penalty spot means Kane has scored in six consecutive games for England, matching a 79-year-old national record held by Tommy Lawton.”Extremely proud,” Kane said of levelling the record. “Hopefully this continues.”I want to do better and do more. I want to help the team and we’re just looking forward to the next game.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: De Bruyne in contention for Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could face Liverpool on Thursday night.The Belgian missed Sunday’s win over Southampton due to a muscle injury.City can cut the gap to the league leaders to four points with a victory, and manager Pep Guardiola could have his superstar back in action.”He trained today. Tomorrow we need to have another check in the morning, but he’s much better,” said Guardiola in his pre-match news conference.
Image Courtesy: NWSAMediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Laurence arrived at the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 46 in Seattle on April 5, becoming the largest containership to call the terminal.The Laurence has capacity for almost 13,000 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs). If laid end-to-end, the 13,000 TEUs would stretch to the top of Mount Rainier 18 times, a distance of almost 50 miles, according to NWSA.Built in 2011, the Neo-Panamax features a length of 365.8 meters and a width of 48.4 meters.Two years ago, the NWSA welcomed the 18,000 TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest ship to call the US at the time, and 10,000 and 13,500 TEU ships call regularly in the North and South harbors.Larger vessels require terminals with deep berths, strong piers and large container cranes. In order to meet these requirements, NWSA has been investing in upgrades to the North Harbor’s Terminal 5 and South Harbor’s Husky Terminal.In 2017, NWSA’s international container volumes increased by 4 percent and were the fourth highest in NWSA history. The alliance’s total international container volumes stood at 2.96 million TEUs in 2017, compared to 2.86 million TEUs recorded in 2016.
Hanson said too many spike and serving errors gave his team the most trouble. “It’s a combination of young guys learning how to play together,” said Hanson. “It’s hard to play good for a long time.” The Patriots served and scored first with an attack error by OSU’s freshman outside hitter, Michael Henchy. A Henchy service error tied the game at five. Junior middle blocker Grayson Overman tied the game at seven with his first kill of the night. OSU got its first lead after a block by Overman and senior opposite Shawn Sangrey. But the Patriots didn’t allow OSU to hold onto the advantage for long. At 12-11, George Mason went on a four-point run, scoring on two Buckeye errors and two kills. After a timeout, the Buckeyes gave up two more points to George Mason before a second timeout was called. With the Patriots up, 20-14, OSU slowly began to close the gap. The Buckeyes put up six points while holding George Mason to two, but the lead was too much for OSU. Set point came for George Mason with a kill by redshirt freshman setter Pete Cuppernull. An attack error by senior outside hitter Mik Berzins gave George Mason the set, 21-25. The Patriots rode the momentum into set two and took a quick 10-6 lead. Kills by Sangrey, Berzins, redshirt freshman middle blocker Shawn Herron and junior outside hitter Chen Levitan helped the Buckeyes’ cause, while errors started to become a serious detriment. Then the Buckeyes’ bench caught on to the tactics of their opponent and responded, cheering louder to support their teammates. OSU put up six points, making it 12-13, and forced a George Mason timeout. OSU gained its first lead in the second set, 14-13, after a Sangrey kill and an attack error in their favor. The cheers from the bench grew louder than ever as OSU moved four points ahead and the Patriots called their second time out. At 23-20, a serve from George Mason’s redshirt senior outside hitter Joe Norton hit the net, putting OSU at set point. Freshman middle blocker Hunter Stevens gave OSU the set with a service error of his own, 25-21. Tied at three in the third set, Herron’s kill and a ball hit wide by George Mason gave the Buckeyes the lead. The Patriot bench came alive again, chanting and shouting during every OSU serve. Berzins got a kill to make it 10-6, but possession went back to George Mason. As George Mason’s sophomore opposite hitter Jonathan Lutz began to serve, a fan yelled an insult from somewhere in an otherwise silent St. John Arena. George Mason trailed for the remainder of the set. At 18-16, Overman attacked with a perfectly placed tip to give his team another point. A powerful kill from Herron made the score 22-19, but he was blocked in the next play by two Patriots. The referees called junior setter Kyle Lawrence’s attack out of bounds and the decision infuriated Hanson, who stormed onto the court. Hanson was promptly given a yellow card for his behavior and George Mason was awarded a point. Berzins said the yellow card issued to his coach was “warranted.” “That’s part of the game,” said Berzins. The Buckeyes overcame the confusion after a timeout. A Patriot error put OSU at set point and Sangrey sealed the third set with a kill, 25-22. Lawrence stepped up to serve first in the fourth set and delivered a service ace. Back-to-back kills by Herron and Sangrey put the Bucks up, 8-5. But George Mason caught up with OSU and tied the set at 14. With the set tied, 16-16, the Patriots reclaimed the lead. George Mason reached set point first and a kill by junior outside hitter Michael Kvidahl forced a deciding fifth set. The Buckeyes gained an 8-5 advantage in the fifth set and the teams swapped sides of the court. Back-to-back errors from George Mason made it 10-6. Overman delivered a punishing kill to put the score at 13-10. He and Sangrey assisted on a block to reach set point. Berzins ended the match, 15-11. Sangrey, the team’s main offensive force, was 19-of-46 in kills. “When Shawn (Sangrey) struggles, we all struggle,” Hanson said. “We are trying to find someone to be our anchor, our Mr. Consistency.” Hanson and Berzins also insisted that the team was unaffected by George Mason’s attempt to derail the defending national champions. The Buckeyes, 4-3 on the season, will take on Saint Francis Sunday at 3 p.m. in St. John Arena. For the No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team, Thursday’s match against George Mason became more about overcoming distraction than executing. George Mason’s bench caused commotion and appeared to be attempting to divert the attention of the Buckeyes, but OSU outlasted its boisterous opponent, 3-2. A seemingly unfocused team and a visibly frustrated coach Pete Hanson appeared early in the first set. The score tied 10 times before George Mason picked up momentum.
OSU LiFESports counselor Tarkington Newman (bottom right) gets set to race kids who participated in the track & field clinic held March 29 at French Field House.Credit: Matt Homan / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s track and field team is all about giving back.Alumnae and current members of the team, along with some students from the OSU running club, volunteered to join OSU LiFESports to host a track and field clinic for Columbus youth at the French Field House Saturday.More than 80 children showed up to take advantage of the free clinic. In separate rotating groups, they cycled through four different stations where volunteers taught them baton handoffs, plyometric drills, shot put and block starts. Supervisors and volunteers used each station as a teaching metaphor to represent one of the life skills of SETS, which stands for self-control, effort, teamwork and social responsibility.The volunteers for the track clinic consisted of five OSU track & field alumnae, eight members of the OSU running club, and four current members of OSU’s women’s track & field team, including second-year in exercise science Khara Walker.Walker said she was immediately interested when her coach told the team about the clinic, so she volunteered.“I actually love working with kids, and I love sports, so to do something that I love all the way around is pretty fun,” Walker said, who runs the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 600-meter events in competition,.During the clinic, Walker worked at the starting block station, teaching the proper technique sprinters use to explode off the line at the start of a race. She said self-control was the SETS skill she focused on teaching the children, explaining during the drill that it takes discipline to hold your position until the start signal is heard. However, Walker made it clear that everyone needs to exercise self-control on some level “at home, on the track, the field, the court and in the classroom.”Not surprisingly, it can be hard to teach self-control to an energetic bunch of children.“A lot of them have strong personalities and they get really competitive, so at times they take it too serious and we have to calm them down a little bit and let them know it’s all for fun,” Walker said.Parents were invited to stick around for the roughly two-hour duration of the camp, which ended with pizza, snacks and beverages. Tiffany Banks and her husband Sean were two of many who sat in the bleachers and watched their children participate.Tiffany Banks said her son 16-year-old Savon has been participating in LiFESports for five years, and her younger son Shanden loved his first few clinics so much that he is looking forward to attending the summer camp for the first time this year.“We really enjoy (the summer camp),” Banks said. “You think in four weeks they’re not gonna make many friends, but there’s so many people. Everywhere we go now we see people … from LiFESports and everybody knows little Shanden from the clinics and things like that, so being able to expand outside their home schools and their neighborhoods, and branch out to make all of Columbus their home, I think I like that the most.”Savon Banks is set to be a junior counselor at the camp this summer. Savon said he likes spending time with his brother at the clinics, even though being a junior counselor comes with a lot of responsibility.“(My responsibilities) could be social, it could be physical, and it could be mental responsibilities as well,” Savon Banks said. “You want to be the positive example, not the negative. So you wanna lead by example, not by words.”The track clinic was one of six clinics LiFESports holds before their main event, a four-week camp held during the summer.“Since the summer camp is free, there’s a lot of interest. We only have one registration day, so people will basically start lining up at 6 a.m.,” Skotko said.The last LiFESports clinic before the summer camp is scheduled for April 12. The clinic is set to use football to teach more life skills to Columbus youth, and everyone participating will be invited to attend the OSU spring football game after the clinic. Registration day for LiFESports’ summer camp is set for May 17.
For right-back Danny Simpson, his club played very well against Everton on New Year’s Day to get a 1-0 victory.Leicester City defeated Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day.And according to defender Danny Simpson, this is because the Foxes are showing professionalism.“Over the years coming to Goodison Park… we know it’s tough,” he told the club’s official website.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They’re always pretty even games when we play against each other but we dug in deep from the start to the end.”“When you’ve got Vards (Jamie Vardy) up front if he gets a chance you think he’s going to score. Towards the end, we just had to dig in and it was a perfect away performance from us,” he added.“They’ve got some great players. I think we were solid as a team, there was a little mistake at the back and Ricky [Ricardo Pereira] put Vards through and he’s always the favorite.”“He loves that channel down the left on his weaker foot and you don’t doubt him, it was a great finish,” he concluded.