J&K women welcome stamp duty exemption for buying property

first_imgWomen in Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed the decision by the State government to approve zero percent stamp duty on the purchase of property by them.“It’s a welcome step. The move will help women scale up the social ladder in J&K,” said Nazia Ashraf, a businesswoman.The Cabinet on Friday approved to levy a stamp duty of 5% for buyers in urban areas and 3% in rural areas. “However, it is zero percent if the property in both urban as well as rural areas is registered in the name of a female member of the family,” reads the Cabinet decision, approved by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday evening.Earlier, the stamp duty was at seven percent.Ms. Mufti claimed women in J&K, as of now, owned bare minimum immovable assets even after contributing the maximum to the society. “This incentive will encourage families to register their properties in the name of their sisters, daughters, wives and mothers,” said Ms. Mufti.Former finance minister and MLA Rajpora Hasseb Drabu described the government move as a creative way of empowerment by market incentives. “It will help gender balancing of social power relations,” said Mr. Drabu.According to the 2011 census, there are 859 females per 1000 males in J&K and female literacy rate stands at 58.01 percent.last_img read more

CPI(M) allies against pact with Congress

first_imgThe constituents of the Left Front are going to turn on the heat on the Communist Party of India (Marxist) during a meeting scheduled on Friday to decide on its alliance with the Congress. Senior leaders of three major constituents of the Left Front — All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), Revolutionary Socialist Party ( RSP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) — told The Hindu that they are going to raise strong objections on the ongoing talks on electoral understanding with Congress. “We will not have any alliance with the Congress. The AIFB will contest three Lok Sabha seats and on the remaining seats with support CPI(M) and other allies,” Naren Chatterjee, State secretary of AIFB, said. RSP general secretary Kshiti Goswami said: “The CPI(M) has no right to force the alliance with the Congress on the Left Front. We have all seen the result when the Left and Congress came together in the 2016 Assembly polls.”last_img read more

Punjab govt. to amend law to accommodate CM’s advisers

first_imgThe Punjab Cabinet on Friday decided to amend the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, under which advisers to the Chief Minister for planning and political matters will not be disqualified for holding offices of profit.The Bill amending Section 2 of the Act will be presented in the coming session of the State Assembly, an official statement said.Notably, the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, had been enacted in terms of Article 191 of the Constitution of India, to declare certain offices of profit as not being eligible to disqualify the holders from being members of the State legislature.“The said Act has undergone minor amendments from time to time. However, such amendments have not taken into account the complexity of modern day governance. Further, these amendments have not taken into account the reports and studies of the various parliamentary committees which addressed the issue of office of profit. Therefore, the Cabinet felt there is a need to amend Section 2 of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952,” said the statement.The Punjab government had in September this year appointed six Minister-rank advisers to the Chief Minister. Five Congress MLAs were given the status of Cabinet Ministers while the sixth was given the rank and status of a Minister of State. The move had invited severe criticism from the Opposition. Fee Act amendmentThe Cabinet, which held its meeting here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also gave its approval to amend the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act, 2016, to provide a mechanism for regulating the fee of unaided educational institutions.last_img read more

Notes On Mike Gundy’s Texas Tech Press Conference

first_imgCoach had a lot to say this week! Spends some time on Dak Prescott, Patty Mahomes, talks pass coverage, reveals some information (finally) on Ateman, and talks virtual reality!Opening Remark• “We had a good practice last night and the players have recovered from the win. So we’re back at it.”Previewing The Raiders• “Next week we’ve got a good challenge with Texas Tech to try and minimize their scoring and continue to play well on offense.”• On Patty Mahomes…“Their quarterback’s a really, really good player, as we all know, I’m not saying anything everybody doesn’t know. I think he’s a potential first-round pick. He reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott. We played Dak when he was at Mississippi State. He was younger at that time but the style of play, body, strength, speed, ability to run, throw it, in different positions reminds me a lot of him.”• “So, we’ve got a great challenge. We’re a pretty healthy football team. Attitude of our players is really good. So, we need a good week, get a lot of good work in, and be ready to go on Saturday.”• Playing Tech, how hard is it to balance knowing you can score a lot of points against your frustrations with your defense? “Well, you can’t look at this game any different than any other game. We have to try and minimize big plays on defense. On offense we have to execute and be sound in our game plan. We need to improve on special teams from last week. And then you just have to get into the flow of the game.”• Is controlling the clock with your ground game part of your plan with Tech? Great answer: “If you could run the ball and eat the clock and score, it works good. But if we’re not scoring, it doesn’t work good.”• Trying to talk Gundy’s language here: How good is No. 9, wide receiver Jonathan Giles? “They have a number of guys – always have, for years and years – players that can make plays. They understand the system and they’re really talented players. There’s a number of those guys that can do it and Mahomes makes it go.”• This is so great! The question is being asked, ‘Mahomes was great against OU…’ and someone walked in unexpectedly… “Who was that? I thought it was like, a Secret Service guy or something. I know the election’s tomorrow and I thought maybe everybody’s getting nervous. Sorry about that…”• Anyway, back to the question. What can we learn from the OU game? “With about ten minutes to go in the game, it looked like there was just complete exhaustion on the field. When that happens, college football players get out of place a lot. And, just from an outsider lookin’ in, I think that’s what happened a lot in that game.”• “The Xs and Os part of defending these spread offenses with good quarterbacks is not very complex. You either rush three, four or five; you either play two-deep, three or man; you can do a little zone blitzing. Then you have to rally to the ball and defeat blocks to get pressure on the quarterback and you have to tackle well in space.” Seems like a lot to me!On Senior Day• Talk about your two-year guys: “We’ve not brought as many in as we had years ago. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of evaluating them, their character, and how they will fit into our program – whether they’ll make that adjustment with the structure we have. We’ve had a really good percentage of success. Like Chris (Carson) this year, once he got back from his injury, up to this point he’s been really good for us. It’s a little bit of a risky business just based on our system and how we are with accountability and our structure. We don’t vary much here.”• Talk about these seniors: “Fortunately we’re graduating a group that won a lot of football games and has been involved in a lot of success. Out APR numbers, once we got fourth and fifth year seniors under control, guys that were going to try out for the NBA – not the NBA, the NFL – I was thinking about the Thunder playing well last night…our APR’s gone through the roof. So, they’re doing everything right. They’re very loyal to this program. We’ve been loyal to them and that’s what’s created this environment.”• On Devonte Averette, in particular: “He’s a pretty unique individual. We don’t get a lot of players from Detroit down here. He led the nation in junior college in tackles his last year there. His first six months wasn’t as smooth as what you’d want to be just because of the different environment here. Since then he’s been great. He’s very loyal, he’s an extremely hard worker and he’s been a tough, competitive athlete for our team.”• Grant Newell, a walk-on, is going to be celebrated on Senior Day: “We should’ve used him earlier. We put him out there (on special teams) and he’s been very effective. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for guys who were willing to walk on and do it for free. There’s a tremendous price that has to be paid to play on our team and it’s year-round. Some guys do it because they love the game, like Grant. Some guys do it because they love the game, but they also do it for the free money – the scholarship.” Careful talking about “free money” there, Coach. We’ll be seeing Thayer around…• And on Ateman’s redshirt: “We could practice him this week some on about a 75 percent basis, then we could work him next week, and there would be a good chance he could play. But, there’s the chance he might not feel like playing. So we got to this conclusion…everything’s fine, but you could still set yourself back. I don’t think the number of games he could play full-speed compared to the future he has in this game is worth it.” Absolutely!About the Offense…• Are you worried about Justice Hill hitting that freshman wall? “I think he’s already gone through it. He got hit (Saturday) from a couple different angles, and then the weight on his shoulders pushed him backwards, so I think it scared him. That’s fairly common in that situation. He’s doing really well.“His practice habits are great. He didn’t break loose Saturday, but I still think he’s in a really good physical condition right now and that that could happen at any time. Good question though. I was wondering the same thing when he came out.”• Having Carson back has helped: “He’s helped us. I mentioned that when Chris came back – we needed him to take 12-14 carries away and Chris is running good. Chris is playing good. Those runs he had in that last drive were pretty impressive.”About the Defense…• Where is your level of confidence with your team’s pass coverage? “I think we’ve given up more big plays over the top than I would’ve wanted this year. If you eliminate those and play in the intermediate part of the field, we’ve been ok. In playing these guys you have to be sound in 3-man, 4-man and 5-man pressure, in my opinion.” Isn’t that the case with everybody we play?• On creating turnovers: “They’ve gotten turnovers at key times. When their backs were against the wall, they’ve played pretty well. We need more consistency throughout the middle part of the game. 65 percent of the game is played under normal circumstances, so we need to play better in those situations.”• “Playing against Tech and Mahomes, we have to be consistent in our pass rush.” This is awesome: “We also have to understand that, it may seem like your biological clack is going off as a pass rusher, but it may not be over, with his ability to move around and extend plays.”• What’s up with Vili Leveni? “He has an Achilles injury. You know, they repair it and move forward. He’s had two of them now, so I would say at this time, he’s going to repair it and start to rehabilitate it and move forward. In 4-5 months he will have to make a decision on what he wants to do with his future.” That’s too bad.This…on using Virtual Reality in Recruiting…• “That was our social media people, myself, our recruiting office – we have meetings in the off season and try and look way out into the future and see what would be something new. It’s been really good for us.”• “It allows you to take a setting from campus, from everyday lifestyle – where our players live, everything that we use in recruiting, game day, The Walk, the fans – and put it into a story and people that may not be able to get here and see it, they can see it. It gives them a good feel of what it’s like to be in that environment.”In Closing…on the 2:30 Kick and NO Night Games• “2:30’s a good time, now. You get a lot of television audience. It is unusual, but television dictates a lot of what happens. We have the big Fox contract, right, and they had the World Series. That played a big role.”• “The 2:30 kick is usually really, really good for Stillwater. Most everybody can get here in time for The Walk. It gives them a chance to tailgate for a couple hours. It also allows the families that have to travel an hour, hour and a half, a chance to get home before it’s too late when they have little kids. So, I think it’s a good starting time for us.”• Did you have a kick time preference when you were a player? “Honestly, I can’t remember that far back.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Chris Carson Has Been Terrific Since Returning From Injury

first_imgThere are plenty of talking points that came out of Oklahoma State’s 43-37 road win over Kansas State.Mason Rudolph put up the second-highest passing total of his career with 457 yards (fourth-highest in OSU history).The Cowboys were careless with the ball, coughing up three turnovers and committed some inopportune penalties on the road against a team that’s almost impossible to beat when you beat yourself.But one of the most surprising of talking points should be the Cowboys’ effectiveness running the ball.Oklahoma State was able to put up 180 rushing yards on a team that ranks first in the Big 12 in rushing defense. After Saturday’s game, Kansas State is still No. 12 nationally allowing 110.89 yards per game. The Wildcats started Saturday allowing only 102.25 yards per game.The 180-yard performance is not exactly staggering but was a good sign for a Cowboy team still trying to find its way on the ground. It was their third-highest rushing total of the year behind only the Baylor game (213 yards) and Kansas game (228 yards).The Cowboys averaged 6.9 yards per carry, thanks mostly to Chris Carson’s 9.9-yard average on seven carries and chunk-yardage runs from Rennie Childs and Barry J. Sanders. That 6.92 yard average is the best single-game average for the Cowboys since the 2013 Iowa State game.The biggest run of the day was undoubtedly Chris Carson’s go-ahead touchdown dragging two defenders 10-plus yards to the end zone to put the Cowboys up for good.Carson has been downright fantastic since coming back from a hand injury he sustained in Week 2 against Central Michigan. Since returning three weeks ago, Carson has averaged 7.2 yards per carry and has four touchdowns (three rushing) in three games.“I was proud of our ability to run the football,” said Mike Gundy after the game. “I thought Chris Carson was excellent. I thought twenty-seven was excellent.”The Cowboy running game is by no means where they want it but the gradual improvement of the offensive line and the emergence of Justice Hill should give Cowboy fans plenty to look forward to. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Since The Big 12 Went To 10 Teams, One State Has Stood Above The Rest

first_imgI saw a stat the other day that I had to check out for myself. Since 2010 Oklahoma State has the second-most conference of all Big 12 teams. Wait, that can’t be right, can it? It is. And it gets crazier. Oklahoma State has the second-best winning percentage of all Big 12 teams going all the way back to 2006.For the sake of fairness, though, I thought I would look at Big 12 winning percentages (conference games only) since 2011 when the league moved to 10 teams and everyone played a round robin schedule. Only two teams (both from the same state) have won more than 70 percent of their games since then. That’s wild.Here are all 12 Big 12 teams since then (I took out one year from Texas A&M and Missouri as well as the final years of TCU and West Virginia in their old conferences).screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-1-46-40-pm“There’s so much parity in our league right now that it’s just a matter of the teams that stay focused, and obviously make the plays – take care of the football, so on and so forth,” said head coach Mike Gundy on Monday at his press conference.”Oklahoma State has done those things as well as anybody in the conference over the last decade. And now they stand with OU as the two most outstanding programs. With the way Baylor is trending, I would expect the gap to only widen in coming seasons. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Chalk Talk: Gundy’s Conservative Calls Lead to OSU’s Downfall

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It has been discussed at length by now, but late in the second half of Oklahoma State’s 38-20 loss against Oklahoma, Barry J. Sanders took a big kick return to the 50-yard line, giving OSU some momentum and an opportunity for points before the half.But instead of trying to get something, they ran the ball and let the clock run out. Now to the average Cowboy fan, this is no surprise; Gundy decides to kneel the ball just about every time if there’s less than two minutes on the clock. But in this particular situation, it was oddly uber-conservative, even for him.screenflick-movie-209Again, OSU fans have seen this all year. And with how Rudolph played, it’s understandable that they didn’t take more shots throughout the game. But in this scenario, there were a number of different ways that they could have approached this more efficiently without much of an increased risk.First of all — If you have the ball on the 50-yard line, you should at least try and get something. Yes, Rudolph is bad away from home, but at least give him a one-read play, and if it’s not there have him throw it away.Secondly — if you want to run the ball, fine. But don’t run the ball out of the full house; you’re practically telling the defense that you’re running the ball. If you’re going to be that conservative, at least spread out the field to give the illusion that you’re going to pass, and that way a run or screen could catch the defense by surprise.screenflick-movie-209Finally — If you don’t want to pass the ball and instead go with the run, that’s ok. But at least call a timeout with a couple of seconds left and take a shot. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen? He gets sacked? He throws an incompletion or interception in the end zone? Who cares? Everyone knows that Gundy is conservative, especially in Bedlam, but there’s literally no downside to taking a shot.And this is just one example of many. How about late in the fourth quarter with an opportunity to make it a one possession game? Instead of trying to get the touchdown, the Cowboys decide to run it three times in a row, including on a third and 10, and try for the field goal. And Grogan missed it.This game was filled with decisions like these. Running it out of the full house on second down and ten and trying a pass against a max zone coverage on third for an incompletion. Going in four or five deep coverage and letting Mayfield pick your zone apart. Giving cushion to receivers on third and one. It goes on and on. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for OSU. It’s just unfortunate that it all came together at once.last_img read more

Could Mike Gundy’s Mullet Be Used For Recruiting?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We have finally reached the end of the road for Mike Gundy’s mullet. Probably. Gundy will likely cut it after the season is over so we only have a few more glorious days of him being in the spotlight with the mane flowing like milk and honey.Love what the visor does to it here. Really accentuates the flow. Separates the business from the party. pic.twitter.com/O4uTpfUDhp— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 26, 2016Last week Gundy noted that the mullet might actually be a recruiting tool.“I don’t know that I could take credit for that much of it,” said Gundy. “You know the old rule of marketing: ‘Anything that has your name out there whether it’s good or bad is good.’ When I go into homes of recruits they don’t really care, but their parents stare at your hair. I’m not sure whether they really like it or not. But, up to this point we’ve done pretty good recruiting.”It’s true that Gundy has become excellent at these mini-reinventions of himself over the course of his decade plus in Stillwater. This year’s Billy Ray Cyrus fever is just another in a long line of humorous one-off sideshows that help keep the Head Visor in the public eye. One of his defensive players was asked about the mane on Monday.“Him wearing a mullet?” asked Ramon Richards. “I’m not going to say nothing. But if we continue to have success, if he has the mullet, let him keep the mullet. Coach Spencer might be next. I might get me a mullet.”Given Richards’ current locks, that would be quite a mullet.When you wake up and Christmas is over but you remember it’s #okstate bowl week. pic.twitter.com/D7L6nP9AAP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 26, 2016So as the Arkansas Waterfall takes center stage one more time before Gundy and Co. hit the crootin’ trail in early January, let’s drink deeply from the pool because this is as glorious as a college football coach’s hair gets. Also, I’m not sure it’s helping with recruiting, Mike!last_img read more

The Reload: Junior Day Offers and Notable Visitors

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Junior Day OffersAmong the many sporting events taking place in Stillwater on Saturday was an important recruiting event that takes place under Mike Gundy’s watch. Generally close to 100 recruits make their way from all over the state and surrounding area to visit the facility, meet with coaches, and of course go to the basketball game. It’s an official visit of sorts, minus the fact that OSU pays for it.Coaches generally take this time to hand out scholarship offers to some of their targets on the board, and Saturday was no exception. Here’s who Oklahoma State offered, along with a list of visiting prospects.Jordan Kelley — Nose TackleYou’ll never believe it, but Union produced another Division I talent in Kelley. Shocker, right? The offer to the junior defensive tackle/defensive end is his second. Tulsa offered earlier in 2016. Now Oklahoma State.Listed at 6-foot-3 240, Kelley is one of the most disruptive defensive lineman I’ve seen in person. He’s a bully in the middle and with his combination of size and agility, he reminds me a little of Vincent Taylor. Just an athletic freak for a player of his size.Julon Williams — AthleteMike Gundy loves him some dual-threat quarterbacks who have versatility to play other positions. That’s Williams’ profile in a nutshell. With his experience playing at the quarterback position as a supreme runner and passer, he’s a playmaker that can be slotted at any position. So he’s an athlete Oklahoma State is willing to take a chance on, extending an offer during his visit.Rated as a three-star recruit at 5-foot-10 188 pounds, I’d like to think this offer may be as a defensive back/athlete. But the reality is that he could play on both sides of the ball with his versatility.Byron Hobbs — Outside linebackerOffer No. 1 is in for Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills outside linebacker Byron Hobbs, and OSU is first in line.6-foot-4, 205 pounds? From Fort Worth? And still hasn’t garnered interest elsewhere? I’m betting that changes. So I like this offer.Trey Stratford — Offensive Lineman6-foot-4 three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford, a prospect from Allen, Texas, was offered yesterday.Being from Allen — one of the most dominant high school football programs in Texas — he’s not been a well-kept secret. Baylor, Mississippi State and TCU have all joined the list since the year began, and Texas, Ole Miss and Houston also have standing offers to the offensive tackle.Blake Barron — Inside LinebackerAnother first offer out the door on Saturday. This one to unranked inside linebacker prospect Blake Barron of Rockwall, Texas.Oklahoma State is now pursuing both inside linebackers from Rockwall. The OSU staff offered 2018 linebacker Alston Orji, a four-star recruit, earlier in 2016. Barron is an underrated backer, though, and at 6-foot-1 218 pounds I think he has good size at the inside backer position.Nic McTear — Tight endNic McTear picked up his first Division I offer with OSU’s on Saturday. From Frisco, Texas, McTear will likely be a steal as an unranked recruit right now. He has good size for a tight end, he has very good leaping ability, and he’s a solid blocker — and important characteristic OSU needs for its cowboy back position.Rafiti Ghirmai — Offensive LinemanAnother Frisco native with an offer on junior day: rising offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai. A three-star offensive tackle, Ghirmai already has 12 Division I offers and counting — 9 since Jan. 1.As everyone knows, offensive tackle is a position of high importance for OSU. And even if it gets solidified this season, it’s always smart to look to the future. Ghirmai would be a nice one to pick up down the road and can take care of QB Spencer Sanders blindside.Byron Hanspard — Wide ReceiverFor yet another cycle, Oklahoma State is seeking the commitment of a DeSoto wide receiver. Three-star Byron Hanspard is the latest:Also on his offer list: Northwestern, Houston, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Colorado and Texas Tech.Gemon Green — Defensive backAnother DeSoto product, Gemon Green has been offered by Oklahoma State as a defensive back. The latest defensive back from DeSoto to pick OSU was A.J. Green in 2016.With 8 offers already, OSU is getting in on the ground floor. Green has legit size for a defensive back — a trait OSU loves. And he’s a lanky athlete that can evolve into a lockdown defender.German Green — Defensive backALERT. We have another brother target. German, the brother of Gemon, happens to be twins with him. German is an inch taller than Gemon.OTHER VISITORSTaye Barber – QB/ATHWayne Jones – SafetyTommy Bush – WRTre Adams -WRParker Cupp – OLRylan Mcquarters – ATHAdrian Wilson – WR/ATHSean Shaw, Jr. – WRlast_img read more

Freshman Pitcher Heasley Named Closer With Guidance of Injured Senior

first_imgFreshman right-hander Jonathan Heasley was named the permanent Oklahoma State closer over the weekend, he told Pistols Firing on Tuesday, a scenario injured senior Trey Cobb said he knew might develop.Cobb, OSU’s typical closer, has been out for the Cowboys since mid-January because of elbow soreness in his right throwing arm. Before Heasley ever took the mound for the Cowboys, Cobb saw his potential and approached the developing situation with grace.It’s a conversation Heasley said he remembers almost word-for-word.“I expect not to have my job back when I come back,” Cobb said.Heasley was stunned that a senior, a guy on the front of the media guide, was telling him this.“I expect you to go out there and dominate,” he recalled. “They need to find something for me to do when I come back.”Cobb said when he charted Heasley’s pitches in the fall, he knew he would be a stud.“He’s gonna be able to do whatever he allows himself to do,” Cobb said. “This kid would have been our No. 2 last year on our staff behind (All-American Thomas) Hatch, as a freshman.”Heasley said that conversation meant a lot to him, but his first throws in an OSU uniform weren’t great, despite Cobb’s fortunetelling. In the second game of the Grand Canyon series, Heasley came in as a reliever in the eighth inning. He faced six batters, gave up three hits and four runs with a walk.He said it was nerves.“You’re just sitting down there in the bullpen, just waiting to hear your named called,” Heasley said. “Kinda felt like I got out there the first time a little too amped up. I almost lost all feel for mechanics because I was so nervous.”Cobb said from what he saw, Heasley’s adrenaline was just too high. It seemed as if he reverted to what was comfortable in the moment, he said.“He goes in there and forgets everything Rob teaches and just goes right back to whatever you did in high school,” Cobb said.There are eight true freshmen pitchers on the OSU staff. Heasley said he was he was a little worried he might have blown his shot at piercing the relief rotation.When he came back to the park the next day, he walked up to pitching coach Rob Walton, who is known as a wizard in correctional pitching. Walton didn’t have much to say, but acknowledged the rough day and prodded the youngster forwardThe encouragement helped Heasley know he was going to get another chance and that the staff had faith in him to go back out after a botched first try. When he learned he was going to start that next Tuesday, he said he was a lot more composed heading in.In his first start, Heasley went five innings, allowed two hits and no runs against Arizona State. He said he realized how different the game is in college from high school. Cobb said he knew that’s how it would go.“It’s something that Rob knew; it’s something that we all knew,” Cobb said. “Some guys just don’t handle it well the first time, but then we knew he was gonna be lights out the next couple times.“It was something that anyone could watch and be like, ‘This kid’s gonna be special.”Four days later, he was in his first save opportunity and gave up a loss-clinching sacrifice fly in the Cowboys’ 12-11 loss against Texas State. Heasley said coming in as the closer was a completely different feel. It was something he had never done before.Luckily, Cobb was there.“He’s been there the whole time, and he’s gonna walk through it with me,” Heasley said. “He’s on my side the whole time.”Since Cobb has been out, he has grown into a sort of player-coach role, he said. His desire to coach after his playing career has spiked after seeing the other side of the game, he said.“I joke and call myself the assistant to the bullpen coach,” Cobb said. “Like Dwight (on ‘The Office’) is the assistant to the regional manager. Like not quite the responsibility, but I’m there if something bad goes on.”Cobb said using his coaching eye, Heasley’s got the juice, but that’s not hard to notice. He posted a 29-3 high school record with a 1.47 ERA and more than 300 strikeouts at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. He had a perfect 13-0 record as a senior with a 0.33 ERA.Heasley allowed only four runs in 65 innings.“He’s just a guy who has incredible stuff; he has big league stuff,” Cobb said. “On the mound, he’s 94-96 with a nasty slider, good curveball, changeup.”Cobb said he knew by Heasley’s demeanor and confidence that he would fill the innings he left behind with his injury.“When you look at him, you don’t see him as a freshman,” Cobb said. “He’s had success his whole life on the mound, and he just doesn’t know what not having success is like.”Although Heasley has never been a closer, he said he is eager for the opportunity. It’s a different feel having to wait seven or eight innings every game, and the daily rehab is different. But Heasley says he kinda likes the pressure of being a freshman closer on a team that went to the College World Series last year.“You can be the hero or the zero,” Heasley said. “But I like coming into situations like that knowing I have to shut it down.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Versatile Texas Athlete Jaelyn Nolan Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State’s big recruiting weekend was even bigger than we thought. In addition to a commitment from in-state lineman Bryce Bray, who chose OSU over Oklahoma, the coaching staff also pocketed a commitment from 2018 texas athlete Jaelyn Nolan, according to Scout. He held offers from Oklahoma, Houston and Texas Tech, among others before committing on Monday afternoon.Nolan is a standout dual-threat quarterback for Brownfield High School but missed most of last season with an ACL tear.Oklahoma State already holds a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders in the 2018 class, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, so Nolan will likely switch positions in Stillwater.In his sophomore season, Nolan completed 97 of his 159 passes, 1,311 yards and 11 touchdown passes. He also recorded 52 rushes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.“Yes sir, I’ve committed to Oklahoma State,” Nolan told Scout on Monday. “I just felt of the schools recruiting me they were the one I liked.”Nolan is the sixth commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, and the second this week. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Ranking Oklahoma State’s Chances to Land College Gameday

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 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 Iowalast_img read more

Ranking Oklahoma State’s 2017 Home Games by Difficulty

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 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.last_img read more

Five Potential Breakout Stars for 2017

first_imgFirst 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.last_img read more

Kante & Chelsea buoyed by Barcelona draw

first_imgChelsea Kante and Chelsea taking confidence from Barcelona draw to Man Utd Nicholas McGee 19:22 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) KanteSuarez-Cropped Getty Images Chelsea UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United Premier League Barcelona v Chelsea Barcelona The Blues were disappointed to be held in the Champions League, but attention has now switched to a challenge for second place in the Premier League N’Golo Kante believes Chelsea can take plenty of confidence from their performance in the Champions League against Barcelona. Chelsea largely controlled the first leg of their round-of-16 tie on Tuesday and appeared poised to take 1-0 lead into the return fixture at Camp Nou.However, a mistake from Andreas Christensen allowed Lionel Messi to net a crucial away goal for Barca, leaving the Spanish giants favourites to progress. 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 The Blues will look to build on that display when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, and midfielder Kante feels Chelsea can be buoyed by how they competed with the Blaugrana as they eye second in the Premier League.Kante said: “Second place is still possible, we have to fight for this and see what we can do at the end of the season. It’s very tight. We play in Manchester and if we win we will have the same number of points. “We have to keep winning and hopefully be in the Champions League next season.”For sure this kind of game gives us confidence for the second leg and also in the Premier League.”We played well. We were compact throughout the game, we tried not to give them a lot of chances and we did well in that. We hit the post two times, we scored and to finish 1-1 is a little bit disappointing.”But it’s like that, we have to go in two weeks and play to win. We showed we have the ability to do something against Barcelona.”The Premier League is another competition and this is another opponent but it’s important, we are fourth in the table and if we want to be at the top of the table and play Champions League next season we have to win these kind of games [against United].”last_img read more

Mourinho expects Ibra to leave Man Utd

first_imgTransfers Mourinho expects Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United Jamie Smith 22:28 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Manchester United José Mourinho Zlatan Ibrahimović Premier League The Portuguese says the likelihood is that the former Sweden striker will depart the Red Devils in the summer Jose Mourinho says the decision over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic rests with the player, but the veteran striker is expected to leave Manchester United at the end of his contract.Injuries have restricted Ibrahimovic to a single Premier League start this term, in the home Boxing Day draw against Burnley, during which he was replaced at half-time.Ibrahimovic has not played since that game, although the 36-year-old has indicated he may come out of international retirement to play for Sweden at the World Cup. 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 Mourinho handed Ibrahimovic a one-year deal in August despite his knee problems and the United manager conceded the forward is expected to depart at the end of the season, with a move to MLS mooted.”For Zlatan, we all think it’s his last season at Manchester United and it will be a very personal decision for him to play or to stop,” said Mourinho.”I think he won the right of choosing his life and his future – he’s such an amazing player with such an amazing career that only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons that he could, and should, have with us. “This season has been really difficult for him. Is he injured? No, he’s not injured. Does he feel totally happy and totally ready and totally convinced that he’s in the condition to help the team at this moment? No. “But he’s such an honest guy and such a champion that he only wants to be back with that feeling of ‘I’m totally ready for it’. He’s working hard and, hopefully, his evolution brings him to that level that he wants to have a positive answer.”Ibrahimovic, who has been training with United, is not expected to play in Monday’s Premier League match away to Crystal Palace, but the striker thinks he could be back in action soon.”I feel good, I’ve been training with the team for two weeks and it feels good,” Ibrahimovic told Swedish media. “I need to practice, exercise and play to put the movements in my head.”Get more match-like situations because I’ve been away for quite some time now.”Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind will also miss the trip to Selhurst Park.last_img read more

Mexican federation gets change at the top

first_imgMexico Mexico federation president resigns, Liga MX announces tweaks to promotion-relegation system Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 09:19 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Decio de María dio una conferencia extensa Enrique Martínez Mexico Liga MX Decio de Maria will make way for Yon de Luisa after the 2018 World Cup, one of several changes announced after a meeting of the general assembly Friday was a day of change in Mexican soccer, with two major decisions announced after Liga MX owners met in Toluca.The president of the Mexican federation (the Federacion Mexicana de Futbol), announced his resignation effective once Mexico’s participation in the 2018 World Cup concludes. Decio de Maria took over the job in 2015 after long-time president Justino Compean stepped aside because of personal reasons. De Maria now is doing the same, and a successor already is in place.Yon de Luisa, currently the vice president of sports for Grupo Televisa and also the Mexico bid director for North America’s joint bid to host the World Cup, was approved by unanimous vote, according to a statement. 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 De Luisa, 46, previously worked as the sporting vice president of Club America, which is owned by Televisa, and also “had an active role in the return of National Football League (NFL) matches played in Mexico City,” according to his United Bid biography.De Maria’s decision took many by surprise with Veracruz owner Fidel Kuri telling MedioTiempo “I thought it was a joke.””Personally, Decio’s decision surprised me, but, well, it’s the decision he made and you have to accept everyone’s decisions,” said Kuri, who attended the meetings despite currently being suspended from taking part in federation. “He said he had 18 years working (in the federation) and he wanted to finish the World Cup and retire. He wants to rest now, although I think a person like him will be missed in the federation. Hopefully he stays as an adviser or something.”The league also announced long-rumored changes to its promotion and relegation system, though it remains unclear exactly how the measures will be implemented. What is clear is that the process this year, of sending down the team that performed worst over the past six seasons and promoting the winner of a playoff between the two winners of Ascenso MX’s short seasons, will stay the same.In 2018-19 and 2019-20, however, the league could increase to a maximum of 20 teams – doing away with relegation but promoting a team from the Ascenso. However, that isn’t a guarantee according to Friday’s statement.The league will allow only the “promotion of certified clubs who meet the participation requirements included in the internal rules of the Liga MX. At the same time, the possibility that the club that finishes in last place of the (relegation table) will be able to save its place in the division at which time it will make an economic contribution to be utilized in the benefit of both divisions (LigaMX/Ascenso MX) in accordance with the project of improving our soccer.”Between stadium size and financial regulations, only six current second-division clubs meet the regulation though others, including Ascenso Apertura champion Alebrijes de Oaxaca, could become compliant in the near future.last_img read more

Matuidi: Neymar wanted me at PSG

first_imgBlaise Matuidi Matuidi: Neymar wanted me to stay at PSG Dom Farrell 20:03 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) BlaiseMatuidi - cropped Getty Images PSG Neymar Juventus Serie A Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League The midfielder spoke to various members of the Parisians’ squad before making his decision to leave for Turin in the summer – and he has no regrets France midfielder Blaise Matuidi would never have swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Juventus had Neymar had his way.Matuidi ended a six-year stay at Parc des Princes when he joined the Serie A champions for an initial €20 million in August, just over two weeks after PSG smashed the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona.It meant a three-minute substitute cameo against Guingamp was the sum of the time Matuidi spent on the field with the Brazil superstar in PSG colours, but Neymar was well aware of his quality. 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 “Without going into details, I had a discussion with Neymar,” the 30-year-old told L’Equipe.  “I talked a lot with Dani Alves too, with Thiago Motta.”In short, they all wanted me to stay, because, beyond my qualities, I spent six years in Paris and I know this club very well.”But my choice was made and I would have been frustrated at the end of my career not to try to play abroad. And what an experience, it is beautiful.”While PSG boast a commanding 11-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, Juventus are embroiled in a gripping scrap with Napoli in pursuit of a seventh consecutive Scudetto.Maurizio Sarri’s men lead by four points, although Juve’s postponed match against Atalanta last weekend gives them a game in hand.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s guide to being a modern man

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo: This is what every modern man must have Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:58 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear CR7underwear Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División WTF The Ballon d’Or winner has released his ninth collection of luxury underwear, an item he says is “a foundation to any outfit” Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has given his guide to the essential ‘must haves’ for every modern man.Fresh from helping his club to the Champions League quarter-finals by netting against Paris Saint-Germain in a 2-1 win in the French capital on Tuesday, the Portuguese sensation is ready for the launch of his new range of underwear.To celebrate the event, the 2017 Ballon d’Or winner gave his opinions on the world of fashion and he has explained what the contemporary gentleman requires to stay ahead of the game. 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 “There are a few luxuries that I think every man should treat himself to…I love music so it’s important to me to have a good pair of headphones, a beautiful watch, smelling great is a must so every man should have a nice signature fragrance and of course, very good quality underwear!” he explained.Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear“I love fashion and like to invest in luxurious items for my wardrobe. I think that the key pieces that every man needs in his wardrobe are a great suit, well-fitting jeans, a crisp white shirt, some good pairs of sneakers and, of course, great underwear.”Clothing doesn’t have to be expensive to feel luxurious – an amazing fit and nice fabrics are what makes items stand out, and are also what makes pieces timeless.”Underwear, of course, plays a vital role to Ronaldo in his day-to-day dressing and he’s not shy about discussing it.“Underwear is the foundation to any outfit, so it’s important to wear quality, premium styles that make you both look and feel good,” he said.”My CR7 underwear luxury lifestyle campaign showcases the collection in a more intimate way than ever before. Since underwear is so personal, I wanted to bring a more personal element to the campaign, which shows me relaxing at home. Downtime in itself is a luxury!Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear“I choose different CR7 underwear styles depending on how I feel each morning, so with each collection I like to design contrasting patterns and colourways to make sure there’s an option for any occasion. “The spring and summer 18 CR7 underwear range includes timeless white silhouettes for a classic look and bold blue and even pinks for when you want to be more adventurous. I love the styles with touches of vibrant colour. To me, that is luxury!”Ronaldo feels that the new collection, which is produced by JBS Textile Group in Denmark, offers a more “mature” style than previous ones.Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear“For spring and summer 2018, I really wanted to create a luxurious feel for the collection,” he said. “Colour still plays a big role, but the colour palette is more refined, we’ve got crisp whites and more sophisticated tones.”I started this brand six years ago and the designs have evolved alongside my own style choices. This collection is more mature, with a real focus on premium, luxury materials.”This is Ronaldo’s ninth season of CR7 underwear, with each item branded with his signature logo.last_img read more

Kick Time, Television Information for TCU Game in Week 10 Announced

first_imgOklahoma State might as well plan to play its games in the afternoon until further notice. The Big 12 announced Monday morning that the Cowboys’ Week 10 kick against TCU is a 2:30 kick, the third consecutive afternoon slot and the fifth this season.It’s unclear which major network will carry the game, but it’s guaranteed to be on network television. ESPN has the rights to carry it on its main network or to option it to ABC.⏰s and 📺 details for Week 10. #Big12FB(As selected by the Conference television partners) pic.twitter.com/Y3mrwCfMMM— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 21, 2019Afternoon kick times for OSU have been average so far this season. OSU is 1-1 when playing at either 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. this season, with a loss to Baylor and a win over Tulsa. OSU plays Iowa State this upcoming Saturday in Ames at 2:30 p.m. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more