Leaving behind big city life to start making classic New Zealand pies halfway around the world might seem like a bold choice, but for Rajeev Bajwa and his family, it’s one they’ve never regretted.After 17 years in New Zealand, and several of those in Rotorua, Bajwa, 47, became a New Zealand citizen this week.His wife, Seema, 42, is also planning to become a citizen this year.The pair, originally from India, moved to New Zealand in 2001, while Seema was seven months pregnant with their first child.Read it at NZ Herald Related Items
Read Next Center Jusuf Nurkic, who came to Portland in a trade a handful of days before the All-Star break, went on to average 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 games with the Blazers. Portland was 14-5 with the 7-footer in the starting lineup.Portland made the playoffs for the fourth straight season, but fell in the opening round to the Warriors.This season, Portland is in the thick of the race. Lillard leads the team with 26.1 points per game, sixth in the league, while also averaging 6.6 assists. Backcourt teammate CJ McCollum is averaging 21.7 points, and Nurkic is at 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds.Stotts was asked just before the break whether he was happy with the team’s position.“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. We’ve got a lot of teams out there fighting for playoff spots,” the coach said. “It’s not about where we are. It’s about where we’re headed.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Afterward, Lillard sounded like he was taking it upon himself to improve the Blazers’ playoff position.“Each season, it’s always a few teams that fall by the wayside and we’ve just got to make sure we’re not one of them,” he said. “As a leader, I’ve got to be the guy to lead that charge.”In 2015-16, Portland was 27-27 at the All-Star break after winning eight of nine games going into it. The Blazers finished the regular season 44-38 and in fifth place in the West. They got past the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Warriors in the conference semifinals.Last season, Portland lost three straight games to go into the break at 23-33. Shortly thereafter, an overtime loss at Detroit put them 11 games under .500.But in March, Portland caught fire and went 13-3, best in the NBA. Lillard was named the conference’s Player of the Month, averaging 29.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 16 games. Terry Stotts was named Coach of the Month.ADVERTISEMENT “I mean, I think that’s in the back of our minds. We know that we’re usually a better team in the second half of the season,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. “We can’t just go into it saying, ‘All right, we’re always good at this part of the season.’ I think mentally we have to understand how close of a race it is and that we’ve got to be sharp all the way through.”Portland is 32-26 at the break, tied for sixth in the West, which is better off than it was last season at the same point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Blazers are one of five teams in the West with 26 losses. The Warriors and Houston Rockets sit comfortably atop the standings with the next eight teams jostling for position.The Blazers headed into the All-Star Game with a 123-117 victory over Golden State, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors. Lillard had 44 points, his third straight game with 39 or more and the best scoring stretch of his career. His 133 points over the last three games is the best such run in franchise history. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers have been known for their post-All-Star break revivals for the past two seasons. Those late-season rallies will no doubt be an ongoing theme in the congested Western Conference playoff race once Portland resumes the season on Friday, Feb. 23,2018 in Utah. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers have enjoyed post-All-Star break revivals the past two seasons.Those late-season rallies will no doubt be an ongoing theme in the congested Western Conference playoff race once Portland resumes play on Friday in Utah.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 season View comments
Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Before the game, Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers bemoaned the lack of rest his team got following a 5 p.m. start Saturday in Detroit, in which the Clippers erased a 25-point deficit to beat the Pistons 111-101.“This is a ridiculous back-to-back,” Rivers said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAfter watching his team trail by double digits throughout the second half, Rivers said he decided not to push his players and risk injuries.“I felt like this was probably going to be a second-half game for us, you know, if we could keep within string distance and maybe steal it in the second half, but we just didn’t have anything,” he said. “That’s why I took guys out. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting KEY RUNThe Raptors used an 11-0 spurt in the second to open a 12-point edge.“Once we started to get stops in the second quarter, it enabled us to start running and getting layups on the other end,” Wright said.ROTTEN FROM RANGEThe Clippers finished 2 for 12 on 3-point shots, their fewest made 3-pointers of the season.BOARD MEETINGToronto outrebounded Los Angeles 56-36. The Raptors had a season-high 59 rebounds in a double-overtime win at Washington on Jan. 13.UP NEXTClippers: At Charlotte on Tuesday nightRaptors: At Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley (11) during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The rested Toronto Raptors made quick work of the weary Los Angeles Clippers.Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Clippers 121-103 on Sunday for their 10th victory in their last 11 home games.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lou Williams had 18 points as the Clippers lost for the third time in four games.Toronto improved to 8-0 when playing with at least one day of rest and facing an opponent playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Raptors are 4-0 at home in such games.“That’s a good stat,” Wright said. “I guess we’re taking advantage of that.”Ibaka has a career-best six straight double-doubles, Toronto’s longest streak since Chris Bosh had eight in November 2009.Pascal Siakam and C.J. Miles each had 15 points, and Delon Wright added 14. All-Star guard Kyle Lowry sat out because of a sore back. Lowry also missed six games in December and January because of back pain. Fred VanVleet started in Lowry’s place.The Raptors bounced back after losing at home to Milwaukee on Thursday night, their first home loss since Dec. 9.“We were on national TV and I felt like we just dropped the ball,” Wright said about the 105-92 loss to the NBA-leading Bucks.TIP-INSClippers: F Danilo Gallinari (back spasms) missed his ninth straight game. … Clippers owner Steve Ballmer attended the game. … Williams won the first of his two NBA Sixth Man of the Year Awards with Toronto in 2015. … Gilgeous-Alexander said he left tickets for more than 50 family and friends.Raptors: Toronto is an Eastern Conference-best 16-6 against Western Conference opponents. … G Malachi Richardson (right knee) missed his second straight game. “We had dead legs. I thought you could see it defensively, we weren’t moving our feet. It was one of those schedule losses, really. I thought it was going to be a tough night and it was.”Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said fatigue was “definitely” a factor in the outcome.“It’s hard to play a whole other 48 minutes in less than 24 hours,” the rookie said.Gilgeous-Alexander, born in nearby Hamilton, had 19 points to lead Los Angeles.“He came in and played great,” Rivers said. “He was the bright spot.”ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ray Parks returns, Alab Pilipinas extends win streak to 6 View comments
India on Wednesday lost two quick wickets against England in Cardiff.Earlier, England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and invited India to bat first in the second cricket ODI at Sophia Gardens.The first match of the five-ODIs series was washed out at Bristol.Opening batsman Alex Hales will make his debut for the hosts in Wednesday’s match.Teams:England: Alastair Cook (C), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell and James AndersonIndia: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma.
Alternative NamesHeight and weight chartInformationGrowth charts are used to compare your childs height, weight, and head size against children of the same age.Growth charts can help both you and your health care provider follow your child as he or she grows. These charts may provide an early warning that your child has a medical problem.Growth charts were developed from information gained by measuring and weighing thousands of children. From these numbers, the national average weight and height for each age and gender were established.The lines or curves on growth charts tell how many other children in the United States weigh a certain amount at a certain age. For example, the weight on the 50th percentile line means that half of the children in the United States weigh more than that number and half of the children weigh less.WHAT GROWTH CHARTS MEASUREYour childs health care provider will measure the following during each well-child visit:Weight (measured in ounces and pounds, or grams and kilograms)Height (measured while lying down in children under age 3, and while standing up in children over age 3)Head circumference — a measurement of the head size taken by wrapping a measuring tape around the back of the head above the eyebrowsBeginning at age 2, a childs body mass index (BMI) can be calculated. Height and weight are used to figure out the BMI. A BMI measurement can estimate a childs body fat.Each of your childs measurements is placed on the growth chart. These measurements are then compared with the standard (normal) range for children of the same gender and age. The same chart will be used as your child grows older.advertisementHOW TO UNDERSTAND A GROWTH CHARTMany parents worry if they learn that their childs height, weight, or head size is smaller than those of most other children the same age. They worry about whether their child will do well in school, or be able to keep up in sports.Learning a few important facts can make it easier for parents to understand what different measurements mean:Mistakes in measurement can happen, for example if the baby squirms on the scale.One measurement may not represent the big picture. For example, a toddler may lose weight after a bout of diarrhea, but will likely regain the weight after the illness is gone.Threre is a wide range for what is considered “normal.” Just because your child is in the 15th percentile for weight (meaning 85 out of 100 children weigh more), this number rarely means your child is sick, youre not feeding your child enough, or your breast milk is not enough for your baby.Your childs measurements do not predict whether he or she will be tall, short, fat, or skinny as an adult.Some changes to your childs growth chart may worry your health care provider more than others:When one of your childs measurements stays below the 10th percentile or above the 90th percentile for his or her age.If the head is growing too slowly or too quickly when measured over time.When your childs measurement does not stay close to one line on the graph. For example, a health care provider may worry if a 6-month-old was in the 75th percentile, but then moved to the 25th percentile at 9 months, and dropped even lower at 12 months.Abonormal growth on the growth charts is only a sign of a possible problem. Your doctor will determine whether it is an actual medical problem, or whether your childs growth just needs to be watched carefully.ReferencesKeane V. Assessment of growth. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th Ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011: chap 13.Review Date:1/27/2013Reviewed By:Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Childrens Hospital. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
The spotlight was on AB de Villiers (82) and Virat Kohli (75) for their sensational knocks in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. However, it was impossible to overlook a 10-ball 35 by the young Sarfaraz Khan. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Sarfaraz’s knock was no fluke. He executed some breathtaking shots against a quality bowling attack leaving his teammates Chris Gayle and Shane Watson awestruck. The 18-year-old also drew high praise from the opposition. SRH skipper David Warner’s views on Sarfaraz were echoed by Team Mentor and former India batsman VVS Laxman, who believed the youngster took the game away from his men. (Shane Watson impressed with Sarfaraz’s control over shots )”I thought it was a good effort from the batsmen, likewise from the bowlers to pull things back a bit after the partnership between Virat and AB. Unfortunately we lost Ashish Nehra in the 11th over. But still the other bowlers did well until Sarfaraz came out with that sensational innings,” Laxman told iplt20.com.Laxman was also impressed with Sarfaraz’s confidence while facing top-class international bowlers. (Sarfaraz is like my son, says Chris Gayle ) “I’m very impressed with him. He is a young boy but the kind of confidence he shows and his body language is really good to see. It bodes very well for Indian cricket to see such youngsters do well against international bowlers at this level. Some of the shots that he played were mind-boggling,” Laxman said.Sarfaraz could be another batting star in the making. It is not easy for a teenager to stand out in a star-studded line-up that includes Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers and Watson. This IPL season could well be the launching pad for one of the most exciting young batsmen in the country.advertisement
Croatia’s state TV says controversial former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic has been shot and injured in Bosnia.The report said he was shot in his leg and was taken to a local hospital on Monday. It said the injury was not life-threatening.Police were searching for two possible assailants.Bosnian media say Mamic was attending a memorial for his father at a graveyard near the town of Tomislavgrad when two people fired at him from a nearby forest.Mamic, known for his fiery temper, has been on a high-profile embezzlement and tax fraud trial in Croatia.Prosecutors accuse Mamic, his brother, and two others of embezzling 15 million euros of the club’s money since 2008 and not paying 1.6 million euros in taxes.Mamic is formally Dinamo’s adviser.
At an event today in Madrid in Spain Xiaomi will launch the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite phones. This is a global launch and that is one of the reasons why Xiaomi, which usually launches its phones in China, has opted for Madrid to showcase its newest devices. The phones succeed the Xiaomi Mi A1, which was a big success in India. Just like the Mi A1, the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite will also use Android One and will come with stock aka pure version of Android Oreo 8.1 software.Unlike the Mi A1 series phones, Xiaomi’s other devices, including popular Redmi Note 5 and flagship Mi 8, come with the company’s MIUI operating system, which uses Android as base but looks and works very differently.In the last few days, Xiaomi has teased the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite big time on social media. Although it hasn’t revealed any particular specifics of the two Android One phones, the devices have been leaked. Also, many of the details about the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite are known because the two phones are based on Xiaomi phones that have already been launched in China. The difference is that the phones launched in China run MIUI and not Android One.Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite launch time and how to watchGiven that this is a global launch – the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite will go on sale in India as well as in European Countries — Xiaomi is holding the event in Madrid, Spain. The event starts at 11AM local time, which means in India you will see it from 2.30PM. Well, a little late in the day but not as late as the iPhone events, which we have to see from India at 11PM in night.advertisementGiven that this is not a launch happening in China, it also means that Xiaomi will live stream the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite launch on Facebook and YouTube (in China both websites are banned). But not in Spain so you get the livestream. To watch the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite launch on YouTube, go here.To watch the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite launch on Facebook, try this.Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite India price and India launchAhead of the launch, the Mi A 2 and the Mi A2 Lite were listed on some European e-retail sites. The prices that were listed against the two phones seem somewhat on the higher side. And they are all over the place.According to a website that goes by the name QuickMobile, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will cost RON 1,288 (roughly Rs 22,200) for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version will be available for RON 1,424 (roughly Rs 24,600) in Romania. The Mi A2 Lite on the other hand will cost RON 943 (roughly Rs 16,200) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the phone will cost RON 1,143 (roughly Rs 19,700). Again the prices are from Romania.Then we have another leak, again from Romania. And the prices on this occasion are even higher. Leaked image of Mi A2 LiteThis time a website called PCGarage says that the Xiaomi Mi A2 will cost RON 1,400 (roughly Rs 24,200) for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version will be available for RON 1,600 (roughly Rs 27,600). The Mi A2 Lite on the other hand will cost RON 1,000 (roughly Rs 17,200) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the phone will cost RON 1,200 (roughly Rs 20,700).We think these are Romanian prices and have no bearings on the price of the Mi A2 and the price of the Mi A2 Lite in India. In India, the two phones will be priced cheaper. Here is the thing: The Mi A2 is basically a rebranded Xiaomi Mi 6X and the Mi A2 Lite is rebranded Redmi 6 Pro. These devices seem to carry global price of around Euros 240 and Euros 150.In India, Xiaomi is usually very aggressive about its prices. So, the Mi A2 we suspect is going to cost Rs 19,999 whereas the starting price for the Mi A2 Lite is going to be either Rs 14,999 or Rs 15,999.But one thing is certain that the Mi A2 will cost more than what the Mi A1 did at its launch. That phone launched with a price of Rs 14,999. It is because the Mi A2 is going to be more expensive that Xiaomi is launching the Mi A2 Lite as well this time. The idea is that those who are looking for a Mi A1 price for a Mi A2 phone will be able to pick the Lite variant.advertisementAs far as the India launch of the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite is concerned, expect it soon. The Mi A series is very important for Xiaomi – particularly after success of the Mi A1 and due to challenge from Nokia – so the company will launch the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 either within a week or before August 10.Xiaomi Mi A2 specs and featuresDid we say that the Xiaomi Mi A2 is basically the Xiaomi Mi 6X running Android One instead of MIUI? Well, we did. This also means that the Mi A2 is going to be a phone with 5.99-inch screen, which will have FullHD+ resolution. It will also have dual-camera setup with one main camera using 12-megapixel image sensor and the secondary camera sporting a 20-megapixel sensor. On the front there is expected to be a 20-megapixel camera. Then there is going to be an all-glass and metal body, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a 3010mAh battery, Snapdragon 660 processor, weight of 168 grams, 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants with up to 128GB storage (India may get variant with only up to 64GB storage) and a thickness of around 7.3mm.Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite specs and featuresCompared to the Mi A2, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is expected to be light only in name. It is going to be the rebranded Redmi 6 Pro or in other words, the Redmi 6 Pro running stock Android Oreo out of the box. The Mi A2 Lite is actually going to be heavier with weight of around 178 grams. The phone is likely to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor (Xiaomi loves this chip), and will have up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB internal storage. It is likely to come with 5.84-inch screen with FullHD+ resolution, two rear cameras – the primary one with 12-megapixel sensor and the secondary one with 5-megapixel sensor – and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Mi A2 Lite is also expected to come with a large 4000 mAh battery.
Nigeria’s Victor Moses at the age of 27 announced a shock retirement from international football, saying that he wants to focus on his club career. Chelsea’s wing-back Moses has made 37 appearance for Nigeria.Moses was a part of the Nigerian squad that played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and played every minute of the tournament, where the African nation were eliminated in the group stage.Moses won the 2013 African Cup of Nations with Nigeria and helped the team reach the Round of 16 of 2014 World Cup in Brazil.He won the 2016-17 Premier League title with Chelsea but has not started a match under new manager Maurizio Sarri this season.”I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime,” Moses said in a statement on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/w39bSMjcNfVictor Moses (@VictorMoses) August 15, 2018″However, I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on my club career and young family, as well as to allow the next generation the opportunity to step up and to flourish.”Here is Moses’s full statement on Twitter:I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from international football. I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.advertisementHowever, I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on my club career and young family, as well as to allow the next generation the opportunity to step up and to flourish. We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.There are so many highlights that stand out for me over the years; for making my debut, to playing in two World Cups and being a part of the team to win the African Nations Cup for the first time for our nation since 1994 being just a few of them.I have spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years. Most importantly I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years. It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team. Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.(With Reuters inputs)
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. Through four games, Oklahoma State has three defensive lineman that rank among the top 25 players in the nation in tackles for loss, and two in the top 25 in sacks. With an inexperienced defensive tackle position and one that was questionable before the season, Vincent Taylor has stepped up and became a proven force.Jimmy Bean, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Vincent Taylor rank No. 13, No. 20, and No. 20 (tied) in tackles for loss, respectively.Emmanuel Ogbah also ranks No. 6 in the nation in sacks with five, while Jimmy Bean ranks No. 14 with four.AdChoices广告The defense is only allowing 129.3 yards per game rushing and four total rushing touchdowns this season for an average of 3.23 yards per rush.
Freshman 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.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Oklahoma State Cowgirl soccer team is getting a stunning new stadium because of a donation from booster Neal Patterson who is the CEO of a company called Cerner Corporation and makes a lot of money. He is also part of a group that owns the Sporting Kansas City MLS team.Patterson’s name will go on the new facility. Construction on the 3,500-seat stadium has already begun and is slated to be completely finished for the 2018 season.“When you provide an education to someone with intelligence, work ethic, determination and big dreams, you occasionally create a force that changes the world,” said athletic director Mike Holder in a statement. “Neal Patterson has done that in the health care industry and our goal is to use his investment in OSU soccer to attract bright, determined, big dreamers from around the world to our soccer team.“We have been blessed to have an abundance of successful and generous people that have helped transform our athletic department,” he added. “Our hope is that Neal’s gift will motivate someone else to make a difference on our campus. His name on the stadium is our way of saying thank you and inspiring that next great donor.”Sounds like a request to finish the baseball stadium which has been “almost completed” since Washington crossed the Delaware. But seriously, this is awesome for Cowgirl soccer. It’s a big time program (six Big 12 titles since 2003) that had little time facilities (i.e. a glorified intramural field) to play on.“A facility of this magnitude is a game changer for our program,” said OSU head soccer coach Colin Carmichael. “It helps the current student-athletes to be in one of the nicest facilities in the country. Our fans are going to have a much better game day experience. We want it to be a real family atmosphere.“We have always had a good student following,” he added. “But we want to enhance their experience, which will make for a better atmosphere. And of course this will affect recruiting.The photos of what this will all look like are stunning as is the site that houses the entirety of the project. Good on Patterson for the donation, and good on Cowgirl soccer for stepping into a bright future.
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.2019 QB Grant Gunnell commits to Texas A&MOklahoma State’s top target at quarterback in the 2019 class, Grant Gunnell, committed to Texas A&M this week over OSU and dozens of other offers.Gunnell is rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country and a top-60 national recruit.“A&M feels like home to me,” Gunnell told Scout. “This university I love it, the academic side of it, I feel like even if I was not playing football I would want to go to it.”OSU and Mike Yurcich had been recruiting Gunnell from the jump and made a big impression on an unofficial visit in the process. But Mikey Y. must now move down his board that includes Grant Tisdale and Bo Nix.Big name recruits visit Oklahoma State for campAmong the heralded recruits who visited this week for camp were 2018 OSU quarterback commitment Spencer Sanders, 2019 defensive end target Marcus Hicks, 2018 safety commitment Kanion Williams, 2018 defensive tackle target and Ole Miss pledge Israel Antwine, and 2018 cornerback target Eddie Smith.Sanders has been a longtime firm OSU pledge; Hicks, a Kansas-area recruit, holds offers from a dozen schools including OU; Eddie Smith, a Louisiana cornerback, is tops on the OSU radar and could be nearing a decision soon.We’ll have more on Eddie Smith later this week. But just that list alone is a sign of a rising tide in Stillwater as the Class of 2018 continues its rise in the national recruiting rankings, with more potentially on the way.2018 WR Gabe Lemons offered by OSUFollowing an unofficial visit, 2018 wide receiver Gabe Lemons of Coppell reported a scholarship offer. Lemons is a 6-2 talent whose offer list includes Illinois, Air Force, Rice and Texas State.As you can see, OSU is now the 247Sports crystal ball favorite for him. As a junior last season, Lemons exploded on the scene with 616 yards, 43 receptions and 7 touchdowns.2019 WR Jeffery Carter offered by OSUAnother pass-catching talent offered this week is Jeffery Carter, a 2019 talent from Aledo. The 6-foot speedster has exploded in the past week with offers from Texas Tech, Illinois, Baylor and now OSU.Carter had 217 yards last season for Aledo but is bound for a big junior season for the Texas powerhouse. 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.
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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Tottenham Hotspur Chiellini: It’s in Tottenham’s history to miss out Goal 07:05 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(22) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus Juventus UEFA Champions League The Juventus defender claimed he believed his club would rally against Spurs because of their respective experience in big competitions Giorgio Chiellini believed history was on Juventus’ side against Tottenham, as the Serie A champions battled back to advance past Spurs in the last-16 of the Champions League.Tottenham had snatched a 2-2 draw in Turin, and managed to further take a grip on the tie during the first half at Wembley Stadium with Heung-Min Son’s goal giving Spurs a 1-0 advantage on the evening.Juventus, however, would find the two goals they needed over a three minute span in the second half, with the Argentine duo of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala finding the net in the 64th and 67th minute respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Spurs came close late to equalising, with Harry Kane seeing a header that bounce off the inside of the post late on, but the Bianconeri did enough to hold on for the 4-3 win on aggregate and secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.Despite the difficulties Juventus faced, and the quality of the Spurs side they were up against, Chiellini said Spurs’ lack of history in the competition and gave them hope.”Tottenham have a lot of great players – Kane, [Christian] Erisken, [Dele] Alli – but we knew they always give up a lot of chances,” Chiellini told BT Sport. “It’s the history of Tottenham. They always create a lot of chances but they always miss out. We always believe in the history.Chiellini even referenced Real Madrid’s victory over PSG on Tuesday as further proof the history and mentality of a club can make the difference.Chiellini added: “You see in the game between Madrid and Paris, the history is important. We used our skill and arrived at the win.”Higuain also praised Tottenham after the game, but said Juventus knew the Premier League outfit would give up chances to get back on top in the tie — it was on Juventus to take them.“It was a very difficult match against a great side like Tottenham, who always give their best and are aggressive, but we know English teams always leave gaps at the back and would give us opportunities,” Higuain told Mediaset Premium.“We had to make the most of them and we did. I’m very happy with this win, as a comeback at Wembley is not easy.”
Borussia Dortmund Stoger unhappy with Dortmund display Dejan Kalinic 09:04 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Borussia Dortmund UEFA Europa League Salzburg v Borussia Dortmund Salzburg The BVB boss was not pleased with his team’s performance at Red Bull Salzburg as they bowed out of the Europa League Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger lamented his side’s display at Red Bull Salzburg, saying the Austrian champions deserved to progress in the Europa League.Dortmund suffered a 2-1 aggregate loss in the last 16 after being held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg at Red Bull Arena.Stoger said his team were unable to deliver what they wanted away from home as they made a surprise exit. 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 “In the first half we showed nearly nothing of what we planned to do,” he told a news conference.”There are different ways in football to get successful and create chances, the quality of your football included. We thought we had enough of that [quality] on the pitch in the first half, but we saw nothing of it.”Concerning the areas and spaces we wanted to use, also in the box for crosses, we did nothing. That’s disappointing for us.”The pitch was not the best, but we made it partially hard for ourselves. Nevertheless, we saw that we can create chances with a little more courage in the second half.”At the end of the day, Salzburg probably deserved the next round over the two games. We had to congratulate them and I want to compliment my compatriots.”Dortmund have won just one of their past six games in all competitions and host Hannover in the Bundesliga Sunday.
Mohamed Salah VIDEO: Mohamed Salah penalty gives Egypt hope against Russia Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Mohamed Salah Russia v Egypt World Cup Russia Egypt African All Stars Videos The star forward converted a penalty against Russia to temporarily keep Egypt’s faint hopes of progressing to the last 16 alive Egypt’s World Cup went from bad to worse as they fell behind Russia 3-0 in the second half of their Group A fixture, though Mohamed Salah was able to pull one back for the Pharaohs in the second half to make it 3-1.The Liverpool forward missed the opening game against Uruguay – which resulted in a loss – but started Tuesday’s game against the host nation.Salah endured a frustrating game as he was unable to get on the ball much in the first half, but managed to score from the penalty spot in the second half after being pulled down inside the Russian penalty area. 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 After Salah went down in the box, the referee initially whistled for a free-kick outside the area. However, the referee consulted with VAR and after review, awarded the penalty.Salah delivered an excellent spot kick to cut the deficit back to two goals, and score the first Egyptian World Cup goal since their last appearance at the showpiece in 1990. Russia were flying after scoring two goals after the break through Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba after Egyptian Ahmed Fathi conceded an unfortunate own goal early on in the first half.But while Salah’s goal gave Egypt a little hope of reversing the deficit, the game ultimately ended with a 3-1 Russia victory. Mo Salah pulls one back for Egypt!Is there enough time for a comeback?? pic.twitter.com/HOIPd5Zzxh— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 19, 2018Salah has to assist himself to scorePeak— 〽️ (@Riddock__) June 19, 2018With the defeat, Egypt must hope Saudi Arabia register a win against Uruguay on Wednesday if they are to have any chance of making it into the last 16.
World Cup France vs Peru team news: Giroud starts as Dembele drops out of starting XI Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:52 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup France v Peru France Peru The striker has been recalled to the starting XI for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, as Didier Deschamps opts for a different approach France will start with Olivier Giroud in attack for their World Cup Group C encounter against Peru as they look to take a step closer to clinching qualification for the last 16.The Chelsea striker came on as a substitute in the opening game against Australia and has been elevated to the starting XI at the expense of Ousmane Dembele for the game against Los Incas, where he will be partnered in attack by Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.Didier Deschamps has also opted for a change in midfield, with Blaise Matuidi replacing Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso in the middle. The 31-year-old Juventus central midfielder will be joined by Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, who each started the win over the Socceroos. 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 Les Bleus captain Hugo Lloris is unsurprisingly between the posts and the Tottenham goalkeeper has an unchanged defence ahead of him with Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard forming the back line. Peru, meanwhile, have also made changes to the team that suffered defeat in their opening game against Denmark as they attempt to put points on the board and preserve their chances of remaining in the World Cup.Team captain Paolo Guerrero comes into the starting XI, with Jefferson Farfan making way for the Flamengo striker.Guerrero had been introduced as a second-half substitute in the loss to the Danes and clearly impressed sufficiently to earn a place in the team against France.As well as Guerrero, Pedro Aquino comes into the team, with Renato Tapia making way.France XI: Lloris; Pavard, Umtiti, Varane, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Matuidi; Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud.Peru XI: Gallese; Advincula, Rodriguez, Ramos, Trauco, Yotun, Aquino, Carrillo, Cueva, Flores, Guerrero.