CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi denied bail

first_imgSacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi will continue to stay in Tihar Jail as a Delhi court on Monday rejected his bail application in connection with the CWG corruption case.  The Patiala House court has held that Kalmadi might be able to influence witnesses since most of them (witnesses) have worked in OC under Kalmadi. Kalmadi had been arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate.  Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh dismissed Kalmadi’s bail plea along with that of Games organising panel’s Joint Director-General (Sports) A.S.V. Prasad, saying that “the offences are of serious nature”. The court also said that “Prasad was close to Kalmadi” and had a key role in awarding the contract which caused huge loss to the exchequer. Kalmadi was arrested along with Prasad and three others for awarding the contract for installing the Time-Scoring-Result (TSR) system to a Swiss firm, Swiss Times Omega, at an exorbitant cost of Rs 141 crore, causing a loss of over Rs 95 crore to the public exchequer. – With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

With Mary Ann Mendrez out, UE seniors get time together on the floor

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Jasmine Alcayde, who rode the bench for most of the season, took Mendrez’ spot in the starting six joining other graduating players Judith Abil, Lai Bendong, Roselle Baliton, and Kath Arado,“Ate Jas got to be in the starting six since this is her last playing year,” said Mendrez. “I think it’s also a good thing so those who will graduate got to play at the same time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MANILA, Philippines—With the season winding out, star hitter Mary Ann Mendrez had to sit out University of the East’s second to the last game in the UAAP Season 81 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia closer to PBA finals return, overcomes Rain or Shine in Game 5 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Mendrez, UE’s second-leading scorer in the tournament with 13.3 points per game, was suffering from tonsilitis, which got worse over the Holy week break.Without her output, the Lady Warriors absorbed a 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 loss to defending champion La Salle whcih sent them to a 3-10 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“When I got back in Manila, things got worse and that was when I got fever and tonsillitis,” said Mendrez in Filipino. “Coach [Karl Dimaculangan] didn’t let me train since Monday, although on Sunday I joined the practice but I didn’t finish it.”Mendrez, though, saw her illness as a blessing in disguise as her graduating teammates got a chance to be on the floor at the same time. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

How to run your own secure IoT cloud server for $8/year

first_imgThis article provides an introduction on how to setup a secure Internet of Things (IoT) cloud server, where memory-constrained edge nodes can communicate securely with the cloud server and where devices can be managed in real time using a web-based user interface. This article is tailored for learning purposes and DIY projects. At the end of the article, we provide a link to the details (the recipe with $8 ingredients) on how you can setup your own secure IoT server and device infrastructure.IoT cloud server solutions Most IoT cloud server solutions, whether they provide ready-to-use hosted services or not, are based on a standard Virtual Private Server (VPS). Most developers probably think about Amazon or Microsoft Azure’s services when considering the server side of their IoT solution. These high-end services are great if you need to scale up to millions of connected devices. However, for most small-scale operations and DIY projects, a low-cost VPS is more than adequate.The website provides reviews for low-cost Virtual Private Servers and is a great place to start when selecting a VPS. We found an $8/year VPS suitable for our secure IoT experiment. With this VPS, we were able to connect up to 10,000 devices. Connecting more devices requires more memory, but the VPS we selected has memory limitations (64MB). Thus, if your IoT solution requires more connected devices, a VPS with more memory will be required.VPS providers, including Amazon, typically provide a web-based user interface from where you can manage your VPS. The web-based control panel provides services such as selecting and installing/re-installing the operating system. The operating system of choice is typically a flavor of Linux. After installing the Linux operating system using the web interface, the server will be online and be ready for you to logon and manage.Cloud server operating system and software A freshly installed Linux operating system on an online VPS is typically bare-bone with few services running. At a minimum, the Linux installation must have an SSH (Secure Shell) server running so you can remotely logon to the server and install software of your choice. The software we selected for the server-side IoT solution is an application server called the Mako Server. One of the reasons for selecting the Mako Server is that it uses memory very efficiently. In contrast, most high-end server side application frameworks will require large amounts of memory, and are therefore unable to operate on a low-cost VPS.The Mako Server is an extremely light-weight application server that can easily operate within the memory limitations of a low-cost VPS. Another reason for selecting the Mako Server is that the server can act as a dual-certificate server, thereby enabling the use standard RSA certificates for browsers and small ECC certificates for edge nodes. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates can have a great impact on memory if you do not consider the type of certificate being used in your IoT solutions. Using the wrong type of certificate may break the design of a memory-constrained edge node. We will consider this in more detail in the security section below.IoT protocol for secure edge-node-to-cloud communication The Mako Server includes a secure IoT protocol called SMQ (Simple Message Queues). The server and its application framework enable the user to write server-side scripts for interacting directly with the SMQ IoT broker. The server-side application framework also enables the user to extend the IoT protocol and connect it to other services on the Internet or to other local services running on the VPS, such as database services.The SMQ protocol infrastructure (Source: Real Time Logic) The SMQ protocol is ideal when secure real-time data exchange between a web interface and an edge node is required. The protocol, which is similar to the pub/sub mechanism in MQTT, enables web-based user interfaces to control edge nodes in real time. All communication goes via the cloud server, which means you will not run into any network address translation (NAT) traversal issues when communicating between different (local) networks.Enabling trust and security Not surprisingly, setting up a secure IoT solution requires more work than setting up a non-secure solution. A secure IoT implementation requires that, at a minimum, you setup a trusted server. The SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer / Transport Layer Security) protocol is used for the encrypted communication, but TLS will not be secure unless the infrastructure is based on trusted X.509 (SSL) certificates. This trust is the key component required for TLS to be secure. For this reason, it is important to install a certificate in the server that is trusted by all of the client’s connected to the server.A browser that connects to the server requires an installed certificate that is signed by a well-known certificate authority (CA). In this case, “well-known” means that the CA’s public root certificate is pre-installed in the browser/computer that you are using. You can use free or paid-for well-known CA services when signing your server certificate.A device that connects to the online server can keep a copy of the CA’s public root certificate in the device. This certificate can be extracted from your browser/computer and copied to your device. The device will not be able to validate (trust) the server’s certificate if the device does not keep a copy of the CA’s public root certificate. The CA’s public root certificate is typically embedded in the device firmware.An alternative to using a well-known CA is for you to become your own CA and to use your own server certificate for device communication. Since you are in full control of the device and can store any type of certificate in the device, including your own public root certificate, you can easily use your own signed server certificate for device communication. Being your own CA is not difficult when you have easy-to-use tools.One of the benefits of being your own CA for the certificate exchanged between the server and the device clients is that you can select to use an Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) certificate for the server. The benefit with using an ECC certificate is that the certificate is much smaller than an RSA certificate, and thus consumes much less memory in the device during the initial SSL handshake.An illustration of the size difference between an ECC Certificate, an RSA Certificate, and a chained RSA Certificate (Source: Real Time Logic) SSL certificates can have a huge impact on memory in constrained edge nodes, so using a non-chained ECC certificate may be a requirement for a memory-constrained device. Most well-known CA services only sign RSA certificates; meanwhile, the free/low-cost CA providers typically sign certificates with an intermediate CA certificate that requires a chain of trust, thereby consuming even more memory in the device.As was previously noted, one of the benefits with the Mako Server is that it can act as a dual-certificate server, whereby browsers are served a larger (chained) RSA certificate and devices are served a smaller (non-chained) ECC certificate. A dual-certificate server provides great flexibility as it allows the use of small certificates for devices and RSA certificates for browsers. The RSA certificate can be signed by a well-known CA, while the ECC certificate is preferably signed by your own CA.Getting started If you want to learn more, head over to the Mako Server’s IoT page. This page includes instructions on how to setup your own secure cloud server and how to securely connect ARM mbed boards (edge-node devices) to your cloud server. July 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm Continue Reading Previous Secure your data with self-encrypting drives (SEDs)Next Push-button generation of deep neural networks 4 thoughts on “How to run your own secure IoT cloud server for $8/year” Log in to Reply July 6, 2016 at 4:52 pm Tyrion says: Joffrey says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “Commercial entities can also use this solution. See the following page for details:, we wanted to focus on the learning aspect in this article since many developers are unfamiliar with setting up a secure IoT s Log in to Reply Joffrey says: Log in to Reply July 4, 2016 at 3:47 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Industry, Medical, Security “You are right Tyrion. I was just highlighting the terms of the license which limit the scope to learning and DIY projects ONLY as righlty mentioned in the article.” “Joffrey, it says in the article that the material is attuned for “learning purposes and DIY projects”.” “Thank you Wilfried for this interesting article.nIt is worth mentioning the license terms for the Mako Server:nn”The Mako Server is free of charge for non-commercial or educational use.”nnIt wasn’t obvious that this is not an open source solution. 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Report: Leicester 3 Huddersfield 0

first_imgLeicester City 3 Huddersfield Town 0: Mahrez and Slimani help stop the rot for Puel Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 1/2/18 mahrez-cropped Getty Images Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani produced decisive moments as Leicester City defeated Huddersfield Town 3-0 to end their recent woes. Two instances of individual brilliance from Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani helped Leicester City to a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the King Power Stadium on Monday, ending the hosts’ four-match winless run.Leicester struggled over the festive period and went into 2018 on the back of successive league defeats, but Mahrez and Slimani scored excellent goals early in the second half to stop the rot in their first New Year’s Day home game since 2013, when they beat Huddersfield 6-1 in the Championship.Marc Albrighton, who provided the assist for Mahrez’s opener, added a third late on, after Adrien Silva had been introduced for his belated Leicester debut. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A scrappy first half provided little entertainment for either set of supporters, but it was a completely different story after the break as two moments of high class sent Leicester on their way to what ultimately proved a straightforward win.7 – Riyad Mahrez has scored seven goals in 22 Premier League appearances this season, one more than he netted in 36 games in 2016-17. Reboot.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 1, 2018Mahrez got the first with a sublime volley, before then setting up Slimani – making his first Premier League start since September due to Jamie Vardy’s groin injury – for a fine goal of his own.Leicester appeared understandably reluctant to push men forward towards the end, but David Wagner’s men simply failed to break them down and conceded a third in injury-time.There was a lack of quality on display in the early stages, with Huddersfield happy to sit back and Leicester failing to apply pressure.Huddersfield did threaten in the 20th minute thanks to a simple long ball down the middle of the pitch, but Danny Williams was barged over by Harry Maguire just outside the box when he looked to be in on goal, and no free-kick was awarded.That perceived injustice seemed to fire Huddersfield up and they went close to the opener shortly after – Williams racing on to Steve Mounie’s cut-back on the edge of the area and sending a first-time effort wide of the bottom-left corner.Leicester suffered a blow just before the half-hour mark as captain Wes Morgan was forced off through injury, though they nearly broke the deadlock a few moments later, Slimani putting an effort wide from 12 yards after a scramble in the area.Puel’s men began the second half with renewed focus and went close soon after the restart, with Slimani sending a header from Daniel Amartey’s cross into the hands of Jonas Lossl.The Mahrez Magic #LeiHud— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 1, 2018The Huddersfield goalkeeper was helpless in the 53rd minute, though, as Albrighton picked out Mahrez on the right side of the area and he opened his body up before producing a cushioned volley into the bottom-left corner.Mahrez then turned provider after an hour, slipping a pass into the Huddersfield half on the counter-attack for Slimani to run on to. The striker charged clear before chipping Lossl with an exquisite finish.Wilfred Ndidi almost added a third seven minutes from time when he headed against the crossbar, but Huddersfield were not so lucky at the death when Albrighton smashed in from close range to round off an easy win for Leicester, who also gave Silva his belated debut as a substitute late on.Final change…Welcome to #lcfc, @adrien_silva23!Huge round of applause from the crowd for the new man on his debut as well as a standout performance from James, who he replaces.SilvaJames#LeiHud— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 1, 2018 Key Opta Facts: – Riyad Mahrez has now been directly involved in 14 goals (seven goals, seven assists) after 22 Premier League games this season; nine more than he had managed after as many games in 2016/17 (five – three goals, two assists).- Leicester are unbeaten in 14 Premier League home games against newly-promoted opposition (W9 D5 L0) since losing 0-5 to Bolton Wanderers in August 2001.- Slimani’s goal was his first from outside the box in a league match since March 2016, when he was at Sporting CP.- Huddersfield have now failed to find the net in eight of their 11 away fixtures in the Premier League – no side has failed to score more often on the road this season. read morelast_img read more

Q&A: Get to Know Central Michigan

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. Next up in the non-con slate is a little MACtion: the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Chips make their way down the plains for what should be a progressively more difficult test for the Pokes. We got caught up with CMU writer Andy Sneddon for some expert insights. Let’s see what to expect this weekend.With what’s generally held as the best defense in the MAC and having arguably the best player and quarterback in the conference, what are the expectations for this season?Expectations are high, but guarded. The MAC is a fairly balanced league, particularly the West Division. CMU was picked to finish fourth in the six-team division. Northern Illinois has won or shared the divisional title in each of the past six years, Toledo has shared the title in each of the past two seasons. CMU and Western, along with Northern Ill. And Toledo finished in a four-way tie for the top spot a year ago. The feeling is that CMU can compete with anyone in the league.Other than 4 year starter and all-MAC QB Cooper Rush and Biletnikoff watch list receiver Jesse Kroll, who are other impact players the Cowboys should be aware of?Safety Tony Annese, a senior on the Thorpe Award Watch List; defensive lineman Chris Kantzavelos makes plays as does outside linebacker Nathan Ricketts. Junior Amari Coleman is one of the best corners in the league. On offense, Devon Spalding had 135 yards last week vs. Presbyterian and appeared to be in good shape coming off an injury that cost him the final 8 games of the 2015 season. Kroll is one of several very capable receivers, including Mark Chapman, Corey Willis and Anthony Rice.It seems the CMU offense has some spread and under the center formations, what kinds of things do they like to do offensively?It’s a fairly diverse offense, particularly if the run game is productive. Rush is a capable passer and he will go downfield; he does an excellent job picking his spots and jabbing. If they can move the ball on the ground, the offense can be very dangerous.After seeing Kavon Frazier and Thomas Rawls get into the NFL in recent years, who do you see having the most pro potential from this year’s team?Rush perhaps has the greatest potential. Perhaps Annese, the safety, who has great instincts and skill. Coleman as a corner. He’s just in his second game of his junior year, but he’s very quick, fast, athletic.The Cowboys are most eager to see if the running game has developed (struggled mightily last season). With guys like captains Jabari Dean and Kelby Latta (and getting Joe Ostman back from injury) returning, is the defensive line/run defense the strength of the unit?It has been in recent years, and all three of those players have played major roles in that success. On paper it appears to be a strength again. They limited Presbyterian last week to 44 yards on the ground (1.3 per carry) — but that’s an FCS team. The Cowboys will certain provide a much stiffer test, and a much more accurate gauge.With CMU playing a steady flow of Big Ten teams over the years, what do you perceive have been similarities/differences in Oklahoma State and Big Ten teams that the Chips have played?In watching last year’s game, I thought Oklahoma State had more speed, particularly on defense, than what CMU has been accustomed to seeing when it plays a Big Ten team.I haven’t been around here too long. The only one of those that I know personally is Thomas Rawls — I’ve never seen a running back run as consistently hard as he did. He suffered an ankle injury in the one and only season that he played here, and that limited his playing time. The MAC tends to run under the radar on the national scale, but obviously you need look only at the aforementioned examples to see that there are a number of talented players who have come from the program.Joe Staley (left tackle, 49ers) is another offensive lineman who has been a solid pro during his long NFL career. For awhile, the school began to get a reputation as one that regularly produces standout offensive linemen, but with the success of the likes of AB and Rawls, that, perhaps, is changing. Watt was a tight end when he was here, and that was for just one season; he transferred to Wisconsin.last_img read more

Colin Cowherd Has Oklahoma State as 2017 Playoff Team

first_imgOh it’s early. It’s so, so early. It’s “we’re still talking about Spring Ball, wondering who QB2 is going to be and placing wagers on where Mike Gundy is going to vacation this summer (Reno, Nevada is the 2-1 favorite)” early. But still, college football is sort of wriggling over the horizon right now, and people are already thinking about fall 2017.Oklahoma State goes into the season with probably its best ever chance to play for a national championship — even better than 2011 because there are twice as many teams that can play for it and your pedigree doesn’t have to be as a top 10 recruiting school to do so (as Michigan State and Washington have proven in the last two years).Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd is picking Oklahoma State as a playoff team along with Carson Cunningham’s beloved USC, Florida State and Alabama. Whoo boy, I am here for all of that.“My four teams that I really like this year are Florida State, Alabama, USC and I’m going to throw a dark horse at you, Oklahoma State,” said Cowherd. “I’m going to throw a dark horse at you, Oklahoma State.”OSU fits the bill of a national title dark horse considering it’s not even the favorite to win its own conference.USC will play for the National Championship— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 17, 2017 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

By the Numbers: Who Are OSU’s Best Red-Zone Weapons?

first_imgMason Rudolph did well in his first year with full rein of the offense. Minus what would be a costly red-zone interception against Central Michigan, his numbers were solid. He’s not the run threat that J.W. Walsh was but Mike Gundy has said he’d love to find someone else who is for certain packages.That role could be possibly be filled by wide receiver Dillon Stoner who was great in his extremely small (one snap) sample size in the red zone. It is telling that Gundy and Yurcich trusted a true freshman to take a snap in his second game. He lined up behind center twice in his four games. Don’t be surprised to see it again. He may be the most versatile athlete on the roster if the talk from practice is any indicator.Red-Zone Catches Mason Rudolph26/4656.5%131183.8 John Kolar1/250.0%0083.6 Jalen McCleskey0/10.0%000.0 Jeff Carr210 PlayerAttempts/CompletionsCompletion %TDsINTsPasser Rating The Cowboys have several returning red-zone threats in their star-studded receiving corps. It’s never a bad idea to get James Washington the ball and McCleskey is a great option out of the slot. Chris Lacy was ultra-efficient with all three of his catches making it into the end zone.Marcell Ateman’s return offers another big option for “70/30” balls Mason Rudolph calls them. Ateman was the Cowboys’ leading red-zone receiver with five catches and paid those off with four scores.Red-Zone Rush Attempts PlayerCatchesTDs Marcell Ateman (2015)54 Jalen McCleskey73 John Kolar100 James Washington100center_img The Cowboys need to replace a lot in this department. Chris Carson, Rennie Childs and Barry J. Sanders accounted for 51 attempts in the red zone which led to 17 touchdowns. Carson was the team leader with nine. And they have yet to name a backup to Justice Hill who is beefed up over the offseason but is still not the pound-it-up-the-middle option that even Chris Carson could be.Rudolph has shown some ability to keep the ball and get six but has struggled with fumble issues — half of his six fumbles were in the red zone. And then there’s the increased risk of injury which is a prospect no one in (or in support of) the program wants to think about. He played over half last season with an injury he sustained doing his best human-projectile bit against Texas.With all these playmakers and an improved offensive line, there is no reason Oklahoma State can’t get better in the score zone. PlayerAttemptsTDsFumbles (Lost) James Washington74 Dillon Stoner1/1100.0%10446.8 The Oklahoma State offense could be otherworldly in 2017. Mason Rudolph is an elite quarterback with an elite group of wide receivers to throw to. Justice Hill packed on enough offseason muscle to ensure his freshman 11 (-hundred yards) doesn’t get followed up by a sophomore slump. The offensive line should be better and potential backup QBs and RBs are being evaluated as we speak.But there is one facet of Oklahoma State’s offense that could use some improvement — red-zone effectiveness.The Cowboys ranked in the middle of the Big 12 in terms of red-zone effectiveness, based on points per red-zone attempt. If the Cowboys want to take the next step, they’ll need to be able to take advantage of those trips into enemy territory.AdChoices广告“You can always be better in the red zone and the score zone,” Rudolph said during Big 12 Media Days. “There’s a lot of times last year, fade balls and incompletions there and different schemes. Decision-making is so key down there.“The ability to extend the play and get a couple of those scramble drill points down there in the score zone is key, and that’s something we’ve worked on.”So, we know the Cowboys would like to be more effective in the score zone. Let’s take a look at the red-zone weapons they have to work with and why they could be improved on this front in 2017.I’ve divided up the players by passing, receiving and rushing to see who the best options are based on last year’s numbers. Of course, these don’t include newcomers like several freshman skill players that could see the field and LSU transfer Tyron Johnson. For the record, Johnson had one red-zone catch for eight yards as a true freshman at LSU.First, let’s look at red-zone passing numbers.Red-Zone Pass Attempts Mason Rudolph2263 (2) Justice Hill3441 (1) Chris Lacy33 Taylor Cornelius210 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

Joel Klatt Predicts Mason Rudolph to Win Heisman Trophy

first_imgThe preseason hype surrounding Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys has been flooding in this week, with Sports Illustrated naming OSU as a College Football Playoff Team and Rudolph landing on the cover of the magazine.Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt continued the trend of preseason praise on Friday when he named Rudolph as his pick to not only get an invite to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation, but to win the Heisman Trophy in 2017.“The guy I think is going to win the Heisman Trophy: Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State. He’s this perfect combination of on the radar yet not the favorite where we’re going to pay attention to him as he puts up gaudy numbers when they’re likely undefeated through the first half of the season maybe three-fourths of the season before they play Oklahoma, and yet he’s not the favorite.AdChoices广告“We’re not going to expect him to be perfect every single week. Mason Rudolph in that offense with that receiving corps is going to put up huge numbers. We’re going to be following him each and every week en route to what I think is a Heisman Trophy for Oklahoma State.”Although Rudolph isn’t the dual-threat, jump-off-the-screen athlete that will wow fans from home like a Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield, there’s no denying Klatt is right in that he’s going to put up some insane numbers this year airing it out in his senior season.OSU enters the preseason ranked No. 11 in the coaches poll, which does give Klatt’s argument some validity: OSU, like Mason Rudolph, is a perfect combination of on the radar yet not the favorite. And it’s why many like the Cowboys as a sleeper to make the playoff this season behind the Heisman-contending senior quarterback.2017 Heisman winner?Look no further than Mason Rudolph (via @joelklatt)— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 11, 2017 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

Report: Swansea 2 Sheff Wed 0

first_imgSwansea City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Ayew and Dyer see Swans into quarters Dom Farrell 06:00 28/2/2018 NathanDyerJordanAyew - cropped Getty Images Swansea won a third consecutive FA Cup replay as second-half goals from Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer put paid to Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Ayew came off the bench to help Swansea City past injury-hit Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Following a goalless initial encounter at Hillsborough, Tuesday’s return was another cagey encounter and Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal saw his Premier League side create little of note during the first half versus his former employers.But Swansea’s top scorer Ayew came on at the interval and poached his ninth of the season before Nathan Dyer quashed Wednesday’s dwindling hopes 10 minutes from time. 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 4-1 thrashing at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday put Swansea back in the Premier League relegation zone and they were arguably second best in the first half at the Liberty Stadium.Kristoffer Nordfeldt parried Jacob Butterfield’s swerving shot from outside the area just before the half hour and the Swansea keeper reacted sharply to keep out Jordan Rhodes’ diving header from Lucas Joao’s cross.Sam Clucas’ improvised overhead kick was as close as Swansea came before the break and they were grateful for Nordfeldt’s assured handling after the marauding Joao cut inside Kyle Bartley9 – Swansea City are unbeaten in the previous nine competitive games in which Jordan Ayew has scored for them (W7 D2 L0). Charmed. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 27, 2018 Carvalhal elected to send on Martin Olsson and Ayew in a double change that paid dividends when Tom Carroll’s 55th-minute drive remarkably struck both posts, leaving the Ghana international to snaffle the rebound.Dyer ensured a home tie against either Tottenham or Rochdale in round six when he sprung the Wednesday offside trap – a VAR referral fell in the winger’s favour – to slide home Tammy Abraham’s pass.last_img read more

LVG: I won’t return to Hoeness’ Bayern

first_imgBayern München Van Gaal: I won’t return to Bayern while Hoeness is there Harry Sherlock 19:16 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Louis van Gaal, Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga The Dutchman insists that he will never work under the German again after a number of rows between the pair Louis van Gaal insists he will not return to Bayern Munich as long as Uli Hoeness works at the club.Van Gaal and Bayern’s president routinely clashed throughout his two-year spell in the Bundesliga, a period that saw him win a domestic double of the league title and the DFB-Pokal in 2009-10.Hoeness and Van Gaal have traded public barbs since, with the Bayern supremo claiming in 2013 that the manager “believes he is God’s father”. 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 And the Dutchman has now rejected any suggestion that he could work under the 66-year-old again.”As long as Uli Hoeness is in the club, I would not work there,” he told Sport Bild .Van Gaal has explained that he grew tired of Hoeness’ interventions in team selection, and his favouritism towards certain players, with whom he had a “special relationship”.”Just like for [Franck] Ribéry, who always had to play according to Mr. Hoeness, which in my opinion is not good for the work of a trainer,” he added.last_img read more

The Rundown: Gundy Talks Tech, Donkey Kong and Paying Players

first_imgSTILLWATER — Mike Gundy’s weekly media luncheon had a little bit of everything Monday.Oklahoma State’s coach touched on Chuba Hubbard’s Heisman potential, his offensive line shuffle, Donkey Kong, kids not riding bikes anymore and the potential future of college athletes making money off their name and likeness. Strap in.• His postgame comments on the Kansas State game were accurate.• Texas Tech brings a different style of play opposed to K-State.• On defense, Tech is “playing three down and blitzing just like everybody else in the country.”• “The Big 12 has led the way offensively. It started about 10 years ago. Defenses have recovered and are finding some answers to the offenses in the Big 12.”• “There is a misconception on three down and four down that three down can’t stop the run. The three down that we’re seeing is based to stop the run. You have two guys playing inside the tackles. You have a nose guard, you have two inside backers. You have five guys for four gaps. It’s really to stop the run. Then your leverage players are based on run/pass. It’s a chess game out there.”• OSU’s linebackers are further along than he thought they would be to this point.• Israel Antwine “gets a little better each game.” Antwine is getting into playing shape.• The defensive line is coming along, but “there is no fast forward button for experience.”• Nothing to update on Calvin Bundage.• K-State allowed Tylan Wallace to get going early, but moved a safety over him later. That opened up the running game.• On Wallace’s play as a running back: “Well, it didn’t come out good. I sure liked it in practice. That was not the result we were wanting. We were looking forward to him running in and scoring. We blocked it incorrectly.”• On potentially getting Dezmon Jackson and Jahmyl Jeter involved: “LD (Brown) ran better. He got east and west on this field, north and south on most other fields, but he’s moving forward. He dropped his pads. He was aggressive. He didn’t stutter around with his feet, so he improved. The other guys are getting consistent work in practice. It’s just hard to take Chuba out right now. So, when he’s in the game then LD gets his, and he was running better, it’s just hard to get to down-the-line guys right now. When (Hubbard) is on the field, we’re a different football team. The justification for that isn’t really in place.”• The ragtag O-line played better after the lightning delay and continued to get better throughout the game. “It’s a learning experience for all of us. It’s not something I’d highly recommend for coaches.”• Gundy said he doesn’t know yet whether it’ll be the same starting O-line against Tech.• Tre Sterling processes information quickly. Gundy said he is excited about the improvement Sterling has made in just one year.• On the O-line shuffle: “We all know that continuity and years of service at those five guys is very beneficial. When you move them around, it’s not the same. You say, ‘Well, he’s an offensive lineman,’ It’s not the same. Bryce (Bray) went from playing guard to left tackle. It’s not the same. You tell by looking at the salary structure in the NFL at left tackle as compared to the NFL right guards. It’s the same for college maybe even worse. Was I nervous? Sure I was. Am I nervous now? Sure I am.”• “We promised (Johnny Wilson) four tickets to a heavy-metal concert this summer if he bought into it.” (In case I needed to mention, that was a joke).• Hunter Anthony got better as the game progressed. He has a mean streak.• “We’re getting good play from X, (Jordan McCray), (C.J. Moore) and those guys, but the ball hasn’t gotten to them very much. They’re not doing anything that’s disappointing. They’ve actually improved considerably, and they need to get the ball more than they have. But I think most everybody would agree that it’s important right now that (Hubbard) gets his touches and (Wallace) gets his touches.”• Tech likes to get the ball out quick with short passes, and it likes to throw the ball deep every six or seven plays.• “(Spencer Sanders) didn’t throw the ball as well as he would’ve wanted. For whatever reason, I don’t know. If I knew we would’ve put a plan in place prior to that. But he’s still ultra competitive. He would’ve like to run the football more. We were in somewhat of a preventative measure there to protect him as much as possible. He’s going to continue to get better each game.”• Sanders is doing “very well for where he is in his career.”• Here comes a lengthy comparison between Sanders gaining experience and becoming better at playing Donkey Kong.“New video game comes out, the more you play it, you get a lot better. It’s really the same thing, same concept. Did you ever play Donkey Kong? You started on Donkey Kong, you could never get past the elevator level. You have the barrels, then you have the structure and then the third level was the elevators. That third jump you had to make to get up to get over took a while. But after you did it 50, 60 times you could make that jump and you were set. You had a chance to set the high score. It’s that jump.“(Sanders) is on the barrels. Nah, I’m joking, he’s not on the barrels. The barrels is easy. That’s an easy one. We’ll get off Donkey Kong. He’s doing fine. He’s on the structure now. He’s conquering that. He’s working to get to the elevators. He’s probably past the first jump. The second one’s not as bad. The third one’s the tough one.Have you been playing Donkey Kong recently? This seems very vivid in your mind.“I do, yes. I do. I’m a closet Donkey Kong guy. My kids are old enough that I can’t compete with them in any of the games they play. So I have to try to get them to play Donkey Kong periodically because I’m pretty good at Donkey Kong.“There used to be a Godfather’s Pizza on Reno Avenue in Midwest City, and I’d ride my bike up there and play Donkey Kong all the time, set the high score. Can you imagine that? Kids riding there bikes. Nowadays, nobody rides a bike anymore. Isn’t that amazing? Alright let’s talk about Tech.”• On if a running back can win the Heisman: “Oh sure, I think so. It’s just comparable to numbers from the past. That’s all we have to go on. They’re going to compare (Hubbard) to whoever won the last Heisman that was running the ball, what were his numbers? What was his numbers? Yards per carry, things like that. I would say that that would be the direction they would go.”• On the rushing struggles of 2015 to now: “I wanted four yards a carry, and I just wanted 100 yards. I love to rush the football. Some of my quarterback buddies give me a hard time about it, but I enjoy rushing the football and pounding teams. I really liked that part of the game. It’s enjoyable for me to watch the progress that we’ve made just over the last couple years.”• On Tech quarterback Jett Duffey: “Well he played last year. Run around a little bit, and I think they’re gonna do some read stuff with him. They want to throw screens. They want to throw bubbles, get the ball out of his hand quick. They like to throw the inside game, slants and such, and then throw it down the field.”• OSU isn’t going to be able to keep kicking field goals and winning. Eventually the Cowboys will be outscored if they aren’t better in the red zone.• On if he can tell what Matt Ammendola has done to become as consistent as he is: “I have no clue. What they do mentally, physically, I don’t have any idea what they do. Your kickers, your punters, your holders, your snappers are the most dedicated guys on your team because they practice on their own. We do our practice, they come in the stadium and they do everything on their own. They have a 45 to 50-minute routine each day, three days a week. And nobody’s really watching them, and they’re dedicated and they do it all the time. They have the students go out there and video them. We have coaches that meet with them and try to correct them. I don’t think anybody knows, I think they just say stuff to make them feel better, but they have to perfect their own art. That’s what they do. Those guys are dedicated. They do good. You just leave them alone.”• Tom Hutton is getting better each game with experience in American football. “At this time next year, he should be really good.”• On college athletes making money off their likeness: “I say pay them. If they’ve earned it, pay them. Let them go. Is there a guy on there in the last four or five years on the video game that’s got a mullet? I say pay that guy. That’s my likeness. There can’t be another guy coaching with a mullet at Oklahoma State. Attorneys are gonna make a lot of money, right? Federal level and state level as it progresses.“I don’t know enough really to comment on it other than the money’s not what people think it is. I think Clint Chelf got something (from the video game), like $12 or something, which is $12. So, I don’t know what the money is on it. But if somebody’s making a bunch of money on it, and they want to reward the athlete some, I don’t see a problem with that. The issue you have is what if one state does it and a different state doesn’t then what does the NCAA do? There’s your attorneys on the state and federal level making a killing. They’re lined up out there just saying, ‘Hey, I’d love to take that case.’“We all complain about the NCAA at times, but it has been uniform, right? The speed limit’s the speed limit. That’s the one great thing about this country is for the most part we try to stay uniform. We all follow the same laws. Well the NCAA, people complain about it, but they have done that. The system’s in place. You gotta be careful about getting out of your box because is California gonna be different from Oklahoma? Does that affect recruiting? Sure it does. Are they just gonna have a California State Championship? Not gonna play for the national championship? I don’t know. It’s all way over my head, but again, I go back to the attorneys are gonna be lined up for it. If the players get a chance to make a little money, pay them a little money. I don’t see a big deal in that.” 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

Xhaka pens long-term Arsenal contract

first_imgTransfers Xhaka commits long-term future to Arsenal with new contract Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:11 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Granit Xhaka Arsenal Premier League Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Burnley Premier League The 25-year-old played a part in all 38 of the Gunners’ Premier League games last season and has been rewarded with a new deal Arsenal have announced midfielder Granit Xhaka has committed his future to the Premier League club by signing a new “long-term” contract.Switzerland international Xhaka featured in all 38 Premier League games in the 2017-18 season, starting 37 and making a single appearance off the bench.And Arsenal confirmed on Friday that Xhaka has agreed to extend his stay at Emirates Stadium, although the length of his contract remains undisclosed. 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 “Hi Gunners, it’s Granit, I’m happy and proud to sign a new contract here for Arsenal,” Xhaka said in a video message posted on social media. I hope for good results in the future.”Xhaka can #GunnerGranit— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 15, 2018Xhaka shook off an injury scare before the World Cup and is set to be involved for Switzerland in their opening Russia 2018 clash with Brazil on Sunday.Arsenal’s new head coach Unai Emery, who has replaced Arsene Wenger at the club, is looking forward to working with the 25-year-old midfielder.”I’m delighted that Granit has extended his contract with us,” Emery told Arsenal’s website.”He’s an important member of the squad and is still young so will be able to develop even more.”I hope he has a successful World Cup with Switzerland and comes back fit and ready for the new season.”last_img read more

LIVE: Belgium vs Tunisia

first_imgWorld Cup Belgium vs Tunisia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 14:45 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Belgium 2018 World Cup Getty Images World Cup Belgium v Tunisia Tunisia Belgium The Red Devils delivered a routine victory over Panama in their opening game and they will aim to build on that display What an incredible game – the highest-scoring so far – in which Belgium showed their quality and attacking prowess, and could easily have scored more! Hazard and Lukaku grabbed two apiece, before substitute Batshuayi eventually made it five, although he could have had four to himself! Tunisia hit two of their won through Bronn and Khazri, leaving question marks over Belgium’s defending, but were simply overrun by the superior quality of their opponents. It finishes 5-2 to Belgium in one of the most entertaining games of the tournament! Romelu Lukaku Eden Hazard Belgium 2018 World CupFULL-TIME: BELGIUM 5-2 TUNISIA 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 90+3 mins: GOAL! TUNISIA MAKE IT 5-2! Out of nowhere again, Nagguez bombs forward from right-back and cuts the ball back towards Khazri, who guides the ball into the far corner on the swivel. Lax defending from Belgium though, as Carrasco has switched off and the back three were all static. They felt the game was over and done with. 90+2 mins: MISS! Batshuayi charges at goal, and has Tielemans in support, but he ignores the run of his team-mate and tries to lash a shot in on his left foot after working a yard, but he drags it wide! Tielemans is not happy, having assisted the striker just minutes earlier. 90 mins: GOAL! IT’S 5-1 NOW! Batshuayi finally gets his goal! Tielemans puts in an absolute peach of a ball from the right that the striker throws himself at, turning the ball into the corner with his left foot!89 mins: Tielemans takes a corner deep to the edge of the box, but it’s hooked away by a defender and the danger was minimal. 88 mins: Belgium are playing the ball around comfortably now, under minimal pressure from Tunisia. Can either side grab one last goal here? 86 mins: Impressive youngster Tielemans, who plies his trade at Monaco, replaces Mertens in Belgium’s final change. He will play just in front of Witsel and Fellaini, leaving De Bruyne in support of Batshuayi.85 mins: Meunier tries to loft the ball forward for Batshuayi , but it’s a little too heavy and it runs out for a goal-kick. 83 mins: The Dortmund striker, on loan from Chelsea, is cutting a very frustrated figure out here. He could easily have had a hat-trick, but he’s still yet to find the back of the net.81 mins: SAVE! Batshuayi simply cannot score! De Bruyne does excellently down the left, beating his man and crossing superbly for Batshuayi, whose powerful, left-footed volley from inside the box is kept out by Ben Mustapha! 80 mins: CROSSBAR! How has Batshuayi not scored?! Carrasco cuts inside from the left and lashes a powerful shot at goal that Ben Mustapha fumbles, but Batshuayi, latching onto the loose ball, somehow rattles it off the crossbar and out from six yards!! 77 mins: Khaoui is down with cramp as Tunisian legs begin to tire. They’ve worked hard today, but to no avail. 76 mins: OFF THE LINE! Batshuayi finally gets onto a Mertens through-ball ahead of Ben Mustapha, rounding him and bobbling a strike at an open goal, but Meriah shows incredible desire to get back and clear it off the line! Batshuayi had to score there though. 75 mins: SAVE! Ben Mustapha charges out of his box to deal with a pass in behind for Batshuayi, and has to be careful not to use his hands as he slides to intercept, using his chest instead! 74 mins: Mertens is flagged for offside after the ball is won high up the field. He was in a good position there. 72 mins: Vertonghen is holding his head after a clash when competing for a ball into the box, and is taken to the sidelines for a quick check. He looks as though he will be okay to continue though. 71 mins: Mertens plays the ball over the top for Batshuayi to chase in behind, but the flag goes up for offside. That was a tight call. Eden Hazard Belgium 2018 World Cup70 mins: Khaoui sees Khazri’s free-kick headed out to him, but flashes a wild effort high over the bar on the volley. 69 mins: Carrasco comes in off the left and tries to slip it through for Mertens, but the keeper is out quickly to collect.68 mins: Hazard, like Lukaku, perhaps would have wanted his hat-trick, but is sensibly replaced by Martinez, with Batshuayi coming on in his stead.67 mins: Badri shows quick feet to work a yard of space and tries to thump a strike in, but Courtois show good reflexes to get across and hold the shot. 65 mins: Khazri takes a short corner and receives it back immediately, before trying an ambitious effort from the edge of the box that is blocked away. Sliti then tries one from 18 yards, but Alderweireld is across to block it. 63 mins: Hazard, looking for his hat-trick no doubt, balloons an effort high over the bar from outside the box. Not his best effort this game. 61 mins: MISS! Carrasco works some space beautifully, cutting inside onto his favoured right foot and unleashing a wicked, curling effort towards the top corner, but it’s just over the top! 60 mins: CHANCE! Khazri leaves the ball with a clever dummy for Badri, but his shot is blocked from inside the box! Tunisia aren’t done yet.59 mins: Lukaku may be a little disappointed to be coming off without a hat-trick, but Martinez clearly wants to take no risks with his star striker, who had to be treated for what looked like an ankle injury in the first half. Fellaini replaces him, slotting into midfield alongside Witsel and allowing De Bruyne further forward to support Hazard and Mertens. Meanwhile Sassi, who scored the penalty against England, is replaced by winger Sliti in Tunisia’s final change. 57 mins: Carrasco is played through neatly on the left, but he tries to cut back instead of shooting and his pass is blocked! 55 mins: MISS! Sassi spots Courtois off his line and tries a cheeky lob on the half-volley, but it sails wide! That was a decent effort by the midfielder though. 54 mins: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef tangles with Vertonghen on the touchline, and has his elbow in the air. He seems to be losing his cool a bit, and is perhaps lucky to escape a booking. 51 mins: GOAL!!!!! IT’S NOW 4-1! Hazard grabs his second in style, chesting down from a long ball by Alderweireld, his run split the two centre-halves, before poking round the onrushing goalkeeper and firing into an empty net!! Great composure there from Hazard. 50 mins: SAVE! Tunisia have started strongly in this half as Badri works some space off the left and drills a low effort at goal that Courtois holds well. 49 mins: CHANCE! Khazri stretches to reach a cross from the left, but it’s a little high and he can’t direct it towards the target! The flag is up for offside, anyway. 47 mins: MISS! Belgium work a short corner well and De Bruyne fizzes a ball in towards the near post, but Alderweireld spoons his effort over the bar! 46 mins: The second half is underway!Tunisia lost two men to injury in that first half, and with just one substitute left, they may find that tiring legs struggle in the latter stages of the second half. Belgium, however, simply need to maintain their level of quality and could find themselves racking up a few more here, and may look to send out a statement of intent going forward.  Romelu Lukaku Belgium 2018 World CupWhat a half! Belgium were 2-0 up after just 16 minutes following a Hazard penalty and an emphatic Lukaku strike, but Tunisia got themselves back into the game out of nowhere just two minutes later, with Bronn glancing Khazri’s superb free-kick into the net with his side’s first shot of the game! Chances were plentiful as both sides showed positivity in an open encounter, and Lukaku struck again on the stroke of half-time, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper from close range to restore his side’s two-goal advantage. HALF-TIME: BELGIUM 3-1 TUNISIA45+3 mins: GOAL!!! LUKAKU MAKES IT 3-1! Right on the stroke of half-time, Lukaku gets his second! De Bruyne drifted out to the right and linked up well with Meunier, who drifted into the middle and slipped an inch-perfect through-ball for Lukaku to run onto and clip over the onrushing goalkeeper! Great finish! 45+1 mins: For the first time in the game, both sides seem to be taking a breather and slowing the pace down.44 mins: Tunisia have grown into the game, while Belgium’s intensity has dropped a little. However, the favourites have the capacity to strike in an instant with their quality, so the African side must remain wary.42 mins: Tunisia win a corner down the left, forcing Boyata to make an excellent sliding block! The corner flies straight into the arms of Courtois, however. 41 mins: Syam Ben Youssef is the second Tunisian defender to be stretchered off before half-time, and is replaced by Leicester City’s Benalouane.40 mins: MISS! Ben Youssef tries to strike a volley at goal, but he just cuts across it too much and sends it miles wide of the target! 39 mins: CHANCE! Belgium win the ball well on the right and play it to Lukaku on the edge of the box. He thinks about shooting on his left, but instead slips De Bruyne in and is inches away from the return pass inside the box, but Ben Mustapha gathers! 37 mins: Khazri trudges back on, and play resumes, although both sides seem to be slowing things down just for the moment. Romelu Lukaku Belgium 2018 World Cup36 mins: Worryingly for Tunisia, Khazri is down holding his ankle, and the game is stopped so he can receive some treatment. 35 mins: Lukaku, who was briefly off the pitch to receive some treatment, has returned to the pitch as Khazri just fails to unlock the Belgium defence on the break after some clever build-up play. 34 mins: SAVE! Mertens gets the better of his man down the right and curls in a delightful cross that Ben Mustapha does well to get a hand to, but he fumbles it initially before pouncing on the loose ball. 33 mins: SAVE! Khazri pulls a nervy save out of Courtois with a swerving, curling strike from outside the box that the Chelsea shot-stopper gathers at the second attempt! 31 mins: MISS! Tunsia break dangerously down the right as they catch Carrasco napping, and the cross into the box is only headed as far as Sassi, who shifts it onto his right foot and just drags an effort narrowly wide of the bottom-left corner! 29 mins: What an opening half an hour this has been! Breathless stuff from both sides here.27 mins: CHANCE! The openings are flowing thick and fast here as Tunisia play a suicidal ball out from the back that falls straight to Witsel, who perhaps picks the wrong option and smacks a deflected shot over the bar rather that picking out Lukaku!26 mins: CHANCE! Lukaku is fed through as Belgium break, but his first touch is heavy and Ben Mustapha shepherds him out of play. Lukaku has to hurdle the keeper at the byline and wants a penalty, but there’s nothing doing there. 25 mins: Khazri gets to the byline and tries a rabona cross that Courtois catches! Lovely skill from the forward! 24 mins:  Bronn is indeed replaced at right-back by Nagguez, who will be fortunate to have as much of an impact on the game for his side as the man he replaces! 22 mins:  Bronn, the goalscorer, is down for Tunisia and it doesn’t look good. His arm went up immediately to signal to the bench, and he looks certain to come off. Eden Hazard Belgium 2018 World Cup20 mins: SAVE! Carrasco works a yard and hammers a shot at goal, but Ben Mustapha palms it away. It falls kindly for Hazard on the follow-up, but he gets caught between shooting and squaring for Lukaku, and ends up not quite doing either! 19 mins:  Tunisia scored with their only shot on target against England, and have done it again here! In fact that was their first shot so far in this game!18 mins:  GOAL!!!!! TUNISIA PULL ONE BACK! It’s now 2-1 as Bronn glances Khazri’s free-kick across the keeper and into the far corner! Khazri’s set-piece delivery was enticing and dangerous, and all Bronn needed was a little flick to take it past the keeper and into the goal! This game is far from over! 16 mins:  GOAL!!!! LUKAKU MAKES IT 2-0 TO BELGIUM! Mertens capitalised on a poor touch from Maaloul and fed Lukaku well, timing his pass perfectly as the big striker peels off his marker, before arrowing a low strike right into the bottom-right corner through the legs of Ben Youssef! Great goal! 15 mins:  SAVE! Carrasco wriggles inside from the left and strikes at goal, but it’s tame and the goalkeeper is relatively untroubled.14 mins:  Sassi is booked for dissent after a soft Khazri appeal for a penalty is turned down. There was a little coming together between the forward and Vertonghen, but his reaction was certainly exaggerated. 13 mins:  SAVE! Hazard is inches away from a second goal, but he can’t make the most of an enticing opportunity and Ben Mustapha clings on gratefully! 12 mins:  BLOCK! Hazard’s incisive run down the left earns his side a throw, which is taken to Witsel, and the midfielder turns and thumps an effort at goal that cannons back off a red shirt! 10 mins:  Courtois has to be alert to come off his line and collect a dinked ball over the top for Badri. Belgium look bright and sharp so far. 8 mins:  Tunisia try to muster an attack, pushing forward down the right, but the ball is too heavy down the line and runs out harmlessly for a goal-kick. 6 mins:  GOAL!!! HAZARD SCORES! It’s 1-0 to Belgium very early on here as Hazard gives the keeper the eyes and slots emphatically into the bottom-left corner. What a start!5 mins:  PENALTY! Belgium produce some lovely, flowing football and Hazard throws a dummy in, allowing the ball to run through his legs for Lukaku, who feeds him the return ball and Ben Youssef clumsily bundles the Chelsea forward over just inside the box! Hazard will take. 4 mins:  Meunier drifts inside from his right wing-back position and drives a low effort at goal with his weaker left foot, and it’s an easy stop for Ben Mustapha.3 mins:  CHANCE! Tunisia surge forward and want a free-kick, but the referee waves the appeal away and the ball is pumped in behind for Lukaku to chase, but the goalkeeper just gets there first! 2 mins:  Belgium win a very early free-kick which De Bruyne lofts forward, but it’s not his best delivery and Ben Mustapha collects with ease. 1 min: We’re underway!5 MINS TILL KO:  The teams are out here and the anthems are underway, kick-off is almost upon us!Tunisia need to win here if they are to have any hope of progressing from the group, but they face a tough task here, with Belgium unbeaten in 10 World Cup group stage games (W5 D5). 10 mins till KO:  A win for Belgium today all but confirms qualification – assuming Panama do not beat England tomorrow – and Martinez’s side will be motivated to build on their strong start here. Belgium have not lost to any of the three African sides they have faced at the World Cup, and Tunisia do not have a strong record in the tournament, failing to win any of their last 12 World Cup games (D4 L8) after winning their first-ever match against Mexico. 15 mins till KO:  Belgium and Tunisia have met three times previously, winning one apiece and drawing the other – which came in their only other World Cup encounter in 2002. Belgium’s victory came in their most recent encounter four years ago, with Mertens grabbing a late winner.20 mins till KO:  Tunisia head coach Nabil Maaloul makes two changes from the side that lost 2-1 to England in their opening fixture, with Ben Mustapha continuing in goal for the injured Mouez Hassen – whose tournament is sadly over following his shoulder injury. Khaoui also replaces Sliti, slotting into midfield and pushing Badri further forward. Roberto Martinez makes no changes to the side that beat Panama so comfortably in their opening fixture, with Boyata continuing in the centre of defence while Kompany recovers from a groin injury. 30 mins till KO:  The team news is in, here is how the two sides will line-up this afternoon.Belgium XI (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Dedryck Boyata, Toby Alderweireld; Yannick Carrasco, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Meunier; Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries MertensBelgium substitutes: Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Thorgan Hazard, Michy Batshuayi, Nacer Chadli, Marouane Fellaini, Thomas Vermaelen, Simon Mignolet, Vincent Kompany, Youri Tielemans, Adnan Januzaj, Koen CasteelsTunisia XI (4-3-3): Farouk Ben Mustapha; Ali Maaloul, Yassine Meriah, Syam Ben Youssef, Dylan Bronn; Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi; Anice Badri, Wahbi Khazri, Fakhreddine Ben YoussefTunisia substitutes: Yohan Benalouane, Mohamed Ben Amor, Naim Sliti, Hamdi Nagguez, Ahmed Khalil, Bassem Srarfi, Ghilane Chaalali, Oussama Haddadi, Rami Bedoui, Saber Khalifa, Aymen Mathlouthi45 mins till KO: Hello and welcome to Goal’s live blog of the Group G clash between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 Russia World Cup.Squads & Team News Belgium XI: Courtois; Vertonghen, Boyata, Alderweireld; Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne, Meunier; E. Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku.Belgium subs:  Dembele, Dendoncker, Hazard, Batshuayi, Chadli, Fellaini, Vermaelen, Mignolet, Kompany, Tielemans, Januzaj, CasteelsTunisia XI: Ben Mustapha; Bronn, S. Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; Skhiri, Sassi, Khaoui; Badri, F. Ben Youssef, Khazri.Tunisia subs:  Benalouane, Ben Amor, Sliti, Nagguez, Khalil, Srarfi, Chaalali, Haddadi, Bedoui, Khalifa, MathlouthiTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch 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 FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayerlast_img read more

Gomez angry at ‘worst team’ claim

first_imgWorld Cup Gomez slams journalist after ‘worst team’ accusation Guy Atkinson 06:52 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) hernan dario gomez - cropped Getty Images World Cup Panama Panama v Tunisia Tunisia A journalist’s claim that Panama are the worst team at Russia 2018 prompted a furious response from their coach, who defended their maiden campaign Panama head coach Hernan Dario Gomez responded angrily to a suggestion that his side were the worst team at the World Cup.The central Americans – competing at the event for the first time – had already been eliminated before Thursday’s 2-1 defeat to Tunisia, due to heavy losses at the hands of Belgium and England in their opening two games.They had looked set on claiming a maiden World Cup victory when Jose Luis Rodriguez’s long-range strike was deflected in by Yassine Meriah for an unfortunate own goal after 33 minutes. 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 Tunisia bounced back in the second half, though, as goals from Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Wahbi Khazri ensured Gomez’s side will return home without a point.The Colombian was quick to dismiss one journalist’s claim that Panama were the worst team at Russia 2018, pointing out how the country’s infrastructure compares to many of their World Cup rivals. He said: “We are last, yes…but the worst team?””You have to start comparing other things, such as the training of footballers and sports education.”We’re the newest team, it’s obvious, and the one that has the most difficulties.”If you see the fields we have, the infrastructure, it’s a team that is growing. “We all worked extremely hard and played every game against teams that have been to World Cups before.”You cannot call us the worst team, it’s a complete lack of respect.”2 – Panama’s goal means this is the first #WorldCup tournament in history in which every team has scored at least twice. Sharing. #PAN #PANTUN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 28, 2018Gomez has been in charge of Panama since 2014 and said he would need to take some time before deciding what his future holds.”I have received other offers,” he added.”I’m going to take some time for myself and then make decisions. Right now, I’m a little tired.”last_img read more

Newcastle sign free agent Ki Sung-yueng

first_imgTransfers Newcastle sign free agent Ki Sung-yueng Jamie Smith 03:15 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sung-Yong Ki Swansea Getty Transfers Newcastle United Swansea City Premier League AC Milan were linked with the South Korea international, but he has opted to stay in the Premier League and move to St. James’ Park Newcastle United have announced the signing of Ki Sung-yueng on a two-year contract.The South Korea international was a free agent after leaving Swansea City following their relegation from the Premier League.Ki is Newcastle’s second signing of the close-season, following goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club,” said manager Rafael Benitez. “He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here.”Our new signing in our new @pumafootball home shirt — Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 29, 2018 South Korea captain Ki previously played for Newcastle’s north-east rivals Sunderland – now in League One – during a loan spell in the 2013-14 season. “Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my team-mates and for the fans,” said the 29-year-old.Ki helped Korea to knock holders Germany out of the World Cup, but his side did not qualify from the group stages at Russia 2018.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Score Prediction For Purdue-Auburn

first_imgJarrett Stidham scrambles away from a Georgia Southern defender.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles away from defensive end Raymond Johnson III #92 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)ESPN has released its prediction for Auburn’s Music City Bowl matchup against Purdue.The Boilermakers are coming off an emotional week, as head coach Jeff Brohm announced he’ll remain with the program instead of joining Louisville. On the other side, rumors are swirling about a potential coaching chance for the Tigers.While this is certainly the final collegiate game for Purdue quarterback David Blough, it might also be the last for Auburn gunslinger Jarrett Stidham.Although the Tigers have more talent on their roster, ESPN is rolling with the Boilermakers in its prediction.Motivation should be a factor here. Purdue is energized with coach Jeff Brohm staying at the school to keep building with stars like wide receiver Rondale Moore. Auburn, a preseason top-10 team, envisioned much grander goals and has plenty of tension swirling around its coaches. Brohm calls an aggressive game, Moore scores three times and quarterback David Blough sparkles in his final college game.Prediction: Purdue 35, Auburn 31Purdue and Auburn are set to kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 28 from Nissan Stadium.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

HapagLloyd KLU Open Center for Shipping and Logistics

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has joined forces with compatriot Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in opening a new research center in Hamburg that specializes in maritime logistics.Inaugurated on November 22, 2018, the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL) will be an integral part of KLU.As informed, the new center will promote the ongoing discourse between international research and the shipping industry.Specifically, its purpose is to combine academic research with practical experiences and insights in the area of shipping and container transport, increase the competitiveness of the sector and contribute to the development of Hamburg as an international maritime knowledge hub.“International container shipping is facing major challenges, such as ongoing digitalization, the upcoming IMO2020 fuel regulation, and possible restrictions of free world trade due to new customs barriers,” Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer at Hapag-Lloyd, said.“We expect the CSGL to provide us with a multitude of scientific research which will benefit the entire industry,” Jansen continued.“No matter how well established a company is in the logistics and maritime industry, they must actively seek a dialogue with young talents and innovators,” Karl Gernandt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at KLU and Executive Chairman of Kühne Holding AG, emphasized, adding that only in this way the economy will be able to meet the challenges of the industry.last_img read more

UN rights chief calls for special tribunal for Kenyas postelection violence

8 June 2010The United Nations human rights chief today urged the Kenyan Government to reconsider setting up a special tribunal to pursue accountability for the crimes committed during the violence that followed the disputed December 2007 elections. “I have been assured that this option is still open,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement issued at the end of a three-day visit to Kenya. Ms. Pillay arrived in Kenya following a visit to Uganda, where she participated in the Review Conference of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is due to conclude in Kampala on 11 June. While she welcomed the ICC’s involvement in the investigations into the post-election violence in Kenya, she warned that its role is limited.“The involvement of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a major development in the fight against the current almost total lack of accountability for the terrible events that took place in the wake of the elections,” Ms. Pillay said.However, “the ICC will, for practical reasons and as a matter of policy, only be able to address a small number of high-profile cases of people suspected of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide,” she added.An estimated 1,300 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the violence, which also included widespread rape, arson, robbery and other crimes. Last month ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo conducted a five-day trip to Kenya to start investigations into the violence, and to meet with some of those directly affected by the unrest.Ms. Pillay also voiced concerns about Kenya’s newly established Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, which she said has so far been a “disappointment to many.” In addition, she highlighted issues of witness protection, the forthcoming referendum on the proposed new constitution, and the shortcomings of the Kenyan police. “The difficulties facing Kenya are serious, but definitely not insurmountable, as the country enters this critical period encompassing the referendum on a new constitution, widespread reforms, and the 2012 election. “I urge everyone – politicians, religious figures, media, ethnic leaders as well as the general public – to think about what is best for Kenya, what gives Kenya the best chance to come out of this tense and difficult period of its history with its head held high,” she stated.The High Commissioner touched on the same themes in a wide-ranging address earlier in the day to the University of Nairobi, the last stop on a visit that also included meetings with top Government officials and parliamentarians, as well as with Kenya’s National Commission for Human Rights, civil society organizations and others.“Ultimately, it is an independent, credible and efficient national judicial system which can best safeguard the rights of individuals and communities, deter further abuse, and instil confidence in governmental institutions. “Indeed, the principle of accountability for unlawful and abusive conduct underpins good governance and societal cohesiveness. Conversely, impunity and corruption may – and routinely do – corrode public trust in the rule of law and in justice,” she told the gathering. read more

UPDATE Ryanair brings mother of sick twins home safely

first_imgRYANAIR TODAY STEPPED in to get the stranded mother of sick twins home for Christmas.The airline offered Audrey Murnane and her daughter Maya courtesy special assistance flights from Gatwick Airport.Audrey told that herself and Maya were “on their way to Gatwick in a taxi, rushing to make the flights” and she will update later.Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:We are happy to be able to help Audrey and Maya get home. We wish the family a very happy Christmas and our very best wishes for 2014.This evening, after a trip to Cork University Hospital, Maya and Zoe will be reunited, with Maya’s temperature beginning to come down.Audrey posted this picture to the Help Zoe and Maya Facebook page.Zoe and Maya Murnane had spent the last week in Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and were due to fly home on Sunday night.However, upon boarding the plane, Maya became ill.The girls’ mother Audrey says that she was told to take Maya to hospital and says she was “assured” by Aer Lingus staff that she would be allowed board a later flight.“We were asked to disembark the aircraft by the pilot and Aer Lingus staff, for fear that Maya’s condition and illness would worsen inflight, which may have resulted in an emergency landing.“Poor Maya worsened considerably after this point and got sick profusely.“Needless to say – I was glad that we were in a position to transport Maya to the closest hospital immediately.”Zoe was taken home by relatives, but Audrey says Aer Lingus are now refusing to allow Maya fly unless medical paperwork is filled out, meaning the twins will be apart for what Audrey called “their first real Christmas”.“Hollingdon Hospital, are not in a position, never was or will be, to complete the paperwork Aer Lingus is now requesting in order for us to return home.”“My baby Zoe is in a different Country to me, after an invasive procedure just five days ago, and I am unable to be there to care for her.“I will have to spend Christmas, New Years and days after, in an airport hotel, with Maya unwell and running a high temperature and unable to eat….apart from Zoe, who is in Ireland.”An Aer Lingus spokesperson told that the company does not comment on individual cases, but confirmed that there are cases where a passenger will be required to have medical clearance to fly.This is designed primarily to protect passenger safety, but also to prevent delays and diversions.Read: Cork twins appeal smashes target, despite a setbacklast_img read more