Rajon Rondo’s broken hand leaves Lakers stunned, determined to keep winning

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “It kind of caught me off guard,” Ingram said. “He stayed in the game. I know he was shaking his hand a little bit, but he stayed in there and he toughed it out. I think that showed the extreme care he has for this group.”Since Lonzo Ball took over the starting spot while Rondo served a three-game suspension for his role in the altercation with Chris Paul in the Lakers’ home opener, Rondo has worked well with the second unit. He appeared to be developing healthy chemistry with Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart and newcomer Tyson Chandler as the Lakers improved to 8-6.Rondo finished Wednesday’s game without scoring, though he had three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We’re gonna miss him in the time he’s out, but the next person’s gotta step up,” said Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, one of the Lakers’ guards who could be counted on to be that next person.“Me and Rondo are good friends,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We talk a lot, do film sessions outside of practice, and he just always tells me to do what I do: Shoot the ball and be relaxed. Rondo is a big key to that second unit, now we’ve just gotta continue to play hard and like we’re capable of playing.”Caldwell-Pope said he right away knew that Rondo had been injured.“When he did get the rebound, he put his hands down, and I saw his facial expression, so I knew something was wrong,” Caldwell-Pope said.Brandon Ingram said he didn’t immediately notice, however. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img For the season – his 13th in the NBA and first with the Lakers – he was averaging 9.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists. Additionally, and maybe more importantly, the Lakers pointed out Wednesday, were his contributions as a leader.“Rondo does a lot for our team, you know?” Chandler said. “Vocally, defensively, keeping our second unit intact. Unfortunately, you have this in the league, so the next man’s gotta step up – and it can’t be one guy. Whenever a player goes down, one guy’s not gonna replace him. It has to be a team effort.”Said Josh Hart: “We have a lot of play-makers and you can’t replicate what he brings, his basketball IQ and his unselfishness, but other guys gotta step up.”“It’s gonna be tough having him out, but (I) just wish him a speedy recovery and can’t wait to have him back,” said Ball, the second-year guard who played well during Rondo’s absence earlier this season but has been inconsistent since he returned.“It’s tough. He’s one of our captains, one of our leaders,” James said. “I heard we got great surgeons here in L.A., so get right to it, start his rehab as fast as possible. Get going.“I know Rondo hates the fact of what he’s going through right now, but we all have to pick him up in his absence.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs LOS ANGELES — Just as things appeared to be getting on track for the Lakers, this 2018-19 rollercoaster ride veered hard and threw them for a violent loop: veteran point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a broken right hand when his hand hit the floor during the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, Lakers coach Luke Walton said.He’s expected to miss up to four weeks, according to the team.“Next man up, next man up,” said LeBron James, voicing a sentiment that echoed through every corner of the locker room Wednesday.On the night James surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the No. 5 all-time scorer in NBA history and the Lakers won their fourth consecutive game, much of the postgame conversation and concern was with Rondo’s injury – and how the Lakers would deal with his absence. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Blitzbokke fourth in Gold Coast Sevens

first_img14 October 2013The Springbok Sevens team finished fourth at the Gold Coast Sevens on the weekend as an extra-time, energy-sapping semi-final loss to the hosts hurt their chances of finishing third, as well as Australia’s chances of victory in the Cup final.It took two periods of extra time before the Aussies won, and that proved too much for South Africa to overcome in the third place match after they had earlier lost captain Kyle Brown to a concussion in a quarterfinal win over Wales.Australia were boosted by their win over South Africa and raced into a 12-0 lead over New Zealand in the title-decider, but the exertions of their semi-final win came back to haunt them as the Kiwis ran out 40-19 winners to lift the Cup.It was a first World Series tournament in charge for coach Neil Powell and there was plenty for him to be happy about.ExcelledThe Blitzbokke excelled on day one of the two-day event, defeating France 29- 5, Spain 38-7 and England 22-14. On day two South Africa then beat Wales 28-21 in the quarterfinals and England tested New Zealand before going down 14-5 to set up the playoff for third place.With South Africa’s energy reserves having been depleted in the semi-finals, which included two stints with players in the sin bin, England ran out 47-0 victors to finish third.Commenting on his team’s performances afterwards, coach Powell said: “The guys all showed a willingness to implement the minor tweaks we spoke about before each game. I also think they showed a lot of courage and commitment, especially against Wales and Australia.”DubaiThe next round of the HSBC Sevens World Series takes place on 29 and 30 November in Dubai. South Africa was drawn in Group D for the tournament with Samoa, Argentina and Russia.In Dubai in 2012, South Africa failed to advance to the Cup competition after a shock 10-12 loss to Portugal in pool play. The Blitzbokke went on to finish as runners-up in the plate (10th place) after a 10-14 defeat to Argentina. They’ll be looking for a much better performance than that this time around.Port ElizabethA week after the Dubai Sevens, on the weekend of 7 and 8 December, the third round of the nine-stop series, the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, will be played in Port Elizabeth.After a narrow loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals in Port Elizabeth last year, South Africa crushed Argentina 35-0 to finish third.Only once previously have the Blitzbokke claimed a World Series victory on home soil. That came in George in 2008 and followed a win in Dubai a week earlier. South Africa went on to be crowned the overall World Series winners.TicketsTickets are on sale for the event and are available from all Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets.They may also be bought online through Computicket.last_img read more

Seesmic Web Gets Lists and Geolocation

first_imgSeesmic just announced the launch of Twitter lists in its browser-based Seesmic Web Twitter client. Earlier this week, Seesmic released the first desktop Twitter client with support for lists. Despite Seesmic’s best efforts, Brizzly managed to become the first company to release a web client with support for lists earlier today. Seesmic Web offers another first for web-based Twitter clients, however: support for Twitter’s geolocation API.Lists With Auto-Updates In Seesmic’s web interface, users can now simply hover their cursor over profile pictures and a menu will appear. This menu, among other things, allows Seesmic’s users to add others to lists. One nice aspect of the web interface is that it auto-updates lists when new tweets come in. The desktop app – at least in the current version – doesn’t do this and forces users to manually refresh lists to see updates.GeolocationIn addition to supporting lists, the new version of the web client also supports Twitter’s geolocation API. Seesmic users can’t share their locations, but whenever a Twitter user broadcasts location data, a little pin will appear underneath the profile picture, and hovering over this pin will bring up a map. Only a few users actually have the ability to broadcast their locations at this point. Twitter is only giving platform developers access to this feature for now, but it should soon become a standard feature in mobile clients like Tweetie 2 and Twitterrific. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img frederic lardinois Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Batra, Khanna in fray for IOA prez post, Mehta to be secy-gen

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) There will be a straight two-way fight between International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra and top tennis official Anil Khanna for the post of Indian Olympic Association president in the December 14 polls.Indian Weightlifting Federation President Birendra Baishya pulled out of the race, leaving Batra and Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association chief, in the fray for the top job.Baishya will now contest for one of the posts of eight vice-presidents, for which he had also filed his nomination papers.After the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations ended today, the Returning Officer S K Mendiratta notified the final list of candidates for the elections to be held during the IOAs elective Annual General Body Meeting here.Except for the post of the secretary general, all the others will have elections with the IOA Electoral College set to vote through secret ballot.Incumbent secretary general Rajeev Mehta will be re- elected for his second four-year term as he was the lone candidate to have filed the nomination papers.Jharkhand Olympic Association chief R K Anand will have a straight fight against former Kabaddi Federation of India president Janardhan Singh Ghelot for the lone post of senior vice-president after incumbent Virendra Nanavati withdrew his candidature.Virendra Nanavati will now contest for one of the posts of eight vice-presidents, for which he had also filed his nomination papers.There will be a three-cornered contest for the post of treasurer as none among Anandeshwar Pandey, Mukesh Kumar and Rakesh Gupta withdrew their candidature.advertisementFor the eight posts of vice-presidents, 12 remained in the fray, including the likes of Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla, Luge Federation of India chief Karan Chautala and former BJP National Council member Sudhanshu Mittal.BJPs senior minister in Assam government, Himanta Biswa Sarma and veteran sports administrator Tarlochan Singh withdrew their candidature for the vice-presidents post.Meanwhile nine candidates are left in the fray for the six posts of joint secretaries while 15 will contest for the 10 other members of the Executive Council to be elected at the IOA Headquarters here on December 14.Earlier in the day, Mendiratta, also a legal advisor to the Election Commission of India, reviewed his decision to reject the nominations of Devendranath Sarangi (for vice- president) and K Rajendiran (for Executive Council member) and re-instated them as candidates.”The nomination papers of Devendranath Sarangi (for vice-president) and K Rajendiran (for Executive Council member) were rejected at the time of scrutiny of nominations on 30/11/2017 as the same were not accompanied with the requisite undertaking/declaration.”However, on inquiry from the office of the IOA it was revealed that the intending candidates were not intimated about this requirement,” Mendiratta said.The polls on December 14 will see observers from the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council from Asia and the Sports Ministry in attendance. The total member of the electoral college members is 184, including two IOA Athletes Commission members — P T Usha and Rajeev Tomar. Out of these, 116 are from the National Sports Federations and remaining from the state Olympic associations. Each NSF has maximum of three voters while each state Olympic unit has two voters. PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Man Utd transfer rumours and news latest

first_imgManchester United Manchester United January transfer news: All the latest rumours ahead of winter window Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jose Mourinho Paul Pogba Romelu Lukaku Getty Manchester United Transfers Premier League Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving the Red Devils as Jose Mourinho looks to further add to his squad MAN UTD IN TALKS FOR PSG STARLucas Moura PSGManchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain regarding a potential deal for Lucas Moura, according to Le 10 Sport .The Brazilian winger has barely featured for PSG this season and agreed personal terms with Chinese side Beijing Guoan in early December . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, that deal has yet to be completed amid reports Lucas is holding out for a move to a major European club.Chelsea had previously shown an interest in the 25-year-old, but now United have made an approach, although any offer for Lucas is expected to be below PSG’s valuation of the player.MAN UTD AGREE £4M KEEPER SALESam Johnstone Aston Villa Manchester UnitedManchester United have agreed a £4 million fee to sell goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to West Brom, claims TEAMtalk .Johnstone is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but United intend to recall the 24-year-old after reaching an agreement with West Brom.With Johnstone out of contract at the end of the season , United have decided to cash in during the January transfer window.MOURINHO WANTS GRIEZMANN IN JANUARYAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridJose Mourinho is ready to pull out all the stops to land Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann in January, according to the Daily Star .While the plan was to go after the France international in the summer, with Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both sidelined, Mourinho needs reinforcements up top immediately.Mourinho is willing to offer Griezmann £300,000 a week to get him to leave Atletico and snub Barcelona, who are also after the attacker.ICARDI WOULD JOIN MAN UTD IF HE LEAVES INTERIcardi Inter Italian CupMauro Icardi has eyes for Manchester United if he decides to leave Inter according to Don Balon .While Icardi currently feels committed to the club as it chases a Serie A title, he is considering his options for the future.According to the report, playing for Jose Mourinho, the former manager of Inter, is a dream for the attacker.POGBA KEY TO MAN UTD’S DYBALA MOVEPogba DybalaManchester United have lined up a move to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala and are hoping “secret agent” Paul Pogba can play a part in the move, according to the Mirror. Pogba, who joined the Old Trafford side from Juve for £89 million in the summer of 2016, played with Dybala in Turin and is said to be close friends with the 24-year-old.Jose Mourinho has now placed Dybala at the top of his summer transfer shortlist and will call upon Pogba to convince Dybala on a move to Manchester.RONALDO SET FOR MAN UTD RETURNCristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Manchester United are watching with keen interest reports of a clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and senior Real Madrid figures, claims the Mirror .The newspaper states that the relationship between Ronaldo and Florentino Perez has broken down, leading to doubts over his future at the Bernabeu. And United would be well-placed to bring back the man who came to prominence should he refuse to continue in Spain.Ronaldo, it is claimed, has even made secret trips to England to review prospective private schools for his son in recent weeks.JOAO MARIO SLATED AS MKHITARYAN’S REPLACEMENTJoao Mario InterInter star Joao Mario has been earmarked by Manchester United as the ideal replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to the Sun .United’s Armenian playmaker is unsettled at Old Trafford, and has been linked with Inter among other clubs. Should he move to Serie A, however, United will try and swoop for the Nerazzurri’s Portugal international in a £40 million switch.MADRID PLOT SHOCK UMTITI APPROACHSamuel Umtiti, Barcelona 17/18Real Madrid are considering a shock approach to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, claims Diario Gol .Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a new centre-back, but is wary of paying too much after seeing Liverpool spend £75 million on Virgil van Dijk.However, the €60m release clause in Umtiti’s contract makes him an attractive proposition for Perez, and he could rival Manchester City and Manchester United for the France international.MAN UTD ENTER COUTINHO RACECoutinho, LiverpoolBarcelona’s signing of Coutinho may have become more difficult to achieve as Manchester United have entered the race to sign the Brazilian, according to Don Balon .The Spanish outlet claims Jose Mourinho is keen to add the attacker to his squad as the Red Devils look to close the gap between themselves and Manchester City.Paris Saint-Germain are also said to retain an interest in signing the 25-year-old, though Coutinho himself continues to have his heart set on a switch to Camp Nou.PL RIVALS SCOUT ROCHDALE TEENAGERJose Mourinho Antonio Conte splitChelsea and Manchester United have made enquiries about Rochdale’s 14-year-old defender Luke Matheson, according to ESPN .Matheson has been watched by scouts from Chelsea and United recently as the Premier League giants look to make a move for the right-back.JORGINHO IS MAN UTD’S CARRICK REPLACEMENTJorginho NapoliManchester United are tracking Napoli midfielder Jorginho as they search for a replacement for Michael Carrick, according to the Manchester Evening News .Jose Mourinho commented on Friday that the Red Devils would be looking for a midfielder to step into the Englishman’s shoes in the summer, with the 36-year-old nearing the end of his career.And the United boss is apparently an admirer of Jorginho, with the club having also scouted Dortmund pair Julian Weigl and Christian Pulisic.INTER MONITORING MKHITARYANHenrikh Mkhitaryan, Man UtdInter are keeping a close eye on developments around Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s situation at Manchester United with a view to potentially signing the Armenian, according to Sky in Italy .The former Dortmund star has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in recent months, with Inter seemingly weighing up whether to make a bid for the winger.The Serie A title hopefuls are also interested in Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu and PSG midfielder Javier Pastore as they look to improve their squad in the January window.BARCA & REAL IN BLIND RACEDaley Blind Real Madrid Barcelona GFXManchester United outcast Daley Blind is a January transfer target for La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to the Daily Express .The Dutch utility defender has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho and Barca reportedly see him as an option to fill the void left by Javier Mascherano’s imminent exit to Hebei China Fortune.Meanwhile, the Blancos also purportedly see Blind as a potential bargain who could play alongside Sergio Ramos in the centre of defence.BARCA PLOT COUTINHO & GRIEZMANN DOUBLE DEALAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona are planning to stun the transfer market in 2018 with Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann signings, according to Spanish outlet AS .Liverpool held firm in the summer to deny Barca from swooping for Coutinho, but it’s widely expected they’ll return with more money next year.Ernesto Valverde’s men now lead the race for Griezmann, too, with Manchester United believed to have refocused their attention on Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.MAN CITY TO BATTLE UTD FOR UMTITISamuel Umtiti BarcelonaBarcelona are bracing themselves for interest from Manchester rivals United and City in defender Samuel Umtiti, reports Don Balon .The La Liga giants fear that Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million move to Liverpool will see leading clubs turn their attention towards Camp Nou.France international Umtiti has a €60m release clause which would represent no stumbling block for leading Premier League sides.MAN UTD FACE ‘LITTLE NEYMAR’ FIGHTDavid Neres AjaxAC Milan have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in the hunt for Ajax youngster David Neres, reports Calciomercato .The highly-rated 20-year-old has already been dubbed the ‘little Neymar’ and is expected to leave Holland at some point in the near future.MAN UTD’S £70M+ DYBALA BID REJECTEDPaulo Dybala Henrikh Mkhitaryan compositeManchester United’s offer of £70 million plus out-of-favour attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Juventus star Paulo Dybala has been rejected, according to The Sun .The Argentine is one of the most highly-rated forwards in world football and Jose Mourinho is believed to haver pinpointed him as a top target in 2018, rather than Antoine Griezmann.The reigning Serie A champions are reported to be holding out for £86m, which happens to be Griezmann’s buyout clause at Atletico Madrid.MAN UTD WITHDRAW GRIEZMANN INTERESTAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona will have a free path to sign £89 million-priced Antoine Griezmann, with Manchester United not keen to participate in a bidding war for the Atletico Madrid striker, according to Marca .It’s believed Jose Mourinho is a fan of Griezmann but is not convinced the France international is worth such a hefty transfer fee.Barca, meanwhile, are monitoring Griezmann and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, though the club can only afford to sign one of them.PSG WANT FELLAINI ON A FREEMarouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedParis Saint-Germain are making enquiries to sign Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer in the summer, according to the Mirror .After the stunning double swoop for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG are keen for cheaper alternatives because of Financial Fair Play, with the Belgian high on their list.Fellaini’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the veteran is free to sign for a foreign club from January 1. It’s believed Besiktas and Galatasaray are also interested in the 30-year-old.PL CLUBS EYEING CARRASCOYannick Ferreira Carrasco Atletico Madrid 2017Premier League sides have been alerted after Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone gave the go-ahead for the club to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, according to AS .Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Belgium international in recent months, with Carrasco’s contract boasting an £86 million release clause.Nicolas Gaitan and Luciano Vietto are also understood to be on the transfer list.last_img read more

The Reload: Junior Day Offers and Notable Visitors

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

Chalk Talk: Cowboys to Use More Three-Down Defense in 2017

first_imgIn Oklahoma State’s spring football press conference, OSU head coach Mike Gundy said that the Cowboys will have more varied looks on defense in the future, and that includes using more three-down lineman fronts in 2017.The Cowboys used the formation a number of times last season. The 3-3-5 defense has a number of variations, but the Cowboys mostly used it last year in passing situations.The 3-3-5 in its original state (six in the box, secondary pressed at the line of scrimmage) often employs the “disciplined aggression” philosophy, relying on zone blitzes and pressure to stop opposing offenses. Additionally, it creates an unusual front for the offense to block against, which can aid the defense in the running game.When the Cowboys used the 3-3-5 last year, though, they used it in a more simplified state. They used a 3-3-5 “across”, which means that all five players in the secondary align roughly 7-10 yards behind the line of scrimmage.This is a conservative defensive alignment used to stop the deep ball and force everything underneath. Here’s a graphic from a Chalk Talk article on last year’s Texas Tech game:The defense occasionally struggled in this personnel, as they gave up easy throws that often went for big yardage thanks to yards after the catch. The 3-3-5 is most effective as an aggressive scheme, and the Cowboys used it more conservatively with mixed results.The tough thing about the 3-3-5, and with any pressure-heavy defense in modern football, is that it goes against offenses that operate with a much higher tempo than when the defense became popular in the early 2000s.At that time, a defense could call different exotic blitzes with no worry about having to call plays on the fly. Now, if a defense calls a blitz and the quarterback throws for a first down, the defense has to call another play on the fly with the knowledge that using the same blitz call twice in a row is a major risk.This isn’t to say that the defense can’t succeed in modern football. There are plenty of teams who successfully use exotic defenses, such as Arizona and West Virginia. The issue is that the defense takes time to learn, and no team is going to have success if they don’t have the ability to analyze and learn the defense extensively.This is where the hiring of defensive analyst Brian VanGorder comes in. VanGorder has extensive experience with three-down hybrid defenses, tracing all the way back to his job coaching linebackers at Grand Valley State in 1989 under current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.Gundy believes that VanGorder can help the Cowboys incorporate the three-down philosophy into their defense.“I think college quarterbacks have become coaches on the field,” Gundy said earlier this week. “If you don’t give them a different look sometimes and use some variation in your defense, they’re pretty good at picking you apart. We think there are times for three-down and times for four-down … and that’s why I wanted to bring a guy in to help us with how much you need to work on each area.”The Cowboys aren’t going to completely overhaul their defensive system, but they are going to venture into becoming a more varied defense. The hope is that they will have enough time and knowledge to be able to use three-down sets more effectively than they did last year.There were times where it worked well and there were other times when it did not. But with an offseason in front of them, and plenty of bright defensive minds on staff, they have plenty of time to turn it into an asset. 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

Rudolph, Washington Among 85 Named to Maxwell Watch List

first_img2009Colt McCoyTexas OSUBig 12FRRB1320611425.56 2016Lamar JacksonLouisville 2003Eli ManningOle Miss 2004Jason WhiteOklahoma To the surprise of … nobody … James Washington and Mason Rudolph were placed on a list with 83 other college football players as candidates for the Maxwell Award. This award is presented annually to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.OSU is one of just 17 schools in the country represented by multiple players on the list, including four from the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 players nominated include:Shane Buchele (QB, Texas)Orlando Brown (OL, Oklahoma)Jacob Park (QB, Iowa State)Chris Warren III (RB, Texas)Connor Williams (OL, Texas)Jesse Ertz (QB, Kansas State)Justin Crawford (RB, West Virginia)Will Grier (QB, West Virginia)Kyle Hicks (RB, TCU)Baker Mayfield (QB, Oklahoma)Mason Rudolph (QB, Oklahoma State)James Washington (WR, Oklahoma State)AdChoices广告Past winners of the award align fairly closely with the Heisman. Barry Sanders won a Maxwell in 1988, but no OSU player has won it since then. Here are the last 17 winners. 2011Andrew LuckStanford 2013A.J. McCarronAlabama 2014Marcus MariotaOregon 2010Cam NewtonAuburn 2008Tim TebowFlorida 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. 2006Brady QuinnNotre Dame TCUBig 12JRRB1320310425.112center_img 2002Larry JohnsonPenn State 2012Manti Te’oNotre Dame 2015Derrick HenryAlabama 2007Tim TebowFlorida 2000Drew BreesPurdue SchoolConfClassPosGamesRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TD YearPlayerSchool 2001Ken DorseyMiami (FL) 2005Vince YoungTexas WVUBig 12JRRB1316311847.34 Granted, Hicks catches a lot of passes, but Hill was just as good if not better on the ground last year. PFB got a vote for the preseason All-Big 12 team, and even though we’re more biased than a minivan full of soccer moms, we went with Hill and Crawford as our first team. To be honest, Hicks didn’t even come up.Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 30, 2017. Three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 20, 2017. The winner of the 2017 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 7, 2017.No surprises here! Mason Rudolph and James Washington have been named to the watch list for the 2017 Maxwell Award! #okstate #MA2ON pic.twitter.com/qoen4zvUJR— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 10, 2017 Watch lists are the Whose Line Is It Anyway of college football to me, BUT how about Kyle Hicks and Justin Crawford being on here and not Justice Hill? Let’s look at their stats from last year.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 14 Taylor Cornelius

first_imgSame here.And here.And he’s shown that he can make plays with his legs like here.And with this dangerous karate move to Keenen Brown. 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. Oklahoma State kicks off the 2017 season two weeks from today. Let’s look at a Cowboy who could go from a casual fan’s afterthought to the most important player on the roster at any time.How he got to OSUQuarterback Taylor Cornelius hails from Class 2A Bushland High School (Texas) near Amarillo. He wasn’t heavily recruited but that wasn’t for lack of trying — or production. His senior season, the 6-foot-6 QB threw for 3,815 yards and 46 (!) touchdowns — all while completing 65 percent of his passes. He was a star basketball player and also competed in baseball and track and field. How that alone didn’t earn him a scholarship offer from Gundy, I have no idea.What he’s done in StillwaterCornelius has been in a backup role since 2014 when he and Mason Rudolph came in together. While Rudolph turned into a record-setting star and Heisman candidate, Cornelius has stood behind the scenes working on his game and his body. Coming in as the walking portrait of lanky — 6-6 and 184 pounds — Cornelius has added over forty pounds to his frame and is up to 225.Heading into this past spring game, all the buzz surrounded redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee and early enrollee Jelani Woods. But it was Cornelius that was able to make plays going 5 of 9 for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also ran it four times including a 21-yard play.How much would Cornelius have played had he graduated high school one or two years earlier? It’s a good question. He was an inexperienced walk-on true freshman when Gundy and Co. decided to burn their highly-rated rookie’s redshirt at the end of 2014. But what if they stakes weren’t so high? What if there wasn’t a Mason Rudolph in front of him? What could Cornelius have done with a little more opportunity?On an episode of our PFB podcast, Kyle Porter asked former OSU wide receiver David Glidden to name the most underrated quarterback he ever played with at Oklahoma State.“To be honest with you, I might have to say one of the most underrated and overlooked guys is a guy that’s here right now in Taylor Cornelius,” said Glidden.“The kid throws an outstanding ball. He’s big. He runs a lot better than people think, a lot more athletic than people think and he’s worked ever since he’s gotten here.”Glidden raved about Cornelius’ work ethic and how he came in as a “twig” but has built his body up. He also talked about the obvious talent he brings to the table.“Some of the plays and throws that he typically makes in practice kind of opened up eyes for a lot of people,” Glidden continued “especially guys that practice with him everyday. It’s not really a surprise now to see him put balls on the money or even get out and scramble a little bit and kind of run away from a few people.”Oklahoma State fans hope they don’t have to see what Cornelius can do with the spotlight in 2017. But what about 2018? Could he make a strong case to compete for the QB1 role next year?Role in 2017The competition to be Mason Rudolph’s backup is a two-man race. Redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee has shown some nice things in his year-plus in Stillwater and still may have the most upside but Cornelius seems to have a much better grasp of the offense. The battle hasn’t been decided as of yet but all through camp, it’s seemed like Cornelius’ to lose.Noteworthy stats and highlightsCornelius’ reps have come in garbage time but we did get a decent sample size against Southeastern Louisiana, regardless of the level of competition.He showed he could find the open man.last_img read more

Figo demands time for under-pressure Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid Figo demands time for under-pressure Real Madrid boss Zidane Ryan Benson 01:30 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) zidane-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol Zinédine Zidane Lionel Messi The Merengue coach has attracted criticism as a result of the team’s recent struggles, but his old team-mate is adamant he is right for the job. Luis Figo believes some of the criticism levelled at Zinedine Zidane this season has been unfair, suggesting Real Madrid’s detractors have forgotten his previous achievements too quickly.Zidane enjoyed a brilliant start to his coaching career at the Santiago Bernabeu, leading Madrid to Champions League success within five months of replacing the sacked Rafael Benitez in January 2016.He then guided Madrid to a Champions League and LaLiga double in his first full season in charge, helping the club become the first to win Europe’s elite competition in its current guise for two straight years. 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 This term things have been somewhat more troublesome, with Madrid’s transfer activity coming under criticism and they head in to Tuesday’s away league clash with Espanyol 14 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.And, although Figo acknowledges pressure is something every Real Madrid coach needs to accept, he is adamant his former team-mate is the right man for the club.Speaking to Omnisport, Figo said: “The coach of Real Madrid is always under pressure and you know that you depend always on results.”People forget very fast what you achieved in the recent past.”Zinedine Zidane deserves more time at Real Madrid despite their troubles this season, according to Luis Figo.#RealMadrid #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/bTi1aPJMQw— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) February 27, 2018″But sport is like that. For me, you can win every year. But since he picked the team, I think he did fantastic, great.”But the problem normally in football is it depends on what you do in the last games.”People forget very fast what you achieved in the recent past. But I think the people are happy, the players are happy with him and that is the most important.”Part of the reason Madrid are so far behind Barca this season is the form of Lionel Messi, who has been sensational, scoring 22 and setting up another 12 in 25 LaLiga appearances.And his impressive performances have not escaped Figo, who lauded him as “one of the greatest of all time”.”It’s amazing what he is achieving and I think every time he doesn’t surprise us because he makes amazing things every game,” Figo added.”So this is very beautiful what he does in terms of football and his career. He’s one of the greatest footballers of all-time.”last_img read more