Citizen Energy Operating to acquire Roan Resources (Credit: Pixabay) Oklahoma-based Roan Resources has agreed to be acquired by Warburg Pincus-backed Citizen Energy Operating in an all-cash deal worth around $1bn (£810m) — including net debt of around $780m (£634.37m).Roan Resources is engaged in the development, exploration and acquisition of unconventional oil and natural gas reserves across the Merge, SCOOP and STACK plays of the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma.Roan Resources was formed in 2017The company was created in 2017 through contributions of nearly 140,000 net acres from Linn Energy and Citizen Energy, II in the Merge/SCOOP/STACK plays. Since then, the company is said to have added additional acreage for a total of around 177,000 net acres, of which 115,000 acres are in the Merge play.Roan Resources claims to have produced around 49,000 barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) per day by the end of the first quarter of 2019.In May 2019, Roan Resources engaged Citigroup Global Markets and Jefferies to assist it in evaluating strategic alternatives.As per the terms of the merger deal, Citizen Energy is offering to pay $1.52 (£1.24) per share to Roan Resources’ stockholders.Roan Resources board executive chairman Joseph Mills said: “This transaction is the culmination of our Board’s extensive review of strategic alternatives to maximise value for our stockholders, including a comprehensive process during which we engaged with a considerable number of counterparties.“Ultimately, the Board unanimously determined that an all-cash transaction with Citizen Energy is in the best interests of our stockholders and the Company and will deliver value to our stockholders at a premium to our recent share price.”The merger will be subject to Roan Resources’ stockholder approval, regulatory approvals and the meeting of other customary closing conditions, with closing expected to occur during the fourth quarter of this year.Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Citizen Energy is focused on developing horizontal play concepts in the US onshore region. The company’s management team is said to have horizontal technical experience across the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Roan Resources is active in the Merge, SCOOP and STACK plays of the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma
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. OSU is off this week, but there is still a loaded slate of games that includes Kansas State-OU, Tennessee-Alabama, West Virginia-Texas Tech, Ole Miss-Arkansas and Ohio State-Wisconsin. I’m going to be off the grid for a couple of days so I probably won’t see much of any of them, but they should be great. Maybe we can even get a KU win over Baylor in Waco!Thanks as always to Ryan Hartwig for putting together the Watch Guide.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 7
Freshman right-hander Jonathan Heasley was named the permanent Oklahoma State closer over the weekend, he told Pistols Firing on Tuesday, a scenario injured senior Trey Cobb said he knew might develop.Cobb, OSU’s typical closer, has been out for the Cowboys since mid-January because of elbow soreness in his right throwing arm. Before Heasley ever took the mound for the Cowboys, Cobb saw his potential and approached the developing situation with grace.It’s a conversation Heasley said he remembers almost word-for-word.“I expect not to have my job back when I come back,” Cobb said.Heasley was stunned that a senior, a guy on the front of the media guide, was telling him this.“I expect you to go out there and dominate,” he recalled. “They need to find something for me to do when I come back.”Cobb said when he charted Heasley’s pitches in the fall, he knew he would be a stud.“He’s gonna be able to do whatever he allows himself to do,” Cobb said. “This kid would have been our No. 2 last year on our staff behind (All-American Thomas) Hatch, as a freshman.”Heasley said that conversation meant a lot to him, but his first throws in an OSU uniform weren’t great, despite Cobb’s fortunetelling. In the second game of the Grand Canyon series, Heasley came in as a reliever in the eighth inning. He faced six batters, gave up three hits and four runs with a walk.He said it was nerves.“You’re just sitting down there in the bullpen, just waiting to hear your named called,” Heasley said. “Kinda felt like I got out there the first time a little too amped up. I almost lost all feel for mechanics because I was so nervous.”Cobb said from what he saw, Heasley’s adrenaline was just too high. It seemed as if he reverted to what was comfortable in the moment, he said.“He goes in there and forgets everything Rob teaches and just goes right back to whatever you did in high school,” Cobb said.There are eight true freshmen pitchers on the OSU staff. Heasley said he was he was a little worried he might have blown his shot at piercing the relief rotation.When he came back to the park the next day, he walked up to pitching coach Rob Walton, who is known as a wizard in correctional pitching. Walton didn’t have much to say, but acknowledged the rough day and prodded the youngster forwardThe encouragement helped Heasley know he was going to get another chance and that the staff had faith in him to go back out after a botched first try. When he learned he was going to start that next Tuesday, he said he was a lot more composed heading in.In his first start, Heasley went five innings, allowed two hits and no runs against Arizona State. He said he realized how different the game is in college from high school. Cobb said he knew that’s how it would go.“It’s something that Rob knew; it’s something that we all knew,” Cobb said. “Some guys just don’t handle it well the first time, but then we knew he was gonna be lights out the next couple times.“It was something that anyone could watch and be like, ‘This kid’s gonna be special.”Four days later, he was in his first save opportunity and gave up a loss-clinching sacrifice fly in the Cowboys’ 12-11 loss against Texas State. Heasley said coming in as the closer was a completely different feel. It was something he had never done before.Luckily, Cobb was there.“He’s been there the whole time, and he’s gonna walk through it with me,” Heasley said. “He’s on my side the whole time.”Since Cobb has been out, he has grown into a sort of player-coach role, he said. His desire to coach after his playing career has spiked after seeing the other side of the game, he said.“I joke and call myself the assistant to the bullpen coach,” Cobb said. “Like Dwight (on ‘The Office’) is the assistant to the regional manager. Like not quite the responsibility, but I’m there if something bad goes on.”Cobb said using his coaching eye, Heasley’s got the juice, but that’s not hard to notice. He posted a 29-3 high school record with a 1.47 ERA and more than 300 strikeouts at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. He had a perfect 13-0 record as a senior with a 0.33 ERA.Heasley allowed only four runs in 65 innings.“He’s just a guy who has incredible stuff; he has big league stuff,” Cobb said. “On the mound, he’s 94-96 with a nasty slider, good curveball, changeup.”Cobb said he knew by Heasley’s demeanor and confidence that he would fill the innings he left behind with his injury.“When you look at him, you don’t see him as a freshman,” Cobb said. “He’s had success his whole life on the mound, and he just doesn’t know what not having success is like.”Although Heasley has never been a closer, he said he is eager for the opportunity. It’s a different feel having to wait seven or eight innings every game, and the daily rehab is different. But Heasley says he kinda likes the pressure of being a freshman closer on a team that went to the College World Series last year.“You can be the hero or the zero,” Heasley said. “But I like coming into situations like that knowing I have to shut it down.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In 2009 when Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury in Oklahoma’s season debut against BYU, many fans in Stillwater, Austin, Waco and elsewhere collectively exhaled a breath of “finally.”In came freshman Landry Jones, a goofy-looking freshman from a city of about 11,000. He didn’t play bad as Bradford’s replacement, but the No. 3 Sooners did lose 14-13 that day. Jones went 6-for-12 for 51 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions.Again collectively, a lot of the nation must have thought “finally.” Until the next week and the week thereafter when Jones beat (yes, I know) Idaho State and Tulsa a combined 109-0 while throwing for 622 yards, nine touchdowns and three picks.Saturday, Bob Stoops retired as coach of the Sooners, and former offensive coordinator and (by most accounts) wizard of football Lincoln Riley was named his replacement. The transition won’t be flawless. There will be times when he looks more like the coach of his hometown 3-A Muleshoe High School up in the Texas Panhandle.But don’t be fooled. Riley is not inept at coaching football. Nov. 4 is quickly approaching, and Riley’s (not Stoops’) Sooners will be prepared for Bedlam.The move from Stoops to Riley seems simple enough. Riley was one of the hottest coaching commodities in the nation late in the 2015 season when OU was headed to the Orange Bowl. He won the Broyles Award that year for the country’s top assistant and conducted the third-best offense in the NCAA by yardage.But it’s not going to be easy. Stoops was a defensive guy. He was the defensive coordinator at Florida from 1996-98 and the co-DC at Kansas State from 91-95. But even still, OU had the 75th-ranked defense in the nation last year in terms of points per drive given up. For perspective, OSU was 54th.It’s unclear whether Mike Stoops, Bob’s brother, will remain as defensive coordinator under Riley, but with Bob gone, it is hard to think the defense will get better, at least in the short term. And offensively, the Sooners lose Biletnikoff winner Dede Westbrook and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine.OU probably won’t go 11-2 and finish fifth in the nation like it did in Stoops’ last season, but they won’t lose to UTEP week 1. They won’t lose to Tulane week 3 or probably not Kansas (State), Iowa State or Texas Tech. That’s about where you have to draw the line though.Under Stoops, you could pencil in West Virginia, Baylor and (yes) the Cowboys of OSU. That’s the gray area for Riley in year 1.Stoops was, still is, a legend in coaching. He won 10 Big 12 titles in 18 seasons. I don’t know, for the most part, what Stoops’ culture was like within the walls. And no one knows about Riley’s yet, but regardless, it won’t be as seamless as it will (probably) appear on Saturdays.Imagine your favorite U.S. president of all time. Now imagine if he had just walked away midterm and left you with the vice president. For you, the U.S. citizen, or OU football fan, not much will change in your daily life. But for those within the administration or program, the reporters or his peers, more than a name plate outside an office will change.Some of those changes won’t be felt in the first week or the sixth week or the eighth month. But things will change in Norman, and unless you think Lincoln Riley is equivalent to the best coach in Big 12 history, then they won’t necessarily change for the better.Don’t get me wrong, Riley might be great, but Stoops was a legend. That’s tough to replicate as it looks like OU is trying to do. I think Mike Stoops of all people might have put it best.“I think it’ll be strange for everybody,” he said. “But I think it’s easy to see what Lincoln brings to the table.”
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’ve ranked all six of Oklahoma State’s road games by difficulty. This time we look at the games OSU will play under the lights of Boone Pickens Stadium.OSU gets six home games this season, five of which will be Big 12 games. It’s a sneaky good schedule, so if you have season tickets, enjoy!No. 6 – Kansas[USATSI]Not that crazy things can’t happen, but this is the last game of the regular season and OSU should be firing on all cylinders at this point. Kansas will be better this year than last, I think they win three to four games. I just can’t see OSU being one of them.AdChoices广告Kansas hasn’t beaten OSU in Stillwater since 2007, and the closest margin since then was 70-28 in 2011 (and it wasn’t really even that close of it game). They’re not going to change that this year.No. 5 – BaylorThis is not the same Baylor program we’ve known the last few years. Now entering their second season without Art Briles and first under Matt Rhule who turned around the Temple program, the Bears are continuing to rebuild their identity both on and off the field.[USATSI]Baylor’s offense is likely going to take a step back again this year, but that’s not why OSU is going to win this game.The Bears are breaking in a new defensive coordinator this season and with him, a switch to a more complicated 3-4 scheme. It’s going to take the defense time to adjust, and I don’t just mean one offseason. Even if Baylor’s players get the hang of the new defense by the end of the year, it’s unlikely they do by Week 7 when they come to Stillwater.This should be the year OSU ends Baylor’s winning streak.No. 4 – TulsaYep. Tulsa is ahead of Baylor.[USATSI]For one, Phil Montgomery is in his third year at the helm of the Golden Hurricane. He didn’t take long turning Tulsa around going from six wins in his first year to 10 in his second.For two, Tulsa can score. Montgomery’s system is built to put up yards and points — even if they are replacing a lot on that side of the ball. Do they have the players on defense to really slow down Oklahoma State? No. But they might have enough on offense to at least make it interesting for awhile.Add to this, the Cowboys haven’t been great early in the season the last couple of years. If the Cowboys come out of the gate sluggish or looking to play extra vanilla, they could get more of a challenge than we would like from our in-state adversaries.No. 3 – TCUI’ll be honest. I don’t know if TCU is going to be better this year than they were the last. But I feel like they should be.Patterson has always been able to turn the Frogs around. They play good defense and can score. I realize it was in Fort Worth, but last year feels like a bit of an outlier. The score was 10-6 at half and the Frogs just couldn’t get into the end zone in the second half, even though they came close a couple of times.[USATSI] It all comes down to Kenny Hill. If the former Texas A&M quarterback can rebound from a disappointing season, then the Horned Frogs will be back to being formidable. At worst, TCU should bring a talented defense with them to Stillwater.I expect a real fight from the Frogs in Stillwater this season.No. 2 – Kansas State[USATSI]When are Kansas State games not difficult? It doesn’t matter where they, who is ranked higher, or if a walk-on wide receiver is playing quarterback (seriously, that happened), OSU and Kansas State play close games.We’ve talked about this a couple of times but it’s worth pointing out again. OSU is 5-2 over the Wildcats in their last seven meetings, but KSU has outscored the Cowboys by 19 points during that time. That’s how close these games are. Just look back at last year when the game came down to the final play. Heck, go back to 2011 in one of the wildest back-and-forth games I’ve ever seen.The Wildcats are always a tough test. I don’t expect anything different this year.No. 1 – OklahomaI’d love to not pick the obvious here, but that would be dishonest.When your head coach is 2-10 against a team during his tenure, they’re obviously going to be the toughest opponent on the schedule. Granted, there is a major difference between this game and the other 12 — Bob Stoops is gone and Lincoln Riley is now in charge.[USATSI]Yes, Riley will still be getting used to being the head coach of the Sooners, but he will have Baker Mayfield at quarterback to help ease the transition. It’s also not like Riley is unfamiliar with the Big 12, having served as OU’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.This will be OSU’s toughest game. They have the best quarterback in the league outside of Stillwater, and enough returning assistant coaches that I’m not sure the transition will be all that rough in Norman.
Arsenal Arsenal announce £25m pre-tax profit and target ‘strong finish’ to tough season Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:56 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Arsène Wenger Arsene Wenger’s side may be sitting sixth in the Premier League, but the club still registered a fair profit in their latest financial results Arsenal have announced a pre-tax profit of £25.1 million in their latest financial results.For the six months to the end of November 2017, Arsenal’s profits climbed from £12.6m, with the Premier League club’s cash reserves standing at £137.6m.After tax, profits stood at £20.4m – up from £10.3m – for the six-month period. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The rise in profits came despite Arsenal’s football turnover falling to £167.7m from £191.1m due to last season’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.Arsenal’s financial results do not take into account the January club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they do include the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.Arsene Wenger’s men are struggling on the pitch, sitting sixth in the Premier League table and suffering a 3-0 humbling to Manchester City in Sunday’s EFL Cup final.Arsenal also suffered a shock home loss to Swedish side Ostersunds in the Europa League last week, although the Gunners progressed to the last-16 by virtue of a 3-0 first-leg victory.Chairman Chips Keswick said in a statement that Arsenal’s board shares the “acute disappointment” of fans following the EFL Cup final defeat to City.”This has not been the easiest of campaigns but we are all working hard to ensure we have a strong finish,” Keswick said. “Breaking our transfer record twice in one season and the player contracts we have signed shows our commitment to getting the club back competing for the Premier League.”However, our strategy remains self-financing and we must accept all the challenges that brings at a time when the inflation of transfer fees, player wages and the fees demanded by agents has become super-heated.”We need to spend effectively and be the best we can across the whole of our football operations if we are to compete at the level our ambitions for the club demand.”This has been an inconsistent season but as we enter its final stages let’s not forget we still have plenty to play for with the Europa League and an outside chance of a top-four finish in the Premier League.”Arsenal face City again in the Premier League on Thursday, with Wenger’s men 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and a further 17 back from Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders.Despite reports Arsenal are considering replacing Wenger with Germany coach Joachim Low or Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the season, the Frenchman said on Wednesday he is “amazed” he has to answer questions about his future. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tottenham Hotspur Spurs deserved to beat Juventus – Son Dejan Kalinic 12:25 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) GLYN KIRK Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus Juventus UEFA Champions League The Tottenham forward believes that his side outplayed their Italian rivals in the second leg and that his side deserved to move on Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min insisted his team’s performance against Juventus on Wednesday deserved more than a loss. The South Korea international opened the scoring on the night, but his side suffered a 2-1 loss to bow out 4-3 on aggregate in the last 16.It ended Tottenham’s run in Europe after two wins over Borussia Dortmund and a victory over Madrid in group stage had the club looking like a contender. 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 However, Son said those results were irrelevant after Spurs exited the Champions League, with the 25-year-old feeling his side were unlucky to be out of the competition. “It doesn’t matter when we beat Real Madrid or Dortmund, it doesn’t matter,” he said.”Juventus is another good team, and another top team in Europe. I think we played very well – better than them.”I say we deserved more than this but football is about scoring goals and they scored two goals at Wembley Stadium. We have to accept the result.”Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala in a three-minute span saw Juve complete a stunning second-half comeback at Wembley, with Spurs unable to respond. And Son believes luck played a large part in Juventus moving forward. “Our performance was very good and I think we deserved more than this,” he continued. “The last Harry [Kane] header … if we’re lucky then that’s going in… we should have got a penalty I think.”But as I said, they scored two goals. Football is about scoring goals, and if you don’t score, you lose of course.”But I think we’re unluckily out of the Champions League.”Tottenham must now turn their full focus to the Premier League, where they hold a five-point lead over fifth placed Chelsea, and the FA Cup, where the London outfit face a quarter-final against Swansea.
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo: This is what every modern man must have Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:58 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) CR7underwear Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División WTF The Ballon d’Or winner has released his ninth collection of luxury underwear, an item he says is “a foundation to any outfit” Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has given his guide to the essential ‘must haves’ for every modern man.Fresh from helping his club to the Champions League quarter-finals by netting against Paris Saint-Germain in a 2-1 win in the French capital on Tuesday, the Portuguese sensation is ready for the launch of his new range of underwear.To celebrate the event, the 2017 Ballon d’Or winner gave his opinions on the world of fashion and he has explained what the contemporary gentleman requires to stay ahead of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “There are a few luxuries that I think every man should treat himself to…I love music so it’s important to me to have a good pair of headphones, a beautiful watch, smelling great is a must so every man should have a nice signature fragrance and of course, very good quality underwear!” he explained.“I love fashion and like to invest in luxurious items for my wardrobe. I think that the key pieces that every man needs in his wardrobe are a great suit, well-fitting jeans, a crisp white shirt, some good pairs of sneakers and, of course, great underwear.”Clothing doesn’t have to be expensive to feel luxurious – an amazing fit and nice fabrics are what makes items stand out, and are also what makes pieces timeless.”Underwear, of course, plays a vital role to Ronaldo in his day-to-day dressing and he’s not shy about discussing it.“Underwear is the foundation to any outfit, so it’s important to wear quality, premium styles that make you both look and feel good,” he said.”My CR7 underwear luxury lifestyle campaign showcases the collection in a more intimate way than ever before. Since underwear is so personal, I wanted to bring a more personal element to the campaign, which shows me relaxing at home. Downtime in itself is a luxury!“I choose different CR7 underwear styles depending on how I feel each morning, so with each collection I like to design contrasting patterns and colourways to make sure there’s an option for any occasion. “The spring and summer 18 CR7 underwear range includes timeless white silhouettes for a classic look and bold blue and even pinks for when you want to be more adventurous. I love the styles with touches of vibrant colour. To me, that is luxury!”Ronaldo feels that the new collection, which is produced by JBS Textile Group in Denmark, offers a more “mature” style than previous ones.“For spring and summer 2018, I really wanted to create a luxurious feel for the collection,” he said. “Colour still plays a big role, but the colour palette is more refined, we’ve got crisp whites and more sophisticated tones.”I started this brand six years ago and the designs have evolved alongside my own style choices. This collection is more mature, with a real focus on premium, luxury materials.”This is Ronaldo’s ninth season of CR7 underwear, with each item branded with his signature logo.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: PSG ready to swoop for Mourinho Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:11 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond PSG ready to swoop for MourinhoJose Mourinho is set to clash with Manchester United’s boards over transfer funds, opening the door for a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Mirror claims.The report suggests the Portuguese wants more money in order to compete with their rivals both domestically and on the continent, with Manchester City’s spending having propelled them to the top of the Premier League.And with the Red Devils having been dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla after having been backed to the tune of nearly £300 million over the past two years, the club’s board feel Mourinho should have made better progress with what has been at his disposal. 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Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It is said that PSG will use the tension between boss and board to lure the 55-year-old – who has a contract until 2020 – to France should the situation become untenable at Old Trafford.Madrid to rival Barca for Bayern’s AlabaReal Madrid are ready to table an €80 million bid for Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, Diario Gol claims.A hugely versatile player capable of operating both in defence and midfield, Alaba’s relatively young age of 25 makes him a sound investment for the future.Madrid, however, could face competition from Barcelona, who are also interested in the Austria international.Mourinho wants WillianJose Mourinho wants to sign Chelsea’s Willian in the summer transfer window, according to The Sun .The Brazilian, who is set for contract talks with the Blues at the end of the season, was a target for Mourinho last summer.With Nemanja Matic having already left for Old Trafford, however, Willian was not allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.The report claims Mourinho will return for his man at the end of the season, having sent scouts to monitor his form throughout the current campaign.Man Utd have agreement for TaliscaManchester United have a gentlemen’s agreement in place to sign Anderson Talisca in the summer, A Bola reports.The Portuguese outlet claims that the Red Devils will pay up to €40 million for the attacker, with loan side Besiktas seemingly unable to meet Benfica’s valuation of the Brazilian.Mourinho turns to RakiticJose Mourinho is interested in signing Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic for Manchester United, Diario Gol reports.Mourinho is said to see the Croatian as a good alternative to top target Luka Modric, who turns 33 this year and is nearing the end of his top-level career.And with competition for midfield spots becoming tougher at Camp Nou, the Red Devils boss may just be able to convince Rakitic to swap La Liga for the Premier League.Arsenal ready €60m Modric bidArsenal are prepared to offer €60 million for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric at the end of the season, claims Don Balon .Modric is reportedly considering a return to the Premier League in the summer, with former club Tottenham also showing an interest in the 32-year-old.Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus would also be willing to explore a deal for the Croatia international if he decides to quit Madrid.Conte closes on PSG jobChelsea manager Antonio Conte looks increasingly likely to take over as Paris Saint-Germain coach at the end of the season, claims Sports Illustrated .Conte is being tipped to leave Chelsea in the summer following a limp defence of the Premier League title and a last-16 exit in the Champions League.With PSG also having crashed out of the Champions League at the same stage, Unai Emery is expected to be relieved of his duties, with Conte primed to take over.Milan want Donnarumma-Cavani swapAC Milan are hoping to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani if Gianluigi Donnarumma moves the other way, according to Premium Sport .PSG’s search for a new goalkeeper has led to increased speculation they will sign Donnarumma, and that deal would free up the funds for Milan to take Cavani.However, Milan will have to overcome rival interest from Chelsea and Manchester United for the Uruguayan, along with the likely failure to be able to offer Champions League football next season.Batshuayi to cost Dortmund €60mBorussia Dortmund will have to pay €60 million if they want to sign on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi permanently, reports Bild .Batshuayi has enjoyed an impressive start to his Dortmund career after joining on loan from Chelsea before the close of the January transfer window.The Belgium international’s long-term Chelsea future is uncertain, but Dortmund will have to stump up big money if they want to keep the forward. Bayern consider Can moveBayern Munich are considering an approach to bring Liverpool midfielder Emre Can back to the club, reports the Mirror .Can is out of contract at Liverpool at the end of the season and has yet to agree an extension at Anfield.Juventus have long been leading the chase for the Germany international, but Bayern could now make a move for Can, five years after he left the Allianz Arena to join Bayer Leverkusen.Arsenal & Milan to fight for MeyerArsenal and AC Milan could fight it out to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer on a free transfer, claims Calciomercato.com .Meyer is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave Schalke after failing to agree terms on an extension.The likes of Liverpool and Tottenham have also been mentioned as admirers of the 22-year-old, who reportedly favours a move to the Premier League, leaving Milan with a battle to convince the Germany international to head to Serie A.Chelsea plot Asamoah approachChelsea are interested in signing Juventus left-back Kwadwo Asamoah on a free transfer, claims The Sun . Asamoah is out of contract at the end of the season and, while Juventus are keen to keep him, the Ghanaian is weighing up a new challenge.Napoli, Inter Milan and Galatasaray are also interested, but Chelsea hope to agree a deal for Asamoah after former target Alex Sandro decided to stay at Juventus.Milan line up Depay moveAC Milan have identified Lyon winger Memphis Depay as a prime summer transfer target, according to Tuttosport .The Serie A side are looking to add a creative attacking edge to their play next season and feel former Manchester United man Depay can be the answer.Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey are also under consideration, but Depay is considered less of a gamble by Milan.Spurs to sell LlorenteTottenham are ready to sell Fernando Llorente in the summer after just one season at the club, reports the Evening Standard . Llorente joined Spurs from Swansea before last summer’s transfer window closed, but he has struggled to make a sustained impression.With Harry Kane facing a month on the sidelines, Spurs are instead expected to turn to Erik Lamela to lead the line, prompting fresh questions over Llorente’s future at the club.Milan boss Gattuso likes Wilshere ‘a lot’AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso said he is a fan of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere ahead of the two sides meeting in the Europa League on Thursday.Wilshere’s contract is expiring at the end of the current season and the midfielder has been linked with a move to Milan, among other Serie A sides. Read what Gattuso had to say about Wilshere right here! Stuttgart set price for Spurs & Liverpool targetStuttgart have slammed the door on any prospective bids of less than €30 million for in-demand defender Benjamin Pavard. The 21-year-old has been hugely impressive for the Bundesliga side in 2017-18, and also earned his first cap for France in November. Pavard’s performances have led to reported interest from several clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.Read the full story on Goal right here! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Going into last season, the Cowboys were without the star power of Mason Rudolph and James Washington, but did have a star in the backfield in Justice Hill. Hill left with injury early in Bedlam last season and didn’t return for the rest of the year, but Hubbard, who showed glimpses of what he was capable of throughout the year, took over.Hubbard finished that Bedlam game with 104 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also broke the century mark in two of the final three games of the season, going for 134 yards in a win against West Virginia and 145 yards in a Liberty Bowl win against Missouri. That type of production late in the year has Gundy excited about what he has entering this season.“When we lost Justice last year, it was difficult for us because we lost a great player,” Gundy said. “As I said earlier though, it benefited us because (Hubbard) had to play in some really key games. I’m also excited about watching him play. He’s really just kind of scratched the surface with his body and what he can do and what he can bring to the table. The area he has improved as much as any is just his leadership, his willingness to work extremely hard.”The Canadian track star turned OSU running back is apparently also doing goat things in practice.“One thing I noticed in practice yesterday, and I didn’t say anything about it, I just kind of watched it again today, and it reminded me of guys back when I practice: When he takes the ball in practice from the 40-yard line when we’re in a tag period, when we’re not tackling, he runs all the way to the goal line every time, and I haven’t seen that in years,” Gundy said.“That’s encouraging. Now when we get back to how many steps a day he takes at practice, that could be a little bit of an issue, but I would rather back him off than have to kick him into the fight. We’re really excited about him at this point.”Does that sound familiar? It should.“Every time (Barry Sanders) ran the ball in practice, he sprinted to the end zone,” Gundy said. “We’d have to wait for him to come back. And we’d say, ‘Barry, hey man, you’re killing us.’ He wore himself out, and that’s why he slept all the time, probably.“But the guy was a phenomenal competitor with a work ethic that was through the roof. He out-practiced everybody on the field and in the weight room. And that’s why he got to the point he did.” [ESPN] STILLWATER — It isn’t too often a coach calls his star running back “pretty” as a compliment.On Oklahoma State’s 2017 roster, Hubbard was listed as a 6-1, 190-pound freshman. Entering only his redshirt sophomore season in Stillwater, Hubbard is now listed at 207, and it wasn’t at all comparable to the “freshman 15” other college kids add.#BodybyGlass pic.twitter.com/Nr8GtDakKi— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 4, 2019“Chuba looks really good,” Gundy said. “For me, or personally as a coach, you’re always really careful to step out there, but he’s about as pretty as they get. He’s about 208-210 pounds, and I don’t know how fast he is, but he’s really fast. He’s very determined. He’s very intelligent. He understands.””He’s as pretty as they get.” You can tell Mike Gundy is expecting big things from @Hubbard_RMN this season. @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/RZiUIayOSz— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) August 5, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.