McCatty: Refs to blame for basketball foul up

first_imgVeteran basketball official, Howard McCatty, has agreed with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) competition’s director, George Forbes, that the referees are to blame for the incident which forced game one of the ISSA Southern Conference under-19 basketball final to be ruled null and void and ordered replayed.McCatty, a former basketball president and currently a referees’ trainer and technical commissioner, said the match officials erred by not ensuring that the teams were checked, even though others are sometimes assigned to fulfil this task.”They (referees) should have checked the identification cards before the game started. But, here in Kingston, we usually have someone checking it, and they (refs) thought it was checked by the table,” he explained.CHECKING ID’S”But I would put the blame on the referees because a technical commissioner should be at the table to check all IDs. In Northern (Conference), I check all IDs before the games starts,” he added.Calabar won game one of the series, only for Camperdown to launch a protest against their opponents for not having their IDs available for the game.However, ISSA investigations revealed that Calabar had no IDs. Camperdown did not have their full complement either and, as a result, a replay was ordered. Forbes blamed the match officials for not upholding the rules.”Our rules are quite simple, and that is you must have an ISSA-issued ID. The referees are the ones causing the problem. How do they know that a player has an ID? If I am the referee and I know you and I say you can play, that does not mean you satisfy the criteria,” Forbes said recently.McCatty admitted that sometimes schools have ID issues when they come to games, and insists that once it can be verified that a player is legitimate, they try to accommodate the schools as best as they can. However, he says next season, there will be no room for such leniency with the regulations.last_img read more

NORTHERN LIGHTS ALERT – FROM DONEGAL SKIES

first_imgAurora Alert Update: 22nd/23rd January, from Donegal SkiesThe coronal mass ejection (CME) blasted towards Earth on the 19th of January struck the Earth’s magnetic field at 06:17 on the 22nd of January. The Initial interaction was weak but activity has been increasing since 09:00-10:00. If this activity continues to increase there is a possibility of viewing the aurora from Ireland and northern parts of the UK on the night/morning of the 22nd/23rd January. That’s tonight. Stay tuned toSpaceweather.com, Softservenews.com/aurora for elevated Kp values and keep an eye out for clear skies. Kp values of 6 or greater should result in aurora displays over Ireland and northern parts of the UK but other factors are also involved. NORTHERN LIGHTS ALERT – FROM DONEGAL SKIES was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal skiesnorthern lights alertlast_img read more

3 board members quit USA Gymnastics as more victims speak

first_imgLANSING, Mich. >> USA Gymnastics announced the resignations of three key leaders Monday while more women and girls told a judge about being sexually assaulted at the hands of a sports doctor who spent years with Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes.The resignations of chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley were announced in Indianapolis while a judge in Lansing, Michigan, heard a fifth day of statements from women and girls who said they were molested …last_img read more

Which Oklahoma State Fit in the NFL Did You Love Most?

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. I’ve been neglecting the Tuesday Poll, but we’re back at it this week with a question about the NFL Draft and free agent signings from last weekend. Which of the big OSU-NFL marriages did you love the most after the dust settled from the weekend?Because Twitter doesn’t offer more than four poll options I could only include Blake Jarwin to Dallas, Jordan Sterns to Kansas City, Chris Carson to Seattle and Vincent Taylor to Miami, but I’m curious about which signing/drafting excites you most.Which NFL/#okstate fit was your favorite after last week’s Draft and free agent signings?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 2, 2017I know I’m missing Lenzy Pipkins, Jhajuan Seales, Ben Grogan and Ashton Lampkin, but I think the four above are probably the most interesting and/or engaging.As always comments and results will be posted on Wednesday.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 79 Darrion Daniels

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. This is Part 2 of our Day 79 in the summer countdown. We go from an unproven offensive lineman to a third-year D-lineman with a clear path to leadership.How he got to OSUA four-star and ESPN 300 recruit, Daniels is the highest-rated signee Joe Bob Clements has brought in during his four years at OSU. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound tackle from Dallas’ Bishop Dunne High School held over 30 offers including from the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami and LSU. He chose the Cowboys for early playing time and for a chance to “make a name for himself.”What he’s done in StillwaterThough entering his third year as a key contributor, Daniels is still only 19 years old. But physical maturity has not been an issue for Daniels.“At Oklahoma State, we haven’t had as many at that position, mainly because we haven’t gotten that many 300-pounders,” Mike Gundy said about Daniels playing as a true freshman. “Most of the time, we’re bringing in guys around 250 or 260 pounds and have to develop them into that position.”Daniels didn’t take long to show his potential. In his first career game, the 2015 season opener at Central Michigan, the true freshman chipped in for three tackles, a 0.5 sack and a quarterback hurry. He’s appeared in every game the last two years and has been a load behind the duo of Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile.Role in 2017The aforementioned mainstays at starting tackle are now gone and Daniels has a good chance to earn a starting spot in a very deep and talented defensive line. He came in with lofty expectations and buzz-worthy predictionss, most of which he’s lived up to (at least for a young defensive lineman in Stillwater). Now with the path to starting reps clear, it’s time for Daniels to take a leadership role on this defensive line and the defense as a whole.Noteworthy stats and highlightsHad four total tackles twice with a career-high four solo tackles against Texas in 2016. Recorded four total (three solo) tackles and a tackle for loss against TCU in 2015.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 41 Britton Abbott

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. Our next number belongs to an under-the-radar cowboy back who could have a significant role in the offense in 2017.How he got to OSUAbbott came to Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on as part of the 2014 class. He played quarterback for his dad, former NFL Football Giant and now head coach at Liberal High School (Kan.). Abbott (the younger) held scholarship offers from the likes of UTSA, Wyoming and Tulsa, but chose OSU with the hopes of earning a scholarship.What he’s down in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Abbott saw the field in two games in 2015 and 12 in 2016, mostly on special teams. During spring practice, Mike Gundy said Abbott was twice the player he was a year ago.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Abbott resides near the top of a pretty inexperienced cowboy back group. While that inexperience and an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver may lead to more four-wide sets, the cowboy back isn’t going anywhere.Abbott talked about where the group is as whole during the spring.“We’re a young group, not a lot of starts.” Abbott told Scout, “Just come out here early, try to get a lot of work in before practice, just get everything down best we can. You know experience is hard to come by at our position group, so we’re just trying to get in as many reps as we can.”It was hard to come by and has been since Abbott arrived in Stillwater. He’s sat behind the likes of Jeremy Seaton, Blake Jarwin, Zac Veatch and even fellow junior cowboy back Keenen Brown. But Seaton, Jarwin and Veatch have all moved on. And there’s an opening for the upperclassmen to make a name on offense.Mason Rudolph talked about the hybrid position on Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.“Britton, as well as Keenen, played sparingly last year,” Rudolph told PFB. “They kind of know the scheme. They know what that position is about. They’re going to be able to do a good job for us whether it’s blocking or catching the ball, as a check-down in the flats.”Abbott fits more into the Zac Veatch, blocking fullback role but has the ability to catch passes.Noteworthy stats and highlightsWas named the Kansas Class 5A Player of the Year his senior season after throwing for over 3,000 yards, rushing for over 1,200 and was responsible for 49 touchdowns.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 17 Dillon Stoner

first_imgThe next subject of our summer-long countdown may not be the first or second — or fifth — player you think of when someone mentions OSU’s dominant receiver corps. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a household name by October.How he got to OSUDillon Stoner committed early in the 2016 recruiting cycle and held up his end despite offers from Washington State, Texas Tech and others and a strong late push from Arkansas. He played all over the field at Jenks High School, lining up as a wide receiver, a defensive back, a kick returner and even as a punter. He was a big part of Jenks’ four state titles during his career.What he’s done in StillwaterStoner impressed coaches and teammates alike during preseason fall camp as a true freshman, showing of his athleticism and even outrunning James Washington in a couple of drills. He made a big enough impression to see playing time in the season opener.His athleticism and football IQ were something the coaching staff recognized from Day 1. They even used him all over the field, just like his days at Jenks. He lined up at wide receiver and contributed on special teams. Stoner even took snaps in two of his four games.Unfortunately, an early injury ended his season. But Stoner was apparently able to redshirt last season based on his designation as a redshirt freshman by OSU.Role in 2017Even with all the depth and talent the Cowboys have at wide receiver, Stoner is going to have role in this offense. The coaching staff has made it pretty apparent that they want to get him on the field.Mike Gundy showed just how much trust he had in his true freshman in the second game of the season. With the Cowboys down 4 to Central Michigan in the fourth quarter — and on fourth down — he put the ball in Stoner’s hands. Even if just for a split second.Here’s another look.Who knows? Maybe Stoner is the wildcat QB of Mike Gundy’s dreams. Don’t be shocked to see him take more snaps this fall.Noteworthy Stats and HighlightsEven with a shortened season, we got a little glimpse of what Stoner can provide as a receiver. Here’s a look from the Cowboys’ season opener against Southeastern Louisiana. 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

Everyone Praising New OL Aaron Cochran Before his OSU Debut

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. There is one image that replays through my mind when Aaron Cochran comes up in conversation.@Cochran_Aaron/TwitterI don’t know how tall those other guys are, but if I’m Justice Hill or Mason Rudolph, I’m betting on the Bear — every single time.Cochran comes in this season as a graduate transfer from California and fills a void that was gaping after Victor Salako entered the NFL. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he is excited to see Cochran play after all the strides he has made through the summer.AdChoices广告“He’s done everything we’ve asked him,” Gundy said. “I’m always a little surprised when we can bring a player in and in two months, they can adjust to our culture. It’s not easy to do.”Cochran’s weight was a concern when he got to Stillwater, Gundy said. Cochran was told he needed to lose “30 to 40” pounds before week 1, and with less than seven days until that point, he has done that.“We knew once he got here, he would,” Gundy said. “He’s in a different environment. Humidity is considerably different. And in our pace of offense, we knew he would drop that weight. We were concerned that if he was heavy when we started, it would take him 10 to 12 days before he could ever catch up.”California runs a similar system to OSU but with fewer up-tempo spurts. Gundy said it will be interesting to see how Cochran adapts to that change in pace.Cochran also has never had to protect a potential Heisman Trophy winner. At 6-foot-8, 350 pounds, Cochran will man Rudolph’s blind side and keep him upright. Rudolph said he has confidence in his new tackle.Opposite Cochran will be right tackle Zach Crabtree for the fourth straight season. With Salako out and mystery surrounding the opposite side of the line before Cochran’s decision to come to OSU, Crabtree said Cochran has been huge for the group’s cohesion.“He’s stepped up into the role that we needed him in, and he’s been a big help,” Crabtree said.How practice is put into a live setting remains to be seen and will be tested for the first time at 6:30 Thursday in the Cowboys’ season opener against Tulsa. But by all accounts, Cochran has been the key to the hole.Another one of those accounts is Hill’s. Cochran will run point off the left side for Hill and the run game. The sophomore back ran for more than 1,100 yards last season behind an offensive line that was much improved but still not elite.With another year of experience and talent under the veteran-heavy group of hogs, Hill has the potential to run even wilder in 2017, especially after Chris Carson left for the NFL and fellow backs Rennie Childs, Barry J. Sanders and Jeff Carr all moved on from OSU.A lot of Hill’s potential will ride on Cochran’s effectiveness to block out the sun, a trait Hill said he is “comfortable” with.“Knowing that he’s gonna make a huge hole, he’s gonna move anything that’s in the way,” Hill said.last_img read more

‘Kane must leave Spurs to win trophies’

first_imgTransfers ‘Kane must leave Spurs to win trophies’ – Villas-Boas fuels Real Madrid transfer talk Chris Burton 18:08 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur Primera División Premier League Harry Kane The Tottenham striker is enjoying his football and performing at the peak of his powers in England, but has been told he needs a move to reach the top Harry Kane will need to leave Tottenham if he has “a hunger for trophies and notoriety”, says Andre Villas-Boas.The 24-year-old has forged a reputation as one of the most fearsome strikers in world football after stepping out of Spurs’ academy system and earning a regular senior role.He has, however, been unable to collect any major silverware as yet, with individual prizes such as two Premier League Golden Boots representing the peak of his award-winning exploits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp In order for that to change, it may be that he needs to head elsewhere, with former Spurs boss Villas-Boas – who loaned Kane out to Norwich and Leicester during his time in north London – fuelling speculation that a big-money switch to Real Madrid could be on the cards at some stage.The Portuguese said at the Laureus World Sports Awards: “It depends on Harry and his ambitions for the future and how he sees his career going forward.“If he has a hunger for trophies and for notoriety he would have to leave Spurs, if he has no hunger for that, but [wants] recognition and stability, he would stay at Spurs.“Spurs are in that breakout moment of becoming a great football team – the [new] stadium, infrastructure, training ground is there, the team is building up, very well managed.“The trophy cabinet is still what is missing for this great club. That is in the end what footballers chase – glory, winning.“I think for Harry, one or two more years at Spurs wouldn’t be bad and then see how the club develops.Harry Kane needs to leave Andre Villas-Boas“With the new stadium coming through I also think that Spurs should have that margin from him.”Kane has previously moved to commit his future to Tottenham, with the home-grown star happy in his current surroundings.He told German publication Bild when quizzed on the exit talk: “My goal is to play my entire career only for Tottenham.“We have a fantastic team, a great coach, a professional training centre and we’re getting a new stadium. At the moment, everything suits me here and I’m happy.”Spurs will, however, have to prove that they can match his ambition if a player who is still just 24 years of age is to avoid seeing his head turned by mounting interest from afar.last_img read more

Espanyol vs Real Madrid: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPrimera División Espanyol vs Real Madrid: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:15 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol The capital club will hope to come out of Catalunya clutching all three points as they aim to continue their resurgence Real Madrid make the trip to Catalunya on Tuesday as they take on Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium in La Liga.Zinedine Zidane’s men have finally found form in recent weeks and they are on a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.When it comes to the Liga they have won six of their last seven matches, drawing once, and those results have seen them rise to third in the table. 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 Madrid remain seven points behind second-place Atletico Madrid, but they will be confident of carrying on their impressive run, having already beaten their hosts this season. Game Espanyol vs Real Madrid Date Tuesday February 27 Time 19:00 GMT / 14:00 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Mix and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Espanyol players Goalkeepers P. Lopez, Diego Lopez, A. Lopez Defenders Navarro, Martin, Naldo, Duarte, Vila, J. Lopez, Hermoso, S. Sanchez Midfielders V. Sanchez, C. Sanchez, Jurado, Melendo, David Lopez, Piatti, Roca, Granero, Darder Forwards Moreno, S. Garcia, Baptistao Quique Sanchez Flores doesn’t have many injury issues to worry about, but Marc Roca is expected to be unavailable.Potential Espanyol starting XI: Diego Lopez; Martin, David Lopez, Duarte, V. Sanchez; Piatti, C. Sanchez, Darder, Granero; Baptistao, Moreno. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Luca Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Achraf, Nacho, Theo Midfielders Isco, Ceballos, Asensio, Llorente, Kovacic, Vazquez, Oscar Forwards Bale, Benzema, Mayoral There are concerns over the availability of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marcelo, while Jesus Vallejo is definitely out.Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested once again by Zidane, while Casemiro has been forced out with a stomach complaint.Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Theo, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane; Asensio, Kovacic, Isco, Vazquez; Bale, Benzema.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are in good form and they are 1/2 favourites to win according to dabblebet . Home side Espanyol are priced at 11/2 and a draw is available at 7/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid PSG Champions LeagueReal Madrid appear to have emerged from a slump that threatened Zidane’s job, but Los Blancos still have a long road to travel in order to salvage their season.They have put together a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, including a convincing 3-1 win over PSG in the Champions League last 16, and crucially, Cristiano Ronaldo has found his proverbial shooting boots.It is no surprise to see the Portuguese star to the fore in the capital club’s upturn in fortunes and, with 12 goals in his last seven appearances, Zidane will be hoping that he can maintain that level of performance. He will, however, play no part against Espanyol as the Blancos seek to keep a talismanic presence fresh.There are also a number of injury concerns for the capital club to contend with as they head to Catalunya, with the likes of Modric, Kroos and Marcelo missing action in recent weeks, but they have managed to persevere nonetheless.Madrid’s hosts Espanyol are at a low ebb currently, having not won since beating Barcelona in the Copa del Rey mid-way through January, but bearing in mind their capacity for upsets, the visitors will have to be on the watch against complacency.last_img read more

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