Following back to back defeats in the last two World Cup games, England’s chances of making it to the semi-finals are in jeopardy. And Pakistan’s win over New Zealand on Wednesday has made the scenario much more difficult for England.With eight points from seven games, the Eoin Morgan-led side are currently placed fourth on the points table. And now, the equation for them is pretty simple. They need to win their remaining games in order to enter the knockout stages of the ongoing tournament.However, it would require a commanding performance from the pre-tournament favourites to overstage India and New Zealand, their opponents for the remaining two games. The record of England against these two teams is not good when it comes to World Cups. England have not been able to register World Cup wins against the Men in Blue and the Black Caps in the last 27 years.Ahead of England’s must-win clash against India, former skipper Nasser Hussain took to social media to ask Pakistani fans as to which team they would be supporting when the two teams meet on Sunday at Edgbaston.”Question to all Pakistan fans …England vs India…Sunday… who are you supporting?” tweeted Hussain on Thursday.Question to all Pakistan fans .. England vs INDIA .. Sunday .. who you supporting ?Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) June 26, 2019In reply fellow commentators Kevin Pietersen and Isa Guha posted their own witty replies.When have you ever winked?Isa Guha (@isaguha) June 26, 2019Who you supporting, Nass?Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 26, 2019England of course Kev .. same as you when England play South Africa at rugbyadvertisementNasser Hussain (@nassercricket) June 26, 2019Following their victory over New Zealand, Pakistan have seven points from as many games. Their two remaining games are against Afghanistan and Bangladesh and if they manage to win both of them, they will end up on 11 points.In such a scenario, it becomes pertinent for England to win both their remaining fixtures as they would then reach 12 points and will qualify for the semi-finals. However, if they fail to register wins in any of the two matches, Pakistan will fancy their chances of making it to the knockout stages.Also, not to forget that Sri Lanka can also grab the fourth semi-final berth if they win all their remaining three games.Also Read | Watch: Pakistani and Indian fan’s bhangra after Pakistan victory is something you cannot missAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Babar Azam surpasses idol Virat Kohli to become second fastest to 3,000
Former Oklahoma State defensive lineman Leslie O’Neal is among the candidates listed on the 2018 ballot for entry into the College Football Hall of Fame, which was released on Thursday.“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.19 million people have played college football and only 987 players have been inducted,” said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. So being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are extremely proud to announce their names.”O’Neal was a two-time All-American pass-rusher and run-stuffer at OSU. By the time his career as a Cowboy expired, he had earned All-Big Eight selections three times and was also named the 1984 Defensive Player of the Year in the process.Before a 13-year NFL career spent primarily with the San Diego Chargers, O’Neal left OSU as the school leader in career sacks (34), single-season sacks (16), and career tackles for loss (47).The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be revealed prior to the CFP National Championship in Atlanta on January 8, 2018.In honor of Leslie O’Neal’s appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. No. 99 is 13th in NFL history with 132.5 sacks. #okstate pic.twitter.com/pJreDkGAG4— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) June 1, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
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. 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.
Point of emphasis moving forwardAs loyal reader Shane Hatfield requested this week, let’s take a look at what OSU needs to do moving forward. I won’t get to scholarship count (because that’s a much more fluid count in football than basketball), but he brought up an interesting point about what positions they might target with the dead period in effect and the staff regrouping for the summer.By position, this is how many commitments OSU has… Oklahoma State’s 2018 class got off to a fast start this spring with a flurry of commitments in April and May from the likes of C.J. Moore, Kanion Williams, Bryce Bray and Tyrese Williams. While that momentum typically slows as signing day approaches, the coaching staff is still full steam ahead entering the dead period and the thick of the summer coming off a five-commitment June that addressed major needs in the class.With 17 commitments, OSU holds more verbal pledges than all but three teams—Miami (18), LSU (22) and Minnesota (19)—all of which are ranked inside the top 25.Where does OSU rank nationally?AdChoices广告National rankings are fluid and change as frequently as recruits change their mind, but the Cowboys rank No. 14 nationally as of June 27. The Pokes hold a slight edge over Michigan (No. 15), and sit just behind Texas A&M, which claims its spot at No. 13. For the first time since I can remember covering recruiting, Alabama’s class—which has finished No. 1 in the final 247Sports rankings every year since 2011—is ranked 59th nationally with just 5 commitments. That’s a mark good for 13th in the SEC.Mike Gundy has a mullet and is outrecruiting Nick Saban (even if Saban has just a third as many commitments). What a world we live in!Here’s the link to the full 247Sports rankings for 2018.Where does OSU’s class rank in the Big 12?For quite some time, OSU held the top spot in the Big 12 rankings. I wrote at that time that the advantage in the rankings was quantity over quality and that it wouldn’t hold through signing day, and thus far it’s played out as I projected. Texas is recruiting like Texas is wont to do, and under Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma appears to be on a level it hasn’t operated on in years.That’s why the rankings are where they are now. Oklahoma and Texas are 1-2 at the top of the Big 12 and top-10 nationally, followed by OSU, Baylor, TCU, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, West Virginia and K-State. By process of elimination, that leaves running back and defensive tackle among the most important positions just based on total commitments (and especially DT when you look at the defensive depth chart for the future). I believe both of these spots are where priorities lie right now, especially after missing out on running back targets Lyn-J Dixon, Tae Provens and Keaontay Ingram already in this cycle.At running back, I expect OSU to continue targeting Fitzgerald (Georgia) running back James Graham. In the meantime, running backs coach John Wozniak is doing his best to gauge whether SMU pledge Jahmyl Jeter (what a name) is interested in flipping to OSU after a recent offer.Defensive tackle is slightly more murky, but right now target No. 1 is junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey. He appears intent on playing college ball with his younger brother, a high school senior offensive lineman from Klein Oak, and OSU jumped in the mix for him by offering a scholarship on a recent visit. The staff is hoping to package a deal for the brothers.Past Humphrey, OKC area defensive tackle Israel Antwine remains an interesting option at defensive tackle. The Millwood product committed to Ole Miss over OSU early in the recruitment process in May, but the opportunity to play in Oxford where the NCAA is sniffing around following a foul odor over the last few years, might not be appealing for a player surely hoping to play for something more than a school likely to be hit with sanctions. 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. QBRBWROLTESCBLBDTDE 1025123201
TennisTwo OSU tennis players are representing the Cowboys and Cowgirls overseas, as junior Julian Cash competed in the ITF Men’s circuit in Egypt and Lena Rupert qualified for the Schönbusch Open in Aschaffenburg, Germany:And that’s the match. Cash comes up just shy of his first ITF Futures title as he falls to (1) Lorenzo Frigerio, 6-4, 6-3. #okstate— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) July 23, 2017 Oklahoma State golfers represented the Cowboys and Cowgirls well over this past week, claiming first-place finishes in amateur tournaments all over the United States. Paired with a Cowgirl up for Big 12 Player of the Year and some Pokes competing overseas, it was a productive week for OSU athletics.Pro GolfRickie Fowler and Alex Noren touched off successful weeks at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale last week Fowler shot even-par 280 to finish T22, and Noren shot 4-under 276 to finish T6 in an event that Jordan Spieth eventually ran away with.College GolfAdChoices广告Future Cowboy Matthew Wolff finished second in the U.S. Junior Amateur Tournament over the weekend. The Los Angeles native will play in the US Amateur Championship in August and come to Stillwater in the fall. Phillip Slavin wrote more about this U.S. Junior Am here.”That’s money.”#USJuniorAm https://t.co/jMWlDAAwBX— USGA (@USGA) July 21, 2017Oklahoma State senior Brendon Jelley won the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Wednesday, defeating Oral Roberts’ Cody Burrows in the championship round.Jelley wasn’t the only Oklahoma State player to win over the weekend. Two Cowgirls, Alexis Sadegh and Maddie Mccrary, both took home first, with Sadegh winning the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship and Mccrary winning the Women’s Texas Golf Association State Amateur Championship.So happy to be the Oklahoma State Amateur champ! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported! ?? pic.twitter.com/v4ZDva8vNH— Lexi Sadeghy (@lexisadeghy_) July 20, 2017 .@maddiekmccrary has won the @WTGA1916 State Amateur Championship! Cowgirls now own the Okla & Texas am titles.➡️ https://t.co/JBKXnouYXs pic.twitter.com/43yPVzMFYM— OSU Cowgirl Golf (@OSUcowgirlgolf) July 21, 2017 Congrats @lena_ruppert for qualifying at the 25k in Aschaffenburg, Germany & today def #382 Matteucci of Italy.— OSU Women’s Tennis (@CowgirlTennis) July 19, 2017The men’s tennis team released a video celebrating their accomplishments from the last four years. After the men’s top-five ranking and a Sweet Sixteen finish in 2016, not to mention the women’s success, OSU is quickly establishing itself as an elite tennis school.Four years filled with great moments.. and we’re just getting started. #okstate pic.twitter.com/QdbX8E9ZBF— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) January 19, 2017WrestlingOSU commit Kaden Gfeller finished second in the Fargo 2017 145-pound finals last week. Head coach John Smith was interviewed by USA Wrestling about the event and Gfeller’s future at OSU.Gfeller comes up short, 6-4, in the #Fargo2017 145-pound finals. #okstate— OSU Cowboy Wrestling (@CowboyWrestling) July 18, 2017 SoftballFans can vote for infielder Vanessa Shippy for the Big 12 Athlete of the Year here:Not too shabby, @vshippy33! Fans, be sure to #VoteShippy as the 2017 #Big12 Athlete of the Year today. #okstate▶ https://t.co/B8bjSqgBYU pic.twitter.com/cUVQPmnUWx— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) July 24, 2017Junior Rylee Baylis became the fourth Cowgirl to earn the title of NCAA Statistical Champion, as she led the country and set an OSU single-season record with 71 walks in 2016.DYK: Last season @Ms_Bayless9 became the fourth Cowgirl to earn the title of NCAA Statistical Champion! #okstate pic.twitter.com/L0yrBZLsV0— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) July 19, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Tottenham Hotspur Pochettino joins elite group with 100th Premier League win Joe Wright 02:21 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town nly five managers have managed a century of victories faster than the Argentine, who reached the milestone on Saturday Mauricio Pochettino reached 100 Premier League wins as Tottenham manager in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Wembley.Two goals from Son Heung-min secured all three points for the home side and moved them into third place in the table, a point above Liverpool, who face Newcastle United in their game in hand.It was Spurs’ third straight win in the Premier League, and marked 11 games unbeaten since folding to Manchester City shortly before Christmas. 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 former Argentina international has now managed a century of wins in England’s top flight in just 197 matches, which matches ex-Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers boss Kenny Dalglish’s efforts.In doing so, the manager enters an elite group of bosses who have managed the mark with such speed.Only six managers reached the milestone in fewer games. Jose Mourinho leads the way, having won 100 of his first 142 matches, ahead of Alex Ferguson, who needed 162 contests to get a century of victories.100 – Mauricio Pochettino has reached 100 Premier League wins as a manager in 197 games – the joint-6th quickest alongside Kenny Dalglish. Only Jose Mourinho (142), Alex Ferguson (162), Arsene Wenger (179), Rafa Benitez (181) & Claudio Ranieri (187) reached it in fewer games. Ton pic.twitter.com/MqKt3yKHXE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is next on the list (179 matches), ahead of Rafa Benitez (181) and Claudio Ranieri (187). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona Valverde not concerned with emulating Guardiola’s legacy at treble-chasing Barcelona Ben Spratt 22:03 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Barcelona v Athletic Club Athletic Club Primera División The Camp Nou giants are chasing down La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey prizes, but their manager’s main focus is to enjoy his time in charge Ernesto Valverde is determined to enjoy his time with Barcelona rather than worrying about making a long-term impact at the club.Former Barca coach Pep Guardiola left a lasting legacy at Camp Nou in his four years in charge, before going on to have a similar impact at Bayern Munich and Manchester City.But Valverde would not comment on the possibility of matching Guardiola’s debut-season treble and just wants to make the most of the opportunity to coach the Catalan giants. 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 “I see [changes made] from the inside but don’t know how things look from the outside,” he said of the club’s progress during his tenure, speaking ahead of Sunday’s La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao.”Coaches have to try to stay the course and, in the football world, everything keeps moving back and forth because there isn’t a lot of stability. What I try to do is enjoy the time with the players that I have.”Barcelona are still battling for honours in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, but Valverde is keen not to get carried away with two months still remaining this season.”The boat gets rocked a little bit throughout the season,” he said.”People said we drew three of five before the last two [wins against Atletico Madrid and Chelsea], now we’re talking about all this great news.”We’re not thinking about it. We’ve not won anything yet. We have lots of chances to win and we want to take advantage, but we have a long way to go and have to make sure we don’t slip up.”