Gundy, OSU Winning Preseason Because They’re Having Fun

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. Mike Gundy dancing on First Take and riffing on his mullet during his ESPN car wash on Thursday and Friday was a reminder of what we learned earlier in the week: Oklahoma State is winning the preseason lead-up to the 2017 Big 12 season.Don’t hurt ’em @CoachGundy! pic.twitter.com/TfI3URSFqc— First Take (@FirstTake) July 21, 2017They won Media Days, Gundy is winning everything and spirits are high east of I-35.This guarantees nothing, of course. OSU might suffer injuries, lose to teams they shouldn’t lose to and be watching OU and Texas play at Jerryworld for the Big 12 title in December. But in the final days leading into the 2017 season, one Big 12 team (and coach) stands above the rest.AdChoices广告Part of the reason for this is that Bob Stoops retired, and there is a “face of the Big 12” void to be filled. The other part? Gundy actually knows how to fill it.You guys saw it on social media during Big 12 Media Days. From the Zach Sinor Heisman campaign to Gundy saying his mullet has been worth millions, the Cowboys have struck the exact right tone all week.“It’s an exciting time for all of us,” said Gundy in his opening press conference on Tuesday afternoon in Dallas. “I was thinking flying down this morning just how we evolved at Oklahoma State and the culture that we’ve created with the young men and how fun it is for myself and our staff, the guys that were on the plane. They’ve been such great leaders for us. We’ve evolved into something really special at Oklahoma State.”Contrast Gundy’s “I’m telling the jokes and I’m in on them, too” *wink*wink* with Tom Herman’s uber-serious “we’ve always been Texas, and that’s who we’re going to be” schtick. Then there was Matt Rhule’s “I might know what I’m doing, but I’m going to read a prepared statement and reference Joe Paterno” performance.I think you can start to see why Gundy has won the week (and beyond).This isn’t difficult, either. Or it shouldn’t be. This is not the time of year for coaches to be breaking down 3-3-5 defenses and talking third-string right tackles. That stuff is fine for the middle of the season, but it doesn’t play well to fans and recruits who just want to consume a little middle-of-the-summer #content.Teams and coaches who take themselves too seriously are either insecure about the future or don’t have a culture that allows folks to, um, let their hair down. As Carson and I discussed on our post-Media Days show, those pressers and interviews are what you make them. They can be monotonous and boring and full of cliches. Or you can have some fun without getting too silly.“We’ve got a great group of guys who understand our culture and are fun to be around,” said Gundy at Big 12 Media Days. “I tell them all the time, ‘I don’t know how many games we’re going to win this year. We’re going to try to win every game. We’re going to try and prepare you to win every game.’“But you guys are just fun to be around and fun to watch grow. Fun to watch develop. Kids from all different backgrounds. City kids, country kids, white kids, black kids, rich kids, poor kids. And all come together and they work their ass off. And they get better. And I just enjoy watching that. That’s fun for me. I’m confident about their ability to work together as a team. And I enjoy that.”It’s clear that Gundy is enjoying life as the winningest coach currently manning a Big 12 team. We watched him talk about how he embarrasses his kids by wearing a ponytail and trade stories off camera with Dana Holgorsen.Gundy is a national treasure. pic.twitter.com/0pp7xyJnTE— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 18, 2017OSU might not win the Big 12 this year, but they’ve won every everything put in front of them thus far. Yes, it’s just the preseason and it doesn’t mean much if the next four months go sideways, but at the moment it’s undeniable: Mike Gundy and Co. are undefeated heading into fall camp.last_img read more

All-Sports Roundup: Fowler, Noren Finish Top 30 at The Open Championship

first_imgTennisTwo 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, 2017center_img 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.last_img read more

Running Back Jahmyl Jeter Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State is on the board at running back, as 2018 prospect Jahmyl Jeter announced his commitment to the Cowboys on Wednesday night.Jeter was previously committed to SMU but backed away from his pledge earlier this week.I’m officially committed to Oklahoma state for the next 4 years and 100% done with recruiting pic.twitter.com/0bq8ranb9W— Jete (@Teamjeter28) August 3, 2017The three-star running back chose the Pokes over other offers from SMU, Texas A&M, and others. He is the 17th commitment of OSU’s 2017 recruiting class, and fills a major need as the first running back pledge of the class.AdChoices广告 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

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 25 Madre Harper

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. At number 25 on our countdown, we look at an important part of Oklahoma State’s depth on defense who made an early splash in his very first game.How he got to OSUThe three-star prospect from Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas) has a knack for being early. He ended up with offers from 17 schools including Oklahoma, Stanford, Pittsburgh and Kansas State, but was stuck with his early pledge to Oklahoma State. Harper graduated from high school early and was an early enrollee. That allowed him to take part in last year’s spring game — where he got an early first interception.Madre Harper picks off Kolar’s pass to set up Team Orange with great field position. #okstate https://t.co/qHmFPbmGLT— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 16, 2016AdChoices广告 What he’s done in StillwaterHarper didn’t stop there. In Oklahoma State’s season opener, Harper saw early playing time on special teams. When Southeastern Louisiana defensive back Javon Tillman muffed the first punt of the season, Harper took full advantage securing the loose ball in the end zone for the Cowboys’ first touchdown of 2016. Harper played in every game but Central Michigan getting most of his burn on special teams.Role in 2017During Oklahoma State’s golf media availability, Glenn Spencer mentioned Harper as one of three young cornerbacks he saw who could make an impact this fall along side Clemson transfer Adrian Baker.“Between the A.J.s (Green), the Madres (Harper) and the Rodarius’ (Williams),” Spencer told PFB “there’s three young guys that have ability. But that doesn’t mean anything unless they perform and execute and play with the right temperament.”Harper’s got the ability and he’s got the frame. Oklahoma State has been focusing on tall, rangy and athletic recruits for their secondary as of late. And at 6-1 and a half, Harper fit the bill. But during his time in Stillwater, he’s gone from a 167 pounds to 190 and looks ready to compete for more than just special team reps this fall.Noteworthy stats and highlightsAfter his flashy start in the season opener — which we will show you below — Harper played in 12 games as a true freshman. He recorded three tackles against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.last_img read more

Could OSU’s Kicking Situation Lead to More 4th Down Attempts?

first_imgField goal kicking might be more of a mystery than who will start at cornerback Aug. 31 in Oklahoma State’s season opener against Tulsa, but no one seems too worried about it yet.Redshirt sophomore Matt Ammendola might be the obvious choice, but remember coach Mike Gundy signed a kicker in the 2017 recruiting class. Freshman Jake McClure is coming into Stillwater with a good chance to take that place kicker role.In the spring game, Ammendola missed two field goals of about the same 50-yard distance. He had the leg on both but pushed them to the sides. And those were against nothing but light breeze coming in from over Gallagher-Iba Arena. To be fair though, he did hit the only kick he took during the 2016 season, and it was a 53-yarder. Still, to say Ammendola has been consistent would be wrong.AdChoices广告Ammendola has been known for his leg strength. After the spring game, punter and holder Zach Sinor told The Oklahoman Ammendola has “one of the strongest legs I’ve ever seen.” He is used almost exclusively for distance. In fact, Ben Grogan didn’t hit a single field goal of more than 50 yards last year. That’s why Ammendola was used on 88-of-96 kickoffs.McClure is more of a mixed bag. He was the place kicker, kickoff specialist and punter at East Hamilton High School in Tennessee.As for Gundy when he was asked about the status of the competition, he dodged an answer.“They’re coming along,” Gundy said at OSU Media Day. “That’ll be an interesting part of our game this year because we’ve been using Ben coming out there and being pretty successful.”He said he feels good about kickoffs and punts but stopped short of field goals and point afters, saying “I don’t know yet because we don’t have any experience at that position. Those guys are new.”True, but also extremely worrisome. Grogan was a staple for the Cowboys for four years. He outscored Barry Sanders. Before Grogan, it was Quinn Sharp. And before Sharp it was some guy in golden boots.These are relatively uncharted lands in recent years for Gundy and his staff that could be troubling if left untouched. In field goals alone, Grogan knocked in 60 points over 13 games for an average of about 4.62 per contest. Even if you drop that number by 1 for the kickers in 2017, the effect is huge.Delete one point off that stat, and they go to overtime against Texas Tech. Yes, only theoretically, but that is context for what can happen if this situation doesn’t resolve itself.And if you’re thinking, “It won’t matter anyway because we will just go for it,” here is a stat. OSU was No. 118 out of 128 in terms of going for it on 4th down last year, at a 12.8 percent clip. And if you’re thinking, “Well, it still won’t make a difference because our offense is going to be so lights-out,” maybe … but maybe not.Maybe this means Gundy will let Mason Rudolph and Co. stay on the field more on field goal situations. Who knows. Gundy’s recent history hasn’t given me any reason to believe that. OSU has been outside the top 100 of college teams that go for it on 4th down in each of the last four years. They kick a lot, but they’ve also had a kicker they’ve trusted for most of the last decade.Maybe conservative Gundy gets more liberal. But maybe he shouldn’t.The Cowboys had more fourth down opportunities than 38 other teams last year and converted at a rate lower than 108 teams in Division I. All that made the last three words Gundy said about who will kick the field goals even more curious:“We’ll find out.” 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

Oklahoma State Now the Favorite To Land Israel Antwine

first_imgThings change quick in the world of recruiting.Just yesterday we talked about the defensive tackle recruits Oklahoma State should target for their 2018 class. Among those was three-star Israel Antwine, the former Ole Miss commit from Oklahoma City. At that time, 247Sports had Texas as the overwhelming favorites to land Antwine. They offered him a scholarship just before his decommitment from the Rebels, and seemed a lock to gain his commitment.Not so fast.In the past 24-plus hours, Oklahoma State has become the favorites on 247Sports, with some of the experts who originally picked Texas, now flipping their bets to the Cowboys.AdChoices广告 As of Tuesday, nine of the 10 expert picks are for OSU. That includes three who flipped their opinions. A look at who is picking the Cowboys makes me even more confident Antwine is going to end up in Stillwater next year.Daniel Seahorn, the recruiting analyst for 247Sports’ Texas page, HornSports, flipped his pick to OSU. Seahorn has a solid track record, correctly making 80% of his 155 picks. Two other HornSport contributos, Mike Roach and EJ Holland, are now picking Oklahoma State as well.This is what Holland had to say about his belief Texas is no longer the favorites.“Oklahoma defensive tackle Israel Antwine has been pegged as the strongest candidate to be UT’s next commit. However, after talking to a source, I do not expect Antwine to be a part of this class. With Keondre Coburn now in the fold, it seems the Longhorns’ recruiting approach with Antwine has changed.”Oklahoma State was in the mix for Antwine before he picked Ole Miss, and has continued to be ever since he reopened his recruiting. While offers are still coming in,(Baylor offered on Sunday, August 13th) Coach Gundy and Co. have to feel confident they can land one of the best players in the state. 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

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

Gundy Made the Right Choice in Henson After Much Change at OL Coach

first_imgWhat is most impressive about Oklahoma State’s newest offensive line coach, Josh Henson, is the deserved praise he’s receiving, despite what he hasn’t done yet for the Cowboys: coached in a game.Henson was hired in early February, taking over for Greg Adkins, who took over for Bob Connelly, who took over for Joe Wickline. For scope of the turnover the offensive line coach position has had, senior right tackle Zach Crabtree has been at OSU for all four of those coaching stints in Stillwater. Four coaches in five years. That’s a lot.Finally though, Gundy has hired someone who will work hard, have success and stay. Although the second check box on that list hasn’t been proven, Crabtree endorsed it whole-heartedly.AdChoices广告“His knowledge is unbelievable,” Crabtree said. “I’m learning something new every day I go in there right now.”Crabtree has been at OSU since 2014 so it’s impressive that he is still learning and perhaps even more impressive that he’s learning from so much from someone as relatively young as Henson is. Henson has the patience needed to deal with a group of twenty-somethings, Crabtree said.“But at the same time, he has no problem jumping on you if you’re gonna make a mistake and going off on you,” Crabtree said.Crab said those traits make Henson an ideal coach and “a guy you wanna play for.” That’s when players are at their best, he said. All of that comes more naturally because Henson has been through everything the current Cowboys are going through. He played at OSU, too, from 1994-97.Because of Henson’s wealth of experience in Stillwater, Crabtree said that “absolutely” brings something different that the previous offensive line coaches did not have.“When you’ve got a guy that’s done it, no doubt, there’s another sense of pride that he’s been here and now he’s back,” Crabtree said.That’s only half of the story of Henson’s early success in his newest role at OSU though. His pick ups on the recruiting trail have been fast and furious.Within the first four months in office, Henson had earned five offensive line commits. In last year’s class, Adkins signed just one.It’s unlikely Henson keeps up this pace into the 2019 class and beyond, simply because of scholarship distribution. But through his six-month review, he has undoubtedly proven his worth, ability and loyalty to a program and a position that has desperately needed exactly that for years. 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

Why the Big 12 Needs to Go 10-0 This Weekend

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. KansasSoutheast Missouri State Kansas StateCentral Arkansas After months of waiting, it’s finally here; the return of college football. While this opening weekend is going to be fun for all of us fans, it’s time to get to work for the players and coaches.For Oklahoma State and any Big 12 teams with aspirations of reaching the College Football Playoff, one thing needs to happen this weekend: The conference needs to go 10-0.There are times I wonder if the Big 12 only having 10 teams is part of the problem. In the Big 10, SEC, and ACC, you can hide your bad teams better, schedule around them. Plus, the more teams you have, the more good records in the middle. The Big 12 however plays everyone. With as bad as Kansas, Iowa State, and yes, even Texas Tech have been since the induction of the CFP, it hurts the reputation of the league as a whole.AdChoices广告While the records in opening weekend haven’t been bad over the last three seasons (The Big 12 is a combined 21-8), they’ve yet to have a perfect record after week one. Of those eight losses, four were to non Power-5 teams including two losses to FCS opponents.Take a look at the schedule for this weekend: It’s not exactly a murderer’s row of opponents. There are five FCS teams, only two Power-5 teams, and only one ranked. No one expects a lot from Iowa State or Kansas this season, but performing well in non-conference is huge. Even if the only conference game either wins is when they play each other, not starting out with a bad loss would be big for the conference. It’s embarrassing for the whole league when any team loses to an inferior opponent. And when everyone plays everyone, a bad loss hurts the whole league by extension.Iowa State losing to Northern Iowa hurts the reputation of the league. OSU losing to Tulsa hurts the reputation of the league. I don’t mean to get all “SEC, SEC” on you, but we really should care more about how the other teams perform than we often do. It’s fun to laugh at Texas and OU when they lose to teams like Houston, but it comes back to bite us when suddenly what should have been a great win is diminished by early season failures.Don’t get me wrong, it’s more important for the league if the top teams win their big Power-5 match-ups (looking at you this week, West Virginia). But it doesn’t help when teams get bad losses early either.A perfect 10-0 doesn’t guarantee anything, but it will certainly help the league’s reputation down the line, which could be just the boost the conference needs to not get shut out of the playoff for the third time in four years. Texas TechEastern Washington BaylorLiberty HomeAwaycenter_img TexasMaryland OklahomaUTEP Oklahoma StateTulsa West VirginiaVirginia Tech TCUJackson State Iowa StateNorthern Iowalast_img read more

Madrid move up to third with win at Leganes

first_imgLeganes 1 Real Madrid 3: Casemiro inspires comeback for Zidane’s men Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:40 22/2/2018 LucasVazquez - cropped Getty Images Casemiro made one and scored another before Sergio Ramos wrapped up a hard-earned victory for Real Madrid at Leganes from the penalty spot. Real Madrid overcame an early blow and were made to toil after half-time for a 3-1 LaLiga win at Leganes.The victory moves Zinedine Zidane’s reigning champions up to third in the table above Valencia, although the hosts struck first as defender Unai Bustinza claimed his first senior goal.Cristiano Ronaldo was given the night off by Zidane and, with Gareth Bale starting on the bench, Casemiro assumed the unlikely role of being Madrid’s creative driving force. 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 Brazilian midfielder created the 11th-minute equaliser as Spain winger Lucas Vazquez continued his impressive recent form and converted a glorious winner before the half hour.Madrid shipped three goals in Sunday’s win at Real Betis but Zidane was grateful to see Sergio Ramos marshalling a more robust backline as 13th-placed Leganes probed without reward during the second period, and the Madrid captain made sure of victory by coolly dispatching a penalty in the final minute.The European champions are still seven points shy of Atletico Madrid in second and 14 behind leaders Barcelona.1 – Casemiro has both scored and assisted in a same game for Real Madrid for the first time ever in all competitions. Crucial. pic.twitter.com/meLBxRRyaN— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 21, 2018Despite the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo being out through injury, Zidane still elected to rest Ronaldo and first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Madrid made a lackadaisical start and Navas’ replacement Kiko Casilla was picking the ball out of his net in the sixth minute.Gabriel Pires flicked on a left-wing corner at the near post and, after seeing his initial attempt saved, Bustinza flung himself towards the ball, taking Theo Hernandez’s clearance on the top of his head to net an unusual diving header.Madrid’s response was impressively swift, with Casemiro intercepting a poor clearance and feeding Karim Benzema before improvising a flick from Mateo Kovacic’s pass that allowed Lucas to clip a precise finish across Ivan Cuellar.Casemiro was again at the heart of things when Madrid took a 29th-minute lead – this time providing the finishing touch himself after exchanging passes with Benzema and accepting Lucas’ assist to crown a glorious one-touch move.Madrid were comfortably on top as the half wound down, with Benzema almost heading a third from Lucas’ cross.Leganes impressively got themselves back on the front foot during the early stages of the second half – Asier Garitano’s double switch, sending on Ruben Perez and Martin Mantovani in place of Dimitrios Siovas and Gerard Gumbau, rewarded with a spirited showing.Tito slotted a pass down the Madrid left to Nabil El Zhar and Claudio Beauvue got on the end of his low cross to force a point-blank stop from Casilla.El Zhar had a penalty claim following an untidy challenge from Kovacic rejected – the infringement did appear to take place fractionally outside the area – and Madrid continued to do more work in their own half than they would have liked.Bale came on 15 minutes from time, curtailing an industrious and accomplished display from the much-maligned Benzema.The Wales international almost picked out the bottom corner after springing the offside trap, but it was Ramos who grasped the ball and made no mistake when Diego Rico bundled Kovacic to the floor. Key Opta facts: – Casemiro has both scored and assisted in a same game for Real Madrid for the first time in all competitions.- Lucas Vazquez is the player with most assists in LaLiga in 2018 (five), alongside Lionel Messi.- Only Cristiano Ronaldo (10 goals and 2 assists) has been involved in more goals for Real Madrid than Lucas Vazquez (4 goals, 6 assists) in 2018 in all competitions.- Real Madrid have taken more penalties than any other LaLiga side this season in all competitions (12, 11 scored).- Sergio Ramos has scored in three consecutive LaLiga away games (three goals) for the second time, the first since September-Octtober 2007.- Real Madrid conceded their fastest goal in LaLiga this season (five minutes and four seconds).  read morelast_img read more

Nantes won’t stop Ranieri taking Italy job

first_imgItaly Nantes will not stand in Ranieri’s way if manager is offered Italy job Harry West 00:33 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ClaudioRanieri - Cropped AFP Italy Ligue 1 Nantes The club insists that there has been no formal approach yet from the Azzurri, but admitted they would not stop the trainer moving on Nantes would allow Claudio Ranieri to follow his dream and speak to Italy regarding the vacant manager’s job, should the Azzurri come calling.Gian Piero Ventura was sacked in November after the 1-0 play-off loss to Sweden meant the four-time World Cup winners failed to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1958.Luigi Di Biagio, the Under-21 boss, has been handed the reins on an interim basis while the Italian Football Federation seeks a permanent successor, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Roberto Mancini reportedly in the frame. 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 Ranieri, who joined Nantes ahead of this season, said he will leave if offered the Italy job, and the Canaries’ president Waldemar Kita says the club will not stand in his way.”If the situation presented itself, which is not the case, I would discuss it with him of course because he is a gentleman who has a huge experience in international football,” Kita said, in quotes reported by L’Equipe.”And I would understand in some way that a high-level career ends on an opportunity that will not be presented twice.”So we would have to analyse it and see how we can organise it to not leave the club in a difficult situation on the day that it would be decided, but for now, that is not the case, there are several candidates. Claudio Ranieri pic.twitter.com/iKlWzbV0OU— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) February 19, 2018″Taking a team from his country is a dream for any coach and I don’t like to curb someone’s career. We would have to adapt, and do what we can do.”last_img read more

Arsenal advance despite Ostersund setback

first_imgArsenal 1 Ostersunds 2 (4-2 agg): Gunners through despite Emirates shock Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 23/2/2018 ken sema - cropped Getty Images Arsenal were beaten at home by Ostersunds but their first-leg win was enough to see them reach the Europa League last 16 on aggregate. Arsenal survived a huge scare to keep their Europa League campaign alive, progressing to the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds despite a 2-1 loss at home on Thursday.The Gunners cruised to a 3-0 win in the first leg in Sweden last week but found themselves 2-0 down at half-time of the return fixture at the Emirates Stadium.A strike from Sead Kolasinac early in the second half eased some of the nerves in north London, though, and ensured their place in Friday’s draw for the last 16. 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 Ostersunds, who were only founded in October 1996, after Arsene Wenger had been appointed Arsenal manager, were fearless in their approach and sent the visiting fans into raptures when Calum Chambers’ own goal and Ken Sema’s strike put them 2-0 up in the space of 70 seconds in the first half.A Gunners team including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck offered little by way of a response until the second minute of the second half, when Kolasinac lashed home from close range.Graham Potter’s visitors could not find the two goals they needed to complete a shock turnaround, but the performance will have given Wenger plenty to consider ahead of the EFL Cup final against Manchester City in three days’ time.6 – Arsenal have conceded in each of their last six games at the Emirates in all competitions; their longest run without a clean sheet there since April 2014 (seven consecutive games). Woes. pic.twitter.com/ESv5NmGM97— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2018Arsenal, no doubt with one eye on Sunday’s showdown at Wembley, made little effort to add to their aggregate lead during the early stages in front of a sparse home crowd.Ostersunds sensed the hosts’ complacency and Hosam Aiesh stunned the Emirates 22 minutes in, latching onto Saman Ghoddos’ long ball in behind Kolasinac and firing across David Ospina, with Chambers deflecting the effort into the net.Before the visiting fans had even finished celebrating, Sema capitalised on more slack defending from Arsenal, leaving Chambers for dead with a clever drag-back before rifling the ball into the bottom-right corner from the left of the penalty area.70 – There were just 70 seconds between Östersunds’ first and second goals at the Emirates. Unfazed. pic.twitter.com/PJqkveZv4x— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2018Arsenal responded with a spell of possession but offered very little going forward, with a flicked header from Danny Welbeck, which was comfortably held by goalkeeper Aly Keita, the closest they came to a goal back in the first half.However, 90 seconds after the break, they eased some of the anxiety around the Emirates. Full-back Ronald Mukiibi swiped at Hector Bellerin’s cross and missed, allowing Kolasinac to take a touch before smashing the ball into the net from 12 yards out.Arsenal began to look a little more relaxed, with Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck each denied by good saves from Keita, but Ostersunds looked a threat until the end and the Gunners will have to improve significantly if they are to claim the first major trophy of the English season this weekend. Key Opta stats:- Despite progressing into the next round, Arsenal have now lost each of their last six home games in the knockout rounds of European competition.- Graham Potter is just the sixth English manager to win at the Emirates in all competitions (after Alan Curbishley, Phil Brown, Harry Redknapp, Michael Appleton and Garry Monk), but the first to do so in European competition.- Arsenal’s defenders have contributed 20 goals in all competitions this season, the most of any Premier League side (Chelsea 16, Man City 10).- The Gunners have conceded in each of their last six at the Emirates in all competitions; their longest run without a clean sheet there since May 2014 (seven consecutive games).- Ostersunds are the first Swedish side to win an away European match in England since Osters IF beat Tottenham in the 1995 Intertoto Cup.- Arsenal have scored nine own goals since Calum Chambers debuted for them in August 2014, while he has been responsible for 33 per cent of them (3 of 9). read morelast_img read more

Campbell: I’m one of the greatest football minds

first_imgSulzeer Campbell Ex-Arsenal star Campbell: I’m one of the greatest minds in football Harry Sherlock 18:10 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Sol Campbell, Arsenal Getty Arsenal Oxford United Premier League The former England international defender appears set to be overlooked for the Oxford United manager’s job, much to his chagrin Sol Campbell says he is one of the “greatest minds in football” and insists that he should be in a managerial job.The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender applied for the vacant position at Oxford United, but reports suggest that ex-Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy is in pole position to take the post.Campbell has subsequently hit out at the fact that he has yet to find a managerial job, and insists that he would take to any lower-league job like a duck to water. 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 did go [for the Oxford job] and they didn’t accept me,” he told the Arsenal podcast Highbury & Heels.”Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it’s a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well, I need a job to get experience.”I don’t want to go too low that it’s a struggle, and I don’t want to go too low that I’m under someone and thinking ‘what am I doing here?’ I would rather be managing a club myself.”I’m confident and it’s not like it’s rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level. If you’re intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.”I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life. I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’.”Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs. I’m sorry that I’ve got a mind, but don’t be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not.”last_img read more

Mariners end 11-match winless run

first_imgDaniël De Silva Central Coast Mariners 1 Wellington Phoenix 0: Hosts end 11-match winless run Ryan Benson 20:51 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) de-silva-cropped Getty Images Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix Central Coast Mariners Wellington Phoenix A-League Having not won since early December, Central Coast Mariners put a difficult period behind them with a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix. Central Coast Mariners ended an 11-match winless run by beating rock-bottom Wellington Phoenix 1-0 in the A-League on Friday.The Mariners had not won since beating Perth Glory 1-0 on December 3, their third win in four at the time, and they squandered a two-goal lead at Adelaide United last time out.But there was to be no denying them this time, as Daniel De Silva scored the decisive goal on the stroke of half-time, prodding home Andrew Hoole’s cross on the edge of the six-yard box. 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 Phoenix responded well initially after the break, with Roy Krishna hitting the crossbar from distance, before then finding the side-netting a few minutes later.FULL TIME | @CCMariners win their first game in 82 days!Highlights: https://t.co/0snRqiI9dV#CCMvWEL #ALeague pic.twitter.com/yRykxUFlp2— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) February 23, 2018But the home side held firm to claim their first victory of 2018, leaving them six points adrift of the play-off places.last_img read more

How Sanchez signing is distorting Man Utd’s attack

first_imgManchester United How Alexis Sanchez signing is disrupting – not helping – Man Utd’s attack Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent 17:09 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Sevilla Champions League TF-Images Manchester United Premier League A. Sánchez Paul Pogba Marcus Rashford Anthony Martial José Mourinho Sevilla v Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea UEFA Champions League The Chilean’s signing was meant to take United forward but instead it has added to Jose Mourinho’s issues The arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January was meant to be a catalyst for better things ahead for Manchester United.The Chilean arrived at a club that had gone seven games unbeaten, including four straight wins, and built an eight-point buffer between themselves and those teams left chasing Champions League positions.With Paul Pogba beginning to show flashes of his previous Juventus form, Jesse Lingard turning in career-best performances week-on-week, Anthony Martial enjoying his greatest goal-scoring run in two years and Marcus Rashford on the verge of breaking his personal record for goals in a season with four months to spare, Sanchez’s addition looked set to complement a well-oiled attacking machine with the added bit of flair which would make them feared once more in both England and Europe. 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 But six games on there are suddenly question marks relating to every one of the players Sanchez was meant to take the pressure away from. Far from providing the perfect balance to Jose Mourinho’s side, the 29-year-old’s biggest impact has been in upsetting what cohesion there was in United’s starting line-up.“What he does for us is add competition for places, which any manager would tell you is fantastic,” United great Lou Macari told Goal earlier this month. “It sort of livens up one or two others, and in our case it gives us a better chance in Europe.”And while Macari’s words reflected a common belief among the United fan base, the reality has been quite different in the early days of Sanchez’s career with the club. As Chelsea arrive at Old Trafford on Sunday, they do so knowing that United are at a low ebb.Wednesday’s dismal performance in the 0-0 draw at Sevilla was just the latest setback, and the sideshow caused by concerns over the relationship between Mourinho and Pogba is threatening to undermine their season.Being the club’s record £89.5 million signing and most outgoing presence, Pogba has caught the greatest headlines in his recent run which has seen him fail to complete 90 minutes since Sanchez’s arrival. But Martial’s three-game scoring streak prior to Sanchez taking his favoured spot on the left has also given way to a run of five matches without a goal.Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham vs Man Utd, 17/18Add in Lingard’s gradual decline over the same period and Rashford’s injury-affected stretch of five games without a start – his second-longest such stint in the professional ranks – and United have seen four of their most influential players lose their way over the course of Sanchez’s Old Trafford career so far.While Rashford has been in and out all season thanks to his tussle for a shirt with Martial, and Lingard’s run of exemplary form was always likely to hit the buffers at some point, the travails of Pogba and Martial could well be apportioned in huge part to Sanchez’s deployment on the left-hand side of the attack.As United look to develop attacks Sanchez often finds himself dropping deep to collect possession, drifting right into the sort of areas which Pogba loves to attack with the ball. It was notable also that the French midfielder had been used more to the right of the midfield two in recent months in order to allow the left-footed Nemanja Matic to play towards the left. But the two moves have combined to shift Pogba out of his favoured role, and even when playing on the left of the midfield three after coming on against Sevilla in midweek he was largely ineffectual as an attacking force.It is surely Martial who has been most adversely affected by Sanchez though, with the 22-year-old having been shifted from his most effective position just when he was enjoying a significant upturn in form. When playing off the left Martial provides a real attacking threat, with his ability to shift onto his right foot at any moment causing all sorts of worries for back-pedalling defenders.Man Utd pre-since SanchezYet when switched to the right he becomes a completely different player. Instead of being a threat on goal he basically becomes a right-winger, and that just isn’t his game. When on the right his best hope is to get outside a man, but from there it is all about the sort of delivery a natural right-sided player would have. It is not as simple as Martial changing flanks, deploying the Frenchman on the right alters his workload completely.One answer might be to use Sanchez on the right of attack, but Mourinho has used him exclusively on the left to this point. While the occasional switch of the wide men has given Martial a tantalising taste of what he is missing, it has never been more than a temporary change of angles.If Mourinho is to continue with Sanchez on the left then there are a multitude of questions to ask. Where will he play Martial? How does he give Pogba the space into which he can attack? How many minutes can Rashford expect to play? Can Lingard thrive inside of Sanchez if the Chilean is given licence to roam his way?In the six games prior to the swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head for Arsenal, Pogba, Martial, Rashford and Lingard had combined for 16 starts and seven goals. In the six matches since they have collected seven starts and two goals – Rashford and Lingard scoring away to Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.Sanchez’s signing was always likely to upset someone, but so far it appears to have compromised more players than might have been expected even by the most pessimistic of United fans. While Mourinho keeps having to field queries regarding Pogba, it may well be his most-recent high-profile capture which is causing him the most headaches right now. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Morata is the best player I’ve ever faced – Kimmich

first_imgBayern München Morata is the best player I’ve ever faced – Kimmich Niklas König Last updated 1 year ago 17:24 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Bayern München Bundesliga Freiburg v Bayern München Freiburg Videos The 23-year-old right-back has lifted the lid on his toughest opponent and who he believes the best player of his generation to be Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich has claimed that Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata rates as the toughest player he has ever had to face.Morata has been criticised for his recent performance with the Blues, yet when he played with Juventus, Kimmich felt that he was a tough presence to cope with.Indeed, he believes the 25-year-old was so good that he rates him higher than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, who he has also faced in Champions League action. 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 “It was very tough to play against him because he has a very strong body, he is very fast and has a good technique,” Kimmich said, answering questions fans posed to him via Goal. “So it wasn’t easy to play against him.”Meanwhile, the 23-year-old right-back found it tricky to pick an outstanding player of his generation.“I think there are a lot of good players,” he said. “Neymar is not that old but he’s not my age. Paul Pogba is two years older than me and Paulo Dybala I think is one year older than me.“For me, Kingsley Coman is a greater player, but he’s one year younger than me.“I think we have a good generation with a lot of very good players.”Kimmich also passed comment on other subjects, such as who is his greatest coach ever and his preference between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Watch the video above to discover his answers.last_img read more

Neymar Sr. believes PSG star should undergo surgery

first_imgPSG ‘We cannot wait’ – Neymar Sr. believes PSG star should undergo surgery Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:14 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Olympique Marseille Aurelien Meunier PSG Ligue 1 PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille The star’s father urged PSG to act quickly in sending Neymar under the knife, as Brazil sweat on his fitness just months before the World Cup The father of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar claims that his son should undergo surgery on a foot injury, and implored the club to allow him to go under the knife as soon as possible. Neymar went down towards the end of PSG’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille on Sunday, with what was initially suspected to be a twisted ankle. Subsequent medical tests, however, showed that the Brazilian had additionally cracked a metatarsal bone , effectively ruling him out of PSG’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And while there has been some confusion over whether he would need surgical intervention on the problem , Neymar Sr. insisted that the forward must be allowed to go under the knife. “PSG already know they will not have Neymar for the next six to eight weeks,” he said in an interview with  ESPN . “The decision [to undergo surgery] lies with PSG and will be made as a team after the arrival of the Brazil national team doctor. “It is vital to make it quickly because we cannot wait. Surgery is the quickest way to accelerate the player’s recovery.” The news that Neymar will miss up to two months was greeted with consternation not just in Paris, but also in Neymar’s native Brazil. Selecao coach Tite delayed the announcement of his squad for friendly matches in March after learning of the injury, and if Neymar Sr.’s prognosis is accurate the forward will return to action as late as the beginning of May, just one month before the World Cup begins in Russia.Neymar has already suffered World Cup heartbreak in his career, having missed out on the semifinal of the 2014 edition in his homeland following an injury sustained in the quarterfinal against Colombia. He now faces a race against time to be at his best for next summer’s edition. Three-time world champions Pele had previously hailed the 26-year-old as a “superstar” and the best player in the world technically, while Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was eager for the forward to be able to prove his fitness for the forthcoming last-16 meeting between the sides. News of Neymar’s plight, though, has not been greeted with universal sympathy. Marseille defender Jordan Amavi claimed that the forward was “looking for things” during last Sunday’s match.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

‘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

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