Serena Williams beats world No.1 Simona Halep to reach Australian Open last 8

first_imgSerena Williams demolished world no.1 Simona Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to storm into the quarterfinals of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Monday. Williams, ranked 16th, did not play the Australian Open last year following the birth of her daughter.Serena Williams played the French Open last year but pulled out in the fourth round before reaching the finals of the Wimbledon and US Open. In Melbourne, Williams has looked in stunning form as was evident from her match Simon Halep, 10 years her junior.Williams is chasing her 8th Australian Open title. This was the first Williams played a world No.1 since 2013 – back then it was Victoria Azarenka.Simona Halep started well when she broke Serena Williams in the first game of the match. But it was a Serena Williams show thereafter as she took the first set 6-1. But Halep fought back in the second set which she won 6-4, breaking Williams twice in the process. By conceding the second set, Serena Williams saw her 21-set winning streak at the Australian Open come to an end.World No.1 @Simona_Halep is playing some inspired tennis: @Channel9 #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/CYvrbwKT2d#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Serena and Halep were quite cautious in the decider but the former sealed the big break in the seventh game of the set and didn’t look back from there.On Saturday, Serena Williams had crushed Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-1. Yastremska was in tears after the match but Williams consoled the Ukrainian teenager.advertisement”As she was walking towards the net, I could tell she was quite upset,” Williams told reporters. “I kind of liked that. It shows she wasn’t just there to play a good match, she was there to win. She wanted to win. That really broke my heart.”I think she’s a good talent. It’s good to see that attitude.”Serena will meet seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-final on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Pliskova thrashed double Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-1 to reach the last eight at the season’s first Grand Slam for the third year in succession.The Czech seventh seed broke former French Open and Wimbledon champion Muguruza five times in the one-sided clash in the afternoon sunshine at Margaret Court Arena.Needing only 24 minutes to win the second set, Pliskova earned two match points on Muguruza’s serve and sealed the win when the out-of-sorts Spaniard smashed a backhand long.Also Read | Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger outAlso Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, Tiafoe at Australian OpenAlso Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in Melbournelast_img read more

Son of Former OU Linebacker Transferring to Oklahoma State

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 Coats Jr., the son of former University of Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats Sr., announced he is transferring from Lamar to Oklahoma State. Coats played outside linebacker at Edmond Santa Fe and spent just one season at Lamar but did not play.He posted the following statement on Twitter.Most don’t know the whole story, but back in December during Christmas break I went through surgery on my knee for the second time in under 2 months. My family and I believed it was best that I stayed home, not returning to Lamar, to rehab here in the city and transfer to Oklahoma State. I appreciate the Lamar coaching staff, and also thank Mike Gundy and Glenn Spencer for the opportunity they’re giving me to play at OSU.As a high school prospect, Coats was offered as a preferred walk-on by the OSU coaching staff, but never received a full-ride scholarship to an FBS-level school. Now he will team up again with his hard-hitting high school teammate Calvin Bundage, a rising linebacker in the OSU program.Because he is transferring from an FCS program to an FBS program, he won’t be required to sit a year as NCAA rules dictate—although his recent surgery history suggests he might require extended time to heal before competing with the Cowboys.last_img read more

OSU Football: Where Vegas Projects the Cowboys Win Total in 2017

first_imgKansas State7.5Over -130, Under +110 Texas Tech4.5Over -130, Under +110 Oklahoma10Over +105, Under -125 Oklahoma State9Over +105, Under -125 If you’re the betting type, you may want to put a wager down on the good guys. According to South Point, a Vegas bookmaker, the Cowboys’ win total has been set at nine wins.There’s plenty to like about the 2017 Cowboys. They’ve got an offense that we are all giddy about and a defense that leaves us somewhere between cautiously optimistic and downright nervous.In true Gundy fashion, let’s just say that they need to stay healthy at some key positions and they need some young guys to improve. (We’ll know a lot more about this team in November.)The Cowboys are also a good value if you’re looking to bet on the Big 12 title. And maybe even more so after last week.The nine-win total is consistent with the numbers released earlier by CG Technology. This list, however, gives the totals for all 128 FBS teams.Here’s a look at the rest of the Big 12. Texas7.5Over -110, Under -110 Baylor8Over EVEN, Under -120 TCU8Over -120, Under EVEN West Virginia6Over -130, Under +110 Iowa State5.5Over +110, Under -130 Kansas2.5Over +110, Under -130 TeamWin ProjectionOdds 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. 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

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

Thomas Partey handed Atletico extension

first_imgAtlético Madrid Partey on! Thomas renews with Atletico until 2023 Dom Farrell 19:51 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ThomasPartey - cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Primera División Barcelona v Atlético Madrid The 24-year-old has penned renewed terms in Madrid, with the Ghana midfielder now under contract at Wanda Metropolitano for another five years Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has signed a contract extension until June 2023, the club have confirmed.Thomas joined Atleti’s academy in 2011 and has progressed to become a key member of Diego Simeone’s first-team squad.The 24-year-old Ghana international spent seasons on loan at Real Mallorca and Almeria before making his Atleti debut against Espanyol in November 2015. 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 Thomas, who has made 82 appearances and scored nine goals for the clubs, also signed fresh terms that ran until 2022 in February of last year.”I feel very happy to renew with the club of my life. I hope to stay here for more years and help the club,” he told Atletico’s official website.”I always try to work hard, it’s not easy to get to the first team and for me it’s a pride to continue working at this club.”Atletico thrashed Leganes 4-0 on Wednesday, with star forward Antoine Griezmann scoring all four to keep Simeone’s men in pursuit of La Liga leaders Barcelona ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash at Camp Nou.”I am happy because I am playing a lot of minutes, the team is strong, scoring many goals in the last few matches and we will keep fighting to keep up,” Thomas added.last_img read more

Salah: No fear of City for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool v Manchester City ‘We’ve beaten them’ – Salah and Liverpool have no fear of City Sacha Pisani 10:34 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs Watford, 17/18 Getty Images Liverpool v Manchester City Mohamed Salah Manchester City UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Watford Watford Premier League Liverpool The forward and team-mate will not be daunted by their Champions League quarter-final showdown with the Premier League leaders Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah insisted the Reds do not fear runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their blockbuster Champions League tie.It will be an all-English affair when Liverpool and Premier League champions-elect City go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.City are 16 points clear atop the table and 18 ahead of third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League but Jurgen Klopp’s men are not daunted by the task ahead, having been the only side to beat Pep Guardiola’s team in the league this term. 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 Salah, who scored four goals in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of Watford on Saturday, will likely have to play a big part if Liverpool are to advance past their Premier League rivals. The Egyptian’s goals on Saturday saw him pass  Fernando Torres’ record of 33 competitive goals for a player in his debut season at Anfield, and now has club legend Ian Rush in his sights along with runaway leaders City. “I don’t believe that City have always been ­superior to other clubs this season in the Premier League – despite what everyone says,” he said after Saturday’s showing. “We have beaten them for a start.”The Champions League always ­depends on the draw, but we don’t fear any rival, whoever they are.”We’re in the quarter-finals and have the same chances of winning as each of the other seven teams.”Salah, whose Liverpool host City at Anfield on April 4 before travelling to Manchester for the return leg six days later, added: “There are many big clubs still in the competition but you have to remember Liverpool are a great club in Europe too. In these knockout ties, ­anything can happen.”The 25-year-old international forward has been a phenomenon since arriving from Roma at the start of the season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions – 27 of those in the Premier League.The Reds have just one match, against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, before playing City in the first leg of their quarter-final.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Recruiting Roundup: A Look at Five Notable Football Offers This Month

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. As the recruiting cycle for 2020 nears completion, the Oklahoma State coaching staff has already begun making plans for 2021 and beyond. This month alone there’s been nearly a half-dozen new offers to prospective future Cowboys, so let’s catch up with a look at the new names on the football radar.1. Tyren Irby, Class of 2020, Defensive EndThe most notable recent offer, if only because he’s eligible to be on the roster as early as next season, Irby is a junior college defensive end from Northwest Mississippi with a 6-3, 235 pound frame. OSU is undoubtedly his biggest offer to date (dependent, I guess, upon how you view UAB and Liberty). He suffered a season-ending neck injury in 2017 that set back his potential leap to the FBS level, but he was productive last season and is off to a good start this season.AdChoices广告2. Ronald Williams, Class of 2020, CornerbackA junior college prospect with a little more notoriety than Irby, Williams attends Hutchinson Community College, is rated a three-star by 247Sports, and holds offers from Texas Tech, Akron, West Virginia and Oregon State.3. Jasper Lott, Class of 2021, Tight EndA pretty elite name (that somehow ranks second on this list. More on that in a second.), Lott is a towering 6-foot-5 tight end from Argyle, Texas with five offers: OSU, TCU, LSU, Vandy and Colorado. His father is John Lott, the head strength and conditioning coach for the Chargers. The elder Lott is a UNT alum.4. Matthew Wykoff, Class of 2021, Offensive TackleProbably the most notable recruit on this list, Wykoff is just a three-star recruit, but at 6-foot-5, 277 pounds (for a junior), it’s no surprise that he’s already earned a dozen offers from the likes of Baylor, Missouri, Boston College, Cal and others.5. Deuce Harmon, Class of 2022, CornerbackWhat do we need to do to make this happen? Is starting a GoFundMe above board with the NCAA? Can we start a petition? I need a player named Deuce Harmon to be a regular in my life. It helps that he’s a pretty solid prospect, too. A Denton Guyer corner, he already has Texas A&M, TCU, SMU and OSU offers.last_img read more

The ultimate guide to tech topics

first_imgLast week when I presented at at the CCSNYS conference, I attended a great session by my colleague/friend/technology-mentor Beth Kanter on web 2.0 tools. Beth has a great way of explaining technology clearly and elegantly. I took a lot of notes on her session in order to blog it, but I quickly realized I’d be doing you readers a better service by pointing directly to her wisdom, in her own words. Check out the below resources. They will save you weeks of work and confusion. 1. What is web 2.0?? Check out Beth’s presentations on web 2.0 and fundraising2. What is Google Analytics? How do you track what people do on your website? Here’s a great primer on web analytics3. Need great pictures for your presentations? Beth explains how to use Flickr to do that. 4. How do you display a PowerPoint presentation online? Beth explains.5. What the heck is tagging and why do you need it? Beth gives you the scoop.6. Is your organization in Wikipedia? It should be! Beth links to this great primer on why and how.Thanks Beth for holding our hand on these and many other tech topics!last_img read more

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