Brume Leaps Back into Reckoning, Wins Jamaican Invitational

first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games long jump champion, Ese Brume, leapt back into international reckoning on Saturday at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica where she jumped 6.82m to win the event at the Jamaica International Invitational Track and Field Meet.The Nigerian’s jump is a personal Season’s Best, her third best career jump and a new meeting record. Okagbare places second in 200m behind home-girl, Shericka Jackson Brume had been touted as the able successor to compatriot Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor after jumping 6.56m to win the Commonwealth Games title in Glasgow, Scotland, 40 long years after Nigeria first triumphed in the event.She followed up with an improved 6.81m two years later to place fifth at the Rio Olympics.That leap re-affirmed her status as the next queen of the jumps in Nigeria nay Africa after finishing first in African top list for the year (6.83m) ahead of  South Africa’s Lynique Beneke (6.78m) and Okagbare-Ighoteguonor (6.73m).She actually held five of the best 10 jumps by Africans that year.Brume however disappeared from reckoning, both locally and internationally in 2017 when she was expected to be the first Nigerian woman long jumper to make it to the podium in the event at the IAAF flagship event, the World Championships in London.Although she was active in the circuit, jumping a 6.74m personal season’s best to come second behind Okagbare-Ighoteguonor in the African top list for the year, she could not replicate the performance of the previous year when she leapt above 6.80m (6.81 and 6.83m) twice and 6.60m and above (6.67m) twice.The pretty-faced, two-time African champion seems to have rediscovered her form with her 6.82 performance in Kingston, Jamaica which has catapulted her to fifth on the world top list for the year.Meanwhile,  Okagbare-Ighoteguonor (22.66) placed second behind home girl, Shericka Jackson (22.55) in the women’s 200m with USA’s Francis Phyllis third in 22.76.The Nigerian tops the world list with the 22.04 African record she ran in Abilene, Texas on March 24 this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

The State of Oklahoma State: An Update on Offensive Cowboys Heading into Summer

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. Oklahoma State rides into summer on a wave of optimism. A loaded offense returns eight starters and the front seven, which was lauded last season for its depth and talent, could anchor OSU once again in 2017.Mason Rudolph has a slew of freak athletes to throw the ball to and the running game is in the midst of a renaissance. If the defense is as good as Mike Gundy thinks big things could be on the horizon for Oklahoma State.Can the Cowboys get over that schooner-sized hurdle for their second Big 12 title? Let’s take a look at the offensive side of the roster both in the present day and what it will look like in future years (note: this includes scholarship players as well as walk-ons).*Tyler Moore to sit 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules.QuarterbackMason Rudolph is a darkhorse Heisman candidate poised to break every QB record on OSU’s books. Behind him is a redshirt junior in Taylor Cornelius who should be the de facto No. 2. Mike Gundy also insinuated that either Keondre Wudtee or John Kolar may feature role in short-yardage situations, a la J.W. Walsh.Rudolph is the key. If anyone else is thrust into a major role the Cowboys prospects suffer greatly. If he plays, they have a chance to win each game on their schedule. There’s not a lot of teams who have that luxury.The future looks bright, too, with Wudtee to go along with Jelani Woods and Spencer Sanders. The Cowboys are feeling good about their prospects at QB for years to come.Running BackJustice Hill should be healed up from his offseason shoulder surgery in time for full participation in fall camp. That’s the good news. Behind Hill are a lot of question marks. The running back group is young and seemingly talented but Jeff Carr is the only other back with any experience.Either of the two incoming freshmen, Chuba Hubbard and J.D. King could make a push for serious reps if a defined hierarchy is not present heading into fall camp. Hubbard has world-class speed and King is a bigger, powerful runner who was probably a little under recruited early because he played for a smaller school. He already has D-I size and rushed for over 5,000 yards during his high school career.OSU is still trying to fill in this spot behind them for the future.Wide ReceiverI was tempted just to fill this section with fire emojis.The Cowboys might have the most talented wide receiver corps in the nation. That’s a real thing. We talk about it so much that it may lose its luster. But think about this. Of returning Big 12 receivers, James Washington and Jalen McCleskey were ranked first and fifth respectively in receiving yards a year ago.Add in Marcell Ateman, who missed last year due to injury, who was a top-10 receiver in the Big 12 with 766 yards and five scores in 2015. Former LSU-transfer Tyron Johnson is apparently about to redefine the position and then you have several young freaks, including the Tylan Wallace who is the highest rated receiver prospect at OSU since Dez.Toss C.J. Moore in the mix, and this is pretty easily OSU’s deepest spot not only now but for years to come. It’s also unclear what position Jaelyn Nolan will play as he’s a QB in high school but could be placed anywhere on a college roster.Cowboy BackThe hybrid tight end/fullback group is undergoing significant turnover as it lost two of its pioneers in Blake Jarwin and Zac Veatch. Keenen Brown brings a big-play ability in the passing game and Britton Abbott may fill more of the blocking role. Incoming transfer fullback, Sione Finefeuiaki, will also vie for reps.OSU has shown a dedication to this position by continuing to recruit towards it. Although this is probably the most flexible spot in terms of being able to move players elsewhere on the roster, there is a clear emphasis on continuing to develop cowboy backs.Offensive LineRight tackle, Zachary Crabtree, has seen four offensive line coaches during his career at OSU. It’s no wonder the Cowboys have struggled to field a consistent front. The Cowboys improved last year in run blocking and sacks allowed but still were dead last in the conference.But with a seeming home run hire in Josh Henson leading the way, the Cowboys seem to be headed in the right direction. He’s already gained four more commits than total high school signees from last year’s class — four.That spot for incoming freshmen is as bare as the one next to it is full.last_img read more

Leslie O’Neal Named to 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State defensive lineman Leslie O’Neal is among the candidates listed on the 2018 ballot for entry into the College Football Hall of Fame, which was released on Thursday.“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.19 million people have played college football and only 987 players have been inducted,” said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. So being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are extremely proud to announce their names.”O’Neal was a two-time All-American pass-rusher and run-stuffer at OSU. By the time his career as a Cowboy expired, he had earned All-Big Eight selections three times and was also named the 1984 Defensive Player of the Year in the process.Before a 13-year NFL career spent primarily with the San Diego Chargers, O’Neal left OSU as the school leader in career sacks (34), single-season sacks (16), and career tackles for loss (47).The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be revealed prior to the CFP National Championship in Atlanta on January 8, 2018.In honor of Leslie O’Neal’s appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. No. 99 is 13th in NFL history with 132.5 sacks. #okstate pic.twitter.com/pJreDkGAG4— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) June 1, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Another Oklahoma State Summer Hype Video? Yes, Please

first_imgWe are less than 50 days from the start of college football and our team should be pretty good! What is there not to be hyped about?So sit back, forget about the secondary for a minute and sip on some orange Kool-Aid.Who’s Ready For Some OSU Football??????????????:@OSU_Students pic.twitter.com/xwmWwOE9Ux— Boone Pickens State (@BP_State) July 9, 2017AdChoices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

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 [email protected] 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

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

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

Pochettino claims 100th Premier League win

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino joins elite group with 100th Premier League win Joe Wright 02:21 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mauricio pochettino - cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town nly five managers have managed a century of victories faster than the Argentine, who reached the milestone on Saturday Mauricio Pochettino reached 100 Premier League wins as Tottenham manager in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Wembley.Two goals from Son Heung-min secured all three points for the home side and moved them into third place in the table, a point above Liverpool, who face Newcastle United in their game in hand.It was Spurs’ third straight win in the Premier League, and marked 11 games unbeaten since folding to Manchester City shortly before Christmas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The former Argentina international has now managed a century of wins in England’s top flight in just 197 matches, which matches ex-Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers boss Kenny Dalglish’s efforts.In doing so, the manager enters an elite group of bosses who have managed the mark with such speed.Only six managers reached the milestone in fewer games. Jose Mourinho leads the way, having won 100 of his first 142 matches, ahead of Alex Ferguson, who needed 162 contests to get a century of victories.100 – Mauricio Pochettino has reached 100 Premier League wins as a manager in 197 games – the joint-6th quickest alongside Kenny Dalglish. Only Jose Mourinho (142), Alex Ferguson (162), Arsene Wenger (179), Rafa Benitez (181) & Claudio Ranieri (187) reached it in fewer games. Ton pic.twitter.com/MqKt3yKHXE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is next on the list (179 matches), ahead of Rafa Benitez (181) and Claudio Ranieri (187). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Mourinho influenced McTominay’s Scotland call’

first_imgManchester United Mourinho may have steered McTominay away from England and towards Scotland, claims Brown Iain Strachan 01:11 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Scott McTominay - cropped Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Scotland Premier League The former Scotland manager has suggested that the Manchester United boss may have cast the deciding vote on the midfielder’s international future Craig Brown suspects Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may have helped convince Scott McTominay to commit to Scotland.Promising midfielder McTominay was born in England but has declared his allegiance to Scotland after a minor tug of war between the neighbouring countries.Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with a role in convincing the 21-year-old to snub the Three Lions. 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 Brown, who coached Scotland from 1993 until 2001, feels Mourinho could also have exerted an influence, albeit on the tenuous basis of a conversation he had with the Portuguese while queuing for fast food over a decade ago.  “I read somewhere Sir Alex Ferguson was influential in McTominay’s decision. But the most influential guy will have been Jose Mourinho,” Brown told the Daily Record.”Mourinho has a great affection for Scotland. He did his coaching badges at Largs and loved his time here.”When he started at Chelsea I was at Derby and I met him at a reserve game – in the hamburger queue.”I was watching the game with the Derby reserve team and I said to him, ‘Don’t you think you can come to England and beat Alex Ferguson.’ “Mourinho replied, ‘No chance, it’s not him or the Scottish I want to beat – it’s the English!'”If the boy had said to Mourinho, ‘Scotland or England?’, I think Mourinho would have steered him down the Scotland route as he is so well disposed to Scotland. I believe Mourinho would also be supportive of him playing for Scotland.”last_img read more

I’m YouTubing… take a message

first_imgThis is so funny, I can’t stop watching it. The Huffington Post loved it too.Check out more at PhilTube. After immediately asking me on the phone today if I was blogging, Phil later let on that “Hart + Larsson are the agency creative minds behind this PhilTube campaign and its brilliant execution.” That would be Phil himself.I think that like most great things that go viral, it cleverly captures a latent but widespread phenomenon just waiting to be creatively expressed. In this case, it satirizes what’s popular, what’s contrived on YouTube and the general foaming-at-the-mouth for all things web 2.0 — in a really original way. At least that’s what it means to me. And it’s funny. By contrast, last night, I spent a good 60 minutes on YouTube looking at nonprofit videos, and it was like watching public access TV. Most were at least six minutes long and about as fresh as a canned PSA from the 1960s. They looked so tragically unhip amid Borat and shrimp on a treadmill. Most had been viewed by about 12 people — about the number of staff at the nonprofits in question.I found only two I liked – one that wasn’t in English and this one:I like it because it follows some basic rules of the YouTube world:1.) Be authentic2.) Be homemade3.) Be original4.) Let someone else have the camera — a supporter, a beneficiary, whatever5.) Give up control — let that someone else say what they want6.) Give people a reason to watch and something easy to dolast_img read more

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