US Coast Guard Responds to Sinking Fishing Vessel Outside Gloucester Harbor

first_img View post tag: vessel View post tag: Gloucester View post tag: News by topic A fisherman was rescued from a sinking 35-foot commercial fishing vessel Thursday just outside of Gloucester Harbor after the boat began taking on water.U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston was notified at 8:23 a.m. that the fishing vessel Little Hunter was taking on water near Eastern Point in Gloucester Harbor. Coast Guard personnel from Station Gloucester launched a 25-foot Response Boat – Small and arrived at the sinking vessel at 8:33 a.m. Once on scene, rescue crews asked the operator to put on his lifejacket as they began to set up a pump to try and dewater the fishing vessel.A Good Samaritan also responded to the sinking vessel and took the fisherman aboard just before the Little Hunter sank. The Little Hunter had approximately 40 gallons of diesel fuel on board, and Coast Guard personnel are monitoring the area because of the spill caused by the sinking.The cause of the sinking is under investigation.As with any industry on the water, commercial fishing can be a dangerous occupation. Safety and survival gear that were aboard the Little Hunter allowed the operator to summon assistance. The marine band radio, lifejacket and the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon assisted the fisherman in notifying the Coast Guard and ensured no one was seriously injured.“I am very proud of the way the crews conducted themselves, and I am very glad that everyone made it home safely,” said Chief Warrant Officer Luis Munoz, Station Gloucester’s commanding officer.“We aren’t just Coast Guardsmen,” said Munoz. “We’re members of this community and our most important goal is to ensure the safety of our crews, the commercial fishermen, and all boaters.”The owner of the Little Hunter is arranging for commercial salvage to raise the vessel for repairs.[mappress]Source: U.S. Coast Guard, August 5, 2011; View post tag: coast View post tag: US View post tag: harbor US Coast Guard Responds to Sinking Fishing Vessel Outside Gloucester Harbor View post tag: fishing View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: outside August 5, 2011 View post tag: Guard View post tag: Responds View post tag: Sinking Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard Responds to Sinking Fishing Vessel Outside Gloucester Harbor Share this article View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Miami Marlins COVID-Free and Ready to Play Ball

first_imgThe Marlins have ended their one week isolation in Philadelphia and are headed for Baltimore after there were no positive coronavirus tests for thesecond day in a row among players and staff.There were also no new positives among the Phillies from Saturday’s COVID-19 testing. Both teams haven’t played since squaring off last Sunday inPhiladelphia.The Phillies are slated to return Monday at the Yankees, and the Marlins are set to resume Tuesday against the Orioles.Are they asymptomatic? How may times did Juan Soto test positive and negative in a series of days? I’m not too confident in the testing here.— Reclaiming My Time (@AngryIrishman37) July 27, 2020last_img read more

Bible Was Right #529: Springs of the Sea

first_img(Visited 846 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Long before scientists discovered the springs of the sea, God told Job about them.Only 40 years ago, J. B. Corliss found the first hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the sea near the Galapagos Islands. Nature recounts the anniversary of that surprise, and the concurrent discovery of complete ecosystems around the hot springs, thriving in total darkness.Four decades have passed since vibrant clusters of giant, metre-long tubeworms, discovered at hot springs on the ocean floor by Corliss et al., were reported in Science. Until then, the ocean floor was considered to be more like a desert than an oasis.Corliss and colleagues didn’t discover underwater hot springs by accident; rather, they were trying to discover whether the hypothesis that such sites existed was correct. Theories on the movements of tectonic plates had set the course for this discovery with the idea that the mountain ranges that girdle the globe on the ocean floor, called spreading centres, are volcanic sites at the boundaries of tectonic plates. A key clue to the existence of underwater hot springs was the unexpectedly low conductive heat flux in the ocean’s crust. Convective heat flow through hot springs could solve the riddle of this missing heat. Warm-water anomalies documented above a spreading centre called Galapagos Ridge guided Corliss et al. to the site at which they discovered underwater hot springs (also called hydrothermal vents).Finding these hot springs was in itself an incredible breakthrough. But what really turned deep-sea science upside down were the unexpected oases of life bathed by those warm waters. During the discovery dive in the submersible vehicle Alvin, geologist Jack Corliss called up to the crew on the surface ship from his position 2.5 kilometres below to ask, “Isn’t the deep ocean supposed to be like a desert?” “Yes,” was the reply. “Well, there’s all these animals down here”, he responded….The discovery has led to multi-disciplinary investigations, involving geologists, ecologists and biochemists. Some evolutionists speculate that life originated in hydrothermal vents. The article by Cindy Lee Van Dover notes some surprising aspects of these vents:Soon after the initial discoveries at the Galapagos site, a different type of hot spring called a black smoker — which emits metal-rich hydrothermal fluids — was found at another ocean-floor site. Hot-spring ecosystems (Fig. 1) have now been found on sea-floor spreading centres throughout the world. They exist as 1,000 or more submarine oases, strung like minute pearls along the spreading centres. Although numerous, they are a rare habitat in terms of their total area — together, they might all fit on the island of Manhattan, with room to spare. They are ephemeral habitats, too, lasting for years to decades, or possibly centuries, depending on the geological setting. This raises the question of how the invertebrate populations are maintained, and the nature of the biogeographic barriers between populations at hot springs. The life cycles of nearly all invertebrates living in underwater hot springs includes a larval stage that disperses in the water column. Larval ecology, population connectivity, and oceanographic barriers and transport routes are key topics of current research.This implies that the springs open up before life finds them; the life does not ‘evolve’ there. It also implies that organisms, with their larval stages, have amazing abilities to travel long distances in complete darkness, and to sense the heat, in order to colonize newly-formed vents.Another surprise was the diversity of life found at vents: worms, crabs, shrimp, spiders, fish, snails and even octopuses. Their adaptations to these locations at the border of extreme heat and frigid cold surprise biologists. How can life even exist down there?Credit: Illustra MediaSurprising species and astonishing biological adaptations continue to come to light. Pompeii worms (Alvinella pompejana) live at temperatures as high as 42 °C. These are among the most extreme temperatures endured by any multicellular animal on Earth. The worms challenge us to understand how the proteins in the animals’ bodies are protected from melting. Microorganisms termed Archaea can grow at 121 °C, which is the hottest life known on Earth. ‘Blind’ shrimp (Rimicaris exoculata) sport highly derived ‘eyes’ that are inferred to detect gradients of dim light emitted by the 350 °C fluids of black smokers, which might help the shrimp to avoid being ‘cooked’ by the heat. Yeti crabs (Kiwa tyleri) have hairy claws and legs that might aid them in farming bacteria for nourishment. Scaly-foot snails (Chrysomallon squamiferum) creep on ‘feet’ protected by metal scales of a type not found in other living or fossil molluscs, and offer an inspiration for the design of material for armour.Thousands of years ago, possibly before Abraham, the righteous man Job was quizzed on science by the Lord God, creator of the heavens and the earth—including oceans. In the 77-question oral exam, designed to show Job how much he lacked in wisdom and knowledge compared to his Maker, God asked him:16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,or walked in the recesses of the deep?17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?Declare, if you know all this.19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,and where is the place of darkness,20 that you may take it to its territoryand that you may discern the paths to its home? (Job 38:16-20)Four millennia would pass before men could witness what God told Job about (cf. 9 Dec 2005). They shouldn’t have been surprised. In fact, they could have used this passage as an inspiration to build submarines sooner in order to investigate. In the 19th century, Matthew Fontaine Maury used Psalm 8:8, which mentions “the paths of the seas,” to investigate currents in the oceans. Thus he founded the science of oceanography, saving ocean-going vessels tremendous time and energy navigating around the world by taking advantage of these natural pathways hinted at by the Bible.The passage in Job 38-41 does not imply that humans would never investigate the phenomena known only to God at the time Job lived. In fact, many of them have been discovered and used since then. The passage was intended to show the manifest wisdom and knowledge of God to Job, so that he could have confidence that the Lord knew what he was doing by allowing Job to suffer. God spoke to Job in language he could understand, not in scientific jargon. Job knew about “springs” but would not have understood “hydrothermal vents.” Maybe Job puzzled about the thought: “Why does the sea, a watery place, need springs?” God knew that these “recesses of the deep” help regulate the temperature of the earth from plate tectonics. The “missing heat” was a clue that led Corliss to go look. Proverbs 25:2 grants encouragement to man to investigate nature: “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.”The passage in Job could also be taken as an incentive to investigate all the phenomena in the passage – from lightning to the stars to the flight of the eagle – so that we could appreciate creation all the more. The response should be not that we are somehow catching up to God in knowledge, but rather that we begin to fathom even more deeply what He designed. We may have “entered into the springs of the sea” by means of submersible vehicles, but we haven’t “walked in the recesses of the deep” which would mean instant death to our frail bodies designed for land. God, being omnipresent, is not so restricted.Think about the fact that God talked about things thousands of years ago that science is just finding out in our lifetimes! Amazing. We still need to contemplate the wisdom and power of the Almighty. In the book of revelation, right before God’s judgment falls on the rebellious world, a mighty angel calls out to the Earth to stand in awe of God:And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Revelation 14:7)Implicit in this message is the point that failure to fear God and give him glory for His creation is the reason for the terrible judgment at Armageddon that follows.Project: Read Job 38-41 looking for other phenomena that could be investigated by science. Is there anything else that scientists do not yet know about that might lead to great discoveries with practical applications? Consider Job 38:35 in the context of electronic communications, sending email through electromagnetic waves across space: “Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?” See a great example of this in Illustra Media’s short video, Merry Christmas from the Moon.last_img read more

SA’s child porn tip-off website

first_img4 June 2008The Department of Home Affairs is to launch an anti-child pornography website in July, and is urging South Africans to report incidents and provide tip-offs anonymously.The Internet Hotline tip-off website will be operational from 1 July onwards. Child pornography can also be reported to the Films and Publication Board toll-free on 0800 148 148.“People reporting such incidents will remain anonymous, and information received will be sent to the police for further investigations and this will lead to the closure of the site and the arrest of the perpetrators,” Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Midrand this week.In a bid to curb child pornography, the government is also ensuring that there are legislative and other measures in place to give practical effect to the constitutional principle that, in all matters concerning the child, the best interests of the child are paramount.The Films and Publications Board would also play a vital role in ensuring that perpetrators are brought to book.The government has extended the scope of the Films and Publications Act to make the creation, production, distribution, possession, advocacy, advertising or promotion of child pornography a criminal offence, and has increased the maximum prison sentence for any person convicted of any child pornography offence to 10 years.Child pornography is defined as any image or description of a person who is under the age of 18 years, or who is made to appear as a person under that age, engaged in any form of sexual conduct.According to the department, children are often sexually brutalised, tortured and even murdered in the creation of child pornography.The government has also initiated a national campaign to increase awareness among the public of this terrible crime against children, and is encouraging partnerships between government child protection agencies and civil society to maintain constant vigilance to ensure a healthy social and educational environment for all children.Legislation has also been introduced to make the failure to report knowledge or suspicion of the commission of any child pornography offence a criminal offence.“We urge people to report cases of child pornography,” Gigaba said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa sets up fund for new industrialists

first_img13 May 2015South Africa is making a big push to industrialise its economy, and R23-billion has been set aside over the next five years to fund new players in the sector.Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said the fund would contribute towards job creation, industrialisation and transformation and go a long way in eradicating inequality and poverty. He was tabling his department’s budget vote in parliament on 12 May.“The Industrial Development Corporation [IDC] is committing R100-billion over five years to industrial development. What is new, and what is significant, is that we are setting aside R23-billion to promote black industrialists.“This is a five-year programme that is intended to support those companies where black South Africans are both owning and controlling the enterprises in the productive sectors of the economy and is intended to bring more South Africans into the economic mainstream,” Patel said.The decision to set aside the funding was meant to promote the transformation of the economy as well as boost economic growth by unlocking its potential and talent. He said South Africa needed to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth, and that the funding would be made available on concessional terms.“Aside from black industrialists, there is, of course, a compelling need to bring more black South Africans into the economy. There are also targeted groups – young people, women – they have not been sufficiently brought into the productive activities. So the IDC will make available R9-billion in total – R4.5-billion for women, R4.5-billion for youth.”Funding would be distributed in the form of loans or equities.Relationship with AfricaFollowing attacks on foreign nationals in April, Patel said he would convene a symposium of investors, workers, intellectuals and public officials with Wits University and the IDC on will on 25 May. The African Union has declared that day Africa Day, an annual celebration of the continent.The symposium would look at the economic impact of South Africa’s relationship with the rest of the continent. He would also go on a road show to different parts of the country to communicate one message, Patel said, that South Africa’s prosperity was intimately tied to economic relations with the rest of the continent.South Africa’s efforts towards economic integration with the rest of the continent were yielding success. In 2014, the country exported R300-billion worth of goods to the rest of Africa, an increase of R36-billion.“Aside from the damage that the [attacks on foreign nationals] do to our humanity, we cannot unscramble ourselves from Africa, our continent, without serious economic damage. Our total manufacturing, mining and agricultural exports to the rest of Africa sustained 244 000 direct jobs in South Africa, of these, 169 000 are manufacturing.“Africa is now more important for growth in manufacturing exports than Europe, the United States or China,” Patel said.Retail sectorTurning to small business, he said the Competition Commission would undertake an inquiry to see how smaller businesses in the formal and informal economy could be supported so that they were able to compete in the retail sector.The inquiry, to be carried out in this financial year, would also seek to find ways in which smaller players could be incorporated into the lucrative sector. “The Competition Commission will be launching a market inquiry into the retail sector, looking at how we can bring more black South Africans, more small businesses into the retail sector.“It will examine, amongst others, tenancy arrangements in shopping malls, the growth of township enterprises, small shops, spaza shops and so on, and it is intended to ensure that we have got a competitive but also inclusive retail sector.”Another inquiry into the health care industry, which he announced in 2014, would conduct its public hearings during the current financial year, Patel said. That inquiry was established with the aim of addressing several concerns about the industry, including the cost of health care in South Africa.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Argentina, Uruguay collide in South America qualifiers

first_imgArgentina’s forwards Lionel Messi (L) and Mauro Icardi talk during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on August 29, 2017 ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Uruguay. / AFP PHOTO / Juan MABROMATALuis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES A 6-0 romp over lowly Singapore provided a further clue that Sampaoli, who favours an aggressive, attacking style, may already have begun to have an influence.Higuain axedSampaoli served notice of his determination to invigorate Argentina’s ranks by axing striker Gonzalo Higuain in favour of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.Icardi is expected to start at the apex of a front three with Messi and Juventus prodigy Paulo Dybala lurking just behind.Argentina’s path to Russia has been complicated by the Court of Arbtitration for Sport ruling on Tuesday that confirmed a sanction against Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player in their September 2016 0-0 draw with Chile.ADVERTISEMENT FIFA later converted that result to a 3-0 win for Chile, a ruling that means Sampaoli’s former team now have a one-point advantage over the fifth-placed Argentines.“Now we have to play catch-up to get to the World Cup,” Sampaoli said Tuesday.Uruguay meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona star Suarez.The 30-year-old talisman was initially ruled out of the fixture through injury but has travelled back to his homeland to train with the team.Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez hinted Suarez may yet make a dramatic return on Thursday, declining to rule out the striker.“He has shown signs of recovery that have rather surprised us,” Tabarez said.If Suarez fails to win his fitness battle, Uruguay will once again turn to in-form Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is the top scorer in the qualifying competition with nine goals.“It is a very, very difficult match… We will see who has the most guts for it,” said Tabarez.Elsewhere on Thursday, second-placed Colombia will aim to edge closer to qualification with an away victory over already-eliminated Venezuela.Fourth-placed Chile meanwhile host Paraguay in Santiago as they aim to remain ahead of Argentina in the qualifying positions. Colombia are second in the standings on 24 points while Uruguay and Chile occupy the other two automatic spots on 23 points.It means that fifth-placed Argentina have little margin for error as they head to Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario for the latest instalment of their historic rivalry with the Uruguayans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutArgentina have spluttered their way through the qualifiers so far, notching only six wins in 14 games, but have shown signs of life under new coach Jorge Sampaoli.Sampaoli, who masterminded Chile’s victory at the 2015 Copa America, took control of the ‘Albiceleste’ in May, and began his reign with a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Brazil in a friendly in June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster Read Nextcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brazil will have the luxury of being able to treat their game against Ecuador in Porto Alegre as a training exercise after securing qualification in their last outing, a 3-0 win over Paraguay in March — their eighth consecutive victory.The game may see Brazil coach Tite select Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, who has not played for the Premier League team this season amid a transfer saga involving Barcelona. MOST READlast_img read more

World Cup 2011

first_imgPiyush ChawlaYou do not have to try very hard to listen to the buzz about Piyush Chawla’s selection for the Indian team that will play for the World Cup. After waiting for more than two years in the sidelines, when others such as fellow leg-spinner Amit Mishra and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha travelled with India’s Test and ODI teams, the 23-year-old was picked for the Cup ostensibly because captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wanted variety in his bowling attack.While there is still some time for the first ball to be bowled in the World Cup, Chawla’s showing in the final game of the South Africa tour at Centurion, where he was picked ahead of left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra, was anything but magical and did his cause no good. It only added to the growing debate over the Uttar Pradesh leg-spinner’s inclusion in the World Cup squad.Coming on the heels of some frenetic bidding for him in the IPL auction when he was retained by Kings XI Punjab for $900,000-the same price for a certain Adam Gilchrist and a good $100,000 more than Praveen Kumar and Abhishek Nayar-Chawla’s selection has sparked a variety of emotions, ranging from applause for the selectors to consternation. All of these will combine to put extra pressure on his young shoulders when he gets to the bowling crease in any of the World Cup games.He may find it heartening that former India captains like Ajit Wadekar and Dilip Vengsarkar have welcomed his selection as one that will give Dhoni an additional bowling option. Others are hedging, and some like Bishan Singh Bedi wonder what the selectors were really thinking, calling Chawla’s inclusion in the World Cup squad baffling.advertisement”I am amazed that they preferred the leg-spinner who now bowls with a chest-on action ahead of Ojha, whose left-arm spin would have been really handy,” says Bedi, adding, “I remember watching Piyush along with Erapalli (Prasanna) at the National Cricket Academy a few years ago and thinking that this was a lad with immense potential. But somewhere down the line he seems to have lost the edge that a match-winning leg-spinner should have.””I am amazed that they preferred the leg-spinner who now bowls with a chest-on action ahead of Pragyan Ojha, whose left-arm spin would have been really handy.”BISHAN SINGH BEDI Former Indian cricketerBedi is from the school of thought which believes it would have helped to pick an extra batsman like Rohit Sharma or even Manish Pandey in the squad.”That would give the team management some insurance against batting failures,” says Bedi. “With Yuvraj Singh bowling really well and looking good to bowl eight to 10 overs himself and others like Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, I wonder if India will ever play two specialist spinners in a match. The team may end up having both R. Ashwin and Chawla in the reserves, even if Ashwin deserves to be looked at a first choice for the off-spinner’s place. If indeed, Dhoni and others in the team management believed that Chawla could make a significant contribution, they should have played him in each of the matches in South Africa so that he could get some match practice.”Chairman of selectors K. Srikkanth said that his panel factored in expectations that the pitches could be dry and spinner-friendly and Chawla was the most experienced spinner among the contenders. Dhoni is quick to rush to Chawla’s defence. “It is good to have Piyush in the side, as he provides that variety to the attack. He is one guy who can bat a bit. If we plan to play with five bowlers, he can be a handy No. 7 or No. 8 batsman,” says Dhoni.In the past two seasons, Chawla scored 1,086 runs averaging 36.20 in 23 First Class games in India and England. But the big question is: what has Chawla done in the shorter versions of the game to emerge as one of India’s most valuable fringe players? The leg-spinner has taken two wickets in three Twenty20 games for India. In the 50-over format, he has 28 wickets from 22 matches. Nothing much to write home about, his critics say.Critics of Chawla’s selection point out that Dhoni’s statement in Cape Town is a clear indication that the leg-spinner would come into the fray only if India thinks of playing five specialist bowlers. The last time Team India played with a full complement of bowlers was against Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa in 2009. So what other reason can explain Chawla’s presence in the squad? He is Dhoni’s lucky mascot, says a former India player.”The captain believes that Chawla helped by being part of the squad that won the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007. He also played in the two victorious finals against Australia in the Commonwealth Bank Series in March 2008,” he says.advertisementChawla’s selection may have baffled a few but his real challenge will begin when he gets to play a World Cup game and is given the task of rattling batsmen with his brand of leg-spin. Indeed, the ball is really in his court. After all, in his Aligarh home, he is called Paras, the stone whose touch turns everything to gold. Perhaps he can work some magic and ensure that the team realises the dreams of a billion Indians.last_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

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— 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

Valverde not worried about Barcelona legacy

first_imgBarcelona Valverde not concerned with emulating Guardiola’s legacy at treble-chasing Barcelona Ben Spratt 22:03 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ErnestoValverde - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Barcelona v Athletic Club Athletic Club Primera División The Camp Nou giants are chasing down La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey prizes, but their manager’s main focus is to enjoy his time in charge Ernesto Valverde is determined to enjoy his time with Barcelona rather than worrying about making a long-term impact at the club.Former Barca coach Pep Guardiola left a lasting legacy at Camp Nou in his four years in charge, before going on to have a similar impact at Bayern Munich and Manchester City.But Valverde would not comment on the possibility of matching Guardiola’s debut-season treble and just wants to make the most of the opportunity to coach the Catalan giants. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I see [changes made] from the inside but don’t know how things look from the outside,” he said of the club’s progress during his tenure, speaking ahead of Sunday’s La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao.”Coaches have to try to stay the course and, in the football world, everything keeps moving back and forth because there isn’t a lot of stability. What I try to do is enjoy the time with the players that I have.”Barcelona are still battling for honours in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, but Valverde is keen not to get carried away with two months still remaining this season.”The boat gets rocked a little bit throughout the season,” he said.”People said we drew three of five before the last two [wins against Atletico Madrid and Chelsea], now we’re talking about all this great news.”We’re not thinking about it. We’ve not won anything yet. We have lots of chances to win and we want to take advantage, but we have a long way to go and have to make sure we don’t slip up.”last_img read more