Former Oklahoma State defensive lineman Leslie O’Neal is among the candidates listed on the 2018 ballot for entry into the College Football Hall of Fame, which was released on Thursday.“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.19 million people have played college football and only 987 players have been inducted,” said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. So being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are extremely proud to announce their names.”O’Neal was a two-time All-American pass-rusher and run-stuffer at OSU. By the time his career as a Cowboy expired, he had earned All-Big Eight selections three times and was also named the 1984 Defensive Player of the Year in the process.Before a 13-year NFL career spent primarily with the San Diego Chargers, O’Neal left OSU as the school leader in career sacks (34), single-season sacks (16), and career tackles for loss (47).The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be revealed prior to the CFP National Championship in Atlanta on January 8, 2018.In honor of Leslie O’Neal’s appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. No. 99 is 13th in NFL history with 132.5 sacks. #okstate pic.twitter.com/pJreDkGAG4— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) June 1, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Oklahoma 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.
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. 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.
Things 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.
Manchester 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) 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.Add 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.Yet 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.
Transfers Balotelli invites offers from Juventus and Napoli as he plots Serie A homecoming Chris Burton 02:06 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages Transfers Juventus Napoli Nice Ligue 1 Serie A Mario Balotelli The enigmatic Italian frontman is running down his contract at Nice and has opened himself up to a summer switch back to his roots as a free agent Mario Balotelli is planning to head back to Italy as a free agent and has invited offers from Serie A title hopefuls Juventus and Napoli.The enigmatic frontman is running down his contract at Nice and is expected to have several options to consider at the end of the season.Balotelli has rebuilt his reputation in France following forgettable stints at AC Milan and Liverpool, with 39 goals netted across two seasons. 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 He is now attracting admiring glances from leading clubs once more, with the 27-year-old intending to step back up the football pyramid by securing a return to his roots in Italy.“My agent Mino Raiola is taking care of my future. All I know is that I have matured and I am ready to come back to Italy,” Balotelli told Rai Sport show La Domenica Sportiva.“I think it’d be very difficult to come to Milan, as it would be the third time, but Juventus and Napoli are two teams that I like.”Raiola admits to having already spoken with those in Turin and Naples about a player he believes would demand a nine-figure transfer fee on the open market.The so-called ‘super agent’ told Rai Sport: “He is worth €100m, but he is a free agent so he is a bargain.”I’m already negotiating with many teams in England and Italy. I talked with Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Inter.”Making a decision on his next move can wait until the summer, with Balotelli having more immediate targets to hit in the present.He has forced his way back into contention for an international recall, with interim Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio having hinted that the former Manchester City and Inter striker could figure in his plans for upcoming friendlies against Argentina and England.Balotelli added on his Azzurri ambition: “Last season [Gian Piero] Ventura came to Nice before the game with PSG. We had a long talk, but I realised straight away that he wasn’t ever going to call me up for his team.“I deserved to be called up, though. Now he is no longer on the bench and I am ready to come back.”
Liverpool 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) 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 web
I’m really enjoying Lois Kelly’s book, Beyond Buzz, which she mailed me after I blogged about the executive summary.In a written Q&A that was packaged with the book, she says this. Read it, substituting in your mind the words “nonprofit” for “company” and “donor” for “customer.”Avoid DOGLISH at all costs. What I mean is that companies speak their own language of what they think is transformational, innovative, or revolutionary to customers. Yet customers speak an entirely different language and don’t have a clue what companies are talking about. (Or they know and don’t care.) Sort of like when we ramble on and on to our dogs, and they look at us with this puzzled look wanting us to just say, “sit,” and “treat.” Talk about what customers want to know. Avoid the buzz words and self-congratulatory adjectives.I get a lot of Doglish in my inbox. Avoid at all costs the following doglish: sustainable development, empowerment of disenfranchised groups, CSR, interface, strategic, strategize, leverage, synergy, taking to scale… arf! arf!
World Cup ‘Only me and Boateng were at the back’ – Hummels criticises Germany tactics in Mexico loss Jamie Smith 05:02 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico The World Cup holders were ripped to pieces in defences by Mexico’s swift counters, and Hummels believe he was left too exposed Mats Hummels said Germany’s tactical approach was wrong after the World Cup holders lost the opening game of their title defence 1-0 to Mexico.Hirving Lozano struck the only goal of the Group F clash, but Mexico wasted numerous chances on the break to record an even larger margin of victory.Germany, meanwhile, had 26 shots without causing Guillermo Ochoa too many problems, although the Mexico goalkeeper made nine saves in keeping a memorable clean sheet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Hummels felt Germany did not heed the warning of their final warm-up friendly against Saudi Arabia that ended in a tight 2-1 win, their only success in seven matches since the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign last year.”It’s pretty simple. We played like we did against Saudi Arabia, but against a better opponent,” Hummels said to ZDF.”We talked about a few things, such as not losing possession and protection, which unfortunately we did not put into action today. “Mexico deserved the game because we made it too easy for them, knowing we should not have allowed that to happen.”If seven or eight players play offensively, then it’s clear that the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. That’s what I often say internally.”Our stability is not good, you have to say – often only Jerome [Boateng] and I were at the back, so they mercilessly attacked us.”Honestly the worst possible start into the tournament! But we will fight back @DFB_Team pic.twitter.com/jlfwoN8oTo— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) June 17, 2018Germany will still expect to progress – they face Sweden and South Korea in their remaining matches – but Hummels told his team-mates to buck up their ideas.”A wake-up call is too late, we now have to win two games, otherwise the World Cup is over,” Hummels said. “We actually had the wake-up call against Saudi Arabia.”1 – Opening game at the World Cup for reigning champions in the 21st century:2002 France 0-1 2006 Brasil 1-0 2010 Italy 1-1 2014 Spain 1-5 2018 Germany 0-1 Pressure. #GERMEX #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/8g3kXZHSwA— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 17, 2018Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos joined Hummels in demanding an improved performance when Germany take on South Korea on Wednesday in Kazan.”I think we did not find any solutions in the first half,” Kroos said.”Mexico were clever, we did better in the second half and Mexico got tired.”We’re under pressure now, without question, we have to get six points from the two games, if possible.”
Transfers Fellaini to reveal Manchester United future ‘soon’ Goal Last updated 1 year ago 10:56 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Transfers Manchester United Premier League The Belgian international will soon reveal whether he will remain with the Red Devils or move elsewhere Marouane Fellaini has revealed he will soon announce his club future as his Manchester United contract runs down.The midfielder’s deal with the Red Devils is set to expire at the end of the month, and his refusal to ink new terms throughout the 2017-18 season has led to speculation he will depart Old Trafford.The two sides have been an impasse over terms, with Fellaini saying in May the club missed an opportunity to renew his deal prior to last season, knowing that he now has strong bargaining power with his ability to depart on a free this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Fellaini has not closed the door on staying with the Red Devils, however, and the 30-year-old midfielder said on Sunday he was nearing a decision on his future.The Belgian international, who is currently with his national side at the World Cup, answered: “You will know soon” when asked if he would return to Manchester United next season.The Red Devils have already added a reinforcement to their midfield in the form of Brazil international Fred, landing him in a £52.5 million ($70m) deal from Shakhtar Donetsk.However with the retirement of Michael Carrick, Fellaini remains a figure who would hold a place in Jose Mourinho’s plans.Fellaini has played the last five seasons with Manchester United, after moving at the end of the 2013-14 summer window, following former Red Devils manager David Moyes to Old Trafford from Everton. The midfielder did not feature in Belgium’s World Cup opener, a 3-0 win over Panama, but came off the bench in the 59th minute of his nation’s 5-2 win over Tunisia.