Oklahoma State Remains at No. 10 in College Football Playoff Rankings

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. The spectacle that is the college football playoff held their penultimate show on Tuesday evening. Oklahoma State went into the week at No. 10 from last week’s release, and again remained in the 10th spot this week in the latest rankings.The Cowboys are 11th in both the AP and Coaches poll this week, but the playoff committee’s rankings are the rankings that ultimately decide their future — and a chance at a potential playoff spot. Although a lot would have to happen.Colorado has passed Oklahoma for No. 8. OU No. 9, Oklahoma State No. 10.RIP, Big 12.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 30, 2016Here’s the full top 25:Fifth Rankings: The #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Top 25 for games played through November 26. pic.twitter.com/tSlBNBS48K— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 30, 2016last_img read more

Bob Huggins Collapses On Court During Texas Game Because of Defibrillator

first_imgWest Virginia coach Bob Huggins collapsed because of his defibrillator and continued to coach. #WVU pic.twitter.com/6LtbynuhJ8— Fred Sox (@greatmonkeysuit) February 21, 2017ESPN noted that he said he is fine but got smoked by his defibrillator (his defibrillator!)Huggins appeared to be clutching his chest and was looked at by medical professionals shortly before halftime of the 12th-ranked Mountaineers’ game against Texas. The veteran coach told ESPN’s Holly Rowe at halftime that his “defibrillator went off.” Huggins added that he is fine, but it felt like someone slammed him in the back. [ESPN]Terrifying stuff, obviously, but it looks like Huggy will be all right. Also, it prompted Doug Gottlieb to tell a great story about him.Favorite Bob Huggins story was a friend played for him at Cinci-skipped class, Huggins ran him in rain “you’re too dumb to skip class” lol— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 21, 2017 Huggins is one of my all time favorites – very comfortable w/ who he is, flaws and all -coaches son, tougher than hell,players love/hate him— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 21, 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.center_img The first time Bob Huggins went down in a Big 12 game this season, it was downright hilarious. Huggy Bear went to the wooden floor in Morgantown against Oklahoma State earlier in the season in a series of about 28 elongated steps.DOWN GOES HUGGY! pic.twitter.com/TMEDM61vys— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 4, 2017On Monday when Huggy went to the floor, it was a lot scarier.last_img read more

The Reload: Why Hunter Anthony Picked OSU, Top OL Target Names OSU in Final Cut

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. Abrams is picking between OSU, Colorado and Mississippi State.“They want me to play strong safety,” the 6-foot-3 Abrams told PFB after a recent visit. “They said they like long safeties like Tre Flowers, so they see me like another safety like him when my game gets better. So I felt comfortable with that.”Following his visit to Stillwater, Abrams noted that it was Colorado and OSU who were giving him the most attention on the recruiting trail.OSU already has several commitments at safety in the 2018 class in Kanion Williams and Jarrick Bernard, but a junior college player like Abrams may be more primed to compete for a spot from day one. Team memberStevenPorterThomasCoxBoone PredictionOSUOSUMississippi StateOSUMississippi State The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.How Hunter Anthony’s relationship with Henson led to OSUJacob Unruh of The Oklahoman wrote an awesome profile on OSU 2018 offensive line pledge Hunter Anthony, who said the reason for his commitment to OSU hinged on Henson’s return to Stillwater to coach the offensive line group after being on staff behind Greg Adkins for a year.“That was probably the thing that sealed the deal,” Anthony said. “The coaching staff was awesome before him, but whenever he got there, man, I really wanted to be a part of it.”AdChoices广告Anthony, a Tuttle, Oklahoma native who stands at an intimidating 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, is one of five bullies up front Henson has landed commitments from since taking over the gig in February.2018 offensive tackle Darrell Simpson names OSU in final eightFour-star offensive tackle Darrell Simpson, a top-20 prospect in the 2018 class in Texas, named OSU in his final eight schools this week along with OU, LSU, TCU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Ohio State.Simpson is a monstrous offensive lineman who has been on OSU’s radar since J.W. Walsh was on campus and was his guide on a recruiting visit, and he’s been target No. 1 since Josh Henson took over. All indications lead me to believe he is leaning heavily towards OU—but I get the feeling Henson is keeping the Cowboys in play. Delrick Abrams commitment primer2018 safety Delrick Abrams, a junior college prospect playing for Independence C.C., will make his commitment on Friday. Our team made predictions on Wednesday and we were split between OSU and Mississippi State, with the Cowboys holding a slight 3-2 edge. Despite five commitments at offensive line in the 2018 class, Simpson would be a must-take under any circumstance if he gave the green light to OSU. The blue-chip talent from Justin, Texas, is a can’t-miss prospect at 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds. No matter the scholarship count, OSU would make room for him.2019 linebacker Marcel Brooks names OSU in top 13Four-star class of 2019 linebacker Marcel Brooks dropped a photo naming his top 13 schools this week. Among them were OSU, TCU, OU, Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida, Baylor, Alabama, Texas, LSU, Florida State, Oregon and Clemson.https://twitter.com/MarcelBrooks_5/status/884511982900183041Brooks, who is one of the top outside linebackers in the country in the 2019 classification, is a top-100 national recruit and the No. 13 prospect in the great state of Texas from Flower Mound, Texas. He released his top 13 (the same top 13) back in June, but it seems he’s making another push of his list—potentially with the intent of narrowing it down soon.last_img read more

Wenger hits back at Keane’s Wilshere rant

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal boss Wenger backs Wilshere after Keane rant Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 18:59 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jack Wilshere Arsenal 22022018 Getty Arsène Wenger Kevin De Bruyne Arsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City League Cup Östersunds FK Arsenal UEFA Europa League Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane singled out the Gunners midfielder after their defeat to Ostersunds, but his manager has backed him Arsene Wenger defended Jack Wilshere after Roy Keane labelled the Arsenal midfield “probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”Arsenal slumped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat at home to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday, advancing to the last 16 by virtue of a 3-0 win in the away leg.Wenger shuffled his starting XI with an eye on Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Manchester City but Wilshere captained the side and conceded afterwards the Gunners “weren’t good enough”. 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 That did not spare the 26-year-old – who has re-established himself at Arsenal this season after a year on loan at Bournemouth and persistent injury struggles – from Keane’s wrath.Speaking on ITV , the former Manchester United great said: “You look for your senior players to lead by example…when Wilshere is your captain, to me, he is probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”Wenger adopted a weary tone when the matter was raised at his news conference to preview the EFL Cup final.”Who said that?” he asked before exhaling at length when informed Keane was the pundit in question.”It’s very difficult. I personally rate Jack very highly,” he answered. “After that, you can have opinions.”Jack was in a team that did not perform well, so it was not easy for him.”It was not his best performance but Roy Keane knows that can happen to everybody.”last_img read more

No Man Utd regrets for Spurs star Dier

first_imgEric Dier No Man Utd regrets for Dier as Spurs star states England skipper ambition Chris Burton 16:55 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eric Dier Tottenham Getty Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United England Premier League World Cup The Tottenham midfielder snubbed the Red Devils when moving to the Premier League, while a new contract prevented a move in the summer of 2017 Eric Dier has no regrets at having chosen Tottenham over Manchester United, with there still plenty he can achieve in north London.As Premier League interest in him grew back in 2014, a man who emerged out of the academy system at Portuguese side Sporting had several options to consider.United were among those eager to do a deal, but a 20-year-old Dier opted to link up with a Spurs side prepared to put its faith in youth. 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 Having impressed in England, fresh terms were then signed in September 2016, with that deal contributing towards the Red Devils being knocked back again in the summer of 2017 – with Daniel Levy in a stronger position to fend off interest from Old Trafford.Dier has no issue with having missed out on a move, telling reporters: “I can only speak for my own case. I can’t speak for anyone else. What happened with me a year-and-a-half ago, it’s one case. Every case is different and I can only speak about my case.”There is a great spirit here, we get on very well on the field and off the field. I think there is fantastic chemistry. I think after the manager’s [Mauricio Pochettino] first season here, it started really in the second season. I felt like the manager had the team that he wanted and we could feel. It was a 50/50 call. “The manager has created that and the players have created it as well between themselves.“I think it helped a lot there were a lot of young players going through the same thing at the same time. Myself, Harry [Kane], Dele [Alli], Ben Davies, it was really the time that Danny Rose came through.“Lots of people grew together at the same time so we were all in a great place in our careers and everyone was enjoying themselves and that has carried on now. There are great friendships and everyone likes each other which is a good thing.“We are looking forward to next season together. Everyone is excited. Obviously, it is a massive step for the club to move into a new stadium. It is a huge project so it is a huge step for the club in the right direction.“I can’t speak for others, every player is different and every player has to look after themselves at the end of the day so I can’t say what each person wants.“All I can speak for is myself and I think there is a fantastic group here, fantastic manager, fantastic set-up, fantastic project with the new stadium so it is a very exciting time for the club. So I think everyone is looking forward to that.”Eric Dier EnglandFor Dier, before attention turns to 2018-19, there is the small matter of a World Cup with England to contend with.He is expected to be a key component of Gareth Southgate’s plans in Russia, with it possible that he could even be handed the captain’s armband ahead of Spurs colleague Kane.Dier, who skippered England during friendly dates with Germany and Brazil in November 2017, added: “I want to stay as captain. Of course. I would be stupid to say I didn’t want to be. I think everyone would put their hand up for it. “It is a case of who the manager Gareth Southgate wants to be his captain if he does want one – I have no idea if he does want a permanent captain or keep rotating it as he has. That is up to him.“The experience of doing it against Germany and Brazil was incredible especially being two huge nations we were playing against made it even more special.“It is definitely something I would like to get the chance to do again.”last_img read more

LAFC 2018 season preview

first_imgLos Angeles LAFC’s 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 02:52 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bob Bradley LAFC 02122018 Los Angeles MLS Major League Soccer’s newest team is still building its roster, but already boasts enough firepower to hit the ground running It hasn’t been an easy ride for expansion teams in Major League Soccer. Far more have fallen short of the modest goal of reaching the playoffs in year one than have reached that milestone, and the best results have come from teams that spent big right away in order to avoid the early lumps of being the new team on the block.You can put Los Angeles FC in the category of big-spending newcomers, having already put together a formidable starting lineup heading into its inaugural MLS campaign. From Mexican star Carlos Vela to Uruguayan youngster Diego Rossi, down to MLS stars like Benny Feilhaber, Walker Zimmerman and Laurent Ciman, LAFC has put together a strong core that will ensure a competitive first season.Then you have Bob Bradley, the man who holds the distinction of being the only coach to guide an expansion team to an MLS Cup title. It is fitting that he embarks on another expansion project exactly 20 years after leading the fledgling Chicago Fire to an MLS Cup triumph. 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 It is a much different league than it was 20 years ago though, and a different league than Bradley left behind in 2007 to take over the U.S. national team. That said, Bradley is still a formidable coach who should get the most out of a squad that could make some serious noise in its first season.LAFC’s key additionsCarlos Vela Real SociedadMexican star Carlos Vela is the kind of dynamic attacking force who should thrive in MLS. Whether deployed as a striker, or as an attacking midfielder, Vela has the vision, finishing ability and explosiveness to wreak havoc on opposing defenses.Diego Rossi will serve as Vela’s attacking foil, working the left wing, where his speed should open things up for the rest of his teammates.Egyptian national team standout Omar Gaber is a versatile player who can slot in as a winger, right back or defensive midfielder. That ability to play all over the field should serve Bob Bradley well as he builds his roster.Veteran MLS midfielder Benny Feilhaber is reunited with Bradley after playing for him as U.S. national team coach. Known more as a playmaker during his MLS career, Feilhaber is more likely to adopt a box-to-box role, which should make the most of the two-way ability Feilhaber honed playing for Sporting KC.Having solid center backs is key to success in any league, and LAFC hit the jackpot by landing Laurent Ciman and Walker Zimmerman in a pair of big trades that give the first-year team one of the most formidable central defensive tandems in MLS.Full LAFC roster entering 2018 seasonBenny Feilhaber MLS Sporting KC 03112017Goalkeepers: Luis Lopez, Tyler MillerDefenders: Steven Beitashour, Tristan Blackmon, Laurent Ciman, Jordan Harvey, Dejan Jakovic, Joao Moutinho, Walker ZimmermanMidfielders: Eduard Atuesta, Benny Feilhaber, Omar Gaber, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Aaron Kovar, Calum MallaceForwards: Latif Blessing, Rodrigo Pacheco, Diego Rossi, Marco Urena, Carlos VelaLAFC’s projected starting lineupGFX 2018 LAFC Projected XI 02272018There aren’t many full-blown position battles just yet considering the LAFC roster is still being filled out, but there are certain parts of the field where there are some good options.LAFC officially added Colombian midfielder Atuesta on loan on Tuesday, a move that helps give LAFC some bite in the defensive midfield role.Argentine forward Pacheco and former Sporting KC speedster Blessing give Bradley some attacking options off the bench, though more depth is needed there. Kaye can play on the wing or in central midfield and should find some minutes as well.Veteran defender Harvey and rookie Moutinho should battle it out for the left back position, with Moutinho having enjoyed a strong preseason.Canadian central defender and former D.C. United standout Jakovic is back in MLS and should give LAFC a good third option in central defense.LAFC’s national TV coverageSeattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles FC – Sunday, March 4, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNReal Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles FC – Saturday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionLA Galaxy vs. Los Angeles FC – Saturday, March 31, at 3 p.m. ET on FOXAtlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC – Saturday, April 7, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNLos Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders – Sunday, April 29, at 9 p.m. ET on FS1Los Angeles FC vs. FC Dallas – Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m. ET on UnivisionLos Angeles FC vs. New York City FC – Sunday, May 13, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles FC – Saturday, May 19, at 3 p.m. ET on FOXLos Angeles FC vs. D.C. United – Tuesday, May 29, at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2Los Angeles FC vs. Orlando City – Saturday, July 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOXLos Angeles FC vs. Portland Timbers – Sunday, July 15, at 6 p.m. ET on ESPNLos Angeles FC vs. LA Galaxy – Thursday, July 26, at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPNNew York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles FC – Sunday, August 5, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1LA Galaxy vs. Los Angeles FC – Friday, August 24, at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPNLos Angeles FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Saturday, September 22, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionChicago Fire vs. Los Angeles FC – Saturday, September 29, 3:30 p.m. ET on Univisionlast_img read more

Rashford double fires Man Utd clear of Liverpool in PL

first_imgManchester United 2 Liverpool 1: Rashford double secures huge victory Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 22:24 10/3/2018 MarcusRashford - cropped Getty Images Manchester United increased their grip on second position in the Premier League by beating Liverpool courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s double. Marcus Rashford emphatically marked his return to Manchester United’s starting XI with a double in a huge 2-1 Premier League victory over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.In the line-up for the first time since Boxing Day as Jose Mourinho made three changes with Paul Pogba ruled out through injury, Rashford scored a first-half brace to boost United’s hopes of finishing second to runaway leaders Manchester City.The England international ended a run of 10 Premier League matches without a goal to send United five points clear of third-placed Liverpool in the 200th competitive meeting between the sides, though Tottenham could close to within four by beating Bournemouth on Sunday. 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 Jurgen Klopp made five alterations to the side that secured progression to the Champions League quarter-finals against Porto on Tuesday, with Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold reinforcing the defence, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah returned further up the pitch.But that backline was bullied by Romelu Lukaku, who proved a magnet for the long balls from which he helped create Rashford’s goals – the first of which came after a delightful change of direction in the 14th minute.An own goal from Eric Bailly on his first start since November having been sidelined with a knee injury gave Liverpool hope during an improved second-half display, but the Red Devils held on for a potentially crucial victory.FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool@MarcusRashford inspires the Red Devils to an excellent victory at Old Trafford #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/I4wrNBlL7i— Premier League (@premierleague) March 10, 2018Klopp on Friday said the clash was not “an attacking team against a defending team” but that was exactly how the opening stages played out, with United sitting back and Liverpool controlling possession.It was the hosts who took the lead, though. David de Gea’s goal-kick was flicked on to Rashford by Lukaku, and he brilliantly chopped inside of Alexander-Arnold and fired inside the far post.Gooallll @ManUtd— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) March 10, 2018Van Dijk wasted a glorious chance to equalise in the 23rd minute, his shoulder rather than head connecting with a corner from James Milner – wearing the captain’s armband as Jordan Henderson sat out with a dead leg – as he missed the target from inside the six-yard box.United made the most of that reprieve by doubling their advantage just 62 seconds later, again from a long pass from deep.Van Dijk’s challenge on Juan Mata after brilliant work from Lukaku inadvertently sent the ball to Rashford, who guided it beyond an out-of-position Loris Karius with the help of a nick off Alexander-Arnold.It should have been three when Alexis Sanchez picked out the unmarked Mata in the middle of the area before half-time, but the Spain international sent his overhead kick wide.1984 – Manchester United have not lost a league game at Old Trafford that they have been leading at half-time since May 7th 1984 (1-2 vs Ipswich Town). Dominant. #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/6aniDqx1ne— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2018Liverpool stepped up a gear after the restart and saw penalty claims for Ashley Young’s foul on Salah and a handball by Antonio Valencia turned down by referee Craig Pawson.They were rewarded in the 66th minute when Sadio Mane beat Scott McTominay for pace down the left and sent in a cross that Bailly approached with the wrong foot and sent into the back of his own net.There were boos when Mourinho replaced Rashford with Marouane Fellaini to add an extra body in midfield with 20 minutes remaining, and the Belgium international was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he sent Mane to ground.Klopp sent on Georginio Wijnaldum and Dominic Solanke as Liverpool fought to restore parity, but Salah sliced a wild volley over in the sixth minute of stoppage time as United held on for a third successive league win.Key Opta Stats:- Manchester United defeated Liverpool for the 68th time in league competition; this is the most defeats that Liverpool have suffered against a single side.- United have won four of their eight games against fellow ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League this season (W4 D1 L3), twice as many as they managed in the whole of last season (W2 D4 L4).- Liverpool have won only one of their seven Premier League games on the weekends immediately following playing a Champions League game this season (W1 D4 L2).- United have won 20 of their 30 Premier League games this season, already surpassing their totals in both 2016-17 (18) and 2015-16 (19) and equalling their number of league wins in 2014-15 (20).- Only United (67) have profited from more own goals in the Premier League than Liverpool (58).- Manchester United had just two shots on target in this match – both of which were scored by Marcus Rashford.- He has scored seven of his 16 Premier League goals against teams in the ‘big six’ (44%).- Romelu Lukaku now has seven Premier League assists this season; more than he has in any previous campaign. read morelast_img read more

Furious West Ham fans invade pitch & fight players

first_imgWest Ham United Furious West Ham fans invade pitch and fight with players over Burnley embarrassment Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:12 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mark Noble West Ham Burnley Getty West Ham United West Ham United v Burnley Burnley Premier League Supporters’ anger spilled over onto the pitch as Saturday’s defeat to Burnley was interrupted several times West Ham midfielder Mark Noble clashed with a pitch invader as their 3-0 defeat to Burnley was interrupted several times by spectators.Hammers fans had been voicing their anger towards the club’s board as they sat just three points ahead of the relegation zone heading into the game.Many supporters approached the directors’ box to confront co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, but Ashley Barnes’ opening goal after 66 minutes sparked many into a rage as two soon invaded the pitch. 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 West Ham pitch invasion Burnley Premier LeagueWest Ham pitch invasion Mark Noble Burnley Premier LeagueThe game was halted as stewards and police dealt with the situation, while West Ham players also helped get the invaders off the field, with Noble spotted throwing one to the ground.However, there was another interruption as another fan ran on a few minutes after Chris Wood doubled Burnley’s lead and waved the corner flag around the centre circle until players intervened and took it off of him.West Ham pitch invasion Mark Noble Burnley Premier LeagueThe afternoon got even worse for David Moyes’ side when Wood netted a third for the visitors, latching onto the rebound after Joe Hart spilled a Johann Berg Gudmundsson shot.Another supporter then ran on and tried to approach Hart, but got held back, while James Collins had to be restrained from confronting the offender.As a crowd stood in front of the director’s box, the co-owners had both left their seats by the 85th minute, and the situation was so tense that Burnley let young West Ham fans sit on the bench for the rest of the game.Burnley substitutes let kids onto the bench to escape fighting in stands #WHUBUR pic.twitter.com/VVaVNoxICj— Johnny Phillips (@SkyJohnnyP) March 10, 2018Moyes told BBC Sport after the game that the fans had gone too far in coming onto the field.”We want the supporters behind us and since I’ve been here they’ve been really good, the supporters,” he said. “But you can’t cross the line and come on the pitch. You know, the players had gone a goal down, we want them to keep their focus.””What was going through my mind? Hopefully they wouldn’t stop the game,” Burnley striker Chris Wood told BBC Sport. “It’s a tough situation, I can sympathise with the fans.”They just want to see their team win. It’s tough for them at the moment but they need to stick with the players.”You don’t want that to happen on the pitch, it creates problems and safety issues. We were fine, they were just voicing their frustration.”Premier League officials are likely to question how security at the stadium weren’t able to stem the flow of furious fans, with so many pitch invasions in one match a rarity in modern, top-tier football.”West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today’s match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action,” the club said in a statement on Saturday night.”An emergency meeting has been called with all London Stadium stakeholders. There will be no further comment at this time.”West Ham United have now lost three league games in a row by a margin of three or more goals for the first time since March 2008.last_img read more

Conte: Recruiting not all about top four

first_imgTransfers Conte: Missing out on Champions League won’t hurt Chelsea’s transfer plans Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 12:10 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Chelsea Leicester City v Chelsea FA Cup Antonio Conte Videos The Chelsea head coach doubts whether missing out on Europe’s top competition will hamper the English side in the transfer market Antonio Conte played down the impact missing out on the Champions League would have on Chelsea’s pulling power in the transfer market as his side fight to finish in the Premier League’s top four.Failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League is a real possibility for the Blues, who are fifth and four points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool with eight matches remaining in the Premier League, following Wednesday’s European exit to Barcelona.Conte has lamented Chelsea’s transfer business throughout the season after claiming the title last term, having missed out on signing Romelu Lukaku – who opted for Manchester United before the start of the campaign – while a move for Roma’s Edin Dzeko failed to materialise. 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 Chelsea did manage to sign Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta, though star midfielder Nemanja Matic was controversially sold to United, while star duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois continue to be linked with Real Madrid.Asked if failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three seasons would make Chelsea less attractive in the market, Conte – preparing for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City – told reporters that he didn’t think it was an all-important part of the club’s dealings.”Don’t forget that two years ago, Chelsea finished 10th with many players of this season, and they decided to continue to play for this club,” he told reporters.”I think this is not a question for me, it’s a question for the players.”While Conte doesn’t believe that missing out on Champions League play would have a massive impact, he once again made it clear that he was unhappy with the way the market had been handled by his club after winning the title last season. “I don’t know if it’s a problem to attract a great player or not,” he said. “If you remember last season we won the title, and then you can see our transfer market.”I think this is not the most important thing, if you win or stay in the Champions League.”The Chelsea boss also made it clear that the club would still be looking to finish the season in the best way possible, with a top-four position and the FA Cup still up for grabs. “We have to try to do both,” he said. “To try to go to the next round and to reach the semifinal in the FA Cup. It won’t be easy.”Leicester is a good team. In the last game we played at home [in the Premier League] we suffered against them. Then [we have to] do our best also in the league, to find a place in the Champions League. It won’t be easy.”Every trophy is important for us. We started the season to try to fight until the end for every competition.”In the Carabao Cup we reached the semifinal, in Champions League the last 16. This is the FA Cup quarterfinal. If we win we can play another semifinal at Wembley. We try to do our best in every competition. This must be our target.”last_img read more

Taylor Cornelius Selected by Tampa Bay Vipers in XFL Draft

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. Taylor Cornelius is headed to the XFL.The Tampa Bay Vipers took Cornelius in the ninth round of the XFL skill player draft Tuesday morning. Cornelius joins former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on the Vipers’ roster. Murray was the team’s assigned quarterback.With the 5th pick of Round 9 (No. 69 overall) in the Skill Position #XFLDraft, the #XFLVipers select Taylor Cornelius – QB, Oklahoma State!Taylor Cornelius was named team captain in his lone season Oklahoma State’s full-time starter as a senior. A leader on and off the field! pic.twitter.com/2PrushF35u— Tampa Bay Vipers (@XFLVipers) October 15, 2019 Tampa Bay’s coach and general manager is Marc Trestman. Trestman’s coaching career began in 1981, where he has since coached on the college, NFL and even CFL levels before this XFL job. Trestman was the Chicago Bears’ head coach for two seasons where he accumulated a 13-19 record. Trestman had a 72-54 record in his seven CFL seasons, where he won three Grey Cups.Cornelius threw for 3,978 yards and 32 touchdowns at Oklahoma State in 2018. That’s the fifth-most passing yards and fourth-most passing touchdowns in a season in program history.Cornelius went undrafted in the NFL Draft before signing a rookie mini-camp deal with the Green Bay Packers, where he didn’t stick.last_img read more