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Azerbaijan 2012: Maidens qualify for a third world cup appearance

first_imgGhana made it a third time appearance at the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup finals with a 5-1 win over South Africa in the final round qualifier on Friday at the Accra Sports Stadium.Alberta Yao’s hat-trick and a brace in the second half strike by captain Priscilla Okyere were enough to undo the opener by Mosili Makhoali. Ghana, thus make it a third straight qualification to the World Cup.Both team played out a goalless draw in Daveyton two weeks ago but the Black Maidens on the final day of the second round fixture at the Accra Sports Stadium proved strong enough for the Bantwanas as they rallied from a goal down to claim their place in the finals in Azerbaijan later in September this year.Makhoali drew first blood after six minutes for the visitors to silence the home crowd but just after restarting the game, Alberta equalized for the Black Maidens.Ghana had chances to jump into the lead but the final touch always robbed coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani’s ladies a sight of goal.The South Africans looked comfortable with a superior goal difference knowing a draw would be enough to see them through as the contest neared the closing stages of the first half. But Alberta Yao popped up to score her second on 43 minutes and celebrated grabbing a hat-trick when her strike beat goalkeeper Katlego Moletsane to hand Ghana a 3-1 lead a minute into injury time of the first half.Back from the break, Ghana were quick from the blocks, pressing the South Africans high up the field.Eight minutes game, the Black Maidens scored their fourth goal through Okyere.Okyere was not finished when she unleashed a 30 yard shot on the stroke of full-time to cap a wonderful performance to wrap up qualification.The two other qualifying slots from the continent will be decided after the ties between Tunisia v Gambia and Zambia v Nigeria this weekend.last_img read more

The Latest Ultrabooks with Intel vPro Technology!

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The 11 Best Stats From The OSU-West Virginia Game

first_imgThere was really only one number that mattered on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium: 100. Mike Gundy notched win No. 100 in tremendous fashion as the Pokes took down a top 10 team.But there were a few others that stuck out as well. A look at those here.15: OSU is now 15-1 when winning the turnover battle 3-0 under Mike Gundy and 33-2 when winning it 3-1 or better.7: There are only seven active coaches with 100 or more wins with their current team. You can see that list here.4: OSU has now won four of its first five Big 12 games in seven of the last nine years. That’s a staggering number.19: OSU now has 19 wins over top 25 teams in the Gundy era and six over top 10 teams.2: There are 71 players nationally with 210 passing attempts or more. Nobody has fewer than Mason Rudolph’s two picks.1.25: OSU’s turnover margin per game is now 1.25. This ranks No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big 12.screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-11-07-04-am9: James Washington now has nine 100-yard games in his career and a catch in 27 straight contests. Here are all nine 100-yard games.screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-11-02-48-am32: QB1 now has 32 TDs at home in 12 career starts. Compare that to three picks. He’s also averaging 353 yards per game in those 12 starts at home. Stunning stats.11: Jalen McCleskey tied his career high with 11 receptions. he also had 11 against Central Michigan earlier this year.43: OSU’s average drive on Saturday started on its own 43. That’s a startling number. If that happens every game and you’re even an average team, you’re probably not going to lose many times.2: WVU has now given up 30 or more points twice this season and 35 or more just once (to OSU on Saturday). While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Sporting Jordan Brand Bowl Gear

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. It looks like the Cowboys will be sporting some Jordan Brand threads this bowl season.Here’s a look.Who said only Michigan can wear Jordan brand? #gotheem pic.twitter.com/OxNr8XYc3M— Rex and The Chief (@RexandTheChief) December 14, 2016Of course, the first thing that sticks out is the iconic Jumpman logo.Here’s another look featuring the Cowboy’s new marshal badge logo.I recruited L-dog with the sorting of bowl gear. There’s a sucker born everyday!!!! pic.twitter.com/Nby4svOzcz— Rex and The Chief (@RexandTheChief) December 14, 2016His Airness’ line is a division of Nike, who outfits the Cowboys’ uniforms and gear. This season Jordan Brand debuted their first college football uniform kit with the University of Michigan.Will the grey and badge combo provide us a clue as to what the Cowboys’ Alamo Bowl duds will look like? We’ll have to wait and see.last_img read more

Quotebook: Gundy Calls Oklahoma State Defense ‘Unbelievable’

first_img“The defense was unbelievable,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told the Oklahoman during the postgame celebration. And he was right. Gundy would go on to say plenty more about the Pokes’ dominance on the defensive side of the ball in his postgame press conference. Here are a few of the best quotes.Mason Rudolph on the night“I think this is definitely going to help propel us into the off-season, keep us high, encourage us to have a great off-season mentally and physically, really get after it.“Tonight I think we just executed. Kind of got a little bit of a bitter taste out of our mouth. I told the guys pregame, Let’s let all the frustration out. Really executed well. These guys here, heck of a job on defense. It was almost a shutout until the end.”Rudolph on the double pass from Chris Carson“Yeah, we practiced that a lot throughout bowl prep. Chris made a great play. Kind of some leakage there. He did a good job of getting it to me. We ran that a couple years ago at the Cactus Bowl. Got a lot further than we did then. That was fun. Fun to pull out one of those trick plays and execute it well.“In hindsight, I probably should have hurdled him. I don’t know if I got that in the tank.”Head Coach Mike Gundy on the defense“They’re being humble on defense. Basically what we asked them to do a month ago was to come out and be physical and stay on the attack, pressure the quarterback and hit hard. That’s what we asked them to do, that’s what they did. Then defensively I challenged them the first practice in a meeting to blitz, to attack, to be aggressive, to be the most physical team on the field. That’s what they did tonight. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it didn’t. But it worked for us tonight.”Rudolph on the Gatorade bath whiff“‘Big Daddy’ over here, he kind of evaded the Gatorade dump. It kind of pissed me off. He saw us, got away at the last second.“It was fun, man. I think only winning the Cactus Bowl a couple years ago, just playing in a bigger bowl with more fans, playing in a hometown with Sterns, Vincent, it was a home feel. We had a great crowd showing. That’s what you play for, what you work for all year, those moments when you get to look up at the balloons and just think about what it took to get here.”Gundy on avoiding the bath“The mullet kind of blocks the view. When you’re as small as I am, you play at this level, you have to learn to avoid contact at all times. Eyes in the back of your head helps. Mason is bigger. He could take more hits than I could.”James Washington on 2017“I think it just sets us up to do greater things. We have Marcell and all of our weapons back. I’m looking forward to coming out next year and doing the same thing, hopefully ending with a great outcome.”Gundy on Washington’s big night“Colorado has six guys on defense that are going to get a chance to be in the NFL, whether it’s drafted or in a free agency, whatever. There are six guys being evaluated by the NFL.“I can’t speak for them. I’m just guessing. Two of the deep balls were right there in front of me on our sidelines. James just ran right by that guy. Maybe they underestimated how fast he is. The one he dropped… He just blew right by him. It just worked for us.”Gundy on 2017“It certainly stimulates a lot of excitement with the players, the fans, the recruiting, the overall concept. Chances are you’re talking about a team that’s going to finish top 10 in the country. Double-digit wins for five of the last seven years. At some point in the top 10 in the country seven of the last nine years.“A win like this doesn’t guarantee anything, but it certainly means a lot for the seniors, the organization and the people that put a lot of time and effort into success.”Colorado QB Sefo Liufau on the night“The game sucked. It’s kind of obvious. I don’t know what you guys want me to say. It’s pretty frustrating the way kind of things happened. Just didn’t come out with all things firing. I think in the beginning we moved the ball a lot as an offense but weren’t able to capitalize.“Like I always say, it falls back on me, not being able to get the ball going, not being able to get the drives finished. Just a tough one overall.”Colorado Coach Mike MacIntyre on Rudolph2Washington“He made some great catches. We were in good position. Quarterback made some good back shoulder throws. He’s a good player. He’s done that all year long. He’s an excellent football player.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

WATCH: Jordan Sterns Career Highlights

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. Jordan Sterns will go down as not only a fan favorite but one of the hardest hitting Cowboy defenders ever. After leading Oklahoma State in tackles for three straight years, Sterns lands at No. 7 on the Cowboys’ all-time tackler list (and No. 1 in the Gundy era).Unfortunately Sterns’ time in orange and black is done, but that makes it a great time to look back at his stellar career.last_img read more

The Best Recruiting Hits in the Mike Gundy Era

first_imgOgbah declared early for the NFL draft, and came off the board as the first pick in the second round of last years NFL draft. Already in one season, he seems to be the biggest bright spot for a struggling Browns franchise that has had difficulty finding any relative success in the past few years.1. Justin Blackmon — Wide Receiver — 2008Coming from small-town Ardmore in Oklahoma, Blackmon was ranked as the nation’s 80th prospect at his position, receiving offers from OSU, Colorado, Mizzou, and Northern Iowa.A three-star prospect, he finished with back-to-back Biletnikoff Awards as the nations best receiver, set the single season reception record at OSU and the total receiving yards in a single season record. Oh, and he was a top-5 NFL draft pick. Not bad for a three-star recruit. The former Tulsa Union pass-catcher transformed into a lethal wide receiver, finishing his career 9th all-time in total receiving yards and 8th in total touchdowns at OSU.6. Lane Taylor — Offensive guard — 2008More big men love! Taylor rightfully deserves it, too. He’s been underrated his entire career and at Oklahoma State started 47 games at the guard position. On some of the most productive rushing offenses OSU has ever produced.He was undrafted in the NFL, yet is a key piece of the Green Bay Packers who are playing in their divisional championship in the NFL.5. Ryan Simmons — Inside Linebacker — 2011Simmons wasn’t exactly a hidden gem. He was an Army All-American from a Texas powerhouse, and still pretty underrated nationally. That’s just an example of how crowded the Lone Star State is with talent.He started in every game for OSU in 2013 and 2014, and had his career end short with a knee injury. But 177 tackles, 3 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss later, he may go down as one of the all-time inside linebackers to ever play for Mike Gundy.4. Justin Gilbert — Athlete — 2010As a high school athlete that played quarterback and cornerback, Gilbert found his role at Oklahoma State as one of the best lockdown corners to play at OSU. His speed allowed him to play off the ball and poach passes to go the other way, and he was one of the most explosive kick returners OSU has had in years.His NFL career has been pretty up-and-down after being picked by the Cleveland Browns at No. 6 overall. But coming out of high school as a three-star recruit, he’s made a bunch of money in the league and made a lasting impression in Stillwater.3. Clint Chelf — Quarterback — 2009Awwwh yeah, time to show Choo-Choo some well-deserved love. This guy may go down as the most underrated recruit ever. Even Gundy underrated him when he had him!It seems every year OSU had another option they went with at quarterback, and every year he seemed to be the most reliable option. Not bad for a guy who finished with his name all over the record books.6th all time in passing TD’s7th all time in passing yards10th all time in total offensive yards in a single season by a QB2. Emmanuel Ogbah — Defensive end — 2012This one’s a recent one, but still one of the more miraculous stories in the Gundy era. Ogbah was a three-star recruit from Bush, Texas, and chose OSU over several other options. 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 Historically, Oklahoma State has almost always relied on underrated recruits. In the Mike Gundy era, it’s been almost exclusively undervalued high school players who have been given the nod to play at OSU. And there have been some good ones come through.Here are five of Mike Gundy’s most underrated recruits who had the most productive careers at Oklahoma State. This is not from a purely numbers standpoint, but also done subjectively based on impact on the field and how they are remembered off it.10. Kevin Peterson — Cornerback — 2012A one-time Oklahoma Sooners commit, Peterson flipped to Oklahoma State just a week before signing day in 2012. As a top-10 prospect in the state, he still only garnered two scholarship offers: OU and OSU.Peterson succeeded the shutdown corner spot Justin Gilbert left behind, and made his presence felt as a top lockdown player that drew the assignment of every teams opposing No. 1 wide receiver. He finished his career with 5 INT’s, 143 total tackles and a fumble recovery, and has bounced around with the Chicago Bears in the NFL after signing as a free agent this past season.9. Russell Okung — Offensive tackle — 2006C’mon now, this guy was a three-star prospect? Coming out of Richmond, Texas, he was a very slept on prospect who only held offers from six schools: LSU, OSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Iowa State and Arizona State.He ended his career at OSU with 47 consecutive starts, and was drafted No. 6 overall pick by the Seahawks in the NFL draft, and now plays for the Denver Broncos as the starting left tackle.8. Kendall Hunter — Running back — 2007Coming out of John Tyler, Texas, Hunter was a well-kept secret by Oklahoma State. Outside OSU, his biggest offer was Baylor or TCU — two schools who weren’t near the programs they are now.Hunter finished with two 1,000 yard seasons at OSU, more than 4,000 rushing yards on his career. He finished third in all-time rushing, one spot above this guy named Barry Sanders.7. Tracy Moore – Wide Receiver — 2009Out of high school, the 247sports composite rated him as a three-star. But 247sports themselves didn’t have him ranked at all. He got the “N/A” treatment.last_img read more

OSU Signee Brendon Evers Admits His Family Is Full of OU Fans

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. Bixby (Oklahoma) defensive tackle Brendon Evers committed to Oklahoma State early in the recruiting process last March. Despite recruitment of other top prospects nationally, which many times can see multiple decommitments during a process, Evers stayed loyal to the Cowboys. Even with his family having a fandom of a different in-state school.“My whole family is OU fans,” Evers told the Tulsa World after signing with OSU. “At first it was weird, but they’re happy for me that I get to go to college and live my dream.”While it may have been weird at the beginning, it didn’t take long for OSU and Mike Gundy to sell Evers’ family on the atmosphere and the perfect fit their son would have at OSU.“I was a little skeptical,” Evers’ father Jim said. “But once we met coach Gundy and saw how family-oriented they were, we thought it was a good fit. We’re OSU fans from now on.”Just another day in the life of Mike Gundy. Winning over OU fans one day at a time.last_img read more