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. I don’t know. I don’t even know.Kansas should have scored, but instead Oklahoma State nearly did. KU got out ahead of OSU’s secondary when the ball bounced off one of its receivers and landed in Jordan Sterns’ arms. Sterns ran it back a while before a lateral to Vincent Taylor. Taylor then pitched it to Jarrell Owens.I have no idea how OSU didn’t fumble. But Glenn Spencer is not pleased despite the TO.Glenn Spencer is disgusted. https://t.co/Onjf6Rr22O— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016Also, Carson nailed it.Vincent Taylor has a better option pitch than Tommie Frazier! Waited for the defense to commit.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 22, 2016Here’s the full three minutes of the play. It’s insane.
Oklahoma State heads to its’ proverbial house of horrors on Saturday, where the Cowboys will take on Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats. The Cowboys haven’t come home with a win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium since 2010, including a brutal 48-14 pounding in 2014 the last time the Pokes came to town.This year’s Kansas State team is very similar to your typical Bill Snyder-coached group- they run the ball, they stop the run, and they refuse to turn the ball over. The Wildcats sit at 5-3 (3-2 in Big 12 play) and come off of a close shave against Iowa State in Farmageddon.They held a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter only to give up 16 unanswered and needed to recover an onside kick at the end to hang on for the win.But the style that Kansas State plays may spell doom for a Cowboys defense that relies heavily on turnovers and struggles to get stops without them. Let’s take a look at a few numbers to know for Kansas State.Kansas State will not give the ball upAs mentioned above, Kansas State has turned over the ball just seven times all season! This ranks eighth in the country, and will mean many long, slow drives up and down the field. QB Jesse Ertz facilitates an interesting spread offense, but executes more like a Big 10 offense than a Big 12.Running backs Justin Silmon and Charles Thomas are a two headed monster out of the backfield that run hard and run often. The Cowboys defense should expect to be on the field more than almost any other game this season, and will need to stop the run against the Wildcats if they want to get off the field.Oklahoma State will face the best run defense they’ve faced all yearK-State is elite at stopping the run. They give up just 102.3 yards per game, which is fifth in the entire country. OSU has improved quite a bit in the past few games running the football, but will face the toughest test of their season on the ground in Manhattan.If the Pokes can’t run the ball and establish the ground game early, they will be in big trouble on the road.The Cowboys continue to be road warriors in the Big 12A stat that may surprise Cowboys fans — Oklahoma State is 7-1 in their last 8 true road games, dating back to 2014. Despite Mason Rudolph’s struggles on the road (10 touchdowns, 10 interceptions in his career), OSU has come up big this year and last year away from Stillwater, especially in the Big 12.Kansas State has won the last two meetings in Manhattan, but this Oklahoma State team is riding high after the West Virginia win last week. If the Cowboys can get a win on the road this weekend, they will be in the driver’s seat to play for the Big 12 title in Norman the final day of the season. 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.
Kyle Porter calls Carson Cunningham to discuss a horrific Bedlam game that ended with the Cowboys losing 38-20 in Norman (and it wasn’t even really that close). They discuss Road Rudolph, Gundy against OU, what there is to be excited about (not much!) and where OSU goes from here.LIVE on #Periscope: Bedlam is over. #okstate got worked. Let’s all mourn this together. https://t.co/eeI1NgzUhQ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016 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.
Mike Gundy addressed the media on Monday following the first spring football practice. As confident as ever with the mullet in full flow, the head man addressed what many would consider borderline major changes to the roster.Kenneth Edison-McGruder, who spent time at safety last season, will be moving back into the box at linebacker — a position he dabbled in last season including during the Alamo Bowl. And perhaps the bigger news: Ramon Richards is being moved from corner to safety this spring.“We used Ramon Richards at safety last year,” said Gundy. “We feel like he has good range and that he can make some plays from there. .. Ramon will be a guy who plays more in the middle of the field.”That’s obviously a major change, even if it winds up being temporary. Richards has played at cornerback since his true freshman season (which we won’t speak of), and last year he emerged as one of the top playmakers in the secondary. He has a knack for finding himself in the right place at the right time, and it seems that quality coupled with his previous experience at the position and Gundy’s confidence in his youngsters is enough to make the position change.“We’ve got some young guys that we want to get a lot of work,” Gundy said. “They’ll get a lot of work as far as from a depth perspective, and they’ll definitely get a lot of reps in the spring until we get some young guys in. We need those young guys to come in and improve. That’s one of the positions where we need those guys to come in and play well for us next year, and to do it earlier than what you normally would at that position.“We like the young guys. We like what they bring to the table. They just don’t have a ton of experience yet. They’ve had a good offseason.”The young guys in the program do have some promise. OSU signed a solid 2016 class of defensive backs, all but two of which took redshirts last season. But now it’s time to step up and see what they can do. Here are the four candidates most likely to be in line for immediate playing time, including a true frosh — along with some candidates who I think have a chance to separate themselves this spring. I’ll also make a final assessment at the bottom.Madre Harper (Sophomore)Harper is the prospect who should be next in line to replace Richards. An early enrollee a season ago, he made his presence felt mainly on special teams last season. But he’s an ideal candidate to step up right away given his time spent in the program and his ceiling as a defensive back.Harper has a perfect frame at 6-foot-1, he was a lockdown defender in high school out of Lamar — the same school as Texas QB Shane Buechele — and he’s likely going to see a majority of first-team reps.AJ Green (Sophomore)Green was a lesser-heralded recruit out of DeSoto, Texas, whom OSU was very high on in the recruiting process. Like Harper, Green has a 6-foot-1 frame and played for one of the more dominant programs in Texas High School football. He played a good chunk of time as a true freshman, and while he may not have been a flashy recruit, he has all the fundamentals down and a good base to build on.I’m really high on Green as well. His mechanics and footwork are well beyond his age, and he has the discipline to not bite on double moves and keep his receiver in front of him as we saw last year. That’s something you can coach, but it makes it easier if they’re already heady enough to know those little things.Rodarius Williams (Redshirt Freshman)Representing first team All-Confidence, Williams might just be the next big thing if his attitude towards his own game rounds into on-field results. The former Shreveport (Louisiana) native took a redshirt last season, and he’s been able to bulk up and grow into what was a promising but thin frame.Williams might be the most raw of the group, but he has a high upside a la Justin Gilbert. He’s a former track star and will figure to be in the rotation in some capacity.LaMarcus Morton (Freshman)Color me intrigued with LaMarcus Morton, an early enrollee out of Gilmer, Texas, who starred at wide receiver in high school. Morton played all over the field including safety, but cornerback is going to be fairly new to him. Because of the need for defensive backs (and the overflow of talent at WR), Morton might be a natural fit on the outside.Like many others, he’s also a former track star. But his time spent as a wide receiver gives him an edge. He knows the mentality, and thus might be able to defend the pass better. Spring will be huge for him in learning and picking things up on the fly, and I don’t think we’ll learn much about whether he can contribute right away until the summer. But he’s got a high ceiling and the need might usher in immediate playing time for him.Final assessmentOklahoma State is confident in its youth, but make no mistake, it is also making every effort to supplement it with experience. Clemson defensive back Adrian Baker is a top priority after making an official visit last weekend, so don’t be surprised if Gundy fills a hole with a graduate transfer like he’s done in the past.The group on the whole is young but talented, sharp yet inexperienced. Working in young guys (and moving Ramon to safety) will speed up the growing pains with extra reps against a future NFL quarterback. If they’re not good, Ramon can always switch back to the outside (Glenn Spencer already noted that). But I think this is a good move on the whole to get young guys reps and work them in right away.There are several players who might go from relative unknowns to starters in 2017, and the likelihood seems high that it will be one (or more) names from this list. 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. We’ve already looked at state of Oklahoma State’s offense for the end of spring. Now let’s turned to the defense Mike Gundy is so confident in.Prior to the start of spring practice, Gundy predicted the 2017 defense would be better than the one that went 12-1 in 2011 and won a Fiesta Bowl.He credited depth and change in recruiting philosophy for his optimism.“I just think we have more depth,” said Gundy. “I think that we’ve recruited longer and that our culture is in place so we have more depth than we did then.”Here’s a look at that complete depth chart as it looks now.Defensive EndJordan Brailford was granted a medical hardship waiver for missing all of his would-be junior season. That means the Cowboys are two-deep in experienced starters and Tralund Webber has also shown the ability to make plays.While there is plenty of depth at the end spot, it’s becoming a bit top-loaded. It will be interesting to see how much younger players like Brock Martin see the field. Mike Gundy seems to think it’s a possibility. Triston Grant spent last year redshirting. The two freshmen make up all of OSU’s underclassmen on the edge.Defensive TackleThe interior of the defensive line boasts similar depth to the ends. Joe Bob Clements gets my vote for most underrated assistant in the Big 12. He’s the epitome of an efficient recruiter. He finds his guys and then develops them into D-I players. See Emmanuel Ogbah and Vincent Taylor.It will be a big year for Darrion Daniels. The former ESPN 300 prospect has been a difference maker since day 1. Now that Vincent Taylor is off to South Beach, he needs to take a leadership role on this line. DeQuinton Osborne is another brute who can make plays. Trey Carter bulked up and moved from end to tackle and former Michigan State DT Enoch Smith Jr comes in to add depth.LinebackerThe Cowboys have an underrated group of linebackers. After losing Jordan Burton and Devante Averrette, the Cowboys still boast plenty of depth in the infield. With the installation of a second defensive scheme — Oklahoma State will employ both three-down and four-down sets — Glenn Spencer will be leaning on his guys even more.Kenneth Edison-McGruder spent some time at the “star” linebacker spot a year ago but he has now been permanently moved from safety. Chad Whitener returns as a leader of the defense. Look for guys like Justin Phillips and newcomer Patrick Macon to be difference makers, as well.CornerbackEasily the biggest question mark for Oklahoma State. The addition of Clemson grad transfer Adrian Baker is huge. Past him the Cowboys still have zero starts among their corners. Mike Gundy doesn’t seem too worried but did concede that they may have to score a few points early on.There seem to be several talented pieces including A.J. Green and Madre Harper but they will likely take their lumps this season. First up, they face a Tulsa passing game that, while retooling at QB and No. 1-2 receivers, is not one to overlook.SafetyOne of the biggest stories going into the spring was Ramon Richards’ move from cornerback to safety — especially considering the above-mentioned lack of depth on the outside. Richards and Tre Flowers make a formidable duo in the backfield. Behind them is a lot of youth.Jordan Sterns led the team in tackles for three straight years from the strong safety spot. It will be interesting to see how OSU replaces that production and which of the young guns can make a name for themselves. The 2018 class is loaded with safety talent.SpecialistZach Sinor may be the best punter in America. He led the nation with 62.5 percent of his punts sticking inside the 20-yard line and only gave up one touchback. Think precision lawn darts. OSU only allowed 15 punt return yards all season.Ben Grogan finished his career as OSU’s all-time leading scorer. The place-kicking job should be Matt Ammendola’s to lose. He took over kickoff duties early last season and was an instant upgrade. Can his strong leg handle both? If not, incoming freshman Jake McClure would definitely like a shot.
Mason Rudolph announced he was going to return to school last year in a video filmed under some bleachers in San Antonio as he and James Washington prepared to roast Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. The announcement was not a shock, but it was still thrilling to realize that Oklahoma State would take its second great shot at a national championship because QB1 returned to school.Last week at Big 12 Media Days, Rudolph explained the process of entering and then eventually exiting the NFL Draft. He noted that when you put your name in the NFL Draft, you receive a grade from the NFL’s College Advisory Committee.To help both the clubs, who want NFL-ready players in the Draft, and the student-athletes, who are looking to enter the Draft early, the NFL relies on its College Advisory Committee. The Committee, which includes high-level personnel evaluators from NFL clubs and directors from the league’s two sanctioned scouting organizations (National Football Scouting and BLESTO), advises underclassmen on their draft prospects before they make a formal request to the league to join the Draft. [NFL Operations]AdChoices广告Rudolph got a mixed bag of answers.“It’s either a first, second or go back to school grade,” he said. “I got a go back to school grade, but it was different because of the six number grades I got. It was 1, 1, 4, 4, 5 and 7 or something like that. I was like, ‘Well, that’s a little bit skewed, that’s kind of all over the place.’“Usually you’re supposed to stick with that. In a sense, even if I would have had a first or second round grade, I probably would have stayed just because that’s the way I felt in my heart. I want to leave a legacy at Oklahoma State. I want to win a Big 12 Championship, and I want to graduate. There was a lot of factors, and I probably wanted to stay anyway.“I don’t know if I was ready at that point.”He then pulled something Peyton Manning once said out of the mental archives and applied it to this upcoming season for Oklahoma State, one that has the potential to be historically relevant.“I remember Peyton Manning talking at Oklahoma State a couple of years ago, talking about ‘the NFL will always be there. Your college experience, your senior year, I really enjoyed.’ It made sense and I think, I felt I wanted to leave a legacy here at Oklahoma State. I want to be able to enjoy my senior season and then attack the NFL whenever that comes my way.”Rudolph was then asked about what it would mean for his return to result in a Big 12 championship.“It would mean a lot, I think, with our school, Oklahoma State only being there one time, it would mean a lot,” said Rudolph. “Our team would go down history. It would be something to always come back for and remember. I won a state championship my senior year of high school and that’s something I hadn’t done my first two years. So, I think I’m motivated by that and that’s kind of the sole goal that’s in the forefront of our team’s mind.”I don’t know if Rudolph would have actually returned had he received a first-round grade. I kind of think if you get the grade, you go. How many times do you have a chance to become a millionaire in your life? What I do know is that he didn’t get that grade and he’s back for another season. One that he hopes (along with the rest of us) has a fairytale ending. 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.
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 21: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the game against the Boston Terriers at Rupp Arena on November 21, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Calipari draws the best high school basketball players to Lexington every season, but it is clear that his wife Ellen makes an impact on the young Wildcats as well. According to SEC Country‘s Alex Martin Smith, she bakes players brownies for their birthdays every year. Well, today is her birthday, so the Wildcats decided to flip the script, and bring her dessert ahead of tonight’s game against Illinois State.Brownies for the bday girl! Nice gesture from the players, who usually receive the same from Mrs. Cal on their bday pic.twitter.com/cFT40YxbOP— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 30, 2015Well done, Kentucky. We’re sure Coach Cal appreciates the hand in helping make his wife’s birthday a special one.[SEC Country]
Cancer Schmancer presents the first Women’s Health Summit, hosted by Fran Drescher, honoring Rosie O’Donnell and Senator Barbara Boxer, with Ed Begley Jr., Ken Cook, CEO of Environmental Working Group, and a multitude of interesting, informative panels and Q&A opportunities with noted experts in the fields of home detoxing, integrative medicine, positive thinking, and self empowerment.Video: Join Fran Drescher’s 2015 Women’s Health SummitDate: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015 Time: 8 AM – 4 PMLocation: SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER – 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los AngelesThis full day event is for women in and around the Los Angeles area who want to take charge of their health, their bodies and their environment. The 2015 Women’s Health Summit takes place at the prestigious and beautiful Skirball Center on October 13, 2015, and will feature experts on topics such as detoxing your home, integrative medicine, nutrition, positive thinking, and empowerment. There is also a special exhibition where attendees will enjoy information on leading organizations in the field of health, nutrition, the environment, and positive living. Men are more than welcome at the summit.Tickets are $150 for admission with lunch; $500 VIP ticket for premium reserved seating, lunch with Fran and a Detox Your Home DVD. Purchase tickets by visiting www.CancerSchmancer.org/whs.
The downtown core could be turning a corner when it comes to its vacancy rate.Numbers show the trend is headed downward from the peak we saw back in the second quarter of 2017.According to Avison Young, the city is headed in the right direction, it may not happen overnight, but the vacancy rate is improving.Research Manager with Avison Young, Susan Thompson, says there would be a lot of benefits for the city if downtown rates continue the same trend.“A vibrant downtown is very important, it helps create life on the streets, it helps boost our economy, it just helps people feel better and that is something we have definitely been hearing,” she said.The numbers were released the same day, Amazon announced the 20 cities that were shortlisted for their second headquarters with Calgary being left off the list.Even though the bid for the new Amazon headquarters fell short, Thompson says the move shows the city is heading in the right direction when it comes to the technology sector.“Diversification is critical to Calgary’s improving economy because we are not sure energy is going to dominate the space the same way it has in the past,” she adds.Even though rates show signs of improving Thompson does warn there will be some turbulence to start the year.
London: Two Pakistani-origin sisters from London are believed to be the latest set of mothers to lose their British citizenship for marrying into the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria. Reema Iqbal and her sister, Zara, have five boys under the age of eight between them and are being held in a Syrian detention camp. Reports of them losing their right to return to the UK after losing their citizenship rights come as it was confirmed that Bangladeshi-origin Shamima Begum lost her three-week-old baby in a Syrian refugee camp days after her British citizenship was similarly revoked. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping’The Sunday Times’ quoted legal sources to say that the Iqbal sisters, from east London, have had their British nationality rights revoked for marrying into an ISIS terrorist cell. Their parents are from Pakistan, so the UK Home Office would argue they are eligible for Pakistani nationality instead. Their five sons, however, are likely to remain British citizens. The newspaper report says the two women headed to Syria from London in 2013 after marrying into a six-man cell of ISIS recruits with close links to the filmed murders of western hostages by British Arab ISIS fighter Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi John for his UK connection. The sisters’ husbands were later killed in fighting. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangZara, 28, already had a son when she made the journey and was heavily pregnant with her second child, to whom she gave birth in Syria. She later had a third boy under the so-called ISIS caliphate . The family is believed to be in either Al Hol camp or another facility at Ain Issa in Syria. Her older sister, Reema, 30, has two sons, one of whom was born in Britain. They are in Roj camp, to which Shamima Begum was reportedly recently transferred. There is growing pressure on UK home secretary Sajid Javid since it was confirmed that 19-year-old Begum had lost her child, Jarrah, to pneumonia in the refugee camp on Thursday. Diane Abbott, the UK shadow home secretary, said the baby’s death was a stain on the conscience of this government . Javid’s own Conservative Party colleague and former justice minister, Phillip Lee, urged the government to “reflect” on its “moral responsibility” for the tragedy. “We cannot just export the problem, he said. A UK government spokesperson said: “The death of any child is tragic and deeply distressing for the family.” The UK Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases, adding that decisions to withdraw citizenship from individuals were evidence-based and not taken lightly . Under international law, the UK can revoke a citizenship of a British national only if the individual would not be made stateless and can acquire the citizenship of another country. The use of the powers has risen sharply in the UK, with 104 deprivations of citizenship in 2017, compared to 50 in the previous decade, according to Home Office figures obtained by the immigration law website Free Movement. At least a dozen jihadi brides from Britain and more than 20 of their children are believed to be held in overcrowded camps run by western-backed Kurdish forces in Syria.
Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of India’s anti-satellite missile capability on Wednesday was “limitless drama and publicity mongering”, amounting to “gross violation” of the model code of conduct, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. The PM made the announcement ahead of the Lok Sabha polls to “reap political benefits”, Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, said. “There is no great urgency in conducting and announcing the mission now by a government past its expiry date. It seems a desperate oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat. We are lodging a complaint with the Election Commission,” she said. Addressing the nation on the demonstration of India’s anti-satellite missile capability, the prime minister said India had joined an exclusive club of space super powers by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement. “Today’s announcement is yet another limitless drama and publicity mongering by Modi desperately trying to reap political benefits at the time of election. This is a gross violation of Model Code of Conduct,” Banerjee tweeted. Pointing out that research, space management and development “are continuous processes”, Banerjee said, “Modi, as usual, likes to take the credit for everything.” “Credit to those who really deserve it, our scientists & researchers,” she added. “India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India, other research & space organisations,” she tweeted. The TMC had earlier criticised the prime minister for trying to “take the credit” of the achievement of space scientists in shooting down a live satellite. The party said this would not have any impact on the poll prospects of the BJP in the upcoming elections. “Narendra Modi should stop taking credit for the achievement or job done by others. Shooting down a satellite is the credit of our scientists. The Modi government in the last five years has failed to provide any relief to the people of the country,” senior TMC leader and West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim said. “So ahead of the elections, the BJP and Modi should stop these tricks to fool the masses. It won’t have any impact on the poll prospects of the BJP in the upcoming elections,” Hakim said. Modi said the action was not directed against any country and the satellite was a pre-determined target orbiting at an altitude of 300 km.
London- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho thanked all those behind his extraordinary career as he accepted a tribute award from England’s Football Writers’ Association.The Portuguese boss received the honour at gala dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel on Sunday, just hours after Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Premier League champions Manchester United at Stamford Bridge took them to within two points of leaders Arsenal.From the moment he proclaimed himself the “Special One” ahead of his first spell in charge of Chelsea, having won the Champions League at former club Porto, Mourinho has proved a fertile source of headlines for the English football media. But there has been plenty of substance to back up Mourinho’s words, the 50-year-old guiding Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 during his first spell at Stamford Bridge before a falling out with the west London club’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.Undaunted, Mourinho went on to win domestic titles at Inter Milan, where he also lifted the Champions League trophy for a second time, and Spanish giants Real Madrid before returning to Chelsea ahead of this season.“Without love and happiness, I could not do my job,” said Mourinho, who was accompanied to the dinner by his wife and children.He paid tribute to those who’d been instrumental in setting him on the path to football success, including celebrated Dutch coach Louis van Gaal and the late England manager Bobby Robson.“My assistant (coaches) are like my brothers, Frank (Lampard) represents my players, without whom I have no career, and Mr van Gaal, Mr Robson, my bosses.”Mourinho said the quality of life he and his family enjoyed in England had been a key factor in persuading him to come back to Chelsea.“I sat down with my wife and family, and said ‘where is the best place for us? Where can we be happier as a family? To be happy as a manager and enjoy more the family and life socially?’“We decided England, after that, for the situation to be perfect it would be Chelsea and I was lucky because the door was open for me,” added Mourinho whose son, Jose junior, is a promising goalkeeper.Mourinho said he wanted to stay at Chelsea and joked that if they sacked him again he would join another Premier League club, such is his love of England.“The principles you have in relation to football and life are absolutely amazing,” he explained.“I love this Chelsea Football Club, which has been the only club to have ever sacked me, we as a family belong to you (in) England.“I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belongs to me, and hopefully we will stay for many, many years.”“It is not a threat, but if you sack me, I will stay in England and go to another club, a possible rival.”Chelsea midfielder Lampard, one of several leading football figures, including England manager Roy Hodgson, at the Savoy, praised Mourinho for the way he inspired his players.“There has never been any special over-confidence or arrogance from him,” Lampard said. “He made us all feel like we could be champions.“He found the perfect way to deal with every individual in his squad, and still does today.”The England international added: “He is the one who has all the pluses, I cannot find a fault.“He drags every individual up a level, anything that is needed he is the one that takes that on and that is why he one of the most special managers around.”
“We’ll closely monitor developments,” an MLB Players Association spokesperson said to FiveThirtyEight last month. “If 30 clubs are competing for a pennant, the free-agent market for players will be robust.”But fewer teams seem interested in competing.The Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, 2018 contenders, are retooling. The American League Central champion Cleveland Indians have shed payroll in a weak division they can likely win without spending on free agents.And teams seem to have learned, collectively, to wait out free agents. Thirty-five free agents signed guaranteed major league deals last year between Feb. 1 and opening day,2Excluding players who signed with one team earlier in the offseason, were released and signed with another team within the February-to-April period. compared with 18 in 2017, 13 in 2016, 10 in 2015 and 13 in 2014. The longer free agents wait, the fewer dollars they’re typically awarded.Even the star free agents are having to wait.Consider that in the not-so-distant past, top players had usually signed by now. Just look at the contracts inked before Christmases past: On Dec. 1, 2015, David Price signed the richest deal ever for a starting pitcher (seven years and $217 million) with the Boston Red Sox, and he was followed three days later by Zack Greinke, who signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal with Arizona. On Dec. 10 of the previous year, Jon Lester signed a $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. And in 2013, Robinson Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 6, just three days after Jacoby Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees.But the five richest contracts of last offseason were awarded after Jan. 24. And only one contract so far this offseason has topped $100 millionThere are other factors behind the slow down, said Chaim Bloom, vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays. His club reportedly signed pitcher Charlie Morton on Dec.12.“I’m hesitant to call something a trend before having [enough] information to really say this is a new normal — it might just be a slight shift in the timetable,” Bloom said to FiveThirtyEight last week. “There is a lot more information available. Teams increasingly like to have more and more information before making decisions. That may push some things later in the calendar. I also think — and this offseason is a good example of it — staff movement and staff [hirings] are taking up a larger chunk of offseason. … The more coaching staffs and front offices grow, the more time that is going to take [in early offseason].”Have teams learned to wait out the market?“I don’t know if it’s ideal for clubs, necessarily,” Bloom said of the slower markes. “You want to go into spring training knowing who you have.”Free agency has become more and more a battleground between teams and players. Clubs are accused of suppressing the service time of potential stars so as to control their prime years at cheaper salaries. Teams also seem to be wary of allocating a large share of their payroll to one player. Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million deal with the Yankees — signed Dec. 13, 2007 — remains the record for a free-agent contract even as MLB revenues have increased from $6 billion in 2007 to exceeding $10 billion in 2017.Regardless of whether free-agent superstars Harper and Manny Machado set contract records, they are expected to receive guaranteed dollars well into nine figures. The greater concern for the union is what another slow-to-develop market means for the middle class of free agents — which represents the vast majority of players.A slow-to-develop market forced unsigned players to create their own spring training camp last year in Bradenton, Florida. David Freese knows this trend well. After the former World Series MVP finished the 2015 season with 2.2 wins above replacement, he sought a lucrative, multiple-year contract. But he had to settle in March for a one-year, $3 million deal with the Pirates.“It was a tough situation to handle,” Freese said in 2016. “The waiting, it challenges your heart. Sitting around while guys are out playing [in spring training] … seeing games, seeing guys in the field.”Rather than test free agency this winter after the Dodgers were likely to turn down his $6 million club option, he re-signed with the club on a one-year, $4.5 million deal.Freese isn’t the only player to take that approach. Josh Donaldson — the 2015 A.L. MVP — agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with Atlanta on Nov. 26. He was joined by 18 other free agents signing contracts for just one year, making up 67.9 percent of the 28 signings so far through Monday. That’s the greatest share of one-year contracts signed through the first 50 days of the offseason over the past six winters. (The next closest was 52 percent in 2016-17.)Some of these players may have decided to bet on themselves on shorter-term deals in the hopes of maximizing their future earning potential. Or perhaps they are responding to seeing players with hopes of signing lucrative multi-year deals last offseason, like Mike Moustakas and Neil Walker, languish on the market until spring training had started.Free agents across the game appear to be in store for another longer wait. Perhaps this is the new normal.Sara Ziegler contributed research. LAS VEGAS — The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino was, in some ways, the most appropriate host for baseball’s winter meetings: After all, this offseason was once expected to be punctuated by announcements of record-setting, high-dollar free-agency deals. Bryce Harper, a premier free agent, is a Las Vegas native. But away from the din of the casino floor, a podium set up for press conferences in a vast ballroom was largely quiet last week. After last winter marked the slowest signing period in at least the previous 18 years, this offseason is starting even more slowly, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of free-agent data.Teams already seemed less interested in giving time on the field to players over the age of 30 — the time frame in which many players first become eligible for free agency. But now, early in the offseason, teams also seem increasingly less willing to spend on any free agent.Consider that through Monday, 50 days after the World Series concluded, only 5.2 percent of available free-agent players1Our pool of available free agents includes any player with major league experience who was granted free agency or released in October and November of each season. That excludes players signed internationally or those waived by a club before the season ended or later in the offseason. had signed major league deals for guaranteed money, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of data from The Baseball Cube. Fifty days after the end of the 2017 World Series, 5.5 percent of available free agents had signed. Two years ago that number was 9.2 percent. In the three offseasons prior to that winter — 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14 — it was 9.2, 7.8 and 10.9 percent respectively.Through Monday, $442.5 million had been spent on free agents. That’s down from $469.8 million at the same point last year, which was down from $976.5 million in the winter of 2016-17, $1.401 billion in 2015-16, $1.173 billion in 2014-15 and $1.229 billion through the middle of December 2013.
Rafael van der Vaart has called on time on his 18-year playing career amid injury problemsThe 35-year-old midfielder decided to leave Danish side Esbjerg fB after sustaining a training-ground injury.Despite only having joined in August, Van der Vaart refused to be on the club’s payroll for the year while injured.Now the Dutchman has decided to end an impressive career that has seen him play for the likes of Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham.“I just have to stop now. I am not here to rehabilitate, but to play football,” Van der Vaart told De Telegraaf.“The fun will be different and that’s what I want to be. I wanted to become a football grandpa, but unfortunately, that is not the case.“At this moment I can only be grateful for all the years I was allowed to play football.“All those players, staff and fans, from the ArenA, the Volksparkstadion, White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu, I just have warm feelings about it. It was a great time.”Across five countries, Van der Vaart managed 175 goals and 116 assists in a total of 546 career matches.However, his illustrious career came to a subdued end after struggling for game time at Real Betis, FC Midtjylland and Esbjerg.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I won prizes and played in championships, both with my clubs, the Dutch national team and individually,” said Van der Vaart.“In all those years I have been able to play football with and against so many great players in the most beautiful stadiums.“I had never dared to dream of that as a young boy.”Notable honours of Van der Vaart’s club career are the winning the Eredivisie with Ajax twice and winning the Supercopa de España with Real in 2008.Van der Vaart also finished as runner-up in the 2010 World Cup with the Netherlands.At international level, he managed 25 goals and 23 assists in 109 games.I ended my international career after 109 games, but these guys just keep going… Such a nice gesture of @onsoranje to honour the supporters who’ve attended over 100, 200 or even 300 games. Thanks for everything! 👏🧡🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/Z209k9BJWi— Rafael van der Vaart (@rafvdvaart) October 25, 2018
Valencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral refused to confirm whether or not they will look to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal at the end of the seasonThe Belgian forward arrived in Spain during the summer on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.Batshuayi had great success with Borussia Dortmund on a loan spell for the latter part of the previous campaign with seven goals in 10 Bundesliga games.However, life at Valencia hasn’t gone as well with Batshuayi only managing three goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.Los Che retains an option to make Batshuayi a permanent member of the squad this summer.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.But, for now at least, Marcelino remains unsure over what to do with the struggling forward.“At the right time will analyse the final situation and we will decide,” said Marcelino, according to Sports Mole.“There is a transfer [clause], I do not know what the situation is contractually, but for all parties who want to leave, we will look for what is best for Valencia and thus the appropriate decisions will be made.”Batshuayi is in the squad for Valencia’s Champions League Group H finale against Manchester United with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET) tonight.
Aboubakar Kamara fought for the ball with his teammate to take a penalty kick and at the end failed to scoreIn the match today between Fulham FC and Huddersfield Town, Aboubakar Kamara fought with the ball with Aleksandar Mitrovic.Kamara wanted to take a penalty kick awarded to his team.And when he kicked the ball, he failed the score.But Mitrovic downplayed the problem and explained what happened.Report: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…“For the penalty, we had a small argument and I think it is my job for penalties. He did not think like this but I respect that,” he told NBC Sports.“I have done the same in the past. I don’t have a problem with this, he missed and that is part of football.”“He changed the game when he came on in the second half. We worked very hard for the win,” he said.“Last time I said I am so unhappy I want to cry, today I want to say I am so happy I want to cry.”
Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “We’re going to be upgrading the entire facility, it’s going to look much different then it did before, we are looking to modernize the whole facility.” Some of the renovations include expanding the areas where passengers check in for their flights, expanding the baggage claim area, and a new roof for the building. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 2018 Terminal Rehabilitation Project construction has moved inside the terminal building with additional sections of the lobby contained and blocked off at the Kenai Municipal Airport. Avis, Mossy Oak Properties, and Budget were moved to temporary locations at the south end the first week of January 2019. Airport Administration office has been moved to the south end by Brothers Cafe and Grant Aviation has been moved to the Administrative office. The Terminal Improvement Project is estimated to cost nearly $12 million for construction. The City of Kenai will spend nearly $1.5 million, while the rest of the money comes from a Federal Aviation Administration grant. The rental car agencies located in the terminal will also each get a new office. Construction is scheduled to wrap up December 1, 2019.
Reading magazines digitally has had its ups and downs. Many reports have shown that the amount of reading on e-readers, such as the Kindle, has been decreasing along with purchases of these devices.The user experience needs to be improved. So many people are glued to their mobile phones, and if we want to flip through a magazine on our mobile phones, we shouldn’t have to pinch, zoom and scroll to see the text. Magazines provide wonderful, curated experiences. A lot of time and effort go into the design and flow of the photos, articles and other content. Reading a magazine on a mobile device should not require downloading an app, “authenticating” your subscription and then downloading a large file containing your digital issue. There are too many hurdles, and fickle consumers will simply give up.Smartphones have created the perfect platform for reading magazines digitally, but the format needs an update.The Daily Mail reported in early 2017 that over three fourths of Americans now own smartphones, with 92 percent of adults under the age of 29 owning one. Not only do the majority of Americans own smartphones, but they spend a considerable amount of time on them, especially reading items that are frequently published, such as news articles.The Pew Research Center reports that, in 2016, “Americans expressed a clear preference for getting their news on a screen,” with mobile news increasing significantly. Pew reports that in 2016, 72 percent of U.S. adults accessed their news on a mobile device. It’s safe to say that many adults are reading and using their smartphones, and users not reading their magazines digitally are missing out since the ease of reading news on your mobile device can be translated to magazines as well.eMagazines.com provides production and delivery of digital magazines to help publishers acquire engaged subscribers and maximize the digital revenue opportunity. When publishers choose to reflow their digital edition for mobile, the readability of the magazine is optimized for the smartphone screen. eMagazines uses technology that reflows a high resolution PDF to fit on a mobile screen.There’s no change to the publishers’ editorial or production workflow. No need to provide XML files or customize InDesign files. The technology uses artificial intelligence to move chunks of text and images into the appropriate location on the screen so that a user can scroll down through an article and swipe left and right to change a page. The eMagazines team in Chicago reviews the decisions made by the software and makes appropriate adjustments, so the content is perfect.When opening one of the reflowed editions, the magazine immediately fits to your screen, with longer articles allowing you to scroll to read as you would any online news article. For shorter pieces, such as ads or the cover of the magazine, the page is perfectly formatted. This eliminates that annoying need to pinch and zoom to read.While making it easier to read your magazines anytime and anywhere, eMagazines also makes this process truly hassle-free with their no-account and no-app approach. To read your magazine, all you need to do is click on the link and it will automatically open. With no need to login in to an account or devote the already limited space on your phone to yet another app, reading your magazine has never been easier.Publishers will also benefit from these new editions. Publishers will extend their audience to include millennials and Gen Z, the smartphone generation, who will appreciate the seamless reading to gain access to a full suite of reports including deliveries and unique opens per issue.It’s clear that the use of mobile devices isn’t slowing down, especially with the smartphone presenting new options with every new edition that is released. With more people than ever looking for ways that mobile phones can make their lives easier, now is the time for publishers to jump on board with eMagazines’ new reflowed digital magazine experience and give their readers exactly what they’re looking for.Interested in learning more? Join Digital Editions: Strategies to Acquire Subscribers to Your Digital Content as Andrew speaks with colleagues at the Folio: Show, Tuesday October 10th, at 11:30 am.
News Facebook https://twitter.com/WuTangClan/status/1060203643197100032 New Documentary To Celebrate 25 Years Of Wu-Tang new-documentary-celebrate-25-years-wu-tang-clan The legendary hip-hop group reminds us they are “for the children” with a new film out Friday Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 7, 2018 – 6:25 pm Hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan announced today, Nov. 7, they will be releasing a new documentary, For The Children: 25 Years of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) this Friday, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). New Documentary To Celebrate 25 Years Of Wu-Tang Clan Twitter The influential group has released several other documentaries over the years, yet, as Spin points out, this one “differentiates itself as a celebration of the group’s legendary debut,” released Nov. 9, 1993. The film’s title is a reference to Wu-Tang’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard infamously taking the stage during Shawn Colvin’s Song Of The Year win for “Sunny Came Home” at the 40th GRAMMY Awards to announce “Wu-Tang is for the children…Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best!” Wu-Tang Forever was nominated for Best Rap Album but lost to Diddy’s No Way Out.Wu-Tang Clan has not only launched the careers of many other rappers with their Killa Bees, but has also paved the way the for other rap collectives, including ASAP Mob, whose members include ASAP Ferg and ASAP Rocky. “If you don’t plant seeds it won’t be forever,” says Ferg in the documentary’s trailer.As Spin reported last month, Hulu announced they would be launching a new show, “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” about the group’s origin story, to be co-written and directed by the group’s leader RZA. Update: For The Children: 25 Years of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is now streaming on YouTube.Missy Elliott Makes History As First Female Rapper Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame Email
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