Evening newswrap January 23

first_imgLIVE: Tamil Nadu Assembly passes Jallikattu Bill, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan appeal for calmTamil Nadu has passed a new law legalising the hugely famous bull-taming sport jallikattu, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014. The Tamil Nadu passed the law today, almost a week after hundreds of protesters occupied Chennai’s famous Marina Beach protesting against the ban. Dhoni’s special gesture for Virat Kohli after Cuttack ODIMahendra Singh Dhoni made sure Virat Kohli had a souvenir to remember his first series victory as captain of the Indian ODI team.Hrithik on Raees-Kaabil clash: There cannot be any bad blood between Shah Rukh and meHrithik Roshan, who will be next seen in Kaabil, talks about Raees-Kaabil box office clash and working with his father Rakesh Roshan.White House vows to fight media ‘tooth and nail’ over Trump coverageOn his first day as president, Trump said he had a “running war”with the media and accused journalists of underestimating the number ofpeople who turned out for his swearing-in.last_img read more

Superlatives from West Virginia-Oklahoma State

first_imgWinner: Rennie Childs. After having no room all game to run, Childs was the catalyst for several crucial late-game drives, including this incredible catch and run.AdChoices广告Loser: Even after dedicating extra time to repair the running game, it didn’t appear to be much improved.Most gutsy play call: Give it to J.W. on fourth and goal!#OKstate Here’s JW Walsh’s game winner in OT pic.twitter.com/hvdVGTwTak— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 11, 2015OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG yes moment: Every Rudolph lob the entire game. He’s got a lot of confidence (as he should) in the freaks outside.Biggest play: With the Mountaineers in enemy territory on third and long, Devante Averette’s INT was a huge momentum shift. If the offense could have capitalized, this would have been the biggest play of the game.Best hustle play: Rennie’s second effort touchdown!Player of the game: J.W. WalshBest quote:#OKstate DE Emmanuel Ogbah initially didn’t know he scored in the first quarter: “If I had known, I probably would have danced.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 11, 2015Best GIF: Yep. pic.twitter.com/KKHUhTb3fV— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2015 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

James Washington Could End This Year as the 4th All-Time OSU Receiver

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. After a career-low one reception for nine yards last week in Lawrence, it may seem like a questionable notion. But James Washington has a pretty good shot at ending his junior season fourth in all-time receiving yards at Oklahoma State.Here’s a look at the current leaderboardRashaun Woods – 4,414 yardsJustin Blackmon – 3,564 yardsHart Lee Dykes – 3,275 yardsD’Juan Woods – 2,751 yardsDez Bryant – 2,425 yardsJames Washington – 2,283 yardsWashington is just 142 yards behind Dez Bryant and 468 behind D’Juan Woods. Of course Dez only played three games as a junior. To pass Woods and crack the top four, Washington would need to average just over 78 yards per game the rest of the way, assuming the Cowboys play a bowl game.That’s not hard to imagine since he was averaging 121.8 yards per game coming into the Kansas. Another thing working in his favor is Washington’s average of 19.3 yards per reception which is over two yards better than any of the receivers above him on the list.Let’s hope last week was an aberration and the coaching staff can find a way to get their best player some more touches against West Virginia on Saturday.Mason Rudolph said that would be the case this week.“[Bracket coverage has] been happening all year and he still gets production,” Rudolph told the Tulsa World. We’ve got to find better ways to get him the ball and we will.”last_img read more

Chalk Talk: How Cowboys Exploited WVU with One Route

first_imgThere were many times when Oklahoma State moved the ball at will in their 37-20 win over West Virginia. And while it was partly due to their talent on offense, most of it was because of an outstanding game plan.Some teams get caught grasping at straws when facing a unique defense like the 3-3-5, a defense that WVU has used for a long time. But the Cowboys went a with different route, both literally and figuratively (what an excellent segue, right?)The Cowboys used a new wrinkle in their uptempo package — one that actually came from West Virginia. OSU frequently stacked receivers wide. On their run concepts, the receiver off the line ran a ‘now’ route while the other receiver blocked. But offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich frequently called a change-up, a now-post combination, that gave Rudolph a vertical run-pass option outlet.nowpostThis new wrinkle had the first receiver run the now route and the other run a hard-breaking post route to the inside. If there was a deep-half safety over the top, the quarterback handed the ball off; but if there was no safety, or in this case one high, the quarterback aborted the handoff and threw to his receiver in man coverage.This play attacked the outside deep third, a weakness of the 3-3-5. With the Cowboys going so fast, combined with the how linebackers played so close to the line, Washington was frequently left one-on-one with seven yards of cushion. This led to easy completions like this.nowbangthrowThe Cowboys attacked this void in the defense over and over, whether it be to the weak side.bang_throwTo the strong side.slot_skinnyOr even in trips here.trips_now_curlsAnd here.now_slants_incThey also attacked the defense with other inside-breaking routes, like the slant, in blitz situations. On many third downs, the Cowboys isolated Washington on the weak side and ran a play they don’t run much anymore.stick-slantThis play is called stick, and it has a tagged slant-flat combination on the back side. Against man or man blitz, the weak-side receiver is isolated on his slant route. The Cowboys knew that WVU would bring pressure, and they used stick to convert on on a big third down on two separate instances.slantThe Cowboys used these concepts repeatedly, but they did a good job of disguising and altering them to make them look different every time. In the post-game press conference, head coach Mike Gundy talked about their simple game plan worked against the Mountaineers.“I felt like the last few years that in a short period of time … when we’ve played them, we’ve tried to reinvent the wheel based on the 3-3-5,” Gundy told the Oklahoman. “And then we get into the game and then we’re not any good at anything.“And we didn’t do that today. We ran the same plays that we’ve always run, we just tried to adjust them a little bit based on what they do. And I thought that was a smart move … We had good stuff today. We stayed within our box of what we do and it worked.”The game plan was genius. It didn’t try and be too different, yet it perfectly found ways to attack the defense’s weaknesses. The biggest strength of the 3-3-5 is how it brings pressure. The formation is excellent in the way that it disguises pressure and forces turnovers.But the Cowboys frequently used uptempo and it forced the Mountaineers into their base defense, which then gave OSU an opportunity to pick them apart. The players might have won this game, but the coaches had a huge hand in it.How do you think the offense performed? Leave your opinions below in the comments! 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

Videos from Day 1: Yurcich, Spencer, Richards, Edison-McGruder Talk

first_imgDay 1 of Oklahoma State’s spring football practice is in the books, and we heard from a bevy of players and coaches. Glenn Spencer, Ramon Richards, Mike Yurcich and Kenneth Edison-McGruder were among those we talked to on Monday in Stillwater.Here is what they had to say. 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

Mike Gundy is Confident in OSU’s Young Cornerbacks — Should He Be?

first_imgMike 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.last_img read more

Watch: Seales Impresses at Pro Day With 4.4 40 and Monster Vertical

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. Oklahoma State held their Pro Day on Thursday morning, hosting scouts from all 32 NFL teams. There were plenty there to see Vincent Taylor and Chris Carson, who made himself a little money at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this week.But they also got to see the show put on by departing wide receiver Jhajuan Seales. And I mean he put on a show. Seales turned in a 4.40 second 40-yard dash. There reports as low a 4.37 but we’ll defer to OSU who called it 4.40.Jhajuan Seales’ first attempt at the 40. #okstate pic.twitter.com/z9mzj8u0gq— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 9, 2017Seales also had the best vertical leap of the day at 41.5 inches. #OKState WR Jhajuan Seales with the biggest vertical today. 41 ½ inches off the ground. pic.twitter.com/Zw40UG2fpa— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 9, 2017Here’s Seales in the 60-yard shuffle.Jhajuan’s shuttle pic.twitter.com/iEiuHEFUvr— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 9, 2017So let’s take a look at how his numbers would have stacked up with the rest of the wide receivers had he been invited to the Combine.4.40 in 40-yard dash (T3rd)20 reps on bench press (2nd)41.5-inch vertical leap (2nd)10’4″ in broad jump (out of top 15)You can bet that there are several teams who have moved Jhajuan up their boards, if not putting him on for the first time.last_img read more

Tyron Johnson Praises ‘Pro’ Approach of Mason Rudolph

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. AdChoices广告During Big 12 Media Days, Mason Rudolph was asked about his newest (and only) five-star target — the one who has been in Stillwater sitting on the sideline for a year awaiting eligibility after transferring from LSU.“Tyron Johnson’s going to surprise a lot of people,” said Rudolph “just because his make-you-miss and change-of-direction ability.”If he surprises us after the Tyreek Hill-level offseason hyperbole attached to his name, what are we actually going to see?“In the open field, I think he may be the best receiver we have right now with the ball in his hands with people in front of him,” Rudolph said as he raised the hype bar two levels higher.Whether or not you consider that doing him a favor depends on Johnson’s actual on-field results. But the obvious second coming of Dez Bryant returned one anyway to his senior partner in the passing game.“It’s like catching balls from a pro,” Johnson told PFB. “I mean, he’s a pro guy. He treats his body like he’s in the pros. He treats his passes like he’s in the pros.”Johnson followed up his praise of the Cowboys’ Heisman hopeful with some insight into a receiver’s mentality when running routes for QB1.“He throws to a spot,” said Johnson. “Line mark, not players. So, it’s up to the receiver to get to the spot that [he]’s throwing it.”With Rudolph’s arm and the talent occupying those line marks, this should be a fun season for Oklahoma State fans.last_img read more

10 months agoPorto president admits Man Utd, Real Madrid in contact for Eder Militao

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Porto president admits Man Utd, Real Madrid in contact for Eder Militaoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa admits Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen on Eder Militao.Pinto da Costa, is set to increase his star man’s clause to around £45million.Both Real Madrid and United are hopeful of landing the one-cap Brazil international.However, Da Costa added the player has absolutely no intention of leaving the club in January.Costa said: “There was talk of one or two clubs. “There is a termination clause, we are trying to negotiate to renew the contract and increase the clause.”Militao, 20, only signed a five-year deal at Porto in August – with his current deal running until the summer of 2023. last_img read more

10 months agoHazard urges Chelsea: We’re quality – let’s show it consistently

first_imgHazard urges Chelsea: We’re quality – let’s show it consistentlyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Eden Hazard believes that it is time for his side to show they are a top team.Hazard believes the quality is there in Chelsea’s players, but they do not have the consistency.It is a lack of consistent results that sees the Blues in 4th place in the Premier League, far off the title race.Hazard was speaking after their away win at Watford in the Premier League on Boxing Day.”We showed great character against Man City after a defeat in Wolverhampton,” he said after the win to ChelseaFC.com.”We lost three days ago against Leicester, so we needed to respond on the pitch and we did well.”When we can fight together and play together we are a top team and we need to do it more often.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more