Milinkovic-Savic deals Man Utd transfer blow

first_imgTransfers Man Utd target Milinkovic-Savic not interested in Lazio exit Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 07:51 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Lazio Getty Images Transfers Manchester United SPAL v Lazio Lazio Serie A PSG The Serbia international has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain after some impressive performances in Serie A Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic insists he is not thinking of a move away from the club in January.The 22-year-old has established himself as a crucial part of Simone Inzaghi’s side, scoring five goals in 17 Serie A appearances this term to help them into fifth place in the table after 18 matches.His performances have led to speculation of interest from a number of European clubs, including Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the Serbia international says his focus is on helping Lazio in their challenge for a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League next season.”I had a year to remember. I’d like to go forward with the same success in 2018,” he told Novosti .”Before every training session and every game, I tell myself that this is an ideal day to progress. And I really want to do that as much as I can in the year ahead.”I’m currently just focusing on Lazio’s games. This season, Serie A has significantly improved in quality. The best proof of this is the fact that all the Italian clubs are still in the Champions League or Europa League.”At the club, we have a clear objective in front of us. We want at least to finish fourth at the end of the season because, next season, four Serie A clubs will directly get into the Champions League. That’s a really big challenge.”I don’t think about leaving Lazio, because I’m very happy in Rome.”Milinkovic-Savic also admits it is a bonus to play in the same league as brother Vanja, who joined Torino from Legia Gdansk last July.”It means a lot to have Vanja close to me. We support each other and try to motivate each other,” he said.last_img read more

Watch: Oklahoma State-Pitt Cinematic 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. I love it when OSU throws these together. I believe this is the first of 2016, and the Dave Hunziker quotes to open it were tremendous.“Friends, the game brings us together. Fans will come together today, and they will cheer a little harder.” Enjoy.last_img read more

Washington and Sinor named Big 12 Players of the Week

first_imgPitt tried just about everything to stop no. 28, but to no avail..James Washington don’t need your flags. https://t.co/KRCkAZOMU8— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 17, 2016Washington broke out of his reasonably slow start in a big way against Pittsburgh, which comes as very encouraging news for the Cowboy offense as it heads into Big 12 play this weekend against Baylor.Sinor earned his award by pinning four of his six punts inside the 20, including two vital ones in the 4th quarter, helping Oklahoma State win the field position battle to edge out the Panthers in a very close game. Washington and Sinor are the first Cowboy players to win Big 12 awards in the 2016 season.When you have 164 yards and 2 TD in the first 17 minutes of a game. pic.twitter.com/q2YC4CZem3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 17, 2016 Wide Receiver James Washington and Punter Zach Sinor were named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week respectively in the Big 12 for Week 3.Washington blistered the Pittsburgh secondary all day (and evening) for 9 catches and 296 yards and two touchdowns, including an electrifying 91-yard reception in the first quarter.Here’s the first TD for #okstate. Second-longest in school history. pic.twitter.com/LGi4KMHmXo— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 17, 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.last_img read more

Mailbag: Fade Routes and NCAA Tournament Dilemmas

first_imgWe had a good assortment of mailbag questions to choose from today. Thanks for sending those in via Twitter. No Colin Kaepernick rant from me this week, but I did limit it to three (per the usual). Let’s get on with it.Kevin G: What happens more this season: rush attempts or throws to fade route?I actually laughed out loud at this one. Oklahoma State has 96 rushing attempts so far this year so I’d say it’s been about even so far. Seriously though, I think the lack of balanced creativity in the offense is one reason Mike Yurcich gets skewered so often. When you throw six fades in nine plays, well, it feels like you or I could do that for about half the money, right?I’m not saying he’s making bad calls — I don’t know the intricacies of coverage schemes or matchups well enough to know (and the truth is, most of you don’t either) — and it’s hard to criticize somebody who’s putting up 700 yards a game. I’m only saying that running the same play over and over makes it feel like the entire thing is being being held together with bubble gum and duct tape (especially when it’s just deep balls and fade routes).Of course then James Washington goes and does something like this, and we have to take it all back.Brett P: Would you take five to seven football wins as a cap every year to ensure the basketball team made the NCAA tournament every year?The real question here is “how many wins would you take as a cap to ensure the basketball team made the NCAA Tournament every year?” It’s not 5-7 for me. I’ve been there. It’s not fun. The Dance is awesome, but being great at football is better for a longer stretch of time. After thinking about it for a while, I don’t think I have a number.At first I thought it was 10 wins because OSU is going to so rarely exceed 10 wins in a given season. But those seasons in which it does are so rife with great memories and incredibly fun games that I’m just not sure I can give that up. I’m writing all this under the presumption that even though my basketball team is not assured of making it to the NCAA Tournament in any given year, it always feasibly could make it.AS LONG AS BRAD UNDERWOOD KEEPS CROOTIN EVERY. DAY. GUYS.You don’t have to be perfect, but you need to bring 100% effort each day. “I want EVERY-DAY GUYS!” @OSUCoachBrad. pic.twitter.com/0KyH43at51— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) September 9, 2016 Tyler B: If Dallas drafts Mason and we get Mason2Dez will you explode?I would never leave Dallas. Fine, one more because that wasn’t really a question as much as it was an ingenious idea.Matt M: Are the players on the o-line not very good or is it a scheme issue? Can’t believe lower quality schools have better lineman.A terrific question. Let’s go to the recruiting rankings!Total recruiting stars for OSU’s five starting five linemen on Saturday: 14Total recruiting stars for OSU’s five starting linemen for 2011 Big 12 title game: 13Regarding that 2011 team, Levy Adcock wasn’t even given any stars by 247 which is where I got all the other rankings. I gave him two because I know some other sites ranked him (and some didn’t). Two seemed fair. Here’s an excerpt from the Oklahoman from 2011:“When I first got here, I needed to learn to play,” Adcock told the Oklahoman. “Because I wasn’t doing anything right.” But Adcock got to learn from former OSU tackle and current Seattle Seahawk Russell Okung, who, Adcock said, “knew everything,” during his first season. Becoming a pupil of OSU offensive line coach extraordinaire Joe Wickline was also a huge benefit.Anyway, are those small and unfair sample sizes? Maybe. But the point is that it wasn’t like Oklahoma State was throwing out 20 stars worth of offensive linemen back in 2011 when it ran for 5.4 yards a pop. Was that starting five better? Probably so. But the difference wasn’t that significant. Not to the degree that should make us say the things we say under our breath during OSU games these days. 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

Slew of NFL Scouts In Attendance for Saturday’s Game in Waco

first_imgBetween the two teams who took the field at McLane Stadium on Saturday night was a plethora of up-and-coming talent who will have a future beyond the collegiate level. So on Saturday night several NFL scouts made their way to watch and scout some of that talent with representatives from eight NFL teams on hand.NFL Scouts in attendance for #OSUvsBAY–GiantsPackersSaintsBrownsJetsPanthers 49ersChargers— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) September 24, 2016Which makes sense, because Cleveland needs to know wh0 they’re getting as their No. 1 pick for the 2018 draft. #TankForRudolph 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: Justice Hill Breaks off 30-yard touchdown against Texas

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 jumped out to a fast start against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, thanks to contributions from the running game on the first drive by Barry J. Sanders and Justice Hill. The true freshman Hill capped off a huge scoring drive with this incredible run showing off his burst and speed to put the Pokes up early 7-0.last_img read more

How Much Value Do Big 12 Coordinators Provide?

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 assistants have always been paid a lot compared to the rest of the league — this has been a pillar of the Mike Gundy era — but this year’s numbers especially stand out. The only two schools that pay their assistants above $3 million a year reside in the state of Oklahoma.Here are the Big 12’s public universities, according to the Des Moines Register — remember, Baylor and TCU are private schools who are not required to release this financial information.Oklahoma: $4,337,000Oklahoma State: $3,308,347Kansas State: $2,985,000West Virginia: $2,935,000Iowa State: $2,319,000Texas: $2,313,828Kansas: $2,299,000Texas Tech: $2,225,000Even more stunning is what OSU’s coordinators make compared to the rest of the league’s. Mike Yurcich is one of just three offensive coordinators north of the $500,000 a year mark. Of course he’s about half of what the Texas and OU OCs mark.Sterlin Gilbert, Texas: $991,667Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma: $900,000Mike Yurich, Oklahoma State: $500,000Dana Dimel, Kansas State: $430,000Joe Wickline, West Virginia: $425,000Tom Manning, Iowa State: $350,000Rob Likens, Kansas: $350,000Eric Morris, Texas Tech: $260,000Glenn Spencer is the third-highest paid defensive coordinator as well.Mike Stoops, Oklahoma: $900,000Tony Gibson, West Virginia: $750,000Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State: $600,000David Gibbs, Texas Tech: $550,000Jon Heacock, Iowa State: $454,000Tom Hayes, Kansas State: $430,000Clint Bowen, Kansas: $400,000Vance Bedford, Texas: $316,667I thought it would be fun to combine coordinator salaries with my efficiency charts from yesterday. We looked at how many points teams score per drive and how many the give up. This provides a good snapshot of where you are as an offense and defense in your own conference.For the offensive coordinators, I simply matched up their salaries with their points per drive. I divided the PPD by the salary and used a multiplier of 1M to give us a real number. As you can see, Texas Tech is, um, getting a lot of value. It is No. 1 in the nation in points per drive and paying its offensive coordinator less than anyone in the Big 12. This is sort of a false number because Kliff Kingsbury is intimately involved there, but it’s still shocking compared to the rest of the league.The numbers below don’t really measure anything other than the fake value I wanted them to measure. Oklahoma State is doing pretty well in this category. OU and Texas both pay their coordinators a lot more money (nearly double) to get slightly more production. There is probably a way to normalize the fact that, you know, because you are OU and Texas you are expected to pay more money and there is a ceiling on how many point you can score per drive, but we don’t have time. This is a quick and dirty snapshot.screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-9-10-11-amOn the defensive side, I multiplied points per drive given up with DC salaries and divided by 100,000 to give us a manageable number. Lower is better in this case. Poor Mike Stoops. Actually, not poor Mike Stoops. He’s making $900K a year, and his defense stinks. Kansas State has the best defense in the league so far and is paying its coordinator the third-lowest salary in the Big 12. Glenn Spencer is right about average. Also, that Texas number is a little iffy since, you know, its defensive coordinator now makes like $5M a year ….screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-9-10-38-amAgain, this is not meant to be anything but a quick snapshot of how much value each coordinator in the Big 12 is providing. I am not a statistician, and I know there are far better ways to look at this, but I think it provides a decent picture. And it passes the eye test for me. Glenn Spencer seems like he is providing about average value, and Mike Yurcich seems like he providing slightly above average value. It’s unfortunate that TCU and Baylor don’t release their numbers because it would be interesting to see where they fit in.last_img read more

Former Bachelor Chris Soules Visits Stillwater

first_imgAmong the nearly 52,000 reportedly in attendance from last weeks game against Iowa State in Stillwater was former Bachelor and mini-celebrity Chris Soules. He stopped in front of Boone Pickens to pose for a photo during his stop, tagging Boone Pickens in a tweet of him holding an Eskimo Joe’s cup:Great time watching my Cyclones at Boone Pickens Stadium with @boonepickens. The Cyclones ran his okstate pokes within a block of home. pic.twitter.com/zoF56T1maP— Chris Soules (@souleschris) October 10, 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. thanks for the pic..my @BachelorABC addicted wife @larryscowgirl is so jealous. Good luck to your Cyclones the rest of the way. pic.twitter.com/3HVE4wKID3— Larry Reece (@cowboyvoice) October 11, 2016Soules was the Bachelor of season 19 [thanks, Google.] Unfortunately for him, his Cyclones melted down in the third and fourth quarter and probably broke his heart harder than Andi Dorfman. At least he left town with a taste of cheese fries in his mouth.last_img read more

How Do First-Year WRs Perform at OSU In the Mike Gundy Era?

first_img2005Ricky Price162380 2009Dameron Fooks (JC)101473 2007Dez Bryant436226 By: Jon JesterThe best way I’ve found to ease the pain of Dura- I mean, Underwood’s leaving has been to focus on this upcoming football season. The mullet. QB1. The President. #FreeJustice. The comparisons to 2011. Put it in my veins.But, what might have me the most intrigued about this season is what Tyron Johnson might do this upcoming season. When there’s even the hint of a conversation about who is better between James Washington and Tyron, my only response is irrationality.So, similarly to what we did with Justice Hill last season, let’s look at what first year wideouts have done in Stillwater over the last decade. 2011Josh Stewart192912 2013Marcell Ateman222760 2012Blake Webb142181 2012Blake Jackson305983 2008Bo Bowling (JC)102002 YearPlayerRecYardsTDs 2014James Washington284566 2014Tyreek Hill (JC)312811 2015Jalen McCleskey292533 Things to note from the stats:• Adarius Bowman is probably the most similar to Johnson in that an experienced and ready-from-day-one guy comes in and is ready to get significant playing time. *falls out of chair when one sees Bowman’s numbers*• Interesting to wonder where Dillon Stoner would have been on this list had he not gotten hurt for most of last year.• Cool to see similarities between Josh Stewart and Jalen McCleskey’s seasons. Never thought about that comparison before but I think it makes for a pretty good one.• The only factor that can’t be determined from this table is how many targets Johnson will get. I think he’ll get top three targets for sure, but there are four guys on this list who are still in uniform who all deserve starter’s targets (McCleskey, Washington, Lacy, and Ateman).• Wait, Blake Webb graduated?• This list makes one realize how special of a position WR has been at Oklahoma State over the past decade.• Marcell Ateman has been catching passes in an OSU uniform since the Wallace twins were in junior high…• Bold prediction: Tyron Johnson puts up numbers similar to Dez’ first season and is the second leading receiver in QB1’s final rodeo. 2012Austin Hays293942 2009Tracy Moore111836 2010Michael Harrison141353 2006Adarius Bowman (JC)60118112 2005Brandon Pettigrew111281 2009Justin Blackmon202602 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

McGruder, Bundage Bring ‘Swag’ to Star Linebacker Role

first_imgMost of the attention surrounding Oklahoma State’s defense has been pointed at its inexperience at cornerback and the move of Ramon Richards from corner to safety — and how that somehow won’t exacerbate the situation.There’s one position on defense that isn’t getting much press but it might be one of the best Oklahoma State has on that side of the ball. We’re talking about Star linebacker.Mason Rudolph talked about two of its headliners after practice on Wednesday.“Kenneth [Edison-McGruder] has added some weight and he’s a very physical guy. Both him and Calvin [Bundage] love contact,” Rudolph said.AdChoices广告The duo make up 1A and 1B on Glenn Spencer’s depth chart for the Star LB — a hybrid linebacker/defensive back who supports the run, can cover a slot receiver/tight end and can blitz when the situation calls for it. It’s something of a tweener position but offers crucial versatility to a defense that plans to run both three-down and four-down schemes.OSU has used the position for years with guys like Josh Furman and Jordan Burton being impact players for the Cowboys from the Star role.A position changeWhen Mike Gundy made headlines before spring camp announcing that Ramon Richards was moved to safety full-time, the move of Edison-McGruder from safety to linebacker fell between the cracks for most.“We used Kenneth Edison-McGruder at linebacker during the bowl game,” said Gundy. “He’s developed a little bit and gotten a little bit thicker. He’s at a position where he can cover the No. 2 receiver and support the run some. If we can develop him in that position, it should help our defense.”Kenneth Edison-McGruder getting his Jordan Sterns on early. pic.twitter.com/7sLrUGsAS9— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016 Tempered EnthusiasmKyle Porter and Kyle Boone caught up with Glenn Spencer during OSU’s golf media day and asked him about Bundage, his highly-recruited rookie who came into 2016 with a bang. Spencer made sure to temper any excitement citing some inconsistencies inherent to a true freshman season. But he eventually conceded. “But he [Bundage] hasn’t gotten close to the type [of player] he can be, which is encouraging,” Spencer said.He also made sure to mention McGruder, the projected starter at Star linebacker this fall.“You can’t talk about Calvin [Bundage] without talking about [Kenneth Edison-] McGruder,” said Spencer, ” because McGruder moving from the safety to that position, that has made that position probably one of the best on the team because I’ve got 1A and 1B there.“Both of those guys are going to play a lot and if I’m smart I’ll probably have a package where I get them both on the field at the same time.”Spencer, never the one to over-inflate a player’s ego, still couldn’t help but continue. “You see it. Collision speed. Contact speed.”“They’re always around the ball and they kind of bring that defensive chip and swag that we have and we bring to the table,” said Rudolph. “They do a great job and they are always keeping the offense on its heels.” 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