Jim Grobe says comments on Oakman were “taken out of context” and “unfair.” Calls media portrayal “unprofessional.” https://t.co/r57gGNJuRj— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 21, 2016Hoops NewsUnderwood is comin’ y’all. It’s still the middle of football season so I keep forgetting, but OSU hoops should be a lot of fun this year. A reminder that SFA led the nation in turnover margin last season. [okstate]NBA NewsBrad Stevens talks Marcus Smart. Good stuff here. [PFB]KD talks about his relationship with Russ and why he went to GS. KD: “So how am I weak when I’m at the top, elite level of my profession and just chose to play for a different time? A lot of people try to tear you down when you make them uncomfortable or make a decision that makes them uncomfortable. Or makes them upset.” [The Ringer]More Stuff I’m ReadingRobert Swift’s long road from NBA Draft lottery to heroin addict and back. This was enthralling. [Sports Illustrated]I laughed.On Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie, what couple hasn’t disagreed about how to parent kids? That’s irreconcilable? Well then no marriage will last— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) September 20, 2016This is one of my favorites. Colin Kaepernick NewsWow, Jenni Carlson goes all in on Colin Kaepernick and racial injustice. Awesome read. [NewsOK]Also, this from Steve Kerr is great.Warriors coach Steve Kerr came strong, and nuanced, on the Kaepernick issue and the real message behind the non-violent protests pic.twitter.com/9lxuP93NEQ— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 21, 2016I would agree.Lord, the world needs your love. #prayforpeace— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) September 22, 2016Football NewsCole Walterscheid on growing up in Muenster, Texas: “It’s all I’ve ever known growing up there, it’s normal for me. But it’s kind of crazy. There are so many Walterscheids. Some you’re not related to very close, you don’t even consider them cousins, but they have the same last name.” [NewsOK]What Boone Pickens taught Bill Snyder about work. [PFB]Rennie Childs on his mother: “I called her after the game. I told her I loved her and thanked her for always being there for me. She’s my mom and my biggest fan. She’s one of my best friends, and I love her to death. I know she’ll always be there to support me.” [okstate]Ray Rice is speaking at a Big 12 event next Wednesday on domestic violence and sexual assault. [Big 12]Mailbag Wednesday. On fade routes and NCAA Tournament dilemmas. [PFB]David Glidden cracks me up.Baylor NewsBaylor is worried about OSU’s receivers. [PFB]Why BU’s offense is so tough to stop. [PFB]Why OSU needs a fast start in Waco. [PFB]OK. Or maybe he said them without context and was banking on everyone else to fill it in? 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.
The outcome of the Baylor game on Saturday was a huge bummer. Losing on the road to a touchdown favorite that was ranked inside the top 20 only after you turned it over four times, got inside the five-yard-line twice in the last 13 minutes and never scored and gave them 99.5 yards for the dagger is never a good thing. But there is certainly a silver lining.“We can’t beat ourselves,” said Tre Flowers on Monday. “We are in conference play, and no matter what people say, the Big 12 is a powerful conference. We have to get turnovers to give our offense more chances.”How you feel about the rest of OSU’s season is largely dependent on how you feel about Baylor. Remember last year? Remember the shellacking OSU took at home at the hands of a third string QB? OSU played them closer last season (45-35) than this season (35-24), but the games could not have felt any different.Remember how outclassed OSU was in 2015? Remember how many horses Baylor had and unleashed on a 10-0 Oklahoma State team? Remember how defeating that was? How uncontrollable it seemed? It was like playing Madden on All-Madden level after you had just spent five years playing on junior varsity. Like trying to shoot a basketball into a paper cup.Berry Tramel wrote on Saturday about how Mike Gundy was after the game. He should be. I don’t blame him. His defense let him down, his running back coughed up the game and he wasted a real chance to take hold of a wacky and wild conference race heading into the heart of the season. He should have been overturning boats on the Brazos.“My comments after the game were because I was upset for our team – coaches and players – because we were in a position to win the game and, I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but when you turn the ball over multiple times in critical points on the field and you give up big plays on defense – we gave up nine against Pitt and gave up ten against Baylor – it’s very difficult to win,” said Gundy. “You have to have a much superior athletic team. Well, Oklahoma State’s not been in that position … very much. So what happens then is you lose.”The glimmer of hope though is that OSU was not outclassed, out-horsed or out-talented. Nobody thinks otherwise. Now maybe you think Baylor is down or doesn’t have the talent it has had in the past, and I’ll listen to that argument. But OSU still stood toe-to-toe with a team that has consistently out-crooted the Pokes, and there was not a clear talent differential like there was last year. Guess which of those two teams from last Saturday has the most wins of any Big 12 team since 2011? It’s not OSU. Baylor is good and talented, and they aren’t demonstrably (if at all) better than the Cowboys.Could OSU be better on defense? Of course. Does it lack at the cornerback position and on the offensive line? Sure. But the glimmer of hope is that you can’t name me a team in the Big 12 and say, “this team is definitely more talented than Oklahoma State.” (You might be able to do this with OU after this weekend … but not right now).“You can take it either way,” said Jordan Burton on Monday. We try to look at the positives. We’re a couple of plays from being 4-0 but that also says we have a lot of potential that we can fulfill. We still haven’t played up to our best football, so that’s exciting to look forward to.”You can’t fix talent when talent is not there, and last year OSU could do nothing against its opponents in its last three games. Maybe Baylor is less talented this season or maybe OSU is more talented. I don’t know. But what I watched on Saturday is an OSU team that is a few fixes from being a Big 12 force. Maybe I think differently after the Texas game on Saturday, but for now, I still think OSU is a pretty dang good football team. 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.
• Iowa State gained 19 first downs in the first half and just seven in the second. Still matched their season high (set last week against Baylor).• Allen Lazard can play on any team I’m rooting for. Dude is a baller. I know he only had six for 55 yards, but he also had two TDs and was a nightmare for Spencer to deal with. Him and Mike Warren deserve better.• Mason Rudolph at home: 29 TDs | 4 INT. Mason Rudolph on the road: 9 TDs | 10 INT.• Justice League.• Sometimes I wonder if Rudolph clapping is why he fumbles. He does it so hard and so loudly. Even at home where it’s unnecessary. I know this is a conspiracy theory limb I’m stepping out on, but that Justice Hill fumble wasn’t 100 percent on Justice Hill. Some of it was on No. 2 which means the trend continues.• This is quite perfect.Mike Gundy and Mason Rudolph opt for cheerleaders in alma mater time #OKstate pic.twitter.com/dQzS6Y35Rt— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 8, 2016• Oklahoma State’s average starting field position was its own 36. Iowa State’s average starting field position was its own 21. #Sinor• Ashton Lampkin is running away with the Uni Heisman this year.• I actually thought Iowa State’s gameplan was pretty good. They just couldn’t execute it in the second half. It became clear in the final 20 minutes that they were going to try and grind OSU into dust to seal the deal, but they never could find the dagger touchdown, and OSU would not go away.• Not OSU, but this was perfect.Usually when Kansas misses a field goal at home the refs call a foul so they can shoot free throws instead.— Kirk Haaland (@khaal53) October 8, 2016• At one point in the second half I felt like this is how Iowa State fans must feel to be Iowa State fans. So much helplessness. Also, if you’re wondering, OSU could win every game until 2116, and it would just start to make a dent into making up for the 2011 game.• Averette!Have mercy on em, Devante! https://t.co/TwEwDwUFF3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• Rudolph looked like he was throwing palm balls. I’m not even sure how to describe that. It looked like he was throwing a football the way a water polo player would fling a water polo ball. Maybe these were only on throws where he was trying to get rid of it in a hurry, but it was quite strange.• I love this GIF.James Washington has 165 all-purpose yards and a TD on eight touches. #President pic.twitter.com/8cfT6gSaGK— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• There is a small part of me that is proud of OSU for not panicking and being patient and sticking with its stuff until it finally started working late in the third. I’m not sure the gameplan was to play rope-a-dope with Iowa State, but if it was, it worked quite well. Note: I also prefer 25-point blowouts.• ISU actually looked a little tired on offense compared to OSU being tired on defense late in the game. That might have been a depth and talent issue.• One of the catches Washington made that didn’t count.Still amazing. https://t.co/ToyrPjR7a3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• OSU depth chart is all kinds of LOL:PuntTDPuntPuntTDPuntEnd of halfTO on downsPuntPuntPuntTDTDFGPuntTDPuntI do not understand.• Awesome.Awesome photo here of Ashton Lampkin showing what matters. pic.twitter.com/9E1U3JML3y— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 9, 2016• At one point on a Barry Sanders run the announcer said the following sentence with much gusto: “The genetics gets him to the 41” !!!• Dogs on OSU’s team (I need dogs!): McCleskey, Averette, Osborne and Jarwin. Dogs!• I love the way the sun sets and the chill falls over BPS on October nights. I wasn’t there tonight, but if you’re a student and you’re not experiencing that, even for the crappy games, you’re really missing out. It’s something special. Fall nights are the greatest, and there’s something magical about the way the sunset disappears beyond the west end zone and that cold envelops everybody for the last quarter or so. The intro into some of those nights that lasted forever in Stillwater. 10 Thoughts are posted here, but I needed to empty the notebook (as always). Here is almost everything I wrote down during that crazy game in Stillwater on Saturday.• I was watching the end of the Kansas-TCU game as Kansas successfully completed a hook & ladder against TCU on 4th and 22 and all I could think was, “Why don’t more teams run a hook and ladder as a regular play?”• Yep.It seems like Oklahoma State always has 7-foot tall WRs who are built like Superman.— Chris Williams (@ChrisMWilliams) October 8, 2016• Gundy said the following at halftime to ESPN “We need to find rhythm [on offense].” My question is why OSU isn’t better at flipping back and forth from passes to runs. It feels like we run 20 passes in a row follow by 10 runs and so on.• Jacob Park was terrifying. A homeless man’s RG3. His ceiling is about a Sears Tower’s difference than Joel Lanning. Why is Lanning playing over him when you’re ISU and you’re playing with nothing to lose? I was delighted when Park threw the pick in the fourth quarter and they rode Lanning at the end. Lanning is not a come-from-behind-in-the-final-quarter QB, but Park could potentially be.• One of my biggest pet peeves is people adding an “s” to the end of different words when there is no “s.” The announcers were doing it to Jacob Park.• Jarwin!Air Jarwin! https://t.co/ZWqmlvzIlz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• Can you imagine refs conversing with Gundy on the sidelines these days? “That’s in-ack-rut! Did you do our Central Michigan?!”• One minor complaint about the offense. Sometimes it feels like we’re trying to do too much from week to week. I just finished The Perfect Pass which essentially is about the invention of the Air Raid, and it was talking about how original Air Raid teams thought 12 plays was too many. I was wetting myself. Maybe OSU is just not talented enough like it was in 2011 to have that small of a playbook, but sometimes I wish we would run fewer plays and run them faster and better.• Mike!When your cattle broke out of the barbed wire fence and you can’t get ‘em back. pic.twitter.com/xlPoOzEbdD— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• A reality of the first half is that OSU should have been down by more than it was but one of Iowa State’s receivers tried for a one-handed TD catch when two hands would have meant six points. I don’t know who flipped the secondary switch from off to on in the second half, but I’m glad it was done.• It’s probably not great that I thought, “crap, we’re giving it back to ISU with 2 minutes left” at the end of the first half. It’s also probably not great that Joel Lanning is tossing wrong-footed 35-yard TDs on you on the road.• This is crazy. OSU ended up defending 86 plays (which is a lot).First half snaps #OKstate has defended this season…SLU: 31CMU: 35Pitt: 39BU: 42UT: 45ISU: 55— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 8, 2016• This made me laugh.Liking @CycloneFB gray pants it’s a nice mix up from their traditional McDonald’s look— Trey Cobb (@cobber_22) October 8, 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. 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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. NDT scouting football guru’s Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino did their own NFL mock draft this week in podcast form. And even though the draft isn’t until April, they do year-round coverage of the NFL draft and mocked up some fun picks from who they project as first rounders for the 2017 draft.Just to note, this is a mock draft they took part in where each analyst made a selection and took turns in the first round. The draft order and teams selecting in the slots are not yet final until the end of the year (and even then, teams can trade in and out of those slots), but it’s a fun exercise to see who would fit where with a team.The founder and director of scouting for NDT Scouting, Kyle Crabbs, who has scouted the NFL draft since 2010, really likes what Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph brings to the table — and feels like the Cleveland Browns — yes the Cleveland Browns — could be a landing spot for the junior quarterback from South Carolina.For the Browns in their mock draft, they naturally received the No. 1 overall pick for the draft after bottoming out again this year (they selected Myles Garrett No. 1, FWIW). And thanks to a trade with Philadelphia that netted the Eagles Carson Wentz last season, the Browns also hold the No. 32 pick this year. Here’s why Crabbs thinks the Browns will take OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph with pick No. 32:Look at what the Browns have on offense: Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman, these are vertical receivers. There’s a quarterback who throws vertical throws, and throws them well. I’m going to opt for a guy who wears Brown and orange now (questionable!), and he’s going to wear brown and orange at the next level. Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State, is one of the best vertical passers in the draft as far as eligible prospects, and it makes too much sense looking at what his strengths are and what the strengths are of the Cleveland wide receivers to not make this pairing here at the end of the first round.In the same order as CBS Sports, the fellas at NDT scouting also have him as the fifth quarterback off the board for next year, but some 30 spots higher than CBS.Again, this is a mock exercise, and perhaps Rudolph will elect to return next year, which isn’t at all ruled out. But it’s no secret the Browns don’t have a QB, and Rudolph’s ability to throw downfield would actually make him a good match with what they have talent wise on the outside.If you’re interested, you can listen to the entire podcast episode below. The discussion surrounding Rudolph picks up at about the 26:50 mark.
Of Oklahoma State’s 22-man 2017 signing class in February, none were true cornerbacks who strictly played the position in high school. Players like Lamarcus Morton and Kris McCune played the position in high school, however both frequented other positions as well — Morton being a standout receiver, and McCune playing more in the secondary as a safety.In the spring, Morton debuted as an early enrollee at cornerback and will likely stick there. However McCune could play a number of positions in Stillwater, which leaves OSU searching for talent at cornerback again in the 2018 class as the Cowboys seek to replace Ashton Lampkin and Lenzy Pipkins, and eventually Clemson transfer Adrian Baker.Continuing with our Big Board series that evaluates OSU’s top targets for the class, here are OSU’s options at 2018 that have already been offered.Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Linebacker | Defensive line | SafetyJalen Green — Houston, TexasOklahoma State made the initial cut for four-star Houston Heights standout Jalen Green, who named the Pokes in his top 13. The U.S. Army All-American has 37 scholarship offers, and his top list includes Texas, Oregon, Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and LSU among others.At 6-1, Green has good size for a cornerback and is physical off the line with receivers. He’s a major target who will compete in The Opening Finals put on by Nike at the World Headquarters in Oregon later this summer.Verone McKinley III — Carrolton, TexasVerone McKinley III was an early-riser in recruiting, garnering more than 20 offers before he hit his sophomore season. Big schools like Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama and Clemson have all been on board for quite some time, and OSU is battling with the heavyweights to land his services.McKinley III has made multiple visits to Stillwater on an unofficial basis, and the four-star standout named the Pokes in his top nine schools earlier this spring. He transferred from Plano Prestonwood to Hebron last summer in hopes of targeting an early graduation from high school to become a December graduate and early enrollee at his college destination.Tanner McCalister — Rockwall, TexasThe Big 12 has been all over Rockwall-Heath cornerback Tanner McCalister this spring, and OSU might be standing above the competition. McCalister made a recent visit to OSU this spring where he spoke glowingly to Scout about his time in Stillwater.“OSU was great. Coach (Tim) Duffie really showed me a great time. It was my first time in Stillwater and it won’t be my last.“It was one of my favorite campuses,” McCalister continued. “The coaches showed a genuine interest in me and that is what stood out.”TCU has offered and Baylor, which has received a visit from the three-star two-way player, has not offered but has shown strong interest. Look for OSU in McCalister’s recruitment, as 247sports currently projects the Cowboys as the favorite.Eddie Smith — Slidell, LouisianaTwo-way standout Eddie Smith was offered recently as a cornerback by OSU along with Texas Tech, and the three-star prospect from Louisiana is nearing 20 offers. OSU is relying on youth in 2017 with Madre Harper, Rodarius Williams and AJ Green — all second year guys — slated to take on major roles in the defense. Abrams would be a junior and could play in 2018.JayVeon Cardwell — Cibolo, TexasOSU whiffed on one Steele standout (younger brother of Jordan Sterns, Caden, who committed to Texas), but it isn’t done fishing in the 2018 hole at Steele. 2018 cornerback JayVeon Cardwell is a major prospect with more than a dozen offers. He recently said he has no favorites in his recruitment.To this point, OSU is one of his biggest offers. But I get the feeling he’s betting on himself and his recruitment to take off in the summer months. Ole Miss recently extended an offer, and programs like TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas are on notice officially. If in-state programs turn their nose up on him, OSU could be a real contender. Smith trains with J.J. McCleskey, the father of wide receiver Jalen, and he says that connection has helped his familiarity with the program.“I’ll build a relationship with coach Duffie after a while,” Smith told Scout. “It’s a great program. My trainer’s son plays for their team, so I watch them a lot.”Smith has not visited OSU yet but says he wants to in the near future.Delrick Abrams Jr. — Independence C.C.OSU and West Virginia are the latest programs to throw their hat in the ring for junior college standout Delrick Abrams, who also holds offers from Arkansas, Colorado and Mississippi State. Abrams is slated to become a December graduate and could be a welcome face for a program like OSU who could use an experienced player like him. 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. 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World Cup It’s time for Australia to start Daniel Arzani and play Tim Cahill against Denmark, says Mark Bosnich Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 1 year ago 22:20 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup Australia Denmark v Australia Denmark The former Socceroo begged the coach to unleash Australia’s youngest and oldest player against Denmark Football commentator Mark Bosnich believes the Socceroos should unleash Daniel Arzani and Tim Cahill during their second World Cup match against Denmark in Samara on Wednesday.The green and gold need a result to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive after a 2-1 loss to France in their opening group C game.Bosnich is adamant Cahill will play a part against the Danes, just not from the start because of his lack of time over the past six months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I’d say to him (Cahill), ‘I’m not going to start with you but you are going play a major part tonight,” Bosnich told SEN.”In my opinion, if you start him, he’s in great condition for his age but he’s only played 65 minutes in the last 10 games or so in the Championship (with Millwall).”To play a full game, he’s not in that condition.”Whether you start him and play him (for) the first bit or you bring him on with half an hour to go, I think he needs to play some type of part.” I think basically he will play some part in this game.”Arzani received only his third international cap against Les Bleus with the 19-year-old scoring his first international goal in the pre-World Cup friendly against Hungary.With the Socceroos in need of a positive result, Bosnich believes Arzani is the man to offer something different in attack.”I would start with Daniel Arzani,” he said.”The other day, Robbie Kruse put in a good shift defensively but from an attacking point of view offered us nothing.”Daniel Arzani is a player who offers something completely different that we haven’t got.”He’s a player that we aspire to produce all the time and somebody that we are going to enjoy watching for a very long time.”France and Denmark lead group C with one win from their first game, while the Socceroos and Peru are yet to get a point.Australia need to win at least of their remaining two games against the Danes and Peruvian to have any chance of playing in the round-of-16.
World Cup Neymar returns to Brazil training ahead of World Cup clash with Costa Rica Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 23:15 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Buda Mendes World Cup Brazil Neymar With Friday’s meeting against Costa Rica approaching, the Selecao star man was back in training on Wednesday Neymar has returned to training with Brazil after limping out of Tuesday’s session with an ankle injury.The Brazil star missed Monday’s training, the day after he was fouled 10 times during a 1-1 Group E draw with Switzerland.Although the Paris Saint-Germain forward emerged for Tuesday’s workout, he only lasted a few minutes before limping off the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Team-mate Philippe Coutinho, who scored Brazil’s stunning goal against Switzerland, confirmed Neymar felt pain in his ankle but played down the injury.And Neymar was fit enough to take part in Wednesday’s session, with Brazil preparing for their next World Cup clash against Costa Rica on Friday.Se liga no @neymarjr treinando nesta quarta-feira, em Sochi! Preparação continua para a segunda rodada da Copa do Mundo. #GigantesPorNatureza #Copa2018 pic.twitter.com/Of8qJrnf5C— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) 20 June 2018″He’s working on his training this Wednesday in Sochi!” the Brazilian Football Confederation posted on Twitter, with a video of Neymar in action.”Preparation continues for the second game of the World Cup.”After taking on Costa Rica, Brazil will complete Group E by facing Serbia in Moscow.
World Cup Georgina Rodriguez watches Ronaldo defeat Morocco in Moscow Goal 00:00 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty World Cup Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal The star’s Spanish girlfriend was in attendance on Wednesday, risking the wrath of Spanish compatriots as she donned a Portugal shirt Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring turn against Morocco was enjoyed by the star’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, who was in attendance in Moscow to see his latest strike. Rodriguez has been a fixture in the Real Madrid star’s life since first dating at the end of 2016, and in November 2017 the couple celebrated the birth of daughter Alana Martina. She is also a regular spectator at Ronaldo’s games, appearing pitch-side in May after the striker and Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And despite her Spanish nationality, it appears clear that Georgina is behind the Roja’s Group B rivals Portugal at this World Cup. The model appeared at Wednesday’s 1-0 victory decked in a Portugal shirt and cheering on the Selecao, images that might not impress her compatriots. Earlier she had moved to scotch rumours that she was expecting a second child with Ronaldo, while stating that the couple were very happy together. “I am not pregnant, although in the future we would like to enlarge our family,” Rodriguez stated to Hola magazine. “I would love a wedding, like any woman in love. The hope of almost every couple is to cap their love with children and marriage, as you can see. Maybe, one day, that time will come.”
World Cup Ronaldo brilliance provides Rashford inspiration as England star seeks similar success Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:51 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal World Cup England Cristiano Ronaldo Marcus Rashford England v Panama Panama Portugal Powerade A current Man Utd forward is hoping to emulate an Old Trafford icon of the past, with the best in the world showing what can be achieved Marcus Rashford admits to being inspired by the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, with a Manchester United icon of the past providing motivation for a Red Devils star of the present.A five-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to set the standard for rivals around the world, with his exploits for Real Madrid and Portugal showing what can be achieved when hard work is combined with God-given talent.Rashford is hoping that he can one day get close to the levels of Ronaldo, with the 33-year-old having put in another talismanic display for his country against Iran on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The former United winger is now the highest scoring European player in history – with 85 international goals to his name – and is showing no sign of slowing down as he continues to amaze both fellow professionals and a global fan base.Rashford told ITV Sport of what Ronaldo’s efforts mean to him: “He keeps making these moments which are unbelievable and there is no better sort of motivation than him.“[Is he the best in the game right now?] I’d say so. He is not only maintaining it but he keeps hitting new heights. “To get to that level it takes years and years of doing the same things in training every day.”Ronaldo and Rashford are currently gracing the same stage at World Cup 2018.The former has helped Portugal to six points from two games in Group B, while the latter stepped off the bench as England opened their campaign with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tunisia.Harry Kane netted a priceless double for the Three Lions in that encounter, with his decisive effort coming in the 91st minute.Rashford is looking for Gareth Southgate’s side to build on that result, with confidence high within an exciting young squad.He added: “It was a special night, a night you’ll never forget, especially in the manner that we won it.“I always say when you score late goals like that it’s usually down to the support because I’m telling you, a lot of players on the pitch are physically drained. “It’s definitely the biggest feeling I have had in an England shirt and that stays with us now. We can sort of use that to push off on and build.”England are next in action on Sunday when they face Panama in their second Group G fixture.
World Cup A goatee for the GOAT? – Ronaldo shows off new beard at the World Cup Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:00 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal WTF The Portugal superstar sported a new style ahead of his side’s World Cup clash against Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium A goatee for the GOAT?That’s how plenty of people reacted when discovering that Cristiano Ronaldo – regarded as the world’s greatest player by many – is sporting a new style.Ronaldo, 33, unveiled his fresh look ahead of Portugal’s World Cup clash against Morocco when the superstar forward was aiming to build on his stunning hat-trick against Spain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And the goatee appears to be bringing him some luck after he scored a header in a matter of minutes to take his tally at the World Cup to four goals in two games.In fact, Ronaldo has revealed that his good fortune in front of goal is precisely why the new look appears to be here to stay.”It’s a joke with Quaresma,” Ronaldo said in a post-match interview. “We were in the sauna on the eve of the match against Spain, and I started shaving.”I told the others that I would leave the goatee until the end of the tournament if I scored the next day. And it brought me luck.”And thus the fresh chapter in the GOAT debate between Ronaldo and Argentina ace Lionel Messi has begun! Your move, Leo…Cristiano attempting to grow a goatee after Messi poses with the goat is the level of pettiness I aspire to pic.twitter.com/bMSztLiD9Q— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) June 20, 2018Ronaldo growing a goatee and celebrating goals by grabbing imaginary goat whiskers—in response to Messi’s G.O.A.T. portrait with a real live goat—is my favorite petty World Cup subplot https://t.co/8ef6cepP94 — Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 20, 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo’s becoming so obsessed with this “GOAT”-stamp that he is actually growing a goatee now pic.twitter.com/4x1PWPw58C — Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) June 20, 2018 Ronaldo has a goatee now. The man knows he’s the best. I’m done.— Nathiyaah / நதியா (@Nathiyaah_) June 20, 2018 Ronaldo growing a goatee because he is the GOAT— SacredScofield (@ScofieldSpecter) June 20, 2018 Do you think Ronaldo is trying to tell us something with his new GOATee….?#POR #PORMAR #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/W8t0S31k2J — bwin (@bwin) June 20, 2018 Ronaldo is doing everything he can to remind eveyone who the GOAT is… he’s now grown an actual goatee #PORMAR #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Pef3efUvMW — Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) June 20, 2018 Ronaldo growing a goatee to prove he’s actually the GOAT…— Kelvin (@GeraldCrack) June 20, 2018 Who told Ronaldo that his goatee was a good idea? #PORvMAR — Insiya (@insiyat) June 20, 2018 Ronaldo needs to shave that goatee off asap— Mãestrø (@MaestroNZD) June 20, 2018 Ronaldo’s goatee smacks of a gap year student walking through arrivals after a month in Goa to find himself pic.twitter.com/2q0ftSwImX— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 20, 2018Ronaldo grew a goatee for the GOAT debate. Messi better respond wearing hooves or what’s the point— James (@jamesfol5) June 20, 2018Ronaldo grew a goatee just to emphasise his point that he’s the GOAT. My god this man has the elitist of mentalities.— #TransferSzn(@LukeUnitedd) June 20, 2018 Nah Ronaldo looks like a badman with a goatee 🐐— Sam Graham (@SammyG_91) June 20, 2018The goatee suits Ronaldo. Should keep it.— Vedant(@GuajeMaravilla) June 20, 2018It appears Ronaldo’s new look has gone down fairly well, then!