The Reload: October 3

first_imgThe Reload is your Oklahoma State recruiting recap filled with the latest recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Midwest City ConnectionsAmong the over 100 recruits who were on hand Saturday to watch Oklahoma State take down Texas in Stillwater was junior defensive end prospect Jalen Redmon of Midwest City. Redmond is a rising two-sport star who has just one offer from Tulsa, but will likely see that change soon. He’s one of the top prospects in Oklahoma for 2018, and having the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder down the road is certainly a bonus. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him grab an offer in the not so distant future.Another Midwest City star who OSU has had their eye on for awhile now is 2017 safety Evan Fields. Fields now has 21 scholarship offers, but for some reason, Oklahoma State held out on offering the 6-foot-2 hard hitter. Fields reported an offer from the Pokes over the weekend, reportedly after seeing him play his first game of the season on Friday night. Blessed to receive my 21st offer from Oklahoma State?? #GoPokes #G2G— E6 (@TheEvanFields4) October 1, 2016Hoops recruit makes official visitBrad Underwood’s lone commitment in the 2017 class, Zach Dawson, made his official visit over the weekend to watch the Texas game according to hoops analyst Chip Miller:Oklahoma State 2017 commit Zack Dawson (@ZackD305) is currently on campus at Stillwater for his official visit …— Chip Miller (@BLUEChip_Miller) October 1, 2016Dawson, a 6-4 guard from Florida, is ranked as the No. 70 prospect in the 2017 class and the No. 15 point guard in the country. Oklahoma State Still Recruiting Arkansas PledgeElite safety prospect Montaric Brown of Ashdown, Arkansas, chose the in-state Hogs earlier this summer over OSU and Alabama, who were considered his top 3. And despite his commitment to Arkansas, OSU is hanging around in his recruitment.To no avail so far, too. “I just don’t want to go nowhere,” Brown told Arkansas Online. “I’m loyal to Arkansas. I’m just going to stick with Arkansas.”Brown cites a solid relationship with tight ends coach Barry Lunney at Arkansas for his solid commitment. And while OSU hasn’t cracked him, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them hanging around. Oklahoma State will lose a lot of veteran experience where early playing time could be a factor for a true freshman like Brown, who is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in Arkansas.Owasso defensive back offered by OSUOwasso has two ELITE defensive backs in the 2018 class in Wayne Jones and Josh Proctor, who now have both been offered by the Cowboys. Jones received his this weekend: went and watched Owasso take on Jenks in the season opener this year, and Jones really stood out among the crowd along with Proctor. He has good size at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, and has game changing speed on the back end of the defense and plays with good instincts to diagnose plays before they develop. Playing safety for Owasso last season, he had 62 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 10 pass break ups. Along with fellow teammate Josh Proctor, Jones will likely become a national recruit before he finishes high school.Oklahoma State offers 2018 tight endThe commitment to the Cowboy back position was evident on Saturday against the Texas Longhorns, with Keenen Brown and Blake Jarwin’s involvement seeing a spike in targets. And the commitment continues on the recruiting trail as well, with OSU extending an offer to 2018 prospect Zach Sheffer of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Sheffer has offers from Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, and 21 others. 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

Majority Of OSU Fans Believe a 7-2 Record Wins The Big 12

first_imgI wanted to gauge everyone’s optimism on OSU winning the Big 12 in a different way this week: By gauging what record everyone thinks will win the Big 12. For the past five years, it has been 8-1 every year. Here’s a look at all five of those final standings.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-00-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-15-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-26-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-38-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-50-pmLike I noted last week, OSU has played on the final weekend of the season three times in the last five years to win the Big 12 title. That’s astonishing. Could this year be 2013 all over again where you lost a game you shouldn’t have on the road and still end up playing for all the conference marbles on December 3? Most of you think OSU could even lose another game and still have a chance.The issue for me here is I’m having a hard time coming up with two losses for OU. Their record is not great, but UH and Ohio State are great which is precisely why the 2-2 exists. They do have defensive issues, but who doesn’t? I’ve gone back and forth between 7-2 and 8-1 a lot, but I guess I’ll go with the majority here and say 7-2 which means OSU really could be playing again for the Big 12 title in the last game of the season.Your thoughts and comments below.Tuesday poll question … What will the conference record of the Big 12 winner be?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 4, 2016Mark: I say 7-2. The conference stinks in relation to other conferences, but there is significant parity within the conference. It’s a shame to see the Big 12 devolve like it has, but it does make for some nail-biting football.Jerry: Possible 8-1, realistically 7-2. And hope not 6-3. My gut is if our O-line keeps improving with the defense putting in more time tweaking loose spots a little more. We can win out.Brad: I think OU is going to win the league at 8-1 (9-3). There defense may have issues but that offense is going to be a nightmare.Tre: I think OU will drop one to either Baylor or West Virginia. We can win out. I say we end up having another de facto championship Bedlam game. Good for both state schools and shows yet again the strength of the league is in the state of Oklahoma where it should be. 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

Ashton Lampkin says OSU’s mindset in second half was ‘don’t let them score’

first_imgAshton Lampkin really got the comeback going in the second half as he recovered a fumble Tre Flowers forced after which OSU scored to make it 31-28 and the comeback was on at Boone Pickens Stadium. Lampkin discussed what the defense was thinking in the second half.“We had a lot of adversity,” said Lampkin. “Just to come back and get that win is big. [The mindset in the second half was] don’t let ’em score. Don’t let ’em get on the board and give our offense as many opportunities as they need to get points on the board.”They certainly did that as this is how ISU ended the game (they didn’t score over the final 20+ minutes):Iowa State’s drives since scoring to make it 31-14:PuntFumblePuntINTPuntTO on Downs— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016 This is insane.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016“I feel like we grew from this win,” added Lampkin. “It’s the same thing as happened last year. I think we grew a lot, not getting down on ourselves no matter what the score is. As long as you have time on that clock, there’s time to win.”CB Ashton Lampkin tells us how the defense didn’t allow a point in the final 20 minutes of play while #okstate scored 24 unanswered points.— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 9, 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

Tuesday Poll: More Yards for Washington or Hill in 2017?

first_imgWe are finalizing some of our predictions for the season around here today, and one thing that came up was whether James Washington or Justice Hill would rack up more yards this year. Last year, Washington had 1,380 and Hill had 1,142, but the latter didn’t fully blossom until Big 12 play started. Washington was considered a star throughout.With the influx of receivers and Chris Carson gone, I expect these numbers to be quite similar in 2017.As always, your comments and thoughts will be included in tomorrow’s roundup.Tuesday’s poll question: Who has more yards this year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 29, 2017AdChoices广告 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

Gerrard & Rangers learn Europa League foes

first_imgRangers Gerrard learns first competitive opponents as Rangers draw Shkupi in Europa League Bima Said 00:09 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Steven Gerrard Rangers Getty Images Rangers UEFA Europa League The manager now knows who his first adversaries will be when he makes his debut as manager of the Scottish Premiership side Steven Gerrard will begin his Rangers managerial career with a match up against FK Shkupi in a Europa League preliminary round contest.The Liverpool legend was appointed head coach to the Scottish Premiership club after a year in charge of the Reds’ Under-18 side for the 2017-18 season, and last week learned the order in which he’ll face his new rivals in Scotland’s top-flight, opening their domestic campaign against Aberdeen on August 5.But with the compeletion of the Europa League preliminary first and second round draw, Gerrard now knows he will face last season’s fourth place side in Macedonia’s top-flight in his first competitive fixture as Rangers boss. 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 first leg of the playoff will take place on July 12 at the Ibrox Stadium with the return leg scheduled to take place a week later in Skopje.Provided Rangers advance, the club will either face Moldovan side CS Petrocub  or Croatian club NK Osijeck in the second preliminary round.Meanwhile, one of Gerrard’s former coaches believes the retired midfielder has the qualities necessary to become a strong head coach in the future.Former United States national team boss Bruce Arena managed Gerrard for a season and a half with the LA Galaxy after the midfielder departed Liverpool for the MLS side in 2014.Though Gerrard was unable to match the levels of success for the Galaxy that he had previously enjoyed at Anfield, Arena believes that his former player has the character traits necessary for success and received valuable experience in the U.S. that helped going forward. “Well being a manager or a coach at any level requires some experience. Steven Gerrard’s only a couple years out of playing, he’s had some time at the academy level at Liverpool. I think in time he can become a strong manager,” Arena told Omnisport when promoting his new book.”I think Rangers are a club with a lot of tradition in Scotland, as of late they have not been a strong club – they were relegated some years ago because I think of some financial irregularities, I’m not exactly sure.The hard work continued on day three of pre-season training camp.Full Gallery:— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 19, 2018″But now they’re back in the first division, they’re way behind Celtic but it’s going to be Steven’s job to get them back up and competitive with Celtic.”I think Steven Gerrard’s always wanted to stay involved in the sport his whole life. His background is a strong one as a player, got some good experience in the United States as well, it helps him grow.”It remains to be seen what he’ll be like as a manager but one would think he’s got a lot of the characteristics you need to be successful.”Outspoken, honest, and game changing—Bruce Arena’s memoir What’s Wrong with US? is available now wherever books are sold. For more information, visit read more

LIVE: Argentina vs Croatia

first_imgWorld Cup Argentina vs Croatia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 14:20 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Lionel Messi Argentina Croatia Croacia Wolrd Cup 2018 21062018} JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images World Cup Argentina v Croatia Croatia Argentina Powerade Jorge Sampaoli’s side have a point on the board but will need much more in their second game if they are to have a chance of getting out of the group That’s all from us tonight, we hope you enjoyed the game!Argentina now sweat on the result of Iceland’s clash with Nigeria tomorrow in Group D – and a win for the former would leave them three points off second place ahead of their own game against the African nation next week. Croatia will face Iceland themselves next week as they look to go unbeaten to the knockout stages.Luka Modric Croatia Argentina World Cup 2018 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 It all started going wrong for Argentina when Willy Caballero made a dreadful error to gift Ante Rebic a golden chance to volley home for the lead – but the simple fact is they were outclassed and outgunned across 90 minutes by a fantastic Croatia performance as the latter book their place in the knockout stages with a wonderful 3-0 win. A gorgeous strike from Luka Modric sealed the deal 14 minutes from time and an Ivan Rakitic injury time tap-in added some gloss; they march on to the round of 16 and leave Argentina’s World Cup hopes out of their hands. Full-time at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, it finishes Argentina 0-3 Croatia.FULL-TIME: ARGENTINA 0-3 CROATIA90+4mins: Corluka immediately picks up a yellow card as he slides in on Messi, denying the Argentina captain a final chance to break towards the Croatian box.90+3 mins: Vedran Corluka wins his 100th cap for Croatia as he replaces Mandzukic for the final few minutes of what has been a stunning second-half performance by his country.90+2 mins: Lionel Messi cuts a hunched forlorn figure down in the centre circle; his World Cup dreams look like they are on their way to being dashed once again.90+1 mins: RAKITIC! CROATIA LEAD ARGENTINA 3-0! From the corner down the other end of the field, Rakitic, Kovacic and Mandzukic break down the middle of the park with a leisurely pace. It’s Rakitic who puts the first shot on Caballero, saved by the keeper – but the ball deflects back to Kovacic who simply squares it back to the Barcelona man to clip home. What a showing from Croatia.90 mins: Meza cuts a neat path around three Croatian defenders on the edge of the box and turns a shot back in upon himself towards the right post; Vida slides in and puts it out for a corner. Four added minutes on the way.87 mins: Acuna comes in heavy on Vrsaljko on halfway and another yellow card is brandished by the referee. It’s been a feisty encounter, and tempers are spilling over at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.86 mins: Off the crossbar from Rakitic! That’s a brilliant free-kick, lifted over the wall and back off the top left corner as it dips. Croatia spear the rebound wide and away for a goal-kick.85 mins: Mascherano comes in with a clattering challenge on Rakitic and Otamendi tries to follow up with an attempted clearance that catches the Croatian in the face on the ground. A bit of a scuffle erupts between both sets of players, resolved with a free-kick 25 yards out for Croatia and a booking for Otamendi.82 mins: Mateo Kovacic is the latest change of the game, coming on for Perisic as the game gets back underway.81 mins: Brozovic gets the assist, but the credit goes to both him and Rakitic after the pair combined down the left wing to cut open the opposition defence. Fantastic stuff from Croatia; they are in full flow now.80 mins: GOAL! WHAT A SENSATIONAL STRIKE FROM LUKA MODRIC! CROATIA LEAD 2-0! That was pure class from the Real Madrid man as, played a square ball by Brozovic out on the right, launches a beautiful right-footed effort that curls around Tagliafico and nestles in at the right post. Croatia wheel away in wild celebration; halfway up the field, Lionel Messi stares with misery at the turf. Argentina are heading for defeat.Croatia Argentina World Cup 201879 mins: Acuna and Perisic hurtle down the right wing chasing a ball clipped on by Modric; the former goes down under pressure from the latter as they approach the Argentina box and wins a free-kick.77 mins: Rakitic walks slowly to the side of the field after a prolonged break in play, but is not substituted as the game continues.75 mins: Rakitic goes down in the centre circle and stays down as play continues around him. Eventually play is halted by the referee in the midst of a sustained spell of pressure from Argentina, to the outrage of their players who react furiously.73 mins: Strinic clips Messi to the ground near the Argentina box and the two have a little bit of afters, following which the latter is awarded a free-kick.71 mins: Dybala makes a quick impact, spearing a shot over the crossbar from 18 yards out on the right. It’s not too shoddy an effort either; Croatia’s defence is still somewhat loose around the box.69 mins: Argentina’s desperation is palpable right now, especially as another loose pass in midfield allows Modric and Rakitic to tear down the left wing. They manage to defuse the danger through Otamendi but Croatia aren’t sitting back to protect their lead, pressing for a second goal of their own.68 mins: Perez is the final man to be substituted by Argentina as Paulo Dybala arrives.67 mins: Vrsaljko now gets a booking after he clatters Acuna out on the left wing with a heavy-footed challenge for the fourth yellow card of the game.66 mins: Mandzukic hits the side netting! He is gets a glorious cross from Vrsaljko on the left and just steers it wide with his right foot under pressure from Tagliafico.64 mins: Meza and Messi miss on the goal-line! Superb scrambling defence from Subasic and Rakitic deny close-range efforts to scuff the ball over at the left post after Higuain puts a lovely flat ball in from the left wing. Croatia come away with their lead intact – just.Wilfredo Willy Caballero Argentina Croatia Croacia Wolrd Cup 2018 2106201860 mins: Croatia are playing with such buoyancy on the back of that goal now, but Argentina’s new changes are already making an impact; Pavon spears a neat pass through for Higuain whose square ball in near the opposition box takes a glance off Rakitic who clears before any serious danger presents itself.58 mins: Mandzukic cuts down Meza as he looks to break up a potential Argentina counter-attack and is booked for his foul by referee Irmatov.57 mins: Now Croatia make a change as goalscorer Rebic pulls up with a problem; he is off after a moment with Andrej Kramaric on to take his spot.56 mins: Perisic rockets another cross into the box for Croatia though Mandzukic can’t make anything of it. Argentina make another change now too; Salvio makes way for Cristian Pavon.54 mins: What a mistake from Caballero. As Croatia return to restart from their celebrations, Argentina make their first change as they seek to recover from a goal down; Aguero is off and Gonzalo Higuain is on.53 mins: REBIC SCORES! 1-0 TO CROATIA! That is an absolute howler of a goalkeeping error from Willy Caballero! Supplied a back-pass from Mercado, he mistimes his kick and chips it high – straight into the path of the Croatian winger who volleys it at close range into the top right corner. Argentina have just shot themselves in the foot.52 mins: Aguero gets through on goal through the left, only to stick his shot straight to Subasic with a tame finish. Argentina still looking for that instinctive touch in the opposition box.51 mins: Rebic breaks down the left wing on the back of a lovely Modric pass, and Mercardo catches him sharply to halt his stride. The Argentinian man is booked straight away for his foul.49 mins: Modric accidentally handles the ball 30 yards out from his goal and Argentina take a free-kick; Acuna’s first touch is soft though and Croatia are able to come away from their half unscathed.48 mins: Salvio pings a long ball down the right wing looking to pick out Messi or Aguero, but Vida gets a header to it first and plays it back to the safety of Subasic in goal.46 mins: The second half is underway!Zlatko Dalic is likely to be the happier of the two managers during the break; though his side have had less overall possession. They have offered more threat and twice as many attempts on goal as their opponents. As for Argentina, Jorge Sampaoli will have to decide whether to make an early change to improve the supply to Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero up front; both have been unable to offer much threat, despite the occasionally leaky work of the Croatian defence.Enzo Perez Argentina Croatia Croacia Wolrd Cup 2018 21062018Poor finishing and nervy defending is the story of the first half at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium as neither Argentina or Croatia are able to find a breakthrough. A pair of absolute sitters for Enzo Perez and Mario Mandzukic in the space of three minutes represent the best chances either side have had despite some shambolic back-line work from both teams – so at half-time, it remains Argentina 0-0 Croatia.HALF-TIME: ARGENTINA 0-0 CROATIA45+2 mins: What an awful finish from Rebic! A beautiful cross field pass from Modric finds him unmarked on the left wing but he makes an awful first touch and his follow-up steers the ball well wide to the right.45 mins: Two added minutes on the way at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.43 mins: Salvio wins another free-kick for Argentina off Rebic but his delivery deep is poor and a moment later, Croatia win themselves one after a foul on Vida by Messi.41 mins: Despite those aforementioned issues at the back for both sides so far, there has only been five shots in this game so far; two for Argentina and three for Croatia.39 mins: Rebic gets the first booking of the game as he comes in, studs up, on Salvio and catches him in the ankle. Argentina coach Sampaoli remonstrates loudly to the referee for VAR, wanting a red card; none is forthcoming.38 mins: Play is back underway and Subasic has an easy collection as Mascherano sticks a soft effort into the box.Lionel Messi Argentina World Cup 201836 mins: Rebic concedes a free-kick inside his own half for a high challenge after he and Mercado clash in mid-air with the latter coming off worse.33 mins: ​Mandzukic! Another massive miss in this game, this time as Vrsaljko delivers a wonderful cross in off the right wing and the striker can only land a glance with his diving header from six yards out on the left, sticking it wide of the near post. How this game has not seen a goal yet is a minor miracle.32 mins: Bad defending is catching, it seems; Vida sticks a square pass across the back-line in sniffing distance of Messi and the captain puts it straight to Subasic.30 mins: What a miss by Perez! Meza fools Subasic and coaxes him out of his six yard area; a deflected square ball lands at the feet of the River Plate man and, with practically an empty net in front of him, pulls it wide at the near-left post. That could come back to haunt Argentina; a golden chance goes begging.29 mins: Despite being the more lacklustre of the two sides in Nizhny Novgorod, Argentina have seen more of the ball; they have had 57 percent of possession so far.27 mins: Meza wastes the set-piece and puts it straight into the side netting. Croatia get the goal-kick.26 mins: Argentina win themselves a corner now as Aguero intercepts a pass 40 yards out and carves a path into the box before seeing Vida deflect his low shot out over the crossbar.25 mins: Now it is Subasic’s turn to put himself under pressure as he mishandles a back-pass from Lovren and has to frantically clear his lines under pressure from Meza.23 mins: Croatia are looking to find the net for their sixth consecutive World Cup game, to extend their current record streak of five. They’re looking like they might, given the fragility of the Argentina back-line…21 mins: Acuna! The winger’s cross in from the left is hooked wide of the mark – and hits the crossbar instead. An almost accidental score for the Argentina man there.20 mins: Mandzukic intercepts Caballero’s pass to Tagliafico inside the Argentina box! The Croatian brings down the defender and concedes a free-kick in the process but that was an absolute howler of a soft delivery from the keeper to his left-back.Ivan Rakitic Croatia Gabriel Mercado Argentina World Cup 201818 mins: Tagliafico and Otamendi play it around the back only to put it out for a throw-in. Argentina recover and take it down the other end through Messi, only for them to concede a free-kick after Mascherano fouls Modric.16 mins: Perez and Rakitic both slide in on each other in pursuit of a loose pass and it is the latter who gets the free-kick just over halfway after staying down.14 mins: It’s a poor set-piece from Argentina who play it short and around the box, allowing Rakitic to hound them back into their own half with a speculative interception.13 mins: Superb block by Lovren! Meza arrives on the back of a cut-back pass from Salvio in the middle of the box and lashes it towards goal, with the defender getting his body in the way in time to deflect it. Corner to Argentina.12 mins: Messi! The Argentina captain can’t get the end of his foot on a chipped pass eight yards out from the Croatian goal and can only watch as it bounces into the hands of Subasic.10 mins: Chance for Croatia! Rakitic pings a lovely cross over to the right edge of the Argentina box which Modric turns back in for Rebic, only for Tagliafico to get wrapped up in it and clip it away from danger for Argentina. 9 mins: A moment later, Mandzukic has the favour returned as Tagliafico catches him on the foot and Croatia are awarded a free-kick deep in their own half.7 mins: Mandzukic clatters Otamendi as the two chase a ball in the Argentina half and the latter wins a free-kick, though he takes a moment to get gingerly back to his feet.5 mins: Mascherano is the hero for Argentina as he clears the set-piece at the second attempt following a nervy moment in the box following the in-swinging set-piece. Croatia will be all too aware of their opposition’s defensive flaws and their liability to be caught out at the back.4 mins: Strong attacking work from Argentina has kept Croatia mostly pinned in their own half but then Perisic sets off flying down the left flank with the ball to force them into defence. The attacking midfielder cuts in and spears a low shot in; Caballero gets his fingertips to it and pushes it away for a corner.2 mins: Rakitic is almost dispossessed by Aguero as the Croatian midfielder looks to bring the ball away from his own box; he manages to hold onto it before slipping a through ball down the centre for Modric which Perez picks up instead.1 min: Here we go!5 MINS TILL KO: The teams are out and the anthems are underway, so kick-off is just moments away!Messi set a personal record for the number of shots he has attempted in a single World Cup game against Iceland, firing the ball at the net an impressive 11 times. He of course failed to score – and as such has not had a goal in 21 successive World Cup shots.10 mins till KO: The pair have met on four previous occasions, with Messi scoring the winner on their last encounter in a 2014 friendly – but they have only clashed once at the World Cup. They faced off in the group stages of France 1998; Mauricio Pineda’s strike proved to be the goal to give Argentina the victory.Croatia defender Vedran Corluka is on the bench for his country today, but if he gets on, will make win his 100th cap for his country, becoming the second member of their World Cup squad to do so after Luka Modric.15 mins till KO: Sampaoli’s team thought they were headed for victory over minnows Iceland when Maximiliano Meza was fouled for a penalty in the 64th minute with the scores locked. Yet captain Lionel Messi saw his tame effort saved by Hannes Halldorsson and La Albiceleste couldn’t find a way through for the rest of the game, leaving Argentina winless in their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since Italy 1990 when they were shocked by Cameroon. Can they offer a roaring riposte today in Nizhny Novgorod?Dalic’s side weren’t the most convincing of winners despite their 2-0 margin against Nigeria, relying on a penalty and an own goal – and the coach has faced further difficulties off the pitch this week in the shape of striker Nikola Kalinic, who has been sent home from the World Cup. Kalinic refused to come on off the bench Croatia’s Group D clash, as he had previously against Brazil in a warm-up friendly, citing a back issue; no other player has been allowed to be called up to the squad in his place.20 mins till KO: A quick reminder of the team news tonight.ARGENTINA (4-2-3-1): Willy Caballero; Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado, Eduardo Salvio; Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez; Maximiliano Meza, Lionel Messi , Marcos Acuna; Sergio AgueroArgentina subs: Franco Armani, Paulo Dybala, Ever Banega, Cristian Ansaldi, Marcos Rojo, Lucas Biglia, Gonzalo Higuain, Ángel Di Maria, Federico Fazio, Nahuel Guzman, Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian PavonCROATIA (4-5-1): Danijel Subasic; Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren; Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Ante Rebic; Mario MandzukicCroatia subs: Josip Pivaric, Vedran Corluka, Dominik Livakovic, Marko Pjaca, Lovre Kalinic, Tin Jedvaj, Mateo Kovacic, Andrej Kramaric, Duje Caleta-Car, Filip Bradaric, Milan Badelj25 mins till KO: As for Croatia, they make just the one alteration to the team who claimed a two-goal victory over Nigeria in Kaliningrad; striker Andrek Kramaric is dropped to the bench as manager Zlatko Dalic favours a stockier midfield, with Marcelo Brozovic the man to replace him.30 mins till KO: Team news now as we await kick-off and Argentina have switched it up for their penultimate game of the group stages, as they look to bounce back from their lacklustre first-game showing. Angel Di Maria is among a trio of players dropped from the starting XI, alongside Marcos Rojo and Lucas Biglia, as Jorge Sampaoli opts to ring the changes; they are replaced by Marcos Acuna, Gabriel Mercado and Enzo Perez respectively. 35 mins till KO: Argentina and Croatia meet in the third game of Group D at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod tonight. La Albiceleste are looking to put themselves in the driving seat for the knockout stages after being held to a draw by Iceland in their opening clash – but with their opponents looking to secure a place in the round of 16 on the back of their defeat in Nigeria, will the 2014 runners-up have enough to get the three points?45 mins till KO: Hello and welcome to Goal’s live blog and commentary of the Group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 World Cup.Squads & Team NewsArgentina XI: Caballero; Salvio, Mercado, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Mascherano, Perez; Acuna, Messi, Meza; AgueroArgentina subs: Armani, Dybala, Ever Banega, Ansaldi, Rojo, Biglia, Higuain, Di Maria, Fazio, Guzman, Lo Celso, PavonCroatia XI: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Brozovic, Rakitic; Perisic, Modric, Rebic; MandzukicCroatia subs: Pivaric, Corluka, Livakovic, Pjaca, Kalinic, Jedvaj, Kovacic, Kramaric, Caleta-Car, Bradaric, Badel​TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayerlast_img read more

Amrabat slams lack of VAR after Ronaldo inflicts World Cup exit

first_imgWorld Cup Amrabat slams lack of VAR after Ronaldo inflicts World Cup exit on Morocco Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:13 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Nordin Amrabat Morocco World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal African All Stars The Atlas Lions are out of the tournament and the Watford winger thinks that is partly down to the referee’s unwillingness to use the video assistants Nordin Amrabat slammed the lack of use of VAR in Morocco’s 1-0 defeat to Portugal, which saw them knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage.Morocco fell behind in the fourth minute to a diving Cristiano Ronaldo header, which saw him overtake Ferenc Puskas as the record European international goalscorer, but were on top for much of the contest thereafter.The Atlas Lions wasted numerous chances to level, and saw two first-half penalty claims rejected by referee Mark Geiger, with VAR not used, much to the dismay of coach Herve Renard. 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 Morocco have now lost two games without scoring a goal and will head home regardless of how they do against Spain, but Amrabat, who played despite suffering a head injury in their opening loss to Iran, felt aggrieved by the second successive defeat.”I think we deserved a lot more. We deserved to win. We had five, six big chances, they created nothing,” the Watford winger said post-match.”They were only defending. Even Cristiano was in their own half. They speak about the VAR but if you don’t use it every time then it doesn’t work.”There have been a number of game-changing incidents during the tournament thus far in which video technology has been consulted by the referee, such as Antoine Griezmann’s penalty against Australia and Sweden’s VAR-assisted penalty call against South Korea.However, there have also been contentious occasions in which referees have opted not to assess the footage themselves and Amrabat is by no means not alone in his discontent.The Brazili football federation (CBF), for example, have actually complained to FIFA over the use of VAR in their 1-1 draw against Switzerland, while Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan said that there are “a lot of grey areas” when it comes to VAR.last_img read more

‘Croatia can cause World Cup surprise’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Croatia can cause World Cup surprise’ – Blazevic optimistic for Russia 2018 Naim Beneddra 16:00 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nigeria vs. Croatia Getty World Cup Croatia Argentina v Croatia Iceland Argentina Nigeria Zlatko Dalic’s side face Argentina in their second game of the tournament and have been backed for success by a former coach Croatia’s 1998 World Cup coach Miroslav Blazevic is “very optimistic” about the national team’s chances at the 2018 tournament in Russia.Blazevic led Croatia to the semi-finals in France 20 years ago and he feels Zlatko Dalic’s side could be capable of a similar achievement.Croatia opened their Group D campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Nigeria and face Argentina on Thursday before rounding off the pool against Iceland. 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 After underachieving at Euro 2016, Croatia have been labelled as an outside bet to go far in this tournament given the amount of quality at their disposal throughout the team.The likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have spent several seasons at the elite end of club football and Blazevic feels these players can take Croatia far.“There is a lot of talent in this Croatian team,” Blazevic told Goal. “There are some very great players that are in the squad like Modric, Rakitic, Lovren, Perisic, Mandzukic and others.“They are top-level players. There are also two or three who are relatively unknown, but who are able to shine and win the trust of our coach. It’s for this reason that I’m very optimistic.”Croatia qualified for the World Cup after finishing second in their group behind Iceland, but breezed through their play-off game against Greece, winning 4-1 on aggregate to advance.This summer’s competition has been branded as one of the most wide-open World Cups in recent memory, and Blazevic believes that a ‘surprise’ team could lift the trophy.“There are always traditional favourites,” said Blazevic, who also took Croatia to the quarter-finals of the European Championship in 1996. “But, I’m sure this time there will be a surprise.“Croatia is a favourite in my eyes. But, well, football experts don’t have the monopoly on predictions. And I don’t pretend to be an expert.“It’s always difficult to predict, and it is often the case that journalists are mistaken. But that’s why football is interesting too. No-one can ever pretend to know the truth.”last_img read more

10 hot consumer trends to watch in 2013

first_imgChanging course from yesterday’s post, today I’m going to talk trendy. Trendwatching is out with its 10 hot consumer trends to watch in 2013, and they are worth sharing. I’ve listed each trend along with what I think it means for nonprofits. But don’t forget the basics as you consider these shiny new developments!1. Presumers and Custowners: Consumers are interested in participating in the funding, launch and growth of (new) products and brands that they love. So try testing crowdfunding, friends to friends fundraising and a spirit of partnership with your supporters in the new year.2. Emerging Squared: We’re seeing a reversal of the old trends of developed markets catering to emerging ones, and emerging markets increasingly provide products and services to developed markets. How is this international trend affecting your work? Is there an opportunity to weave this economic force into your programs overseas to speed up the pace of change?3. Mobile Moments: Consumers will be doing everything on their mobile devices. 2013 is the year you must make it easy for your supporters (and those you serve) to engage with you on their smartphones.4. New Life Inside: Eco-products will go from being something you can recycle to something that you can plant. Apparently it’s the year to put seeds in everything from chopsticks to pencil stubs. And even Molson Canada beer coasters are made of seed paper. They grow into a tree when you plant them. I smell corporate cause marketing partnerships for green organizations! But move fast, I expect this is a trend that will come and go quickly.5. App-scriptions: Doctors and hospitals will certify and curate health apps as part of care. Why not you, too? If you help people with health conditions, maybe there should be an app for what you do – certified by professionals.6. Celebration Nation: Emerging market products will celebrate and spotlight national and cultural heritage. How can you partner with companies to highlight the international cultures you champion?7. Data My-ning: Says Trendwatching, “To date, the ‘big data’ discussion has focused on the value of customer data to businesses. In 2013 expect savvy shoppers to start reversing the flow, as consumers seek to own and make the most of their lifestyle data, and turn to brands that use this data to proactively offer customers help and advice on how to improve their behavior and/ or save money.” I think there is an opening for charities to use this to promote behavioral changes – and giving.8. Again Made Here: Trendwatching predicts more local manufacturing in established markets like the US, driven by niche marketers, the green movement and on-demand ordering. New local partners and cause marketing possibilities, perhaps?9. Full Frontal: Brands can’t just be transparent, they have to aggressive about it. As they are increasingly held accountable, there is a real opening for do-gooders to pressure companies to be responsible corporate citizens and ethical cause marketers.10. Demanding Brands: Brands will also turn the tables and encourage consumers to step up and do good. Another great opportunity for partnerships in 2013!last_img read more

Highlights from the Young Champions of Maternal Health Blog

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 1, 2013November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The second cohort of MHTF’s Young Champions of Maternal Health arrived at the project sites a few weeks ago, and since then, they have been busy, not only getting settled  – and getting to work – in their new positions, but also blogging regularly about their experiences.  Some of the highlights from this week include a reflection by Oluwadmilola Olaogun, on the Maternal Health Manifesto, thoughts on different legal, medical and research approaches to maternal mortality in India from Neha Rathi, and an exploration of the intersections of gender-based violence, reproductive health, women’s rights and maternal health in Ethiopia by Mahal Woldetsadik. To learn more about who the current Young Champions are and what they’re up to, visit the Young Champions of Maternal Health program here.Share this:last_img read more