Previewing Climate Finance at COP24: Funds, Rules and Goals

first_imgThe future goal: In Paris, governments also agreed, prior to 2025, to “set a new collective quantified goal from a floor of $100 billion per year, taking into account the needs and priorities of developing countries.” Discussion about how and when this goal should be set is likely to come up at COP24. A look at past global goal-setting exercises can be useful in figuring out a reasonable timeframe: the mandate to develop what became the Sustainable Development Goals was issued at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012, and the 17 goals and 169 targets were finalized in 2015, so a three- or four-year period seems reasonable. Discussion of future funding levels and contributors this year would therefore seem a bit premature, especially since the governments who sign off on the eventual commitment in several years’ time may be different to the ones currently negotiating. However, a procedural decision at COP 24 could set the timeline for deciding the goal, while leaving options open.A Space to Bring It All TogetherOne final thing makes this an important COP for climate finance: the Biennial High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance will take place on December 10 to provide a space for ministers to assess the state of play on climate finance, identify further action needed and make new pledges and commitments, which can all help unlock progress in this critical round of negotiations. Finance is a core part of the Paris Agreement. It is key to enabling more ambitious action from all countries that the recent IPCC report warns is urgently needed. For developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable to climate impacts, finance is an urgent necessity to adapt to a warming world. Finance is also critical for developing countries to do their share in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.COP24 in Katowice, Poland, is the most important round of climate negotiations since the Paris COP three years ago, in part because governments are tasked with agreeing on the key guidelines necessary to implement the Paris Agreement. Three finance issues will occupy center stage in Katowice: the funds, the rules and the goals.The FundsClimate-dedicated funds play an important role in getting finance to developing countries. Collectively, they provide targeted support for climate action using a range of instruments, often taking on more financial risk than other institutions.At COP24, developed countries will need to send clear signals that they intend to scale up support for developing countries, including to funds that explicitly support the Paris Agreement. Specifically, richer countries need to commit to an ambitious replenishment of the Green Climate Fund, the biggest of the dedicated climate funds. Germany has led the way by announcing its intention to contribute €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion), a doubling of its first commitment to the Fund in 2014. Countries should also make pledges to the Adaptation Fund and Least Developed Countries Fund, which support vulnerable countries with much-needed adaption efforts. Finally, countries need to finalize technical details for the Adaptation Fund to serve the Paris Agreement.The RulesNegotiators must ensure the Paris Agreement’s implementation guidelines have clear provisions on how to track support for developing countries. Tracking must look backward and forward:Ex-post reporting on past support flows. Developed countries are required to report on support provided, as well as mobilized through public interventions. Other contributors are encouraged to do likewise. The Paris Agreement also encourages developing countries to report on the support they have received, including its use, impact and estimated results, as well as on their unmet needs. Negotiators need to develop reporting guidelines that improve upon existing requirements to ensure better information on finance flows and effectiveness. This, in turn, can help make the case for further support. In particular, there’s a need for better tracking of how private finance is mobilized by public interventions, since approaches and estimates of this vary widely. It would also be helpful to reduce the current two-year lag time between when funding flows and when it must be reported to the UN.Ex-ante projections of future funding. Developed countries are required to communicate indicative information on finance to be provided and mobilized every two years, while other countries providing finance are encouraged to do the same. This information can help build trust among developing countries that the support promised in the Paris Agreement will be forthcoming, giving them the confidence to make more ambitious plans in future NDCs. Negotiators need to identify the types of financial information relevant to developing countries while respecting the national budget processes of contributor countries. In some cases, legislative processes may prevent them from making detailed forward-looking financial forecasts. Some developing countries have also emphasized the need for a process to consider the information received from countries’ communications. This is related to a concern that after 2020, there are very few formal processes where progress on finance can be discussed. One option negotiators could consider would be to continue the biennial high-level ministerial dialogues on finance, which could provide an opportunity to look at all finance information, both ex-ante and ex-post, and identify further action needed.Currently, UN climate negotiations focus on public funding from developed to developing countries. However, one of the Paris Agreement’s three long-term goals is to make all finance flows consistent with low-emissions and climate resilient development. So while tracking public funding is critically important and will continue to be so, it is only part of the picture. It would be like only looking at carbon dioxide emissions from developed countries; carbon dioxide is certainly a key driver of climate change, and developed countries are some of the largest contributors, but without looking at all greenhouse gases and all the major emitters, we won’t successfully address the problem.Therefore, negotiators must also ensure the Global Stocktake, the collective assessment of progress that will take place every five years, looks at progress in making all finance flows consistent with climate goals, and allows inputs from the wide variety of sources that have the necessary data.The GoalsThe current goal: In 2009, developed countries pledged to mobilize $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020. That goal was reaffirmed in the Paris Agreement and countries pledged to continue mobilizing at this level until 2025. Last week’s publication of the 2018 Biennial Assessment of Climate Finance showed that finance provided and mobilized by developed countries reached over $70 billion in 2016; of this, $55.7 billion was public finance. Today, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released data using a more conservative accounting approach that nonetheless shows public climate finance from developed to developing countries reached $56.7 billion in 2017. Our earlier blog this week looked at the data in more detail and emphasized the need for developed countries to provide further assurances at COP 24 that the goal will be met by 2020.last_img read more

Six Lessons Business Bloggers Can Learn From Great Public Speakers

first_img . Matt Eventoff – Part II of Simplicity: Speeches (and blog posts) that resonate don’t drag on. 2. Brevity to learn how to create a thriving inbound marketing blog. Photo: Webinar: Blogging for Business – Two of my favorite quotes, both of which apply to great public speaking and great blogging: “Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word, before you let it fall” – Oliver Wendell Holmes – Every great public speaker recognizes that a speech or presentation is not about the speaker, it’s about the audience. Blogging is no different. Ignore this to your own peril. ! – People will remember a story, they may or may not remember a fact. Most great speakers tend to incorporate great stories into speeches and presentations. Blogging is no different. Still, there are lessons that every blogger can learn from great public speakers of the past in order to 3. Message Consistency , motivate and move an audience. Here are a few: @communicate101 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack – Hope and change (Barack Obama). Never surrender (Winston Churchill). Ask not (JFK). There was never any doubt what any of these three men stood for when they spoke. Ok, that’s really not fair as Al Gore had not yet even invented the internet while each was alive. Wikipedia capture This article was written by Does this mean every blog post you write should be consumed in less than three minutes? No. It means if you want a reader to keep coming back, you better be interesting and you better get to the point Every week, week after week, these immensely popular sites get tons of traffic, and week after week these sites deliver subject matter that their readership cares about – consistently. 5. Tell a Story Topics: , a communications strategists who helps leaders become great communicators. You can read his blog Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address? Under three minutes. “Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.” – Dionysius 6. Care. Be Passionate! Communications 3.0 Originally published Jun 8, 2009 8:08:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Winston Churchill. Abraham Lincoln. John F. Kennedy. What do all three great leaders have in common? blogged or follow him on Twitter: All were exemplary public speakers, and not one of them Want to learn more about publishing a blog on your business website? Download the free webinar – To me, this is what truly differentiates great speakers from good speakers. A great public speaker cares, tremendously, about the subject which he or she is speaking on. And it shows, each and every time. Care passionately about what you are writing about if you want your readers to care at all. 1. Simplicity Every reader knows what he or she is getting when visiting the HubSpot Blog (expert internet marketing advice). Drudge Report (breaking news). PerezHilton (celebrity dirt). Business Blogging 4. It’s Not About Youlast_img read more

The Complete Guide to Setting Up the New Facebook Page Design

first_img Facebook Business Pages Our social media team had a nice little surprise upon logging into Facebook this morning. We hinted at it last month, but it looks like the day has already come. The new Facebook business page design, which is virtually the same as Timeline, is now available for all businesses to implement on Facebook pages!Facebook is giving page administrators the chance to preview, tweak, and publish their new design immediately, but the new design won’t be forced on you until March 30, 2012. In other words, you have until March 30 to play around with the new design without publishing before it must go live. Here’s what you need to know to make the most out of the new design and all the features it has to offer.How to Set Up Your New Facebook Page DesignUpon logging in and accessing your Facebook business page as an administrator, you’ll be presented with the following message:Start Tour: Click the green ‘Start Tour’ button to get started.Step 1A: Set Your Cover Photo In the ‘About’ section of the tour, you’ll first be prompted to choose what’s called a cover photo for your page. If you’re familiar with Timeline for personal profiles, this is similar to the large banner image that is shown at the top of the page. For pages, the cover photo dimensions are 851 x 315 pixels. Choose an image that is representative of your brand, and don’t be afraid to get creative with it (here are some great examples from Social Fresh to spark some creativity). You can change it as often as you wish, but you should also adhere to Facebook’s policies regarding cover photos, which states that cover photos cannot include:Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website.”Contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your Page’s “About” section.References to Facebook features or actions, such as “Like” or “Share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features.Calls-to-action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends.”Covers must not be false, deceptive or misleading, and must not infringe on third parties’ intellectual property.No calls-to-action? A little bit strict, Facebook … don’t you think?Step 1B: Set Your Profile PictureOnce you click ‘Next,’ Facebook will prompt you to adjust your profile picture, which is the image that will get shown next to each of your updates on your wall and in users’ news feeds; it will also appear with any sponsored stories or ads that you run. A logo is a good choice here, but you can choose any image that is representative of your brand. Choose an image that fits 180 x 180 pixels and also looks good when scaled down to a thumbnail size of 32 x 32 pixels.  Step 2: Organize Your Views & AppsThe new design features photos, likes, and apps at the top of your page below your cover photo. Photos are automatically featured in the first spot, but page admins can rearrange the rest to feature the most important ones first. Overall, a total of 12 apps can be shown here, which can be viewed when page visitors click the dropdown arrow (highlighted in orange in the image below). Admins can also customize the images that get shown for each app in this toolbar using the ‘Manage’ >> ‘Edit Page’ dropdown via the ‘Admin Panel,’ which is accessible at the top right of their business page.Step 3: Star, Hide, or Pin In step 3 of the tour, Facebook will prompt you to modify the items in your page’s timeline. By hovering over individual stories, you can make them wider, hide them from your timeline with the pencil icon, highlight them as important with the star icon, or delete them entirely. A great new feature to note here is that you can pin/anchor a specific story to the top of your timeline for up to 7 days. This means you can highlight specific posts such as remarkable content, calls-to-action for your best marketing offers, or other events/promotions you want to feature. Pinning it to the top of your page will prevent it from getting buried by more recent updates. Perhaps Facebook is offering this functionality in an attempt to make up for its strict cover photo guidelines.Step 4: Explore the Admin PanelThe new Admin Panel which, as we mentioned earlier, page admins can access from the link at the top right of their business page, allows admins to track all of the activity on their page in one convenient place. From here, admins can easily respond to comments, edit their page settings, access Page Insights (i.e. Facebook page analytics), create new ads, and even change the name of their page.Step 5: Enable Messages The Facebook guided tour ends with information about messages, a brand new feature for business pages. Admins can now allow users to send them personal messages. This makes it much easier for admins to have private conversations with their fans. Use this feature when you need to discuss a topic or customer service issue in more depth, and when you’d prefer the conversation not be made public for all page visitors to see. We don’t recommend limiting methods of communication available to your fans, but admins can also choose to turn off messaging capability by accessing the Admin Panel, choosing ‘Manage’ >> ‘Edit Page’ >> ‘Manage Permissions,’ and unchecking the ‘Messages’ box.Additional FeaturesIn addition to the new features we’ve covered in the tour above, there are several other features available in the new page design that you should also know about.About: Although the ‘About’ section of your Facebook page isn’t exactly a ‘new’ feature available with these updates, it’s still worth mentioning due to the prominent placement it gets in the new design (see below). This section gives you the opportunity to briefly explain your business and let new visitors quickly understand what your business is about. Keep it brief so the description doesn’t get cut off, and include a URL to your business’ website.Friend Activity: When people visit your new business page, they will now have a more personalized experience because they’ll see how their personal Facebook friends have interacted with your page. In other words, if a user tags your business page in one of their posts or checks in at your business’ location, the people they originally shared with (i.e. their Facebook friends) will see these stories highlighted for them on your business page’s timeline if they visit it. You can learn more about your page’s visibility settings here and what people can see here. In a nutshell, this means that your page will now include more elements of social proof; if a visitor to your page sees that he/she has friends who have interacted with your page, they might be more enticed to stick around and become a fan themselves.As you can see from the screenshot below, the new design shows me how many friends of mine are fans of the HubSpot page. I can also see a post one of my friends made about the HubSpot page.Milestones: The new design also allows admins to feature what are called “Milestones” on their page. This allows page admins to highlight some of their business’ biggest accomplishments, such as fan growth, award wins, product releases, etc. Milestone images are set at 843 x 403 pixels. You create a new (or past) milestone via the status update box, which will prompt you to input the following information about your milestone.When complete, it will look something like this on your timeline:Activity Log: Your activity log allows you to view, manage, and organize all the posts on your page (even the ones you chose to hide from your timeline). With this page, you can filter stories by date or story type (see “All”), view spam vs. photos vs. comments vs. posts by others, and the list goes on. From this view, you can also hide, delete, or star (highlight) individual stories, as well as change dates of stories on your timeline. To access the activity log for a page, page admins should visit their Admin Panel and click ‘Manage’ >> ‘Use Activity Log.’Best Practices For the New Page DesignIn addition to the tried and true Facebook marketing best practices you’re likely already used to, here are a few additional ones to add to your list, brought to you by the brand new page design.1) Publish More Visual Content Facebook’s new timeline page design places more of an emphasis on visual content like images and videos, so use that to your advantage. According to an internal Facebook study, “posts including a photo album or picture can generate 2X more engagement than other post types.” Because these images will now appear larger and more prominently on your page, make it a point of posting your best visual content to your Facebook page, or make more of an effort to make the content you already create more visual. Think photos, charts, infographics, and other content visualizations. And hey — you can always use it on other visual-oriented social networks like Pinterest and Google+, too!2) Feature Custom Tabs in Views & Apps Toolbar for Lead GenUnfortunately, with the new timeline design for pages, Facebook no longer allows you to set a default landing tab for your business page. All new page visitors will automatically be directed to your timeline. This means that for those of you using the HubSpot Facebook Welcome App, you can no longer make it so that new visitors see that tab upon visiting your page for the first time. That being said, you can feature the app (or other custom apps/tabs) in the Views & Apps toolbar below your cover photo. As we mentioned in step 2 of our setup steps above, be sure to rearrange your Views & Apps icons to show your top tabs to highlight tabs you’re using for lead generation.3) Edit Images That Appear in Your Views & Apps Bar To build off our last best practice, you’ll also want to make sure you choose the best images possible to represent the items in your Views & Apps toolbar. To customize the way these apps appear on your page, visit the Admin Panel, click ‘Manage,’ and choose ‘Edit Page’ from the dropdown menu. In the ‘Apps’ section, click ‘Edit Settings’ for the specific app image. Then you can upload the new image you’d like to use to feature that app (dimensions should be 111 x 74 pixels). This will enable you to turn your featured apps into compelling calls-to-action, as HubSpot did in the image example above to highlight its HubSpot Welcome App tab. Use these to call attention to your premium content to support Facebook lead generation.4) Make Sure Your Best Posts Appear on Your Timeline Make sure to expose visitors of your page to your most important content. To do so, make your default setting ‘Allowed on Timeline’ by checking ‘Everyone can post to HubSpot’s timeline’ in the ‘Manage Permissions’ section of your page settings. To highlight posts you want to give prominent placement on your timeline (they’ll take up the full width of your timeline), access your Activity Log and select ‘Highlight on Timeline’ to star particular posts. 5) Pin New Featured Promotions Every 7 DaysAs we mentioned in setup step 3, admins are now able to pin content to the tops of their pages for 7 days at a time. Use this to anchor updates about the promotions you want to feature (e.g. events, new marketing offers, other awesome content, etc.) to the top of your page to make them as visible to page visitors as possible. Pinned stories will appear right below the status update compose box. Update your anchor pin every 7 days once the old one expires. To pin an update, hover over a story, click on the pencil icon in the top right corner, and choose ‘Pin to Top.’Conclusion & Additional ResourcesAs you can tell, there’s a lot to learn and get used to with the new Facebook page design. Use the next month to experiment with your timeline, and achieve the look you want before you publish it to the world. In the meantime, we’ll keep the helpful content coming and do our best to uncover any new best practices as we find them.If you’d like to check out what a timeline page looks like in the wild, we published HubSpot’s new page design this morning. It’s still a work in progress, but take a look!Facebook has also published a few helpful resources you can access for even more information:Interactive Course on Facebook PagesFacebook Pages Overview (At-a-Glance PDF)Facebook Pages Product Guide (Detailed PDF)Are you excited for the new Facebook page design? Originally published Feb 29, 2012 1:30:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:last_img read more

Voice Search Strategy: What Marketers Need to Know Now

first_img Originally published Sep 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Voice Search When you wear white, do you inevitably spill something all over yourself? I do. So when I had sushi at work last week, it wasn’t long before I was frantically yelling, “Siri, how can I get soy sauce out of white pants?”Thank goodness for voice search, am I right?Although, here’s the thing about voice search: According to the 2016 State of Inbound report, a huge number of marketers are making SEO their #1 priority. That’s great. But how does voice search fit into that strategy? Are marketers even thinking about it yet?While it’s certainly gaining popularity — the search engine Bing, for example, says that 25% of its queries are voice searches — it’s clear that this technology is still a work in progress. But that doesn’t make it any less important.To learn more about the challenges marketers face today, download the free 2016 State of Inbound report here.As people use voice search differently, the way they search in general is evolving. So how should marketers be thinking about it — especially when information and research are still limited? Let’s figure out how we got here, and where we are now.A Very Brief History of Voice SearchVoice search, as we today know it, dates back to the early 2000s, when Google first began to tinker with how voice recognition could be applied to their products. A patent was filed by Google in 2001 for a “voice interface for a search engine” — and in 2004, the search engine rolled out what the New York Times called a “half-finished experiment.” That was a primitive version of voice search in which users called a phone number provided by Google, asked a question, then opened their desktop browsers to reveal the results.Luckily — and obviously — that technology progressed, seeing many modifications that led to what is now Google’s Voice Search. And until 2013, that technology powered Apple’s Siri.And although Siri is strongly associated with Apple iOS, it actually began as its own independent app. It was operated by a startup — also aptly named Siri — that was eventually acquired by Apple. In 2011, the technology was built into the iPhone 4s.But in 2013, that all changed, when Apple began using Bing’s search engine technology to power Siri. It was a predecessor to Cortana, which launched in 2014 as Microsoft’s — which owns Bing — “voice-activated assistant.” (Fun fact: Bing also powers search engine results that are requested through Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, or AVS.) Cortana is largely marketed as a full-service virtual assistance platform, which some say is what differentiates it from competitors in the voice recognition space.So, today, we have four major pillars of voice search:The Dawn of Voice Search: What To Know NowHow Has It Changed Over the Years?As we saw from the story about the earliest version of Google Voice Search, speech recognition technology is improving. And because it’s getting better, more people are adopting voice search.Source: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 2016 Internet Trends ReportGoogle Voice Search queries have seen a 3400% increase since 2008. And of the current user population, the second-highest reason for using voice search is to get a faster result.Those numbers, says my colleague Matt Barby, show how voice search “is changing the way people find information.” A main point of voice search is to get an answer immediately, without actively searching for it. And Victor Pan, HubSpot’s SEO senior marketing manager, echoes that trend, noting that there’s a “higher intent” behind voice searches than conventional ones.That makes sense — just look at my soy sauce tale of woe. When it comes to voice searches, people are trying to do something, and they want to do it quickly. Those are things like layering appropriately for the weather, getting somewhere, or removing a stain from their clothes.But that made us wonder: What else are people looking for when they use voice search?Luckily, an app called Hound has been paying attention to what its users are doing. To shed some light on what people are using the app’s voice search features to uncover, check out this chart:What Are People Searching For?Source: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 2016 Internet Trends ReportIn its analysis of these categories, Search Engine Land broke down the different searches that took place within each of them:Personal Assistant: Reminders, shopping and to-do listsFun and Entertainment: Searching for and playing music and video, social media interactions, sports and TV schedulesGeneral Information: Miscellaneous web searches for things like recipes, news, banking and travelLocal Information: Local business listings (like restaurants and shops), food delivery, weather and trafficIt’s that last one — local information — that really set the stage for vocal search as it was first pioneered. And when it comes to SEO, that category might have the greatest implications.What Does This Mean for Marketers?First, let’s make one thing clear: At present, “there isn’t really a way to plan and rank for voice search,” Barby says.The only exceptions to that are businesses that offer localized services. Figuring out what’s nearby is one of the chief reasons people are using voice search. But it also shows the way vocal search queries differ from conventional ones, Barby says. When you use voice search, you might ask, “Where is the best sushi in Cambridge?” That contrasts from a conventional search, where you might type something like “Best sushi Cambridge,”  (P.S. It’s Thelonious Monkfish. Just saying.)That’s an opportunity for local businesses to optimize for voice search. As we covered, that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with SEO, but it does have to do with how these businesses package themselves elsewhere. Business aggregator sites are linked to different voice search platforms — for local searches, for example, Amazon’s Echo uses Yelp listings. So it’s important, writes Search Engine Land’s Wesley Young, for businesses to make sure their listings on those sites are “comprehensive, accurate and optimized to be referenced” within a third party site.But let’s go back to how we phrase these queries. Voice searches for local businesses reveal how much we’ve strayed from the way we were originally trained to search. Before this technology was available, Pan says, “we were trained to search by piecing different phrases together.” Think:soy sauce stainremove soy sauce stainsoy sauce stain removal“Voice search changes that,” he explains. “It becomes a conversation.”Read: “How can I get soy sauce out of white pants?”But there’s a bit of a problem. At the moment, there aren’t very many tools available to see what people are searching for via voice. While voice queries are definitely becoming more popular — Google is reporting that 20% of searches performed through its mobile app are vocal — voice-specific metrics and analytics aren’t currently provided by most platforms.But there’s a hack …And that, Pan says, is paid search.That can be used, Pan explained, to create something called a “broad match modifier,” in which an ad is only triggered when a certain set of words — dictated by the marketer who creates the ad — appear in a query.From there, you can analyze the impressions and metrics of the paid search campaign, and filter those results down to see which queries were mobile. And while there’s currently no way to isolate which of those were voice queries, you can examine the way they were phrased, and make an educated guess on which ones may have been vocal.Paid search is really its own beast, though — luckily, we’ve covered it before. Check out our beginner’s guide to pay-per-click, or our catalogue of blogs about it.But until there’s an official tool or analytics platform to measure these things, Pan says, marketers have to create hacks like these to find the data they want.“Until these numbers become official, we don’t have exact numbers, and therefore, we don’t have exact tools,” he continued. “And without exact tools, we don’t have an exact methodology on how to tackle this.”Planning AheadHere’s the thing: According to ComScore, at least half of all searches will be made via voice query by 2020. That’s not so far away. And it doesn’t mean that we should ignore traditional SEO, either.But it does make us think that, as adoption rates of voice search continue to rise and the technology continues to improve, search engine analytics will have no choice but to start providing the tools that aren’t currently missing. Google, for example, is certainly no stranger to algorithmic changes that improve the user experience. And with data indicating that more users are turning to voice query, that experience will have be optimized, too. With those changes, we hope, will also come more precise data available to marketers on these usage rates and voice-specific queries.In the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to think about what you might do to start preparing. In addition to what we’ve covered thus far, Moz’s Rand Fishkin put together a helpful guide to the types of keywords he predicts will be in a “safe” versus “danger” zone for voice search — have a look here.What do you see for the future of voice search? Let us know in the comments. Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Convert Images From PNG to JPG and JPG to PNG

first_img Originally published Nov 30, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated December 30 2018 Topics: Images When I first started my marketing career and needed to include an image in one of my articles or post a picture on social media, the image’s format didn’t matter to me. In my eyes, JPG and PNG were exactly the same.Once I actually dug into the difference between the two, though, I realized they’re quite different. But one format isn’t necessarily better than the other — JPG is optimal for some situations while PNG is optimal for others.In a nutshell, JPG images are best suited for social media and blog posts because they’re optimized for photography and have a smaller file size than PNG images.Download the free stock photos you’ve been searching for here, no attribution required.PNG images are best suited for web graphics and professional photography because they maintain their quality no matter how many times you open and save them, whereas JPG images decline in quality every time you open and save them.Fortunately, JPG and PNG images aren’t permanently stuck in their respective file format. You can convert images from PNG to JPG and vice versa in less than one minute with the help of some free online tools.How to Batch Convert Files from PNG to JPG1. Visit one of the free online PNG to JPG converters listed in the section below.2. Upload your PNG images.3. Press “Convert” to convert your PNG images to JPG images.4. Click “Download” to download your new JPG images.Best PNG to JPG Converter Tools1. iLoveImgWith iLoveImg, you can convert up to 15 PNG files at a time without signing up for a free account. If you register for a free account, you can convert up to 30 PNG files at a time.2. lets you convert up to 20 PNG files at a time. The free tool doesn’t ask for your email address.3. offers a free tool that lets you convert up to 20 PNG files at a time without giving them your email address. If you buy their premium version, you can convert up to 200 PNG files at a time.How to Batch Convert Files from JPG to PNG1. Visit one of the free online JPG to PNG converters listed in the section below.2. Upload your JPG images.3. Press “Convert” to convert your JPG images to PNG images.4. Click “Download” to download your new PNG images.Best JPG to PNG Converter Tools1. ILoveImgWith iLoveImg, you can convert up to 15 JPG files at a time without signing up for a free account. If you register for a free account, you can convert up to 30 JPG files at a time.2. lets you convert up to 20 JPG files at a time. The free tool doesn’t ask for your email address.3. offers a free tool that lets you convert up to 20 JPG files at a time without giving them your email address. If you buy their premium version, you can convert up to 200 JPG files at a time. Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal live streaming: When and where to watch Calcutta Football League match

first_imgDefending champions Mohun Bagan will be under pressure to deny the Alejandro Menendez-coached East Bengal a hat-trick of derby wins when the arch-rivals clash in the Calcutta Football League Premier Division here on Sunday.The Maidan heavyweights missed out on dream date in the Durand Cup summit clash here last week after East Bengal made a semi-final exit.They now get ready to resume their old rivalry in the season’s first derby.The I-League runners-up, East Bengal, with a well-oiled unit under Menendez, start as favourites against Mohun Bagan who are still grappling to find a perfect combination under fellow Spaniard Kibu Vicuna.The last season’s derby saw both team play out a 2-2 draw while East Bengal, who have six points from three matches to occupy fourth place, won both their legs against their arch-rivals in the I-League.Overall, the two teams have clashed 367 times with East Bengal winning 129 to Mohun Bagan’s 118, while 120 ended in a draw.What time does the East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan match start in Calcutta Football League Premier Division 2019?The East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan match in Calcutta Football League 2019 starts at 3:00 PM IST at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on September 1 (Sunday).Which channel will telecast the Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal match live on TV?The Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal match in Calcutta Football League 2019 will be telecast live on Sadhna News Bangla.Where to watch live streaming of Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal match in Calcutta Football League 2019?The Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal match live streaming will be available on Sadhna News Bangla’s official YouTube Channel.advertisementAlso Read | Durand Cup: ATK pip Mohammedan Sporting as Mohun Bagan seal semifinal spotAlso Read | Mohun Bagan condemn razing of East Bengal’s centenary gate, offer to bear expenses for re-erectionAlso Seelast_img read more

Realme X2 Pro launched with Snapdragon 855 Plus: Check prices, specs, India launch date

first_imgRealme X2 Pro is official in China. The company unveiled its first premium flagship smartphone today that features a Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, 90Hz display and 50W SuperVOOC fast charging support, among other things. Realme will also launch the Realme X2 Pro in Europe today, while the phone’s India launch has been confirmed for December.In China, Realme X2 Pro price starts at CNY 2,599 (approx Rs 26,100) for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Realme X2 Pro also comes in 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB variants that are priced at CNY 2,799 (approx Rs 28,100) and CNY 3,199 (approx Rs 32,200), respectively. Pre-orders in China begin today and shipments commence starting October 18.Realme has announced a Realme X2 Pro Master Edition designed by Naoto Fukasawa. The Master Edition model comes in two unique finishes inspired by textures of buildings.Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed already that the Realme X2 Pro will launch in India in December, which is when we expect to learn about its India pricing. Based on the China prices, we expect the Realme X2 Pro to start around Rs 28,000 in India, which would allow the phone to compete against the Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T.Realme X2 Pro specificationsRealme X2 Pro is a feature-packed smartphone that touts a waterdrop display and a premium glass finish in gradient Luna and Poseidon Blue colours in China. It sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The highlight of the display is that it brings a 90Hz refresh rate as seen on the OnePlus 7T. It also offers 1000 nits peak brightness.Realme’s newest flagship smartphone is powered by a 2.9GHz Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset based on a 7nm process and equipped with an Adreno 640 GPU. The Realme X2 Pro comes in 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM options with up to 256GB internal storage in China.Realme X2 Pro touts a 64MP quad camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 20x hybrid zoom support, 8MP super wide-angle lens and macro lens. The camera can support 4K video recording at 30 fps. It also features a 16MP front-facing camera.Another USP of the Realme X2 Pro is that it is the company’s first smartphone to support 50W SuperVOOC fast charging support that will fully charge the 4,000mAh battery in just 35 minutes. Realme X2 Pro also comes with stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support.ALSO READ | Realme X2 Pro launching in India in December with Realme XT 730Glast_img read more

Always a pleasure sharing the field with you: Sachin Tendulkar wishes Anil Kumble on his birthday

first_imgWishes poured in on social media for legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble who turned 49 on Thursday. Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to say: “Wishing you a very happy birthday Anil Kumble. I’ve always known you as a fierce competitor and it was always a pleasure sharing the field with you.”Wishing you a very happy birthday Anil Kumble. I’ve always known you as a fierce competitor and it was always a pleasure sharing the field with you. Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 17, 2019Former India captain and BCCI President-Elect Sourav Ganguly also tweeted: “Happy Birthday Anil Kumble…have a great day…lots of happiness and good wishes to you.”@anilkumble1074 happy birthday Kumble’s… have a great day .. lots of happiness and good wishes to youSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 17, 2019Indian ODI opener Shikhar Dhawan wrote: “Anil bhai, some of your magical spells and your skilful bowling is something cricket lovers will always cherish and remember. A true legend…Happy birthday and have an amazing year ahead. @anilkumble1074″Anil bhai, some of your magical spells and your skilful bowling is something cricket lovers will always cherish and remember. A true legend…Happy birthday and have an amazing year ahead. @anilkumble1074 Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 17, 2019BCCI and ICC also posted birthday wishes for Kumble on their official Twitter handles.REWIND : On @anilkumble1074’s Birthday, here’s how one of the most iconic events in cricket inspired manyHappy Birthday Legend (@BCCI) October 17, 2019Happy birthday Anil Kumble!619 Test wickets337 ODI wickets (@ICC) October 17, 2019Kumble is counted among one of the most decorated spinners of all time. He represented India in 132 Tests and 271 ODIs in which he scalped 619 and 337 wickets respectively.His tally of Test wickets is, in fact, the most by an Indian bowler and third on the overall list. He is only the second bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 10 wickets in an inning.In June 2016, he was appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s team by BCCI for a period of one year, but resigned due to “untenable” differences with captain Virat Kohli.Recently, he has been appointed as the director of cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kings XI will be the third IPL team Kumble will be involved with. He started out as a player – and later captain – with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2008. He was then appointed as a mentor by the same team, before joining Mumbai Indians in a similar role in 2013.Also Read | Birthday wishes to India’s greatest match-winner: Gautam Gambhir to Anil Kumble, who turns 49 todayAlso Read | Consistency will be my main focus at Kings XI Punjab, says new coach Anil Kumblelast_img read more

The top gear to India’s Ferrari: Opener Rohit Sharma makes solid 1st impression

first_imgRohit Sharma is arguably the best white-ball batsman of this generation. Not many terrorise oppositions like he does with his hunger for runs. Not many score daddy hundreds as consistently as he does in limited-overs cricket. Not many, in fact, no one has scored 5 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup.When you see him bat, when you see at press conferences or when you see him in tense Indian Premier League finals, one striking feature in his approach is his uncluttered mind. Rohit looks like someone who has it all sorted in his head.And that’s why when Rohit Sharma played a paddle sweep to find the short fine-leg fielder or danced down the track only to hit one straight into the throat of the long-on fielder in red-ball cricket, there was an unexplainable feeling of something more than disappointment.For a man who plans and executes his daddy hundreds to perfection in limited-overs cricket, Rohit Sharma’s inability to make full use of the “talent” he possesses in Tests had always remained an enigma.While batting at No. 6 for India in the past, Rohit Sharma averaged 54.57. Not bad, eh? However, he managed only 9 fifty-plus scores in 25 innings at the spot. Not that Rohit Sharma struggled to put bat to ball in Test cricket but his inability to provide the much-needed solidity to the middle-order was seen as a cause for concern.Very assertive and clinical, that’s how I would like to put it across this entire month. Extremely happy to be part of incredible Indian team @BCCIadvertisementRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 22, 2019There was a lot of chatter in the lead up to the 3-match Test series against South Africa. It was decided that Rohit Sharma would open the batting alongside Mayank Agarwal. Despite India not being able to find a reliable opening pair for quite some time, the South Africa series was touted as Rohit’s final chance to save his Test career.With the likes of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay failing to impress, and Prithvi Shaw being unavailable for selection, the team management had the license to take the gamble.And it paid off! Rohit Sharma repaid the faith the team management showed in him. 3 Tests, 529 runs, 2 hundreds and a double hundred in his 1st Test series as opener.100150200 @ImRo45 you beauty (@BCCI) October 20, 2019There were signs of what was to come as early as the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam. The scorecard wouldn’t tell you how well Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander bowled in the 1st session of the 1st day morning. The scorecard certainly wouldn’t tell you how Rohit Sharma was prepared to get beaten, look ugly and more importantly, resist the temptation of throwing his bat at the red cherry.More than than 529 runs that Rohit Sharma scored, the manner in which he adapted to different situations in his maiden outing as opener in red-ball cricket would have given the dressing room a lot of confidence.Rohit was prepared to give the 1st hour to the opposition pacers. When the situation demanded, like in the 2nd innings in Vizag, Rohit switched on the limited-overs mode and smashed 127 runs in 149 balls. When he had the time, he made sure it was not just a hundred but a daddy double hundred.6th Test2000 Test runsHitman @ImRo45 (@BCCI) October 19, 2019″I wouldn’t want to see Rohit Sharma any time soon if I were a South African spinner,” quipped Graeme Smith on air. It was indeed a delight to see him hit the spinners out of attack every time when they came on looking to make inroads.Rohit Sharma’s uncluttered mind was also at work, this time in whites.He was not made to wait. He just wore his pads, went out to open the batting and made the spot his own.”I kept telling myself I want to be there, I want to get a big score and take my team to a good position,” Rohit Sharma said after the double hundred in Ranchi.In fact, Rohit Sharma made opening batting look that easy.Virat Kohli was elated with his new-found opener’s exploits. More importantly, he is happy he has finally found someone who would do what Virender Sehwag did — give the team extra hour or two to bowl out oppositions by scoring at a healthy pace whenever needed.”Rohit – different plane altogether,” Ravi Shastri said. None could have put it better.Also Read | South Africa series was outstanding for Rohit Sharma: Virat KohliAlso Read | Kept talking to myself: Rohit Sharma on success as Test openerAlso Read | Rohit Sharma will now become a brand: Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | Rohit Sharma and Team India rewrite record books in Ranchiadvertisementlast_img read more

Vardy keeps on scoring against Liverpool

first_imgJamie Vardy Vardy maintains awesome record against Liverpool and Premier League’s top teams Goal 23:47 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jamie Vardy Leicester 2017 Getty Images Liverpool v Leicester City Leicester City Liverpool Premier League The 30-year-old striker needed just three minutes to find the net against the Reds, showing how deadly he is against the top teams in the league Jamie Vardy has upset Liverpool once again.It took just three minutes for the Leicester City star to open the scoring against Jurgen Klopp’s side in Saturday’s meeting at Anfield and maintain his excellent record against the Reds.The England international has developed a real knack for scoring against Liverpool, now having netted seven times against them – more than he has against any other team. 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 22 – Since August 2014, nobody has scored as many goals in the Premier League against ‘big six’ opposition as Jamie Vardy (22 goals in 41 apps). Prey.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 30, 2017Only Andy Cole and Thierry Henry have scored more goals against the Anfield side in the Premier League than the 30-year-old.The Reds are not the only big team in England to consistently suffer the wrath of the Foxes attacker.His record against the traditional top six since August 2014 now stands at 22 goals in 41 games – the best record in the league against the top flight’s most powerful sides. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Van Dijk makes Liverpool debut against Everton

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Van Dijk makes debut in derby showdown with Everton Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:40 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Virgil van Dijk Liverpool FA Cup Liverpool v Everton Everton Jurgen Klopp has made six changes from the 2-1 victory at Burnley, with the pedigreed centre-back named in the first XI Virgil van Dijk has been handed his Liverpool bow against Everton in the FA Cup third-round tussle at Anfield on Friday night.The world’s most expensive defender lines up alongside Joel Matip in his first outing for the club since his record £75 million switch from Southampton.Sadio Mane, who returned from the CAF African Player of the Year ceremony in the morning having finished runner-up to team-mate Mohamed Salah, is also included in the starting XI. 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 Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah & Pierre-Emerick AubameyangThe Egyptian is unavailable due to a minor groin issue, while Philippe Coutinho misses out with a thigh knock as he closes in on his desired move to Barcelona.Jurgen Klopp has made six changes from the 2-1 victory at Burnley, with only Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mane retained.Loris Karius replaces Simon Mignolet in goal, with centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan being named in reserve. James Milner switches in for Georginio Wijnaldum in the centre of the park, while Roberto Firmino is back leading the line.Andy Robertson returns at left-back, with Trent Alexander-Arnold moving to the bench and Gomez returning to the right flank.Goalkeeper Danny Ward is named in a matchday squad for the third time this season.Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Can, Lallana, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, FirminoLiverpool subs: Ward, Klavan, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Solanke, Ings Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Transfer latest: Mahrez set for Liverpool medical

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Mahrez set for Liverpool medical Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:04 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Mahrez set for Liverpool medicalRiyad Mahrez Leicester CityRiyad Mahrez is set to undergo a medical with Liverpool on Sunday ahead of a £49million move, according to beIN Sports (via Inside Futbol ).Liverpool have a massive amount of money to play with after agreeing a €160m deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.  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 It now seems the Reds have wasted little time in bringing in a replacement, with Mahrez reportedly set to sign on until 2022. Real Madrid set to bid for SalahMohamed Salah Liverpool 2017Mohamed Salah’s early-season success with Liverpool has led to interest from Real Madrid, OK Diario reports. Zinedine Zidane’s men have misfired offensively this season and are looking for solutions in front of goal, with the Egypt star touted as a possibility after an explosive beginning to life at Anfield.Madrid are aware that a deal during January will be complicated but are set to return in the summer.Man Utd activate Shaw clauseLuke Shaw Manchester United 200917Manchester United have activated a 12-month extension clause in Luke Shaw’s contract, according to the Manchester Evening News .The England international left-back was due to see his current deal expire in the summer, but will now be tied to the Red Devils until 2019.Reports had suggested that the 22-year-old was heading towards the exits at Old Trafford, with United eyeing Danny Rose, Ryan Sessegnon and Kieran Tierney as possible replacements, but he has played his way back into favour.Giroud wanted by BesiktasOlivier Giroud ArsenalBesiktas have set their sights on landing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for Cenk Tosun, reports beIN Sports .The Turkish side have seen their top marksman leave for Everton and are now in the market for a proven successor.Giroud has struggled for starts this season and is eager to find regular football ahead of a possible World Cup quest with France this summer.Five Premier League sides watching MaregaMoussa MaregaFour Premier League sides are monitoring the progress of Porto striker Moussa Marega, according to Foot Mercato .The Paris-born stirker has 12 goals in 15 games in the Portuguese top flight this season and is being watched by Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as Brighton and Leicester.Porto do not wish to sell, but the centre forward has a release clause of €40 million.Aubameyang to Guangzhou Evergrande a done deal?Pierre-Emerick AubameyangDortmund have failed to pour cold water on reports linking striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande. Speaking to Kicker , chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “The speculation surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will circle for as long as he plays here.”We do not comment on that anymore.”Read the full story right here on Goal! Coutinho deal will be €120m fee + €40mCoutinho, Camp NouBarcelona will sign Philippe Coutinho for a €120 million up-front fee in January with €40m of potential bonuses included in the deal with Liverpool, according to Sport .At least €10m will be easy clauses for Coutinho to meet at Camp Nou, while the other €30m depends on the Brazilian’s performances and Barcelona’s achievements.The €160m deal would make Coutinho the third-most expensive player of all-time behind Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.’Keeping Kane will be difficult’Harry Kane Golden Boot 21052017Tottenham may see their hand forced by Harry Kane at some stage if Real Madrid and Manchester United rumours persist, Christian Ziege has warned.“He has the option to change [clubs] in the Premier League or if he wants to have experience away from the Premier League. At some stage, if he wants to move on, it will be difficult to keep him.”Read the full story right here on Goal! Aubameyang signs Chinese dealPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundGuangzhou Evergrande have agreed terms with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of the Gabon international this summer, Sina Sports reports.The Chinese Super League side swept in with a bid of €72 million to snatch the striker from Beijing Guoan, who had offered €60m. A spokesman for Beijing Guoan said: “It is unprofessional to poach other club’s target and drive up the price so carelessly and recklessly, which will ultimately put the Chinese football and the national interest in jeopardy.”Conte reveals three transfer listsAntonio ConteAntonio Conte has admitted to having three lists of transfer targets at Chelsea, having previously moaned that he has “rarely been given the players I asked for”.In an effort to avoid a repeat in 2018, the Premier League title-winning coach is leaving no stone unturned.”There isn’t just one list, there’s two, three lists and sometimes you can’t get the first name on the list,” Conte said.Read the full story right here on Goal!  Mourinho sorry for Mkhitaryan HT hookHenrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Derby FA CupJose Mourinho has apologised to Henrikh Mkhitaryan for unfairly hauling him off at half-time during Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Derby County.“I didn’t like what I did. He didn’t deserve it, he was playing well, he wasn’t playing bad,” the Man Utd boss said.Find out why he substituted him in our full story right here on Goal! Lemar to replace Alexis at ArsenalThomas Lemar Alexis Sanchez Transfer SplitArsenal manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t ruled out a January exit for Alexis Sanchez and, if the Chilean does depart for Man City in January, he is ready to make Monaco’s Thomas Lemar his replacement, according to  L’Equipe .The Gunners failed with a £90 million bid for Lemar in the summer and though Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has insisted the France international is not for sale, Wenger could test his resolve should Alexis move on in January.With Monaco out of the Champions League and PSG cruising to a Ligue 1 title, the principality side could be convinced to cash in on the highly rated 22-year-old.Coutinho to PAY to join BarcelonaPhilippe Coutinho Liverpool SwanseaPhilippe Coutinho is ready to pay €15m from his own pocket to allow his move from Liverpool to Barcelona to take place, Mundo Deportivo reports.The Brazil star has already turned down more lucrative bids from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but has his heart set on moving to Camp Nou.Liverpool have recently bumped the price of their star player up following a leaked Nike advert showing the 25-year-old as a Barca player – and Coutinho is ready to pay the difference himself.Newcastle United consider Hart loan moveJoe Hart GFXNewcastle United have targeted Joe Hart as a January transfer candidate after the goalkeeper lost his first-team place at West Ham under David Moyes, according to the Daily Mirror .The England international, who is on loan from Man City, is admired by Rafa Benitez and would be a cheap option to bolster the Magpies’ squad without significant budget.Man City to make £35m Alexis bidAlexis Sanchez Man CityManchester City are poised to make an opening January bid of £35 million for wantaway Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Mail .Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury has forced Pep Guardiola to reconsider a winter move for the Chilean, whom he had originally preferred to sign at the end of the season.Arsenal turned down a £60m offer in the summer from Man City but, with fewer than six months left to go on his contract, they could lose him for free in July.Wenger admits to Arsenal transfer problemsArsene Wenger ArsenalArsene Wenger admits that Arsenal are experiencing teething problems as a new transfer team finds its feet at Emirates Stadium.There has been a major overhaul behind the scenes in north London, with the Gunners eager to ensure that they remain competitive in their recruitment.Read the full story right here on Goal! Tevez exits China nightmareCarlos Tevez Shanghai ShenhuaShanghai Shenhua have terminated the contract of Boca Juniors-bound Carlos Tevez by mutual consent, the Chinese Super League (CSL) side announced on Saturday.The former Manchester United and Manchester City forward had another 12 months to run on his deal, and long-drawn negotiations with the struggling giants led to the decision.Find out where he’s expected to join in the coming days! David Luiz to be shown the Chelsea doorDavid Luiz ChelseaChelsea centre-back David Luiz will be sent out on loan for the second half of the season, The Express states.The Brazil international has had a bust up with manager Antonio Conte, who is now willing to offload the experienced defender.Andreas Christensen has kept him out of the starting XI lately, and Juventus could seek to profit by snatching him on a temporary basis this winter.Arsenal set Walcott asking price at £30mTheo Walcott ArsenalArsenal will allow attacker Theo Walcott to depart this January – but not for a fee less than £30 million, The Sun believes.The 28-year-old has not started a Premier League game all season and is of interest to struggling Southampton, who wish to reinvigorate their campaign by signing their former youth star.Everton and Newcastle are also interested in the England winger.WBA want DebuchyMathieu Debuchy Arsenal Bordeaux loanWBA wish to sign Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy, L’Equipe reports.The France international has featured only in cup competitions for the Gunners this season and still believes that if he plays regularly he could feature at World Cup 2018 for his country.As a result, he could be willing to move to the Hawthorns six months before his deal at the Emirates expires.Hazard rejects second contract offerEden Hazard ChelseaEden Hazard has rejected Chelsea’s second offer of a new contract, according to RMC . The Belgium international’s current deal runs through 2020, but the Blues are offering fresh terms to prevent Real Madrid from swooping for Hazard.Antonio Conte is reportedly furious with Hazard’s refusal to sign a new deal, which would have made the Belgian the highest-paid player in Chelsea’s history. Man Utd to swoop for KaneHarry Kane Tottenham BurnleyManchester United are ready to hijack Real Madrid’s move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, according to Don Balon , via the Manchester Evening News . Kane is in high demand after establishing himself as one of Europe’s best goalscorers, and the Red Devils have emerged as the main rivals for a potential Madrid bid. Chelsea and Manchester City are also reportedly interested in signing Kane, but Man Utd are seen as the biggest threat to Madrid.Barca and Palmeiras far apart on MinaYerry Mina PalmeirasBarcelona and Palmeiras are “far apart” in negotiations over defender Yerry Mina, according to  Gianluca Di Marzio .The 23-year-old has requested an immediate move to the Blaugrana after impressing with the Brazilian side since a 2016 move from Santa Fe in his native Colombia. Mina’s agent and the two clubs will continue to negotiate in order to seal a January move.   Chelsea targeting Mahrez after Barkley dealRiyad Mahrez, Leicester CityChelsea aren’t planning on ending their signings with the capture of Ross Barkley, as the Blues are now targeting Riyad Mahrez, reports The Sun .The Algerian has impressed in 2017-18, scoring seven goals and adding eight assists in the Premier League so far. Arnaiz threatens Premier League transferJose Arnaiz BarcelonaBarcelona forward Jose Arnaiz will demand a move to the Premier League if he doesn’t get more first-team opportunities, according to Diario Gol.   The 22-year-old has impressed when given the chance with the first team this season, scoring three goals in three Copa del Rey games, but the rest of his appearances this term have been with Barcelona B. A host of Premier League teams, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton are willing to pay Arnaiz’s €20 million release clause should he move to England.Juve wanted to sell Marchisio to ChelseaMarchisio JuventusJuventus were disappointed by Chelsea’s signing of Ross Barkley, as they had hoped to offload Claudio Marchisio to the Blues, according to The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Juve, and enjoyed some of his best seasons in Turin under current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Though Chelsea were an enticing option for a sale, the signing of Barkley likely closes the door on any chance Juventus had to send Marchisio to London. Suarez could make shock return to LiverpoolLuis Suarez Barcelona Real MadridBarcelona may be nearing a move for Philippe Coutinho, but Liverpool could use some of the funds from the Brazilian’s sale to make a move for Luis Suarez, according to Don Balon.  The Reds are set to net around €160 million from Coutinho’s move to Barcelona, and could be tempted to turn around and spend some of those funds on their former striker. Though Suarez is happy at Barca, Coutinho’s arrival along with Ousmane Dembele’s return from injury and a potential summer move for Antoine Griezmann could push the Uruguayan out of the lineup. Brandt set for summer tug-of-warHD Julian BrandtBayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt may have his pick of German clubs in the summer, according to Der Westen . The 21-year-old has a €12.5 million release clause that can be activated when he enters the last year of his contract, which is an enticing option for Bayern Munich as the Bavarians continue aiming to stock up on young German talent.Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with an interest, and Brandt is also expected to listen to renewal offers from Leverkusen. Arda in talks over MLS moveArda Turan BarcelonaOut-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan in talks over a possible move to Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, according to the Daily Mail. The 30-year-old has not featured for the Blaugrana this term as the club have looked to offload him to several teams around Europe. But Turan could be tempted by a new challenge in the U.S. with Chicago, who signed Bastian Schweinsteiger for a $4.5 million deal last season.Liverpool line up Mahrez as Lemar contingencyRiyad Mahrez Leicester CityLiverpool will turn to Riyad Mahrez if they can’t sign Thomas Lemar to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to The  Independent .The Reds are bracing for Coutinho’s departure for Barcelona, and have identified Lemar as a top option to replace the Brazilian. Monaco turned down a £75m bid from Liverpool for Lemar in the summer and if the France international’s price is too high, the Reds will move for the Leicester City midfielder instead. Inter to offer Icardi new dealMauro Icardi InterInter sporting director Piero Ausilio says the club could offer Mauro Icardi a new contract to fend off interest from Real Madrid.Icardi signed a five-year contract at San Siro in October 2016, but his red-hot form could mean the Serie A side will have to offer another raise to keep him at San Siro. The Blancos are reportedly planning to trigger a €110 million release clause in the 24-year-old’s contract this summer to seal his signature. Read the full story on Goal!last_img read more

Cowboys In Tears As Dez Bryant Pays Tribute to Late Father With Big TD In Pittsburgh

first_imgDallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who lost his mother to colon cancer in 2013, said in the post-game press conference that the two found solace in each other’s experiences. “I think the game gives him peace,” Prescott told reporters. “We kinda shared this morning about things I’ve been through and kinda let him know, I mean, this game brings me peace and I use it that way . . . [I told him] your father, he’s watching you, he’s got the best seat in the house, and he went out there and I told him to honor him today and Dez did exactly that, had a great night.”“It was emotional,” added Cole Beasley to the Dallas Morning News. “There were a lot of guys with tears in here. We definitely feel for him. And all the stuff he’s been through in his life, he’s still persevering every day. It just shows who he is. He’s been fighting through stuff all his life. No matter what happens to him, he’s going to keep grinding.”Bryant finished the day with six receptions for a season-high 116 yards and a touchdown. He was awarded the game ball in the locker room by head coach Jason Garrett and the two exchanged an emotional embraceWatch Coach Garrett present @DezBryant with the game ball after the win against the Steelers. #FootballIsFamily?:— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 14, 2016 Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant played with a heavy heart in the Cowboys’ 35-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Bryant’s father, MacArthur Hatton, passed away from an undisclosed illness Saturday, but Bryant decided to still play. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy saw plenty of targets, but his biggest catch came on a 50-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News set the scene.Bryant paused for a second in the back of the end zone, pointed to the sky and then blew a kiss. Tears started to flow as he fell to his knees. Several teammates consoled him.After the game, he posted a heartfelt message on his Instagram page for his late father.“Daddy I know GOD got you..” wrote Bryant. “I’m hurt but I refuse to ask why….you always wanted me to make sure things are good with the family especially my brothers…I honestly don’t know a man who walked this earth stronger than you…daddy I’m happy to take the torch…rip daddy.”center_img 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

Who OSU Has and Who is Coming at Wide Receiver

first_imgChris Lacy James WashingtonDillon StonerTylan WallaceJoshua Moore Braydon Johnson LC Greenwood Marcell Ateman (RS)Jalen McCleskeyTyron Johnson (RS)Tyrell Alexander (RS)C.J. Moore 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. Now about those 2018 offers.C.J. Moore — 6-foot-5, 180This Tulsa Union receiver has BLOWN UP on the recruiting trail. Oklahoma State jumped in the mix early, and Ohio State, Alabama, Texas and a whole bunch of others have followed suit.Recognize that last name? It’s the cousin of former Oklahoma State receiver Tracy Moore, who went on to have a pretty successful career at OSU by way of Union.Joshua Moore — 6-foot-1, 168Moore, a four-star prospect from Yoakum, has already garnered offers from more than 50 Division I programs. And counting.If I’m being honest, a long shot would be a nice way of putting this one. His brother recently committed to Texas A&M, and I’d bet he leans the same – or goes with OU, Texas, or Tennessee. The freshman class is absolutely loaded, as you can see. But it’s a strategic move. Oklahoma State is preparing, quite adequately, to brace for life without three guys who could potentially have a future in the NFL.So first, let’s take a look at the 2017 commits.Tylan Wallace — 6-foot, 180Oklahoma State is getting one of the elite receivers in the country in Wallace, a four-star recruit from Fort Worth South Hills. With close to 20 Division I offers from the likes of Notre Dame, OU, Oregon and others, Wallace opted for OSU.As you well know, Wallace has a twin brother who is also OSU bound. After two ACL injuries in consecutive seasons, it’s easy to forgot that both were considered top Texas recruits.LC Greenwood — 6-foot-3, 200Also known as “Shamond”, Greenwood is a rich mans version of Marcell Ateman. He has elite size to go up and grab the pigskin, and he’s suuuuuuper smooth in the open field. He too, like Tylan, held nearly 20 offers before opting for OSU. He’s the second four-star in this 2017 wide receiver haul.Braydon Johnson — 6-foot, 195This Arlington Bowie prospect committed to OSU and has been a complete sleeper – even after making his pledge earlier in 2016.Like Chris Lacy, Johnson makes an impact as a blocker, but he can make plays with soft hands and a good leaping ability from the outside. He’s a versatile receiver who can fill multiple roles — something OSU will almost certainly take advantage of. SeniorsJuniorsSophomoresFreshmen2018 offers Oklahoma State boasts arguably the most stacked wide receiver corps. in the country. With Biletnikoff Award semifinalist James Washington returning for his senior year, coupled with an absurdly loaded recruiting class, let’s take a look at how the scholarships stand at the moment and what the future of the position looks like.last_img read more

Top 25 Roundup: OSU Getting Plenty of Love in the Preseason Polls

first_imgDean G. Acheson once said, “Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.”With each of those days that come, we edge slowly closer to my favorite time of year — college football season. So while we count off those days — 122 left at the time of this posting — let’s check in with college football’s soothsayers and see how Oklahoma State looks in their crystal ball.Here’s where OSU lands in several of the top “way-too-early” preseason polls.ESPN – No. 6The self-declared leader in sports media appears to also be the worldwide leader in high expectations for those that wear orange. They have the Cowboys at No. 6, behind only Ohio State, Florida State, Alabama, USC and Penn State. Sorry, Oklahoma but you’ve been supplanted in the imaginary and the hypothetical thanks to a couple of grad transfers.With quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington deciding to return for their senior seasons, the Cowboys already looked primed to challenge rival Oklahoma for a Big 12 title. Then the Pokes added two graduate transfers — Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker and Cal left tackle Aaron Cochran — who might be able to help right away.Much of the buzz this spring focused on former LSU receiver Tyron Johnson, who sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules, and now appears ready to be another weapon. Of course, if the Cowboys are going to win their first Big 12 championship since 2011, they’ll probably have to beat the Sooners in the Bedlam Series, which they’ve done only twice since 2003. [ESPN]While many will scoff at the idea, OU does have a lot of questions to answer on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately for the rest of the Big 12, they normally find answers pretty quickly.Sporting News – No. 16The Sporting News is not quite as high on the Pokes but they recognize the top returning QB-receiver duo in the nation and their importance to Oklahoma State’s Big 12 title chances.The connection between Mason Rudolph and James Washington will be key for the Cowboys’ Big 12 championship hopes, and it’s worth knowing the Bedlam Game against Oklahoma will be bumped up to Nov. 4. Expectations are high for the Cowboys, and they can meet those if the defense can take a few more steps forward after allowing 26.5 points per game in 2016. [Sporting News]Fox Sports – No. 10Stewart Mandel lauds the 2017 Cowboys as potentially the best since 2011 and credits the experience behind center and the stacked receiving corps for OSU’s top-10 ranking. Hopefully, the defense can be good enough to keep teams at bay.This should be Mike Gundy’s best team since his 12-1 2011 squad. Veteran QB Mason Rudolph and a stacked receiving corps led by James Washington should light up the scoreboard. LSU transfer WR Tyron Johnson impressed coaches this spring. The Cowboys won’t be dominant defensively but possibly better than years past. Clemson grad transfer CB Adrian Baker could add valuable experience to the secondary. [Fox Sports]ProFootballFocus – No. 11The good people at PFF came out with their preseason poll directly following the end of the the 2016-17 season but the only thing that can really change between now and then is an opinion and they normally know what they’re talking about.If a team has a good quarterback, it will always have a chance, and that’s precisely the case with Oklahoma State, who welcome back QB Mason Rudolph for his final season. Rudolph finished 2016 with a 92.3 overall grade, and a 90.0 passing grade, both marks ranked second among quarterbacks. Rudolph has shown good progression throughout his time in Stillwater, he posted a 69.0 grade in limited action as a true freshman, then an 86.4 grade in his first full season as a starter in 2015. The Cowboys he takes yet another step forward in 2017, to make them a legitimate playoff contender. [ProFootballFocus]Athlon Sports – No. 11What is sometimes forgotten is the budding superstar in Justice Hill that returns this fall. The competition for his backup will likely span deep into fall camp but with their ability to spread it out, Rudolph and Co. should open up some nice lanes for the young tailback.The Cowboys also return promising running back Justice Hill (1,142 yards), and there’s optimism the offensive line will continue to improve behind guard Marcus Keyes and tackle Zach Crabtree. Washington has plenty of support at receiver. Jalen McCleskey returns after leading the team with 73 catches, Marcell Ateman returns from injury, and LSU transfer Tyron Johnson is eligible in 2017. [Athlon Sports]Sports Illustrated – No. 12Short and sweet but to the point. Oklahoma State will be able to score and that’s half the battle.The Mason Rudolph-to-James Washington connection will be used frequently in 2017, and the Cowboys should have a strong ground game with running back Justice Hill returning, too. Sports Illustrated 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

Oklahoma State Given 7-1 Odds to Make College Football Playoff

first_imgGeorgia7-1 Wisconsin7-1 Texas9-1 Miami10-1 USC7-5 Oklahoma State7-1 Louisville10-1 Ohio State3-2 Odds are out on the favorites for the four-team College Football Playoff this season, and Oklahoma State is deservedly in the mix. Bovada released its latest odds, and it included the top 22 favorites from Alabama to Tennessee.Here’s a look. TeamOdds Michigan5-1 Washington4-1 LSU4-1 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.center_img TCU12-1 Penn State4-1 Kansas State10-1 Alabama2-5 AdChoices广告None of these odds particularly wow me. Some are disgusting — Texas at 9-1 comes to mind — but none are really good enough to lay a lot of cash on. Georgia and Florida at 7-1? Kansas State at 10-1? It just seems so … unlikely (more unlikely than 10-1) when you know two of the spots are going to Alabama and either Michigan or Ohio State unless those teams lose like six games.Oklahoma State at 7-1 is probably about right given where everybody else is, but again it’s not a number that makes me type ? emojis to my friends. Still, it’s a blast for the Pokes to be so solidly in the conversation as August quickly approaches and a new season is upon us. Tennessee12-1 Notre Dame12-1 Florida State7-5 Oklahoma5-2 Clemson6-1 Auburn6-1 Florida7-1last_img read more

On James Washington and The Trend of the Deep Ball

first_img“We call them 70/30 balls. They’re not 50/50 anymore,” said Rudolph during Big 12 Media Day. “It’s something we work on every day and it’s something that we’re extremely good at.”Even as an underclassman, Washington was one of OSU’s best deep threats. He came in at a time when the offense had trouble scoring points, and he helped the Cowboys find their offensive consistency in the vertical passing game. Alongside Marcell Ateman, who was a natural at coming down with deep passes due to his size, Washington helped make the deep ball a key part of the offense.“James started it off, really,” Rudolph said. “It was his freshman year … and just seeing him go up and grab it, just the body control he had in the air, it was like from then on people started following that trend.” Since the emergence of quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington, the deep ball has quickly become one of the Cowboys’ best and most frequently used weapons. The two have mastered the art of the big play, and the duo has been carving up opposing defenses for the past two (and a quarter) seasons.Now, Rudolph and Washington have the opportunity to thrive in a system that they helped establish.Some people think that deep throws are fairly simple, but that’s just not true (that ain’t true!) There’s an art to a properly completed deep ball. There’s a standard streak, seam, skinny or standard post, back-shoulder route, goal-line fade or a route that fades toward the sideline.AdChoices广告Receivers have to get a good release off the ball, and they use many techniques to create separation on deep routes, such as “stacking” or “stair stepping.” The quarterback must have accurate ball placement, depending on the type of deep route that the receiver is running. And these things must be practiced tirelessly for maximum effectiveness.All these things go into a successful completion. Many teams don’t have the players nor the experience to properly execute such throws. Luckily for the Cowboys, they have the personnel to do it, and they do it well. Although offensive coordinators don’t often call quarterbacks to throw to the deep route in certain plays, Washington often found a way to get more open on deep routes with his ability to separate and come down with the catch. Even a quarterback like Daxx Garman found success lobbing the ball up to his receivers, which ironically had a higher success rate than OSU running the ball.“James is such a deep threat,” said Mike Gundy during his Big 12 Media Day press conference. ” James is so good on the deep ball that people have to get off of him … [he’s] right up there with the Dez Bryants and the Blackmons and the Rashaun Woods, the guys that have been terrific football players.”Now both in their final season, Washington and Rudolph will have the opportunity to be a part of one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. Ever since their emergence, the Cowboys have been taking more deep shots than anyone in the country, and their big-play ability will be one of their biggest strengths going into 2017.center_img 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

Some Thoughts on Oklahoma State’s Depth Chart for Tulsa

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. During Friday’s media availability, Oklahoma State released its two-deep projected depth chart for the season opener on August 31 against Tulsa.Here are some quick thoughts.• The first thing that sticks out to me is what I don’t see. Clemson graduate transfer Adrian Baker is not listed. A.J. Green and Rodarius Williams are the projected starters which isn’t a shock but Baker is apparently behind sophomore Madre Harper and senior Malik Kearse. Mike Gundy addressed this at his presser, and we will have an update shortly.AdChoices广告• All the ORs. Running back depth will be a work in progress with so many young pieces in play.  Although we reported that J.D. King would be the No. 2, he’s listed in a four-way tie with Ja’Ron Wilson, LD Brown and Chuba Hubbard on the official chart. We expect King to take the bulk of the carries behind Hill to start the season.• Backup QB shows an “OR” but Taylor Cornelius has been getting more reps with the No. 2s. It’s still possible that Gundy tries to insert a J.W. Walsh-type role and Keonde Wudtee may be the guy for that.• Britton Abbott OR Sione Finefeuiaki get the No. 1 spot over Keenen Brown at Cowboy Back. The newcomer, Finefeuiaki, must be taking to the offense quickly. He’s a bowling ball with legs and could be a key tool in run blocking. Brown is listed third.• It’s a real thing. We’ve been talking about this receiver corps for months but to actually see it on paper, wow. The No. 1s are James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Chris Lacy or Marcell Ateman. Tyron Johnson will get plenty of reps though, and this is just a pick-your-poison situation. Dillon Stoner is going to be a fun to watch backing up Jalen McCleskey in the slot. Tylan Wallace is not on the two deep, but we still expect him to play.• The defensive end position is probably the deepest position group on the roster. No, I didn’t forget the receivers. You have six legitimate starters but it appears Cole Walterscheid is the only one to nail down a No. 1 spot. Opposite him is Jarrell Owens OR Vili Leveni. Behind him is the Cowboys’ leading returner in sacks — who’s never started a game — Tralund Webber OR Jordan Brailford who impressed down the stretch of 2015 but missed all of 2016 with injury.All these guys are good and they will all get burn as Spencer likes to keep legs fresh.• Linebackers are about where we thought they would be. Kenneth Edison McGruder gets an “OR” with Calvin Bundage. Glenn Spencer called them his 1a and 1b at Star linebacker. Chad Whitener and Justin Phillips get the start at the Mike and Will backer spots.• On special teams, Tyron Johnson is going to start the Tulsa game with a 100-yard kickoff return TD isn’t he? McCleskey keeps his spot as punt returner with Dillon Stoner backing him up.• Matt Ammendola will continue to handle kickoff duties but is sharing an OR with Matt Hockett for place kicker. He’s still the clubhouse leader but this just further illustrates that no one has walked in and taken the job for himself.last_img read more

The MLS stars who will be at the World Cup

first_imgMLS The MLS stars who will be at the 2018 World Cup Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 02:58 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos MLS LA Galaxy 08062017 Troy Wayrynen MLS World Cup The United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia dimmed plenty of the excitement stateside for this summer’s tournament.It also meant far fewer MLS players would be taking part in the summer showcase. The league elected to take a shorter break for 2018 than it did for the tournament four years ago. Yet, there are still plenty of MLS-based players fans can follow in Russia. Most are from the CONCACAF region, where nations like Costa Rica and Panama have seen big benefits from players going to MLS and facing tougher competition than in their domestic league.There also are players who are set to represent teams in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Scroll down to see who some of the familiar faces will be at this summer’s tournament.last_img read more

Wenger told to step down by man who signed him

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger accused of outstaying Arsenal welcome by the man who appointed him Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 08:31 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Arsène Wenger Arsenal Premier League The long-serving Frenchman has resisted calls to step aside in the recent past, but has been urged to walk away by former chairman Peter Hill-Wood Arsene Wenger has been accused of outstaying his welcome at Arsenal by Peter Hill-Wood, the man who appointed him back in 1996.Arriving in England as a relative unknown, the Gunners could never have imagined that 22 years later they would still be working under the guidance of the long-serving Frenchman.Wenger has proved to be a shrewd addition, with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup triumphs secured during his reign, but the general consensus among a growing number of Arsenal supporters is that a change in the dugout is required. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Calls for a parting of ways are mounting during another testing campaign, with former club chairman Hill-Wood conceding that an iconic figure is in danger of causing lasting damage to his legacy.“I clearly am not very happy about what is going on,” Hill-Wood, who stood down at Emirates Stadium in 2013, told the Daily Star.“I think that there probably ought to be a change of management.“He has done fabulously well, it is just he has overstayed his welcome.“I find it very sad because he was the great love of many and then it [overstaying his welcome] has destroyed it all.”Arsene Wenger outstayed welcome Peter Hill-WoodWenger finds himself under pressure from supporters, former players and pundits, but he has stubbornly refused to waver in his stance.The 68-year-old has always maintained that he is the best man from the job in north London and he has offered no indication that he is about to walk away.Quizzed on his current situation, Wenger has said: “I am always ready for a fight. I am of course very disappointed but I have experienced these situations before.“Yes of course [I am as confident as ever]. I have been in these situations in my life and I know what it takes – experience and the desire to change things.“Does that desire still burn as strongly? Of course.”last_img read more