Liverpool and Tottenham targets head-to-head – moving to bigger clubs?

first_img 3 3 Danny Ings and Saido Berahino 3 Despite the January transfer window being shut, Liverpool and Tottenham continue to be linked with a new striker, specifically Danny Ings and Saido Berahino.“If I can keep [West Brom] in the Premier League and score as much goals as I can, I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t mind me pushing on and moving on to bigger things,” the latter has been quoted as saying.It appears Berahino is keen to get away from the Baggies, but will have to wait until the summer, while Ings was heavily linked with a move to Anfield last month. He eventually stayed put, however, it is being claimed the Reds will try and sign the 22-year-old in a pre-contract agreement, which would see him join the club at the end of the season.Ings, who has also been linked with Man City, and Berahino are clearly wanted men, so talkSPORT look at the duo head-to-head. It is Ings’ first season as a Premier League player and Berahino has 15 games on him, but having watched the two in action for their respective clubs, who would you rather sign? LIVERPOOL TRANSFER NEWS: STRIKER SIGNING WILL SEE ‘MANY FANS AROUND THE WORLD CRYING’last_img read more

Qantas plans for Cathay Hong Kong codeshare hit turbulence

first_imgPhoto: Cathay Pacific An application by Qantas to codeshare with Cathay Pacific on routes between Hong Kong and Australia faces further scrutiny from Australian authorities.The International Air Services Commission has written to the Flying Kangaroo seeking more information on its application to codeshare and asking the Australian carrier to address the ministerial criteria relating to competition, tourism and trade.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has also indicated it plans to make a submission on the application once it receives more information from the carrier.IASC officials want Qantas to respond to concerns raised by Virgin Australia in a submission lodged earlier this week that the codeshare would be detrimental to travelers and increase the market power of the two airlines.Virgin said in its application that Qantas and Cathay currently dominated the Hong Kong route, holding a combined frequency share of 88 percent and a combined seat capacity share of 90 percent.READ: Virgin opposes Qantas-Cathay codeshare It argued the Qantas application did not provide enough information for interested parties such as itself and the competition watchdog to properly assess and comment on the application.“Notwithstanding the paucity of information in Qantas’ application, any strengthening of the cooperation with Cathay Pacific is likely to increase the market power that the two carriers individually and collectively hold on the Hong Kong route,’’ the Virgin application said,“This would inevitably diminish the competitive forces in the market and may lead to higher airfares and reduced choices for customers, with corresponding implications for Australian tourism andIn a letter released Friday, IASC chair Ian Douglas asked Qantas to provide details on how the proposed codeshare would achieve the IASC Act objective of enhancing the welfare of Australians by promoting economic efficiency through competition in the provision of international air services.He said this should result in increased responsiveness by airlines to the needs of consumers, including an increased range of choices and benefits;  growth in Australian tourism and trade; and the maintenance of Australian carriers capable of competing effectively with airlines of foreign countries.The letter asked Qantas to specify the city-pairs on which it proposed to codeshare with Cathay and provide passenger numbers and market share for each as well as yield and load factors.Virgin calculated that in the 12 months ending October 2018, both airlines recorded passenger load factors exceeding 80 percent and together carried 92 percent of all passengers traveling between Australia and Hong Kong.Qantas said it would be responding to the request for more information.last_img read more

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How Having (and Not Having) Big 12 Divisions Screwed Oklahoma State (Twice)

first_imgThe Big 12 is not implementing divisions which is pretty crazy. What would have happened to Oklahoma State in the five-year history of the Big 12 having 10 teams if divisions had existed all along? ESPN’s Max Olson took a look.Olson looked at each of the five Big 12 title scenarios from the five seasons since the Big 12 went to 10 teams. There is a bonkers scenario in 2013 in which OSU would have been kept from the Big 12 title game because of point differential on the final play of the season.On the final play of the game, Oklahoma State ran a desperation lateral play and goofed up. The backwards throw to QB Clint Chelf was errant and Eric Striker scooped the ball up and scored for a 33-24 victory. In this tiebreaker scenario, that play gives OU the spot in the Big 12 title game.So let’s put it this way: If Oklahoma State, down 27-24 against its hated rival, had instead sent Chelf out to take a knee and take the Bedlam loss, the Cowboys make the Big 12 title game.This is the world we now live in! That’s not all, though. The only year a conference championship game would have helped the Big 12? 2011.It might be hard to picture the BCS rankings moving the Cowboys into the national title game had they defeated K-State again. But Oklahoma State was only .0086 behind Alabama for the No. 2 spot. What if another win over a top-10 foe would have pushed the Cowboys ahead? This might have been one year where a Big 12 title game really could’ve helped.Sweet. Just more ways to twist that 2011 knife a little deeper! Conference championship games are pretty much never going to help the Big 12 make the CFB Playoff. Except it would have if the playoff was only two teams in 2011.So new ways are being invented for OSU to have retroactively been kept from playing for the 2011 title. The playoff is now four teams (OSU would have been in), and the Big 12 has a conference title game (OSU probably would have been in).I need a drink. 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

Vincent Taylor Says Call From Miami Was ‘Dream Come True’

first_imgTaylor was one of two Pokes drafted this year. The other was Chris Carson to Seattle. It’s the first time since …. 2012 …. OSU has had more than one player get taken in the same draft. Taylor noted that he has tried to shape his game after one of his now-teammates.It’s a blessing to be apart of @MiamiDolphins Organization ready to get to work! ??— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) April 29, 2017“Growing up, I used to always tell myself, man, I like the way Ndamukong Suh plays,” Taylor told MiamiDolphins.com. “And I’m not just saying it because I just got drafted by Miami. I’ve been saying that. Every interview I did, who do you model your game after? Who do you look up to? Ndamukong Suh was always that guy I looked up to and for me to be able to be on the same team with him and just learn from him, I’m looking forward to see what God has in store for me and what I can learn from him.”Hey @MiamiDolphins fans, here’s a little preview of what you’re getting in Vincent Taylor. @BallOut_96 #NFLDraft #okstate pic.twitter.com/ePMMdXME6x— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 29, 2017 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. Vincent Taylor had his name called by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He said it was a world changer for him.“I’m very emotional,” Taylor told MiamiDolphins.com. “I told myself going through this whole process I don’t care where I go. My coaches told me, it’s not where you get drafted, whether you go first round or second round, what matters is what you do when you get that foot in that door. It was like a dream come true hearing my name called in the NFL draft.”? 4 blocked field goals last season ? pic.twitter.com/HbuPxo1tnO— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 30, 2017last_img read more

Report: 2017 Signee Fua Leilua Not Coming to OSU

first_imgAs was reported by Robert Allen of GoPokes, 2017 signee Fua Leilua will not be joining the team on Sunday when fall camp kicks off. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle picked Oklahoma State over offers from TCU and others and signed with the team on national signing day.Allen reported it during a spot on The Franchise radio station in Tulsa and it was reaffirmed by Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World.A note from today previously reported by @RAllenGoPokes: DT Fua Leilua no longer with #okstate. https://t.co/IHlkW8bOwG— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) July 27, 2017AdChoices广告The three-star prospect out of Snow College (JUCO) was expected to compete for reps among a deep defensive tackle group that includes Darrion Daniels, DeQuinton Osborne, Trey Carter and Enoch Smith Jr. 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

Chalk Talk: Football Terminology Primer (Part 2)

first_imgWe already looked at a handful of terms in Part 1 of this series, but today I want to introduce you to a few more. Let’s jump right back in with some defensive scheme definitions.Nickel/Dime/QuarterThese are names given to certain defensive packages. The nickel package has five defensive backs, the dime has six and the quarter has seven. Nickel allows teams to properly align against an offense with two non-receivers on the field, such as a formation with a tight end or running back. The dime package is used in passing situations against teams that operate in 10-personnel. Quarter defenses, not to be confused with a quarters defense (another term for cover 4), are for hail mary or extreme pass defense situations.AdChoices广告PersonnelThe personnel of an offense indicates what players are on the field and in a certain formation. Personnel is often connected with a number or term, depending on the offense’s philosophy. Numbers-wise, the personnel is described with a two-digit number; the first number indicates the amount of backs in the formation while the second indicates the number of tight ends. For example, 11 personnel has one back, one tight end and three receivers. The signals, signs and words assigned to personnel groupings vary.Strong/Weak SideMost offensive formations have a strong and a weak side. If a formation has more players on one side than the other, then that side is the strong side. If the formation is balanced except for a running back or tight end, then their placement determines the strong side. Finally, if a formation is balanced in numbers but one side has a tight end and one doesn’t, then the side with the tight end is the strong side.TechniqueIf you’ve ever heard the term “3 technique” or “0 technique,” that’s referring to the alignment of a defensive lineman. Each section of the line of scrimmage is numbered from the center outward. If a defensive lineman is directly over the center, he’s in a 0 technique. If he’s directly outside the guard, he’s in a 3 technique. The numbers go in order until the 6 technique, where it jumps around. Here’s an illustration that might help.RPOShort for run-pass option, an RPO is a play that features a run play and some sort of passing pattern or screen. The quarterback can decide to throw the ball or hand it off/run himself depending on the alignment and coverage of the defense.Rub RouteA pass route where one receiver purposefully gets in the way of a defender covering another receiver to create space. If the receiver initiates contact with said defender, it is then considered a “pick” route and is technically illegal. Rub routes can happen in the middle of the field, like in the play “mesh”, or on the perimeter, like in the play “spot”.Zone Scheme/Gap Blocking SchemeThe term “zone” applies to both offense and defense, but in this context, it refers to run blocking. Zone and gap schemes are the two main categories of run blocking. Zone blocking, which caught on in the 90s thanks to people like former NFL coach Alex Gibbs, has the line move in one direction as a unit. The lineman’s assignment is solely decided on whether he is covered or uncovered, i.e. whether a defender is directly in front of him across the line of scrimmage.Gap blocking, or man blocking, includes specific actions and assignments for each player. Power, for example, requires the backside guard to pull, the backside tackle to “hinge” block, and in two-back situations, the fullback to kick out an unblocked defensive end. Each player has a role on gap scheme runs, and power, counter and counter trey are the most popular gap schemes in both college and the NFL. 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

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 3 Marcell Ateman

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. In Part 2 of today’s 100 Days of Summer, let’s look at a big-time play maker who’s just ready to get back on the field.How he got to OSUThe four-star receiver from Wylie East High School (Wylie, Texas) picked Oklahoma State over offers from Michigan, Baylor, Tennessee and several others. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Wylie East including a 1,584 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior which earned him 13-4A all-district honors.What he’s done in StillwaterAteman played in every game as a true freshman in 2013 and finished with 22 receptions including a 51-yard bomb in Oklahoma State’s win over No. 3 Baylor.AdChoices广告As a junior in 2015, he was behind only David Glidden and James Washington in receptions (45) and racked up 766 yards and five scores. He boasted a 64.3-percent catch rate and led all OSU receivers averaging 10.9 yards per target according to Football Study Hall.Role in 2017After missing all of 2016 with a lower leg injury, Ateman was granted a medical hardship waiver and is ready to play out his final year in orange. His position coach Kasey Dunn talked about the year he expected for Ateman in 2016.“The kid busted his ass, and he was ready for 2016,” Dunn said. “For him, it was just a devastating blow, and for us, too, because I told several people I thought he might have the biggest year in our receiving corps. James is a talented guy, but Marcell was killing it.”At 6-4, he’s one of Mason Rudolph’s most gifted and versatile weapons on the outside. He’s also got the speed to take the top off of a defense. With his tools and the ridiculous depth and talent at wideout, Ateman’s production should be limited only by his opportunity.“You ask our DBs and they’ll tell you that he’s probably the quickest and hardest off the line vs. press coverage,” Dunn said. “You very rarely see him get jammed, so then you couple that with being 6-4, 6-5, 225 pounds and strong as hell, and it’s hard to cover him.”Noteworthy stats and highlightsAteman had a career-high eight catches for a career-high 132 yards and a score against Iowa State in 2015, his third triple-digit receiving effort. I expect that it won’t be his last.Here’s a look at that career game.last_img read more

Zaha back in training ahead of Chelsea clash

first_imgChelsea v Crystal Palace Zaha returns to Palace training ahead of Chelsea clash Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:35 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Wilfried Zaha Getty Images Chelsea v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Premier League Chelsea The Eagles have not won without the Ivory Coast international this season but he could now be in contention for Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge Wilfried Zaha has returned to Crystal Palace training, but manager Roy Hodgson will not rush the winger back into action.Zaha suffered a knee ligament injury against Newcastle United on February 4, with initial reports indicating he could miss the rest of the season.Palace have lost all three Premier League matches since Zaha’s injury, the Eagles collapsing to a 3-2 home loss against Manchester United on Monday despite taking a two-goal lead. Article continues below 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 But although Hodgson indicated Zaha has recovered much quicker than anticipated, the Ivory Coast international may not be risked for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.”He was able to join in with the team for the first time in a modified session,” Hodgson told reporters on Thursday.”It’s enormous progress considering he is so far ahead of schedule.”We have to be careful as it was a serious injury. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, which will also be a light session. “It’s a remarkable recovery, but we don’t think he’ll be able to come back like the Wilf Zaha he was before the injury after two modified sessions.”All teams rely upon their decisive players, so when you have a player out for any length of time there’s always a risk you’ll push for him to come back earlier than he should. That’s the balance I’ve got to get right.”Palace, having enjoyed a strong run of form through November and December, are back in the Premier League’s relegation zone, a point adrift of safety.last_img read more

Werner: I’ll definitely be at RB Leipzig next year

first_imgTransfers Man Utd target Timo Werner says he’ll ‘definitely’ be at RB Leipzig next season Seth Vertelney 01:46 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Timo Werner RB Leipzig Getty Images Transfers Manchester United RB Leipzig Bundesliga The 22-year-old striker has attracted plenty of suiters with his scoring exploits for the Bundesliga side RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner said he’ll “definitely” stay with the German club next season. Werner has alerted plenty of top teams across Europe with his performances for club and country over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 21 goals from 31 Bundesliga appearances last season and has 10 in 24 so far this term. Article continues below 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 Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are just a few of the teams linked with a move for the Germany international. But, speaking to Sky after RB Leipzig drew Stuttgart 0-0 on Sunday, Werner committed his future to his current side, at least for the short term. Werner was asked if he’d stay at Leipzig until the end of his contract in 2020 and he replied: “Next year, definitely.”Earlier in the week, Werner indicated he’d like to play in the Premier League at some stage in his career. “Playing in the Premier League is a dream for me,” he told FourFourTwo.  “I would like to play for two or three clubs, and Manchester United are one of those clubs. But probably not in the next few years – later, when my English is a little bit better! I’m very comfortable at RB Leipzig, though.”last_img read more