November 16

To compete against Virat Kohli and take his wicket was pretty special: Nathan Lyon

first_imgAustralia’s most successful off-spinner and fourth-highest Test wicket taker Nathan Lyon once again showed why the team relies on his experience in home conditions to get wickets as he produced a man-of-the-match performance in the second Test against India in Perth.On a pitch which offered a lot of pace and bounce for the faster bowlers, Lyon finished with 8 wickets for 106 runs to spin Australia to a 146-run victory at the Optus stadium on Tuesday.Lyon’s performance also saw him bag a five-wicket haul, his 14th in the longest format, in India’s first innings.It was also his seventh five-wicket haul against India, a feat which saw him go level with Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan as the most five-wicket hauls against India in Test cricket.The 31-year-old, who is also known as the GOAT (greatest of all time) among Australian fans, now has 16 wickets in the series and was able to perform his duties in leading Australia’s victory song for the first time since March 5 in Durban – before the damaging Newlands ball-tampering scandal.”It’s amazing to play a role in a victory, haven’t had one in a while. Thanks to everyone. Can’t wait to sing the song. It’s fair to say we’ve been in a drought, so good to break.”Was special to wrap the tail up quickly. My role probably changed a bit, attacking in Adelaide to a defending on here. But luckily they ran down to the wicket to create a few footholes,” Lyon said after bagging the man-of-the-match award.advertisementLyon also singled out the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli in the second innings as the most special one out of the 8 he got in the match.It was also the seventh time Kohli was dismissed by Lyon in Test cricket. Only James Anderson and Graeme Swann have got his wicket more times with 8 dismissals.”Definitely those two wickets (Virat and Rahane) are special. Virat is the number one player in the world, to compete against him and to be able to take his wicket is pretty special. Pant is a wonderful striker of the ball, he’s a special talent and it’s always a great challenge to bowl to him,” Lyon added.Lyon also thanked his brother for helping him improve his batting over the years.”My brother (Brendan Lyon) has been helping me with the batting. I am not a very good batter, so I am trying to improve a little bit and play my role,” Lyon said.It was sweet revenge for Australia after a nail-biting 31-run defeat in the series-opener in Adelaide, and ensured Tim Paine’s first win in five Test matches as skipper.The focus will now shift to the Boxing Day Test which will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26.Also Read | Australia beat India by 146 runs in Perth, series now level 1-1Also Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth TestAlso Read | Gavaskar critical of Kohli’s team selection in Perth: Why bring Bhuvneshwar to Australia?last_img read more

November 16

Knowing genetic information can change a person’s physiology: Study

first_imgSimply learning of genetic risk can alter a person’s physiology, causing people to perform less well on exercise tests or altering hormones that indicate fullness after a meal, a recent study found.Millions of people all over the world are submitting applications to receive information about genetic risks and performance.Recently, a Stanford University study reveals that it affects our physiology.For example, just knowing that your genes have lowe ability to do sports can result in poor performance by the body on a treadmill or other sport.Alia Crum, Assistant Professor of Psychology, found that when people were told of a genetic propensity for either obesity or lower exercise capacity, it altered the way their bodies responded either to a meal or to exercise. The work was published in Dec10 issue of Nature Human Behavior.”Receiving genetic information doesn’t just make you more informed,” Crum said. “What this study shows is that it can also have a physiological impact on your body in a way that actually changes your overall risk profile.”Crum and the study’s lead author, graduate student, Bradley Turnwald, said that the results don’t suggest that DNA testing is bad or good, just that when delivering information, genetic counselors or personalized genetic testing companies need to be aware that the mere knowledge of the test result could influence a person’s risk.What was the experiment?To carry out the research, the group first took DNA samples from people who were told they were participating in a study about the relationship between DNA and diet.advertisementLater, the participants returned and 116 of them carried out an exercise test, while 107 of them ate a meal.After the meal, the researchers measured levels of molecules in the blood that indicate hunger or fullness.Unbeknownst to the participants, Crum and Turnwald had tested the participants for one of two genes – one that has been associated with obesity and one associated with exercise capacity.During that first round of tests, the researchers could see small differences in either exercise capacity or satisfaction after the meal, depending on which version of the gene the people carried.People with the protective version of the exercise gene did have slightly better exercise capacity, for example.A week later, when participants returned for their second test, they were given a genetic result that might or might not have been true.Some of those with genes that protect them from obesity or gave them higher exercise capacity were told they had a higher risk version of the gene, and vice versa.People were also given reading material that helped them explain the effects of having a particular form of the two genes.In the obesity group, participants read research summaries and lay research articles suggesting that one version of the gene made them produce less of a hormone that relays an “I’m full” signal to the brain.In the exercise group, participants learned that people with a particular gene variant wouldn’t perform as well during exercise.After being told their randomly generated genetic results, the people then carried out exactly the same test as on their first visit – either eating a meal or running on a treadmill.What the researchers found is that the information alone changed how people performed.Those who were told they had a version of the gene that made them less prone to obesity actually performed better after the second meal. They produced two and a half times more of the fullness hormone, even though the meal was identical to the one they’d eaten the week before.A piece of information has made an impact on how people performed.”The take-home message here is that the mindset that you put people in when you deliver genetic risk information is not irrelevant,” she said. “The mindset of being genetically at risk or protected can alter how we feel, what we do and – as this study shows – how our bodies respond.”What did the researchers conclude?Think only about the benefits.Immediately after the testing, Crum and Turnwald told participants about the research goals and revealed their actual genetic risk if the participant still desired.”We took a lot of steps to conduct the research ethically and ensure participants’ safety,” Turnwald said.”For example, we chose genes related to obesity and exercise capacity because we knew that information would be meaningful but less emotionally charged than genes related to diseases like cancer, and participants only held a potentially false belief about their genetic risk for one hour while under our supervision before being fully debriefed.”advertisementThe researchers are more interested in exploring whether there are ways to explain the genetic risk that eliminate the effects they saw in this study or not.”How can you deliver genetic information in a way that has the beneficial effects in terms of motivating people to change their behavior but that doesn’t provoke a negative effect on physiology, emotions, and motivation? That’s where I think a lot of really good work can be done,” Crum said.last_img read more

November 16

How India cricketers spent their last day in Australia after historic triumph

first_imgIndian cricket team players celebrated their historic triumph in Australia where they won the Test and bilateral one day international series for the first time. After a gruelling almost two-month long tour of Australia, Team India travels to New Zealand for a limited-overs series comprising of five ODIs and 3 Twenty20 internationals starting January 23.India outplayed Australia 2-1 in four-Test series while won the three-match ODI series 2-1. The T20 series in November had ended 1-1 after the second game in Melbourne was washed out. While Virat Kohli had a below par Test and ODI series by his standards, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant emerged top two leading run-getters in the Test series.After a poor 2018 in ODIs, MS Dhoni was back with a bang. Dhoni not only ended as India’s highest run-getter in the series, he was also named the player-of-the-series. Dhoni hit fifties in all three matches and played an important role in India’s series victory in the ODIs.Virat Kohli was seen unwinding at the Melbourne Park after the ODI series. He was in Melbourne, with his wife Anushka Sharma, enjoying some Australian Open tennis action and posing for photographs with all-time great, Roger Federer. Notably, Kohli and Anushka had also watched 14-time Grand Slam winner, Novak Djokovic beat Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in a four-set third-round match at the Rod Laver Arena. Kohli’s posts also suggest that the star couple had been at the stands when Serena Williams crushed Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska in straight sets in the women’s singles third-round.advertisement”An amazing way to finish the Australian summer,” he wrote on social media. And that summed it up all!What a day at the Australian open. An amazing way to finish the Australian summer. Forever grateful#ausopen pic.twitter.com/fqOiekjH3FVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 19, 2019Kedar Jadhav paid a rich tribute to MS Dhoni for his heroics in the ODI series.”Great series Mahibhai @msdhoni Always get to learn a lot from you. Thank You for guiding me yesterday also. Keep entertaining us all,” Jadhav tweeted.Great series Mahibhai @msdhoni Always get to learn a lot from you. Thank You for guiding me yesterday also. Keep entertaining us all pic.twitter.com/15E4CE2SXfIamKedar (@JadhavKedar) January 19, 2019Coach Ravi Shastri was all relaxed after leading India to one of their biggest victories away from home. Shastri too watched a game of tennis at the ongoing Australian Open.Great to watch the tennis with zero pressure. Awesome arena the @RodLaverArena @AustralianOpen pic.twitter.com/7vA1hve6ZfRavi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 19, 2019Before flying to New Zealand, Rohit Sharma wanted to have a meal at his favourite place in Australia. “Fantastic memories down under over the last 2 months. Finishing off with a great meal at my favourite place. See you Australia.”Fantastic memories down under over the last 2 months. Finishing off with a great meal at my favourite place. See you Australia pic.twitter.com/XSiviwLvmgRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 19, 2019last_img read more

November 16

David Beckham handed 6-month driving ban for using phone at wheel

first_imgFormer England soccer captain David Beckham was banned from driving for six months on Thursday after admitting using his mobile phone while driving, the BBC reported.Beckham, who played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, admitted using his mobile phone as he drove his Bentley through central London in November last year, the BBC said.The 44-year-old was sentenced in Bromley Magistrates Court, it added.AFP news agency: UK court gives David Beckham six-month driving ban for using phone at the wheel. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/BbXymxS4kTANI (@ANI) May 9, 2019Famous for his devastating free-kicks, he captained England 59 times and scored in three World Cups before retiring from international duty in 2009.He also played for LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain before he stopped playing club football in 2013 and is currently setting up a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Miami.He is married to Victoria Beckham, the former Spice Girl turned luxury fashion designer.Also Read | Igor Stimac set to be appointed as the next Indian football team coachAlso Read | Tottenham players are superheroes now: Manager Mauricio Pochettinolast_img read more

November 16

World Cup 2019: Afghanistan hand Pakistan 3-wicket defeat in 1st warm-up match

first_imgPakistan’s horror run in England seems to continue as Sarfraz Ahmed’s men were handed a 3-wicket defeat in their first warm-up match of Cricket World Cup 2019 by Afghanistan at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday.Afghanistan, who won the ICC World Cup qualifiers last year to qualify for the 10-team showpiece event, gunned down a 263-run target in the final over.Wahab Riaz, who was a surprise inclusion in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, came up with a fiery late spell, picking up 2 wickets in the 48th over but it wasn’t enough as Hashmatullah Shahidi hit an unbeaten 74 to help Afghanistan clinch a win.Pakistan, the winners of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, had headed into their first warm-up match of the World Cup on the back of a 4-0 thrashing in a 5-match ODI series against hosts England earlier this month.Afghanistan win by three wickets!Fittingly, it’s Hashmatullah Shahidi who scores the winning runs. He top-scored with a superb 74* an excellent win for Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/wlWmJRmABH Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019After winning the toss and opting to bat, Pakistan were given a cautious start by openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq before pacer Hamid Hassan removed the latter for 32. Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who shone in Indian Premier League 2019, removed the dangerous Zaman for 19 as Pakistan lost their openers inside the first 12 overs.Afghanistan need just 16 runs from the last 18 balls!Their fans have been in fine voice all day. pic.twitter.com/laMmiA5uWiCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019Nonetheless, Babar Azam, Pakistan’s limited-overs batting star, stepped up and hit a well-paced hundred (112 for 108 balls). Shoib Malik (44 off 59 balls) stitched a 103-run stand for the 5th wicket with Babar after Pakistan lost the wickets of Harris Sohail (1) and Mohammad Hafeez (12) in quick succession.advertisementDespite the solid partnership in the middle, Pakistan failed to finish with a flourish as captain Sarfraz (13 from 10) and Imad Wasim (18 off 23) failed to provide the team with the much-needed late impetus.Nabi shine with the ball for AfghanistanMohammad Nabi was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as the off-spinner snared 3 wickets. Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan removed Sarfraz and Hafeez and finished with impressive figures of 2 for 27 in 9 overs. Pacer Dawlat Zadran chipped in with two wickets as well.In reply, Afghanistan were off to a flying start as Hazratullah Zazai took the Pakistan new-ball attack to the cleaners. Zazai smashed five successive boundaries in pacer Shaheen Afridi’s over inside the powerplay to give Afghanistan the early momentum.Aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad suffered an injury and retired hurt after scoring 23 (25 balls) but handy contributions from Rahmat Shah (32 from 49), Samiullah Shenwari (22 from 34), and Mohammad Nabi (34 from 41) kept Afghanistan in the hunt.Hashmatullah Shahidi paced his innings well and scored 74 off 102 balls and remained unbeaten to take Afghanistan past the finish line.Gulbadin Naib’s men have certainly sent a warning signal to the rest of the teams with the dominant win over Pakistan in Bristol on Friday.Afghanistan next face hosts England in London in their 2nd warm-up match on May 27 before their World Cup opener vs Australia on June 1.Meanwhile, Pakistan take on Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match on Sunday before their first match of the campaign against West Indies on May 31.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury while batting in the netsAlso Read | What happened to India when England last hosted a World Cup 20 years ago?Also See:last_img read more

November 16

World Cup 2019: Pakistan need lightning to strike Bangladesh team, jokes Mohammad Yousuf

first_imgFormer captain Mohammad Yousuf is hoping for some kind of divine intervention so that Pakistan can qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019. Pakistan need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs in their final group game to stand a chance of advancing to the knockouts.The equation became nearly impossible for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side after England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday to reach the last four.New Zealand is currently two points ahead of fifth-place Pakistan, whose final group game is against Bangladesh on Friday, but is highly unlikely to lose its place in the top four because of a far superior net run-rate than its rival.”Pakistan is already out there are no doubts about it. But what if lightning strikes the Bangladesh team so that they are not able to play anymore or fall down. Or they become unfit all of a sudden. What if we have to chase just 10 runs in 1 over, if such a situation arises only then can we qualify.”The current scenario is very difficult. Even if you’re playing against a lowly-ranked side, winning by 316 runs against them is not going to be easy. Otherwise we can only pray for the lightning to strike the opposition team,” Mohammad Yousuf joked on a local news channel in Pakistan.Mohammad Yousuf “we need lightning to strike the Bangladesh team” #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/xnKWPnSKzqSaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 4, 2019For Pakistan to qualify, they need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs if they post 350 on the board, or beat them by 316 runs if they post 400 or win by 321 runs if they manage a total of 450.advertisementIf Pakistan bowl first then they will be knocked out even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday. New Zealand meanwhile, will qualify if Bangladesh beat Pakistan on Friday. They will also qualify if Bangladesh lose by a lesser margin than the ones mentioned in the scenarios above.Also Read | Why it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: How the points table looks like after England reach semi-finalsAlso Read | I should have won the Australia match for Pakistan, rues Imam-ul-HaqAlso Read | Never depend on others: Fans heartbroken as Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chances all but overlast_img read more

November 16

Panga director pens sweet note for Neena Gupta on her last day of shoot: We are friends for life

first_imgAs actor Neena Gupta on Wednesday wrapped up shooting for her part in upcoming sports film Panga, director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari couldn’t have a message sweeter than this for her!”Today was Neena Mam’s last day on Panga. All I can say is we go beyond the actor-director relationship,” Ashwiny wrote on Instagram.Detailing her relationship with the veteran actor, the director expressed that the two are ‘friends for life’ and went on saying, “We are friends for life who chat about everything under the sun. There were times when we had serious overwhelming talk too that went into smiles of transparent innermost thoughts.””That’s how we understood each other,” she added.After singing praises of Neena, Ashwiny summed up her post by thanking her and wrote, “In silence. In the expression of oneness. Thank-you so much for your precious time and role and making Panga a part of you. I am great full for life and our story of friendship will only continue.”advertisementShe also shared a selfie with the actor in her post.While Ashwiny showered all her love on Neena, the latter also reciprocated the love in comments as she wrote, “Love you.” Swara Bhaskar also complimented Neena in the comments by writing, “Ma’am is the BEST! Nuff said!!” The last schedule of the film shooting began somewhere earlier in June as the director herself revealed through a post.Richa Chaddha who will also be seen in a significant role in the movie wrapped up shooting in June after which Ashwiny thanked her for ‘bringing out the best of her’.The upcoming sports-drama will feature Kangana as a Kabaddi player. Apart from her and Richa, the film will also feature Punjabi singer Jassie Gill, and Neena Gupta in the pivotal roles. Panga is scheduled to release next year on January 24.Kangana is also awaiting the release of her upcoming film Judgemental Hai Kya where she will be seen sharing the screen with Rajkummar Rao.ALSO READ | Kangana Ranaut pens emotional note to Panga director Ashwiny Tiwari. See picALSO READ | Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on directing Kangana Ranaut’s Panga: Kabaddi to leg-breaking, I am enjoying everythingALSO WATCH | Kangana Ranaut on being called witch, whore and psychopathlast_img read more

November 16

Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers: My brother, you are the most honest and committed man I know

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli has lent his support to Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers after the retired South African great broke his silence on his recent controversy.The Indian captain described de Villiers, who was criticised for picking and choosing international assignments after announcing his retirement last year, as the “most honest and committed” person.”My brother you are the most honest and committed man I know. It’s been unfortunate to see this happen to you. But know that we stand with you and believe in you.”Seeing people enter your personal space has been sad to see and uncalled for. More love and power to you and your beautiful family. Me and Anushka are Always here for you guys” Kohli wrote on de Villiers Instagram. Instagram ScreengrabIn the middle of South Africa’s disastrous World Cup campaign, a media report had claimed that the former Proteas captain had offered to come out of retirement a day before the squad was to be picked for the mega-event but the team management rejected it.However, de Villiers, in a detailed statement on Friday, finally broke his silence on the controversy surrounding his international comeback, which never happened, saying he did not demand to come out of retirement at the 11th hour before the World Cup but was privately asked whether he was open to play the 50-over showpiece.Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also chimed in his support for the 35-year-old on Instagram.”My dear friend and legend, your one of the nicest guys i’ve ever played cricket with an absolute gem of a person! There was never a chance for SA in this World Cup to win without you! It is your country’s loss not to have you in the squad not yours. The bigger the player more the criticism! We all know what a gentleman you are,” Yuvraj wrote.advertisementAlso Read | Rohit Sharma returns to India ahead of teammates after World Cup 2019 exitAlso Read | Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still a great player: Steve WaughAlso See:last_img read more

November 16

FORMER WESTFIELD CITY CLERK CHARGED WITH THEFT

first_imgTHE FORMER CITY CLERK OF WESTFIELD, IOWA IS FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY.50-YEAR-OLD ANGELA SORENSEN IS CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE THEFT AND ONGOING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.COURT DOCUMENTS STATE THAT SORENSEN ALLEGEDLY STOLE OVER $10,000 DURING THE TIME SHE SERVED AS CITY CLERK OF WESTFIELD FROM JANUARY OF 2013 THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2017.A STATE AUDIT DETERMINED DURING THAT TIME PERIOD THAT NEARLY $40,000 IN CITY RECEIPTS HAD NOT BEEN DEPOSITED, OVER $28,000 IN FUNDS WERE IMPROPERLY DISBURSED AND THERE WERE OVER $6100 IN UNSUPPORTED DISBURSEMENTS WITH THOSE AMOUNTS TOTALING OVER $74,000.THE AUDIT FOUND SEVERAL SPECIFIC ACTS OF MISAPPROPRIATION ATTRIBUTED TO SORENSEN INCLUDING $13,679 IN EXCESS WAGES AND OVER $4200 IN UNAUTHORIZED CHECKS ISSUED TO HER.SORENSEN WAS BOOKED INTO THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY JAIL.last_img read more

November 16

C-P-R ON THE GOLF COURSE SAVES LIFE OF FORMER HINTON MAYOR

first_imgA HINTON MAN IS ALIVE TODAY THANKS TO FAST ACTION FROM HIS GOLFING PARTNERS AND THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF C-P-R AT THE DEER RUN GOLF COURSE EARLIER THIS MONTH.68-YEAR-OLD DICK BEAULIEU WAS GOLFING IN HINTON ON JULY 2ND AND HAD JUST HIT A SHOT ONTO THE GREEN WHEN HE COLLAPSED ON THE COURSE.FORTUNATELY ,HIS GOLFING FRIEND DEAN BURGER KNEW WHAT TO DO:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PULSE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………JUST ALTERNATED. :18BURGER & BEAULIEUIT TOOK AROUND 10 MINUTES FOR E-M-T’S TO ARRIVE BECAUSE THEY ARE VOLUNTEERS.BEAULIEU SAYS HE WAS TOLD HIS PULSE STOPPED AFTER HE COLLAPSED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PULSE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..IN THE HOSPITAL. :22BEAULIEU, WHO IS THE FORMER MAYOR OF HINTON, SAID HE FELT FINE THAT MORNING.HE HAD SUFFERED A MINOR HEART ATTACK 19 YEARS AGO AT THE SAME GOLF COURSE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PULSE3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………KNEW WHAT TO DO. ;22HE GOT THAT PACEMAKER THAT FRIDAY AND WAS RELEASED THE NEXT DAY, SATURDAY THE 6TH.BURGER FORTUNATELY HAD BEEN TRAINED IN C-P-R FOR YEARS, BUT HAD NEVER HAD TO USE THAT TRAINING IN AN EMERGENCY UNTIL THIS MONTH:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PULSE4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….GOT HER DONE. :16LEARNING C-P-R CAN HELP YOU SAVE A LIFE.TRAINING IS OFFERED AT VARIOUS TIMES THROUGH YOUR LOCAL RED CROSS AS WELL AS SIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE.last_img read more

November 16

Squinky Is Not Happy

first_imgHerbstreit’s face when he feels the earthquake is much of what mine looked like during the last 5 minutes of that game.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

November 16

The “When You Lose Doesn’t Matter” Argument is Really Stupid

first_imgThe CFP committee keeps telling me it doesn’t matter when you lose to get into the College Football Playoff. Here’s what Jeff Long said on Tuesday about Ohio State potentially losing to Michigan State or Michigan.We don’t talk about weighting wins if they’re late in the season or early in the season.One problem with that, it says on their website that it does matter. Now, it doesn’t explicitly say that, they aren’t that stupid. But it says as much in not as many words.The committee has told us they are trying to pick the four best teams. That’s the language.Because humans are confined by the limits of time, the committee must only select the four best teams right now. Condoleezza Rice is a tremendous human being, but she can’t outwit time. She can only pick the best teams right now. Which means, almost by definition, that when you lose matters. It has to!If a team loses its first game then wins its next by 10 and its next by 20 and its next by 30 until the final week it wins by 110 points and another team wins its first game by 110 points and then by 100 and then finally by the final week, it loses — guess which team the committee considers the “best team” even though they did exactly the same thing.[someone from the committee is reading this thinking, “this is silly, the teams we pick would never score that many points!”]Anyway, I point this out to point out the fact that if OSU and OU win this weekend, they will probably play next weekend for a ticket into the College Football Playoff because we’re going to ignore that OU got thumped by Texas because it happened a month ago. Turn that around. What if OSU loses to Baylor this weekend? Do they still get to play OU for a ticket to the playoff? Negative. They’ll be playing for their Peach Bowl lives.There are numerous reasons for this. OU is a brand. OU played Tennessee in its non-conference schedule. OSU has squeaked by all season. But the main one, the overriding one, is that OU lost long enough ago that it’s easy to sweep under the rug.So don’t keep telling me that when you lose doesn’t matter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

Oklahoma State Over/Under For Wins In 2016 Set At 8.5

first_imgThe Golden Nugget is always the first casino up when it comes to setting lines and over/unders every season. Their initial numbers came out this week, and they are not super favorable for Oklahoma State.A look at the over/unders for 2016.10 WinsClemsonFlorida StateOUTennessee9.5 WinsAlabamaLSUMichigan9 WinsNotre DameBaylorHoustonLouisvilleUCLA8.5 WinsOklahoma StateOregonTCUOhio StateThat’s a nice little club to be in at that 8.5 range. And to be fair, Oklahoma State has a wicked schedule that includes games at OU, Baylor, TCU and Kansas State.Eleven Warriors has the full batch of schedules for all these teams listed here. Last year Oklahoma State was listed at 7 and had that by Halloween. This year it will take nine which I think would be a pretty solid year for the Pokes.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

Boone Pickens Is Still Upset About Mike Gundy’s 2-9 Bedlam Record

first_imgIt got a little lost because Oklahoma State blew the doors off Southeastern Louisiana, but Boone Pickens kinda, sorta called out Mike Gundy on Saturday before the game.“You remember what I said? I didn’t say we had to win. I said we had to be competitive,” Pickens told the Tulsa World. “We’ve sure been competitive with some of them, but we’re still struggling with OU. Les Miles beat OU, didn’t he? Two out of four? Yeah. That’s competitive.“Damn sure is [the game I want],” he added to the Oklahoman. “It is. By gollee, we beat Texas. We’re the only team that has ever beaten Texas four in a row in Austin. If we can beat Texas, we sure ought to be able to beat OU.”This was a theme this week for Boone. He talked about it with Lou Holtz in a different interview.“I have to take my hat off to ol’ Les,” said Pickens. “He beat Oklahoma and we haven’t had anyone who could beat Oklahoma. Every once in awhile is kind of the way it goes. When I signed on there for the stadium, I said we are now going to be competitive. And we have been every place but one place — we’ve struggled with the Oklahoma Sooners.”So that’s something. We are on the precipice of Mike Gundy winning 100 games and cementing his legend in Stillwater, and Boone is talking Bedlam. It’s interesting if nothing else.“He’s going to be the first coach to win 100 games,” Mike Holder told the Oklahoman recently about Gundy. “That means a lot more than a contract.”I don’t necessarily disagree with Pickens that you need to beat OU if you’re coaching OSU, but it seems like an odd time to bring it up. On the eve of one of the more-anticipated seasons in recent memory with one of the better teams Gundy has ever had as Les gets upset at Lambeau by a two-touchdown dog.Do I wish his Bedlam record was better? Sure. Should it be better? OSU should have won in 2012 and 2013 so yes, it should be. It should be 4-7, not 2-9. But it’s not, and that hangs over Gundy’s head for sure.However the whole of Gundy’s tenure far outweighs that 2-9 blemish. Far, far outweighs it. Pickens knows that. Everybody knows that. Mike Gundy is pretty easily the best football coach OSU has ever had, Bedlam record or not.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

OSU Breaks Record for Most Season Tickets Sold

first_imgOklahoma State announced on Friday that fans had purchased 50,354 season tickets ahead of its Big 12 home opener against TCU. This surpasses the previous record of 50,223 set in 2013. In 2013, OSU fans also set a record of 98.2 percent attendance numbers which could also be in jeopardy with the hype surrounding this year’s team.Cowboy fans bought out the season opener against Tulsa and with No. 16-ranked TCU coming to town, hurried to box offices earlier this week and bought up every remaining seat.When Saturday’s #okstate game against TCU is sold out by Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/uArgR60LTN— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 20, 2017 201359,12631398.2% YearAvg AttendanceNational RankBig 12 RankingPct. Capacity Of course, 2017 just reflects the Tulsa game but will remain at 100 percent capacity heading into Week 5.With the next game in Stillwater being Homecoming, you can expect BPS to remain at capacity. Then you’ve got Bedlam — check. And home games against Kansas State and Kansas. If we can all pull together to make it to a Thanksgiving game against the Jayhawks in Week 12, the capacity record should be as good as broken.The buzz surrounding OSU football is palpable. If this team is as good as it looks like it might be, this could be an all-time year, if not an historic one. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 201454,38737590.3% 201557,66831398.8% Here’s a look at the attendance numbers for the past five seasons. 201756,790293100% 201653,81435589.4%last_img read more

November 16

Richarlison looking to conquer the Premier League

first_imgPremier League Watford ‘soldier’ Richarlison is looking to conquer the Premier League – and Elton John! Bruno Andrade Last updated 2 years ago 00:01 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Richarlison Watford 19 08 2017 Dan Istitene/ Getty Images Premier League Watford A debut goal announced the young Brazilian to Hornets fans in the best possible manner, and he has his sights set on impressing the chairman! It took Watford’s Brazilian wonderkid Richarlison just four games to earn his own chant from the Vicarage Road faithful, and he is determined to repay that support by shining in the Premier League. The former Fluminense attacker has made an instant impact since swapping Rio de Janeiro for Watford, helped by the presence of Portuguese coach Marco Silva to begin the tough adaptation to English climes. Watford 9/2 to win at Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Richarlison netted his first goal in the Premier League on his debut, as Watford brushed aside Bournemouth 2-0 to start the season in style.And he has already been honoured by the Hornets fans, who sing to the tune of Richie Valens’ seminal Para bailar la bamba, “Richarlison, Richarlison, he plays for Watford in Silva’s army!””The fans here are wonderful. I want to learn the song to sing it along with them,” Richarlison beamed during an interview with Goal. “Their affection motivates me to play even better, run a bit further… I was very surprised by their reception, I don’t have the words to describe what the fans have done for me.”Still a newcomer to the English language, however, the 20-year-old admitted that the exact words to his chant slipped him by. “I still don’t know [what the songs says], but they say my name several times. I need to grab [goalkeeper Heurelho] Gomes to try and find out exactly what the fans are singing,” he laughed.Richarlison Watford 19 08 2017At 20 Richarlison is one of the youngest Brazilians to move to the Premier League, and he confesses that the transfer this summer was a dream come true. “It is already a dream to be in England, in a club of Watford’s stature. It is a dream from my childhood, I always wanted to play in the Premier League which is one of the best leagues in the world,” he said. “God has made everything perfect for me. I did not think twice when the offer from England came, because it was always a professional goal of mine. I want to make history in Watford, and score lots of goals.”But one ambition the youngster holds is still yet to be fulfilled: meeting Watford chairman and international music superstar Elton John. “I hope to get to know him very soon, I still haven’t had the honour. I want to give him a hug,” Richarlison explained. “Gomes says that Elton John always goes to games, that he likes to watch the players. He has a lot of love for the club, right? “He is a musician and has a lot of love for Watford, so it’s okay to dream about a special song in my honour. It would be interesting, who knows!” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

November 16

Bale doubtful for Espanyol clash

first_imgGareth Bale Bale doubtful for Real Madrid’s match with Espanyol Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 20:19 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bale - Cropped Getty Images Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Espanyol Espanyol The Welsh attacker was substituted with a slight injury in Tuesday’s win over Borussia Dortmund and Zinedine Zidane could leave him out on Sunday Real Madrid are likely to be without Gareth Bale for Sunday’s La Liga home match against Espanyol, but Zinedine Zidane has not ruled him out completelyBale scored one and provided an assist impressive 3-1 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but had to be replaced by Lucas Vazquez with five minutes remaining after being seen feeling the back of his leg.Real Madrid 8/1 to beat Espanyol 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Tests have ruled out any significant damage, but the Wales international again missed training on Saturday.Head coach Zidane did not completely rule out the prospect of Bale featuring at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he did not seem keen on taking a chance.Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2017The injury will also concern Wales, who have two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland after Madrid face Espanyol.”We will see [how he is] on Sunday,” said Zidane. “It is a strain, so nothing too significant. But, as always, when a player has even a small problem then we don’t want to risk it.”You will see on Sunday if he plays. He may be [on the squad list] and is not discounted yet.  “As for him playing for his national team [next week], I don’t think there will be any issue between Real Madrid and Wales.”It will depend on his injury niggles and his state of fitness, nothing else. We will take it day-to-day from Sunday.”I’m not worried about the BBC, we will see them all soon.”Today’s training sessionBring on tomorrow’s match against @RCDEspanyol ! #RMCity #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/6TiIOyQiez — Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) September 30, 2017 Zidane wants to build momentum at the Bernabeu – where Madrid have failed to win in three LaLiga games – after beating Alaves and Dortmund in consecutive away matches.”We want to keep doing what we’ve been doing and to win well,” he said.”If you play well and start the match well then you’ll have a good chance of winning.”We can change all of [the talk about poor home form]. Now we have a game to change this. We don’t live in the past and what has happened has happened.”The fans have been there for life and we wouldn’t want to change it. We love our fan base and all of the players and the squad want to play at this stadium.”We cannot have the mind-set that we don’t want to play [at home]. If we could play every match here then that would be much better.”last_img read more

November 16

Neymar joins exclusive goalscoring club

first_imgNeymar Neymar joins Ronaldinho & Zlatan in exclusive goalscoring club Tom Maston Last updated 2 years ago 04:35 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Neymar PSG Zlatan Ibrahimović Olympique Marseille v PSG Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 Stats The trio are the only players since the turn of the century to score goals in both the Classique and the Clasico Neymar is set for a number of new experiences during his debut campaign at Paris Saint-Germain, and Sunday was no different.The world-record summer signing took part in his first ever Classique as the Ligue 1 leaders travelled to Stade Velodrome to take on bitter rivals Marseille.PSG 17/4 favourite to win the Champions League 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 And despite fellow Brazilian Luiz Gustavo opening the scoring for the home side, it did not take long for Neymar to get in on the action as he equalised after 33 minutes.In doing so, the former Barcelona forward has become just the third player since the turn of the century to score in both the Classique in France and the Clasico in Spain.3 – Neymar is the 3rd player to score in a classique & in a clasico in league games in the 21st century (Ronaldinho & Ibrahimovic). Stars. pic.twitter.com/M9FxHg2rvT — OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 22, 2017 He joins Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho in the exclusive club, with both having also completed the feat while playing for Barca and PSG.As entertainers go, it is not bad company to be keeping, and Neymar will be hopeful to keep breaking new ground as the campaign wears on.last_img read more

November 16

‘Lucas aware of PSG back-up status’

first_imgTransfers Chelsea target Lucas was made aware of PSG back-up status, says Emery Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 04:24 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lucas Moura PSG Getty Images Transfers PSG PSG v Troyes Troyes Ligue 1 Chelsea Premier League The man in charge at Parc des Princes insists that those being linked with moves, including Javier Pastore, were told what their status would be Lucas Moura was among a group of Paris Saint-Germain players to be told they would likely play a peripheral role in 2017-18 by Unai Emery.Brazil winger Lucas has been linked with a January exit from the Parc des Princes amid limited game time this season – with Chelsea reported to be among his suitors – all five of his Ligue 1 appearances have come off the bench and he is yet to make an outing in the Champions League.PSG -5 4/1 to beat Troyes 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 The arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have restricted the opportunities handed to the 25-year-old, but Emery claims the situation such squad members would find themselves in was made clear before the campaign got underway.”During the pre-season, I spoke individually with the players to explain to them the new situation within the team,” Emery told a news conference ahead of the Ligue 1 leaders’ meeting with Troyes on Wednesday.”This year, we signed or bought some players that will help the team to go a step ahead. It is now difficult for some players to deal with the competition we were looking to create within the team.”All the players were a little aware about it before the season started. All the players who are in the group have the opportunity to play but also need to face the complexity of the competition if the others are playing well.”Some play less because the competition this season is higher than the previous one.”PSG squad for tomorrow’s match vs. @estac_officiel !#PSGESTAC #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/WGIH32hyWe — PSG English (@PSG_English) November 28, 2017 Lucas will not feature at home against Troyes and was also left out of the matchday squad for the 2-1 away victory over defending Ligue 1 champions Monaco on Sunday, a result that sent PSG nine points clear at the summit.Javier Pastore was a late second-half introduction and the Argentina international confirmed after the match he was considering his future with Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in his signature.Despite Pastore’s comments, Emery is demanding focus from everyone in the squad as PSG look to finish the year strongly.”There is nothing unusual about the fact we can hear rumours about some players. They are important players, great players,” said the coach.”As I said, what I am currently looking for is just to prepare well for Wednesday’s game and Saturday’s [against Strasbourg].”This is a very important month before ending the year. I want all my players focused as I am for the following games. I want them to play at their best of their abilities individually and collectively.”last_img read more

November 16

Simeone lauds Torres after brilliant brace

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone lauds Torres after brilliant two-goal haul Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:47 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Torres-cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Elche Elche Copa del Rey The Atletico Madrid head coach was full of praise for his two-goal hero following Wednesday’s triumph over Elche Diego Simeone hailed the “quality” of Fernando Torres after the veteran forward fired Atletico Madrid into the Copa del Rey last 16.Torres scored twice as Atletico saw off third-tier Elche 3-0 on Wednesday and 4-1 on aggregate at the Wanda Metropolitano midweek.Torres 6/5 to score v Sociedad 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 The 33-year-old’s brace opened his account for the season, having failed to score in all competitions prior to Wednesday.”Fernando did well as goals are so important for a forward,” Simeone said.”He took maybe the two most difficult chances he had, with a lot of quality.” Today, we lived a great first-ever #CopaDelRey night in the Wanda @Metropolitano! Thanks for your continuous support, Atlético fans!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiElche pic.twitter.com/3hr8SHmfrT— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 30, 2017Atletico centre-back Jose Gimenez was also on target, opening the scoring in the 31st minute in the Spanish capital.”The cup can be a trap as if you relax you can find it difficult to get back into the game,” Simeone said. “The away goals are very valuable, so you must be focused in every moment.”The first half was very good, we went out very strong, convinced on what we needed to do. The two goals had us in control really of the tie, although things can always turn around.”Simeone leapt to the defence of out-of-form forward Luciano Vietto, who was wasteful in attack as his run without a goal in 2017 continued.”It seems that yes [Vietto feels under pressure],” Simeone added. “He plays very well with his back to goal, rarely loses possession, chooses his passes well. His is a tough position to play as if you do not score you get criticised.”He does not hide, keeps playing, and he is one of the best we have in his general play and we protect him for that.”last_img read more