India women hockey team captain Rani Rampal has won The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019 award on Thursday. The prize, which is voted for by the public, is given for outstanding performances, along with social commitment and fair behavior. There were initially 25 nominees, male and female, which was reduced to 10 in the final round of public voting. Read: ‘From a captain to another’: Rani Rampal makes a special request to Virat KohliAmong her rivals to the title were karate star Stanislav Horuna of Ukraine, the Canadian powerlifting champion Rhaea Stinn and Janja Garnbret, a sport climbing star from Slovenia.Read: Hrithik Roshan congratulates Rani Rampal for Padma Shri honours 2020 SUBSCRIBE TO US Rani, who has been a member of the national team since she was a mere 15-year-old and currently has more than 240 caps for her country, stated: “It is my privilege and honor to win this award. The award goes to my team and my country. It is always nice when your country recognizes your effort. It is even better when the international sports community recognizes it. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. 2019 was a great year for our team because we qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. As a team, we want to make 2020 a great year!” Suman Ray Written By LIVE TV First Published: 30th January, 2020 22:31 IST WATCH US LIVE Read: Rani Rampal says she is humbled to receive Padma ShriLooking back on 2019, the highlight for Rani and her teammates was the FIH Women’s Series Finals in Hiroshima, where Rani herself was Player of the Tournament and her team sealed their qualification for the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020. Prior to that competition, Rani had also led her team to victory in the Ready Steady Tokyo 2020 hockey test event in August.Read: ‘You don’t need an award…’: Aamir Khan’s reply to Rani Rampal is just right Last Updated: 30th January, 2020 22:31 IST Rani Rampal Wins World Games Athlete Of The Year 2019 Award India women hockey team captain Rani Rampal has won The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019 award on Thursday. COMMENT FOLLOW US
Khris Middleton scored 40 points as the visiting Milwaukee Bucks overcame Bradley Beal’s career-high 55-point performance to earn a 137-134 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday. Middleton shot 15 of 28 from the floor to excel in his second contest this season against the Wizards. He erupted for a career-high 51 points in Milwaukee’s 151-131 win over Washington on Jan. 28. Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 22 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out for the NBA-best Bucks, who have won 17 of their past 19 games.Beal followed a 53-point performance in the Wizards’ 126-117 setback at Chicago on Sunday by making 19 of 33 shots — including 8 of 13 from 3-point range — against Milwaukee. Beal scored 47 points in the previous meeting with the Bucks.Shabazz Napier scored 27 points off the bench for Washington, which has dropped three in a row after entering the All-Star break with five wins in its previous seven games. Dallas Mavericks 139 – Minnesota Timberwolves 123Luka Doncic scored 10 of his 20 points in a 41-point, first-quarter explosion that propelled host Dallas to a victory over Minnesota.Despite playing just 25 minutes, Doncic also found time for a game-high-tying nine rebounds and seven assists, while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a team-leading 23 points for the Mavericks. Dallas rebounded from a 111-107 loss at the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, a game in which Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis did not play. D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 29 points for the Timberwolves, who lost their ninth straight on the road and 18th in their last 19 games overall.Los Angeles Clippers 124, Memphis Grizzlies 97Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and eight rebounds to help Los Angeles crush visiting Memphis. Leonard, who rested in the fourth quarter, connected on 10 of 17 shots from the floor in 25 minutes. Montrezl Harrell contributed 22 points, while JaMychal Green and Marcus Morris chipped in 13 points apiece. Clippers forward Paul George, who missed Saturday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings with a strained hamstring, returned but managed just seven points on 3-for-11 shooting in 21 minutes.Rookie point guard Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 16 points, but Memphis’ four other starters combined to produce only 15 points. Josh Jackson came off the bench to score 14 points, and Gorgui Dieng added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Grizzlies.Phoenix Suns 131 – Utah Jazz 111 Devin Booker recorded 24 points and 10 assists to help Phoenix post a victory over Utah at Salt Lake City.Ricky Rubio added 22 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and a season-best seven steals to help the Suns defeat his former squad. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 18 points, Deandre Ayton had 16 on 8-for-9 shooting and Dario Saric made all five of his shots en route to scoring 14 points.Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points for Utah, which lost its third straight game, all at home. The Jazz allowed their second-most points of the season.Houston Rockets 123 – New York Knicks 112 James Harden paired 37 points with nine assists while Ben McLemore and Austin Rivers added valuable double-digit scoring production off the bench as Houston cruised to a victory over visiting New York.Harden, Westbrook and P.J. Tucker arrived just over an hour prior to tipoff after taking a private jet from Los Angeles following the memorial service for Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. McLemore scored 17 points on 4-for-9 3-point shooting while Rivers chipped in 14 points, including nine in the third quarter.Rookie RJ Barrett paced the Knicks with 21 points while Julius Randle added a double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds). Dennis Smith Jr. tallied 15 points and a career-high seven steals for the Knicks. Cleveland Cavaliers 125 – Miami Heat 119 (OT)Rookie Kevin Porter Jr. scored a career-high 30 points to help Cleveland overcome a 22-point, second-half deficit and rally past visiting Miami in overtime.Cleveland’s late-game heroics were led by Larry Nance Jr., who had 16 points, including 14 after the third quarter. Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love, who missed two of the past three games due to a foot injury, returned and provided 17 points and 14 rebounds. Heat center Bam Adebayo narrowly missed a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. He also blocked four shots and had three steals but committed six turnovers. Goran Dragic also had 22 points for the Heat, and Kendrick Nunn added 21.Philadelphia 76ers 129 – Atlanta Hawks 112Joel Embiid scored a career-high 49 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lift host Philadelphia over Atlanta. Embiid produced 22 points in the fourth quarter and shot 14 of 15 overall from the free-throw line as the Sixers improved to a league-best 27-2 at home. It was also their 13th consecutive home victory. Tobias Harris added 25 for the Sixers, who won again without injured All-Star guard Ben Simmons (back).Trae Young paced the Hawks with 28 points and 10 assists while De’Andre Hunter added 22 points. John Collins had 21 points and nine rebounds while Bruno Fernando and Cam Reddish came off the bench to score 10 points.Orlando Magic 115 – Brooklyn Nets 113 Aaron Gordon scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and hit two clutch shots in the final two minutes as Orlando rallied from a 19-point deficit and posted a victory over Brooklyn in New York.Reserve Terrence Ross added 13 of his 21 points in the final quarter for the Magic, who shot 59.1 percent in the final 12 minutes. Evan Fournier contributed 21 points while Vucevic totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds as Orlando improved to 5-11 in its last 16 games.Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 24 points but missed all four of his shots in the fourth. Caris LeVert added 19 while Garrett Temple contributed 18 for Brooklyn.—Field Level Media
Mumbai Indians, who are yet to win a game in the IPL, will be looking to bounce back todayBuoyed by their thrilling last-ball win against Delhi Daredevils, a confident Rajasthan Royals will take on a beleaguered Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League cricket encounter on Tuesday.Having won their first two matches on the road, the Steven Smith-led side will be playing their first match in their “adopted home” venue of Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.For Royals, the tournament couldn’t have started on a better note as they had two contrasting victories in their first two games.While the the 26-run win against Kings XI Punjab in Pune was a walk in the park, the Royals were stretched to the limit by Daredevils in their second match where Tim Southee got them home with a splendid last-ball boundary.The IPL unearths new talent every year and the talk after the first five days has been about young Baroda all-rounder Deepak Hooda, who has surprised one and all with composure and big-hitting abilities.The 25-ball 54 against DD has made the young Haryanvi ‘talk of the town’ and with Ajinkya Rahane and Smith for company, the youngster would be expected to blossom further.For Mumbai Indians, it’s been the worst start possible as they were comfortably beaten by seven wickets in their opening encounter against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders while Harbhajan Singh’s individual brilliance could not stop them from losing the second match by 18 runs.On paper, Royals will start as favourites but MI can’t be written off. Even during last season, they had lost five matches on the trot in the UAE leg before recovering remarkably to make it to the play-offs.advertisementBut batting has been a bit of a bother for MI, who have icons like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting on board to help the players.Barring Rohit Sharma in the first game and Harbhajan in the second, the MI top-order has not performed per expectations.Australian opener Aaron Finch and India’s middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu have both looked out of sorts while Corey Anderson also has been a bit scratchy despite a half-century in the first match at the Eden Gardens.But with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Finch, Rohit eager to make amends for the failures, the task will be cut out for the likes of Chris Morris, Tim Southee and James Faulkner to use all their variations and change-ups in store on a batting-friendly Motera pitch which also provides some help for spinners.The Royals’ batting line-up is pretty solid despite the absence of regular captain Shane Watson, who has been on the bench for the first two matches with a toe injury.But with current combination, which has Smith, Faulkner, Southee and Morris as the four overseas cricketers in the playing XI, doing well, it will be interesting to see whether the regular captain can find his place in the team.
Neymar ‘I played the ball’ – Sarr insists he is not responsible for Neymar injury Jamie Smith 07:56 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) AFP Neymar PSG PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Brazilian was left in tears after tangling with the Marseille man in Le Classique, but Sarr is convinced he is not to blame for the injury Neymar’s suspected ankle injury was sustained entirely accidentally, says Marseille’s Bouna Sarr, who challenged the Brazilian before he left the field on a stretcher.Paris Saint-Germain led Le Classique 3-0 in on Sunday, with Neymar having set up Edinson Cavani after 55 minutes to wrap up the victory after Kylian Mbappe’s opener and a Rolando own goal.But with PSG coach Unai Emery having already used all three substitutes, Neymar was hurt in a collision with Sarr in the closing stages at the Parc des Princes. 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 The pair challenged for the ball in the air and the PSG forward appeared to damage his right ankle when he landed awkwardly.PSG head coach Unai Emery said he is optimistic about Neymar recovering from his twisted ankle in time to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on March 6.But captain Thiago Silva told Canal+ he does not expect his compatriot to be fit to take on Marseille again in Wednesday’s Coupe de France quarter-final.19 – @KMbappe has become the youngest goalscorer in a “Classique” played in Ligue 1 at 19 years, 2 months & 8 days, overtaking Samir Nasri (19 years, 2 months & 17 days on 10 September 2006). Wonderkid. pic.twitter.com/qJqWKJJeUa— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 25, 2018Neymar was hit by a heavy challenge by Florian Thauvin early in Sunday’s clash and the 26-year-old was seemingly targeted by Marseille, having been fouled eight times over the course of the game.Sarr, however, claimed he was not at fault in the incident, which left Neymar in tears as he was carried from the pitch on a stretcher.”Neymar? Me, I saw only one thing is that I played the ball,” Sarr told reporters post-match. “I didn’t go at all with the intention of doing it. This is not my type of game at all.”Apparently he twisted his ankle. It’s unfortunate for him, but it’s a game fact like any other.”
MLS VIDEO: Zardes and the Crew run past Toronto to open MLS season Goal 05:54 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() John E. Sokolowski MLS Toronto v Columbus Crew Toronto Columbus Crew Videos The former LA Galaxy forward scored on his debut for Columbus, helping his side past the defending champions in the 2018 league opener The 2018 MLS season got off to a flying start, with the defending MLS Cup champion, and Goal’s unanimous pick for the 2018 Supporters’ Shield, beaten 2-0 at home by the Columbus Crew. For the Crew the win was a bit of revenge against the club that knocked them out of the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs in the Eastern Conference finals. In that two-legged tie the Crew failed to find a way past Toronto’s defense and eventually lost out 1-0. 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 In Saturday’s match, the opener for the 23rd season of MLS, the Crew broke the deadlock just before the break. Federico Higuain scored the first goal of the season in the league, catching a cross on the half-volley and powering it past Alex Bono. Columbus came out of the break still on the front foot, and just after the restart the Crew got a goal from new-signing Zardes. Pedro Santos played a splitting ball and the pace of the former LA Galaxy forward was more than Toronto’s defense could deal with. The 26-year-old raced onto the through-ball and took it on first time inside the near post, doubling the visiting side’s lead. The first goal of the MLS season that has @ColumbusCrewSC in front. #TORvCLB pic.twitter.com/yFFlDJkNGF— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 3, 2018Startin’ the 2nd half strong. @gyasinho puts the visitors up 2-0. #TORvCLBThat ball from @Pedro32santos tho… pic.twitter.com/EJ96a4063L— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 3, 2018Toronto had chances to get back into the match, with Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore both coming close, but the Crew stayed strong and held on for an impressive victory to open the season.
He filled it up all night and churned out tough run after tough run, but he punctuated his latest career performance with a 33-yard nail hammered into the Golden Hurricane’s coffin with just two minutes remaining.He also had a 34-yard run called back because of an offensive 12 men on the field penalty. face palm emojiChuba is putting up big numbers early, and gaining a little more than momentum as he enters Big 12 play.Oklahoma St RB Chuba Hubbard a Heisman dark horse. Already with 500+ rushing yards/7 TDs. Statement opportunity at Texas next weekend— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 14, 2019The actual count is 521 yards and 66 carries in three games (nearly half of his total carries in 13 games last year). That’s a hair under 8 yards per carry as well as seven rushing touchdowns. It’s still very early, but a little Heisman buzz is not unwarranted for the Cowboys’ new bell-cow back. 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. It was an ugly outing for just about every phase of OSU football on Saturday, at least at one time or another — except one.Spencer Sanders and the Cowboys passing game suffered through its first stinker of his young career. Sanders singlehandedly lost the turnover battle 2-0. Tylan Wallace was electric when he was able to avoid Tulsa’s apparent (and fairly successful) PI-defensive strategy.What’s worse, this was the lowest passing yardage total (169 yards, one TD, one INT) by any Oklahoma State team since Daxx Garman went for 158, one TD and one pick, and barely survived the 2014 Texas game.The defense came up with some big stops in the second half, but was rather welcoming to Tulsa early, allowing 171 yards, six yards per play and 14 points in the second quarter to allow the Golden Hurricane to take a 21-20 halftime lead. It’s Tulsa, maybe I give Jim Knowles’ crew a B-.But OSU’s ground game, led by Chuba Hubbard, was the Cowboys offense. He kept them afloat early and pushed them to victory late.Hubbard turned in a career-high of 256 yards on 32 carries (8 yards per), both of which topped a career mark set two weeks ago in Corvallis. His three rushing scores tied a career best for the second time.Chuba was unstoppable in Tulsa and has been so far this season, anytime it has counted.Mike Gundy said he pulled Chuba against McNeese because he fumbled his second carry of the game (though he stayed in for six more and a whole other quarter). But regardless of whether he sat because it was McNeese or because of ball security, the Cowboys didn’t need him to beat an FCS opponent.They did need him against Tulsa, and he delivered big.The first play from scrimmage was a handoff to the world-class speedster, and he took it 75 yards to the house.Shortly after that he added a 30-yard score, pushing OSU to a 14-0 lead and padding the numbers on an all-time opening quarter.
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. BOX SCORETexas downed Oklahoma State in Austin for the first time since 2008 on Saturday evening in an uneven 36-30 game that started and ended with a Poke jolt. OSU struck first and last but struggled in the interim as missed opportunity after missed opportunity flew past them (we’ll get to those shortly).Spencer Sanders had a better game than his numbers would indicate. He was 19/32 for 268 yards and two picks, but he had 109 yards on the ground and a TD. Chuba Hubbard had 121 on the ground, but it came at the expense of 37 carries against Texas’ monstrous defensive front. Those two combined for 55 carries.On the flip side, Sam Ehlinger went 20/28 for 281, 4 TDs and a pick. He ran for 70 yards as well, including the late dagger on third and long with just over a minute left in the game. Keaontay Ingram had 114 on the ground on just 21 carries, and Devin Duvernay caught 12 of his 14 targets for 108 yards and a TD.Similar to OSU’s last few games in Austin, Saturday was often an amalgamation of miscues and electric plays. Unlike OSU’s last few games in Austin, the Pokes came out on the wrong end because they couldn’t capitalize when they had chances.Texas started the game down a couple of DBs as well as their best skill position player and they lost what seemed like two rows on the depth chart worth of defenders during the game, but OSU refused to open the game up and get into a shootout. As a result they took their first L since before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States.We’ll get to all of this shortly, but first a quick thanks to our friends at Thrive Landscape and Irrigation. They’ve been sponsoring the 10 Thoughts for two years now, and we finally have a fancy little logo for them at the top. If you live in Stillwater, check ’em out.Onto the 10 Thoughts.1. Missed OpportunitiesA non-exhaustive list of the myriad opportunities Oklahoma State had on Saturday to take control of this game (or at least play their way into it either early, late or in the middle).1. Drive No. 1 — Sanders threw a dime piece to Landon Wolf at the 4-yard-line, and OSU walked away with just three points. Foreshadowing.2. False Start — OSU had 2nd and 5 on Texas’ 12 on its first drive of the third quarter before getting called for a false start to make it 2nd and 10. They pick up 8 yards on the next two plays, which would have been good enough for a first down but instead had 4th and 2 and have to kick another FG.3. The Review — Spencer Sanders picks up a first down at UT’s 3-yard-line, but it’s called short. OSU goes for it on 4th and 1 and whiffs. No points.4. Pick-0 — Kolby Harvell-Peel picks Ehlinger and runs it back to Texas’ 33-yard-line. This drive somehow ends with an incomplete pass from Jake McClure to Jelani Woods. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯5. Pick No. 2 — OSU still has a ton of time left in the game, but Sanders gets hit and throws his second pick with 10 minutes left in the fourth.The rest of the game was a little distorted because Texas was trying to run the clock out and not totally attempting to score. So I think it’s unfair to say that OSU could have just kicked two of these FGs (from the 4-yard-line and on the fake) and say, See they could have been in overtime. But it’s not difficult to extract at least a few points from the five instances I noted above. On the flip side, they did take advantage of two badly fumbled punts from Texas. An aside: Does anyone in the Big 12 practice punt returns?Texas is fine. They’re good. They have good players, and Ehlinger can go a little bit. But OSU can go with them and is actually better than them at the skill positions. But you only get so many chances against good teams. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about OSU in the Gundy era it’s that they’re not good enough to overcome this many mistakes against a team they can’t move around in the trenches like Texas. Not many schools are. And it finally cost them in Austin.2. Sanders Can GoI wondered if Gundy would treat Sanders like a mom treats her first-born on his first trip to college. With tightly-clutched fists and one hand on the emergency brake. Thankfully he let him go a little bit, and after the wrong-foot seeds he tossed on the first drive, I was ready to build a mini Sanders statue next to wherever they put the Pickens and Big Sanders ones.Then he may have had the best run by a QB in Oklahoma State history late in the fourth. I’m sure Zac had some similar ones, but this had me reaching for the oxygen tank.Was he perfect? No. The game — as Gundy might say — still seems a little fast for him, but he’s got the goods. You can tell. It’s easy to see. He’s going to be so special over the next four years, and we’re going to look back at this game and laugh at how far he leaped over the next 45. It’s much easier to discern that in a loss at Texas than a big-stat win at Oregon State or Tulsa. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty hyped about the Spencer Sanders era.3. So Let Him Go …It seemed early on at least like OSU was intent on forcing Texas to run and Texas was intent on forcing OSU to pass. Texas obliged on offense and gave the rock to Ingram over and over again. They had no respect for the middle of the field, and that was the right call. OSU, on the other hand, ran it 55 (!) times with Chuba and Sanders.After the way he slung it on that first drive, I thought they should let No. 3 open up the field and save Chuba for the closing kick. Like how you run your best starting sprinter first in the 4×100 and then let the monster close.Instead, OSU seemed too insistent on getting the run game going even though Texas was begging to get beat deep. OSU eventually (sort of) adjusted, but it felt like a missed opportunity to find some offensive rhythm and led to this fairly unimpressive set of drives in the middle of the game.4. All of the InjuriesA real, serious question here: Does Texas have a strength and conditioning coach? What in the world? Did they think this FBS season would be played as flag football? Do they lift weights? Why would they not pay Rob Glass $5 million to come do Rob Glass things? Actually, forget I mentioned this!There were certainly a few fakies mixed in there, but for the most part, the Horns’ ouchies seemed pretty real. You can add that as No. 6 on the list of opportunities OSU didn’t take advantage of.5. On that Fake FGI … kinda didn’t hate it. Your goal with a fake FG is to do it when nobody else watching the game thinks you’re going to do it. Down at Texas when you’re starving for points and just took a delay of game and seem like you have no idea what you’re doing could not be a more perfect time!Now listen, they executed it like me trying to run the option with my five-week-old daughter and her bottle of milk, but I still kind of enjoyed the situation.6. Tommy BoyIs there a college football coach more unlikable than Tom Herman? Is there a coach in any sport more unlikable? Is he the most unlikable coach — fictional or non-fictional — in sports history? He makes the Icelandic coach from Mighty Ducks look like Tony Dungy! My favorite of his two handfuls of antics on Saturday evening was going with the “Frank Beamer 0-0 tie” celebration on a third-down stop in the first half.What are you doing, Tom?7. Chess MatchI’m not steep in the Xs and Os game, but I thought both sides moved around their chess pieces a lot on Saturday. I’m not sure they always moved them to the right spot, but OSU used two of their most effective pass-catchers — Jelani and Tylan — in the run game quite a bit. Jelani was his usual DE-killing self, and I thought Tylan had a massively underrated game with his blocking alone.On the other side of the ball, when OSU started stacking the box a bit, Ehlinger tried to beat them deep and often succeeded. His arm strength was an eye-opener to me. He has the look of somebody who’s like a sixth-string shotputter on his high school track team, and yet he threw a couple of Chris Leakian balls on Saturday that had me like …8. O-Line DisappointmentI don’t know that Oregon State and Tulsa were a mirage, but the line was disappointing in this game. Maybe some of that is on Chuba. Maybe some of it is on the Cowboy Backs. Heck, maybe some of it is on the rhythm of playcalling. But they didn’t open things up for Chuba at all. He’s as fresh and as good as he’s going to be all year, and they couldn’t spring him. It’s been two steps forward, one step back for them so far this season.9. Middle of the FieldWe talked about this after the Tulsa game, but OSU again got exposed down the gut. They face a problem that most Big 12 teams face. You can push more guys into the box and into the middle, but then you’re naked on the outside. I actually thought they did a pretty good job (??) of mixing and matching this against Ehlinger and Ingram throughout the game. They gave up four TDs on long, big-time drives and one on a short field after what will eventually go down as the worst pass in the history of the Spencer Sanders era.Texas scored more against mighty LSU (38) than they did against Oklahoma State (36). OSU’s defense is never going to be what you (we) think it should be. They’re just not. Nobody in the Big 12 is. People talk about Iowa State’s defense in reverential terms, and a crappy Kansas State team put up 38 on them last season. It is what it is.As long as you can keep teams from finding a groove (Texas scored on consecutive drives just once) and create at least a few turnovers (OSU created three, albeit just one on defense), you’re going to be involved in every game you play.10. Big 12 OpenersOSU has now lost four straight Big 12 openers and six of their last eight. They don’t discriminate either. They’ve taken Ls against Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor and West Virginia in that span. They’ve been a world-beater in conference play following Big 12 openers, but the first one off the top hasn’t been pretty.The frustrating part here is that both the schedule and this Texas team opened up for them. Texas was asking to get beat late, and if not for Ehlinger’s will and OSU’s lack thereof, they might have.I have no idea where this OSU team will end up after 12 regular season games this year, but I think I’m actually more confident following Texas than I was before.After the most bizarre season in recent memory in 2018, OSU seems like it’s going to be back to generally what it’s been under Gundy: A quality team that beats worse teams and loses to better ones. The part I can’t help but leave this game wondering — just a little bit — is which category this Texas team should have fallen in.
One of my favorite things to do every week is to peruse Mike Gundy’s Monday presser quotes to see what kind of gems got buried in the avalanche of Spencer Sanders and Chuba Hubbard news.Because Gundy is a character — for which I am (and this business is) grateful — some of the throwaway quotes take on a more hilarious tone. There’s more weight and more humor there because Gundy has been around so long and because we feel like we know him or at the very least we know the caricature of him.One example of this is when he goes down the parental advice path. Part of the reason for this is because, well, I’m a parent. The other is because it’s always enjoyable to think about this mulleted man who once wore zip-away ski pants to coach Bedlam in (#neverforget) parenting three kids of his own in a home I’m sure he often feels like he’s lost control of.Anyway, he talked this week about how Sean Gleeson is acclimating to FBS ball and how that’s actually a lot like being a parent for the first time.“I thought he was good,” Gundy said.Sean, your thoughts?“There’s a difference between being emotional and being erratically emotional and out of control. He gets emotional during football games. It’s like parenting.”Go on.“When you’re raising your first kid, you get emotional when they do things wrong and you overreact. Then you come back later and you’re like, ‘That wasn’t worth all that.’”This is quite true.“You’re better off just chilling and then teaching them after a while. Coaching is the same thing. Sean gets excited but then he can get right back into it and focus; some coaches go and lose their marbles, but he doesn’t.”I loved all of this, and I think it says a lot about Gleeson. He was, uh, clearly jacked up during the Texas game last week so to hear Gundy say he could get it all back together quickly is encouraging.One of the biggest (fairest) frustrations of the Mike Yurcich era was in-game adjustments. I don’t know if that was because of emotions or something else — and I also don’t want to crown Gleeson after he handed it to Chuba 203 times in a row for 3.3 yards a pop in Austin — but I did enjoy the comp and am generally excited about the Gleeson era.Not the Gundy + Gleeson era … but the Gleeson + Gleeson era. 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.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Red Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour eager to hear from Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour has welcomed interest from Liverpool.TMW says Dabour is waiting for a call from Liverpool to bring him to Anfield.Despite rival interest from Valencia, he is reportedly desperate to play for Jurgen Klopp.Liverpool can snap up Dabour, 26, for £22.3m (€25m) because of a release clause in his contract.The Nazareth-born hotshot is enjoying a prolific campaign for Salzburg.He has scored 20 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions, including nine strikes in the Austrian Bundesliga.Dabour is under contract at Salzburg until the summer of 2021.
A sum of $107 million has been allotted to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Reform Programme, as outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.The programme aims to provide budgetary support for crime fighting activities in the island.The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards: the purchase of equipment and mobile police labs; training in leadership and accountability capacity for Police Officers; salaries of international Police Officers; and Performance Management Appraisal System (PMAS) sensitization.Initial targets originally envisaged include: capacity building and training of senior police officers; management and leadership training; procurement of mobile labs; and the development of forensic master plans.The project, which is slated to end in March 2015, is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, with funding support from the Department for International Development.