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It is highly unlikely that the thrashing which India received in England a few months back would be atoned for any time soon. Not only did India lose their No.1 Test status in the most embarrassing manner possible – a 0-4 whitewash – they were battered beyond recognition; losing a few players to injuries in the process.As India get ready for the first of the three-Test series against the West Indies, starting here at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday, the focus seems to be more on the larger picture than the immediate target. After the chinks in India’s armour were laid bare over two months of English summer, it is time to mend them one by one and the Test series against West Indies gives Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team a chance to start the recovery process.The first Test sees the return from injury of Virender Sehwag (shoulder), Yuvraj Singh (finger), Ishant Sharma (ankle) and Sachin Tendulkar (toe). After a long time, India would be fielding what looks like a fully-fit side, with only bowlers Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel being the ones missing out due to lack of fitness.And given that the opponents are the West Indies, every conversation regarding the match is invariably veering towards Tendulkar’s long-awaited 100th century at the international level. The 38-year-old failed to reach the mark during the four Tests in England, but there now seemsto be an air of inevitability around the feat. However, this being Test cricket, nothing can be taken for granted and West Indies captain Darren Sammy has assured he will do everything in his capacity to stop the Mumbai batsman from reaching the three-figure mark.advertisementThough the talking points of the Test are a strong Indian batting and a weak West Indies squad, the new-look Indian attack gives a chance to see if there are bowlers who can take 20 wickets. Paceman Ishant Sharma and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha are the only bowlers who have played a Test.Fast bowlers Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and spinners R Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are awaiting their Test caps. Among these, Dhoni would hope to find a combinationthat would not only take wickets this series, but also give options to the team management when the Australian tour arrives at the end of the year. In all likelihood, Ashwin should make the cut given that he has outdone Harbhajan Singh, not included in the squad, for most of the season.The batting looks rock solid. Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will renew their partnership at the top of the order, with Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS Laxman forming the backbone of the team. The next spot could be a toss-up between Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, with skipper Dhoni and four bowlers to follow.It will be interesting to see if Dhoni decided to go with two pacers and two spinners or three fast bowlers and a spinner, with Yuvraj as a possible fifth bowler.For the West Indies, it will be about working on the gains they made during the home series this year, where they ran the Indians close and only lost 0-1. And in Jamaica, India were 85 for six on the first day, forced to fight tooth and nail to win.The Caribbean side will be banking on their bowling attack, comprising fast bowlers Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, to put a leash on the Indian line-up and then hope their batting makes the most of the untested bowling.The pitch at the Ferozeshah Kotla is expected to be a typical sub-continental one, with spinners likely to come into play by Day Three. However, given that the Capital has been experiencing a fair amount of smog and cloud cover for the past few days, there could be a few stoppages in play due to bad light.
Manchester United Alexis or Pogba, De Gea or Lukaku? Ranking Manchester United’s best-paid players Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 20:13 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty/Goal composite Manchester United Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Gallery The Red Devils have been fairly liberal in handing out huge contracts in recent years, but who sits where in their list of highest salaries? Manchester United caused a real stir in January when snapping up from Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Far beyond the Chilean being recruited from a Premier League rival midway through the season, the biggest bone of contention appeared to be his British-record salary of £350,000 per week.Such is the fascination in the money being spent by football clubs in the modern era, supporters have taken an increased interest in players’ wages as well as the outlays made to selling clubs in the transfer market.And United have led the way in splashing out on playing contracts over the course of the Premier League era, signing themselves up to the five biggest deals in English history over the last five years, most recently with Sanchez. 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 who gets what in the current United squad? Below, Goal goes through the Old Trafford pay-grades, listing the estimated weekly salary of the top-ranked Red Devils in terms of salary.
World Cup Spain World Cup 2018 kit: New retro Adidas design, controversy and all you need to know Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adidas World Cup Spain WTF La Roja won the tournament for the first time just under a decade ago and they will be hoping their new kit can bring some luck Spain head to Russia in the summer of 2018 in search of their second World Cup title and they have released an all new kit for the occasion.Their kit manufacturers Adidas have delved into the past in search of inspiration for their latest line of national team kits and La Roja’s newest offering is a testimony to that.With the tournament around four months away, Goal takes a look at what Julen Lopetegui’s men will be wearing when they take to the field. 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 What does Spain’s World Cup 2018 kit look like?In a dramatic departure from their previous home kit, Spain’s new edition features a geometric pattern which runs vertically down the right side of the front of the jersey.The colours in the pattern are yellow, blue and red, which blends into the base red of the rest of the shirt.While the previous home jersey featured Adidas’ famous three stripes on either side of the torso, they have migrated to the shoulders of the new shirt.The collar, meanwhile, seems to have remained the same, but the Adidas logo has been shifted into the centre, perhaps to highlight the design pattern on the right.How much does the new Spain jersey cost?An authentic Spain home jersey will cost you £99.95 in the UK, while a replica version will be somewhat cheaper at £69.95. Both items can be bought online.In the US, a replica Spain home jersey will set buyers back $90, while an authentic one will cost $130, and they are both available to buy from Adidas’ online store.What is the inspiration?Adidas have sought inspiration from iconic kits of the past in their most recent design efforts and in Spain’s case, they have produced a modern take on the kit worn at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.Both the Spanish home and away kits in that tournament featured a prominent design on the right side which was made up of rows of different coloured diamonds. The colours used in the ’94 home kit were yellow, red and navy blue, while the navy blue did not feature in the white away jersey.Unlike the modern interpretation, the classic jersey incoportated a polo-neck style collar, which was navy blue with slim streaks of red and yellow. However, like the modern version, the Adidas logo was placed in the centre of the chest.Why is the Spain World Cup 2018 controversial?Interestingly, the new Spain home kit for the World Cup has proved somewhat controversial to the point where both Adidas and the Spanish football authority (RFEF) have been compelled to make statements in order to quell anger.The combination of red, yellow and blue in the pattern on the right of the jersey has been seized upon by some as deliberately provocative due to the fact that they appear to resemble the colours of the Second Spanish Republic, which is still popularly used by separatist groups.Of course, the flag of the Second Spanish Republic is red, yellow and purple. So the confusion has arisen over whether the colour on the shirt is blue or purple.Adidas and the RFEF insist that the shirt design is “free of any political connotation” but that has not prevented people from having their say and some fans were particularly upset.Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that “politics is creeping into soccer once again” and a number of politicians waded into the controversy. Alberto Garzon, leader of the United Left (IU), said that he preferred the tricolour to simple red and yellow, while Pablo Iglesias of Podemos also expressed his approval. The political climate in Spain at present is particularly tense following the Catalonian government’s decision to press ahead with a contentious independence referendum last October and their subsequent attempts to establish independence from Spanish rule. That may explain the sensitivity.What about the Spain away kit?The Spain away kit for the 2018 World Cup has not yet been released, but it is expected to be launched some time in the Spring of 2018.Spain wore an all-white away kit in the qualification stage, with three red Adidas stripes on the sides and red logos on the chest.It remains unclear whether the away jersey will be similarly inspired by the 1994 World Cup style.It is possible that they will make a change from white and in the past they have gone with a variety of colours, including light blue, blue, dark blue, gold and even black.Either way, both Adidas and the RFEF will be hopeful that it attracts less controversy than its home variant.
Texas has consistently been near the middle-of-the-pack in the Big 12 recruiting rankings for months, but quietly lurking as a threat to make a push with its high per-commitment average. The push is happening … now.The Longhorns have hurdled Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State in the last two weeks with a strong July that, thus far, has netted them four commitments (and counting). They’re currently No. 1 in the conference in per-player ranking, and No. 2 behind OU in the points race. Here’s an update on where that stands. 3TCU87.74 Oklahoma15236.96 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. Iowa State17177.49 OSU isn’t slipping, per se, but the class fell from No. 5 to No. 6 because of Texas’ rise.Here’s three things you need to know that have happened recently.1. Texas-sized movesTexas does not mess around when it comes to recruiting rankings. It dominates the market. (It also may help that recruiting sites often seem to skew rankings in their favor.) Nonetheless, Texas is getting dudes. Just this week, the Horns added offensive tackle Andrej Karic, defensive end Van Fillinger, and defensive tackle Vernon Broughton (a top-100 recruit). Their 11-pledge class has been filled this month with four commitments in total, not the least of which being top-125 defensive end/linebacker Prince Dorbah out of Dallas.2. In-state star sticks with the SoonersBroken Arrow offensive lineman Andrew Raym committed to OU early in the process, then he decommitted to survey the lay of the land. On July 10, he re-committed to the Sooners as many expected, giving OU a top-100 caliber talent. He chose OU over OSU, Georgia, Michigan, and Alabama, among others.3. Bixby star picks the PokesBixby speedster Brennan Presley committed to Oklahoma State last week. Here’s more on him via Kyle Cox:Presley is currently ranked as the No. 10 player in the state of Oklahoma by 247Sports but has yet to receive a composite ranking by the service. 247 lists him as a three-star prospect.Presley is a 5-foot-7, 160-pound athlete who plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Bixby High. [PFB]And here’s something I wrote last week about the implications of landing Presley. Kansas State18169.96 West Virginia12151.48 Baylor12145.47 9Kansas State84.43 10Kansas83.43 TCU10152.55 Texas Tech12146.75 6Iowa State85.31 Kansas21170.87 Texas11211.18 2OU91.26 4Oklahoma State86.18 1Texas92.72 Oklahoma State13165.83 7Texas Tech85.15 8Baylor84.96 And here’s a look at the rankings, sorted on a per-commitment average, which should provide a more accurate forecast at how the Big 12 recruiting rankings will fall by signing day. 5West Virginia 85.47 TEAMTOTAL COMMITSTOTAL POINTS RankTeamPer-player avg.
Back in ⬛️See you In 24 hours 👀 @41Million_ #BTD is pic.twitter.com/dsywJUk7Hi— Oregon State Football (@BeaverFootball) August 30, 2019Justin Southwell (BWB): 2012 was a down year (8-5), but Oklahoma State bounced back in 2013 (10-3). 2014 was a down year (7-6), but Oklahoma State bounced back in 2015 (10-3). The 2013 and 2015 10-win seasons started with the Cowboys on the road in Black-White-Black. I expect history to repeat itself with Oklahoma State bouncing back from a down year by kicking off their campaign with a familiar combo (B/W/B).I would expect them to go with the brand logo to let Oregon State know who the real OSU is. It can be orange, it can be chrome, it can be whatever, as long as it’s the brand. 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. The uniform predictions are back, and there will be a lot of orange and black in Oregon this weekend. The Beavers will be in all black, and the Pokes will counter with white jerseys. All that remains is the OSU helmets and pants. Here are our guesses.Carson Cunningham (BWB): I want to see the Cowboys flex on Oregon State by coming out in helmets with the interlocking OSU logo. They won’t do that but I do think they show off that they’re the real OSU and mix in a lot of black and orange. I’ll go matte black helmet with the brand on it, white jerseys and black pants.Kyle Porter (WWO): Oregon State’s all-black announcement solidifies this guess for me. I think OSU going nearly opposite with a WWO look and those filthy helmets from the TCU game last season (see above) would be premium.
There has been much consternation in Pittsburgh Steelers country over the injury to Ben Roethlisberger (who is looking more like a thumb all the time), but at least one person is bullish on Pittsburgh getting better under No. 2 than they were under No. 7.That person is Rodger Sherman, and he writes for The Ringer. This week he wrote a great piece laying out the case for Rudolph (and Washington!) in the yellow and black.For the most part, prognosticators have treated the Roethlisberger injury like an iceberg ripping through Pittsburgh’s steel hull. Before Week 2, FiveThirtyEight gave Pittsburgh a 46 percent chance of making the playoffs and expected the team to post a positive point differential for the season. Now, the Steelers are listed with an 8 percent chance of making the playoffs with the third-worst projected point differential in the league. [Ringer]I think this actually has more to do with the 0-2 start than anything else. In the last 12 years only 12 of the 98 teams that have started 0-2 have gone on to make the playoffs. Here’s Sherman again.I actually think the Steelers are in better position to succeed with Rudolph than they were with an injured 37-year-old Roethlisberger at quarterback. For starters, Big Ben was abysmal in his limited playing time this season. On 62 passes, Roethlisberger had 35 completions for 351 yards and an interception, putting him 29th or worse in completion percentage, yards per attempt, passer rating, and QBR.In came Rudolph, and in one half, Pittsburgh scored more points than it did in the three with Roethlisberger as quarterback. Rudolph did throw an interception, but, well, you can blame Donte Moncrief for that. [Ringer]I’m not deep in the NFL game so I didn’t realize BB had been that weak, but I do have takes on why this is the perfect time for Rudolph. First, one last thought from Sherman.And throughout the game, Pittsburgh vastly increased its usage of play-action—a tool which basically always makes offenses more efficient, but has never been a staple of the offense with Roethlisberger. The Steelers, somehow, ran just one play out of play-action in their season-opening loss to the Patriots. Now, they realize play-action is a necessity to buy Rudolph time, and they’re running it.Pittsburgh’s offense looked more modern once Rudolph got in the game. It was no longer an offense designed specifically for the traits of an aging franchise quarterback, but an offense that proved it could succeed elsewhere.… Rudolph the deep-ball dime-disher and Washington the speedster work well together in theory and worked together in practice. Hopefully Washington turns into the player Pittsburgh thought it was drafting last year and takes some of the pressure off of JuJu Smith-Schuster after the departure of Brown. [Ringer]Here’s my thing with all of this: The timing could not be more perfect for Rudolph. You walk in and don’t have to be the guy from Day 1. You get to learn within a strong infrastructure behind a Hall-of-Fame dude who — despite his childish public antics — has actually had an amazing career.But you also don’t have to wait five years and go rusty on the thing you were drafted to do. It’s the best timing you could ask for, Rudolph — according to people who actually watch the games — is a bit more versatile in what he can do than Ben, and it sounds like everybody who needs to be bought in is bought in.Only time will tell if Rudolph can Wally Pipp Big Ben, but there’s no better time for it to take place than right now. It wouldn’t be the first time Rudolph got thrust into a role unexpectedly and went on to experience a high level of success in the subsequent years. 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.
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. Oklahoma State moved to 6-3 on Saturday with its wild win over TCU and is now bowl eligible for the 14th-straight season. As the Cowboys head into a weird second bye week before their final three-game stretch of the regular season, let’s look back at their sixth win.Here are two things we learned from OSU-TCU and one thing we didn’t. First off, what we learned.Sanders is ImprovingIf not for the apparently obligatory interception in the fourth quarter, this conclusion would be more obvious.Sanders is an elite runner and has the ability to make just about any throw you need him to, those two things we’ve known for a while. But his decision-making has improved as the weeks have gone by, and you can tell that he’s made a concerted effort to keep two mitts on the ball when he scrambles.I was actually okay with the first-half game plan of running the wildcat with Spencer to loosen things up and then taking your shots down the field, especially since he was moving the chains.That will work for now. While it’s obvious that the coaching staff is still trying to protect him. (I get it. He’s thrown at least one pick in the last seven games). But at some point you have to take the training wheels off.If Spencer continues improving in his reads and cutting down on the turnovers, hopefully he’ll earn the keys to the offense by year’s end. Maybe just in time for Bedlam.This Defense Can Take It BackI was reticent to heap too much praise on OSU’s defense following its three-interception game against Brock Purdy — who barely throws a pick — just in case it was a fluke. But back-to-back weeks of watching this group make level-headed QBs look downright reckless, and I’m ready to start the movement. #TTIB (They takin’ it back).Purdy threw four in seven games, then three in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. Max Duggan threw the first one of his college career the week before and then threw three more to OSU.In just two weeks, the team that was tied for lowest interceptions in the league (three) is now fourth with nine. Add in the five recovered fumbles, and OSU is T-2nd in turnovers gained in the Big 12 with 14. Baylor is alone in the lead with 15 (thanks largely to certain homecoming game that shall not be mentioned).Now, the one thing we didn’t learn…How Badly Tylan Will Be MissedYou might be saying, But Kyle, Dillon Stoner was one early drop from having a very Tylan stat line on just four catches. And you’d be right. But when you rely so heavily on your ground game (for good reason) and attempt just 15 passes, it makes it hard to really know what you have in terms of talent and depth at receiver.Let me be clear. I think OSU has enough talent at wideout to win the next two games, but when it comes to Bedlam — when you need your stars — I think the lack of Tylan’s playmaking ability will be glaring.Maybe that point is moot. It is Bedlam. But there exists a reality, not too far removed from our own, where Oklahoma State continues this trend of improvement and is hitting on all cylinders on the last week of the season when the Sooners show up. If we did end up in that world and OSU makes a game out of Bedlam, it’s going to be shame that No. 2 is sitting on the sidelines.