Transfers Gremio refute claims of €40m Arthur agreement with Barcelona Ryan Benson 02:23 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Grêmio Primera División Serie A The young midfielder Arthur has been linked with a move to Camp Nou, but speculation suggesting a deal has been struck is supposedly false. Reports of a €40million agreement between Gremio and Barcelona for midfielder Arthur are wide of the mark, according to the Brazilian club’s president Romildo Bolzan.Barcelona’s interest in the 21-year-old midfielder is long-standing, having been linked with him regularly towards the end of 2017, when Arthur was a key part of the Gremio side which won the Copa Libertadores.Arthur was photographed wearing the Catalan club’s jersey in a meeting with their sporting director Robert Fernandez in December. 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 Although that angered Gremio, they have been in regular dialogue with Barca ever since over a potential move, with reports in Spain claiming on Tuesday that an agreement had finally been made.But Gremio insists such claims are purely speculation, with a deal still to be struck.Speaking to Radio Bandeirantes, Bolzan said: “A deal has still not been finalised.”There have been plenty of discussions, but at this stage the transfer cannot be considered a foregone conclusion.”
Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3: Guardiola routs Wenger again in 100th game in charge Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 2/3/2018 Getty Images Arsene Wenger’s position at Arsenal looks increasingly precarious after a second thumping defeat by Manchester City in five days. Manchester City delivered another sublime show of attacking brilliance as Pep Guardiola’s side marked the manager’s 100th game in charge with a 3-0 demolition of hapless Arsenal.City beat Arsenal by the same scoreline in Sunday’s EFL Cup final win at Wembley, giving Guardiola a first trophy after 18 months in English football.And the runaway Premier League leaders – now 16 points clear of rivals Manchester United – blew Arsenal away before the break, becoming the first team to score three goals away to the Gunners in the first half of a Premier League match. 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 Arsenal made a decent start but Leroy Sane fed Bernardo Silva for a glorious opener after 15 minutes, and the Germany international was then involved in a stunning team goal as David Silva – who was on target at Wembley – added a second.Sane scored the third before the break, finishing off another superb move, as Arsenal were regularly sliced open at a half-empty Emirates, the stadium adorned with blue lines in the snow.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a second-half penalty saved and another heavy defeat increases the growing pressure on Arsene Wenger, whose side are 10 points outside the Champions League qualification places, as sensational City close in on the title.3 – Arsenal have conceded three goals in the first half of a Premier League home game for the first time ever. Overwhelmed. pic.twitter.com/BGR7ok0X7f— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Henrikh Mkhitaryan urged Arsenal to “fight” for Wenger in the build-up to the game and Ederson had to save an early sighter from the Armenia international, while Vincent Kompany deflected a cross from Aaron Ramsey into the chest of City’s goalkeeper.But the visitors scored with their first meaningful attack, Bernardo Silva netting a brilliant strike.Sane drove at the Arsenal defence with pace and skill, slipping in the Portugal international, who worked the ball on to his left foot and bent a glorious curler into Petr Cech’s top-right corner.Ederson beat away Granit Xhaka’s long-range free-kick, the goalkeeper then diving to his right to cling on to a sharp Ramsey strike.But City’s clinical cutting edge sliced Arsenal open with another breathtaking attack after 27 minutes.Sane was at the heart of it again, bamboozling Shkodran Mustafi and feeding Sergio Aguero, who laid the ball into David Silva’s path. The Spain international’s first touch was perfect, the second lashing a left-footed finish beyond a helpless Cech.If you dont like this you dont like football !!! #SharkTeam— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) March 1, 2018City were rampant, a glorious third arriving within five minutes, Sane this time on target.Aguero’s clever touch on the halfway line created acres of space in the Arsenal defence, Kevin De Bruyne sliding Kyle Walker clear to square a low cross for Sane to roll the ball home.Nicolas Otamendi’s poor challenge on Mkhitaryan offered Arsenal a lifeline shortly after the restart – the Gunners having been booed off at the break – but Ederson dived to his left to keep out Aubameyang’s tame penalty.11 – Manchester City have saved 11 of the last 19 penalties they have faced in all competitions (excludes penalty shootouts). Intimidating. pic.twitter.com/zF0ZcQeTzc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018With the game won before the break, City were understandably less incisive, some sloppy passing marring their second-half display, while Walker limped off with 20 minutes remaining.Cech denied Aguero his 200th goal for the club but Guardiola could not have hoped for a more comprehensive victory to mark his City century, with Wenger left to wonder how to fix a team that has been heavily beaten three times by the league leaders this season. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal suffered their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat, having also lost by three-goal margins to Coventry (1993), Middlesbrough (2001) and Chelsea (twice in 2009).- Manchester City have now scored more Premier League goals this season (82) than they scored in the entirety of last season (80).- This was Manchester City’s biggest away win at Arsenal in any competition since a 4-0 triumph in November 1912.- The Gunners have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League team (seven).- Arsenal are now on their longest Premier League run without a clean sheet (10 matches) since February 2002 (11 matches).- David Silva is only the third David to score on St. David’s Day in the Premier League, after David Dunn (Blackburn v Man City in 2003) and David Luiz (Chelsea v Man Utd in 2011).- This was the first time Arsenal conceded three goals in the first half of a home Premier League game and the first time they’d done so in a home league game since March 1989 against Nottingham Forest. read more
eSports Sterling & Willian feature in new FIFA 18 Path to Glory team Harry Sherlock 02:00 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images eSports Raheem Sterling Premier League Serie A Manchester City Juventus Liverpool Primera División Bundesliga The two Premier League wingers are a part of the team of World Cup hopefuls, which also includes the likes of Roberto Firmino EA Sports have announced a fresh batch of Path to Glory players available in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team, including the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Willian and Raheem Sterling.EA released the initial group of players, featuring a mix of established stars like PSG’s Javier Pastore and young talent like Marcus Rashford at Manchester United, last year.With the World Cup in Russia approaching, the squads comprise players looking to earn a spot in their national team squads ahead of the summer. 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 They are available in packs and on the transfer market, and feature boosted stats.Higuain starts with a base rating of 92, a boost of two from his base of 90, while Raheem Sterling moves from a left winger to a central attacking midfielder, with a huge rating of 87.Path to Glory players will see their stats further boosted based on the strength of their real-life performances.This will be reflected in the game when one of the players is included in a FIFA Team of the Week, Man of the Match, European Team of the Tournament, Hero or Record Breaker in-form release.When that happens, the ratings on their Path to Glory card will be automatically updated in line with their latest in-form card.
While summer seems to just be getting started, the college football season is quickly approaching. If you consider the day after OSU’s bowl victory over Missouri the start of the offseason and its season opener the end, we are nearly 80 percent through our drought of college football.So with less than two months to go before that Friday night kickoff in Corvallis, Oregon, let’s look at the Cowboys’ Week 1 matchup with the other OSU and what storylines will rule that weekend.First, the particulars.When: Friday, August 30 at 9:30 p.m. CentralWhere: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OregonWatch: FS1Line: Oklahoma State -16.5The Pokes and the Beavers will be the featured late night draw for night two of the opening weekend of college football. It will be the only Power 5-on-P5 matchup on either Thursday or Friday and, despite the late kick, all eyes will be on the Cowboys looking to rebound from an uncharacteristic single-digit win season.On the other hand, Oregon State, under first-year head coach Jonthan Smith, went 2-10 and 1-8 in the Pac-12 last season. The Beavers have totaled just nine wins over the last four seasons and haven’t gone bowling since 2013.1. Biggest Question (It’s the Obvious One): Who Takes Snaps at QB?The answer to this question will likely be answered publicly before the Cowboys head to Corvallis, but we’ll get our first chance to judge the coaches’ decision on that Friday nightcap.Spencer Sanders, the assumed (or at least wished upon) savior of the program, or Dru Brown, the seasoned vet with two year’s worth of experience at the DI level?We’ve looked at this race from every angle we can thing of — and will have come up with a dozen more by the end of August — but this is a huge year for Mike Gundy and OSU. Normally they go as their QB does.This will be a huge game because, if nothing else, we’ll get our first look at the Cowboys offense and how Sean Gleeson and his QB can mesh and lead it.2. Who Else Will be Taking Snaps?The other OSU is also looking at a fall camp QB competition. Jake Luton was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing chunks of both the 2017 and 2018 seasons due to injury. The 6-7 passer came was granted a medical hardship waiver and has his eye set on retaining QB1 duties. But he’ll have to fend off sophomore Tristan Gebbia, the former four-star Cali QB who transferred to Oregon State from Nebraska.3. A Deep Receiving CorpsYes, the [insert year] Cowboys return a deep and talented pool of receivers ready to put up boocoos of yards. But I’m, again, talking about the other OSU.Oregon State returns 11 of 12 receivers from a year ago including tight ends. The group is headlined by junior Isaiah Hodgins and senior Trevon Bradford. The 6-4 Hodgins led the Beavers with 876 yards, 59 catches and five scores in his breakout sophomore season, and the dynamic Bradford chipped in 649 on 56 catches with six TDs of his own.4. What Kind of Test Will OSU Provide?We were quick to bemoan Oklahoma State’s 2018 defense — and mostly with good reason — for several head-scratching losses. But the other OSU has been a leaky sieve as of late.In 2017, Oregon State’s defense ranked fourth-worst over the previous 14 seasons in S&P+ rating among Power conference teams. But last year’s Beaver D regressed even further, logging the worst S&P+ rating from any major conference since 2004. Last year’s Beavers defense ranked ahead of only the 1-11 UConn Huskies in both scoring defense (45.7 points per game) and total defense allowed (536.8 yards per game).That means that whoever starts at quarterback for OSU will get his debut against the returning worst Power 5 defense over the last 15 years. So if Spencer Sanders slings it for 500 yards and combines for six TDs, we will all need to do our best, however futile it may be, to temper expectations moving forward. 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 24th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats head to Stillwater this Saturday boasting a 3-0 record which includes a nice nonconference win a couple of weeks ago against Mississippi State.KSU is off to an impressive start under first-year head coach Chris Klieman, who took over for the legendary Bill Snyder this past offseason. Before landing in Manhattan, Klieman had a long stint at North Dakota State (2011-18) serving first as the defensive backs coach, the defensive coordinator and then the head coach. In Klieman’s five seasons as head man, he recorded a 69-6 record and won four FCS National Championships.An incredible coaching resume is not all Klieman brought with him from NDSU, he also brought along his offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham. The former Bison OC broke multiple school and conference records during his two-year tenure, including most points scored, most touchdowns scored, total offense and rushing touchdowns.Now, Messingham’s offense has a lot of similarities to that of Snyder-led teams of recent years. He likes to get his power running game going, and then once you’re expecting run, he will hit you with play action. In addition, he utilizes RPOs and isn’t afraid to get the quarterback involved in the running game. One thing you’ll notice about Messingham’s offense is he often has the quarterback under center and he loves to have a fullback lined up in the backfield.For this post, I will cover my three key takeaways from KSU’s offense and give you a glimpse of what you might see on Saturday night in Boone Pickens Stadium.PowerPower is a run play that OSU fans are familiar with as it’s been a staple of the offense this season as well as during the Yurich tenure. Power normally involves a lineman pulling around to the play side to lead block through the hole. Messingham and the Wildcats love to run Power, specifically A-Gap Power, see the blocking scheme below. In the following clips, you’ll see two more play action concepts the Wildcats like to run. I’ve also seen Messingham utilize H-Counter and a couple of other variations of pulling linemen running plays. This keeps the defense guessing and creates different attack points for the offense, it also pairs well with the inside attack point of A-Gap Power. OSU defensive players like Amen Ogbongbemiga, Kolby Harvell-Peel, Malcolm Rodriguez, and others will have to be quick to the ball and avoid getting blocked by these big lineman attacking the second and third levels of the defense.Play Action Passing GameAs I mentioned above, Messingham likes to set teams up with his power running game and then catch them guessing with play action passes. One in particular play that he brought with him, that NSDU was running with current Philadelphia Eagle QB Carson Wentz before Messingham got there, is shown in the clip below from Ross Uglem. In addition to running back Power, the K-State teams of years past would also dial up Power with the quarterback. We haven’t seen KSU quarterback Skylar Thompson run the ball a lot this season, but he’s found success keeping it himself against past Cowboy defenses. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a little of this on Saturday. With the struggles the Cowboy defensive line has had stopping the run this season, it’s a little worrisome that KSU runs this play often and effectively. How will Jim Knowles defend the inside running game? The Pokes primarily base out of a three down linemen defense now, so will he bring the LBs up close to the line of scrimmage? Or, will he bring a safety down further into the box? It will definitely be an interesting chess match between Knowles and Messingham.Pulling Linemen to the PerimeterAlong with Power, I noticed a heavy utilization of pulling linemen to attack the perimeter in Messingham’s rushing attack. In the first clip below you see the center and the playside guard pull around the edge. Cowboy defenders will have to be disciplined in Stillwater this weekend and they can’t get caught looking with their eyes in the backfield, letting a man get behind them. If they do, it could be a long night for Jim Knowles. Next, you’ll see the playside guard pull and attack a much smaller defender, creating a lane for the Wildcat running 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. The tight end releases off the line and heads up the seam as Wentz fakes to the running back and hits the TE for a touchdown. Below you see K-State run something similar, although it doesn’t turn out so well. Ross Uglem of Bison Report explains in it more detail below and then the following video shows this play.The basic difference in the way that most teams run power and that way that NDSU does it is the shuffle pull from the pulling guard to keep his shoulders square to the hole. Usually, a pulling guard will open up and run square to the sideline executing a “kick out” block a defensive end or outside linebacker. [GoPowerCat.com]Messingham and the Wildcats try to wear down teams by running this play over and over again throughout the course of a game. I saw them do it plenty of times against the Bulldogs, like in the example below.
It got ugly for the Cowboys in Lubbock early, and then it got even uglier late.Oklahoma State appeared intent on falling behind on the road. As it would turn out, that’s not a good strategy.Spencer Sanders singlehandedly lost the turnover battle 5-0, losing a fumble on the Cowboys’ opening drive and then throwing two second quarter interceptions. Then late in the third, after a big run by LD Brown had the Cowboys in the red zone with a chance to make a one-score game, Sanders was sacked for a loss of 11 and lost the ball for his fourth turnover. Sanders finished 21-of-37 for 290 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and two fumbles.AdChoices广告From the opposite sideline, Jett Duffey, who was Texas Tech’s third player at the position to make a start this season, looked more than equal to the task finishing 26-of-44 for 424 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another score.Texas Tech’s defense was dominant in the first half, holding the Cowboys to just 7 points and 1-for-10 on third downs. But it couldn’t keep Chuba Hubbard in check for long. OSU rode the nation’s leading rusher for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Chuba was the Cowboys’ offense for much of the game.After holding up for most of the first half, the Cowboys defense may have run out of steam in the second allowing TDs on two of the Red Raiders’ first three drives in the third and allowing the home team to build a 34-14 lead.Despite falling behind 45-21, the Cowboys showed some fight late, successfully recovering an onside kick and scoring quick touchdowns on two straight possessions to pull within 10. But, in what was a sadly fitting ending, Sanders threw his third interception when a ball was tipped by Dillon Stoner and fell into the outstretched hands of a Tech defender.A hole dug deep by careless turnovers was made deeper by waning defense and even more TOs, and proved to be too much to overcome.Next up, the Cowboys head into their bye week 4-2 (1-2 in Big 12 play) and will welcome Baylor for Homecoming on October 19. 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 a somewhat slow week as far as orange-flavored NFL news goes with bye weeks and injuries keeping a handful of Cowboys out of action. But there are still plenty of tidbits and pertinent news concerning Pokes in the pros.Here are the top five NFL storylines relating to Oklahoma State.Mason Rudolph Cleared for ReturnNo. 2 spent his bye week in Stillwater, along with former teammates like Emmanuel Ogbah, and even played dunk competition judge at Homecoming and Hoops.But days before that, Rudolph cleared concussion protocol following his nasty head-to-head collision with Baltimore safety Earl Thomas three weeks ago. Earlier this week, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin affirmed that Rudolph would be the starter once he was able saying, “That guy is our quarterback.”Rudolph is set to return Oct. 28 on Monday Night Football (he’s 1-0 on MNF) against an accommodating (and 31st-ranked) Miami Dolphins defense. Look for Rudy to light it up on the big stage.Blake Jarwin Scores in Cowboys’ Big WinOne Target. One Catch. 1 Yard. One Touchdown.That was the Sunday stat line for the former (and current) Cowboys tight end.Could Blake Jarwin BE anymore open?pic.twitter.com/TS8QqoJvhk— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 21, 2019That might have been the easiest score of Blake Jarwin’s football career. It pushed America’s team (but not mine!) to a 21-7 lead against division rival Philadelphia. Dallas would win 37-10.A year after working his way into a featured role in 2018, the return of future HOFer Jason Witten has pushed Jarwin down the TE totem pole, but through seven games, Jarwin is still second among the position group in targets (15) and receptions (11) and he’s tied with Witten for two TDs. His 35 receiving yards leads all Dallas tight ends.Witten won’t be around forever. If Jarwin keeps making plays like this, he’s in a good spot to take up that mantle in Big D.James Washington Returns to PracticeIn the same game that Rudolph went down, his fellow Cowboy-turned-Steeler James Washington was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Washington returned to practice on Monday and Mike Tomlin seems somewhat optimistic that he could be available for the Monday Night game against Miami on Oct. 28.Bye week came at a good time for the Steelers. WR James Washington (shoulder) and CB Steve Nelson (groin) we’re back at practice today. Both said they were glad for the bye to heal up and rehab.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 21, 2019Tomlin mentioned Washington among three Steelers who have progressed this week to Steelers.com.“We’re excited about getting some of these guys back – at least moving in the right direction in terms of partial participation and we’ll get an opportunity to look at that participation and see if they can carry some roles for us this week.”Chris Carson — Still Truck-StickingCarson broke a streak of three-straight 100-yard rushing games with his 65-yard outing in the 30-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and former backfield mate Justice Hill.Despite the fact that his Seahawks suffered just their second loss of the season, Carson was productive and made a memorable play against a familiar defender.Carson got a little inadvertent payback for a former teammate (Mason Rudolph) against another former teammate (Earl Thomas).CHRIS CARSON TRUCKED EARL THOMAS 🤣🔥🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/0vhIhricgB— Sports ON Tap Seattle (@SONTSeattle) October 20, 2019Despite the slightly down weekend, Carson is still ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing yards (569 through seven games). He finished fifth last year with 1,151.Marcell Ateman Goes DeepIt’s been a rough go for Marcell Ateman during his young pro career. After being projected into the first round of the NFL Draft by one draft analyst, Ateman fell all the way to the seventh. Things didn’t go much smoother after that.He spent the first half of his rookie season on the Raiders’ practice squad before injuries saw Ateman promoted to the active roster. Despite showing some promise when called upon down the stretch, Ateman was relegated once again to the scout team to start 2019.But in Year 2, he’s back and has taken on the No. 88 jersey (which I love for a tall, rangy receiver) and in his second game since promotion has already shown his deep-ball skills.Marcell Ateman snags his first reception of the season. Great job high pointing a contested catch. #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/F7hrwNrsXo— Chris Reed (@ChrisReed_NFL) October 20, 2019 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.