Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Britain’s Andy Murray rests between shots during a practice session ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Based on Andy Murray’s body language alone, reporters’ questions can produce an inordinate amount of consternation.He’ll puff his cheeks, then let out a sigh. He’ll rub his forehead, then clutch his chin. When answers do arrive, some are preceded by a hesitant “Ummm.” Others begin with “No” or “I wouldn’t have thought so” — or both. “I don’t know” is a popular refrain.ADVERTISEMENT Truth is, given all that is going on at the moment, the No. 1-seeded Murray could be forgiven for having a lot on his mind as he prepares to start his title defense at the All England Club on Monday.There’s a second child on the way for Murray and his wife — happy news, of course, and on Sunday, he assured a reporter who asked about its potential effect on his tennis this fortnight, “It’s certainly not a distraction in the slightest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’There’s his inconsistent season and the chance he could relinquish his spot atop the rankings to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka two weeks from now.There’s the matter of figuring out how to deal with his unorthodox opponent in the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s opening Centre Court match. They’ve never played each other, but Murray is somewhat familiar with Alexander Bublik, who is from Russia but represents Kazakhstan, just turned 20 and says he finds watching tennis boring: They had an off-court encounter for an ATP promotional video this year. Among other topics, Bublik discussed the “famous” Russian rappers he expects in his guest box on Monday; the tattoos on his right forearm (a map showing his hometown of St. Petersburg and a couple of quotations attributed to Eminem); and his disdain for following his own sport.“Even Rafa and Fed, you watch, the guys are putting everything in the court. It’s not interesting,” Bublik said with a mischievous grin. “I mean, it’s interesting to see the highlights … but when they’re rallying for 45 shots, you’re sitting and you’re feeling, ‘OK, can I quit tennis, please?’”Very little of Murray’s sort of hemming and hawing there.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LATEST STORIES View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LSU title parade draws massive crowds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Still, here was Roger Federer’s assessment of Murray’s chances at a place where in 2013 he became the first British man in 77 years to grab the trophy: “If he’s anything close to 100 percent physically, I consider him one of the big favorites to win the tournament. It’s that simple.”Murray did manage to reach the semifinals at the French Open, but since then he has played only one match — and lost.“I can take some anti-inflammatories if my hip flares up,” he said. “Hopefully that’s not the case.”Could be a lot of running required Monday, given the 134th-ranked Bublik’s penchant for sliced returns, drop shots, lobs and run-around forehands from midcourt.“My game is unpredictable. I don’t even know what I’m going to do,” Bublik said. “When the ball is coming to me, I decide right before I hit. So I don’t have a plan.”Murray is aware of all of that.“Some more sort of shots that guys may play in exhibitions, he tries when he’s out there,” Murray said. “That’s what I’ve heard.”Bublik acknowledges he’ll win more matches when he can “find a balance between making jokes and (being) a showoff.”He lost in the final round of qualifying last week, but made it into the main draw thanks to another player’s withdrawal.Bublik is known on tour for possessing, as Murray put it, “a big personality,” and that came through vividly during a session with a group of reporters at the All England Club. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ And there’s also the sore left hip that led one British tabloid to ask readers — at psychic Uri Geller’s prompting — to rub that part of Murray’s body in a front-page photo to heal him.“I’ve felt fairly calm the last few days, considering how I’ve been feeling,” Murray said.The hip forced Murray to skip exhibition matches on grass and a few days of training. But he said it’s feeling much better.“Obviously, this is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit,” he said. “It’s a little bit stressful if you can’t practice for a few days. You really want to be preparing, training, as much as you can to get ready and make you feel better, especially when you hadn’t had any matches.”He is 21-9 so far in 2017, and his lone title came with the benefit of facing only one player ranked in the top 25.ADVERTISEMENT UFC fighter who pooped herself will be sponsored by butt-wipes company Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos
(AP) A formal baby announcement has been posted at Buckingham Palace saying Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s son, her eighth great-grandchild.A pair of uniformed staff members placed the framed announcement on an easel just inside the palace gates Monday afternoon, observing a long tradition hours after the new prince’s arrival was announced on social media.The ceremonial easel carried an announcement of Prince William and Kate’s third child, Prince Louis, in April 2018. It remained there for about 24 hours.
It has been a thoroughly deserving win for the Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Score | PhotosKKR were menacing with the bat, clobbered the Royal Challengers to all corners. They were led by Gambhir who scored a brilliant 93. Kohli, Dilshan and AB de Villiers failed with the bat and 191 looked taller than Mount Everest. Gayle gave some entertainment to the packed crowd towards the end, he now holds the Orange Cap. Kolkata move to the 2nd spot in the points table with 11 points. Stay tuned for the presentation.IPL 2012: KKR vs RCB Live: KKR win by 47 runsMan of the Match: Gautam GambhirChris Gayle: We are disappointed. 191 was tough and we didn’t start well. We have a long way to go, hopefully we shall pick ourselves up. The new ball was coming onto the bat nicely but in the middle overs the ball was stopping and coming. Their spinners were brilliant. I wanted to hit Billy (says jokingly), no offence but glad it didn’t hit the umpire. We have two home games now, hopefully we can win both.KKR 190/4 in 20 overs beat RCB 143/6 in 20 overs (Gayle 86)11:26 pm | 19.6 overs: Shukla to Vinay Kumar, no run, that completes a big win! Good slower bouncer, Vinay Kumar drops his wrists and lets it go, Kolkata win by 47 runs! And it’s all over for RCB and they go down by a massive 47-run margin.11:25 pm | 19.5 overs: WICKET! Lone wager Gayle departs and that’s the end for RCB…just one ball left. Shukla to Gayle, out Caught by Brendon McCullum!! That’s the end of Gayle, he was the lone warrior for the Royal Challengers, sucker ball from Shukla, Gayle went after it, gets an outside edge, McCullum dives to his left and takes a good catch. Gayle c Brendon McCullum b Shukla 86(58) [4s-7 6s-6] (RCB 143/6 in 19.5 overs)advertisement11:20 pm | 19 overs: Good over there for RCB. 23 runs off that over.18.6 overs: Bhatia to Gayle, SIX, poor bowling again! Full toss outside the off stump, Gayle smacks it over long off, sheer power from Gayle, moves into the eighties, monstrous hitting this, Gayle has scored 332 runs now, he is the holder of the Orange Cap now 18.5 overs: Bhatia to Gayle, SIX, MASSIVE! Gayle clears his front leg and swings through the line, the ball goes miles up in the air and clears long on with ease, don’t tell me he is eyeing for a hundred! 18.4 overs: Bhatia to Gayle, FOUR, low full toss, Gayle leans and drives it to sweeper cover, in the gap and he collects a boundary 18.3 overs: Bhatia to Gayle, SIX, is that the biggest one handed six ever? My word! It was a short ball, Gayle goes full monty, the bottom hand came off the bat as he heaved it over deep mid wicket, lands 15-20 rows behind in the stands, top shot! Daniel Vettori, left handed bat, comes to the crease 11:15 pm | 17.2 overs: Narine to Agarwal, out Bowled!! Castled! This little man has certainly been a terrific find for Kolkata. Superb delivery that, off cutter, Agarwal was looking to whip it across, but Narine bowled it a lot quicker, cleaned up. A well deserved wicket that, he has been superb today with the ball. Agarwal b Narine 10(13) [4s-1] (RCB 112/5 in 17.2 overs) Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:50 pm | 12.5 overs: WICKET! Now what an over that. After being hit for two big sixes by both batsmen, Bhatia gets rid of Tiwary. Bhatia to Saurabh Tiwary, out Caught by Gambhir!! Ok, the six was just a flash in the pan. Saurabh Tiwary looks to go over long off again, gets a thick outside edge as the ball turns away, the fielder at backward point goes backwards and takes a shoulder height catch. FYI, 1.6 million dollars was what the Royal Challengers paid for Saurabh Tiwary. Saurabh Tiwary c Gambhir b Bhatia 19(22) [4s-1 6s-1] (RCB 77/4 in 12.5 overs)12.4 Bhatia to Saurabh Tiwary, SIX, Saurabh Tiwary joins the party, it was overpitched, Saurabh Tiwary lofts it handsomely over long off, for a moment it looked like he might get holed out, but he’s hit that cleanly 12.3 Bhatia to Gayle, 1 run, width on offer, Gayle slaps it to sweeper cover 12.2 Bhatia to Gayle, SIX, Gayle breaks loose! Short ball, stand and deliver stuff from Gayle, goes back and muscles it over the long on boundary, even the cameraman missed it, proper hit, long on was just a spectatorAyaz Memon tweets: law of averages caught up with de Villiers…can Gayle defy it?advertisement10:30 pm | 7.3 overs: Kallis to Saurabh Tiwary, leg byes, 2 runs, loud appeal for LBW, not given! That one pitched outside leg and jagged across, trapped on the pad, the ball goes towards third man as Kallis continues to appeal, they take two runs.Saurabh Tiwary, left handed bat, comes to the crease10:22 pm | 5.3 overs: WICKET! De Villiers falls and RCB in deep trouble. Kallis to de Villiers, out Caught by Shukla!! The crowd erupt and Kolkata are all over Bangalore here. Not the shot you would expect from someone like de Villiers. First ball he faces, goes for a pull as Kallis bangs it hard, gets a top edge and the ball goes high up in the air, Shukla has got his judgement right this time around, settles right under it and takes it close to his chest, Kallis is having a great outing today. de Villiers c Shukla b Kallis 0(1) (RCB 34/3 in 5.3 overs)AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:20 pm | 5.2 oves: WICKET! Kohli goes down. Kallis to Virat Kohli, out Lbw!! Virat Kohli wasn’t looking too comfortable out there, the ball jags back in and traps Virat Kohli on the pad as he was looking to whip it across, he bent down suggesting that the ball stayed a tad low, that was convincing enough for the umpire to lift the finger, he was struck just above the knee roll. Virat Kohli lbw b Kallis 18(19) [4s-3] (RCB 34/2 in 5.2 overs)Shane Warne tweets on Yuvraj: Hey buddy how are you? What’s your thoughts on the IPL? Missing your big 6’s for sure!!!! What team do you fancy? Royals?Ayaz Memon tweets: kkr have thrown the gauntlet at RCB. Response of in form Gayle, de Villiers coukd make for a heady contestLalit Modi tweets: That drop might cost you big time kkr!!Brett Lee, right-arm fast, comes into the attack 10:05 pm | 0.6 overs: WICKET! Early dismissal and KKR’s on top already. Yusuf Pathan to Dilshan, out Caught by Bhatia!! Yusuf Pathan is over the moon, it is as if he has won the World Cup for his team. Well, to be fair to him, that’s a big wicket. Dilshan has been in good form, came down the wicket looking to go over the top, the face of the bat turned as he played at it, didn’t get enough power, mid off back pedals and takes it with fingers pointing up, big blow first up for the Challengers. Dilshan c Bhatia b Yusuf Pathan 1(3) (RCB 2/1 in 0.6 overs)10:00 pm | Dilshan and Gayle are at the crease. Dilshan is on strike. Yusuf Pathan will open the attackROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Target 191 in 20 overs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: 190/4 in 20 overs (Gambhir 93, McCullum 43, Kallis 41)Gambhir’s 93 came off just 51 balls and was puntuated with 9 fours and 5 sixes.9:40 pm | 19.6 overs: WICKET! Vinay Kumar to Yusuf Pathan, out Caught by Dilshan!! High full toss by Vinay, just below the waists though, Yusuf Pathan mistimes a shovel towards mid-wicket and finds Dilshan in the deep. Two wickets for Vinay in the final over but KKR end up with a massive 190 on the board. Yusuf Pathan c Dilshan b Vinay Kumar 7(4) [6s-1] And KKR post a massive 190/4 against RCB. It will be tought for RCB despite the presence of RCBadvertisementManoj Tiwary, right handed bat, comes to the crease 9:35 pm | 19.2 overs: WICKET! With Gambhir gone, Kallis too falls, but KKR are in complete control here. Vinay Kumar to Kallis, out Caught by Harshal Patel!! Good catch from Harshal. This was a low full toss on the middle, Kallis gets across his stumps as he looks to paddle, does not get enough bat on that, Patel runs back from short fine and completes a fine catch. Kallis c Harshal Patel b Vinay Kumar 41(27) [4s-1 6s-3] (KKR 182/3 in 19.2 overs)Yusuf Pathan, right handed bat, comes to the crease 9:30 pm | 18.4 overs: WICKET! And captain Gambhir falls agonisingly short of his ton. Zaheer to Gambhir, out Caught by Appanna!! Wonderful innings from Gambhir comes to an end. This was full and outside off, Gambhir looks to go inside out over cover and ends up hitting it straight to Appanna at long off, the end of a majestic innings, his best in the IPL. Gambhir c Appanna b Zaheer 93(51) [4s-9 6s-5] (KKR 175/2 in 18.4 overs)9:17 pm | 16 overs: Kolkata are 144/1 at the stage with skipper Gautam Gambhir batting on 82 and Jacques Kallis on 16. The current run rate is 9 runs an over – solid.9:00 pm | 12.4 overs: Dilshan to Gambhir, FOUR, another life for Gambhir , this was tossed up outside off, Gambhir looks to play the slog swipe, top-edges it wide of Vinay at long on. He dives but can’t get to the ball, bounces away past the ropes8:55 pm | 11.2 overs: FIFTY up for Gambhir. Appanna to Gambhir, 2 runs, FIFTY for Gambhir, dabs a well flighted delivery to the left of Kohli at mid-wicket. He lets rip a wild throw back at AB, a better throw would have had Kallis struggling, instead they get an overthrowJacques Kallis, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:50 pm | 10.3 overs: WICKET! Finally a wicket for RCB. And it’s skipper Vettori who does the job. Vettori to Brendon McCullum, out Bowled!! Vettori finally has a say over his countryman. This was short and skidded on quickly, Brendon McCullum was making room outside leg as he looked to cut, misses it completely and has his stumps castled. Ends a super partnership. Brendon McCullum b Vettori 43(37) [4s-8] (RCB 95/1 in 10.3 overs)8:24 pm | 5 overs: Kolkata are 20/0 at the stage with skipper Gautam Gambhir (27) and Brendon McCullum (10) in the middle. The CRR is a good 8 an over.8:05 pm | 0.6 over: Zaheer to Gambhir, FOUR, Zaheer shortens his length outside off, Gambhir stays back and cuts it hard behind point for a boundary, top shot that from Gambhir. KKR 11/0 post the first over. Great start for them at home.8:00 pm | Brendon McCullum and Gambhir are at the crease. Brendon McCullum is on strike. Zaheer will open the attackTeams Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Brendon McCullum(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmi Shukla, Sunil Narine, Brett Lee, Iqbal Abdulla Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Daniel Vettori(c), Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna7:40 pm | Toss – Kolkata Knight Riders win toss and elect to bat
The Cowboys used turnovers and a blossoming rushing attack to take care of business in Lawrence. Here’s a recap of Saturday’s game.1st QuarterThe Cowboys started off Saturday off with a run-heavy game plan. Freshman Justice Hill was the workhorse as he helped push the Cowboys on a 62-yard drive that ended with a Zach Sinor punt from the KU 37-yard line.That first drive: seven rushing attempts to one pass.KU took over after being pinned at their own 11-yard line and quickly gave their own punter Cole Moos a chance to stretch his leg.With 8:52 left in the 1st, OSU starts at their own 32-yard line and again is able to move the ball down the field before a sack-fumble at the KU 26 leaves the Cowboys empty-handed again.Montell Cozart took over after the Rudolph fumble and made the Cowboys pay with a 68-yard touchdown pass, giving the Jayhawks a 7-0 lead.The Cowboys were able to answer the touchdown with one of their own from Chris Carson’s 1-yard run after a 47-yard pass to Jalen McCleskey got them down the field.2nd QuarterThe Jayhawks were again able to move the ball down the field before having to settle for a field goal, taking a 10-7 lead.The Cowboys got the ball but a Rudolph sack for a loss of eight yards put them too far behind the chains to recover and had to punt again.The Jawhawks stalled on their next drive due to continued penalty issues. Cole Moos shanked a 22-yard punt giving the Cowboys great field position which they unceremoniously turned in Ben Grogan’s record-breaking 3-point score to make him the All-Time leading scorer in OSU history.Kansas’ next drive ended in another field goal and the Cowboys were able to get a touchdown on their next drive after a 39-yard pass from Mason Rudolph to Jalen McCleskey and then a pass from Austin Hays to Blake Jarwin for 22 yards set up Justice Hill for a touchdown.The Cowboys were able to go to halftime with a 17-13 lead.3rd QuarterThe opening drive of the second half ended with a Jayhawk fumble as Vincent Taylor poked the ball away from KU tailback Ke’aun Kinner. The Cowboys were able to turn this good field position into a Chris Carson touchdown pass.The Jayhawks answered with their own touchdown, sticking around and making it 24-20.Following an OSU punt, defensive tackle DeQuinton Osborne picked off a pass and returned it all the way to the 1-yard line. Rennie Childs punched it into the end zone on the next play.Then on the next KU possession, one of the wackiest plays you’re likely to see this year unfolded. After a deep pass was picked off by Jordan Sterns, the senior safety pitched the ball to defensive tackle Vincent Taylor who started trucking down the field. To keep the play going, he pitched it back to defensive end Jarrell Owens who made it all the way to the KU 16-yard line. The Cowboys turned that interception into a Ben Grogan field goal to take a 34-20 lead.4th QuarterAt the beginning of the 4th quarter, Kansas appeared to still have some life as they made it down to the OSU 5-yard line before before being stopped on downs by the Cowboy defense.Taking over at their own 4-yard line, the Cowboys moved down field thanks to big plays including a 23-yard Justice Hill run and a 39-yard Rudolph-to-McCleskey connection. Once again, the Cowboys settled for a field goal, pushing the lead to 37-20.The Cowboys would score again. They Jayhawks were not. Chris Carson’s third touchdown in his first game back from injury gave OSU a 44-20 lead which they would keep. Mike Gundy sent in Taylor Cornelius with 2:34 remaining after a KU turnover on downs to signal the end of his 99th win as Oklahoma State’s head coach.SummaryThe KU defense took Jame Washington out of the game. OSU’ ability to run the ball kept them in it early and their defenses propensity to take the ball way proved too much to Kansas to overcome. There is plenty of film for the Cowboys to study as they welcome the undefeated West Virginia Mountaineers for Homecoming next week. 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. At this point, I think I might be a little tired of the proselytizing by Mike Gundy about the Central Michigan game. Gundy said it again on Saturday after beating TCU and drove his point home on Monday on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.This came two days after Bob Stoops trumpeted for him after beating West Virginia in Morgantown.“In my eyes they only have one loss, if you play by the rules,” said Stoops on Saturday. “They review everything else out here. They review a first down. You couldn’t review if that play should have been allowed or not. I have one of those. I count myself with one extra victory. That one at Oregon that everyone counted as a loss. My record book is a little different than everybody else’s.”“Every coach I’ve talked to agrees and says the same thing,” said Gundy on Monday in response to Stoops. “Bob [Stoops] is excited about our conference and the success that we’re having. Most coaches know the difference in right and wrong and what happened in that game. So I’m sure that he genuinely feels that way.“I did not see his comments, but I heard somebody had said, ‘we review everything else in football, why can’t we review that a game was over?’ I think the committee sees us as a one-loss team in my opinion. I’m just nor sure that’s something they can admit publicly.”Stoops reiterated his sentiment in his Monday press conference.Bob Stoops, again: “Oklahoma State, to me, is a one-loss team and should be ranked higher than they are.”— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) November 21, 2016Of course this is all self-serving. Gundy wants OSU to have one loss because it would mean potential entrance into the College Football Playoff. Stoops wants OSU to have one loss because it would mean beating a one-loss team to end the season and potentially get into the CFB Playoff. I sort of laid out here why the loss doesn’t really matter all that much.Either way, at least Mike and Cale Gundy will have a galvanizing topic to discuss at Thanksgiving dinner this week.
Enjoyed my home visit with @Coach_Yurcich #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6sPLP0Q9cg— LANi ‼️? (@jelani_thegreat) December 7, 2016Glenn in GeorgiaDefensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has recruited Georgia better than any other OSU coach in my memory. And he was on the trail earlier this week recruiting linebacker Tyler Taylor, a four-star recruit.Had a Great in home visit with coach Spencer ?? #GoPokes #PistolsFiring pic.twitter.com/BXPCr9F3KL— Tyler Taylor 2️⃣4️⃣ (@tylertaylor8) December 6, 2016Taylor has made several visits to Oklahoma State, and although Georgia and OU continue to be major factors, OSU has remained in the mix. The Cowboys could use a promising inside linebacker, and depth is always a concern, especially after losing Seth Jacobs in the offseason.Four-star receiver commit gets in-home visit from Kasey DunnLC Greenwood, a four-star commit, got an in-home visit from receivers coach Kasey Dunn. Greenwood is a Lakeview Centennial recruit and one of several receivers expected to sign in the 2017 class.https://twitter.com/Lc_Greenwood/status/8063202775629905932017 QB planning visitOklahoma State recent quarterback offer Myles Brennan, a former LSU commit, is expected to take a visit soon.He told the Biloxi Sun Herald this week he plans to take an official visit to OSU in January. LSU and Florida State figure to also be in the mix. But 247sports analysts project OSU is trending as the favorite. 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. After a small sabbatical, the reload is back and chalked full of recruiting nuggets surrounding the Oklahoma State program. Let’s get to it.Gundy visits JUCO linebackerMike Gundy was on the road Tuesday to visit junior college linebacker Patrick Macon, a long-time Oklahoma State target from Arizona Western. He is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect. And he’s expected to take an official visit to Oklahoma State this week.Great Visit From Coach Gundy ‼️ See You Soon Stillwater GoaPokes? pic.twitter.com/e69GvyXSwc— PatMaconMoves‼️〽️ (@Patrick_Macon44) December 6, 2016Macon is a 2017 recruit so he can be eligible to play for OSU next season.Marcus Arroyo visiting Canada this weekThe running backs coach is expected to make the haul to Canada to visit Oklahoma State running back recruit Chuba Hubbard, the 2017 class second highest-rated recruit. Keeping Hubbard in the fold is big as they head towards signing day. Both him and Arroyo have a very tight relationship.Mike Yurcich pays visit to 2017 QB commitJelani Woods earned a visit from offensive coordinator this week. Woods, who is expected to enroll early at OSU, is high priority to make sure he gets to Stillwater. It appears Woods’ entire family has become OSU fans, naturally.
There are about to be a bunch of U-haul rentals scheduled in Norman, Oklahoma. Joe Mixon declared for the NFL Draft on Thursday.Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon turning pro.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2017Mixon of course has been at the center of controversy ever since he punched Mia Molitor his freshman year in Norman. That incident recently re-surfaced as video was released. Some people thought that might keep Mixon in Norman, but he told Jake Trotter of ESPN that he got a first-round grade for the NFL Draft and Bob Stoops’ stamp of approval.“He said, ‘Just keep being the person you are — you’re a great person. Keep your head straight,’” Mixon said. “Basically, that I’ll have a great career in the NFL.”Dede Westbrook has exhausted his eligibility and is leaving OU after his Biletnikoff-winning season as well. All-time Oklahoma rusher Samaje Perine is going too.Those three players had a hand in 284 of the 571 points scored by the Big 12 champs. They are also losing Penn State transfer Geno Lewis and Jarvin Baxter at wide out. The Sooners’ most experienced returning receiver will be tight end Mark Andrews. Their most experienced running back will be Abdul Adams who had all of 283 yards in 2016.So what does that mean for the Sooners’ 2017 prospects — and those of the rest of the league, for that matter? Who knows. They’re probably still the favorite, but Mixon’s exit leaves a lot of questions.Conversely, Oklahoma State returns their best playmaker in James Washington and one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Mason Rudolph and about six receivers who could start for about half the teams in the Big 12. Let’s not forget budding star and Freshman All-American, Justice Hill at running back.The Cowboys are stacked on offense and retooling on defense, but have plenty of depth there too — especially up front. So who else might make a bid to dethrone Oklahoma?TCU seems to be slipping. Texas Tech will regress even further with the departure of Patrick Mahomes. We will have to see what Will Grier can accomplish at West Virginia. Kansas State represented the conference well in a Texas Bowl win over Texas A&M, but I don’t know if I’d expect them to contend for a title.Iowa State doesn’t do much for me and Texas is an unknown. (How quickly can Tom Herman turn things around?) And Baylor is in step 2 of a 100-step rebuild.That’s all nine teams, right?Oklahoma may still be the favorite for a lot of people. (I don’t know if you’ve forgotten but they have a pretty good QB themselves). But the loss of that type of firepower definitely makes things more interesting for several other squads. 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. Woodard is a big name to keep an eye on in the talent rich state of Texas playing for Lamar High School. With close to 30 Division I offers, it’s easy to see why schools love him. He’s coming off a junior campaign in which he tallied 42 receptions for 909 yards and 15 touchdowns. With a 6-foot-1 frame and breakaway speed, he will continue to be a big name in the coming months to watch. After nabbing commitments in January, February and early March, it’s been quiet on the recruiting trail. The 2018 class currently has four commitments, but with scholarships in high demand and schools aiming to get those spots filled before summer, you’ll start to see more commitments in the coming weeks and months. OSU has made a habit of capitalizing around spring football and the spring game.For now, it’s the time of the season when prospects are narrowing their lists. The latest recruit is four-star wide receiver Al’Vonte Woodard, who named OSU in his top schools this week. Also on his list is Baylor, West Virginia, Clemson, Texas, Indiana, LSU, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Hosts Caboolture had a fine weekend claiming the 10’s Girls and 12’s Girls titles. BMTA won the 14’s Girls, 16’s Girls and 10’s Boys divisions. While Gold Coast claimed the two premier divisions – the 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls. Ipswich (12’s Boys), Labrador (14’s Boys), and Redlands (16’s Boys) won one division each.Grand Final Results10’s Girls – Caboolture (2) defeated Gold Coast 1 (1)12’s Girls – Caboolture (7) defeated BMTA (3)14’s Girls – BMTA Red (4) defeated Gold Coast (3)16’s Girls – BMTA (4) defeated Toowoomba (1)18’s Girls – Gold Coast (4) defeated Caboolture (3)10’s Boys – BMTA (7) defeated Gold Coast (3)12’s Boys – Ipswich (6) defeated BMTA (5)14’s Boys – Labrador (4) defeated Toowoomba (3)16’s Boys – Redlands (7) defeated BMTA (4)18’s Boys – Gold Coast (7) defeated First Contact (6)For further details on the tournament, log on to http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=3588&pID=14
OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Minnesota on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team looked to send off its seniors in style as it welcomed the Wisconsin Badgers for the final series of the season at the Schottenstein Center, and it delivered by earning points in both matches.The Buckeyes drew 4-4 on Friday before losing the ensuing shootout 1-0, but they were able to bounce back the next night to earn maximum points in a 6-5 regulation victory.The Buckeyes would strike quickly in the first encounter. Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey collected a pass and took the puck down the left wing before slotting it past freshman goaltender Matt Jurusik.Wisconsin replied with a swift counterattack. A little passing play between sophomore forward Cameron Hughes and freshman forward Will Johnson allowed freshman forward Luke Kunin to find a centered pass and fire the puck behind junior goaltender Christian Frey.OSU senior forward Tyler Lundey would rapidly get a goal of his just under a minute and a half later. Freshman Tommy Parran launched a shot from just over the blue line, which Lundey deflected in, restoring the Buckeye lead.It was a solid night for the defenseman Parran, who had two assists and a block on the night.“Our forwards do a heck of a job. I chip in when I can,” Parran said. “It’s good to move the puck and kind of get up in the rush, create better and more opportunities for us in the backend.”The Badgers would equalize with less than a minute remaining in the first period. Freshman forward Seamus Malone rounded the netminder Frey and shot the puck off the left-side pipe and into the net, evening the score at 2-2.“We started off well, obviously, but I think there was a time period from maybe late in the first (period) into the beginning of the third (period) where we just kind of lackadaisical,” Schilkey said.Wisconsin grabbed its first lead of the night when freshman forward Jarod Zirbel fired a long shot which Frey saved, but he fumbled the puck into the path of sophomore forward Matt Ustaski, who promptly put it into the back of the net.“They popped a few and we were clawing back once again,” Schilkey said. “Luckily we came out with one at the end there, but at the end of the day we shouldn’t put ourselves in that situation. We’ve got to work on that.”The Badgers’ penalty-kill prowess was illustrated when the Buckeyes failed to take advantage of a four-minute penalty on Luke Kunin for hooking and elbowing.“They were sitting back, three back pretty deep on their forecheck and we just couldn’t really get control on the rush,” Schilkey said. “That is something we’ve definitely got to go back and look at.”Freshman forward Matthew Freytag doubled the Badgers’ advantage with a wraparound shot that found its way underneath Frey and into the Buckeye goal.Yet the Scarlet and Gray would not go away. Freshman forward John Wiitala received a centered pass from senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple and fired the puck behind Jurusik, putting the score at 4-3 with seven minutes remaining in the period.“One of those games that seemed to start to slip away there in the third (period). Got the bad bounce, goes in the net, and you’re down two,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “I thought our guys started to play our best hockey, again, once we’re down there and started to play desperate.”With Frey pulled from the net to accommodate an extra man on offense, the Buckeyes were able to find the equalizing goal with 48 seconds left in regulation. Schilkey would strike once again for the home team, this time collecting the puck off a faceoff.“I think the characters in our room, we’ve just got to continue to learn to play 60 minutes instead of part-time,” Rohlik said. “It was a battle there and it was nice to see us score one there at the end to tie it up.”Overtime would end scoreless, meaning the crucial Big Ten point would be decided by a shootout.After five scoreless rounds, sophomore forward Ryan Wagner was able to net the first and only goal of the shootout to give the Badgers the extra point.“At that point I think we had four opportunities there to win the shootout. In a row, three or four. You’ve got to think one of those guys is going to put one in,” Rohlik said. “When it goes eight or whatever shooters it went, and only one goal goes in, both goaltenders did their job.”On Saturday, OSU’s three seniors were recognized in a pregame ceremony. Forward Anthony Greco, Dalrymple, and Lundey were joined by their parents on the ice as they bade farewell to the crowd at the Schott“I don’t know what to say. You know after four years you start to get used to coming to the Schott. Being here, it’s tough to believe that was my last game,” Lundey said. “It’s good to win, go out and win. We might have made it a little harder on ourselves, like coach was saying, but again we won, so best possible outcome.”OSU had plenty of opportunities against Jurusik in the first period of the match, but it would be the Badgers who got on the board first.The puck appeared to have crossed the goal line before a scuffle in front of Frey’s goal knocked the net off its place. Originally ruled no goal, further review confirmed alternate and junior forward Grant Besse pushed the puck past Frey before the goal was displaced.The Buckeyes were able to reply on the power play just a minute and a half later. Junior defenseman Drew Brevig found a centered pass from junior forward David Gust and fired the puck past Jurusik to level the score at one apiece.Wisconsin would regain and double their lead with just over a minute left in the first period. Grant Besse laid the puck off for Luke Kunin, who launched the puck from long range and into Frey’s net. Just 55 seconds later, sophomore defenseman Jake Linhart was the recipient of an almost identical play from Johnson and fired the puck behind Frey.“We thought we played a decent first period. We found ourselves behind three to one. You saw a couple of mistakes at the end of the period. What I like the most was our attitude in the locker room after the first sight of these guys,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to be okay, let’s just keep going. That’s kind of the character we have in our room.”The high scoring would continue into the second period.Freddy Gerard cut the Badgers lead to one goal two and a half minutes into the second period. The freshman received a pass from behind the goal line from sophomore forward Matthew Weis and shot the puck beyond Jurusik.Johnson restored the Badgers’ two-goal lead after firing home from close range, courtesy of a Seamus Malone assist. Then, just 37 seconds later, freshman forward Miguel Fidler notched his third goal of the season, bringing the score to 4-3.The Buckeyes managed to find the equalizing goal with a little over two minutes left in the period after a shot by junior defenseman Josh Healey from the blue line was tipped in by Schilkey.Sophomore forward Luke Stork would then give the Buckeyes the lead to open the scoring in the third period, but Cameron Hughes tied it up with just under six minutes left in the contest. Then with just under three minutes left in regulation, the puck fell in front of John Wiitala in a skirmish in front of Jurusik’s net, and the freshman pushed the puck behind the goal line, restoring the Buckeyes’ lead for good.“I think every night we want to win. We got the bounce there and it was good to finish it,” Wiitala said on his game winner.OSU is set to be back on the ice on Friday in Ann Arbor to face Michigan at Yost Ice Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:35 p.m., with a return to Columbus to Nationwide Arena two days later at 3 p.m.