Not the day the Cowboys had in mind when they woke up.Oklahoma State got off to a fast start to keep pace with the Sooners in the first half. The score was tied, 17-17 with under a minute. And with time winding down and the Cowboys in possession around the 50-yard line, Oklahoma State elected to run the clock out with a timeout in the pocket. It was a foreshadowing of what was to come from Mike Gundy.The Sooners shut it down offensively in the second half, scoring two touchdowns and limiting Oklahoma State on the ground. They weren’t able to get Justice Hill and Chris Carson going down the stretch, which was one of the biggest factors. Even with Dede Westbrook out of the game after an injury, the defense couldn’t hold Baker Mayfield, who ripped up the defense with his legs and with his arm.The game-shifter in this one, though, was a call that Gundy went conservative with. On 3rd and 10 down 11, Oklahoma State called a run play and picked up 8 yards. And instead of going for it to pick up the first down, they went for a field goal that hooked right.The very next play: Joe Mixon took it to the house for a touchdown to essentially end the game.The Cowboys fell 38-20. And it was never really much of a game after the second half. 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.
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.
Man Utd chiefs fear Eric Bailly facing longer outby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chiefs fear Eric Bailly won’t be seen until the New Year.The Sun says Bailly’s slow-moving progress from a nasty knee injury have left Manchester United officials in fear that the centre back won’t make a return to fitness until the New Year. Bailly is struggling to recover from a knee injury that has seen the 25-year-old sidelined for the duration of the current campaign, having picked up the knock during a pre-season outing against Spurs.The Ivorian underwent surgery in early August and club doctors were optimistic that the defender would make a speedy recovery.However, medical staff have been surprised at the length its taken for Bailly to recover. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
“Child sexual abuse thrives on silence and shame. To keep kids safe, we must talk about it.” So begins a public service announcement (PSA) narrated by actress Ashley Judd in support of a new campaign from Committee for Children.Video: Ashley Judd – Child Abuse Prevention PSAIn an effort to educate parents on their role in child sexual abuse prevention, Committee for Children, the global leader in research-based social-emotional learning education, launched the Hot Chocolate Talk campaign in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. The campaign is designed to get families talking about child sexual abuse, which research shows can protect children against future harm.“One in four girls and one in 20 boys report experiencing childhood sexual abuse before the age of 18,” says Joan Cole Duffell, executive director at Committee for Children. “With the Hot Chocolate Talk, we aim to lower those statistics by encouraging families to have this important safety conversation in a warm, caring atmosphere.”The campaign encourages families to have a talk about sexual abuse prevention in April, over a treat like a cup of hot chocolate. Normalizing the conversation, Duffell explains, draws the issue out of the shadows.“It can be uncomfortable to talk to kids about sexual abuse,” she says. “With the Hot Chocolate Talk campaign, we’re providing step-by-step resources so parents will know how to start and what to say.”Families who visit the Hot Chocolate Talk website will find a host of resources, including advice for initiating the talk, talking points based on the child’s age, and a downloadable guide with conversation starters and tips. These include framing the conversation as a safety talk (“We have rules for all parts of the body, and that includes your private parts.”) and using everyday moments as opportunities to review and remind.The Hot Chocolate Talk website and conversation guide also feature the section, “What to Do If Your Child Tells You,” which offers advice for handling the conversation if a child discloses sexual abuse.Along with the Ashley Judd PSA, the Hot Chocolate Talk site features videos offering information, advice, and resources for families who want to get these important conversations flowing.“This is first and foremost a safety conversation,” Duffell says. “If we can break the taboo of talking about it, we’ll take away the offenders’ best defense: secrecy. The Hot Chocolate Talk is all about giving families the tools to protect kids from predators and ending the silence and shame that’s associated with this issue.”The Hot Chocolate Talk resources are available now and can be viewed at HotChocolateTalk.org.
Sidi Ifni, Morocco- As soon as the UK magazine The Spectator released its latest cover, Twitter users began to rebuke it on the grounds of “racism.” The cover of the controversial January 25 edition of the magazine, which promotes an article by Douglas Murray entitled, “Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East’s 30 year war: Why the great Sunni-Shia conflict is getting ever closer to the surface,” depicts a Sunni and a Shiite, each representing Iran and Saudi Arabia, respectively. The caricature of the two Muslims brandishing swords and guns at each other has raised the issue of Sunni-Shia conflict, particularly in the Middle East. Among the key points that Twitter users questioned were the racist depiction of Muslims on the cover and making a mockery of their differences. The illustration promotes an article written by Douglas Murray on the Middle East’s 30 Year War and the ongoing battle between the Sunni and Shia sects. “This cover on The Spectator is a blatant and offensive way to perpetuate Arab (Muslim) stereotypes,” Elias Jahshan tweeted. Whereas some users wondered about what could have happened if Jews in Nazi Germany had been depicted in this racist manner, others pointed out that this caricature might lead to more intolerance between the East and the West. “The @spectator’s cover artist would have made a fortune in 1930’s Germany,” RepStones tweeted. Another Twitter user wondered if the author of the picture would have dared to do the same with the Jews. “Spectator cover. Douglas Murray. People still shocked? Freedland’s litmus test. Replace Muslim with Jew and think if it would be acceptable,” heenamustafa said.In response, Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro edited the cover to include two caricatures serving as puppets of the United States at the bottom of the cover. Other Muslims went on to stress that Islamophobia grows rampant so long as such illustrations continue to hit the headlines. This magazine, which is noted for stirring controversy, boasts a large number of comments and reactions because of its cover, reported Al Jazeera English.Edited by Katrina Bushko© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Zach Boren has been training for this upcoming football season since he was a kid. Since he was 4 years old to be exact. The Ohio State senior fullback comes from a family of athletes. His parents, Mike and Hope Boren, played football and ran track, respectively, at Michigan in the early 1980s. His older brother, Justin, is an offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens – as well as a former Buckeye – and his younger brother, Jacoby Boren, is a freshman offensive lineman at OSU. Everything the Pickerington, Ohio, native, and his brothers did growing up was a competition. So, when OSU coach Urban Meyer came to Zach Boren last winter and explained to the fullback what he wanted from him in terms of intensity and leadership, he was ready. “The way my parents raised me, it was kind of easy,” Zach Boren said of his transition from being a three-year veteran to becoming a senior leader. That competitive drive – the one Meyer said helps make Zach Boren “the best fullback in the country” – has been instilled in the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder from the first time he began playing football. Zach Boren started tackle football at 4 years old, the same year Justin Boren, who was 7, started. Every practice after stretching, the two would take a lap around a nearby baseball field to get warmed up. And any time Zach Boren tried to beat his older brother back to the field, he hit the ground. “Every time I would try to pass him, he would just throw me down in the dirt,” Zach Boren said. “When I was four and he was seven, we were competing on who would become first in a lap around the field before practice.” Zach Boren said his parents emphasized to him the importance of leadership throughout his childhood. The example he set for his teammates this offseason resulted in him being voted a captain of the 2012 Buckeyes. He’s had some help leading along the way, most of which came from his fellow captains: senior defensive lineman John Simon, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino, senior nose tackle Garrett Goebel and senior running back Jordan Hall. “We want to be those leaders,” Zach Boren said of himself and his fellow captains. “We want to set an example for the rest of the guys out there. It’s something that, ever since coach Meyer was here, he kind of told us what he expects.” Not only has Zach Boren fulfilled Meyer’s request, he has gone a step further. “We just took it and ran, and said, ‘All right, if you expect this, we’re going to do this and more, and bring other guys with us.’” Boren did bring other guys with him. Literally. Starting shortly after the Buckeyes season ended in January in a Gator Bowl loss to Florida, Zach Boren and Simon began taking younger players with them to their lifting sessions. Zach Boren usually brought sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith and junior running back Carlos Hyde. They did it because Meyer told them they were not allowed to be in the weight room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center unless they were with a younger player, but more so, Boren said, to motivate the players that will be taking their spots as leaders on the team in future years. Spending time with younger players meant Zach Boren and Simon were around each other less than they had been their previous three years at OSU. For the two seniors, who are likely as close as any two Buckeyes, it was a bit of an adjustment. “It’s weird. We always used to lift together and stuff from years past. But now, we kind of don’t lift with each other any more,” Zach Boren said. Their relationship, which, outside of football, consists mainly of poker nights, video games and joking around, hasn’t seemed to suffer, though. At Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Simon and Zach Boren were each sitting at a roundtable, surrounded by a sea of reporters and photographers. Simon, glancing at Zach Boren, told a member of the media to go ask the fullback who is stronger. Zach Boren responded to the question, “I am,” with a smile. Simon had anticipated his friend’s answer, and told the reporter, jokingly, “go ask him again.” Boren laughed and said, “Tell him I have bigger arms than him.” The two often tease each other, but Meyer praises no one on the Ohio State roster more than Zach Boren and Simon. Meyer said of the two, “That’s why I got back into coaching.” As Boren’s role off the field has been praised and expanded, his responsibility on it is likely to increase, too. During his first three seasons at OSU, Boren had just one carry for two yards. He was a blocker, paving way for others to gain yards. That is likely to change this season. Since January, Zach Boren has lost 25 pounds, going from a 265-pound bruiser to a 240-pound playmaker. He’s lighter, faster and, Meyer said, will see action in a variety of ways. “He’s an athlete, but I didn’t know that. I wanted to evaluate him during the spring, and I did. He’s a guy that will touch the ball,” Meyer said. Zach Boren said he is excited to see what his role really is once the season starts this Saturday against Miami (Ohio). “I think I’m going to be used in a lot of different ways this year – like a hybrid, doing a lot of things,” Zach Boren said. “I don’t think my role will truly come out until Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) when we see what I’m doing on a regular basis.” Zach Boren said he might even see time in a wildcat formation, receiving snaps in the shotgun close to the goal line. “Maybe I’ll meet up with Tim Tebow one day and get some pointers from him. I’ve never met the guy, so I’m looking forward to meeting him whenever I do and get some pointers,” Zach Boren said of the former Florida and current New York Jets quarterback and jump-pass extraordinaire. In the same competitive mindset Zach Boren has had since he was 4 years old, when he tried to beat his older brother in a lap around a baseball field before pee-wee practices, the fullback said he is not going to settle for mediocrity in his final season as a Buckeye. Not even when it comes to the naming of his special formation. “Maybe you guys (reporters) can think of something, like wild tiger or something. Something that’s manly,” Boren said. OSU is set to open its season Saturday against Miami (Ohio) at noon at Ohio Stadium.
Manchester United midfielder Fred is proud to represent Brazil at international level and hopes to be around for the 2022 World CupThe 25-year-old made his first Brazil start since June 2015 in the side’s 2-0 friendly win over the United States over the weekend.Goals from Roberto Firmino and Neymar sealed the win for Tite’s side in what was their first game since the World Cup.Now Fred is keen to establish himself as a regular first-team player for the five-time world champions.“It’s an honour to wear the Brazil shirt, one which so many other talented players have worn. I’m really happy to have been involved in a World Cup, and I hope I can carry on doing my best with Brazil, wearing the famous yellow shirt,” he told the club website.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“It’s a dream come true for me, and I hope I can keep playing for Brazil for many years to come.”Fred had been a member of the World Cup squad this summer but an ankle injury kept him out of the Selecao’s final warm-up match.“Unfortunately, I suffered an injury in the lead-up to the World Cup. I wanted to play in the World Cup – I think if I had been 100 per cent fit I could’ve played.“But it was an incredible experience, just to be involved with the national team in a World Cup, like so many other players and legends had done so before me. It was an honour for me, and like I said I want to be involved in World Cups in the future.“I’ll keep working hard here at Manchester United so that the manager keeps picking me for the national team.”
West Ham United’s Lucas Perez vented his fury on club manager Manuel Pellegrini after the manager overlooked him for a substitution despite warming up.The former Deportivo La Coruna striker was warming up after Marko Arnautovic picked up an injury to his left knee during West Ham’s 3-1 victory at Everton.Perez was sat back on the bench and swapped places with Michail Antonio who Pellegrini decided was going to come on to replace the injured Arnautovic.One of the coaching staff tried to calm the ex-Gunners forward threw his bib on the floor in disgust towards his manager’s decision and the Hammers boss insists he will have a word with the player about his actions.‘When Marco had a problem with his knee, I wanted to put on Lucas but Michail was ready,” said Pellegrini, according to Daily Mail. Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“I don’t have to explain the decision, especially in the game. We have a week after.”The Chilean gaffer was thrilled with the victory, adding: ‘In football you are always under pressure. I have a lot of communication with the owners.“Of course they were not happy (with West Ham’s start to the season), but they never had any doubt about what we were doing.”Meanwhile, Everton manager Marco Silva took out midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin from the game a minute before halftime. The ex-Manchester United man lost his father last week but his manager insists his decision was purely a tactical one and had nothing to do with emotions.
The Gunners footballer believes his team still has time to get to stay on the top four of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.Arsenal is currently in the fourth position of the English Premier League table with 53 points.The Gunners have won 16 out of 27 matches, drawing five times and losing only six.They are seven points behind third place, 12 points behind second place and 13 points behind leaders Liverpool.And for Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi is very important to stay in this position.“I think statistics are something for people who like them and talk about them,” Mustafi said to the team’s official website.“If you’re not going to make it into the top four, it doesn’t count for anything.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“For us, statistics are something that we leave on the side. We try to focus on what’s on at the moment. We’re not where we want to be, so we have to work and get there.”“I think we’ve done well and have done that in a few games better than others, but I think we’re still in a transition to become a team who are confident of playing the same way both home and away,” he explained.“I think we try our best to get to where we want to be: a team that is confident of playing, keeping possession, who likes to play forward, likes to score goals. It’s something that we try our best to improve.”“It would be great for the team [to finish in the top four] because we have a lot of young players who are very keen to play in the Champions League again. Obviously, a club like Arsenal belongs in the Champions League as well. For everyone it’s going to be a big achievement,” Mustafi concluded.Perseverance. Our way. The @Arsenal way. Good morning and keep going! pic.twitter.com/O9uUk9rsXA— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) February 25, 2019
The Bombay High Court on Thursday lifted the ban on Nestle India’s Maggi noodles, which was withdrawn from the market following India’s food regulator’s order.The HC has asked Nestle to send fresh samples for testing at accredited labs.Bombay High Court orders fresh tests to be conducted on Maggi.— ANI (@ANI_news) August 13, 2015 Bombay HC gives 6 weeks time to test 5 samples of all 9 varianst of maggi at 3 different the NABL labs #MaggiBan — Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha (@Mrityunjoykjha) August 13, 2015The Nestle India stock, reacting to the Bombay High Court verdict, went up on the BSE on Thursday and was trading at Rs 6403.05, up Rs 218, or 3.53% over its previous close.The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had found high amounts of lead and traces of MSG in the product in June this year.On 5 June, FSSAI ordered Nestle India to withdraw nine variants of Maggi noodles from the market, claiming it was “unsafe and hazardous” to eat. However, the multinational food company has maintained from the beginning that the lead content in Maggi instant noodles is within the permissible limit.The food regulator further accused the company of misleading the customers by labelling the packets of Maggi noodles with “no added MSG”. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer added to various packaged food items.Nestle India’s arguments in the courtNestle India had filed a petition challenging FSSAI’s 5 June order — banning nine variants of Maggi noodles — and the Maharashtra government’s order — prohibiting the sale of the products. The hearing went on for nearly 15 days, and now the Bombay HC is expected to put an end to the ongoing tussle between Nestle and the food regulator.At the hearings, Nestle India argued that the CEO of FSSAI had passed the order in an “emergent, drastic and arbitrary” manner. It said that the food regulator should have served a notice before issuing the ban order, The Indian Express reports.Further contending the FSSAI ban order, the company said the food regulator should have mentioned a case “of injury or risk to health”. FSSAI could not have banned Maggi noodles just by claiming that the product was bad for health, the company argued.Nestle also told the court that children are being told that Maggi noodles are poisonous, and this would affect the company’s credibility and reputation that it built over the last 30 years.Meanwhile, the company has landed into another trouble as the Centre has filed a class action suit against it, seeking Rs 640 crore in damages for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements.