Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Davis is a six-time NBA all-star who has averaged more than 23 points per game through seven seasons with New Orleans, who drafted him with the first overall pick in 2012.Davis also played alongside James in the USA’s 2012 Olympics gold-medal-winning roster.The Lakers announced several other signings on Saturday, including deals with Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins, and Danny Green.A four-time all-star, Cousins has played in 565 career games for Sacramento, New Orleans, and Golden State, averaging 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds.The Lakers did not release any details about the deals but the US media reported that Cousins’ deal is for one year and worth $3.5 million.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks View comments Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing MOST READ Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao The Miami Heat were also believed to be interested in Cousins but Davis, a former teammate of Cousins with the Pelicans, helped convince him to go to Los Angeles.Green started 80 games for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors last season, averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.Cook was a member of the 2018 Golden State championship team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: (L-R) Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers talk before a game between the Lakers and the LA Clippers during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPThe Los Angeles Lakers made it official on Saturday, announcing they have signed forward Anthony Davis, who they hope will form a dynamic one-two punch with superstar LeBron James.“Anthony Davis is arguably the most dominant all-around young player in today’s NBA,” said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. “Anthony represents everything we stand for, with his unwavering commitment to excellence as both a person and athlete.ADVERTISEMENT It’s a new day in the NBA, and a welcomed change Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is a historic moment for the Lakers franchise, and we couldn’t be more proud to have him.”The Davis signing took place on the first day NBA teams were allowed to officially sign free agents to contracts that were already negotiated over the past week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Lakers reiterated in their statement that they have acquired Davis in a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, the draft rights to De’Andre Hunter, two first-round picks, and cash.As part of the trade, the Lakers also sent Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a second-round draft pick to the Washington Wizards, who in return, sent cash consideration to the Pelicans.
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 College Football Playoff Committee rankings may be the only ones that matter, but there are plenty of other opinions on how to rank all 128 teams in the FBS. In fact, there are 106 other opinions. You can see them all here if you’re really curious, but I thought it would be interesting to see how the opinion of the CFP Committee varies from the “wisdom of the crowd” — the other 106 polls.Let’s take a look. Green means the CFP Committee rated you higher than the group of 106. Red means they rated you lower. Here are a few notes.Top FourAdChoices广告None of these teams is more than a single spot away from their group of 106 rankings. Hard to argue to much (yet).? Iowa ?I can understand why Iowa is No. 5 in the CFP poll. They are undefeated in a Power 5 conference. I think we are better, but I am biased. The problem is, so is the Committee. Jeff Long’s comments about being solid on both sides of the ball are a clear knock against the Big 12 and reveal what some of the important discussions going on in that room revolve around – a disdain for the style of football being played in the Big 12.OklahomaYou may not find it in your heart to feel sorry for the Sooners, but they are the most disrespected among the CFP top 10. Still, I wouldn’t worry too much if I were an OU fan. The 538 blog says you have a 92 percent chance of being in the playoff if you win out.Utah/Florida StateBoth teams are five spots better in the CFP rankings than they are in the group of 106. I’m guessing FSU is ranked higher because one of their losses was to the Packers, I mean Clemson, but beats me why Utah is so well thought of.TCU!My goodness. Eight spots lower in the CFP ranking. Now, maybe the Committee thinks they are garbage now that Boykin is out (could be true), but the Jeff Long comment was that they only had one significant test and they lost. That test was a road trip to the No. 6 team in their poll. Michigan State lost at 4-6 NEBRASKA (and required a Not Top Ten to beat Michigan), yet they are No. 9. Still, the Frogs didn’t do themselves any favors by sneaking by Kansas.HoustonThis is one interesting. I’m not sure where Houston belongs and I don’t think anyone truly does. The inevitable expansion to 8 teams in a few years will make these cases much more interesting.NorthwesternAnother interesting case. No team has such a wide dispersion of rankings within the group of 106. They are ranked as high as 10 and as low as 87 by the various polls. Just so happens that the CFP Committee has them nine spots higher than the average. Why? Well, they beat Condi Rice’s Stanford and Tom Osborne’s Nebraska. Watch out – they play Barry Alvarez’s Wisconsin this week. Win and they may sneak into the top four (sarcasm…kinda).Now let’s pull back and take a look at the big picture to see if we can see any patterns. Here’s a look at the sum of the variances for each conference.Welp.Joel Klatt said it best: “The only criteria that has remained constant for this committee is you better not play in the Big 12”. But I disagree with him. The other constant is that you better play in the Big 10. If you do, you have to prove to the Committee why you shouldn’t be in the playoff. If you play in the Big 12, go undefeated or be OU/Texas and have one loss and then we’ll look at your application.One final thing. Maybe the CFP is justified in their clear bias for the Big 10 / against the Big 12. Let’ find out. Here are how each of the 104[1. Why 104 polls instead of 106 like I mentioned above? I removed the two human polls (AP and Coaches) for this one to remove any human bias.] computer polls rank the conferences:The Big 12 finishes second behind the SEC. Not only that, the Big 10 can’t even muster a 3rd place finish. Whether it is Osborn & Alvarez ramming their old school football bias down the CFP Committee’s throat or not, this is a real problem for the Big 12. As a conference, we shouldn’t have to apologize for the way we play football. College football has become a beauty contest, and unfortunately for the Big 12, the judges like Model T’s instead of Ferraris. Texas and OU, the real powers of the conference, need to make sure we have a strong voice at the table from now on or this will be an annual ritual.
World Cup Griezmann admits fortunate France ‘must do better’ after being bailed out by Pogba & VAR Chris Burton 21:05 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup France v Australia France Australia Antoine Griezmann Paul Pogba Les Bleus stumbled their way to a 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup opener, with a contentious penalty and deflected winner sealing the points Antoine Griezmann concedes that France “can and must do better” after battling their way to a fortunate 2-1 victory over Australia in their World Cup 2018 opener.Fancied by many to go all the way in Russia, Les Bleus rather stumbled out of the blocks in a victory which relied more on luck than the abundance of talent at Didier Deschamps’ disposal.Griezmann was offered the opportunity to break the deadlock from the penalty spot shortly before the hour mark after a controversial VAR decision overruled the on-field call not to pull up Josh Risdon for a sliding challenge on the Atletico Madrid frontman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Paul Pogba then netted a deflected winner 10 minutes from time, allowing Samuel Umtiti to breathe a sigh of relief after a moment of madness saw him inexplicably handle inside the box.Griezmann concedes that France were far from their best and is looking for a marked improvement in upcoming Group C outings against Peru and Denmark, telling TF1: “The most important thing is the team. We still have a lot to work on. We can and we must do better. “Winning is all that matters in the end. We will be better for the second match. It will be complicated but we have to be ready. “It is necessary to continue working on the system, to find our rhythm and get used to the atmosphere and the pressure.”Manchester United midfielder Pogba, who had faced plenty of criticism heading into an opening contest which ultimately saw him make a telling contribution, added: “It’s a World Cup match. There are no easy games. Australia have done very well. It will be like that all the way through the World Cup. “It was very important to win the first game. It was difficult. We did not give up. “On my goal, I was helped a lot by the defender. To score with your ears, nose, or foot – as long as it goes in, it’s all good.”Even Pogba’s late effort required the use of technology to get France off the hook, with the ball having looped over Mat Ryan and off the underside of the bar before bouncing out from over the line.Some 18 minutes prior to that match-winning moment, Barcelona defender Umtiti had thrust his arm towards an Aaron Mooy free-kick delivered into the box which posed little threat to the French defence.He concedes that he made what could have been a costly mistake, but is already looking to put the incident behind him.Umtiti told TF1: “As I turned around, I thought the ball had already gone.“I managed to re-focus right away, thanks to my team-mates. You have to think about winning, just winning. Errors like that happen, you have to accept them and move on quickly.”