Chelsea ‘We missed a lot of chances’ – Hazard frustrated after Arsenal draw Joe Wright 06:24 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Arsenal v Chelsea Arsenal Eden Hazard Alvaro Morata was the principal culprit as the Blues were held at the Emirates Stadium, a result that left Hazard less than satisfied Eden Hazard felt Chelsea created enough chances to win their meeting with Arsenal and was frustrated to leave the Emirates Stadium with a 2-2 draw.Hector Bellerin’s 92nd-minute strike rescued a point for the Gunners in a pulsating derby clash on Wednesday, after Chelsea had come from behind to lead 2-1.Jack Wilshere broke the deadlock midway through the second half before Hazard’s penalty and a Marcos Alonso goal looked to have secured the win for the visitors with six minutes remaining, only for Bellerin to equalise with a brilliant half-volley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goalkeepers Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois made some fine saves in an engrossing contest but Chelsea arguably had the better opportunities, with Alvaro Morata missing three one-on-ones and Davide Zappacosta rattling the crossbar in the dying seconds.Hazard admitted it was a disappointing outcome for the visitors, telling Sky Sports: “Chelsea should have won this game, because of the chances.”It was 50-50, both teams played a really good game. Maybe we should have scored more goals – we missed a lot of chances.”I think the last shot [from Zappacosta] should be a goal and, just before, Alvaro missed a chance. Petr did a great job today. He’s a great goalkeeper and it’s always hard to score against him.”4 – Arsenal have conceded a joint-high 4 penalty goals in the Premier League this season (level with Watford and West Ham). Spotted. pic.twitter.com/QiBTWEwYwB— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2018Bellerin was pleased with Arsenal’s reaction to falling behind but felt they should have done better to keep their initial lead, with Hazard equalising four minutes after Wilshere’s strike.”It was non-stop,” said the full-back. “It’s always a hard game when we play them, always a lot of entertainment, always really hard.”It was disappointing because we should have held the score at the beginning but it was a great reaction.”We had so many chances in the first half but it was a great game of football.”Bellerin conceded the penalty by kicking the sole of Hazard’s boot as both players stretched for a loose ball, but the Spain international would not say if he felt referee Anthony Taylor made the wrong decision.”He’s very quick in the box, I saw the ball in the air and we both went for it at the same time,” he said. “The ref thought it was a pen.”Hazard was less equivocal in his assessment, adding: “We don’t need a replay – it was a penalty.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mason Rudolph hit James Washington for a 82-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter at Kansas State on Saturday afternoon to pull to within two after the Wildcats had been dominating the second half.The TD was Rudolph’s fifth of the day which tied his career high and pushed him over 430 yards in a game for the third time in his career. A thing of beauty from No. 2 to No. 28. 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.
Yurcich doesn’t really strike me as a SEC guy anyway. Grew up in Ohio, went to school in Pennsylvania and now he’s here. If he moves on, it seems like it will either be 1. for a head coaching job somewhere small or 2. as the OC at, like, Michigan or somewhere like that. Auburn didn’t make a ton of sense.Maybe more importantly here is the fact that Yurcich will almost certainly return to guide an offense that was one of the best in the country last year and has a chance to be maybe the best in school history in 2017.Yurcich made $500,000 in 2016. 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. YEARPOSITIONSCHOOLSCHOOL PAYOTHERTOTALMAX BONUS 2015AssistantOklahoma State$400,000$0$400,000$91,667 2014AssistantOklahoma State$400,000$0$400,000$91,667 2016AssistantOklahoma State$500,000$0$500,000$108,333 2013AssistantOklahoma State$400,000$0$400,000$91,667 Well … that was fast.A day after Mike Yurcich was supposedly up for the Auburn job he has now taken his name out of the running. Yurcich went on the radio with Robert Allen on Wednesday and said he was no longer a candidate to go to Auburn.Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich let Triple Play Sports Radio and https://t.co/smK5uilGKt know he took his name out on the Auburn OC job.— Robert Allen (@RAllenGoPokes) January 18, 2017
Bragg is a Crandall, Texas prospect whose first offer came from the University of Tulsa. So OSU is his second scholarship offer, and his first Power 5 offer.Israel Antwine – 2018 defensive tackleAntwine is the perfect example of the growing talent in the Sooner state. And yes, another Millwood prospect to watch. Antwine was offered by OSU this past week and he made an unofficial visit to Stillwater for the spring game.At 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, Antwine has already garnered offers from Arkansas State, Missouri, Ole Miss, and TCU. The Oklahoma Sooners might be next. Sean Michael – 2018 wide receiver / safetyOSU has tried, mostly without success, in raiding Arkansas for its talent defensive backs. Last cycle it was four-star safety Montaric Brown, who stuck with Arkansas despite a late push from OSU. This cycle it’s 2018 defensive back Sean Michael from Charleston High School, who picked up an offer over the weekend.Unlike Brown, who was a can’t-miss prospect with offers from Alabama, LSU, etc. etc., Michael is a bit of an unknown right now. He’s got offers from Arkansas State, UCA and UMass. He’s an unranked wide receiver/safety, who OSU likes at the safety position.Tanner McCalister – 2018 defensive backMcCalister is a Rockwall-Heath high school prospect and a clear priority for OSU at cornerback. Oklahoma State does not hold a commitment from a secondary recruit in the 2018 class, and McCalister, at 6-foot with double digit scholarship offers, would be a huge get.“The first thing that jumps out about McCalister is his upper body strength,” Scout’s talent evaluator Greg Powers said of the rising junior. “He is put together and is able to to overpower some receivers at the line of scrimmage. He could move around in the defensive backfield and could potentially grow into a safety fit, but evaluating him as a cornerback he has great make up speed and can close the gap quickly once a receiver makes a move out of his break to get open. Most players who are as put together as he is are not able to open up to turn and run the same way that McCalister can. He can match-up against bigger receivers and he is a sure tackler when arrives at the football.”Oklahoma State leads in the defensive back’s crystal ball according to 247Sports, so a commitment could be coming soon.Demariyon Houston – 2019 wide receiver There is oodles of talent in Millwood, in case you weren’t aware. And Demariyon Houston might be the best talent at the OKC area school, and OSU recognized it early by extending an offer this weekend.The 2019 wide receiver has two Division I offers: Ole Miss and Oklahoma State. That, my friends, is how you drum up high level interest. The 6-foot, 2019 prospect will be getting plenty more coming his way soon. He had 32 catches for 942 yards and 13 touchdowns last season as a sophomore.Branson Bragg – 2019 offensive linemanLike Tyrese Williams listed above, Bragg is a traditional center. Josh Henson is literally going down the line and recruiting some dudes – Hunter Anthony at tackle, Bray at guard, and now he’s looking for a center. Saturday’s spring game in Stillwater was flush with stellar recruits roaming freely at The Boone. From freshmen to soon-to-be seniors on site from various schools around the region, recruits saw quite a show from the Mason Rudolph-led unit that stole a commanding 24-0 win.The coaching staff made it a point of emphasis to capitalize on the visitors that were on campus. Not only did they land a commitment from a huge name on campus in Bryce Bray, who also held an offer from the University of Oklahoma, but many names on campus picked up scholarship offers as well. Below is a recap of some of the offers this weekend and where things stand with each.Tyrese Williams – 2018 offensive guardWith two sturdy big men in the fold for 2018 in Bryce Bray and Hunter Anthony, Josh Henson is playing with house money. Bray and Anthony are two big time high school recruits who can play at guard and tackle, respectively, and Williams would be icing on the cake.The 6-foot-3 Williams is a high school recruit whose traditional position is at center. OSU is the latest offer to go with Utah, Georgia Tech, Tulane, Tulsa, Cal, UCF and others for the Cy Ridge native.I get the sense that Williams will eventually be uncovered by Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU – the big name Texas schools who will become a factor. But OSU getting in on him before that happens, and getting him on campus for a visit, is especially good news. Power moves only for Henson, who has more than proven his ability as an offensive line recruiter in his early tenure. The emphasis for Henson was to bring in young talent, not junior college talent. And so far he’s delivered incredible results.Rodney McGraw II – 2018 safetyOklahoma State was the first Power 5 program to offer Missouri City safety Rodney McGraw II – and thus far the only one. McGraw was offered at the end of March and made the visit to Stillwater this weekend, a sure sign of budding interest for the 6-foot-2 safety.Also in the mix is Tulane, UTSA, Louisianna-Lafayette and UL-Monroe. OSU is in a good spot right now and should be considered the favorite for the underrated Texas hard-hitter.Blake Barron – 2018 linebacker commitOne of the early pledges of the 2018 class, Rockwall inside linebacker Blake Barron, made the trip to Stillwater this weekend. He said OSU “felt like home” and on Twitter has been actively recruiting other OSU targets, including 2018 defensive back Tanner McCalister, who we will get to shortly.Barron is a solid inside linebacker at Rockwall who has been overshadowed some by Alston Orji, another Rockwall inside linebacker who is considered a high four-star recruit. But Barron holds his own. And while he may not draw 20 scholarship offers like Orji or possess the same upside, Barron is going to be a Caleb Lavey-level player for OSU in the middle of the defense. He’s a smart, savvy football player who might not grow to the 6-foot-4 frame Lavey boasted, but he’s every bit as smart.DeShaun White — Outside LinebackerAfter missing out on three-star linebacker Byron Hobbs, who pledged to Texas earlier in the cycle, Oklahoma State extended an offer to Richland High’s DaShaun White — a 6-foot-1 prospect with 13 offers and counting. He is one of the biggest targets for OSU at the moment, and he made the trip to Stillwater this weekend — where he posed with multiple cheerleaders and seemingly had a good time.White has offers from Texas A&M, TCU, UCLA, Ole Miss and OSU, all of which have poured in during the 2017 calendar year. He is a 2018 prospect.Kolby Peel — Safety — A&M Consolidated (TX)Three-star linebacker Kolby Peel has been an OSU target for months now. The 6-foot, 192-pound recruit plays safety and outside linebacker and made the trip this weekend.Oklahoma State previously held a commitment from his teammate and 2017 cornerback Tyon Merchant; however Merchant decommitted from OSU before signing day and is now Sam Houston State bound. 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.
Polish cable operator INEA is to build 40 new WiMAX base stations across the country over the next 18 months.INEA currently operates high-denisity fixed-wireless services in Konin, Turek and Koło in the Greater Poland region and has expanded this to include coverage of Tarnowo Podgorne, Kostrzyn, Komornik, Książ Wielkopolski and Kórnik, with 34 base stations in total. INEA provides 3Mbps internet access for PLN59.90 (€14) a month and 6Mbps for PLN79.90. The operator currently has 1,300 WiMAX subscribers.
More German households are watching TV via satellite rather than cable for the first time, according to SES’s latest TV Monitor report.At the end of 2011, 17.5 million homes took DTH services, compared to 17.3 million taking cable services. The number of satellite customers increased by 900,000 during the course of the year, while cable numbers were down by 900,000. DTT customer numbers were also down by 180,000 to a total of 1.8 million, while IPTV customers increased by 330,000 to 1.3 million.Of the total satellite customer base, only 1.8 million were still watching analogue services. Germany will cease broadcasting analogue satellite signals at the end of April.“The new TV Monitor reveals a historical quantum leap for Astra and Direct-to-Home satellite reception in Germany,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer at SES. “The phenomenal results show that more and more TV viewers acknowledge the advantages of satellite reception and that Astra continues to lead the digitisation in Germany. In only two years, we were able to increase our reach by 1.3 million households. With more than 260 German-language channels, of which over 37 are in HD, Astra offers an unrivalled range of programming in excellent picture and sound quality. We are confident that we will be able to develop further significant momentum until the definitive technical switch-over from analogue to digital satellite transmission taking place on 30 April 2012.”
Guy NorthThe death of linear TV is not something that Freeview is experiencing, with the vast majority of people in the UK still tuning in live, according to Freeview managing director Guy North.Speaking on a panel debate at TV Connect yesterday, North said that there is a “danger of overstating” the change in viewing habits.However he conceded that the launch of its connected Freeview Play platform was to make sure the free-to-air DTT provider was “keeping up with our audiences’ expectations”.“I think you’ll find a lot of people talking here about the death of linear TV and how much people are moving away from watching live – we’re really not seeing that at the moment though,” said North.“Eighty-six percent of viewing is still to live TV in the UK and people are using mobile devices to supplement viewing rather than replace the existing viewing habits.”Freeview launched its Play offering in October, offering broadcast TV integrated with on-demand and catch-up TV. “Over the coming years our vision is to make Freeview Play the new normal way of watching TV within the UK,” said North.Also speaking on the panel, Damien Read, director of product marketing for Now TV, stressed that Sky’s standalone over-the-top service is not cannibalising its core pay TV offering.“We generally know we are expanding the market. 90% of our viewers haven’t even considered Sky. We really see ourselves as focusing on this ‘pay-lite’ segment,” said Read.He claimed that Now TV, which is available across devices and through a Now TV-branded streaming box, complements Sky and caters for people who want to “dip out of the odd series”.Brain Morris, vice-president and general manager, media and entertainment services, Tata Communications, claimed that linear and over-the-top content tend to work “in conjunction with each other.”The exec, whose role is to build media and entertainment applications that ride on top of Tata’s underwater infrastructure, said that OTT viewing is growing at a rate of about 40% a year while linear TV is declining “at a slow rate of about 5% year-on-year”.
Karen BradleyThe UK government has formally referred 21st Century Fox’s planned £11.7 billion takeover of the 61% it does not already own of Sky to regulators.Speaking in the House of Commons this morning, culture secretary Karen Bradley said that it was “wholly appropriate” to seek comprehensive advice from broadcast regulator Ofcom on public interest considerations, and from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on jurisdiction issues.Ofcom and the CMA each now have 40 working days to prepare and provide reports, meaning they will be due in by Tuesday May 16. Bradley will then make a decision on whether the merger can proceed.Bradley said she has issued a European Intervention Notice on the grounds of media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards, and has written to the parties, Ofcom and the CMA informing them of her decision.The news comes after Bradley said on March 6 that she was “minded” to refer the takeover to Ofcom as she believed there to be public interest considerations that would warrant further investigation.“Since my ‘minded to’ decision, I have received just over 700 representations from third parties, the vast majority of which supported intervention,” said Bradley this morning.“A number of these representations called for me to create a new public interest consideration, which would require a fit and proper assessment of the parties to the merger, to take place as part of the intervention process.”Bradley said that she had carefully considered adding ‘fit and proper’ as a new public interest consideration in the Enterprise Act – which is used to consider issues of media plurality – but concluded that this is a matter that “quite rightly sits with Ofcom”.“On Monday this week Ofcom announced that it will conduct its fit and proper assessment at the same time that it would consider any public interest test in response to my decision to intervene in the merger,” said Bradley.“This means Ofcom will conduct its assessment within the 40 working days it has to report to me on the public interest I’ve specified in the intervention notice.”A group of UK cross-party politicians, led by former Labour leader Ed Miliband, called for Ofcom to launch a review into 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch’s suitability to hold a UK broadcasting licence in February.Ofcom previously carried out a test of whether Sky should hold a broadcast licence in 2011 at the height of the phone-hacking scandal that scuppered the bid by News Corp to take control of BSkyB, as the pay TV operator then was.While Sky was cleared, the regulator criticised Murdoch. However, it fell short of stating that he was not a fit and proper person to hold a broadcast licence.Sky and 21st Century Fox reached terms of a takeover pact in December, agreeing a deal that will value the pay TV operator at £18.5 billion (€22 billion).