Things got chippy between Dez Bryant and Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman during their teams Thanksgiving day matchup on Thursday.It started when Norman made a bit of an underhanded play, twisting Bryant’s leg after the pro-bowl receiver was already down.From that point, tempers escalated quickly — and Bryant even grabbed his facemask after the game in a heated exchange.jakerussell: Josh Norman and Dez Bryant aren’t in the holiday spirit Fox NFL Postgame https://t.co/iDF98DhEPp pic.twitter.com/4UKPaleMKA— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) November 25, 2016In the locker room after the game, Dez didn’t mince words about Norman.“That guy is soft, man,” Bryant told the Dallas News after the game. “He is really soft. I was telling him, Washington needs to get their money back. You’re supposed to be a lock down corner, you can’t even play man to man.”This isn’t the first time the two have had their issues. Last season, when Norman’s Carolina Panther’s played the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, he suggested a similar idea concerning Bryant’s contract he received from the Cowboys when he said Dallas should “get Dez’ 70 mil back.”After the game, Bryant went to Twitter to air out his feelings on the matter.Dez retweeted a video clip of himself beating Norman on a route on Thursday.All through the week I will post film how Norman got exposed… https://t.co/WKWE9IdQYr— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 25, 2016Then addressed the on-the-field, off-the-field discourse of Norman.I’m not disrespectful to players in league ..I love this game but Norman takes it past football.. if you going spit fire be able to take it— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 25, 2016Here was Norman’s statement about he and Bryant’s exchange, which he later recanted. Josh Norman said Dez Bryant approached him and told him, “Where I’m from, we unload the clip” to start the postgame scuffle #Redskins pic.twitter.com/E9RRBvRkoV— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) November 25, 2016Bryant added his two cents on Norman’s accusation.Honestly I can’t believe he’s on tv lien.. I have kids bra it’s not that serious https://t.co/rGuinINfXT— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 25, 2016Bryant put the issue to rest on Twitter once he had apparently had some time to reflect on the matter.I just finished watching my interview on espn… I shouldn’t have even stooped down to that… we have something special here in Dallas— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 25, 2016Four days later, it seems both have decided to move past the tiff, with Bryant having this to say.“I wish I never did what I did, but that’s OK because it’s over with now,” Bryant said Monday. “I’m not even focused on that. I’m not even fitting to open up another can. It’s all said and done. I wish I never done it. It happened. It’s over with.”Cowboys-Redskins is one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL, so it sounds like this heated exchange between two of the most polarizing figures in the league may just be put on pause until they next time they meet on the field. 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.
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.
Oklahoma State2.0954 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. We have all seen the number by now. And if you haven’t, here it is.Fewest points allowed per game in bowls by Power5 conference may shock some folks: Big12: 21.5; ACC: 22.3; SEC: 25.4; Pac12: 29.2; B1G: 29.8— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 3, 2017The Big 12 played some defense in its bowl games. Some serious defense.Baylor 31 — Boise State 12Oklahoma State 38 — Colorado 8Kansas State 31 — Texas A&M 28Oklahoma 35 — Auburn 19Georgia 31 — TCU 28Miami 31 — West Virginia 14Combined, those six Big 12 opponents averaged 32 points a game throughout the year. They averaged just over 20 in the six bowl games played against Big 12 teams. Granted, the only big-time bowl was the Sugar Bowl which saw OU hammer Auburn, but this is still impressive. Only Georgia was better than its season average (24).Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has long been fed up with the #nationalnarrative that the Big 12 doesn’t have good defenses. Maybe, you know, they just have better offenses. This is a circular argument, of course, and there is no right answer. The bowl season doesn’t necessarily prove that the Big 12’s defenses are great, but it does show that maybe there is more to the conversation than what is normally presented.“There is no national discussion on that and I’m always wanting to take up for my kids,” Spencer told Robert Allen of GoPokes.com this week. “We played against some of the best big-play and most explosive offenses in the country and nobody else will try to get those facts out. The agenda is out and people are going to listen or put out whatever supports their agenda.”The OSU defense Spencer captained allowed 2.09 points per drive on the season which ranked No. 54 in the country. But it also faced five of the top 35 offenses in the nation in generating points per drive. Georgia State2.1559 North Carolina2.1860 “All of a sudden the national contenders (championship game) have a game like that and it’s revolutionary,” added to Allen. “They are blaming offenses for keeping a defense on the field so long and I’m thinking, ‘hey buddy, try doing that for 12 weeks out of the year.’“When we put out [tweets with defensive stats], Robert, that’s for recruiting,” Spencer concluded to GoPokes.com. “That is for those recruits we’re getting hammered with, these national kids that are maybe getting recruited by a couple of other conferences out there. You have to show them this is why we do what we do and this what we have to do to win, so it’s not always what that person that is recruiting against you is saying. We need to get some more good players in this league.”It’s true that there is a deficit of pros on defense in the Big 12 when compared to, say, the SEC. But there is also a deficit of pros at QB in the SEC. That slices both ways. It just depends on how you want to look at it. There is not a right answer when it comes to arguing conferences and styles. But there are multiple ways to win football games. Something I think more people need to recognize on a national level. Southern Mississippi2.1558 Army2.1357 Notre Dame2.0955 TeamPPDRank Old Dominion2.1356 Texas2.2261
Welcome to this week’s all-sports roundup featuring the non-revenue sports like tennis and softball that still deserve our attention. A look back at how they performed over the last week.Cowboy TennisAfter a nine-year drought, the Cowboys earned an invitation back to the ITA Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia. The tournament provides tremendous opportunity to improve your NCAA tournament resume against quality out of conference opponents.In round one, OSU scored their first upset of the season taking down No. 7 Northwestern (4-2). The monumental victory was capped by No. 32 Julian Cash (OSU) taking down No. 25 Strong Kirchheimer in a three set heavyweight battle to give the Cowboys the victory.First upset of the weekend as 11-seed @CowboyTennis tops 6-seed Northwestern 4-2!#ITAIndoors pic.twitter.com/RGoDgL1qcq— ITA Tennis (@ITA_Tennis) February 17, 2017The Cowboys advanced to the quarterfinal were they met undefeated No. 3 Ohio State. In the battle of OSUs, an experienced Buckeyes squad blitzed the Cowboys in all facets of the match. The Cowboys fell 4-0 to Ohio State and were banished to the losers bracket to face No. 10 Texas in a rare out-of-conference meeting with the Big 12 rival.Although the Cowboy’s won the doubles point, the Longhorns dominated the singles portion and won the match 4-2. This is the first time this season the Cowboys have lost the match after winning the doubles point. A bright spot in the match was Julian Cash scoring another upset in tournament, this time defeating No. 5 Christian Sigsgaard on Court 1.Next up for the Cowboys (8-3) is a weekend in Big Ten country facing Minnesota on Friday and a rematch with Northwestern on Sunday.Cowgirl TennisThe rigorous road for the Cowgirls continued this past weekend in Florida with matches against No. 5 Stanford and No. 1 Florida.The Cowgirls dropped the first match of the weekend to Stanford 4-1 after jumping out to an early 1-0 lead. This was the first time the Cowgirls have faced Stanford since last season’s national championship match in which the Cowgirls fell in Tulsa in a close match, 4-3.Final practices underway w/ @OSUAthletics & @GoStanford tonight at the @usta #NationalCampus#CollegeMatchDayESPN3: https://t.co/sqX1C001eK pic.twitter.com/g9MFVokuaE— Tim Cass (@timcass_usta) February 17, 2017A difficult task awaited the Cowgirls on Sunday as they faced the No. 1 Gators and their 130(!) home match winning streak. The ladies put up a valiant effort falling 4-2 in a really close match. No doubt the last week facing five ranked opponents will prove to be invaluable experience come tournament time.The ladies will come back home and enjoy two weeks off before going back at it on March 3rd in Seattle.Cowgirl BasketballLooking to win in Waco for the first time since 2008, the Cowgirls headed down to the Lone Star state to take on No. 4 Baylor. The Cowgirls (14-12, 4-11) kept it much closer than their 36-point loss in Stillwater. Too much firepower propelled the Bears to a 89-67 win, keeping their Big 12 title hopes alive.Next up for the ladies is a home tilt against against Texas Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in GIA.Cowgirl SoftballCowgirl Tennis wasn’t the only group of OSU gals in the Sunshine State. The softball Cowgirls were in Clearwater, Florida participating in the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Foundation Invitational.Tasked with playing five games in three days, the Cowgirls came away with a 2-3 weekend record with wins over Hofstra and Saint Joes. It wasn’t the tournament weekend results they had hoped for, but it looks like they still had a great time nonetheless.Thanks for all the fun in the sun this weekend, Clearwater. pic.twitter.com/kJ4y8i3qfE— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) February 19, 2017Next up for the lady softballers is a cross country weekend trip to California to participate in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic starting Thursday, February 23. 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.
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CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, September 24, the Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a report of a travel trailer fire at Teak Creek Estates.According to the Fire Department, upon arrival, the front half of the trailer was fully engulfed, but the fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished.14 firefighters were on scene to attend the fire, with the use of Engine 1, Engine 2, Tender 1, and Tender 2. As a result of the fire, no injuries were reported.
New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday stepped up its ‘Main bhi chowkidar’ campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other party leaders, including its president Amit Shah, prefixing the word ‘chowkidar’ to their names in their Twitter profile as they sought people’s support in the Lok Sabha elections. Party leaders, many of them Union ministers and chief ministers, also put out short advertisement videos showing that people from different walks of life have turned ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) to do their bit for the country like Modi. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedModi’s Twitter profile identified him as “Chowkidar Narendra Modi” and similar was the case with other BJP leaders as they launched a coordinated campaign. “As Chowkidars of our nation, we are committed to creating a clean economy by using cashless financial transactions. The menace of corruption and black money has adversely affected us for decades. Time to eliminate these for a better future. #MainBhiChowkidar #ChowkidarPhirSe,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted. Shah tweeted a campaign video to highlight people’s efforts to keep their surroundings clean. Modi had Saturday urged his supporters to take the ‘main bhai chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) pledge, saying he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils. “Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation. …,” he wrote on Twitter.
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.
Marseille have reportedly shortlisted Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny as a possible transfer target for them, reports the Daily MirrorThe Egypt international has fallen out of favour at the Emirates under new Gunners boss Unai Emery following the arrivals of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi this summer.And matters did not get any better for Elneny on Sunday when he was left as an unused substitute for Arsenal’s opening game defeat to Manchester City at their home ground.While the 26-year-old was forced to watch from the bench, fellow midfielders Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and the club’s two new summer signings all featured.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Now Marseille are keeping tabs of the situation surrounding Elneny’s future at Arsenal and are hopeful that his lack of first-team football will make him available this summer.The Ligue 1 side have until the end of the month before the French transfer window shuts, unlike the English one.But the clubs in England do still have the option to sell.And, despite having only signed a new four-year contract in March, Elneny’s future at Arsenal is now under severe doubt with the club willing to listen to any offers for him.
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.