Esteban Chaves tops Vuelta a Espana general classification after stage six win

first_img Following up his second-stage triumph on Sunday, Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) won the 200.3-kilometre sixth stage from Cordoba to Sierra de Cazorla with an attack just over two kilometres from the end. Having passed Great Britain’s Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) at the front, Chaves then held off the challenge of Irishman Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) and Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), who both crossed the line five seconds later than him. Colombia’s Esteban Chaves secured another stage victory at the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday to return to the top of the general classification ahead of Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin. Back in the red jersey, Chaves now leads second-placed Dumoulin by 10 seconds in the overall standings, while Martin has moved above compatriot Nicolas Roche into third place at 33 secs behind Chaves. Both Roche – 36s back overall – and his Team Sky colleague, Britain’s 2015 Tour de France winner Chris Froome, finished Thursday’s stage in a group that were 11 seconds behind Chaves, along with the likes of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana. Froome is seventh in the general classification at 55s, with Spaniards Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Valverde (Movistar) sixth at 51 and fifth at 49 respectively. Colombia’s Quintana is ninth at 57s. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Police chief arrested in connection with mass murder of family

first_imgAccording to reports, a municipal police chief in Mexico has been arrested for allegedly being involved in the mass murder of a family near the U.S.-Mexican border.Mexican authorities have arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, and authorities believe the murders were due to conflict between local drug cartels battling for control of the area.3 women, and 6 children were killed in Sonora state on November 4th.The arrest comes a month after President Donald Trump said he wanted to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.last_img

Eric Dungey doubtful for Syracuse-Florida State game

first_img Published on November 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has been listed as doubtful for Syracuse’s game against Florida State on Saturday. The Orange released its weekly injury report Thursday night.Dungey sat out the Orange’s 35-20 loss to North Carolina State after he was hit high and knocked out of the game earlier against Clemson. Babers said Wednesday that Dungey was at practice last week, but he has not yet been cleared to practice by doctors. The SU head coach said Dungey is also getting a second opinion from doctors and that they do not yet know what injury he has. When asked whether Dungey’s injury might be career-ending, Babers said he’d rather not speculate on the quarterback’s injury.Second-string center turned starter Colin Byrne was listed as out. He left the N.C. State game after taking a hit to the head and being sprawled out face down on the ground.“I saw the tape, you saw the game, I’m going to leave it there,” Babers said of Byrne on Wednesday.Defensive end Jake Pickard was ruled out for the game as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReceiver Steve Ishmael was notably absent from the report. He missed the N.C. State game after not being listed on the injury report the Thursday prior. Babers said Ishmael has been dealing with a nagging injury and did not finish practice on Tuesday.Also not on the report was offensive lineman Omari Palmer. He hasn’t played since Week 3.Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) will host No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Commentslast_img read more

Five Thoughts On the 2017 Oklahoma State Football Schedule

first_imgWhile 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 2017 Oklahoma State football schedule has been released. The Cowboys should be one of the favorites to win the Big 12 when August rolls around next year, but did they get a favorable slate for running the league table?These things are difficult to tell so far out — who knew getting Baylor early in the season in 2016 would be the worst thing that could happen to a Big 12 team? — but as everything stands right now, here are five thoughts on OSU’s 12 games.1. Why South Alabama?Are we not better than having to go to South Alabama? I get that it was a two-for-one and that OSU did the same thing against Central Michigan. I am fine with that. It’s one thing to do it against a MAC team. It is a completely other thing to do it against a team that played Presbyterian (!) and Nicholls (!) this year.I’m not saying you shouldn’t play the South Alabamas of the world — I’m fine with it. I’m just not trying to go on the road to do it. That is not a big-time program thing to do. Also, South Alabama beat Mississippi State this year in Starkville. Yikes. Maybe I’m not trying to play the South Alabamas of the world.2. Home Schedule Short but GoodBecause of two road non-conference games Oklahoma State only gets six home games in 2017. They’re all pretty good, though. Tulsa is the non-conference one. Then you get Baylor, TCU, the Kansas schools and OU. Kansas in cold conditions on Thanksgiving weekend is an abomination that a lot of people will not show up for (unless the Big 12 title is on the line), but everything else is solid.3. The Texas-WVU-OU StretchOSU’s season will be made or lost in the three weeks from October 21 – November 4. You go to Texas. You go to West Virginia. Then you get Bedlam at home. Gundy is going to be on blood thinners by the time Bedlam is over with. Maybe this is better, though. Maybe it’s good to go like this. Gundy doesn’t have time to draw up ways OSU can lose on his Big Chief pad in his living room, and the rest of the program doesn’t have two weeks to worry about what ways Gundy is going to draw up for them to lose.4. Pitt game is greatI love the home-and-home with Pittsburgh. That game is at Heinz Field, and beating Pitt anywhere is a great win (maybe not to you, CFB Playoff committee!) but especially so in PA. I want more home-and-home games like that one. Heck, up the ante. Do it with Miami or Notre Dame or Virginia Tech. OSU has to go 13-0 no matter what happens to get into the Playoff so you might as well have some fun doing it even if the committee has created a disincentive for non-premiere programs like OSU to play big-time non-con games.5. “Easy” FinishBedlam was moved to the beginning of November because the Big 12 didn’t want to embarrass itself by having two straight Bedlams to end the season now that the Big 12 title game will inexplicably be a rematch between two teams that have already played. So what did it do? It took the third-place team (WVU) and put it against the team that won the conference this season (OU) in the last week in 2017. That should work out great!Anyway, the unintended benefit here is that OSU gets the most breathing room of the contenders at the end of the year. Let’s say the Cowboys somehow get through the first nine games unscathed. Then you go to Iowa State (WHAT COULD GO WRONG) and come home for KSU and Kansas. I know Bedlam has been moved and that has had a lot to do with OSU’s November/December struggles, but I like my chances at home against the state of Kansas with the conference on the line. And remember, all you have to do is finish in the top two to get to the Big 12 title game, which OSU has done each of the last two years.last_img read more

Instant Recap: Oklahoma State Beats A&M Corpus Christi 92-70

first_imgOklahoma State whipped Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Thursday afternoon in Gallagher-Iba Arena 92-70 to move to 10-2 on the season in their last non-conference game before the Big 12 slate starts next week.The Islanders hung tough early on, and the score was tied at 17-17 before OSU went on a 30-10 run to blow the contest wide open in the first half. They played mostly even the rest of the way after a cold stretch in the second half prevented the Cowboys from getting to 100.The Cowboys had 49 boards and turned A&M Corpus Christi over 21 times en route to notching their 10th win (it took until January 19 last season for OSU to win 10 games on the year). They once again got it done on the offensive boards as Mitch Solomon pitched in nine (!) of the 22 boards the Pokes snagged offensively, one off the school record. Solomon had 14 rebounds overall.“Coach challenged us before the game to get on the boards,” Solomon told Fox Sports Southwest. “Everyone cheers for each other.” Oklahoma State actually grabbed boards on 47 percent of their missed shots which has become a calling card for Underwood’s young Pokes through a dozen games. Davon Dillard (!) and Leyton Hammonds even had six and seven rebounds respectively.Phil Forte led the way on the scoring end with 19 points on 5/10 from three-point range. It was great to see him get going after some early-season struggles (for him). “Each and every day we’re trying to get a little bit better,” Forte told Fox Sports Southwest after the game.Jeffrey Carroll added 13 points, seven boards and four assists and was his usual impressive self. Thomas Dziagawa and Brandon Averette had 11 points each as Dizzy started the game in NBA Jam mode with some trash talk to boot.The trash talk! ? pic.twitter.com/iJyt9oeKid— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 22, 2016 Jawun Evans had a very average game (for him) but OSU handled its business even without him as Averette and Co. filled in where Evans struggled. The turnovers are still a little disconcerting (OSU had 15 of them), but Forte is right. This team is getting (and has gotten) a little bit better each and every day.Oklahoma State, playing in front of a season-high 8,300 fans, did what it has done for most of the non-conference season. They found a feel for the game early and lit the world on fire in the middle of the game before coasting home. It has been an impressive run for the 10-2 Pokes who now get West Virginia at home on December 30 to start Big 12 Conference play.Are they ready?Are you guys ready for West Virginia? https://t.co/0PwEDSXKaQ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 22, 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.last_img read more

Bixby OL Bryce Bray Attributes Early OSU Commitment to Family Atmosphere

first_imgBixby, Oklahoma offensive lineman Bryce Bray saw his star rise this spring unlike any other local football prospect. Bray picked up six Division I offers since Feb. 21 from Arkansas State, Nevada, OSU, Tulsa, OU and Iowa State.Many times being unearthed by the likes of OSU and OU might signal more national attention from Pac-12 or SEC or Big Ten schools, but Bray wasn’t all too interested in other offers. His unofficial visit to Stillwater gave him everything he needed to know about where he’d like to play his college ball.“The environment, I just fell in love. I get the feeling I fit there and everyone felt like family,” Bray told Pistols Firing. No better example of family than former Bixby teammate Brendon Evers, a 2017 defensive tackle signee with the Cowboys, who helped guide his younger teammate through the decision process. Bray’s relationship with Josh Henson, OSU’s offensive line coach who has already landed three high school recruits in the 2018 class, was also a big a factor, he says.“It really helped my decision a lot,” Bray said about his relationship with Henson.Bray joins Hunter Woodard and Hunter Anthony among OSU’s two high school offensive linemen who have pledged to OSU early in the process, filling OSU’s biggest need of getting young talent up front.OSU is expected to take four high school offensive linemen in the 2018 class, according to a source. With Bray in the fold, Henson has just one more to go — likely at the center position — to fill out his entire recruiting class.And it’s not even summer yet. 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.last_img read more

Cowboy, Cowgirl Tennis to Host NCAA Tournament Regionals

first_imgWhile 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. Both the men and women’s tennis squads were rewarded with opening round hosting duties in the NCAA Tournament Regionals following tremendous seasons.The men’s team received the 11th overall seed in the tournament and will host Drake, their first opponent, No. 25 Illinois, and UMKC.Unlike baseball, the Regionals are single elimination. The Cowboys will look to advance to the second round from Stillwater for the second consecutive year. Coach Jay Udwadia’s hope is that they can capture a similar magic that the ladies did last year.“We’ve seen over the years that any team can make a run through the tournament,” Udwadia said. “We saw it here at OSU last year with the women’s tennis team, so we’re going to take it one match at a time.Coach Udwadia met with members of the media after today’s selection show. Hear what he had to say below. #okstate #NCAATennis pic.twitter.com/oxCQc2CPfI— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) May 3, 2017 “I want to congratulate our guys on being selected to host again this year. We were the No. 16 seed last year and now we’re up to No. 11, but we want to keep going up.We’re not quite done at the Greenwood Tennis Center this season! #okstate draws UMKC in next weekend’s first round. #NCAATennis pic.twitter.com/jCApbBVxkP— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) May 2, 2017Men’s tennis play will begin Friday, May 12th at the Greenwood Center.For the third consecutive year, the Cowgirl tennis team will host a Regional in Stillwater. As the 9th overall seed, the Cowgirls will look to make some serious noise in the postseason after capturing a share of the Big 12 regular season title this year.An experienced and senior led group of ladies will host UMKC, Arkansas, and Wichita St with play beginning Sunday, May 14th. Come out and support the ladies protect their undefeated home court record and journey to back to the title game.The Cowgirls are hosting! Find out details about #okstate’s sixth-straight NCAA Tournament selection here: https://t.co/lXgJTbFZPM pic.twitter.com/CJgwWi2I2F— OSU Women’s Tennis (@CowgirlTennis) May 2, 2017Tickets for both the men’s and women’s matches can be purchased by calling the OSU Athletic office or can be purchased at the Greenwood Center.last_img read more

Three Cowboys Poised to Break out on the Gridiron in 2017

first_imgDepth is probably the Oklahoma State football team’s greatest asset heading into 2017.Across the defensive line, even the third teamers could come in and contribute. At linebacker, though not as talented as the defensive line, there are realistically 11 guys who could play at least 10 snaps a game.Here are three Cowboys who could separate themselves from the rest of the depth with monster seasons:3. DeQuinton Osborne | Defensive Tackle | Redshirt SeniorThe two rocks in the heart of the defensive line are gone. Vincent Taylor to the NFL, and Motekiai Maile to graduation.Osborne will likely start and probably fill the production void Taylor left.Last season, as a backup to Taylor, Osborne had only 12 tackles in 11 games played. But 5.5 of those tackles were for losses. Those losses compiled up to 33 yards and included 3.5 sacks, which was third best on the team.Read that again.Osborne has a nack, much like Taylor had, for getting to the quarterback, which is rare for a defensive tackle. His size isn’t as massive as some of the other OSU defensive tackles. Osborne is 6-foot, 305 pounds. Taylor and Darrion Daniels, who could also have a strong season, are 6-3, 310. And Maile was five pounds heavier than them.But what’s impressive about Osborne is the motor. His quickness to the ball when in pursuit looks more like a defensive end, and with a full season as a starter, that potential to get to the quarterback more than 1/4 of the time he makes a tackle could prove lethal.2. Kenneth Edison-McGruder | Linebacker | JuniorMaking the move from safety to linebacker, Edison-McGruder is poised to watch his tackle numbers skyrocket in 2017.He finished with 40 total tackles last year as the No. 3 safety. With his physical style and enough athleticism to cover receivers, running backs or tight ends, Edison-McGruder could end up being not only the Cowboys’ leading tackler, but also their most versatile and possibly most valuable defensive player.Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer dropped Edison-McGruder into the teeth of the defense later in the season, especially in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. After OSU implemented a 3-3-5 defense against Texas Tech, Edison-McGruder was allowed to drop down into cover 3 and man coverages whether in true linebacker, hook zone coverage or toward the flats. His role as a center fielder dropped significantly.The move to linebacker should be his best fit. His play style fits best at the second level of the defense. His 6-foot, 220-pound frame just slotted him as a bigger safety. It’s a move that coach Mike Gundy sees as a major plus for a player who could play in the NFL in two years.“A lot of (the move) has to do with that 3-down, 4-down (linemen) concept we’re going to now,” Gundy said. “Having that guy that can play both, if you really have one of those guys, then they’re potentially a high-round pick because they’re skilled.”Should Edison-McGruder stay at linebacker and the cornerback situation is ironed out (leaving Ramon Richards in the back half), his productivity should be toward the top of the defensive list by the end of the season.1. Tyron Johnson | Receiver | Redshirt SophomoreCoach Mike Gundy is among those trying not to put a world of expectation into the former five-star, LSU transfer receiver.“It’s real early,” Gundy said. “Coach used to tell me, ‘Be careful about drinking the Kool-Aid too early.’”Although Gundy will do his best to resist taking a sip, all signs point toward it being a good decision. Johnson has all the intangibles to be a top 10 receiver in the Big 12. He has the quickness to make defenders miss in space and the size to sky over corners and some safeties.“He’s a lot bigger than what a Josh Stewart would be,” Gundy said. “I don’t know which mold he fits. I’m scared to compare him to anybody that’s playing in the NFL or played in the NFL because that’s somewhat unfair for him and us.”Johnson is 6-1, “205 pounds.”Dez Bryant is 6-2, 220 pounds.Justin Blackmon was 6-1, 210.Then again, Jhajuan Seales was 6-0, 205.The only problem, for Johnson, is that he has to wait behind James Washington. Gundy has said that Marcell Ateman and Chris Lacy will split time on the left side of the field, which means it will be Washington and Johnson on the right. And Washington won’t come out too often.Forty catches would be a reasonable expectation for Johnson in 2017. Last year, Lacy finished with 31, and Jhajuan Seales grabbed 37. With an apparent drop in the running game and a Heisman candidate at quarterback, there will likely be more balls to catch.When Johnson gets on the field and gets the ball in his hands, he is just as potent, if not more so, than any of the other receivers in perhaps the most talented corps in the nation. 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.last_img read more

How New Redshirt Rule Would Affect Oklahoma State

first_imgThere is a future college football world that exists in which we could see freshmen play up to four games and keep their redshirts. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. The rule, pending confirmation and implementation, is a semi-response to players like Leonard Fournette and Christian “Ben Grogan benches more than me” McCaffrey skipping bowl games.Here’s Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports.The American Football Coaches Association is forwarding a proposal to the NCAA that would allow players to participate in up to four games of a season without burning their redshirt year. If passed, theoretically, a coach could unleash his touted four-star freshman running back in the TaxSlayer Bowl.“I think that would be pretty intriguing to some of the fan bases,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry, “which might legitimize some of those bowl games and make them more interesting. [Fox Sports]I’m all in on this. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy often talks about how you don’t really know what you have in a player until the lights are turned on. Problem is, once you turn those lights on and put a guy in, his redshirt is gone.This is especially true of a place like OSU that is reticent to hit in practice and collects so much of its evaluation and knowledge from actual games. Some spillover benefits including me not having to sift through all 45,232 pages of the NCAA rule book to see if Dillon Stoner is eligible for a redshirt and being able to play freshmen at the end of the year (when they’re not really freshmen anymore) if starters get injured.Ahem, it probably wouldn’t matter because he’s leaving for the NFL anyway, but Mason Rudolph would still have two years of eligibility left. Can you imagine?!“We really haven’t addressed the redshirt rule in quite some time,” Dana Holgorsen told Fox Sports. “We’re playing way more games than we used to — there used to be a 10-game season. They’re looking at it, and I would support it.”I don’t think Dana is alone here. 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.last_img read more

Big 12 Bowl Schedule Set for 2017-18

first_imgShout to Berry Tramel for catching this one, but the Big 12’s 2017-18 bowl schedule is set so we know when OSU could play this postseason. Let’s take a look at the New Year’s Day 6 first.Because the Sugar Bowl is a semifinal game this year, there will not be a Big 12-specific tie in. Last time this happened, TCU went to the Peach Bowl and Baylor went to the Cotton Bowl. The Big 12 is guaranteed at least one NYD6 game.I could envision a scenario in which, say, OU gets into the Sugar as a playoff representative and Oklahoma State goes to the Cotton against a Big 10 team. Maybe Michigan? Rose Bowl (semifinal) — Monday, January 1 at 4 p.m.Sugar Bowl (semifinal) — Monday, January 1 at 7:45 p.m.Peach Bowl — Monday, January 1 at 11:30 a.m.The Fiesta Bowl — Saturday, December 30 at 3 p.m.The Orange Bowl — Saturday, December 30 at 7 p.m.Cotton Bowl — Friday, December 29 at 7:30 p.m.Here are the other Big 12-affiliated bowls.Alamo Bowl — Thursday, December 28 at 8 p.m. (Pac-12)Camping World Bowl — Thursday, December 28 at 4:15 p.m. (ACC)Texas Bowl — Wednesday, December 27 at 8 p.m. (SEC)Liberty Bowl — Saturday, December 30 at 11:30 a.m. (SEC)Cactus Bowl — Tuesday, December 26 (Pac 12)Heart of Dallas Bowl — Tuesday, December 26 (CUSA)Hopefully — hopefully — Oklahoma State isn’t worried about anything less than an Alamo Bowl this season, but there you go. There they all are. The fun part about all of this is that OSU will likely already have most of its 2018 class of recruits locked up (because of the early signing period) so coaches, players and fans can just relax and enjoy the festivities. 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.last_img read more