Poll: Pedro or Nicolas Otamendi – who is the better signing?

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Swimming the Midmar Mile for a cause

first_imgMandeville Sports and Social Club is dedicated to improving facilities for athletes with disabilities in South Africa. The club was established by former Paralympian Andy Scott, who, in 1968, became the youngest world record holder in Paralympic history, breaking the 50 m breaststroke record.Terry Bantock is taking on all eight legs of the gruelling Midmar Mile, aiming to raise funds for Mandeville Sports club to identify and nurture talented disabled swimmers This year, 52-year-old Terry Bantock is swimming the arduous Midmar Mile to raise funds for the Mandeville Club’s Aquatics Disability Swimming Centre of Excellence, to identify and support disabled swimmers with talent.The Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swim, opens on 8 and 9 February 2014 at Midmar Dam, in Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Established in 1973, it’s attracted thousands of competitors.Bantock says, “I would like to personally raise as much as I can so I am leaning on my greater network to support this initiative within their means.“Over the past year I have come to know the Mandeville community well, and you have my assurance that this charity is well governed and an extremely worthy cause.”The eight-mile swim is split into eight legs, each one mile long and entrants can choose which leg to swim. Bantock aims to swim all eight legs. He says he will be matching patrons’ donations; “I will be matching your valued contributions, either big or small, with a personal cumulative cap of R10 000.” An amateur athlete, Bantock’s swum the race twice before.PLAY YOUR PARTTo donate to Bantock’s cause, please deposit your contribution in the following account:Name of Account: Mandeville Aquatics Disability Swimming Centre of ExcellenceBank: NedbankBranch: Bedfordview 192505Account Number: 101 0410261Type of Account: CurrentRef: TerryB/8MileREGISTER FOR THE MIDMAR MILESwimmers can still register on Friday 7 February at the Pietermaritzburg GC Jolliffe Pool, on 18 Pine Street, from 10am to 4pm. The registration fee is R240 per swimmer.Latecomers can register on Saturday 8 February at the dam from 7am to 3pm and on Race Day, Sunday 9 February at 7am at R270 per swimmer.For more information visit the website or email [email protected]last_img read more

Day 3 of The 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See results from Day 1 of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourSee results from Day 2 of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourSee how Day 4 is going on The Pro Farmer Crop TourThe most noticeable thing for me so far this week is the change in crop health as we move west. After Monday in Ohio and Indiana, I didn’t notice getting cut up by corn fields as I traversed through 60 some odd rows 15 times. After yesterday’s Illinois fields, I felt every cut on my forearms. Ouch! If the Iowa crops are as good as they say they are I may need a first aid kit!I visited with Illinois Field Agronomist Jarrod Hudson with DuPont Pioneer last night here in Bloomington about what crops in this area has faced this growing season.Ty’s Wrap for WednesdayShould be interesting as we leave Bloomington and travel to Iowa City today. We are on Central time from here on out.8:26 a.m. (CST) We are getting off to a late start as our route is taking us south of Springfield to start, which is about an hour from Bloomington. Luckily, I have an Indiana farmer driving and two investors along for the ride so the conversation have been very colorful as to what we’ve seen so far.Our first stop was on Sangamon County, Illinois and it was a pretty nice start to Day 3. The corn was very well populated and the ear fill was decent. We are seeing more nutrient deficiencies in this part of the state. The soybeans were so tall they couldn’t hold their own weight, but the pod count was a little lower than we expected. Our corn average was 180.5 and our pod count came in at 1064.8.Sangamon Co, Illinois8:51 a.m.Our stop in Macoupin County, Illinois was better for the corn than the soybeans. This corn was planted in 20 inch rows and will yield out at 195. The bean field had some gaping holes and the canopy was not even close to closing. We counted 750 pods in a 3 x 3 square.Macoupin Co, Illinois9:15 a.m.We met the Greene County, Illinois farmer of these fields and he told us after he planted this corn it had a rough time popping up and once he got rain, he got more than enough. Variability and insect pressures were easily seen in this field that will yield about 132 according to our results. The beans were planted on May 1 and they too had a hard time getting set. Our pod count was 946 as population was strong in these 30 inch soybeans.Greene Co, Illinois9:38 a.m.Well that was fun. This corn field was, by far, the best I’ve seen this week. The Morgan County, Illinois field will yield 263.5. These ears are heavy and all over the field. The soybeans came in at 1107 pods and did show some pest pressure, but all in all in great shape.Morgan Co, Illinois10:10 a.m.Cass County, Illinois is our next stop. One of our ears had a hard time at pollination and there were aphids all over this field that we figure will bring in 203 bushels per acre. The soybeans were a very nice height and one of the few 15 inch rows we found in this area. Our pod count was 1011.Cass Co, Illinois10:55 a.m.Into Schuyler County, Illinois now and  soybeans continue to hold their own and have been very even by our numbers all day. This corn field, however, will bring down our daily average as it clocks in with a 140. The soybean number was 1060.Schuyler Co, Illinois11:23 a.m.This field in McDonough County, Illinois was planted corn on corn and it was not a great season for that. Although some parts looked like the picture below, some of the field was decent. We came out with an average of 166 bu/ac, which is below par for our route today. The soybeans, planted in 30 inch rows, had a low population and was our second worst field  of the day with 918 pods in a 3 x 3 square.McDonough Co, IllinoisMcDonough Co, Illinois 12:10 p.m.Hancock County is our final Illinois stop and what a stop it was. This corn was tall and in great health. We figured for sure it would be our best field, but it came up just shy at 247. The beans were the nicest we’ve seen all say at over 1400 pods.Hancock Co, IllinoisHancock Co, IllinoisHancock Co, IllinoisMy crew’s Illinois averages were a solid 190.96 for corn (with some lower samples) and a pod count of 1032.5 in a 3 x 3 feet square.2:00 p.m.We had lunch just after crossing the Mississippi into Iowa and then we took our first Hawkeye sample in Lee County. This corn was just average because the ears were on the smallish side for the day. The soybeans were almost took thick to get in to but the 30 inch rows held our pod count down to 1060.8.Lee Co., IowaLee Co., Iowa 2:21 p.m.Our second Iowa stop was in Henry County, Iowa and this is about what you would expect in this state. The corn stand was excellent and all three ears in our sample looked great. Our yield count here is 196 bushels to the acre. The soybeans were also very healthy and it took awhile to count these pods. Our number is 1707.84 here.Henry Co, IowaHenry Co, Iowa3:03 p.m.Louisa County, Iowa was a pretty impressive stop for my crew. You can tell by how green the grass is here that moisture is not a problem and this fully dented corn field was showing the signs of a great season. Our calculations put this field at 231.7 bushels. The bean field was just as amazing. A high population and heavily podded plants made this one of the best of the day at 1626.8.Louisa Co, IowaLouisa Co, Iowa3:45 p.m.This will be our final stop before heading in to Iowa City for the night. Muscatine County, Iowa had quite a few holes that we noticed as we drove toward this field and too much water late in the season was the story from these ears. The population was a little low and ear length struggled, putting this field at a 167.4 yield estimate. The soybeans were in 30 inch rows and population was average. Our count here was 1048.8Our Iowa averages were 1363.56 pods in a 3 x 3 square and corn at 192 bushels to the acre.Our Iowa averages were 1363.56 pods in a 3 x 3 square and corn at 192 bushels to the acre.Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Illinois.Corn –171.64 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 163.01 b/a.Soybeans – 1190.47 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 1119.73.last_img read more

Gray Area Foundation is the Large Hadron Collider of the Digital World

first_imgcurt hopkins Tags:#art#Digital Lifestyle#politics#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Half the discussion surrounding the digital world seems to revolve around its utility in the real world. How does digital life produce wealth? How can it be used to increase political participation? Can art be made from or in it? It’s no wonder that some digital citizens throw up their hands and write the questions off as the carping of eternal grandparents. Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit in San Francisco, has chosen a different route, neither exegesis nor abandonment. Instead (get ready for the sexy), they are the Large Hadron Collider of the digital world, banging people, ideas, approaches, concerns and populations together for the sheer joy of seeing how bright a flash and big a bang they can make. That’s not necessarily how Gray would put it. Their tagline is “social consciousness through digital culture.” But it’s the conclusion I’ve come to after speaking at length with Cullen Miller, director of public programs for the foundation. With support from IBM, the NEA, Twitter, the Knight and Mozilla Foundations and others, Gray has created a number of projects and programs that bring together civic and cultural stakeholders to explore digital media in their own worlds.Curated an exhibition of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab that explores the changes in the civic landscape brought about by sensors and handheld electronics. Launched a fund-raising tool called Seaquence that expresses arts support as a “musical lifeform,” essentially making audio-visual music from the act of donatingDesigned a Creative Studies Program, educational coursework that CTS program will takes “students from the fundamentals of creative coding and computing to the advanced technicalities known by the field’s most adept designers”Work with the City and County of San Francisco to turn government-provided data sets into visualizations that illustrate the city’s situation in novel waysFrom the Digerati to the Block: Cullen Miller on the Gray Area“We do reach out to communities in the hopes that they will effect change, including political change. We have a 5,000-square foot venue in the Tenderloin where we bring people together, including those in the neighborhood. We have a number of projects that are civically-inclined, like the City Center Festival and the SENSEable City Initiative, which we think have a positive impact on the neighborhoods. “We host community hackathons. These show real potential for investors and have the potential to better the neighborhoods they’re located in. We’re also fostering a new research program, Gray Area Research, where residents and others in our larger digital network to do research together. This project actually grew out of one of our hackathons.“Our creative technology studies program breathes life into the community, shows people getting involved. We don’t want people alienated in their own neighborhoods so we encourage development from ground up, catching people in the neighborhoods up with what’s going on in the wider network. When people first look at code, it intimidates, it can appear indecipherable. What we want to do foster an environment where if they’re not technically adept, they can learn and gain control. The CTS program is a platform for people to understand and employ the concepts of digital creation. “Give a painter a paintbrush, you can’t know what they’re going to do and that’s the beauty of it. When we empower students with skill sets, there are an infinite amount of things they can do. Someone takes the soft circuitry course and winds up making the next space suit. Another student opens up their government due to their data skills. This is a new way of collaborating. It doesn’t end with the skill sets in place. It ends up with connections with other people. That’s what we’re here to do.” 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Why Winning A $7,000 Piracy Lawsuit Could Be The Worst News Ever For Book Publishers

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Amazon#BitTorrent#ebooks#publishing Related Posts Earlier this week, the book publishing industry hit a milestone. For the first time ever, a publisher successfully sued consumers for pirating books via BitTorrent. As a result of the lawsuit, a pair of New York residents will pay $7,000 in damages to John Wiley and Sons, the company that puts out the “For Dummies” series of instructional books. Sound familiar? With this litigation, Wiley borrowed a page from the playbook of the music industry, which became notorious a few years back for suing people for illegally sharing songs. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) eventually backed down from some of its most aggressive litigation after it became clear the strategy was doing little more than angering the most avid, dedicated music fans. Despite the epic failure of the RIAA’s approach, worried book publishers are now beginning to think lawsuits can help them slow the bleeding of a business that is – like the music industry before it – being radically upended by digital technology. Let’s hope this small victory for book publishers doesn’t send the industry on the same disastrous path taken by the music labels.Piracy Is A Fact Of Digital LifeLike music and movies, e-books get pirated. But that doesn’t mean suing everyone you can find is the only possible response.You can, for example, search for Tim Ferriss’s bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek on the Pirate Bay and, within minutes, have a fresh copy sitting on your hard drive, ready to be transferred to your e-reading device of choice. Unlike Wiley and Sons, though, Ferriss has no plans to hunt down those unauthorized downloaders and haul them into court. Instead, he’s teaming up with BitTorrent. Before we go any further, an important distinction needs to be made. BitTorrent, Inc is a San Francisco-based company that develops the official BitTorrent desktop client and generally serves as the public evangelist for the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing technology its cofounder Bram Cohen created in 2001. The company itself has little control over how the protocol is actually used in the wild. Frequently, as we’re all well aware, the use case involves content piracy. It’s a reputation BitTorrent, Inc is trying to shed.Using BitTorrent To Promote – Not Steal – ContentLast month, the company formally teamed up with Ferriss to help him promote his new book, The 4-Hour Chef. The partnership gave Ferriss prime visual real estate on BitTorrent.com, his grinning mug slapped across the homepage of a site to which more than half a million people navigate to download the BitTorrent client everyday. It’s the sort of exposure that would cost big bucks to buy. The campaign’s call to action – to adopt the parlance of Internet marketers – wasn’t just to buy his book on Amazon, although that was undoubtedly its goal. To help whet their appetites, users were prompted to download a bundle of free content offered exclusively through BitTorrent. If you weren’t sure if you wanted to pay for a copy of The 4-Hour Chef, perhaps a sample chapter, behind-the-scenes videos and supplementary notes would help convince you.  john paul titlow 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Since debuting in November, Tim Ferriss’s BitTorrent content bundle has been downloaded more than 1.4 million times. While one should always be careful not to draw logically shaky conclusions about causation, it’s hard to imagine that the promotion didn’t help drive The 4-Hour Chef up the bestseller charts at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly, at least a little bit. It also didn’t hurt that Ferriss was already a well-established, bestselling author.This time around, though, Ferriss was looking for all the marketing and promotional help he could get. Rather than going with a traditional publisher, he had signed on with Amazon’s new publishing arm. The move was frowned upon by already-beleaguered bricks-and-mortar booksellers, many of whom refused to carry Ferris’s latest title. With this huge disadvantage in mind, he approached BitTorrent, whose previous experiments in content promotion (mostly with musicians) had generated some impressive numbers. Whether those download numbers translate directly into revenue for creators remains difficult to prove. Does the extra exposure of BitTorrent (and potential payoff if a formal partnership is involved) outweigh revenue lost to piracy? Again, hard to say. BitTorrent, Inc is hoping that experiments like Ferriss’s will help answer those questions. In many ways, the future of the book publishing industry could rest on which piracy response they choose to follow: Tim Ferriss or John Wiley and Sons.last_img read more

10 Thoughts On Oklahoma State’s 44-20 Win Over Kansas

first_imgJordan Sterns is insane. https://t.co/utPwTH7BlP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20164. OSU was actually not that bad on offense …Oklahoma State averaged 3.14 points per drive on offense today.The No. 12 team in the nation averages 3.12 points per drive (#FireYurcich). It’s not always pretty, but Yurcich and Co. somehow always figure out a way to put up points. And yes, I know it was Kansas. Kansas also allows just 2.85 points per drive so you were better than the average team against them.5. … the offense also got a lot of help from its defenseOklahoma State’s drives started on its own 42 on average. That’s a crazy number. Mason Rudolph was nearly trotting out to midfield on average. OSU’s defense was throwing its offense some absolute softballs. In the second half, OSU started with the ball inside Kansas’ 30 three times.My biggest issue with the offense is that sometimes it feels like it’s trying to do too much. There was a ridiculous delay of game with 8:30 left in the second quarter that screamed “our playbook used to be eight plays and now it’s 800 and we don’t know what to run!”And I get it. Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken were better coordinators. There’s a reason they went on to become head coaches. I understand that this O doesn’t have the beauty of a Holgorsen-coached one. But it does seem to always figure out how to put up points when it needs them most, and that should count for something.Justice Hill is insane. https://t.co/f6er8hbedA— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20166. Jalen McCleskey might be this team’s soulJames Washington was virtually nonexistent on Saturday. He was rarely targeted by Mason Rudolph, and even when he was, it did not go well.? pic.twitter.com/NGqQdkWN7E— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016On the other hand, Jalen McCleskey caught six passes for 129 yards and gave Mason Rudolph a lift when he needed it. All of that led to this amazing stat.Touches and yards today:James Washington: 3 for 19 yardsCowboy D-linemen: 3 for 73 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20168. Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield …I’m scared.Ramon can’t set enough phone alarms for me to not be terrified of what they’re going to do to this secondary. Montrell Cozart (!!) threw for 250 yards (and it really should have been 320 if homeboy hadn’t taken one off the facemask for Sterns to take the other way). His previous career high in a Big 12 game was 150 against Iowa State last year.Montrell Cozart (MONTRELL COZART!) lit up OSU’s secondary so bad I thought Mary Fallin might institute a burn ban in northern Oklahoma for the rest of the month. What are Mahomes and Mayfield going to do?9. Mason Rudolph — good, not greatI thought Rudolph was all right on Saturday. He didn’t throw it away, leaned on No. 27 and protected what his defense gave him. His stats don’t wow you (16/24 for 220 yards and a TD), but it’s more disconcerting that an inability of OSU’s receivers to get open led to five sacks and a loss of 31 yards.One of Rudolph’s best qualities is field awareness and checking down, and he just had nothing going on. If you’re Mike & Mike you have to have Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D-Z for getting No. 28 open or using him as a high-level decoy. You can’t just say, “welp, KU is bracketing him so I guess we just better run it 65 times” against better defenses.10. No. 100 vs. Dana would be so sweetPeople will poo poo on this, but a 24-point win in Lawrence is a 24-point win in Lawrence. Do I wish it would have been 74-10? I do. But OSU whipping Kansas 27-7 in the second half gives it a little momentum going into the Homecoming game against West Virginia next week.And there would be nothing better than Jhajuan Seales and Tre Flowers dumping a Gatorade bucket of Red Bull on the head ball coach, lifting him to the skies and letting him crowdsurf the student section as OSU celebrates not only Homecoming but hopefully ruining West Virginia’s perfect season.I know today was supposed to be win No. 100 (or No. 101), but few scenarios could be better than beating an old pal at home to hop back into the Big 12 title race. Onto the next one. BOX SCOREOklahoma State held on early and torched Kansas late nabbing three turnovers and riding freshman Justice Hill to its fifth win of the season. There was more angst than Mark Mangino at a Souper Salad in the first two quarters, but OSU did what OSU has done for several years now: Played poorly for long stretches against bad teams but still won handily at the end.The Pokes actually hit the spread (-24) right on the nose with Chris Carson’s final touchdown halfway through the fourth quarter and a game that felt incongruent at halftime was put to bed with a little juice heading for Homecoming next week. Let’s take a look at 10 Thoughts on OSU and Kansas.1. Justice Hill is a starHe has been a star for a while now, and he’s only solidifying it with every 100-yard rushing game he posts. He had 22 carries for 162 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown on Saturday against Kansas. Kansas is No. 94 nationally in yards allowed per carry so I’m not going to lose my mind here, but it has become clear that Hill has the potential to be one of the best in the Mike Gundy Era.Also, quick shoutout to Chris Carson for an equally-strong day in his return from a broken hand (he also had 7.4 YPC). His ceiling sort of is what it is, and he’s had terrific days against bad teams (UTSA last year) so I’m not as excited about the rest of his career as, say, Hill. But he still has a legitimate role on this team for the rest of the season.Chris Carson high jump!! https://t.co/DwB84MRbUf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20162. This is Who We areI do love the weekly “we gotta fire everybody, quit playing football and burn the school down lest we are unable to harvest the grounds for wheat two years from now because OSU just went three and out” outrage on Twitter.(actually I do not love that at all)Here’s the reality: OSU is a good football team that is 5-2 (and should be 6-1) with a chance to win eight or nine games. Everything doesn’t have to be the best or worst thing in all of college athletics history.What evidence do we have in the last three years that this team is going to be a team that houses bad opponents early and often on the road? Zero. There is none. Is that frustrating? Absolutely. Do I wish it was different? Yes, I wish the Oil Baron was playing entire halves.But at what point do we just start expecting to be in close games for 30-40 minutes against crappy teams like Kansas? Why do we act more surprised than Kansas’ basketball players the first time they saw Bill Self without his toupee on every week it happens?3. It’s always Been About turnoversAlways has been. Always will be. Oklahoma State is now 48-6 when it creates three or more turnovers in the Mike Gundy Era. The flip side to this is that playing a high-risk, high-reward defense is a. poor for the health of your fans b. really bad when you don’t get those turnovers.Kansas was marching all over OSU’s defense at times on Saturday. It should have scored a TD on this insane three-lateral play, but instead OSU did what OSU does, flipped the field and scored 17 points off turnovers. For most teams, I would say this is untenable. For OSU, it’s commonplace. Just be sure to renew your heart medicine prescription. Sick catch by McCleskey. https://t.co/JUigDTAM0j— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016He is not this team’s best player (Washington). He is not its heartbeat (Rudolph). But he, along with Jordan Sterns, might be its soul. Take them away and you still have something, but it’s not as full-bodied as it could be.7. The Blizzard and Tommie Frazier III have nicknamed DeQuinton Osborne “The Blizzard” and Carson says Vincent Taylor is the next Tommie Frazier. Three — three! — Oklahoma State defensive linemen got touches in the second half between Osborne’s slick pick and Jordan Sterns’ pitch to Taylor who pitched it to Jarrell Owens. That’s the same number of touches James Washington had on offense. 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

Oklahoma State Pledge Kris McCune Named Blue-Grey All-American

first_imgKris McCune, a senior safety from Dallas Christian is yet another Cowboy recruit who will participate in an All-American bowl. He has received an invite to join the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl,  a bowl that Oklahoma State receiver Jalen McCleskey competed in several years ago.McCune is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete who plays both ways for Dallas Christian but will secure his role in Stillwater as a safety and projects as a defensive back at the next level.Oklahoma State will lose safeties Jordan Sterns and Derrick Moncrief after this year, and McCune, one of several safeties expected to sign in February, will likely be in the running to try and secure early playing time in their stead. 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

Justice Hill Taking Hands-Off Approach in Younger Brother’s Recruitment

first_imgSophomore running back Justice Hill was just a three-star running back prospect out of Booker T. Washington when he signed with Oklahoma State in 2016.By one season’s sample size, rankings grossly undervalued the Freshman All-American’s talent. But to this point, the same can’t be said for his younger brother Dax, a five-star Class of 2019 recruit who has already garnered offers from OU, OSU, Alabama, Penn State, Michigan … and the list goes on.AdChoices广告Dax is a standout safety for Booker T. Washington who has been tabbed as the top recruit in the state, and despite his older brother’s experience as a recruit, Justice says he’s taken a more hands-off approach — with subtle orange-and-black nudging.“I just say take it one day at a time,” Hill said about the advice he’s given his younger brother. “You know, he’s got two years left so he’s got a lot of things to experience. I mean, I try and nudge him to come here [to OSU] every now and then. But he’s got to make that decision that’s right for him.” Despite all the attention Dax has received, he’s taking a measured approach and the wisdom from his older brother to heart.“He’s just been congratulating me, just telling me to keep the good job up and to keep doing what I’m doing and to stay focused,” Dax said back in June. “He’s really just been telling me that even though he went to OSU doesn’t mean I have to follow in his footsteps. He wants me to weigh my options, and has told me I don’t need stay in Oklahoma just because I live here. He doesn’t want me to limit myself or my opportunities to just Oklahoma schools, so he’s encouraged me to explore all my options.”As for a timetable for a decision, Dax says he doesn’t want to go down to the wire on signing day. Like his older brother, who pledged almost a full year before signing day in 2016, he says he wants to get his decision out of the way as early as he can in his senior season.“I’m really not going to wait too long, but I don’t want to do it too early, either,” he said. “I want to make a decision when I feel like it’s the right time.”Hill is ranked nationally as the No. 27 prospect in the 2019 class, and the No. 3 prospect at the safety position. 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

Mexico launches English social media

first_imgMexico Mexico launches English-language social media channels, announces May friendly against Wales Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 07:25 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raul Jimenez Poland Mexico Mexico World Cup The team now will communicate with fans in English as well as Spanish, with a match in the U.S. taking place in late May The Mexico national team rolled out its English-language social media accounts Thursday, a long-awaited move in the U.S. market where El Tri are one of the most popular teams.In addition to its Spanish-language presence, Mexico now will tweet in English at @MiSeleccionMXEN and post on Facebook as “Mexico’s national team” with the same tag as the Twitter handle.El Tri also confirmed they will take on Wales on May 28 at the Rose Bowl in the Los Angeles area part of the team’s preparations for the World Cup in Russia. With the contest against Wales announced, Mexico’s itinerary in the buildup to the tournament is set. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Well, basically there are more than 40 million fans of the Mexican national team in the United States. We practically have two territories — Mexico and the United States — because of the amount of fans we have in both countries,” Guillermo Cantu, the general secretary of the Mexican federation, said at a news conference Thursday. “We could call it our second home.”For us, it’s really important to come and have games here. Of course, as I said, we have to ‘start speaking English.’ That’s why I have this shirt,” Cantu continued, holding up a Mexico jersey with the Twitter handle on the back, “to start engagement in English. For us, it’s really important to have a partner in [Soccer United Marketing] in this venture we started 16 years ago and has grown in all aspects over time.”The match against Wales gives Mexico a game against top-20 opposition, according to the FIFA rankings, and will likely feature the roster manager Juan Carlos Osorio intends to take to Russia.”It will basically the team that will represent Mexico in the World Cup. We will try to give the chance to players depending on how they finish their seasons and how they come to their camp,” Osorio said in a news release.El Tri return home to Mexico City for a send-off match match against Scotland on June 2 in the Estadio Azteca. Mexico then travels to face Denmark on June 9 before landing in Moscow ahead of the tournament-opening game against Germany on June 17.last_img read more

Neville: Lukaku could be benched next

first_imgManchester United After Pogba benching will Lukaku be next? Neville sees Alexis problem for Man Utd striker Chris Burton 22:56 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Premier League Marcus Rashford Jose Mourinho has shown that he is not afraid to take big-money additions out of his side, and a £75 million frontman may be facing an enforced break Romelu Lukaku could soon follow Paul Pogba onto the Manchester United bench, says Gary Neville, who sees opportunities opening up for others.Jose Mourinho has shown over recent weeks that he is not afraid to take big-money signings out of the firing line if they are not delivering the required level of performance.Pogba has found himself at the centre of a substitute debate at Old Trafford, but he may not be the last high-profile figure to be handed an enforced break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Neville believes £75 million Lukaku is the man most likely to drop out of the side, with Alexis Sanchez capable of operating as a central striker and Marcus Rashford ready to step back in on the flanks.The former United defender told Sky Sports: “My view at the moment is that the one person who is under some pressure is Romelu Lukaku, in terms of his form, and also that Sanchez could go up front, because I’m not sure he’s suited to the right. That may allow Marcus to come back into the team.”I think Lukaku has done well this season, but I think there comes a point whereby if both he and Alexis Sanchez are not performing to their best, which they are not at the moment, you’d think Sanchez will be moved up top and Lukaku may come out of the team for a few matches.”It’s not because he’s a bad player, but he could come out of the team, freshen up, see the game differently, and then come back in when others have had a go.”Rashford will be hoping that proves to be the case, with the 20-year-old forward having found starts hard to come of late.He has not made Mourinho’s XI for a Premier League fixture since Boxing Day, but Neville believes the England international remains an important part of the Red Devils’ plans.He added: “I think he’s had a lot of playing time this season, he’s had a lot of minutes on the pitch and up until a few games ago had taken part in every match.Marcus Rashford Manchester United“When you’re a young player coming into the team, ultimately you’re not all of a sudden going to play every game for the rest of your career. Ryan Giggs did that, but that’s an exception.”When I came into the squad, or David Beckham, or John O’Shea, Wes Brown – there are periods where you are in the side for 10 or so matches, in a great run of form, then you dip a bit, then you are out of the team, then you come back in.”You have that rest, you experience the game from the touchline, you have that period. In my point of view it’s not unusual for any young forward or winger to be in and out of the team, it’s absolutely usual. It’s what I would have expected.”If I thought he wasn’t in the manager’s plans, or wasn’t in the frame or in favour, I’d be worried then, but I think Jose Mourinho has proven that he likes Marcus Rashford.”But just at the moment, with Alexis Sanchez signing, with Anthony Martial doing quite well recently, he has just fallen behind those two slightly.”last_img read more