In yet another early contest on Saturday morning for Oklahoma State’s homecoming against West Virginia, the Red-Bull chugging Mountaineers came into Stillwater and didn’t back down in a raucus Boone Pickens Stadium.The Mountaineers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to start the scoring, and WVU seemingly was controlling the momentum until defensive tackle Vincent Taylor forced a WVU fumble that gave OSU a first and favorable. The turnover lead to the first touchdown of the game for the Pokes to give them a 13-10 lead and steal back momentum, before shutting out the first half with a bang to score a TD to take a 20-10 lead into the break.Coming out of the second half, the Pokes had a three-minute drive that landed them in field goal position with a chance to put more points on the board but squandered an early opportunity with Benjamin Grogan falling victim to the wind and missing a long field goal attempt.But the defense tightened up in a pivotal third quarter, and after dropping a surefire INT earlier in the game, Ramon Richards pulled a rabbit out of his top hat that set up OSU in their own territory. [email protected] likes to score off turnovers.Latest case in point – Ramon Richards INT.#Big12FB on FOX https://t.co/j5VGNPAnVL— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 29, 2016Mason Rudolph scored three plays later on the zone read keeper to give them a 27-10 advantage. But the Mountaineers scored on the second play of the fourth quarter on Skyler Howard’s own zone read keep and again in a chip shot field goal to score 10 straight and cut it to 27-20.With the offense sputtering in the second half, Mason Rudolph #PutTheTeamOnHisBack to lead them to a much-needed scoring drive with a beautiful fade to Chris Lacy in the endzone to put them up 34-20.And just as OSU fans were biting their nails with Dana Holgersen’s team in possession, the Oklahoma State defense came up with a huge INT by Kevin Henry that gave OSU the ball to allow them to run the clock.The Ice Pirate drained a safety field goal with 1:34 remaining to put the game out of reach, and just like that Mike Gundy has his sixth win over a top 10 team during his tenure in Stillwater.Oklahoma State faces Kansas State in Manhattan next Saturday. 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 State has extended an offer to 2017 quarterback Mac Jones, a 6-foot-2 pro-style prospect from Jacksonville, Florida.Blessed to receive an offer from Oklahoma State University! #GoPokes #Big12 pic.twitter.com/pvZyoDfhej— Mac Jones (@MacJones_10) December 17, 2016Jones, as you can see from his profile photo, is currently committed to Alabama. Since committing to the Crimson Tide in June, there has been no activity in regards to schools making offers to the four-star prospect.But of note, Alabama is loaded at quarterback.Nick Saban just rode his freshman quarterback to the College Football Playoff this season. And he also has a five-star dual-threat prospect, Tua Tagovailoa, committed in 2017. He announced this week that he was shutting down his recruitment, and will enroll early in Tuscaloosa.So, where does that leave Mac Jones?Several quarterbacks transferred this season. So the spot, as it appears now, is still available for Jones. But OSU apparently sees an opportunity to try and coax him away, especially with the position being loaded for them.Maybe it’s a shot in the dark.Whatever the case, it seems evident OSU is trying to take 2 QB’s in the class to go alongside Jelani Woods. 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.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The last few years, while rife with success on the field, have been a bit of a bumpy ride for Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners otherwise. Paul Finebaum went scorched earth on Stoops last week regarding a variety of things:“When Bob Stoops talks, I don’t really listen because I think he’s disingenuous to discipline. He’s not the only one by the way but we’re talking about his program here and because of that example a couple years ago (Mixon), you’re seeing more problems here today.” [The Big Lead]And Jordan Thomas, a senior defensive back at Oklahoma three times disciplined, offered internal perspective:“This year, they look to me as a leader and a guy that they’re going to look to to make plays. It’s just like, I’ve kept my nose clean obviously and been on the right track, and people aren’t seeing that. People are seeing ‘he got in trouble and nothing happened to him.’ They don’t see the transformation of the player from then until now.” [TulsaWorld]The emphases are intentional, mine and the primary points of contention. And one of the biggest questions plaguing amateur athletics.And somewhere in between second chances and sound discipline is the gray area. It’s pronounced “we’re waiting for all of the details to come out” and “he’s been disciplined internally.” Norman holds more football case studies for the topic than energy-related degrees. But three camps have emerged.TransformLeaveWe’ll see.Jordan Thomas is self-proclaimed to be in the first camp. Dusty Dvoracek is the poster child climbing from errant upperclassman to well-respected reporter. Receiver Ryan Broyles went from troubled teen to role model. On the flip side, former Cowboy defensive end Jamie Blatnick is the orange-flavored redemption story.“Obviously, things are better,” Blatnick said. “You make a mistake, you pay the price and you keep going. That’s what I’ve done, I’ve kept going.“And I learned from it.” [NewsOK]Arguments could be easily made that Dvoracek and Blatnick should have gotten the boot, Broyles shouldn’t have been offered. But the second chance could have been the biggest step towards a positive outcome. Blatnick appears to be doing great. Running his own company after a few years in the pros.Stoops talked Dvoracek and outlined the path that we all love to see happen.“He’s a great example of a person that was gone and I was done with him,” Stoops told the Tulsa World. “And if he was cast off, who knows what ends up happening to him? As it was, he knew, he changed, he did everything that needed to be done and he’s a productive, great citizen now, a family man that does all the right things. And that’s what we’re to do, is help these young guys grow.”Multiple chances aren’t a hard and fast rule; some are asked to leave.Exiled in January, former Sooner cornerback Parrish Cobb has accrued what appears to be seven felonies in this young 2017. Touted OU receiver Trey Metoyer has only seen trouble since he was asked to leave. A 2013 four-star defensive back L.J. Moore, essentially asked to leave in 2014, was arrested for things I’m not comfortable typing as a father-to-be in October.And some we have to wait and see how the second chance turns out.Joe Mixon was mostly well-behaved. He’s about to be handed a pile of cash, the only question is how tall. Baker Mayfield’s bundle of misdemeanors will surely amount to nothing, his Heisman hopes still in tact. Time will tell if “internal discipline” will be enough to reform behavior.But that brings us back to the original question as to what’s the right choice: let a kid feel the weight of his mistake by losing the opportunity or coach him, mentor him and provide him accountability to develop as a person.Most popular and stomach-able is a well-traveled fourth situation: player misbehaves, is asked to leave and grows from it.Tyreek Hill for example. He’s sent to West Alabama and works his way back. It still puts the pro team in a tough spot but it just feels more fair. Journalists don’t write scathing pieces on Oklahoma State, and Mike Gundy wasn’t asked about it at the Sugar Bowl. Rhett Bomar doesn’t haunt Bob Stoops and everyone is happy for him when he gets a job coaching. Cam Newton earned a scholarship at Auburn after allegations at Florida. Netflix has a series on players trying to climb back up.It just feels right for a player to have to leave the spotlight, the training tables and glories of the Power Five to fight their way back. Accountability.Still, the answers are wide-ranging in our world of moral subjectivity. Protect your school’s brand. Everyone deserves a second chance. No thanks, he’s wild on social media and doesn’t respect his mother.Moving towards a solution, my alma mater appears to be onto something that could be helpful. While still shell-shocked about the fit and motivation for the hire, something non-cost related that pointed to the hire of Michael Boynton, Jr. could be part of our answer.The genuine side of Boynton was evident to many inside the basketball program this past season. He worked tirelessly. He looked for ways to fix what was broken and improve upon what was succeeding.But as much as anything, he connected with players, pushing and cajoling when they needed it but joking and laughing when they needed it, too.After practice, guys would stick around.“And cling to him,” said Lamont Evans, the assistant who Boynton has retained as his associate head coach. “That’s huge.“It’s genuine, how he was and how he is.”When asked what he believes sold decision makers on him, Boynton pointed to the way he builds relationships and invests personally. [NewsOK]The male role model and mentor aspect of a coach could be overplayed but it appears to have landed a job for someone who embraces it.Genuine, sincere relationships with young people are overwhelmingly important. It’s paid positions like this one that are crucial in the process.Personally, we should hate to see our young men falter — crimson or orange pantone 166. When they do, we need to yearn for the redemption of their lives. That regardless of their remaining eligibility and athletic utility, all have sinned, erred, misbehaved and we can empathize on some level.And we don’t have to declaw justice to get there — a player can be asked to leave a school and that’s fair and right and just. And needs to happen in some cases. Athletes can fall victim to excessive pride and think the law doesn’t apply to them. The most loving thing a coach and institution can do sometimes is tell them that’s not true and show them the door.And sometimes it’s best for them to stay. Sometimes, despite how it looks, that decision is being made based less on what happens on Saturdays and more on what happens every day for the rest of their life. The struggle with arguing about this is that there is no hard and fast rule here. Every situation is different. By definition these situations (and the fallout) are almost always messy.But regardless of it happens in Oklahoma at a stadium, a different school or in the workforce, redemption of people’s lives is the goal. Last weekend was full of Reese’s peanut butter eggs, celebrating the grace and forgiveness I’ve profoundly experienced and pondering a sacrifice made on my behalf. I hope others (including the athletes we talk about as if they are commodities and not human beings) experience it too.
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. Chris Carson fulfilled a lifelong dream when he saw his name flash across the television screen on Saturday evening. Whether a player goes in the 1st round or the 7th, it’s a moment they will never forget.Check out this video from the Seattle Seahawks where GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll call Carson to break the good news.Video Playerhttp://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/170429-Carson-Call2-5000k.mp400:0000:0000:53Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I was getting kind of nervous,” Carson said according to the Seahawks “I wanted to get my name called. I had talked to a lot of teams about being signed as a free agent. Then Seattle called me, and I just got excited to see that number pop up. I talked to the coaches there, and I started crying. I started to tear up a little bit. I’m just blessed to be in this situation.”Carson was selected with the 249th overall pick in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the 11th and final selection by the Seahawks.
Junior college standout Emmit Gooden, who named Oklahoma State in his top 20 schools earlier this week, paid a visit to Stillwater on Saturday. Just a 2.5-hour drive from his home in Independence, Kansas, Gooden, a three-star prospect, came away impressed with what OSU had to offer.“It was a great visit,” Gooden told Pistols Firing. “I had a chance to sit down with Coach Gundy and hear him out along with Coach [Joe Bob] Clements and Coach [Glenn] Spencer. Just sat down with them to see what they had planned for me, and checked out OSU. Overall I liked the campus, I liked the academics, and I liked the stadium and facilities.”As for OSU’s pitch to Gooden, who will be a December graduate, it’s simple: Immediate playing time. The one-time Mississippi State signee who took the junior college route is looking for a place where he can make an instant impact, and the OSU coaches are making that a point of emphasis on that.“They want me inside,” Gooden, who was a defensive end but has grown into a defensive tackle, said. “They said I could come and make an impact right away, because they’re thin at d-tackle. They’re recruiting me very heavily. You know, Coach Gundy, I liked him. Me and him had a great talk, we talked about personal stuff, just about recruiting and the OSU program.“Me personally, I think Coach Gundy is a great guy. It was the first time I ever met him, you know, besides doing some research ahead of time and watching ‘the rant’ he did a few years back. What I got from Coach Gundy was that he’s a player’s coach. He’ll stand behind his players 110 percent, and that’s what the whole coaching staff is about. That’s the type of visit I got from him.”Naturally, his first time visiting Gundy was also a formal introduction to the man, the myth and the mullet. Being from Tennessee, he says Gundy struck a chord with him because of his old-school style that flowed down through the coaching staff.“They’re very old school,” Gooden said. “They got a little swag. Somebody like me might make him cut it off and get a new hairstyle. Nah, nah. They’re very cool, laid back, no fashion statements or anything like that. They’re all about playing football.” 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 St visit was a success can’t wait to get back to Stillwater soon ? #GoPokes #CowboyUp18 #okstate pic.twitter.com/U6Leqp1Qpg— TheRealEmmitG93 (@TheRealEmmitG93) May 21, 2017When Gooden was a four-star prospect out of high school, he was almost exclusively recruited in the southeast. The Tennessee native held offers from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ohio State, and others. But now that he’s headed into his second junior college season for Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, he says he’s getting a lot of looks from the Big 12 — including Oklahoma, a school he also made a visit to recently.“I had fun on both [OU and OSU] visits,” he said, contrasting the two. “I didn’t get a chance to meet with Coach Stoops. But if I’m not mistaken, Coach Gundy had a speaking engagement planned. But when he heard I was coming to town, he canceled. So little things like that separated it a little bit.”
Mukuamu says he talks with Parkway alum Keondre Wudtee regularly – a connection that could pay dividends for the Cowboys. But the competition figures to be stiff. Among those vying for his services are Florida, Ole Miss, Florida State, South Carolina and others.More offensive linemen coming?During an unofficial visit this weekend, Klein Oak 2018 offensive guard prospect John Bolding picked up an offer from Oklahoma State.Bolding, whose offer list included small schools like Stephen F. Austin, Prairie View A&M, McNeese State and FIU, could be part of a packaged deal the staff is working on. He happens to be the younger brother of four-star junior college defensive tackle target Tayland Humphrey, who also visited this weekend.Humphrey tweeted out this week that he would only be taking official recruiting visits this fall to schools that offer both him and his younger brother, and after the visit and offer to Bolding, he tweeted this and later added he was “thinking of committing soon.”@cowboysfb offered my lil bro @lil_saucyy_ look like time to set up a OV #STAYSAUCY pic.twitter.com/TaukBCEGcr— Number1️⃣DraftPick (@Big_Saucy_) June 17, 2017 The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.Point guard target Elijah Weaver breaks down OSU interestAmong the handful of 2018 blue-chip prospects Mike Boynton is targeting, point guard Elijah Weaver – a four-star, top-40 prospect – is one of the biggest the Pokes are still in the mix with.Weaver, an Oldsmar, Florida product, has 25-plus scholarship offers from the likes of Villanova, Louisville, Ohio State, Arizona, and others. But he says OSU has caught his eye since Boynton took over.“I am intrigued by the coaching staff,” Weaver told MakePlayz.com recently. “The coaches there were Breakdown guys too and that is my AAU team, Team Breakdown, so I think our relationship is good and it just grows everyday being that they know my AAU coach.”Weaver says he’d like to visit Stillwater in the near future and plans to narrow his list soon to “about five or six” of his top schools. Ohio State, Florida and Villanova will be on the list – and it seems OSU is working overtime to try and join them. Top schools for Israel Mukuamu coming FridayLouisiana safety target Israel Mukuamu, a Bossier City product, says he plans to drop a list of his top schools on Friday. The three-star prospect will likely name Oklahoma State among his schools after an enjoyable trip to Stillwater a month ago.“I liked it a lot because it’s a college town, the town is surrounded by the school,” he told Pistols Firing after his visit. “I like it a lot. It’s very quiet there so I’ll be able to focus a lot. I like the coaching staff a lot. They’re very serious about me, and they’re just great people.”At nearly 6-5 and 190 pounds, Mukuamu has drawn Tre Flowers comparisons from the coaching staff with his range in the secondary and long, athletic frame. 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.
Leganes 1 Real Madrid 3: Casemiro inspires comeback for Zidane’s men Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:40 22/2/2018 Getty Images Casemiro made one and scored another before Sergio Ramos wrapped up a hard-earned victory for Real Madrid at Leganes from the penalty spot. Real Madrid overcame an early blow and were made to toil after half-time for a 3-1 LaLiga win at Leganes.The victory moves Zinedine Zidane’s reigning champions up to third in the table above Valencia, although the hosts struck first as defender Unai Bustinza claimed his first senior goal.Cristiano Ronaldo was given the night off by Zidane and, with Gareth Bale starting on the bench, Casemiro assumed the unlikely role of being Madrid’s creative driving force. 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 The Brazilian midfielder created the 11th-minute equaliser as Spain winger Lucas Vazquez continued his impressive recent form and converted a glorious winner before the half hour.Madrid shipped three goals in Sunday’s win at Real Betis but Zidane was grateful to see Sergio Ramos marshalling a more robust backline as 13th-placed Leganes probed without reward during the second period, and the Madrid captain made sure of victory by coolly dispatching a penalty in the final minute.The European champions are still seven points shy of Atletico Madrid in second and 14 behind leaders Barcelona.1 – Casemiro has both scored and assisted in a same game for Real Madrid for the first time ever in all competitions. Crucial. pic.twitter.com/meLBxRRyaN— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 21, 2018Despite the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo being out through injury, Zidane still elected to rest Ronaldo and first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Madrid made a lackadaisical start and Navas’ replacement Kiko Casilla was picking the ball out of his net in the sixth minute.Gabriel Pires flicked on a left-wing corner at the near post and, after seeing his initial attempt saved, Bustinza flung himself towards the ball, taking Theo Hernandez’s clearance on the top of his head to net an unusual diving header.Madrid’s response was impressively swift, with Casemiro intercepting a poor clearance and feeding Karim Benzema before improvising a flick from Mateo Kovacic’s pass that allowed Lucas to clip a precise finish across Ivan Cuellar.Casemiro was again at the heart of things when Madrid took a 29th-minute lead – this time providing the finishing touch himself after exchanging passes with Benzema and accepting Lucas’ assist to crown a glorious one-touch move.Madrid were comfortably on top as the half wound down, with Benzema almost heading a third from Lucas’ cross.Leganes impressively got themselves back on the front foot during the early stages of the second half – Asier Garitano’s double switch, sending on Ruben Perez and Martin Mantovani in place of Dimitrios Siovas and Gerard Gumbau, rewarded with a spirited showing.Tito slotted a pass down the Madrid left to Nabil El Zhar and Claudio Beauvue got on the end of his low cross to force a point-blank stop from Casilla.El Zhar had a penalty claim following an untidy challenge from Kovacic rejected – the infringement did appear to take place fractionally outside the area – and Madrid continued to do more work in their own half than they would have liked.Bale came on 15 minutes from time, curtailing an industrious and accomplished display from the much-maligned Benzema.The Wales international almost picked out the bottom corner after springing the offside trap, but it was Ramos who grasped the ball and made no mistake when Diego Rico bundled Kovacic to the floor. Key Opta facts: – Casemiro has both scored and assisted in a same game for Real Madrid for the first time in all competitions.- Lucas Vazquez is the player with most assists in LaLiga in 2018 (five), alongside Lionel Messi.- Only Cristiano Ronaldo (10 goals and 2 assists) has been involved in more goals for Real Madrid than Lucas Vazquez (4 goals, 6 assists) in 2018 in all competitions.- Real Madrid have taken more penalties than any other LaLiga side this season in all competitions (12, 11 scored).- Sergio Ramos has scored in three consecutive LaLiga away games (three goals) for the second time, the first since September-Octtober 2007.- Real Madrid conceded their fastest goal in LaLiga this season (five minutes and four seconds). read more
Mexico 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) 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.
Inter 2 Benevento 0: Nerazzurri pick up much-needed win at San Siro Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 05:52 25/2/2018 Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images Benevento are still searching for their first away point in Serie A after conceding twice after the break at the San Siro Second-half goals from Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia secured Inter a much-needed 2-0 triumph over basement boys Benevento on Saturday.The Nerazzurri’s stuttering season appeared set to plumb new depths against travel-sick opponents until they scored twice in the space of three minutes.Skriniar lifted the mood inside a toxic San Siro when he caught Benevento sleeping at a corner, the defender running on to a bouncing ball to nod home. 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 Ranocchia followed his fellow centre-back’s lead soon after, meeting Joao Cancelo’s inviting free-kick with a firm header that flashed into the bottom right corner of goalkeeper Christian Puggioni’s net.Serie A’s bottom club had proved a major stumbling block until the quickfire double, and even had a stong shout for a penalty at 0-0, Danilo Cataldi denied when appearing to tumble over Ranocchia’s outstretched leg.However, the visitors finished the game with 10 men, Nicolas Viola sent off after receiving two late bookings, as Inter picked up a win that lifts them up to third in the table.4 – No defender has scored more goals than Milan Skriniar in Serie A this season (four goals). Guarantee. #InterBenevento — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) February 24, 2018 For Inter, it’s all about points, not performances. When they won the reverse fixture last October thanks to a brace from Marcelo Brozovic, they were unbeaten in seven games and appeared set to challenge for the Scudetto.Instead, a run of just one win in their last 10 league outings either side of the winter break has abruptly ended any title talk and instead left them in a fight to finish in the top four.Having seen his side struggle in a 2-0 loss at Genoa, Spalletti recalled Ivan Perisic and handed Rafinha his first start since joining from Barcelona, though the returning Mauro Icardi was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench.The changes failed to inspire the hosts in the first half, though, and it was Benevento who had the best opportunity to score before the break.Massimo Coda’s fierce drive on the counter forced Samir Handanovic into a smart save and immediately triggered a chorus of jeers from a far-from-happy Inter faithful.At the other end, Gaetano Letizia’s well-timed tackle stopped Antonio Candreva from calling Puggioni into action, the forward seeing the ball taken off his left foot just as he was set to pull the trigger.Matias Vecino finally managed Inter’s first on-target attempt in the 54th minute, unleashing a 25-yard shot that Puggioni punched over for a corner in rather unorthodox fashion.Cataldi was outraged when the officials failed to point to the spot after his clash with the clumsy Ranocchia, who quickly made an impact in the opposite box to put the game beyond Benevento.By that stage Skriniar had finally broken the deadlock, heading home his fourth goal of the season via a deflection off the underside of the crossbar.Benevento’s misery was complete with the dismissal of Viola, leaving them still without an away point in Serie A. While they’re stuck at the bottom, things might finally be looking up for Inter.| FT Inter 2-0 BeneventoHeaders from #Skriniar and @23_Frog see Inter get back to winning! #FORZAINTER pic.twitter.com/XZlscYGk1c — Inter (@Inter_en) February 24, 2018 Key Opta stats:- Prior to today, the last Inter home Serie A game without shots on target in the first half was back in September 2016 (v Juventus).- The first shot on target for Inter came in the 54th minute.- Inter have won their last two home league games after three draws and a defeat.- Inter have scored the most headed goals in Serie A this season (11) – Benevento have conceded the most (12). read more
PSL Gavin Hunt reveals why Bidvest Wits recalled Abednego Mosiatlhaga from loan Phumzile Ngcatshe Journalist Last updated 1 year ago 23:12 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Backpagepix PSL Bidvest Wits The experienced coach confirmed that he also registered the winger for 2018 Caf Champions League It is not unusual in football to see a player being loaned out and get a recall from a loan stint, as this happened with when Mamelodi Sundowns loaned out Percy Tau to Witbank Spurs in 2016.At the time, coach Pitso Mosimane said he wanted Tau to improve and get regular game time and as they say, the rest is history as Tau went on to win the Caf Champions League with the Brazilians.Just this past weekend, Bidvest Wits’ Abednego Mosiatlhaga showed the country what a change of scenery can do to a football player. 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 The Clever Boys winger was loaned out to Stellenbosch FC in July last year, but Gavin Hunt has since recalled to Braamfontein for the remainder of the season.Mosiatlhaga terrorised Cape Town City’s defence last weekend in their Premier Soccer League clash at Athlone Stadium, grabbing an assist for Lehlohonolo Majoro’s first goal on the night.Hunt praised the 23-year-old after handing him a start while also poking fun at the player’s inability to find the right ball in the box at times.“He’s got a little bit of magic and hopefully he is one for the future for us‚” Hunt told the media.“He’s in the Champions League squad as well and hopefully he will play in that competition‚ which will be good for him,” revealed the manager.The Students mentor said his thinking behind the winger’s recall was based on injuries to a number of his wide players such as the experienced duo of Elias Pelembe and Daine Klate.“I think he has got something we are going to need going forward,” added the coach.”He played two years ago for us and maybe it was too early‚ maybe it was my fault but I like to bring the kids in early. But I think he’s got something,” said Hunt.“His final ball was still poor (against City)‚ he went past the full-back four times in the first half. When you are a right-sided player you have got to deliver better there,” concluded the 53-year-old.