The man accused in the 2017 slaying of a Nebraska woman slashed his neck and fell from a wheelchair during his murder trial Monday.Fifty-two-year-old Aubrey Trail yelled “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all” before swiping something across his neck in the courtroom in Wilber.Deputies rushed to help as Trail lay bleeding on the floor.It is unclear when the trial will resume, or how badly Trail is injured.Authorities say he’s had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.Trail and 25-year-old Bailey Boswell are charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.Prosecutors say the pair planned Loofe’s abduction and killing .Trail’s attorney says her death was an accident during a consensual sex fantasy.Boswell is awaiting trial.
Who he is: I am a generally sensible person. I put together a monthly budget for Mrs. Pistols and I and we more or less follow it. I have a career path for myself defined in my mind that doesn’t exceed the limits of my talents and abilities. I know how to stay in my lane in other words. I can usually put sports in its proper place in our society which means I know when to remind myself (and others) that there’s no reason to overreact to certain things that happen within (or outside of) a given sporting event.And yet with that being true of my life, it all basically flies out the window when I watch and/or write about Justin Gilbert playing football.Gilbert is not an especially exceptional player, well, for OSU he is I guess (there are probably five or six of him at each of the BCS conference-toting Florida schools). There is, however something about the way he carries himself on the field. It’s not arrogance, that would be the wrong word. I’m actually not sure there is a word for it. Maybe if DeSean Jackson was an adjective that’s how I would describe Gilbert.Or maybe it’s just the (real) 10.68 100 he once ran. What he does: He returns kicks that make my friends wonder whether or not to call an EMT to resuscitate me or if I’ll just come back on my own. Seriously, I wish everyone reading this right now could have seen me when he hit the west side of the 50 last year in Bedlam during his return (7-second mark above). You would definitely think differently of me as a person.He’s also going to try his hand at playing more corner this year after covering #81 all summer. I could think of worse practice dummies.Where he fits in: Broderick Brown is the only sure thing at corner thus far with Devin Hedgepeth and Gilbert (among others) looking at significant playing time. James Poling of the O’Colly reported the other day that Joe DeForest expects Gilbert to return fewer kicks because of his increased role at corner. A little piece of me died when I came across that.Why he matters: You can’t have enough of Justin Gilbert on your team. It’s like saying, “man, you know what I really need to scale back on? Tailgating with my friends, I just feel like we do it too much.” No, nobody says that. As a coach you always try to put your best players in whatever position possible to win you games. If that means Brandon Weeden slingin’ it around the entire 4th quarter then so be it. If that means rushing Richetti Jones off the end for fourteen straight plays in the 3rd then do it. When your playmakers can go both ways and own special teams whenever they want though, well, that’s spectacular. And Gundy’s got a freaking gold mine on his hands in Gilbert if he can just figure out how to harness it.This post is part of our series on the 20 most important people to a 2011 Oklahoma State title run. Check the full list out here. PS: my favorite part of the video above is when Leroy on the mic jumps all over him like he was part of the play.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Tatum Bell has become a prominent figure in this story and he said on Thursday that he might take legal action against Sports Illustrated.Bell spoke to News6 and said he just wants to keep his name clean. Here’s an excerpt from the post on News6:Now, he said he plans to take legal action against the magazine.“I’m a high school football coach, I need to keep my name clean. I got a good reputation with the school, I want to keep my relationship with them, so this is definitely slander to my name,” Bell said.Sports Illustrated claims to have recorded all of the interviews, but the magazine told us Thursday night it has no plans of releasing those tapes. A member of the magazine’s media department said that the magazine stands by its reporting.No tapes, eh?I didn’t expect anything different but those tapes end up in court if Bell (and others go there).Bell confirmed what he said here via Twitter and even insinuated that OSU was going to roll on SI as well.https://twitter.com/tspeedtx/status/378164082311823360Can’t wait to see how this ends in 2059 when Tatum has great grandkids.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
I think this might have been the best catch I’ve ever seen Dez make live.It wasn’t the most spectacular or the most highlight-worthy or maybe even the most difficult. But I think it might have been the best.Dez’s stats that game:Six catches — 91 yards — 2 TDIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Everybody knows Emmanuel Ogbah is great at football. OK, not everybody. But everybody who needs to know Emmanuel Ogbah is great at football knows.When I stood inside Jerryworld last season asking Ogbah about how close OSU had come to knocking off Florida State, he had a hint of a smile on his robust face. Like he couldn’t believe how suddenly he’d arrived on the national scene.Those who know him best, though, say it hasn’t changed him at all.To us, he’s the same Ogbah,” Zach Crabtree told the Oklahoman. He’s the same guy that was there when I came in as a true freshman and he was a second-string defensive end. He hasn’t changed at all.”And why would he? As Chandler Vessels laid out in this terrific profile of No. 38, Ogbah had a no-frills upbringing that included a disciplined, structured home life.“When you have a child, when he begins to grow up and live outside your home and you don’t hear any negative reports about him, it’s something to thank God for,” his father Richard told the O’Colly.Ogbah had 50 tackles last season to go with 10 sacks, five deflected passes and two forced fumbles.“He’s been really good,” Gundy agreed on Thursday. “He’s the same person. Sometimes, guys that think they’re going to be a first-round pick and don’t do as good a job at getting about getting to class and doing what they’re supposed to. He looks the same. He’s not drawing attention to himself. He says very little.[1. Gundy seems big on dudes who don’t talk.] Hasn’t pulled himself out of anything.“His body looks good. He’s been a good leader for our team. His demeanor and temperament has not changed at all.”Ogbah told Vessels the leadership hasn’t come easy.“I’m not real vocal, and I think coach (Mike) Gundy wants me to speak more and help the younger guys,” he said noting that he’s piped up on the field at times. “I just talked about what it takes to become a champion and be successful. I just said it takes discipline. You have to listen to the coaches. They’ve been where you’re at. They know what it takes to get there.”Ogbah will be the cornerstone upon which a potential Big 12 title-caliber defense will be built. It sounds like he’s ready for it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! “The thing that scares you is that they’ve got more than one receiver,” added Grobe. “They had one that had the great day, but they have good speed at all the skill positions offensively and a couple running backs that are very talented. So what they do to you is they’ve got some individuals that can really hurt you, but you can’t double cover those guys because they’ve got good balance all over the field.”It’s true. Jhajuan Seales and James Washington became just the 13th duo in OSU history to each have 100 yards receiving in a game.“They have an explosive offense so we have to start fast and if we’re lacking anywhere then they can put up a lot of points so it’s going to be an exciting game,” added linebacker Travon Blanchard. “We have to limit their explosive plays. They’re going to take their shots and we have to withstand them all. Make them one dimensional and limit explosive plays.”Like I said earlier, the same is true from OSU’s side. Stop the run and #PrayForRamon.“When you’re spread with four [receivers], your corners are going to be on an island unless you’re playing a three-deep zone, but then you’re soft on the corners,” said OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer this week. “You just have to realize if you play it safely, you give up hitches, or you can be more aggressive and stop some things, but then you’re taking the chance of them throwing it over the top.”Also, this not related to anything, but I enjoyed this from Seth Russell on how other teams are copying Baylor’s offense (which is true).“They’re always gunning for us. We’re Baylor. We’ve been a high-powered offense, and people are starting to steal our offense now. Not to name any teams or anything, but it’s proven. The stats are there. Guys want to play in an offense like this. We’re going to play offense. Being who we are, people want to beat us. We have a target on our back. We’ve been pretty good the last several years, and we’re not going to stop being great. It just adds to it. It’s part of the game. You want to be the guy that everyone is gunning for. You don’t want to be the guy sitting in the back that nobody cares about. I love the competition, and we’re ready for it.”Game on. Baylor coaches and players met with the media earlier this week and had some interesting (if somewhat innocuous) things to say about what Oklahoma State has done so far this season. It’s clear that their coaches and players are concerned about OSU’s offense just as OSU’s players and coaches are concerned about theirs.Hopefully this ends in a 66-60 shootout.“This week with Oklahoma State coming to town the challenge gets ramped up quite a bit so hopefully we can have a good week of practice and improve on our consistency and be a better football team when the Cowboys come to town,” said head coach Jim Grobe.“The thing that they certainly did against Pittsburgh is they hit the deep ball and that got everybody’s attention. I don’t think there was anybody that watched that game that wasn’t impressed with how well, not only how well the receivers got down the field and got behind the corners and caught the football, but how well the quarterback throws the deep ball. He gets great height on the ball and that makes it really tough on the defensive backs because it kind of drops in over them so that was really, really impressive.”Yes it is.
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. Although you may not be impressed by the early performances, this Oklahoma State football is 2-0 heading into its non-conference game against the UTSA Roadrunners (0-2) this Saturday.UTSA so farUnlike the No. 25 Cowboys, UTSA has challenged itself in the non-conference season with matchups against nationally-ranked Arizona and the Kansas State Wildcats. However, both games ended in losses for Larry Coker’s team.In the 42-32 loss to Arizona, the Roadrunners compiled an astounding 525 total offensive yards, 332 of which came from the arm of quarterback Blake Bogenschutz. The redshirt freshman added two touchdowns against the Wildcats in a game that was competitive throughout.Kansas State’s defense was much stouter against the pass, holding Bogenschutz to 156 yards and zero touchdowns. The Roadrunners ground attack only mustered 37 yards in a game played at home. A 51-yard field goal made in the first quarter was the only scoring play UTSA had all night.OSU-UTSA historyThis will be third consecutive year that the Cowboys and the Roadrunners have met.In 2013, OSU traveled to San Antonio for a 56-35 victory. The Cowboys passing attack proved too much for UTSA with J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf combining for 518 yards and six touchdowns. Brandon Sheperd and Jhajuan Seales each had a touchdown catch in this contest as well. UTSA was able to manage 35 points against the strongest defense the Cowboys have had in the last three years.Last year these teams met in Stillwater with the Cowboys dominating 31-13. Bogenschutz saw some time in last year’s contest, completing 8-14 passes for 82 yards, including an interception made by Ashton Lampkin in the final seconds of the game.Daxx Garman made his first home start and went 16-30 with 315 yards and two touchdown passes. Seales was able to stretch out the UTSA defense with two long catches for 32 and 43 yards. Shepherd also added a touchdown for the second straight year against the Roadrunners.On offense, OSU must …UTSA remains vulnerable against the deep pass this year, something Mason Rudolph and company hope to expose. Mike Yurcich’s conservative offense opened up a bit against Central Arkansas with Rudolph hitting David Glidden on a couple of deep balls over the middle, and a beautiful ball to Jalen McClesky for 56 yards.Here’s Glidden’s first of two touchdowns last Saturday:Throw it to Glidden and watch him go! @CowboysFB up 17-0 early in the third quarter. http://t.co/G4J5c6DScu— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 13, 2015I don’t expect to see Rudolph having any issue moving the ball down the field this week. Walsh, Chelf and Garman have all had success against this defense in recent years so I don’t see any reason why Rudolph would do anything different.The Roadrunners defense has been far from shutdown (36 ppg.), but the unit has only averaged 236 passing yards allowed in the season’s first two games. However, Rudolph is arguably the best pure passer UTSA has faced to this point. Nothing against Anu Solomon or Joe Hubener, I just think Rudolph is a more advanced passer.It’s been easy to see that OSU has struggled to get its running game going. These troubles could stop this weekend as UTSA has allowed 169 rushing yards per game so far this season. I think a lot of people would be happy if OSU reached that mark this Saturday.What UTSA looks like on offenseLike the Cowboys, UTSA has a ground game that has not shown anything special early on. Jarveon Williams is the lead running back for the team, but he has only compiled 110 yards on 31 carries.The biggest playmaker on UTSA’s offense is 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior tight end David Morgan II. “They’ve got an NFL tight end and that guy lines up everywhere,” OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer told The Oklahoman’s Kyle Fredrickson. “I don’t know if anybody we face this year has got that guy.”Morgan II has 13 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in a strong start to the 2015 campaign. Check out Morgan II giving some extra effort last weekend against K-State: Beast Mode! UTSA TE David Morgan II literally carries defender for 1st down vs. Kansas State. #KSTATEvsUTSA https://t.co/TqfvEbjTvO— FS1 (@FS1) September 12, 2015 Protecting the ball will be keySloppiness could be the biggest downfall for this UTSA team. Bogenschutz threw two careless interceptions that led to a loss in Arizona. The team also has totaled 206 yards in penalties in the first two games of the season.UTSA is going to make its mistakes. The important thing for OSU is to make sure it is not matching those mistakes with turnovers or dumb penalties. Another key will be getting the offense going early. 10 points in the first half is not going to cut it this week. I expect Rudolph to be looking for Glidden early and often in order to get the ball moving down the field.If all goes as expected, the Cowboys should be 3-0 heading into the Big 12 season with a two or three touchdown victory over UTSA on Saturday.NOTE: UTSA had 36 seniors on its roster in 2014. This year the team has only six, which is the fewest number of any FBS team, per Tulsa World.
Premier League Premier League Team of the Week: Man City & Spurs stars lead the way Last updated 2 years ago 04:15 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Premier League Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United Liverpool Huddersfield Town West Bromwich Albion Chelsea Watford Southampton Tottenham Hotspur Burnley Stoke City Everton Newcastle United Leicester City Brighton & Hove Albion AFC Bournemouth Crystal Palace West Ham United Swansea City Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino’s sides got the better of Merseyside opposition, and a number of their players were on top form LUKASZ FABIANSKI | SWANSEA CITYDespite suffering defeat to Newcastle, no goalkeeper made more than the seven saves pulled off by the Poland international over the weekend.KIERAN TRIPPIER | TOTTENHAM Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The full-back laid on Harry Kane’s first goal of the season and completed more passes in the opposition’s half (36) than any player on the pitch during Saturday’s clash with Everton.JOHN STONES | MANCHESTER CITYThe England international completed 98 passes against Liverpool as his return to the side coincided with City keeping their first clean sheet since the opening day of the season.CHRISTIAN KABASELE | WATFORDThe Belgian won all six duels he was involved in as the Hornets kept their third successive Premier League clean sheet during their win over Southampton.BEN DAVIES | TOTTENHAMDavies created four chances against Everton — the most of any defender across the weekend. He leads the way in that regard for the season with 13 opportunities laid on for team-mates, seven more than any other defender.KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITYLaid on two assists against Liverpool in a virtuoso performance — this was the seventh instance of him creating at least two goals in a match since his arrival in the Premier League.N’GOLO KANTE | CHELSEAAs well as finding the net against his former side, Kante had more touches (81) and completed more interceptions (4) against Leicester than any other player.CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN | TOTTENHAMAfter his goal against Everton, the former Ajax midfielder is now the joint-highest scoring Dane in Premier League history with 32 goals (level with Nicklas Bendtner).PASCAL GROSS | BRIGHTONThe summer signing had a hand in each of the Seagulls’ first three Premier League goals, scoring two and laying on the third for Tomer Hemed.GABRIEL JESUS | MANCHESTER CITYJesus’ two goals against Liverpool now mean he has been directly involved in 14 goals in his 12 Premier League starts since arriving at City in January.HARRY KANE | TOTTENHAMWith August now over, Kane’s opening goal against Everton came from his 25th effort on goal of the season — his second longest such run in the Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
League Cup Carabao Cup draw: Chelsea host Everton as Man Utd take on Swansea in fourth round Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:11 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images League Cup Two all-Premier League ties catch the eye for the next round of the cup competition, while Arsenal face Championship side Norwich City Chelsea have been drawn against Everton at Stamford Bridge while Manchester United will take on Swansea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.The two Premier League giants went through with ease on Wednesday as they dispatched lower-league opposition. CFC, City, Utd joint favs for Carabao Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Blues thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-1, while United romped to a 4-1 win over Burton Albion. But in the next round each side will face fellow top-flight opposition, as Everton and Swansea prepare for a hefty challenge in the fourth round. Elsewhere Manchester City take on Wolves after beating West Bromwich Albion in a hard-fought clash on Wednesday at the Hawthorns. Arsenal, who squeezed past Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates Stadium, remain at home as Norwich City gear up for a trip to north London. Crystal Palace visit Bristol City, Leicester City play hosts to Leeds United and Bournemouth play at home against Middlesbrough in the remaining Carabao Cup fourth round clashes.
AFC Cup 2017: FC Istiklol 1-0 Bengaluru FC – The Blues fail the Tajikistan test Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:54 27/9/2017 Bengaluru FC A 27th minute goal from Dmitry Barkov meant that Albert Roca’s Blues exited the pitch on a losing note at the full-time whistle.. Visitors Bengaluru FC fell prey to Istiklol on Wednesday evening after a 27th-minute goal from Dmitry Barkov was proved to be enough to seal a victory for his side. Albert Roca’s Bengaluru FC side lined up in a full strength 4-3-3 formation with the exception of English defender John Johnson who has pulled out of the side’s AFC Cup campaign citing personal commitments. Also missing from the starting lineup was veteran wing-back Harmanjot Singh Khabra, relegated to the bench as Collin Abranches replaced the 28-year-old.As for Istiklol, who opted for a 4-4-2 formation, three of their stalwarts were suspended for this game. Defender Artem Baranovskyi and midfielders David Mawutor and Amirbek Juraboev were not available for selection after continuous yellow cards in their previous game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The match kicked off on a nervous note for the hosts as youngster Udanta Singh broke away from his marker, and with Stetsenko still finding his feet in the game, the winger found time and space to deliver a cross into the box, which was safely handled by the goalkeeper.Thirteen minutes into the game, the new Indian Super League side’s custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu pulled off an important save. It was Fatkhuloev who made the run and sent a cross into the box. Eventual goalscorer Barkov was left unmarked but his headed effort was latched onto by the Bengaluru goalkeeper.The home side kept trying their luck for an opening goal as Fatkhuloev succeeded in getting past Lenny Rodrigues to spew the ball inside the box. However, Dzhalilov failed to connect to the sweet spot. Just a minute later, Jahongir Aliev took a shot with his weaker foot from Davronov’s brave low cross into the box as he nearly crossed over the by-line. Aliev was left unmarked inside the box but again, the visitors escaped without punishment as the cross went wide.27 minutes into the game, the deadlock at the Hisor Central Stadium was broken and Dmitry Barkov registered his name on the scoresheet. Barkov opened the goal tally for his side with a headed goal which almost resembled a cannon shot, all thanks to Fatkhuloev who lobbed it in beautifully for the Russian who found space between the two unalert defenders inside the box. Around the half-hour mark, skipper Sunil Chhetri tried to get his team back into the game with a vicious shot but it sailed wide of the goal.The tail-end of the first half witnessed end-to-end action as Bengaluru FC looked more poised when going forward but the side trailed by a goal at the half-time whistle.The second half saw Gurpreet Singh Sandhu tested yet again as Fatkhuloev dug deep and targeted the near post. The former Stabaek goalkeeper, with his commendable glove work, dived to keep the ball away.At the hour mark, Bengaluru FC came close to setting up the equalising goal as captain Chhetri had Panjshanbe within his grasp but failed to find an opening from the edge of the box. However, Dovale was flagged offside by the linesman and the chance went in vain.Eight minutes later, Harmanjot Khabra was introduced by coach Roca, who in turn fed the ball to Chhetri. The skipper found himself in a rather sticky position and let it loose from distance which went miles wide. With fifteen minutes of regulation time remaining, the visiting side tried to pull up their socks and Istiklol looked somewhat disorganised as Roca played his cards through substitutions. After Udanta and Daniel fail to find an opening, Istiklol broke on a counter. Vasiev foolishly took a long swipe with only the goalkeeper in front of him and Gurpreet expectedly latched onto it with no problems whatsoever.Bengaluru FC maintained ball possession for long periods in both the halves but failed to convert any of it as they were defeated by Istiklol at Tajikistan following a lack of successful attempts for an equalizer in the latter half. As for the home side, The Crowns have a slender one goal advantage heading into the second leg of the 2017 AFC Cup inter-zone play-off finals. read more
Bayern München Muller: Ancelotti shouldn’t be a scapegoat Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 07:28 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti UEFA Champions League Bundesliga Bayern München v Freiburg Freiburg The manager paid the price for Bayern Munich’s unimpressive start to the season, but the German says the players are to blame Thomas Muller does not believe Carlo Ancelotti should be made a scapegoat after the Italian was sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September.Bayern made the decision to relieve Ancelotti of his position last month following the team’s 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Bayern 13/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. There had been rumours in the weeks leading up to his sacking that several key players in the dressing room were unhappy with his methods and had expressed that behind the scenes.Bayern sit five points behind pacesetters Borussia Dortmund after seven matches, but Muller does not believe all the blame should be laid at the feet of Ancelotti.Speaking to reporters at an Audi event, Muller said: “A big part of this [their recent struggles] is caused by the team that stands on the pitch and does not perform like people expect it to.”We must be realistic about this and not be of the opinion that Carlo Ancelotti was a scapegoat.”Jupp Heynckes was installed as Ancelotti’s replacement until the end of the season, but Muller has urged fans not to expect an instant improvement.”We should be very careful about setting targets which we can throw into the bin afterwards again,” he said.”We won’t suddenly play football from another galaxy. There will of course be matches where people see us and be very critical.”
Brazil Coutinho fit and ready for tough England test Rupert Fryer Last updated 2 years ago 09:04 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Pedro Martins/MoWa Press Brazil Philippe Coutinho England v Brazil England Friendlies The Liverpool midfielder has declared himself 100% fit for the Brasil Global Tour showdown at Wembley on Tuesday Philippe Coutinho has confirmed he is 100% fit to face England when the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour rolls into London this week.The Liverpool midfielder was forced to sit out of Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Japan in Lille on Friday with a muscle injury.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: People thought Brazil wouldn’t even qualify for the World Cup – Renato AugustoLast week Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed Coutinho would miss the Japan game but hoped the player would return for Tuesday’s clash at Wembley. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Unfortunately, I couldn’t play for Liverpool in the last few games because of injury,” Coutinho said at a press conference on Sunday.”Now I feel 100%. I have fully recovered and I am in a good shape to be available for the match with England.”Just when you thought you couldn’t love Tite any more… pic.twitter.com/nAxhIqN7xc— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 13, 2017At Sunday’s training session it was unclear whether Coutinho could come back into the side in his usual role on the right or deeper in central midfield, where coach Tite had planned to use him against Japan.But either way, he is expected to return to what should be a full-strength side for the second and final leg of this month’s Brasil Global Tour.And Coutinho believes England, buoyed by an exciting though goalless draw with Germany on Friday, will provide a stiff test despite a number of injury problems of their own.”England will be our first European opponent under Tite. We are looking forward to competing against them,” he said.”They have a lot of quality players who play in the Premier League, an important competition. It will certainly be a difficult match.”The are not weakened by having young players in the side. Those who come in and get chance to play will be desperate to do their best to take the opportunity.”He continued: “It’s a very important game for all of us. To play in England, near my family, in a big stadium, we certainly expect a good game and a great spectacle.”
Transfers Texas-native Parks signs new Benfica deal Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 04:51 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images Transfers Benfica Benfica II Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Weeks after making his first team debut with the Portuguese giants, the 20-year-old midfielder signed a deal to keep him at the club until 2022 American youngster Keaton Parks has signed a new deal at Benfica to keep him at the club until 2022, the Portuguese giants announced Wednesday.The 20-year-old Texas native joined Benfica during the summer and has played the majority of the season with the club’s B side. However he made his first team debut last month, coming on in a Taca de Portugal match against Vitoria Setubal.The midfielder has yet to make an appearance in the Portuguese Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)“I feel great. I’m very excited to start a new journey at Benfica — continue my journey with Benfica — and get my chance in the A team and in the B team as I move forward,” Keaton Parks told BenficaTV.Keaton Parks renova até 2022! Sabe tudo no Site Oficial: https://t.co/8QfnfFPh19 pic.twitter.com/4kRZrk2R6l— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) December 6, 2017Parks left the United States after high school and joined Portuguese second-division side Varzim last season. He played in 10 games in the second-division last year, scoring two goals, before leaving to join Benfica this past summer.“It was a new team. I didn’t have a lot of expectations, I didn’t know what to expect. But it has been an amazing experience playing with the B team and getting my opportunity with the A team as well. It’s been great — training with them every day, playing in the games on the weekend — it’s has been good,” Parks said.With the B side this year, Parks has made 11 appearances and also scored two goals.“All the coaches have helped me a lot. With the B team and players they talk to me a lot, they help me out and I think I’ve evolved a lot since I’ve come here to Benfica,” Parks said.With the new deal, Parks knows he will continue with the B side but hopes to parlay that into more chances to play with the first team, saying: “To continue at Benfica, work very hard, and, if everything goes well, have more opportunities in the first team, more minutes in matches and prove myself.”
Tim Cahill Why Cahill and Melbourne City were doomed to fail Joshua Thomas Last updated 1 year ago 07:04 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Australia Melbourne City World Cup A-League City Football Group were never likely to put the Socceroos legend’s needs above their own A now 38-year-old Tim Cahill parted ways with Melbourne City on Wednesday; an amicable divorce that many saw coming like the children of two unhappy parents. Accommodating an ageing star is never easy.As a player’s shine slowly fades, a club must find the right way to harness it without becoming over-reliant on it – a task City were clearly never capable of when it came to Cahill. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While initially giving the club a much-needed boost in terms of interest and fan attendance, not to mention a memorable Melbourne Derby win, City could never give Cahill himself what he dearly needed.With a fourth World Cup appearance now on the line, what Cahill needs, as he himself has stated, is game time.Something City, under Warren Joyce at least, was never going to give him.With money to burn, an eye on the future and a coach with Manchester United roots, City were rightly never going to put Cahill’s needs above their own.Despite still being able to pack quite a punch, scoring seven more goals than Opta stats expected him to, age was a number City just couldn’t ignore when it came to Cahill.Perhaps learning from the Heart’s mistakes with Harry Kewell, the club aided by City Football Group are now looking at operations from a far more holistic point of view. As they develop an impressive youth side that beat Victory 9-2 the past weekend and continue to bolster a dominant W-League side that has won back-to-back titles, City made a point not to put all their eggs in the Cahill basket.With a mouth-watering attack filled with a few exciting, youthful Australian prospects, one can hardly blame Joyce for not giving Cahill regular starts. But while arguably the right decision for City, it’s now clear Cahill could’ve produced far more rewards at another A-League club.Just imagine the much needed boost Spotless Stadium may have been given throughout last season should Cahill have the donned red and black instead of Kerem Bulut.When City visited the stadium in Round 7 of last season for example, the 14,232 fans that turned out were the most of any other game at the venue for the Wanderers.
World Cup Peru striker Guerrero to miss World Cup due to one-year doping ban Joe Wright 21:39 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Flamengo Peru Serie A The striker tested positive for a cocaine metabolite following his country’s qualifier against Argentina in October Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss the World Cup after being given a one-year ban by FIFA for failing a doping test.The 33-year-old tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after a qualifier against Argentina on October 5 and was suspended for an initial 30-day period, which kept him out of his country’s play-off victory over New Zealand.FIFA has now announced he will serve a year-long ban backdated to the start of his provisional suspension, handed down on November 3, meaning he will not be available for the World Cup finals in Russia, which start next June. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Guerrero, who plays for Flamengo, scored five goals in qualifying to help his side secure fifth place.The former Bayern Munich forward’s legal team reportedly denied he had willingly taken any prohibited substance after his initial sanction was announced.
On Saturday, he’s expected to ride Agent Murphy in the Geoffrey Freer, a race they won together in 2015. Since that day, the horse has only run three more times. “Two old crocks together,” is how Fortune has described their reunion in the Racing Post today. Younger race-fans might not be aware of Fortune’s achievements because it’s eight years since he last won a Group One. But he racked up 16 of them from 1998 (Commander Collins in the Racing Post Trophy) to 2009 (Rainbow View in the Matron). He won a Leger, a QEII, a Lockinge, a Coronation and a Sussex Stakes among others. We’re lucky to still have him in the weighing room and I wish him well. Beverley is my focus today, being the venue where Attention Seaker (4.40) will try to follow up her win at Catterick last week. That first run in a tongue tie left quite an impression on me because she resisted a strong, persistent challenge from a heavily backed favourite who had travelled into the argument like a certain winner.Caveats: that was on soft, while it will be no worse than ‘Good’ today, despite 8mm of overnight rain. Also, she bagged the stands’ rail last week, which must have helped. But the front pair pulled 17 lengths clear of their six rivals and I really think she has more to offer, coming from the Tim Easterby yard that remains in fine form.The favourite is a Godolphin beast who hasn’t been seen since running last on his handicap debut in May. There’s a lot to like about 13-2 Attention Seaker.Earlier on the card, Mr Carbonator (3.10) runs from the same mark as when short-headed on heavy at Nottingham last week. He’s 6lb well in against his future mark and appeals to me at 11-2, for all that the Mark Johnston favourite has a solid look. features I’m surprised to be getting 7-1 about Sir Pass I Am (6.45) for his return to Chepstow, where he was a heavily eased winner in May. The attempt to win under a penalty didn’t work out but he has been given some time since then and can show the benefit here, with some cut underfoot once again. Project Bluebook is a likeable favourite, having become such a good hurdler, but I’m not convinced he has anything in hand on his Flat rating, following his Catterick defeat last month. I gather from the Racegoers Club, owners of Glacier Point (7.45), that there is a good deal of hope behind Clive Cox’s filly tonight, as indeed there should be for a 9-4 shot. She was second last time in a race from which the third and fourth have since won three times between them. “Although she won on quickish ground, she actually prefers a softer surface, so the overnight rain should help,” I’m told. Tips for all Thursday races Fontwell 1.30 Raleagh Mountain 2.00 Firmount Gent 2.30 Little Windmill 3.00 Jack Snipe 3.30 Psychedelic Rock 4.00 Black Corton 4.30 Chic Theatre Salisbury 1.50 Autumn Leaves 2.20 Spiritual Star 2.50 Fair Selene 3.20 Killay 3.50 Jive Talking 4.20 Hathal 4.50 Chicago Star 5.25 Pow Wow Beverley 2.10 Elnadim Star 2.40 Gold Stone 3.10 Mr Carbonator 3.40 Chauvelin 4.10 Roaring Rory 4.40 Attention Seaker (nap) 5.10 Pantera Negra 5.40 Bigbadboy (nb) Yarmouth 4.55 Tanseeq 5.30 Tyrsal 6.00 Lord Reason 6.30 Flying Fantasy 7.00 Slow To Hand 7.30 Cat Silver 8.00 Justice Rock Chepstow 5.15 Shepherd Market 5.45 Native Prospect 6.15 Spin Point 6.45 Sir Pass I Am 7.15 Zavikon 7.45 Glacier Point 8.15 Pastfact Topics Reuse this content Read more Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Share via Email Rumour mill features Share on LinkedIn Topics Football Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter José Mourinho heaps praise on the ‘special’ ones at Paris Saint-Germain Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Cristiano Ronaldo has decided that Real Madrid need a new goalkeeper and has drawn up a three-man shortlist of potential replacements that he believes his employers should think about trying to sign. Quite what current Real stoppers Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla will make of speculation that their team-mate would rather see David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois or Marc-André ter Stegen lining up between the sticks at the Bernabéu remains to be seen, but it ought to make for a frosty atmosphere at training this week. Should Real try to secure longtime target De Gea, they could offer Gareth Bale to Manchester United in some sort of exchange deal.Fairly or unfairly, the much-maligned Mesut Özil is being scapegoated for yet another Arsenal defeat after spurning a glorious opportunity to put his side 2-0 up against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday and the consensus now seems to be that he’ll be sold in January. Internazionale and Manchester United are both believed to be interested in the German international, but would rather wait until the summer when he will be available on a free transfer. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain may offer Arsenal up to £20m during the January window.Ronald Koeman wants to add some much-needed backbone to his Everton side and has identified Sporting defensive midfielder William Carvalho as the man to do a job. Reports from Portugal suggest Everton will bid £31m for a player Sporting say is “untransferable”, while West Ham and Real Madrid are also interested in testing the Primeira Liga side’s resolve. Whether Carvalho rocks up at Goodison Park or not, Everton midfielder James McCarthy’s days at Everton look numbered and Newcastle, West Brom and Crystal Palace are reported to be interested in throwing the injury-prone Republic of Ireland international a career lifeline.And finally, having failed in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho during the summer, Barcelona could switch their attention to Thiago Alcântara instead. The elegant midfielder was among the goalscorers as Bayern Munich crushed Freiburg 5-0 at the weekend, to give Jupp Heynckes his fourth winning debut in as many spells in charge of the German champions. With Benjamin Mendy expected to be sidelined until mid-April with the knee injury he suffered while playing against Crystal Palace in September, Fabian Delph has been filling in at left-back for Manchester City, while Pep Guardiola has also pointed out that Danilo, Fernandinho and “even Oleksandr Zinchenko can play there”.Such a wealth of options hasn’t stopped City being linked with Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand and tabloid reports suggest the player could swap clubs during the January transfer window. Already a Champions League winner with Chelsea, having made his debut in the 2012 final against Bayern Munich, Bertrand is also being linked with a return to Stamford Bridge and could join Cedric and Virgil van Dijk in a potential exodus of defenders from St Mary’s that is unlikely to please Southampton fans should it come to pass. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is also reported to be keen on Cedric, who was also linked with a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur, while Van Dijk’s eagerness to leave Southampton for Liverpool, Chelsea or Barcelona has been well documented. Read more Reuse this content
news World Cup 2018 Drugs in sport Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger World Cup Share on LinkedIn Topics Russia has been fighting its own propaganda war since a report from the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren in July 2016 found the government, security services and sporting authorities colluded to hide widespread doping across “a vast majority” of winter and summer sports.In December, Russia’s Olympic Committee was banned from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15m (£11m) in costs after making what the International Olympic Committee called an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport”.In another public relations disaster, there was also a directive from the Russian Football Union official and former Chelsea player Alexei Smertin that fans would be allowed to fly rainbow flags at the World Cup but supporters must not promote same-sex relationships to minors.However, despite the seemingly overwhelming evidence against the World Cup hosts, Russia has now accused the British media – on behalf of the government – of whipping up stories to “smear” the country.Russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said: “We learned that reporters from the United Kingdom – not just one media outlet, but a number of them – received, in the truest sense of the word, a state order to launch a smear campaign for holding the World Cup in Russia.”Zakharova then suggested that journalists were dissuaded from focusing on searching for different news angles because “stories, topics and approaches had been already conjured up”.“Talking points were developed and offered to the UK media to be used in their materials,” she added. “Among these subjects and stories, I can name the following: Russia’s alleged lack of the necessary infrastructure and conditions to hold the championship, the aggressive behaviour of Russian fans, a lack of professionalism among local law enforcement officials and the inability to guarantee foreign tourists’ safety. The western media will be actively pumping out this story in the runup to the World Cup in Russia.”Russia will kick off the World Cup on 14 June against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Share via Email Share on Facebook Russia doping scandal Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read more Russia in 2018: Putin’s re-election and a World Cup, but what else? Russia has accused the British media of “conjuring up” government-led propaganda in the leadup to the World Cup.The hosts have stumbled their way towards football’s summer showpiece with Vitaly Mutko, the head of the 2018 World Cup organising committee, recently stepping down after being cited in a series of reports exposing the country’s systematic doping regime.
Since you’re here… news 1:02 Kim Jong-un’s sister heads North Korea’s Winter Olympics delegation – video Topics Share on LinkedIn Winter Olympics Mike Pence, the US vice-president, and Kim Yo-jong, at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images Winter Olympics 2018 Share on Twitter Oba and other observers have said the North is trying to drive a wedge between the US and South Korea, and there remains deep uncertainty over the possibility of warming ties lasting beyond the Olympics.Jung H Pak, a fellow at the Brookings Institute and former CIA official, recently stressed the need for a special envoy that could credibly represent Trump on the peninsula, saying “things are about to get very complicated”.“It is critical that there is no daylight between the US and other key stakeholders,” Pak wrote in a column. “Kim [Jong-un’s] tactics to divide and conquer must not be allowed to succeed.”The US has pledged to release plans for joint military exercises at the end of March, which will likely infuriate North Korea. The exercises, typically held in March and April each year, can include more than 300,000 troops from the US and South Korea and elicit annual condemnations from Pyongyang.Pence was in talks to meet in secret with North Korean officials earlier this month during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, but they were cancelled after the vice-president criticised the North’s human rights record, according to the US side. It is unlikely Ivanka would engage with officials from Pyongyang during her visit. Reuse this content Asia Pacific Pinterest Facebook North Korea Twitter Share on Messenger The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will welcome Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president, to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday – a trip that analysts have likened to an appearance by Kim Jong-un’s sister earlier this month.South Korea sees the trip as an opportunity to convince Donald Trump its recent rapprochement with Pyongyang should continue. Its leadership hopes Ivanka can play a moderating role in White House policy – which at times has taken a bellicose stance towards the North.Seoul will also try to encourage direct talks between the US and North Korea. The head of the South’s national security office has said it is working towards a “constructive” dialogue.That is the message Seoul hopes Ivanka will bring back to Washington. But the trip is also a chance to project US solidarity with the South and build goodwill after Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, was well received during a trip to the opening ceremony on 9 February. “It’s certainly possible that Ivanka will try to do for the United States what Kim Yo-jong did for North Korea,” said Mintaro Oba, a former US diplomat who worked on North Korea policy. “Ivanka and Kim Yo-jong both derive their power and access from their family ties, and are skilled at getting positive media attention while representing leaders who provoke a lot of controversy.” Ivanka Trump … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share via Email Play Video South Korea Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Comparisons between the Trump family and North Korea’s Kim dynasty abound ahead of the trip, during which the first daughter is expected to meet North Korean refugees – part of US efforts to draw attention to Pyongyang’s dismal human rights record. “Trump runs the White House like a private fiefdom,” said the Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest newspaper. Ivanka is for “all intents and purposes the first lady of the US rather than Trump’s reluctant wife Melania”.Moon is reportedly planning to lavish her with all the trimmings of a presidential visit, including the possibility of a grand welcome at the airport, despite no diplomatic obligation to do so. South Korea’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, is also expected to accompany Ivanka during her stay.Exact dates for the trip have not been announced and Pyongyang may send its own high-profile delegation to the closing ceremony on 25 February.“The most likely scenario is that Ivanka plays a positive ceremonial role in public while relaying the administration’s current thinking in private conversation,” Oba said. “She has a chance to repair some of the damage of vice-president [Mike] Pence’s visit and project a sense that she gets along well with President Moon, appreciates South Korea, and values a strong US-South Korea relationship.” Support The Guardian