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Mike Gundy Wins 100th Career Game On Homecoming Against WVU

first_imgGot ’em! https://t.co/ezhStVJBkq— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016“It means a lot for Oklahoma State University, our fans and really our team,” Gundy said after the game to FOX.“It’s special for all of us,” he added afterwards. For me to say that 100 wins isn’t special for me would not be fair because it means that we’re doing well here and having success.“The players know that at the end of the day, we’re responsible for putting out a product that fans and people around the country want to see. They’re exciting, they play the game the right way, they graduate in four years, then they go out in society with character and substance to them and be productive. That’s really what our goal is. They know that. That far outweighs an individual 100-win accomplishment.”Pretty awesome day in Stillwater.Mike Gundy on win No. 100. pic.twitter.com/lHxuaZ9Hrd— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) October 29, 2016 Mike Gundy got his 100th win on Saturday afternoon over No. 10 West Virginia. He’s one of just seven active coaches with 100 or more wins with his current team.What makes the accomplishment even more unbelievable is that the No. 2 coach at OSU (Pat Jones) has just 62 wins. Gundy is now 100-49 in his 11 and a half years at the helm in Stillwater. An unfathomable record for those of us who grew up in the early and late 90s.Gundy was showered with orange Gatorade after the game and got a big hug from his son.Mike Gundy gets his 100th win. https://t.co/PL3u1kfykE— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Justice Hill Nears Freshman Rushing Record With Fourth 100-Yard Performance

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. And now he is quickly closing in on the freshman rushing record.Mike Hamilton (961 yards)Jamaal Fobbs (928 yards)Thurman Thomas (843 yards)Justice Hill (792 yards)Andre Richardson (774 yards)Kendall Hunter (696 yards)Keith Toston (631 yards)Rafael Denson (569 yards)At 5.1 yards per carry, Hill probably needs around 35-40 carries to set the record and potentially even break the 1,000-yard mark. If he stays healthy, it seems like the bowl game would be your best bet for that happening. Mike Gundy noted this week that Hill has seemingly gotten beyond being a freshman.“I think he’s already gone through [the freshman wall],” said Gundy. “He’s doing really well.”Hill and Chris Carson have helped re-revolutionize the OSU offense late in the season. The ways a successful run game opens up the offense are innumerable.“It’s fun to be able to run the ball well,” said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “It gives you a tremendous balance. It takes the stress off the quarterback. It alleviates a lot of different pressures. We were able to call a couple of different looks. The guys in the box did a good job communicating. Whenever you’re able to have balance it makes it harder to defend. It was good control.”Hill was in fifth grade the last time OSU lost to Texas Tech. It was clear on Saturday he did not want that streak to end with him at running back. And now Oklahoma State has found its running game of the present as well as the future. Justice as RB1. Justice for all. Justice Hill notched his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season with an 18-carry 126-yard show against Texas Tech on Saturday. It is his fourth 100-yard game of the year which is the most ever for a freshman running back at OSU.The most ever.It’s not like OSU’s running back history has been poor either. Hill is up to 792 yards on the season largely because of insane, eye-popping runs like this one. He had a bundle of them against the Red Raiders. All four of his 100-yard outings have come in Big 12 play.last_img read more

How Should We Feel About Mike Gundy and Bedlam?

first_imgOur Slack chat since Saturday night has been an amalgamation of sadness and sports depression. We, like you, don’t know how to feel. We all absorbed the Bedlam beating differently, but when we asked some of our writers how they felt about Mike Gundy and Bedlam, this is what they said.Let’s all grieve this thing together.Justin Southwell (Chief Uniform Officer)I’ve loved Oklahoma State for as long as I can remember. When I was really young, my dad and I would play catch with a child-size OSU football. I’ve been told that my first word was “football.”I grew up about 20 minutes north of Norman, so the majority of kids identified as OU fans. I took the ribbing year after year hearing that OSU was “little brother” when it came to football. I despised OU.Through all of this my dad took me to games at Lewis Field and I envisioned playing for the Cowboys. Early in high school, I got to go down on the field and meet players after the spring game. D’Juan Woods accepted my challenge of competing in a 20-yard dash and barely won by 10 yards. I shook Gundy’s hand and got his autograph on an OSU signature ball. I told him that it was my dream to play for Oklahoma State and that I’d love to play for him.By God’s grace, I got that chance as a walk-on receiver in 2009. The guys I once looked up to became my brothers. I wasn’t talented enough to ever get in a game, so I did the next best thing and embraced my role as a scout team player. My lackluster job was to make the starters and backups better every day. I believe I accomplished that in my three years there.I have always admired Gundy. I locked in when he spoke in team meetings and I made an effort to be front and center as often as I could when he spoke to the team after practice or games. I bought in 100 percent, did my best to have a positive attitude every day, and impacted my teammates by bringing the energy that came with living out a childhood dream.I sensed the overall shift in the program around 2008. In 2010, I believed we were good enough to beat OU. Their “Sooner Magic” prevailed in what may have been the most important loss in OSU history that year. In 2011, Weeden and Blackmon returned with a vengeance and played with a chip on their shoulder. Coaches pushed us to greatness and everyone’s game was elevated. We expected excellence from each other. It seemed like things would be different from then on.The next three years would be a coin toss for Bedlam. OU won in 2012 and 2013, and OSU won in 2014, which was completely backwards of what it should have been in my opinion. The last two Bedlams have been sheer disappointment to our recent standards.I’ll always be loyal and true to my alma mater. This includes telling some harsh truths. One being that the coaches need to take more risks to defeat OU. The conservative play calling can beat a lot of teams in the Big 12, and we’ve experienced a lot of nail-biters this year because of it, but it will not do the job against OU.Players get jazzed up when the head man calls a timeout with 13 seconds left before the half and tells them, “Screw it. We’re not ok with going into half tied at 17. Let’s get some points and send them into the locker room knowing that when they come back in the second half, they’re going to get more of the same.” Even if we don’t score, at least take the chance. This is an example of one play, but it’s a theme throughout the game last Saturday and throughout previous Bedlam games.I’m not calling for Gundy’s job. That’s ludicrous. He has the tools to win. Still, he saw what it took to beat OU by watching the Houston and Ohio State film this year. He saw what Tech’s offense did to their defense.So how should we feel about Gundy and Bedlam? We should love Gundy for honorably developing the program to be able to compete with OU. We should appreciate his work of elevating us from a subpar program to a program that consistently goes to bowl games. We don’t have the advantage of flying under the radar anymore.When it comes to Bedlam, believe that all the coaches will loosen up enough to think clearly and work together to develop an approach that will win the big game. Believe that Gundy’s attitude toward the other sideline will shift from respectful to relentless for a few hours on game day.Believe that the players will be confident in their abilities and empowered to be able to execute a bold game plan because of the leadership from the coaches in the two weeks leading up to the game. If OU beats us, then at least we know they beat us after we did everything we could to win.Caleb Deck (Intern)Woof. Rough day Saturday. I’m not sure if I do feel the way I should, but I think that is a part of fandom. I would say my feeling after the game was less sadness and more disappointment. I felt frustrated for the team and the players who work so hard.True, there were several guys who performed at a lower level than usual this weekend, but I believe this is truly a very good football team. I’m disappointed because I think this OSU team could win that game six or seven times out of 10 if given the proper opportunity and game plan. I’m a bit frustrated with the coaching staff and most of all with Gundy.At the end of the first half, Barry J. had his return and the offense trotted onto the field. My father-in-law was sitting next to me and I muttered, “Well too bad we’re going to burn this and head to the locker room.”He insisted they would take a shot because, who wouldn’t in that situation? What do you possibly have to lose? I’m disappointed that Gundy played so conservative, but it’s been so engrained in my opinion of him the past 12 years that I expect nothing less.I think that’s a bit of a sad position to be in, to expect to play not to lose and to just try to maintain and float by, and it’s more sad that it’s something that is expected of the staff by a majority if not all of the fanbase at this point.I don’t know for sure what the solution to the problem is with OSU or Gundy’s play calling, but I do know that in other sports, I like to watch teams that take risks and play with passion because that’s what sports is all about and I hope to enjoy that feeling with OSU football again, whenever and however that may come about. Go Pokes.Kyle Cox (Staff Writer)I think that we got a pretty good confirmation of what has been said about Gundy for years. He plays too conservatively against Oklahoma. I don’t think it’s a strictly OU issue. He’s become more and more “Kansas-State-like” the longer he’s coached.Unfortunately, I don’t see it changing. So unless they are a three-touchdown underdog and he has to swing for the fences or they just have a better team than OU, this is likely going to be the result.Does this mean OSU should find a new coach? Absolutely not. That’s a ridiculous notion. Who would have done better or would do better moving forward than Mike Gundy?Unless you have that up-and-comer who is guaranteed to win more games than Gundy and is guaranteed not to view OSU as a stepping-stone job, you keep the Mullet and be happy about it. By the way, there are no guarantees.Steven Mandeville (Staff Writer)So Bedlam… where your head told you a Big 12 title was in play but your (my) heart never really did.The sting is certainly real and it still feels early in the wallowing process to search for moral victories (like losing with players that you can be proud of) or lean on cheap platitudes (there’s more to life, it’s just a game, etc.). But maybe solace can be found in the long game.A quote often shared by my in-laws is that “education is expensive” and while OSU is an incredible value buy, education has never felt more expensive for our football program. Les taught us to “let ‘er rip”, maybe his successor needs to watch that interview for some wisdom.Josh Fields talked about being “locked in” and genuine intensity, hopefully Mason will take that in. Lord willing, Gundy will far outlast Stoops and became the grandfather of all Bedlams and maybe, just maybe we’ll have some more 2002s and 2011s. In true Cowboy fashion, we’ll get back up, band together and get ready for the next round. Loyal and True.Kyle Porter (Publisher)I’m honestly not sure how to feel. I basically handcuffed myself to Gundy’s ship when I wrote that OSU will never do better than him earlier this season. If this thing goes down in flames, I’m likely going with it.It’s not that I think Gundy is a bad coach all of a sudden — I don’t. Like the other guys have said, he’s an incredible coach who has done a great job. For some reason, though, and maybe this is simply my own naivety, I thought this year was going to be different. I thought Gundy and Rudolph would go into Baker’s house and punish a broken-down Sooners team on its own turf.Baker reminds us whose house this is. pic.twitter.com/xljpKJA7WM— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016The bigger-picture issue is that Oklahoma State does not recruit as well as OU. It plays to its recruiting level (about third or fourth in the Big 12) on average. Recruiting is everything in college football, and OSU isn’t as good at it as I would like for them to be.But this big picture issue affects individual games. When they have dudes and you don’t have dudes, you have to use sleight of hand to nab an advantage. This is Running a Business 101. Gundy fancies himself a well-paid CEO (and he is!), but he seems askew when it comes to the economics of a lesser entity trying to defeat a greater entity.I’m curious about the reason behind the aversion to risk. Where is that rooted? Why is it rooted there? If Gundy empties the clip on Saturday and OSU comes up short, you know who’s singing his praises? Me and everyone else who watched that game (including his players).I get that Gundy doesn’t coach so Berry Tramel will write flowery things about him, but he coached that game like he was a 11-point favorite instead of a 11-point dog. Why? I’d like to know the answer to that question.Also, where’s the fire? Where’s the fight on Saturday when you’re 30 minutes from a conference title? I’m not saying you have to go full Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines, but at least act like you’re playing for Oklahoma State’s second-ever conference championship!Gundy prides himself on being steady in big moments and big games, but this is different. The situation asks for you to perform differently than you perform the rest of the year because … well … you’re the 10-point dog, right? Your players need to know that. Be the aggressor. Pull off a fake in the right situation. Get your dudes rallied.I’m not real sure where we go from here. Is 2017 going to be any different? I’d like to believe it will be. Of course, I believed 2016 would be, too. I thought the monkey had been shed (RIP Harambe). I thought 2015 was the outlier after a long stretch of big-time Bedlam games. I thought these games were now 50-50 wars to decide crowns and define programs.Now, though, after what I watched in Norman on Saturday … I’m not sure that’s the case at all. 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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Former OSU Receiver Jhajuan Seales

first_imgJhajuan Seales has found his new home.The former OSU receiver was waived by the Bears as a roster move for Chicago to bring in veteran wide-out Victor Cruz in late-May. Now, however, Seales has landed on the positive side of such a move, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed him and Marqueston Huff after waiving undrafted rookies Alex Gray and Thomas Sperbeck, the team announced on Sunday.Seales went undrafted earlier this spring after a successful four-year stint at OSU in which he racked up 1,785 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 112 receptions. Despite never taking over as a top option as a receiver during his Cowboy career, his measurables — a 6-1 frame and a 4.51 40-yard dash at his pro day this spring — have teams more than willing to take a chance on the gifted Port Arthur, Texas native who ended his college career on a high note.In Tampa Bay, Seales will join up with former OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who coordinated at OSU in 2012 while Seales redshirted. 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

Leicester City 1 Stoke City 1

first_imgLeicester City 1 Stoke City 1: Butland howler costs Potters Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 22:23 24/2/2018 Jack Butland Getty Images Stoke City missed the chance to move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone after Jack Butland’s own goal in a 1-1 draw at Leicester. Jack Butland scored a disastrous own goal as Leicester City came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.Stoke were on track to move out of the relegation zone thanks to a fine first-half strike from Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored his fourth goal from outside the box this season.But Butland misjudged a powerful cross from Marc Albrighton, deflecting the ball into his own goal to extend Stoke’s four-month wait for an away league victory. 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 Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez started for the first time in the league since the closure of the transfer window, but he was kept quiet by Stoke’s left-back, Premier League debutant Konstantinos Stafylidis.Shaqiri gave Stoke the lead shortly before half-time, scoring for the third straight Premier League match with a fine arrowed strike from 25 yards after Leicester gave the ball away.Claude Puel’s men did not look as though they would find an equaliser with Butland mostly untested in the Stoke goal, before his horrendous error cost Paul Lambert’s men a vital three points, with Harry Maguire and Matty James almost winning it for Leicester, their efforts both thudding against the woodwork.7 – Since the start of last season, Stoke have scored seven own-goals in the Premier League, more than any other side. Clanger. pic.twitter.com/iImjkNgqV1— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018James smashed an early chance over the crossbar as Leicester started brightly.Kasper Schmeichel made a comfortable save down to his left to keep out Badou Ndiaye’s drive, with a mishit Mahrez effort similarly easy fare for Butland after 25 minutes.Mahrez should have done better when a long ball from Demarai Gray saw Leicester break, but the Algeria international curled a trademark 25-yarder wide of the far post with his left foot.Leicester had lost the ball away in their own half on multiple occasions and they were punished for a lapse three minutes before the break.3 – Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in three consecutive games in Europe’s big five leagues for the first time ever. Trio.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 Joe Allen hustled Wilfred Ndidi out of possession on the touchline and when he shifted the ball inside to Shaqiri, the Swiss star burst into space in front of the Leicester defence and bent a wicked strike into Schmeichel’s bottom-left corner.Leicester, who were unbeaten in five games against Stoke, made a high-tempo start to the second half, but the visitors almost doubled their lead after 55 minutes.Schmeichel’s poor clearance put Leicester in trouble, but an alert Shaqiri fired narrowly wide.Emboldened by Stoke’s fine display, Lambert threw on teenage striker Tyrese Campbell – son of former Everton forward Kevin – for his Premier League debut, with Puel turning to attacking pair Kelechi Iheanacho and Fousseni Diabate to spark life into his side.4326 – Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4326 days after his father Kevin Campbell last made an appearance in the competition (April 2006 v Newcastle). Generation.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 But it was Albrighton who provided the equaliser for Leicester after 70 minutes, bursting down the right wing and thumping a cross straight at Butland, the England goalkeeper somehow managing to direct the ball straight into his own goal.Butland made a fine save from Mahrez to somewhat make amends, and was on hand seconds later to push Maguire’s thunderous drive against the post as Leicester threatened to snatch all three points.After substitute Charlie Adam’s awful header sent Mahrez through, Butland made another vital save to protect Stoke’s point after Kurt Zouma’s block deflected the winger’s effort, with James heading against the post in a frantic finale. Key Opta Facts:- After winning five of their first eight Premier League games under Claude Puel (D2 L1), Leicester have enjoyed just two victories in the last 11 (D4 L5).- Stoke have won just one of their last nine top-flight games (D4 L4), scoring a total of just six goals in that period.- Since the start of last season, the Potters have scored seven own-goals in the Premier League, more than any other side.- Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in three consecutive games in Europe’s big five leagues for the first time ever.- Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4326 days after his father Kevin Campbell last made an appearance in the competition (April 2006 v Newcastle United).  read morelast_img read more

Asensio breaks Man Utd & Chelsea hearts

first_imgTransfers Asensio breaks Man Utd & Chelsea hearts with Real Madrid vow Chris Burton 18:45 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marco Asensio Real Madrid Betis Aitor Alcalde Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Chelsea Primera División Premier League The Spain international midfielder was reported to be considering a move after struggling for regular game time, but he has shot down such talk Marco Asensio has sought to bring an end to rumours linking him with Manchester United and Chelsea by stating his desire to remain at Real Madrid.A struggle for regular game time as part of a star-studded squad at Santiago Bernabeu has sparked exit talk surrounding the 22-year-old midfielder.Premier League sides are reported to be keeping a close eye on his situation, with those at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge prepared to open their doors to an exciting talent. 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 Asensio has, however, committed himself to Real, with the Spain international eager to point out that he joined the Blancos to make his mark on the grandest of stages.A man who joined Madrid from Mallorca in 2014 and has won La Liga, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and two Club World Cups during his time at the Bernabeu said in a promotional video for Nike: “I always try with everything I have left.”To reach the biggest club in the world where there are millions of fans and a lot of pressure was a brutal change. My debut was in a final. I was not nervous, I scored a goal and I won my first title.”In all my debuts I’ve always been able to score goals and I have come to Madrid to stay and score many goals.”While he may not be a guaranteed starter for Real, Asensio has still enjoyed a productive 2017-18 season.A 10-goal return has matched his efforts from last year’s double-winning campaign, with just one more effort required to set a new personal best.He is determined to continue hitting targets such as that and raising the bar on a personal level, with Asensio stating when asked to describe himself in two words: “I have imagination and I am daring.”Those qualities appear set to remain in Madrid, with any potential suitors having to turn their attention elsewhere.last_img read more

Club Leon vs Pumas: Match preview & live stream

first_imgLeón v Pumas Club Leon vs Pumas: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time & match preview Seth Vertelney 03:24 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pumas Ronaldo Schemidt León v Pumas Liga MX León Pumas The Mexico City club looks to get back to its early-season heights when it travels to face Gustavo Diaz’s struggling side Two clubs looking to turn around rough patches of recent form meet when Pumas visit Club Leon on Saturday.Pumas got off to a great start in the league but lately have faltered, getting just one point in their last three league games. The Mexico City club’s hot start means it is still well positioned in the league, sitting in fifth place after winning four of its first six league matches.  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 Meanwhile, Leon’s struggles continue, as Gustavo Diaz’s men have won just one of their last seven league fixtures.  Game Club Leon vs Pumas Date Saturday, March 3 Time 8:06 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM William Yarbrough, Club LeonWatch Club Leon vs. Pumas live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Leon players Goalkeepers Rodriguez, Yarbrough Defenders Burdisso, Piris, Navarro, Torres, Herrera, Cornejo, Rodriguez, Mosquera, Gonzalez  Midfielders Burbano, Hernandez, Montes, Andrade, Mejia, Cecchini, Lainez, Cerato, Rodriguez Forwards Ramos, Boselli, Gonzalez, Barnes, Donovan Center back Juan Ignacio Gonzalez suffered a knee sprain in last weekend’s loss to Pachuca, and will be out two weeks. Meanwhile, defender Guillermo Burdisso has overcome an injury and will be available for selection.Potential starting XI: Yarbrough; Piris, Mosquera, Herrera, Rodriguez; Cornejo, Navarro; Hernandez, Montes, Rodriguez; Boselli Position Pumas players Goalkeepers Saldivar, Magana, Castillo Defenders Van Rankin, Arribas, Quintana, Mendoza, Fuentes, Garcia, Jaquez, Gonzalez Midfielders Escamilla, Cabrera, Gonzalez, Jurado, Zamudio, Gallardo, Diaz, Calderon, Formica Forwards Barrera, Guerron, Alustiza, Figueroa, Asprilla, Acosta, Castillo, Torres Center back Alejandro Arribas is suspended after being shown a red card in Pumas’ draw with Chivas last weekend.Potential starting XI: Saldivar; Mozo, Jaquez, Quintana, Fuentes; Barrera, Diaz, Gonzalez, Gallardo; Alustiza; CastilloMATCH PREVIEW Nicolas Castillo PumasAfter finishing dead last in the 2017 Apertura, Pumas surprisingly saw themselves atop the Liga MX Clausura in the season’s early going. Gradually, though, David Patino’s men have fallen back to earth with three straight winless matches resulting in them dropping to fifth place. Pumas will need to turn things around to avoid falling out of the playoff spots altogether, with Necaxa, Club Tijuana and Morelia all just outside the Liguilla spots but only two points behind Pumas. The Mexico City side will also be on less rest, after playing a Copa MX match on Wednesday while Club Leon had a full week to recover from last weekend’s league game. Saturday’s match does present an opportunity for Pumas, however, as they will have the chance to face the league’s worst defense. Club Leon have shipped 20 goals in nine matches in the Clausura and will also be without starting center back Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, who is injured. Landon Donovan, who has made just two brief appearances off the bench since coming out of retirement for Club Leon, could be introduced as a starter to provide his side with a spark. The former U.S. international is more likely be among the substitutes, however, as Gustavo Diaz’s side looks to inch closer to the Liguilla spots with a much-needed home win.last_img read more

Report: Leicester 1 Bournemouth 1

first_imgLeicester City 1 Bournemouth 1: Mahrez regains hero status with last-gasp leveller Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:10 4/3/2018 RiyadMahrez - cropped Getty Images Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez banished memories of his botched attempt to force a move to Manchester City with a 97th-minute equaliser. Riyad Mahrez netted a stunning free-kick equaliser in the seventh-minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Leicester City at home to Bournemouth.It was Mahrez’s first goal since the transfer deadline-day saga that saw him denied a move to Manchester City and subsequently miss Leicester training sessions.Any lingering ill-feeling was obliterated after the otherwise impressive Steve Cook needlessly fouled Kelechi Iheanacho and the Algeria international steered home masterfully form 25 yards, sparking wild celebrations inside the King Power Stadium as he was mobbed by his team-mates. 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 Eighth-placed Leicester remain winless in five Premier League matches following three consecutive home draws and Claude Puel’s men were good value for a share of the spoils after mounting sustained second-half pressure.On the other hand, their slapdash defending during the opening 45 minutes could have seen Bournemouth out of sight before Josh King drew a foul from Marc Albrighton to convert a 35th-minute penalty.Eddie Howe’s side have only lost once in 10 matches since Christmas but will rue not being further than six points away from the relegation zone in 11th.GOALLLLLLLLLLL! MAHREZZZZZ YESSSSSSSS!UNBELIEVABLE FREE KICK!#LeiBou pic.twitter.com/2ll5qbWeCp — Leicester City (@LCFC) March 3, 2018 Lewis Cook’s attempted clearance in the 14th minute went awry to the extent it played Riyad Mahrez through, meaning Asmir Begovic needed to stand firm and save sharply.Daniel Amartey was back in the Leicester side for the first time since their January trip to Everton but injury ended the Ghana international’s participation in the 20th minute.The early change appeared to rob Leicester of their poise and King should have done better than prodding tamely wide after he robbed Wilfred Ndidi to bare down on goal.There were two more let-offs for Leicester immediately afterwards, with Junior Stanislas lifting a side-footed effort over from 12 yards before King failed to divert the winger’s cross past Kasper Schmeichel.Leicester’s penalty area was seemingly trapped in varying degrees of chaos, with the culmination being Albrighton’s clumsy foul on King.The Norway international ignored plenty of pre-kick chat from Schmeichel to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.Albrighton’s afternoon almost went from bad to worse in the final minute of the half when Callum Wilson nearly capitalised on a dreadful backpass.Having seen off that avoidable danger, Schmeichel might have been facing another penalty early in the second half.Referee Lee Probert showed leniency when Ndidi appeared to pull back Charlie Daniels on the end of Stanislas’ throughball.10 – Bournemouth have scored in 10 consecutive games for the first time in the Premier League; netting in every game they’ve played since Boxing Day 2017. Formula.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Amartey’s replacement Ben Chilwell saw Cook turn his 59th-minute drive over, the Bournemouth defender recovering well from only partially clearing Jamie Vardy’s low cross.Iheanacho came on for Adrien Silva to bolster the Leicester attack and Bournemouth found themselves under growing strain – Foxes captain Wes Morgan bursting forward from centre-back to head over before Vardy shanked off-target.Morgan was unable to turn home a 73rd minute free-kick before defensive partner Harry Maguire saw two shots blocked from the resulting corner, the latter inadvertently by Iheanacho.Bournemouth’s set-piece defending increasingly owed more to bravery than organisation, with Begovic wilting under the strain and grateful to Dan Gosling’s flying block to thwart Mahrez.Steve Cook looked set to be one of Bournemouth’s heroes but his lunge on Iheanacho after Simon Francis’ head injury prolonged stoppage time allowed Mahrez to produce a heart-breaking sting in the tail. Key Opta stats:- Leicester have not won any of their last five Premier League games (D3 L2); their longest run without a win since the final six games of Craig Shakespeare’s tenure (D3 L3).- The Foxes remain winless against Bournemouth in the Premier League (P6 W0 D5 L1) – the only other team they’ve played as often without winning in the competition is Bolton Wanderers (six games, no wins).- Bournemouth have scored in 10 consecutive games for the first time in the Premier League, netting in every game they’ve played since Boxing Day 2017. read morelast_img read more

Report: Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1

first_imgChelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1: Willian scores again as champions bounce back Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 03:23 11/3/2018 willian-cropped Getty Images Willian scored his fifth goal in as many games across all competitions, as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday. Chelsea bounced back from consecutive Premier League defeats by easing to a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, as Willian scored his fifth goal in five games.The reigning champions lost to Manchester United and Manchester City in their last two games, but things were rather more straightforward this time around and they should have claimed a more comprehensive win over Palace given the number of chances they created.Chelsea were on top for most of the first half and attempted a total of 16 shots, though both of their goals had more than a hint of fortune about them. 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 in-form Willian got the first, as his 25-yard effort took a deflection on its way in, before Martin Kelly put into his own net after a Davide Zappacosta shot caused problems.Palace nearly halved the deficit just after the restart when Alexander Sorloth hit the post, but that proved to be one of few opportunities for the visitors, who slipped to a fourth successive league defeat.Patrick van Aanholt grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but it mattered little in the grand scheme of things and Chelsea moved to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham ahead of their trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.13 – Willian has scored 13 goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season – his best ever return in a single campaign for the club. Samba.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2018The early exchanges gave every indication Palace were in for a long day, as Chelsea wasted no time in piling on the pressure.They somehow failed to take the lead in the eighth minute, though, as Olivier Giroud’s scuffed effort from close-range went straight to Wayne Hennessey.But the goalkeeper was helpless in the 25th minute, as Willian darted in from the left and saw his long-range effort deflect in off James Tomkins, finding the bottom-left corner.And Chelsea’s second soon after was even uglier from Palace’s perspective.Willian stepped over a pass on the edge of the area, allowing Eden Hazard to take charge and feed Zappacosta into the right side of the box, with the Italian’s attempt hitting Hennessey and going in off Kelly in calamitous fashion.They almost added a fourth on the stroke of half-time, but Tomkins made a brilliant intervention on the line to deny Giroud at the end of an exceptional move.Palace almost pulled one back early in the second half, as Sorloth charged through on goal and blasted against the left-hand post..@willianborges88’s on today!2-0 [63′] #CHECRY pic.twitter.com/QWNsq98op6— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 10, 2018The hosts responded by crafting another fine chance of their own – Willian embarking on a remarkable solo run, before exchanging passes with Giroud and seeing his eventual shot crucially blocked just in front of the goal.Giroud was presented with an even better opportunity 23 minutes from time, but he could only hit the post from the middle of the box after Marcos Alonso’s cut-back, and the former Arsenal man was replaced by Alvaro Morata soon after.Van Aanholt set up a grand finale by providing a neat finish after good play by Wilfried Zaha in the 89th minute, but it proved to be too little, too late as Chelsea held on. Key Opta Facts:- Chelsea posted 27 shots in this game; their most in a Premier League game this season and since May 21 2017 vs Sunderland (28).- Chelsea have now conceded just five goals in their last 10 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.- Crystal Palace have won just two points in their last seven Premier League matches (W0 D2 L5).- This was the 10th game this season that Wilfried Zaha hasn’t started for Crystal Palace in the Premier League – they haven’t won a single point in any of these games.- Willian has now scored 13 goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season – his best return in a single campaign for the club.- Olivier Giroud posted an xG total of 1.81 in this game from seven shots – this is the most by a player that has failed to score in a game in the Premier League this season. Giroud’s xG total of 1.81 is also higher than every other team to have played in the Premier League today bar Leicester City (1.83).- Patrick van Aanholt’s consolation goal for Palace was the 800th scored in the Premier League this season.  read morelast_img read more

‘Mata is the glue holding Man Utd together’

first_imgManchester United Mata is the glue holding Man Utd together – Neville Chris Burton 19:00 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Mata Manchester United Leicester City Catherine Ivill Manchester United Premier League The former Red Devils defender believes the Spanish playmaker has become “a very important player” when it comes to linking midfield and attack Juan Mata has emerged as “a very important player” at Manchester United, says Gary Neville, with the Spaniard capable of being the “glue” which holds Jose Mourinho’s side together.The Red Devils have enjoyed a productive 2017-18 campaign, but they have not always been as consistent as they would like.Mourinho has also faced accusations of being overly defensive at times, with United considered to place too much emphasis on keeping things tight and not enough on working through the lines. 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 Mata, though, is being billed as the man to aid that cause, with the World Cup winner seen as a playmaker who can allow others to flourish by linking midfield and attack.Former Red Devils defender Neville told his podcast for Sky Sports: “There’s signs in the last two games that there’s a team there and Juan Mata’s become more important to connect the team.”It looks like you’ve got [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Romelu] Lukaku but they haven’t got that glue that just knits it together. Mata looks like he might become a very important player.”Michael Carrick, [Paul] Pogba has sort of got the ability to connect back to front but Mata certainly has got the composure to hold the ball and allow those players to make their runs so they can get up the pitch and get into a point where they can play one-on-one.”They need to be one-on-one. You see with Rashford [against Liverpool], [Alexis] Sanchez, Lukaku. Get them one-on-one around the edge of the box, they are probably as good as you are going to get”However, to get the ball into those situations, as many times as possible with quality, you need someone to put the ball there to them and Mata does that really well.”Rashford produced a match-winning performance for United in their latest outing against Liverpool, as he celebrated his return to Mourinho’s starting XI with a brace in a 2-1 win.The England international rightly dominated the headlines on the back of that display, but Mata put in another workmanlike performance to help the Red Devils to all three points – with his afternoon almost topped off by another spectacular bicycle kick against old adversaries.United will be looking for him to keep things ticking over in the coming weeks, with important fixtures across the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League approaching.last_img read more