A SALIX, IOWA MAN IS IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING A STABBING LATE SATURDAY NIGHT IN THAT TOWN.53 YEAR OLD CHARLES STEELE IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC ASSAULT.AUTHORITIES SAY HE STABBED A WOMAN IN THE ABDOMEN FOLLOWING AN ARGUMENT.INVESTIGATORS SAY THE COUPLE LIVES TOGETHER AND THE VICTIM WAS NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED.STEELE IS BEING HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $3000 BOND.
The first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. coast to coast in nearly a century has come to an end in South Carolina.Americans across the land watched in wonder Monday as the moon blocked the sun, turning daylight into twilight.Around 400 people gathered at the Sioux City Museum Plaza at 4th and Nebraska to watch the event.7th grader Sadie Engel who attends Sgt. Bluff-Luton was among those seeing the spectacle for the first time:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ECLIPSE4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………exciting to see. ;04Museum director Steve Hansen says a long line of people showed up in the morning, hoping to get free glasses to safely watch the eclipse:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ECLIPSE5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..fair to them. :14The eclipse reached 95% of totality here, when the sun was almost completely obscured by the moon, around 1pm.Totality lasted just two minutes or so in each location along the narrow corridor stretching all the way across the U.S., from Oregon to Nebraska to Charleston, South Carolina.It took about 90 minutes for total blockage to cross the country.AP contributed to story content & photo
Here at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Porter (Publisher): Roundtable Wednesday — first question is on a scale of 1 to Savannah State, how good are you feeling about the Baylor game this weekend?Southwell (Chief Uniform Officer): Texas A&M 2011. Wow, this is a weird scale. There are a couple of similarities. We’re evenly matched, and it’s the first real test on the road. Oklahoma State had played an above average team (AZ 2011 / Pitt 2016), and the opponent hasn’t played anyone tough.Porter: I like that. Baylor always scares me (#prayforRamon), but I have a somewhat irrational confidence in this team right now given how it has played so far.Aldrich (Head of Hoops): Not a bad comparison @southwell. I wish I could forget about what Baylor did to us with a 2nd (and then 3rd!) string quarterback in Stillwater, but I just can’t. I think Baylor runs it better than we do and it’s our first road test- the line feels about right to me (9.5 or so?) #prayforRamonCaleb Deck (Intern): If I may be so bold, I would rank this even with an imaginary Season 5 of Arrested Development. I like the idea of it in theory and my head believes it would work out well, but my heart is worried about the execution as well as the consistency key factors (in this case I believe Ramon Richards is Will Arnett).Aldrich: If anyone can get the Gob done though, it’s that defensive line.. seriously, did we trade lines in the offseason with an SEC west team or what?Porter: It really has been incredible. Carson and I talked about it on the podcast, but Gundy wasn’t joking in August. We roll three deep up front. It might save our season.Thomas (Xs and Os): I don’t know what to think, honestly. Baylor has struggled early in some of their non-con games but they’re still really good offensively. I don’t know if OSU can stop them or if they can keep up. I don’t like thinking about it myself.Southwell: Baylor has not played well in the first half for the last two games. Zero points in the first quarter against both SMU and Rice. If OSU can get out to a fast start, I think we will be in great shape.Boone (Head of Recruiting): I think Baylor will be Baylor and put up a ton of points regardless of our stout d-line. It’ll be a shootout but I’ll give the edge to OSU with Justice Hill and Rennie Childs finally hitting their stride.Carson (Podcasting): I’m not a believer in Baylor without Art Briles. They still have NFL talent (KD Cannon left “Back To The Future” burn marks at BPS) but they’ve lost their shot caller. Neither team has been impressive so far. So flip a coin.Porter: 20-inch blades. Is Rennie the dude now? Were you guys impressed or was it just a right place/right time thing?Boone: I have a hard time believing after four years Rennie is suddenly the answer to our running woes. But he did enough this weekend to warrant more carries for sure.Aldrich: I kind of want to see it one more time from Rennie before I buy in — I don’t think we’ll miss Carson too bad though (Chris, not Cunningham).Southwell: I mean he ran for 4 TDs so…Caleb: I see Rennie Childs as a very well-rounded RB who probably ranks around a 5.5/10 as far as Big 12 RB quality goes. Justice has a higher ceiling but is less developed and lacks a bit of the same strength. I understand why the coaches would go with Childs but I hope they continue to give Hill ~40 percent carries so he can continue to develop well.Porter: This is a good take, I think. I also have a soft spot for four-year vets who haven’t had the run they thought they might get coming into college (i.e. The Kye).Carson: Rennie does all the right things. Loves to play the game. Never says a word.Porter: Goes to class. Last one: If _____________ then OSU could win the Big 12 this year.Aldrich: The offensive line is shored up. You pointed out the disturbing yards per carry stat earlier this week. If OSU can run the ball consistently, they can absolutely win a very average conference.Carson: O-line keeps Mason upright and has Porter in a full sweat in the shed dissecting Weeden-Rudolph splits.Caleb: I definitely agree that the line a huge key. I also would say if Mason can consistently place 65-70 percent of his 5-15 yard passes and he personally only has 3 or less fumbles the rest of this year we win the Big 12. Him being able to consistently convert those short crosses and screens will hopefully cause linebackers to drop off the line a bit allowing the o-line to get a break from blitzes occasionally and opening up a bit more space for the RBs. And whatever is going on with his fumbles needs to be fixed by Yurcich or Gundy or Glass or the equipment crew or anyone.Porter: Mine is … if Justin Gilbert and Kevin Peterson find some eligibility and come back to school. I just think we are so susceptible on the outside and will get housed by good offensive teams. There are offensive issues, for sure, but it seems to me like the offense will get consistently better as the year goes on. Not so sure on the defense.Carson: Boone: I think if they can “put a hat on a hat” ? as Gundy says and find the extra blocker in the run game it will go along ways to solving the offensive deficiencies. I’m just not convinced it’s a one-week fix.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!
Oklahoma State got its season off to a quick start with a dominant performance over Tulsa in Week 1. The first quarter was the stuff dreams and had everyone looking up which bowls were hosting the semifinal games. But beyond the hyperbole and besides the flashy highlights and Tyron swag, what else can we glean from the season opener? Let’s take a look at the numbers.OSU Drive ChartThe Cowboys scored on the opening three possessions while burning up all of 4:31 off the clock. The first was a methodical but blazing-fast eight plays for 74 yards that culminated in Tyron Johnson’s first catch for his first touchdown at OSU. Two more quick strikes and the game was set on its fixed trajectory. Zach Sinor got just two shots to build his faux Heisman case.On the empty side of the glass, a boneheaded mistake from Mason Rudolph resulted in a strip sack and Jalen McCleskey’s attempt at the most ill-advised punt return I can remember ended with six points on the wrong side of the board. Matt Ammendola missed a 33-yard field goal attempt wide-left which Mike Gundy blamed on the sophomore getting in a hurry. Let’s hope Philly can slow down.Here’s a look at OSU’s pertinent numbersPoints per drive (offense): 4.33Points per drive (defense): 1.21Yards per play: 10.2Third-Down conversions: 5/9 (55.5%)Average starting field position: own 30-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 4/5Points off turnovers: 14Time of possession: 23:20The points-per-drive disparity was heavy in the Cowboys’ favor but could have been even more so had OSU not turned the ball over twice (giving up 10 points) and missed a short field goal. I want to say something smart like, “They won’t be able to get away with that against (insert team).” But I’m not actually sure. I’m not saying the needless giveaways should be ignored or that place kicker is not a concern. What I am saying is that this offense is really, really good and we knew that coming in. Let’s just not make a habit out of silly mistakes and I won’t have to be wrong.Tulsa Drive ChartYou know the saying “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.”? Well, Philip Montgomery might empathize. He wouldn’t admit to anyone (and possibly himself) who his starting QB was until kickoff. President, Skipper, President. I’m not just recalling random proper titles of leadership. That’s Tulsa’s QB rotation.With inexperienced leadership behind center and the passing game a work in progress, we all expected Tulsa to come out with an emphasis on the rushing attack. The Golden Hurricane finished 2016 as the eighth-best rushing team in the country with the Nos. 1 and 2 rushers in the AAC. No. 2 is back for 2017 — D’Angelo Brewer’s jersey number is 4 actually — and returns after a 1,435-yard, 7-TD season where he averaged 5.4 yards per carry. On Thursday night, Oklahoma State held him to 33 yards on 22 carries for a rough 1.5 average. Tulsa ended up averaging 4.1 yards per carry but that was a bit inflated due to a garbage-time run for 55 yards by Corey Taylor II. Glenn Spencer cracked exactly one and a half grins during postgame availability — that’s a good sign.Here’s a look at Tulsa’s numbersPoints per drive (offense): 1.21Points per drive (defense): 4.33Yards per play: 4.4Third-down conversions: 16/26 (61.5%)Average starting field position: own 25-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 2/4Points off turnovers: 10Time of possession: 36:40So Tulsa couldn’t stop Oklahoma State. No surprise there. But its 61.5 percent on third-down is somewhere between head-scratching and concerning. Especially when you consider that Tulsa was 5 of 10 on third-and-long and 5 of 8 on third down with at least 10 to go. It was also 1 of 2 on fourth down.The Golden Hurricane actually started 0-for-4 on third-and-long until the second quarter when the score was 28-7. OSU’s defense then gave up five of the last six third-and-long situations. Like I said, it’s not ideal but it does fall into OSU’s lane of a “bend-don’t-break” defense. I’m not going to worry too much about it. If not for an unnecessary fumble by QB1 and a perplexing snafu by Jalen McCleskey, OSU wins the turnover battle 2-nil. I’ll take that, 1.1 points per drive and a 50-percent success rate on my opponent’s red-zone trips most days if I’m Spencer.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 entire ESPN College Gameday crew is riding with the Cowboys on Saturday, including Louisville head coach and guest picker Rick Pitino.“They won’t stop the passing game again,” former Heisman winner Desmond Howard said of the Pokes. “I think Oklahoma State will beat them by 3 scores.”As for Lee Corso? He’s got OSU by a billion. “Mason Rudolph, my Heisman pick, 4 touchdowns. Big, big, really big.”All four College GameDay guys pick #okstate. pic.twitter.com/GoKq8KJeLj— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 2017
eSports FIFA 18: The complete list of teams in the game Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 17:10 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) EA Sports eSports Premier League Over 30 leagues and 700 teams are playable in FIFA 18, check out the full list of this year’s clubs and countries that are playable from September 29 FIFA 18 is set to be the most complete version of FIFA yet, with new leagues and teams meaning that gamers can play as over 700 clubs and countries from around the world.Included in the game for the first time ever is the 3. Liga from Germany, as well as the inclusion of the Iceland national team and Czech Republic’s Sparta Prague.The new team styles in FIFA 18 also mean that the virtual clubs perform like their real-life counterparts on the pitch, meaning that Barcelona will play more like the tiki-taka side we are used to seeing on television. 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 Here are all the leagues, clubs and countries included in FIFA 18, which is released worldwide on September 29.ALKA SUPERLIGAAalborg BKAarhus GFAC HorsensBrøndby IFFC HelsingørFC KøbenhavnFC MidtjyllandFC NordsjællandHobro IKLyngby BKOdense BKRanders FCSilkeborg IFSønderjyskEPRO LEAGUEClub BruggeExcel MouscronKAA GentKAS EupenKRC GenkKV KortrijkKV MechelenKV OostendeRoyal Antwerp FCRSC AnderlechtSint-TruidenSp. CharleroiSport. LokerenStandard LiègeWaasl. BeverenZulte-WaregemLIGA DO BRASILAtl. 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FC MagdeburgCarl Zeiss JenaChemnitzer FCFortuna KölnFSV ZwickauHallescher FCHansa RostockKarlsruher SCPreußen MünsterRot-Weiß ErfurtS. GroßaspachSC PaderbornSportfreunde LotteSV MeppenSV WehenUnterhachingVfL OsnabrückVfR AalenWerder Bremen IIWürzburgCALCIO AAtalantaBeneventoBolognaCagliariChievo VeronaCrotoneFiorentinaGenoaHellas VeronaInterJuventusLazioMilanNapoliRomaSampdoriaSassuoloSPALTorinoUdineseCALCIO BAscoli *Avellino *Bari *Brescia *Carpi *Cesena *Chiavari *Cittadella *Cremona *EmpoliFoggia *Frosinone *La Spezia *Novara *Palermo *Parma *Perugia *PescaraSalerno *Terni *Venezia *Vercelli **Generic team namesMLSAtlanta UnitedChicago FireColorado RapidsColumbus Crew SCD.C. 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ZaragozaRayo VallecanoSD HuescaSevilla AtléticoUD AlmeríaALLSVENSKANAFC EskilstunaAIKBK HäckenDjurgårdens IFGIF SundsvallHalmstads BKHammarby IFIF ElfsborgIFK GöteborgIFK NorrköpingIK SiriusJ-SödraKalmar FFMalmö FFÖrebro SKÖstersunds FKSSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUEBohemian FCBray WanderersCork CityDerry CityDrogheda UnitedDundalkFinn HarpsGalway UnitedLimerick FCShamrock RoversSligo RoversSt. PatsEKSTRAKLASAArka GdyniaCracoviaGórnik ZabrzeJagielloniaKorona KielceLech PoznańLechia GdańskLegia WarszawaPiast GliwicePogoń SzczecinSandecjaŚląsk WrocławTermalicaWisła KrakówWisła PłockZagłębie LubinRUSSIAN LEAGUEAkhmat GroznyAmkar PermAnzhi MakhachkalaArsenal TulaCSKA MoscowDinamo MoscowFC KrasnodarFC RostovFC TosnoFC UfaFC UralLokomotiv MoscowRubin KazanSKA-KhabarovskSpartak MoscowZenitSÜPER LIGAkhisarsporAlanyasporAntalyasporBaşakşehirBeşiktaşBursasporFenerbahçeGalatasarayGençlerbirliğiGöztepeKarabüksporKasimpaşaKayserisporKonyasporOsmanlısporSivassporTrabzonsporYeni MalatyasporREST OF WORLDadidas All-Star **AEK AthensHJK HelsinkiKaizer ChiefsMLS All Stars **Olympiacos CFPOrlando PiratesPanathinaikosPAOKShakhtar DonetskSparta PrahaWorld XI **Generic team names**Team unlockable via the Catalogue on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. 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PhoenixWS WanderersPRIMERA DIVISÓNArgentinos Jrs.ArsenalAtlético TucumánBanfieldBelgranoBoca JuniorsColónDefensaEstudiantesGimnasiaGodoy CruzHuracánIndependienteLanúsNewell’sOlimpoPatronatoRacing ClubRiver PlateRosario CentralSan LorenzoSan MartínTalleresTemperleyTigreUniónVélez SarsfieldVilla Maipú**Generic team names Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona Barcelona vs Sevilla: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal Last updated 2 years ago 15:30 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Barcelona v Sevilla Sevilla The Blaugrana will be looking to keep their fine start to the 2017-18 season going with a victory against the unpredictable Andalucia side Four points clear at the Liga summit and unbeaten so far this season, Barcelona will be looking to extend their impressive start at the expense of inconsistent Sevilla when the two teams meet on Saturday.A disappointing 0-0 draw midweek for the Catalans will not damp spirits too much around Camp Nou, as they remain nevertheless on course to qualify in first place from their Champions League group. Barca to win 3-0 10/1 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 It is to domestic matters that attentions turn this weekend, with an intriguing clash against Eduardo Berizzo’s men one of the first big tests the Blaugrana have faced in La Liga this season. Game Barcelona vs Sevilla Date Saturday, November 4 Time 19:45 GMT / 15:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football or by stream via Sky Go.In addition, dabblebet customers with a funded or active account can watch and bet on the match live. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go / dabblebet In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Digne, Umtiti Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Deulofeu, Vidal Injury problems are starting to stack up for Barca, with Sergi Roberto adding his name to the list against Olympiakos.The midfielder suffered a hamstring injury and joins the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, and Andre Gomes on the sidelines. Andres Iniesta, however, trained on Friday and is in line to return, while up front coach Ernesto Valverde could team Aleix Vidal with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in what will be an open 90 minutes of football.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Vidal, Messi, L. Suarez. Position Sevilla players Goalkeepers Sergio Rico, D. Soria Defenders Corchia, Carole, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero Midfielders Krohn-Dehli, Banega, Geis, Pizarro, N’Zonzi, Jesus Navas, Sarabia, Ganso, Vazquez, Borja Lasso Forwards Ben Yedder, Muriel, Nolito In comparison with their hosts, Sevilla have an almost-clean bill of health for Saturday.Carrico and Nico Pareja are long-term absentees in defence, while Berizzo will hope Joaquin Correa recovers from a muscular complaint sustained at the weekend in time to shine at Camp Nou.Potential starting XI: Sergio Rico; Corchia, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Pizarro; Sarabia, Banega, Nolito; Ben Yedder.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Barcelona are 2/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet , with Sevilla priced at 10/1 and the draw available at 6/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Barcelona and Sevilla starred in a number of unforgettable clashes last season, with Jorge Sampaoli on the Andalucians’ bench and imposing a fast and furious playing style to help them into the Champions League.Neither Sampaoli nor Luis Enrique will be there on Saturday, but a similar game can be expected at Camp Nou. Sevilla’s big problem since Berizzo replaced his compatriot has come in front of goal. Plenty of chances have been created but the likes of Wissan Ben-Yedder and Luis Muriel have been wasteful, leaving Sevilla with just 11 goals from their opening 10 games. That is less than Lionel Messi alone has scored in La Liga, but Valverde will nevertheless be wary against a team that, when in form, is capable of giving any side in Europe a rough 90 minutes. Barca’s eyes, meanwhile, will be fixed on Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has endured a rotten patch of form so far this season, but his quality is undeniable and it should only be a matter of time before the goals return. Valverde and all of Barca will be hoping that day is Saturday, as they seek three points that would prove great evidence of the Catalans’ title credentials even at this early stage.
Transfers Juventus ready to let Lichtsteiner go Romeo Agresti Last updated 1 year ago 18:17 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Juventus Juventus v Crotone Crotone Serie A After seven years of service, the six-time Scudetti winner is likely to leave the Serie A giants in January or when his contract expires in the summer Juventus are ready to offload right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner in January, though the Switzerland international is ready to see out his contract in Turin, which expires next summer.Since the departure of Dani Alves to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, Juve have struggled to be effective in the right-back berth and it is an area that they wish to strengthen when possible after Mattia De Sciglio and Benedikt Howedes have both failed to impose themselves.Juventus -2 21/20 v Crotone 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 Lichtsteiner, on the other hand, has played 12 times for the Serie A outfit but is still seen as surplus to requirements. He does not wish to leave in January, in the style that Patrice Evra did to Marseille last year. The 33-year-old has been with Juventus seven years, but is now in his final months with the club, who have experimented with Stefano Sturaro and Juan Cuadrado in the full-back role in recent times.The former Lille and Lazio man has won six Scudetti with Juve, plus three Coppa Italia.
World Cup World Cup 2018 draw: Spain vs Portugal and England vs Belgium in group stages Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) WORLD CUP 2018 DRAW: AS IT HAPPENED World Cup Russia Brazil Germany Argentina Belgium Portugal Poland France Spain Peru Switzerland England Colombia Mexico Uruguay Croatia Denmark Iceland Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Egypt Senegal Iran Serbia Nigeria Australia Japan Morocco Panama South Korea Saudi Arabia The finalists have learned their fate ahead of next year’s tournament and there are some interesting games to look forward to Germany will begin their World Cup defence against Mexico after Friday’s draw in Moscow threw together Spain and Portugal in the pick of the group-stage matches at Russia 2018.Joachim Low’s men triumphed on Russian soil in the Confederations Cup earlier this year and start at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on June 17 versus a side they ran out 4-1 winners over in the semi-finals of that tournament.Mexico’s tough assignment comes three days on from the hosts kicking off proceedings in a seemingly favourable opener against Saudi Arabia. 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 Sweden, who ensured Italy would miss the finals for the first time since 1958, and South Korea join Germany and Mexico in Group F.Spain and Portugal will play out an Iberian derby in Sochi, a fittingly temperate setting on the Black Sea coast, and the winner will be a heavy favourite to top Group B. Iran and Morocco make up the section.Russia performed poorly at both Euro 2016 and the Confederations Cup but might fancy their chances of pipping the Saudis and Egypt in Group A, where Uruguay will start as favourites. Group A Group B Russia Portugal Saudi Arabia Spain Egypt Morocco Uruguay Iran Group C Group D France Argentina Australia Iceland Peru Croatia Denmark Nigeria Group E Group F Brazil Germany Switzerland Mexico Costa Rica Sweden Serbia South Korea Group G Group H Belgium Poland Panama Senegal Tunisia Colombia England Japan Five-time champions Brazil being against Switzerland in Rostov and further pairings with Costa Rica and Serbia mean head coach Tite can be pleased with the draw overall.Great rivals Argentina have a more complicated task alongside Euro 2016 surprise package and tournament debutants Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D. It is the fifth time in Nigeria’s six World Cup appearances that they have drawn two-time champions Argentina.An array of Premier League stars will be in action on the final matchday in Group G, when England take on Belgium – featuring Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and company – in Kaliningrad.Tunisia and debutants Panama’s presence means that match will be expected to double up as a winner-takes-all showdown for top spot.Peru and Denmark’s reward for coming through play-off clashes last month are places in Group C alongside France – benefitting from a stellar generation headed by Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe – and Australia.Poland are the top seeds in Group H, where Colombia represent tough matchday two opposition. Those nations begin against Senegal and Japan respectively.
Share on Facebook A Rashford corner from the left found Lukaku’s head but he could not direct it and the same player’s cross moments later was missed completely by Mata’s head.All of this illustrated a troubling lack of requisite quality in the danger area and when Lawrence fired at Romero, who dived to his right, this was as accomplished as anything United had produced.Mourinho’s men quickened the tempo yet a hint of desperation remained. Rowett brought on Matej Vydra for Winnall and Derby’s manager may have seen a credible replay move into sight. But Lukaku’s second confirmed victory and a potential warm weather break in Dubai.According to Mourinho, this rests on Stoke City not drawing with Coventry City in their tie as United are due to face them on Monday week. If the Potters do have a replay then United’s league meeting with Mark Hughes’s side is moved to Saturday week and may curtail or even mean there is no trip. Scott Carson stretches to save Juan Mata’s free-kick. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Manchester United seemed destined for an unwanted replay before Jesse Lingard again took responsibility, scoring a superb eighth goal in his past 10 appearances with six minutes remaining, which was followed by Romelu Lukaku sealing the win at the end of normal time.José Mourinho’s side had appeared unable to kill off Derby County, as towards the close Marcus Rashford crashed the ball off the right post, Lukaku’s header hit the left, and Paul Pogba missed a sitter. Yet Lingard’s swerving long-range shot showed them how to do it and so United move on content. Facebook Virgil van Dijk crowns Liverpool debut to see off Everton in Cup derby Twitter Share on Messenger The same was true of United’s initial momentum: their display had flattened and they were now vulnerable. The lack of ruthlessness Mourinho can bemoan was evident when a Rashford glancing header from Mkhitaryan’s ball hit Carson’s left post. The No19 was at close range so had no excuse for missing. It was a repeat story when Mata picked him out and he could only head straight at the keeper.As the interval neared United kept pressing. A Pogba free-kick drew “oohs” from the home support as Carson saved sharply to his right. Yet at the break the tie remained deadlocked.Mourinho believed a change was required so Lukaku, who missed the win at Everton due to a head injury, replaced Mkhitaryan for the second half. The Belgian took his customary No9 berth, Rashford moved left and Lingard went in behind Lukaku.Derby, though, made the brighter start. A Lawrence free-kick from the right found Tom Huddlestone who was unlucky not to score with a shot. From here United mounted a first attack of the period. Pogba and Lukaku combined and when the latter lost the ball he quickly claimed it back. Up stepped Herrera whose attempt was deflected for a corner.This enlivened United. Pogba dug a route into Derby’s area and when the ball arrived at Mata’s feet he pulled the trigger and Carson beat the ball away. The passage reflected United’s dominance at the start of the contest. Pinterest Share via Email Read more Manchester United Derby County Share on Pinterest FA Cup Topics match reports José Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte in escalating war of words Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Of Lingard, whose season tally is now 11, the manager said: “He is in a clear evolution. He’s comfortable in the position he plays, improving with the progressive style of the team, which makes him feel even more like a fish in the water. He’s the opposite of Marcus because Marcus scores unbelievable goals in training and missed unbelievable chances in games. I’m not worried with Marcus because his good moment will arrive. Jesse won’t lose his stability. He’s mature, he understands the game better.”Mourinho made five changes, drafting in Sergio Romero, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Rashford. Gary Rowett’s XI showed six different personnel from their previous match, the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United, with Tom Lawrence, Andre Wisdom, Alex Pearce, Sam Winnall, Marcus Olsson and George Thorne all selected.United made a crisp start. Luke Shaw and Pogba moved the ball along the left. The Frenchman beat a Derby defender and switched possession to Lingard, who should have scored, instead lifting the shot over Scott Carson’s goal.Yet following a flurry of United chances, the visitors stroked the ball around. Lawrence, the No10 in Rowett’s 4-2-3-1, broke up the middle and reversed play to Winnall but the centre-forward was stymied. The contest had an attractive flow. Lingard and Mkhitaryan put Rashford in and after a trick to create space the striker missed a glaring chance to open the scoring. Mata’s free-kick was saved well by Carson to his right and from the ensuing corner United found themselves back-pedalling. Mkhitaryan took this short and suddenly Shaw was passing back towards the centre-circle.When the ball found its way to Johnny Russell he coasted down the left and found Martin Olsson’s head, the left-back forcing Romero to tip over. As the half-hour approached United became sloppy. Mkhitaryan gifted possession to Derby, Winnall raced forward and the Armenian was fortunate to see the attack fizzle out. Read more Reuse this content
A supporter outside St George’s Hall. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Pinterest Share on Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Reuse this content Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Hundreds of people, including relatives of those who died, survivors of the terrible crush on the Leppings Lane terrace, Liverpool politicians, friends and supporters, attended a memorial service at the Anglican cathedral. Many of the bereaved families went to a private service organised at Liverpool football club’s Anfield home, where people also paid respects on the Kop.Mersey ferries sounded their horns, the town hall bells rang and the minute’s silence was held at 3.06pm, the time the semi-final was stopped when South Yorkshire police officers realised that people were trapped in critical trouble in the Leppings Lane “pens”. A bell was sounded 96 times at the cathedral service, which took five full minutes, while the congregation stood in silent commemoration.In recent years, Liverpool’s Anglican and Catholic cathedrals have alternated holding an annual memorial service, as the families’ public services at Anfield have been cancelled due to ongoing legal proceedings – new inquests held from 2014-16, followed by criminal prosecutions. Liverpool (UK news) Facebook Share via Email Share on WhatsApp The bells on Liverpool’s town hall tolled 96 times and the city stood silent on Monday to mark 30 years since 96 men, women and children were killed at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground on 15 April 1989.The pictures of all 96 were displayed on a banner across the front of the St George’s Hall, which proclaimed “Never Forgotten.” A lantern for each was laid on the steps and people paid respects throughout the day, laying wreaths and Liverpool football club scarves.The youngest person to die at Hillsborough, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was only 10; the oldest, Gerard Baron, was 67; 37 of those who died were teenagers and 25 were fathers; one victim, Inger Shah, was the mother of two teenagers. Altogether, 58 people lost a parent in the disaster. Liverpool (Football) Topics Share on Messenger The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, and lord mayor Christine Banks stand on the steps of St George’s Hall. Photograph: Eleanor Barlow/PA Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Jenni Hicks, whose two daughters, Sarah, 19, and Vicki, 15, were killed at Hillsborough, said: “Today was about remembering the 96 people who lost their lives, how much they were loved, how precious they were to their families, and how much they are still missed. Thirty years on, the families haven’t known a life since without being part of legal processes.”Steve Kelly, whose brother Mike, then 38, was killed, paid tribute after the cathedral service to the people of Liverpool: “This city has always supported us; it’s such a beautiful, special place, we really know the meaning of community,” he said. “It has helped us so much, and it has been infectious – our support is worldwide, and wefully appreciate it.” Sue Jones, the dean of Liverpool, said in her opening address: “We have wept for the deaths of the 96, wept with the trauma of the survivors, and we have continued to pray for truth and justice.”On 3 April at Preston crown court, a jury could not reach a verdict on the charge against the Hillsborough match commander, the former South Yorkshire police Ch Supt David Duckenfield, of causing the deaths by gross negligence manslaughter. The Crown Prosecution Service is seeking a retrial, which Duckenfield is set to oppose. The hearing is scheduled for 24 June.Graham Mackrell, Sheffield Wednesday’s club secretary and safety officer in 1989 was convicted of breaching his duty of care for the safety of Liverpool supporters, due to the allocation of inadequate turnstiles, which first led to a crush outside the ground.Two former South Yorkshire police officers and the force’s then solicitor are facing charges of perverting the course of justice in a trial planned for September, which is likely to be rescheduled if Duckenfield does face a retrial. Hillsborough disaster People take part in a one-minute silence outside Liverpool’s Saint George’s Hall. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Twitter Pinterest features
Argentina rugby union team … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby World Cup group-stage deciders threatened by Super Typhoon Hagibis Reuse this content It was then De La Fuente’s turn to run in unharried. The Americans kept going and were rewarded when Paul Lasike showed great strength to smash his way over for their second try. Bertranou then became the latest to benefit from more great work by Mallia but the US had the final word with Scully’s second. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Rugby World Cup Topics Rugby World Cup 2019 Since you’re here… Rugby union US sports Share on Messenger USA rugby union team Support The Guardian Share via Email Argentina ended a disappointing World Cup campaign on a high as they ran in seven tries to hammer the United States 47-17 with a sometimes scintillating display in their final Pool C game. The Pumas, whose qualification hopes were ended by defeats at the hands of France and England, picked a young team and the newcomers took their chance to play with confidence and ambition that left the Americans clutching at shadows.There were two tries each for Joaquín Tuculet and man-of-the-match centre Juan Cruz Mallia, while recalled flyhalf Nicolás Sánchez, Jerónimo de la Fuente and Gonzalo Bertranou also scored to secure their ninth win in nine meetings with the US. They finish third in the pool with 11 points from their wins over Tonga and the US but that represented a considerable step backwards for the 2015 semi-finalists, especially on the back of such an impressive Super Rugby campaign by the Jaguares. The US, who have now managed only three wins in their 26 World Cup games, will hope to end with a fourth from their final game against Tonga but will have to dramatically improve their defence after missing almost 50 tackles on Wednesday.Argentina were on top from the start and Mallia set up the first try when he cut through a ragged American defensive line to feed Sánchez on his shoulder after 19 minutes. Sánchez then set up the second as his short kick took a horrible bounce to wrong-foot Mike Te’o and give Tuculet an unexpected second, followed soon after by his own second and the team’s third.The Americans got on the scoreboard at the end of the half when flyhalf AJ MacGinty sent a grubber kick into the corner for captain Blaine Scully to scamper on to and touch down.Bautista Delguy had the crowd on their feet at the start of the second half with an outrageous run from behind his own line and through half a dozen defenders all the way to the halfway line. He was unable to complete but the next score was only minutes away as Mallia, again untouched, got the fourth, and soon after, and identical fifth after a quick lineout caught the Americans napping. Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter match reports
Transfers Chelsea keeper Courtois not interested in Liverpool switch Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:53 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Chelsea Liverpool Premier League The Belgium international will not hold contract talks until after the World Cup, but he will not depart Stamford Bridge for a Premier League rival Thibaut Courtois remains in no rush to sign a new Chelsea deal but has no interest in signing for one of the Blues’ Premier League rivals.He has been associated with a move to Liverpool, but while he will not hold contract talks until after the World Cup, a switch to Anfield is not on the cards.The Belgium No.1 could move back to Madrid to be closer to his children, who still live in the Spanish capital, or he could remain at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He only has one year left on his current Chelsea deal and could depart for free at the end of next season.Real Madrid are considering an approach for a goalkeeper but he is just one of a number of names who interest the European champions, with Alisson, David De Gea, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Kepa Arrizabalaga on Zinedine Zidane’s shortlist.Paris Saint-Germain had explored the option of signing Courtois but they will go for Juventus’ legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who represents a more affordable target as they come under Financial Fair Play (FFP) scrutiny.Atletico Madrid could be another option for Courtois but the good form of Jan Oblak sees them unlikely to move unless they are forced into a sale of their highly rated shot-stopper. Courtois enjoyed three successful seasons on loan at Atleti and the club’s location could tempt the 26-year-old to re-sign there one day.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, meanwhile, will re-open talks, which were last held in December, after the World Cup.She is currently working on bringing in a new manager to Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri continuing talks in Milan to take over from Antonio Conte, whose departure has still yet to be announced. The change in manager is unlikely to influence Courtois’ decision.
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SNAPPED: Arsenal boss Emery calls for ‘respect’ after Blackpool bus protestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery shrugged off a Blackpool protest before their FA Cup win at Bloomfield Road.The day began with a Blackpool protester sitting on top of their bus.A large number of Blackpool fans have been trying to force Owen Oyston to sell the club for several years, to no avail, and their most high-profile match of the season offered an opportunity to draw wider attention.The protester, who came down after 40 minutes, was arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Trade Union Act and remained in police custody at kick-off. The incident did not delay the match.Emery remarked afterwards, “No change for us but we know there were some problems here with the club’s supporters and the club, but from us there is respect, respect to them, to the club, to the supporters and to the team. We prepared for the match with this respect also for this competition. I think that the 90 minutes against a competitive team also, I think we can watch a big match I think for them and for us.”I cannot say a lot for this situation. Only respect and I want to find a solution for the problem they have, the supporters of the team and the club here.”Blackpool fans currently stopping the Arsenal team bus from leaving their hotel to get to Bloomfield Road for this evenings FA Cup tie #protestspic.twitter.com/GC330zeyKJ— Ged Mills (@GedMills) January 5, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Rakitic: Getafe win was importantby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was pleased with victory at Getafe on Sunday.Rakitic played as the deepest midfielder on Sunday as Barça beat Getafe and he was delighted to start the calendar year with three points. “All teams struggle against Getafe,” he said. “They’re a strong, compact team. Their coach [Bordalas] knows what he has to do and his team are well drilled. “It’s an important win and we have to keep following this path. We go home happy and now prepare for what’s to come.”
Arsenal academy chief Mertesacker reveals heated Walcott & Bellerin rivalryby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePer Mertesacker has revealed Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin were locked in a fierce rivalry at Arsenal.The two players made a name for themselves as extremely fast players, and while both were at the Emirates they continuously battled to see who was the quickest.Mertesacker told The Athletic: “Hector and Theo Walcott were locked in a constant battle for clocking up the fastest sprint numbers at Arsenal.”It was a big rivalry — a bit like (sprinters) Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson in the 1980s.”Hector and Theo could not take being second-best.”If one of them finished ahead by second or so, the other one would insist on trying again to do a faster time.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal legend Winterburn admits he came close to Chelsea switchby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has revealed how close he came to joining Chelsea. Right-back Winterburn is one of the club’s most storied players, having made over 400 appearances in the red and white, winning three league titles and two FA Cups.But he almost joined the club’s cross-town rivals in the late 1980’s.”I don’t really talk about it a lot, but two weeks before that [signing for Arsenal] I had gone to Chelsea for talks,” Winterburn told the Football Ramble Daily podcast. “They wanted to sign me but that all fell apart.”Asked why his move to Chelsea fell through, Winterburn responded: “I have no idea. I tend to find with me, that with life, if things don’t go well, the best way to deal with it is to block it out.”Maybe I asked for too much money! A few days after that they signed Tony Dorigo, so they were obviously eyeing up us both, and maybe he was the better option at the time.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB hit Jadon Sancho with record fine: He pushes limitsby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund have hit Jadon Sancho with a record fine.Sancho was dropped for their 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach after arriving late from international duty with England last week.And BILD says he’s also been handed a club record €100,000 fine.BVB chief Michael Zorc said of the ex-Manchester City starlet: “It’s not that it happens often, but it’s not the first time.“Jadon is a good boy, but he is still very, very young. He quickly grew up and occasionally pushes the limits. And then we are there to set those limits.“We all know that Jadon is an excellent player, but it’s not about the player. We have our responsibility to the entire team for the club. That is why this decision was the only right one for us.”