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first_imgSince the Thunder moved to OKC in 2008, there have been four years worth of seasons for the state’s big five programs: Thunder hoops, OSU/OU football, and OSU/OU hoops. Here’s how their winning percentages stack up…The graph is an intriguing one. The only programs consistently going somewhere are the Thunder and OSU football. And they rank like this in overall winning percentage:OSU football – 79%OU football – 77%OSU hoops – 59%Thunder – 57%OU hoops – 55%Is anyone suggesting that OSU’s football program is the best of any of the five in the state? No, I don’t believe so, not with KD raining bombs and Harden asserting his facial hair all over unwitting defenders. But the narrative is an interesting one. Obviously the Thunder are hampered by that 23-59 first season but I still would have thought they’d at least be within 19% of OSU and OU football. And you could have won a couple of c-notes off of some poor soul betting them that the Thunder were a more winning team than OSU basketball over the last four years.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!last_img read more

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first_imgIf 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! Emmanuel Ogbah is raking in the awards, after a junior season in which he racked up 13 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss, nationally ranking No. 4 and No. 14, respectively.On Tuesday, Ogbah was named to the Sporting News All-American team. The Sporting News is one of five All-American teams recognized by the NCAA. With Ogbah already being included on the Walter Camp and Sporting News teams, he can become a consensus All-American Wednesday if he is listed on the AFCA team.Ogbah was also named the co-defensive Big 12 player of the year – the first Cowboy ever to earn that distinction. Pretty amazing accomplishments for a guy who was only a three-star prospect coming out of high school.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Jenks (Tulsa) standout Dylan Harding, a part of Oklahoma State’s 2014 signing class, announced he is being forced to retire from football after a diagnosis of spinal stenosis.Here’s what he wrote on his Instagram page:For everyone that hasn’t seen or heard, I got diagnosed with spinal stenosis that’s causing me to leave the game I’ve played since 2nd grade. I’ll never forget the young days of watching Bedlam games with my pops and dreaming of being apart of something that special. Thankfully I got that opportunity and I’ll never forget it. I just want to say thanks to all of my family, friends and people who have followed this dream of mine as it turned into a reality. I want to specifically say thank you to all of the coaches and my dad who have spent countless hours with me trying to better me as a person and a football player. I got to experience something I’ll never forget. It’s unfortunate I never got started to have the career many wish to have, but I gained some of my best friends through this all. I’ll forever be grateful. #GoPokes”Thankful pic.twitter.com/uxsrDQIjxK— Dylan Harding † (@dylanharding4) April 9, 2016 Harding was a key part as a true freshman in 2014 on special teams and even safety, playing in every game except one regular season and the Cactus Bowl in 2014, and appearing in 11 games last season as a special teams contributor.It’s pretty cool to see a local prospect like Harding mention his times growing up watching Bedlam. For Harding, he helped produce one of the greatest Bedlam memories of all time. Remember the Tyreek Hill return in 2014? That return couldn’t have happened without a key block from Harding (No. 4 in the video below). 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!last_img read more

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first_imgOklahoma State has released its enrollment numbers for the fall 2016 semester and the Stillwater campus has reached an all-time high, at 20,277 (70 more students than the fall 2015 semester.) The total undergrad enrollment combining the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses also broke the previous record, at 21,093 students, according to the Oklahoman.Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis presented the numbers to the meeting of the Board of Regents several weeks ago, explaining that despite a 16 percent budget cut for higher education, tuition was only raised 7 percent.“I think this demonstrates not only do we have record enrollment and record fundraising, but we also are maintaining a lower cost than everybody in the Big 12 and way below the average land grant university,” Hargis said.This is actually probably pretty close to accurate. According to College Tuition Compare (can’t believe that’s a real site), it’s a battle between OSU, OU and Iowa State for cheapest in-state tuition. Or it was in 2015. The numbers have not been updated to reflect 2016 figures.screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-4-04-27-pmAdditionally, Hargis stressed how vital Oklahoma State continues to be for the state’s overall economy.“We bring in from out of state $340 million a year,” Hargis told the Oklahoman. “Any economist would multiple that by 3 to 5 times. It’s well over a billion dollars in impact.”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!last_img read more

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first_imgPSG VIDEO: Neymar goes to take PSG penalty — but Cavani waves him off! Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(26) Neymar Edinson Cavani PSG PSG Neymar PSG v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 Videos The Uruguayan was adamant about taking the spot-kick against Lyon, though he ultimately saw his attempt parried away Neymar may have cost €222 million, but that doesn’t mean he’s entitled to take Paris Saint-Germain’s penalties.The Brazilian star walked up to the spot after PSG earned a spot-kick in the 78th minute of Sunday’s Ligue 1 match against Lyon, with Unai Emery’s side protecting a 1-0 lead.But Edinson Cavani had gotten there first, and the Uruguayan striker waved off Neymar before seeing his effort denied by Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. 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 Nobody told Cavani that Neymar gets to take PSG penalties now after this, Neymar might get first dibs next time! pic.twitter.com/HbnMDxqci2 — Goal (@goal) September 17, 2017 That set piece wasn’t the only point of contention for the PSG team-mates on Sunday. Earlier in the match, Cavani had his eyes on a dangerous free-kick before Dani Alves took the ball and made sure it ended up in the hands of his long-time friend Neymar.Cavani wants to take a PSG free kick, but Dani Alves has the ball and he wants his BFF Neymar to take it pic.twitter.com/JZQzg6Teu4 — Goal UK (@GoalUK) September 17, 2017 For all of the apparent infighting, PSG still emerged with three points as a pair of late own goals led the Ligue 1 pace-setters to a 2-0 win.last_img read more

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first_imgLigue 1 What’s in a name? Introducing Ligue 1 rising star Marcus Thuram Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 19:53 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Marcus Thuram Guingamp 30092017 Getty Ligue 1 Guingamp v Toulouse Guingamp Videos Son of legendary France international Lilian, the Guingamp forward is making rapid progress this term and looks set for a big future in the game Marcus Thuram has a lot to live up to. The 20-year-old Guingamp striker, who grabbed his second goal for the season when he struck after just 56 seconds versus Toulouse on Saturday, is the son of France World Cup hero Lilian Thuram. While there are few more legendary figures in the game than the former Monaco, Parma and Juventus defender, it should come as something of a surprise that his eldest is playing at the other end of the field. Goalscoring was not an attribute readily associated with Lilian, who netted a mere 15 times in a career spanning 825 matches. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Perhaps it was fate that Marcus showed something of a rebellious side to his nature, having been named after cilvil rights activist Marcus Garvey.Marcus Thuram Guingamp LyonThankfully for the youngster, who was born in Italy, where his father was playing with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro at the time, he has shown a greater aptitude for scoring them than stopping them.He has been playing top-flight football for less than two months since making the jump from Sochaux to Brittany in the summer, and already he has a couple of strikes to his name.Marcus has long promised to grace the professional ranks, having joined the youth academy of the Stade Bonal outfit at 15 on the advice of his learned father.“Sochaux is quite far from everything, there’s not much media coverage, it’s a bit of a protective cocoon,” Marcus told L’Equipe. “It was my dad who told me to run away from the bling-bling!”It was in the Sochaux academy, one of the most renowned in France, where he first received international recognition, turning out for France’s Under-17 squad, and he has since played for the national team all the way up to U-20 level thus far.Giuseppe Scalera  Marcus Thuram 01062017It was also the club where Marcus made his senior debut, coming on as a substitute in March 2015 against Chateauroux. A couple of months later, he was a scorer in the final of the prestigious Coupe Gambardella, which pits the youth academies of France’s best clubs against each other. A professional deal followed a matter of weeks later and he spent the following two seasons slowly muscling his way to more regular minutes.Former Paris Saint-Germain defender Antoine Kombouare, who is now in charge of Guingamp, has hastened his progress towards the top, using him as a centre forward as opposed to on the wing where he primarily played at Sochaux. Thuram has been charged with providing a physical aspect to the team’s offensive play and has already started five times this season. He is also closing in on 500 minutes of action already – testimony to his progress given he did not manage 1000 in the league for Sochaux last term.Loading… His first competitive goal came against Lyon with a header from the edge of the six-yard box. He celebrated in familiar style, raising his hand to his mouth in a thoughtful pose that mirrored the style of Lilian in his greatest moment – when he scored two goals for 10-man France to help them win the World Cup 1998 semi-final against Croatia, the only occasion he would score for his country in 142 appearances.Only, it later emerged that Marcus wasn’t paying homage to his father, but rather rapper, comedian and social media phenomenon in France, OhMonDieuSialva.“No, no, papa was on his knees,” Marcus explained in the mixed zone. “I wanted to imitate someone else, he’s called OhMonDieuSialva. He’s a comedian on social media.”Marcus certainly has not tried to court the relationship with his father for the betterment of his career, but at the same time it has had certain perks throughout his life.When Lilian was playing in Barcelona, Marcus explained that one of “dad’s friends” was kind enough to give him a pair of boots. That “friend” was a 20-year-old Lionel Messi.“I was carefree at the time, probably about 10, and he was 20,” Marcus told AFP. “His boots were too small for me, so I gave them to a friend. He must have them!”While being Thuram Jr does have its drawbacks, too, Marcus has grown used to turning them into a strength.Marcus Thuram Marcelo Guingamp Lyon 10092017“If I go into a stadium where people don’t like me, it makes me want to do more,” he explained to L’Equipe. “When the fans insult me, it excites me. Given my name, it’s normal I’m a target. I wear it proudly and I don’t feel pressure because of it.”His contribution has not gone unnoticed, particularly by those around him. Veteran team-mate Jimmy Briand said: “This is just the beginning for him because he has great potential.”Thuram is aware that he needs to improve in his new role, however. “When you’re a centre-forward, you have to play more with your elbows and fight,” he told So Foot. “It’s an aspect of my game in which I’m trying to make progress.“There are a lot of little details that I still have to perfect to reach a very high level, and that’s lucky, because if I was the finished article at 20, I’d ask myself questions.”Marcus may have a long way to go to the top, but at least he has the perfect helping hand to guide him in the form of his dad.last_img read more

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first_imgPoland Lewandowski breaks Poland’s all-time scoring record Peter Hanson 01:34 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) robertlewandowski - Cropped Getty Images Poland Robert Lewandowski Armenia v Poland WC Qualification Europe A first-half double versus Armenia earned the Bayern Munich striker a place in the history books as Poland’s all-time best marksman Robert Lewandowski etched his name into Poland’s record books by becoming his country’s all-time leading goalscorer in a World Cup qualifier against Armenia.The Bayern Munich striker headed into the Group E contest one goal shy of Wlodzimierz Lubanski’s tally of 48.After Kamil Grosicki had fired Poland ahead in Yerevan, Lewandowski matched the haul of his now 70-year-old compatriot with a sublime 18th-minute free-kick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Lewandowski, who scored his first international goal on debut against San Marino in 2008, then claimed the landmark for his own after lashing home from an in-direct free-kick inside the area 10 minutes later.Number !Robert Lewandowski is now Poland’s leading goalscorer with – one more than Włodzimierz Lubański. pic.twitter.com/R9drLbTF4N— UEFA EURO (@UEFAEURO) October 5, 2017Poland will qualify for Russia 2018 with a win if Montenegro versus Denmark ends in a draw, while three points will guarantee a play-off berth at a minimum.last_img read more

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first_imgVancouver Whitecaps 0 Seattle Sounders 0: Dour stalemate in first leg Dejan Kalinic 10:39 10/30/17 CarlRobinson-cropped Getty Images Defending champions Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps drew 0-0 in the MLS play-offs. Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Western Conference semi-final in the MLS play-offs on Sunday.Reigning MLS Cup champions the Sounders went closest to finding a winner at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, with Kendall Waston almost scoring a first-half own goal.But Seattle, who finished second during the regular season and were without the suspended Clint Dempsey, will instead head home for the second leg on Thursday in a good position. 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 Brek Shea had an effort cleared off the line on the half-hour mark for Carl Robinson’s Whitecaps, who then almost fell behind.A Joevin Jones cross from the left was turned onto his own crossbar by Waston as the teams remained level.Inches away from a @SoundersFC opener! #VANvSEA // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/N7YfD59rnr— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 30, 2017Neither team was able to find a winner in the second half, leaving the tie up for grabs. read morelast_img read more

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first_imgMexico Mexicans Abroad Minute: Govea shines but Vela, Chicharito sit Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 02:06 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Omar Govea @miseleccionmx Mexico The Real Sociedad forward missed out because of illness while the West Ham star is still out after suffering an injury with El Tri While Mexico internationals in theory could have returned to action this past weekend, far too many ended up sidelined for one reason or another.Goal’s Jon Arnold flies through the reasons this week and finds a bright spot:Not many bright spots for Mexicans Abroad this week, but still some things to be thankful for, ya turkeys 🦃🦃🦃 #ElTriEng pic.twitter.com/PN4FmGBwjc— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) November 21, 2017Check out the video above for the rundown.last_img read more

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first_imgTopics Share on Pinterest Arsène Wenger Reuse this content The Observer Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Marco Silva, Watford’s manager, suggested that he could understand Arsenal’s view but also said that Swarbrick had grounds to point to the spot. Silva stressed that Richarlison was not guilty of simulation. “It is not an easy decision,” he said. “But he did not dive. He is always fair. It is very important to understand what a dive is. This was 50-50. There was short contact. After the match at West Brom I called for skilful players to be given more protection. Richarlison, a young boy of 20, is the most fouled player in the Premier League. All the greatest players in the world attract fouls.”Wenger did not exaggerate the effect of the penalty. He admitted his team were at fault, too. “[The penalty] was not the only major factor in the game,” he added. “With a bit more killing instinct in front of goal, we should have won the game. That’s where we’re guilty.“We played very well in the first half but I’m not so happy with the second. Our level dropped. We missed many chances. The number two and number three goals should have been scored. And after the 1-1 there was no need to panic. For their second goal, we can only look at ourselves.”The result lifted Watford into fourth but Silva said: “We have one goal, we want to remain as a Premier League club.” Watford Referees news Arsène Wenger blamed a “scandalous” penalty decision and his own team’s lack of killer instinct for a damaging 2-1 defeat at Watford. Arsenal looked on course for victory thanks to Per Mertesacker’s first Premier League goal for almost four years but ended up leaving empty-handed after Troy Deeney equalised from the spot and Tom Cleverley struck a winning goal in stoppage time.Neil Swarbrick awarded the second-half penalty in the belief that Richarlison had been fouled by Héctor Bellerín but Wenger insisted any contact had been negligible. “The decision on the penalty is a bit ridiculous and then we panicked a bit for their second goal and in the end we stand with a defeat,” the Arsenal manager said.“It is a scandalous decision, but what can we do about it? Nothing. We can talk and talk and talk. At the end of the day they scored. It was not a penalty, it was a creation of the referee. The decision is wrong and that’s it. And it came at an absolutely important time for them. No penalty, no goal.” Arsenal fall to soft penalty and Tom Cleverley’s late winner for Watford Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Arsenal Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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first_imgReuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger The Los Angeles Angels have landed the most coveted free agent in baseball, Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.The 23-year-old, dubbed ‘Japan’s Babe Ruth’, has been highly coveted by Major League Baseball clubs due to his rare two-way skills – his fastball has reached over 100mph and powerful left-handed swing allows him to play in the line-up when he is not pitching.Ohtani, who turned down the New York Yankees, ultimately chose the Angels over the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers.Ohtani was coveted by every team because of his exceptional skills but also because he represents an extraordinary bargain due to baseball’s rules around international players. The Angels will have to pay the $20m posting fee to Ohtani’s previous club, the Nippon Ham Fighters, but he will not be paid a huge salary. Ohtani, who will join two-time MVP Mike Trout, will sign a minor league contract and can receive up to $2.3m in international bonus money. “This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Otani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels,” Nez Balelo, the co-head of Otani’s agency CAA Baseball, said in a statement. “Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism. In the end he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball.“I want to thank the clubs and everyone else for respecting our intent to make this very important process as private as possible. We were resolved to having a fair, methodical process. Teams clearly put in a lot of work, and we are grateful for that. The past few weeks also further demonstrated Shohei’s incredible thoughtfulness, attention to detail and determination to make an informed decision. Baseball … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn US sportscenter_img news MLB (@MLB)Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the @Angels. Club hasn’t confirmed. #HotStove pic.twitter.com/hnYw5RrorFDecember 8, 2017 Since you’re here… MLB Share on Twitter Los Angeles Angels “He read every page of every presentation and listened to every word in each meeting, and he was so impressed that it was not an easy choice. While there has been much speculation about what would drive Shohei’s decision, what mattered to him most wasn’t market size, time zone or league but that he felt a true bond with the Angels. He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals. “More than ever, I believe this is not only a special talent but a man of special character, and like everyone else I’m excited to see him in Major League Baseball.”The Angels are coming off their second consecutive losing season and haven’t won a play-off game since 2009, but their combination of a promising young core and a beautiful West Coast location clearly appealed to Ohtani. Share on Facebook Topicslast_img read more

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first_imgShare on WhatsApp The unparalleled joy of the last-minute football winner Graham Arnold has declared the Sydney derby the most lopsided in Australian football after Sydney FC surged from behind to topple Western Sydney 3-1.Adrian Mierzejewski produced another masterclass as driving rain hit a soggy Allianz Stadium pitch, netting a double before Bobo struck late to bring the Sky Blues within touching distance of defending the Premiers’ Plate. Win their next two games and it will be theirs, while the Wanderers continue their fight to stay in the top six. The result in front of 25,211 marked the Sky Blues’ eighth derby win and 12th undefeated from the last 13 meetings. “Stats don’t lie, and this is a pretty lopsided derby – I think the most lopsided derby in Australian football,” Arnold said. “Everyone talks about fatigue and that we had a [ACL] game midweek … but we were ready to play.”However, Josep Gombau’s side reinstated some pride following the last 5-0 derby thrashing. And it was only through former Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic that Mierzejewski was denied a hat-trick, pulling off an outstanding eighth-minute save in the face of his old supporter base.Two minutes later Andrew Redmayne’s howler made for a starkly different situation up the other end. The gloveman spilled a Raul Llorente ball, allowing Oriol Riera to tap his sixth goal from the last five games into an open net.The horrid conditions sucked out some form but it was more than replaced by fire. Quite literally, in the form of the two flares ignited in the Wanderers’ supporter bay, but equally so on the pitch.Matt Simon, on a rare start for rested skipper Alex Brosque, went at it with Michael Thwaite all night. A penalty appeal came after the Wanderers defender put his hand in Simon’s back, though replays showed the feisty striker had gone down easily. But it was Thwaite’s foul on Ninkovic that gave the Sky Blues an equaliser just before halftime – and Mierzejewski ensured the ensuing free kick found its desired destination. Topics Share on Twitter Read more A-League Australia sport “This free kick was a good free kick and made the difference,” Gombau said. “We started the second half well but they have a lot of quality players.”After the break Mierzejewski was at it again. Ninkovic crossed into a busy box and Simon knocked it into his path for another worthy finish and his 12th goal of the season.Suddenly behind, the Wanderers increased the pressure, but by the time Bobo stroked home the hosts’ third the match was dead and buried. Ninkovic ran it inside and produced the deftest of backheels for the Brazilian, who buried his 21st goal of the season in the bottom-right corner. Victory cruise past 10-man Adelaide, Jets edge tight clash with Roar news Share on Facebook Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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first_imgShare on WhatsApp David Squires on … more of the World Cup highlights and lowlights so far Fifa Pinterest Read more The Observer Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup 2018 Facebook Read more Man of the weekCristiano Ronaldo – setting a European goals record; eyeing a new pay deal to offset his €18.8m tax fraud fine; making this boy’s day; having Madeira Airport ”quietly remove and replace” 2017’s “wonky” bronze bust; and debuting a new CR7 goatee: “It brought me luck. It stays.”• Runner-up: Also keeping busy – Neymar, trying to slip a dive past VAR before telling referee Bjorn Kuipers: “Don’t touch me, don’t touch me”; and upbraiding his personal stylist Nariko and his personal colourist Wagner Tenorio for their work so far. Brazil’s Meia Hora: “His appearance is that of a cockatoo.”Couple of the weekBack together at last: former Russia 2018 bid leader Vitaly Mutko and Sepp Blatter, dining out in Moscow on the anniversary of Fifa clearing Mutko’s bid of corruption. The 430-page Fifa ethics report said Russia had cooperated fully with the inquiry, though had been able to make “only a limited number of documents available for review … This was explained by the fact that the computers used at the time had been leased, then destroyed in the interim.”• Sepp’s summer highlights so far: an audience at the Kremlin (“Putin invited me to his apartment. It’s not the first time I’m there”) and fans asking for selfies. “How I was received, with cameras and all the rest … it made me feel as if this is my World Cup.” Twitter Pinterest Share on Twitter paola (@paola__janet)I’m 100% convinced my grandma was the reason Mexico won pic.twitter.com/9jBRF5wFPEJune 17, 2018 Twitter Share on Messenger featurescenter_img Football politics Facebook Most defiantThe 0.4% of Iceland’s TV viewers who didn’t watch their opener against Argentina, sticking with the output on the nation’s other main channels instead: America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Biggest Loser, and a Great British Bake Off re-run.Theme of the weekFans booking hotels in the wrong city. This year’s best effort so far: four Spain fans calling emergency services after arriving in Rostov Veliky, 800 miles away from Rostov-on-Don. Reports say emergency 112 operators spoke to their taxi driver, and “helped resolve the issue”.And blessing of the weekTwitter user @paola__janet, sharing a video of her grandmother blessing each of Mexico’s players as they appeared on her TV screen during the pre-Germany game anthem. 1.16m likes and counting. Share via Email Dinner date: Vitaly Mutko and Sepp Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Setback of the weekCarles Puyol, travelling to Iran to be star pundit for IRTV 3, but denied entry to the studio “due to his looks”. Media said his long hair breached rules on styles that help “spread foreign culture”; host Adel Ferdosipour: “You may be aware Carles Puyol was scheduled to be with us. However, he is in his hotel right now. I did everything I could but it didn’t happen. I apologise.”Strongest sequelFrom ITV’s Sam Matterface, building on his Mel from Mel and Sue success: “He’s a big keeper. He’s 6ft 6. He’s the same height as Kobe Bryant and just a tiny bit taller than the former Stars In Your Eyes host Matthew Kelly.”Best rallying cryCroatia’s Nikola Kalinic, 14 June, calling for the side to unite, “focus on the three points” and play as a team against Nigeria: “If we show our true level, no doubt we’ll progress.” 18 June: Sent home for refusing to go on as a sub.Good week forRúrik Gíslason, Iceland midfielder and part-time model, putting on 309,722 new social media followers, up 962%, “due to being good looking”. It took his total past 341,900, more than Iceland’s population. World Cup Struggle of the week@Lord_Sugar: handling the fallout from his “beach-sellers” tweet before taking PR advice – “It’s meant to be funny for god sake”, “I cant see what I have to apologise for; you are OTT; its a bloody joke”, “It’s been interpreted wrong, it’s funny” – and after: “I deleted the tweet, and I’m very sorry.”• Also feeling regret:a) Burger King Russia, sorry for a campaign offering free Whoppers to anyone who gets pregnant via a World Cup star (“it turned out to be too insulting”); b) John Terry, sorry for the misunderstanding after writing during Vicky Sparks’s World Cup commentary debut: “Having to watch this game with no volume”; and c) Diego Maradona, sorry for smoking during Argentina’s game against South Korea in breach of ground regulations, but not sorry for “pulling his eyes wide” at South Korea fans. “I just saw an Asian boy wearing an Argentina shirt. I, from afar, tried to tell them how nice it seemed that even the Asians cheer for us. And that’s all, guys, come on.”Clips of the weekAmong the most retweeted: Milad Mohammadi’s aborted somersault throw-in; Gerard Pique rescuing a bird; Argentina’s TyCSports pundits holding an on-air minute’s silence for the death of their team; Senegal’s dance practise; Aliou Cisse’s first pump; Roy Keane giving ITV the edgy surliness they paid for; and Portugal’s Pepe, reacting to being patted on the shoulder against Morocco by doing what Pepe does. Jamie (@jmemc10)How do I explain to my 5 year old son that this was a grown man’s idea at the 94th minute to keep his country in the World Cup pic.twitter.com/uAUfW55KREJune 20, 2018 Share on Facebook Topics Wager of the weekRussia team doctor Eduard Bezuglov – unhappy with doping “insinuations” in the English media after stats showed Russia’s players covering more distance in their first two games than any other squad. “Russia’s players have given more than 300 [clean] samples this year. I’m ready to wager a bottle of low-fat milk that the English haven’t given that many.”Decree of the weekChechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov: denying he used Egypt’s summer stay in Grozny to launder his image – “We don’t use this kind of thing for politics” – then granting Mo Salah honorary citizenship at a farewell gala banquet. “Yes, that’s right! Tonight I signed a decree conferring this high award on this great footballer. Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic!” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Putin, Pearce and Kung Fu Pazdan: World Cup 2018 diary, week one Rúrik Gíslason: up 962% Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgShare on Pinterest Poker player loses court battle over £7.7m winnings from London casino Poker Cynn’s final king of clubs and jack of clubs was stronger than Miles’s, who went all in with queen of clubs and eight of hearts. The community cards were king of hearts, king of diamonds, five of hearts, eight of diamonds and four of spades. Each of the nine players who made it to the final table was guaranteed at least $1m. They represented the US, Australia, France and Ukraine.The famed tournament this year drew 7,874 players who either risked $10,000 or earned a seat through satellite competitions with lower buy-ins. The series as a whole has seen more than 120,200 entrants so far, and organizers believe the weeks-long event in its 49th year could go down as the largest ever.Cynn, a native of Evanston, Illinois, now residing in Indianapolis, had previously cashed at various series tournaments and barely missed the main event’s final table two years ago, when he finished in 11th place and won $650,000. This year, he started play on the last night of the final table as the player with the second-most chips with 128.7m. Earlier in the night, Miles bluffed Cynn off the better hand when he shoved 95.3m chips, going all-in. Cynn took about three minutes before folding. The broadcast showed Cynn had two pair including a pair of threes on the board. Miles essentially had nothing, yet he reached 154.9m chips after taking the pot. About 90 hands later, Miles again went all in. He pushed 74m chips, and Cynn eventually called. When they rolled over their cards, Miles ended with triple sixes, while Cynn had two pair, including a pair of sixes on the board. Miles increased his stack to 182m at that point. Topics Read more Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Reuse this content John Cynn won the World Series of Poker marquee no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event Sunday in Las Vegas, surrounded by a cheering crowd that included his father. He eliminated Tony Miles on the 442nd hand of the final table, after playing 199 hands against each other with bricks of $100 bills and a gold bracelet at the table.Cynn, 33, became $8.8m richer after playing against Miles for more than 10 hours. He was visibly shocked, grabbed his head and momentarily crouched as the crowd roared after his win. Miles took home $5m. He hugged his supporters after his defeat and shed some tears off stage. “Right now, I do feel pretty overwhelmed,” said Cynn. “The money is very significant, but I do like to think that I don’t need the money to be happy, but at the same time, practically, it’s going to make things a lot easier, things I want to do in life.” Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn US sports news Share via Email Support The Guardianlast_img read more

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first_imgAndy Murray has stepped up his recovery from his hip operation by playing a round of golf.The two-time Wimbledon champion had a hip resurfacing operation in January as he attempts to overcome a troublesome problem after still being bothered following initial hip surgery in January 2018. Topics Share on Facebook news The 31-year-old shared a clip on his Instagram Story of him playing golf accompanied by the message: “Played my first round of gold for 6 years yesterday…pain free. Hip resurfacing = (thumbs up).” Support The Guardian Since you’re here… … 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. His last appearance came at the Australian Open, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in a gruelling five-set match in the first round, but has said since his surgery that he would love to be able to play at Wimbledon in July.Judy Murray, Andy’s mother, tweeted a video of her son hitting a drive without any adverse reaction to his hip problem. Ms Murray also questioned whether her son was inspired by Tiger Woods’s Master victory on Sunday, another sportsman who had come back from numerous surgeries and painful injuries. Share on Pinterest Andy Murray Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger judy murray (@JudyMurray)Inspired by 🐅? @andy_murray #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/UWOJ00es9TApril 15, 2019 Andy Murray cautiously hopeful gamble on hip surgery may extend tennis career Tennis Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Robertson challenges Liverpool to maintain recordby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Andy Robertson wants to see his side maintain their perfect record in the Premier League.The Reds made it six out of six after an impressive and battling 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.It was a tough game, with the Reds hanging on in the second half.But they got all three points, and Robertson wants to see them do the same in their coming fixtures.”It’s all about winning games and to keep on moving forward, so we cannot dwell on this,” said Scotland captain Robertson to reporters. “We have got another big week coming up and we just focus on our own game, we don’t focus on anything else other than that.”There are big challenges ahead and we need to keep ticking them off. In this period, if we can keep it going until the internationals and keep looking at the fixtures then that is what we’ll do. We’ve got a tough run but if we can get to the next internationals with positive results then we’ll be in a very good place.”Hopefully we can go one better than last season in terms of finishing second. We won the Champions League but we want the Premier League and hopefully this season we do that. But, there is a long, long way to go and everyone behind us will be waiting for us to drop points.”So I am sure they will be ready to pounce, so we need to be ready for that and I think last season has helped us massively for that.” last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eusebio Di Francesco agrees to leave Sampdoriaby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEusebio Di Francesco has left Sampdoria.A Samp statement confirmed they and Di Francesco had severed their ties by mutual consent.The former Roma boss only moved to Marassi over the summer, but six defeats and only one win from seven Serie A games have left the side bottom.Gazzetta dello Sport says he is walking away with €1.8m – amounting to one year of his three-year contract.Beppe Iachini is an early favourite for the job. last_img read more

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first_imgLazio coach Inzaghi upset with Gasperini after six-goal thrillerby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio coach Simone Inzaghi was disappointed with Atalanta rival Gian Piero Gasperini after Saturday’s 3-3 thriller.The Aquile fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 – including two Ciro Immobile spot-kicks.“It was a very clear match. Atalanta dominated the first half, while we dominated the second with three extraordinary scoring opportunities on top of the goals. Thomas Strakosha only made one save after the break,” insisted Inzaghi in his Press conference.Gasperini was furious in his post-match interview, claiming Immobile had ‘dived’ for both penalties.“I admire him as a colleague. I listen to his words, but I do not accept them, because the two penalties are clear. We lost the Champions League place twice due to refereeing incidents, so in this sport you have to accept situations and especially today, when they were very clear.“I am disappointed he decided to say these things about Immobile, as there was clear contact.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more