Roundtable: Where Will OSU Players End Up in the NFL Draft?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We tossed together a late roundtable on the NFL Draft and what we think it holds for Oklahoma State’s players. The Draft starts tonight at 7 p.m. Let’s jump right in.Kyle PorterLet’s start with this — if you had to bet your life on it, which OSU player will be the first one picked and what round will he go?Thomas FlemingVincent Taylor in the 4th or 5th roundKyle CoxVincent Taylor in the 4th round. I think there is a definite conference bias for defenders in the Big 12. He could be a value pick for someone there.Sam AldrichI’m gonna say VT in the 5th. A steal, by the way. Why didn’t he come back again? ?Fleming^very good questionCoxI hope I don’t have to bet my life based on the decisions that some NFL front offices make.FlemingLike when the Jags drafted a punter in the third round.PorterI didn’t realize VT is already 23. Not sure there’s a lot left to prove there from an age or development standpoint. I’m going to say Taylor in the 4th round although I think Cox’s note on Big 12 defensive bias is intriguing. OK, here’s one. Where would you most like to see Chris Carson end up and why?FlemingNot the browns.AldrichGive me Carson in the green and gold behind Lane Taylor please. He’d crush as a third down back in that system. #GoPackGoFlemingIf Lacy weren’t at the Seahawks I’d say them. I agree with GB though. The Colts need a back.CoxAnywhere really. I think he has the physical tools to play at the next level. I saw one mock had him going to Kansas City which is interesting. Maybe my Niners where he could add some depth. I’m still curious to see how/if his game translates to the next level.FlemingGore is old and their secondary is too poor for them not to draft corners early. What if they picked up Carson in the 6th?AldrichI’d love that selfishly as a Chiefs fan. Carson/Tyreek. ?CoxIndy’s OL is horrible.FlemingHe would also fit the Giants. I’m thinking who would be a good fit for him schematically. He’s not exactly a picture-perfect shifty, one-cut zone back.PorterGreen Bay would be great. He would punish in the tundra. What about Jordan Sterns — does he get drafted, and how long does his NFL career last?CoxCarson has the vert to do the Lambeau leap.FlemingProbably not but I bet he gets invites. Maybe he can get on a roster full-time in one or two years.CoxI’d say Sterns gets signed as a free agent and plays for 6-8 years. He could fit in nicely as a rotation safety. 1. B12 bias 2. H’s not a freak athlete.AldrichYeah I think he gets picked up late and hangs on a few years in the league. Certainly plays with NFL physicality.PorterI agree. I think Sterns has a nice NFL career! I’m wildly biased and not even close to somebody who understands what NFL people look for, but I think Sterns is a really great college player who can have a role in the NFL. I’ll say he plays five years.AldrichAlso, he’s a friend of the blog ?CoxWe need to get an exclusive.FlemingI do think that, from some of the scouting reports I’ve read, people see him as a one-trick pony. He’s not just a hitter. Hopefully front offices see that.CoxI think the passing offenses in this league give a lot of DBs a bad rap on giving up plays.FlemingDo you think that there are a good amount of front offices that are stupid enough to discount players because of the conference they’re in?CoxI think a lot of the “experts” don’t watch as much tape as they purport? Sterns’ big knock on one site was on him getting burned deep. I’ve never seen him that way. Everyone does at some point and if you’re guarding one of three Baylor receivers as a safety, it’s going to happen. Of course, the NFL has bigger, better, faster guys.PorterI don’t know about that, but I do think it’s difficult to properly evaluate players across conferences. I don’t necessarily think that’s stupidity. I just think it’s hard.AldrichOn the flip side, I think a similar corner or safety that played in the SEC does probably get more love.CoxAnother flip side, Sterns got praised for his run support but he had to backup for a DL that left something to be desired in stopping the ground game at times.AldrichNot everyone had the opportunity to prepare for NFL speed like Big 10 prospects, after all * ducks *PorterHaha.CoxBlake Jarwin > O.J. HowardPorterOK last one — make a bold prediction for this weekend that doesn’t have to include an OSU player. Just anything crazy. And don’t be boring and pick “a SEC lineman will have photos of himself wearing a bong mask released and it will legitimately affect the draft and then he will throw his university under the bus and say people got paid” again. That’s old.FlemingBengals draft Mixon in fourth round or earlier.CoxThe Cowboys will draft Pat Mahomes. I don’t know how crazy that is.AldrichI’m gonna say that someone takes a chance on Joe Mixon in the second and his NFL career blows away Fournette’s, who goes top 5.CoxAt least two teams will reach way too far for a QB and further set back their franchise.PorterWe didn’t even talk about Jhajuan Seales, Jordan Burton and Ashton Lampkin. Anything happening for them?AldrichI don’t think so. Seales’ pro day was impressive though, so we’ll see.CoxThey will all get a chance to work out with a team. Burton may be intriguing with his Pro Day numbers. Seales might actually get drafted for his.FlemingI’m really rooting for Seales. The man (apparently) runs a sub-4.4 40 time and has impressive ball skills. And he’s physical.PorterSame. He’s underrated. And a big hitter. Enjoy the show.last_img read more

Wenger: I can live with Arsenal being worse this season

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger: Arsenal worse than last season but I can live with it Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 17:38 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The under-pressure Frenchman says he will take stock of things at the end of the season but is trying to keep everything in perspective for now Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal have taken a step backwards with regards to their form last season but said he can “live with the reality” of it.The Gunners missed out on the Champions League last term for the first time in 17 years and may well do so again unless they win the Europa League. Currently, they are 13 points shy of a top-four spot in the Premier League, while they exited the FA Cup to Nottingham Forest and lost to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.While many supporters made their apathy clear by staying away from Thursday’s 3-0 loss against Manchester City, the manager appears at ease with the situation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “This season is worse than last season because last season we won the cup and we made 75 points,” Wenger admitted.“I don’t deny that, but we’ll analyse that at the end of the season. Don’t worry, I can live with reality. At the moment, we lost a cup final and we lost a big championship game.”Wenger also dismissed suggestions that he is failing to adapt his tactics for different opponents.“It’s not true,” he said. “I try to find solutions where the team feels comfortable and confident. Overall, I believe that at the moment it’s difficult but we also have to take a little bit of perspective. We played against a team who is not only top quality but in full confidence at the moment.”Arsenal face Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday before travelling to Milan for the first leg of their Europa League round-of-16 clash with the Italian giants.last_img read more

Bonucci: AC Milan were ‘scared’ against Arsenal

first_imgMilan Bonucci admits Milan were ‘scared’ in Arsenal defeat Jamie Smith 08:10 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leonardo Bonucci Getty Images Milan UEFA Europa League Milan v Arsenal Arsenal The Rossoneri’s 13-match unbeaten run came to an end against the Gunners, with their captain bemoaning his side’s lack of experience AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci said his side were “scared” during their defeat to Arsenal in the Europa League.Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan – opening his Gunners account – and Aaron Ramsey gave Arsene Wenger’s struggling Premier League team victory at San Siro on Thursday.Gennaro Gattuso highlighted errors made at the back by Milan, but Bonucci felt it was a question of mentality that led to the end of their 13-game unbeaten run. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “We did not have the right mentality right from the get go,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. “We were a little scared since we are so young. Let’s hope we learn from this.”It is hard but we will have to give it a go [in the second leg]. Anything can happen in football so we have to stay positive.”Arsenal ran a lot and they have a lot of quality but we also made mistakes. We didn’t play as a team so that’s what you get. We had to be smarter and more responsible with the ball, this we know.”We were too nervous and excited, everyone made mistakes. In the second half we played with more courage but it wasn’t enough. Credit to Arsenal, who played a great first half.”If we play in London with the same spirit we showed in the second half, we might be able to pull it off.”Bonucci’s defensive partner Alessio Romagnoli also accepted Milan had not been strong enough at the back against Arsenal.”We started well but certain plays favoured them,” Romagnoli said. “We conceded two silly goals and end up with a negative result in the first leg as a consequence.”We will try our best on the return match, we have nothing to lose.”last_img read more

Wayback Wednesday: OSU’s First Bowl Game, the 1945 Cotton Bowl

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I was recently perusing a coffee table book that someone had passed on to me called The Tulsa Tribune: Eighty Years of History. As the title would indicate, it includes pages of the now-defunct newspaper on significant days in history from 1900 to 1980. It’s been fun and interesting to have my 5-year-old daughter practice reading headlines of some the most memorable moments of the 20th century, and through a local lens.But what’s been even more fascinating for me have been some of the side stories. This one that jumped out to me was from the Jan. 2, 1945 edition: Aggies Win Lopsided Tilt From T.C.U. Included was this four-paragraph recap of Oklahoma A&M’s 34-0 win over TCU in the 1945 Cotton Bowl.DALLAS. Jan. 2. 1945 — The Oklahoma Aggies are kingpins of college football in the southwest and as far as 27,500 folks who turned out for Monday’s game are concerned the Cowboys can include points east, north, west and south.The Cowpokes, with dashing Bob Fenimore giving an All-American exhibition, finished their greatest season by pouring a 34-0 defeat on the backs of Texas Christian’s Horned Frogs — the most lopsided triumph in nine years of Cotton Bowl history.But Oklahoma A. and M. was not one-man affair. Jim Spavital, a bruising, smashing fullback, battered the T.C.U. line for 120 yards, while Cecil Hankins not only stabbed the Frog forward wall to pieces, but put on a grand pass-catching show.The Aggies second team took over in the fourth period to score a couple of touchdowns with ease after the regulars had pounded the Frogs into only passive resistance. [The Tulsa Tribune: Eighty Years of History]I hope Spencer Sanders gives me a reason to type “kingpins of college football” at some point this fall.A five-score shutout may not seem all that compelling, but this game holds several points of significance for Oklahoma State. Here’s what I came across.• This was the school’s first bowl game ever, and also it’s first and only shutout of a bowl opponent. (OSU was shut out in the 1949 Delta Bowl, 20-0 by William & Mary.)• Sophomore Bob Fenimore lived up to his star billing. The nation’s leader in offense took the game over and all his skills were on display against TCU. Fenimore finished with 178 rushing yards and two scores and 136 passing yards. He also punted five times.• Feniomore finished ninth in Heisman voting that season after leading the nation in total offense (1,758 yards), finishing third in rushing (899 yards), eighth in passing (997 yards), ninth in scoring (77 points) and 13th in punting average (37.3 yards). He was the No. 3 vote-receiver for the award as a junior.• Fenimore’s 178 rushing yards (on 8.5 yards per carry) was a school postseason record for nearly 44 years until Barry Sanders’ legendary 222-yard performance in the 1988 Holiday Bowl. Fenimore was enshrined in the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2007, the only OSU representative in the hall to date.• Along with Fenimore, defensive back Neill Armstrong and tackle Ralph Foster were named the game’s outstanding players. Jim Spavital also had himself an outing, logging 120 yards on 18 carries, highlighted by a 52-yard scamper to pay dirt to put the Pokes up 14-0 in the first quarter.• This was also the largest postseason victory by OSU until that 1988 Holiday Bowl, a 62-14 thrashing of Wyoming.• TCU finished that season 6-3-1 and averaged 13.4 points per game. This was the only game they were held scoreless.• The Aggies defense bottled up the Frogs allowing just 31 passing yards, 109 total yards and just five first downs all game, all three of those marks are OSU bowl records. TCU didn’t pass midfield until the second half.• Oklahoma A&M totaled 494 yards of total offense in this game. Related: No one show this to Mike Gundy. He might have Sean Gleeson digging through the archives looking for Jim Lookabaugh’s single-wing playbook.• The Aggies finished 8-1, their best finish since 1932 (9-1-2). But the next season, Oklahoma A&M — led by Lookabaugh and Fenimore — went 9-0 landing with a 33-13 win over St. Mary’s. OSU was posthumously (and controversially) named the 1945 national champion by the AFCA in 2016.• This was the 10th meeting between Oklahoma A&M and TCU, a series with started in 1915. The Aggies were 4-5 all-time against the Horned Frogs coming in, but A&M took control of the series directly after. The next fall, TCU was on the nonconference slate and the teams met for six consecutive years. The Aggies went 4-1-1 in that span. Currently, the series sits at 15-12-2 in favor of the Pokes.• Some of the VIPs on-hand for the event included then Oklahoma governor Robert S. Kerr, who was seated with Oklahoma A&M president Dr. Henry G. Bennett, and even Dr. George L. Cross, OU’s president.• The 34-point win stood as the most lopsided Cotton Bowl game for 46 years until the 1991 iteration when Miami (Fl.) blew out Texas 46-3.• This was just the beginning of a long history between Oklahoma State and the Cotton Bowl Classic. The Cowboys would return three more times, losing all three.In 2004, OSU fell to Ole Miss 31-28. Then in 2010 — the first year the bowl was held at its current location at AT&T Stadium in Arlington — the Cowboys lost to Ole Miss again, this time 21-7. OSU then came up short in the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic to Missouri 41-31. OSU did win the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl (end of season 2012), blowing out Purdue 58-14, which is held at Cotton Bowl Stadium.1st Half Highlights2nd Half Highlightslast_img read more

Oklahoma State Fifth, OU First in Preseason College Football Media Poll

first_img1Oklahoma (68)761 6Baylor453 10Kansas89 RankingTeam (First-Place Votes)Points 3Iowa State589 4TCU474 8West Virginia241 2Texas (9)696center_img 9Kansas State191 5Oklahoma State460 7Texas Tech281 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The media picked the Cowboys in the same spot as last season, but the Cowboys will look to better how they finished 2018.Oklahoma State was picked fifth in the 2019 Big 12 Preseason Poll, the league announced Wednesday. The Cowboys came in behind Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State and TCU. The Pokes were picked fifth last season, as well, but finished the year ninth after a disappointing 3-6 conference record.Here’s is a look at the poll. It’s the fourth straight season the Sooners top the Big 12’s preseason poll. OU received 88 percent of first-place votes, roughly the same percentage it garnered last season.The surprise of the poll is probably TCU at No. 4. The Horned Frogs finished 4-5 in conference play in 2018. TCU did finish last season strong, winning its final three games including beating Cal in the Cheez-It Bowl, but those three games were all fairly ugly.It seems like there is more Texas hype this year than usual, but the Longhorns didn’t come all that close to taking the Sooners’ preseason crown, only getting nine first-place votes. But, Texas is up from fourth in last year’s preseason poll.last_img read more

MHTF Terms of Reference Finalized

first_imgMany thanks to all who contributed valuable time and energy to the drafting and reviewing of these Terms of Reference. We look forward to applying these guidelines to an exciting work-plan, which is now under development. We will post more on that in the coming weeks.Share this: Posted on April 14, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force Terms of Reference ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: I am pleased to post the final MHTF Terms of Reference (PDF, 68kb) which will be used to guide our work over the next three years. This document outlines the ways in which the MHTF will operate to achieve its goal and objectives, and describes the niche that the MHTF aims to fill in the expanding global response to improving the health of mothers everywhere. This document is the result of extensive research and consultation with an array of maternal health experts around the world, and it was the subject of a launch meeting that took place in Washington, D.C. in late February 2009. (Download the report — PDF, 60kb — of that meeting.)last_img read more

Maternal Health Accountability: The Crucial Next Step

first_imgPosted on September 2, 2010June 21, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Maternal Health Task ForceClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Ann Blanc, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force, welcomed attendees of the Global Maternal Health Conference to the third and final day of the conference. She recalled the Safe Motherhood Conference held in 1987 in Nairobi–and said, “Experts at the Nairobi meeting did not expect to be here today. They would have thought that by now preventable maternal mortality would be a thing of the past.”Lynn Freedman, Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability program at Columbia University and moderator of the final plenary, opened the session with a statement that she said few could argue with: Many of the pieces are in place to make preventable maternal mortality a thing of the past; technical knowledge, money, political will, and big improvements on the great challenges of implementation. What we need now is accountability. The title of plenary three was Maternal health accountability: successes, failures, and new approaches.Insights from plenary three panelists:Sigrun Mogedal, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway, discussed bi-lateral and mulit-lateral aid for maternal health. She noted the current momentum around maternal health but reminded conference participants that we have been here before–and asked, “Why should now be different?” She pointed out that consensus in New York is not the same as action on the ground. The missing piece needed for more action on the ground is accountability–and this is a matter of hard domestic policies. She said that bi-lateral and multi-lateral debates “take up too much space.” The global must serve and respond to the local, NOT the other way around.Helena Hofbauer, Manager of Partnership Development at the International Budget Project, raised questions about aid effectiveness–and discussed national governments’ commitments to spending on maternal health. She described the work of the International Budget Project to use budget analysis to address persistent inequalities in maternal mortality. She said that the budget is a nation’s single most important overarching policy document. Helena asked, “What would happen if people actually asked the government how much and specifically on what they are spending to improve maternal health?” The International Budget Project did ask these questions on behalf of citizens, and the response was “deplorable”. In fact, the reply from Nigeria was that this sort of information is “sensitive and controversial” and from Tajikistan, “Please don’t bother the minister with these sorts of requests.” Helena declared, “This is, in practice, an accountability free zone.”Nancy Northup, President of the Center for Reproductive Rights, talked about accountability within the context of a human rights and legal framework for improving maternal health. She described a paradigm shift from considering maternal health solely as a public health issue to now understanding it as a human rights issue. Nancy described the legal framework for how and why governments should be held accountable for maternal deaths–citing the right to life, health, equality and non-discrimination, privacy, spacing of children, to be free from cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, and to education, information and the benefits of scientific progress. She described the process of litigation at the national and international level to demand individual compensation and systemic change–noting that demanding this sort of accountability is the next critical step in improving global maternal health.Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director of CEDPA India and the India National Coordinator for the White Ribbon Alliance, commented on accountability through grassroots advocacy. She said that working on the issue of accountability at the grassroots level occurs in three phases: gathering information, spreading awareness, and speaking out. She described a number of tools that can be employed to give local communities a voice including public hearings, check lists, verbal autopsies, and more. Aparajita talked about the importance of providing a safe setting for dialogue—a place where communities can voice concerns and demand action. She pointed out that crucial here, is that people with power are also present, take the concerns seriously, and are held accountable for taking action.Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of the conference presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Salah will be stopped by Russia, Cherchesov promises

first_imgRussia Salah will be stopped by Russia, Cherchesov promises Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:52 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) StanislavCherchesov - cropped Getty Images Russia World Cup Russia v Egypt Egypt Mohamed Salah Sergio Ramos The coach of the hosts is confident that his players will maintain their momentum following a spectacular opening-night win over Saudi Arabia Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov has pledged to leave Mohamed Salah shackled when the World Cup hosts take on Egypt in St Petersburg on Tuesday.Talk of Salah dominated Cherchesov’s pre-match media briefing at Krestovsky Stadium, with the Liverpool star having been declared fit to return from the shoulder injury he sustained during last month’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.The Egyptian Football Association similarly declared Salah was ready to take on Uruguay in their opening 1-0 Group A defeat but experienced boss Hector Cuper opted not to risk his prized asset. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Salah, 26, tore Premier League and Champions League defences apart during a stunning debut season at Anfield that yielded 44 goals, but Cherchesov is confident he has the remedy as his team look to build upon an emphatic 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.”What can I say? I trust in my team,” he said. “I believe in my players and I will give you a simple answer.”We are ready to do this and we will do this.”Cherchesov dismissed the notion that roughhouse tactics would come into play and defended Madrid captain Sergio Ramos against an accusation that he purposely caused Salah’s injury.”Is someone going to behave as Ramos behaved? I don’t understand the question,” he replied.”I saw that he was holding the cup of the Champions League and tomorrow there will be no cup.”I believe that Ramos did not do this on purpose. This is a contact sport and, as I understand, no one injures people from other teams on purpose.”The man charged with thwarting Salah as Russia’s last line of defence is goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev.The CSKA Moscow man bristled at persistent references to Salah as he sat alongside his coach.”First of all I will tell you about my team,” he said. “I believe we should pay more attention to the Russian team. We have our own tasks, our own missions and so on.”We know there will not be mannequins against us. These will be living beings. It is not only Mo Salah who will be playing against us. They have another 20-plus players. We will see what will happen.”Asked whether he was looking forward to playing against Salah, Akinfeev snapped back: “I don’t even know how to start preparing how to respond to your question, frankly.”I would prefer that my team win tomorrow, that’s my response.”The winning feeling deserted Russia during their preparations – something a comparatively jovial Cherchesov made light of when their dismal run of friendly form was brought up.”Hey – no, no! We’re not talking about the seven games [without a win],” he said.”We have won one game already here at the World Cup, so what is the next question?”Soon enough, it will be Salah posing them.last_img read more

‘Modric is Ballon d’Or worthy’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Modric worthy of Ballon d’Or’ Dom Farrell 18:56 6/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Luka Modric - cropped Getty Images World Cup Croatia Iceland v Croatia Real Madrid Luka Modric has inspired Croatia’s excellent start at the 2018 World Cup and Dejan Lovren believes the Real Madrid man deserves more credit. Dejan Lovren believes his Croatia team-mate Luka Modric should be in Ballon d’Or contention.Real Madrid midfielder Modric has been at his sublime best so far at Russia 2018, steering Croatia to qualification for the knockout stages with a game to spare.His superb second goal during the 3-0 demolition of Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod provided the champagne moment within one of the tournament’s statement victories. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Modric also converted a penalty during the opening 2-0 Group D victory against Nigeria and Lovren feels the 32-year-old would be pushing for top individual honours if he was from a more traditionally glamorous footballing nation.”It is a real pleasure to play with Luka Modric, who is one of the best players in the world right now,” he said during a Sunday news conference at Croatia’s Roschino training base.”Modric would probably be getting more attention than he is right now if he was a German or Spanish player. He would maybe even be a Ballon d’Or winner.”Because we are a smaller country, he does get less attention than he deserves.”All football lovers know Modric is an incredible player. He is one of the best in the world right now.”Who will prove the best in the world collectively when the World Cup concludes in Moscow next month remains a fiercely debated subject, with matters clouded by an opening 10 days that have often veered from the form guide.Holders Germany were staring at the prospect of an early exit until Toni Kroos sensationally snatched a 2-1 win over Sweden for Joachim Low’s 10 men deep into stoppage time on Saturday in Sochi.Luka Modric Croatia Nigeria World Cup 2018Brazil also required a late show for their first win of the tournament – Philippe Coutinho and Neymar downing Costa Rica in St Petersburg after the regulation 90 minutes.Lovren proudly claimed to have watched every game of Russia 2018 so far and he spies a wide-open field that may play into the hands of an accomplished and experienced Croatian generation.”It has been a surprising tournament and there are no favourites right now, or no teams that are likely to be easy winners,” he added.”We must respect teams like Germany, Brazil, Spain and Belgium, who are all incredible teams.”Right now, no one is showing on the pitch that they are far superior than any other team.”Croatia is a dark horse, a bit of an underdog, but we have to show we play well and we hope to continue to play well.”last_img read more

Santos: Portugal are not all about Ronaldo

first_imgWorld Cup Iran contest not all about Golden Boot candidate Ronaldo, insists Santos Stephen Creek 07:01 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) cristianoronaldo-cropped Getty Images World Cup Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Iran v Portugal Iran The striker has scored all of his nation’s goals so far in Russia, but Santos believes there is quality across his Portugal squad Portugal head coach Fernando Santos said his side’s third World Cup group game was not a case of Cristiano Ronaldo versus Iran as he warned his players of the tough contest awaiting them.Ronaldo has scored all four of Portugal’s Group B goals so far, netting a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain before getting the winner in a 1-0 victory over Morocco.Despite the Real Madrid striker’s excellent form, Santos rejected the suggestion that the responsibility would be on Ronaldo to deliver a result against Carlos Queiroz’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “He makes a difference here, in Real Madrid, in Manchester United, in Sporting,” said Santos, recounting Ronaldo’s current and former clubs.”This is not a game between the coach of Portugal and that of Iran; this is not a game of Cristiano against anyone; this is, yes, a game of Portugal against Iran.”The 63-year-old spoke of his close friendship with Queiroz, whose side are one point behind Portugal in the Group B standings after a win over Morocco and a defeat to Spain, both by a 1-0 scoreline.Santos said he had been impressed by the former Real Madrid and Portugal coach’s progress with Iran since his appointment in 2011.”He has been my colleague and friend for 35 years,” said Santos. “We travelled many times by train and we talked a lot of football because he taught at the time and I was an engineer. He will do his best to win for Iran, I am sure.”I had the opportunity to see these two Iran games in the World Cup and the 10 that they played in qualifying. I soon felt certain that they are a very strong team: nine wins, one draw, conceding only two goals with Syria when they qualified.”There are experienced players with a strong strategy. We have seen here Iran’s defensive organisation and not only because they know how to play well and play ball.Ultimo jogo da fase de grupos! Forca, Portugal! #ConquistaOSonhoIrao x Portugal7 PM (Portugal Continental)Mordovia Arena pic.twitter.com/cZvEnVpk9B— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 24, 2018″There will be two teams that fight a lot, that will give everything.”I want to win, my colleague wants to win and it’s going to be a tough and strong battle. We have to be prepared.”last_img read more

Argentina FA fined $100k for violence & chants

first_imgWorld Cup Argentina FA fined over $100,000 for fan violence & homophobia in Croatia clash Goal 02:54 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Argentina fans World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Argentina Argentina v Croatia Croatia The country’s supporters are accused of a number of offensive actions before and during their 3-0 defeat last week FIFA has fined Argentina’s football assocation £80,000 ($105,000) after their fans engaged in a series of offensive behaviours in their defeat to Croatia on Thursday. Argentine fans at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium were caught on camera fighting opposing supporters, throwing objects, and participating in homophobic and insulting chants. In addition, FIFA charged that the Albiceleste failed to attend mandatory post-game interviews following the 3-0 defeat to their Group D rivals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar FIFA’s policy is to hold federations responsible for the behaviour of fans at World Cup stadiums. Already, FIFA has fined the Mexican FA for their supporters’ “discriminatory and insulting chants” at Russia 2018.Argentina’s heavy defeat to Croatia has left them on the brink of elimination from the World Cup at the group stage, despite boasting talented forwards such as Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.Jorge Sampaoli’s side must defeat Nigeria on Tuesday to stand a chance of progression to the last 16, and hope for a favourable result between Croatia and Iceland.last_img read more

Southgate: England have made fans believe again

first_imgWorld Cup Southgate: England have made fans believe again Harry Sherlock 22:00 7/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) England Panama World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup England Colombia v England Colombia The Three Lions face Colombia in the last 16 on Tuesday, and the manager has praised his players for changing minds Gareth Southgate has hailed his World Cup stars for altering the public’s perception of the England team.The Three Lions headed into the tournament on the back of an unbeaten, but ultimately dour, qualifying campaign, with the atmosphere at Wembley often approaching boredom.However, a last minute victory over Tunisia and a record-breaking 6-1 thumping of Panama saw hopes across the country raised, before a 1-0 loss to Belgium confirmed a second-place finish in Group G. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar That has led to a last 16 clash with Colombia, and many have suggested an easier route to a potential final. Indeed, should England win their first knockout game since 2006, they will face either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-finals. Victory there would lead to a last four encounter with either Croatia or Russia.And Southgate believes that his players have allowed fans to dream again.”Ten months ago we qualified [for the World Cup] and people were throwing paper aeroplanes onto the pitch at Wembley,” Southgate told reporters.”We were driving back to our hotel in Malta with some obscene chants being thrown at us from supporters.”I feel like we’ve started to connect the team with the public again. I feel like we’ve created excitement, like we’ve played in a style that has really shown an expression of what young English players are capable of.”Group winners Belgium face Japan in the last 16, and, while their route may well eventually prove to be smoother, England face a tough assignment against Jose Pekerman’s Colombia.The South Americans finished top of Group H, ahead of Japan, Senegal and Poland, and Southgate is aware of the importance of the last 16 encounter.Marcus Rashford Gareth Southgate England Belgium World Cup 2018“They’ve been able to change perceptions of how an England team might play,” he added. “We mustn’t lose sight of that.”I really believe in the group of players we’ve got. They are young. They are inexperienced. For some of them, this will be one of the biggest games [against Colombia] they’ll have been involved in.”But maybe not the biggest. We’ve always got to keep that context for the players.”One of Colombia, England, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia or Croatia will play in the final from their side of the path, with no player currently competing at the tournament having won the competition.last_img read more

Create an Online Fundraising Plan: Work Your Website

first_imgYour web strategy for online fundraising should include three main objectives: maintain a site design that has high usability, remember that content is king, and determine ways to increase site traffic. Work these initiatives into the part of your online fundraising plan dedicated to website improvement: Nonprofit Website Design TipsMake it easier for people to donate. Put your “donate” button above the fold, and make it BIG. Make it interactive with email capture, surveys, contests and other dynamic content. Make it accessible. You know that different people will visit your site for different reasons (to research, to donate, to kill some time). Give them each a chance to shine. Put out different welcome mats–for donors, seekers and Web-surfers. Make it simple to spread the word. Incorporate tactics to increase word-of-mouth marketing, such as tell-a-friend, email links and downloadable materials for your constituents to share.  Nonprofit Content TipsIncorporate the four parts of a great message: Connect to things your audience cares about: saving time, feeling good about themselves, feeling powerful, etc.Identify and offer a compelling reward for taking action: Remember that good rewards are immediate, personal, credible and reflective of audience values. Have a clear call to action: Good actions are specific, feasible and filmable (in other words, easy to visualize doing). They should also measurably advance your mission. Make it memorable: What makes something memorable? It’s memorable if it’s different, catchy, personal, tangible and desirable. But a word of caution: memorable elements should always be closely tied to your cause. Think of all the advertisements that were so funny or memorable that you told a friend about them, but when asked what product the ad was for, you couldn’t remember. Driving Site Traffic TipsIncrease your visibility on corporate partners’ websites. Does a local restaurant provide in-kind support for your events? Do you hold Board meetings in a local office building’s conference room? You both win if you make a plan to make your presence known on their websites. (Think a twist on the old Vidal Sassoon ad: If I (for-profit partner) look “good,” you (non-profit) look good.) Promote your events on event-listing services like CitySearch.com, local message boards, etc. Improve your searchability. Invest in Google AdWords. Learn what meta-tags are.last_img read more

Post your ideas, get advice

first_imgJust wanted to let you know that I’m a guest advisor over at Ideablob this week. You can post your ideas there anytime and receive advice from folks with a lot of business savvy.Ideablob.com is an online community where small business owners and social entrepreneurs (including nonprofits!) are sharing business ideas in exchange for feedback, advice and votes from the community. Advanta, one of the nation’s largest credit card issuers (through Advanta Bank Corp.) in the small business market, awards a $10,000 monthly prize to the best eligible idea, as determined by the votes of the ideablob community.last_img read more

Should I Force My Executive Director to Blog?

first_imgSource: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.” Web-savvy employees are often looking for ways to dive into the social networking realm online. One of the most popular ways to generate conversation is through blogging-organizational or individual blogs.Maybe your organization has a well-traveled, well-spoken ED: She travels a lot, meets a variety of people, gets great stories and can relate to the organization at a bird’s eye level. Should you force your leader to blog? Here are a few points to keep in mind when making a blogging decision:It takes a huge amount of energy and time to blog. You have to be really enthusiastic about the medium, or it’s really not going to work.Your ED may not be your best spokesperson. Perhaps you have a volunteer, another staffer or a constituent that can speak better to what you’re attempting to accomplish through this mode of communications.You’re welcome to blog yourself, but others may be doing it already! If you don’t want to start a blog yourself, what bloggers in your community are talking about your issue that you could reach out to and engage so they’re spreading the word on your behalf?It really comes down to the commitment and the purpose behind the blog. You need someone who will continually contribute and enjoy the process as it’s happening. And, it’s a great opportunity to think about whom you have helped, or what other champions or advocates you have who could blog to advance your mission.last_img read more

Warren Buffet on who’s the idiot

first_imgI’ve left Philadelphia and am now in Houston to speak at the National Arts Marketing Conference. I can sum up the final day of Independent Sector yesterday in this way: lots of excitement and optimism about our new president and the opportunities ahead, tempered by very serious worries that we’re facing an era of enormous problems and huge human need. The final speakers echoed this sentiment. A lot.So what do we do? There is still a lot of fear in the air. At my keynote in North Carolina last month, I tried to hit this head-on and encourage nonprofits to face the economic downturn with a sharply defined, well positioned identity that stands out — at a time when it feels safer to stick with the same old, same old. It’s time to take the risk of showing what makes us a different, unique investment. It is not a time to simply say we need money. There is a great Get to the Point edition from MarketingProfs that defines how you do this especially well. (If you don’t already, you should subscribe to MarketingProfs.) This is what they said about how Warren Buffett reacted to the economic downturn:In a post at Harvard Business Online, Bill Taylor highlights a Warren Buffett interview on Charlie Rose in which the billionaire investor responds to the question “Should wise people have known better?” in the affirmative, with the note that there’s a natural progression when things go wrong:InnovationImitationIdiocy An innovator spots an untapped opportunity; the imitator attempts to capitalize on its merit; finally, explains Taylor, the idiot goes and apes the imitator, and with avarice “undoes the very innovations [he is] trying to use to get rich.”According to Taylor, avoiding this cycle means developing the ability to distinguish between “genuine innovation” and “mindless imitation.” In other words, he asks, “Are you prepared to walk away from ideas that promise to make money [when] they make no sense?” Taylor, like Buffett, concedes this is easier said than done when you see competition heading in a particular direction and fear you’ll never catch up if you don’t join the charge. It takes discipline, notes Taylor, to remain conscious of the difference—taking advantage of innovation without getting caught up in the idiocy.The Po!nt: “[D]on’t use the financial crisis as an excuse to stop taking chances or downsize your ambitions,” says Taylor. “But do use the crisis as an opportunity to take stock of what really matters—and to stop looking over your shoulder.”Amen.last_img read more

Campaign like Obama – and see him sworn in

first_imgAs I’ve said in this space before, there are two secrets to campaigning like Obama — a one-two punch of audience connection and infrastructure to serve the audience.1. Audience appeal: directly appealing to the personal concerns of your audience2. Infrastructure: putting the human and technological engines behind your audience via community-based organizations and via online engagement. There are quite a few examples of organizations working to build off this approach – and keep the country engaged going forward.Change.org is pursuing this approach on its revamped site here. The Case Foundation is also taking this approach with a new campaign called “Change Begins With Me,” which calls for citizens across the nation to visit the Case Foundation’s website and make a personal pledge to “be the change” in 2009. By finishing the sentence, “Change begins with me–” individuals can share their commitments to change their neighborhood, community or the world in 2009. According to Case, one lucky citizen (and guest) will be randomly selected to attend the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and related Inaugural festivities here in DC. And, in the spirit of giving and active civic engagement, this person will also participate in the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Day of Service. So now you can campaign like Obama – and enter a lottery to see him sworn in.I’ll now share how to NOT campaign like Obama and completely bungle all things social media.Read the horrific superlist of social media blunders of the year here.last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_imgPosted on February 4, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Recently on the MHTF blogClimate change and maternal health on GlobalMamaMaternal mental health on GlobalMamaWe posted a job opportunity at FIGOSome reading for the weekend:Mobile phones saving lives in AfricaShelters for poor pregnant women in IndiaFighting fake drugs may hurt the poor?Obstetric fistula on RH Reality CheckShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Medic Mobile on ABC News

first_imgPosted on February 15, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Josh Nesbit and Medic Mobile were featured this week on ABC News’ “Be the Change, Save a Life.” Josh discussed donating used cell phones to support Medic Mobile’s work. The MHTF is supporting Josh’s work and other mhealth initiatives that address maternal health.You can read the story and watch the video clip here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more