Infinix has added yet another product to its budget segment lineup today. The company has launched the Infinix Hot 6 Pro on account of completing a year in the Indian market. The Hot 6 Pro has been launched for a starting price of Rs 7,999 as an Flipkart exclusive product. The phone will be available in three colours variants — Bordeaux Red, Sandstone Black and Magic Gold.The Hot 6 Pro, Infinix claims that the screen of the phone is such that it “provides an ultimate video watching experience”. The phone comes with a big 5.99-inch HD+ screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and screen-to-body ratio of 83.4 per cent. Apart from the big display, two other highlighting factors about the Infinix Hot 6 Pro are — battery and camera.The Infinix Hot 6 Pro comes with dual cameras on the rear panel. The phone sports a primary sensor of 13MP with an aperture of f/2.0 and secondary sensor of 2MP. The primary camera is dedicated for portrait pictures, in other words, it is capable of clicking background blur shots. The rear camera setup comes coupled with phase detection auto focus (PDAF) which helps in fast focusing, and dual LED soft light. The camera of the Infinix Hot 6 Pro comes with several features like Portrait Mode, HDR, Beauty, Panorama, Night Mode, and Time Lapse. On the front, the Infinix Hot 6 Pro comes with a 5MP sensor coupled with f/2.0 aperture and soft LED flash. With the Infinix Hot 6 Pro users can click bokeh selfies too.On the hardware front, the Infinix Hot 6 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, 64 bit Quad-core processor much like other phones at this price segment. The phone comes paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card. The phone comes with 3-in-1 multi card slot.advertisementThe Infinix Hot 6 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery, which the company claims delivers up to “12 hours’ uninterrupted video playback or 37 hours’ music playback” in a single charge. The Infinix phone also comes with an advanced integrated Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor to enhance security features. The phone runs on the latest Android Oreo operating system.Commenting on the launch of the Infinix Hot 6 Pro, Anish Kapoor CEO of Infinix said, “With data revolution and digital content platforms sprouting to provide online streaming and video on demand has led to personal screen becoming the first choice among millennials. There is a dire need for video viewing device in mid-budget segment that can offer all host of features in one device such as bigger screen, long battery, loud sound and bright display. We, at Infinix, are committed to adhering to our consumer-centric approach and with HOT 6 Pro, we are certain to fulfil the consumer video watching pain points in the budget segment with Superb 6 inch full view display along with Eye care feature which is supported by long battery for binge watching.””It’s been a year since we launched Infinix in India. These twelve months have been an incredible ride for us. We have successfully made inroads in the online space and launched a global portfolio consisting of four product lines – HOT, NOTE, HOT S & ZERO that received overwhelming response from the consumers on Flipkart,” he continued.Infinix Hot 6 Pro is launched as an Flipkart exclusive product. “We are excited about the new Infinix launch on Flipkart. With this, we have unlocked a completely new category of phones specialized for video viewing. Flipkart has always offered customer-centric solutions and with the new Infinix Hot 6 Pro, we have a special phone that offers one of the best viewing experiences at its price point,” said Ayyappan Rajagopal Senior Director Mobiles Category, of Flipkart.
In case you missed Mike Gundy’s postgame press conference against TCU, here is a Cliff’s Notes version of what he said following Oklahoma State’s 44-31 loss to the Frogs.• Opening statement: “Well that wasn’t near as fun as the last game we played.” No, it was not.• Said OSU didn’t play smart or disciplined and got out-coached: “They had better plans, and their players executed their plans better.”• Said “it’s pretty simple” when you lose the turnover battle.• Said it was the first game OSU didn’t defend the run very well.• Said OSU “didn’t protect as well” as they needed to “at times.”• Said he thought Kenny Hill played with a lot of confidence and was “throwing the ball effectively.”• Said “we’ll rally back tomorrow. Guys need to let it soak in tonight. We gotta let it go. Come back ready to play the next game. Expect our guys to get over this and come back tomorrow with a smile on their face.”• Noted that OSU has to get more 3 and outs. Also said time of possession is a non-factor to Oklahoma State, but in this game it mattered because there weren’t any 3 and outs and TCU didn’t punt until the 4th quarter.• Said TCU’s safeties played high and OSU wasn’t able to run the ball as effectively. Didn’t hit enough underneath stuff when they were in catch-up mode. Said they ran the ball “ave-ruj” when trying to catch up.• Said 72 and 73 “have to make plays. When we lose guys, the next guy has to come in and make plays.”• Said the game plan has been the same for all four games. Said OSU was one block away three or four times from really breaking off a big run. Pointed at TCU’s “fast guys that tackle well.”• Said OSU needed to minimize mistakes and didn’t. Said again they got out-coached and that TCU’s guys were more aggressive from the beginning.• Said he wishes they could have the McCleskey pass back “now that it didn’t work.” They were trying to score fast and catch TCU off guard. “Gary’s defenses always play good.”• Said it will be difficult to come back re: College Football Playoffs but that you’re really never out of it. Said it’s hard to look beyond next week because of young players — “some areas where we’re fairly young.”• Said guys were focused and practiced really well leading up to TCU. “Enthusiasm, focus and willingness to work was really good.”• Said when you have 22 guys on the field and 6-8 of them are really young, nothing surprises him in college football. Too many variables. “We’re disappointed when we lose, but I’m not disappointed in our team.”• Explained the out-coaching thing: You have to look back at the game plan … “their packages for what we do vs. our packages for what they do, I thought they were better. It’s happened before, and we’ve won a game. I’m not so naive to think we always have a better plan than everybody.”• “We weren’t very disciplined.”• Explained the holding on the punt, said it was a freshman and they were in fair catch mode. Coached them a certain way and they still did it.• On the injuries: “We can’t do anything about it. We have to play the guys we have.” Said they just have to “keep rolling and go with it.”• Confirmed that they lost Larry Williams for the year. “Other guys have to step up and play.”• Didn’t consider an onside kick before TCU’s last drive but pointed at the TCU return that really put OSU in a bad spot.• Said Rudolph “got out of his box” on the fumble. “Without watching the tape, I’m going to say he played OK.” Said OSU didn’t do a good job of protecting him as they have been.• Said football “seems complicated from the outside, but it’s really not very complicated.” Said OSU ran the ball better last year, and TCU was playing catch-up then. This year was the opposite.• Said when they force OSU into three TOs and OSU forces TCU into one, it’s proof that their schemes were better. Also didn’t want to discredit TCU’s players playing hard.• Called their tackling in critical times “the difference in the games.”• Said they ask their players to “commit to a purpose” — the players did everything they were supposed to do. “I’m not down on these guys at all. They give effort. Their attitude is good. They play their butt off. The ball didn’t bounce our way. They made a few more plays. It’s part of life. You figure it out. You grow up. You come back tomorrow.”• Said he doesn’t want his players to come back “angry” on Sunday because “you just wasted a day.” 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!
Crystal Palace 2 Arsenal 3: Rapid Sanchez double seals win for record-equalling Wenger Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 12/29/17 Getty Images Arsene Wenger equalled Alex Ferguson’s haul of 810 Premier League games managed, with Alexis Sanchez inspiring a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. Alexis Sanchez stole the show with a pair of excellent quickfire goals as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park in Arsene Wenger’s record-equalling 810th Premier League match in charge of the club.For much of the game, Arsenal produced some of the fine football we have grown accustomed to since Wenger’s arrival in 1996, and Sanchez produced two moments of real quality in less than four second-half minutes to clinch all three points as the Gunners boss moved level with Alex Ferguson in terms of Premier League fixtures managed.Although Palace went into the match without a defeat in their previous eight top-flight outings, Arsenal were well in charge for the majority of the first half and were fully deserving of the opening goal through Shkodran Mustafi in the 25th minute. 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 The visitors failed to make the most of their chances while they were on top, though, and Palace punished them early in the second period – Andros Townsend with the finish after excellent play from Wilfried Zaha.But that seemed to be the scare Arsenal needed to jolt them back into life, as Sanchez – who will enter the final six months of his contract on January 1 – took over to leave Palace wondering what had hit them.The Eagles showed desire to get back in the match and pulled one back in the 89th minute through James Tomkins, but they were unable to stop Arsenal cruising to victory and going level with fifth-placed rivals Tottenham on 37 points .Arsenal looked focused and in control during the early exchanges and produced some neat football which led to chances.Jack Wilshere, Sanchez and Granit Xhaka had efforts blocked by Palace’s robust defending, but their resistance was ended just after the midway point in the opening period. #AFCvTHFC #CPFCvAFCNice one, @MustafiOfficial pic.twitter.com/emW3KorJaC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2017Alexandre Lacazette forced Julian Speroni into a save from a tight angle on the right side of the area and Mustafi coolly slotted in the rebound.Mesut Ozil nearly added a speedy second, latching onto Sanchez’s pass and seeing his flicked effort saved by Speroni.Palace showed no sign of getting to grips with Arsenal, but they managed to avoid falling further behind before the break – Ozil tried to square to Sanchez when through on goal, only to get it all wrong.But the hosts were quick out of the blocks in the second half and levelled in the 49th minute.Zaha beat Calum Chambers with ease and cut a pass back towards the penalty spot, where Townsend arrived to send an emphatic strike into the bottom-left corner.Arsenal looked unrecognisable to the team that dominated the first period, but a moment of brilliance from Sanchez restored their lead.Ozil clipped a lofted pass into the left side of the area, which Wilshere nodded down to Lacazette, and the Frenchman teed up Sanchez for a rasping drive into the bottom-left corner.What a ball from super @JackWilshere!!! #COYG— Nacho Monreal (@_nachomonreal) December 28, 2017The Chilean extended Arsenal’s lead in the 66th minute, racing on to a sumptuous pass over the Palace defence from Wilshere – who also has just over six months left on his contract – before calmly nudging the ball beyond the stranded Speroni.Palace piled pressure on towards the end, with Zaha heading a glorious chance wide and substitute Bakary Sako shooting well over from just inside the area.Tomkins showed them how it was done, heading Townsend’s corner in late on to force a nervy finish for the Gunners, who held on to inflict a first defeat on Palace since Tottenham beat them on November 5. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal have won more Premier League London derbies (120) than any other side.- Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 13 goals in his last 15 Premier League London derbies (10 goals, three assists).- Jack Wilshere has started in four consecutive top-flight games for Arsenal for the first time since March 2014.- Wilfried Zaha has provided three assists in his last two Premier League games against Arsenal. read more
Given the fact that Emmanuel Ogbah’s decision to stay in college or jump to the NFL could have major implications, it’s fair to assume he has gotten a lot of questions regarding where he stands on his decision. As the Cowboys prepare for the upcoming Sugar Bowl, Emmanuel Ogbah released a statement making it clear that he is focused on one thing: helping his team prepare to win the Sugar Bowl.“I am focused on helping my team win the Sugar Bowl and I ask that you please respect that and do not ask me questions about the NFL Draft. There is a time for all of that, but it’s not now. Team first. Go Pokes.#gopokes pic.twitter.com/eoV84uKZgg— Emmanuel Ogbah (@Eman_OSU38) December 21, 2015AdChoices广告 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.
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. Starting next Monday and Tuesday, optimism will reign throughout the college football world. Everyone will be primed for a 10-2 (or better) season, and specifically in Stillwater we will somehow write off those last three games last season. It’s what we do as fans, and it’s part of what makes the sport so fun. Anything can happen until it doesn’t.Glenn Spencer, though? Glenn Spencer doesn’t deal in optimism. No, he only worries.“I’ve got so many , but that’s just me,” said Spencer on Thursday. “I could sit here and talk about all of the good. The issues are youth at end, a couple of new faces in the back end that are going to play for us, and we’ve got a good transfer coming in that I have to find out if he can help out.”Spencer is of course talking about one of the great names in recent OSU history: Lenzy Pipkins.“The big thing also is some guys coming off some offseason surgery: Ashton Lampkin, Jordan Burton and Vili Leveni. Those are three good players that are going to be OK. Everything says they’re working toward it, but none of them are going to be 100 percent once camp starts.”I outlined one of Mike Gundy’s (and thus Glenn Spencer’s) biggest problems coming into the new season last week: defensive ends. Spencer addressed the youth at that position as well on Wednesday.“You know, that started in January, so it’s a process,” said Spencer doing his best Tiger Woods impression. “Until the new group gets out there and starts performing and we start keeping score, you never know.“I was very pleased in the spring with how those young defensive ends are coming along, but like I said, they haven’t proven anything yet. We’ve improved in the Mike linebacker with Chad (Whitener) and Justin Phillips to replace Ryan Simmons, and then a couple of corners to replace Kevin Peterson.“People also don’t mention Seth Jacobs, who would have been a fifth-year guy, and might have been a preseason All-Big 12 guy. He graduated and left, so that one hurt. All over the field, I’m talking about guys that won a lot of games around here. It’s a process.”It is certainly a process. Oklahoma State’s defense was pretty overrated last year despite a gaudy record through the first 10 games. This chart shows how poor OSU was in giving up points per drive. The worst defense since 2008 in that statistic (regular season only … not that the bowl was any better).Will that change this year with presumably worse players at the defensive end positions? You can see why Glenn Spencer has questions.
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. Carson Cunningham and I have been talking about this for months. We could be entering, gulp, Mason Rudolph’s last season in Stillwater. How is that possible? It feels like it just began! Rudolph is certainly on the fringe of being a high enough prospect to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Todd McShay released his top 10 list on Monday.College football is almost upon us, which means the 2017 NFL draft will be here before you know it. Those of us at Scouts Inc. — Kevin Weidl, Steve Muench and I — spent the summer scouring tape and ranking the top players at each position from a draft perspective. Below is our preseason evaluation of the best quarterbacks in the 2017 draft.Here’s a look at the top eight on that list.Deshaun Watson (Clemson)Brad Kaaya (The U)C.J. Beathard (Iowa)Luke Falk (WSU)Chad Kelly (Ole Miss)Mitch Leidner (Minnesota)Baker Mayfield (OU)Mason Rudolph (OSU)I have a hard time believing that NFL teams see Baker Mayfield as a better NFL prospect than Mason Rudolph. Is he a better college QB? Sure (maybe). But a better pro one? In that 5’10 frame? Mehhh. CBS, by the way, has Rudolph as the No. 8-ranked QB for the 2018 NFL Draft.Here’s what McShay writes about Rudolph.A true junior, Rudolph has started just 15 career games, so his grade could change drastically. He has the frame and mental make-up that you look for, but his below average arm strength is concerning. The ball hangs in the air too long, and he throws a lot of floaters. A promising sign: Rudolph has led six second-half, come-from-behind victories in his career.On those floaters — Mike Gundy said recently that wasn’t an issue anymore. It remains to be seen I suppose. I was curious about past McShay lists. Is he just tossing names out there because it’s August and nobody really cares right now, or is this a real thing? Of his top 10 QBs listed last year, nine got drafted (albeit only two underclassmen), and No. 8 (Carson Wentz) was the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft.Gulp.Hat tip to Zach Wilerson
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. Oklahoma State has bolstered its depth along the offensive line, with the announcement on Wednesday that former Minnesota center Tyler Moore will transfer to OSU.It’s been a long process dealing with transferring from the University of Minnesota,” Moore said on twitter. “I am glad to announce that it’s finally over. I am committing to the Oklahoma State University and I am enrolling this spring semester! I am excited for my future, I cannot wait to be on campus and work with Coach Gundy and Adkins.”Minnesota controversially fired its head coach Tracy Claeys after one season as head coach, and hired #rowtheboat expert PJ Fleck away from Western Michigan.Moore was a two-year starter for the Golden Gophers who made 20 consecutive starts at center, where OSU could use some help and experience outside Brad Lundblade.He will sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules and play in the 2018 football season, but will be on campus this week to enroll early and get to work.
PSG Over €1 billion on transfers and flops PSG are no closer to Champions League glory Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(63) Getty Images PSG UEFA Champions League Neymar PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid The Parisians endured another premature European exit at the hands of Madrid, showing they are still well off what is required to win the tournament Another year, another massive investment, another miserable Champions League elimination. Once again, come May, Paris Saint-Germain will not be holding aloft the European Cup.More than ever this season, PSG’s big dream seemed tantalisingly possible. The summer additions of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco and Dani Alves from Juventus suggested a strengthened challenge, but most of all it was the stunning signing of Barcelona ace Neymar for a world record fee of €222 million that signalled that PSG would mount a challenge for the trophy like never before.The group stage was easily negotiated, with a final round loss to Bayern Munich offering negligible damage to Unai Emery’s side, yet once again at the first sign of genuine danger in the last 16 they folded. 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 Real Madrid came through their last-16 clash 5-2 on aggregate, despite enduring a miserable season domestically. The Blancos are currently third in La Liga, 15 points off leaders Barcelona, and exited the Copa del Rey in the last eight to minnows Leganes. Yet they were too strong for PSG.The Parc des Princes side were punished for their naïve display at the Bernabeu, where they held a 1-0 advantage but folded late on to lose 3-1 to a side steeped in European glory. Back home, they never threatened to overturn the deficit, losing 2-1 on the night. It could have been more.Six years on from their acquisition by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), PSG are getting no closer to winning the Champions League. A handful of quarter-final appearances followed by successive exits in the first knockout round is a pitifully poor return for a club that will have spent over £1 billion on transfers by the time Mbappe’s original loan deal is converted into a permanent move.Of course, their greatest investment of all was consigned to watch this encounter from the stands, having broken a foot against Marseille in a recent Ligue 1 victory, potentially depriving Emery of his unique talents for the remainder of the domestic season.Even without Neymar, PSG had a group of players that should have been capable of unsettling their guests. However, the greater nous of the visitors restricted them to just a single shot on goal in the opening 25 minutes. That was a free kick from Angel Di Maria that deflected over, taking the edge from what was a fervent atmosphere at kick-off. An attack bought for upwards of €250m was much too easily blunted and in truth the Spaniards advanced without any fuss. By the time Marco Verratti was sent off for a second yellow card midway through the second half, the tie was already over following Cristiano Ronaldo’s third strike of the tie. Edinson Cavani bundled an equaliser soon after but a dreadful clearance by Adrien Rabiot allowed Casemiro to secure victory in Paris.“We didn’t do anything we should have done tonight,” PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi admitted on beIN Sports after the game.”We don’t want to over react tonight, we will talk to the players. We need to be calm and relax and we will think at what we have to do next.”PSG have discovered that buying overnight success at this level is no easy task. Neymar’s arrival was supposed to give PSG the aura of a superpower to match their playing staff. As yet, they do not possess the swagger or the attitude to suggest they are at the pinnacle of the game. Perhaps that will only come with success, yet it appears there are key ingredients still missing to lift them to that level.On the field, they appear short of a top-class defensive midfielder. With Thiago Motta 36 this year, they need a player to act as a foundation for the defence to be constructed around. Meanwhile left-back is another area where there is scope for an upgrade, with neither Yuri Berchiche nor Layvin Kurzawa truly convincing at this level.It is in the dugout, though, where the building work is liable to start first. Emery may have been appointed on the back of his strong Europa League record with Sevilla, but in his first experience with a true European giant he has flopped.Emery has lacked the personality to handle the strongest characters in the dressing room and his tactics and game management have not been good enough in big games – particularly in the first leg against Madrid and during the stunning collapse to Barcelona at this stage last year.It would be unfair to dismiss him as an unmitigated failure – PSG’s domestic dominance this season has been formidable, even accounting for their financial strength – but his failure to win a single Champions League knockout tie is damning enough for PSG to look elsewhere.”We still believe in our project,” Al-Khelaifi said. “This is not the time to make changes. We have time to think about what we need to change, we must be calm.”We are happy with our investments. We believe in our players, Neymar and Mbappe are the future of the club.”Emery is not. Under the Spaniard, the quality of the squad has undoubtedly improved, yet they are as far from their holy grail as ever. For a spend of €1 billion, PSG must do better.
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. Chuba Hubbard is fast.After getting only eight carries for 47 yards against McNeese last week, Hubbard took his first carry against Tulsa 75 yards for a touchdown in the game’s first play from scrimmage.It took Hubbard only 10 seconds to get from OSU’s 25 to the end zone while wearing pads and avoiding people.Mike Gundy on freshman Chuba Hubbard. 🏃💨 pic.twitter.com/KTNGEIuqQd— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 25, 2017Then a couple minutes later, Chuba took another one to the house from 30 yards out.Early in the first quarter, he has 10 carriers for 135 yards and two scores… and counting.
We had to wait until the numbers were tallied at the end of another week of college football, but it’s now official. After three weeks of (mostly) non-conference play, Oklahoma State has the No. 1 rusher and No. 1 receiver in the nation.Here are your top 10 receivers in yards per game.And your top 10 rushers.These are astonishing numbers, especially Chuba’s. He’s on pace for nearly 2,300 yards. Even if he doesn’t reach anything close to that unlikely mark, he’s still nearly halfway to a top-20 season in OSU history.Let’s say he averages a pedestrian 75 yards a game the rest of the way (including the bowl). This is hard to imagine with OSU riding him like Seabiscuit. He would still end the year with 1,271 yards, which would be the 17th-best year in OSU history.The yards-per-game numbers are a tad more sobering. Chuba is still currently second to the goat, but he’s not likely to remain there. Here are the 10 best seasons in OSU history in terms of rushing yards per game.“I told [our offensive line] all week and all year that they’re the best in the nation,” said Hubbard after posting 256 on the ground against Tulsa. “I truly believe that. Those guys are special. Our offense — we’ve got playmakers — they’re going to double Tylan, and stuff just opened up.”As for Tylan, last season only one player averaged over 120 a game. Tylan finished third nationally at 115 a game. He’s currently on pace this time around for 1,690 yards, which would be the third-best season for a receiver in OSU history.The concern here, I suppose, is overworking both horses. And allowing teams to zero in on not what you do best, but the only thing you do. Though Chuba and Tylan have both seemed up to the challenge through three games. It’s not as if Oregon State, Tulsa and McNeese didn’t know who they are. They’ve still posted 911 combined yards (a fitting number) against teams that watched their film.So while it’s maybe a bit soon to lionize this pair in the OSU record books, it’s not to soon to call them what they’ve been so far in 2019. Oklahoma State’s defense might not be what we want it to be and Spencer Sanders might have a lot of room to grow. But as we head into the end of September, one thing is undeniable. To this point in the season, Oklahoma State has the best WR-RB combo in the country. 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.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford players ease talk of Europeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford’s players aren’t getting carried away with their lofty table position.The Hornets’ return to form and a victory at West Ham that lifted Javi Gracia’s men briefly up to sixth made Europe one of the post-match buzzwords again. Watford defender Craig Cathcart said: “Since I’ve come to the club it’s been an uphill scale. We got promoted in the first year and we’ve managed to stabilise ourselves in the Premier League.“We’ve added top-quality players since we’ve been here and it’s just a pleasure to play for the club. Things are going really well.“But we can’t rest on our laurels too much. We need to take each game as it comes because we have a game against Chelsea in a couple of days. We have an experienced squad who have been in England quite a while now. We know we can’t look too far ahead.“Things can change very quick. If you’re not 100 per cent every game then you won’t pick up points. We’ve definitely learned from that the last few seasons.”Troy Deeney also said: “I let everybody else do the ambitions. We know what we have got in the dressing room.”We are not a bad outfit. But we’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, be a bit arrogant in terms of knowing what we have got, but humble enough to know you have to work hard to win in this league.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A report came out this weekend, saying Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was interested in transferring to USC if he had not played in the College Football Playoff national title game. Tagovailoa has since addressed the report.The Crimson Tide rising sophomore quarterback says his comments were taken out of context. He made those comments while speaking to a group of kids and says he “got the wrong end, most definitely taken out of context.”Tagovailoa says that he wanted to play his freshman season and was obviously frustrated that he wasn’t, but he believes it was important to stick it out to produce the best end result.“I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available,” Tagovailoa said. “I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it’d be easier for me and wouldn’t challenge me so much.”Alabama’s 2017 season ended with Tagovailoa leading the Crimson Tide to a national title win over Georgia, so it seems to have produced that result he wanted.You can watch his comments below:WATCH: I spoke exclusively w/ #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa about report that he would’ve transferred to #USC had he not played in championship. @Tuaamann_ explains comments (made to a group of kids) & says he “got the wrong end, most definitely taken out of context” #RollTide pic.twitter.com/jdgvCFQzhJ— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) May 20, 2018Alabama has yet to officially settle on a starting quarterback for the 2018 season, though most expect it to be Tagovailoa’s job. He’s competing for it once again with Jalen Hurts.The Crimson Tide open their season on Sept. 1 against Louisville.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NCAA has made a couple of high-profile decisions on major college football transfer waivers since the close of the 2018 season.Two star quarterbacks, Justin Fields and Tate Martell, were both granted immediate eligibility at Ohio State and Miami, respectively.However, not all transfers have been as lucky.Earlier this offseason, the NCAA ruled on the transfer waiver of Luke Ford, who left Georgia for Illinois. Ford’s waiver, unlike Fields and Martell’s, was denied. Ford and Illinois filed an appeal, but that was also denied by the NCAA.ESPN college football analyst Adam Rittenberg has the statement from the NCAA:NCAA upholds decision on #Illini TE Luke Ford, who had applied for immediate eligibility after transferring from #Georgia. Will sit out in 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/w2C0pXUUJ2— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) June 7, 2019Ford was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school, ranked the No. 3 TE in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Ford’s father gave further details on his denied waiver request to ESPN.com:Ford cited his ailing grandfather as the main reason for his decision to transfer to Illinois. But Ford’s father, Tim, told ESPN.com’s Tom VanHaaren that the distance from the family home in Carterville to Illinois’ campus in Champaign — more than 100 miles — might have impacted the NCAA’s decision to deny the waiver request.“He’s leaving the Taj Mahal of facilities [at Georgia] just so his grandpa gets a chance to see him play in person, before it’s too late,” Tim Ford said, adding that his son “is pretty devastated” about the decision.Ford should have a major impact on the Illinois football program, though those contributions might have to wait until 2020.
Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Picture a classic mid-century motel and then take it up a notch adding in some quirky style, rock memorabilia and even some irreverent attitude. Yep, this isn’t your dad’s motel anymore. The Verb Hotel is hip, edgy, and it’s opening this summer in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.The 94-room hotel ties in the history of the Fenway Motor Hotel, which opened in 1959, with a fresh, renovated style. We’ve had a sneak peek at this rejuvenated beauty and one of the things we like best is the collection of rare music and pop-culture memorabilia. The Verb Hotel showcases historic Boston Phoenix covers as well as photographs of musicians who played locally or appeared on Boston’s famed classic rock station WFNX.Developers came up with the name “The Verb” because this is a hotel that conveys energy and an action-packed lifestyle. You can check in, listen to music, gather with friends and enjoy a drink by the pool. It’s also reminiscent of the word “reverb,” which adds another connection to the rich musical heritage of the Fenway neighborhood.“It’s all about hanging out with buddies, embracing the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll and having a great time,” says General Manager Anna Gaffney. “The outdoor pool and pool deck give the property a unique edge and provide a fun hangout in the heart of the city. Not to mention, The Verb is right across the street from Fenway Park, making it the ultimate Boston sports’ fan destination.”The edgy style also includes quirky statements on the stairway walls and a unique story about each guest room. These features definitely make this hotel more than just a place to catch some sleep in between business meetings, ball games or sightseeing. The king and queen sized rooms offer style, comfort, private balconies and views of the pool or stadium.Reservations are now being accepted for stays beginning July 15, 2014. Their grand opening offer gives guests a 10% discount. Editors’ Recommendations This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts You Need a Vacation: 5 Midwestern Camp-Style Lodges Where You Can Unplug Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone
Image courtesy of The Agency Editors’ Recommendations Image courtesy of The Agency Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Image courtesy of The Agency Image courtesy of The Agency Image courtesy of The AgencyImage courtesy of The AgencyFrank Lloyd Wright’s final home, the Norman Lykes House, has hit the market. Though the famed architect passed away before the design could be completed, his style can clearly be seen throughout the home.Like all of Wright’s creations, the home is one with its natural surroundings and almost seems to blend into the mountains. The designs were completed by his apprentice, John Rattenbury, and the original home was 2,800 square feet. When the Lykes sold it in 1994, Rattenbury was brought on again to design an extension and renovate the home in a way that remained true to Wright’s original vision. Now at 3,095 square feet, the home is being put up for sale. Image courtesy of The Agency Outside, the home may look slightly futuristic, but there is clear influence from Frank Lloyd Wright: flat, low roof lines; a car port near the entry; and a natural sand color brick facade that allows the home to blend harmoniously with its desert surroundings. A circular garden wall leads visitors to the tucked away entry. Circle openings cut into the garden wall provide a sneak peak of the custom designed crescent-shaped pool on the other side.Inside, the geometry of the home creates interesting rounded hallways that lead to circular rooms, each with plenty of windows that flood the spaces with natural light. Despite the renovations by the second owners in 1994, all of the original built-in furniture remains — an enormous plus for any Frank Lloyd Wright fan looking to purchase the home. With a large master suite, three guest bedrooms, and three bathrooms, the home offers plenty of space to spread out. There is also a large kitchen, office space, and built-in storage shelves in the curved hallways and entryway.At an asking price of $3.2 million with The Agency, this is certainly one of the pricier Wright homes to recently come up for sale, but being his final creation makes it worth the price.Images courtesy of The Agency. Image courtesy of The Agency Image courtesy of The Agency 1 of 8 Next Image courtesy of The Agency Located in Palm Canyon in Phoenix, Arizona, the Norman Lykes House is a beautiful representation of the evolution of one of America’s greatest architects. There are the staples that Wright was known for, like custom built-in furniture and plenty of windows, but this home stands out for one impressive reason: it’s a series of circles.In his later years, Wright began to experiment with playful geometry (as seen in his design for the Guggenheim), doing away with the standard rectangle and delving into more eccentric shapes. The circular Norman Lykes House is a prime example of this. The unique layout of the home provides a 180-degree view of the stunning valley below. 7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Previous
zoom Wison Offshore & Marine and Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group are looking to join efforts in medium to large-scale floating LNG power generation barge, with regards to its product development, global marketing and technical services.The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on strategic cooperation which aims to promote the commercialization of this new electrification solution while opening up a series of further cooperation in the power sector.Based on the floating LNG storage regasification and power generation (FSRP) solution developed by Wison earlier on, both parties will join forces to build up capabilities throughout FSRP project life cycle from product development, marketing, project financing, facility construction, to operation and maintenance, with a view to accelerate commercialization of this solution in global market.The parties will focus on developing medium large-scale FSRP, and study the application of Shanghai Electric’s gas turbine technology and integrated generation set solution to the FSRPs, such that the product’s economy and reliability can be further enhanced.“It’s no doubt the complimentary strengths and resources of the two companies can facilitate our path forward in commercializing floating LNG power, which in turn will solidify a leading position in this emerging market,” CUI Ying, CEO of Wison Offshore & Marine, said.
Konkona Sen Sharma is set to make her digital directorial debut with a series based on the life of Arati Das, better known as Misss Shefali. Chronicling the life of a young Bengali girl who ruled as the ‘Queen of Cabaret’ in Kolkata, the Zee Studios’ series will also mirror politics of West Bengal in the ’60s and ’70s through her life journey. “The whole era of post-Partition and pre-liberalisation fascinated me. Since I am from Kolkata, I have been aware of the subject and her unique story. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”It’s about the fascinating life of this female protagonist who decided to live life on her own terms, it’s extremely interesting, and right up my ally. That is why I decided to make this series,” Konkona said in a statement. The director said casting is underway. “We are still developing the script and we plan to go on floors early next year. It is going to be an interesting journey,” she added. Ashima Avasthi, VP & Head, Zee Studios Originals said the team is delighted to partner with Konkona for the show. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Filmmaking is literally in her blood. She was born into the trade, and has performed admirably across disciplines, from acting, writing to directing. Over the next one year, we are working towards building a varied slate of 10-12 original shows along with direct-to-digital films. “We will focus on especially curated stories that remain untold across genres such as biopics, crime thrillers, light-hearted comedies, slice of life dramas, dark comedies among others,” she added. Konkona made her feature film directorial debut with 2017’s “A Death in the Gunj”. For which, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director. Apart from various films in her career, the acto has also starred in the critically acclaimed Lipstick Under My Burkha in the same year which won her numerous international awards.
VANCOUVER – Lynne Kent says owning a home in Vancouver that’s valued at $4 million isn’t the blessing it may appear to be.She and her husband are among a small group of homeowners in British Columbia facing a tax bump on homes assessed at over $3 million who say they simply can’t afford it — a claim that some are questioning.“I think the whole property value escalation is more of an albatross than a benefit, and have seen it that way because this whole escalation is really pushing us out of our home,” said Kent, 71.The school tax increase introduced in the B.C. budget would be set next year at 0.2 per cent on the portion of property valued above $3 million. It would increase to 0.4 per cent on the portion above $4 million.For the Kents, that would mean an extra $2,000 annually.Kent and her husband bought their three-bedroom bungalow in the Kitsilano neighbourhood in 1972 or 1973 for about $40,000, which was their household income at the time. They renovated the 1923 home in 1982, themselves.As retirees, they live on Canada Pension Plan and Old-Age Security payments, plus some savings, she said.They could sell their home, and are eligible to defer both the new tax and property taxes, but Kent says that’s not the point.“We raised our kids here, we have grandkids who are in university, who are part of our family life here. We hope to have great-grandkids here. It’s our home. We didn’t buy it as a money-making asset, we bought it as a home,” she said.Kent said she disagrees with the concept of deferring taxes on an ideological basis, since it means the province is stuck with the tab in the meantime.“We want to pay our taxes. It’s not that we don’t want to pay our taxes, but we want them to be fair,” she said.The school tax sparked a protest last week that prompted Attorney General David Eby, who represents many multimillion-dollar home owners in the riding of Vancouver-Point Grey, to cancel a town hall because of security concerns.A online petition with almost 13,000 signatures characterizes it as a cash grab on a “vulnerable minority” that disregards incomes, financial circumstances and the ability to pay.But Brendon Ogmundson, deputy chief economist for the British Columbia Real Estate Association, says he thinks the tax has been blown out of proportion.It will be rare that someone who owns a home valued at more than $3 million can neither afford the tax, nor defer it, he said.“There’s going to be cases where it might be true, for whatever reason, that there’s a hardship. And the government should look at those cases. But in general, we’re talking about very wealthy households, whether they got there through income or the increase in their home prices,” Ogmundson.The tax will affect fewer than three per cent of homeowners in the province, he said, and therefore won’t have much of an impact on the real estate market, if any.Tom Davidoff, associate professor of strategy and business economics at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder school of business, said the tax is so low, relative to property values, that it will be negligible even after many years of accrual.Davidoff said it’s a smart tax for places like Vancouver, where housing supply is limited and it’s difficult to build more because of limited space and zoning restrictions.“If you tax a $4-million house, other than the person in the house who has to pay the money, which of course is a negative for them, nothing bad happens in the economy,” he said.“When you do income taxes or sales taxes, you can chase away actual economic activity.”Paul Kershaw, founder of Generation Squeeze, said the net wealth in homes today has increased in B.C. by over $650 billion in the past four decades. One third of that wealth has gone to people over 65 and five per cent has gone to people under 35, he said.While he said he understand seniors’ concerns about the school tax, it’s a problem that many people would like to have.“There are literally hundreds of thousands of younger British Columbians and renters of all ages who would love to see their standard of living shrivel before their eyes in a way that actually nets them over $5 million, while they were sleeping and raising their kids and watching their televisions and cooking in their kitchens, because that is how this wealth accumulation has unfolded,” he said.Even if the bubble bursts and the value drops by half, many of those homeowners will still have a couple of million dollars in their pockets if they sell, he said.Some are still wary, however. Kris Sims, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says it could represent a slippery slope to an extension of the tax to less expensive homes.And she pointed to families not unlike the Kents, who have children and want to pass their homes on to the next generation, which may not be able to afford the taxes on them.From Sims’ view, it doesn’t matter if a home is assessed at $8 million. The homeowners don’t deserve a “surprise” $16,000 new tax each year, she said.“On paper, their homes have ballooned in assessed value,” Sims said. “That is why this is really unfair, because it’s based on assessed value, not (price) when it’s sold.”
APTN National NewsA 28 year-old man is in stable condition in hospital after being shot by an RCMP officer this weekend in Manitoba.The incident happened in the early morning hours Saturday. RCMP responded to a call of an assault on the Long Plain First Nation near Portage La Prairie.A man armed with a baseball bat allegedly threatened the RCMP officer responding to the call.Regina police have been called in to investigate the shooting, which is standard procedure after the discharge of a police weapon.The incident occurred after a fight broke out following a drinking party.