Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A wintry mix falling on Long Island is forecast to melt snow from last week’s blizzard, flood local roadways and then freeze, causing “treacherous” driving conditions during the Monday evening rush hour, forecasters said.The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory through 1 p.m. Monday and a flash freeze forecast through the evening before a winter weather advisory expires at 6 p.m. As of Monday morning, as much as four inches of snow fell in Bayville and Shoreham and as little as two inches was recorded in Merrick and Centereach. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s before sundown with wind chills as low as 5 degrees, causing all the precipitation to freeze over just in time for the commute.“A combination of rain and snow-melt has caused minor urban and poor drainage flooding across portions of Long Island,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “All roads that have standing water or slush will quickly become icy…making travel treacherous.”The same storm, which is expected to hit New England even harder after blanketing parts of the Mid-West in 20 inches of snow, has also delayed many flights at New York metro area airports and grounded those out of Long Island MacArthur Airport. The Long Island Rail Road also reported widespread weather-related delays, some more than a half hour. Fire Island Ferries suspended service until a later date as well due to icy conditions on the Great South Bay.The storm is forecast to change from a wintry mix back into snow before tapering off Monday evening. Once the storm passes, Tuesday is forecast to be mostly sunny in the 20s before a slight chance of snow showers returns Wednesday into Thursday. The weekend forecast is cloudy with a high of 33 on Saturday and lows staying in the 20s at night.
During Monday’s media availability, head coach Mike Gundy was asked about former Cowboy and current TCU graduate assistant J.W. Walsh and how his presence benefited Mason Rudolph.“The fewer hits that all of the guys that play this position take, the better off whoever’s team they play for is going to be, in my opinion,” said Gundy. “J.W. was able to take a lot of physical contact off of Mason last year because of all of the third-and-short and goal line plays that he was in.”“Now we’ve adjusted to our offense to where we’re not a very good third-and-short team and we’re a pretty average goal line team, but we’ve made a few changes and Mason has been included in that. You’ve seen him run the ball. He wants to run the ball more. I’m not really excited about him running the ball more, but when you get into a condensed area on the field numbers play a huge role in trying to score.”Protecting Mason Rudolph has been a concern. That’s for sure. Though pretty elusive in the pocket in his own right, Rudolph doesn’t have the wheels that Walsh did. This has also affected the amount of sacks Rudolph has taken.In the above quote, Mike Gundy said, “Now we’ve adjusted to our offense to where we’re not a very good third-and-short team and we’re a pretty average goal line team…”.After I heard this I wanted to look up just how bad the Cowboys have been on third-and-short this year and I was pretty surprised with what I found. The numbers below show Oklahoma State’s rushing attempts in third-down-and-short situations. Short is defined as 1-3 yards to go.On rushing attempts on third down and short, the Cowboys actually lead the Big 12, averaging 7.62 yards per carry. That stat surprised me. What surprised me more is how much better this year’s team is than past year’s teams. They are 14/21 (66 percent) on third and shorts so far this year on the ground and were just 13/29 (45 percent) last year.It seems Gundy’s concerns are actually a little misplaced here.The best rusher from third-and-short (1-3 yards to go)? Mason Rudolph. Rudolph has five rushes in this range for an average of 7.6 per carry (Childs does have one attempt for 19 yards).On passing attempts at the same down and yardage, the Cowboys are 60 percent (9/15). That’s down from last year’s 68.8 percent (11/16) and 2014’s surprising 100 percent (12/12).But between the two quarterbacks, who was more efficient in these passing downs? Let’s take a look.While Walsh was the short-yardage specialist, Mason Rudolph has been more effective when passing in those downs. And this year, he’s been very effective on the run, as well.So while it may not seem like it from a personnel standpoint, this offense with Rudolph is actually pretty effective in short-yardage situations. OSU is converting third and shorts at a 61 percent clip against 47 percent last year. They still have some room for improvement in the red-zone, though. 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.
I thought this was a brilliant question which I’m allowed to say because I didn’t actually come up with it. Robert Whetsell did. Send your ire and angst his way.The hypothetical I presented (which I think the hypothetical part of that actually confused some people): Which would you rather happen out of these two scenarios? OSU wins on Saturday and Rudolph jets or OSU loses on Saturday and Rudolph stays? Nearly two-thirds of you voted that you could swallow Rudolph leaving in exchange for a Big 12 title.Poll question today: Which scenario would you prefer for this weekend?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 29, 2016I’m in the minority here. I’d take the L on Saturday for Rudolph to return. This is the slow play. Not immediately satisfying but could result in OSU’s first College Football Playoff appearance PLUS a Big 12 title next year. If Rudolph leaves, you get the Big 12 title, but you don’t get anything else (Keondre Wudtee is not winning the conference next season … I don’t think).I totally understand why the majority voted for a win this Saturday — I actually came close to this for the reasons Nate mentioned in the comments below. This sums up the reasoning behind what the majority picked (and it is not poor reasoning):”a conference championship in the hand is worth a CFP in the bush,” or something.— Zach McCoy (@ZachMcCoy371) November 29, 2016 Tough one, but conference championships don’t come around very often. Gotta get ‘em while you can.— RyanHartwig (@jryanhartwig) November 29, 2016But that offense next year with all those receivers, an established RB1 and an offensive line that has seemingly figured out its problems? Whoooooo boy. OSU would probably be the Big 12 favorite and frontrunner in the conference to get in the playoff (even if it has to go 12-0 and win every game by 65 to do so).On to the comments …Big O: Rudolph is great, but this doesn’t seem like a very compelling question. How could someone choose other than to win a conference championship and play in the Sugarbowl? It would pay long-lasting dividends in terms of recruiting. We’ve also got a very intriguing QB in Woods coming up behind Rudolph.Nate: As much as I love Mason and want him back, wins over OU, especially in Norman, are sacred. Give me the W this weekend.JG: Who in their right mind would want to lose to OU this year to keep Rudolph? Nothing is guaranteed next year, give me the win this year and the sugar bowl.This one might have made me laugh the hardest.What is the point of having a good player if we lose?— joe turk (@joeturk182) November 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Oklahoma State could open with two weekday games in 2017. First, with Tulsa on a Thursday night in August at Boone Pickens Stadium. Then against South Alabama on a Friday the very next week.The Oklahoma State-Tulsa season opener is expected to be moved to Thursday, Aug. 31, for television purposes. The Cowboys and Golden Hurricane are scheduled to open the season Sept. 2, but multiple sources said the game will be moved.And if OSU-Tulsa is moved to Thursday night, OSU’s next game, scheduled for Sept. 9 at South Alabama, is expected to be moved to Friday night, Sept. 8, for television purposes. [NewsOK]Thankfully nothing bad every happens on weeknights with a title-contending Oklahoma State football team. I’m just kidding. I don’t mind these moves.I like the Thursday night opener a lot. That has 62-31 written all over it, and it’s always fun to get the first one out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of the college football opening weekend. The South Alabama game, I presume, is being moved because there’s a good rattler hunt in Mobile that weekend for the head ball coach to attend.Tulsa went 10-3 last year and beat Central Michigan 55-10 in the Miami Beach Bowl. Yeah, that Central Michigan. South Alabama went 6-7 and lost to Air Force in the Arizona Bowl. 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.
Manchester City Chelsea’s decline is pathetic but Man City are in a league of their own Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 02:21 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Yaya Touré Manchester City v Chelsea Chelsea Opinion The Londoners finished 15 points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side last season but are now 25 points behind, and their approach on Sunday shows why When Chelsea beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last December, Antonio Conte’s men went seven points clear of their rivals as they continued their march towards the Premier League title. On Sunday, City’s dominant victory put them a staggering 25 points clear of last season’s champions.The difference in the two sides, in such a short period of time, is quite incredible. Chelsea, who won the title at a canter in Conte’s first season, were quite frankly pathetic here. City were not quite at their majestic best, but they did not have to be. The Londoners, who had all the answers last season, offered nothing but a meek defensive display. In the parlance of their former manager, they parked the bus, and in fairness they did limit City’s chances. The problem was that they created absolutely nothing themselves. 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 They failed to register a shot of any kind in the first half – the first time they have done that since Opta records began in 2003 – and too often their forays forward simply came to nothing. Eden Hazard, deployed as a false 9, may as well have not showed up. On more than one occasion he threw his hands up in disgust as a long ball forward sailed over his head.Chelsea, not for the first time this season, had no attacking plan. Think of their performance against Barcelona but without Willian’s long-range shots.A lack of attacking cohesion is nothing new this season and it is why they could genuinely miss out on the top four.Coming on the back of such a dominant title victory, the decline is staggering.Conte will surely go in the summer and the bandwagon will roll on, but once again the Londoners will find themselves in a position familiar to City fans: worldbeaters one season, also-rans the next.For City those days seem to be a thing of the past, certainly as long as Pep Guardiola is in the dug-out.Now they have all the answers.Even had Chelsea put up more of a fight this season it is doubtful they would have got anywhere near lifting the title again.City are far and away the best team in the country and if Guardiola can focus minds over the summer it is hard to see anybody else bridging the gap in the near future.As Conte was credited with taming English football with a three-man defence and a seemingly unstoppable counter-attack, Guardiola was said to be struggling to get to grips with his new surroundings.He was slowly making his mark on City but too many flaky performances ultimately undermined the Catalan’s first season. The game against Chelsea in December 2016 highlights their issues.Then, City dominated the game but failed to take their chances and watched on as Chelsea got in behind to fire past a hopeless Claudio Bravo.Guardiola insisted his side deserved to win that day, and whether he is right or not the outcome only serves as further proof of how far the Catalan’s side have come.Last season’s lapses, at both ends of the pitch, are by now a thing of the pastThey are past the point of proving themselves to anybody, at least as far as the league is concerned; they are 19 points clear at the top of the table. They may have invested plenty of money to help catch Chelsea up yet Guardiola’s work on the training field has been evident all season. It certainly was on Sunday.They barely let Chelsea breathe when in possession, and when they won it back they knocked it around probing patiently for openings. Their structure ensured there were few opportunities for the kind of costly counter-attacks of last season. Quite simply, Chelsea’s players often looked like strangers. City’s look like they’ve been doing this for years, and the fear for the rest is that they will succeed where Chelsea have failed and do it, consistently, for years to come. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Any way you slice it, Spencer Sanders was bad on Saturday in Oklahoma State’s 45-35 loss. He threw three picks, fumbled twice and struggled to go through his progressions — often locking on his first read and telegraphing his every move.Sanders knows it, too. And after the game, he made a bold prediction that can only mean he expects himself to never play that poorly again.“I’m not losing again,” he said, via 247Sports. “We’re going to come back better.”Not losing again … this season? The rest of the month? Forever? I need to know! Regardless, I imagine those words rolled off the tongue exactly like this Tim Tebow promise more than a decade ago:Those are some big words. It’s not totally fair to hold him accountable for them, because, well, he’s a freshman. But if nothing else it’s reason for optimism. In the face of adversity, OSU’s franchise quarterback isn’t shying away. He wants to be better. He vows he will be better, and he’s taking responsibility for his sluggish start in Big 12 action.“That is my fault. I, Spencer Sanders, am taking full credit for that,” he said via 247Sports. “Nobody else had five turnovers. I did. So that’s my fault. I can’t do that.”“I’m always 10 toes behind these guys,” Sanders added to the O’Colly. “No matter what battle or war we go through. Even if they’re wrong. I’m gonna fight until you put a bullet in my head. That’s my team.” 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.”
Newcastle boss Benitez confident Clark and Lascelles injuries not seriousby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has hopes of injuries for Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles not being serious.During their FA Cup win at Blackburn Rovers, Lascelles was forced off after just 10 minutes of coming off the bench with a hamstring issue while Clark suffered a knee problem.After the game Benitez said: “We have to assess them over the next couple of days.“Lascelles? I don’t think it is very serious.“We had to make a substitution and we did what we needed to get through. Now it is about getting three points against Cardiff.“Clark went off at half-time with a knock to the knee but we will see if he is fine.“I don’t think it will be serious.“We have to manage the team, manage the squad, but we wanted to win.“You could see the players working hard until the end, with determination to go through.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Highlights from the news file for Wednesday, Oct. 25———CENSUS: ‘TYPICAL CANADIAN’ PROVING ANYTHING BUT: Increasingly, the face of the average Canadian is anything but average. There was plenty of diversity on display in Wednesday’s deposit of Statistics Canada census data, including 250 different ethnic origins across the country, and hints of more to come. Visible minorities could comprise fully one-third of Canadians by 2036 as immigration drives population growth not just in cities, but across the country. The data also showed younger Canadians are opting less for home ownership, choosing instead the rental route as housing prices climb ever higher.———BOC HOLDS INTEREST RATE: The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday following two straight hikes but suggested future increases are still likely, albeit at a more-gradual pace. In its scheduled announcement, the central bank said it held off this time in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow the rise in the pace of inflation. To make its case, the bank also pointed to the substantial, persistent unknowns around geopolitical developments as well as U.S.-related fiscal and trade policies, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.———FINANCE MINISTER TO MEET ETHICS COMMISSIONER: Finance Minister Bill Morneau will sit down with the federal ethics watchdog to see what more he can to do reassure Canadians he will not let his personal fortune get in the way of his job. “The rules work, but what we will consider in my situation is how the population can be absolutely certain there will be no possibility of a conflict,” Morneau said Wednesday. Morneau said ethics commissioner Mary Dawson gave him good advice when she recommended putting up a conflict-of-interest screen to prevent his family business, Morneau Shepell, from coming into conflict with his duties as finance minister after the Liberals won the 2015 election.———ONTARIO BANS PROTESTS AT ABORTION CLINICS: It will soon be illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics in Ontario. The legislature passed a bill Wednesday to create zones around the eight clinics in the province of between 50 and 150 metres in which anti-abortion protests, advising a person not to get an abortion, and intimidation or interfering with a woman’s ability to access the services will be banned. The ban will also automatically apply to 150 metres around the homes of abortion staff and health professionals who provide the services.———WITNESS SAYS ACCUSED MURDERER ADMITTED BURNING WOMAN: A witness in the trial of two men accused of murder testified Wednesday that one of the defendants confessed to him about burning a woman’s body and tossing it in a lake. Desi Liberatore has told court that Mark Smich performed a rap in 2012 in which he described “torching a body.” After the song, Liberatore says Smich told him that he did, in fact, burn a girl and dump her body and a cellphone in a lake. Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., and Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Toronto woman Laura Babcock.———NEW FUNDS FOR COAST GUARD, FISHERIES: The Trudeau government is promising an infusion of much-needed cash for the Canadian Coast Guard and federal Fisheries Department, both of which have been struggling with major funding shortfalls for years. The promised new money totals more than $1.2 billion over the next six years and is included in the Liberals’ fiscal update, which was released to much fanfare on Tuesday. The money will be used to keep the coast guard’s aging ships, navigational aids and communications equipment in working order, as well as to train new staff and provide icebreaking services, among other things.———BOEING SAYS TRADE SANCTIONS CAUSED RIPPLES: Boeing’s relationships with Canada and Britain will survive even though the trade complaint launched against the C Series aircraft is having “ripple effects” on those bonds, the U.S. aircraft giant’s chairman and CEO said Wednesday. Dennis Muilenburg said the trade action is not targeted at customers or countries, but at fair trade. Boeing has 2,000 direct employees in Canada and hundreds of suppliers that allow it to contribute $4 billion a year to the Canadian economy.———VETERAN’S MEDALS STOLEN: A British Armed Forces veteran is facing the prospect of his first Remembrance Day without his nine medals for years of service in the Gulf War, Bosnia and Iraq. Jim Watson’s medals were stolen during a break-in at his apartment in Kindersley, Sask., over the weekend along with military memorabilia and other household items. The medals, which had just been remounted for the Nov. 11 ceremony, were missing from the sideboard where he left them. The 54-year-old says the theft left him devastated and in disbelief.———STUDY SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON CONCUSSION: A new Canadian study suggests teenage athletes who sustain concussions may still be experiencing brain changes even after they have been cleared to return to play. Researchers at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine examined 17 bantam hockey players aged 11 to 14 who suffered concussions while playing. They studied MRIs the players received 24 to 72 hours after they were concussed, and then another set of MRIs the players received three months later. Even though the players showed no outward concussion symptoms at the time of the second brain scans, the study found changes were still occurring in the athletes’ brains.———SIX TO BE ADDED TO WALK OF FAME: Six influential Canadians from the circles of sports, entertainment and culture will be added to Canada’s Walk of Fame next month. Olympic gold medallist Donovan Bailey, Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin and civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond, are among the diverse selection of people who will be inducted at the annual awards gala in Toronto on Nov. 15. The others are Canadian folk icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, telecommunications leader Ted Rogers and science TV host and environmental activist David Suzuki.———