The FTSE 100 has crashed below 6,600. Here’s what I’d do now

first_img Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The FTSE 100 has plunged in value during the past few weeks. The severity of the decline has caught many investors off guard. Indeed, since 21 February, the UK’s leading blue-chip index has lost nearly 1,000 points. That works out as a 12% decline, at the time of writing.Investors have been dumping shares at the fastest pace since the financial crisis. And it doesn’t look as if this pullback is going to come to an end any time soon.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Heavy sellingInvestors and traders have been dumping the FTSE 100 on fears the COVID-19 outbreak could become a global pandemic. If it does, it’s impossible to tell, at this stage, what the impact will be on the worldwide economy.Airlines and travel companies are particularly exposed. Travel bans are already causing billions of pounds of losses at these businesses. If the crisis becomes really bad, there could be a wave of corporate bankruptcies. That could set off the kind of financial crisis that gripped the world 11 years ago.In this environment, it’s easy to panic and sell your investments. But panicking is never a sensible investment strategy. Instead, now could be the time to buy.Time to buyThere’s no denying that, in the worst-case scenario, the market could fall much further from current levels. However, it’s impossible to predict (at this stage) how bad the COVID-19 outbreak will become, and what impact it will have on the global economy.Furthermore, it’s going to be impossible for investors to pick the bottom for stocks. The market could make a comeback today, tomorrow, next week, or next month.As such, the best strategy for this environment is to keep calm and carry on investing. Buying high-quality companies at attractive prices is always going to be the best investment strategy, even in situations like the one we’re in now.While these companies might face short-term headwinds, they should continue to prosper over the long run.A lesson from historyLooking back at the performance of stocks after the financial crisis is a good way to see the power of long-term investing. Over the past decade, the FTSE 250 has returned 10% per annum. That suggests every £1,000 invested 10 years ago would be worth £2,700 today — even after recent declines.Before recent declines, the market had returned 12% per annum. That would have turned £1,000 into £3,300. Therefore, the best strategy for the current market could be to increase your exposure to stocks if you have the money on hand. If you invest with a long-term horizon, as the example above shows, the result should be favourable.The market might decline further in the near term, but the global economy always emerges stronger from an economic crisis. It’s highly likely this trend will continue for the next few decades at least.That’s why now could be the time to increase your position in the market. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 1st March, 2020 center_img Image source: Getty Images The FTSE 100 has crashed below 6,600. Here’s what I’d do now “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

Boar Shoat House / Imbue Design

first_imgSave this picture!© Imbue Design+ 18Curated by Paula Pintos Share Design Team:Imbue DesignEngineering:CTS EngineeringCollaborators:yNot ConstructionCity:ParisCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Imbue DesignRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. Before social-distancing became in vogue, the owner of the Boar Shoat (a family term for youthful vivacity) was looking for some isolation. Not to get away from a pandemic, but to gain distance from the clamor of city living. He wanted a retreat – a place where he and his family could distance themselves from social stresses, withdraw digital connection, and commune with nature and each other. So he went back to the place of his carefree childhood summer vacations, and that’s where he found it – along a gentle natural berm, next to a quaking stand of aspen trees, nestled in a sixty acre parcel of rolling grassy hills, surrounded by the great Rocky Mountains of Southern Idaho – perfectly in the middle of nowhere.Save this picture!© Imbue DesignSave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Imbue DesignIntended as a crash pad and base camp, three small structures gather under an open air pavilion, encapsulating the client’s main concept for the project – a spartan shelter within the Bear River range. Central to the project is a large outdoor living space under an expansive canopy that protects it from the weather. The triad of small structures (consisting of residence, guest quarters and utilitarian storage) flank this outdoor living room on three sides acting as windbreaks and framing views of Paris Peak.Save this picture!© Imbue DesignWith no utility connections for miles, the self-sustaining retreat is designed with energy in mind. Using passive solar strategies, the windows are positioned to harness free energy from the sun during the winter, and roof overhangs have been calculated for cool summer shading. Superior insulation and sealing techniques achieve a tight building envelope, coupled with performance enhancing windows and doors to cross ventilate and manage interior comfort. Electricity and heat are provided by a photovoltaic array atop the canopy with supplemental battery storage and back-up generator.Save this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Imbue DesignEmphasizing the owner’s desire for low to no maintenance materials, the entire exterior is clad in accordion metal panels, well suited for the harsh winters of the open range. The panel’s unique shape creates ever changing patterns of light and shadow which gracefully transitions throughout the day and the seasons. Likewise, an oculus in the canopy traces sun angles throughout the year, from space to space, marking every moment spent there.Save this picture!© Imbue DesignThe interior is simple, complimenting the exterior experience by visually bringing views and vegetation inside through expansive floor to ceiling windows. Clean white walls act as a gallery for an extensive art collection created by the owner’s daughters. Furnishings were selected by the client’s talented wife, making the place uniquely theirs. Natural wood ceilings warm and soften the space from above. Below, intentionally untreated concrete floors offer a durable, worry-free surface that embraces the patina of life and over time recounts a living record of time well spent. Logan and Steven Schenk of locally based yNot Construction sourced labor and construction materials from nearby outfits and suppliers – orchestrating the entire build from the first spade in the ground through the ceremonious ‘house warming’ get-together.Save this picture!© Imbue DesignNaturally, the landscape is left ruggedly wild to further induce awareness of being encompassed and abound by nature, yet away from everything.Save this picture!© Imbue DesignProject gallerySee allShow lessBee Duck Restaurant / Hao DesignSelected ProjectsGal·la House / CAVAA ArquitectesSelected Projects Share Boar Shoat House / Imbue Design “COPY” CopyHouses•Paris, United States Boar Shoat House / Imbue DesignSave this projectSaveBoar Shoat House / Imbue Design CopyAbout this officeImbue DesignOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookParisUnited StatesPublished on May 29, 2020Cite: “Boar Shoat House / Imbue Design” 29 May 2020. ArchDaily. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Imbue Design Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects Architects: Imbue Design Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily 2019center_img Mother Nature United States Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Benjamin Moore, Bosch, Fleetwood, Weather Shield, Morin | Kingspan, Nest, Trimble Navigation, reSAWN Timber Year:  Area:  197 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940336/boar-shoat-house-imbue-design Clipboard Houses Lead Architects: “COPY” Landscape: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940336/boar-shoat-house-imbue-design Clipboardlast_img read more

Monika Salkute records career-high 24 kills in 5-set win over GT

first_imgAfter dropping two straight games on the road last weekend against Florida State and Miami, Syracuse bounced back against Georgia Tech Friday at the SU Women’s Building, winning three sets to two behind Monika Salkute’s career-high 24 kills.The Orange came out slow, losing the first set 27-25, but a strong showing from Salkute helped SU to the five-set win. Her previous career high of 19 kills against Notre Dame came on Oct. 4.Salkute mentioned after the game that she isn’t used to playing as much as she did Friday night — she usually rotates in less and gets less hits.With a .396 hitting percentage Friday, she was consistent for the SU offense. Even so, she still has room to grow.“She plays well,” Orange head coach Leonid Yelin said, “And I know that she wants to play (professionally), and she’s going to have to be a big girl.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAside from Salkute, the Syracuse offense kept to its usual numbers. Averaging almost three kills per set, SU senior outside hitter Nicolette Serratore followed Salkute with 13 kills.Orange senior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk tallied 50 assists, many going toward Salkute.“Basically every ball I set her in the first three or four sets, it was a kill,” Wlaszczuk said.Senior Silvi Uattara, one of SU’s top hitters so far this season, played just one set for the Orange, spending the other three on the sidelines in her warmup jacket.According to Yelin, the hitter has been suffering from an ailing back and her statistics “just weren’t there.”The Orange was able to capitalize on a number of unforced errors by the Yellow Jackets. More than once, the Georgia Tech hitters launched serves out of the back of the court, warranting no return from the Orange.GT came from behind in the fourth set, coming back from a three-point deficit late in the set to take it 26-24.Georgia Tech head coach Michelle Collier kept calling timeouts in an attempt to calm her side and slow the Orange, but Yelin and his high-powered offense didn’t falter.“After you score the point, there’s a crazy celebration, so that builds confidence every point,” Wlaszczuk said, “It builds up, that brings the energy up around us.”The fifth and final set was as close as the previous four, seeing the sides evenly matched for its entirety. With the game tightly contested at 15-14 in favor of the Orange, one final block from Santita Ebangwese sealed the game.After Friday’s victory over the Yellow Jackets, the Orange is starting to get back where Yelin wants. He stressed the importance of Friday’s win and the importance of continuing the forward progress. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more

Utilising the Ryder Cup to drive golf betting

first_img Submit Rightlander tackles non-compliant affiliates with Fast Track report April 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC: How important is it that affiliates utilise expertise and insight for their content with regards to the Ryder Cup?MM: Content is king and it is vital that affiliates treat their readers like the thoughtful, savvy punters they are. Long gone are the days of flimsy content stuffed with ads getting the job done. The major search engines have come a long way in improving their search results and low-quality content is worse than useless; it is usually damaging to affiliates in terms of trust and search rankings.Affiliates do not necessarily need to be experts in the Ryder Cup specifically in order to put their expertise and insight to good use. A part of being a smart affiliate is knowing where one’s strengths lie and leveraging those strengths to produce high-quality content.For example, if an affiliate isn’t an expert-level golf handicapper, that’s fine. There’s no need to write yet another article full of flimsy predictions and rehashed content from other websites. Plenty of other affiliates will already be producing similar content anyways.This ties back into what we discussed in the first question. Coming up with new ways to approach the Ryder Cup and give readers something interesting or useful is a winning strategy and will remain so for a long time to come. Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020center_img Share As a betting product, golf has grown exponentially in recent times and with the Ryder Cup nearing, there is no better time for betting operators to maximise the drive of the sport. Ahead of the eagerly anticipated start of the tournament, SBC spoke to Mike Murphy from OnlineBettingSites.com about how affiliates and sportsbook operators can work together to take advantage of the growing popularity of the Ryder Cup. SBC: As a betting product, how much has golf grown in recent times and how much does it lend itself to betting?Mike Murphy: Industry insiders have been talking up the growth of golf betting for quite some time now. Going back as far as 2012, one sportsbook manager told the New York Times that golf betting is “leaps and bounds ahead of where it was 10 or 15 years ago. The money coming in now doesn’t even compare.”This has been further driven, in part, by resurgence and return of Tiger Woods, but one player alone cannot move the needle to such a degree without a healthy betting industry all on its own. People are paying attention and betting on golf in greater numbers today than ever before.As far as golf lending itself to betting, the two go together hand-in-hand. Betting is an intrinsic part of the sport. Tales of golfers duking it out on the course with private bets between the players are as old as the sport itself.In the modern day, bookmakers have come up with all sorts of interesting ways to bet on golf despite it being a fairly straightforward, tournament-style form of competition. There are the usual wagers on who will win a tournament plus wagers on who will be up after a round, scoring totals, who will or won’t make the cut, top-10 finishes, head-to-head matchups, margin of victory, whether or not there will be a hole in one and much more.SBC: How can affiliates maximise both the casual and hardcore audience that the Ryder Cup attracts?MM: The Ryder Cup is a golden opportunity to relate to casual and hardcore fans alike – it may actually be one of the very best events for connecting with both types of fans.The Ryder Cup appeals to casuals with big name golfers who are known to the general public and big-name appeal is an easy way to connect with recreational fans. Simple writeups discussing how big-name players are likely to perform, what those players have been up to recently and their current betting odds is a reliable way to drum up interest.The resurgence of Tiger Woods and his unlikely return to form was tailor made to connect with casual golf fans. Even people who don’t watch golf know who Tiger Woods is. His recent comeback makes it easy to spin an intriguing narrative of the former great, plagued by injuries and personal troubles, returning now as the underdog and against all odds.Information and data have a place for serious punters, but it is the narrative that invokes emotion, provokes controversy, encourages discussion and generates page views. And as useful as it is for an affiliate to target specific topics in order to attract qualified website visitors who are interested in betting on golf right now, raw numbers in terms of pure traffic also generate backlinks and ad clicks.Something else affiliates should keep in mind with golf betting in general is hardcore betting analyses are great for establishing trust, but don’t necessarily convert new customers. How many people viewing an article about gaining a statistical betting edge already have funded accounts somewhere? Compare that to selling your more casual viewers on a free bet offer at your favourite bookmaker when they drop by to read about the big name of the day.With that in mind, the approach affiliates can take to maximise the casual and hardcore audience alike is as simple as this: produce content that engages the casual and hardcore punters. The trick is learning how to court both types of fans.SBC: How difficult is it for operators to construct bonuses for a sport like golf?MM: Constructing bonuses for golf is no more difficult than doing so for other sports. It all comes down to an operator’s creativity and priorities. Online bookmakers tend to offer standard welcome bonuses to all new customers regardless of which sports or events are in vogue at the moment.However, some operators do introduce more aggressive and specialized offers during the run-up to major events such as the Ryder Cup. These promotions can be offered to new customers as an incentive to sign up or presented as a means to reactivate former customers.As the Ryder Cup approaches, we can expect to see operators compete with enhanced odds, special payouts and featured bets centered around one player. For example, an operator may offer a free no-risk bet on a certain player in a particular match, or an enhanced payout for that player.Savvy operators can tap into fans’ sense of patriotism or their interest in particular players. There are also opportunities to take advantage of high-visibility matches that are almost guaranteed to boost interest in the Ryder Cup.What can hold operators back is a need to prioritise. The Ryder Cup is a fine event, but the major betting sites have a world full of sporting events that must be covered. Between the end of September and the beginning of October, operators will also be dealing with the much-anticipated boxing bout between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, the Russian Grand Prix, the AFL Grand Final, NFL games and the final stretch of the MLB regular season.With so many events to cover, sports betting operators have to pick and choose what to promote with special offers so as not to overwhelm customers. 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Canoe sprint bronze for South Africa

first_img9 August 2012Bridgitte Hartley captured South Africa’s fifth medal of the London Games when she finished third in the women’s K1 500 metres at Eton Dornay on Thursday morning.It was a first for South Africa and it came on the country’s national Women’s Day; the country’s sprint canoeists had never before won an Olympic medal.The final, which took place in bright, sunny conditions, was a tightly-contested race, with all eight of the starters in with a legitimate shot at claiming a medal.Hartley, after winning her semi-final, went into it as the second fastest qualifier behind Hungary’s Danuta Kozak, who had already won gold in the K4 500 metres.StartAt the sound of the buzzer, the field burst away with defending champion Inna Osypenko-Radomska, competing in lane two, powering her way to the front. An excellent crowd led loud vocal support to the competitors.Hartley, racing in lane five in a craft decorated in the colours of the South African flag, which would surely have won the award for best paint job had there been one, passed through the 100 metres mark in fifth place.Kozak was challenging Osypenko-Radomska for the lead, but the blue and yellow boat of the Ukraine star was taking it out at a furious pace and she edged further ahead to lead Kozak by half-a-second at the 250-metre mark.Finland’s Anne Rikala was in third, 0.9 seconds off the lead, with Sweden’s Sifia Paldanius in fourth, at 1.3 seconds behind Osypenko-Radomska.HalfwayHartley was fifth to the halfway mark, almost one-and-a-half seconds off the lead. She had finished strongly in her semi-final race to claim victory and she would have to do it once more to claim a medal, except this time the challenge posed by the field was even greater.Up front, Osypenko-Radomska was beginning to tire under the relentless pace she had set, and Hungary’s Kozak was hauling her in. Hartley, meanwhile, was involved in a neck-and-neck tussle with Sweden’s Sofia Paldanius, the Italian Josefa Idem, who had won silver four years earlier in Beijing, Britain’s Rachel Cawthorne and Denmark’s Henriette Hansen for third place.With 100 metres to go, Kozak had taken over at the front and built up a lead of a third-of-a-boat over Osypenko-Radomska. Hartley was practically level with Paldanius and Idem.FinishKozak powered on to victory by almost a boat length over the Ukranian paddler, clocking 1:51.456, while Hartley finished strongly to take third place, just ahead of Paldanius and Idem.The South African’s time was 1:52.923, less than three-tenths-of-a-second behind Osypenko-Radomska and almost three-tenths ahead of Paldanius.While Hartley has previously won gold medals in World Cup events, the Olympic bronze medal is, no doubt, the pinnacle of the 29-year-old’s career thus far.Medal ceremonyAt the medal ceremony, when her name was announced as the winner of the bronze medal, she jumped up onto the podium, bouncing up and down, a wide smile across her face, waving happily to the crowd.Hartley received her Olympic medal, with the soundtrack of “Chariots of Fire” playing in the background. She had made history for South Africa, the first sprint canoeist in the country’s 18 visits to the Olympic Games to win a medal.After her success, South Africa lies in 20th place on the 2012 Olympic medals table with three golds, one silver, and Hartley’s bronze.That equals the country’s medals haul at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games – until now South Africa’s most successful Olympics since its return from isolation in 1992.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

10 Free After Effects Training Resources

first_imgThese 10 websites/podcasts will elevate your After Effects skills. From the beginner to the advanced user this After Effects training has something for everyone here.Want to become an After Effects expert?  There are a lot of paid resources out there for learning AE, but in this post we’ve rounded up 10 FREE After Effects training resources you may not know about.These days video editors are expected to wear multiple hats and doing basic motion graphics/compositing is one of them.  Dig into these sites to start learning essential After Effects skills!MotionworksTutorials on After Effects, Cinema 4D and Photoshop.  A full range of After Effects training, not just special effects.  Motionworks has a nice section on breakdowns so you can see deconstruct how effects were created.MamoworldFor those new to After Effect start with the “Guru Lessons” series. In approx 1.5 hours Mamo (a pro AE user) covers the basics of After Effects such as keyframing, masks, effects, adjustment layers, keying and color correction.  For those wanting to jumpstart their compositing/tracking skills, check out the After Effects training tutorial on using Mocha.Rampant Design ToolsFor beginners they  have a series called “Discovering After Effects” that in 10 lessons shows you what you need to get started.  They also offer  intermediate/advanced tutorials on working with the camera tracker and 3D camera in After Effects.VFX Bro VFXBro creates tutorials that focus on special effects and are generally aimed at the beginner/intermediate user.  Be sure to check out their section of free After Effects resources (plugins, presets, etc).  VFXBro makes learning After Effects fun.Creative Cow PodcastAn ongoing podcast on working with After Effects.  The content tends to be geared most towards beginner and intermediate After Effects users.  Watch them the AE training podcasts in SD & HD on the website or via iTunes. They also offer podcasts in Premiere Pro & Photoshop for video.Grayscale GorillaIt is common for motion graphics to combine After Effects with a 3D program. Cinema 4D is a popular app for motion graphics as it works well with After Effects.  Grayscale Gorilla has a bunch of intermediate and advanced tutorials on integrating the 2 apps in a motion design workflow. SternFXBefore starting his own site, Eran Stern wrote popular tutorials for Creative Cow. Now on his own site, he creates After Effects training tutorials geared toward beginneer to intermediate users.  The Downloads page has also has FREE presets and project files.  Tons of great info.Film RiotAn “over the top style show” that  is fun, irreverent, and focuses on creating low budget effects in After Effects.  If you’re looking for a light-hearted (but info filled) resource for After Effects training, this would be it! MaxafterIntermediate to advanced tutorials on using After Effects, Photoshop, illustrator, and 3D.  Maxafter also has an array of FREE and paid After Effects templates and project files that are worth checking out for your video editing and motion design projects.VideoCopilotA very popular site as it offers free tutorials on creating “big budget” special effects.  The basic training series is often overlooked, and a great place for those new to After Effects to start.  His other tutorials are intermediate to advanced and often use third party plugins and expressions.Get Inspired!Besides learning how to make stuff, seeing what others are doing is inspiring and gets the creative juices flowing. Two of my favorites for this are Motionographer & Art of the Title.Motionogapher spotlights the best Motion Graphics/Animation from around the world. They also have a list of Tutorials, Communities, and Events for the Motion Designer.Art of the Title showcases Film/TV Title Design, with storyboards, interviews, and breakdowns of the creative process. The title sequences range from back in the day (40-50’s) to the present date.last_img read more

Olympics: Mary Kom & Narang upbeat about ‘ 12 Olympics

first_imgOne year is all that stands between athletes around the world and their bid to attain the top prize at the pinnacle of sport – the London Olympics.With International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge set to get the official ‘One Year to Go’ countdown underway in London on Wednesday, the focus of athletes will shift to honing their skills and getting ready for the mega event, which begins on July 27 at the new Olympic Stadium.Boxing and shooting offer India its brightest chances of bettering its tally of one gold and two bronze at the previous Games in Beijing. On Tuesday, the two sports came together in the form of five-time world champion MC Mary Kom and rifle ace Gagan Narang.The duo was here at the launch of a new website for Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a non-profit organisation founded by legendary sportsmen Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi and that supports the training and other needs of the athletes. The website was launched by film star Deepika Padukone, Prakash’s daughter and a director of the OGQ. Speaking to Mail Today, Mary Kom outlined her plans in the build- up to the Games, at which women’s boxing makes its debut.”I hope I can bring the kind of performance I have had at the World Championships to the Olympics next year. I am preparing hard to get a qualifying spot at the World Championships next year and, hopefully, a medal at the Olympics too,” said Mary, who will be competing in the 51kg category.advertisement”I am working on some stronger punching and also my speed, in order to adjust to the category. The technique doesn’t need much change, but it does make a bit of difference, which is what I need to fine- tune at the camp in Patiala,” she said.Narang admitted to being jittery before the Games. It is very exciting that there is just one year to go and our final preparations will now be on the way. Earlier, we used to wait for the final qualifying tournaments but this time eight shooters have already qualified for the Olympics,” he said.Deepika, meanwhile, said she keenly follows sports and that was pleased to be supporting athletes. “Even if I don’t get time to watch sports, I definitely keep myself updated, either through my dad or through Twitter. It made sense to me to come on board with OGQ and actively take part and support our athletes,” she said.Viren Rasquinha, chief executive of OGQ and former India hockey captain, announced special plans to help athletes. The chief among these is the help of a video analyst for badminton ace Saina Nehwal, which will be provided by Sports Mechanics, a sports technology organisation headed by the Indian cricket team’s former video analyst S Ramakrishna.Mental strengthening coach Abha Banerjee has also been brought into the fold. She has worked with rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput and it helped him win a World Cup gold medal and an Olympic quota spot this year.In addition, for the nine shooters part of OGQ, a Kazakh masseur recommended by national rifle coach Stanislav Lapidus, is being brought in.Support For AshwiniAsked about OGQ’s support to dope- tainted athlete Ashwini Akkunji, Rasquinha said: ” In our official capacity, we have stopped funding to her, pending the result of the inquiry. Performance- wise, she had the potential and her doping history was clean. In a personal capacity, we are giving her support to ensure that she gets through this difficult phase.”Even if she has made a mistake, we will support her emotionally, and we will make sure that every supplement, every medicine that our athletes take is approved by an expert doctor first.”last_img read more

Winners and Losers From The Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Game

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. Winner: Mason Rudolph –He had another (almost) 400-yard game and two touchdowns on an efficient 20/28. He puts these numbers up so often we get complacent about how good he’s been. He is now 20-5 as a starter (.800). With the off chance that he does to take his talents to Sundays, hopefully Cowboy fans will pay attention these last couple games. He may wow you.Loser: Kliff Kingsbury — Kliff’s “on-the-nose” cool is once again beat out by a middle-aged man who tucks his mullet, sweater, etc. He probably tucks his socks in. Loser: Run defense depth — With Chad Whitener sidelined due to an apparent injury. Justin Phillips had a big game, but overall the Cowboy run defense was not as good as it could have been with Whitener. It had a lot to do with scheming as well. Glenn Spencer used West Virginia’s three-three stack model for good chunks. But you’ve gotta think Whitener could have helped. Hopefully he’ll be ready for the Ft. Worth trip.Caleb DeckWinner: Patrick Mahomes II — He may not have won the ballgame this week, but he had about as good of a day as you can have without getting a “W.” Killed it on the stats side once again with 344 yards, 3 TDs, no picks and a QB rating of 142.7 while his receivers couldn’t seem to catch a thing. Not too shabby.But the most amazing and important thing that happened for ol’ Pat this week was getting the Mullet Seal of Approval. Gundy told him that he could arrange for an agent if Mahomes needed one, sufficiently solidifying his place in the Gundy network of QBs which includes Brandon Weeden, Zac Robinson, himself, and I’m assuming probably John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Kurt Warner. Heck of a week for the QB who came up a bit short.Loser: Jeff Carr — This is not by any fault of his own and I truly like Jeff Carr and am so glad he is on the team. Unfortunately the success on the ground this week did not help his efforts to see the field more. Justice Hill is the best freshman in the history of the world, Chris Carson is back with a vengeance and well-defined role as a linebacker-crusher and knee-taker, and now we have Rennie Childs going 25 yards on two carries in the middle of games?Poor Jeff has fallen down the pecking order once again with this renewed running game. Hopefully he continues to work hard and stick with it as his attitude seems to be top notch and he’s a classy guy, but I’m not foreseeing next year as being any easier to get in the lineup with Chubba Hubbard and JD King incoming.This is a great problem to have because it means the team has found somewhat of a successful scheme for running the ball, but I feel for Jeff as a player. I hope the coaching staff finds ways to get him in the mix, possibly in some draw or screen situations, but sadly for now we may not see much of the hard-working Mr. Carr.Kyle BooneWinner: Chris Carson — I think Carson was the winner from Saturday. Justice Hill has proven he should be the primary ball carrier for the Pokes, but Carson, who had 10 carries and averaged more than 7 yards a pop, is proving to be the explosive, powerful runner everyone expected him to be out of junior college.Loser: Special teams — Oklahoma State allowed a critical fourth-down conversion on a fake punt for the second time this season. It was a good fake, but the lack of preparation is concerning. If Tech had gone for two after their final score late in the game, it wouldn’t have surprised me a bit. They need to sharpen up both in special teams returns and defending potential fakes. Oklahoma State squeezed past Texas Tech 45-44 on Saturday in the 2016 finale in Boone Pickens Stadium. This helped the Big 12 (we think?) position itself well for the CFB Playoff as three of the top four teams fell later in the day. Here is a look at who else won and lost this week as OSU moved to 8-2*.Kyle PorterWinner: Greg Adkins (I almost called him Joe) — Oklahoma State’s offensive line has obviously not been very good over the last two years, but they have showed out in the last few weeks. OSU is cruising around on the ground right now and the OL is creating space for Justice Hill to roam. They are also doing a much better job protecting Mason Rudolph (four sacks in the last three games) and as a result the Pokes have had two straight games averaging 9.0 yards per play or better. The same number they had in … 2011.Loser: Patrick Mahomes — Why was Patrick Mahomes a loser? Well, he lost because it was clear that he does not have the receivers Mason Rudolph has. Drops and bobbled passes were prominent all over the field on Saturday as the best passer in the country labored to just under 350 yards. Mahomes is great (obviously), but his partners on Saturday were not, and it might have cost them the game against a top 15 OSU team.Winner: Chris Lacy — We cannot possibly say enough good things. I want winners! And he’s a winner. The best WR4 (or WR5) in the league.Kyle CoxWinner: Mike Gundy — He owns the Red Raiders to the tune of eight straight. He also wins the ironically cool haircut/overall style. He told he had created a monster in Stillwater but it wasn’t what we all thought. His tucked in bowl game pullover is going to have to be custom made to tuck that thing in. #BowlSeasonFlowGundy looks incredible right now. The full mullet flow. The old throwback sweatshirt. Big 12 title on the line. pic.twitter.com/pHfMDE5Pde— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016last_img read more

On The Importance of 10 Wins For Oklahoma State

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. The elusive 10-win season. Oklahoma State has seven of them ever. Ever! Four of those have come in the last seven seasons with a chance on Thursday to make that five in seven as the Pokes try to move to 10-3 in 2016 in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. A quick look at some of the winningest teams of the last few years reveals good company for Mike Gundy and Co.Here are all the teams with 5+ 10-win seasons in the last seven years (since 2010).Alabama: 7Ohio State: 6Clemson: 6Oklahoma: 6Florida State: 5 (6 if it beats Michigan)Stanford: 5Boise State: 5Wisconsin: 5Oregon: 5Michigan State: 5Northern Illinois: 5OSU is the only team during bowl season that has a chance to join this list. LSU isn’t on it. Neither is USC. Not TCU. Not Baylor. Not Louisville, Georgia or Nebraska.“It’s big,” said offensive lineman Zach Crabtree on Tuesday. “It’s always something. I remember coming in here and Coach Gundy talking about that from day one. Any time you can hit double-digit wins at this level, it’s huge. Not many people in the country win 10 games a year, and so this game has big-time implications on it for us. We want this 10th win. It means a lot. It’s just the middle level of success, just puts you in elite company, and we’re there, and we want to stay there.”“Just for me, being here five years and having a chance to have three 10-win seasons, that’s unbelievable,” added senior receiver Austin Hays. “There’s probably I think Coach Gundy told us the other day, there’s only eight or nine teams in the last four years that have won more games than we have, and to be a part of this has just been so special, and then for the guys coming back, to beat a top-10 team in Colorado and to make that our double-digit win would just be huge for the guys coming back, to create that momentum going forward and to propel them into having a great year next year.”Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer stunningly downplayed the achievement before it has been completed.“I don’t like to reflect and I don’t like to kind of summarize things until it’s all said and done, because if we don’t do it, we’ll be sitting back and saying, why couldn’t we get 10,” said Spencer. “But without skirting your question, we’ve had a string of success around here, and I try to get these guys just to think about the next game, and maybe when their career is over, look back and kind of see the superlatives.“I guess we just love to do things right. We love to win the right way. I loved for these guys to leave our program knowing that they’ve gained a lot about life, about being a brother, about sacrifice, and then if you can win 10 games and win bowl games, that’s an awesome thing, too. So I don’t want to diminish that at all. But I just love the process to go through with these young men.”When you win it leads to more winning. Success breeds success as Spencer said. Because success is what the future loves.last_img read more

Under the Radar OL Prospects As Signing Day Approaches

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. Signing day is next Wednesday. With OSU losing multiple commitments at the offensive line position in the 2017 cycle, it has left the coaching staff searching for answers late in the process.This is a similar situation OSU was stuck in two years ago. You may remember the name Joshua Jones, an offensive tackle prospect who flipped from OSU to Houston with just days to signing day. That move helped OSU land offensive lineman Marcus Keyes — a key member of the roster who helped re-vamp OSU’s ground game this season.So who might be next in line to follow in those footsteps? Let’s take a look at seven names who, based on what I’ve heard, could be candidates to join the class in the final days of the recruiting process. Important to note that these recruits do not have offers, but are on the radar and could be names worth watching.1. Clay Cordasco — Offensive tackleOSU’s only current offensive line commitment comes in the form of JUCO offensive tackle Arlington Hambright, who is already on campus. Cordasco is a name to know that could be a JUCO contributor.  At 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and offers from Idaho, Nevada, Oregon State and Eastern Kentucky, he could be an under the radar steal from Los Angeles Valley College.Cordasco spent his younger years playing in Maine and New Hampshire, but has spent the last two seasons sharpening his skills on the west coast.2. Saige Young — Offensive guardAnother junior college recruit from Dodge City Community College, Young is a sleeper that’s been lingering in the tier-two schools with 8 offers that includes Central Michigan East Carolina Iowa State and Florida Atlantic among them.Originally from Versailles, Kentucky, Young has made visits to Louisville and Eastern Kentucky. A little known player out of high school with offers from Ball State and Troy, Young went the junior college route and is likely in line to land at a Division I school regardless of whether OSU offers.3. Matthew Tanner — Offensive GuardAll right, 3-for-3 on junior college prospects. I can’t resist.Tanner, a 6–fot-7 345 pound prospect, has offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, UAB and several other smaller schools. Given his late, meteoric rise, don’t be surprised to see Oklahoma State make a run. Right now with Auburn jumping in this week, I’d give them the odds to land him out of the Arizona junior college.4. Joey Palmer — Offensive tackleThis former Louisville commit may be looking for a new home after a late de-commitment. With offers from smaller schools including Georgia State, Cincinnati and Memphis, Oklahoma State has shown interest in the Butler C.C. recruit.The Cowboys have had recent success with prospects from Butler, too, most recently with Chris Carson. That could be a factor, should OSU extend a late offer. He’s currently not committed.5. Hayden Howerton — Offensive centerHowerton may be a little more of a pipe dream than others. Having been committed to SMU for several months, this Katy (Texas) recruit held close to 30 offers before opting to stay close to home to play for Chad Morris’ squad.Additionally, OSU appears set at the center position. Brad Lundblade is entrenched as a starter, Johnny Wilson is a promising reserve, and Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore appears next in line to take over in 2018.6. Samir Martula — Offensive tackle6-foot-6, in the middle of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country, and Martula still only has 10 scholarship offers. His biggest is from UConn, where he is currently pledged. I like the size he could bring, and like even more that he’s a local recruit. Cy Ranch is a lot closer than Connecticut.7. Gray Davis — Offensive GuardParish Episcopal has been a surprise school churning out Division I talent in Texas. Gray Davis, a big body offensive guard from the Dallas area is underrated but has seen his stock rise on the recruiting trail recently with an offer from Nevada. The only other schools on board are Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, and Central Arkansas. He could be a prime suspect to be a late pickup on signing day. He’s not committed to a school.last_img read more