Rating Very jolly. The animated type is fun the firsttime but after a while became annoying but it’s quick to download. The homepage makes it clear that there are a good range of incentives on offer and theNational Insurance and tax information is clearly written and easily accessedfrom the outset. A few things irritated us along the route of choosing a gift,such as having to scroll down to get to a proceed button but placing an ordertakes a matter of minutes. Our only beef was that we ordered £97,000 worth ofchocolates and then didn’t seem to be able to cancel this once we selected itbut this could be because we were using a dummy account. Rating The intention behind it is ambitious but itoffers a high degree of functionality and is a heavyweight system. It is welldesigned and easy to find your way around. Employees log on and are taken totheir section of the site, which has a personalised MyBenefits interface. Againthis is well designed and the copywriting on the site is good, explainingthings in easy language. Throughout the site does a good job of building arelationship with the individual. We saw working demos of its interactivity,such as being able to alter your pension contribution by simply keying the newamount in a box and clicking. Overall, the site is impressive and evidently alot of thought has gone into its usability but then again, you’d expect this ina site of this stature. Rating The site works well and the design is clean.eDefined has done a fair amount of usability testing and it does a good job ofbuilding up a relationship with the customer. It also addresses their needsimmediately, letting a user choose which car they want at which price. We didnote there weren’t as many cars available as we thought there might be andwould get a fed up of repeated “cannot match your search criteria”messages coming up. eDefined acknowledges this on the site and you can requesta car and it will go off and search for it. Comments are closed. www.enviego.com What is it? A concierge system for time-starvedemployees to readdress their work-life balance. It acts as a middleman betweenthe employee and the service they require, which ranges from booking theatretickets to keyholding. Cost is £55 per month per employee. www.incentiveshop.co.ukWhat is it? An on-line reward and incentive shop,selling everything from flowers and chocolates to gift vouchers and trips to ahealth farm. It can accessed on the Internet by individuals or account holdersor can be branded on an intranet. Rating It’s impossible to glean from the site howwell Enviego works since it is merely an interface to a range of services itoffers (prospective clients are able to trial the system properly). It’s aminimally designed interface which takes the user quickly through to the rangeof services available. After choosing the service you want a list is given ofoptions to book. These aren’t as comprehensive in some sections as we expected– one trainer was listed in Health and Beauty and a single dog walker underpets. What remains to be seen is how it will cope with demand when the servicetakes off. Service providers are linked to the Enviego system whichautomatically notifies them of a job request. Enviego collates and compares thequotes submitted and then forwards them to the users for approval. We didn’tactually book a service but given that the suppliers are all linked to thesystem, it should work well. www.thepensionzone.co.ukWhat is it? A dedicated pensions administration site,which can be accessed by both HR and the employee. It takes daily digital feedsfrom each of the pension providers it deals with and is able to calculate thevalue of a fund at any time, day or night. We accessed a working model withinthe Smith & Williamson site. the overall cost is calculated to be withinthe stakeholder cap of one per cent and Swipe, which developed the site willcharge a fee of £1,000 to install its software. How the on-line sites rated: www.edefined.comOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today www.maritz.com.uk What is it? Web Award Redemption Programme (Warp) is aglobal on-line reward scheme. Employees can log on to a tailored area on thesite to select and choose an award. We were able to access Nortel’s section ofthe site to see it in action. Price on application. Rating Nortel’s site shows how flexible Warp is andit was well tailored to the needs of this particular client. The overall lookand feel is impressive but it is a bit over-designed in places – areas of thesite took a while to download which is frustrating. It aspires to giving theemployee an enjoyable shopping experience and succeeds in doing so – youcertainly feel like you’re being rewarded. However, you need to make sure allemployees have been given lessons in navigation or they may otherwise stumblearound the site. If you have offices around the world and want to streamlineyour reward programme, this is certainly worth looking at and the veryimplementation of a system such as this would show employees that you are verycommitted to rewarding them. www.eurobenefits.comWhat is it? It claims to be the first digitalflexible benefits system. Designed for employees and HR departments to view andmanage their benefits package at any time. It’s Internet-based but users can berouted through a company intranet. We were shown a working model of the site.The cost is £100 per employee per year. Start-up price is on application. Related posts:No related photos. What is it? An on-line used car buying site for employees,which, typically, is accessed via a company’s Intranet. It attempts to addressthe imbalance between those who do and don’t get a company car and increase thescope for voluntary benefits. Previous Article Next Article www.motivano.co.uk Unfortunately, we were unable to gain access to the Motivanosystem because of client confidentiality but, as one of the market leaders,feel it should be included. Motivano takes a holistic approach to benefits andrewards and offers clients a complete range of on-line and offline tools tohelp implement a benefits system. It has negotiated a number of deals withbenefit providers and also offers discounts on a range of perks from cinematickets to holidays. We like the fact that the system can be managed via afully branded intranet. It claims to have signed up 250 clients in the pastseven months and that it can install a system in a matter of days. Rating Although the design lacked some of thesophistication of Eurobenefits.com, we preferred the simpler approach. It doesexactly what it claims to and is extremely easy to use for an employee. You cancut straight to your own personal details via a home page login and withinminutes we were tinkering with the contributions in our dummy fund via the“What-if” option. We upped our monthly contribution by £50 and within 30 secondsa What-If fund analysis box appeared on screen next to our original one, so itwas easy to compare the two. There is also a handy glossary of pension terms,written in plain English.
The overwhelming majority of Oxford students do not know when the OUSU elections are taking place and don’t even know who the presidential candidates are, a Cherwell survey has revealed.Voting is due to open between Tuesday and Thursday next week, but only 17.8% of students knew that the elections are in sixth week, with some under the impression that they had already taken place.Only 36% of those polled said that they intended to vote this year, despite the fact that online voting has been introduced by OUSU.The poll also revealed that more than two-thirds of Oxford students cannot name any of the presidential candidates.Luke Tryl, former President of the Oxford Union Society, is the most widely known, with 24% of students aware he is running.Only 11% could name Stefan Baskerville, former JCR president of University College, whilst less than half that named John Maher, former JCR president of Keble College.Baskerville appears to have the most backing at this stage, however, with the biggest proportion of those surveyed who intend to vote pledging him their support.In a sample of almost 200 students, very few seemed fully informed on the upcoming election, with only three able to name all four candidates – a group which includes Aidan Simpson, the anti-tuition fees campaigner from Somerville College.As further evidence of this, four students quizzed this week about the OUSU elections were under the impression that Lewis Iwu, the current OUSU President, was one of this year’s candidates.Word of mouthMany students claimed to only have heard of candidates because they had been invited to their Facebook groups or because they are in the same college as the candidate. Of students polled at Keble, for example, 50% said they plan to vote for John Maher, their ex-JCR President.The poll results left plenty of food for thought for the OUSU presidential candidates, with scores of apathetic students condemning the institution as hopeless and irrelevant.One student even claimed to have no idea what OUSU was. Thomas Crawford, a first year Mathematics student, admitted, “I don’t even know what it is, to be honest.” He was not the only undergraduate to be somewhat oblivious to the current OUSU race.James Gillard, a fresher from Jesus College, asked, “What relevance does this have to me? Doesn’t my JCR handle all of this? The ramifications of this vote have not been explained to me in any way.”When asked for his opinion, a Worcesterite asked, “Are the elections even this term?”Despite general apathy, however, turnout in next week’s OUSU elections is expected to substantially increase on previous years’ thanks to a complete reformation of polling.Whereas previous polls were conducted by traditional balloting methods over a single day, this year’s poll will be carried out over three days and conducted entirely online.Madeline Stanley, OUSU Returning Officer, revealed that each student will be sent a unique voter number which they will be able to use only once.She stressed that she had upmost confidence in the new system, despite fears in some quarters that there could be teething problems.“To give you some idea of the security this system has, it has been used by Westminster City Council and twenty local authorities,” she said.“It could have been advertised better”“Each individual’s vote is secure and moving to another computer won’t get you another vote.”Many students, however, were unaware that they could now cast their ballots via the web.“It could have been advertised better,” said one student, while another said that uncertainty about how to vote would probably stop her from bothering.Others were encouraged by the change. “I don’t really care about OUSU, but if it’s online, why not?” quipped one student.The vast majority of students, however, were unconvinced that their vote would make a difference to improving OUSU as an institution either way.“I’ve never seen the effect of OUSU on my life,” said one voter, with another labelling OUSU “a little playground for people who want to put it on their CV.”“It doesn’t matter who’s president, all the same things go on.”
Things just got very interesting on the recruiting trail for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have one commitment in the 2017 class at quarterback, in 6-foot-7 Jelani Woods. And it appears they are now targeting a second signal-caller to come in on scholarship in the recruiting class, extending an offer to Myles Brennan, a record-setting prospect from Mississippi.https://twitter.com/mylesbrennan12/status/803767537917890560Brennan picked up his offer from OSU yesterday, and today, announced that he was backing away from his commitment to the LSU Tigers, where had originally committed during the Les Miles era.Brennan made a visit to Stillwater 8 months ago, coming away without an offer — but it was clear interest was mutual after his visit. “It feels like one big family. They’re definitely a great fit,” Brennan told me after his visit, adding that he could “definitely see himself fitting in here in Stillwater pretty well.”Brennan made a 12-hour drive on his own dime to see Stillwater on an unofficial basis. OSU went in a different direction and accepted a commitment from Woods, a dual-threat QB from Ellenwood, Georgia, however, one source tells me that with former walk-on Nyc Burns leaving, the quarterback recruiting has taken a turn — and the goal is to take two quarterbacks in the 2017 class.At 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, Brennan fits the mold of a pocket passer that would complement Woods in the class to round out a good core. He is an Under Armour All-American, and four-star prospect who also attended the Elite 11 earlier this year, where the group of top quarterbacks gather to compete.On LSU’s end, it appears head coach Ed Orgeron has apparently elected to take a dual-threat quarterback to run the offense, with Lowell Narcisce committed in the class, and the Tigers extending an offer to Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa. With rumors that LSU may be targetting Lane Kiffin as the new OC, things opened up for Brennan. And it appears at the moment, Oklahoma State has stolen the recruiting momentum.With Brennan’s offer now on the table, don’t be surprised to see, if he does pick OSU, a decision to be made in the coming weeks. All his previous offers were handed out and may not still be on the table, but OSU’s may be the most “committable” at the moment. It will be interesting to see what, if any, impact it has on Jelani Woods and the rest of the class if things work out between OSU and Brennan. 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.
Stat from @BerryTramel: Oklahoma’s last 3 possessions: 76, 82, 80 yards, 3 TDs. Oklahoma State has run 4 plays in that span.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 3, 20166. OU was batteredOne of the most frustrating things about all of this is that Dede Westbrook was eviscerated in the second quarter and didn’t play at all in the second half. OU has no other receivers. This is not hyperbole. Their second-best true receiver came into the game with 320 yards on the season, and Mayfield still found a way to do work.Even further, Mixon didn’t look like himself and Perine was injured multiple times. OU was without defensive players all over the field, and OSU was completely healthy.With Jordan Parker down, Parrish Cobb, who the #Sooners hoped to redshirt is in the game— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) December 3, 2016And they still closed when it counted. Mostly because …7. Baker is a ballerI hate it. I hate it so much.I sports hate him with a passion when he’s playing Oklahoma State.This was my personal hell after the game.This is my own personal hell. pic.twitter.com/mZBDHwR1tF— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016But that dude can go. He can play some college football. Johnny Mayfield is the best improviser in the country and he showed up when it mattered most. He’s a dude.(It also helps when he has more time in the backfield than it takes me to dress my two toddlers in the morning)“I think it’s pretty clear what happened,” said Gundy after the game. “One of the things that I had concerns with coming in was them getting in big plays, and that’s what happened. Unfortunately we played pretty good, in fact maintained some quality drives and had some defensive stands, but they big-played us.“I was concerned about Mayfield and his ability to buy time, move around and sling the ball down the field, and he was able to do that. He’s obviously really good at that.”8. Where Was Washington?The President had eight targets and it felt like two. Why not at least throw it up a couple times, especially when he’s making grabs like this?This is an insane catch by Washington. pic.twitter.com/gdtjH4e4qM— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016I do think the rain helped OU in that Baker’s improv skills allowed his receiver to run around until OSU’s defenders fell down. Rudolph doesn’t do that (at least not like Baker), and you could tell the timing and patterns were all askew all afternoon. Especially for Rudolph2Washington.9. The Lone Bright SpotJustice Hill is a dog (and was the lone bright spot offensively for the Pokes — along with Chris Carson). He went over 1,000 yards on the season after a 16-rush, 99-yard performance on Saturday, and he was a complete maniac all day. /Whispers OU didn’t even recruit this guy, and he was the best RB on a field of great ones … at least for the first half.He was even impressive when his runs got called back.10. What’s next?Oklahoma State will get (probably) Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. This is a great outcome for the Pokes from a postseason perspective. The Alamo Bowl is the second-best Big 12 bowl game, and Colorado is a good matchup for the Pokes. It will be fun to play a former Big 8/Big 12 brethren in a bowl game, and you don’t have to worry about getting run off the field like you would if USC was the opponent.From a big picture standpoint, I don’t really know how to feel. I came into Saturday thinking Oklahoma State was either going to win or make it dang close. It did neither, although Grogan making the FG late could have made it a lot tighter than it turned out to be. Gundy now has 10 losses to OU in 12 years and is 1-3 in de facto Big 12 title games.You have a lot coming back next year for Round 3 (and Round 4?) with Baker and Co., but this was a butt-whupping of the most frustrating variety. It wasn’t like last year. Last year, you were hurt and OU was immense. This year, you caught a ton of breaks. It is OU that was riddled with injuries and hanging on by one of Baker’s facial handlebars.OSU couldn’t get it done when with the chips were down in Norman and a Big 12 title on the line. Just as winning 10 (!) Big 12 titles in 18 years likely never gets old for Bob Stoops, the sting of knowing your team wasn’t good enough (again) doesn’t dull. OSU had a real chance to turn the Big 12 and Bedlam tide on Saturday, and it failed as spectacularly as possible.On to the next one (which happens to be basketball tonight at Maryland!) BOX SCOREI just typed the words “someone should put a mullet on a Crying Jordan” if you wanted to know how this Saturday is going. Oklahoma State got beat up in Norman 38-20 on Saturday with the Big 12 title on the line. The score was only that close because Samaje Perine had mercy and took a knee at OSU’s 1-yard-line with a few seconds left.Shoutout to Perine for doing that, by the way. As one of our PFB squad members said: Joe Mixon probably would have run that in and thrown the ball in Jordan Sterns’ face.On Saturday, an injured Sooners team showed out in a game where OSU (and specifically Mason Rudolph) did not. It seemed everyone but Bob Stoops got hurt for the Sooners on Saturday, but OU kept coming and eventually overwhelmed OSU. The Cowboys ran the ball spectacularly in the first half (181 yards) but OU answered with 301 (!) on the ground in the second.It got away from Oklahoma State in a hurry, too. After somehow taking a 17-10 lead with two minutes to go in the second quarter, Oklahoma State was outscored 28-3 over the final 32 minutes. It was a second-half whipping for a team that is now 2-10 in Bedlam under Mike Gundy.Joe Mixon, fittingly, delivered the knockout blow with 10 minutes left in the game when he scampered 79 yards for a touchdown seconds after Ben Grogan missed a 38-yard FG that would have pulled the Pokes to within one score (and possibly changed the entire complexion of the game).We have much to discuss. Let’s get to work.1. Mike Gundy was not greatFor some reason Mike Gundy continues to coach Bedlam like he either A. Has the better recruits than OU or B. Is Kansas State. Why he chooses to do either of these is completely beyond me.Oklahoma State has to be creative in big games like this because it has worse players. This is just factual. Look at recruiting. Look at the rosters. I know this. You know this. Literally everyone who watches college football knows this. And yet, there is no creativity out of Mike & Mike. Year after year, that’s disappointing.Oklahoma State is playing like they’re just trying to cover the spread.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 3, 2016There were two big issues when it comes to Gundy (well, really big issues) on Saturday that we need to address here.First, why did Oklahoma State not throw a Hail Mary from OU’s 45 with 10 seconds left in the first half after running it on first down? Even worse, why did Oklahoma State not try to throw a 15-yard pass from the 50 after Barry Sanders’ return? You had 18 seconds left in the half and Ammendola has 50-yard range. You have to get 16-17 yards and have all the time in the world. What are you doing?I really felt like this is where Oklahoma State lost its edge in the game. It was coming off a defensive drive in which it had just given up a game-tying touchdown, and OU was about to get the ball to start the second half. How do you not even try for points? It’s not like you were on your own 10-yard-line. This was the most unforgivable mistake (to me) for Gundy on Saturday. There’s just no “F you” in him when Stoops is on the other sideline.I want to see stuff like this out of Gundy:I want to see Gundy finger-wagging Stoops after big-time TDs. I want to see him winking at the camera and taunting the OU crowd after huge scores. Instead, he just tucks his mullet between his legs and heads for the locker room. Sad!The other issue is kicking the field goal with 10 minutes left in the game before Mixon put a dagger in our hearts (more on him in a minute). I have less of an issue with the decision to kick the FG and more of a problem with the way you ended up in that situation to begin with.Let’s recap: There is a three-minute replay of a potential first down earlier in the drive. If you don’t get it, you know you have fourth and inches in your own territory. You have literally three minutes to think about this. Then you send the punt team on the field before calling a timeout and changing your mind. What in the world?There was little to no rhythm to the OSU offense all day, and it seemed to be the result of indecision from Mike & Mike. And we can continue to talk about Gundy’s poor showing all we want (and I’m sure we will!), but the reality is that OSU did not lose that game because Gundy chose to kick a field goal instead of go for it on fourth down. OSU lost this game for two reasons …2. Mason Rudolph was horrificJust downright putrid. He was 11/25 for 186 yards, but that doesn’t even begin to tell the story. He dropped two balls including one under center on the goal line that could have cost OSU a touchdown, and he wasn’t even remotely close on a lot of his throws. Gundy said it as kindly as he could after the game, but Rudolph was bad.“We just couldn’t get a very good grasp of the ball,” said Gundy. “It wasn’t a really good day for us to have an opportunity to throw it down the field.”Rudolph’s struggles created two issues. The first is that Mike & Mike got gun-shy on throwing the deep ball (even though they should have probably done it on every down despite Rudolph’s woes because, well, it worked both times they tried it).The other issue is that OU realized this at halftime, loaded up the box and kept an OSU team that ran for 181 yards in the first half to 36 yards in the second. An offense that came alive early was buried late because No. 2 was no threat at all.There is no bigger Mason Rudolph fan on the planet than yours truly, but there is not a rational human being alive who could have watched what Rudolph did on Saturday and said he was anything but terrible. That crushed OSU’s chances of winning a Big 12 Championship.3. OSU didn’t take advantage in the first quarterThe other reason OSU lost is because it didn’t take advantage of its stingy defense in the first quarter. This game started a lot like the Texas Tech game at home in November. OU’s first three drives went like this:PuntPuntPuntOSU led by just three points after those three drives. If you didn’t think the OU offense — one of the best in Big 12 history — was going to come on late in the game, then you haven’t been paying attention to OU all year.You needed to be up 14-0 or 17-0 at the end of that sequence like you were against OU. That’s where the game was lost, not in Gundy’s decision to kick a field goal with 10 minuets left.4. Dr. 1st Half, Mr. 2nd HalfAre you prepared to look at the rushing charts for the first half and the second half? I’m not sure you are, but here is what they looked like.First halfOU: 40 rushing yards (ESPN previously had this number at 3, I have since corrected … apologies)OSU: 181 rushing yardsSecond halfOU: 301 rushing yardsOSU: 36 rushing yards[monkey covering his eyes emoji]OU’s plan was pretty clear — let Baker give you the lead and ride Perine and Mixon until they break. They almost did. Perine fumbled in the fourth quarter in a scene quite reminiscent of 2014.2014: OU leads 28-14, Perine fumbles/hurt on OSU 29 with 20 min. left2016: OU leads 31-20, Perine fumbles/hurt on OSU 18 with 13 min. left— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016Alas, OSU could not take advantage.5. Those drive chartsAfter OSU took that 17-10 lead, this is how each team progressed.OU: TD-TD-TD-Fumble (that would have been a TD-TD-Perine kneels on 1OSU: Ends half abruptly-Punt-FG-Missed FG-Turnover on downsOU closed like a Big 12 champ is supposed to close on its home field. Oklahoma State closed like a bartender who over-served himself.I’m not sure if the moment overwhelmed the Cowboys or if they just didn’t have the horses to shut it down, but the game seemed to flip when OU went 76 yards for a TD at the end of the first half and Gundy ran the clock out at the 50. OSU strained to get field goals in the second half, and OU had its way on the ground.After that mess at the 50-yard-line before the half, OSU never truly got off the mat. 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. 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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.
Bayern München Coman out for ‘several weeks’ after ankle surgery Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 06:01 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bayern München Bayern München v Hertha BSC France Bundesliga World Cup The Bayern Munich winger is not expected to play again this season — leaving his World Cup spot with France in doubt — after he had an operation Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman is expected to miss the rest of the season after surgery on his ankle.The 21-year-old was hurt in a collision with Mathew Leckie during the Bundesliga leaders’ 0-0 draw with Hertha Berlin on Saturday.Head coach Jupp Heynckes said afterwards Coman had avoided ligament damage and hoped the problem would not prove to be serious. 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 However, the club confirmed on Monday the France international has had to have an operation that could cause him to sit out the rest of 2017-18.It also leaves his participation at the World Cup in Russia in serious doubt.”French international Kingsley Coman suffered a rupture of the syndesmosis ligament above the left ankle during Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Hertha Berlin,” Bayern said in a brief statement.”This resulted in a follow-up on the following day. Already this Monday, Coman was in Tubingen, where Dr Ulrich Stockle operated successfully.”The 21-year-old will be out for several weeks.”Coman has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals.
Manchester United ‘Pogba isn’t the next Patrick Vieira’ – Man Utd star’s role misunderstood, says McClair Chris Burton 23:21 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Manchester United Paul Pogba Premier League The Red Devils legend believes an £89 million asset is not being played to his strengths, with his game more about creativity than tough tackling Paul Pogba is misunderstood at Manchester United, says Brian McClair, with the £89 million midfielder not another Patrick Vieira.As one of the most expensive footballers of all-time, much is expected of the 24-year-old every time he takes to the field.He has struggled to convince of late, with Jose Mourinho unceremoniously benching a global superstar amid a long-running debate regarding his best position and contribution to the cause. 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 McClair believes those arguments, along with the perception of what a performer boasting Pogba’s physical qualities should be, mean the France international is not being played to his strengths.A former player and youth team coach at Old Trafford told The Telegraph on a player he helped to nurture through United’s academy system: “We viewed him as a creative player.“I think people may get the idea because of his size he is a Patrick Vieira but that’s not what his attributes are about. His is about creating and scoring goals. He’s an old inside left.”While Pogba has struggled to live up to expectations upon his return to Old Trafford, fellow academy graduates have been embraced by Jose Mourinho.Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are established members of the Red Devils’ ranks, while Scott McTominay has forced his way into the fold over recent weeks after proving his worth.McClair added: “No one would have taken Jesse Lingard when he was 16 because he had the skeletal age of a 13-year-old. We allowed him to take that opportunity.“Scott McTominay had all sorts of problems with his growth. He was growing too fast and his body had to catch up and he missed time through injury. You support them in a different way. At one point we decided to tell him he has got an extra year because he’s fretting about it all the time.“Jesse was one of the best players all the way through in each age group. He was brave. You just have to wait for them.“They are always going to grow, you just don’t know when. They have all the other attributes. The biggest thing is to be patient with them. You have to be. They are going through all sorts of stuff.“A few have a stellar rise later but you can ask who were the best players in the youngest age groups and the coaches will say Marcus, McTominay, Jesse – even at seven or eight. We had to believe that would continue.“The biggest challenge for any young boy is getting through puberty: looking at themselves in the mirror, styling their hair, putting smelly stuff on and noticing girls. If they get through that and still love football they have a chance.”
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.
STILLWATER — The Cowboys’ defensive line might be inexperienced, but the team’s returning sack leader said one of the group’s strengths is … well strength.Mike Scott’s three sacks from 2018 were the most from any returner to Oklahoma State’s 2019 defense. Despite being one of the most experienced players in the position group, the strongest, he is not.“I’ve never been a part of a team where the whole D-line has got some type of strength to them,” Scott said. “We always talk smack. They call me the ‘weakest’ in the group. I’m not the ‘weakest,’ they just super strong, abnormally human. Israel (Antwine), he strong. Brendon (Evers), crazy strong. Cam (Murray), crazy strong. Tyler (Lacy), crazy strong. Amadou (Fofana), I can go on all day, really with how strong everybody is. Brock (Martin) is super strong. It’s crazy. I really appreciate working with these guys. I’m really having fun this year.”Although Scott is listed as a defensive end, there is no telling where he’ll line up on any given play. Scott and Brock Martin are expected to do what Jordan Brailford did for Jim Knowles’ defense in 2018: move around a lot and cause havoc.“I’m working on trying to extend my arms, working on trying to get lower because I’m so tall, which is kind of hard at linebacker,” Scott said.A 6-foot-5, 245-pound college linebacker sounds awesome.There might not be anyone on the team as excited to do the job he gets to do than Scott. He said Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is an inspiration to what he wants to be this year.There are some new skills that Scott is having to pick up with all his moving around, though, particularly in the passing game.“If I know it’s a run, I’m happy,” Scott said. “But if it’s a pass, I’m like, man. Because I get the tendency to stand up. I’ve just got to keep on keeping in mind to stay low, stay short just in case I need to move quicker. I love it, though. It’s a great position.”Despite doing a lot of the same things, Martin has a different body type than Scott. Martin is 6-4, 242 pounds, but his skillset is more centered on strength as opposed to Scott’s length. Martin was a three-time state champion as a wrestler at Oologah, and Scott said Martin’s wrestling skills are seen in his football.“I’ve never seen somebody get down on the ground so fast and get up so quick and still make a play,” Scott said. “It’s amazing. He’s built swole. He can plug up whatever hole you want him to. I love it. I love it.”Despite OSU’s D-line lacking experience, it battles against an experienced group of offensive linemen every day in practice. The likes of Marcus Keyes, Johnny Wilson and Teven Jenkins have been in plenty of Big 12 battles throughout their careers. That matched with the experience new offensive line coach Charlie Dickey brings is nothing but a benefit for the Cowboys’ defensive line.“I love going against Teven Jenkins and Johnny Wilson,” Cameron Murray said. “They make me better every day. Just having them on the O-line across, it makes me better. I love going against those guys every day.”It looks as if OSU will take a committee approach to its defensive line this season, but apart from that, it’s hard to be sure what to expect. Here is what Scott said he expects:“Fast, hard-hitting, smacking people, not scared of nobody … we’re not backing down from them,” Scott said. “We don’t care if it’s those dudes down the street (Oklahoma). We don’t care if it’s Texas. It don’t matter. We’re gonna work hard. We’re gonna smash ’em.” 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. The Cowboys offense got off to a slow start on Saturday against McNeese and it was ugly early.On the third offensive snap of the game — and his second carry — Chuba Hubbard basically ran into center Johnny Wilson. The collision dislodged the ball.Well …. oops. pic.twitter.com/szLTcvsKoZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 7, 2019Fortunately, Spencer Sanders had the presence of mind to dive on the ball and the possession was saved.So do you just chalk that up to a rough start on offense and move along? Not according to Mike Gundy.On Monday, when he was asked about OSU’s run-to-pass ratio early, Gundy blamed Chuba’s light workload on the fumble and not the fact that he’s Chuba and he doesn’t need to play more than one quarter against an FCS team anyway.“Two things,” said Gundy. “The offensive line was average and Chuba put the ball on the ground and when you put the ball on the ground, you’re out. So he’s not going to get his carries if he fumbles and the offensive line was average.”That sentiment is sound. Ball security is one of the most important assets a running back can possess, but it seems a little disingenuous when you look at the fact that Chuba stayed in the game for more than an entire quarter after that fumble and that he carried the ball six more times. He had eight rushes for 44 yards total.Shortly after that bugaboo, veteran wide receiver Dillon Stoner also fumbled but this time the ball ended up in the hands of the defense. It was his first target where he made the catch and the first down before being stripped at the sideline. Stoner would also stay in the game into the second quarter and was target three more times.I get it that Gundy wants to make a point about putting the ball on the turf, but I have a hard time believing that if this happens on Chuba’s second carry in Austin, that anyone else would be the featured back the rest of the way.This was Chuba’s first fumble on the season. He dropped four balls as a freshman last year, losing two of them.