I am 100 per cent method, 80 per cent skill and 150 per cent madness, says Ravichandran Ashwin

first_imgIs R Ashwin India’s most valuable Test cricketer ever? If awards are any indication then yes! Ashwin was named the man-of-the-series for the 6th time in his career, the most for any Indian, after leading India to a 2-0 series win in the Caribbean. What’s remarkable is that Ashwin has managed to achieve the feat in just 36 Test matches. He is now India’s leading recipient of the honour leaving the likes of Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag behind, both of whom were awarded the man-of-the-series on five occasions. While Sehwag achieved the feat in just over a 100 Tests, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar too bagged it just 5 times in his 200 Test long playing career. Legends like Dravid, Kapil & current Team India coach Kumble all managed to win the man-of-the-series award only 4 times in their illustrious careers. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin breaks Virender Sehwag’s record for most Man of the Series awards for India in Tests)Skipper Virat Kohli was quick to point out Ashwin’s importance to this Team India setup. Speaking at the post series press conference Kohli explained, “Ashwin (and Saha’s batting in the middle order) coming good at 6, I think those were areas that were very important for us to solidify. That has happened in this series so I am pretty happy & I hope we can keep on making that aspect of our team stronger because when you are in a tough situation in Test matches those are the positions that matter a lot. We have seen teams who have done well and won consistently, their lower order has always contributed at important times specially the bowlers as well, they have scored runs at important times and that takes the momentum away from the opposition”advertisementAshwin was the only Indian batsman in the recently concluded series to smash two tons which helped him finish as our 4th highest run getter in the series (just 1 run behind Rahul in 3rd). While he raised his game with the bat, the off-spinner did not lose focus on his role as a bowler either claiming 17 scalps in essentially 3 Tests to finish as our highest wicket taker, 5 more than Shami who bagged 11 wickets in the series. Former India spinner Nikhil Chopra needs to have his priorities right. Nikhil told India Today, “I am happy that he is spending time to increase his batting quality so that he can go out there and bat at no.6. Saying yes he can go out there and hang around and score runs consistently for Team India but, once again I would say, why is he there in team India? It is to go out there and pick up wickets, that has to be his primary focus” (Also read: Expectations help me reach greater heights, says Ravichandran Ashwin)The 29-year-old is a self driven individual, one of those people who are constantly and tirelessly in search of excellence. His desire has seen him walk away with 6 man-of-the-series awards in 7 Test series that India has won since his debut in November 2011. “One such thing is the belief on the side of the mental aspect. I have never settled down with what I have had. Every particular session, the trainer and physio say my workload is very very high. For me, one fine day I should be literally unplayable. If I bowl six balls in an over, the batsman should get beaten on all six deliveries. I think that will be the pinnacle point in my career. I don’t know if I will be able to achieve it, but I have definitely embarked on the journey trying to at least achieve it. I am on the path to getting there and achieving all the things I am at the moment”, Ashwin said while speaking to BCCI.tv.It is this desire that has seen him join the elite in Test arena. He became only the fourth player in history to smash two centuries and claim 2 five-fors in a single Test series. He achieved the feat in West Indies joining the likes of Richie Bernaud, Tony Greig and Ian Botham. If Ashwin continues his stunning form at home against the Kiwis, he can help Kohli & the team reclaim the no.1 rank in Test cricket. (Also read: Probe launched after ‘farcical’ washout of India-West Indies Test)”I am 100 per cent method, 80 per cent skill and 150 per cent madness. There are a few things I can attribute my success to and one of the facts is that I think cricket all the time. People also think I am a bit of a cricket tragic. There is hardly anyone in the team who follows as much cricket as I do”, continued Ashwin. We hope he continues his dogged pursuit of excellence.advertisementlast_img read more

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BCCI announces Rs 50 lakh each for India womens team member

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) The Indian cricket board (BCCI) today announced a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh for each member of the Indian team for their performance in the ICC World Cup in England. The support staff of the team will receive Rs 25 lakh each. India stunned six-time champions Australia to reach their second ever final in the World Cup and will play England in the final at Lords tomorrow. “I would like to congratulate the Indian Womens Cricket Team for their exemplary show in the ICC Womens World Cup,” said Committee Of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai. “The team has shown tremendous character and the girls have raised the bar with each passing game under the able leadership of Mithali Raj. “The Womens World Cup has been widely followed across India and this teams spirit and performance on the field has won admirers all over the world. I am sure this team has inspired the next generation of cricketers and many more girls will take up the sport in the years to come.” BCCI acting president CK Khanna said, “The BCCI acknowledges the performance of the Indian Womens Cricket Team. “The team has a good blend of young talent and experienced campaigners in Captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. “The all-round performance was on display in the semi- final against Australia Women, who have won the World Cup six times. The fearless batting of Harmanpreet Kaur mirrors the teams approach under pressure.” Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary added, “We wish them the best as they prepare for their biggest match tomorrow at the Lords Cricket Ground.” PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Colombo Test: Mendis, Karunaratne show grit as Sri Lanka live to fight another day vs India

first_imgKusal Mendis hit a fighting century and shared 191 runs with opener Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka battled to escape innings defeat against India in the second cricket Test on Saturday.Sri Lanka was forced to follow on with a 439-run first innings deficit after India bowled them out for 183 in its first innings. However they ended the third day well on 209 for two but still needing 230 runs to make India bat again.Mendis was out for 110, his third Test hundred a few overs before close of play caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off seamer Hardik Pandya. He faced 135 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries.Karunaratne was unbeaten on 92 batting with night watchman Malinda Pushpakumara on two. Karunaratne faced 200 deliveries and hit 12 boundaries in his watchful innings.India declared its first innings on 622 for nine.India reaped early success when fast bowler Umesh Yadav bowled out opener Upul Tharanga (2) with a ball nipping back into the left-hander with the team on seven runs.However both Mendis and Karunaratne made Indian bowlers to toil specially Mendia scoring bulk of his runs with the sweep shot.Niroshan Dickwella who scored Sri Lanka’s only half-century in the first Test said his team came out with a different mindset in the second innings after a long meeting at lunch interval.He said they had plans to use more of the sweep and reverse sweep shots as scoring options.Ravichandran Ashwin, who bagged his 26th five-wicket haul in the first innings, went wicketless having bowled 24 overs.Ashwin said that Indian bowlers were not faulty in the second innings but credited Sri Lanka’s batsmen for good batting.advertisement”We beat the bat pretty often even in the sessions we didn’t get the wickets. I thought they batted really well.””I don’t think we did too much wrong, we tried all, reverse swing, we bowled cutters. It (the pitch) is slowing down at a very very quick pace, the edges are not carrying. That means we have to stick our guns out and get a few wickets.”The hosts resumed the third day on 50 for two in their first innings but lost their remaining eight wickets for 133.Ashwin finished with five for 69 while fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowler Mohammed Shami took two wickets each.Jadeja broke through first in the day having Dinesh Chandimal (10) caught by Pandya. Chandimal’s overnight partner Mendis attempted to force Yadav over the infield only to be caught by Indian skipper Virat Kohli.Ashwin forced Angelo Mathews (26) for a close-in catch to Chetenshwar Pujara and Jadeja bowled out Dhananjaya de Silva.Dickwella played an aggressive innings in a bid to break free from pressure. But Shami bowled him out for a 48-ball 51.A win here will seal the three-match series for India after their 304-run win in the first Test.last_img read more

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Rubbish: Steve Smith on Virat Kohli DRS allegation in Bengaluru Test

first_imgMarch 7, 2017 would probably go down as one of the darkest moments in an intense rivalry between India and Australia.In the course of an engrossing Bengaluru Test, as India fought for victory to draw level in the four-match series, Virat Kohli was left furious with his Australia counterpart Steve Smith.Things got heated in an already tense match when Smith looked up at the dressing-room for help with the DRS after the umpire upheld an LBW appeal from Umesh Yadav. According to rules, players are not allowed to seek external help – they are only allowed to consult their batting partners at the other end.Smith’s glance over to the dressing room for advice on whether to review a leg before wicket decision drew an explosive response from Kohli, who claimed it was third such time the Australian had sought assistance in the second Test.Kohli, later in a fiery press conference, dismissed Smith’s excuse of a brain fade and said it had happened on at least two other occasions during the Test.DRS – Dressing room review system? Smith tries to get some suggestions from the dressing room for a review https://t.co/2V488WaKEp #INDvAUS- BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2017However, that had been the end of an acrimonious incident and the ICC decided to take no action against anybody involved in the fracas. Smith would later go on to lead Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL and steer them to the final.Seven months later in October, India and Australia squared off for an ODI and T20I series but tempers were in control this time. There was no reference to the past by either captain and it was understood everyone had moved on.advertisementBut the fire could be stoked again after Smith’s recent comments in an interview with a cricket website.Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, the Australian skipper said he had only looked at the dressing-room for DRS assistance on that one occasion. “I am not entirely sure about what he was coming on about there. Because that was the only moment that it ever happened.”Smith said he was also annoyed when stump mic recordings of Matthew Wade sledging Ravindra Jadeja during the series deciding Dharamsala Test were released by BCCI.Wade, the chirpy Australian wicketkeepr, could be heard giving a mouthful to Jadeja, who slammed a match-winning half-century for the hosts.  “It annoyed me that they had to sieve back through the archives and found those moments particularly pointing out light on our team when both teams were guilty of doing the same things. That was disappointing.”The broadcasters were told over and over again that they needed to turn the stump mics off but they kept putting a lot of pressure on in keeping the stump mics on which is unfortunate,” Smith told ESPN Cricinfo during the interview.last_img read more

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Elma: portable development platform enables collaboration and resource sharing within design teams

first_img Continue Reading Previous Minimizing energy consumption in Amazon FreeRTOS applicationsNext Bulgin: cost effective IIoT solutions with new slimline photoelectric sensors With a full set of development capabilities and an easily transportable design, Elma’s new D-Frame OpenVPX Development Chassis enables engineers to not only build and deploy embedded applications quicker, but collaborate and share resources as well. The new system platform can be used for design and demonstration activities, such as board design, application development, data flow analysis and troubleshooting, in a number of defense and rugged industrial environments.Aligned with the Department of Defense’s tri-service convergence initiative, the D-Frame Development System enables engineering teams to share knowledge and capabilities.  As SOSA and CMOSS become more widespread, the need for faster application development and collaboration among multiple departments will grow.The versatile system can accommodate multiple board counts in both 3U and 6U form factors, enabling developers to incorporate different backplanes from Elma’s broad product line, several of which are OpenVPX-based and align with CMOSS requirements and the emerging SOSA standard.Developers can also enhance system functionality through Elma’s extensive industry partnerships, which provide access to vendors of high-performance single board computers, network switches and FPGA processing as well as storage and network timing cards. The system features front and rear card guides, with optional conduction-cooled card guides as well as three fans that provide side-to-side airflow and an external 12V AC/DC power supply, with alternate power options available.Housed in a professional-looking, briefcase-style chassis, the new system features a convenient carrying handle. This makes for easy transportation, enabling engineers to bring their technology to different locations for testing, demonstration or other development opportunities. Rubber feet on the chassis’ bottom ensure secure placement for use in a desktop environment.The new VPX demonstrator chassis incorporates a hinged, clear top lid that simplifies access to probing cards and rear transmission modules, while enabling easy viewing of internal electronics. With its experience in designing for harsh environment applications, Elma built the D-Frame Development Platform to meet a wide range of rugged, mobile, environmental and MIL-STD requirements. All units are supplied assembled, wired and tested.  Systems can be developed for conduction-, convection- or liquid-cooled enclosures as well as for ATR and small form factor (SFF) platforms. Although it’s OpenVPX-based, the new development platform can be configured to accommodate CompactPCI, CompactPCI Serial and VME boards.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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Lastlook

first_imgKick offTime and sport are joined at the hip. What would sport be without nail-biting finishes and one-hundredth of a second misses. Enter timekeepers and their crucial role as arbiters of victories and fortunes. On the cusp of its third season as the official timekeeper of Manchester United, Swiss watch,Kick offTime and sport are joined at the hip. What would sport be without nail-biting finishes and one-hundredth of a second misses. Enter timekeepers and their crucial role as arbiters of victories and fortunes. On the cusp of its third season as the official timekeeper of Manchester United, Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer is launching two new models sporting the colours of this famed football club: the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01 and TAG Heuer Formula 1. Both models boast contemporary design with cleverly contrasting use of red and anthracite grey.The first model will be the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01a special edition where the striking red of Manchester United takes centre stage on this sporty piece, featuring the TAG Heuer shield on the bezel at 12 oclock, while the sapphire case-back highlights the famous Manchester United red devil decal logo. The seconda football-inspired quartz chronographTAG Heuer Formula 1 chronograph, which completes one revolution of the counter positioned at 6 oclock every second, is not just a viewing pleasure but also one of the best value watches on the market. Price On Request Availablility Brand 0utletslast_img read more

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How to Quickly & Easily Create a Buyer Persona [Free Tool]

first_img Originally published Aug 12, 2018 9:00:00 PM, updated August 14 2018 Don’t forget to share this post! As marketers, we’re tasked with making a living out of making a connection — but not just any connection. To scale growth and keep acquisition costs down, your time and resources need to be spent positioning your business in front of the right people, at the right time.That’s where buyer personas come in. Well-researched buyer personas align departments — marketing, sales, and services — around actionable audience insights, creating a clear picture of exactly who you are trying to attract and serve.Create a customizable buyer persona in minutes using our free Make My Persona tool.But before you can begin refining your strategy to match your ideal customers’ preferences, you need to document your persona in a way that’s both visible and actionable.Introducing Make My Persona, an interactive web tool that generates buyer personas for you after answering a series of questions about your ideal customers.The free tool guides you through strategic questions designed to help you organize and better understand your buyer persona research. Upon completion, you’re presented with a fully customizable, shareable persona document highlighting important details about your target audience.No more unmanageable documents filled with disconnected persona research notes. No more stressing about the format and design.How to Use the Make My Persona Generator1. Go to hubspot.com/make-my-persona and select your path.We understand that buyer persona creation has several phases. That’s why we designed two unique paths for you to choose from based on what information you need.If you’ve already done your persona research:You can head straight to the tool to start organizing your persona data into a meaningful, customizable buyer profile.If you haven’t done your persona research yet:We’ve got you covered with an educational guide designed to help you learn what a buyer persona is, how to conduct research, surveys, and interviews, and how to ultimately use this data to build your own persona. Once you complete your research, you can revisit the tool to continue generating your persona.2. Fill in details about your persona via the guided walkthrough.Make My Persona will walk you through a seven-step persona creation flow. Each stage of the flow focuses on a different aspect of your buyer persona — from their age and education to their goals and challenges.Note: If you’re not prepared to answer one of the questions in the walkthrough, don’t panic. You can skip ahead at any time and revisit and edit your responses later.3. Customize your document.Once you complete the walkthrough, you’ll enter the persona document editor. At this stage, you can customize the look, feel, and format of your persona document to align with your unique business needs and branding.As you can see below, Make My Persona maps your buyer persona across a number of tiles — each one carrying a set of characteristics your business would need to properly engage with this person in real life. These characteristics include:AgeLevel of educationSocial networks usedIndustryJob responsibilitiesGoals or objectivesBiggest challengesWhom they report toHow/where they get informationTools they need to be successfulHave these questions in mind once you start creating your persona in our Make My Persona generator.4. Download your buyer persona as a PDF or use your unique share link to collaborate with your colleagues.Happy with your persona document? Download it as a PDF and share it far and wide across your organization.Remember: Buyer personas aren’t just useful for marketers — everyone can benefit from having a better understanding of your ideal customer.Here are some ideas for how to spread the word about your new persona internally:Email your fancy new PDF to the entire company, including your superior. In the email, explain what buyer personas are and why they’re important. Then, introduce your buyer persona using the characteristics produced in Make My Persona.Present your new persona(s) in your next company meeting, explain why they are important, and how this persona will help your business succeed and grow.Think about this persona every time you create a piece of content and ask yourself: Is it helping them achieve their goals or solve their challenges?Print out a few copies and put them on the walls around your office. They’ll be friendly reminders of whom you’re doing all this for.Note: We’ll store your persona info in case you want to go back and make updates. In fact, we encourage you to think of this as a living, breathing document that you should regularly revisit as you learn more about what makes your audience tick.Not quite ready to ship it? That’s fine, too. We’ll provide you with a collaborative link you can share with your team. This link will generate a copy of your persona which your colleagues can edit as they see fit. When you land on a variation you all agree on, you can save it as a PDF.5. Share the tool with someone in your network.Did you find the tool helpful? Pass on the gift of simple and quick buyer persona creation by retweeting the post below:HubSpot just released a new and improved “Make My Persona” tool to help your team develop your buyer personas. Give it a try here 👉 https://t.co/GD9EgtFvGX pic.twitter.com/7aq4l6gcsH— HubSpot Academy (@HubSpotAcademy) August 14, 2018 Buyer Personas Topics:last_img read more

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13 Guaranteed Methods for Becoming a Better Writer — Fast

first_img Writing Skills Don’t forget to share this post! Topics: 1. Develop a daily writing habit.Practice makes perfect, so set aside just 10 or 15 minutes each day to free-write. Free writing is a healthy daily habit that allows you to get your thoughts down on paper (or computer) without worrying about outlining or proofreading your ideas. Think of it like a journal, but focus your daily entry on personal growth or a subject in which you want to become — or be seen as — an expert.Once you’ve finished writing every day, you can then use a tool like Grammarly to help spot mistakes and remember them for the next day.2. Try to read every day.In addition to writing each day, a daily reading habit is also crucial to increasing your vocabulary and expanding your writing repertoire.Be selective about your reading choices, though. While reading in general does help you take on new points of view, the content you’re reading can have the biggest impact on what you get out of it. According to a study by the University of Florida, reading academic journals and literary fiction can actually make you capable of more complex writing projects than reading simple, curated, or pop-culture web content.So, pack a novel alongside your lunch or peruse a magazine. Even industry blogs can be a great source of quality writing (if we do say so ourselves).3. Capitalize when you’re supposed to.Notice how the University of Florida published that study referenced in the previous tip. And notice how the “University of Florida” is capitalized.It might seem pedantic to school you on basic rules of grammar, but it’s not always clear what deserves to be capitalized and what doesn’t. Here are two types of writing you should always examine closely when uppercasing your words:Proper nouns. If it’s an official name of a person, city, company, product, book, publication, country, continent, government job title, or school (we’re likely missing some on this list), capitalize it. These words refer to specific people, places, or things, and should be capitalized to reflect it.Title case. Whenever you’re titling a new story, book, article, or even a new section of an article, you’ll need capitalizations to distinguish it. This means email subject lines, blog post headlines, and even report titles should be capitalized. Check out the Associated Press Stylebook to learn a popular way of doing so.4. Avoid using exclamation points.Often, we rely on exclamation points too heavily as a crutch.”Don’t ask punctuation to do a word’s job,” warns Beth Dunn, chief writer and editor on HubSpot’s product team. “It dilutes your message.” Instead, she suggests working on making our words convey more precisely what you want to say. When in doubt about whether to use an exclamation point, consult this flowchart.5. Always think about your audience.You can be casual with your coworkers and peers, but when communicating with management or clients, it’s a good idea to write using more formal grammar.Keep in mind that “formal” doesn’t necessarily mean stilted or old-fashioned. Rather, it asks that you use contractions sparingly (“it is” instead of “it’s”), pick your greeting words carefully (“hello” and “hi” are more formal than “hey”), and choose your humor wisely.It’s much harder to convey tone in the form of words than it is in person — the types of formality described above are how you can compensate for this and ensure your audience doesn’t feel disrespected.6. Cut the filler phrases and buzzwords.Wordy phrases such as “due to the fact that” should be swapped out for their simpler, more straightforward synonyms. (In this case, “because” gets the job done.)Some buzzwords may be trendy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re effective in communicating ideas clearly. Remove them from your business communication unless you’re sure that everyone understands exactly what “synergy” means.7. Sign up for a free writing course online.You’d be surprised what you can learn from a free online writing course. Massively open online courses (MOOCs) are only multiplying, and you can find free courses offered by Coursera, Udemy, and edX, as well as universities such as Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.8. Use writing templates.Templates can save you some serious time and effort. If you have to send out similar letters or memos on a regular basis, create a template with customizable fields. You can always personalize your communication with a sentence or two.Here are 78 free content creation templates for ebooks, press releases, SlideShares, infographics, and more to help you get started.9. Make sure you address people correctly.Avoid accidentally insulting someone by triple-checking names, gender, personal pronouns, and titles.Dustin Wax of Lifehack writes, “If you’re not positive about the spelling of someone’s name, their job title (and what it means), or their gender, either a) check with someone who does know (like their assistant), or b) in the case of gender, use gender-neutral language.”10. Study commonly misused words and phrases.And never get them wrong.It is “peek,” “peak,” or “pique”? Which one is correct: “first-come, first-served” or “first-come, first-serve”? There are a lot of commonly misused words and phrases out there that you should know.For example, what’s the difference between “that” and “which”? In short, “that” introduces essential information, meaning the stuff that would turn your sentence into nonsense if you took it out. It does not get a comma. On the other hand, “which” introduces non-essential information and is preceded by a comma. (For an in-depth explanation, read this post from Grammar Girl.)When in doubt, do a quick Google search. It’s worth it.11. Drop the word ‘very’ from your vocabulary.Florence King once wrote, “‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen.”You’d be amazed at the difference removing the word “very” makes in your writing. Here are a few examples:The software was built by a very passionate group of engineers.I’m very excited to get started on our next project.The data that the marketing team received was very indicative of the website traffic from last month.In all three sentences above, “very” dilutes the strength of the word that comes after it. Now read each sentence without “very.” Don’t they sound so much better?If you want your writing to speak volumes to your audience, don’t add “very” — add a better adjective. Once you attach “very” to it, you’re giving the adjective a grade that it doesn’t need.12. Read your writing out loud.Before you send anything important, read through it out loud quickly. It may seem a little strange, but reading your writing out loud is one of the most effective ways to catch typos, grammar errors, and awkward phrasing.13. Ask for feedback from your peers.This is perhaps the most important tip of all for becoming a better writer. If you read your own writing enough times, it suddenly becomes just a wall of words, playing in your head with no real meaning. The best way to find out how your writing will hit the ears of your readers is to have someone else read it.Getting your peers and colleagues to provide you with feedback on your writing gives you a window into how other people — who all have different experiences and ways of interpreting things — perceive your ideas. For example, a paragraph you thought was crystal clear might totally confuse your direct coworker. The more often you take this criticism, the more capable you’ll be to reinforce your voice and identify with your audience.These self-paced, self-study tips will help you improve your writing and communication skills in no time.center_img Communication skills are more important than ever, but what if your grammar doesn’t quite make the grade?Fifty years ago, you would’ve walked over to your coworker’s desk or called up to the second floor to ask a question. Now, whether your coworkers are in the next cube or half a world away, it’s standard practice to email, instant message, or text them.This shift in basic communication has made writing skills crucial to being listened to.Every role in business requires strong business writing. Take the business writing training to sharpen your skills.An increasing number of employees are “working with people they have never met and communicating with them largely through email,” Will Ellet, adjunct professor of writing at Brandeis International Business School, told CNBC.No matter what format your written communication takes, it needs to be clear and concise. Misunderstandings can lead to costly mistakes. Given that the average professional sends and receives more than100 emails a day, no one has time to read rambling messages that don’t get to the point quickly.We could all use a little refresher on our business writing skills. And thanks to a wealth of free classes and resources online, we can improve our grammar and writing from the comfort of our own desk chairs — without spending a dime.To get you started, we’ve put together a list of tips for quickly improving your written communication skills. Check ’em out. (And if you’re looking for more, here’s an excellent list of helpful websites and tools that address common grammar questions and errors.)How to Become a Better WriterDevelop a daily writing habit.Try to read every day.Capitalize when you’re supposed to.Avoid using exclamation points.Always think about your audience.Cut the filler phrases and buzzwords.Sign up for a free writing course online.Use writing templates.Make sure you address people correctly.Study commonly misused words and phrases.Drop the word ‘very’ from your vocabulary.Read your writing out loud.Ask for feedback from your peers. Originally published Oct 2, 2018 8:08:00 PM, updated October 03 2018last_img read more

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How to Use Instagram Carousel Posts: 10 Tips

first_imgImage source: The Container Store4. RecapIf your business hosts events, and you’d like to boost attendance and thank attendees, consider using Carousels to recap those events. Followers can swipe through and reminisce on that rooftop dinner or RSVP for the next one. Take this example, from INBOUND: Originally published Sep 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated September 02 2019 Image source: Hootsuite9. StorytellingCarousels can do more than announce a product. They can also tell the story of a potential customer. Pepsi recently posted a comic-book style Carousel about a sixth sense: Pepsi style. They released it right around the time “Spiderman: Far From Home” was released, and it shows how Carousels can build suspense. Instagram Marketing Image source: Pavement Coffeehouse7. Customer testimonialsEcommerce giant Shopify uses Carousels to promote its customer reviews in a weekly podcast. This is a great way to generate more leads and maintain existing customer relationships. Image source: INBOUND5. Blog contentA secret weapon to promoting blog content? Teasing it on Instagram. IBM does this well by using the Carousel to tease their blog posts without giving the message away – a throwback theme for a throwback post. When opening Instagram, how often do you “swipe left to see more?” Maybe it’s to see that a blog post from your favorite media site was uploaded. Or to watch the entire trailer for the latest season of “Stranger Things” (guilty).Whether you double-tapped on a “Throwback Thursday” post or commented on how helpful that newsletter on managing spreadsheets was, these engagements are an excellent use of Instagram’s Carousel feature, an expansive tool that fits into countless marketing campaigns.Click here to access a month’s worth of Instagram tips & free templates.Instagram Carousel AdsInstagram’s Carousels allow an account to use multiple media (images or video) in one post. This is indicated by a post having the icon of two squares in the upper-right corner.Image source: TechCrunchBusinesses are using the Carousel feature on Instagram to serve their current customers and generate new leads. As the number one social network for organic engagement, it’s a cost-effective, succinct, and engaging way to communicate your marketing message.Carousels don’t necessarily have to be ads. In order to create a Carousel Ad, there are two requirements: switching to an Instagram Business account and having a connected Facebook Business page. That way, you can create Instagram Carousels from your Facebook page.Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a Carousel Ad:Open Facebook’s Power Editor.Select the campaign you want to be in the ad, click “Create Ad Set.”Fill out the information requested, including targeting and placements options.In the placements stage, make sure only Instagram is selected.Proceed with Facebook’s instructions and click “Create.”Your Carousel ad will then be published on Instagram, in either a Story or on your main feed.Instagram offers two types of Carousel Ads for Stories that cater to your objective, assets, and target audiences: Native Stories and Expandable Stories.For Native Stories, all of the cards are automatically displayed, meaning viewers won’t have to “swipe to see more,” the ad will autoplay. Because these cards are automatic, there’s a max number of three for each ad.A Native Story is an effective Carousel Ad for a full-length commercial or demonstration. Think of them as commercial breaks as viewers tap through their stories.Expandable Stories are more traditional. Viewers can tap to keep watching and can tap through a max of 10 cards. Expandable Stories are great for mixed media ads and audiences who usually buy on mobile.Both Story formats support mixed media and allow one CTA per ad. If any card, or all the cards, are seen by the same viewer, only one impression is counted. Finally, these ads can either have different web destinations per card or one destination for the entire ad.New to the Carousel feature? We’ve put together 10 ways you can start using Carousels to promote your business.10 Ways to Use Instagram Carousels1. Product launchInstagram is a perfect way to tease your followers with your next product launch. Use the Carousel to include pictures, specs, and even a first look, like Audio-Technica did below with their new headphones.Since Instagram is known for business engagement, (about 80% of Instagram users follow a business), this is a great chance to answer questions and build hype. For instance, if a customer asked, “Are these headphones available for purchase?” Audio-Technica could mention them in a reply comment so others with the same question can see the answer. Image source: IBM6. Brand personalityInstagram is the perfect place to build your brand and company culture. Show the people behind the screen and highlight those who make your business what it is. Check out how Boston-based coffee company Pavement does this by spotlighting their employees and their favorite coffee blend. Image source: Pepsi10. Process demonstrationOrangetheory Fitness has Carousels on their Instagram page to demonstrate how fitness helps the body in more ways than on the scale. Demonstrating a process is a great way of engaging potential customers who might be on the fence about buying a product. If your business offers long-term results, Carousels can be used to show the progression of the benefits your customers will enjoy. Image source: TechCrunch3. Before and afterOne of the first questions asked when releasing a new product – or marketing an existing one – is “How does it work?” The Container Store uses Carousels to answer that question. Visually showing the benefits of your product gives your target audience the chance to see how your product fits into their lives. Image source: Shopify8. Group themed imagesWho doesn’t love dogs? Social media management platform Hootsuite sure does. They posted a Carousel of everyone’s best friend in incredible costumes. Not only does this showcase company culture, but it shows how using Carousel themes brings vibrancy to a business’s page. Image source: Audio-Technica2. Full-length videos/imagesHave a full-length commercial or photo that’s too big for Instagram? Give it the Carousel treatment. TechCrunch highlights a packing robot from Amazon in the two-video Carousel featured below. Sometimes full videos can do what a commercial or quick clip can’t. Don’t forget to share this post! Image source: Orangetheory FitnessInstagram users are currently limited to adding 10 photos/videos per Carousel post. Use those 10 to your benefit, but don’t commit information overload. Images keep the content light and ultimately drive traffic to your website. Instagram is an aid, not the main event.Don’t limit yourself to only photos or videos. Mix it up. Including a snippet of an interview as well as a promotional image is a smart way to show customers and leads what you’re all about.Adding a consistent theme to your account makes it stand out and adds brand personality. Use carousels to post what you normally wouldn’t on your website. For more tips on how to wield Instagram marketing, check out our ultimate guide. Topics:last_img read more

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World Wrestling Championship: All eyes on Vinesh Phogat

first_imgIn her quest to become the first Indian woman wrestler to finish on the top podium at the UWW World Senior Wrestling Championships, Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat faces a path littered with some of the biggest names from the wrestling world as the womens freestyle events get under way in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Tuesday. It would need the marquee grappler to summon her very best as she returns to the elite competition a year after having to pull out due to elbow injury.The 25-year-old switched to 53kg from 50kg and despite some initial struggles, she has found her groove, as evidenced by her three gold medals at the Yasar Dagu, Poland Open and Spain Open. A bronze at the Asian Championships along with a couple of silver medals at the Dan Kolov and Medved International tournaments gave enough testimony to the fact that the star wrestler was beginning to find her comfort level even in her new weight category.For Vinesh to show that confidence and conviction, and earn a medal for India, she has to overcome some familiar opponents on Tuesday. In the qualifying rounds, the seventh seed faces Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattson and a win over her will fetch her a chance to compete against the two-time world champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan.If Vinesh can manage to overcome that hurdle, last year’s World Championships runner-up and top seed Sarah Hildebrandt will await in the quarter-finals. While Vinesh has got the better of both Mattson and Hildebrandt this season, Mukaida stopped her at the continental event in April.advertisementIn 50kg, all Indian hopes will rest on the shoulders of the second seed Seema Bisla, who won gold at the Yasar Dogu 2019 Ranking Series tournament in July. The higher seeding doesn’t exempt her from facing a quality opponent as early as the opening round and she could possibly begin her campaign against three-time Olympic medallist Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan.A win will put her in the way of either European Games bronze medallist Miglena Selishka or Yasar Dagu silver medallist Ekaterina Poleshchuk.Lalita Sehrawat, the former Commonwealth Games silver medallist and Asian Championships bronze medallist, will be representing India in 55kg. As the 12th seed, she kicks off her challenge against Mongolia’s Bat Ochir, the 13th seed. A win will set up a possible quarter-final showdown with America’s third seed Jacarra Winchester.In 72kg, sixth-seeded Komal Bhagwan Gole will be in contention for a berth in the quarter-finals when she faces off against Turkey’s accomplished Beste Altug. Should she manage a win there, she has a tough proposition in the next round as she will have to square off against the top seed Zhamila Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan.Meanwhile, after a dismal couple of days, Naveen (130kg) on Monday became the only Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to reach repechage, where he will face Heiki Nabi of Estonia. He had earlier lost to Pan American Wrestling Championships gold medallist Oscar Pino Hinds by technical superiority in qualifying. The Cuban later went on to reach the final which presented another opportunity to Naveen.Earlier, Asian Championships silver medallist Gurpreet Singh (77kg) pinned Austria’s Michael Wagner to secure India’s second win at this championships. His run, however, came to an end at the hands of Serbia’s former world champion Viktor Nemes in the Round of 32, where he lost 1-3.Manish (60kg) also brought delight by getting an 11-3 win over Finland’s Lauri Johannes Maekhonen in his Round of 32 bout. But the joy turned out to be short-lived when he was halted by Moldova’s world number three Victor Ciobanu in the last-16 stage by technical superiority.Also Read | In her quest for world title, Vinesh Phogat gets toughest possible drawAlso Read | Olympics 2020 berth at stake for Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat at World Wrestling ChampionshipsAlso Seelast_img read more

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Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat Kohli makes a 0: Sania Mirza says partners are not distractions

first_imgTennis star Sania Mirza on Thursday hit out at wives and partners of cricketers not being allowed on tours, saying such attitude stems from a “deeper problem which says that a woman is a distraction she cannot be a strength”.Speaking here at the India Economic Summit, Mirza who is now the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, also said girls needed to be encouraged from a young age to take up sports instead of making them feel guilty that their skin will become dark and no one would marry them.”Many a time, including our cricket team and in many teams I have seen that wives or girlfriends are not allowed on tour because the boys will be distracted,” she said.”What does that mean? What is it that the women are doing that is going to distract the men so much?” Mirza asked.”See the thing is that comes from a deeper problem which says that a woman is a distraction she cannot be a strength,” the Indian women’s tennis pole bearer lamented.She argued that it has been proven that in team sports the men play much better when their wives and girlfriends and their families are with them because they feel happier when they come back to the room.”They don’t come back to an empty room, they can go out and have dinner … when you have your wife or your partner there it gives you support, it gives you love,” she added.When asked about her being blamed for the Pakistan team’s loss in the World Cup, Mirza quipped: “And I’m not even from there, what powers I must have”.advertisementShe further said, “Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat makes a zero, like what does that have anything to do with anything. It makes no sense.”Calling to tackle the issue at its root, Mirza said, “… if we address the problem that a woman can be a strength or is a strength rather than a distraction or a weakness we might conquer these issues.”Also Read | When Sania Mirza was told to stop playing tennis as ‘no one would marry’ herAlso See:last_img read more

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Triple Ashes winning coach Andy Flower leaves ECB after 12 years

first_imgFormer head coach Andy Flower is leaving the England and Wales Cricket Board after 12 years.The 51-year-old Zimbabwean was appointed England assistant coach to Peter Moores in 2007, took over as head coach two years later and then switched to working with the Young Lions in 2014.During his spell as head coach, Flower led the team to No. 1 in the test rankings, title success at the 2010 World Twenty20 and an Ashes series win in Australia in 2010-11.”It’s been a real privilege,” Flower said. “The Ashes victory in 2010-11 stands out. It’s difficult to win in Australia and to do it so comprehensively was a really proud moment in my coaching career.”It was wonderful to watch those young men take on that challenge successfully and have a great time doing it.”The win in India in 2012-13 was a highlight too, to overcome some great players in tough spinning conditions was a special victory.”So was the T20 World Cup win in 2010. The way we played our cricket, with such freedom and aggression, really was fun to be part of.”Flower is planning a spell away from the game.”I haven’t had a sustained break for quite a long time,” said the former Zimbabwe Test captain.Also Read | After 13 years, Australia captain Tim Paine hits hundredAlso see:last_img read more

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Anushka Sharma breaks silence on Farokh Engineer’s claim of selectors serving her tea

first_imgBollywood actor Anushka Sharma has finally broken her silence and reacted to the claims made by former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer that BCCI selectors were “getting her cups of tea” during a World Cup match in England earlier this year.Engineer made the comments in a recent interview while slamming the Indian selectors, but Anushka, who is India captain Virat Kohli’s wife, made it clear that she had attended just one match during the World Cup and was seated in the family box. India were knocked out of the showpiece event by New Zealand in the semi-finals.”The latest version of these ill intended lies is that I was being served tea by selectors at matches during the World Cup! I came to one game during the World Cup and sat in the family box and not the selectors box as reported but when has the truth mattered when it’s about convenience!”If you want to have a comment on the selection committee and their qualifications please do so as it’s your opinion but don’t drag my name into it to substantiate your claim or sensationalise your opinion. I refuse to allow anyone from using my name in such conversations,” Anushka wrote in the length post on her social media accounts.pic.twitter.com/joYNfHrEMMAnushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) October 31, 2019Anushka has been trolled on numerous occasions on social media in the past with some even blaming her for India’s losses and Virat Kohli’s poor performances whenever he hasn’t been able to fire with the bat. This has been going on since the two started dating and continues till date, even after their marriage.advertisementIn her latest post, Anushka also referred to backlash she received from a section of the Indian cricket fans on social media after she was seen posing with the team members in a picture at a gathering hosted by the High Commission of India in London last year during the tour of England.”My name was used for false stories to make it look like the board was being bothered for my tickets or security, etc when in reality I bought my own tickets for matches and flights and I still kept quiet.”I was asked to stand in a group photo by the High Commissioner’s wife despite my hesitation to be in it, and a huge issue was created over this blaming me for intentionally wanting to be part of it and the said event, even though I was invited for it. An official clarification was issued by the board on the same and I still kept quiet,” Anushka went on to add in the post on Thursday.Also Read | India selectors were getting Anushka Sharma cups of tea during World Cup: EngineerAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma comments on Delhi air quality issueAlso Read | Indian bookies a constant in global cricket corruption caseslast_img read more

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Fernandinho leaves Gremio for China

first_imgTransfers Chongqing Lifan snap up Fernandinho on free transfer from Gremio Ryan Benson 23:52 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) fernandinho-cropped Getty Images Transfers Chongqing Dangdai Lifan Grêmio CONMEBOL Libertadores Serie A CSL Copa Libertadores champions Gremio have lost their forward, who scored nine goals in 2017 Chongqing Lifan have secured the signing of Fernandinho on a free transfer from Copa Libertadores champions Gremio.The attacker scored nine goals in 28 Campeonato Brasileiro appearances in 2017 and started seven of Gremio’s 13 continental games – including both legs of the final against Lanus in November – as the Porto Alegre club lifted the title.Fernandinho had been with Gremio since July 2014, a spell which included unsuccessful loan stints with Italian side Verona and Flamengo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 32-year-old should have some assistance with regards to settling in at the Chinese Super League club, as he will join three other Brazilians in Hyuri, Alan Kardec and another Fernandinho, while Portuguese coach Paulo Bento took over in December.last_img read more

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Ben Grogan Says OSU Scoring Record Is ‘Great Honor’

first_imgHis coach Mike Gundy coached the top two (Grogan and Bailey) and played with two of the other top five scorers in school history (Barry and Thurman).“I was happy for Ben Grogan, becoming the all-time leading scorer,” said Gundy. “That’s a great accomplishment for him. He’s a great young man, hard-worker, self-motivated. It’s a great team award, because obviously you have to score a lot or be in the position to score a lot for him to break that record.” 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. Ben Grogan is now the all-time scoring leader in Oklahoma State football history. More points than Barry Sanders. More than Thurman Thomas. More than Dan Bailey. Nobody has ever scored more than Grogan who broke Bailey’s record with a field goal against KU on Saturday.He talked after the game about why it was so special.“It’s a pretty great honor to be on that list,” said Grogan. “I looked up to Dan before I even got here just because he was a great kicker. Now I’m up there with him. That’s really cool to me. This is more a long marathon achievement … it’s one of my happier moments here for sure.”center_img 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.last_img read more

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Man City vs Chelsea: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPremier League Man City vs Chelsea: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 15:50 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Manchester City NGolo Kante Chelsea Getty Images Premier League Manchester City v Chelsea Manchester City Chelsea Antonio Conte’s men make the trip north-west to face Pep Guardiola’s seemingly unstoppable outfit, who recently handed Arsenal a double beating Manchester City will look to take another step closer to Premier League glory when they host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Pep Guardiola’s side secured their 24th league win out of a possible 28 when they beat Arsenal 3-0 on Thursday and they need just five more wins to clinch the title.Antonio Conte’s men, meanwhile, find themselves in a battle to secure a top-four finish after recent results saw them tumble down to fifth in the table. 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 City overcame the defending champions back in September when they played at Stamford Bridge, but it was a close game and Sunday should be a similarly tight match. Game Manchester City vs Chelsea Date Sunday March 4 Time 16:00 GMT / 11:00 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / NBC Universo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Man City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw Defenders Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, Duhaney Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Foden, Diaz, Dele-Bashiru Forwards Aguero, Nmecha, Jesus Fernandinho will miss out as he recovers from a muscle injury but Raheem Sterling is in contention to return.Kyle Walker will be involved, but Fabian Delph is suspended and Benjamin Mendy is injured.Potential Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo; Gundogan, D. Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, Sterling. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Emerson, Christensen, Ampadu, Sterling, Chalobah Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Willian, Scott, Hudson-Odoi Forwards Morata, Giroud Ross Barkley is available for selection again following injury but it remains to be seen if Conte will throw him in to such a big game.David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are both out of action with injuries, while Alvaro Morata is a concern as his back issues persist.Potential Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Alonso, Moses, Kante, Hazard, Fabregas, Willian; Giroud.Betting & Match Odds Man City are heavy favourites to win at 6/10 according to dabblebet, who price Chelsea at 5/1 to win at the Etihad Stadium. A draw is available at 16/5.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Pep Guardiola Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester CityThe difference in fortunes between Chelsea and Man City this season can be summed up by the fact that 22 points separate them coming into their second encounter of the campaign.Conte, whose Blues side battled their way to Premier League glory last term, has looked on with envy as his counterpart Guardiola cruises towards the finish line this season and he admitted that City sometimes seem “unstoppable”.”We must have great admiration. Sometimes it is very difficult to find a weakness in this team,” the Blues boss said, adding: “Manchester City has the possibility to spend a lot of money. When you link this situation – a good manager, much money to spend in the transfer market, the same ambition – this is the final result.”The Italian coach finds himself under increasing pressure at Chelsea, but he could serve his detractors a reminder of his quality by getting one over on Guardiola’s seemingly invulnerable team.A win would keep them within touching distance of the top four, but failure to pick up three points will be a blow to their hopes of ensuring Champions League football next season.Notably, however, Conte’s men have had a longer period of rest than their hosts, having not played since February 25, and they will be eager to take advantage. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Barca: Iniesta doubtful for Chelsea

first_imgIniesta Barcelona captain Iniesta doubtful for Chelsea – Valverde Jamie Smith 02:23 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Getty Images UEFA Champions League Ousmane Dembélé Ernesto Valverde Barcelona Málaga v Barcelona Barcelona v Chelsea Málaga Chelsea Primera División The Barca boss has suggested a hamstring injury could rule his side’s captain out of the Champions League game with the Blues Andres Iniesta remains a doubt for the second leg of Barcelona’s Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea, coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed.The Barca captain had to be substituted in the first half of Sunday’s 1-0 LaLiga win against Atletico Madrid with a hamstring injury.Iniesta is expected to miss Barca’s league game at Malaga on Saturday and Valverde is unsure whether the midfielder will be available to face Chelsea, with the sides tied at 1-1 after the first leg. 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 “He is training separately at the moment,” Valverde told a news conference. “Obviously we do not want to rush things, it’s too early to say if he will be available for next week.”We have similar players, although he is unique. We have similar profile players, Denis [Suarez] and [Philippe] Coutinho, Andre Gomes as well.”Their characteristics are comparable and they could play in [Iniesta’s] position.”Ousmane Dembele is a contender to fill in too, although the former Borussia Dortmund winger has struggled to settle since joining Barca, with his campaign disrupted by injury.The France international played 63 minutes of Barcelona’s Supercopa de Catalunya victory over Espanyol on penalties in midweek and Valverde is willing to be patient with Dembele’s development.”Tomorrow’s game, any game – it’s good for a player,” Valverde said. “Of course he needs to play so we need to see, but we have high expectations of him as a player.”Dembele likes to take players on, he’s a dribbler and a power player who likes to break into space, he has the ability to do this. He has a lot of virtues.”He is 20 years old and there are things for him to fine-tune over time. With experience, he will start to perfect areas.”Ernesto Valverde: “Málaga really need something at the moment. They need points and this game is a chance for them” #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/JhDaB7fMOh— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 9, 2018Barca defender Gerard Pique has been battling a knee injury but Valverde indicated the Spain international will play against Malaga and is available for Chelsea.”If he couldn’t train it would be a bad sign, but he is completing training,” Valverde said.”There is no problem with managing the situation, it’s a question of asking him how he feels.”It’s a light injury, bothersome maybe. It’s more of a knock.”last_img read more

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Tylan Wallace is a Reigning Biletnikoff Finalist, and Might Still be Underrated

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. ARLINGTON, Texas — Despite entering the upcoming season a reining Biletnikoff finalist, not everyone has Tylan Wallace as the undisputed best wide receiver in the Big 12.The conference is undoubtedly stacked at receiver with the likes of Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, TCU’s Jalen Reagor and Texas’ Collin Johnson, but as a sophomore in 2018, Wallace was statistically better than all of them. Oklahoma State corner A.J. Green has gone against all of the league’s best pass catchers, but he said when he sees players ranked above the guy he goes against in practice, it seems illogical.“It’s absurd, I think,” Green said Monday at Big 12 Media Day. “It’s not like he’s doing it with no TV coverage and nobody can watch. Everybody sees what he’s doing, against good opponents. Even sometimes against double coverage. I don’t know what to say. He’s a great player, a great wide receiver. He doesn’t even say much, he just kinda goes out there and works.”As a freshman in 2017, Wallace had only seven catches as he sat behind three pros in James Washington, Marcell Ateman and Chris Lacy. His breakout in 2018 was somewhat out of no where. This year, he won’t have the benefit of flying under the radar. Instead, he’ll be at the top of opposing scouting reports.“We’ve gotta do a good job of moving him around a little bit,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “It’s not something we do a lot with our wide outs. Because of the speed we play, most of our guys line up in the same spot every time.“We have moved some guys around. We moved (Justin) Blackmon around, we moved James (Washington) around. We need to adjust his alignment at times. He’s a great young man. He’s very humble, an extremely hard worker. Regardless, he’s gonna have a good year. But has a coaching staff, we need to try to find ways to help the defense from taking him out of the game.”Blackmon and Washington are some coveted company, but it’s company Wallace has earned with his work last season. His name is sprinkled throughout OSU’s record books. His 1,491 receiving yards in 2018 were the fifth most in program history, above Dez Bryant’s sophomore year and Washington’s junior year. Wallace’s 12 receiving touchdowns last season were the eighth most in a season in school history, as well.Greatest receiver is school history talks include Blackmon, Washington, Bryant, Rashaun Woods and Hart Lee Dykes. Although his one big season isn’t enough to name his as the best Cowboy to ever do it, Wallace can find himself in the conversation if he’s able to replicate those numbers.“There’s been a great wide receiver tradition here at Oklahoma State,” Wallace said. “Just to be mentioned in the talk of that is just an honor. I’m real happy that I’m even being mentioned in that talk.”last_img read more

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Three Things McNeese Coach Sterlin Gilbert Said Ahead of Game with OSU

first_imgMcNeese coach Sterlin Gilbert knows a thing or two about Oklahoma State.Gilbert was just down the toll road as Tulsa’s offensive coordinator in 2015, and in 2016, Gilbert was Charlie Strong’s offensive coordinator at Texas. Now in his first year as McNeese’s head man, Gilbert is in his first season as a head coach on the college level. Gilbert and McNeese got off on the right foot, beating Southern this past weekend in front of a record-setting crowd.He had his pre-OSU press conference Monday, and here are three things he said.On Oklahoma StateGilbert talked extensively about his team focusing inward this week despite the higher profile opponent.With that said, Gilbert spokes highly about Mike Gundy’s longevity and what he has turned the OSU program into.“We started (Sunday) night watching Okie State,” Gilbert said. “Really good football team, Coach Gundy’s done a great job there. I glanced over some stuff just to look, and he’s been there 15 years. His record there speaks for itself, very successful program.”As of Monday, Gilbert said the McNeese staff hadn’t jumped too far into analyzing the OSU offense, but Gilbert seemed impressed with Spencer Sanders’ stat line from the Oregon State game.“With Spencer Sanders, their quarterback, he’s kind of a dual-threat guy,” Gilbert said. “He rushed for over 100 and threw for over 200. I’m not real sure how they’re doing it right now with him pulling the trigger.”FBS vs. FCSFBS and FCS matchups can be hit or miss in terms of how competitive they actually are.For every 3OT Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa thrillers, there are a handful of games like UCF drilling Florida A&M 62-0. It’s long been debated whether these games should be played, but Gilbert seemed good with it Monday.“I think there’s positives on both sides of it,” Gilbert said. “Obviously from a financial standpoint, I think it helps FCS schools. It helps their athletic departments. I think there’s positives in it, getting the opportunity to play in an environment that you’re gonna play in. Then you get an opportunity to provide some financial aid for the athletic department.”Gilbert said he can draw a bit on the ISU/UNI game from last week. McNeese has made some games against FBS foes interesting in the not-so-distant past, beating South Florida 53-21 in 2013 and losing only 31-24 against Nebraska the next year.“We need to control the things that we can control,” Gilbert said. “We know they’re a good football team. … Every Saturday, you never know what can happen. We gotta go out and play it and do those things and put yourself in a situation to be successful. That’s we’re planning to do this Saturday.”Impact Corner Out for SeasonMcNeese will be without star corner Colby Burton after a leg injury he suffered in the Cowboys’ Week 1 game against Southern.Burton was a first-team All-Southland Conference defender last season and came in as a preseason all-conference player this year. He started all 11 of McNeese’s games a year ago and finished the season with two interceptions and eight pass breakups. Burton is a senior who will now redshirt and return to McNeese for a fifth year.“When you lose Colby like that, you not only lose him as a player, you lose him as a person,” Gilbert said. “His leadership, he carries a lot of intangibles about him.”Gilbert was also asked about his other starting corner, Darion Dunn, who went down with injury late in the game against Southern, but Gilbert said he wouldn’t answer any other injury questions apart from Burton’s status. 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.last_img read more

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Big 12 Update: Kansas, Sooners Dominate in Power Five Matchups

first_imgAfter a questionable triple overtime victory against Northern Iowa in Week 1, the Cyclones looked better against Iowa, but still not great.Brock Purdy threw for 276 yards and a score, but ISU rushed for only 91 yards in the game.The Cyclones get one more tune-up game next weekend against Louisiana-Monroe before starting Big 12 play with Baylor the week after.No. 5 Oklahoma 48, UCLA 14Two statements that we knew were true before this game even started: Oklahoma is good. UCLA stinks.UCLA was trying to give tickets away for the game, but it still looked as if more crimson made its way into the Rose Bowl.Jalen Hurts looks like the heir apparent to a program that has produced back-to-back Heisman-winning quarterbacks. Hurts has 13 total touchdowns this season and only 12 incompletions.Hurts had 439 total yards and four touchdowns against the Bruins.OU has a bye week before hosting Texas Tech on Sept. 28.Oh, and UCLA stinks.No. 12 Texas 48, Rice 13After having all eyes on them against LSU last weekend, the Longhorns took care of lesser Rice to little fanfare.It was a solid day for Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who went 23-for-27 for 279 yards and three touchdowns. There isn’t much more to say.Texas hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday.Arizona 28, Texas Tech 14The Red Raiders got Pac-12 after darked.TTU quarterback Alan Bowman threw the ball 55 times, but only one of those passes was for a touchdown. Two were interceptions. Bowman’s 153 pass attempts this season lead the country, and there are 24 attempts between him and the next QB.Tech looked good enough against Montana State and UTEP, but losing to an Arizona team that lost to Hawaii and got in a shootout with Northern Arizona isn’t going to cut it.Tech has an off week before traveling to Norman on Sept. 28. The Big 12 went 4-2 against Power Five foes this weekend, and Kansas doubled a team up.It was another solid week for the conference. The Big 12 is 22-5 through college football’s first three weeks, and no conference team has more than a loss. Here is a recap of Big 12 action from Week 3.Kansas 48, Boston College 24To start the weekend, Kansas put an exclamation point on a sentence that was already obvious: The Big 12 is much, much deeper than the ACC.The 48 — 48!! — points Kansas put up against Boston College is the most the Jayhawks have scored since their 55-14 Week 3 victory against Rutgers last season. Saturday was the Jayhawks’ first Power Five road win since 2008.Carter Stanley had a rough game against Coastal Carolina, but he bounced back against BC. The senior threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns, but it was an even bigger outing for the KU running game.Senior running back Khalil Herbert ran for 187 yards and a touchdown on only 11 touches. That’s 17 yards a carry. This 82-yard run definitely helped that cause:This 82-yard run by Khalil Herbert was the seventh chunk play BC’s allowed so far. It set up a 3-yard TD run by Parchment that sent the Eagles into the locker room down 28-24 at the half. pic.twitter.com/ggulQV4wGt— Julian Benbow (@julianbenbow) September 14, 2019Not to be outdone, Pooka Williams had 121 yards and a score.Les Miles is unbeaten against Power Five schools at KU, and Les Miles is unbeaten on the road at KU.Saturday, Miles will have a shot to be unbeaten in conference play, as the Jayhawks open their Big 12 slate by hosting West Virginia.Kansas State 31, Mississippi State 24Another Power Five matchup, another Big 12 W.Kansas State has looked downright scary under Chris Klieman. This game wouldn’t have been close without a few K-State punt return fumbles, but the Wildcats still showed some moxy to get out of Starkville with a victory.It was a balanced attack for K-State, as the Wildcats threw for 123 yards and ran for 146. The play everyone will remember from this game was Garrett Shrader’s attempt at flight.Holy Garrett Shrader! pic.twitter.com/91LUzRhpfy— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) September 14, 2019K-State will watch the opening week of Big 12 play before starting its conference slate against Oklahoma State on Sept. 28 in Stillwater.West Virginia 44, NC State 27Hey look, another Power Five win.The Mountaineers’ offense looked like a pile of pooh in their first two games, but Austin Kendall and WVU got a few things figured out against NC State. Kendall threw for 272 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.Freshman wideout Sam James was Kendall’s target of choice. The pair connected nine times for 155 yards and a touchdown.As mentioned above, WVU will travel to Lawrence on Saturday and open Big 12 play against Les Miles and Kansas.Oklahoma State 40, Tulsa 21Here’s a graph of how good OSU looked through this game’s four quarters:Screenshot (30)After a crummy second quarter, the Cowboys shutout Tulsa in the second half and went on to cover. If you made your way to this site, you know Chuba Hubbard was ridiculous, running for 256 yards and three touchdowns.OSU starts Big 12 play at Texas on Saturday.No. 19 Iowa 18, Iowa State 17Ames just wasn’t ready for ESPN’s College GameDay to leave.Iowa State and Iowa battled through two weather delays, delays in which the ISU student section decided to storm the field:Iowa-Iowa St. is in a weather delay due to lightning in Ames.So the Iowa State student section decided to storm the field. pic.twitter.com/4jffJvU4Il— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 14, 2019 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. 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