Allardyce admits Chelsea duo were too good for West Ham

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce admitted his team were simply unable to cope with Eden Hazard and Juan Mata in their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.Mata caused the Hammers all sorts of problems, while the outstanding Hazard set up Chelsea’s first goal for Frank Lampard and scored their second.Allardyce said: “It was a tough afternoon, with Mata and Hazard both outstanding.“As much as I’d like to say we should have defended better, sometimes you just have to admire talent.“Sometimes you can’t defend against the quality they’ve got. That was the case for the second goal, when we had enough men around Hazard but he skipped around them like they weren’t there.“We have to face the fact that Chelsea were the better side. We have to be well satisfied that we beat them at our place earlier in the season.”See also:Lampard hits 200-mark in Chelsea victoryBenitez plays down defensive injury fearsChelsea v West Ham player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Pig farmers from across the U.S. get updates on changing antibiotic guidance

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nearly 300 National Pork Industry Forum delegates, pig farmers and U.S. pork industry staff assembled in Indianapolis today to learn more about the upcoming regulatory changes to on-farm antibiotic use. The producer update session — an annual activity at Forum — included case studies and tips on how farmers can be ready when new Federal Drug Administration regulations take effect Jan. 1, 2017.“Producers have been preparing the past 18 months for the very real and substantive changes that are occurring on pig farms across the country in regard to responsible antibiotic use. Producers are very aware of the challenge of antibiotic resistance and are working hard to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics, both on the farm and in human medicine,” said Derrick Sleezer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from Cherokee, Iowa. “Our industry is committed to continuous improvement, and these sessions today ensure that we all have the latest information to apply to our operations when we return home.”The new FDA guidelines define how medically important feed-grade antibiotics will be used to treat, control and prevent disease, as well as remove medically important antibiotic use for growth promotion. Also, the new regulations define the importance of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), establish a veterinary feed directive (VFD) requirement for many more antibiotics and establish a higher standard for on-farm record-keeping.Moderated by National Pork Producer Council Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom, update session presenters covered all aspects of on-farm antibiotic use, including:Dr. Lonnie King, Ohio State University, focused broadly on the subject of antibiotic resistance.Dr. Tom Burkgren, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, detailed the importance of establishing a VCPR and how the new requirements for feed directives will work.Randy Spronk of Spronk Brothers Farms, Minnesota, shared real-life challenges and opportunities facing pig farmers as they improve practices to reduce the need for antibiotics.“The bottom-line message to pork producers is act now — do not wait until January of next year to make these important changes in how you raise pigs,” Spronk said. “This is a defining moment for our industry, and change will not come without some sacrifice. But preserving the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics is critical in our commitment to ensure a safe food supply and to build consumer trust.”As part of the education session, the National Pork Board introduced its new Pork Industry Guide to Responsible Antibiotic Use. The 12-page guide expands on the industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program, supports the industry’s stewardship plan and defines a six-point checklist for success that will help pork producers best prepare for the regulatory changes.The PQA Plus supplement is just one element of a nearly $2 million investment that the Pork Checkoff is making in 2016 to support antibiotic awareness and education among the industry’s 60,000 pork producers. Other activities include facilitating five distinct research projects, developing producer education materials and advertising in national farm trade publications. Also, the Pork Checkoff will host special events to ensure that packers, processors, foodservice and retail customers fully understand how seriously the U.S. pork industry is addressing this production change.last_img read more

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Manchester United appoint Louis van Gaal as new manager

first_imgThe Dutchman has signed a three-year contract with Manchester United Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was hired as Manchester United manager on Monday, tasked with repairing the damage from David Moyes’ disappointing 10 months in charge and reviving the fortunes of one of the world’s biggest clubs.The 62-year-old Dutchman has signed a three-year contract and will take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup in Brazil, becoming the first United manager from outside Britain and Ireland. United great Ryan Giggs, who announced the end of his 23-year playing career, will be Van Gaal’s assistant.”To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud,” Van Gaal said in a United statement. “This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history.”Van Gaal has experience of coaching – and winning league titles – at some of the world’s top teams, but even spells at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich may not prepare him for the rebuilding job required at United.The club has been in a state of flux since the retirement of Alex Ferguson last May after nearly 27 years in charge. Moyes, Ferguson’s successor, was dismissed last month before the team went on to finish seventh – its lowest placing since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.United also failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 24 years.Van Gaal is likely to be handed considerable funds to strengthen the squad to get United back in the Champions League, something the club’s American owners – the Glazer family – weren’t prepared to give Moyes. A return to Europe’s top competition will likely be the priority, followed by a desire to play the kind of attacking, dynamic brand of football expected at United but unable to be delivered by Moyes.advertisementUnited has broken the mold by appointing Van Gaal.In the club’s 136-year history, no previous manager has come from outside Britain or Ireland, a common occurrence at England’s other big clubs in recent years.The notion of United hiring coaches in a bid to create a dynasty – something Ferguson uniquely achieved – also appears to have ended. After spending six years at Ajax, where Van Gaal guided a talented young team to the pinnacle of European football by winning the Champions League in 1995, he joined Barcelona in 1997 for the first of two spells – the first lasting three seasons and the second barely half a year. He has since coached AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league and Bayern between 2009-11.So he may not be the long-term manager many at United crave – Giggs, United’s interim manager for last season’s final four games and one of the club’s greatest players, is thought to be being groomed for the seat in the future – but the fact that Van Gaal has won league titles with every team he has worked makes him one of Europe’s most-respected coaches.He has been coach of the Netherlands since 2012, his second spell with the national team following a stint from 2000-02.”Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club’s history,” United vice-chairman Ed Woodward said. “His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.”People know him as a larger-than-life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence.”He can be spiky and provocative with journalists and hardly lacks in self-belief, a trait which can often spill over to make him appear arrogant. But after the failed tenure of Moyes, United needed a manager who commanded respect and had a strong track record.His job won’t be easy. While United has regressed since landing its record-extending 20th English championship last year, rival Liverpool has improved greatly under Brendan Rodgers and finished second in the Premier League this season. Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are established members of the top group and showing no signs of being on the slide.The appointment of Giggs as Van Gaal’s No. 2 will satisfy those eager for some continuity at the club following the trophy-filled era of Ferguson.The 40-year-old Giggs published an open letter on United’s website an hour after Van Gaal’s appointment, praising the Dutchman’s qualities and revealing his decision to end his playing days.”For me, today is new chapter filled with many emotions – immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future,” Giggs said. “United fans I hope will share and echo my belief that the club, the management and owners, are doing everything they can to return this great club to where it belongs, and I hope to be there every step of the way.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Conte: Clowns? Mou’s talking about himself

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte: Clowns? Mourinho was probably talking about himself Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:15 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(19) Mourinho clown Getty composite Antonio Conte José Mourinho Chelsea Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils boss suggested that a number of his fellow coaches act “crazy” on the touchline, but he has been reminded that he has his own history Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reminded Manchester United rival Jose Mourinho that he too has a tendency to act like a “clown on the touchline”.The Red Devils boss recently accused a number of his fellow Premier League coaches of behaving “like a crazy guy” in the heat of battle.It was suggested that the Portuguese’s comments were aimed in the direction of Conte and Jurgen Klopp – with the Chelsea and Liverpool duo famed for their animated approach. 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 Mourinho, though, has a colourful history of his own when it comes to technical area theatrics, and he has been urged to look at himself before passing judgement on others.Conte told reporters at a pre-match press conference on Friday when quizzed on the accusations levelled at him from Old Trafford: “I think maybe he [Mourinho] was talking about himself in the past.“Sometimes people can forget what they did in the past.”Antonio Conte Jose Mourinho clownsSome 24 hours before Conte took the stage at Cobham, Mourinho had responded to questions regarding an apparent lack of passion with a sly dig at his rivals .He said: “Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I’ve lost my passion?“I prefer to behave the way I’m doing it. Much more mature, better for my team, better for myself.“I don’t think you have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline to have that passion.“That passion you see it every day, the way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”The antics of Conte and Mourinho can be expected to fall under the microscope once again this weekend when they lead their respective sides into FA Cup third round action against Championship opposition.United are set to play host to Derby County on Friday, while Chelsea head to Norwich City on Saturday.last_img read more

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Vincent Taylor Could Win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year

first_imgVincent Taylor has been Oklahoma State’s most important defensive player so far this year. The numbers are stunning for a defensive lineman.36 tackles3 blocked kicks2 forced fumbles9.5 tackles for loss5.5 sacksAnd all of this from the defensive tackle position! Look at these lists. He’s the only one at the top along with Aaron Curry of TCU that plays defensive tackle and not defensive end or linebacker.screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-49-48-am screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-49-22-am“He might win defensive player of the year,” said Carson Cunningham on our podcast on Monday. “This guy has become of one of the great defensive tackles OSU has ever had. That’s not hyperbole at all. He’s been sensational. When you look up and down the Big 12, who’s going to beat him out for Defensive Player of the Year?” Mike Gundy agreed.“He’s up there with being as good as any player we’ve had on the defensive side of the ball for us,” said Gundy. “He’s come a long way and made great strides in the last six months. He’s another guy that, a year from now, can really position himself to make some good money and have the opportunity to play this game for another six or seven years just seeing the strides he’s made over the last six months.”[email protected] on #okstate DT Vincent Taylor: “He’s up there with being as good as any player we’ve had on the defensive side of the ball.” pic.twitter.com/XAYD2YugiW— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 15, 2016Only two DTs have won Big 12 DPOY in the last seven years — Ndamukong Suh in 2009 and Andrew Billings last year. But Taylor is positioning himself nicely. There are certainly bigger names — Malik Jefferson and Jordan Willis come to mind — but I’m not sure there has been a player on the defensive line who has had more of an impact on his team’s season than Taylor.Rasul Douglas of West Virginia could stake that claim with a league-leading six picks on the conference’s best defense. Maybe one of the TCU DEs based on sacks depending on how they finish. But Taylor is certainly up there. And his defense has been pretty solid throughout the year.If he has a big Bedlam game and OSU wins the Big 12, he could end up with OSU’s first-ever outright Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award (Emmanuel Ogbah shared it last year with Billings). 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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Here Are Our Favorite Tweets From The OSU-TCU Game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 100-yard rushing games in Gundy era:Hunter 20Savage 15Randle 14Toston 7Hill 5— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) November 19, 2016 Gundy said he thinks Kirby Hocutt is “playing poker” and the committee sees #OKstate as a 10-win team— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) November 19, 2016 Maybe Mason is playing like this because there’s a Cleveland Brown scout at the game… @pistolsguy— Drew Mireles (@drew_mireles) November 19, 2016 Is Rudolph to Blake Jarwin called the #MasonJar? Should be. #OkState— Ric Ellis (@RicEllis85) November 19, 2016 OSU has pistols firing at their feet. Bad break there.— Joe Buettner (@ByJoeBuettner) November 19, 2016 Winning big is always fun, both for the players and coaches as well as those of us trying to make funnies on social media. Here were some of my favorites from Saturday.That’s the most lopsided home loss for TCU in the Gary Patterson era. #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 19, 2016 TCU: We should kickInner TCU: Have the running back throw it on 4th and goal pic.twitter.com/UEtDsFPFjv— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) November 19, 2016 pic.twitter.com/g06QS81uhY— Blake Zimmerman (@bpzim) November 19, 2016 #okstate could win their next 15 games and Vincent Taylor still wouldn’t win DPOY. #NoRespect— Kevin Davis (@kevindavis31) November 19, 2016 Carson pic.twitter.com/BKol4C62z1— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) November 19, 2016 Good news for the Pokes: according to Kirby Hocutt winning 7 games in a row and having a good offense trumps all!— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) November 19, 2016 The only reason anyone thought TCU had shown some improvement is because they trounced fraudulent and flailing Baylor. They’re the same team— Joel D. Anderson (@byjoelanderson) November 19, 2016last_img read more

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Zach Sinor Gives Cowboys a Leg Up, Keeps Frogs at Bay

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. Oklahoma State’s defense played its best game of the season in Ft. Worth on Saturday as they allowed TCU its lowest scoring total in 18 years. But while the defense deserves its fair share of credit, one man gave them a leg up.And his head coach knows it.“Our punter? We punted three times and I think his punts, he was excellent. He had one real long one and the other two I think were spot-on.”“Spot-on” is a great way to put it.A big key to the Cowboys’ success this year has been field position. If you read our look at the Advanced Stats last week, we talked about how important it is.Coming into Saturday’s game, Zach Sinor led the nation with 60.5 percent of his punts being downed inside the 20-yard line. As a result, Oklahoma State entered the game leading the nation in opponent field position, with opponents’ drives starting on average at their own 23.8-yard line.TCU’s average starting field position was their own 26-yard line and that included the muffed punt that gave them a start on OSU’s 6-yard line. If you take that play out the Horned Frogs’ average starting field position was their own 19-yard line and their average starting field position on punts was their own 6-yard line.The downed spot for his three punts to the Horned Frogs? TCU’s 4-yard line, TCU’s 4-yard line and TCU’s 11-yard line.All three of those punts came in the first half when the game was still close. All three of the ensuing possessions ended with TCU punting it back to the Cowboys.Sinor, the marksman, has now dropped 29 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line this year with only one touchback.The Cowboys have one game to win if they want to accomplish their goal of a second Big 12 title and it’s against the Big 12’s most balanced offense. Once again, field position will be key.Mike Gundy makes the trip with a very effective specialist in Zach Sinor and a memory of how important special teams can be in that stadium.last_img read more

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Penn State’s James Franklin Trolls Gundy, OSU

first_imgLast week, Mike Gundy — ever the trend setter — threw on a singlet in support of Oklahoma State wrestling and to motivate fans to get their “butts in seats”.  It worked.The Cowboys welcomed Penn State in front of a record sell-out 14,059 crowd at Gallagher-Iba Arena.Unfortunately for OSU, the Nittany Lions won the last seven matches on Sunday, handing John Smith and Co. their only loss of the season.And in a bit of trolling, Penn State football head coach James Franklin and his staff showed up to a meeting donning their own singlets, sans gold chain.Congrats @pennstateWrest & @caelsanderson– big win at Oklahoma St! Compete in everything you do! #NotAGoodLookOnUs pic.twitter.com/eXMoUmkE5K— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) February 20, 2017Yikes.Points for the commitment from the entire staff but I’m still giving Gundy the nod for being the original. 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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With Mike Gundy, Culture Remains Vital

first_imgI have long been president of the “Mike Gundy is the most underrated outside-the-box thinker in college football coaching circles” fan club. Despite his misdirection — the mullet, the Big Daddy coffee mug, the Carhartt jackets — Gundy is bent on (and good at) building a sustainable culture of success in Stillwater.We talk about this a lot with Brad Underwood — deservingly so — because Brad Underwood talks about it a lot. He uses the word “culture” like my three-year-olds use the words “can we watch Daniel Tiger.” That is to say, liberally and without any inhibition.To see what it means to Mike Gundy, though. You have to look a little bit closer.You have to see that he was one of the first to experiment with short practices and no tackling and contorting an offense to fit his personnel instead of the other way around. His hairstyle belies the fact that he is lowkey impressive when it comes to innovation.And when it comes to the culture, he knows what he’s built doesn’t happen everywhere. It’s why OSU has won the 10th-most games in the last eight years with the 35th best recruiting classes.“We’re thrilled with it,” Gundy said of the culture this week. “I think the one thing that I’m most happy with is the culture that we’ve created here has been very positive and successful in a lot of different areas. We went through a transition with the APR that we’ve made the adjustments and have been very successful in that area.“We’re graduating players on four-year schedules, and we’re very competitive in a clean fashion and winning at a rate that is fairly impressive for the history at Oklahoma State.”Not just the history at Oklahoma State. The history of anyone. Here are the records of two Big 12 schools since 2005 when Gundy took over. The year Texas won it all.“All while doing that, our players and coaches like being here, and there’s an environment that has been created where we can have some sort of a life,” added Gundy.“I enjoy that part of it, but years ago I said that the one thing that would make me happy is to have a team that when we go out on Saturdays, we know if we take care of the ball and minimize big plays we have a chance to compete with or beat anybody we play.”OSU is 65-17 (79 percent) under Gundy when committing 0 or 1 turnovers in a single game.“That’s really all we can ask for,” said Gundy. “If we don’t play well or turn the ball over then we’re not going to win, but for the fans, I want them to be able to come to the games and say, ‘If we play well today, we can win.’ For a long time, it wasn’t that way. They would come to the stadium and there was that faithful 32,000 who would come to the stadium knowing there was probably a chance we’d get our butt kicked. That was encouraging and fulfilling for me personally.” 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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