Shahid Afridi turns down Najam Sethi’s farewell offer

first_imgFormer Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has declined Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi’s offer to give him a farewell upon his retirement from international cricket.On Friday, Afridi took to Twitter to thank Sethi for meeting him last Sunday and offering to arrange a “fitting farewell” for him.”Thank you for the meeting and farewell offers @najamsethi. Unfortunately due to my commitments I won’t be able to take them,” he said.Thank you for the meeting and farewell offers @najamsethi. Unfortunately due to my commitments I won’t be able to take them 1/2- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 28, 2017The 37-year-old said he was happy that veterans like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who have announced their retirements from international cricket after the ongoing three-Test series against West Indies, were getting proper farewells.”My desire was to set a new trend. I’m very happy that Misbah&Younis are getting proper farewells. I hope this trend will continue in future,” he added.My desire was to set a new trend. I’m very happy that Misbah&Younis are getting proper farewells. I hope this trend will continue in future.- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 28, 2017Last year, Afridi had made headlines with his demand for a farewell match during the three-match T20 series against the West Indies which Pakistan went on to clean sweep.”Farewell match is my right”, Afridi had insisted while urging the PCB to provide him with an opportunity to bid adieu to international arena in a befitting manner.advertisementIn February, the flamboyant all-rounder had announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his illustrious 21-year career.Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, the all-rounder was active in the International T20 format after having quit Test cricket in 2010 and ODIs in 2015.Afridi finished his international career having played 27 Test matches, in which he hit 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. In the 398 ODIs that he played throughout his career, he notched up 8,064 runs, with a highest score of 124, and took 395 wickets with his leg spin.His T20I international career saw him play 98 matches and score 1,405 runs and take 97 wickets.last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Pledge Thabo Mwaniki to play in O-D All-American Bowl

first_imgOklahoma State senior defensive back Thabo Mwaniki, a three-star prospect from Denton Guyer, has committed to play in the O-D All-American Bowl in December according to Adam Boedeker of the Denton Record-Chronicle.The O-D Bowl is a notable postseason all-american game that includes alumni such as Dez Bryant and Cam Newton.After missing the first game of the year, Mwaniki has recorded 35 tackles, 5 pass breakups, and an interception. He also plays on the offensive side of the ball for Guyer, where he has 9 receptions for 123 yards. 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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Watch: Joel Klatt Nails What’s Wrong With College Football

first_imgI wrote about this on Wednesday before I saw Joel Klatt’s terrific rant on what’s messed up about college football. The sport has never been better, and yet somehow it has also never been more busted from an equality and infrastructure standpoint. As the five biggest conference continue to operate independent of one another, this is only going to get worse.Klatt is smart (and right) about these things.“College football and its structure is broken,” said Joel Klatt. “We are trying to crown a champion in a unified playoff when we have the biggest inequalities in schedule across college football of any other major sport in the world. We have to get to a point where we have more equitable schedules … every conference, particularly in the Power 5 needs to begin to behave and govern themselves in the same manner.”“College football and its structure is broken.” — @JoelKlatt weighs in on the newest #CFBPlayoff polls pic.twitter.com/Czyc93Hi7M— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) November 16, 2016It really is nuts. We make fun of people who use transitive properties to arrive at conclusions about teams and situations, and yet that is essentially how we decide our final four in college football. And it always will be until you get auto-bids for the Power 5 conferences and throw in three wild cards. It’s not really that difficult. 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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Bob Stoops Agrees With Mike Gundy That OSU Has One Loss

first_imgAfter Oklahoma State thumped TCU on Saturday in Ft. Worth, Mike Gundy once again visited that pesky loss to Central Michigan way back in September.“Nobody will ever convince me we didn’t get the win,” said Gundy. “I know Kirby had mentioned the committee feels a certain way about that game, but I think Kirby is playing poker and they see us as a 10-win team. That’s just my opinion.”I expected that.What I didn’t expect is for Bob Stoops to agree with Gundy after OU crushed West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday night.“In my eyes they only have one loss, if you play by the rules,” said Stoops. “They review everything else out here. They review a first down. You couldn’t review if that play should have been allowed or not. I have one of those. I count myself with one extra victory. That one at Oregon that everyone counted as a loss. My record book is a little different than everybody else’s.”Stoops is of course referencing the crazy Oregon-OU game from 2006 when Oregon recovered an onside kick it touched early and should not have gotten. The refs for that game were also suspended.One loss, two losses or zero losses, it doesn’t matter when it comes to the Big 12 (although it might for the CFB Playoff!) because Bedlam, for the fourth time in six seasons will once again be for the Big 12 championship. 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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Spring Preview: Look For These Receivers To Make a Splash

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. I’m sure no other Big 12 offensive coordinators are feeling sorry for Yurcich.Dillon Stoner – Freshman (RS)Stoner and Mason Rudolph combined for all 29 of the Cowboys’ passing touchdowns last season. Stoner just had one. But the true freshman did earn immediate playing time after an impressive fall camp.Unfortunately, Stoner only appeared in four games due to a leg injury. So the spring game will give Cowboy fans a chance to see him in action for the first time since last year’s Big 12 opener against Baylor.Stoner may be one of the most versatile players on the team. He did it all at Jenks High School and was the No. 1 rate receiver out of Oklahoma for the 2016 class.We have been told that Oklahoma State will list him as a redshirt freshman.Tyrell Alexander – Freshman (RS)Alexander is a former four-star athlete out of Lancaster, Tex. He’s had a redshirt year to learn the playbook and to build up on his 6-3 frame under Rob Glass’ tutelage. He will be fun to watch and could be the Cowboys’ outside threat of the future.Alexander is another big-play threat that can should get a chance to shine not just in the spring game but may crack the rotation this fall. Spring practice starts next Monday, but you can bet that Mike Yurcich is salivating trying to predict which new wide receiver(s) will emerge as the next James Washington.The Cowboys, who are already loaded in established talent at wideout, have a gaggle of young and talented playmakers to break in. Two of these guys, OSU fans have yet to see in orange.Here are three receivers that should make a splash this spring and beyond.The below-listed class designations apply to the 2017 football season.Tyron Johnson – Sophomore (RS)With all the hype coming from practice and the grandiose Hall-of-Fame comparisons from our pod, I’m predicting Tyron Johnson will be responsible for at least a 10 percent increase in spring game attendance.The former LSU Tiger sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules which would have made this year a perfect one for Johnson step into a starting role. But with the unfortunate injury that held Marcell Ateman out last year, the receiver pool becomes even more top-heavy.last_img read more

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Meet a Recruit: Owen Condon Talks Oklahoma State Interest, Recent Offer

first_imgOklahoma State did not sign a high school offensive lineman in its 2017 recruiting class, which makes that position a top priority in the 2018 class. Mike Gundy brought back Josh Henson to coach the offensive line, and he’s already secured one commitment from in-state offensive tackle Hunter Anthony. Henson isn’t done fishing locally, either. The first-year line coach also extended an offer to Bishop McGuiness (OKC) offensive lineman last week. A prospect with a dozen Division I offers, Condon is widely considered one of the best talents in the state.“[Oklahoma State] is going to be one of the top [schools] until I end up committing to a school,” Condon told Pistols Firing after his offer. “It’s close, it’s a great program, and Coach Henson is awesome. I just haven’t taken enough visits yet to know for sure where I want to be [for the next four years]. I only want to commit once so I want to make sure I’m making the right decision. That’s why I’m not jumping to commit anywhere just yet.”That’s music to OSU fans ears. Former offensive line coach Greg Adkins had a knack for reeling in top local talent, but late-cycle decommitments and an inability to fend off suitors might ultimately have been what sent him packing. Head coach Mike Gundy clearly identified Henson as an elite recruiter, and Condon’s interest in OSU is largely based on his connection with him.“Coach Henson said he thinks I’m the whole package,” said Condon. “I’m intelligent, I have great length, I can move my feet very well, and I’m a great kid.”No decision yet for Condon, who picked up the offer from Henson late in the week. Among the contenders in his recruitment (who have already extended scholarship offers) include Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas, Vanderbilt, SMU and Texas Tech. So even with the close tie with Henson, who helped recruit Condon last year while he was an assistant, he’s going to take his time.Condon is soon to be a senior and as such, he’s allotted five official visits to the schools of his liking — visits paid for by the school. So while Condon has made a trip or two to Stillwater on an unofficial basis, my suspicion is that he will see what schools have to offer, enjoy the process, and narrow his list of ever-growing suitors sometime in the fall. 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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Dez Bryant No. 60 on NFL Top 100 List

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was named the No. 60 player in the NFL for the 2017 season by the NFL Network’s Top 100 show on Monday. Since coming into the league in 2010, Bryant has made the Top 100 list a total of five [email protected] has the most receiving TDs in NFL since 2011 (61)#NFLTop100 pic.twitter.com/hgt6KBA5Xw— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 23, 2017Although he dropped slightly from last year’s ranking of No. 51, Bryant is also the only Oklahoma State representative on the Top 100 list.Bryant is one of five wide receivers named on the list thus far, with the Raiders’ Amari Cooper the only receiver ahead of him. Watch the clip of Bryant’s ranking here: 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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Athlon Sports Names Barry Sanders 2nd Best CFB Player in Last Half Century

first_imgAs a part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary, Athlon Sports compiled a panel of college football experts to rank the 50 greatest college football players during that span. Predictably, Oklahoma State’s lone Heisman winner was near the top.The dazzlingly elusive Sanders had arguably the greatest individual season in college football history, rushing for 2,850 yards on 7.6 yards per carry and 42 touchdowns (including the bowl game) in his Heisman campaign of 1988. He scored 55 total touchdowns in his three-year career despite having only one season as the Cowboys’ featured back. [Athlon Sports]AdChoices广告Sanders claim to the greatest individual season is actually pretty hard to argue. In 1988, Sanders set 38 new NCAA records on his way to claiming the school’s only Heisman trophy. The majority of those records are still in tact.One of those records, the single-season mark for all-purpose yards, fell to Christian McCaffrey’s 2015 season. McCaffrey compiled 3,864 yards in 14 games for an average of 276 per game. Sanders’ record was 3,250 yards in 11 games (bowl games prior to 2002 are not counted by the NCAA). That included an unheard of 295.5 yards per game. If we include his Holiday Bowl performance, Sanders actually had  3,526 in twelve games, a 293.8 average.No running back has ever been — or likely ever will be — as dominant as Sanders was that season. Ever.Had it not been for another Hall-of-Fame running back in Thurman Thomas ahead of him, who knows what Sanders could have accomplished during his first two seasons.Georgia’s Herschel Walker gets the No. 1 nod on this list, likely due to his teams’ overall success and the Bulldogs’ National Championship in 1980. Hard to argue with Walker as an all-time great, but I have a hard time putting anyone ahead of Barry if we’re talking individual accomplishments. 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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Fonseca: Alisson kept Roma in it

first_imgUEFA Champions League Liverpool target Alisson kept Roma in it – Shakhtar boss Sacha Pisani 08:33 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alisson-cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Shakhtar Donetsk Roma The Ukrainian side’s boss hailed his team’s comeback and believes only the opposition goalkeeper kept the margin from being larger Paulo Fonseca said Roma should thank Liverpool target Alisson as he believes Shakhtar Donetsk would be taking a greater advantage into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie if it was not for the goalkeeper’s “extraordinary” performance.Ukrainian champions Shakhtar came from behind to overcome Italian visitors Roma 2-1 in Wednesday’s opening leg in Kharkiv.After in-form attacker Cengiz Under put Roma ahead approaching half-time, Facundo Ferreyra dragged Shakhtar level seven minutes after the interval before Manchester City target Fred’s stunning free-kick sealed the comeback. 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 The margin could have been wider but Alisson – who has been heavily linked with Liverpool – thwarted Marlos and Taison during the contest.”The team performed well in the second half,” head coach Fonseca told reporters. “It wasn’t easy to keep up that pace after a long winter break.”We could’ve won with a bigger margin and Roma must thank Alisson, as their goalkeeper performed some extraordinary saves.”The manager went on to credit his side for adjusting to Roma’s style after the break.”We didn’t actually start the game too badly, and even created a good chance, but didn’t have a player to poke the ball in,” he said. “Later there was a problem with our positioning. Roma were aggressive while our lines were stretched. We sorted this after the break and that helped us win.”Shakhtar travel to Rome on March 13 for the return leg, and will be wary of a trip to Italy. The Ukrainian side topped Napoli 2-1 at home in the group stage before taking a 3-0 loss in Naples.last_img read more

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