New York, Jul 6 (PTI) A 2010 US Postal Service stamp mistakenly bearing the image of a Lady Liberty replica will cost the American post office a whopping USD 3.5 million for the copyright violation, according to a media report.In a 2010 stamp design, the United States Postal Service mistook a Las Vegas-based replica for the real Statue of Liberty.Now a federal court has ruled that the post office must pay the replica’s sculptor USD 3.5 million for violating his copyright, The New York Times reported.The statue by the artist Robert Davidson sits at the New York-New York casino in Las Vegas, thousands of kilometres away from the mint-green figure in New York Harbour.Yet an image of his sculpture made a surprise appearance on the post office’s Lady Liberty “forever” stamp in 2010.Davidson filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the post office in 2013, claiming it illegally used the image of his piece, and a federal court agreed, awarding him damages after he established that his piece was different enough from the original to be protected, the report said.Made of plaster mud, acrylic-based coating and foam, the replica is half the size of the real Statue of Liberty and sports more defined eyes and lips. Davidson argued in court that his mother-in-law’s face inspired the Las Vegas sculptures design. He said he made the statue’s appearance “a little more modern, a little more feminine” than the original’s “masculine” features. The post office had originally picked the photo by searching Getty Images, the stock-photo agency, and believed it showed the real statue. After sizing and cropping the photo to fit on a stamp, the post office released it to the public in December 2010.advertisement The post office, however, declined to comment on the case’s outcome, the report said. PTI AMS AKJ AMSAMS
Vivo is expected to launch the Y95 in India around the end of November for under Rs 15,000 price tag. Ahead of the India launch, Vivo as unveiled the Y95 in the Philippines for a price tag of 13,999 PHP, which when translated to INR comes roughly around Rs 19,000. This is the first market to get the Vivo Y95, which means India could be the second one. As previously rumoured, the key highlights of the Vivo Y95 are the waterdrop notch or Halo FullView display and 20MP selfie camera. The Vivo phone has been launched in two colours Starry Night Black and Aurora Red.Both the colour variants of the Vivo Y95 are expected to hit the Indian market as well. The Vivo Y95 is the successor to the previously announced Y93. Compared to the Y93, the newly announced Y95 comes with improved features like powerful hardware, enhance software, better designed and also cameras.The Vivo Y95 comes packed with a 6.22-inch IPS LCD screen which sports a tiny waterdrop notch on the top, which Vivo calls Halo FullView display. The waterdrop notch equips the 20MP selfie camera on it. The smartphone produces HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, but some publications based out of Philippines are claiming that the Vivo Y95 comes packed with 1.9GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor and not Helio P22.Vivo has launched the Y95 in just one variant, with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card. The smartphone, as rumoured, is backed by a 4,030mAh battery. The Y95 sports two cameras on the back side and a single sensor on the front. On the rear panel, the Vivo Y95 features a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a second sensor of 2-megapixel. On the front, the Vivo Y95 includes a 20MP selfie camera which comes paired with lots of AI features and face beauty camera mode for blemish-free selfies.advertisementOn the software front, the Vivo Y95 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS with FunTouch OS 4.5 UI on top out of the box. The Vivo phone also features a face unlock option and a rear mounted fingerprint sensor. As for the overall design of the phone, the Vivo Y95 looks a lot like the V9 Pro which launched in India recently.Vivo is set to launch the Y95 in India very soon. Although Vivo is yet to reveal the launch date details of the smartphone, India Today Tech can confirm that the Y95 will go official by the end of November. The launch date of the Vivo Y95 is yet to be officially revealed by the company.ALSO READ: OnePlus will launch its first 5G phone in 2019, but it may not be OnePlus 7Vivo mostly promotes its V series phones in India, but this time with the Vivo Y95, the company is changing its strategy. Like it goes for all the previously launched Y series smartphones, the Vivo Y95 will also be priced under Rs 15,000 in the country. A leak suggests that the smartphone could be priced Rs 14,999 in India. The final price of the phone will be revealed at the launch later this month.
Realme on Wednesday announced the Realme U1, which is the first phone in the company’s new U-series. The Realme U1 is a new budget offering that comes after the Realme 2 Pro and Realme C1. Not only does the phone highlight a 25MP selfie camera, it also happens to be the first smartphone in the world to run the latest Helio P70 chipset.The Realme U1 follows the company’s focus on offering a combination of style and power at an affordable price. This phone, in particular, looks to target the likes of Redmi’s Y-series phones as well as Honor’s budget phones in this segment.Realme U1 specificationsDisplay: The Realme U1 sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 409 ppiProcessor: It is powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 chipset with ARM G72 GPURAM: The phone comes with 3GB or 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The 3GB RAM model comes with 32GB of internal storage while the 4GB RAM variant is offered with 64GB of internal storage. Both variants support storage expandability up to 256GB via microSD cardRear camera: The Realme U1 comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual camera system. The primary sensor gets a f/2.2 aperture while the second sensor gets a f/2.4 apertureFront camera: The phone offers a 25MP Sony IMX576 selfie camera with f/2.0 apertureBattery: It houses a 3,500mAh battery and comes bundled with a 10W chargerSoftware: The Realme U1 runs ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 OreoRealme U1 features– In terms of design, the Realme U1 bears a lot of similarities with the Realme 2 Pro. It gets a similar dewdrop display, which means it comes with a tiny droplet-style notch and a large 6.3-inch FHD+ display with 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Notably, this also makes the Realme U1 the cheapest phone now with a waterdrop display.advertisement — The rear panel offers what Realme calls a light pillar design. This means you will notice streaks of light on the panel and a shift in the tint depending on how you view it under different light conditions. Realme says the U1 has a 13-layer micron-level coating under the back cover and an atomic-level bonding to offer a high quality plate. This phone is offered in three colours: Fiery Gold, Ambitious Black, and Brave– The Realme U1 is designed for consumers who take a lot of selfies, which is why the front camera offers a 25MP sensor. Realme claims that the selfie camera will offer crisp selfies with a lot of detail, colour recover and better noise control.– The other big highlight is that the Realme U1 is the world’s first phone to rock the new octa-core Helio P70 chipset. The processor succeeds the Helio P60 SoC that powers the likes of the Realme 1 and Nokia 5.1 Plus, among others. The new MediaTek chipset promises to deliver a 13 per cent boost in performance over its predecessor. The processor also brings an enhanced AI engine with up to 30 per cent improvement in AI processing over the Helio P60.Realme U1 price in India and availabilityThe Realme U1 has been priced starting at Rs 11,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 4GB + 64GB variant has been priced at Rs 14,499. The Realme U1 will be available online exclusive on Amazon India starting 12 noon on December 5.ALSO READ | Realme U1 brings a 25MP selfie camera, Helio P70 chip at Rs 11,999The e-commerce platform is also offering 5 per cent cashback with SBI, No Cost EMI and Jio benefits on purchasing the U1. Realme also announced a couple of new accessories such as the Iconic Case for the Realme U1 for Rs 499, and the Realme Buds earphones with kevlar fabric and magnetic attachment also for Rs 499.
MS Dhoni is well and truly back. After failing to impress in the 50-over format o the game throughout 2018 wherein he scored at 25, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman began the World Cup year on a high.Three fifties in as many games and two match-winning knocks from Dhoni’s blade helped India clinch a historic bilateral series win in Australia. Dhoni, with 193 runs, finished as the highest Indian run-scorer in the three-match series.Having silenced his critics and seemingly repaid the faith captain Virat Kohli and the team management had in him after playing the finisher’s role to perfection in Australia, Dhoni heads to New Zealand as India are set to play a five-match ODI and three match T20I series from January 23.Over the years, Dhoni has found a lot of success in New Zealand. The 37-year-old has scored 541 runs in New Zealand at an average of 90.16 from 12 matches. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, who first toured New Zealand in 2009 has scored six half-centuries but hasn’t reached the three-figure mark yet.Notably, Dhoni is third on the list of most runs scored by a batsman in India-New Zealand ODI series in New Zealand. With 456 uns from 10 matches at 76, Dhoni is sitting behind Sachin Tendulkar (652 from 18 matches) and Virender Sehwag (598 in 12 matches).Top four players in the said batting chart are Indians with former captain Rahul Dravid in the fourth place with 425 runs. Ross Taylor, with 414 runs from 10 matches, is the only Black Caps player in the top five.Dhoni also became the first India captain to win an ODI series as he led the team to a 3-1 win against a Daniel Vettori-led side.advertisementNonetheless, India’s record in New Zealand over the years is ordinary. From 34 matches in bilateral series, the Asian giants have won only 10 and lost 21 matches. In seven series played in New Zealand, India have managed to win only one and lost four while two ended as draws.India’s last trip to New Zealand came in 2013-14 didn’t go as planned as an MS Dhoni-led side were beaten 4-1 in a five-match series.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s men arrived in Auckland on Sunday ahead of the first ODI, which will be played in Napier on Wednesday. The team was given a warm welcome by a section of fans who had gathered at the airport.Notably, captain Kohli had enjoyed his last day of what had been a memorable tour of Australia catching up on some tennis action at Australian Open. Along with Bollywood actor and wife, Anushka Sharma, the top-ranked batsman had posed with Roger Federer, who was ousted in the Round of 16 by Greek youngster, Stefanos Tsitsipas.Also Read | Michael Bevan finished matches with fours, MS Dhoni does so with sixes: Ian ChappellAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batsman, says Michael Clarke
There was a time when Sunil Gavaskar had batted without helmets against the fearsome West Indies pace bowlers, which included the scary quintet of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft, Malcolm Marshall. However, the sport has gone through quite a lot of changes over the last few decades.Following an array of unfortunate on-field incidents, including the tragic death of Australia opener Philip Hughes, the usage of helmets has been made mandatory under the new helmet regulations of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2017. Concussion tests for batsmen and safety tests for helmets are immediately held if a batsman gets hit by a bouncer.However, protective gears for bowlers and umpires are a rarity in international cricket even as the bats are getting bigger and thicker. With the advent of T20 cricket, batsmen are striking harder than ever leaving the bowlers and sometimes, the on-field officials in danger of getting injured.Recently, India and Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda was struck on his forehead by a cricket ball while he was attempting for a caught-and-bowled chance during a practice T20 game at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.Pacer @dindaashoke gets hit on forehead by a ball during #Bengal teams practice session at Eden Gardens. Pacer was rushed to hospital but doctors say nothing to worry. pic.twitter.com/4iCu5EB4NjIndrojit | (@iindrojit) February 11, 2019Dinda continued bowling a few balls but complained of dizziness before being taken to a local hospital wherein he was cleared of anything alarming. Dinda was adviced two day’s of rest following CT scans to his injured forehead.advertisementFollowing the frightful incident, India off-spinner R Ashwin and pacer Jaydev Unakdat have called for face masks for bowlers in cricket. Unadkat shared a video of Dinda’s injury and stressed the need for protective gear for bowlers.Been saying it since 2011, these kind of incidences never used to happen in the pre T 20 Era. Something has surely changed , wonder what it is https://t.co/5xasN4IAbZAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 14, 2019″About time that a face-mask for bowlers makes its way into all that has evolved in cricket. Its scary how this kind of incidents have become frequent in our game! Hope you good Dinda @dindaashoke .. What do you say Ash bhai? (sic)” Unadkat wrote on Twitter.Replying to Unadkat, Ashwin wrote: “Been saying it since 2011, these kind of incidences never used to happen in the pre T 20 Era. Something has surely changed, wonder what it is (sic).”Also See:
Akshay Kumar is reportedly playing a 16th century king in his upcoming film Housefull 4. Earlier, it was reported that the film will revolve around the theme of reincarnation and fresh reports now claim that Akshay will be seen as a bald king from the 16th century, in his past life, in the film. Interestingly, a photo showing Akshay as a bald man in a king’s clothes went viral last year.Housefull 4 is directed by Farhan Shamji and also stars Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda, Pooja Hegde, Rana Daggubati, Chunky Pandey, Boman Irani, Sharad Kelkar, Johnny Lever and Jamie Lever.A source close to the development told a leading daily, “The fourth instalment offers a hilarious spin on reincarnation. In the first half that is set in the 16th century, Akshay sports a different look as the king. In fact, the picture of one of his looks, where he is flaunting a bald pate, went viral last year. Bobby, on the other hand, will be seen sporting long hair in this portion. Since Chunkey Pandey’s character Aakhri Pasta has been established as half-Italian in the previous editions, the makers were struggling to incorporate him in the 16th century.”It is also reported that Chunkey will play Vasco Da Gama’s nephew in his past life in the film.Portions of the film relating to the past life of the characters are reportedly shot in Rajasthan, while the current-day portions have been shot in London.Sajid Khan, who has directed all three films in the franchise, was initially named the director of this instalment too, but was replaced by Farhad Samji after allegations of sexual harassment against him surfaced last year. Nana Patekar was replaced by Rana Daggubati following similar allegations.advertisementMeanwhile, Akshay Kumar is riding high on the success of his recently released film Kesari. The actor has also shot for a special song for brother-in-law Karan Kapadia’s film Blank. Akshay is currently shooting for Good News with Kareena Kapoor. The film, which also features Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh in key roles, explores the subject of surrogacy. Rumour has it that Taimur Ali Khan will make his Bollywood debut with the film, which is slated to hit the theatres on September 6.Akshay also has Mission Mangal with Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Tamil actor Nithya Menen in the pipeline.ALSO READ: Taimur Ali Khan to make his Bollywood debut in mom Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Good News? Details hereALSO SEE: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh tell fans to be ready for Good NewsALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood
Rishabh Pant and Suresh Raina are rivals on the field in the Indian Premier League but they share a special bond. And their great rapport is all too evident even on the field as it was during IPL 2019 Qualifier 2 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in Vizag on Friday.Rishabh Pant has been a thorn in the flesh for several teams in the 2019 Indian Premier League. On Friday, Chennai Super Kings’ spinners had put Delhi Capitals in all sorts of trouble but that did not stop Suresh Raina from helping out Rishabh Pant with his shoelaces. Opposition fielders often help batsmen with their shoelaces as they are constrained with pads.#SpiritOfCricket at #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/gWIY5NwEGLIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2019Rishabh Pant was the leading light for Delhi Capitals who were looking for their maiden IPL final berth. Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja had picked crucial wickets to put CSK on top but Pant’s innings helped DC get to some kind of respectability.This is not the first time Suresh Raina and Rishabh Pant showed their strong bond on the cricket field even as rivals. During a league game against Chennai Super Kings this season, Rishabh Pant blocked Suresh Raina from reaching the batting crease. It was all in good humour of course and the two had a good laugh.Rishabh Pant was ignored for the 2019 Cricket World Cup but he has since played a few mind-numbing innings leaving experts and former cricketers in awe. He played a crucial knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 IPL Eliminator and left Michal Vaughan wondering why he was not picked for the World Cup.advertisementIn an interview with Aaj Tak, Rishabh Pant admitted he was disappointed with the World Cup snub but added he had moved on and his focus was on the World Cup.Also Read | MS Dhoni reacts to Dads Army vs Kids Army in IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: Not botheredAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh’s reply to Virat Kohli’s social media post is epic
West Indies haven’t had much success against Australia in recent ODI history. In fact, they have won only 5 in 32 ODIs against the defending world champions in the last 15 years.However, things are expected to change when a rejuvenated West Indies take Australia in their second World Cup 2019 match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday.West Indies announced their arrival with a bang after thrashing Pakistan by 7 wickets in their World Cup opener last Friday. There is a sense of optimism around this Jason Holder’s side that was missing with the Caribbean sides in the last decade.Jason Holder has said West Indies are geared up to take on the in-form Australian side but maintained that they are not being carried away by the win over Pakistan.Recent formRecent form doesn’t matter for the West Indies as they have got all their big names, including the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, and Shimron Hetmyer, for the World Cup campaign. Jason Holder’s men sent a warning notice to the rest of the teams in the 10-team world event when they bowled Pakistan out for 105 with a barrage of bouncers.Australia, on the other hand, clinched a convincing win over Afghanistan in their World Cup opener. Aaron Finch’s men have been on a roll as they headed into World Cup after a 5-0 series win over Pakistan in the UAE and were the only team with a 100 percent record in the warm-ups.Pitch prediction – Trent Bridge, NottinghamThe last time, Australia played an ODI at Trent Bridge, England set a world-record total of 481. Known to be a paradise for batsmen, Trent Bridge has produced one high-scoring and a low-scoring game so far at the World Cup.advertisementPakistan were bundled out for 105 in Nottingham last week but they came back well to post 348 and beat hosts England on Monday.Overcast conditions are predicted for Thursday and a little bit of swing can be the only relief for bowlers at Trent Bridge.Playing XI prediction: Australia vs West IndiesAndre Russell seemed to pick up a niggle during the Pakistan clash but he is reportedly fit for the big tie vs Australia. West Indies are unlikely to change the playing XI that dominated Pakistan.On the other hand, Australia are likely to replace Adam Zampa with off-spinner Nathan Lyon, considering the number of left-handers in the West Indies batting line-up.Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glen Maxwell, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan LyonWest Indies: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Jason Holder (captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane ThomasAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fastest captain from sub-continent to 50 ODI winsAlso See:
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga on Thursday said India wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni should play for another one or two years to enable him to pass on his experience to young players.Considered as India’s best finisher, Dhoni has been facing severe criticism for his baffling batting approach against England in the World Cup match on June 30. Malinga, however, feels nobody can beat the India wicket-keeper batsman.”I think MS (Dhoni) should play for another one or two years. He is the best finisher in the last 10 years. I don’t think anyone can beat him in future. He has to give his experience and situation handling to all the young players. They (India) have good experience in past captain MS Dhoni. I think that’s why they are a successful team. I think they are good enough to beat any team in this competition,” Malinga told ANI.India secured its World Cup semi-finals berth after beating Bangladesh on earlier this week. When asked what does he think about Virat Kohli’s captaincy, Malinga said the India skipper does not have to do much as India have got good players.”I think Virat has a good luxury. They (India) have good players, they showed their character in the IPL tournament. They know exactly their ownership in the team, every single player then Virat doesn’t have to do much,” Malinga said.When quipped about India pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami’s performance in the World Cup, Sri Lanka fast bowler said both Bumrah and Shami are accurate bowlers and know how to handle the pressure. Malinga also credited spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav to India’s success in the ongoing tournament.advertisement”They (Bumrah and Shami) are the most accurate bowlers. Shami is the guy who took five wickets and three wickets. Every time he gets the ball he knows how accurate it is for him. Jasprit is an experienced death overs bowler. He knows how to handle pressure situation,” Malinga said.”I think that combination is very good for them. And I think they have two genuine good spinners. That’s why they are a well successful team. Jasprit is doing good in this world cup and I am still waiting for his five wickets in the World Cup. I fell if he gets five wickets in the semi-finals they will definitely qualify for the final,” he added.Reflecting on his team Sri Lanka, Malinga said his team is in a good position but could not qualify for the semi-finals as their first two matches were washed out.”Unfortunately we didn’t play two matches (against Pakistan and Bangladesh) because of rain wash. Then we won three matches. Then we have opportunity day after. We are also in a good position but unfortunately, we are not qualified for the World Cup semi-finals. Still, if we play in the last two matches we never know what’s going on. But we can’t control that,” he said.Malinga further lauded Avishka Fernando and his skipper Dimuth Karunaratne. He also added that these players have to carry the team in future.”Avishka (Fernando) played really well and other young players had a good experience of the World Cup. I feel after the world cup they have to carry the momentum. Dimuth (Karunaratne) is good. He showed his opening ability in ODI cricket. They have to carry Sri Lankan cricket in future,” Malinga added.When asked about his future plans, Malinga said he will have a word with Sri Lanka cricket board and accordingly decide.”I want to go to Sri Lanka and meet the Sri Lanka cricket board and ask what they are expecting from me next month or next year. Then according to that, I want to get my decision as soon as possible,” he said.India will take on Sri Lanka on July 6 at Headingley in Leeds.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Fans amused as Sarfaraz Ahmed says Pakistan will try to post 500 vs BangladeshAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni using different bat logos as goodwill gestureAlso See
England were crowned new world champions in the most dramatic fashions after the match went to the Super Over which also ended in a tie.Eoin Morgan’s men were declared winners because the number of boundaries hit came into play.England’s players erupted in celebration after the historic triumph at Lord’s and wild scenes from the ground were quite visible.Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid left England’s team celebrations after their World Cup triumph at Lord’s on Sunday when Jonny Bairstow popped the cork and started spraying his team with champagne.Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are Muslim and their faith forbids them from consuming alcohol. The two spinners were celebrating with the team at the podium but made a hasty exit when Bairstow sprayed the players with champagne.Both Moeen and Rashid joined their England teammates after the champagne celebration ended.Omg I’m laughing so much Pree Moeen Ali & Rashids facial reaction to the champagne celebration! Real Muslim brothers! pic.twitter.com/Hydv5qXLKNHaider Ali (@HaiderAkhtar1) July 14, 2019Speaking at the post-match press conference, England captain Eoin Morgan said the cultural diversity of the players epitomises the team.”We had Allah with us as well. I spoke to Adil Rashid, he said Allah was definitely with us. I said we had the rub of the green. That actually epitomises our team.”We’re from quite diverse backgrounds and cultures and guys grow up in different countries. To actually find humour in the situation we were in at times was pretty cool,” Morgan said.advertisementHowever, a few people on social media said England should have celebrated in a way which made Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid comfortable.Also Read | Should New Zealand, not England have won World Cup 2019?Also Read | Allah was with us: Eoin Morgan takes pride in diverse cultures in World Cup-winning England teamAlso See:
I looked at the first five coaches in the Big 12 on Wednesday in Part I (which you can read here) and now it’s time to look at the next five. Here are Big 12 coaches saying things at Big 12 media days and my translation of what they said.Art BrilesWhat he said: “The stadium speaks for itself. It’s going to be as unique stadium as there is in the United States of America. What it has done in my mind is that those 44 to 60 million people that drive down I-35 every day, some eight-year-old girl or boy is going to be sitting in the back seat buckled up hopefully and look out the window to the right or the left, depending on which way they’re going, they’re going to say, Momma or Grandmother, man, look at that place. That place is beautiful. Where is that? And she’s going to say, Baylor. And then so for the rest of their lives they’re going to associate Baylor with excellence.”What he meant: “I got paid.”Gary PattersonWhat he said: “Did my job get tougher? Yes, no doubt about it. Even though this being my third time, a lot more comfortable coming into this setting. You understand who you have to play. You know the stints, you know the players. There’s not going to be any surprises as far as you get ‑‑ everyone’s going to have good players.”What he meant: “My gosh you guys score a lot of points.”Mike GundyWhat he said: “It’s going to be a big challenge for our team, but they’re very excited. One advantage to an opener against a very good football team, much less the national champion and returning Heisman Trophy winner, is motivation is there. They’ve worked hard this summer. I can’t imagine we’ll have any issues motivating them in practice in the month of August when it gets really hot and they get fatigued they’ll be able to push through it.”What he meant: “I really really really don’t like Mike Holder.”Charlie WeisWhat he said: “My involvement with the offense will take place during the week. It will not take place on game day. I will not be involved on game day, other than a critical situation. I’ll let the offensive staff run the offense line. I’m more of a sounding board, I’m more of an advisor right now. I’d like to think I’m a good person for him to use as a resource.”What he meant: “I finally realized we don’t have a decided schematic advantage.”Kliff KingsburyWhat he said: Moderator: Next up this morning, Coach Kliff Kingsbury from Texas Tech University. Coach, welcome, and your thoughts about the upcoming season. Kingsbury: Let’s just get to questions.What he meant: “I am taking literally the entire Dallas Mavericks dance team to dinner tonight and I don’t have time for any of this.”Photo Attribution: USATSIIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Is Dez Bryant about to go down in flames? (USATSI)I want to watch Dez Bryant on film as much as the next person but there might be a video of No. 88 coming out soon that is, uh, less than enjoyable for fans of his.The rumors of a Ray Rice-like video of Dez existing have been around for a few days now but they’re definitely cresting today. It apparently took place in a Wal-Mart (which wouldn’t be the first time Dez made news at a Wal-Mart)Mike Florio went on the radio in Dallas last week to talk about the rumor and said it’s a story that “all of the major insiders know about” but isn’t sure if video of the entire thing even exists.Then this from Florio today. I haven’t written about or discussed the Dez Bryant video that may or may not exist since Friday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. I will today.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 25, 2015Dez, of course, is denying it all but perhaps all of this (and the Cowboys’ knowledge of it) is the answer to the “why hasn’t Dez gotten paid yet?” question.I have no idea what’s going to happen with this — I’m not sure how much smoke can exist without at least a brushfire — but for now it certainly doesn’t sound great.The other side of that, though, is that I have to think if a video existed of an incident that allegedly happened quite a long time ago, it would have been released by now.https://twitter.com/corkgaines/status/570632191601803265Unless, of course, whoever has it (apparently a good friend of Dez’s) put it under lock and key until the bid peaked which it seemingly has.I’m concerned, yes, because the Ray Rice saga was just brutal to watch, not to mention the fact that I like watching Dez play and Dez might not play again for a long time if any or all of this rumor is true.But I’m also hopeful that this is another in a long list of seemingly empty accusations against one of my favorite Cowboys ever.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
First of all, an apology. I somehow missed seeing this over the last few weeks. Only when I was tooling around in writing my spot on how important Jordan Sterns is to this team did I unearth this quote from No. 13 on the 2015 season.“I think we can be the best in the country,” said Sterns on media day.Whoa.“That’s just how much I believe in this team. I’m going to aim high. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that and I believe that. I think we can really go to the College Football Playoff and make it to the national championship.”I love this. No hedging, no antics. No games. Just “I have confidence in my fellas, we have a good QB, we’re older and this is how good we can be.”Plus, how could you not be that confident with this dude at the helm?Glenn Spencer is the poster man of the new W.T.I.B. mantra.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Oklahoma State will be off this weekend for a much needed BYE week and rest, but TV times and details have already been set for the Oct. 24 matchup against Kansas.The game will air on Fox Sports 1, and is slated to start at 2:30PM the Big 12 conference announced on Monday.#Big12FB: Times & TV information for week eight/October 24 games. pic.twitter.com/RxopTB1G0X— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 12, 2015The series between the Jayhawks and Cowboys is tied at 14-14-2 in games played in Stillwater, however they have not won in Stillwater since 2007.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has had two extremely productive consecutive years at the FBS level for the Cowboys, and with his NFL draft stock soaring it appears he will indeed answer the call for the NFL and likely enter the draft early. On senior night Saturday, Ogbah was honored with the Seniors.Emmanuel Ogbah’s next stop: The NFL. pic.twitter.com/FEqOFpF0my— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) November 29, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
When covering recruiting, it’s easy for me to use the terminology loosely with “official visits” and “unofficial visits”. So, what’s the difference between the two visits, if any, and what does it mean for OSU recruiting?By NCAA definition, official visits are any visits to a college campus by a college-bound student athlete paid for by the college, whereas unofficial visits are paid for by the student athlete or their parents.But naturally, the NCAA has more stipulations than just who pays for the visit.First Opportunity to Visit “officially”As with this time of year, the term “unofficial visit” is used regularly in football for one main reason: Age. The NCAA stipulates that “official” recruiting visits may only be taken starting the first day of classes of the prospect’s senior year in high school.And with the entire 2016 class already signed (For the most part), OSU is now recruiting 2017 prospects, who won’t start their senior year until some time in August. Unofficial visits may take place at any time, except during dead recruiting periods.How many schools can prospects officially visit?Prospects are allowed to take a maximum of five “official” expense-paid visits, with no more than one permitted to one school. Which means if you’re committed to OSU, then 2017 Quarterback Jelani Woods is only allowed one official visit to Stillwater his senior season where OSU foots the bill for the trip. Which means most prospects are very selective about which game they attend, and OSU is selective about which game they encourage prospects to attend.Length of visitThe benefit of an unofficial visit is that there is no time limit. So long as the student athlete or their parent is paying for lodging, transportation, etc., they can stay as long as they like. But official visits cannot exceed 48 hours, and that clock begins as soon as the prospect arrives on campus.Transportation, Entertainment, Lodging, Meals and ParkingAll of these can be provided by OSU for prospects taking official visits. That’s not the case with unofficial visits, where the school may not provide any of these services.Typically, Oklahoma State will host official visitors on big gamedays in Stillwater. Homecoming and Hoops is one example of a big weekend, where they can host both basketball and football recruits for visits and give a good experience.In the past OSU has aimed for one big official visit weekend to get as many prospects on campus. And with OSU facing competition to host prospects during the football season, the Cowboys have found recent success with this taking place just after football season concludes. This year, OSU hosted a slew of top prospects on Jan. 15 and 16th, just after the season ended and about three weeks until signing day. It’s a good opportunity for the committed recruits to get to know one another and, for those undecided, it’s also an opportunity for those who have their mind made up to potentially sway others into becoming a Cowboy.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Oklahoma State recently hosted their 11th annual Football 101 event for the women who chose to attend. The ladies who choose to attend the event get the opportunity to do essentially everything football players get to do that fans don’t typically get to do or so.“We try to have those women experience things about Cowboy football that people just don’t know until they get behind the walls,” Mack Butler, Director of Football Operations said. “They get to experience a practice, go down stairs and be in the weight room, throw up some weight, tape their ankles, eat at the training table with the fellas, have a position meeting with the coaches. It’s just a big time day.”It’s really a pretty cool event OSU does for the ladies to get them integrated with the program and make them feel comfortable. Comfortable enough that one woman accepted a challenge to tackle defensive tackle Ben Hughes during the camp! If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Benjamin Woodburn ‘I won’t sleep tonight’ – Woodburn elated with stunning goal on Wales debut Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 07:31 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Wales v Austria Austria Wales WC Qualification Europe World Cup The 17-year-old Liverpool player netted a sublime effort to give his side a crucial three points, earning praise from Chris Coleman for his composure Ben Woodburn admitted he will have a hard time getting over the thrill of scoring on his debut for Wales in a 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday.The 17-year-old became the nation’s second-youngest goalscorer behind Gareth Bale when his searing 73rd-minute strike reignited Wales’ hopes of reaching the World Cup.Liverpool and Man City to draw 3/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Born in England, the Liverpool youngster had been on the pitch for just five minutes before he fired the hosts to within two points of second-placed Republic of Ireland in Group D.And with a home match against Ireland to come after clashes with Moldova and Georgia, the goal could prove to be a turning point in Wales’ qualification campaign.“The ball just came out of the air and I just tried to shoot it as quickly as I could,” Woodburn told Sky Sports. “It is a great feeling. I could not ask for much more from the fans. I will not sleep tonight.”Woodburn’s goal rewarded the faith of Wales boss Chris Coleman, who introduced the teenager in search of a much-needed three points.With a play-off place now in reach, the former Fulham and Real Sociedad manager paid tribute to his new star’s cool head.”I know his strike was fantastic but his all-round composure was great too,” Coleman said.Ben.Woodburn. #TogetherStronger #WALAUT pic.twitter.com/qAxY8tCQvB — Wales (@FAWales) September 2, 2017 “I just told Ben to express himself in the last third and he knew all about his defensive duties.”It was a great game for him to make his debut in – they do not come tougher than that.”Wales have the chance to make it two straight victories in qualifying when they visit Moldova on Tuesday ahead of October’s all-important double-header.
Barcelona It is not done – Iniesta clears up Barcelona contract confusion Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 07:22 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol Primera División The veteran midfielder said he will “see what happens” with regards his future and insists his relationship with the club’s officials is fine Andres Iniesta explained his “misunderstanding” with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu after the 5-0 win over Espanyol and he is in no rush to sign a new contract.Last week, Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo that Barca had an “agreement in principle” for Spain great Iniesta to extend his career-long association with the club beyond the end of the season.Barca 13/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The 33-year-old refuted this when briefly questioned by reporters at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Wednesday and clarified his position having helped Ernesto Valverde’s team preserve their perfect start to La Liga, with Lionel Messi netting a hat-trick.”When there is a principle of an agreement, it is understood that everything is done. And it is not done,” Iniesta told reporters.”I have been talking for some time. Things are going as they are. My only desire is to perform to the maximum and win titles with the club.“I am not clear when I will make the decision. I do not think about it. My head, my heart and my body will decide.”This is my home but the situation is what it is and we will see what happens.”I feel calm. It is normal, when you are in this situation, to value many things. I’m very focused on what is mine. When there is news, people will know by the usual means.”Despite Barcelona’s emphatic win, a section of supporters at Camp Nou chanted calling for Bartomeu to resign, his standing having taken a heavy hit after Neymar’s world-record sale to Paris Saint-Germain.Being at odds with a club icon such as Iniesta is unlikely to have helped matters but the playmaker explained he has cleared the air with Bartomeu to try and avert another off-field saga for Barca.Gran partido! Siempre especial ganar el derbi!!! Seguimos! Força Barça! #Semedo pic.twitter.com/2WiKDQVmfK— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) September 9, 2017″I talked to him because I would never put anything personal ahead of the club,” he added.”What happened was a misunderstanding with the president, but it was not a reaction to contradict anyone.”I love Barca so much that I will never have a conflict. When there is so much noise from outside I think it is not good, but people express themselves as they feel.”