first_imgThe last week of the regular season. It’s been a blast this year, hasn’t it? Rivalry week abounds and really gets cranking on Friday night with TCU-Baylor. OSU badly needs a TCU win in that game to have a chance at the Big 12 title on Saturday night. Here’s this week’s schedule via Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 13 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.AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgYou guys all know the story by now. Baker meets OSU soccer player. Baker falls in love with OSU soccer player. OSU soccer player roots for OSU in Bedlam. The whole thing is quite funny and great.And it turned out to be the source of some terrific College GameDay signs which Baillie Burmaster (Baker’s girlfriend) embraced with a smile. Well done all the way around.Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.06 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.12 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.00 PMAdChoices广告When helping out @CollegeGameDay and you become the joke of @CollegeGameDay signs… pic.twitter.com/unlyi6xpvf— Baillie Burmaster (@bayburmTV) November 28, 2015 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

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. Former Oklahoma State player Donovan Woods made it on campus today in Stillwater, and both Woods and new transfer running back Barry J. Sanders met up during his time to take a picture. Sanders had nothing but good things to say about the former Cowboy in a post he later published on Instagram:Pretty cool to see Sanders embracing his time already spent in Stillwater and making the most of it. Also, I believe this is the first visual proof that Sanders is on campus. Hooray for football season!last_img read more

first_imgHowever despite Romney’s best efforts, Pickens currently supports two other teams, both which hail from Texas:#OKstate Boone Pickens’ top choices for Big 12 expansion: Houston and SMU— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 3, 2016Last week, the Big 12 narrowed down their options to 11 schools according to an ESPN report, notably removing Memphis, once considered a top candidate, from consideration. Pickens’ comments are a perfect example of the fact that everyone seems to have an opinion on which schools they want to include, but no one really has any idea what’s actually going on. Even billionaires like Pickens don’t have the final say in what the Big 12 will ultimately do as a conference, so maybe we all just need to sit back and grab a drink and a lawn chair and watch this beautiful mess unfold right in front of us. 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. Mitt Romney has been very vocally supportive of the BYU Cougars in the process of Big 12 expansion that has evolved in recent months.According to recent reports, Romney has gone so far as to call OSU megabooster Boone Pickens himself to try and sell BYU as a candidate for expansion.#OKState donor Boone Pickens said Mitt Romney called him and asked him to support BYU to be included in the Big 12 expansion— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) September 3, 2016last_img read more

first_imgDuring the Thursday night match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, Dez Bryant caught the 65th touchdown pass of his career.  That mark tied former Dallas Cowboy receiver and now hall-of-famer, Michael Irvin. He was so excited for his boy, he took some grass and put it in his .. pocket, I presume.Love being at my @Dallascowboys vs @Viking game. I got to see my son @DezBryant tie me with his 65th TD. Congrats 88❤️⭐️? pic.twitter.com/eVEuDIuHMt— Michael Irvin (@michaelirvin88) December 2, 2016Dez finished with four catches for 84 yards and that historic touchdown catch.Screen pass.@DezBryant.… TOUCHDOWN!??: https://t.co/WnjN3VuYXk?: NBC + NFLN #TNF #DALvsMIN https://t.co/Zx4bcGlmBJ— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2016 During the post-game show Michael Irvin himself asked Dez what it meant to him.“You know it’s cool, you know, but I’m gonna take it back to what Zeke said, it’s so much bigger than that right now, as long as we just stay committed and stay focused, good things are going to happen.”Irvin accomplished the feat in 159 games with the Cowboys. Bryant has done it in just 93. At 65 touchdown receptions as Cowboys, Bryant and Irvin share the right to second place in Dallas Cowboy history just ahead of tight end Jason Witten with 62 touchdowns (in 219 games). That’s behind Dallas’ all-time leader, Bob Hayes, who had 71 TD-receptions in 128 games.The Cowboys beat the Vikings 17-15 at U.S. Bank Stadium, in an historic night for the Cowboys and Dez Bryant who move to 11-1 on the season. 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

first_imgJust days after making an appearance in the Shrine Game over the weekend, former Oklahoma State tight end Blake Jarwin has been added to the Reese’s Senior Bowl which will be played this Saturday, Jan. 28.According to Pro Football Focus’ Bryson Vesnaver, Jarwin dropped the only target he saw this past weekend in 13 routes ran. But he apparently graded out well in run-blocking, with a 71.8 grade on 13 snaps.As a senior, Jarwin caught 19 passes for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns — both career-highs.Jarwin will join up with fellow teammate Jordan Sterns in the senior bowl. Both will be on the South team. 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

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. Mason Rudolph had to watch it. Matt Ryan did.Reliving a loss like Oklahoma State’s 38-20 defeat in Bedlam last season or the Atlanta Falcons’ 34-28 overtime letdown in the Super Bowl is about as fun as seeing photos of your bowl cut from middle school.After the Super Bowl, Ryan said everyone processes those types of losses differently, but both quarterbacks got rather familiar with the feeling of digesting isolated embarrassment.“I remember Matt Ryan talking about the Super Bowl,” Rudolph said at Big 12 Media Days.AdChoices广告He said a reporter asked Ryan whether he had turned his back on watching the tape after giving up 31 straight.“No,” Rudolph recalled Ryan saying. “I don’t try to bury that. I try to watch it.”Ryan went 17-of-23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Not a terrible game. But if you watched the game, there were plenty of times Ryan made the wrong decision, or at least let his coordinator make the wrong decision.“I watched it the day after,” Ryan said, according to ESPN.com. “I watched it two days after, and then I watched it three days after. … You kind of want to be able to deal with it appropriately.”Rudolph, too, was back in the film room the day after Bedlam.He finished that game with a 44 completion percentage, 186 yards and no passing touchdowns. It was a dreary day filled with arrant passes that somehow never got intercepted.Postgame, Rudolph took responsibility for the loss, giving “no excuses.”A lot of Rudolph’s struggles that day were just execution, he said, so the tape told a lot of the story.“I wanted to get better and improve myself from it,” Rudolph said. “And not make the same mistake twice.”last_img read more

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. With Justice Hill coming back for a sophomore encore and J.D. King potentially playing the role of a young Justice Hill/Chris Carson hybrid, OSU should be able to replicate what it did down the stretch in 2016. Even more encouraging is that OSU has a veteran offensive line that seemed to find its footing in the second half of last year (I’d be more concerned if the numbers above were reversed).“There’s no substitute for experience,” said Mike Gundy earlier this fall. “We’ve talked about Shane Richards and Dylan Galloway, but Aaron Cochran has played 20 games in the Pac-12 for Cal. (Brad) Lundblade has been around. (Zach) Crabtree has been around.“And when we talk about experienced players, we’re talking about guys that have played on the road in tough spots when it’s hot and loud and everything is going against you, and they’ve still found ways to be successful. It helps that we have those guys who have been around. The younger guys don’t quite understand what it takes in those situations yet so it helps to have those veteran guys.”It also helps to have had a seven-game stretch in which you were one of the best rushing teams in the country once again for the first time since 2012. Do that again in 2017, and we could be talking about a 14- or 15-game sample size instead of just 13. First six games — 227 carries for 778 yardsNext seven games — 264 carries for 1,445 yardsThat 5.5 number the second half of the year would have ranked top 15 in the country. That’s some 2011 stuff from the Cowboys. And this season will depend on them keeping it up. As has been the case for most of Mike Gundy’s tenure in Stillwater, OSU will be as good as its running game. The offense is built around it. Gundy wants to run it as much as possible.center_img Remember this time a year ago? There was so much angst about a run game coming off a 2015 season in which it averaged a paltry 3.58 yards per carry, good for No. 114 in the country that year.And to be honest, 2016 didn’t start all that much better. Here were OSU’s game-by-game averages over the first half of the regular season last year in terms of yards per carry.SE Louisiana — 3.8Central Michigan — 1.9Pittsburgh — 3.1Baylor — 3.9Texas — 3.8Iowa State — 3.3Total — 3.4AdChoices广告Not good! That number was actually worse than the 2015 number that left the Pokes outside the top 110 in the nation. But then something flipped in game No. 7 against Kansas. Maybe it was that they were playing Kansas. Maybe it was that Justice Hill lost his mind. Maybe it was that the offensive line finally figured out how to work together. Who knows.But Hill and Chris Carson both ran for seven a carry, and it was lights out from there for the rest of the season for the Cowboys in the run game.Kansas — 5.0West Virginia — 2.7Kansas State — 6.9Texas Tech — 5.5TCU — 7.4Oklahoma — 5.9Colorado 4.6Total — 5.5So to review.last_img read more

first_imgAn urban farm, a dedicated literacy advocate and an exuberant community volunteer were recognized today, Oct. 17, for outstanding contributions to intergernational work throughout the province. The inaugural Lieutenant-governor’s Intergenerational Awards were given out at the Department of Seniors’ annual fall consultation at the Holiday Inn Harbourview, Dartmouth. “My hope is this award will help create more connections between the generations,” said Mayann Francis, lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia. “When we link people together, we build communities and that is a benefit to us all.” The theme of the awards, Generations Growing Together, is designed to recognize the work of community volunteers and organizations who encourage or inspire interaction and bonding between age groups. “The Department of Seniors is very pleased to work in partnership with the Youth Secretariat and the Rotary Club of Halifax to support these awards,” said Minister of Seniors Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “This award program recognizes the value and importance of intergenerational bonding as highlighted in the Strategy for Positive Aging in Nova Scotia.” The Urban Farm Museum of Spryfield was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Group award for promoting intergenerational events and activities within its community. Doris Evans of Cherry Brook, was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award: Older Generation, for a lifetime of service improving the literacy of youth in her community. Kandra Morgan of Lunenburg, was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award: Younger Generation, for her dedication to working with seniors at Harbour View Haven long-term care facility. Winners received a framed certificate, a letter of recognition from the lieutenant-governor, and a cash donation to the program or, in the case of individual awards, a donation to a not-for-profit organization chosen by the recipient. Sponsorship of the awards is shared by the Rotary Club of Halifax (the volunteer group award), the Youth Secretariat (the younger generation award), and the Department of Seniors (the older generation award). For more information on the awards and the recipients see www.gov.ns.ca/scs or by phone the Department of Seniors Secretariat toll free at 1-800-670-0065.last_img read more

first_imgUS actresses Cynthia Nixon, Kristen Bell, Tracee Ellis Ross and Michelle Monaghan, all of whom have played a key part in changing the TV landscape, have taken part in a filmed debate for The EDIT to discuss contentious yet crucial topics such as sexism, diversity (of all shapes, ages and colors) and opportunity for women.Video: 4 Influential Actresses Debate Issues Affecting Women In TVThe four women talk passionately about issues affecting them, their peers and the industry. On the subject of pressure on female actors to look good, Tracee Ellis Ross – daughter of Diana Ross and the first black woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 30 years – comments, “There is so much shaming going on… It’s often hard to navigate through and remove the shame from the conversation and ask yourself, ‘Am I comfortable with what I look like?’”Prolific film and TV actress Kristen Bell reveals, “We are culpable in this charade. For the Emmys, I wore this beautiful dress and couldn’t wear a bra, and I took Leukoflex tape and I taped my nipple to my shoulder. I’m not perfect, my boobs aren’t up here.”Cynthia Nixon believes that progress has been made on screen since she starred as Miranda in revolutionary TV show Sex and the City, thanks to programs such as Girls: “Girls has been important in changing the game for female actresses. In Sex and the City we had to be thin and look great all the time; in Girls they have permission to be more real and less airbrushed.”Still, say the actresses, they are unfairly treated compared to their male co-stars. Michelle Monaghan [True Detective, The Path] says, “You may be one of the first people to read a script because someone is very interested in you, it could even be the lead role, but there is this tendency to lean into the idea that we have to get the guy first. You don’t necessarily secure financing for a film until they get the guy.”For The EDIT’s shoot, Nixon, Monaghan, Bell and Ellis Ross were photographed by Victor Demarchelier and styled by Alison Edmond.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Warner Bros. TV Group has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer on the CW shows “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Variety has learned. Kreisberg, who has been suspended by the studio, has engaged in a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years, according to 15 women and four men who have worked with him.“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,” said Warner Bros. TV Group in a statement to Variety. “We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”READ MORE Advertisement Andrew Kreisberg (PHOTO BY DAVID BUCHAN/VARIETY/REX/SHUTTER LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsThe RCMP has issued an alert for two missing sisters from Surrey B.C.The two girls, Shauntae Joseph, 10, and her sister Nikita Joseph, 13, were last seen Oct. 3 in the morning at a bus stop.The road they went missing on is a busy one, jammed with commuters throughout the day.Surrey is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.Both girls are approximately 5 foot 2 with a slim build and long dark hair.Shauntae was last seen waring a black sweater, black track pants and black and white sneakers.Nikita was wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans.If anyone has any information about the sisters they are asked to call police.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img read more

TORONTO — Goldcorp Inc. says an Ontario judge has dismissed Barrick Gold Corp.’s claims that its acquisition of the El Morro project in Chile was illegal because its rival already had an agreement.Barrick Gold Corp. of Toronto, the world’s largest gold producer, claimed in the Ontario court that it had a deal in October 2009 to acquire a majority stake in the project from European miner Xstrata PLC.However, Xstrata’s minority partner, New Gold, claimed a right of first refusal, acquired the majority stake and sold it to Goldcorp, which provided the funding to facility the transaction.New Gold retained its original 30% and received $50-million in cash for assisting Goldcorp.“We are pleased that the court has confirmed our position that our acquisition of El Morro was completely proper and consistent with the relevant agreements and Chilean law and that Goldcorp’s 70% ownership share of the project has now been clarified for our shareholders,” said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp president and chief executive officer.El Morro is a copper-gold development project in the Huasco Province, Atacama region of northern Chile, approximately 800 kilometres north of Santiago.Goldcorp Inc. announced in April it has suspended construction of the El Morro gold-copper mine after the country’s Supreme Court rejected the $3.9-billion project’s environmental permit.The Vancouver-based company said it continues to work with Chilean authorities and local communities to correct deficiencies in the permit.Shares in the company, which made the announcement after markets closed, were down 1.86% or 73 cents to $38.44. read more

Test results carried out on a suspected SARS patient in China remain inconclusive and further examination is needed to see if he is suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, according to the latest update by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).In order to enhance the testing process, the Chinese Ministry of Health has decided to send samples from the case in question to a lab that is part of the WHO international reference network.The male patient, a 32-year-old television producer, remains isolated in a hospital in Guangdong province, where SARS first emerged in November 2002. From there the disease with flu-like symptoms spread around the world, killing a total of 774 people and infecting more than 8,000, the vast majority of them in China. International experts from WHO along with Chinese officials are continuing their investigations in Guangdong. The patient’s condition is said to be good, and his temperature has been normal for the past several days. All his relevant contacts identified so far are well and some have already been removed from medical observation.Others remain in quarantine but are expected to be released over the next few days, as the two-week observation period mandated by China’s health authorities draws to a close. read more

The tourism business is doing well in Canmore these days, despite a struggling provincial economy.Scott Stevens, the General Manager of the Drake Inn and Pub in Canmore, and President of the Tourism and Lodging Association, says business has been very good.“Food and beverage industry is up about 20 per cent across the board I believe,” Stevens said. “All of the restaurants in Canmore are doing very well and the hotels as well. The occupancy rates are the highest we’ve seen in several years.”Stevens added he expects business to drop off in the fall, but weekends will remain strong. Thinkstock Canmore businesses still strong, despite weak economy by audreywhelan Posted Sep 11, 2015 6:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

LOS ANGELES — The sun shines on Tyson Fury every morning in California.The larger-than-life heavyweight from Manchester has found comfort and calm far from home. Whether training in the high-altitude seclusion of Big Bear or sampling Los Angeles’ good life at a Lakers game, Fury believes he has found the proper place to start again.“It’s been a long, hard road with many obstacles in the way,” Fury said this week. “I think it’s all been well documented. But it didn’t get me. I found a way. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, more determined. My story has got more pain in it now. I believe that rain has passed and the sun is shining brightly.”When Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) takes on Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) at Staples Center on Saturday night in one of the biggest heavyweight bouts in years, he is fighting for a victory in the ring that would mirror his extraordinary comeback from the brink of personal disaster.The friends and co-workers who know every detail of Fury’s remarkable rise and incredible fall sometimes marvel at his recovery from depression, drug abuse, heavy drinking and spectacular weight gain during a fraught, decadent two-year spiral.Not many fighters have reached the pinnacle of their sport as sublimely as Fury did when he defeated the seemingly unbeatable Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.And while many boxers have fallen hard and fast after their greatest triumphs, not many have dusted themselves off and resumed their careers with the vigour displayed by the 30-year-old man named after Mike Tyson.“To see where he’s at today is a testament to this man and what he’s done,” said his promoter, Frank Warren. “Coming from rock bottom to being here, not as the contender but the lineal champion, it’s truly remarkable. He’s been a consummate professional for the last year. He has already answered a lot of questions about himself, and now he has to answer the biggest one.”Everything about Fury is enormous. The self-described “bald, big-bearded hulk of a man” is a thick 6-foot-9 with a voice that can sound like tires on gravel, yet he carries the physical presence of an elite athlete, not a bar bouncer.Fury showed that athleticism while carving out a spot in Britain’s crowded boxing landscape. He patiently manoeuvred his way into a shot at the peerless Klitschko, and he dominated the long-reigning champ with a persistent jab and canny strategy in a shocking unanimous-decision win.And then it all fell apart. A lucrative rematch with Klitschko had to be scrapped when he tested positive for cocaine use after a summer of partying, and he gradually lost all the title belts he had claimed. Fury also made a series of homophobic, sexist, transphobic and anti-Semitic statements in interviews, thoroughly eroding the goodwill established by his unlikely victory.Fury apologized for some of his missteps, and he remained candid about his struggles with depression and the type of compulsive behaviour that left him weighing nearly 400 pounds after a months-long diet of cheeseburgers, cakes and lager.Fury didn’t get himself together again until last year, and Britain’s licensing board reinstated him in January. He returned to the ring for two moderately impressive wins over outmatched opponents last summer— but those were proper warmups for this shot at Wilder, Fury says.“It took me about 2 1/2 years to actually start missing the sport,” Fury said. “Once I started missing it, the fire re-lit again. I’m just happy that I’ve worked to reach this position again. As for the titles being taken away, they didn’t get taken away. I gave them away myself because I had mental problems. I stand here as an ambassador for mental health, and I am the people’s champion. I’ve got millions of people around the world that look up to me. I’m fighting for those people.”Fury never lost the ability to sell a fight. He cultivates a personality as a likable, garrulous brute, and he is a comic counterpart to the similarly verbose Wilder’s more aggressive verbal style.Earlier this week, Fury walked around Los Angeles with a video crew , asking people if they had ever heard of Wilder. He says he found only two boxing fans who had ever heard the name.When they faced off at their final news conference Wednesday, they nearly came to blows — and while their camps held them back, Fury responded by ripping off his shirt.Fury scoffs at any worries about ring rust or Wilder’s fearsome punching power. After everything Fury has beaten to get back in the ring, he seems genuinely calm and grateful for the opportunity to get to work.“I believe everybody deserves a second chance,” Fury said. “I mean, just look at me.”Greg Beacham, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State associate head coach Mike Stafford played for the Buckeyes from 1994 to 1998, serving as the closer his last two seasons. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMike Stafford had spent the last seven seasons coaching pitchers at Ball State on the staff of then-head coach Greg Beals. But when Ohio State head coach Bob Todd retired in 2010, Beals emerged as the front-runner to take over the position.Stafford played for the Buckeyes from 1994 to 1998, serving as the closer his last two seasons. After graduating from Ohio State, he dreamed of returning to his alma mater to coach. And with Beals potentially heading to Columbus, the dream looked like a possibility.All this excitement was stored in the back of Stafford’s mind while on a recruiting trip to Chicago. While evaluating a recruit, his phone rang.“[Beals] called me on his way home from somewhere and said that ‘[Ohio State Athletics Director] Gene Smith just called and said that he offered me the job,’” Stafford said. “And I remember I was in Chicago, I took the call and went running behind the stadium and I was like ‘Wow this is, this is another life-changing moment.’”The opportunity had been a lifetime in the making for Stafford, who recently became Ohio State’s associate head coach.Stafford was born into a baseball family. He’s the only son of pitcher Bill Stafford, who won two World Series titles with the New York Yankees in the 1960s.Stafford said he constantly felt pressure from the media in Canton, Michigan, to live up to his father’s level. “There was awfully a lot of pressure to either match what my dad did or be better,” Stafford said. “But at the same time I felt like I learned a lot from it and made me a better player and person, and now a coach because of that.”Growing up 9 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, meant a majority of Stafford’s friends attended either Michigan or Michigan State, but he wanted to do something different. He wanted to leave the state. His high school baseball coach knew Todd, and after a visit, Stafford knew Ohio State was the place for him.Settling into first base to begin his Ohio State career in 1994, Stafford saw little playing time until his redshirt junior year. The Buckeyes had several left-handed pitchers leave the program and an opportunity appeared.“The biggest thing I wanted to tell coach Todd was, ‘I pitched in high school, I can help this team as a pitcher,’” Stafford said.The coaches gave him a shot in fall workouts and he won the closing role in the bullpen.Stafford saved six games in his redshirt senior season of 1998, 12th most all-time in a single season at Ohio State. His ERA was the lowest on the team in both 1997 and 1998. The Toronto Blue Jays felt Stafford was worth a 41st-round draft pick and he played in the minor leagues for four seasons. His professional career came to an end with the High Desert Mavericks, the Advanced Class-A team of the Brewers, after the 2001 season.“I was looking in the mirror, just thinking, ‘I’m 27 years old, I’m in high-A. I’m not making the progress that I feel like I need to to make my career as a big leaguer,’” Stafford said. “I felt like the writing was on the wall and I really needed to think about my future, and my future was I wanted to stay in the game of baseball somehow.”Doors soon blew open. The Yankees called Stafford to ask if he would be interested in becoming a scout. He accepted the opportunity and made plans to train for the position. But his plans changed.“A week before I was supposed to go to Arizona to go to scout school, my dad passed away,” Stafford said. “Scout school’s only offered once a year, this many days. And I wasn’t going to be able to do that and make that a priority over my family.”After some time off to grieve, Stafford instead became the bullpen coach for the Columbus Clippers. His stint lasted two seasons, ending a short time before Beals entered the picture.“After my first year at Ball State, I realized that I needed to have somebody to take care of our pitching staff,” Beals said. “Coach Stafford’s name came up a couple of times from professional scouts.”The same scouts told Stafford about the opportunity and worked to get him a phone interview. Beals called him in fall 2003.For almost an hour, the two discussed pitching, coaching philosophy and player development. Both recall an instant connection. “It almost felt like we knew each other before we even knew each other,” Stafford said.After an on-campus interview it was a done deal. Stafford was Beals’ choice for pitching coach.Fast forward more than 14 years, Stafford has produced five players selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft and more than a dozen total picks. He’s won two conference titles with Beals. Now, before the 2018 season, he has been promoted to associate head coach.“The promotion is a loyalty thing for me,” Beals said. “One thing that you never want to have in your program is status quo, so to say. I want for there to be progression. I want there to be progression in our program, and so I want there to be progression in our coaching staff.”John Kuchno, a player who failed to make the team at Wake Forest as a freshman, was recruited to Ohio State by Stafford. He finished his collegiate career as a draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Current major-league pitchers Brad Goldberg and Drew Rucinski still ask for Stafford to evaluate them and offer advice.“Whether they win 12 games or two games, the work they put in, the accountability and the commitment that they have to get their education and play baseball at Ohio State is second to none,” Stafford said. “I still have a great relationship with all of them.”Beals made clear that one of Stafford’s greatest attributes is his ability to relate to players.Redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer was a fan of Stafford’s personality before even arriving at Ohio State, having met Stafford when he was recruited.“He seemed like a really genuine, down-to-earth person that wasn’t telling me stuff for me to believe him just to get recruited,” Niemeyer said. “He was telling me stuff that I could genuinely learn from.”Through the years, Stafford and Beals have maintained a strong relationship that has clicked since the early days at Ball State. Stafford is more laid back and soft spoken. Beals is a high-energy guy.After 14 seasons together, the promotion is a signifier of the camaraderie between two coaches who might coach together until one or both retire.“We have a friendship that goes beyond just our jobs,” Beals said. “You develop a level of trust, there’s more than just ‘this is your job, this is my job’ when you spend that much time with somebody.”Stafford sees himself staying at Ohio State for the foreseeable future.“I don’t feel like I have any aspirations of going anywhere else,” Stafford said. “I’m a Buckeye, I’ve always been a Buckeye, and this is my home.” read more

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A parish council chairman fought off two out-of-control Staffordshire Bull Terriers attacking his young pet by biting one of the dogs himself, a court heard.Anthony Gabbott also suffered broken bones in his right hand after he repeatedly punched one of the attackers in a bid to defend his German Shepherd puppy called Dougie.Chester Crown Court heard the owner of the terriers, Sarah Southern, had ignored a court ruling ordering her to muzzle them and watched as they pounced on Dougie during an afternoon stroll.The four-month-old puppy was dragged 12 feet away from its master and badly mauled on the side of its face. Dougie also suffered fractured ribs.Mr Gabbott, 56, a certified financial planner for a wealth management firm and chairman of Plumley with Toft and Bexton Parish Council punched one of the terriers and bit its ear in a bid to drive it away.He was said to be “very upset and shaken up” after the incident last June 9 on a country lane in the village of Plumley, near Knutsford, Cheshire and he went to hospital whilst vets carried out almost £2,000 worth of surgery to save Dougie.Southern, 42, who runs her own mobile beauty salon left the scene without giving her name but was traced after Mr Gabbott’s daughter posted an appeal on Facebook. She had ignored a court ruling two months earlier to keep her dogs Bear and Carly on a lead and muzzled in public following a previous incident in which another man was bitten.Prosecutors believe she had deliberately taken them for a walk 10 miles from her home in Winsford, Cheshire in the hope the animals would not be recognised.At Chester Crown Court, Southern admitted owning a dog dangerously out of control causing injury and was sentenced to 12 months jail suspended for two years. She was also ordered to pay the vets bills of £1,828 plus £750 compensation to Mr Gabbott and was banned from keeping dogs for life.last_img read more