ICC Champions Trophy: Rohit Sharma to miss warm-up against New Zealand

first_imgAfter Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma will also miss India’s first warm-up game at the ICC Champions Trophy, against New Zealand at the Oval today.While Yuvraj is suffering from a viral fever and has “no major health concerns”, Rohit will join the team in England today. He was allowed by the BCCI to attend a family wedding on Saturday, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo.However, both players are expected to play the second warm-up, against Bangladesh on Tuesday before the team takes on arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.Rohit is expected to bat at the top of the order with Shikhar Dhawan despite not opening the innings for Mumbai Indians during the entire Indian Premier League.While it’s a different format, Rohit will certainly need to make some mental adjustments of facing the new ball first-up.He had played a couple of Vijay Hazare Trophy matches for Mumbai after recuperating from a hamstring surgery but that was also more than two and half months back.Rohit, who batted at No. 4 throughout the IPL season 10, had earlier insisted that he would be having no issues when he would open the batting for India in the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.Rohit was out of action since October 2016 after suffering a thigh injury which required surgery.The 30-year-old has so far represented India in 21 Tests, 153 ODIs and 62 T20Is in which he has scored 1184, 5131 and 1364 runs respectively.He is also the only batsman to have scored two double hundreds and a 250 in ODIs. His on field records keep everyone stunned, be it his stunning 209 in an ODI against Australia at Bangalore where he scored 209 runs or his record knock of 264 in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Kolkata.advertisementlast_img read more

Frugal Foodie’s Guide to Hosting a Kentucky Derby-Inspired Party

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Study finds that fasting for 72 hours can regenerate the entire immune system

first_imgFasting for three days can regenerate the entire immune system and reverse the damage to the immune system done by chemotherapy.A team of researchers at the University of Southern California have described their breakthrough as “remarkable”.While diets and fasting have traditionally been criticized by the medical profession as unhealthy and ultimately counterproductive, these research results suggest starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.The scientists were surprised by their findings.“We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system,” said Prof Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California.“When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Longo said.“What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?”Do you see what the implications of these findings are? With a renewed immune system, we are guaranteed a long and healthy life!Actually, yogis and sages have done this through the ages as we all know. Western medicine is only catching up now.How it worksProlonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but it also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells, explains the news release.During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.In their research, the team gathered a group of participants and asked them, in the initial stages, to fast for 2-4 days on a regular basis over a period of six months.During this time, the team made a remarkable discovery.There was a noticeable decrease in the production of the enzyme PKA, a hormone which has been associated with an increased risk of cancer and tumor growth. In addition the immune system of the participants appeared to get renewed.“PKA is the key gene that needs to shut down in order for these stem cells to switch into regenerative mode. It gives the OK for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system,” explained Longo.That’s not all“And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting. Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”Isn’t that absolutely incredible? And isn’t it worth trying to go without food for three days to recover your immune system, rather than take expensive and potentially harmful drugs?Prolonged fasting also protected against toxicity in a pilot clinical trial in which a small group of patients fasted for a 72-hour period prior to chemotherapy, which is good news for cancer patients and others who receive chemotherapy for autoimmune diseases.“While chemotherapy saves lives, it causes significant collateral damage to the immune system. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy,” said co-author Tanya Dorff, assistant professor of clinical medicine at USC.She added that more clinical studies are needed, and any such dietary intervention should be undertaken only under the guidance of a physician.Also, it’s possible that the effects of fasting is not limited to the immune system and the scientists are looking into the possibility that these effects are applicable to many different systems and organs in the body.Sourcelast_img read more

What Do the G20 Countries’ Climate Targets Mean for Their Future Emissions?

first_imgBased on the scale of emissions reductions countries have set, some will need to make additional cuts in their emissions to reach their targets. That’s the case for Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States. For other countries, their targets allow them to still increase emissions between 2010 and 2030 as their economies expand—for example, in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Turkey.Some countries’ targets are conditional—for example, on receiving international financial support to implement mitigation actions—while others countries’ targets are unconditional, meaning they intend to achieve the targets without any further international conditions.Visualizing Individual Country TargetsCountries’ targets can also be presented in relation to their historical emissions to show how much their emissions must decline or how much their emissions can increase if they are to reach their targets.In the case of Brazil—just one of the many examples in the paper—the country could increase its emissions and still meet its conditional pledge in 2020, but will need to keep its emissions relatively stable around 2012 levels to meet its 2025 and 2030 targets. Brazil contributed 2.5 percent of global emissions in 2012. Governments worldwide have adopted greenhouse gas targets to address climate change—most recently, as part of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. The G20 countries’ targets are particularly important, as they’re responsible for producing 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.In their recent targets, known as “intended nationally determined contributions,” or INDCs, each country chose different levels of emissions reductions for 2025 or 2030 and presented them in a variety of ways—some relative to historical emissions, some relative to emissions intensity of the economy, and some relative to projected business-as-usual scenarios. Countries also previously set a diversity of emissions-reduction targets for 2020. In most cases, countries didn’t state what their targets imply for future emissions in absolute terms, so it can be difficult to understand where their emissions are headed assuming they achieve their targets.A new WRI paper, Translating Targets Into Numbers, takes a close look at the greenhouse gas targets of G20 countries, including China, the United States, India, the European Union and Brazil, to name a few. The paper translates all their targets into absolute emissions levels to help people understand countries’ proposed limits to their future emissions.Understanding Emissions Associated with Countries’ TargetsThe figures below show how countries’ emissions will change between 2010 and 2030 (or 2025 in the case of Brazil and the United States), if they meet their INDCs without over- or underachieving the target. While the paper analyzes what G20 countries’ targets mean for their absolute emissions, it does not assess targets’ ambition, fairness or appropriateness, or forecast expected progress toward meeting them. Rather, it aims to promote greater clarity and transparency by translating G20 countries’ varied targets into a common metric and presenting them visually to better make sense of countries’ proposed emissions limits.Looking AheadEven with these targets in place, we know that there is still a significant global gap between where emissions are and where they need to be if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. With the Paris Agreement behind us and 2020 approaching, it’s important for countries to take stock of where their national emissions are in relation to their goals, ramp up progress to meet their targets, and then set a new round of more ambitious targets for the future.center_img In the case of Australia, emissions will need to stay relatively stable between 2014 and 2020 for the country to meet its unconditional pledge in 2020. However, emissions will need to decrease by an average of 1.6 to 2.5 percent per year (relative to 2014 levels) if the country is to meet its conditional pledge for 2020. To meet its 2030 target, Australia’s emissions need to decrease by an average of around 1 percent per year relative to 2014 levels. Australia contributed 1.4 percent of global emissions in 2012 and has the eighth-highest per capita emissions in the world.last_img read more

How to Squeeze More Lead Gen Juice From Your Social Presence

first_imgAre you juicing your social media presence for all it’s worth? Sure, social media engagement can be a great way to connect and interact with fans, prospects, and customers alike. But are you aware of its potential as a lead generation tool?The next time you tweet a link, post a message on Facebook or LinkedIn, or upload a video to your YouTube channel, consider the following 10 tactics to make sure you’re squeezing out as much lead gen juice as possible from your social media strategy.10 Ways to Squeeze More Lead Gen Juice From Social Media1. Promote your social presence via email, your website, and your blog. In order to generate leads from social media, you first need followers and fans who actually care about your updates. Don’t forget about easy ways to promote your presence in social media and attract new followers. Add social media follow buttons to various pages of your website, your blog, your personal email signatures, and your email marketing messages so people know where else to find you.2. Make sure every blog post you share includes a CTA. In general, it’s a best practice to include a call-to-action on every blog post you publish in general. While blog articles don’t directly generate leads, they’re a great way to direct visitors to landing pages where they can convert into leads. Make sure every blog post you share in social media includes a CTA to support lead generation.3. Share more landing pages in social media. Blog posts shouldn’t be the only type of content you share in social media. Pump up your social media lead generation efforts by sharing more landing pages for downloadable content like ebooks and webinars. This will cut out the lead gen middle man (i.e. blog posts) and enable visitors to convert in fewer clicks, which will increase your chances of generating leads.4. Include social sharing buttons throughout all content and landing pages. Easily expand the potential reach of your content by adding social media sharing buttons for sites like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to every piece of content you produce as well as every landing page you create. Include these buttons on every blog post you publish and on every single page of the ebooks you launch. By making it virtually effortless for people to share your content with their connections, you will attract new eyes to your content, expand your reach beyond your direct network, and ultimately, generate more leads!5. Create custom landing pages on Facebook. Create a custom Facebook page tab, and use it to promote your best lead generating content. Or take it one step further with HubSpot’s Welcome Application for Facebook, which enables you to create a custom tab with a form to generate leads directly within Facebook!6. Participate in LinkedIn Answers. Regularly monitoring questions pertaining to your industry and expertise in LinkedIn Answers will enable you to identify opportunities to share your thought leadership. In your responses, be sure to include a link to a piece of content that provides more detailed information to support lead generation.7. Launch a contest that includes a lead gen element. Launching a contest in social media is a great way to attract new fans and followers, and, when done correctly, help you generate leads. Consider making lead generation the way someone must enter your contest. Something as simple as “Download our new ebook, and you’ll be entered to win a new [insert enticing prize here]!”8. Include CTAs in videos you upload to YouTube. Just as every blog post you publish should include a call-to-action, so should every video you produce. Including the URL of a landing page with a simple CTA at the end of the video will suffice. This way, if someone embedded your video on their website or blog and others viewed it outside the context of YouTube, your CTA would remain intact. Furthermore, you should also include links to landing pages in your video’s description when you upload it to your YouTube channel.9. Use your social media bios wisely. Use opportunities in your social media account bios to link to your content. Many social media sites enable users to include a link or two in their forward-facing bio or profile; use it wisely.10. Increase your social reach. It’s an easy concept to understand — the more fans and followers you have, the more chances you’ll have to generate leads. Spend some time working to increase your social media reach and increase your fans and followers, and those lovely leads will follow.How else can you squeeze more lead generation juice out of your social media presence?Image Credit: Keith Williamson Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social Media Topics: Originally published Oct 5, 2011 5:00:00 PM, updated March 21 2013last_img read more

The Twitter Chat That Never Happened (and 5 More That Shouldn’t Either)

first_img Originally published Nov 15, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Twitter Marketing Yesterday, JPMorgan hosted the best Twitter Chat that never happened.The financial firm announced via Twitter last week that its very own Vice Chairman, Jimmy Lee, would be hosting a #TwitterTakeover to answer questions live that followers had tweeted using the hashtag #AskJPM.The company teased the online event throughout the week and their 9,000+ followers engaged quickly — some asking for serious career advice, but most using the opportunity to poke fun at Wall Street.The New York Times put it best when it said many of the responses were “unsuitable for a family audience” — it seems people couldn’t resist the open invitation to let the firm know how they really feel.Six days, 14 promotional tweets, and countless accusatory tweets later, JPMorgan announced on Wednesday that Friday’s #TwitterTakeover was cancelled. See, the thing about hosting a Twitter chat is they, you know, have to happen.Now, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t think it was possible to fit this much comedy into under 140 characters. The build-up, the timing, the fact that 503 people favorited it, the suggestion that a Twitter chat was born during an innovative brainstorm, and of course, the “bad idea” tweet were all so pleasurably fitting for a leading company in what is popularly considered to be a dry and old-school industry.Though JPMorgan’s intentions were good in tapping into the social media trend, the Twittersphere may not have been the firm’s best audience for such a discussion — a belief that was confirmed as soon as it announced the cancellation:Unfortunately, you can’t get away with much in this day and age — social media is watching your every move. While some followers suggested JPMorgan’s Twitter chat #fail was a PR stunt, it was clear this #TwitterTakeover simply wasn’t meant to be.While chuckling at its cancellation tweet, I wondered what other attempted Twitter chats would crash and burn? I’m all for trying new things on social media (you have to keep reinventing the wheel to keep your followers engaged, after all), but the following five users should never host a Twitter chat, IMHO.1) @afleishman89I’m starting off this list by getting personal. My brother joined Twitter about a year ago to see what all the fuss was about and has since gained four followers and is following 14 accounts (mainly big name brands or publications).There’s no shame in having a small following on Twitter — building a social media community takes work. However, the problem lies in the fact that he has never tweeted.A Twitter Chat to #AskAaron anything could be his first time actually using the platform, which sounds painful for everybody (all four of them) involved. Hopefully, this shout-out will prompt him to tweet and I would have performed an inbound marketing miracle.2) @common_squirrelThough @common_squirrel has 100,000+ followers, I can’t imagine a live Q&A with the Twitter squirrel being … well … rewarding.Unless you too are a Twitter animal, there wouldn’t be much digital dialogue because @common_squirrel has about as much as say as a real squirrel. However, if @common_squirrel does decide to go out on a limb (branch?), it should consider using the hashtag #SquirrelProblems during the Twitter Chat. 3) @charliesheenBecause no one ever knows what he’s talking about.4) @IAM_SHAKESPEARENo, Willy Shakes is not a mainstream rapper. This account is a modern William Shakespeare using the Twitter handle @IAM_SHAKESPEARE tweeting lines from the works of the legendary playwright every ten minutes or so.The account’s tweet frequency would make it a great Twitter Chat host, but let’s be honest, who speaks Shakespeare? I don’t think I need doth protest too much.5) @kanyewestTwitter Chats are awesome because they spark discussion, dialogue, and conversation online. Kanye West demonstrated at the 2009 VMAs that he likes none of those things when he interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech.West could try to host a #TwitterTakeover, but I can’t guarantee he’d let you finish. Case in point: Kanye opened the debate on Twitter that New Slaves, a song of his of course, was incredible and wrote ‘period’ in all caps in the same tweet. PERIOD, as in this debate is over. So these are all clearly terrible prospects for hosting a potential Twitter chat. When it comes to engaging audiences on the social media platform, though, there are plenty of people (and brands) that get it right.For example, this wacky, wonderful, and natural Twitter interaction between some big-name Brit brands and a consumer of those brands happened recently. The reasons why conversing with this random user worked for the companies? It wasn’t forced, and the businesses involved don’t have a — ahem — stigma to them that a certain aforementioned company clearly does.We could go on and on with recommendations of who would make a terrible choice to host a Twitter chat, so we’ll ask you: What other Twitterers do you think would be ill-advised to host a Twitter Q&A? Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Use Intrinsic Motivation to Improve Employee Performance

first_img Topics: Most people think that the key to employee motivation is giving performance-based raises. People will work harder for an uptick in their monthly paycheck. But this common motivation tactic doesn’t actually do much, according to a Harvard Business Review article that detailed the findings of an analysis of 120 years of previous research. They found little correlation between pay and job satisfaction. One analysis cited found that incentives targeting extrinsic motivations actually had a negative impact on employees’ intrinsic motivation — and this was particularly true where job tasks are interesting rather than boring.More money does not equal more motivation. Instead, intrinsic motivators are the keys to success and improved engagement in the workplace. So here are a few simple ways to motivate your employees when raises and rewards fail:1) Create a Culture of RespectEmily Post, who wrote the definitive guide on etiquette, once said, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”Studies have quantified the positive impact an atmosphere of consideration and respect has on stimulating creative output. Nothing saps energy or creativity like dreading having to work with someone who’s dismissive, short-tempered, or just plain mean.It’s easy to get caught up in fast-approaching deadlines or in the breadth of details of a major campaign for a key client. Even so, your agency’s leadership team is responsible for maintaining a culture of personal respect.We’re all adults, and sometimes difficult conversations must be held. But that’s not license to treat people badly. Think of all the mental health days you’ll save because none of your employees have those days where they just can’t bear going into the office and having to deal with so-and-so.2) Give People Their Time AwayHaving said that, your employees don’t exist solely in the agency environment. They’re people with lives outside of work. An important way to treat them with kindness and respect is to show them that their work-life balance matters to you. Keep an eye out for employees who never take their vacation time. Insist that they do so. Carrying our work on our phones has its advantages, but it keeps us tethered to the office as well. Enforce stricter boundaries between work and personal time. Do your employees really need to reply to emails sent at 10 p.m.? What’s the underlying lapse that resulted in a 10 p.m. email anyway? Address that instead of expecting employees to be on call 24/7.When one agency owner re-interviewed his employees to learn more about them and what motivated them, he was struck how many of them are active in efforts meaningful to them outside of work, whether it was with some cause or helping their own families. And many articles on inspiring the intrinsic motivation of employees talk about finding a higher mission of the company as a motivator. But let’s be real. Very few companies are looking to cure disease and end social injustices. Even if you’re doing campaigns for the organizations that are, don’t make your agency shoulder the burden of helping your employees find meaning in their life. Just give them space and time to find and express their own personal vision of an examined life.3) Mentor ThemTwo years from now, few employees will want to keep doing the exact same work they’re doing now. Motivate employees by providing them unambiguous paths to grow professionally. Theoretical potential won’t do.This means constructive feedback on current work, as well as consistent opportunities to take on new tasks and projects. In addition, set aside budget to pay for employees to attend formal training and conferences, both online and in-person.Always promote from within wherever possible. If it’s not possible, that’s a big red flag that your staff isn’t getting the mentoring and growth opportunities they need. You need them to grow so your agency can continue to service ever higher quality clients, instead of having to react to high employee churn because they leave to find their opportunities elsewhere.Leadership MattersImplementing these motivation strategies requires a compatible agency culture. And culture starts with the agency leadership.According to a recent Gallup study measuring the engagement of 27 million employees all over the world, managers account for 70% of the variation of employee engagement. Clearly, no single factor determines the level of employees’ motivation more than their managers. Everyone reports to someone. Don’t expect your leadership team to be the employee-motivating managers you need them to be if you’re not providing the same. Originally published Aug 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Collaboration/Teamworklast_img read more

Inside the Mysterious World of Ethical Hacking

first_imgIn a world where harboring your most sensitive data on the internet is a convenient risk that everyone seems willing to take, the ramifications could actually be much more alarming than a stolen credit card number — cyber attacks could dismantle society.According to this year’s Worldwide Threat Assesment, written by Daniel R. Coats, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence, cyber attacks are the top danger to society, posing more of a global threat than mass destruction and terrorism.Download our free guide here to uncover 10 SEO mistakes to avoid in your next redesign.“The potential for surprise in the cyber realm will increase in the next year and beyond as billions more digital devices are connected — with relatively little built-in security — and both nation states and malign actors become more emboldened and better equipped in the use of increasingly widespread cyber toolkits.” Coats writes in his report.As individuals and companies rely more heavily on internet-connected devices that have notoriously weak security, and cybercriminals continue to develop more sophisticated methods of attack, like fileless malware, which caused Equifax’s infamous data breach last year, cyber attacks are becoming more prevalent and dangerous than ever before — especially in the business world.In 2017, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported a record-high 1,579 data breaches — 44.7% more incidents than the previous record high recorded just one year before. Ponemon Institute, a research center dedicated to privacy, data protection, and information security policy, also reported that a single ransomware attack inflicted on a company that doesn’t even pay the ransom payment will cost them $5 million in lost productivity, due to the disruption of the company’s networks and computers.With malicious viruses costing companies huge sums of money and skyrocketing growth in data breaches every year, it might seem like cybercrime laws are too flimsy to deter hackers. But in some states, certain cybercrimes are considered Class C felonies, which is equal to kidnapping and arson.Unfortunately, cyber investigators are spread so thin that they only have time to work on cases that receive a lot of media attention, affect government officials or celebrities, or lead to a loss of $200,000 or more. As a result, breaking a serious law doesn’t make cybercriminals flinch even one bit. So how are companies securing themselves if order can’t?Protecting a company’s cybersecurity requires the same skills as exploiting it. And to quickly find their own vulnerabilities and patch them up, businesses pay people to hack into their computer systems. It’s something called ethical hacking.What is ethical hacking?Ethical hacking is when companies, organizations, and government agencies hire white-hat hackers to identify vulnerabilities in their computer systems and help fix them instead of exploiting them.Most companies connect with freelance white-hat hackers through platforms like HackerOne and BugCrowd and offer them monetary rewards, called bug bounties, in exchange for information about their previously unknown vulnerability. Bug bounties can range anywhere from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands. In fact, Google will pay you up to $23,000 if you find a certain type of bug in their computer systems.A budding industry, the technology, government, telecommunications, automotive, and healthcare sectors all saw increases in bug bounty programs this year. HackerOne has also helped white-hat hackers earn over 31 million dollars in bug bounties since their inception in 2012, and computer science students at universities like Cal Berkeley use the platform to earn points toward their final grades in their security classes.The growth of ethical hacking is promising for the cybersecurity industry. It’s incentivizing the rare few who can hack into complex computer systems to use their technical chops for good. And hopefully, it’ll spark enough opportunity to help the light side of hacking shine brightly over the dark. Originally published Dec 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated December 05 2018 Topics: Website Development Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

How Does YouTube Count Views? We Break It Down

first_img Originally published Aug 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated August 14 2019 YouTube describes a view as, ‘a viewer-initiated intended play of a YouTube video that’s been despammed.’ In other words, a video without viruses that is selected and watched by one computer. When a video gets despammed, it’s scanned for potential malware viruses and security threats from hackers. Any threats are removed during the screening process.So, wait. If there’s no secret formula to what counts as a view, can’t anyone refresh their video to gain views? Not anymore. In the early days of YouTube, monetization wasn’t a thing. It was an assumption that almost every view fit into the original definition: a viewer-intended play of a virus-free video. It didn’t take the platform long to get wise to the fact creators could cheat the system. This is loosely referred to as an “artificial” view.Luckily, YouTube has gotten pretty good at spotting artificial views. Some of the signs they look for include:Views, reloaded – This is the classic case of a single user refreshing the video to bring those numbers up.Viruses – If a video looks like malware–software designed to harm your computer, server, or network, it gets deleted.Website autoplay – If the video is set up to autoplay on a website, that doesn’t count as a view.Software in YouTube’s security system has the ability to detect malware – a computer program that assists in sending spam messages from your computer – and spambots. YouTube automatically deletes them to make the screening process go more smoothly.More than that, there’s a magic number of views: 300.Once a video reaches 300 views, the fun begins. YouTube puts a hard stop on counting views. Its system begins to track incoming views as well as the first 300. It can delete fraudulent views as they’re identified. Once the initial screening process is over, the view counter goes back to normal, but YouTube will continue monitoring for fake views on every video.Why 300? Numbers below that don’t have the power to crowd the YouTube homepage and throw the website off its algorithm. The algorithm of YouTube is a powerful thing to mess up.The Rhythm of AlgorithmsIf publishers fail to follow YouTubes guidelines, videos will be deleted. Viewership has its own set of guidelines and is taken very seriously. One reason for this is if a video reaches a certain number of views and falls within the guidelines, it’s eligible to make money.YouTube’s account monetization allows a single video to earn thousands of dollars as it creeps into the territory of having millions of views. Accounts that give themselves fake views are, in essence, making money unfairly. YouTube’s policies here aim to make sure every creator works hard on every video they produce.That said, algorithms change – sometimes at the drop of a hat. For the most updated information on proper video protocol, review YouTube’s guidelines regularly, especially when they announce changes for creators.Another reason viewership is taken so seriously is user ability to find videos they’re interested in. It would be soul-crushing to sift through tons of spam videos in order to get to that one your colleague suggested about how to edit videos.All this talk of algorithms and homepages may seem a little overwhelming, when the main question is actually, “How do I use this stuff to get views?” Don’t worry, as long as you optimize videos for search, you’ll find ways to get people clicking on your content.It can be a bit tricky to decipher the mechanics of YouTube. But YouTube uses a system that carefully and cleverly monitors viewership so it can deliver the most authentic experience to its creators and users.By counting views the moment fake views can turn into a real problem, YouTube nips potential problems in the bud. For more information on using YouTube as a marketing tool, check out our ultimate guide. Topics: What counts as a view on YouTube in 2019?center_img Don’t forget to share this post! It’s a Thursday at 4:00 PM, and the most popular video on YouTube is a 20-minute interview with Idris Elba answering tough questions while eating spicy wings. If you’re familiar with Hot Ones, “The show with hot questions and even hotter wings,” it might not be shocking to know that this video has close to 4 million views.That’s right, spicy wings have the capacity to earn millions of views in less than a week on YouTube. Where do those views come from? What exactly counts as a ‘view’ and what doesn’t? For those who are curious, or if you’re a marketer looking to expand strategy onto a platform with nearly 2 billion monthly viewers, YouTube has the answer.Level up your YouTube channel with these free, customizable banner and thumbnail templates.Breaking Down the ‘View’ ThingYouTube hasn’t always been the most obvious choice for marketers. Sure, there are guides and explanations, even statistics on how to crack the YouTube code. Yet, there’s still uncertainty about what does and does not count as a view in 2019. For a site that’s no stranger to regular changes, what’s the baseline? Youtube Marketinglast_img read more

How to Run a Focus Group for Your Business

first_img Conducting Marketing Research When you’re developing or launching a new product, service, or business, you’ll want to have a general sense of how receptive your target market will be to it.Typically, this is done through extensive market research — and one key component of the market research process is running a focus group.A focus group is a small group of people, typically representative of your target market, that you run ideas and questions about your product, service, or business by. The ideal outcome is a stronger understanding of how the subject of the focus group would be received by a wider audience, and what changes (if any) should be made before the formal roll-out.Click here to get started with our free market research kit.In this article, we’ll highlight a step-by-step process for running a focus group, from planning your focus group questions in a focus group questionnaire to incorporating the findings into your launch strategy. Originally published Sep 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated September 20 2019 Choose your topic of discussion Choose your questions or discussion prompts Prepare your focus group questionnaire Appoint a notetaker Recruit and schedule participants Get consent and start the discussion Have everyone introduce themselves Ask your questions Seek equal representation from the group End the meeting in a reasonable amount of time Analyze and incorporate feedback Topics:center_img Follow Along With a Free Focus Group Questionnaire TemplateHubSpot’s Market Research Kit includes everything you need to run an effective round of market research, including a focus group questionnaire and a guide on how to run focus groups. Download the kit now to incorporate the steps in this post into your focus group strategy.How to Run a Focus Group1. Choose your topic of discussion.Going into a focus group, your discussion should be narrowed down to one or a few topics. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to thoroughly address every area you want to discuss in one short focus group session.Because of this, it’s not uncommon for companies to run multiple rounds of focus groups around different topics. For example, if you’re launching a new product, you could center one focus group around the product’s marketing and brand positioning, and another one around the usability and functionality of the product itself.2. Choose your questions or discussion prompts.Once you determine the area of focus for your focus group, create a list of questions and discussion prompts that will help you gather the data you need.Let’s return to the product launch example from above. If you’re running the product marketing focus groups, you could ask questions like:What do you think of the packaging design?How much money would you spend on a product like this?What other companies do you think of when you see a product like this?Meanwhile, for the focus group about the product itself, you might want to go in with discussion prompts to ask about the product’s:FunctionalityEase of usePerceived favorabilityAlso, remember to ask open-ended questions — “Do you like the product?” versus “What do you think of the product?” may seem similar in nature, but will likely produce dramatically different results.3. Prepare your focus group questionnaire.After you’ve chosen your questions and discussion prompts, organize them on a focus group questionnaire. Be sure to leave enough space on the questionnaire for overall notes, a list of common responses, and one or two noteworthy responses that really stood out.Download this Template for Free4. Appoint a notetaker.Your focus group discussion should be facilitated by at least one person, while another person on your team should be a designated notetaker.Why? The facilitator’s job is to facilitate — to guide the discussion and foster new ideas from participants. This task can get easily derailed if the facilitator also needs to pause the discussion to write down big, bold ideas and reactions from participants.To avoid this possibility of disruption, appoint a notetaker before going into the focus group who can focus solely on jotting down the general consensus from the group, unique and noteworthy individual responses, and the key takeaways for the business.5. Recruit and schedule participants.One of the most challenging parts of running a focus group is getting people to actually show up. After you select a time and a place, you’ll want to start spreading the word of the group to get participants.Here are a few ways to find them:1. Reach out to existing customers.If you’re doing market research for an existing company, reach out to your customers through account managers or an email database. Since current customers will likely be the first to use what you’re launching, this will be the perfect opportunity to gauge early reactions for its ultimate launch.For incentives, you could offer free or discounted services or reward them on a customer advocacy program like Influitive.2. Advertise on social media.Looking for middle-aged males or senior citizens in the greater Ann Arbor area? No problem! Social media advertising offers advanced targeting options for you to reach your target market.You should also think about which sites are most used by the people you want in your focus group. If you’re interested in surveying middle-aged working professionals, you’ll probably have better luck on LinkedIn over Snapchat.3. Try location-based promotion.If you’re hyper-targeting a location, supplement your recruiting efforts with advertisements that will only be seen by those in your area. A few examples include:Billboard AdsPublic Transit-Based Ads (Trains, Busses, Taxis, etc.)Ads in Local Publications and Newspapers4. Be prepared to offer incentives.Unfortunately, people rarely do anything for free. In your advertisements and promotional assets, highlight the inventive you’re prepared to offer — which could be cash, a gift card, or a discount on whatever you’re selling.If you’re scrapped for cash, consider hosting a raffle for participants. That way, if you host a focus group of eight people, you could offer a chance at a $100 gift card (rather than a guaranteed $25 per participant) to save you $100.6. Get consent and start the discussion.Before you start your focus group discussion, remind participants of the purpose of the group and hand out a consent form. The consent form should reiterate the purpose of the event, outline the participants’ rights, identify the compensation, list the facilitators’ contact information, and prompt participants to sign.After everyone signs off, it’s time to run the focus group.7. Have everyone introduce themselves.To break the ice and get people talking, start the discussion off by introducing yourself and inviting the participants to do the same.This is another chance for you to learn more about your target market. In addition to having participants say their names, consider asking them to share their industry or interests to get a more personal understanding of how your product, service, or business could play a role in their everyday lives.8. Ask your questions.Start by asking your list of five to 10 prepared questions.Going into the focus group, it can be easy to tie yourself to your list of questions or discussion points, but sticking too closely to this can hamper natural and effective conversations. If the group takes a slightly different turn that you were expecting, don’t be afraid to allow the conversation to veer off-course from your questions if it seems productive.The point of a focus group is not just to confirm information you think is true, but also to uncover what you don’t know.So long as it’s not too far off-topic, allow the conversation to happen naturally and use the discussion prompts as a guide rather than a point-by-point checklist of topics to cover.Additionally, your list of questions may not all be asked, depending on the direction of the conversation. Make sure you ask the more important questions first, and follow-up on certain discussion points with the right next question to keep things flowing rather than hosting a pure question-and-answer forum.9. Seek equal representation from the group.Remember, this is not an interview! You’re running a focus group to solicit multiple ideas, and only hearing from one or two people defeats the purpose of the exercise. Be ready to jump in when someone has been quiet for too long and say something along the lines of “Julie, what’s your input here?” or “Michael, what do you think about what Julie said?”10. End the meeting in a reasonable amount of time.Exhaustion and the law of diminishing returns are real, so keep them in mind when planning the time frame for your focus group.At the start of the focus group, in your advertisements, and/or on your consent form, you should specify a range of how long the focus group will last. It’s your responsibility to moderate the discussion in a way that ensures that time frame is not exceeded.Now, if the exercise lasts for an hour and five minutes and you promised an hour focus group, that’s totally acceptable. However, if you promised a 45 minute session and it goes well over an hour, your attendees could be resentful and less likely to offer valuable feedback.When the discussion is over, thank your attendees for their time and feedback and deliver the promised incentive, if applicable. Additionally, remind them of your contact information if they decide they have more feedback or comments they’d like to provide.11. Analyze and incorporate feedback.Ideally, your focus group has provided you with plenty of responses, unique angles, and actionable ideas to help your business thrive. After all of your focus groups have taken place, have your team compile and analyze the commonalities of the ideas presented and what changes, if any, they warrant to the product, service, or business in question.Running a Better Focus GroupTaking this methodical approach to running a focus group can produce better and more insightful feedback from your participants. To keep your questions, thoughts, and responses organized, we developed a focus group template, which you can use to run a better focus group.Download it for free now to make your marketing research worth the effort. How to Run a Focus Group Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

See how Oklahoma State Recruits Fared This Week

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. The high school football playoffs are officially underway for some of OSU’s committed prospects – here’s a look at how some of them fared this week.Justice Hill – Running backIf there was a Heisman award for high school football, Justice would be the winner. Oh wait, there is, and he was announced as the winner of his school. Once again Hill carried the ball 21 times for a whopping 191 yards and FIVE touchdowns in a 47-17 victory. Justice has 14 touchdowns in his last four games; undefeated Booker T. Washington will face Page this Friday in the semifinals of the state playoffs.Rodarius Williams – CornerbackRodarius had a career day for Calvary Baptist Academy out of Louisiana on Friday, as he snagged not one but two interceptions on the night, including 64 yards returning those interceptions. Williams also took a kickoff 46 yards during the contest. Rodarius reached the end zone twice in Friday’s 50-7 blowout win, registering 2 tackles as well. If Rodarius can have games like this in college at OSU, our defense can remain one to be feared. Next on the slate for Rodarius will be a second round playoff matchup versus undefeated Notre Dame.AdChoices广告LaDarren Brown – Running BackLaDarren took the reigns once again for Desoto as he carried the ball 17 times for 139 yards, sending Desoto into the second round of the playoffs. If you’re by Jerryworld (AT&T Stadium) on Friday night, you may want to catch the game between Desoto and Allen Texas, who is ranked #4 in the country. LaDarren will definitely have a chance to prove himself on the biggest of stages this weekend. Buckle your seatbelts; this one could be a dandy.Tramal Ivy – Defensive EndIvy was selected to KJCCC first team all-defense this weekend. Ivy led the team with eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in six games this season for Butler Community College. Ivy will look to bolster the Cowboys defensive line next year when he arrives in Stillwater.Madre Harper – CornerbackMadre Harper led Lamar to a tenth win of the season as he registered 5 tackles in a 39-33 playoff victory for Lamar. Lamar will look to continue their season on Friday night against Eastwood in Odessa, Texas.last_img read more

2015 Watch Guide: Week 12

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.AdChoices广告 Some big ones this week. Of course, when you’re undefeated, they’re all big ones. Here’s this week’s watch guide via Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 12last_img read more

Oklahoma State Hosts Two Four-Star Recruits for Texas Game

first_imgTwo highly touted football recruits from Texas made their way to Stillwater on Saturday to watch the Cowboys take down Texas 84-71. Four-star linebacker Chad Bailey and four-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad both made unofficials.Muhammad, a 6-foot-4 prospect from Missouri City (Texas), has more than 30 Division I offers that includes Clemson, Texas A&M, Florida State, Ohio State and many others. 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. Fellow teammate Chad Bailey doesn’t have an offer reported according to 247 sports, but the interest between both parties is there. Oklahoma State will likely take another inside linebacker in the 2018 class alongside Blake Barron, and Bailey could be an option here. He has good size at 6-foot and 240 pounds, already garnering offers from Houston, Colorado, Ole Miss, Missouri, Indiana, Minnesota, SMU and UTSA.While there likely won’t be any action stemming from these visits, having recruits of the caliber of these two prospects is definite positive. Tight ends coach Jason McEndoo has made Muhammad a top priority after extending an offer last year, and the interest is still there between both parties.I wouldn’t expect a decision to come anytime soon from either — Muhammad and Bailey are the type of recruits who will likely have the luxury to wait until later this year or closer to signing day before committing. But hey, for them to drive all the way to Stillwater to visit on their own dime from Missouri City should tell you everything you need to know. Perhaps this won’t be the last time they visit.last_img read more

Sachse DE Lacy Credits Relationship with Joe Bob Clements for Early Commitment

first_imgSachse defensive end Tyler Lacy committed to Oklahoma State at the end of April, picking the Cowboys over offers from Texas Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU and Houston, among others. He credited the family vibe and comfort in the academics as a major part of why he committed when we talked with him this month, and on Wednesday, he was quick to credit one specific member of OSU’s coaching staff as reason for his comfort level with OSU and subsequent commitment.“That man right there,” Lacy, pointing across the football field at defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements, told Scout. “He’s the best. When I walked in, he was just like a family man. It felt like I was already there and a part of the team. Then I came back and it was just more of the same vibe, the academic advisors, and everyone around the school just gave me a good vibe so I made the choice.”Lacy, a strong-side defensive end and stat monster who is a member of OSU’s 2018 class, will play for Clements when he arrives in Stillwater next summer. Getting along and feeling comfortable with his future position coach was a priority to him, and the relationship he built with Clements helped him feel at ease to pull the trigger with the late April verbal commitment.“What I like about [Joe Bob Clements] is that he’s a cool dude, he’s down to Earth. He’ll tell you the truth and tell you what you need to hear and how you need to get on it.”Of OSU’s 12-man recruiting class thus far, Lacy is the only recruit committed to play on the defensive line. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound senior could be in for a breakout senior season with a high possibility of interest from more schools on the way.  But he’s more than locked in with not only a strong connection to Clements, but also his amazement at the football facilities (and of course, the barber shop!)“The weight room is outstanding, the training room is beautiful. The locker room is so nice — it has a barber shop in it! I was shocked. The stadium is just nice and the indoor is outstanding.” 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

Former OSU Player Victor Irokansi Hired by Texas State

first_imgFormer Cowboy defensive end Victor Irokansi announced via his Twitter account that he will join the coaching staff at Texas State University.I’m excited to be joining @everett_withers staff at Texas State! And be apart of the CULTURE being built in San Marcos! #EatEmUpCats ?? pic.twitter.com/uux03Wncn2— Victor Irokansi (@CoachVic_) May 28, 2017 Irokansi recorded three tackles and sack during the 2014 season but chose to end his playing career after multiple injuries that required surgery. As part of his announcement to retire, Irokansi shared his plans to graduate and begin a career in college coaching.“I am thankful that I will remain on full scholarship until I graduate and I will also have a role with the team in the future as I pursue my next goal of graduating and getting into college coaching.”Last winter, Irokansi graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in Sociology and has now begun his journey into the coaching profession. 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

Five Future Stars on This Year’s Oklahoma State Team

first_imgThis upcoming 2017 season is set to be an all-timer. Oklahoma State is ranked as a preseason top 10 team for just the third time in its 100+ year history, and it has two potential first round picks manning the ship. But it also has a bevy of young talent that will contribute. Guys that we might look back on in two or three years and think, “Wow, so and so was on that team.”So I put together a list. To qualify, players had to be classified as sophomores or younger. So you can say Justin Phillips is a future superstar, but I would say this is his fourth year on the Oklahoma State roster so let’s look elsewhere.I’m thinking about Justin-Gilbert-in-2011-type guys. Gilbert went in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but he was a key playmaker on that elite 2011 team. When you look back on that 2011 team, it’s stunning to see that it had three future pros total on both sides of the ball. Who are the candidates to be those players on this team?AdChoices广告Here are the ones I came up with (I’m excluding Tyron for now just because, well, my kids could tell you that Tyron Johnson is going to be a star … I wanted to dig a little deeper).Calvin Bundage — So.I’m all in. I have purchased all of the stock and have rented a yacht to celebrate on when the IPO drops. He has all the qualities you want in a Star linebacker. Vicious hitter. Uber athletic. His only downside might be that he’s a sliver undersized. Thankfully, #BodyByGlass is a thing.J.D. King – Fr.Listen to what Gundy is saying. If you read between the lines — and you don’t even have to read that far between the lines — he’s hitching his wagon to No. 27. In recent weeks he has said King will probably play as a freshman and that the running back position is going to be “a special position” for OSU for the next 3-4 years. Even I can deduce what that means.Brock Martin – Fr.Another true freshman Gundy expects to play. If that’s the case with this defensive line, in this season, I think he has a chance to be something special eventually. Oklahoma State has sort of quietly been churning out high-quality DEs for quite a while. You know Gundy loves himself a top-notch wrestler, and Martin was a great one in recent Oklahoma High School wrestling history. He also seems like he has a little badass to him.This is targeted at the kids posting videos lifting and don’t do anything else and are soft on the field https://t.co/YzqB67jY6d— Brock Martin (@btmartin40) July 28, 2017 Marcus Keyes – R-So.Depth chart enthusiast Adam Lunt has talked me into this one.On the tape that I watched last year (5 games or so) he was the most physical at the point of attack and was only beat a handful of times.I don’t know the ins and outs of how the NFL Draft works when it comes to linemen — Keyes seems a little short at 6’3, I guess — but it seems like he is OSU’s best shot to make it at the next level from this line (depending on how you feel about Aaron Cochran).Side note: Josh Henson is a stud. I think he’s going to have OSU operating at a Wickline-like level on the OL again. Maybe not this year or next, but as long as he stays around for a while, I think that’s coming fairly soon. Gundy might try and run it 65 times a game!A.J. Green – So.Green seems to have been bitten by the Tyron Johnson bug this fall because of OSU’s lack of visibility at cornerback. That’s not his fault of course, but now I’m expecting a Darrelle Revis-Champ Bailey hybrid to take the field next Thursday. Regardless, he’s one of only six true sophomores with a letter under his belt already. That’s meaningful when you’re coming off a 10-3 season, and if Green makes the leap everybody is saying he’s going to, we could have another Gilbert-like situation on our hands. 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

Mourinho vs Conte: Hearn picks his winner

first_imgManchester United v Chelsea Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match? Chris Burton 00:06 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte Getty Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Chelsea José Mourinho Antonio Conte The feuding Manchester United and Chelsea managers have engaged in a war of words, but what if they laced up a pair of gloves and traded punches? Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have traded blows off the field and boxing promoter Eddie Hearn would love to get the feuding Manchester United and Chelsea managers in a ring.Two prickly personalities have once again been drawn into regular rounds of verbal jousting this season, with insults emerging from both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge.Neither has shown any sign of backing down, with past misdemeanours and touchline antics among the topics of discussions to have generated barbed comments. 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 Mourinho and Conte are now set to lock horns once again in the dugout on Sunday, when Chelsea travel to Manchester, but Matchroom Boxing supremo Hearn – who boasts the likes of Anthony Joshua and Kell Brook on his books – would welcome the opportunity to present two heavyweight personalities with a more suitable stage on which to iron out their differences.”They are both very passionate, I would like to do the fight, we would make a lot of money, but I think they should stick to the football,” he told The Sun.”I see them on the sidelines very regularly and they are both very fiery and passionate, it has all the makings of a great fight.”It’s hard to beat the Italians for style.”But Mourinho has been to the boxing and might have learned a few things from Anthony Joshua.”He has come to a few fights and sits there on his own and might have learned a bit, he has an aura about him too.”But Conte has the style.”Jose Mourinho vs Antonio Conte Eddie Hearn boxingPressed to pick a winner between Portuguese and Italian grit, Hearn added: “Overall I have to go with Mourinho, I think he is the guy.”I am not sure we could ever actually get the fight made – can you imagine trying to negotiate terms with them two!”With a fight unlikely to happen, a global football fan base will have to make do with a Premier League encounter at Old Trafford which promises to deliver as many fireworks off the field as it does on it. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sevilla & Brighton more important than Liverpool – Mou

first_imgManchester United ‘Live or die’ Sevilla & Brighton games far more important than Liverpool – Mourinho Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United v Sevilla Liverpool Sevilla Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League UEFA Champions League FA Cup The Manchester United boss says that the knockout fixtures to come will have a greater bearing on his club’s season than Saturday’s 2-1 win Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday and FA Cup meeting with Brighton on Saturday mean more to him than this weekend’s 2-1 win over old rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.United made the most of two early goals from Marcus Rashford to overcome Jurgen Klopp’s outfit in the 200th competitive meeting between English football’s two most successful clubs on Saturday, but the Portuguese boss says that statement victory will mean little compared to the “live or die” encounters to come in the next seven days.“Sevilla and Brighton are more important than Liverpool,” the 55-year-old told reporters. “Liverpool is Liverpool, Liverpool is a big match, Liverpool is a match against a valid competitor for the top four, but nothing is decided. 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 “We have eight more matches to play so 24 points to play for, but Brighton is die or live and Sevilla is die or live so the next two are much more important than the last one.”United drew 0-0 in the first leg against Sevilla in Spain in February. But, while they have since seen off Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Liverpool in successive league games, Mourinho knows that failure to see the job through on Tuesday would see their recent successes forgotten in a flash.“I think in modern football you live day-by-day and week-by-week and match-by-match, and we have a match in two days,” he added. “I can imagine if we lose against Sevilla on Tuesday, everyone will forget what we did in the past couple of weeks.“That’s modern football, you have to live in the moment and cope with it. So yes, we beat Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and only City we didn’t beat from the top six in this moment, but that means nothing because in football now you have to prove [yourself] every day.”Mourinho added that he was pleased that his opposite number Klopp was not reprimanded on Saturday despite racing 20 metres down the Old Trafford touchline during the second half after defender Dejan Lovren had been penalised for a foul on Marouane Fellaini, with referee Craig Pawson satisfied with giving the German a quiet word following advice from fourth official Martin Atkinson.Jose Mourinho“Probably you are not expecting my answer, but I am happy with the decision because he was not speaking against the referee. He was upset with his player.“It happened the same with me against Crystal Palace when I was upset with my player and the referee understood that too. I think Atkinson, with so many years of experience, I think he made the right decision. I saw it, he was very upset with the player and not with the refereeing decision.“If you leave the technical area a couple of metres – in this case 20 metres! – to speak with a player and not complaining with a refereeing decisions… I think they made the right decision.”United host Sevilla at 19:45 GMT on Tuesday knowing that a win of any description will take them into Friday’s quarter-final draw.last_img read more

PFB Roundtable: Debating the Mullet, 2019 Season Outcomes and More

first_imgOklahoma State is 3-0 and kicks off Big 12 play in Austin this Saturday. So we thought it was high time that we convened to discuss the state of this year’s team and our thoughts thus far.Here’s a peek into the PFB editors’ Slack conversation as we delve into everything from our expectations for 2019 (and whether they’ve changed) to our real thoughts on the mullet.Hope you enjoy.Kyle Cox: Did you come out of the Tulsa game glad Spencer went through growing pains and OSU was still able to come out with the win, or has your confidence in his freshman Heisman campaign waned after his up-and-down performance?(If you can think of a longer question, let me know)Kyle Boone: (Obviously) glad they got through some early struggles, but I think it throws up some caution flags that, maybe, he’s not going to be the GOAT immediately. Against real defenses, teams are going to dare him to throw, show him unique coverages he’s probably never seen before, etc. The TU game was just a reminder that as a collective there needs to be patience as he grows.Cox: I’m somewhere in between. I think growing pains are going to happen and better to have them and get the win, but I want to see he, and the passing game, improve and be more than just great catch-and-runs by Tylan.Marshall Scott: Yeah, I think it was probably a little foolish to think he would handle every defense he faced this season like he did Oregon State. It’s just part of it. He’ll show glimpses of what he can do all year, but consistency will probably only come with more experience.Kyle Porter: It feels like he’s a sophomore because he’s been around for a bit, but that was his third game. I’ve seen almost nothing to deter me from believing that he’s going to go down as a top-five QB in OSU history. All the tools, all the moxie, all the stones. All the way in.Cox: I think it’s easy to just anoint someone the next great QB and completely forget the learning curve that virtually every QB must face.Meaning, I think he can be great, but we shouldn’t expect 13-0 in Year 1.Boone: Yeah, what’s the stat Gundy throws out? 2,000 games before a QB feels comfortable in college? That Sanders has been this productive with relatively no stumbling speaks to just how high his ceiling is.Scott: I mean, Saturday was definitely a bit of a stumble.Cox: Someone always has to be the Debby downer.Boone: By stumbling I mean a loss. He could go 0-for-28 with 5 INT’s for all I care as long as they win.Scott: Gotcha, gotcha.Boone: They’d probably bring out the ChubaCat before it got that bad.Porter: Does Gundy think Chuba is a Canadian bot built for him to collect Big 12 title No. 2?He approached a top-10 all-time number of carries in a single game against Tulsa. TULSA!Boone: I feel like that might say more about where he stands with RB2 as opposed to his belief in RB1.Cox: That was going to be my next question — How scared are you that Gundy will run Chuba into the ground?Boone: Not scared. Chuba is a thoroughbred.Porter: I mean he doubled Justice’s non-conference touches from last year so kinda concerned. Although Justice went 299 in his sophomore year so I’m not going to panic.Chuba is Secretariat.Boone: American Pharoah… Canadian PharoahPorter: Haha yes!Cox: I think Gundy realizes he squandered Justice last year (limiting his best player’s touches), just for him to get hurt and leave early.Scott: I think it’s crazy to us because we haven’t seen anything like it in a while, but he isn’t even leading the country in carries. It will definitely look dumb if he gets hurt that he had the ball 66 times in the noncon, but it hasn’t looked to slow him down yet.Porter: How angry are we that we didn’t come up with Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer?Cox: Infuriated.Porter: It’s so good!Boone: Pretty bummed. I haven’t slept in 48 hours thinking about it.Cox: We had like six years.Scott: Probably because any time they got to the red zone, JW got in the game.Cox: Tru… Even in 2016.Porter: The Non-Red Zone Reindeer.Boone: I think we learned early on that Rudolph hated the reindeer jokes so we tried to accommodate. We should’ve done it for the #brand.Porter: How about Carson comparing Chuba to Barry in the pod?Cox: I honestly think you slipped him that note across the table.Scott: I mean, through three games the stats aren’t miles apart.Porter: When Gundy said before the season started, “He’s as pretty as they get.” I thought that was such a weird way to put it. Now I’m not sure there’s any other way to put it.Cox: I will hold off on my Goat-Chubacabra comparisons until at least November.Boone: Chuba is good, but Barry would be putting up Chuba’s same stats in half the time … I am prepared to pump Carson’s brakes.Porter: I’m still a Joe Randle truther. A birdie once told me that a certain QB1 around that time responded to somebody bemoaning Kendall Hunter’s departure with, “Wait until you see the guy following him.” Another convo for another day.Cox: I’m a Kendall truther.Boone: Was that birdie Joe Randle? Don’t answer that.Cox: So, how good (or meh) can this defense actually be? Do we have any idea?Porter: I think the defense is what it is. The big thing for me is how consistent are you. You don’t have to be good, but you do have to be consistently average. That is, it’s better to average giving up 30 PPG by giving up 30 points every game rather than 50 in six games and 10 in six games.Cox: I’m not quite ready for cautiously optimistic. I think I’m cautiously observant.Porter: Also, create a turnover?Cox: Yeah, okay would be the goal, I think.Scott: I agree with consistency being important. I have no idea how good OSU’s defense is right now.Cox: What’s a turnover?Porter: They had 3x as many in 2011 as they’ve had in two seasons with Knowles. Not great, Bobs.Boone: If the defense can just not be abysmal I think this team can be good. I’m just not confident the defense can be anything other than abysmal.Cox: I like shutting out Tulsa the final two quarters. Also, I don’t like getting smoked for the whole second quarter by Tulsa.Porter: I do think it’s funny that we come into every year with these expectations that the defense is suddenly going to hold teams under 20 a game. Yeah, no. Have to change expectations. Expect turnovers and big stops in key moments. Don’t expect LSU redux.Cox: I think TOs are huge but I also think they are more based on luck than we want to admit.Porter: Are they? Spencer engendered 25+ every single year.#HireSpencerTwo Spencers.Boone: I’m here for #SpencerGang2019.One on O, one on D and we’re going to the natty.Cox: He forced 14 turnovers in ’14.Porter: I knew you would look that up.Scott: Nothing that happened in 2014 counts.…Except Bedlam.Boone: Don’t use facts plz @cox.Cox: *whispers and 24 in 2017Porter: Two a game!Cox: Not saying there’s no skill in them, they’re just not all planned.Or at least, they’re not all a result or planning.Porter: Knowles has had four games of two. Everything else is one or zero. Turnovers are the opposite of Chick-fil-A. So underrated. Flip a field on somebody and you change the game early when you’re up 21-7 or 24-10 or something. It’s massive.Cox: If Rudolph had bigger hands, the TO margin would have been better.Porter: The roundtable has officially started.Boone: I’d just like to add before we get too far off topic that Vernand Morency’s junior year should at least thrust him into the Joe Randle-Kendall Hunter convo. Carry on.Cox: To your point, Spencer was plus-2 in the turnover margin Saturday.Porter: Glenn not Sanders.Boone: I side with @porter — turnovers aren’t some serendipitous stat. I really feel like some coaches can teach it, and other coaches have the name Jim Knowles.Porter: HahahaCox: I want TOs more than sacks, I’ll agree.Boone: Text from Mike Gundy to Bill Young: “Hey Bill, u up?Cox: Okay, if you could change it, would your predicted win total for OSU (whatever it was) go up, down or stay the same after three games?I believe I went 9-4. I think I might be tempted to go 8-5 but pride would lead me to stand pat.Porter: I think I picked nine, and I’ll stay with nine. We get prisoner-of-the-moment-y after halves like at Tulsa on Saturday where it doesn’t feel like OSU can win six games. But they’ll go to Austin and beat Texas and get to 7-0 and top 10 in the country or whatever before finishing 9-3. It’s who they are.Scott: I think stay the same. I thought they’d be 3-0 to this point, and they’re 3-0. Sure, that second quarter Saturday didn’t look great, but a covered dub is a dub.Boone: Yeah I’m staying put with my 9-win prediction. But I feel less orange-koolaid-y and more confident about it than I did three weeks ago.Scott: I think I said 10. Yikes. But I won’t back down … yet.Cox: Okay, Marsh isn’t the Debby downer.Boone: It’s not crazy. I feel like @ UT and home vs. OU are total toss-ups that could shape how we view the whole season.Cox: OU is a toss-up?!?!?! I’m all in.I do think UT will finish like 4th in the Big 12 though.Boone: Running quarterbacks give OU fits …Porter: By the way … win nine games, Iowa State.One time.Scott: Running quarterbacks also give OSU fits.Cox: 💯Boone: Oh here we go. Next we’re talking about Chick-Fil-A’s standing in the overrated/underrated pantheon.Cox: My ISU pick to make it to Arlington has aged well.Porter: Matt Campbell beats Kansas three times in a row and he’s Matt Lombardi. Gundy wins nine games in like eight of 10 seasons and he’s a hick with a perm.Scott: Iowa State might stink.Porter: Come at me.Boone: Ready to admit it — Iowa State stinks! I was wrong!Cox: Same!Boone: They literally tackled their chances of beating their rival. If OSU lost to OU that way, I’d be calling for Gundy to shave his mullet.Porter: HahahaCox: I’m calling for it at the first loss this year.Porter: Boone pushes his way onto Jim Rome’s show on a Monday morning screaming for Gundy’s wife to Sampson him in the middle of the night!(didn’t know that’s where that sentence was going when I started it)Cox: Someone needs to stop this thing before it goes completely awry.(Also, that’s how half of my posts start.)Boone: What happens if a player joke-shaves him during a film sesh? Or if his son pulls a prank and mixes his Pantene with, like, hair reduction product?Cox: Pulled scholly.Boone: IDK, maybe I just realized I’m over the mullet.Cox: I’ve been over itCan we even publish this?Porter: I love it.Boone: Lol let’s end this.Porter: Both the mullet and this RT. 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

Belgium vs Panama: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWorld Cup Belgium vs Panama: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:05 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Belgium vs Panama Getty World Cup Belgium v Panama Panama Belgium Powerade Roberto Martinez’s side take on a Central American team making history with their first ever appearance at the biggest tournament in the world Full-Time: In the end Belgium make light work of Panama but they took their time to shift up into second gear. Job done for Roberto Martinez and his boys but you can’t help but think Belgium will need to be better against tougher opposition. 90 Mins: Witsel is replaced by Chadli in Belgium’s third and final change90 Mins: There are to be four additional minutes at the end of this game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 89 Mins: SAVE! It’s driven at goal from the left towards the bottom corner, but Courtois is able to make a comfortable stop. 88 Mins: De Bruyne picks up a yellow for a high boot, catching his man as he attempted to win the ball. Escobar stands over the free-kick for Panama.87 Mins: Belgium seem like they’re happy with their day’s work as they allow Panama to attack them, and Murillo curls in an enticing cross that just evades his team-mates in the box! 85 Mins: SAVE! Courtois comes out really quickly to grab the ball off the toes of a Panama forward as they find a way behind the Belgium rear-guard, and it’s an excellent stop, but the flag is up for offside anyway. 83 Mins: Scorer of the opener Dries Mertens is replaced by Thorgan Hazard.82 Mins: Another free-kick is won on the edge of the box and just to the left. Hazard takes this time, but his effort can only find the wall, and is deflected away to safety. 80 Mins: OFFSIDE! Lukaku plays Meunier in behind this time with a clever reverse pass, but the flag goes up, albeit belatedly, for offside. 78 Mins: Lukaku gets the ball high up the field on the right and tries to cut inside several defenders, ignoring the options to his left. He wants his hat-trick, but he won’t get it just yet, as the ball is nicked from him. Not the best decision there.75 Mins: GOAL! LUKAKU!! He’s made it 3-0 with his second of the day! Belgium break quickly and cleverly, with Hazard sliding a perfectly-weighted pass in behind for the striker, who lofted over the onrushing goalkeeper with ease! This is more like it! 74 Mins: Belgium sub: Carrasco comes off for Dembele73 Mins: Panama sub: Tejada replaces Perez as Panama make their final substitution, trying to inject fresh legs. 71 Mins: Panama are still trying, forcing Courtois into a routine catch as they push forward, but it’s evident that heads have dropped now. A comeback looks increasingly unlikely. 69 Mins: The quality of that De Bruyne assist cannot be understated. He jinked past his marker nicely, and the ball in was superb. A world-class talent. 68 Mins: GOAL! Belgium make it look easy, Hazard beats a couple of men on his way into the area where he lays it off to De Bruyne who brilliantly curls it to the backpost with the oustide of his foot where Lukaku is waiting, with a diving header he makes it 2-0.65 Mins: De Bruyne and Mertens both stand over a well-positioned free-kick, but it’s wasted as the former smacks it straight into the wall. 63 Mins: Panama Sub: Diaz also comes on for Rodriguez as part of an attacking double-change63 Mins: Panama Sub: Wide-man Barcenas comes off for a striker in Gabriel Torres as Gomez looks to go for a positive result. 62 Mins: Belgium piling the pressure on here as they throw men forward, and Mertens’ dangerous cross is deflected behind for a corner. 61 Mins: CHANCE! Some lovely one-touch football from Belgium as they slice through the Panama defence and into the box, but Lukaku just takes his eye off the ball and lets the return pass slip away from him at the vital moment!59 Mins: Yet another card here, this time for Belgium as Vertonghen clatters into his man clumsily. That makes seven yellow cards in under an hour in this game! 57 Mins: Godoy now goes into the book as Panama start to rack up the yellow cards, particularly for fouls on the edge of their own area. Thankfully for him, the set-piece comes to nothing. 54 Mins: SAVE! Murillo gets forward well down the right-hand side and brings the ball under really well in the box, but Courtois is off his line quickly to make an outstanding block! Panama have responded well here. 52 Mins: MISS! De Bruyne curls the free-kick just over the angle of post and bar! That was close, and the keeper was beaten there. 51 Mins: Bermudez is the latest Panama player to go into the book, and he could be made to pay for it as De Bruyne stands menacingly over the free-kick, well within shooting range. 49 Mins: Suddenly, Belgium have come to life as Cooper fells Hazard on the edge of the area, picking up a yellow card. Dries Mertens, Belgium47 Mins: GOAAAAAAL Belgium break the deadlock with an incredible goal from Dries Mertens. The cross came in and was headed out to the edge of the 18 yard box. Out on the right Mertens hit a first time volley which looped over the keeper and into the back of the net 1-046 Mins:  Belgium get the second hald underway!Perhaps Martinez will need to change something at half-time, maybe releasing De Bruyne further forward in order to feed the front three, replacing a central defender in the process. Panama will have to maintain their energy and their solidity to keep their illustrious opponents at bay, but they will certaibly be happy with the scoreline at the break. At half-time, Belgium haven’t quite hit top gear. They started brightly, but their tempo dropped off as the half wore on, Panama look spirited, but haven’t really threatened the Belgium back three and Courtios hasn’t had a notable save to make. Hazard and Mertens have tries to create moments of magic, but Lukaku has hardly touched the ball, and De Bruyne’s quality appears wasted in his deeper role. HALF TIME: 0-0 It’s another one for the underdogs so far. Belgium have been less than impressive but Panama have defended astutely. The minnows are 45 minutes away from earning a historic point against one of the favourites in this tournament. 45+2 Barcenas joins his team-mate in the book as he unceremoniously dumps Carrasco onto the turf. Possibly the easiest decision of the day for the referee. 44 Mins: Hazard tries to craft something on the left, twisting this way and that. Lukaku wants the ball delievered into the box early, but Hazard elects instead to try and find Mertens with a reverse pass, which is cut out. 42 Mins: MISS! Panama try to retaliate through Cooper, who tries an ambitious effort from range, but it flies miles over the crossbar. 41 Mins: MISS! Hazard wins a free-kick on the left that finds Mertens in plenty of space on the right, but the Napoli forward’s volley is just sliced wide! What a spectacular goal that would have been! 40 Mins: CHANCE! Mertens slips the ball through for Lukaku, who had made an excellent run in behind, but Penedo gets out quickly to block it away! He’s been alert today, the Panama goalkeeper.38 Mins: SAVE! Hazard wriggles free of his marker and cannons a shot towards the near post, but Penedo stretches across really well to turn it behind and keep it out! 36 Mins: Lukaku looks very put out as Roman Torres goes to the floor and wins a free-kick as a Belgium cross came into the box. That was a very soft foul to give away there35 Mins: Hazard gets more rough treatement as he fails to pick out Lukaku. He hobbles to his feet and keeps going. Martinez will certainly hope one of his biggest stars remains injury-free. 34 Mins: Panama win an aerial duel and end up with a two-on-two that just runs away from Rodriguez, but it’s retrieved well and worked down towards the byline, eventually earning them a corner. Lax defending there from Belgium. Belgium vs Panama32 Mins: A sloppy ball gifts the ball to Panama, who try to break, but Witsel gets back well to screen the defence, winning it back as the move slowed down. 30 Mins: Panama’s fans jeer Belgium as the three centre-halves play the ball between themselves. There didn’t seem to be a great deal of purpose in that particular passage of play. 30 Mins: Belgium have been poor from set-pieces so far with another corner cleared easily by the first Panama defender.28 Mins: After some stern words from the ref about pushing and shoving in the box, De Bruyne’s eventual delivery smacks Cooper in the two-man wall square in the face and the stricken player stays down. 26 Mins: MISS! Hazard drives through the heart of midfield to the edge of the box and elects to go alone, but can only fire his shot wide of the near post. He had options either side there, and perhaps made the wrong decision. 25 Mins: Belgium turn defence into attack, launching a quick attack following a lovely touch by Hazard to Lukaku, whose through-ball towards Mertens is just cut out for a corner.24 Mins: Hazard is felled and wants a free-kick, but the referee deems it a fair challenge and Panama break. Witsel clears unconvincingly, but Belgium eventually get it clear. 22 Mins: MISS! The corner is taken short to De Bruyne this time, and he cuts inside before lashing an effort just over the crossbar! They’re still probing here, but Panama have managed to cope so far. 21 Mins: CHANCE! De Bruyne works hard to win the ball back high up the pitch and fires a fantastic low cross towards Lukaku at the back post, but Roman Torres comes in with an unbelieveable sliding block to turn the ball past the post! 18 Mins: Davis picks up a yellow card to match Meunier’s as he goes in a little too heavy on Mertens. That one was more warranted. 18 Mins: SIDE-NETTING! Meunier does well to reach the ball at the byline and win a corner off a Panama defender. It’s taken short and fast to Mertens inside the box, but he can only lash his effort into the outside of the goal!16 Mins: Panama knock the ball about confidently for a couple of minutes, and their fans cheer every pass with gusto. Barcenas then tries to burst past Vertonghen with a turn of pace, but he fouls the defender in the process. Not a bad little spell for Panama. 14 Mins: There’s an early yellow card for Meunier as he clatters into his man while jumping for a high ball. That seems a little harsh, and the PSG wing-back will have to watch his step now.12 Mins: SIDE-NETTING! A long ball forward to Hazard is watched all the way to the byline by Roman Torres, but his square ball to the keeper is massively underhit, and Hazard latches onto it in a flash, but can only strike it into the side-netting! Huge opportunity there! 10 Mins: Belgium still on top, knocking the ball around nicely, just probing and looking for openings. They’ve started brightly here.8 Mins: NO PENALTY! Mertens goes over in the box as he cuts in from the right, but he’s gone to ground far too easily and the referee isn’t even remotely interested in his appeals. Looks like VAR isn’t needed for that one. 6 Mins: SAVE! First, a lovely low ball by Meunier on the right is dummied well to Carrasco, whose low shot is well-held by Penedo. Belgium almost immediately follow up with a second attempt, crafted a move from left to right that Mertens strikes high at goal, forcing Penedo to tip it behind for a corner! They’re piling on the pressure already! 5 Mins: t’s all Belgium so far, forcing Panama deeper and deeper into their own half. De Bruyne, Hazard and Carrasco are striking up a nice understanding on their left flank, but Vertonghen’s attempt to switch the play to Meunier on the right goes out for a throw-in.3 Mins: Alderweireld’s crossfield pass towards Carrasco is cut out, and Panama break quickly down their right-hand side, focing Boyata to come across and concede a free-kick. 1 Min: CHANCE! De Bruyne slips Hazard in down the left and the Chelsea forward cuts it back to Lukaku in the centre, but the burly striker can’t direct his effort on target! That was very nearly an incredibly fast start by the Belgians!1 Min: KICK OFF Panama get us underway in Sochi.We are just moments away from kick off as Panama face a monumental task against Belgium, could we see another shock in this World Cup?Panama only just scraped through qualifying, and actually did so with -1 goal difference. No player scored more than two goals (Gabriel Torres and Roman Torres) en route to the finals, and they won just three of their last 10 qualifying games. However, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has never managed at a World Cup before, whilst Panama’s head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has previously taken both Colombia and Ecuador to this stage of the tournament, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. 10 Mins to KO: Additionally, while this is Panama’s first ever World Cup, Belgium attend the tournament for the 13th time, the sixth most of any European nationThis is the first ever meeting between these two nations, and the Belgians come into the match as overwhelming favourites. They were one of the four European teams to qualify unbeaten, and were the joint-top scorers alongside Germany (43 goals each).For Panama, their captain and national hero Roman Torres – whose goal secured his nation’s qualifcation for the tournament – recovers in time from a hamstring complaint to start, while veteran striker Perez is selected ahead of Gabriel Torres up front. Belgium are without two central defenders in the form of Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen today, meaning that Boyata gets a start today. Hazard also starts despite hobbling off in their convincing victory over Costa Rica prior to the tournament. Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Game Belgium vs Panama Date Monday, June 18 Time 4pm BST / 11am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial Confirmed Line-ups Roberto Martinez made the bold decision to cut Radja Nainggolan from his final World Cup squad, but the former Everton boss has plenty of options to choose from in midfield nonetheless.There are concerns in defence with injuries meaning that Vermaelen and Kompany miss out and Dedryck Boyata starts. Eden Hazard will captain the team, which lines up with an attacking a 3-4-3 formation.Potential Belgium XI: Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Dedryck Boyata, Toby Alderweirdeld; Yannick Carrasco, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Meunier; Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries MertensBelgium subs: Michy Batshuayi, Youri Tielemans, Nacer Chadli, Simon Mignolet, Thorgan Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, Koen Casteels, Vincent Kompany, Adnan Januzaj, Leander Dendoncker, Mousa DembelePanama do not boast any players who could be considered household names, but they do have a cohort of stars plying their trades in Major League Soccer.Confirmed Panama XI: Jaime Penedo; Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Roman Torres, Michael Murillo; Gabriel Gomez; Jose Luis Rodriguez, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Edgar Barcenas; Blas PerezPanama subs: Ismael Diaz, Jose Calderon, Valentin Pimentel, Abdiel Arroyo, Alex Rodriguez, Gabriel Torres, Harold Cummings, Ricardo Avila, Luis Ovalle, Luis Tejada, Adolfo Machado, Felipe BaloyTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FS1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayerlast_img read more