You can’t script this stuff. Manchester City fires Manuel Pellegrini, effective the end of the season, and then his Blues beat Paris Saint-Germain to reach the European Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.Pellegrini, a dignified Chilean, must have a sly smile on his face.In this age of big money, a football manager’s contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. A blip in team performance can get wealthy club owners like those of Manchester City nervous enough to pull the plug even if it’s due to a rash of injuries.Pellegrini and the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho know this all too well.The latter two were both let go by Russian Roman Abramovic at Chelsea in the season following wins in the English Premier League. The same thing happened at the same club to Claudia Ranieri, the current Leicester City boss, after a 2004 season in which Chelsea placed second in the Premiership. Truly, he who pays the piper calls the tune.In those situations, only winning is enough.In this context, it seems hardly likely that Louis van Gaal will see out his three-year contract at Manchester United. The highly successful Dutchman hasn’t endeared himself to United with his possession-oriented departure from that club’s traditional winger-based attacking style.The besieged veteran came to United after carrying The Netherlands to within a penalty shoot-out of the 2014 World Cup final. He might rightly claim that he took United back to Champions League football.TOO LATE FOR VAN GAALHis inconsistent United, however, haven’t met the benchmark, set by Alex Ferguson. Fans want him out. From the moans of the United faithful, even a return to Champions League football won’t save the day for Van Gaal.He will have to hustle as his team is fifth, four points behind Manchester City.Six months after his arrival at Liverpool, the charming German Jurgen Klopp is still enjoying a honeymoon at the Anfield home of the five-time European champions. His Reds are currently eighth in the Premiership, two places behind last year’s sixth-spot finish.Yet, the accomplished Klopp is generally viewed as a better coach than the man he replaced, Brendan Rogers. Time will tell.Managerial musical chairs are present in Jamaica, too. For example, Waterhouse Football Club has had two managers already this year.If Raineri’s Leicester can emerge from last season’s battles against relegation to be a real challenger for domestic top honours, then Pellegrini can dream of a triumphant exit.Even though giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all remain in contention, scriptwriters in Manchester are probably penning their view of Champions League success.If that happens and if Manchester City meet and beat Bayern, who are currently coached by Pep Guardiola Pellegrini’s replacement as manager at City that would be irony indeed.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London Olympics.
OSU should seeing a lot of this on Saturday in Ft. Worth (USATSI)My first thought when I saw the Frogs O’ War post that Trevone Boykin was out this Saturday for TCU was “oh wow I’m going to have to change my Big 12 power rankings.”Second thought: “that sucks for him.”Third thought: “Glenn Spencer might literally be dancing right now.”Then the pause.Then Ubben’s tweet.TCU coach Gary Patterson tells me there’s no truth to a report that Trevone Boykin had wrist surgery Monday and will miss 4-6 weeks.— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 14, 2014“Snap, somebody’s about to get taken to the woodshed.”Then the apology post.Earlier today, we received faulty information regarding TCU, and quarterback Trevone Boykin.— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014 It all happened so fast. From the time Frogs O’ War first tweeted its Boykin news to the time the apology post went up only 37 minutes elapsed.That smells…off.Speaking as someone who somewhat actively tries to avoid breaking news I have to say that if you’re an independent-ish site like Frogs O’ War you better have like 19 sources and photos of Boykin’s open wrist during surgery sent to you from his mom to pop something like this.Which I’m sure they nearly did.So one of two things happened here:1. They were tricked (their words) on purpose by TCU which planted false information inside their athletic dept. to see if someone would leak it to Frogs O’ War.Now, it appears that a trick had been played on the sources. I had no reason to doubt my writer, and he had no reason to doubt his sources.— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014 This seems both improbable and self-indulgent.Is TCU losing games because somebody in the athletic dept. is leaking info to a blog with 3,500 followers on Twitter? No, so you’re going to set up an elaborate plan involving the falsification of information about one of the best QBs in the country just to catch this person?Come on.2. Frogs O’ War got catfished (I mean, Boykin IS in a soft cast so it would be a pretty easy reach). This is way more likely and as someone who — I think — has been on the receiving end of an attempted catfish (of sorts), not without motive.Believe whatever you want about the camo uniform situation from two years ago but there’s probably at least a little truth to the notion that somebody wanted to “catch” me (or another site or publication) in the act. Whatever that means.Which is why this from Jason Kersey needs to be discussed.EASY KERSEY! RT @jasonkersey: Nobody is perfect, but the Boykin stuff is why you probably shouldn’t count on fan blogs for breaking news.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 14, 2014I gave Kersey hell about this but he’s actually right. People like me shouldn’t be breaking news unless it’s handed to me on a silver platter. That’s not my groove, not what I want it to be either.That’s why the Oklahoman exists or the Tulsa World. It’s the divergence between Adam Schefter and Grantland. A Schefty ain’t going to leave you gasping for air like Brian Phillips and vice versa.There’s a place for everything.The funniest part about all of this is option 3 which we didn’t discuss. That Boykin really did have surgery and IS out for Saturday and Frogs O’ War caught it going both ways.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Max Allegri explained Juventus tactics in their hard-fought 1-0 win over Torino in the Turin derby.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.“I didn’t see the penalty, as I turned my back to it. I very rarely watch the penalties, to be honest,” the Coach told Football Italia via DAZN.“It was rarely going to be a game with a lot of goals. When Toro’s tempo and intensity began to fall away, we took control of the match.Massimiliano Allegri hails the mentality of Cristiano Ronaldo Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri opened up on his great respect for old star player Cristiano Ronaldo, but warned Juventus that Inter Milan “can win the Scudetto”.“It was an extremely difficult fixture because of the derby because Torino were coming off a strong period of form and we played in the Champions League only three days ago.“The team was set out well, the lads showed a spirit of self-sacrifice and were very unified. In the first half, Torino caused us problems with their pressing, but we took control after the break and our forwards did well.“It’s a positive sign that we emerged in the long run, as it means the team is in good shape physically. This is a positive result and it allows us to take another step forward.”
Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY For “Telefonía” Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Other competitors in the Song Of The Year category included established greats and newcomers from across the Spanish-speaking world, such as newcomer from Mexico, El David Aguilar, who received four Latin GRAMMY nominations this year. In addition to this nomination for writing “Embrujo,” the singer-songwriter was also up for Best New Artist and his album Siguiente was nominated for both Album Of The Year and Best Singer-Songwriter Album. From Puerto Rico, Kany García is a previous winner of two Latin GRAMMY Awards and a previous GRAMMY nominee. García’s song “Para Siempre” was also nominated for Record Of The Year & her album Soy Yo was nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Singer-Songwriter Album.Chilean star Mon Laferte was also nominated with her co-writer/nominee Manú Jalil for their song “Antes De Ti.” At last year’s Latin GRAMMY Awards, she won Best Alternative Song. for “Amárrame.” Another nominee “Danza De Gardenias” was written by Mexican star Natalia Lafourcade and her co-writer/nominee David Aguilar Dorantes. Its performance featuring Los Macorinos was also nominated for Record Of The Year. Her album Musas, Vol. 2 was nominated for Album Of The Year and won for Best Folk Album at the Premiere ceremony. A GRAMMY winner and previous recipient of eight Latin GRAMMY Awards, Lafourcade’s Musas, Vol. 1 won the Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Folk Album last year.”Bailar Contigo” was performed and co-written by Colombian ensemble Monsieur Periné, a previous Latin GRAMMY Award winner and GRAMMY nominee. The group was also nominated for Record Of The Year and their album Encanto Tropical was nominated for Album Of The Year. Their co-writer Mauricio Rengifo is a previous Latin GRAMMY Award winner and GRAMMY nominee who was also nominated a second time in this category, twice for Best Tropical Song as well as for Producer of the Year. Argentine rocker Fito Páez was also nominated this year for “Tu Vida Mi Vida.” A previous winner of five Latin GRAMMY Awards and a GRAMMY nominee, Páez’s composition won Best Rock Song at the premiere ceremony.Bringing a flamenco folklore style very much her own, Spanish sensation Rosalía and her hit “Malamente” won Best Alternative Song at the premiere ceremony and were also up for Record Of The Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video. Her co-writers/nominees were Antón Alvarez Alfaro & Pablo Diaz-Reixa. “La Puerta Violeta” has brought wider recognition for Spanish artist Rozalén’s powerful talent both as a writer and performer. Her album Cuando El Río Suena… was nominated for Album Of The Year.”Robarte Un Beso” was one of this year’s feel-good anthems, bringing together Colombia’s Carlos Vives and Sebastian Yatra. A previous winner of ten Latin GRAMMY Awards and two GRAMMY Awards, Vives won Best Contemporary Tropical Album at the Premiere ceremony for his album Vives. Fellow Colombian Yatra received his first Latin GRAMMY nomination last year. Their co-writers/nominees were Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres, nominated together this year for Producer Of The Year as well as additional songwriting nominations in Best Tropical Song and another nomination for Rengifo in the Song Of The Year category for his work with Monsieur Periné. Torres won at the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards for engineering and both men shared in “Despacito”‘s Record Of The Year Latin GRAMMY win at last year’s awards, as the track’s producers. 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Share TDCJDanny Bible received the death sentence in 2003 after confessing to the 1979 slaying of Inez Deaton.It was nearly 40 years ago when the brutalized body of 20-year-old Inez Deaton was found in a field near a deserted car wash in Harris County.She had been raped and repeatedly stabbed with an ice pick in May 1979, and for about two decades, her murder went unsolved. Then in 1998, Danny Bible was arrested in Louisiana in another rape case, where he confessed during police interrogations to that rape as well as Deaton’s murder, according to court records. He was dubbed “the ice pick killer.”On Wednesday evening, Bible, who is now 66 years old and uses a wheelchair after a prison transport accident, is set to be executed for the crime. He is the second person to be executed under Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, a Democrat elected in 2016 who has drawn in the reins on the death penalty in the county that has sent more people to the execution chamber than any state aside from Texas itself.“Some criminals’ actions are so heinous, they earn the label ‘worst of the worst,’” Ogg said in a statement after Bible’s execution date was set in March. “The jury who listened to the facts and saw the evidence of the crimes Danny Bible committed clearly reached that conclusion by sentencing him to death.”Bible and his attorneys are fighting his execution, in part claiming that he is too sick to be put to death by lethal injection — that his veins are too weak and he will likely choke laying on his back on the gurney. Bible suffers from multiple heart and lung conditions. They’ve argued that since courts require inmates to propose an alternative when generally challenging a state’s execution method, Texas could consider killing him using a firing squad or nitrogen gas.“Because of his poor health, Mr. Bible has severely compromised peripheral veins, meaning it will be difficult, if not impossible, to establish two functioning IVs in his veins, creating a substantial risk of either a botched execution or an aborted execution attempt,” wrote one of Bible’s attorneys, Jeremy Schepers, in his appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday.The brief pointed to other execution attempts on sick inmates that failed because officials couldn’t find a vein. In February, Alabama officials called off the execution of Doyle Hamm, a cancer patient, after failing for hours to insert a needle. Last November, Ohio officials had to call off the execution of Alva Campbell, who also had cancer, used a colostomy bag and could not breathe lying down, for the same reason (He has since died in prison). And Ohio faced a similar complication before — in 2009, the state’s attempted execution of Romell Broom failed, and Broom said the pain was so excruciating, he cried and screamed.The state countered Bible’s argument in its brief on Monday by first mentioning that he was a serial rapist and murderer, and adding that his claims of an inhumane and painful execution were speculation. The state’s attorneys also seemed to knock the other proposed execution methods — worth noting as the state has struggled to get a hold of new lethal injection drugs.“The pain inherent in Bible’s hypothetical probing or hypothetical failed vein pales in comparison to the congruent possibility of mishaps occurring with Bible’s proposed alternatives — for instance, a lingering death from a misplaced gunshot wound or an incomplete suffocation causing brain damage from oxygen deprivation,” wrote Texas Assistant Attorney General Stephen Hoffman.The federal appellate court rejected Bible’s appeals Tuesday afternoon, though his attorneys have said they will seek relief from the U.S. Supreme Court. The lower courts have said Bible hasn’t adequately shown that there would be difficulty finding a vein, nor has he shown that repeated, unsuccessful attempts to find a vein qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment.Bible’s recent state appeals have also fought to stop his execution by faulting the state’s secretive and exceedingly rare clemency process — where the parole board can recommend that the governor reduce a death row inmate’s sentence to life in prison shortly before execution. The parole board unanimously rejected Bible’s clemency petition Monday.Bible also argued that he should have been granted a new punishment trial — when jurors decide on issues that would lead to a death sentence or one of life in prison after finding the person guilty of capital murder — after a prison van accident left him disabled.While being transferred from the county jail to death row after being convicted and sentenced to death in 2003, the prison van carrying Bible was in a head-on collision, according to court records. The drivers of both vehicles were killed and Bible was severely injured, leaving him unable to walk without assistance. In the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, he argued that because of this accident and his disability, jurors may not have deemed Bible a future danger, despite his lengthy criminal background. To sentence someone to death in Texas, jurors must unanimously agree that a capital murder convict is a future danger.The Texas court rejected the appeals on clemency and future dangerousness Friday.Though Bible is fighting his death sentence, his lawyer said he has accepted the responsibility for Deaton’s murder. Margaret Schmucker, his state appellate lawyer, said he was already serving a life sentence in Louisiana and would have never been released.In his 1998 confession to Louisiana officers, Bible said Deaton walked into his uncle’s house in 1979, where he was staying, and he raped her. He then stabbed her to death with an ice pick, put her in a garbage bag, and dumped her in a field, according to court records. She was a friend of his cousin, and the mother of a toddler.Bible fled Texas when the young mother’s body was discovered shortly after the murder, according to the state’s filing, but his crimes did not stop. In Louisiana, Bible confessed to the 1998 rape that led to his arrest, Deaton’s murder, and the 1983 murders of his former sister-in-law, her baby and her roommate. He also said he sexually assaulted his five young nieces. He had already served a prison sentence for one of the 1983 murders but was released on parole. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without parole in Louisiana for the aggravated rape.For Deaton, he got death.Barring intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or — very improbably — Gov. Greg Abbott, Bible is set to be executed after 6 p.m. His death can be delayed until shortly before midnight while awaiting final court rulings.If his execution proceeds, Bible will be the seventh person Texas puts to death this year, matching the total number of executions from 2017. Last year, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stopped upcoming executions seven times, but this year, it has only stopped one. Seven other executions are scheduled through October, though there are questions about the supply of drugs in stock.