Mike Gundy is paid pretty handsomely to go out and win 8.5 games a year, glad hand with boosters and hire smart people. He might be paid even more handsomely for these activities in 2016.Before we get to that, let’s look at where Gundy’s annual compensation falls nationally. Here’s the top 23 from earlier this year. Gundy is No. 22. Dabo Swinney is No. 26 (!)And now Bill Haisten on the rumblings in Stillwater.An Oklahoma State source indicates that university officials are considering a new contract for head football coach Mike Gundy.When the 2015 season concluded, four seasons remained on the eight-year contract signed by Gundy before the 2012 season. For established head coaches, the industry standard is a contract of at least five years.This is such a volatile thing. Should Gundy be paid more than Art Briles? Does he deserve that? Maybe not right now, but he did a few years ago and he might three years from now.I’m interested to see how this plays out for Gundy. I would be surprised if something didn’t take place but an entirely new contract rather than just an extension of what he already has would be pretty intriguing. If I’m betting, I have to bet on the extension rather than a whole new deal.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!
Atletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid great Paulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cristiano) Ronaldo will stop and he can also win the Ballon d’Or.” On Juventus star Ronaldo, Futre says that “he’s even better than (Usain) Bolt”.And on Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt, he says he is “a crack, like Felix, and that in the Champions League will find it easier than in Serie A”. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected.That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to be placed on overcrowded pipelines leaving the province.Ian MacGregor, CEO of co-owner North West Refining, Inc., says multiple equipment failures have prevented the startup of the part of the refinery designed to break down heavy, sticky bitumen into an upgraded oil that can then be converted into consumer products.He says the refinery contains some 7,000 pieces of equipment and getting them all to operate in concert is taking more time than expected, with the latest setback involving a heat exchanger that was apparently damaged during installation.Sturgeon, the first new refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, was completed 12 months ago and has since been producing diesel from synthetic crude upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.MacGregor says the refinery is benefiting as high discounts on prices on stranded Alberta heavy oil have also begun to affect light oil and synthetic oil, leading to its feedstock costing as much as US$30 per barrel less than usual.He says the refinery is currently producing between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels per day of diesel.“I think we’re going to be running on bitumen by the end of the year,” he said in an interview.“It will take a while to come up to full capacity because as we put bitumen into it, we’ll find other problems.”The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 per cent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission.
“I was riding by the hospital recently and saw a bunch of seniors out front of the care centre, they were so nice and friendly, I just felt I wanted to do something nice for them,” said Davies. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The ladies residing at Peace Villa and Abbeyfield House each received a carnation, chocolate and a card on Mother’s Day after the daughter of Peace River North MLA Dan Davies came up with the idea of doing something nice for local seniors.Bert Bowes Grade 7 student Hana Davies said she thought of the idea of giving the gifts last week. Dan Davies said his daughter got permission from the two care centres, did a budget, and got Inland Concrete to sponsor the gifts. Davies hand-delivered the surprise gifts to the residents of the two facilities at lunch time on Mother’s Day.Hana Davies handing a flower and card to Peace Villa resident Debbie Simons. Supplied photo.
Shimla: With BJP deciding to keep former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and party stalwart Murli Manohar Joshi out of the contest, Himachal BJP senior Shanta Kumar, 85, has made the first move.Shanta Kumar on Friday announced that he will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha poll. He is currently sitting Lok Sabha member from politically sensitive Kangra Parliamentary constituency, which had won four times including 2014. His statement comes at a time when the party’s Parliamentary Board was set to meeting in Delhi on Friday night and finalise the candidates’ second list. Top BJP leaders including Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal and state BJP president Satpal Satti are in Delhi for discussions on the probable candidates. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”On Thursday night, things are thrashed to a large extent. Now, the central parliamentary board will put its seal,” said a senior BJP leader, who indicated that Kangra will get a new candidate. Three-time state Chief Minister Shanta Kumar is among BJP and Jan Sangh ‘s most potential and front line leaders in Himachal Pradesh, who was the face of the state’s politics and had a role in building-up the BJP in the Congress dominant state. Shanta Kumar had also remained a cabinet minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KReports say barring Hamirpur – where three-time MP Anurag Thakur is sure to be retained as ‘winnable’ candidate in Himachal Pradesh, there is quite a suspense on rest of the three seats viz Mandi, Shimla and Kangra. The biggest upsurge is in Mandi Parliamentary constituency in the home district of Chief Minister where former Communication minister Pt Sukh Ram’s grandson Ashray Sharma has staked his claim for the ticket. Sukh Ram’s son Anil Sharma, who was a minister in the earlier Congress government, had defected from the party before the poll and joined the BJP ahead of the 2017 polls. He is now a minister in the Jai Ram Thakur government. Sukh Ram has been camping in Delhi to meet the top BJP leaders even as state leaders including Chief Minister has refused to give any credence to Ashray Sharma’s claim for the ticket. Not Sharma alone, there are two other contenders against Ram Swaroop Sharma. Maheshwar Singh, a senior BJP leader and three-time former MP from Mandi, is lobbying hard for the ticket. He had lost the assembly poll in 2017 elections. Brigadier Khushal Thakur, a Kargil war veteran, is also seeking ticket and he had quite a following of his own in the area as being a war hero. Jai Ram Thakur has held two successive meetings in Mandi during past one week to send a message that the party will not tolerate any indiscipline if any leader tries to overstep the mandate of the party to decide on the ticket. He has also clearly told Anil Sharma, Pt Sukh Ram’s son and his cabinet minister to control his son. Some BJP leaders from Mandi had also sent a complaint to the party asking for action against Ashray Sharma and his father Anil Sharma for trying to jeopardise the party’s prospects in Mandi. The rebellion is also brewing in Shimla (reserve ) parliamentary constituency against the sitting BJP MP Virender Kashyap. Party leader H N Kashyap, a who had successfully contested the seat in 2004 is back strongly lobbying of the ticket alleging that he had been given unfair treatment by the party ever since he had lost the poll.
Bangkok: Thailand’s election results were due Monday, with the junta appearing poised to hold on to power in a vote that saw its main rival diminished but vaulted a new pro-democracy force into the kingdom’s politics. Sunday’s poll — seen as a referendum on the military — was the first since a 2014 coup, and was held under new rules written by the junta to ease its transformation into a civilian government. Despite that, analysts had not expected the army-linked Phalang Pracharat party to win the popular vote, given mounting anger at junta rule and the enduring popularity of Pheu Thai — the party of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut Thai politics is unpredictable, and as preliminary results trickled in Sunday, Phalang Pracharat — with coup leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha as its candidate for prime minister — clung to the lead, racking up more than 7.6 million votes with 93 percent of ballots tallied. “This will give them… popular legitimacy and more credibility,” Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said. Phalang Pracharat had nearly half a million more votes than Pheu Thai, despite the track record of Thaksin whose parties have won every vote since 2001, drawing on loyalty from the rural and urban poor. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPrayut’s party is on track to cobble together the 126 votes in the lower house it needs for a parliamentary majority, in combination with a 250-seat upper house Senate that is appointed by the junta. The Bangkok Post, Thailand’s main English-language newspaper, splashed “Prayut return ‘likely'” across its front page on Monday. The poll pitted a royalist junta and its allies against the election-winning machine of billionaire-turned-politician Thaksin and featured an unpredictable wave of millions of first-time voters. As the results came in, dismay rippled out across the pro-democracy camp, with prospects diminishing of an anti-junta coalition squeezing into power. The Election Commission unexpectedly postponed the release of fuller results until Monday afternoon, including the number of lower house seats won by each party. The Election Commission has said it will finalise the results by May 9. But questions quickly began to percolate on social media over an election that saw a massive 1.9 million ballots invalidated, setting the stage for disputes. Turnout was a tepid 64 percent, much lower than forecasts. Election night was full of surprises, with the new, youth-focused Future Forward party led by telegenic billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit taking more than five million votes, which could make it Thailand’s third-biggest party. And on the eve of the poll, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a cryptic statement urging people to support “good” leaders against those who create “chaos.” Another royal command in February torpedoed the candidacy of the king’s elder sister Princess Ubolratana for prime minister via a party linked to Thaksin. Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup, and has lived in self-exile since 2008. The administration of his sister Yingluck was also the victim of a 2014 power grab by the military. The Shinawatra-aligned Pheu Thai party has vowed to accept the results but said it needed more “clarity” on the outcome before it took a stance.
New Delhi: Lauding former BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav for “challenging” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said there is “something in the soil of Haryana”, the state from where the sacked jawan hails. In a tweet, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener said that in the 2014 general elections too, someone from Haryana– referring to himself– had taken on Modi in Varanasi. Yadav, the former Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, who was was dismissed in 2017 after complaining about the quality of food, was Monday declared as the candidate of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “There is something in the soil of Haryana. Last time too, someone (himself) from Haryana had challenged Modi ji in Varanasi, this time too Haryana’s jawan has locked horns with Modi ji. Best wishes to the SP-BSP alliance candidate from the entire nation,” Kejriwal tweeted. Born and brought up in Haryana, Kejriwal had contested against Modi in the 2014 general elections but lost to him by over 3 lakh votes. Varanasi goes to polls in the last phase of the ongoing elections on May 19.
Together, LeBron and Kyrie combined for a Game Score of 72.4, the top single-game performance by a duo in the finals since 1984. That means their collective performance topped any by Jordan and Pippen, O’Neal and Bryant, or even James and Wade — and it’s not particularly close. 19925CHIMichael Jordan33.3Scottie Pippen24.557.8 2012Heat @ Thunder228 19934CHIMichael Jordan38.9Horace Grant23.462.3 11989Magic JohnsonLAL1+6.5+1.7+8.3 19904PORClyde Drexler33.9Jerome Kersey26.059.9 1993Suns @ Bulls321 19855LALMagic Johnson29.7James Worthy29.158.8 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 1992Trail Blazers @ Bulls228 When the smoke cleared on Game 5 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to the seventh-biggest finals upset since 1984,1The earliest year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level data. according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our favored way to get a snapshot of team quality). 2014Heat @ Spurs224 2003Nets @ Spurs221 2016Cavs @ Warriors526 42015Kyrie IrvingCLE5+4.7-0.8+3.8 51990Dennis RodmanDET1+1.3+2.3+3.6 20165CLELeBron James39.2Kyrie Irving33.272.4 92000Chris MullinIND3+2.4+0.8+3.2 Biggest NBA Finals upsets according to Elo forecast, 1984-2016 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 72016Kevin LoveCLE1+2.2+1.3+3.5 32000Kobe BryantLAL1+3.2+1.2+4.4 81996Nate McMillanSEA2-0.1+3.4+3.2 Dray is the second-best player to miss a finals game since ’84 But we shouldn’t let Golden State’s short-handedness take too much away from LeBron and Kyrie’s twin performances in Game 5. They scored 82 of Cleveland’s 112 points, accounted for 15 more with their assists to other Cavs and chalked up two of the top 22 single-game performances in the NBA Finals since 1984, according to Game Score, John Hollinger’s productivity rating. LeBron in particular dropped the second-best stat line of that entire span, trailing only Tim Duncan’s 2003 dismantling of the New Jersey Nets. 22016Draymond GreenGS1+1.4+3.7+5.1 101991James WorthyLAL1+2.3+0.5+2.9 BPM TALENT RATINGS Among players who played at least one finals game (i.e., those who were not injured earlier in playoffs, etc.)Source: Basketball-Reference.com, Daniel Myers 62015Andrew BogutGS2-1.4+5.0+3.5 20134MIADwyane Wade30.6LeBron James29.660.2 19871LALJames Worthy32.0Magic Johnson30.962.9 YEARPLAYERTEAMGAMES MISSEDOFFENSEDEFENSEOVERALL 19921CHIMichael Jordan36.9Scottie Pippen28.865.7 2001Sixers @ Lakers117% 1984Lakers @ Celtics127 YEARGAMETEAMNAMESCORENAMESCOREDUO SCORE Of course, Elo doesn’t capture that a certain someone was missing from Monday night’s game. Draymond Green, the Warriors’ all-world defender, playmaker and swag leader was suspended for Game 5 after picking up a flagrant foul from a shot at LeBron’s … [groin] area. The suspension was historic in its own right: According to the Box Plus/Minus talent ratings,2Consider these a slightly lower-fi version of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings, with the benefit that they can be computed going back to the 1970s. We’ve used them here in the past. Green is the second-best player to miss a finals game since 1984. (Magic Johnson’s 1989 absence takes the top spot — by a mile.) So take the magnitude of the Cavs’ Elo upset with a grain of salt. 2015Cavs @ Warriors224 YEARGAMEUPSET ODDS PLAYER 1PLAYER 2 1993Suns @ Bulls523 Top combined average Game Scores for single-game finals duos since 1984 20012LALShaquille O’Neal32.2Kobe Bryant26.158.3 Missing from this picture: the rest of the Cavs. Kevin Love, the team’s purported third banana, scored just 2 points and grabbed three rebounds, alongside four fouls and two turnovers. As a team, the Cavs had 16 turnovers and 22 fouls. That’s why it took both a historic suspension and a historic two-man performance for Cleveland to upset the Warriors and bring the series back to Ohio.Unfortunately for the Cavs, Green won’t be watching from next door in Game 6. And although LeBron and Co. will be at home, where Elo considers them 59 percent favorites to force a climactic Game 7, Cleveland was also the site of a late-game collapse and a double-digit defeat for the host team in Game 4. So the Cavs are not out of the woods yet — they’ve needed to make history to get this far against the defending champs, and to go any further, they’ll likely have to make some more.Check out our NBA Finals predictions.
Thad Matta stands on the sidelines during a game against Minnesota. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWhen a college basketball game is closing on the the final minutes of play, most coaches would say each possession becomes increasingly more important.The value of making the correct read, protecting the ball, making free throws and getting good shots goes up in such a way that if a team fails to do those things, they are likely to end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard when the buzzer sounds.Ohio State coach Thad Matta said Saturday doing the little things — like converting free throws, keeping proper spacing on offense and defending to his team’s capability — is what ultimately led to its 65-63 loss Thursday night against Penn State.Even junior guard Shannon Scott knew something was off that night in State College, Pa., mentioning that at times when the Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7, fourth in the Big Ten) were trying to decipher the Nittany Lions’ zone defense, not everyone was on the same page.“We’re not seeing it all the way the whole time. There’s been possessions where three players are running one play, and two players are running a different play,” Scott said Saturday. “We’ve gotta have a better focus on our offense, especially against the zone.”When Matta was told that Scott said the team sometimes has trouble getting into the right sets offensively — even though the team is 29 games into the season — he said it shows how OSU’s mind wasn’t in the right place against Penn State.“That just tells you the concentration wasn’t there. And a lot of that is on Shannon and (senior guard) Aaron (Craft). We were going way too quick the other night,” Matta said. “We had a guy stop and tie his shoe twice during the game, and we didn’t start our offense until there was 22 seconds on the clock. We had wasted possessions on those two possessions.”The No. 22 Buckeyes are likely going to need to have those little things corrected when they are set to travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana (16-12, 6-9, eighth in the Big Ten). The Hoosiers won the Big Ten regular season title last year, beating the Buckeyes by a game in the standings.OSU’s second loss this season to Penn State this year was not exactly what the Buckeyes had planned, Scott said, but there’s no time to worry about that with a quick turnaround to take on Indiana.“It cuts us deep, losing another game. But we can’t really dwell on it. It’s too late in the season to start dwelling on our mistakes,” Scott said. “It’s not time for that right now. We gotta all be men and move on from that and make the most of our next games.”Despite falling to Penn State Thursday, OSU would still be the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament — and get a first-round bye — if the season ended today, because Iowa also lost Thursday, on the road at Indiana.The Hoosiers are led by sophomore guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, who is currently fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game.“Ferrell is obviously one of the top point guards in the country and (freshman forward Noah) Vonleh is a monster,” Matta said of the Hoosiers two leading scorers. “Just a well-coached basketball team, very good basketball team and it’s another Big Ten war for us.”Despite their record, Indiana isn’t going to be an easy opponent, Scott said.“We know none of our games are going to get easier. Indiana’s a great team,” Scott said. “Their record doesn’t show how good they really are, so we all know that coming into the game. We’re going to be prepared for them and hopefully be ready to play.”The loss to Penn State came on the heels of six wins in seven games for OSU, but Matta said he’s not concerned about his team’s confidence level.“It’s funny because with this quick turnaround, I’m not even worried about confidence,” Matta said. “Our focus is quite honestly, ‘Hey that’s behind us. We can’t change that. Here’s what we gotta do to try to win the basketball game’ … In terms of being 25 games or whatever we are into the season, come on — you gotta man up. You gotta carry your weight around here and get the job done.”Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall.
AS Roma’s sporting director is analyzing legal action against Barcelona over Malcom’s transfer, and Ousmane Dembele is meditating an exit from the Catalan club.The latest FC Barcelona signing Malcom has produced some serious ripple effects in both Rome and Barcelona, the Brazilian’s arrival in the Catalan city came as an unexpected surprise from the AS Roma board of directors. The Italian club’s sporting manager Monchi, explained to Cadena COPE the reason his club might be considering to take legal actions against FC Barcelona. He states that AS Roma had a closed deal with the player and the Catalan club got in the middle of the negotiations. But that’s not all, French winger Ousmane Dembele is very unhappy with Malcom’s arrival because he sees it as a clear message directed towards him.?️ Monchi, director deportivo de la @OfficialASRoma:➡️ “Tengo mensajes con los agentes de Malcom y del presidente del Girondins con el acuerdo cerrado. Esta mañana me piden subir la oferta porque el Barça está pagando más. Estamos valorando si tomar procedimientos legales” pic.twitter.com/OKZbYMBdE8— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) July 24, 2018Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Monchi spoke live with the Spanish radio show Partidazo de COPE about AS Roma’s situation, he confirmed that the Italian club reached an agreement with French club Girondins Bordeaux but Barcelona got in the middle of the negotiation and convinced the player not to honor their deal: “I have all the texts I sent Malcom’s agents and Girondins president in which we reached an agreement for his transfer to AS Roma. Then they asked me to raise the offer this morning because Barcelona offered more money. We are seriously considering taking legal action against both clubs,” said the former Sevilla sporting director to Cadena COPE.?DEMBÉLÉ (@Dembouz) está valorando buscar una salida del Barça. Cree que el fichaje de Malcom demuestra que no se apuesta por él. Su relación con Valverde es distante. Espera que le aclare qué rol tendrá, quiere protagonismo para explotar (….) @partidazocope @deportescope— Helena Condis Edo (@HelenaCondis) July 24, 2018While all that drama is taking place, another situation unfolds in Barcelona with French player Ousmane Dembele. According to Spanish journalist Helena Condis Edo. The player is not happy with Malcom’s arrival and he feels it as an invitation to leave the club due to a lack of trust in his skills. However, Barcelona has already told the media that Dembele will not leave the club because they consider him a very important player for the institution. The Brazilian winger’s arrival should be seen as an increase in competition for Dembele rather than an obstacle in his development as a star inside the Catalan club.