Premier League clubs ranked by total games played in 2016/17

first_img 1. Man United – 56 games 20 20 20 20 Joint 15. Stoke City – 37 games 18. AFC Bournemouth – 37 games 20 20 2. Man City – 51 games Joint 13. Burnley – 38 games 7. Liverpool – 43 games 20. West Bromwich Albion – 35 games – click the right arrow, above, to see which teams have played the most matches this season… Joint 11. Middlesbrough – 39 games 20 10. Chelsea – 41 games 20 Joint 4. Arsenal – 48 games 19. Watford – 36 games Joint 15. Swansea City – 37 games 20 20 20 20 Joint 8.Hull City – 42 games 20 Joint 13. Sunderland – 38 games 20 Joint 15. Everton – 37 games 20 6. Southampton – 47 games 20 Joint 11. Crystal Palace – 39 games 20 20 Joint 4. Tottenham Hotspur – 48 games 20 20 3. Leicester City – 49 games Joint 8. West Ham United – 42 games The end of the season is approaching and some squads are visibly tiring in the Premier League.It is a long campaign for those who are also competing on other fronts in cup competitions, as matches soon add up and managers need to make full use of their matchday squads.READ MORE: Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in Gameweek 35talkSPORT has taken a look at how many games each team has played so far* – taking into consideration Premier League, EFL Cup, FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League matches.Two sides have already passed the 50-game mark and they will be joined by another this weekend – and three more before the season’s end. Click the right arrow, above, starting with West Brom, to see which teams have racked up the most matches.*Statistics accurate as of April 28, 2017.last_img read more

…Ready for It? Taylor Swift announces Reputation tour dates; tickets on sale Dec. 13

first_imgTaylor Swift‘s tour in support of her new album Reputation now has its first dates.According to Taylor’s website, the first round kicks off May 8 in Glendale, AZ, all of them stadium shows. Right now, she’s got the tour mapped out through October, and promises additional tour dates for the U.K., Ireland, Australia & New Zealand.Tickets for the trek go on sale December 13, which is also Taylor’s 28th birthday.  She’ll be using Taylor Swift Tix, powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fans, for the tour. The program aims to get tickets into the hands of fans, not scalpers or bots. Registration for Taylor Swift Tix ends November 28.If the Reputation tour is anywhere near as big as Taylor’s 2015 1989 world tour, it could gross between $250 to $300 million.Here are Taylor’s first Reputation tour dates:5/8 —  Glendale, AZ, University of Phoenix Stadium5/12 — Santa Clara, CA, Levi’s Stadium5/19 — Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl5/22 — Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field5/25 — Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field At Mile High6/2 — Chicago, I,L Soldier Field6/30 — Louisville, KY, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium7/7 — Columbus, OH, Ohio Stadium7/10 — Washington, D.C., FedEx Field7/14 — Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field7/17 — Cleveland, OH, First Energy Stadium7/21 — East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium7/28 — Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium8/4 — Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre8/7 — Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field8/11 — Atlanta, GA, Mercedes-Benz Stadium8/14 — Tampa, FL, Raymond James Stadium8/18 — Miami, FL, Hard Rock Stadium8/25 — Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium8/28 — Detroit, MI, Ford Field9/1 — Minneapolis, MN, U.S. Bank Stadium9/8 — Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium9/15 — Indianapolis, IN, Lucas Oil Stadium9/18 — St. Louis, MO, The Dome at America’s Center9/22 — New Orleans, LA,  Mercedes-Benz Superdome9/29 — Houston, TX, NRG Stadium10/6 — Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadiumlast_img read more

Coke to give schools safe water

first_imgThousands of youngsters will leadhealthier lives through the Waterfor Schools initiative.(Image: Coca-Cola) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sammy MohlaoliCoca-Cola SA snr communications manager+27 11 644 0528 or +27 79 525 6934RELATED ARTICLES• Fifa trophy on the home stretch• World Cup fever spreads abroad• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• BBC spends big bucks on SA studioJanine ErasmusGlobal beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola is involved in the 2010 Fifa World Cup in a big way with a number of initiatives that will leave a lasting impression on communities.More important than the tournament itself, the company is to leave a lasting legacy in South Africa by improving access to drinking water and sanitation facilities for school children around the country, as well as the areas in which they live.The project, known as Water for Schools, falls under the umbrella of the Coca-Cola Replenish Africa Initiative (Rain), a six-year programme launched in early 2009 to provide safe drinking water to thousands of communities across the continent.Coca-Cola is funding the initiative to the tune of US$30-million (R223-million).The quality of life of at least 2-million people is expected to improve, and the company too will reap benefits because, in the words of Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, “our business needs strong, healthy communities to grow and be sustainable”.Kent added that the world’s biggest beverage company has made it a priority to help African communities tackle the day-to-day challenges facing them, especially in terms of access to safe water.Wise use of waterWater for Schools is due to roll out in 100 South African schools by the end of the year. As part of the project Coca-Cola is encouraging all South Africans to use water wisely and implementing customised water stewardship programmes at a community level.Whether the requirement is for better ablution facilities, new boreholes, or equipment to harvest rainwater, the company will fulfil the needs of an area once it has established what they are.“School water projects have been among the most effective approaches to improving young people’s lives, which has a positive multiplier effect across communities,” said William Asiko, president of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, which oversees the company’s social responsibility initiatives on the continent.The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that more than 300-million Africans struggle to find potable water on a daily basis. Deadly waterborne diseases proliferate in unsafe water, killing thousands. The WHO estimated that at any time, half of the entire population of sub-Saharan Africa suffer from diseases related to poor sanitation and unclean drinking water.Furthermore, in the years leading up to 2015 – the target for implementation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) – an additional 47-million Africans will be added to the already long list of those without access to clean water. This means that the continent is not likely to meet the MDG deadline.World Cup trophy in SAAs a long-standing Fifa partner, Coca-Cola is also taking the World Cup trophy on a tour of the host country. By the time it arrives in Johannesburg on 5 May, Fifa and Coca-Cola will have taken it to 83 countries around the world, including every African nation.The trophy left Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, in September 2009 and is now on the last leg of its 139 000km global tour. The company has described the response by Africans in particular as “incredible”, and soon it will be South Africa’s turn, with excited fans in towns, cities, villages and townships around the country getting the chance to pose beside the solid gold bounty.For many, it will be the closest they get to the World Cup.“From 5 May we are going to go around the country, with the trophy, and invite South Africans to come out and join us in celebration,” said Coca-Cola South Africa’s marketing manager Zayd Abrahams. “They can sing with us; dance with us; and kick the ball with us.”From Pretoria the trophy travels down to the Western Cape, where the tour officially begins on 7 May. Making its way across the country, it will visit the Eastern Cape; KwaZulu-Natal; Free State; Northern Cape; North West; Mpumalanga; and Limpopo provinces before it heads for its final destination in Johannesburg, Gauteng.Download a PDF of the trophy’s global route (79KB).last_img read more

SaaS: Huge Growth in Asia Pacific

first_img20 percent of companies in the Asia Pacific are using SaaS, and software specialty areas like ERP are set to grow from $35 million in 2008 to $193 million in 2012.Balaka Baruah Aggarwal, senior market analyst of Emerging Software at Springboard Research and author of the report said that “We expect this market to experience faster growth, given the relatively low current level of on-premise  ERP application penetration in the region, particularly in the growth markets of China and India.  The increasingavailability and reliability of broadband across the region and the overall dynamism of the emerging markets in the region will also drive increased demand.”SaaS ERP has been limited to date because SaaS typically offers less opportunity to customize software. But SaaS offerings are becoming more flexible in the customization options that they are able to offer.  And that added flexibility is attracting more customers.The SaaS ERP market also has a limited number of vendors outside the US.  Netsuite is one of the few exceptions.  Local players in these markets are attracting a lot of attention, like Ramco in India and Kingdee in China.last_img read more

Players to Watch: West Virginia Mountaineers

first_imgThe Mountaineers run an aggressive brand of football, blitzing from all parts of the field on defense and playing a smashmouth version of the air raid that loves to run the ball but can play with tempo when they need to. Let’s take a look at a few of the impact players for the Mountaineers:Quarterback Skyler Howard, No. 3Coming out of Brewer High School in Fort Worth, Texas, the 6’0”, 207 pound Howard didn’t have a lot of football opportunities except to go to Stephen F. Austin, where he was told he’d be a running back. Insistent on playing quarterback, he transferred out to a junior college in California and did enough to merit an offer from at least one Power 5 program. Head coach Dana Holgorsen laughed last week talking with a few ESPN reporters when asked how they stole Howard out of Big 12 country, “Well,” he explained  “we got him because we were the only ones who offered him.” While he’s not likely to beat out Mahomes, Rudolph, Russell or Mayfield for a spot on the all-conference team, it’d be a sincere mistake to perceive him as a game manager. A senior dual-threat player, Howard has blossomed in his third year in the system. He averages 303.5 passing yards and two touchdowns to .67 interceptions per game. Currently ranked in the top 15 in most statistics involving a quarterback (yards per pass attempt, passing yards per game, completion percentage, passing efficiency and total offense), Howard will be a load for the Cowboy defense on Saturday. Wide Receiver Shelton Gibson, No. 1The junior from Cleveland, Ohio is the primary threat when the ‘Neers need a big play. He led the team in receiving last year with 887 yards and nine touchdowns and is on pace to beat those numbers this year. The Army All-American had offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn and Nebraska, but chose to lead the air raid in Morgantown.He’s currently No. 5 in the conference with over 80 yards per game, is a fantastic deep threat and  leads the league with over 20 yards per catch.  According to Coach Holgorsen, “That guy can track the ball like I have never seen. Not only can he track it, he catches it well over his shoulder, but he tracks it and somehow he always finds another gear.” Electric with the ball in his hands, he’s the Mountaineer kick returner as well and that pushes him to No. 21 nationally in all-purpose yards. Defensive End Noble Nwachukwu, No. 97Stop me if you’ve heard this story before, son of Nigerian immigrants winds up playing Texas high school football, Big 12 team takes a chance on his development and he winds up an All-Big 12 talent? Nwachukwu played football at Wylie High in east Texas (across town from OSU receiver Marcel Ateman who was just a year younger) and the WVU staff took a chance on him, boy has it paid off. A disruptive force, he led the team with 8.5 sacks last season and is having a solid fifth year leading the Mountaineer line. Tabbed preaseason All Big 12 and at the end of 2015, #97 is a difference maker on the edge. Cornerback Rasul Doulas , No. 13Another great human interest story, Douglas was one of seven in a single-parent home that worked hard to make it from a junior college just an hour outside of New York City. He thrived there, earning NJCAA All-American First Team and a four-star ranking as a recruit.Stepping in for now-Carolina Panther Daryl Worley who finished second in the Big 12 in interceptions last year is redshirt senior Rasul Douglas, who happens to be No. 2 in the league in interceptions as well (No. 13 nationally). He’s a great example of how West Virginia can blitz from anywhere as he has a couple of tackles for loss on the year and is third on the team with 23 tackles. 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

WATCH: Highlights of 2017 Safety Pledge Playing QB for Denton Guyer

first_imgOklahoma State’s lone commitment at safety for the 2017 class Thabo Mwaniki is more than just a secondary defender. He’s also the backup quarterback for Texas power Denton Guyer. And after QB1 went down two weeks ago with a minor injury, Mwaniki, who is a freak athlete with a surprisingly strong arm, got the start at QB.Check out some of the highlights of Mwaniki playing signal-caller and filling in to lead his team to a 35-23 win over Wylie. He finished the game with 19 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown, and also added 13 yards through the air on 6-of-9 passing.Highlights via Scout.com 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

Does Oklahoma State Control Its Own Big 12 Title Destiny?

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 common thread running through Stillwater on Saturday was, “we back, baby.” OSU is back in the thick of the Big 12 title race after erasing WVU’s perfect 6-0 record in magnificent fashion. Despite losing to Baylor at the end of September, the Cowboys, now 4-1 in Big 12 play, could still make a late-season run through the conference for their first Big 12 crown since 2011.OSU got more good news later in the day as Texas beat Baylor 35-34 in Austin. This actually got the biggest cheer of the night at our live podcast! So that left OU as the lone undefeated team in conference play.Here is a look at the current standings with four Big 12 games remaining for the Cowboys.screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-2-14-07-pmSo what is OSU’s path to the Big 12 title? Does it control its own destiny?Unfortunately the answer to that second question is no. If Baylor wins out it would be 8-1 with wins over OU, WVU and OSU. No matter what any other Big 12 team accomplished, it could not surpass Baylor. However, Baylor still has road games against West Virginia and OU and home games against TCU and Kansas State so it would be pretty stunning if they won out.So what is OSU’s path to at least playing Bedlam for the Big 12 title for the fourth time in six years? It’s pretty simple. Root for OU or WVU (or anyone) to beat Baylor and win out yourself.The reality here is that for OSU to win the Big 12, it is probably going to have to beat OU in Norman for the crown. OU only has four conference games left (at ISU, at WVU, home for Baylor and home for OSU). For OSU to win the Big 12 without beating OU, OU would have to lose its other three conference games (which isn’t happening).Even if OU comes into Bedlam at 8-0 in conference play, as long as OSU is 7-1 it can take the Big 12 title because it would have the head-to-head win over Bob Stoops and Co.Essentially you don’t care if OU wins or loses its next three games but you have to get a loss in there somewhere from Baylor. And you have to win all three of your own games (which you apparently won’t be favored in — OSU is a three-point dog to KSU this weekend).If you lose one of those three, you’re probably cooked. There’s still a path if you lose, say this weekend in Manhattan, but it’s a messy one. It involves a lot of tiebreakers and stuff that we don’t need to get into until that actually happens.Plus every Big 12 champ since 2011 when the league went to 10 teams has gone 8-1 in conference play. OU is looking like it is set on continuing that trend (or improving upon it), but now there’s a real chance OSU could be a factor in the Sooners’ fate come December 3.last_img read more

Where Is Oklahoma State’s Missing Return Game?

first_imgA chance to leave his markBarry J. Sanders carried loads of promise coming into this fall. There were high hopes for the son of a Hall-of-Famer. Some of us had him penciled in as the would-be starter at running back. Yet here we are at Bedlam and he has just 26 rushing attempts in 11 games.Sanders has found his way onto the top of the depth chart at both punt and kick returner.We saw flashes early this season, including the 57-yard punt return that was reviewed but determined to be short of the goal line. That was Week 1.After he had the crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium chanting his name, huge plays in the return game would certainly be the norm. Unfortunately, no other return has come close and after two muffed punts, some Cowboys fans were calling for the grad-transfer to be benched.Sanders is averaging a respectable 12.6 per punt return but his kickoff return average of 20.9 is the lowest of a lead OSU kick returner in nine-plus years. That’s a far cry from following in his dad’s footsteps.But according to Mike Gundy’s Bedlam depth chart, Sanders is still slotted for the No. 1 spot at both return jobs. Can he finally make that play? We know he has the ability. Now, with his college career coming to an end and a Big 12 title on the line, maybe Sanders finally break one loose and leave his mark on OSU history. In 2012, OU wide receiver Jalen Saunders dashed Cowboy hopes with an 81-yard punt return score helping the Sooners pull off the overtime win. Saunders followed up the next year in Stillwater with a 64-yard punt return for a touchdown in OU’s 33-24 winOf course, one of the most memorable punt returns in OSU history occurred the last time the Cowboys traveled to Norman. Former Cowboy and Kansas City Chief rookie Tyreek Hill fielded Bob Stoops’ errant re-punt and went house to tie the game late. You know how the rest goes. That one play helped change the course of OSU football from then until now. Perrish Cox. Dez Bryant. Justin Gilbert. Jost Stewart. Dare I say, Tyreek Hill?Oklahoma State has had its fair share of dynamic return men in recent history. Any one of these players could flip the momentum of an entire game in one otherwise innocuous play.So, what’s happened? Over the last couple of years, the Cowboys have struggled to find a game-changer in the return game. In fact, for the first time in quite a while OSU does not have a single return touchdown, either kickoff or punt. See below.osureturntdsNote: Miketavius Jones’ blocked punt/recover and score against Kansas last year counts as a punt return.Since this is Bedlam week, I would be remiss to ignore some of the big return plays that have shaped this rivalry as of late. Justin Gilbert nearly stole Bedlam in 2010 with his kick return.#Bedlam pic.twitter.com/2esMaIvBM5— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 30, 2016center_img 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

Gundy’s All-Time Leading Tackler Jordan Sterns’ Leaves a Void at Oklahoma State With Departure

first_imgWith all there is to look forward to next season for Oklahoma State football, there are a couple of Cowboys that will be sorely missed.None may be missed more than senior safety Jordan Sterns — and no one may miss him more than Glenn Spencer. The defensive coordinator first crossed passed with Sterns somewhat by chance.“Actually I was recruiting Ryan Simmons,” said Spencer recently, “and there was a little sophomore running around the field just tagging people left and right, and the coach said, ‘you’ll be back for him,’ and I said, ‘he might be kind of small.’ He said, ‘Coach, you’ll be back for him.’”The senior with a defense-leading 39 starts will be missed for more than just his “tagging” ability.“Jordan has been an impact player since the day he came on campus with us,” continued Spencer, “a very productive, great leader, probably one of the emotional backbone guys of our team and definitely of our unit. Definitely be sorry to see him go this year.”Sterns has been a big hitter since he arrived in Stillwater, leading all tacklers in the Gundy era. His 325 career tackles lands him sixth all-time in OSU history. He is the No. 1-ranked tackler in the Gundy era.496 — John Corker (1976-79)485 — Mike Green (1979-82)451 — Ricky Young (1978-81)393 — Leslie O’Neal (1982-85)369 — Sim Drain (1986-89)332 — John Little (1967-69)325 — Jordan Sterns (2013-16)320 — Andre Sexton (2005-09)Sterns outdid himself over the final three games of his career, including a 19-tackle explosion in a Bedlam loss in Norman.“Really it’s just about being physical,” said Sterns. “We were. We didn’t want any points on the board. We showed that against TCU, a little bit against OU until the second half when we started playing a little slow.“We got a lot of fast guys on the defense. We definitely showed that [against Colorado].”A lot of that speed will be leaving Stillwater. Spencer will have to hill a big hole left by Sterns as well as other outgoing seniors Ashton Lampkin, Jordan Burton, Devante Averette and Linzy Pipkins — not to mention junior tackle Vincent Taylor who will declare for the NFL Draft.It will fall to upperclassmen Chad Whitener, Ramon Richards and Tre Flowers to lead an otherwise inexperienced but talent-rich defense. 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

Watch: Chris Carson’s Career Highlights Will Makes You Appreciate His Greatness

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. Chris Carson’s time as a Cowboy has come to an end. He saw some ups and downs over his two years in Stillwater but finished on a definite high note.After arriving in Stillwater with high expectations, he lived up to those and then some in the stretch of his senior year.With the emergence of freshman tailback Justice Hill, Carson was the Thunder to Hill’s lightning, and the tandem lit up Big 12 defenses down the stretch run that landed OSU in a Big 12 title game against OU. In his last seven games after returning from injury, Carson averaged 7.3 yards per carry and rushed for eight touchdowns.That’s why it’s no surprise he’s getting a look by scouts in the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine. Take a stroll down memory lane to some of the best times of Carson’s OSU career:last_img read more