first_imgManchester United Man United ace Angel Gomes continues to shine brightly on path to superstardom Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:41 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Angel Gomes, Man Utd Getty Manchester United Premier League Manchester United U23 v Tottenham Hotspur U23 Manchester United U23 Tottenham Hotspur U23 Premier League 2 Division One Opinion The young attacker’s development continued on Monday with a positive performance for Manchester United’s under-23 side at Old Trafford Three days on from his FA Cup debut away to Yeovil Town, Angel Gomes was back in action for Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night.With Jose Mourinho watching on from the stands, the 17-year-old was given a second successive start for the club’s under-23s and while Ricky Sbragia’s side went down to a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham which sent them to the bottom of Premier League 2 in their first of three fixtures at the Theatre of Dreams this season, it was another important step forward in Gomes’ development.Gomes initially burst onto the scene when replacing Wayne Rooney in the dying moments of United’s season-ending 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace last May, becoming the club’s youngest first-team player since Duncan Edwards at the age of 16 years and 263 days. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player On Friday, he made his second senior appearance, replacing Marcus Rashford two minutes from the end of the 4-0 victory at Yeovil and coming within inches of making an immediate impact on the scoresheet following a wonderful run through the left channel.However, on Monday, he was back to his main line of work, continuing his growth through the United system by turning out for the under-23s against a lively Spurs outfit.Having been handed the captain’s armband at under-18 level, his performances in the younger age group have demanded an early promotion up to the reserve grade and, at Old Trafford, he showed a great amount of maturity despite United’s slapdash performance on the whole.Gomes started in his favoured No.10 role just behind lone striker Josh Bohui, and he was very impressive during a tight first half. Despite not being overly involved in the meat of the action, he showed great instincts throughout and was always looking to direct operations in among his older, more experienced team-mates.When he did get on the ball, he was keen to move it quickly, not once looking to take the extra touch that might be liable to get him into trouble. He was always on the move too, forever probing at empty spaces in between Spurs’ defensive lines. Without dominating, he was still able to show how his wonderful footballing brain was working overtime.Gomes also provided arguably United’s brightest moment of the first half, curling in a delicious free-kick from close to the bye-line on the left wing which had the Spurs keeper back-pedalling in a desperate bid to tip the ball away from the far top corner.Angel Gomes Manchester United v Crystal PalaceIt was an encouraging opening 45 minutes in particular for the youngster but after the break United managed to let a lead slip through some fairly calamitous defending, with Joel Pereira, who had earlier saved a penalty, conceding one goal when trying to be too clever on the ball and being tackled by Spurs forward Joe Roles.However, it was a positive display on the whole for Gomes as he comes to terms with life at a more demanding level. After another fairytale evening with the first team on Friday, this was just the sort of night he needed to add to his portfolio.Another important step has been taken on the road to Manchester United stardom. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid La Liga’s long gone but have Real & Ronaldo lost their fear factor too? Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 06:10 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(49) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Levante Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Levante v Real Madrid Levante Primera División Zinédine Zidane Opinion The Portuguese endured another frustrating night in front of goal in a 2-2 draw with Levante, with Zinedine Zidane still struggling to fix los Blancos All eyes were on Ronaldo again, but, for once, he wasn’t happy about it. The Real Madrid superstar had just taken his seat on the bench after being withdrawn nine minutes from the end of Saturday’s Liga clash with Levante and he wasn’t happy that the camera was still fixed on him.Los Blancos had just taken the lead in Valencia, thanks to Isco, but Ronaldo was the story; he never gets taken off. Not unless he wants to, and he clearly wasn’t happy about being removed from a game in which he’d failed to score. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Had Real held on, Ronaldo’s substitution would have been a side-story. By the full-time whistle, it had become the story. Giampaolo Pazzini’s 89th-minute strike had earned Levante a draw, their second of the season against Real. A side with just three Liga wins to their name this term had held the Spanish, European and world champions home and away.As Pazzini was mobbed by his team-mates, the camera immediately turned back to Ronaldo, shaking his head on the bench in disgust.Zidane, meanwhile, stood stone-faced on the touchline, half-heartedly trying to rally his troops for one last assault. In truth, though, they never looked like netting a winner. Not this season. Whereas Real earned umpteen points in the closing stages of games last year, now they look bereft of ideas and confidence.Their opponents know it too. Levante, like so many sides before them, are having a go at Madrid whenever they can. They smell blood. They know Madrid are a wounded animal.According to Sergio Ramos, the players remain fully behind Zidane and last weekend’s resounding win at Valencia certainly supported that claim.It quelled talk of a crisis. Even Levante boss Juan Muniz laughed off claims that Madrid were in decline. “When this machine works well,” he mused, “it goes to Mestalla and wins 4-1.”The problem is, though, Madrid are breaking down with increasingly regularity and there is now considerable doubt over whether Zidane can carry out the requisite repairs. Indeed, he was able to pick his first-choice line-up against Levante yet they again flattered to deceive. Toni Kroos Real Madrid LevanteCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid LevanteLevante had been the better side before Sergio Ramos’ opener – his 50th goal for Madrid made him the first defender to net in 14 consecutive seasons in La Liga – and they also finished the stronger. Indeed, Roger Marti had inexplicably headed wide from two yards out before Lavezzi’s late leveller.Unsurprisingly, Real enjoyed plenty of possession, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric dominating midfield with their customary combination of grace and graft, but they were anaemic in attack and disorganised in defence.After being the target of the fans’ frustration of late, Karim Benzema proved his worth by playing his part in both goals, but Ronaldo had another one of his increasingly common off nights, hitting the target with just two of his seven strikes on goal.At the back, meanwhile, Madrid were carved open with such ease that they would have lost the game had Levante seen more of the ball.Ramos completely lost the run of Jose Luis Morales in the build-up to Emmanuel Boateng’s equaliser just before the break, while Dani Carvajal was caught out in equally embarrassing fashion by Lavezzi.Neymar & his Paris Saint-Germain colleagues must have been enthused by what they saw. Ronaldo, though, wasn’t impressed at all and the Portuguese superstar’s feelings will be the subject of much debate in the coming days. Real’s state of mind will be of great concern to Zidane, though. We had already known that their hopes of retaining their Liga crown had long since disappeared. The very real fear now is that their fear factor has gone too.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Alongside Ronaldo or as a CR7 replacement – how Real Madrid could line up with Neymar Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(19) Neymar PSG Toulouse REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Neymar Real Madrid v PSG PSG UEFA Champions League The Brazilian moved from Barcelona to PSG in the summer, but is being strongly linked with a future transfer to Los Blancos. So how would he fit in? Talk of Neymar moving to Real Madrid is already rife. The Brazilian forward swapped Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in August for a world-record fee of €222 million, but a return to Spain seems a serious possibility in future.Neymar, who turned 26 last week, spent four successful seasons at Barca, where he was brought in as a long-term replacement for Lionel Messi. However, with the Argentine attacker still going strong, he decided to move away to be his own man in Paris.As soon as he had left the Catalan club, it was speculated that the Brazilian would end up at Real Madrid, where he spent a short time on trial as a teenager as part of Robinho’s move from Santos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think Neymar will play for Real Madrid one day,” Los Blancos’ left-back Marcelo told Esporte Interativo ahead of his side’s meeting with PSG in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.And asked if he would be a good fit for Real, the defender said: “He would fit, for sure.” So here, Goal takes a look at exactly how he could slot in at the Santiago Bernabeu if a move goes ahead this summer or in the near future…PLAYING CENTRALLY IN A 4-3-3 Neymar usually plays on the left, but at Real Madrid that position is occupied by Cristiano Ronaldo – at least initially.Heat maps of Madrid matches show that the Portuguese spends a lot of time in the centre, meaning he could switch positions with the Brazilian.These days, in addition, many top teams play with three attackers and no out-and-out striker. Madrid could do something similar with Ronaldo on the left, Neymar centrally and Gareth Bale on the right, with the Brazilian taking Karim Benzema’s spot in the trident.It would be ‘BBC’ no more, but ‘RNB’ has a nice ring to it…Real Madrid with Neymar 4-3-3AS THE PLAYMAKER IN A 4-3-1-2When Bale is out, coach Zinedine Zidane usually picks Isco behind Ronaldo and Benzema in a 4-3-1-2 formation and Neymar could also operate in that position as a central playmaker.The Brazilian enjoys playing in the middle and his dribbling ability could see him thrive in a central slot with Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Marco Asensio or another new signing occupying the other two positions.It would allow the 26-year-old to pick up possession from the midfield and pull the strings, while he would also be able to take up great goalscoring positions in a central role.Neymar 4-3-1-2 RMAS A NUMBER 10 IN A 4-2-3-1 Real Madrid do not really use 4-2-3-1, but a new coach could change that and with Zidane’s future very much in doubt, this system is another possibility for the future.In it, Neymar could feature as a central playmaker. The Brazilian fancies himself as a number 10 and is familiar with the system, which is often utilised by Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain.This formation would see Neymar, Ronaldo and Bale (or another signing like Chelsea’s Eden Hazard) play behind a lone centre-forward, either Benzema or another new recruit, and would be extremely exiciting.However, it would require extra defensive discipline from the forward players.RM with Neymar 4-2-3-1UP FRONT WITH RONALDO IN A 4-4-2 Another alternative is 4-4-2. That is a system used on occasions by Zidane and in it, Neymar could feature up front alongside Ronaldo – just as Benzema and Bale have done over the past couple of seasons.Madrid played 4-4-2 in the 5-2 win at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday and Casemiro was left out of the team as Zidane opted for Asensio and Lucas Vazquez on the wings.With two wide players tracking back, a specialist defensive midfielder like Casemiro is not necessarily needed. In this system, Bale could operate as a more orthodox winger, giving plenty of freedom to Ronaldo and Neymar in attack.Real Madrid with Neymar 4-4-2AS A RONALDO REPLACEMENT On the same day Neymar turned 26, Ronaldo celebrated his 33rd birthday and the Portuguese forward cannot go on forever at his current level.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was also unhappy last summer and considered leaving Real Madrid, before changing his mind and deciding to stay.Failure to succeed in the Champions League this term, following the disappointments in La Liga and the Copa del Rey, could bring about big changes at Real in the summer and if Ronaldo opts to move on, Neymar will be seen as the ideal replacement.The Brazilian plays in the same position as the Portuguese and with Messi an impossible signing for Madrid, he would be the very best alternative to the 33-year-old. At 26, he is also still at a good age and could go on to star at the Bernabeu for a number of years.Neymar Ronaldo replacementlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea 4 Hull City 0: Giroud scores and Willian stars as Blues reach last eight Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:51 2/17/18 williancropped Getty Images Chelsea warmed up for their Champions League date with Barcelona by thrashing Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. A Willian-inspired Chelsea cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals thanks to a 4-0 hammering of Hull City at Stamford Bridge, as Olivier Giroud got his first goal for the club.Although Antonio Conte’s men have been underwhelming of late, losing three of their previous five games in all competitions, there never looked to be any danger of a shock on Friday, with two-goal Willian and Giroud catching the eye in a ruthless display.The match was not even two minutes old when Willian scored his sumptuous opener and, although it took a while for Chelsea to break Hull down again, the visitors caved in once the second went in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pedro was the man to increase their advantage with a tidy finish, before Willian doubled his tally soon after and Giroud got off the mark for the club following his January arrival from Arsenal to open up a four-goal lead by half-time..@willianborges88 in that first half… #NeverMoreSure #CHEHUL pic.twitter.com/eKOJjVH68l— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 16, 2018A miserable outing got worse for Hull just after the break when Willy Caballero saved David Meyler’s penalty, though Chelsea took a relaxed approach to increasing their lead, noticeably easing off after the interval.But the comfortable scoreline allowed Conte to withdraw key men ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Barcelona in the Champions League, as the Blues head into that contest in confident mood, having booked passage to the last eight of the FA Cup.Although they were without the likes of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, who were rested, Chelsea’s start gave every indication that Hull were in for a long night, as Willian opened the scoring in just the second minute.Kevin Stewart squandered possession to Giroud and he found Willian, who evaded the former Liverpool man and curled an unstoppable left-footed effort into the top-left corner from 25 yards.Poor finishing let Chelsea down a couple of times thereafter, but they were not to be kept out for long.Pedro raced on to Cesc Fabregas’ brilliant pass over defence in the 27th minute and coolly swept past David Marshall to make it 2-0.And a third goal soon followed – Willian finding the bottom-right corner via the post from just outside the area after good work by Giroud again.Giroud then got in on the act himself just prior to the break, stabbing in from close range after a strong run up the left flank by debutant Emerson Palmieri.3 – Olivier Giroud has been directly involved in three goals in a single match for the first time since January 2017 for Arsenal against Bournemouth. Rampant. #CHEHUL pic.twitter.com/CDtNfWjrD6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 16, 2018Hull had a great chance to at least get themselves on the scoresheet early in the second half, with Fabregas tripping Harry Wilson in the area, but Caballero produced a fine save to keep Meyler’s powerful spot-kick out.Nevertheless, it could certainly be argued that Hull improved after the break, with Caballero again called into action to deny Jackson Irvine just before the hour.Adama Diomande then troubled Caballero 22 minutes from the end, getting past Ethan Ampadu and testing the goalkeeper from a tight angle.The wonderful Willian almost completed his hat-trick late on when hitting the post from 30 yards, but Chelsea eased to victory regardless, leaving Championship strugglers Hull to focus on preventing back-to-back relegations. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have now won seven consecutive matches against Hull City in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and keeping six clean sheets.- Chelsea’s opener was scored after just 106 seconds, and there were just 288 seconds between the Blues’ second and third goals.- The Blues have progressed from 10 of their last 11 fifth round FA Cup ties, only losing against Manchester City in 2014.- Willian has had a hand in 14 goals in his last 14 starts for Chelsea in all competitions (nine goals, five assists).- Olivier Giroud has been directly involved in five goals in his last two appearances against Hull in all competitions (three goals, two assists). Indeed, the Frenchman has had a hand in three goals in a single match for the first time since January 2017 for Arsenal against Bournemouth.- Willy Caballero has saved five of the last eight penalties he has faced in all competitions (excluding shootouts).- The Tigers have failed to score in three consecutive FA Cup ties away from home against top-tier opponents for the first time since January 1909 – when they also drew their third straight blank against Chelsea. read morelast_img read more

first_imgThe 2005 All Nations tournament is just 3 and a bit months away so we’ve updated the team lists and info for you after several withdrawals due to injury and so forth. WOMENS OPEN: Bo de la Cruz (NSW) Sharlene Harriman- NSW Rachael Holden- NSW Amanda Judd- NSW Kristy Judd- NSW Stacey Lapham- NSW Shelley Matcham- WA Melissa Pitfield- NSW Peta Rogerson- Qld Sharyn Williams- Qld Claire Winchester- NSW Louise Winchester- NSW Roxy Winder- Qld Kelly Woods- NSW Coach: Kerry Norman Assistant Coach: Dean Russell Manager: Renee Murphy MENS OPEN: Matt Curran- ACT Drumayne Dayberg-Muir- Qld Ash Farrow- Qld Chris Farrow- Qld Philip Gyemore- Qld Scott Mitchell- NSW Ben Roberts- Qld Ben Robinson- Qld Gavin Shuker- Qld Garry Sonda- NSW Jason Stanton- NSW Peter Stoddart- Qld Jamie Stowe- NSW Anthony Ziade- NSW Coach: Tony Trad Assistant Coach: Wayne Bambury Manager: Gary Rose MIXED OPEN: Riki Best- Qld Amy Fong- Qld Belinda Grech- NSW Dominique Maher- NSW Ben McCullen- Qld Teena McIlveen- Qld Justin Mitchell- Qld Stephanie Sorrensen- NSW Mary Steele- Qld Matthew Tope- NSW Dean Wilbow- NSW Daniel Rushworth- NSW Nathan Jones- Qld Jarod Tump- Qld Coach: Gary Madders Assistant Coach: Bernie Morrison Manager: Andrea Walters Mens 30’s: Milad Almaoui- NSW Matt Barclay- Qld Chris Benfield- NSW Scott Danswan- NSW Tony Eltakchi- NSW Michael Farhat- NSW Phil Jarrett- NSW Graham Knights- NSW Troy Morgan- Qld Gerard O’Keefe- Qld Dave Roberts- NSW Jason Scharenguivel- NSW Dean Taylor- ACT Jason Yee- NSW Coach: David Collins Assistant Coach: Charles Borg Manager: Mark Collins Mens 35’s: Dave Elliot- NSW Greg English- NSW John Georgiou- NSW Troy Hastie- Qld Tony Iannella- NSW Pule Latoa- NSW Mark Leonard- NSW Corey McLeod- NSW John Moujalli- NSW Craig Nicholls- NSW George Ornelas- NSW Lennie Ryan- NSW Sean Slinger- Qld Robert Weatherill- NSW Coach: Michael McDonald Assistant Coach: Barry Jackson Manager: TBA Mens 40’s: Danny Carulli- Qld David Cheung- NSW Michael Cheung- NSW Brian Fitzroy- WA Michael Hardgrave- NSW Robert Hatfield- NSW Tim Kitchingham- NSW Mark Koch- NSW Michael Mack- NSW John Samin- ACT Trevor Strachan- Qld Ashley Taylor- Qld Peter Velo- NSW Peter Wandl- NSW Coach: Dennis Coffey Assistant Coach: John Singh Manager: Ashley Synott Mens 45’s: Ray Bastian- NSW Bob Behnke- NSW Wayne Brennan- NSW Jeff Cheung- NSW Alan Davis- NSW Barry Draws- NSW Kevin Flett- Qld Peter Hawes- NSW Jeff McGhie- NSW Bill McLean- Qld Mick Pearsall- NSW Michael Prowse- NSW Gary Simmons- NSW Greg Snook- NSW Coach: Harry Appo Assistant Coach: Ricky Luland Manager: Marcus Cato Mixed 30’s: Suzy Barrett- Vic Michael Carter- NSW Belinda Chesell- NSW Sophie Perry- NSW Lawrence Fisher- Qld Wayne Gleeson- NSW Wayne Grant- Qld Craig Green- NT Craig Morrow- Qld Jacky Patrick- NSW Jason Powell- Qld Deborah Steinhardt- NSW Kerry Wardle- NSW Allen Watts- NSW Coach: Phil Dawson Assistant Coach: Peter Shefford Manager: Moses Choy Womens 30’s: Judy Collins- NSW Silvana Corti- NSW Maree Curran- ACT Jodie English- NSW Mary-Anne Fisher- Qld Sharon Gray- SA Cristy Hornery- NSW Lisa Mahoney- SA Kim Melville- NSW Cathy Ring- NSW Athanasia Savvoudis- SA Renee Sealey- NSW Kylie Small- NSW Maria Sonda- NSW Coach: John Collins Assistant Coach: Michael Lovett Manager: Jo Adams Womens 35’s: Kylie Crossley- NSW Alison Daskalovski Allison Day- NSW Heather Desbois- Qld Karen Hegedus- Qld Tammy House- Qld Kirsty Inglis- NSW Terri Kronk- Qld Sheralee Langbridge- NSW Lisa Miller- Qld Annette Mounsey- NSW Debbie Potts- NSW Anne Maree Shipman- NSW Julie Styles- Qld Coach: Suzanne Salter Assistant Coach: Greg Jones Manager: Peter Graham Tour staff- Peter Delmonte (Tour Leader) Jon Pratt (Tour Leader) Michael Broadbent (Sporting Images Photographer) Glen Eaton (Sporting Images Photographer) Louise Eddy (Medical) Steve Cunningham (Medical) Kara Roffey (Medical) Darryl Madge (Medical) Craig Wisdom (Medical) Laurie Atkins (Medical) Shane Townsend (Medical) Dr Bruce Watts (Medical) Cathy Gray (Elite Programs Director) Ian Stanley (National Performance) For all media enquiries please contact Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgThe Alice Springs Masters Games were held in October with approximately 26 teams competing with players coming from all over Australia.The Masters Games is a biennial sporting event, aimed at attracting and encouraging mature, by age any way, to participate in over 30 competitive events. These games are the most friendliest Masters games held in Australia, as it is all about having a good time as well as competing in your chosen sport/s.If  you want to bring a team along or just come yourself, have a good time, meet new friends and play a bit of Touch contact the NQ Touch Office (07) 47 256 133 for more information.Mens 30          Gold                Spacific                                6       Drop Off                       Silver               Ran                                     5                       Bronze             X Men                                 5        Drop Off                       Defeated         Alice Indians                         4Mens 40          Gold                Pirates                                 5                       Silver               Alice Indians                        0Mens 45          Gold                Mt Isa Brumbies                   9                       Silver               Darwin Bundy Bears             1Mens 50          Gold                Nth Qld Living Legends          5                       Silver               Canberra Kuta Stallions        0       Womens 30     Gold                Whanau                               4                       Silver               Alice Indians                        2Womens 35     Gold                Touch of Class                     6                       Silver               All Sorts                              2                              Bronze             Bad Habits                          5                       Defeated         Flaming Dragons                   0Womens 40     Gold                Alice Springs Indians            10                            Silver               No turn up                            0Mixed 30/30     Gold                RAN                                    5                              Silver               Alice Springs Indians            3Mixed 40/35     Gold                Silver Flaming X Men            3        Drop Off                       Silver               Alice Springs Indians            2                       Bronze             X Men Dragons                                              Mixed 45/40     Gold                Nth Qld Living Legends         5                              Silver               Mt Isa Brumbies                  3Mixed 50/40     Gold                Mt Isa Brumbies                  4        Drop Off                       Silver               Canberra Kura Stallions       3                        Bronze             Nth Qld Living Legends             For further information visit the website – www.alicespringsmasters.nt.gov.au Thanks to Billy Grant for providing the article content.last_img read more

first_imgBy @JulianTFAMountfort Park, Manurewa, New Zealand Tune in to the live streaming courtesy of Maori Television and follow the scores and news online and via TFA’s social media channels.Keep up-to-date with all of the action from the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus “I am very happy with the start as I’m sure all coaches and players are here,” Maguire said in the break of play between the 18’s and 20’s fixtures.“It’s always great to get the first games underway and good to get those wins early, naturally. Particularly against some very good opposition with the New Zealand youth sides who have improved significantly,” he said. The Australian Under 18’s Mixed team got the ball rolling early in a close encounter prevailing 7-5, followed by wins to both the girls and boys 18’s teams 7-3 and 4-1 respectively.In relative new surrounds for most of the Australian contingent, Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire is particularly pleased and in admiration of the performances thus far of the teams away from home.center_img “You could see the anticipation on the (Australian) players faces prior to these opening matches,” he said “it means a lot to them playing away from home and it showed in the opening performances.“Really looking forward now to the 20’s matches and tomorrow of course for games two across each of the divisions. In warm conditions at Mountfort Park, South Auckland in New Zealand, it was an emphatic straight sets start to the Australian campaign at this year’s Youth Trans-Tasman Series; winners in all three of the ‘junior’ divisions on the opening morning.last_img read more

first_imgLincoln boss Cowley: I tried to sell Chapman to Evertonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLincoln City boss Danny Cowley appreciated the response from Everton rival Marco Silva for yesterday’s FA Cup defeat.Everton managed to edge Lincoln 2-1.”I was trying to sell him Ellis Chapman, our 17-year-old who came on and played that lovely pass, and was seeing if he fancied giving us a couple of million for him,” Cowley said with a smile.”But seriously, he was really positive with everything. He said how well we had defended without the ball and how good our structure and organisation was and that we were as difficult to play against as any Premier League team he’d played against this season, which was really kind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Really? Wanda already touting Serie A return for PSG signing Icardiby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe wife and agent of Mauro Icardi is already casting doubt on his status at PSG.The Inter Milan striker joined PSG on a season-long loan on deadline day a fortnight ago.But Wanda Nara says Icardi could yet return to Italy – and as early as January.Wanda said on Tiki Taka: “Napoli has kept the money they should have spent for Mauro Icardi. “Maybe there will be some surprises in January…?” last_img read more

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd continue to promote Malta tourismby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United and the Government of Malta announced a multi-year partnership which will see United promote Malta as a tourist destination to its global fan base, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukThe Club has deep and enduring ties with Malta, with the Maltese Supporters Club, one of the oldest of all the official Manchester United Supporters’ clubs, recently celebrating its 60th anniversary.As part of the partnership, Visit Malta and Manchester United will encourage the club’s fans around the world to experience the vibrant, young, exciting and beautiful country, with the Maltese Tourism Authority providing attractive travel offers exclusively for Manchester United supporters. Through the partnership, Visit Malta will get strong exposure during home matches and on the club’s digital marketing channels, social and printed media. Speaking of the partnership, Manchester United’s Director of Partnerships, Sean Jefferson, said: “Manchester United has long-standing links with Malta, welcoming hundreds of Maltese fans to Old Trafford every season. “We are proud of our association with the country and look forward to working with the Maltese Tourism Ministry and Malta Tourism Authority to highlight the destination’s many great qualities to our international fan base.” last_img read more

first_imgBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick delighted to prove matchwinnerby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick was delighted with his winning goal against Everton.Hendrick made it two goals in four games as he volleyed the Clarets to a 1-0 victory over the Toffees at a joyous Turf Moor.“We had to dig deep,” Hendrick said. “The sending off did help is a little bit and that’s when we had to be patient, keep the ball and try to wear them out. We looked to set pieces and thankfully I got the goal.“We came back after the last international break and there were four good games there for us.“There are no easy ones and we have to take each one at a time. But we looked at them and thought we could put some vital points on the board, and we’ve done that. We have stepped on and put some great points on the board.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAnton Gill goes up for layup vs. NC State.Twitter/‏@CBSSportsCBB Little-used guard Anton Gill emerged during this year’s NCAA Tournament, helping Louisville top N.C. State with seven points on 3-of-3 shooting and two steals in just 11 minutes of play. That game ended up being the defining one of his brief Louisville career, as the former Top-50 recruit announced that he intended to transfer from the program, where he averaged just 9.4 minutes per game in 2014-15, after the season. While there were initially thoughts that Gill would transfer closer to a school in North Carolina to be closer to home, Gill is actually heading farther west, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.Louisville transfer Anton Gill told ESPN he has committed to Nebraska.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 5, 2015Nebraska had a disappointing 13-18 season in 2014-15, after a breakout 2013-14 in which Tim Miles’ team went 19-13 and made the NCAA Tournament. Perhaps a talent like Gill can help replace the void left by star Terran Petteway, who has declared for the NBA Draft.last_img read more

first_imgTavien Feaster commits to Clemson.Tavien FeasterVerbal commitments don’t mean a ton in the college football recruiting world these days, so it’s expected for fans to worry about their top prospects before they’ve been signed. Clemson fans don’t have to worry about Tavien Feaster. The 2016 five-star running back, ranked the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, recently visited Tennessee. Shortly after his visit, he posted the following tweet. I’m committed to Clemson— FeastMode (@Fast_lane28) July 28, 2015Clemson’s 2016 class is shaping up to be a very good one. The Tigers have 11 commitments and their class is ranked the No. 15 class in the country by 247 Sports.last_img read more

first_imgIdaho vs. Colorado State graphic.Twitter/IdahoPotatoBowlLooking for a Idaho vs. Colorado State preview ahead of their matchup in the Idaho Potato Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.Thursday, Dec. 22, the Idaho Vandals take on the Colorado State Rams in the Idaho Potato Bowl. The game, to be played at Albertsons Stadium, is slated for a 7:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Idaho vs. Colorado State preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Colorado State wins the matchup between the two teams 68.6% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Rams favored as well.Spread: Colorado State -13Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNIdaho vs. Colorado State preview:Idaho (8-4) closed out its regular season with a 37-12 win over Georgia State giving the Vandals their fourth straight win. Colorado State (7-5) beat San Diego State 63-31 to end its regular season for its second straight win.The Rams put up 507 yards of offense in their season finale against San Diego State and also forced two turnovers. Nick Stevens finished the year with 1,491 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Dalyn Dawkins led CSU in rushing with 801 yards and three scores while Izzy Matthews had 12 rushing touchdowns of his own.Idaho had only 287 yards against Georgia State, but Georgia State had six turnovers on the day which proved to be the difference in the regular season finale. Matt Linehan had 2,803 yards through the air on the year to go along with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Idaho last played in a bowl in 2009 when it beat Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. Colorado State fell to Nevada in last year’s Arizona Bowl.Idaho vs. Colorado State Prediction:Colorado State has a number of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball that could really be the difference in this one.The Rams also have an above-average defense which allowed just over 400 yards per game ranking 60th in the nation. Idaho’s run defense will keep it somewhat close, but the Rams take this one in Idaho.Colorado State 37, Idaho 27,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Colorado State wins the matchup between the two teams 68.6% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Rams favored as well.Spread: Colorado State -13Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNIdaho vs. Colorado State preview:Idaho (8-4) closed out its regular season with a 37-12 win over Georgia State giving the Vandals their fourth straight win. Colorado State (7-5) beat San Diego State 63-31 to end its regular season for its second straight win.The Rams put up 507 yards of offense in their season finale against San Diego State and also forced two turnovers. Nick Stevens finished the year with 1,491 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Dalyn Dawkins led CSU in rushing with 801 yards and three scores while Izzy Matthews had 12 rushing touchdowns of his own.Idaho had only 287 yards against Georgia State, but Georgia State had six turnovers on the day which proved to be the difference in the regular season finale. Matt Linehan had 2,803 yards through the air on the year to go along with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Idaho last played in a bowl in 2009 when it beat Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. Colorado State fell to Nevada in last year’s Arizona Bowl.Idaho vs. Colorado State Prediction:Colorado State has a number of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball that could really be the difference in this one.The Rams also have an above-average defense which allowed just over 400 yards per game ranking 60th in the nation. Idaho’s run defense will keep it somewhat close, but the Rams take this one in Idaho.Colorado State 37, Idaho 27,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Colorado State wins the matchup between the two teams 68.6% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Rams favored as well.Spread: Colorado State -13Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNIdaho vs. Colorado State preview:Idaho (8-4) closed out its regular season with a 37-12 win over Georgia State giving the Vandals their fourth straight win. Colorado State (7-5) beat San Diego State 63-31 to end its regular season for its second straight win.The Rams put up 507 yards of offense in their season finale against San Diego State and also forced two turnovers. Nick Stevens finished the year with 1,491 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Dalyn Dawkins led CSU in rushing with 801 yards and three scores while Izzy Matthews had 12 rushing touchdowns of his own.Idaho had only 287 yards against Georgia State, but Georgia State had six turnovers on the day which proved to be the difference in the regular season finale. Matt Linehan had 2,803 yards through the air on the year to go along with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Idaho last played in a bowl in 2009 when it beat Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. Colorado State fell to Nevada in last year’s Arizona Bowl.Idaho vs. Colorado State Prediction:Colorado State has a number of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball that could really be the difference in this one.The Rams also have an above-average defense which allowed just over 400 yards per game ranking 60th in the nation. Idaho’s run defense will keep it somewhat close, but the Rams take this one in Idaho.Colorado State 37, Idaho 27last_img read more

first_imgjamie erdahl cbs sports reporterMajor changes are coming to CBS’ college football coverage ahead of the 2018 season. We will have a new sideline reporter.The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch reported earlier today that Allie LaForce, who’s served as SEC on CBS’ sideline reporter for the past couple of years, has decided to leave the network. She reportedly left after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract.You can read more about that situation here.This means we’re getting a new sideline report. CBS has officially announced that Jamie Erdahl will be taking on LaForce’s role.CBS Sports is excited to announce @JamieErdahl has been named lead reporter for its coverage of the @SEConCBS https://t.co/CrCzXXeYEb pic.twitter.com/pAPY3id2S7— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) June 4, 2018Erdahl is excited.“This is so amazing. I couldn’t be more excited to join the entire @SEConCBS crew! Can’t wait to work with Brad & Gary — my saturdays just got better. Let’s get to work!” she tweeted.This is so amazing. I couldn’t be more excited to join the entire @SEConCBS crew! Can’t wait to work with Brad & Gary — my saturdays just got better. Let’s get to work! ?? https://t.co/TICxocU49P— Jamie Erdahl ? Buckman (@JamieErdahl) June 4, 2018Erdahl, 29, has been with CBS Sports for a couple of years. She’s a Minnesota native and previously worked for NESN in Boston.Erdahl played softball and basketball for St. Olaf’s College before transferring to American University to pursue a career in broadcasting.Congrats to Jamie!last_img read more

first_imgDesmond Howard gives his take on ESPN.Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is nursing a sprained knee, and as a result, Crimson Tide fans are a bit worried as their team heads into a rivalry game against Tennessee. Desmond Howard’s comment on the situation on College GameDay isn’t helping matters.Howard, in an odd moment, suggested he would “not be surprised” if Tua’s knee gave out on him during the season. It’s not the kind of comment that fans want to hear.Howard is getting a lot of heat from Alabama fans, who believe the comment was borderline inappropriate.Tagovailoa was taken out of his team’s game last week against Missouri. Jalen Hurts replaced him.Can’t believe that Desmond Howard of @CollegeGameDay just said that he wouldn’t be surprised if Tua’s knee gave out on him this this year. Give me a break. He shouldn’t say stuff like that. #RollTide #BamaGameday— Bobby Kennedy (@BobbyKennedy5) October 20, 2018What an awkward comment by Desmond there on Tua. “I would not be surprised if his knee gave out soon.”What’s the point of saying that?— Wayne McGahee III (@WayneMcGaheeIII) October 20, 2018Alabama takes on Tennessee on Saturday, and while the Crimson Tide are favored, anything can happen in rivalry games. That said, Jalen Hurts, who started for two season, is a more-than-capable backup quarterback.Alabama, still undefeated, heads into the contest as the No. 1 team in the nation and the favorite to repeat as national champion.The two squads will tangle at 3:30 PM ET.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)One of the top JUCO running back recruits has made his college decision.Rhamondre Stevenson, a running back out of Cerritos College, announced his commitment to Oklahoma.The 5-foot-11 running back is the No. 2 running back in the JUCO class.Stevenson announced his commitment on Twitter:Blessed to announce my commitment… ?? pic.twitter.com/p4MlPIYbI7— mondre (@dreeday32) December 17, 2018Stevenson chose Oklahoma over Texas and USC, among other programs.Oklahoma’s 2019 class is ranked No. 9 in the country.last_img read more

first_imgDede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation.NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Dede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)No Clemson player has ever won the Heisman Trophy. Based on the latest Las Vegas odds, 2019 won’t see a Tiger win it either.According to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook via ESPN, there is a new Heisman Trophy favorite. Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has seen his odds rise to 5/2 – making him the new leader in the preseason race.Tagovailoa displaces Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence for the top spot. Lawrence led Clemson to a national title win over Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide as a true freshman and had been the Heisman favorite up until this point.The updated 2019 Heisman odds have @Tuaamann leading @Trevorlawrencee as the favorite 🏈 pic.twitter.com/pxw6p1QIlQ— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) February 27, 2019This past year, the award went to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who has since left college football to join the NFL. Tagovailoa wound up finishing second in the Heisman Trophy race. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins finished third.Despite a brilliant freshman season, Lawrence did not even get as many Heisman Trophy votes as teammate Travis Etienne. The Clemson running back finished seventh with six second-place votes and 17 third-place votes after recording over 1,600 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.Lawrence finished the season with 3,280 passing yards, a 65.2-percent completion rate, 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions while going undefeated as a starter.He enters the season as a 3-1 choice to win the Heisman Trophy.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields are tied for third in the early odds at 6-1.last_img read more

first_imgMark Dantonio leading his team onto the field before a game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans walks on the field with the team before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Saturday’s game between Michigan State and Northwestern will feature two Big Ten schools trying to avoid a second loss. The Spartans are trying to get over their recent loss to Arizona State, while the Wildcats will look to re-establish themselves in the Big Ten West hunt.Coming off a heartbreaking loss at home to the Sun Devils, Michigan State now hits the road to take on a well-rested Northwestern team.Northwestern’s season-opener was a road loss to Stanford. The Wildcats quickly recovered with a convincing win over UNLV before getting a bye last week.But despite the clear advantages Northwestern has, the oddsmakers expect Michigan State to win this game by more than a touchdown. Here are the details for the Michigan State-Northwestern game:Game Time: 12:00 PM ETChannel: ABCSpread: Michigan State -9.5Over/Under: 38.5Announcers: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom LuginbillThe Wildcats are currently riding a three-game winning streak against the Spartans. Two of those wins came in East Lansing.But Michigan State head coach Mike Dantonio has actually done an even better job beating Northwestern in Evanston. He’s won five of his last six games at Ryan Field.Fortunately for both schools, a loss this weekend wouldn’t necessarily be the end of their Big Ten title ambitions. But it would certainly be a bad look moving forward.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 14:55 IST Earlier, Rashtriya Bal Puraskar was called National Award.This year, the National Bravery Award was merged with the Bal Shakti Puraskar and Bal Kalyan Puraskar. More than 783 applications were received and only 26 bright minds were shortlisted for the esteemed award which was given by President Ramnath Kovind on January 22, 2019.President Kovind presented the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. pic.twitter.com/KqwnyN8UUaPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 22, 20191) Bal Shakti Puraskar shall be given in the following fields:InnovationSocial ServiceScholasticSportsArt & CultureBraveryThe award carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, book vouchers worth Rs. 10,000/-, a certificate and a citation.2) Bal Kalyan Puraskar shall be given in the following categories:IndividualInstitutionThe award for individual consists of a cash prize of Rs. 1, 00,000/- (one lakh), a medal, a citation and a certificate to each awardee.The award for institution consists of a prize of Rs. 5,00,000/- each and a medal, a citation and a certificate.How are the candidates selected?The winners were selected through a rigorous process of critical analysis by a committee comprising experts from varied disciplines such as sociology, psychology, mathematics, science, art, music and sport.The final list was drawn up by the National Selection Committee, under the chairpersonship of the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi.How to apply:Students who are planning to apply for it next year can check the details on www.nca-wcd.nic.in and fill in the applications online.Who can apply?A child who is an Indian citizen and residing in India can apply for National Child Award by registering on the web portal, filling the requisite information and attaching the relevant documents.advertisementIn order to draw wide response from public, any citizen of India can nominate any child who has achieved excellence in any of the field.Candidates who have made an outstanding contribution for the cause of children in the field of Child Development, Child Protection and Child Welfare for not less than 7 years and have a positive impact on the lives of children and Institutions who have done exceptional work for the cause of children in any field of Child Welfare for 10 years can apply for the National Child Welfare Award.Watch LIVE as President Kovind presents Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar – 2019 https://t.co/RC8chYoLuHPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 22, 2019Brave stories1. Young environmentalist, Eiha Dixit, who is six-year-old received the honour for planting 500 saplings in her town, Meerut, and surrounding areas.2. Adrika Goyal along with Kartik Goyal showed courage during riots and curfew at Morena, Madhya Pradesh in April last year and provided food, water, medicine and first aid to the passengers of a train raided by rioters.”We thought how we could have felt had we been in that situation. So we gathered courage and helped the passengers as much as possible,” said 10-year-old Adrika.3. Arunima Sen, who is a Class 12 student in Bengaluru, received an award for her contribution in the field of innovation and science.”My board exams are near but nothing could have brought me more happiness than this,” said Sen.4. Esow (18), who belongs to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said the National Award is a big boost for his native place.”There is not much scope for youths like me to get proper training in sports. I hope through this award I’d draw attention to the need to encourage more sports opportunities,” said Esow. He was awarded for excellence in the field of sports.Complete list of winners is available at:http://pibphoto.nic.in/documents/rlink/2019/jan/p201912201.pdfGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAysha Tags :Follow Rashtriya Bal PuraskarFollow President Kovind Rashtriya Bal Puraskar: President Kovind awards 26 children for their bravery and innovationYou can win Rs. 1,00,000 for you contribution to the society. Apply now at this website.advertisementlast_img read more