Pique wishes Griezmann well after “decision”

first_imgTransfers Pique wishes Griezmann the best following Barcelona snub Patric Ridge 05:44 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pique - cropped Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Barcelona Primera División Antoine Griezmann The France star has confirmed his decision to stay with the Europa League champions, but Barcelona defender has wished the forward well Gerard Pique has wished Antoine Griezmann success despite the Atletico Madrid star’s decision to snub Barcelona and remain at the Wanda Metropolitano beyond the World Cup.Griezmann made the announcement during a documentary aired on Thursday, with the film produced by Pique’s investment company Kosmos.France star Griezmann has long been linked with a move away from Atleti, with Barca holding talks with the 27-year-old’s representatives in the latter stages of the 2017-18 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Griezmann – whose brace against Marseille secured a Europa League triumph for Diego Simeone’s side in May – has elected to stay put, committing his future to Atleti as they look to secure a Champions League title.Writing on Twitter, Pique – likely to start in Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal on Friday – thanked Griezmann for letting the documentary team witness his decision.”Another way to see the footballer’s life and his doubts to make the most important decision of his career,” Pique tweeted.”Thanks to the team at Kosmos Studios and especially to Griezmann for these last few weeks.”You decided to stay at Atleti and I hope you go great this season!”Otra manera de ver la vida del futbolista y sus dudas para tomar la decisión más importante de su carrera. Gracias al equipo de @Kosmos_Studios y en especial a @AntoGriezmann por estas últimas semanas. Decidiste quedarte en el @Atleti y espero que te vaya genial esta temporada!— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 14, 2018His “decision” behind him, Griezmann can now focus on the World Cup with France.Les Blues begin play in Group C against Australia on June 16.last_img read more

2008 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE FORMAT AND INFORMATION

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Board of Management (BOM) closely considered the format, structure, and future of the National Touch League (NTL) at their April 2007 BOM meeting. After considerable input and deliberation from Permits, key stakeholders, and constituents since the 2007 March NTL, the Touch Football Australia BOM has resolved to continue the NTL Open tournament in its current format for 2008.The format for the Senior NTL for 2008 will be reviewed in the near future after consultation with existing permits, whilst the 20 Years NTL will be conducted in September 2008 to meet with selection requirements for the 2009 Youth World Cup. Please click on the below correspondence from Touch Football Australia’s Events and IT Coordinator Mr. Jon Pratt for further illumination on information regarding the 2008 National Touch League format for Opens, 20s, and Seniors, and pertinent issues that will be deliberated upon in the near future. Further information will be supplied as it becomes available.Related Filesntl_2008-2011_-_020507__2_-doclast_img read more

A SET OF SIX – VOLUME FIVE

first_imgCommencement of the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League at Whites Hill Reserve Friday night 8 June 2007. Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 5. QUEENSLAND (QLD)                                                                                   Play: #1 QSST Under-15 State School Championships The 22nd annual Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) 15 Years State Championships were held at the Thuringowa Touch Association near Townsville on the weekend 1 – 3 June, 2007. The 12 Queensland education regions were represented at the tournament, which also served as a selection vehicle for the Queensland 15 Years teams to compete in the Australian Schools Championships in Melbourne from 22 -26 October, 2007. Northern was the best team in the girls division, defeating South Coast in the final. Metropolitan East claimed the Boy’s crown, also triumphing over South Coast in their final.Kirwan High produced both the female and male player of the series.Betty Mareko was Player of the Series in the Girls 15 Years, whilst Nathan Norford was the star performer in the 15 Years Boys division.Nathan is the son of former Australian Mixed Open players, Mark and Debbie Norford. Thuringowa Touch Association did a brilliant job hosting the event.One of the highlights of the tournament was a healthy canteen providing food for the participants. Pasta, salad rolls, and muffins were on the menu instead of chips and pies. Water, juice, and PowerAde were the options for drink instead of soft drinks. The “healthy choice” canteen is a positive initiative that other school sports will be looking to model in the future. Queensland Touch and QSST would like to thank the referees from Thuringowa and Townsville who officiated the event. They did a fantastic job and everyone appreciated their service to the tournament. Other events: The second round of the Delfin Tri-Series Junior Tournament in Toowoomba on 10 June 2007.  Touch Football Queensland web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auVICTORIA (VIC):Play # 2Drought starts to bite in Victoria Drought and new water restrictions have put the squeeze on two Melbourne Affiliates, forcing reduction of competition numbers in Elwood and cancellation of winter season in Royal Park. TFA-Victoria has stepped up negotiations with City Councils to try and resolve the looming crisis.  Touch Football joins a growing list of sports associations around Victoria who are faced with the new challenge of overcoming the problems posed by water shortages and drought.Melbourne water supplies have reached a new low of 25% despite the recent rain. The problem is the rain is not falling in the catchment areas, which means that the confidence of the local councils is decreasing ahead of the upcoming summer season.Touch Football Australia Victoria Managers Nick Mooney and David Brady are liaising with key government agencies, including the Premiers Department, to try and find meaningful solutions to the situation.The drought has brought in potential new projects for TFA Victoria, such as Beach Touch and Astro-Touch for the upcoming summer. The philosophy is simple for TFA Victoria who recognize the need to provide an alternative mode of the game to service their clientele.“We have to provide an alternative so our members can enjoy the great game of Touch Football through exciting and challenging solutions,” TFA Victoria Manager David Brady said.Other events of the week:90 new individuals have enrolled for Albert Park Touch. The mass of newcomers is thanks to TFA – Victoria’s ‘find a team and learn’ project, which is letting more people know about the great sport of Touch Football.Touch Football Victoria Web-site: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 3City Touch Winter Season StartsCity Touch’s winter season kicks off this week. City Touch is South Australia’s largest affiliate with over 90 teams registered for the winter season.Competitions will run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights for 12 weeks. Finals will follow. The competition is building a reputation for quality Touch Football. South Australian State & Crusaders National Touch League representatives will lift the standard again this year. Games are held at City Touch, Park 17 Greenhill Road, Eastwood. Other events of the week: Special General Meeting of the South Australian Touch Association on 30 June 2007 at the Coopers Ale House, Adelaide. Contact Touch Football South Australia for further details on 08 83067500 Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA):Play: #42007 Be Active North West ChampionshipsKarratha have won a seventh straight North West Championship title, defeating the Tom Price Touch Association 3-0 in the final in Broome on Sunday 3 June 2007.Karratha went through the tournament undefeated. They pipped Tom Price 5-4 in the round game ahead of the final. Tom Price needed to win against Port Hedland to reach the final, and did so with a touchdown in the last play of that match for a 6-5 win.Home-team Broome won a bronze medal, saving their best touch footy for their last game of the tournament.In the final, Karratha’s Ashleigh Jones was a standout, as were former Barbarians rep Tobie Burnnand and former Aussie European Tour international Brian Fitzroy.Congratulations Karratha and best of luck travelling to Malaysia this week for the 2007 Asian Championships. Other events:Around 30 junior players from the North West region attended the annual Department of Sport and Recreation backed development camp in Broome.Players completed fitness testing, skill drills and played games over the two days under the astute tutelage of Touch West 18 Years Girls Coach Shelley Matcham, and Touch West Youth Head Coach Angela Doyle. It is hoped that some of these players will represent WA at junior national events later in the year.Touch West Web-site: www.touchwest.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT):Play: # 5Darwin Touch Over 35 Men’s Finals campaign The Darwin Touch Football Over 35 Men’s competition Finals Series began on Monday 4 June 2007. A furious finish to the season saw teams jockeying for finals positions. Bundy Bears finished the minor rounds in pole position. Humpty Doo finished second, Raptors coming a very close third, and Cavaliers rounded out the semi-final roster. Mad dogs, were entitled to be just that, when they missed the finals by one point.The finals promise to be very close. The Men’s and Mixed finals also start this week.  You can see results of all games on the Darwin Touch Football website on www.darwintouch.com.auOther highlights for the week: Game Development Officer Rebecca Houston will visit the Aboriginal community of Maningrida. Houston will visit Maningrida in Arnhem Land to run clinics in the schools and help the Maningrida representative teams in their preparation for the NT School Sport Championships in August. Rebecca will be in Maningrida for three days.The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: www.touchnt.com.auNEW SOUTH WALES (NSW) Play: #6First life membership awarded by the Parkes Touch AssociationFormer president of the Parkes Touch Association, Chris Martin, has been rewarded for his services to Touch Football with the first ever life membership for Parkes Touch Association. Chris has been involved with Touch Football in the country town for over 15 years and has been integral in growing the Association to the thriving 1000 member strong competition it is today. Chris has worked with every aspect of Touch Football.In the arms of coaching, refereeing, and administration Chris has made an invaluable contribution to his home affiliate.Chris’s technical accreditations in the sport include: Level 3 referee, and Level 1 coaching accreditation. In 2005 Chris’ efforts were recognised with a NSWTA Blues Award. In the same year he was also the Parkes Australia Day Sports Administrator/Coach award winner.As part of his official roles for the Parkes Touch Association, Chris worked as a director, chairperson, selector, assistant treasurer, secretary and president. Chris stepped down from the presidency at Parkes Touch Association’s annual general meeting in May, where he was also awarded the life membership. He will continue to contribute to the Touch Football community as the inaugural life member of his beloved Parkes association.One of Chris’ legacies, amongst a long list, will be the lighting of Cheney Park, which has allowed for the popular autumn Mixed competition to be played under lights.Thanks to his diligence and dedication Touch Football has become one of the most successful-ever sporting organisations in Parkes. Other events: NSW Country Teams have been selected from the recent NSW Country Championships. The teams will play in a three game series against City in Sydney on Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September 2007. The NSWTA web-site: www.nswtouch.com.auTASMANIA Play: Drop-off2007 Tasmanian Under-18 Teams announced:Tasmania’s best young Touch Footballers have been selected in teams to contest the Under-18 National Championships in Coffs Harbour, NSW, from 17 – 20 September, 2007. The girls’ team includes 2006 National 18 Years Youth Development Squad member Emily Hudson.GirlsKate Cowen, Meg Bain,Katelyn Barry  Natalie Curtis, Dimity Archer, Alex Finlayson, Bec Oliver, Christina Parodi , Rebecca Downie (Southern Touch)Carla Doyle (DTA), Ashley Crowden, Kylie Jones, Emily Hudson, Louise Godfrey  (LTA)Deb Button –  CoachBoysTim Castle,Trent Cornish, Jason Haines, Duncan Bain (Southern Touch)Tyson Rolls, Joe Hoyle, Nick Mc Kenna, Alex Reimer, Danny Hoyle, Aaron Markham, David McGinley (DTA) Matt Allen, Trent Gutteridge, Clark Chancellor (LTA).John Dowling – Coach.That’s it for the fifth edition of a Set of Six in a very hectic week in Touch Football around the nation.Be sure to check the State web-sites for further information and all the latest news in your sport this week. North Queensland Touch Championships are being played in Townsville this long weekend in Norht Queensland.last_img read more

Inaugural National Deaf Touch Football Championships

first_imgThe headquarters of Touch Football ACT, Deakin Fields, will play host to the first national championships for Deaf Touch Football Australia on Saturday, 12 January and Sunday, 13 January 2013.Teams will come from New South Wales and Queensland as well as one ACT team, with three divisions – Men, Women’s, and Mixed being played.  Queensland looks to be the favourites to win all three divisions – they are the current Men’s and Mixed national champions from the 2012 Australian Deaf Games in Geelong. The heat of summer always serves Queensland well, as well as in the Mixed and Women’s divisions there will be some real speed on display from a number of their female players. New South Wales will be looking to upset Queensland in what should be a series of State of Origin battles among the divisions. In the Men’s division, two New South Wales teams will look to work together to meet each other in the finals on Sunday, while in the Women’s, New South Wales will look to challenge in each of the three game series. In the Mixed, New South Wales looks to have a good chance of making the final should they keep the speedy Queensland players contained over the weekend.The locals, ACT will contest the Men’s division and have already claimed the developing state ‘underdog’ tag in the tournament. There will be reliance on knowledge of the Deakin fields and hope to be inspired by the home team support as they aim for a place in the final on Sunday.The Deaf Nationals are unique in the way that all players who take the field must remove their hearing aids or cochlear devices, this alongside with the eligibility of 40 decibels in their better ear, means that the shrill of the referee’s whistle or the call from a teammate are almost non-existent. For coaches calling from the sub-box, it won’t simply work as the only means of communications is via signing or providing visual clues. This brings challenges for the tournament referees who will be using a unique buddy system where there may be as many as four referees officiating a match rather than the three.Finals will be played on Sunday, both Men’s and Mixed Finals will have the Australian National Anthem played both in sound and in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) prior to the match.  Times for the finals are Men’s at 1.00pm, and Mixed 2.30pm, with overall presentations at 3.15pm. For more information about the Deaf Touch Football Australia National Championships, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=9325&pID=14 Thank you to David Brady for providing the article content. Related LinksDeaf Touch Nationalslast_img read more

10 months agoAWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staff

first_imgAWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staffby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe will leave Besiktas with the gratitude of many of the club’s staff, it has been revealed.Due to the club’s financial problems, the former Real Madrid defender has agreed to terminating his contract this month.However, before Pepe’s departure, it’s emerged he paid the month’s wages of several of the club’s staff, including chefs and groundsmen, as Besiktas struggled to meet their obligations, reports Marca. Pepe is now set to become a free agent and can immediately sign for a new club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace chairman Parish tribute to Charlton signing Williams

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace chairman Parish tribute to Charlton signing Williamsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has paid tribute to Jonny Williams after his departure yesterday.Williams has left Crystal Palace Football Club and joined League One side Charlton Athletic, bringing his 17 years at the south London club to a close.Parish said: “Jonny leaves today as a hugely admired, immensely popular and well respected figure. “He’s been with us since the age of 8, featuring heavily in our promotion winning season including starting in the final. He has great talent, and has always been a joy to have at the club. “I know we all hope he becomes a huge success at Charlton Athletic and continues to achieve great things with his beloved Wales.” last_img read more

a month agoAston Villa ace Jack Grealish: How Ireland link sparked

first_imgAston Villa ace Jack Grealish: How Ireland link sparkedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa star Jack Grealish has spoken how he sparked an international tug of war for his future.Grealish had trials for England at youth level when he was 15 but ended up hitting his head on a sink and had to be sent home.Before the next camp came around, Grealish ended up having trials for Ireland. Grealish told The Sun: “When I was young, I had trials for England. I think I was 15.”I got there and I was rooming with Diego Poyet, Gus Poyet’s son.”I woke up in the middle of the night.”I don’t know what it was, but I somehow collapsed in the bathroom and hit my head on the sink.”Grealish added that he wanted to stay at the training camp but wasn’t allowed to. After hitting his head on the sink, Grealish was sent home and ended up playing for Ireland at youth levelHe said: “Diego woke up and found me. I had to go and get checked out by the doctors.”The next morning I was completely fine, and I was like, ‘Please let me stay, let me stay’.”But they said, ‘No, you need to go home. You can come to the next camp’. “During that time I had trials for Ireland.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Norwich announce Official Primary Club Partner

first_img​Norwich announce Official Primary Club Partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City has confirmed Alvexo as its Official Primary Club Partner, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukChief Operating Officer at Norwich City, Ben Kensell, said of the partnership: “We’re delighted to have Alvexo on board as a partner and are thrilled to welcome them to the Premier League. “We know Alvexo pride themselves on tradition, integrity and innovation so it is great to partner up with a business that is aligned with the values of the Club.”Managing Director of VPR Safe Financial Group, Yael Kleinman, added: “We are excited in having established our partnership with Norwich City FC and believe in the future prospects it holds for both of us.”We share a commitment to integrity, experience and tradition while striving to grow and strengthen our client and fan base with a team of professionals dedicated to strong performance and maintaining long term loyalty.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mike Stoops Called Out Charles Walker For “Quitting” On His Teammates

first_imgMike Stoops speaking at the Oklahoma podium.Oklahoma assistant coach Mike Stoops appeared to accuse Charles Walker of quitting on his teammates.Just days after Charles Walker told Bob Stoops that he was leaving the team to prepare for the NFL Draft, Oklahoma defensive coordinator and brother of Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops, criticized Walker for his decision.Walker has missed the last six games after suffering a concussion in the Sooners game against TCU. The defensive tackle is projected as a high pick in this year’s NFL Draft. According to NBCSports, the concussion Walker suffered in the game against TCU was the defensive tackle’s second in just 10 months. It appears he made a business decision to leave the team in order to prepare for his future.Well, Mike Stoops wasn’t having any of it. Stoops called out Walker for quitting on his teammates:“Quitting on your teammates is hard to take, as a coach. That’s everything we stand for — our commitment to one another and, for whatever reason, that wasn’t there for him. He thought this was a better avenue so you would have to ask him for those (answers). …“[Y]ou can’t have guys coming and going and have a group of players committed to what they’re doing day in and day out, putting all the time and energy into it. It’s not fair to the players that are on our team if they’re not committed to the team.”Oklahoma is fighting for a Big 12 title and perhaps a spot in the College Football Playoff. The Sooners have two games remaining, against West Virginia this week and a rivalry game against Oklahoma State next weekend.last_img read more

England vs Scotland: Duggan and Stokes not fit to feature

first_imgEngland and Scotland have been building up to their World Cup opener for months but the day has finally arrived that the teams will get to face off at Nice’s Allianz Riviera.The Lionesses approach the tournament as one of the favourites to go all the way in France, though they suffered a hiccup in their preparations for the tournament with a 1-0 loss to New Zealand in a friendly in Brighton last week.Scotland, meanwhile, have qualified for the tournament for the first time and are seeking to continue an undefeated run of five matches that has seen them defeat Brazil and Jamaica in the last couple of months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game England vs Scotland Date Sunday, June 9 Time 5:00pm BST / 12 noon ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo / FOX Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One and can be streamed via BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayer Squads & Team News Position England squad Goalkeepers Bardsley, Telford, Earps Defenders Bronze, Greenwood, Houghton, Bright, Stokes, Williamson, McManus, Daly Midfielders Walsh, Scott, Moore, Stanway, Carney, Staniforth Forwards Parris, Taylor, Kirkby, Duggan, White, Mead Despite it being the opener, Phil Neville lacks the full set of players at his disposal.Toni Duggan and Demi Stokes may not have been fit to feature and did not make the XI, while Neville has opted for Bethany Mead over Karen Carney. The former Manchester United defender has suggested the XI that he uses on Sunday will be the one he picks in all the group games, where possible.Confirmed England starting XI: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Greenwood; Walsh, Scott; Parris, Kirby, Mead; White Position Scotland squad Goalkeepers Alexander, Lynn, Fife Defenders Smith, Docherty, Corsie, Beattie, Lauder, Arthur, Howard, J.Murray Midfielders Love, Little, Weir, Crichton, C.Murray, Arnot Forwards Evans, Ross, Emslie, Clelland, Brown, Cuthbert Scotland are similarly free of injury concerns approaching their opening World Cup fixture.Confirmed Scotland starting XI: Alexander; Howard, Corsie, Beattie, Docherty; Evans, Weir, Little, Emslie; Cuthbert; MurrayBetting & Match Odds England are hot favourites to win this match with bet365, priced at 2/9. Scotland are out at 12/1 while a draw is available at 19/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Scotland Women's National TeamAfter finishing third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, England intend to go all the way in France, having approached the tournament in a bullish manner.They received something of a knock, therefore, when they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to New Zealand in front of 20,000 in Brighton at the start of the month. Though they dominated the game, playing with an XI that was a little below full strength, it was not the ideal send off prior to Nice.“The challenge now is for us all to perform on the big stage,” manager Phil Neville said after that loss.“We’ve talked long and hard about it, we’ve not been shy about our expectations. Now we need to deliver. That’s my challenge and my excitement. We’ve dreamt of this moment all our lives.”When we get to it we’re going to have to perform. I’m going to have to manage better than I ever have and they’re going to have to play, to have any kind of success they are going to have superhuman efforts. People don’t just knock on the door and give you a World Cup medal.”Meanwhile, he shrugged off the defeat against opponents ranked only one spot higher than the Scots in the FIFA ranking.“If we’d have won today, it would be ‘it was just New Zealand’. The players are deflated because of the crowd. I think they know really that it’s all about the Scotland game now. Nothing in the Denmark or New Zealand game was going to change our thinking,” he said.Kerr’s side, meanwhile, were watched by a record crowd of 18,500 as they defeated Jamaica 3-2 in Glasgow on May 28, Erin Cuthbert’s long-range goal the highlight of a satisfactory night for the World Cup debutantes.“We experimented a bit. We wanted to see players in different positions. The most important thing for us is to go away and reflect,” the manager said after the Hampden encounter.“As much as there were good things in the game, there are things we need to improve on. Jamaica were very direct and they have some very quick players and at times we struggled to cope with that.”Nevertheless, Scotland travel to Nice undefeated in their last five internationals and hoping to stretch that record to six against the Auld Enemy.last_img read more

Willian to inherit Chelsea number ten from Hazard

first_imgWillian claims he will be inheriting the Chelsea number ten shirt from Eden Hazard, with Christian Pulisic seemingly set to fill a different jersey.A new arrival at Stamford Bridge would have seemed a logical choice to fill the boots of a departed star turn in West London.Hazard has completed a big-money move to Real Madrid, leaving behind a sizeable void. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? United States international Pulisic is among those set to be charged with the task of trying to counter the departure of a talismanic figure.He has, however, been eager to play down expectations and is keen to avoid being billed as the next Hazard for Chelsea.With that in mind, the weight of filling the No. 10 spot is set to be passed elsewhere.Willian, with six years in English football under his belt, is ready to step in and become a creative focal point for the Blues. He has donned number 22 since being snapped up from Anzhi Makhachkala, but says he has already been informed of a change in attire.“Number ten is now mine. The club has said it will change [my shirt number] and it will be mine,” Willian told Desimpedidos.Willian Chelsea 2018-19The Brazil international is accustomed to filling that shirt and is looking forward to stepping into Hazard’s shoes.He added: “I have always liked playing with number ten.“Since I was a kid playing indoors football, I have always used the number ten. At Corinthians I was also number ten.”With Willian set to succeed Hazard as ten, Pulisic will be taking on a different number.His first outing for Chelsea, in a pre-season clash with Kawasaki Frontale, saw him take on the 24 shift. That squad number is up for grabs in the Blues’ first team squad.If he takes it, then the path is cleared for Willian to follow in Hazard’s footsteps.Callum Hudson-Odoi could have been another contender to take the number ten shirt, but he is just 18 years of age and currently nursing his way back from an Achilles injury.There is also uncertainty over his future at Stamford Bridge, although new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is eager to get the exciting England international winger tied down to fresh terms. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Top College Football Columnist Thinks This Power Five Conference Could Be In Trouble

Arizona State Sun Devils cheerleaders pose before the team's first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena.LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 07: Arizona State Sun Devils cheerleaders pose before the team’s first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Buffaloes won 97-85. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)In four years of the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 has been left out twice. The Pac-12 Networks aren’t nearly as fully-flushed out as the Big Ten and SEC equivalents. The schools are starting to fall behind in terms of revenue.When the Power Five era began, after the Big East football league got poached and divided up, many thought the ACC would be the most vulnerable league. Further expansion drove that narrative. The Big Ten took Maryland from the league, adding the populous DMV region to its marketshare.Then it was the Big 12 that seemed to have the most issues. The league has the smallest base of schools, and was famously left out of the 2014 College Football Playoff, when Baylor and TCU finished fifth and sixth and were jumped late by Ohio State.The Longhorn Network and Texas’s (arguably outsized) influence over the league had some wondering whether other schools could look to leave. There have been rumors about Oklahoma looking elsewhere, which would really shift the balance.However, less than five years into this current Power Five set-up, it is the Pac-12 that looks the weakest. The West Coast league definitely receives less attention, there seems to be a fan enthusiasm gap, and coaches and administrators are beginning to grow weary of the issues that the league faces. CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd spoke to a few on-the-record Pac-12 higher-ups who are frustrated with the league.“I’m fairly critical of the Pac-12 organization,” Cal chancellor Carol Christ said late last year.[…]“The gap between us and the other [leagues] continues to grow,” he said. “We’ll be competitively disadvantaged even moreso. … That’s real money in terms of being able to compete, support facilities, support coaches and support programs.”The sky is not falling out West but cracks are beginning to appear in a once-solid foundation. First, there are those vocal critics. Christ, Anderson and new Washington State president Kirk Schulz have weighed in.“This is a concern of the Pac-12 presidents, and I can tell you it’s a large discussion point with meetings with the commissioner at every single meeting,” Schulz said. “… The Pac-12 schools have got to be competitive with the ACC, the SEC and the Big Ten and Big 12, and we’re falling behind.”The easiest thing to point to might be the Pac-12 Networks, which many in the heart of the league’s footprint can’t even see. Distribution of the network is a major issue, and it is way behind the Big Ten and SEC’s outputs. The ACC is also launching a linear network with ESPN, much like the SEC has. As Dodd notes, and I outline above, part of this is cyclical. However, the Pac-12 hasn’t exactly helped itself with scheduling, or success on the courts and fields. The thing working most in its favor may also be location, even if “East Coast bias” is an issue. There isn’t an obvious landing spot for most Pac-12 programs.[CBS Sports] read more

Notre Dame Isn’t Happy With This New ESPN Graphic

first_imgNotre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)If you are a college football fan, Notre Dame is a program that you either love or hate. Right now, the Irish aren’t feeling the love from ESPN.Yesterday, ESPN unveiled a graphic for the start of bowl season. It featured five people in it.There was Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma signal caller and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. There were also two head coaches, Urban Meyer and UCF’s Josh Heupel,The college football bowl season starts … NOW! pic.twitter.com/7Dg5HeTy8T— ESPN (@espn) December 15, 2018As you can see, one program that is in the national title hunt isn’t there: Notre Dame.Even though the Irish are in the College Football Playoff, they didn’t make the graphic. They’re not happy about it either.?#GoIrish https://t.co/bjy4ZTuUpq— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 15, 2018Mad disrespectful ?? https://t.co/jiEF5UQ9R7— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) December 16, 2018The disrespect https://t.co/CPYDPQXKiR— Isaiah Rutherford (@zay_rutherford) December 16, 2018Notre Dame will have a chance to fire back at the perceived slight when they take on Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on December 29.Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Gives Alabama Fan An Awesome Christmas Present

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts has certainly endeared himself to Alabama fans on the field with his performance in this month’s SEC Championship Game. He made one fan’s year off the field this week as well.During some rare time off, Hurts went to surprise Alabama fan Denise Albritton at her job. The University of Alabama police helped arrange the meeting.As you can see in the video below, Denise was shocked and thrilled to see Hurts.This was so precious it almost made me cry ?❤️Jalen hurts and University of Alabama Police surprise fan Denise Albritton. Merry Christmas #JalenHurts pic.twitter.com/qnwnczmI1v— TJ LSU DAD (@tj_lsudad) December 22, 2018A gift like this right around the holidays is even better. That’s awesome that Hurts was willing and able to do that.He acknowledged the video on Twitter as well.I heard Denise was a big fan, so I went and payed her a visit at work while I had some down time. She is a very down to earth and strong woman. It’s all love ❤️ . #AllGlory2God https://t.co/4pPNQmO2f3— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) December 22, 2018Even if Hurts elects to transfer this offseason, as many expect he will, he will always be a big part of the Alabama family.We know Denise Albritton will never forget him.last_img read more

Michigan Called Out For Using “Alternative Facts” In Recruiting Graphic

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Having sent several tight ends to the NFL over the last few years, the Michigan Wolverines are attempting to use their recent success at the position as a recruiting tool. Unfortunately, their use of “alternate facts” in one particular recruiting poster is getting the team raked over the coals.A new graphic released by Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis refers to the team as “Tight End U,” and points out how often Michigan tight ends get the ball compared to other top programs like Oklahoma, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Clemson, and LSU.However, Iowa assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell was quick to point out that Wolverines were seriously misconstruing the facts with their graphic.While the 167 catches and 2,157 receiving yards were higher than any of the teams listed, the numbers aren’t even the highest among tight ends in Michigan’s own conference – let alone the rest of college football.Michigan football uses alternative facts in a recruiting graphic. Iowa football answers off the top rope.??? pic.twitter.com/d4WindAO0i— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 4, 2019The moniker “Tight End U” is most frequently attributed to the Iowa Hawkeyes. As Bell pointed out, Iowa’s tight ends had 178 catches for 2,559 yards and 32 touchdowns in that span.One clever fan decided to “fix” the graphic for Michigan’s coach:@CoachK_Bell @gkittle46 It’s ok, I fixed it for them! #Hawkeyes #TEU pic.twitter.com/2ZVk25FK4a— TOE CMOHAWK (@CMO_HAWKEYE) February 4, 2019Another factor that does give Iowa the edge in the “Tight End U” conversation is how well their tight ends perform upon reaching the NFL.While the Hawkeyes have had fewer tight ends drafted by NFL teams than Michigan, Iowa’s have arguably had better success.No Michigan tight end that has been drafted has ever made the Pro Bowl, while three Iowa tight ends have.The most recent Iowa tight end to make the Pro Bowl was George Kittle, who represented the 49ers in the game this past year.last_img read more

The Latest On 5-Star Freshman WR Bru McCoy’s Transfer

first_imgAn exterior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)The saga of five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy took a wild turn this week when reports emerged that he was considering a return to USC, where he originally enrolled earlier this year.But Texas, which landed McCoy via transfer shortly after his arrival at USC, is going all out to make sure he stays in Austin.According to Texas insider Anwar Richardson, the Longhorns are sending a big contingent to meet with McCoy and his family this week. Per the report, head coach Tom Herman, starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger, receivers coach Drew Mehringer, and director of player development Kevin Washington are all flying out to McCoy’s home in California.McCoy is the No. 9 overall prospect in the country. He is also the No. 1 athlete in the country, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of California.He enrolled at USC in early-January, only to decommit several weeks later and join the Longhorns.Sources close to Texas football coach Tom Herman told me he, quarterback Sam Ehlinger, receivers coach Drew Mehringer and Kevin Washington, director of player development, are flying out to California on Wednesday to meet with freshman receiver Bru McCoy and his family— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) May 29, 2019McCoy was a massive get for the Longhorns’ Class of 2019. His move to Texas in January led to the school earning the No. 3 ranking in the country by 247Sports.Losing McCoy would likely cause Texas’ ranking to drop – and potentially fall below arch-rival Oklahoma, ranked No. 6.Suffice it to say, the Longhorns are probably going to do whatever they can to keep him under wraps next season.last_img read more

ESPN Predicts Every Game Left On Michigan’s Schedule

first_img If ESPN’s FPI predictions for the Maize and Blue come to fruition, you’re looking at a disappointing 8-4 season in Ann Arbor. According to the FPI, Michigan is projected to lose to Wisconsin, Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.ESPN predictions for Michigan's remaining games.Keep in mind, these projections can and will change over the coming weeks. But the reality is, Michigan is about to be challenged extensively over the next couple of months.The talent is there to withstand that challenge, but actually doing so will be difficult. A closeup of Jim Harbaugh on the sideline prior to a Michigan football game.EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team to the field before a game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on September 29, 2018 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Everyone knows this season is a critical one for Michigan. The Wolverines have yet to beat Ohio State or win the Big Ten under Jim Harbaugh.Right now, Michigan is ranked in the top 10 after two games. But even at 2-0, there have been some concerns.The Wolverines struggled offensively in last weekend’s narrow win over Army. Now, the schedule is about to really heat up.A road trip to Wisconsin is next on the docket, and while there are games against doormats Rutgers and Illinois in the coming weeks, those are really the only “easy” contests left on the schedule.last_img read more

Asian Airgun Championship: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha win

first_img Press Trust of India TaipeiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 17:07 IST India’s gold medal haul rose to 8 Sarabjot and Esha’s respective wins in the 10m Air Pistol events. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSSarabjot Singh and Esha Singh won the 10m Air Pistol men’s and women’s juniors events respectivelySarabjot also partnered Arjun Cheema and Vijayveer Sidhu to win the junior team gold.India’s overall gold medal haul in the Asian Airgun Championships went up to eightSarabjot Singh and Esha Singh won the 10m Air Pistol men’s and women’s juniors events respectively, to bolster India’s overall gold haul to eight at the end of day four of the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.Sarabjot also partnered Arjun Cheema and Vijayveer Sidhu to win the junior team gold.India has so far won eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals with two days of competition left.Sarabjot topped the qualifier with a score of 579 and then shot 237.8 in the final to beat Korean Kim Woojong, who shot 236.6.Vijayveer won bronze with a score of 217.5, while Arjun Cheema, the third Indian in the final, finished fourth.The Indian trio’s combined qualification total of 1718 was way ahead of Taipei’s 1699.Esha also topped her qualifying round with a score of 576 in the junior women’s event and then shot 240.1 to win with consummate ease.Korea’s Yun Seonjeong won silver with a score of 235, 5.1 behind Esha.Other Indian women shooters also made it to the final but Harshada Nithave and Devanshi Dhama managed fifth and eighth places respectively.However, the three combined to win the team silver, behind Korea.It will be back to the senior shooters on Sunday as the Rifle exponents in the men and women categories line-up.Also Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team gold Also Read | Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary bags first senior gold with world recordAlso Read | 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary wins 4th shooting gold in 4 monthsadvertisementAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstancesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Asian Airgun ChampionshipsFollow Sarabjot SinghFollow air pistolFollow gold medal tally Next Asian Airgun Championship: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha winWith their respective wins in the 10m Air Pistol men’s and women’s juniors events, Sarabjot Singh and Esha Singh added to India’s gold haul at the Asian Airgun Championships.advertisementlast_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol variant launch around September 2019?

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 13:48 IST Maruti Suzuki India had recently launched the Vitara Brezza Sports Limited Edition.HIGHLIGHTSNearly 1.58 lakh units of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza were sold in 2018-19.Vitara Brezza currently gets a 4-cylinder, 1.3-litre, DDiS 200 diesel engine.Hyundai Venue has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom).Ever since Maruti Suzuki India announced that it will stop producing vehicles with the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine from April 1, 2020, people have been wondering about the fate of the country’s largest selling compact SUV Vitara Brezza. A favourite among masses, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has been one of the flag bearers of the carmaker and has helped the company strengthen its position in the domestic market.Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched in India in March 2016 and it has been doing handsome business ever since then. In February 2019, the carmaker had announced that it had sold 4 lakh units of the compact SUV since its debut. Earlier this month, Maruti Suzuki India had said that the sales figures had crossed 4.35 lakh unit mark. In 2018-19 alone, nearly 1.58 lakh units of Vitara Brezza were sold.The news that there would not be Maruti Suzuki vehicles with present 1.3-litre diesel motor from next year when BS6 emission norms come into effect, had created quite a lot of stir. More so with regard to Vitara Brezza as the compact SUV is currently available only with a 4-cylinder, 1.3-litre, DDiS 200 engine that makes 89 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed AGS (Automatic Gear Shift).It has already been reported that Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza might get the K15 Smart Hybrid petrol engine. The motor has a dual battery set-up that provides idle start-stop, brake energy regeneration and torque assist functionality and it presently powers Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. This hybrid motor produces 103 bhp and 138 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is an option for a 4-speed automatic transmission as well.advertisementA report by Moneycontrol has claimed that Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5-litre hybrid petrol may be launched in India around September 2019. The introduction seems imminent keeping in mind the Hyundai Venue launch in India on May 21. Boasting of several impressive features and powerful technical specifications, Venue has been introduced at an introductory price of Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom).Not only Hyundai Venue has been aggressively priced keeping in mind the cost of Vitara Brezza and other compact segment players like Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300, but it has also been garnering positive reviews. Hyundai has claimed that over 20,000 units of Venue have already been booked.Considering the current compact SUV segment scenario, Maruti Suzuki India will have to take immediate steps to keep intact the market share of Vitara Brezza. The Vitara Brezza price starts at Rs 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The company had recently launched the Sports Limited Edition of Vitara Brezza and it can be bought by paying only Rs 29,990 more over the standard variant.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: First drive reviewALSO READ | MG Hector bookings to start on June 4ALSO READ | Toyota Glanza pre-bookings start, launch on June 6Get 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Vitara BrezzaFollow Vitara Brezza petrolFollow Maruti Suzuki Vitara BrezzaFollow Vitara Brezza priceFollow Hyundai VenueFollow Hyundai Venue launch Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol variant launch around September 2019?Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched in India in March 2016 and it has been doing handsome business ever since then. Earlier this month, the carmaker had said that Vitara Brezza sales figures had crossed 4.35 lakh unit mark.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Circle Gets The Square

first_img 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Pocket squares are a staple of the well-appointed man, and have been in use since the ancient Grecian era.  But it was not until the 20th century, however, that the pocket square became the sign of a man with style.  Now, pocket circles are making the pocket square far from the only option.  Metro Retro Apparel, of Brooklyn, New York, and designer Kamrul Hasan, are ushering in the statement of the pocket circle, and not just for the sartorially gifted.The designer studied graphic design in college, and started his accessories business first as a hobby. Due to very positive feedback, he’s turned his avocation into a career in 2009.  Hasan is inspired by English and Scottish woolen plaids, vintage design patterns, as well as 1980’s fashions.  Also inspired by New York City and the New York style, where everything is made, he selects only the finest silk, cottons, wools, and cashmere, all from local distributors.“Our accessories are carefully handpicked and sourced within a 20-mile radius from local distributors. Each piece is handcrafted right within the city limits from the finest material and style directly from fashion’s pulse” noted Hasan.The distinctive pocket circles with their pal marrow stitched edge, create a elegant look that is both subtle and sophisticated, with an elegant, yet versatile flair. In addition to pocket circles, the brand offers scarves, neckties, bowties and pocket squares.So, be it with your favorite suit, sport coat or blazer, a pocket circle makes a great statement, that can be dressed for work, dinner, or night on the town, a pocket circle is a new staple. How to Score Discounted Tickets to the Best After-Party in NYC this Weekend Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man last_img read more