Month: November 2019

first_imgEarlier this month, Vivo launched the Vivo Z1 in India with a starting price of Rs 14,990. Now, the tech giant is gearing to launch a new smartphone series in India. After successfully launching its S-series Vivo S1 in China and Thailand earlier this year, Vivo is planning to bring the same device in India very soon.As per the invite shared by the company, Vivo will launch the Vivo S1 in India on August 7, 2019. Vivo has been teasing the details of its upcoming smartphone via its official Twitter handle. The company also took to the micro-blogging platform to share a TVC of the Vivo S1 featuring Sara Ali Khan. The video showed the actress showing off the upcoming smartphone in two colour variants – one with a shade of teal and the other with a shade of blue.The TVC, besides highlighting the colours that the Vivo S1 would sport, also showed off some of the other key features of the upcoming smartphone, which includes a triple rear camera setup, a water drop notch, in-display fingerprint sensor and a design that features slim bezels.As mentioned before, Vivo has already launched the Vivo S1 in some international markets. The Chinese smartphone maker is expected to launch its S-series smartphone with similar specifications in India as well. For your reference, the Vivo S1 that has been launched in some international markets features a 6.38-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch and a screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P65 processor and runs on Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS 9 on top.advertisementAs far as the RAM is concerned, Vivo launched the Vivo S1 with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal memory in the international markets. However, it is possible that Vivo might offer more memory variants in India. In terms of the camera, the Vivo S1 comes with a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 16MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the phone will come with a 32MP selfie camera. The phone is backed by 4,500mAh battery.While there is no word on the pricing yet, but the phone is likely to be priced around Rs 20,000 in India.ALSO READ: | Vivo S1 shown off by Sara Ali Khan in new TVC ahead of August India launchALSO READ: | Vivo Z1 Pro launched in India: Key specs, special features, India price, availability and everything elseALSO READ: | Vivo S1 coming to India soon and will be big on design and camera, possible launch in Augustlast_img read more

first_imgThe Trump Administration has announced another round of payments for farmers, to compensate for lower commodity prices amid trade tensions with China.Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says it’s needed, because corn and soybean prices are below the cost of producing a crop.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……situation with trade.”:10The first payments are scheduled to be made in late July or early August, but the final calculations aren’t set.The payments to individual farmers will be based on the impact trade has had on corn and soybean prices in their county.The assistance will not be determined by what farmers plant this year, but a farmer must have put some seeds in the ground this year to qualify for the payments.Naig says farmers understand what’s at stake as the Trump Administration presses China to make trade concessions.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………make a deal.” :23The Trump Administration plans to make nearly 15 billion dollars in payments to farmers in three waves, this summer, again in November and then in January.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..a fair marketplace.” :23While U.S. soybean sales to China have been healthy over the last several years, Naig says China has been blocking imports of U.S. beef, poultry, ethanol and corn.Naig made his comments during taping of this week’s “Iowa Press” program on Iowa Public Television.last_img read more

first_imgEvan Epstein played football at Oklahoma State from 2009-2013. The teams he played on went a combined 50-15. During the OSU-West Virginia game on Saturday, he noted that could have been even better.I would of killed to have this defense in 2011 and 2012. Back to back national champs, not a single doubt in my mind.— Evan Epstein (@EvanEpstein60) October 11, 2015The 2010 team gave up 1.76 points per drive. The 2011 team gave up 1.61. So it’s not like those teams were jokes. This 2015, going into West Virginia, was giving up 1.55 per drive although that’s going to drop quite a bit because they just got done holding WVU to 24 on 19 drives on Saturday.I don’t necessarily disagree with Epstein. The games those two teams lost: Nebraska, OU and Iowa State. Hard to see this defense losing those. I’ve also found Epstein to be a fascinating follow on Twitter. He’s got some takes on the offense. As a former player, I trust what he says more than most.It’s not all bad, either, as he noted. At least we aren’t OU and Texas!@derekbirdsong they are just so very soft. But at least they know who to block. We are a lot better off than say OU and Texas— Evan Epstein (@EvanEpstein60) October 11, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgIn a battle of the Mikes, Emmaunel Ogbah says Gundy could take Tyson. Ogbah was talking about a hoverboard battle of course, and he’s probably right.“I saw the wipeout that (former boxer) Mike Tyson had on a hoverboard,” Ogbah told Go Pokes. “Coach Gundy is a better athlete than Mike Tyson and he is pretty good with stuff like that.”I presume you have all seen the Tyson hoverboard video by now. Here’s a funnier version of it.And here’s Gundy being an athlete.When you have somewhere to be but there’s too much traffic on Canal Street… @CoachGundy #okstate #Sugar16— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) December 29, 2015Tyson and Gundy are actually only one year apart which seems … really strange to me. Tyson is 49 and Gundy is 48. I would have bet some dough that Tyson was 10 years older.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgArgentina Even U2 stop for Messi and Argentina! Concert delayed for crucial World Cup qualifier Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 23:13 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) U2 Lionel Messi Argentina Getty Argentina World Cup Lionel Messi Ecuador v Argentina Ecuador WC Qualification South America The Irish band are due to play in La Plata on Tuesday, but their arrival on stage has been pushed back so that the locals can watch the football So important is Argentina’s World Cup qualifier with Ecuador on Tuesday that a U2 concert in La Plata has been pushed back to accommodate it.Lionel Messi and Co are set to take in a crunch clash in Quito with their involvement at next summer’s showpiece in Russia still hanging in the balance.Ecuador double chance – 9/5 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 positive result is required to secure at least a play-off spot, with an automatic passage to the global gathering still up for grabs.With the football-loving public in Argentina set to be engrossed by goings on at Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, the decision has been taken to delay any possible distractions.That includes a visit from Irish band U2, who are in South America as part of their The Joshua Tree Tour.Bono and The Edge were due to take to the stage at Estadio Unico de La Plata at 9pm local time, but that would have meant performing while Argentina’s make-or-break contest is taking place.As a result, the decision has been taken to keep them waiting until 10.20pm, once the final whistle blows in Ecuador.Those in attendance at the venue will get to see some live music prior to the football taking place, with former Oasis star Noel Gallagher due to play at 7pm.Once his set has finished, four giants screens will turn their attention to sporting matters.”I proposed that after Noel Gallagher, who leaves at 7, we will televise the game of Argentina and then play U2,” Daniel Grinbank, the organiser of the event, told La Nacion.“We have put up four screens, one in each corner, and that’s it.”While Argentina are taking on Ecuador, elsewhere in the final round of CONMEBOL fixtures Brazil will be facing Chile, Paraguay playing Venezuela, Peru taking on Colombia and Uruguay hosting Bolivia. HOW ARGENTINA & MESSI CAN STILL QUALIFYHD Lionel Messi ArgentinaAutomatic qualificationThe best-case scenario for Argentina. is that they win their game against Ecuador and Colombia draw with Peru. That pair of results would see them finish in the automatic qualification spots regardless of results elsewhere.If Colombia beat Peru and Chile fail to beat Brazil in Sao Paulo, an Argentina win would see them finish in the top four and thus they would qualify for the World Cup.Inter-confederation play-offHowever, if both Colombia and Chile win, even if Argentina won, they would likely finish in the play-off spot due to the fact that their goal-difference and goals scored pales in comparison to the other teams.If Colombia beat Peru and Argentina draw with Ecuador, Jorge Sampaoli’s side could qualify for the inter-confederation play-off, but that would depend on seventh-place Paraguay either drawing or losing at home to Venezuela.If Peru manage to beat Colombia in Lima (which would avenge their 2-0 loss in Barranquilla), Argentina will need to win in Quito in order to ensure they qualify for the play-off. A draw against Ecuador in that scenario would leave the Albiceleste at the mercy of other results and their current complexion in terms of goal difference, as well as goals scored is relatively unhealthy.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Man Utd flop Memphis Depay eyes Real Madrid move Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 17:33 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Memphis Depay Lyon 2017 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Olympique Lyonnais Manchester United Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League Memphis Depay The Netherlands international struggled to impress at Old Trafford before being offloaded to Lyon, but he hopes to one day play for Los Blancos Memphis Depay has set his sights on a move to Real Madrid from Ligue 1 club Lyon.The Netherlands international joined the French outfit from Manchester United in 2016, following a tumultuous period at Old Trafford.Depay struggled for form in England, scoring just seven goals in 53 appearances, but has improved in France, scoring three goals and providing three assists in nine appearances for Lyon thus far this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. And the 23-year-old has now revealed his dream of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu, insisting the ambition is a “realistic” one.Memphis Depay, Netherlands“I think I’m going to Real Madrid. Yes, that’s a serious goal,” he told Dutch magazine The PSV Supporter.”What’s happened so far, that’s God, He helps me and brings me here.”The attacker initially thrived at PSV in his native Holland, and he maintains that the club remains close to his heart.He added: “I had very nice times at PSV, but I wanted to reach higher goals in my career. At Lyon I’m very happy. The club is in a way comparable to PSV.”last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi ‘I had no doubt Messi would be the best in the world’ – former Masia colleague Botia Ignasi Oliva Gispert Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Lionel Messi, Barcelona Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Olympiakos Piraeus v Barcelona Olympiakos Piraeus UEFA Champions League The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s success is no shock for an old academy friend, who was in awe of La Pulga even when the pair were teenagers Lionel Messi’s former colleague at La Masia, Alberto Botia, has revealed it came as no surprise to him to see the Argentine conquer the world of football. Botia came through the famous Barcelona youth academy two years after Messi, making his first-team bow in 2009. Barcelona 13/2 to win CL 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 The defender found starting opportunities at Camp Nou hard to come by, however, and eventually ended up in Greece with Olympiacos by way of spells at Sporting Gijon, Sevilla and Elche. Botia will now be tasked with keeping Messi quiet when the two teams lock horns in Tuesday’s Champions League clash, but he has lost none of his admiration for La Pulga over the years. “I grew up watching Messi every week, when he was playing with the Under-19 and U-16 teams, I was younger and I attended almost all his games,” the 28-year-old explained to Goal ahead of the tie.”I never had a doubt he was about to become the best of the world.”Ernesto Valverde BarcelonaTuesday’s game will also mean a further reunion for Botia’s Olympiacos team-mates. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is fondly remembered in Athens after two separate spells with the Greek giants, during which he lifted the Super Liga on three occasions. “Valverde left everyone happy in Olympiacos and that is very hard to do, everyone speaks about him,” he added, while admitting he is under no illusions as to the challenge that awaits his team.”The game in Greece could be so different than the Camp Nou one (a game Barcelona won 3-1). We are in front of our supporters and we must be very intense, we know that. “How to stop Messi is the question all defenders who face him ask themselves each week, he is a top one but I think it would be a mistake focusing only on him, we are worried about all Barcelona players.”last_img read more

first_imgShare on Twitter Cycling Share on LinkedIn Tom Pidcock wins junior world championship time trial in Bergen news Read more Topics Chris Froome Tom Dumoulin wins Cycling Road World Championships time trial – as it happened Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. However Dumoulin never looked in any real trouble, unlike many of the other 63 riders. Poland’s Maciej Bodnar came a cropper on the first bend after skidding on a pot hole at the first turn and coming off his bike, while France’s Alexis Gougeard was in contention for a podium place until his chain came off.The devilish choice confronting every rider beforehand was whether to stick with their time-trial bikes up Mount Floyen, or to change to a conventional and lighter one at the bottom of the climb. The perils of getting it wrong were illustrated by the first rider of the day, Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan, who struggled to get his feet into the pedals after changing bikes and lost around half a minute after needing several pushes to get moving again.Dumoulin, however, decided to stick with his time-trial bike throughout – as did Froome – and was rewarded for his choice. “I was doubting for a long time actually,” he said. “But I took the decision not to risk it. It was the right one, I think.”No one would dispute that. Dumoulin’s overwhelming dominance on the day, however, rather made it academic.center_img Read more Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Chris Froome pushed his weary body to its limit in the pursuit of his first world time-trial championship, but on a day of sunshine and showers in Bergen there was no rainbow jersey – or gold medal – awaiting him at the end of it.However the 32-year-old Englishman took immense satisfaction in a spirited effort on the final climb, which pushed him into bronze, behind the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, who obliterated his rivals on the 31km course to win in 44min 41sec – 57.69sec ahead of the Slovenian Primož Roglič in second, with Froome 25sec further back. Share via Email Since you’re here… Afterwards Froome, smiling but spent, admitted he was delighted with a second medal of the championships, alongside a team time-trial bronze with Team Sky on Sunday. “Of course it would have been nice to be fighting for gold, but I have no regrets,” he said. “I gave it absolutely everything I had.”However he conceded that a combination of driving rain and weary legs from his victory in the Vuelta a España, had made for a hard shift in the saddle. “The weather conditions were tough,” he added. “It started raining halfway round after my first lap, and those corners were pretty slippery. I heard quite a few guys crashing as well. I wanted to stay upright but there was a hard balance between going too fast and being too conservative.”By the time Froome began his time trial, at 5pm Norwegian time, the gun-metal skies and damp roads that had greeted the early riders had given way to brighter skies and much easier conditions. However he was perhaps overly cautious to start with and at the 11.5km checkpoint was 13.66sec down in eighth place.He had improved one place as he approached the final part of the course, up Mount Floyen, a 3.4km mini-beast of a climb with a gradient of 9.1% and 19 hairpin bends. But Froome gritted his teeth, got his pedals moving and was able to improve from seventh going into the final climb to make the podium by 7.27sec.But he was a long way behind the pre-race favourite Dumoulin, who had targeted this race even before his surprise victory in the Giro d’Italia this year. The 26-year-old, who won the Olympic time-trial silver medal in Rio last year and also won the team time-trial with Sunweb on Sunday, was simply a class apart.“I thought my power meter was off because it was so high,” Dumoulin said. “I felt really, really good. It started raining and I needed to take the corners really slow, especially in the first kilometre of the climb with all the twists and turns – on every corner my back wheel was slipping as I had the TT tyres on because I thought it was going to be dry.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more NCAA tournament Topics NCAA tournament: Arizona stunned by Buffalo; Villanova and Kansas win – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian East regionalNo9 Alabama 86, No8 Virginia Tech 83Collin Sexton scored 21 of his team-high 24 points after halftime to lead Alabama over Virginia Tech for the Crimson Tide’s first NCAA tournament win in a dozen years.John Petty kept ninth-seeded Alabama (20-15) in it while Sexton struggled during a sluggish opening half and finished with 20 points while shooting 6 of 8 on 3-pointers. Sexton found a rhythm in the second half, including a handful of big shots over the final five minutes to give the Crimson Tide a bit of breathing room in a game that featured 10 lead changes, with no team ever being up by more than seven points.Justin Robinson scored 19 points to lead the eighth-seeded Hokies (21-12).No1 Villanova 87, No16 Radford 61Jalen Brunson scored 16 points and top-seeded Villanova hit 14 3-pointers to rout Radford.The Wildcats (31-4) played to near-perfection for the first 30 minutes and led 44-23 at halftime.The Highlanders (23-13) posed no threat at becoming the first 16 seed to ever knock off a No1 in the tournament.No3 Texas Tech 70, No14 Stephen F Austin 60Keenan Evans scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime and third-seeded Texas Tech ended the game on a 13-2 run.Evans’ layup with 3:58 left put the Big 12 runner-up Red Raiders (25-9) ahead to stay. Texas Tech will next play Florida.SFA (28-7), the Southland Conference tournament champion, led by eight early in the second half.Midwest regionalNo1 Kansas 76, No16 Penn 60Devonte Graham ignited sluggish Kansas midway through the first half, pouring in 29 points and lifting his top-seeded team.Lagerald Vick added 14 points for the Jayhawks (28-7), who trailed the Ivy League champs 21-11 with about 7 minutes left in the first half. Kansas advanced to play Seton Hall.AJ Brodeur had 14 points to lead the Quakers (24-9).No2 Duke 89, No15 Iona 67Marvin Bagley III dominated in his NCAA tournament debut, pouring in 22 points to go with seven rebounds as Duke rolled.The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year made 10 of 14 shots in 32 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds.Grayson Allen scored 16 points as the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-7) powered past 15th-seeded Iona (26-7).Duke will next play Rhode Island.No7 Rhose Island 83, No10 Oklahoma 78 (OT)EC Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and Rhode Island topped dynamic scorer Trae Young and the Sooners.The seventh-seeded Rams (26-7) won a game in the NCAA tournament for the second straight season and will play Duke on Saturday.Young scored 28 points on 9-for-18 shooting with six turnovers. The freshman scored 13 straight points for Oklahoma (18-14) late in regulation and made two free throws to open OT.No8 Seton Hall 94, No9 North Carolina State 83Khadeen Carrington scored 26 points, Desi Rodriguez added 20 and eighth-seeded Seton Hall won a foul-filled first-round matchup.Myles Powell added 19 points and Angel Delgado scored 13 for the Pirates (22-11), who led the entire way a year after a late meltdown cost them against Arkansas.Allerik Freeman hit six 3-pointers and had 36 points to lead No. 9 seed North Carolina State (21-12).The only thing that slowed down the high-scoring, up-and-down matchup was the whistles. The teams combined for 53 fouls.West regionalNo4 Gonzaga 68, No13 UNC Greensboro 64Zach Norvell Jr hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 20.8 seconds left to help Gonzaga escape a major scare.The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) trailed 64-62 with 1:48 left after squandering a 12-point lead they took early in the second half.Gonzaga, in its 20th straight NCAA tournament, won its first game of March Madness for the 10th year in a row. UNC Greensboro (27-8) was the Southern Conference champ.No5 Ohio State 81, No12 South Dakota State 73 Kam Williams made a tiebreaking four-point play with 1:36 left, then added a trio of free throws after being fouled on another 3-point attempt to lift Ohio State.The fifth-seeded Buckeyes (25-8) built a 13-point lead by reeling off 16 straight points midway through the second half.Ohio State advanced to play Gonzaga. The teams met in November and the Zags romped 86-59.Mike Daum scored 27 points for 12th-seeded South Dakota State (28-7).No6 Houston 67, No11 San Diego State 65Rob Gray scored 39 points, including a wind-milling layup that just trickled over the rim with 1.1 seconds left that lifted sixth-seeded Houston.Trey Kell’s off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good for 11th-seeded San Diego State (22-11).Houston (27-7) posted its first tournament win since 1984. Share on Messenger Loyola Chicago’s Donte Ingram celebrates after his game-winning shot to sink Miami. Photograph: Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Share on Facebook NCAA tournament 2018 Twitter Defensively, Buffalo neutralized Arizona’s size inside by collapsing on the paint, forcing the Wildcats to shoot from the perimeter. Arizona went 2 for 18 from beyond the 3-point arc, while the Bulls knocked down 15 of 30.CJ Massinburg had 19 points and Buffalo shredded Arizona’s defense at a 55% clip for the program’s first NCAA tournament win.The Bulls move on to face Kentucky in Saturday’s round of 32.Dusan Ristic had 16 points, and Deandre Ayton finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Arizona.Arizona has played through one of the most difficult seasons in program history. The Wildcats were twice entangled in a federal investigation into nefarious recruiting practices and lost one of their best players twice to injury. Trier missed two games after testing positive for the same banned substance that cost him 19 games a year ago.Outside of an 0-for-3 trip to the Bahamas, their focus on the court rarely wavered. Arizona won the Pac-12 regular-season title and routed Southern California in the tournament title game, becoming the second team in conference history to sweep both in consecutive seasons.No3 Tennessee 73, No14 Wright State 47Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as third-seeded Tennessee advanced to the second round by overwhelming Wright State.Lamonte Turner had 19 points and a career-high nine assists for the Volunteers (26-8), SEC co-champions in the regular season after being picked in the preseason to finish 13th in the 14-team league. They’ll next play Loyola-Chicago on Saturday.Wright State (25-10) was the Horizon League tournament champ.No5 Kentucky 78, No12 Davidson 73Kentucky didn’t make a 3-point for the first time in a game since 1988, but still did enough to top Davidson.Fifth-seeded Kentucky (25-10) went 0 for 6 from behind arc after hitting a 3 in a nation-best streak of 1,047 games.Kevin Knox scored 25 for Kentucky, which next plays the Arizona-Buffalo winner.Davidson (21-12) made 11 3-pointers, led by six from Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who finished with 21 points.No11 Loyola Chicago 64, No6 Miami 62Donte Ingram hit a 3-pointer from the March Madness logo just before the buzzer, lifting Loyola-Chicago over Miami 64-62 in its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985.Ingram’s long shot came from well above the key. The 11th-seeded Ramblers (29-5) matched the school record for wins from their 1963 national championship team.Loyola was boosted by a pregame prayer from its team chaplain, 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.The buzzer sounded as Ingram’s shot went in, but officials put 0.3 seconds back on the clock. A desperation pass by Miami (22-10) bounced away harmlessly. Share via Email US sports Share on Twitter Wes Clark scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 23 and No13 seed Buffalo pulled off the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament’s opening round, rolling over No4 seed Arizona 89-68 in the South Region on Thursday night.The smaller Bulls (27-8) used their quickness to zip around the Wildcats (27-8), scoring at the rim and on kickout three-pointers. Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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first_imgChris Froome Share on Twitter William Fotheringham Read more Topics It was the first time Brailsford had held court since a damning report by government’s department of culture, media and sport select committee (DCMS) suggested Team Sky abused the anti-doping system to allow the administration of performance-enhancing drugs.Coming after the mystery Jiffy bag delivery to Bradley Wiggins in 2011, Brailsford admits he has considered his position at the top of a team created on an ethos of total transparency and zero tolerance for drugs. But he resolved to remain. “I think anybody in this game considers their position every day,” he said. “I would say that I’m constantly asking if I’m the right man to lead these guys. I think that regardless of the DCMS or anything else, there’s a constant sense of self-questioning about whether I’m appropriately placed or do I have the right skills. Some things come and go, the situation and context around you changes, but I’m here because I think I am still in the position where I can help these guys be the best they can be.” Froome and Team Sky are being paid a reported €1.4m (£1.23m) in appearance fees by Giro d’Italia organisers and have the opportunity to make history, so their motivations for being here are manifold. But Brailsford refused to answer whether he would sack Froome should he be suspended for an anti-doping rule violation. “That’s not a question for now,” he said. “We have to respect the race.” But for all the team who want to keep the focus on the main event, that is the uncomfortable situation they are in.The organisers have also been accused of “sport-washing” by allowing the start to be held in Israel. Critics claim it is an attempt to divert attention from the killing and maiming of Palestinians on the Gaza Strip.Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s director, said: “We’re not going to tell the Giro D’Italia organisers where they should and shouldn’t start the race, but the Jerusalem launch inevitably means Israel’s dismal human rights record is going to be in the spotlight.“The authoritiesin Jerusalem may have thought that the glitz of the Giro D’Italia might have a sportswash effect, removing some of the stain of Israel’s human rights record. Instead, it’s likely to bring it back into focus yet again.”The Giro D’Italia riders will begin the race only weeks after the Israeli security forces unleashed excessive, deadly force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza, including children. Read more Share on Pinterest Share via Email Chris Froome knows as well as anybody that the Giro d’Italia could be the last time he rides competitively for a while. The result of his anti-doping case is expected some time between the finish of this race on 21 May and the start of the Tour de France in July. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Lizzie Deignan: cycling has a long way to go before men and women are equal Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Cycling But while the Team Sky principal, Dave Brailsford, wore a battle-weary look on another bruising day for his operation, the top rider breezed through his questions in Jerusalem seemingly carefree and confident.“For me [I’m only] thinking about winning this race,” Froome said of the Giro d’Italia, which starts on Friday. “I’m not thinking about July. I’m thinking about giving my absolute best for the next few weeks and the aim is to be on the top step when we reach Rome.”Before it even reaches Italy the Giro will have to confront myriad controversies, from the decision to hold the start in Israel, to the spectre of a visiting Lance Armstrong, banned from contesting official cycling events but recording a podcast in the shadows. Then there is Froome, the favourite, attempting to be the first rider since Bernard Hinault to hold all three grand tour titles at the same time and possessing a remarkable ability to compartmentalise.He is contesting a failed drug test at last year’s Vuelta a España, where a urine sample indicated twice the permitted level of the asthma medication salbutamol in his system but to witness his relaxed manner, you would not realise it. “I need to demonstrate that I’ve done nothing wrong and that’s what I intend to do,” he said. “It’s not something I’m going to give a running commentary on, and when there is something new we’ll talk about it.”David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, world cycling’s governing body, as well as several high-profile riders, have expressed misgivings that Froome continues to compete, already doing so three times this year. There is no doubt his presence has once more overshadowed the race. Apart from a few questions, one planted by the Israeli tourist board, the discussion was dominated by the fog of doubt over Team Sky. news Team Ineos Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Messenger Chris Froome’s struggle to clear his name hangs over Giro d’Italia start Giro d’Italia Reuse this content Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgPortugal, without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, got their Nations League campaign under way with a 1-0 victory against Italy in their Group A3 clash at Benfica’s Estádio da Luz.The hosts did not have to get out of second gear to take the points against a much-changed side fielded by Roberto Mancini. After a dominant first-half display the hosts finally made the breakthrough at the start of the second half when André Silva scored what turned out to be the only goal of the game in the 48th minute. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Italy began with a 1-1 home draw against Poland in their inaugural Nations League clash last week and Mancini made wholesale changes from that match, with only goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and midfielder Jorginho retaining their places in the team. That lack of cohesion told, with Patrício in the Portugal goal not being called on to make a meaningful save.The night’s biggest drama came in Stockholm, where Turkey produced a remarkable comeback from two goals down to earn a Group B2 win over Sweden. Isaac Thelin and Viktor Claesson appeared to have put the hosts out of sight within 49 minutes but Hakan Calhanoglu quickly pulled one back and Turkey turned things round in the closing minutes. The substitute Emre Akbaba was the hero, scoring in the 88th and 92nd minutes to give the visitors their first away win in seven attempts.Serbia and Romania fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Belgrade, Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic twice putting the home side ahead – the second time with a stunning volley – but seeing Nicolae Stanciu and a neat George Tucudean finish level the scores. Montenegro, who join those two in Group C4, beat Lithuania 2-0 in Podgorica thanks to a Stefan Savic penalty and Marko Jankovic’s strike. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Topics Andorra caused a ripple in Group D1 by battling back to draw 1-1 at home to Kazakhstan, Jordi Aláez equalising with four minutes to play after Yuri Logvinenko had appeared to win it for the away side. It meant Andorra have taken a highly creditable two points from two games.Malta and Azerbaijan traded goals in Group D3, Andrei Agius’s penalty swiftly being equalised by a fine effort from the latter’s Tamkin Khalilzade. But a far more memorable story came out of the meeting between Kosovo and Faroe Islands, their group rivals. Goals from Arber Zeneli and Sheffield Wednesday’s Atdhe Nuhiu put Kosovo top of the group and, more poignantly for them, sealed a 2-0 victory in their first competitive fixture on home soil, played at the stadium named after Fadil Vokrri, their late football association president. Italy Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Reuse this content news Share on Facebook Steven Naismith strikes to give Scotland hope of Nations League salvation Read more Share on Messenger Portugal Nations Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd make Kroos top target Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:25 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HD Toni Kroos Getty Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd make Kroos top targetManchester United have identified Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos as their top target for the summer transfer window, reports The Independent .Jose Mourinho has admitted that he will be in the market for a new midfielder, as Michael Carrick prepares to head into retirement.Kroos is considered to be the ideal candidate to fill that role, with the World Cup winner having been a long-standing target for those at Old Trafford. 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 Reds to reward ManeSadio Mane LiverpoolLiverpool are ready to put improved terms to Sadio Mane, according to the Liverpool Echo.His current deal is already set to run until 2021, but the Reds are prepared to discuss a new deal after seeing the Senegalese star become a key figure alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.Asensio has English offersMarco Asensio Real Madrid BetisChelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all put offers to Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, reports Diario Gol .The 22-year-old has sparked transfer talk as he struggles for regular starts amid fierce competition at Santiago Bernabeu.Malcom move expectedMalcom BordeauxArsenal and Tottenham have seen the transfer path cleared in their ongoing pursuit of Malcom, with Bordeaux boss Gustavo Poyet confirming that the Brazilian is likely to leave in the near future.The highly-rated 20-year-old became a much sought-after asset during the winter transfer window, with two north London rivals marking him out as a top target.Find out what his current boss has had to say on his future here. Sandro shrugs off transfer talkAlex Sandro JuventusAlex Sandro claims to have ignored links to Chelsea and Manchester United, with Juventus having fended off the regular rounds of transfer talk.Interest from the Blues first emerged in the summer of 2017, with Antonio Conte reported to be in the market for a new left-back, while the Red Devils were reported to have joined the chase by January.Here is what the Brazilian full-back has had to say on the rumours. Lewandowski ignoring Real rumoursRobert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski has reiterated his full commitment to Bayern Munich as he continues to ignore links to Real Madrid.The prolific Poland international is among those who continue to be mentioned as possible additions during a summer overhaul at Santiago Bernabeu.Read the full story on Goal. Ronaldo wants Kane at MadridHarry Kane TottenhamCristiano Ronaldo has given his blessing to Real Madrid to make a move for Tottenham star Harry Kane, reports Don Balon .Karim Benzema looks set to leave the club this summer, and Ronaldo sees the Spurs striker as the perfect replacement. Neymar to stay with PSGNeymar Real Madrid PSG Champions League 14022018Neymar has made a decision on his future and will stay with PSG even if the club are eliminated from the Champions League, according to Telefoot .The Brazilian has been rumoured to be on the move to Madrid in the summer, but has decided that his future rests with the French club for the long term.   Barca looking at part-swap for Griezmann Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona are hoping to reduce the money spent on Antoine Griezmann by offering a player in part-exchange, according to Don Balon .The Spanish giants are worried about FFP regulations, and paying the €100m release clause for the French striker, on top of the amount spent for Philippe Coutinho, could leave the club in trouble. Barca would like to buy down the release clause by sending a player the other way, with Ousmane Dembele, Andre Gomes and Gerard Deulofeu among the candidates. Ancelotti not interested in PSGCarlo Ancelotti Bayern MunichCarlos Ancelotti is not interested in taking over as PSG manager and has his heart set on a return to the Premier League, according to the Mirror . The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich boss would be interested in a return to the Blues, but is keen on taking over for Arsenal after Arsene Wenger leaves the club. Roma eye Alisson replacement AlissonRoma are looking at Swedish goalkeeper Marko Johansson as a possible replacement for Alisson in the summer, reports  Gianluca Di Marzio . Brazilian Alisson has been linked to some of the top clubs in Europe and is expected to hold talks with the Serie A side this summer over his future. Pardew given two gamesAlan PardewWest Brom boss Alan Pardew has been given two games to save his job by club owner Guochuan Lai, reports The Sun .  Poor results have piled up and the club was also hit with Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore being involved in an alleged theft of a taxi in Barcelona. The club’s owner was furious with “taxi-gate” and has now given the manager just two matches to save his job. Leicester eye Benfica double swoopAndre AlmeidaLeicester City are monitoring Benfica stars Andre Almeida and Rafa Silva, according to Record and O Jogo (via the Leicester Mercury ). Both defender Almeida and winger Silva were linked with moves to the Foxes in the winter window, and the Lisbon outlets report that scouts from the Premier League side returned to have another look at the duo. Madrid prepare massive De Bruyne bidKevin De Bruyne Manchester CityReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to smash the club transfer record with a €200 million offer for Kevin De Bruyne, claims Don Balon .The Manchester City midfielder has been in sparkling form this season, spearheading the club’s march to the Premier League summit. And while Madrid do not lack for talent in the engine room, Perez is desperate to see one of the world’s best midfielders pull on the Blancos shirt and is willing to pay big money for the privilege.  Colorado Rapids want Wolves strikerJoe Mason Republic of Ireland 2011The Colorado Rapids are looking to bring in Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Joe Mason, reports the Birmingham Mail .The Rapids landed Jack Price from Wolverhampton in January and, with MLS’ window still open, are now hoping to move for the 26-year-old. Madrid to offer £100m plus Bale for HazardEden Hazard, Chelsea, 17/18 Real Madrid are set to offer £100m plus Gareth Bale to Chelsea in an attempt to land Eden Hazard, reports the Express .The Spanish giants have made the Belgian their top target for the summer, and the 27-year-old is yet to sign a new deal with the Blues. And Los Blancos are now willing to part with former Tottenham star Bale and a massive amount of cash in order to get a deal done.  Inter & AC Milan want Balotelli backMario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018Inter and AC Milan are looking to lure Mario Balotelli back to San Siro from Nice this summer,  The Sun  reports.The striker has been impressive again this season, netting twice on Thursday as they Nice 3-2 to Lokomotiv Moscow in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie — taking his tally to 21 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.However, the Italian’s time in Ligue 1 has not been all smooth, as was shown last week when he was given a yellow card for complaining to the referee about racist abuse coming from the crowd .Balotelli has been linked with a return to Italy already, with Juventus said to be looking for a way to sign him, but he could opt for a more familiar club, with both Milan clubs interested. 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first_imgPremier League Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 14:00 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Premier League Liverpool Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace The Merseyside men make the trip south to Selhurst Park as they resume league action after a two-week break Liverpool will look to keep the pressure on Manchester United in the race for second when they take on Crystal Palace as the Premier League returns on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s side are two points behind the Red Devils after losing to them at Old Trafford prior to the international break and they will be eager to make amends in the remaining games.Of course, Liverpool are looking ahead to a crunch Champions League quarter-final clash, which takes place four days after the Palace game, so a win will set them up nicely. 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 Roy Hodgson is preparing to welcome his former club to Selhurst Park and he will be hoping his players can pick up where they left off before the international break. Game Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Date Saturday, March 31 Time 12:30 BST / 07:30 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream 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 NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Crystal Palace players Goalkeepers Speroni, Hennessey, Cavalieri, Henry Defenders Ward, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Sakho, Schlupp, Souare, Fosu-Mensah, Delaney, Jach, Kelly, Phillips, Riedewald Midfielders Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha, Lee, McArthur, Mutch, Sako, Eyenga-Lokilo, Wan-Bissaka, Rakip, Puncheon, Kirby Forwards Sorloth, Benteke, Wickham, Lumeka Wilfried Zaha is the main concern for Palace after suffering a knock while on international duty with Ivory Coast and the Eagles already have a long injury list to contend with.Jason Puncheon, Scott Dan and Bakary Sako are all out, while doubts linger over Jeff Schlupp, Alexander Sorloth and Joel Ward.Potential Crystal Palace starting XI: Hennessey; Van Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, Fosu-Mensah; Cabaye, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Wan-Bissaka; Benteke. Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Woodburn Forwards Salah, Mane, Firmino, Ings, Solanke, Brewster Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez, who suffered an ankle injury while on international duty, while Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Nathaniel Clyne are both doubts.Potential Liverpool starting XI: Karius; Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are favourites according to dabblebet, who offer odds of 8/15 on the Reds to win, while Crystal Palace are priced at 5/1. A draw is available at 7/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolLiverpool’s players may have gone into the international break on the back of an emphatic 5-0 win over Watford, but their loss to Man United the week before left a deep wound.Not only did it knock the Reds off second place, it means that they can fall into fourth place should Tottenham – who are two points behind – win their game in hand, so the pressure is on.They return to action on Saturday with an away game against struggling Crystal Palace, but the Eagles will be buoyed by the fact that they managed to end an unbeaten streak that had stretched to seven games in their last outing against Huddersfield Town.A single Sadio Mane goal separated the teams when they met at Anfield all the way back in August but a lot has transpired in the intervening eight months and little can be read into that result.However, what is certain is that, with Spurs snapping at their heels in the league and Man City looming in the Champions League just four days later, it is shaping up to be an intense final phase for Liverpool and Klopp. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgMLS Schelotto: One day I’d like to manage in MLS Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author in Pasadena, California 12:53 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guillermo Barros Schelotto Boca campeon superliga 2017 18 0905208 Agustin Marcarian/Getty Images MLS Boca Juniors The 2008 MLS MVP is succeeding as a manager in his native country but is open to coming to the United States to coach in the future Guillermo Barros Schelotto just can’t seem to stop watching soccer.The Boca Juniors manager is vacationing in Southern California, and as Mexico faced Wales in the Rose Bowl on Monday as part of El Tri’s preparations for the World Cup, he decided to take the match in.”It just so happened to coincide with my vacation and I wanted to come and see the game with my kids. I like the Mexican national team,” he said. “I played against Mexico once in Los Angeles in the Coliseum in ’99 playing with Argentina but I’ve never been able to come see a game. I came to see it and see Osorio’s team.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 With such a love for the game, perhaps it’s no surprise that while Barros Schelotto was coaching Boca to consecutive Primera Division titles he’s also been keeping an eye on MLS matches. The 45-year-old suited up for the Columbus Crew between 2007-2010 and said he’s seen an incredible tactical evolution in the league.”When I played here, everyone played the same. Four defenders, four midfielder and two forwards. At the end, when I left after four years, you started seeing some changes,” he said. “Now a lot is changing. You see Toronto playing with three at the back, Kansas City with three forwards, things you didn’t see, different teams using different tactics. That also helps players evolve and teams change.”Those changes, led by a combination of American manager like Greg Vanney, Peter Vermes and Bob Bradley and foreign coaches like Patrick Vieira and Barros Schelotto’s countryman Tata Martino, have drawn his eye and while he’s pleased to be coaching Boca for the immediate future could lead to him taking a role in MLS down the line.”Yes, without doubt one day I’d like to manage (here),” he said. “I don’t know when and things in Boca are going really well, I’m really happy and it’s a big challenge, but obviously one day in the future I’d like to manage in MLS.”last_img read more

first_imgThe 2008 National Training Squads (NTS)  have been announced, and will participate in an upcoming Training Camp from 4-6th July, at Narrabeen NSW. The camp will be the first since the Australian Teams defended the 2007 World Cup in South Africa, and will see the NTS combine with the Australian Youth Squads as they prepare to reclaim the Youth World Cup in New Zealand 2009. For full squad listing visit the TFA High Perfomance website.last_img

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links:Early Blitz Sets Up VictoryThe result of Friday night’s A grade women’s touch football grand final was in the bag after just five minutes. Minor premierships and red-hot favourites Boxsell’s Young Guns raced to a 3-0 lead over Central Summertimes and, while the Summertime girls were far more competitive for the remainder of the match, Boxsell’s secured back-to-back premierships with a comprehensive 4-1 victory. Elite Eight FinalsThe New South Wales Mets have dominated the Elite Eight, fielding a team in both the women’s and men’s finals. But a clash with the Scorpions ended a dream run for the men. New South Wales Dominates Touch TitlesNew South Wales dominated the Elite Eight Series at this year’s National Touch League championships played at Port Macquarie.The New South Wales Scorpions defeated New South Wales Mets seven to six, while the New South Wales’ women’s team also had a win. Win Elite Eight ThrillerIn a thrilling encounter at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, the NSW Scorpions defeated the NSW Mets by one touchdown in the Elite Eight men’s decider. Mets Capture Inaugural Women’s Touch Crown The New South Wales Mets captured the inaugural Elite Eight women’s touch title at the Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, defeating the NSW Country Mavericks 9-4. Cobras Strike Twice In NTLThe Brisbane City Cobras struck twice to claim the men’s and women’s open crowns at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday. Photo GalleryTo view a gallery of photos captured by Port News, please click on the following link: Shuker Adds To Eights PrideRockhampton’s greatest ever touch footballer will be unleashed when the inaugural Elite Eights begin at Port Macquarie today. Touched By Footy BugWHEN Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer took part in a “come and try” touch football session in 2004 she never thought it would lead to the sport’s biggest national stage. Simone Smith Steps Up On Elite StagePort Macquarie’s Simone Smith is ready to shine on home turf. The Australian representative will line up for the NSW Country Mavericks in this week’s inaugural Elite Eight tournament at the Regional Sports Stadium A Touch Of ClassEastern Courier (Adelaide)Seven South Australian Touch Footballers will be aiming to further their national team aspirations at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie, NSW, starting this week. The annual championships, from March 9-12, are the sport’s most prestigious national event and feature more than 120 teams from around the country. For the first time the titles will feature composite men’s and women’s sides – dubbed the Alliance – featuring the best players from SA, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia. The “best of the rest” side will compete against teams from specialist touch football states NSW and Queensland. Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer and Golden Grove’s Kelly Rowe were selected for the Alliance in the Elite 8s – the top, eight-team division – while five South Australians, including Tusmore’s Georgia Brown and Urrbrae’s Melanie Johnson, made the men’s and women’s division one Alliance sides. SA’s Alliance co-ordinator Mark Jones said the top composite side, coached by national women’s youth coach Peter Bell, aimed to win the championships. “The elite team has got a lot of experience and good players in it so they should be very competitive I would think,” he said. “They want to try and win it. . . but it’s all a bit unknown because it’s the first year they’ve run this (Alliance) concept.” Jones said the division one Alliance teams were development sides from which the next crop of Elite 8 players would come. He said the championships would help to increase awareness of the sport in SA. Touch Footy SA will also send mixed open, men’s 30s and women’s 35s state representative sides to the championships.Port Hosts Touch Footy TitlesThe best Touch Football talent in the country will be on show this week at Port Macquarie.13 hotly contested divisions will be played during the four day National Touch League titles. Elite Eight New ConceptThe 2011 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL), which kicks off at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Wednesday, will introduce an exciting new concept this year. Alliance Selects Frizzell For National Touch Football ChampionshipsLa Trobe University Bendigo student Natalie Frizzell will represent ‘The Alliance’ at this week’s 2011 X-Blades national touch football championships. Frizzell, originally from Shepparton, was named as a shadow player in The Alliance’s Elite Eight squad, who will take on teams from New South Wales and Queensland. Territory Teams At National Touch LeagueThe Territory’s best Touch Footballers are taking on the rest of Australia this week at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie on New South Wales’ mid-north coast. Taree Players Dominate The Northern EaglesNorthern Daily LeaderTaree players dominate the Northern Eagles over 55 men’s side to play in the National Touch League starting next Wednesday in Port Macquarie. Mark Rutledge is coaching the squad while fellow Taree players Ted O’Neill, Gary Newman, Bruce Hood, Ian Northam and Rex MacKellar are also involved as is Robert Loadsman from Forster. “I think we’ll go pretty well,” Rutledge said. “We’ve been getting close to the full complement at training each week.”Taree’s Graham Goodwin is a member of the Eagles over 50s side with Linley Jones, Ashleigh Green, Sabrina Green and Sarah O’Connor in the open women. Mitch Bourke, Justin Doherty and Jake Putan will play in the open men.Grand Finals TonightYet another well supported and successful touch football season will come to a close tonight when 10 teams take the field all in the hope of being named premiers in their five respective grades. Unfortunately only one team can claim the premier title therefore some very close games are expected and the chances of some games going into extra time and a drop off are high if the past three weeks games are any indication. Mixed Touch Comp UnderwayThe Parkes Touch Football Mixed competition is underway with players reminded that fees are due to be paid. Muswellbrook Juniors To Play For HornetsAfter returning from an intense training camp held at Bathurst, four Muswellbrook junior touch football players have been selected to represent the Hunter region in the Hornets team. Mixed Side Zooms Back Into ContentionOne team has only lost one match all year while the other has bounced back from a winless streak dating back to Christmas. But none of that will count when the mixed division one touch football grand final between WHK and Royal Zoom is played tonight. Touch Season Draws MoreTouch football is continuing to grow in popularity in Forbes, with 50 teams participating in the 2010/11 competition recently. The season came to a close on Friday, March 18, with grand finals of the adults divisions played at Botanical Gardens. Junior divisions were finalised earlier in the week. Cup Glory Beckons Touch GunNambour Touch Football dynamo Peta Rogerson will be directing traffic from the middle of the field when she represents Australia in June.The 29-year-old has been assigned an organisational and leadership role as a middle-position player at the upcoming world cup in Scotland. A Strong Mudgee Contingent For HornetsMudgee’s finest Touch Football players recently returned from the prestigious National Touch League at Port Macquarie, where they competed for the Hunter-Western Hornets representative side. The event was held over four days from March 9 to March 12 and attracts the best players from around the country each year. National Selection For Cup RookieToowoomba Touch Football star Emilee Cherry can’t describe the elation at being named in Australia’s open women’s squad for the World Cup in June.Just 18 years of age Cherry is the baby of the 16-woman squad heading to the World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland. Withers Named In National SquadDan Withers is on top of the world, well almost.The Rockhampton touch football player was named on Tuesday in the final Australian open men’s squad for the 2011 World Cup in Scotland in June. Spacie Making WavesGympie Touch prodigy Sarah Spacie has been named in the Australian mixed open team for the 2011 World Cup.The World Cup will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, between June 22-26, attracting teams from more than 20 countries. Quirk To Play In Touch World CupDaily Advertiser 31/03/2011Wagga Touch star Alicia Quirk has landed a dream trip to Scotland to play in the touch World Cup in June. Quirk was yesterday confirmed in the Australian open women’s team to play at the tournament in Edinburgh. The only Riverina player selected in the three national teams named for the World Cup carnival from June 22 to June 26, Quirk will be out to help the Australian women’s team retain its unblemished record at the event. The women’s team has not lost a game at any World Cup tournament since its inception in 1988. Quirk’s team is defending champion after having retained the title in South Africa in 2007. Currently studying at university in Albury, Quirk was chosen in the team following the Elite Eight series at Port Macquarie early this month.Rain Doesn’t Dampen Grand FinalsFollowing a day of mixed weather the 2010/2011 Harden Touch Football grand finals were held on Thursday night with premiers decided in five grades. The first games of the night saw the E and D grade games with Touchfield taking out the E grade premiership. Jagged Edge Wins Summer Touch Grand Final Jagged Edge Hair Design defeated Lewis Quality Meats to claim the Wauchope Summer Touch A grade grand final at Landrigan Park on Friday night. The tense decider went down to a drop off which eventually saw both sides reduced to just three players each. Green Machine On FireThere is not a ninja in sight and few of these girls would know how to wield a nunchaku. But swap the martial arts weapon for a Touch Football and it’s a completely different story.After going down to In2design Cougars in a drop-off for last season’s Emerald A-Grade touch grand final, the Nunchuckers are already firming their position as the new favourites in 2011. If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to read more