Schalke are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to sign defender Matija Nastasic, according to the German club’s general manager Horst Heldt. The Serbia international, 21, is out of favour at City under Manuel Pellegrini, having not made a Barclays Premier League appearance this season. Heldt told Germany’s Sport Bild magazine that a deal could be done within days. Press Association He said: “We are negotiating back and forth, that’s how it goes. You get closer and closer and in this case we are no longer far apart from each other. I am optimistic that we will get this done in the coming days.” Heldt added the deal would be “a loan with an option to buy”. Nastasic joined City from Fiorentina in 2012, signed by former boss Roberto Mancini. He made 13 league appearances last season as City won the title, but his only outing this term has been in the Community Shield in August. Schalke are coached by former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo.
You can Zoom and Pan inside of the Curve Graph. If you hold down ALT while moving the points they will snap to the graph and move in whole numbers.Save and load a Bevel Profile by selecting the 3D Text Node, going in to Node Prefs for Action, and then Load or Save by going to the Text option. This only saves the Bevel and not the other properties.The Geometry Menu gives you access to the base material properties of the Text (Diffuse, Specular, & Ambient Colors), as well as blending modes, and transparency.You also have settings for how the Text reacts to lights within the scene. You can force to shade Both Front & Back, or just Front, or just Back.This can come in handy when you also have transparency with the Text as it can hide the back polygons. The Shine value will create Specular Highlights on the geometry as light hits it. Geometry can be set to Cast+Receives Shadows, Casts Only, Receives, Only, and No Shadow, or to just create a Shadow Only. Shadow Only mode is quite useful, as it will hide the physical geometry and just display its shadow. Use it to enhance your scene by adding shadows without having to clutter it up with seen objects as it acts as a shadow projector.The Char Axis Menu is used to animate the Text on a per character basis (you have access to the similar transform controls found in the Axis node). Although you can freely move the center axis of rotation, there are pop-up buttons for quickly setting it to various points in X & Y. These may misalign your text however if you are using upper/lowercase text, as the ascenders/descenders mess things up.The Master Character slider sets which character the animation begins on, and the cascade will offset the animation by frames. You can also set the direction of the cascade to travel in various directions left & right. Smoke makes it easy to create some quick and easy text animations.Since you can keyframe the Cascade Value and the Master Character, you can create some unique animations. You can speed up the cascade or change the point of cascade throughout the animation with the Master Character.There are several 3D Text Preset Animations that you can load to give you a good base for your text animations.Drag up a Preset Node from the Action Bin and it will display the 3D Texts Presets to load in a nice visual layout:You can apply different UV Mappings to the 3D Text. This applies to any Diffuse Map Textures appled to the 3D Text. You can choose from the standard UV wrap selections. And if needed, you can use the UV transform controls. This is not like the general Position Axis controls on the Diffuse Map, as the UV controls actually transform the UV Coordinates along the surface.The Tessellation Menu can help improve the wireframe mesh of the 3D Text by tiling geometric shapes across the surfaces. Standard (GLU) is the simplest method but is also the least precise. It is the default setting for 3D Text, and works for most purposes. Some font styles may require you to select one of the other methods (Delaunay & Medial Axis).These both have additional settings to improve the quality of the geometry which will provide for better shading, and displacement. You can view the original wireframe as well as the modified one to see the improvements.Now that you have your 3D text extruded, beveled, and animated you can texture your text by adding a Diffuse Map and/or a Reflection Map (Note: you can add texture maps at anytime in the 3D Text creation). Mapping textures requires a separate blog post of it’s own, so look for that coming soon. However, there are a few other notable functions of 3D Text to be aware of:Your HWAA settings under CFX Setup will greatly improve the quality of your 3D Text edges. It is recommended that you always enable HWAA with at least a setting of 4x. I personally use 8x. This is hardware AA and therefore won’t impact rendering time.Under the 3D Text Menu button, you will find the the Ridged Text option. Normally when you attach a 3D Text with a 3D Path to create text on a path, the characters will bend along the path. If for some reason you don’t want the characters to separate and you want the entire word to move as one, then you can enable the Ridged Text option.You can’t kern the characters of the text easily with 3D Text. If you need to kern your text, you can click the Separate Button. This will split out your text characters into a set of Axis, Offset, and Geom. These will all be connected to several control axis. The original GEOM created will also be retained and it will become hidden. This is a nice safety in case you want to return back to the original. Now that the characters are separated you can animate the text characters at will.Click image for larger view:Note: If you plan on using the Char Axis menu for animation and text cascading, you need to do this before you use Separate. After separation the Char Axis and Cascade properties and timings will be retained, but any adjustments in this menu will no longer be tied to the separated text. If you need to make adjustments, you need to delete the separated nodes and unhide the original GEOM.One other ‘gotcha’ is that if you adjusted the Centre Axis via the pop-up buttons in the Char Axis menu, it will revert to normal positions (Bottom,Center) when you Separate. This will alter the animation slightly. You will have to reset it for each character afterwards or it would be better to set the centre via the centre axis controls.To get the most out of 3D Text, you can use fonts that aren’t letters. You can load Windings fonts or download some shape fonts, like snowflakes or ornament fonts and create some quick and easy 3D shapes inside Action for motion graphic design. In the upcoming blog post on texture maps, I’ll show you how to use some simple 3D Text Shapes in motion graphic design. I hope this post sheds some light on the functionality of 3D Text inside Autodesk Smoke.Got questions or comments? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to post below. This makes the the left side of the bevel the Front of the Text and the right side is the Back.Normally I will create a simple bevel by adding a point and adjusting the points, as shown. However you can also create some very complex bevels for a more creative and personalized text look. In this post we share the secrets of the 3D Text node inside of Smoke’s Action. Create impressive 3D text!You can easily create extruded 3D Text within Action, Autodesk Smoke’s true 3D compositing node. It’s simple enough. Double click or drag the 3D Text Node into your Action schematic or scene. The text comes in as the word “Text” on screen. Let’s take a look at the Properties Tab, which will allow you to customize this text for your needs.The Properties Tab contains 5 Sub Menus: 3D Text, Geometry, Character Axis, UV Map, and Tessellation.The 3D Text Menu is where the Text attributes are applied in Smoke. Each 3D Text Node can only create 1 line of text (although that line can be quite long). The limit is 999 characters. In the font name field you can choose the font style you would like, which takes you to the same font selection as the 2D text.Since all text is treated as vectors, this makes it easy for Smoke to extrude it into 3D. The rest of the properties are standard text features: Kerning, Size, Italic, and of course the Depth setting, which sets the depth of the extrusion in pixels.Text is extruded from the center out in both positive & negative Z space. Once the text is extruded, your attention can be turned to the Bevel Profile Graph.The Bevel Profile settings work like many of the the other Curve Graph Functions in Smoke. You can Add and Move points at will and Break Tangents to get a sharp point. When you create a curve on the graph, that is the shape that the Text will take when seen from the Side View.Click image for larger view:
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) program director Eric Altamirano said the bench tacticians attending the convention will get a treat listening to Coxsedge, who boasts over 20 years of professional experience as he will be talking about coaching multi-skilled players, creating a competitive environment, and developing a defensive style of play.“We are excited to have someone of the caliber of coach Brett teaching in the SM NBTC. The outside perspective is crucial also to the development of the game,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso speaking in the meet are Alaska analytics coach Paolo Layug, Ateneo de Davao athletics director Noli Ayo, 360 Circuit Training founder Chappy Callanta, and columnist Quinito Henson.Altamirano also shared his elation with this chance for the coaches to listen from the experts first-hand. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Harden scores career-high 56 to lead Rockets past Jazz Aussie assistant coach blames Chot Reyes for Fiba World Cup violence PLAY LIST 01:36Aussie assistant coach blames Chot Reyes for Fiba World Cup violence03:07Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort SM NBTC program director Eric Altamirano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSeeking to further improve the quality of coaching in the Philippines, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) brought in decorated mentors for the 6th MVP Sports Foundation Coaches Convention Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Australian coach Brett Coxsedge, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes, Ateneo Blue Eagles mentor Tab Baldwin, and Alab Pilipinas tactician Jimmy Alapag headline the illustrious cast of speakers as around 1,500 coaches from 80 cities nationwide are expected to attend.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “Our main thrust is to develop skills, build characters, and raise leaders not only among the players but also the coaches. They play a vital role in the development of the ypung players, especially in the grassroots level,” the veteran mentor said.“Through the years, we noticed the growth in the coaches. Before, coaches from the provinces teach in a ‘bara bara’ style, but that’s different now, especially with how they mentor the players. We’ve seen the improvement outside the usual big cities, like in Olongapo and Cagayan de Oro to name a few. In the long run, this can only be good for the game.”
Team India would begin their ICC World Twenty20 2012 campaign with a warm-up match against hosts Sri Lanka on Saturday. Going into the championship with a loss against New Zealand, India have not quite built up to the big event in a desired fashion. Their bowling lacked potency in the final overs, while the batsmen too failed to chase a modest target despite several wickets in hand. However, they would look at the practice match against the hosts as an ideal opportunity to test out not just their combinations, but also the Lankan conditions. Sri Lanka on the other hand, warmed up for the tournament with a convincing nine wicket win over the West Indies, whom many have touted as one of the favourites owing to their explosive talent. But the Lankans outplayed the Windies convincingly chasing an easy target of 134 with 4 overs to spare. Sri Lanka’s batting worked like a charm in the match announcing themselves before the tournament begins.
Lenovo Z5 Pro which according to a previous post on Weibo by company’s VP Chang Cheng was slated to launch on October 1 is now launching on November 1 in China. The new launch date again comes from another latest Weibo post by VP Chang Cheng.Cheng has posted a teaser poster on the Chinese social media website that hints at a Mi Mix 3-like manual slider design which we already know from the past reports. The teaser poster only confirms the design. The slider reveals the camera. According to a GizmoChina report, the poster also reveals that the slider will use a double helix with six guidance sensors. The report also states that the slide mechanism can last more than 300,000 times.The second poster of the Lenovo Z5 Pro reveals that it will pack in a chipset for hardware level security encryption. This will make the phone suitable for those who want high-level security.Other details given in the teaser poster include dual rear cameras and dual front facing cameras. No physical fingerprint button can be seen in the poster which means it is installed beneath the display.The other rumours related to Lenovo Z5 Pro that are in news are that it will have an almost 100 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The Lenovo Z5 was also touted to be company’s first truly bezel-less smartphone before its launch. But it wasn’t truly bezel-less when it launched. It bears a notch at the top and a sizeable amount of bezels on sides.The Lenovo Z5 Pro will succeed the Z5 smartphone which was launched this year in China. The Pro version is expected to have everything that Z5 could not deliver to its fans. For example, the Z5 was rumoured to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner ahead of its launch but the rumour stood false after the phone launched.advertisementLenovo Z5 specsThe Lenovo Z5 sports a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 2246×1080 pixels. There is a notch at the top of display. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and 6GB RAM. The phone comes in two storage variants- 64GB and 128GB which can be expanded via a microSD card.ALSO READ: Lenovo Z5 Pro to launch on October 1 with bezel-less display, slider mechanism There is a dual camera set up on the back comprising of two 16MP camera sensors. On the front there is an 8MP sensor. The phone is supported by a 3,300mAh battery.
Ranji trophy 2018-19, which is the 85th season started on November 1, 2018. A total of 37 teams participated this year. Ranji trophy is hereArunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim and Uttarakhand are the new entries this year.In the opening round of the tournament, a total of 94 players made their first-class cricket debut.Here are 12 things about Ranji Trophy you must know:1Ranji Trophy was previously named The Cricket Championship of India. It started in 1934.2The first-ever Ranji match was played between the then Madras and Mysore at Chepauk on November 4.3Mumbai has won the Ranji Trophy for the highest number of times – 42. The closest second is Karnataka with eight titles.4Bengal has been the runner-up for the most number of times – 11, followed by Tamil Nadu (10).5Mumbai has set another record of the longest streak of winning the title. The 42-times winners had bagged the Ranji Trophy for 15 consecutive years from 1958-59 to 1972-73.6Apart from regional cricket associations, services such as railways and army also have their Ranji teams. Railways have won it twice.7The first ball of Ranji Trophy was bowled by M. J. Gopalan of Madras to N. Curtis of Mysore.8The tournament is played in a round-robin format. There are four groups divided into two tiers. 9Group A and Group B have nine teams and Group C has 10 teams. 10The newly added groups are added in plate group. 11Five teams of group A and B will qualify to the quarter-final, while only the top two teams of group C and plate group will join them. 12Vidarbha’s Wasim Jaffer becomes the first batsman in the history of Ranji trophy to score 11,000 runs in the third round between Vidarbha and Baroda. Follow the LIVE scores of the Ranji Trophy matches on bcci.tv. Here’s the link of the Haryana vs Mumbai scorecard http://t.co/NIlNl5dBf5BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2013Also read: This Indian is the first to become VP of the International Shooting Sports FederationInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]
To 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.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/news/local/sport/other/early-blitz-sets-up-victory/2095527.aspx 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.http://portmacquarie.iprime.com.au/index.php/news/prime-news/elite-8-finals-video 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.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/03/14/nsw-dominates-touch-titles/Scorpions 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. http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/scorpions-win-elite-eight-thriller/2101815.aspx?storypage=0 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.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/mets-capture-inaugural-womens-touch-crown/2101816.aspx 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.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/cobras-strike-twice-in-ntl/2101817.aspx Photo GalleryTo view a gallery of photos captured by Port News, please click on the following link:http://www.portnews.com.au/multimedia/21197/national-touch-league-2011.aspx Shuker Adds To Eights PrideRockhampton’s greatest ever touch footballer will be unleashed when the inaugural Elite Eights begin at Port Macquarie today.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/09/shuker-adds-to-eights-pride-elite-touch-gavin-/Sprinter 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.http://hills-and-valley-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/sprinter-touched-by-footy-bug/ 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 Stadiumhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/simone-smith-steps-up-on-elite-stage/2097219.aspx 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.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/03/07/port-hosts-touch-footy-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.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/elite-eight-new-concept/2094963.aspx 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.http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/general/alliance-selects-frizzell-for-national-touch-football-championships/2096162.aspx 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.http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/03/07/216541_ntsport.html 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. http://www.hardenexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/other/grand-finals-tonight/2112809.aspx Mixed Touch Comp UnderwayThe Parkes Touch Football Mixed competition is underway with players reminded that fees are due to be paid. http://www.parkeschampionpost.com.au/news/local/sport/little-athletics/mixed-touch-comp-underway/2108954.aspx?storypage=0 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.http://www.muswellbrookchronicle.com.au/news/local/sport/other/muswellbrook-juniors-to-play-for-hornets/2106813.aspx 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.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/mixed-side-zooms-back-into-contention/2113508.aspx 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.http://www.forbesadvocate.com.au/news/local/sport/general/touch-season-draws-more/2117322.aspxWorld 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.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/03/31/world-cup-glory-beckons-touch-gun-football/ 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.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/harness-racing/a-strong-mudgee-contingent-for-hornets/2108961.aspx 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.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/03/31/national-selection-a-dream-for-cup-rookie/ 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. http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/25/withers-dan-touch-football-rockhampton/ 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.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2011/03/25/spacie-making-waves-gympie-touch-world-cup/ 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. http://www.hardenexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/other/rain-doesnt-dampen-grand-finals/2119831.aspx?storypage=0 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.http://www.wauchopegazette.com.au/news/local/sport/other/jagged-edge-wins-summer-touch-grand-final/2105390.aspx 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.http://www.cqnews.com.au/story/2011/03/30/green-machine-on-fire-emerald/ If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to [email protected]
Watford midfielder Chalobah seeks to help crocked Crichlowby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is helping one of the club’s injured Under-23 players by offering him accommodation and transport.Kane Crichlow, who joined Watford from AFC Wimbledon on a two-year contract in the summer, suffered a broken ankle in first-team training last month after going in for a tackle with defender Daryl Janmaat.The London Evening Standard says Chalobah is aware that Crichlow is far from his home in Bermuda so has invited him to stay with him in Hertfordshire, while the midfielder has also been providing the youngster with lifts to training.Chalobah is also able to offer support when it comes to recovering from long-term injuries after damaging his knee cap two years ago. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender Soyuncu coping well with replacing Maguireby Ansser Sadiq11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu has admitted that he is enjoying the change in his role this season.After the departure of Harry Maguire to Manchester United, Soyoncu stepped up as the club’s first choice center half alongside Jonny Evans.He only played six times for the Foxes last term, but he has been nearly ever present this term.Leicester are flying high in the Premier League as they chase a top four finish.”Of course, it’s not easy to replace world’s most expensive defender,” the 23-year-old told TRT Spor.”There is pressure and that’s completely normal. But as a footballer, you have to overcome the pressure.”Every player in the Premier League has that pressure. But my teammates and the manager are helping me a lot. I think we started the season quite well; we have a great friendship inside the team.”