first_imgSpain v Switzerland Spain vs Switzerland: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:20 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Sergio Ramos Spain Getty Spain v Switzerland Friendlies Switzerland Spain La Roja will be looking for revenge when they take on the Swiss as the two sides begin their World Cup preparations on Sunday Spain and Switzerland will be determined to get their World Cup preparations off to a strong start when they meet in Sunday’s friendly.The sides play just two friendlies each before they travel to Russia to begin their campaign, and coaches Julen Lopetegui and Vladimir Petkovic will get the chance to see what shape their sides are in the game in Villarreal.Both teams picked up big wins in their most recent games, however, as La Roja beat Argentina 6-1 in March, while Switzerland beat Panama 6-0. 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 Julen Lopetegui’s men will be high in confidence as the big favourites, but Switzerland will be determined to rise to the challenge before they take on Brazil, Costa Rica and Serbia. Game Spain vs Switzerland Date Sunday, June 3 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To WatchIn the United States (US), the game can be watched on the Spanish language channel ESPN Deportes and online via WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes WatchESPN In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Football. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Sports Go Squads & Team News Position Spain players Goalkeepers De Gea, Kepa, Reina Defenders Odriozola, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Nacho, Monreal, Carvajal Midfielders Iniesta, Koke, Thiago, Isco, Asensio, Busquets, Saul, Lucas Vazquez,  Forwards Rodrigo, Diego Costa, Aspas, Silva Mikel Oyarzabal, Inaki Williams and Unai Nunez were dropped from the Roja’s training camp on Friday and will not be travelling to Russia. More worryingly for Spain, Dani Carvajal is unavailable after picking up an injury in the Champions League final.Potential Spain starting XI: De Gea, Odriozola, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Thiago, Isco, Busquets, Vazquez, Asensio, Costa. Position Switzerland players Goalkeepers Burki, Kobel, Mvoho, Sommer Defenders Akanji, Djourou, Elvedi, Lang, Lichtsteinder, Moubandje, Rodriguez, Schar, Widmer Midfielders Behrami, Dzemaili, E. Fernandes, G Fernandes, Freuler, Xhaka, Zakaria, Zuber Forwards Gavranovic, Seferovic, Embolo, Drmic, Shaqiri After the revelation that Admir Mehmedi will miss the World Cup, Granit Xhaka’s injury during training on Thursday raised grave concerns over the midfielder’s campaign.However, the Swiss breathed a sigh of relief the following day when an MRI scan revealed it is not serious, though he is unlikely to start on Sunday.Potential Switzerland starting XI: Burki, Lang, Elvedi, Djourou, Moubandje, Schar, G Fernandes, Embolo, Dzemaili, Zuber, Gavranovic.Betting & Match Odds Spain are 3/10 favourites to win the match with dabblebet while Switzerland are 9/1 and 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 Julen Lopetegui SpainSpain will be hoping to ride the wave of enthusiasm generated from the release of their official World Cup song on Friday.Julen Lopetegui’s men have underwhelmed in recent competitions as their golden era has come to an end, but they hope they have turned a corner under their current boss.La Roja have not lost a game since the 2-0 defeat to Italy that saw them crash out of Euro 2016, but will be wary of a repeat of their last game against Switzerland.The Nati won the last meeting 1-0 as Spain went crashing out four years ago and they, too, have been in excellent form since then, finishing level on points with Portugal in their World Cup qualifying group this year and the European champions are the only team to get the better of them since mid-2016.The two teams have just one more friendly to contend with after Sunday’s match before the competition begins in Russia, meaning the players will be desperate to impress and enhance their chances of starting in the big tournament.last_img read more

first_imgColombia v Japan Colombia vs Japan: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:30 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Colombia James Rodriguez 2018 Getty Colombia v Japan World Cup Colombia Japan Powerade Colombia will be looking to repeat their standout performance in Brazil four years ago with an opening Group H match against Japan in Russia And there’s the full-time whistle! Japan eventually capitalised on Colombia’s early red card, and have blown Group H wide open with a remarkable win over their more-fancied opponents! Kagawa slotted home his penalty with no fuss after Carlos Sanchez’s handball saw him sent off after just three minutes, and Osako cancelled out Quintero’s clever free-kick with an emphatic header in off the post! It finishes 2-1 to Japan! FULL-TIME: COLOMBIA 1-2 JAPAN90+4 mins: Japan are moments away from what would be their first-ever victory over Colombia – or indeed any South American side!  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 90+3 mins: Kawashima picks up a yellow card for time-wasting, but he won’t care if they see this through! 90+3 mins: Inui, who has done so much positive work going forward, gets back well now to put in an excellent challenge on the marauding Arias. 90+2 mins: Colombia have everyone forward and Japan have everyone back now. Can they cling on for three more minutes? Murillo launches the ball forward but Kawashima is able to cling on. Poor ball there. 90+1 mins: There will be FIVE minutes added on here. Can Colombia salvage something from this game? 90 mins: A dangerous cross from the left is only headed as far out as Arias, who puts the ball back into the box for Rodriguez, and he tries a headed one-two with Falcao, but the striker is offside and the ball was intercepted anyway. 89 mins: Mojica surges forward well from left-back, but has to settle for a throw after being denied a free-kick when he was barged to the floor. 88 mins: Colombia eventually get themselves back on the ball as they win a throw in, and immediately look to hit Falcao, but the ball in behind is cut out and Japan begin to recycle possession again. 86 mins: Rodriguez picks up a yellow card and cuts an angry figure. That’s a result of frustration as much as anything. 85 mins: Osako, who has made a real nuisance of himself today, is replaced by Okazaki, the first-choice striker whose limited involvement today came courtesy of a calf complaint. 84 mins: Japan are controlling the game very well here, keeping hold of the ball with safe passes and moving it around well rather than just sitting back and inviting pressure. Excellent game-management. Colombia look spent, but is there a moment of magic left in them? 82 mins: Sakai gets forward well and lofts a cross in towards Osako, but this time, he can’t direct his header anywhere near the target under close attention from Davinson Sanchez.80 mins: Shibasaki makes way for Yamaguchi as Nishino looks to preserve his side’s precious lead. 79 mins: CHANCE! The ball is lofted to the back post towards Bacca and Rodriguez, but neither can make much contact on the ball and Kawashima clings on gratefully! 78 mins: CHANCE! Rodriguez finds himself with a golden chance to snatch an equaliser, but Osako – of all people – gets back to make a ridiculous block from close-range and send the playmaker’s effort flying over the top of the bar! 75 mins: This result – should it stay this way – could blow this already tight-looking group wide open. Japan looked the weakest of the four sides on paper, but three points here could set them up for qualification to the knockout stages! 74 mins: Honda has only been on the pitch for about three minutes, but his inswinging corner was into a dangerous area with great trajectory, and Osako did the rest with aplomb! 73 mins: GOAL!!!!! JAPAN TAKE THE LEAD AGAIN! Osako makes it 2-1! Honda whips in a delightful cross from the corner and the striker gets up well to power home his header via the inside of the post!72 mins: CHANCE! Sakai receives an excellent lay-off in the box and seems destined to score, but a last-ditch block sends the ball spinning behind for a corner! 70 mins: Kagawa goes off for Honda in a like-for-like substitution as Japan head coach Akira Nishino searches for a winning goal. Izquierdo is replaced by Bacca as Jose Pekerman switches to a 4-3-2 formation, bringing the striker on to partner Falcao up front. Izquierdo has had a quiet game by his standards. 69 mins: A clever ball from Inui into Nagatomo causes mild chaos at the back for Colombia, as Ospina and Davinson Sanchez just about smuggle the ball away between them. 67 mins: Colombia are really struggling to get a foot on the ball now as Japan advance higher and higher, pushing them back into their own penalty area and pinning them back. 65 mins: BLOCK! Inui has been Japan’s chief threat going forward in this game, and he gets himself into another good position here, coming in off the left, but his strike at goal from outside the box is blocked away. 64 mins: Barrios fouls Kagawa and, despite Rodriguez’s protestations, picks up the first yellow card of the game. 63 mins: Japan have had arguably their best period of the game, moving the ball well and putting pressure on Colombia. They need to keep doing this if they are to press their man advantage and claim all three points. 61 mins: CHANCE! Izquierdo can’t track the run of Sakai closely enough, and the Japanese full-back gets beyond him and fizzes a ball into a dangerous area, but it runs out for a goal-kick. Perhaps he was caught between crossing and shooting there, and ended up doing neither. 60 mins: MISS! Yoshida gets up brilliantly above Davinson Sanchez to meet a free-kick with his head, but can only drop it just wide of the near post! Great chance for the Southampton centre-back there. 59 mins: Colombia goalscorer Quintero reluctantly makes way for Rodriguez, who wasn’t fit enough to start, and he’s greeted by huge cheers from the Colombian supporters.57 mins: SAVE! Davinson Sanchez is caught out of position again as Inui is released on the left once more. He declines to shoot on his left, instead cutting inside the Tottenham defender and curling one towards the far corner that Ospina palms away well! 56 mins: Arias does excellently to win the ball back on the right, despite being faced with a two-on-one, and drives away to spark a Colombia attack.54 mins: SAVE! Osako gets in behind Davinson Sanchez well, just as he did in the build up to the penalty in the first half, turning him and drilling a low show shot towards the near post on the left, but Ospina is down well to make the save! 52 mins: Izquierdo tries to wriggle inside from the left wing, cutting inside one man, then another, but he holds it too long and loses possession. He had a quiet first half by his standards, and that was the first we’ve really seen of him driving and running at defenders. 50 mins: CHANCE! Yoshida controls well from the whipped corner, but he can’t turn with his back to goal and the ball is eventually poked away from him. There was a moment of panic for Colombia there, but they dealt with the danger well. 49 mins: Lerma covers back well, heading behind from Inui’s cross to concede a corner. 48 mins: Japan start the second half brightly, working the ball from right to left and then into the middle, btu Colombia stand frim and repel the danger.46 mins: And we’re back underway for the second half of this very entertaining clash! Ahead of the second half, Japan will look to make more of their extra man than they have done. They’ve moved the ball too slowly and wasted the chances that they have created, but if they can hang on into the latter stages of the game, they will fancy their chances of capitalising on tired Colombian legs. Colombia will hope to continue as they have done so far, and still look liek they believe they can win this game!Genki Haraguchi, Johan Mojica, Japan vs ColombiaWhat a half of football! Colombia are involved in yet another entertaining World Cup game, seeing Carlos Sanchez sent off for handball just three minutes in, Kagawa dispatching the subsequent penalty with ease. However, the South Americans kept pushing forward, and Quintero equalised with a clever free-kick under the wall that just crept over the line! It’s 1-1 at the break! HALF-TIME : COLOMBIA 1-1 JAPAN45 mins:  Japan are just clinging on here, as Colombia seem to be riding their momentum and putting the Japanese under pressure. They’ve just moved the ball far too slowly after going 1-0 up, and have paid the price for allowing their opponents back into the game.42 mins: Falcao gives away a foul on Japan’s left-hand side, as Nagatomo tries to advance down the line and help restore his team’s advantage. 39 mins:  GOAL!!!! QUINTERO EQUALISES! It’s now 1-1! It’s a really clever free-kick as he fizzes it under the jumping wall and into the bottom corner! The keeper catches it just as it crosses the line and tries to protest, but the goal-line technology gives the goal! 10-man Colombia are back on level terms! 38 mins:  Moments later, though, Falcao does win a free-kick on the right-hand side, although it’s a contentious one.37 mins:  NO PENALTY! The free-kick is lofted in, but Japan head partially away. Falcao tries to make something happen in the box and goes down under pressure, but the referee isn’t interested. 36 mins: Quintero stands over a free-kick on the left after a foul by Hasebe. Colombia are certainly a greater physical presence in the box. 34 mins:  SAVE! Falcao gets another chance but, just like his first, he’s stretching to reach it and can only poke it on target, allowing the keeper to catch comfortably.32 mins:  CHANCE! An under-hit pass causes all sorts of problems at the back for Colombia, before Nagatomo’s cross deflects onto the roof of the net for a corner! Japan are probing and pressing here.31 mins: It’s actually Cuadrado who makes way for Barrios! That is very surprising, as he’s looked their brightest player so far. Quintero moves out to the right flank. 29 mins: Lerma gives away a free-kick in the centre of the park as Barrios – a central midfielder – is warming up on the sidelines and looks ready to come on. Possibly for Quintero as a more natural holding player? 27 mins: Japan try to work an opening down the left, but the cross is too central and is easy work for Ospina, who makes the catch. 25 mins: CHANCE! A wonderful cross from the left is aimed at Cuadrado, who had made a very clever run into the box, but Nagatomo watched him all the way and cleared it out for a corner. Cuadrado has looked very bright, but Nagatomo has been equal to the task of marking him so far. 23 mins: The corner is taken short before being lofted into the box from the inside-right channel, but Japan give a free-kick away and the chance is gone. 22 mins: Haraguchi is released down the line well, but he’s marked closely and has to settle for a corner. 20 mins: Shigasaki makes an excellent challenge on the edge of his penalty box, robbing Cuadrado of the ball just as he was pulling the trigger to shoot! Wonderfully-timed tackle there. 18 mins: Cuadrado makes a nuisance of himself again down the right, but takes one too many touches in his attempt to beat left-back Nagatomo, who stands his gorund well and the ball eventually runs out of play for a goal-kick. 16 mins:  Colombia do look exposed now that they are a man down, but they’ve steadied themselves quickly and are still looking to impose themselves on the game, using the pace of Cuadrado and Izquierdo to break.14 mins: MISS! Japan win the ball in the centre of the park and break quickly on an exposed Colombian defence, working it wide to Inui on the left, but the winger just can’t curl his shot inside the far post! 12 mins: SAVE! Colombia are doing their best to get themselves back into this one, and win a free-kick high up the field. It’s curled into Falcao, who manages to direct it on target on the stretch, but Kawashima had positioned himself well and made a comfortable catch. 10 mins: Colombia have settled into a 4-4-1 formation, with Quintero dropping deeper to sit alongside Lerma.8 mins:  Cuadrado tries to get his side back on level terms as he surges down the right, before slowing up and trying to feed the overlapping run of right-back Arias, but the offside flag goes up. 6 mins:  GOAL!! KAGAWA SCORES! He’s made it 1-0 to Japan! The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is unfazed by Ospina’s attempts to delay the penalty and put him off, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way and slotting coolly into the corner! 3 mins:  RED CARD! Unsurprisingly, Carlos Sanchez is shown a straight red card for blocking Kagawa’s shot with his arm. Colombia down to 10 men so early in this game! PENALTY! WHAT A START! A Colombia attack breaks down and Japan break quickly through Osaka, who forces a good save from Ospina, but the ball falls kindly for Kagawa, whose shot on goal is blocked by the arm of Carlos Sanchez!!! Unbelievable! 1 min:  Here we go! The first fixture of a very competitive-looking Group H gets underway! 5 mins until KO : The teams are out, and we’re ready for the national anthems.20 mins until KO:   The history doesn’t make good reading for Japan, who never beaten Colombia (D1 L2), last losing 4-1 in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup. In fact, Japan have never beaten a South American side at a World Cup in four previous attempts (D1 L3). Colombia are one of the tournament’s perennial entertainers, however, and have never recorded a goalless draw at the showpiece event in 18 games – the third-highest tally behind the USA and Austria. However, Japan have been a regular presence in the World Cup in recent times, having qualified for all six tournaments since their debut in 1998. Colombia, on the other hand, missed out on three in a row between 2002 and 2010.25 mins until KO:  Both sides are missing a key forward today – Colombia are without the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner Rodriguez due to a muscle complaint, while Japan are without Leicester City striker Okazaki because of a calf problem. Both players make their respective benches, but it remains to be seen if they are fit enough to have any part in the game. 28 mins until KO:  Japan XI (4-2-3-1): Eiji Kawashima; Yuto Nagatomo, Gen Shoji, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai; Gaku Shibasaki, Makoto Hasebe; Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Genki Haraguchi; Yuya Osako.Japan substitutes: Keisuke Honda, Naomichi Ueda, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Kosuke Nakamura, Yoshinori Muto, Wataru Endo, Shinji Okazaki, Gotoku Sakai, Ryota Oshima, Takashi Usami, Tomoaki Makino, Masaaki Higashiguchi29 mins until KO:  The line-ups are out, and we’ll start with Colombia. Colombia XI (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Johan Mojica, Davinson Sanchez, Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias; Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma; Jose Izquierdo, Juan Quintero, Juan Cuadrado; Radamel FalcaoColombia substitutes: Wilmar Barrios, Camilo Vargas, Jose Cuadrado, Yerry Mina, Cristian Zapata, James Rodriguez, Miguel Borja, Mateus Uribe, Carlos Bacca, Abel Aguilar, Luis Muriel, Farid Diaz30 mins until KO: Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Colombia starting XI: Ospina; Arias, Davidson, Murillo, Mojica, Sánchez, Lerma, Izquierdo, Quintero, Cuadrado, FalcaoJapan starting XI: Kawashima, Shoji, Nagatomo, Sakai, Yoshida, Shibasaki,  Hasebe, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako.TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FS1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayerlast_img read more

first_imgAusTouch, the junior Touch Footy program, is booming in Western Australia, with the State being one of the program’s biggest supporters. The following media release has just come from TouchWest: “If you’re looking for something to keep the kids active this Summer, and you have no idea what, then AusTouch may be the answer. AusTouch is a modified version of Touch Football (or Touch Rugby as some people know it). It’s designed for extreme fun for 8-18 year old kids. State Development Manager, Matt Bamford, said “this junior program was launched nationally in 2004 and, since then, thousands of kids have had a go. Most recently, over 100 kids in Broome finished the program and gave the sport a big thumbs up.” TouchWest also visits over 8000 WA school children every year. Touch footy is a non-contact game that’s based mainly on rugby league. However, there’s no tackling, pushing or rough play. There’s also no kicking. Passing, catching, running with the ball and teamwork are the basic skills of the game. Touch footy is played by both boys and girls. In fact, mixed gender teams are more popular than single sex teams. There’s not much around in the way of Summer sports for the younger kids to enjoy. Most of the AFL or rugby kids would usually play sports like cricket, basketball, or teeball – but not everyone enjoys those games. AusTouch Centres will be starting during October at Joondalup and Melville. To find out more, phone 9387 8279 or visit www.touchwest.com.” The photo is Julie Bonner (Coach) encouraging Imogen Kelsch (6 yrs old) to chase down James Vaughan (5 years old) during the recent AusTouch progam in Broome. Photo Courtesy of The Broome Advertiser.last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia sent development officers Brent Chambers and Glen Richardson (Richo) to Weipa where they conducted a level 1 referee course and developed Touch throughout the area. When landing at the Weipa airport Brent said to Richo, “I’m dying for a Latte, how about we get a coffee before we head to the hotel?”, now to be fair to Brent that was before actually seeing the airport…and after stepping out of the plane, Brent once again turned to Richo and said, “Two Chances”. Brent never did receive that Latte.Weipa is located in Western Cape York, near the top of Australia, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. On arrival you soon realise this is a special place, nothing like the city and certainly unique. The people are fabulous and as we discovered over the next couple of days, so is the country side!The remoteness of Weipa means every development opportunity needs to be taken, ensuring a hectic schedule was in place. Day one included a coaching clinic for the Weipa affiliate, which was enthusiastically attended by a number of their members. In the evening the first section of the level 1 referee course was conducted with 10 people keen to learn the ins and outs of the refereeing side of the sport. An example of the commitment some people showed in attending the course was demonstrated by Dan who travelled an hour and a half on a road that he described as “bumpy as all hell”(well words to that effect anyway!). The roads in the area are generally dirt once you leave the main roads, so the effort to just attend the course was well appreciated.After a huge first day it was time to settle in for the night, however with the weather not so favourable a decision had to be made whether we would venture south to Aurukun in the morning for a much anticipated skills session with the kids from the local school.Unfortunately a decision was made not to attend Aurukun as it had rained significantly over night and to drive the road may be more hazardous than adventurous, (this was once again confirmed by Dan who made the trip into Weipa for part two of the level 1 referee course who suggested the roads were … well lets just say they were slippery). With the school visit cancelled for the day, a quick reschedule allowed a short bit of site seeing around town and also allowed Brent to send a post card to his Mum for Mother’s Day. The elite skills session had to be cancelled when even the locals suggested it was too wet to train and with the practical session of the referee course needing to be completed, the only option was to relocate to the local school where an undercover area was used. The undercover area was not the ideal place to practice whistle blowing but was the best alternative on the evening and compliments must go to the participants who participated enthusiastically and without complaint.As the sun rose on the third day of our trip a long day was scheduled in the local school. Skills and drills were the order of the day for the Western Cape College students, with all activities promoted with a game sense approach specific to touch. Brent Chambers has been a development officer for five years now and his knowledge and skills were well utilised when dealing with these kids. Brent had them entertained for the hour long lessons and the students all had a great time!Wednesday night is Touch night in Weipa and was also assessment night for the course participants. Each course has a theory and practical component and with the theory done and dusted, Brent and Richo completed level one assessment sheets on all the participants. The standard of Touch was much higher than anticipated for a town with approximately 3000 people and just 12 touch teams participating, which is simply fantastic for the sport in the region.All referees did a commendable job for their first attempt with Ross and Dan the standouts for the night, showing natural ability and confidence.Nikki Gauld, President of Weipa Touch Association and her key volunteers do a fantastic job for their local affiliate and it is great to see Touch succeeding so well in what can be described as a remote area of Australia.Day four was the last of our trip to Weipa and included two coaching sessions in the morning for the grade 7 kids at Western Cape College and a drive across the longest one way bridge in the southern hemisphere. Weipa is certainly an experience and a wonderful experience at that. The kids were fantastic and although disappointed not to see a crocodile, plenty of great memories were developed along the way. A special thanks to “Flo”, “Vee” and “Sue” for their hospitality and to Nikki Gauld who was our unofficial host and who went out of her way to make sure everything was spot on. Our regards must go to the kids of Aurukun who unfortunately we didn’t get to see due to weather and road conditions and to all the course participants; Griff, Ross, Suzie, Stuart, Chana, Nita, Hudson, Dan, Vanessa and Nikki. Brent and Richo- TFA Game Development Officerslast_img read more

first_imgTop seeds the Southern Suns have defeated 2nd seeds Brisbane City Cobras 6-5 in the final of the 20’s Girls division in the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Coffs Harbour.The match was a heated affair, with a player from both teams being sin binned midway through the second half.Both teams were undefeated throughout the course of the tournament but the Suns proved too strong on the day.Jess McCall opened the scoring for the Suns in the 6th minute but the Cobras were quick to reply, scoring through Kelly Jones in the 8th minute to equal the score.The Suns had lots of possession close to their line in the first half, with several sets of six and lots of penalties. They were able to take advantage of this field position, with Leah Hayes scoring another touchdown for the Suns midway through the first half.The Cobras were quick to retaliate however, making plenty of metres in attack and Mel Henare made the score 2-2 after 11 minutes.Desperate defence by the Suns prevented the Cobras from taking the lead, and Madison Absolum put the girls from southern NSW in front again just before halftime. The Suns went to the halftime break leading 3-2.The Cobras were able to manage several sets of six in their opposition’s territory at the start of the second half, but the Suns defence held strong.The Suns Cleo Virgona scored 5 minutes into the second half after a great run by co-captain Ashleigh Dobbins. Tension flared in the 7th minute when the Suns Cara Zarenski and the Cobras Jaya Callinan were involved in a tussle close to the Suns line and were consequently both sin binned for their involvement.Brittney Becks’ try in the 14th minute for the Cobras brought them back into the game, but it was a case of too little too late for the Brisbane girls after the Suns Stephanie Jackson scored in the set of six after the tap.Ashleigh Dobbins added a try to the Suns tally in the 16th minute to take the score to 6-3.Two late tries to Cobras Mel Fainges was not enough for the Cobras as the Suns took the match 6-5.last_img read more

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter.The Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker is a 24/7 fitness tracker that can provide you with personalised goals thanks to features like the Garmin Connect app and MoveIQ, which helps to really make your fitness journey your own. With automatic activity detection and reminders to move, stay active all day long with this reliable fitness tracker. Features include Water resistance up to 50m, one year battery life and backlit display.Harvey Norman is exclusively offering our TFA members a Garmin Vivofit 3 Activity Tracker at a low price of $98 – that is a saving of $49! Offer available until the 31st December.·MoveIQ understands how you move around, and knows when you’re style of movement changes so you can capture accurate data without the need to change from the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker to another device for each activity.·By paring with a compatible smartphone, the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can automatically sync with the Garmin Connect app. The app allows you to access insights and data based on your movements the previous day so you can set new goals, plus you can select health tips and milestone tracking options.·1 year battery life, and water resistance means the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can be a 24/7 device. Because of this you can also understand how you sleep, as the device can collect data on your sleeping patterns while you rest.·The Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can provide you with daily goals tailored precisely to your activity level. The device can steadily push you with subtle adjustments to your goals each day so things never become too easy.Key Features·MoveIQ understands how you move around, and knows when you’re style of movement changes so you can capture accurate data without the need to change from the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker to another device for each activity.·By paring with a compatible smartphone, the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can automatically sync with the Garmin Connect app. The app allows you to access insights and data based on your movements the previous day so you can set new goals, plus you can select health tips and milestone tracking options.·1 year battery life, and water resistance means the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can be a 24/7 device. Because of this you can also understand how you sleep, as the device can collect data on your sleeping patterns while you rest.·The Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can provide you with daily goals tailored precisely to your activity level. The device can steadily push you with subtle adjustments to your goals each day so things never become too easy.Key Features·MoveIQ understands how you move around, and knows when you’re style of movement changes so you can capture accurate data without the need to change from the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker to another device for each activity.·By paring with a compatible smartphone, the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can automatically sync with the Garmin Connect app. The app allows you to access insights and data based on your movements the previous day so you can set new goals, plus you can select health tips and milestone tracking options.·1 year battery life, and water resistance means the Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can be a 24/7 device. Because of this you can also understand how you sleep, as the device can collect data on your sleeping patterns while you rest.·The Garmin Viofit 3 Activity Tracker can provide you with daily goals tailored precisely to your activity level. The device can steadily push you with subtle adjustments to your goals each day so things never become too easy.For more information or to purchase your Garmin Vivofit 3 Activity Tracker, please click here.Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for greater Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Promotionlast_img read more

first_imgParents all want their children to shine on the sports field. Yet there’s nothing that will dull a child’s sparkle more than having parents and spectators pressure them from the sidelines.It can be an easy trap to fall into as an adult. We go to adult sports events where the noise of the crowd masks all but the voices of those nearest us. We comment out loud at players’ performances, roar at mistakes, and vocally urge our favourites to do better and go harder.We call it atmosphere.But at a child’s sports event, we are likely to be one of only a few dozen spectators. When we scream instructions or yell in disgust, our child and other children on the field can hear every comment, and they know where it comes from.What they hear can have a marked impact on them for the rest of their sporting lives. Some may rise above it. Many can’t.Now in his fifties and one of Australia’s most successful football leaders, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is at the top of his game, revered for his energy and confidence, and with a reputation for not suffering fools gladly.It may come as a surprise to learn then, that Postecoglou harbours a discomforting memory from his childhood of huddling, frightened with his team mates and opposition players as parents argued on the sideline.Throwing his support behind the Play by the Rules ‘Let Kids Be Kids’ campaign to raise awareness of the impact of poor sideline behaviour, Postecoglou recounts the story of how an enjoyable weekend sports match suddenly turned ugly.“I must have been 10 or 11 and the parents started arguing and fighting amongst each other,” he says in a video message for ‘Let Kids Be Kids’. “And the thing that struck is that the kids—us—both teams, just huddled together in the centre circle, each of us frightened for ourselves and I guess for our parents.“And even at such a young age it made such an impression on me that the people arguing and fighting outside the field forgot why they were there … because why they were there were the kids, and their kids were scared, huddled together, opposition and team alike, trying to protect one another.”Postecoglou is one of a number of high profile sports people endorsing the ‘Let Kids be Kids’ campaign. Netball and volleyball player Caitlin Thwaites says children find shrugging off sideline comments very difficult. Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja says sideline abuse often robbed him of his childhood fun both on and off the sports field.Former Australian Rules footballer Nick Dal Santo observes that even parents who are trying to encourage their children, frequently do it in a ‘bit of a degrading way’. “And if just keeps chipping away at them, eventually they’ll either one, drop out of the sport, or two, just purely not enjoy it for what it’s meant to be.”By far some of the most moving stories recorded as part of the ‘Let Kids be Kids‘ campaign come from children themselves. Children’s comments about sideline abuse range from: “it makes me feel like I’m useless and can’t do anything”, to “sometimes it makes me sad, but sometimes it makes me feel angry at the same time”. One child pleads: “Would you please like stop yelling at me on the court because it’s making me feel like I can’t do it anymore”.Play by the Rules has released a toolkit with practical advice and steps to help sports groups stamp out poor sideline behaviour and power junior sport with positive support.The message being sent is clear: let kids have fun and do what they love. On the sports field, let kids be kids.Watch the video below as National Rugby League’s Sam Thaiday speaks out on what it’s like to be picked on at a young age.last_img read more

first_imgSolskjaer calls up 2 youngsters for Man Utd senior trainingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promoted two more youngsters to his first team squad for training.RoShaun Williams and DJ Buffonge trained with the first-team at Carrington on Friday.Mancunian Williams, 20, travelled on United’s pre-season tour of the United States and came on in the 4-1 defeat by Liverpool in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Londoner Buffonge, also 20, joined United from Fulham three years ago and has featured regularly for the reserves in recent seasons. Buffonge started his career in Arsenal’s academy.Forward Angel Gomes, 18, also participated in United’s session after his cameo in the Boxing Day win over Huddersfield. Gomes, who has made three substitute appearances for the first-team, has scored five and assisted three for the Under-23s in Premier League 2 this term. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgShane Duffy facing battle to win Brighton place backby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShane Duffy is facing a battle to win a place back in Brighton boss Graham Potter’s plans.The Sun says Brighton meanwhile kept their third clean sheet of the season when downing Tottenham 3-0.Potter has favoured £22m summer signing Adam Webster alongside Lewis Dunk at the heart of his defence having lost faith in the currently injured Shane Duffy.Returning loanee Dan Burn has also made a good case when played across the backline.Leon Balogun also remains on the fringes. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgA close up picture of Michelle Beadle.ESPNUpdate: TMZ is reporting that Carrillo emailed Beadle an apology. There is no word as to whether he’ll be allowed to continue competing.Earlier: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – do not mess with ESPN’s Michelle Beadle on social media. She will roast you.Wednesday, Beadle, while arguing with some Twitter trolls, was called a “slut” by University of Texas, San Antonio freshman tennis player Christian Carrillo. She put him on blast, asking the school if he was actually part of the team. UTSA responded, apologizing.Hey @UTSA @UTSAAthletics…tell me this dude isn’t actually a part of a team. #StillTimeToGrowUp pic.twitter.com/G49lf6Y0Lk— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) July 1, 2015@MichelleDBeadle @UTSAAthletics We are so sorry this happened. This is not at all what our university stands for.— UTSA (@UTSA) July 1, 2015We’re not sure if UTSA will kick him out of the program, but regardless, this is certainly going to be a tough lesson for the young man.last_img read more

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. suffered an apparent injury against Ohio State on Saturday night.Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., one of the best signal-callers in the Big Ten, suffered what appears to be a very serious injury in the second quarter of his team’s contest against Ohio State on Saturday night. Armstrong, while rushing for an 11-yard gain, landed awkwardly out of bounds. His head snapped back a bit, and he immediately laid motionless.Here’s video. While it doesn’t look that bad, you can tell immediately that it’s serious.Tommy Armstrong Jr. hit hard and injured by Malik Hooker #CampusRush #Buckeyes #Huskers https://t.co/WDwXibGdXZ— Tino Bovenzi ? (@TinoBovenzi) November 6, 2016Cutting Tommy Armstrong’s jersey and pads off. Looks serious.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 6, 2016Get up. Please get up….. hate seeing plays like that. #TommyArmstrong praying for you my man— Jared ❌.X. Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) November 6, 2016My heart goes out to Tommy Armstrong. Kid is a warrior, and this is a scary scene. Stay strong, @Tommy_Gun4. #Huskers— Mike Welch (@TheMikeWelch) November 6, 2016Armstrong needed to have his jersey and pads cut off of him. He was carted off the field and transported to a local hospital.As Armstrong left the field, he was able to give a thumbs up to the crowd.Tommy Armstrong Jr. gives a thumbs up as he’s carted off the field #CampusRush #Nebraska #Huskers https://t.co/q1I3Wn8JzD— Tino Bovenzi ? (@TinoBovenzi) November 6, 2016Obviously, we’ve got a scary scene in Columbus right now. Let’s hope the injury isn’t as serious as it looks.Update: ESPN is reporting that Armstrong was briefly unconscious, but at this point, he’s able to move all of his extremities. Great news.Statement from the @Huskers on Tommy Armstrong. #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Nmp8L4jynQ— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) November 6, 2016More as we learn it.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United midfielder Aliou Traore believes he is now fully integrated at the club and feeling at home.The 18-year-old joined the Red Devils in 2017 and has forced his way into the club’s Under-23 side.Having starred for Neil Ryan’s Under 18s in the UEFA Youth League, the Frenchman hopes to progress further and appear in Premier League 2 next season, as well as the EFL Trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Enjoying life in Manchester, Traore told MUTV: “I feel like it’s my second home here now. United helped me a lot – I can now speak English fully and they helped me with my mother and the new house. I feel like an Englishman!”Appreciative of the club’s support, Traore enjoyed a big year for United as they defeated major rivals and is targeting trophy success this time around.”I look back on a great season for us, although we didn’t win anything” he added. “We played some really good football and can hopefully do well next year. We had some big occasions, like the FA Youth Cup tie against Chelsea, and beating Liverpool twice away from home. They were really good games to watch.”The midfielder is relishing the step up and pushing himself at the next level and knows what is expected.”It’s been a new experience for me,” he said of the step up. “I’d never played men’s games before so it was great experience stepping into the Under-23s. It’s quite different – much quicker and less space due to the speed of the game. You also need to get to know your team-mates.”You have to manage how to play with new colleagues as you don’t know what they like and their strengths. But you learn very quickly from it and can do this in training as well. I’m going to enjoy this summer but work hard and then get back to Manchester, and be fit and ready to go.”Formerly with PSG before his switch to England, Traore has been capped by France at youth level. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgGregg Berhalter gave 11 new players a chance on Wednesday to state their case to crack the U.S. national team first-choice lineup, and the player who made the strongest argument was the one who was already the closest to being a starter. Jozy Altidore scored an acrobatic game-winner, delivering some much-needed quality on a night where wholesale lineup changes by both the USMNT and Panama led to the inevitable disjoined affair you would expect from a group stage finale between teams that had already secured their places in the quarterfinals. Realistically, of the 11 Americans on the field to start the match, Altidore had to know he was the one with the most to gain from a strong performance, and knowing that may have contributed to some missed early chances. Altidore sent one promising shot just wide in the 16th minute, then another right at the Panama goalkeeper.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That Altidore even found those chances was impressive on a night when the U.S. attack was disjointed and lacked sharpness. Altidore did his part, holding up the ball well and putting himself in good positions. That work paid off in the second half, when he scored on an overhead kick for his first USMNT goal since October of 2017. “It’s been a rough time waiting,” Altidore said after the match. “I’m just trying to earn an opportunity again, so to get out there, to score in these colors again, it means everything to me.” The 2019 Gold Cup means more for Altidore for a multitude of reasons. Consider the fact Wednesday marked his first USMNT start since the nightmare loss to Trinidad and Tobago that cost the United States a place at the 2018 World Cup.Altidore spent 20 months having to wait for his chance to reclaim his place as the national team’s lead striker, and while his performance on Wednesday isn’t necessarily enough to help him unseat current starter Gyasi Zardes just yet, it was clearly a step forward for the veteran striker. Altidore was one of the few bright spots on a night when we saw just what sort of talent gap there is between the U.S. team’s first-choice players the options available to replace them. Jordan Morris had a solid night, but not enough to truly threaten current wingers Tyler Boyd and Paul Arriola, while Matt Miazga put in a steady shift in central defense to make an argument for unseating Walker Zimmerman as Aaron Long’s partner on the back line. Jordan Morris Marcos Sanchez Panama USA USMNT Gold Cup 2019Aside from that, the rest of the USMNT reserves left plenty to be desired.  Jonathan Lewis was wasteful and lacked sharpness on the left wing. Wil Trapp and Cristian Roldan failed to take hold of a game they should have been able to make more of an impact on. Reggie Cannon showed solid defensive work but lacked the attacking quality needed to really threaten current starter Nick Lima. Daniel Lovitz held up decently on the defensive side of things, but was once again completely ineffective in the attack, making him far from a threat to unseat current starting left back Tim Ream. Omar GonzalezOmar Browne USA Panama Gold Cup 2019Then there was Omar Gonzalez, who was handed the captain’s armband, but moved around like the armband was a 50-pound weight. He looked a step slow for much of the night, and while his veteran savvy helped him to limit the number of times he was exposed, we saw enough of those scary moments to dread what would happen if Gonzalez was on the field against a team with good forwards, like Mexico or Costa Rica. As lackluster as the U.S. team’s overall performance was, Berhalter had to leave Children’s Mercy Park extremely happy. His team secured another shutout victory, he was able to rest his starters and the striker he needs to get back into top form delivered a memorable winner. Throw in the fact the squad came through the group stage healthy and without any players drawing suspensions and the USMNT finds itself sitting in much better shape than most would have envisioned after the team lost both of its two pre-Gold Cup friendlies. With the group stage now over, Berhalter will have his first-choice squad rested and ready for the knockout rounds, a potential stretch of three matches in eight days which begins on Sunday in Philadelphia against Curacao. The Americans will be highly-favored against the Caribbean upstarts, but tougher challenges are looming in the semifinals and final. Those are the matches where the USMNT will want a fully fit and in-form Altidore in the lineup for, and while he may not yet have unseated Zardes as the USMNT’s lead striker, he sent a clear message on Wednesday that he’s working his way back. And the United States will be a more dangerous team if he can finish the comeback the way he finished the game-winning bicycle kick on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgJustin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks attempts a pass.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on September 22, 2018 in E (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)The Oregon Ducks, with an 8-4 record, are in line for a decent bowl game. Let’s take a look at where Sports Illustrated is projecting the team will be headed this December.Oregon finished with a 5-4 mark in the Pac-12, and did not qualify to play in the league’s title game. As such, the Ducks are out of the discussion for both the College Football Playoff and any kind of New Year’s Six bowl.The Ducks are in a second tier of Pac-12 teams, including Washington State, Stanford, Utah, California and Arizona State.Oregon, during the season, lost to Stanford, Washington State, Arizona and Utah. The Ducks beat Bowling Green, Portland State, San Jose State, California, Washington, UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon State.Friday night, Eric Single of Sports Illustrated released new bowl projections. He has the Ducks headed to the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara. He has them taking on Wisconsin.Obviously, that would be a great game. While neither team was a title contender this year, both have great programs.We’ll know Oregon’s actual bowl fate on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.LUBBOCK, TX – OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Kliff Kingsbury won’t be out of work long after getting fired by Texas Tech at the end of the season. He is already a hot commodity.USC has reportedly been courting Kingsbury for its vacant offensive coordinator position. He is also rumored to be on the radar of several NFL teams.On Sunday, it was reported by FOX’s Peter Schrager that the Los Angeles Rams reached out to Kingsbury about the possibility of joining the team for its stretch run. The Rams are 11-1 and currently the No. 1 seed in the NFC.As I just said on FOX, there’s significant NFL interest in former Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury. Rams HC Sean McVay reached out to Kingsbury last week and discussed having Kingsbury come aboard for this stretch run in an offensive assistant/consultant role. @NFLonFOX @gmfb— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) December 2, 2018Tonight, Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed that he contacted Kingsbury about coming to LA. However, the young coach is still “exploring options.”McVay confirmed @PSchrags report that he reached out to Kliff Kingsbury, a good friend, to gauge interest in possible role while Kingsbury’s situation plays out. But he said Kingsbury was still exploring options.— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) December 4, 2018Kingsbury went 35-40 in six seasons as the head coach of the Red Raiders. He reached three bowl games.Prior to taking the job at Texas Tech, Kingsbury was an offensive coordinator at Houston and Texas A&M.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Over the last two years, linebacker Mack Wilson has been a constant presence for the Alabama Crimson Tide defense. Now that’s he’s eligible for the NFL draft, Wilson has made a decision on whether he intends to stay at school or go pro.According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, Wilson is expected to skip his senior year and enter to the 2019 NFL Draft.Linebacker Mack Wilson is expected to enter the NFL draft, according to sources.The report comes less than a month after Wilson’s mother reportedly said that he would return for his senior year in pursuit of his college degree and an unspecified award.Wilson finished fifth on the team in tackles with 65 in 2018. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, two interceptions, and five passes defended.Even without confirmation of his plans for next year, Wilson is still a popular draft candidate.Tankathon has projected Wilson to go No. 35 overall to the Oakland Raiders. Bleacher Report predicted he’ll go in the first round to the Los Angeles Rams.The deadline to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft is Monday.last_img read more

first_imgkyler murray walks off the field after the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Regardless of all the criticism that Kyler Murray has received over the past few weeks, the dual-threat quarterback is ready to defy all the odds in the NFL. Just like his announcement said on Twitter, he is fully committed to proving he’ll be successful at the next level.Murray was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. Instead of focusing all of his resources toward the diamond, he decided to stay with the Oklahoma Sooners to play football for one season.In his only season as the starting quarterback for the Sooners, Murray shined en route to the Heisman Trophy. He also led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff.Unfortunately there are critics all around the sports world doubting Murray’s decision, which includes a former star quarterback from Georgia.College football analyst Aaron Murray believes it makes more sense to play in the MLB instead of the NFL, ultimately hinting that the Oklahoma superstar is making the wrong choice.From 247Sports:“I think bad. It’s baseball, man. That’s a lot of money and it’s a longer career,” Aaron Murray said during a radio appearance. “He’s electric. I think he’s a heckuva quarterback and we can all agree he’s fun to watch. He has tools that will translate to the NFL with his arm strength and his ability to extend plays. But this is coming from a quarterback who is 6-foot and has played in the league — he’s going to have difficulties. He’s not a big kid at all. He’s 5-9, 5-10. I’ll be really interested to see at the NFL Combine what he measures out at.“If I was in Kyler’s position, I would play baseball. You can play a lot longer than NFL. I think he’ll be a first-round pick because he’s a heckuva of an athlete and a heckuva competitor.”Aaron Murray did have positive remarks to share about Kyler Murray, but it’s hard to ignore his comments about potentially losing out on tons of money.Whether people knock his stature or his unorthodox playing style, it’s clear that Murray will more than enough motivation to prove his doubters wrong.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of TCU's football stadium.FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A view as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)One of the top cornerbacks in the 2020 class is off the board. Virginia Beach (Va.) Frank W. Cox four-star Keontae Jenkins has announced his commitment.Jenkins, the No. 5 player in Virginia and the 17th-ranked cornerback in the 2020 cycle, has committed to TCU. He made the announcement during a ceremony at his high school.Jenkins chose the Horned Frogs over Penn State, Pitt, Florida State, UNC and others. He is the 250th-ranked player in the class of 2020, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Additionally, Jenkins is the second 2020 pledge for TCU, joining three-star wide receiver Dajon Harrison.C O M M I T T E D ! TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 757 to the 817 #GoFrogs 🐸☔️ pic.twitter.com/heXxgeZ9aG— Keontae Jenkins (@iamkeontae) April 25, 2019One of #The757’s best is bound for #FunkyTown.@FrankWCoxHS’s Keontae Jenkins (@iamkeontae), the No. 5 recruit in Virginia for the Class of 2020 & one of the nation’s top CBs, commits to @TCUCoachP & @TCUFootball.#GoFrogs #TCU #TCU2020 @WTKR3https://t.co/bhtsl15OeL pic.twitter.com/UTa0FKHOau— Adam Winkler (@AdamWinkSports) April 25, 2019TCU currently has the No. 9 recruiting haul in the Big 12 and the No. 62 class in the country for 2020.You can view the 2020 team recruiting rankings here.They finished with the 33rd-rated class in 2019.last_img read more

first_imgRafael Nadal catches journalist sleeping in press conference. His reaction is epicAustralian Open: Rafael Nadal said “it’s not interesting today” after he caught a journalist sleeping during his press conference.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 19:41 IST Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the Australian Open (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal defeated James Duckworth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Australian OpenNadal caught a journalist sleeping during his press conference after he advanced to the second round”It’s not interesting today,” Nadal saidRafael Nadal caught a journalist sleeping during his press conference after the second seed advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday. The No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal registered a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth.Rafael Nadal showed no signs of injury concerns during his straight sets victory in the first round.While addressing the media after his victory, funny side of Nadal was on display as he spotted a journalist sleeping. He made a gesture towards other reporters sitting in the room then said “it’s not interesting today”.The two then had a light-hearted exchange before Nadal says, “I know you were closing your eyes to be more focused on what I am saying.”OMG… Rafa can’t be more adorable when spotting the journo sleeping… and the journo is an “old friend” (Ubaldo) (https://t.co/gEvdERnZIv) pic.twitter.com/SrGL8IwtheGenny SS (@genny_ss) January 14, 2019The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He also withdrew from a tune-up tournament in Brisbane because of a muscle strain in his thigh, mainly as a precaution, to ensure he’s fit for the season-opening major.Apparently this reporter didn’t get the memo that #sleepisfortheweak.Tell him, Rafa.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/QcO7l4J9by#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019″Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot,” Nadal said. “It’s very difficult to start after an injury – I know it very well.advertisement”So that’s an important victory because is the first victory since a while, and at the same time, because that gives me the chance to be on court again.”Wearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken. He returned the favor quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams – to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016.(With inputs from Associated Press)For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Australian Openlast_img read more