A SET OF SIX – VOLUME THIRTY

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 VT Touch League Finals this weekendThe Inaugural season of the VT Touch League will culminate with Grand Final action this Saturday 1 December 2007.The venue for the VT League Finals series is Port Melbourne Soccer Club on Plummer St (Williamstown Rd). Canteen and Bar facilities are available, and entry is free. It’s an event not to be missed! Games start at 2.30pm.The Casey Cougars took out their first ever VT League License Championship after last week’s matches. The prestigious award is presented to the highest ranked team after both the Men’s and Women’s points from the regular season are combined. It was a close race, with the Bayside Vipers relying on the Women’s Casey side to lose in order to catch up, but it wasn’t to be. Good luck to all everyone in the finals this weekend.Results for final round of the VT League at Trinity Grammar Sports Oval last week:Men: Casey Cougars 6 d University 3; Bayside Vipers 9 d Melbourne City Lions 8Final placings:  1.Casey Cougars 2.University Blues 3.Bayside Vipers 4.Melbourne City LionsWomen: Bayside Vipers 7 d Melbourne City Lions 6; Casey 5 d University 4 (drop off)Final placings: 1.Bayside Vipers 2.Melbourne City Lions 3. Casey Cougars 4.University BluesOther Events: Mornington Touch Competition may be relocating to HMAS Cerberus in Hastings. The Hastings facilities are some of the best in the State, with the grass fields being watered during summer. There is also a strong possibility of more teams from the base entering the competition, leaving it up to the locals to challenge themselves against the Armed Forces. The competition runs on Wednesday evenings, and if you’re interested contact Lewis Tuck on 9206 6755 or at lewis.tuck@victouch.com.au.The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2Portavin Touch Wine 07 a huge successThe Portavin Wine 07 Touch Tournament fundraiser held on Sunday 25 November 2007 was an overwhelming success for the Hutt Street Centre.The Round Robin competition attracted 48 teams and raised valuable funds for the homeless in South Australia.2006 Finalists “Reschke Bulls” went one better in 2007 and claimed the title over defending champions and crowd favourites, “Off the Leash”.Despite the hot, dry conditions; players, referees, volunteers and the crowd enjoyed a great day of social Touch Football, with lunchtime entertainment including celebrity games featuring local AFL legend Mark Bickley’s team facing off against former Australian Opal Rachel Sporn’s team, and a Politicians combination against the Hutt Street Centre staff.There was Wine tasting and great music all afternoon from bands and artists including Peter Coombe.Touch Football South Australia worked with the Hutt Street Centre and numerous volunteers to provide a wonderful day of competition and entertainment for a fantastic cause.Other events: The first round of the 2007 Touch Football SA State League begins this Sunday, 2 Dec with the Women’s playing at 5:30pm at the Greenhill Rd Playing Fields.This season marks the 10th year of State League’s existence.Regions playing are Central Scorpions, Eastern Stingrays, Northern Vipers and South West Wolves.For More information please contact: Andy Crawford on (08) 8306 7503The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auPlay: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes to headline Darwin Touch Competition Final RoundThe Last round of the Darwin Men’s and Women’s Open competition sees some exciting match-ups heading into the Finals Series.In the Men’s division, the undefeated “Dream Team” will be aiming to complete the perfect regular season this week with victory in their final round encounter against Crocs. The pressure will mount on the young side not to falter so close to the finish line when they come up against the experienced second placed Crocs out fit who will go all out to have a win heading into the finals in this major semi-final preview. Bundy Bears will be gunning for a victory over Honkers to secure third spot.Defending Premiers, Palmerston Bulls, down on key personnel again this week, will be looking to get their season back on track with a win over Incredibles before heading into the finals to defend their crown. The Women’s competition sees Palmerston Bulls and Scorpions heading into their last round games looking to prepare for a tight finals campaign. Palmerston go into their game against Divas as outright favourites, but will be giving the young side full respect with the Young Divas emerging as the wild cards of the competition. Scorpions head into their clash with Crocs expecting a hard fought game but should have the edge over their opponents.All About Us have the bye.Other news: Northern Territory Touch would like to remind all their members of the Annual General Meeting being conducted this weekend in Darwin on Saturday 1 December 2007.In conjunction with the Annual General Meeting, the Annual State Council meeting will also be held on the Saturday 1 December 2007.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Five Wrap Round 5 of the WA Super League was prosperous for the Fremantle affiliate who earned maximum point from the fixtures hosted at the picturesque Tompkins Park. The Men’s team recorded their first win of the season defeating Rosalie 6-4. Jay Grieg and Derek Rakatau were the standout players for Freo in the win. The Freo ladies claimed their second scalp for the year, also defeating Rosalie 5-0. Rosalie was unable to breach Fremantle’s defence for the duration of the contest.Northern Women’s Open title assault continues to build momentum with a hard fought upset 3-2 victory over the previously undefeated Southern side.  After a slow start for the season, the sleeping giant has awoken.After the half way mark of the season, Southern leads the ladder in Women’s Open on 13 points followed by Northern on 12 points with Perth Brothers third on 10 points although Brothers do have a game in hand.Rosalie, Fremantle and Northern will be chasing Southern and Perth Brothers who are on top in Men’s Open with 14 points a piece. National Youth Squad member Jenaya Quan (10 votes) from Fremantle is leading 2007 Australian World Cup representative Shelley Matcham (8), and National 20 Years Mixed squad member Sharon Wong (7) from Southern in the Most Valuable Player voting. 2005/2006 MVP Armis Black (Brothers) is a clear leader in Men’s competition with 9 votes.The Super 6 and MVP voting will go behind closed doors for the remainder of the series. The recipients will be announced on Grand Final day at Brothers on Sunday, 20th January 2008.Other Events: Planning for the 2008 TouchWest Be Active Junior League is in full swing. This new competition is a club & school based league that will run on Saturday mornings throughout February & March. The TouchWest Be Active Junior League is a TouchWest tournament offering 12 & Under (Mixed), 15 & Under (Girls), and 15 & Under (Boys)Two competition venues will be administered during the season. A South competition at Curtin University, Bentley, and a North competition at McGillivray Oval UWA Sports Park, Mt. Claremont.Get a club or school team together soon & register for the first official junior competition in Perth!The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5First Contact Tournament A Huge SuccessThe highly popular First Contact Cultural Festival played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Whites Hill Complex at Camp Hill produced a sensational mix of high quality Touch Football, great cross cultural exchanges, a variety of bands and entertainers, and a heartfelt show of Indigenous pride as over 5000 people flocked to the 14th Annual Festival that has become a regular fixture on the Queensland Touch Football calendar.  There were sprint races, the Annual Battle of the States between Invitational Indigenous New South Wales and Queensland Teams in Mixed, Men’s, and Schools divisions, as well as an Invitational International featuring an Australian Indigenous Team against a New Zealand Maori combination, and the battle for the $6000 first place prize money for the winners of the Mixed and Men’s Open Divisions. 43 Mixed Teams, 43 Men’s Open, 22 Schools Mixed, and 9 Schools Boys teams took to the fields over the weekend in search of the title and the prize money.Australian Men’s Open World Cup hero Drummayne Dayberg-Muir again proved his “money man” mettle by leading his team’s “That’s Da Paka” to victory in both the Men’s and Mixed Open finals.A television crew from National Indigenous TV was on hand to shoot the tournament and a big screen kept the crowds up to date on all the action from Field One.A whose who of Indigenous athletes attended the Festival with Nova Peris, Nathan Blacklock, Michael Peachey, Dean Widders, Preston Campbell, Sam Thaiday, PJ Marsh, and Patrick Johnson amongst the big name Indigenous stars to play in the event and lend their support to the showcase tournament.Indigenous 2007 Australian World Cup stars Phil Gyemore and Bo De La Cruz also played in the event, and TFA Director of Elite Programs Cathy Gray, and TFA National High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant were on hand to perform Talent Identification on National Indigenous squad candidates. Results for the 14th Annual First Contact Cultural Festival:Men’s Open Final – That’s Da Paka (9) def Galaxy (4)Mixed Open Final – That’s Da Paka (10) def Trakadigenez (6)Men’s Plate Final – Cairns Cobras (5) def Yuddenalis (4)Mixed Plate Final – Nova Unearthed (5) def Juss Blayze (3)Schools Mixed – Cultural Connection (6) def PCYC (3)Schools Men’s – Mulli Yung Guns (8) def Sandgate Young Guns (2)Other events: The first Queensland Touch State of Origin Camp will be conducted at the Caboolture Touch playing fields Petersen Road, Moray field this weekend the 1st and 2nd of December 2007.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)PLAY #6ACT Super League Finals this weekendThe ACT Touch Football Super League finals series will be conducted this Saturday 1 December 2007 from 12.00pm.Nine Rounds of regular  season competition have been completed and the top 3 will play finals on Saturday in Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.Other events: ACT Touch will be holding Level 1 Referees Courses on both 4 and 5 December 2007 at the ACTTA Offices, Deakin ACT. NTL Open Squads will be announced in early December. Check the ACT website in coming weeks.Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or info@acttouch.com.auThe Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img read more

Touch Shorts

first_imgIn this edition, read about TFSA’s recent State Cup and awards night as well as the 15’s Girls Bronze Medal winning efforts at the School Sport Australia Championships in Canberra. To view, please click on the attachment below.Related Filestfsa_newsletter_november_2010-pdflast_img

10 months agoWagner admits Huddersfield shopping list expanding

first_imgWagner admits Huddersfield shopping list expandingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner admits his shopping list is expanding.The Terriers are in dire need of a goalscorer in their bid to survive a second season in the Premier League and additional firepower is likely to be Wagner’s number one priority.“You can trust me, I try to do this job as well as I can as a manager and if the window is in front of you, you have to prepare yourself as best you can,” he said.“I have a list and a pen and sometimes I put some more names on the list. I do what every manager does at this time of the season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoCeballos meets with Real Madrid president Florentino over Arsenal plans

first_imgCeballos meets with Real Madrid president Florentino over Arsenal plansby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDani Ceballos has held talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez regarding his future while on-loan with Arsenal.The Spanish youngster joined the Gunners on a season-long loan this summer and has enjoyed an impressive start to life in north London.El Desmarque says Ceballos met with Perez this week to discuss his future and remains “hopeful” that a deal can be agreed to allow him to join Arsenal on a permanent basis. Ceballos is said to be prioritising a permanent move to Arsenal and has asked Perez to meet with the Gunners in January to discuss a deal.However, he is concerned that Perez may scupper the deal and insist on keeping the highly-rated playmaker. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Out Of Bounds: Everything We Found Unsuitable To Post Today (2/11/2015)

first_imgKatherine Webb poses in a bikini.Here at College Spun, believe it or not, we pass on a number of potential posts every day. Sometimes they’re too edgy. Sometimes they’re too confusing to figure out. Sometimes we just flat out run out of time. Here’s everything we passed on today, for one reason or another.1. AJ McCarron’s wife, Katherine Webb, is pissed at people on social media calling her too thin in the below photo. This isn’t really our territory any longer, but it’s interesting.2. The Harvey Updyke Twitter account, which we can’t independently verify the authenticity of, tweeted that Auburn had banned it. It’s about time.What a bunch of babies pic.twitter.com/3gqIrDeQf2— Harvey Updyke (@Harveyrolltide) February 11, 20153. A lesbian couple in Alabama got married – wearing Crimson Tide gear. We were a bit late to the party finding out the news.Melissa and Kimberly Martin got married Monday morning in Montgomery (If you couldn’t tell they’re big Alabama fans) pic.twitter.com/2H9ZCUcyFA— Kim Chandler (@StatehouseKim) February 9, 20154. FSU running back Karlos Williams has been tweeting some weird, cryptic stuff about a relationship he’s in. Back in October, he was under investigation for domestic violence. We’ll hold off on speculating what’s going on.Now I’m lying to my children and putting make believe shit in their heads. Ok. I’m bad father now.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 10, 2015Don’t have the time for someone else’s Bs when I have my own going on. Ppl so call care about you and your family but they only cause drama.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 2015#stressed— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 2015I wouldn’t shed a tear. For you I have nun to spare.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 2015I guess all good things come to an end. Should have seen this coming. Oh well process and move on. #Live&Learn— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 2015Victim????? Bih please.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 20155. Ole Miss wideout Laquon Treadwell made a lame joke about Tupac. 6. Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews went after a Twitter troll after he criticized her for promoting TruBiotics.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 5.52.15 PM7. Ohio State’s Brutus the Buckeye is lucky he didn’t break his face in the below video.In case u missed it-Brutus came 2 Cams 5th BDay Party-What He Did was EPIC! #UrMascotCantDoThis #AirBrutus @Court0385 pic.twitter.com/Mz1zVGSev8— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) February 10, 20158. Katherine Webb’s sister, Laurie Webb, lightly joked with a friend about Cam Newton’s laptop-stealing days at Florida.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 5.58.40 PM9. Maryland is “turning back the clock” against Indiana tonight – to 2002. We understand that the two schools played for the 2002 national title, but that seems a little ridiculous.We pulled some of our favorite 2002 throwback gear. Can’t wait to see yours! Men’s basketball vs. Indiana 9pm tonight pic.twitter.com/MVX1ELspfA— UMD Archives (@UMDArchives) February 11, 201510. Porn star Mia Khalifa, on top of being a Florida State football fan, is apparently a Duke basketball fan. Giddy up.“@CaMeRoNdO: Dukes working your squad @miakhalifa” Duke IS my bball squad— Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) February 10, 2015 Also Check Out: Wednesday’s Cheat Sheetlast_img read more

Report: Illinois Forward Darius Paul Arrested In France For Public Intoxication, Vandalism, Sent Home From Team Europe Tour

first_imgDarius Paul seen court side at a game.Twitter/@IllinoisLoyaltyThe long and winding college basketball career of Illinois forward Darius Paul is in serious jeopardy. After returning to the Illini following a season-long suspension for two failed drug tests, reports came out this morning that Paul had been sent home from the team’s European tour. As it turns out, Paul was arrested during a stop in France.BREAKING: Darius Paul was arrested in Deauville, France early Friday morning; charged with vandalism, public intoxication, resisting arrest— Bret Beherns (@WCIA3Bret) August 15, 2015In the release about Paul being sent home, head coach John Groce said that the forward’s status would be reevaluated when the team returned to Champaign.Darius Paul screwed up his 2nd chance. Sent home from #Illini basketball European trip after getting in trouble again pic.twitter.com/tjPpUue3WP— Ryan Baker (@RyanBakerMedia) August 15, 2015Paul has not played Division I basketball since 2012-13, when he averaged 10.4 points per game for Western Michigan. While nothing has been decided, it is difficult to imagine Paul playing for the Illini this season following this arrest.last_img read more

South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper Addresses Negative Tweets

first_imgSouth Carolina football players run onto the field.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 25: The South Carolina Gamecocks run onto the field before their game against the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper didn’t play his best in the first half of the Gamecocks’ contest against UCF this past Saturday, muffing a punt and dropping a surefire touchdown pass. But in the second session, Cooper turned it on, running for a 29-yard score to give the Gamecocks the lead. He also hauled in a 35-yard touchdown to put South Carolina up two scores just before the fourth quarter started.After the game, Cooper took to Twitter to address the criticism he received for his early play. Apparently, fans were tweeting some negativity at him during the first half.LOL to all these negative tweets about me .. Ima always come through for my team baby ! Believe dat !— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 I’m just human ..we all make mistakes ..— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 Nonetheless..great team win today !! Let’s get ready for next week ! #GamecockNation— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 But it’s okay.. I expect Yall to be mad .. Cause that’s not what’s expected of me ..! Forever gonna fight for my team ! I promise !— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 While Cooper certainly handled it well, it’s never acceptable for fans to criticize players for their play on the field. Unfortunately, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.last_img read more

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey Responds To Jim Harbaugh’s “Whining” Subtweet

first_imgJim Harbaugh addresses a group of reporters. Jim HarbaughYouTube/Jim HarbaughThe war of words between Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and the SEC continues. After Jim Harbaugh blatantly subtweeted about the SEC “whining” over his upcoming spring football team trip to IMG Academy, the conference’s commissioner Greg Sankey has responded. From AL.com:“I’m not going to reduce what is an important conversation to some childhood use of Twitter,” he said. “This is an important issue.”It doesn’t sound like the SEC will be able to block Harbaugh from doing what he wants this spring, so he’ll win this round. Even if the conference successfully changes spring football rules, Harbaugh’s not going to stop pushing the boundaries, no matter what schools and leagues it annoys.[AL.com]last_img read more

Rooney backs Maguire for Man Utd

first_imgHarry Maguire would be a good signing for Manchester United if they can lure him from Leicester City, says Wayne Rooney.Maguire is reportedly a target for United, as well as Premier League rivals Manchester City, but the Foxes are said to value the England international at £80 million ($97.3m), which would be a world-record fee for a defender.Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Leicester have already turned down two offers for the England international, who missed training on Monday, although James Maddison joked on social media his team-mate’s absence was due to an upset stomach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? United’s need for defensive reinforcements was exacerbated on Tuesday when it was confirmed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Eric Bailly could be out for five months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.Reports in Spain have suggested United are interested in Barcelona and France defender Samuel Umtiti, but the club’s all-time leading goalscorer Rooney has backed Maguire to be a success at Old Trafford.”I think Harry’s a good player and over the last few years he’s improved as a player,” Rooney said to ESPN FC.”He’s gotten better, and he’s been a main player for Leicester City, but also for England. I think he’d be a good signing if they can get him.” While Maguire may arrive at Old Trafford ahead of the transfer deadline on August 8, Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away.Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola confirmed this month he is working on a deal for the midfielder, who has been touted as a target for Real Madrid and former club Juventus.”It’s obviously down to the club, to the board, to the manager, but I think also to the player,” Rooney added when asked about the World Cup winner.”If the player wants to stay, he’ll stay and prove what a good player he is.”Behind the scenes, I’m sure they’re working on whether to keep him or whether to let him go.”last_img read more

ESPN Analysts Make Score Picks For Week 3’s Biggest Games

first_imgOhio State football players leaving the locker room.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes run to the field before play against the USC Trojans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week 3 of the college football season is already underway thanks to Hurricane Florence causing some scheduling chaos. This Saturday, there are several big games on the docket.Ohio State-TCU and Auburn-LSU are arguably the two most intriguing games. They could have College Football Playoff implications down the line.ESPN’s panel of experts made picks for those two games, as well as Boise State-Oklahoma State and Washington-Utah. They released those predictions today.The breakdown for the four games is below.All 17 panelists took Auburn over LSU.Fourteen of 17 experts chose Ohio State over TCU.Sixteen of 17 like Washington over Utah.Boise State-Oklahoma State is the most “even” game. Ten panelists picked the Broncos, while seven took the Cowboys.Here’s a look at a few of the score predictions for the weekend.You can check out all of ESPN’s picks here.Auburn and LSU will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on CBS, while Boise State-Oklahoma State will be at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The other two games are at night.Ohio State-TCU will be on at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, while Washington-Utah gets going at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

Here’s What Urban Meyer Said At Halftime Of Ohio State-Maryland Game

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Ohio State traveled to Maryland to take on the Terrapins. It wasn’t supposed to be a difficult contest, but this season has been anything but ordinary for the Buckeyes.Ohio State looked rattled early in the contest and gave up touchdowns runs of 81 and 75 yards in the first quarter of play. The team settled down a bit after that, but the Buckeyes enter halftime trailing 24-17.It’s been a rough season for the Buckeyes and it’s not getting any better today.As his team ran into the locker room, Urban Meyer stopped for a quick interview. Unsurprisingly, Meyer was upset with his team’s first half performance.His message was simple.Urban Meyer – “Just awful.”Yep.— Brett Payne (@BrettPayne23) November 17, 2018Ohio State needs a comeback win if the Buckeyes want to remain in the Big Ten title hunt. A loss today would give Michigan a spot in the Big Ten title game against Northwestern.Can the Buckeyes turn it around?last_img read more

Former Major College Football Coach Has Landed A New Job

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former ACC head football coach has reportedly landed a new head coaching gig.Mike London, who led Virginia’s football program from 2010-15, will reportedly be the next head coach at William & Mary.Football Scoop is reporting that London has landed the job:Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell FootballScoop Mike London has the job and will be announced later today. Mike London is the new head football coach at William & Mary.Legendary William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock is retiring after the season.London, 58, was previously an assistant coach at Maryland and the head coach at Howard.An official announcement on the hiring could be coming today.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Analyst Names College Football Program With Most “Surprising” Recruiting Class

first_imgAn interior view of the Arkansas RazorbacksFAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters do a flyover before a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)College football’s early signing day is wrapping up, with almost all of the country’s top recruits making their commitments official.Of course, the top of the recruiting rankings is dominated by the usual suspects – Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, etc.One surprising SEC program has one of the most-impressive classes in the country, though.That school: Arkansas.“Signing Day’s biggest surprise? That would be Arkansas at No. 12, ahead of FSU, Auburn and Florida. How did they nab likely best class in school history? With John Chavis moonlighting as an electrician and the annoying little brother from The Blind Side,” Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel tweeted.Signing Day’s biggest surprise? That would be Arkansas at No. 12, ahead of FSU, Auburn and Florida. How did they nab likely best class in school history? With John Chavis moonlighting as an electrician and the annoying little brother from The Blind Side. https://t.co/xKRS2MEfWc— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 19, 2018Arkansas had a disappointing 2018 season, going 2-10 and finishing last in their own division, but if the recruiting can continue like this, the Razorbacks will begin to surge up in the conference.last_img read more

1 Major Conference Is Considering Starting Games At 9 A.M.

first_img Pac-12 after brunch? League exploring games kicking off at 9 a.m. PT in 2019 https://t.co/6FPjxmhP2C— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) July 24, 2019This is certainly an unconventional approach, but with the Pac-12 kind of in a tough spot time zone wise, it might be worth a shot.Besides, what is better than waking up and having a college football game already on?On the flip-side, tailgating for a 9 a.m. kickoff would be quite rough for fans. Hey, no one said this idea was perfect. A general view of USC's football stadium.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: A general view of the stadium during the game between the Washington Huskies and the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)The Pac-12 has dealt with issues regarding the kickoff times of its games in recent years, and the conference is eyeing an outside-the-box solution: 9 a.m. kickoffs.College football fans on the East Coast have complained that Pac-12 games start and end too late. Meanwhile, West Coast Pac-12 fans are tired of not being able to have any early afternoon kickoffs because of the time difference.Commissioner Larry Scott said this week the league has spoken with Fox about putting a Pac-12 game in the noon ET/9 a.m. PT slot as early as this fall.“We’ve discussed it recently. That would be new and out of the box for our conference but I’ve tried to put everything on the table. There’s a lot of frustration from fans in certain markets to the late night kicks,” Scott told NBC Sports. “I’d like to see one or tow games this season that are 12 noon (ET) kicks be Pac-12 games and see what markets might respond positively to that.”last_img read more

Pain-free Andy Murray targets competitive return after hip surgery

first_img Next Pain-free Andy Murray targets competitive return after hip surgeryThree-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said before his first round exit at the Australian Open in January that the tournament could be his last as a professional due to severe hip pain, with the surgery aimed at improving his quality of life.advertisement Reuters LondonMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 18:48 IST Andy Murray is looking to make a comeback to the tennis circuit (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray may play doubles at Wimbledon following hip surgery in JanuaryMurray also said he would give himself “seven or eight months” before taking a call on his career”I want to continue playing for sure. I have no pain in my hip anymore,” Murray saidAndy Murray is looking to make a comeback to the tennis circuit and possibly play doubles at Wimbledon after he revealed he is now pain free following hip resurfacing surgery in January this year.Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray said before his first round exit at the Australian Open in January that the tournament could be his last as a professional due to severe hip pain, with the surgery aimed at improving his quality of life.”I want to continue playing for sure. I have no pain in my hip anymore,” Murray told Sky News.”The rehab is slow but going pretty well. I just need to wait and see how things progress. If it’s possible I’d love to compete again.”All of the surgeons that I’ve spoken to have been very honest about that and we just have to wait and see.”Murray had also hoped to play at this year’s Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice. But the 31-year-old said he might consider playing doubles, like American Bob Bryan did after a similar procedure, as it put less stress on the hip.”I think for singles, most likely it would be [too soon to play at Wimbledon]. I can’t say for sure,” Murray added.”But doubles, I mean Bob Bryan was back playing at the Australian Open after 5-1/2 months so Wimbledon comes pretty much 5-1/2 months after I’d had my operation.”I communicate with him daily about starting the rehab that he was doing and things that worked and didn’t.”advertisementMurray also said he would give himself “seven or eight months” before taking a call on whether he would continue playing competitively.”By then I’ll know definitively this is as good as it’s going to get. That’s kind of the time frame that I’ve set myself in my head that if things aren’t going well,” he said.”It takes time for muscles and things to heal properly and me to get used to moving around with it. But I’d say that would be a fair amount of time before I’d be able to say definitively this isn’t good enough or this actually feels great.”Also Watch: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 Andy Murraylast_img read more

India support staff selection: 16 interviewed for physio job, 12 for strength and conditioning coach

first_imgIndia support staff selection: 16 interviewed for physio job, 12 for strength and conditioning coachThe selection process of the support staff began on Monday and the ‘five wise men’ have interviewed 14 candidates for batting position including incumbent Sanjay Bangar.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 23:30 IST Support staff attends to Indian skipper Virat Kohli (IANS Photo)The process to pick the support staff of the Indian cricket team continued on Wednesday when the selection committee interviewed 16 aspirants eyeing the physio’s job and 12 for the position of strength and conditioning coach.The support staff will be appointed for a period of two years beginning from the series against South Africa till the end of the 2021 T20 World Cup to be held in India.The team is set to get a new physio and trainer after Patrick Farhat and Shankar Basu expressed their unwillingness to continue.Among those who appeared for trainer’s post was Rajnikanth, who is associated with IPL franchise Delhi Capitals.Sudarshan VP, who was India team’s strength and conditioning coach for a brief period and was also associated with National Cricket Academy, too was interviewed.Noted sports orthopedic doctor Dinshaw Pardiwala and Ranadeep Moitra, a former first-class cricketer and a strength and conditioning coach, assisted the five-member selection panel led by former India wicket-keeper MSK Prasad.The selection process of the support staff began on Monday and the ‘five wise men’ have interviewed 14 candidates for batting position including incumbent Sanjay Bangar, 12 aspirants for bowling coach position including the current coach Bharat Arun.They also interviewed nine candidates including incumbent R Sridhar and former South Africa player Jonty Rhodes for the fielding coach’s role.Twenty five candidates have applied for the post of administrative manager position and are set to be interviewed on Thursday, when the entire process will concluded.Incumbent Sunil Subramaniam, who allegedly misbehaved with official of the Indian High Commission in West Indies, will also appear for the interview on Thursday.advertisementHowever, he is unlikely to be picked again.It is also understood that the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri will assist the selectors when the interviews for the administrative manager’s position will be held.A source said that after the process is over, the selection panel will give their recommendations to the CEO, who in turn will give it to the Committee of Administrators.The announcement will happen only after the recommended names are vetted by the legal team for potential conflict of interest. The announcement of the support staff will be made on Thursday.Last week, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, former player and coach Anshuman Gaikwad and former women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy had reappointed Ravi Shastri as the team’s coach till the end of 2021 T20 World Cup.Also Read | IND vs WI 1st Test: I will play Rohit and Ashwin over Vihari and Kuldeep, says SehwagAlso see: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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Indian cricket teamFollow NCAFollow physio Patrick FarhartFollow Support stafflast_img read more

Porsche’s Rebirthed 935 is Ready to Devour Racetracks Whole

first_img This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser As for the exterior of the car, well, just look at this magnificent machine. Styled to resemble the original car, the 935 Clubsport is a wolf sans all sheep’s clothing. It’s not for the street or your local autocross. This is a track weapon. Most of the exterior is comprised of a “weight-optimized” aluminum-steel construction. There’s also a number of panels built of a carbon-kevlar weave to help drop the 935 Clubsport’s overall weight to just 1,380 kg — that’s 3,036 lbs to us Americans. In 1976, Porsche delivered the 935 to the world, a car that would enthrall its drivers, fans, and competitors for years to come. The factory turbocharged, race-ready 911 did not just solidify Porsche’s race car engineering prowess, but brought Stuttgart the overall win at the 1979 24hrs of Le Mans, as well as another 123 race wins. Suffice it to say, the 935-mantle was, and is, a badass – one that’s ripe to be reimagined using the best of Porsche’s latest technology. Meet the new Porsche 935 Clubsport.PorscheBuilt around Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS, the new 935 Clubsport is a twin-turbocharged, 700 horsepower racer meant to not just thrill drivers, but to humiliate race tracks across the globe. Unlike its predecessor, however, the 935 Clubsport retains the road car’s dual-clutch automatic transmission, though the gears themselves have been strengthened for the heavy track use the car is intended for. The car’s shifters, though, are behind the hand grips of the race-ready steering wheel built of carbon fiber and leather, and features the sort of racing buttonry you’d expect from Porsche’s GT-Class racers.  Keeping the driver safe is a full, race-spec roll-cage with integrated 6-point racing harnesses, an FIA-approved seat, a fire suppression system, and a removable roof escape hatch for those times the doors aren’t available for egress. Adding to its racing credentials, the 935 Clubsport also has racing air jacks that can pop the car up, and slam it back down, for when you need to pit, change tires, refuel, and get back out onto the track quickly. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer You’d imagine that with that list of race-ready componentry the 935 Clubsport would be indeed “ready” to race at the next 24hrs of Le Mans. You’d, however, be wrong. The 935 Clubsport is a track toy and as such, not homologated for any race series in the world. It’s a rich person’s plaything. A plaything with 700 hp and a cage, but a plaything nonetheless. However, you likely won’t ever see one because Porsche is only be building 77 935 Clubsports, each coming with a sticker that reads near $1 million. But to put that in context, the original 935 that won the 24hrs of Le Mans, and also piloted by Paul Newman, sold not too long ago for $4.4 million. So, a cool $1 million doesn’t seem all that unreasonable. And though it may not have the racing pedigree of the original, we cannot deny the new 935 Clubsport is a car we’d very much like to wallop in France, California, or Florida on each’s most famous race tracks.Not quite enough Porsche news for you? Learn about the brand’s newest 911 in all its open-top glory. A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Nowlast_img read more

Rural Road Rehabilitation Project Gets $401 Million

first_imgSome $401.9 million has been provided to continue work in four parishes, under phase two of the government’s Rural Road Rehabilitation Project.The allocation, which is set out in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House, aims to rehabilitate approximately 47 kilometres of road and supporting infrastructure in sections of Clarendon, Trelawny, Manchester and St. Catherine.These corridors include: just over 22 kilometres of roadway from Sour Sop Turn to Danks, and Danks to Mears Bridge (Trout Hall) in Clarendon; 16 kilometres of road linking Stettin with Highgate Hall in Trelawny; and the 8.8 kilometre Williamsfield to Greenvale road.Jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the project, which commenced in April 2008, has seen implementing agency, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, undertaking several activities up to the end of February 2013.These include: completion of land acquisition surveys; approval of 407 of 507 parcels of land by the National Land Agency (NLA), for acquisition; and commencement of negotiations with the property owners for the acquisition of the lands.Activities slated for execution during 2013/14 include: surveying of 198 parcels of land for acquisition between Danks and Trout Hall in Clarendon, and commencement of the land acquisition process for 98 parcels between Sour Sop Turn and Chapelton in the parish and awarding the contract to effect road works along that corridor; and relocation of 139 utility poles.The project, which has been extended twice, is slated for completion in June 2014.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Unique Trawler Joins the Russian Fleet

first_imgzoom State-of-the-art fishing vessel Taurus has entered service under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS).The ship was built to the dual RS/DNV class and registered under the flag of the Russian Federation. The ordering customer and shipowner is ZAO TAURUS of Murmansk.The Taurus is intended for fisheries, i.e. stern trawl, and in accordance with that the vessel is equipped with facilities for the processing, packing, freezing, and warehousing of caught fish.Automated lines make it possible to butcher and freeze cod, produce fillets and canned fish with minimum manned operation. Production processes are monitored online from the office of the owner company in Murmansk.The ship is 63.85 m long, 13.5 m wide and will be driven by an engine having a power 4,500 kW. The new trawler was built by ULJANIK shipyard in Pula, Croatia.At present, the outfitting of a sister ship Mirakh for ZAO Murmanseld-2 is under way at the yard. This trawler delivery is planned for July 2014.RS, April 14, 2014last_img read more

Port of Grangemouth Eyes Bigger Vessels

first_imgzoom Scotland’s largest container port,  the Port of Grangemouth, has embarked on a major investment program this month to increase the terminal’s capacity for storing containers.The port’s owner, Forth Ports Limited, is investing in surface upgrading works on an area of some 6,325 square metres.The investment is designed to increase the busy container terminal’s total capacity to 12,000 TEUs, a 50% increase since 2005.The resurfacing at the terminal will see the construction of a heavy duty concrete pavement and other works which will create additional storage lanes for laden containers in addition to improved equipment access to landside and shipside operations.This work is expected to be completed and ready for business in October 2015 and represents the second phase of a five year investment plan to improve the storage capabilities of the terminal. It is expected that the capacity will grow by a further 10% over the 5 year period in line with market demand.In addition to this upgrade, the port has commissioned a feasibility study to assess the viability and cost of deepening the shipping channel within the port to enable it to bring larger, heavier container ships and bulk vessels to the quayside. This deepening project, which would see the dock water depth taken from 7.5 metres to over 10 metres, is expected to entail a multimillion pound capital investment and would take around three years to complete.Both projects have been commissioned in response to changes in the container shipping market where there is a trend towards larger capacity feeder vessels which require deeper water to access the port’s quaysides.“This is an important investment for the business which will further secure Grangemouth’s position as Scotland’s largest container terminal. We have analysed the shipping trends and identified the growing demand to accommodate larger vessels from around the world. Through this investment, we will ensure that the Port of Grangemouth remains front and centre for Scotland’s importers and exporters,” said Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports.last_img read more