NTL Officials are hoping the Coffs Harbour skies clear and sun comes out to play before Saturday’s kick-off of competition, after, well, they told the rain it didn’t have any other option but to stop. “The Coffs Harbour weather seems to do this to us quite often, but we’re expecting the next two days to fine up and the fields should dry out quite well. In the worst case scenario, we do have spare fields that can be used and there won’t be any problems for the tournament,” says tournament director Jon Pratt. Up to 2500 players, officials and referees from around Australia are expected to converge on the Coffs community over the next ten days, with no doubt just as many spectators, if not more, also planning a trip to Australia’s premier touch football event. Australia is the World’s number one touch football nation, having returned from the 2003 World Cup in Japan with all five titles. (Mens, Womens, Mixed Open titles, Mens 30’s and Men’s 35’s titles.) With almost all of these World Champion players representing their permits at this tournament, competition is expected to be closer than ever. Jon Pratt says he is excited about how things are looking for the nine days of competition. “With 118 teams nominated for the competition, (53 in the Open Competition and 65 in the Seniors Competition), we’re certainly in for a busy two weeks. The Coffs Harbour community always give us a lot of support and we’re proud to be showcasing not only the best touch football in Australia but some of the best in the world.” The Open Division and 20 years Division competition begins this Saturday at 9am with finals being played on Tuesday 16th from 9am-5pm. The Open Division includes: * Mens, Womens and Mixed Open age groups * Mens and Womens 20 years age groups The Seniors Competition will then commence on Thursday 18th with finals being played on Sunday 21st from 8am-5pm. The Seniors Division includes: * Mens 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s age groups * Womens 30’s, 35’s and 40’s groups Competition is expected to be fierce in all Senior divisions with positions on Australia’s Seniors Teams for a tour to South Africa, England and the Jersey, Channel Isles for the 2004 European Championships up for grabs. For the 20 years Divisions competition will also be incredibly fierce as this tournament is the beginning of a tough selection process leading up to the 2005 Youth World Cup to be held on the Gold Coast next January. For the Open Divisions selectors will be kept busy with the Talent Identification Program (TIP) and beginning selection of the National Training Squads (NTS). Chairman of Selectors Cathy Gray is excited about the depth of talent in Australian Touch Football. “This year’s NTL’s are going to be incredibly busy, but also very exciting for touch football in Australia. For every National Squad this tournament is important in selection for upcoming international teams and events.” media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165
Following the weekend’s training camp in Sydney, Australian Women’s Open squad member, Jessica McCall tells us about how the camp went and the squad’s excitement in the lead up to the 2015 World Cup. I always get excited when it comes to an Australian Touch Camp because although we all live pretty far apart, when we come together it feels like we see each other every week. Although when everyone arrived, we hadn’t seen each other since we were playing against each other at State of Origin a few months ago so we had the usual catch up with everyone while preparing for the start of the camp. While Belly, Phil, Swingers and Marto got the formalities out of the way about what to expect in the next six months, we had a few fresh faces that have been included into the squad which is always great to see. Hannah, Laura, Tamika and Sammy were included into the Women’s squad after an amazing year of Touch from all four of them. Belly also had asked three Under 18’s Australian reps to train with us which gave them in insight into the Australian Open’s Team and hopefully where they’ll end up in next couple of years.While we all knew that we had a fitness test before the camp, everyone was a bit on edge, especially me, as we all knew Belly likes our team to be physically fit as he likes a running game. While there were a few nervous faces and a few panic attacks, the test got under way. We ran for eight minutes, had an eight minute break and then ran for eight minutes again. While it doesn’t sound like much, the test is quite physically demanding and even more mentally demanding. Luckily I had Hannah Dyball helping me every step along the way but the whole team really put in a massive effort which I think comes down to our attitude to retaining the World Cup. With fitness out of the way, Belly decided to put us into two teams: Cows and Ducks. The Ducks were practically any squad member under 20 years of age versus the Cows which we classified as the older but more experienced. Although the Cows didn’t possess the youthfulness or the speed of the Ducks, the Cows had experience and experience won us the first challenge of line attack. The young ones were punished by Phil with V-sit holds and the young ones were determined to get back at us. Dummy-half running was next on the agenda and my team, the Cows thought it would be a good idea to give the Ducks some confidence and let them win this challenge, although this punishment would happen after our 20 metre Touch game. 20 metre Touch is a variation of Beach Touch and the Old Cows were once again winners so we ended up doing the punishment which was planks. The day was over after Ice Baths and everyone is a little sore and sorry but a very successful first day.We arrived on Sunday quite early and as everyone is booting up, Laura Peattie realises she forgot her boots. So lucky a Touch friend lived close by and her dad Ray Ray drove her boots out to her. The morning session revolved around driving patterns and yet again another challenge occurred with the experienced Cows winning again and the young Duckies had to army crawl the whole length of the field. This was one challenge us Cows knew we had to win as we probably wouldn’t be able to stand up if we had to do this punishment.We then had a proper game against the West’s Division One Men’s team which really showed us how far we’ve come in the space of two days. Our driving, talk and defence was amazing and the commitment shown by every player was world class. When the game finished we all knew we that we had something special within this squad and every player could pull on the Green and Gold jersey without any hesitation. If only we were allowed to take 20 players to the World Cup as I believe everyone deserved a spot to take the field in the World Cup.Our whole team would like to thank Belly, Swingers and Phil for such an organised camp and we all know the direction in which the Australian Women’s Open team is headed in. To Marto, thanks for being our Touch mum while at camp and knowing what we are going through really helps us more than you know. To TFA, thank you for your time and for organising a great camp for the entire Open squads. Related LinksAussie Camp Diary
Sampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be soldby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero insists no-one will be sold this month.Samp are just three points off the top four.“After the game, on the bus, I congratulated all the players,” Ferrero told Il Secolo XIX.“I told them I was proud of how they face the Bianconeri. The fans can be calm, I won’t sell anyone. The base of the group is strong and united, it will remain.“At the most we’ll see if there’s an opportunity to bring in someone promising, like in recent years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Silva safe as Everton defeat West Hamby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton eased the pressure on manager Marco Silva with an impressive win over disappointing West Ham United at Goodison Park.Silva is fighting to ease doubts over his future after four straight Premier League defeats plunged Everton into the relegation zone – but this was a vastly-improved, excellent display to earn three vital points.He made five changes from the side that lost at Burnley and was rewarded with a piece of individual brilliance from recalled Brazilian Bernard, who tricked his way into the West Ham area before beating keeper Roberto Jimenez with a clever finish after 17 minutes to set Everton on their way.Everton had numerous opportunities to extend their advantage but Roberto produced a succession of fine saves, especially from Tom Davies and Alex Iwobi, while Richarlison hit the woodwork. It was in stoppage time that second-half substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson, dropped for the first time since he became Everton’s record £45m signing in summer 2017, ended any doubts about the outcome with a magnificent 25-yard rising right-foot drive.Everton attacker Theo Walcott said at the final whistle: “The game felt like we need to start taking our chances, we had so many. It showed how good we can be going forwards. We know the quality in the team, we know what to expect from each other.”The fans were fantastic today, but then they always are. The sense of urgency was what we needed.”
Juventus watching Tottenham youngster Troy Parrottby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are watching Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott.The Irish teen is yet to make a first team appearance for Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League.The striker is being earmarked as one of Spurs’ most promising youngsters and there is hope he can break into the first team before the end of the season.Calciomercato says Juventus have been impressed by the youngster and will continue to monitor his development.The report claims the Bianconeri are interested in the Irishman and are deciding on whether to make a move when the transfer window reopens. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool will not wilt under the pressure of ending their 29-year wait for a league title, according to former Reds legend John Barnes, despite missing the chance to go seven points clear.Manchester City’s defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday opened the door for Liverpool to strengthen their grip on first place in the Premier League.However, the Reds were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City at Anfield 24 hours later, meaning their advantage only stands at five points. 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? Barnes is not concerned, though, and believes Jurgen Klopp can guide Liverpool to success this season.”It’s not all doom and gloom,” he told talkSPORT. “It was a great opportunity to go seven points clear, but we’ve added another point.”It’s only January and teams, including Liverpool and Manchester City, will drop more points. We’re not going to have another situation like last year where City went so far ahead of everybody else and didn’t drop points.”Liverpool drawing against a struggling Leicester team, City losing to a struggling Newcastle team – this happens in the Premier League.”So I’d rather see this as a point gained. Yes, it’s an opportunity lost to go seven clear, but we’re one point further ahead.He added: “The pressure isn’t necessarily going to show now, there’s still a long way to go. The pressure really comes into focus around March.”But I think the Jurgen Klopp factor is very important – he really takes every game as it comes, the pressure is to perform in every game, he puts demands on those players to give 100 per cent every time. So I think they’re able to handle the pressure.”Liverpool had enjoyed a seven-point lead earlier this term, but the champions narrowed the gap with a 2-1 win over the Reds at the Etihad on January 3. Goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane cancelled out a Roberto Firmino effort on that occasion, three months after the sides played out a goalless draw in the reverse Premier League fixture.Liverpool could have another chance to extend their lead at the top when they play West Ham on Monday if City drop points at home to Arsenal on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Alexis Sanchez needs regular match action either at Manchester United or elsewhere, says Chile great Ivan Zamorano.Sanchez left Arsenal for United in January 2018 but has struggled to find his best form at Old Trafford, starting just nine Premier League games last season and scoring once.The 30-year-old has continued to score for Chile, though, netting twice so far at the Copa America, yet Zamorano believes the rust from his club campaign has still been evident in the wins over Japan and Ecuador. 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? And the former Chile star wants Sanchez, who has been linked with Juventus, to be a starter wherever he begins next term.”What’s best for [Sanchez] is to play – wherever he can, be it at Manchester United or any other team,” Zamorano told Omnisport.”The important thing is for him to be constantly competing. I talk from my experience. Sometimes when you’re abroad and you’re not playing, it is hard to regain the level.”We’ve seen it. Alexis hasn’t played in Manchester for a long time, but the second he puts on the Chilean shirt, he’s different. That’s what we like.”No matter how you are doing at your team, we hope at the moment you put on the Chilean shirt you give your best, and that’s what Alexis is doing.”I’m very happy to see him regaining his level and to see him being a vital part of Chile, being a protagonist in South America again.”Sanchez was set to be assessed for an ankle injury ahead of Monday’s clash against Uruguay, with Chile having already sealed their progression out of Group C.Man Utd have already brought in Daniel James from Swansea after the 21-year-old impressed with his pace in wide areas for the Championship side last season.James will provide extra competition for Sanchez next term with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be keen to reshape his squad with young players. Senior players Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba could to depart Old Trafford this summer, with Ander Herrera having already departed following the expiration of his contract.James could get his first competitive opportunity for the Red Devils in their opening Premier League game against Chelsea on August 11.
United States coach Jill Ellis believes playing under Manchester United great Alex Ferguson has rubbed off on her England counterpart Phil Neville.The Lionesses are one step away from reaching their first Women’s World Cup final in France having advanced to a semi-final date with the U.S. in Neville’s maiden major tournament in charge.Neville had never managed a senior male or female team prior to landing the England job in January 2018, but he is quickly earning admirers thanks to the Lionesses’ run. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Ellis is not surprised by the success Neville has enjoyed in the past, pointing to a decorated playing career where he won 10 major trophies at Manchester United with Ferguson in charge.”A lot of us are products of our environments and obviously he had a pretty good mentor there for a while,” Ellis said at a news conference to preview Tuesday’s last-four clash with England in Lyon.”I’m not surprised [by Neville’s success]. In terms of managing a team, I think the team has made strides, you can see they’re playing hard, bought into what he wants them to do, I think he’s done a really good job.”I haven’t seen Phil on the inside so I can’t speak to what he’s like in front of his team. My interactions have been purely professional, he conducts himself in a great way. I enjoyed our sideline conversations – he seems like a really genuine person.”As it relates to Sir Alex, I grew up a Man United fan so I can’t speak enough about him as a manager, [he] brought the best out of his players, was ruthless at times.”In that regard, having probably been around Sir Alex at an internal level… everybody affects us, everybody influences us, you take a little bit of that away.”Some things you like, some things you don’t. In our lives we’re all affected by people we come in contact with so I’m sure that’s had the same effect.”The semi-finals are coming. And we can’t wait. #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/PNqA9UI4FU— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 30, 2019Ellis can also list Ferguson as an inspiration, albeit her meeting with the Scot at an awards ceremony was far briefer.Born in England, Ellis grew up a fan of Premier League giants United and said it was natural a great like Ferguson would also influence her. “[He was] super gracious, charming, nice,” she added of the Scot. “It was a brief interaction but I’ve read his books and being a young Man United fan back in the day, I was all in!”I think for me I’ve had a lot of different influences in my life. I’m a sum of all the parts. I think I’m authentic in who I am but I definitely think you grow and you learn from watching and speaking to other people in terms of the experiences you have.”
Major League Soccer is headed to St. Louis and Brian McBride is already excited for the prospects of a rivalry between the expansion side and Chicago Fire. The two cities have a long history of sports rivalries, with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals sharing a division in Major League Baseball, while the Blackhawks and Blues are both members of the National Hockey League’s Central division. That rivalry will now have the chance to extend to the soccer pitch, with St. Louis set to begin play in 2022 after being awarded a team by MLS on Tuesday. 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? And McBride, who played his college soccer at St. Louis University and made over 100 appearances for the Fire during his professional career, is thrilled by the prospects. “I’m really excited,” former Fulham and Columbus Crew forward McBride said on ESPN. “And not just because St. Louis deserves it, and the history of St. Louis. “But now you’ve got this rivalry between Chicago and St. Louis. [It] is there in all professional sports that they both have sports in. And now you have it with the Fire and the St. Louis team that’s coming in. It’s going to be really special.”The new outfit in St. Louis will be the 28th team in MLS, but the club will be the first in one regard – with a majority female ownership group, the first of it’s kind in league history and a rarity in top-level professional sports. And those new owners are hoping to continue the proud legacy of sports achievement in the city as they add a soccer club to the roster of professional teams. “The most interesting aspect, and one we are very proud of, is the fact that we are the first female majority led ownership group in MLS history, and one of few in all professional sports,” St. Louis owner Carolyn Kindle Betz at Tuesday’s announcement. “This is truly a historic day for St. Louis. “I believe it was just a couple months ago we were celebrating our very first Stanley Cup win. So being awarded this MLS team just continues to add to the positive momentum going on in our city. “We are providing a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people and their love for the game. As we have stated from the beginning, we did not want to take resources away from the city. Our goal has always been overwhelmingly to privately finance a team and stadium that fuel the region’s continued growth, bringing people together and creating a lasting legacy for this city.”
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Running back Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions are locked in a tight contest with the Michigan State Spartans as the game heads to the fourth quarter. Penn State held a 14-7 lead at the half, but the Spartans battled back and the game is tied at 14.The Nittany Lions have struggled in recent history against the Spartans and are in danger of dropping yet another to the division rival. What’s worse for Penn State is the team may have just lost starting running back Miles Sanders to an injury.Sanders ran for a short gain but got rolled up on and could be seen limping off the field.Cameras caught Sanders on the sideline and he seemed to be testing out his left leg.Miles Sanders appears to be in discomfort heading toward the sideline.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 13, 2018The star tailback picked up right where former Penn State star Saquon Barkley left off with the Nittany Lions. He leads the team in rushing and had 152 yards on just 11 carries before leaving the contest.UPDATE: It appears Sanders is good to go.Miles Sanders was ready to check back in if Michigan State accepted penalty, re-played third down. https://t.co/PMRwLCDgxI— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 13, 2018That’s good news for the Nittany Lions moving forward.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 17: A football rests on the pylon prior to the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls the at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)A college football head coach will be leading his team with a heavy heart in its bowl game.Temple interim head coach Ed Foley will be coaching the Owls in their bowl game on Thursday, but he’ll be doing so after learning some terrible family news.Foley’s younger brother passed away last week.Philly.com had more on the tragic news:Since Friday, the bowl preparation has also provided a sense of refuge after the news that day that Cliff Foley, Ed’s younger brother, had passed away.Ed Foley said on Wednesday the cause of the death was still unknown.Cliff Foley, a 1987 graduate of Cherry Hill East where he starred in football and baseball and then enjoyed an excellent baseball career at Villanova, has been living for years in Plano, Texas.During Wednesday’s final press conference at Independence Stadium, Foley talked about his brother and dealing with the tragic situation. (He was asked before the press conference if he would be willing to discuss his brother and Ed Foley was more than willing to oblige.)Our thoughts are with the Foleys and their family and friends.Temple is set to play Duke in the Independence Bowl on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. E.T.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)On Saturday night, the Clemson Tigers once again proved why they are one of the best program in the country year-in and year-out. The Tigers dominated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl to the tune of a 30-3 win.After the game all of the familiar playoff questions popped back up. Why was Notre Dame in the playoff ahead of Georgia and Ohio State?Those teams finished at No. 5 and No. 6 in the rankings respectively and missed out on an opportunity to play in the College Football Playoff.Now other coaches are wondering about the playoff committee’s method of operations. An anonymous coach spoke with college football insider Bruce Feldman and offered the following comments:“When will the (CFP) committee actually watch personnel? Notre Dame doesn’t have players anywhere close to the three other teams or Georgia. Like watching a NFL team play a college team,” the coach said.Text from an FBS head coach: “When will the (CFP) committee actually watch personnel? Notre Dame doesn’t have players anywere close to the three other teams or Georgia. Like watching a NFL team play a college team.”— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 30, 2018Arguments about the playoff will be made until the end of time.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 09: Jalston Fowler #45 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers in the fourth quarter of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For a short while – a very short while – it seemed as though Alabama might be losing ground in the 2020 recruiting class rankings. But after briefly falling behind one of their SEC rivals, the Crimson Tide are back on top.According to 247’s BamaOnLine, Alabama has reclaimed the top spot as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the Class of 2020. Nick Saban’s side replaces bitter rival LSU, who occupied the spot for several weeks until losing it on Thursday.Per the report, the shift is a result of four-star defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy’s decision to decommit from LSU. Roy is the No. 104 prospect in the country, the No. 10 defensive tackle prospect in the country, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Louisiana, per 247Sports.#Alabama retakes the No. 1 class with 4-star DL Jaquelin Roy’s decommitment. He’s expected in Tuscaloosa this weekend too https://t.co/hOZNVGFSa6 https://t.co/L7zxCR4JXq— Hank South (@HankSouth247) March 1, 2019Alabama’s current recruiting class consists of 11 committed players.Among them are five-star defensive end and No. 14 overall prospect Chris Braswell, who made a hard commit to the team this past November.Alabama has also secured commitments from another nine four-star prospects, including No. 1 defensive tackle Jayson Jones.LSU had an equal number of prospects as the Crimson Tide before Roy’s decommitment yesterday. However, the Tigers are still on pace to have perhaps their best recruiting class in several years when 2020 rolls around.[247Sports]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former UCLA football coach Terry Donahue has been diagnosed with cancer, the team said in a statement.According to the statement, Donahue underwent surgery this past Friday at UCSD’s Jacobs Medical Center and was released from the hospital a few days later.He is expected to begin chemotherapy following his recovery from the surgery.“Former head coach Terry Donahue is recovering from surgery following a recent cancer diagnosis. We wish Coach the best in his fight and look forward to seeing him back on the sideline,” the team said in a statement.Former head coach Terry Donahue is recovering from surgery following a recent cancer diagnosis.We wish Coach the best in his fight and look forward to seeing him back on the sideline.https://t.co/0zSeOF6fZR pic.twitter.com/MaJYaYQf9b— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) May 21, 2019Donahue is the winningest coach in UCLA football history with a career record of 151-74-8 during his 20 years as the team’s head coach. In those 20 seasons, Donahue led the team to 13 postseason berths and ended with an 8-4-1 record in those bowl games – and an impressive 3-1 record in the Rose Bowl.Donahue finished his career as a two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a five Pac-10 championships. He went on to become the director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers before taking over for Bill Walsh as general manager from 2001-05.He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Dede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is still over a month away but speculation on the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner has been raging for months. While a handful of quarterbacks from the College Football Playoff contenders have held the top spots for ages, there are plenty of players who can emerge and surprise us.According to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook via 247Sports, 10 players have been given 20/1 odds or better.The top odds are actually tied between Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence at +275.Tagovailoa led Alabama to a national title win over Georgia in the 2017 season and followed that up with a Heisman trophy runner-up performance in 2018. Lawrence took over as Clemson’s starter in Week 5 and went on to lead the Tigers to an undefeated season, culminating in their 44-16 national title game victory over Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide.Three quarterbacks are tied for the third-best odds at 10/1: Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez, and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. Of the three, Hurts is the most experienced and part of the program that boasts the last two consecutive Heisman Trophy winners.In sole possession of sixth place is Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor at 18/1. Over the past two seasons he has rushed for 4,171 yards, a 6.9 yards/carry average, and 29 touchdowns.The final four players in the top ten are all quarterbacks from different Power Five conferences: Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, and Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger.Will the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner be one of these ten players, or will another under-the-radar player surprise us all?
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 15: A general view during the game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 15, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)During last week’s Big Ten Media Days, coaches were not afraid to speak their minds about the conference’s divisional layout. Just about every head coach weighed in on the possibility of changing things up, and they were pretty split on the matter.Since the Big Ten moved from the goofy “Leaders and Legends” breakdown for East and West in 2014, the East has won the Big Ten title every single year. Much of that is thanks to Ohio State’s dominance under Urban Meyer, obviously.The balance issues are bigger than the Buckeyes though. There have been years where Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State are four of the five best teams in the entire conference, if not one through four in some order.Obviously, that is not ideal. Wisconsin has been a stalwart over in the West, but they’ve been the only really competitive team on a year-to-year basis, and haven’t gotten over the hump for a conference title since 2012. There is some hope, with Nebraska gaining steam and teams like Purdue and Minnesota looking improved. Still, the Big Ten East looks to be the much stronger division.One simple fix to Big Ten football’s divisional balance issues: swap Penn State and Purdue.Penn State won the Big Ten back in 2016, and has been very competitive under James Franklin over the last few years. Perhaps most importantly to those in power, this move would be the least disruptive of any of the big four programs going East to West.This move would go a long way towards helping out the balance in football, while preserving the most important rivalries in the sport. Splitting up the Ohio State-Michigan-Michigan State triumvirate would be messy, while Penn State is easier to remove from that round robin. PSU and Ohio State have a nice budding rivalry in particular, and there was obviously hope that the series with Maryland and Rutgers could develop into something, but that hasn’t taken hold.Meanwhile, this would bring Indiana and Purdue, which currently have the only protected cross-division rivalry in the league, into the same division.If Penn State and Ohio State, or one of those Maryland/Rutgers aspirational rivalries is super important, we know the Big Ten is willing to make accommodations like it is to IU/Purdue to keep it as an annual series.As it turns out, James Franklin might be the head coach pushing hardest for change to come to the Big Ten layout. From Media Days, via the Detroit Free Press:“I think the East is very strong and has been strong for a number of years. Obviously you can have the argument over history that there’s ebb and flow, but if you look at the East, it’s been pretty strong. Probably similar in a lot of ways to what the SEC West is like. I think we’ve got to look at that, at least have a discussion. I’m not saying we have to make any changes, but we need to have discussion.”If this was implemented ahead of this coming season, the results would be pretty stark, at least in terms of preseason predictions.Right now, the average FPI rank for the Big Ten East is 35.86, with Michigan (No. 5), Penn State (12), Ohio State (13), and Michigan State (14) coming before the first West team, Nebraska (23). The average rank for the West is 44.71.Trading Penn State for Purdue (62) would just about flip the two, moving the East to an average of exactly 43, and the West to 37.57.Not everyone is on board for a change right now, but if the Big Ten does want to find an easy way to smooth things out a bit without reshuffling the entire conferences, this switch seems like the most seamless option.
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Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 19:40 IST Minerva Punjab said they will not object if the court directs it to first go to the I-League committee (@minervapunjabfc Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMinerva Punjab did not travel to Srinagar for their I-League match against Real KashmirMinerva filed a writ petition at the Delhi High Court, challenging AIFF’s refusal to move the matchAIIF taken a dim view of Minerva’s no-show and said the champions could expect further actionMinerva Punjab’s petition challenging the AIFF’s refusal to postpone their I-League match against Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar is expected to come up for hearing on Friday at the Delhi High court, the club’s lawyers said Tuesday, insisting that the team’s “well-founded” fears have been ignored.Minerva did not show up for their clash against a ready RKFC in Srinagar on Monday after asserting that the home club and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) failed in providing written security assurances in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.The I-League defending champions filed a writ petition at the Delhi High court, challenging AIFF’s refusal to either move the match to some other venue or postpone it, on Monday itself.Amitabh Tiwari, the counsel for Minerva, said the club will not object if the court directs it to first go to the I-League committee to sort out the issue.”If the AIFF wants to settle the case at the court on the day of hearing, we are fine. But if the court directs us to first go to the I-League committee and see if it is possible to sort out the matter there, we will do so,” Tiwari told PTI.In the petition, Minerva has accused the AIFF of acting arbitrarily and said the AIFF’s rejection of its request to postpone the match was against the principles of equity and are violative of the I-League regulations 2018-19 and the FIFA Safety Guidelines.”The AIFF is acting arbitrarily and without reason as earlier in the month the match between Real Kashmir FC and East Bengal was postponed on account of snow whereas the present situation is much more serious and lives of the players and the spectators are at risk,” the petition said.advertisement”Minerva’s fears are well-founded and a request to postpone the match by 2 weeks would not affect any party especially in light of the fact that it has been done before for completely avoidable reasons.”The Punjab club also said the AIFF has not taken into account the e-mails sent by them wherein they have categorically stated that the international players on their roster have been advised by their respective countries to not travel to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”If AIFF can postpone the match with East Bengal due to snow then they should have taken the lead and postponed the match for 7-10 days,” said the petition.”It’s ironical that the entire world plays football on snow but on that pretext the match with East Bengal was postponed by almost 3 weeks. The decision smacks of hypocrisy on AIFF’s part.”The decision of AIFF not to postpone the match is akin to forcing the players and spectators to play Russian Roulette with their lives.”The AIFF has not yet called the match a forfeiture by Minerva and has referred the matter to its I-League Committee. As per FIFA rules, a forfeiture leads to the awarding of full points to teh side which shows up, in this case Real Kashmir.The entire sequence of events is a fallout of Thursday’s attack in which at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed while several others injured. It has been termed the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.Also Read | Minerva Punjab likely to face action after no-show in Srinagar for Real Kashmir tieAlso Read | Srinagar not the place to play football right now: Minerva boss responds to Real KashmirAlso Read | Real Kashmir to East Bengal: Dear friends, come and play in Srinagar. Guarantee your safetyFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Minerva PunjabFollow PetitionFollow Delhi High CourtFollow i-leagueFollow AIFF Minerva’s petition at Delhi High Court likely to come up for hearing on Friday: LawyerMinerva Punjab filed a writ petition at the Delhi High Court, challenging AIFF’s refusal to either move their match against Real Kashmir from Srinaga to some other venue or postpone itadvertisement Next
Next Reuters WatfordMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 18:20 IST Brendan Rodgers will not make wholesale changes to Leicester City team feels Watford coach Javi Gracia (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrendan join Leicester City following the sacking of Claude PuelRodgers ended a trophy-filled spell at Scottish champions CelticLeicester City will face Watford FC at Vicarage Road on SundayWatford coach Javi Gracia does not expect Leicester City to be drastically different under new manager Brendan Rodgers when the teams meet in the Premier League on Sunday.Rodgers ended a trophy-filled spell at Scottish champions Celtic to join Leicester on Tuesday following the sacking of Claude Puel, and Gracia believes the former Liverpool boss will not make wholesale changes for his first game in charge.”It’s true… we don’t know what they can do because there is a new manager and maybe they choose other players or another shape,” Gracia told a news conference.”But we know the players they have and I don’t think they will change a lot the players or the way they are playing.”Under Frenchman Puel, Leicester blended a counter-attacking approach with a fluid possession game but have struggled with inconsistency this season to sit 11th in the table with 35 points from 28 matches.They did, however, beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 last time out.”I don’t know if it’s more difficult but it’s different,” Gracia said.”We don’t have the references we have with other coaches and other teams, but the most important thing is to be concentrated on ourselves and on our work.”Watford are eighth in the standings with 40 points.Also Read | Everyone knows I’d like to stay: Solskjaer hopes to remain Manchester United managerAlso Read | Liverpool’s Sadio Mane happy to stay central in Merseyside derby vs EvertonFor 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 Tags :Follow Brendan RodgersFollow WatFord FCFollow Leicester CityFollow Javi Gracia Watford don’t expect Brendan Rodgers to ring Leicester City changesBrendan Rodgers ended a trophy-filled spell at Scottish champions Celtic to join Leicester on Tuesday following the sacking of Claude Pueladvertisement
World Cup 2019: How the points table looks like after England reach semi-finalsWorld Cup 2019: England grabbed the third spot in the semi-finals after their massive 119-run victory over New Zealand and will now face either Australia or India in the World Cup 2019 knockouts.advertisement Rohan Sen July 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 12:58 IST England registered their sixth win in nine games while New Zealand suffered their third successive loss in (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland qualified for the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1992New Zealand look the most-likely to join Australia, India and England in the semis despite their lossEngland will now face either Australia or India in the last four of the World Cup 2019England produced yet another clinical performance against a hapless New Zealand side on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time after 1992, virtually knocking out Pakistan from the race to qualify for the last four of this edition.The hosts rode on yet another superb batting performance from the likes of Jonny Bairstow (106), Jason Roy (60) and captain Eoin Morgan (42) to post 305 for 8 on the board. Mark Wood and company then ran through the Kiwi batting lineup to bundle the opposition out for 186 in 45 overs with Wood grabbing 3 wickets.The win not only saw England clinch third place in the points table but also massively improved their net run rate. It was their sixth win in nine games while New Zealand suffered their third successive loss in the tournament.ICC WORLD CUP 2019 POINTS TALLYThree teams are now in the last-four. New Zealand look the most-likely to join Australia, India and England.Here is how the points table looks now after 41 group games with one final semi-final spot up for grabs. India Today PhotoPAKISTAN VIRTUALLY KNOCKED OUTFor Pakistan, the equation has become very tough and they are all but out of the race for the semis. Pakistan are placed 5th with 9 points from 8 matches. They have a negative net run rate of -0.792 while New Zealand who are sitting 4th with 11 points from 9 matches have a positive net run rate of +0.175 even after their loss to England.For Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team to qualify, they need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs if they post 350 on the board, or beat them by 316 runs if they post 400 on the board or win by 321 runs if they manage a total of 450.advertisementIf Pakistan bowl first then they will be knocked out even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday. New Zealand meanwhile, will qualify if Bangladesh beat Pakistan on Friday. They will also qualify if Bangladesh lose by a lesser margin than the ones mentioned in the scenarios above.Also Read | Why it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | England reach semi-finals after thrashing New Zealand in Chester-le-StreetAlso Read | Never depend on others: Fans heartbroken as Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chances all but overFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow England vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup Points Table Next