It’s all happening in Junior Touch around Australia, whether it be the AusTouch program, new Junior competitions or the NSW Junior State Cup, it’s certainly looking promising for the future of Touch. SWQ- AUSTOUCH KICKS OFF AT CHINCHILLA: From South West Queensland Terry McSweeney and his team have kicked off the Aus Touch Program in Chinchilla… “As you would be aware the AusTouch program has been developed to increase participation in the sport of Touch and increase the skill level of the participants and to promote a healthy, safe after school activity for children. Yesterday, Wednesday the 16th of February saw the initial AusTouch program in SWQ with 106 children signing up to participate in the affiliate of Chinchilla 180 km west of Toowoomba. The number could well increase as a number of children were unable to attend the sign on day. The sign on was held from 3.30 to 4.30pm with the association President Brenda Rackemann and members of her executive including Lisa and Jo as well as a number of volunteers busily signing up eager children who flooded in straight after school. It was good to see so many parents looking to be involved in some capacity. The program will have 15 volunteer leaders to guide the children over the next 7 weeks and I think some of the leaders are as excited about the program as the kids. The first session of the program commences next week under the guidance of myself and Phil Gyemore with the leaders then taking the reins for a few weeks before our return mid program to provide assistance if require. If your association or school in South West Queensland is interested in running the AusTouch program just contact our office for further details, as going on the Chinchilla response it is going to be a much sort after activity. AusTouch can be run after school once a week over 6 to 8 weeks or as an intensive 2 day program. I’ll keep you up to date over the coming weeks as the Chinchilla program progresses!” Any enquiries on SWQ Touch contact Terry at: SWQ Touch Assoc PO Box 550 Darling Heights Qld 0746311464 0407130703 Any enquiries on AusTouch, contact Marianne Maguire on (08) 8373 3222 SQBD- BEENLEIGH TOUCH JUNIOR COMPETITION BEGINS: For Karley Banks the last few weeks have been more than a little hectic as she helped a Junior Touch competition kick off at Beenleigh… “We had 40 kids start last week, after a great response at the initial sign on days and really good coverage in the local media. The short lightning season (six weeks in total) will include skill development each week for 30 minutes before the teams take part in matches. There are two divisions, Under 10’s and Under 15’s – it’s a Mixed competition for this first season with the emphasis on coming along and trying the sport. Strudwick’s Sportsworld has sponsored playing shirts for the children and Beenleigh are keeping costs to a minimum to ensure their first foray into the sport is affordable, safe and fun. We’re hoping to expand the competition after this initial lightning season and Beenleigh are keen to develop the competition to a level where they can send representative teams away to this year’s Qlueensland Junior State Cup at the Glasshouse Mountains from the July 1-3.” Any enquiries on Beenleigh Touch, give Karley Banks a call at South Queensland & Border Districts Touch Association on (07) 34230887 or firstname.lastname@example.org NSW TOUCH CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS WITH JUNIOR STATE CUP: For New South Wales Touch this weekend is set to be their busiest of the year. Right now around 7000 kids state wide are packing their bags for a trip to Wollongong for the 2005 NSW Junior State Cup. Here’s a report on the event from NSW Touch: The NSW Touch Association’s (NSWTA) Junior State Cup will once again raise the benchmark for the largest representative Touch Football carnival in the world when it takes place this weekend in Wollongong. The event has continued its run of increases in participant growth and popularity. Since 2002 when 182 teams competed, the Cup has increased to set a world record of 274 teams at the 2005 event. The continual rise of the event reflects the current growth patterns in the sport; however with this being a junior event, it is particular pleasing for the organisers. “The popularity of this event far out weighs anything else in the touch world and that is a real positive for the sport,” NSWTA General Manager Dean Russell says. “However we are now really going to review our delivery as the event is nearly at a point where we have too many teams for the current format. It is a problem we enjoy having though. Its much better to have too many kids playing than not enough.” “This event continues to be a positive feature of our game that we must continue to capitalise on” Russell added. Overall 2004 State Champions Manly will once again be strong contenders filling teams in every division, however it is expected that they will not have it all their own way with home to town favourites, Wollongong, having planned a concerted effort this year to take the title. Strong junior competitions such as Wagga, Parramatta, Penrith, Cronulla and Newcastle are all favoured to do well and could very well hold the converted tag of overall State Champions come Sunday afternoon. However while the focus will be on Touch, the local community will be set for a big weekend with up 12500 visitors to the area over the two day carnival. Russell expects the financial boost to the community to be significant. “For these tournaments to be successful we need to have successful partnerships with the local community and with the likelihood of such a large number coming to town, the 2 day event will certainly provide an enormous economic boost to the whole Illawarra area.” The event will take place this weekend, February 19/20, at Thomas Dalton Park, Charters Lane, Fairy Meadow and is played in both boys and girls divisions from U/10’s through to U/18’s involving teams form all over NSW. Draws and times can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au Any requests for interviews can be made by contacting the General Manager on 0417 242 989 Event Statistics ,,X 275 teams over 10 divisions, 5 boys and 5 girls. ,,X Five age groups U/10, U/12, U/14, U/16 and U/18 ,,X Over 7000 players and officials with a further 5000 family members expected to attend ,,X Teams from as far north as Murwillumbah, South as Wagga and Griffith and West as Dubbo and Parkes as well as all the strong Sydney clubs will all participate. ,,X Some 767 games over two days in 20 hours of actual playing time ,,X Finals commence at with the U/10’s Girls at 2.30pm and conclude with the U/18’s Boys at 4.30pm Sunday afternoon. ,,X 25 fields running concurrently ,,X the Worlds largest Touch Tournament So things are happening for Junior Touch around Australia, that’s plain to see! It’s great for the direction and future of our status as the World’s leading Touch nation, as well as for the health and development of our kids. If your local, regional or State organisation has a story to share on the development of our future Touch Champions, send it to Rachel Moyle at email@example.com
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Fulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing World Cup star Domagoj Vida.Fotomac says Fulham are looking to strengthen their defence with the World Cup finalist.Croatia’s Vida – currently at Besiktas – is a target for Claudio Ranieri.Besiktas have already lost Pepe, who cancelled his contract earlier this month, so the club may try and drive a hard bargain for Vida, although their money troubles may mean that they can’t afford to be too stubborn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd midfielder Mata insists good relationship with Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata insists he has a good relationship with Jose Mourinho.United signed Mata for £40million in 2014 after then Chelsea boss Mourinho made it clear the midfielder did not fit into his plans.Two years later, Mourinho was appointed United manager. Mata told the Daily Mail: “I have no personal bitterness towards him at all.”My football is not perfect for his idea of football. That’s what happens.”I was at Chelsea, player of the year for two years, everything was rosy and then he arrived with a different approach, which I respect because there is not only one approach in football.”So there was a football reason. I take it like it is. I went to United and after some time, he came to United, too.”I feel content and happy with myself because again the easiest decision would have been to leave, knowing his approach and my qualities.”But I didn’t leave and despite what many people said and wrote, I played more than people expected.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
With the majority of the United States’ population set to partake in an NCAA Tournament bracket pool or two, we thought we’d give a quick rundown on how these pools work, for those unfamiliar with the concept. An NCAA Tournament bracket pool is a collection of people who are attempting to predict how the tourney will unfold, and, based on the scoring system, one man or woman will emerge as the victor of their respective pool when the tournament concludes. IG/bmikolajekTo start, you need to enter a pool. If you weren’t invited into one by someone else, you can enter one of the hundreds of public pools open on ESPN, CBS, or Yahoo. Next, you need to fill out your bracket, which is set to be released Sunday night on CBS. There are 67 games to pick – the four First Four games, the 32 Second Round games, the 16 Third Round games, the eight Sweet 16 games, the four Elite Eight games, the two Final Four games and the national championship game. The scoring of the bracket pools can vary depending on what platform you’re using, but, basically, you get a certain amount of points per each contest that you pick correctly. Typically, the amount of points you receive per win increases by round, so correctly picking the national champion will be worth far more points than correctly picking the winner of a Second Round game. If two or more brackets have totaled the same number of points at the end of the NCAA Tournament, there are tiebreakers. Usually, you’ll have to predict the score of the national title game, and the person with the closest score wins the tiebreaker. Now that you’ve got the NCAA Tournament bracket pools down, go out and win yourself some pools!
Florida Gators PlaylistThe Florida Gators take on New Mexico State this Saturday, and of course, fans want to know which quarterback – Will Grier or Treon Harris – will be starting under center. They’re going to have to wait until the game actually kicks off. Monday, Florida released its official depth chart, and both quarterbacks were listed. It specifically reads “Will Grier or Treon Harris.”#Gators depth chart for Week 1 vs. @NMStateFootball: pic.twitter.com/fagneeqMB1— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) August 31, 2015#Gators release official depth chart. pic.twitter.com/N8ZB2abf4E— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) August 31, 2015It was already known that both Grier and Harris would be playing in the season opener. It’ll be interesting to see which player gets more snaps – and – which player performs better.
Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City’s rampant performance in their 9-0 win over Burton Albion and welcomed the chance to rest his stars for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.Defending champions City’s place in next month’s final is all but secured even before the return leg of the last-four clash after Gabriel Jesus scored four goals in Wednesday’s rout. Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez also found the net on a miserable night for League One Burton. 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? Guardiola was proud to see his side continue to look for goals despite having the match wrapped up with four at half-time and is now looking forward to giving some members of his squad a break in their hectic schedule.”We are in the final,” the Spaniard told his post-match media conference. “Of course, we have to play the second game [and] we will take it seriously.”Big congratulations to Burton for the tournament they have done, they have beaten teams from the Premier League and Championship, they deserve to be here.”We scored the first goal quickly but the period between the first and second goal was not good, we didn’t control our right side, they had a clear chance at 1-0.”But the difference with Premier League teams is the quality of the players and the rhythm. When you have high intensity for 90 minutes they [drop] and that’s why after the third and fourth goals it was easier.“It was important to take advantage. We didn’t expect to score so many goals but it is good because we are in the final, that’s nice and to come back again means a lot for us.”Every game is important, that is why we are satisfied to get back to Wembley.”He added: “Of course we will play some of the second team and players who don’t play regularly [in the return leg], but in this incredible schedule we have a little bit of a break in that week to prepare for the other competitions.”Nigel Clough was proud of Burton’s performance against the Premier League champions and urged his players not to get too disheartened and instead focus on their incredible run to the last four.”I don’t think we could’ve done too much more with the quality that is out there,” he said. “They’re professional. They never ease off. They don’t just beat you, they annihilate you.”We could do better with one or two but the gulf [in class] of the two teams is far too much to comprehend.”We’re talking about [Manchester] United, Arsenal and Chelsea bridging the gap … we’ve got no chance.”We’ll celebrate, it’s not about tonight: it’s about Burton Albion getting to the semi-final. We’ll probably never be here again and that is how big this achievement is. A lot of clubs have never reached one.”
Mauricio Pochettino refused to entertain talk of a tactical battle with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although he felt Tottenham outplayed Manchester United in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat.United took all three points from Wembley following Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal, but Spurs passed up a series of chances after the break, with David de Gea forced to make 11 saves in the visiting goal.After talk in the build-up to the game that the match was an opportunity for Pochettino – linked to the United job – to take on interim Old Trafford boss Solskjaer, the Tottenham manager was asked how he felt he fared. 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? But Pochettino insisted that the pair had overseen a “collective” battle and joked that he and Solskjaer would have had to take to the field for an individual duel.”It was Tottenham against Manchester United,” he told his post-match news conference. “I’m not going to talk about [a battle with Solskjaer].”I’m not going to judge his tactics. I think, in the plan you have to play, it’s not ethical to talk about how he is doing or I am doing. You only can talk about the game.”Today, to talk about the game, of course we were better. We dominated the game and we created more chances than them. In the second half, we created 11 shots on target, with 11 saves from the goalkeeper.We deserved a lot more today. pic.twitter.com/VCPw65KYTx— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) January 13, 2019″It was a game and a battle between Tottenham and Manchester United, because if not, we would need to play him against me, one-versus-one on the pitch. Then the next game Fulham against [Claudio] Ranieri, then [Chelsea boss Maurizio] Sarri.”OK, come on. That is football and it’s always about collective things.”United have won five games from five in the Premier League since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho, yet Pochettino would also not be drawn on improvement in the Red Devils ranks, despite recording a 3-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier this season.”To be honest, when we played there I thought they were very good and I cannot judge or talk about another period under Mourinho,” he said. “I can only judge the performance of them [at Wembley].”I think my feeling is completely different. I am happy after the defeat with the performance. I wasn’t happy with the performance after we won 3-0 there.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Newcastle travel to Ewood Park on Tuesday for their FA Cup third-round replay against Blackburn Rovers.It took a late penalty from Matt Ritchie to rescue the initial tie for the Magpies, who had fallen behind at St James’ Park to a goal from Bradley Dack, which threatened to be the cause of a significant upset.Rafael Benitez’s side, however, remain in the running to face Watford in the fourth round. 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? Game Blackburn v Newcastle Date Tuesday, January 15 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream NBC ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2, BT Sport 4K UHD and streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Blackburn squad Goalkeepers Raya, Leutwiler, Albinson, Fisher Defenders Mulgrew, Lenihan, Downing, Bell, Williams, Hart, Nyambe, Travis Midfielders Rodwell, Davenport, Reed, Evans, Rothwell, Smallwood, Gladwin, Lyons, Tomlinson, Bennett, Dack Forwards Conway, Brereton, Armstrong, Graham, Samuel, Nuttall Charlie Mulgrew and Derrick Williams may return after missing the weekend’s match against Millwall, while Corry Evans is a doubt.Richie Smallwood, meanwhile, is available after a ban.Possible Blackburn starting XI: Raya; Bennett, Lenihan, Rodwell, Bell; Travis, Evans, Reed, Dack; Armstrong, Nuttall Position Newcastle squad Goalkeepers Dubravka, Elliot, Darlow, Woodman Defenders Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lejeune, Lazaar Midfielders Murphy, Shelvey, Ritchie, Atsu, Hayden Forwards Perez, Joselu, Rondon Newcastle are hampered by injuries heading into this match. Karl Darlow is still struggling and very unlikely to play, while Paul Dummett and Mohamed Diame are sidelined.Jonjo Shelvey needs a fitness test and given Newcastle’s reticence to play a strong side in the first meeting, it would be surprising to see him feature.Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshnori Muto are on international duty.Callum Roberts could feature, three years after making his debut for the club, while youngsters Sean Longstaff and Freddie Woodman are tipped to figure from the off.Possible Newcastle starting XI: Woodman; Manquillo, Sterry, Schar, Clark, Kenedy; Murphy, S. Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu; JoseluBetting & Match Odds Blackburn may be the Championship side, but bet365 have them priced as 6/4 favourites to win. Newcastle can be backed at 2/1 while the draw is 12/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has made it clear that the FA Cup, for now, is not a priority for his team.The Magpies fielded a weakened team when they first tackled Blackburn at St James’ Park and, after a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at the weekend, they find themselves in the Premier League relegation zone. Survival has to be their top priority, with a vital home encounter against Cardiff City to come at the weekend.“The Premier League is massive. You have £130 million guaranteed if you are there,” Benitez said ahead of the replay. “Everyone is trying to manage the situation.”“You have to be realistic. Who’s in the final of the Carabao Cup? One of the top sides.“And who can be in the final of the FA Cup? Now it’s even worse because the reserve team of one of these teams, they can beat another one.“Who has a chance, a realistic chance? Teams in the middle of the table because they can have a go because they are safe. The other teams, you have to manage it really carefully.”Blackburn Rovers, meanwhile, find themselves in the middle of the Championship table, having positioned themselves on the very fringes of the extensive dogfight for the playoffs.Last weekend they scored twice in the last five minutes to dispatch Millwall, with Joe Nuttall and ex-Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong on target.“We’re playing a Premier League side,” Rovers manager Tony Mowbray said.“The team know how tough the game is going to be but we always believe we can win, particularly at home.“We have a level of belief that we can ask questions and put them on the back foot.”Rovers, though, have lost their last three FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents, with Stoke their last victims in the 2014-15 campaign.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Hairy Dawg, the mascot for the Georgia Bulldogs on the field during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)Wide receiver Jadon Haselwood has come under some heat over recent comments he made about the Georgia coaching staff’s efforts to recruit him.This past weekend, Haselwood attempted to clarify his comments, in which he implied that the Georgia coaches came across as “used car salesmen.”Taking to Twitter, Haselwood said that the Georgia coaches came across as “very fake” over the implication that they would expect loyalty and then in some cases leave to go to other schools.Haselwood did, however, double-down on his “used car salesman” line in his message.Thank you… pic.twitter.com/7AUkqLmWv3— Jadon Haselwood ? ² (@jadon_haselwood) January 13, 2019The five-star wide receiver out of the state of Georgia ultimately committed to the Oklahoma Sooners.247Sports rated Haselwood as the No. 5 prospect in the nation, the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Georgia.The Bulldogs still have the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the country, but trail SEC-rival Alabama for the top spot.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A detail of an Ohio State Buckeyes helmet during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State running back Demario McCall has certainly been enjoying his summer it would seem. While plenty of his teammates and classmates are heading to the beach, McCall decided to try his hand at fishing.A new video from running backs coach Tony Alford shows McCall on his first-ever fishing trip, and he even managed to catch a decent-sized fish.But despite being built like a football player, McCall couldn’t resist letting out a few yelps at the idea of putting his hands on his latest catch.He complains several times about touching it before Alford convinces him to put his thumb in the fish’s mouth: Priceless!! @DemarioMccall went fishing for the 1st time. “It’s gonna bite me!!” @ToteNation pic.twitter.com/xKK1C5eLbu— Coach Tony Alford (@CoachTonyAlford) July 14, 2019McCall has been used only sparingly in his first three years at Ohio State.In 16 games played he has rushed 71 times for 431 yards and four touchdowns. Nearly half of that production came in two games against Rutgers in 2016 and 2017.He has also been deployed on kickoff and punt return duties.Though he may have been buried on the Ohio State depth chart, next season could see even more opportunities for McCall to show the Buckeyes what he’s made of.Enjoy the summer!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “If they’re able find a way to win it, look out, because Texas can be one of those teams to keep an eye on.”Another team Herbstreit is high on: Kentucky.The ESPN college football analyst likes the Wildcats to go over their projected win total.Herbstreit likes Kentucky as his “best bet” for the 2019 college football season.On Sportscenter, @KirkHerbstreit says his best bet for College Football Over/Unders is Kentucky winning OVER 6.5 games— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 23, 2019The 2019 college football season truly can’t get here soon enough.The games begin at the end of the month. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has named a couple of teams that he’s high on heading into the upcoming 2019 season.The first team: Texas.The Longhorns are a potential national championship “dark horse” pick for Herbstreit, who’s high on Tom Herman’s squad heading into August.“I love to go to the Kentucky Derby and I’m a horse racing guy, so I hate the favorite,” Herbstreit said on SportsCenter. “So in this case, I’m trying to beat the favorite. Because of that, I see value with Texas at 20/1. With (Sam) Ehlinger coming back, he’s got enough weapons led by Collin Johnson. I think this team can make some noise and there’s very good chance they go to Dallas against Oklahoma undefeated.
This afternoon, he took to Twitter wondering why people were asking him about picking South Carolina on Saturday. He clarified that he successfully picked the Gamecocks to win the match-up last time the two sides played at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia back in 2010.Quarterback Stephen Garcia led Steve Spurrier’s team to a monumental upset of the No. 1 Crimson Tide, 35-21, that day.Why am I getting asked if I’m picking South Carolina over Bama???? Hahaha!!! I DID pick South Carolina over Bama in 2010!!!!! Not in 2019!!! Love to know where that came from. Wasn’t from me.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 13, 2019About 10 minutes later, Herbie found the quote, and responded with a pretty appropriate face palm emoji.🤦🏼♂️ https://t.co/tzoY19BbGo— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 13, 2019This is far from the first time that this account has tricked people over the last few weeks.The most notorious instance was probably back in July, when it made up a tweet Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, ripping both Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and his own head coach, Jim Harbaugh. It was meant to look as if Patterson had intended it to come from a burner account, à la Kevin Durant.That same month, it made up a quote from Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal, pretending that the Ducks leader said that Auburn would just be “another team in the Pac-12” ahead of the two teams’ Week 1 game.It is a bit surprising that this account hasn’t been taken down yet, but there are definitely higher priorities on Twitter’s plate. Stay vigilant if a quote you see seems a bit off to you.We’ll find our Kirk Herbstreit’s actual pick for this one on College GameDay tomorrow morning, but I think he’s tipped his hand a bit already. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 05: Broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit speaks onstage during the “BCS Title Game” panel at the ESPN portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)Beware, football fans: not everything you read on the internet is true. That goes for pretty much anything tweeted out by the account @cfbquotes, including a Kirk Herbstreit “prediction” for Saturday’s Alabama-South Carolina game.In the account’s name, “Quotes” is put in quotation marks, which appears to be its way of letting you in on the bit. However, for the uninitiated, it is not at all obvious that these quote are fake.One of the latest fake quotes that has made the rounds shows Herbstreit picking South Carolina with an upset win over Alabama on Saturday. The post has 49 retweets and 127 likes, but the reach was at least far enough for Herbstreit to catch wind of it himself.Kirk Herbstreit made a BOLD prediction Wednesday, picking South Carolina to win at home against ALABAMA.Kirk is a big believer in freshman QB Ryan Hilinski, and the Gamecocks’ stellar performance in Week 2 along with home field has him picking the Cocks. Reply with who you got! pic.twitter.com/VHk5kgDsPI— College Football “Quotes” (@cfbquotes) September 11, 2019
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The biggest game of the Big Ten season to date is taking place in Madison, Wisc. this afternoon, when No. 13 Wisconsin hosts No. 11 Michigan at Camp Randall Stadium.The Badgers and the Wolverines could be playing through some nasty weather.Weather.com’s forecast is predicting thunderstorms from noon to 4 p.m. in Madison today.Michigan and Wisconsin’s offenses could have to rely heavily on the running game if that happens. 🤮 this forecast…… pic.twitter.com/FTxfzqA15s— angelique (@chengelis) September 21, 2019ESPN’s computer model, meanwhile, likes Wisconsin in this one.From ESPN.com:Wisconsin (-3.5) 27, Michigan 18. SP+ is reading a lot into the Badgers’ early dominance. We’ll find out Saturday whether that was fool’s gold or a sign of a big year to come.Michigan and Wisconsin are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be televised on FOX.
BBL 2018-19: Marcus Stoinis laughs off Kane Richardson’s imitation of The Hulk celebrationBig Bash League 2018-19: Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who had celebrated his dismissals in the ODI series vs India with “the Hulk” celebrations, starred for Melbourne Stars in the Melbourne derby on Saturday. advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 18:25 IST Big Bash League: Marcus Stoinis steered Melbourne Stars to 6-wicket win over Melbourne Renegades (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarcus Stoinis picked up three wickets and smashed an unbeaten 70 in Saturday’s BBL matchStoinis played for Australia against India at MCG on Friday and returned to BBL duties the following dayStoinis made it a habit to celebrate his wickets in the ODI series with The Hulk celebrationMarcus Stoinis was in the thick of things in the Melbourne derby of Big Bash League 2018-19 at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. Playing for the Melbourne Stars on Saturday, the Australia all-rounder picked up three wickets and then smashed a 65-ball 70 to help his team move from the last spot to fifth on the table.Stoinis had starred with both the bat and the ball in the three-match ODI series against India. He scored 86 runs, including a match-winning 47 in Sydney, and picked up four wickets even as Australia ended up losing their first bilateral series against India at home.After featuring in the third ODI against India in Melbourne on Friday, Stoinis returned to BBL action the following day and came up with an all-round effort for the Stars against the Melbourne Renegades.Stoinis had become a rage on social media during the ODI series with his “Hulk” celebrations. The all-rounder celebrated his wickets against India by flexing his biceps in a bid to imitate the Marvel character.THE STOIN ???? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/zbR4pkkriscricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2019Kane Richardson gets Handscomb, turns to Marcus Stoinis and pulls out the Hulk celebration! ??Don’t poke the bear, Kane! #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/hXgjO6WXDSKFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 19, 2019Kane Richardson got me by surprise: StoinisAnd when Melbourne Renegades pacer Kane Richardson tried to mimic Stoinis in the middle on Saturday, the latter laughed the imitation off.Richardson dismissed Stars batsman Peter Handscomb and then turned towards non-striker, Stonis before coming up with his own version of “the hulk” celebration.advertisement”I just want to put it out there, I love Kane Richardson… I didn’t know he was going to do that but it’s bloody funny I was actually speechless, he got me by surprise, so 1-0 to Kane,” Stoinis told Fox Cricket after the BBL clash.Richardson himself conceded he doesn’t have the physicality of Stoinis to pull off the celebration: “The one-dayer the other day when he got that wicket, he carried on like an absolute goose so I would have preferred if it was him. Look at me, I’m ‘spaghetti arms’ they call me, try to cover them up with tattoos.”The Renegades were restricted to just 121, thanks to Stoinis’s three-wicket haul. The Stars were able to gun down the total with four balls to spare despite the likes of Handscomb, Ben Dunk and captain Glenn Maxwell get out for single-digit scores. Former West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo slammed a 9-ball 17 to help them cross the finish line.Also read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is back with a vengeance, says Allan BorderAlso Read | 3 legends, 1 photo. Australian Open trolled over Federer, Kohli, Anushka photo captionFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Marcus StoinisFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow Melbourne StarsFollow Kane RichardsonFollow Melbourne Renegades
New Zealand know they have a fight on their hands vs India: Sunil GavaskarIndia vs New Zealand: India will look to inflict more misery on New Zealand when the two sides meet for the second one day international at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. India lead the five-match series 1-0.advertisement India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 00:10 IST Sunil Gavaskar said India were unlikely to change the playing XI in the second ODI (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on New Zealand in the second ODI of the 5-match series at Mount Maunganui on SaturdayIndia won the first ODI in Napier to take a 1-0 lead in the series”I think New Zealand now know they have a fight on their hands,” Gavaskar saidAfter their dominant performance in the first one day international against New Zealand in Napier earlier this week, India start favourites one again when the two sides face-off in the second match of the series at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. India, who won the first ODI by 8 wickets on Wednesday, currently lead the five-match series 1-0.New Zealand will look to bounce back after their dismal performance in the opening ODI. Electing to bat, the hosts were bundled out for 157 in 38 overs as India returned to overhaul the target in 34.5 overs.India’s last win against New Zealand in New Zealand had come in Hamilton way back in 2009 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Between Hamilton 2009 and Napier 2019, India played New Zealand in New Zealand in six ODIs and lost five of those. One was tied.”I think New Zealand now know they have a fight on their hands. They have to contend with two top-class spinners and a very good fielding unit. They might be a little concerned but it was just one game,” Sunil Gavaskar tol India Today.Talking about the playing XI for the second ODI, Gavaskar said India may field with the same side that played in Napier.”I would imagine India would want to go in with the same combination. In case one of the regular bowlers gets hammered, there’s Kedar Jadhav who can chip in with four or five overs,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also said India still have a few places up for grabs for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales.advertisement”These matches over here and then the five ODIs [vs Australia] will give the Indian management a much better idea. I think there are two or three places you have to look at in the squad of 15 but by the time the Australia tour of India ends, the team management would have a good enough idea,” he said.India and New Zealand will play three more ODIs and a three-match Twenty20 International series.Also Read | Now that Hardik going to New Zealand, what happens to Vijay Shankar: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | I hit a 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran MoreAlso Read | Need to dismiss Indian top-order early, says Trent BoultAlso Read | Youngsters like Prithvi Shaw creating healthy competition in the team: Shikhar DhawanFor 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 Sunil Gavaskar
Press Trust of India Greater NoidaJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 22:41 IST Bajrang Punia in action during the Pro Wrestling League (Photo tweeted by @punjabroyals17)HIGHLIGHTSPunjab Royals beat Haryana Hammers in the Pro Wrestling League to enter semi-finalsAmit Dhankar, Cynthia Vescan, Bajrang Punia and Dato Magarishvili won their respective boutsAmit Dhankar won the decisive match after both teams were locked at 3-3Amit Dhankar conjured up a decisive win under pressure against Haryana Hammers’ Praveen Rana to steer Punjab Royals to the semi-finals of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) in Greater Noida on Saturday.The tie was locked 3-3 when Dhankar and Rana took the mat, their teams’ fortunes depending on them and eventually it was the Punjab wrestler who delivered in the men’s 74kg category.Before Amit, Cynthia Vescan, Bajrang Punia and Dato Magarishvili won their respective bouts.Earlier, the new find of PWL-4 in the men’s section Ravi Kumar of Hammers defeated Nitin Rathi of Punjab 9-2 in the men’s 57kg category.The 2018 European championships bronze medallist Cynthia Vescan brought Punjab back by winning the close women’s 76kg bout against Kiran 4-3.Padma Shri and world championships silver medallist Bajrang Punia did not let the advantage slip, getting the better of compatriot Rajneesh 6-2 in the men’s 65kg category.World junior champion Anastasia Nichita got the Hammers back with a massive 13-0 win over the European Championships silver medallist Mimi Hristova in a completely one-sided encounter filled with takedown, near fall and leg-rolls.Both teams were tied 2-2 after the fourth bout of the evening.It was the European Championships bronze medallist Dato Magarishvili’s mesmerizing comeback win over World Championships bronze medallist Ali Shabanov in the men’s 86kg category which tilted the tie in Punjab’s favour.Dato was trailing 2-4 midway through the second round but a near pin fall gave Dato a 7-4 win and the defending champions Punjab Royals the edge going into the next two bouts.advertisementThe 19-year-old Anju of Punjab Royals showed lot of promise early in the bout but the experienced 2017 Commonwealth Championships gold medal winner Seema kept the younger wrestler at bay and won the bout 8-2 to push it to the decider.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 Pro Wrestling LeagueFollow Punjab RoyalsFollow Haryana Hammers PWL: Bajrang Punia, Amit Dhankar star as Punjab Royals beat Haryana Hammers to reach semisPWL: Amit Dhankar conjured up a decisive win under pressure against Haryana Hammers’ Praveen Rana to steer Punjab Royals to the semi-finals of the Pro Wrestling League.advertisement Next
Salaam Cricket 2019: Sachin Tendulkar vs Wasim Akram, Michael Clarke vs Nasser Hussain on June 2 in LondonSalaam Cricket 2019: 11 legends will take the stage in London on June 2 to discuss the World Cup 2019. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan will talk about the challenges of India-Pakistan cricket in World Cup history. Can there be a better way to start off the Cricket World Cup?advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 17:06 IST Salaam Cricket will be held in London on 2nd June from 3:00pm(IST) onwards (India Today Photo)11 legends. 1 stage. Salaam Cricket 2019 will bring together some of the greatest names in cricket on June 2 in London. With World Cup 2019 underway, all the talk revolves around who the next champion will be.Will Australia defend their crown? Will England finally win an ODI World Cup? Or will India win the World Cup for the 3rd time?There is a great mix of speakers from India, Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and England.Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne will start off with a session named Jab Legends Meet before Warne settles down for one on Warnie’s Dream XI. It gets only better when Harbhajan Singh and Misbah-ul-Haq get together to discuss the India vs Pakistan World Cup history over the years.India and Pakistan have met each other in World Cups in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015. India have won on all 6 occasions.There is another big rivarly in world cricket. Australia, the defending champions and hosts England are two other challengers in possibly the most open Cricket World Cup ever. How about a delightful session with Michael Clarke and former England captain Nasser Hussain in a session titled Are England and Australia the Real Threat for India?After lunch, R Ashwin will take the stage agaian with Younis Khan to relive the memories of the 2011 World Cup. Remember that one? India had upstaged Pakistan in the semifinals before defeating Sri Lanka to become world champions. What a summer that was for Indian cricket!But the best is reserved towards the end. Sachi vs Wasim – The Gladiators. Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram, two legends of the game, will regale the audience with their tales of the India-Pakistan rivalry. Both men had taken on each other in the 2003 World Cup when Tendulkar deflated Pakistan with his sensational 98 in South Africa.advertisementAnd there’s more. 45 minutes of Open House with The King. Any guesses who that could be? Viv Richards!After tea, the audience will be treated to an absolute gem. In Ye Jung Nahin Assan India vs Pakistan, cricket fans will be treated to a session with Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.Here is a detailed list of speakers and their sessions:Session NamesISTSpeakersDesignationOpening Address15:15 to 15:30Jab Legends Meet15:30 to 16:15Sunil GavaskarFormer Captain, Indian Cricket TeamShane WarneMember, 1999, World Cup Winning Aus TeamWarnie’s Dream XI16:15 to 16:30Shane WarneMember, 1999, World Cup Winning Aus TeamBhajji vs Misbah Jab Jab Jeeta Hindustan16:30 to 17:15Harbhajan SinghMember, 2011 World Cup Winning Indian TeamMisbah Ul HaqMember, 2009 World T-20 Winning Pakistan TeamThe Challengers Are England and Australia the Real Threat for India17:15 to 18:00Michael ClarkeCaptain, 2015 WC Winning Aus Team, member 03/’07 winning teamNasser HussainCaptain, England World Cup Team 2003Lunch18:00 to 19:00Ashwin vs Younis World Cup 2011 Ka Vo Safar19:00 to 19:45Ravichandran AshwinMember, 2011 WC winning Indian TeamYounis KhanCaptain, 2009 World T-20 Winning Pakistan TeamSachin vs Wasim The Gladiators19:45 to 20:45Sachin TendulkarFormer Captain, India & Member, 2011 World CupWasim AkramMember, 1992, World Cup Winning Pakistan TeamOpen House with The King20:45 to 21:30Sir Viv RichardsMember, 1975, 1979 World Cup Winning West Indian TeamTEA21:30 to 22:00Ye Jung Nahin Assan India vs Pakistan22:00 to 23:00Sunil GavaskarFormer Captain, Indian Cricket TeamHarbhajan SinghMember, 2011 World Cup Winning Indian TeamRavichandran AshwinMember, 2011 WC winning Indian TeamWasim AkramMember, 1992, World Cup Winning Pakistan TeamMisbah Ul HaqMember, 2009 World T-20 Winning Pakistan TeamYounis KhanCaptain, 2009 World T-20 Winning Pakistan TeamThe League of Champions23:00 to 00:00(next day)Sunil GavaskarFormer Captain, Indian Cricket TeamWasim AkramMember, 1992, World Cup Winning Pakistan TeamMichael ClarkeCaptain, 2015 WC Winning Aus Team, member 03/’07 winning teamNasser HussainCaptain, England World Cup Team 2003Sir Viv RichardsMember, 1975, 1979 World Cup Winning West Indian TeamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says WaqarAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Australia vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Nottingham on ThursdayWorld Cup 2019, Australia vs Bangladesh: The play was halted due to heavy rain after 49th over of Australia’s innings. Earlier in the day, the weather was sunny and warm as Australia won the toss and opted to bat against Bangladesh.advertisement India Today Web Desk NottinghamJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 18:52 IST World Cup 2019: Rain interruption are predicted in Thursday’s match between Australia and Bangladesh (Reuters Photo)Australia take on in-form Bangladesh in their World Cup 2019 tie at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.Barring their defeat to Virat Kohli’s Team India, Australia have had an impressive campaign in England, boosted by the returns of David Warner and Steve Smith. Aaron Finch’s men will be heading into Thursday’s match at Trent Bridge on the back of an 87-run win over Sri Lanka.Australia have boxed out oppositions with their batting might. Aaron Finch and David Warner have been taking opposition attacks to the cleaners and Mitchell Starc’s return to form is auguring well for the defending champions.Having sealed 8 points from 5 matches, another win would take Australia closer to the World Cup semi-finals. Notably, Australia enjoy a stunning head-to-head record against Bangladesh — 18-1 in ODI cricket.However, Australia will know they will be tested in Thursday’s match against Bangladesh in Nottingham.Bangladesh have given themselves a chance to reach the semi-finals with some consistent performances on the field. They are heading into their big tie vs Australia on the back of a comfortable 7-wicket win over West Indies.Shakib Al Hasan has been in fine form with the bat, having scored 2 hundreds in World Cup 2019. The bowling form of Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman makes them a threat to any side in the 10-team tournament.Australia vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Weather updates from Nottingham18:40 IST: The match has been halted due to heavy rain in Nottingham. The covers are coming on. This rain is heavy.13:20 IST: Good news from Nottingham. The sun is shining bright early in the morning at Trent Bridge and the toss should happen on time.advertisementTrent Bridge looking ahead of #AUSvBAN!#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/tqNFHRNLwCCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 20, 2019A delayed start in the World Cup 2019 match between Australia and Bangladesh is unlikely as there is no rain predicted in the morning in Nottingham.However, expect a day with a lot of stop-starts as rain is forecast from 12 PM BST (4:30 PM IST), according to AccuWeather.Cloudy weather is forecasted for most of Thursday in Nottingham with a brief spell of showers expected to return at 3 PM BST (7:30 PM IST).Keep in mind, India’s match vs New Zealand was washed out without a ball being bowled at this venue last week. In the absence of covers for the outfield, rain delays are likely to be extended as ground staff will need time to get the ground ready after a spell of shower. Screengrab from AccuWeather Screengrab from AccuWeatherAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Beating Australia difficult not impossible, says Bangladesh captain Mashrafe MortazaAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia vs BangladeshFollow ICC Cricket World CupFollow NottinghamFollow Trent Bridge Next