November 16, 2019

Swansea turnaround and Kane-esque Tammy Abraham give Clement platform

first_imgWell into four minutes of added time, the advertising hoardings that illuminate the middle tier of Wembley lit up the names of the countless global Tottenham Hotspur official supporters clubs one last time. From Pittsburgh to Poland and Singapore to Sligo, the frustration was felt far and wide as Wilfried Bony cleared a flat Christian Eriksen free-kick. A smattering of boos from Spurs supporters followed while those in the away end celebrated a precious point.Swansea City, led by captain Federico Fernández, earned a draw after a character-building performance in which they kept a third straight Premier League clean sheet on the road. In shutting out Tottenham on Saturday they became the first team since Leicester City, in January 2016, to stifle Spurs in front of their home supporters in the top flight. Lukasz Fabianski was magnificent in goal but a return to basics after a desperately poor home defeat by Newcastle United helped shape and organise Swansea, starting with their stubborn five-man defence. A glance at the 5-0 demolition by Spurs at White Hart Lane last December is a measure of Swansea’s progress, as voiced by the manager, Paul Clement. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Topics Swansea City Premier League Share via Email Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham suffer more Wembley frustration after Swansea hold firm features Share on Twitter Reuse this content “That’s a big turnaround in a season,” he said of the contrast between the two results. “It wasn’t three points but one was positive.” Indeed, the body language of the players, encapsulated by a warm embrace between Martin Olsson and Tammy Abraham at full-time said it all, of what felt at least, like a team intent on putting down a marker, determined not to roll over or capsize.If Swansea are to kick on after this solid but hardly pulsating performance, then Clement knows they must find a way to hurt teams. The fact Swansea are yet to record a shot on target in three of their five league matches this season, including at Wembley, is alarming. Abraham, who does not turn 20 until next month, took on the thankless task of leading the Swansea line admirably but that is where their attacking threat ended. Tom Carroll and Sam Clucas were dogged in midfield but Swansea badly lacked initiative going forward. Life after Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente, a new era of sorts, is well under way and while they have got on with it, Swansea are yet to rediscover their spark going forward.Jordan Ayew was often second best while the summer loan signing Renato Sanches was withdrawn after an underwhelming 58 minutes. As Sanches left the field Clement patted him on the back but it was his replacement, Leroy Fer, who made much the bigger impact, thrusting some energy into Swansea’s attack.“A couple of them need some time to get up to speed – one is Renato, another is Roque Mesa but they’re working hard at it and it would be right to judge them over a full season, not one or two games,” Clement said. “When you lose key players like Gylfi and Jack Cork and Fernando, who came on today, you’ve got to replace them with good players and I think we’ve done that.”Abraham was a nuisance, buying fouls from Toby Alderweireld and an eager Davinson Sánchez inside his own half throughout, to help his team up the pitch. And he is slowly mastering the art of playing as the lone striker in this team but he needs help if Swansea are to do any damage.“What he has shown is that at every level he has scored goals but this is a new level,” Clement said of the teenager. “It’s a big jump. He’s gone from youth [football] to [under-] 23s to Championship and done very well along the way. But this is the big step, isn’t it? You’re talking about playing against some of the best players in the world. He has confidence and desire to improve, he’s in a good place and he will contribute for us this season.”Clement admitted he could draw some parallels between Abraham, who excelled on loan at Bristol City last season, and the rise of the Tottenham striker Harry Kane. “I like his story, about how he’s had to graft hard to get to where he is,” he said. “That he has had to go out on loan and graft for the opportunity where he is now. He’s reaping the rewards from all the effort he has put in now and from my understanding he continues to do that every day in training.”With three winnable matches on the horizon, plus a trip to Reading on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, Clement must hope his side can build upon the foundations laid inside the structure of the national stadium. Their six-match unbeaten run on the road, dating back to last season, is encouraging, but their top-flight status will surely hinge on how they fare in south Wales. Clement is adamant he will take the cup seriously but he knows the weight home fixtures against Watford and Huddersfield Town, either side of a trip to West Ham United, can carry. “We won’t make massive changes, it will be a competitive team,” he said. “And then we have a run of games that will be very important for us.” Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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November 16, 2019

Brighton at forefront of FA plan to revolutionise English women’s football

first_img Read more Brighton will be at the forefront of the Football Association’s bold plans to revolutionise women’s club football in England after their application to join next season’s fully professional Super League division one was accepted.They will become one of 10 all-professional sides in the top tier of the domestic female game, with up to four more places available for teams when the second round of licence applications open in March. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Nicola Hobbs: ‘It was really hard at first to have both, football and the fire service’ Women’s football Topics news Share on Pinterestcenter_img Women’s Super League Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Although currently in WSL 2, Brighton’s ambition was emphasised by their recruitment of Hope Powell, the former England manager, last summer. With promotion and relegation suspended for one season only at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, the FA’s restructure of the top two tiers in has now offered Powell’s side a fast-track route into the top flight.Paul Barber, Brighton’s chief executive, was delighted. “We have always wanted to achieve equal status for women’s and girls’ football at the club, and acquiring Tier One status will now enable us to make this a reality,” he said.Powell was equally thrilled. “I am overjoyed,” she said. “This will allow the club to realise its aim of playing at the very highest level.”The other nine sides to have been awarded top tier licences are Arsenal, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Chelsea Ladies, Everton Ladies, Liverpool Ladies, Manchester City, Reading Women and Yeovil Town. Current members of WSL 1, all saw their applications rubber-stamped but Sunderland, currently in the top flight, opted not to enter the bidding process.Teams hoping to operate in WSL 1 had to meet certain criteria including the establishment of youth academies. Those who did not want, or were unable to be run along fully professional lines, were invited to apply for places in the semi-professional WSL 2.Tottenham Hotspur are one of seven teams have been accepted into the second tier – the others are Aston Villa, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Durham, London Bees, Millwall Lionesses, and Sheffield FC Ladies – with up to five more places available in March. Sunderland will reconsider their position in March when they hope to join forces with another team and submit a collaborative bid for a WSL 1 slot. If not they are expected to apply for a WSL 2 place.Considering that a nucleus of the current England team – including Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Lucy Bronze and Jordan Nobbs – all began their careers at Sunderland, the club’s decision has provoked disappointment in the north-east.The FA hopes that the next generation of England internationals will benefit from the new fully professional WSL, with the idea part of the blueprint of the FA’s head of women’s football Baroness Sue Campbell, to make the national side the best in the world.Uefa’s latest coefficients have shown that England’s progress under Mark Sampson – (sacked for non-football reasons in September) – over the past few years has elevated the Lionesses to No1 in the European rankings. The FA is scheduled to name Sampson’s successor by the weekend, with John Herdman, the Canada coach, believed to be a contender.Watford and Oxford United, both now in WSL 2, have also chosen, controversially, not to apply to play in either of the top two domestic divisions but Oxford may reconsider in March.Doncaster are top of WSL 2 and might have been expected to apply for a top-tier licence but decided against it after deeming the costs to be beyond their budget.In contrast Yeovil, presently bottom of WSL 1, are delighted after a nervous wait to see if the FA would accept their application in the wake of a struggle to raise the necessary funds. Trevor Jenkins, Yeovil’s general manager, said: “It’s huge news. We couldn’t be more happy. We have had a bit of adversity to get over and had to work really hard to pull this application together, so it’s terrific.” Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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November 16, 2019

Seahawks sign quarterback Stephen Morris, stoking Colin Kaepernick debate

first_imgThe news comes one days after it was reported the Seahawks rescinded a workout invitation to Kaepernick after he reportedly wouldn’t say whether he plans to continue kneeling in protest during the national anthem.Morris was first signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jaguars in 2014, but has never taken a live regular-season snap in stints with Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Washington. As a three-year starter at the University of Miami, Morris threw for 7,896 yards, 49 touchdowns and 30 interceptions while completing 57.7% of his passes in 36 games.In October, Kaepernick filed a lawsuit against the NFL’s owners alleging they have illegally colluded to keep him out of the league. At least the NFL isn’t pretending it’s not blackballing Colin Kaepernick … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Read more Share on Facebook Topics Colin Kaepernick Seattle Seahawks US sports NFL The Seattle Seahawks are signing a quarterback to understudy starter Russell Wilson, but it’s not Colin Kaepernick.The Seahawks are signing free agent Stephen Morris, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday citing a source close to the situation. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Jack Moore Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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November 16, 2019

Manchester City flirt with defensive dark side as Death Star’s flaws emerge

first_imgfeatures An issue that was always there for City has been worsened by what increasingly appears the club’s first major recruitment error since the signing of Claudio Bravo. In retrospect, the potential problems in central defence were apparent towards the end of last season. Vincent Kompany played eight of the final 11 games of the league campaign. At the time, the tendency was to regard that as an appropriate farewell for a long-term club captain, and to celebrate how his calmness and authority helped steady any possible nerves among the rest of the squad. While that wasn’t untrue, it perhaps was the case that Guardiola had lost faith in John Stones and Otamendi.The injuries to Aymeric Laporte and, to a lesser extent, Stones, have highlighted the folly of the failure to replace Kompany. Otamendi has been badly exposed. Were it just that he was uncomfortable on the ball and struggled with the requirement to pass the ball out from the back, perhaps it would be possible to work round the shortcoming, but, his confidence shot, he now seems to have lost the ability to perform the defensive aspects of the game as well. His lunge towards Jiménez as the Mexican striker skipped by him in the buildup to Traoré’s first goal was evidence of an extraordinary loss of control. Share on Twitter A high line lets City control possession and facilitates their attacking might but it always gives opponents a chance. It may even be that that sense of fragility is part of what makes Guardiola’s football, at its best and when you leave aside the grim financial underpinning, so appealing: that it feels doomed, ethereal, transient. Perhaps something in Guardiola, even, relishes that sense of jeopardy. That’s the highfalutin explanation. More prosaically, there is Nicolás Otamendi. Pinterest Pep Guardiola issues instructions to Fernandinho against Wolves on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Manchester City Share on WhatsApp There are many issues with Return of the Jedi, not the least significant of which is the fact that it ends in essentially the same way that A New Hope did. Perhaps there are technical differences between the deficiencies that render the Death Star vulnerable in the two films, but fundamentally, it can be taken out by Rebel fighters landing a single accurate shot. As the X-wings were to Darth Vader, so Teemu Pukki, Todd Cantwell, Raúl Jiménez and Adama Traoré are to Pep Guardiola. For both Darth and Pep, when it goes wrong, it tends to be for the same reasons. But that is just part of the problem at the back. Injuries mean that Guardiola has repeatedly had to improvise on the left, either with centre-backs (Laporte), midfielders (Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko) or a player who would rather be playing on the right (João Cancelo). Wolves again and again troubled City with simple balls into the space behind the full-backs.As Louis van Gaal has said, the biggest tactical problem for Guardiola is managing the surges of his full-backs so that both don’t go forward at the same time, or, if they do, making sure cover is offered by the deepest-lying midfielder dropping back so the centre-backs can spread. Fernandinho was a master of that but he is having to cover at centre‑back while Rodri takes his place at the base of the midfield. On Sunday, the new signing (and it is perhaps more obvious with a Guardiola side because they are positionally usually so good) kept getting caught in no man’s land, neither pressuring the ball nor shielding the centre-backs.Set plays are another issue, one more directly attributable to Guardiola’s preference for defenders who can pass rather than those who excel in the more traditional virtues. Put it all together and the result is a City that look susceptible in a way they didn’t even during their blip last winter. An issue of philosophical strategy has been exacerbated by questionable recruitment.In Star Wars, it needed Luke Skywalker, in whom the Force was notably strong, to hit the vital external exhaust port. By Return of the Jedi, Lando Calrissian and a team of Rebel fighters are enough. The Death Star may still be formidable, but everybody now knows how to destroy it. Facebook Read more This is not to suggest Guardiola is inclined to the dark side, or that he is doomed to failure, but just to note that he and Vader share certain characteristics. Both are ambitious technocrats who dream of the creation of an all-conquering machine. Both expend vast amounts of money and expertise in bringing their visions to actuality. Both have created awesome weaponry that can obliterate opponents, whether Alderaan or Watford. Yet both cannot help but leave in their destructive creations a fatal flaw. Bournemouth nearly exploited it. Norwich did and on Sunday, in winning 2-0 at the Etihad, so did Wolves.Perhaps the flaw is unavoidable. Perhaps it is even necessary for the functioning of the machine’s attacking capability. But it is there, nonetheless. City will rack up huge numbers of goals. They will dominate sides so utterly that they can keep clean sheets by keeping the ball. But they will always be vulnerable to teams who can beat their press, who can run in behind them, who can make their back four turn, who can make their defenders defend. Share on Pinterest The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Manchester misery, Figo in Guildford and lads, it’s Tottenham – Football Weekly Share on LinkedIn Listen Pep Guardiola Football tactics Manchester City still in title race despite ‘nervous’ defeat, says Guardiola The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 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November 9, 2019

Umtiti hoping for French unity at World Cup

first_imgFrance Umtiti calls for France World Cup unity after signing Barcelona extension Josh Challies 23:58 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Umtiti cropped Getty Images France World Cup France v United States Barcelona Friendlies The defender put pen to paper on a five-year deal to keep him at Camp Nou, and is now looking forward to representing his nation at Russia France defender Samuel Umtiti is in a relaxed mood as he prepares for the World Cup in Russia after signing a contract extension with Barcelona.The 24-year-old was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this year but signed a fresh five-year deal at Camp Nou, raising his release clause to a staggering €500million.Heading into the tournament on the back of a successful campaign with Barcelona, where he won LaLiga and the Copa del Rey, Umtiti will be hoping to improve on his nation’s performances from the European Championships in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Les Bleus were defeated in the final of their home tournament, with Umtiti then sealing a move from Lyon to Barcelona, and the central defender is pleased he can now focus solely on his football.”Since my extension, I feel light, I can concentrate only on the field. I had already gone through that [transfers] in the European Championships. It was better to do so [in this way],” the defender told a news conference on Friday.France begin their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Australia, before clashing with Peru and Denmark, and expectations are high 20 years after the nation’s only World Cup glory.”In this team, there are quite a few young players but some with experience. We must not force leadership. What makes the strength of this group is unity,” he added.@samumtiti’s 2017-18 @LaLigaENstats!25 Games24 Starts2,189 Mins.88 Mins./game1 Goal9 Shots (inc. blocks)5 On target25 Fouls won22 Fouls conceded1,887 Touches1,618 Passes1,475 Completed passes37 Interceptions50 Tackles##Umtiti2023 pic.twitter.com/jytu5pOPxv— FC Barcelona  (@FCBarcelona) June 4, 2018″We must play seriously but without pressure. We’re looking for landmarks, automatism. This is the purpose of the preparation.”last_img read more

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November 7, 2019

2006 STATE OF ORIGIN FOXTEL TIMES ANNOUNCED

first_imgFoxTel has announced scheduling times for the State of Origin Touch Football coverage to be screened on the pay television giant’s Fox Sports channels during the month of November.Traditional rivals New South Wales and Queensland clashed in the State of Origin Series across thirteen age divisions on August 4-5 2006.The Touch Football Origin series was showcased in a highlights package of the elite Men’s and Women’s Open divisions that screened on free to air television on the Nine network on 17 September 2006.The bi-annual, best of three games State of Origin Series, was contested at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Sporting Complex and resulted in a narrow 7-6 age divisions’ victory to New South Wales.The Open games being broadcast on the three dedicated Fox Sports channels are extended versions of Game 2 of the Men’s Open and Game 3 of the Women’s Open Series.The free to Air Channel Nine package and the Fox Sports Coverage of the State of Origin Series has been a further opportunity to showcase the sport of Touch Football to the general public and to leverage the profile of the sport in an exciting new era for Touch Football in this Country.The Telecast times are as follows:TOUCH FOOTBALL – STATE OF ORIGINWOMEN’S OPEN GAME 3 –WED   01/11  – 17.00            FOX SPORTS 1FRI      03/11  – 10.30           FOX SPORTS 3WED   15/11  – 05.00            FOX SPORTS 3TUE    28/11  – 03.00            FOX SPORTS 2FRI      22/12  – 05.00           FOX SPORTS 2MEN’S OPEN GAME 2 –FRI      03/11  – 17.00           FOX SPORTS 3FRI      03/11  – 23.00           FOX SPORTS 3SAT    04/11  – 10.30            FOX SPORTS 3WED   15/11  – 06.00            FOX SPORTS 3SAT    23/11  – 06.00            FOX SPORTS 1WED   29/11  – 03.00            FOX SPORTS 2last_img read more

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November 7, 2019

World Cup Diary – Tim Kitchingham

first_imgIn this edition, Australian Men’s 40’s representative, Tim Kitchingham, speaks about how his team is progressing, and how it feels to have the opportunity to play at the 2011 World Cup. To be honest, I didn’t think that I would be representing Australia again after the 2003 World Cup in Japan, but four years later in 2007 in South Africa I had the opportunity to again pull on the green and gold of the greatest country on earth – Australia.When I heard that there would again be a Men’s 40’s division at the 2011 World Cup in Scotland, I dared to dream again and started training back in October 2010, with the aim of putting up my hand at the 2011 National Touch League in the Men’s 40’s division. All the hard work and training paid off, with another World Cup to attend, you can never get tired of wearing the green and gold shirt, it is ALWAYS an amazing feeling.To be playing in my fifth World Cup is an achievement I can always be proud of. They only come around every four years, so it is definitely something to treasure. We had our first training camp on the weekend just gone, and while there were a few familiar faces and some great mates that I have played with over the years, there were still quite a few debutants and players that I hadn’t met. They should all be very proud of being selected to represent Australia at a World Cup.It was a great opportunity to meet and mix with all the players selected and try to get down to business under the guidance of our coach, Bruce Ager, and assistant coach, Joe Schweitzer. Unfortunately our manager, Cary Thompson, was not in attendance, but I’m sure that he will also bring a lot to the team with his experiences.We started with some basic drills and settling patterns before playing two games on the Saturday against the Men’s 35’s and the Women’s Open teams. I can say that I was pleasantly surprised with how well the team came together in our first game, and it gave us all a lot of confidence with how well we played against the 35’s team, who should go very well in Scotland.The next game against the Women’s Open team was a bit of a wake up call, and made us realise that the old legs are no match for speed and skill – that Women’s Open team is amazing!We finished off the day with a get together over a few drinks and dinner.Sunday was at Parramatta with games against the Men’s 30’s and the Women’s Open’s. Again, I was very pleased with our efforts, and both games showed what this team is capable of in Scotland, with a little more work to ‘fine tune’ our game.All up a pleasing start to the World Cup campaign.Playing alongside old friends like John Samin and Doc Kildare (Robin) is always a pleasure, and having some of my team mates from NTL also adds to the camaraderie within the team. World Cups are the pinnacle of the sport, and a highlight in any player’s career. The friends you make last a life time, and the memories and stories are always retold with the same enthusiasm that you have when you play.  I look forward to sharing some new experiences with not only the players in my team, but also players and officials from the other Australian teams, a lot of who are good friends. With less than four weeks until we leave I am sure that all players are getting a little excited, and will continue to train hard to ensure they are at their peak in Scotland. Until next time,Kitchlast_img read more

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November 7, 2019

2012 SA State Cup Results

first_imgTouch Football South Australia’s (TFSA) State Cup was held on Sunday, 2 December at the City Touch fields in Adelaide.  With changes to the format this year, the 2012 State Cup saw four teams battle it out in the Mixed competition, with City Touch, Mallee Touch and two sides from Adelaide University taking part in the event. The Mixed division brought some of the best players from across the state and made for an exciting day of competition. City Touch were the team of the competition, remaining undefeated throughout the day’s fixtures and defeated Adelaide University 8–4 in the final to be crowned State Champions. The two MVP’s of the competition were Darren Jones (Adelaide Touch) and Tayla Fawcett (Mallee Touch), while Mallee Touch Association were crowned Country Champions.  Congratulations to everyone who participated and for more information and results head to: www.sastatecup.mytouchfooty.comRelated LinksSA State Cup Resultslast_img read more

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October 28, 2019

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Oxlade Chamberlain comeback weeks away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Oxlade Chamberlain comeback weeks awayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will be training in February.Klopp has announced the former Arsenal midfielder is on the mend after he rupturing a anterior cruciate ligament last season.Oxlade-Chamberlain was ruled out for the entirety of this season with his knee injury but has shown remarkable signs of recovery and could be back training in just two months.He said: “He started going on the pitch and from the first step it looked completely normal. There was no reaction. It is the best news.”There’s no pressure on him but it looks like February, maybe, he is back on normal training. That gives us hope he will be back this season.” last_img read more

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October 28, 2019

a month agoAl Gharafa to bid for Everton striker Cenk Tosun

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Al Gharafa to bid for Everton striker Cenk Tosunby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAl Gharafa are planning a substantial offer to sign Everton striker Cenk Tosun.Sky Sports says the transfer window in Qatar does not close until September 30 and Al Gharafa are targeting the 28-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park following the summer signing of Moise Kean.Tosun has not played in the Premier League at all yet this season and did not make the Toffees’ 18-man squad for Sunday’s Premier League defeat at Bournemouth.Dominic Calvert-Lewin started and scored Everton’s goal in the 3-1 defeat, before Keane arrived as a 71st-minute substitute.Tosun, meanwhile, has featured only in the EFL Cup win at Lincoln this term, having reportedly turned down moves back to Turkey in the summer in favour of fighting for a place under Marco Silva. last_img read more

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October 28, 2019

15 days ago​Ward-Prowse calls for Southampton introspection

first_img​Ward-Prowse calls for Southampton introspectionby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is hoping for some introspection from the team after recent results.The Saints have lost three games in a row heading into the international break.Their most recent setback was a 4-1 loss to Chelsea at home.Ward-Prowse knows they must start picking up wins to avoid getting dragged into another relegation battle.The midfielder told reporters: “I think certainly it will be a case of having a look at ourselves individually and collectively.”First of all, we need to see what we ourselves as individuals need to do and change to bring to the table.”We’ve got a good period of time to work on a few things during the international break, so it will be a good time to work on them.”I think we all, individually, need to be better.”We’ve had an OK start to the season with a few good results here and there, but we need to be consistently better.”We want to start taking points off the big teams and we need to get that belief and drive back to do it again.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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October 27, 2019

Video: Ohio State Posts Video Of Memorable Buzzer Beater Made 10 Years Ago Today

first_imgOhio State fan holds "I believe" towel.One of the greatest shots in the history of the Ohio State men’s basketball program was made 10 years ago today. On March 6, 2005, Buckeye forward Matt Sylvester hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to beat then-undefeated and No. 1-ranked Illinois in Columbus, 65-64. Here’s the play: What will March bring for this year’s Ohio State team? The Buckeyes are set to face Wisconsin on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on CBS.last_img

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October 27, 2019

Ohio State’s Mike Weber On Twitter: “Minor Setback For A Major Comeback”

first_imgOhio State players and coaches.IG/theohiostatefootballOhio State running back Mike Weber, a four-star recruit entering his freshman year, may not be available for the Buckeyes when they take on Virginia Tech in their opening contest. Weber, who earned the removal of his black stripe just this past Saturday, has a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery Tuesday morning. Eleven Warriors was the first to report the news. He’s expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks.Weber took to Twitter late Monday night to inform his followers that he isn’t getting down on himself.Minor setback for a major comeback …God got plans man— Mike Weber (@mikeweber25) August 18, 2015Weber was competing for the backup running back role against Bri’onte Dunn. Let’s hope he’s back on the field in no time.last_img

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October 26, 2019

Jason Seaman, Teacher Shot 3 Times Protecting Students, Issues Statement From Hospital

first_imgJason Seaman with his mother during senior day.Friday morning, a student at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana reportedly opened fire on his classmates and teachers – sending two people to the hospital. Jason Seaman, a science teacher at the school, was shot three times during the ordeal – and it’s being reported that he was still able to help stop the shooting.Seaman was hit three times – once in the abdomen, once in the hip and once in the forearm. Friday afternoon, his mother was issuing updates on her Facebook page regarding his status. He reportedly underwent surgery for his injuries and appears to be doing well in the aftermath.Seaman is a former college football player. He suited up for Southern Illinois from 2007-2010 before becoming a teacher.WTHR obtained a quote from Seaman. It shows how dedicated he is to the students he teaches on a daily basis.“To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You’re the reason I teach.”Here’s the full quote:A statement from Jason Seaman the Noblesville West Middle school teacher who stopped the shooter. pic.twitter.com/qJgfDYGiKh— Jim Johnston (@JJohnstonWTHR) May 25, 2018Ella Whistler, a 13-year-old student, was the other person injured in the attack. She’s reportedly in critical but stable condition.Our thoughts and prayers continue to remain with the victims and their families.last_img read more

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October 26, 2019

Brett McMurphy Just Released Another Bombshell Text Message

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's football stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: A general view of Ohio Stadium during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Ohio Bobcats on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two days ago, Brett McMurphy released a bombshell report alleging Urban Meyer knew about the assault allegations against fired wide receivers coach Zach Smith. The allegations stem from a 2015 incident.In his initial piece, McMurphy showed a series of photos from Courtney Smith that showed her bloodied and with bruises she claims are the result of domestic violence.Smith, the fired wide receivers coach, appeared in two interviews with 105.7 The Fan and ESPN on Friday afternoon. During the interviews, Smith said he “never committed domestic abuse” against his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.Brett McMurphy countered that with a previously unreleased text exchange. This exchange is allegedly between Zach Smith and Courtney Smith and if so, it seems to confirm a domestic violence incident occurred.Zach Smith told @1057TheZone he never abused Courtney. Here is text message b/w Zach & Courtney when he admits & apologizes for strangling his wife on Punta Cana trip in March 2015 & again in April pic.twitter.com/GjcjWh6mFT— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 3, 2018How this affects Urban Meyer and his future at Ohio State is anyone’s guess. Meyer announced he knew about alleged domestic violence incidents and reported it up the chain.This does, however, call into question Smith’s interviews with 105.7 and ESPN where he said anything that happened to her body was “defensive movements” to remove himself from the situation.Stay tuned for more.last_img read more

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October 26, 2019

Injury Update For LSU Star DE K’Lavon Chaisson

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Over the weekend, the LSU Tigers dismantled the Miami Hurricanes. Although the final score, 33-17, was relatively close, the action on the field pointed to a dominant effort by the Tigers.The win came at a price, however. Star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson suffered a season-ending knee injury during the contest, according to LSU beat reporter Ross Dellenger.Chaisson reportedly tore his ACL and will miss the season as a result of the injury.Here’s the news from Dellenger.#LSU edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson is out for the season with a torn ACL.Ed Orgeron announcing the news soon.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 4, 2018It’s a huge loss for the Tigers’ defensive front. Chaisson had five tackles and one sack in three quarters against Miami. During his freshman campaign, Chaisson racked up 27 tackles and two sacks in limited action – which was enough to earn him Freshman All-SEC honors.Talk around the LSU football program suggested Chaisson had a chance to break the school’s single-season sack record this year. Chaisson took over for star pass rusher Arden Key, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders.It’s a tough break for the star sophomore.last_img read more

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October 26, 2019

Tennessee State Issues Encouraging Update On Christion Abercrombie

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee State linebacker Christion Abercrombie is making a recovery from the serious brain injury he sustained in a game against Vanderbilt. The latest update is especially encouraging.Abercombie has been upgraded to stable condition, according to a statement from the TSU football Twitter account.He had been in critical condition since collapsing during the game against the Commodores on Sept. 29.Prior updates from Abercrombie’s family indicated he was making progress, but this is the best news yet.“Christian has been off the ventilator for over 24 hours and is breathing on his own,” the TSU statement reads.Update on Christion Abercrombie – October 14, 2018 pic.twitter.com/F5ECu7VUwt— TennesseeSt Football (@tsu_football) October 14, 2018It is awesome see this good news for Abercrombie. Things seemed bleak when he was first hospitalized.We continue to wish him a full recovery and hope keeps improving.last_img read more

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October 26, 2019

First Woman To Score Points In D1 College Football Game Suffers Organ Failure

first_imgA general view of Colorado's football field during a game.BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the stadium as the Stanford Cardinal face the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 3, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The Cardinal defeated the Buffaloes 48-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Katie Hnida made history back in the early 2000s, when she became the second woman to dress for a Division I college football team, and the first to score in a game.Hnida walked on at Colorado, and then transferred to New Mexico, where she knocked in a pair of extra points during a win over Texas State in 2003.The next year, Hnida made headlines when she alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a Colorado teammate years earlier.Former Buffaloes coach Gary Barnett drew criticism for his response to the allegations, which were to call Hnida “a distraction,” and an “awful, terrible” kicker, per a 2004 ESPN article. Hnida has gone on to work as a spokeswoman for rape and domestic violence survivors.According to her family, Katie Hnida recently suffered multiple organ failure after taking a common, prescribed medication.The family has set up a GoFundMe page, which has raised over $13,000 of a $20,000 goal thus far.From the fundraiser page:“She recently was prescribed a common, everyday antibiotic and suffered a rare, life threatening reaction—multi-organ failure. Katie’s kidneys failed, her liver shut down, and her bone marrow quit functioning. Her blood wouldn’t clot, and she had uncontrollable bleeding. Katie was admitted to the ICU in critical condition where she was given emergency dialysis and doctors debated the need for a possible liver transplant. Fortunately, she has stabilized and her doctors and family are optimistic that she will eventually recover from this crisis. But her road back will be slow and cautious.”According to the GoFundMe, doctors are optimistic, but Hnida’s medical costs are significant. Her treatment is estimated to cost over $155,000, and while she has health insurance, her deductible is extremely high, and she cannot cover the costs out of pocket, especially as she is out of work for months.Our thoughts go out to Hnida and her family as she battles back from this terrifying event.[GoFundMe; FOX News]last_img read more

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October 26, 2019

Kirk Herbstreit Names College Football Program On The Rise

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of college gameday.Kirk Herbstreit.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit appeared on Get Up! this morning to discuss everything that’s going on in the college football world.The biggest story in the college football world right now is Mack Brown.North Carolina has officially hired the former Texas head football coach. The move was first reported on Monday morning and was confirmed today.Herbstreit is a fan of the hire.The ESPN college football analyst thinks the Tar Heels will be a program on the rise in the coming years.“They’re going to have quarterbacks, they’re going to have athletes on both sides of the ball…it’s going to be fun,” Herbstreit said of North Carolina’s future.North Carolina is viewed as a program with some nice upside.There are some who are doubting Brown’s ability at this point in his career, but perhaps he’ll be able to propel the Tar Heels upwards.last_img read more

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October 25, 2019

Another smash hit from Didi! This time on the badminton court

first_img India Today Web Desk KolkataJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 19:55 IST Mamata Banerjee posted the video of herself having a good time on social media. (Photo:PTI)Imagine the scene. A crisp winter evening. You have wrapped up your work for the day. You want to unwind. So, you take out your badminton racquet and hit the court.Well so does, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Banerjee proved once again that she is not only a powerhouse in the field of politics but also on the badminton court.The West Bengal CM, who was in Birbhum district for an administrative meeting, took out time from her busy schedule to play badminton. Banerjee posted the video of herself having a good time on social media, just like anyone else would. “We love sports. A token game in a village,” she wrote in the post.Below it is a video of the Trinamool Congress chief playing a game of badminton. She never misses a beat as she returns volley after volley.Watch the West Bengal CM show off her badminton skills.We love sports.A token game in a village… pic.twitter.com/rSb61JZN4d Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 4, 2019This is not the first time Banerjee has displayed her wide array of talents. A poem written by her is now going to be included in the school syllabus of West Bengal. A painting made by her hangs in the Rashtrapati Bhawan. She sold 300 of her paintings for Rs 9 crore!She has composed a puja album. The album titled ‘Roudrachaya’ (Light and Shade) consists of seven songs which are all composed and penned by her. She has composed the theme song for a popular Kolkata Durga puja function last year.advertisementA video of Mamata Banerjee playing the accordion in Frankfurt also went viral last year. She was playing the tune for the song “Hum honge kamyab” along with a man dressed as Mickey Mouse.#DidiAtGermany WB CM Mamata Banerjee is playing “We Shall Overcome”at Frankfurt , #Germani … #TMCS @MamataOfficial @abhishekaitc @ColDiptangshu @derekobrienmp @suparnomoitra @TMC_Supporters @AITCofficial @kakoligdastidar pic.twitter.com/5dAE6IbNV6 Somnath Dutta (@somnathduttakol) September 18, 2018An active proponent of sports, Banerjee also penned the promo song for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017.This is not at all. She also turned sculptor when she conceptualised a sculpture for the U-17 World Cup.Designed by Mamata Banerjee. No seriously pic.twitter.com/nZRtQ41pFu Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) October 6, 2017A leader who truly proves the adage all work and no play makes one dull.READ | Mamata Banerjee’s poem to be part of school syllabus in BengalWATCH | Mamata Banerjee sketches an image of Goddess Durga in KolkataFor 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 byNishtha Gupta Tags :Follow West BengalFollow Mamata Banerjee Another smash hit from Didi! This time on the badminton courtThe West Bengal CM, who was in Birbhum district for an administrative meeting, took out time from her busy schedule to play badminton.advertisementlast_img read more

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