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The 2009 Touch Football Tasmania State Cup was held at Wentworth Park in Hobart on Saturday, 31 January 2009. The ground proved to be a ‘not so happy’ hunting ground for the Northern Teams.The Southern teams took out five of the seven divisions 3-0, with success in the second game coming to the Northern Under 18 girls team, and a win in the final dead rubber game to the Northern Men’s 30’s.One of the highlights of the day was the deciding game in the Girls 18’s division, and although the Northern girls fought it out to the end, they were unable to overcome the Southern girls this year.Katelyn Barry, from Southern Touch, took out the Player of the Series award in the Girls 18’s division.Birthday boy Sam Williams (Southern Touch), received the Boys 18’s division Player of the Series, and was best in a team where the trophy could have been awarded to many.Although the Southern boys claimed a three games to nil victory in the series, there are some pleasing signs for the North with a good group of new young boys showing through.The Women’s 30’s proved to be an entertaining division to watch again with the opening game of the series being decided by a drop off and continuing to be close right through. The Southern team reversed the result from last years event, taking out the series 3-0 and Alison Garrett being named Player of the Series.The Men’s 30’s was hot and fiery once again, with each game a tight struggle. Brent Mills lead his team to a 2-1 series win with a Player of the Series performance.The Mixed division has been dominated by Southern Touch over many years, and this year was no different coming out with another convincing 3-0 win.Matthew Phillips continued to show that he may be the ‘Tony Eltakchi’ of Tas Touch, taking out another Mixed Player of the Series award, with the Southern Mixed Coach Shelley Wyver being rewarded for several years of service, and continued successful results in this division, with the Coach of the Tournament award.Emma Haines, fresh from tough competition in New Zealand dominated the Women’s Open event that saw another 3-0 win to Southern Touch over a young and developing Northern team.The Men’s division again saw a dominant Southern Touch team take on a young developing Northern side with Marc Thompson of Southern Touch a resounding winner of the Player of the Series award.David Taylor of Launceston took out the Referee of the Tournament award and Southern Touch were named the 2009 State Cup Champions.
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Congratulations to the following teams who have won their respective grand finals at the 2012 New South Wales State Cup. Men’s OpenChampionshipWollongong Devils 5 defeated Hornsby Lions 3Player of the Final: Joel Willoughby (Wollongong Devils)PlateWollongong Devils (2) 7 defeated Nelson Bay Neptunes 6Player of the Final: #7 WollongongBowlHornsby Lions (2) 6 defeated Parramatta Eels (2) 4Player of the Final: #5 HornsbyShieldMurwillumbah Mavericks 9 defeated Hills Hornets 1Player of the Final: #4 Murwillumbah Women’s OpenChampionshipEasts Roosters 5 defeated Wollongong Devils 4Player of the Final: Ashleigh Quinlan (Roosters)PlateManly Sea Eagles (2) 5 defeated Parramatta Eels (2) 2Player of the Final: #7 ManlyBowlNorthern Suburbs Bears 4 defeated Taren Point 1Player of the Final: #10 NorthsMixed OpenChampionshipsMurwillumbah Mavericks 7 defeated Easts Roosters 6 Player of the Final: Aaron Jones (Murwillumbah)PlateNorthern Suburbs Bears 5 defeated Murwillumbah Mavericks 4Player of the Final: #13 NorthsBowlCanterbury Bulldogs 7 defeated Easts Roosters 4Player of the Final: #4 CanterburyWomen’s 30’sEasts Roosters 5 defeated Port Macquarie 3Player of the Final: #5 EastsSenior MixedNorthern Suburbs Bears 6 defeated Murwillumbah Mavericks 3Player of the Final: #15 NorthsMen’s 20’sWagga Wagga 10 defeated Peninsula Piranhas 4Player of the Final: #6 Wagga WaggaMen’s 50’sManly Sea Eagles 5 defeated Wests Magpies 1Player of the Final: #7 ManlyMen’s 45’sManly Sea Eagles (1) 5 defeated Peninsula Piranhas 2Player of the Final: #13 ManlyMen’s 35’sWests Magpies 8 defeated Wallsend 7Player of the Final: #6 WestsMen’s 30’sWallsend Wolves 4 defeated Penrith Panthers 3Player of the Final: #19 WallsendWomen’s 40’sBeresfield Bandits 2 defeated Newcastle City 1Player of the Final: #7 BeresfieldWomen’s 20’sWallsend Wolves 4 defeated Tamworth 1Player of the Final: #1 WallsendMen’s 40’s Canterbury Bulldogs 4 defeated Wallsend Wolves 3Player of the Final: #25 CanterburyTo see highlights of the Open’s finals, please visit the NSWTA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/nswta. For all of the other stories from the 2012 New South Wales State Cup, please visit the NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.au. Related LinksState Cup Results
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd will push Pogba to sign new dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will offer Paul Pogba new terms in the coming weeks.The Evening Standard says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are unwilling to risk letting their £89m club-record signing move within a year of becoming a free agent.And they will go all out to tempt him to commit his future to the club by offering him a significant pay rise.But they may face a big fight in persuading him to stay after both Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola and his brother Mathias recently casting doubt over his United future.The latter claimed earlier this week that it is common knowledge Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of his sibling.
Deschamps: Chelsea striker Giroud needs to think about Januaryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps says Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud needs to be playing more.The 33-year-old came off the bench in France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Turkey on Monday night and scored within four minutes. It was his third goal in four matches for France, but his header was cancelled out late on by Kaan Ayhan in a 1-1 draw.Giroud had scored an important winner against Iceland on Friday but Deschamps did not feel he could manage two starts in four days, having managed just 187 minutes for his club this season.”You know, Olivier suffers his situation. Before January, nothing will move,” Deschamps told a press conference.”After, it will be up to him to see. I hope he will have more playing time.”But we cannot take away his goals, his good performances. He scores, he makes others play well.”He knows he is under pressure, but he always responds.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Photo: Urban Meyer Shows Off His Custom “Buckeyes” Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey In Anticipation Of Game 2
Urban Meyer Cavs JerseyThe state of Ohio has already celebrated one big championship this year – Ohio State football’s victory against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff. The Buckeye State has a chance to win another one this spring, as the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals against Atlanta. In anticipation of the Cavs’ Game 2 against the Hawks, OSU coach Urban Meyer showed off the custom “Buckeyes” jersey Cleveland game him this past January. Sweet @cavs jersey. Will be rooting for them tonight! pic.twitter.com/Al8HGP3e20— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) May 22, 2015The Cavs and the Hawks are set to tip off at 8:30 p.m. E.T. tonight. The game will be televised on TNT.
Alabama Front LawnIt’s certainly common for parents to support the college that their child chooses to attend. Most of the time, they express it by wearing tee shirts, hoodies and hats with the school’s logo. One decided to take things to another level. The father of a high school senior named Pearce O’Donnell, as you’ll see below, mowed and painted Alabama’s “Script A” logo into his front lawn. A friend of the family posted a photo of the masterpiece to Twitter.According to O’Donnell, his father was excited that his son, the oldest in the family, got a sizable scholarship to Alabama. His mother also attended the university. The logo was first outlined with spray paint, and later mowed in.Roll tide pic.twitter.com/9MafbXIi9d— Ren (@Ally_Renna423) June 8, 2015Impressive, for sure. Roll Tide, America.
It is with a sad and heavy heart that we have to announce that Wayne Rooney is, unfortunately, at it again.In the latest string of off-pitch events for the former England international, court records obtained in the US show Rooney was arrested on charges of public intoxication and swearing charges last month .After arriving from Saudi Arabia in Virginia on December 16, the 33-year-old was arrested at Washington-Dulles Airport before eventually being released without bail. 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? The Virginia code section that Rooney was arrested under (18.2-388) suggests that he could have been charged for swearing or intoxication or both. But with the context of his past run-ins with the law, which include being arrested for drink-driving in 2017, it’s hard to imagine a case where he was only taken in for mild verbal abuse.”We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December,” D.C. United said in a statement that distanced themselves from the events entirely.“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally.”Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, however, shed more light to the situation, claiming that the incident at the airport occurred as a result of the player mixing sleeping pills with alcohol on the flight back to the U.S.The agent said Rooney “took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival. He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanour charge.”The matter is now at an end. Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.”It seems a rather tame explanation for the incident that took place, however, given Rooney’s past run-ins with the law. It was just in September 2017 that the forward, then playing for Everton, was arrested in Cheshire under charges of drink-driving and sentenced to a two-year ban behind the wheel.Rooney was found to be at almost three times the legal limit when he was stopped by police on the road in the early hours of the morning, with a breathalyser test showing his alcohol level to be 104 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath . The drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath.He was later sentenced to a £300,000 fine and 100 hours of unpaid work, and said after the hearing: “I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.”I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.”The drink-driving incident, however, is only one chapter in a series of turbulent events acts for Rooney, who already had three points on his driving license for a speeding offence in August 2016.US media outlets have reported Rooney’s latest incident with the law in a straightforward manner without deviating from official reports or suggesting an alternate narrative, characterising the incident as a result of ‘public intoxication’, though the majority of publications have been sure to include his drink-driving incident in their story.The likes of ESPN , Deadspin and CNN have all mentioned his 2017 arrest in their stories, along with D.C. United and Stretford’s comments, though have not proposed that there is another layer to the story.The Washington Post added that Rooney had consumed three mixed drinks with his sleeping pills which caused his disorientation, according to a source close to the story.While the US publications have only reported known facts about the situation without colouring the narrative with other theories as to what caused the incident, fans on Twitter have been quick to point out their scepticism regarding his agent’s official statement, and not buying the story .Others questioned his naive decision to drink alcohol while taking sleeping tablets in the first place.”Are we supposed to feel sorry for him then? Surely he’s old enough to know that tablets and alcohol don’t go together,” said one user, while another commented : “From the ‘Wayne Hennessey’ book of excuses,” referencing the Crystal Palace goalkeeper’s denial of doing a Nazi salute on the same weekend the Rooney arrest story broke .Football fans are no strangers to Rooney’s reputation off the pitch. It’s not just driving-related incidents that the former England captain has been involved in – having been accused of alleged infidelity and being unfaithful to his wife Coleen on multiple occasions in a long line of controversies.His drink-driving charge in 2017 was perceived even worse when he was alleged to have done so driving with another woman while his wife was pregnant at the time with their fourth child.It adds to the curious discussion as to how certain footballers are covered by the media in the UK. In the US, publications are in general a lot more partisan when reporting about athletes, and the Rooney incident was covered neutrally with only the basic facts covered.The story was also, of course, covered widely in the UK, with publications covering an incident that would negatively impact a star player’s reputation and career. Piers Morgan recently argued that there was no difference in the way that players such as Raheem Sterling were being treated by the press, using Rooney’s past faults and misdemeanours as an example – with this the latest chapter to be considered.Morgan referenced how the press have attacked former England greats such as Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham and how Sterling isn’t isolated in his treatment – but what is crucial is the reasons for the derogatory press attention and reasons for the negative coverage.Sterling has been attacked for being in a committed relationship (with The Sun describing her as his ‘long-suffering girlfriend’), having breakfast , and shopping at Primark by the UK press.The coverage of Rooney’s incident, as expected, has not been treated with the same lowbrow attention as Sterling’s stories has. The Man City starlet has never been arrested for drink-driving or public intoxication, but according to the headlines generated by his less-than-noteworthy actions, he may as well have already.
The Asian Cup is now fully underway with the group stage matches having completed, with Australia eager to lift their second title in a row.The likes of Japan, South Korea and Iran are all in action for the better part of a month after progressing to the knockout rounds, with several of their key players representing Premier League sides.With the top-flight of English football observing no pause for the Asian Cup, a slew of players will be missing from crucial Premier League action as they travel to represent their national teams – but which players will be missing from club duty? Goal takes a look. 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? What is the Asian Cup?The Asian Cup is the second-oldest continental football tournament, with the competition held every four years involving teams based in and around Asia.Previous editions have been held as a 16-team format, but this year’s edition will feature 24 teams who are then divided into six four-team groups.The 2019 tournament runs from January 5 to February 1 and takes place in the United Arab Emirates, with the last round of group matches played on January 17.What teams are playing in the Asian Cup?Teams participating in the 17th edition of the Asian Cup this month who have players who feature in the Premier League are Australia, Japan, South Korea and Iran.The Socceroos are defending champions, having won the tournament four years ago, and will be eager to defend their title – though Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy had been replaced by James Jeggo after an extended injury layoff.Brighton shot-stopper Matthew Ryan is also a part of the squad, alongside the likes of Queens Park Rangers’ Massimo Luongo and Celtic’s Tom Rogic.Ryan isn’t the only player that the Seagulls will lose to the competition, as midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh has been called up to the Iran squad – the only Iranian player to feature for a Premier League side.The most notable Premier League star to travel to the Asian Games is Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min, though he only joined up with the South Korea side for the final group match on January 16 against China.Spurs had agreed a compromise with Son’s national side over the player, as he already missed a sizeable chunk of the opening weeks of the Premier League campaign to feature in the Asian Games (with South Korea having won gold).In exchange for letting Son feature in the Asian Games in the summer, the forward agreed to miss the first two matches at the Asian Cup, but has now joined up with the squad as they progress through the knockout stages of the competition.Newcastle will miss out on the services of Ki Sung-yueng for the better part of a month as he joined up with the South Korea squad from the start of the tournament, with Yoshinori Muto also set to be missing from the Magpies after he was called up to replace the injured Takuma Asano for Japan in late December.Ki stated after the World Cup in Russia that he was thinking about retiring from international duty, but has already been involved with South Korea.Japan have also called on the likes of captain Maya Yoshida from Southampton while Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki has been left out of the squad.What Premier League games will Asian Cup players miss?Son will not be missing as many Premier League games as his South Korea teammates will, but he is still set to see out several fixtures – such as matches against Fulham (January 20), Watford (January 30) and Newcastle (February 2), as well as the second leg of their EFL semi-final clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 22.Rafael Benitez will rue the absences of his players as Newcastle have been handed an unkind start to the new year, with battles against Cardiff (January 19), Manchester City (January 29) and Tottenham Hotspur (February 2) all on the cards.Brighton will have to play their games against Manchester United (January 19), Fulham (January 29), and Watford (February 2) without Ryan and Jahanbakhsh.Yoshida has made the Saints’ starting XI just four times this season but could be absent from the squad to Everton (January 19), Crystal Palace (January 30) and Burnley (February 2).
Inter rode their luck on the way to an underwhelming 0-0 home draw against Sassuolo in their first Serie A outing of 2019.Roberto De Zerbi’s men created the best of the opportunities and will count themselves unfortunate not to have snapped what is now a five-match winless streak in all competitions.San Siro was closed to all but 11,000 local children as Inter began a two-match stadium closure following the alleged racial abuse of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly last month, although there was no lack of intensity in an entertaining contest. 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? Matteo Politano and Kevin Prince-Boateng both went close to a winner either side of half-time but, unable to find a way past a team that conceded nine times in their final two league fixtures of last year, the Nerazzurri can have few complaints over a result that leaves them four points behind second-placed Napoli, who host Lazio on Sunday.Inter had lost seven of their last eight Serie A meetings with Sassuolo and found themselves on the back foot during the opening 25 minutes.Manuel Locatelli burst through midfield and fired one shot wide while Boateng and Domenico Berardi both tested Samir Handanovic.The impressive Politano helped turn the tide by posing problems at the other end and, from Ivan Perisic’s cross, forced Andrea Consigli into a sharp close-range save on the half-hour mark.2 – @Inter have conceded only two goals during the first halves in Serie A this season: a record among the top five European Leagues 2018/19. Solid.#InterSassuolo #SerieA— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 19, 2019The end-to-end action continued after the interval as Boateng rose unchallenged to meet Locatelli’s left-sided cross, but his header was straight at Handanovic.Inter’s grip on a point looked tenuous until the end and they were indebted to veteran goalkeeper Handanovic and centre-back Milan Skriniar for blocking close-range efforts from Jeremie Boga and Mehdi Bourabia amid a scramble in the box late in proceedings.What does it mean? Calm needed over Icardi contract talksInter officials are confident that the protracted negotiations surrounding Mauro Icardi’s contract extension will soon be resolved and it certainly seems a case of the sooner the better for a variety of reasons.In addition to warding off overseas interest, a conclusion to the ongoing discussions would surely aid Icardi in delivering more influential performances than the rather anonymous showing he served up on Saturday.Locatelli flourishes on return to MilanAC Milan may regret their decision to allow Locatelli to leave for Sassuolo on the strength of his showing back at San Siro. The on-loan midfielder, who is obliged to join the Neroverdi on a permanent basis at the end of the season, covered plenty of ground and was at the heart of his side’s best attacking moves.De Vrij under parSpalletti spoke highly of Stefan de Vrij in the lead-up to this match. He may be more reserved ahead of the next one. Netherlands international De Vrij, though undoubtedly a player of high quality, often seemed lost in ill-advised attempts to shackle Sassuolo’s attackers, not knowing exactly which player to mark and when.Key Opta Facts- This is the first draw in Serie A between Inter and Sassuolo.- Inter have scored only one goal in their last four meetings vs Sassuolo in Serie A.- Inter have kept a clean sheet against Sassuolo after conceding at least one goal in all their previous four encounters vs them in the top flight.- Inter have conceded only two goals during the first halves in Serie A this season: a record among the top five European Leagues 2018-19. What’s next?Inter are back in action away to mid-table Torino next Sunday while Sassuolo have a day fewer to prepare for Cagliari’s visit. read more
As many as 500 people who travelled to Russia for the 2018 World Cup on FIFA’s FAN ID system have yet to officially leave, Goal has learned, with many believed to have travelled onward to the European Union.Under the terms and conditions of the FAN ID, travellers were entitled to make repeated entries to Russia up until to December 31, 2018. However, up to 500 have not checked out of Russia or arrived back in their home countries.AdChoices广告One hundred and seventy-four are from Nigeria with around three quarters in total originating from sub-Saharan Africa, including countries which didn’t qualify for the World Cup. More are believed to have travelled to Russia from India and China. 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? It is believed that around one third of the 500 have already left Russia by unofficial means into the EU through routes including Poland, the Baltic countries and Finland. Official numbers are currently unknown. Some are looking for asylum in the EU and most of the remainder are now struggling to eke out a living in Russia.After the World Cup there was a noticeable increase in the number of African immigrants on the streets of Moscow, with some having now turned to criminality in the absence of any approval to find work. More had been leafletting outside Metro stations and others are known to be looking to marry local Russians to legitimise their stay in the country.”I was aware of potential issues during the World Cup when asked to help one African gentleman,” says Alan Moore, a Russian-based sports journalist and radio host of Capital Sports on Moscow’s Capital FM. “Since then I’ve seen more instances of potential overstays and tales coming from the outskirts on Moscow’s metro lines that add to the issue. Once I began to look into it and the numbers turning up, I wondered why this is not given more attention. “Fear of being seen as racist here in Russia, coupled with the insular world of foreign correspondents, who have enough low hanging fruit to pick like doping and Trump / Russia, or no sports knowledge, means it has escaped attention. “However, it will take just one unfortunate mishap or incident to blow up in Russia and FIFA’s faces.”Since the turn of the year, many have gone to ground in fear of exposing themselves to Russian Ministry of the Interior officials and being deported. Goal understands that some among the Nigerian party are now reluctant to reach out to the country’s ambassadors over fears of being sent back and, as such, are declining offers of assistance.The FIFA FAN ID was a document required by all match ticket holders at the 2018 World Cup to gain entry to stadiums. Fans who either applied or received match tickets were entitled to apply for the FAN ID. It originally guaranteed supporters visa-free entry to Russia from 10 days before the start of the tournament until 10 days after. However, the Russian State Duma extended that period until December 31 back in July.“Fan ID holders will be allowed to enter Russia visa-free until the end of the year, and their family members will be able to get visas for free,” Vladimir Putin said in August when signing the law, but where news of the immigration bungle has broken, the Russian president has copped some of the blame.More than 2.4 million tickets for the Russian World Cup were sold in total, according to FIFA, with the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, China, Australia and England making up the top ten of travelling fans from abroad.A FIFA spokesperson said: “The Fan ID project was fully managed by the Russian government via the Ministry of Communications.”
Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente scored in the last 10 minutes to spare Tottenham’s blushes, securing a 2-1 win over Watford on Wednesday.Mauricio Pochettino’s injury-hit side looked to be heading for a third successive home defeat in the Premier League after Craig Cathcart’s first-half goal, but Son – back from Asian Cup duty – levelled late on and then Llorente made amends after wasting several presentable chances earlier in the match.Straight back into the team after his period of absence, Son was the first to go close early on, but Watford grew into the contest and went ahead just before the break through Cathcart’s scrappy goal. 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? The wastefulness of Llorente – starting in place of the injured Harry Kane – looked as though it was going to cost Spurs, but Son restored parity and then the Spanish striker completed the turnaround on a dramatic night at Wembley.Son looked sharp early on and almost opened the scoring in the ninth minute, his 25-yard strike agonisingly missing the top-left corner.Hugo Lloris did not cover himself in glory in the 38th minute, however, as his positioning was way off at a corner and Cathcart bundled home to beat the stranded Frenchman.Llorente was guilty of an inexplicable miss at the start of the second half, seeing his initial close-range shot saved, before somehow kneeing the rebound over from about three yards.Daryl Janmaat almost turned an Christian Eriksen free-kick into his own goal just past the hour, as Ben Foster made a crucial save, before Llorente then headed wide from close in as Toby Alderweireld chipped the ball back into the danger zone.Tottenham’s luck changed in the 80th minute, however, as Llorente nudged the ball on to Son in the area and the South Korean finished emphatically past Foster.Llorente then finally found his mark three minutes from the end, sending a looping header in from Danny Rose’s cross.Never in doubt. #COYS pic.twitter.com/S6rEEpHOmD— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2019 What does it mean? Spurs close on Manchester City It is amazing how much can change in a few minutes. When they were staring at defeat, Spurs were going to be staying just four points above Chelsea and Arsenal. However, with the late turnaround, they now find themselves only two adrift of second-placed City and seven clear of the two clubs behind them. Given the other results this matchday, this could be a potentially crucial moment in Tottenham’s season.Rose a thorn in Watford’s side While it was certainly not a vintage display from Spurs, Rose did catch the eye on the left flank. The full-back got forward constantly, making himself a real outlet, and his cross ultimately provided the winning goalLloris bailed out Had it not been for Spurs’ late goals, plenty would have pointed the finger at Lloris. His poor position was vital for the Watford goal – luckily for him it did not cost Pochettino’s men.Key Opta facts- Tottenham (54 points) have at least four more points after 24 Premier League games than they have ever had at this stage of the competition, last recording as many at this stage in the top-flight during their title winning season back in 1960-61 (65 points – 3/pts for a win).- Only against Arsenal (9) and Manchester United (10) have Watford lost more Premier League games against than they have against Spurs (8).- Watford have now lost four straight matches at Wembley Stadium, only Brentford (5), Shrewsbury Town (5) and Newcastle United (7) are on longer current such losing runs than the Hornets.What’s next? Spurs are at home again on Saturday, as Newcastle United visit Wembley. Watford travel to Brighton and Hove Albion the same day.
Shaun Crawford injury update: Notre Dame defensive back tears Achilles tendon against Nevada.Notre Dame sophomore defensive back Shaun Crawford’s season is over. Crawford, who missed all of the 2015 campaign after tearing the ACL in his right knee, injured his left leg Saturday afternoon in the first quarter against Nevada. NBC’s Kathryn Tappen reported that Crawford has a torn Achilles.Per @KathrynTappen, Notre Dame’s Shaun Crawford will not return to the game. #NDonNBC pic.twitter.com/vm5Kb5GfiX— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) September 10, 2016More from @KathrynTappen on Shaun Crawford: He is out with a torn left achilles.Crawford was out last season with a torn right ACL.— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) September 10, 2016It’s a tough break for Crawford, who will now miss the majority of both seasons he’s been on campus. He’s technically a redshirt freshman, so he has three more years of eligibility. He could apply for a fourth, too.Crawford had five tackles and an interception against Texas last week.
dkurtenbach/TwitterNotre Dame’s Jerry Tillery is under fire for a number of actions fans are perceiving as “dirty.”Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery made a series of unfortunate decisions in his team’s game against USC. In a span of less than two minutes, Tillery committed two ridiculous unsportsmanlike penalties. In the clip below, he both kicks the head of one injured player and then stomps on the foot of another:Jerry Tillery is despicable. Kicking the head of an injured player and then stomping on the foot of a lineman. Note the times. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/0t2zkteMmW— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) November 26, 2016It’s been a disappointing season for the Irish, who started the season with a No. 10 ranking. The season quickly got out of hand with Notre Dame dropping its opener against Texas. The Irish never recovered, and will not make a bowl game for the first time since 2009.Yes it’s been a disappointing season for the Irish, but that is no reason for a player to take his frustrations out the way Tillery did.USC defeated Notre Dame 45-27 and could sneak into the College Football Playoff – if it gets help. That’d start with a Utah upset of Colorado.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been harshly criticised since being appointed by Manchester United, according to Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard.The Norwegian was propelled into the job on a caretaker basis last December following Jose Mourinho’s sacking and won 14 of his first 17 matches in charge.But United’s form turned after he was handed the top job on a permanent basis as they ended the 2018-19 campaign with one win in nine matches, leading to some questioning the decision to hand him the role full-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ahead of Chelsea’s opening-weekend trip to Old Trafford, however, Lampard insisted the criticism Solskjaer has faced is not justified.Friday morning training session before #MUNCHE is about to begin! pic.twitter.com/G4nMBuwfdx — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 9, 2019 “I am aware of it and it comes with the territory,” he said at his pre-match news conference. “It can be excessive, for everyone in football. I think it is possibly harsh as it is something that he came in to.”You have to look at him this season and what he gets to do. I don’t listen too much to things.”Like United, Chelsea have been written off for the title by many before a ball has been kicked this season after losing star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.But Lampard, whose job has been hindered by Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban, was relishing the prospect of silencing his side’s critics – starting with victory at United on Sunday.”I love hearing predictions when we’re not in the top four and there isn’t anything better than proving people wrong,” he said.”I love playing at Old Trafford. It is a big game for both teams. We are both huge clubs that have had a lot of success. “We both have the same idea that we want to be successful. We want to be competing.”09/08 – On this day in 1997, Frank Lampard scored his first ever Premier League goal, for West Ham against Barnsley. Lampard is the highest scoring midfielder in PL history (177). Icon. pic.twitter.com/uXMsaRGHKG — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 9, 2019 Chelsea finished 26 and 25 points off top two Manchester City and Liverpool respectively last season, but Lampard is aiming high ahead of his first campaign as a Premier League boss.”Manchester City and Liverpool showed there was a gap, everyone has to make it up,” he said. “We will aim to win and of course we want to be in the Champions League every year. We are realistic and we just have to work our hardest.”The gap [is bridgeable] because this is football. One of the beauties is that you start again fresh.”Lampard also confirmed he will make a late decision on whether to use fitness doubts N’Golo Kante, Willian and Antonio Rudiger at Old Trafford.
The U.S. men’s national team will host Cuba at D.C. United’s Audi Field in the first match of the CONCACAF Nations League, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.Washington, D.C. will play host to the inaugural match of the CONCACAF Nations League, North America’s answer to UEFA’s tournament of the same name that began in 2018.Teams have been divided into three leagues based on sporting level, with the USMNT drawn into a group with Canada and Cuba. The top league features three other groups, headlined by Group B which features Gold Cup winners Mexico, Panama and Bermuda. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Following the group stage, the competition will continue with the winners of the four groups competing in a knockout tournament in June 2020 to determine a champion while the league also features a promotion and relegation system.The Nations League will also play a part in CONCACAF’s new World Cup qualifying format, which will determine the six teams competing in the Hexagonal Round of World Cup qualifying based on FIFA rankings.The first of those games will be played in D.C. on October 11, as the USMNT will face Cuba before taking on Canada in Toronto in the team’s second match four days later.“We are excited to be competing in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League where not only is a championship on the line but we are able to play meaningful games in a competitive format,” USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter said.”We have seen how valuable the Nations League has been for Europe, and for this region it’s another important opportunity to raise the level of competition. As a team that represents the United States, there is something incredibly meaningful about playing in the nation’s capital, and we aim to produce not only a good result but a good performance.”The USMNT is coming off a Gold Cup final loss to Mexico, as Berhalter’s squad fell 1-0 to Mexico in the tournament finale.Prior to the start of the CONCACAF Nations League, the U.S. will have a chance at mild amounts of revenge against El Tri as the two sides will face off in a friendly at New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium on September 6.After that, the U.S. will turn their eyes towards a second friendly in the September window with a match against Uruguay in St. Louis on September 10.The U.S. will then conclude the year with Nations League matches against Cuba and Canada once again during the November window.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Oregon Ducks players stand in front of the misters on the sideline as the Ducks take on the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The best football recruit in the country, Kayvon Thibodeaux, has yet to make a decision on where he’ll be playing his college football. He’s likely a while out from making a commitment, too.The five-star defensive lineman has said he plans on making his final decision later this summer. We’re probably a couple of months away from a decision.Here’s the latest on where things stand.Update on No. 1 overall recruit Kayvon ThibodeauxA new school is being mentioned for the No. 1 overall recruit.USC is believed to be the favorite to land the five-star, but another Pac-12 school is starting to get some love.Thibodeaux says Oregon is making a “big move.”Oregon is making big move? #M19HTYOREGON ?— kayvon thibodeaux (@kayvonT8) June 1, 2018USC, LSU and Florida State are the schools with predictions on 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.” Oregon doesn’t have any predictions yet, but that could change soon.Stay tuned…
College football is an extremely physical sport, and most players play banged up, even with a week off between games. Unfortunately, not every school is even given that much time to recover.Toledo football is in the middle of a particularly grueling stretch.The Rockets fell to Buffalo, one of the MAC’s top teams, on Saturday, 31-17.Now, they have a quick turnaround, traveling up to Western Michigan for a Thursday night game in Kalamazoo.After that, they have yet another short week, hosting Ball State on Wednesday, Oct. 31.That is three MAC games in a 12 game span for Toledo football, and people have noticed how ridiculous that is.The Blade columnist David Briggs called the back-to-back quick turnarounds “pure insanity.”Somehow, the MAC and the little devil on its shoulder have outdone themselves.The Rockets this year will transition into their weeknight schedule with a road game on four days of rest. Which is crazy, but hey, at least the wearied players will then receive extra time to allow their bodies to recover, catch up on classwork, and … who are we kidding? Toledo plays on short rest the next week, too.After a black-and-blue Saturday game against Buffalo, this is the Rockets’ itinerary: Bus to Kalamazoo on Wednesday, play Western Michigan on Thursday, come home overnight Friday morning, return to action Wednesday against Ball State.Three games in 12 days. Back-to-back short weeks. Pure insanity.To make matters worse, Toledo isn’t the only team dealing with it. Ball State has the same schedule, culminating in the two programs’ head-to-head match-up.The Cardinals lost to Eastern Michigan on the 20th, and then travel to Ohio on Thursday, before the Wednesday game in Toledo.The weeknight games give the MAC added exposure that they don’t get on Saturday, when the major conference teams dominate the day. However, when transitioning from weekends to weeknights without a bye, you wind up with short weeks like this.That’s bad enough in the NFL, where basically every player rails against the Thursday Night Football games that they endure once a year. Throw in the fact that these players are unpaid, and have classes to deal with.Add in the very real player safety concerns, and a few extra eyeballs on ESPN don’t seem worth putting players through a grind like this.[The Blade]
On Saturday morning, ESPN’s College GameDay kicked off from Atlanta ahead of the SEC title game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia. In a rematch of the national title game, the Tide and Bulldogs face off for the right to a spot in the College Football Playoff.Of course, there is the possibility that both programs make the playoff regardless of the result of today’s game – much to the chagrin of fans outside the SEC.Before the game kicks off, College GameDay was in town to break down all of the day’s college football action.During the broadcast, ESPN announced the College GameDay guest picker. Quavious Keyate Marshall, AKA Quavo from the rap group Migos, is in the building.H U N C H O O T W!! G O D A W G S @CollegeGameDay pic.twitter.com/gxxlUTnj0z— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) November 30, 2018Quavo, an Atlanta native, will be representing the Dawgs on Saturday afternoon.Alabama and Georgia kick off this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS. Can the Bulldogs be the team that finally stops the Tide?
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the country’s best running backs over the past three years is headed to the NFL. Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to announce his intentions to leave FAU for the 2019 NFL draft.Since his breakout season as a freshman, Singletary has proved to be one of the best in the country despite his small stature. At just 5-foot-9, the Owls star racked up at least 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons and nearly rushed for 2,000 yards in 2017.Now, he’s headed to the NFL.“After much prayer and discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided to enter the NFL Draft. I hope I left a lasting impression on the university, football program, and the entire community,” Singletary said on Twitter.Thank you Owl nation! pic.twitter.com/lXomQYo8if— MOTOR5️⃣ (@_motor_2) December 12, 2018In three seasons with the Owls, Singletary racked up 4,289 rushing yards and 66 rushing touchdowns. He also added 51 receptions for 397 yards and one touchdown.