WHAT’S MISSING IN AUSTRALIAN TOUCH?

first_imgIf you’ve been at the State of Origin and Interstate Challenge, something you may not have even thought about or noticed, is the complete absence of female coaches and referees. There is not one female coach for NSW or Queensland this weekend and the sight of a referee in a skirt is virtually non-existent. National Coaching Director Dennis Coffey is disappointed at the lack of females in State and National technical positions and believes a concerted effort needs to be made by all to improve this. “In the sport of touch we are in a better position than most to develop Women in technical coaching and refereeing positions,” he said. “We have so many women playing our sport, there’s no reason this development shouldn’t happen,” he added. There are three divisions of the technical area that the Australian Touch Association is keen to develop Women within, including selecting, coaching and refereeing. “We have a lot of female selectors, which is great,” said Mr Coffey. “However, we need to be developing females as level one and two coaches and encourage them to referee,” he commented. “We’ve noticed lately that the players don’t mind whether the referees are female or male, what matters to them is that the referees are of the highest standard,” added Mr Coffey. “Over the next year the ATA is going to be making a concerted effort to focus on encouraging both younger players and also those who are retiring to take up these areas,” explained Mr Coffey. “Traditionally specific skill, knowledge and fitness development for female coaches and referees is very light on and we want to improve that to help improve our sport,” said Mr Coffey. Kerry Norman is one female coach that most people involved with touch at a State and National level would be very familiar with. Recently appointed as Australia’s Womens Open Coach, Kerry has developed through the playing ranks, as well as the coaching ranks at a State and National level. She has been a Coach with Australian Junior sides and has also been an Assistant Coach with Australian Womens Open side. Now she is Australia’s first ever female Coach at an Australian Open level and Mr Coffey is keen for other women to realise they can not only develop their skills as coaches and referees to this level, but also that there is a need for them in Australian Touch. Through her time in touch football, Mrs Norman has developed skills such as planning, fitness, skill development and expertise, communication and player and team development. Mr Coffey also believes that one group of people who can potentially offer touch a lot, is physical education teachers. Both Kerry Norman and also Kathy O’Brien (Australian Womens 20 Years Coach) are physical education teachers and Mr Coffey believes the skills she has developed are in part due to her training and experience in the work field. There is no doubt that developing our female coaches and referees is essential to the continued growth and rise of touch football around Australia and the World. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Trends of the Game Breakfast

first_imgThe event, in its fourth year, goes through the current trends in Touch Football, with Australian coaches and Coach Advisory Panel members presenting a range of different topics. Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) National Sport Development Coordinator, Adam Raptis, and National AusSquad Coordinator, John Singh, were the first to take to the stage, explaining the AusSquad program, which will be launched on day three of the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships at 5.30pm. Australian Women’s 20’s coach and TFA Coach Education Advisor, Peter Bell, was next to speak, explaining the do’s and don’ts of coaching. He showed examples of what not to do as a coach and explained some of the poor practices as well as speaking about the Coach Assessment elements and talking about his coaching tips. National Coaching Director, Dennis Coffey, was next, speaking about Coach Observations and Assessment. He covered the topics of what is a coach? What are coaching competencies? What does a coach actually do? And how can competencies be measured?Game time coaching was presented by Australian Women’s Open coach, Kerry Norman. Her presentation was about how coaches need to take as much care in the vital minutes of the game as they do in preparation in the lead up to the game. Norman then went through some game time tips, as well as common faults of coaches in the sub box. Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad, was the final speaker of the morning, talking about the modern game. Trad spoke about the evolution of the game, Generation ‘Y’ and the characteristics of their game, and why it has changed over time.last_img read more

Vale Dennis Coffey

first_imgIt is with deep sadness that Touch Football Australia advises the passing of Dennis Coffey, peacefully in his sleep.Dennis, or as he was affectionally known as ‘DC’, was one of the founding fathers of the sport of Touch Football, with a decorated history of involvement in the sport spanning over 35 years, culminating in his TFA Life Membership in 2012. Dennis was most recently the Secretary General of Federation of International Touch (FIT), playing a key role expanding the global footprint and growth of the game internationally. Prior to this role, Dennis was the inaugural National Coaching Director of the peak body and more recently the National Coaching Director between the years 2000-2010. Dennis was also instrumental in the establishment and development of both ACT Touch and Australian Defence Force (ADF) Touch. In his early playing days, Dennis was previously an Australian Touch representative, playing in the inaugural 1988 World Cup as well as representing Australia against New Zealand in 1991. He also coached Australian teams at the 2003 and 2011 World Cup events.Dennis is fondly remembered for the above and his professionalism and deep expertise, developing many of the early coaching and technical resource materials as well as his experience in video production, setting the standard for the sport’s early development. He will be greatly missed and long remembered as one of the sport’s true gentlemen and an integral member of the Touch Football community; having ‘touched’ so many people in our sport and wider family. Touch Football Australia conveys to his wife, Carol and children, Emma and Andrew and extended family, deepest sympathies and condolences. Dennis’ funeral will be held on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 at the Buderim Lawn Crematorium, Mooloolaba Road Buderim at 11.00am. Related LinksVale Dennis Coffeylast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola praises Zinchenko, Fernandinho for Southampton win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola praises Zinchenko, Fernandinho for Southampton winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are back to winning ways after a 3-1 victory at Southampton.The Champions bounced back from two successive defeats to complete a remarkable calendar year on a high, as a James Ward-Prowse own-goal and a Sergio Aguero header handed the visitors the points, after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had cancelled out David Silva’s opener.“It was a good performance, especially in the first 30-35 minutes,” City manager Pep Guardiola reflected.“3-1 is a good result. It could have been bigger but after two defeats, winning was the most important thing. The players did what they had to do – they are fantastic players.“We gave absolutely everything. Look what happened with Oleks (after the Ukrainian was dispossessed for Southampton’s equaliser) and how he reacted as a young player.“He didn’t hide. He was completely the opposite and went on to make an assist. He was the best player on the pitch.“Fernandinho deserves to play for us. We know that. It’s the same with any club in the world – any team has important players and Ferna is one of them for us.“Before 1-1, we played to score more; then they scored and the game was more equal but we carried on and scored the second goal.“In previous games, we did everything and the first time the opponent arrived in our half they scored.“We have to demand our people in front to finish the situation. We had four or five actions to finish… but today, had the feeling the players did absolutely everything.” last_img read more

9 days agoMichael Beale: FSG fantastic for Liverpool

first_imgMichael Beale: FSG fantastic for Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool coach Michael Beale has praised owners FSG for their management.Beale is now part of Steven Gerrard’s backroom team at Rangers.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I have to say the owners have been fantastic for Liverpool, because since they have come in, they really have had a long-term vision to integrate Melwood and the [Kirkby] Academy.”That has always been at the forefront of their thinking and obviously now they are getting a big training complex to get everyone there together in Kirkby. I think they really have helped to bring the club together and I think hiring Jurgen and the type of person he is, was very much part of that process as well.”So I think people like Michael Edwards – and I heard Jurgen mentioning him the other day for the FIFA speech (for Coach of the Year) – these people the owners have put in place have been successful in their jobs.. I think it is a very well-run football club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Barnes slept with homeless to reach Champions League final

first_imgLiverpool legend John Barnes says he had to sleep outside of a train station in Barcelona with homeless people on his journey to Madrid for the Champions League final.The 55-year-old travelled to the Spanish capital to see his former side take on Tottenham in the European decider at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.But the ex-England winger’s trip from the Greek island Santorini to Spain took mch longer than expected after his first flight was cancelled, leading to him spending a few hours lying outside the station before finally making it to Madrid. 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? “I was with my family in Santorini, I had to be here at 8:30am on Thursday morning,” he told Liverpool Echo.”My flight from Santorini got cancelled, so I then had to fly from Santorini to Athens, from Athens to Barcelona.”Got to Barcelona 2am in the morning, my train, I had to get a train to Madrid, it was not until 5am, the train station is not open till 4am, from 2am until 4am I was lying on the floor outside the train station with a lot of homeless people before the train station opened.”That’s how committed I was to getting here.”Barnes says he was determined to get through his arduous journey to see Jurgen Klopp’s team in action, taking a jibe at some of his fellow former stars who he believes would not have gone to such extreme lengths.”I am not going to mention any names, about other divas who played for Liverpool, my former teammates who would have wanted to be in a five star hotel,” he added.”I slept on the floor of the train station for three hours, that is how much of a fan I am. I am not going to say who wouldn’t have done it… Ian Rush… But apart from that, that is my commitment to the cause.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Robertson: Alisson performance ‘an absolute joke’

first_imgAndy Robertson was full of admiration for Alisson after the Liverpool goalkeeper’s superb display in the 2-0 Champions League final win over Tottenham.After watching Loris Karius’ implosion in last year’s final against Real Madrid, 26-year-old Alisson’s confident performance could hardly have offered more of a contrast.With a joint-high final record of eight saves, the Brazil international became the first goalkeeper to record a clean sheet in the showpiece event since compatriot Julio Cesar for Inter in 2010. 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? “He’s the man, isn’t he?” Robertson said to Liverpool’s official website.”He’s the man. A lot was said about Ali when he first came, a lot of pressure on him. My God, he’s been unbelievable this season.”[Against Spurs], it was an absolute joke the way he made the saves and everything.”He was different class. It’s down to him that we kept a clean sheet.”Alisson came under some scrutiny from rival fans early in the season following his £65 million (€73m) move from Roma last summer, particularly following mistakes against Leicester and Manchester United.But he grew in confidence as Liverpool clicked into gear, eventually winning the Premier League Golden Glove with 21 clean sheets to his name – one more than Manchester City’s Ederson, who slipped into second following the 4-1 victory over Brighton on the final day.He was in top form again in Madrid on Saturday night, saving from Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen as Jurgen Klopp’s men secured a sixth European Cup despite never quite hitting top gear.He will be looking to take that form into a busy summer as Brazil host the Copa America, looking to add to their eight titles in the competition.Brazil warm up for the tournament with a friendly game against Qatar, who will also take part in the Copa America for the first time this year.Qatar were invited alongside Japan after the tournament organisers switched to a 12-team system in 2018, with the South American football federation CONMEBOL only comprising 10 member countries.Following another friendly with Honduras, Alisson and Brazil face group fixtures against Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Layun reveals surgery on tumour

first_imgMexico defender Miguel Layun had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour and has been given the all-clear, he has announced.The 30-year-old, who joined Monterrey from Spanish club Villarreal in January, had a brief spell in England with Watford earlier in his career before moving to La Liga via a stint with Porto.He revealed that a routine check-up showed he had cancer but that it was caught at a stage where it could be removed by doctors. 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? In a video interview released by Monterrey, Layun said: “My wife and I decided to have a general health check and there was a small surprise that neither my wife nor I had imagined.”The first thing that I was told was that they had found a complex cyst.”He added: “The question began to arise that it wasn’t a cyst and was a tumour, but when you mention the word tumour and that it could be cancer, you see it in a different way.”It was a malignant tumour – we were talking about cancer – and in the end the entire tumour had to be removed.”Thank God I can say that I had cancer, but it is already cured.”Layun, who is sitting out the Gold Cup because of his treatment, said he went for a final check on Friday and was told the cancer had been completely removed.”So now it’s just a case of checking that it does not come back,” said Layun, who initially was said to have been suffering from a kidney infection.Layun began his career at Veracruz in Mexico before going on to play for Atalanta, Club America, Watford, Porto, Sevilla and Villarreal before joining Monterrey.He played for Mexico in the 2014 and 2018 World Cup finals and won the Gold Cup in 2015.last_img read more

Rondon breaks Venezuela goalscoring record

first_imgWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon is now the highest scorer in Venezuelan history after he shocked the United States with two early goals on Sunday. Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium played host to the weekend’s CONCACAF/CONMEBOL showdown as both the US and Venezuela look to sharpen up ahead of their commitments over the summer. The USMNT will be competing at the Gold Cup, while Venezuela vie for South America’s famous old Copa America trophy in Brazil.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And if Sunday’s game is any indication, the Vinotinto and Rondon look to be raring to go. The forward – who impressed during a loan spell at Newcastle last season – needed just 16 minutes to break the deadlock, finishing after a wayward pass from US goalkeeper Zack Steffen had placed his defence under pressure. Jefferson Savarino, of MLS’ Real Salt Lake, doubled the scoreline on the half hour before Rondon ensured that the visitors would go into half time with a commanding lead when he made it 3-0 after just 36 minutes. And in doing so, the 29-year-old sharpshooter has clinched an all-time landmark for his country. 24 – @salorondon23 se convirtió en el goleador histórico de la @SeleVinotinto con su doblete ante Estados Unidos; llegó a 24 goles y superó los 23 de @Arango_18 . Histórico. pic.twitter.com/CdLGQTTNMH — OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) 9 de junio de 2019 With 24 goals Rondon is now the highest goalscorer in Vinotinto history, a mark he has reached in 73 games. He overtakes former Venezuela legend Juan Arango, who scored 23 in 129 games before retiring in 2015; striker Giancarlo Maldonado completes the podium with 22 goals, scored between 1996 and 2007.Should Venezuela hold on to their lead in Cincinnati, victory would be a much-needed boost for a team that has lacked confidence and form recently. March’s impressive 3-1 defeat of Argentina, with Lionel Messi in tow, has been overshadowed by a host of underwhelming results with their last three outings yielding draws with Catalunya and Ecuador and defeat to Mexico.At the Copa America the Vinotinto find themselves in Group A alongside hosts Brazil, with Peru and Bolivia completing the line-up.last_img read more

Cavani: Uruguay ready to fight for Copa America glory

first_imgEdinson Cavani said Uruguay are ready to fight for Copa America honours following their rout of Ecuador on Sunday.Cavani and Luis Suarez scored as Uruguay opened their Group C campaign with a 4-0 demolition of 10-man Ecuador in Belo Horizonte.Ecuador’s Jose Quintero was sent off after Nicolas Lodeiro gave Uruguay a sixth-minute lead and it was one-way traffic from that point. 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? Cavani, Suarez and an own goal sealed a routine outing for Oscar Tabarez’s Uruguay and the former revelled in the result.”We are ready to fight in the Copa America,” Cavani said post-game, with 15-time champions Uruguay seeking their first Copa title since 2011.”We had chances in the first half, we could do it and that gave us the calm to handle the game. It was an important step.”#URUECU | @Uruguay venció 4 a 0 a @FEFecuador en su debut por la @CopaAmerica de Brasil 2019. Detalles del encuentro: https://t.co/u2AikT59v1 pic.twitter.com/Yiggx9gN6Y — Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 17, 2019 Cavani, who scored his first Copa goal after 11 matches, added: “We knew they were going to be a very difficult opponent. The important thing was that we entered the game with maximum concentration and we achieved that.”After Paris Saint-Germain forward Cavani made it 2-0 past the half-hour mark, Suarez tripled the lead prior to the interval following Quintero’s 24th-minute dismissal.Suarez – who missed the end of Barcelona’s season due to knee surgery – converted at the back post to heap further misery on Ecuador.Mina then turned the ball into his own net with 12 minutes remaining – a goal that had been initially ruled out for offside before being overturned by VAR.”Obviously, it’s a positive result because we play the way we wanted to,” Suarez told reporters. “But we played with an extra man in the first half.”We will play the tournament with the same hope and the same desire prior to today’s result.”Uruguay will next meet Copa America guests Japan in Porto Alegre on Thursday.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Chalobah wanted by Huddersfield

first_imgHuddersfield Town are among the Championship clubs keen on signing Trevoh Chalobah and they want to secure him on a permanent deal from Chelsea.The 20-year-old is highly rated at Stamford Bridge but a permanent deal could be struck regardless as he has less than two years remaining on his contract.Chelsea do have the option to loan Chalobah instead, but they would also try to extend his contract before sending him out for another season. 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? Huddersfield are trying to refresh their squad following their relegation from the Premier League under Jan Siewert and they were impressed by Chalobah’s performances on loan at Ipswich Town last season.Chalobah, whose eldest brother Nathaniel left Chelsea two years ago to join Watford in a £5 million deal, played alongside a host of young stars who will get a chance under Frank Lampard next season in Chelsea’s first team.Reece James will join the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham next season in competing for a spot under the club’s new manager, despite having had ankle surgery this summer.Chelsea have been so sure about James’ talents that they rejected a £20m ($25m) approach, plus an extra £10m ($12m) in add-ons, from Crystal Palace, who looked to the 19-year-old to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka after his £50m ($62m) transfer to Manchester United earlier in the summer.Lewis Baker has been training at Fortuna Dusseldorf as Chelsea prepare to announce his loan move to the Bundesliga club following a successful spell at Reading in Championship last season.Blues director Marina Granovskaia was keen to see what Baker could achieve in a top-five league, while Eddie Newton helped arrange the deal in one of his last moves as a loan coach at Chelsea. Lampard has since promoted Newton into the first-team coaching set-up.Meanwhile, Baker is in contention to face Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday in Fortuna’s latest pre-season friendly match.Chelsea have already sent Ethan Ampadu on loan to RB Leipzig for the season, but there is no option to buy the highly-rated 18-year-old as part of their deal.Lampard has gone on record to speak about his admiration for the Wales international and will be monitoring his development at the Bundesliga club, who will also play Champions League football next season.Matt Miazga’s return to Reading is expected to go through on Wednesday, too, after his efforts in getting the U.S. national team to a second-place finish in the Gold Cup this summer.last_img read more

USC 4-Star Recruit Announces He’s De-Committing

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)One of the top wide receiver recruits in the 2020 class announced late on Monday evening that he’s decided to de-commit and re-open his recruitment.Kris Hutson, a four-star wide receiver out of Bellflower, California, announced on Twitter that he’s de-committing from USC’s program.The four-star recruit is ranked the No. 64 WR in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.“I decommitted from USC and now opening my options for other colleges. Thank you USC for your time,” he wrote.I decommitted from USC and now opening my options for other colleges. Thank you USC for your time.— Kris Hutson 4-Star⭐️ (@krishutson_1) October 23, 2018Hutson had been committed to USC since last July.Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon are all interested.last_img read more

Man Arrested For ‘Threat’ Against Jeff Brohm’s High School

first_imgPurdue football head coach Jeff Brohm.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Jeff Brohm of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on during warmups before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)On Wednesday night, Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm announced his plans to remain with the Boilermakers, rather than assume the head coaching position at Louisville. It didn’t take long for Louisville fans to make their thoughts of the decision known.While one fan chose to burn the jersey of Brohm’s brother, another Cardinals fan took things way too far. Police arrested a 29-year-old Louisville man this week after he allegedly threatened to burn down Brohm’s former high school.St. Matthews Police arrested 29-year-old Thor Wiljanen after he allegedly sent out the following tweet: “If Jeff Brohm doesn’t come, we burn down Trinity.” The high school closed its doors on Thursday after the threat.Wiljanen’s attorney released a statement saying the tweet was meant as an attempt at humor.“This was not a threat. This was an attempt at humor, an attempt at satire – a poor attempt – but it was meant unseriously and it is not a threat to the community or to the school.”Wiljanen reportedly sent other messages that mentioned a “gas can and “matches” according to WDRB.Threatening to burn down a high school after not landing a top college coach is not a smart decision – even if meant as a joke.[WDRB]last_img read more

Michigan Hosting 5-Star Recruit Justin Rogers Again

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)The Wolverines lost significant ground in the chase for five-star offensive lineman Justin Rogers’ signature. But they’ve been working hard to get it back and are set to host him for another visit this weekend.In an interview with WolverinesWire, Rogers revealed that he will be in Ann Arbor for the Michigan-Michigan State basketball game. It will be the second time in two weeks that he is visiting Michigan as a basketball spectator.Rogers also revealed that he has grown closer with several members of the Michigan coaching staff. He stated that he is talking to offensive line coach Ed Warinner regularly.“Me and (Warinner) are building a good relationship. We’re talking on a daily basis right now.”The other coach he pointed to was newly-appointed offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who spoke with him in his last visit.“When did you start playing football?” Rogers said. “It was the little questions he was asking. It was like, ‘Wow, this is the first coach that ever did it.’ It’s definitely, it was crazy.”Rogers ultimately pointed to communication between him the school needing to improve for him to lift Michigan into a top contender for his services.“For me, I’d say relationship-wise, relationship-wise need to get better, Rogers said. “Communicating on a daily basis needs to get better. I’d say definitely that.”Per 247Sports, Justin Rogers is rated as the No. 17 overall prospect in the country. He is considered the No. 1 offensive guard prospect in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Michigan.Unfortunately for Michigan, the early predictions do not appear to be in the Wolverines’ favor. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions have Ohio State as the favorite with a 53-percent of getting him. Georgia comes in second with a 47-percent chance.WolverinesWire noted that Rogers’ interest in began to wane as coaches Tim Drevno and Greg Frey left for different jobs.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Makes His Pick For Notre Dame-Georgia

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The marquee matchup of college football’s Week 3 is Notre Dame-Georgia. In a surprise twist, ESPN and SEC Network host Paul Finebaum has picked the Irish to upset the Bulldogs!Just kidding.In an appearance on The Roundtable, not only did Finebaum pick Georgia to win, he declared that nobody “in their right mind” should believe that Notre Dame can win.Via Saturday Down South: “I don’t know how anyone in their right mind believes Notre Dame can win this game… Georgia is one of the more complete teams in the country, Notre Dame is not. They have a good quarterback, but they have so many missing aspects…”Finebaum took it a step further, stating that Notre Dame is “barely relevant in the conversation of college football powers.”“…and again the Notre Dame fans want to tilt their collective nose toward the sky, and act like the world of college football revolves around them, it doesn’t. Notre Dame is barely relevant in the conversation of college football powers.”The SEC Network host concluded that Notre Dame is simply not ready to hang with the SEC, and called them a “paper tiger.”“I’m not overly impressed with them… What we’re going to be talking about Saturday night is Notre Dame simply wasn’t ready for this, they’re not equipped, and that’s probably why they try to dodge playing in the ACC, because they’re a paper tiger.”Notre Dame may be the toughest non-conference opponent Georgia has in 2019. But the bettors still think the Bulldogs have the overwhelming edge.They head into Saturday’s game as 13.5-point favorites.Georgia will be a popular pick heading into that game. It will take a heroic effort from Brian Kelly and his players to make the doubters eat crow.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath’s official wedding teaser is out and it’s magical

first_img Next Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath’s official wedding teaser is out and it’s magicalKapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath tied the knot on December 12 in Jalandhar. In the video, the much-in-love couple take saat-pheras.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 17:25 IST Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath wedding: The couple take saat pheras.Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath got married in a big fat Punjabi wedding in Jalandhar on December 12. The newly-married couple have no time for honeymoon as Kapil is busy shooting for the upcoming edition of The Kapil Sharma Show. The comedian, however, shared the teaser of his wedding video on his official YouTube account where the couple are seen taking saat pheras.Kapil and Ginni also tied the knot in Anand Karaj ceremony a day after their Hindu wedding in Jalandhar. The video of their Sikh ceremony is also available on Kapil’s official Youtube handle. Most recently, the two hosted reception in Mumbai for their industry friends on December 24. The event was attended by Bollywood, Sports and Television bigwigs from Rekha, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Saina Nehwal, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel, Raveena Tandon, Bharti Singh, Krushna Abhishek among many others.Take a look at their wedding teaser.Kapil and Ginni met during their college days and barely dated each other because of their conservative families. Though Kapil’s mother had met Ginni once. The two later worked together in a comedy show and started to know each other better. However, Kapil realised Ginni was the one for him when he was going through a low phase and she supported him.Kapil introduced Ginni to his fans in 2017 and announced that he would get married to her by year end. But his marriage could not happen at that time as the comedian battled depression. A new chapter in his life has just begun with his wedding to Ginni.advertisementAlso read | Kapil turns drummer, Ginni burns the dance floor: Inside videos from Kapil Sharma’s reception go viralAlso read | The Kapil Sharma Show: Ranveer Singh makes Kapil burn with jealousy. Here’s howAlso read | Salman Khan and Sunil Grover did not attend Kapil Sharma’s Mumbai reception. Here’s why Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kapil SharmaFollow The Kapil Sharma Showlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal is mentally the toughest Indian badminton player, says former coach

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 15:36 IST Saina Nehwal won the Indonesia Masters after Carolina Marin retired hurt (@NSaina Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVimal Kuumar has backed Saina Nehwal to win All England Championship in MarchSaina won the Indonesia Masters last Sunday after Carolina Marin withdrewSaina, who will turn 29 in March, is currently the oldest player in the top tenSaina Nehwal is mentally the toughest shuttler in the country and the ability to overcome injuries is to key to her longevity, believes former coach Vimal Kumar.Saina, who had suffered a shin injury late last year, won the Indonesia Masters last Sunday after the withdrawal of Carolina Marin from the summit clash due to a leg injury.Her former coach Vimal has also backed the Indian ace to win the coveted All England Championship in March.”She is definitely mentally the toughest, even I will give her edge over the men’s players, she is much tougher than all of them,” Vimal, who had coached Saina from 2014 to 2017, told PTI on Tuesday.https://t.co/iFVJv2ctlo pic.twitter.com/sOaxbtxyZHSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 29, 2019″She doesn’t think too much once she is on court, no matter if she has some pain, she will go all out and make it difficult for her opponents,” said the former India coach, under whom Saina attained the World No. 1 ranking in 2015.With Marin suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — the ligament that stabilizes the knee — and world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying also recuperating from a wrist injury, Vimal feels Indian duo of Saina and P V Sindhu will have a great chance to end India’s wait for an All England title.”It (Indonesia win) will give Saina a lot of confidence and can help her in All England Championship, she can target that,” he said.”Carolina also might need 5-6 months to recover if the injury is serious, so the All England will be wide open. Carolina and Tai Tzu Ying were favourites. So now Saina and Sindhu will have big chance to win the title.”advertisementSaina, who will turn 29 in March, is currently the oldest player in the top ten and Vimal said it is important for the Indian to train smart to stay at the top of her game.”She has had her share of injuries. I was there with her at the Olympics, she was preparing well and suddenly it came up. But subsequently, the way she came back, have to give her credit.”Now it is a question of training smart. She has a couple of years at the top and with the Olympics coming up, she would want to do well… I don’t want to go that far now but she can immediately think of doing well at the All England.”Saina had aggravated her knee injury at the Rio Olympics and needed surgery and rigorous physiotherapy to return to the sport.The London Olympics bronze medallist returned to win the Malaysia Masters in 2017, her last BWF title before she ended the two year wait by clinching the Indonesia Masters last week.”It is a creditable performance from. I saw a few matches, I don’t know if she had the stamina to play at a good pace like Tai Tzu Ying and Carolina Marin as she was carrying a bit of injury.”I don’t think she was in right shape but because of mental toughness she pulled through quite a few matches,” said Vimal.Last year, Saina had won her second Commonwealth Games title, besides winning a bronze at the Asian Games and reaching finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.Also Read | Carolina Marin to undergo surgery after rupturing knee ligament in Indonesia Masters finalAlso Read | Unfortunate: Saina Nehwal empathises with injured Carolina Marin at Indonesia MastersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Saina NehwalFollow Indonesia MastersFollow Carolina MarinFollow Vimal Kumar Next Saina Nehwal is mentally the toughest Indian badminton player, says former coachVimal Kumar, who had coached Saina Nehwal from 2014 to 2017, said she is the definitely mentally the toughest while lauding her ability to overcome injuries being the key to her longevityadvertisementlast_img read more

Real Kashmir, East Bengal to play snow-postponed I-League game on February 28 in Srinagar

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 00:00 IST I-League: Real Kashmir vs East Bengal was postponed due to snow cover at TRC ground in Srinagar. (@realkashmirfc Photo)HIGHLIGHTSReal Kashmir vs East Bengal in Srinagar was postponed due to thick snow cover on the groundGokulam vs Aizawl which was postponed after the former were stuck in Srinagar has also got a new dateAizawl’s match vs Shillong Lajong has also been postponed to March 4The I-League match between title contenders Real Kashmir and East Bengal which was scheduled for last Sunday but was postponed due to thick snow cover on the ground in Srinagar will now be played on February 28.East Bengal were to travel to Srinagar to play there on February 10 but after an inspection visit by a team from the All India Football Federation, the match was postponed. That game will now be played at the TRC ground on February 28.The I-League, on Monday, announced the new dates of the postponed matches on its official Twitter handle.Revised @ILeagueOfficial 2018-19 :@realkashmirfc v @eastbengalfc 28 February, PM@GokulamKeralaFC v @AizawlFC 28 February, PM@AizawlFC v @lajongfc 4 March, PM#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquerHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 11, 2019Real Kashmir are currently at the second spot in the I-League table with 32 points from 16 matches, two adrift of leaders Chennai City FC, while East Bengal are at fourth with 28 points from 14 matches.The match between Gokulam Kerala FC and Aizawl FC, which was to be played in Aizawl on Sunday but was postponed later, will also be played on February 28.Gokulam played in Srinagar against Real Kashmir on February 6 amid snow and rain. The Kerala side not only lost the match 0-1 but also remained stuck in Srinagar as flights were cancelled due to bad weather, leading to the postponement of their match against Aizawl FC, scheduled to be played on February 10.The Gokulam players left Srinagar in batches and the last group reached their home base Kozhikode only on Monday.advertisementMoreover, Aizawl’s home match against Shillong Lajong, which was earlier scheduled for March 2, will now be played on March 4 so that that the home side can get some time to recover after playing against Gokulam on February 28.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 byPTI Tags :Follow Real Kashmir FCFollow East BengalFollow I-League 2018-19Follow Indian footballFollow snow Next Real Kashmir, East Bengal to play snow-postponed I-League game on February 28 in SrinagarI-League 2018-19: Real Kashmir’s home match against East Bengal, which was postponed due to snow in Srinagar, has a new date.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli No.1 in list of players to feature in most IPL defeats

first_imgadvertisement No data available! commentary graphs Rajarshi Gupta BengaluruApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 09:24 IST Virat Kohli has been with RCB since the inception of the IPL (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has featured in 86 lost matches in the IPL, more than any other playerKohli is also the leading all-time run scorer in the Indian Premier LeagueVirat Kohli’s RCB have now lost all their 5 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueVirat Kohli, the all-time leading run-scorer in the Indian Premier League and only the 2nd Indian batsman to score 8000 T20 runs, is now part of most IPL defeats in history. No other player has featured in more defeats in IPL than Kohli’s 86.On Friday, when Virat Kohli should have been celebrating a fine 49-ball 84 and his maiden fifth in the 2019 Indian Premier League, he was left to rue some bad choices on the field and a poor performance by his bowlers under pressure from Andre Russell when Kolkata Knight Riders needed 66 runs off the last 4 overs of their 206-run chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Andre Russell smashed 7 sixes in a breathtaking innings to leave RCB dazed. They have now lost all their 5 matches this season even as the other teams are going from strength to strength.Virat Kohli, who has 5110 runs from 168 IPL matches, has lost 86 matches in the tournament’s 12-year history. These are staggering numbers and most experts will struggle to explain why one of the IPL’s leading stars has failed so miserably as a captain.It’s not like Kohli has been completely hopeless as RCB skipper.In 2016, when it looked curtains down for the Royal Challengers, Virat Kohli smashed 973 runs including 4 hundreds and took his team to the final. He had solid help from AB de Villiers and KL Rahul. While AB de Villiers continues to be part of the team, RCB let go of Rahul and Chris Gayle, who are now part of Kings XI Punjab.No prizes for guessing who our key performer for the first innings is pic.twitter.com/QnlWYwfwXtadvertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019KXIP, thanks to Rahul and Gayle’s heroics this summer, is one of the teams to beat in the competition.Virat Kohli, who has been with RCB since the inception of the IPL, has had to endure 86 defeats with the team. Robin Uthappa of KKR has lost 85 matches while Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been part of 81 defeats in the IPL. Dinesh Karthik, who took over as KKR captain in 2018, has been part of 79 defeats.The @RCBTweets Skipper departs after a terrific knock of 84 runs #RCB 172/1 pic.twitter.com/bJl9RnuCCdIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019Leg-spinner Amit Mishra (Delhi Capitals) and AB de Villiers (RCB) have been part of 75 defeats in the IPL.All these players, barring Virat Kohli, have played for at least two teams.Virat Kohli was furious after RCB’s 5th straight defeat in the 2019 IPL and said his bowlers needed to be braver after Andre Russell’s brutal onslaught.”There is no guessing there, the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure,” Kohli told the broadcasters after the match. “That’s been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, then you will always struggle against power-hitters like Russell.”Also Read | Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for meAlso Read | RCB vs KKR Highlights, IPL 2019: Andre Russell fires KKR to 5-wicket win over RCBAlso Read | IPL 2019: Time running out for RCB as they take on KKR in BengaluruFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow RCB vs KKRFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019Follow Indian Premier Leaguecenter_img view more view less scorecard Virat Kohli No.1 in list of players to feature in most IPL defeatsIPL 2019: Virat Kohli has featured in most lost matches in the history of the Indian Premier League. Incidentally, he is also the leading run-scorer in the IPL.last_img read more

Malaysian badminton icon Lee Chong Wei announces retirement after cancer battle

first_imgMalaysian badminton icon Lee Chong Wei announces retirement after cancer battleThree-time Olympic medallist Lee Chong Wei has announced retirement after 19 years of stellar badminton career following his battle with nose cancer.advertisement Associated Press PutrajayaJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 13:06 IST Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei announced retirement on Thursday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOne of the all time badminton greats Lee Chong Wei has announced retirement from the gameThree-time Olympic champion Lee Chong was fighting a battle with nose cancerLee Chong Wei had a stellar badminton career of 19 yeas with 69 world titlesFormer World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei on Thursday announced his retirement from badminton after 19 years following a battle with cancer.The three-time Olympic silver medalist, hailed as a sporting hero in Malaysia, said it was a tough decision as he had hoped to only retire after the Tokyo Olympic next year but that he had no choice.Although he has been cleared of the cancer, Lee, 36, said his recent consultation with doctors in Japan showed he was not fit for high-intensity training. He broke down momentarily during the news conference.”With a heavy heart, I have to announce that I am retiring as health is more important,” Lee said.Lee became one of Malaysia’s richest athletes after an illustrious career that included the Olympic medals and 69 world titles. He was diagnosed with nose cancer last year but recovered after intensive treatment in Taiwan. He returned to the court in January but his training has been inconsistent.Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman called Lee “a hero to all Malaysians” for his fighting spirit that had inspired the nation.”It will be difficult to find another icon like Lee Chong Wei. Someone like him comes once in a lifetime,” Syed Saddiq told a news conference.The cancer had come as a shock after Lee went for a medical checkup because he felt unwell during the Indonesian Open last July. Lee has said he couldn’t eat or sleep for days after discovering his illness, but support from family and friends pushed him to be positive.advertisementHis career isn’t without controversy. Lee was suspended for eight months in 2015 after testing positive for a banned anti-inflammatory drug in the World Championships. But he was allowed to return to elite competition after the Badminton World Federation found he accidentally ingested the drug and had no intention to cheat.Lee said Thursday the sport is demanding and will exert too much pressure on his health.He said he regretted not being able to secure an elusive Olympic gold medal but that he will work to inspire the next generation of Malaysians in the sport. For now, Lee said he will rest and spend more time with his wife and two young sons.Also Read | PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma lose in dismal day for India at Australian OpenAlso Read | Sindhu, Sameer make impressive starts at Australian OpenAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow BadmintonFollow Lee Chong Wei Nextlast_img read more