AUSSIE TEAMS ARRIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR WORLD CUP

first_imgAustralia’s World Cup Teams arrived in Stellenbosch South Africa ahead of the sixth World Cup of Touch to be played in the South African province from 17 – 21 January 2007.The three Open Teams arrived in Stellenbosch after a travel itinerary that included an overnight stay in Perth followed by an 11-hour flight to Johannesburg with a bumpy entry in driving rain and lightning.A 2-hour flight to Cape Town was followed up by a 45-minute bus drive to the protea hotel in Stellenbosch where all seven teams will take up residence for the next 11 days.Some very weary travelers arrived at 10.30pm local time to collapse into their beds and begin the process of acclimatizing to their new surrounds.After a sumptuous breakfast, set against a beautiful backdrop of the famed Stellenbosch Mountains and wine district, the three teams set off for their first training run on South African soil to blow out the travel cobwebs and begin the last phases of physical work required to top off their pre-tournament preparations. After training, all three teams attended a traditional South African theme park ‘Boya’ at nearby Spier organized by former South African native, and Australian Team Medico Doctor Martin Jaffe.As well as the traditional South African food and entertainment on offer, the Aussie Teams engaged in tours of the Cheetah Park at Spier and local arts and craft displays.The highlights for the Aussie teams included Australian Open Mixed Captain Tony Eltakchi and Men’s Open player Anthony Ziade borrowing some traditional South African garb and entertaining all and sundry with an impromptu dancing display with a few of the locals.When ‘Tash’ incited the locals to chant, “The roof is on fire” some looked skyward to the ceiling, a little panicked, and then relieved to discover that the roof was, in fact, NOT on fire after all.Elsewhere Jason Stanton and Kylie ‘Warnie’ Hilder, were enlisting Stellenbosch locals to help construct human pyramids, and Rebecca Tavo jammed on the Bongos with African native performers.Mixed speedster Brad ‘BJ’ Holden was sizing himself up against Adult Cheetah “Hemmingway” in the Cheetah enclosures for a “fast and the furious” sprint off – but Hemmingway may have the little guy’s measure with a 0 – 80 km hour acceleration in just three seconds.The baby cheetah cubs proved irresistible to most of the girls, and a high percentage of the boys, who fell in love with the gorgeous endangered babies.All three Open teams also visited the famed Table Mountain over the last two days and enjoyed the view from one of the World’s truly great Mountain peaks.A comprehensive tour of Table Mountain provided many memorable photo opportunities for the group, though Australian Women’s Open player Peta Rogerson was not impressed with her little sister Hayley, who on every occasion possible sent Peta’s heart racing with her photo poses as close to the edge of the mountain as possible.  “Hayley, stick to the trail!” was uttered in vain many times by the concerned elder sibling who admits to bouts of giddiness on an escalator. Tony Eltakchi again borrowed an outfit from a worker and a walkie-talkie to entertain the crowd.Kristy Judd, Steve Roberts, and Kelly Woods provided some insightful questions and comments to keep our knowledgeable guide Rainer on her toes and were very good at yelling “View!” to alert onlookers of a clearing of the mist to glimpse better views of the beautiful Capetown coastline. Light Team trainings will continue Tuesday with pockets of sight seeing for some as teams look to rest and focus with first games commencing on Wednesday.The Australian Senior Teams arrived after a wicked travel schedule that saw plane delays ensure connecting flights were not able to be met, forcing some teams into long stays in airports and some players to stay overnight in Johannesburg before flying to Cape town then bussing onto Stellenbosch this morning.After an exhaustive and somewhat trying battle to reach their destination, all Australian representatives finally arrived safe and sound in Stellenbosch this morning. Most senior teams trained lightly today and relaxed in the afternoon, with many team members acclimatizing and fending off the effects of jet lag after their odyssey to get to the World Cup.In brighter news, all World Cup Teams and Touch Football Australia would like to pass on their congratulations to popular Australian Women’s Open player Dominique Maher on her marriage to Ryan Barlow, Dom married her beau before close family and friends at Cronulla on Saturday before postponing her honeymoon to board a plane for Johannesburg to take up her position in the Australian Women’s Team for the World Cup.Dominique is the third of the famed Maher clan to wear the green and gold at World Cup level, following in the footsteps of her elder sisters ATA Hall of Fame member and former Australian Women’s Captain Katrina, and former Australian Women’s Open Vice Captain Gabrielle. Teams will put the finishing touches to preparations tomorrow with training sessions, tactical sessions, and relaxation periods for the players to prepare their minds and bodies for the World Cup competition that begins in earnest on Wednesday with all seven Australian teams in action on day one.last_img read more

WA Super League Series set to start

first_imgThe 2008/2009 Be Active Super League Series is set for a start this Sunday at WA’s newest Touch Football affiliate – the fast growing empire that is Brighton Touch.With the extension to the Mitchell Freeway also opening to coincide with the trip to Kingsbridge Park in Butler, 13 Open division teams from around the metropolitan area will launch their representative seasons.The past few weeks have been WA Touch Footballs version of “silly season”, with the rumour mill working overtime as everyone speculates over who will turn out for who in the coming season. We know that the Smith boys – Tynan and Nathan – return to their home at Fremantle after spending last season with Perth Brothers. Duncan Brown, Cam Adams and Trevor Twose also return to Tompkins Park after their success last season with Southern Men’s Open. Perhaps one of the biggest moves is that of Australian World Cup star Shelley Matcham, who after a long history with the Southern Women’s Open, joins defending State champions Northern in the Women’s Open.Then there are the newcomers. Hosts of the opening round, Brighton will be represented by both a Men’s and Women’s Open team in the competition, the star recruit being Barbarians and Australian squad member Angela Doyle, who leaves Northern Districts with a State Championships gold medal. United Galaxy will be represented by a Men’s Open team for the first time, with very few having previous representative playing history with any WA club.The import rule now in place also means we’re likely to see some other Touch Football champions in action around the metro area during the course of the Super League season, through the finals and into the State Championships.For further information, visit the website – www.superleagueseries.com.auThanks to Matt Bamford for providing the article content.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal will not be taking Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Blackpool lightly, according to manager Unai Emery.The Gunners fielded a weakened side against the League One club in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.But Emery says he is serious about winning England’s premier knockout trophy and will take senior players with him to Bloomfield Road.He said: “It’s a new competition we are going to start, the FA Cup. In the history, it’s been very important for us.”Arsenal is the team that has won this competition 13 times, more than anyone else. It’s a title and it’s a possibility for us to do something important.”We are going to start that at Blackpool. We know them because we played against them and we have the respect. We’ll prepare for the match with this respect for them, but also respect for this competition. It’s a way to [win] a title.”The Spaniard added: “I am going to play with the players to be competitive.”If we need some young players to do one mix, but finding this power to be stronger with them, we will do it. The priority now is Blackpool.” last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd keeper David de Gea donates £175,000 to Spanish storm victims

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper David de Gea donates £175,000 to Spanish storm victimsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has donated £175,000 to the victims of the devastating Spanish storm.The storm has claimed the lives of seven people.Spain’s Red Cross confirmed the cash donation by thanking the shot-stopper for his generosity yesterday/on Thursday.The organisation said in a social media message alongside a picture of the footballer: “€200,000 to support the people affected by the flooding in Alicante and Murcia.“David de Gea, thanks for your solidarity.”The provinces of Alicante and Murcia were the worst affected by last week’s storm, with torrential rain causing widespread flooding and leaving many areas cut off. last_img read more

8 days agoRoma ahead of Arsenal as Rugani fed-up at Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma ahead of Arsenal as Rugani fed-up at Juventusby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniele Rugani is ready to leave Juventus in January.Sportmediaset says the defender has lost patience with his situation in Turin.Rugani hasn’t played a minute under coach Maurizio Sarri. If the situation should remain like this, he will make a transfer request in the New Year.Roma are favourites to sign the defender.Rugani came close to joining Arsenal in August before getting cold feet. last_img read more

Author John U. Bacon Says 3 NFL Head Coaches Expressed Interest In the Michigan Job

first_imgMichigan players run out under the GO Blue banner.IG/umathleticsAuthor and Michigan alum John U. Bacon’s latest book entitled “Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football” chronicles the tenure of former Michigan AD Dave Brandon and head coach Brady Hoke and looks ahead to the Wolverine program under Jim Harbaugh. Bacon is doing an AMA on Reddit today and dropped a very interesting piece of info on the coaching search that produced Harbaugh. According to Bacon, Harbaugh was always the choice but that three NFL coaches expressed interest in the position. It’s unclear if Harbaugh is one of the three or if there were three others besides him.Per @Johnubacon, 3 NFL head coaches expressed interest in the Michigan job; join the AMA: https://t.co/SsPSlKW6Mk pic.twitter.com/9uFztjukbg— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 30, 2015Bacon also dropped some other tasty tidbits in his AMA, saying he thinks it will take three or four years for Harbaugh to have Michigan in the conversation for a CFP berth and further confirming that Lloyd Carr isn’t a fan of Les Miles. The whole thread is interesting and can be found here.last_img read more

Solskjaer: Lukaku not a target man

first_imgManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted Romelu Lukaku will not play in a “target man” role as long as he is in charge.Lukaku endured a difficult first half of the season, struggling for form and fitness after claiming he had been negatively impacted by building up too much muscle during the World Cup.The 25-year-old striker was granted compassionate leave over Christmas and, as such, is further behind than the majority of his team-mates with respect to match sharpness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But, in Sunday’s 4-1 hammering of Bournemouth, Lukaku came on as a second-half substitute for the impressive Marcus Rashford and scored United’s final goal, beating Asmir Begovic after latching on to Paul Pogba’s pass.It was the first time Lukaku had featured since former boss Jose Mourinho – with whom the Belgian was said to have a close bond – was replaced by Solskjaer, and the new man at the helm is excited by the prospect of the former Everton man being fully fit.Instant impact from @RomeluLukaku9 !   @PhilJones4 has replaced @AnthonyMartial for #MUFC . #MUNBOU pic.twitter.com/8VHznAfw5N — Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2018 “At times he’s a good target man, but if you tell him to be a target man he’ll never face the goal,” Solskjaer told reporters. “Today [Sunday] he was side-on and he’s got the attributes of a top, top striker.”We need to work on his fitness, but I’m delighted. Even though he was half a yard offside [for his goal], it was a good finish.”Bournemouth lost their goalscorer and defender Nathan Ake to injury late in the game, but manager Eddie Howe was unsure about the severity of the suspected hamstring issue.”I don’t know the latest on Nathan Ake,” Howe said. “I’ll need to speak to him and the medical team, but it looked like a hamstring complaint.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Pochettino: Spurs can replace Kane from within squad

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that his side don’t need to look outside the squad to find a replacement for Harry Kane.Spurs are reeling from the news that Kane will be out until at least early March with ankle ligament damage. The injury was tough to swallow for a side still chasing silverware in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.  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? Though Spurs have been tipped to enter the transfer market to find a replacement for the England striker, Pochettino has cautioned that no player on the market will be able to replace Kane. “If we want to find a player similar to him I think we are going to make a mistake, because to find another Harry Kane is impossible — we are talking about the one of the best three, four, five best strikers in the world,” Pochettino saidDespite lacking a clear second option at forward, the Argentine went on to say his side may not need to buy reinforcements at the position. “If we don’t sign players or we are not going to sign a striker, that is not going to be a gamble. It is not going to be a risk,” Pochettino said. “We have players that can cope when Harry Kane is not available.”Tottenham’s first chance to see how they cope without Kane will come on Saturday when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage. Among the options Pochettino is considering up top are academy duo Kazaiah Sterling and Troy Parrott, little-used backup Fernando Llorente, as well as midfielders Dele Alli and Erik Lamela. “I was watching Barcelona, and the striker was Leo Messi,” Pochettino said. “You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Lamela, you can play Kaziah Sterling, Troy Parrett, I don’t know … you can play many, many players.“It’s not that you have to play with one specific striker.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Nebraska Takes Delay Of Game On 1st Punt Of Season To Honor Sam Foltz

first_imgNebraska honoring Sam Foltz by taking a delay of game penalty.BTN.Nebraska only had 10 players on the field for its first punt of the season.This was intentional.Nebraska intentionally did not send out a punter at the end of their first series, honoring former Huskers’ punter Sam Foltz, who passed away in a car crash this summer. The Huskers took a delay of game penalty.It’s a tremendous gesture.We’ll always remember #SF27.Well done, @HuskerFBNation & HUskers fans.Great class, @FresnoStateFB. https://t.co/moG174xLP5— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 4, 2016Nebraska is also honoring Foltz, who died in a car crash with former Michigan State special teamer Mike Sadler, with a helmet sticker. They’re keeping his locker in-tact, too.Locker room set up and ready to go. #Huskers #gbr #SF27 pic.twitter.com/ZTUuNJx8R5— Nebraska Equipment (@NUequipment) September 3, 2016Well done, Nebraska football.last_img read more

Sarri: Our players must adapt to ‘difference-maker’ Ronaldo

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has told his Juventus squad they must adapt to Cristiano Ronaldo’s game after hailing him as the “player who makes the difference”.The Portugal international plundered 28 goals in his debut campaign for the Bianconeri following his move from Real Madrid, guiding them to an eighth successive Serie A title.He picked up where he left off in Juve’s first pre-season game ahead of the 2019-20 season on Sunday, scoring a typically clinical goal in his side’s 3-2 International Champions Cup defeat to Tottenham. 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? Speaking ahead of an ICC clash against Italian rivals Inter on Wednesday, head coach Sarri made it clear Ronaldo will be the focal point of his side in the forthcoming campaign.”He will be the player who will make the difference for us so the other 10 will have to adapt to him,” Sarri told a media conference.”During this tour he will play mostly as a left offensive striker, knowing very well he likes to move more central next to the other striker.”As a team we have to be quick to adapt to his movements since he is capable of making the difference and he will do it for sure. In the first game, he scored and had a further couple of chances.”The defeat to Tottenham also saw the debut of Matthijs de Ligt, the new signing from Ajax who arrived last week for an initial fee of €75 million (£68m/$84m).Sarri described the 19-year-old as a “phenomenal prospect” but would not be drawn on whether he will command an immediate place in his preferred starting XI.”De Ligt is a phenomenal prospect,” Sarri said. “He is a 19-year-old kid who has already been captain in an important club like Ajax so he is an important prospect.”I don’t know whether he will stay on the bench or not. If not, on the bench there will be other important defenders like [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Daniele] Rugani.”last_img read more

Klopp: We have to do the right thing for Wilson

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been happy with Harry Wilson’s pre-season, but he remains unsure about the attacker’s future.Wilson, 22, scored a 30-yard stunner as the European champions beat Lyon 3-1 in a friendly at the Stade de Geneve on Wednesday.He was joined on the scoresheet by Roberto Firmino while a Joachim Andersen own goal contributed the Reds’ third goal. Memphis Depay, meanwhile, scored from the spot for Lyon. 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? The Wales international impressed during a loan spell with Derby County last season, scoring 16 Championship goals, and has been linked with Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Bournemouth during this ongoing transfer window.Speaking after the win over Lyon, Klopp said talks were ongoing about Wilson, who has pleased the manager during Liverpool’s pre-season matches.”We are in constant conversations, that’s clear. We have to do the right thing for us and for the boy,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.”There is nothing to talk about in public about it, so we will see what happens in the next eight or nine days until the window closes.Another BOSS finish from @harrywilson_ pic.twitter.com/IosRegCVue — Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2019 “He is obviously a really good player and I was really happy with him in the whole pre-season. He came back from Derby in a completely different [shape]. That’s a good example of how a loan can really work out – it was for Derby really good and for Harry as well. For us as well, which is good.”I am happy for him that he could show that tonight again. He played not in his best position, he played left wing and did it really well.”We tried to set it up a little bit so it is more comfortable for him with positioning and stuff like that. When he scored the goal, it was just Harry – brilliant.”The Reds have endured a difficult pre-season with the victory over Lyon being the club’s third win in seven matches this summer.Liverpool topped Tranmere and Bradford City before falling to Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli while drawing Sporting CP.The Champions League winners will face Premier League rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday before their league opener at home to Norwich City five days later. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Minnesota’s Zack Annexstad Taken To Hospital After Team’s Loss To Nebraska

first_imgMinnesota QB Zack Annexstad throwing a pass.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Zack Annexstad #5 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers passes in the first half against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Minnesota quarterback Zach Annexstad, who started the game for the Golden Gophers against Nebraska and had to be replaced at halftime, was taken to the hospital after the contest.Annexstad, according to Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck, was taken to the hospital for an “internal, midsection injury.” It’s unclear exactly what injury Annexstad is suffering from.The good news is that Fleck seems to think Annexstad is going to be okay. He told reporters he expects the quarterback to be “released soon.”Annexstad, before leaving the game due to injury, was 9-of-20 for 135 yards with a touchdown. He was replaced by Tanner Morgan.Annexstad, just a freshman, has started every game this year for the Golden Gophers.#Gophers starting quarterback Zack Annexstad suffered an internal, midsection injury and went to the hospital, with the expectation he will be released soon, coach PJ Fleck said.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 20, 2018Nebraska wound up winning the contest 53-28 for their first victory of the year.Hopefully, Annexstad is alright. We’ll keep you updated on his status.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum: This Team Has The Best “Outside Shot” At The Playoff

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.On Tuesday night, the College Football Playoff committee released its second series of rankings for the season. Unsurprisingly, Alabama remained the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country after its dominant performance against former No. 3 LSU.With the loss to the Tide, the Tigers only dropped four spots to No. 7. Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, and Oklahoma were all bumped up on spot with LSU’s loss.The two-loss Tigers remain above several one-loss teams including Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. After the rankings were released, Paul Finebaum broke down the team with the best “outside” shot to make the playoff.Finebaum spoke with For The Win about the Ohio State Buckeyes.“(If Ohio State) beats Michigan State and beats Michigan and wins the Big Ten championship game, they will be in the playoff. And there’s no getting around it. They have the schedule in front of them. The Michigan game would be a monster win.”Finebaum believes the Buckeyes still control their own destiny. With a road game against a top-25 Michigan State program and a home game against a potential top-4 Michigan program, Ohio State is solidly in the College Football Playoff discussion.A bad loss in 2017 kept the Buckeyes out of the playoff, so we’ll have to wait and see if that happens yet again.[For The Win]last_img read more

James Franklin Makes Statement On His Future At Penn State

first_imgJames Franklin high fives his players as they come off the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts on the sideline during the first half against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Penn State’s James Franklin has been linked to the potential USC opening in recent days, with some reporting that the Nittany Lions’ head coach could be the favorite to replace Clay Helton if he ends up getting fired.Franklin declined to address the rumors earlier in the week, simply stating that rumors like this pop up every season.The Nittany Lions’ head coach made a stronger statement tonight.Franklin says he plans on being Penn State’s head football coach for a long time.“I have all the plans in the world to be here [at Penn State] and be here for a long time,” he said this evening.James Franklin on recent job rumors: “I have all the plans in the world to be here [at Penn State] and be here for a long time.”— Onward State (@OnwardState) November 21, 2018Franklin signed a new contract before the 2017 season with an average salary of close to $6 million. It’s possible he could attempt to use the possible USC opening as leverage for a raise, but it appears he intends on sticking around in State College, Pa.Penn State ends its 2018 regular season on Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more

CBS Releases Final College Football Top 25 For 2018

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Bowl season is here in college football, but before we get into these postseason contests, it is time for a final top 25 from CBS Sports.As always, Dennis Dodd handles the rankings for CBS. He updated his weekly throughout the season, and put out his last set today.Not surprisingly, Alabama is No. 1. The Crimson Tide are 13-0 and have the top seed in the College Football Playoff, which starts on December 2019.Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Georgia round out Dodd’s top five.Here is his final top 25:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameOklahomaGeorgiaOhio StateUCFWashingtonWashington StateFloridaLSUMichiganKentuckyTexasFresno StateWest VirginiaUtah StatePenn StateUtahBoise StateSyracuseCincinnatiMississippi StateAppalachian StateTexas A&MYou can see Dodd’s full analysis and top 25 breakdown here.Bowl season begins this Saturday, December 15.last_img read more

Ohio State QB Comments On Justin Fields’ Transfer Decision

first_imgjustin fields runs the ball during the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Much has been made about the starting quarterback competition that is going to take place at Ohio State between Justin Fields and Tate Martell. Both Fields, who decided to transfer to OSU from Georgia, and Martell, a redshirt freshman, are expecting to win the starting job.There’s another quarterback on the Buckeyes’ roster who could play a factor, too, though.Matthew Baldwin, a freshman quarterback out of Texas, is highly thought of by Ohio State’s new head coach, Ryan Day.The former four-star pro-style QB recruit certainly isn’t afraid of any decision.Baldwin told The-Ozone that he will welcome any competition between himself, Fields and Martell.“Charlie Brewer, the quarterback at Baylor, he was the MVP of the Texas Bowl last week, he started for two years and so I was under him,” Baldwin said of his high school experience. “I had the option to transfer out my sophomore year, but I never did. I’m not afraid of competition. I welcome it because the best player is going to play here. There’s no politics. I hope I can be the best player.”Baldwin added that a heavy quarterback competition comes with the territory of playing for a school like Ohio State.“Competition isn’t something that I’m afraid of,” Baldwin said. “If you come to Ohio State and think there’s not going to be a competition, you don’t know what you’re doing. Like I said, I’m not afraid of it. I’ll just take on spring with a good mindset.”Ohio State has had some notable quarterback competitions before. Just recently, Dwayne Haskins beat out Joe Burrow, who transferred to LSU and went on to start for the Tigers. A couple of years ago, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones competed for the job.It’s certainly going to be a fascinating spring in Columbus.last_img read more

Nebraska Announces 4 New Husker Football Hall Of Famers

first_imgNebraska's Alex Henery attempts a field goal against Texas.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 16: Kicker Alex Henery #90 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers kicks a ball held by teammate Brett Maher #96 during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football has a proud history, and plenty of all-time great players worthy of recognition. Four more are set to join the program’s Hall of Fame this year.The Huskers announced a new five-player class for the Nebraska football Hall of Fame, with four former Huskers spanning the last five decades of program history. They’re joined by a star from a smaller local program.Mark Behning, Jay Foreman, Alex Henery, and Greg Jorgensen are the four former Nebraska football stars making the Hall of Fame.Henery is the most recent Husker on the list. He’s an NCAA record holder, making just under 89-percent of his career field goal attempts.Alex Henery, who hit on a NCAA-record 88.9 percent of his field-goal attempts from 2017-2010 during his time in Lincoln, headlines the 2019 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Class. #Huskers https://t.co/gwmNX4P3Rs pic.twitter.com/jshNv3EkIN— Husker Extra (@huskerextra) July 9, 2019 Henery is a school record-holder for total career points (397) and field goals (68), and hit 193-of-194 extra points during his career. He was an All-American as a senior in 2010.Foreman starred for the Huskers during their incredible run through the mid-to-late 1990s. He racked up 233 career tackles from 1995-1998, claiming two national titles and finishing as a Butkus Award semifinalist as a senior.Jorgensen is the earliest of the four players, starring along the Nebraska offensive line from 1975-77. He was a second team All-American as a senior.Behning was a key cog in the O-Line a few years later, playing tackle from 1982-84, and earning All-Big Eight honors.They’re joined by Richie Ross, a former All-American at Nebraska-Kearney who finished his career with 4,882 yards and 50 touchdowns.  Former Chadron State coach and athletic director Brad Smith has also been selected for this honor.last_img read more

Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found in English Channel, father calls it a bad dream

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 10:55 IST Emiliano Sala had signed for Cardiff City from Nantes FC only a week before his disappearance. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEmiliano Sala has been missing since two weeksCardiff City and Nantes FC have been mourning the Sala tragedyThe search for Sala has continued through private investigators funded by his family and football fraternityThe wreckage Emiliano Sala’s aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month with the Cardiff City player in the plane has been found in the underwater search, the marine scientist directing the private search said on Sunday.The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward had been en route from Nantes in western France with pilot David Ibbotson to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane is believed to have crashed into the sea on Jan. 21.A privately funded underwater search had begun on Sunday, several days after investigators said they found two seat cushions on the French coast that likely belonged to the aircraft.”Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning,” marine scientist David Mearns, who directed the search, said on Twitter.Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSalaDavid Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019Mearns said Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had moved its vessel over the position his team had located to visually identify the plane using a remote-operated vehicle.”The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David,” Mearns said.The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David. #EmilianoSalas #NoDejenDeBuscarAEmilianoSalaadvertisementDavid Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019Sala’s father Horacio Sala, who is still back home in Argentina, woke up with the news of the plane wreckage being found. He has accepted that all this feels like a “bad dream”.”I can’t believe it. It’s a bad dream,” Horacio Sala told Cronica TV at his home in Progreso.Sala’s father is the only member of the family who stayed behind at home as the whole family went to Nantes to help with the search.”I talk to them every day. But since I don’t have WhatsApp it’s expensive to call them or for them to call me. But anyway, they kept saying days were going by, and that there had been zero word on Emiliano, or on the plane,” Sala’s father said.France striker Kylian Mbappe donated USD 34,000 for the search and rescue operations of the missing plane carrying Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala.More than 300,000 euros ($340,000) had been raised online to allow Sala’s family to fund a private search, after an official rescue operation for the light aircraft was called off after three days. Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona were among those making pleas to resume a search.Speaking ahead of Cardiff’s trip to Arsenal on Tuesday, their first match since Sala’s plane vanished, manager Neil Warnock said this has been the most difficult week of his career and admits he had questioned whether he could even carry on doing his job.”You think 24 hours a day about whether to carry on,” Warnock, told reporters.”It’s impossible to sleep. I’ve been in football management for 40 years and it’s been by far the most difficult week in my career, by an absolute mile.”It’s been a traumatic week and even now I can’t get my head around the situation.”Also Read | Emiliano Sala would be proud of Cardiff’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth: WarnockAlso Read | Some players reluctant to join Cardiff after Emiliano Sala disappearance: manager WarnockAlso Read | Cardiff City players scared to fly after Emiliano Sala disappearance: Defender Sol BambaAlso Read | Cardiff City, Arsenal pay tribute to Emiliano Sala in 1st match since his disappearanceFor 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. 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