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10 more predictions on the OSU season

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIPart I here.1. Des Roland will top 700 yards — The most an RB2 has ever had in the Gundy era is Kendall Hunter’s 696 in 2007. Dantrelle Savage had 1,272 that season. No RB2 has ever reached the 700-yard plateau.[1. Zac had 847 also in 2007 which means OSU nearly had three 700-yard rushers that year!]2. OSU will get inside the 20-seconds per snap mark — The formula here is total time/total plays so it’s not a true 20 seconds between snaps (it’s actually a lot less) but that’s the easiest measurement we have to go by. I wrote about it a little bit here.3. The star of the freshman class will weigh 175 lbs. — It will not be Marcell Ateman or Ra’shaad Samples or Tre Flowers but, in fact, Ben Grogan.This is why: 4. Josh Stewart will have six games with 10+ catches — He had five last year. Blackmon had six in each of his Biletnikoff campaigns. I’m still pretty bitter about Stewart not getting an All-Big 12 nod over Kenny Stills when Stills only had one conference game in which he cracked 100 yards (103 against OSU). Stewart had four of them.5. OSU will score 70 TDs for the fourth straight season — There have been 26 team seasons in the last three years (out of a possible 364) in which 70 TDs have been scored. Oregon and Oklahoma State own six of them (three each) and are the only two that have done it three straight years. Both will make it four.[1. Side note here: Houston scored 93 TDs in 2011 — that same year OSU had 81 with, you know, Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden. Can you imagine 93?!]6. Additionally, OSU will gain over 7,000 yards for the third straight season — There have been 19 such team seasons since 2000 (out of a possible 1,549) and OSU has two of them in the last two years.[1. For comedy’s sake Baylor had 2,440 total yards in 2000, the worst output from 2000-2012.] Only Houston (2008-2009) and Tulsa (2007-2008) have had such a stretch.Again, total yards to determine how good your team is is kind of a useless stat on its own but it’s still fun to look at.7. The streak of never having an outright QB TD king will continue — When I was looking up player props for the Josh Stewart/Clint Chelf gambling aficionados I ran into a stat that confused me: OSU has never had an outright Big 12 leader in TDs thrown. Griffin and Weeden tied with 37 in 2011 and that’s as close as OSU has come. Don’t think it changes this year, especially with the two-QB thing.8. Mike Gundy will win more games than Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken combined — Pretty proud of this one. Just gonna leave it right here and move on.9. OSU won’t score under 35 all year — It happened four times last season: Kansas (!), Iowa State, Kansas State, and Baylor but all were close to the 35-point mark except (yeah, I have no idea either) Kansas. It happened twice in 2011: 30 against A&M and 31 against Iowa State. 35 seems to be kind of the benchmark — that KU game was such a ridiculous outlier I don’t even know what to think about it. Maybe Charlie Weis greased the field during the rain delay with some leftovers from Pizza Hut.10. Mike Gundy will tuck a long-sleeve jacket into his pants in 3+ games — Like I won’t be keeping track of this…If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Kansas’ Coach is Really, Really Impressed With Oklahoma State

first_imgMaybe Oklahoma State should try and hire Kansas football coach David Beaty to run its public relations if he’s ever fired up in Lawrence. Beaty talked glowingly about the Pokes in his weekly presser. A sampling below.On OSU’s defenseI think they’re very good on defense. That’s something that I noticed. They average almost 10 TFLs a game, 9.8 a game, which is pretty rare. We had 9 this week, and man, I don’t know if I’ve been a part of a game like that very often. There’s 9-point-something TFLs. Man, that’s a lot. Those guys create some havoc and they get in your back field.On Emmanuel ogbah“That defensive end is really good. He leads the Big 12 in sacks. He’s one of the top guys in the country. I think he’s fifth in the country. Their defense, period, is one of the top leaders in sacks. So they create some pressure on your quarterback, which gives you some problems.”On OSU’s offense“Offensively, they’re also very good. They’re explosive. The quarterback makes them go, Mason Rudolph, makes good decisions. You can tell he’s a veteran guy. He’s good. Got a good arm. He knows where to go with the ball. He knows what he’s doing offensively. He manages the game well.”On David glidden“I think their receiver, the (David) Glidden kid, is a guy that isn’t talked about enough in our conference. That guy is very, very talented. He’s very efficient. We’ve got to know where that guy is at all times. We’ve got to know where that guy is at all times.On the run game“I know that they pass the ball really, really well. I think they’re 17th in the country or something in passing yardage, but they run the ball pretty decent now. It’s not what you think on paper. I’m as worried about their running game as I am about their passing game.“They have good backs. They have capable guys, and they’re pretty dadgum good up front now. Those guys will knock you off the ball.”On finding a way to win“They’ve played some good teams, now. They really have, and they’ve learned how to win some tough games, and that’s the thing I think that’s most impressive of these guys is they’ve found a way to win all three of those conference games and they easily could have went the other way, but you see the veteran in them that doesn’t allow that to happen.“And they played a good Kansas State team that usually comes out on the other side of those, and for those guys to stick their heels in the ground and win that game, that was impressive to me, because the other team, Kansas State, had been the team that I always looked to for that in those close games. And they won another one the other day in overtime. They’re a team that scares you because they know how to win in every situation.”On Mason rudolph“I think that’s helped them in the red zone defensively; and offensively, the quarterback knows where to go with the ball. I mean when you watch that tape, pay attention to that guy’s eyes and watch his eyes go from read to read to read and him be able to pull it right at the right time and get it to the open guy. He’s very efficient, and I think that’s been really good.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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TV and Kick Times Set for Oklahoma State’s First Three Football Games

first_imgOklahoma State’s first football game is a mere 94 days away. On Wednesday we found out how we could watch it and what time it would kick off. Same goes for the other two non-conference games preceding what will be an incredibly intriguing first conference matchup in Waco against Baylor. Here’s a look at the first three games of the season.All three are at home.Southeastern Louisiana (September 3)TV: FSNKickoff: 2:30 p.m.Central Michigan (September 10)TV: FS1Kickoff: 11 a.m. (everyone hates us)Pittsburgh (September 17)TV: ESPNKickoff: 2:30 p.m.No complaints here. I dread the early season bad opponent 6 p.m. kickoff because then you’re staying up late doing something you don’t really want to be doing — watching a blowout college football game. OSU can get Game 1 under its belt quickly before moving on to what should be two nice tests (especially Pitt) before the Big 12 slate.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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The Best Of Social Media in the Season Opener

first_imgCan @espn not afford a stool for @adamamin? Phone book? Woodblock? Anything? pic.twitter.com/vmnwoQLrUX— Mike Harris (@TheMikeHarris) September 3, 2015Haha I felt the same for awhile.https://twitter.com/u2runfar/status/639612266522918912This was true from David Ubben. He’s big, but he’s got to know when to slide and when to plow. Thought he had a solid night, though. 266 yards and a TD – no turnovers.Nice TD from Rudolph. Has to be careful. His HS coach told me he can get a bit reckless and use his size to run people over. Not worth it.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 4, 2015This was pretty solid.”Anything Cooper Rush can do, @Rudolph2Mason can do too.” #okstate https://t.co/CYMFoItUWv— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 4, 2015Doh.Is Pistol Pete drunk? https://t.co/SJwe8cUd3S— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 4, 2015After the Ateman TD catch, this was every OSU fan.*breathes for the first time in three hours #okstate— Weston Shepherd (@WShep) September 4, 2015This was pretty accurate. But guys, a win is a win. Maybe we should reevaluate our national championship projections. This team is still young, and I think this game was exactly what we needed.Tonight in one photo. pic.twitter.com/fEt2qyGZkb— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 4, 2015 So, that wasn’t quite the blowout that I originally predicted….@DrakeBoone21 56-10. You?— OK State (@TheOkiePokie) September 3, 2015Kyle and I were definitely doing this. Think this game was a blip, but still….Looking at some of these pre-season features like pic.twitter.com/Cka7GMEw28— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) September 4, 2015AdChoices广告Moving on.Mason Rocked the Manning Passing Academy gear in the pregame.It’s almost GO-TIME! @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/LYh5Iznfs3— Bruce Waterfield (@osusportsphotog) September 3, 2015Defensive tackle Darrion Daniels had a very impressive debut as a true freshmen. Got his first sack and little bro was proud. (Little bro is a pretty talented defensive tackle who has an OSU offer)https://twitter.com/DamionDaniels60/status/639598495033196544This had me rolling. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Intro Video Teaser: Behind the Scenes

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You’ve been to a home game in Stillwater, no? Then you’ve probably seen the incredible intro videos that are played on the big screens that prep you for the game.This video is a behind the scenes look from the Orange Power Studios of what goes into making the intro videos. Allison Gappa and the crew did an awesome job with this teaser, now I think I’m mentally prepared for the real deal.Not only do these videos fire fans up, apparently it gets the players ready to roll also.“It’s crazy seeing myself up there, seeing myself [while I’m] getting ready for the game,” Emmanuel Ogbah said. “It just gets me so siked and pumped to get ready to go out there.”AdChoices广告It will probably give you that same feeling.Two more days until the home opener.last_img read more

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Liga MX weekend postponed after quake

first_imgLiga MX Mexico earthquake forces postponement of Liga MX Jornada 10 Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 04:23 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Estadio Azteca Ronaldo Schmiedt Liga MX América América v Guadalajara Guadalajara All matches scheduled to take place in Mexico this weekend will be rescheduled as the country continues to cope with Tuesday’s quake The 10th round of the Liga MX Apertura has been postponed as Mexico continues to recover from an earthquake that rocked central Mexico.”The Liga Bancomer MX, along with all competitions in the category like Under-20, Under-17 and Under-15, are suspending activity this weekend,” a league statement released Wednesday afternoon read. “We’re inviting all our fans to participate and help at different collection centers in support of those affected by the earthquake September 19.”Liga MX Femenil, the women’s league, and the second-division Ascenso MX also are postponing their slates of games. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing All three leagues’ matches have been rescheduled for Oct. 24 and 25.The league already had decided to postpone all of this week’s Copa MX matches, which were set to take place Tuesday and Wednesday, after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in the state of Puebla. Those matches will be played Oct. 24 and 25 with the quarterfinals pushed back to Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and the semifinals taking place during the November international break.Stadiums across the country are being used as collection centers for donations with all the league’s teams using their community influence to help their fans funnel donations to those affected. “All the clubs are doing their small part. We’d like to bring the people a moment of happiness in this tough time, but it’s a more complex decision than that and it’s necessary to have all the information from the authorities,” Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla told Fox Deportes before the cancellation of the games.It’s the second consecutive tournament that has seen Round 10 postponed, after the Clausura’s 10th round was moved back because of a referee strike.Earlier in the day, Club America owner Televisa had announced the club’s match against Chivas set for Saturday in the Estadio Azteca has been postponed.The two clubs are the country’s oldest rivals and the Clasico Nacional is one of the most anticipated matches of the year. But fans will continue to wait as the Mexico City recovers from Tuesday’s earthquake that caused more than two dozen buildings to collapse throughout the capital and the surrounding region, killing more than 200 people.The quake came just days after another earthquake hit off the coast of southwest Mexico, causing deaths and damage in Chiapas and Oaxaca.”The America vs. Guadalajara match Saturday, September 23 is postponed. Club America has decided not to distract the attention of the thousands of security and civil protection officers who generally come with an event of this nature,” a Televisa statement read. “Their players, coaching staff and the rest of the staff will be supporting different aid efforts taking place as volunteers. We reiterate that when the match is rescheduled, all ticket sales for the Clasico Nacional will be designated to reconstruction works in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos and (Mexico City).”last_img read more

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Matic says young midfielder is future of Man Utd

first_imgManchester United ‘He is the future of Manchester United’ – Matic heaps praise on McTominay Goal Last updated 2 years ago 23:43 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Scott McTominay, Man Utd Getty Manchester United UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Benfica The 20-year-old made his first Champions League start on Wednesday, and his team-mate is predicting big things in the future Scott McTominay is the future of Manchester United, according to his team-mate Nemanja Matic. McTominay put in an impressive performance in his first Champions League start on Wednesday, as United defeated Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford.McTominay 16/1 to score last v Chelsea  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Matic, who started alongside McTominay in central midfield, feels Wednesday’s game is just the beginning for the United academy product. “I think Scott is going to be a great player and already is a great player,” Matic told MUTV.”He’s very young, very talented and physically strong.”I’m sure he is the future of Manchester United and I enjoy playing with him because he also works really hard and is very confident.”I’m going to help him in training because I think with his potential he’s going to be a big star for Manchester United.”United manager Jose Mourinho also praised the 20-year-old, and used his performance as an opportunity to hit back against critics who claim he doesn’t play young players. “Scott? Even more fantastic with a manager who never gives a chance to a young guy,” Mourinho said.”In Chelsea, [I selected] the youngest player ever to play in the Champions League, I think, in Dominic Solanke.”Again, with a manager who never gives a chance to young guys.”I’m very happy for Scott, [he has] great stability and great personality.”McTominay has made two Champions League appearances for United this season but is still awaiting his Premier League debut.last_img read more

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Brazil’s November schedule in Europe

first_imgJapan v Brazil From Paris with love – Brazil’s November schedule in Europe Rupert Fryer 06:06 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Eiffel - Paris Eiffel – Paris Japan v Brazil England v Brazil Brazil Japan England Friendlies The Selecao begin their week in the French capital before heading to Lille to face Japan and London for a meeting with England at Wembley Brazil are back in Europe this month as the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour resumes with matches against Japan and England.Fresh from their triumphant World Cup qualifying campaign, which saw them comfortably top the CONMEBOL region, the five-time world champions will kick off their preparations in Paris ahead of a trip to Lille to face Japan on Friday.READ MORE: Brazil’s WCQ campaign in full | Jesus awarded extra Brazil goal | Last chance for Douglas Costa Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tite and his staff arrived at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome Hotel on Sunday afternoon, where the Selecao will be based until Wednesday evening.Midfielder Renato Augusto has already joined the senior coaching in the French capital, where they will be joined by most of the other members of the squad on Monday.Flamengo midfielder Diego and Sport forward Diego Souza will be the final arrivals, scheduled to join their team-mates on Tuesday.The team will train at the Parc des Princes Stadium in the afternoon from 15:30 local time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before boarding a flight to Lille, where they will stay at the Mercury Airport Hotel.Stade Pierre MauroyTite and his players will then train at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium, the venue of Friday’s clash with Japan, at 10:00 on Thursday morning.Brazil meet Japan at 13:00 local time in Lille on Friday before departing for London, where they will stay at the Mandarin Hyde Park Hotel.Saturday and Sunday will see the Selecao train at Fulham’s Craven Cottage Stadium at 16:00, while on Monday they will take to the field at Wembley Stadium at 16:30.Brazil face England at the iconic venue at 20:00 on Tuesday before the coaching staff and players depart to return to their clubs on Wednesday morning.Tite is yet to suffer any injuries to his 23-man squad, though PSG’s Neymar and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho could be slight doubts with muscle injuries that saw them miss their club’s respective matches this past weekend.last_img read more

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PL-linked N’Zonzi fuels transfer talk

first_imgTransfers ‘I love the Premier League’ – Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd-linked N’Zonzi fuels transfer talk Matthew Judge Last updated 1 year ago 01:06 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Steven N'Zonzi Sevilla Getty Transfers Premier League Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City Sevilla Primera División The Sevilla midfielder, formerly of Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, admits he still has an admiration for England’s top flight Sevilla ace Steven N’Zonzi has fuelled speculation over a possible return to England by revealing his “love” for the Premier League.N’Zonzi, 28, has caught the eye in Spain following his move from Stoke City in 2015, helping the club win the Europa League in 2016.Sevilla 4/5 to beat Celta Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder’s fine performances have led to reported interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.And he admits he still has an admiration for England’s top flight after making his debut for France’s national team against Wales.“I love the Premier League,” N’Zonzi said, in quotes reported by the Daily Mirror. HD N'Zonzi Sevilla Liverpool“I really like the Premier League, this is where I started at a good level. I had a great time there.“I don’t know what is going to happen in the future. I am fine at Sevilla, I feel good. I am used to it now. It is my third season so I am happy.”N’Zonzi has been a regular fixture in Sevilla’s side so far this season, making 14 appearances in all competitions. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Report: Olympiacos 0 Juventus 2

first_imgOlympiacos 0 Juventus 2: Bianconeri book last-16 berth Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 12/6/17 Juan Cuadrado_cropped Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images Juventus overcame the absence of key players to secure second spot in Champions League Group D with victory over Olympiacos. Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi found the net as an understrength Juventus clinched a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 win away at Olympiacos.Despite being without injured stalwarts Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini, Massimiliano Allegri’s side coped comfortably in Piraeus to reach the knockout stages for a fourth successive season.While they needed two second-half goals to win the reverse fixture in Turin, Cuadrado’s close-range finish in the 15th minute set them on course to complete the double over their Greek opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wojciech Szczesny, standing in for Buffon, who was ruled out with a calf complaint, was required to make two smart saves to preserve a clean sheet, though El Fardou Ben Nabouhane hit the crossbar as full-time approached.But late substitute Bernardeschi capped a solid display by curling home a fine finish in the 89th minute, ensuring it was Sporting who dropped into the Europa League.While Juventus finish behind Barcelona in Group D, the Serie A champions – beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid in last season’s final – will be one of the second seeds to avoid in the draw for the next round.FULL-TIME: Olympiacos 0-2 JuventusJob well done boys!!! #OLYJuve #ForzaJuve #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/5SvLYkfDQG— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 5, 2017Any concerns in the visiting squad about missing out on qualification were eased when the busy Cuadrado popped up in the right place to break the deadlock.The Colombia international was left with the simple task of tapping home Alex Sandro’s low cross from the left to score his fourth goal of the season but his first in Europe.Silvio Proto had already turned aside a curling effort from Paulo Dybala before conceding, while an unconventional slide tackle from the Olympiacos goalkeeper prevented Cuadrado doubling both his and Juventus’ tally midway through the first half.At the other end, Szczesny enjoyed a comfortable ride in the visiting goal until Uros Djurdjevic forced him into a smart reactionary stop four minutes before the break.The Poland international – who had fumbled his only other save during a tepid opening half – stretched out a leg to impressively keep out the striker’s close-range header at the back post.Olympiacos coach Takis Lemonis sent on Marko Marin for the start of the second half in the hope of inspiring his side to an unlikely comeback.The change so nearly had the desired effect when the substitute broke clear of an attempted offside trap to get a clear sight of goal, only for the alert Szczesny to race from his line and smother his attempted chip.The hosts felt they were also denied a clear penalty soon after when Bjorn Engels collided with Blaise Matuidi at a corner, though the contact appeared accidental as the Juventus player only had eyes for the ball.When Ben Nabouhane sent a header against the woodwork in the 82nd minute, Olympiacos must have realised their luck was out.Juventus rubbed salt in the home side’s wounds too, adding a second before the final whistle as Bernardeschi – who had replaced Cuadrado in the 84th minute – found the far corner of the net with his left foot after cutting in from the right wing.90′ – GOALLLLLLLL!!!!!! @fbernardeschi makes it 0-2!!!!!!#OLYJuve pic.twitter.com/H5B54mQQXL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 5, 2017Key Opta facts:- Juventus have kept a clean sheet for four consecutive games (all competitions) for the first time since April.- There were 44 minutes between Juve’s last shot in the first half (37th minute) and their first in the second (81st minute).- Andrea Barzagli made his 250th appearance with Juve in all competitions. read morelast_img read more

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Did Franco help Real thrash Barca 11-1?

first_imgReal Madrid v Barcelona ‘They were overcome by military pressure’ – did General Franco help Real Madrid thrash Barcelona 11-1? Ignasi Oliva Last updated 1 year ago 23:12 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) General Franco Spain Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División Opinion There is still plenty of mystery surrounding the most one-sided Clasico clash in history, so Goal spoke to a football historian to find out more… The Clasico has a uniquely rich and varied history. From extraordinary exhibitions to controversial clashes, Real Madrid against Barcelona, football’s most famous fixture, has seen it all.In short, the Clasico never fails to generate talking points. However, there are some things that some people do not want to remember. The biggest ever scoreline between the two sides is a particularly touchy subject in both Catalunya and Madrid.On June 13, 1943, Real beat Barca 11-1 in the second leg of their Copa del Generalisimo (the Copa del Rey had been renamed in honour of Spain’s ruling fascist leader, Francisco Franco) semi-final tie. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Real Madrid never show off about that match,” Joan Barau, a historian specialising in Barcelona’s history, tells Goal. “Basically, because that wasn’t a football match.”Barca had won the first leg 3-0 and travelled to the Estadio Chamartin (Real’s home before the Santiago Bernabeu) hoping to progress to the final.However, Barau says, “That Real Madrid turned the tie around isn’t surprising. What is surprising is the result, which perfectly explains that it was, in reality, a humiliation; a spectacle more akin to what could be seen in a Roman circus than at a football match.”In the first game, Les Corts (Camp Nou’s predecessor) had received Real amid a tense atmosphere, with the end of the Civil War just four years earlier still fresh in the memory.”There was a Law of Political Responsibilities, by which anyone who was not loyal at the beginning of the regime was deemed suspicious,” Barau explains.But Barca’s fans “were wound up by Real Madrid’s rough-house tactics”, which the Catalan club’s players also took exception to during a second leg which was played out in a particularly toxic atmosphere in the Spanish capital. Indeed, Barau says that the pro-Madrid media had written a number of scurrilous stories in the lead-up to the second leg which generated “such hostility” at Chamartin that the visitors did not dare participate in the proceedings. As a result, by half-time, Real were already 8-0 up, and Barca a man down, following the contentious dismissal of Benito Garcia.According to the widow of Barca goalkeeper Lluis Miro (in conversation years later with the journalist Xavier G. Luque), the Madrid forwards had kept pushing as if the game were still level.Real v Barcelona PSSo, Miro gave them the ball and told them to score if they wanted, given they seemed so keen to publicly humiliate their opponents for their perceived insolence. The Real strikers refused that offer, but that still did not prevent the most one-sided result in the history of the Clasico: 11-1 to Madrid.”It is remembered as the match of shame,” Barau explains. “A result that Real Madrid have never boasted about because it hides ones of the worst ghosts from Spain’s darkest days.”Several members of the Barca squad and coaching staff have subsequently claimed that they were threatened by police before the kick-off and that they had been left so disgusted by what unfolded in the opening 45 minutes, that they did not want to go back out for the second half.Legend has it that the Spanish director of state security threatened them into doing so but Barau says, “That’s a story that nobody has ever been able to prove and there is not a single member of the Barcelona team left now.”But it’s obvious that in order to score 11 goals, you have to play against a rival that is absent, because it is not something normal at all.”There were, however, thinly veiled threats in the pro-Franco press in the build-up to the second leg in Madrid.”Those ‘warnings’ made some of the Barcelona players wonder if it was worth putting up any resistance at all,” Barau says, “and, in the end, they didn’t.”Because the game was to be much more than a sporting duel. It was all about teaching Barcelona a lesson and humiliating a club like no other that represented a way of thinking differently, much closer to the ideas of Catalanism.”It may seem strange for the Barca side to have buckled under such pressure. They were, after all, long used to all sorts of insults, with former player Mingo Balmanya recalling that they were labelled “Catalan dogs” at many other away grounds.However, Barau says, “In that tie, [at the Bernabeu], Barcelona were overcome by military pressure and people close to the Falange (the nation’s Fascist and National Syndicalist political party), which heated the atmosphere a great deal.”So, perhaps this was this match that made the Clasico such a politically charged fixture, which it will be again on Saturday, with Real and Barca set to meet at the Bernabeu against the backdrop of the Catalan elections and the contentious issue of the region’s independence. Happily, though, there is no chance of even the hint of political interference this time around and the hope will be that these two great footballing rivals will produce a game that fans on both sides will remember fondly for years to come.last_img read more

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Arsenal keen to tie down Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck to longer deals

first_imgReuse this content It hurts but Tottenham’s blueprint could work for stagnating West Ham Read more “It is something we want to address,” Wenger said in relation to fresh terms for Ramsey and Welbeck. “Both of them are in a good moment for us. But with the level of transfers and the amounts that players expect on their contracts, you will have more and more players going into the final year of their contracts. You will be in a position where you either extend for money you cannot afford or you go into the final year of their contract.“This season, there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract and you will see that more. The clubs want too much money for normal players.“They say that if one player is worth £200m [like Neymar], then this player is worth £50m. But everybody knows for that player £50m is too much and they cannot afford it. So what happens? The club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract, so more and more players are going into the final year of their contract.”Wenger noted that Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, had recently urged Uefa and Fifa to introduce new rules to control the spending on transfer fees. In light of his suggestion that the market has become increasingly blocked, the Arsenal manager was asked whether he foresaw the end of fees being paid for players.“Something will happen,” he replied. “For the first time, on the political front, the German prime minister has come out and, also, the president of Uefa has come out. I think, politically, something will happen in the next 12 months to regulate and limit the transfer amounts.“You have to go one of two ways – regulate it properly or leave it completely open. You cannot be in between and that is where we are at the moment. It is only to the advantage of some clubs who can deal with the [financial fair play] rules in a legal way.“The regulation has to be stricter and clearer, or open the market completely and you can do what you want provided you can guarantee you have the money to pay. At the moment, we are a bit in between and that does not work.” Share on LinkedIn Aaron Ramsey Topics Share on Pinterest Arsène Wenger Share on Twittercenter_img Danny Welbeck Arsène Wenger wants to push new contract talks with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, whose deals at Arsenal expire in the summer of 2019. However, the manager has warned that because of the inflation of the transfer market, more and more players are set to enter the last years on their contracts.Arsenal have a clutch of players in their final 12 months, most notably Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, and there would be consternation if Ramsey and Welbeck were to go down the same path. Welbeck is currently out until mid-October with a groin injury but he started the season well while Ramsey was impressive in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea. Share via Email Share on Facebook Arsenal Share on WhatsApp news Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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Joe Schmidt ignores fuss over Ireland’s Kleyn to focus on last World Cup hurrah

first_imgReuse this content Share on Facebook Ireland recovered from the shattering blow delivered by England at Twickenham last month to beat Wales in Cardiff last Saturday. It was less redemption than recovery with their opponents making 15 changes for the return. Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls return to the home side’s back division, while in the back-row Schmidt has moved CJ Stander to blindside flanker with Jack Conan at No 8, a hint they will mix directness with width.Ireland have been tactically rigid under Schmidt, as Wales were under Gatland earlier this decade, but as ball-in-play time increases and fatigue in the final quarter of matches becomes a greater factor, so the value of improvisation grows. Wales may not have turned into the Barbarians but handling and passing have become qualities they look for in tight-five forwards now.The success of Schmidt and Gatland was down to their immediate recognition that they were not dealing with players from New Zealand where instinct comes naturally. They have coached with a tight rein, but their achievements in the coming weeks may hinge on how much they are prepared to loosen them in attack. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter “I am not sure I am the most qualified to comment,” he said. “I’m a blow-in myself and I will be blowing out soon enough. Pichot has been going on about the world rankings and he has a number of big opinions, but they are not relevant to us.”One reason for Schmidt’s success with Ireland, and at Leinster earlier in the decade, is his ability to strip sentiment from selection. Toner had been one of his mainstays, at provincial and international level, a player he valued and a man he liked, but he reached the decision based on form and an assessment of what was required to optimise the chances of success in the World Cup. Nothing else.Ireland, like Wales, used to be fuelled by emotion but both have been dragged into cold reality by New Zealanders. This weekend is Warren Gatland’s final European match with Wales, in the country where he started his international coaching career in 1998. Like Schmidt, he regards selection not as a means of rewarding reputation, and with it the temptation to allow players to bow out at their own time of choosing, but winning the next match or campaign.Players who served him well found themselves suddenly cut off, like Adam Jones, Martyn Williams, Jamie Roberts and Dwayne Peel, Lions all. Gatland and Schmidt were born and brought up on New Zealand’s north island and played provincial rugby: Gatland sat on New Zealand’s bench for 18 matches without coming off it, an experience that sees him empathise rather than sympathise with players who unexpectedly find themselves on the outside.Schmidt and Gatland are the third head coaches from New Zealand employed by their countries and the latter will be succeeded by another, Wayne Pivac, in November. When the two sides met during the group stage of the 1995 World Cup, they were the sick nations of the home championship, usually battling each other to avoid the wooden spoon. Ireland won by a point to send home Wales early, but their own exit was merely delayed and they were soundly beaten by France in the quarter-final.The two sides are unrecognisable now.Both sides have the chance of going to Japan top of the world rankings. A victory will do for Ireland but Wales must win by 15 points or more, something they have done only once in the last 109 years, in 1976. Not that either coach is obsessed with a system that reflects neither the status of a match nor whether teams are anywhere near full strength: both have the World Cup at the centre of their thoughts and leaving on the highest of highs. Support The Guardian Rugby union news Read more Topics Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup 2019 Wales’s Rhys Patchell: ‘It’s a long time since I have been this excited’center_img Lost in the din over the inclusion of the newly qualified second row Jean Kleyn in Ireland’s World Cup squad rather than the second row stalwart Devin Toner was the nationality of the team’s head coach, Joe Schmidt. The New Zealander takes charge of his final home match on Saturday against Wales before his last hurrah in the World Cup, having turned Ireland into serious contenders.Schmidt has the best record of an Ireland head coach in the professional era, comfortably so having overseen three Six Nations championships and last year’s grand slam. When asked for a comment this week about the sympathy expressed for Toner by the World Rugby vice-chairman, Agustín Pichot, who led a campaign to extend the residential qualification period in international rugby from three to five years, he could not hide his exasperation. Wales rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on WhatsApp Sexton back for Ireland as Wales turn to Patchell for final World Cup warm-up Ireland rugby union team Share via Email Warren Gatlandlast_img read more

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‘Conte should replace Wenger at Arsenal’

first_imgArsenal Conte should replace Wenger at Arsenal – Carragher Jamie Smith 02:36 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Conte Wenger Getty Images Arsenal Antonio Conte Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Chelsea League Cup Premier League Chelsea FA Cup The former Liverpool defender believes the ideal replacement for a long-serving boss at Emirates Stadiuum is a direct rival at Stamford Bridge Antonio Conte would be the ideal replacement for Arsene Wenger when the veteran Frenchman leaves his post as Arsenal manager, according to Jamie Carragher.Wenger signed a new two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium in May, but has not won the league title since the 2003-04 season, while the Gunners are on a five-game winless run in all competitions and in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification for the second year running.Conte – reportedly frustrated with Chelsea’s transfer policy – also penned fresh terms at the end of last season, although they did not extend his tenure and he has consistently been linked with a range of other managerial positions, including the Italian national team and Serie A underachievers AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Carragher believes Arsenal should put Conte at the top of their wishlist for when Wenger eventually decides to end his 21-year reign at the helm.”If Conte’s situation is precarious – the Chelsea hierarchy ambivalent on his future and Conte increasingly frustrated by the structure of the club – there will be a long queue for his services,” Carragher wrote in a column for the Telegraph.”I could imagine Real Madrid considering Conte as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane, whose position looks vulnerable. The Italian national team would beg him to go back after their failure to qualify for the World Cup.”There is talk of him returning to Italian football but having managed the national team and led Juventus to three Serie A titles in a row, would heading home at this stage of his career be so appealing? He has nothing more to prove in his own country.”There is one club in particular, much closer to his current home, I feel should be monitoring developments more than others; a club desperately in need of Conte’s persona, who would send a rocket through every department of their institution and instantly change perceptions. That club is Arsenal.”I can imagine no more suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger than Conte.”It would be one of the most astute managerial appointments in Premier League history.”Arsenal are still stuck in a cycle of mediocrity they have been unable to escape for several years. I will never lose respect for Wenger – his legacy in English football is preserved and he will always be considered one of the all-time greats – but I said last year his time was coming to an end and nothing has changed.”Conte is too good for Chelsea to let go. They should be desperately trying to keep him, not only because he will bring more success to the club, but to ensure he does not come back to haunt them when he returns with a rival.”If the Chelsea board cannot see that, Arsenal should do everything in their power to ensure it is a short Tube ride to his next destination.”last_img read more

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Alaba vows to stay at Bayern Munich

first_imgTransfers Alaba vows to stay at Bayern Munich amid Real Madrid rumours Goal 15:30 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) David Alaba, Bayern Munich, 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Real Madrid Primera División Bundesliga The Austria international has been linked to the European champions in recent months but insists he will not be looking for a move ahead of next term David Alaba says he has no desire to leave Bayern Munich amid reports that Real Madrid are interested in him.The 25-year-old Austria international has spent 10 years with the Bavarian side, ending 2017-18 with his seventh Bundesliga title since his debut in 2010.The left-back has been repeatedly linked to a move to Spain in recent months, however, as his father and agent left the door open to a summer move last month when he claimed Madrid’s interest is “no secret”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, Alaba has dismissed talk of him heding for the Allianz Arena exit, as his future remains in Bavaria for the time being.”I’m staying at Bayern,” he told Bild. “I have a contract until 2021. I’m feeling very well in Munich, there’s nothing more to say about it.”Bayern crashed out of the Champions League at the semi-finals after losing 4-3 to Madrid on aggregate, making it five years since they last sealed the European crown.But Alaba is sure his side can bounce back eventually and go all the way in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.”With our squad we have absolutely the potential to continue to get very far in this competition,” he added, insisting the issue is not down to the coaches the club have appointed.”Our bosses at Bayern have shown over the past few years how much experience they have in putting together big teams that have also been successful in the Champions League.”last_img read more

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Perez denies Lopetegui ‘disloyalty’

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid president Perez denies ‘disloyalty’ over Lopetegui appointment Jamie Smith 03:52 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julen Lopetegui Getty Images Real Madrid Portugal v Spain Spain World Cup Primera División The club president says his team did not show any disloyalty towards Spain when it appointed the ex-national team boss as manager Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club did not show disloyalty to Spain in naming Julen Lopetegui their new coach directly before the World Cup.Lopetegui’s appointment as the successor to Zinedine Zidane was announced on Tuesday, much to the fury of Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales.The 51-year-old was then sensationally sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup, with Rubiales claiming he had only been given the courtesy of a “20-second” conversation with Perez to discuss the move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Lopetegui, who was tearful at his Madrid presentation on Thursday, was replaced by Fernando Hierro as Spain’s coach for the tournament, having been unbeaten in his 20 games in charge during a two-year spell.Perez, though, hit out at Rubiales and insisted Madrid did nothing wrong in their approach for Lopetegui, comparing his arrival to Louis van Gaal and Antonio Conte being appointed by clubs despite leading national teams to major tournaments.”We made an agreement in just a few hours,” Perez told the media. “An agreement to work together after the World Cup, respecting the clauses of his contract. We wanted to make this agreement quickly before the World Cup to make it transparent to avoid any speculation and rumours.”There is no precedence that a manager agrees to become manager of a team after a competition and that agreement has somehow been interpreted as disloyal. If you think that this agreement is disloyal, well, that’s not how we do things in the 21st century in Spain. It’s not true at all.”We had an agreement in a few hours and we wanted to make it transparent and clear in just a few hours time to prevent leaks that could damage the national team.@julenlopetegui#WelcomeLopetegui | #RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/5eYmFEh6Ua— #CHAMP13NS  (@realmadriden) June 12, 2018″I told the president of the federation, which both parts had to agree. We had the legitimate freedom to make this agreement, it seemed all normal, and we thought there was going to be a press conference between the president of the federation and Julen Lopetegui, but it turned out to be a reaction of pride from the president who disrespected Real Madrid.”The president of Spanish football gave a response that is unprecedented. Conte, Van Gaal and dozens of managers have decided to move on before or during competitions, but Real Madrid are proud to have been able to contribute to the success of the national team.”That’s why it’s very important to be unified and to be able to grow and be the most respected and loved club in the world. We need to work together against those who love to destroy our image. I don’t want to be the victim but we need to come together against this wave of anti-Madridismo, especially when we’re having one of the best moments in our history.”61 – Spain scored at least one goal in every game they played under Julen Lopetegui, netting 61 goals in total (an average of 3.05 per game, 20 games played). Fired. pic.twitter.com/DrHCtq2lVX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 13, 2018Perez reiterated his confusion at Rubiales sacking Lopetegui and not allowing the coach to lead Spain into the World Cup, with senior players having reportedly lobbied for him to remain in post.”We are hugely surprised and we still can’t believe or understand why this agreement would affect players who are totally committed to being world champions again,” Perez added. “They are hugely professional players and this agreement would not affect their effectiveness – there is nothing that justifies Julen Lopetegui not being on bench for tomorrow’s game [against Portugal]. We are sorry he couldn’t fight for this huge desire to make Spain world champions.”We have the satisfaction of having a great manager, we want to continue making history together. He is a man fulfilling one of his dreams and it’s a huge challenge that not many people get to face.”last_img read more

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SUNS SEND WARNING TO NTL OPPOSITION

first_imgIn an ominous sign for rival NTL teams, the Southern NSW Suns Mens and Womens team took centre stage at the Yass Touch Knockout, winning both the Mens and Womens A Grade divisions last weekend.The Suns Mens Open side defeated the Dusty Camels from Sydney’s Western Suburbs 11-10 in the final.Led by quality players including Matt Curran, Joel Willoughby, Brad Holden and Andrew Baggio, the Suns held off strong opposition to take the title.Young guns Jaden Kelly, Scott Naughton and Christian Lotter all debuted for the Suns at Open level, impressing coach Ian Stanley.For the Dusty Camels experienced Australian representative Tony Eltakchi, along with Nathan Jones and Daniel Rushworth, challenged the Suns into the dying seconds, thrilling the crowd.The Suns Womens Open team, coached by Tracey Bills, defeated the Subs from Castle Hill 10-7 in their final. Stacey Lapham, Nola Campbell, Debbie Steinhardt and Kerry Wardle led the way for the Subs.Australian Junior representatives Nicole Beck, Amanda Skwarko and Ashleigh Dobbins all made their debuts at Open level and played extremely well.In other NTL preview action, the Suns Womens 30’s and ACT Womens 20’s were both knocked out in the semi finals of the Womens Open, perhaps indicating their preparations for NTL are well on track. In the Mixed division final the Guns, who had traveled from Bondi for the knockout, proved too strong for Off The Hook from Gosford.With South Queensland Sharks representatives Amy Fong, Tara Mako and Riki Best in the Guns lineup, as well as Tony Eltakchi and Brad Davids, they took the final 16-7.Despite the large scoreline, the final was action packed with Off the Hook’s quick stepping players such as Dylan Hennessey and twins John and Maurice Kennedy dazzling the crowd, as well as their opposition on several occasions.In the Mens B Grade final the Hookies Heroes from Temora defeated the Bowral Boys 11-6 for back-to-back titles in the division.In the Mixed B Grade final Rip It from Penrith defeated the Incredibles 8-5 in the final.Reperchage Finals results:Womens division: Suns Womens 40’s team def the Chosen Few from Greenfield Park 11-2Mens B division: Mush Nush from Yass defeated the DHL Redbacks from Yass 8-7 Mixed A division: UNSW Bullets defeated the Misfits from Dapto 12-5Mixed B divisions: Bowral Brumbies defeated the Chosen Few 9-6Tournament organisers would like to thank the referees who all did a fantastic job over the weekend and helped the event continue it’s success. The Knockout was a great benefit for the Yass community bringing an estimated $250,000 in business to the area.last_img read more

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2017 Open Trans Tasman Teams and Referees Announced

first_imgCongratulations to the following athletes and referees who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Divisions at the 2017 Trans Tasman.Men’s OpenDaniel Barton NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationStuart Brierty WA – Southern District Touch AssociationSam Brisby NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationScott Buckley NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationScott Bundy NSW –  Doyalson Touch AssociationShaun Francis QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch AssociationNick Good NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationCody Green QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationDylan Hennessey NSW – Hornsby Touch AssociationCormac Hoch QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationJordan Marshall NSW – Paramatta District Touch AssociationBen Moylan NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationPeter Norman QLD – Gold Coast Touch AssociationJonathan Palau NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationMatt Prowse NSW – Canterbury Touch AssociationCiaran Toner NSW – Hornsby Touch AssociationCoach: Tony TradAssistant Coach: Paul SfeirAssistant Coach: Phil Gyemore Women’s OpenElizabeth Campbell QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationTayla Clifford NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationMadison Crowe NSW – Central Coast Touch AssociationDanielle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationRachelle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationHannah Dyball NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationEmily Hennessey QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationAshleigh Kearney QLD – Ipswich Touch AssociationHayley Maddick QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationPatricia Michaelopoulos NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationLaura Peattie NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationSamantha Rodgers NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationCatherine Sargent QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationKimberley Sue See QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationTamika Upton QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationMarikki Watego QLD – Gold Coast Touch AssociationCoach: Swain RovelliAssistant Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim Solman Mixed OpenJayden Benbow QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationJames Blackwood NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationJustin Costello NT – Darwin Touch AssociationTim Glazebrook SA – City Touch Touch AssociationSimon Lang NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationJackson Mills NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationCameron Nicholls NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationAdam Pryde QLD – Redlands Touch AssociationMichael Singh QLD – Labrador Touch AssociationJared Townson QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch AssociationElin Mortimer NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationZara Nicholas NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationLeah Opie NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationPaige Parker QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationLeah Percy VIC – Melbourne City Lions Touch AssociationKatherine Stevens QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationCoach: Mick LovettAssistant Coach: Justin CreightonAssistant Coach: Dave NolanManager: Mark Harringtoncenter_img Referee Contingent Dave Baggio NSW – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationRob Bowen NSW – Berkley Vale Touch AssociationBrett Freshwater QLD – Redcliffe Touch AssociationLuke McKenzie QLD – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationKim Skelly NSW – Central Coast Touch Associationlast_img read more

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10 months agoWatford midfielder Doucoure rules out Marseille move

first_imgWatford midfielder Doucoure rules out Marseille moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has ruled out a move to Olympique Marseille.Doucoure has talked up a January move to PSG in the last 24 hours.But asked about Marseille, Doucoure told RMC: “No OM no, it does not interest me at all. “Marseille already contacted me at the time with my agent, there were some tracks, it did not really interest me at the time, because I really wanted to move to England. “Marseille, it’s still a big French club, but as I said, my heart club is PSG and then that’s it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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18 days agoMan Utd hero Ince blasts De Gea for Newcastle interview: Would Schmeichel say that?

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Ince blasts De Gea for Newcastle interview: Would Schmeichel say that?by Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince has blasted David De Gea for his post-match interview after Sunday’s loss to Newcastle United.The Spaniard was at a loss for words when speaking to reporters after the 1-0 defeat at St. James’ Park.”I watched David de Gea’s post-match interview and I was at a loss,” Ince said to PaddyPower.”He’s meant to be one of the leaders. If that was Peter Schmeichel standing there, there’s no chance you’d have seen that interview. Rather than him addressing and recognising where the team were going wrong, it just felt like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.'”This is one of the top players, the leaders at Man United, who has just signed a five-year contract. And he looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.”If you’re a United fan listening to your goalkeeper, one of the main leaders in the team, and that’s the interview you hear you’d be right to [think it was a disgrace]. I’d be looking thinking, ‘he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on – I bet he’s regretting signing that contract.'” last_img read more

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