The jingling of bells and coins will be heard outside many Siouxland stores starting Friday.Spokesperson Allison Liska says it’s time for the bell ringers to begin the annual Salvation Army of Siouxland’s Red Kettle Campaign:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BELLS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……our bells this year. :12Liska says this year’s goal is to raise $218,000:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BELLS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………disaster unit as well. :18The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program also begins next week, which Liska says leads into their annual Christmas distribution:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BELLS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..over 500 families. :20Volunteers are still needed to ring bells.If you would like to help you may sign up to ring bells online at www.registertoring.com.The bells will be ringing through December 23rd at local Wal-Marts, Hy-Vees, Shopko, Sam’s Club and other locations.
I think I stole that headline from somebody on Twitter … or somewhere, I’m not sure.Anyway, Oklahoma State added Oregon State for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Corvallis in 2019 and Stillwater in 2020.I remain split on the “schedule a good home-and-home with another Power Five team.” On one hand, if you’re a good squad (like the Pokes this year) and schedule bad teams (like the Pokes this year), you only have to win 4-5 real games (I don’t count Kansas and Iowa State) to go undefeated.On the other hand, if you schedule correctly, you can prop up a non-con loss at an “incredibly tough Oregon State squad in September” as more of a reason you should get into the College Football Playoff even if you’re 10-2.Let’s say Baylor schedules Oregon State last year as a non-con and wins. Does it get in? Ehhhh … maybe. Even if it loses, it still goes to the Cotton Bowl.As a fan, I’m totally in on games like this because odds are, I mean realistic odds are, that your team isn’t playing for the title in a given year. Might as well get in some fun against a halfway decent non-con team rather than bludgeoning UTSA to death.Who knows, by the time 2019 rolls around, the Playoff will probably be 8-12 teams and a game like this won’t matter as much. As long as you go 10-2 in one of the big boy conferences, you’re in.Anyway, here are OSU’s future non-con games as of today:2016Southeastern LouisianaCentral MichiganPittsburgh2017TulsaSouth Alabama (!)Pittsburgh2018South AlabamaBoise StateCentral Michigan2019Oregon StateTulsa2020Oregon StateTulsaSouth Alabama2021TulsaBoise StateAlso, an interesting stat from Robert Allen: OSU has won six of seven and eight of 10 against Pac-12 teams.Oh, and winner gets to keep the interlocking “OS” forever and ever.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!
Stay tuned. The future is here. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/lDJIwSQ3wD— GoDucks (@GoDucks) December 8, 2015 Closer look at upper portion of new Vapor Untouchable jerseys that Oregon will wear in bowl game pic.twitter.com/Pk7hwGlcDM— Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) December 8, 2015Oregon changes their jerseys/pants every season and I wish Oklahoma State did something similar. I know Oregon is basically a Nike factory disguised as a University, but it’s time for OSU to change it up the jerseys/pants next season. The helmets are immense, just need to update the rest.Southwell: I’m ready for what Oregon will be dishing out next season. It looks like they’re ready to bounce back from a down year. Better to have a down year than to have a down decade. UCLA actually improved on its black uniforms from a season ago, but these are still awful.Here’s a view of their laughable shoulder stripes:Colorado moved away from their sleeve stripes, but they’ve got some good options to choose from. Our new uniforms! #nike pic.twitter.com/g8cl95eBd5— Colorado Equipment (@CUEquipment) May 1, 2015Speaking of gray and gold, Baylor added some gray this year. The helmet and pants looked pretty cool, but their gray jerseys had gold numbers – yikes.I wish Oklahoma State would have worn the gray jersey one more time this season. I felt like we were snubbed on one of the best combos: B-G-B. However, if they change to a new uniform next year, I’m sure I’ll love it just as much.There’s no question that OSU is leading the nation in the helmet game, but I think they can run away with it by adding a few more variations of the OSU brand logo.A new uniform template will work better with the increasingly popular helmet stripe.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! Part 1 is here.Porter: What else did you guys see that you liked nationally this year?Southwell: Nationally, I was really impressed with a lot of the stuff North Carolina was putting together. Their field art was incredible also. Carson: I noted on Twitter if North Carolina was a better football program their uniforms would be considered the best, or at least top five. That argyle pattern they borrowed from the basketball team is incredible. These helmets are awesome, too. Great work from Fedora’s boys.As far as nationally, here’s four of my favorite combos in no particular order:1) Ole Miss. Nobody, and I mean nobody, does tri-color better than Ole Miss. They invented it. Bonus points for the helmet being a throwback.2) LSU’s purple jerseys are just the best. I would wear them more. The white helmet & pants is a pristine change of pace.3) Texas Tech’s throwback uniform is better than any of the current monstrosities Under Armour gives them.4) Boise State is right there with Oklahoma State in the uniform pantheon. I would rank them both just behind Oregon, who had a down year this season.Porter: For some reason, UNC works better in hoops than football. I do like that chrome helmet, though. One of the few I’m a big fan of. Before I get to what I liked, you know who’s sort of secretly been awful with uniforms over the past few years? OU. I’ve praised the Sooners enough for enough things this year, but their Indiana replicas have to go. It’s an embarrassment to Nike and the Big 12.Baylor continues to rock the uni dept. (much to my chagrin). As I told Carson, I was a big fan of the black-white tOSU-Penn State matchup earlier in the season.Oregon might have had a down year but they could put the Duck logo on my kids’ diapers and I’d get a little weak in the knees. Their template is peerless.Michigan’s new/old helmet was really good too.Clemson can ball with LSU when it comes to purple, Carson. LSU purple vs. Clemson purple is right up there with Georgia red vs. Nebraska red for best color vs. color matchups. Speaking of Clemson, the Domers don’t do anything flashy but their colors have felt a twinge different of late (which I love).I might not care for ND as a squad, but those unis are world class.Southwell: Completely agree with your take on OU, Baylor, and ND. Clemson could mix it up a little bit; lots of untapped potential.Syracuse is getting better use out of their orange and blue.Tennessee had a slight improvement with the design and smokey gray alternates.Similar to when OSU wore Icy Pete, Texas A&M had a good concept but came up short.Carson: Oregon did have a down year, but one thing I love is they tease next year’s uniforms in the bowl game. This season is no exception.Closer look at upper portion of new Vapor Untouchable jerseys that Oregon will wear in bowl game pic.twitter.com/Pk7hwGlcDM— Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) December 8, 2015
Bill Carollo apparently decides the final outcome of the OSU-Central Michigan. Who is Bill Carollo? I’m glad you asked. Bill Carollo is the Coordinator of Football Officials for the Collegiate Officiating Consortium – Football (COC) that includes the Big Ten, Mid-American and Missouri Valley Football conferences.“The Mid-American Conference officiating crew from Saturday afternoon’s Central Michigan at Oklahoma State contest made an error on the final play of regulation,” said Carollo. The crew made a misapplication of the rule and should not have extended the contest with one final play. Despite the error, this will not change the outcome of the contest.”So there you go. That’s the end (probably). The MAC was in charge of the officials who officiated the event. The officials who admitted their mistake after the game. And the MAC, which is the conference Central Michigan is in, says that’s the end of it.I don’t really think MAC officials were trying to sneak Central Michigan a win (that would be an insane conspiracy), but just for future reference and for the sake of the integrity of the sport, maybe we should not have non-conference games officiated by officials from one of the two conferences.It would be unprecedented if this thing were to eventually get overturned, and to be honest, I don’t even know who would overturn it. The NCAA? The Big 12? The House of Representatives? A loss to a MAC team always stings, but this one will hurt for a long, long time.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!
Transfers ‘Who knows?’ – Zidane refuses to rule out Real Madrid move for Neymar Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 21:12 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(40) Transfers Neymar Zinédine Zidane PSG Real Madrid Primera División Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Rumours are rife that the PSG star is on the Blancos’ radar, with the Brazil star potentially in line to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo Zinedine Zidane refused to rule out a stunning move to bring Neymar to Real Madrid as he spoke ahead of this weekend’s La Liga derby with Atletico Madrid.Los Blancos 11/2 to win CLThe Brazil star became the world’s most expensive player when he swapped Madrid’s Clasico rivals Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in August. 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 However, reports have linked the 25-year-old with a return to Spain, at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Zidane conceded anything could happen in the future.”Neymar is a very good footballer, that’s true,” said Zidane as he prepared for Saturday’s meeting with Atletico.”I have the best players here at this club and the same goes for the dressing room. You can only work with and focus on the players that are here. As for the future, who knows?”It was put to the Frenchman that Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo may have an issue with having to share the spotlight with Neymar, but the Bernabeu boss was evasive on the matter.“There’s no debate there really,” he added. “We have to focus on today, on now, who knows what will happen in the future?”I’m not going to come out and share my views on a player who doesn’t play here. I respect him [Neymar], he’s a good player, and that’s it.”Neymar has helped PSG climb to the top of the Ligue 1 table, scoring seven goals in eight top-flight outings.
Share on Pinterest Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend The Democratic Republic of Congo player has been sidelined since rupturing a cruciate ligament against Manchester United in December last year. He made his comeback for the under-23s against Leicester City on Monday and featured for the first half again on Friday, when Everton drew 0-0 with Dinamo Zagreb in the Premier League International Cup.James McCarthy also made his return and played for the opening 45 minutes. Providing there is no adverse reaction to the run-out at Southport, Bolasie will be considered for Swansea’s visit. Sam Allardyce, the Everton manager, said: “We will see what happens with that and we may, depending on the whole team here, have a discussion as to whether that makes him available against Swansea.”Bolasie cost Everton an initial £25m when he signed from Crystal Palace in August 2016 and made 15 appearances in all competitions before being injured. Speaking after the Leicester match, the forward said: “A year out in football means it will be a month or two before I’m really back at it but the main thing is I feel OK. Just the smell of grass again was great.”Allardyce is confident his longstanding relationship with Steve Walsh will give clarity to Everton’s transfer business. The director of football and the former manager Ronald Koeman were not always united over targets but Allardyce, who has known Walsh since the latter was a scout for Chelsea and who also employed him at Newcastle United, believes they will have a more fruitful working relationship.“I am not going to comment on what Ronald did or didn’t do,” he said. “Steve and I have known each other for a huge amount time and I have every faith in the process. Recruitment will be the most critical part of building success. This is the most difficult part because of the lack of top-quality players not just in this country but worldwide, and the price.” Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp news Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Everton Yannick Bolasie may make his first Premier League appearance in 12 months on Monday as the Everton forward steps up his recovery from a knee injury. Read more Reuse this content
Gerard Deulofeu double takes Watford into Cup final after extra-time thriller Deulofeu celebrates Troy Deeney’s penalty. Photograph: Mark Leech/Offside/Getty Images Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Read more Reuse this content As that equaliser went in and his teammates sprinted towards the corner flag with the scorer, Deulofeu alone took the shortest route towards the Watford fans, leapt up on an advertising hoarding and screamed. The match had been saved and so he would set about winning it.After the match Deulofeu was unequivocal: when he found out that he was not starting this game he had been furious. The Spaniard had been punished for an ineffective display against Fulham in midweek with a seat on the bench while Andre Gray, who came on at half-time to decide that game in the Hornets’ favour, took his place in the starting line-up.He watched from the sidelines as Deeney twice carved out wonderful goalscoring opportunities which Gray spurned and as Wolves took two of their own for an apparently decisive lead. With only a little bit of effort this entire period, the 66 minutes that preceded Deulofeu’s arrival, can be seen as little more than an extended motivational exercise, 22 players and a referee running around a pitch in such a way as massively to fire up a single Spanish spectator.Matt Doherty opened the scoring in the 36th minute, heading in Diogo Jota’s cross after a short corner. A little under half an hour of playing time later Raúl Jiménez doubled his side’s advantage with a VAR-endorsed, borderline offside but indisputably brilliant chest-down-and-volley after a short free-kick. That, right there, is what £30m buys you. Roared on by thousands of poncho-clad, sombrero-shaded supporters the Mexican pulled on a novelty mask and celebrated a moment that at the time felt very close to decisive. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. But this was not destined to be a straightforward victory. These two teams, separated in the league table by a single point and a goal difference of one, with their varying shades of golden replica kits providing the brightness that a thick blanket of ash-grey cloud prevented the sun from delivering, were pulled apart as Wolves took and stretched their lead and then, as if attached by elastic, snapped back together again.It became, in the end, a truly compelling contest between well-matched, high-quality teams. It was tempting to deduce that games without any of the Premier League’s top six make for considerably more interesting viewing than games involving one of them, though the last such FA Cup semi-final, between Watford and Crystal Palace in 2016, had been much less engrossing. The key difference was that neither of those sides were very good – Watford had won one of their nine previous league matches, Palace one in 18 – while the key moments of this contest were sensational.Deulofeu’s first goal, 13 minutes after coming on, was an act of defiance and a thing of beauty, the Spaniard collecting the ball in the area after Romain Saïss headed down a José Holebas long throw, looking up, assessing his options, deciding none of them amounted to much and then flicking his ankle like a cricketing spinner turns his wrist to impart dip and curl on the ball and transform a situation from which little seemed possible into a large stride towards glory. As a manager you know it is definitely and incontrovertibly your day when you are faced with one major selection decision, get it demonstrably wrong and then win the game because of it. Javi Gracia’s first full season at Watford is going so well that even his mistakes work out.Troy Deeney, Watford’s captain and frequently their inspiration, is known for giving occasional sermons about cojones, and once again proved his qualifications for delivering them by rocketing home the 94th-minute penalty that completed his team’s unlikely comeback from two goals down. Gerard Deulofeu, the slight, wispy Spaniard who scored their other two goals, is not so much the chest-thumping, fist-pumping type, but this was the story of the mouse that roared. Watford 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (aet): FA Cup semi-final – as it happened Read more Wolverhampton Wanderers Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share via Email Topics features FA Cup Share on Twitter He had little to do with the equaliser, Leander Dendoncker catching Deeney in the area to concede the penalty, but 15 minutes into extra time he conjured the winner, exchanging passes with Gray, sprinting past Conor Coady and rolling the ball just beyond the reach of John Ruddy’s right boot. Wolves, with the substitute Adama Traoré frightening his opponents with his pace if not his delivery, could not provide another plot twist and the day was destined to be decided by the gentle, brutal contribution of Watford’s spurned Spaniard, and the motivational masterstroke of a manager who at present can do no wrong. Watford Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Twitter
Summer transfer window recap – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Topics Share on Pinterest Atlético Madrid Share on Messenger The two clubs have been locked in negotiations this week with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also talking to Benfica to find an agreement. The 19-year-old, who has been linked with moves to several top European clubs this summer including Manchester City and United, has agreed a five-year deal with the La Liga club and the transfers should be completed this week.Atlético are still hoping to pay less than the player’s buy-out clause but are resigned to agree to signing the player for €120m if Benfica refuse to budge.It has been a hectic summer at the Spanish club so far with Lucas Hernández joining Bayern Munich for £68m, Diego Godín making the move to Inter after nine years at Atlético and Antoine Griezmann and Rodri set to leave. Griezmann is expected to join Barcelona when his contract expires and Rodri is set to move to Manchester City for €70m.Félix has scored 15 goals in 26 league games for Benfica and made his debut for Portugal against Switzerland in the Nations League this month. Share on WhatsApp news Share on Twitter Read more Football Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share via Email Transfer window Benfica Atlético Madrid are close to signing the Benfica midfielder João Félix for a fee close to €120m after agreeing a deal with the player’s representatives and starting negotiations with the Portuguese club. Share on Facebook
Liverpool Liverpool team news: Van Dijk starts against Tottenham Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent 23:30 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Jurgen Klopp makes two changes to his defence as the chase for a top-four place speeds up against Spurs at Anfield Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren are paired together for the first time as Liverpool host Tottenham on Sunday.The £75 million signing was on the bench for the 3-0 victory at Huddersfield Town, but partners the Croatian in the heart of defence at Anfield.Van Dijk’s three other starts for the club have been alongside Joel Matip, who switches to the bench. 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 Trent Alexander-Arnold replaces Joe Gomez at right-back, who misses out through injury.Jurgen Klopp’s side are otherwise unchanged in midfield and attack.Last time out, they beat Huddersfield 3-0, with Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah on target.Liverpool starting XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Can, Milner; Salah, Mane, FirminoSubs: Mignolet, Matip, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain, Ings, Solanke Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Olivier Giroud ‘I’ve equalled Zidane and no one can take that from me’ – Giroud Robin Bairner 15:22 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Olivier Giroud France v Australia France Australia World Cup The 31-year-old striker now has the objective of overhauling David Trezeguet and moving into third place in the chart of France’s leading marksmen Olivier Giroud has said that it is an honour to have matched Zinedine Zidane’s scoring record for France, and now he has David Trezeguet in his sights.The Chelsea forward scored his 31st goal for the national team in a 2-0 friendly victory over Ireland in May as the preparations for the World Cup ramp up, matching the legendary No.10 in the process.Zidane got his goals in 108 matches, while it has taken striker Giroud 73 games to move joint fourth in his country’s all-time leading goal scorers. 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 The 31-year-old striker has his eyes set on overhauling Trezeguet, who is three goals better off.“I’ve equalled Zidane and that’s something no one can take away from me,” he said. “Trezeguet has three goals more and I want to catch him up and score as many as I can. On a personal level, it’s an objective, an ambition.”Only Michel Platini (41) and Thierry Henry (51) in addition to Trezeguet can claim to have netted more times for the national side, but Giroud has not always had it easy with France. Indeed, just as Paul Pogba faced jeers from his own fans, the former Montpellier and Arsenal man overcame similar treatment several years ago as he took Karim Benzema’s place in the team.“Of course it’s not nice to be criticised or booed,” he commented. “Now I’m done with it. I used it to harden myself.“It was unfair at one point because I did not demand anything. It surprises me that we’re still talking about it four years later.”
If you’re after a full view of every result from Day One of the 2006 NTL, as well as some match reports on the ‘match of the round’, or matches that grabbed everyone’s attention…read this story!All draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEMake sure you keep an eye on both the TFA Sporting Pulse website and the TFA regular website to ensure you don’t miss a second of the action from Coffs Harbour 2006.RESULTS & MATCH SUMMARIESDay One:9:00amMens 20’s: Hornets (8) def Crusaders (5)Mens 20’s: Rustlers (6) def ACT (1)Mixed Open: Mets (6) def Scorpions (5)Mixed Open: Cobras (12) def Suns (5)Mens 20’s: Suns (7) drew Mets (7)Womens 20’s: Cobras (4) drew ACT (4)From the opening siren it’s looking as though the Mens 20’s and Womens 20’s could be the tightest competition in NTL history. Defending Mens Champions, the Suns, were held to a 7-7 draw by a Sydney Mets side keen to be amongst the finalists again.2005 runner-up in the Womens 20’s, the Cobras, are amongst the favourites for the Womens 20’s title, with the ACT proving they’re title contenders also holding the Cobras to a 4-4 draw. Get set for tight competition all week in the Mens and Womens 20’s!9:50amMens 20’s: Cyclones (14) def Barbarians (3)Mens 20’s: Eagles (2) drew Cobras (2)Mixed Open: Sharks (12) def Cyclones (2)Mixed Open: Rebels (8) def Barbarians (3)Womens 20’s: Mets (8) def Crusaders (1)2005 runners-up in the Mens 20’s, the Northern Eagles continued the pace set in round one, with a 2-2 draw against the Cobras, who are ranked third here at the 2006 NTL but haven’t been in a Mens 20’s grand final since 1999. The Sharks started strongly in the Mixed Open division, a 12-2 win over the Cyclones a good chance to stretch their legs and rotate their players through, as they look to be the main challenger to the Sydney Mets dominance.11:00am– Opening Ceremony 12:00pmMens Open: Sharks (12) def Cyclones (3)Mens Open: Scorpions (5) def Barbarians (2)Womens 20’s: Hornets (12) def Rebels (1)Womens 20’s: Suns (16) def Scorpions (0)Womens 20’s: Eagles (6) def Rustlers (3)Womens 20’s: Sharks (4) def Cyclones (1)The Sharks cemented themselves as serious title contenders in the Mens Open division, after beating the Cyclones 12-3. The Sydney Scorpions are also looking dangerous, recording a 5-2 win over the Barbarians.In the Womens 20’s division, the Suns girls proved they are still a force to be reckoned with, despite losing a few of their star players to the Opens team. The Sharks are looking to make it seven titles from eight attempts and started well with a 4-1 victory over the Cyclones.12:50pmMens Open: Cobras (11) def Rebels (2)Mens Open: Mets (12) def ACT (1)Mixed Open: Scorpions (8) def Suns (2)Womens Open: Cobras (11) def Rebels (3)Womens Open: Suns (5) def Cyclones (3)Womens Open: Barbarians (12) def ACT (2)The Barbarians Womens Open side proved their 2006 title as ‘Championship Contenders’ is worthy, with a 12-2 round one victory over the ACT, while Matt Prowse scored 5 times in the Mets win over the ACT.The match of the round had to be the Southern Suns Women holding off the North Queensland Cyclones 5-3, in a game of Touch that was tight from the beginning to the end. 1:40pmMens Open: Suns (11) def Eagles (1)Mens Open: Hornets (8) def Crusaders (5)Mixed Open: Cobras (10) def Cyclones (1)Womens Open: Hornets (10) def Eagles (1)Womens Open: Rustlers (7) def Scorpions (2)Womens Open: Mets (7) def Crusaders (1)In the Mixed Open the Cobras continued on their winning ways, with a 10-1 win over the North Queensland Cyclones. With such a high scoring power they’re certainly looking like they will challenge the Mets and the Sharks come finals time.2:30pmMixed Open: Sharks (5) def Rustlers (3)Mixed Open: Mets (13) def Rebels (4)Womens 20’s: Hornets (6) def Sharks (3)Womens 20’s: Rustlers (7) def Crusaders (1)Mens 20’s: Suns (5) drew Sharks (5)Mens 20’s: Eagles (7) def Rustlers (1)Mens 20’s: Hornets (6) def ACT (1)In what could be the upset of the tournament, Womens 20’s favourites and winners for six of the past seven years, the Sharks, were defeated 6-3 by the Hunter Western Hornets. The fight in the Mens 20’s continued to heat up, with another draw amongst the favourites, with the Sharks and Suns drawing 5-5.3:20pmWomens 20’s: Mets (5) def Cobras (2)Womens 20’s: Suns (3) def Cyclones (0)Womens 20’s: Rebels (7) def Scorpions (2)Womens 20’s: ACT (6) def Eagles (3)Mens 20’s: Cobras (7) def Cyclones (6)Mens 20’s: Mets (11) def Barbarians (1)In the Womens 20’s the upsets continued, as the Mets defeated 2005 runner-up the Cobras 5-2.The Cobras held off a spirited Cyclones attack to win 7-6, adding even further fuel to the fire that is the Mens Open competition. The winner is literally impossible to pick.4:10pmWomens Open: Suns (3) drew ACT (3)Womens Open: Sharks (6) def Rebels (1)Womens Open: Cobras (7) def Eagles (3)Mens Open: Rustlers (7) def Barbarians (3)Mens Open: ACT (7) def Rebels (3)Mens Open: Scorpions (13) def Eagles (2)The Sharks continue to dominate the Womens Open competition after defeating Rebels 6-1. Also in Womens Open Suns and Mets fought a tight and thrilling battle, eventually drawing 3-3.The ACT Mens Open team recorded their first win of the tournament, beating Rebels 7-3, as the Mens competition continues to heat up. 5:00pmWomens Open: Barbarians (7) def Crusaders (4)Womens Open: Rustlers (6) def Hornets (5)Womens Open: Mets (8) def Cyclones (4)Mens Open: Suns (8) def Hornets (4)Mens Open: Mets (7) def Sharks (6)Mens Open: Cobras (12) def Cyclones (2)A well-earned win for Mets in the Mens Open division, they managed to fight off 2005 NTL Mens Open Champions, the Sharks for a 7-6 victory. The Mens Open division is certain to provide an exciting next couple of days.Led by Bo De La Cruz and Shelley Matcham, the Barbarians recorded a solid win against the Crusaders, claiming victory 7-4, and proving they are a team to watch in the Womens Open division.5:50pmMixed Open: Sharks (5) drew Suns (5)Mixed Open: Cobras (6) def Scorpions (3)Mixed Open: Mets (12) def Barbarians (2)Mixed Open: Rustlers (6) def Rebels (3)Mens 20’s: Crusaders (5) def ACT (4)Mens 20’s: Hornets (5) def Mets (4)Hornets have caused an upset in round three of the Mens 20’s division, holding the Mets out to steal a 5-4 victory. Mets continue to shine in the Mixed Open division, defeating Barbarians 12-2. Their main rivals, the Sharks had an unexpected 5-5 draw with the Suns.6:40pmMens 20’s: Suns (5) drew Cobras (5)Mens 20’s: Eagles (5) def Sharks (3)Mens 20’s: Rustlers (5) def Barbarians (3) The final round of games for the day were action packed with the Eagles defeating the Sharks 5-3 in the Mens 20’s. The Eagles are definately a team to watch in the coming days. The Mens 20’s is going to be a tight race, with Suns and Cobras battling it out for a 5-5 draw.
South Queensland Sharks have found a novel way to raise funds for their 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup representatives. A Benefit Golf Day will be held at The Emerald Lakes Golf Club at Cararra on Friday December 8 commencing at 12.00pm sharp.The Benefit Golf Day is the brainchild of South Queensland Touch Association General Manager Garry ‘Boots” Shepherd and the South Queensland Committee.“We have a lot of players, coaches, and officials lining up for World Cup duty and it would have been great to be able to kick in for each of them individually to make things a little easier for them to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees, so we came up with a few different ways to assist them and the Benefit Golf Day seemed a perfect fit.” Shepherd said. Benefit Golf Day participants will pay $100 and will receive the following package:BBQ and drinks before Tee-off18 holes of golf plus use of a cartDrinks on coursesausage sizzle on coursePrizes for longest drive, nearest to the pin, and novelty holes.Presentation after the event of prizes and raffles.Business houses can sponsor a hole for $600 to receive all of the above for four people, plus Tee Box and/or green side signage, Digital Television Screen signage at the registration desk and the presentation dinner, and on course signage.South Queensland Touch Association and the Sharkies World Cup Australian representatives are seeking sponsorships/contributions of product or monetary value to assist with prizes on the day. Any contributions/donations would be gratefully received and on course signage is available to corporate contributors who assist in this way.The Sharks Aussie Touch Benefit Golf Day gets underway at 12.00pm Friday 8 December 2006 with registration. There will be a shotgun start at 12.30pm for the Ambrose event.“Boots” Shepherd is looking at 100 plus people for the event already, so it promises to be a wonderful social day to raise funds for a very worthy cause.A flyer is attached with further details.If you would like to register to play, or if you would like to contribute to the Benefit Golf Day to make the path to the World Cup a little smoother for ‘Sharkies’ Aussie representatives, please contact: Garry Shepherd on 0407 928 144 or email email@example.com Corey Foster 0419 664 369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Related Filessharks_aussie_golf_day-pdf
Touch Football will feature at the 2015 Rugby League All Stars event at CBus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast on Friday, 13 February. For the first time the Harvey Norman Mixed All Stars Touch Football match will take place at the Rugby League All Stars event. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for more information in the lead up to the event. Please click on the following link for the full announcement from the NRL:http://www.nrl.com/harvey-norman-all-stars-launched/tabid/10874/newsid/83192/default.aspx?cid=NRL_HP_Latest Related LinksAll Stars Announcement
Related Filesq4_snap_shot_01-pdfRelated LinksTFA Update Touch Football Australia (TFA) is forging ahead with various strategic programs and initiatives as the end of the current Financial Year approaches; and with the mid-point of the current strategic cycle to 2020 on the horizon but in full view.The journey to 2020 is long and winding and with a few pit stops along the way the nature of business today and particularly in the sporting arena. At this juncture it is opportune to reflect on the strategic initiatives recently achieved and currently underway, following the departure of long-serving CEO, Colm Maguire.And in the wake of one of the most dominant Australian team performances at the 2017 Openâ€™s Trans-Tasman series on the Sunshine Coast featuring a series clean-sweep (9-0), the TFA Board, Management and wider team have been striving off the field as well to raise the bar in terms of program/project performances and achievement of key outcomes.Chief among these according to the TFA Board Chair, Anita Hagarty, is the continued strategic focus and investment into key areas of sport development, commercial and overall growth. And with a renewed emphasis on results and outcomes ensuring the momentum and delivery of our sport and various programs is maintained at a high level.â€œWith another Financial Year almost behind us, the TFA Board is pleased to report the transitional arrangements following Colmâ€™s resignation are proceeding very well,â€ she said following the most recent TFA Board Meeting at Rugby League Central in Sydney.â€œWe commend the wider management and staff team led by Tim Arnold and Garry Foran, and my wider Board cohort, on their diligence to maintain the focus on heightened product and program delivery; and to build on the energy and pace across the Touch Football community and in the midst of such change.â€œAs we have long said, the foundation of the 2011-15 strategic cycle and now recent achievements means the sport and organisation has the stability and capacity to advance our goals with renewed vigour, determination and application.â€œAnd with the appointment of a new CEO which will follow the selection process in play currently, the sport will be in great position with our partners, stakeholders and volunteer network, to flourish even further.For joint interim CEOâ€™s Tim Arnold and Garry Foran, delivery continues unabated and best depicted by the graphic further below but with significant progress on broader strategic pillars and programs.â€œAt the most recent TFA Board meeting, key decisions and considerations were made on several areas of the business,â€ Arnold continued â€œthis includes the ongoing governance reform and improvements through the transition to a company limited by guarantee compliance and update of the nominations committee.â€œAnd also the decision on future junior and schools investment as a continued strategic focus and imperative,â€ he added.â€œAlong with the deliberations on the status of our strong commercial/major event assetsâ€™ profile and the commercial competition strategy, all key program areas of the business and vital for future sustainability.â€The advent too of a broader Government Engagement Strategy, Elite 8 pathway and event planning for 2018 and the 2018 Budget and four-year financial plan and outlook, were other areas of progress to emerge from the meeting and according to Garry Foran setting an even stronger foundation for the sport and organisation in years ahead.â€œIt goes without saying, that through the leadership of the Board and the team at large we are striving ahead in a number of areas; and particularly pleasing in my concurrent role as CFO to hand down the new Financial Year budget and four-year outlook following a strong targeted financial performance in 2016-2017,â€ he said.â€œI too commend the Board, Leadership Team and indeed the staff on not only a very productive quarter just past but another Financial Year as well.â€œOur collaboration with NSW and QLD on commercial competitions, the national marketing activation campaign and other programs is a strong demonstration and pointer to the â€˜One Vision. One Team. One Sportâ€™ mantra and approach.â€œAnd this signals too that we have a great ongoing co-operation and collaborative sense among our key partner States and particularly the NRL in achieving our strategic targets now and ongoing.â€œWith a number of new staff across the country, ongoing Winter season competitions and preparations for new season competitions and initiatives, itâ€™s onwards and upwards for the organisation and sport ahead.â€
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Dani Alves confident Neymar will play for Barcelona againby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDani Alves has no doubts Neymar will play for Barcelona again.The PSG star saw a return to Barca blocked by his club this past summer.But former Barca teammate Alves, now with Flamengo, can see a reunion eventually happening.He said, “I am sure that if he wants to come back in the future, he will be able to do so.Just last week, Barcelona finance chief Enrique Tombas confirmed they made two offers for Neymar.He revealed, “With the conditions we offered, the recruitment of Neymar was perfectly viable.”We made two proposals, one with players included in the transaction, one without. But they refused both.”
Brighton duo Tom McGill and Haydon Roberts earn England youth callby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton’s under-23 duo Tom McGill and Haydon Roberts have been named in the England under-20 and under-18 squads respectively.This is McGill’s second inclusion in the under-20 squad, after the goalkeeper made his international debut at this level in a 1-0 win over Switzerland last month.The 19-year-old will link up with the squad for the game against Italy on Thursday 10th October in Parma before returning home to face the Czech Republic in Peterborough the following Monday (14th October).Meanwhile, Roberts is part of an England under-18 squad that faces three away matches in the space of six days, starting with a game against Poland on Friday 11th October, before they take on Slovakia and Austria on Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th October respectively. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan: There were Bayern Munich talksby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has confirmed he was close to leaving for Bayern Munich over the summer.Gundogan was considering his options at the time as new contract talks dragged on.”Let’s say this – my sources would confirm it, today I can say that there were negotiations with Bayern Munich. “But we did not agree for various reasons,” Gündogan told SZ.”And now I am very happy in Man City, I do not think there is a better club for me right now and not a better coach either.”
Lionel Messi became the first player to score 400 LaLiga goals on Sunday as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 victory over Eibar at Camp Nou.After an unusually quiet first 45 minutes, Messi burst into life after the restart and claimed his milestone goal – his 13th in eight appearances against Eibar.Luis Suarez had given Barca the lead with their only shot on target in the first half, and he doubled his tally six minutes after Messi’s moment in the spotlight with a composed finish from a tight angle. 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? That was enough to seal a sixth win in a row for Barca in the league, and a ninth successive over Eibar since their promotion to the top flight.His goat-ness. pic.twitter.com/n671ZPBphs— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2019Messi took up more of a playmaker role in the opening exchanges and created half-chances that Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba were unable to convert.Suarez showed them how it should be done in the 19th minute after a slick interchange with Philippe Coutinho opened up the Eibar defence, the Uruguay international finding the bottom corner with unerring accuracy.Despite falling behind, Eibar continued to push forward and Sergi Enrich should have done better from Ruben Pena’s cross, however the striker headed wide of Marc Andre ter Stegen’s goal.Coutinho felt he should have had a penalty minutes before the break but his claims were waved away despite Pena’s clumsy tackle inside the area.After the lacklustre opening salvo, Barca had much more urgency to their game after the break and eight minutes into the second period Messi got his landmark goal.Having received the ball from Suarez, the five-time Ballon D’Or winner made himself some space before firing low under Asier Riesgo.Suarez then notched his 14th league goal of the campaign to extend Barcelona’s advantage, before Ter Stegen needed to be alert to keep out Pablo De Blasis’ close-range header.Ernesto Valverde introduced reported Manchester City target Ousmane Dembele with 18 minutes to play, but despite looking lively he was unable to stretch Barca’s lead on what ultimately turned out to be a comfortable victory despite the league leaders being far from their fluent best.What does it mean? Lead restored for BarcaAfter seeing their advantage cut to two points by Atletico Madrid earlier on Sunday, Barca restored their five-point cushion with ease on Messi’s historic night. For Eibar the defeat means they have failed to win their last six LaLiga clashes, and sit just three points above the relegation zone.Suarez the scourge of Eibar once againWhile Messi will grab the headlines, Suarez deserves a lot of credit after a sublime double to continue his fine scoring run against Eibar. The Uruguay international has now scored in his last six matches against Sunday’s opponents, his two goals both superbly taken.#BarçaEibar FACT: @LuisSuarez9 has now scored in six straight matches against Eibar, for a total of eight goals — so far! Pistolero. pic.twitter.com/stF7JPADs3— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2019Coutinho fails to take his chanceDespite his assist for Suarez’s opening goal, it was a frustrating performance from Coutinho on his first league start since early December. Playing as part of Barca’s front three needs quality at all times, and all too often his contribution stalled promising attacks. He was unlucky not to be awarded a first-half penalty, but some will argue he should have scored before being brought down.Key Opta Facts- Only Manchester City (56) have scored more goals than Barcelona in the top five European leagues this season (53, level with PSG).- Messi is the second player to reach 400+ goals in the history of the Europe’s top five leagues (400 goals), after Cristiano Ronaldo (409), reaching this milestone with 63 league games fewer.- Barcelona strikers Messi (17) and Suarez (14) have scored 31 LaLiga goals this season – no team has scored more than Barcelona duo (Sevilla and Celta Vigo have 31 goals).- Eibar boss Jose Luis Mendilibar has lost each of his nine visits to the Camp Nou in LaLiga, conceding a total of 41 goals in the process (4.5 per game).- Barcelona have scored in each of their last 34 LaLiga games, their best scoring run in the competition since October 2013 (64).What’s next?Barca will look to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Levante in the Copa del Rey on Thursday before returning to league action against Leganes three days later. Eibar host Espanyol on January 21. read more