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 WEBSITEThe 2006 Seniors National Touch League kicked off today with beautiful weather, only a handful of injuries and plenty of exciting games of Touch Football.We continue to be amazed by the ever-present skill of some of our elite senior players and amazed at the fitness, agility and commitment they all show.While there are plenty of braces and strapping to be found, each and every tournament the players are learning to manage their injuries and prevent future injuries, allowing them to continue to perform at an elite level.MENS 30’s: The Mens 30’s had a busy opening day at the 2006 NTL, with three matches each.. The Sydney Mets were the only team to make it to the end of day one with that perfect starting record still in tact.Their 9-5 win over the Cobras to start the day was the closest anyone got to them, while the Cobras, Scorpions and Suns are also looking promising.The Cobras narrowly defeated the Suns 3-2 but then stumbled to the Scorpions 9-3 looking as though three games in one day were just too many for them.With three tough opening games though, the Cobras and also the Suns will look to challenge on day two.After a 5-2 opening loss to the Southern Suns, the Scorpions recovered to post wins over the Rustlers and Cobras and will also look to challenge their cross town rival, the Mets, on day two of the Mens 30’s NTL.WOMENS 30’s: Pre-tournament favourites, the Sydney Scorpions, managed three wins from their first three matches, however their 3-2 win over the Hornets was proof to the remaining teams that there is no doubt they can be beaten.The Southern Suns are also looking strong, their 11-1 win over the Barbarians and 6-1 win over the Cobras were very impressive.While the Sydney Mets lost to the Scorpions 6-2 in their first match of the tournament, they recovered to post two wins and climb up the day one ladder to third.MENS 35’s: After two rounds in the Mens 35’s only two teams remain undefeated, the Sydney Mets and the South Queensland Sharks. With the Mets becoming stronger in the senior Mens divisions each year and the Sharks being lead by players the caliber of Scott Notley, then the competition in the Mens 35’s will no doubt reach boiling point come finals time.The Rustlers and Scorpions are also undefeated, having played only one game each and having their bye on day one.The Northern Eagles struggled on day one, facing the might of the Sharks 13-0 and the Mets 11-1. WOMENS 35’s: The Womens 35’s looks to be the closest division at the 2006 NTL, with all 5 sides proving they will be fighting for the two grand final positions.The Hornets and Sharks are leading the way with the two sides fighting out a 3-2 win to the Hornets mid way through the day.However, the Eagles and Suns have both shown they have the potential to win and any of the five teams could be there come grand final day. MENS 40’s: The Mens 40’s is a tough division, with one pool of ten meaning a lot of competition for the teams. After two games each on day one only the Sydney Scorpions, Southern Suns and Northern Eagles remain undefeated.The defending champions, the Scorpions, inflicted a 12-0 win over the Rustlers, while several other matches produced some very close results.The Sharks held off the Defence side 4-3 and then lost 5-4 to the Southern Suns, while the Defence side recovered to beat the Barbarians 6-5.For the Barbarians it was an unlucky start to the tournament, their 6-5 loss to the Suns followed a 6-5 loss to the Cyclones…a case of so close, yet so far.WOMENS 40’s: After two rounds in the Womens 40’s it is the Cobras who sit undefeated at the top of the ladder. They won 5-2 over the Eagles and 6-2 over the Rustlers.However the Suns and Scorpions are hot on their tail, both winning their first match before drawing 6-6 in an exciting encounter to close their day one action.MENS 45’s: Well, you couldn’t have any clearer distinction than the Mens 45’s. There are 4 teams (the Mets, Cobras, Eagles and Suns) with two wins each and 4 teams (ACT, Cyclones, Rustlers and Sharks) with two losses each from day one.All of the top four teams were equally impressive and day two will certainly be interesting as the leading teams begin to face each other, while the lower teams get some respite against the other struggling teams.MENS 50’s: In the Mens 50’s it is the Hunter Western Hornets aiming for their fourth straight title and after a bye in round one they kicked off their tournament with a 7-3 win over the Southern Suns. The Brisbane City Cobras are sitting on top of the day one ladder with two wins, although the competition will heat up tomorrow when they play the Mets and the Suns. Amazingly both of their day one wins were tight ones, 2-1 over the Scorpions and Rustlers. Keep an eye on the TFA website for all the news from Coffs Harbour!
There were plenty of stories about Touch Football in the media throughout the month of October, from articles about youth and masters players being selected for Australian teams as well as summer seasons starting across the country. To view some of the stories, please click on the links below. Five picked for Kiwi seriesTOUCH FOOTBALL: A five-strong Rockhampton contingent will represent Australia in the 2013 Super Trans-Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland, next year.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/five-picked-for-kiwi-series/1578217/ Seven In National Touch Football Call-UpTownsville Touch player Cohan Guerra expects pulling on the green and gold jersey of Australia to be the highlight of his playing career.http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2012/10/26/368674_sport.html Nick will have a cheer squadWhether he’s featuring on the rugby league field or playing in a touch football team, Gympie schoolboy Nick Ellems has talent when it comes to footy.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/nickwillhave-cheer-squad/1595834/ JSS: Greystanes’ Marley Simbolon dedicated to touch football and rugby leagueMarley Simbolon has a life full of football, splitting his time between touch football and rugby league.http://parramatta-advertiser.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/jss-greystanes-marley-simbolon-dedicated-to-touch-football-and-rugby-league/Footy skills run in the family for Greystanes’ Kai SimbolonFooty skills run in the family for the Simbolons, with Kai the second member of the family to be nominated for a NewsLocal Junior Sports Star award this year.http://parramatta-advertiser.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/jss-footy-skills-run-in-the-family-for-greystanes-kai-simbolon/ Debut A Knockout For Wagga Touch THE Wagga Touch Knockout will return bigger and better in 2013 following the inaugural event, says competition convener Darren Reynoldson.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/410791/debut-a-knockout-for-wagga-touch/ Absolum has family touchIt is not unusual to spot the surname Absolum among the list of Australian touch football representatives.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/387188/absolum-has-family-touch/ Touch Footballers On Way To City For EventMore than 1000 touch football players from across New South Wales will converge on Maitland this weekend for the Hunter Western Hornets regional championships.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/421858/touch-footballers-on-way-to-city-for-event/ Fab Four Named As Maitland Touch Hall of Fame’s Inaugural MembersFormer Australian representatives Dean McManus, Gai Taylor, Judith Tynan and Tony Howard have been named the inaugural inductees into the Maitland Touch Association hall of fame.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/384417/fab-four-named-as-maitland-touch-hall-of-fames-inaugural-members/?cs=172 Coolah Touch Carnival To Celebrate 20 YearsCoolah Touch Football will be holding its 20th annual Coolah Veterans Touch Football Carnival at Bowen Oval on the weekend of November 3 and 4.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/417856/coolah-touch-carnival-to-celebrate-20-years/ Couple Among 12,000 Masters CompetitorsCarolyn and Rob Brown first got in touch 21 years ago on the football field.Romance soon blossomed between the pair of avid touch footy players and they have been together ever since.http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/10/30/440785_gold-coast-pan-pacific-masters-games.html Concord Touch Having A Ball For 20 YearsA touch football competition that focuses on the social aspect of sport is celebrating its 20th season.http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/concord-touch-having-a-ball-for-20-years/ Teams Get Ready for a Touch Up as Spring Comp BeginsIT’S time for touch football players in the Gladstone region to get a spring in their step and nominate a team for an upcoming tournament.http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/teams-get-ready-touch-up-as-spring-cup-begins/1601341/ Players Sticking With TouchWhen it comes to team sports many kids try, quit and move on to something different all too often.That’s why it is so refreshing for Mackay Junior touch co-ordinator Dean Cheetham to see young athletes sticking it out and showing true dedication to their teams.http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/players-sticking-with-touch/1567556/ Twisters In Fine Touch For Brisbane CompToowoomba Twisters capped a successful debut season in the Brisbane division one touch competition with an 11-1 victory over First Contact on Friday.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/twisters-fine-touch-brisbane-comp/1573830/Youthful Swans ready for state title challengeSouth West Queensland Swans open women’s captain Lauren Potter believes the team’s youth won’t count against it at the Queensland Touch Championships.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/youthful-swans-ready-state-title-challenge/1588340/ U12 makes clean sweep in NQ meet Daily Mercury, 23/10/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: Mackay’s under-12 touch football representative side is the best in North Queensland across their age group after claiming a tense 3-2 win against Townsville. Mackay’s Aiden Beard gained the player of the carnival award. Caleb Sinn was player of the final.The win completed a perfect carnival for the side, winning nine games from nine. Their opponents during the carnival included sides from Bowen, Cairns and Townsville.Team representative Dean Cheetham said he was “stoked” with how the young side performed.“I couldn’t be happier with the side,” he said.“I’ve had the same side now for three years and they just know each other’s games and have those set combinations.“I’m really proud of them.”Mackay sent nine teams to Townsville for the North Queensland Championships.Nuff Said put on a huge winCentral Western Daily, 22/10/2012The City of Orange Touch Association’s second round of senior matches delivered some huge scores.Four sides were able to put on 10 tries or more in their games which gave each of them wins.In mixed division three, Mixed Minions piled on 12 tries in their 12-2 win over Lachlan Reid.In the same division, Tropic Thunder recorded a 10-3 victory over Rhythm Personal training.Nuff Said were able to put on the most points in the round as they downed The Super Variety Buckets With Pepsi 13-2 in their men’s division four game.Don’t Touch My Pass were outstanding in attack and defence as they downed Untouchables 12-nil in their women’s division three game.Two teams went close to scoring double figures.Mix It Up recorded a 9-6 win over The Gleeson Homies in their mixed division 7 game.In women’s division three, Pocket Rockets downed OCS Crusaders 9-1.Two games in mixed division five were high-scoring and tight.Expendables played out an 8-all draw with That’s My Skillset, while Pretty In Pink and Duntry Verandahs finished their match at 7-all.Butter Fingers bounced back from an opening round loss to down Orange Anglican Grammer 5-nil in their women’s division four clash.The third round of games will be played this week with the mixed competition on Tuesday and the men’s and women’s games on Thursday.Second national call-up for StantonNewcastle Herald, 16/10/2012Macquarie Hills netballer Tanisha Stanton has added a second sport to her national representative resume after she was picked in the Australian under-18 touch football team last Friday.The 16 year old will be joined by her Wallsend Touch clubmates Yasmin Meakes, Caitlin Moran and Brea Singman in the 14-girl Australian squad for the three-game Super Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland next February.It will be the first time the foursome has represented Australia in touch.In April Stanton was named in the national under-17 netball squad and has trained at the Australian Institute of Sport.”We were stoked because it’s a heaps big opportunity as we don’t live in Sydney,” Stanton said.”We don’t have the opportunity like all the girls down there to get the top coaching, so it was great to have four people from up here in the team.”Stanton and Moran both play left link, Meakes is a winger and Singman patrols the middle of the field.Stanton, Moran and Singman forced their way into the side through their performances in the NSW Combined High Schools side.Meakes, who has left school, joined the trio at the national training camp through the year at Narrabeen to press for her selection.The City of Orange Touch Association’sCentral Western Daily, 11/10/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: The City of Orange Touch Association’s men’s and women’s open season begins tonight at Orange Ex-Services Country Club Oval.The action will begin at 5.50pm with bumper numbers predicted to light up the 2012-13 season.The women’s division one competition has jumped from four teams to six, with Royal Highlands, Royalettes, Zoom Zoom, Eat My Dust, Vivid and Nixons in the running this year. There is a total of four divisions in this year’s women’s draw.On the men’s side of the program seven sides will contest the 2012-13 open division one competition. Eight divisions will be contesting the men’s draw.Touch footyCentral Western Daily, 08/10/2012The City of Orange Touch Association senior competitions have reached their capacity.Almost 150 teams will play in the senior competition with the season starting this week.COTA president Kevin French said the committee was ready for a bumper season.”We’ve got a good set up this season. We’re very happy,” French said.”We have more numbers in the mixed comp. I think it’s more families.”In fact, the senior competitions are so popular, they can’t fit any more teams in.”We’re full to the eyeballs,” French said.”We’ve had to turn teams away. We didn’t want to have games starting at 10pm.”There are 64 teams entered in the mixed competition while 52 sides will line up in the eight men’s divisions and a further 29 in the four women’s grades.With so many people wanting to play touch football, the committee must be doing something right, but French said they are always trying to improve things.Right now, they’re working on getting information out sooner.”We’re looking to get the draws out for the first five weeks and then the draw for the rest of the season,” French explained.”We have a lot of information going up on our Facebook page and our website.”We’re trying to get our duty refs organised early so they can have a few weeks’ notice. That will take a lot of work but we’re working on that.”The junior competitions have already started on Wednesday afternoons and will this week play their third round.Plus representative trials are also underway for those looking to add to their commitments.The COTA mixed competitions will start tonight and the men’s and women’s open divisions start on Thursday.Games are played at the Orange Ex-Services’ Country Club from 5.50pm on both days.The family touch Chinchilla News, 04/10/2012Having represented Queensland in her beloved game of touch football a total of seven times, Brenda Rackemann never thought she would do so alongside her own daughter.That’s why the 2012 open women’s State of Origin series, held in conjunction with the National Youth Championships for the first time this year, was a sentimental one. Her daughter, 16-year-old Georgina Rackemann, was part of the school age Queensland girls team, so mother and daughter both donned the maroon uniforms at the recent carnival held in Port Macquarie. Georgia’s team were named national champions after going through the competition undefeated, which consisted of 18 state, territory, club and school teams, however, Queensland was less successful in the State of Origin and went down 3-0 to New South Wales.A Year 10 boarder at Fairholme College in Toowoomba, Georgia said she was humbled to represent her state and come away with a victory.“I’ve been playing since I was nine-years-old; it was a real honour to be selected to play in Port Macquarie.“I love touch football simply because it’s a competitive team sport and I’ve made lots of friends.”Brenda agreed, saying that she has made lifetime friends whom she met when she started playing the sport at the age of 19.“One of my best friends is from Dalby and she has a daughter who plays with and is mates with Georgia.”She said travelling for training, selection trials, competitions and games could be difficult and while she was approaching the end of her playing career she enjoyed coaching and mentoring young girls in the sport.Related LinksTalking Touch
Chelsea increase bid for Zenit midfielder Paredesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have increased their offer for Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.Zenit rejected Chelsea’s first bid of £26.8m over the weekend.According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have now raised that offer to £31.2m.It is believed Zenit are holding out for £36m for the Portuguese.Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate to sign another midfielder after Cesc Fabregas joined Monaco last week.Paredes could potentially earn a four-year deal worth £80,000-a-week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace down to single senior keeper for Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are facing a goalkeeper crisis ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool.With goalkeepers Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey both injured, manager Roy Hodgson is set to hand Julian Speroni his first appearance since December 2017.Both Guaita and Hennessey were injured in last Saturday’s loss to Watford.They are both expected to miss a month of action, leaving Speroni as the only fit senior goalkeeperat Selhurst Park. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton striker Murray: Potter system a huge learning curveby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Glenn Murray says the players are still adjusting to manager Graham Potter’s methods.He says there is still work to do to hone a playing style preferred by Potter.Murray told The Argus: “It is all a huge learning curve.“We have come so far in the three months the gaffer has been with us and we are going to have afternoons like this (the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea). But we will keep doing it our way and hopefully we have more successful afternoons than not.“It’s full focus on Tottenham. Looking towards picking some points up and then another international break, which is more time to learn the philosophy and get it right.“It is a constant learning curve. Obviously, opponents we come up against are different every week and there are different ways of trying to break them down and get possession of the ball and control the game.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde ‘happy’ beating Granadaby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde impressed again for the win over Granada at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.A tireless effort from the Uruguayan pleased Zinedine Zidane, and the midfielder says that he’ll always give everything when he plays.”Obviously I’m happy,” he said afterwards. “For the win more than anything.”It’s a plus to contribute what I can and I always try my best.”I’ll always run until my legs burst.”Today we played well and the coach gives me confidence and I feel calm and happy.”Real Madrid have been heavily criticised this year and haven’t always impressed, but Valverde doesn’t understand those who have been critical.”I don’t understand the criticism,” he said. “We lost in Paris, but we’re leaders in the league.”We still have games left in the Champions League and we’ll get better.”
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)What is better than re-watching the famous final play of the 2015 Michigan-Michigan State game? Re-watching it in the form of a Michigan-Michigan State LEGO recreation.Jared Jacobs, a 38-year-old man from Idaho, unveiled a Michigan-Michigan State LEGO recreation on his Instagram account this week. Jacobs’ miniature players re-enact the last play of the 2015 game, when Spartan DB Jalen Watts-Jackson picked up a muffed snap by Michigan punter Blake O’Neill and raced to the end zone for the win.“I wanted to make it really detailed, even down to the bricks in the background,” Jacobs told the Detroit Free-Press. “It took awhile to accumulate that much LEGO.”Here is the final result, which the Free-Press estimated took 40-50 hours to produce.:Since Jacobs debuted his recreation, it has gone viral. It even made an appearance on Sportscenter.He didn’t just recreate UM-MSU either. Jacobs also unveiled a LEGO rendition of BYU’s Hail Mary against Nebraska.Jacobs’ work contains amazing attention to detail. We can’t wait to see what the 2016 college football season has in store for him.
Atletico Madrid moved to within two points of LaLiga leaders Barcelona after a comfortable 3-0 win over bottom club Huesca on Saturday.Full-backs Lucas Hernandez and Santiago Arias put Atletico in control before Koke ensured Atletico extended their unbeaten run in the league to 17 games.Huesca threatened early on at El Alcoraz through the lively Cucho Hernandez, but finding a way through proved a step too far, Jan Oblak impressing once again in the Atletico goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Lucas’ first goal of the season put Atleti ahead and Arias doubled their lead before Koke sealed the points on a foggy night in northern Spain, keeping Diego Simeone’s men firmly in title contention.Atleti started the better, but were lucky not to be behind in the 12th minute as Jorge Pulido’s acrobatic volley beat Oblak only to thud into the post.It was a warning Atleti failed to heed and four minutes later an Enric Gallego’s flick released Cucho. The Colombian forward tried to round Oblak, but the goalkeeper stayed on his feet and was able to get fingertips to the teenager’s low effort.Having survived two scares, Atleti should have taken the lead moments later when Lemar latched onto Angel Correa’s pass, but he fired straight at Roberto Santamaria when one-on-one.Lucas made no mistake just after the half hour, though, as he tapped home at the back post after Lemar and Koke had unlocked the Huesca defence.31′ | 0-1 | GAAAALLLL! A fantastic team play between Lemar, @Koke6 and @LucasHernandez ends up with the ball in the back of the net!Great goal by the Frenchman! #AúpaAtleti #HuescaAtleti pic.twitter.com/GdR0zo9ERJ— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 19, 2019While the visibility deteriorated in the heavy fog, Atletico were not affected and almost doubled their advantage when Correa burst through, but Santamaria reacted superbly to deny the forward from point-blank range.A second goal did arrive after 52 minutes as Antoine Griezmann was given time to pick out Arias at the far post, the full-back volleying past Santamaria in style.Huesca continued to pose a threat, but their challenge was ended when Koke lashed home in the 71st minute, the midfielder finishing in style after Griezmann’s header had come back off the crossbar.What does it mean? Pressure applied on BarcaAfter their Copa del Rey exit on Wednesday, Simeone hoped his side could use it as a positive and focus on the league. Saturday’s win shows they are ready to push Barca all the way and go the distance this season.Impressive Arias opens Atleti accountBattling with Juanfran for the right-back spot at Atletico has seen Arias only start 10 league games since moving from PSV. His all-action performance on Saturday will have given Simeone plenty to think about, his first goal for the club capping off a fine display.Cucho’s misses prove costlyCucho was lively in attack for the strugglers, but his quality in the final third was lacking, the on-loan Watford forward twice failing to beat Oblak. His first attempt saw Oblak stay big, while a free header late in the first half was straight at Atletico’s keeper.Key Opta Facts- Atletico have not lost any of their last 17 LaLiga matches (W10 D7), their second best unbeaten run in the competition under Diego Simeone (20 games between May and December 2017). – Only Antoine Griezmann (15) has scored more goals for Atletico than Koke (five) this season in all competitions. – Atletico have kept more clean sheets than any other side in LaLiga this season (10). What’s next?Atletico welcome Getafe to the Wanda Metropolitano in seven days’ time as they look to keep the pressure on Barca, while Huesca travel to Real Sociedad 24 hours later. read more
Arsenal have contacted Paris Saint-Germain regarding a possible transfer for midfielder Christopher Nkunku, according to the player’s agent.The 21-year-old has emerged as a primary transfer target for the Gunners over the last week, as Arsenal boss Unai Emery aims to bolster his current squad.The Spaniard has stated that Arsenal are only exploring the possibility of loan deals this month, with the option to buy at the end of the season. 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? Nkunku has been touted as Aaron Ramsey’s potential successor at Emirates Stadium, with the Welshman set to leave the club this summer.Nkunku’s agent Jose-Karl Pierre-Fanfan confirmed the rumours of a possible departure for the midfielder and he revealed that Arsenal have already made contact with PSG to discuss a possible deal.”I am here [in the studio] which is not a good sign,” Fanfan told Canal +. “There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku, but the discussions are quite complicated. There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season.”It is still being discussed with PSG, things could still happen in the next 48 hours, but as I said, the fact that I am here means that it does not look good.“His situation will be evaluated in June, then he will have just one year left on his contract, and his situation will need to be evaluated.“He is a young boy, who needs to play, enjoy himself, and to sign up for a project for the long term, that is what he is looking for, and he was in that phase with Arsenal but it looks complicated. If we have to wait, then he is ready to do that, he will wait.”Nkunku has featured in 15 matches for PSG across all competitions this term, contributing one goal and one assist.At the moment he is not guaranteed regular football under head coach Thomas Tuchel, with several top stars ahead of him in the pecking order at the Parc Des Princes.The winter transfer window will close on Thursday, which means Arsenal do not have much time to push the deal over the line, especially given the fact they are also trying to wrap up the loan signing of Denis Suarez from Barcelona.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like everyone was in the mood to celebrate the Cubs’ World Series victory on Wednesday night.The Cubs knocked off the Indians in a wild Game 7 on Wednesday night, and apparently, it led to an unfortunate altercation between fans of the two teams. We don’t have a ton of background here, but in the below video, posted just minutes after Chicago prevailed, an Indians supporters knocks out a Cubs supporter with one punch. Clearly, there was some kind of verbal altercation that led to the standoff.It’s pretty scary, to be honest:@WORLDSTAR pic.twitter.com/U1EgGFwXj2— Chris Vallimont (@Valli_Swag7) November 3, 2016Let’s hope the Cubs fan is alright – because he appears to have been knocked out cold. Expect to hear more about this in the coming days.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame will take on Syracuse this weekend at Yankee Stadium. The Fighting Irish should have their starting quarterback available for the game.Ian Book missed last Saturday’s win over Florida State with a rib injury. Brandon Wimbush, who began the year as the starter before being replaced in Week 4, filled in and threw three touchdown passes.It looks like Book is good to go for this week though. Brian Kelly issued another positive update for the redshirt sophomore a short time ago.He declared Book “ready to play.”Ian Book update:Brian Kelly says quarterback Ian Book went through all the workouts on Monday and will practice on Tuesday in full.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 13, 2018″We’re pretty clear he’s ready to play.” – BK on needing to see Ian Book practice this week— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) November 13, 2018This season, Book has completed 74.5 percent of his passes for 1,824 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has 218 rushing yards and four touchdowns.Notre Dame and Syracuse will kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC. The Irish will be looking to move to 11-0.If Notre Dame wins its final two games, the Irish should lock up a College Football Playoff berth.
SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 22: Eric Dungey #2 of the Syracuse Orange passes the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome on September 22, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Connecticut 51-21. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)For the first time since 2001, Syracuse football has eclipsed eight wins. With a rivalry day win at Boston College, the Orange are 9-3 in the regular season.Syracuse star senior quarterback Eric Dungey had a magnificent day against a tough Eagles defense. After leaving the Notre Dame loss early with what looked like a nasty back issue, Dungey surprised many by getting the start today.He made it count, throwing for 363 yards and three touchdowns, and punching in another three scores on the ground. He was aided by senior running back Dontae Strickland, who had one of his best games in Orange, going for 129 on the ground in the 42-21 win.There goes that man. pic.twitter.com/HitAS52lnt— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) November 24, 2018Syracuse football’s bowl outlook is still a bit up in the air, with a few other key ACC games being played as of this writing.A loss at Boston College would have made SU more or less a lock to send Syracuse to a third Pinstripe Bowl, and a second trip to Yankee Stadium this year, after last weekend’s Notre Dame Shamrock Series game.The win makes things more interesting.Because the Orange Bowl is a College Football Playoff semifinal this season, the bowl situation for the ACC is a bit weird. Had SU finished Top 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Peach Bowl would likely be the spot, but at No. 20 this week, they’ll probably be a bit outside.That makes the Camping World Bowl in Orlando the most likely destination. Heading into the week, that was a popular choice in various bowl projections.Both ESPN analysts have Syracuse heading to Orlando. Kyle Bonagura has SU against West Virginia, while Mitch Sherman has them facing Iowa State.247Sports has the same ISU match-up. Bleacher Report has Syracuse taking on the Texas Longhorns, though Tom Herman’s team can vault itself into the New Year’s Six if it beats Oklahoma for the second time this year, in the Big 12 Championship Game.Other projections from earlier in the week were heavy on the Pinstripe Bowl, with potential games against Purdue, Michigan State, and other mid-tier Big Ten squads. That would be much more likely with a loss by the Orange today, but remains in play, as the bowl would love to bring in a team with a huge local alumni base like SU.The Music City Bowl and Sun Bowl are also options, but seem less likely. However, with the ACC being a mess in the middle, and teams like NC State and Pitt still playing, there is still some stuff that needs to be sorted out.
TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Stephen A. Smith attends the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith had the college football world in an uproar for what he said about former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.Haskins, one of the most-prolific passers in the history of the Buckeyes’ program, was discussed by Smith on ESPN’s First Take on Friday.Smith called Haskins more of a “runner” than a “thrower.”“Haskins is bigtime. I know this. And I’m not saying he CAN’T pass. But I view him the way I view him. Just an eye-test thing. Im not talking statistically. Make of it what you will,” Smith added on Twitter.“I know Haskins is a baller. That he threw for 50 TD’s last year. But I view his athleticism as more of a plus (I.e. scrambling outside the pocket, etc.) I don’t view him as an ideal pocket passer, nor the runner than Kyler is. Period!”Smith is getting destroyed on Twitter for his “opinion.”Noted college football analyst Joel Klatt joined in:“If you watch ONE series of Ohio State Football from 2018 you cannot come to this conclusion…ONE…complete FAIL…Total trash take,” he said.If you watch ONE series of Ohio State Football from 2018 you cannot come to this conclusion…ONE…complete FAIL…Total trash take https://t.co/H4fbLhcXZp— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) February 9, 2019Well put, Joel.
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: The Dallas Cowboys war room is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL Draft sits just under two weeks away. As NFL teams make their final preparations for the draft, analysts are making their final predictions for what will happen come April 25.One draft analyst named two potential surprise first-round picks.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller revealed the two names that could jump into the first round, despite not going first round in mock drafts.Here’s who to look for:Greg Little, OT, Ole MissLonnie Johnson, CB, KentuckyLittle started the 2018 college football season as a potential first-round pick, but struggled to stand out. He then had a poor showing at the combine, but a need at the offensive tackle position could “cause a team to panic” and select Little in the first round.Miller suggested a run on corners could happen late in the first round, precipitating a team to make a bold play for Lonnie Johnson. After a strong combine and individual workouts for teams, Johnson could be on the rise heading into the draft in Nashville.The Seattle Seahawks surprised when the team selected running back Rashaad Penny in the first round in 2018. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the other team to make a surprise selection, with safety Terrell Edmunds.Who will be a surprise this year?
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Ron Yary took to Twitter this evening to announce his college football commitment.Jack Yary, a three-star tight end in the 2020 class, will be following in his father’s footsteps.The tight end will be playing at USC like his dad.Ron Yary, a seven-time Pro Bowler in the NFL, was a two-time All-American offensive lineman for the Trojans. “Continuing The Legacy…..” Jack Yary wrote.Continuing The Legacy….. pic.twitter.com/lOcwtVxHbm— 昔 (@YaryJack) May 30, 2019Jack Yary is a 6-foot-6 tight end out of California.The three-star prospect also had scholarship offers from Nebraska, UCLA, North Carolina and Tennessee, among other programs.Yary becomes the fourth commitment in USC’s 2020 class.
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Jared Lorenzen #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball during the SEC football game against the Tennessee Volunteers on November 17, 2001 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Tennessee won 38-35. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Jared Lorenzen was an unforgettable talent when he was under center at Kentucky. After his unfortunate last week, fans of him around the state are making sure to keep his legacy going.UK quarterback Terry Wilson, coming off a season in which he led the Wildcats to their first 10-win campaign in decades, may wear his No. 22 in the 2019 season opener.A number of football alumni from rival Louisville donated to Lorenzen’s family to help pay for funeral costs. Former Cardinal Jamon Brown, who now plays for the late quarterback’s New York Giants, led the way, citing Lorenzen’s importance to football in their home state of Kentucky.You can definitely expect a number of tributes once Kentucky football season rolls around. Others are chipping in in various ways.Among the more perfectly Kentucky tributes to Jared Lorenzen comes from Tracy Farmer, owner of 2019 Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston.Farmer is a member of Kentucky’s Board of Trustees, and is a big Wildcats football fan and season ticket holder.He and his wife have decided to name a two-year old colt that they bought in Saratoga last year “Lorenzen” to honor Jared.From Horse Racing Nation:“It’s the least we could do,” Tracy Farmer said of naming a horse “Lorenzen” since the former quarterback’s death.“I think a great deal of him — the hardship and what he had to overcome. I admire him greatly.”The 2-year-old colt is a New York-bred, which also aligns with Lorenzen’s NFL career. He contributed to the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLII-winning team in 2007 as the backup to Eli Manning.Lorenzen the horse fetched $205,000 at his sale, and will be trained by Mark Casse, who also worked with Sir Winston ahead of his huge win at Belmont a few weeks ago.[Horse Racing Nation]
Australia vs Sri Lanka: Joe Burns finally ends Australia’s century drought in home seasonJoe Burns hundred on Day 1 of the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka on Friday was the first by an Australian batsman since Usman Khawaja’s 141 in the drawn Dubai Test against Pakistan last October. Brief scores – Australia 220/3 (54 overs) at tea vs Sri Lanka. Joe Burns (107*), Travis Head (91*), Vishwa Fernando (2/63).advertisement Reuters CanberraFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 10:17 IST Joe Burns had scored the last of his three Test hundreds against New Zealand in early 2016 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJoe Burns was unbeaten on 107 at tea on day 1 of the Canberra Test with Australia reaching 220 for 3Usman Khawaja was the last Aussie batsman to score a century in October last yearAustralia and Sri Lanka are playing the first ever Test match at the Manuka Oval stadium in CanberraBrief scores – Australia 220/3 (54 overs) at tea vs Sri Lanka. Joe Burns (107*), Travis Head (91*), Vishwa Fernando (2/63). Current partnership – 192 runs off 276 balls. Full ScorecardOpener Joe Burns smashed Australia’s first century of the home season as he and Travis Head weathered early trouble against Sri Lanka’s makeshift pace attack to put the hosts in a solid position at tea in the second and final Test on Friday.Burns, who had scored the last of his three Test hundreds against New Zealand in early 2016, was batting on 107, the first century by an Australian batsman since Usman Khawaja’s 141 in the drawn Dubai Test against Pakistan last October.Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test, Day 1 in Canberra: Live Cricket ScoreTravis Head was unbeaten on 91, following up on his 84 in the victory in Brisbane last week, and the duo had added 192 in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand to take the hosts to 220 for three at the interval on the opening day.On a chilly and overcast morning at the Manuka Oval, which made its debut as a Test venue, Australia captain Tim Paine finally had some luck with the coin toss, winning for only the second time in nine Tests he had led the team in.But his joy was short-lived as Sri Lanka made early inroads despite being forced to go with a completely new pace attack with the injured Suranga Lakmal joining Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara in the sidelines after playing the opening Test at the Gabba.Left-armer Vishwa Fernando, who was not in the original squad and joined only as a replacement for Nuwan Pradeep, struck twice in two overs to dismiss left-handers Marcus Harris and Khawaja with his outswinging deliveries.advertisementOpening batsman Harris started strongly to race to 11 before finding Chamika Karunaratne at point with a square drive, while number three Khawaja guided one to the slip fielder before opening his account.Debutant Chamika, who arrived in Australia only couple of days back as a replacement, then picked up a wicket with only his fourth delivery in Test cricket, getting Marnus Labuschagne (six) to edge behind.The hosts, who lead the series 1-0 after their win in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs, were reduced to 28-3 at that stage before Burns and Head steadied the innings.As the new ball lost its shine and the Sri Lankan pacemen their swing, the batting pair grew in confidence and upped their scoring rate.Burns, who returned to the side in the ongoing series after being dropped against Pakistan and India, played some flowing off-drives and survived a dropped chance at slip by Dhananjaya de Silva against off-spinner Dilruwan Perera when batting on 34.The right-hander also cut and pulled ferociously against Sri Lanka’s pace attack, who have a combined experience of five Tests between themselves, to hit 17 fours in his knock so far.Burns tapped for a single off paceman Kasun Rajitha to get to three figures and followed it with an emotional celebration amid a standing ovation from the crowd.Head looked assured during his stay at the crease before he had a moment of fortune when Dilruwan Perera let a simple chance through his hands at gully off Rajitha with the batsman on 87.Also Read | Australia unchanged for 2nd Test vs Sri Lanka: We are leaving nothing to chance, says PaineAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Joe BurnsFollow Australia vs Sri LankaFollow Canberra TestFollow Joe Burns hundred
India Today Web Desk DubaiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 18:16 IST Pakistan Super League 2019 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators (Reuters Photo)Islamabad United take on Quetta Gladiators in the sixth match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What time does the match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators start?The match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators starts at 5:00 PM IST on February 17, Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators Live Streaming on?cricketgateway.com will live stream Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators match.Where will the Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators match be played?The T20 match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai from 5:00 PM IST.Where can I watch Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators match live?The match will be streamed on Airtel TV and Jio TV.Where can I check the online live updates of the Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators T20 match?You can follow the details of the match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads of Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators?Islamabad United: Luke Ronchi (w), Rizwan Hussain, Cameron Delport, Hussain Talat, Philip Salt, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Samit Patel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Sami (c), Waqas Maqsood, Amad Butt, Zahir Khan, Wayne Parnell, Nasir Nawaz, Sahibzada Farhan, Ian Bell, Rumman Raees, Zafar Gohar, Muhammad MusaQuetta Gladiators: Ahmed Shehzad, Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (w/c), Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Nawaz, Ghulam Mudassar, Sohail Tanvir, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan Jnr, Danish Aziz, Azam Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Jalat Khan, Max Waller, Mohammad Hasnain, Ahsan Ali, Anwar Ali, Saud ShakeeladvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Pakistan Super League Pakistan Super League 2019 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators Online CoveragePakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 Live Streaming: Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators Cricket Match — Islamabad United take on Quetta Gladiators in the sixth match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.advertisement
Tendulkar to Ethics Officer: No tractable conflict, BCCI responsible for this current situationSachin Tendulkar in his 13-point response to BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain has requested him to call Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai and CEO Rahul Johri to clarify their position.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 18:15 IST Sachin Tendulkar has rejected BCCI’s observation that his alleged Conflict of Interest falls under tractable category. (IANS Photo)Sachin Tendulkar has rejected BCCI’s observation that his alleged Conflict of Interest falls under “tractable category,” terming the parent body “responsible for the current situation” arising due to his role as a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee and an ‘Icon’ of Mumbai Indians.In fact, Tendulkar in his 13-point response (in possession of PTI) to BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain has requested him to call Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai and CEO Rahul Johri to “clarify their position.”According to the BCCI’s constitution clause 38 (3) (a): “Tractable conflicts are those that are resolvable or permissible or excusable through recusal of the individual concerned and – or – with full disclosure of the interest involved.”All three CAC members — Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman — have been served notices by the Ombudsman cum Ethics officer DK Jain and all three have rejected in their initial affidavits.However what seems to have angered the legendary cricketer is BCCI CEO Johri’s letter (in consultation with CoA) to Jain where just like Ganguly, Tendulkar’s issue has also been termed as a case of “tractable Conflict of Interest,” a contention that the iconic cricketer firmly rejected.The most pertinent points where Tendulkar has given a strong rebuttal are points 10, 11 and 12.”Without prejudice to the aforesaid, the noticee submits that it is surprising that the BCCI, being the very authority responsible for the noticee’s empanelment to the Cricket Advisory Committee (“CAC”), is presently taking a position that the noticee is exposed to an alleged conflict of interest. It is reiterated that the noticee was declared as the Mumbai Indians ‘ICON’ post his retirement in 2013, which was much prior to his appointment to the CAC in 2015,” Tendulkar has stated in his response.advertisementJust like Laxman, Tendulkar also reiterated that neither the CEO nor the CoA had ever clarified the terms of reference with regards to his appointment in CAC.”The noticee (Tendulkar) has time and again sought clarification from the BCCI on the scope of his role in the CAC – but has not received a response from BCCI till date. BCCI is aware that the CAC merely performs an advisory/ recommendatory role – and therefore, the noticee’s role as a Mumbai Indians Icon (which in fact has always been in the public domain) cannot, in any practical way, conflict with his involvement in the CAC.What has possibly irked Tendulkar is BCCI’s contradictory stand which he has specified in point No 12.”The noticee fails to understand how the BCCI (after having appointed him to the CAC) can now maintain its current stand that he is in a position of ‘tractable’ conflict of interest. The BCCI Response does not clarify this variance in its stance and the noticee requests the Hon’ble Ethics Officer to call upon BCCI Officials, Mr. Rahul Johri and Mr. Vinod Rai to clarify this position.”Tendulkar also pointed out how he had recused himself from the recruitment process of the national U-19 selection committee as his son Arjun was a contender in the Colts team.”It is critical to note that the noticee had specifically written to the BCCI in respect of the potential conflict of interest that could have arisen in the aforesaid scenario,” he wrote referring to that particular situation.What has hurt Tendulkar is the fact that he is being asked questions despite serving Indian cricket for two decades.”The noticee has served the Indian cricket team for more than 2 decades and accepted empanelment with the CAC to help and contribute towards the growth of Indian cricket. It is unfortunate that the noticee has to clarify the questions raised in the Complaint and BCCI Response.”The noticee repeats that BCCI is responsible for the situation created in terms of the noticee’s honorary empanelment to the CAC even though he was a Mumbai Indians Icon at the relevant time. The BCCI shall be called upon to clarify the issue,” Tendulkar also mentioned in his response.Also Read | BCCI Ombudsman issues notices to Sachin Tendulkar, VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw thrilled after dinner with Sachin TendulkarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 17:59 IST Rishabh Pant has replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan in India’s 15-men squad for World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant looks set to replace Vijay Shankar vs AfghanistanIf Pant plays on Saturday, this will be his first World Cup matchVijay Shankar sustained an injury during a training sessionRishabh Pant was gutted after being left out of India’s World Cup 2019 squad on April 15. A little over 2 months later, Pant has replaced an injured Shikhar Dhawan in the team and in 2 days time might even play his first World Cup match.India will take on Afghanistan in Southampton on Saturday and Rishabh Pant looks set to bat in the middle order.Shikhar Dhawan had suffered a fractured thumb during his match-winning 117. After observing Dhawan for a few days, the Indian team management decided to replace him with Rishabh Pant.However, Vijay Shankar, who had replaced Dhawan in the playing XI against Pakistan, did well on his World Cup debut with 2 crucial wickets.But Vijay Shankar hobbled off field after a training stint at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Vijay was hit by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker on the toes – he was in pain but it had subsided by Wednesday evening.”Yes, Vijay was in pain but it has subsided by the evening. Hopefully, there’s nothing scary,” news agency PTI quoted a source.On Thursday, it became increasingly clear Rishabh Pant could be added to the XI and he might bat at No.4. It is unlikely the team management would want to take any chances with Vijay Shankar. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has already been ruled out of the next 2 or 3 matches after sustaining an injury in Manchester on Sunday.Also Read World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury scare ahead of Afghanistan matchAlso Read World Cup 2019: Feel for you Shikhar Dhawan, says Sachin TendulkaradvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rishab Pant Next Rishabh Pant likely to make World Cup debut against AfghanistanWorld Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant looks set to replace Vijay Shankar for India’s 5th match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Afghanistan on Saturday.advertisement