Wright lifting the Premier League trophy in 1998 (Picture: Getty Images)‘After Bruce Rioch came in, after the first year, we literally argued every day and I thought I should just leave, as there was no way Arsenal were going to get rid of him and something was going to happen between us.‘So I put that transfer request in, they refused it, it all went up in the air and in the end I was in touch with Chelsea.‘It would have been a big mistake for me to leave at that stage with everything that happened with me at Arsenal. I ended up winning the league, got the top goal-scorer in Arsenal’s history before, obviously, Thierry [Henry] broke it.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It wouldn’t have been a good way to leave. I know, down the years, many people have left football clubs because they haven’t been able to get on with the manager.‘I have just got to give thanks to the likes of David Dein, and the Arsenal board, at the time, who realised that, for me, [appointing Rioch] was a mistake.‘It wasn’t working out. I was very vocal in that and a lot of the other players were vocal when it suited them. I didn’t mind letting him know what I felt and in the end he went.’MORE: Real Madrid make move for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Chelsea and Arsenal target Achraf Hakimi refuses to rule out transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal legend Ian Wright reveals he almost joined Chelsea before Arsene Wenger’s arrival Comment Advertisement Advertisement Wright went on to have a great career at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal hero Ian Wright has revealed he almost made the switch to rivals Chelsea after arguing ‘every day’ with former manager Bruce Rioch.The ex-England striker moved to Highbury in 1991 to play under George Graham, but the successful Scottish manager was sacked in 1995 after nine years in charge.The Gunners opted for a left-field replacement in former Bolton Wanderers boss Rioch, who got on the wrong side of their star striker by playing him on the left wing.Wright handed in a transfer request, but Rioch was dismissed and replaced by Arsene Wenger at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, under whom he won the Premier League and FA Cup double the following season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Wright said: ‘Yes [I could have joined Chelsea], under Glenn Hoddle. It was that year that I had with Bruce Rioch that was a real tough one.‘I handed in a transfer request by the time it got to a serious point because I genuinely thought I was leaving. Arsenal don’t sack managers and obviously George Graham went.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Apr 2020 12:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link740Shares
CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman announced Tuesday that he will resign and retire after his comments about George Floyd sparked outrage within the CrossFit community and beyond.On Saturday, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation sent out a tweet describing racism and discrimination as “critical public health issues.” Glassman replied, “It’s FLOYD-19,” then mocked the research center for its work regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). View this post on Instagram NCFIT has always been about love and acceptance. Our mission at NCFIT is to LIVE BETTER. And living better means nothing while standing by in the face of racism, injustice, and hate. This week, our team will be releasing our full efforts on how we plan to both immediately support the Black community and all people of color as well as take steps to evolve our company’s policies to ensure that our core values are never compromised. • In light of recent events and on-going concerns about the direction of CrossFit, NCFIT will no longer maintain our affiliation with the brand. We have been an affiliate for more than 10-years, but we can no longer continue along this path. We owe it to our team, members, and the greater community to stand for something better than what we are witnessing. • NCFIT is here to stay. We will continue to promote our core values while still delivering amazing workouts every single day. We will continue to explore new ways to improve the lives of our members and team members while taking action to ensure that we are always standing up for what we believe is right. We will continue to grow and foster an amazing community inclusive of people from all walks of life, and we will do so as NCFIT. • WE ARE NCFIT. AND WE ARE HERE TO LIVE BETTER. • @__ncfit__ @ncfit_plus @ncfit_collectiveA post shared by Jason Khalipa (@jasonkhalipa) on Jun 7, 2020 at 12:49pm PDT It’s FLOYD-19.— Greg Glassman (@CrossFitCEO) June 6, 2020Your failed model quarantined us and now you’re going to model a solution to racism? George Floyd’s brutal murder sparked riots nationally. Quarantine alone is “accompanied in every age and under all political regimes by an undercurrent of suspicion, distrust, and riots.” Thanks!— Greg Glassman (@CrossFitCEO) June 7, 2020″I created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members,” Glassman said in a statement shared on the company’s website. “Since I founded CrossFit 20 years ago, it has become the world’s largest network of gyms. All are aligned in offering an elegant solution to the vexing problem of chronic disease. Creating CrossFit and supporting its affiliates and legions of professional trainers has been a labor of love.”Those who know me know that my sole issue is the chronic disease epidemic. I know that CrossFit is the solution to this epidemic and that CrossFit HQ and its staff serve as the stewards of CrossFit affiliates worldwide. I cannot let my behavior stand in the way of HQ’s or affiliates’ missions. They are too important to jeopardize.”BERNSTEIN: How “Cops” made policing into a sport at the expense of black livesBefore his social media posts, Glassman caused a stir while on a private Zoom call with gym owners, according to Ryan Brooks and David Mack of Buzzfeed News. Glassman reportedly said he and his staff wouldn’t be “mourning for George Floyd,” whose death while in police custody re-ignited the national conversation about racial injustice and police brutality.When asked by one gym owner about the company’s silence amid protests across the United States, Glassman responded, “Can you tell me why I should mourn for [Floyd]? Other than that it’s the white thing to do — other than that, give me another reason.”Glassman released a statement Sunday saying his words were “a mistake, not racist but a mistake.” The apology wasn’t enough for Reebok, which announced Monday it would be ending its relationship with CrossFit after fulfilling contractual obligations through the end of the year. Additionally, some gyms and athletes declared they will no longer be affiliated with CrossFit or the CrossFit Games. View this post on Instagram Until changes to @CrossFit are made, I will not be participating in the 2020 Games. I have yet to speak on anything going on for fear of retribution and must remain apolitical due to the nature of my job. This decision puts me in a very vulnerable position with both work and my desired future career as a @CrossFitGames athlete. However, I do not believe choosing to avoid participation in this years event is a violation of duties: to my job, to the sport, or to my ethics. It is my hope that others join me in applying pressure to HQ in order to improve the organization we love and make it better going forward. “I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one.”A post shared by Chandler Smith (@blacksmifff) on Jun 7, 2020 at 4:55pm PDTDave Castro, who currently serves as the director of the CrossFit Games, will replace Glassman as CrossFit CEO.”CrossFit is a community — one that is global, diverse, and tough,” Castro said in a statement. “Every person in our community shares a common bond. We are all dedicated to a visionary, transformative approach to health and fitness. Our individual passions for that approach have forged an enduring community.”Our community is hurt, though. Our shared bond brings together millions of people with differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences. Friction is inevitable. Common ground, mutual respect, and fellowship must also be inevitable. I’m honored to take on the role of CEO of CrossFit, Inc. I hope to do right by affiliates, trainers, athletes, and other members of the CrossFit community around the world and never lose sight of the mission Greg established for us all.”
MIDDLETOWN – Motorists traveling on Route 35 were recently surprised to see a new sign pop up at Cresent Parkway, in the River Plaza section. It reads “Welcome to Minnisink.”Minnisink is a reference to the Algonquin-speaking Native American tribe that once lived in this area. The sign was designed, erected and paid for by homeowners who live in a deep neighborhood off Crescent Parkway, on streets called Iroquois Avenue, Delaware Avenue, Mohawk Avenue and Minnisink Boulevard.The sign, which received the blessing of the township’s governing body, is part of the first phase of a homegrown plan by citizens to spruce up a forlorn entrance to their own residential neighborhood.“Sometimes it just takes one person to step forward, and when you do, other people will follow,” said resident Al Mollo, who is credited with starting the grassroots campaign. The community effort included a neighborhood-wide vote, a volunteer day and a fundraising drive.“The response was great; we have really good neighbors and literally everyone chipped in,” said Molo.Cleaning up the entrance of Crescent Parkway has been a continuous discussion in the neighborhood for some time.Mollo got the ball rolling last spring with an appeal to neighbors. “I just sat down at my computer one day for two hours and typed up a letter. We printed them out and then my two kids walked around the neighborhood with the other neighbor’s kid, and they handed out 100 flyers.”On the flyers was information about how neighbors could donate $10, along with their time and effort, to help clean up the median island that separates both sides of Crescent Parkway, where the sign is located.In May, some of the neighbors spent a Sunday afternoon working together on the clean-up. Some discussed how nice it would be to have something to identify their neighborhood. During the clean-up, the residents noticed the sign in front of a former spa, which had been shuttered since a fire in 2013, was no longer being used. The owner of the spa – who also lives down the block – willingly offered it up.Tricia Simon, a local artist who also lives a few streets over, volunteered to refurbish it.“I like to reuse and recycle, and I figured if we can repurpose it, why throw it out?” Simon said. “We could save a lot of money being that it was just people donating funds.”Simon, the go-to artist on the block, had painted murals inside River Plaza School three years ago, and runs a side business where she creates signs for clients.After taking the sign back to her house and spending a few days working on it, she showed the final product to fellow residents. It reemerged with the new name and a fresh coat of paint, giving the sign the look of distressed wood.Help from other residents came in the form of hard labor. Billy and April O’Brien, who live on Woodside Drive, provided that extra bit of assistance.“My husband, he’s an excavator for a living, so this comes naturally to him,” April O’Brien said. “He’s a hard worker and he loves helping out, and it was a great team effort from everybody in the neighborhood in one place.”The O’Briens, originally from Brooklyn, have been Middletown residents for the past dozen years. One of the reasons they made the move down to the Jersey Shore was because of the history in the area.In the vote for naming the community – which had other options such as Crescent Pointe, Crescent Fields and Minnisink Meadows – April said her family voted for naming the block Minnisink.“I love that they chose the historic name, as someone from New York, I know there’s too many people from New York here,” she said. “For the Middletown people, it’s upsetting at times, but it’s nice to keep the historical name and not change anything because that’s what it should be.”Through every stage of the neighborhood facelift, a larger sense of community appreciation emerged.Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore, who was Mollo’s main government contact throughout this endeavor, helped move the project along.Fiore arranged to have Department of Public Works pick up brush cleared by residents from the traffic island, and had them deliver two truckloads of mulch to spread after the cleanup.“I was so happy to help them out, help them get through some of the process,” Fiore said by phone. “It just speaks volumes to that neighborhood, and I’m so appreciative that that community put themselves through that process.”Despite the hard work, Mollo says community members are going out of their way to keep the space clean. Neighbors have also taken the initiative to decorate the sign for the seasons. As Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the always-traditional bale of hay and corn stalks give the newfound space a seasonal feel.Simon, the local artist, believes anything to keep the sign and its surrounding area seasonal is well worth it.“It’s really nice to see that too, because it does just bring everybody together for something positive,” she said. “It feel’s good to drive down and see that.” By Jay Cook
TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS, TWO-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER GALLOPS THIS MORNING AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and multiple Eclipse Champion Beholder each went through their morning paces this morning at Santa Anita Park.With trainer Bob Baffert at the annual Keeneland Sales, “Pharoah” came on the main track at 8:20 a.m. and backtracked one mile before heading back to Baffert’s Barn 5.American Pharoah Link: https://youtu.be/vELLbDTvOYQBeholder, out before sunrise at 6:30 a.m., came on the track in the quarter mile chute, jogged straight off and galloped a crisp seven furlongs, according to Xpressbet’s Millie Ball. The 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare, fresh off a smashing win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, is being pointed by trainer Richard Mandella to the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 26.Owned by Spendthrift Farm, Beholder exited the main track via the Grandstand tunnel adjacent to the finish line and walked through Santa Anita’s paddock area en route to Mandella’s Barn 4.Beholder Link: https://youtu.be/fPbRgRTHSlQ
Killybegs Coast Guard were called out this morning (Fri) to a report of a person who had fallen overboard from a trawler in Killybegs Harbour.It is understood that the Killybegs Coast Guard unit recovered the casualty and transferred him to a waiting HSE Ambulance.Members of the Sinbad Marine services and harbour staff also assisted during the operation. Fisherman pulled from water after falling overboard in Killybegs Harbour was last modified: August 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
The number of potential opponents for Manny Pacquiao continues to dwindle. —AFPMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao’s promotion venture isn’t stopping any time soon.MP Promotions is off to its first co-promoted fight card with Singapore’s Ringstar Asia on March 23 at Resorts World Manila.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Dasmariñas’ fight was initially set for Singapore but it was rescheduled for an earlier date as to solidify Ringstar’s partnership with MP Promotions.“I saw this as a great opportunity to launch the partnership between Ringstar and Manny Pacquiao Promotions,” said Farrell. “Who wouldn’t take the chance to launch a partnership with the one and only eight-division World champion and senator Manny Pacquiao?”Farrell added that he would have even set the fight in another planet just to strengthen his promotions’ company with Pacquiao’s.“I would have moved my event to an even earlier date, or to Mars if I had to,” said Farrell. “The man is a fighting legend and highly respected all over the world, and across all sports.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Fake’ coaches, fixers undermine China’s football ambitions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This venture comes less than three months after MP Promotions co-promoted the WBO World welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner with TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions.“I love your vision with Ringstar Asia, we are looking forward to working with you to build the next World champions in boxing,” said Pacquiao of Ringstar Asia Founder and CEO Scott Farrell in a video message.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMP Promotions’ partnership with Ringstar Asia was first reported on Forbes Magazine.IBO World bantamweight Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmariñas (28-2-1) will headline the nine-bout card in an IBF World title eliminator against fellow Filipino Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2). Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments
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
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.
NEW YORK — Amazon’s rise is forcing laundry detergents to shrink.Soap makers Tide and Seventh Generation have introduced redesigned laundry detergents that are several pounds lighter by cutting down on plastic in their packaging and using less water in their formulas. They’re making the changes to please Amazon and other online stores: Lighter packaging means retailers will pay less to ship the detergent to shopper’s doorsteps, making each sale more profitable.For consumers, the new packaging has been designed to better survive shipping without leaking. The challenge, however, is getting online shoppers to buy detergent that looks nothing like the heavy bottles they are used to.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press