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Inter Milan chiefs decide against keeping hold of Alexis

first_img At United, Sanchez’s £400,000-a-week salary has become an albatross and the same is the case at Inter, where he has become the highest paid player per minute played in the entire Italian top flight. Inter are going to have to splash out £4.3m (€5m) over the course of the season as part of the agreement to bring him in from United. Read Also:Inter Milan make first contact with Arsenal captain Given that he has played just 186 minutes, he has cost Inter a huge £22,000 (€26,000) per minute played. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Best 1980s Gadgets That Defined A Decade8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Inter Milan chiefs have decided against signing permanently on-loan Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez. Loading… The Daily Mail says Guiseppe Marotta, the chief executive of Inter, does not want to pay the £17.5million (€20m) it would cost to snap him up on a permanent deal. Marotta is being backed by Conte, who is no longer that keen on Sanchez and would rather turn to younger and less expensive options.Advertisementlast_img read more

Syracuse tries to repeat magic on special teams, get 2nd win ever against No. 10 Mercyhurst

first_imgOn Nov. 8, 2014, Syracuse beat Mercyhurst for the first time in 31 tries.Forward Melissa Piacentini scored the go-ahead goal on a power play and the Orange killed three penalties, including one down the stretch, to secure the 4-1 win. After the game, defender Nicole Renault said the penalty kill won the game for the team and that special teams were crucial.SU (6-10-7, 4-2-3 College Hockey America) will look to repeat its strong special teams performance when it travels to No. 9 Mercyhurst (16-4-2, 7-3) for a pair of games Friday and Saturday, both at 3 p.m.Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said the game would come down to goaltending and special teams. Meryhurst forward Emily Janiga and Piacentini are tied for third nationally in power-play goals with six while the Lakers are second in the nation in penalty kill percentage.“When you get a power play, you have to execute and get pucks on net, make them retreat and really play with some confidence,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “On the (penalty kill), … we’ve got to be determined, we’ve got to block shots and make goods reads and just make good decisions.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring power plays, Flanagan said the key will be to outnumber Mercyhurst around the net. Since many goals are scored on rebounds, the Orange has to get players down low and find others cutting from the back.He wants his players to try to isolate defenders or get them to fall down and then step around them into open spaces around the net.Good play like that around the net will come with confidence and composure, he said, and that the Orange is heading in the right direction.“I’m placed in a position that’s right in front of the net, so as long as there are shots through, I think my job is pretty simple,” Piacentini said of power-play scoring.On the other side, Flanagan said goalie Jenn Gilligan has been the team’s best penalty killer and in order to beat Mercyhurst, she needs to be. In her last game against North Dakota, she recorded 44 blocks.This week during practice, the team worked on penalty-killing basics, such as blocking shots, long passes and defensive zone play, Gilligan said. Anticipation is key, Flanagan said, so his team did everything to prepare leading up to Friday’s game.“A lot of it is just going to be blocking shots and just making little plays, the subtle little plays that sometimes go unnoticed,” Flanagan said. “That’s where we have to be better and be ready.”Gilligan said the team will take the good energy from last weekend’s games into this weekend, but the team won’t need any extra motivation against its biggest rival.Though this is her first year at Syracuse, Gilligan understands the rivalry with Mercyhurst after just two meetings.“When girls are sitting on the bench getting emotional after the game, that’s when I start to get emotional,” Giligan said. “… It’s a high-energy competition and it will be good.”Staff writer Jon Mettus, [email protected], contributed reporting to this article. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 15, 2015 at 12:14 amlast_img read more

Federal court restores DACA after Supreme Court ruling

first_imgThe Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been fully restored by a federal court in Maryland on Friday.For the first time in 3 years, DACA will now be open up to new applicants. The program allows immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children but who lack legal status to legally work and protects them from deportation.President Donald Trump has been trying to end the program since 2017.However, last month, the Supreme Court ruled thatTrump didn’t properly end the program. Immigration attorneys argued that meant the Trump administration had to start accepting new applications, but it doesn’t appear to have done so yet. Trump can still end the program.According to reports, about 650,000 people are enrolled in DACA, but only those who were already in the program when it ended have been able to renew.The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, estimates an additional 66,000 young immigrants now meet the minimum age requirement of 15 years to apply for DACA and would be eligible under the restored program.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it is reviewing the ruling.last_img read more

Takeaways: Martin Jones flashes elite stuff, that’s great news for the Sharks

first_imgSAN JOSE — Brent Burns is getting used to seeing rare milestones in person.He watched Joe Thornton suit up for his 1,500th game on Nov. 8. Five days later, he watched Thornton score his 400th goal to clinch a comeback win over the Nashville Predators. Last month, he reached his own milestone, playing in game No. 1,000 on Dec. 27.But Burns acknowledged that being on the ice for the Sharks 1,000th franchise win in Las Vegas Thursday was quite “special.” The Sharks hit the mark in game No. …last_img

Vuvuzela: SA football’s beautiful noise

first_imgWhat’s plastic, a metre long, brightly coloured and sounds like an elephant? It’s the vuvuzela, the noise-making trumpet of South African football fans, and it’s come to symbolise the sport in the country.It’s an instrument, but not always a musical one. Describing the atmosphere in a stadium packed with thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas is difficult. Up close it’s an elephant, sure, but en masse the sound is more like a massive swarm of very angry bees.And when there’s action near the goal mouth, those bees go really crazy.To get that sound out requires lip flexibility and lung strength – in short, a fair amount of technique. So be sure to get in some practice before attending a South African football match, or you the sound you produce may cause some amusement in the seats around you!Vuvuzela supplier Boogieblast offers this advice: “Put your lips inside the mouthpiece and almost make a ‘farting’ sound. Relax your cheeks and let your lips vibrate inside the mouthpiece. As soon as you get that trumpeting sound, blow harder until you reach a ridiculously loud ‘boogying blast’.What should it sound like? Try this .wav file from www.boogieblast.co.zaDescendant of the kudu horn?The ancestor of the vuvuzela is said to be the kudu horn – ixilongo in isiXhosa, mhalamhala in Tshivenda – blown to summon African villagers to meetings. Later versions were made of tin.Boogieblast offers a somewhat different story.The trumpet became so popular at football matches in the late 1990s that a company, Masincedane Sport, was formed in 2001 to mass-produce it. Made of plastic, they come in a variety of colours – black or white for fans of Orlando Pirates, yellow for Kaizer Chiefs, and so on – with little drawings on the side warning against blowing in the ear!There’s uncertainty on the origin of the word “vuvuzela”. Some say it comes from the isiZulu for – wait for it – “making noise”. Others say it’s from township slang related to the word “shower”, because it “showers people with music” – or, more prosaically, looks a little like a shower head.The announcement, on 15 May 2004, that South Africa would host the 2010 Fifa World Cup gave the vuvuzela a huge boost, to say the least – some 20 000 were sold on the day by enterprising street vendors.It’s a noisy thing, so there’s no surprise some don’t like it. Journalist Jon Qwelane once quipped that he had taken to watching football matches at home – with the volume turned low – because of what he described as “an instrument of hell”.Viva the vuvuzela orchestra!Cape Town-based music educator Pedro Espi-Sanchis has a different view, however: to him the vuvuzela is a rousing instrument that can, when tuned correctly, play in an orchestra as easily as a flute, violin or cello.Espi-Sanchis says the vuvuzela is a “proudly South African instrument” with roots deep in local traditional music. He was introduced to it over 30 years ago by renowned South African ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey.A fan of football himself, Espi-Sanchis came up with the idea of a vuvuzela orchestra after realising that crowds at a match could coordinate their trumpeting to make music. “I heard the vuvuzelas at soccer games and the sound was not musical at all,” he says. “Vuvuzelas need to play rhythms together to really show their power.”In 2006 Espi-Sanchis and Thandi Swartbooi, head of the South African traditional music group Woman Unite, launched a vuvuzela orchestra as part of the Cape Town-based uMoya Music organisation.Made up of a core group of seven people, with Espi-Sanchis as conductor and soloist on the lekgodilo flute and six musicians each playing a vuvuzela, the orchestra made its first public appearance at the Johannesburg Carnival in December 2006.Their first performance at a soccer match was at the Nelson Mandela Challenge match at Ellis Park stadium in November 2007, when Bafana Bafana took on the USA.Espi-Sanchis found an excellent local football fan base to accompany the vuvuzela orchestra. Supporters of Bloemfontein Celtic football club, based in the Free State, “form one of the best fan bases in South African soccer,” he says. “In November [2007], we taught 60 of these fans to play seven songs in just five days.“Each of our six musicians was responsible for 10 fans, and they taught them to play their parts. Celtic fans also taught us some of their wonderful songs, and together we supported Bafana Bafana at the Mandela Challenge by singing and dancing with the vuvuzela orchestra.”“Now we want to bring up a fan base to support our national team,” says Espi-Sanchis. “The vuvuzela music can be learnt very quickly … we want to use the Celtic supporters as models for a national fan base.”Whether or not Espi-Sanchis’ ambitions are realised, vuvezalas are bound to play an integral part in South Africa’s 2010 celebrations, and World Cup visitors are sure to go home with a vuvuzela or two tucked in their luggage – and a little ringing in their ears …Article last updated: May 2009SAinfo reporter and MediaClubSouthAfrica.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

State budget clears house, moves to senate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt BuchenrothThe Ohio House of Representatives has placed their seal of approval on their version of the State’s operating budget totaling $69 billion. The bill, which passed 85-9 was massive in size and covers a lot of ground. Several pieces of the bill relate to agriculture.“We are following some provisions dealing with water taxes, agricultural products, education that are really important under Farm Bureau policy,” said Jenna Beadle, Ohio Farm Bureau director of state policy.It’s no surprise that the House’s version of the budget relates in large part to water quality and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio Program. The bill’s language says in part that the initiative encourages cooperation among government, business, higher education, agriculture, and conservation organizations.While Governor DeWine had proposed the program’s funding for the next decade in the budget, the legislature had other plans.“The House has removed the mechanism for funding H2Ohio on an ongoing basis and has only funded it for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. They have stated that they are going to work on a standalone bill to find permanent funding for H2Ohio moving forward,” Beadle said, also noting the programs new oversight arm. “The House has also created an H2Ohio Advisory Council. It is an 18-member council that would provide some accountability for H2Ohio,” she said.On the heels of the uncanny vote in Toledo on February 25th known as the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, or LEBOR, the legislature took a stance against the lake’s ability to have standing in court.“There was also an amendment regarding natural ecosystems. It further clarified current law that nature would not have standing in court to sue,” said Beadle.According to Beadle, the budget doesn’t lend any favors to small businesses as they could see sharp tax increases. The proposed budget calls for the business income deduction from $250,000 to $100,000. It also eliminates the 3% flat tax rate that follows that $250,000 figure.“We are still looking into the numbers, but we anticipate that this will affect some of our members, so we have concerns as does the entire business community,” explained Beadle.Notably not making the budget was Representative Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) and Representative John Patterson’s (D-Jefferson) bipartisan new farmer incentive bill. Farm Bureau says they aren’t giving up on it just yet.“We will continue to work with the Senate to get the beginning farm tax credit amended into the budget. It is not in the House version of the budget,” said BeadleTaking a step back from agriculture-specific line items and shifting the focus to the other pieces OFBF is watching, The House wants old and unsafe school buses replaced to the tune of $20 million.“This is going to be very beneficial to rural areas that have busses with high miles on them but don’t have the resources to replace those,” Beadle said.Another point that Ohio Farm Bureau took from the budget was that of the Ohio Proud program that helps promote Ohio’s agricultural products.“We have been working to extend the Ohio Proud program to craft beer, cider and spirits, and that language went into the budget. We are excited to see some promotion of agricultural products in the budget,” said Beadle.last_img read more

No grand slam talk this time for all-Filipino champions

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “This conference, there are much better imports, more skillful. It’s just another challenge for me,” said Rhodes in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, and Pagcor.“I feel like every game is going to be competitive,” he said. “I just want to help the team. I don’t want to think toward the Finals. I know if we play hard and have a lot of love, we’ll be in the Finals, and then we’ll go from there.”That Rhodes-powered title was the closest the Beermen came to a Grand Slam, before they were ambushed in the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup by sister team Ginebra.“We know the consequences of thinking about the Grand Slam, and that means you’re pressuring yourself,” said Austria. “After winning seven championships, why would I pressure myself?”San Miguel is actually celebrating the 30th anniversary of its 1989 Grand Slam behind a team composed of four-time MVP Ramon Fernandez, Samboy Lim, Hector Calma, former MVP Ricky Brown and current team assistant coach Ato Agustin, among others.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Taiwan Open draws best in region; Jay Bayron only Filipino enteredcenter_img The return of Rhodes gave Austria the confidence San Miguel will be in the running for back-to-back championships.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s a question San Miguel Beer never had problems dealing with in the past. As the Philippine Cup champions of the PBA, the Beermen had been—for the last five seasons—the only squad with a shot at a Grand Slam.And with their talent-rich roster, the Beermen have looked capable of pulling off a triple crown for the past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning a fifth straight All-Filipino crown—a league record that tightened the Beermen’s stranglehold on the league’s prized jewel—San Miguel isn’t talking Grand Slam anymore.“What we’re thinking about is (winning) the next conference,” said coach Leo Austria in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Forum at Amelie Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Everybody wants a grand slam, but we have to win another championship in the second conference,” added Austria.Charles Rhodes, the former Best Import awardee who steered the franchise on top of the Commissioner’s Cup in 2017, will shoulder a lot of the burden this conference—and he looks up to the task. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more


first_imgAll 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!last_img read more

Talking Touch – October

first_imgThere 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 Touchlast_img read more

This LEGO Recreation Of 2015 Michigan-Michigan State Final Play Is Incredible

first_imgJim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.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.last_img read more