first_imgIn Queensland news Touch Football Queensland will be launching their State of Origin campaign this Friday in conjunction with Australian gold medal winning beach volleyballer Natalie Cook. She will be launching her new Beach Touch competition at the same time. For all the news on this launch check out the TFA website later today.  In other State of Origin news, NSW have announced their sides that will challenge the Queenslanders in August this year. With Australian Junior Representatives left, right and centre, the sides are sure to be tough come August. To see the full list of sides check out The latest edition of the TFA newsletter has been uploaded onto the TFA website. To view the newsletter simply click here: TOUCH-e-TALK JUNE 2006. To subscribe to the newsletter email database visit the ‘subscribe’ section on the TFA website. Touch Footy is going to take centre stage in the NRL on Saturday June 18, with TFA Chairman Michael Sparks and Victorian Technical Director Michael Lovett organising a 30 minute promotional Touch game before the Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders game (from 1:25-1:55pm). To further the state rivalry, the competition will be between Victoria and the ACT in Womens and Mixed Open. For more info check out the following flier or visit the TFA website later today. The TFA online shop is now open for business…you can enter the shop by clicking on the TFA Merchandise link on the home page and then scroll through the different categories to view all of the available items. Check out the new Touch Football shoes available from Esus and also the DVD’s. You can also purchase your referees gear, technical resources and more! The WA North West Championships were held over the weekend, keep an eye on the TFA site for the full wrap. TFA would like to wish our data entry and office assistant Bec a happy birthday for yesterday! We also want to say happy birthday to Media Scholarship holder, Lisa Plummer for her birthday this Wednesday. We hope you both enjoyed a great day with your family and friends. The 2006 Touch Football South Australia State SAPSASA Championships has a record 71 teams competing over 2 days. The School Championships commence with the Year 4/5 boys and girls teams competing on Wednesday 14th June followed by the Year 6/7 boys and girls on Thursday 15th June at Park 17, Greenhill Road, Eastwood.center_img TFA are also selling copies of the Raw Footage taken of the 3 Open finals. All 3 finals come on the same DVD and the footage is shot from the tower camera. There is no commentary, interviews or skills sections, simply the raw footage and the communication from the referees who were recorded during the matches. This DVD is available for $30 and is a great resource for coaches, players and referees. Many customers are already purchasing copies of one or both of the DVD’s and orders can be placed by phoning 1800 654 951 and speaking to Rachel, or emailing with your order details, postal address and credit card details. Don’t forget that the Touch Football Queensland branch have moved offices, their new address is:Level 3, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)Kessels RoadNathan QLD 4111Ph: 1300 654 002Fx: 3420 4664 Welcome to 60 Seconds in Touch for the start of winter (for all those living in a state of non-cold bliss during your winter competition remember those poor Touchie colleagues of yours skating around on fields of ice this winter season) and stay tuned to the TFA website for all the news in the second half of 2006! TFA has released DVD’s for sale, with the Fox NTL Package selling for $20 (this includes highlights of the Mixed and Womens Open finals, full footage of the Mens Open finals, commentary from Australian Mens Open Coach Tony Trad, interviews and skills sections.) Esus, the official footwear of Touch Football Australia, are getting busy selling their new shoes online. The shoes have been tested by various groups Australia-wide and will soon be on the feet of many of our NTS members. Keep an eye on the website for news and stories regarding Esus and their new range of Touch shoes. Esus are planning to have the shoes in retail outlets within the next 2-3 months. If you have any info for this weekly column feel free to send it to read more


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2011 Tasmania Club Championships and Junior State Cup

first_imgTouch Football Tasmania has introduced a new tournament to its state program in 2011, with the Club Championships to be held on Saturday, 19 November at Prospect Park, Launceston. The Club Championships is a new initiative designed to increase participation and create an opportunity for both a high standard of competition, as well as social participation. The event will see teams compete across three divisions – Men’s division one, Women’s Open and Men’s division two. Sunday will see the 2011 Junior State Cup take place again at Prospect Park, with six divisions competing in the event. Teams at the Junior State Cup will be eager to take to the fields on Sunday, following last year’s event being cancelled due to bad weather. The under 18’s Girls division has been added to the line-up and will join the 12’s Girls, 16’s Girls, 12’s Boys, 14’s Boys and 16’s Boys at the event. There will also be a focus on referee and coaching development across the tournament, with Touch Football Australia National Referee Panel member Ian Matthew in attendance at the event. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 Club Championships and Junior State Championships, please visit the following read more

Brad Mitchell

first_imgBrad has been president of the Hill Hornets Touch since 2010 where he has successfully grown the club’s participation from 7 teams to over 160 teams over 7 years. Brad began at the Hawkesbury Hawkes where he was president for 10 years before moving to the Hills Hornets region where he established one of the fastest growing touch football clubs in the country. He continues to be a positive example within the Touch Football community, by ensuring the club participates in events including Relay for Life and Clean Up Australia Day. Brad is a referee, coach, selector and elite level player who has received numerous awards over the years for his continued involvement and tremendous service to our sport.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton draw

first_imgArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits they must improve after their 1-1 draw with Brighton.The Switzerland international started in midfield, before moving into a back three for a goalless second half.Xhaka said, “Of course we wanted to take three points. We tried our best and I think we had a good game today, but maybe with a bit of luck we could have got the three points. We’re not so happy at the moment.”At 1-0 we had two or three good chances where the keeper was excellent. But after it went to 1-1, from our corner and a long ball, it can happen but if you come here and concede a goal like this, it’s not good enough.”It was difficult in the second half. Brighton were good in defence, they stayed compact and played on the counter. We had chances, not as many as in the first half, but that’s football and we have to improve a lot of things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd keeper De Gea: Away support crucial at West Ham

first_imgMan Utd keeper De Gea: Away support crucial at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says their support will be key at West Ham.United fans will be out in force at the London Stadium and, now in his ninth season at the club, De Gea knows exactly how significant our travelling supporters are for the team.“They are vitally important to us,” said the goalkeeper.“Our fans that follow us away from home are just incredible. Sometimes it’s just like we are playing at home in those away fixtures! “It’s amazing… it helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: We must stay where we are

first_imgWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: We must stay where we areby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has told his players they must hold their Europa League qualifying place.The Hammers sit fifth in the Premier League after six games, having lost just once this season on the opening day, and travel to Bournemouth on Saturday.Pellegrini said: “At this moment we’re in fifth position.”We must try to defend that position, it’s a European spot. We are just starting, it is six games.”Sometimes you must try to reach that position, in this moment we are [in it], so we must try to keep it. The best way of doing that is winning.”[Bournemouth] play offensive football. They have dangerous strikers. We must be very concentrated on defending but we are going for three points. We’ll attack from the first minute and look for three points more.”Against Manchester United we played a very good game. We had good concentration. If we can repeat that performance, we’ll win a lot of games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoInter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!

first_imgInter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!by Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte defended Romelu Lukaku after defeat to Juventus.Lukaku struggled to make an impact on the night.But Conte insisted: “He is definitely a player who has to train, he has an impressive physical size, he needs to train and play to be in great condition.”In the beginning he had this problem in his back. “I think he gave everything, it is inevitable that with Barcelona we lacked Lukaku.”Romelu is committed, he has tried to do his best. I hope he overcomes these small problems.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days ago​Brighton manager Potter: We must take care of Connolly

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Brighton manager Potter: We must take care of Connollyby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter believes the club must ensure they are protecting teenager Aaron Connolly.The youngster got his first chance to shine for the Republic of Ireland during the recent international break.It has been a rapid rise for the teenager, who played his first Premier League game two weeks ago.And Potter wants to ensure the 19-year-old is protected.”He’s had quite a couple of weeks, hasn’t he? He’s 19-years-old, we have to look after him, make sure that he has a long successful career,” said Potter to reporters.”But he was great in the (Spurs) game for us, not just his goals, I thought his overall contribution to the team was really good, pressed well, defended well.”And then just for him to get that international debut, it’s fantastic for him – disappointed obviously for him and the Irish boys that the result wasn’t what they wanted.”But that’s part of life as well, he has to deal with that and it’s now case of recovering him and seeing how he is for the weekend.” last_img read more

Klopp: Liverpool aren’t the Harlem Globetrotters

first_imgJurgen Klopp has responded to any critics of Liverpool grinding out results by pointing out that the Premier League leaders “are not the Harlem Globetrotters”.Under the guidance of a German tactician, the Reds have been synonymous with attacking football.A front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino helped to earn plenty of admirers last season, with Liverpool prepared to try and outscore opponents. 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? They have since sought to address defensive frailties, with there a need to become tighter at the back, and a slight tweak in approach has delivered rich rewards.Narrow wins, such as the 1-0 success secured at Brighton on Saturday, are not considered to fit the ‘heavy metal’ brand Klopp is associated with though.The Reds boss is prepared to accept as much but was as pleased with a dogged victory on the south coast as any other he has secured, with it impossible to entertain all of the time.He told reporters, with his team seven points clear again in the Premier League title race: “It’s absolutely OK. We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. It’s difficult enough. For that we need to perform. The performance was good.”It was not the best performance of the season in a few parts. But from a maturity point of view, I would say it was the most mature performance of the season. It’s so important.”On a good day, everybody can win a football games. On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games.”Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us. It was just a difficult game because Brighton is doing really well. We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system, but how they do it is different. I’m really happy that the boys took the game like it is.”Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2018-19Liverpool had suffered back-to-back defeats in league and cup competition prior to heading to the Amex Stadium.Klopp maintains that nobody at Anfield had got caught up in a slight wobble, but admits that he is pleased to see his side back on the title-chasing “horse”.He added: “Not because of Man City, it’s just important [to respond].”If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is go immediately back on it. Do you use that saying in English as well? That’s how it is. It’s cool, it’s good and important.”We didn’t make a big fuss about the two defeats, to be honest. We never speak about the games before really. We knew that it’s really difficult to take all three points here.”I’m really happy, even with the way we did it. You have to score early and keep the momentum going. The scoring momentum we didn’t have today.”Creating was OK, but finishing was not at our best. All the rest – defending and all that stuff – was really good, so we deserved the three points.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Palace 2 Fulham 0

first_imgLuka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp struck as Crystal Palace comfortably defeated Fulham 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Michy Batshuayi’s debut, handing the visitors their fourth loss in five Premier League games.Captain Milivojevic netted his seventh top-flight goal of the season from the penalty spot midway through the first half.Even though Palace had to wait for a second, they were in control throughout as Fulham fell to their eighth straight loss in a Premier League London derby and failed build on Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. 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? Roy Hodgson had the luxury of leaving deadline-day signing Batshuayi on the bench until the 82nd minute, but the striker still had enough time to play a part in Schlupp’s late clincher, as Palace won for the first time in four league games.FULL-TIME Crystal Palace 2-0 FulhamLuka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp secure an important 3 points for Palace #CRYFUL — Premier League (@premierleague) February 2, 2019 Aleksandar Mitrovic failed to take a golden early chance, sending a free header wide from six yards after being found by Joe Bryan’s delivery.That proved costly when Palace took a 25th-minute lead from the penalty spot. Cyrus Christie’s handball while climbing to challenge Christian Benteke – who made his first start since September – gave Michael Oliver an easy decision, and Milivojevic found the net despite Sergio Rico getting a hand on his effort.With half-time approaching, Benteke almost marked his return to the team with a goal when he sent an overhead kick off the crossbar having been picked out by Andros TownsendRico made key second-half saves from Jordan Ayew and Schlupp, while Mamadou Sakho sent a header off target as Palace sought a deserved second goal.That arrived with three minutes remaining when Batshuayi drew a fine save from Rico, allowing Schlupp to convert the close-range rebound as Palace cruised to victory, with Fulham failing to register a single shot on target in the contest. What does it mean? Away woes could relegate Fulham Fulham slipped to seven points adrift of safety, and their away form needs urgent attention if they are to have any chance of staying up. They have only collected two points from 13 away games in the Premier League this season, while Claudio Ranieri has now gone 21 games on the road as a manager in England’s top flight without winning.For Palace, it is only their third victory in 12 home league games, but it moves them up to 14th and seven points clear of the drop zone. With Batshuayi still to enter the starting line-up and Wilfried Zaha to return from suspension, there is plenty of reason for optimism.#CRYFUL— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 2, 2019Milivojevic spot on for Palace As well as proving a typically reliable presence from the penalty spot, Milivojevic also created three chances for his team-mates and helped Palace to a comfortable win. Townsend and Schlupp impressed on both wings too, while Benteke had a strong first start since September – all good signs with two stars to come into the XI.Mitrovic misses only chance Mitrovic has 10 Premier League goals this season, but it should have been 11 when he wasted Fulham’s only clear-cut chance of the match after 11 minutes. All of the team’s woes cannot be placed on his shoulders though, given their creative struggles and failure to work Vicente Guaita at all.Key Opta Facts- Palace have done the league double over Fulham for the first time since the 1929-30 season. – Fulham are the first side in English top-flight history to lose eight consecutive London derby matches. – Schlupp has scored as many Premier League goals this season (four) as he did in his previous four campaigns combined (99 appearances). – Since his Premier League debut for Palace, Milivojevic has scored more goals than any other player at the club (19). What’s next? Having played Tottenham in the FA Cup last week and met Fulham here, Palace have another home London derby against West Ham next Saturday. Ranieri’s side host Manchester United on the same day, as their difficult battle against the drop continues. read morelast_img read more

Bayern doubt Sane deal due to ‘insane’ demands

first_imgBayern Munich doubt that a deal can be done for Leroy Sane this summer, with club president Uli Hoeness being priced out of a move by the “insane” demands of Manchester City.The Bundesliga champions had made the Germany international a top target.It was their intention to bring the 23-year-old back to his homeland when the next transfer window opens. 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? A potential agreement has been talked up by many, with Bayern seemingly a good fit for Sane amid his struggles for regular starts in England.City, though, have no intention of parting with a player of such promise.Goal revealed in May, when interest from the Allianz Arena first emerged, that the Blues remain keen on tying Sane to a new contract.With that in mind, it is understood that they will only enter into exit talks if the highly-rated forward makes it clear that he has no desire to discuss terms.Even then, City would be looking to demand around €100m (£88m/$112m) in any transfer.Such figures are putting Bayern off, with Hoeness telling Kicker when quizzed for an update on the Sane saga: “You have to be a bit sceptical. It is unlikely that it will work.“It’s about sums, they’re insane.”Hoeness had already conceded that “the whole package is difficult”, with Sane’s wages also needing to be taken into account.Bayern are in the market for wingers and would like to bolster their ranks in that area.Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are leaving the club at the end of their respective contracts, taking vast experience and no shortage of talent with them.Sane would help to fill the void, but he will not come cheap.Those in Munich have made it clear that there is no chance of them sanctioning big-money signings this summer, with a cap being set on asking prices.Hoeness said ahead of Bayern’s DFB-Pokal final success that wrapped up a domestic double for Niko Kovac’s side: “We’re not playing Monopoly here.“We are a football club. We have reached a limit with €80 million, and I don’t think that we’ll exceed that in future transfers.”last_img read more

Brazil vs Venezuela: TV, stream & preview

first_imgBrazil will very likely secure their place in the knockout stages of the Copa America if they can overcome Venezuela in Salvador on Tuesday.Tite’s side, who are strong favourites to win the competition, needed a flurry of second-half goals to overcome Bolivia in the tournament’s opening match last weekend, but two from Philippe Coutinho and a late contribution from Everton sealed a comfortable 3-0 win.Venezuela, meanwhile, ground out a scoreless draw against Peru that leaves the door open for Group A’s other three teams to claim a place in the quarter-finals. 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? Game Brazil vs Venezuela Date Tuesday, June 18 Time 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on Telemundo, ESPN+ and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo / Globo TV Internacional fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and can be streamed via Premier Player HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Player HD Squads & Team News Position Brazil squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Eder, Fagner Midfielders Casemiro, Arthur, Coutinho, Allan, Fernandinho, Paqueta, Willian Forwards Neres, Jesus, Everton, Firmino, Richarlison Neymar dropped out of the squad pre-tournament after suffering ankle ligament damage early in a friendly win over Qatar.Otherwise, Brazil have few serious concerns; Arthur is carrying a knock approaching this encounter but is expected to win his race against time to feature.Brazil starting XI: Alisson; Daniel Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Filipe Luis; Arthur, Casemiro, Coutinho; Richarlison, Firmino, Neres Position Venezuela squad Goalkeepers Farinez, Graterol, Romo Defenders Villanueva, Osorio, Chancellor, Rosales, Hernandez, Feltscher Midfielders Moreno, Herrera, Machis, Rincon, Savarino, Juanpi, Seijas, Murillo, Soteldo, Figuera Forwards Aristeguieta, Martinez, Rondon  Adalberto Penaranda of Watford dropped out of the squad on the eve of the tournament after suffering a muscular injury in his leg following a 3-1 loss to Mexico in a friendly match.There are worries over LA Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher, who spent the duration of the opening match on the bench.Luis Mago is suspended after he was dismissed against Peru; he is their only natural left-back and could be replaced by Feltscher, who has filled the role for his country previously.Possible Venezuela starting XI: Farinez; Rosales, Chancellor, Villanueva, Feltscher; Moreno; Savarino, Herrera, Rincon, Murillo; RondonBetting & Match Odds Brazil are massive 1/8 favourites to win this match with Bet365. Venezuela can be backed at 22/1, while a draw is available at 13/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Philippe Coutinho Brazil Bolivia Copa America 2019There may be no Neymar in Brazil’s ranks due to injury, but there is still a burden of expectation for the Selecao to perform strongly on home soil during the Copa America.It took them time to get going in their opening game against Bolivia, but once in their stride they looked formidable as they strode to a 3-0 victory thanks to second-half strikes from Philippe Coutinho, who netted twice, and Everton.The dominant display after the break offered catharsis on both a team level for Brazil and a personal one for Coutinho, who felt he had something to prove after a difficult 18 months since moving to Barcelona in January 2018.“I had a tough time on the field because I have not performed as expected, but football is like that and I’m working hard to improve,” he admitted after breaking his nation’s shackles in the opening match.“It’s a very happy day to have scored two goals, to have helped the team and come out with a victory.”Tite, meanwhile, was glad of his team’s reaction after a difficult start to the competition in Sao Paulo.“Having been at big clubs, when you sometimes don’t produce, then don’t expect the fans to understand. They will boo,” he said.“When you pass the ball along the back, from full back to central defender to goalkeeper, the first thing you hear is ‘BOOOOOOO!’“We need to understand. If we get forward and create chances then they will applaud.”Venezuela will have found the reaction of the Brazilian crowd instructive and will surely seek to stifle the tournament hosts just as they successfully nullified the threat of Peru in their opening encounter.Indeed, after a stunning 3-0 win over the USA in a pre-tournament friendly, they are now chasing a third-successive cleansheet, albeit in trickier circumstances.Their confidence is up, though, and even a point would give them a strong chance of making the knockout stages – their goal at the beginning of the tournament.last_img read more

‘Not bad for a fat boy’ – Lean Lukaku hits back at critics

first_imgNew Inter signing Romelu Lukaku mocked reports that he was carrying unwanted extra weight going into his first Serie A season with a topless social media post. Lukaku arrived at San Siro from Manchester United this summer in a deal worth €80 million (£74m/$90m), after enduring mixed fortunes during his two seasons at Old Trafford. He was immediately given the No. 9 shirt formerly belonging to ex-Inter captain Mauro Icardi, whose stand-off with the Nerazzurri has continued throughout pre-season amid reports he will soon be leaving the club.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Little more than a week prior to the start of the Serie A campaign, however, Lukaku found himself under the media microscope. Influential sports daily Corriere dello Sport claimed that the Belgian was tipping the scales at 104kg, above the 100kg limit tolerated by the Inter medical staff, and thus may be unavailable for the season opener against Lecce.Those criticisms prompted the player to take to Instagram to prove that he is in fact in fighting-fit shape. “Not bad for a fat boy,” he wrote on the publication of a black and white mirror selfie designed to contradict his critics. Corriere are not the only ones who have focused on Lukaku’s physique in recent weeks. EMBED ONLY Lukaku IG StoryFormer United man Gary Pallister also suggested that his problems fitting in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fans could be related to weight. “I think Lukaku is a goalscorer and he will score plenty of goals, but the way they want to play at times, he’s too heavy,” Pallister said in a recent interview. “You look at the pace in the present game; maybe Ole is looking at that and saying he can’t implement that into his game for me. He was surplus to requirements.”He’s a goal scorer, an instinctive goal scorer. He’s not the most clinical but he will get you 15-20 goals a season, but we were looking for a more rounded player.”Lukaku joined United from Everton in the summer of 2017 and racked up 96 appearances in all competitions, scoring 42 goals at a rate just shy of one every two games. His official Inter career begins at home to Lecce on August 26 – providing he makes the cut at the weigh-in.last_img read more

CFB Writer Has Bold Record Prediction For Nebraska

first_imgShot of Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves the flag after a touchdown against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan might be seen as the favorites to win the Big Ten, however, Nebraska is expected to make a major improvement in 2019.The Cornhuskers went through several growing pains under Scott Frost. Despite a strong finish to the season, the team had an underwhelming 4-8 record.With another year under his belt in the Big Ten, it appears experts are confident that Frost can turn Nebraska into a contender.Another factor is the development of dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez. His ability to beat opponents with either his arm or legs makes him a nightmare to defend. While most analysts expect Nebraska to win around eight games this upcoming season, 247Sports decided to make a much bolder prediction.247Sports’ Jordan James predicts Nebraska to finish with an astounding 11-1 record. The only loss in this prediction comes to the hands of Northwestern.Nebraska would have statement victories over Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin in this prediction.One of the big surprises is that 247Sports has Penn State falling to 6-6 next season. The only team to have an equal or better record than Nebraska is Michigan.Regardless if the Cornhuskers actually meet these bold expectations, it’ll be interesting to see how Frost handles the team in his second year as the head coach.[247Sports]last_img read more

ESPN Predicts When Country’s Top 10 Teams Will Lose First Game

first_img 1. ClemsonPrediction: No lossToughest game: at South Carolina, 85.4% chance of win Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Week 1.CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)2. AlabamaPrediction: No lossToughest game: vs. LSU, 70.4% chance of win Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass against Duke.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 31: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)3. GeorgiaPrediction: No lossToughest game: at Auburn, 52.8% chance of win Jake Fromm running onto the field.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)4. LSUPrediction: lose at Alabama, 29.6% chance of win LSU quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates against Texas.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)5. OklahomaPrediction: No lossToughest game: at Baylor, 68.0% chance of win Jalen Hurts rushes the ball during his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs in the backfield against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)6. Ohio StatePrediction: No lossToughest game: at Michigan, 54.5% chance of win Ohio State vs. Cincinnati.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)7. Penn StatePrediction: lose at Ohio State, 43.7% chance of win James Franklin coaching during his time at Vanderbilt.NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 29: Head coach James Franklin of the Vanderbilt Commodores yells at officials during a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)8. FloridaPrediction: Lose at LSU, 19.6% chance of win Florida beats Miami in Week 0 of the college football season.ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 24: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators scores the go ahead touchdown in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes in the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)9. MichiganPrediction: Lose at Wisconsin, 33.6% chance of win A closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)10. Notre DamePrediction: Lose at Georgia, 33.5% chance of win A closeup of Brian Kelly talking to his players.SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish directs a player in the 2nd half against the Navy Midshipmen at SDCCU Stadium on October 27, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)***You can view ESPN’s full projections here. Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index has made predictions for when college football’s top teams will lose their first games of the season.When will Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, etc. lose their first games? Or will they even lose at all?ESPN’s FPI has made projections for every game of the 2019 college football season.Here’s when these top 10 teams might lose a game.last_img read more

Star NFL WR Has Brutally Honest Message For Tim Tebow

first_imgA closeup of Tim Tebow.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Former NFL quaterback Tim Tebow looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)A star NFL wide receiver had a brutally honest message for Tim Tebow in the wake of the ESPN analyst’s comments on student-athletes being able to make money while in college.Tebow, who starred collegiately at Florida, had a strong response to college athletes potentially getting paid during their time in school.“We’re changing it from us, from we, from my university, from being an alumni where I care, which makes college sports special, to then, it’s not about us. It’s not about we. It’s just about me,” Tebow said during ESPN’s First Take on Friday. “And yes I know we live in a selfish culture where it’s all about us, but we’re just adding and piling on to that, where it changes what’s special about college football.”Tebow said he knew that he could’ve made money off his jersey in college, but he didn’t want to, because that’s not what college is about..@TimTebow passionately expresses his thoughts on the California Senate passing a bill allowing student-athletes to have endorsements.— First Take (@FirstTake) September 13, 2019Former Oklahoma State and NFL star wide receiver Dez Bryant had a strong response to Tebow’s message.You trippin Tim Tebow— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 13, 2019Tim Tebow this is a learning session— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 13, 2019Tim Tebow look at this birth certificate….these are reasons why these athletes should be getting paid.. I walk and talk for the ones who look like me….— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 13, 2019Tebow is allowed to have his opinion on this matter, but he seems to be taking his individual experience growing up and while in college, and then applying it to every student-athlete.And, clearly, not everyone grew up the same way or had the same college experience as Tebow.If the NCAA can figure out a way to let student-athletes profit off their name and likeness, they should absolutely do that.last_img read more

Sri Lanka recall Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews for first New Zealand Test

first_imgSri Lanka recall Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews for first New Zealand TestSri Lanka will face New Zealand in the first Test game of the two-match series at Galle Cricket Stadium from August 14 to 18.advertisement India Today Web Desk ColomboAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 13:23 IST Dinesh chandimal has been named in the 15-men squad for first Test against New Zealand. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka have announced their 15-men squad for first Test against New ZealandDinesh Chandimal and Angleo Mathews have been named in the squadThe first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand starts from August 14Former captain Dinesh Chandimal has been named in the 15-men Sri Lanka squad for the first Test against New Zealand in Galle from August 14. Chandimal will be returning to the Test side after being out of action for more than 6 months.Chandimal was omitted from the South Africa series in February after his scores of 5, 0, 15, and 4 in Sri Lanka’s two Test defeats against Australia. The batsman was also not concidered for the World Cup 2019.The selectors have also named Angelo Mathews in the final squad from the preliminary squad of 22 players. Mathews had earlier missed the South Africa Test series due to hamstring injury. However, the former captain was part of the World Cup 2019, where he had hit a century against India after poor show in first half of the tournament.Sri Lanka recently white-washed Bangladesh in ODI series by 3-0 with Mathews being awarded the man of the series.The players excluded from the initial lists are Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando.Dimuth Karunaratne-led Sri Lankan side will play New Zealand for two-match Test series that will alos be the part of the inaugral edition of the World Test Championship.15 member squad for first Test match against New ZealandDimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando.Also See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Dinesh ChandimalFollow Angelo Mathewslast_img read more

Vivo Z1X India launch on Sept 6: Specs, price in India and all we know about this under Rs 20,000 phone

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 10:42 IST HIGHLIGHTSVivo Z1X is coming to India on September 6.The Vivo Z1X will be available on Flipkart.The Vivo Z1X is expected to be priced under Rs 20,000 in India.Vivo is coming up with its next Z-series smartphone in India. The phone is called Vivo Z1X. The Vivo Z1X is all set to launch in India on September 6. After the launch the Vivo Z1X will be available for buying on Vivo’s e-store and Flipkart, the company has officially confirmed. Vivo is teasing the smartphone for quite some time now.With the Z-series, Vivo is looking to expand its online sales in the country. The same strategy was used for the Vivo Z1 Pro as well. Overall the Vivo Z1X will be big on specs but will be an affordable smartphone. To recollect, we at India Today Tech previously confirmed that the Vivo Z1X will be priced under Rs 20,000 in the country. The India price of the Vivo Z1 Pro starts at Rs 14,990. We expect the starting India price of the Vivo Z1X to be around Rs 16,000 – Rs 18,000.Ahead of the launch almost all the specs details and the design of the Vivo Z1X have been revealed. The company has officially confirmed that Vivo Z1X will come with triple rear camera setup on the back panel and single sensor on the front that will sit inside the waterdrop notch on the front. The Vivo Z1X will come with a 48MP main rear camera and 3a 2MP selfie shooter. It is safe to say that the Vivo Z1X will be very big on cameras. The phone will also come with powerful hardware, big sMOLED display, massive battery, among other things.advertisementWith the Vivo Z1X, the company will aim to take on the likes of smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, among others. Let’s take a quick look at everything Vivo Z1X will bring to the consumers in India.Vivo Z1X specification and features–As we have mentioned before, the Vivo Z1X will be big on specs. The Vivo Z1X will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE chipset. Yes, the second Z-series phone will also use this Snapdragon chip. To recall, Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE chip also powered the first Z-series phone from Vivo aka the Vivo Z1 Pro. With Snapdragon 712 onboard we expect the Vivo Z1X to deliver smooth and seamless performance.–The Vivo Z1 Pro was criticized for to having an sMOLED display. With the Vivo Z1X, the company resolves this issue. The Vivo Z1X will come with a 6.38-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display. The smartphone will come with waterdrop notch on the screen that will increase the screen-to-body ratio of the device, in turn, offer better and improved multimedia experience.–As noted, the Vivo Z1X will be big on cameras. Both front and back. The Vivo Z1X will come with three cameras on the back and single on the front that sits inside the waterdrop notch. Coming to the rear panel first. The Vivo Z1X will come with a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor, an ultra-wide-angle secondary sensor and third will be a depth sensor that will enable users to click portrait or background blur shots. On the front, the Vivo Z1X will sports a 32MP camera sensor for clicking selfish. –One of the key highlights of the Vivo Z1X is that the smartphone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor on the front. Vivo claims that the sensor will be able to unlock the smartphone in just 0.48 seconds.–The Vivo Z1X will pack a massive battery inside. The smartphone will come with a 4500mAh battery with support for 22W fast charging. The smartphone is said to come with USB type C support. Finally, a feature that all Vivo fans have been waiting for.–The Vivo Z1X will be run Android 9 Pie based on the latest version of FunTouch OS.–The Vivo Z1X is expected to come in two storage versions — 64GB and 128GB — and one RAM model – 6GB.Vivo Z1X price in India and availabilityVivo will reveal the India price of the Vivo Z1X on September 6 — the day when the smartphone will go official in the country. In the past, we at India Today Tech confirmed that the Vivo Z1X will be an under Rs 20,000 price smartphone. We believe the Vivo Z1X will be slightly expensive than the Vivo Z1 Pro that sells for starting price of Rs 14,990 in India. We expect the starting India price of the Vivo Z1X to be around Rs 16,000 – Rs 18,000 considering it is an upgraded version of the Vivo Z1 Pro. We will have to wait for Vivo to announce the final price of the Vivo Z1X on Friday, September.advertisementALSO READ | Oppo Reno phone with 90Hz display, super fast charging teased by Oppo VPGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow vivoFollow Vivo Z1X Vivo Z1X India launch on Sept 6: Specs, price in India and all we know about this under Rs 20,000 phoneVivo Z1X is coming to India this week. The India launch date of the Vivo Z1X is set for September 6. The follow up of the Vivo Z1 Pro, the Vivo Z1X will come packed with top-notch features and despite that the phone will be priced affordably.advertisement Nextlast_img read more