Breaking: Tyson Fury dethrones Wilder in rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury has beaten Deontay Wilder in their WBC heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas. The victory comes 14 months after the two heavyweights fought to a draw in a dramatic fight, and a sold-out crowd was on hand at the MGM Grand arena to watch them do it again. Fury, the ‘Gypsy King’, entered the arena held aloft on a throne by handlers, a royal robe around his shoulders and a crown on his head as the song Crazy by Patsy Cline played. Deontay Wilder enters the ring prior to the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder followed a few minutes later, his face hidden behind a glittery mask and a rapper in front of him. Both fighters were guaranteed $5m for the bout but could make $40m or so if the fight performs well on pay-per-view.Tags: Deontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more

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Dodgers hold on for close victory over Brewers as Manny Machado debuts in blue

first_imgPreviousThe Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits an RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMilwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal at home during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Grandal tried to score from first on a double by Chase Utley. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal at home during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Grandal tried to score from first on a double by Chase Utley. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley pauses during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes takes out Milwaukee Brewers’ Wade Miley at home during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Miley tried to score from first on a double by Christian Yelich. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich hits an RBI double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers’ Manny Pina hits a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor scores in front of Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Crawford scored on a passed ball. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy is hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado is introduced during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado takes batting practice before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado takes batting practice before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits an RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits an RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)ExpandMILWAUKEE – Anyone with the bold fashion taste to walk the All-Star Game red carpet wearing a double-breasted suit jacket with no shirt, just a thick chain across his bare chest, definitely knows what he likes.“It was beyond great,” Manny Machado said of putting on a Dodgers uniform for the first time. “That blue looks good on me.”At least for one night, Machado can wear a .667 batting average and 1.467 OPS as accessories in his new uniform. Machado was on base four times in his Dodgers debut, a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“He looks really good in the batter’s box and obviously makes me look like a much better manager,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, only half joking. Machado sent a ground ball through the right side of the infield (with the Brewers overshifted to the left side) for a single in his first at-bat of the night then walked on four pitches in each of his next two trips. He singled through the middle and flew out in his final two at-bats.Though he admitted he “wanted to get a hit right away, get that over with,” Machado said he had no nerves about making a good first impression with the team that sent five players to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for him.“Not at all. Why would I be? Once I step out there I’m playing baseball,” he said. “I was excited. I was more excited than I was nervous.”There were rough spots but Roberts absolved Machado in both cases.In the third inning, Machado was at third with Max Muncy at second when Matt Kemp bounced a ball back to the mound. Machado broke back to third base. Muncy didn’t see him and wound up doubled off second to end a potential rally. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “That was a contact play, gotta get by the pitcher,” Roberts said. “He got hung up, got back because he didn’t want to be a dead out at home. Right there, Muncy dropped his head. Gotta keep your head up with the runner in front of you. We talked about that. Unfortunately for us, let them off the hook that inning.”Two innings later, Machado headed to cover third base on a bunt defense play, leaving the middle open when Brewers pitcher Wade Miley didn’t bunt. Instead he poked a ground ball through that led to the Brewers’ only run off Dodgers starter Rich Hill when Christian Yelich came through with a two-out double.“We went for the lead runner there,” Roberts said. “Miley stuck his bat out there, ground ball through the infield. We executed and it just found the outfield.”Machado was in the middle of the go-ahead rally in the seventh inning. With the score tied 1-1, pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal led off with a single but was thrown out at home when he tried to score on Chase Utley’s pinch-hit double. Utley went to third on the play and trotted home with the go-ahead run when Chris Taylor – displaced from shortstop by Machado’s arrival — followed with his second hit of the game, an RBI single.Taylor went to second on a single by Machado then scored when Muncy lined a double into the right-center field gap. Muncy also reached base four times Friday – on a single, that RBI double, walk and a hit by pitch.Jesus Aguilar’s National League-leading 25th home run made it a one-run game in the eighth inning. But Kike’ Hernandez hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth that gave the Dodgers a comfortable four-run lead.“That was great in that situation,” said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen who enjoyed a four-day vacation when Roberts opted not to use him in the All-Star Game. “I thought he was going to give me one more day off.”Think again. The first two Brewers reached base against Dylan Floro in the bottom of the ninth and Roberts put an end to Jansen’s vacation.Jansen retired the first two batters he faced but gave up a two-run triple to Christian Yelich before striking out Aguilar to end the game.“Awesome,” Jansen said after securing the first victory in the Machado epoch. “He’s a good fit for LA. Our new Mannywood. 2.0, I guess. … We’re happy to have him here.”last_img read more

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Michael Sam: No issues fitting in with Rams

first_imgSt. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam listens to a question while meeting with the media following an organized team activity at the NFL football team’s practice facility Friday, June 6, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Sam is confident he’ll be judged on performance.The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that he was accepted right away.“They respect me as a human being,” he said. “And as a football player.”Being a bit of a cut-up helps cut the ice, too. Sam skipped all of the media days last season at Missouri while saving his announcement for February, but teammates will tell you he has quite a sense of humor and is not the least bit sensitive about off-color jokes that can fly behind closed doors.“If anybody had any reservations about who he was to begin with, he wins them over pretty quick,” said wide receiver T.J. Moe, who played with Sam at Missouri. “They’re laughing so hard, they can’t breathe.”Defensive tackle Michael Brockers said Sam was asked to stand up and tell a joke on Friday. The verdict: “Totally funny.”“We don’t really focus on the outside stuff,” Brockers added. “He’s our brother, he’s on our D-line and that’s where it sits.”Working out with the full squad this week, Sam realizes he must step up his game to carve out a spot on a loaded defensive line. He said he’s spending a lot of time poring over the playbook, too.No doubt the Rams will give Sam every chance to succeed. But like any seventh-round pick, it’s an uphill battle.“It’s faster, you’ve got to learn a lot more plays, you’ve got to know what you’re doing,” Sam said after a two-hour session. “You’re supposed to perform at a high level and I’m doing pretty good.”Sam got a lot of snaps at left end with the second team defense, moving up on the depth chart because veteran William Hayes is rehabbing from an injury. He’s been getting a lot of work on special teams, where the Rams might break him in.The Rams had one of the top pass rushes in the NFL last year with ends Robert Quinn, second in the NFL in sacks, and Chris Long both former first-round picks. So are tackles Brockers and rookie Aaron Donald, plus Kendall Langford was a major free agent pickup a year ago.“I’m telling you, they get after it,” Sam said. “I thought our D-line at Mizzou was pretty tough. This is a whole new level.”Everyone, Sam said, has been willing to help. Nobody, Long said, gives a hoot about the fact he’s gay.“Only the media cares,” Long said. “The players don’t care, we just care about what kind of football player you are.“We got a steal in whatever round we took him in.”Players picked way ahead of him don’t seem to mind that Sam’s getting more attention.“He’s a cool guy,” Donald said. “We get along well and we’re trying to get ready for the season together.”The 260-pound Sam was the SEC co-defensive player of the year last season. After the Rams took him with the 249th overall pick late in the seventh round, general manager Les Snead called him a designated pass rusher.Sam said he’s probably going to have to shed some weight to be effective on special teams.Among the early goals for the Rams (7-9) is getting Greg Robinson, the second overall pick, accustomed to a new position. Robinson was a tackle at Auburn and the Rams have him at guard.“I can get my hands on them faster, so it’s something I think I can grow into,” Robinson said. “But I’m a little rusty. It’s been a while since I played guard.”Veterans were challenged, too, by new wrinkles in the playbook.“Just knocking the rust off, I think, is the biggest thing,” Brockers said. “Like coach Fisher said, we’re not going to win the division in these next few OTAs.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli gives the reason as to why India were trashed by NZ in…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/APAdvertisement 6bpf2NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqwxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ei( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bfcxbWould you ever consider trying this?😱bkp0udCan your students do this? 🌚78m33Roller skating! Powered by Firework What looked to be a brilliant start of the New Zealand tour with a 5-0 whitewash of the hosts, Team India is now on the receiving end, after New Zealand secured a swift 3-0 ODI series victory. Following the third and final match today in Tauranga, Indian skipper Virat Kohli boils down what went wrong.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/APThis is India’s worst ODI defeat in 31 years, while Virat Kohli managed a series average of 25, his lowest since 2015. In the post match interview, the Men in Blue captain lamented for missing out the turning points of the match.The games were not as bad as the scoreline suggests. It boils down to those chances that we didn’t grab. I don’t think it was enough to win games in international cricket,” Kohli told reporters.Advertisement Defending a total of 296, the visitor bowlers failed in front of Kiwis opening duo Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, followed by a swashbuckling knock from Colin de Grandhomme which got New Zealand the victory.While Yuzvendra Chahal made his best efforts with securing three wickets, the rest of the Indian bowlers failed to click, as the opening Guptill-Nicholls partnership went beyond the first century, and the match winning 28-ball-58 from Grandhomme that sealed the deal.Advertisement Kohli continued- “With the ball, we were not able to make breakthroughs, we were not at all good on the field. We haven’t played so badly but when you don’t grab those chances, you don’t deserve to win,”While KL Rahul shined in the first innings by putting up a stunning century, the Indian batting order failed to click, other than appreciable efforts from opener Prithvi Shaw and no. 6 Manish Pandey.“Batsmen coming back from tough situations were a positive sign for us, but the way we fielded and bowled, the composure wasn’t enough to win games,” the 31 year old captain added.Other than Rahul’s marvellous 112-off-113, it was Shaw who scored 40 in the start, and Manish Pandey kept India’s score running with a score of 42. Expect them, the whole batting order failed massively, with none of them reaching a double digit score, with Kohli’s own lacklustre effort of just 9 runs.“New Zealand played with lot more intensity. We didn’t deserve to win because we did not show enough composure” Kohli concluded.With heavy hearts, India is now preparing to face New Zealand for the 2 match Test series, starting on 21st February.Also read-Ind vs NZ 3rd ODI Review: Blackcaps unfurl a whitewash to avenge the T20 drubbing Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tigers take the Little 4, beat Ferndale

first_imgThe Arcata Tigers ran through the Ferndale Wildcats in a physical back and forth game, winning 39-26 to claim an outright Little 4 Conference championship, Friday night at the Redwood Bowl.With Friday’s win Arcata (5-1, 6-4) earns its first league title since winning the Big 5 Conference back in 2012.“Our guys are always going to respond,” Arcata head coach Jamal Jones said. “They have a lot of fight, characters and that’s just who they are.Halfway through the first quarter and with …last_img read more

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13 tips for geocaching beginners

first_img SharePrint RelatedIntroduce Friends to Geocaching with this 1 Free AppJune 30, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Geocaching Plans for July 13 and All of August? You Do Now…July 7, 2013In “Geocaching Quizzes”Tips for the Four-Season GeocacherJanuary 20, 2014In “Geocaching Info” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img

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Anthony Davis leaves with shoulder injury but Pelicans cool off Thunder

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Julius Randle capped a 33-point, 11-rebound performance with three clutch baskets in the final three minutes, Jrue Holiday scored 32 points and effectively defended Paul George, and New Orleans beat Oklahoma City 131-122 on Thursday night despite losing Davis to a shoulder injury.Davis, who has asked to be traded, left the Smoothie King Center with his agent, Rich Paul, during the second half to get an MRI exam, the results of which were expected by Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut it’s only a matter of time before the Pelicans have to learn to play without Davis for good anyway, and they managed rather well following the six-time All-Star’s departure against record-setting guard Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.“To tell you the truth, this whole thing has been a dumpster fire,” coach Alvin Gentry said, alluding to the effect Davis’ trade demand has had on the rest of the team. “It’s hard for guys to go through what they’ve been through, and to be able to come out and beat a team of that quality, I’m happy for all the guys.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Paul George scored 28 points for Oklahoma City, but made only 3 of 17 3-point attempts.“A couple of them was in and out where it felt really good. A couple of them I wish I could have back,” said George, who also gave Holiday credit for his defensive effort. “He’s scrappy and he takes pride in defense. Not a lot of guys do. I have the utmost respect for his approach and how he defends and wants to play defense.”Davis was in the game when the first half ended, but kept his left arm still as he walked to the locker room shortly after fouling Nerlens Noel on an attempted shot block with his left hand in the final second of the second quarter. When the second half began, the Pelicans announced that Davis was out of the remainder of the game with a left shoulder injury, putting his availability for this weekend’s All-Star Game in doubt.Davis was in the starting lineup and played 16 minutes, scoring 14 points to go with four rebounds, two assists and a block. His performance helped New Orleans take a 66-63 lead into halftime.Coming off a listless, 30-point loss to Orlando two nights earlier in which Davis scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting, the Pelicans bounced back with a far superior showing against a team with the third-best record in the Western Conference.The Pelicans led for most of the game and by as many as 17 in the third quarter.The Thunder pulled as close as 121-118 with 2:52 left, when George hit a straight-on 3, hollering and pounding his chest after the shot went down.But the Pelicans didn’t fold thanks to Randle, who responded by tipping in Kenrich Williams’ missed 3-pointer, then added a layup with 1:30 to go and an 8-foot fall-away with 1:12 left.TIP-INSThunder: Noel had 22 points and 13 rebounds. He was the only other Thunder player besides Westbrook and George to score as many as 10 points. … Oklahoma City had 72 points in the paint but missed 34 of 44 3-point attempts. … Westbrook was 4 of 12 from deep. LATEST STORIES Steve Kerr fined $25,000 for ref rant in defeat to Trail Blazers Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments But Gentry lost his patience when asked to elaborate on Davis leaving the arena during the game.“I’m going to talk about the guys that played. They did a great job,” Gentry said. “We found a way to win the game. That’s what’s important.”Gentry then stormed off, ending his postgame interview session in uncharacteristically abrupt fashion.Westbrook increased his record triple-double streak to 11 games with 44 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. But he missed a late 3-point attempt when the Thunder trailed by five just inside the final minute of the game. New Orleans rebounded and held on from there.“They played good, man,” Westbrook said of the Pelicans, who snapped the Thunder’s four-game winning streak. “Honestly, the stuff that’s going on around here, I don’t really know much about, but they won tonight and that’s all the matters.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Pelicans: E’Twaun Moore intentionally fouled Ray Felton so he could check out of the game and limped to the bench favoring his left knee with 31 seconds left in the first quarter. He returned in the second quarter and finished with 15 points. … Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points. … Gentry said before tip-off that guard Elfrid Payton is expected to return from a right ankle sprain after the All-Star break.RECORD SETTERIn addition to increasing his triple-double streak, Westbrook surpassed Gary Payton (18,207 points) as the career scoring leader in franchise history. Westbrook’s tally in New Orleans gives him 18,247.“I didn’t know I was close, honestly. So that’s crazy, man,” Westbrook said. “Just truly honored and blessed obviously to be in one place, organization. To be able to be the all-time leading scorer in a place is a pretty big accomplishment, I must say, so I’m just truly thankful and humbled.”UP NEXTThunder: Host Utah on Feb. 22.Pelicans: Visit Indiana Feb. 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, front, and New Orleans Pelicans guard Tim Frazier watch the ball go out of bounds during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis grimaced and didn’t move his left arm as he walked off the court at halftime.Whether those were Davis’ final moments in a Pelicans uniform — or whether he even plays in this weekend’s All-Star Game — remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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National Youth Championships day one – boys’ division

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales Touch Association Development Team nearly caused a boil-over in the boys’ division when they drew with defending premiers New South Wales Combined High Schools on day one of the National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Wednesday.In a highly entertaining match, NSWTA Development led 3-2 at half-time and leading again 6-5 with a minute to go.However, NSWCHS managed to grab the equaliser to settle for a draw.The drawn match allowed Central Queensland Bulls to finish on top of the Pool A standings after day one.The Bulls bagged three wins from their three matches; big wins against their fellow Queensland rivals – Brisbane City Cobras and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – and South Australia Heat.NSWCHS and NSWTA Development are second and third respectively on 12 points with Cobras further back on six.It is a lot tighter in Pool B with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch and New South Wales Independent Schools leading the way on 14 points following their undefeated start.Like their counterparts in the girls’ division, QSST ran in touchdowns for fun, averaging 14 touchdowns a game on day one.They have a percentage for and against record of 2100%.NSWCIS are second following their comfortable wins and 2012 boys’ champions New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges are third and Western Tigers are fourth.It appears those will be the four teams to fight it out for the semi-final spots as the fifth-placed team, Victoria, are eight points further back on two.Day two throws up three huge matches with NSWCHS meeting the Bulls in the morning, later NSWCCC will try to get over NSWCIS, and finally the Bulls go head-to-head with NSWTA Development.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksBoys’ NYC day onelast_img read more

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Opinion Michigans resurgence a blessing for Ohio State college football

Then sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSince the turn of the century, Michigan has been to five BCS Bowls. The Wolverines won two: a three-point victory in the Sugar Bowl over Virginia Tech in 2012 and a one-point victory over Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl. However, their Rose Bowl performances have been utter disappointments. Additionally, they have yet to participate in the Big Ten Championship Game.Since 1950, Michigan has captured one national championship; Ohio State has won seven.Since the turn of the century, Purdue’s four wins over OSU are more than Michigan’s three.Simply put, Michigan football has been marred in recent decades by coaching instability, poor quarterback play and an inability to win The Game.Having said this, the question as to the annual significance of the OSU-Michigan game must be raised. Seemingly, rivalries like the Auburn-Alabama, OSU-Michigan State, LSU-Alabama and Oregon-Stanford have overshadowed The Game due to recent dominance by the men in scarlet and gray. In fact, in most of our lifetimes, only one game between the two comes to mind as meaningful; a clash of the titans, per se. That one game, however, epitomizes the importance of The Game, as I can recall every little detail despite having been just a little 9-year-old Buckeye without a master’s degree in OSU fandom.The game of the centuryIt was a pleasant fall afternoon in Hudson, Ohio. Autumn leaves fell from high above as the sun departed from the clear blue sky. Inside our neighbor’s house, our family and friends reminisced over school systems, neighborhood drama and our crazy families. Meanwhile, two hours south down I-71, the same could not be stated. College GameDay set up shop on the OSU campus to promote the heavyweight title fight between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. When Lee Corso donned the Michigan helmet in front of thousands of Buckeyes, he was met with ruthless replies to the likes of, “Corso sucks!”Regardless, this game clearly had a special place in the rivalry’s history, as to this day it remains the only installment of The Game to ever kick off at 3:30 p.m. in ESPN/ABC’s primetime window. The town was buzzing. The hype was tremendous. Ohio Stadium was bursting with excitement. And the Big Ten was ready to put one of its two signature programs in the national championship game.Dubbed “The Game of the Century” as kickoff became imminent, conversation back in Hudson swayed to BCS projections, to quarterbacks Troy Smith vs. Chad Henne and to the duel between two coaching greats, Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr. Finally, OSU won the coin toss, deferred to the second half, and Michigan prepared to receive the opening kickoff in what would go down as one of the greatest college football games not only in the OSU-Michigan rivalry, but of all time.After trading touchdowns on their opening possessions, both teams followed by exchanging punts. In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took their first lead behind a Beanie Wells 52-yard touchdown run. Add on two Smith touchdown throws — one to Ted Ginn Jr. and the other to Anthony Gonzalez — offset by one Michigan touchdown, and OSU would take a two-touchdown lead into the second half.The ‘Shoe was hopping. The family room in which I watched the game was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I realized that the Buckeyes were just two quarters of solid football from the national championship game.Unfortunately, no football game comes without adversity. OSU would learn that the hard way.In the blink of an eye, the Scarlet and Gray went three-and-out, conceded a touchdown and compounded the mistakes with a pivotal interception captured by Michigan defensive lineman Alan Branch.Great teams, however, overcome adversity and respond stronger.The Buckeyes proceeded to stymie the Michigan offense and held it to just a field goal, and they soon after responded with a touchdown of their own. All of a sudden it was a two-score game. All of a sudden the dream of two national championships in a four-year span was unfolding before my very eyes.After a couple of series of mistake-filled football, Michigan started the fourth quarter in the red zone, down 11. Running back Mike Hart scored two plays later, cutting the lead to just four. A Buckeye fumble followed, but Michigan could not capitalize.OSU would then not miss this opportunity to close the game out for good. An 11-play, 83-yard, season-defining drive ensued, punctuated by Brian Robiskie’s 13-yard touchdown grab.With just over five minutes remaining, it seemed as if OSU had its plane ticket to Glendale, Arizona, booked, but Michigan, once again, as great teams do, fought back.A clutch 11-play, 81-yard drive capped off by Tyler Ecker’s 16-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion brought the Wolverines to within three. An onside kick could reverse the course of college football history.But it wasn’t meant to be that day for the Maize and Blue. Ginn secured the onside kick, the victory and a date with Florida in the championship game.Pandemonium infiltrated the exit stairways of Ohio Stadium and followed students and alumni alike to the High Street bars and to drives up and down I-71 home. This was a classic OSU-Michigan game, magnificent in quality of play and implications. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about many of the games played recently.A new eraEven with the advent of the College Football Playoff and the resurrection of the Wolverines, it is naive to expect every clash in the next decade to become a de facto qualifier for the Big Ten Championship Game, and thereby the playoff. It is way too early to elevate Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer to the status of Woody Hayes vs. Bo Schembechler and to associate any upcoming OSU-Michigan game with the great ones from the “10 year war.”However, with Michigan beginning to supplant itself as an annual contender, this rivalry that has seemingly lost a bit of its luster should and will revive its tension. And no college football fan can deny that an intriguing and relevant OSU-Michigan game is the greatest game on turf.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine showdown to match the classic that was the 2006 clash; just every once in awhile it would be appreciated that the two of the most historic programs in college football provide a game that is worthy of the national spotlight it inevitably attracts.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine clash to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash of the titans. Sometimes, in fact, it adds to the rivalry when one team has the opportunity to undermine the rival’s playoff aspirations even amidst a disappointing season.But, thinking about the potential of the OSU-Michigan game turning into the must-see game every year is tantalizing. What if someday, the Buckeyes and Wolverines somehow met for the national championship? It’s definitely not impossible given the precedent the CFP committee has set on schedule strength, margin of victory and quality of loss.It would be tough to deny a one-loss OSU team that traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the No. 2 team preparing to face undefeated and No. 1 Michigan. And this scenario is coming sooner rather than later, especially with the recruiting standards Meyer and Harbaugh are currently setting.Gone are the days of Michigan being worse than Purdue. Home are the days of Michigan being the archenemy it was destined to be. And I can’t wait. Nor can the world of college football. read more

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Big Victory TCI Sports gets unanimous support for membership

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – The Turks and Caicos is another step closer to having Olympic status, though admittedly there are still many more steps to go… but this time our islands happily settle for a regional acknowledgement that gives TCI athletes the opportunity to compete under the Turks and Caicos flag.The Ministry of Sports today made the announcement that TCI athletes are now eligible to compete in the games of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO), one of the major regional sporting events associated with the Olympic movement.The country’s sports Director, Judith Robison calls it a big victory for the islands and it enables our athletes to stay tied to their homeland while being a British overseas territory.   “This is a big victory for us because previously our athletes were not eligible to compete due to the fact that TCI does not have Olympic Nation status. However, the vote now makes it possible for us to compete at a very high regional level with other aspiring Olympians, and motivates us to continue pushing and knocking on doors until we acquire our goal as an Olympic body.” This feat was not accomplished due to any one initiative, as a matter of fact because the country has so many active sporting bodies tied to international federations, the nod of approval was given. The report from the Ministry says that the Turks and Caicos qualified with Athletics, Football, Basketball, Sailing, Rugby, Swimming, Cycling, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.Now, the country prepares for the CACSO Games in August in Colombia.   The decision was made at the 49th General Assembly of CACSO, where delegates voted unanimously to make Turks & Caicos Islands an Associate Member.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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