first_imgQPR are without midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch at Old Trafford, where Sandro makes his debut, Niko Kranjcar makes his first appearance since returning on loan and fellow recent signing Eduardo Vargas is among the substitutes.Rangers had expected Barton to recover from a hamstring injury in time to play, while Mutch has also been nursing a knock.For United, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind make their debuts, while Luke Shaw and Radamel Falcao are on the bench. Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Rojo, Blackett, Blind, Herrera, Mata, Di Maria, Rooney, van PersieSubs: Lindegaard, Shaw, Fletcher, Januzaj, Valencia, A Pereira, Falcao QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill; Sandro, Kranjcar, Fer; Phillips, Hoilett; Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Zamora, Onuoha, Taarabt, Henry, Vargas.Tough tough game unfortunately we have a couple of injuries. But squad better. Tense. Go out and enjoy boys. Play wit pride and the badge— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 14, 2014Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThough Evans technically served as the general manager for four seasons, his role changed in 2018 as he no longer reported directly to Baer. Instead, after a last-place finish in 2017, the Giants restructured the front office hierarchy and had vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean sign off on Evans’ decisions. Giants disrespected Bumgarner with contract offer, says ex-teammate SAN FRANCISCO — During the final week of the 2018 season, the Giants dismissed general manager Bobby Evans and announced a search to hire a “next-gen” front office executive.Three weeks after the Giants fired Evans, the search for his replacement is ongoing, even if it remains relatively quiet.Giants CEO Larry Baer said he did not anticipate making details of the search public, which means it will be difficult to gather much from the process until the franchise reveals a new hire. At the midpoint of October, most of what we know about the search stems from Baer’s comments to beat writers on the final day of the regular season and small bits of information that national reporters have gathered. Stearns is well-respected in the industry, but he’s not the only high-profile executive who won’t interview with the Giants. Rosenthal also reported that Toronto Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington removed himself from consideration from positions with the Giants and Mets.Cherington gained front office experience working for the Red Sox in the early 2000s, but apparently did not feel compelled to take on a challenging turnaround this offseason.Related Articles The Giants have not placed a timetable on their search and Baer has said the team won’t rush the process, but as teams continue to be eliminated, from the playoffs, San Francisco could have a wider pool of candidates from which to draw. Two executives who have emerged as candidates per reports include Kim Ng, a senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball and Arizona Diamondbacks assistant general manager Amiel Sawdaye.Ng, who was amed on our initial list of 10 candidates who could become strong contenders to replace Evans, has worked in the New York Yankees’ and Los Angeles Dodgers’ front offices while Sawdaye held top scouting roles for the Red Sox under Cherington and Theo Epstein before joining the Diamondbacks. Sawdaye reportedly has talked to the Giants, according to a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.In the coming days, more names of interviewees could leak out, but it’s likely that the Giants will continue to keep their search closely guarded. Baer and Sabean likely did not enjoy the public rebuff that came of requesting permission to contact Stearns, and there are other top baseball executives who might also be prevented from interviewing by their respective clubs.Eventually, the Giants will finish the process and announce a hire, but because Baer and Sabean know they must execute a thorough and comprehensive search, it’s entirely possible the exercise won’t wrap up until after the World Series. How Madison Bumgarner took control of his free agency and left the Giants for the D’backs center_img Kurtenbach: Madison Bumgarner needed San Francisco more than the Giants needed him Sabean is under contract for one more season, but the Giants insist his role will shift under a new regime. Evans’ replacement will report to Baer and Sabean is expected to step away from the day-to-day operations of the front office, which is what he did after the 2014 World Series.It’s possible Sabean’s title could change too, as the Giants aren’t hiring Evans’ replacement to serve as a general manager. Instead, Baer and Sabean are interviewing candidates to become the team’s president of baseball operations, a decision that became clear following a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.Rosenthal reported the Giants had requested permission to interview Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns for the president of baseball operations role, but Brewers owner Mark Attanasio did not allow Stearns a chance to discuss the opportunity with Baer and Sabean.At the end of the regular season, Baer indicated that Major League Baseball encourages franchises to allow front office personnel to interview for jobs that would technically be considered promotions. However, there is no rule in place requiring teams to do so.The Giants’ targeting of Stearns didn’t come as a surprise as the 33-year-old constructed a roster that finished with the most wins in the National League this season. The Brewers won 96 games despite lacking a strong starting rotation and Stearns executed several successful midseason trades to position Milwaukee for a lengthy postseason run. Our Top 5 memories of Madison Bumgarner’s Giants career As Bumgarner joins D’backs, Giants officially bid farewell with tribute video last_img read more

first_imgAnd now for something completely tiresome.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Coliseum’s name is about to be changed for the fifth time in 21 years. RingCentral, a Belmont communications firm, has purchased the naming rights to the maligned stadium for three years at a cost of $3 million. The deal includes an option for a fourth year.“We have a contract that we are finalizing right now,” Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben told the Chronicle. “The goal is to …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Advertisements recently put out in Ohio media by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have highlighted the dissidence both within and outside of the agricultural industry with regard to the government fuel mandate.According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Congress created the RFS in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. It was originally authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.Leaders of the Ohio Ethanol Producers Association and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) recently joined forces to publicly call out the American Council for Capitol Formation (ACCF) — the group behind the disparaging ethanol ads in Ohio.“(The ads) show an ethanol plant and argue that the Renewable Fuel Standard has harmful effects on the environment, and question the greenhouse gas benefits of corn ethanol,” said Mark Borer, president of the Ohio Ethanol Producers Association. “These claims simply aren’t backed up by the latest science.”Borer, along with Tadd Nicholson, executive director of OCWGA, sent a letter expressing their disappointment in the ads to the ACCF, as well as former congressman Mike Oxley, an advisor to the group, who originally voted yes to the RFS in 2005.“It’s somewhat ironic that the same week the New York Attorney General announced an investigation on Exxon Mobil and climate change that Ohio is seeing groups like ACCF and the Center for Regulatory Solutions, who’ve never been engaged in the Ohio biofuels issue before, suddenly come into our state with misleading reports and advertisements against ethanol. But you would suspect it’s not a coincidence,” said Borer, who is also the general manager at the Leipsic POET ethanol facility.It is a pivotal month for the anti-RFS groups as they’re attempting to sway public opinion in their direction and influence the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision on the topic before the verdict regarding 2014, 2015, and 2016 corn-based ethanol production volumes is scheduled to be announced in late November.The advertisements included quotes condemning ethanol and the RFS in front of scenes of ethanol production facilities. The ads also contain a call to action for the public to “tell Congress and the Administration to end ethanol mandates.”Funding behind the groups responsible for the highly visible ad campaign remains largely unknown, but Borer and Nicholson suspect the contribution of money from “big oil” somewhere in the background.Speaking to the clean air issues highlighted in the ads, Angela Tin, vice president of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, also made her voice heard in favor of the RFS.“No matter where we live in the United States, whether urban or rural, over 60% of air quality problems come from mobile sources, and the largest contributor to mobile source emissions comes from passenger vehicles that you and I drive today,” Tin said. “The U.S. Department of Energy studies today show that the placement of gasoline with ethanol reduces carbon dioxide by anywhere from 19% to 52%, and reduces harmful cancer-causing components.”ACCF Executive Vice President Dave Banks responded strongly to the outcry by Ohio ag and pro-ethanol groups.“I think these guys sometimes get lost in this weird, parallel universe in which they actually convince themselves that this mountain of damning, definitive science and data about corn ethanol’s environmental impact doesn’t exist, or that folks don’t actually know about it,” Banks said in a statement.That environmental impact Banks spoke of is one of negative consequence. The ACCF points to research that they say shows the production of ethanol doubles greenhouse emissions when compared to gasoline over 30 years, making it a dirtier fuel in the end — a highly disputed claim.“It’s just misinformation,” said Ohio grain farmer Chad Kemp about the anti-RFS ads. “The things they’re saying there is no scientific backing for. They’re trying to get the people to jump on board with it and basically, their idea is to kill renewable fuels in this country.”Kemp is a strong supporter of the RFS. Its impact on both corn prices and the environment are the driving factors behind his backing.“We had a trying year this year, but yet we still raised one of the biggest corn crops in our history,” Kemp said. “Without the RFS, we’re going to lose demand for our product and when we lose that kind of demand, we’re going to have a big surplus so obviously it’s going to hurt us all in our pocketbooks because we won’t be getting grain prices to where we can be profitable.”Even agriculture, however, is often divided on the support of ethanol. A number of livestock producers seeing the rise in corn prices in recent years are among that group. Frank Phelps, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president, is a cattle and grain farmer from Logan County. He is in support of the RFS, but said it is a national issue and also understands why some producers would be against it.“It depends where you’re at. If you’re out west and that’s all you’re doing is buying corn, you want to do everything there is to keep the price of corn as low as possible,” Phelps said. “The ethanol thing got blamed for a lot of the increases in feed costs, but I think we’re finding out the drought had a lot more to do with it than anything. The prices are back down now.”Phelps himself has seen the anti-RFS ads on television and said he “wasn’t very impressed.”“Whenever you see big oil advertising like that, it tells you it’s getting into their pocketbooks a little bit. Let’s let everybody make a little money instead of just the oil companies,” he said.More than cattle ranchers, some Buckeye state congressmen have also shown their opposition for the RFS. Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio’s 4th congressional district is a known critic of big government and one of those opposing the RFS. He is a cosponsor of legislation to repeal the RFS in favor of letting the free market dictate what types of fuels consumers want.Borer and Nicholson pointed to the fact that the RFS was made to give renewable fuels a boost into the supply chain, a goal that it is well on its way to accomplishing by the scheduled end of the program in 2022.“The RFS is all about ending a monopoly. There was no doubt that before the RFS, we could make ethanol. It was efficient, it was cost effective, but it had no way of entering into the U.S. motor fuels channels because it was completely controlled by oil,” Nicholson said. “The mandate is only there to require the petroleum industry to allow other fuels inside the motor fuel chain. That’s not just ethanol, it was any other fuel — they were all blocked from entering. So there are clean air benefits, it’s less expensive, and American-made, all of these positive things. And to allow that into the market the mandate had to be there, and Congress appropriately acted.”last_img read more

first_imgTell us your creative ideas in comments below.  You might help inspire a once-in-a-lifetime experience for another geocacher.Share with your Friends:More At the beginning of this month, the I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache experiment launched. During the month of February, Geocaching Premium members have the chance to create a temporary, personalized Lab Cache for one special person. This new test is different than normal geocaching and is open to all sorts of creative interpretations. In fact, in the short two weeks that the test has been live, we’ve already seen a number of amazing Lab Caches from the geocaching community. If you’re a Geocaching Premium member and you haven’t created your Lab Cache yet, do it here, then post your ideas in the comments below. An I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache is easy to create. You’re only bound by your imagination, a Find Code and, of course, local laws, regulations and just common sense. Need more info? Check out the I <3 Geocaching FAQ. Snow Adventure with the Geocaching Vlogger [vsw id=”Vv5vyyWVjhs” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]Lottery Cache by FlyingMoosecenter_img [vsw id=”SZulyAdTAs0″ source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]A few comments from FlyingMoose regarding his Lab Cache: “I think what inspired me was that only one person could log the cache and I wanted more to enjoy making the find. As for the responses to the cache? I would say that the responses have been positive, who wouldn’t like the idea of claiming such a unique find? I heard about the Lab Caches last year and thought they were a cool idea, when I heard we could create our own I thought this would be a great chance to do something fun for everyone and I hope to find a bunch of ballots next week when I open it up and pick the winner! “Staying in Touch from 2300 Miles Away Jennifer finds her Lab Cache!This story comes from Geocaching HQ’er, Maria: “I sent a small plastic container to my father in AK [Alaska, USA] via mail to hide for my bestie since 6th grade, Jennifer. I had him hide it on his property in an old CAT grader. This particular location served multiple purposes. First, my dad could see the grader out his window. This meant that when Jennifer came to find it he could watch, I got a play-by-play on my voice-mail of her entire adventure. Second, Jennifer got a huge promotion at her job (a CAT dealership) this year and her co-workers are always grading on her nerves…see what I did there? So punny. Anyway, Jennifer was ecstatic and my dad loved being part of the action. It was a great way to stay connected to people I love who live 2, 300 miles away. “Ready to begin? Create your limited time, single use Lab Cache Now! SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Adventure Lab app FAQDecember 10, 2018Similar postFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”November Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentDecember 13, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president READ: Nadal wins US Open for 16th major titleThe triumph moved Nadal three shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Slam singles titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal’s long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead of taking a role directing Nadal’s youth academy.In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017. Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third US Open title and his 16th career Grand Slam crown after having taken a 10th French Open trophy in June at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT It has been a long journey for Nadal to his latest Grand Slam glory.Nadal won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and was facing such foes on the global circuit as Anderson.At 17, Nadal won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open in his debut, the first of nine Grand Slam titles in 10 years he would claim on the red clay of Roland Garros, cementing a legacy as the greatest player ever seen on the surface.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal, the sixth left-hander to win a US Open title, added another crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2013, again downing Djokovic in the final.Knee injuries took a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him.center_img Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “It’s not one lesson. Diary is in the head from 3 years old,” Nadal said.“Probably without him I’ll never be playing tennis. I’m thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.“Because he gave me motivation I could get through all the problems I had in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger.”When Nadal reclaimed the world number one ranking last month, it was the first since in more than three years he had topped the list.And when Federer lost in the US Open quarter-finals to Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal was ensured of keeping the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  But Nadal roared into the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June, setting the stage for his title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.last_img read more

first_imgLive results from day two of the State of Origin series as they come to hand:Division wins: NSW 8 – Queensland 5.Game three:Men’s openNEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1.Women’s open:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Louise Winchester 2, Sarah Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Hannah Dyball touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Peta Rogerson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Marikki Watego touchdowns). HT: NSW 4-1; NSW won division 2-1.Mixed open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 4 (Lucy Botten 2, Ashleigh Kearney, Michaela Jacks touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Chloe Cheney 2, Rachelle Davis touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Gabrielle Rose 2, Belinda Grech, Kristi Miller, Melissa McCall, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Katie Shaw, Kate Barker, Jessica Pulley touchdowns). HT: NSW 5-1. NSW won division 3-0.Women’s 35s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Tracy Williamson, Tracy Upton, Wendy Evans touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Dominique Bruce, Kristie Mosely touchdowns). HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Lisa Wilkes, Shanie Singleton, Julia Simons touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Jodie Gair touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 2-2; HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 6 (Cormac Hoch 2, James Baartz, Dylan Doak, Michael Fallon, Sam Carmody touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Lincoln Little 2, Patrick Coelho, Mitchell Wickham, Christopher Williams touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-3; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Manu Wakely 3, Michael Stone 2 touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Aaron Jones 2, Scott Prince touchdowns). HT: NSW2-1; NSW won division 2-1. Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Darren Reynoldson 2, Nathan Martin, Dean Murphy, Steven Sopher, Brad Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Joshua Woo, Tristan Mana, Mark Henricksen touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW won division 3-0.Men’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Corey McLeod 3, Lars Hanson, Chris Benfield, Jason Toby touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Hookey, Adrian Lam touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 45s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Shane Cooper, Michael Lennon, Edward Fong touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Frank Beer, Ian Smith touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-0; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl, John Samin, Amir Ayoub, Scott Collins touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Steve Womersley, Michael Boyd, Peter Feldman touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 3-3; HT: QLD2-0. NSW won the division 3-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 4 (Frank Stampa, Ian Kerr, Trevor McPhillips, David Baulch touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 2 (John Cattell, Gary Newman touchdowns). HT: 1-1.Game two:Men’s open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Shaun Francis 6, Michael Law, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Justin Otto touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Stephen Roberts 2, Terry Deegan, Scott Buckley, Matthew Prowse, Tim Good touchdowns). HT: QLD 3-2; Division tied 1-1.Women’s open:QUEENSLAND 8 (Sarah Spacie 2, Brooke Walker, Catherine Sargent, Hayley Maddick, Kim Sue See, Jemma Mi Mi, Kate McCarthy touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Samantha Rodgers, Kristin Boss, Louise Winchester touchdowns). HT: 2-2; Division tied 1-1.Mixed open:NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Tom Maher 2, Cameron Nicholls, Daniel Stone, Luke Tonegato, Michael Singh, Kylie Hilder, Trent Touma, Claire Moran, Patricia Michaelopoulos) def QUEENSLAND 9 (Greta Doherty 3, Adam Pryde 2, Sean Hooper 2, Rebecca Lapraik, Tim Glazebrook touchdowns). HT: NSW 8-7; Division leads 1-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 8 (Ashleigh Kearney 2, Katherine Stevens, Toni Wells, Georgina Friedrichs, Georgina Rackerman, Laura Gleeson, Tavla Rosin touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Logan Flanagan, Laura Coleman, Tayla Clifford, Zara Nichols, Abbey Papenhuyzen, Lily Goodchild touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 7-7; HT: 3-3; Division tied 1-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Trish McCarthy 2, Amanda Burdett, Melinda McMah, Gabrielle Rose, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 0. HT: NSW 3-0; NSW leads division 2-0.Women’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Kirstie Wakely, Kristie Mosely, Nicole Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Natalie Leicht, Tracy Upton touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1.              Women’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Sue Ginns touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 1 (Lynda Davis touchdown). HT: 1-1; QLD leads division 2-0.Men’s 20s:NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Josh Rozario 3, Lincoln Little 2, Alex Nicholls, Jonathan Huskins, Christopher Williams touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Lachlan Hoch 3, David Richards 2, James Baartz, James Western touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-2; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Josh Sparke, Michael Stone, Todd Liubinskas touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Boston, Michael Watson touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-0; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 9 (Steven Sopher 2, Nathan Martin, Darren Reynoldson, Garry Sonda, Christopher Jonson, Brad Mitchell, Ahmad Daizil, Adam Fahim touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Stephen Prince 2, David Walsh, Joshua Woo, Robert Powley touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 9 (Clynton Wastell 3, Craig Scharer, Troy Morgan, Adrian Lam, John Linden, Kevin Eckersley, Matthew Barclay touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Jack Jardim, Christian Browne, Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi, Corey McLeod, David Roberts touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-1; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 45s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Owen 2, Neville Norris touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Derek Duguid, Brandon McDonald touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl 2, Scott Collins, Andre Andrews touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Ron Keleher 2 touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Hawes, Ian Kerr, Brian Prove touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 1 (David McLean touchdown), HT: NSW 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin 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.soo.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 #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games 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/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksState of Origin live resultslast_img read more

first_imgTry scorer for the Indigenous All Stars in game two, Watego was instrumental and sentimental about the week that was.“I identify with the Yugambeh people of Beaudesert and they are who I am representing in this great event,” she said.”It’s a great opportunity to be picked for this team. There are a lot of indigenous players that would love to have this opportunity, so we’re very honoured to be picked and compete.”It’s great to see some young talent coming through and even more players to represent our people and our culture. We’re really proud and lucky to have this opportunity. And as always with matches of some significance, winners are grinners;- no bigger grin than on the face of Manly All Star, Danni Davis.”I was really excited coming into this week and with the result.”This is my first time playing and it’s exciting to compete against the very good Indigenous team but also to play with the boys from the Australian Men’s side; they are the top team in the world and I really enjoyed mixing it with them.”Our team looked sharp all week; we have girls and boys that are used to playing mixed, and a lot that aren’t, but I was confident that we would all do our jobs and come together against a great Indigenous team. For the record, the games were typically of the highest level and intensity and fittingly finished in the very typical drop-off format to split the teams and spoils.Game one went to type and down to the wire with the All Stars edging out the two time winners 7-6 in a four-on-four stoush at Wallsend Touch HQ. only a try to the mercurial Pete Norman separated the two combatants. By @JulianTFACommunity and culture. Connection. Respect.The simplicity of the message was no less powerful as the symbolism. The messenger no less significant too; straight from the lips of one of the proudest and most prodigiously talented NRL players to ever lace on a boot of any colour, lands or creed.For Kangaroos, Queensland and Cowboys (and one time Touch Football) star, Jonathan Thurston, a leader among his Harvey Norman All Stars’ clan and Touch Football equivalents in Newcastle, this week is as important as those illustrious colours he proudly and regularly wears for club, country and the big ‘Q’ on the big stage through the regular season.‘JT’ to his friends and foes, captured better than anyone the mood, the vibe, and that connection to the Harvey Norman Indigenous v World All Stars week featuring both codes and pathways. It was a reflective JT before his upcoming master-class display on Friday evening in a News Ltd (The Australian) piece to mark the start of this most culturally important week in Australian sport. “This game means a lot to all the boys who play in it. We’re representing our culture and giving back to the game that gives us so much,” he said.“The game is the showpiece but it’s what we do in the community throughout the week that makes it so special. These weeks have made me have a deeper connection with my heritage and made me feel a lot more comfortable in my skin.”For the third year in succession the Australian Touch Football contingent have joined JT and his friends from near and far and been an integral part of the week through on and off field celebrations; and pivotal to the cultural celebration.This has afforded the best Touch Football talent on the planet the opportunity to wear their respective star spangled colours and reflect on their own connections to community and culture. To country. Nation.Traversing the stadiums of Gold Coast, Brisbane and now Newcastle, the positioning of the six-a-side mixed format shifted to a new and lofty level in 2017. Game three of a close fought tri-series the curtain raiser to the main Rugby League fixture on Channel Nine, effectively kicking off the 2017 NRL premiership. The spirit and significance of this week and event was not lost on two key Indigenous Touch Football figures who figured very prominently through the series and in their respective communities. For Australian Men’s and Women’s representatives, Scott Bundy and Marikki Watego it is about so much more than what goes down inside the stripe.”This tournament is a great opportunity for all the indigenous people to come out and showcase their skills, have a good performance in front of a big crowd, enjoy the game and have some fun. I’m representing my mob from Northern New South Wales and so proud of that fact,” Bundy said.”The other All Stars team did their homework and put on a good performance. They brought in a new coach (Tony Trad) and a couple of new players. But we had a good team and a couple of new faces and all gelled together well – full credit to the All Stars guys on their win.” Game two in a reduced format and on the McDonald-Jones Stadium in Newcastle saw both teams’ trade blows and go end to end, with Rebecca Mi Mi scoring for the indigenous team and followed by the game breaker in game one, Pete Norman.A great ball right from Hennessey to Hayley Maddick pushed the All Stars team ahead and inched them closer to their historic first series victory with eight minutes on the clock remaining.Two minutes left and 2-1 down, one last shot for the indigenous team went begging and with the clock winding down so too were the Indigenous team’s chances.Game three was effectively a dead rubber but with pride on the line and in front of the building stadium crowd, anything was possible.Buoyed by their series win for the first time, the All Stars went up a gear but so too the indigenous side. In a see-sawing battle they both saved their best till last with an awesome spectacle and 4-all draw to close out the series.At tournament end All Stars and Australian Men’s Open captain, Nick Good channeled the great Thurston and offered his own thoughtful perspective from across the fence.”The All Stars is such a great concept,” Good said at the close of a great week.”It allows the elite in the mens and womens to join on the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldn’t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and culture and celebrate that too. “Irrespective of the result, as an All Stars team we are really proud of our (country’s) indigenous culture as well as our other cultures, we have people from all over the world, so for us its also about recognising where our parents and families are from. “And where we’re all from.”Connection and respect. 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first_imgNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti warns against January signingsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti doesn’t expect any January signings.Ancelotti is satisfied with the quality of his squad.He said, “An extra player would result in problems for management. No-one will leave, unless somebody gets stuck in front of the gate at our training complex because they want to be sold.“At the moment I see a compact and happy group. If I said I liked Pavard then that would be a lack of respect for Hysaj, Malcuit and Maksimovic, who I’m very happy with.“The market doesn’t interest me much right now. My experience of Serie A as an outsider was different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

OSU sophomore Colin Zeng is a 5-time Big Ten Diver of the Week for the 2015-16 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUCoach Justin Sochor took over an Ohio State men’s diving team in 2013 that was laden with juniors and seniors. That meant Sochor had one year of recruiting to revamp the Buckeyes after an exodus of talent.“I wasn’t trying to change an old team,” he said. “I was trying to build a new one.” Sochor said he wanted talented students who would make good teammates to represent the diving team, as well as the university, positively. He found that in sophomore diver Colin Zeng.Zeng, a Fujian, China, native, started to dive after his parents suggested it at a young age. He said he discovered early on that the diving training in China was very strenuous.“I didn’t do a lot of competition,” Zeng said. “It’s very intense. We (train) at least six hours a day, seven days a week.”Then, in 2010, Zeng came to the United States to focus on developing his diving skills even further. “I was at the training camp at Stanford,” Zeng said. “After I got my student visa, I started to focus more on competing.”According to DiveMeets, Zeng finished first in all of the competitions he competed in during high school. The sustained dominance made him a hot target for collegiate programs across the nation. This led him to start looking at colleges in his junior year, he said. OSU proved to be a good fit.  Sochor agreed.“A lot of Colin’s traits were what I was looking for,” Sochor said.  “He’s got a high skill level, he gets along with his teammates, and he is smart.”Zeng came to OSU looking to succeed in what the coach called one of the most prestigious conferences in the nation.“Physically, diving-wise, experience with his training, he will stack right up with the divers in the Big Ten,” Sochor said. “He is a potential champion, but so are they. There are a lot of potential champions in (the conference), and he’s on the same dance floor as them.”Zeng has proved that this year. A five-time Big Ten Diver of the Week award winner, Zeng has finished first in all but three events in the 2015-16 season. In the trio of events he didn’t win, he was close, claiming second place each time. OSU sophomore Colin Zeng dives during a meet. Credit: Courtesy of OSUHe said he looks to continue his success at the Big Ten Championships, in which he will compete in three events: the 1-meter, 3-meter and the platform. After that, the NCAA Championship in late March is on the docket for Zeng.Like any competitor, he said he wants to win, but rather than setting his sights on those sorts of accolades, his plan is to just become the best diver he can be.“I’m just trying to focus and get more consistent on my dives,” Zeng said.Despite his success athletically, Zeng places a great deal of emphasis on excelling in the classroom too, his coach said. “The majority of his focus is academics,” Sochor said. “Training just happens in the part of the day we can get him. Once he gets into that Big Ten meet, there is no more tutoring and study table hours… It’s all diving.”As the conference championships approach at the end of February, Zeng is fine-tuning his dives to make them as perfect as can be. The biggest thing, he said, is just becoming as comfortable and consistent as possible. Sochor said he thinks that his star diver is ready to go and show the Big Ten what he is all about.“Colin gets pretty mean when he is competing,” Sochor said. “He is not going to be easy to beat.” read more