The Brisbane City Cobras defeated Victoria in the semi final on the stadium field while the South West Queensland Swans were winners over the Sydney Mets on field one. Stay tuned to the website for more information.
By BEN HARRISDay two saw a few surprises, one-way victories and the cream rise to the crop at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.Sydney Rebels and South Queensland Sharks are the teams to beat in the mixed opens division.The Rebels lead Pool A and the Sharks are in front in Pool B.There a host of teams that will be hoping for success in their remaining matches tomorrow as the quarter-finals will be played at 4.45pm.The Scorpions lead in the senior mixed division on 18 points. Victoria are second, two points behind, with the Rebels and Suns rounding out the top four.Southern Suns are first in the Men’s T League division. Seven teams are all in contention to make the finals.In the women’s T League, the Rebels lead Pool A but there is a three-way tie for first spot in Pool B between Sunshine Coast, Hunter Western Hornets and the Sydney Scorpions.The Scorpions and the Brisbane City Cobras have all but sealed the top two spots in the women’s 27s division.The Men’s 30s is very tight with six teams vying for top spot. With two matches remaining, tomorrow is going to be a vital day for all six sides.The ACT Pirates finished first in the women’s 35s with the South West Queensland Swans in second, North Queensland Tropical Cyclones in third, South Australia Heat in fourth and Hornets in fifth.Pirates will play the winner of the Swans and the Cyclones, while the Heat and the Hornets are in the elimination final.Defence Warriors look like they have secured a semi-final spot in the men’s 40s. They are the only team undefeated but have the Cobras, Sharks and Cyclones close behind.Women’s 40s has the Scorpions in front. They have to be careful because the Hornets and the Northern Eagles are close, and if results go against the Sydney side, they might miss out on the final.The Scorpions finished in first spot in the men’s 45s and have qualified for the qualifying final where they will meet the winner of the Sharks and Hornets match. Pirates and the Warriors meet in the elimination final.The Southern Suns and Mets are joint leaders in the men’s 50s with two rounds to go. Top spot could come down to the final round where the two teams face-off.Sunshine Coast Pineapples qualified in first spot for the finals. Scorpions were second, Hornets third, Cyclones fourth and the Suns fifth.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksNTL day two wrap-up
By Sam DaseyLast month Touch Football Tasmania (TFT) held its first Schools Championships event in Devonport, an event State Operations Manager, Maree Tomlin declared a success that will hopefully be an annual fixture on the Tasmanian calendar.The event was attended by Australian Women’s captain, Louise Winchester and Australian Men’s captain, Steve Roberts, who ran activities and skills sessions in between the tournament games.Congratulations to Riverside High School who took out the inaugural competition, which included a total of 17 teams in age groups from 10-18 years old.Tomlin however says the competition itself sometimes took a backseat to the enjoyment of the sessions with Steve and Louise.“I don’t think the kids wanted to go back and play games they just wanted to keep doing things with Steve and Louise a lot of the time,” Tomlin said.“[Steve and Louise] were like rock stars with kids coming from everywhere to come and meet them, they were just absolutely fantastic.”The day also consisted of a game in which the parents and coaches challenged an All Star team made up of all the youth from the competition rotating through with Steve and Louise, with Maree describing the fixture as ‘hysterical’.With the first year of the event running so well, there are plans to make next year’s competition bigger and better, with other schools already showing interest in joining the event for its second year.Tomlin wishes to thank everyone who helped out at the tournament, as well as the players and parents and Roberts and Winchester, who were a big part of the event’s success. For more information and results on the Schools Championships or news on upcoming competitions within Tasmania please visit the TFT website – www.tastouch.com.au. Related LinksChampionships A Success
Chelsea plan new loan move for Nathan Baxterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are planning a new loan move for Nathan Baxter.The Sun says Chelsea are looking for another loan for young goalkeeper Baxter.The 20-year-old has impressed while at Yeovil this season.But the Blues are eager for him to test himself in the Championship. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool whizkid Alexander-Arnold excited for ‘massive’ Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold cannot wait for their clash with Manchester United.The Reds will do battle with their bitter rivals on Sunday at Old Trafford.It is a chance for them to continue their 100 percent record in the Premier League, while inflicting a defeat on United could temporarily send the latter into the relegation zone.Alexander-Arnold said: “Traditionally and historically, the Man Utd-Liverpool game is always massive.”It’s one of the biggest games of the season and they’re a top side as well.”It’s always going to be a big game and a big occasion because both teams want to win it so much.”
College football fans are known for their passion, but sometimes a select few of them can go overboard. This is undoubtedly one of those instances. A Florida fan put up an ad on Tallahassee Craigslist yesterday, seeking women who would be willing to entrap Florida State football players. One of the criteria listed: “must be able to take beating by a guy twice your size and be willing to speak to the media the next day (assuming your jaw isn’t broken).”Here’s a glimpse at the full ad. FSU Craigslist AdNow, the ‘Noles program has made some awful headlines lately, but those are serious matters. Making light of them in this manner is not cool. We’d imagine the ad would have to be taken down soon, though you can still find it here.[BroBible]
Notre Dame Pass InterferenceThe call of the 2014 college football season probably came on Oct. 18, in Tallahassee, Fla. Notre Dame, trailing Florida State, 31-27, was called for offensive pass interference on a touchdown that would have given the Fighting Irish the lead. The call was seen as controversial by many, including Brian Kelly. Everett Golson, now a quarterback for the Seminoles, was asked about that call today, at Florida State’s media day. His answer is what you’d expect it to be. Tom D’Angelo with the question of the day to Golson: “Was it offensive pass interference?” Golson, after cracking up: “It’s up for debate.”— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 9, 2015Way to tip-toe that line, Everett.
Thierry Henry’s main priority for Monaco during the transfer window was to reinforce his side with experience.He has already successfully captured four players for the relegation-battling principality side, centre-back Naldo from Schalke, Lille full-back Fode Ballo-Toure, former Marseille midfielder William Vainqueur and, most eye catching of all, Cesc Fabregas.The Spanish midfielder was surplus to requirements at Chelsea but is set to be handed a leading role at Stade Louis II, where he will be expected to become a leader for the team as they attempt to push their way out of the relegation zone. 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? Like his fellow recruits, Fabregas was ineligible to play the rearranged derby against Nice on Wednesday (the match had been postponed from December, before they were registered) yet he gave a taste of what he is capable of when Monaco travelled to Marseille on Sunday.Indeed, the 31-year-old World Cup winner had a central role to play as Henry’s men turned in a much-improved display and were a whisker away from taking three very impressive points with them from the Velodrome.“Cesc grew with the game,” Henry said. “Minute after minute, he started to make his mark on the match and take that break.“Rony Lopes does it too, this break between the line, allowing you to see where you have to play, see what the team gives you and where to put the ball.”Fabregas’ ability to control the tempo of the game was evident and, although he is not yet entirely on the same wavelength as his new team-mates, Lopes described playing with him as “a delight”.It is surely only a matter of time before he strikes up the rapport that has made him such a star since breaking in the Arsenal team aged 16.“Physicality goes away from all of us, unfortunately, when you get older, you lose speed, you lose some sharpness, but technique I think is something that always stays with you when you have something, so hopefully it can stay with me for a very long time yet,” he said after taking part in his final Chelsea game – a 2-0 FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest.David Luiz, a former team-mate at Stamford Bridge and a Ligue 1 veteran after two seasons with Paris Saint-Germain, has backed the Spaniard to star under Henry.“He has experience, he knows football,” the Brazilian centre-back explained. “I think he has had the opportunity to learn in many different changing rooms when he was so young, so he always brings confidence and energy for the team. “Then on the pitch he has shown that it doesn’t matter the game, he’s always going to bring his qualities.”In a Monaco side that has sometimes looked lost this season, he is expected to provide a shining light. Henry, of course, knows very well what Cesc is capable of, having played alongside the Catalan for four years as he was just making his way into the Arsenal side and then remaining firm friends to such an extent that France’s record scorer was a guest at Fabregas’ wedding in the summer.“I have known Henry for a very long time, since I was 16 years old,” Fabregas said. “He helped me a lot in my career. “He was one of the best players I could play with as a midfielder; it was a privilege to play with an attacker of this class. “He is at the beginning of his coaching career. I have come to help him but especially the club.”Life in this instance has gone full circle. If Henry helped the teenage Cesc in the early years of his career, it is now time to be repaid by the Spaniard, who has a significant weight of responsibility on him as he enters the twilight of his playing days.The friends have never failed each other, and they are not about to start now.
Reports that Maurizio Sarri is closing on a move to Juventus have met with the approval of Jose Reina – although the goalkeeper admitted that the news was unlikely to go down well in Napoli. Sarri lifted his first trophy as Chelsea manager on Wednesday with a dominant 4-1 defeat of Arsenal in the Europa League final, capping a decent maiden season that also saw the Blues return to the Premier League top four. But the Italian has met resistance from sections of the Stamford Bridge support, and his name has been linked more than once to the vacancy left at Juve by Massimiliano Allegri’s decision to stand down. 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? Goal understands that he has reached an agreement with the Old Lady and has already requested early release from his Chelsea contract.Reina knows Sarri better than most, having played under the coach for several seasons at Napoli; and he believes that the appointment would be a shrewd one on the Turin club’s part.“It would have been frankly difficult to see that happening two years ago, but we’ll see,” the former Liverpool goalkeeper explained to Sky Sport.”Napoli fans certainly won’t want it to happen, but Juve know how good Sarri is and it is their decision. Sarri is a real football man, he lives and breathes football 24 hours a day.“He might not have won trophies with us at Napoli, but I am still very proud of what we did together.”Now 36, Reina spent the 2018-19 season deputising for Gianluigi Donnarumma as AC Milan narrowly missed out on a place in the Champions League on the last day of the season. He retains a soft spot for both Napoli and Liverpool, however, expressing his hopes that the latter triumph in Saturday’s final against Tottenham. “Liverpool are used to being in Finals and proved they deserve to be there again,” he added.”I hope they can win in a great game of football. Jurgen Klopp is really stubborn, he never gives in and neither do his teams.“Tottenham are versatile, often changing system, whereas Liverpool won’t change their philosophy. The aim will be to take the initiative and not be passive.”
Spain made it four wins from as many games in Euro 2020 qualifying despite coach Luis Enrique’s continued absence as a second-half flurry saw them beat Sweden 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday.Luis Enrique has been on leave since March due to a family emergency, but Robert Moreno continues to keep the ship on course in his stead, with Serio Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Alvaro Oyarzabal scoring in the final 26 minutes to send Spain five points clear in Group F.Sweden could count themselves extremely fortunate to remain on level terms until the break, as Robin Olsen was forced into several fine saves and Dani Parejo had a goal controversially disallowed. 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? But Spain eventually found a way past Olsen via Ramos’ penalty, before Morata netted the game’s second spot-kick and Oyarzabal wrapped up the routine win.Sergio Ramos#EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/lWdkFP9mDG— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 10, 2019It did not take Spain long to establish control and they went close in the 14th minute when Fabian Ruiz’s long-range strike was acrobatically tipped over by Olsen.That was the first of four vital saves in as many minutes, as Olsen then parried a goal-bound Parejo volley wide, palmed away Ramos’ header from the resulting corner and kept Isco’s placed effort out.A few moments later Spain were harshly denied the lead for an apparent offside against Parejo before he squared to Rodrigo Moreno for an easy finish.The onslaught resumed after the break and Spain finally got the breakthrough just past the hour, as Ramos swept home from the spot after Sebastian Larsson was adjudged to have handled a Marco Asensio cross.Morata – Asensio’s replacement – followed Ramos’ example five minutes from time, converting after being felled by Mikael Lustig’s clumsy lunge.A straightforward win was completed soon after – Oyarzabal curling a wonderful left-footed effort out of Olsen’s reach after Fabian’s pass. What does it mean? Spain in complete controlThe circumstances have hardly been perfect for Spain so far in qualifying, given Luis Enrique’s need to be elsewhere and the fact Group F is not devoid of quality.But Spain are cruising nevertheless and giving plenty of players opportunities in the process. They are showing their depth, professionalism and ability, an ominous mix for the other teams who will fancy themselves as Euro 2020 champions.Parejo the orchestratorSpain never looked in trouble in midfield on Monday, predominantly due to the assuredness and control displayed by Parejo. The Valencia star completed 87 per cent of his 119 passes, created five chances and won all of his six duels. A near flawless outing.Asensio underwhelmsAside from the cross that luckily struck the flailing arm of Larsson, Asensio offered precious little. He made no key passes, touched the ball only 42 times and failed to register a single shot on target. Morata, who replaced him, was a much greater influence.What’s next?Spain return to action in September with a trip to Romania, which they will surely hope Luis Enrique can join them for. Sweden’s next game should see them claim a routine win away in the Faroe Islands. read more
Daniel James has been challenged to become a Manchester United “superstar”, with former Swansea team-mate Oli McBurnie expecting the £15 million ($19m) winger to thrive at Old Trafford.The Wales international has become the first signing of what is expected to be a busy summer for the Red Devils.At 21 years of age he is far from the finished article, but he is being tipped to continue a meteoric rise by unlocking further potential on a Premier League stage. 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? McBurnie told United’s official website: “DJ actually rang me the other day when I was sat on a plane and said: ‘I can’t believe it, Oli, I couldn’t get a game [on loan] at Shrewsbury last season and now I’m at Man United. I can’t believe the mad way football works’.“He thoroughly deserves everything he gets. I can’t wait to see him do it on the biggest stage and show what he can do.“He knows exactly what he wants and how to get there. The way he’s developed and improved over the last six months has been unbelievable. You don’t have teams like Manchester United after you if you’re not a top, top player.“Everyone knows about his speed – he’s easily the quickest player I’ve ever played with – but all the other parts of his game have improved so much in the last six months, since he’s been introduced to first-team football. He’s been playing against experienced full-backs in the Championship and making them look like little kids.”McBurnie once represented the Red Devils in the 2013 Milk Cup and is confident that James has what it takes to make an impact at the Theatre of Dreams, adding: “He was asking me what United is like and a lot of things as I know some of the boys there and I am still in contact with them.“He was asking me what I thought but his mind was already made up – 100 per cent he wanted to go there. The advice I gave him, anyway, was ‘United? You can never turn down that club. Go there and make yourself a superstar’.“That is what he’s got to do and I’m sure United fans will see what he’s all about. He’s electric and the sort of boy who gets fans on their feet and a player all fans want to go to watch.“He played a lot on the left but played on the right as well and up front at times. He’s by far the quickest player I’ve played with, with his press and his one-versus-one abilities, getting in behind. He’s a nightmare for defenders to try to pick up.“The more he plays, with better coaching and quality of players to play with, he will only go from strength to strength.” James’ arrival is considered to signal a fresh approach from the Red Devils, with more emphasis being placed on acquiring home-grown talent.McBurnie said of that philosophy: “It’s brilliant – 100 per cent. I think it just shows the talent, young British talent, we have at the minute. Clubs don’t always need to go abroad.”It’s been a tough season or two for them but the way Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] apparently wants to go, with young, hungry players to go there, who really want to play for United is exactly what they’re getting with DJ. I think it’s a perfect route for them to go down.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
This year’s European Under-21 Championship is now underway in Italy and San Marino as the sides search for continental glory.Defending champions Germany are favourites for the competition and will be looking to clinch a third youth European Championship, while Italy will be seeking their first U-21 European title since 2004.Goal takes a look the 2019 European U-21 Championship, how it works and key dates and fixture information. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare What is the 2019 European Under-21 Championship? This year’s European Under-21 Championship is the 22nd edition of the biennial youth football tournament organised by UEFA for the men’s U-21 national teams of Europe.The finals will be hosted in an array of cities and venues across Italy and San Marino this summer, where a total of 12 teams will play to be crowned U-21 continental champions.Players who are born on or after January 1, 1998 will be eligible to participate, and this tournament will serve as European qualifying for the Olympic football tournament.The group winners and the best runner-up advance to the semi-finals and qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics.The tournament will comprise of 12 teams competing in the group stage before progressing immediately to the semi-finals and finals.The group phase began June 16 with Poland taking on Spain and host nation Italy competing against Belgium, with the final to be held on June 30 at Stadio Friuli in Udine.European Under-21 Championship final, fixtures & results Date Game Time (UK) Venue Jun 30 Spain vs Germany 7:45pm Stadio Friuli, Udine European Under-21 Championship semi-final, fixtures & results Date Game Time (UK) Venue Jun 27 Germany 4-2 Romania 5:30pm Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna Jun 27 Spain 4-1 France 8pm Mapei Stadium, Reggio Emilia European Under-21 Championship Group A tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇪🇸 Spain 3 2 0 1 +4 6 2 🇮🇹 Italy 3 2 0 1 +3 6 3 🇵🇱 Poland 3 2 0 1 -3 6 4 🇧🇪 Belgium 3 0 0 3 -4 0 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue Jun 16 Poland 3-2 Belgium 5:30pm Mapei Stadium, Reggio Emilia Jun 16 Italy 3-1 Spain 8pm Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna Jun 19 Spain 2-1 Belgium 5:30pm Mapei Stadium, Reggio Emilia Jun 19 Italy 0-1 Poland 8pm Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna Jun 22 Belgium 1-3 Italy 8pm Mapei Stadium, Reggio Emilia Jun 22 Spain 5-0 Poland 8pm Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna European Under-21 Championship Group B tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇩🇪 Germany 3 2 1 0 +7 7 2 🇩🇰 Denmark 3 2 0 1 +2 6 3 🇦🇹 Austria 3 1 1 1 0 4 4 🇷🇸 Serbia 3 0 0 3 -9 0 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue Jun 17 Serbia 0-2 Austria 5:30pm Stadio Nereo Rocco, Trieste Jun 17 Germany 3-1 Denmark 8pm Stadio Friuli, Udine Jun 20 Denmark 3-1 Austria 5:30pm Stadio Friuli, Udine Jun 20 Germany 6-1 Serbia 8pm Stadio Nereo Rocco, Trieste Jun 23 Austria 1-1 Germany 8pm Stadio Friuli, Udine Jun 23 Denmark 2-0 Serbia 8pm Stadio Nereo Rocco, Trieste European Under-21 Championship Group C tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇷🇴 Romania 3 2 1 0 +5 7 2 🇫🇷 France 3 2 1 0 +2 7 3 🏴 England 3 0 1 2 -3 1 4 🇭🇷 Croatia 3 0 1 2 -4 1 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue Jun 18 Romania 4-1 Croatia 5:30pm San Marino Stadium, Serravalle Jun 18 England 1-2 France 8pm Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena Jun 21 England 2-4 Romania 5:30pm Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena Jun 21 France 1-0 Croatia 8pm San Marino Stadium, Serravalle Jun 24 Croatia 3-3 England 8pm San Marino Stadium, Serravalle Jun 24 France 0-0 Romania 8pm Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena European Under-21 Championship favourites Germany are 11/2 favourites according to bet 365 to defend their 2017 title and are the number one ranked U-21 team, having qualified for the finals with flying colours. The young German team finished first in Group 5 of their qualification group, 10 points ahead of second-placed Norway and a further 11 over Republic of Ireland and Israel. They won eight of their 10 qualifiers, losing just once, and recorded a memorable 6-1 victory over Azerbaijan.England are backed at 7/2 odds to win the tournament following a similarly impressive qualifying phase that saw them finish first in their group, winning eight of their 10 games and drawing just twice. The Young Lions are unbeaten in the build-up to the tournament and will be keen to build from emphatic qualifying victories over the Netherlands, Ukraine, Scotland and Latvia.The young France team are 4/1 odds to follow in the footsteps of their senior men’s team who became world champions in 2018, with forward Martin Terrier scoring seven goals in the qualification stages and the side winning nine out of 10 qualifiers, losing once.Host nation Italy , who earned automatic qualification into the tournament, can be backed with odds of 11/2 .Previous European Under-21 Championship winners Defending champions Germany are two-time winners of the competition, while hosts Italy have been victors a record five times, though they last won the tournament in 2004.In 2017, Germany beat Spain 1-0 in the final with the solitary goal scored by Bayer Leverkusen right-back Mitchel Weiser in the final in Poland.Marco Asensio was the second-highest goalscorer in the 2017 competition with three goals, followed by the likes of Max Meyer, Gerard Deulofeu, Tammy Abraham and Serge Gnabry on two goals apiece.England won the competition in 1982 and 1984, with the Netherlands and Russia also having won the tournament twice.
Kevin De Bruyne believes he is still yet to reach his best despite putting last season’s fitness struggles behind him by making a tremendous start to the new Premier League campaign.The Belgium international was named City’s Player of the Year in 2017-18 but was restricted to just 11 starts in the Premier League last term due to knee and hamstring injuries.However, De Bruyne has started this campaign in impressive style with three assists in his side’s first two matches – a 5-0 win over West Ham and 2-2 draw with Tottenham – and is confident of maintaining and improving on that form. 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? “I feel good and I’m becoming better,” he told City’s official website. “It’s still the beginning of the season, so sometimes it’s heavy [going], but I feel fine, so everything will be OK this season.”De Bruyne was seemingly at the centre of everything good for the reigning champions on Saturday, the 28-year-old setting up Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero with teasing crosses.Tottenham twice pegged City back to earn a point, but De Bruyne felt his side did enough to win the match and has targeted a response away at Bournemouth next Sunday.”We played well and I think we deserved to win,” he said. “The team played really well and played offensively the way we want to play.”We didn’t get the three points, but that’s the only thing we didn’t get. We want to win every game but it’s very difficult.”We deserved to win and we will go again next week and everything will be fine.”The former Chelsea and Wolfsburg player has a new partner in the middle of the park this year, with City having smashed their transfer record to capture Rodri from Atletico Madrid in a £63 million ($78m) deal.The Spanish international has been joined at the club by Joao Cancelo, who headed to the Etihad Stadium from Juventus with Danilo going the other way.De Bruyne welcomed the new additions, and said they were bedding in in Manchester.“They are doing really well,” he continued.“Joao only joined us last week so he probably needs a bit more adjusting (time) but both of them will really help us to play well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners have looked very impressive through three games, as Kyler Murray is nearly replicating Baker Mayfield’s success from last season. However, the top team in the Big 12 will face a huge test toward the end of the year.Over the first three weeks, the Sooners have relied on incredible offensive performances from Murray, who might just be the early frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.Well, Murray could find himself in a shootout with Will Grier, as the Sooners travel to West Virginia to end the regular season. According to ESPN, Oklahoma’s season finale is the most important game on their schedule.College football writer Jake Trotter believes the Mountaineers provide a tough test, but a golden opportunity to make a statement.TCU has usually been a tough out. And Bedlam could be huge yet again. But a Black Friday trip to West Virginia could provide the Sooners with a prime opportunity to make a late impression on the CFP selection committee — and could be the game that punches OU’s ticket to the Big 12 championshipOklahoma is currently the No. 5 team in the country. Last week, Lincoln Riley’s squad passed an early test, defeating Iowa State on the road.West Virginia will host Oklahoma on Nov. 23, which could have major ramifications for the College Football Playoff.
Here’s what they have for some of the biggest games:CFP Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Oklahoma Schlabach: Georgia vs. OklahomaCFP Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Ohio State Schlabach: Clemson vs. AlabamaSugar BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. Texas Schlabach: LSU vs. TexasGator BowlBonagura: Texas A&M vs. Minnesota Schlabach: Auburn vs. WisconsinCitrus BowlBonagura: Florida vs. Penn State Schlabach: Florida vs. VirginiaOutback BowlBonagura: Michigan State vs. Mississippi State Schlabach: Michigan vs. Texas A&MRose BowlBonagura: Utah vs. Michigan Schlabach: Utah vs. Ohio StateCamping World BowlBonagura: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State Schlabach: Miami vs. Iowa StateOrange BowlBonagura: Syracuse vs. LSU Schlabach: Syracuse vs. Penn StateBelk BowlBonagura: Auburn vs. Virginia Tech Schlabach: Kentucky vs. Virginia TechCotton BowlBonagura: Oregon vs. Boise State Schlabach: Notre Dame vs. UCFHoliday BowlBonagura: Washington State vs. Iowa Schlabach: Oregon vs. IowaPinstripe BowlBonagura: Nebraska vs. Miami Schlabach: Nebraska vs. DukeOf the non-playoff projections, a few stand out. A potential renewal of the old Nebraska-Miami rivalry in the Pinstripe Bowl, the Brandon Wimbush Bowl (Notre Dame vs. UCF in the Cotton), Syracuse and Penn State meeting in the Orange and an LSU-Texas rematch in the Sugar.Also, don’t forget the battle of Urban Meyer’s exes between Utah and Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. All of these would be fun matchups if they pan out.You can view all of ESPN’s bowl projections here. ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Week 1 of the college football season begins tomorrow night. Even though some teams have played already, the 2019 season begins in earnest this weekend.Every FBS team enters the new year with goals in mind. Some might harbor legitimate national title hopes, while others are just looking to make some noise in their conference and make a bowl.Others are hoping to sneak into bowl eligibility, while still others are just hoping to be respectable. Whatever the target is, the chase begins now.ESPN analysts Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach released their preseason bowl projections today. They picked matchups for every single game, including the College Football Playoff and national championship games.
Tata Motors revises Tiago variant list, price now starts at Rs 4.20 lakhTata has also made ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and corner stability control as standard across all the variants of Tiago.advertisement Next Varun Singh New DelhiJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 12:52 IST HIGHLIGHTSTiago is available in a Revotron 1.2-litre petrol engine and a Revotorq 1.05-litre diesel engine.Recently, Tata Nexon scored a five-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test.Tiago’s rivals WagonR and Santro now have ABS with EBD as a standard feature across all their variants.Tata Motors has made Tiago XE as the base variant of its much-loved hatchback and priced it at Rs 4.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Tiago XB, which was the entry-level version earlier and devoid of even basic features such as an air-conditioner, has now been discontinued.Tata has also made ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and corner stability control as standard safety features across all the variants of Tiago. This is confirmed by the hatchback’s brochure available online. Previously, these features were only provided in the XZ, XZA and XZ+ variants of the car.Tiago is available in two engine options — a Revotron 1.2-litre, three cylinder petrol engine and a Revotorq 1.05-litre, three cylinder diesel engine. Both the engines come with multi drive modes and are mated to a manual five-speed transmission. The petrol variant has an option for a five-speed automatic transmission as well. While the petrol engine makes 85 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and churns out 114 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, the diesel variant produces 70 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and is good for 140 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.Below is the updated list of variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of Tata Tiago.(Revotron petrol engine options)Tiago XM — Rs 4,52,209Tiago XM (Optional) — Rs 4,68,324Tiago XT — Rs 4,85,227Tiago XT (Optional) — Rs 5,00,062Tiago XTA — Rs 5,21,615Tiago XZ without alloy — Rs 5,21,658Tiago XZ — Rs 5,32,840Tiago XZ+ — Rs 5,64,096Tiago XZ+ with dual tone roof — Rs 5,71,096Tiago XZA — Rs 5,74,449advertisement(Revotorq diesel engine options)Tiago XE — Rs 5,00,369Tiago XE (Optional) — Rs 5,07,538Tiago XM — Rs 5,36,013Tiago XM (Optional) — Rs 5,49,734Tiago XT — Rs 5,69,294Tiago XT (Optional) — Rs 5,81,715Tiago XZ without alloy — Rs 6,03,361Tiago XZ — Rs 6,15,734Tiago XZ+ — Rs 6,42,137Tiago XZ+ with dual tone roof — Rs 6,49,137The company is paying much attention to the safety of its passengers and also setting very high standards in this area. Recently, the home grown auto major’s compact sports utility vehicle, Nexon, scored a five-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test.One also has to keep in mind that Tata Tiago’s major rivals Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Hyundai Santro now have ABS with EBD as a standard safety feature across all their variants. Besides, the government has made it mandatory for all the cars produced in India from April 1, 2019, to have ABS in them.ALSO READ | New WagonR: Here is a detailed list of specifications and features of Maruti Suzuki’s latest carALSO READ | Skoda gives glimpse of Kamiq’s front and rear design through two sketchesALSO READ | Hero MotoCorp sets up research and development center in GermanyGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Tiago featuresFollow Tiago priceFollow Tata carFollow Tiago price listFollow Tiago variant update
India Today Web Desk AucklandFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 11:37 IST Suzie Bates top scored for New Zealand women’s team (Photo tweeted by @WHITE_FERNS)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand women beat India women by 4 wickets in the second T20I in AucklandSuzie Bates hit 62 to help help New Zealand take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match seriesIndia women had won the ODI series 4-1 against New ZealandIndia’s poor run in the Twenty20 Internationals in New Zealand continued as the women’s team conceded the 3-match series after losing the second game by 4 wickets at the Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.Contradicting the script, which was for an easy chase for the ‘White Ferns’, the match went into a last over thriller with the hosts winning the game on the last ball of the match.Chasing a rather modest total of 136, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine made a quick start, before the latter departed for 19 off 16 balls after being dismissed by Radha Yadav. Caitlin Gurrey soon followed for just four runs.Skipper Amy Satterthwaite provided support as the pair notched up a 61-run stand. She fell for 23 off 20 balls with Bates following her captain soon after. The right hand batter had almost done the job for New Zealand, having scored 62 off 52 balls, including five strokes to the boundary ropes.Wicket-keeper Katey Martin fell cheaply for a 12-ball 13 while Anna Peterson was dismissed for a duck as the hosts were nearing the target.The afore mentioned Radha Yadav and Arundhati Reddy picked up two wickets each, while Mansi Joshi and Poonav Yadav chipped in one each.Leigh Kasperek and Hannah Rowe took New Zealand home in the last over of the match, despite Mansi dismissing Katey Martin with three balls to go.With the win, New Zealand have bagged the series having won the previous match by 23 runs in Wellington.Put into bat, India didn’t exactly have a solid start to the match, as Priya Punia yielded for just four runs, again.advertisementIt was up to the now-seasoned pair of Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues. And they didn’t dissapoint, stiching together a 98-run stand for the second wicket, broken when Mandhana was dismissed by Rosemary Mair for well-earned 36 from 27 balls.Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was sent back to the dugout for a run-a-ball 5. Dayalan Hemalatha was forced to retire hurt after scoring just 2 runs while the likes of Deepti Sharma (6) Arundhati Reddy (3) didn’t add many runs to the total.Jemimah carried on and held the innings together as others around fell cheaply. The youngster scored a battling 72 before being stumped by Katey Martin off the bowling of Amelia Kerr. She struck six bondaries and one six in her 53-ball stay at the crease.Radha Yadav (6) and Poonav Yadav (0) remained unbeaten at the completion of 20 overs as India posted a total of 135 for 6.Rosemary Mair was pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 wickets for 17 runs, and was ably supported by Leigh Kasperek, Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr – who all chipped in with one wicket each.The final match of the three-match series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Suzie BatesFollow Jemimah RodriguesFollow Arundhati ReddyFollow Radha YadavFollow Rosemary Mair India lose series as Suzie Bates leads New Zealand to 4-wicket win in 2nd T20IIndia vs New Zealand, women’s T20I: India lost the second Twenty20 International against New Zealand by 4 wickets in a last-ball thriller at the Eden Park in Auckland. New Zealand take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.advertisement
Pakistan Open to return to Asian golf circuit after 10 yearsThe Pakistan Open will return to the Asian golf circuit from March 27, following a 10-year hiatus. The country’s national championship, which was inaugurated in 1967, will be held for the first time on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the highly-acclaimed Defence Raya Golf and Country Club.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LahoreFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 15:22 IST Picture for representational use only (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Pakistan Open will return to the Asian golf circuit after a 10-year hiatusThe Pakistan Open, which was inaugurated in 1967, was last played in 2009The Pakistan Open, jointly sanctioned by the PGF and the ADT, will feature an international field of 144 playersThe Pakistan Open will return to the Asian golf circuit from March 27, after a 10-year hiatus, officials announced on Thursday.The country’s national championship, which was inaugurated in 1967, will be held for the first time on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the highly-acclaimed Defence Raya Golf and Country Club offering a prize fund of $80,000.”We are delighted to announce the return of the Pakistan Open for the first time since 2009. We are confident that the championship course will be in superb condition once again when we return next month,” Asian Tour chief operating officer Cho Minn Thant said in a statement.”I would also like to thank the Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) for its outstanding support of the game. The tournament’s return is a massive step forward and we hope to inspire a new generation of golfers in Pakistan as we continue to strengthen the game across Asia,” Cho added.The ADT, launched in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour, first sanctioned an event in Pakistan in 2017, where Thailand’s Poosit Supupramai secured his breakthrough win here.In 2018, the Asian Tour marked its return to Pakistan by staging an event in Karachi where Tirawat Kaewsiribandit of Thailand sealed his maiden victory.The Pakistan Open was held previously on the premier Asian Tour where England’s Chris Rodgers and Malaysia’s Airil Rizman claimed their respective maiden wins in 2006 and 2007. The last edition was staged on the domestic circuit in 2009.The Pakistan Open, jointly sanctioned by the PGF and the ADT, will feature an international field of 144 players, with 50 players from the ADT, 80 players from the PGF, nine invitees and five amateurs.advertisementWith the addition of the Pakistan Open in the 2019 ADT schedule, players will have another opportunity to boost their rankings on the Order of Merit and play their way on to the Asian Tour.The leading seven players on the final ADT Order of Merit will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2020 season.All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner of each tournament receives a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Pakistan OpenFollow Golf Next
MS Dhoni chased around by pitch invader in Nagpur, Virat Kohli not amusedIndia vs Australia: A pitch invader reportedly chased MS Dhoni around the ground during the second ODI between India and Australia in Nagpur on Tuesdayadvertisement India Today Web Desk NagpurMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 19:11 IST MS Dhoni was chased around the field by an intruder in Nagpur (Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was chased around the ground by an intruder in NagpurWhile some of the Indian players found it amusing, Virat Kohli was far from pleasedDhoni ran away but the pitch invader managed to catch up and hugged the former India skipperA pitch invader apparently chased MS Dhoni around the VCA Stadium in Nagpur before the start of the second innings of the second ODI between India and Australia. Virat Kohli’s 40th hundred helped India post a fighting 250 earlier after a middle-order collapse which included a golden duck for MS Dhoni.After Kohli had scored 116, the Indian innings wrapped up quickly. Pat Cummins was the pick of Australia’s bowlers with figures of 4 for 29 off 9 overs. Pitch invasion used to be a common occurence in Asian cricket grounds in the 1990s but with tighter security, it has become more or less impossible for fans to run on to the ground.In New Zealand, an Indian fan had breached security to meet MS Dhoni during a T20I. However, Dhoni ensured the Indian flag the man was carrying, did not touch the ground.Incredible scenes to start the second innings as MS Dhoni is chased around the ground by a pitch invader. All looked in good fun until the trespasser went up to Virat Kohli, who was not amused. Old mate has been escorted off the field #INDvAUSSamuel Ferris (@samuelfez) March 5, 2019That’s how he reacts with his fan, Craziness overloaded. Captain Cool for a reason. No Attitude, No show off, No Head weight That’s Thala for you… #Dhoni #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/yKGmEnDSUJMuthu Balaji (@imMB23) March 5, 2019There have been several instances in the past of fans storming into the ground to meet their favourite players in action. But there are strong legal penalties in place for such breaches.advertisementFan came inside the ground to meet Dhoni and Dhoni started runningLucky Fan #INDvAUS #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/0BEyuoCywqAparna (@imAPramanik) March 5, 2019In India, broadcasters do not show pitch invasions and commentators are encouraged to not talk about them on air.The pitch invasion on Tuesday could not be confirmed by any other source. A senior Australian journalist tweeted about the breach and said the invader chased Dhoni around the ground but Virat Kohli was far from pleased.Also Read | MS Dhoni ensures Indian flag doesn’t touch the ground as fan rushes out to touch his feetAlso Read | Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundredsAlso Read | MS Dhoni falls for fifth golden duck in ODI careerAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar lauds Vijay Shankar: That innings of 46 was oozing classAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja joins Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in elite listFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow 2nd ODIFollow India vs AustraliaFollow MS DhoniFollow NagpurFollow Pitch invader
Yuvraj Singh hits 1st IPL fifty since May 2017 on debut for Mumbai IndiansIPL 2019: Yuvraj Singh scored his 13th IPL fifty and the first since 2017 on his debut for Mumbai Indians. He was bought for his base price of Rs 1 crore in the player auction by MI.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 00:21 IST IPL 2019, MI vs DC: Yuvraj Singh scored 53 off 35 deliveries. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOn debut for Mumbai Indians, Yuvraj Singh scored his 1st IPL fifty since May 2017On May 2, 2017, Yuvraj had scored 70 not out against Delhi DaredevilsYuvraj Singh now has 13 half-centuries in the Indian Premier LeagueYuvraj Singh was at his vintage best for Mumbai Indians against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. Bought for his base price of Rs 1 crore, Yuvraj showed he had lost none of his class when he hit his 13th IPL fifty and his first since May 2, 2017.Two years ago, Yuvraj Singh had scored 70 not out against Delhi Daredevils for Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was one of two fifties Yuvraj scored in 2017. Next year, Yuvraj moved to Kings XI Punjab and endured his worst ever IPL season with 65 runs from 8 matches.Yuvraj Singh repaid the faith Mumbai Indians showed in him with a 35-ball 53.MI vs DC IPL 2019: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTNot even Yuvraj Singh’s staunchest fans would have been really surprised if he went unsold in the IPL auction in December. However, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Mahela Jayawardene believed in Yuvraj and MI decided to bag him.Yuvraj Singh took his time to get going but a few of his shots evoked memories of the past.In 2015, Yuvraj Singh bagged a record Rs 16 crore deal with Delhi Daredevils. Royal Challengers Bangalore had bought him for Rs 14 crore the year before.From the highs of 2014 and 2015, Yuvraj Singh almost went unsold in the auction for the 2019 IPL before Mumbai Indians bought him for Rs 1 crore.This season, Yuvraj has looked fitter than 2018 and Zaheer Khan said his friend is determined to do well for Mumbai Indians.”We needed an experienced batsman who controls the game in the middle. Who is better than Yuvraj Singh to do this? Yuvraj is looking forward to this season. He’s doing everything possible to make it count. This is great news for all his fans,” Zaheer had told the media last week.advertisementOn Sunday, Yuvraj Singh showed he meant business.Also Read | Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s record for fastest IPL fifty vs Mumbai IndiansAlso Read | Mumbai Indians say Jasprit Bumrah fine after injury scareAlso Read | Rasikh Salam second player from Jammu and Kashmir to play IPLFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow MI vs DCFollow IPL 2019