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16Nov/19

World Cup 2019: Australia coach Justin Langer pumped for England showdown

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer has always worn his heart on his sleeve so it is perhaps no surprise that his reaction to facing pre-tournament favourites England in the World Cup semi-finals was not fear but pure, unbridled enthusiasm.”Phwoah! It doesn’t get much better does it?” he told reporters in Birmingham, where the reigning champions will face England on Thursday. “We’re really excited. World Cup semi-final in England against England is going to be huge.”Both teams will be battle-hardened. Both have had really good lead-ups. Both really good teams.”I’m sure everyone will be nervous going into it but excited because as I said, England against Australia in England. How good is that?”The five-time World Cup winners face the tournament hosts to decide who will meet the winner of the first semi-final between India and New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday.Langer’s team were pipped to the top-ranking in their final pool match – a surprise 10-run loss to South Africa on Saturday – and have lost batsmen Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja to injury over the last week.All-rounder Marcus Stoinis is also under an injury cloud and Langer has had to bring Matthew Wade and Peter Handscomb into the squad with Mitch Marsh placed on standby.Langer, however, said that while Wade had not played for Australia since October 2017 and Marsh had not played an ODI since early 2018, he had no issues with all three stepping into the seething cauldron of a semi-final if selected.”It is pressure for anyone, but there is pressure for all 22 guys on the park,” he said.advertisement”Matthew Wade has played a lot of international cricket if he comes in. There’s a real upside to him and he is in no doubt career-best form.”Pete Handscomb a few months ago helped us beat India 3-2 in India in their conditions and then 5-0 against Pakistan in the UAE. His temperament is excellent for it.”Mitch Marsh has also played a lot of one-day international cricket. We’re really lucky.”All three players were with the Australia A’ squad that were touring England at the same time as the World Cup and Langer said the foresight of that decision was now bearing fruit.”Imagine if all the boys were still in Australia and hadn’t played any cricket?” Langer said. “Then we’d be really nervous about it.”The boys are all up and running. So it was great vision from Cricket Australia. That’s a luxury for us and a real bonus.”Also Read | How have India fared in World Cup semifinals from 1983Also Read | World Cup 2019: India not worried about overdependence on Rohit-Virat, says Sanjay BangarAlso See:last_img read more

16Nov/19

BIBLER TAKES THE WITNESS STAND IN FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL

first_imgThomas Bibler took the witness stand Wednesday in his first degree murder trial in Le Mars.Bibler’s accused of fatally stabbing his sister, Shannon Bogh, in June of 2016.Defense attorney Billy Oyardare questioned Bibler about the medications he had taken during the day of the alleged stabbing:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BIBLER10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..got off work. ;21Bibler testified that he didn’t take Ambien every day, didn’t have a current prescription but took it when he needed it.Ambien is a medication used to treat anxiety and insomnia.Plymouth County Attorney Darrin Raymond then cross-examined Bibler and Bibler appeared to contradict himself on what he had told a psychologist who had interviewed him:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BIBLER11.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….she got it wrong, Yes. :26The bench trial before Judge Jeffrey Neary adjourned for the day with no set date to resume.Prosecutor Darrin Raymond may yet call another witness, however, that witness is not available at this time.It is not known when the trial will continue.last_img read more

16Nov/19

SIOUX CITY NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS REGULATIONS

first_imgSome Sioux City residents will be ringing in the New Year with fireworks today and tonight.City code allows fireworks to be used on your own property or a property where written permission is given from 1pm this afternoon until 12:30 a.m. tonight….ending 30 minutes after the New Year begins.Setting off fireworks in a public park, city owned property, or on a public roadway, street, or alley is strictly prohibited.The discharge or possession of fireworks on city property will be subject to a $500 simple misdemeanor, $250 on private property.No person under the age 18 shall purchase, possess or discharge fireworks without parental supervision.Sky lanterns are NOT allowed in Sioux City.If you have any questions regarding the use of fireworks, please call Sioux City Fire Rescue at 279-6377.last_img read more

16Nov/19

Could Oklahoma State’s defensive line be better in 2015?

first_imgA defensive line that graduates Ofa Hautau and James Castleman will be….. improved next season? Seriously, it has a chance to be.Let’s start at the defensive tackle position. Hautau will not be an easy one to replace next season in the trenches, and there is a reason he earned such respect within the fans and in the locker room.A run-stopper who can blow lineman into the backfield is hard to find, but last season’s rotation shows that there are candidates waiting in the shadow.Vincent Taylor, who made the rotation last season, will become a huge factor next season. At 6-foot-3, 290 pounds he has the girth of an effective defensive lineman who can plug holes and stop the run.The second defensive tackle who I expect to step right in next season is junior college transfer Motekiai Maile who came to Stillwater at a modest 307 pounds. Maile played defensive tackle and defensive end at Tyler Junior College and in Rob Glass’ offseason program I would bet his playing weight will end up around 325 poounds.Now to the defensive end position – the Cowboys are loaded at this position. With All-Big 12 performer Emmanuel Ogbah returning and Jimmy Bean opposite him, OSU has one of the most formidable returning pass rushing bookends in the league.What is unknown and yet to be seen on the field is what will set the defense apart next season. The 2014 recruiting class was filled with future stars at the defensive end position with guys like Jordan Brailford, an All-American, and Trey Carter who held offers from OU, Mississippi State and several top ranked programs across the nation.Another name to keep in mind for next season is Jarrell Owens, who was committed to TCU and flipped his commitment to OSU just before signing day last year.Owens has earned high praise from bystanders and the coaching staff for his extremely high motor and intense work ethic in the weight room. There is a good chance that Owens will work his way into the rotation next season behind Emmanuel Ogbah.Owens’ demeanor seemed to be calm, yet focused this offseason. When asked on Twitter what his mindset in the offseason was, he replied, “my mindset has always been to compete and have fun while doing it no matter the situation!”“We are going to play as a family and win many games,” Owens said.Expectations are tempered — for now. With a very formidable defensive line set to lead the Cowboys next season, eagerness and excitement continues to increase towards the 2015 season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

16Nov/19

OSU is Averaging 40 Points a Game … and it’s a Disappointment?

first_img“I think that we need to give the offensive staff and Coach Yurcich some credit,” said Mike Gundy on Monday. “It’s not easy to game plan and to be as diverse as we are at times. You guys follow football. You know that, if you do too much, then you’re not any good at anything.”I … sort of agree with the first half of Mike & Mike in this instance? Mike Yurcich has been roasted during his time in Stillwater, but that was probably always going to happen to the OC in charge when Gundy transitioned from the air raid to, uh, not the air raid. It just so happened that it was Yurcich.What if I told you OSU was one of seven Power 5 conference teams averaging 40 points a game? What if I told you OSU ranks 18th in the country in points per drive.[1. This takes out the garbage time drives against teams like UTSA and Kansas, too.] Not elite, but certainly good enough to matter when you have the defense it has.The crazy part is that of the six Power 5 teams ahead of OSU in points scored per game, OSU has four of them (!) still left on its schedule.Baylor: 61.1 PPGTCU: 50.1Texas Tech: 46.6OU: 43.3OSU: 40.3November gonna be any fun or nah?So now the question stands — is OSU’s offense good enough to win the Big 12 when its defense clearly is? The most prognosticative statistic over the last near decade in determining a Big 12 champ has been turnover margin.Baylor is out in front there, followed closely by Texas and Oklahoma State. Texas ain’t winning the Big 12. Is it going to come down to that November 21 game between the Bears and Pokes in Stillwater?I sure hope so.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

16Nov/19

Poll Results: 70 Percent Of Oklahoma State Fans Think Big 12 Will Die Slow Death

first_imgThe most surprising part of these poll results is that those of you who voted that the Big 12 will actually thrive crept into the double digits. I told Carson this on our podcast, but I think I’m more optimistic than most about the future of the Big 12. I think I might be with the “will thrive” people.I’ve really struggled with how to think properly about this because there are so many tentacles to try and get your arms wrapped around, but the reality is that the Big 12 is currently making money. A lot of it. $300M last year ($30M to each team) and will make even more with a conference championship game.There is no incentive for anyone to go anywhere except for maybe OU (and even that is pretty debatable). The issue for the Big 12 is going to be this: Figure out how to keep pace with future contracts with TV networks on a per/team basis. You don’t have to make SEC or Big 10 money, but you do have to make per-team SEC money (which you are currently pretty close to).The issue is that now your properties are not as valuable, and those other conference are beginning to sign some outrageous contracts. So where does the Big 12 go? Does it try and contend with those conference in terms of ESPN and FOX or does it try to ink deals with, say, Netflix and Hulu? Is that a wise financial move in the future or does it just sound sexy?These are the decisions the Big 12 will have to make now that it has decided to stay at 10 teams. I think there’s a space for the Big 12 to really thrive over the next decade and beyond. I’m just not sure who I trust to find it. Tuesday poll question: Following the no expansion announcement, the Big 12 will …— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 18, 2016Let’s get to your comments.okstate1990: The B12 will be fine. The Conference, the Universities and the Networks will figure it out — there are some pretty smart people involved despite the arrogance of UT. 2025 is a long way off. There’s no need to panic and add teams (especially the ones available) just because the media and fans think they should.At some point, people may realize that the B12’s round robin schedule is the way to do it and the 14/16 member conference idea wasn’t so great. TV Networks are evolving very rapidly now; how do we know what the networks are going to even look like much less be able to afford in 9 years? It may turn out that the B12 is at an advantage only having 10 teams splitting fewer pie pieces.Levin: there are only a few P5 caliber schools not yet in a P5 conference. (BYU, Houston, Cincy) Those schools will add value to whatever conference they join, no question. The Big 12 will be fine without them for now, but will we be kicking ourselves later for not adding them when we had the chance?Chris: Wonder how other leagues are viewing the petulant behavior of OU during all this? Not a team player at all having constant tantrums since 2011. The league is dead, but I bet Ou doesn’t get an offer until Boren is gone.TJ: I think maybe the big 12 accidentally is ahead of the curve on this. They protected their recruiting base just as much their financial base.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

16Nov/19

Receiver Production: Washington, Others Showed Out In TCU Loss

first_imgMarcell Ateman1061000 Dillon Stoner43391 ReceiverSnaps Their PerformanceThis might be the easiest point to make, but the receivers put on the best showing of any OSU position group Saturday.Although Ateman dropped the deep one that forced a punt, he was arguably the Cowboys’ best ball-catcher. On the Dillon Stoner touchdown drive, Ateman caught three passes on three targets for 52 yards and three first downs. Those are numbers you expect from Washington.There aren’t any record-breaking stats I can throw at you this week, but at some point, you have to question (with only three drops), how can the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense put up fewer points at home against TCU than SMU did on the road?I would argue it wasn’t because of these guys. Tyron Johnson0000 Jalen McCleskey48 ReceiverTargetsCatchesYardsTDs If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! James Washington761531 Tylan Wallace3 Tyron Johnson17 Is that a good throw or nah? pic.twitter.com/myOdeTre55— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017 Jalen McCleskey94790 Tylan Wallace1000 Will Mike Yurcich not dial anything up to go deep?Watch the 86-yarder again. Washington had a step, and that’s all Rudolph thought he needed. The ball neared double coverage, yet it didn’t even come close to mattering.FGs not going to get it done today, TCU. pic.twitter.com/GWPfIcIcLO— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017There wasn’t enough of that ambition in Yurcich’s play-calling, coupled with too much double pass.No Chris LacyAfter the Pitt game, Mike Gundy said he thought Lacy would be good to go Saturday. He was not, and that had a trickle effect throughout the receiving group.Maybe if Lacy was available, Tyron Johnson could have split reps more effectively with The President and not Ateman. Maybe Washington wouldn’t have gotten so tired for the drive Wallace came in for that drop in the end zone.Maybe Washington would have caught it for a touchdown instead of a Matt Ammendola field goal.It’s not Lacy’s fault he got injured, and it’s definitely not his fault OSU lost Saturday, and in fact, that’s the point. Because Lacy was unavailable, it’s hard to put blame on Washington or any of the other receivers. Everyone’s reps went up considerably. James Washington61 A week after four receivers caught at least 100 yards worth of passes, the group as a whole finished with 371. That sounds a lot better than it looked if you watched the game.TCU’s game plan was to force the underneath throws, and it was successful. Although Mason Rudolph missed a couple deep balls, the Cowboys didn’t connect on a pass of more than 30 yards until late in the fourth quarter other than James Washington’s 86-yard score in the first.Rudolph said there were a few forced throws downfield that just weren’t there and fell incomplete because of the depth the Frogs’ defense was deploying. That meant much of the underneath and intermediate routes would be available. And to the Cowboy receivers’ credit, they thrived as well as they could in the 44-31 loss Saturday.Here are a few reasons that final score had virtually nothing to do with the guys catching the passes.Limited DropsAs OSU was trying to make its comeback, Rudolph went deep to Marcell Ateman. The ball hit the basket, and ripped through.Earlier in the game, true freshman Tylan Wallace came in for Washington for a drive that culminated on a first and 10 from the TCU 14. Rudolph fired a little in front of Wallace, but it touched his fingers and went through. It was a play Washington probably ought to have been in for.Those were the only drops that mattered Saturday, and there probably should have been at least five more. Rudolph was slightly off at times against TCU, but for the most part, like this play, the Cowboys’ receivers closed the gap.Uninspired Play CallingAll right, to a certain extent, I understand taking what the defense gives you. If the defense runs quarters, or Cover 4, it’s probably not wise to hurl it deep.But if this has been dubbed as the best receiving corps in college football and TCU is throwing man coverage at you, I am putting more confidence in Washington and the guys downfield. It was frustrating to know that the TCU defense was going to dictate the game simply by how it lined up. Imagine next week against Texas Tech if a seemingly improved Raider defense gives the Cowboys’ the same looks. Total31193712 *Best Estimates, Based on Data Keeping Marcell Ateman49 Dillon Stoner42last_img read more

16Nov/19

‘I don’t understand how PSG avoided FFP over Mbappe’

first_imgTransfers I cannot understand how PSG did not break FFP over Mbappe, says Monaco president Last updated 2 years ago 07:38 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(56) Kylian Mbappe Monaco 2017 Getty Images Transfers Kylian Mbappé Nice v Monaco Nice Monaco Ligue 1 The president of the Ligue 1 club affirmed that the deal PSG made was too good to turn down, although how they cleared it past UEFA still puzzles him Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev has admitted he is bewildered over how Paris Saint-Germain circumvented Financial Fair Play rules in bringing Kylian Mbappe to the French capital. Having already smashed the world transfer record with the arrival of Neymar, PSG pulled off another coup by landing Mbappe from their Ligue 1 rivals. Le Parisiens 10/11 to win CL Group B Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The teenage wonderkid moves on an initial one-year loan, but with a compulsory purchase option that will push the total transfer value to a whopping €180 million. Vasilyev, who ironed out the details of the transfer along with PSG and Mbappe’s representatives, has now affirmed that he cannot fathom how the buyers have stayed within the financial limits stipulated by UEFA.”It was a very tough transfer. At the start, we didn’t want to let him go to a direct competitor, but I’ve always shared a good relationship with his father who is also his agent. They convinced me,” the Russian explained to TASS.Kylian Mbappe France Luxembourg World Cup Qualifiers 03092017“But the talks with Paris were very complicated. We couldn’t understand how they could sign the player without breaking FFP.”Ultimately, however, Vasilyev explained that the offer was just too good to refuse.”It was a deal between three parties. The Mbappes always said that it was going to be done by the best terms for us,” he added.”Paris paid the price we asked, which was as much as we got from other European clubs”. The principality club saw a host of top talents leave over a lucrative summer. As well as Mbappe, the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko moved on from the Champions League semi-finalists.last_img read more

16Nov/19

Candreva: Italy criticism was excessive

first_imgItaly Candreva: Italy criticism was excessive after Spain loss Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 07:09 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() AntonioCandreva - cropped Getty Images Italy Italy v Israel Israel WC Qualification Europe World Cup Spain v Italy Spain Italy did not deserve the weight of criticism levelled at them after losing to Spain, according to the midfielder. Antonio Candreva believes the criticism Italy received after their defeat in Spain was “excessive” as the Azzurri returned to winning ways against Israel.Candreva and Inter 9/1 for Serie A titleItaly look certain to require a play-off to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, having fallen behind Spain in Group G following a one-sided 3-0 loss in Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But Ciro Immobile’s sixth goal of the campaign ensured a 1-0 victory against Israel on Tuesday – all but securing a top-two place – and midfielder Candreva feels Italy deserve more respect for their work in the past year.”We needed a victory, we got it and I thought it was a positive performance that was consistent with the work we’ve done in the last year,” the Inter star said.”Criticism is part of the job, but we are a solid group and some of it was excessive. I think the Azzurri have done good things this year.| #Candreva : “These are games where you need to score early. It became easier after our goal.” #ItalyIsrael  1-0— Italy (@azzurri) September 5, 2017 “The defeat in Madrid was painful for us more than anyone – we were not expecting it and we have learned from our mistakes.”And team-mate Davide Zappacosta added that the Spain game offered Italy a reality check: “The game in Madrid made us realise many things.”We have to be a compact side, to fight for every ball and harass every opponent.”This sort of match [against Israel] is even more difficult as the opposition locks down all the space and make it hard for you.”last_img read more

16Nov/19

What’s up with the banners, Kochi?

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup: North Korea’s Kim Jon-Un & Catalonia find sympathisers in ‘muddled’ Kochi Nisanth V Easwar Kochi Last updated 2 years ago 13:00 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kochi stadium Getty U17 World Cup Brazil U17 Spain U17 Korea DPR U17 The Kaloor Stadium was a sea of yellow again on the opening day of the World Cup in Kochi but there were added flavours for the rest of the world… GOAL BY NISANTH V EASWAR    Follow @Niktheblue94 on Twitter The sun literally didn’t shine brightly in Kochi on Sunday. Make no mistake, the crowd in Kochi was vociferous in their support inside the stadium for the two games. Without being obstreperous, they managed to get the Brazilian Samba and the Spanish tiki-taka going but consistent rains over the past days had an effect on the area outside the stadium. The area outside where fans were allowed to show their support was wet and muddy.Either Kerala has an unbelievably large number of Brazil supporters or the fans took to wearing yellow outfits as the perfect opportunity to showcase their local Indian Super League (ISL) team Kerala Blasters on the global stage. Or maybe, a bit of both? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The fans were in full voice, despite the reduced the capacity and an official attendance of 21,362 for the match between Brazil and Spain. The usual attempts at ‘Mexican waves’ and the camera flashes were on show inside the stadium but what grabbed headlines was the funky show of support several metres outside the main gate in Kaloor.An image of a group of people showing their support to DPR Korea ahead of their match against Niger was the immediate point of attraction on social media.Korea U17 KeralaThis could easily be sarcasm but let’s not dwell on the political aspect of this banner. We can all agree that this is the most confusing banner to be unfurled across all six venues on the opening day of the U-17 World Cup in India. Everyone has the right to an opinion of course and on that note, let’s move on to another banner that was seen outside the stadium. This is by Cules of Kerala, a popular FC Barcelona fan group.Cules of Kerala Spain U17Goal spoke to Pranav, an engineering student from Kochi and a member of ‘Cules of Kerala’ group, who said,”Our objective was to support the club [FC Barcelona] at a global stage. The U-17 World Cup match in Kochi between Brazil and Spain was the perfect opportunity. We were there to support FC Barcelona’s players who features for Spain.”Spain U17 coach Santiago Denia refused to comment on the ongoing protests and the referendum in Catalonia and instead projected a united front. With the future of FC Barcelona in La Liga in doubt, the Cules (a word derived from the Catalan language) from Kerala have lent their firm support in the most appealing manner possible.Despite the area outside being all wet and muddy, fans were in full voice. Not even the weather gods can stop these passionate group of ‘yellow’ fans and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the games in the city.last_img read more

16Nov/19

Football transfer rumours: Ronaldo to Manchester United? Again?

first_imgFootball Manchester United sign Fred while Emre Can completes Juventus move Reuse this content The World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Rumour mill Arsenal’s new manager, Unai Emery, is keen to sign the Sevilla playmaker Éver Banega, and also has several eyes on the Porto defender Miguel Layún.Dusan Tadic, Southampton’s Serb schemer, is close to a move to Ajax, while Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are following the every move of West Ham’s Declan Rice – even when he goes to the bathroom.Finally, Palace are also keen on the Stoke midfielder Gianelli Imbula – but so are Newcastle, and what Rafa Benítez wants, Rafa Benítez occasionally gets. Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Pinterest features Read more Topics Transfer window Having proved beyond sane dispute that he is the GOHG, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly heading back to where it all started. No, not his mother’s womb; we mean Old Trafford!Reports suggest Ronaldo is thinking more and more about a move to Manchester United, where he would fulfil a lifelong ambition to play alongside Ashley Young. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Young’s place might be under threat if United secure another target – as we speak, José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino are engaged in a bare-knuckle dispute to decide who gets to sign human motor car Jordi Alba from Barcelona.Spurs are also keen on Argentina-busting winger Ante Rebic, who would cost £26m from Eintracht Frankfurt.There’s another quiet summer ahead at Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri, the new manager-elect, wants to raid his old club Napoli for Dries Mertens, Elseid Hysaj, José María Callejón, Raul Albiol and Intrepid Attitude.Álvaro Morata will take the well-trodden path from Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea are keen on the Russia playmaker Aleksandr Golovin – but so are Barcelona and Juventus, so there that goes.Liverpool are going to sign a keeper from Rome – but it might not be Alisson. Reports suggest Jürgen Klopp is ready to share some love with Lazio’s Albanian keeper Thomas Strakosha. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

16Nov/19

Quiz: How well do you know the World Cup mascots?

first_img Striker, the Goalhound Pique was the face of Mexico 1986, with Fifa attempting to tick off as many lazy stereotypes as possible. What was under the sombrero? Ciao Italia 90’s mascot is surely up there with very best. Who is this striking figure hanging out with Bobby Robson? Share on LinkedIn Europa League level Master Fifa Yep. Self-awareness isn’t one of Fifa’s strong points. Sepp Being caught on camera giving the finger (well, claw) to a supporter during Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to Germany Big Brother King Referee Spain 1982 brought this cheerful chap into our lives. What was his name? Mid-table safety Being caught on camera bumping and grinding with several dancers in a rather inappropriate way According to Fifa, Fuleco was “really sociable, loves dancing and all types of music.” Clearly Goleo XX An avocado Being caught on camera urinating in a park close to the Maracanã Atmoball These three “particles of energy” also lived “high in the sky in a place called Atmozone”. Seriously. Rather unusually, the South Korean mascots – Nik, Kaz and Ato – didn’t play football in their series of cartoons that accompanied the tournament. Which football-like sport did they play? Challenge your friends That high-tech trio were a deliberate move away from the “crude and two-dimensional” (Fifa’s words) mascot of France 98. What was his name? Superball Voila Poco Franco Gringo Coq A cactus Share on Messenger Below average Hombrecito Novanta World Cup Pepe Goleo VI Fifa say his name is “derived from his father’s encouraging cries of ‘Go Leo, Go!’ during football matches”. Which just shows HE ALREADY HAD A NAME. Share on Facebook World Cup 2018 Useless This not-at-all awkward photo features the mascot from Argentina 1978 as its centrepiece. What was his name? (The mascot that is, not the uncomfortable-looking child actor.) USA! USA!! USA!!! Loveable mutt Striker took up the reins in 1994. What was his full name? Moneyball Goleo IV Striker, the Fifa Retriever Striker, the World Cup Pup In the early drafts, Striker was seen carrying the ball under his arm but then someone pointed out that was against the laws of football. Pretty poor Striker, the midfield terrier Just outside the European places Pelota Calcio Share on Pinterest A prickly pear You got… Golazzo Juanito Plenty to work on Share on Twitter An all-time low? Shambolic found-in-the-bin lion costume, nightmarish coming-to-get-you-when-you-sleep boggle-eyed ball sidekick and a clunky name so dull they added a ridiculous regnal number in an attempt to jazz it up. Who is this? Being caught on camera littering in Belo Horizonte Share on WhatsApp Gallik Champions League level Meet Zakumi! The mascot for the 2010 tournament “will be first on the dancefloor and last off it at the biggest party in the world” according to Fifa’s blurb. He also starred in a series of cartoons with a small red bird ominously named … Winner, winner, chicken dinner Goalball Share on Facebook Gauchito Gauchito was criticised for looking too like Juanito, the mascot for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. features Submit answers Fuleco, a pretty underwhelming armadillo whose name was a portmanteau of “futebol” and “ecologia”, was the mascot for Brazil 2014. He looks harmless but how did he cause controversy during the tournament? So close! Not great Share via Email Share via Email Topics Naranjito Because he’s an orange. A jalapeño pepper His name derives from “picante”, the Spanish word for spicy, and is a pun on the “PK” abbreviation for penalty kick. Share on Twitter Footix And not for the first time Fifa were wrong. He was great. Goleo XVI Reuse this contentlast_img read more

14Nov/19

Rakitic: Messi spending more time in gym

first_imgLionel Messi Rakitic: Messi spending more time than ever in the gym Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 17:35 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Ivan Rakitić Chelsea v Barcelona Chelsea UEFA Champions League Primera División The Barcelona star is spending a massive amount of time in the weights room as his side eye more success Ivan Rakitic says Barcelona star Lionel Messi works at “100 per cent” in training, and insists he has never seen him in the gym so much.Messi, 30, has played every match for Barca this season apart from the first three rounds of the Copa del Rey, scoring 27 goals in the process.AdChoices广告Head coach Ernesto Valverde has sought to give Messi some rest at key times this season, notably leaving him out of the starting line-up for Champions League group games with Juventus and Sporting CP and the league derby match with Espanyol. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Argentina international insisted last month he has no objection to Valverde’s rotation policy, and Rakitic believes his team-mate looks as sharp as ever.”The truth is that Leo is very focused, working a lot,” Rakitic said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 clash with Chelsea. “I don’t know if I have seen him in the gym so much, preparing, taking care of himself. “You can notice in the training sessions when he’s at 100 per cent. You notice a lot.”Rakitic also expressed his desire for captain Andres Iniesta to stay at the club beyond this season.The 33-year-old has been a key part of Valverde’s plans but has reportedly received a significant offer from a club in the Chinese Super League.”I don’t want him to leave because of everything he means for this club,” said Rakitic. “We had a bottle of wine the other day and I saw that goal he scored [against Chelsea in 2009].”It’s not just about what he does on the pitch, though, but also in the dressing room and off the pitch.”He is a very important person for me, a great friend. I hope he’s here with us for many years. But as a friend, I want him to be happy and whatever he decides in the future, I will always be by his side.”last_img read more

09Nov/19

WATCH: Sargent and Weah get first USMNT goals

first_imgUnited States VIDEO: Sargent and Weah get first USMNT goals Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 09:59 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tim Weah Josh Sargent United States Bolivia USA Today United States United States v Bolivia Bolivia Friendlies Videos The 18-year-olds had a night to remember as both scored their first senior team goals against an overmatched Bolivia side You could not have asked for a better evening for the U.S. national team’s pair of teenagers, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah.Both players linked up well and were the best two players on the field for either the USMNT or Bolivia in the contest, and the 18-year-olds were each rewarded with a goal.After Walker Zimmerman got the USMNT in front, scoring off a corner delivered by Joe Corona, it was Sargent who doubled the lead in the second half. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Werder Bremen forward pressured substitute Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe into a poor pass that he did well to intercept and bring down with his back to goal.In on goal all alone, Sargent’s low shot was partially blocked by Lampe, but still found the back of the net to make it 2-0.It was a goal in not only his first senior team start, but also in his first cap for the USMNT.Josh Sargent picks off a bad pass from the keeper to score in his USMNT debut! pic.twitter.com/yGual0ejYt — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 29, 2018 The score was the feather in the cap, but Sargent played well, excelling in his combination play with Weah.Meanwhile, Weah was the most active player early, seemingly involved with everything the USMNT did in attack. His pace terrorized Bolivia on the right, getting out wide multiple times and setting up team-mates for chances.Weah also had the best opportunity of the game early on, as Rubio Rubin played him in and he turned on the afterburners to get in behind. Reminiscent of a chance he had on his Paris Saint-Germain debut, Weah was unable to beat Bolivia starter Guillermo Vizcarra, who made the kick save.There was a scary moment where it looked like Weah would have to come off after a knee-on-knee collision, but after Julian Green was summoned, Weah managed to stay on.The 18-year-old remained active throughout the first half and was finally rewarded with his first senior team goal in the second half as he got on the end of an Antonee Robinson cross and did not miss. Weah would exit with Sargent a few minutes later.Tim Weah joins in on the fun with his first USMNT goal! pic.twitter.com/A9p4hcErtO — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 29, 2018 It was not the greatest of opposition as Bolivia struggled all evening, generating little going forward, and frequently losing both teens as they made runs off one another.But it was exactly what fans of the USMNT, who wanted to see some hope for the future after the nation’s World Cup qualifying disappointment, no doubt wanted to see.last_img read more

09Nov/19

Mbappe feeling ‘100 per cent’ after ankle knock

first_imgFrance Mbappe feeling ‘100 per cent’ after ankle knock in training Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 02:10 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) KylianMbappe - Cropped Getty Images France World Cup France v Australia Kylian Mbappé Antoine Griezmann Ousmane Dembélé After an injury scare, the PSG striker is ready to go for France’s World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday Kylian Mbappe insisted he was feeling no ill-effects from his injury scare while acknowledging that the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and himself will have to be clinical if they are to propel France to World Cup glory.The Paris Saint-Germain forward limped out of training on Tuesday nursing a left ankle problem following a challenge from team-mate Adil Rami.Mbappe subsequently tweeted to calm fears that he could miss Les Bleus’ Group C opener against the Socceroos on Saturday, and the 19-year-old was in high spirits as he faced the media on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I’m 100 per cent, I wanted to continue,” he said.”Club or national training is the same. We play as we train. These are things that happen and will happen again. It’s a bit innocuous, it’s a little late, certainly, but no-one died!”Mbappe also spoke about the possibility of lining up alongside Griezmann and Dembele in attack – a prospect that greatly excites the teenager, although he concedes the trio will have to continue to work on their relationship.”We are three players who appreciate each other and there is a lot of movement and speed,” he said.”But we can improve our defensive [work]. We cannot arrive in this competition with a team cut in half.”We must also be more effective in front of goal, we will not have 60 opportunities. Sometimes we will have one and it will be necessary to put it away.”Asked for his thoughts on the favourites to lift the trophy come July 15, Mbappe named three sides who he feels are ahead of Didier Deschamps’ men in that regard, and one for whom he sees 2018 as the last chance for a golden vintage to perform on the grandest stage.”Brazil, Germany and Spain are at present three teams that are a little ahead of us,” he said. “After, there is Belgium. For them it’s now. With their generation, I think it’s the last chance.”last_img read more

07Nov/19

World Cup Match Reports

first_imgStay tuned to this story as the reports will be updated in the coming hours. Men’s 40’sAustralia has narrowly lost the Men’s 40’s division to New Zealand at the 2011 World Cup, 5-4 in an exciting encounter.Australia took an early lead when John Clark scored following a Troy Morgan run from acting half, but New Zealand were quick to hit back, levelling the score in the next set of six. New Zealand great Pete Walters sent a worry through the New Zealand camp when he looked to be injured, but was soon back on the field and back to his best, setting up a touchdown and helping New Zealand jump ahead to a 3-1 lead. Despite a number of penalties, Australia was unable to capitalise on its opportunities. .New Zealand took their two touchdown advantage into half-time, 3-1. Australia hit back soon after the half-time break, when Robin Kildare setting up John Samin to bring the score back to one touchdown, 3-2. Two quick touchdowns to New Zealand took their lead out to three with just over five minutes remaining. Troy Morgan scored in the next set of six, to bring New Zealand’s lead back to two, and when a New Zealand player was sent to the sin bin with just minutes remaining, Australia capitalised. Robert Sinclair-Smith scored during this time to bring his team back within one touchdown. The Australian comeback was too little too late however, with the siren sounding, giving New Zealand the win, 5-4.Men’s 35’sAustralia has continued it undefeated run at the 2011 World Cup, defeating South Africa, 11-6 in the Men’s 35’s division.The two sides had played each other twice in the lead up to the final, once in the round games and the other in yesterday’s quarter final, which were both won by Australia. Australia got out to a flying start, scoring the first three touchdowns of the match before South Africa got on the scoreboard midway through the first half and went into half-time with a comprehensive lead. Australia continued its dominance after the break, to take the match by five touchdowns and become Australia’s first World Cup champions for 2011.  Men’s 30’s Australia has comprehensively beaten England in the grand final of the Men’s Open division at the 2011 World Cup, taking the game 18-2. After a week of Touch Football that including plenty of high scores from the team, including a 31 touchdown win earlier in the week, the win was a great way for the teams to finish their World Cup campaign. The team didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard, making their mark on the game in the early exchanges. Captain Gavin Shuker led by example, scoring five touchdowns for the match.Senior MixedAustralia has pushed New Zealand all the way in the Senior Mixed division, taking the game to a drop off before losing 7-6. Australia got out to an impressive start, before New Zealand hit back to get back into the game. After leading 3-1, New Zealand hit back in the late stages of the first half, with Australia going to the half-time break up by one touchdown. New Zealand hit back in the early stages of the second half, with the teams continuing their great rivalry right down to the dying seconds, sending the game into a drop off. Both teams were unable to score in their first set of six, and it was New Zealand who eventually has the opportunity to capitalise, scoring in the first two minutes to take the title.last_img read more

07Nov/19

International flavour at 2014 X-Blades National Touch League

first_imgYou can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 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 #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWorld Cup 2015 By BEN HARRISWith a little over 400 days until the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup, preparations for the sport’s premier event have been stepped up.The 2014 X-Blades National Touch League is an opportunity for everyone involved to showcase their skills before the April 29 to May 3, 2015 event at Coffs Harbour.Players try to impress Australian selectors, referees want to get notice and international teams look for an edge.Two of the visiting nations that will feature at the World Cup are Japan and Papua New Guinea (PNG).The international sides are playing at this week’s NTL championships to get experience and to prepare themselves the best way possible.Both countries have sent a couple of teams to Coffs Harbour this week to play.Japan has sides in the mixed open, men’s T-League and two teams in the women’s T-League divisions.PNG teams are playing in the men’s and women’s T-League competitions.It has been a learning curve for both countries but that is what this endeavour to the NTL was all about.“We are preparing for the World Cup next year and the NTL is at the same field, the same place and the same stadium [as the World Cup],” Japanese mixed open’s coach Satoru Ozawa.“Most of the players in the Japanese team don’t have any international experience so this is about getting that experience.”The mixed team have yet to win a game while it is more promising in the T-League competition.Japan has won three matches in the men’s and women’s T-League divisions.PNG has also found success in the young division with the men’s side beating South Queensland Sharks (B), Victoria and South West Queensland Swans.The women’s team have pushed their rivals all the way.For developing touch football nations like Japan and PNG, Ozawa said it was hard at times.“In Japan, we have no mixed competition at all so they don’t have any experience,” Ozawa said of his team.“Everyone is excited. Of course we want to win more games.“I want to challenge teams.”last_img read more