The 20 most expensive transfers of January

first_imgTransfers Coutinho, Aubameyang and the 20 most expensive transfers of January Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Laporte, Coutinho, Aubameyang Getty composite Transfers Premier League Liverpool Arsenal Chelsea Manchester City Barcelona Athletic Club Everton Tottenham Hotspur Southampton Borussia Dortmund Swansea City Monaco Stoke City Brighton & Hove Albion Valencia Bayern München Primera División Serie A Bundesliga Ligue 1 CSL The winter window is now closed, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City among those to have spent big bolstering their rankslast_img read more

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Kante responds to talk of PSG switch

first_imgTransfers Kante responds to PSG links as Chelsea exit talk mounts during World Cup duty Chris Burton 00:27 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) N'Golo Kante France Getty Transfers PSG Chelsea France Ligue 1 World Cup Premier League The Premier League midfielder is fully focused on France for now, with speculation linking him with a big-money transfer being ignored for now N’Golo Kante is paying little attention to talk of a possible summer switch to Paris Saint-Germain, with the Chelsea midfielder the latest man to have sparked exit speculation at Stamford Bridge.Having helped Leicester and the Blues to back-to-back Premier League title successes, the 27-year-old was brought back down to earth with a bump last season alongside a number of team-mates in west London.Chelsea did counter their failure to secure a top-four finish with FA Cup success, but uncertainty reigns when it comes to the respective futures of several high-profile figures. 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 Head coach Antonio Conte continues to be linked with a move elsewhere, while the likes of Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and now Kante have sparked transfer rumours.The latter is, however, fully focused on World Cup duty with France for now, telling reporters when quizzed on the PSG links: “I am not concerned with all that.“Today, I am at Chelsea, and today I am currently living and playing in the World Cup, that is what comes first.“I am not paying attention to what is being said on the club side of things at the moment.”Kante played the full 90 minutes for France in their Russia 2018 opener against Australia, with Les Bleus battling their way to a 2-1 win.He linked up with his international colleagues having figured in 34 of Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures last season and 48 games in total.last_img read more

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FRANCIS CUTS LOCKS FOR WORLD’S GREATEST SHAVE CAUSE

first_imgFrancis Wood, one of the Touch Football community’s most talented young referees, has given her hair its marching orders as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. For Wood, the 2007 World’s Greatest Shave was the culmination of a seven-year plan. The nineteen-year-old grew her long locks down to her buttocks before getting rid of them for charity. She had been growing her hair since first deciding to shave her head after her aunt Vicki was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1998. “I couldn’t do it while I was at school. I wanted to grow my hair past my bottom and do something weird and shave it off,” Francis said.  Aunt Vicki and mother Michelle are proud of the dedication that Francis has shown.Michelle, who has also shaved her head in the past, donated bone marrow to sister Vicki in 1999. “I think [shaving] it’s a great idea, I think it’s quite honourable,” Michelle said. Francis and Michelle both think more people should get involved with World’s Greatest Shave. So far Francis has raised about $1,500. She is aiming to reach $4,000 by the end of the year and is currently on track. Michelle fully supports what her daughter has done.“She took an overall look at it and knew that it was ok to do it. It wasn’t suffering, she didn’t go through any great loss, and it was only her hair. Cancer sufferers lose their hair and some don’t get it back,” Michelle said.  The Level Two referee, who has been involved in the sport as a player and a referee for over four years, has received great support from the Touch Football community.Francis’ refereeing abilities have recently been recognised with induction into the New South Wales Touch Association Talented Referees Youth Squad. However, it is her endeavour off the field that is sure to raise public awareness for what is an ongoing and very serious problem that affects many people. New South Wales Touch Association Administration Manager Kylie Hearne is full of praise for Francis’ initiative and commitment to the worthy cause.“We have all been touched by this insidious disease in one way or another. Last year as a Touch community we lost Mick Johnson, and earlier this year Matt Essey to cancer. It’s awesome that someone as young as Francis is taking the lead and realizing that it’s a disease that affects the old and the young and that we can all play a part in helping fight against it… Francis had the most beautiful long hair, so it’s great that she had no qualms in doing this, it’s incredibly selfless and we’re all pretty proud of her for doing it. It would be great if the Touch community got right behind her and helped raise as much money as possible,” Ms. Hearne said.World’s Greatest Shave has raised in excess of $55 million in the past eight years. The funds go to supporting patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. It also assists in providing a range of services including education, transportation and counselling. Francis’ contribution will undoubtedly have a great benefit to many people. She said that getting involved with the World’s Greatest Shave was definitely worthwhile because there is no real downside. “I’m not missing the hair. It feels great actually. I love helping people. The money will go to helping kids that are sick. I haven’t missed out on anything, I lost some hair, but it’ll grow back.” Only a month after lopping her “do”, Francis is already planning to shave again. “I was actually thinking of doing it again at the end of the year because it’s actually growing quite fast. I just love it, it feels great.”Money can be contributed to Francis’ tally until the end of the year. If you would like to donate visit www.worldsgreatestshave.com – go to Sponsor, follow the links and enter Francis Wood.The up-and-coming whistleblower would like others to take a message from her actions. “Get out there; try new things and new experiences in life. This has been a great experience for me. It’s been fun, and it’s great to feel like you are helping people in some small way,” Francis said.last_img read more

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VAWDON CUP SET TO COMMENCE IN STYLE

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup is set to commence at the Bankstown and Tempe venues this Friday 20 July 2007.At a time when the NSWTA celebrates its 35th Anniversary, and hosts a State Conference for affiliates and the “Blues Dinner” to recognise outstanding statewide achievement and service to the sport at all levels, it is only fitting that the prestigious tournament commences for 2007 on such an important weekend. Friday afternoon around 3.00 pm players from all over Sydney will start getting edgy, they’ll go over game plans in their heads, eat a small pre-game meal (that is if the butterflies in their stomach haven’t taken up too much space,) they’ll visualize making the touch that really matters, or scoring the touchdown that really counts… and most importantly, not mistiming the celebratory “Hi-five”, and getting nothing but air.I believe it’s called a “Billy” after a certain Australian Women’s Open Captain who suffered this unfortunate fate several years ago…Players will also use their Friday afternoon wisely by thinking up a good sledge to throw at Garry Sonda; you’re not playing him tonight, but if you jog past on the warm-up and he’s defending the line you’ll give the new material a run, it’s six months since he got you at the State Cup, so yeah, you’ll go with it …You try it out at home on the dog first, it doesn’t fly, so you concede that you “really do have nothing” and “GS7” is still the Sultan of Sledge…Then there’s the psychological preparation – left sock on before right, (everyone knows that’s the secret to having a good game).Players will calmly dust off the boots, rug up for the expectant winter chill, pack the bananas, red frogs, and PowerAde in the kit bag, and walk out the door hoping against hope that the traffic will be kind to them on the way to “The Show”… You don’t get far, you remember you’ve forgotten your playing shirt and have to go back inside to retrieve your uniform.You then proceed to turn the house upside down for the next 30 minutes trying to locate the missing shirt…It’s all part of opening night preparations for players in Sydney’s premier affiliate based Touch Football competition.Elite representatives in NSW have had a long lay off from higher-level Touch Football with the National Touch League in March their last big foray into the competitive cauldron.For some elite players, their last serious game of Touch Football was at the 2007 World Cup in January, and for others it was further back to the State Cup in December 2006…. no wonder you can’t find your playing shirt…The Vawdon Cup is named in honour of Ray Vawdon, one of Touch Football’s founding members in Australia. The competition caters for Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed grades across 10 divisions including Premier, Division 1 and 2, Masters and Seniors and is played over ten weeks plus a finals series across five key Sydney venues; Parramatta, Bankstown, Tempe, Penrith and Blacktown. New South Wales Touch Association Operations Manager Rob Summers said the weekly-based challenge of the Vawdon Cup provided participants with a level of competition unsurpassed at affiliate level.As opposed to knockout competitions, the Vawdon Cup’s format tests teams over an extended period of time. Summers said the experience and skills that players gained through the competition was invaluable. “It’s probably one of the best groundings for players to improve on a week-to-week basis. They basically start training six or eight weeks out from the competition. It’s unlike a knockout or a State Cup where they do the same but it’s all over and done with within a week. Their performances have to be much better; the players have to be more on their game than they would in a knockout competition. Basically we’re looking at testing the players’ mettle against each other,” Summers said.  The Vawdon Cup has a reputation for having fierce competition throughout the divisions. 2007 will be no different. Friday night’s action in the Premier Division in Men’s and Women’s Open is sure to produce some fantastic clashes as players look to get their team’s 2007 season off to a flyer.At Bankstown in the 7.00pm clash in the Premier League’s Men’s division, the Parramatta Eels will take on last year’s surprise packets Easts Roosters.2007 Australian Men’s Open World Cup star Jamie Stowe, and the talented Jai and Troy Malcolm will spearhead the Eels campaign in ’07, and the addition of Dean “Pumper” Wilbow is sure to give the Eels more potency on the scoreline.Easts will look to the likes of Christian Frost and Chris Johnson, and Jarrat Wood to lead the way in 2007.Last year’s Premier Division Men’s Grand finalists Canterbury Bulldogs get their campaign underway when they take on the Manly Sea Eagles at 7.50pm at Tempe.The star studded Doggies line-up features 2007 Australian World Cup Open representatives Garry Sonda, Joel Willoughby, and Steve Roberts who are sure to provide the framework for the Canterbury combination’s tilt at this year’s title.Manly, who are in a rebuilding phase, will lean on the experience of Jamie Chan and a host of Scorpions National Touch League representatives to lead their charge.Defending Premiers the Penrith Panthers get their title defence underway with an intriguing clash with competition newcomers the Hornsby Lions at Bankstown at 8.40pm.The Panthers have lost 2006 Captain Jason Yee to the Western Suburbs Magpies, but have retained their core of young guns who will be hell bent on going back to back in 2007.Under the astute coaching of David Collins, the Panthers will look to the three Springfield brothers Adam, Dean, and new boy Daniel to headline the campaign, with the experience of Chris Benfield and Scotty Danswan sure to be an invaluable asset to the Panthers hopes of back-to-back titles. Collins was ecstatic with his team’s epic 8-7 Drop-off victory in the 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand Final against Canterbury and believes he has a team capable of pressing for the title again.He said winning the title had made his players more confident, but he expected tougher competition again this year.“It seems to get stronger every year. Any one of the eight teams could beat anybody on any given night, which makes it really interesting each week. It will be tough to win. The best thing about the Vawdon Cup is the strength of the competition week in week out as well as being with your closest mates every Friday night and trying to achieve a common goal, ” Collins said.Hornsby have an equally impressive Youth driven line-up, with the fleet footed Kennedy brothers John and Maurice, and the talented Dylan Hennessey providing the backbone to a team that is sure to trouble a lot of outfits and play an exciting brand of Touch Football in 2007.The gifted Dave Roberts provides the impetus and knockout punch for the Hornsby team and will be a potent weapon when most needed for the dangerous combination.In the late game in the Premier Division, 2006 State Cup champions, the Western Suburbs Magpies, will get their Vawdon Cup campaign underway when they square off against the Cronulla Sharks at Tempe at 9.30pm.The Magpies welcome Jason Yee into the fold, and the likes of 2007 Australian World Cup players Jason Stanton, Daniel Rushworth, Scott Mitchell, and Anthony Ziade give the Wests line-up an imposing “World 14” look across the park.Cronulla, led by 2007 Australian World Cup Mixed Open stars Brad “BJ” Holden and Matt Tope will be looking to get out of cellar dweller city in season 2007.Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, the former long time mentor of Wests, and in his second season in charge of Cronulla, will do his utmost to devise a game plan to counter the slick Western Suburbs combination on Friday night.In the Women’s Premier League, Manly and Canterbury get the season underway when they clash at Tempe at 7.00pm.Last year’s Grand finalists the Canterbury Bulldogs ooze class and skill across the board with the star-studded line-up featuring 2007 Australian Open World Cup stars sisters Clare and Louise “Squeeze” Winchester, Belinda Gretch, and the tireless Kelly Woods, who also has the best head snap in the business.Manly have a core of solid soldiers and a number of players of New Zealand origin who are capable of causing headaches to teams who underestimate them. The marquee clash on Friday night however, will be Premiers Easts Roosters against newcomers to the Premier League division, the Woolongong Devils.Easts, who have been the benchmark of the competition for many years, will again look to their stable of National World Cup Open representatives to lead the way in 2007. Easts have retained the majority of their premiership winning team from 2006 and will be looking to build into the season and put their well-heeled combinations together to impose themselves on the competition. Mercurial wonder twins Amanda and Kristy Judd, the inspirational Melissa Pitfield, Australian Mixed Open players Selene Thornton and Stephanie Sorensen, and the evergreen Giselle Tirado all offer guidance and guile to the champion outfit who will want to continue their impressive domination of the Vawdon Cup.The Wollongong Devils won the Division 1 Women’s in 2006 and their host of talented National Youth stars have made the quantum leap to Premier League to test themselves against the best.The three musketeers Nicole “Sero” Beck, Ash Dobbins, and Amanda Skwarko will lead the charge of the young brigade, with impressive National Youth squad members Stephanie Jackson and Biannca Mounsey also looking forward to the challenge of testing their games in the big time.Western Suburbs Magpies take on the Cronulla Sharks at Tempe in the 8.40pm timeslot.Led by Australian Women’s Open World Cup star Bo de la Cruz, the Wests combination will be looking to get the season off to a winning start against a young Cronulla combination.Australian Women’s Open player Dom Barlow, Jess Howe, and Jo Nelson will be the guiding lights for Cronulla, whilst de le Cruz, has young guns Tina and Tara Mohi in the ranks to bolster the Magpies aspirations.In the late game at Bankstown at 9.30pm, Penrith Panthers take on the Central Coast Dolphins, in what shapes as a close contest.Central Coast turned in a solid season in 2006 finishing fifth, and will be looking to the likes of their Australian Mixed Open squad member Karina Castle, and former Youth World Cup National player Kristy Jenkins, to lift them up the competition standings in 2007.Penrith are in a rebuilding phase and have a line-up that features a plethora of Mets 20s Women’s players who will be striving to build and grow as a team during the season.Action also commences in Division 1 and Division 2 Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, as well as Seniors and Masters Mens grades on Friday night.To all competitors in the 2007 Vawdon Cup, best of luck for a rewarding season.And if you can’t find your playing shirt on Friday afternoon after searching for it for five solid seconds, ask your Mum, that’ll ensure you at least get to the game on time…. And remember, left sock before right sock…Touch Football Australia will feature regular weekly wraps with all the news and views from the New South Wales Touch Association’s Vawdon Cup in 2007.last_img read more

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NSWTA Positions Vacant

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association has two positions vacant within its staff. Both positions are located in the Sydney Office and are detailed below:State Development Officer The position of State Development Officer is responsible for the management and delivery of the New South Wales Touch Association development and education programs for playing, coaching, refereeing and selecting throughout the state. The Development Officer also assists Associations in the development of the sport of Touch, working with the Sport Manager, Development Manager, Events Manager, NSWTA State Development Officers and Regional Committees, to maximise opportunities for Touch to be a first choice sport among current and perspective participants. The position has a focus towards an important role in increasing both the quality and quantity of coaches, referees, selectors, administrators and players of all ages as well the quality of domestic competitions. The Development Officer will have involvement from grass root to elite level. This current role will have a strong focus in the Sydney North West, Western, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers areas of NSW and will be responsible for the delivery of the sport within those boundaries.Position Application: www.austouch.com.au/fileadmin/nswtouch/NSWTA/NSW_Touch_Football_SDO_Application_Package_2014.docCloses: 3rd April 2014Events Administrator The position of Event Administrator is responsible with the Events Manager in the management and delivery of the New South Wales Touch Association Events and the administration procedures throughout the state. The Event Administrator is also responsible for coordinating and conducting the Touch at Lunch competitions throughout the Sydney metropolitan. The position also works with the Sport Manager, Development Manager and NSWTA State Development Officers, to maximise opportunities for Touch to be a first choice sport among current and perspective participants. The position has a focus towards an important role in increasing both the quality and quantity of competitions produced by the New South Wales Touch Association. The position will have involvement from grass root to elite level in the development arm of the sport.Position Application: www.austouch.com.au/fileadmin/nswtouch/NSWTA/Event_Administrator_Application___Information_Package_2014.docCloses: 9th April 2014For more information on either of these positions you can view www.nswtouch.com.au/jobs or contact Sport Manager Daniel Rushworth via daniel.rushworth@nswtouch.com.au or 9558 9333.Related LinksNSWTA Positions Vacantlast_img read more

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10 months agoYan Valery proud of Southampton breakthrough

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Yan Valery proud of Southampton breakthroughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveYan Valery is delighted to have made his debut for Southampton.The 19-year-old right back has graduated from Saints’ under-23 side to regular first team action in the space of six weeks. He told the Daily Echo: “Obviously, I wanted to become the first choice right back at Southampton.“I can’t say I could see it coming, but I was ready and waiting for it. It’s been amazing.“I’ve worked hard in the under-23’s and we were doing great this season. I wanted to improve myself and become a better player.“I’ve been playing a lot and the manager has shown me that he trusts me, so I’ve been really pleased with it.“I just wanted to give it back on the pitch, so it’s been really good.“If you are the first choice right-back in the Premier League then you can start thinking about the national team as well.“I’ve got a lot of dreams and targets but the main one was to be the first choice right-back at this club.“It’s been a really big month for me and my family, they are really proud of it.” last_img read more

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13 days agoAtletico Madrid boss Simeone: I really respect Klopp

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Simeone: I really respect Kloppby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admits he’s a fan of Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp.Simeone has highlighted Klopp as the manager he admires most in European football.He said, “A manager that I respect? Jurgen Klopp without a doubt. “He had to lose things, as well as winning some beautiful things, but he’s always done it with one style. “I see him really close to his players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Notre Dame Freshman Guard Rex Pflueger Is Pretty Good At Dunking

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame's mascot during a basketball game.PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot, the Notre Dame Leprechaun, performs in the first half against the Northeastern Huskies during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)We’ve seen several videos this off-season featuring college basketball players throwing down ridiculous dunks at their school’s practice facilities. Notre Dame freshman guard Rex Pflueger is the latest to record his aerial exploits and share them with the world. Pflueger posted this video, featuring three dunks, on Twitter today. The first one is the best, in our opinion, but all three are pretty impressive. Dunks DuLac!!! @NDmbb #dunkweek #flightbrothers pic.twitter.com/5jllt5F6rB— Rex Pflueger (@rexpflueger_1) August 30, 2015last_img read more

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Ohio State Still No. 1 In Latest Coaches’ Poll

first_imgCoaches Poll shows numbers 4 through 8.Coaches Poll Ohio State Still No 1 tarean folstonInstagram/Malik ZaireThe first weekend of college football is officially in the books. What did we learn? Well, Ohio State, despite looking a bit shaky in the first half against Virginia Tech, is going to be very difficult to beat, given the plethora of weapons it has at its disposal. But a number of other top squads – including Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida State and Texas A&M – may give the Buckeyes a run for their money this year.Only three teams ranked in last week’s Coaches’ Poll – No. 15 Arizona State, No. 20 Wisconsin and No. 21 Stanford – lost this past weekend. Both the Sun Devils and the Cardinal were left out of the rankings this week.In the latest Coaches’ Poll, released Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State remained the No. 1-ranked team in the country, notching all but one of the first place votes. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, TCU, Baylor and Oregon. Utah and Texas A&M are the only two teams to enter the poll.Here’s the entire list, via USA Today:1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Oregon6. Michigan State7. Auburn8. Florida State9. Georgia 10. USC11. Notre Dame12. Clemson13. UCLA14. Ole Miss15. LSU16. Georgia Tech17. Oklahoma18. Arkansas19. Texas A&M20. Arizona21. Missouri22. Boise State23. Tennessee24. Wisconsin25. UtahYou can check out last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?last_img read more

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Photos: Nebraska Wearing Custom Gold And Orange DLillard1 Sneakers For 3rd Annual #AveryStrong Game

first_imgAvery Strong hashtag for Nebraska.Twitter/@TMAG1CFormer Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman now coaches at New Mexico, but the Huskers are still supporting his son Avery’s battle with leukemia. Today, when Nebraska hosts Michigan, it will have its third annual #AveryStrong game. Students will be wearing #AveryStrong shirts, and NBA star Damian Lillard is providing the team with gold and orange DLillard1 sneakers, which represent pediatric cancer and leukemia awareness.Shout out to @HuskerHoops and what they are doing to support pediatric cancer and young Avery today. #AveryStrong pic.twitter.com/Fj1YoCB7m2— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016Avery Harriman is only 8 years old, but has battled and beaten childhood leukemia 3 times. #AveryStrong— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016The #miadidas #DLillard1 and tees @huskerhoops will wear today have gold for pediatric cancer and orange for leukemia. #AveryStrong— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016Here is more on #AveryStrong from Nebraska:To honor the fight that Avery has gone through, the first 500 students at Saturday’s game will receive an #AveryStrong shirt provided by Husker IMG Sports Marketing, turning the Red Zone gold on Saturday. The gold shirt symbolizes pediatric cancer, while the orange is the color for leukemia, symbolizing Avery’s battle. Fans between the ages of 18 and 44 can sign up on Saturday to join the national bone marrow registry, as volunteers will be on hand to swab the cheeks of potential bone marrow donors. Any fan who signs up for the Bone Marrow Registry on Saturday will receive a free #AveryStrong T-shirt. In addition, information will be available to fans about the National Marrow Donor Program. Avery and other children battling pediatric cancer will be special guests of the Husker basketball program on Saturday and be recognized during pregame and halftime ceremonies.This is an amazing move by the program to continue to support Avery and the Harriman family, even after Chris moved on to another school.last_img read more

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Photo: Jim Harbaugh Wears Allen Iverson Jersey To ODU Satellite Camp

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Another day, another satellite camp for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. This morning, the khaki-wearing coach was at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. for a camp. Harbaugh, who wore a Hank Aaron jersey before a camp in Atlanta earlier this week, took the field wearing an Allen Iverson jersey today. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is wearing an Allen Iverson jersey at ODU’s football camp. pic.twitter.com/Tblj1g3uqO— Harry Minium (@Harry_MiniumVP) June 5, 2016This makes some sense because ODU is about a half an hour away from Iverson’s hometown of Hampton. It will be interesting to see which other jerseys Harbaugh breaks out on the camp circuit.last_img read more

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Solskjaer not expecting January signings

first_imgManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he does not believe his side will make any signings in January. United have won all four of Solskjaer’s matches in charge so far after the Norweigan took over for the sacked Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was let go in part due to his public complaints over the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market, with the Portuguese particurally frustrated by the club failing to sign a centre-back.  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? Solskjaer, though, has said he is content with his squad and doesn’t believe United will make any signings while the January transfer window is open. “I’m happy with squad I’ve got,” the 45-year-old said.”I don’t expect anyone to come in but obviously if the club have targeted and identified a few and I think they might fit here, I’ll give my thumbs up. But it’s not just my decision.”Nobody had to tell me I had loads of talented players [to inherit at United]. I can see that from outside.”Though United may not make any January signings, Solskjaer praised the scouting work the club does behind the scenes earlier on Friday.”The club’s probably had a plan, you don’t just plan the next day and next month but this transfer window has probably been planned since the summer and the year before, the structure is phenomenal,” the United boss told reporters.After wins against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle to begin his United career, Solskjaer will lead United on Saturday when they face Reading in the FA Cup. The Red Devils will then return to Premier League action on January 13 when they travel to Tottenham.last_img read more

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Valverde wants confident Coutinho

first_imgBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hopes Philippe Coutinho’s brace against Sevilla gives the Brazilian attacker a boost in confidence.Coutinho netted twice as Barca thrashed Sevilla 6-1 on Wednesday to claim a 6-3 aggregate success in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.The 26-year-old has been questioned this season, but converted an early penalty – given to him by Lionel Messi – before adding another in the second half. 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? Valverde praised Coutinho and said he hoped that would give the attacker the boost he needed.”Leo has given it to him to take and he has taken a great responsibility and made it 1-0,” Valverde said.”I hope the success gives him more confidence.”Coutinho extended his thanks to Messi after the game for allowing him to step up to the spot.Barca looked in trouble in the tie, but Coutinho’s double and goals from Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Messi saw them seal a comeback win.Valverde said it showed his team, who are top of La Liga, could step up when needed.”The best thing is that we have security and we confirm that we are a team that when we have to take a step forward, we do it,” he said.Messi meanwhile stressed the victory showed the Catalans are a club that would never throw away any competition. Barcelona are next in action with a La Liga clash at home to Valencia on Saturday.last_img read more

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Urban Meyer Was Reportedly Unaware Of Zach Smith’s 2013 Arrest

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith has released a new statement about Urban Meyer regarding his newly-reported 2013 arrest.Smith, according to reports uncovered by The Blade’s Kyle Rowland, was arrested in 2013 on drunken driving charges.The Blade obtained police reports that show Smith, who worked under Urban Meyer at both Florida and Ohio State, was arrested in February 2013.An officer pulled Smith over at 2:43 a.m. Feb. 23, 2013, in Dublin, Ohio, for speeding — 67 in a 50 — on State Rt. 257 at Summit View Road, about three miles south of the Columbus Zoo.According to the Dublin Police report, which The Blade obtained through a records request, Smith was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Smith refused a breathalyzer test. The arresting officer wrote in his report he “observed Smith’s eyes to be red and glassy. There was a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.”Smith, through his attorney, says that Urban Meyer was not aware of this arrest, per ESPN’s Dan Murphy.Former Ohio State coach Zach Smith, through his attorney, says Urban Meyer didn’t know about his OVI arrest in 2013. Story coming soon.— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 13, 2018Urban Meyer has been on paid administrative leave for a week and a half. Ohio State is investigating how he handled domestic violence accusations against Smith in 2015.OSU said its investigation into Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes’ program would take two weeks. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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College Football Star Will Be “Reprimanded” Before Team’s Bowl Game

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)One of the top defensive players in college football will be “reprimanded” before his team’s bowl game, but he’ll be able to play in the contest.LSU head coach Ed Orgeron announced this morning that senior defensive back John Battle will not be suspended for the Tigers’ bowl game against UCF.Battle appeared to throw a punch at the end of the LSU-Texas A&M game when a scuffle broke out on the field between the two programs.Orgeron has not specified what the “reprimand” will be yet.“He will be reprimanded…he will play. We’re not sure what the punishment will be yet,” Coach O said.Ed Orgeron on John Battle:”He will be reprimanded…he will play. We’re not sure what the punishment will be yet”#LSU #FiestaBowl #UCF @Fiesta_Bowl— Brian Holland (@BHollandSports) December 11, 2018Battle is a multi-year starter for LSU’s secondary, which is annually one of the top units in the country.LSU and UCF are set to kick off in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. The game will begin at 1 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

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Analyst: Biggest Issue Notre Dame Must Address To Win A Title

first_imgNotre Dame RB Dexter Williams rushes against Clemson.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A.J. Terrell #8 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Dexter Williams #2 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Notre Dame came two wins away from a national championship last season. Brian Kelly’s team reached its first College Football Playoff, falling to eventual national champion Clemson in the semifinal.It was a nice step forward for Notre Dame, and also proved that the Fighting Irish could reach the four-team field without the aid of a conference. While ND doesn’t appear to be challenging the Alabama/Clemson top tier, they should be in the general CFP discussion.Entering the year, Notre Dame sits at about 50/1 to win the title. The Irish return quarterback Ian Book, who looks to expand on a breakout 2018, but lose a decent amount from the strong defense that helped carry the team last year. 247Sports’ Chris Hummer identified the major issues facing Notre Dame and the other major contenders in college football entering 2019.For ND, there are two pretty glaring weaknesses  as we come up on a month before Week 1. Each side of the ball has something that needs to be addressed.On offense, Notre Dame needs a more efficient, consistent rushing attack to open things up for Book. Defensively, there are a lot of holes in the middle of the defense due to graduations and NFL attrition.The run game, which finished 61st nationally in yards per carry, must improve to return some balance to the Irish offense. Notre Dame often got behind in early downs due to an ineffective rush – Dexter Williams’ home runs covered up for a lot. The Irish must also find playmakers in the middle of their defense. Covering up for the loss in production of Jerry Tillery (9 sacks), Drue Tranquill (86 tackles, 9 TFL) and Te’von Coney (123 tackles, 9.5) is a tall task.These are both important areas of improvement, considering the schedule that Notre Dame faces. Fellow CFP hopefuls Georgia and Michigan highlight a pretty tough schedule.If Notre Dame makes the Playoff again, it will definitely have earned it.[247Sports]last_img read more

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Duckett stars as England Lions reach 303 for 5 vs India A on Day 1 of 1st unofficial Test

first_img Press Trust of India WayanadFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 21:48 IST Duckett, in particular, played with a lot of assurance as England Lions scored big on Day 1 vs India A (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTS Ben Duckett top-scored for England Lions vs India A on Day 1 in WayanadSteven Mullaney and Will Jacks remained unbeaten on 39 and 40, respectively at stumpsWhile Navdeep Saini picked up two wickets, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem failed to provide India A with breakthroughEngland Lions overcame a mid-innings stutter to reach 303 for 5 at stumps on day one of the first unofficial Test against India A here Thursday.Sent into bat by home skipper Ankit Bawne, the Lions got off to a solid start with openers Ben Duckett (80) and Max Holden (26) sharing an 82-run stand in 23.3 overs.Duckett, in particular, played with a lot of assurance as the visitors negotiated the opening hour without any loss.Navdeep Saini struck the first blow in the 24th over when he had Holden nicking a delivery to keeper K S Bharat.Sam Hain then joined Duckett and added 44 runs before the opener was bowled by Shardul Thakur with a delivery that came in.Duckett hit 15 fours during his 118-ball knock.Hain held fort even as Test discard Ollie Pope (8) and captain Sam Billings (9) fell with India A fighting back.Kerala All-rounder Jalaj Saxena then ended Hain’s 167-ball vigil, having him caught behind for 61.Steven Mullaney (39) and Will Jack (40) then defied the India A bowlers, mixing defence with some attractive shots, to add 65 runs for the unbroken sixth-wicket partnership.Saini was the best bowler for the home team with 2 for 57, while Thakur, Saxena and Avesh Khan scalped a wicket each.Brief scoresEngland Lions 303 for 5 in 90 overs (Ben Duckett 80, Sam Hain 61; N Saini 2/57).Also Read | 20 years on: A look back at Anil Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul vs PakistanAlso Read | Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Rs 3 crore prize money for victorious VidarbhaAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India A vs England LionsFollow Ben DuckettFollow Navedeep Saini Duckett stars as England Lions reach 303 for 5 vs India A on Day 1 of 1st unofficial TestBen Duckett slammed 80 while Sam Hain scored 61 as India A bowlers struggled to contain the England Lions batsmen on Day 1 of the 1st unofficial Test in Wayanad on Thursday. advertisementlast_img read more

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Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed among 4 pacers to assist India in World Cup 2019 preparation

first_imgNavdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed among 4 pacers to assist India in World Cup 2019 preparationWorld Cup 2019: 4 high-quality pacers, not part of the India squad, will help the team prepare for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 00:24 IST Navdeep Saini and Khaleel were discussed when the selectors met to pick the Indian team for the World Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaini, Khaeel, Avesh and Chahar will help India prepapre for the 2019 Cricket World CupIndia have named only 3 specialist pacers in the squad for the World CupSaini and Khaleel were discussed when the selectors met to pick the Indian team for the World CupPacers Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Khaleel Ahmed and Deepak Chahar will assist the Indian team in their World Cup 2019 preparation. Saini and Khaeel’s names were discussed by the selectors who named a 15-man India squad for the World Cup in England.India named 3 pacers – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami – in the squad alogside 3 spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. Rishbah Pant’s omission raised a few eyebrows but chief selector MSK Prasad said Dinesh Karthik was picked because of his better wicketkeeping skills.There were no real surpises in the Indian team for the World Cup which will be led by Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as his captain. As many as 7 players will play a World Cup for the first time in this Indian squad.MSK Prasad, spoke to the media on Monday and said his committee has chosen a well-balanced squad for the World Cup and belived all bases have been covered.”In the team, we have the luxury of 7 bowlers. We have covered all the bases and this is one of the most balanced Indian sides for the World Cup,” Prasad said. “Khaleel and Saini were discussed and they will be around. If the need arises, one of them will go to England,” he said.Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed and Deepak Chahar are all currently involved in the IPL. While Saini plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Khaeel plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Deepak Chahar has had an impressive 2019 IPL season for defending champions Chennai Super Kings.advertisementIndian team for the World Cup: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed ShamiIndia’s World Cup schedule:vs South Africa (June 5)vs Australia (June 9)vs New Zealand (June 13)vs Pakistan (June 16)vs Afghanistan (June 22)vs West Indies (June 27)vs England (June 30)vs Bangladesh (July 2)vs Sri Lanka (July 6)Also Read | India strong contender for World Cup: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | A bit surprised: Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant omission from World Cup squadFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India world cup squadFollow MSK PrasadFollow Navdeep SainiFollow Khaleel Ahmedlast_img read more

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Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham Reid

first_img Next Press Trust of India BhubaneshwarMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 16:19 IST India were beaten in both their games against Australia on their tour (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost to Australia 4-0 and 5-2 on their tour Down UnderIndia had beaten Australia A 3-0 and held them to a 1-1 draw in the series The Australian tour was Graham Reid’s first major assignment as coachIndia need to consistently score goals under tight marking to narrow the gap with top teams like Australia, said coach Graham Reid after his first major assignment with the national hockey team.On their tour of Australia that concluded on Friday, India lost both the games against the hosts after beating the A team.Speaking about the tour comprising five matches, Reid, who was appointed as India coach last month, said that the assignment in his home country was an opportunity for him to understand his team better.”It was good to get a view of where the team (India are raked five) is at, compared to the World Number 2 side (Australia). They have been playing against world-class oppositions on a regular basis in the FIH Pro-League since the World Cup last year, and this showed up in our two matches against them,” he said.”For me, those matches provided a good benchmark as to the level we have to be at as we move towards the Olympic qualification. So, in terms of preparation for our upcoming FIH Men’s Series Finals (here next month), the tour was ideal.The Indian Men’s Hockey Team comes home to a rousing welcome from their Australian Tour 2019 on 19th May. The team will kickstart preparations for the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 shortly.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/8Q3Y2ZjfDjHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 19, 2019″It provided me a great opportunity to view players at much closer quarters and under the pressure of a world-class team. Our first quarter in the first Match on Wednesday night showed me the level this team can play, we just need to do that on a more consistent basis. Not only across quarters but across games,” said Reid.advertisementThe 55-year-old Australian said that his team was focused on improving its attack.”Our ability to score goals under tight marking pressure will be critical if we are to close the gap with teams like Australia. Over the next few weeks in Bhubaneswar during our National Camp (starting Monday), we need to create as many opportunities as possible for our attackers to experience this tight pressure,” he said.”It will also be critical for our defenders to keep improving this area from a defensive point of view. With speed and power becoming the dominant forces in World Hockey, we also need to keep improving in these areas.”Hockey India on Sunday named a list of 32 players for the national camp. It has retained all the 18 players of the team that travelled to Australia. India won against WA Thundersticks and Australia ‘A’, drew another one against Australia ‘A’ before losing the two matches to the senior Australia team.Also Read | India end Australia tour with loss in the final matchAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India Hockey teamFollow Graham ReidFollow India vs Australia Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham ReidIndia lost both the matches against Australia on their tour Down Under after performing well against Australia A and WA Thundersticks. advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Yuzvendra Chahal excited as Kuldeep returns to form

first_img Press Trust of India CardiffMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 17:48 IST Kuldeep Yadav celebrates with teammates after dismissing Mosaddek Hossain during the Cricket World Cup warm up match. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep dismissed three Bangladeshi batsmen to regain his lost formKuldeep had a wicket-less outing in the first warm-up game against New ZealandIndia defeated Bangladesh by 95 runs in it’s last warm-up gameImmensely relieved to see Kuldeep Yadav regaining some form before World Cup, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal says it is certainly good news for India, who are set to open their campaign against South Africa on June 5.Chinaman bowler Kuldeep was not his best yet returned a three-wicket haul against Bangladesh, foxing the ‘Tigers’ numerous occasions.It was after a depressing IPL, where he struggled to get wickets and was also dropped by his side.”I am so happy the way Kuldeep made a comeback and showed the confidence and it is a good for the team ahead of the World Cup,” said Chahal after India’s 95-run victory.”We trust each other. We know each other for last 7-8 years and we have a good bonding on and off the field. If I bowl first then I talk to him about how the wicket is behaving and he talks to me if he is bowling first.”Before a match we always plan, like if can can bowl more googlies or sliders to a particular batsmen.”It is a well-known fact that wrist spinners possess more variations compared to finger spinners and Chahal it is only good for the Indian team.”So if we have 3-4 variations then batsmen have to think which ball is coming,” said Chahal, who is a part of the pool of wrist spinners, tipped to play a pivotal role in the World Cup, beginning Thursday.Talking about his performance against Bangladesh, the 28-year-old, who also took three wickets, said, “I tried to vary my pace especially in a small ground like this. In such grounds, you need to understand what the batsmen is going to do, you might go for a six or a four but how you come back that is important for me.”advertisement”I got to bowl 10 overs. The wicket was not easy for the bowlers and batsmen were attacking. So me, Kuldeep (Yadav) and Jaddu pa (Ravindra Jadeja) tried to vary the pace.”India amassed 359 for seven against Bangladesh with KL Rahul and MS Dhoni blasting individual hundreds. Chahal said the big total took pressure off the spinners as they could flight the ball more.”Before the World Cup starts if the batsmen give you a big total, obviously, it is a good chance for the bowlers. 350 is very difficult to chase, so you can flight the ball,” he said.”When you are defending such a total, there is no pressure on the bowlers to start with. There is more pressure on the batsmen because they have to chase 360-370 and they have to hit almost every ball.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India yet to finalise plan for SA game, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Kuldeep Yadav World Cup 2019: Yuzvendra Chahal excited as Kuldeep returns to formIn recent years, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have developed great partnership with the bowl, providing their captain a brand new dimension, especially in the middle-overs.advertisementlast_img read more

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