Congratulations to Josh Wilkinson and Dean Taylor who have been nominated for the Clubs ACT “Sportstar of the Year” Award by ACTSport. Josh and Dean, both members of National representative teams/squads, will attend the Awards ceremony this Saturday with representatives from the ACTTA Board, sponsors, and key ACTTA volunteers. Best of luck boys. Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Twenty Six.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 1South Australia representative teams off to Canberra CupThis weekend will see the results of a four-month Elite Programs process with three South Australian teams competing in the 2007 Canberra Cup in Canberra. The process started in July with a number of Australian players and coaches imparting knowledge and creating an exciting atmosphere around the place at the Mitchell Cup High Performance Development weekend. Since the camp the Women’s, Mixed and Men’s teams have been training hard in preparation to showcase their own style and mix it with the Canberra Cup teams.Other events: All affiliates are gearing up for a hot summer of Touch. With strong nominations across the board, Touch Football South Australia looks forward to encouraging the development of the sport across the State.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 2ACT Junior Competitions set to commenceThe ACT Touch junior competitions commence this week with a record 125 teams nominated already. The growth in the number of teams is a testament to the hard work of ACT Touch Game Development Officer Chris Tarlinton, and the growth of the ACT primary school gala days held earlier this year.Other events: · This weekend sees the third Annual Canberra Cup being played with a lot of interest from local and Inter state teams. Sides will be visiting the nation’s capital from Dubbo, South Australia, and Western Sydney so it’s bound to be a hotly contested affair. Good luck to all teams attending. ACT Touch is pleased to be offering a Tuesday night competition at Southwell Park. This has been well received with 25 teams nominated at this venue. ACT is still accepting nominations for this competition. Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org This year’s Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne touch competition has just wrapped up their season with some great results for Aquinas College, with their three premiers going undefeated for the season.• The 12th Gippsland Primary School Sports Camp in Rawson Village, Rawson is on November 3rd and Victorian Development Officer Ali Tuai has been invited to attend. Just over 100 children have been selected from around Gippsland for their leadership and sporting achievements.• Touch Football Victoria Executive Council is calling the 1st TFV State Council annual general meeting to be hosted at Port Melbourne Soccer Club, Williamstown Rd on 1st December 2007. This will coincide with the first ever VT League Grand Final day which will provide all affiliate delegates an opportunity to witness some of Victoria’s best Touch players, coaches and referees in action.• Two of Australia’s best players, and World Cup winners, “Blackest Cats” Tony Eltakchi and Jason Stanton were on hand at the VT League to offer advice and feedback to players and coaches throughout the night and at the inaugural coaches lunch, to several VT League and Victorian junior coaches. Touch Football Victoria would like to thank Jason and Tony for their enthusiasm to share information and coaching tips during their time in Melbourne. • VT League Round Four Results: Men: Casey Cougars 6 d Melbourne City Lions 3; University Blues 6 d Bayside Vipers 2Women: Bayside Vipers 4 d University Blues 2; Melbourne City Lions 3 d Casey Cougars 0 The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 3 Darwin Touch Competition produces exciting round of clashesThe Darwin Men’s Competition top of the table clash last Monday between Dream Team and Crocs was an exciting game with Dream Team eventually prevailing 5-3. Crocs missing a number of their key players, took it to the Dream Team to the very end, out scoring the premiership favorites in the second half, but eventually running out of time to press the issue.Palmerston Bulls had an easier night at the office accounting for Incredibles 11-2.Bundy Bears showed that they are not to be counted out of premiership contention with a 6-3 win over Honkers. In The Darwin Women’s Competition, Crocs and Scorpions fought out a tight 5-4 result in a highly anticipated clash between second and third place on the ladder.Scorpions eventually claimed victory after a tense struggle. It was end-to-end touchdown trading until the very end when Scorpions got the match winner.Top of the ladder Palmerston gave bottom of the ladder Divas a lesson on how to play touch with a decisive 11-0 score line, demonstrating that they are the team to beat this season.All About Us had the bye.Other Events: Darwin Touch’s AusTouch clinic kicked off last Wednesday with 22 children participating, with ages ranging from 5-11 yrs. All were very excited and keen to be involved with the program.Rebecca Houston is running an AusTouch program in Borroloola with 200 youngsters participating over recent weeks.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4TouchWest wave goodbye to long serving membersAfter joining TouchWest more than nine years ago, Office Administrator Kathryn Dilizia will be leaving Touch Football for a new start outside of sport.With the WA Touch Association celebrating 25 years this year, it’s worth noting that for close to 40 percent of that time Kath has been a part of the TouchWest team.She’s answered the phone to many thousands of calls over the last decade, and been a voice and source of answers for many a Touch Football volunteer around WA, while introducing those looking for a new challenge to an affiliate in Perth or in regional areas.Only a few months before Kath joined the staff in 1998, current State Manager Matt Bamford also came to the office, and has spent countless hours working alongside her over the years.“Most of my working life Kath has been around… She has been a dependable friend and co-worker – been there to offer support to other staff and our volunteers. I never thought I’d see the day when she’d go, and I’m sure that like me, all the staff and volunteers will miss having her here”, he said.Also moving on will be current TouchWest President, David Leigh who is taking up a three-year contract in London with current employer, Rio Tinto. David has had a long association with Touch Football in Western Australia as a player, former referee of the tournament at State Championships, as well as President of Southern Districts Touch Association. David like many of the West’s volunteers has given a large amount of his time and expertise to contribute to the success and longevity of the sport and for this the Western Australian Touch community is grateful.We wish both Kath and David all the best for the future. Other Events: As we say goodbye to two TouchWest members, another has joined with Caroline Bamford (wife of WA State Manager Matt) giving birth to Jack at 11:32am on Friday 26 October 2007. Jack weighed 6.7lb and both mother and son are doing well. The Touch Football Australia community congratulates Matt and Caroline on the birth of their second child.The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5 School Sport Australia Tournament A successThe School Sports Australia Touch Tournament, held at Monash University last week, was a huge success with the students involved from all over the nation showing some fantastic skills on the field, whilst doing themselves proud with their exemplary behaviour off it. Victoria did exceptionally well considering the standard of competition and proved that the future of the sport is looking bright. A special congratulations to the Victorian Boys Under 15’s who made it to the Plate Final, but were defeated by NT 7-6.Queensland dominated the 12 and 15 Years Girls divisions, whilst NSW were king pins in Boys 12 and 15 Years divisions. Full results can be obtained by going to the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=4282&pID=14Other News: The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 6 Queensland Origin Squads NamedThe Queensland Touch Association has named Queensland State of Origin Squads across 13 divisions for the 2008 State of Origin Series against arch rivals New South Wales.The squads were announced after the selection process was completed at the X-Blades Queensland State Regional Championships conducted in Toowoomba from October 5-7 2007.All players whose names appear in the 2008 State squads have all responded to the letter of offer forwarded to them. The squads will take part in the first of the selection camps to be conducted on December 1-2 2007 at Redlands in the lead-up to the State of Origin Series to be played in Sydney in August 2008. Other News: The North Queensland Junior Touch Championships will be played at Townsvilles Queens Park this weekend.Over 80 teams from all over the Norht Queensland Region have nominated in age categories from 10 –16 Years in Boys and Girls divisions.Teams are travelling from all over North Queensland including Inisfail, Gordonvale, Bowen, Atherton, Mackay and Cairns, as well as a strong presence from local Townsville clubs Frogs (13 Teams) Brothers (12 teams) and Sharks (10 teams).Fellow Townsville clubs Rum Runners, Redskins and Jots Tigers have also nominated several teams in the highly popular tournament now in its seventh year of existence.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this weeks edition of “A Set of Six”.Please check each State website to keep up to date with all the news, views, and information from around the nation.
After wins in the Open’s and Youth Trans Tasman Series over the past 18 months, it’s now the Masters turn when they take on New Zealand from Friday, 11 until Sunday, 13 June at Queens Park. Five divisions will be contested in the three game series, with the following divisions to be played: Men’s 30’s, Women’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s and Men’s 50’s.The Australian players arrived in Townsville on Wednesday and will compete in some practice matches against local sides on Wednesday night. At 6.30pm the Australian Men’s 45’s team will take on the Thuringowa Men’s 27’s side and the Australian Men’s 40’s will play the Townsville Men’s 40’s side. At 7.30pm the Australian Men’s 50’s side will play the Townsville Men’s 50’s team, while the Australian Women’s 30’s will play the Townsville Women’s Open team. The Australian Men’s 30’s will take on Thuringowa’s Men’s Open side at 8.30pm. Thursday will see the final touches put on all the team’s preparations, before an official welcome and opening function will be held on Thursday night, with the series beginning on Friday night. 2010 marks 25 years since the first Trans Tasman Series was played in Melbourne in 1985. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive, Colm Maguire, says that it’s a great time to reflect on Australia’s achievements. “The recommencement of the Masters Trans Tasman Series is a great opportunity for long time servants of the game to represent their country and it will complete the final link in the pathway at the Trans Tasman level which we have recently established,” Maguire said. November 1991 was the last time that Masters players had the chance to play a Trans Tasman. Australia and New Zealand Masters teams last competed against each other in the 2007 World Cup against New Zealand, but haven’t played in a Trans Tasman Series for almost 19 years. Given the time frame since the last time the teams met, TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, is unsure what to expect from New Zealand, but is confident of Australia’s chances. “We haven’t played them in most senior divisions for quite some time now, but as always they are very tough and determined whenever they play us,” Grant said. The Trans Tasman Series is being played in conjunction with the 2010 North Queensland Championships, which will be contested on Saturday, 12 and Sunday, 13 June. Game one will be played on Friday night, with game two held on Saturday and the final game of the series played on Sunday.Game 1 – Friday, 11 June 2010 5.00pm – Men’s 50’s 6.05pm – Men’s 45’s 7.10pm – Women’s 30’s 8.15pm – Men’s 40’s 9.10pm – Men’s 30’s Game 2 – Saturday, 12 June 2010 10.30am – Men’s 50’s 11.30am – Men’s 45’s 12.30pm – Women’s 30’s 1.30pm – Men’s 40’s 2.30pm – Men’s 30’s Game 3 – Sunday, 13 June 2010 9.15am – Men’s 50’s 10.15am – Men’s 45’s 11.15am – Women’s 30’s 2.00pm – Men’s 40’s 4.00pm – Men’s 30’sTo keep up to date with all of the latest news and results for the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series, please visit the Trans Tasman website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6460-0-0-0
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford reject Randell Williams catching eye at Exeterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveA host of clubs are chasing Exeter City winger Randell Williams.The former Crystal Palace and Watford man joined Exeter in January.His early season form has drawn interest from Championship clubs Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Huddersfield, according toteamTALK.The 22-year-old already has three assists to name so far this season.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images) Twitter/@BigJah15Here’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota are planning to throw at the NFL combine.2. Duke’s freshman center Jahlil Okafor believes in mermaids and Bigfoot.3. Louisville Cardinals’ guard Chris Jones is suspended for their game vs. Syracuse tonight.4. Kentucky’s John Calipari took a picture with Dick Vitale and Seth Greenberg and tweeted “three fired coaches.” 5. It was reported Georgia’s new indoor football practice facility will cost approximately $30 million. 6. New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick visited the Indianna Hoosiers yesterday.7. Draymond Green and Nik Stauskas agreed on a wager for last night’s Michigan State vs. Michigan basketball game. 8. Former Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard tweeted and quoted Sooners’ coach Bob Stoops’ advice on domestic violence. 9. Five-star quarterback Shea Patterson committed to Ole Miss over LSU and USC. 10. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett posted pictures of the screws he recently had removed from his ankle. Video of the Day: Kentucky’s Devin Booker Asked About the Tennessee Cheerleader He Ran IntoTweet of the Day: Oklahoma’s James Fraschilla Had A Funny Response When His Dad Posted A Baby Picture Of His On Twitterwelp. RT @franfraschilla: This guy @jamesfraschilla now a senior at Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/8jjTDaYU1X— James Fraschilla (@jamesfraschilla) February 17, 2015 Girlfriend of the Day: Nik Stauskas isn’t at Michigan anymore, but he and the lovely Taylor Anderson attended last night’s gameNik Stauskas back in the house pic.twitter.com/G1gWUgLEOO— Bryan Fuller (@FullOfTwitt) February 18, 2015Check Out Tuesday’s Cheat Sheet
Yaya Toure has confirmed interest from Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, though he says he must speak with Brendan Rodgers before any decision is made.The midfielder completed an eight-year spell with Manchester City last summer, leaving the club at the end of the season.Toure won three Premier League titles, three League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield as a player on the blue side of Manchester. 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? His next stop was a short one, as Toure rejoined Olympiakos, the team he had spent the 2005-06 season with. Despite only signing in September, Toure’s contract was terminated three months later via mutual consent.Reports have linked him with a move to Celtic, who are tied with Rangers atop the Scottish Premiership in points, where his brother Kolo is an assistant under Rodgers.And speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Toure admitted there is interest from the Scottish club, but will require further discussions with the manager before any agreement is reached.“Celtic are a great team, but I will speak to Brendan Rodgers there and we will see what happens,” Toure said.Manchester City remain competitive on all fronts this season, and the quadruple, winning in the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup, still remains a possibility.Going hard in all four of the competitions could end up being a detriment for City as they not only aim to secure Champions League glory for the first time, but also overtake Liverpool in the Premier League.But Toure believes Pep Guardiola is intent on not sacrificing any competition, and hopes to win them all.“I think now the big question is if City are going to go for the Premier League or the Champions League or the League Cup or the FA Cup?” Toure said. “I don’t think so, I think he’s going to go for all of them.“I think the Champions League is the big, big one. To be honest, the cups – the League Cup and the FA Cup – can become a distraction.“Why? Because the Champions League and the Premier League is the big, big target for Man City.”Asked about whether it was a different situation in Spain with the top clubs there compared to England, Toure said he thinks it is, noting how difficult the English top flight is.“Yes, to be honest it is different,” Toure said. “Different, different, different type of football.“The Premier League is one of the top leagues in the world. In Spain, these teams – Real Madrid and Barcelona – have been recently winning Champions League but the Premier League is the competition. The physicality is so, so high.“And I hope he will do it. It’ll be good for the fans and good for the football club.”Let’s believe it. I know it’s not going to be easy but I hope City will try to do it.”
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 11: The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners are the favorites in the Big 12 once again this season. They’re also expected to compete for the national championship.But that doesn’t mean the Sooners don’t have weaknesses. Every team does, and they aren’t immune.Most would assume Oklahoma’s biggest question mark involves the quarterback position. Baker Mayfield is gone, and it is up to Kyler Murray to replace at least most of his prodigious production.ESPN, however, thinks the Sooners’ most glaring issue is on the other side of the ball.ESPN Big 12 reporter Jake Trotter labeled safety as Oklahoma’s “biggest question mark” in a feature that dropped today.The Sooners should be improved at cornerback, but safety remains a huge concern. Incoming freshman Brendan Radley-Hiles, who starred in the spring, is already assured of manning either nickelback or back safety. But OU will need others to emerge to solidify a secondary that has been unreliable the past two seasons.Oklahoma will face its fair share of prolific passing offenses in the Big 12, so a sturdy pass defense is a must.We’ll see if safety is as big of an issue as Trotter projects it to be.You can read the rest of ESPN’s analysis on the entire preseason Top 25 here.
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The 2019 recruiting class is not believed to be a good one for quarterbacks. Some analysts are calling it the worst QB class they’ve ever seen. There’s not a ton of depth or elite talent at the top.The best quarterback in the class might be Graham Mertz, a four-star pro-style quarterback out of Kansas. “I’ve heard from coaches that (he) is the best QB recruit nationally and gotta say, he looks damn good at Elite 11,” says SB Nation Recruiting.Mertz is currently committed to Wisconsin. However, the commitment to the Badgers might not last…Several other major programs are pursuing Mertz hard. Despite the fact that he’s committed to Wisconsin, those programs are making him a serious priority.Both Ohio State and Notre Dame have made him their No. 1 QB target.A flipped commitment might be on the table.“Notre Dame working hard to flip him from Wisconsin,” says Irish Illustrated.Good show from Irish quarterback target Graham Mertz at Elite 11. Notre Dame working hard to flip him from Wisconsin. https://t.co/EzIyaStO5S— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) June 2, 2018Ohio State, meanwhile, has reportedly “zeroed in” on him.Some analysts expect him to make the flip, too.This is a recruitment that will likely last through the summer. It’s unclear if Mertz will start taking visits to other schools.Stay tuned.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shouts on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Ohio State came into this afternoon’s contest against Nebraska hoping to get back on track following the Buckeyes’ blowout loss at Purdue last weekend. Typically, Urban Meyer teams fare extremely well in games following a loss. Many were expecting a blowout win for Ohio State today.So far, though, it’s been more of the same frustrating play for Urban Meyer’s Ohio State team.The Buckeyes are officially on “Upset Alert” once again, actually.It’s Nebraska 21, No. 10 Ohio State 16 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.Ohio State players left the field to boos. That does not happen often.Halftime in Columbus…Nebraska 21, #10 Ohio State 16The Buckeyes left the field to halftime boos. pic.twitter.com/qVWAlHMtUE— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 3, 2018Nebraska is a young team, and the Huskers made several mistakes in the first half. The odds suggest that mistakes will continue and Ohio State will have opportunities to take advantage of them.Still, this is extremely troubling for Urban Meyer and Co. The Buckeyes clearly still have a ton of issues to take care of.Ohio State and Nebraska are playing on FOX. The second half should begin soon.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)ESPN has released its new Heisman Trophy poll following the eleventh week of the 2018 college football season.Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains in the lead, but another quarterback has taken a couple of first-place votes away from him.Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is in second place.Here’s the full poll:Tagovailoa – 48 points (eight first-place votes)Murray – 42 points (two first-place votes)WVU QB Will Grier – 26 pointsWashington State QB Gardner Minshew – 20 pointsAlabama DL Quinnen Williams, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins – 4 pointsTagovailoa has seemed like a lock for the Heisman for most of the season, but there are now some whoo think it’s possible Murray could steal it away.Stay tuned.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers reacts after a touchdown by the Alabama Crimson Tide was overturned after review during the fourth quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn and head coach Gus Malzahn are reportedly close to a new agreement to remain with the program. Earlier this week, rumors suggested Malzahn would be replaced by former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, though those rumors were quieted by Stoops himself.Now, Auburn is in the midst of reducing Malzahn’s buyout and allowing him to return for the 2019 season.According to Phillip Marshall of 247Sports, Auburn plans to reduce Malzahn’s “by an unspecified amount.”Here’s more from the report:Malzahn’s buyout, sources said, would be reduced by an unspecified amount. Any coaching staff moves would have to be revenue neutral, effectively removing the possibility of paying buyouts for assistant coaches and assuring Chip Lindsey would remain as offensive coordinator unless he chooses to leave.The move effectively makes it easier to move on from Malzahn in the future.In six season as the team’s head coach, Malzahn racked up a 52-27 record and six bowl games.Stay tuned for more on the coaching front.[247Sports]
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant revealed his plans to transfer from the Tigers program after Dabo Swinney benched him in favor of freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. Bryant played four games for the Tigers this season before announcing his plans to leave the team.In the weeks following his announcement, Bryant took several official visits. The former Clemson starter visited North Carolina, Auburn, Missouri, and Arkansas – though none of the programs stood out at the time.On Tuesday night, Bryant took to Twitter to announce his intentions to transfer to Missouri. Here’s the message from the former Tigers quarterback.“The test of a man … #MIZ #ShowMe #PuBd ??” pic.twitter.com/pJPQHkVoo6— Kelo ⚜️ (@KellyB125) December 5, 2018It’s huge news for the Tigers program – as current quarterback Drew Lock is headed to the NFL following his 2018 college football season.Missouri clearly made an impression on Bryant and a chance to play in the SEC likely played a role in his decision. The former Clemson quarterbacks keeps his mascot (Tigers), but it headed to a program that finished with an 8-4 record and a No. 23 ranking.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There have been some questions about the playing field at Levi’s Stadium leading up to the College Football Playoff national title game.The stadium has had some playing surface issues in the past and there was a decent amount of rain in the area heading into game day.A new field has been installed at the stadium, though, and it appears to be in good shape.Clemson’s football program tweeted out a photo of the field this afternoon.It’s looking solid.“The stage is set,” Clemson tweeted.The stage is set.#NationalChampionship | #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/tlRAJbgimD— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 7, 2019Alabama and Clemson are set to play at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ESPN.Who are you picking?
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)A major college football assistant coach was reportedly relieved of his duties on Monday night, with an SEC football program making a sizable change to its defensive staff.Ole Miss has reportedly made a change to its defensive staff, as head coach Matt Luke has reportedly fired defensive backs coach Jason Jones. The move reportedly happened late on Monday night.Rivals.com first reported the news.“Ole Miss defensive backs coach Jason Jones was relieved of his duties today,” he reported.#OleMiss defensive backs coach Jason Jones was relieved of his duties today.— Chase Parham (@RivalsChase) February 12, 2019Ole Miss had one of the country’s worst defenses in 2018, so it’s not too surprising that a major coaching move was made – though it’s a little surprising it happened weeks after the end of the season.The Rebels allowed 483.4 yards per game, including 261.7 yards per game through the air.Jones had been with the Rebels’ program since 2013. He came to Ole Miss after coaching at Oklahoma State.Ole Miss has made a couple of big moves on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. The Rebels hired former Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre to help on defense.The Rebels are coming off a 5-7 season in 2018.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates a sack against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Widely considered the top prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa has seldom stepped onto a football field since leaving the team last Fall. After months of preparation, Bosa finally showed off his speed at the NFL Scouting Combine.This morning, Bosa ran the 40-yard dash as part of his drills. Bosa ran an unofficial 40-time of 4.84 seconds.While not a record-breaking mark by any stretch, the mark does put Bosa in very good company. Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt ran the exact same time at the 2011 combine.However, Watt’s 40-time was considerably more impressive given that he weighed nearly 30 pounds heavier than Bosa does. Unofficial time of 4.84 seconds for Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa in his first 40-yard dash attempt, per NFL Network.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 3, 2019Here’s video of Bosa’s run:#OSU DL Nick Bosa with a 4.84u on his 1st 40 attempt. pic.twitter.com/cx4LMCl2IV— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) March 3, 2019Bosa played in just three games this past season before suffering an injury. He opted to leave the team and prepare for the NFL rather than attempt to return mid-season. He finished his junior year with 4.0 sacks, 6.0 tackles for loss and 14 tackles in those three games.His breakout year came as a sophomore, where in 14 games he had 8.5 sacks, 16.0 tackles for loss, two passes defended, a forced fumble, and 34 tackles.Bosa also has a family history of NFL dominance. His older brother Joey Bosa is a star pass rusher for the LA Chargers, while his father, John Bosa, was a first-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1987.Many mock drafts currently have Bosa as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2019.
ClemsonEvery season, Clemson adds a new tombstone outside of the team’s football complex for each win over a ranked team away from home. As you can imagine, that cemetery has gotten pretty crowded.The Tigers have developed into one of the truly elite teams in college football. In 2018-19, they took home their second national championship under Dabo Swinney.Along the way, Clemson knocked off No. 17 Boston College on the road, and then Nos. 3 Notre Dame and 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff.Each of those Clemson victories has earned a new tombstone, unveiled on Wednesday.From the Tigers’ Twitter account:Today, we unveiled our newest tombstone additions next to Reeves Football Complex.For every Top 25 team the Tigers defeat away from Death Valley, we add a tombstone.There were several new additions after this season 🐅🏆 #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/hY4tP0LMWb— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) March 14, 2019That is a pretty great way to keep the team inspired after an early spring practice.Swinney’s team has made it a habit of adding to the collection every year, since he took over the program in 2008.In October 2009, Clemson knocked off No. 10 Miami on the road. This year’s three additions bring the total to 18 tombstones under Swinney by my count.Of course, that Alabama tombstone is going to be the highlight, perhaps of the entire display. That clinched a 15-0 season, and one that Clemson is happy to promote as the greatest in college football history. That is up for debate, but the Tigers team has to be in the discussion at least.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 26: The Southern University Jaguars Human Jukebox Band performs at halftime of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs on September 26, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Georgia is being understandably cautious with the health of running back Zamir White. The former five-star has had a pair of ACL tears over the last few years.In 2017, as a senior, White tore his ACL late in the season. He actually didn’t realize the extend of the injury until Georgia’s medical staff took a look, ahead of him joining the program.He had a pretty quick turnaround, and was set to play last season, but weeks ahead of the start of the 2018 campaign, White tore his other ACL. That occurred in Georgia practice, during a punt drill.Once again, White is working his way back, but Kirby Smart and company are going to let him recover at his own pace.On Tuesday, Kirby Smart gave an update on Zamir White’s injury status as we enter spring.From 247Sports:“I don’t know that I can answer [how much he’ll contribute.] That’s going to come in fall camp,” Smart said. “I think any time you have a non-contact ACL and then you have a second one, you’ve got to be careful because we’re talking about two different knees and completely non-contact injuries. When that happens, it makes you, hey, is the kid going to be able to progress this time as fast as he did last time. For us, he’s going to be able to do some. He’s running. He’s running really well. He’s doing a lot of straight-line stuff. He’s just not going to be involved in the scrimmage and in the contact part.”That sounds relatively optimistic, but don’t expect to see much from White until the summer and fall. And even then, he plays at a position at which Georgia has plenty of talent. D’Andre Swift returns after leading the team with 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018.Still, White has the potential to be a big-time college star. As a five-star member of the 2018 class, he was the top running back in the country, and No. 9 overall per 247Sports.[247Sports]
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh took a shot at former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer this week, claiming that “controversy” has followed him throughout his career.“Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been,” Harbaugh said on The Athletic’s The TK Show podcast Thursday. “But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.”Harbaugh didn’t back down from his comment during his Big Ten Media Days press conference, either.“I don’t think it was anything that was new, or anything of a bombshell,” Harbaugh said. “It’s things that you all understand and have written about.” Meyer retired from Ohio State at the end of 2018 following a season clouded by the Zach Smith domestic violence scandal. Meyer had previously coached at Florida, where several of his players dealt with off-the-field legal issues.Harbaugh, of course, is 0-4 against Meyer and Ohio State, so his comments are seen as sour grapes by many, including Nicki Meyer Dennis.“Wait guys maybe this is a deflection strategy! Throw a little mud to avoid answering why you always lost. #RespectTheRivalry 7-OH (0-4 lol),” she wrote.Harbaugh, while not necessarily wrong with his comment about Meyer, is certainly going to have to face more questions about it heading into the 2019 rivalry game against Ohio State.Michigan is set to host Ohio State in Ann Arbor on Nov. 30.
Rohan Sen HamiltonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 16:06 IST India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Mithali Raj managed to score just 9 runs in her 200th ODI (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj is the first female cricketer to feature in 200 ODIsIndian women’s team has played 263 ODIs in total and Mithali has featured in 200 of themThis is Mithali’s 20th year in international cricket during which time she has amassed 6622 runs in 200 ODIsIndian women’s ODI team captain Mithali Raj on Friday became the first female cricketer to feature in 200 ODIs as she led her team out against New Zealand in the third and final match in Hamilton.Interestingly, India have played 263 ODIs in total so far and Mithali has featured in 200 of them. Since her ODI debut on 25 June, 1999, the team has played 213 matches in the format. She has been a part of all but 13 of them.This is Mithali’s 20th year in international cricket during which time she has amassed 6622 runs in 200 ODIs with 7 hundreds and 52 half-centuries in 180 innings. The 36-year-old has also played 10 Tests and scored 663 runs at an average of 51 while in 85 T20Is she has managed 2283 runs at 37.42 with 17 fifties.It’s a special game for captain @M_Raj03 as she becomes the first woman to play 200 ODIs. Stay tuned for 2nd innings. New Zealand need 150 to win. #NZvINDhttps://t.co/0pWWx7ZWRr pic.twitter.com/xJZFPAduyJBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 1, 2019Mithali’s team however, struggled in the first innings on Friday as India got bowled out for 149 after being put into bat by the White Ferns. The New Zealand women’s team chased down the target in 29.2 overs to register a morale-boosting win. India though still lifted the trophy having won the previous two match, by comprehensive margins.Mithali managed to add just 9 runs to the Indian total while Deepti Sharma top-scored with 52 off 90 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur was the next-best scorer with 24 runs.For New Zealand, Anna Peterson starred with the ball as she took 4 wickets for 28 runs while Lea Tahuhu bagged 3 wickets for 26 runs. India have already clinched the three-match series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead.advertisementMithali’s participation in her 200th ODI came a day after Rohit Sharma became the 14th Indian male cricketer to play 200 one-day internationals when he walked out to toss with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at the same venue on Thursday.Rohit Sharma joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Mohammad Azharuddin, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Virat Kohli in the Indian club of 200 ODIs.”Yeah, 200th game is special. Lots of ups and downs but I am happy where I am,” Rohit said at the toss, which New Zealand won and opted to bowl.Rohit however, didn’t have the best of games as interim skipper as India got bowled out for 92 thanks to Trent Boult’s five-wicket haul. Rohit managed just 7 runs in the match.New Zealand then rode on Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls’s unbeaten knocks to reach the target with 8 wickets in hand. It was New Zealand’s first win of the five-match series which India lead 3-1.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Hamilton ODIFollow ICC Women’s Championship India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj completes 200 ODIs to set new record in women’s cricketIndia vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Mithali Raj is leading the Indian women’s team in the ongoing third ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton.advertisement
Samsung Galaxy A2 Core render leaked, likely to be Android Go phoneThe Galaxy A2 Core could be the successor to last year’s Galaxy J2 Core Android Go phone. The Galaxy A2 Core will sport a 16:9 display and may ship with Android Pie (Go edition).advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 14:12 IST Picture Courtesy: Evan BlassHIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A2 Core will likely be an Android Go smartphone.A new render shows off the Galaxy A2 Core’s 16:9 display.The Galaxy A2 Core may launch on March 22.Samsung could soon announce a new Android Go smartphone, called the Galaxy A2 Core. Tipster Evan Blass has shared what looks to be an official press render of the Galaxy A2 Core, revealing the design from the front and back. You may recall that company launched its first Android Go device, the Galaxy J2 Core, last year with a pretty similar design. The Galaxy A2 Core is possibly its successor considering Samsung has unofficially killed the Galaxy J-series.The render posted by Blass on Twitter shows a very traditional-looking smartphone with a 16:9 aspect ratio and evenly thick bezels on the top and bottom. The Samsung branding can be seen on the front and back of the Galaxy A2 Core. The rear panel has been revealed in black and blue colours, which might be the only colour options on offer when the device launches.The Galaxy A2 Core will come with a plastic polycarbonate rear panel, but we aren’t sure yet whether it is of the removable kind. The panel is pretty much clean with no fingerprint sensor, which is not surprising for an entry-level smartphone. There is a single primary camera on the top left corner with a LED flash below it. The speaker griller is also seen below the camera module.Blass hasn’t specifically mentioned whether the Galaxy A2 Core will be an Android Go smartphone, but it wouldn’t be wrong to assume this. We expect the Galaxy A2 Core to launch with Android Pie (Go edition) that promises to offer faster load times and better optimisation compared to the previous iteration. As an Android Go device, the Galaxy A2 Core will come with customised Google Go apps like Mail Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go and so on that are designed to work smoothly on low memory and storage. It also won’t be wrong to assume that the Galaxy A2 Core will come with 1GB of RAM.advertisementAs of now, there is no word on when Samsung will announce the Galaxy A2 Core. The date mentioned on the render is March 22, which could suggest that Samsung will launch the device next week.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Premium features now come at an affordable priceGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A2 CoreFollow Android Go
Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone will come with 90Hz displayThe Red Magic 3 will come with a 90Hz display. Users will be able to switch between the standard 60Hz and 90 Hz refresh rate according to requirements.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 09:32 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe display will support a refresh rate of 90Hz while playing games.The phone will automatically switch to 60Hz when the user isn’t gaming.Red Magic 3 will launch in China on April 28.Nubia’s upcoming gaming smartphone is currently one of the most hyped devices in the gaming industry. The leaks and rumours have so far suggested that Nubia is going ahead with an air cooling system a first for any smartphone. Other leaks and rumours have so far suggested the presence of a highly tuned Snapdragon 855 chip that is supposed to leak benchmarks. Nubia will launch the Red Magic 3 on April 28 in China and soon after in India. However, new information about the Red Magic 3 keeps on coming out every now and then and we have managed to get something new again.India Today Tech has learnt the Red Magic 3 will come with a 90Hz display. The screen will support a refresh rate of 90Hz, which could translate into smoother visuals. The phone will also come with a 60Hz mode when the user doesn’t require ultra smooth visuals. By default, the phone will automatically manage the refresh rate, i.e. it will switch to 90Hz when it detects the user is playing games and will keep it to 60Hz while in normal usage. Of course, the user can manually select one mode for all occasions.A display with 90Hz refresh rate isn’t new to the world of smartphones. Last year, Asus’ ROG Phone introduced a 90Hz AMOLED display while the Razer Phone went ahead with a 120Hz display. Higher refresh rates translate into a smoother gaming experience. Games such as PUBG MOBILE and Asphalt 9 can benefit with higher refresh rates, aiding a smoother experience. Gaming laptops usually use higher refresh rate displays for delivering smoother visual experience.advertisement The leaked screenshot from Nubia Red Magic 3The Red Magic 3 is shaping up to be an exciting smartphone for mobile gamers and the 90Hz display only adds to the value of the device. So far, we know that the Red Magic 3 will sport a Snapdragon 855 chipset with segment-leading performance. A recently leaked photo suggests that Nubia is indeed going for a rugged design and an aero cooling system. The phone will also retain the capacitive shoulder buttons from the Red Magic Mars.Nubia is expected to launch the Red Magic 3 in India soon after its launch in China. Along with the phone, the company will also launch the Alpha smartwatch with a flexible display. Prices are unknown at the moment but expect Nubia to aim for a OnePlus-rivaling price for the Red Magic 3 and an Apple Watch-rivaling price for the Alpha.ALSO READ | Exclusive: Nubia Alpha wearable smartphone, Nubia Pods to launch in May 2019 along with Red Magic 3ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic review: A phone fast at running games but that is allALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark scoreGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow androidFollow smartphones