YOUTH WORLD CUP FINALS- DVD’S AVAILABLE

first_imgIf you missed the Youth World Cup finals on the Sunshine Coast, or you simply want a copy of a specific final, the ATA is now selling DVD copies of all six grand finals. DVD’s are available for grand finals in the Mixed 18’s, Womens 18’s, Mens 18’s, Mixed 20’s, Womens 20’s and Mens 20’s. The cost of each DVD is $20 incl GST plus $3.30 postage and handling. Stock is limited and expected to be popular, so please contact Kristy McManus ata@austouch.com.au or (02) 6285 2703 to order your copy or copies.last_img read more

2007 YOUTH SQUADS TO BE ANNOUNCED

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia (TFA) National Youth Squads have been finalised and ready to be ratified.  Once this has been completed the successful players will be notified by letter.The Youth Program is a new initiative that is designed to prepare our young athletes & achieve the following goals:Implementation of a strong junior pathway with links to the Open Program to ensure the ongoing success of Australian Teams A succession planning model & transitional process enabling athletes to reach their potential and, at the same time, increase the overall depth of talent Success at international eventslast_img read more

AUSSIE WOMEN’S OPEN CHAMPIONS ON AND OFF THE FIELD

first_imgThe victorious 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup Touch Football Team have proved themselves to be Gold medal citizens as well as Gold medal athletes with a healthy portion of their World Cup fundraising efforts being pledged recently to the McGrath Foundation Charity.Seven time Tour De France winner and Cancer survivor Lance Armstrong’s yellow “Livestrong” bands are worn all over the world, Cricketers Andrew Symonds, Matthew Hayden, and Andrew Strauss have graced our television screens all summer wielding willow with pink ‘rubbers’ on their bat handles to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, and high profile Ultra marathon man Pat Farmer embarks on gut busting endurance events to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer year round.Our sport and its participants Australia wide contribute generously and consistently to worthwhile community partnerships with numerous volunteer organizations and the fight against cancer is an important one for a large cross section of the Touch Football community.Queensland affiliate Coomera Comets hold an Annual “Touched by Cancer” tournament to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer, and the Redlands Touch Association’s 17 Years girls Team did the “Walk for Life” event in 2006 to do their bit for cancer research. Australia’s World Champion Women’s Open Touch Football Team has now lent their resources to assist a cause worthy of attention. Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting Team at World Cup level in any sport, decided to dedicate a portion of their proceeds from fundraising to attend the 2007 FIT World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa to a social issue that is pertinent for the majority of Australians. Jane McGrath co-founded the McGrath Foundation with her husband Australian International cricketer Glenn after her initial recovery from breast cancer. Jane experienced first hand the shortage of breast care nurses in Australia during her treatment and became determined to help others in her situation. Today, the McGrath Foundation aims to raise funds to place more breast care nurses throughout the country while generating support and raising awareness of the cause.The Australian Women’s Team made a $ 500 contribution to the foundation.McGrath Foundation General Manager Tracy Bevan was full of praise for the girls efforts and applauded their initiative in coming forward with the idea to help contribute much needed funds and awareness to combat the insidious disease that touches the lives of so many.“We really appreciate the generous donation from the Australian Women’s Open Team and their support is invaluable.” Tracy Bevan said.Senior Australian Women’s Open team members Kelly Woods and Kristy Judd hit on the idea of selling “C’mon Aussie” wristbands to help off set costs of the 2007 World Cup tour and decided that they could encourage people to support the Aussie girls efforts to retain their world champion mantle and contribute to a worthy cause if they raised funds simultaneously.“Woods and I thought that as the ones asking for others to contribute and buy the wristbands, if we could donate to another important cause that people would feel good about, we would actually be contributing to something special, whilst obviously helping our cause along the way.“We chose the Mc Grath Foundation because in one way or another our player group has been touched to varying degrees by cancer – family, friends etc. Being involved in sport we were aware that Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath and his wife Jayne set up the foundation and that played a part in our decision to donate.” Kristy Judd explained.The Aussie girls were moved by the generous nature of the Touch community and want to extend their thanks to everyone who helped them raise funds for their successful World Cup campaign and for the McGrath Foundation.If you would like to obtain more information about the McGrath foundation please go to http://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.aulast_img read more

Touch Football Australia soars to new heights

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia (TFA) and SportsPass partnership continues to progress and reach new heights. Local Queensland Touch Football players Rae Barker and Glen Walker along with SportsPass Chief Executive Officer, Greg Screen got to test their nerves on Dreamworld’s best thrill seeker rides, the Tower of Terror 2 as well as the new park ride Tail Spin.Dreamworld is just one of the many proud brands supporting SportsPass, the dedicated member rewards program adding value to Touch Football associations and clubs throughout the country.You too can test your nerves on Dreamworld’s newest ride, use your SportsPass card when purchasing your ticket.To register your card today visit www.sportspass.com.au or contact TFA.Related LinksTFA reaches new heightslast_img read more

9 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: No need for an agent

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: No need for an agentby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is happy to go without an agent.Pochettino negotiated his current deal directly with chairman Daniel Levy last spring.He said: “For me it was not difficult — I think it was more difficult for him than me because I am the manager and he cannot upset me.“If we are talking about extending a contract or giving me more money, you need to be careful.“With agents, you can say anything that you want and the agent will manage the situation.“But when you are talking directly to your manager, you need to be careful as one word can change the negotiation or change your mind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoCrystal Palace in talks for Sao Paulo keeper Lucas Perri

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Crystal Palace in talks for Sao Paulo keeper Lucas Perriby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are in talks about signing a new goalkeeper.The Daily Mail says Palace are also in talks with Sao Paulo over a loan deal for 21-year-old goalkeeper Lucas Perri.Palace boss Roy Hodgson is looking to strengthen his resources and lead the club away from the relegation places. They are currently sitting in 14th, four points clear of the drop zone. last_img read more

21 days agoBournemouth manager Howe says Wilson deserves his England status

first_imgBournemouth manager Howe says Wilson deserves his England statusby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe says Callum Wilson deserves his England status.Howe feels he again merits continued international recognition.”It (England call-up) is deserved. I think he has had a good start to the season,” Howe said.”I think with Callum we have just been focusing on his performances and making sure he delivers what we need for the team.”On the back of that, we have always said we feel he will score goals if he gets the finer points of his performance right.”I think he has and now he is in a confident mood – that is a great sign for us and for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder: Henderson ready for England debut

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder: Henderson ready for England debutby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder thinks Dean Henderson can win his first England cap this week.Henderson, on loan at Bramall Lane from Manchester United, has been called up to the Three Lions squad for the first time, replacing the injured Tom Heaton.”Everybody knows Dean is in the frame,” Wilder told The Star. “He knows he has to do well for us, we know he can do well and then the rest takes care of itself.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoConfusion over fitness situation of Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Confusion over fitness situation of Chelsea midfielder Charly Musondaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveConfusion reigns over the fitness situation regarding Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda.On-loan this season with Vitesse Arnhem, Musonda has suffered a new knee injury.In Belgium, it’s suggested the setback will mean Musonda will be sidelined for several weeks. However, The Sun in England claims he won’t be seen again until next year.For the moment, Vitesse are yet to make any official announcement.Over a year ago, Musonda suffered a knee injury in a Vitesse friendly and missed the remainder of the 2018/19 season.However, he returned to the Dutch outfit for this campaign. last_img read more

5 days agoEx-Man Utd boss Mourinho: I’d be proud if I was Solskjaer, but…

first_imgEx-Man Utd boss Mourinho: I’d be proud if I was Solskjaer, but…by Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho says he’d be proud but frustrated if he was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.United almost pulled off a win over their fierce rivals and league leaders before Adam Lallana scored an equaliser with five minutes remaining. And Mourinho believes Solskjaer would’ve been upset not to take all three points.”Liverpool did something in the last 20 minutes of the game to give Man Utd problems,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “They got more people through the middle, more people in the box. But I think Ole and United, after such a great effort, will feel a bit disappointed.”At the start of the game I was asking United for heart. They had it but they had more than that. They were organised, they had a gameplan that they stuck to. But [Graeme Souness] asked before the game if they could keep the defensive intensity for 90 minutes and they couldn’t.”Liverpool were on top at the end. The result is probably fair but if I were Ole I’d be proud but also frustrated.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Ole Miss Is Releasing Hype Videos For Each Of Its Positions, The Offensive Line One Is By Far The Best

first_imgOle Miss OL gets into LSU player's face.You probably hear it all the time: offensive linemen are the most under-appreciated players in football. They do the dirty work. They’re critical to success. But the don’t get any of the shine. Not at Ole Miss, though. No, the Rebels appreciate their offensive linemen, so much so that they’ve made a 2015 hype video all about their big uglies (they’ve made a hype video for each of their positions, but the offensive line one is by far the best). Check it out: A bunch of blocking highlights set to Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz.” That’s the perfect hype video. You can view the rest of Ole Miss’ positional hype videos here. [Spencer Hall]last_img read more

WVU’s Daxter Miles Jr. Reportedly Hid In A Handicapped Bathroom To Avoid The Media Thursday Night

first_imgWest Virginia hoops player Daxter Miles. Twitter/@dmilesjr4Twitter/@dmilesjr4As we all witnessed Thursday night, the West Virginia Mountaineers were no match for the Kentucky Wildcats. The contest, which ended with a 78-39 victory for UK, was a nightmare for WVU freshman Daxter Miles Jr., who, in addition to scoring no points and dishing out no assists, had predicted a day before that his team would prevail.After the game, Miles Jr., understandably was very upset about what had transpired. According to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, he actually delayed speaking with the media by hiding out in a handicapped bathroom around the corner from the team’s locker room. When West Virginia’s locker room opened for the media after the game, Miles Jr. was not under his placard, not sitting by his locker. He wasn’t on the other side of the building either, meeting with the media .Miles Jr. was instead preparing himself for strangers’ faces to cram into his personal space, to deal with something that clearly got bigger than he could have ever expected. Tucked around a corner, in the team’s bathroom, Miles Jr. was waiting out the mob. When a media member approached one of his teammates for an interview in the small hallway leading to the bathroom, Miles Jr. then dipped into the handicap lavatory and closed the door behind him, his frizzy hair peeking above the tall stall.Miles Jr. did eventually take questions from the media, but he had one standard response to them all – “Kentucky played great.”It’s hard to blame Miles Jr. for having confidence in his team ahead of the game, but perhaps he should have chosen his words more carefully. Kentucky fans surely won’t let him forget that.last_img read more

Photos: Someone Changed Texas A&M’s Entrance Sign To Read “Bevel A&M University”

first_imgThree weeks ago, Texas A&M’s Board of Regents voted in favor of replacing the school’s “T Star” logo in the university’s 52-year-old seal with the “Block TAM” logo that the school introduced back in 2011. Reaction to the news was somewhat negative, as many Aggies supporters preferred the school keep the old logo, instead of the newer “beveled” logo. There is even a website dedicated to the issue, named “Level the Bevel.” Here’s the difference between the two seals, if you were wondering.tamuoldnewNow, it looks like someone was upset enough about the change to go after the school’s campus entrance sign. A number of Twitter users have tweeted photos that show the damage – it now reads “Bevel A&M University.” It’s clearly meant to mock the school for the decision.Will Corn, a high school junior in the area, was the first to post a photo of the new sign. He also confirmed its validity to us. @GBHunting Attention, shots have been fired at the entrance to campus pic.twitter.com/QQyjCN8kyC— Will Corn (@WillCorn76) May 17, 2015@TheBattOnline It seems the seal controversy continues even after the semester is over. pic.twitter.com/3XTFAjykqz— Jennifer Reiley (@jreiley1) May 17, 2015Bevel A&M University pic.twitter.com/K8ZUvXqDJI— The Mugdown (@Mugdown) May 17, 2015Looks like the @TAMU rebranding process is complete pic.twitter.com/DBkKe7vnNt— Lauren Felder (@lauren_felder) May 17, 2015College football fan bases – especially those with great tradition – are often resistant to change. Still, this seems like another level of unrest.last_img read more

Video: Ric Flair Blasts Ohio State, Michigan State During Michigan’s NSD Party

first_imgRic Flair talks about Ohio state and Michigan State during Michigan signing day party.Michigan’s National Signing Day event, while ridiculous, is clearly a hit. Former professional wrestler Ric Flair is the latest to take the stage and rile up the Wolverines faithful.Flair, during his three-minute speech, expressed his disdain for both Ohio State and Michigan State. His comments went over just how you’d expect.Want to know where Michigan football fan @RicFlairNatrBoy stands on Ohio State? https://t.co/SFW1hmqbeb— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) February 3, 2016“I can’t stand Ohio State. I got no time for Michigan State.” – @RicFlairNatrBoy https://t.co/oC40BMtczG— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) February 3, 2016Michigan just landed the overall No. 1 recruit in the nation – Rashan Gary. The party is on in Ann Arbor.last_img read more

Take on Kevin De Bruyne in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

first_imgIf you’re looking to make some quick coins or you just started FIFA 19, Squad Battles can be the perfect way to start earning on Ultimate Team. The single player mode pits your FUT squad against the AI controlling an incredibly powerful squad chosen by a celebrity or footballer. The higher difficulty you pick, the more coins and rewards you will earn.This week, the featured squad belongs to Kevin De Bruyne and celebrates Manchester City’s record-breaking 17/18 season which saw the club become the first to earn 100 points in a Premier League season. Yet, De Bruyne’s Centurions FUT squad may be even more fearsome than that title-winning City team.The squad plays in a 4-3-3 flat and features a mixture of City players and some of the world’s best as well as De Bruyne’s personal 99-rated card that EA hand out to professional footballers as exclusive gifts. The Belgian’s card boasts 94 pace, 99 dribbling, 98 shooting, 81 defending, 99 passing and 95 physicality. 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? The backline is very solid with Champions League Ederson sitting behind a back four of Champions League Kyle Walker, inform Virgil Van Dijk, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo. The midfield three is even stronger with inform David Silva, Prime Icon Claude Makalele and the aforementioned 99-rated Kevin De Bruyne.And finally the front three has Prime Icon Ronaldinho on the left, inform Kylian Mbappe on the right and one to watch Cristiano Ronaldo upfront. De Bruyne has incredible options on the bench too with Lionel Messi and Neymar’s Champions League cards as well as Player of the Month Eden Hazard.Kevin De Bruyne Squad BattlesAn elite team like this doesn’t have many weaknesses but there are still a few areas you can target. Defensively you have to be wary of the wingers, Ronaldinho is unpredictable with his four-star weak-foot and five-star skills whereas Mbappe will look to fly down the right wing with his 97 pace but the Frenchman won’t find many shooting opportunities on his favoured right foot. Mbappe’s 77 crossing isn’t amazing so you will want to force him out wide and play with tall centrebacks to nullify Ronaldo’s potency in the air.On top of that, David Silva isn’t very fast so you should be able to easily get past him on the left-hand side and find pockets of space – especially with Marcelo’s high attacking work-rates.Finally, Ederson is a good goalkeeper but he isn’t as highly rated as his Manchester rival David De Gea.  The Brazillian has excellent reflexes but is let down by his 81 handling so try to shoot across goal as often as possible in hopes of scoring off of a rebound.last_img read more

Spurs push seven past Tranmere in FA Cup rout

first_imgFernando Llorente was Tottenham’s hat-trick hero as they hammered League Two Tranmere Rovers 7-0 in the third round of the FA Cup. As on their previous trip to Merseyside before Christmas – a 6-2 rout of Everton – Mauricio Pochettino’s side were in a clinical mood, although they had to wait until five minutes before half-time for Serge Aurier to spectacularly open the scoring. The resistance Tranmere mustered before the interval dissipated afterwards as Spurs ran riot, with Llorente opening his account before Aurier completed an unlikely brace in the 55th minute.  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? Son Heung-min made it seven in his past six outings and two goals in as many minutes completed a treble for Llorente, whose replacement Harry Kane then got in on the act.2 – Fernando Llorente has scored his second hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur, with both coming in his last two starts in the #FACup (also v Rochdale in February 2018). Repeat. pic.twitter.com/a0UyCgvjrX— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 4, 2019Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies made good early saves from Son and Lucas Moura but had no chance when Aurier dispossessed James Norwood and lashed home an unstoppable swerving strike from 25 yards. Aurier was involved again as Tottenham doubled their lead three minutes into the second half. The former Paris Saint-Germain defender’s clever flick sent Son into space down the right and his low cross was slotted in by Llorente. Harvey Gilmour saw Aurier deflect his half-volley behind from Norwood’s flick-on before the Spurs wing-back resumed activities in the Tranmere box, firing through Davies and the efforts of Mark Ellis on the line following a fabulous turn and lay-off from Son. The South Korea star – who has delayed his arrival for duty at the Asian Cup – then glided towards and beyond a flagging Tranmere backline to clip home number four before the hour. Tottenham were running through their full repertoire and Oliver Skipp’s fine throughball allowed Llorente to peel away from Steve McNulty and finish in the 71st minute. In the blink of an eye, the former Spain striker grabbed his third – stealing in front of Emmanuel Monthe to convert Lucas’ cross. Kane’s introduction was hardly what Tranmere wanted and his unerring strike from Dele Alli’s pass completed a comfortable outing for the Premier League club.What does it mean? Spurs avoid a repeat of last season’s FA Cup trails Tottenham were forced into replays by Newport County and Rochdale in this competition last year but such struggles looked unlikely even before Aurier’s spectacular opener.Pochettino has made no secret of prioritising Premier League and Champions League commitments but Spurs’ cup pedigree is becoming increasingly impressive. They were FA Cup semi-finalists in each of the past two seasons and face Chelsea at the same stage of the EFL Cup next.Aurier returns with double delight Since joining in August 2017, Aurier has not always convinced, while Kieran Trippier’s superb development last season was something of a hindrance. However, having spent nearly a month on the sidelines with a groin injury, the Ivory Coast international relished meeting Tranmere’s combative approach head on. If you see a better goal than his first during third-round weekend, you’ll have witnessed an absolute stunner. Rovers heavyweight McNulty left on the ropes Tranmere captain McNulty is a cult hero with good reason – the defender’s assured reading of the game and sure touch demonstrate his grounding as a member of Liverpool’s academy setup. But errors and missteps peppered his display here, with Son and Lucas’ livewire running proving too much to handle. Key Opta facts- This was Tottenham’s biggest margin of victory in a competitive match since they beat Wigan Athletic 9-1 in the Premier League in November 2009, and their biggest in the FA Cup since they beat Crewe Alexandra 13-2 in a fourth round replay in February 1960.- Both of Tranmere Rovers’ heaviest ever defeats in the FA Cup have now come against Spurs (9-1 in January 1953).- Tottenham have already won as many away matches in all competitions this season (13 wins from 18 matches) as they managed in the entirety of 2017-18 (13 of 26).- Son has been directly involved in 12 goals in his past six games for Tottenham in all competitions (seven goals, five assists), as many as his previous 31 combined prior to this.What’s next? The first game of an EFL Cup semi-final doubleheader against Chelsea awaits Tottenham in midweek, before Manchester United visit Wembley in Premier League action. Tranmere, meanwhile, are back in league action away to Cheltenham Town next Saturday.  read morelast_img read more

Aina backs Chelsea youngsters & ‘prays’ Blues cope without Hazard

first_imgOla Aina has backed Chelsea’s young players to make an impact as they attempt to cope with a two-window transfer ban, though he accepts that replacing Eden Hazard is an incredibly difficult task.The former Blues full-back has left the club on a permanent deal to join Torino, who exercised an option to sign him at £8.7 million (€10m) having had him on loan for the 2018-19 season.After 12 years at Stamford Bridge, Aina made just six appearances but was successful with the club’s youth sides, winning both the UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup on two occasions. 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? Aina may be left to think what might have been, however, with the two-window transfer ban coming into force likely to see them turn to their young players more than they have had to previously.He has, however, backed the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham to make an impact, insisting that they are now ready for the first team at Stamford Bridge.”With the ban coming in I think Chelsea should give the youngsters a chance,” he told Goal ahead of Nigeria’s AFCON warm-up meeting with Senegal. “I say should, because with the season gone I think that a lot of loan players have proven themselves. On merit, I think it should happen.”I think the young ones can come in and show what they are about. I think it would be good for them because I don’t think there would be as much pressure on with the ban. Chelsea have to make do with what they have which is a talented bunch of guys out on loan and in the academy.”I think a lot of the guys are ready. Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and even young Reece James. He has only had one season on loan but if you throw people like that into the deep end then they will come out for you.”We already know Callum Hudson-Odoi can handle the pressure of playing for Chelsea.”Ola Aina quote GFXAina discussed Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid and insisted that it is unrealistic to expect one player from the current Chelsea squad to be capable of replicating his impact.”Eden will definitely be missed,” Aina added. “I don’t think fans should think that just one of the academy guys or loan guys can replace Hazard. That’s too much pressure and replacing Eden will be very difficult. It should be a relaxed situation for everyone where the young ones do their best, which I think they will do.”He has been a great player for Chelsea over the past seven years. He is also a great character, a great person. I have enjoyed my time with him in the changing rooms. It has been a pleasure to play with him.”A pleasure to watch him in training and in matches. There is a time when people have to move on and he has chosen to move on. No one will hold that against him because he did everything for us. He tried his best for us. I am sure everyone wishes him the best.”I just pray that Chelsea can manage without him. I don’t have a favourite moment but I have collective moments of him being who he is in life. He likes to joke and banter. He was always happy. I never once saw Eden angry and he is a good character.”With Eden, as a defender all you can do is hope for the best. You have to hope he makes a mistake. If he doesn’t you just say ‘good luck’ to any defender really.”As Hazard departs, two Chelsea stars who showed in 2018-19 that they can add goals and flair have unfortunately suffered serious injuries.Both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are out for the long-term and Aina insists that the latter is no longer a young talent and should be considered a first-team player in his own right.”I don’t count Loftus-Cheek as an emerging talent [anymore], I think he is already established even though he is young and from the academy,” he continued. “He’s been at Chelsea for four years, so he is an established first-team player.”He has proven himself already and it is exciting to see. Ruben has been ready to play at this level for a long time, so seeing him this season, before his injury, getting the recognition and playing time that he deserves was really good.Ola Aina quote GFX“He has proven himself once again that he has been ready and he is ready. If he signs a new deal then that’s great for him and Chelsea and he will do fantastic. It is up to him, though. Whatever happens, happens.”For Aina, his chapter in west London has ended and he spoke about the thought process of deciding his future as he prepares for the African Cup of Nations next week.”Things are a lot clearer,” he said. “I had not been thinking about moving. I just think about what’s ahead of me and that’s the national team. We can achieve something great. I just had to do what’s best for me and my family. Hopefully it is the right decision.”last_img read more

Vegas’ Prediction For An Alabama-Notre Dame Title Game

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama won the game by a score of 42-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We’ve already seen a Notre Dame-Alabama title game once. It happened six years ago, and the results were not pretty.The Fighting Irish, ranked No. 1 in the BCS, were throttled by No. 2 Alabama in Miami. The Crimson Tide scored the first 35 points of the game en route to a 42-14 win.Could we have a rematch between the two storied programs this season? It is possible, as Alabama is currently the No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff Rankings, while Notre Dame is fourth.The Fighting Irish should move up to No. 3 when the new rankings are unveiled on Tuesday. If they finish in that spot and Alabama finishes at No. 1, the only way they could meet is if it was in the championship game.If they do play, Alabama will be a major favorite, according to BetOnline. In fact, they would be favored by more than 20 points.In fact, the Crimson Tide would be favored by a touchdown more against Notre Dame than they would against Michigan, and two touchdowns more than they would against Clemson.Potential National Championship matchup spreads (@betonline_ag):Alabama vs Clemson +8.5Alabama vs Notre Dame +20.5Alabama vs Michigan +14— OddsShark (@OddsShark) November 4, 2018When you compare this year’s edition of these two teams with the 2012 version, Notre Dame is better on both sides of the ball, but Alabama’s offense is the best its ever been and its defense is still stout.A line of Alabama -20.5 seems fair based on what we’ve seen thus far, as it seems like no one can stem the Tide this year.last_img read more

Braxton Miller Has A Message For Urban Meyer

first_imgBraxton Miller talking to Urban Meyer after an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after their game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Hawaii 38-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced his plan to retire from the university following the 2018 college football season. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as the team’s head coach after the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game against Washington.After the announcement, his former players paid tribute to their coach. Former Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who started his career under Luke Fickell, had a message for Meyer.“Took my game to the next level,” Miller said on Twitter.Took my game to the NEXT level!!!!!!! ?? THANK YOU.. ??? @OSUCoachMeyer @OSUCoachMeyer pic.twitter.com/Sa5SUlxyH4— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) December 4, 2018Miller was the Big Ten MVP and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, his first two years under Urban Meyer.There will be plenty of other tributes from Meyer’s player as this story develops.last_img read more

Elite Program Named Transfer Option For Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush

first_imgBrandon Wimbush running the ball for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rushes for a 65-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush is expected to move on from the Fighting Irish’s program following the College Football Playoff.Wimbush, who has just one season of eligibility remaining, is sticking with Notre Dame through the College Football Playoff.Then, he’s expected to move on to a different program.Where will the former Fighting Irish starting quarterback end up?Yahoo! Sports named an elite program a potential option, saying that Ohio State could be interested in Wimbush if it missed out on Georgia five-star QB Justin Fields.Here’s what Yahoo! Sports said about Wimbush’s decision:With a five-star pedigree, 13-3 record as a starter and a high-character reputation, Wimbush will certainly be coveted for his experience. He faces a tricky choice, as he’d only have one year of eligibility remaining. He could stay at Notre Dame, where his options include potentially changing positions to receiver or tailback to flash for the NFL. He could also work toward an MBA if he sticks around, as the coaches at Notre Dame have raved about his off-field potential all season. Does he try and be a CEO immediately? Or give the NFL a shot? There’d certainly be programs willing to try him at quarterback, though his well-documented accuracy issues could scare off high-end suitors. Wimbush’s decision is rooted in whether he’d like to attempt a career in football, and what position he’d like to try it at.Ohio State is considered the favorite for Fields, though he’s yet to make an official decision.Notre Dame, meanwhile, is set to play Clemson in the College Football Playoff at 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more