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No hitch in seat-sharing: Uddhav

first_imgStating that the Shiv Sena’s alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was strong as ever, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said that the seat-sharing arrangements for the Assembly elections had already been decided.“We have satisfactorily sorted out the seat-sharing arrangements. The media need not worry about it at this moment. They will come to know at the right time,” he said, adding that all parties in the BJP-Sena ‘Mahayuti’ would be satisfactorily accommodated in the arrangement.Mr. Thackeray further said that the Sena’s demand for the post of the Deputy Speaker in the Lok Sabha ought not to be misconstrued as ‘disgruntlement’ on its part.“The Sena does not believe in doing anything by sly means…Expressing a wish or demanding something by rights [Deputy Speaker’s post] does not mean that we are upset with the BJP. We have made this alliance [with the BJP] on the principles of Hindutva, not for the sake of merely securing two or four union cabinet berths,” Mr. Thackeray remarked.Rebuking the opposition, the Sena chief drily remarked that he had no wish to participate in “the disappointment of those hoping for a rift” within the ‘Mahayuti’.Quashing suggestions of any disaffection with the BJP, he said, “Now that everything between the two parties is going fine, we will ensure that this alliance remains firm.” Mr. Thackeray emphasized his point by stating that he was satisfied with the Sena being only one berth in the cabinet.Sena MP Arvind Sawant is the lone MP to be given the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise Ministry portfolio.When asked whether he would be touring drought-hit areas in the State, Mr. Thackeray said that the term ‘drought tour’ was a misnomer.“Let us hope that this drought is on its last legs… Our [BJP-Sena] government’s aim has not been to provide empty succor to the afflicted but to ensure that the farmers and locals are well-provided in terms of fodder and food. I think the government has done its best to ameliorate the plight of the drought-afflicted,” he said.Mr. Thackeray announced that he, along with Aditya Thackeray, planned to visit and review the situation in afflicted areas in western Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha this Sunday.Earlier in the day, the Sena president received a rousing welcome by local Shiv Sainiks as he landed in Kolhapur.Mr. Thackeray, his wife Rashmi and son, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray prayed at the Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur with the party’s newly-elected MPs to celebrate the BJP-Sena’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections. 16 of the 18 newly-elected Sena MPs were present on the occasion. Also present was senior BJP leader and State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil.“It was the late Balasaheb’s [Bal Thackeray] dream that the MP from Kolhapur should be from the Shiv Sena. Today, the people of Kolhapur have helped realize that dream by electing Sena MPs from both the Lok Sabha constituencies in the district and I am grateful to them,” Mr. Thackeray said.last_img read more

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Nico Rosberg wins Bahrain GP, Lewis Hamilton 3rd after collision

first_imgNico Rosberg made it back-to-back wins to start the new Formula One season by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, capitalizing on a first-corner collision involving Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and an engine failure which prevented Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel starting the race.Rosberg led throughout to win by 10.2 seconds at the Sakhir circuit from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton recovering from the collision with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and finishing third. It was the fifth straight win for Rosberg, dating back to last season, and his first in Bahrain.”The key was the start, I made a great getaway,” Rosberg said. “I tried to control the race, I was very, very happy with the day, awesome to get the win.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth and Romain Grosjean fifth in another encouraging performance by the new American-based Haas team. Toro Rosso teenager Max Verstappen was sixth and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat seventh, ahead of the Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, with McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne in 10th to take a point on his F1 debut.There was drama on the warm-up lap as smoke began pouring from the back of Vettel’s Ferrari and he immediately parked the car. It was the second reliability failure for Ferrari already this season after trouble struck Raikkonen in Australia.Pole-sitter Hamilton again got off to a poor start, like he did in Melbourne, as he adjusts to the new rule restricting drivers to a single clutch at the start. The Briton was running behind Rosberg at the first corner when Bottas made an ambitious move and collided with the right side of the Mercedes, dropping Hamilton down to seventh at the end of the first lap.advertisementBottas was blamed by stewards and was forced to do a pitlane drive-through penalty.With his chief rivals out of the equation, Rosberg sailed away up front, and had pushed his lead out to 8.5 seconds after six laps and more than 14 by the first round of pitstops for the top cars, beginning on lap 12.The top three matched tire strategy except for Hamilton being put onto the hardest-available medium compound for his middle stint while Rosberg and Raikkonen were on softs.Raikkonen has finished on the podium in Bahrain eight times without winning.”I had a bad start and after a few laps we were one straight behind Nico and it’s hard to recover from that,” Raikkonen said.Hamilton carried damage on the right side of the chassis throughout the race after the first-corner collision.”We still managed to get back up there,” Hamilton said. “I had so much damage on the car I could not keep up with Kimi.”last_img read more

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A look at Roger Federer and Marin Cilic at Wimbledon 2017

first_imgRoger Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, will face Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday in his quest of conquering a record eighth Wimbledon title.Cilic, on the other hand, is playing his first Wimbledon final and will be looking to notch up only his second Grand Slam victory.Along with chasing his eight title at the All England Club, Federer will also be aiming to become the oldest player to win the Wimbledon in the Open Era. If Federer manages to win on Sunday, he will rise to world No. 3 in the ATP rankings, behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal but if Cilic wins, he will go above Federer to capture the fifth spot, his first time in the top-5.Federer and Cilic have both had a dominating and strong campaign and while the Swiss has not yet dropped a single set, Cilic has fought off tough challenges from Nadal-conqueror Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey on his road to the final.Federer leads the head-to-head record 6-1 against Cilic and the Wimbledon men’s singles final will be only their fourth Grand Slam meeting. Of these four meetings, Cilic has beaten Federer only once when he went on to win the US Open in 2014.Federer and Cilic faced off just last year at Wimbledon where Federer staged a remarkable comeback from two sets down to outlast Cilic.This Wimbledon, the statistics for both the finalists have been as follows.Image Credit: APGoing by the statistics, Cilic clearly possesses big serves but Federer has fended off a similar challenge before against Milos Raonic, who is also known for his big serves.advertisementOn the other hand, Cilic is guilty of more double faults than Federer and the Swiss remains way ahead in terms of his saved break points. Federer has shown exceptional resilience; Including the break points he saved in the semi-final against Tomas Berdych where he shot four straight aces to save two break points and win the game.In all the other areas, Cilic is neck-and-neck with Federer but the seven-time Wimbledon champion may come fresher into the final considering he has spent 4 hours and 72 minutes less on court than the Croatian.Federer has reached the final winning each of his last seven games in straight sets whereas Cilic dropped two against Gilles Muller in the quarter-final and one against Sam Querrey in the semi-final. ROUNDS ROGER FEDERER   MARIN CILICFIRST beat A. Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-0 beat P. Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-3SECOND beat D. Lajovic 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 beat F. Mayer 7-6, 6-4, 7-5THIRD beat M. Zverev 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 beat S. Johnson 6-4, 7-6, 6-4FOURTH beat G. Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 beat R. Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2QUARTERS beat M. Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 beat G. Muller 3-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1SEMIS beat T. Berdych 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 beat S. Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5Federer and Cilic’ last Wimbledon meeting ended with Federer winning 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and the Swiss maestro will look to pull off another win, albiet in an easier manner, to win his fifth title and second Grand Slam of the year 2017.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy On8 launched in India: Full specs, features and India price

first_imgSamsung on Wednesday announced the launch of its new mid-range phone, the Galaxy On8 (2018). New might be a relative term because the Galaxy On8 is essentially a repackaged Galaxy J8 that was launched in India a few weeks ago. The Galaxy On8 on that front brings a similar design language and internal specs as the J8. The only major difference between the two is with regards to the pricing.Much like every other Galaxy On-series phone, the Galaxy On8 has been launched as an online-only device with Flipkart being the exclusive platform alongside Samsung’s official website. This is another difference from the Galaxy J8 which is not only available online but can be found offline as well. Like the Galaxy J8, the Galaxy ON8 also highlights a tall AMOLED display and a dual camera setup, among other things. Here’s all that you need to know.Full specsDisplay: The Galaxy On8 brings a tall 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratioProcessor: The new Galaxy On8 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipsetRAM: The phone will be offered with 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The Galaxy On8 will be offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 256GBRear camera: The device bears a dual rear camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture.Front camera: Up front, the Galaxy On8 sports a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture.Battery: The Galaxy On8 houses a 3,500mAh battery packadvertisementSoftware: The phone will run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-boxKey features– The biggest highlight of the Galaxy On8 is that it brings a tall 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Samsung’s Infinity Display that was once seen on flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones are slowly trickling down to the affordable segment. The display promises sharp and vibrant colours along with an immersive viewing experience thanks to narrow bezels and a tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio.– The other big USP of the Galaxy On8 is its dual rear camera setup. Dual cameras have become a staple feature in in smartphones and Samsung has typically delivered impressive optics, especially on its high-end flagships. The Galaxy On8 should impress consumers as well thanks to a wide f/1.7 aperture that will allow for brighter photos, especially in low-light conditions. The 16MP front camera also promises some crispy and detailed selfies.– The dual cameras also get a Live Focus feature that allows you to play with the blur effect and adjust the intensity of background blur. You can also change the blur settings after taking a picture. Additionally, Samsung also brings features like Portrait Dolly that delivers a moving GIF image with zoom movements in the background.– The Galaxy On8 comes with a couple of ‘Make for India’ features as well such as Chat Over Video and Samsung Mall. The former allows you to video chat and text at the same time while the later is an AI-based feature that lets you shop by clicking a picture of the object and finding relevant information on e-commerce platforms.Samsung Galaxy On8 India price and availabilityThe Galaxy On8 is priced at Rs 16,990 and will be available online via Flipkart and Samsung’s e-store starting August 6. Launch offers include No Cost EMI, Special Data Offers and more to consumers on buying the Samsung Galaxy On8 on Flipkart.last_img read more

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India vs England: 4th Test excitingly poised after Pujara hundred, Moeen 5-wicket haul

first_imgEngland openers survived a tricky period of play at the end of Day 2 to take the team to 6 for no loss at stumps in their second innings after India posted 273 in their first innings to take a lead of 27 runs in the fourth Test at Southampton.Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 132 lit up the second day’s play as the right-hander helped India go past England’s first innings score of 246 with his 15th Test hundred and the first on English soil.Along with skipper Virat Kohli (46), Pujara stitched together 92-run third wicket stand to lay the foundation.India vs England 4th Test Day 2 HighlightsThe Saurashtra cricketer then batted superbly with the tail-enders, adding 32 runs for the ninth-wicket with Ishant Sharma (14) and 46 runs for the final wicket with Jasprit Bumrah, who scored just 6 runs in the partnership, to lead India’s reply.Pujara, who was dropped from the first Test at Edgbaston, answered his critics in style at the Ageas Bowl as he played out a whopping 257 deliveries and spent over 350 minutes at the crease to grind out just his second hundred outside Asia.Cheteshwar Pujara wages lone battle with maiden Test hundred in EnglandA hard fought CENTURY for @cheteshwar1.This is his 1st century in England, 5th against England and 15th overall in Tests.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/S1TzJp2iA6BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2018The knock also saw him jump to second on the list of highest run-scorers in the series behind Kohli. Pujara now has 236 runs in 5 innings with one century and a fifty while Kohli leads the list with 486 runs in 7 innings with two tons and as many half-centuries.advertisementIndia vs England 4th Test Day 2 at Rose Bowl: As it happenedKohli added 46 valuable runs to the Indian total on day 2 before England off-spinner Moeen Ali triggered a middle-order collapse by picking up 5 wickets for 63 runs in 16 overs. During the knock, Kohli also went past 6000 runs in Test cricket to become the second-fastest Indian to reach the landmark.Ali got rid of Rishabh Pant (0), Hardik Pandya (4), R Ashwin (1), Mohammed Shami (0) and Ishant Sharma (14) as India collapsed from 181 for 5 to 227 for 9 before Pujara and Bumrah took India past England’s first innings total.Stuart Broad got 3 wickets while Ben Stokes and Sam Curran grabbed a wicket each for the hosts.India got bowled out with a lead of 27 runs giving England just 4 overs to play before stumps.Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings survived the two overs each from Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah to bring an end to the day’s play.That’s Stumps on Day 2 of the 4th Test.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/3QzS3ogq4PBCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2018Earlier, starting from overnight 19 for no loss, Dhawan and Rahul made a sedate start. The duo were watchful for any hint of lateral movement, similar to what the Indian pacers generated on the first morning of the match.James Anderson (0-37) didn’t find much movement, while Stuart Broad (2-34) did hit on a troubling length to the left-handed Dhawan whenever he pitched the ball up.Broad struck in the fourth over of the morning, trapping Rahul lbw in the eighth over of the innings. The batsman opted for DRS, but the decision stayed in England’s favour.The pacer had another appeal against Dhawan turned down, this time for caught behind in the 14th over, and even on DRS, the batsman benefitted as the ball only clipped his thigh pad.Bowling a lengthy first spell this morning, Broad finally got a second reward for his efforts as he continued to tease Dhawan outside the off-stump. Finally, the edge came in the 18th over, with the batsman caught behind immediately after India crossed 50.It brought Pujara and Kohli together at the crease, and thanks to the latter, the Indian run-rate picked up once again. Kohli hit four fours during his 40-ball stay thus far, and in doing so crossed 6000 runs in Test cricket, the second-quickest Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach the mark.England’s desperation could be seen in that they put both spinner Adil Rashid (0-5) and Moeen Ali (0-0) into the attack just before lunch. Sam Curran (0-16) had earlier toiled hard but in vain, and even Keaton Jennings (0-4) was tried for two overs.Pujara and Kohli though settled down for what should be a lengthy Indian innings in helpful batting conditions, as the score crossed 100 at the stroke of lunch.The Indian pacers rattled England and reduced them to 86 for six, before Sam Curran’s second Test half-century helped them post 246 runs in the first innings.advertisementEngland lead the five-match series 2-1, after winning the first two Tests at Birmingham and Lord’s, with India pulling one back with victory in Nottingham.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Bournemouth vs Brighton: Team news & TV

first_imgPremier League Bournemouth vs Brighton: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 21:18 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jermain Defoe Bournemouth Getty Premier League AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion The pressure is mounting on Eddie Howe to put some points on the board but his team face a tricky task in the form of the Seagulls Bournemouth will look to record their first win of the 2017-18 Premier League season when they welcome Brighton to the Vitality Stadium on Friday evening.The Cherries have endured a difficult start to the new campaign and find themselves second from bottom in the table after four losses in their opening four games.Newly promoted Brighton, on the other hand, got their first win under their belts last week when they defeated West Brom and they will be eager to build on that. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Game Bournemouth vs Brighton Date Friday, September 15 Time 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Chris Hughton BrightonIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Premier League as well as being available to stream online via the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go In the US, viewers can watch live on television on NBCSN, or else they can stream the game live online through the NBC Sports app. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Bournemouth players Goalkeepers Boruc, Ramsdale, Begovic, Federici Defenders Francis, S. Cook, Ake, B. Smith, A. Smith, Mings, Wiggins, Daniels Midfielders Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Arter, L. Cook, Stanislas, Hyndman, Mahoney, Fraser, Ibe Forwards Afobe, Wilson, King, Defoe, Mousset Callum Wilson will definitely miss out as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury, while the game comes too early for Junior Stanislas, who has, nevertheless, returned to training.Ryan Fraser was taken off with a knock in last week’s defeat to Arsenal and the midfielder may sit out this game as a precaution.Potential starting XI: Begovic; Mings, Ake, S. Cook; Daniels, A. Smith, Ibe, Arter, Gosling; Defoe, King. Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Ryan, Maenpaa, Krul Defenders Bruno, Bong, Hunemeier, Dunk, Goldson, Duffy, Rosenior, Suttner, Mateju, Schelotto  Midfielders Stephens, Kayal, Skalak, Knockaert, Gross, Sidwell, Murphy, Izquierdo, March, Propper Forwards Baldock, Hemed, Murray, Brown, Ahannach A number of players are fitness concerns for Brighton with Steve Sidwell, Gaetan Bong and Sam Baldock all injured. Beram Kayal and Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown are also recovering from injuries.Potential starting XI: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Stephens, Gross, Propper, March, Knockaert; Hemed.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Harry Arter BournemouthBournemouth are favourites to win according to dabblebet, with odds of 23/20 attached to the Cherries. Brighton are 5/2 to record an away victory, with a draw priced at 12/5.Click here to check out all the available markets for the game, including first goalscorer and more.GAME PREVIEW Eddie Howe BournemouthEddie Howe steered Bournemouth to their highest ever finish last season, but the Cherries boss has been unable to inspire his troops this term.Having finished ninth last season, ahead of the likes of West Ham and Leicester City, the expectation was that Howe would continue to guide the club on an upward trajectory.Four games into the new campaign, however, and things are looking precarious; his team have only scored one goal – against Manchester City – and the dismissal of Frank de Boer from fellow strugglers Crystal Palace earlier this week brings the clash against Brighton into keener focus for the 39-year-old.Brighton, in contrast, look to be settling into the division after two losses in their opening games and Chris Hughton’s men come into the fixture on a three-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.With new signings such as Pascal Gross, Davy Propper and Matt Ryan gelling with the new team-mates, and the likes of Anthony Knockaert returning to full fitness, the Seagulls will be no easy task for Howe’s side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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30 Years of National Competition – part four

first_imgIn this edition, we look back at the National Championships held between 1994 through to the beginning of the National Touch League in 1997, as well as the All Stars of Touch teams selected from the events. New South Wales clinched the Men’s Open title at the 1994 National Championships in Southport 3-2 following a controversial extra-time touchdown. The Gold Coast Bulletin had the following to say about the game:“The extra time period was less than a minute old when Wayne Bambury scored a touchdown despite calls from the Queensland camp that he had been touched before they forced the ball down.”“Ironically, Queensland also lost to New South Wales in drop-off situations in the Women’s Open and the Mixed Open finals.”New South Wales defeated Queensland in the Women’s Open 3-2, while they won the Mixed Open 4-3. New South Wales were also victorious in the Women’s 30’s division, winning 4-2, while Queensland won their only title in the Men’s 35’s division by one touchdown, 3-2. The 1994 National Championships also hosted four non-national events, with the Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s, Men’s 20’s and Women’s 20’s divisions being added to the line up. New South Wales defeated Queensland by one touchdown in the Men’s 40’s division, and also got a win in the Men’s 45’s division, 5-2. Queensland also got two wins in the non-national events, winning the Men’s 20’s 6-0, as well as the Women’s 20’s division by one touchdown, both against New South Wales. Queensland hit back at home in 1995, walking away with the Champion State National Title, defeating arch rivals New South Wales. The 14th National Championships were played at Owen Park, Southport in October 1995, and the home side did their state proud. Like in recent years, there was almost nothing separating Queensland and New South Wales, with both the Men’s and Women’s finals being decided by a drop off. In the Women’s division, Queensland led 3-2 with minutes remaining before New South Wales’ Captain Katrina Maher scored a touchdown to level the game and send it into extra time. New South Wales’ Jody English scored after nine minutes to take the lead for the first time in the game and the National Championships title. In the Men’s division, the game went to a drop off between New South Wales and Queensland following a close encounter for the 40 minute duration. Both teams scored one touchdown in the first half, while neither managed to score in the second half, sending the game into extra time. Queensland’s Bob Brindell scored the winning touchdown to end New South Wales’ three year reign of the title. In the Mixed Open division, New South Wales proved too strong for Queensland, winning 4-1, while they also took out the Women’s 30’s and Men’s 20’s division by one touchdown. Queensland also won the Men’s 30’s and 40’s divisions as well as the Women’s 20’s division to take out the Champion State title. In 1996, the National Championships was not played for the Open divisions, while the Senior divisions were still contested. There were several changes, with the New South Wales and Queensland’s Open sides competing in the first State of Origin, while the emerging states and territories were given a tournament of their own. The Southern Cross National Open Championships were held in Torrensville, South Australia and played host to teams from Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Defence Force. In the National Championships, New South Wales and Queensland were quite evenly matched. New South Wales won the Men’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Men’s 45’s divisions, while Queensland won the Mixed Juniors and Men’s 35’s. The two states also drew in the Women’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s divisions. The National Touch League was implemented in 1997 to replace the old National Championships. Instead of concentrating Australia’s representative talent into two powerhouse teams, it was decided to divide the 240,000 strong Australian Market into 12 competitive sides. It was hoped at the time that this process would also establish a strong national club structure.  The tournament finals were broadcast on WIN, NBN and Optusvision, while NBN the host broadcaster also ran 50 television commercials to promote the event. In the Men’s Open division, the Sydney Scorpions and the Brisbane Cobras met in the final, and after trailing 3-1, the Cobras hit back to level the game at 3-all at full time. The deadlock was broken when Scorpions player Shane Fredrickson scored to win the first NTL title. He was also named Player of the Final, while Gavin McDonald was named Player of the Series. In the Women’s Open final, the Sydney Mets dominated the first half of the game against the Cobras, and were unlucky not to go to the half time break with more than a 1-0 lead. The Cobras hit back in the second half however, and scored two quick touchdowns to take out a 2-1 victory. The Cobras’ Catherine Barr was given the Player of the Final accolade while the Gold Coast’s Sharyn Williams was voted Player of the Series. The Mixed Open final saw the Sydney Rebels tough it out against the Brisbane Cobras. The game was deadlocked at 5-all before the Rebel’s Darren Shelley scored two quick touchdowns to take the inaugural title 7-5. Shelley was rewarded for his dominant performance, being named Player of the Final, while the Cobras’ Dione Williams was named as the Player of the Series. The National Touch League continues to this day, and the 2010 X-Blades NTL will see a record 146 teams compete across 14 divisions in Caloundra. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia and National Touch League websites for all the latest information regarding the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League. 1994 All-Stars of Touch Leesa Johnston (QLD), Steve Hughes (ACT), Ron Chilby (NSW), Mark Scott (NSW), Darren Shelley (NSW), Michael McGovern (ACT), Lynette Hardy (NSW), Swain Rovelli (QLD), Steve Golding (NSW), Trevor McPhillips (QLD), Ray Wilson (NSW), Wayne Clifford (NSW), Gai Taylor (NSW), Donna Hollingsworth (NSW). Coach of the Year: Greg Newman (NSW), Manager of the Year: Kathie O’Brien (QLD), Referee of the Year: Niki Ward (QLD), Official of the Year: Dick Fairbairn (NSW – ATA Life Member).1995 All Stars of Touch Robert Brindell (QLD), Kevin Feldman (QLD), Tony Howard (NSW), Leesa Johnston (QLD), Katrina Maher (NSW), Mark Scott (NSW), Stacey Gregory (NSW), Steve Tomlin (TAS), Scott Lewis (NT), Louise Mumford (WA), Tanya Mitchell (WA), Kelly Pickering (SA), Trent McDonald (QLD), Natalie Wilkinson (QLD).Coach of the Year: Keith Harris-Walker (WA), Manager of the Year: Ken Crawford (NSW), Referee of the Year: Rick Borg (QLD), Official of the Year: Ian Stanley (NSW – TIP Director).1996 All Stars of Touch Margie Allen (QLD), Scott Notley (QLD), Judy Malcolm (NSW), Gary Simons (NSW), Rob Pratt (QLD), Kieran Gavin (NSW), Maurice Stewart (NSW), Kerry Norman (QLD), Donna O’Connor (NSW), Craig Madders (QLD), Giselle Tirado (NSW), Jody English (NSW), Neil Ward (QLD), Robert Brindell (QLD). Coach of the Year: Colin Jenkinson (QLD), Manager of the Year: Karama Doreset (WA), Referee of the Year: Gary Mournehis (NSW), Official of the Year: Dr Paul Webb (ATA – Life Member).Touch Football Australia is calling on the Touch Community far and wide to celebrate 30 years of National Championships. Have you booked your tickets to the 30 Year Celebration Breakfast to be held on Sunday, 14 March, the day after the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League? Call Touch Football Australia on (02) 6212 2800 to book your seat.last_img read more

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More Klopp than Mourinho! Inside Lampard’s Chelsea revolution

first_imgAfter a year of toxicity under Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard is the perfect man to reunite Chelsea’s fan base.Stamford Bridge was engulfed in in-fighting under the Italian boss, who departed for Juventus after a turbulent – yet successful – year in West London.While Sarri never won over locals, Chelsea legend Lampard will have no such problems after a record-breaking 13-year spell as a player at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Well-educated, empathetic and hard-working, Lampard is a modern coach who immediately impressed after taking his first managerial role at Derby County a year ago.Unlike Sarri, Lampard prefers to be tactically versatile and adapt his game plan to his opponents. However, like the Italian, he has so far preferred to utilise a 4-3-3 formation with inverted wingers who cut inside.However, his system is a more counter-attacking version to the possession-based one used at Stamford Bridge last season. His teams are aggressive in transition, as so thrillingly illustrated in Derby’s shock win over Man Utd at Old Trafford.The likes of Jack Marriott and Harry Wilson exploited the space in behind to cause numerous problems – something Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Pedro and Christian Pulisic can replicate at Chelsea.Derby were always extremely dangerous when the other team had possession. They counter-pressed as soon as they lost the ball, while they also pressed aggressively from the front against sides that played out from the back.In that sense, Lampard’s management style can be compared to Jurgen Klopp’s. And, just like the Liverpool boss, he also looks to connect with his team’s fans. At Derby last season, he led ‘The Bounce’, with fans jumping as soon as their manager gave them the order.Lampard had financial limits imposed on him at Derby, so his sixth-placed finish was a significant achievement in the Championship, even if the subsequent play-off final loss to Aston Villa was tough to take.Still, Derby’s 2018-19 campaign may be best remembered for their rivalry with Leeds United and particularly the ‘Spygate’ scandal, which was sparked by Marcelo Bielsa having been caught sending a scout to watch Lampard’s team train in January.Leeds won that battle after Lampard reacted in an emotional, Mourinho-esque fashion against actions he believed had broken the unwritten rules of etiquette in the English game.Bielsa defended himself by demonstrating that spying was only a small part of the research that he and his team produce before matches.Lampard, though, felt patronised. Indeed, he is a coach who also believes in the importance in data and analytics, so considers himself just as meticulous and detailed in his approach to matches.So, it was obviously immensely satisfying for him to eventually win the war with Bielsa by beating Leeds in the play-off semi-finals.”Lampard, start the bounce…” 👀 pic.twitter.com/ePNZyGDa7d — Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 22, 2018 The influence of Mourinho on Lampard is natural – with the pair having worked together for four years during two spells at Chelsea – but this is no second coming of the ‘Special One’.Lampard has himself spelt out that he has his own unique football philosophy.”I try to be myself, I think that’s very important,” Lampard told Goal in April. “Copying anyone as a manager, or anyone in general is a mistake.”You have to find your own methods or your own ways so I certainly have no fear of tapping into a bit of the managers that I have worked with over the years but I don’t think that I am similar to any of them.”I try to take positive points from a lot of who I worked with. In terms of how I work, I try to be thoughtful in the week. I sometimes think to be reactionary to performances or mistakes can be an error. So, I try to be a manager who plans things out.”Of course, you have to be reactionary in games to stuff but I try to take things through the week. All the information. Be as prepared as I can be and thorough with the staff that I have got.”Then, make decisions having done that work which I think gives you the best opportunity to have that success.”Frank Lampard GFXLampard’s right-hand man at Chelsea is likely to be Jody Morris, who was also his assistant manager at Derby.Morris knows Chelsea inside and out, having spent 10 years at the club as a player and then four years coaching the club’s academy teams between 2014 and 2018.Morris was a vocal critic on Twitter and on television about managers – including Sarri – who underused young players.”The thing about Chelsea is I don’t think there’s an academy in this country that’s better,” Morris said on Sky Sports recently. “[The] players are good enough, most definitely, but the managers are not, for one, aware of them.”Mason Mount – on loan at Derby last season – is one player who could benefit from the arrival of the new coaching team, which will also likely boast ex-Blues fitness coach Chris Jones. Mount starred as an advanced playmaker under Lampard at Derby, scoring eight goals in 35 games.Academy graduates and players returning from loan will be crucial for Chelsea next season after FIFA imposed a two-window transfer ban on the club. The Blues have taken what appears to be a strategic decision to not appeal for the ban to be frozen despite denying all wrongdoing.Frank Lampard GFXBoth Morris and Lampard have a track record of not only working with Chelsea youth players but also promoting academy products during their time at Pride Park.Elsewhere, Petr Cech has already returned to the Bridge as the club’s new technical and performance advisor, while Claude Makelele could also be welcomed back into the fold.Both achieved incredible success as players at Chelsea – and were renowned for their strong personalities and work-ethic. Lampard would demand the same values from his players but he will not impose strict rules on the squad.For Lampard, this is a dream job and he would work as hard as he possibly can to make a success of the opportunity – just as he did when he arrived as a player.Many said that Lampard wasn’t ready for Chelsea when he signed for £11 million ($14m) in 2001, but he went onto become the club’s record scorer with 211 goals and won three Premier Leagues, the Champions League, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League.Chelsea are now not as strong as they once were and – with star man Eden Hazard having left for Real Madrid – Lampard will need time to rebuild the team with younger players.However, the 41-year-old can be a breath of fresh air and you can guarantee that everyone at Stamford Bridge will be right behind him. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Poor West Indies tour can open doors to England Test side: Jos Buttler

first_imgPoor West Indies tour can open doors to England Test side: Jos ButtlerJos Buttler feels that there may spots up for grabs in the England Test side ahead of the Ashes series, especially after the poor showing by the batsmen in West Indies.advertisement Reuters St. LuciaFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 12:25 IST Jos Buttler is hoping for a England Test recall after the team’s poor showing in West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland have been humbled by West Indies in the first two Test of the seriesThe third Test between West Indies and England begins in St Lucia on SaturdayEngland have only one Test after the Windies tour against Ireland before the AshesEngland’s disappointing performances on their West Indies tour could open the door for new players looking to break into the Test team, batsman Jos Buttler has said.England are down 2-0 in the three-match series after last week’s 10-wicket defeat in the second Test at Antigua, where their batsmen managed scores of 187 and 132 in two innings.Their flaws were exposed in the opening Test too where the tourists suffered a humiliating 381-run defeat and Buttler said England’s fringe and uncapped players would be keen to stake their claim.”It’s fair to say for a little while now there’s been positions up for grabs,” Buttler told the BBC.”That’s an exciting place for guys outside and inside the team — to know there are opportunities to make a real stand and say this is the position you’re personally going to nail down.”After the third Test, which begins in St Lucia on Saturday, Joe Root’s side face Ireland at Lord’s before the Ashes series against Australia gets underway in August, leaving them with limited opportunities to have a settled team.Buttler said a more immediate task was to get their batsmen to handle testing conditions, pointing to Darren Bravo as an example after the West Indies player occupied the crease for over five hours in Antigua for his 50.”International cricket demands you adapt to conditions and West Indies have done that really well and we’ve been found wanting,” he added.”Bravo committed to setting his stall out and putting a high price on his wicket. That commitment to your style and staying true to how you want to play is so important.”advertisementAll-rounder Ben Stokes could be a doubt for the third Test after missing training due to bruised right heel, British media reported, adding Ben Foakes (hand) and Chris Woakes (knee) are also nursing injuries.Also Read | Jack Leach tells England to improve, not complain about pitchesAlso Read | Duckett stars as England Lions reach 303 for 5 vs India A on Day 1 of 1st unofficial TestAlso Read | Joe Denly keen to prove his worth in third Test against West IndiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow West Indies vs EnglandFollow England cricket teamFollow Jos ButtlerFollow 3rd TestFollow Ashes 2019Follow Jos Buttler England Testlast_img read more

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Ferguson Marine Splashes New LNGFuelled Ferry

first_imgzoom UK-based Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) launched the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed and constructed in the UK on November 21.The MV Glen Sannox, which hit the water at the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, is the first of two vessels ordered by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).Construction on the 102-metre vessel started in 2016 with delivery to CMAL scheduled to take place in the winter of 2018/19.The environmentally-friendly, vehicle passenger ferry is planned to be operated on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, trasporting up to 1,000 passengers and 127 cars.“As this is the first ferry in the UK capable of being run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil, not only has this been an extremely exciting and ambitious project for both FMEL and CMAL, but it has been an extremely complex one as well,” Jim McColl, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers Capital, said.last_img read more

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Siphe November never expected to have a life as a ballet dancer

first_imgAdvertisement Siphesihle November. (CBC Arts) Siphesihle November is the first dancer in the new CBC Arts series The Move. Over the coming weeks, we will introduce you to six dancers, each of whom will invite you into their routines, providing a deeper understanding of the movements that hold personal significance for them.  At 19 years old, Siphesihle November is currently the National Ballet of Canada’s youngest company member. For a kid who never dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer at all, it’s an impressive accomplishment.Born in a small South African town called Zolani, November began dancing with his brothers when he was quite young. His style at the time was rooted in kwaito, a fast paced type of music in which dancers are applauded for their intricate footwork, improvised movements and individuality — not characteristics usually associated with ballet. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Rabat Council Approves Extension of Tramway Line 2 by 23 km

Rabat – The City Council of Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, approved the extension of line 2 of the Rabat-Salé tramway by 2.3 kilometers on the side of Akarrin neighborhood.During its recent regular session held last Thursday, the City Council approved unanimously the project aimed at extending Line 2 of the tramway, connecting the neighborhoods of Bettana in Sale and Akkarin in Rabat.This line of the tramway network will also be extended on the side of Akkarin neighborhood (Moulay Youssef Hospital) to reach the intersection of boulevards of Assalam and El Kifah. The line will cover a distance of 2.3 kilometers, with four stations located approximately 500 meters apart. In addition to Rabat and Casablanca, studies are underway for the implementation of Tramway lines in the northern city of Tangiers.The project is likely to connect neighborhoods with a high concentration of population and industrial areas in Tangiers and its surroundings. read more

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Its hoop time — tickets for Saturdays home opener are going fast

Expect the Bob Davis Gym to be standing room only on Saturday (Nov 12) when the Brock men’s and women’s basketball teams launch the 2016-17 season with home openers against the University of Toronto.The women play at 6 pm, while the men go at 8.Both the men’s team, which starts the season ranked #7 in Canada, and the women’s squad are deeper than they were a year ago and are very entertaining to watch.Brock fans pride themselves on being the best in Canada, and the home openers have been sell-outs for the last two years. Last season Brock had two of the top three basketball crowds in Canada.This year’s campaign is being greeted with excitement and anticipation after a 2015-16 season in which the teams delighted large crowds, including two historic and electrifying game events in the Meridian Centre in downtown St Catharines that drew more than 2,500 people each night.Tickets for Saturday’s games can be purchased at the Walker Complex welcome desk or by calling 905-688-5550 x4060. Adult tickets are $10 and youth and seniors $5. Brock students can pick up a free ticket at the welcome desk by producing their student ID. read more

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Thesis defences — Dec 4 to 8

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Dec. 4 to 8.All are open for the University community to attend.Geography MA thesis defence Geography student Andrew McCartan will defend the thesis, “Glasgow’s Queer Battleground” on Monday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Angela Book, Chair; Linda Peake, External Examiner (York University); Catharine Nash, Supervisor; Ebru Ustandag, Graduate Program Director; and Phil Mackintosh, Committee Member. Psychology MA thesis defencePsychology student Bradey Alcock will defend the thesis, “Navigating the Complex Interactions between Pre-Injury Characteristics and Post-Injury Outcomes Following Mild Head Injury: Does Trait Mindfulness Play a Role?” on Friday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. in PL 600 F.The examination committee includes Adya Tekok-Kilic, Chair; Alexandra J. Fiocco, External Examiner (Ryerson University); Dawn Good, Supervisor; and Karen Arnell and Kathy Belicki, Committee Members. read more

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Duchess of Sussex visit leads to first international donations for sex workers

Until recently the Bristol-based project One25 had been a little-known charity quietly trying to improve the lives of vulnerable sex workers.But now, following a visit by the Duchess of Sussex, it has found fame across the world, even receiving its first ever donations from overseas.In an example of what is being called ‘the Meghan effect’ the charity has been sent hundreds of pounds from donors in the US, New Zealand and Jamaica. Donations have also come in from Switzerland and Canada.Photographs of the Duchess touring the project – and writing messages of support for the sex workers on bananas included in food parcels for them – were seen around the world, leading to One25’s website receiving a surge in visits, with thousands more logging on to read about their work.As a result of media coverage of the Duchess’s visit others also sent in items for distribution to sex-workers operating on the street, such as umbrellas, socks and glovesAnna Smith, the charity’s chief executive, said: “The upsurge in interest in our work as a result of Meghan’s visit has been incredible. We’ve had our first donations from overseas. There’s been lots of interest from America, but also from other countries.” The Duchess, who visited the charity alongside Prince Harry to see for herself its work in trying to help women break free from sex work, homelessness and addiction, decided she wanted to send a personal, handwritten message to those in need. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with CEO Anna Smith during their visit to One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work and addiction The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with CEO Anna Smith during their visit to One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work and addictionCredit:Toby  Melville/PA During a tour of the kitchen at One25, she asked for a felt tipped pen to draw hearts and notes, including the words: “You are strong”, “You are loved”, “You are brave”, “You are special”.As the Royal couple were shown the food bags being prepared, the Duchess said: “Oh actually do you have a Sharpie marker? I have an idea.“I saw this project this woman had started somewhere in the States on a school lunch programme. On each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation, to make the kids feel really, like, empowered. It was the most incredible idea – this small gesture.”The fruit was turned into banana bread included in a food parcel for sex workers and subsequently delivered by van, along with blankets, condoms, hot water bottles and advice from the charity’s experts, to women on the streets.Ms Smith said the women who received the banana bread, along with photographs of the Duchess’s messages, had been deeply touched by her gesture.“One said it was just so lovely to be thought of in that way,” she said. “Our service users were so happy at the idea that she had visited the project.”Ms Smith said the Royal visit had highlighted the work of the charity, which operates on an annual turnover of £1.2 million. in trying to encourage and help women women trapped in street sex work to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duchess’s interest in an unfashionable cause such as sex work has been likened to visits made by Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, to people with HIV and AIDS, at a time when they were still being shunned by parts of wider society.Ms Smith said: “The plight of our women is often misunderstood, and they are stigmatised and hidden from the world. The way the Duchess carried out her visit made a huge difference to the way our work is seen.”Following the visit one former sex worker called Sam, who now volunteers at One25, said: “By being there in a non-judgmental, loving way you all made me see I could be more – and for that I will always be eternally grateful!” read more

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