Johnny Sexton ‘pretty down’ after World Cup quarter-final hopes ended
Press Association Ian Madigan will start Sunday’s Argentina encounter, thrust into the biggest game of his life – with Ireland coach Simon Easterby backing the 26-year-old to excel amid the maelstrom. “Johnny Sexton trained fully yesterday,” said Easterby. “He had a bit of tightness in there, he was sent for a scan and it showed the strain. “He was pretty down on himself after last weekend having to come off and being the guy he is, he was exactly the same when he found out he couldn’t make it this week. “He did everything he could. “He trained yesterday and unfortunately it’s one of those things. “In his position as well it’s difficult when you’re kicking, at goal and drop-outs and things like that, with a groin issue. “You all saw what Ian Madigan did last week against France, he showed what he’s capable of, and we know he can do it again.” Ireland ruled Sexton out of their last-eight Pumas battle on Saturday morning, after the linchpin fly-half pulled up after training on Friday night. The 30-year-old fought tooth and nail to be ready for Ireland’s sixth World Cup quarter-final, but lost that battle despite head coach Joe Schmidt declaring the Leinster star 100 per cent fit on Thursday afternoon. Ulster’s Paddy Jackson takes a seat on the bench as Ireland chase their first-ever World Cup semi-final. Ireland have drafted in scrum-half Isaac Boss as their replacement for injured Ulster centre Jared Payne, in a bid to offset Sexton’s loss. Ireland are holding out hope Sexton could be fit for semi-final weekend, but obviously have not projected their plans too far at this point, mindful that Argentina pose a considerable threat on Sunday. Sexton hobbled out of Ireland’s 24-9 victory over France in Cardiff last weekend after just 25 minutes. The Leinster pivot immediately turned his attention to trying to beat that groin problem in time to face the Pumas. Sexton effectively lost that battle on Friday night, forced to accept he just could not reasonably take the field this weekend without jeopardising his own and his team’s full preparedness. Everything Ireland produce, plot and plunder revolves around Sexton, from line-kicking to backline steering, to pinpoint goal-kicking. Never before had Madigan dominated a Test match like his performance against France, but Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip backed his new fly-half to boss the backline once again. “Johnny’s a massive loss to us, of course,” said Heaslip. “I know Johnny’s gutted but he’s also helping Ian prepare and doing everything for that. “But you’ve just got to play with the hand you’re dealt with. “He didn’t react well, and we heard last night he went off to get checked what the news was. “It doesn’t change the gameplan at all with Ian in there. You saw last week when Johnny came off Ian stepped in and we all get the same gameplan we run through the week. “He stepped right in and did a great job. Ian’s taken his opportunity every time he’s been called up, and he will do that again. “It’s not ideal but it is what it is. “We never talk about individuals as such, but we talk about the strength individuals can bring to the group. “Granted Johnny is probably one of the best out-halves out there, but playing with Ian for the last couple of years he’s no slouch either. “Everyone’s stepping in and taking their opportunity, and they deserve it.” Sexton’s absence further dents Ireland already-depleted resources, squad captain Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony out of the tournament with injuries and Sean O’Brien banned for punching France’s Pascal Pape last week. O’Connell has had surgery to repair his torn hamstring, while O’Mahony headed back to Cork for examination on his torn knee ligaments. New skipper Heaslip said both men are back in the Ireland camp, with O’Connell set to address the squad ahead of the Argentina match. “Paul’s making his presence known,” said Heaslip. “He’s almost being carried around like a king, guys getting his dinner and things like that! “Johnny’s up there, Paul’s up there, and Pete (O’Mahony) is gatecrashing for the weekend too. “You want someone like Paul around, he’s a boost for the lads.” Distraught Johnny Sexton broke down on realising his groin problem would rule him out of Sunday’s quarter-final clash with Argentina.
JOA pays homage to Olympic giant Arthur Wint
THE Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), the country’s apex sporting body, bestowed special tribute upon legendary track and field icon Dr Arthur Wint for his “historic and pioneering” achievements as one of Jamaica’s “greatest athletes and administrators”.The accolades, which were paid by JOA President Christopher Samuda and Ryan Foster, the association’s ceo/secretary general, were occasioned on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the history-making Jamaica Olympian, who was born on May 25, 1920, in Plowden, Manchester. He earned four medals at the Olympic Games.At the 1948 Olympics in London, Wint, who was nicknamed “Gentle Giant”, won Jamaica’s first-ever Olympic gold medal when he took the 400 metres in 46.2 seconds to defeat his also legendary and long-time Jamaica and Calabar High School teammate, Herb McKenley. The lanky runner also attended Excelsior.Wint, 28 years old at the time and captain of the Jamaica team, also won the silver medal in the 800 metres at those Olympic Games, beaten only by American Mal Whitfield, and missed out on a third medal when he suffered a pulled muscle while running the third leg in the 4×400 metres relay final.Four years later, Wint would return to the Olympic Games, this time in Helsinki, Finland, where he won two medals – silver in the 800 metres, when he was again beaten by Whitfield, and gold as a member of Jamaica’s record-setting (3:03.9 minutes) 4×400 metres team that also included McKenley, George Rhoden, and Leslie Laing.In a tribute titled The Olympic spirit in Wint, Samuda shared: “The length of his stride was not just in yards, but in measureless value. The depth of his footprints was not just earthbound, but commanding. The height of the man was not just imposing, but inspiring. The breadth of his integrity was not merely wide, but all-embracing.“In Arthur Wint stood not only an Olympian, but a gentleman whose character and scholarship went beyond his athletic achievements, which were indeed august. In Arthur Wint resides history and, at the same time, the future of his earthly run was historic, as it was pioneering.“Statistics will continue to record the times of his life with laser precision, and historians will scribe, with homage, his athletic pedigree and pilgrimage. But it is the stature and honour of the man that we find his quintessential bequest,” said Samuda.“On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, we reflect, as an Olympic movement, on his life spent not only in sport, but generally with humanity, and are inspired beyond the centenary. In Wint, the Olympic spirit ascends. In Wint, the Olympic spirit transcends generations,” Samuda noted of Wint, a physician by profession, who also served as Jamaica’s high commissioner to London from 1974 to 1978.He was awarded the Order of Jamaica by the Government in 1989.Foster highlighted Wint’s storied and rich legacy.He said: “The Jamaica Olympic Association celebrates the life and historic achievements of our beloved son of the soil, Dr Arthur Wint. His achievements have been storied, and have been a part of Jamaica’s rich history at the Olympic Games, especially in track and field. Dr Wint was one of the greatest and most respected athletes and administrators in the Olympic history of Jamaica.”Continuing, Foster said: “We acknowledge Dr Wint’s dedication and passion for the Jamaican Olympic journey. He has left an enduring legacy which we all can be proud of and one in which we all can seek to emulate.His life has had a far-reaching impact on the Jamaican and global landscape, and his name will always resonate as Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medallist. We are so thankful for what he has accomplished and for what his dedication, loyalty, and tenacity brought to our country, which will forever live on.”Honoured eternally with a statue depicting his trademark running form at the National Stadium in Kingston, Wint also served in the Royal Air Force and at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in England, while undergoing medical studies. He died at age 72 in October, 1992.(Reprinted from Jamaica Observer).
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN (FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017)
MIYADI HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY ON SATURDAYTrainer Steve Miyadi has two horses entered on Saturday’s Sunshine MillionsDay card at Santa Anita featuring five stakes offering $1 million for California-bred or sired horses. They are three-year-olds Mr. Hinx in the $250,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and one-sixteenth, and Ms Wayaka in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks at a mile on turf.Both are longshots, but Miyadi recognizes that “you can’t win if you’re not in.”Mr. Hinx, owned by longtime Miyadi client Gary Barber, is coming off a handy six furlong maiden win, while Ms Wakaya, also owned by a longtime client, owner/breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, had issues breaking from the rail when she was a well-beaten fourth in the one mile Soviet Problem at Los Alamitos Dec. 17.“Mr. Hinx has speed and is stretching out,” Miyadi said, “and there’s other speed in the race, but the horse is doing well.“Ms Wakaya was sort of looking around after breaking from the one hole in the Soviet Problem, and while she wasn’t going to beat the winner (Sircat Sally, who scored by 12 lengths), she did improve her position and might have been closer.’The Oaks, race five: Cash Prize, Chantal Sutherland, 20-1; Cioppino Pasadino, Joe Talamo, 30-1; How About Zero, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Bella Luma, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Adios Call, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Ms Wayaka, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Miss Sunset, Martin Garcia, 12-1; My Pi Romancer, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Sircat Sally, no rider, 9-5; and Princess Roi, Corey Nakatani, 5-2.The field for the Derby, race nine: Tribal Storm, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Ann Arbor Eddie, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Mr. Hinx, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Hot Smoke, Joe Talamo, 8-1; California Diamond, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2; Six Point Rack, Stewart Elliott, 12-1; and Colis Gold, Martin Garcia, 2-1. VAN DYKE SUFFERS BROKEN ARM IN RIDING SPILLDrayden Van Dyke was at Huntington Memorial Hospital Friday morning after suffering a compound fracture to his right arm following a two-horse spill in Thursday’s fourth race, according to his agent, Brad Pegram.The 22-year-old jockey underwent surgery shortly after arriving at the hospital in nearby Pasadena, and was thankfully cleared of any injuries to his head, neck and spine.Van Dyke, champion apprentice jockey of 2014, had five wins, nine seconds and two thirds from 51 mounts at Santa Anita through Thursday. He was aboard the pace-setting Tawny when the filly went wrong turning into the homestretch.Rally Back, trailing Tawny, could not avoid the fallen horse, unseating jockey Chantal Sutherland, who escaped injury and was working horses Friday morning.Rally Back had only superficial injuries. Bob Baffert2653419%46%$398,246 SPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY IS 11:45 A.M.In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita has moved first post time Saturday to 11:45 a.m. HORSEMEN VARY ON PEGASUS PICKSLess than a month into 2017, the Race of the Year is here. It unfolds Saturday atGulfstream Park where Horse of the World Arrogate meets Horse of the Year California Chrome in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at 1 1/8 miles.Opinions on which of the two Southern California-based champions–Arrogate, 2016 Male Three-Year-Old Eclipse Award winner–and California Chrome, 2016 Horse of the Year and Older Dirt Male, varied in a random sampling of Santa Anita-based trainers, as noted:Richard Baltas: Chrome. He’s been training at Gulfstream; Arrogate has not.Alexis Barba: I’ve got to go with Chrome. I loved Arrogate as a three-year-old, but I’ve got to go with ‘the man.’Rafael Beccera: California Chrome 100 percent.David Bernstein: Arrogate might be the best horse but Chrome might have a tactical advantage because he’s been training there and it’s a mile and an eighth.Simon Callaghan: It’s a coin flip, I think.Jack Carava: I like Arrogate based on the post positions, but on training, both are prepared to give it their best shots.James Cassidy: Arrogate. The 12 hole is a big problem (for Chrome). It’s a short run to the first turn, and it’s not like there’s a bum in the one hole.Ben Cecil: I’d like to see Chrome win but I’m probably leaning towards Arrogate.Vladimir Cerin: I just hope it’s a good race.Phil D’Amato: I give Chrome the edge. At Los Al (Winter Challenge) he was eight wide (actually six), so I don’t think the post matters.Neil Drysdale: I like ’em both. I’ll take either one of them.Ron Ellis: Chrome, because Arrogate hasn’t been able to maintain a normal training schedule.Peter Eurton: Chrome with the outside draw.Neil French: I’m leaning slightly towards Arrogate.Paddy Gallagher: I just want to see a great race.Mark Glatt: Arrogate.Jorge Gutierrez: I think Arrogate is the best horse in the country but California Chrome is the best horse of a lifetime.Bruce Headley: Chrome. Years ago Art Sherman galloped the best horse (Swaps) and now he trains the best horse.Dan Hendricks: Chrome, just off the pace with a stalking trip and then blow by them.Eric Kruljac: If I had to bet my life it would be Arrogate, but I’m 100 percent behind Chrome emotionally.Ian Kruljac: At a mile and an eighth, Chrome.Jerry Hollendorfer: Both are California guys; I’d like to see one of those win it, so whichever one wins is fine with me. I think they have to beat Chrome, even though Arrogate beat him before (by a half length in the Breeders’ Cup Classic). I think people are trying to say Arrogate’s not ready, but Bob (Baffert) wouldn’t take him back there if he wasn’t.Marty Jones: Chrome. Going with the Cal-bred.Steve Knapp: Arrogate. He’s got a better post.Brian Koriner: Chrome is too tough.Craig Lewis: It’s a coin flip.Mike Machowsky: I’d like to have either one.Ron McAnally: Arrogate. If I said Chrome, Baffert would choke me.Mike McCarthy: It looks like a great race. I just don’t know who, though.Sean McCarthy: Arrogate, but I’d like Chrome to win it.Gary Mandella: The post positions aren’t good for either horse, but I’d say Chrome.Richard Mandella: They’re both very good. I couldn’t pick between ’em.Alfredo Marquez: I love Chrome. He’s been at Gulfstream and had works on the track. Steve Miyadi: I just hope it’s a great race.Hector Palma: California Chrome. The distance is shorter and it’s better for him.George Papaprodromou: Arrogate. I think he’s the better horse.Jorge Periban: Chrome.Dean Pederson: I give Chrome a slight edge. He didn’t have to train through adverse conditions. Face it: this is Chrome’s all-in race. Arrogate has the whole year ahead of him, but never underestimate Baffert.Marcelo Polanco: Chrome is the better horse. He’s been there and he’s acclimated.John Sadler: It’s pretty close. Maybe Chrome goes out on top.Gary Sherlock: I think the distance favors Chrome. I don’t think he’d beat Arrogate going a mile and a quarter.John Shirreffs: I’m a Chrome fan.Cliff Sise Jr.: It’s 50-50. It should be a good race right down to the wire.Gary Stute: A mile and an eighth suits Chrome better. Arrogate’s better at a mile and a quarter.Eddie Truman: Chrome at a mile and an eighth. If it was a mile and a quarter, I’d go with Arrogate. Chrome will be rolling this time, not sitting there waiting, but Arrogate’s just been spectacular, the way he’s looking.Kathy Walsh: I’m pulling for Chrome. It should be a fabulous race. Arthur did a helluva job giving the horse to the world.Howard Zucker: I love Chrome. I think the distance favors him.The field for the Pegasus, the 12th and last race, with a scheduled post time of 2:44 p.m. Pacific Time: Arrogate, Mike Smith, 7-5; Prayer for Relief, Florent Geroux, 50-1; Neolithic, John Velazquez, 30-1; Noble Bird, Julien Leparoux, 25-1; War Story, Antonio Gallardo, 50-1; War Envoy, Luis Saez, 50-1; Shaman Ghost, Jose Ortiz, 20-1; Semper Fortis, Tyler Gaffalione, 50-1; Keen Ice, Javier Castellano, 12-1; Breaking Lucky, Luis Contreras, 25-1; Eragon, Edgar Prado, 50-1; and California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 6-5.Whether Chrome or Arrogate is the post time favorite remains to be seen, although an argument could be made that whichever horse is the chalk, the price could be closer to 4-5.NBC will air the Pegasus live from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST. Jerry Hollendorfer4998918%53%$750,164 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5474213%24%$333,525 Peter Miller33710421%64%$373,950 Stewart Elliott5266912%40%$234,280 HORSEMEN FAVOR CHROME OVER ARROGATESPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY: 11:45 A.M.MIYADI SENDS OUT TWO FOR CALIFORNIA GOLDVAN DYKE SUFFERS BROKEN RIGHT ARM IN SPILL Kent Desormeaux50117622%48%$722,563 Doug O’Neill56691011%45%$382,468 Rafael Bejarano601091017%48%$598,313 Luis Contreras48681313%56%$286,564 (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 26) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FINISH LINES: With Southern California weather back to normal (no rain), there were 265 recorded workouts this morning, including 39 on the training track. Both surfaces were labeled “fast.” . . . Tamarack Bay is the dam of three California Cup runners Saturday, notes Jon White, Santa Anita’s morning-line odds maker. “Tamarando and Ward ‘n Jerry in the California Cup Turf Classic and Six Point Rack in the California Cup Derby are all offspring of Tamarack Bay,” White said. “As a broodmare, Tamarack Bay has a terrific record. Tamarando is a Grade I winner. In addition, he has produced Luckarack, a multiple stakes winner, and U’narack, a stakes winner. Ward ‘n Jerry, Six Point Rack and Luckarack are by Lucky Pulpit, the sire of California Chrome, twice voted Horse of the Year (2014 and 2016). Tamarack Bay’s sire is Dehere, an Eclipse Award winner in 1993 as champion 2-year-old male . . . Santa Anita hosts a trackside wine festival Saturday featuring delicious food and wine tasting throughout the day. To purchase tickets, visit santaanata.com/events . . . Congratulations to Chad Lindsay on winning his first race of the meet Thursday with his 16th mount aboard Good N Naughty for trainer Hector Palma. The three-year-old California-bred filly captured the first race by 8 ¼ lengths at a $9.40 win payoff. “That was an easy ride, a nice ride,” said the 23-year-old Texas native, who is represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan. “There’s a lot of competition out here, a lot of new faces, and a lot of big faces that have been here a while, but I finally got the monkey off my back.” . . . Evin Roman, an 18-year-old apprentice from Puerto Rico, is scheduled to make his United States and Santa Anita debut early next month. A graduate of Escuela Vocacional Hipica, Puerto Rico’s state-run jockey academy that produced world class riders Jose Ortiz and Irad Ortiz, Roman rides in Puerto Rico on Feb. 5, arrives in California the next day, and will be on horses at Santa Anita Feb. 7, according to his agent, Tony Matos, who also represents Santiago Gonzalez. Drayden Van Dyke5159210%31%$319,786 Martin Pedroza4767813%45%$239,958 John Sadler1854528%78%$254,234 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Smith2061430%55%$605,940 Flavien Prat731781123%49%$922,263 J. Keith Desormeaux1762435%71%$368,675 Tyler Baze741610722%45%$542,602 William Spawr1260250%67%$170,661 Philip D’Amato2654619%58%$442,440 Richard Baltas4689517%48%$419,958 Peter Eurton2163029%43%$186,495 Gary Sherlock1752129%47%$125,800
COUNCIL MUST CLOSE DOWN LISFANNON HALTING SITE – SINN FEIN
Councillor Jack Murray and Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn at the LIsfannon Halting Site outside Buncrana.Local Sinn Féin public representatives, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Cllr Jack Murray are calling on Donegal County Council to close down the halting site at Lisfannon outside Buncrana.They were speaking after inspecting the site after a family who had been resident there over recent times, moved out. The derelict caravans left behind and damage done will cost Donegal County Council thousands of euro.They said this halting site for the Traveller community was only ever intended to be in place on a temporary basis.“It is a dangerous location alongside one of the busiest roads in Donegal. It also impacts on the important tourism and community amenity that is the North West Golf Links. “Unfortunately the family that have just left have done a huge diservice to the Travelling community. The condition that they have left the site in is utterly disgraceful and indefensible.“This site is a transient site and families are only supposed to locate there for a short while. Most families that have located there have acted responsibly but this recent family have let all of the rest down badly”.“We commend the members of Donegal County Council Traveller Consultative Committee including our colleague, Cllr Albert Doherty and Donegal Travellers Project for their mediation efforts with the family that have just left the site but their efforts must be matched by action from Donegal County Council management.“Now that this family have left and the site is cleared, we have been advised that Donegal County Council will close it down temporarily for essential repairs. We are calling on the management of Donegal County Council to honour the long standing promise they have made to find a safe and appropriate alternative location for a halting site within South Inishowen and to close down the Lisfannon halting site.” COUNCIL MUST CLOSE DOWN LISFANNON HALTING SITE – SINN FEIN was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
UAAP: UE scores second straight win, stuns NU
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UE’s second unit came up big late in the game and outscored NU’s core unit, 18-9, in the crucial moments of the match.Mark Olayon gave the Red Warriors a 14-point lead, 88-74, on an and-one play with 47 seconds left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUE head coach Derrick Pumaren said they have to start strong in the second half of the tournament if they hope of cracking the top four.“We thought about it the whole week that if we want to make a run we have to start the second round on a winning note,” said Pumaren. “The second round will be tighter and there’s no third round for us.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East started off its second round campaign in glorious fashion after taking down National University, 90-77, to score back-to-back wins in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.The Red Warriors, who started the season 0-6, improved to 2-6 while the Bulldogs slipped to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blue Eagles sweep Tamaraws for PVL men’s crown MOST READ “And I’m proud of the second group because we were able to give Alvin [Pasaol] his much needed rest. These guys were able to deliver and they held the fort for us.”Pasaol, after scoring 49 and 32 points in his previous two games, got his 4th foul late in the third quarter and finished the game with 11 points and 10 boards in 19 minutes of play.It was Olayon who topbilled UE’s offense with 17 points to go along six rebounds and eight assists while Wil Bartolome and Mark Maloles combined for 27 points to help the Red Warriors.Nick Abanto showed his grit underneath finishing with a 13-point, 11 rebound double-double for UE.Issa Gaye led NU with 20 points and 13 rebounds while J-Jay Alejandro almost came away with a triple-double walking off the floor with 16 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists under his name.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
Queensland Claim Australian Deaf Games Titles
The Mixed Touch Football final kicked off on Wednesday morning with the Queensland team taking on the ACT, battling it out for the Gold. Queensland won in a marvellous victory, 12-4. Part of the winning side was 13-year-old Jamie Howell, a rising young Touch Football star, earning the esteemed of ‘Player of the Match’ and now taking home her first ever ADG Gold, along with the match ball. “It was very exciting! I have never done anything like this before, I really enjoyed it!” Jamie said. A second fantastic performance was put on by the Queenslanders on Wednesday afternoon as they took on Fiji to once again battle it out for the Gold in the Men’s division. Fiji entertained the spectators with a ceremonial dance to open the game, but Queensland fought back and won 15-2. Tuan Chiem confirmed his place as the best deaf player in Australia when he was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ in the Men’s division.Touch Football sports convenor and Touch Football Australia representative, David Brady, had a chat to us about the game and his involvement with the sport over the years. “It’s a game that anyone can play at any age,” he said. Working alongside the volunteers, referees and sports governing bodies, Brady tells of the success in introducing Touch Football for the first time to the Deaf Games. “This week has been fantastic…everyone in the Touch Football really came together as a community. It was really pleasing to see everyone playing together, having a good time and enjoying themselves.”Thank you to Deaf Sports Australia for providing the article content.
2015 Touch World Cup Finals to Feature on Channel Nine!
The ever popular staple of Sunday NRL in front of the television is set to take on a new dimension with a unique extended format of Sunday afternoon NRL coverage on Channel Nine, from 31 May, 2015. Not only will NRL fans and broader audience get their usual fix of Rugby League action with Sunday NRL Live on Channel Nine, but with an exciting entrée leading into the regular afternoon broadcast over consecutive Sundays (31 May, 7 and 14 June).The 2015 Touch World Cup Finals featuring the best Touch Football talent on the planet across the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open’s) divisions is set to light up Channel’s Nine’s Sunday NRL telecast over coming weeks with an hour-long highlights package of each divisions’ finals matches leading into the regular Sunday NRL 4.00pm (AEST) timeslot. The three x one hour Touch World Cup finals will be broadcast into over 50 countries across Asia Pacific and Europe via Fox International, Star TV and Eurosport, following the free to air broadcast on Nine. Broader distribution domestically to be confirmed. Australia continued its domination of the quadrennial Touch World Cup in early May, recording its eighth successive Touch World Cup title. The Touch World Cup series commenced on the Gold Coast back in 1988 and has been showcased across the globe in New Zealand (1991), Hawaii (US – 1995), Sydney (1999), Japan (2003), South Africa (2007) and Scotland (2011), in ensuing years before returning to these shores. Australia has enjoyed enduring success over the 27-year period with New Zealand, Australia’s main rival across most divisions. Host Nation and Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, said the news and the overall opportunity was very exciting and timely.“This is such a fantastic outcome for the sport of Touch Football and it is a real breakthrough to have our pinnacle international event showcased in this way,” he said. “This highlights the benefit of our alignment with the NRL but the success of our overall broadcast commitment over our current strategic cycle which includes numerous televised events. “This also positions the sport even more strongly, not only through our partnership with the NRL but as an immensely popular participation sport played at the elite level, beamed out to a much wider domestic and international television audience. “One of the advantages of the free-to-air broadcast is the fact that close to 50% of the television coverage will feature our female participants.“And that is pivotal to our participation and performance environment and strategic focus with the NRL.” NRL CEO Dave Smith welcomed Channel Nine’s support in showcasing International Touch Football. “It is fantastic that fans will be able to enjoy the international game as part of Channel Nine’s Sunday football broadcast,” he said. “Through our strategic alliance with TFA we are committed to growing the profile of the game and Sunday afternoon time slot on Channel Nine presents the ideal opportunity to do so. “The NRL Touch Football partnership provides both sports with opportunities to work together and grow our participation numbers as we look to create Australia’s largest sporting community.”The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Government’s support for Touch Football, which follows also the Youth Trans-Tasman event at Cronulla and the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in New South Wales: Sunday May 31 – 2:30pm followed by Dragons v Sharks Sunday June 7 – 2:30pm followed by Sharks v Roosters Sunday June 14 – 2:30pm followed by Titans v Bulldogs Related LinksWorld Cup Finals on Nine Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in Queensland (GEM): Sunday May 31 – 9.30amSunday June 7 – 10.00amSunday June 14 – 9.30amSocial Media Touch World CupTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchworldcup15 @touchworldcup15 Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchworldcup2015 Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TouchWorldCup Social Media Touch Football AustraliaTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus @touchfootyaus Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia
Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder qualifies for 2016 Olympics in Rio de
OSU sophomore Kyle Snyder enters the arena during the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter winning a world championship, a Big Ten championship and a national championship in less than a year, Ohio State sophomore wrestler Kyle Snyder added another accomplishment to his résumé: an Olympic berth.Snyder was victorious in Iowa City, Iowa, on Sunday after taking down 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner in the best-of-three series of matches. As the reigning world champion, Snyder received an automatic spot in the finals.“It’s pretty hard to describe,” Snyder said in an OSU press release. “It started off making it to the NCAA finals as a true freshman then losing that. After that I kind of fell into a lot of success, not really fall into it but through a lot of hard work and self-belief. I really haven’t had a chance to look back on it yet, honestly.”Varner won in the first meeting, but Snyder rebounded after a short resting period. The OSU sophomore tied the score 4-4 in the initial bout but lost because of criteria.Snyder walked out from the locker room with a much more focused demeanor for the next meeting and showed complete control in the next two matches, outscoring Varner 10-1.“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” Snyder said in the release. “I had all intentions of winning the first match and winning two in a row. But that is why the sport of wrestling is great because you never know what is going to happen. You never know if you are going to win or lose, all you can do is just prepare.”It’s the fourth time Snyder has beaten Varner in his career. Last year, prior to his world championship, Snyder toppled Varner twice in the U.S. Team Trials and once at the U.S. Open.The freshly crowned heavyweight champion is set to represent the United States at 97 kilograms in Rio de Janeiro from Aug. 5 to 21. Snyder joins a handful of OSU alumni who have earned their way onto the U.S. Olympic team in the past. Mark Coleman finished seventh in 1992, while Perry Martter and Harry Steel competed in 1924.Snyder is the only Buckeye wrestler to make it to the Olympics while an active member of the Scarlet and Gray.All other OSU wrestlers shooting for a spot on the national team were eliminated from contention earlier in the day, including redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello and the Buckeyes’ most notable alumnus, four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber. Tomasello lost in the quarterfinals, while Stieber lost in the semifinals.
Conley and Turner cash in with new salary cap
Day 1 of NBA free agency on Friday was an unprecedented start to what will become the most lucrative offseason in the history of the sport.The increase from $70M to $94M in team cap space has given owners the ability to offer substantial contracts to many players who would’ve never sniffed $20M per year under the previous salary cap.Two of those beneficiaries are former Ohio State Buckeyes Mike Conley and Evan Turner. Conley re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for a five-year, $153 million deal. Turner etched a four-year, $75 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.Conley’s deal marks the richest in NBA history, which could be surpassed by free agents LeBron James and Kevin Durant.Conley is now bringing in more money per year than any other point guard in the NBA despite never being named an All-Star. Since being drafted at No. 4 overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Grizzlies, Conley has widely been regarded as the league’s most underrated point guard.He has averaged 15.7 points per game and 5.9 assists per game over the last four seasons with the Grizzlies. His season was cut short after 56 games because of an Achilles injury.Conley played one season at OSU and averaged 11.3 ppg and 6.1 apg in 2006-07, leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA final since 1962.Turner played with the Celtics the last two seasons averaging 10.5 ppg, 4.4 apg, 4.9 rebounds per game in 2015-16 as Boston’s sixth man.Portland will be Turner’s fourth team in the NBA since being selected No. 2 overall by Philadelphia in 2010.Turner was AP Player of the Year in 2009-10 with OSU averaging 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg and 9.2 rpg.
David Beckham plans for star arrivals for Miami team
David Beckham has reportedly begun planning to recruit star names after his MLS franchise Miami were given their license to compete in the league from 2020According to the Daily Mirror, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is targeting some big names from the outset with Carlo Ancelotti reportedly being the leading candidate to lead the new team out for their debut campaign.Should Beckham fail to acquire his former AC Milan manager’s services, he then plans to target his former teammate Zinedine Zidane who currently manages Real. Although it is unlikely that the Frenchman will join Miami anytime in the near future.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The English newspaper has also reported that Wayne Rooney is another target that the former England captain has in mind for the squad. The forward has recently re-joined his boyhood club Everton and has recently revealed his desire to manage the club one day in the future, but has hinted at an interest in playing in the MLS in the past.The biggest surprise target is Cristiano Ronaldo, who succeeded Beckham as the new number 7 at United back in 2003. By 2020, the Portuguese star will be 35 years old and may see the move as an ideal prospect in order to maintain his global status.“I want Miami to be the best in the MLS,” insisted Beckham.