Brazil’s WC squad packed with champions

first_imgBrazil v Croatia Champions – Brazil’s World Cup squad packed full of league winners Raisa Simplicio 06:45 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy World Cup Brazil Getty Brazil v Croatia Austria v Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Brazil v Costa Rica Serbia v Brazil Brazil World Cup Friendlies No less than 14 of the Selecao’s 23-man squad claimed domestic championships, while two others won continental titles – and three more are on the hunt On Monday Brazil began in earnest their preparations for the World Cup. The Selecao will spend the first week of their pre-World Cup agenda at their glittering Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro, before heading to England ahead of the Brasil Global Tour clash with Liverpool.With most of the players having now arrived, the returning Neymar took most of the attention on Day 1, which saw Technical Coordinator Edu Gaspar address the media, stressing how much focus was being placed on the PSG star’s recovery following a foot injury that has had him sidelined since February.Neymar, of course, is the star individual of the Brazil team that heads to Russia in search of an unprecedented sixth world title, but the key to the Selecao’s resurgence under coach Tite has been the success of the team as a whole – illustrated in Mach as Brazil saw off Germany in Berlin without their talisman. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Tite begins his work with the squad this week safe in the knowledge that almost every player in his squad arrives following standout seasons for their respective club sides.Brasil champions BGT GFX 22052018After a tricky first season with Roma that saw him spend the majority of the campaign watching on from the bench, goalkeeper Alisson is now revered as perhaps the world’s finest. His remarkable performances this past season have drawn intense speculation linking him with what would be a world-record transfer for a goalkeeper, with the likes of Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United and Liverpool all said to be showing interest.And Alisson is not alone in living the finest phase of his career to date. Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino had the season of his life, firing the Reds to a UEFA Champions League final with 10 goals in Europe’s elite club competition, as well as providing an impressive number of assists for his colleagues. That he remains a substitute for Brazil is evidence enough of the wealth of talent on which Tite can draw.Firmino is one of three players who will miss the week at Granja, primed to join the squad in England later this month after competing in the UEFA Champions League final. He’ll be facing off against compatriots Marcelo and Casemiro. The former’s ability to step forward from left-back and infiltrate the midfield has been vital to his side’s attacking play, while the latter has perhaps not hit the highs of recent seasons but remains vital to the balance of perhaps the best central midfield around.Casemiro’s reserve in the Brazil side, Fernandinho, has been one of the standout performers in England’s Premier League, which his Manchester City side conquered with a record 100 points. His club and international colleague Ederson has emerged as a genuine contender to Alisson for the tag of the world’s best goalkeeper and his ability to initiate attacks from the back has been vital to Pep Guardiola’s success at City this season.Chelsea’s Willian has also put in some eye-catching performances in England this season and his fine performances saw him named Player of the Season by his colleagues after a campaign that saw the Blues win England’s FA Cup. He was the first player in Tite’s Brazil to lose his first-team place, but is now well in contention to reclaim a spot in the Selecao’s starting Xi.Shakhtar’s Fred, meanwhile, arrives off the back of a breakthrough campaign which has seen him linked with one top European club after another. Since being freed from his defensive midfield role, the former Internacional man starred throughout his side’s Champions League campaign and is destined for a mega-money move this European summer.We have FIVE pairs of tickets to give away for Brasil x CroatiaTo enter, simply follow us on one of our social media accountsTickets are still available to purchase here:— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) May 22, 2018Philippe Coutinho also arrives at Granja in form, after coming through a transitional period in the second-half of the season following his move from Liverpool to Barcelona. The attacking midfielder also joins the squad in excellent physical shape, having rarely completed a full 90 minutes in Spain, meaning he will not be suffering the same level of fatigue as some his Brazil colleagues arriving off the back of long and gruelling seasons.Douglas Costa, too, has impressed following a transfer, recapturing his form as a major player for Juventus in Italy. His fine form secured a return to Tite’s Brazil squad and he can now count himself among the first reserves in Russia.He joins the squad as a league champion, as do a whole host of others: Paulinho and Coutinho took La Liga with Barca; Fernandinho, Danilo and Ederson won the Premier League; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Neymar reigned in France; Filipe Luis returned from injury to win the UEFA Europa League; Taison and Fred won the Ukranian title with Shakhtar.Meanwhile, Brazil-based Pedro Geromel arrives a Copa Libertadores champion and Corinthians duo Cassio and Fagner were Brazilian league winners.last_img read more


first_imgRain Plays Havoc with State Titles Horrendous weather conditions have marred the 2005 Junior State Cup with organisers having to cancel the event before all finals had been completed and declare joint premiers. After a starting the event bathed in sunshine on Saturday morning, conditions turned nasty and dangerous in the late afternoon. Organisers had kept watch on weather radars all day as fierce winds, hail and lightening strikes headed toward Thomas Dalton Park, Wollongong. Shortly after 3.30pm conditions became the major concern of the NSWTA as distance thunder and lightening approached. With 22 minutes gone in the time slot and with driving rain, gale force winds sweeping the fields and lightning strikes becoming dangerously close the NSWTA called a halt to all games and directed 7500 people on the park to the safety of covered areas. As the rains, lightning and winds picked up power was lost and the NSWTA had no choice but to cancel the rest of the days games as safety became paramount. This action meant an immediate restructure for the following day’s play with some 83 games needing to be slotted into Sunday’s schedule. After working through the evening to reschedule the event, Sunday got underway in overcast conditions and the occasional shower but in the most pleasant conditions fro the players. As organisers kept a watchful eye on the skies it seemed that the day would proceed without hiccup. Then once again the heavens opened as the finals commenced. Torrential rain continued throughout the final series and again player’s safety became an issue, not through lightning but due to the playing surface and hyperthermia in the bitterly cold storm. Again organisers were faced with a dilemma with only half the finals having been completed. At 4.45pm the General Manager of the NSWTA made a decision he described as his `toughest in the job’ when he cancelled the rest of play and declared joint premiers in all divisions where the final had not been played. “It is heart wrenching to make a decision that cost young children the opportunity to win a state championship on the field. However foremost in our minds has to be their safety and to that end it was the contributing factor in our minds” Russell stated. In the end some 12000 people had experienced the event and even with the severe weather interruptions it appears that most if not all went away with a positive take on the weekend. One parent we spoke to said “I am amazed that they nearly got though it all given the weather? The way they handled yesterday’s storm and getting people to safety was marvellous.” Russell however is now looking toward 2006. “We need to review our current format. We may need to make some changes given its size now. All or part of the event will be in Wollongong again, in what format I am not sure yet and we will have to make those decisions very shortly. However given what we faced this year I know the staff will work to make 2006 our best ever” Final Results (3-2 scoring system used. i.e. 3 pts first touchdown and 2pts for each following touchdown) Ayoub Cup (boys 10) Penrith 7 def Wagga 6 Boys 10’s Plate Peakhurst (2) 5 def Hornsby 0 Tirado Cup (girls 10) Manly Warringah 9 def Wollongong 0 Zabielo Cup (boys 12) Wagga & Penrith joint premiers Boys 12’s Plate Blacktown & Wollongong joint plate winners Vassallo Cup (girls 12) Manly & Parkes joint premiers Girls 12’s Plate Kiama & Taree joint plate winners Yiangou Cup (boys 14) Kiama 5 def Penrith 4 Boys 14’s Plate Manly 17 def St Georges Basin 2 Taylor Cup (girls 14) Wollongong 7 def Wagga 2 Girls 14’s Plate Tamworth def Kiama Wall Cup (boys 16) Western Suburbs & Taree joint Premiers Boys 16’s Plate Wagga & Parramatta joint plate winners Toohey Cup (girls 16) Central Coast 13 def Taree 0 Girls 16’s Plate Kiama 6 def Parramatta Galea Cup (boys 18) Western Suburbs & Penrith joint premiers Boy’s 18’s Plate Manly Warringah & Port Macquarie joint plate winners Rose Cup (girls 18) Cronulla & Wollongong joint premiers Girls 18’s Plate Tamworth & Wagga joint plate winners Club Championship 1st Penrith 79pts 2nd Wollongong 57 2nd Manly Warringah 57 3rd Wagga 50last_img

Australian Teams In Camp This Weekend

first_imgWhile most of us are winding down from a busy 2012 and getting into the festive season, our Australian teams are still busy training in the lead up to the Super Trans Tasman in early February. This weekend will see the Australian Men’s and Mixed Open teams travel to Parkes, New South Wales as they prepare to defend their Trans Tasman titles they claimed in April this year. The Parkes Touch Association has once a year hosted the Men’s Open team in recent times and is excited to this year accommodate the inclusion of the Mixed team to the area as well. The camp will also include clinics with Parkes junior Touch Football representatives as has been done in previous years. The Women’s Open team will be holding their training camp in Brisbane on Saturday and the Sunshine Coast on Sunday as they aim to continue their dominance over New Zealand. Stay tuned to the website next week to read training camp diaries from a representative of each the Australian Open teams. Related LinksAussie Teams In Camplast_img read more

Sport Development Webinar Series

first_imgOn Thursday, 20 June the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is hosting another free webinar in its recent series on the sporting industry.Titled ‘Getting Your House in Order – Organisational Development Models that Work’, the webinar will look at how sports organisations can thrive in what is an increasingly complex business environment.The webinars are available to anyone, however participants must register to confirm their attendance.The webinars are run by sporting industry professionals of whom attendees will have the chance to ask questions. Registered participants will also have access to all webinar material following the event.In order to register for this webinar or view the upcoming webinars in the series visit: LinksWebinar Serieslast_img read more

10 months agoWolves confident deal for Chelsea striker Abraham will get all-clear

first_imgWolves confident deal for Chelsea striker Abraham will get all-clearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are confident their deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is on.The Mirror says Wolves have made the England striker a prime January target and are keen on taking the 21-year-old from Stamford Bridge in a potential £18million deal.Abraham has starred for Aston Villa on loan in the Championship this season, scoring 16 goals in 20 games.Wolves officials have been working to ascertain whether Abraham would be eligible to play for the club this season, having already featured for both Villa and Chelsea. He also featured in a Premier League 2 match against Derby County, leading to questions over his eligibility.But Wolves can cite precedent, such as Liam Walsh, who played for Birmingham City, Bristol City and Everton’s U-23 side last season, but whose switch to the Robins was allowed by the FA – without help from FIFA. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buy

first_img​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buyby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is not in the mood to panic.The veteran coach believes they can get promotion with the players at his disposal.Leeds are top of the Championship by two points from Norwich City, with 26 games played.But Bielsa does admit it is tough to be without as many as seven players due to injuries and suspensions.”We are lacking players,” Bielsa is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “If the club can bring in players, it will be only if they are better than the players that we have.”In the next few weeks, we will have Dallas, Berardi, Phillips, Brown, Bamford and Douglas with us, so among the absences, we will have a reduction.”That’s why I clearly say that if nobody comes, we will solve the problems anyway.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoRangers boss Gerrard: I don’t bother with Heskey interviews

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard: I don’t bother with Heskey interviewsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard is unhappy with former Liverpool teammate Emile Heskey after comments on his managerial credentials.Heskey suggested this week that it was easier for Gerrard and fellow managers to land a top job because of his skin colour.Ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Feyenoord, Gerrard delivered a withering response to his former teammate.“I don’t have anything to say on that. I don’t really look out for any interviews that Emile Heskey does,” the Rangers boss said.Gerrard and Heskey played together for club and country and were part of the Liverpool side that won the treble in 2001. last_img read more

Bovada Releases Its 2015 Heisman Odds, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott The Favorite

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.47.37 PMYour 2015 Heisman favorite.It’s time to start marketing your best players for the Heisman, college football programs. The initial 2015 Heisman odds have been released by Bovada.        The favorite? Ohio State junior-to-be running back Ezekiel Elliott, who ran through Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon while leading the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship. Elliott isn’t the only Buckeye player listed. All three Ohio State quarterbacks are contenders for the award, too. Here’s the full list: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott – 6/1Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott – 7/1LSU RB Leonard Fournette – 7/1TCU QB Trevone Boykin – 15/2USC QB Cody Kessler – 12/1Georgia RB Nick Chubb – 12/1UCLA RB Paul Perkins – 12/1Ohio State QB Cardale Jones – 14/1Alabama RB Derrick Henry – 14/1Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine – 14/1Ohio State QB J.T Barrett – 16/1Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson – 16/1Ohio State QB Braxton Miller – 18/1Michigan State QB Connor Cook – 20/1Wisconsin RB Corey Clement – 25/1Arizona State RB D.J. Foster – 25/1Oregon RB Royce Freeman – 25/1Miami QB Brad Kaaya – 33/1Florida State RB Dalvin Cook – 33/1Pittsburgh RB James Connor – 33/1Clemson QB Deshaun Watson – 33/1Georgia Tech RB Justin Thomas – 33/1Arizona RB Nick Wilson – 33/1Baylor QB Seth Russell – 33/1Oklahoma State RB Mason Rudolph – 40/1North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett – 50/1Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd – 50/1California QB Jared Goff – 50/1North Carolina QB Marquise Williams – 50/1Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell – 66/1Arizona LB Scooby Wright – 66/1Who will you be betting on? [Bovada]last_img read more

Casemiro’s cannon and cool Canales – the Best of La Liga

first_imgCasemiro was the hero of the hour for Real Madrid as they saw off Sevilla 2-0 this past weekend on an afternoon that could well prove a turning point for the struggling giants this season.The Brazil international smashed a stunning, 30-yard drive in off the underside of the bar that set Madrid on their way to a victory that moved them three points clear of fourth-placed Sevilla.And there were pivotal results elsewhere, too – not least for a resurgent Real Betis, who earned a dramatic win over Girona thanks to Sergio Canales’ 94th-minute penalty. 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 former Real Madrid midfielder was cold as ice as he stepped up deep into stoppage time to secure a 3-2 win that kept 7th-placed Betis within two points of Getafe in the final European qualification slot.Elsewhere, Spain international Rodrigo was the hero for Valencia, stealing in to tap home the winner and seal a 2-1 victory at Celta with just five minutes remaining at the Balaidos.Click the image below to relive the excitement of another thrilling round of action from La Liga.Clear Men La Liga Thumb 23012018last_img read more

Young players should avoid the PL, says ex-Arsenal coach

first_imgFormer Arsenal academy director Andries Jonker has said he would advise younger players to avoid the Gunners and the Premier League’s other sides.Several of England’s best young talents have struggled to break into senior sides in recent season and instead, moved to the continent for more first-team opportunities.Most notable in the group is Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who failed to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City, but is now a regular at the Bundesliga club. 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? Another example is Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who grew so frustrated at his lack of opportunities at Old Trafford that he left in 2012, only to be bought back four years later for a then world-record fee.Jonker spent two and half years at the Emirates before joining Wolfsburg in 2017 and experienced similar problems when trying to promote his youth players at Arsenal.“When I was at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger sometimes called up a few youth players for a couple of games in the League Cup,” Jonker told the Mirror.“But when Arsenal had a league game a couple of days later, those boys were never in the squad. And in the next 50 games, Wenger would not pick them, either.”So I have serious doubts if young talent are making the right step if they go to England at this moment. I would advise them not to go, but to play 100 games in first-team football on the continent first.”Players such as Reiss Nelson and Donyell Malen have been forced to leave Arsenal in recent seasons in search of more first-team opportunities.The former is impressing on a season-long at Hoffenheim, while Malen moved to PSV in 2017.“Take Donyell Malen,” added Jonker.  “At Arsenal, he was a big talent, but he left the club just in time. He realised he was going to end up in what I call no-man’s land.“Young players in England, who have huge talent, will only go and play in an Under-18 team, and when they are improving, they then only go the Under-23 team. So, Jadon Sancho went from Man City to Borussia Dortmund – and he is a sensation there. Reiss Nelson, of Arsenal, is choosing the same route. He is getting plenty of chances and minutes at Hoffenheim.”last_img read more

Man City, Juve & Man Utd all wanted me – Godin

first_imgDiego Godin is taking on a new adventure at Inter but admits to having received offers from Manchester City, Juventus and Manchester United in the recent past.The Uruguay international has established a reputation as one of the most reliable defenders in world football.He is now 33 years of age, but remains at the top of his game and has continued to attract interest from leading sides across Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? City and United were heavily linked with moves to lure Godin away from Atletico Madrid during his time in Spain, while Juventus were eager to bolster their Serie A title-winning squad.A South American star was, however, to remain loyal to Atletico before seeing his contract in the Spanish capital expire this summer.Godin told Gazzetta dello Sport on the advances he has received: “A year ago there was Juve, Manchester United, in the past also [Man] City.“However, back then I had a contract with Atletico and I didn’t think of leaving.“This time it was different, as my contract was about to expire. I can say that no club convinced me as much as Inter.”He added on his decision to head for San Siro: “They came alive first and acted more decisively than other clubs.“They showed me the project: it’s ambitious, like me. And I liked the idea of being part of it and being able to help Inter realise it.”Diego Godin Atletico Madrid La Liga 2018Godin is now readying himself for a first taste of life in Serie A, a division he believes is made for him.He said on his perception of Italian football: “That it is more difficult to play for a striker than for a defender. In theory, better for me.“But I have to quickly understand what the manager wants from me, I want to help my team-mates on and off the field.”Antonio Conte will be calling the shots at Inter in 2019-20, with Godin trading life under Diego Simeone for that working with another passionate coach in Milan.“Conte? He reminds me a lot of Simeone,” said Godin.“They live football with the same passion, they pay attention to details, they get the most out of the guys they train.“Conte, in particular, is a concrete type: he knows what he wants, he goes straight to the point and for a player this is ideal.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The Halftime Stats Of West Virginia-Baylor Are Absolutely Insane

first_imgWest Virginia fans take in a big home game in MorgantownYouTubeWest Virginia is playing Baylor tonight in a Big 12 battle. If there were ever a game to have a running clock in the second half, this would be it.At halftime, the Mountaineers are up 41-0. The score only tells part of the ugly story though.West Virginia has outgained Baylor 435-87. That’s not a typo. The Mountaineers have passed for 302 yards in the first 30 minutes, and have 16 first downs to Baylor’s five.Baylor also has three turnovers, all three coming on interceptions from quarterback Charlie Brewer. Thirty-one of West Virginia’s 41 points came in the second quarter.Yeah, this is a beatdown. And it could be even worse, considering West Virginia missed a couple of early field goals.HALF: West Virginia is demolishing Baylor 41-0. Complete and total beat down so far in Morgantown. AND that’s with two early missed WVU field goals.— Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) October 26, 2018I figured Will Grier and West Virginia would play pissed tonight after 2 weeks of thinking about the Iowa State game.I did not expect 41-0 at the half. Damn.— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 26, 2018The second half of WVU-Baylor is coming up on FS1.Tune in if you want to see more carnage.last_img read more

Michigan AD Comments On Jim Harbaugh-NFL Rumors

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan’s athletic director has commented on the rumors linking Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh to the NFL.Earlier this week, FOX Sports 1’s Cris Carter said Harbaugh is “potentially” trying to get out of Ann Arbor, Mich., saying he could be a candidate for the Green Bay Packers job.“Watch out for Jim Harbaugh because Jim Harbaugh, potentially, is trying to get his way out of Michigan, all right? I’ve got good sources that are telling me not only Green Bay but also watch out for the Cleveland Browns,” Carter said. “He likes the quarterback situations there, and, I believe, that there is front office people in Green Bay who are enamored with Jim Harbaugh and potentially trying to get him to come to Green Bay.”Of course, there are Harbaugh-to-the-NFL rumors every offseason, and every year, they’ve been proven to be false.Will they be proven false this time around?Michigan’s athletic director said this morning that Harbaugh hasn’t said anything to him about leaving for the NFL.“Consider the source of the comment … I haven’t missed any sleep. Jim hasn’t said anything to me about it. He’s out recruiting. … From my perspective, it has no validity at all,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said.Warde Manuel on WTKA this morning RE: Cris Carter claiming Harbaugh is trying to leave Michigan: ‘Consider the source of the comment … I haven’t missed any sleep. Jim hasn’t said anything to me about it. He’s out recruiting. … From my perspective, it has no validity at all.’— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 6, 2018For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum also said he believes Harbaugh could leave for the NFL.“On the NFL side, there are plenty of whispers out there because of the multitude of jobs that Harbaugh would be on many people’s lists (to consider),” Finebaum said on Wednesday. “I think he would be a very good NFL coach. He’s already proven that in San Francisco. I don’t think he has anything to gain and a lot to lose at Michigan. Next year, The Game is in Ann Arbor. If he loses to Ryan Day — I’m not laughing at Ryan Day. Ryan Day hasn’t accomplished anything other than win three games. The biggest win of his career is over TCU — a lousy TCU team at that.“That’s a high-wire, high-risk opportunity for Jim Harbaugh to look even worse than he does already. So I don’t know what’s inside Jim Harbaugh’s mind. I don’t think anyone does. I’d love to do a reality series about it. But I think he would very anxiously get out of there.”For now, though, Harbaugh remains at Michigan.last_img read more

Nebraska Students Narrowly Vote In Favor Of Balloon Tradition

first_imgNebraska football's game day balloon release.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)The unofficial tally for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska election is in. It is good news for those who are fans of the Huskers football team’s balloon release tradition.For home games at Memorial Stadium, the program releases balloons after Nebraska’s first touchdown of each game. The tradition has come under some fire for environmental reasons.The tradition has been the subject of both petitions to the school, as well as a recent lawsuit. None have been successful.This week, Nebraska students voted on the future of the balloon release. While the results are non-binding, the student body’s recommendations are going to be delivered to the school.The Nebraska balloon release was one of two environment-focused topics voted on by students.The majority of the students who participated in the vote, 16.4-percent of the Nebraska-Lincoln student population, voted in favor of banning plastic bags from campus, according to The Daily Nebraskan.However, the results of the balloon release question went the other way, but very narrowly.51.9-percent of Husker students voted to keep the balloon tradition at home games. The results still show a very narrow margin between sides of this debate at Nebraska, which continues to grow as environmental concerns across the country and the entire planet grow.The election saw a jump in turnout, with 16.4 percent of the student body turning out to constitute a nearly 5 percentage point increase from 2018’s 11.4 percent turnout.This year’s election also posed two environment-related questions; the first about banning plastic bags on campus and the second to gauge interest about ending the balloon release at Husker football games.A majority of voters voted yes to banning plastic bags on campus. Voters voted no to ending the balloon release, with a close decision of 51.9 percent indicating they wanted to keep the tradition.For now, expect to see balloon releases in Lincoln once again next year. The Huskers open the home season against South Alabama on August 31.[The Daily Nebraskan]last_img read more

4-Star 2021 DT Announces Notre Dame Commitment

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot performing during a game at Fenway park.BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 21: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun mascot pumps up the crowd during the second half of the game between the Boston College Eagles and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Fenway Park on November 21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Fighting Irish defeat the Eagles 19-16. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Notre Dame is off to a very fast start in the 2021 recruiting class. The Fighting Irish just picked up their third commitment of that cycle, in four-star defensive tackle Gabriel Rubio.He becomes the third player to commit to Brian Kelly’s program from the 2021 class. Rubio will be a high school junior this fall, so there is a lot of time until he can sign to make things official.He joins two fellow four-star players in the class. Quarterback Tyler Buchner opened things up in early March, setting the tone for the Notre Dame class. A few weeks later, he was joined by IMG Academy guard Greg Crippen.Rubio is the first defensive player to commit to the Irish.Gabriel Rubio announced his commitment to the Fighting Irish earlier this afternoon.The St. Louis native tweeted out a note, along with graphics created by a few different recruiting publications for the event.God. Country. Notre Dame. #COMMITTED #GoIrish ☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️@CoachBrianKelly @CoachMikeElston @Coach_Lea— Gabriel Rubio (@GRubio68) June 15, 2019His full note:“I was told at an early age that everyone’s recruiting path is different. I’ve said from the beginning that I’m not trying to collect offers…..I’m focused on finding the one that is perfect for me.“I would like to thank every teacher, coach, trainer, teammate and friend who has had a hand in my development both on and off the field. The person that I have become is a direct reflection of your effort and care. I would like to thank my family for investing their all into me! I pray that I can continue to make you all proud! Most importantly, I want to thank God for blessing me with both the gifts that I have discovered and the gifts that are yet to come!“After much prayer and reflection I would like to announce that I am committing to The University of Notre Dame! #GoIrish“With the commitment, Notre Dame jumps up to No. 2 in the class, behind only Miami which already has nine pledges in the cycle.Rubio doesn’t yet have a 247Sports composite score just yet, but the site’s own rankings have him a a four-star. He’s the No. 195 overall player in the class, and is ranked No. 15 among defensive tackles, and No. 4 in Missouri.last_img read more

LSU Football Has Unveiled An Insane New Facility

first_img There are locker rooms… And then there’s the #LSU locker room— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019The newly designed performance nutrition center comes fully equipped with a first-rate dining room with meals prepared by a professional executive chef. Any and all foods are on the menu, including shrimp, king crab legs, jambalaya and pizza.Everything you need in one building. The best of the best.— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 21, 2019Judging by the reactions of the players, they were absolutely in love with the new facilities.There’s nothing like this…— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019We lit up @Twitter on Sunday night 🔥🔥🔥— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019The LSU players are certainly going to enjoy life in their new facilities. And you can bet that some of the team’s would-be recruits that take a visit will love them too.Last year, the Tigers went 10-3, beating the UCF Knights in the Fiesta Bowl and finishing with a top 10 ranking for the first time since 2011. The LSU Tiger leads cheerleaders and players onto the field.NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Louisiana State University Tiger runs on the field before the Tigers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the AllState BCS National Championship on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)As one of the premier college football programs in the country, LSU has to keep raising the bar to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Alabama, Clemson and others. To that end, the Tigers have just completed construction of a first-class football facility.Over the weekend, LSU unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art set of football facilities with all of the bells and whistles. Per Sporting News, the construction cost $28 million.In a series of videos, LSU showcased new locker rooms with purple and yellow lighting.The locker room even included individual “sleeping pods” for everyone.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Reacts To Ohio State’s Win At Indiana

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knows how tricky games at Indiana can be for the Buckeyes. Meyer’s teams had a couple of close calls in Bloomington during his time leading the program.Ohio State had little trouble with Indiana on Saturday, though.The Buckeyes blew out the Hoosiers, 51-10, to improve to 3-0 on the season.Meyer, who’s now an analyst for FOX, came away impressed. The former Buckeyes’ head coach tweeted a simple message following the win.“Best thing about 3-0…” he tweeted.Best thing about 3-0…— Urban Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) September 14, 2019Is the chance to go 4-0.Ohio State looked dominant at Indiana, garnering praise from all of the college football world.“That’s one of the best teams in America, folks. Make no bones about it. They have a great quarterback, an elite coach, and an unbelievable defense,” FOX’s Joel Klatt said on Saturday.Ohio State will look to go 4-0 next Saturday against Miami (Ohio).last_img read more

2nd T20I: Reeza, Rassie shine as South Africa seal series vs Sri Lanka

first_img view more view less No data available! graphs advertisement scorecardcenter_img 2nd T20I: Reeza, Rassie shine as South Africa seal series vs Sri LankaReeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen scored half-centuries to lead South Africa to a 16-run victory against Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 international and secure the 3-match series 2-0. commentary Reuters PretoriaMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 08:51 IST South Africa won the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka by 16 runs despite resting a number of key players (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa to a 16-run victory against Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20IReeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen scored half-centuriesSA secured the 3-match T20I series with an unassailable 2-0 leadReeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen impressed with the bat as a much-changed South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 16 runs to seal the Twenty20 International series at Centurion Park on Friday.Sri Lanka sent their hosts in to bat but battled to contain the home side as Hendricks (65) and Van der Dussen (64) put on 116 in 76 balls for the second wicket with South Africa making 180 for three in their 20 overs.The two batsmen are likely fighting over one position in South Africa’s 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales that starts on May 30, with the less experienced Van der Dussen’s ability to clear the boundary potentially giving him the edge.Sri Lanka looked down and out in their reply at 83 for seven, but a master-class in hitting from all-rounder Isuru Udana (84 not out from 48 balls) kept them in the match until the final over before they were restricted to 164 for nine.The home side have won all seven limited overs matches on Sri Lanka’s tour, and sealed the Twenty20 series 2-0 with the third and final fixture to be played in Johannesburg on Sunday.South Africa rested a number of key players, including captain Faf du Plessis, in-form batsman Quinton de Kock and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, and handed a debut to 20-year-old wicketkeeper Sinethemba Qeshile.Also Read | 1st ODI: Aaron Finch century helps Australia beat PakistanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow SA vs SLFollow sl vs saFollow sa vs sl t20Follow Reeza HendricksFollow Rassie van der Dussenlast_img read more

Mi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB cable will go on sale in India on April 4

first_imgMi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB cable will go on sale in India on April 4Xiaomi says that Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is a “perfect balance of performance and style”. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is crafted using the Uni-Moulding process and is mainly designed for men who are always on the move.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 12:03 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 will be available for 2,999.The Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones will go on sale for Rs 1499The price of the Mi 2-in-1 USB is yet to be revealed by the company.Xiaomi announced Mi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB Cable in India recently. On Thursday Xiaomi announced that all three products will go on sale for the first time in the country on April 4 at 12 midnight. All three products — Mi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones, and Mi 2-in-1 USB — will be available exclusively via recall, Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 were launched in India last month on the Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform, while the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB cable have been introduced only this month. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 will be available for 2,999, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones for Rs 1499. The price of the Mi 2-in-1 USB is yet to be revealed by the company.Xiaomi says that Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is a “perfect balance of performance and style”. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is crafted using the Uni-Moulding process and is mainly designed for men who are always on the move. It is engineered with 5-in-1 uni-moulding technology, which combines five different materials making them shock-absorbent, durable and slip-resistant. Xiaomi says that the fishbone structure allows comfortable cushioning while providing support against accidental sprains. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes in three different colours including — Black, Dark Grey and Blue. It shoes are crafted from breathable, washable mesh fabric which will let users easily wash the shoes, the company claims.For the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones Xiaomi says it can last up to 5 hours on a single charge. The earbuds of the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones come packed with ultra-thin PET speaker diaphragm – which Xiaomi claims can provide improved audio performance and impressive bass. In addition, the Mi 2-in-1 USB cable (30cm) supports both USB Type-C and Micro-USB output ports. It also comes with Quick Charge fast charging up to 2.4A.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A3: What do we know so far and will it have better cameras than Redmi Note 7 Pro?ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go review: Perfect phone for first-time smartphone buyersGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Xiaomilast_img read more

No pressure to return, will do it when body allows: Andy Murray

first_imgNo pressure to return, will do it when body allows: Andy MurrayAny Murray said at this year’s Australian Open that constant pain in his hip had brought him to the verge of quitting the sport but revealed last month that he was pain free after the procedure in January.advertisement Next Reuters LondonApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 17:16 IST Andy Murray said he is under no pressure to return to competitive tennis. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray said he will make return to tennis when his body allowsMurray underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in January this yearMurray had earlier said he would try a comeback at Wimbledon this yearFormer world number one Andy Murray said he is under no pressure to return to competitive tennis after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery earlier this year but he would attempt to make a comeback if his body allowed it.The three-times Grand Slam champion said at this year’s Australian Open that constant pain in his hip had brought him to the verge of quitting the sport but revealed last month that he was pain free after the procedure in January.”I have been hitting the ball from a stationary position but I haven’t been doing any movement,” Murray told BBC at Sunday’s London Marathon where he was invited to fire the starting pistol for the elite men’s race.”I don’t feel any pressure to get playing again but if my body will allow, I will try.”Murray had posted a short video on social media earlier this month which showed him hitting the ball in an outdoor court while rallying with a wall and followed that up with a video of himself playing a round of golf.”The hip is really good and there is no pain any more,” Murray added. “I’m just a bit weak from the incision in the operation.I’m pain-free, happy and enjoying my life.”Murray had previously said he would target a comeback at Wimbledon, albeit as a doubles player. His mother Judy had said earlier this week that he was “cautiously optimistic” he would be able to play tennis again this season.This year’s Wimbledon begins on July 1.advertisementAlso Read | Rafael Nadal bows out of Barcelona Open, fails to make historyAlso Read | Stuttgart Open: Naomi Osaka pulls out of semis with injuryAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Andy MurrayFollow Grand SlamFollow Australian OpenFollow Wimbledonlast_img read more