Iniesta: Special back at the Bridge

first_imgUEFA Champions League Iniesta relishing ‘special’ return to Chelsea following past Barcelona heroics Tom Webber 19:17 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AndresIniesta - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Barcelona Chelsea v Barcelona Chelsea With the Blues entertaining the La Liga giants in the Champions League, a World Cup winner is looking forward to being back at Stamford Bridge Andres Iniesta is looking forward to a “special” return to Stamford Bridge, the scene of one of the greatest moments in his phenomenal Barcelona career.Virtuoso midfielder Iniesta fired a sublime 93rd-minute finish into the top-right corner in west London to send 10-man Barca into the 2009 Champions League final, in which they beat Manchester United, at the expense of Chelsea.AdChoices广告The Catalan giants and the Premier League champions will go head-to-head in the last 16 this season, with the first leg taking place at the home of the Blues on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Iniesta is looking forward to taking on Antonio Conte’s side, but acknowledged Barcelona will have to be at their best to eliminate them.Upon being presented with a photo of his goal against Chelsea, Iniesta told Mundo Deportivo: “Every time I have to opportunity to see it I get emotional, as I imagine happens for the vast majority of ‘cules’, about one of the most incredible days we have lived, but the present tells me it will be a special and very tough knockout match.”Chelsea are a very solid team in every way. Conte’s teams are very difficult to beat – we have seen it at club and international level.”They know very well what they should do and how they play. We will have to have a great tie to advance [to the next stage].”last_img read more

TOUCH FOOTBALL REACHING AUDIENCE OF MILLIONS!

first_imgThe profile of touch football in Australia is continuing to grow, with the latest media watch statistics showing touch football news has reached around 9 million people in the first three months of this year. Australian Touch Association CEO, Bill Ker says the statistics are both exciting and also interesting for the development and promotion of touch football in the media arena. “The Australian Touch Association has embarked on a twelve month media watch campaign to obtain an understanding of the extent of mentions the sport has in the media nationally,” says Mr Ker. “”The media for the past three months has been extensive with a wide reach nationally.” “It was also determined to extend the boundaries of the watch to cover New Zealand as well, because this will enable the ATA to not only quantify the media coverage in Australia but compare it with coverage from the other largest international member of the Federation of International Touch,” explains Mr Ker. The month of March saw touch football receive 138 mentions in the print, radio, television or online media. This was double the number of mentions for the months of January and February. In terms of audience numbers, it is estimated that these 138 stories reached almost 3.2 million people. This result, combined with the results recorded for January and February, shows touch football news has reached around 6.4 million people this year alone through the forms of print, radio or television. Mr Ker says the internet is another big winner in terms of coverage, with the ATA website recording a record number of hits in recent months. “Especially pleasing for the ATA is the homepage hits of over 3.5 million since November last year. The month of March produced 40,000 hits short of 1 million, which is a direct reflection of the interest the NTL generates. The ATA has studied the usage patterns of the homepage and is aiming the direction of the homepage information towards servicing those usage trends,” Mr Ker highlights. Since the beginning of the year almost 2.6 million hits have been recorded by the ATA, while at the peak of the NTL competition over 65,000 hits were recorded in just one day. It also needs to be mentioned that these statistics on internet usage relate purely to the ATA website and do not include statistics on the other international, state and local websites, who have also noticed an improvement in their website hits. Therefore these statistics can be said to be just the tip of the iceberg! By far the biggest improver in media coverage of touch was the number of television news stories. The month of March saw 20 touch football news stories produced, being primarily in state and regional news broadcasts. This number is also almost double the total number for January and February combined. In terms of audience numbers, the television coverage is estimated to have reached just over 500,000 for January and February, and over 800,000 for the month of March. The print media, which includes local, regional, state and national newspapers, reached the largest audience, with 83 stories published and an estimated number of almost 2.2 million readers. Wagga Wagga, Yass and several Western Australian media outlets are doing especially well, receiving regular coverage of their local and regional events in print and on radio and television. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are other areas becoming more regular in the coverage touch football receives there. Coffs Harbour and the NTL’s were also successful, with the tournament being reported on the daily regional television news bulletins, as well as securing print and radio stories. With regional media outlets always searching for news stories, especially those of local interest, it is important for the ATA and all state and local organisations to continue to look for opportunities for touch football development through the media. “All in all the ATA is very pleased with the results of the media watch and the homepage usage and looks forward with confidence to a wider awareness of this great sport in the forthcoming months,” says Mr Ker. Rachel Moyle, 0422233165last_img read more

NSW – Yr 7 & 8 All Schools State Final, Wallsend

first_imgWallsend Touch Complex, Lewis St, Wallsend.Details of the day are as follows:Managers Meeting 8:30amFirst Round Girls: 9:00amFirst Round Boys: 9:25amPlease note the State Final could possibly conclude as late as 3:00pmContact: NSW Touch AssociationPhone: (02) 9558 9333Email: drushworth@nswtouch.com.auWeb: http://www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img

NSW State Cup

first_imgThe State Cup will see teams from 53 affiliates across NSW contest 16 divisions, including the introduction of the Mixed B division.The three day tournament is in its 33rd year and 2009 is the 21st consecutive year that it has been played in Port Macquarie. All 23 fields at the precinct will be used for the 184 teams who have entered in the event. The following divisions will be contested at the event: two divisions in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open’s divisions, as well as Men’s and Women’s 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, Men’s 35’s, 45’s and 50’s and Senior Mixed. The introduction of the Mixed B division has proved popular, with 12 affiliates taking advantage of the new division. Among the most popular divisions also include the Men’s Open B Division, with 21 teams, while the Men’s 50’s division has 16 teams in the running for the title.Wests Magpies will be looking to go for back to back titles in the Men’s Open division, after their win over Hornsby in the 2008 grand final. Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Magpies will be aiming to make it four consecutive titles in the Women’s and Mixed Open divisions respectively, having won their respective titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The round games will be contested on Friday and Saturday, before finals commence on Sunday at 8am. The first of the grand finals will be played at 12.40pm. The Women’s Open final will be played at 1.50pm, followed by the Dash for Cash at 2.30pm. The Men’s Open final will be played at 2.40pm, with the Mixed Open final to follow at 3.30pm.Stay tuned for the next edition of the Touch Footy Show, which includes a preview of the NSW State Cup. NBN and Port Macquarie News have already started their coverage of the event. To view their stories, please click on the following links:http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/12/01/wests-hot-favourite-for-state-cup/http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/state-cup-boasts-international-flavour/1695426.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-macquaries-state-cup-hopefuls/1695428.aspxFor more information, please visit the following websites: www.nswtouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=856&pID=14%20last_img read more

2012 State Of Origin Referees Announced

first_imgThe 2012 State of Origin Series will be held on Friday, 21 September and Saturday, 22 September 2012 at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and will be held in conjunction with the Touch Football Australia 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships event. To view the list, please click on the media release below. Related Files2012_soo_referees_announcement1-pdflast_img

2016 NTL Day Two Wrap

first_imgBy Eden Richards Teams will be putting it all on the line as they head into day three chasing a finals berth. Several competitions are evenly poised heading into the final day of fixtures.Injuries featured heavily on day two as many teams struggled with the extreme Coffs Harbour heat taking its toll. The Brisbane City Cobras sit undefeated at the top of the Mixed Open competition with the South Queensland Sharks and Sydney Rebels sitting 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Sydney Mets round out the top four. The Sydney Mets are the stand out team in the Men’s T League Pool A as they continue a strong undefeated run. Pool B is a Queensland affair with the Central Queensland Bulls (A) sitting undefeated on top and the South Queensland Sharks (A) just one win behind. It’s a two horse race in the Women’s T League Pool A as both the Hunter Western Hornets and Victoria sit on five wins from five starts.The two leaders will play tomorrow morning to decide who finishes first. Pool B is being dominated by Queensland with the top five teams all coming from the region. The Sunshine Coast Pineapples sit undefeated in 1st.The Sharks and the Rebels cannot be separated after day two of the Women’s 27’s with both sitting 10 points clear at the top of the standings. The Scorpions are the team to beat in the Men’s 30’s as they round out the 2nd day of competition undefeated. In a huge gap in the class the Hornets have failed to win a game and will look to disrupt the finals chances of their competitors tomorrow. The Pineapples and the Hornets are battling it out for 2nd and 3rd in the Women’s 35’s as the Cobras sit top. A clear top four has emerged in the Men’s 40’s with the Hornets, Mets and Cobras all undefeated. The Defence Warriors are chasing hard in 4th. The South West Queensland Swans remain undefeated in the Women’s 40’s with the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and the Hornets sitting one game behind. The Scorpions and the Sharks have all but secured the top two spots in the Men’s 45’s and the Men’s 50’s. The Cyclones and the Southern Suns are dominating in Pool A of the Men’s 55’s and the Mets today extended their unbeaten run to four games in Pool B. The Senior Mixed is a battle between three with the Sharks A, Suns and Scorpions all sitting together at the top of the table on 16 points. Related LinksNTL Day Two Wraplast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to be top of the table again after victory over Manchester United.Klopp insists he wasn’t bothered by Manchester City returning to the summit before Liverpool kicked off.He said, “We ignored it completely. I cannot say we passed [the test of winning after City won] because we didn’t think about it. I didn’t mention it one time. We are not silly, we know the table. Are you focused on it or not? I said it before, we played tonight Man United – and not against United and City. “That’s the only way I know and we really didn’t speak about it. I think that already helps. It’s not that they win and then we come together, train and say: ‘Did you see what City did?’ We are focused on our game and we will see where it leads us to. “If there is a moment in the end of the season when we’re still around them and we have to think about [them] and start hoping they drop points, maybe – I don’t know today. In the moment we respect them a lot, they respect us, and we have to win football games against all the others. Then we meet on January 3 again and then we think about City a lot.” last_img read more

10 months agoNew absence for Real Madrid attacker Bale

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New absence for Real Madrid attacker Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is set to be missing for another two weeks at Real Madrid.The Welsh international suffered a calf problem in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.First tests have revealed he will be sidelined for around two weeks, although he will undergo further tests. Therefore, Bale will miss the games against Real Sociedad, Leganes (Copa del Rey) and Real Betis, but he could re-appear for the second leg of the Copa del Rey clash with Leganes if all goes well. If he doesn’t make that on time, his objective will be to be fit again for the vital league game against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 19. last_img read more

23 days agoNacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blow

first_imgNacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNacho has handed Real Madrid a heavy injury blow.The defender has suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge last night.AS says the setback could see Nacho sidelined for three months.The defender has been played at left-back this season by coach Zinedine Zidane. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

17 days agoNakhi Wells keen on QPR stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.” last_img read more

6 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: All the way from Norway to ask me that?

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: All the way from Norway to ask me that?by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t need his advice.Klopp was asked by a reporter from Dagbladet if he had words for Solskjaer as United continue to struggle.The German replied: “Hahahaha! Do you really think you can fly over from Norway and ask about it? Wow.”He doesn’t need it. Come on. He has been in the club for a total of 10-15 years. He knows everything about it. He has experience as a manager in football. He knows what he needs to do. It just has to work. That’s it for all of us. “That’s why so many managers get fired at some point, because some internally loses patience. Then you have to go.”From my point of view it looks like he sits there safely. They all knew it was going to be a difficult job.”I don’t think you have to worry about Ole. He is in a good position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…

first_imgMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher says Andreas Pereira is a natural No10.Pereira impressed in the draw with Liverpool before he was taken off for Brandon Williams in the closing stages.”He’s an out-an-out number ten,” Fletcher said.“It has been difficult for him to fit in the formation sometimes.”The back five with the two holding midfielders allowed them to do that.“He was leaving something on players and he will be annoying and he was a threat.”I think he has been a little frustrated playing in wide areas.“His natural game is to come inside and he was a big reason behind what United did well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Watford vs Chelsea: Blues named unchanged XI

first_imgChelsea will attempt to put their loss to Leicester behind them when they face Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.Maurizio Sarri’s side suffered their first home defeat of the season last week when they were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes and the Italian is eager to return to winning ways.Watford, meanwhile, are flying high this season and will pose a serious threat to the Blues, particularly on their own patch. 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? In contrast to their visitors, the Hornets come into the game on the back of a victory, having triumphed 2-0 over West Ham in their last outing. Game Watford vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, December 26 Time 7:30pm GMT / 2:30pm ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fuboTV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky 1 and Sky Sports Main Event. It can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League / Sky 1 / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Watford squad Goalkeepers Gomes, Dahlberg, Foster Defenders Janmaat, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Navarro, Wilmot, Holebas, Kabasele Midfielders Cleverley, Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Quina, Capoue, Pereyra Forwards Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray, Okaka Watford are without Andre Gray, while Will Hughes and Sebastian Prodl are also out. Like Chelsea, the Hornets have named an unchanged side from their weekend fixture – a 2-0 win over West Ham. Watford starting XI: Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenia; Doucoure, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney. Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran Forwards Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Andreas Christensen is out with a hamstring injury while a healthy Alvaro Morata misses out on the 18, as Chelsea are unchanged from their defeat at Leicester at the weekend.Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante; Pedro, Willian, Hazard.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea are strong favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 13/20 on the Blues to triumph. Watford’s chances of victory are rated 17/4 and a draw is available at 11/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Maurizio Sarri Chelsea ICC 2018Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester at the weekend was a serious set-back in their bid for the Premier League title and leaves them in a position where they now have a fight on their hands to secure a top four finish, with Arsenal breathing down their neck heading into the new year.Sarri was furious with the loss – their third of the season – but indicated the silver lining was that his players have little time to dwell on the nature of their shortcomings in the game.”After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players and so it was very strange,” said the Chelsea boss.”It’s important to play again in four days, maybe positive, maybe negative, it depends on our reaction after the match.”In the match we had a bad reaction, now it depends on the reaction in the next three days, I think it’s important to play immediately.”With another away game against London rivals Crystal Palace to come four days after the meeting with the Hornets, the Italian will be desperate for his team to make their way into 2019 on a high. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Camacho leaves Liverpool for Sporting in £5m deal

first_imgLiverpool winger Rafa Camacho has joined Sporting CP in a deal worth an initial £5 million ($6.3m).The Reds will receive a fee for the 19-year-old, with a further £2m ($2.5m) in performance-related add-ons forming part of the final deal. There will also be a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal, as well as a buy-back option. 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? Camacho, who made his senior Liverpool debut at Wolves in the FA Cup in January, was about to enter the final year of his contract and had refused to sign a new one. Having provisionally agreed terms on an extension in January, the Portuguese youth international was disappointed at not being allowed to leave on loan for the second half of the campaign.Liverpool fielded a series of enquiries about him this summer, but Camacho rejected the chance to speak to Wolves, AC Milan and Schalke, concerned he would not get sufficient playing time at those clubs.Lisbon-born, his preference was always to return to Sporting, who had agreed a loan deal with the Reds back in January only for Jurgen Klopp to veto the move. Had Liverpool allowed him to see out the remainder of his contract, they would have been due just £270,000 ($340,000) in compensation for a player who joined the club as a 16-year-old from Manchester City.The ideal situation for the Reds would have been for Camacho to sign a new deal and then go out on loan, but discussions with his representatives proved fruitless, with the player keen to secure regular football in his home country.Camacho impressed as part of Liverpool’s UEFA Youth League side last season, and made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in the win over Crystal Palace at Anfield in late January, three weeks after starting at Wolves in the cup.Sources have told Goal that this move is not linked to reports suggesting Liverpool will make a move for Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and that the Reds have no interest in signing the 24-year-old despite persistent claims in the Portuguese media.The Reds completed the signing of Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle on Wednesday, in a deal worth an initial £1.3m ($1.6m).Subscribe to Neil’s weekly newsletter than brings you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web.last_img read more

More than a Hollywood movie! Madagascar’s magical AFCON

first_imgAsk anybody about Madagascar and chances are the first thing that springs to mind is the animated movie of the same name from 2005.However, over the past few weeks, the island nation with a population just shy of 25 million is writing its own blockbuster script as they produce a stunning Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Competing at the tournament for the first time and ranked 108th in world when they arrived in Egypt, Madagascar flew right under the radar at the outset, with even their coach conceding they shouldn’t have stood any chance.  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 “All teams are better on paper than us,” Nicolas Dupuis told AFP.  “We don’t have any stars in our team. The star is the team.”We have a real team of friends but also with talented players, who are very good but perhaps not stars.”Dupuis is no high-profile coach himself, currently juggling a role as the technical director of FC Fleury 91, a club which competes in the fourth-tier of French football.But despite the odds being stacked against them, Madagascar have excelled to set up a quarter-final match against Tunisia on Thursday. Madagascar, also known as the Barea, are undefeated across their first four matches at the Africa Cup of Nations – a feat not achieved since Libya in 1982 for a nation making their debut at the tournament. Dupuis’ side has so far picked up one draw and three wins, with their biggest result seeing them upset Nigeria 2-0 in their final group match. Three-time AFCON winners Nigeria were ranked 63 places higher than Madagascar just a month ago but had no answers for their plucky opponents.The Barea have proven particularly versatile in attack and have scored in all four of their matches to become the first side since Zambia in 1975 to strike in their first four appearances at the tournament. MadagascarDesperate to rewrite the country’s previously animated narrative, Madagascar’s players held their nerve in a Round of 16 clash against DR Congo, as they triumphed 4-2 on penalties after the game had finished 2-2. Tunisia now loom as their next opponent and Dupuis’ men must produce another upset worthy of Hollywood.Appearing in their 10th AFCON quarter-final and ranked 25th in the world, Tunisia will be strong favourites to progress but Madagascar has quickly proven they aren’t a side to be written off.Tunisia’s form has, in fact, paled in comparison to the Barea’s, with Alain Giresse’s side drawing three of their four games and only beating Ghana on penalties in the Round of 16. Ranked as low as 190th in the world five years ago, win or lose on Thursday, Madagascar have certainly come a long way in a short space of time. Having failed to win a game in 2017 AFCON qualifying, Dupuis is desperate to instigate a radical overview of football development in a country where the beautiful game has previously hidden away. “I’m raising the alarm because the national team is the tree that hides in the forest,” he said.”There is nothing being done from a technical standpoint at the national level, there’s no work in terms of youth and it’s serious. “If we don’t question everything, if we don’t get back to work, in two years, there will be no more team and in four, even less so. It would be a shame because there’s a real breeding ground and it’s quite an old team.”My role is to sound the alarm and tell officials there are lots of things in need of change in Madagascar.”MadagascarMadagascar fans celebrate AFCONMadagascar fans celebrate AFCONConsidering how his side have performed in Egypt to date, it’s safe to say Dupuis has well and truly got sirens ringing across Madagascar. “We’re not too aware of what we’re doing, except when we get sent photos from Madagascar, where it’s madness right now,” Dupuis said. “We’re trying to live in the moment as best as possible because these moments are rare. It’s in these rare moments when you realise that we have the best job in the world.”Midfielder Anicet Abel got the ball rolling for Madagascar in Egypt, scoring his nation’s first ever goal at AFCON in their opening game against Guinea which ended 2-2. The 29-year-old, who plays club football in Bulgaria, is all too aware that his side were perhaps rightly seen as underdogs heading into the tournament. “When we came here at the beginning of the tournament, nobody took us seriously but we believed in ourselves,” Abel told Reuters.”Of course, they underestimated us and I understand them – Madagascar is not famous in football; I think Madagascar is only famous for the movie.”A perception Abel and his team are quickly rewriting as they produce a football fairytale DreamWorks themselves would be proud of.last_img read more

A Major College Football Upset Is On The Verge Of Happening

first_imgA general view of Purdue's football stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the field at the Purdue Boilermakers and Nebraska Cornhusker game at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 31, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Boston College entered this afternoon’s game against Purdue with one of the best starts in program history.The Eagles are 3-0, ranked inside the top 25 poll for the first time in a long time.The Boilermakers, meanwhile, are winless. They entered this afternoon’s game at 0-3.Things have changed since kickoff though.Purdue is currently blowing out Boston College in West Lafayette, Ind.It’s Purdue 30, Boston College 7 heading into the fourth quarter.Time to SHOUT! #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/UW3X8aydos— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) September 22, 2018This is quite the performance by Purdue and an extremely disappointing showing by Boston College.The game is on ESPN2.last_img read more

A Surprising School Might Be Favorite For Jalen Hurts’ Transfer

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts might not end up being the biggest quarterback prospect on college football’s transfer market with five-star freshman Justin Fields reportedly leaving Georgia, but Alabama’s dual-threat junior will still be heavily pursued.The former Crimson Tide starting quarterback has been linked to several major programs – Auburn, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State – but a surprising school might actually be the favorite to land him.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reports that Maryland is actually the “most popular speculation spot” for Hurts.The Terrapins have hired Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, so it actually wouldn’t be too surprising if Hurts decided to follow him.Here’s what Thamel wrote on the latest regarding Hurts:The Alabama quarterback has a 26-2 record as a starter, which is good enough to get you a statue built at most schools. His spot duty to save Alabama in the SEC title game reminded everyone of his dual-threat ability and dynamism. The most popular speculation spot is Maryland, where he’d follow offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. In terms of scheme, UCLA looms as the most logical fit. In terms of familiarity, he could go to FAU where he’d be aligned to thrive again under former Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Ohio State could loom as a possibility considering Day’s work in Haskins’ lone season as a starter. Regardless, with Alabama heavily favored to play for the national title on Jan. 7, it will be a quick turnaround for Hurts to find his next home.Maryland has had some major quarterback issues over the last couple of seasons and Hurts would bring some serious stability to the position.Hurts is expected to be one of a couple of major quarterbacks on the transfer market with Fields and, potentially, Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush.Stay tuned. read more

Dick Vitale Thinks Alabama, Clemson Fans Are Happy They Avoided Ohio State

first_imgDick Vitale dances with Louisville cheerleader.Dick Vitale is ESPN’s resident college basketball analyst, but he appears to know his college football too. The long time Notre Dame fan weighed in on Urban Meyer and Ohio State during the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.Vitale, commenting while Ohio State held a 21-3 lead on Washington, noted that Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer had his team “primed” for the stretch run of the season.He also thinks that fans of Clemson and Alabama are “happy” they didn’t have to deal with the Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff.Clemson and Alabama fans likely wouldn’t admit it – even if it were true. Vitale clearly thinks the Buckeyes belonged in the playoff.The @OSUCoachMeyer looks like he had @OhioStateFB primed at the end of the yr. / just ask @UMichFootball & @NUFBFamily fans I have a feeling that many Bama & Clemson lovers were happy that they didn’t have to deal with the Buckeyes .— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 2, 2019Earlier in the day, Vitale made headlines after he advocated that UCLA should hire Rick Pitino as its next basketball head coach.As for the Rose Bowl, Ohio State was a solid favorite heading into the contest, so the score isn’t too surprising. The Buckeyes clearly are playing their best football at the end of the season.The College Football Playoff wraps up Monday when Clemson takes on Alabama for the national title.last_img read more

2 Nebraska Football Players Accused Of Using Stolen Credit Card

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)Two Nebraska football players have reportedly been accused of using a stolen credit card. The two players allegedly used stolen credit card information to order a pizza.The two players, sophomore linebacker Caleb Tannor and sophomore wide receiver Chad Alioth, have reportedly been cited with misdemeanor theft.The Lincoln Journal Star first reported the news of the incident.The two players are reportedly set to appear in court next month.From the report:Caleb Tannor and Chad Alioth have each been cited with misdemeanor theft.Assistant University Police Chief Hassan Ramzah said the theft was reported to the department Jan. 23 after the cardholder discovered their credit card had been used to pay for pizza delivery.Charges had not been filed in the case Wednesday, and the two were set to appear in court next month.It hasn’t been a great week for the Huskers’ football program in this department.Nebraska is entering the second year of the Scott Frost era in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers are expected to make a major jump in Year 2.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn thrilled to be reunited as RCB win 2 in a row

first_img graphs Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 2/25 (4) (20.0) Indian Premier League, 2019 No data available! 161/7 (20.0) Bangalore BLR Match Ended 161/7 53 (37) 160/8 view more view less (20.0) Dale Steyn (BLR) D. Steyn (BLR) India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 12:29 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli and Dale Steyn caught up after RCB’s 1-run win over CSK (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB defeated CSK by just 1 run in a last-ball thrillerMS Dhoni career-best unbeaten 48-ball 84 went in vainDale Steyn took the wickets of Shane Watson and Suresh RainaRoyal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday defeated Chennai Super Kings in a last-ball thriller at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, as the hosts came out victorious despite a MS Dhoni classic.Dhoni registered his career-best score in the Indian Premier League, scoring an unbeaten 84 from 48 balls but it was not enough to take CSK across the line. Dhoni almost got the required 26 runs off the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav before Parthiv Patel’s ‘Dhoni like calm’ behind the stumps ensured RCB’s victory by one run.Dale Steyn was one of the stars for RCB with the ball as he gave the hosts the perfect start when he dismissed Shane Watson and Suresh Raina on back-to-back deliveries. Steyn finished with 2/29 from his four wickets and has been a real game changer for RCB since his signing a few days ago.Delighted to have Steyn back in the team – Virat KohliOn their @RCBTweets reunion, watch what happens when @imVkohli and @DaleSteyn62 discover a 9 year old treasure! By @RajalArora. #RCBvCSKFull video – https://t.co/JsA5MqgzCw pic.twitter.com/jP87nA3K7IIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019After the end of the match, RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Steyn looked back at their 10-year challenge photos. Steyn’s previous stint with the RCB was 9 years ago, as he played 15 matches for the Royal Challengers and picked 15 wickets with a best of 3 for 18.In 2011, Dale Steyn moved to Deccan Chargers before playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad from 2013 to 2015. In 2016, he played 1 game for Gujarat Lions but did not feature in the next two editions of the Indian Premier League.advertisement”We have won three games of the last four we have played. Feels outstanding. We have something really interesting here. There was a little competition, or thing, that came on social media recently – the 10-year challenge,” Kohli said in an interview with the IPL website.”I want everyone to look at this. Me and Dale Styen on the left in 2010 and me and Dale Steyn in 2019. Dale Styen looks the same as you can see on the left, it is a different human being and on the right is a different one,” Kohli added.Kohli went onto add how it felt for him that Steyn is back playing for RCB.”Feels amazing to be able to celebrate with this man after 10 years. We would have never thought that after parting ways in 2010, we would be doing the same thing in Chinnaswamy all over again,” Kohli said.Kohli also asked Steyn for how he felt, to which the South African said: “It’s fanstastic. you know that photo, you are right… it brings back some good memories. The photo just shows how well you’ve done. This man has gone on and taken the world by storm. One of the best if not the best batsmen in the world. I was lucky enough to watch him in the beginning, meeting me in the eyes as an 18-year-old and the man that stands in front of me today… the Indian captain. It is amazing so it is an honour. Thank you.”Kohli praised Steyn further saying that Steyn is one of the nicest people to have played for RCB.”This team has been full of very very nice people. He’s been one of the nicest that has ever played for RCB and we are so delighted to have him back. Good luck to him,” Kohli said.Also Read | MS Dhoni magic leaves cricket fraternity in awe: Cricket needs Dhoni to write it’s scriptsAlso Read | MS Dhoni 1st Indian to hit 200 sixes in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | MS Dhoni gave us a massive scare: Virat Kohli after RCB’s thrilling 1-run win over CSKFor 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 IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Dale SteynFollow RCBFollow 10 Year ChallengeFollow Royal Challengers Bangalore Match Ended Bangalore beat Chennai by 1 run Super Over – Series Status: Player Of The Match: Parthiv Patel Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 39 (20.0) 84 (48) Parthiv Patel (BLR) P. Patel (BLR) Bangalore BLR Bangalore Top Bowlers Top Bowlers commentary advertisement Toss: CHE elected to field Top Batsmen Top Batsmen IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn thrilled to be reunited as RCB win 2 in a rowVirat Kohli and Dale Styen looked at side-by-side photos of them celebrating a win in 2010 and 2019 after Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run on Sunday. 2/29 (4) Scorecard Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Vineet Kulkarni (IND), Rod Tucker (AUS) and Anil Chaudhary (IND) Chennai CHE Chennai view full scorecard Deepak Chahar (CHE) D. Chahar (CHE) vs MS Dhoni (CHE) MS Dhoni (CHE) 160/8 Chennai CHE last_img read more