Day One action in the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament commences at 8.30am with non stop quality contests on the program.Many teams have had the complexion of their sides changed markedly due to retirements, unavailability due to the recent involvement of some key players in Australia’s successful defence of the Federation of International Touch World Cup, and the changing of the guard in several divisions.Defending champions in the Men’s 40s division, Scorpions get the action underway with an eagerly anticipated contest with traditional rivals Mets on Field One first up to whet the appetite for what promises to be a feast of fast and furious action all day.The star studded Sharks Men’s 35s team make their first appearance on the showcase field later in the day, whilst the crack Scorpions Women’s outfit will be looking to get their campaign for an unprecedented fourth title off to a winning start when they take on the Brisbane Cobras.Six fields will be operating and despite steady rain, the fans can look forward to some exciting clashes as NTL Permits battle it out for supremacy across seven divisions.8.30am Men’s 40s: Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s: Rustlers v SharksMen’s 50s: Rustlers v CobrasMen’s 45s: Sharks v RustlersMen’s 45s: Hornets v Suns9.20amMen’s 40s: Eagles v SunsMen’s 40s: Barbarians v HornetsMen’s 45s: Scorpions v EaglesMen’s 50s: Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s: Eagles v ScorpionsMen’s 50s: Mets v ACT10.10amWomen’s 30s: Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s: Sharks v CyclonesWomen’s 30s: ACT v RustlersMen’s 50s: Sharks v HornetsMen’s 40s: Cyclones v WarriorsMen’s 50s: Cyclones v Eagles11.00amMen’s 35s: Sharks v SunsMen’s 30s: Suns v BarbariansMen’s 30s: Cyclones v RustlersWomen’s 40s: Scorpions v CyclonesWomen’s 40s: Hornets v Cobras11.50amMen’s 35s: Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s: Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s: Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s: Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s: Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s: Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s: Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s: Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s: Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s: Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s: Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s: Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s: Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s: Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s: Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s: Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s: Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s: Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s: Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s: Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s: Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s: Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s: Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s: Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s: ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s: Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s: Suns v MetsMen’s 40s: Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s: Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s: Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s: Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s: Mets v SunsMen’s 30s: Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s: Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s: Cobras v Rustlers
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender Evans: Newcastle will be toughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Jonny Evans expects a tough “challenge” against Newcastle United.Evans believes Newcastle will adopt the same gameplan that earned the Magpies victory last time out for their upcoming fixture. He said: “Our experience of Newcastle last year was that they sat in and defended deep, and we found it difficult to break them down.“That was a challenge that when the manager came to the club, he wanted to help us in that aspect – of setting our team up and being able to work teams that are going to sit in against us, which is becoming quite a common theme.Newcastle did that very well against us last year, so I think they’ll come with the same game plan.”
ODENSE, Denmark – Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) plans to establish a 40,000-square-metre cannabis production facility in Odense, Denmark to cater to the Scandinavian country’s medical marijuana patients.The new facility comes under a joint venture announced in September between Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer and European hemp producer Danish Cannabis ApS, called Spectrum Denmark.The companies say the production facility in Denmark’s third-largest city is expected to have more than 125 staff and serve approximately 60,000 patients.Some 30,000 square metres of existing greenhouse infrastructure could be converted as soon as early 2018, subject to regulatory approval and licensing, the companies say.While Spectrum Denmark goes through the process of getting its license for production, it expects to import cannabis products from Canada.This comes as Canopy and other Canadian marijuana companies look to increase their international footprint to benefit from future growth in countries such as Jamaica, Germany and Brazil.“The Danish market is a stable, attractive market for a number of strategic reasons,” Bruce Linton, chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth said in a statement. “In Denmark, we see a strong pharmaceutical industry with an equally strong research tradition as well as a skilled labour pool and attractive energy rates.”
Bhopal: An average 28.01 per cent voter turnout was recorded till Sunday noon in eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh, an election official said. Voting was underway since 7 am in a peaceful manner in Bhopal, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha and Rajgarh constituencies in the third phase of elections in the state, state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. “During mock poll conducted before the actual voting began, 30 to 40 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were changed because of some technical problems,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The voting figures till noon were: Morena 24.29 per cent, Bhind 21.99 per cent, Gwalior 22.96 per cent, Guna 34.11 per cent, Sagar 30.3 per cent, Vidisha 33.8 per cent, Bhopal 26.15 per cent and Rajgarh 32.39 per cent, he said. Long queues were seen at several booths across the eight constituencies, he said. In Bhopal, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh is locked in a battle with BJP candidate and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia is seeking a re-election from Guna seat, where he cast his vote at a booth early in the morning. His opponent is BJP’s K P Yadav, who is contesting his first parliamentary election. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who is the sitting MP from Gwalior, is contesting from Morena seat this time. Altogether 138 candidates, including 14 women, are in the fray for these eight Lok Sabha seats, of which seven were won by the BJP in 2014. Total 18,141 polling booths have been set up where over 1.44 crore people, including 32,909 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise, the official said. Lok Sabha elections to 29 seats in the state are being held in four phases. The first (in six seats) and second phases (seven seats) were held on April 29 and May 6. Voting for the last phase in eight seats will be held on May 19 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.
ANKARA – Further tickets will be made available as of December 8, 2013, according to FIFA’s Marketing Director Thierry Weil.The 2014 FIFA World Cup second “Random Draw” period’s nearly 230,000 tickets were sold just seven hours after being available on Monday, International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) said.In the first “Random Draw” period, nearly 890,000 tickets were allocated, according to a statement released at FIFA’s website.“Tickets were made available to purchase by fans around the world via FIFA.com. About 62 percent went to Brazilians and 38 percent to international fans. The top five ticket-purchasing nations were Brazil followed by the USA, Australia, England and Argentina”, FIFA said. “As expected, the level of interest was impressive, in fact four times greater than during the first sales window. The high number of applicants lead to some waiting time but overall the system worked well. It was great to see that both internationals and Brazilians were aiming to grab the remaining tickets from the first batch of tickets made available. This clearly shows the huge appeal of attending the FIFA World Cup live in Brazil,” explained FIFA’s Marketing Director Thierry Weil, who is responsible for ticketing. Fans looking to attend next year’s flagship football event will have further chances. “Further tickets for all 64 matches will be made available after the Final Draw as soon as the second sales phase kicks off on December 8, 2013, once the final match schedule for the group stage matches is known,” FIFA said.The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament, that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. The World Cup is among the world’s most widely viewed sporting events.
Anything worth having is worth waiting for.That old maxim applies to both Carlos Hyde’s yearlong wait to take the field with his Ohio State football teammates and also to the wait Buckeye fans have endured to see him suit up.Because when he does suit up, Carlos Hyde is impressive indeed.At an imposing 6-feet-1-inch and 230 pounds, Hyde is the type of big, physical back that gives opposing defensive coordinators fits, as well as any defensive backs unlucky enough to be caught in his path if he breaks into the secondary.The reason for Hyde’s wait is academic, literally. Reports indicate that Hyde did not manage a high enough ACT score to be eligible at the same time as his fellow recruits from last year’s class. He spent some time at the Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia while improving his score and he played on the post-graduate team there. In the process, he missed out on a Big Ten championship season and a Rose Bowl victory. Those should be reasons enough to drive the Naples High School product this season.When Hyde is on the field, he is a force. Over the span of his junior and senior years in high school, Hyde totaled 2,599 rushing yards to go with 29 touchdowns. A year ago, SuperPrep.com had him listed as the No. 61 overall prospect.The general consensus on Hyde amongst the many different recruit-monitoring Web sites is that he is a four-star talent. They all agree that his combination of size and strength will be a valuable asset to the OSU backfield.What remains to be seen is whether it will be as a change-of-pace runner or as a bruising back capable of carrying the ball 20 to 25 times a game, a la former Buckeye Chris “Beanie” Wells.Kevin Noon, managing editor of BuckeyeGrove.com, says the comparisons may not be fair and that Hyde will have a lot of work to do if he is to reach the level of production from Wells’ freshman year, which saw him play a key role in a victory over Michigan.“While Hyde is a physical runner, he is not as fast as Wells was when coming out of Akron Garfield,” Noon said.When Noon refers to Hyde as a physical runner, there is plenty of tape to back it up. Hyde was originally listed as a fullback, and he was adept enough at the position to be listed as the No. 1 fullback prospect in the country by Scout.com and Rivals.com.But OSU coach Jim Tressel and his brother, running backs coach Dick Tressel, envision Hyde as a power-back to complement the speedsters who are already in a crowded OSU backfield.The Buckeyes return running backs by committee Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon Saine, who handled the bulk of the duty last season, as well as speedster Jaamal Berry. That doesn’t even account for Hyde’s fellow incoming freshman back Roderick Smith.Noon sees Hyde with an advantage, as he is already enrolled at OSU.“He will have a leg up on other members of his class, being a year older,” Noon said. “He will be a solid change of pace for the Ohio State running game, being very unique to the current stable of runners.”Hyde came to the colder climes of Columbus from Naples, Fla. But he was not wholly unfamiliar with Ohio, as he has family in Cincinnati.The temperature change will be the least of Hyde’s worries as he adjusts to play in the physical Big Ten. Like any high school player transitioning to college, he may not be fully prepared for the sheer size of the defensive linemen and linebackers he will be facing on a routine basis. Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com thinks he has the skills to handle it.Helwagen describes Hyde as “a big power-back with deceptive fluidity between the tackles.” Helwagen said Hyde appears to be a strictly “north-south” runner when you look at his size, but that he will be able to surprise some with his quick first step.These will all be tools Hyde will need if he wants to join the pantheon of great running backs who have taken the field for the Scarlet and Gray.
Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball during a game against Purdue March 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 63-61.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — In postseason college basketball, winning supersedes all.Teams come into their conference’s respective tournaments with different amounts of dependance on each game — a win or two could help bolster an NCAA Tournament résumé. A bad loss could hurt seeding in the tournament, or a program could need to run the table to secure its spot in the big dance.Ohio State’s tournament life is likely secure, but dropping a first-round game in the Big Ten Tournament to a team with a losing record — Purdue — wouldn’t have done the team any favors as far as seeding goes come Selection Sunday.But the Buckeyes in fact survived to play another day with a chance at the Big Ten Title, defeating the Boilermakers, 63-61, Thursday.The outcome wasn’t decided, however, until Purdue senior guard Terone Johnson’s final 3-pointer fell hopelessly to the floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But a win is a win — the Buckeyes are now 23-9 all time in the Big Ten Tournament — and OSU is looking to further bolster its argument for a higher seed in the Big Dance when it plays in the quarterfinals Friday. Their opponent might come as a bit of a surprise to diehard Buckeye fans — Nebraska.Yes, Nebraska.The Cornhuskers (19-11, 11-7) earned the tournament’s fourth seed after dispatching then-No. 9 Wisconsin, 77-68, Sunday at home, and the program has been trending upward since Tim Miles took over prior to the 2012-13 season. Nebraska finished 12-18 the year before Miles arrived, but the coach has brought a new energy and aura to the program — even splitting games with OSU this season.The second meeting between the two teams was a 68-62 win for the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Neb., a game that was the fourth consecutive loss for the Buckeyes. The rematch is a game senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said he’s been looking forward to playing ever since that loss.“I’m so ready to play these guys. Obviously when we lost to them up there and they stormed the court … but we get another crack at them,” Smith Jr. said after the win Thursday. “I’m expecting the team that I know this team can be to show up tomorrow and play those guys. I’m pretty sure everybody remembers that.”OSU shot 39.6 percent from the field in the loss, including making just six of 21 shots from beyond the arc. A pair of sophomores, guard Shavon Shields and forward Terran Petteway, paced the Huskers with 18 points each in the win, getting in the lane and drawing fouls to ultimately go a combined 10-13 from the free throw line.Nebraska also won eight of 10 games to close out the regular season to earn the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.“They’re on a roll right now. They are playing great basketball, and obviously Shields and Petteway are doing a good job,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after his team’s victory against Purdue. “They’ve got guys that can stretch the defense, they’re shooting the ball well. I think they’re playing as well as anybody in the country right now.”Buckeye senior guard Aaron Craft tallied a team-high 12 points against Nebraska in the Jan. 20 loss, eight of which came from the free throw line. He finished with 16 Thursday against Purdue, also swiping three of OSU’s nine steals in the game.Craft said after the win against Purdue, shutting down the potent Nebraska guard play Friday is going to be a team effort.“It’s got to be a big defensive game for us. They’ve got bigs that can shoot the ball, and obviously Petteway and Shields, who are playing great basketball right now,” Craft said. “It’s going to be a big team defensive effort for us.”At times against the Boilermakers, OSU seemed disinterested, nearly sleepwalking its way to an early exit in what has been an up and down year. Doing the same against Nebraska, however, would yield a different result, Smith Jr. said.“Obviously, guys’ minds weren’t right (against Purdue),” he said. “We got Nebraska rolling in here, and they beat us already this year and I’m pretty sure they think they can beat us again.”Junior center Amir Williams — who had six points and grabbed nine rebounds against Purdue — said he believes Nebraska is on the bubble, but a win against OSU would go a long way for the team’s tournament hopes.“They’ve been on a tremendous run as of late. We have that in the back of our minds, we want to win, they want to win. If they win, I think they’re in the tournament. Right now they’re still on the bubble, we’re still playing for something so they’re still playing for something,” Williams said after the game Thursday. “We’re worried about ourselves, take it out on them Friday and get a victory.”Tipoff Friday is set for 25 minutes after the completion of No. 8 Michigan and Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drives down the baseline in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ win against Rutgers on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRutgers stayed within striking distance of the No. 13 Ohio State women’s basketball team for the majority of the first quarter and trailed by just one point when Buckeye head coach Kevin McGuff called a timeout with two minutes remaining. Ohio State responded from that timeout with a 35-15 run to cruise into halftime with what proved to be an insurmountable 51-30 lead.The Buckeyes rode their early lead to a 90-68 victory against the Scarlet Knights Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center.During the first-half run, Ohio State (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten) hit six 3-pointers. The Buckeyes went 11-for-22 from beyond the arc and hit 56 percent of their shots. They held Rutgers (18-8, 6-6 Big Ten) to just 39 percent shooting. Rutgers went 4-of-19 from 3.“We started getting some stops and then the stops were leading to transition basketball,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought that’s what really allowed us to kind of get some separation in the game.”Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell had a team-high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting. She hit 5-of-6 triples. Five other Buckeyes scored in double-figures, including redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who dropped 12 points and corralled a game-high 13 rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun hit 3-of-5 3s and scored 17 points.Ohio State entered the game ranked first in the Big Ten in turnover ratio, but Rutgers followed closely behind, ranking second in the conference. The Scarlet Knights proved to be no match in terms of ball control for the majority of the first half, however. The Buckeyes held a 14-12 turnover advantage and scored 25 points off turnovers.“People have different philosophies, but we’re really aggressive when we turn somebody over,” McGuff said. “I thought our kids made good decisions, too, in transition about shot selection. Sometimes you can get going kind of fast and take bad shots, but I didn’t think we did that tonight.”Ohio State’s win against Rutgers was its fourth victory in a row and the fourth game it held its opponents to 68 points or fewer. This is the lowest opponents have scored in a four-game stretch since McGuff was hired five seasons ago. The win streak comes following a three-game losing streak in which the Buckeyes gave up 84 points to Michigan, 99 points to Maryland and 103 points to Iowa.“I personally think the losing streak that we were on motivated us to do better and separate ourselves from our opponents,” redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said. “We just looked back, watched some film and tried to get better from those games. It’s been showing for the last four games.”The Buckeyes assisted on 20 of their made shots. Though senior guard Asia Doss struggled with her shot (1-for-7), she led the game with seven assists. Senior guard Tyler Scaife, the only Scarlet Knight who averaged more than seven points per game entering the contest, led Rutgers with 27 points. But she hit just 12-of-27 shots from the field. Rutgers held a hefty 40-32 rebound edge. The Scarlet Knights nearly had as many offensive rebounds (24) as the Buckeyes had defensive rebounds (21). This led to the visiting team scoring 21 second-chance points. McGuff said the Buckeyes struggled to get a body on Rutgers’ rebounders and that his team played more zone than usual, which was effective when defending, but not when rebounding.With redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman day-to-day and sitting out with a neck injury Wednesday’s game, Ohio State added sophomore guard Jensen Caretti to its eight-person rotation. She scored two points in 14 minutes.The Buckeyes will be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday when they take on South Florida in an unusual non-conference road game late in the season.
France captain Hugo Lloris is braced for a challenging encounter against the World Cup’s “most complete team” in Belgium in today’s semi-final tieLes Bleus will be participating in their sixth World Cup semi-final today against Belgium’s “golden generation”, who are unbeaten in their previous 24 matches and have won all their games at Russia.Roberto Martinez’s side proved their title credentials in the previous knockout round, where they eliminated Brazil with a convincing 2-1 win over the former world champions.And Lloris is aware it will require a team effort to stop the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.“In attack, Belgium boast plenty of quality — they also have strength in depth,” said Lloris, according to ESPN.Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We must be solid — the answer is to work collectively, be as structured as possible, and disciplined to avoid giving them much space.“They are confident after that wild comeback against Japan and the beating the favourites Brazil — I reckon that the Belgians will be very confident coming into this one.“This Belgium is the most complete team at the World Cup, in terms of every aspect. They can defend and attack, they can counter-attack, they can dominate in the air or on the ground — they have everything that they need to be a great team and they are, in fact, a great team.”The two nations will face off at the Saint Petersburg stadium at 20:00 (GMT +2).
Michael Carrick has praised Jose Mourinho attitude of sticking to Manchester United’s long-standing tradition of bringing through young players.United are well known for giving young players a chance to showcase their talents with the famous ‘Class of 92’ and the ‘Busby Babes’ experiencing great success.However, Mourinho’s adaptation to the ‘United way’, in regard to youth, has surprised many – with Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay becoming regular fixtures during his tenure.“He does get the history,” said Carrick according to Sky Sports, now part of the first-team coaching staff since retiring as a player.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“For the manager to put him [Rashford] in and play him… and Scott [McTominay] last year… and give them games, big games as well.“The manager has to take a lot of credit for that. That’s the constant challenge though, isn’t it? That’s what everyone wants to see, that next one.“They say it’s getting harder. But that’s a challenge for us as a club and for English football – you might not get tens and twenties, you might get five or six players – but it’s got to keep happening.”