NT State Titles this Weekend

first_imgThe annual Northern Territory State Titles will be held this weekend in Darwin. Matches commence Friday 2 May at 6pm, with the titles concluding on Sunday.The Titles will see Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, along with an Under 18 and Senior Mixed divisions.  The competition is looking fierce with teams from Gove, Alice Springs, Islands, Borroloola and Darwin clubs along with players from Katherine.Open Men’s Dream Team and Cazaly Crocs are looking to be favourites, but watch out for Alice Springs with Kelvin Caspani and Daniel Forrester in the team they will be hard to beat. It will be great to see newcomers Borroloola and also have Tiwi Island back again.In the Women’s Division Crocs are starting to show some great form, along with Scorpians and Bulls it should be a good close competition.In the Under 18 Mixed the competition should be fought out between Sharks, Titans and Sweet As Bro, with latter name created by Australian Indigenous Player Jordan AhSam, inspired from her recent Indigeous Tour of New Zealand experience. Senior Mixed also has a good variety of teams with two Gove Teams, two Darwin teams and with a combination Alice Springs/Darwin team should be a great comp. For the full draw and results visit the NT State Titles websitelast_img read more

Pat Banks Charity Day

first_imgThis is the most aggressive tumour in existence and unfortunately, is an incurable condition. The medical expense involved in giving Pat the best quality of life is considerable, so to help the family off set this cost, Sunshine Coast Touch has joined forces with the Banks family to organise the “Pat Banks Fight for Life 5-a-side Mixed Touch Charity Day”. This will be a great day of fun, fitness, and friendship as we come together to play a bit of tippy tap, have a lot of laughs, enjoy some good food, drink and company, and help raise some funds for a very worthy cause and a most deserving friend of the Touch community. Nominations – $150 per team Date – Sunday 16th May Time – Games will start at 9am Nominations Close – Saturday 8th May 2010 Divisions – Mixed Juniors Under 17, Mixed Opens, Mixed Seniors. Venue – Caboolture Touch Fields, Morayfield.Related Filespatbanks_fundraiser_webuse-jpgpat_banks_nomination_form-doclast_img read more

10 months ago​Liverpool striker Firmino: Chasing ‘Invincibles’ not impossible

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool striker Firmino: Chasing ‘Invincibles’ not impossibleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino has admitted they are thinking about emulating Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ this season.As the Reds overcame Manchester United 3-1, they are still unbeaten in the league.While they still have a long road ahead to finish the whole league season unbeaten, it is a goal they want to achieve.”Of course it’s very difficult to stay unbeaten in this league,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.”We’ll only do it with hard work.”That’s what we’ve been doing until now, including going back right to the start when we came back for pre-season.”We need to keep focused and fighting until the end to reach our goals and see where that gets us by the end of the season.”This team has lofty ambitions and aims high. We are going for titles, we are a big club, we are always fighting for trophies.”We’ll continue playing well, the way we are, and we’ll see where it gets us.” last_img read more

Trump SoHo to shed Trump amid reports of sagging business

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The Trump SoHo hotel is dropping the name it shares with the U.S. president.The Trump Organization said Wednesday that it is ending its licensing deal with the New York hotel amid reports that the property has struggled to attract business.The company owned by President Donald Trump said that it has signed a deal with the owners of the hotel and residential tower to end management of the property and the use of the Trump name. The announcement comes as the company’s other hotels and resorts around the world are showing mixed results.The tower in the hip, touristy Manhattan neighbourhood of SoHo has been the source of controversy and trouble for years.One of its original backers turned out to be a businessman convicted in a Mafia-linked stock fraud scheme. Later, Trump’s three oldest children were alleged to have defrauded buyers of condominiums in the building in a case that was settled in 2011.Last month, a New York City prosecutor who had dropped a probe sparked by the fraud suit returned a $32,000 campaign contribution from a lawyer who represented the Trump Organization in the investigation. The prosecutor said the contribution had no impact on his decision to drop the probe.There have also been signs of business trouble recently at the Trump SoHo. Its sushi restaurant closed earlier this year, and The New York Times has reported a drop in room rates at the hotel and slow sales of condos in the residential part of the building.The president’s company said it would have no comment beyond its news release announcing the move. As is the case with many Trump-branded properties, the Trump Organization doesn’t own the Trump SoHo.Other hotels and resorts bearing the Trump name appear to be struggling, while some are booming.Last month, the British government published financial statements showing losses more than doubled at his two golf clubs in Scotland last year. Business at his golf courses in Los Angeles and New York City are also down, according to reports based on government records.His opulent Washington, D.C., hotel is doing fine, though, attracting lobbyists and foreign diplomats with business in the capital.The Trump Organization described its agreement with CIM Group and other owners of the Trump SoHo as a buyout deal that will allow it to end its management and licensing agreement by the end of the year.last_img read more

Mike DAntoni Phil Jackson Both Surprised By Lakers Hire

Mike D’Antoni said he was as surprised as Phil Jackson that the Los Angeles Lakers hired him as coach over the 11-time champion Jackson.D’Antoni told the New York Daily News that he assumed, like most everybody else, that Jackson was a lock to return to the job and replace Mike Brown, who was fired just five games with the team at 1-4.“Sure I did,” the former Suns and Knicks coach told the newspaper when asked if he thought the job was Jackson’s. “For sure I did. Didn’t everybody? When I got the call that it was me, my first reaction was, ‘Are you serious?’??”A league source told ESPN.com that D’Antoni received a three-year deal worth $12 million with a club option in the fourth year. D’Antoni’s agent Warren LeGarie confirmed the deal late Sunday night, several hours after the Lakers beat Sacramento 103-90 for their second straight win under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff.The Lakers said they plan to hold a news conference most likely on Tuesday or Wednesday. In a statement released by the team, Lakers spokesperson John Black said team owner Jerry Buss, executive vice president Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak were “unanimous that D’Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time.”Jackson said he told Kupchak and Buss that he had “confidence that (he) could do the job” when he met with them about returning to coach the Lakers on Saturday.Jackson then left the meeting with a handshake and understanding “that (he) would have until Monday (today) to come back to them with (his) decision.”Jackson was prepared to return to the Lakers on Monday morning if negotiations between his agent and the team went well, a league source told ESPN late Sunday night. But before he could do so, Jackson said Kupchak woke him around midnight on Sunday and told him the team had instead signed D’Antoni.“The decision is of course theirs to make,” Jackson said in a statement. “I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker Fans who endorsed my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.”D’Antoni said he was excited to be reunited with point guard Steve Nash, who he coached in Phoenix for five seasons. Nash won back-to-back NBA MVP awards (2004-05, 2005-06) running D’Antoni’s signature up-tempo offense, and they won at least 54 games in each of D’Antoni’s last four seasons.“To get one more chance to have him run the thing the way he did for me before (in Phoenix), well, that’s the kind of thing you never think is going to happen. But now it has,” he told the newspaper.D’Antoni coached the Knicks for the past four seasons, resigning last March after a largely unsuccessful tenure featuring just one playoff appearance and no postseason victories.D’Antoni said he considered himself “lucky or even blessed” to get the opportunity to coach the Lakers.“I like this team,” D’Antoni told the newspaper. “We’re good, and we’re gonna get better.” read more

Former Ohio State basketball player Aaron Craft signs with Golden State Warriors

Then-junior guard Aaron Craft (4) shoots a game-winning 3-pointer during the March 24 NCAA Tournament game against Iowa State. With the 78-75 win, OSU advanced to the Sweet 16.Lantern file photoOne of the four players that left the Ohio State men’s basketball program following the 2013-14 season has found a home in the NBA, at least temporarily.Former OSU guard Aaron Craft has signed a partially-guaranteed contract and has accepted an invitation to attend training camp with the Golden State Warriors, after playing for their NBA Summer League team in July, according to a report by the Bay Area News Group.Following the announcement of the news, Craft, who went undrafted in June’s NBA Draft, tweeted his thoughts on the deal from his Twitter account, @ACraft4.Excited & grateful for the opportunity to take part in the @warriors training camp!The work has only just begun… #Blessed #Hungry— Aaron Craft (@ACraft4) August 6, 2014During his time with the Warriors’ Summer League team, Craft averaged 7.4 points per game, shot 45 percent from the floor and netted 2.6 steals per game, all the while earning some high praise from Golden State coach Steve Kerr.Kerr wasn’t shy in his praise for the former Buckeye, lauding his defense and calling him a “winner” throughout Summer League play.There is no date set for the start of Warriors training camp for the 2014-15 season, according to the team’s website. read more

Football NCAA officially adopts early signing period

OSU coach Urban Meyer is interviewed during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNational Signing Day will come a little earlier for student-athletes in the 2018-19 football recruiting class.The NCAA announced on Monday that it has officially adopted an early signing period for football recruits following the approval by the Collegiate Commissioners Association, the governing body for the National Letter of Intent program. The new rule will allow recruits to sign a letter of intent to play for a collegiate program within a 72-hour period between the dates of Dec. 22 and 25.As expected, the Collegiate Commissioners Association has approved a 72-hour football early signing period beginning Dec. 20. pic.twitter.com/m8AzLf8crN— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) May 8, 2017Previously, prospective student-athletes for football were unable to officially sign a letter of intent until the first Wednesday in the month of February.The CCA added in their release that while this will change the signing period for high school recruits, the period for junior college students to transfer remains between Dec. 20, 2017 and Jan. 15, 2018.The rule change had been approved on April 14 during a meeting held among the NCAA Division I council and the American Football Coaches Association, but the change could not be made official until the CCA approved the change in a vote.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke out against the proposal back on Sept. 26, 2016, saying that an early signing period would be forcing young kids to make a decision too early. He also said that as a coach, it would be difficult for him to be able to know exactly where a kid will be physically by the time he starts playing collegiate football, citing the physical development of his son during a six-month period.“Bodies change and the game of football, I want as much time, I want to watch them play their senior year,” Meyer said. “I wish we would move it back. Everybody is talking about moving it forward and having an early signing period — and I heard July, early signing date. That means they’re going to be visiting here, some of them, 16 years old. Most 17 years old. Without some of them SAT or ACT score. Doesn’t make sense. And if I’m a high school coach, I’m not in favor of that at all either.” read more

Softball Ohio State heads to Knoxville to begin NCAA tournament

OSU senior Lena Springer (26) pitches during the game against Rutgers on April 1 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Emily Hetterscheidt | For The LanternIt’s hard to believe Minnesota shut out Ohio State’s softball team 6-0 in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday when you hear the Buckeye players speak.“I just think we’re kind of firing on all cylinders right now,” senior pitcher Shelby Hursh said. “The pitching’s doing well. Hitting is back around. Our defense, we were amazing last weekend.”“I just think, when all that comes together, we’re so good and I don’t think you can ignore that.”The team was happy with the result — OSU’s first appearance in the Big Ten tournament championship game in 10 years — but believes there is more to be accomplished.“We have a lot of unfinished business to handle and we’re not going to just bow down,” sophomore infielder Lilli Piper said.The Buckeyes (36-16) will look to back up their words when they head south to take on South Carolina-Upstate (41-11)  in Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.OSU earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament and was placed into the Knoxville Regional as the No. 2 seed with USC-Upstate, Longwood and No. 8 Tennessee. Last year, OSU also competed in the Knoxville Regional, but was knocked out after falling to Arizona (2-0) and Tennessee (10-1).If the Buckeyes beat USC-Upstate, they will face the winner of Friday’s Tennessee-Longwood matchup. But if they lose, they will face the loser of Tennessee-Longwood and would have to win their next four games to avoid elimination. “Just knowing that coming out as strong as possible so people then know that we mean business and we’re there. Coming out and playing strong the very first game, knowing that no one’s going to stop us,” Piper said.Unlike OSU, who throwsfour pitchers, only two players have thrown more than 20 innings in the circle for the Spartans all season — seniors Lexi Shubert and Holly McKinnon.McKinnon is 24-7 with a 1.36 ERA, having pitched 196 innings with 207 strikeouts. Shubert has a 19-4 record with a 1.43 ERA in 156.1 innings. Despite the duo’s success, Piper is certain her team will be able to get on base and accumulate runs.“I think just being relaxed, knowing that our offense is going to be better than their pitching and that’s what, in our head, is important to us,” Piper said. “That there’s no one that they’re going to put that we’re not going to go right through them.Piper, a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, leads the team in batting average (.424), home runs (17), RBIs (51), runs (46), slugging percentage (.785) and on-base percentage (.420). Seven OSU starters maintain a batting average higher than .270.Upstate batters don’t struggle to reach base either as eight players have batting averages higher than .285. The Spartans have proven dangerous once they get on base as five of their players have stolen at least 10 bases. Sophomore shortstop Ashley Gilstrap leads the team with a .343 average and has converted 32 steals on 34 attempts.OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said Hursh will likely be the starting pitcher against Upstate on Friday. She feels confident in Hursh and her other pitchers because they’re facing fresh competition.“I think it’s an advantage to our pitchers that these hitters haven’t seen them again and again,” she said. “I mean, Michigan State saw us for the fourth time in like three weeks (in the Big Ten tournament). I think it will help our pitchers have a better mindset because they know that these hitters haven’t seen them.”Hursh holds a 15-5 record with a 2.33 ERA. She leads the team with 129 innings pitched, 115 strikeouts and five shutouts. Kovach Schoenly signs extensionOn Wednesday, OSU announced Kovach Schoenly would remain the Buckeyes’ coach through the 2020 season as her contract was extended four years.The softball coach came to OSU after spending six seasons at the helm of Miami (Ohio). Since she took over in Columbus in 2013, the Buckeyes hold a 163-105-1 record and the team has made the NCAA tournament twice. OSU’s 35 wins this season are the team’s most since 2010.“The program is in a good place as athletes have excelled in the classroom, on the field with back to back NCAA bids and in the community with increased fan support,” said T.J. Shelton, associate athletics director for sports administration in a press release. “This is a clear sign that it’s heading in an upward trajectory.”Kovach Schoenly’s 163 wins at OSU are the most by any softball coach in their first five years at the school in program history. read more

How Fabian Delph persuaded Guardiola to be part of his plans

first_imgThe former Leeds and Aston Villa player Fabian Delph said his diet helped him to cut out the muscle injuries that had dogged his career. It also helped him persuade Guardiola to make him part of his plans despite his major overhaul of the City squad.He also admits he is one of the best examples of a player who has benefited from Guardiola’s influence both inside and outside the pitch, according to Daily Mail.“I changed my diet in terms of getting it more balanced. I cut out red meat and sugar and started eating more greens, more vegetables,” said Delph. “We’ve got a fantastic nutritionist at the club, Tom Parry, and he has helped me tremendously. I only had a couple of niggles all season which is fantastic for me.”Everton’s 25 million pound man Gbamin out for 3 months George Patchias – August 26, 2019 Everton’s 25 million pound summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin has been ruled out for up to 3 months.The Ivory Coast international, joined the Goodison Park…“He’s fantastic. For me, he is a genius,” said Delph. “He has opened my eyes to so much. I didn’t picture football like Pep does. He’s painted the pictures for me.“I stayed mentally strong, and I knew if I got my opportunity to play I could contribute and help the lads win games.“I’m a very traditional English guy who believes in hard work and dedication and giving it absolutely everything. I’m there to fight and pick up second balls, to be that old English type of player, but he has reinvented me.last_img read more

Denmark vs France Lineups announced

first_imgFrance have made six changes to their line-up with captain Hugo Lloris dropped in favour of Steve Mandanda, while Denmark have made three changes of their own with the victor of today’s game set to top Group CDenmark are looking to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since the 2002 tournament and will likely turn to playmaker Christian Eriksen to inspire the side for the decisive clash with just one point needed to ensure their place in the Round of 16.The Tottenham midfielder has scored 17 goals in his last 20 appearances for the national side.Head coach Age Hareide has replaced Nicolai Jorgensen with Andreas Cornelius up top with Mathias Jorgensen coming in for Lasse Schone.The suspended Yussuf Poulsen is replaced by Martin Braithwaite.?? ???? #DENFRA ???? #WorldCup TEAM NEWS ??Here are the Starting XI of Denmark for their group match against France. #DEN #ForDanmark pic.twitter.com/9uSvzvRlPc— SBOBET (@SBOBET) June 26, 2018Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps has elected to drop captain Lloris in favour of Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda with Samuel Umtiti and Benjamin Pavard also out of the starting line-up.Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe have been rested.?? ???? #DENFRA ???? #WorldCup TEAM NEWS ??Here are the starters for France in their final match in Group C against Denmark.#FRA #Fiersdetrebleus pic.twitter.com/YtnYVCyKql— SBOBET (@SBOBET) June 26, 2018The match will begin at 16:00 (GMT +2) at the Luzhniki Stadium.last_img read more