A pair of ramps to Interstate 29 in Sioux City’s metro corridor are re-opening at 5pm today (Friday).The Iowa Department of Transportation says the northbound Interstate 29 off-ramp to Wesley Parkway, which is exit 148, as well as the northbound I-29 on-ramp from Floyd Boulevard and Virginia Street are both re-opening for motorists.The D-O-T says lane restrictions will exist to allow for on-going construction activities.
Nebraska officials have subpoenaed more than 400 Roman Catholic churches and institutions in the state seeking any records related to child sexual assault or abuse.The move was announced Tuesday by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, which had last summer asked Nebraska’s three Catholic diocese to voluntarily turn over records of child sex abuse dating back decades.The office says the Nebraska Department of Justice appreciates the churches’ voluntary cooperation, but believes “subpoenas are necessary in order to ensure all reports of impropriety have been submitted to the appropriate authorities.”The subpoenas seek all records or information related to any child sexual abuse that has occurred by those employed or associated with each church or institution, whether previously reported or not.
Nebraska’s state government collected more tax revenue than expected in May.The Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state received a net of $439 million, which is 11.3% above the official forecast of $395 million.The department says net sales-and-use, individual and corporate income and miscellaneous taxes were all higher than expected for the month.Nebraska’s net tax collections are also above projections for the current fiscal year that ends June 30th.The state has collected nearly $4.37 billion as of May 31, which is 3.4% above the forecast of $4.22 billion.The comparisons are based on the February predictions of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board.
Photo Attribution: US PresswireThese are from the Miles/Gundy era (the non-dark ages). Speaking of, we need a good name for the last 10 years…maybe it’s just the Gundy era since he was the OC under Miles for a while. Maybe it’s the “we score more every week than we did every season in the 90s” era. I don’t know but I’m willing to take suggestions.I know this is going to be difficult for some of you to swallow but sometimes I like (and appreciate) great OSU games that result in losses more than I do the wins.That’s crazy, I know, but if you’re Andy Roddick that ’09 Wimbledon final has to be more special than, say, a random Cincinnati Open you won in the mid-2000s, doesn’t it?There’s this dark beauty to the great ones, the devastating losses, that just isn’t there in the Savannah State games, the Kansas games. Does the 3OT Durant game in GIA mean less if Boggan doesn’t hit the final three. I argue no but I know some of you would disagree. Anyway, on to my top five[1. Strangely I attended all five of these games. That’s college I guess…].5. The 2005 game in Stillwater – When D’Juan caught the play-action pass on 4th and 1 and then the one-handed tipped ball later on for a score you thought magic might happen in Stillwater with #2 in town. But Vince Young happened and they put up 38 straight in a game that wasn’t as close as the 19-point final margin.4. The 2008 game in Austin – This is one of the underrated games of the Zac era. Kendall Hunter had 19 touches for 191 all-purpose yards and we came within a 50-yard bomb of upending #1 in their house.3. The 2011 game in Austin – Save the heart-stopping Justin Gilbert kick return this was one of the more dull games of the Weeden/Blackmon era. If you call being the first team to go back-to-back in Austin in consecutive years since the early 1900s “dull.”2. The 2007 game in Stillwater – This game destroyed me. Zac broke the passing yardage mark with 430 but Texas put up 24 points in the last 12 minutes to sneak out with a 38-35 win. Other than the 2004 Bedlam affair this was the one football loss that really affected me. Mack on Colt afterwards: “the last nine minutes of the game, he never blinked.” Strangely I don’t think I did either.1. The 2010 game in Austin – The shedding of a 70-year-old gorilla off our collective backs. Blackmon’s personal introduction to the national stage. Mack on Weeds: “[he] was unbelievable. He made some throws tonight very few college quarterbacks can make.”Here’s to this year’s version topping off this list and giving us our first W against them in Stillwater since 1997 (and second ever!)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Vegas is missing a golden opportunity here with Wes Lunt’s future up in the air so I’ll go ahead and capitalize on it and give you the odds on where Lunt ends up. Do with your money amongst yourselves as you wish…Yesterday Joe Schad informed us it’s down to Tennessee, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, and Illinois. I’m not sure where he’s getting this info — what if @WesLunt is just DMing every reporter in the country (how funny would that be?) — but I believe him.So let’s get to the schools:Southern Miss (2-1)It was always going to be Hattiesburg, wasn’t it? Monken tweeted — potentially after a couple of late-afternoon Bud heavies — last Friday and it was just over from there:Oh boy….. RT @CoachToddMonken: Really, REALLY EXCITED right now!!!— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 10, 2013I’m not sure what the Monken-Lunt love is all about (maybe Lunt has an uncle who’s a beer or cigarette distributor?) but it’s definitely strong. Lunt is probably throwing darts at a Brett Favre throwback poster as we speak.Illinois (5-1)It’s home. Their offense sucks so he’ll play right away — I didn’t actually look up their offense but I’m assuming that since they’re in the Big 10 and didn’t play in the Rose Bowl last year that their offense sucks. Plus he’s a a borderline cult hero up there — my Google Analytics page for last football season looked like this:Top cities visiting PFB1. Stillwater2. OKC3. Rochester, Ill4. TulsaLouisville (10-1)My gosh he would throw 45 TDs a year in this offense. I honestly think this would be the best fit for him. You’re going to have one more year of Teddy Bridgewater Teddy Bridgewatering while Lunt redshirts, and then three years of Lunt slinging it around against God-knows-which teams for the three years after that.Be afraid, Tulsa[1. If you are in fact in a conference with Louisville still.]Tennessee (20-1)No, what? I don’t see this at all. Although somebody on Twitter tried to tell me that Tennessee is a step down from OSU as a football program. Come on, guys — let’s be realistic. Tennessee wins since 2000 = 99, OSU wins since 2000 = 98. It’s not a monster step up like it used to be, but it’s not by any stretch of the imagination a step down.Vanderbilt (25-1)For all we know Lunt is a Mensa member and majoring in biomechanical engineering with a minor in advanced statistics. I say “for all we know” because he talked to the media like twice in his 15 months at OSU. This would be a strange move (I know OSU is the Princeton of the Midwest but…well…yeah) for him both academically and athletically. I don’t see it happening so 25-1 feels right.Happy *not gambling.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Hopefully this is the last we’ll discuss this for a while. The Big 12 responded to all the outrage from the OSU-Texas game on Saturday (which included a national analyst suggesting the game was fixed).“There were a lot of things that did happen in the game,” Big 12 supervisor of officials Walt Anderson said on Monday to the Austin-American Statesman. This is the same arm of the Big 12 that once (might have) apologized to OSU for botching that fumble call at the end of the 2012 OSU-Texas game.“It was a tough game to work from an officiating standpoint.” Translation: Both teams sucked.“Overall, I was pleased with the way the guys worked. Three were a few mistakes — and I emphasize a few — and you want to learn from them,” added Anderson.“I’ve been working on that (Texas game) all day. I’ve seen the whole tape. I evaluate every play, and I think we got the vast majority right. The good news was the vast majority of fouls were there and correctly called.“Unfortunately, a couple of them were missed, and we’ll correct that. I’ve never seen one perfectly officiated, and I’m not expecting to do so. None of them (mistakes) in our opinion were egregious. Those, we’ll correct that, move forward and learn from them.”Of course this all went over very well with Texas fans (the #WaltAndersonOn hashtag is pretty great).#WaltAndersonOn The New England Patriots: There were some infractions.— DD (@BarkingCarnival) September 29, 2015That’s not where it ends though. Somebody went back and totaled the flags Texas has received with the crew that officiated on Saturday against all other crews.In 10 Big 12 games, referee Alan Eck’s officiating crew flagged Texas an avg of 13.5 times/106.5 yards. Other crews avg. = 5.75 flags/50 yds— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 28, 2015There’s a lot that goes into a stat like this — have all of Eck’s games come in the Strong era when Texas has been heavily penalized? Has Exk done especially physical games? — but I admit it is a bit damning.Anderson said he didn’t know if Eck would do another Big 12 game this season. But I get the feeling that he meant “he won’t not do one, I just haven’t put the schedule together yet.”[Hook Em]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
After the debacle of a timeframe we got on Monday for the OSU-TCU game next weekend, the Big 12 followed that up with times for the final few weeks of the season. Here they are.Friday, November 25TCU at Texas (FOX or FS1), 2:30 p.m. CTBaylor vs. Texas Tech (ESPN), 5:00 p.m. CTSaturday, November 26Kansas at K-State (FS1), 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. CTWest Virginia at Iowa State (FS1), 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. CTSaturday, December 3Baylor at West Virginia (FOX or FS1), 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. CTK-State at TCU (FOX or FS1), 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. CTOklahoma State at Oklahoma (FOX or FS1), 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. CTNot that Mike Gundy minds. He wants every game to be played at 2:30 p.m.“It’s a good time to play,” Gundy told the O’Colly on Monday. “You get a lot of television audience. It is unusual, but obviously television dictates a lot of what happens.”From an OSU and coverage standpoint of this game, I’m with Gundy. I don’t want Bedlam on the road to be at night. I also don’t want to be up until 4 a.m. writing. I also don’t need OU to have any more advantages than they already to if this thing is for the Big 12 title. If it was in Stillwater, I would feel very different.From a “fan of college football” standpoint, I would prefer games to be at night. It’s better for the game. Better for fans. More memorable. If the TCU game next week is not at night, OSU will have played exactly one night game out of 12 this year (at Baylor).Long live the Big 12.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
WC Qualification Asia Australia vs Syria: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Cronan Yu @Cronan_Yu Last updated 2 years ago 14:00 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WC Qualification Asia Australia Australia v Syria Syria The reigning Asian Champions will play hosts to underdogs Syria and a win or a scoreless draw will be enough to see them progress in qualifying Australia will be hoping to edge one step closer to a spot at next year’s World Cup when they host Syria in the second-leg of play-offs at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Tuesday. Ange Postecoglou’s men are favourites to advance to the second stage of the play-offs after securing a crucial away goal in their 1-1 draw against the Qasioun Eagles at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka, Malaysia last week.The winner of the clash will take on either Panama or Honduras with both sides currently vying for a fourth-placed finish with one match remaining in CONCACAF qualifications. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Game Australia vs Syria Date Tuesday, October 10 Time 22:00 AEDT / 10:00 BST / 5:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In Australia, the game will be available to watch live on television on Fox Sports (501) or Channel 9’s Go! AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports (501)/GO! N/A In the US, viewers can watch the game streamed live online using ESPN3. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 3 ESPN3 SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Langerak, Birighitti Defenders Behich, Degenek, Goodwin, Jurman, McGowan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Smith Midfielders Amini, Irvine, Luongo, Milligan, Mooy, Rogic, Troisi Forwards Cahill, Juric, Leckie, Kruse, Rukavytsya Bristol City defender Bailey Wright, who missed the first-leg due to suspension, has been ruled out for the clash on Tuesday after succumbing to injury three days out from the upcoming clash.The 25-year-old will be replaced by Al-Sharjah’s Ryan McGowan, whilst Mark Birighitti also earned a call-up for the injured Danny Vukovic, who sustained an injury in training in Malaysia.Potential starting XI: Ryan; Degenek, Sainsbury, Jurman; Risdon, Milligan, Mooy, Behich; Leckie, Cahill, Rogic Position Syria players Goalkeepers Alma, Al-Youssef, Madanieh Defenders Yousseff, Al Masri, Al Medani, Al Ajan, Al Baour, Somi, Jeniat, Midfielders Al Mawas, Al Mbayed, Haj Mohamad, Kalfa, Jaffal, Hamwiah, Al Shbli, Mido, Omari Forwards Al Soma, Kharbin, Al Khatib, Mardkian Syria have retained the same 23-man squad which held the Ange Postecoglou’s men to a 1-1 draw.However, head coach Ayman Al Hakeem could be tempted to replace 23-year-old Omar Kharbin with veteran forward Firas Al Khatib, who almost singlehandedly carved up the entire Socceroos defence upon his introduction in the 75th minute in Melaka.Potential starting XI: Alma; Youssef, Al Masri, Al Medani, Al Ajan; Al Mawas, Al Mbayed, Haj Mohamad, Kalfa; Al Soma, Al KhatibBETTING & MATCH ODDS Australia are priced as favourites to win at odds of (1.36), that is, according to bet365, with Syria well and truly the bookies’ underdogs at (9.50). A draw is also available at odds of (4.75).Click here to see the full array of markets available for the World Cup qualifier between Australia and Syria.GAME PREVIEW Australia had largely been tipped to earn automatic qualification into next year’s showpiece, but were forced to settle for a third-placed finish behind group winners Japan and runners-up Saudi Arabia after suffering a 2-0 defeat away against the Samurai Blue in their penultimate fixture before earning a narrow 2-1 victory at home against Thailand.Thursday’s encounter against Syria in Malaysia proved to be an equally frustrating result for the Socceroos as they forced to share the spoils after opening the scoring late into the first-half courtesy of birthday-boy Robbie Kruse but were pegged a goal back after Omar Al Soma – who was awarded a dubious penalty before subsequently slotting home from the spot with six minutes remaining on the clock.A win or a scoreless draw in front of their home fans at Stadium Australia, where they not only claimed the Asian Cup but also famously defeated Uruguay on penalties to qualify for their first World Cup in 32 years, will be enough to see the reigning Asian Champions progress to the second-round of play-offs, where they will play the fourth-placed nation from CONCACAF qualifications.”For us the objective is clear. If we win, we’re through,” Postecoglou said.”If you start thinking about scorelines and anything other than just trying to beat the opposition than I think you get into some tricky situations.”What we know is if we win tomorrow night then we’re through to the next round.”Our objective is to play our football. We want to be aggressive, we want to be attacking, we want to take it to the opposition and test them. And that’s what we’ll do.”
MLS MLS Spotlight: NYCFC’s Harrison flying after England U-21 call Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 00:15 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MLS New York City England U21 UEFA U21 Championship The New York City FC midfielder’s stellar play in MLS helped earn him a call-up from the England youth setup — an experience he made the most of NEW YORK — Jack Harrison probably thought it was a weird time for a coach to pull a prank on him. But for a split second, the New York City FC winger wasn’t sure what to think when Patrick Vieira took him aside and told him he was being called in by the England Under-21 national team.”I didn’t believe him at first but it was a great moment, I was really surprised,” Harrison told Goal. “He said, ‘I’m not really supposed to tell you now, I’m supposed to tell you after the game, but you’ve been selected for the U-21s.'””I tried not to let it throw me off too much in the game that day, but obviously it was very exciting.”To call the news a surprise was an understatement, but the call itself shouldn’t have been a complete shock. After all, Harrison was in the midst of a stellar second season at NYCFC. His 10 goals and six assists have been key to NYCFC’s success, and at 20 years old, he has established himself as one of the best young players in the league. 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 “What I love about him is that he hasn’t changed since the first time I met him at the (2016 MLS) draft,” Vieira told Goal. “He still has the love, the passion, he’s still the first in training and the last one to leave. He just wants to have the ball and kick the ball around. He loves the game, which is really important.”Harrison’s humble nature has helped him grow, even as expectations continue to increase. He has successfully avoided getting caught up in his own hype, which explains why he had concerns about how he would hold up in England camp.Those concerns were quickly put to rest.”I actually surprised myself. After about one or two training sessions I realized that I settled in much quicker than what I thought I would,” Harrison said. “I thought I might struggle there, and be behind the guys, but I surprised myself. It was really encouraging to realize that because they’re a great team, they won the U-20 World Cup last summer, they’ve been together for a while and those guys are really tight. For me to go there and settle in very quickly was very encouraging for myself.”England U-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd saw enough from Harrison to give him minutes in both European Championship qualifiers the team played in October, first a two-minute cameo in a 3-1 win against Scotland, then a start in a 1-0 victory over Andorra.Harrison came away from his time having enjoyed the experience completely, from the competition to the jokes, including at least a few cracks about him having developed a bit of an American accent.”It was a great experience. I definitely learned a lot from being there and I’m grateful for that opportunity,” Harrison said. “It was nice to be back around the guys, and the banter. They were asking a lot of questions about MLS, they seem really intrigued, which I was surprised by.”U.S. national team fans who may have been holding out hope that Harrison might one day become a U.S. citizen and play for the United States saw that dream dashed by Harrison’s recent England U-21 appearances. Though Harrison does have a green card, and is on the path to American citizenship, his appearances in an official competition for England essentially cap-tie him to England. According to FIFA rules, once a player has played in an official youth competition for one country, he cannot switch to another country unless he was already eligible for both countries when he made that first international appearance.Harrison is back with NYCFC, and will look to help the team shake off a late-season slump as it plays for seeding in the MLS playoffs. Harrison drew the first red card of his career in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to New England, but the ejection has since been rescinded, making him available for a crucial regular season finale against the Columbus Crew on Sunday at Citi Field.As for Harrison’s future with the England U-21s, he may have to wait a while longer for another call, especially if NYCFC makes a run in the postseason. Should NYCFC advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, Harrison would find himself playing a second leg Nov. 5 — one day after players are supposed to report to camp ahead of England’s match against Ukraine on Nov. 10.”We’ll have to wait and see, because of the playoffs and everything,” Harrison said. “I spoke to Aidy and he said he thought I did really well and proved that I belong there, which was really encouraging to hear.”
Chelsea Fabregas: I was worried about Chelsea future last season Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:01 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea UEFA Champions League Chelsea v Atlético Madrid Premier League The midfielder was happy to prove Antonio Conte wrong after initially struggling for minutes under the head coach Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admitted he was worried about his future at the club before proving head coach Antonio Conte wrong last season.Fabregas struggled for game time in Conte’s first campaign in charge before breaking his way in, helping Chelsea win the Premier League.The Spain international has already started 12 league games in 2017-18 — one fewer than he managed all of last season. 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 But Fabregas said he was concerned about his future at the club during the start of 2016-17.”I would be lying if said I wasn’t worried. Maybe worried is not the right word but you can imagine,” he said ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.”I wasn’t playing, not really part of his initial plans and at that point you can do two things. You can just give up and accept you’re not part of the team or the club in the future, or what I did: put your head down, be humble, work hard, train hard every day, show him that he’s wrong and that he can can trust me and play in this team.”Every time I had an opportunity I gave my all, I delivered and from then on we started to create a relationship.”Now I can say our relationship is fantastic… I understand his philosophy and must say I am very proud of this, also very happy I am where I want to be and that’s all down to belief and trust and hard work.”#CHEATL pic.twitter.com/5eqTj1pFiz— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 4, 2017Fabregas, 30, is contracted until mid-2019 at Chelsea, the club he joined from Barcelona in June 2014.The midfielder said he was in no rush to discuss a new deal with his focus on his team.”I’m very young. I really mean it. Especially how I play, the position, you can go for many more years, I can tell you many cases,” Fabregas said.”At the end of the year I have a year left but let’s see what happens. I’m where I want to be, enjoying my football, playing week in and week out and I want to enjoy that.”When the moment comes to talk I’ll be here, ready for it. It’s not the right time, it’s time to focus on Chelsea, keep playing well and deliver points.”
comment Share on Pinterest Colin Kaepernick Read more Share on WhatsApp Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘Trump is where he is because of his appeal to racism’ Share via Email What makes it worse is that studies are finding the same problems with high school and college players. The same study found CTE in the brains of three of 14 high school players (21%) and 48 of 53 college players (91%). Dr Bennet Omalu, who is credited with discovering CTE (and who Will Smith portrayed in the 2015 movie Concussion), said that allowing kids to play football was equal to child abuse: “It is the definition of child abuse. If you play football, and if your child plays football, there is a 100% risk exposure.” This harsh reality prompted several former NFL players – including Brett Favre, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman – to admit that they would not want their sons to play football. LeBron James and then-President Obama agreed. Knowing all that, Americans can’t help but feel a little complicit in cheering for a sport that is so destructive to its players, especially kids. According to a Washington Post-University of Massachusetts Lowell poll, 90% of sports fans agree that head injuries represent a problem in the sport.Another loose thread being pulled to unravel football’s dominant status is the fact that it’s less popular among children, who are the future fan base. According to ESPN, basketball is the most popular sport among American youth, both boys and girls, while football has dropped to third place. Yet, football is responsible for more injuries than any of the other sports. Football accounts for 28% of injuries among athletes 5 to 14, while basketball is responsible for only 15%. But America has changed and with that change we are seeing a shifting away from hoisting football on our collective shoulders. Although football remains our most popular professional sport, that popularity has been declining over the past five years, from 67% saying they were fans in 2012, to 57% in 2017. Professional baseball has also fallen 2% during that time. However, professional basketball has risen 3%. Before anyone starts blaming Colin Kaepernick, let’s remember that he first took a knee in 2016 and that the fan base erosion had already been strong several years before that.One major reason Americans are stepping back from football is the danger. Physical risk has always been one of the attractions of the sport – a rite of manhood. But recent studies showing just how severe the brain damage is to the players shocked us. A 2017 study published in the Journal of American Medical Association discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 110 out of 111 brains of former NFL players. A broken arm or cracked rib is one thing, the scars that prompt bragging rights, but widespread permanent brain damage that affects players for the rest of their lives is beyond entertainment. There is nothing sexy about depression and dementia. Donald Trump America’s sport isn’t about who we were in the past but about who we want to be going forwardKareem Abdul-Jabbar Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share on Twitter Twitter US sports Share on Facebook NFL Pinterest Although football has long been America’s favorite child among professional sports, there are clear indicators that the ole pigskin is starting to deflate in fans’ eyes. Football fanatics need not panic: polls show it’s still far ahead of both baseball and basketball in popularity. The 2017 NBA finals averaged 20.4m viewers (a 20-year record), which is roughly the same as the NFL’s regular Sunday night audience of 20.3m, and nowhere near the 2016 Super Bowl über-audience of 111m. Based on just those numbers, football is still kicking professional basketball, baseball and hockey through the goal posts. But America can be fickle. And the Magic 8-Ball of our cultural zeitgeist says, “All signs point to the NBA replacing the NFL as the league of America’s future.”This prediction has nothing to do with the athletes themselves, their level of skill, their heart, or their commitment to their sport. Professional athletes are generally the highest expression of what the human body is capable of doing and therefore inspiring to the fans to reach higher and strive harder. In that way, no sport is superior to any other sport. But when it comes to professional sports, some are more inspirational, more exciting and more entertaining to the general public than others and those sports take on a symbolic meaning for Americans. They come to represent our core values. They represent not just who we are, but who we want be. Baseball once ruled all other sports as America’s pastime because it reflected the laid-back, less confrontational mood of America in the 1920s and 1930s. It was highly strategic, required precision teamwork, but moved at a pace reflective of hot summers in rural towns across the country. Football’s popularity rose with the increasing aggression of the America at home and abroad. Football embodied an America who faced all challenges head on, forcing its will on opponents through skill, guile and brute force. We were a country taking bold risks in order to succeed and football was the riskiest of team sports. Support The Guardian One reason Americans are stepping back from football is the danger. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images Since you’re here… Topics Those are just numbers and we know that numbers can fluctuate based on a lot of factors. More important to the future of football than the injuries and declining popularity among youth is the symbolic nature of the sport as it relates to representing America. America’s sport isn’t about who we were in the past but about who we want to be going forward. We no longer see ourselves as Friday Night Lights warriors who send our best and brightest into combat on the field, needlessly risking their brains and futures for the sake of 11 minutes of actual play (out of the average three hours and 12 minutes of an NFL game), which is the same as baseball. In contrast, basketball is a perpetual motion machine in which players face muscular opposition, yet don’t conquer with brute force but rather with graceful maneuvers and intense teamwork. Each game is an example of athletic alchemy, producing astounding physical displays of leaping, spinning, passing and shooting. And it does this every few minutes. America’s sport also has to represent America’s spirit, and right now that spirit is not one of complacency or complicity. Many athletes are no longer satisfied with taking the money and running home to hide out in their mansions. They want to fully embrace their responsibility as role models to children and representatives of their communities to speak out whenever America veers off the road paved by the US Constitution. With the Trump Administration’s overt racism, misogyny, xenophobia and anti-LGBTQ policies, we haven’t just veered off the road, we’re hanging over the cliff.NFL players have been pioneers in expressing their patriotism through silent protest at a time when there is so much to protest. Colin Kaepernick has been a leader in this movement and he has paid a personal and professional price for not caving into pressure. Dozens of other players, coaches and even owners have joined the protest, though most of them have since backed off once there was fear that the NFL’s slipping ticket sales and TV ratings might be related to such demonstrations. Sadly, there is a racial component to this policy. It is the players of color who are being denied their freedom to protest because they are the ones who are part of the oppressed social group. White owners and white fans don’t experience this same oppression, so speaking out about racial disparity in the US is not a priority to them. However, when owners honor military groups at games, or even play the national anthem, they are expressing their political opinions. This means that they aren’t against expressing political opinions, just dissenting ones, even though the country was founded on celebrating dissent.It’s disheartening to see some owners cowering in fear rather than further embracing this just expression. In the long run, pandering to their conservative fan base rather than acting out of conscience does more harm than good—to the sport and to the country.The NBA has been more tolerant of its players’ freedom of speech. Players and coaches from many teams have silently protested and spoken out to the press. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Jarrett Jack, Alan Anderson, Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and others wore “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during warm-ups in 2014 to protest the death of unarmed Eric Garner by police. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant continue to speak out. Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has said that protesting athletes are “models of American patriotism”. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich echoed that sentiment when he said that his players have “the organization’s full support to speak their minds”. Has speaking out affected ratings? This year the NBA, despite its protests, has increased its TV ratings by 32%, while the NFL’s viewership dropped from 16.5m viewers last year to 15m this year.Things aren’t perfect. There is still pressure to silence players. But the NBA has a chance to seize this moment and boldly lead by promoting the values and freedoms of the US Constitution. 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We bring you potentially big news regarding Liverpool, with assorted media outlets reporting that Zeljko “The Brain” Buvac has sensationally quit his role as Jürgen Klopp’s assistant after a 17-year partnership that began when the pair first met as players at German club Mainz. The Daily Record reports the pair had a falling-out that led to to Buvac being frozen out of team meetings, but the Guardian’s man on the Merseyside beat says the 56-year-old has left until the end of the season for personal reasons the club consider a private matter and remains a Liverpool employee. Elsewhere on Merseyside, Everton are planning a summer clear-out, that could result in Wayne Rooney being sold only one year after arriving from Old Trafford. Despite enjoying a reasonably bright start to his second stint at the club, the 32-year-old has failed to make much of an impression during an underwhelming season for the club that most fans would be happy to see consigned to the dustbin of history. Despite scoring 11 times since rejoining the club, Rooney has failed to trouble any scoreboard operators since before Christmas and could move to the US or China.Stoke City midfielder and part-time chicken enthusiast Joe Allen may fly the Britannia Stadium coop and pitch up at Molyneux next season. Having secured promotion to the Premier League, Wolves are looking to add some steel to their midfield and are preparing a £20m bid for the Wales international. Celtic’s 20-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney is likely to be the subject of no end of transfer speculation this summer and is already being mentioned in conjunction with moves to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Bournemouth. Eddie Howe is ready to spend £20m on the three-times PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and is hopeful the prospect of playing Premier League football week in and week out will convince him to move to the Vitality Stadium.After being patronised to within an inch of his life in the wake of that “pity penalty” he scored to round off Crystal Palace’s 5-0 rout of Leicester on Saturday, Christian Benteke will discuss his future at Selhurst Park with club officials in the coming weeks. The Belgian striker’s self-confidence has bottomed out during a season in which he has scored only three goals in 29 appearances and, despite having two years left on his contract, may decide a change of scenery would be beneficial. Football Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily email on the world of football. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Read more Rumour mill Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Topics features On the subject of big, burley Belgians, despite speculation that Marouane Fellaini is ready to move elsewhere once his contract expires at Manchester United in June, José Mourinho claims the scorer of Sunday’s match-winning goal against Arsenal is close to agreeing a new deal that will keep him at Old Trafford. Share on Messenger
Read more Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp The side who finished sixth in the Championship have not won promotion through the play-offs since Blackpool managed it in 2010. Derby County have spent the intervening years seemingly finding new and more elaborate ways not to go up but they took a step towards the top flight with a battling 1-0 win over Fulham in the first leg of their semi-final on Friday night.This was a granite solid performance from Derby, defending Cameron Jerome’s first-half header as if the very future of the club depended on it, and keeping Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who have laid waste to the Championship at times this season, quiet all night. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter match reports Topics Derby County Share via Email Fulham Middlesbrough v Aston Villa given added poignancy by Percovich return Championship Share on Facebook “You have to do that against Fulham,” said the Derby manager, Gary Rowett, afterwards. “We were very, very disciplined.” And they were: this was the first time Fulham have failed to score in any game since January, drawing a blank here after producing a masterclass in ‘sterile domination’. Statistics do not always tell the full story but that Fulham had 74% possession and lost sums up the evening nicely.Fulham’s manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, did not seem overly concerned, though. “It’s not a bad result,” he said afterwards. “Definitely not the result we deserved. This is a very good performance from my point of view.”The game started in that usual frantic, uncoordinated mess that these play-offs tend to. Both teams tried to start on the front foot, which is a sure recipe for entertaining chaos. Fulham tried surgically to pick holes in the Derby backline but without any real joy. A couple of fairly weak efforts was the best they could manage. The Rams showed little of the same intricacy, yet their more simple approach was brilliantly rewarded in the 34th minute.Tom Huddlestone spread the ball to Craig Forsyth who, pinged over a superb cross from deep on the left, right on to the head of Jerome, who powered his effort into the net. Before the run-in Jerome had scored only once since joining Derby in January: that was his fifth in the last four games. When he signed it seemed like a curious move: now it looks inspired.The Fulham of the first half looked more like the side of the past few weeks, when they have seemed tired and tense. It is tempting to think that extraordinary run, 23 games unbeaten that nearly won them automatic promotion, had come a tiny bit too early and had sapped their energy. One could tell the travelling fans were getting nervous: at the start of the second half they started booing a ballboy.After the break their team showed more purpose: Kevin McDonald belted a shot against the bar, Floyd Ayite volleyed over from a terrific long pass by Matt Targett and Tom Cairney curled a shot just wide. Yet they struggled to create a significant chances of note.Mitrovic, so often Fulham’s brutal inspiration in the latter months of the season, struggled to find space to do much damage and began dropping deeper and deeper as he searched for the ball. Plenty of credit must go to Curtis Davies, who marshalled the big Serb superbly. “Defensively all game, we handled them really, really well,” said Rowett.Sessegnon, the boy wonder of the Championship, was also kept quiet. He was taken off with 15 minutes to go, his anonymous performance suggesting two things: that Andre Wisdom had done a fine job in neutralising him, and also that a rumoured call-up to the senior England squad is too soon for a player who does not turn 18 until next week.On the touchline, as Fulham attack after Fulham attack was snuffed out, Jokanovic, in that brooding manner of his, cast his eyes towards the ground like a parent who was not angry, just disappointed. If this often thrilling side do not go up this season, it will be a shame but in truth they deserved no more from a game where they did not make enough of their theoretical domination. They will need to be more clinical in the return on Monday.The result leaves the second leg placed beautifully. “We can’t go down there and try to protect the lead. We’ve got to try to win the game,” Rowett said, expressing the requisite degree of caution. “It gives us a slender lead but, as we know, that can be cancelled out in a second. I didn’t let them have the music on in the dressing room because we’ve got to be focused for the next game.”
Former Charlton and Southend boss Chris Powell will work under England manager Gareth Southgate this season as the FA rolls out the next phase of its scheme to tackle the under-representation of BAME coaches in England.After spending three weeks with Atalanta, Mrtn Skrtl’s contract has been terminated.Arsenal whelp Matteo Guendouzi is in for the knacked Paul Pogba in France’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Sheffield United causing bother dept: Oli McBurnie has apparently addressed his Scotland teammates after pre-match tunnel footage emerged of him saying he hoped to avoid an international call-up. “Hopefully we draw a line under that one now and move on,” tooted assistant boss Steven Reid.England’s Jade Moore reckons the scheduling of Women’s Super League games is a bit bobbins and has disrupted attempts to capitalise on post-World Cup good vibes. “I never understand how we don’t have enough weeks in the year to play a game a week,” she sighed. “I don’t get why we cram games in.”Meanwhile, the WSL is set to be broadcast overseas for the first time this season, which will see the competition shown live to viewers in Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, it says here.And Casemiro thinks he can put his finger on why Real Madrid can’t win. “What’s lacking? Everything,” he bawled, after a 2-2 draw with Villarreal in which Gareth Bale scored twice and got sent off on a lively night for the Welshman.STILL WANT MORE?Sid Lowe. Poets. The Basque derby. That’ll be a quiet night in at the library … not!Come and get your juicy Premier League talking points – we’ve got 10 of them, right here, including more tedious references to the Blades. Topics Romelu Lukaku after scoring in Inter’s win at Cagliari. Photograph: Fabio Murru/EPA Summer transfer window recap – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Twitter The Fiver Pinterest Ed Woodward and Lord Ferg taking in some underwhelming south-coast scenes for United on Saturday. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFootball Weekly will be in this general vicinity. Meanwhile, the live shows are heading to Manchester and Leeds.FIVER LETTERS“I am unsettled. Sheffield United are in the top division, and so far The Fiver, and Big Paper in general, have not only failed to deliver a broadside of witty zingers (may be another reason for that), but have also produced a number of disturbingly heartwarming profiles. Before you turn us into the Brighton of the North and commission a column from our second-choice right-back or something, could you say something both sarcastic and a bit harsh about, say, Enda Stevens, and set the world back on its axis?” – Jon Millard.“Unlike The Fiver, I’m a cultured soul and so, rather than watch Spurs in the north London derby, I chose to spend Sunday at the Proms attending a performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 2 in C minor, a piece that was an initially joyful success before rapidly fading and considered thoroughly unsatisfactory by its originator due to a raft of basic errors. I could have just gone to the game instead” – Noble Francis.“Re: Friday’s Bits and Bobs. You know that Astana is in Kazakhstan, don’t you?” – Gareth Bayford (and 1,056 others).Send your letters to email@example.com. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Jon Millard.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSRomelu Lukaku says “we’re going backwards” in the fight against discrimination and called for strong action after being subjected to racist chanting by fans of serial offenders Cagliari. “Football is a game to be enjoyed by everyone and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame,” said the Inter forward. Facebook Read more Of course, while it could reasonably be argued that the biannual production of Deadline Day on Sky Sports News is already two days of hysterical transfer chatter most right-thinking people could do without, the brains behind this weirdly popular circus clearly don’t concur. To this end, the closure of the transfer window across Not The Premier League Or Championship is being lamely marketed on the network’s website as Deadline Day 2.Eschewing the expensive production values that entail placing camera crews and reporters at training grounds the length and breadth of the country to check in on clubs doing last-minute business, they have instead focused on the cheaper option of scouring the newswires and Social Media Disgrace Twitter to keep us updated on which players are going where. Footballers like …… Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has gone to Roma.… Inter forward Mauro Icardi, off for a loan at PSG.… Southampton’s Mario Lemina, who might be going to Galatasaray.… Nasty Leeds’s Laurens De Bock, who has gone to Sunderland.… Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic, who is going to Qarabag.… Nottingham Forest’s Arvin Appiah, who is going to Almería.… Liverpool’s Bobby Duncan, who is going to Fiorentina.… Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, who is going to the Pope’s Newc O’Rangers. … the Pope’s Newc O’Rangers’ Graham Dorrans who might be going to Kilmarnock.… Chelsea’s Kenedy, who is going to Getafe.… Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian, who has gone to Parma.… Nottingham Forest’s Liam Bridcutt, who is one of up to 20 players going to Bolton as the recently-rescued-from-oblivion League One side hastily try to assemble a squad so they are no longer forced to field a team of 12-year-olds.Much like Deadline Day, its sequel has thus far been largely underwhelming even if the tantalising prospect of some big-name cameos still remains. Will Neymar leave? Will Eriksen stay? After a summer of ill-informed but thoroughly entertaining nonsense, these and other questions will be definitively answered once the final scenes are filmed and we have a long overdue wrap.QUOTE OF THE DAY“We have young players and they’ve got to learn to score those nasty little tap-ins that I did” – Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s ego continues to develop at a pace much greater than the evolution of his Manchester United side as he figures that things would be much rosier at Old Trafford if only they had a striker as lethal as him. Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Twitter Twitter Facebook Gonzalo Higuaín looked like he wouldn’t have a future at Juventus a few weeks ago, but the big-boned striker rolled the clock back and starred in the 4-3 win over Napoli, writes Nicky Bandini.Why is Germany rocking? Because Union Berlin beat Dortmund and the world feels upside down, roars Andy Brassell, while holding on to the nearest thing that is bolted to the floor.PSG’s transfer strategy is bad news for their academy graduates, write Adam White and Eric Devin.Fitter. Happier. More productive. Jonathan Wilson channels Radiohead as he explains why Arsenal are now physically superior to Spurs.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!THE ‘PEAKY PUNDIT’, YOU SAY? Here we go. Composite: Getty/Offside/Reuters/PA Share on WhatsApp Pinterest 2 DEADLINE 2 DAYTo make a half-decent sequel one must have a fundamental understanding of what prompted the demand for it in the first place, something which seems to have been lost on the makers behind such epic turkeys as Exorcist II: The Heretic, Jaws: The Revenge and Highlander II: The Quickening to name just three from a very long list of ill-advised follow-ups to movie classics made by numbskulls with no idea what made their predecessors so watchable in the first place. features Soccer Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email Reuse this content
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Bale wants Premier League move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:10 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Primera División Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Bale wants Premier League moveGareth Bale wants to return to the Premier League should he leave Real Madrid, according to the Mirror .Bale has been the target of Bayern Munich, but told the Bundesliga champions he’d prefer a return to England, boosting the hopes of Manchester United.However, Bale is no lock to be sold, as it is up to the next manager of Real Madrid to decide the Welsh international’s club future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Man City close in on JorginhoNapoli midfielder Jorginho is expected to sign for Manchester City “in the next few days”, according to the Italian club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis.City had an offer of €50 million (£44m/$59m) turned down for the 26-year-old but are hopeful of reaching an agreement on the price in the coming weeks.Read the full story here on Goal!How do Liverpool move on from failed Fekir move?Nabil Fekir’s £53 million (€60m/$70.5m) move to Liverpool may have fallen through, but Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards have already discussed their next move.An announcement confirming that the Lyon captain would join the Reds was expected on Friday before the move collapsed following Fekir’s medical examination. But what’s next for the Anfield club? Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones has the latest right here!Real prepare €150m Milinkovic-Savic offerReal Madrid are prepared to bid €150 million (£131m/$176m) for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, reports Il Messaggero.The Spanish giants are desperate to secure the signature of the 23-year-old and are now willing to table a huge bid.The offer would include clauses of up to €20m (£17.5m/€23m), and Milinkovic-Savic would be offered a contract worth €6m-per-year (£5.2m/$7m)Liverpool and Chelsea monitor CillessenLiverpool and Chelsea are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to Mundo Deportivo.The Reds have identified the Dutchman as a possible alternative to error-prone Loris Karius, while Chelsea are keen to add depth to their squad.Napoli and Bayern Munich are also interested, with Barca earmarking Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels as a potential replacement.Roma open to Nainggolan saleRoma are prepared to sell Radja Nainggolan to Inter, reports Corriere dello Sport.The midfielder has long been courted by Roma’s Serie A rivals, and could finally make the move, with Nainggolan telling friends that his employers have decided to cash in.Roma, however, are understood to want €40 million (£35m/$47m) for the Belgium international.Mahrez closes in on Man City transferRiyad Mahrez is set to join Manchester City from Leicester this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.The Algerian Premier League title-winner was close to joining Pep Guardiola’s side in January, but the Foxes demanded £80 million for his services.Now the Foxes are prepared to cash in, with City merely finalising the finer points of the deal before an announcement can be made.Spurs eye €30m GrimaldoTottenham are eyeing a €30 million deal to sign Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo, reports Record.Any deal is understood to be dependent on the future of Danny Rose, who has repeatedly been linked with a move away from north London.Grimaldo has a €30m buy-out clause, and Napoli are also interested.Chelsea monitor FlorenziChelsea are monitoring Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.Florenzi has yet to decide whether or not to stay in Italy this summer, and the Blues are interested in striking a deal if he does decide to move.Griezmann decision ‘this week’Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann confirmed that he will announce his future plans in the coming days.Griezmann, 27, continues to be linked with a move to La Liga champions Barcelona after another fine season at Atletico.”There’s a week to go. I think we will find out this week,” he said after France’s 1-1 draw with the USA on Saturday. Read the full story on Goal!Wilshere to hold talks with EmeryJack Wilshere will hold talks with new Arsenal manager Unai Emery in what will decide his Gunners future, according to the Sun .Wilshere’s contract has run down and he is free to sign anywhere, while Arsenal are set to offer him a 25 per cent pay cut in his wages.Emery, however, will try to tempt him into remaining in London as he lays out his vision for both player and club.Lyon announce Fekir will stayLyon have confirmed that Nabil Fekir will stay at the club next season after a breakdown in negotiations with Liverpool.The Reds have long been in pursuit of the France international and were in talks over a £60 million (€68m/$80m) transfer deal with Lyon.However, the club released a statement declared negotiations over and said they were “delighted” to have him back the 2018-19 season.Read the full story on Goal! Kluivert 90 per cent certain to leave AjaxJustin Kluivert is 90 per cent certain to leave Ajax this summer according to his father, retired Netherlands international Patrick Kluivert.The older Kluivert would prefer his son remain at Ajax for another season in the face of reports he nears a deal to join Serie A side Roma.However, despite his father’s advice, Justin appears set to move on, and Patrick warns “ he needs to know what things are coming on his way.”Read the full story on Goal! Silva wants LindelofNew Everton manager Marco Silva wants to land Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof according to the Mirror .Lindelof struggled in his debut season after making a £31.5 million switch from Benfica last summer, though Jose Mourinho is not keen to give up on him yet.However, Silva, would be willing to pay £35m (€39.8m/$47m) for the 23-year-old Sweden international should United decide to sell.Liverpool turn to PopeLiverpool are prepared to come in with an offer for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as they hope to solve their goalkeeper woes, reports the Sun .The Reds have been linked to Roma’s Alisson, however he has been price at upwards of £70 million (€80m/$94m).Liverpool will be a much cheaper £15m for Pope, who may be allowed to leave with Tom Heaton set to return for the Clarets from injury.Man City consider Seri alternative to JorginhoManchester City are considering a move for Nice’s Jean Michael Seri as negotiations for Jorginho continue to stall, reports the Mirror .Napoli are refusing to budge off their £60m (€68m/$80m) evaluation for Jorginho, and City are growing frustrated by the negotiations.Instead they may turn to Seri, who is available as a much cheaper £36m, having their £50m Jorginho offer rejected.Tite denies Real Madrid linksBrazil head coach Tite has strongly denied contact with Real Madrid over taking the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu following Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure.Tite’s contract with the Selecao runs out at the end of the World Cup and he has pledged to wait until the end of the tournament before deciding on his future.While he has been linked to Madrid due to his relationship with Neymar, Tite shot down rumours on Saturday.”When it is an opinion, it deserves my respect. When it is put in quotation marks, it is a lie; it is a disrespectful and lying attitude. That’s my word,” Tite told a pre-match press conference.Read the full story on Goal! Tottenham considering Grealish bidTottenham are considering making an approach for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, according to Sky Sports.While Grealish was not in Spurs original transfer plans, that has changed as Villa are expected to need to sell players to generate revenue.Fulham are interested in Grealish, who also has drawn looks from Leicester City and has been scouted by Manchester United.Juventus considering Dybala swap for RonaldoJuventus are prepared to offer Paulo Dybala to Real Madrid in an cash + exhange deal to land Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Don Balon.Ronaldo’s primary suitors are believed to be Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, however the Italian giants have now entered the frame.Juventus would offer €100 million (£87.5m) plus Dybala, and though Ronaldo is not opposed to playing in Serie A, he would prefer to join the Red Devils.
The Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management (BOM) accepted the draft of the reprised Strategic Plan for 2008-2011 at the BOM Meeting conducted in Sydney on Saturday 28 April 2007.This document will reflect minor changes throughout the process, however it will guide the National body throughout the ensuing period. The feedback received from the TFA Future Directions Workshop conducted in Brisbane last month from key stakeholders, constituents, TFA BOM, and TFA Staff has formed the basis for the adjustment to the four identified Strategic Priority Areas and six linked Objectives of the organisation. The Four Strategic Priority Areas are:Change ManagementSport ManagementSport DevelopmentOperational ServicesThe Six linked Objectives are:Substantially increase participationThrive at the elite levelProvide quality experiences for everyone involved in Touch FootballGrow the resources available to invest in the sportSubstantially raise the profile of the gameProvide best practice administration at all levelsTouch Football Australia will conduct an Operational Planning process in late May to identify the timeframes for the relevant projects listed, looking to identify the ability to achieve in these areas and the relevant parties responsible for the delivery.If further information is required on this topic, please contact the National Office branch in Brisbane on 07 32471733.
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of Power Productions to professionally film and produce for broadcast/webcast, the 2014 State of Origin Series including an upgraded live streaming platform and elements on ‘TFATV’ (TFA’s YouTube channel).To view the live stream of the Open’s Origin games, please click here – http://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseries. The Mixed, Women’s and Men’s State of Origin games will be packaged for a special Origin show set to broadcast on Fox Sports, just two weeks following the event. All nine games of the Series will also be live streamed featuring commentary and various interviews and other new innovations to the online package. The initial scheduling of the 90-minute TV program will be Wednesday, 8 October at 10.30am on Fox Sports 1. Be sure to lock it in to your TV viewing schedule and share this among your colleagues and friends!TFA CEO, Colm Maguire said: “Our partnership with Power Productions is a great demonstration of our ongoing commitment to broadcasting the sport on television and online and as a pivotal feature of the organisation’s forward strategy to increase significantly the profile of the game.“We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with RJ Media previously. However, this new arrangement with Power Productions affords TFA the opportunity to expand the profile through an upgraded live streaming platform.”Power Productions has a wealth of experience and achievements in the industry televising sport and events, partnering in recent times with the NRL on the New South Wales Cup Rugby League competition and the broadcast of the GIO Cup Schoolboy’s competition, along with a wide range of other sports.Power Productions’ Managing Director, David Tapp says that he and his team is very excited at the prospect and very much looking forward to the opportunity. “I am truly excited to partner with Touch Football Australia and to bring to life on television this key event and importantly the key people and stories that reflect this great sport,” he said.“We bring I guess a bit of a different perspective to live sport coverage and pride ourselves on an innovative and professional approach.” “We all can’t wait to get to Caloundra and hit the ground running so to speak…and there’s nothing’s quite like an Origin contest to appeal to television audiences!”Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for the links to the live streaming of games throughout the 2014 State of Origin Series commencing from 19-20 September, 2014.Related LinksSOO TV Production
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini delighted as ten-man West Ham draw with Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManuel Pellegrini was pleased with West Ham United’s display with 10-men in Monday’s goalless draw with Aston Villa. The Hammers were left a man down when Arhtur Masuaku was shown his second yellow card with 23 minutes remaining.West Ham continued to push for a winner despite the numerical disadvantage, which impressed their manager.”I think that we gave a good performance, first because we came here and from the first minute of the game until the last minute we tried to win,” he said.”After that, with ten men, we continued trying to have the ball, and trying to have the opportunity to win the game. We didn’t just defend so I’m very happy with a lot of things tonight.”I don’t know if we played better with ten men, but the important thing was that it didn’t seem we had ten players. “We worked very well in defending, we had the personality to come here and try to win from the first minute.”We couldn’t do that, but with ten men it’s a good result.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham midfielder Declan Rice targets top 6by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice feels they can push for a top six finish.Rice was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.He said, “If you look at the players we’ve got, without a doubt we should be pushing for top six, like Wolves did so well last season.“Last season, we were going to teams like Wolves and Cardiff and we were losing and that’s what let us down, but this season we’ve started well and we could have gone third, and that was what was in all of our minds.“We’re on eight points and that’s five points better than we had after five games last season, so we see it all as a positive.”
Sheffield Utd manager Chris Wilder: A ridiculous winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United won away for the first time on their return to the Premier League at Everton.A Yerry Mina own goal and a late Lys Mousset strike condemned Everton to defeat at Goodison Park.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said afterwards: “We’re delighted. It was just a ridiculous game. That’s possibly the worst we’ve played all season. We didn’t play anything like our best today but managed to win the game.”Everton put a lot of balls in our box, which opened us up a bit in the first half. Out of possession we were really good. The goalkeeper and our three defenders did really well. I think they had a million corners today.”We rode our luck a little bit – we certainly didn’t have any last week. Everybody says that to stay in the Premier League, your home form has to be spot on. We’ve reversed that thought process.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say