Touch Football Australia (TFA) is launching today the expression of interest (EOI) process for a proposed “Challenge Series” v NSWTA within the NTL in 2010 as well as the Rest of Australia Permit which will be known as ‘The Alliance’.As you are aware there have been issues associated with the State of Origin and hence we have agreed that in the best interests of achieving the goals recommended by the National Events Commission and accepted by the TFA Board of Management that we will look at the establishment of this opportunity for 2010. Please read the attached memo which outlines specific information relating to the EOI process. TFA must conclude this process by the end of the month in order to make an informed decision on the progression of the initiative in the advertised divisions.We ask that this information is given the widest possible dissemination within all States to ensure all parties interested are aware of the opportunity. We have already had interest from potential marquee players and look forward to adding to our lists over the coming weeks.Details associated with costs, process, format etc will be forwarded at the conclusion of the EOI process. There will also be coordinated activity requirements within each office to which we will discuss in the near future to ensure the streamlined delivery of this initiative.We thank you for your assistance and look forward to working on this opportunity with you all.Alliance MemoAlliance EOI Form
In the 2016 set-up we turn to the Davis sisters of Manly in Sydney; Danni and Shellie the domestic dynamic duo that currently carry the family flame and a burning desire to succeed together. With Danni establishing herself in the side and now regarded as a senior team member competing at several Australian campaigns, it is Shellie who has made her debut alongside her elder sis in the green and gold at the Trans-Tasman and revelling in the team alongside sister, Danni. â€œHaving Danni at every step and watching her pathway has made me feel inspired and made my Touch career more exciting. Being able to learn and watch her has really assisted me and I hope the both of us,â€ she said with Danni not for the first time, by her side at the team hotel in Auckland, on the eve of this yearâ€™s tournament. Naturally this all brings a knowing smile and perhaps a glint of a tear to older sister Danni. â€œPlaying for Australian womenâ€™s has always been a tremendous honour and goal for me and always amazing. But once Shellie started making her way through state and youth national teams I knew she wouldnâ€™t be far away from cracking the womenâ€™s team. â€œWe train a lot together and do a lot of one-on-ones. We always talk about the little things like winning the rucks and talk; but now itâ€™s actually happening [representing together] itâ€™s justâ€¦unbelievableâ€ â€“ Danni says, shaking her head while Shellie nods in agreement. â€œWe play in a local competition as well with a lot of younger girls coming through; so we spend a fair bit of time together with reps across the board and wouldnâ€™t want it any other way. When quizzed on her knowledge of the sisterhood preceding her in the national team, she was as quick in response as one of her snipes on the field careering towards the try-line. â€œWe look at and are inspired by those before us: the Juddâ€™s, the Winchesterâ€™s and Hopkinâ€™s girls and it is something really special to be a part of this special group of sisters competing at the highest level.â€œI consider everyone from Touch Football as special and family so it just all goes with the territory I guess, too.â€ Hard to argue with that.Much like the Davis girlsâ€™, their teammate from north of the border, Sammy Hopkin, continues her great form of late but was doing so without her older sister and wife of superstar, Dylan Hennessey, Emily Hennessey (nee Hopkin) in Auckland. A superstar duo this pair. The sisters that is.When posed with the question of nature v nurture, Sammy was naturally very diplomatic in response leaving no doubt that both parents are responsible for all this; and doing what all good daughters (and sons) do and choose not to pick a side, rather sit on the fence.â€œProbably both Emily and I both think that both parents would suggest the talent comes from their respective bloodlines, so we wonâ€™t argue with that or them,â€ she says with a cheeky grin in between matches in Auckland recently.â€œI donâ€™t know but as sisters we had this immediate bond and weâ€™re best friends playing together since we were little. And, even at home, youâ€™re like, mucking around and youâ€™re basically in tune and can read each otherâ€™s moods and minds.â€œI know I certainly feel more confident when theyâ€™re there; and that said I did miss her being there (in Auckland), with me and the rest of the team,â€ she added.â€œI always miss her presence when sheâ€™s not around and she always messages me and wishes us luckâ€¦and she supports the girls with a few tips and she watches the games.â€œItâ€™s something Iâ€™m sure all the other sisters would agree.â€ When pressed on the parentsâ€™ thing againâ€¦sheâ€™s unmoved and tells it as it is.â€œIâ€™m the middle child so I donâ€™t play favourites with them at all â€“ in fact I have to try and suck up to both of themâ€¦and often.â€Switching back to the Peninsula, only one half of the Peattie sisters featured at the Trans Tasman with Laura representing her national colours and family crest. Sister, Sarah meanwhile is still recovering from injury but has been a prominent member of the Australian contingent over the past five years. Now, cast your mind back further as we reflect back on this roll-call of Touch royalty that spans the generations past and carried through to the present. The Winchester sisters, Captain Louise and Canterbury colleague, Claire who represented Australia together on numerous occasions, stemming back to the 2007 World Cup, were two of the most recognisable and revered sisters in the game. This thread now starting to sound familiar? Before them came the Judd twins who marched triumphantly across the globe up until recently â€“ Kristy and Amanda. And, before them it was the Maherâ€™s of Cronulla â€“ Gaby, Kitty and Dom Maher who dominated proceedings in the late-80s and early 90â€™s (with Fiona an honourable mention making State Mixed teams) and setting the bar at a lofty height with a near team of sisters. Shifting focus to the millennium past, and perhaps very fittingly, it was the wife of recently retired Australian Womenâ€™s Coach, Peter Bell, Catherine Bell (nee Barr and her sister Angela), who represented their country with aplomb and along with the McWhirter sisters (Susan and Maria), set the tone as forbearers of things to come. The conclusion? Difficult to nominate one central thread but there is something either in the water with Touch Football as a sport or the girls being produced in the Touch Football family are too good to not be selected. Or, is it simply the inclusion element of every getting a go and parents choosing not to discriminate who plays what or when, nor where and the sheer weight of numbers playing the game, thereby determines the outcome. We turned to someone well and truly in the know who is probably best placed to know, witnessing first-hand the familiar familial thread over generations past and now, present overseeing the athlete monitoring and overall national team selectionsâ€™ process.Since retiring from the teacherâ€™s ranks of some 40 years, Cathy Gray, TFAâ€™s High Performance Director, suggests a recurring theme of family is omnipresent but perhaps with a little twist.â€œI think there has always been that steady and reliable link of family throughout the history of the sport,â€ she said after a rigorous but stunningly successful 2016 Trans-Tasman campaign.â€œThe sport is certainly unique in that it is easier for families to link-up together at competitions and start to follow each other to tournaments â€“ and that certainly makes it easier for parents to follow a common interest and pathway of their kids,â€ she added. â€œProbably also helps with transport and payment options too where they gravitate to a central location and makes it easier for pick-ups and the like,â€ she added with a touch of wisdom and you sense, long-held experience as a retired â€˜chalkieâ€™.But while that satisfies the participation area she thinks too that the advent of national programs, certainly in the more recent past, has a bit to do with it as well.â€œWhen the youth program became more prominent, and particularly after the Youth World Cup in 2005, what we had was the youth and senior players coming into alignment more closely,â€ she recalls. â€œWith the younger sister coming up into and through the senior ranks more quickly there was a key opportunity opened up for younger and older sisters to merge more easily into representative programs together and compete at the same level and of course, the same teams â€“ be it regional, state and national, or all.â€œOne key attribute I see is the strong sense of pride the sibling or even twin sisters (read: Juddâ€™s) have when competing together in an already generally family-like team. They watch out and advise and miss each other as they would do in general everyday life.â€ With her distinct and self-professed â€˜grandmotherlyâ€™ approach to the girls coming into the rep programs, notwithstanding her tireless support and sage advice along the way, all the girls she recalls fondly are quite receptive and assured by Cathyâ€™s hugs and no doubt, warm nature. And over her long and diverse resume of successful national campaigns was there anyone or anything that caught her eye or amused her so?â€œI have to say the Winchesterâ€™s were especially amusing to me,â€ referring to the very successful Louise and Claire double act from the heart of Bulldogs territory.â€œItâ€™s funny when I think of when Louise was coming through the ranks, she wasnâ€™t exactly the most organised of players and couldnâ€™t or didnâ€™t get things to managers etc in time,â€ noting her off field exploits certainly didnâ€™t match her on-field ability.â€œSo when Claire came through I cracked up when Louise would say to me very ashen-faced: â€˜Donâ€™t worry about it, Cathy I will look after and take care of everything Claire needs to do and get it through to you,â€â€œLetâ€™s just say it didnâ€™t inspire me with a lot of confidence and I had to feel a bit for Claire, to actually!â€So there we have it and leave it. Make up your own mind what it is that has and you dare say will drive the sisterhood further into the national programs of the future. Irrespective, long may their reign in the green and gold continue and we can only hope for many sequels of these â€˜Sisters Actsâ€™, down the track. One thing is certainly true. Family is at the heart of it. Let the arguments begin.Related LinksSister Act These sisters doing it not only for themselves and their country but someone very special as well. By Julian Buckmaster – @JulianTFA Ah, siblings. Everyone knows the blood-line connection and the love that flows and the loathing and conflict that grows that only a family best knows and delivers. And all usually under the same roof and the same protagonists looking for a different result doing the same thing. Sound familiar? Domestic bliss, hey? The competitions, the agreements the disagreements, the indiscretions. The bonds and ties that bind. The fights and frights and shared highs and lows. The equal part harmony and hegemony that makes up the fabric of the modern household. The rivalry. The settlements.And in the middle of it all you have the parents. You have to love the lot of a parent â€“ referee, judge, jury, provider, decider and pacifier. Somehow seemingly keeping it all together and with a referees whistle always on the ready and the smile behind gritted teeth to keep the peace. Now, for the purposes of this piece letâ€™s quietly ask the boys to slip outside and perhaps, go climb a tree, hit the back shed or better still, run amok with the Touch Football in the backyard as we focus on the important ones. The girls. History is seemingly littered with successful Australian female siblings. In the literary world you have the famous Bronte sisters; in music, the Minogueâ€™s and the Veronicasâ€™ sisters have it sussed and before all them the Andrews sisters from another time and age. In modelling itâ€™s the Hartâ€™s captivating the worldâ€™s catwalks and gaze. Even the tourism landmarks/landforms get a gig with the famous three sisters in the Blue Mountainsâ€¦but thatâ€™s another story entirely. However, itâ€™s in the Australian sporting world that something particularly curious is emerging and warrants examination. The Campbell sisters are probably the most prominent from the Australian publicâ€™s view; certainly capturing the imagination and most of the headlines in their quest for gold in Rio later this year. Cate Campbell said it best in a recent SMH report: â€œSo special. So special. To compete in a relay with Bronte; that was always our dream, because itâ€™s the only time we can swim together instead of against each other.â€ But at the elite Touch Football level, there is, as they say in our sportâ€™s vernacular, certainly a pattern developing here. What it is exactly that runs through the Touch Football family tree that is breeding success in the female format, we canâ€™t be sure – nurture? Nature? Combination of both? A great sense of family is a recurring theme.Something we do know is that a very rich and rare commodity seems to run in the veins of those successful siblings representing their country; which probably needs bottling and a good deal of explaining. As opposed to other sporting codes, for the Australian Womenâ€™s Open team, this would require a major enquiry to get to the bottom and foundation of this relative gene pool genius. Consider the conga line of sisters doing it not only for themselves but their younger/older siblings on the current stage, seeking International titles and Test honours.
Juventus coach Allegri satisfied with victory at Torinoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri was satisfied with their 1-0 win over Torino.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.“I didn’t see the penalty, as I turned my back to it. I very rarely watch the penalties, to be honest,” Allegri told DAZN.“It was rarely going to be a game with a lot of goals. When Toro’s tempo and intensity began to fall away, we took control of the match.“It was an extremely difficult fixture, because it the derby, because Torino were coming off a strong period of form and we played in the Champions League only three days ago.“The team was set out well, the lads showed a spirit of self-sacrifice and were very unified. In the first half, Torino caused us problems with their pressing, but we took control after the break and our forwards did well.“It’s a positive sign that we emerged in the long run, as it means the team is in good shape physically. This is a positive result and it allows us to take another step forward.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Napoli president De Laurentiis: I’ve offered €65M for Icardiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admits he’s made a past offer for Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi.Yesterday, De Laurentiis revealed earlier in the panel that he had rejected an offer “worth £95m” for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, believed to be from Manchester United.He had his own near miss on the transfer market, though.“I went to Milan in order to talk to Mauro Icardi’s wife. I offered up to €65m, but it didn’t go through. Never mind.”On coach Carlo Ancelotti, he added: “I’d known Ancelotti for five years, but when we met up, I found a man who was relaxed and content, with a thousand interests you could sit down and talk about, without ever having to discuss football all night.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Ince slams Man Utd board for hiring Solskjaer: What did he achieve?by Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Liverpool star Paul Ince has slammed the decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager – again.Ince was one of the most vocal critics of Solskjaer from the very beginning, as he suggested anyone with connections to United could have lifted the mood after Jose Mourinho’s departure.The former midfielder has once again laid into Solskjaer, suggesting he does not have the credentials to merit the job.”I’m not here to call for any manager to be sacked – I’ve been there, and it’s not a nice feeling,” Ince told PaddyPower.”But, I will reiterate what I said before and the board should never have made the decision with Ole as quickly as they did.”What had he achieved to deserve that job? He went to Cardiff and took them down, then he went to Molde. So, what on earth makes the board think that he’s the right man for one of, if not the, biggest job in football?”If they’d have waited until the end of the season and assessed the situation, I’m not sure whether they’d have appointed him. All they took into consideration was the excitement of PSG and a few other games.”To go from Cardiff, to Molde, to Manchester United, you’ve got to be some manager. I’m looking at his staff, too, and aside from Micky Phelan they all seem so young. Even sometimes when I’m watching the game and I’m looking at the dugout and Ole’s speaking to them, they all seem to have no reaction. They look as if they don’t have a clue what’s going on.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fletcher insists Pogba remains Man Utd’s biggest influenceby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher insists Paul Pogba remains the club’s biggest influence.Fletcher feels Pogba is United’s most influential player and has been the biggest miss for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He told Sky Sports, “Without a doubt it is a big blow, he is a leader, a World Cup winner. His performances get scrutinised to the level where it is a little bit unfair. If you look at the stats over a season – goals, assists, chances created, passes – he is Manchester United’s most dominant and influential player.”People probably expect too much from him but if you look at the stats he always delivers and makes things happen.”That’s probably where the criticism comes because he always tries things. Great Manchester United players have always done that, they’ve never gone simple or safe. Paul is maybe trying a little bit too hard.”It’s a massive blow but also an opportunity for someone else to step up.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent: Zinchenko grateful to Man City boss Guardiolaby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOleksandr Zinchenko is happy and settled at Manchester City.But his path could have been different as his agent, Alan Prudnikov, spoke about Napoli’s previous interest in the Ukraine international – but believes the decision to stay was the right one.”Zinchenko in the past near Napoli? In hindsight, we can say that staying in Manchester City was the right choice,” Prudnikov told Radio Marte.“We are grateful to (Pep) Guardiola for the chance he gave the boy to develop and play. Zinchenko renewed last summer with City and is focused on the English club, he wants to win many trophies.”He added: “One day it would be nice to beat Ronaldo also in Serie A, but it is necessary that Cristiano does not retire also because at the moment Zinchenko’s future is at City.”
Arsenal told to up offer for Dani Ceballosby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have been told to up their offer for Dani Ceballos.El Desmarque says Arsenal have made a £25million offer for Ceballos rejected by Real Madrid.The Spaniard is on loan at the Emirates and has made an impression for the Gunners.Arsenal have been knocked back in an attempt to sign Ceballos permanently though.Real Madrid are understood to want about £30m to let the midfielder leave the Bernabeu. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
It’s about 12 a.m. on Jan 2, 2015. You’re an Alabama fan. You just watched your favorite college football team lose in the inaugural College Football Playoff – to freaking Urban Meyer. The season’s over now. You’re depressed, upset. You want to feel better. So you go to your room, open up your laptop and visit your favorite X-rated website. You weren’t alone in doing this, apparently. According to a report by AL.com, lots and lots of Alabama fans acted similarly. Immediately following the Crimson Tide’s Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State, PornHub’s traffic from the state of Alabama was reportedly 90 percent higher than average. Here’s what happened to pornography traffic after Alabama lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl http://t.co/RGLKDd2hcv pic.twitter.com/BVRZdnLjO7— AL.com (@aldotcom) June 23, 2015From the report: We reached out to Pornhub several weeks ago about getting some statewide statistics on pornography usage in the state of Alabama and were not disappointed.The site regularly crunches usage statistics, posting worldwide and usage within countries, but only in the last month or so have they begun to look at state-level trends. Alabama was one of the first. You’re very welcome!There were several stand-out bits of information regarding Alabamians’ most private search habits on Pornhub. But on January 1 of this year, just as the Buckeyes clinched the Sugar Bowl title – securing their spot in the National Championship – Alabama found condolence deep in the heart of the internet, where preferences are free and judgment is at a bare minimum.Being a die-hard college football fan is very, very stressful.
Mohamed Salah won and converted a decisive 50th-minute penalty as Liverpool returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion.Title rivals Manchester City trimmed the gap at the summit to four points when they beat the Reds’ 2-1 last week and a much-changed XI were then knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves.But Jurgen Klopp’s men restored a seven-point advantage thanks to the excellent Salah, having bided their time in the face of an often-impeccable defensive display from Brighton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? City host Wolves on Monday, by which time Tottenham will have had the chance to conquer Manchester United and close to within six of Liverpool.Fabinho was deployed as an emergency centre-back for the visitors and his raking pass allowed Andrew Robertson to deliver a teasing cross from the left, with Roberto Firmino unable to slide home.Room for Liverpool’s attacking players to operate between a compact Brighton defence and midfield was sparing, but Sadio Mane engineered some in the 27th minute for Trent Alexander-Arnold to whip into the box and Xherdan Shaqiri to glance just wide.Jordan Henderson found space for Liverpool’s next headed attempt as Lewis Dunk made the block.Salah escaped the shackles to force a save from David Button early in the second half and a jinking dribble from the Egypt star moments later drew a clumsy foul from Pascal Gross.Button guessed correctly but was beaten for power.50′ – GET IN! Salah blasts his penalty into the top right corner to give the Reds the lead!![0-1]#BHALIV pic.twitter.com/1sNwPJh01p— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 12, 2019Fabinho’s first significant piece of defensive work came before the hour when he blocked from Gross, while Alisson took no chances in pushing Jurgen Locadia’s speculative attempt around the post.Georginio Wijnaldum lashed just wide 10 minutes from time and Salah uncharacteristically missed from close range when set up by substitute James Milner, but his earlier intervention proved to be enough. What does it mean? Wobble ends for Klopp’s menLosing football matches can sometimes become a habit as tricky to shake as the winning addiction Liverpool operated with during the second half of 2018. The cup loss at Wolves on the back of their reverse at City is set to be a footnote in the Reds’ season, but it would only have been human to feel nerves when this game was goalless at the interval. But they can relax again, for now, in the knowledge that City lost twice in December when they played later in the matchweek than Liverpool.Salah lifts Liverpool with second-half salvoBrighton’s faultless defensive organisation got them through the first half with relatively few worries. At that point, Salah decided to take matters into his own hands. In the period immediately after the break – either side of winning and netting the game-breaking penalty – the superstar forward dropped deep and roved, breaking lines and Albion’s otherwise unwavering concentration. He elevated himself above everyone else on the field to get Liverpool’s title charge back on track.Lumbering Locadia blunts Brighton attackChris Hughton’s ploy of targeting the right-hand side of Liverpool’s defence – where Alexander-Arnold appeared short of full fitness outside Fabinho – might have borne fruit had Locadia displayed a surer touch and avoided straying offside at untimely moments. If two goals in as many games after Christmas were a couple of steps forward for the ex-PSV forward, this outing was one backwards.Key Opta Facts- Liverpool have 57 points from 22 Premier League games this season; in English top-flight history, only Preston (58 in 1888-89), Tottenham (59 in 1960-61), Chelsea (61 in 2005-06) and Manchester City (62 in 2017-18) have ever had more at this stage when adjusting to three points for a win.- Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost more league games to Liverpool in his managerial career (seven defeats from seven meetings) than any other side. His sides have conceded 26 goals across those seven games.- Of the last 10 Premier League penalties taken by left-footed players, six have failed to score – the other four have all been scored by Salah.What’s next?Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace and their former boss Roy Hodgson to Anfield next weekend, when Brighton face another tough test away at Manchester United. read more
After a dramatic round of midweek fixtures, Liverpool must wait until Monday night for the chance to maintain or extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.The Reds were left frustrated as their draw at home to Leicester on Wednesday denied them the chance to take full of advantage of Manchester City’s defeat at Newcastle 24 hours earlier.The gap to City, then, remains five points when it might have been seven, and Liverpool could well be under pressure by the time they take to the field at the London Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? West Ham have provided little threat in the last two seasons, with Jurgen Klopp’s men winning 4-0 and 4-1 in this fixture, but with nerves jangling among Reds supporters, this promises to be another stern test.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Monday night’s game…Liverpool Injuries Liverpool, thankfully, emerged unscathed from the Leicester game, injury-wise.James Milner will return after serving a one-match suspension, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is getting nearer to a return after a knee injury.Dejan Lovren was back on the bench against Leicester and will come into consideration for a start.Joe Gomez, Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all sidelined.Liverpool Suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game.Liverpool Likely Line-UpMilner can be expected to return at right-back (if Alexander-Arnold is not fit), which will allow Jordan Henderson to move back into midfield if required.Fabinho too will be pushing for a start, which will leave both Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, ineffective against Leicester, sweating over their place. Klopp could choose to revert to a 4-3-3 system, using the pace of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah out wide as he did to good effect last term.Lovren may well be given a start, especially if West Ham use Andy Carroll’s aerial prowess. The Croatian is a more physical option than Joel Matip, though the Cameroon man has let nobody down of late.West Ham team news The big concern for the Hammers surrounds star man Marko Arnautovic, who was forced off in their game at Wolves on Tuesday with an ankle injury.Early suggestions are that the issue is not as serious as first feared, with the Austrian facing a race to be fit for Monday’s game.Elsewhere, Pellegrini will be without long-term absentees Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini, while defender Fabian Balbuena is missing too.Samir Nasri, Lucas Perez and Aaron Cresswell are also doubtful, and midfielder Jack Wilshere is also on the injury list.TV Channel & Kick-Off Time The fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, kick-off 8pm.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 3pm ET. Best Opta Match Facts West Ham have lost their last four Premier League matches against Liverpool, conceding exactly four times in each defeat (0-4, 1-4, 1-4, 0-4). Liverpool have won both of their Premier League matches at the London Stadium against West Ham – they haven’t won three consecutive away league games against the Hammers since January 2007. Liverpool have scored four times in each of their last four Premier League games against West Ham; in top-flight history, only twice has a team scored four or more goals in five consecutive matches against an opponent – Sunderland vs Manchester United (five between 1893 and 1906) and Arsenal vs Middlesbrough (seven between 1930 and 1933). In their 0-3 defeat at Wolves, West Ham failed to register a shot on target in a Premier League match for the first time since December 2017 against Arsenal; it was also the first time a side managed by Manuel Pellegrini had failed to attempt an effort on target in a Premier League game. Liverpool have kept six clean sheets away from home in the Premier League this season, one more than they did in the whole of 2017-18. They last kept more on the road in the 2014-15 campaign (8). All seven of the Premier League goals conceded by West Ham in 2019 have been scored in the second half of matches. West Ham are looking to win three consecutive matches in all competitions at the London Stadium for the first time in what will be their 61st match at the stadium. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been involved in five goals in three Premier League appearances against West Ham (four goals, one assist). West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has lost more Premier League games against Liverpool (5) than he has against any other club, losing all three against Jurgen Klopp. Mohamed Salah is currently on 48 Premier League goals for Liverpool. He’d be the fastest player to reach 50 with a certain club if he bags twice here (this would be his 61st game). 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Kenedy is hoping to avoid forming part of Chelsea’s loan army again in 2019-20, with it his “dream” to remain at Stamford Bridge and prove his worth.The Brazilian has taken in limited game time for the Blues since being acquired from Fluminense in the summer of 2015.He does have 27 appearances to his name, but the vast majority of those came in his debut campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Much of his experience in England has been collected during a loan spell at Watford and two stints with Newcastle.The 23-year-old admits to having enjoyed his time with the Magpies, as he caught the eye on Tyneside, but is now looking to make his mark at his parent club.“I learned a lot from my time there,” Kenedy told Chelsea’s official website.“I was very happy with the amount I played. It was a great experience for me so I must say thanks to the club and the manager.“Now I have to start again here at Chelsea and work hard, step by step. My hope now is to do a great season here at Chelsea. That is my dream.”Kenedy was moved out of Stamford Bridge by Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.Frank Lampard is now at the Blues helm and has used the versatile South American during the current pre-season campaign.He has figured in a favoured position on the flanks, having previously been used in defence, and is determined to kick on from this point.Kenedy added, having impressed in friendly dates with Kawasaski Frontale and Barcelona: “I am very happy with the amount of minutes I played in Japan.“It was a great experience. I am really pleased for the opportunity the manager is giving me and the amount I have been playing in pre-season.“When I was at Chelsea before I played a lot as a left-back, but now I have been playing further forward. My past experiences as a left-back have helped me be a better player now.”Kenedy has added incentive to prove his worth this season as he has entered the final year of his current contract with Chelsea and needs to show that he is deserving of fresh terms. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Oklahoma has done a pretty good job with quarterbacks over the last few years. Next up could be Spencer Rattler, who may be the best signal caller in his class.The class of 2019 quarterback announced his commitment to OU last June. He was the second member of Oklahoma’s class, and has helped set the tone for the rest of the group, which is one of the best in college football right now.Rattler was named as one of the “Elite 11” quarterbacks after the finals of that event over the weekend. That earns him an invite to The Opening Finals later this summer.Some think he was the best QB at the event over the weekend. From 247Sports:Three quarterbacks separated themselves by consistently being in the top group of signal callers and Rattler was the most dynamic for us. He’s a play maker who has the ability to beat a defense with his arm or his legs and has a presence about him that should make him a natural leader in college.Spencer Rattler is currently the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the class.247Sports ranks him No. 1 overall at his position, and No. 1 among pro-style throwers. Auburn’s Bo Nix, another Elite 11 player, is the No. 1 dual threat quarterback.Like recent OU star Baker Mayfield, Rattler isn’t hurting for self-confidence either. The Athletic‘s Chantel Jennings recently profiled him, and got this great quote:“I definitely feel like I can throw with any quarterback in the country, high school or college-wise,” he says. “I won’t say NFL, but I can make some NFL throws, for sure.”Oklahoma fans got more good quarterback news over the last few days as well. Despite being selected No. 9 overall in the MLB Draft, it appears that projected starting quarterback Kyler Murray will be back with the Sooners football team this fall.
Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith has taken to Twitter to voice his thoughts on the Ohio State investigation. Smith’s comments come one night after punishments forUrban Meyer and Gene Smith were announced.Smith’s tweet centered on the interview he gave two members of the investigative committee. In it, Smith alleges the investigators appeared to be focused more on media backlash.“Can’t wait 2 disclose the 2.5 hr “investigative” interview I gave 2 the people OSU employed 2 find out if Cch Meyer / Gene Smith did anything wrong… Questions were bizarre & VERY clear they weren’t investigating ANYTHING they were supposed to be… Investigating media backlash,” he tweeted.Can’t wait 2 disclose the 2.5 hr “investigative” interview I gave 2 the people OSU employed 2 find out if Cch Meyer / Gene Smith did anything wrong… Questions were bizarre & VERY clear they weren’t investigating ANYTHING they were supposed to be… Investigating media backlash.— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 24, 2018At first glance, it is unclear if Smith is saying Ohio State didn’t put forth an honest investigation, or if he is saying there was nothing to look into in the first place. Either way, he is probably better off not commenting.These are the first public statements Smith has made since his interview on ESPN a few weeks ago. However, he tweeted something else in the immediate aftermath of the press conference at Ohio State last night.It was a quote from Proverbs referencing truth and false evidence.pic.twitter.com/S66XxOGouw— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 23, 2018Smith was let go by Urban Meyer in late July. Meyer was ultimately suspended three games and Gene Smith for two-plus weeks for the way they handled domestic violence allegations against the former wide receivers coach and grandson of Ohio State legend Earle Bruce.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)One of the biggest games for college football this weekend will take place in East Lansing, as the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines will battle the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans. With Jim Harbaugh’s team rolling as of late, picking up a road victory would boost their stock tremendously.Last Saturday, Michigan beat Wisconsin by 25 points, in large part because of Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon. However, the Wolverines have yet to prove they can win against ranked teams on the road, which will be their next test.While the Wolverines are favorites for this matchup, the SportsLine Projection Model believes they won’t cover the spread this weekend.From CBS Sports: The Wolverines also come into this game with momentum after knocking off Wisconsin, but the model likes the value on the Spartans in this rivalry that historically comes down to the wire. MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke accounts for over 200 yards of offense as Michigan State covers in almost 55 percent of simulations.Regardless if Michigan covers the spread or not, losing to Michigan State would definitely derail any chance of making the College Football Playoff.This showdown will likely come down to the Wolverines’ ability to force turnovers. If they can make Brian Lewerke uncomfortable in the pocket, they should continue their winning ways.Michigan and Michigan State will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET from Spartan Stadium.The game will be on FOX.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh made a pretty embarrassing mistake in his postgame press conference following the Wolverines’ blowout win over Rutgers.Harbaugh called Rutgers’ head coach the wrong name.Rutgers’ head coach is Chris Ash.Harbaugh, unfortunately, called him Rob Ash.“That’s a team that’s very close to breaking through and winning multiple games, consecutive games,” Harbaugh said. “Rob does a really good job with them. They’ve got a good plan offensively and a good plan defensively.”Welp.Harbaugh is getting laughed at a bit for this, but there appears to be an easy explanation.Chris Ash, the former Ohio State defensive coordinator, played for former Montana State head coach Rob Ash at Drake.So, Harbaugh likely just mixed up the two names.Former Montana State coach Rob Ash. https://t.co/Ira3KjAYOl— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 11, 2018Still, it’s a little embarrassing.Michigan won today’s game, 42-7, to improve to 9-1 on the season.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)In just under an hour, Ohio State and Michigan will settle their differences on national television. The two teams meet with a berth into the Big Ten title game on the line and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff.Ahead of today’s game, there has been plenty of talk by both teams – including alumni. however, it’s something that Michigan’s players are wearing before today’s game that is stealing headlines.Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson took the field wearing a “Revenge Tour” beanie – a mantra the Wolverines have adopted as they look to avenge losses against their rivals in recent years.Here’s a look.Revenge Tour stop No. 4. https://t.co/zc70OqJsSS pic.twitter.com/i3FdmEfmyg— Mike Mulholland (@mulho2mj) November 24, 2018Patterson wasn’t a part of the 2017 Michigan team, or those teams that lost to Michigan State and Ohio State in previous seasons. He’s not letting that stop him, though.Can Patterson lead the Wolverines to a win?Ohio State and Michigan kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
COLUMBUS, OH – DECEMBER 30: Members of the Ohio State Buckeyes huddle up prior to the start of the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Value City Arena on December 30, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Iowa defeated Ohio State 71-65. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)Ohio State’s men’s basketball program announced some big news for Wednesday night’s game against Syracuse.The Buckeyes, who will be hosting the Orange in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game, will be welcoming back a legendary head coach.Thad Matta, who led Ohio State’s program from 2004-17, winning five Big Ten titles and reaching two Final Fours, will be honored at halftime.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann announced the news today.“We look forward to welcoming back the Matta family and recognizing Coach Matta’s extraordinary accomplishments at Halftime of tomorrow nights game vs. Syracuse. Please join us in welcoming back Thad, Barb, Ali and Emily Matta,” he announced.We look forward to welcoming back the Matta family and recognizing Coach Matta’s extraordinary accomplishments at Halftime of tomorrow nights game vs. Syracuse. Please join us in welcoming back Thad, Barb, Ali and Emily Matta. pic.twitter.com/tymW403qQ4— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) November 27, 2018That will be awesome. Hopefully Ohio State fans can show up in full force to thank Matta for everything he did for the program.
From the Omaha World-Herald:“Culture eats scheme for breakfast,” Frost said. “And I think that’s true.“I can put the guys in the best scheme, the best offensive plays, the best defensive plays I can come up with. But at the end of the day, if we don’t have corners who can run through tackles and knife-knees, if we don’t have O-linemen coming off the ball, if we don’t have people holding each other accountable, and we don’t have our team making smart decisions and grinding and working hard, I’m not sure the best scheme in the world matters.”Expanding on that theme, Frost said that the difference in his team from last year is night and day.Here was the most notable quote today from Frost on where his team is right now compared to a year ago: pic.twitter.com/T2jaqGxMTb— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) February 6, 2019The Huskers have extremely high expectations for 2019, especially coming off of a 4-8 campaign. It doesn’t sound like Frost is particularly afraid of them, though.[Omaha World-Herald] LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Some expected very quick results from Nebraska in year one under Scott Frost. Things took a bit to really heat up, though.The Huskers opened up with a rough 0-6 start to the season. The team rebounded to finish at 4-8, with competitive losses to Ohio State and Iowa.Frost discussed that first year at the annual Lincoln Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday. He shed some light on the biggest issues his team faced out of the gate.Perhaps Scott Frost’s most notable quote is on the importance of a program’s culture.He said that while the scheme, which he brought over from his undefeated UCF program, was sound, Nebraska’s program culture was nowhere near where it needed to be.
Big news coming!!! Been waiting for this day for a long time. Really want to thank everyone that’s been in my life throughout this process to get me here💯. #Thewaitisalmostover Will it be #WDE or #Clemson ???…May 17th😁 pic.twitter.com/7jTp4ympkz— M Y L E S M U R P H Y💯 (@BigMurphy_25) May 7, 2019247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions have unanimously projected Murphy to pick the Clemson Tigers.Rivals has similarly tipped Murphy to join what is on the verge of being a historic Clemson recruiting class.Clemson has already secured six of the top 50 players in the country, including top quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, two top-rated defensive tackles, and No. 2 overall prospect Bryan Bresee.Getting Murphy would give Clemson five five-star players, matching the combined totals of Alabama, LSU, and Georgia. They would also have 15 committed recruited, second only to the Crimson Tide at this stage in the process. CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: A detailed view of the helmets of the Clemson Tigers before their game against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Could the Clemson Tigers be on the verge of adding a fifth five-star prospect to their Class of 2020? If they hear what they want to hear from defensive end Myles Murphy they certainly will.Murphy is set to make his college announcement on Friday, and by most accounts it will be the Clemson Tigers. His final two choices are Clemson and Auburn.247Sports rates Murphy as a five-star prospect and the No. 8 player in the country. He is the No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Georgia.Last year at Hillgrove High School, Murphy recorded 53 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks.