2014 Trans Tasman Series – 100 days to go!

first_imgThe countdown is on for one of the most anticipated Trans Tasman Series’ in recent history. Australia will be out to reclaim the Trans Tasman trophy when the 2014 Trans Tasman Series is held at Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee, New South Wales in just 100 days’ time (Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April 2014). With the 2015 World Cup edging closer, the Trans Tasman event will be the arch rivals’ last chance to battle it out before the World Cup is held in Coffs Harbour in April and May, 2015. Last time they met (Auckland, February 2013), New Zealand claimed the series two divisions to one, with Australia winning the Women’s Open division 3-0, while the Kiwis were victors in the Men’s and Mixed divisions, two games to one. “It [the Trans-Tasman series] is vital,” Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire told the Mudgee Guardian.“It is going to be very busy leading up to the World Cup and not only do we have the Trans-Tasman but there is the State of Origin series in September and the Elite Eight Series before the World Cup.“If they [the players] don’t take the opportunity they have been given, then there are plenty of other people who are pushing their case for selection.”The 2012 event saw the two nations engage with the community through ANZAC Day ceremonies as well as school visits and Touch Football clinics.Maguire says the 2014 event will have a similar feel. “We want to involve the locals as much as possible.“I think the last time it was one of the first events held at the stadium and no one really knew how it was going to go. The Anzac part of it went really well and the school involvement only came about by chance [because of a school touch tournament].“We want to involve the schools and the players of the sport, interact with everyone.”Wednesday, 15 January marks 100 days until the 2014 Trans Tasman Test Series, so what better way to kick off our coverage of the event than a 100 day countdown!Head to the ‘2014 Trans Tasman Series’ tab under ‘Tournaments’ on the top menu of the website for more information in the lead up to the Series. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the 2014 Trans Tasman Series as we keep you up-to-date with all of the latest news and information about the event. Check out some of the highlights of the last event played in Mudgee, the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, below. Please click on the link below to read the Mudgee Guardian story: http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/2022401/maguire-promises-a-touch-of-class-at-trans-tasman/?cs=1233#slide=2 Related Links100 day countdown begins!last_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan Are Hanging With Local Elementary Students Today

first_imgFrank Kaminsky on the court against Duke.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 06: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after falling to the court in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team last played at Michigan on Saturday and won’t take the court again until this Saturday at Iowa. With some extra free time this week, Badger big men Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan are hanging out with the students at Glacier Edge Elementary School in nearby Verona, Wis. All three players spoke with the students as part of the school’s Kindness Week activities. The All-American Kaminsky even took a selfie with some students: #BadgersGiveBack #Notor #NigelHayesA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky (@fskpart3) on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00am PST Dukan, who is 6-foot-10, tried to blend in with the crowd but it didn’t work out too well.New game: #WheresDuje? pic.twitter.com/GOY5bm3J8V— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 28, 2015 Hayes, meanwhile, may not have a future as a comedian judging off this joke, but he does know his state geography. Stand-up comedy with Nigel Hayes #BadgersGiveBackA video posted by Wisconsin Basketball (@badgermbb) on Jan 28, 2015 at 8:39am PSTOne underrated aspect of these photos and video is the impressive jersey game of some of the students at Glacier Edge. The local staples (Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers) are of course represented, but shoutout to the kid in the sweet Dallas Mavericks throwback, and the two young men who wore the NFL jerseys of Badger alumni Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt.last_img read more

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Florida’s Governor Is Sending Personal Letters To Football Recruits Who Stay Home, Play For Gators

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Yesterday, 5-star Florida defensive end signee CeCe Jefferson shared that he had received a letter from Florida Governor Rick Scott congratulating him for staying in-state for college. It appears Scott is sending these letters to other UF signees from the Sunshine State. Here is a photo of the letter that was sent to Pasco High School defensive lineman Andrew Ivie, courtesy of his coach Tom McHugh. To Andrew Ivie pic.twitter.com/gWzqsyPNzw— Tom McHugh (@tmac114) April 1, 2015This is interesting, because it appears Scott is making a concerted effort to thank recruits for playing in-state. Wonder how FSU fans feel about this, unless he is sending them to Seminole signees as well.last_img read more

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Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

first_imgHONOLULU — U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.Boat owners Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. and JF Zengyoren, or Japan Fisheries Cooperatives in English, are charged with aiding and abetting the smuggling. Ten fishermen have been charged with smuggling.A Hamada representative in Japan said Friday that the Indonesian crew members had shark fins without the captain’s knowledge.JF Zengyoren declined to comment, saying it hadn’t seen the complaint.It’s against U.S. law to remove the fins of sharks at sea. Prosecutors say the fishermen harvested fins from some sharks that were still alive and then discarded in the ocean.Fins are a pricey delicacy often used in soups.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Potential Trans Mountain pipeline buyer says it agrees with federal principles

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – One of the leaders of a First Nations consortium planning to offer $6.8 billion for majority ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline says federal government principles for Indigenous buyers are “exactly aligned” with its goals.Harrie Vredenburg, a Project Reconciliation executive board member and professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, says the principles unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday don’t affect his group’s plan to invite all Indigenous communities in Western Canada to join in a united bid for 51 percent of the pipeline.The four points suggest that discussions of potential Indigenous ownership of the pipeline can proceed only if the communities involved have “meaningful economic participation,” if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and goes forward on a commercial basis. Vredenburg says the principles are consistent with messages his organization has shared in meetings with federal department officials over the past five months.He says the project, led by executive chairman Delbert Wapass, a former chief of the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan, is well-advanced and there have been meetings with investment banks, oil companies and First Nations.Morneau has said the government won’t negotiate the sale of the pipeline it bought for $4.5 billion last summer until after construction of its controversial proposed expansion is “de-risked.”Court-ordered consultations with affected Indigenous groups are expected to wrap up in May, allowing the expansion to go to Ottawa for a decision on approval.last_img read more

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‘I have an opinion, but I’ll keep it to myself’

first_imgMumbai: After Kangana Ranaut slammed Alia Bhatt for not speaking over contemporary issues, the actor said while she respects the Queen star for voicing her opinions, she would like to keep hers private. Kangana had called Alia and her Gully Boy co-star Ranveer Singh’s comments of being apolitical “irresponsible” and lashed out at the duo for refusing to speak on politics. Asked about Kangana’s comments, Alia told reporters, “I definitely don’t have the ability to speak as candidly as Kangana Ranaut does, and I really do respect her for that ability and maybe in a way I think she is right, sometimes we do hold back.” “My dad also says that there are already so many opinions in the world that it can do with one less opinion,” the Udta Punjab actor asserted. “So, even if I have an opinion but I’ll keep it to myself. But, kudos to her as she genuinely speaks really well,” Bhatt further added. The Badrinath ki Dulhania actor was speaking at an event in Mumbai recently. “I am somebody who loves being an actor, I love acting. But in life I want to do so much more. I want to produce films, I won’t ever direct though. I want to work on social causes. I can do so much more with my life, this is just a beginning.” Alia will next be seen in Brahmastra and Kalank, both the films’ journey she described as “beautiful.” “Kalank is an unbelievable journey. It is an honour to be a part of such a great cast. The film’s director, Abhishek Varman is a dear friend. We all have really put in a lot of hard work for this one.”last_img read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse sets lofty goals for 2013

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is heading into the 2013 season looking to shake off the sting of back-to-back losses in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Coach Nick Myers said his team’s growth in the off-season might be enough to make that hope a reality. “We’re a team that’s fighting and clawing to get better every day, I’m really happy with the effort we’ve put forth in practice,” Myers said. “I think right now the coaching staff is probably most thankful for the leadership that we’re getting and the way these guys are responding to the challenges that we’re putting in front of them.” The team can look for leadership in returning seniors Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack, who will all join the Ohio Machine at the end of the season after being drafted in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Alexander, a midfielder and co-captain for the Buckeyes, said he’s excited to play for the Machine but won’t let his future distract him from his duties at OSU. “(Getting drafted) was pretty awesome, my family was pretty excited,” Alexander said. “Obviously my focus right now is the season, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.” In front of a sold-out crowd, the Buckeyes defeated Team Canada, 17-10, in its preseason opener on Jan. 20. And even though it’s early, some members of the team said their sights are already set on making it to the sport’s biggest stage. “I think the goal is definitely to get to the NCAA tournament, and once you get there anything can happen,” said junior goalie Greg Dutton. “I think we have the guys to do it, and I think we are a lot more mature than we have been in past years. We’ve got good senior leadership and we should have the expectation to make the tournament.” Like Dutton, Schuss has been named to the 2013 Preseason All-American team by Inside Lacrosse. The attacker was named last season’s ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Myers hopes for similar production this season. “I think Logan’s a guy that benefits off his teammates’ ability. He has incredible talent but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s as good as the five guys around him helping make plays,” Myers said. “I certainly think he is one of the best players in the country.” No. 20 OSU is set to play No. 12 Syracuse Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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Ohio State Golf Club provides a fair but tough challenge

Challenging but fair. It is a phrase that a professor might use to describe that last calculus test, but it also happens to fit the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club.The Scarlet Course, the club’s main attraction, re-opened on April 2 after being shuttered since November for the winter season.Topping out at more than 7,400 yards from the back tees, the course is often compared with the marquee country clubs of central Ohio.“Some people say it’s just as difficult as a Scioto Country Club or Muirfield Village,” said the club’s assistant golf professional Ben Mersy. “It’s pretty forgiving off the tees. The bunkers will get you, and the greens can be pretty tough.”Mersy added, “Overall it’s a fair but tough challenge.”The Scarlet Course was originally completed in 1938 and saw a major renovation between 2005 and 2006 under the guidance of former OSU golfer and PGA Tour legend Jack Nicklaus.A frequent user of the course, Daron Prater, a second-year in engineering, vouched for the venue’s difficulty.“The greens are nearly impossible,” he said. “You have to leave (the ball) below the hole or else you won’t stand a chance.”For those looking for an easier course, Mersy said the OSU Golf Club is still the place to go.“We have two golf courses here, which is unique to central Ohio,” he said.The Gray Course, completed in 1940, tops out at 5,800 yards.Prater said that the Scarlet Course is beautiful.“There are some really nice views, it’s a very scenic course,” Prater said. “It gives you a great view of Ohio.”The course is also known for its pristine condition, Mersy said.“The condition of the course is great all year round,” he said. “We have a superintendent and his crew that do a wonderful job.”Mersy also said, though, that the Gray Course is just as nice as the Scarlet.“They take just as good of care on Gray as they do on Scarlet,” Mersy said. “(But) Gray is a much easier golf course for beginner to moderate golfers.”The club tries to keep the Gray course open throughout the winter if the weather permits, said Marc Lucas, the club’s general manager.Mersy said having two courses isn’t its most notable quality.The Scarlet Golf Course was ranked No. 7 on “Golfweek’s” list of the best college course of 2012.The OSU Golf Club is not only one of the best in the nation, but Mersy said that it also is one of the only establishments of its kind in Ohio as one of the few university-owned and operated clubs.Mersey said that Kent State has Windmill Lakes Golf Club, but the facility is not owned and operated by the university.Brian Kelly, OSU Golf Club’s head golf professional, said there is only one other college-operated course in the state.“The only other one that’s around is Bridgeview, which is owned by Columbus State Community College now,” he said.Bridgeview Golf Course is a nine-hole course, while OSU’s courses both have 18 holes.OSU Golf Club hosts a multitude of tournaments at all levels. Beyond some of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournaments and various collegiate competitions, Mersy said the club also hosts an event for the PGA Web.com Tour and is now part of the PGA Tour Qualifying Series.The club will be hosting the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship from Sept. 9 to 15.OSU Golf Club is located at 3605 Tremont Road. For OSU students, a day on the Scarlet Course costs $33 and on the Gray Course is $20. read more

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Chelsea handed major Lewandowski boost

first_imgRoman Abramovich is more than hungry for a deal to bring in Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge, as they are still looking for a replacement for Alvaro Morata.Morata is still struggling to score a single goal since his last one on Boxing day, against Brighton. He was also left out of the Spain squad for their last game and according to Conte, he has to reach his top shape before the end of the season, or he will not be staying at Stamford Bridge for much longer.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Lewandowski has been lately linked with a move to Real Madrid. However, Florentino Perez might have already changed his target with Harry Kane, as they are also looking for replacement, only this time it is someone to step in Benzema’s boots, according to Express.Chelsea hopes have risen higher than ever as Perez is now eyeing Kane, instead of Lewandowski. It was his agent that sparked all the speculations for the future of the player last month.last_img read more

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Vinicius and Ramos save Real Madrid vs Valladolid

first_imgWith a deviated goal by Vinicius in the final minutes of the match, Real Madrid was saved from another boring result against Valladolid at the Bernabeu.We can’t deny that Real Madrid is currently going through its darkest moment since Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left, but newcomer Santiago Solari has at least understood how important Vinicius is to this club.Florentino Perez is many things, but the man is not stupid and he has recently proved that he doesn’t pay €45 million for any player as he did for the young Brazilian.This Saturday’s performance from Real Madrid before the 73rd minute, proved that Los Blancos were in urgent need of a player who helped his teammates wake up and the Flamengo product is just that.It took him only a couple of minutes to make the Bernabeu applaud him and it took him 10 to get the first goal of the match, even if the credit didn’t go to him after the goal was scored.Los Blancos didn’t have a proper player who could occupy the left wing when Ronaldo left, but Vinicius proved that he was born to play on that side of the pitch and he was able to accelerate the pace of all his teammates with his creativity and hunger for success.Vinicius y 10 más. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/ylvzBKlk2G— Real Madrid (@realmadridnote) November 3, 2018The fans at the Santiago Bernabeu ended up booing the players after a first half with no goals and very little emotions, Santiago Solari was able to study the weak points that this squad has during that time.Midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will mostly remain static if they don’t have players up front who are constantly moving and looking for a space to create football, but the biggest flop today was Casemiro as he looked extremely tired during the minutes he played and Solari was quick to notice this.Isco Alarcon came in during the second half to replace the Brazilian, the Spaniard was instantly positive for the game as he was fresh and had new ideas to help the squad.But the Spanish giants were still lacking that acceleration up front that Vinicius had, but Santiago Solari wanted to seem like he was going to take the player’s upbringing very carefully and he wouldn’t expose him too much because he still fears that the Santiago Bernabeu could intimidate him.But this player is very confident, he was eager to come in and prove that he is worthy to play for Real Madrid and also prove Julen Lopetegui wrong.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.🏁 FT: @RealMadrid 2-0 @realvalladolid (Kiko Olivas (og) 83′, @SergioRamos 88′ (p)).#Emirates | #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/KKsvc6gWk4— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 3, 2018The goal in question came from a pass that Vinicius made which could’ve also been confused with a low shot, the attempt hit defender Olivas and completely distracted Valladolid’s goalkeeper.It really didn’t matter who had scored the goal, Vinicius celebrated it as if it was his own and the whole Santiago Bernabeu crowd cheered his triumphant presentation in this mythical stadium.After the first goal, all the Real Madrid players seemed to have lifted a giant weight from their shoulders and pretty much all of them started played considerably better.A few minutes before the end of the match, even Karim Benzema showed a different attitude and got fouled inside the box to give Real Madrid a penalty.Skipper Sergio Ramos delivered from the spot with a cold-blooded Panenka shot and sealed Los Blancos’ final 2-0 victory that could have never happened if Vinicius hadn’t played the few minutes he did today.It’s clear that he is the one who should start the matches and not Gareth Bale, who proved today that he is no longer a good option for Real Madrid as he wasn’t able to produce a single dangerous moment for his squad during the 70 minutes he played.⏱ | 0-0 | The second half has started at the Bernabéu! Let’s do this lads!🖥 https://t.co/FhfQuxSkR2📱 https://t.co/aUcxSG6zip #RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/pffielIIX9— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 3, 2018How would you qualify Vinicius’ impact in Real Madrid during the few minutes he played against Real Valladolid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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