In The Spotlight – Nick Good

first_imgIn the ninth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Nick Good, speaks about how it feels to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup, and the biggest influence on his Touch Football career. Name: Nicholas GoodNickname: GoodyAge: 19Affiliate: Penrith PanthersOccupation: Studying primary teaching, currently working as a special education aide.Position: MiddleDebut for Australia: 2009 Youth Trans Tasman and 2010 for Men’s Open.Career highlights so far: Penrith Vawdon Cup 2009, 2010 Men’s Trans Tasman, captaining both Youth Australian teams in 2009 and 2011, captaining my Penrith Men’s team in 2010. How you got involved in Touch Football: Through my parents.Favourite player: Jason Zabielo.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: A great deal, words honestly cannot justify the privilege of wearing the Australian jersey.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Dave Collins– He has a tremendous Touch brain and gave me a chance at an early age. His belief in his players is unreal.Favourite sporting moment: Steven Bradbury’s gold medal at Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.What do you know about Scotland: Cold and cold! Any superstitions: Nil.Funniest Australian teammate: Anthony Ziade and Steve Roberts.Favourite quote: Winners make a habit of doing those things which losers don’t like to do – Vince Lombardi.Any travel plans for after World Cup: A 10 day adventure with Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley. Visiting London, Barcelona and Amsterdam.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 45 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

9 months agoEx-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League return

first_imgEx-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League returnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City captain Yaya Toure is open to a Premier League return.The midfielder has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League after an unsuccessful short spell at Olympiakos.“You never know, maybe the Premier League?” Toure said.“I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it to be honest.“If I can possibly play one more year or two years, we will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

22 days agoArsenal boss Emery: Martinelli’s long-term position?

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: Martinelli’s long-term position?by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli is set for more action with Arsenal tonight.Martinelli finds himself in line to feature for Arsenal tonight, when they host Standard Liege in the Europa League.Gunners head coach Unai Emery said: “He is with us because he deserves to be with us. Pre-season was his chance to show and to work with us and we are very, very happy with him. He is a very fast player and that is a quality that is very important. “He gives us good pressing ­without the ball, good pace in the final third, chances to score and he’s getting better. He is young but if his ­performances are getting better every day, it is good for him to carry on being with us.”On Martinelli’s long-term position, he added: “We used him in training and against Nottingham Forest as a striker.“It is not the best position for him but he played well and he played there sometimes in Brazil but he can play right or left.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days ago​Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clash

first_img​Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clashby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAmsterdam’s Red Light District will see an alcohol ban in effect before Chelsea face off against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.The Dutch authorities in Amsterdam do not want to have any fan incidents on their hands.It is why they are ensuring that everyone is well behaved in the lead up to the 6:55pm kick off for the game.There will be no alcohol sales between 12pm and 6pm on that day, with any establishment that flaunts the law facing fines of up to 1,200 euros.The report of the alcohol ban comes from the AS newspaper in Spain.”Traditionally, foreign football fans go to the Red Light District before a game. This is accompanied by a lot of drinking. Previously, residents and businesses in the area have suffered huge inconvenience and the police have had to intervene,” said a statement in AS. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canada isnt just Americas hat Ryan Gosling tells costar Emma Stone

first_imgRyan Gosling doesn’t often get personal but says growing up in Canada gives him a unique perspective on life in Hollywood.“I think it was very helpful to grow up in Canada, or in a small town,” Gosling told CBC News in Los Angeles. “I think if you grow up here, it might be hard to remember that there’s a world outside of it.”The 36-year-old actor, who recently received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as a struggling jazz musician in the film La La Land, said unlike his character, his roots offered a safety net for what can be a tumultuous career. Advertisement Twitter “I always felt like I had something to go back to so the stakes weren’t ever that high.”Before the interview, Emma Stone, who was seated next to Gosling as they promoted La La Land, got playful about her co-star’s home country. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Drew Brees Deserves Better Than The Saints Defense

Blake Bortles25.41411+3 WINS Matthew Stafford21.71927-8 Cam Newton23.02726+1 All newsletters Derek Carr25.82322+1 Carson Palmer20.72625+1 Ben Roethlisberger21.03028+2 Alex Smith18.82730-3 Philip Rivers24.42218+4 Eli Manning23.52523+2 Andrew Luck24.22821+7 Matt Ryan24.32925+4 The Saints offense does occasionally sputter, and for those games, the team’s chances of winning are solely reliant on the defense — in other words, virtually hopeless. In games when the Saints scored less than the league average, they went 2-14. Brady’s Patriots went 5-6 when they failed to best the league average.The Saints head into their season opener in Minnesota tonight determined to finally turn around their defense. Head coach Sean Payton said he’s “optimistic” about the unit. Players are even hoping a preseason stretch of eight consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown will prove meaningful now that the games actually count. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe It’s not Brees’s faultThe difference in win total for quarterbacks if their actual defense was replaced by a league-average defense in each game, 2014-16. Among the 47 games Brees started in the past three seasons, the Saints would have won 10 more games (technically, they would have won 12 games they actually lost and lost two they had actually won, for a net increase of 10). In both 2014 and 2016, Brees’s record would have been 11-5, and New Orleans would have made the playoffs. To be sure, this is just a back-of-the-napkin calculation, and several variables can distort this expected-win statistic — for instance, Brees and the Saints probably wouldn’t have scored as much if they hadn’t been constantly losing.But when you look at all the non-Brees starting quarterbacks who also started from 2014 to 2016, the connection between clearing the league-average point total and winning games is quite strong: The quarterbacks in our sample average 0.97 wins for every one time they clear that bar. Brees, on the other hand, registered 0.68 wins for his better-than-average offensive days. Matthew Stafford is the anti-Brees in this regard: The Detroit Lions’ QB has 27 wins since 2014 despite leading an offense that beat the league-average point total just 19 times. QUARTERBACKAVG. OPP. PTS/GAMEEXPECTEDACTUALDIFF. Joe Flacco20.32321+2 Drew Brees is in a league of his own statistically. He has led the NFL in passing yards three years in a row and seven times as a Saint (no other player in history has hit that mark more than five times). He has topped 5,000 yards five times — all other quarterbacks in history have combined for only four such seasons. Brees’s New Orleans offenses have finished in the top 10 in scoring in six straight years, and his nine consecutive seasons of 30 or more TD passes are nearly twice as many as the next closest QBs (Brett Favre 1994-98 and Peyton Manning 2009-14). Brees’s passing résumé would force the office printer to run out of paper.But there is one reasonably important statistic that Brees struggles in: winning football games. The Saints last had a winning season in 2013, finishing 7-9 for three straight years. And in the 16-game era, no quarterback has started every game and missed the playoffs more often than Brees, who has done this seven times. Even some Saints fans are asking whether Brees is merely a compiler of gaudy passing numbers who can’t deliver in the clutch.But Brees isn’t the reason the Saints have lost 27 games in three seasons — the defense is. Among all 32 teams from 2014 to 2016, the Saints ranked 28th, 32nd and 31st in points allowed per game, respectively. Over those three seasons, the Saints gave up 28.2 points on average in Brees’s starts — that’s practically a touchdown more than the league average during that time (22.7). No other current starting quarterback in this time period has nearly this high a hurdle to clear to get a win.1For this, we looked at the 18 quarterbacks who are currently starters and also started for any team in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The three quarterbacks with the most wins during that time — Tom Brady (35), Aaron Rodgers (32) and Russell Wilson (32) — have defenses that have allowed an average of 18.6, 22.1 and 17.1 points per game, respectively.2Only counting games in which they started.Let’s pretend for a second that New Orleans had an average defense — not even a good one — over the past three seasons. If the actual points surrendered by the Saints in each of the 47 games that Brees started in 2014-16 were replaced with the league average for the season, how many more games would Brees have won? Andy Dalton19.72526-1 Aaron Rodgers22.13532+3 For current starting quarterbacks who also started in the 2014 through 2016 seasons. Expected wins are based on whether the opposition team scored the NFL average points per game for a given season.Source: pro-football-reference.com Russell Wilson17.13032-2 Jay Cutler26.11112-1 Drew Brees28.23121+10 Tom Brady18.63335-2 The Saints need a defensive awakening to happen soon. Although Brees plays as though he’s ageless, he’ll turn 39 in January. He doesn’t even need his defense to be good for the team to be successful. The Saints have finished 20th or better in points allowed just five times in his 11 seasons in New Orleans, and Brees has led his team to the playoffs in each of these seasons — averaging 12 wins. Alas, those are his only winning seasons for Payton and his rotating cast of defensive coordinators.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers playoff run should be celebrated not mourned

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James heads to the bench with seconds remaining in the game against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on June 16, 2015. The Warriors won, 105-97, to clinch the championship. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Cavaliers came up short.The curse lives on for another year (unless, of course, the Indians start living up to the lofty expectations of Sports Illustrated).The Cavs have still never won an NBA championship, and the good people of the City of Cleveland still haven’t been able to weep tears of joy since the winter of 1964.So as one of those (hopefully) good people, why do I feel an absence of dread the next day? In fact, I even feel pretty good about what just transpired in the NBA playoffs, even if it was the Golden State Warriors winning it all.The answer is simple: This is clearly not the end of the road for the Cavs. The window is still wide open, and I remain as confident as ever that LeBron James will bring a trophy to the city sooner rather than later.In 1995, after the Indians won 100 games and made their first playoff and World Series appearance in 41 years, a parade was held in their honor. Sure, there was no trophy to hoist — that was way down south in Atlanta — but their runner-up finish represented something new: hope and optimism. The Indians might’ve lost the series, but the city was sure that its time was coming.Of course, the Indians did not fulfill that destiny after all, but hey, that’s Cleveland sports for you.But the NBA is a lot more predictable than the MLB, and it’s hard to see the Cavs coming up short much longer, as long as LeBron is healthy.For one, the Eastern Conference has been, and will remain, absolutely horrible. The Cavs made an absolute mockery of the conference in the first three rounds, going 12-2, including two sweeps. And that was without Kevin Love for 10 and a half of those games and Kyrie Irving hobbled or absent for about half of them.Then in the Finals, against a far superior Warriors team, missing two Team USA players in Love and Irving, the Cavs very nearly stole the series. Their 2-1 lead after three games was the first time a Cleveland team had led a championship series at any point in 67 years.And that’s where my happiness behind the fresh pain of losing the series comes from. I know moral victories do not end a two-generation drought, but I can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel.The Cavs will be better next season. They won’t need half the season to learn how to play with each other, they will be getting Irving, Love and Anderson Varejao back healthy and they will know for a fact that they have the ability to get it done.I know how things work in Cleveland sports too well to count my chickens before they hatch, but this just has a different feeling to it.“There’s always next year” has never felt so true. read more

Hazard urges fans to be on their best behavior

first_imgAhead of Tuesday’s London derby, Eden Hazard has implored both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur fans to steer clear of any sort of abusive behavior.Both Chelsea and Tottenham supporters have been in the spotlight lately for alleged racist and anti-Semitic language, and Eden Hazard has pleaded with both sets of fans to respect each other ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final tie at Wembley.“Just watch the game and enjoy the game. For sure after the game one team will win and one team will lose. Try to be fair,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“I like all fans, Spurs also have good away fans. I think it is a good game to play and I hope both fans will enjoy the game.“Of course (I hope both fans respect each other). These kind of fans (who sing abusive chants) are not fans of football, for me.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They come to the stadium just to say something. I understand they want to win the game but they need to be fair. Just support their team and not the other one.“When we are players, we are examples. The fans are also examples. I want Chelsea fans to be the best in the world. I don’t want to see a bad image of the Chelsea fans, of course.“In football in general, not just Chelsea fans, in Italy, we saw a lot of things.“I want these things to disappear. It’s hard because football is a big world but if we are all together step-by-step, players, managers, journalists, then we can do something. I want people to remember the game.”last_img read more

61yearold man shot during earlymorning argument in downtown

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 61-year-old man was shot during an argument Thursday morning in downtown San Diego’s Marina neighborhood, but he was expected to survive, police said.The argument broke out for an unknown reason a little after midnight in the 200 block of J Street, about two blocks from the Convention Center, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.“During the argument the suspect took out a gun and shot the victim and ran off eastbound on J Street,” Buttle said. “The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”Detectives went to investigate the shooting and search for the suspect, who was described as wearing a blue flannel shirt and blue jeans. March 15, 2018 61-year-old man shot during early-morning argument in downtown Posted: March 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

California Border Patrol faces thousands of vacancies

first_img KUSI Newsroom, January 29, 2019 California Border Patrol faces thousands of vacancies Posted: January 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tens of millions of dollars have been spent to hire 15,000 new border agents and immigration officers, but there continues to be thousands of vacancies.Former border patrol agent Chris Harris joined KUSI to talk to about the need for employees and how to become part of the workforce. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Man Arrested By AST After Failure To Stop

first_imgUpon contact investigation revealed Corona was operating the vehicle with a revoked operator’s license and no motor vehicle insurance. Corona was issued traffic citations for driving revoked in a Double Fines Safety Corridor and driving without motor vehicle insurance in a Double Fines Safety Corridor. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna AST K-9 Team, on August 7th, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a red 1998 Pontiac Montana Transport van, at Mile 91 of the Sterling Highway in Homer, after observing the driver failing to wear a seatbelt. Corona was arrested for misdemeanor eluding and was transported and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial where he was released on his own recognizance.center_img The driver and sole occupant later identified as Luis R. Corona (58) YOA of Soldotna failed to pull over. The vehicle eventually came to a stop near the driveway of Backtrackers Trailer Park and Corona fled from the vehicle on foot. K-9 announcements were given and Corona voluntarily gave himself up and was taken into custody without incident.last_img read more

Political Roundup Sessions Testifies And Rep Green To Retire

first_imgIt’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.The stories we discuss this week include: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Pres. Trump’s tour of Asia, and Congressman Gene Green announcing he wont seek another term.This week, our panel includes: Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Nancy Sims, lecturer at the University of Houston’s political science department; and Andrew Schneider, New 88.7’s politics and government reporter. X 00:00 /19:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img

Delhis date with Eve Ensler

first_imgStatistics say that one out of every three females in the world has faced some form of violence against her simply because she is a woman. But Delhiites need not know about statistics. Ask any woman around you and she will tell you of the harassment she faces day in and day out — if not at home then definitely once she steps out. While the Capital is protesting the recent gangrape and passing away of a braveheart, the fact remains that 16 rapes have happened since that fateful 16 December night. And in most cases, the rapists have been known to the victims — neighbours, uncles, cousins and even friends. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fact remains that a woman is not safe. More so in the national capital. And therefore, there could not have been a more fitting stage for Eve Ensler — leading feminist and playwright — to launch her campaign 1 Billion Rising on 14 January. The movement, according to a statement from Poor-Box Productions (of which Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal and Ensler are a part) and Make-A-Difference Foundation, is to ‘re-energise and refocus resources and attention on the scourge of violence against women’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘We at Poor-box Productions, who have had a long-standing relationship with Ensler and her work, will be working towards making 1 Billion Rising in India a huge success,’ it further states. Ensler will be coming to India in January to partner with Poor-Box Productions and others to energise and activate people towards this new movement and the objective will be to channelise the energy to end violence against women and girls. There will be a series of educational, informative and fund-raising events as part of the visit. The organisation also plans to rope in people from various strata of the society — from NGOs and corporate leaders to politicians, students, the media, lawyers and the civil society. The organisation also plans to raise funds for SNEHA (a shelter catering to survivors of violence in Dharavi in Mumbai) and give awards to some individual survivors of and warriors of violence against females.And this is not all. The Capital will once again get a chance to witness another performance of Ensler’s famous The Vagina Monologues (the Hindi version of the act  took place a couple of months back). The Vagina Monologues encourages women to be comfortable with their body and take away the stigma that women attach with the vagina.This time, it will be a celebration of 10 years of The Vagina Monologues in India. The play was brought here by Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal and Kaizaad Kotwal as a way of using art to start a dialogue about ending violence against women and girls.The play brings along stories of various women and their brushes with sexual harassment. Kotwal and her team — Dolly Thakore, Dilnaz Irani, Rasika Duggal, Varshaa Agnihotri — Indianise the stories so that the audience can identify. So in place are the accents that are so common to various regions of the country.While getting the audience in splits, the play also manages to engage the audience and get the message across. They bring together experiences of girls and women of all ages. There are stories of a Maharashtrian woman who met a man who ‘loved to look at her’ to a Parsi woman who hasn’t been ‘down there since 1944’.  It is enlightening but not preachy. We would still recommend it to both men and women. It is therefore high time we leave the Victorian morality behind and be at ease with our bodies.DETAILAt: Blue Frog, One Style Mile, Mehrauli When: 8 January, 9 pm Phone:  30800300  Entry: Rs 1,000last_img read more

For the love of books

first_imgDelhi is all set to drift into the magical world of written and spoken words through its very own literature festival for the second time. The 2nd Delhi Literature Festival 2014 being organised on 7, 8 and 9 February at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.M Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Environment and Forests and a well acclaimed writer himself will inaugurate the festival that will showcase a vibrant panel of discussions, readings, workshops, talks, presentations, book launches and much more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year Delhi Literature Festival will pay a special tribute to Rajendra Yadav, one of the most well-known and reputed writers of Hindi Language. He was most known for pioneering the Nayi Kahani Movement in Hindi Literature. Namvar Singh, a close associate of Rajendra Yadav along with Ajit Kr. Chaudhary and Dr Nirmala Jain will share their personal experiences with the veteran writer who no longer lives between us.With a tinge of international flavor, the festival will witness the presence of Brazilian Author Bernardo Carvalho throwing light on Brazilian Contemporary Literature. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival will also hold a special exhibition of the works of the Iranian illustrators, graphic artists and calligraphy artists.There will also be a session on Saturday that will look into the world of Persian Publishing, its history and form.Focusing on three major elements – illumination (illustrations), decoration (graphics) and calligraphy (art of writing), these Iranian Artists will throw light on the ‘Art of Book Making’.Keeping with the tradition of promoting independent writers and publishers, DLF’14 will see a dramatic reading by Rehaan Engineer, of yet to be published novel, Mutilator written by Prajna Desai, an art critic and writer. The festival will also hear the tale of the successful literary entrepreneurs as they share their journey with the young aspirants.Other eminent speakers include Mushirul Hasan, Rakhshanda Jalil, Rosalyn D’Mello, Samit Basu, Abhimanyu Sisodia and many more.Saturday will also see a Cultural Performance by Mrigya, a Delhi-based fusion music band.  Their music reaches out to a variety of cultures and nationalities for its uniqueness in fusing the Blues, Funk, Folk, Latin, Rock and Jazz with Indian Classical.WHEN: 7-9 FebWHERE: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Artslast_img read more