Close to 40 teams will take part in the inaugural Queensland Touch Football Affiliates Cup on Saturday, 7 December and Sunday, 8 December 2013 at the Carrara Sports Complex.38 teams will compete across five divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Masters/Men’s 50’s and Senior Mixed. The event, in its first year, sees teams from the South Queensland region, as well as Brisbane, Noosa and Kingaroy, travelling to compete. Round games will be played on Saturday and Sunday morning, before the grand finals take place at the following times: 1.30pm – Mixed Open and Masters2.00pm – Women’s Open and Senior Mixed2.30pm – Men’s Open and Men’s 50’sTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Queensland Affiliates Cup, please click on the links below:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/Qldtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/QueenslandTouch Related LinksAffiliates Cup
Leicester keeper Schmeichel says being late bloomer is career motivationby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says being a late bloomer has helped his career motivation.The Dane made his international debut at 26, though is now regarded among the best keepers in the world. He reached a personal national team landmark last week against Switzerland. Schmeichel made super four saves in the 1-0 European Championships qualifying win.And the Foxes favourite admits his late career recognition is now working in his favour. At 32 years of age, Schmeichel insists he’s as ambitious and motivated as ever.Now boasting 50 caps, he was quoted by Bold as saying, “It was a big motivating factor that I was not involved in the national team earlier in my career, but I am grateful to be part of it now and it makes me proud to play 50 games for my country – now I just hope for 50 more.”If I don’t last five years, then I will be disappointed.”Indeed, while not taking anything for granted, Schmeichel is adamant that thoughts of retirement are far into the future. The goalkeeper, who is in his eighth year with Leicester, is determined to make the most of a period in his career where he is now reaching his peak. After spells with the likes of Darlington and Bury, Schmeichel is grateful for his current status in the game.He added: “You can’t plan in football. Anything can happen. You can get hurt tomorrow and not have the opportunity to come back, so you have to be grateful every time you are teamed up with the national team.”Every match I get in the Parken in front of such an audience, I am incredibly grateful for, because it happens so rarely. We must be proud of all the matches we can fight for the national team.”- updated 21/10 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
jamal danley facebook postIn 2014, Oklahoma posted an 8-5 record, finished fourth in the Big 12, and got blasted by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 40-6. In the offseason, the Sooners made a number of coaching changes – especially on the offensive side of the ball – in an attempt to reestablish dominance in the conference. A year later, they’re 11-1 and a lock to make the College Football Playoff.Tuesday, junior offensive lineman Jamal Danley, who was a four-star JUCO transfer this year, posted a Facebook message that was written to him while he was making his decision on where to play in 2015. The post, which looks to have been sent by a fan, focuses on Oklahoma’s demise and calls Danley “SEC material.” Danley clearly finds it amusing, seeing where OU is right now.1 year later! pic.twitter.com/Z9HiJrX8NG— Jamal Danley™ (@JDanley54) November 30, 2015Oklahoma has off this week as it prepares for to play for a national championship. Apparently, not everyone saw that coming a year ago.
OSU freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) dives for a ball during a game against Northwestern University on Sept. 28 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-0. Credit: Ross Tamburro | Lantern PhotographerIt’s been 297 days since the Ohio State women’s volleyball team last saw the floor at St. John Arena. Tonight marked the first home game for the Buckeyes and another win, improving to 11-4 on the season. No. 19 OSU swept Big Ten foe Northwestern in three sets during the Buckeyes’ home opener at St. John Arena, on Wednesday. A different combination of Buckeye players worked together in the match due to sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold sitting out with an illness. The change in lineup, however, wasn’t enough to derail OSU. A kill by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe scored the first point of the first set, and from there, the momentum continued for the OSU squad. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and were able to battle off several Northwestern rallies. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer finished the final ball to win the set, 25-21. OSU kept the points coming in the second set, leading by double digits for the latter half. The Buckeyes dominated play, holding the Wildcats to only twelve points. Northwestern may have been down 0-2 in the match, but it showed in the third set, they weren’t giving up easily. The Wildcats led OSU from the beginning, as the Buckeyes would try to inch their way out of the hole for almost the entire set. With the Wildcats leading 20-16, it looked like match play might be pushed into a fourth set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston took the opportunity for a timeout to refocus his team. Immediately after, Schirmer put down a kill, followed by two more OSU points to cut the deficit to one. From there, it would be a point-for-point battle to the finish. When the dust cleared, it was OSU who would celebrate with a 28-26 set and match win. The Buckeyes held the Wildcats to an .085 attacking efficiency. OSU also dominated Northwestern’s blocking game, more than doubling their total team blocks, 7.5 to 3.0. It was freshman Madison Smeathers who would lead the team in hitting percentage with .500. Sandbothe and Schirmer also contributed 13 kills each. The countdown is on for senior libero Valeria León, who racked up another 22 digs against the Wildcats. With 1,497 total career digs, she is within fingertip-length of the record, currently held by Stacey Gordon with 1,572. Carlston said he was proud of the way his team responded to the pressure from Northwestern, especially in the final points of the match. “Northwestern did some things to stress us out,” he said. “I thought we did a nice job, especially in that third set, to lock in and play really well like what we needed to, to win in three.”Some Buckeye players expressed their happiness to finally be able to play in the gym they call home, even if it’s only for a moment. For Sandbothe, the match was her last “first” home game. “It was definitely bittersweet,” Sandbothe said. “The fans came out and seeing all the little girls and just having this opportunity to be on our home court, representing Ohio State is an amazing opportunity.” On the other end of the spectrum, tonight was freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey’s first time playing in front of a home crowd as a Buckeye. “We’ve been away a lot in preseason and our first Big 10 games were away, so it was really exciting to be home,” Bailey said. The team will need the momentum from tonight’s win into their battle later in the week against defending national champions, No. 1, undefeated, Nebraska. The team mentioned what they will be thinking about over the next few days in preparation for the match. For veteran Sandbothe, the devil is in the details.“Just weighing the serve and pass game is going to be really important for us,” Sandbothe said. “I think we match up offensively and physically with every team, so just focusing on the little things.” Bailey said for the team, it’s about staying high and positive from tonight’s much-needed victory.“We’re just going to try to bring our energy from tonight into the weekend, and just keep going after it and staying aggressive,” she said. OSU will face the Cornhuskers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) carries the ball during the Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller said he is going to wait until after the Buckeyes play in the Orange Bowl against Clemson to decide whether or not he will leave early for the NFL Draft.“I’m just focusing on getting better myself as an individual and getting the team ready and making sure I’m in the film room taking care of my business,” Miller said Wednesday.However, OSU’s signal caller feels he is prepared to play at the next level.“Oh, yeah. Of course, yeah. Definitely. Just like (when) I came from high school. (The) coaches (are) going to get you mentally ready for everything that you need to get ready for,” Miller said. “It’s another step in life.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he will wait until after the season is complete before talking with players who could leave early about their future. He would not go into detail about what kind of advice he would give his star quarterback when that time comes though.“That’s between me and Braxton,” Meyer said Monday.Miller, who was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year for the second straight season Dec. 3, threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions despite missing more than two games when he went down with a sprained MCL in his left knee against San Diego State Sept. 7. He also ran for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.No. 7 OSU (12-1, 8-1) is set to play No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis chases Michigan quarterback John O’Korn during the first half of the teams’ game on Nov. 25. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorANN ARBOR, Mich. — All hope for No. 9 Ohio State seemed lost. Down six points to Michigan with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter, quarterback J.T. Barrett fell to the ground, injured, and limped off under his own power. He walked to the locker room, taking with him up the tunnel, it seemed, the Buckeyes’ hopes of extending their five-game win streak against their archrival.Enter redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback some fans wanted Barrett benched for earlier in the season. He took Ohio State’s offense down the field, scrambled for 22 yards, then running back J.K. Dobbins capped the drive off with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Buckeyes a 21-20 advantage, their first lead of the game.Following a Sean Nuernberger missed field goal that would’ve extended the Ohio State lead to 27-20, quarterback John O’Korn missed his intended receiver and safety Jordan Fuller intercepted the pass. A 35-yard Dobbins run and 25-yard Mike Weber touchdown with 1:44 remaining sealed a 31-20 victory against the Wolverines Saturday afternoon.For the first time all game, a tense head coach Urban Meyer was able to take his hands off his knees and relax, for his team extended its win streak against Michigan to six games and kept his record against Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh unblemished.Haskins went 6-for-7 for 94 yards. He also took three rushes for 24 yards. The Buckeyes were 8-for-16 converting third downs, and Haskins moved the chains on 5-of-7 third downs.Before exiting the game, Barrett completed 3-of-8 passes for 30 yards. He hit tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 in the second quarter. Barrett also rushed 15 times for 67 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Dobbins led the game with 15 rushing yards on 101 carries and Weber had 12 rushes for 57 yards.Ohio State’s hot-and-cold offense picked up 123 yards combined on its fourth and fifth drives. But in its seven other drives with Barrett quarterbacking the offense, the Buckeyes combined for minus-3 yards.Ohio State quarterback helped off the field in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s offensive inconsistency began early in the game, and it was combined with a defense that allowed two early touchdowns.In the first quarter, the Buckeyes’ hopes of beating Michigan seemed fleeting. The futile offense accumulated minus-6 yards, the least in Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State. The Wolverines piled on 105 yards and a touchdown, before extending the lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter.But the game started to turn when Barrett drove the Buckeyes 75 yards in 11 plays and capped off the march with a 21-yard touchdown scramble on 3rd-and-9. Ohio State forced Michigan to punt, then took just three plays to score a game-tying touchdown when Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard pass. The Buckeyes did not have a single drive for more than nine yards with Barrett behind center after their touchdowns, though.Michigan quarterback John O’Korn struggled to hit open receivers, but used play-action passes to confuse Ohio State’s defense at times and went 17-for-32 for 195 yards. He hit tight end Sean McKeon for a 3-yard touchdown pass, his only score of the game.The Wolverines’ offensive success was fueled on the ground, though. Running back Chris Evans led Michigan with 11 carries for 67 yards, including a 24-yard run on his team’s first scoring drive. Running back Karan Higdon added 11 rushes for 55 yards, including a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward blocked the extra point attempt, preventing Michigan from taking a seven-point lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. He also had eight tackles and led the game with two pass breakups.Fullback Khalid Hill added 11 yards on five carries and he ran up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown to open up the game’s scoring with 6:02 remaining in the first quarter.Ohio State will head to Indianapolis to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game at 8:17 p.m. Saturday.
Coach Karen Dennis sits front and center during her teams celebration after her team won theBig Ten Championship on Saturday Feb. 24, 2018 at Spire Institute in Geneva, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThere are only five men’s and women’s track and field programs in the Power Five led by women. This weekend in Los Angeles all five of those programs, including director of track and field and cross country Karen Dennis-led Ohio State, will compete in the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge.Tennessee, Miami, USC, Ole Miss and Ohio State will compete in the meet.This is the first time a meet that has a woman as the dual-program director for each team competing.“It’s groundbreaking. But for me, I am hoping that it is an awaking so to speak for other programs to consider making women the primary coach,” Dennis said.Dennis has been a coach since 1977 and has seen the difficulties of women becoming coaches first-hand for decades. “I was insulted that men were expected to coach women, but I thought that women who knew the sport were equally or better than men,” Dennis said. “For me this has been a evolution of my career, where the sport has changed and I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of that change.”During the indoor season, Dennis became the first woman to win the Big Ten Men’s Coach of the Year. The meet offers Ohio State a chance for redemption against high-profile national programs after a disappointing performance at the indoor NCAA indoor championship meet.Men’s previewOhio State’s 4×400-meter relay team will meet its toughest opponent on the track in USC. The Trojans broke the world record with a time of 3:00.77 during the NCAA indoor national championships. Early in the season, teams will test their rosters and split up their relay teams, which Ohio State did at the Black and Gold Challenge. Dennis said that won’t be the case this weekend, due to the meet being higher profile.“You don’t want to invite all of these people down here and have a watered-down meet,” Dennis said.One of the other major matchups will involve Ohio State sophomore Alexander Lomong in the 800-meter run. Lomong, Mississippi’s Waleed Suliman and USC’s Robert Ford are all within a second of each other’s personal-best times.Lomong said he has focused on running long distances in order to help his body endure the race pace for the length of 800 meters. Field events might be an opportunity for Ohio State to separate itself from the competition. Senior Cole Gorski is coming off a record-breaking pole vault performance last week and his strongest competition has a chance to be his teammate, junior Coty Cobb.Women’s previewSenior Maggie Barrie will match up against All-American talent in the 400-meter dash. USC’s Kendall Ellis won the indoor national championship two weeks ago. Freshman Aziza Ayoub, Miami’s Kayla Johnson and Ole Miss’s Maddie McHugh all have personal bests separated by fewer than two seconds.Junior Sade Olatoye will face Ole Miss’s Janeah Stewart in shot put. Stewart and Olatoye faced off several times during the indoor season.
Former Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids is not “convinced” at all by Paul Pogba and has urged the Frenchman to showcase more of his talentThe 25-year-old played a pivotal role in France’s World Cup-winning campaign at Russia this summer.However, Pogba has again reverted to the patchy form that he often had last season with Manchester United.Manager Jose Mourinho had handed the French midfielder the captain’s armband in the hope that it would inspire improved performances at United.But the Red Devils’ recent results have suggested otherwise after losing two of their opening four Premier League of the 2018/19 campaign.Davids himself is disappointed to see Pogba’s continued struggles at United.Although the Dutchman knows that Pogba has what it takes to be one of the world’s best central midfielders.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.He told Canale 5: “I am not at all convinced by Paul Pogba.“He plays a lot in England, it’s true, but I expected a lot more from him.”Recent reports suggest that Pogba may be on the verge of a sensational return to Juventus as part of an exchange deal with Argentine striker Paolo Dybala.But Davids feels that there is still more to come from Dybala and urged him to “work harder”.“Dybala is a great talent, but he has to work harder,” he continued.“It is not always the fault of the coach or the game system, even the player must look in the mirror and do more.”Davids spent the majority of his career at Juventus and won three Serie A titles along with two Italian Supercups.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know when they can challenge for the title again and may rely on their rivals getting hit by FFP rules.Despite spending £360m since becoming Manchester United manager in 2016, Mourinho still believes his team is far from winning the Premier League trophy.Current Premier League champions Manchester City are now under investigation after leaked documents last month showed that the club had circumvented the Financial Fair Play rules by inflating their sponsorship income.“I don’t know,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after he asked when United will challenge for the title again.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It depends also the way of our evolution but also the evolution of others, the ones that are above us.“If they keep going in the same direction and if their ambition, investment, everything, continues that’s one thing.“Another thing is if they stop or if Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.”