first_imgIn recent days several affiliates from Queensland have been asking why the deadline for affiliation with Touch Football Australia (TFA) has changed from June 2006 to October 14, 2005. Question: As a Qld affiliate, originally we understood that we had a year to become a part of the model. Why do we now have to sign up before 14 October? Answer: The situation has changed. Since the new constitution was passed on 25 June, the management of the four regions (NQ, CQ, SWQ and SQBD) have formally declared that they oppose the new model and are actively campaigning against it. The sport suffers while there is ongoing uncertainty about which affiliates will be part of the model and which will not. People involved in the sport have better things to do than play politics. The longer this drags on the more time and resources are wasted when they should be being used to develop the sport. An independent audit found the structure of the sport in Qld to be `dysfunctional’ and recommended a new structure. Only the four regions in Qld do not want to be a part of the new model; the rest of Australia is already moving forward. The declaration by the management of the four regions that they will not be part of the new structure (in opposition to the rest of Australia) has forced the timetable forward. Touch faces challenges from competitors in its own market – Oz Tag, Premier Touch, NTRA etc. They have capitalised on our own willingness to compete against ourselves rather than cooperate for the good of the development of the sport. Touch also faces competition from other codes and other sports. We will lose participants the longer uncertainty reigns. The sport in Qld cannot be left to suffer until June of 2006. We need to move ahead and can only do so knowing exactly who our members are.last_img

Celebrity Teams Announced For Sports Relief Clash Of The Titans

first_imgTeam captains Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff have revealed the first members of their teams for Sport Relief: Clash of the Titans.The two teams will include;Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo
Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis
Ex England Cricketer and radio presenter Darren Gough EastEnders favourite Maddy Hill
Popstar Harry Judd
Comedian Russell Kane
Comedian and TV Presenter Paddy McGuinness Newsreader Sophie Raworth
TV historian Dan Snow
Singer and actor Will Young
TV and radio host Mark WrightMore names will be announced soon.Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff’s two teams will go head to head at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in five different Olympic sporting events; Track Cycling, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Synchronised Swimming, Wrestling and a Team Triathlon race across the Olympic Park.To attend the event and be part of the 8000 strong crowd, tickets are now on sale here.Highlights will include Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness grappling with McFly’s Harry Judd in the Wrestling event in front of 6,000 cheering fans in the Velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark.In a battle of the broadcasters, The One O’ Clock News’ Sophie Raworth will go head to head against Radio 1’s Clara Amfo in the cycling leg of the team triathlon.Nose pegs at the ready as Will Young and Russell Kane take on Synchronised Swimming in what are certain to be two memorable routines. Whilst Maddy Hill, Darren Gough and team Captain Freddie Flintoff will take to the gymnastics mat in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Event.The night will kick off with the explosive Men’s Elimination race on the Velodrome track featuring Dan Snow, Hugh Dennis, Harry Judd, Mark Wright, and team captains Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff.To buy tickets for Clash of the Titans go to SeeTickets.com. Tickets are £16 plus booking fees, £2.50 from the sale of each ticket will go directly to Sport Relief. The BBC will not profit from the sale of these tickets.The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March and sees the return of the Sport Relief Games. This year, the public can walk, run, swim or cycle their way to raising life- changing cash.Money raised this Sport Relief will make a massive difference to people living incredibly tough lives, here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.last_img read more

AltaGas appoints CEO to replace David Harris after sudden resignation in July

first_imgCalgary-based utility AltaGas Ltd. is appointing Randy Crawford as CEO four months after the sudden resignation of ex-CEO David Harris following an unspecified “complaint” to its board.In a news release, it says Crawford will take the reins on Dec. 10 from interim co-CEOs David Cornhill and Phillip Knoll, its chairman and a member of the board, respectively.AltaGas says Crawford has 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry and was most recently the president of midstream and commercial with EQT Corp., a U.S. gas company, where he led a growth strategy in the Marcellus natural gas fields in the northeastern U.S.It says the new CEO will be asked to strengthen AltaGas’ financial position, as well as focus on growth and new opportunities in its gas and U.S. utilities segments.The company said in July the complaint regarding Harris was not related to AltaGas’ strategy, operations or financial reporting, but hasn’t explained what it was related to or who made the complaint, nor has it given any detail of a review of the complaint it said it would undertake.Harris, who had been with AltaGas since 2010 and its top executive since April 2016, oversaw the company’s $6-billion deal to buy Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., which closed three weeks before his departure. Companies in this story: (TSX:ALA)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Wild goat spotted by the Water Station

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There has been a wild goat spotted travelling about the city of Fort St. John for approximately the past month according to Facebook posts.The goat was last seen close to the highway by the Water Station leaving Fort St John.BC Conservation Officer, Tristan Montjoy shares, to give the goat adequate space and not to approach the goat as it is a wild animal and could act out aggressively. Montjoy does not know why the wild goat is in the area. Motorists are being advised to travel with caution.last_img

Commentary Ohio State mens basketball facing major issues as postseason play nears

Poor practices prior to games, on-court chemistry struggles during games and a disengaged star player have started to derail what seemed to be a promising year for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. After losing three of five games and dropping from No. 3 to No. 10 in the rankings during that span, the Buckeyes are facing major issues as the regular season winds down. OSU has two regular season games remaining, but the postgame mood following Sunday’s 63-60 defeat by Wisconsin was that of a NCAA Tournament loss. “Somebody’s got to step up and just be that guy to say, ‘This is enough,’ and bring us all together,” said sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas. It’s clear that the Buckeyes are desperate for leadership as the calendar turns to March, but where will it come from? Conventional wisdom would say that guard William Buford, the team’s lone senior, who sat inches to the right of Thomas as he professed the need for a leader, would be the primary player to speak out and rally the team. But the fact of the matter is that Buford’s leadership style doesn’t fit the needs of the Buckeyes right now. The team needs a vocal presence, something Buford has shown a discomfort with during his four years at OSU. That’s not to say that Buford isn’t a terrific player or a good leader. It’s just that his lead-by-example approach doesn’t seem to mesh well with a team that, aside from Buford, relies heavily on sophomores and a couple freshmen. What about All-American sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, whose past success and national recognition should instantly qualify him as a team leader? Sullinger has been quiet of late, failing to hit double digits points while shooting 1-of-7 on free throws the past two games combined. He was not made available for comment following the loss to Wisconsin, quite possibly his final game at the Schottenstein Center. During the postgame press conference, Matta implied that Sullinger has seemed disinterested lately. “I know this, when Jared is playing his best basketball, he’s engaged and into it,” Matta said. The theme of disengagement was prevalent throughout the team Saturday, leading Matta to throw the Buckeyes out of practice the day before their final home game. That’s a very alarming occurrence this late in the season when a supposed championship-contending team should be locked in for the stretch run. Matta dismissed immaturity as being at the root of OSU’s problems. “My freshmen always come to practice,” he said. “They do a great job. Honestly, I don’t know the answer.” Unfortunately at this point in the season the lightly-played freshmen will be of little help to a team devoid of leadership. If the Buckeyes want to make a serious run in March, the answer will have to come from within the quartet of sophomore guard Aaron Craft, Sullinger, Buford and Thomas. The most likely candidate at this point is Craft, who took the lead on answering postgame questions from the media Sunday. Whether or not this means Craft will elevate his leadership role moving forward remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, if the Buckeyes can’t come together and resolve their issues in the next couple weeks, the disappointment of February will turn into greater disappointment come March. read more

Ohio State field hockey gearing up for No 9 Northwestern

OSU field hockey players gather in a huddle during a game against Iowa on Oct. 19 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Ban Jackson / For The LanternThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to play its final road game of the season against a top-10 opponent.OSU (6-9, 1-5) is scheduled to travel to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday to take on No. 9 Northwestern at 1 p.m. The Wildcats are coming off a 5-2 victory against Michigan State on Sunday, which helped them regain a share of first place in the conference.Northwestern (11-5, 5-1) used its speed and set plays to take down the Spartans, connecting on two penalty corners to help put Michigan State away.The Wildcats could pose some problems for OSU in the midfield as they boast two of the top scorers in the Big Ten at that position.Sophomore midfielder Dominique Masters scored twice against the Spartans, bringing her season total to 10 goals. That mark is good enough for ninth in the conference to go along with her 26 total points.The Canterbury, U.K., native is joined in the midfield by fellow sophomore Isabel Flens.Flens is tied for second on the team in assists with eight, and is tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 28 points on the season. She hails from Hattem, Netherlands, and is one of six players from outside the United States playing for Northwestern.Regardless of international players or high-scoring attackers, both teams have their sights set on postseason play.The Buckeyes and the Wildcats are gearing up for a run in the Big Ten Tournament where the winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.But before OSU can turn its attention fully to the tournaments, it’ll have one more game remaining on the regular season slate.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The game is set to begin at noon before the Big Ten Tournament kicks off on Nov. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Football Urban Meyer talks improving running game in Big Ten Teleconference

Urban Meyer watches the Buckeye offense in the first quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAs No. 3 Ohio State prepares for a Week 7 game against Minnesota, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in the Big Ten Teleconference there needs to be something that changes in the running game.He said the offensive coaches have talked about everything, including placing both sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber on the field at the same time more often. However, he said that’s not the major issue of why the running game needs to improve. It’s the defensive sets Ohio State running backs are facing. “Everybody is packed in there on us, so somehow we have to get out of that,” Meyer said. “There’s a variety of ways to do that. One’s throwing the ball a bit more, one’s trying to get on the edge a bit more … as opposed to slamming up in there all the time.” In Saturday’s 49-26 win over Indiana, Ohio State rushers averaged 3.2 carries, with Dobbins recording 82 yards on 26 touches with a rushing touchdown. Meyer also said there is no update on the status of freshman running back Brian Snead. Snead has been practicing with Ohio State, but has not been with the team on game days after not traveling with the team to Arlington, Texas, to face TCU on Sept. 15 because of what Meyer referred to as “disciplinary actions.” Penalties hurt Ohio State Despite coming out of the first six games of the season with wins, Ohio State has still struggled with penalties in the first half of the season. The Buckeyes are No. 118 in the nation, averaging 8.5 penalties per game and have recorded 80.83 penalty yards per game, which is No. 119 in the country. Meyer said this is an area of concern for his team moving forward. “I’m not one of those guys that goes crazy on penalties, especially when you are playing aggressively, etc., but that is far too many,” Meyer said. “That’s something we have addressed constantly.” Meyer said the main area of concern is penalties in the kicking game, saying that is the point where he loses his mind because those penalties are “devastating.” Ohio State to face top Minnesota defense Meyer and the Ohio State offense will face a Minnesota defense of which the head coach thinks very highly. Through five games, the Golden Gophers have allowed 23.4 points per game, with opponents averaging 324.2 yards of offense per game, third-best in the Big Ten behind Michigan and Iowa. Minnesota has been effective in defending the pass game, as one of four teams in the conference to allow fewer than 200 yards passing per game, with opposing quarterbacks completing 57.7 percent of passes. What makes Meyer the most concerned is what the Golden Gophers do defending what he considers the best part of the Ohio State offense: the big play. “They don’t, big plays, they are one of the best teams in the country in giving up big plays, they keep it all in front of them,” Meyer said. “We are kind of a big play offense. That’s the biggest challenge I see right now.” Ohio State will play Minnesota in Ohio Stadium at noon on Oct. 13. read more

John Terry has left Aston Villa with an emotional message to

first_imgAs we reported earlier that John Terry will leave Aston Villa, the England star defender has taken a bow from his claret and blue team-mates after the play-off final defeat to Fulham at Wembley.The 37-year-old flew out on his holidays having known that he would not be staying at the club but intends to seek a new challenge next year.The captain left an emotional message for his fans via birminghammail saying:“Today I part ways with Aston Villa Football Club.“I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club.“I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100% belongs.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was instrumental in me joining Villa.“I have learnt so much from him as a manager this season that will stay with me forever.“Also, I’d like to thank all the staff and players and our owner Dr Tony, who it was a real pleasure and honour to work with every day“Finally, a special thank you to the Villa supporters who have supported us both home and away in their thousands, up and down the country and have been amazing to me on a personal level.“Villa will always have a place in my heart and I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal.“But now going forward, I would like to wish the management, staff, players and supporters good luck for the future” he concluded.last_img read more

Jerzy Dudek Ancelotti isnt angry with me

first_imgEx-Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek insists all is good with Carlo Ancelotti after denying him the Champions League title in 2005 for AC MilanThe Pole saved Andriy Shevchenko’s spot-kick to complete a remarkable Liverpool comeback at Istanbul 13 years ago.Rafael Benitez’s side fought back from 3-0 down to level the scoreline at 3-3 heading into extra-time before Dudek’s decisive save in the shoot-out victory over Ancelotti’s Milan team.“Ancelotti isn’t angry with me, I met him after the final against Milan and we talked a lot,” Dudek said on Radio Crc, as quoted by Football-Italia.“Milan practically had that game won, so much so that Ancelotti declared it was the best first half of one of his teams, but in the end they lost. Seriously, it was an amazing comeback.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I didn’t plan my dance on the penalties, but there is a background to it. Jamie Carragher told me to come up with something to distract the Milan players.“I refused because I wanted to be focused, but he was insistent so I tried it with the first penalty. It worked, so I kept doing it and I was moving more and more with each penalty.“I tried it again in my career and it doesn’t always work, but it certainly puts more pressure on the opponent.“I was very confident in that final thanks to my double save on Shevchenko.”Ancelotti, who was appointed Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Napoli in the summer, will now play host to Liverpool on Wednesday at the Stadio San Paolo.last_img read more

Fake Juventus player exposed

first_imgDionicio Farid Rodriguez deceived everyone in Mexico by pretending he played for JuventusThe 19-year-old, who comes from a town called Teotitlán de Flores Magón with just 8,500 residents, invented a life that involved him being a Juventus footballer.Rodriguez created a fake Instagram account and gained 16,000 followers after adding photos of himself donning the Juventus jersey.He even edited images of a current Juventus academy prodigy in Joao Serrao from Portugal.Libertad Digital reports that Rodriguez claimed Juventus discovered him in the United States, where he was about to sign for an unnamed MLS team.Thanks to his apparent status as a Juventus prodigy, Rodriguez had interviews with the media in Mexico to discuss his experiences with the Old Lady.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Rodriguez stated that he played as a centre-back for the Juventus youth team and even scored 10 goals, three of which came in the Uefa Youth League.The fraud also allegedly played for Mexican clubs Lobos BUAP and Pumas de la UNAM, while also claiming he had featured for the national team at U20 level.Dionicio Farid Rodríguez, el impostor mexicano que se hizo pasar por jugador de la Juventus https://t.co/du6XF8hced pic.twitter.com/oDr4CNHWit— sosdependencia (@sosdependencia1) October 10, 2018last_img read more