To read about how the Elite Eight teams fared, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=15085006§ionID=9248 To see how the NTL teams went on day two, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=15088143§ionID=9248 New South Wales Rebels player, Christian Frost, gave us a great insight into the first day of the Elite Eight series in his tour diary. To view, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=15081586§ionID=9248 austouch.com.au caught up with Touch Football Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, to hear his thoughts on the opening days of the Elite Eight series. To read the story, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=15084815§ionID=9248 Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Twitter and Facebook by clicking on the following links:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus To view all of the highlights from the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, please visit Touch Football Australia’s YouTube page:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
There were plenty of stories about Touch Football in the media throughout the month of November, from articles about Australian representatives as well as the many competitions currently taking place across Australia. To view some of the stories, please click on the links below. Rocky touch football players triumph at annual carnival In what was one of the biggest weekends of touch football for Rockhampton, 101 teams from around Central Queensland converged at the Rockhampton touch fields on yesterday and today for the annual Red Rooster junior carnival.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/rocky-touch-football-players-triumph-annual-carniv/1608402/ Castaways show their class with win in masters-touchThe Capricorn Castaways touch football side have returned home victorious from the Pan Pacific Masters Games.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/castaways-in-touch-of-class/1634862/ Hassall Grove girls win state touch football knockout competitionHassall Grove Public School’s girls touch football team has taken out the public school’s Girls State Touch Football Knockout competition.http://mt-druitt-standard.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/hassall-grove-girls-win-state-touch-football-knockout-competition/ A Touching celebration for Coolah Veterans carnivalAbout 900 players and visitors attended the biggest touch football tournament to be staged in Coolah.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/902277/a-touching-celebration-for-coolah-veterans-carnival/?cs=1611 Teams tangle in first Spring Cup touch footy competitionThe inaugural Spring Cup touch football competition was held on Saturday afternoon with teams playing 14 30-minute games.http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/teams-tangle-touch-takes-off/1626674/ Veterans can’t get enough of Coolah Touch CarnivalComradeship, social entertainment, catching up with old mates and a well-run tournament were some of the reasons given by players who have attended the previous 19 Coolah Veterans’ Touch Football tournament.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/528619/veterans-cant-get-enough-of-coolah-touch-carnival/?cs=1233 World Cup Drives StalwartRelishing a leadership role in the Australian women’s touch team, the Sunshine Coast’s Peta Rogerson is eager to propel the side to the 2015 World Cup.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/world-cup-drives-stalwart/1630370/ Hills girls too hot to touchBlacktown Advocate, 21/11/12Hills Sports High School added the girls’ junior touch football state championship trophy to their bulging cabinet last week. The side scored 32 tries in eight matches including six against St Clair and five against Picnic Point high schools. They beat St Peter’s Catholic College Tuggerah 3-2 in the grand final in Bathurst. Earlier this year, the school won the girls’ years nine and 10 and opens grade. “It was a huge achievement to win all three grades this year,” touch football mentor Robyn McKenzie said. “I was extremely proud of the girls on the day.”The opens side scored 48 tries in six games to win the NSW Combined High Schools Open State Championships in September. The school made history in May when their boys’ and girls’ teams won the NSW All Schools Touch Football Championships for the first time.Gympie girls teams ‘untouchable’ as U14 and U16 take out Wide Bay finalsGympie Times 20/11/12Gympie took the Wide Bay Junior Touch Football Championships by storm at Kingaroy on Saturday, with the association sending seven of nine teams to grand finals.The under-10, U12, U14 and U16 boys’ teams and one of two U12, U14 and U16 girls’ teams pushed through games against Sunshine Coast Junior Touch-affiliated teams from Hervey Bay, Maryborough/Childers and Kingaroy to make it to the grand finals.The U16 girls and U14 girls then went on to claim the Wide Bay title.It was a long, hard fight before the U14 girls could claim the title, with the side undertaking the longest overtime dropoff the competition has ever seen.Teams lost one player per minute until they reached the minimal limit of three-a-piece, and the remaining six players ground away for another nine minutes before Gympie was granted a winning touchdown after three disallowed attempts. Meanwhile Gympie Junior Touch organiser Jodie Johnson said the U16 girls remained “untouchable” for the entire competition.Their effort resulted in the team winning every game and taking out the title.Johnson said the side stepped up a level at the championships, thanks to the quality guidance of coach Peta Dray.“They listened to eveything she said,” Johnson said.“They were superior all day.”It was a similar story for several of Gympie’s teams, which have all been fortunate in training under quality coaches, including Robert Waters who coached both U12 girls’ teams.Johnson said nine teams in action at the championships was a record number for Gympie Touch.Their success was in large part thanks to an increase in support from people including coaches, parents and members of the senior touch ranks.“It was a great combination of support from senior touch, parents and new coaches,” Johnson said.“It was such a successful carnival.”Can’t touch them for talentCapricorn Coast Mirror 21/11/12THE Capricorn Coast Stingrays Touch Football team put their skills to use in the Red Rooster Junior Carnival on November 3-4.Run by Rockhampton Touch Association each year, the carnival is the largest outside any metro area in Queensland, and Cap Coast Stingrays entered an impressive 16 teams across all age divisions, more than any other club in Central Queensland. In total 112 teams across all age divisions joined the weekend carnival, including teams from Emerald, Mackay, and Gladstone, Rockhampton, and the Capricorn Coast. Each team played at least seven games over the weekend, made up of under 10, under 12, under 14, and under 17 years girls and boys age groups. The finals were played on Sunday afternoon, in eight different divisions for each age group, followed by presentation of trophies to the winning teams in all divisions.The Carnival promotes sportsmanship and participation and the Yeppoon teams enjoyed playing against teams they would not usually have had the opportunity to meet. The carnival also gave referees a chance to practice their skills.Cap Coast Stingrays got to show off their new marquees that were purchased with grant funding from Frenchville Sports Club.Cap Coast Stingrays welcomes all new players, Juniors and Seniors. For more information phone 0413 735 991National title securedSunshine Coast Daily, 21/11/2012Talented touch football star Mia Johnstone has helped Queensland win the under-15 girls’ division at the School Sport Australia national touch championships in Brisbane. The Queensland team beat New South Wales in the final.The Matthew Flinders Anglican College student, 14, described the grand final as a nailbiter.“It was an awesome feeling, but also really scary because we only won by one point to beat New South Wales,” she said.The Twin Waters resident said she was proud to play for Queensland.“It was a different bunch of girls that I’m used to playing with,” she said.“They were just really good players.”Mia was also selected for the Australian Sports Commission’s National Talent Identification Program.It will involve attending training camps across Australia next year. Mia said she enjoyed touch football for the competitive and social aspects. “I’ve got a goal, in the near future to make the Australian under-18 team,” she said.Mia is the daughter of former Wallabies player Brett Johnstone.Touch talent training hardDaily Advertiser, 24/11/2012While the rest of the city is getting into the swing of the silly season, Wagga touch football starlet Madison Absolum is preparing for one of the biggest adventures of her playing career.Juggling studies, work and touring the country playing touch football, Absolum is one of the hardest working teenagers in the city.Having gained selection in the Australian under 20s women’s touch football team, the 18-year-old was given more reason to celebrate as she earned the nod for Senior Sportsperson for October when the Wagga Sports Awards were announced yesterday.Awarded for outstanding effort in the sporting arena, the Senior Sportsperson accolade is given to the highest athletic achievers in Wagga.Following the footsteps of her older siblings Jess and Ben, Madison was spotted and swept into the under 20s Australian team to take on New Zealand in the Trans Tasman series in Auckland in February.Although the competition is months away, Absolum has just returned from the first training session with the Australian team in Brisbane.”It poured down for the entire weekend we were in Brisbane, it hadn’t rained for a while, but we had to train in it anyway,” she told The Daily Advertiser yesterday. “We had to find our own way there and then we trained for the whole weekend with everyone.”I knew most of the girls already but it was good to train as a team and get to know everyone better.”We have another one just before Christmas and then we go to Sydney in January for our last training session before we go away.”Absolum earned the call-up at the National Youth Championships and State of Origin series played over September, catching the eye of the Australian selectors while competing.Touch finals fever arrivesMorning Bulletin, 23/11/2012The Rockhampton Hornets will face the Italian Stallions tonight as Rockhampton touch football finals get under way at the Rockhampton Touch Fields. In what will be a jam-packed weekend of touch action, high school age division grand final games will kick off from 5.40pm tonight, before junior players take to the field tomorrow morning. Rockhampton Touch Association spokeswoman Denise Edwards said the game to watch would be the Hornets versus Italian Stallions clash in the under-16 boy’s division one final.Edwards was anticipating a hectic day come tomorrow morning with 138 teams expected to play in finals, resulting in about 129 games to be played.With all teams participating in a grand final throughout all divisions from under-six through to under-12, Edwards tipped the game of the day to be the Rockhampton Hornets versus St Mary’s Stealers battle, in the under-12 division one. The Rockhampton Hornets are favourites to take out the final, going through the entire season undefeated, and featuring in the division one grand final for the past five years running.Hornets coach Howard Howell said he was confident of bringing home victory after a stellar season where the squad scored an impressive total of over 150 tries.“The boys have been playing extremely well this season and have proved their ability to be beyond their years,” Howell said.“As a team they are fantastic, they’re very supportive of each other and have scored over 150 tries this season which is exceptional.”The squad progressed through the last five years seasons undefeated, losing only last year’s grand final which came down to a three-man drop off. “Last year’s grand final we were first-year under-12 players and up against older boys in the grand final,” Howell said.“The game has been described as the best ever junior grand final in Rockhampton touch history.”Recently contesting the Red Rooster junior Carnival, they played against the top Mackay representative squad in the grand final, losing narrowly 2-3. The Hornets, with Queensland, Capricornia and Central Queensland representative players, were the ones to watch, Howell said. Liam Grant and Aiden Howell in particular were players to keep an eye on.The Hornets under-12 squad will feature in tonight’s grand final, mixing it with the big guns in the under-14 division two game.Our Defenders Matt shines as Aussies too strongTownsville Bulletin, 23/11/2012Townsville’s Matt Mitchell and his team mates are celebrating their recent win at the Defence Trans Tasman Touch Football Nationals. Players from all over Australia and New Zealand competed at the event held at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane. Mitchell, who now works at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia, joined the players from his new home state as well as Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia to form the Southern States Mens Open team. They competed against six other Australian Defence teams and an invitational New Zealand Defence Force team. Although the players were not successful in their attempt to win the Grand Final, Mitchell got to wear the Aussie jersey against the Kiwis and his team succeeded in taking out the Defence trans-Tasman gold for Australia. Related LinksTalking Touch
By BEN HARRISThe Australian women’s open team took time out from their Touch World Cup preparations defence to meet the local Coffs Harbour superstars – Jet and Bella.Jet and Bella – the star attractions at Dolphin Marine Magic – entertained the defending world champions with an array of flips, jumps and cheekiness.Although the two dolphins entertained the women’s team, it was one of the seals who stole the hearts – or a kiss – from the players.Australia women’s open captain Louise Winchester said it was an experience she and her team will never forget.“We’re still buzzing. I can’t believe we were able to do that and given an opportunity that was truly so special that we will cherish for the rest of our lives,” Winchester said.“It was wet,” Winchester said about the kiss with the seal. “I thought it [the seal] was going to be a bit stinky but he was actually all right.”It was a day hive with activity with many of the teams visiting schools, hospital and community groups.The Australian men’s 50s attended Legacy House, Australian mixed open players visited children at Coffs Base Hospital, and the Irish and Dutch sides visited schools.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 Touch World Cup: Website – www.touchworldcup.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchworldcupTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchworldcup15 (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchworldcup2015YouTube – click hereRelated LinksTouch World Cup
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mijatovic can see Mourinho making Real Madrid returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid sports chief Pedja Mijatovic can see Jose Mourinho making a return.Mourinho is available after being sacked by Manchester United this week.”Florentino loves Mourinho as a manager. I see a great chance of him managing Real Madrid,” said Mijatović on Carrusel Deportivo. “Every time they changed manager, they were in contac with him. “I hope things work out well for Solari but if the season ends and Real Madrid are looking for a manager, Mourinho has the chance because there aren’t too many managers.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lacazette rages after being substituted during Arsenal winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette was raging after being substituted during their win at Burnley.After setting up Pierre Emerick Aubameyang for his second goal against the Clarets, the French star took out his frustrations on the sideline as he made way for Alex Iwobi.Lacazette could be seen passionately gesticulating to coaching staff and took his time taking his seat.However, Unai Emery’s decision was proved a wise one with Iwobi scoring in the 91st minute to make it 3-1.Emery on Laca:’I think he is happy with our victory. Only he wanted to score and when a striker doesn’t score, I like that he can be angry with his situation. But he worked very well today. The last matches are the best he has played. He is coming back as the best Lacazette.’ pic.twitter.com/E4ZTsGUXxW— ArsenalArena (@ArsenalArena) December 22, 2018
Solskjaer change Man Utd pre-match regimeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is changed their pre-match regime.The Daily Mail says Solskjaer appears to have taken another step to unite his Manchester United stars by making them travel to the club’s team hotel together.The likes of Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Jesse Lingard used to make their own way to the Lowry Hotel the night before home games but caretaker boss Solskjaer has already changed the previous routine. United’s first team stars were pictured arriving at the Manchester hotel on a team bus after training late on Christmas Day so players and staff could spend time with their respective families in the morning and early afternoon. Pogba, who was back to his old self in United’s comprehensive 5-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday, and Lingard were among the players to check in to the Lowry late on Christmas Day. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Souness hails ‘technician’ Eriksen after Spurs winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness was full of praise for Christian Eriksen after Tottenham’s 3-0 win at Cardiff City.Souness singled out Eriksen for praise after the final whistle at the Cardiff City Stadium. “I think Eriksen is a technician, he doesn’t get involved in the hurly burly, when he’s got an awareness, he gets the ball and knows what he’s going to do long before he’s even touched it,” Souness told Sky Sports.”He has a picture that few people have, he’s a very very special player. On his day he such a fantastic player to watch. “Sometime you want to pay just to watch, not all the time, but most of the time, you feel like that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burton Albion boss Clough: Man City don’t just beat you, they annihilate youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion boss Nigel Clough had no complaints after their Carabao Cup semifinal thrashing by Manchester City.City won the first-leg of the tie 9-0.”They’re professional – they never ease off,” Clough said. “They don’t just beat you, they annihilate you.”I don’t think we could’ve done too much more with the quality that is out there. We could do better with one or two but the gulf of the two teams is far too much to comprehend.”We’re talking about United, Arsenal and Chelsea bridging the gap… we’ve got no chance. We’ll celebrate, it’s not about tonight: it’s about Burton Albion getting to the semi-final. “We’ll probably never be here again and that is how big this achievement is. A lot of clubs have never reached one.”
Lucas Digne feels he can achieve ambitions at Evertonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne feels he can achieve his ambitions at Goodison Park.Digne captained Everton for the first time on Tuesday during the 2-0 League Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.He said, “If you are on the pitch, you are there to win.“It is part of me. I hate to lose.“I am like this and I don’t want to change for anything.“I want to give myself every chance to do what I want… to push myself to achieve the maximum I can.“I want to win everything.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea youngster Marc Guehi in contact with club legend John Terryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Marc Guehi has sought advice from club legend John Terry.The 19-year-old defender is expected to start for England’s U21 side in the key European Championship qualifier against Austria on Tuesday.And Guehi revealed Terry, now Aston Villa assistant coach, has given him some sound advice.”John was a great leader, a great defender and someone I definitely look up to,” he said.”I have spoken with him and he trained with us a few times. He told us to always be focused on what you do, communicating at all times and making sure you’re concentrated.”But also that you’re having fun, enjoy what you do. He was underrated when it came to playing out with both feet.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola happy with victory at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised his side’s performance in our 2-0 win at Selhurst Park.After defeat against Wolves last time out, City produced a dominant display to ruthlessly dispatch a Palace side who came into the game in sixth place.Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring at Selhurst Park, netting his 50th goal for the Club with a diving header and two minutes later David Silva finished a fine team move with a sweetly struck volley.”As always, a good reaction – the team is always ready,” Guardiola said.”We play good at a stadium like this where they create a lot of chances. We concede two chances at the end when Benteke came on, they played a lot of long balls and always with the second ball they are strong.”Unfortunately, we cannot convert enough chances we had and we suffered.”Always in the Premier League at 2-0 it’s never over. It’s an important three points after international break, away at Selhurst Park is always difficult.”They were one point below us, they are doing an incredible season.”I am delighted. Hopefully we can start from here and continue with good performances.”
247Sports just released its newly produced college football recruit rankings and in doing so, narrowed down the most desirable recruits in an already competitive 2017 recruiting class. Foster Sarell, a 6-foot-6, 304-pound offensive lineman from Graham (Wash.) came out on top of the shuffle of players, becoming the third No. 1 player in 247Sports’ analysis of the 2017 recruiting cycle. Previously, linebacker Dylan Moses and running back Najee Harris held the position.The new 247Sports standings not only crowned Sarell – it improved four players to a five-star ranking:Offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood from Pensacola (Fla.) rose in the rankings from No. 19 to No. 7. The 6-foot-6, 327-pounder is committed to Alabama. Safety Richard LeConte III from Riceboro (Ga.) is now No. 19 in 247Sports’ rankings, rising from No. 62. He is a Georgia commit. Walker Little, an offensive tackle from Bellaire (Texas), now sits in No. 2 after rising from No. 58. He has yet to make a commitment but reportedly is most interested in Stanford, Texas and Ole Miss. Tight end Colby Parkinson from Thousand Oaks (Calif.) rose from No. 49 to No. 15. He is a Stanford commit. You can find 247Sports’ full 2017 Top Football Recruits list here.
Luciano Acosta has been backed by Wayne Rooney to one day join a top club, with the D.C. United captain calling the Argentine “one of the best” that he’s played with.Acosta appeared set for a deadline-day transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, but the move fell apart in the final hours of the transfer window amid reports of disagreement over the fee and a lack of support by PSG manager Thomas Tuchel.Other potential Premier League options never materialised, meaning Acosta will remain with D.C. for now, though his contract is set to expire at the end of the 2019 MLS season. 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? The midfielder will now join his team-mates in training camp ahead of the new season, and Rooney is among those looking to speak to Acosta to provide words of motivation.And the ex-Manchester United man believes that as long as Acosta can keep his drive, he will eventually get a move to a top club.“He needs to keep motivated,” Rooney told the Washington Post. “He’s a professional player; I’m sure he will.“He now knows what kind of teams are interested in him. If he continues performing up to his ability, he will get there.“He’s young and he’s talented — one of the best I’ve played with.”Noting his own transfer drama back in 2004 ahead of his move from Everton to Old Trafford, Rooney added on the transfer deadline: “It’s a stressful time.”Acosta returns to D.C. looking to build on three impressive seasons with the capital club, including a 2018 campaign that saw him score 10 goals and contribute 17 assists in 33 regular season games.And D.C. head coach Ben Olsen believes Acosta, despite the whirlwind 48 hours, should be able to get his mind right quickly in order to keep improving and achieve his long-term goals.“As much as a disappointment as [PSG] is for him, he loves the game of soccer,” Olsen said. “He is going to have to readjust. How long that takes? It shouldn’t take that long.“Again, the kid loves to play this game. I think he will be okay. He has got a long career ahead of him and he will get to where he wants — and needs — if he continues on this progression.”Olsen admitted to offering Acosta some time off to cope with the transfer but said the midfielder declined, preferring to rejoin his team-mates.The coach expressed sympathy for Acosta’s situation, but offered support as well, likening the club to a “family.”“First and foremost, I am disappointed for him,” Olsen said. “As much as world soccer is about money, it’s still a human business.“The kid was extremely excited when he left, but he is also a smart kid. He will readjust as we all do with disappointment and get back to his job with D.C. United.“He knows he has a family here waiting for him.”
Twitter/@CourtneyReportsSouth Alabama beat Mississippi State on a play that the Bulldogs’ kicker is going to remember for a long time.With nine seconds left and the SEC program trailing by one, kicker Westin Graves came on the field for a 28-yard chip shot from the left hash, which would likely win the game. He clanged it off the left upright. He was 2-for-4 on the day.A missed Field Goal and #SouthAlabama upsets #MississippiState 21-20 Wow! pic.twitter.com/SJdzU27mds— Courtney Jasmin (@CourtneyReports) September 3, 2016MSU misses FG with seconds left. #SouthAlabama hangs in to 21-20 upset over Bulldogs. Jags missed 2 FGs in 1st half. pic.twitter.com/Z9UCUSZ20l— The Auburn Fan (@ForeverAuburn) September 3, 2016South Alabama took the lead on a beautiful touchdown throw by Dallas Davis.South Alabama takes the lead over Mississippi State with this TD. MSU had 97.7 percent win probability entering game https://t.co/rCPoA7oAoT— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 3, 2016He finished 24-for-33 for 285 yards, two touchdowns, and 23 yards rushing.Mississippi State was a 28-point favorite at most sports books at game time.South Alabama has only had a football program since 2009, and the Jaguars moved up to FBS in 2012. The Sun Belt program went 5-7 last season. According to ESPN Stats & Info, FPI has this as the biggest college football upset in the last five seasons.South Alabama (@USAJaguarSports) had a 2.33% chance to beat Mississippi State, making it the biggest upset by FPI in last five seasons— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 3, 2016We’re not sure we’d go that far—Mississippi State is an also-ran in the SEC West and is without dynamic quarterback Dak Prescott, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys—but it is certainly a big win for the young Jaguars program.
College GameDay’s staff, including Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, made their picks with superstar rapper Lil wayne ahead of this Saturday’s biggest contests.ESPN’s College GameDay landed a big-time celebrity on Saturday morning, as star rapper Lil Wayne, a Louisiana native, joined the cast to make picks ahead of the LSU vs. Alabama contest. He wore a Leonard Fournette LSU jersey to boot.Lil Wayne and the rest of the staff picked 10 of today’s biggest games – including Air Force vs. Army, Wisconsin vs. Northwestern, Penn State vs. Iowa, Ohio State vs. Nebraska, Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State, Baylor vs. TCU, Washington vs. Cal, Kentucky vs. Georgia, Florida vs. Arkansas, and of course, Alabama vs. LSU.Let’s take a look at the picks. One other item of note – earlier in the day, Kirk Herbstreit made the claim that Clemson is the best team in the country. Here we go:
Clay Travis Ohio StateClay Travis and John Walters won’t be sending each other holiday cards this year.We’ve got ourselves a pretty nasty Twitter fight between Newsweek Senior Sports Writer John Walters and FOX Sports’ Clay Travis. Here’s how it all started Saturday afternoon:Walters, who is often very outspoken on Twitter, isn’t a fan of the DBAP (Don’t Be A Pussy) shirts that Clay Travis and his site (Outkick the Coverage) are selling. In fact, he believes that Travis, who voted for Hillary Clinton, is exploiting the more conservative portion of his fan base by pushing the shirts.Here’s a photo of the shirt:Well played @ClayTravis, you planned all along for the #DBAP shirts to be delivered the day after #ElectionDay! @Outkick #ConspiracyTheory pic.twitter.com/oahD0TsTOo— Jeremy Scates (@jscates) November 10, 2016Here’s the back-and-forth. Walters’ “hood” reference seems to be a reference to the KKK. He later notes that he does not believe Travis is racist – just opportunistic.And I have to say this: When a straight white male from Tennessee who has no f’ing idea what it’s like to be a minority starts selling ….— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016…DBAP T-shirts to capitalize on this, like, he voted HRC but he’s gonna exploit the “Git ‘er done” faction of his fan base, that makes …— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016…him pretty much the media version of Trump. Is PC culture gone too far? Definitely. Do we need a rich white quasi-celeb lecturing ppl…— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016who’ve been subjected to more hate than he’ll ever know about and really just doing it to make a buck and get attention? What a prick move.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016The problem with Clay’s DPAB shirts is that neckline is a little narrow to fit over your hood.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016Feel free to visit me in NYC and I will take u to some places where u can wear that shirt.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016You should be ashamed of being this big of a bitch. And it’s #dbap, bitch. https://t.co/toAP4eV9oj— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 12, 2016I’m not. Really enjoying your TV appearances on Fox Sports this fall.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016I took a national radio show instead of TV, bud. You got fired from SI and became a waiter. Really. https://t.co/zGuphBAMDB— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 12, 2016If the hood fits, wear it.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016Although I gotta say, the truly mercenary Clay will soon be marketing DGAP t-shirts as well.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016I wasn’t fired. I moved to NBC. But it’s not the first thing Clay has gotten factually wrong.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016again, I never called him a racist. He is a manipulator. He’s a smart guy who found a demo no one was addressing. Like Trump.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016Please send a box of DBAP shirts to the family of the black man in Cincy who was blatantly killed by cop who was let off on hung jury.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 12, 2016Get all that?Neither party here is a stranger to Twitter fights, but this one was particularly over the top. Who do you favor?
Manchester City will wear a special kit to commemorate their 125th anniversary when they take on Liverpool in the Community Shield on Sunday.The Premier League champions will face last season’s runners-up and Champions League victors at the showpiece curtain-raiser at Wembley, in what is a milestone year for the club.Though City initially formed as St. Mark’s (West Gorton) in 1880, they took their current name in 1894, and to celebrate the occasion, will step out onto the field in a retro shirt devoid of sponsors and including features voted for by their fans. 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? Light blue with a white trim and “125 years” written under the badge in gold letters, the jersey also includes a copy of City’s founding document inside the neck, signed by one of the founders, Joshua Parlby.Pep Guardiola’s side will top off their ensemble with white shorts and socks when they meet Jurgen Klopp’s team to officially get the 2019-20 season underway.”Manchester City has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years, but we also have a rich history that we are incredibly proud of,” chief operating officer Omar Berrada said.”The Club’s 125th anniversary season will provide us with the opportunity to mark key moments in the life of Manchester City, and celebrate the fantastic journey that our Club and our fans have been on together.”In their history, City have won six Premier League or First Division titles, with four of them alone coming since their 2011-12 triumph under Roberto Mancini.They have also claimed both the FA Cup and EFL Cup on six occasions, along with the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970, their lone continental success to date.Despite their emergence as the dominant powerhouse of English football under Guardiola in recent years, they have so far been unable to translate that form into Champions League glory, with Liverpool instead proving themselves the greater team on the global stage following their triumph in June.After Sunday’s clash with the Reds, City turn their attention to defending their domestic crown as they begin the Premier League campaign with a trip to West Ham on August 10. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Brighton have announced the signing of 19-year-old full-back Romaric Yapi from Paris Saint-Germain for an undisclosed fee.The young right-back has put pen to paper on a one-year contract at the Amex Stadium, with the option to extend for a further year.Yapi will go straight into Brighton’s Under-23 squad ahead of the new season, with a view to breaking into the first team as the campaign progresses. 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? The highly-rated teenager is capable of playing as a conventional full-back or as a winger but was unable to force his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans at PSG.Yapi played for the club’s U19s last term and was deployed in defence under the tutelage of former Barcelona and Inter midfielder Thiago Motta.The French starlet expressed his delight after sealing a switch to Brighton, stating that he is looking forward to a “new challenge” in English football.”I’m very happy to be here at Brighton,” Yapi told the club’s official website. “It’s a beautiful club and city, and I am ready for this new challenge.”My best qualities are my defending, and I like to showcase my skills. That’s part of my identity and the way I like to play football.”I like to assist my team-mates and get crosses in for the strikers. I am happy to be a part of this team and feel it is the best place for me.”Seagulls U23s head coach Simon Rusk welcomed Yapi to the Amex, highlighting the defender’s versatility before insisting he has great potential.“We are pleased to have completed the signing and are delighted to welcome Romaric to the club,” Rusk began.“He is another player the club has been aware of for a period of time. He is a versatile player and is comfortable at right-back, on the right-wing or as a wing-back.“He is a talented player who has great potential, and I look forward to working with him.”Yapi joins Adam Webster, Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay and Matt Clarke as new Brighton boss Graham Potter’s fifth signing of the summer, as he aims to improve on the team’s 16th place finish last term.The Seagulls begin their latest Premier League season with a tough trip to Watford on Sunday, before hosting West Ham a week later.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Lee Corso during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ohio State still has an outside shot at making the College Football Playoff, but there’s no doubt that the Buckeyes need to win out to make that happen. Lee Corso apparently does not think it’s in the cards.Speaking on College GameDay Saturday morning, Corso revealed one of his big upset picks for the week a few hours early. Corso said that Michigan State’s defense will be key. He also said that Michigan State’s players haven’t forgotten about the fact that they were blown out last year.On paper, it doesn’t seem like a huge upset pick, considering the Spartans are ranked No. 18 and the Buckeyes are ranked No. 10. But any time Ohio State loses, it’s a big deal.It remains to be seen if Corso is the only GameDay staffer picking the Spartans.Lee Corso called for a Michigan State win today at 9:55 — over two hours before they make their official picks.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 10, 2018Ohio State, after the loss to Purdue, needs to win the Big Ten East and then the Big Ten title to have any shot at playing for it all. The Buckeyes have a tough schedule too – with both Michigan State and Michigan left on the docket.Earlier this week, the official opening spread came out for the Michigan game – and the Buckeyes aren’t favored, despite being at home.The Spartans and Buckeyes will kick off at Noon ET on Saturday.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)While the Texas Longhorns have certainly had a strong season in 2018, there is concern surrounding the health of Sam Ehlinger. Throughout the year, the dual-threat quarterback has dealt with a lingering shoulder injury.Last weekend, Ehlinger couldn’t even play the entire game, as Shane Buechele completed 10 passes against Iowa State. However, he did have eight carries for 32 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win.The Longhorns run their offense through their physical quarterback, and although they’d like to have him playing without restrictions, they understand the importance of monitoring his situation.On Friday, Texas will play Kansas to finish its regular season. While the Longhorns should defeat the Jayhawks, the status of Ehlinger is still unknown.Tom Herman and his coaching staff appear to be cautious with Ehlinger’s shoulder, as they limit his volume of throws in practice.Practice just got done today and Texas QB Sam Ehlinger participated, throwing for the first time since Saturday. Coaches were cautious with his volume of throws and the medical staff will continue to monitor his shoulder. #HookEm— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) November 21, 2018Ehlinger is having an amazing season, which features 2,620 passing yards and 31 total touchdowns. His ability to make game-changing plays without turning over the ball is crucial for the Longhorns.It’s very possible that Herman runs his offense similar to last weekend, splitting the playing time between two quarterbacks.With only two more days before this matchup takes place, all eyes will be on Ehlinger’s availability.