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Seven things to get excited about for the 2016 All Stars

first_imgThe 2016 Harvey Norman All Stars is coming up on Saturday, so we thought we’d share some of the things we are most looking forward to about the event. 1.     Year Two – New FormatLast year we were lucky enough to debut at the event and we are super excited to return in 2016, with a new format of games, a ‘best of three’ series. The penultimate game will be played just minutes before the NRL All Stars sides take to the field. 2.     Suncorp StadiumThere is a big buzz within the teams about getting to play on one of the most famous sporting stadiums in Australia, Suncorp Stadium. Home to many great sporting clashes over the years, it’s time for Touch Football to make its mark in front on plenty of fans and it’s sure to be a spectacle. 3.     Super ClinicThe teams had so much fun last year when we conducted school visits on the Gold Coast, and this year’s clinic at BMTA will be bigger and better! Haven’t registered for the free Touch Football Super Clinic on Thursday yet? You can do so here, be quick so you don’t miss out!4.     AmbassadorsJoe Williams and Scott Prince will be our 2016 All Stars ambassadors and we can’t wait to have them involved! Proud members of the indigenous community, we look forward to Joe and Scott drawing on their previous sporting and cultural experiences, as mentors to the sides whilst on tour. 5.     Competition and TalentOnly one touchdown separated the two sides in last year’s game, and we expect the 2016 event to be similar. Both sides are full of talent and we can’t wait to see what happens on the field on February 13!Hennessey v Touma, Norman v Pierce, Dyball v Watego, Hopkin v Upton – it’s not often you get to see these players playing against each other in this format. The All Stars concept is unique and we can’t wait to see the skills on display!6.     Young Talent TimeDon’t let their ages fool you, TFA All Stars teenagers Emma Sykes (17), Hannah Dyball (18) and Kai Simbolon (19) as well as Indigenous All Stars’ Kobe Nona (16), Talulah Tillett (17), Jemma Mi Mi (19) and Tamika Upton (19) are all players to watch now and well into the future! Nona, Upton, Mi Mi and Dyball were stand outs in last year’s game on debut and we look forward to seeing them take to the field in 2016. 7.     Cultural EngagementOur teams will have the chance to be involved in plenty of exciting opportunities during All Stars week, including participation in the Arthur Beatson Foundation Interstate Challenge Event, visits from NRL Community Ambassador guest speakers, and importantly the opportunity to meet and interact with new people, sharing stories and experiences. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from 2016 All Stars week in the following ways:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Links2016 All Starslast_img read more


16 days agoBarcelona defender Lenglet: Griezmann handling new position

first_imgBarcelona defender Lenglet: Griezmann handling new positionby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Clement Lenglet insists Antoine Griezmann is in good spirits.There’s been talk his France teammate has found settling at Barca difficult after his €120m move from Atletico Madrid.But Lenglet said, “We’re laughing all day long. “He loves making jokes and he’s not changed at Barcelona. We all have to understand the change of position he’s made. “At Barça, he’s evolved to even playing on the wing. He works really hard for the team and helps us with his talent and sacrifice. For me, there’s no Griezmann issue.”On Ousmane Dembele, he added: “If he has the necessary continuity, I think he has all the necessary quality to return to the France squad. He’d prepared brilliantly, but then he got injured again. “Now he’s got the red card, which also put the breaks on. He is a player with huge amounts of talent, but he needs more continuity to be at his best.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Football Dwayne Haskins to enter the 2019 NFL Draft

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) walks up to the field prior to the the start of the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn his first season as a starter for Ohio State, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins cemented his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks the program has ever had.And after just one season as starter, Haskins’ time as a Buckeye is officially finished.On Monday, Haskins announced on Twitter he would forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.In the days before the Rose Bowl, then-offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he did believe Haskins was ready to make that jump to the professional level.“You reflect on the whole season, where it’s at, how far he’s come. I do think that he has a chance to be really successful in the NFL,” Day said. “When you look at what he’s done this season, it’s been very, very impressive.”In 14 games as a starter, Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, both Big Ten records for a single season.The redshirt sophomore broke the single-game passing yards record for Ohio State, throwing for 470 yards against Purdue, then topping his own record with 499 against Northwestern.The record-breaking numbers were enough for Haskins to get invited as a Heisman Trophy finalist, where he ultimately finished third.In his final game for Ohio State, the Rose Bowl matchup against Washington, Haskins completed 25-of-37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdownsHaskins said on Dec. 29 he has “to make a decision faster,” after being asked if he was tired of everyone asking. It took the redshirt sophomore quarterback six days following the Rose Bowl to ultimately make his decision.“Just excited to be in the position to make a decision,” Haskins said. “A lot of people dream about playing in the NFL and people don’t really get to achieve that, so I’m one of the few people that get to, so I’m just taking it all in.”As Haskins now prepares for the NFL as what many believe is the top quarterback on the board, Ohio State has redshirt freshman Tate Martell, freshman Matthew Baldwin and junior Chris Chugunov as the remaining quarterbacks on the roster.The Buckeyes gained freshman quarterback Justin Fields, a former five-star prospect, who announced he would be transferring from Georgia following this season.Martell, who would have been the projected starter this season before Fields’ transfer, said on Dec. 30 he is not worried about a quarterback who is not yet on the roster.“Why would I leave for someone who hasn’t put a single second into this program?” Martell said. “To just run away from somebody who hasn’t put a single second into workouts, anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance.”Haskins leaves Ohio State with a 13-1 career starting record, and 5,396 total passing yards and 54 total passing touchdowns. read more


Mbappe reveals French Olympic dream

first_imgKylian Mbappe revealed that he next intends to star for France at the OlympicsThe 19-year-old striker has already risen to the top of the football world following his exploits at Russia in the summer, which saw France claim a second World Cup title.Over the past year alone, Mbappe has won every domestic honour available in his home country at Paris Saint-Germain with a club European title the only thing lacking from his already extensive trophy haul.However, speaking at his hometown of Bondy on Wednesday, Mbappe declared that he intends to emulate PSG teammates Neymar and Marquinhos by winning gold at the Olympics.The pair won gold for hosts Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I still have a lot of things to do,” Mbappe told RMC Sport. “I want to accomplish everything.“With France, I still have the European Championship to win. I would also, why not, like to compete in the Olympics. Then, with PSG, we all know what [the Champions League] is missing there.”Mbappe is on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or and the Kopa Award for the best under-21 player.However, winning football’s most prestigious individual award in the Ballon d’Or can come later as far as Mbappe is concerned.He said: “Ballon d’Or talk is unwelcome here. We can talk about that at a later date.”last_img read more


John Oliver robocalls FCC to protest inaction on robocalls

first_img FCC This isn’t Oliver’s first time calling out the FCC. In May 2017, he aired a segment on net neutrality and asked the audience to flood the FCC with comments supporting net neutrality. Hours later, the agency’s comment system crashed. “Yes, FCC, we meet again, old friends,” said Oliver toward the end of the segment. The comedian stood on stage next to a sculpture of a giant finger about to press a huge button, saying he’d robocall the FCC commissioners every 90 minutes. “This time, unlike our past encounters, I don’t actually need to ask hordes of real people to bombard you with messages because, with the miracle of robocalling, I can now do it all by myself!”The FCC didn’t respond to a request for comment. Last Week Tonight declined to comment beyond the segment.  Share your voice John Oliver joked Sunday that he’d call the FCC every 90 minutes. Screenshot by Marrian Zhou/CNET John Oliver is taking on his “old friends” at the FCC once again. On HBO’s Last Week Tonight on Sunday, the comedian zoomed in on the robocalls problem, citing research that says half of mobile phone calls in the US will soon be scam calls. The Federal Communications Commission has criticized robocalling and said it’d take action on the issue. In November, the agency said it planned to create a database that businesses can check to make sure the numbers they’ve been given permission to call haven’t been reassigned to other people. The FCC is also undertaking “light touch” regulatory actions to give wireless carriers more flexibility to block spam text messages.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in February also called on carriers to implement robust caller ID authentication systems to combat illegal robocalls and spoofing. He said companies need to get their programs in place by the end of the year, or the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.”However, Oliver said that’s not enough. He argued that although Pai “urged” telecom companies to implement call authentication programs, if he’d “required” them to do it, the problem might have already been fixed. Mobile Tech Industry Digital Media Politics TV and Moviescenter_img Tags 2 Commentslast_img read more