first_imgWhen most people say `the family combo’ you think of KFC or your local fish and chip shop…but in this case I’m talking about the Australian Under 18 Development Camp.Remarkably, the group of 40 of Australia’s most promising Touch players contains 3 sibling combinations, with two of those being twins.There’s Steve Naughton and older brother Scott from the Southern Suns, quick stepping twins John and Maurice Kennedy and the Clarkson girls; Megan and Rebecca (good luck telling them apart!)All of the pairs are quick to agree they push each other competitively, each challenging the other and helping them to improve individually.“Being a twin often people assume there is rivalry, however in our case as much as we may look very much alike we are very different people with different personalities. We do not experience rivalry as such, but we are competitive and strive to do our best on every occasion and this brings the best out of each of us especially when we are playing together,” said Megan.The Clarkson twins are obviously excited about sharing this opportunity together. Rebecca, who represented QSST at the National Under 18 Championships, while Megan played for SunCoast, is excited about sharing the experience with her sister.“We’re both looking forward to having the opportunity to be coached by different people and to gain their knowledge and further insight into the game. We’re eager and ready for the intensity of the camp and the challenge of pushing ourselves to another height while improving our skill level,” said Rebecca. The Naughton brothers have shared their story with the Touch world before, having a story written on them at the 2005 National Under 18 Championships. When interviewed at that event, they were quick to agree that growing up together and playing together has definite advantages.“We both keep each other grounded, if one of us does something wrong the other isn’t afraid to let them know about it,” said Scott.“We read each other pretty well. Often we don’t even have to say anything and the other knows what we’re going to do,” said Steve.For twins John and Maurice Kennedy their selection alongside each other began with NSWCHS at the 2004 National Under 18 Championships.However, it was quickly put on hold when Maurice suffered a serious neck injury pre-tournament, an injury that could have ended his career right there and then.After two operations and extensive recovery and rehabilitation, Maurice was back on the Touch field, quick stepping his way to selection, again alongside his brother John for the 2005 NSWCHS side.They made their way to the grand final, where they were defeated by a red hot Southern Suns side, including the Naughton brothers.Despite the grand final loss, both John and Maurice were excited by their Australian selection and keen to make an impact at the camp. With all three family combos not only being pushed by the nature of the camp and the other players around them, the added incentive of competing alongside their brother or sister is also exciting.The Clarkson girls could be following in the steps of the Judd sisters, Barr sisters or Winchester girls.For the Naughton and Kennedy brothers, they could be the next Farrow brothers, McDonald brothers or Cheung brothers.Make sure you remember these young players, one day we may be seeing them taking the field for Australia together in a World Cup or Trans Tasman.last_img


first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty-One.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 VT Touch League Finals this weekendThe Inaugural season of the VT Touch League culminated with a thrilling day of Finals action on Saturday 1 December 2007 at the Port Melbourne Soccer Club.Victoria’s Elite players turned on the magic in front of 300 spectators including the Victorian Minister for Sport Mr. James Merlino MP, the Chairman of Touch Football Australia (TFA) Mr. Peter Rooney, and TFA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire who settled in for an afternoon of quality Touch Football in perfect summer conditions.A close round of semi-final matches in the afternoon in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions was a fitting entrée for fans of the VT League, before two nail biting Grand Finals were served up to spoil the crowd with an absolute smorgasbord of fast and furious Grand final action in the evening.  Melbourne City Lions won the Women’s Open championship over the Bayside Vipers after an epic 3 on 3 drop off was required to split the combatants after scores were locked at 4-4 at full time. Highly credentialed Victorian stalwart Karen Jones was the hero for the Lions snaring the winning touchdown to secure the Inaugural title for her franchise.In the Men’s Open Grand Final, warm favourites and Minor premiers Casey Cougars went on with the job in the decider, but did not have it all their own way, needing to dig deep to overcome a gutsy Bayside combination to claim the crown.  The Cougars had to pull out all stops against the structured Vipers and relied on a pinpoint long ball from their ringmaster Jason “JK” Kaiwai to break a 3-3 deadlock in the closing minutes of the game.Between the Semi finals and Grand Finals, a Touch Football Victoria Community Development game was held, which showcased members of Victoria’s U15 development squad.  This game gave the audience a taste of some of the potential future talent who could grace the VT League. Also in the interval the Minister for Sport, Mr. James Merlino made presentations to the Casey Cougars for the Licence Championships and to the University Blues Women’s team for the first ever “Fair Play” team AwardThanks to all TFA-Victoria office staff, Referees, Volunteers, the Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer club and all other VT League venues for their support of the Inaugural event.A full wrap of Finals day can be accessed by visiting the TFA – Victoria website.Results and Award Winners of the 2007 VT League:Semi FinalsMen: Casey 10 d Melbourne City 7; Bayside 4 d University 3Women: Melbourne City 4 d Casey 3 (AET); Bayside 7 University 3Grand FinalsMen: Casey 4 d Bayside 3Women: Melbourne City 5 d Bayside 4Other awards include:Fair Play Award – University Blues Women’sMost Influential Player Women – Anne Bright (University Blues)Most Influential Player Men – Elias El Charr (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Women – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Men – Terry Beazley (Casey Cougars)Other Events: The Box Hill touch competition has begun, with 10 teams pulling on the boots every Tuesday night at Sparkes Reserve on the corner of Middleborough and Canterbury Rd, Box Hill. In the Mixed competition a team of local teachers are playing against some of their students, making for some interesting classroom exchanges…The Victorian Touch website: AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2South Australia’s State League off to a Great StartThe first round of the 2007 Touch Football SA State League began on Sunday 2 Dec 2007 at the Greenhill Rd Playing Fields.The 10th year of the State League commenced with the four franchise teams Wolves (Yellow), Stingrays (Red), Vipers (Navy) and Scorpions (Orange) looking the goods in their new Kooga uniforms. In Round One action in the Women’s Open Scorpions got off to a cracking start to the season with a 12-0 shut out of Wolves, and Stingrays got home in a thriller 6-5 over Vipers.In the Men’s Open Scorpions and Wolves played out a thrilling 7-7 draw, whilst Stingrays had a comfortable 7-3 win over Vipers.Full Results Round 1 – Touch Football SA State League:WomenScorpions 12 d Wolves 0Stingrays 6 d Vipers 5MenScorpions 7 drew Wolves 7Stingrays 7 d Vipers 3 MixedMixedScorpions 5 ft Wolves 0Stingrays 3 d Vipers 6Other events: Damien Carlson, Sean Judge and Chris Denison-Smith conducted a level One Referees Course on Sunday 2 December 2007.Amongst the participants were 4 junior state representative players.The Touch Football South Australia website: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes complete Darwin Touch Competition Final RoundThe final round of the Darwin Touch competition produced some exciting games with Crocs ruining Dream Teams perfect season with a tit for tat 3 all draw in the Men’s Open division.Bundy Bears preparation for the finals couldn’t have been better with a 17-2 win over Honkers.In the Women’s Open competition, Palmerston Bulls defeated Divas 10-1 to sail into the finals as red-hot premiership favourites.Scorpions fought out a 5-3 win over Crocs who only fielded six players, but were more than a match for the second placed Scorpions.All About Us had the bye.Other news: Darwin Semi-final action this week features Palmerston Bulls and Scorpions in the First semi-final in the Women’s Open division. In the second semi-final final Crocs take on All About Us. In the Men’s finals Dream team confront Crocs in the First semi-final, with the winner advancing to the Grand Final. Palmerston Bulls and Bundy Bears play the Minor semi-final.The Northern Territory website: AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Six Wrap The Western Australia Super League Series returned to Rosalie for Round 6. Affiliates wished to do well not only for their Super League Series aspirations, but to familiarize themselves on the ground that will host the 2008 WA State Championships.Northern Women’s continued their recent good form with a win over Tompkins Park.It was a high scoring contest with a 10-9 result to Northern in the end. The teams’ first clash was a draw Northern will be aiming to avoid Tomkins Park who are looming as dark horses come semi-final time.Southern Men’s had a strong 11-1 victory over hosts Rosalie. Their superior for and against pushes them in front of Brothers into first position. The return Brothers v Southern clash in Round 8 is eagerly anticipated between the two top guns of the competition. Southern are now top of the tree in both Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.In other results:Women’sSouthern 11 defeated Rosalie 2Perth Brothers 7 defeated Fremantle 3Men’s Perth Brothers 9 defeated FremantleOther Events: TouchWest has purchased some new domain names to aid in members getting to our event and services websites. So rather than going through links from the TouchWest website, you can go straight to the WA AusTouch site from Other quick links include:Be Active State Touch Championships – Active Junior State Championships – Active TouchWest Junior League – School Tournaments – Active TouchWest Super League Series – Touch – Referees – Touch @ Lunch – Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5Queensland Squads get Origin campaign off to a cracking startQueensland’s 13 State of Origin squads got their 2008 Origin campaigns off to a flying start with the first compulsory training camp conducted at the Caboolture Touch Association on the weekend in sweltering conditions.The 13 teams were put through their paces in a hectic weekend of fitness assessments, skill development, and game play under the watchful gaze of the respective coaching staff of each division.Queensland Touch State Branch Manager Jon Pratt, Queensland State Council members, the Queensland Touch Coach Management Team, and various mentors and technical personnel were on hand to assist the squads complete the first of three compulsory camps that are aimed towards maximizing preparation time and quality training experiences.Queensland Touch would like to congratulate host affiliate Caboolture and their tireless volunteer army for their outstanding efforts in providing excellent facilities and assistance in ensuring all needs of teams and players were met during a busy few days.The next compulsory camp for Senior Divisions and 20s teams will be 2 and 3 February 2008 at Caboolture.A Women’s Open Squad Camp will also be conducted on 2 and 3 February 2008 in Brisbane.The next compulsory camp for Open Teams will be 5 and 6 April 2008 after Queensland Men’s and Women’s Open teams are finalized following the 2008 National Touch League in Coffs Harbour on 12-15 March 2008.Other News: The Brisbane City Touch Association conducted the Inaugural Brisbane Junior Touch Championships on Sunday 2 December 2008.14 teams contested the Boys and Girls 14 and 16 Years age divisions at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Venue at the Kedron AFL club, Kedron.The one day tournament was designed as a fun day for club  / school teams that wanted to participate in a friendly series between South side and North side junior teams. Cobras Junior Representative training squads will be compiled from players who competed at the Brisbane Junior Championships.It has been the first Junior tournament that Brisbane City have conducted in some time and the success of this first event has prompted the Brisbane City Touch Association to plan another Junior Championships for April 2008.BCTA Junior Championships Results: 14 Boys: 1st – Redbacks, 2nd– Bring It, 3rd – SRU Magpies16 Boys 1st – Nudgee College, 2nd – Untouchables, 3rd – Steelers, 4th MacGregor SHS, 5th – Redcliffe Boys14 Girls 1st – Ravens, 2nd – Southern Storm Bratz16 Girls 1st – Tigers Roar, 2nd – Crushers, 3rd – Tigers Girls, 4th – Redcliffe The Queensland Touch website: Play # 6AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Big Numbers for Level One Referees CourseThe Australian Capital Territory web-site in conjunction with the ACT Touch Referees Association has recruited 35 Level One referee course candidates for a Level 1 course on 4 and 5 December 2007. There are a large proportion of youth candidates for the course who will be welcome additions to the ACT junior competitions, which have experienced significant growth in the past twelve months and are in need of a few more whistleblowers.“The accreditation of an additional 35 officials is a great step towards the continued servicing of our ever expanding competition schedules,” ACT State Manager Matt Mc Kerrow said yesterday. Other events: ACTTA will be hosting a Referees and Volunteers Xmas BBQ on 14 December 2007 with food and refreshments provided as a big thank you to the many people who selflessly give of their time to ensure that our Association runs smoothly. A Very social game of touch is also planned. To mark the end of the Super League season, approximately 70 players, referees and volunteers attended the Super Legue Presentation evening held at Mckellar Soccer Club on 1 December 2007. Congratulations to all award recipients. The Australian Capital Territory website:’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Congratulations to Woden Eagles who defeated the UC Otters 8-4 in the Men’s Open Grand Final of the Super League competition on December 1. Congratulations also to Canberra City who took out the Women’s Open title defeating Woden Eagles 5-4 in a very close (and wet!) affair.last_img read more

Victoria 2009 Affiliates Cup

first_imgVictoria’s 2009 Affliates Cup was a huge success at John McEwan Reserve in Shepparton on Saturday, 28 February 2009.Teams across Victoria and even a team from Albury came to contest the tournament.Elwood were the team to beat, being last years Champion Affiliate. In the Women’s Open Final, the Parkville Pirates defeated Ballarat in a close contest, winning 3-2.The Men’s Open Final saw Elwood looking to make it two titles in a row, facing Fawkner. Elwood proved too strong, defeating Fawkner 4-1.The Mixed Open final saw the Albury Tooters taking on Albert Park Odds n Socks. The team from across the border were too good, defeating Albert Park 5-1.The Mixed Social division saw Westside Onesteel face the Parkville. In a low scoring affair, Westside beat Parkville 3-0.The Regional Women’s Champions were Ballarat, while the Regional Men’s Grand Final saw a replay of last year’s Final, with Ballarat taking on Geelong. Ballarat had won last year, and made it two in a row, defeating Geelong 3-2 to be Regional Men’s Champions. The Champion Affiliate was, for the second time in a row, Elwood.Congratulations to all the winners. For more information, please visit the website: read more

School Sport Australia Update

first_imgAustralia’s most talented under 12 and 15 touch players have converged on Adelaide Shores playing fields, South Australia, for the 2009 School Sport Australia Touch Football National Championships. After all the round games were completed on Wednesday, Queensland finished on top of the table in the 15 Boys, 15 Girls and 12 Girls divisions, while New South Wales finished first in the 12 Boys division.Finals day on Friday will see Queensland and New South Wales battle it out in the Under 12 Boys and Girls finals. In the 15’s division Semi Finals, Queensland play Tasmania and New South Wales play Northern Territory in the Girls, and Queensland take on ACT while NSW play Western Australia in the Boys.Placing after round games:12 Boys1st – New South Wales2nd – Queensland3rd – Northern Territory4th – South Australia5th – Australian Capital Territory6th – Tasmania 12 Girls1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – South Australia4th – Northern Territory5th – Australian Capital Territory6th – Tasmania15 Boys1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Western Australia4th – Australian Capital Territory5th – Northern Territory6th – South Australia7th – Tasmania8th – Victoria15 Girls1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Northern Territory4th – Tasmania5th – Australian Capital Territory6th – South Australia7th – Western Australia8th – VictoriaCongratulations to all players representing their state at the championships.Please see attached for results leading into the finals.    Related Filesunder_12_boys_and_girls-pdfunder_15_boys_and_girls-pdflast_img read more

NTL Exposé Two

first_imgTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the event, please visit the NTL Be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Touch Football Australia Facebook and Twitter pages in the lead up to the 2012 X-Blades NTL to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and TFA’s YouTube channel will also be updated frequently during the NTL. To view the channel or become a subscriber, please click on the link below: Related Filesexpose2-pdflast_img read more

2014 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports

first_imgWhile the temperature cools down outside, it’s time to rug up and get in front of the television, with the Elite Eight finals to appear on Fox Sports this weekend!   Join Andrew Voss and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad as they bring you the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight finals from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The finals were first played on Fox Sports late last month and will feature on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, 14 June from 9.30am. 2014 Elite Eight Finals on Fox SportsSaturday, 14 June  Elite Eight Women’s Final – 09.30am (Fox Sports 1)Elite Eight Men’s Final – 10.30am (Fox Sports 1)Stay tuned to for announcements on times to view the 2014 Trans Tasman Series on Fox Sports in the coming weeks!Related LinksElite Eight on TV!last_img read more

2015 NTL Player Awards

first_imgCongratulations to the following players who were awarded Player of the Final and Player of the Series honours at the 2015 National Touch League.Men’s Elite EightQueensland Stingrays 5 defeated New South Wales Scorpions 2Player of the Final: Adam Pryde (Stingrays)Player of the Series: Sam Brisby (Scorpions)Women’s Elite EightQueensland Chiefs 6 defeated New South Wales Mets 4Player of the Final: Samantha Hopkin (Chiefs)Player of the Series: Samantha Hopkin (Chiefs)Mixed OpenSydney Rebels 6 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 4Players of the Final: Roy Prasad and Kirstie Wakely (Rebels)Women’s T LeagueHunter Western Hornets 3 defeated South Queensland Sharks 2Player of the Final: Jasmine Dillon (Hornets)Men’s T LeagueNorth Queensland Cyclones 15 defeated Central Queensland 5Player of the Final: Jason Norford (Cyclones)Men’s 30’sSouth Queensland Sharks 6 defeated Sydney Scorpions 5Player of the Final: Scott Prince (Sharks)Women’s 35’sHunter Western Hornets 3 defeated South Queensland Sharks 2Player of the Final: Jodi Dillon (Hornets)Men’s 40’sSydney Scorpions 6 defeated South Queensland Sharks 3Player of the Final: Darren Swain (Scorpions)Womens’s 40’sSydney Scorpions 7 defeated Western Tigers 2Player of the Final: Megan McGhie (Scorpions)Men’s 45’sSydney Scorpions 8 defeated South Queensland Sharks 4Player of the Final: David Cheung (Scorpions)Men’s 50’sSydney Scorpions 5 defeated South Queensland Sharks 4Player of the Final: Peter McDonald (Scorpions)Men’s 55’sNorth Queensland Cyclones 3 defeated Northern Eagles 2Player of the Final: Roly Warnock (Cyclones)Senior MixedSydney Scorpions 5 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 4Players of the Final: Brad Mitchell and Sarah Nash (Scorpions)Related LinksPlayer awardslast_img read more

Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The Fitbit Charge is now just $96! The Fitbit Charge Activity and Sleep Wrist Monitor features all-day activity tracking, real-time stats and Caller ID notifications to help you reach your fitness goals and stay connected.For more information or to purchase your Fitbit Charge, please click here. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Promotionlast_img read more

10 months agoFulham plot sensational triple swoop on Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham plot sensational triple swoop on Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are being linked with a sensational triple swoop on Chelsea.The Daily Star says Maurizio Sarri has a bloated squad with a number of first-team players on the fringes under the Italian tactician.Gary Cahill, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses are the three most high-profile players to have been frozen out.Cahill – out of contract at the end of the season – has been limited to seven appearances in all competitions, Drinkwater has not featured since the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City while Moses has started once all season.SW6 neighbours Fulham have been linked with the trio, who will be allowed to leave in the mid-season sales. last_img read more

10 months agoSpalletti satisfied with Inter Milan victory over Empoli

first_imgSpalletti satisfied with Inter Milan victory over Empoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti was satisfied with victory over Empoli. Keita Balde Diao’s goal proved enough at the Stadio Castellani to continue their positive streak.“There are games that can start going the wrong way if you don’t take the right approach,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“We weren’t sharp in the first half and didn’t spark enough moves down the flanks. It was better after the break, when Empoli got tired and we were able to create problems.“It’s a fundamental victory and I’d say a fair one too. Once again, we wasted chances and lost the ball cheaply, something we cannot afford to do, as we risk on the counter. In games like this, Empoli can analyse a good performance, but for a side like Inter, the only thing that matters is the result.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea midfielder Kante hungry to continue trophy streak

first_img​Chelsea midfielder Kante hungry to continue trophy streakby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante wants to win more trophies.The French midfielder has enjoyed a dream few years, winning two Premier League titles, the World Cup and other trophies.But he wants to win another FA Cup, after triumphing with the Blues in the competition last season.He is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “Does winning all those trophies give me the hunger to get more this season? Yes, of course. The last few years have provided some beautiful memories for me. “There have been beautiful achievements of winning titles with my team-mates. I hope to continue in the same way. “Even if we had ups and downs with Chelsea last year, because we didn’t get into the top four, we finished well with the FA Cup. “Following that, by winning the World Cup with the national team was a beautiful way to end 2017-18. I don’t know if if’s going to be my best year in football but for sure it will be something I will not forget.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoChelsea loanee Izzy Brown impresses in Luton win

first_imgChelsea loanee Izzy Brown impresses in Luton winby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Izzy Brown played an important role in Luton Town ending their losing run against Blackburn Rovers over the weekend.The winger crossed for James Collins to score the Hatters’ opener for the 2-1 win.It was Brown’s ninth consecutive appearance for Luton this season, following up from playing 30 minutes in the 4-0 loss to Leicester City last week.The 22-year-old is enjoying his sixth spell on loan since joining Chelsea from West Bromwich Albion in 2013. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini: We blew it

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini: We blew itby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini was frustrated after Saturday’s 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace.The Hammers created enough opportunities to win comfortably and scored an outstanding opener through Sebastien Haller, only for Palace to fight back and snatch victory through two set-piece goals – first when Declan Rice was penalised for handball, then when Jordan Ayew converted a VAR-confirmed goal from close range following a late free-kick.“It’s a disappointing result because we were ahead in the score and we had other clear chances to decide the game and two set pieces allowed Crystal Palace, who didn’t have any other shots from inside our box, to win the game with a penalty and a free-kick,” Pellegrini said.“I think we had three clear chances to score in the first half and also had a couple in the second, but you must score. You cannot just create chances; you must score.“We didn’t and we conceded an unnecessary penalty – when Declan goes to the ball, he must keep his hand back and his arm down. It was an instant reaction and the ball hit his hand – and then they scored after the VAR and we lost.” last_img read more

4 days agoSampdoria coach Ranieri satisfied with Roma stalemate

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sampdoria coach Ranieri satisfied with Roma stalemateby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri was satisfied with their 0-0 draw against Roma.It marked Ranieri’s first game in charge.“The lads worked very well in training, but you can only tell so much in that situation,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“Roma are a good team, they keep possession, but we wanted to push them towards the wings, as they are above all dangerous through the middle. We weren’t that interested in possession.”Ranieri celebrates his 68th birthday on Sunday and joked when asked about his surprise pick of Andrea Bertolacci.“I preferred to be called a wily old fox when I was young, as now it feels a little too close to home! Maybe you think I’m going senile…“I told Bertolacci to play as long as he could and then I’d bring in Albin Ekdal, who arrived very tired after international duty. I was satisfied with the midfield, combining experience with youth. I had wanted Bertolacci in a more advanced position, closer to Quagliarella, but after a while there were too many gaps and I asked him to remain back there to protect the defence.” last_img read more

4-Star LB Roquan Smith Announces He’s Committed To Georgia

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldogs football stadium.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Roquan Smith, a four-star linebacker out of Montezuma, Ga., has committed to Georgia. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect pledged to UCLA on National Signing Day, but de-committed when the Bruins’ defensive coordinator, Jeff Ulbrich, left for a job with the Atlanta Falcons. Smith has opted not to sign a binding national letter of intent; he’s signed a financial aid agreement instead. Smith is ranked the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. Georgia’s 2015 class ranks No. 9 in the country and No. 5 in the SEC by 247 Sports. The Bulldogs now have 30 commitments in the class.last_img read more

John Calipari Tweets Response To Pelicans Story: “I Have No Interest In The Pelicans Or Any Other Job”

first_imgJohn Calipari's press conference after close win vs. LSU.YouTubeIt didn’t take long for John Calipari to shoot down reports that he may be interested in the New Orleans Pelicans opening. Just minutes ago, we shared a report by’s John Reid, which said that Calipari “may be interested” in coaching former players Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. Calipari didn’t waste any time in addressing it.Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I’m happy at UK.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 19, 2015Coaches have made similar statements and still taken those jobs in the past, but considering the talent that Calipari brings in every year, and the recent reports of a generous contract extension, we fully expect Calipari to stay put.last_img read more

Photo: Joel Embiid Welcomed Duke Big Man Jahlil Okafor To The 76ers

first_imgJoel Embiid taking off his mask.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 21: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers adjusts his facemark during a break in action in the third quarter against the Miami Heat during Game Four of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 21, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The Philadelphia 76ers have made a habit of selecting big men early in the past three NBA drafts, most recently Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. Joel Embiid, who was  the team’s first overall pick in 2014, welcomed Okafor to the fold on Instagram this afternoon.Now all Embiid needs to do is hopefully stay healthy enough to join Okafor on the court.last_img read more

Juventus confirm interest in Ramsey

first_imgJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Wales international’s current contract at Emirates Stadium is due to expire at the end of the season, at which point he will become available on a free transfer .Ramsey had initially hoped to extend his contract at Arsenal but negotiations broke down, which has seen a number of top clubs around Europe linked with a move, including Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juve. 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? And it seems that Juve are confident of landing the 28-year-old, with Paratici having confirmed that he is a player that the Serie A leaders are tracking.He told Sky Sports : “He’s a great player, he’s been at great levels for years and plays in a great team.”It [Ramsey’s contract] is due to expire and we are always attentive to the situations that can be created. Juve are on him. Will Ramsey play with us after July? This is all to be verified. For now, he is an Arsenal player.”Now that the January transfer window is open, Ramsey is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with any potential suitors, but Arsenal do not plan to let him leave ahead of schedule this month .The 28-year-old has yet to make a final decision regarding his next destination, but did suggest that he was planning to leave when he spoke to the press back in October .Ramsey has racked up 353 appearances for the Gunners over the last decade, contributing 61 goals in the process and winning the FA Cup on three occasions.Under the club’s new Spanish boss Unai Emery the Welshman has retained a prominent role in the team, featuring 18 times in the first half of the 2018-19 campaign.Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League, two points behind Chelsea in fourth having played a game more, with a fight now on their hands to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.Next up for Emery’s men is a third-round FA Cup tie at Blackpool on Saturday, before a short trip across London to face West Ham in the league a week later.Ramsey is in line to feature once again this weekend, where he will be looking to add to his tally of three goals and six assists across all competitions this term.last_img read more