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Victorian Gladiator Wins

first_imgELIMINATORNatasha went into the eliminator 2.5 seconds behind and beat her competitor.Thanks to Touch Football Victoria for providing the article content. Victorian Touch Football representative Natasha Haines put her touch football skills to good use by claiming the 2008 Gladiator crown. In the final game “Eliminator”, Natasha overcame a 2.5 second deficit to claim victory over her New South Wales competitor.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Natasha on her achievement and the resulting promotion of our sport.Below is some information about the show:Natasha talks about Touch Football: “I have played a lot of sports and touch is a sport that is a highly competitive, high intensity sport and you need fitness to survive. Touch is unlike any other sport where you need to be fresh and explosive on the field to make an impact…then quickly sub off for a rest. It has a very quick turnaround between subs.Touch is a highly social game, many friends and families play the sport across all levels. It enables you to play in a same sex team and/or mixed team.”Final Review:Game 1 – GAUNTLETNatasha could not dodge past the Gladiators and didn’t score.Game 2 HANG TOUGH Natasha stayed up on the rings long enough to collect 5 points.Game 3 SUMO BALL Natasha failed to out sumo Amazon and failed to score.Game 4 PYRAMID Olympia proved too strong for Natasha and she scored no points.last_img read more

10 months ago​Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson era

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson eraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are being linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa.The Red Devils are hoping to sign a winger in January or the summer who can play on the right side of the team.United have no specialist right winger, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata often filling in.And the Manchester Evening News reports that United’s interest in Costa goes all the way back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.Even though United have an interim boss in Ole Solskjaer, the club will chase after long term targets if they become available in January.The 28-year-old Costa has only started three Serie A games season, netting 0 goals and 0 assists. last_img read more

Stars Line Up To Honor Bruce Springsteen As MusiCares Person Of The

first_imgAlabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young will perform at the tribute concert in honor of 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen.The sold-out gala will take place Feb. 8, 2013, two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Additional performers will be announced shortly.Hosted by Jon Stewart, attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares; Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Foundation Board Chair; and Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend. Rob Mathes will be the evening’s musical director.The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, which will celebrate Springsteen’s exceptional artistic achievements and philanthropic work, will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, sponsored by Starkey Hearing Foundation, that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS Studio. Acura RLX is the MusiCares “Vehicle of the Year.”During the gala dinner, a live auction will feature an exciting array of items, including a customized Acura RLX. This year’s red-carpet press arrivals area will be sponsored by Galactica Park. MusiCares would also like to thank CenterStaging, Delta Air Lines, Double Platinum, Gibson, Global Art, Heineken USA, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Jackson Limo, Pepsi, Sweetwater, and Trattore Estate Wines.The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees are Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.GRAMMY Week culminates with Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.Source:Grammy.orglast_img read more

Canadian delegation horrified at how Indigenous activists are treated in Honduras

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsSince coming back from Honduras, Mary Hannaburg does not pass a single day without thinking of the Indigenous Lenca people fighting for land.Hannaburg is a Mohawk woman from Kanesatake.She’s also the executive director of the Quebec Native Women’s Association.And she recently heard the tragic story of another Indigenous woman, Berta Caceres, killed for her activism in the Honduras.Now, she can’t get her story out of her head.drochette@aptn.calast_img

Christchurch attack will change fabric of international sports hosting: New Zealand Cricket CEO

first_imgAuckland: The Christchurch mass shootings will have far-reaching implications for hosting sporting events in New Zealand and elsewhere, according to New Zealand Cricket CEO David White, who said the impression of the country being a “safe haven is gone”. Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead Friday, with one gunman — identified as an Australian — livestreaming the attack. The Bangladesh cricket team escaped unhurt despite being in close vicinity of a shooting attack on a mosque but its tour of New Zealand was called off. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of international sports hosting. I think everything changes now,” White was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. “We’ll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now. “We now have to be very, very vigilant – all the authorities and sporting organisations, absolutely.” The Bangladesh team’s tour was called off after the players had a narrow escape from the attack on a mosque in Christchurch, described as an “unprecedented act of violence” by the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery White said, “They’re shaken up all right. They’re shocked like everyone else. New Zealand Cricket’s thoughts were with Christchurch and people affected by the shootings. We are shocked and appalled, as I’m sure all New Zealanders are.” The International Cricket Council had said it “fully supports” the cancellation of the third Test. “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson had said.last_img read more

Moroccan political party calls for legalization of cannabis

first_imgTaroudant- In its issue of Monday, December 2, the Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Yaoum reported that the party of Modernity and Authenticity (PAM) announced its intention to launch a parliamentary debate on the legalization of the cultivation of cannabis and to exclude the name of this plant from the list of illegal drugs. The daily said that a study day will be held on Wednesday under the theme “The role of positive uses of cannabis to create an alternative economy.”The event, which will involve national and international experts, has been established through the action of a lobby association by the name of:  “Moroccan Alliance for therapeutic and industrial uses of cannabis.” “If we legalize the cultivation of cannabis, trade will become more transparent and organized,” said Khadija Rouissi,” MP from the PAM.It is worth mentioning that calling for the legalizing the cultivation of this plant is not something new to the Moroccan parliament. Last year, as voices emerged demanding the need to legalize cannabis cultivation in regions of the north, Nouredine Mediane, member of the Istiqlal Party, from El Hoceima, fiercely defended the legalization of cannabis cultivation in Morocco, in the presence of former Interior Minister Mohand Laenser.In 2009, a number of leaders of the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) urged the government to legalize the cultivation of cannabis.The latest report of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed that Morocco and Afghanistan are the world’s largest producers of hashish.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Football Examining Ohio State playoff chances

Fans wave a flag on the field after the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Big Ten Championship game will come and go without a glimpse of the No. 2 Ohio State football team. As the Buckeyes watch and wait for the outcome of the matchup between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State, the situation might be more favorable than meets the eye for OSU. After falling to the Nittany Lions 24-21 in State College, Pennsylvania, the Buckeyes are a perfect 5-0, and have averaged a margin of victory of 25.2 in the last five weeks. Penn State is hitting its stride at the perfect time as well, giving up an average of 86 rushing yards per contest, and have given up a total of 12 points combined in two weeks.However, an extremely tough Wisconsin team lies in wait for coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions. The Badgers gave OSU a run for their money, forcing overtime in Madison. While the Buckeyes have struggled with both units, neither side seems to have the upper hand.Even with all eyes on Indianapolis this week for who will wear the Big Ten crown, OSU might just be finding themselves in a spot that has already given them a playoff berth. Here are a few of possible scenarios for the Scarlet and Gray and the postseason.Penn State loses in blowout fashion to WisconsinGiven how both teams are playing right now, it would seem unlikely to see one team rollover the other. However, this scenario is a little more realistic when one thinks about other performances by the Badgers this season.Wisconsin not only pushed OSU to the brink, but was just a touchdown away from pushing Michigan to overtime. While the Badgers lost 14-7, Penn State was on the wrong end of a 49-10 drubbing at the hands of the Wolverines.Wisconsin lost by a touchdown to two, top-five ranked opponents. The Nittany Lions, on the other hand, have lost to Pitt. The Panthers, even with a win over Clemson, are far from an excusable loss, as their 8-4 record has been padded with wins over the likes of Villanova and Marshall.If Penn State were to be blown out, it would boost the resume of Wisconsin, making a convincing case for a playoff spot. However, that overtime loss in primetime to the Buckeyes would be looming over Wisconsin, and gives OSU a spot in the final four.Wisconsin loses in blowout fashion to Penn StateThis creates a bit more of a problem for the Buckeyes, as the red-hot Nittany Lions would most likely be out of the top 10 with a blowout loss to Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions, representing the lone loss for OSU, picking up a win over a team OSU struggled with at times would shed a bad light on the Buckeyes, considering Wisconsin would fall from the top 10.Penn State isn’t known for blowing out quality teams, but has picked up some solid wins and stayed competitive with tough, competitive units. A gritty team always creates some tension in games, and would create some drama that always drives up television ratings.With a win over OSU, and a win over the Badgers by a margin greater than seven, Penn State would be a tough team to leave out of a playoff spot. This scenario seems the most likely to keep the Scarlet and Gray from the playoffs.Neither team impressesRemember Iowa’s win over Michigan? A drawn-out, gritty game that ended with a last second field goal and neither side being relatively impressive on offense was the outcome. A flat Big Ten title game is one of the best possible scenarios for OSU to make the playoffs.With neither side showing much in terms of life, the College Football Playoff committee would be reluctant to put in such an uninteresting team just to get them destroyed by a superior opponent.If Wisconsin and Penn State put forth a disappointing show, expect to see OSU in either Phoenix or Atlanta.One of the other potential playoff teams loses this weekNo. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington are all going to be playing in conference title games this weekend. The Crimson Tide face No. 15 Florida, Clemson faces No. 19 Virginia Tech and Huskies square off against No. 9 Colorado.All games have the potential for fireworks, with stiff competition throughout. Although Alabama appears to be an invincible force at this point, teams like Clemson and Washington have been swapping places with other teams for the last few weeks in the No. 4 spot.A loss by one of these two teams would cause No. 5 Michigan to rise back into the top four spots, and OSU will not be dropping below a team they beat just a week prior. This scenario would be the best chance for OSU to reach the playoffs.Only time will tell where the Buckeyes end up. The final selection show by the College Football Playoff committee will air on Sunday on ESPN at noon. read more

Ohio State blown away by Hurricanes

MIAMI — The Miami Hurricanes won the battle of embattled football programs Saturday.  Previously suspended Hurricanes’ senior quarterback Jacory Harris threw two touchdowns to sophomore wide-receiver Allen Hurns and junior running back Mike James added a touchdown late in regulation. The Miami (1-1) defense held the No. 17-ranked Ohio State’s offense down throughout the game. OSU went on to drop its first contest of the season to Miami, 24-6. After forcing a punt on OSU’s first drive of the game, senior running back Lamar Miller broke a 54-yard run and was finally brought down inside the Buckeyes’ 10-yard line. Miller finished the first half with 128 yards on 15 carries. Harris took center stage on Miami’s first drive, completing a three-yard touchdown pass to Hurns to put the Hurricanes up, 7-0. Harris, along with senior linebacker Sean Spence, junior defensive tackle Marcus Forston, junior defensive end Adewale Ojomo and senior receiver Travis Benjamin returned to the Hurricanes’ lineup Saturday after serving a one-game suspension.  Eight Miami players were suspended for at least one game for receiving impermissible benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme. Harris went back to work on Miami’s next drive, and found Hurns for a second 3-yard touchdown pass to Hurns that put the Hurricanes up, 14-0.  Freshman Braxton Miller saw his first game action in two weeks when he went under center on the Buckeyes’ third drive of the game. Miller’s first pass of the game was deflected and intercepted. Luckily for the Buckeyes, the first pass Harris threw on Miami’s next drive was intercepted by redshirt sophomore safety C.J. Barnett. Junior running back Jordan Hall, one of three OSU players making their 2011 debut after serving a two-game suspension, featured on the Buckeyes’ first scoring drive of the game.  Hall carried seven times on a 16-play drive, which sophomore kicker Drew Basil capped with a 22-yard field goal that cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 14-3.  Hall, along with sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard, were each suspended for the Buckeyes’ first two games for receiving white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at a Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. Redshirt freshman Bradley Roby intercepted a pass by Harris on Miami’s next drive and returned it to within 23 yards of the end zone..  Bauserman went without a completion on the drive that followed, however. The quarterbacking duo of Bauserman and Miller finished the half 1-of-11 passing with one interception, and OSU was forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Basil to bring it within eight points at 14-6.  Miami responded with a 25-yard field goal by junior Jake Wieclaw as time expired in the first half and took a 17-6 lead into the locker room.  Both teams were slow to produce offensively after the intermission. OSU stopped Miami on a fourth-and-2 play near midfield with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter, but Bauserman’s struggles continued on the Buckeyes’ ensuing drive. Miami fans, called to cheer by the sound of a mock hurricane siren, cheered louder still when Bauserman overthrew freshman wide receiver Devin Smith on third down. With more than three quarters played, OSU quarterbacks had accumulated only 13 yards on 2-of-16 passing. Miller didn’t fare much better, and fumbled on an improvised run with 9:21 left in the game. Despite missing safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight end Dyron Dye, who remained suspended for Miami for also receiving impermissible benefits from Shapiro, the Hurricanes wouldn’t be denied. James put the finishing touches on Miami’s 24-6 win with a 1-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds remaining in regulation. The Hurricanes went on to win by the same score. The Buckeyes (2-1) finish the non-conference portion of their schedule on Saturday against Colorado at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ABC. read more

Womens Hockey Dahlquist scores twice on senior night to help No 9

Ohio State then-junior forward Charly Dahlquist (5) send the puck down the rink in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19, 2018. Credit: Will Sharp | For The LanternCharly Dahlquist was honored before her final regular season home game as a Buckeye on Saturday, but it was the senior forward’s pair of goals in a must-win game that garnered her the brightest spotlight of the night.No. 9 Ohio State women’s hockey (18-12-0, 12-10 WCHA) avenged its three previous losses to Bemidji State (11-17-2, 8-10-2 WCHA) with a 5-1 victory to avoid a season sweep and stay in NCAA Tournament contention in Columbus on Saturday.“Charly just plays with that chip on her shoulder and she was going to go down swinging and lose a leg before ever losing this game,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said.Ohio State senior defenseman Lauren Boyle, who grew up with Dahlquist in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, added two assists in the game to give her three points for the series.Dahlquist said it was emotional to come up with a big performance alongside her childhood friend on senior night.“It’s awesome playing with those five seniors,” Dahlquist said. “Those girls mean the world to us and playing with my best friend since the age of 6, it’s definitely something you can’t describe.” Dahlquist’s second goal of the night, just 48 seconds into the third period, kick-started a three-goal final period for Ohio State that enabled it to put away the fifth-place team in the WCHA for the first time in their four season meetings.Bemidji State redshirt sophomore goalie Lauren Bench, the heroine of Friday night’s upset with 44 saves, allowed two goals on the first eight Ohio State shots alone and finished with 29 saves on 34 shots.Ohio State kicked off senior night with a bang, as junior forward Rebecca Freiburger scored in the opening minute of the game on assists by sophomore forward Liz Schepers and redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne.Muzerall said an early goal was necessary after converting only two goals on 46 shots on net in Friday’s loss.“We talked to them about having a purpose in front of the net,” Muzerall said. “I think getting that first goal set the pace.”Dunne’s assist, her 20th of the season, extended her lead as highest scoring defenseman in the WCHA with 23 points overall.Bemidji State, who did not put up a single shot on net in the first five minutes of the period, allowed another goal on a deflection in front of the net for Dahlquist’s first score of the game. Dahlquist’s goals, which were both upheld after official reviews, were her 11th and 12th of the year, good for No. 4 on the team.Sophomore forward Emma Maltais and Boyle both notched their second points of the series with assists on the first Dahlquist goal and would both add another before the game’s end.The Beavers’ lone goal came in the final minute of the first period, with sophomore defenseman Mak Langei sneaking her second goal of the season past Ohio State sophomore goalie Amanda Zeglen to take a 2-1 deficit into the locker room.With usual starter freshman goalie Andrea Braendli out for the second straight game for the Buckeyes for an international tournament, Zeglen got the start in goal for Ohio State. The second period, where Bemidji State flourished on Friday with two goals and a 14-11 shots on net advantage, was an offensive sputter in game two. The Beavers were never able to flip the momentum on the Buckeyes, as Zeglen faced just one shot in the second period and 19 all game.Bemidji State junior forward Abby Halluska, who scored in back-to-back games against the Buckeyes, did not attempt a single shot on Saturday.Maltais, the WCHA’s third leading scorer, added another point with a penalty shot goal in the third period following a Bemidji State tripping penalty on Langei to extend the Ohio State lead to 4-1.Boyle’s second assist came on the game’s final goal, a slap shot from freshman defenseman Sophie Jaques, her fifth of the year, to cap the vengeful performance at a 5-1 result for the Buckeyes.With an NCAA Tournament slot hanging in the balance, Ohio State will face No. 1 Wisconsin on the road after a bye week that Muzerall said will allow her players to get re-energized.“It’s going to be a great battle against a good opponent, but we’re going to make sure we’re ready for them,” Muzerall said. read more

Van Dijk Liverpool will bounce back

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes they will regroup and recover from their first Premier League defeat of the season at Manchester CityJurgen Klopp’s side unbeaten start came to an end on the 21st game with title rivals City claiming a 2-1 win to cut the gap down between them to four points.Roberto Firmino’s equaliser had given Liverpool hope of holding on for a draw following Sergio Aguero’s opener.But a 72nd-minute goal from Leroy Sane was enough for Pep Guardiola’s side to claim victory.However, Van Dijk is certain Liverpool will bounce back from this setback.“Disappointed that we lost, that is really obvious. [But] we’re four points clear, that is the main thing,” said Van Dijk on the club website.“Obviously the media has been making this game as big as ever but for us it was just another very important Premier League game. We knew it was going to be a very tough season and there will be ups and downs.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Here there was obviously a down but we have to keep going, keep bouncing back and that is something we are definitely going to do.“We just have to keep going. We will focus on recovering and make sure we are ready for the next game.”The Reds will next take on Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday night.21/38#PL pic.twitter.com/mtkiGWXYwG— Premier League (@premierleague) January 4, 2019last_img read more