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What does Kyle Edmund success mean for UK tennis betting market?

first_img Submit Related Articles Does the United Kingdom have a new tennis star in its midst? With 23-year-old Kyle Edmund, a 300/1 shot before the Australian Open, now a shock semi-finalist and narrowed to 16/1.The Johannesburg, South Africa, born star now stands just one win from reaching the final of the years first major (also known as a grand slam), after a stunning quarter final victory over Grigor Dimitrov, the tournaments third seed. Should Edmund do the unthinkable once again, and defeat Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic, it would be a feat that would mean he overtakes the injured Andy Murray as the British number one.With Murray still sidelined since Wimbledon of last year, and a number of other stars also being absent most recently, Christopher Kennedy, Head of Tennis at Skybet, talks us through the current market and what Edmund’s run could do for business: “The UK Tennis betting market is in a healthy state but the participation of the high profile players in the big events is very important in attracting many of the casual punters. “At the back end of last year with the likes of Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka all out injured, the interest certainly dipped to an extent.“We certainly expect to see a spike following Edmund’s stunning run. Andy Murray matches are still our biggest staked matches by some way, and a successful Kyle Edmund will be good for tennis business, in getting some of the patriotic punters involved.”Liverpool fan Edmund, who moved to Yorkshire as a youngster, has been causing upsets since the first round of the tournament, when he disposed of South African 11th seed Kevin Anderson.The current world number 49, who will rise to 26 even if he loses to Cilic in the last four, went on to defeat Denis Istomin, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Seppi, before his fateful quarter final with Bulgarian Dimitrov.Kennedy went on to discuss what ongoing Edmund victories could mean for the market: “A successful Kyle Edmund will only be good for tennis business. “Andy Murray polarized opinion throughout Britain, and this was one of the reasons his matches were so popular with punters. We would have many punters backing both for and against him. “Edmund seems to have a much calmer demeanour and it will be interesting to see how the British public takes to him. Any high profile matches involving British players always generate a lot of media interest, and there will be good betting opportunities should Edmund sustain success.”A number of Edmund related specials are now on offer, including ranking related odds and those of grand slam victories in the years up to and including 2020.Edmund takes to the Rod Laver arena in Melbourne for his semi-final clash with Cilic at 8.30am tomorrow (Thursday 25). Share Share Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Betway ends all football transfer markets June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020last_img read more

Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari create tough matchup for Clippers’ opponents

first_imgFormer Clippers forward Blake Griffin (with 192,694 votes) and guard Chris Paul (101,104) rank in the top 10 in their respective conferences. At No. 10 among frontcourt candidates in the West: DeMarcus Cousins, who has yet to step on the court as he rehabs from Achilles tendon surgery, with 92,977 votes.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Harris and Gallinari – nicknamed “Tobiallo” by fan podcast Locked on Clippers – also are the only duo among that 11-tandem group shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range when they’re both in the game, with a combined percentage of 41.4 percent. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the game’s 10 starters, with current players and a media panel accounting for the remainder of the vote.Fans don’t get a say in the Rising Stars Challenge exhibition game on All-Star Weekend, but rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said he’s interested and available.“Yeah, that’s a goal of mine, and of every rookie, I think, going into the NBA,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, who has started the past 28 games for the Clippers. “I guess we’ll see what happens.” PLAYA VISTA — Name a more iconic duo?OK, yes, obviously there are a few others in the talent-rich NBA, but this season Clippers forwards Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari are among the best.As of Thursday morning, they’d spent the ninth-most time together of any tandem, sharing the floor for 1,019 minutes, according to combined shooting percentage – 47.4 percent – when they’re on the court together is better than all but three pairs who have played at least 1,000 minutes together. (The others: Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, 49.6 percent; Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, 48.8 percent; and LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, 48.4 percent.) Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates And they’ve found their way to the free-throw line (684 times) most often, where they’ve collectively shot better (84.4 percent) than any of the league’s other most prolific duos.“They’re just really hard to guard,” Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said before Tuesday’s game at Staples Center, where the Clippers lost 119-113 despite a combined 42 points from Harris and Gallinari (who had 21 apiece).“One of them always has an advantage,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said at Thursday’s practice, where his team was preparing for Friday’s road game against the Phoenix Suns.“That’s what we explained before the year: ‘I can’t tell you which before the game, (but) you’ll know pretty quickly, and I guarantee you during the game, teams will switch,’ ” added Rivers, noting that Philadelphia did it at least three times, and that some teams do it following every timeout.“I said, ‘It’s the same thing … the big guy can’t guard you because he’s too slow, and the small guy can’t guard you because he’s too small, and you guys just have to figure that out.’“And they do, they do a great job of it.”That both players are having career years is perhaps largely because they’ve been able to play so well off each other.The 6-foot-9 Harris is averaging 21 points, 8.1 rebounds, and shooting 45.7 percent from the floor and 42.1 percent from behind the arc, all career highs for the cerebral 26-year-old from Dix Hills, NY.Gallinari – the 6-10 Italian who grew up playing point guard – is averaging 19.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range. Those also are all career highs for the 30-year-old.“I think it’s not just because of me and Tobias, but because of what the team is doing for us,” Gallinari said. “They run a lot of plays for us and they always find us in the right spots. Our bigs are screening for us a lot so they make our life easier. But it’s tough to guard me and Tobias because one of us either has a small guy on us or big guy, so it’s not easy to guard us.”ALL-STAR RETURNSThe first returns are in, and the Clippers are not represented among the top vote-getters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place Feb. 17 in Charlotte, N.C.The Lakers’ LeBron James, a 14-time All-Star, leads all players with 1,083,363 votes. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pinpointing 911 Calls Now Easier for County Dispatchers

first_imgFREEHOLD – A short walk down a hallway and through an entrance inside the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office public safety center in Freehold leads to the 911 communications center, a large room filled with computer and video screens. “But they want that,” Golden said. “That’s that generation. They grew up multitasking on smart phones.” Dispatchers work behind desks with six screens each, ready to receive a call that might involve a life-or-death emergency happening somewhere in Monmouth County at any hour of the day. Thanks to an internet-based application from technology company RapidSOS, first responders are getting more accurate information about the location where those calls are being made. “But now, you’re going to have to serialize and retain all of that data and storage and maintain servers,” he said, also noting the related manpower costs involved. At the police academy his office runs, officials provided recruits with iPad tablets, meaning they no longer had paper law books or note pads during their training period. Now, when a call from a cell phone comes in, dispatchers are able to locate the caller on an electronic map pinpointing a location, either indoors or out. The RapidSOS system works with iPhones using iOS 12 or later software and Android phones version 4.0 or higher, according to the sheriff’s office. In such a scenario, the 911 caller would have to give permission for the dispatcher, through a text message, to use the caller’s phone camera to view the scene. Golden’s office is in the middle of testing the technology and expects to be able to deploy it “by the end of this year, beginning of next year,” he said. 911 dispatchers like Ross Martin agree. From the safety of their vehicles, officers can check law enforcement data bases to see if someone has an active warrant or is on a terrorist watch list, among other things. “We would get people that would drive by accidents or be in a town that they’re not familiar or a shopping mall they’re not familiar with,” he said. “We would be able to ping the phone, but not to an exact location. And so, every day we would see those types of calls come into the center.” Toward the end of 2018, the sheriff’s office announced it was using RapidSOS, which grabs the GPS information from cell phones to pinpoint caller locations. Other law enforcement agencies around the country use it as well, a way to speed up response times and save lives. The sheriff’s office, responsible for dispatch services for about 150 agencies in the county, was the first in New Jersey to implement the technology. Yet for law enforcement agencies, staying current with technology has become a part of the job, along with finding the money to pay for it. RapidSOS is just one way the sheriff’s office – and the larger law enforcement community around the country – is using technology to do its job. On the same day Golden was showing how the system works, members of his department were outside the building working with a drone. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Center in Freehold. Photo courtesy MCSO “You’re talking about a state-of-the-art 911 facility, despite the lack of funding from the state of New Jersey now for over 10 years,” Golden said. “We’re at the mercy of the state with the 911 infrastructure.” Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell recalled that when he started out in law enforcement in the late 1980s, squad car radios were the latest technology.center_img Asked about Big Brother concerns, Golden said, “We always keep that in mind. That’s why the policy and procedures have to be such that we address those issues before we roll out a technology like that.” 911 calls from landline phones still show the address associated with the landline, but cell phones, used in 80 percent of all service calls the county facility received last year, do not. He was referring to how the state has diverted money coming from fees cellphone users pay on their monthly bills that should be going to 911 facilities. It’s an issue Golden has raised in the past. As a result, he turned to the private sector, like RapidSOS, to fill those gaps. Golden pointed to the value of shared service agreements that his office has with other first responder agencies in the county to provide their dispatch services. He said Middletown, one of the partner agencies with his office, wound up saving almost $1 million a year by having the county handle that critical function. “In the traditional 911 system in New Jersey, we don’t have an accurate location,” for calls from a cell phone, Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “We have cell tower locations,” meaning when a 911 call came in from a cell phone, the best “address” officials would get was a geographic radius from the cell tower transmitting the call. And if a caller was driving and/or unfamiliar with the area, location information was even more difficult to pinpoint. By Philip Sean Curran In 2014 the county opened the public safety center, a 45,000-square-foot facility, at a building cost of $23.2 million. At the facility the county provides dispatch services for half the police departments in Monmouth and other agencies, processing some 780,000 calls in 2018, of which roughly 200,000 were 911 calls. “You don’t know what you’re going to get every day, you don’t know what you’re going to get from one call to another,” he said. “So this makes it easier for us as dispatchers.” “I think the challenge is for the smaller departments to keep up with it,” said John G. Comiskey, a professor of criminal justice at Monmouth University. “Monmouth County is the exception. And I think part of it is because of the money. They’re (the) 38th most wealthy county. And I think you get a similar size town in Alabama, they wouldn’t have the money to do some of those things.” In recent years, there was a push to have law enforcement wear body cameras. The devices are not that expensive, said Comiskey, a former New York City police officer. “It is a different generation, so the officers that are newer grew up that way, grew up on computers and technology,” he said. “Whereas the ones from my generation or before my generation did not. So there was more of a learning curve.” “It’s the technology that really gives you the economies of scale and efficiency,” he said. “Now we have cameras in our cars, we have laptops in our cars,” he said. “We can look up anything, practically, at our fingertips real time.” While a comparison of response times before and after RapidSOS went into effect was not available, Golden said the system has helped “tremendously.” So where does Golden’s office go next for technology? “The next tech step is looking at streaming video and photographs from scenes into the dispatcher, so the dispatcher can then get an accurate picture of what’s going on,” he said. “That’s where technology is going.”last_img read more

Timeline demanded as vendors decry unsatisfactory conditions

first_imgStabroek Wharf vendorsThe Mayor and City Council’s Statutory Meeting on Monday once again focused on the relocated Stabroek Market Wharf vendors but this time, timelines were requested for when their operational conditions would be bettered.Vendors are complaining of the conditions under which they are required operateChairman of Markets and Public Health, Trichia Richards asked the Council via a motion to prioritise merchants who were relocated to Russell Square, Georgetown (west of the Parliament Buildings). This is after numerous complaints surfaced about their current conditions.The vendors were relocated to this site just over one year ago to facilitate the rehabilitation of the deplorable wharf. Richards insisted that while the Council is plagued with financial limitations, the situation needs to be addressed.“The Council has financial constraints and it’s to that, that we have to prioritise what it is that we would like to do. The vendors are complaining and they have asked us to look into this. The wharf is a threat to them but the current conditions at Russell Square is not pleasing also,” she said.The Chairman, who is also a Councillor, said the motion was the last resort after recommendations were made prior, which yielded no results.“Recommendations were made and forwarded to full Council. That is the action that the Markets and Public Health Committee has taken since last year. It has engaged this new Council and still nothing has been done as it relates to these vendors. We have ventilated all possible ways and we’re now looking here to have this motion, to look specifically at timelines and to prioritise the vendors at Russell Square.”However, Councillor Oscar Clarke argued that the Council could not provide better facilities at that time, since the wharf was declared unsafe and vendors had to be relocated immediately.“Council couldn’t do that because [it] has been unable to get all of the resources that it requires to be able to do the work within a specified time…There was an emergency which precipitated the decision of Council to have them moved. That emergency still exists. That is, the state of the wharf. Because of that, emergency measures had to be taken to try to find a way, find a place to put these vendors,” he persisted.Meanwhile, Councillor Bishram Kuppen insisted that the concerns of these vendors are “paramount and should be looked into as soon as possible”.During the relocation, it was decided by City Hall that the vendors would be responsible for the construction of their new stalls; a project which the Council estimated would cost one vendor approximately $400,000 exclusive of electrical lighting. The wooden stalls were of two specified sizes along with concreted section for restroom facilities. For this move, Route 42 bus drivers who occupied this space were moved to another location.However, ever since the arrival of vendors at this location, complaints have surfaced over the prevalence of vagrants, improper garbage disposal and up until recently, the theft of chain-link fencing which barricaded their stalls. Many of them had complained that the new location was uninviting to customers, resulting in incurred losses.Last month, the Council had informed that although 106 stalls were completed at the former bus park to facilitate the vendors, only 27 of the stalls are occupied.last_img read more

Woman shot dead in ‘terrorist incident’ in Derry, police say

first_imgA 29-year-old woman has been killed after shots were fired in Derry, with police treating it as a “terrorist incident”.Assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said a murder inquiry had been launched after the death in the Creggan area of the city amid unrest on Thursday evening.Trouble flared in Creggan when police came under attack from crowds. Police said a number of shots were fired.Petrol bombs were also thrown at police Land Rovers.There are reports that the trouble broke out after police raids on houses in the Mulroy Park and Galliagh areas.PSNI superintendent Alan Hutton said: “We are currently responding to reports that a member of the public has been injured and I would appeal for calm.” The unrest comes ahead of the Easter weekend where Republicans mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and a time when dissidents are traditionally active.The Sinn Fein deputy leader, Michelle O’Neill, said the killing in Derry was a “senseless loss of life”.She said: “I am shocked and saddened at the tragic news that a young woman has been shot dead by so-called dissidents in the Creggan estate tonight.“The murder of this young woman is a human tragedy for her family, but it is also an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on our peace process and an attack on the Good Friday Agreement. I unreservedly condemn those responsible for killing this young woman.“We will remain resolute in our opposition to the pointless actions of these people who care nothing for the people of Derry. We remain united in our determination to building a better and peaceful future for all.” O’Neill added: “Those responsible should listen to the people, they should disband immediately and end their pointless actions against the community which tonight has tragically claimed the life of a young woman.“I am appealing for calm and I urge anyone with any information about this killing to bring it forward immediately to the police and assist their inquiries.”Woman shot dead in ‘terrorist incident’ in Derry, police say was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Derrylast_img read more

Trump tweet, NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games

first_img“I know our players who kneeled for the anthem, and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone,” Ross said. “They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Baltimore Ravens players kneel down during the playing of the US national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo by MATT DUNHAM / AP)The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump’s suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.The statements, including those from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, contrasted a morning tweet from Trump and further escalated the political drama of the league’s game day, which was expected to be one of the most-watched for non-sporting reasons in years.ADVERTISEMENT Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Bisciotti said he “100 percent” supports his players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. At least seven of them did, joined by more than a dozen Jacksonville Jaguars, before the teams played at Wembley Stadium in London.Other players linked arms – and Jaguars owner Shad Khan joined them, standing between tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith. He called it a privilege to do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKraft, who has been a strong backer of the president, expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump and said politicians could learn much from the unifying spirit of a competitive, team-oriented enterprise like football.“Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful,” Kraft said in a statement. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired’,” he said to loud applause.Again in a Sunday morning tweet, Trump urged his supporters to take action: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin followed up Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” defending Trump, saying the NFL has many rules governing what players can and cannot do.“I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem,” Mnuchin said. “They can do free speech on their own time.”Trump’s remarks provoked team owners and the NFL to stridently defend the sport and its players. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has taken heat for Kaepernick’s struggle to find a team, quickly condemned Trump’s comments.“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” Goodell said. “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”At least seven team owners donated $1 million each to Trump’s inaugural committee. But Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos , Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank , New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Tennessee Titans’ controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York were among the league power brokers who issued condemning statements through their clubs.“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for,” York said. “Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world.”Added Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy: “We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”This weekend’s games were sure to bring more protests, with Tampa Bay receiver Desean Jackson promising to make “a statement.” View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam wrote that they didn’t want to let “misguided, uninformed and divisive comments from the President or anyone else deter us from our efforts to unify,” and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team wouldn’t be on the field when the anthem plays before the Steelers game in Chicago.He doesn’t want his players to be divided between those who kneel and those who stand, he said.“We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone,” Tomlin said. “We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the treatment of black people by police. Kaepernick became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season.Without identifying Kaepernick, Trump aimed a Friday talk at a Huntsville, Alabama, rally at those players who have knelt for the anthem.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Samsung to introduce Tizen based smartphone soon in November

first_imgSouth Korean giant Samsung is reportedly planning to launch its first Tizen smartphone in India. The launch is expected to happen soon after Diwali in the month of November. Tizen is Samsung’s own Operating System based on the Linux, which has been already showcased in its smartwatches.The news was reportedly confirmed by Tarun Malik, Director Media Solutions, South West Asia at company’s official meeting. Malik is expected to spearhead the promotions of Tizen OS along with his team in India. Contrary to the previous reports published in June, Samsung will not unveil Tizen flagship smartphone Samsung Z in India. The company is planning to start off with the budget smarthpones in India.It is being speculated that Samsung might launch SM-Z130E or SM-Z130H Tizen based budget smartphones initially.Reportedly Samsung Z is the first device to run on Tizen OS. It sports a 4.8 inch   (720×1280 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display, single SIM connectivity, 2.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM packed with 2600mAh battery. The device offers 16GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable via microSD card to up to 64GB. The smartphone comes with 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera accompanied by an LED flash and a 2.1-megapixel front camera.last_img read more

Set of Six: What we learned at National Youth Championships

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS1. Modern technology is wonderful:In July, promising touch football player Cody Gray was involved in a terrible ski accident and as a result, she is now a quadriplegic. She was to captain the South Australia Heat in the girls’ division on the Sunshine Coast. Although she was in Adelaide, she was able to watch the Heat go around through the wonders of technology. Gray was watching the Heat’s matches on Facetime. As Touch Football South Australia’s Tim Wyld said: “Modern technology allows us to get her up on Facetime and almost be in the sub box and she was barking instructions to the girls from Adelaide.”2. The emergence of the New South Wales Touch Association Development Squad:In 2012, NSW Touch introduced their Development Teams into the National Youth Championships. The boys finished 13th and 10th in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and the girls came eighth and seventh in each of those years. In 2014 both teams made the quarter-finals for the first time. The highlight would have been the boys’ 6-all draw with New South Wales Combined High Schools on day one.3. Developing states are getting there:It is always tough coming up against sides from New South Wales and Queensland considering how strong those states are at touch football. But the other states are closing the gap, and fast. Victoria finished second in their pool in the girls’ division, South Australia missed out on the quarter-finals on for and against, and Western Tigers came third in their group in the boys’ division. Sure other states were on the wrong end of some lopsided score lines, but with time, they too will be pushing for finals spots.4. The four-referee system:For the first time in National Youth Championships history there were four referees officiating selected games in a trial that could change the way the game of touch is refereed forever. The concept was to reduce fatigue among the referees, which ultimately could reduce the number of errors referees can make. From all reports it was a success and only time will tell if the innovation will become a regular occurrence at tournaments.5. Quality players on show:It’s no surprise but touch football produces some stellar athletes. The skills on show this week were second to none, and no doubt we will be seeing a few of the players from this year’s tournament representing their state or country in the future. Shannon Rose in particular – playing in her third National Youth Championships, she became the first player to score 50 touchdowns in the tournament’s history.6. NYC is a fantastic tournament:Touch football is in safe hands. The sport just keeps going from strength to strength and much has got to do with the superb efforts by players, coaches, managers, referees, administrators and spectators. Although some regions were not represented at this year’s event, it did not take away the spirit and value of the tournament.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – LinksNYC’s set of sixlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected me

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says his world record transfer fee has never weighed on him.Van Dijk left Southampton a year ago for Liverpool in a £75m deal – a record for a defender.The Dutchman told AD: “Quite frankly, it does not do much for me. I can also do very little with it. It is, at most, something that people will start with when you play a lesser game. “But that amount … I know it works like that in football.”De Vrij also said: “I am the proud captain of my country. I play everything at Liverpool, in the international matches with the Oranje squad we all have an excellent feeling. But it goes on and on. We play football in England every three or four days. There is little time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoHowe admits Bournemouth defending not good enough for Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe admits Bournemouth defending not good enough for Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits their defending wasn’t good enough for defeat at Manchester United.The hosts, as expected under new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, looked to attack from the off and Howe’s side were powerless to prevent the goal in the 4-1 defeat.Howe said, “It’s a tough day and a disappointing performance.”Defensively we weren’t great, with the ball we weren’t great and that’s a bad mix coming to Old Trafford.”They played in the way we expected but we didn’t with them well, we didn’t defend crosses well and allowed them too much time.”They have players in every position that can hurt you, but we have to learn from this game.”The manager continued, “We’ve been through a tough period, the fixture list has been extremely unkind to us.”We’ve had a real run of successive games and the injury situation is very difficult as we have stretched resources.”Those injuries maybe meant that I had to play a system I wouldn’t have played ideally.”That’s combined with confidence but the main focus for me is that we can control our destiny, we have to change this moment and that’s where the focus lies.” last_img read more