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By BEN HARRISThe boys’ National Youth Championships division is more than a two-horse race.For the past three tournaments there have been three different champions – New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS), New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) and Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST).Unlike the girls’ division where QSST has had a mortgage on the title since the competition’s inception, the boys’ division has been wide open.NSWCHS and QSST have won 14 titles between them – the latter taking home the honours on 10 occasions.But QSST have had to play second fiddle for the past two years, losing to NSWCCC 9-8 in 2012 and NSWCHS 6-5.With another strong team named for the 2014 National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium, QSST might go one better on home soil.However, NSWCHS could be the major threat for QSST.The defending champions have only finished outside the top four once since 1993.In their history of playing at this tournament, they’ve never been able to win back-to-back titles.NSWCCC are the dark horse. As they showed in 2009 and again three years later in 2012, they have climbed to the top of the mountain.After some lean years in the 2000s, NSWCCC have not been outside the top four since coming fourth in 2008.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: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au 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 – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (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 – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champs
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham hero Waddle fumes: Clean them out; get them out!by Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham hero Chris Waddle has blasted the players following their humiliating defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by the German giants, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. He told BBC Five Live: “Clean them out, if they don’t want to play for Tottenham get them out and get some people in who want to wear that white shirt.”I don’t think (Serge) Aurier wants to be here. He tried to get away in the summer, they wouldn’t sell him, got rid of (KIeran) Trippier instead.”They should’ve bought a right back and said ‘yeah, you want to leave, then you want to leave’.”At Spurs at the minute there’s too much going on, whether it’s (Christian) Eriksen or (Toby) Alderweireld out of contract. So and so wants a new deal, (Jan) Vertonghen wants a new deal – is he signing? Is he not? “You’ve got to say that it’s a shambles at the minute and they’ve got to sort it out quickly because that squad, even though I’m saying the defence is not good enough, it’s still good enough for the Premier League to finish in the to four.”So they’ve still got a lot to play for, it’s early doors. But they’ve got to do it now.”If they wait and say in January this is going to happen and he’s going to leave and he might not leave, the changing room becomes unsettled.”
ESPN/SmithFormer Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN last month after a series of controversial social media posts – and he’s made it clear that he isn’t exactly impressed with the network’s decision. One of his former coworkers isn’t exactly impressed with Schilling’s take on the whole matter.Stephen A. Smith, who is a lightning rod for controversy himself, took some shots at Schilling on the SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio show. He also challenged him to a debate regarding Schilling’s firing – noting that he’d need ESPN’s permission. Smith repeatedly mentions that Schilling’s unwillingness to listen to his employer is what lost him his job.“You (Schilling) want to sit here and have a debate about what really went on?” an indignant SAS asked. “Name the time and place and I’ll show up, with the permission of ESPN — of course. I guess listening to my boss makes me a bad guy. Well guess what? I’d rather be bad than stupid.”“I can’t stand people who worked for ESPN that depart from ESPN clearly harboring whatever bitterness they harbor and try to throw talent under the bus — like talent has something to do with them being gone,” Smith said on SXM. “I have nothing to do with it.”“Let me speak up on behalf of ESPN when I say this to Curt Schilling: …You are gone not because you have conservative views instead of liberal views. Your ass is gone because you did not want to listen,” Smith said on SXM. “ESPN tells me to shut-up, they’re my employer whether I like it or not. If I want to keep my job, I’ve got to shut the hell up.”Smith is clearly playing the company man card, for whatever it’s worth. It’s an interesting take from someone who has gotten himself in trouble with his employer before.Either way, we’d love to see this debate. We doubt it’ll ever come to fruition, however.[NY Daily News]
Ohio State women’s swim team competes against Wright State during a meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Feb. 3. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s swimming team dominated in their final dual meet of the season with a score of 153-88, claiming first place in all but two events.Working to bounce back from a loss to Michigan last weekend, this victory over Wright State was a step in the right direction with just 12 days until the Big Ten Championships.“We’re kind of swimming off-events tonight, so it’s fun to just get up and race something different,” senior Kaitlyn Ferrara said. “Last week was a tough loss, but we all raced well … so we’re all looking forward to bringing it back for Big Tens.”Though the athletes may have been competing in races that they aren’t typically used to swimming, it served as a nice change of pace for the Buckeyes, Ferrara added.“It’s kind of good for Big Tens. The energy is not quite as hype, so it kind of gets you ready to race no matter what the situation is,” she said. “Every time you get up on the blocks is good practice for the end-of-the-season meet.”Senior Lindsey Clary said that the Big Tens will be an intense four days of swimming for the Buckeyes, and the last two dual meets have helped the team prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.“For conference, you kind of want to hit it at that peak physically, but that isn’t where we’re at right now and that’s okay,” Clary said. “Mentally, everyone is getting super excited. I think we’re all in a good spot and ready to be racing fast and racing for each other, and I think this meet is helping us with that.”The seniors concluded their final dual meet of their career at OSU. Clary, Ferrera, Taylor Vargo, Chantel Wynn, and Zulal Zeren were recognized for the past four years they dedicated to the program.Vargo and Clary finished their final dual meet with a couple of victories. Vargo recorded the fastest time for the Buckeyes in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:06.78, while Clary finished with a winning time of 2:17.71 in the 200-yard breaststroke.The freshmen dazzled in a couple of races, showing promise for the future of the program. Kathrin Demler won both the 100- yard backstroke with a time of 56.44 seconds, as well as the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.08. Freshmen Devin Landstra also picked up a victory, touching the wall at 53.51 to win the 100-yard freestyle.Clary was overwhelmed with emotions as the team concluded the meet, but her focus remained on the conference championships.“Everyone was making bets that I was going to cry, but I’m excited. I’m happy to have my last meet with this group of girls,” Clary said. “It’s a really great group, and I’m excited to see what we can do in the next couple of weeks.”The Ohio State Winter Invitational will be held on Feb. 11-12 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, just before the team travels to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships, taking place from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18.
For sports fanatics all throughout the country, the months of April and May can deliver some of the most suspenseful and extraordinary performances of the year, with both the NBA and NHL playoffs under way. Over the past few years, a link between both sports is growing: the sudden appearance of facial hair during the playoffs. For even the most casual of hockey fans, this comes as no news. Growing a beard for the length of the playoffs has become more than a tradition for the athletes who play on ice. It is an unquestioned habit. According to John McGourty of the NHL’s official website, the 1980 New York Islanders were the original bearers of the playoff beard. Dave Lewis, a defenseman who was part of that team was quoted as saying, “It was part of the unity of our team, and I think we thought we probably looked a little more rugged with beards.” Whatever the reason, it sure worked. The Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983. Then the tradition suddenly died. Eleven years later, the New Jersey Devils resurrected this tradition by dropping their razors, and, surely not by coincidence, they hoisted the Stanley Cup that year. Ever since, it has been practically an unspoken commandment for each player on a playoff-bound team to let the facial follicles run wild until they either win or are eliminated. Of course, this often can result in some of the most hilarious excuses for beards (refer to Jonathan Toews circa 2010, Sidney Crosby circa whenever). In 2006, the trend seemed to have reached the hardwood, as then-Cleveland Cavalier Zydrunas Ilgauskas and another player, who shall remain unnamed, decided to give the tradition a shot. However, the following year Ilgauskas decided not to bring back the beard, alluding to itchiness and spousal criticism as his main reasons. (On a side note, it should be known that Cleveland did not win a championship in 2006, likely because of the fact that only a small handful of the players on the team were sporting face carpets, violating a critical rule in the code of playoff beard-ism.) In March, the Memphis Grizzlies organization decided they would adopt this tradition and, according to their team website, plan on giving out prizes to fans who join the players in foregoing shaving. The potential strength of playoff beard unity was on full display this past week as the eighth-seeded Grizzlies upset the heavily favored San Antonio Spurs, who were not sporting any more facial hair than usual. An integral part of the bearded bunch in Memphis, Tenn., is former Ohio State basketball star Mike Conley Jr., who played on the 2007 Buckeyes team that went to the National Championship. This superstition is not limited to the ice and hardwood. Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger both lead their teams to the Super Bowl with strong arms and even stronger sets of facial hair. Those who have undergone this tradition, whether for unity, superstition or some other unknown reason, are not truly given enough credit. For the victors of the NHL playoffs, the razor is ignored for upward of three months. Three months without a shave. In just a few weeks, the beard becomes not only a burden for the bearers, but for their wives and children as well. Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner recently told the National Post that his “lady almost shaved (his) beard off, because she didn’t really like it too much.” Luckily for Alzner and the rest of the Capitals, he quickly stopped her from doing so. Naturally, his team remains in the playoffs. The commitment these fierce and fuzzy athletes undergo each spring simply for a bit of good karma has certainly become the most underappreciated tradition in all of sports. The playoff beard tradition transcends race. It has made an appearance in nearly every major sport in not only our country, but numerous countries across the world. Playoff beards are apparently no longer even exclusive to the athletically gifted, as thousands of fans ditch their razors to display support. This hairy phenomenon has transcended virtually every barrier, aside from gender. Nevertheless, I find myself quite content with that.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has said he couldn’t wait any longer for Maurizio Sarri make any decision concerning his future at the club.Last Sunday, Chelsea had a general agreement with Sarri to succeed Antonio Conte but just last week, Napoli appointed Carlo Ancelotti to succeed Sarri as their new manager, according to Sky Sports Italia.De Laurentiis said he had to proceed and appoint Ancelotti, who has been out of management since he was fired by Bayern Munich in September 2017, for the best interests of the club.“There is no background to Sarri’s exit,” De Laurentiis said. “At a certain point, I told the press that his time was over.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I am in charge of a business, and I can’t be waiting for others to be available when they should always be available for the club.”“I gave him time, but then the time expired and I moved on by taking Carlo Ancelotti to Napoli,” he added.“We started to collaborate together for two days in Rome and then with Ancelotti first in London, then in Canada.”
Olympique De Marseille are closing in on a deal to sign Kevin Strootman from AS Roma.The Holland international is expected to have his medical with the French team tomorrow in Marseille ahead of a permanent move.The French giants have had an offer in the region of €23million and add-ons accepted by the Giallorossi over the weekend.Calciomercato.com exclusively reported Marseille’s bid this morning and now various reports in Italy say that Strootman has also agreed to join the French club.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.The reports indicate the Dutchman will be in South France tomorrow to undergo his medical tests with the Ligue 1 giants.After the sale of Alisson and Radja Nainggolan, Roma fans are definitely not happy with the club’s decision to sell another cornerstone of the club even if the Giallorossi have signed the likes of Javier Pastore, Bryan Cristante, and Steven N’Zonzi this summer.Strootman was not included in the squad that will face Atalanta tomorrow. Eusebio Di Francesco had announced today that the Dutchman could be left out of the Giallorossi squad due to ongoing talks with Marseille.
Virgil van Dijk believes he still has a lot to learn after winning the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for December: “There is still so much to get better at.”The Liverpool defender was in excellent form as 2018 drew to a close, featuring in every game as the Reds climbed to the top with seven consecutive league wins.Van Dijk helped secure four clean sheets and bagged his first Premier League goal in the 2-0 victory against Wolves.The Dutchman saw off strong competition to claim the individual honour for his performances and is the first defender to scoop the award for almost six years.“I didn’t know that but I’m very proud to win this,” he told LFC.TV upon receiving the trophy at Melwood on Friday.Van Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“All credit to everyone that helped me win it and the fans who have been supporting me. December was a great month and hopefully, we can keep going.“It was a fantastic month for all of us, there were some great games. I enjoyed every bit of it. The Arsenal game was a great game to play in – it was obviously a fantastic win.”“I’ve improved in every aspect of my game but there is still so much to learn and to get better at,” he said ahead of Saturday’s league meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion.“I’m working every day to get to where I want to be – I want to get the maximum out of myself. That’s [done] by working every day and making sure that you give everything for the team and for your club.”
Ken Marsh Spokesperson for the DF&G: “They pretty much include the gamut, everything from muskox to moose, caribou, dall sheep, mountain goat, elk, brown bear, pretty much the whole nine yards in different game management units in Alaska across the state.” Applications must be submitted online by December 17, at 5pm.