By BEN HARRISThere will be plenty of teams throwing caution to the wind in the hope their desperation can hand them a semi-finals berth at the National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.Day three is the start of the finals for six of the divisions.Sydney Rebels, Brisbane City Cobras and ACT Pirates have all confirmed their spots in the quarter-finals of the mixed open division.Rebels remain unbeaten in Pool A and palmed off South Queensland Sharks, their nearest rivals, on day two.In the other top of the table clash in Pool B, the Cobras defeated the Pirates 7-5 and look set to top that division.Hunter Western Hornets appear to be the team to beat in the women’s T-League as they are the only undefeated side left.They lead by four points in Pool B from Cobras and Sydney Scorpions, while it’s much tighter in Pool A with South West Queensland Swans holding onto a slender lead from the Sunshine Coast Pineapples and South Australia Heat.The Queensland sides continue to lead the way in the men’s T-League with North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and Cobras levelled on the same number of points in Pool A.Central Queensland Bulls (A) remain undefeated in Pool B with Sydney Scorpions second.Scorpions remain undefeated in the men’s 30s but hot on their tails are the Pineapples and the Sharks.The Sharks and Pineapples are also in the mix for the women’s 35s as they are one and two respectively while Hornets are in third spot.Scorpions lead in the men’s 40s with a host of teams in a log-jam behind them, while in the women’s 40s the Swans and Hornets are on the same number of points.The men’s 45s is a battle between the Scorpions and the Sharks, and in the senior mixed, Scorpions lead the way in that division.The Queensland sides are in front in the men’s 50s and men’s 55s divisions.Sharks (A), Pineapples and the Cyclones occupy the first three positions but there are five teams all within a win of each other.Only a huge form reversal will deny the Cyclones victory in the men’s 55s as they have all of their matches and lead the division by 12 points.Day three is finals day with the first lot of finals beginning at 4.45pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways: Websites www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus (live streaming of select games will occur, stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the links)Related LinksNTL day two
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks Aussie keepersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s a fan of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.Klopp discussed the Aussie ahead of facing Brighton this weekend.He said, “Usually in goal, I didn’t know him [Matthew Ryan] really before I came to England, but Mitch Langerak was my second goalkeeper at Dortmund and I always thought is it possible for Australia to have a better goalkeeper than him? “Yes, obviously because Ryan is fantastic on the line.”
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next draw on August 17 will grow to approximately $16 million.
Katy Perry has dedicated a new video she made for UNICEF to victims of the Malaysian Airlines tragedy – many of whom were on their way to the International AIDS Conference in Australia.Video: Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’: A music video for #ShowYourLove“I worked with UNICEF on this new “Unconditionally” video in support of the 35 million people living with HIV, especially the young people who often suffer in silence,” Katy wrote on Facebook. “On Thursday, we lost many people who dedicated their lives to fighting HIV on the Malaysia Airlines flight. They were traveling to the International AIDS Conference, where we were planning on launching this video. Now, I would also like to dedicate this video to them, to honor them, and to all the victims of MH17.”
Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s special show (July 14, 2015), we go to Stat School. With Kate on vacation, Chad out of the office and Neil stuck in New York, we pre-taped an episode that breaks down three ways to measure batting, in increasing complexity: batting average, OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wRC+ (weighted runs created plus). Neil schools Kate and Chad on the pros and cons of the stats, and what sabermetrics has taught us about players like the Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nolan Arenado’s stat page.An in-depth explanation of batting average.An OPS breakdown.What is wRC+? More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue questions an official’s call during a game on Feb. 8 at in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSFifty-two years.That is the amount of time since the city of Cleveland has been able to lay claim to a professional sports championship. Fifty-two years of long, agonizing pain for most Cleveland sports fans. However, a dawn seems to be coming.This year’s Cleveland Cavaliers look poised to be the city’s best chance in the past couple decades to defeat a sports curse that has plagued the town for the better part of the past century.The Cavs came as close to a championship in 2015 as any Cleveland team since the Indians lost in the bottom of the 11th inning in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series to the Florida Marlins. They lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors in a series in which they were hampered by injuries, playing without stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.This year, the Cavaliers have had their ups and downs. Former coach David Blatt was fired about a month ago despite leading the team to a 30-11 record to start the season. Assistant coach Tyronn Lue was promoted to the head role, and the team is 10-4 since the move.Lue’s promotion, seemingly, was put in motion in order to counteract the Warriors’ offensive juggernaut, as many expect the two teams to meet again in the NBA Finals come June. Lue has stressed a more up-tempo offense, and it’s worked, evidenced by an increase in scoring from 101.4 points per game to 107.3 under the 38-year-old rookie coach.Although the team did not necessarily have bad conditioning before the coaching change, Lue has stated on many occasions that the Cavaliers need to get in better shape.This is something Cleveland will need if it goes up against the Warriors — a team that averages an astonishing 115.0 points per game and usually has five players on the court who can run in transition.One thing the Cavs have focused on is incorporating Love into their offense more. At times, Love looked out of place in Blatt’s offense, and he was visibly frustrated when he did not receive the ball.The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) puts up a shot during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in Cleveland on Feb. 10. Credit: Courtesy of TNSUnder Lue’s offense, Love has seen an increase in touches, both in the post and at the elbow.Love is especially dangerous at the elbow, where he is able to hit the mid-range jumper. In the post, he has success backing down his defender for a baby hook near the block or pass to open shooters like J.R. Smith and Richard Jefferson that spot up on the 3-point line.Channing Frye, who was recently acquired in a trade from Orlando, looks to play a pivotal part in the Cleveland offense as well. A 6-foot-11 post who shoots 3-pointers well, Frye playing alongside Love would give James four different options to kick the ball out to when he’s driving to the rim.Not surprisingly, a game plan to stop the Warriors first starts with containing Stephen Curry. Curry, the reigning MVP, is averaging 29.8 points per game this year and has terrorized the league from the 3-point line.Matthew Dellavedova proved capable at times guarding Curry in last year’s Finals. The key to his performance, and something the Cavs need to emulate again, is constant pressure on Curry. Whoever guards Curry has to pick him up right as he crosses half court and not leave his side until the rebound is secured.Additionally, if the Warriors do employ their small-ball lineup, Cleveland needs to use its size to gain an advantage on both the offensive and defensive boards.After losing to the Warriors last year in the Finals and both games this season, including a 132-98 blowout, the Cavaliers will undoubtedly have one eye on the Finals as they finish the season and head into the postseason.One could argue that Cleveland needs to focus on one game at a time. It’s a valid point, as the Cavs have a tendency at times this year to play down to the level of their opponents, namely a 106-97 loss to a Charlotte Hornets team playing with neither Al Jefferson nor Kemba Walker.However, the Cavaliers have shown they can make quick work of Eastern Conference foes in the playoffs. Besides perhaps the Toronto Raptors, no team poses a real threat to Cleveland’s hopes for back-to-back Finals appearances.Most importantly, the Cavaliers need to stay healthy. Fans and analysts alike have questioned, “What if?” in regards to Love and Irving’s absences in the Finals last year. Irving has a history of being injury-prone, so his minutes will need to be monitored as the Cavaliers advance deep into the playoffs.Despite what many say, the “Cleveland Curse” is real. Fans of the Cavaliers, Indians and Browns have gotten their hearts broken time and time again whenever it seems a championship run is impending. However, it is very possible that this just might finally be the year that the city of Cleveland can forget years of misery and rejoice as the Cavaliers bring home a championship.
Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is tackled during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs Oct. 27 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Browns lost, 23-17.Courtesy of MCTThe Drive, The Move, The Decision.Do I need to continue?These moments are painfully seared into the memories of Cleveland fans everywhere and the pain still lingers long after they were made.While I myself have only experienced a few of these heartbreaks as a native Clevelander, the sting of past failures is still felt by people like my father, who experienced The Drive, John Elway and the Denver Bronco’s 98-yard touchdown drive to tie the game in the AFC Championship game in 1987, firsthand.Let’s start with the Cleveland Browns, shall we? A franchise that has never once been to the Super Bowl and has made just one appearance in the playoffs since returning to the shores of Lake Erie in 1999.Being a Browns fan is a lot like believing in Santa Claus as a child. You hope and pray he is real, but deep down you know you will be disappointed when you see a family relative dressed up as Santa giving you a 4-12 record instead of the 11-5 record you asked for multiple times.Disappointment comes with the job description when cheering for the brown and orange. And yes, it is a job trying to cheer for a team that has started 20 different quarterbacks since the 1999 season. Imagine going to a job where your boss is fired every few weeks and a new one is brought in. Imagine this continuing for 15 years, and each year, your product becomes worse to the point where you quit.That is exactly what my father did when the Browns left Cleveland in 1995. He had been a season ticket holder for the Browns for years and when they left, he had just about given up hope. But being the proud Clevelander that he was, he returned for the opening game of the 1999 season when the new Browns made their return to city of rock ‘n’ roll. The brown and orange fell to the hated Steelers that day 43-0 and my dad has not attended a Browns game since. Can you blame him?But while the Browns have struggled for years, it wasn’t until The Decision, LeBron James “taking his talents” to Miami, that the Cleveland Cavaliers fell from the ranks of the NBA playoff regulars.The Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick in 2013, a player who averages only 4.1 points per game in 12.7 minutes played. In the words of Forrest Gump, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”The one team that seems to be Cleveland’s only hope of being a successful sports town anytime soon is the beloved Cleveland Indians. The franchise that has not won a World Series since 1948 came within three outs of bringing the trophy back to Cleveland in the 1997 World Series before Jose Mesa and Charles Nagy quite literally threw the game away, allowing the Florida Marlins to celebrate a championship in just their fifth year of existence.But there is room for optimism at Jacobs Field in 2014 (I know, I know its “Progressive Field” now, but if you are any kind of Tribe fan it is still “The Jake” to you) coming off of an appearance in the playoffs in 2013. Although their berth in the American League Wild Card Game ended in defeat as the Tribe fell to the Tampa Bay Rays last season, the likes of former Buckeye Nick Swisher and 2013 All-Star Jason Kipnis have given Tribe fans a reason to cheer again and get excited about a team that has been so close to a title for so long.So to all you non-Cleveland fans out there who are disappointed when your team loses in the postseason or doesn’t bring home a title, don’t despair. Be happy you don’t cheer in a city that hasn’t won a major championship since 1964 — when the Browns won an NFL championship in the pre-Super Bowl era. And to all of my fellow Clevelanders out there who are desperate for a winner, remember our mantra as the Indians take the field this week:“There’s always next year.”
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that three teams are in the running for this season’s Premier League titleAfter suffering shock back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City this month, Manchester City have slipped from top spot to third in the standings.Pep Guardiola’s side, who won the league crown in such dominant fashion last season, now find themselves seven points adrift of unbeaten leaders Liverpool.Redknapp’s old club Spurs aren’t doing badly either in second-place after beating Everton 6-2 at the weekend and Bournemouth 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to five matches.“I think it’s a three horse race,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites now which is a big turnaround.“But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders.“Spurs are still in it, you can’t write them off. They are bang there, the way they are playing at the moment.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.As for Chelsea and Arsenal, Redknapp doesn’t see how either of them can be considered contenders.“I can’t see anybody else getting into it,” added the 71-year-old.“I watched Arsenal yesterday and they are nowhere near in my opinion.“I know they’ve had injuries, but at the back they are still very poor.“And Chelsea are just so reliant on Eden Hazard. Without him you couldn’t really see them challenging, they’re still short of a frontman.“So really, I think there are three runners and I think it will be very tight.”Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher tipped his old club to take home a first league title in 28 years.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s universities and colleges will kick off graduation season Friday as thousands of new graduates receive their degrees.San Diego State University will begin a full weekend of ceremonies with graduations for its colleges of Arts and Letters and Health and Human Services. Throughout its weekend of ceremonies, SDSU will award honorary degrees to the university’s President Emeritus Sally Roush, homeless advocate Father Joe Carroll and Christopher Sickels, a leader of the Campaign for SDSU fundraising effort, which raised more than $800 million.All of SDSU’s graduation ceremonies will be held at Viejas Arena. Friday’s ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.Cal State San Marcos will hold two ceremonies for its College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. In total, the university expects to confer degrees on nearly 3,800 students, 55 percent of whom are the first in their families with a four-year degree. The university’s ceremonies will be held at CSUSM’s Mangrum Track and Field.The San Diego Community College District will begin graduation ceremonies at its four campuses with Miramar College’s ceremony. The college expects to confer more than 1,200 associate degrees on its graduates this year. San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate will also present the college with a proclamation to commemorate its 50th anniversary.“Students in the San Diego Community College District come from all walks of life and span a broad range of ages, but all of them are single-minded in their determination to completing their education, often while working and supporting a family,” said district Chancellor Constance Carroll. “On behalf of everyone in one of California’s largest community districts, I want to congratulate the Class of 2019 on their achievements.”The district will spread its ceremonies over this weekend and next weekend. In total, the district plans to award nearly 12,000 degrees and certificates this year. KUSI Newsroom Spring university graduation ceremonies to kick off around county Friday KUSI Newsroom, May 17, 2019 Posted: May 17, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter