The BJP hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “inspiring” address to the nation on his government’s action on Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, but the opposition Congress said it was “hardly reassuring” for the people and lacked conviction.Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the prime minister shared his vision and commitment for the development of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region and urged them “to be a part of this historic journey”.Reaching out to Kashmiris with messages of hope and optimism, the prime minister in a televised address to the nation assured them of all-round development, early and transparent elections and end to terrorism as he defended scrapping of Article 370, which he asserted, has only given separatism, corruption, family rule and was used by Pakistan as a tool to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir.In a series of tweets, Amit Shah said, “During his address to the nation this evening, PM @NarendraModi has shared his vision and commitment for the development of the people of J&K and Ladakh region. The peace, prosperity and welfare of these regions is the topmost priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.””PM @narendramodi has urged the people of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh, especially youth, to be a part of this historic journey and walk together for a greater cause. A peaceful and prosperous J&K and Ladakh is what every Indian wants.”The people of J&K and Ladakh have always been betrayed and deprived of development in the name of Article 370 by those who ruled the state for the past seven decades. But now by the abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister @narendramodi has put an end to this injustice,” he tweeted.advertisement”Right to Education, Minimum Wages Act, Minority Act, social reservation for the disempowered, corruption-free governance, development of J&K and Ladakh is the least that people of these regions, which should have been their right, will get after this historic decision of PM Modi,” he added.Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India was voluntary and the political leadership endorsed the decision.”What the Prime Minister has said is a repetition of what Home Minister Amit Shah has said. That can hardly be reassuring for the people of Jammu and Kashmir…It lacks any conviction and logic which would be reassuring the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir about the respect of their fundamental rights,” he told PTI.Sharma said India, being the largest democracy in the world, should have had self-confidence by not denying the people their fundamental rights and liberties in J-K.Sharma also said that the bifurcation of the state and its downgrading is without any precedent in the history of India. He said there is a clampdown in the entire region and it should be lifted.His party colleague Abhishek Singhvi, however, said the nation as a whole should support the prime minister and hoped that confidence and faith would be imparted to all the people in J-K.”PM Modi’s speech meant rightly mainly for JK inhabitants; once Parliament has passed what it has, the country must remain united behind it; despite different views (eg I found it legally flawed) but the decision must be supported as a nation; hope confidence and faith must be imparted to all in JK and Ladakh,” he said on Twitter.Union Law Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad hailed the prime minister, saying, “Historic address by PM Narendra Modi. Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh is soon going to witness unprecedented growth and development creating better opportunities for people of the regions.”He used the hashtag “KashmirWithModi” with his tweet.BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said, “PM’s much needed reassuring n inspiring message to people of J&K and Ladakh. Focus on human development, political empowerment and good governance. Called upon countrymen including Bollywood, IT industry, business houses and all citizens to come forward to help Kashmiris progress and prosper.”Reacting to the PM’s address to the nation, CPI general secretary D Raja said, “It is all rhetoric and nothing more. What stopped him from giving a statement in Parliament? This shows that as rulers this government only wants to address its subjects.””In fact what he said was full of excuses as if he isn’t himself convinced. Also, people of Jammu and Kashmir have excelled in sports and even civil services exams. How will removing 370 help? He said UT status is temporary, o ask him, what is temporary? It was all rhetoric and excuses for his Government’s move,” Raja said.advertisementBJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, “Prime Minister Modi has won the hearts of people of Jammu and Kashmir and the whole country. His speech was very touching.”Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan also lauded the prime minister saying, “Statesman like address to the nation by PM Narendra Modi ji, allaying all concerns around the steps taken in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. This will go a long way in winning the hearts and minds of people.”BJP MP Gautam Gambhir said, “This truly was a speech of a statesman. Art 370 pushed J&K towards separatism, nepotism, discrimination and corruption. Its abrogation will lead to growth and prosperity of the state. All of us are committed to building a new J&K free from the shackles of the past.”Also Read | Come to Kashmir: PM Narendra Modi tells Bollywood, Telugu, Tamil film industriesAlso Read | In first speech on Article 370, PM Modi talks development in J&KAlso Watch | Article 370 gone. What next in Kashmir puzzle?
Only 30 days until the Cowboys kick off the season at Central Michigan. The start of football season officially kicks off today, as the Cowboys open fall camp. The excitement can’t be contained.When you finally get back on campus for fall camp ?? @DarrionGolden79 @kevinhenryy_ pic.twitter.com/WgQBi7LHWo— ClaytonJohnson (@Clayy_Johnson) August 4, 2015There are several important storylines to look for, and here are three things to keep an eye on as fall camp develops.1. Who will emerge at running back?Chris Carson had an excellent summer, as did Rennie Childs, who feels like it’s his time to take over the job in Stillwater. It feels like a pretty tight competition, and it should only ramp up now that fall camp is officially in swing. Don’t be surprised to see Todd Mays and Chris Carson push Childs for carries early in the season.2. Will the defensive tackle position solidify as the season approaches?Vili Leveni’s injury was a devastation to an already depleted and inexperienced defensive line. Now, the Cowboys will have to replace the production of Ofa Hautau and James Castleman with new blood. Motekiai Maile and Vincent Taylor should take over most of the reps, but developing young talent in Darrion Daniels and Taaj Bakari will be key to stopping the opponent’s running game.3. Is Mason Rudolph going to build off last season’s momentum?Everyone knows the story about Rudolph. He has had a full offseason in spring and summer to prepare, mentally and physicially, for the starting job. Heading into fall camp, he should get all the reps and has had a year to grasp Mike Yurcich’s offense. Can he take another step forward this season and help the Cowboys return to Big 12 title contention?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Football newsGlenn Spencer on TCU: “I’m glad to have them at home. I’m not thrilled about trying to figure out how to stop them. … Hopefully, our crowd can make it tough for them to operate.” (NewsOK)Can you imagine Glenn Spencer not liking your questions to him? (Tulsa World)Mason Rudolph: “Our fans have done an awesome job bringing noise and excitement to our stadium. (November’s) gonna be something we look forward to. Each week, it’s gonna be fun to play.” (O’Colly)Gundy: “We can’t let a day go by in preparation, and I know that’s coaches talk, but the year we had (Brandon) Weeden and (Justin) Blackmon and Joe Randle and all those guys, we could make up for things on Saturday because we were so talented. We’re not in that situation at this time.” (Tulsa World)Good column here on how the Big 12 schedule was put together. Even if some of the core principals seem to, uh, conflict with one another. (NewsOK)There’s no QB controversy in Stillwater because J.W. Walsh is not a quarterback. (PFB)Is Mason Rudolph upset about not playing? I would hope he is. (Tulsa World)OSU has held its own against Heisman-contending QBs in Stillwater. (NewsOK)Three pretty important players for OSU (Jimmy Bean, Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin) were hurt against Tech. Gundy sounds hopeful they’ll all be back against TCU. (Tulsa World)Mike Gundy on TCU: “They’re obviously a top five team. Our guys will prepare, and we’ll have them ready to go and looking forward to a great game.” (O’Colly)Around the countryGood stuff here from Jake Trotter on why the Big 12 is positioned well to make the College Football Playoff this year. I sort of disagree, though. I think the Big 12 could pretty easily get left out again. (ESPN)The U is memorializing a win over Duke with shirts. What a world we live in. (CBS)Kansas can’t celebrate football so they celebrate pro baseball instead. (Yahoo)Berry Tramel doesn’t have any Big 12 teams in his top 10. (NewsOK)Dez Bryant’s monkeyThe headlines just keep getting better and better. I mean, these are all-time headlines, people! (Dallas Morning News)His monkey, by the way, might not be legal. (PFB)And Dez was not pleased with folks on Twitter questioning his concern for Seattle’s knocked out player. (PFB)More pistols firingSportsCenter is heading to Stillwater. (PFB)Jesse Robinson is officially replacing Paul Lewis at guard. (PFB)Could OSU have the November advantage because of close October games? (PFB)Oklahoma State (Oklahoma State!) is second in the country in total sacks. (PFB)Things Big 12 fans say video is awesome. (PFB)Icy white helmet review: good, not great. (PFB)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At the end of last year, we learned that quality wins matter more than perceived bad losses. TCU lost to Baylor. Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech. The latter got in. The former got shut out.What this means is that Oklahoma State needs to stop playing teams like Central Michigan before Big 12 play starts. What is the point? What are you trying to accomplish?“We talk about it each week,” said Gundy on Monday about losing when you’re favored in pre-conference games. “For years we’ve had discussions about the parity in college football. It continues to grow each year. As the NCAA becomes more involved … it just continues to grow.”AdChoices广告Exactly.Perception will always lag behind reality when it comes to parity. Texas was still seen as a powerhouse about 20 games longer than it was actually a powerhouse. It’s still probably perceived as better than it actually is (which is terrible … especially on offense).Because of this, you’re often better off scheduling either Central Arkansas’ or USCs and nothing in between.And all of this is based on the premise that you aren’t going to go undefeated. If you’re under the presumption that you can go undefeated with OSU’s schedule then you can throw this argument out the window because a Power Five team that goes undefeated will always get in the College Football Playoff.Think about OSU’s last two season-opening opponents. If you open the season with Central Michigan and lose, you’re probably cooked. Even if you go 11-1, you’re likely not getting in. If you open the season with Florida State and lose? You’re very much still alive.And think about the inverse. If you open with Central Michigan and win, so what. That’s what you’re supposed to do. If you open with Florida State and win, you’re ushered into the top 25 with red carpet and a parade.My point is that with the parity Gundy was talking about — and I believe he’s correct — there’s a much greater advantage to playing one big name team and two cupcakes before conference play starts than in playing three average teams.If you’re halfway decent, I think there’s bigger chance of losing to Central Michigan (which knocks you out of the playoff) than of losing to a team like Florida State plus, say, West Virginia (which knocks you out of the playoff).Now, OSU’s scheduling folks never could have known this when the schedule was made two or five or eight years ago. And not many big boy teams want to trade home and home affairs. But if possible, Oklahoma State should avoid the Central Michigans of the world and focus on the Michigan States and Missouri States.Until that playoff expands to eight teams anyway.
UEFA Europa League UEFA inspector to examine disrupted clash between Arsenal and Cologne Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 23:49 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images UEFA Europa League Arsenal Arsenal v Köln Everton v Hajduk Split Maribor v Spartak Moskva Liverpool v Sevilla Köln Everton Hajduk Split Spartak Moskva Maribor Liverpool Sevilla UEFA Champions League Charges for the two sides have already been announced, but UEFA is set to further examine the chaotic Europa League game UEFA has announced the appointment of an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate the delayed Europa League match between Arsenal and Cologne.There were chaotic scenes at the Emirates Stadium this month as Cologne fans travelled in huge numbers for the club’s first European game since 1992-93, despite a limited ticket allocation for away supporters.Arsenal 7/1 to win Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Many Cologne fans managed to acquire seats alongside Arsenal supporters, causing some alarm within the nominal home section, while there were reports of isolated incidents of aggression towards stewards and officials.In a statement released on Friday, UEFA announced the inspector will “contact both clubs in order to evaluate the scope of their respective responsibility as regards the incidents connected to this match”.Cologne have been charged with crowd disturbances, the setting off of fireworks, throwing objects and acts of damage, while Arsenal have been charged with stairways being blocked in the away supporters’ area for the game, which was delayed due to congestion during the build-up to kick-off.The Premier League and Bundesliga clubs were not the only teams to come under UEFA scrutiny after recent matches.Spartak Moscow have been fined €60,000 and banned from selling tickets to their supporters for the team’s next away game after the setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Maribor.Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo received a one-match touchline ban for being sent to the stands during the 2-2 draw at Liverpool for twice throwing the ball away.Finally, Hajduk Split have been fined and must pay costs to Everton after the Croatian club’s fans threw objects, caused crowd disturbances, invaded the field and caused damage in the Europa League qualifying play-off at Goodison Park. The Toffees received a smaller fine for the throwing of objects.
FFA Cup Fans divided on Michael Marrone’s controversial tackle on ball boy during FFA Cup final Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:15 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FFA Cup Sydney v Adelaide United Sydney Adelaide United Videos The Adelaide defender was sent off for manhandling a ball boy in the dying stages but some fans believe the young kid was at fault Fans are divided on social media after a bizarre incident involving Adelaide United’s Michael Marrone and a ball boy marred the final stages of the FFA Cup final between the Reds and Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night.The Sky Blues eventually lifted the cup after Bobo’s extra-time strike secured a 2-1 victory, but an already tense encounter boiled over in the 115th minute when Marrone tackled the Sydney FC ball boy to the ground in a desperate attempt to retrieve the ball as Adelaide tried to find an equaliser.Watch the ball boy incident and highlights of the FFA Cup final in the video above Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Reds player ran towards the ball boy, who turned his back in an apparent attempt to stall Marrone, who clattered into the young fella and sent him crashing to the ground.All hell broke loose as both benches cleared and players and officials came together, with Sky Blues forward Matt Simon physically confronting Marrone before the Adelaide defender was shown a red card and the match continued.Sydney FC’s Michael Zullo ensured the ball boy would also take good memories away from his eventful evening, giving away his winner’s medal to the youngster who also lifted the trophy on stage with the team.Football fans took to social media to vent their opinion with some condemning Marrone for his actions, while others said the ball boy had done the wrong thing in not returning the ball straight away. To sum up the #FFACup Final. The #BallBoy and Michael Marrone were both wrong. But, @SydneyFC lost the plot allowing the Ball boy to lift the trophy on stage.— Steven Talevski (@steventalevski) November 21, 2017 Marrone could have, actually should have stopped, and called for the referees attention. Waited for ball boy to hand it over. Ball boy was a bit of a dick, but it still doesn’t excuse Marrone’s actions.— NotKate. (@qldcate) November 21, 2017 Marrone’s intent was to get the ball back and the ball boy blatantly cheated. You obviously know NOTHING about Marrone as a person if you think he deliberately tried to hurt him.— GibbsyIsFinallyACrow (@BCE71090) November 21, 2017 Marrone was out of line, however the ball boy should have given up the ball when he was asked. Instead he turned away and held the ball close to his chest. The boy’s intention was not to give the ball back. #PlayFair— Paul Young (@ProTrackAust) November 21, 2017 Ball boy should be sacked, Marrone red card correct. Both in wrong, crazy that ballboy rewarded with medal and cup celebrations #FFACupFinal— Daryn McCleave (@scunny32) November 21, 2017 IMO, Marrone’s actions warranted a red and the standard ban but the ball boy deserves no sympathy and probably shouldn’t be doing anymore games. He also shouldn’t be lifting the trophy and getting a medal 😳🤦🏻♂️— Neil Sherwin (@neilsherwin) November 21, 2017 Agree no excuse for Marrone but the ball boy knew what he was doing and inadvertently put himself in that situation— 123 (@souwalker) November 21, 2017
Transfers ‘We dream of Los Angeles’ – Wife of Lewandowski hints at MLS move Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 23:04 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images Transfers MLS Robert Lewandowski Bayern München LA Galaxy Bundesliga The Bayern Munich striker is hoping to end his career with one of the league’s Los Angeles teams, according to his wife Robert Lewandowski to Major League Soccer? According to the star striker’s wife Anna, that’s part of the plan.The Bayern Munich man remains one of the world’s best attackers, having netted 13 goals in 13 Bundesliga games this season for the reigning Bundesliga champions.Bayern Munich 15/2 for the UCL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the Lewandowskis have an eye to the future, says the striker’s wife Anna Lewandowska, who is a health food blogger and owns the company “Foods by Ann”. And that future includes time in the United States.”We dream of Los Angeles. That’s where we want to develop our brands,” Anna told Business Insider Poland.She added: “We hope Robert will end his career at a club in Los Angeles and we can say it would be our dream.”While in the past that would have meant Lewandowski’s dream destination would been solely the LA Galaxy, expansion franchise LAFC will begin play in 2018, providing another potential option.The new side has already made waves by bringing in Mexico international Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad for their debut season. Meanwhile, the Galaxy struggled this season despite the presence of Vela’s international teammates Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos along with Frenchman Romain Alessandrini.But the good news for the Galaxy is they will likely have time to improve their sales pitch. Lewandowski’s contract runs through 2021, so it would be a surprise to see the 29-year-old make the jump across the Atlantic anytime soon.
MLS Bradley and Altidore earn redemption together in lifting first MLS Cup title Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 12:22 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) John E. Sokolowski MLS Toronto v Seattle Sounders Toronto Seattle Sounders Videos Longtime U.S. standouts helped TFC lift its first MLS Cup title, marking their latest big moment as teammates TORONTO — Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley met for the first time more than 13 years ago, crossing paths by chance as Bradley was wrapping up his stint at the U.S. Under-17 national team residency program and Altidore was trying out to become a part of the same setup. Little did they know their careers would intertwine over the next dozens years, first for country, then for the club that helped them make history.”I just remember this guy, he was exactly what he is now,” Altidore told Goal as he stood next to Bradley in the locker room after Saturday’s MLS Cup win over Seattle. “He had more hair, but he was just so serious, so professional, and he was just 16 years old. When I met him, from that day we clicked. We went on to play with the Under-20s and we’ve been friends ever since.”The longtime U.S. national team standouts have played in World Cups and the Olympics Games together. They’ve won Gold Cups together, including one this past summer. What neither had won before was an MLS Cup, something they came together three years ago to try and change. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That change came Saturday, with Bradley dominating the midfield and Altidore scoring the game-winning goal to help TFC win its first MLS Cup title — and become the first MLS team to win three major trophies in one season, with the Canadian Championship and Supporters’ Shield.Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Altidore was awarded MLS Cup MVP honors after scoring in the 67th minute, but his effusive praise of Bradley made it clear who he saw as having the biggest influence on the night.”Tonight it was another Michael performance,” Altidore said. “Everything. He stifled them. Before they even looked he was there. I was telling guys on the bench it was unbelievable. His bald head was everywhere. He was all over the field. It’s crazy because you come to expect that, fair or not.”You come to expect that flawless performance, and it was another one for the books for him. A game where he covered so much ground, got the team out of trouble. It’s Michael Bradley, it’s what we’ve all come to expect, one of the best players in the history of our program, and this league.”It was Bradley who first convinced Altidore to consider Toronto, and he even adjusted his contract to help TFC make it work financially.”When he first told me about Toronto, I’ll never forget it,” Altidore said. “We were in (Jacksonville) playing against Nigeria, and we were getting ready for that game and he said, ‘You should come to Toronto.’ It started off as a joke, but I started to think about it and we talked all the time about it.”For me, it was about coming here and making sure we won this thing. Because I know all the pressure, whatever, that was put on him when he first came here. I wanted to come here and take that a little bit away from him, and help him win here. So to be here, and be able to win with him, in the fashion which we did, is great.”Altidore also revealed that his original plan was to sign with the New York Red Bulls, the club where his professional career began, but when that fell through, he knew that taking Bradley up on his long-standing offer was the way to go.”I had Portland, Toronto and New York Red Bulls,” Altidore said. “Obviously I was close with Mike, but New York was my home, right? That was obviously something that looked good for my family, but the people (at the Red Bulls), I forget who was in charge, said they wanted to go in a different direction. The decision was easy at that point. I couldn’t go home, so I had to go somewhere there was a new challenge.”I didn’t know what to expect, but I came here and from day one these people embraced me with open arms. It was unbelievable and it just made me want to give that much more for the city and for the team.”For Bradley, Saturday’s triumph was a culmination of a journey that began when he and Jermain Defoe were announced as major signings in 2014 by a TFC side determined to turn things around after years of terrible results and dwindling attendance totals. Defoe left after a year, but his departure helped clear the way for Altidore to arrive in 2015. They helped TFC end their playoff drought, but that season ended with a disappointing playoff loss to rival Montreal.A year after the heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Seattle, Toronto finally made the climb from league laughingstock to model club — and best team in the history of MLS.”There were some dark years along the way, but the people who stuck with it, who continued to believe, who continued to identify with the club, nights like this are for them,” Bradley said. “We want to play and represent them in a way that makes them proud, that makes them leave here and feel like they were a part of something different. We all feel like that and we hope they do too.”Saturday night ended with an emotional celebration by Toronto’s long-suffering fans, and by Bradley and his teammates, who lifted an MLS Cup title that TFC supporters would have considered a pipe dream four years ago. It ended with Bradley and Altidore basking in the glow of a job done, and one they did together more than 13 years after their fateful first meeting as teenagers.
Rugby union Sign up for The Breakdown, our weekly rugby union email. Since you’re here… Munster Share on Twitter “I am in my last few weeks here but I am going to work harder than ever, not slacken off. The feeling I get playing rugby is like nothing else and I want it to last as long as possible because I am so lucky to have this job.”Carter is the most celebrated player in the Racing squad but he does not take being a replacement as a slight. “An individual is nothing without the team,” he says. “I could be sitting here being annoyed about being on the bench but it’s not like that for me.“It’s a new challenge. The game has changed so much that the replacements are sometimes just as important. My job is made a lot easier when the boys have battered them for 60 minutes. It’s about finding the best way to help the team and making the most of every opportunity I have now.”The match is a clash of ways. Munster tend to grow their own, supplemented by a few outsiders while Racing do the opposite, locals scattered among high-profile imports. Both have shown they can dig deep, Munster at home to Toulon in the last round when willpower took them through and Racing the following day in Clermont when they also came from behind. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Topics Gloucester power past Newcastle to make European Challenge Cup final One of those is the Ireland second-row Donnacha Ryan, who left Munster for Paris last summer not expecting to meet his former colleagues three times before the season was out. The sides played in the group stage, when both made home advantage tell, and Racing’s advantage of playing in France will be balanced by the 15,000 Munster supporters expected.“I was at Munster for 13 years,” said Ryan, who was involved in three semi-finals with the province and was in the squad when they won the European Cup in 2008. “A difference in France is that rugby is just one part of your life and I have been able to explore avenues outside the game.“It has gone well for me at Racing after I made a late start because of injury. I wanted to prove that Irish players are hard working and can perform at a high level. We know we are going to have to be at our best against Munster and manage the game well.”Racing’s Dan Carter is approaching his final month with the club before the former All Blacks fly-half moves to Japan to end his career. His cameo as a second-half replacement at Clermont Auvergne in the quarter-final inspired the only away victory of the round and the 36-year-old is anxious to add to his haul of winner’s medals. “There is no better feeling in rugby than to win a trophy,” says Carter, who played in the 2015 World Cup final having missed out through injury four years before. “I want the younger guys in the team to experience that. I may not be playing the best rugby of my career but I still feel I have a lot to add. Munster’s long European love affair started 18 years ago at the Stade Chaban-Delmas and it is to Bordeaux they return on Sunday for another semi-final against a French club.When they faced Toulouse in 2000 it was their first semi-final in the European Cup but they are now playing in a record 13th. Standing in their way are Racing 92, whose only previous appearance at this stage came in 2016, the year they lost to Saracens in the final.“It was a new experience for all of us back in 2000,” says Ronan O’Gara, then the Munster fly-half who became Racing’s backs coach after retiring from playing, before this year joining the Crusaders in New Zealand. “It was bedlam at the airport that night. It was filled with thousands of red jerseys. Toulouse were expected to steamroller us but we hung in there.“It is a difficult one for me this weekend: Munster gave me my opportunity and home is where the heart is but I have a lot of deep feelings for the guys in blue and white as well.” Racing 92 Champions Cup Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn The Observer Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Manchester United Mata feels no threat from Alexis at Man Utd Chris Burton 03:21 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League A. Sánchez The Red Devils bolstered their playmaking ranks during the January transfer window, but an established star claims to have welcomed the competition Juan Mata does not consider Alexis Sanchez to be a threat to his position at Manchester United, with added competition embraced at Old Trafford.The Red Devils bolstered their playmaking ranks during the January transfer window when acquiring a proven international performer from Premier League rivals Arsenal.Sanchez arrived without the need for a fee to be paid, with his expiring contract in north London allowing United to negotiate a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The latest addition to the United ranks is expected to make quite an impression, but questions are already being asked of how best to use him and who misses out as a result of his presence.Mata is among those who could come under threat, but the World Cup winner is not overly concerned at this stage, telling Sky Sports: “Competition is high, in a team like Manchester United there will always be some kind of competition for places.“Alexis is a great player and it’s fantastic news for us to have him with us.”Mata has already seen his role change throughout his career, from a No. 10 to a deep-lying midfielder, and he is prepared to play wherever he is required at United.“Since I came to United I am playing mostly in the right, but I am trying to adapt myself to different positions and try to give my football for the benefit of the team and that’s what I enjoy doing,” he added.Mata has made 31 appearances for United across all competitions this season, seeing a 12-month contract extension triggered in the process, and admits he is hoping to help Sanchez carry the goal burden over the coming weeks having previously reached double figures in each of his three full seasons at Old Trafford to date.A man with just three efforts to his name so far said: “Goals have always been part of my game and this season I haven’t scored as many as I would like but I’m doing assists and having the chances and that’s important as goals will come.”Mata’s next opportunity to get on the scoresheet could some against Crystal Palace on Monday, with United looking to further secure their standing in second spot in the Premier League table.
Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid’s incredible Champions League final record Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Liverpool Los Blancos have won the European Cup more than any other team, with 12 wins from just 15 previous appearances in the continent’s top club fixture It is sometimes said that Real Madrid don’t play finals… they win them. And that statement is true almost all of the time in the Champions League, with Los Blancos unbeaten at the final hurdle in their past six showpiece appearances in Europe’s premier club competition.Indeed, if Real Madrid feel a sense of entitlement in the Champions League, it is because it is their special trophy. It has been since day one and with 12 wins, they are five ahead of the tournament’s second-most successful side, AC Milan.Saturday’s final against Liverpool in Kiev will be Real’s 16th in the European Cup and Champions League. And of the previous 15, Los Blancos have prevailed on 12 occasions, losing at the last hurdle only three times. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Madrid claimed the first five European Cups between 1956 and 1960, beating Stade de Reims (in two finals), Fiorentina, AC Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt in those matches.Their next two final appearances both ended in defeat, however. Real lost 5-3 to Benfica in 1962, before going down 3-1 to Inter two years later. Two seasons after that, though, they were victorious again as they beat Partizan 2-1 in Brussels.The then six-time champions then had to wait 15 years for another appearance in the final and that one ended in defeat, a 1-0 loss to Saturday’s rivals Liverpool at the Parc des Princes in 1981.That means the Reds remain the last team to beat Real in a European Cup final and could be a good omen for Jurgen Klopp’s side heading into this weekend’s game in Kiev.However, none of the players from either side were born back then and if anything, Madrid will take confidence from their extraordinary recent record in the competition.Since the European Cup was rebranded as the Champions League in 1992-93, Los Blancos have won it six times: in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016 and again last season.In those finals, Madrid beat Juventus, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Atletico twice in succession and then Juve again.Overall, Real have won six European Cups and six Champions League crowns in a combined total of 12 titles. And in the competition’s more recent format, nobody has been able to defeat them in a final.Liverpool will hope to become the first, but the stats show it will be anything but easy as Madrid look to get their hands back on a trophy they are so used to taking home with them this time of year. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Germany 0 Mexico 1: Lozano stuns woeful reigning champions Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 00:57 6/18/18 Getty Images Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game as Mexico secured a thoroughly deserved win over a desperately poor Germany. Germany’s defence of their World Cup title started with a whimper as they suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Mexico in Moscow on Sunday.Joachim Low’s side came into the tournament on a run of poor form, winning just one of their six friendlies since qualifying for Russia 2018 with a 100 per cent record.Those recent struggles were evident from the outset against a vibrant Mexico, who scarcely gave their more illustrious opponents a chance to settle during a pulsating opening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Their positive approach was rewarded with the only goal of the game after 35 minutes when Hirving Lozano finished off a flowing counter-attacking move with a crisp drive.Joshua Kimmich and Timo Werner both came close in the second period, but Mexico were able to hold on for a famous victory with something approaching relative comfort. Low must quickly lift his team for their next Group F game against Sweden on Saturday, while Mexico know a win against South Korea on the same day would give them a wonderful chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.Wow! #MEX stun the #WorldCup champions in Moscow! #GERMEX 0-1 pic.twitter.com/XOtAWcKD8U— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018Manuel Neuer was handed a first competitive start since September and would surely have been called into action inside the first minute had Jerome Boateng not superbly blocked Lozano’s close-range effort.Werner then fired a warning shot across the face of Guillermo Ochoa’s goal during a breathless opening few minutes.Any thoughts that Mexico would be overawed by Germany’s assortment of superstars continued to be dispelled during a high-octane first half-hour, Hector Moreno heading straight at Neuer from their clearest opening.Germany looked shell-shocked by Mexico’s verve and vigour, eventually falling behind 10 minutes before the break.Javier Hernandez’s superb one-two with Andres Guardado allowed him to spin away from Mats Hummels just inside the Germany half and feed Lozano down the left.The PSV forward then cut inside the wafer-thin resistance offered by the back-tracking Mesut Ozil to crash a shot inside Neuer’s right post.Primer partido en @FIFAWorldCup, primer .@HirvingLozano70. #NadaNosDetiene | #Rusia2018 | #GERMEX pic.twitter.com/5fXbYQhK58— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 17, 2018That deserved lead was nearly extinguished just two minutes later, however, when Toni Kroos’ dipping free-kick arrowed towards the top corner. Ochoa did wonderfully well to deny the midfielder, getting the faintest of touches to push the ball against the crossbar.Yet any thoughts that Low’s star-studded team would come out for the second half rejuvenated failed to materialise.Mexico were able to keep them at bay until Kimmich’s ambitious overhead kick and Werner’s instinctive close-range effort both flashed narrowly over in quick succession midway through the half.After squandering a number of golden opportunities in the closing stages, with Miguel Layun particularly wasteful, Mexico were fortunate to see Julian Brandt’s half-volleyed effort clip the post in a frantic finish to proceedings. Key Opta Facts:- Germany have lost their opening match at a World Cup for only the second time, also doing so in 1982 against Algeria (they went on to reach the final that year).- This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the reigning champion has failed to win their opening match – Italy drew 1-1 with Paraguay in 2010, while Spain lost 5-1 against the Netherlands in 2014.- Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup fixture since 2006 (Portugal v England, 29 shots in a 0-0 draw).- Mexico have lost just two of their last 18 World Cup group games (W9 D7).- Germany named their oldest starting XI for a World Cup match (27 years, 310 days) since the 2002 final against Brazil (28 years, 166 days). read more
COACH BANNED FOR UP TO 10 YEARS Touch Football Australia (TFA) has suspended coach Sam Ayoub from all participation in the sport of Touch Football for a period of up to 10 years. The penalty comes following an incident at the 2005 Youth World Cup, where Mr Ayoub was the coach of the Australian Under 20 Mens side. Mr Ayoub will be banned from the sport entirely for seven years and up to ten years if he re-offends in the period between seven and ten years. TFA is completely satisfied that the hearing was conducted appropriately and in accordance with TFA’s rules and regulations. TFA’s judiciary panel found that Mr Ayoub’s behaviour towards match and tournament officials both at the event and following the event brought the sport into disrepute and was contrary to TFA’s code of conduct. Media contact: Rachel Moyle Touch Football Australia Media Officer Ph: (02) 6285 2703
REFEREES URGENTLY REQUIREDFeel like a warm break in beautiful Coffs Harbour over the cold Winter months? Average July temp: 20C.Coffs Coast Touch will be hosting the Arrive Alive Eastern University Games Touch Tournament to be held at Coffs Harbour Sport & Leisure Park, Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour.Dates:Monday 3rd July,Tuesday 4th July,Wednesday 5th July &Thursday 6th July.Level 2 Referees and above are required for the event.Accommodation: Ring for details.Petrol: Ring for details.Matches: Payment available. Ring for details.Details: Contact Roger, Competition Manager: 6656 1307 & 0400 409 026 or Matt, Technical Officer: 0432 142 671, e-mail: email@example.com Competition Format:Men, Women and Mixed16 Teams, 2 pools of 8, Quarter Finals & Semis
Touch Football Australia wish to extend our condolences to TFA Chairman Peter Rooney, TFA Director Brian Rooney, and the Rooney family, on the passing of their mother Beryle Rooney on Thursday 5 July. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.
The following referees received upgrades:Level 4Steve BowLevel 5Open Leigh BroadbridgePaul EdmondsonSamantha HaconLuke HeckendorfBelinda HunterKathleen JohnstonAnthony MewBen MortonBlake RichardsAdam VickeryAlex WongBrendan JonesSeniorStuart EvansMurray PowerTerri ThomasGeoff ThorntonLevel 6Open Beau NewellBrenton TurnerAnton Van RensburgJosh VernonSeniorCraig HughesPhil LoweRichard McIllroyJohn TurnbullThe following referees received their team’s respective awardsTeam1 – Clint JoryTeam 2 – Wayne DonchiTeam 3 – Richard McIllroyTeam 4 – Kathleen JohnstonTeam 5 – Craig ButlerTeam 6 – Sam HaconTeam 7 – Mark JensenTeam 8 – Darryl SerrurierTeam 9 – John HallTeam 10 – Geoff ThorntonTeam 11 – Amanda SingleTeam 12 – Denise Weier
Adjusted references to attachments D2, D3 and D5Adjusted State and Territory websites where links were no longer current â€“ QLD, and SA. Touch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Member Protection Policy, in line with Australian Sports Commission standards.Since the previous 2015/16 Member Protection Policy v2 released 1 April 2016 there has been two minor updates to the policy by the ASC;Note: The ASC will from time to time provide recommended updates to the policy template and supporting documents outside the normal 2 year revision cycle. Play by the RulesThe Play by the Rules website www.playbytherules.net.au provides news, resources and free online training to assist sport and recreation clubs and administrators, officials, coaches, players and spectators to keep sport safe, fair and inclusive. TFA encourage that all members are familiar with, and utilise this resource.Play by the rules have recently updated their website to include new training resources and education modules.If you have any queries please contact Tara Steel via firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated Filesmember_protection_policy_2017_v1-pdfmemorandum_-_member_protection_policy_2017_v1__update-pdfRelated LinksMember Protection Policy TFA request that all State Associations provide a copy of Minutes from State Board/Council Meeting in the 2017 Period acknowledging incorporation of the policy.Affiliates provide subsequent AGM minutes to verify this adoption to your relevant State Body.This item will be updated as a requirement of the TFA Affiliate Regulations renewal process. The updated policy is titled: Member Protection Policy 2017 v1TFA has a legal obligation in relation to harassment, discrimination and child protection. Furthermore we also have moral obligations to establish appropriate standards of behaviour and to provide safe and respectful sporting environments. As member entities of TFA we require you also to implement and regularly update policies and procedures that assist sports to comply with the law and improve the sporting environment.TFA encourage that all have adopted the previous version of the policy, ensure they are referencing the most current version. There is no need to re-adopt this policy if the 2015/16 Member Protection Policy v1 version was already adopted. If the previous version was not adopted, please ensure this 2017 version is formally adopted via the process outlined below:Process for formal incorporation of policy:TFA require all member entities including State Associations and Affiliates to formally adopt the Member Protection Policy. To achieve this, the following process is recommended:
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal prioritise top-four over trophies – Cechby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says the club are prioritising a top-four finish over trophies this season.The Gunners are fifth on the Premier League table, but are still competing in the FA Cup and Europa League.But Cech says their focus will be on the securing Champions League qualification by finishing in the top-four.He said: “Our priority is to get into the top four [so we can] be in the Champions League and then you want to progress and evolve as a club, as a team.”We have a new manager and obviously we set our targets so if we can win a trophy together in the first season it would be a good achievement.”You play every game to win and this time we were in the FA Cup, we have the tradition as a club to do well and if we can win it, we’d like to do so.”It is the same with the Europa League – we started really well and are in the last 32.”These are two targets but the Premier League remains a big objective, to get into the top four.”
Wolves defender Matt Doherty: Chelsea very professional and clinicalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty admits they struggled to match “clinical” Chelsea for Saturday’s 5-2 home defeat.The Irish wing-back came off the bench for the final 30 minutes of the thrashing – in what was Wolves’ first home loss in 16 matches.Doherty said: “They kind of nullified us from the start. “It was pretty much a very professional and clinical performance from them and we’re going to have to learn from it.”Doherty insists their Europa League commitments were no excuse for the result.He added: “I think that would be an easy excuse to use or for people to say, but I don’t think so. We’re probably a bit ahead of schedule in terms of when we came back in for pre-season, and the games that we’ve had, but if anything, it’s probably just got us right.“I can’t use that [Europe] as an excuse at all.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say