first_imgThe closing date for nominations for the 2005 Arafura Games, being held in Darwin from May 14-21 is fast approaching. The Arafura Games is a leading international sporting competition for the developing athletes of the Asia-Pacific region. Held every two years in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, the Games are a meeting of “Sporting Neighbours” and attract competitors from around Australia as well as nations throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The Arafura Games began in 1991 as the Arafura Sports Festival with seven countries sending just 1500 participants to compete in 13 sports. By the time the sixth Games were held in 2001, participation had soared to more than 3100 athletes representing 25 nations, and competing in 29 sports. “Countries can once again look forward to the friendly and competitive nature of the Arafura Games, the Territory’s superb sporting venues and the warmth of the welcome you will receive from Territorians,” said John Ah Kit, Minister for Sport and Recreation, in his Minister’s Message. For all of this info and more, check out This is a great opportunity for local and regional Touch sides to get involved and play against some international competition. For more information on the Touch Football please contact Isobel Appo, In other Northern Territory news, keep your eye on the ATA website for the results of their Championships, being held from April 29-May 1 and Darwin will also be hosting the National Secondary School and Primary School Championships from September 18-23.last_img read more

First Edition of Touchline

first_imgWelcome to the first edition of Touchline, a quarterly journal of sport and risk with an international perspective brought to you by Sportscover. We hope that you enjoy it. For further information on Sportscover, visit www.sportscover.comRelated Filestouchline_email-pdflast_img

Brady is all ears for national deaf team

first_imgSocial MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksDeaf team a possiblity By BEN HARRISAn historic milestone could be achieved at next year’s X-Blades National Touch League tournament if David Brady gets his way.Touch Football Australia’s general manager of business operations is hoping to set-up an Australian deaf team to play at the 2014 national competition.Brady is deaf himself and has to rely on two hearing aids.He has been hearing impaired since he was born but his disability doesn’t stop him from doing day-to-day tasks or participate at this year’s National Touch League.Brady is playing in the men’s 40s division for the ACT Pirates.After orchestrating a very successful inaugural Deaf Touch Football Australian National Championships in January, Brady wants to take that next step by establishing an Aussie representative team.“Next year we hope to have an Australian deaf team here at the tournament,” Brady said.“Already I can see it will be an interesting challenge. It will be completely different for the referees and the opposition but we have to get it together and hopefully this message goes out to all the kids out there, the boys and the girls, we will try and get a team together and come to this fantastic tournament.”Brady said touch football has a distinct advantage over many other sports in the country as it can be played by anybody.“If you can’t play footy anymore when you get to the masters you are able to still play with the ball in hand,” he said.“But more importantly for the kids, a lot of kids who have cochlear implants can’t play contact sport. Touch football is one of those sports that they can aspire to. “If their brothers or sisters play rugby or rugby union and feel left out, touch football is a way of being included and being part of it.“Anybody who is deaf or hard of hearing, get yourself to a touch team and keep on trying. Nothing is impossible.”Unable to hear while playing is very difficult but Brady said he manages.“Playing in the deaf games… it was completely different with styles and tactics and coming into a hearing competition, you see how organised they are and there is a big difference between the communications. It is a big learning curve.Brady is not the only deaf person playing at this year’s NTLs.Greg Quinn is playing for the Pirates in the men’s 45s.“Greg is one of the best players but he has a harder job because he plays in the middle and I play on the wing so I’ve probably got an easier job,” Brady said.“Greg has got to make more calls, try to work out what is happening with his teammates. He is one of the smartest players I’ve met in my life.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following read more

10 months agoVitesse coach Slutsky reveals Musonda ‘bitter setback’

first_imgVitesse coach Slutsky reveals Musonda ‘bitter setback’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse coach Leonid Slutsky has virtually wrote off the season of Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda.On-loan at the Eredivisie outfit, Musonda has been missing since September with a knee injury – and Slutsky admits his recovery hasn’t gone to plan.”It does not look good,” he said.”Musonda will now be fit again at the earliest in February. But beware: then he has to be trained again to become a match fit. Then we talk about the end of March. “And then everything has to go as expected.”For all of us this is a bitter setback.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek

first_imgReal Madrid in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatekby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.AS says sources close to the player have confirmed the approach.This contact claimed that conversations have taken place between Real Madrid and the Genoa striker’s representatives and that the Bernabéu “is following him” closely.These same sources also stated that they have been talking with “many great clubs” that are interested in the 23-year-old.However confirmed that Barcelona was not amongst those clubs, and that, as of yet, no formal offer has been made by any clubs. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Jack Stacey for victory over Everton.Stacey was handed his Premier League debut.Howe said, “I thought Jack did really well. He was up against a really tough competitor in Alex Iwobi who is an outstanding player.“He was examined by him and responded every time. I thought he stepped up defensively and did a really good job for the team.“Usually, he’s a marauding full-back, up and down the line. But he knew he had to be responsible and defend first. He did it really well.“I was really pleased with him. It’s a huge moment for any player to make their debut in the Premier League. He’s done it in impressive fashion and was part of a winning team so credit to him.” last_img read more

19 days agoKurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fear

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fearby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKurt Zouma says Chelsea’s young team are still adjusting to eachother’s games.Zouma is relatively new to this particular Chelsea side, which he acknowledges is a work in progress.”We are improving a lot,” the central defender told “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.”The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.”We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.”All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.”We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.” last_img read more

Video: LSU Student On Jeopardy Can’t Answer Questions About Derrick Henry, Steve Spurrier

first_imgJeopardy question asks what university Derrick Henry plays for.Twitter/@KenzieThirkillWhen college football is a category on Jeopardy, it almost never goes well. In the past, we’ve had a former LSU lineman say that Syracuse was in the Ivy League, contestants failed miserably on a question about the Big Ten, they’ve avoided a question about the sport’s stadium nicknames like the plague, and perhaps worst of all, one man thought Auburn is  called the “Crimson Tide.”College students from LSU, Northeastern, and Wright State competed on the show tonight, and you’d think someone at an SEC powerhouse would fare better when asked about the sport. You’d be very, very wrong. When asked questions about former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Alabama Heisman winner Derrick Henry, LSU student Kevin didn’t even try to give an answer. I. JUST. CAN’T.— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) February 3, 2016SEC fans on Twitter are ROASTING him, as you’d expect.the LSU senior on college jeopardy who couldn’t get a spurrier quote or where derrick henry went to college shouldn’t be allowed to graduate— arflora (@arflora) February 2, 2016An RA from LSU is on college Jeopardy! and failed to get “where did Derrick Henry play” and “who is the Head Ball Coach” and I’m mad.— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) February 3, 2016Kid on jeopardy enrolled at LSU and doesn’t know who Derrick Henry, 2015 Heisman trophy winning running back, played for.. Study less.— Luke Longfield (@Lukers17) February 3, 2016Ain’t NO WAY IN HELL the kid from LSU in College Jeopardy didn’t know Derek Henry went to Bama. He just didn’t want to say it— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) February 3, 2016Man the peeps on college @Jeopardy stink. Dude from LSU had no idea who Derrick Henry is. Really? What the hay?— Ben Spalding (@DangerSpalding) February 3, 2016An LSU student on Jeopardy doesn’t know who Steve Spurrier and Derrick Henry are? God this is mortifying.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 3, 2016Maybe mix in a trip to Death Valley sometime, Kevin. You’ll probably enjoy it.last_img read more

‘It’s not the right moment’ – Koeman rules himself out of Barca job

first_imgRonald Koeman says it is “not the right moment” for him to become head coach of Barcelona, insisting he is committed to his current role as Netherlands manager.Koeman has been mooted as a potential replacement for under-fire Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, having spent time in Catalonia in his playing days between 1989 and 1995.Pressure has mounted on Valverde after Barca were knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals by Liverpool by suffering a shock 4-0 defeat at Anfield, and they lost the Copa del Rey final to Valencia on May 25. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Koeman says he wants to continue in his job as the Dutch national coach through to the 2020 European Championships at least.The former Everton boss only took over last year and has already led the Oranje to the Nations League finals. Speaking ahead of his side’s semi-final against England on Thursday, Koeman told NOS: “I conformed myself to the KNVB. If you’ve done only one year and there’s one year left to the European Championships, it’s not the right moment.”As far as I’m concerned, we can just put this speculation behind us.”No matter what I say, there will always be people who say ‘if they [Barcelona] offer him a job, he will go anyway. The media will run those stories and I understand that.”I know how I agreed this with the KNVB and for me, that’s enough.”Koeman took charge of the Netherlands following their failed World Cup qualification campaign in 2018 and could take them to a final in Porto against either Portugal or Switzerland if his side get past England. There is certainly plenty of potential in Koeman’s young squad.A number of the national team’s stars featured in Ajax’s Champions League run as they knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semi-finals, and it was only a last-minute Tottenham goal that denied the Amsterdam outfit a spot in the final.Teenage centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has been tipped as one of the best emerging defenders in the world, while Frenkie de Jong has already secured a move to Camp Nou.last_img read more

ESPN Updates Predictions For The Power 5 Champions

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greet after the AllState Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)It was a pretty wild weekend in college football, with some big upsets and a couple of College Football Playoff contenders going down.ESPN’s Football Power Index has been updated following the Week 3 action. The numbers for its projected conference champions are pretty interesting.The FPI gives percent chances for teams to win their respective conferences. The metric also calculates each team’s chances of winning out.Here are the updated Power Five conference championship odds, via ESPN’s FPI.Four of the five power league representatives are over 50-percent. The one that isn’t is pretty surprising.ACC: Clemson Tigers (3-0) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the North Carolina State Wolfpack 38-31 at Carter Finley Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)FPI rank: 6Conference win percentage: 57.6Win out percentage: 19.1Big Ten: Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) Dwayne Haskins throwing a pass against UNLV.(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)FPI rank: 3Conference win percentage: 39.6Win out percentage: 17.2Big 12: Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)FPI rank: 5Conference win percentage: 64.9Win out percentage: 16.7Pac-12: Washington Huskies (2-1) Chris Petersen looks on prior to a game.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)FPI rank: 7Conference win percentage: 56.5Win out percentage: 17.4SEC: Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide on the field before taking on the Michigan State Spartans.(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)FPI rank: 1Conference win percentage: 57.5Win out percentage: 34.7last_img read more

Details Emerge From The Tom Herman-Mike Gundy Altercation

first_imgtom herman and mike gundy joke around during a gameSTILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns greets head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys before their game on October 27, 2018 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas head coach Tom Herman and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy had a heated altercation on the field late in the Cowboys’ upset win over the Longhorns.The Longhorns and the Cowboys were getting into it as the game clock was running out and Gundy ran onto the field, pushing his players back and yelling at the referees.Herman then ran onto the field himself and had to be held back from Gundy.It got heated:Mike Gundy & Tom Herman in a steel cage at WrestleMania 35— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) October 28, 2018Details have started to reveal what happened, as Gundy explained everything in a post-game interview on ABC.Basically: Gundy had ran onto the field to make sure a fight between players didn’t break out, Herman thought Gundy was being unfair to his Texas players and it was mostly just a misunderstanding.The two head coaches were seen talking cordially at midfield after the game.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Addresses ESPN College GameDay Controversy

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN’s College GameDay faced some criticism on Saturday for not including Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in a Heisman Trophy interview with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.Haskins was interviewed later in the show by Tim Tebow, but many fans felt that College GameDay was slighting the Heisman Trophy finalist.More Dwayne Haskins disrespect. #HesAFinalistToo— Lettermen Row (@LettermenRow) December 8, 2018ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit took to Twitter to address the interview.“I have no idea,” Herbstreit said in response to a fan who asked about the interview. “Surprised to see that myself. Although Dwayne had his time with Tim Tebow later in the show. Shame of this whole thing is all 3 of these guys put up Heisman numbers. Any other year and the 2 that come up short tonight probably would win it.”Herbstreit later added:“Again, I have no idea why he wasn’t on with them. Wish he was. Not my call.”I have no idea. Surprised to see that myself. Although Dwayne had his time with Tim Tebow later in the show. Shame of this whole thing is all 3 of these guys put up Heisman numbers. Any other year and the 2 that come up short tonight probably would win it.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 8, 2018Very fair and true statement. Again, I have no idea why he wasn’t on with them. Wish he was. Not my call. But your statement is 100% accurate.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 8, 2018Murray went on to win the Heisman Trophy, while Tagovailoa finished in second and Haskins finished third.last_img read more

Major CFB Coach Announces He Won’t Interview For NFL Jobs

first_imgNorthwestern Wildcats' football stadium.EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers on September 29, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Indiana 44-29. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)There are currently eight head coaching openings in the NFL. Naturally, teams are turning to the college ranks to evaluate potential candidates.One coach who has drawn interest recently is Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald just finished his 13th season in Evanston and took the Wildcats to the Big Ten title game.The Green Bay Packers were linked to Fitzgerald, but he apparently isn’t interested in them or any other pro team.According to the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein, Fitzgerald’s agent Bryan Harlan said his client will bot be a candidate or field interviews with NFL teams.Pat Fitzgerald’s agent Bryan Harlan just told me: Multiple NFL teams have inquired. Fitz will not be a candidate or interview.— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) January 3, 2019Fitzgerald is 96-70 in his 13 seasons coaching at his alma mater. He has taken the Wildcats to nine bowl games as well, winning four.Northwestern has won three-straight bowls, including rallying from a 20-3 deficit against Utah to win this year’s Holiday Bowl.This year’s Big Ten West title was the first in program history.last_img read more

How A 4-Star Georgia Commit Will Try To Land An Elite 5-Star RB This Weekend

first_imgA general view of Georgia's football stadium.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The rich could get richer in Georgia, as the SEC powerhouse has a really important recruiting weekend coming up for its football program.Georgia currently has the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports. Kirby Smart has commitments from 13 recruits, which includes a pair of five-star players.Even though he isn’t considered the top-rated recruit for the Bulldogs, four-star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge has instantly become a fan favorite in Athens.Ratledge already gave his commitment to Georgia, and now, he is trying to recruit other players to join him. It turns out that he’ll be in Athens this weekend to help the cause. The Bulldogs have an official visit on their schedule with five-star tailback Kendall Milton. He is considering a handful of top programs, but Georgia will have a chance to sway his opinion in its direction.Clearly, Ratledge isn’t afraid to join the recruiting effort to bring Milton to Athens.The four-star recruit tagged Milton in a post, saying “Something special happening in Athens right now! I know y’all seeing this.”Something special happening in Athens right now! I know y’all seeing this… @therealkmilt @Runzekerun01— Tate Ratledge 🐺 (@tateratledge22) June 11, 2019In addition to helping the Bulldogs’ pitch to Milton, Ratledge will meet with fellow commit Joshua Braun. The two offensive linemen should be a force for years to come.There’s no denying that Georgia has already put together a special recruiting class for 2020. However, landing a commitment from Milton would elevate its status even higher.We’ll keep you updated on Milton’s recruitment process.last_img read more

Scott Frost Responds To Being Picked To Win Big Ten West

first_img At his press conference, Scott Frost was asked about the heightened expectations for his Nebraska program.People have drawn the natural comparison to his two years at UCF, where he brought a zero-win team to six wins in year one, and an undefeated campaign in year two.Frost tempered those comparisons, but does think his team has taken a step forward entering year two in Lincoln.From Hail Varsity:>> Remember that “get Nebraska now” line from last year’s Media Days? “I don’t remember saying that directly to the coaches,” Frost joked.However, he also said Year 2 typically is easier than Year 1 and that he has “a strong sense that we’re way ahead of where we were a year ago.”>> How about being picked to win the Big Ten West?“We’re better. We’re better than we were a year ago,” Frost said. “The rest of it, we’re going to have to earn.”He’s not willing to go out on a limb with a prediction for his season, though.Frost makes no record predictions. “I know we’re better.” Shrugs a little. Adds “picks are picks, guesses are guesses.”— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 18, 2019Nebraska opens the season against South Alabama on August 31.[Hail Varsity] Scott Frost celebrating after a Nebraska Cornhuskers game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates the win against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Year one of the Scott Frost era at Nebraska didn’t exactly go according to plan. The Huskers got off to a very slow start, and wound up finishing just 4-8, after a strong second half.It is those final six games in which the Huskers went 4-2, and challenged Ohio State and Iowa, that most are focusing on moving forward. Add in a burgeoning star quarterback in Adrian Martinez, and there is a lot to like.The Big Ten West isn’t a walk-over division by any means. What it lacks in top-end powers, it makes up for in solid depth. Wisconsin is always involved at the top of the division, Iowa enters with high expectations, Northwestern is coming off a surprise division title, Purdue just had a breakout year, and Minnesota has improved.Still, the Huskers are a favorite to win the West. Nebraska tied with Iowa in the Big Ten Media Days poll, with 14 votes each, ahead of Wisconsin, which runs into a brutal conference schedule.last_img read more

Akane Yamaguchi has good chance to win All England Championship: Morten Frost

first_img Press Trust of India GuwahatiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 15:30 IST Morten Frost feels Saina and Sindhu will not win but Akane Yamaguchi will win the All England Championship (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are looking to break a 18-year-old jinx at the All England ChampionshipIndia’s last All England champion was Pullela Gopichand, who won it in 2001Legendary Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to achieve the rare feat in 1980PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will be once again gunning for their elusive All England title but legendary Dane Morten Frost wants to bet on Japanese Akane Yamaguchi walking away with the coveted silverware at the blue riband event, next month.India will look to break a 18-year-old jinx, when Saina and Sindhu take court at next month’s Championship. Frost believes that although there won’t be any clear favourites but he is read to stick his neck out for the young Japanese woman.India’s last All England champion was current chief national coach Pullela Gopichand in 2001 while the legendary Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to achieve the rare feat in 1980.”It is total unpredictable in women’s singles, anything can happen. In all honesty, you have to accept that Tai Tzu Ying has not really performed when it matters. I’m a great fan of her game you get tears in your eyes when she plays such a beautiful game. But she hasn’t won any big title,” Frost told reporters.Frost, an All England ‘legend’ having played eight finals and won four of them, observed as to why he doesn’t consider Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu as a contender while zeroing in on Yamaguchi.”… and then you have a player like (Akane) Yamaguchi she can beat them all on a good day. She can run them to the ground. When you look at the All England, it’s a slow hall, you have to work really hard. It’s definitely in favour of a player of the style of Yamaguchi,” said the 60-year-old Dane.advertisement”You would never say she would be the favourite to win, especially if you see her performance in last 4-5 tournaments. But to me, if she is well-prepared, she is definitely one of the favourites,” he added. Talking about men’s singles, Frost named Kento Momota and Chen Long as two players who are expected to reach last four stage.”There are some players more favourite than others. Kento Momota is up there, he is playing very consistently, I will be surprised if he is not there in the semi-final.”I think Chen Long will also be in semi-final. Whether (Viktor) Axelsen can raise his game is a question mark. At the moment, he is not playing so well. Shi Yuqi is very much up and down. Also Ginjing can create an upset, so that’s how I see it.”Frost feels India should be proud of producing players such as Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth”The big breakthrough in Indian men’s singles was through Kashyap. He was the first one to make himself notice. Saina came as well in women’s singles and became good role model and that had a great influence on what happened in last 10 years,” he said.With four titles in 2017, Srikanth emerged as the brightest face in India’s men’s singles and Frost said it is a phenomenal.”If you look at the playing abilities of players from different countries, it is phenomenal. When it comes to men’s singles — Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Peter Gade, Taufik Hidayat and so on – they have been dominating for long time. So the mere fact that you have one payer who is winning big international title, you should be thankful.”I think Sameer (Verma) is coming nicely, he is 11 or 12 in the world, which is pretty awesome.”Frost was in Guwahati to spot talent at the Senior Nationals as part of a 90-day coaching assignment with Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and Olympic Gold Quest, singled out Assam’s Ashmita Chaliha as one for the future.”I must say I was very impressed with Ashmita,” Frost said of the 19-year-old, who gave Sindhu a good fight before losing 10-21, 20-22 in the semifinals.”I think she’s got enough potential to make sure you push her to go and play international badminton. I am not talking about big tournaments, but lower-level international tournaments to get her some exposure, to give her opportunity to grow and gain experience.”She’s got a lot of beautiful shots, she plays a very nifty game. She has got beautiful technique.”Frost, however, said player “burn out” is a major issue in most countries.”Every single country has the same issue. How to translate the juniors into seniors. We all have a million world champions when they are 12. But when they are 18-19, suddenly there is maybe only one left,” he rued.”A lot of players are burning out. It is always about maintaining the hunger to win titles. For many, it could be advantageous to peak a bit later than so early. Of course, Lee Chong Wei is odd one out but a lot of players are stopping at 27-28 because they don’t find the motivation to carry on,” he said.advertisementIndia have struggled to do well at the All England championship but Frost has won the prestigious title four times in eight final appearances.”I was stubborn enough. I think it’s very important to be stubborn as a sportsperson. I learned that very early in my so-called career.”Also Read | Badminton Nationals: Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu to defend women’s singles titleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Akane YamaguchiFollow Morten FrostFollow All England ChampionshipFollow PV SindhuFollow Saina Nehwal Akane Yamaguchi has good chance to win All England Championship: Morten FrostDanish badminton legend Morten Frost feels PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are not favourites to win the women’s singles title at All England Championship and named Japanese Akane Yamaguchi sa the with the best chanceadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Ranveer Singh on training with Kapil Dev for 83: I will follow him wherever he goes

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 13:05 IST Ranveer Singh will play Kapil Dev in the biographical sports drama ’83, which is being directed by Kabir Khan.Ranveer Singh is the man of the hour, and his latest release Gully Boy has just proved this. Far from taking it slow, the actor is prepping for his next film. ’83, which revolves around India’s grand victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup, and is being directed by Kabir Khan. Ranveer will play Kapil Dev in the biopic.While there were reports doing the rounds that Ranveer would train under Kapil Dev himself, the actor revealed that they haven’t started working together yet. He also said that he wishes to observe the cricketer carefully and master each and every move. “I’m hoping to become his shadow. I will follow him wherever he goes and try to pick as much as possible from him. I hope to get some tips on bowling and batting from the man himself. I have never done this before. This will be a first for me, a unique process of spending time with the person I play on screen.”Ranveer has started training with one of the original team members from the 1983 winning team in Mumbai. Balwinder Singh Sandhu has been helping him master his strokes. In a recent interview, he said that he realises he must work harder on his bowling action. “Ballu sir, as we call him, is an amazing coach. I train with him for four hours everyday in Mumbai. I focus on my bowling and do a lot of physio. I’m doing better in batting because from my childhood, I’ve had a natural ability for it. I’m a good fielder too. But I need to work particularly hard on my bowling.”advertisementRanveer began and ended 2018 with a high. His film Padmaavat crossed Rs 300 crore, and Simmba crossed Rs 250 crore. Not just that, he married the love of his life, Deepika Padukone on November 14 and 15.ALSO SEE | Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have eyes for only each other at Mumbai receptionALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in ItalyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh on training with Kapil Dev for 83: I will follow him wherever he goesRanveer Singh will play Kapil Dev in the biographical sports drama ’83, which is being directed by Kabir Khan. The film is expected to release in April 2020.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_img Next India Today Web Desk July 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 09:44 IST Virat Kohli got out against the run of play at a crucial time in India’s run chase against England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia fell short of a 338-run chase vs England by 31 runs after Dhoni, Jadhav failed to accelerateShoaib Akhtar was among several experts who felt India could have played much better on SundayIndia’s defeat to England has also created complexities for Pakistan in their race for CWC semisFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar joined several other former cricketers in questioning India’s bizarre batting performance against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. Chasing 338, India fell short by 31 runs for their first defeat of World Cup 2019.India lost KL Rahul for a duck and Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were so cautious thereafter that they managed to reach only 28 for 1 off 10 overs.However, both Kohli and Rohit upped the ante before Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya played entertaining cameos to give India some hope. But MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav baffled experts and fans alike with their go-slow approach as India slumped to defeat.India’s defeat has now also complicated matters for Pakistan who would not be cerain of a semi-finals berth even if they beat Bangladesh in their final group match.Shoaib Akhtar said India could have worked wonders but conceded they were not batting for Pakistan and it was their match.”India could have played better. An aggressive approach in first 10 overs and then with 5 wickets in hand, they could have done wonders. But it was their match, they were not batting for Pakistan,” Shoaib Akhtar tweeted.On air during their commentary stint, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and former England skipper Nasser Hussain slammed MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav who dealt mostly in singles when sixes and boundaries were the need of the hour.”I am completely baffled. What’s going on! This is not what India needed. They need runs. What are they doing? Some Indian fans are leaving now. Surely they must want to see Dhoni go for his shots, even if he slogs it off in the air. It’s a World Cup game, top 2 sides, give it a go! Indian fans would want their side to do a little bit more. They want their side to go down with a fight. Risk it to win it,” Hussain said.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India loseAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to England Also Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Fans troll MS Dhoni after strange knock in BirminghamAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals scenarios: Why India’s defeat to England will make Pakistan nervousFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs EnglandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Shoaib Akhtar World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib AkhtarIndia vs England World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar said India could have worked wonders against England with wickets in hand at Edgbaston on Sunday. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were inexplicably slow towards the end of India’s 338-run chase and fell short by 31 runs.advertisementlast_img read more

England end 44-year wait with maiden World Cup triumph

first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: 2019 Cricket World CupPackagesWorld Cup 2019PhotoCricket World Cup 2019Buzztop-IndiaSportsCricket World Cup 2019WC NewsGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Martin Guptill’s run out on the final ball of the Super Over triggered massive celebrations at Lord’sThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Jos Buttler completed Martin Guptill’s run out which was the final nail in New Zealand’s coffin in the World Cup 2019 finalThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler’s 110-run partnership in the 241-run chase helped England force their way back in the matchThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Ben Stokes’s unbeaten 84 in the final and his 8 runs in the tied Super Over saw him clinch the man-of-the-match awardThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Henry Nicholls was new Zealand’s highest scorer in the match with 55 runs off 77 ballsThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Kane Williamson was adjudged Player of the Tournament for scoring 578 runs and leading his team into the finalThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: England vs New Zealand finalWorld Cup 2019Source type: photogalleryShort description: England ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs World Cup title by beating a gutsy New Zealand side on boundaries after a tied Super Over amidst heart-stopping drama on Sunday.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d2c6d476da811563192647_1569463_editCommentContent Publish date: Monday, July 15, 2019 – 17:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjE4MDEwNjciLCIxNzkyNjIzIiwiMTIwODUyMSIsIjEyMDY1NTAiXSwiY2F0ZWdvcnkiOlsiMTIwODYxNSIsIjE4MDY2NjMiLCIxODA4MTI2IiwiMTgwNjY2MSJdLCJzdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOlsiMTgwNjYwOCJdLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NTAifQ==770×433: Short Headline: England end 44-year wait with maiden World Cup triumphApp headline: England end 44-year wait with maiden World Cup triumph1200x675:last_img read more