Report: Serbia 0 Chile 1

first_imgSerbia 0 Chile 1: World Cup qualifiers beaten in Graz Rob Lancaster 03:57 6/5/18 Aleksandar Kolarov_cropped Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Guillermo Maripan scored a late winner as a Chile side missing their star names recorded a 1-0 win over Serbia. Serbia’s World Cup preparations suffered a blow on Monday as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat against an understrength Chile side.Mladen Krstajic’s team failed to fire in their penultimate outing before the tournament in Russia and were beaten by Guillermo Maripan’s 88th-minute goal in Graz.The defender headed home Martin Rodriguez’s cross from the left wing to spare the blushes of team-mate Angelo Henriquez, who had somehow failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy earlier in the second half. 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 In a first half too often interrupted by the referee’s whistle, Nemanja Radonjic tested Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias from distance while Aleksandar Kolarov – a constant outlet with his raids down the left flank –flashed a low shot across the face of goal from a tight angle.Krstajic sent on Nemanja Matic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for the second half, though the introduction of the two influential midfielders failed to inspire Serbia.Instead it was Chile who presented the greater attacking threat after the break, with Diego Valdes seeing a sweetly struck left-footed volley spectacularly tipped over by goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.Stojkovic was grateful for Henriquez’s failure to convert Junior Fernandes’ cross from close range but Maripan popped up with a deserved winner for the South American nation in the closing stages.last_img read more

EXCITING FINISH FOR SA FINALS

first_imgThe Arkaba Winter State League Champions were decided last Friday night, with all finals being won by the barest of margins. The Junior Mixed and Mixed Open kicked of proceedings at 6.30pm with both matches proving to be tight affairs. In the Junior Mixed, the Scorpions scored the first two touchdowns of the match to go ahead 2-0. However the Stingrays pulled one back close to half time to take the scores to 2-1. The second half proved to be a tight affair with the Scorpions pulling out again to a two touchdown lead, 3-1. However the Stingrays were not to be done with, scoring two touchdowns to level at 3-all. The Scorpions were not going to lose this one though, scoring again to take a 4-3 lead and then held on to take out the inaugural Junior Mixed State League Championship! In the Mixed Open, the Northern Vipers upset their more fancied opponents, the Eastern Stingrays to record a 4-3 victory in the wet. he Stingrays got of to a good start thanks to a good run from half from State League Mixed Open MVP Mark Burdett going up 1-0. However the Stingrays hit back the very next set of six with a good half-run from Player of the Final Stuart Gregory who found Jason Hycyryk alone on a wing and it was 1-all. The Stingrays then scored again to go ahead 2-1 before the Vipers scored the next two touchdowns to go up 3-2 at halftime. The second half proved to be a low scoring affair with the Vipers scoring to go out to 4-2 before the Stingrays finally got their third touchdown to be down by just one with ample time remaining. However, despite a plethera of penalties and chances on the line, the Stingrays could just not convert, having three touchdowns disallowed, two for going over the dead ball line and one dropped chance over the line! The Vipers ground out a surprise win, in adverse conditions to claim their first Mixed Open Championship! The Mens Open proved to be a game of two halves with a twist at the end! The Northern Vipers started a high scoring match by scoring with their first set of six. The Stingrays hit back soon after to level at 1-all thorugh Ninh Duong. The Stingrays looked set to score another touchdown before Kevin Lloyd took an intercept and ran 70 metres to score a score. Controversy then raged as the Stingrays had a touchdown awarded, before being disallowed for having seven on the field! Penalty to the Vipers on the half-way mark! However the Stingrays soon got their long awaited second try with Christian O’Dwyer diving acroos the scoreline. This locked the scores at 2-all before the Vipers went on a mini-rampage just before half-time, scoring two quick touchdowns to take a 4-2 lead into the break. The second half proved to be just as exciting as the first, with the Stingrays scoring the first three touchdowns of the half to take a suprising 5-4 lead. Trent Kennedy bagging his first and the Stingrays fifth introduced the pre-try celebration as opposed to the post-try! The Vipers looked lost, however some Sheeky magic as he scooted through from half saw the Vipers level at 5-all. The Stingrays then scored to take a seemingly match wining lead late in the piece. However, what can only be described as a perfect advertisement for AusTouch, Luke Hogno, took step 1 with the ball in hand, then stepped everyone in the Stingrays side (ok, only the link and the winger – but it was still impressive) to score an improbable touchdown on the last touch! The Stingrays were attacking the line with only 40 seconds to play, and if they did not score it looked like the match was going to a drop-off, however a long ball ended up in the arms of Vipers player Kevin Lloyd, who ran the length of the field for the second time in the match to score the winning touchdown for the Vipers! In the Womens match the Central Scorpions went in as underdogs against their more experienced counterparts the Eastern Stingrays. However it was the Scorpions who opened the scoring with Tracey Firth cutting straight through the Stingrays defence from half to offload to Nicole Treleaven. The Stingrays did not wait long to hit back with Ath diving in to score the first of her three touchdowns for the night. The next set of six however, it was the Scorpions turn again, with Tracey Firth again simply waltzing across the line from half to offload for an easy touchdown, taking the Scorpions to a 2-1 lead. The Stingrays again hitback immediately to score their second touchdown, levelling the scores at 2-all. All this within the first five minutes! The game then steadied down for a while before the Stingrays scored two quick touchdowns to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. Just as it appeared the Stingrays had the ascendancy, the Scorpions came roaring back into action with some more Tracey Firth magic, she seemed to be everywhere, and at full time the scores were level at 6-all. It was the only drop-off for the night, and it was just as well the Womens game was scheduled last as it lasted an astonishing 11 minutes! Five-on-five did not produce a winner, nor did four-on-four, finally we were down to three-on-three, surely a winner would be produced inside a minute or so! However several mini-breaks were shut down by desperate defence as touchdown after touchdown was also disallowed, with the obstruction rule making a comeback and forward passses high on the referees agenda. Finally, after elevem minutes and thirty seconds of tense drop-off action, Stingray superstar Sharon Gray, scored the most important of her four touchdowns, leading the Stingrays to a 7-6 victory! Saturday night saw the State league presentations take place, with the championship tropphys awarded as well as MVP’s for each division! SUMMARY Junior Mixed Grand Final – Central Scorpions 4 d Eastern Stingrays 3 Player of the Final – Mark McKormack MVP for the Season Male – Will Sadler Female – Caroline Pillman Mixed Open Grand Final – Northern Vipers 4 d Eastern Stingrays 3 Player of the Final – Stuart Gregory MVP for the Season Male – Mark Burdett (Eastern Stingrays) Female – Tanya Gunn (Northern Vipers) Mens Open Grand Final – Northern Vipers 7 d Eastern Stingrays 6 Player of the Final – Michael Sheeky MVP of the Season – Michael Sheeky Womens Open Grand Final – Eastern Stingrays 7 d Central Scorpions 6 Player of the Final – Sharon Gray MVP of the Season – Sharon Gray Club Championship Eastern Sitngrays Congratulations to the Eastern Stingrays who showed their depth right across the board by making all four State League finals. This shows an enormous commitment to the State League program and is dividends to their professional approach and attitude! Thankyou to all the players, coaches and officials who made this Winter State League the biggest State League yet! Thankyou to our major sponsors, the Arkaba and E-Banc Trade and lastly but by no means least, thanks to all in the office for their tireless efforts in ensuring the season ran smoothly! Written by Jeremy Smith TouchSAlast_img read more

QLD State Cup

first_imgLast weekend Greg Duncan Fields, in Bundaberg, hosted the Queensland State Cup.28 teams contested eight divisions, with Redlands the most successful at the Cup, winning three divisions, and runners- up in another.The Results are as follows:Men’s OpenKawana – 8 def. Redlands – 6Women’s OpenTigers – 6 def. Crushers – 5Mixed OpenDodgers – 5 def. On The Gas – 3Senior MixedPalm Beach – 8 def. Coomera Comets – 3Men’s 30’sRedlands – 8 def. ADF – 3Men’s 40’sRedlands – 5 def. Bundaberg – 0 Men’s 45’s Coomera Comets – 7 def. Gladstone – 1Men’s 50’sRedlands – 8 def. Caboolture – 0 A special thanks to all referees involved in the finals:Men’s Open:Matt Lavery, Marcellus Phillips, Adam ThetfordWomen’s Open:Phil Nutley, Jesse Bolton, Louise MaloneyMixed Open:Russell Hendry, Carl Hartwig, Peter GregorySenior Mixed:Adrian James, Talia Bowden, Kennith ChanMen’s 30’s:Ken Wilson, Peter Cominos, Neil BrienMen’s 40’s:Don Byers, Kevin Rasmussen, Graham WaltersMen’s 45’s:John Lewis, Alex Wong, Marc JordanMen’s 50’s:Mark Jensen, Pat Williams, Amanda Singlelast_img read more

Australian World Cup Diary – Dean Wilbow

first_imgAustralian Men’s 35’s player, Dean Wilbow tells www.touchfootball.com.au about his team’s preparation for the 2015 World Cup, to be held in Coffs Harbour from Wednesday, 29 April until Sunday, 3 May. Well everyone assembled for our camp at Queens Park and it got off to a funny start, our assistant coach Budgie rocked into camp wearing two different shoes!Once everyone stopped laughing we got into some training, we played the Aussie Men’s 40s and we put in a good display, all our players gelling nicely together.We put in a good six hours of training and we all came away full of confidence.That night the team hit the casino to win money for our trip away, only myself, Stanto and Shannon came away with some cash.On Sunday we played the Aussie 30’s and they gave us a great run which finished our camp off.After our training runs, functions and camps we are all looking forward to representing our country with great pride. We would like to thank all our families for their great support in our preparation for the World Cup. There is only one thing left to do and that is to win the World Cup. Good luck to all the Aussie teams at the World Cup – let’s do this!Pumper (Dean Wilbow)Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksTWC Diary – Dean Wilbowlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: One major player sparked Mourinho’s Man Utd sack

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: One major player sparked Mourinho’s Man Utd sackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOne major player at Manchester United sparked the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week, it has been claimed.The Times says the player – well used by United throughout Mourinho’s tenure – lost patience after the Liverpool loss and phoned Woodward to tell him the Portuguese must go.This led to a chain reaction of events with late night phone calls to the Glazers in America sealing his fate.The Times do not name the player, only saying he is a key member of the side. They also claim some of United’s squad celebrated his departure.Former United forward and 1999 treble hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed caretaker boss a day later – and led the side to a free-flowing 5-1 victory over Cardiff. last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle striker Elias Sorensen a target for Blackpool, Gateshead

first_imgNewcastle striker Elias Sorensen a target for Blackpool, Gatesheadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Elias Sorensen is a target for Blackpool.The Evening Chronicle says Blackpool have enquired about the possibility of signing Sorensen on loan for the second half of the season.The 19-goal striker signed a new contract this week and has is now set for international duty with Denmark Under-21s but Newcastle have yet to sanction his exit in the January window.Sorensen picked up an ankle knock in the Checkatrade Trophy defeat at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening.Newcastle also had interest from Gateshead for Sorensen’s signature while Hartlepool United scout Tommy Miller senior has scouted the youngster extensively this term. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona coach Valverde: When will Messi return…?

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: When will Messi return…?by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde can’t put a date on Lionel Messi’s return.Messi injured himself during the Villarreal win on Tuesday night, having just come back from a separate injury, and Valverde is unclear when he will return.”I don’t know how long he will be out,” Valverde stated.”I hope he will be back soon. He does not have a serious injury.”We’ll have to wait to see how he comes out today [from the medical examinations] and to see how everything goes next week.” last_img

19 days agoLegal reps for Fekir hit back at Bernes Liverpool claims

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Legal reps for Fekir hit back at Bernes Liverpool claimsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLegal reps for Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir have hit back at his former agent Jean-Pierre Bernès.Bernes claimed last week that Fekir’s move from Lyon to Liverpool fell through due to the behaviour of family members.But lawyer Antoine Landon released a statement to L’Equipe, insisting: “Nabil Fekir is dismayed by Jean-Pierre Bernès’ untruthful comments in his interview, which seriously tarnish him and his family. “With regard to the aborted transfer to Liverpool, Nabil Fekir was warned only the night before that a signing meeting was to take place the next day. He did not have any information about the contracts. Only a notebook sheet written on a corner of the table had been sent to him. Because of this total lack of preparation, he wanted lawyers and a trusted third party to be present. “At no time did Nabil Fekir’s advise to renegotiate the financial terms with Liverpool, much less ask them to ‘stop everything’. The exchanges took place in a serene atmosphere between professionals. Nabil’s brother-in-law, present as a trusted third party, had no exchange with the club representatives. To pretend that he was there as a ‘player agent’ to take ‘a commission’ is false and defamatory. “Nabil Fekir did not wish to continue his relationship with Jean-Pierre Bernès at the end of the contract, in April 2019, which is his strictest right.” last_img read more

6 days agoSouthampton boss Hasenhüttl pleased with draw at Wolves

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhüttl pleased with draw at Wolvesby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl was pleased with their 1-1 draw at Wolves on Saturday afternoon.Danny Ings was the scorer of Saints’ goal, his fifth in four appearances, and the strike marked the first time he’s scored in four consecutive games in his career.”I think we showed a much better performance and that’s why we deserved a point today,” Hasenhuttl asserted. “It was a step forward.”When you see the whole game I think they also had a few chances, two goals that were ruled out by VAR.”A good organised performance from my team. We had chances also for a second goal, but finally we take this point. It’s an important one for us. We go on from here.”I’ve got no doubt, that after only one point from our home games, that we must do everything against Leicester next week.”We need to be committed against a good opponent. It will be a tough game, but we will prepare and look for a good game plan and then let’s see.” last_img read more

Stanford Star Christian McCaffrey Breaks Barry Sanders’ Total Yardage Record On Fewer Touches

first_imgStanford's Christian McCaffrey coming off the field after breaking Barry Sander's total yardage record.Twitter/@KyleLive5 It has been a record breaking day in college football already. Earlier, Alabama’s Derrick Henry broke Herschel Walker’s SEC record for single season rushing yards. Now, another back that will be at the Heisman ceremony in New York has topped a legendary NCAA record. Stanford’s do-it-all superstar Christian McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders’ season total yardage record, with 3,254 yards (and counting) on the season. Congratulations, Christian McCaffrey! STATS: https://t.co/gI4kfCUhjy pic.twitter.com/pOLLHAN4RB— NCAA Football (@NCAAFootball) December 6, 2015Many will point to Barry Sanders’ record as being untouchable because it came in just 11 games. However, as former Grantland college football writer Matt Hinton points out, McCaffrey broke the record with fewer touches than Sanders received.Barry Sanders in 1988: 3,249 yds on 394 touches Christian McCaffrey in 2015: 3,254 yds on 388 touches (so far)— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) December 6, 2015It should be noted that McCaffrey has nearly 1,000 yards on kick and punt returns, while Sanders only had 515 in 1988, according to Sports Reference. Either way, there’s no doubt that Sanders had an all-time great season, and McCaffrey’s 2015 stacks up pretty well.last_img read more

‘Everton have no big plans for January’

first_imgEverton’s director of football Marcel Brands has confirmed that the club are not going to make any big signings in the transfer window, saying that there are “no big plans for January”.The Toffees were very active last summer, splashing out almost £50 million on Richarlison, whilst they also brought in a trio of Barcelona players in Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes on either permanent or loan deals. In recent days, Everton have been linked with Porto’s Yacine Brahimi and Boca Juniors’ Wilmar Barrios, but Brands is planning for a quiet month, with his priority being to keep the club’s best players in January rather than bring new ones in. 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? “We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” said Brands at the club’s annual general meeting on Tuesday night.”We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”Brands did acknowledge that Everton may be forced into action if any of their top stars leave and, if they are to make signings, they would have to be good ones.He added: “If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good.”Rumours of departures at Goodison Park have not been rampant, with Ademola Lookman reportedly the most likely to leave amid claims he is wanted by Southampton, whose manager Ralph Hasenhuttl worked with the winger at RB Leipzig last season.Former Southampton and Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin could also be out the door as his gametime at Everton has been reduced as of late.The decision to not pursue new signings during January comes as Everton still search for consistency under Marco Silva, who has won just one of his last eight Premier League games.Everton sit 11th in the table, but former Watford boss Silva still has the full backing of the board. “We put a big bet on Marco and we stick with him, he has our total support,” said majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.”Consistency has been an issue but we have had terrific performances and the challenge in the second half is to have more of those performances.”last_img read more

Video: Michigan Comes Out In Bizarre Formation To Confuse Wisconsin

first_imgmichigan formation strangeTwitter/@UMichFootballThis Michigan formation is unlike anything we’ve seen before.During a Michigan red zone drive against Wisconsin, Michigan came out in a bizarre (and obviously illegal) formation, in which all 11 players were lined up in a straight line. Michigan eventually reshuffled into a standard ‘I Formation,’ but not before all of Twitter blew up with Harbaugh’s latest weird creation.Jim Harbaugh takes the I formation VERY seriously pic.twitter.com/mOSo0cEPKn— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) October 1, 2016Not even Michigan football’s Twitter account knew what to make of it.¯_(ツ)_/¯#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/99icRnNhjD— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) October 1, 2016If anything, this may have caused some confusion for Wisconsin in identifying defensive assignments. More likely: Jim Harbaugh just likes to be delightfully weird all the time.That play turned out to be a five yard run by De’Veon Smith, which set up a one-yard touchdown run for Khalid Hill to put Michigan up 7-0 at The Big House early in the second quarter.To this point, Michigan vs. Wisconsin has been a classic Big Ten slugfest. Michigan has outgained Wisconsin so far, 109 yards to 74, and just got the ball back after forcing a three-and-out.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup will build excitement, but money will sustain it

first_imgWomen’s soccer is having something of a moment across the globe.In Europe, awareness of the women’s game is at an all-time high as fledgling leagues begin to establish themselves in areas of the world that are already passionate about the sport.In March, 60,739 fans watched a league match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. A week later, 39,027 showed up for a Juventus league game against Fiorentina. Earlier this month 43,264 watched Manchester City defeat West Ham in the Women’s FA Cup final. 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? Meanwhile, the National Women’s Soccer League continues to establish a foothold in the United States as it reaches its seventh season and looks to expand in 2020.This all leads up to the Women’s World Cup in France, which is set to kick off next week. France, one of the favorites to lift the World Cup and home to the world’s best club team in Lyon, appears to be another country ready to be overtaken by a wave of interest in the women’s game.“The viewers, the knowledge about French soccer, especially the women is incredibly different now,” said USWNT midfielder Lindsey Horan, who played at Paris Saint-Germain between 2012 and 2016.“The fact that it’s getting more and more popular is Europe is amazing, especially because it’s such a soccer culture in Europe.”That culture has been dominated by men’s soccer for decades though and as U.S. forward Alex Morgan found during her time at Lyon in 2017, it isn’t going to simply change overnight.”Playing there two years ago you saw that it was growing but there was still sort of that untapped potential as well, and I think that things were being held back a little bit culturally,” Morgan said.“I think that this tournament can change a lot of people’s minds.”Rapinoe PS investmentThere will undoubtedly be new fans drawn to the women’s game by the World Cup, and increasing cultural openness to women’s sports has brought us to what seems like a tipping point for women’s soccer worldwide. But there is only one thing that will ensure the sport continues to grow after a jubilant team lifts the World Cup trophy on July 7 in Lyon. Money.The World Cup has the power to create a flood of interest in the sport, but history has shown that kind of surge can’t be sustained on buzz alone.In 1999 the Women’s World Cup came to the United States and generated massive crowds and money, as the U.S. team became a nationwide phenomenon en route to winning the title.In the wake of that tournament, the Women’s United Soccer Association was formed the next year. Initially propped up by millions of dollars in investment, the WUSA went belly-up just three years later as investors grew skittish at the prospect of sinking more money into the league.At the same time Major League Soccer, the men’s league formed in 1996, lost massive amounts of money and would have gone out of business in the early 2000s were in not for a huge injection of capital by a few owners. Today, MLS is thriving and looking to expand beyond 30 teams in the near future.Quite simply, the women’s game needs more investors like those involved in MLS, and fewer like those involved with the WUSA. “You’re getting these incredible moments but the thing that’s going to sustain that is big investment,” U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe said.“I think it’s investment, big-time investment, not just from a financial perspective but from an intellectual perspective as well.“You have to build a solid business and oftentimes women’s sports has just bootstrapped so hardcore and the budgets are so tight that you can’t expect to have a business and increase your budget like a half a percent every year. That’s just not going to work.”Rapinoe spotlighted two teams, one at home and one abroad, who can be examples for other owners to follow.“I think that teams like the Utah Royals, teams like Lyon really put an investment in it and then the product on the field can grow with the product off the field.”Outside of those two teams, in the French top flight, the NWSL, and other leagues in countries where there will be a flood of interest after the World Cup, a rising tide will lift all boats.“In France having a competitive league will help,” Morgan said. “I think for now there are only two or three teams that can really compete at the top. Obviously Lyon is just incredibly dominant and just the best club team in the world, so it’s kind of getting the rest of those teams up to speed.“For all of us it’s just continuing to create a stable and growing league in our own countries. In the U.S. we’re seeing that as well. We want to make sure that it continues to grow at a pace that’s not too accelerated but is not stagnant.”The World Cup is going to be a huge event all over the world and will – once again – spark questions about whether the women’s game has truly arrived.To get a real answer to that question, one only needs to follow the money.“It’s exciting to have these huge crowds and the game growing as much as possible but I think the next step needs to be taken, otherwise you’re just going to get these exciting moments that don’t have any way to really be fully realized or sustained,” Rapinoe said.“I’m hopeful for the next part of it.”last_img read more

Ellis: Always things the USWNT can improve

first_imgUnited States head coach Jill Ellis was not getting carried away despite her side’s record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand at the Women’s World Cup. Alex Morgan scored five goals as the world champions notched the biggest win in the tournament proper’s history and sent a message to their rivals in the process on Tuesday. Thailand proved exceptionally poor, though, and Ellis acknowledged USWNT still has work to do the side is to retain the title in France.  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? “We’re going to sit and look at some film. There’s always things you can refine and polish,” Ellis said. “I’m not sure exactly what our next opponent [Chile] will do but teams sit low and it invites us on top of them a lot. “It [this win] is how you want to start a tournament. You want to have that [winning] feeling. “It’s having players feeling good about the game. It is about building momentum, getting that first game under your belt – that feeling – that’s going to be the biggest takeaway for us.” Ellis said she would have no problems keeping her players grounded, either, “because they are on a mission”. “This is one step in that. They understand that the mission matters most,” she said.  5 goals 2 assists @budweiserusa WOTM @alexmorgan13 pic.twitter.com/XerLPW79tl — U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 11, 2019 Ellis understandably reserved special praise for five-goal hero Morgan and said it was “respectful” for her team to keep attacking until the final whistle, something the USA certainly did, scoring six times from the 74th minute. “Alex tonight – I thought she was tight and tidy in the box. I thought she pulled the trigger well and again, [produced] some world class finishes,” she added. “That feeling – it’s a self-belief, it’s a confidence, it’s an energy – call it what you want but goalscorers have to feel that. When you have a deluge of goals like that, it’s a good feeling. “Every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against them. It’s a tournament where goal differential is a criteria.” USA face Chile on Sunday ahead of a much-anticipated Group F fixture against Sweden.last_img read more

Reports Reveal What Kyler Murray Might’ve Done To Earn Oklahoma Punishment

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray may be facing a bit of discipline as his team heads into its contest against Big 12 rival Baylor on Saturday afternoon. There are rumors swirling that he could miss some time on the field.How much time could he miss? That seems to be undetermined. ESPN College GameDay analyst Rece Davis said the network is “following” reports that Murray may not start the contest for the Sooners. It doesn’t seem like he’s going to miss a ton of time – but not starting would probably send a message.According to a number of reports, Murray might not start against Baylor because he may have been late to either a practice or a team meeting. Here’s what Davis had to say:“We are following reports that Kyler Murray might not start as punishment for being late.”OUInsider’s Brandon Drumm is reporting that the situation is “no big deal” – but he didn’t rule out the possibility of Murray missing a little time on the field.“It’s basically (Lincoln) Riley and the OU staff making sure Murray understands that he abides by the same rules as the rest of the team, despite being a millionaire,” Drumm wrote late Friday. “It’s not something that has been a repeated issue, so OU was merely nipping it in the bud before it potentially got out of hand. Punishment looks like it will be handled and OU will still have Murray tomorrow. End of story.”Oklahoma fans probably don’t need to worry much here. The Sooners and Bears will meet at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday.last_img read more

Looking Ahead At Nebraska’s Schedule For Next Season

first_imgScott Frost roams the sideline for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches late game action against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season could not have started out worse for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. With Scott Frost back on the Nebraska sidelines, it looked like the Huskers were headed in the right direction.Then the team lost its first six games and some (unreasonably) started questioning if Frost was the right hire. Over the past four games, the Huskers are 3-1 and nearly knocked off Ohio State.At 3-7 on the year, it hasn’t been the season many Nebraska fans wanted, but the future is bright. With the 2018 season nearly over, let’s take a look at the Huskers’ schedule for next year.8/31: South Alabama at Nebraska9/7: Nebraska at Colorado9/14: NIU at Nebraska9/21: Nebraska at Illinois9/28: Ohio State at Nebraska10/5: Northwestern at Nebraska10/12: Nebraska at Minnesota10/19: BYE10/26: Indiana at Nebraska11/2: Nebraska at Purdue11/9: BYE11/16: Wisconsin at Nebraska11/23: Nebraska at Maryland11/29: Iowa at NebraskaThe schedule is favorable for Nebraska as the Huskers have their most-difficult opponents at home next year. Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa all have to travel to Lincoln in 2019.The future is bright for Nebraska fans.last_img read more

Hawaiian QB Recruit Names Final 3 Schools

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs have been enjoying several prosperous years with quarterback Jake Fromm at the helm, but are going to need to find his successor eventually. Former five-star quarterback Justin Fields is the favorite, but another candidate for that difficult job is Dillon Gabriel from Mililani, Hawaii.Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the interest appears to be mutual.On Friday, Gabriel, a 2019 recruit, went on Instagram and announced his top three college choices. He appears to be down to Georgia, UCF, and USC.Gabriel also announced that he is making an official visit to Georgia on Saturday.247Sports has Gabriel rated as a two-star, pro-style quarterback. Georgia currently has four-star John Rhys Plumlee as their only other Class of 2019 QB.One nugget of news that should prove a boon for the Bulldogs is the fact that they are the only one of the three teams that have made an offer to Gabriel, according to 247Sports. He was previously committed to Army.Should he secure a spot at Georgia though, Gabriel will have huge shoes to fill.In two years at Georgia, Fromm has throw for over 5,000 yards, 51 TDs and only 12 INTs. He also has a 65.2-percent completion accuracy, and completed over 68-percent of his passes this past year.last_img read more

Grad Transfer QB Alex Delton Reveals New Destination

first_imgGeneral view of Wagner Field.30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportKansas State graduate transfer Alex Delton announced his plans to transfer to UTEP following the 2018 college football season. However, it didn’t take long for Delton to reveal he’s changed his mind and it now headed to a new school.Delton took to Twitter on Tuesday night and revealed he’s no longer headed to UTEP, but another Big 12 program. So, where is he going now?He’s taking his talents to TCU.“Man I am so blessed for what I’ve learned through this game & how it has shaped me. I’m proud of what I’ve done but I am not done yet… Change of plans. I will be finishing my final year at TCU. Excited to get started!!!” Delton said on Twitter.Man I am so blessed for what I’ve learned through this game & how it has shaped me. I’m proud of what I’ve done but I am not done yet… Change of plans. I will be finishing my final year at TCU. Excited to get started!!! ???@TCUFootball pic.twitter.com/is55VZtZdY— Alex Delton (@adelton005) January 16, 2019Delton could replace Shawn Robinson, who led the Horned Frogs in passing this season before announcing his transfer from the program.The former Kansas State quarterback completed over 55-percent of his attempts for four touchdowns and four interceptions with the Wildcats.last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri overtakes Messi as India thrash Thailand 4-1 to create history

first_imgAFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri overtakes Messi as India thrash Thailand 4-1 to create historySunil Chhetri, Anirudh Thapa, and Jeje Lalpekhlua got the goals as India crushed Thailand 4-1 to register their biggest win in the history of AFC Asian Cup and the first in the continental tournament since 1964. advertisement India Today Web Desk Abu DhabiJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 00:02 IST Sunil Chhetri scored a double as he helped India begin the AFC Asian Cup 2019 campaign on a high in Abu Dhabi (AFC Photo)Sunil Chhetri starred for India in their AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group A opener at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday as his double helped the team hammer Thailand 4-1.Chhetri’s goals in either half also helped him go past Argentina great Lionel Messi and become the second highest active international goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. The India striker now has 67 goals while Messi has 65.The Blue Tigers also registered their biggest win in the tournament and also their first in the Asian Cup since 1964.Sunil Chhetri broke the deadlock with a penalty in the 27th minute before Teerasil Dangda gave Thailand hope with an equaliser. The joy did not last long as Chhetri struck again soon after the break with an excellent first-time strike to restore India’s lead. Biggest ever Asian Cup win for the Indians!What an achievement to KO the Blue Tigers’ #AsianCup2019 campaign! pic.twitter.com/fsXo4QB586 #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019It feels good to win this match. It’s a tough pool and all the teams are more epxerienced. The way the boys fought, showed character. We fought hard and will keep fighting till the end: @chetrisunil11 #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #BlueTigers #IndianFootball #THAIND: AFC Media pic.twitter.com/iwMPyDLN1qIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 6, 2019Anirudh Thapa extended the lead in the 68th minute and Jeje Lalpekhlua scored after coming off the bench to be part of a historic win for India.Thailand had the upper hand in the opening stages of the match but the Indian defence and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu were alert to their opponents’ clever movements off the ball in the attacking third.advertisementFixtures, full schedule, date, time and venuesFull-back Tristan Do’s set-piece skills threatened to break the Indian resistance in the 21st minute. Gurpreet, though, managed to deflect the ensuing shot and Anas Edathodika was at hand to clear the danger.A quick throw-in by Chhetri from the left flank in the 26th minute caught the Thailand defenders unaware and Ashique Kuruniyan surged into the box with his eye firmly on the goal. Theerathon Bunmathan, in a desperate attempt to halt the FC Pune City winger’s run, handled the ball inside the box and conceded a penalty. Sunil Chhetri stepped up and converted to score his third AFC Asian Cup goal.Thailand head coach Milovan Rajevac sought a response from this team and the War Elephants hit back in the 33rd minute. Bunmathan made amends for his mistake at the other end with a peach of a free-kick delivery into the box from the right flank. Teerasil Dangda leaped high in the centre of the box and placed his header past Gurpreet.India turn on the heat in the second halfThe Blue Tigers, though, blazed into a 2-1 lead within seconds after the change of ends. Anirudh Thapa nicked the ball off Chanathip Songkrasin on Thailand’s left flank and played the ball forward. Chhetri initiated a well-crafted move, releasing Udanta Singh into space down the right flank. The Bengaluru winger crossed low into the box for Ashique who flicked it on for Chhetri who finished the move with a stunning first-time effort into the top left corner of the net.India pushed forward and showed plenty of desire to add to their goal tally. They doubled their lead in the 68th minute with a quick break after Teerasil Dangda lost the ball in midfield. Chhetri split the Thai centre-backs with an excellent through-ball to release Udanta into the box. The winger laid the ball off for Anirudh who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 3-1.India crushed Thailand’s hopes of a late comeback with a fourth goal in the 80th minute. Chalermpong Kerdkae headed clear Udanta’s cross straight into the feet of Halicharan Narzary who picked out substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua at the edge of the box with a quick pass. The Chennaiyin striker slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to script a historic win for the Blue Tigers in Asia.Also Read | I-League: Real Kashmir beat Mohun Bagan to keep title hopes aliveAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs ThailandFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow India national football teamFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Lionel MesiFollow Anirudh ThapaFollow Udanta Singhlast_img read more