In the fourth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Sarah Spacie, speaks about what it means to her to play at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influences on her Touch Football career. Name: Sarah SpacieNickname: SezAge: 24Affiliate: Brisbane CityOccupation: Primary PE TeacherPosition: Wing/ LinkDebut for Australia: 2009 Trans Tasman in WollongongCareer highlights so far: Winning NTL 2007, Winning Trans Tasman 2009/2010 How you got involved in Touch Football: My primary school PE Teacher – Sherene Moy Favourite player: Louise WinchesterWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Representing your country is a massive honour. Standing with your team mates singing the National Anthem is an amazing feeling, one that brings me to tears every time and one that will never get old. There really isn’t anything better than representing your country with your mates.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Besides numerous coaches, Wayne Grant, Swain Rovelli and Bernie Morrison, my biggest influence would have to be my parents. Without the love and support of my parents I would never have reached this level. Favourite sporting moment: Steven Bradbury winning gold at the Winter Olympics 2002, Cathy Freeman winning gold at 2000 Olympics.What do you know about Scotland: Very little – it rains nearly every second day.Any superstitions: When wearing Australian socks, Australia has to be on the outside and TFA on the insideFunniest Australian teammate: Tash (Mixed Assistant coach – Tony El Takchi)Favourite quote: Be the change you want to see in the world – GandhiAny travel plans for after World Cup: Dublin, Athens and Greek Islands, Rome, Florence and Venice.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 50 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
Everton boss Marco Silva lands new unwanted record after Spurs thrashingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has established a new unwanted record after defeat to Tottenham.Silva saw his side thumped by Tottenham at Goodison Park on Sunday, losing 6-2.And in the process he became the first Premier League manager to concede six goals at home for three different clubs.With Hull City he suffered a 7-1 home defeat again to Spurs.And when in charge of Watford he was beaten 6-0 at Vicarage Road by Manchester City. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer fears Liverpool could be last gameby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears a heavy defeat in their next game at home to Liverpool could see him lose his job.Solskjaer has described it as the “perfect game” for United after the international break following the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years.However, it is understood the 46-year-old is concerned that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will come under huge pressure to sack him if United lose heavily to table-topping Liverpool at Old Trafford a week on Sunday, says the Daily Mail.Liverpool are on a run of 17 league wins in a row.United’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield last December sealed Jose Mourinho’s fate, and an embarrassing repeat could put Solskjaer’s future in doubt. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young will host its 14th Annual Benefit Gala, on Monday, May 2, 2016, to celebrate the courage and achievements of more than 70 million people who stutter, including 5% of all children.SAY Founder Taro Alexander said, “Our Annual Benefit Gala reminds us all that every voice matters. Not some. Not most. But every voice.”The event will recognize individuals who inspire young people who stutter, this year’s honorees are Joe Moglia (SAY: Hero Award) and Evan R. Bell (SAY: Budd Mayer Advocacy Award).“I am honored to be recognized by SAY and to help kids find acceptance and belief in themselves. To everyone that stutters, know that we want to hear your voice,” said Joe Moglia.Honoree Evan R. Bell noted, “I will never forget the first time I watched these brave kids get up on stage 14 years ago. They stole my heart with their courage and joy on their faces, and made me remember my own struggle to find my voice as a child. I have been watching them literally grow up on stage, seeing their emerging confidence and strong camaraderie that has been monumental in their lives.”The evening will be hosted by Oscar and Tony winner Helen Mirren and Tony Award winner and former SAY honoree Kelli O’Hara, and will be directed by Taro Alexander with musical direction by Everett Bradley.Helen Mirren said “I’m thrilled to host this exciting gala with my friend Kelli O’Hara, and am honored to take the stage with the inspiring children of SAY.”Kelli O’Hara added “I have been inspired for 13 years by the work SAY has been doing. As a parent and a person who has benefited from using my voice to express myself all my life, I want to do everything I can to support an organization for kids that honors their self-expression and helps them find their voices.”The evening will be hosted at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU. The 6:30PM performance, featuring the young members of SAY along with celebrity friends will be followed by a dinner and live auction. Lauren Ambrose, Prince Amukamara, Lazaro Arbos, Brandon Victor Dixon, Rachel Dratch, Victor Garber, James Naughton, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Fisher Stevens are also scheduled to attend, with more celebrities to be announced.Gala Co-Chairs include: Evan & Barbara Bell, Bettina & Michael Klein, Fred Nelson, Fred & Maria Ragucci, and TD Ameritrade, and Gala Vice-Chairs include Nancy & Bob Downey, and Camilla & Matt Slauson. To learn more about purchasing Gala tickets & tables, visit: www.SAY.org/Gala.
1990San Francisco142Lost conference champ. 2006Indianapolis124Won Super Bowl Halfway to undefeated hasn’t always been a blessingThe final record and playoff results of teams that have gone 8-0 to start a season in the 16-game era, 1978-2018 1991Washington142Won Super Bowl 2009Indianapolis142Lost Super Bowl 2015Carolina151Lost Super Bowl 2013Kansas City115Lost wild card 1998Denver142Won Super Bowl 2012Atlanta133Lost conference champ. 2015Cincinnati124Lost wild card 2015New England124Lost conference champ. 2007New England160Lost Super Bowl 2008Tennessee133Lost divisional 1985Chicago151Won Super Bowl 2003Kansas City133Lost divisional 2005Indianapolis142Lost divisional YearTeamWLPlayoff Result 1984Miami142Lost Super Bowl 2011Green Bay151Lost divisional Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1990New York Giants133Won Super Bowl 2009New Orleans133Won Super Bowl The Los Angeles Rams’ quest for an unbeaten season barely survived Aaron Rodgers on Sunday in what was oddly tantamount to a road game for the hosts. Now Jared Goff and Co. head into an actual road game against another future Hall of Fame quarterback, Drew Brees.With a perfect season still a possibility halfway through this NFL campaign, it’s reasonable to wonder where the Rams rank among the best teams in football. The Rams’ record has escaped attention largely because no one is surprised when they win. They dominated the offseason by spending $237 million in guaranteed contracts, while only one other team, the Minnesota Vikings, even topped $200 million.1And they, unlike the Rams, bought a franchise quarterback. As a result, the Rams were the preseason favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. But heightened preseason expectations don’t always translate into wins, particularly for a non-Patriots team: Just ask the 2011 Eagles, whose self-proclaimed “Dream Team” went up in smoke, losing eight of their first 12 games.The Rams clearly are meeting even their most optimistic expectations. The offense is better than last year under the tutelage of head coach Sean McVay, who is taking the “genius” moniker to a whole new level. The Rams are leading the NFL in yards per pass play, and they’re also top five in yards per rush. They’re the only team in football that has had more than half of its offensive plays qualify as a success by either resulting in a first down or effectively setting up the next down, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.The Los Angeles defense has not quite lived up to its price tag, ranking 27th in yards allowed per rush and 15th in yards allowed per pass play. But the Rams’ D ranks 10th in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.2DVOA is a statistic that “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” And in the key stats of net yards per pass attempt3Offensive yards per pass attempt minus defensive yards per pass attempt. and net play success,4The percentage of snaps that result in a first down or effectively set up the next down versus that of your opponent. the Rams comfortably lead the NFL.But while the Rams are convincingly the best team in football, they’re not standing out among similar teams since the NFL expanded to 16 games in 1978. They have scored 109 more points than they’ve allowed, which ranks tied for 26th through eight games since 1978. And it’s oddly just one point better than last year’s Rams, who failed to win a playoff game.If we limit our search to just unbeaten teams since 1978, the Rams rank tied for 10th out of 20 teams in point differential. And just one of the nine teams behind them on that list ended up winning the Super Bowl: the 1990 Giants. It’s also reasonable to ask if the Rams are peaking too soon — at least based on recent returns. The last season with an 8-0 team was 2015, when there were three (the Patriots, Bengals and Panthers) — none of which won the Super Bowl. The same disappointment eventually befell the 2013 Chiefs, 2012 Falcons and 2011 Packers. The last team to actually win a Super Bowl after being undefeated at the halfway point was the 2009 Saints, who beat another former 8-0 team (that eventually went to 14-0), the Colts.Before 2009, early dominance in a season seemed to be more predictive. Five of the 11 8-0 teams since 1978 went on to win the Super Bowl, and two more advanced to the final game. The Rams would probably prefer the postseason to start today. But absent that, a win on Sunday would virtually lock up the coveted No. 1 seed in the conference less than a week into November. It’s sometimes said in the NFL that Super Bowls are won in December (even though that’s often untrue), but the Rams are a win away from setting themselves up for something almost unheard of in today’s hotly contested, parity-driven league: being able to take the entire month of December off.The downside to that is the tons of potential down time waiting for the postseason to start. In fact, the biggest decision that McVay may have to make down the stretch won’t involve play-calling or game management but when to rest his starters — which he did last year before the playoffs and also this year in the preseason.Then again, home-field advantage may not mean much to the Rams. There’s a very good chance that the vast majority of fans in attendance at Rams home games — even during the playoffs — will be rooting for the other team.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Following the stunning 6-1 win over Panama, Jesse Lingard said he doesn’t see a single reason why wouldn’t England be able to win the World Cup.The Three Lions secured their place in the last 16 phase of the tournament as they thrashed Panama. Lingard, who scored the most beautiful one of the goals, praised the team spirit and voiced his opinion that anything is possible right now.“It is an amazing feeling, even better that we won,” Lingard told Sportsmole. “We are top of the table and can go into the Belgium game with confidence.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It is great to be around the lads, there is a great team spirit at the moment.”“Of course, with the squad we have got and the confidence flowing I don’t see why not! But we will take it game by game,” Lingard said when specifically asked if he thinks England could go all the way to the top.
Goalkeeper David de Gea is feeling optimistic over Manchester United’s prospects of landing silverware this season ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.The Red Devils will host PSG for the first leg of their last-16 tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday night hoping to make it 11 wins out of 12 games under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Helping matters for United is the fact that PSG will have to make do without Brazilian forward Neymar for both legs as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.Key duo Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani are big doubts for Tuesday.But De Gea still believes the Ligue 1 champions are the clear favourites to progress from the tie.“This will be a very intense game,” De Gea told Telefoot.“They’re the favourites, but we’ll be very motivated.“We all want to play this game and win it. It will be very tight!”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The Spain international, who seems to have rediscovered his best form of late following a difficult start to the season, remains confident though that United will be able to challenge for silverware this term.Aside from being in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Solskjaer’s men have also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.Things in the Premier League are improving as well, with the Red Devils breaking into the top four on Saturday for the first time since their opening day 2-1 win against Leicester City.This came about following their 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, which saw the in-form Paul Pogba grab a brace and Anthony Martial scoring the other goal.“We have a team to win something,” said De Gea.“Paul Pogba is fundamental to us. Anthony Martial is unstoppable and we’re all working to go to the finals.”The United and PSG game on Tuesday will begin at 9:00 PM (CET) at Old Trafford.LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on February 9, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A rollover crash on Interstate 805 in City Heights Saturday sent one person to a hospital and blocked lanes for about an hour before debris could be cleared from the scene.It happened about 11:40 a.m. on northbound I-805, between state Route 15 and University Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.A Mitsubishi SUV flipped over but landed on its wheels, and debris from the crash blocked the left three lanes of the freeway.Two other cars appeared to have been involved in the crash but failed to remain at the scene, dispatchers were told. They were described as a gray Volkswagen and a brown Kia.One person was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital for trauma, a San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson said.All lanes were reopened by 12:30 p.m., according to the CHP. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter One injured in possible hit-and-run rollover crash Posted: July 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, July 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom