SUMMER OF TOUCH SET TO SIZZLE

first_imgForget the intense training sessions and hard out game faces; Get the sweat bands, Fluorescent zinc, the 30 plus sunscreen, the ice vests, and the after game social drinks and BBQ ready to roll – summer Touch Football is back folks, and in a big way…Touch Football Australia is welcoming affiliates Australia wide to an action packed summer of fun around the touch fields of the nation.Summer Touch Football is booming around the Country with record numbers clambering to sign their teams up to experience the fun, friendship, and fitness aspects of the game that generates wide appeal, interest, and participation from a huge cross section of the community.Established competitions are going better than a Justine Henin-Harden backhand, with teams needing to be accommodated with additional timeslots, competition nights, and in some cases, venues, right across the Country.New competitions are popping up faster than high rises on delisted heritage sites as Australians embrace our game during a long hot summer.Whether it’s the warmer weather, the flexibility of various age categories and gender configurations, a recess in the Football codes and other winter ball sports, increased leisure time in a more relaxed holiday atmosphere, or just the fact that with the festive season beckoning the need to exercise to avoid an unwanted visit from a few extra kilograms is a necessity, our game has become the first choice sport for many during summer.TFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Colm Maguire is looking forward to the Sizzling Summer of Touch Football across the nation and believes there are many contributing factors to the sport’s popularity during this period.“I believe summer Touch Football is so successful because it’s a great activity for people to participate in with friends and or family without the burden of training etc. It is outdoors and has a real community feel where by everyone is involved often. The sport is one of the few that you can play with your partner or your kids as well as pick and choose what level you feel is appropriate and then get into it.  Our competitions across the Country are totally inclusive and offer a niche for everyone. It is enjoyable and fun, or it is deadly serious. We have some great affiliate action and showcase tournaments to look forward to in coming months and it’s a great time to be involved in the sport,” Mr. Maguire said. All forms of the game are thriving at this time from grass root level AusTouch programs, to social and park level competitions, and prestigious showcase tournaments in all States of Australia.AusTouch, Touch Football Australia’s entry-level program to the game for Juniors, has over 1300 participants enrolled in the program since August. Over 1000 of these enrollments have been for summer season installments of the popular introductory program.Borroloola in the Northern Territory has signed up an impressive 200 strong children, whilst Goldfields in Western Australia has 150 participants at the biggest of its 6 statewide centres.Summer is tournament season for many of our States with showcase events being played all around the nation.In Queensland, the Regional State Championships were held last month, and the First Contact Cultural Festival that annually attracts over 5000 people to the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) will be held on the weekend on the 23-25 November 2007.BMTA have 260 teams registered across competitions in Brisbane over summer, and there are new Brisbane City venues at Inala, Kedron, and Norman Park.In North Queensland the recent NQ Junior Championships attracted record numbers, whilst on the tournament front, South Queensland & Border Districts will host their Annual Sharks Cup this weekend 17-18 November 2007 at Labrador in 18s, Open, Seniors, and Masters Mixed divisions.Summer competitions are thriving in South West Queensland, Central Queensland, and on the Sunshine Coast as well.Victoria is working its way through a hectic summer of tournaments including the recently completed School Sport Australia Championships, The VT League featuring the cream of Victoria’s elite performers that will culminate in a Grand Final Spectacular on 1st December 2007, and the Annual Trans-Tasman clash featuring the best of Victoria’s Australian based Kiwis against Victoria’s best representative players will be fiercely contested on the 16th December 2007.The Western Australia (WA) Super League is in full swing, with various affiliates taking turns to host the weekly representative showcase event that will culminate with a Grand Final Day on the 20th January 2008.Other highlights include the Touch West “Be Active” Junior League that will run from both North and South venues in Metropolitan Perth from 2nd February 2008, and the WA State Championships on 29th January – 2nd February 2008.The Summer season in WA is hugely popular with 550 registered affiliates, compared to 220 registered affiliates in Winter.WA also welcome a new affiliate for Summer in Cottesloe and Districts Sunset Touch Association.The Australian Capital Territory Touch Association is also hosting a Super League Series over summer for ACTTA Constituent clubs, hot on the heels of its successful Canberra Cup, staged on 2-4 November 2007.The ACTTA’s domestic competition is going great guns with 273 teams, 14 more than last summer season, taking up their spots on the half way lines of fields in the nation’s capital.ACT Junior competition numbers have swollen significantly with 136 teams in ACT Touch competitions and 25 teams at the Queanbeyan affiliate. This represents an increase on numbers of approximately 34%. Tasmania are cranking up their main season with players in affiliates in the major centres of Launceston, Devonport, and Hobart dusting off the boots for a summer of fun on the touch fields.Last week’s Tasmanian Junior State Championships was a huge success with teams contesting for the crown in divisions of 12 Years – 16 Years to demonstrate the strong standing of Junior Touch in the summer months in the Apple Isle.Southern Touch has launched its summer Premier League on Friday nights for Division 1 Men’s and Women’s and Division 2 Men’s, whilst Devonport Touch will host the Inaugural Northern Challenge on 24th November 2007.The Northern Challenge will comprise regional teams from Devonport and Launceston, as well as invitational teams from the Southern Touch Association.  This will be the selection tournament for the Northern teams to compete in the new look State Cup hosted by Launceston Touch in February 2008.  The new format will see the North play the South to showcase Tasmania’s elite level players.In South Australia, Summer is shaping up in a huge way, with new affiliate Victor Harbour joining 13 other growing affiliates around the State. Registrations are up 15% across the board over summer with 300 teams playing across the various affiliates.The Inaugural Touch Football South Australia Junior Touch league will run for six weeks up to December 16th 2007, and the Portavin Wine Charity Fundraiser Tournament will bring together some of South Australia’s major sporting stars, the touch community, and the general public on 25 November, 2007 to participate in a highly anticipated day of Touch Football and social activities.In the Northern Territory, the Darwin Touch Competition will culminate with Grand Finals on the 14th December 2007.The Australia Day knockout, played over the Australia Day long weekend on Monday 28th January 2008, will be a further summer highlight, whilst the growth of the NT Junior Competition is a pleasing reflection of development work and the establishment of AusTouch centres around the Territory.For the founding fathers’ of the sport, the New South Wales Touch Association, summer represents a sharp intake in registration numbers across the 159 affiliate in Blue’s territory.Six new affiliates have been established across the State for the Summer season and there is a 2-3% growth in Adult competitions across the state and 5-10% growth in juniors. The various regional areas of NSW will contest a plethora of tournaments, with 9 major events on the calendar over summer.The hugely popular Yass Knockout from 25-27 January 2008, and the prestigious NSWTA Junior State Cup to be contested on the 16-17 February 2008, headline an impressive list of tournaments. The jewel in the crown however, is the Annual NSWTA State Cup from 7-9 December 2007.Over 4000 people are expected to converge on Port Macquarie for 3 days of intense competition and endless fun in one of Australia’s biggest and most-loved tournaments, now entering its 30th year in existence. It isn’t just on the grass that our game is carving up the numbers either, the advent of water restrictions in a number of States has meant that Beach Touch competitions have become a real alternative for Touch Footy enthusiasts who are keen to experience the sport in a very different, exciting, and high octane format.Beach Touch competitions and events are on the rise this summer at venues around the nation including Fremantle in Western Australia, and at various locations in Queensland. The SQBD region will also host a Secondary Schools Beach touch tournament on Monday 26th November 2007 at Greenmount Beach Coolangatta.TFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Colm Maguire has instigated a program for TFA staff to contact each affiliate in Australia this week to officially welcome them to the Summer season and discuss their individual needs coming into what promises to be a very busy time for all.“TFA have a number of exciting concepts slated for summer aimed at improving our service to members. The first is improved communication across the board. We appreciate the work our affiliates do and it is crucial that the lines of communication are open and clear so that we can all work together to generate tangible outcomes for our members,” Mr. Maguire said.TFA will shortly unveil a range of services and products that will further foreground Touch Football as a sport on the move.“We have a new look website, affiliate and referee reward programs, new merchandise, and an increased community focus among other initiatives. I think innovations like the trends of the game and sporting pulse TV will only enhance our ability to maintain and attract new members. We are lining things up with our Strategic Plan which provides a real blueprint for the future with measureable outcomes and I believe everyone is looking forward to where the sport is going in the next couple of years,” Mr. Maguire said.So from Longreach to Launceston, slap on the sunscreen, apply the mozzie repellent, kit up and settle in for TFA’s sizzling summer of Touch Football.last_img read more

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SEQTL Preliminary Finals

first_imgCountry Club United Southern Storm Alyce HulbertEmily EdwardsJessica ShawKirsten WhittayLana CurryLauren McdonaldLucy ClarkMarrikki WategoRenee MurphyRoxanne WinderRoxette MuraShani WellsSophie BurseTamara AppoTeena McilveenTheresa AndersonToni Eltherington Ben WieczorekDaniel FeldmanJarod TumpLucas FeldmanLuke ParkerMatthew GreentreeMichael BaartzSean HooperSebe ReyShannon SankeyTom EylesTom Quinlivan Uni Rebels For further information, please visit the Brisbane Metro Touch Association website – www.bmta.com.au Uni Rebels Blackest Catscenter_img In the Preliminary Final of the X-Blades Men’s Open, Country Club United will face off against Uni Rebels. Country Club United narrowly lost to Southern Storm 9 – 8 in the Major Semi-Final. While Uni Rebels defeated Dodgers 6 – 5 in the Minor Semi-Final.The winner will meet the Southern Storm in the Grand Final. In the Preliminary Final of the X-Blades Women’s Open, Blackest Cats will face off against Uni Rebels. Uni Rebels narrowly lost to Caboolture / Redcliffe Colts 5 – 4 in the Major Semi-Final. While Uni Rebels defeated Southern Storm 4 – 2 in the Minor Semi-Final.The winner will meet the Caboolture / Redcliffe Colts in the Grand Final. Team lists of finalists are below: Ash FarrowBen MccullenBen RobinsonBrent MaddersChris FarrowChris LothDrumayne Daybern-MuirGian GuerraGraeme ClancyJustin MitchellKeith MacdonaldRemus GentlesRyan PollockTerry Thompson Chris KavneyClint WithersCraig McheronDamien MoarDaniel WithersDean ThomasGavin ShukerGreg DohertyHamish JonesJames WallaceJason PowellJustin RobsonKris McmurdyKurt ByrantMichael DevonshireMitch KingOscar SanftPhilip GyemoreTim Baartz Caboolture / Redcliffe Colts Aimee GilbertAmy HopeAmy TurnerAnita KerriganCatherine TipeneCoral EastonEva WilliamsHayley McanellyHelena BlairKendall Te RangiKristal GouldKylie HahipeneLavina GouldRachel StephensonTai-Anne Te MuunaTara MakoToni TupuhiYvette Teika Aleisha KuhnCasey ClarkElinna BreinlEmily ReedGemma EtheridgeHayley RogersonKate BarkerLauren PotterMary McleanMary SteeleNikki EtheridgePeta RogersonRebecca ClarksonRebecca LapraitSavannah PrattenShannon Cahilllast_img read more

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Australian referees named for 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the Australian referees that will officiate in the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series in January 2015. Australia and New Zealand will battle it out at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla for the prestigious Youth Trans Tasman Trophy in the Under 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls’ divisions from Friday, 16 January to Sunday, 18 January 2015. Six Australian referees will officiate in the three day event, with three referees on debut at a Youth Trans Tasman level. TFA wishes to congratulate the following referees who have been named for the Series.  Anthony Smith Sam Hacon (YTT debut)Luke Heckendorf (YTT debut)Brett Freshwater Rebecca Ward (YTT debut)Nathan BudgeRelated Files2015_ytt_referee_announcement-pdfRelated LinksYTT refereeslast_img

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Our Watch: Touch Football Australia (TFA) to partner with the NRL to eliminate violence against women and children in Australian society

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) will be partnering with the National Rugby League (NRL) to eliminate violence against women and children in Australian society as part of the national Our Watch program. The NRL was one of four National Sporting Organisations to receive grants of $250,000 each under the Our Watch Sports Engagement program, funded through the Australian Government’s Sports Grant Bank. The program provides $1 million in grant funding to National Sporting Organisations to deliver programs and promotions towards the prevention of violence against women and children. TFA CEO, Colm Maguire said the organisation is looking forward to working in collaboration through its partnership with the NRL to deliver programs and educational activities as well as build capacity and expertise to prevent violence against women and their children. “The sport of Touch Football provides a unique environment where both genders can participate in sport on the same playing field at the same time,” he said. “This provides an environment that exposes and promotes equality as well as fair, inclusive and respectful behaviours and attitudes both on and off the playing field.“The work we propose to conduct through the grant funding with the NRL will assist our respective sporting codes to more effectively embed gender equality and respectful relationships into and across our networks and communities.”“The NRL could not be clearer on this matter…there is no place for domestic violence in our games or society,” NRL Head of Community, Adam Check said. “The partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will ensure that we can continue to raise awareness of the need to stop violence against women and support educational programs to drive behavioural change.”  TFA has appointed Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad as Touch Football’s Ambassador for the program. “Tony’s experience working across the sport across at all levels and genders and the respect and profile that he holds in the Touch Football community will be invaluable in delivering messages in this very important area,” Maguire said. More information on the work of Our Watch and the Sports Engagement Program can be found on www.ourwatch.org.au. Victims of domestic and family violence and / or sexual assault, as well as their family and friends can contact 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au.Related LinksOur Watchlast_img read more

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NRL Touch Football partners with JLT, for safer sport!

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce our sport’s new partnership with JLT, one of the world’s leading providers of insurance broking and associated services.Beyond insurance and risk advice, JLT is keen to help grow the game of NRL Touch Football.The new partnership aims to empower TFA through consistent, comprehensive insurance cover and leading risk expertise, protecting everyone from junior to elite touch players, making the sport even safer for all, on and off the field.An additional benefit of the partnership is that it gives the NRL Touch Football community access to competitive, comprehensive travel insurance policies from JLT’s travel insurance arm, Chubb Insurance.So if you’re travelling to New Zealand for the Trans Tasman, Malaysia for the Youth World Cup, or other destinations for leisure, you can get a plan to suit.“JLT are delighted to announce our partnership with NRL Touch Football Australia,” said Nick Harris, CEO, JLT Australia and NZ.“We look forward to working with its affiliates and members around the country to create a consistent, tailored risk solution nationally whilst giving back to the sporting community,” he added.Steve Mitchell, CEO, TFA, is also excited about working with JLT. “TFA is committed to providing the safest sporting environment possible for our participants, and JLT provides comprehensive insurance cover to assist with that.“Plus we know our participants love to travel, whether that’s for touch footy or leisure, so that’s another advantage for members.”Head to touchfootball.com.au/travel-insurance-for-members to find out more.last_img read more

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10 days ago​Man Utd receive positive news over Lindelof

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd receive positive news over Lindelofby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have received a boost regarding central defender Victor Lindelof.The Red Devils were concerned the Swedish centre-back would miss their key clash with Liverpool at the weekend.But it appears that Lindelof is set to start for Sweden in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Spain at home in midweek.”I haven’t heard anything other than Vigge [Lindelof] getting ready to play,” Sweden coach Janne Anderson told Aftonbladet.The news would mean that he is fit enough to play for his club as well.The Swedes face a key game against Spain tomorrow, which will go a long way towards determining their chances of qualifying for Euro 2020. last_img read more

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Choupo-Moting: Man Utd have changed

first_imgParis Saint-Germain striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting is expecting a different challenge from Manchester United following the departure of Jose Mourinho.Mourinho was still in charge at Old Trafford when the draw was made pitting PSG against United in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the tie to be played across February and March.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the Portuguese’s replacement on a caretaker basis and he has made a stunning impact with United winning all six matches under his stewardship. 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? And Solskjaer’s impact has not gone unnoticed in the French capital.Choupo-Moting told RMC: “Manchester United, they have changed. But it’s always like that when you change coaches.”There may be a new state of mind in the team, everyone wants to show their best. “But I do not care about other teams, we have to think about ourselves, we believe in ourselves. “We have the quality to beat anyone but it will be a tough match because Manchester United are a very good team with great quality players.”PSG are currently enjoying another standout campaign in France.They are yet to suffer a single defeat through 18 fixtures in the defence of their Ligue 1 title.Just four points have been dropped so far, with Thomas Tuchel’s side proving once again that they remain a dominant force in domestic football.They were not entirely convincing, though, in securing Champions League progress from Group C, and that will have offered hope to United as they ready themselves for a heavyweight European encounter.last_img read more

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Video: Joe Mixon Explodes For 32-Yard Touchdown vs. Houston

first_imgJoe Mixon celebrating a touchdown run.Twitter/@ESPNCFBJoe Mixon did not waste much time putting points on the board in Oklahoma’s game against Houston.The Oklahoma Sooners and Houston Cougars just kicked off the biggest game of the Week 1 noon slate, and the Sooners picked up right where they left off with their 2016 Big 12 Championship season.After a few nice runs by bruiser Samaje Perine, Oklahoma gave explosive speed back Joe Mixon his first touch of the season, and it paid off with a huge 32-yard touchdown run.The two are quite possibly the best running back duo in college football, and showed why on the first drive.Watch Mixon explode through the Cougs defense here:Great TD run from Joe Mixon! #OUvsHOU #BoomerSooner https://t.co/r0HPyMUicf— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 3, 2016The touchdown gave Oklahoma an early 7-0 lead, but Greg Ward and Houston responded with a scoring drive of their own, settling for a field goal after a 56-yard drive led by running back Duke Catalon, who carried the rock five times for 36 yards.OU’s scoring drive covered 79 yards, with Mixon the big gainer on the touchdown run. Perine rushed three times for 22 yards, while Baker Mayfield went 3-for-3 for 18 yards, and ran for seven of his own.Last season, as the No. 2 back behind Perine, Mixon ran 113 times for 753 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 358 yards and four scores.last_img read more

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Kovac defends Perisic deal: I was second choice too!

first_imgNiko Kovac is confident Ivan Perisic will make a positive impact after joining Bayern Munich on loan from Inter, despite him being the club’s “second choice”.Bayern made no secret of their desire to buy Leroy Sane from Manchester City, but the Germany winger – now sidelined for up to seven months with a knee injury – stayed with the Premier League champions.With Chelsea’s teenage England international Callum Hudson-Odoi set to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge, Bayern were forced to move down their list of transfer targets. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? They turned to Kovac’s fellow Croatian Perisic, the former Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg winger who found himself surplus to requirements at Inter following the appointment of Antonio Conte as the club’s new head coach.Perisic will spend the 2019-20 season on loan at the Allianz Arena, with the deal including a purchase option, but some fans have expressed anger at what they consider to be an unimaginative signing.Kovac, though, thinks his own first term at Bayern shows Perisic could be a shrewd addition.”I was also the second choice [for Bayern] and we won the double, so… It’s like this: we made this choice all together,” Kovac told a news conference on Wednesday. “We analysed and spoke about a lot of names. He [Perisic] was already on the list. I brought him up back then, because I know Ivan, I know what he’s capable of, I know what kind of skills he has, and we all know what he’s achieved in Germany.”Personally, I have a good connection to [Perisic’s former coach] Dieter Hecking, who told me many things from his time in Wolfsburg. And from the national team, I know his status in Croatia.”He’s one of the top three players in our national team and as you know, the best player in the world is Croatian [Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric]. So, Ivan is certainly a top player and I’m happy to have him.”Perisic faces the daunting task of succeeding Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, both of whom departed the Bundesliga champions at the end of last season after trophy-laden spells in Munich.”He’s very skilled, he’s good with both feet, he’s very aggressive, has a strong header and is a team player,” Kovac added of the versatile forward.”That’s why we reacted immediately, even though we had him on our list before. I’m glad he’s here and I’m sure he’ll give us exactly what we need on the wings – that kind of drive that we need for our play.”Perisic is unavailable for the opening Bundesliga game of the season against Hertha Berlin on Friday due to serving a suspension that carries over from last season.”I wish it weren’t the case,” said Kovac of the ban. “But you have to accept the suspension, even though it doesn’t exist in this form in Germany. But if that’s the case, we accept it!”last_img read more

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Zach Smith’s Ex-Wife Courtney Smith Explains What She Thinks Urban Meyer Knew

first_imgCourtney Smith explains the abuse she allegedly dealt with.Wednesday morning, former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy dropped a report on Facebook which alleges that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer lied when he told reporters last week that he did not have knowledge of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.Now, Stadium, which will employ McMurphy once his ESPN contract runs up, has dropped an exclusive on-camera interview with Smith’s ex-wife Courtney.Here’s what Courtney Smith had to say about what Urban Meyer’s wife Shelley knew – and what Meyer himself might have known.“I was scared. I did tell my parents. I told his parents as well. I remember specifically texting pictures to my mom, my dad, his dad, like begging for help, like this has to stop. This isn’t normal. I can’t do this anymore.I was told “don’t call the police. “If you call the police, he’s going to get arrested, it’s going to go to the media, he’s going to lose his job. What are you and the kids going to do?”And anyone who’s been abused, you really do think you can change them. You think “well if I do something different, he’ll change.” It’s not the case, they don’t change.”Smith said that until 2015, none of the coaches’ wives knew about the physical abuse. She says she told them all in 2015.“At that time they did not. In 2015, I came forward with it. I told Shelley. I sent her some pictures. I spoke to her on the phone. That was because at that point, we were legally separated. Enough is enough. If I leave the marriage, I’m hoping this is going to stop. This has to stop.Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban, she was going to have to tell Urban. I said “that’s fine. You should tell Urban. We can’t have somebody like this coaching young men.”Smith says she never got confirmation that Shelley told Urban.“She would reach out to me, ask me how I’m doing. Tell me she was worried. If I needed anything, she was there.…when somebody is crying out for help, I believe the coach, along with the coach’s wife, they have a duty – they have a duty – to do something to help. Instead of worrying about winning games or instead of worrying about who his mentor and who his family is and trying to protect that, somebody’s safety and the safety of their children and the environment they’re in needs to be more important.”Here’s video as well:EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Urban Meyer assistant Zach Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith, opens up about reported domestic violence and what she believes Meyer knew. pic.twitter.com/dNWA9x2F4y— Stadium (@WatchStadium) August 1, 2018Neither the Meyer family nor Ohio State has yet to issue any kind of response to the reporting. We’ll keep you updated.last_img read more

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Clemson Star Defender Will Miss Georgia Tech Matchup Due to Injury

first_imgA view of Clemson's stadium during the day from high up.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the start of the Miami Hurricanes against the Clemson Tigers game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)While the Clemson Tigers have been impressive through three weeks, Dabo Swinney’s squad will face a tough challenge to start their conference schedule. Despite Georgia Tech’s record, the Yellow Jackets could present mismatches with their dynamic offense, especially considering the recent injury update coming out of Clemson.There’s no lack of talent when it comes to the Tigers’ defense, but they’ll be without one of their best linebackers tomorrow. After suffering a groin injury during practice this week, Kendall Joseph will be out of action.UPDATE: Clemson starting LB Kendall Joseph will miss the Ga Tech game with a groin injury.— ESPNUpstate (@ESPNUpstate) September 21, 2018It’s hard to place a player of Joseph’s caliber, but Clemson could turn to J.D. Davis or Shaq Smith to fill the void.Joseph is considered the quarterback of their defense, registering 11 tackles and a sack in three games. Without him on the field, the Tigers could struggle against Georgia Tech’s offense, which utilizes the triple option.Clemson and Georgia Tech will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be available tomorrow on ABC.last_img read more

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USC 4-Star Wide Receiver Announces Transfer

first_imgA player stading at the 50 yard line of USC's football field.LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 9: Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans prays in the middle of the field before the game against the California Golden Bears on October 9, 2004 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)USC has had a tumultuous offseason, with multiple transfers and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury leaving only a few weeks after being hired to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.Now, another Trojan is moving on. Wide receiver Josh Imathorbhebhe announced his transfer earlier today.“After much consideration and contemplation, I’ve decided to transfer from the University of Southern California, and take my talents elsewhere to pursue my dreams,” he wrote on Twitter.God’s Plan. ?? Not Mine. pic.twitter.com/dfyDfbA4Ev— Josh Imatorbhebhe (@JoshBhebhe) January 28, 2019Imathorbhebhe was a four-star recruit out of Suwanee (Ga.) in the class of 2016. He enrolled early at USC in January 2016, joining his brother on the Trojan roster.However, after redshirting in 2016, Imathorbhebhe only played in seven games for the Trojans over the next two seasons. He made just one appearance in 2018.For his time at USC, Imathorbhebhe caught two passes for 11 yards. He will have two years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.USC finished 5-7 in 2018, missing a bowl game for the first time in seven years. It was the program’s first losing record in a season since 2000.Put all of this together and Clay Helton will go into 2019 firmly on the hot seat in Los Angeles.last_img read more

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4-Star 2020 RB Seth McGowan Announces Commitment Decision

first_imgOklahoma's spirit squad celebrating a touchdown.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Members of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrate a touchdown 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)Four-star running back Seth McGowan is coming of a terrific junior season of high school and is a top prospect heading into 2020. After narrowing down his list and making visits to his top schools, McGowan has made his commitment.Taking to Twitter on Thursday, McGowan announced that he would be committing to Oklahoma. The announcement comes after releasing his Top 4 and making a visit to his top schools over the past month.I Rolled The Dice And Watched Them Bet On Everyone But Me… All I Can Say Is Bless Up…247Sports rates McGowan as the No. 148 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 13 running back in the country, and the No. 25 prospect from the state of Texas.McGowan had previously narrowed down his final four to Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas A&M and USC.I Rolled The Dice And Watched Them Bet On Everyone But Me… All I Can Say Is Bless Up… 🎲🖤 Boomer… #AGTG #TMC #FTG @CoachJ_Boulware @LincolnRiley @PoteetRecruits @KodyGroves @rwmclain @smcgowan601 @DP2Nice @malikjefferson pic.twitter.com/PBmfpR2nBb— Seth McGowan🦇™ (@Sjmcg_28) June 6, 2019Last year at Poteet, McGowan rushed for 1,613 yards and 25 touchdowns on 222 carries. The year before, he ran for another 1,020 yards and 14 touchdowns on 151 carries, earning all-district honors in the process.McGowan joins an Oklahoma team that had already secured a commitment from five-star running back Jase McClellan.The Sooners 2020 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference, and No. 13 in the country by 247Sports following the addition of McGowan.last_img read more

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Jalen Rivers, No. 18 OT In 2020 Class, Announces His Commitment

first_imgA look at the sky during a Miami-Syracuse game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)One of the top offensive linemen recruits in the 2020 class has decided where he’ll be playing his college football.Jalen Rivers, the No. 18 offensive tackle in the country, has announced his commitment.The 6-foot-6, 331-pound prospect out of Orange Park, Florida will be staying home for college.Rivers has committed to Miami. The four-star recruit announced his commitment on Twitter.COMMITED‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/s5Hazv7Uc7— Jalen Rivers (@JalenRivers01) June 9, 2019Rivers joins a Miami class that is ranked the No. 4 class in the country for 2020 by 247Sports. It’s the No. 2 class in the ACC.The four-star recruit chose Miami over Alabama, Clemson and Florida, among other programs.You can view Miami’s full class here.last_img read more

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Updated College Football Betting Lines For Week 1’s Biggest Games

first_img Florida (-7.5) vs. MiamiClemson (-35) vs. Georgia TechTexas A&M (-34.5) vs. Texas StateWisconsin (-11) vs. USFMichigan State (-21.5) vs. TulsaOklahoma State (-15) vs. Oregon StateColorado (-10.5) vs. Colorado StateSouth Carolina (-7.5) vs. North CarolinaVirginia Tech (-2.5) vs. Boston CollegeVirginia (-2.5) vs. PittsburghFlorida State (-4.5) vs. Boise StateAuburn (-2.5) vs. OregonStanford (-6.5) vs. NorthwesternMemphis (-6.5) vs. Ole MissTexas (-20.5) vs. Louisiana TechMichigan (-31.5) vs. MTSUIowa (-21.5) vs. Miami (OH)Georgia (-21) vs. VanderbiltOhio State (-26.5) vs. FAUNebraska (-34.5) vs. South AlabamaUSC (-13.5) vs. Fresno StateAlabama (-31) vs. DukeLSU (-26.5) vs. Georgia SouthernTennessee (-26) vs. Georgia StateOklahoma (-26.5) vs. HoustonNotre Dame (-20.5) vs. Louisville Ohio State coach Ryan Day on the sideline during a football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks on during the second half in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is only a few weeks away and we can’t wait for it to start. Though the first couple of weeks of the season tend to offer a lot of cupcake games for top programs, week one will still have plenty of compelling matches.Starting the season as part of the Camping World Kickoff Game will be the highly-anticipated Florida-Miami game. Both teams are expecting to improve this year and almost always offer compelling football, regardless of opponents.In addition to Florida-Miami, Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, and Georgia will all be facing Power Five opponents to start the season.We’ve taken a look at some of the updated college football betting lines for the first week of the season using consensus spreads from The Action Network:last_img read more

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I feel like I am learning something each day, each match: Serena Williams

first_img Next I feel like I am learning something each day, each match: Serena WilliamsSerena Williams will meet seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-final after she beat World No. 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round.advertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 09:02 IST Serena Williams had taken a break from tennis after the birth of her daughter in 2017 and only returned last year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams beat Simona Halep 6-1 4-6 6-4 in the 4th round on MondaySerena will meet seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-final on WednesdaySerena is chasing her 8th Australian Open title at Melbourne Park this yearThe American held off a strong comeback from world number one Simona Halep during a thrilling 6-1 4-6 6-4 win on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.After being broken in the opening game of the match, Williams won six straight games to claim the set in 20 minutes.Few would have bet on French Open champion Halep fighting back from that mauling but the Romanian conjured up exceptional grit to force a deciding set.That proved to be an interesting experience for Williams, who has won 72 WTA singles titles.”I’m still learning, which is, at my age and my point in my career, I think admirable and exciting that I still have things I can learn from,” she told reporters.”I feel like each day, each match, and each tournament I’m learning something, and I think today I’m just learning that I have to fight for titles. I have to fight for matches.”The 37-year-old took a break from tennis after the birth of her daughter in 2017 and only returned last year. But she showed against Halep she has lost none of her brutal power and athleticism.”I played really good in that. I don’t know if that’s the best I have played. I honestly can’t remember the matches, but probably,” Williams said.”But that goes to show you that you have to play well for two sets. You can’t just play well for one set or six games. You have to bring it every single point, every single game, until the match is literally over.”advertisementWilliams played her first match on Dec. 31 in the Hopman Cup since her U.S. Open final defeat by Naomi Osaka in September.She said her progress to the last eight at Melbourne Park does not reflect poorly on the level of competition in women’s tennis.”I think it says more about me than women’s tennis. I think it says women’s tennis is amazing. It’s at the highest level it’s ever been,” Williams said.”Of course, I’m the biggest advocate of women’s tennis but I really do believe in my heart that everyone is playing well, and it’s tough out here.”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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Serena WilliamsFollow Australian OpenFollow Simona Haleplast_img read more

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OnePlus 6T, Honor View 20 and iPhone 7: Best premium smartphones to buy under Rs 50,000

first_imgOnePlus 6T, Honor View 20 and iPhone 7: Best premium smartphones to buy under Rs 50,000The sub-Rs 50,000 segment in India is now full of a great mix of new as well as old flagship smartphones. You can get some great options from OnePlus, Apple, Google and others.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 18:05 IST HIGHLIGHTSOnePlus 6T is easily one of the fastest smartphones you can buy right now.The iPhone 7 is more than two years old now, but still offers a true premium smartphone experience.Pixel 2 XL has unarguably one of the best cameras in smartphones after the Google Pixel 3 and Apple iPhone XS.If you want a sublime user experience from your smartphone and don’t hesitate to spend up to Rs 50,000, there are some fairly great offerings from some of the most reputed brands in the Indian smartphone market. And not only the brand value, smartphones in this price segment also offer a lot of variety in terms of features. You will be happy from a very smooth user experience from one while the other will impress heavily with snappy performance.Under Rs 50,000, there are some great smartphones from Apple, Vivo, OnePlus and Google. If you are presently in the market for a premium smartphone and are confused with the plethora of options available in the market, here’s a list of some of the smartphones that we recommend under Rs 50,000.OnePlus 6T (from Rs 37,999)If you are remotely interested in technology, then OnePlus wouldn’t be an alien name to you. Their latest OnePlus 6T is easily one of the fastest smartphones you can buy right now. The OnePlus 6T offers an in-display fingerprint sensor (a novelty feature still in the Indian market) embedded in a 6.4-inch Optic AMOLED display with a small waterdrop notch. Powered by a Snapdragon 845 and OnePlus’ custom Oxygen OS based on Android 9 Pie, there’s nothing faster than a OnePlus 6T right now. The 16-megapixel+20-megapixel dual camera setup is fairly capable and a 3700mAh battery makes sure it easily lasts an entire day. There’s even a McLaren edition that offers 10GB RAM and 30W Warp Charging.Honor View 20 (from Rs 37,999)The View 20 is Honor’s answer to the OnePlus 6T. With the first smartphone in India to offer a punch-hole camera design, the View 20’s 6.2-inch LCD display is one of the closest ones to a fullscreen experience. The device comes with 40W SuperCharging and the 4000mAh battery easily ensures more than a day’s stamina. The View 20 uses the Kirin 980 chip with dedicated NPU for better AI processing. There’s a 48-megapixel rear camera along with a TOF 3D camera for taking portrait photos while a 25-megapixel camera looks after selfies at the front.advertisement Vivo Nex (from Rs 39,990)Do you really hate the display notch? Well, Vivo brought the Nex last year with a 6.5-inch a true fullscreen display with absolutely no notch. To kick out the notch, Vivo went for a pop-up selfie camera (cool, ain’t it?). The Nex also got an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Underneath, there’s a Snapdragon 845 chipset with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. With Vivo’s custom FunTouch UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo, it offers blazing fast performance. The 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear camera setup is fairly good at taking photos. The 4000mAh battery can easily make it last an entire day.Apple iPhone 7 (from Rs 37,999)The iPhone 7 is more than two years old now, but still offers a true premium smartphone experience in 2019. Sporting a 4.8-inch LCD display along with thick bezels and a TouchID sensor, the iPhone 7 certainly feels old. However, the metal unibody design still feels premium. Being an iPhone, it runs on the latest version of iOS 12 and is scheduled to get at least a few more updates over the next few years. The 12-megapixel single rear camera may not match with today’s flagship phones, but no other phone can take videos like an iPhone yet. And yes, it’s available in Rose Gold, if you were wondering. Google Pixel 2 XL (from Rs 38,930)This is the darling of critics and smartphone photographers. The funky Pixel 2 XL has unarguably one of the best cameras in smartphones after the Google Pixel 3 and Apple iPhone XS. The Pixel 2 XL utilizes Google’s Visual Core chip to get class-leading photos from its single 12.2-megapixel single rear camera. And it can do amazing portrait shots. Powered by a Snapdragon 835 and paired with 4GB RAM, it’s a still fairly fast smartphone. The 6-inch 1440p OLED display maybe controversial with its bluish tint but does the job. The 3520mAh battery manages to make the phone last an entire day with a single charge.ALSO READ: | ZenFone Max Pro M2, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Galaxy M20: Best smartphones under Rs 15,000ALSO READ: | Samsung Galaxy M10, Realme C1 and other top smartphones under Rs 10,000 you can buy nowALSO READ: | Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor View 20, Nokia 8.1: Best phones to buy in FebruaryGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow OnePlus 6TFollow Google Pixel 2XLFollow iPhone 7Follow Honor View 20Follow Vivo Nex Nextlast_img read more

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Realme 3 to launch in India today: Expected specs, price and how to watch livestream

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 08:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme 3 is expected to come with a dewdrop display and gradient colour designThe company is also teasing a new Nightscape camera modeThe Realme 3 will be powered by a Helio P70 chipsetRealme is al set to launch its first smartphone for 2019, and the company has already confirmed that it will bet the Realme 3. The successor to last year’s popular Realme 2 will boast of upgrades to the design and hardware as Realme looks to further capture the market share in India. The company has had a terrific start last year, launching a series of phones that have all received favorable reviews from customers and reviewers alike. In 2019, the company will look to bring out phones that abide by the company’s philosophy of “style meets power.” The Realme 3 will look to bring just that when it goes official on Monday, March 4.Realme has been teasing several new features about the Realme 3 over the past few days. From a gradient design language to a new Nightscape camera mode, and from a Helio P70 chipset to ColorOS 6.0, Realme has certainly been talking up the Realme 3. The company is holding an event in New Delhi, which is set to kick off at 12:30pm. You will be able to catch the live stream of the event on Realme’s website.Based on what we know so far, the Realme 3 will being an updated design and hardware compared to the Realme 2. The company has already confirmed a dewdrop display on the Realme 3, which means the notch is in the shape of a water droplet, as opposed to the wide iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. This means you can expect a large display, and more screen real estate on the Realme 2, perhaps something similar to the Realme 2 Pro.advertisementThe Realme 3 will be powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. You may remember that this is the same chipset that powers the Realme U1 as well, and we were quite satisfied with the performance and speed of the chipset at the time. Realme claims the Helio P70 offers a 40 per cent lower power consumption, 30 per cent fast download speeds and 3 per cent better multi-core CPU performance compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. We still do not have any information regarding the RAM and storage capacities, and neither do we have details on its storage expandability as well.Realme has also confirmed that the Realme 3 will come with a 4,230mAh battery, which sounds pretty beefy and you can expect the company to tout a long-lasting battery life with this one. As for the cameras, we know the Realme 3 will sport a dual camera setup on the back and a single camera housed in the notch up front, but the configuration is still a mystery. That being said, Realme is teasing a Nightscape feature on the Realme 3, which seems to hint at a low-light photography mode that should offer better performance in the dark. Lastly, the Realme 3 could also be the brand’s first phone to come with gradient colours, perhaps a purple gradient as per one of the latest teasers.The Realme 3 will be available on Flipkart post its launch, and we should know its price and availability details during the event later today. The company is teasing an “unbelievable price” for the Realme 3, which means you can expect something around Rs 10,000 or below if the phone is expected to slot in between the Realme C-series and Realme U-series. Stay tuned to this space to know more about the Realme 3.ALSO READ | Realme 3 leaks in live photo ahead of March 4 India launchGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme 3Follow Mobiles Realme 3 to launch in India today: Expected specs, price and how to watch livestreamThe Reame 3 is all set to launch in India today. The phone has been teased with a dewdrop display, gradient colour design, Helio P70 chipset and a large battery, among other things.advertisementlast_img read more

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I miss Saina Nehwal: Parupalli Kashyap as he plays badminton with BS Praneeth on Titlis

first_img Next India Today Web Desk BaselMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 12:15 IST Parupalli Kashyap, B Sai Praneeth and a few other shuttlers played badminton on Titlis (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKashyap and Praneeth took part in a promotional event for the Swiss Open 2019Nehwal was due to join Kashyap for the event but she had to skip it as she was not keeping wellKashyap will face local hope Felix Burestedt in the first round on WednesdayIndian badminton stars Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth played a round of badminton on top of Mount Titlis in Switzerland on Tuesday.Kashyap and Praneeth were seen at the make-shift badminton court on top of Titlis where the duo took part in a promotional event for the Swiss Open 2019.In a video posted by Switzerland Tourism, Kashyap can be seen on a cable car along with Praneeth where he also admitted that he was missing his wife, Saina Nehwal.Nehwal was due to join Kashyap for the event but she had to skip it as she was not keeping well. Kashyap will be seen in action on Wednesday when he faces local hope Felix Burestedt in the first round.I miss @nehwalsaina! This is what Parupalli Kashyap has to say on top of @EngelbergTitlis! @parupallik #InLoveWithSwitzerland #TitlisEngelberg pic.twitter.com/eRe7vWPtwjSwitzerland Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Sameer Verma will look to shrug off their All England disappointment when they spearhead India’s campaign at the Swiss Open.For Sameer, this event started his journey that culminated into a World Tour Final semifinal finish last year and a career-high ranking of 11. He had defeated newly-crowned All England Champion Kento Momota in the quarterfinals, a few months before the Japanese went on to become the world no 1 and world champion last year.And they create history @parupallik & @saiprneeth92 play the first ever badminton game on top of titlis! We wish you could make it too…@NSaina @EngelbergTitlis pic.twitter.com/JwfsDfg5XoadvertisementSwitzerland Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019World No. 14 Sameer will be opening his campaign in $150,000 event against a qualifier after his elder brother Sourabh, who had also battled injuries on his way to becoming the senior national champion last month at Guwahati, pulled out of the tournament.Sameer might face fellow Indian B. Sai Praneeth in the second round and a favourable result is likely to hand him over the chance to settle scores with former world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen, who had defeated him in the first round of All England Championships in Birmingham last week.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Swiss Open 2019Follow Parupalli KashyapFollow Saina NehwalFollow B Sai PraneethFollow Sameer Verma I miss Saina Nehwal: Parupalli Kashyap as he plays badminton with BS Praneeth on TitlisParupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth visited Mount Titlis on Tuesday where the duo played badminton as part of the Swiss Open 2019 promo.advertisementlast_img read more

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Shahid Afridi fully confident that Pakistan will win World Cup 2019

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 22:18 IST Shahid Afridi believes that Pakistan can go on to win the World Cup 2019 (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan were bowled out for 105 in their 1st match of the 2019 World CupShahid Afridi has still backed his country to win the trophyPakistan are looking to trump tournament favourites England in their 2nd matchFormer swashbuckling batsman and Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has put his weight behind the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Green Brigade and said that the team is well capable of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, currently underway in England and Wales.Pakistan had opened their tournament campaign on a disastrous note after suffering a humiliating seven-wicket defeat to West Indies at in Nottingham as they were folded out for a paltry 105 runs. The Windies then overhauled the target in just 14.4 overs, losing three wickets.Afridi then took to Twitter, urging the team to build confidence and strive for a win in their second group game against hosts England, which is presently in progress in Nottingham on Monday.”I’m fully confident in our team and their capabilities & truly believe they can go on to win this World Cup. Wishing the best of luck to our boys including @SarfarazA_54. Early games are crucial in building up confidence & momentum; we should strive for a win against England 2day,” tweeted Afridi on Monday.I’m fully confident in our team and their capabilities & truly believe they can go on to win this World Cup. Wishing the best of luck to our boys including @SarfarazA_54. Early games are crucial in building up confidence & momentum; we should strive for a win against England 2dayShahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 3, 2019Chasing 106, Chris Gayle smashed a half-century knock, helping his team finish the line with ease.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan have the ability to beat England, says Azhar MahmoodAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv RichardsadvertisementFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Shahid AfridiFollow World Cup 2019 Shahid Afridi fully confident that Pakistan will win World Cup 2019After Pakistan were shot-out for 105 against the West Indies, they invited a lot of criticism their way, but former all-rounder Shahid Afridi has backed his team to go all the way in the 2019 World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

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