Champions League rights sold to DAZN in Canada

first_imgUEFA Champions League Champions League & Europa League soccer rights bought by DAZN in Canada Goal 03:30 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DAZN UCL rights GFX Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Ahead of Saturday’s highly anticipated final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, the streaming giant has revealed its latest North American coup UEFA has signed an exclusive three-year deal with streaming giants DAZN to become the only place for Canadians to watch Champions League and Europa League until 2022.Every single match in the twin European soccer tournaments will be available for fans to consume live – removing the pain of depending on what TV broadcasters choose to air.DAZN, which costs $20 a month or $150 annually, launched in Canada in 2017 and its CEO, James Rushton, hailed the move as one that is a perfect fit for soccer fans in North America. 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 “Given its tremendous diversity, Canada is home to some of the biggest European soccer fans in the world, and we’re excited to revolutionize the way Canadians experience two of UEFA’s biggest global tournaments,” Rushton said in a statement on Thursday.“We pride ourselves on putting fans first, and we look forward to continuing to bring new rights and content to passionate Canadian fans, on the devices and in the ways they are consuming sport.”Real Madrid clash with Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final this weekend, which sees superstars Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo go head-to-head in Kiev.Canadians fans who have a DAZN account will be able to watch that match live on their streaming devices, with kick-off at 14:45 ET on Saturday.Next year’s Champions League will feature Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and many more world-class teams across the continent. The group stage gets under way in September after qualification rounds through the summer.The Europa League is packed full of soccer talent too, with Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan, Marseille and Villarreal among the top clubs guaranteed a spot in the 48-team group stage.DAZN launched in Canada in 2017 with an exclusive NFL offering, with the streaming service being the only place fans of the sport can watch every game of the upcoming season.Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 matches are also available to soccer-loving Canadians who sign up to the streaming service, while fans of boxing, golf, tennis and motorsports will find something to watch on the platform. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Who is the Tunisia vs England referee?

first_imgEngland Who is Wilmar Roldan, the referee in charge of the Tunisia vs England game? Goal 04:31 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Wilmar Roldan England Tunisia World Cup Getty England World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia The Colombian official has a habit of making the headlines with his controversial calls, and did so again in the Three Lions’ narrow victory England got their World Cup campaign to a promising start with a 2-1 win over Tunisia, but could have won with a more comfortable lead and potentially two penalties had they been awarded by controversial referee Wilmar Roldan.The Colombian referee had an infamous reputation heading into the Russia finals following his track record officiating past matches, and a spate of curious decisions drew derision from England fans.Roldan failed to award England penalties after they felt that they should have been given at least two, having sanctioned Kyle Walker for a shove in the first half that led to Tunisia’s equaliser from the spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move So who is Roldan, and why has he been surrounded by controversy? Goal take a look.What happened in the England vs Tunisia World Cup game? Harry Kane England Tunisia World Cup 2018In England’s opening World Cup fixture against Tunisia, Kyle Walker seemingly brought down Fakhreddine Ben Youssef inside the box which led Roldan to give a penalty.Roldan did not consult with the VAR at all before his decision to award the penalty to Tunisia – which they scored to even out the scoreline at 1-1 – and some would have argued that it was a soft one to give.Ferjani Sassi scored to level for Tunisia, and moments later, Kane was brought down in the Tunisia box in similar fashion to the way that Ben Yousseff was – if not harsher – but Roldan did not award a penalty or even check with the VAR. Kane was brought down for a second time after the break but Roldan also did not give a penalty of even consult with the VAR. England fans on social media felt that he should have at least consulted with the VAR – first before giving the decision to award Tunisia the spot-kick – and then again to consult with over Kane being brought down inside the penalty area.The main criticism that has been aimed with VAR is that though it does assist the referee in decision-making, there is still the problem of being consistent with the sort of punishment given after its consultation.Who is the referee who was in charge of England vs Tunisia? England Tunisia World Cup 2018Roldan is a Colombian referee who garnered controversy after his officiating in the last few years, among which included blunders with the VAR.His most high-profile match was in the Confederations Cup in Russia in June 2017 between Cameroon and Germany. He erroneously gave Cameroon player Sebastien Siani a red card for a high reckless challenge on Emre Can.Roldan consulted with VAR after the incident, but instead of booking the correct player – which was Ernest Mabouka – he instead changed Siani’s yellow card to a red card, sending him off the pitch.Cameroon fans protested, however, and then after he reviewed the incident with the VAR for a second time he showed the red card to Mabouka, who was the correct culprit.In the Brazil 2014 World Cup, Roldan failed to award Mexico two first-half goals against Cameroon. Roldan claimed that two goals were offside when they should have stood, and Mexico should have won the game 3-0 – but instead were fortunate to win 1-0.Another notable incident that Roldan was in charge of was when he officiated Argentine sides River Plate and Lanus in October 2017. He was accused of assisting with River’s elimination in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores after missing a blatant handball in the area, also after giving Lanus a spot-kick as they completed an amazing comeback victory from 3-0 down on aggregate.England will resume their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 24.last_img read more

OPPORTUNITY FOR TEAMS- STOCKTAKE SALE OFFER!

first_imgAs everyone is aware the ATA is running a huge stocktake sale to try and sell off the piles of shirts and clothes we have sitting in our stock room. There are several types of shirts that would make great team uniforms for your kids down at park level or for you and your mates at social level…they match, are Touch based in the logos/designs and have plain coloured backs…perfect for ironing on numbers for your team. We’re offering a fantastic deal for those interested in purchasing these shirts for a Touch team… Please click here for the full story: If you want to buy these shirts for a team, they will cost $5 each and for each set of shirts you buy, you will receive another 2 shirts FREE. So for example…buy 9 shirts at $5 each ($45 in total) and receive another 2 shirts FREE (one for a coach and manager perhaps?) Buy 12 shirts at $5 each ($60 in total) and receive another 2 shirts FREE. This is a fantastic and cheap way to kit out your junior or social team, especially considering these shirts are normally sold at up to $25 each at events. To see the shirts available and their colours and sizes click on these links: BLACK 2001 NTL T-SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP WOMENS T-SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP MENS MUSCLE SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP MENS T-SHIRTS To make the most of this offer, you MUST send your order to Casey at ata@austouch.com.au, including payment details and postage details. To see the full extent of the stocktake sale go to TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Postage costs for bought items: $2.20 for orders under $5.00 $5.00 for orders up to $50 $7.50 for orders between $50 and $100 $10.00 for orders over $100last_img read more

DEADLINE FOR NTL ADVERTISING APPROACHES

first_imgWith the Mens, Womens and Opens finals being recorded for Fox Sports and a record number of teams taking part in the event, the 2006 NTL is set to be the biggest ever.If you would like to advertise amongst the NTL crowd for your own business, company or even for your local Touch knockout or competition, here’s your chance!Approximately 3000 copies of the NTL program will be produced for the event and it will also be uploaded onto the TFA website. The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per half and $125 per quarter page.Contact media@austouch.com.au or phone 1800 654 951 if you’re interested in this opportunity.This opportunity will close on Monday February 20 as the program will head into production.Homelast_img read more

Boys day two NYC wrap up

first_imgIt was built as day two’s match of the round and it did not disappoint.New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) and NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) were the only undefeated teams in Pool B of the boys division after day one of the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) at Port Macquarie.The winner of the match would be in the box seat to take the top spot in the group.In a high-scoring first 20 minutes, NSWCCC took a 7-4 advantage into the main break.NSWCHS coach Daniel Brown and his NSWCCC counterpart Michael Daher tried to rallied their respective troops with inspiring half-time speeches.The second half was a lot tighter with both teams playing cat-and-mouse with each other.However, NSWCCC held on to record a 10-7 victory.They would have breathed a sigh of relief knowing that they overcame their rivals for the number one position in Pool B.NSWCCC won their other two matches of the day, 8-4 against NSW Touch Development and 15-5 against ACT PiratesNSWCHS bounced back from their defeat at the hands of NSWCCC and completely decimated Tasmania 19-1 and Northern Territory 10-1.Western Tigers, NSW Touch Development and Northern Territory are all vying for third spot while Tasmania and ACT Pirates are several points back.Touch New Zealand under 17s also enjoyed wins on day two.In Pool A, Central Queensland Bulls and Queensland Secondary Schools Touch will battle it out for top spot tomorrow at 9am.Both teams remain undefeated after more solid performances on day two.The Bulls have scored 82 touchdowns at an average of 13.66 touchdowns a match.QSST defence must remain strong otherwise the Bulls could run rampant and defeat the two-time defending premiers.South Queensland Sharks have all but wrapped up third spot on the table but we will have to wait until the end of round seven tomorrow to confirm the other minor placings.Playoffs will begin tomorrow at 1.10pm.Make sure you stay up to date with the NYC by following these websites: NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Or FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page. Related LinksBoys day two NYC wrap uplast_img read more

Touch Football in NRL Videos

first_imgMorris turns sight on RaidersJosh Morris speaks about the Canterbury Bulldogs  but reminisces about winning a NSWTA Junior State Cup title with the Kiama Stingrays. http://www.nrl.com/morris-turns-sight-on-raiders/tabid/10959/contentid/574984/embed/4zOWh1ZDpTiWAbmaqqo5D-KJFLNPEJbq/default.aspx#ooid=4zOWh1ZDpTiWAbmaqqo5D-KJFLNPEJbq Johnson’s amazing skillsShaun Johnson has produced some quality football in his career thus far, but it all began with a similar game, touch footy.http://www.nrl.com/johnsons-amazing-skills/tabid/10959/contentid/574542/embed/d2dTR1ZDrEJ8mJmnAg8F7XelhgNGHULv/default.aspx#ooid=d2dTR1ZDrEJ8mJmnAg8F7XelhgNGHULv NRL and Touch Football join forcesThe National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-and-touch-football-join-forces/tabid/10959/contentid/575060/embed/9xNWl1ZDqlPJYckWAGQbMMDSqgykQCsR/default.aspx#ooid=9xNWl1ZDqlPJYckWAGQbMMDSqgykQCsR Touch Football has gotten many mentions in the media and enclosed are some videos of these interactions.Sydney Morning HeraldTouch and tackleSonny Bill Williams playing touch footy with singer Jessica Mauboy and other NRL stars to promote the alliance between the NRL and Touch Football Australia. http://media.smh.com.au/system/ipad/touch-and-tackle-4657926.html Canberra RaidersNRL & Touch Football Australia join forcesRaiders CEO Don Furner and ACT Touch representatives Tim Spence and Rebecca Beath discuss their excitement surrounding the announcement that the NRL and Touch Football Australia has joined forces.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-touch-football-australia-join-forces/tabid/10959/contentid/575064/embed/9rN2l1ZDo7VwNN61j189bBpyFIoN-q-5/default.aspx#ooid=9rN2l1ZDo7VwNN61j189bBpyFIoN-q-5center_img Smith on Touch Football and ASADANRL CEO David Smith says the alliance between NRL and Touch Football Australia is an important step in growing the game. http://www.nrl.com/smith-on-touch-football-and-asada/tabid/10959/contentid/574991/embed/1tZ2h1ZDopNEcTurdg4lY8eItXIeOU2S/default.aspx#ooid=1tZ2h1ZDopNEcTurdg4lY8eItXIeOU2S The Phil Gould ShowInjuries across the competition, the partnership with Touch Football Australia and Sam Burgess’ “squirrel griphttp://media.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-league/the-phil-gould-show-4660405.htmlNational Rugby LeagueSignificant point in history: MaguireTouch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire speaks about the alliance between the NRL and Touch Football Australia.http://www.nrl.com/significant-point-in-history-maguire/tabid/10959/contentid/574992/embed/JzaWh1ZDrPOKJxpIa5rkNEiAAamZHJJp/default.aspx#ooid=JzaWh1ZDrPOKJxpIa5rkNEiAAamZHJJp North Queensland CowboysCowboys welcome touch partnershipThe Cowboys have marked the historic sporting partnership between the National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia by inviting four of the north’s best touch players to NRL training at Cowboys HQhttp://www.cowboys.com.au/?nvId=575406Related LinksTouch in NRL Videoslast_img read more

2015 World Cup Day Four Draw

first_imgThe fixtures for day four of the 2015 Touch World Cup have been determined.The first game will tap-off at 9am on Saturday.To view, please click on the link below to be taken to the ‘Results/Fixtures’ area of the website –http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-9035-0-0-0&a=COMPSFor more information on the updated tournament structure, please click on the link below:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-9035-0-0-0&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=34453618Please check all games as there have been multiple changes.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 Touch World Cup: Website – www.touchworldcup.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchworldcupTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchworldcup15 (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchworldcup2015YouTube – click hereRelated LinksWorld Cup Day Fourlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd impressed by Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke

first_imgMan Utd impressed by Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarkeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke is attracting big Premier League interest.Sky Sports says Manchester United are scouting 15-year-old Reading keeper Boyce-Clarke.The highly-rated teenager caught the eye as he played for Reading Under 23s against Manchester United last Sunday.And he’s now being closely monitored by representatives at Old Trafford. Boyce-Clarke is an England U16 international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan director Maldini: Bakayoko, Higuain deals dependent on…

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director Maldini: Bakayoko, Higuain deals dependent on…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini admits their transfer policy will be dependent on Champions League qualification.Milan are skirting the boundaries of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play laws.“We’re absolutely convinced we can get fourth place,” Maldini told reporters at Milanello.“We’re not happy with how things have gone this month, of course, when we’ve had a lot of injuries and therefore great difficulty in terms of numbers.“Despite that we expected more, and [Coach Gennaro] Gattuso knows that too. We need to change the attitude during the game, we can’t lie down and we can’t look for sixth.”(Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue) Bakayoko and (Juventus striker Gonzalo) Higuain? We’ve been clear with the players: the Champions League is binding.” last_img read more

a month agoWATCH: Man Utd hero Rio tells fans to stop Ole sack talk

first_imgWATCH: Man Utd hero Rio tells fans to stop Ole sack talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRio Ferdinand has posted a video of himself defending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Manchester United supporters.The video came after United lost 2-0 to West Ham United at London Stadium on Sunday.Some supporters have called for Solskjaer to be sacked after the lacklustre display.But Ferdinand told fans the reaction was “knee-jerk” and wouldn’t benefit the club.Rolling up on the fan tv like…. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/66QH4edfgA— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 22, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days ago​4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League games

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League gamesby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNine per cent of Britons admit to having illegally streamed at least one Premier League game over the past 12 months, according to new research by the personal finance comparison site finder.com, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure equates to roughly 4.5 million people over the course of a single season, with a ‘high proportion’ of UK pirate content consumption coming from soccer-related streaming.According to Finder.com’s research, more than 81 per cent of Britons have been subscribed to a streaming service in some capacity over the last year, while 17 per cent admit to streaming films, movies or sports illegally in the same period.’This means that of all those who illegally stream across the UK, 24 per cent view Premier League games,’ the report said. ‘When you look at the numbers of people who illegally stream any type of sport, the number rises to 44 per cent of illegal streamers, or 16 per cent of all Brits.’While both male (83 per cent) and female (81 per cent) respondents said they are streaming content over the last year, men (25 per cent) tended to illegally stream more often compared to women (17 per cent), according to the research.Of these, 14 per cent of male audiences were found to illegally stream soccer compared to other sports (12 per cent), and is double the number of female viewers who admitted to doing the same. Meanwhile, streamers aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to illicitly stream Premier League matches.Regionally, London-based consumers are the most prolific for illegally streaming Premier League (21 per cent), with Scotland (17 per cent) coming second. The two regions with the lowest percentage of illegal football streamers were Wales (four per cent) and East Anglia (six per cent). last_img read more

4 days agoGalatasaray striker Florin Andone insists he’d make Brighton return

first_imgGalatasaray striker Florin Andone insists he’d make Brighton returnby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGalatasaray striker Florin Andone insists he’d be willing to return to parent club BrightonAndone is on a straight loan at Gala and has admitted frustration with his 12 months in England.Though he told AS: “I was misunderstood and I want to make it clear. My year there was not what I expected. I missed that they had confidence in me, I didn’t play more than two consecutive games as a starter. I don’t ask to play every game, because I’m not a megacrack, I just want continuity. “mI came to doubt myself, my abilities, if I really had a level for the Premier… There were many disappointments. It’s not that I don’t want to go back, I respect Brighton, they signed me for six years and they are worrying about me. I just want to feel like a footballer. “It all starts by recovering my best version and being happy.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FSU 5-Star Commit Levonta Taylor Says Decommitted 5-Star Tight End Isaac Nauta Will “Be Back”

first_imgA view of the back of a Florida State player's football helmet.DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 14: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Florida State lost a big commitment today. Isaac Nauta, a five-star tight end in the 2016 class, announced on Twitter that he has de-committed from the Seminoles’ program. FSU fans shouldn’t worry, though, according to five-star defensive back commit Levonta Taylor. Taylor, who has been committed to FSU since April, says Nauta will “be back” and tells fans “don’t worry!” He’ll be back. Don’t worry !— Levonta Taylor (@iamlevonta) July 28, 2015Well, that’s a good sign, Florida State fans. The Seminoles’ 2016 class is ranked the No. 3 class in the country by 247 Sports.last_img read more

The Top 5 College Football Teams Fans Are Betting On To Win The National Title

first_imgCollege Football National Championship Trophy.National titleCollege football fans are likely happy with Michigan’s quick turnaround under Jim Harbaugh – simply because a good Wolverines team makes the sport more interesting. But apparently, a lot of them are actually starting to believe that UM can both reach this year’s College Football Playoff and – wait for it – win it all too.According to ESPN’s David Payne Purdum, the top five teams by number of bets to win the national title at the Las Vegas SuperBook are Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and Alabama. That’s right – the Wolverines are getting the most bets to win it all.Of course – that’s a product of both hype and odds. As of February 1, Michigan was a 12-1 bet to win it all. Alabama was tops, at 6:1.Top 5 teams to win the college football national title by number of bets @LVSuperBook: 1. Michigan 2. Ohio St 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Alabama— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) May 20, 2016Oklahoma and Baylor are the teams with the best odds that aren’t part of the list, for what it’s worth.If Michigan does win it all, Las Vegas is going to have a rough night. We’ll find out.last_img read more

Netherlands bow out with heads held high as USWNT win WWC

first_imgWhen the orange of the Netherlands flooded into France five weeks ago, a World Cup final was not expected to follow.Their underwhelming 1-0 victory over New Zealand in Le Havre, sealed by substitute Jill Roord’s 92nd minute winner, was similar in many ways to their 1-0 win over Sweden in the semi-finals, which required extra time.Jackie Groenen was the hero this time and it was a great goal, but it wasn’t one that will have struck fear in the United States, holders and three-time winners of the World Cup who had an extra rest day on them already. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Never were they expected to become the first team to break the Americans’ record of scoring inside the first 13 minutes of every game at the tournament, never mind be right in the game up until the hour – the time which marked Megan Rapinoe’s penalty and the start of the USA’s road to a 2-0 victory and fourth World Cup title.The Netherlands’ boss, Sarina Wiegman, had the benefit of watching six coaches before her try to out-tactic this winning machine.Of particular interest to her will have been Phil Neville’s attempts with England in the semi-finals, and Jorge Vilda’s effort with Spain in the last 16.From the former, she embraced the 4-2-3-1 set-up, choosing to deploy Vivanne Miedema behind the lightning pace of Lineth Beerensteyn and, in turn, bringing out the best performance from the Arsenal forward in this tournament. It also brought out the best of the Dutch.“We’ve got such a great counter attack. I think that’s our best thing,” said midfielder Danielle van de Donk after the Sweden win.With the ever so slight tweak from their usual 4-3-3, and Miedema’s change of position, that much was clear.On the back foot, that became a 4-4-1-1, the Oranje sitting deep and happy to let the USA dominate the game to give them what England lacked – defensive solidity.Amouk Dekker Megan Rapinoe USWNT Netherlands Women's World Cup 2019Alex Morgan Stefanie Van der Gragt USWNT USA Women's World Cup 2019After she had masterminded a victory in the Netherlands’ home Euros two years ago, Wiegman was showing her tactical nous here again.The United States needed two penalties to beat Spain and defensive lapses to beat England. For the Netherlands to win this game, it was going to have to be an absolutely perfect performance.When they were crowned European champions in 2017, it came down to a combination of team spirit, lack of expectation and unwavering home support.The same recipe paved an unlikely path to the World Cup final. The Dutch tried their utmost in noise to make this feel like anything but the away game it was in numbers. The American fans were here in huge numbers, surrounding the bright orange pockets of their opposing fans in the Stade de Lyon.But the way that the Dutch have invaded France, doubling the population of Valenciennes when they packed out the Stade du Hainaut for a group stage win over Cameroon, is a great metaphor for the way their team have exploded onto the women’s football scene.For a long time, the Netherlands have been one of the top teams in world football, three-time runners-up in the World Cup and European champions in 1988.Their tactical and technical roots, inspired by the late and great Johan Cruyff, make them one of the most unique nations in the game – and now, women’s football is enjoying that.At the moment, the Women’s World Cup is the USA’s stage and very rarely in France has it looked like the trophy would not be theirs once this 2019 edition came to an end.But the Netherlands are here now. Nine of their 23 players at this tournament were 25 or under. They have reached two finals in two years – and the World Cup final in just their second appearance at the tournament.Throw their football philosophy and history into the mix, as well as a young, exciting coach like Wiegman, and everyone should be excited.And as the pockets of orange proudly waved their tricolour flags in the final moments of this showpiece, it was clear – they know this will not be their only shot at World Cup glory.last_img read more

Former Oklahoma Player Updates Injury For Star RB Rodney Anderson

first_imgrodney anderson, baker mayfield, rose bowl, oklahoma, oklahoma georgiaESPNStar Oklahoma tailback Rodney Anderson left Saturday’s contest against UCLA with an apparent knee injury. Anderson went down late in the first quarter and immediately grabbed at his right knee.The junior running back limped to the sideline where he was attended to by Oklahoma’s training staff before exiting to the locker room. Former Oklahoma fullback J.D. Runnels updated Anderson’s status at halftime of the game.Runnels said “It’s not good y’all,” and asked for thoughts for the star running back.Here’s his tweet.Thoughts for Rod. It’s not good yall— Mr. O.K. Preps (@Just_JD38) September 8, 2018This certainly isn’t the news Oklahoma fans were hoping for after Anderson left the game. Anderson exploded during the 2017 season, rushing for more than 1,000 yards.During Week 1 action against FAU, Anderson needed just five carries to eclipse 100 yards when he raced for touchdown runs of 65 and 30 yards.Oklahoma currently holds a 21-7 lead over UCLA at the half. Quarterback Kyler Murray has been dominant in his second-consecutive game.last_img read more

Analyst Names 4 Schools Transfer Options For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts has played well in backup duty for Alabama so far this season, but the Crimson Tide are clearly rolling with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback moving forward.Alabama head coach Nick Saban said after the Week 1 win over Louisville that Tua was going to be the starter. Jalen, meanwhile, would be used when necessary.“I think everybody knows that Tua’s going to start this game, and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill set in the future to help however we feel that he can benefit the team,” Saban said.“And I just want to be clear with everyone that I have done this in the past where we don’t say who the starter’s going to be for the first game, and we give both quarterbacks an opportunity to play in the game, which is exactly what we did in this game. Not a whole lot different than what we’ve done in the past, aight. So, now we know and you know.”What does this mean for Hurts’ future at Alabama? Well, questions are already swirling.Hurts can graduate after the 2018 season and transfer somewhere else for the 2019 season. He’d be able to play right away and could have two years of eligibility remaining (if he redshirts this year).One college football analyst has named four schools potential options for Hurts when it comes to a graduate transfer.“Possible destinations for Jalen Hurts: Texas – Texas native and would thrive in that offense Auburn – great scheme fit and the ultimate anti-bama move Miami – Might be a QB away from the playoff Oklahoma – Will be replacing Murray and loves transfers.”Possible destinations for Jalen Hurts:Texas – Texas native and would thrive in that offenseAuburn – great scheme fit and the ultimate anti-bama moveMiami – Might be a QB away from the playoffOklahoma – Will be replacing Murray and loves transfers— Mello (@melloesquire) September 8, 2018Tim Tebow had previously speculated that Auburn could be an option for Hurts, too.(Finebaum just deleted the Tweet in which Tim Tebow speculates recklessly about Jalen Hurts transferring to Auburn. Hmm.)— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 7, 2018Alabama, meanwhile, is set to take on Ole Miss today. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Daughter Posts Heartfelt Tweet After Today’s News

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer returned to Ohio State’s football program in full-time capacity today. The Buckeyes’ head coach was suspended for the first three games of the season. He returns to the sideline on Saturday against Tulane.Much has been said about Urban Meyer’s return to Ohio State. Everyone seemed to have an opinion on what the head coach said during his near-hour long press conference this afternoon.Shortly after the press conference, Urban Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, posted a heartfelt tweet.“Family is everything.”Family is everything. pic.twitter.com/O9GLUhzDu8— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) September 17, 2018Of course, there were critics responding to this tweet. Urban Meyer’s other daughter, GiGi, responded to one of them:Praying for you. https://t.co/15YR8itTis— Gigi Meyer (@GG_40) September 17, 2018Urban Meyer will have his family there supporting him when he returns to the Ohio State sideline on Saturday.The Buckeyes are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on BTN.last_img read more

Another College Football Head Coach Has Been Fired

first_imgTexas State football players ahead of 2018 game at Rutgers.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 01: Members of the Texas State Bobcats run off the field before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)The college football coaching carousel is starting to spin a little faster, after Week 12.Kansas has already filled its job. Les Miles has officially been announced as the next Jayhawks head coach.This morning, Colorado fired Mike MacIntyre two years removed from a 10-win season and trip to the Pac-12 championship game. MacIntyre’s team has lost six straight since a 5-0 start to the year, and is at risk of another missed bowl.Now, a Group of Five job is opening up, with Texas State making a decision on its embattled coach.According to Football Scoop, Texas State has fired Everett Withers.Withers is in his third year in San Marcos, and has really struggled to get things going for the young Sun Belt club.After a pair of 2-10 seasons, the Bobcats are 3-8 this season. According to the report, he will not finish out the year.Withers (per our sources) will not coach the final game. He’s done at Texas Statehttps://t.co/dV9tUyKXN8— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 18, 2018The Bobcats lost Saturday’s game to Troy, 12-7.Withers was a very successful head coach at the FCS level, winning 18 games in two years at James Madison before takng over the Bobcats. He also went 7-6 in one year as interim head coach at North Carolina, after the 2011 dismissal of Butch Davis just ahead of the season.In between that season and the JMU gig, he was on Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff for two seasons as assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator.[Football Scoop]last_img read more