In the fortieth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Nathan Wong, speaks about what it means to be playing in the 2011 World Cup, and how he got involved in Touch Football. Name: Nathan WongNickname: WongyAge: 19Affiliate: Hornsby LionsOccupation: Logistics Assistant for David JonesPosition: Link/middleDebut for Australia: 2009 Youth Trans TasmanHow you got involved in Touch Football: My rugby league coach got me to try it out when I was younger.Favourite player: Put BerrymanWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Speechless.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Put Berryman (: Favourite sporting moment: Any Michael Jordan highlights Any superstitions: NoneFunniest Australian teammate: Tashie (Tony El Takchi)Favourite quote: What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.Any travel plans for after World Cup: To go see the Queen in London (: Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With two weeks left until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Supporters’ Trust pushes Man Utd to add ‘football expertise’ to managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Manchester United Supporters’ Trust say it’s time for greater football know-how to be added to the club’s management.In a statement released on Wednesday, MUST say the club needs to “put football expertise in charge of football decisions”.”United need a lift and our ultimate super-sub, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is just the man for the job,” MUST said.”He’s been a long-term backer of fans and a patron of MUST, so we know he understands our support and what we are looking for from a manager. “Whilst Ole is at the helm, the club needs to make the big structural changes to equip us to compete in modern football. “The club must put football expertise in charge of football decisions, especially in respect of selection of the next manager and player transfers. “Manchester United fans have shown phenomenal support to the team through the recent difficult period. “We know all fans will continue to back the team and we expect to see the players giving their all for the club and the supporters. We know Ole will.”
colin cowherd goes off on alabamaSunday night, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd ruffled a few feathers, dropping a top four that includes both Michigan State and Ohio State, but not SEC heavyweight Alabama. Monday, he doubled down, going on a six-minute rant about the Crimson Tide’s strength of schedule.Cowherd added that the Big Ten, top to middle, is the best conference in college football. He thinks that the SEC is “living off of reputation” this season.“The SEC is living totally off reputation” – @ColinCowherd on why Alabama isn’t in his Top 4. #HerdHere https://t.co/d3sd2DmzEU— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015Regardless of what you think about Cowherd’s rant, one thing is certain. If Alabama beats Florida this Saturday, it’ll be part of the playoff. Whether it’ll win the whole thing – that’s up for debate.
Vladimir Rusanov, an icebreaking LNG carrier, has completed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage via the eastern direction and delivered a cargo of LNG produced by the Yamal LNG project to China.The 168,560 cbm vessel shipped LNG from the Russian port of Sabetta to the Chinese port of Tianjin, Russian natural gas producer Novatek said.As informed, the 2018-built Vladimir Rusanov transited the ice-covered part of the route in only six days, setting a new record for independent passage via the NSR without icebreaking support with cargo onboard.The total voyage time from Sabetta to the destination port was completed in a record sixteen days, which is less than half the time required to transport a cargo of LNG along the traditional westbound route via the Suez Canal and the Strait of Malacca.“For the second year in a row, our Arc7 ice-class LNG tankers were once again the first ships to open the summer navigation period via the Northern Sea Route,” Lev Feodosyev, First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at Novatek, commented. “This voyage set a number of records for the passage time of the ice part of the NSR, and for the total voyage time to China from the Russian Arctic region. These achievements were made possible due to the accumulated ice navigation experience and the outstanding ice performance characteristics of LNG tanker fleet designed specifically for our Yamal LNG project.”Built at Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Shipbuilding (DSME) shipyard, Vladimir Rusanov is jointly owned by Japanese Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited. Together with its sister vessels Vladimir Vize and Nikolay Urvantsev, Vladimir Rusanov has been contracted to transport LNG for the Yamal LNG Project.
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APTN National NewsThe Ontario Provincial Police’s Special Investigations Unit is probing two of its officers after an incident in Moosonee, Ont.The Cree community is on the southern tip of James Bay.People there are accusing the officers of using excessive force on a woman who was trying to help her son.APTN’s Annette Francis has more on the allegations.
New Delhi: The third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch was called off on Friday after gunmen opened fire at two mosques in the city, with the police saying that there were “multiple fatalities”. The decision was made after discussions between New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe,” NZC said in a tweet. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together David Richardson, CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC), also issued a statement on the same. “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match.” The Bangladesh team had a narrow escape on Friday morning as they were in the vicinity of one of the two mosques where the shootings took place. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The players took to social media to inform fans and family that they were safe and also asked them to pray for the cricketers. Senior batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted: “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack” Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim wrote: “Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque… We r extremely lucky …never want to see this things happen again….pray for us.” The shootings took place at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid. Police Commissioner Mike Bush said they have arrested four arrested so far but refused to give the number of fatalties. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the events as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.
Ohio State has announced a big-name hire to fill the open coaching position at Ohio State. Former Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel is set to rejoin the Buckeyes. After former head coach Jim Tressel’s departure and Luke Fickell was chosen to take over the top role, a replacement was needed for Fickell’s previous position as linebacker coach. Fickell said while it took a while to finalize the decision, Vrabel was always his first choice for the job opening. “(Offering Vrabel the job) was always in my mind,” Fickell said. “And then to actually have him come in two to three days later and kind of just look at me and say ‘Give me a reason to retire,’ was something that meant a lot to me.” Vrabel, a former defensive end at OSU from 1993–96, was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year during both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. During his college playing days, Vrabel was also a defensive line mate with new OSU head coach Luke Fickell —Vrabel was a defensive end while Fickell played nose guard. Vrabel and Fickell were roommates together in college and will now come together after Vrabel’s 14-year NFL career. “I had the opportunity to play for a lot of great teams and a lot of great organizations,” Vrabel said. “Hopefully I can take what I learned from those teams and those organizations and apply to it what we’re trying to do here.” Vrabel’s acceptance of the linebacker coaching job was also the official retirement of his highly-decorated professional football career. “The biggest reason for retirement is none other than there comes a time where you can’t do what you used to do,” Vrabel said. “I’ve come to a point where I can’t train to prepare for an NFL football season … This is where I want to be.” Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent his first four years as a professional there. Vrabel was later traded to the New England Patriots where he became a force on both sides of the ball. In short-yardage situations, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used Vrabel as a tight end. In his eight years with the Patriots, Vrabel, who typically played linebacker, had 10 receptions, all for touchdowns. During his time at New England, Vrabel won three Super Bowls and also appeared in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Vrabel was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he is still under contract. Media outlets have reported that multiple sources close to Vrabel expect the former Buckeye to retire from the NFL and accept the coaching position at OSU. Vrabel would be coming to OSU after a recent run-in with law enforcement. On April 5, Vrabel was arrested for theft at an Indiana casino and was released later that day after posting bond. Vrabel called the arrest an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” More recently, Vrabel has been a vocal member of the NFL Players Association and is one of 10 players involved in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Vrabel said that while it is a blessing to be working for his best friend, he would want to coach at Ohio State no matter who was in the head-coaching role. “I work for Luke, I work for Jim Heacock. If it were another coach, I’d still wanna be at Ohio State,” Vrabel said. Jerry Emig, assistant athletics communication director, said the contract details for Vrabel’s hire were still being worked out. Fickell described Vrabel as someone he would want leading his players. “He is a very aggressive, confident person, he communicates very well, he is a very upfront honest person,” Fickell said. “Since the day I met him, he always told me, ‘I’m going to be a coach.’” Vrabel said that what he has done in the past, including winning three Super Bowls, is great, but he is looking forward to his career as a coach at OSU. “I’m proud of my career, but I’m more excited now for this opportunity,” Vrabel said.
Ohio State players celebrate after Sevyn Banks scored a touchdown in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State senior right tackle Isaiah Prince did not want to look at the scoreboard. He said, before the game, the offense made that deal, that it would not look at the scoreboard, at how many points the unit was putting up against Michigan.“We said we were going to stick together and play the best we can together,” Prince said. As the fans flooded onto the sidelines as the clock hit zeros, Prince saw what the scoreboard read: No. 10 Ohio State 62, No. 4 Michigan 39. The scoreboard showed the most complete performance that Ohio State has had this season in the game it needed to happen in most. For redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, he knew what the expectation was. He said the coaching staff gave the players a blueprint to succeed against the Wolverines. This blueprint led to 567 yards of offense against the No. 1 total defense in the country, limiting a defensive line of redshirt senior Chase Winovich and junior Rashan Gary to zero sacks, recording only two tackles for loss. This blueprint led to Ohio State disrupting Michigan junior quarterback Shea Patterson, recording three sacks and five tackles for loss. But this is the same blueprint that Ohio State has had in games like this in the past. In the first time the Buckeyes have been the underdog since the 2015 National Championship against Oregon, Jones admitted something his team has lived by this season. “We play down or play up to our competition and we definitely played above and beyond today,” Jones said. Head coach Urban Meyer said there is never such a thing as a “bad win.” No matter the opponent, whether it is Michigan, Indiana or Maryland, he said “it’s really hard to win a college football game. And, just like any other game, the Buckeyes came into the game knowing which areas the offense and defense alike could exploit, areas of weakness. Redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said he saw that Michigan played a lot of press-man coverages, allowing for receivers to find space to run from the slot. The Buckeyes mercilessly attacked the Wolverines with the mesh route, which led to redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins completing 19 of 30 passes for 318 yards, throwing five touchdowns and breaking single-season conference records in the process. Jones said he saw a zone blocking scheme that gave Ohio State a unique ability to get into the backfield, keeping Michigan to 3.4 yards per rush in the first half along with getting Patterson and Michigan senior running back Karan Higdon on the ground consistently. “That gave us an advantage because we knew their game plan and we just sacked them,” Jones said. All in all, this was the game that brought everything together, encapsulated the potential, the level Ohio State wanted to be playing at for the entire season. “That was a love game,” Meyer said. “That was one of those things that you hear the word ’brotherhood,’ and why do you really play? Why does a true soldier fight? It’s not for the hatred of those in front of you; it’s for the love of those behind you. And that’s a great quote that we live by, and they proved it today.” But Ohio State had something to prove too. It had to prove that it was still in the conversation of being worthy for playoff contention.Because that’s all Jones had been hearing about. It’s something he said can be ignored, but he knows it’s there and he uses it as fuel. “Hearing the outside noise talking about how we can’t do this, we can’t stop that, that definitely fueled us 10 times more than what you guys even know,” Jones said. “We all carried the burden of people saying that we are not good.” The playoff conversation returned Saturday afternoon after the Buckeyes put up 62 points, the most points it had scored in the history of the rivalry and the most points Michigan has allowed in a regulation game in its history. Even with the success, Dixon still believes the offense has not peaked. “For us, we always think we can do better,” Dixon said. “We always think we can be better, so I still don’t think we are at the best level we can be, but it’s better. We are moving in the right direction.” Prince did not expect any huge numbers offensively, any stifling numbers from the Ohio State defense. He came in praying, simply, just for a win. “I prayed before the game and I said ‘I don’t really care what happens here in this game as long as we come out with a win for my senior day, it would make me the most happiest person,’” Prince said. When Prince looked at the scoreboard, he saw a win, but he said he also still saw a possibility to achieve every goal Ohio State had prior to the start of the 2018 season.
Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jamie Wolmering (12) and then-junior setter Sanil Thomas go up for the ball in the matchup between the Buckeyes and Loyola. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorAfter a 2-0 start to the season, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will attempt to earn its first ranked victories out west against No. 5 BYU and No. 11 Stanford.Ohio State began its season with nonconference home wins against Charleston and Penn State.While BYU will begin its season with the match against the Buckeyes on Thursday, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of emotion between these two teams coming into this match.Though the Cougars topped the Buckeyes in a five-set match this past season in Columbus, the previous two NCAA tournament matchups between these teams ended in back-to-back titles for the Buckeyes in the 2016 and 2017 national championship matches.BYU sophomore opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez will look to build on an impressive freshman campaign, in which he was ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in points per set and aces per set, respectively, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). In order to continue its perfect start to the season, Ohio State will need to rely on redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, who currently leads the country with 5.29 kills per set and 6.14 points per set.Following the Thursday match between top 10 teams, Ohio State will face Stanford (2-0) on Saturday. The Cardinal began their season with wins against Menlo and UC Santa Cruz, and they’ll be facing off against Ball State on Thursday before taking on the Buckeyes.Ohio State has won the past three meetings against Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a season riddled with injury in which they won just six matches.Stanford brings back sophomore opposite hitter Jaylen Jasper, who carries MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors into the match against the Buckeyes. Jasper has a .654 hitting percentage and is averaging 4.33 kills per set through the first two matches of the season. But the Cardinal aren’t the only ones with returning top talent.Senior setter Sanil Thomas led the country with 11.28 assists per set last year, and he’ll need to play every bit like last season if the Buckeyes want to reach next week unscathed.Ohio State takes on BYU at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Stanford at 10 p.m. on Saturday.