first_imgThe original creator of the bladed sole football boot, XBlades has secured a new partnership as the Exclusive Footwear Partner of Touch Football Australia [TFA]. The new partnership with TFA will see XBlades provide footwear to TFA elite athletes, members and collaborate with Touch Football’s best players to revolutionise the boots further, with the aim of providing improved comfort and playing longevity. XBlades CEO Leighton Richards is thrilled to partner with Touch Football, a sport that has very strong participation rate all year round and has been a driving force in the development of Rugby 7’s and Rugby League (NRL) players for some time.“XBlades is committed to developing high quality products specifically for Australia’s key football and rugby codes. We have an integrated approach to product development, allowing us to produce even better performing, and more stylish, products for professional and everyday players. â€œMany Touch Football players currently use footwear adapted from other sports which can have an impact on physical performance. Through this new partnership we’ll collaborate with elite players who will help drive our research and development of a Touch Football specific shoe which will better service the requirements of the sport.” Richards said.Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of Touch Football Australia said: “Touch Football is among the top participant based, organised sports in Australia. It’s great to attract and indeed renew the support of an iconic Australian brand like XBlades, which is dedicated to supporting our aim of growing and developing the game.”This new partnership is the latest move as part of XBlades’ serious brand reinvigoration under new direction; with ex Callaway Golf Director Leighton Richards and former AFL superstar Jimmy Bartel at the helm. Touch Football players and officials are excited for the partnership.  â€œI’ve been wearing XBlade boots for the past decade- since I was 15. I really enjoy wearing XBlades and I feel like they benefit my performance when I’m playing Touch” Pete Noman, Men’s Open’s player commented. Team XBlades currently consists of more than 40 NRL and AFL stars including Paul Gallen and Alex Rance to ensure the product meets the needs of current professional players. 2017 will see several high profile player signings, additional club partnerships and the unveiling of XBlades full collection.For more information, images and interviews please contact:Stephanie Jones, Thrive PR E: [email protected] | T: 0481 566 386Related LinksXBlade Announcementlast_img read more


10 months agoArsenal, Juventus alerted as Avdijaj rejects Willem II offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Juventus alerted as Avdijaj rejects Willem II offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDonis Avdijaj plans to leave Willem II at the end of the season.Off contract in June, Avdijaj has refused to consider talks about a new deal with Willem, says Soccernews.nl.Instead, the attacker is ready to leave in June – a decision which has attracted the interest of two of Europe’s biggest clubs.Arsenal and Juventus are both eyeing Avdijaj for a Bosman transfer.Avdijaj, 22, joined Willem II in the summer from Schalke, signing a 12 month deal. last_img


9 months agoCarragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decision

first_imgCarragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decisionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Carragher is worried about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s decision to send Nathaniel Clyne on-loan to Bournemouth.Speaking about Clyne to Sky Sports, Carragher explained what the defender will bring to the Cherries.“(He will bring) consistency,” Carragher. “He played in the FA Cup game, didn’t go too well for them. I’m not sure how he played individually.“But I was surprised Liverpool let him go, I must say that.“I know he hasn’t been involved for a long time, but Liverpool have got young players there.“Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gomez. He’s a bit more experienced.“He played that one game against Manchester United and he was outstanding, considering how long he’d been out.“So I was quite surprised he’d gone.“But maybe Klopp sees him every day on the training pitch, hasn’t been easy for him, and a player at that age obviously must want to play as much football as possible.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


5 days agoKlopp claims Man Utd set up to defend when they play Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp claims Man Utd set up to defend when they play Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is a fact that Manchester United are set up to defend against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Red Devils almost pinched a win over their rivals thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford.Adam Lallana rescued a point for the visitors, with Klopp insisting he wasn’t frustrated by United’s tactics.The German said: “Why should it frustrate me? I’m not the person who should be frustrated by Man United’s style.”It’s just a fact, when we come here, this year, last year, year before, they just defend. That’s how it is, that’s OK, it’s no criticism, it’s just a fact. It’s not the usual way you think United plays against Liverpool, you would think both teams are trying like this.”Again, the quality, we are the one team everybody is on their toes when United plays against us. It’s no excuse, we need to do better, we can do better, but you cannot play against each team like this, how they played today.”We are a good team, and when we play against somebody it is normal for them to say: ‘How can we stop them?'” last_img read more


Chandrayaan 2 completes fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre What next

first_imgNew Delhi: After successfully performing its fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre on Friday, Chandrayaan-2, India’s first lunar lander mission, is a step closer to the moon. The Chandrayaan-2 will now go through one final orbit manoeuvre. This next lunar orbit manoeuvre is scheduled to be performed on Sunday, September 1 between 18:00-19:00 hours IST. The spacecraft has reached into an orbit that is 124 km from the lunar surface at its nearest point, and 164 km at the farthest. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhat is the next step for Chandrayaan-2 The mission has a few more milestones to cross before the Lander and Rover components of the spacecraft, called Vikram and Pragyaan respectively, make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface on September 7.September 1: The next and the last orbit manoeuvre is scheduled between 6-7 pm on Sunday. This will make the spacecraft enter its final orbit, passing over the lunar pole at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday September 2: The lander will separate from the Orbiter and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon. It will then perform a series of complex manoeuvres. September 7: The Lander and Rover components of the spacecraft will make a soft landing in the South polar region of the Moon, unexplored by science so far. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the south pole is especially interesting because of the lunar surface area here that remains in shadow is much larger than that at the north pole. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it. ISRO Chairman K Sivan has said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon is going to be a “terrifying” moment as it is something ISRO has not done before. On August 20, Chandrayaan-2 mission crossed a key milestone in its journey to the Moon, after it entered the lunar orbit, almost 30 days after being launched on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. According to ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more


Whistler role in potential Calgary Olympic bid would be welcome IOC

first_imgCALGARY – An official with the International Olympic Committee says it would welcome a bid by Calgary to hold another Winter Games using some facilities in Whistler, B.C., or elsewhere.Calgary is mulling whether to vie for the 2026 Games and a six-member IOC delegation is in the city this week to tour venues from the 1988 Olympics and to discuss ways to reduce the cost of holding them again.The possibility of reusing the ski jump in Whistler from the 2010 Games has been floated as an alternative to a costly refurbishment of the outdated one at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park or building a new one 100 kilometres west in Canmore, Alta., for upwards of $100 million.Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games executive director, says it’s good news that the Whistler option is being considered.“This goes exactly in the direction that we want,” he told a teleconference Wednesday.“It doesn’t need to be a joint bid. It (would) remain Calgary, but using venues outside of Alberta. This is perfectly fine. This is encouraged.”He said distance wouldn’t be a problem and noted that equestrian events were held in Hong Kong during the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.With few cities interested in holding the Olympic Games, the IOC has made changes to make bidding and hosting cheaper and more sustainable.“We have a little team on the ground that is doing exactly what we said we would do in this revamped canditature process, which is dialogue,” Dubi said.Dubi, who was not on the Calgary trip, said he spoke to city councillors and Mayor Naheed Nenshi by phone earlier in the day.IOC representatives have already visited other potential contenders — Sion, Switzerland and Stockholm — and plan to go to Sapporo, Japan just before the Games next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Calgary city council voted in November to spend up to $2 million to keep exploring a bid, but only $1 million would be released until it is known what the federal and provincial governments are willing to contribute to a bid. Council is expected to address the question again on Jan. 29.The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee completed a report this summer that concluded that while it would be feasible for Calgary to be a contender, there were too many unknowns at the time to decide whether it would be prudent. The $1.5 million leftover from committee’s $5 million budget has been put toward ongoing exploration.City staff estimated a bid price tag would be between $25 million and $30 million. The cost of holding the Games has been pegged at $4.6 billion, with revenues covering about half that.The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., cost $7.7 billion.Dubi listed off a variety of ways that costs could be reduced for host cities: using energy more efficiently at the International Broadcast Centre, encouraging public transit, shifting some responsibilities to sports federations and ensuring venues aren’t any bigger than they need to be.He said the IOC has said it would provide US$925 million to the successful 2026 bid city, but called that a preliminary number.The IOC will invite cities to bid for 2026 this October and the deadline will be January 2019.Dubi said Calgary has until the end of March to decide whether it’s interested in moving to the next phase of talks with the IOC.last_img read more


WestJet says system outage partially resolved experiencing some delays

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it has partially resolved a computer system outage and has started to resume regular operations.The airline says some flights have been delayed and it is experiencing longer lines at check-in because of the issue.WestJet recommended passengers arrive early at the airport and check their flight status ahead of time because of the problems.Travellers had reported on Twitter that there were long lines and kiosks off-line at some airports, as well as issues with booking on the company’s website.Last October, the airline said computer problems caused delays for dozens of flights.last_img


3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer claps on the sideline during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media on Monday to talk about the top-ranked Buckeyes’ 38-10 win over Penn State and the team’s upcoming week. Meyer declined to answer the most pressing question about who his starting quarterback for Saturday’s contest against Rutgers will be, but he acknowledged that in his mind he has an idea of who it will be.Here are three highlights from his press conference.Best foot forwardMeyer expressed high praise of the Buckeyes’ effort in the victory over the Nittany Lions. “Probably our best all-around effort,” he said.To relay it in a quantitative way, 19 players graded out as “champions” for their performances against Penn State.Offensively, there were two players of the game in redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett and senior left tackle Taylor Decker.Meyer said Decker “probably” played his best game of the year, while also touting the entire unit’s showing on Saturday.Junior defensive end Joey Bosa was the defense’s player of the game. Meyer called the performance from Bosa, who finished the game with seven tackles and one sack, “dominant.”On special teams, junior punter Cameron Johnston garnered the nod for player of the game. The Geelong, Australia, native had four punts downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the 4-yard line and another at the 2.“He’s really, really good at his job,” Meyer said of Johnston.The coach admitted that the Buckeyes did have a couple weaknesses in the game, but he remained positive about the win.“Overall, really proud of our guys,” he said.Good guys touching the ballMeyer has mentioned throughout the season that he and his staff brainstorm the amount of touches that players will get during each forthcoming game. On Monday, he offered insight as to why the staff does so.“We have a big belief that scheme isn’t what wins games. That’s very important. That’s not what wins,” Meyer said. “What wins are the dynamic players that touch the ball.”He referenced Barrett’s 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against Penn State as proof for his point.Meyer admitted the called play was “probably the perfect play” for that situation, but why it worked was not because quarterbacks coach Tim Beck radioed it in; it’s what the guys on the field did, Meyer said.“(Barrett) read the defensive end. The end grabbed the tailback. The tight end came up and fit up on the corner, who squeezed. The wide receiver blocked the X at tackle, grabbed the mike linebacker, and J.T. went in for a touchdown,” Meyer said. “So you can spend all your time on scheme, and they don’t come out and play. So more important than scheme is who is physically touching that ball.”Meyer said sometimes there might be a temptation to force the ball to certain players based on the number of touches the coaches set before the game, but he doesn’t believe it is an issue.“That’s how we do that. I’ve always believed that,” Meyer said. “The good guys have got to touch the ball. They’ve earned that right.”Torrance GibsonFreshman Torrance Gibson’s name is talked about often, despite him never seeing the field for the Scarlet and Gray through seven games. The former five-star recruit from Florida came to Columbus as a quarterback but opted to spend his freshman campaign at wide receiver in an attempt to play.Gibson suffered a foot injury in August that set him back in his quest to contribute for OSU, but he has been healthy for the past few weeks. However, against Penn State, he was not in uniform.“You just have to earn your right to dress, and he didn’t do it last week,” Meyer said. “Just academics and that kind of stuff. Nothing serious. It’s just to go out there, you have to do a series of things.”Meyer said that Gibson is still on the team and he anticipates the freshman to be back shortly.As for his transition to pass-catcher, Gibson is doing great, Meyer said.“His production and grasp has been better,” he said.Gibson’s 2015 campaign appears to spurious as he switched to wide receiver to avoid having to redshirt. Now, it looks like that there is real possibility he will.“We haven’t made that decision,” he said. “He was playing so good and got dinged, and all of a sudden right in the season do you burn his redshirt? Those are things we’re going through right now.” read more


Ohio State defense struggles on third down in 3521 loss to Virginia

Junior linebacker Joshua Perry (37) attempts to tackle Virginia Tech sophomore fullback Sam Rogers during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIt was a night filled with introspective discussion, historical significance and endless analysis. But despite all the circumstances surrounding it, Ohio State junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington’s short statement turned out to be the best assessment of his team’s 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech.“We did OK, but we just didn’t play good when we needed to play good,” Washington said after the game.The OSU defense may have forced three Virginia Tech turnovers and held the Hokies to fewer yards than its own team’s offense, but it also surrendered nine third-down conversions. Five of those came on plays where the Hokies needed to gain seven yards or more to extend the drive.OSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell had an interception and five tackles in his first start of the season, but his evaluation of the defense’s third-down play struck a similar chord with Washington’s.“(The Hokies) were just making plays,” Bell said. “We need to make plays to get off the field when we have to get the ball to the offense in those types of situations.”Junior linebacker Joshua Perry said the third-down defensive failures weren’t just the result of one player, but of all 11 men on that side of the ball.(Giving up a third down conversion) is something you never want as a defense. That is something we have to tighten up,” Perry said. “We have to look at what we were doing and see where we can make corrections. We have to put it on everybody to do their responsibilities.”Coach Urban Meyer said his analysis of the defense would have to wait until later, as his focus during the game was on adjusting his offensive scheme. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell — like some of his players — pointed to those third down plays that put OSU in an early hole as the moments that changed the game.“Ultimately, you look back and that’s what killed us. It’s not like they were third-and-two, third-and-threes,” Fickell said. “We’re talking third-and-eight, third-and-10, third-and-12, in the ideal position you’d want to be in, and we didn’t execute.”No Buckeye football team had ever played in front of an Ohio Stadium crowd as big as Saturday’s 107,517 total. Nor had many Buckeye players ever played against the kind of triple-option offense they saw against Navy, but the more conventional style employed by Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler still gave the unit problems.OSU co-captain and senior linebacker Curtis Grant said a combination of strategy and the play of visiting redshirt-junior quarterback Michael Brewer made the difference.“It was hard to get to the quarterback since (Brewer) was getting the ball out so quickly. We were coming, but it was hard to get to him when it felt like he was getting the ball out after three seconds,” Grant said. “(Virginia Tech) ran a lot of aggressive misdirection routes coming to the backside. That’s something we need to correct moving forward.”Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) tackles a Virginia Tech player during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFickell also singled out Brewer’s decision-making as the x-factor on big plays.“We lost leverage, it’s not like we weren’t pressuring him,” Fickell said. “We were coming after him to hit him. He rolled the pocket a little bit, made some plays on us.”After giving up 21 points in the first half, the Silver Bullets kept the Hokies out of the end zone as the OSU offense came back to tie the game with 11:40 left on the clock. But the Hokies pulled out all the stops — including a reverse play that went for 17 yards — on their way to scoring the game’s winning touchdown with 8:44 remaining in the game.Senior cornerback Doran Grant said the Buckeyes weren’t expecting a trick play like that, but he still saw the team’s first-half performance as the game’s deciding factor.“We didn’t play well in the first half. [We] came out pretty strong in the second but it wasn’t enough to win the game.”Grant and his Buckeye teammates are set to look to regroup from their first regular-season loss under Meyer next week when Kent State is scheduled to come to Columbus. Kickoff is set for noon on Sept. 13. read more


Coast Guard Rescues Four Near Kodiak

first_imgAccording to reports the vessel is registered to Joseph Samoilov, of Homer. The CG crew towed the mariners to Lazy Bay Cannery, Alitak Bay. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received the initial report that the Soulmate was disabled and unable to anchor, on Saturday. Petty Offficer 1stClass Michael Taylor, a Sector Anchorage watchstander: “This case highlights the importance of having multiple means of communications. The availability of both a VHF radio and a satellite phone on board the vessel allowed for consistent communication with the master providing up to date information and situational reports.” According to the CG, initial communication via VHF radio were unreliable. They instituted a 6-hour communications schedule and the crew was dispatched to the scene. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four mariners after their commercial fishing vessel, the Soulmate, became disabled approximately 57 miles west of Kodiak, on Sunday.last_img read more


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